Ayurveda Yorktown VA

Local resource for Ayurveda in Yorktown, VA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to alternative medicine, Ayurveda medicine, alternative medicine treatment centers, and Ayurveda practitioners, as well as advice and content on Ayurveda, medicine, and traditional Indian medicine.

Carl O. Helvie
(757) 848-9193
Hampton, VA
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American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)

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Fredericksburg, VA
 
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6515 George Washington Maine
Yorktown, VA
 
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(757) 249-5500
307 Oyster Point Rd
Newport News, VA
 
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13784 Warwick Boulevard Suite B
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(757) 898-0100
2821 Denbigh Boulevard
Yorktown, VA
 
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(757) 898-4480
6500 George Washington Maine
Yorktown, VA
 
Armstrong Chiropractic
(757) 873-7786
872 J Clyde Morris Blvd Ave
Newport News, VA
 
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
(757) 898-0200
13195 Warwick Boulevard Suite 1D
Newport News, VA
 
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(757) 596-4847
1730 George Washington Memorial Hwy
Yorktown, VA
 
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Ayurveda: Tailor-Made Health

India’s traditional healing system, in which each person’s unique makeup
provides the basis for well-being, is taking root in the US.

By Lisa James

June 2009

You’ve gone for the usual physical exam and blood tests, and have been told there’s nothing abnormal—what a relief. But you still don’t feel quite right. So you consult someone trained in Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of healing.

The practitioner carefully notes your physical attributes, such as the texture of your skin and hair, the shape of your chin and nose, the appearance of your eyes and teeth, and your overall size and weight. He or she then asks questions that you would expect—about your typical food preferences, waking/sleeping schedule, appetite level, digestive patterns and emotional state, for example—and several that you wouldn’t—whether your meals are rushed or relaxed, what you tend to dream about, whether you’re a spender or a saver, how you approach matters of spirit or connectedness. These answers help determine your fundamental constitution (prakruti) in terms of vata, pitta and kapha (abbreviated VPK), Ayurveda’s three basic body-mind-spirit types known as doshas. The practitioner then asks if any of these factors have changed recently, and in what way. This determines your vikruti, or current state.

In most people’s constitutions, one dosha predominates. For you it’s vata; your fundamental VPK ratio is V3P2K1. But your current state is V4P2K1—your vata is too high. To counteract this imbalance, the practitioner suggests that, in addition to keeping warm and avoiding drafts, you eat fewer salads and instead consume more vegetables cooked with moderate amounts of spices such as ginger and turmeric. The two of you discuss ways to calm your anxiety. You receive an herbal oil to rub into your dry skin (good for those achy joints, too) along with an herbal laxative for your chronic constipation. In two weeks you and the practitioner will go over your progress and look at other issues you may need to work on.

A Sanskrit word that translates as “science of life,” Ayurveda holds that “every individual is indivisible—undivided, total, complete, a unique expression of consciousness,” says Vasant Lad, MASc, executive director of The Ayurveda Institute ( www.ayurveda.com ) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The goal of Ayurveda is not just to take care of disease but to deal with every aspect of life.”

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Ayurveda views health and disease through the prism of energy, specifically the life force known as prana. “Western medicine sees the body basically in terms of chemistry,” says David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), founder of the American Institute of Vedic Studies
( www.vedanet.com ) in Santa Fe, New Mexico and coauthor with Lad of The Yoga of Herbs (Lotus Press). “Our medicine is based on prana and consciousness instead of structure and chemistry, although structure and chemistry have their place.”

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