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 Ayurvedic Medicine

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Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine

What is Health. Prevention -Better than Cure

The 5 Elements and the 3 Doshas

Prakrti and Vikrti

Diagnosis

Common Questions

How to prepare for your consultation

Cost


How Would you like:

  • Greater HAPPINESS and JOY? 

  • Abundance of ENERGY?

  • To live your BEST LIFE NOW?

  • HEALTHY joints and bones?

  • To be FREE from digestive, metabolic and/or hormonal issues?

  • Connection with SPIRITUAL and in tune with DIVINE GUIDANCE?

Call 720-771-8534 to sign up for an Ayurvedic Consultation with Heidi Nordlund. Phone and in-person sessions available.

Heidi is a Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) recognized at the Ayurvedic Doctor level of membership.

Make the path to well-being enjoyable with Ayurveda and Heidi Nordlund's spiritual guidance. In a safe environment, you receive the support you need to achieve your health goals.

During a two hour initial Ayurvedic consultation you will:

  1. Understand the current health of your digestive tract, heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, gallbladder, spleen and thyroid as well as your current vitality, immune system and strength.
  2. Gain insight into your own personal Ayurvedic body/mind type and current imbalances.
  3. Find out what you need to do to bring yourself into an ideal state of health and equilibrium, and how to prevent and eliminate the imbalances that lead to disease.
  4. Bring home tools that you can implement immediately to heal and cure existing health problems and learn how to reduce disease causing stress and anxiety improving your mood and vitality.
  5. Receive effective personalized strategies to heal, harmonize and energize your life, including recommendations for herbal preparations to increase immunity and come to enjoy and appreciate your life fully.

Ayurvedic herbs have been used around the world for thousands of years and have been safely used with no issues. Heidi orders herbs from excellent sources known for good manufacturing practices, comply with FDA regulations and quality control who deal with authentic, organic sources in India that are closely monitored. She makes custom formulas for your unique health concerns and they have worked consistently well for all of her clients.

Recommendations are personalized to your unique needs and may include:

HERBAL PREPARATIONS personalized to suit your health and personal needs (both for internal and external use) 

SEASONAL PRACTICES to live in balance with the seasonal changes

LIFESTYLE & DAILY ROUTINE CHANGES
(hygiene, specific exercises to your body type, breaking bad habits, enjoy great sleep and calmness) 

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES & STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

DIETARY CHANGES (how to eat well and what to eat for your own perfect health)

PANCHA KARMA (ancient and effective individualized cleansing program)

Receive effective personalized strategies to heal, harmonize and energize your life. Bring home tools that you can implement immediately to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood, calm your mind, crave healthier foods, balance weight, generate more energy, increase immunity and vitality, and come to enjoy and appreciate your life fully.

"Through her excellent intuitive ability and her most compassionate, empathetic and astute sense of observation, she truly starts you on your own invaluable, individual journey to healing yourself on all levels. The simple suggestions along with the herbs she recommends in order to get you back into balance are so perfectly tailored to address your specific concerns and needs, it is uncanny - they all work! She is truly a blessing to this world." J.J. Albany, NY Read more testimonials>

 
Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurveda is a system that helps you maintain optimal health by using the inherent principles of nature to bring you into harmony with your own True Self. In essence, Ayurveda has been in existence since the beginning of time because nature's laws have always governed humanity.

Ayurvedic medicine is also called Ayurveda. It is a system of medicine that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is the most comprehensive holistic healing practice in the world and the precursor to all healing systems including Western Medicine, Naturopathy and Aromatherapy.

The term Ayurveda combines two Sanskrit words - ayus, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge. To know about life is Ayurveda. In the philosophy of Ayurveda, life is a combination of mind, body and Soul and are considered equally important and worthy of nurturing.

In Ayurveda, the responsibility for your health is fully shared with you as the client. Ayurveda approaches you as unique and that you hold the key to your own healing.

Heidi Nordlund determines your unique Prakrti, body-mind type, and Vikrti, current state of imbalance, and works with you to create an individual plan to assist you to your unique state of health and wellbeing.

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What is Health

The Ayurvedic definition of health is that state in which your structure and function are operating optimally and you are in a state of physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium.

The Ayurvedic state of health is elegantly described in the great texts by Charak and Vagbhat:

  • All three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are in equilibrium with regard to your Prakrti (constitution).

  • All seven Dhatus (tissues) are in the proper state of strength and integrity.

  • Agni (digestive fire) is balanced resulting in proper appetite, digestion and assimilation.

  • Malas (waste materials) are produced and eliminated in a regular manner.

  • The sense organs are functioning normally and the mind is undisturbed.

  • Happiness and contentment is the experience of life.

 

Ayurvedic Principles

  • All things in the Universe (both living and nonliving) are joined together.

  • Every human being contains elements that are found in the Universe.

  • All people are born in a state of balance within themselves and in relation to the Universe.

  • This state of balance is disrupted by the processes of life. Disruptions can be physical, emotional, spiritual or a combination. Imbalances weaken your body and make you susceptible to disease.

  • Health is good if your interaction with the immediate environment is effective and wholesome. 

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Prevention - Better than Cure

The essence of Ayurveda is prevention, and Ayurveda offers extensive recommendations, procedures and techniques to protect your health.

In the course of your normal every day life, your body easily accumulates ama (toxins). This may be due to stress, improper diet, chemicals in the foods you eat or drink or other lifestyle-related factors. Ama causes ill health and ageing. Learning how to avoid accumulating ama is a key factor in maintaining your health and longevity.

