Ayurvedic medicine herbsAyurveda medicine is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science.

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.

Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.

The basic difference between Ayurveda and Western allopathic medicine is important to understand. Western allopathic medicine currently tends to focus on symptomatology and disease, and primarily uses drugs and surgery to rid the body of pathogens or diseased tissue. Many lives have been saved by this approach. In fact, surgery is encompassed by Ayurveda. Ayurveda does not focus on disease. Rather, Ayurveda maintains that all life must be supported by energy in balance. When there is minimal stress and the flow of energy within a person is balanced, the body’s natural defense systems will be strong and can more easily defend against disease.

In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together, which are three Sanskrit words to describe the constitutional uniqueness of every living being (as well as the environment, time, and all other aspects of sentience).
An Ayurvedic consultation includes an in-depth analysis of your birth constitution, your current constitution and determines the path to help find your way home to your best Self. Treatment recommendations include diet, lifestyle, training for mental discipline, palliation and/or cleansing depending on the strength of the individual.

Dr Gillian initiated her Ayurvedic training with Dr Vasant Lad in 1999, was certified in 2001, did clinical in Pune, India in 2005, and continues ongoing educational programs yearly.