Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda remind us that we are part of nature, not a bystander to her beauty, power, and processes. When we live in accordance with Nature and her rhythms you naturally experience more balance, connection, peace, and love in your life.
I LOVE WESTERN MEDICINE
Western Medicine works incredibly well for certain things, but there are gaps in the current model. So, as I and many others see it, this is where holistic practices from Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and yoga fit into our lives - to fill the gaps left by Western Medicine.
Together, the best of many health systems can work together to provide an even more effective healthcare system.
These holistic medicines and scientific traditions bring healthcare back to YOU.
a.k.a. Oriental Medicine
a.k.a Acupuncture & Asian Medicine (AAM)
In the United States, Chinese Medicine is mostly associated with acupuncture, the insertion of tiny solid filament needles into specific scientifically measured points on the body that produce a physiological effect, restoring a person's ability to rebalance and heal itself.
The truth is the field of Chinese Medicine is much bigger than acupuncture. There are many treatment modalities under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine all of which seek to treat you as a whole person while addressing the root causes of symptoms or diseases, not just the outward pain and discomfort. Chinese Medicine treatments include: cupping, gua sha (therapeutic scraping of the skin), acupressure, tui na (medical massage), moxibustion (herbal heat therapy), food and dietary guidelines, herbal supplement recommendations, electro-acupuncture, meditation practices, tai chi, qi gong, medical qi gong (subtle energy healing), sound healing, aromatherapy, and feng shui. Yes, I'm trained in all of these.
While most of these techniques require a trained professional to assist in their application, Chinese Medicine wisdom is also full of self-care routines and suggestions guiding you to create your own balance. With successful application this can mean less time at the doctors and more savings in your bank.
Eye-yer-vay-duh. Ayur-veda. Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that means "science of longevity," is known as the sister-science to yoga. Sadly, in the West, Ayurveda has taken a back seat to the popular asana or posture-based yoga classes. Traditionally in India, where both have their millennium-old roots, Ayurveda and yoga were always practiced together.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest continuously practiced whole-person healing systems on the planet. With its roots in India, Ayurveda is practiced all over the world by those who recognize and seek individualized solutions for physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being issues. Its popularity continues to grow today as the practice of yoga postures becomes more popular and experienced yogis and yoga teachers begin to realize its value. Ayurveda wisdom and practices are full of simple, yet powerful, tools and strategies for holistic self-care.
If you have intuitively thought, "there is so much more about yoga and its healing abilities, where do I begin?"
Ayurveda is a beautiful place to start.
Ayurveda entered my life when my mom brought a $0.25 book home from a garage sale. The book "Yoga & Ayurveda" by David Frawley spoke straight to my heart. As a teenager with un-diagnosable digestive problems, finally I found hope.
After many years of Ayurveda self-study, committing to the path of yoga, and beginning my Master's degree in Chinese Medicine, I eventually enrolled in an Ayurveda master's-level degree program.
After you lean more about Ayurveda, you will understand that only a pitta would do that.
I finished my first 500 hour training in 2009 with an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certification from Kerala Ayurveda Academy.
Chinese Medicine + Ayurveda
Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda both share the approach of integrating professional medicine and healthcare with self-care guidelines. Today, Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda continued to be used in hospitals in China and India (respectively). Both effectively treat illness, disease, and pain.
What excites me are the self-care routines of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda are even more powerful when applied to our daily lives as preventative medicine.
Recognizing Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda share the same roots and each has their own strengths and specialties, I integrate the two profound systems to create an even more complete, holistic, person-centric
model of empowering self-care.
The more self-care you apply in your daily life, the less medical care you'll depend on.
Having devoted the last 15 years of my life to learning, using, and practicing both systems, I can easily say Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda come from the same roots but evolved over time influenced by cultural and environmental differences, all while keeping the needs of the people at the center.
Both systems guide you back to your center, your unique you-ness so you know how to make life decisions that keep you in balance and connected to the flow of life.
Together, they create a complete, deeply profound paradigm of self-care and medical care that can be used and adapted for modern times.
You are Whole Already
You = Body + Mind + Spirit
These two sciences remind us of our wholeness and endless potential. Both recognize and honor the truth that, in order to "heal," you must address and treat the body, mind, and spirit together, each treatment, each interaction, every single time.
Both give us an accessible road map showing us how to adapt to life's inevitable changes. Our ability to adapt to these changes is deeply linked with our personal and spiritual growth and our health or dis-ease.
Both medicines give us masterful tools for adjusting, adapting, and going with the flow while still maintaining our sense of Self.
Ultimately, you'll befriend your wholeness (body, mind, and spirit) and from a place of self-love, understanding, and trust, will make decisions in your daily life that supports your true self.
You are empowered.
You are unsinkable.
You stand up and love.