What to expect on your first Ayurvedic consultation
By Dr Sajimon George BAMS, AAA, ATMS
Have you scheduled your first Ayurvedic consultation? Or are considering making an appointment? Let’s face it, you might not know anybody who has had an Ayurvedic consultation before to discuss what one is exactly like. So if you feel apprehensive about your first Ayurvedic consultation, then you are not alone. Many people feel the same way, and the reason is that they just don’t know what to expect. You may have a lot of questions such as, will it be similar my other doctors’ visits? Do I need to know what Ayurveda is? The answer to your questions is no. Then what should you expect?
You don’t have to be sick to benefit from a private Ayurvedic consultation. You can have an Ayurvedic consultation simply to know better about yourself.
An Ayurvedic doctor can help you understand your Ayurvedic constitution (dosha), which may always be helpful in many cases.
In times of illness, an individual consultation can give you a new point of view on your condition and help you work with your symptoms for better results.
Now that you are ready to take a plunge into this holistic approach, it’s time to divulge into the things that you can look forward to in your initial Ayurvedic consultation.
When getting your initial consultation, be prepared to spend about an hour with the practitioner. Ayurvedic consultation involves a thorough examination of your body through which the consultant really gets to know you. It consists of examining important areas of the body and their functioning, which reveals the balances and imbalances in your body.
Pulse – Taking the pulse is to determine one’s constitution and the current state of imbalance in the body. The pulse is taken on the right wrist for men and left for women. Ayurvedic practitioners feel the pulse to determine the strength of vata, pitta, and kapha in the body.
Urine – The color, frequency, any Pain or discomfort during urination and the quantity of ones urine can indicate their hydration level, if there is enough fluid intake, complications and dosha imbalances.
Stools – Our Daily elimination is an indication of our digestive health. The consistency of ones stools can reveal a lot about ones imbalances.
Tongue – Ayurvedic examination includes, the consultant checking the color, shape, presence of scallops on the sides, movement, coating, or cracking on the tongue.
Eyes – since the doshas affect the shape and the colour of the eyes, an eye examination is a very important part of any Ayurvedic consultation.
Nails – nails are also indicators of imbalances in the body.
General appearance – One’s body shape, colour and texture of hair and even their energy levels, can indicate the predominance of vata, pitta, or kapha in the body.
After evaluating all these aspects the Ayurvedic doctor will make a very clear suggestion on the Ayurvedic practices that one should adopt in terms of food, lifestyle, meditation etc., the most important aspect to be Remembered is that most Ayurvedic practices involve lifestyle and diet changes that take time to implement. Hence it is highly suggested to make one change at a time for better results
Now that you know a few things on what to expect on your first Ayurveda consultation, get on with your first visit or start scheduling one!