What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the "science of life", which helps people to lead a healthy and active life into old age. This kind of health education has been practiced in Southeast Asia, especially in India, for thousands of years. Written evidence goes back to approx. 2000 years, oral traditions reach even further into the Vedic period, and so Ayurveda is considered the oldest medical system with a continuous tradition in the world.

Ayurvedic medicine is recognized as a science by the World Health Organization (WHO) (WHO Traditional Medicine Stragegy 2002-2005, Document WOH / EDM / TRM / 2002.1). In India it is legally equivalent to conventional medicine and its importance is reflected in the creation of a separate Ministry (Ministry of AYUSH). Ayurveda is playing an increasingly important role in the West and in Germany, Ayurvedic medicine is one of the rapidly growing complementary medical procedures.

How does Ayurveda work?

Ayurveda is based on a profound philosophy about the definition of health (Svastha), how people can maintain it, how illness develops and can be cured. The human being is perceived as an individual "body-mind-consciousness system" in which functional principles or bioenergies - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - work. This individual equilibrium of one's own constitution can be disturbed by daily recurring habits and ultimately get out of balance. According to Ayurveda this is a key factor for sickness. 

A measure of balance or imbalance of these bioenergies is, among other things, the digestive power - the digestive fire AGNI. This is based on a simple observation: a healthy organism can generally digest everything it eats and drinks, uses it to create energy and the necessary building blocks for the body and excrete the rest without any problems.

" Samadosha Samadhatu samaagni samamala Kryaha Prasanna atma Indriya manaha/
Svastha iti abhidhiya te." (Sushruta Samhita, Sutrasthana XV.41.ca. 1Jh.n.Chr.)

"One is in perfect health when the Three doshas (vata, pitta and Kapha) Digestive fire (digestion, assimilation and metabolism) all the body tissues & components (Dhatus) (the entire physical body) all the excretory functions (the physiological functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order with a pleasantly disposed and contented mind, senses and spirit."

An accurate diagnosis factors in all elements and causes that have a positive effect on  maintaining and regaining helath. Based on this an individual and multimodal therapy guide is created that addresses both body and mind.

In my practice, I concentrate on nutritional advice and nutritional supplements, lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and yoga (breathing) exercises that enable patients to take responsibility for their health and recovery in everyday life.

When Ayurveda can help?

Ayurveda provides good and promising approaches, especially for chronic diseases. In Southeast Asia and increasingly in the West (here more as a complementary medical procedure) Ayurveda is used for these diseases.

My main areas are:
•  Internal Medicine:
   Gastrointestinal complaints
    Metabolic syndrome: diabetes, obesity, hypertension, lipid metabolism disorders

• Gynecology

• Psyche and nerves:
  Sleep disorders
  Psychosomatic illnesses

• Musculoskeletal system

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