I first came across Ayurveda 10 years ago when I was studying Feng Shui. We were taught that to be able to heal anyone, we should be healthy and balanced ourselves, so we had a weekend of teaching in Ayurveda. From that moment, I had always considered Ayurveda as a wellness therapy, something to do if you were just feeling a little out of sorts. It wasn’t until my son became ill, and I had exhausted all other routes with him, that my last resort was Ayurveda.
Louie had arthritis at the age of 9, he had 27 joints affected when I took him to India to an Ayurvedic hospital. Following an Ayurvedic diet, treatments and herbs, one month later, he had improved so much, he had just 3 joints affected.
We sought another Ayurvedic Doctor when we returned to England to continue the progress we had made, and after just 3 months of dietary changes, herbs and treatments Louie was 100% better.
He has never had a symptom or had any medication or been on a strict diet since. His body is back in balance and he is a very fit and healthy 13 year old boy now. Seeing the miraculous results on my own son, I sought to understanding the Indian healthcare system better.
I studied courses in the science and then set up a natural healing centre incorporating Ayurveda to give people another option to restoring health. Understanding everything I do now, since I have studied and am continuing to study Ayurveda, it is very apparent to me that it is a very viable healthcare solution to autoimmune and chronic conditions such as Arthritis, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, asthma, IBS, Lupus, chronic pain, infertility, anxiety, depression and many more.
The way Ayurveda views such conditions is merely as an imbalance of the body that needs balancing. Over in the West we like to label all these conditions, encasing these imbalances in scary words like Arthritis etc.
Really the body has symptoms such as inflammation, chronic pain, skin issues, mental imbalances etc due things we are putting into our bodies, if you do not change what you are doing, you cannot expect different results.
Ayurveda has been around for 5000 years, I believe that is time tested enough to know there are no nasty side effects and that it is an effective healing modality. It is still very widely used in India and is becoming ever more popular in Europe and the US. There are two main reasons for this; it’s safe and it works!
I was talking to the Ayurvedic Doctor at the centre last week and he asked me “why didn’t you try
Ayurveda with your son to start with?” I thought about his question, and it dawned upon me that
actually it was a very good question. I thought long and hard about why I hadn’t tried it to start with, and it comes down to many reasons.
The main two being, firstly when you are in that situation, when your child has been diagnosed with a long term deteriorating disease that you are told cannot be cured and he’ll be on medication for life, you are scared. You start to believe that this is the truth, as it was constantly reinforced to us, so you start to follow what everyone tells you, you want someone else to give you the answers, to take responsibility if something goes wrong, then at least it’s on someone else head, not yours, so you do as you’re advised. That way, ‘you have done nothing wrong’, you did the best you could as you were following a professional’s advice. Only for me, that didn’t feel right. It was incomprehensible for me to understand how Louie was fit and healthy one day, and then had arthritis the next day. There were no warning signs, no symptoms, nothing. So it stood to reason if that were the case, there is no reason whatsoever why that cannot be reversed. So I couldn’t believe what I was being told, because deep down, it made no sense to me, deep down I KNEW Louie could get better.
That was the first reason, the second reason was that I didn’t view Ayurveda as a healthcare solution at that time mainly because I didn’t understand it or know enough about it. I now know enough about it to trust the science implicitly. Every disorder is viewed as an imbalance of some description of the body, some disorders are obviously more complicated than others to balance or have been present for longer, thus lengthening the amount of time to remedy, but all, with the right guidance and knowledge can be balanced.
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