Ayurvedic medicine — also known as Ayurveda — is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.

Today I was joined by Dr Deepa Apte who said Ayurveda was a treatment that could be carried out alongside a person who was taking medication prescribed by their doctor/specialist.

It is widely believed by Ayurvedic practitioners that every person is made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. The three doshas are:

  • Vata dosha (space and air)
  • Pitta dosha (fire and water)
  • Kapha dosha (water and earth)

When a person gets Ayurvedic treatment it is based on their “dosha”.

Several callers asked about being depressed and Dr Apte suggested that they try chavanprash in the hope that it would elevate their symptoms.

Another caller wanted to know what was the solution for acidity? Dr Apte suggested drinking lassi, chaaj and other cool/natural drinks to “cool down the body” as the acidity was being caused due to an increase in body heat.

Another lady called in for her daughter’s skin problem and Dr Apte suggested that she put ghee on it. Personally I could not see the reason for making one feel like they were getting buttered up like a paratha?!? But she went on to say that, it would help heal the skin and soothe the pain and irritation she was experiencing. I know when someone is in agony they will try anything to cure it.

Dr Apte said that Ayurveda was an increasingly popular form of medicine now, even though it has been around for centuries. There are several new products and people are always willing to try out anything that has natural properties. However, I would recommend one seek professional help before trying anything out to avoid any problems.