This is a sponsored post, based on the personal experience of Kylie Travers with Ayurveda.
Throughout my life I have had numerous health issues, from being diagnosed with PCOS as a teen through to cancer scares, paralysis and more in recent years. Due to this, I have done extensive research and experimented with different lifestyles, diets and treatments, both within Western medicine and natural options, with varied results. My health cost me a small fortune (I am talking in the tens of thousands) in recent years, yet with some self-care, preventative treatment and natural alternatives, I am now saving that money.
At the end of last year, I came across Ayurveda again, specifically Ayurwoman, an Ayurveda clinic based in Melbourne specialising in female health, along with stress and other issues. I remembered reading about it in high school and had some interest, then forgot about it. Interestingly, at this point I had a lot of complications with my PCOS, had just had my second bladder surgery, plus started having other health issues including an allergic reaction to grass which I have never had in my life before resulting in a rash over my whole body, breathing issues, blood issues including testing positive to blood clots and being sent straight for a CT scan and being diagnosed with neutropenia (low neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that fights bacterial infections. I have always tested low for these, only recently found out it’s an issue when you consistently have the same severely low count forever). Basically, my body was a mess and Western ‘traditional’ medicine was not helping.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicine, often called Ayurveda, is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda combines health and wellness between the mind, body and spirit, with the goal of promoting good health.
With Ayurveda the belief is every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: earth, fire, air, water and space which combine to form three life forces or energies called doshas. The doshas are Vata dosha (space and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water) and Kapha dosha (water and earth). We each have a unique mix of the doshas and they control how our body works. One is usually stronger than another and it’s believed the health issues you develop are related to the lack of balance of your doshas.
What does treatment include and how can it help?
Treatment will vary depending on what you personally need, everyone has a treatment plan tailored to them. You start with a dosha analysis (body type analysis), followed by a treatment plan. The treatment plan is a combination of things such as diet, lifestyle changes including meditation and your overall environment, massage and ayurvedic treatments. It is much more complex than that though!
A few treatments you might know or find useful include:
Shirodhara – the gentle, constant application of warm oil on the third eye or chakra point just above and between the eyebrows.
Abhyanga Ayurveda Massage
Panchakarma treatment, the 5 phase detox therapy.
For more information on different therapies and treatments, check out this article.
It is my feeling that our bodies and life are so out of balance now, this is why we get so sick and stressed. By incorporating treatments like Ayurveda into our lives, it will improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life, which in turn improves your finances.
How has Ayurvedic Medicine helped me?
To be honest, I was slow with it. I had tried so many things by this point I was skeptical. Everything I had tried helped a little, but the difference with Ayurveda has been significant. The largest impact for me has been learning my body type and changing my diet/lifestyle accordingly.
– My skin has cleared up.
– I now sleep through the night and feel rested when I wake (which happens to be around 5:30 every morning, full of energy and I love that. I have never been a morning person!)
– I have more energy.
– Cramping in my abdomen has disappeared.
– My moods have stabalised and I handle stressful situations better.
How can you implement Ayurveda in your life?
Firstly, go to a qualified practitioner and have a proper assessment done then follow through with the treatment. The cost of this is negligible compared to the cost of trying to ‘fix’ yourself later.
To give you an idea, surgeries, tests, CT scans, specialist appointments, creams, pain medications and other treatment I have had in the past few years has cost thousands in medical expenses plus more in time and lost work opportunities.
Invest in yourself and in your health.
Have you tried Ayurveda? What did you think?