Saneepa offers private Ayurvedic consultations to its clients at the three clinics listed in the CLINICS tab as well as privately. Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that uses diet, lifestyle, herbs and daily routine to improve wellness in body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda is premised on the notion that all disease stems from imbalance of the "dosas" resulting from indulgence in unhealthy foods and activities (mithyahara vihara). In Sanskrit, "dosa" is defined as a "fault, mistake or impurity" but commonly used to specify an individual's constitution type.
In Ayurveda, each individual has a unique dosa - or constitution type (Prakriti) - that is attributed to the individual at conception. At the broadest level, an individual's constitution type is a mix of three dosa: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Imbalances in an individual's constitution type are called Vikriti in Sanskrit. The objective of Ayurveda is to rebalance an individual's dosa to ensure wellness, health and happiness.
Ayurveda's holistic approach to health management looks at the mind, body and spirit. According to Ayurveda, illness frequently commences in the mind. There are two dosas of the mind - Rajas and Tamas.
In addition to the dosa, Ayurvedic clinical assessment will analyse the individual's normalcy of dhatu, mala, agni, srota and ojas, which are the body's tissues, waste production, digestive capability, channels of circulation and immunity.
Further, in contrast with Western (allopathic) medicine, Ayurveda divides disease into six progressive stages. The first three stages of disease development are generally easier to treat as they are indicative of the body and mind becoming ill-at-ease. These stages are called: Sancaya (accumulation), Prakopa (provocation) and Prasara (spread). The next three stages of disease are Sthana Samsraya (deposition), Vyakti (manifestation) and Bheda (destruction) where the dosa will deposit at a weak point in the body and progressively manifest with full structural changes to the tissues. The cardinal signs and symptoms of the disease will begin to manifest between stages four and five with full blown disease at stage six. Ayurveda uses diet, daily regime, lifestyle changes, herbs and various treatments - including oleation, sudation, emesis and purgation - to return equilibrium to the dosas, dhatu, mala, agni, etc., when the condition is in the first three stages of development. However, a deeper cleansing and detox program such as Pancakarma is required the more embedded and progressive a disease becomes.
Ayurveda defines a healthy individual in the following way: "He, in whom, the dosas, agni (digestive power), dhatu (tissues), malas (waste products) and their activities are normal; his soul, sense organs and mind calm and clear is called Svasthat (healthy person)." Similarly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) constitution defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". As such, Ayurvedic Medicine remains as relevant in the contemporary context as it was during its emergence in the 5th century B.C. - perhaps even more so.