In Ayurveda, diet is very important and is regarded as the foundation of good health: Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food.

Based upon your individual Prakrti (body-mind type), Heidi will recommend which foods are appropriate to eat and which are best to avoid, and also how and when to eat. The old slogan that breakfast is the most important meal of the day may be good advice for your friend but not the best for you.

Ayurveda advocates a joy-filled life and takes into account modern realities as well as the importance of enjoying what you eat - whatever it is. Ayurvedic consultations offers recommendations and guidelines and is not to be taken as inflexible dictation.

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The 5 Elements

In Ayurveda, you are viewed as a unique individual made up of five primary elements. These elements are

  1. Ether (space)
  2. Air
  3. Fire
  4. Water
  5. Earth

To understand your body you must understand these five elements. Ayurveda explains that all matter in the universe is made up of five elemental, cosmic energies or building blocks. These elements are representative of states of matter. This concept of the five elements lies at the very heart of Ayurvedic science.

These five elements, as well as in nature, are present within each being, and since any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on you. The foods you eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements.

Ether (space) is the energy field that is simultaneously the source of all matter (pure consciousness) and the space in which it exists. Simplified, it is the space between all things.

Air is representative of the subtle movement of ether. The movement of ether particles makes friction which creates heat. As particles of heat-energy combine, intense light is formed and from this light the fire element is born.

From the heat of the fire, certain ethereal elements are dissolved and liquefied, bringing about water. As these molecules solidify, the earth element is formed.

In your body, the five elements appear as your individual constitution/body-mind type or personal make-up (prakrti), which is determined at the moment of conception depending on the predominant combination of the elements.

While the structural aspect of your body is made up of the five elements, the functional aspect of your body is governed by the three biological Doshas, a distinct combination of elements called Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha. Each of us is a unique combination of these three Doshas.

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The 3 Doshas are Derived from the 5 Elements

Vata Dosha

Vata is a combination of the elements space and air. It is dry, light, cold, mobile, active, clear, astringent, and its energy is dispersing. Vata governs the principle of movement and can therefore be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination. Thus, Vata controls some of the basic body processes such as cell division, the heart, breathing, nervous system and the mind.

Due to the light quality of vata, Vata types are likely to have a slim body frame, slim muscles and little or no fat. Because of the cold quality of this dosha, Vata types tend towards poor circulation evident in cold hands and cold feet. There may be an aversion towards anything cold and a strong attraction to warmth and love. The mobile quality of Vata lead a person to speak fast, move fast, be creative and energetic.

When Vata is balanced, there is tremendous creativity, enthusiasm and inspiration. Vata types make excellent artists and healers.

Vata can be thrown out of balance during the fall and winter seasons, and by, for example, staying up late at night, moving or traveling, multi-tasking, or eating too many dry and cold foods. If you have excessive Vata, you will most likely experience dry hair, dry skin, irregular digestion, constipation, cracking or popping joints, anxiety or insomnia.

Vata-predominant types tend to be especially susceptible to neurological, muscular or mental diseases.

 

Pitta Dosha

Pitta represents the elements of fire and water. It has evolved from the functions of fire in nature. As fire cooks, digests or destroys everything that it comes across according to its strength; similarly, Pitta is the basic energy-generating constituent necessary for all the metabolic operations of the body. The transformation of foods into nutrients that the body assimilates is an example of a Pitta function. It is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems as well as cellular metabolism. Pitta is hot, sharp, light, liquid, sour, oily, and its energy has a spreading quality. Pitta types have a medium frame and good muscle tone. They are most likely intense, energetic, dynamic, perfectionist and focused individuals.

When Pitta is in balance, these types make great teachers, leaders, and guides.

Pitta can be brought out of balance during summer, and by eating too much spicy, sour or salty food; anger, competitive sports, excessive heat, or unfair acts of others. When Pitta is out of balance, you may experience emotions such as hostility, impatience, jealousy and be overly critical and have physical symptoms such as inflammation, heartburn, nausea or hyperacidity. If you have excess of Pitta in your body, you will likely have an intense appetite and lots of heat in the body. A pitta person can sweat at a fifty degree temperature (whereas a vata person may not perspire at all even at a much higher temperature).

People with a predominantly Pitta constitution are likely more susceptible to heart disease and stomach ulcers.

 

Kapha Dosha

Kapha dosha combines the elements water and earth. It has heavy, slow, cool, oily, liquid, dense, thick, static and cloudy qualities. Kapha means the adhesive material which in the body acts as the assembling constituent. The gel like substance between our joints can be considered as Kapha for understanding purpose.

Kapha is responsible for growth, immunity, strength and offers protection, for example cerebral-spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in your body.

People with a predominantly Kapha constitution tend to have larger bones, thicker muscles and fat, slower metabolism, thick wavy hair, big attractive eyes, put on weight easily, and may have cool, clammy skin. Kapha types also talk and move slower but with grace and dignity.

When balanced, there is consistency, dedication, loyalty, unconditional love, calmness, nurture, devoteion forgiveness, love, generousity and compassion. They make great friends, wonderful caretakers and supporters.

An Kapha imbalance may cause congestion, excess mucus, lethargy, weight gain, depression, over-attachment and resistance to healthy change. Kapha is easily aggravated during spring and from sleeping during the daytime, eating too many sweet, sour or salty foods; eating after you are full, excessive water intake, fatty and oily foods and lack of movement.

Those with a predominant Kapha dosha are vulnerable to water retention, diabetes, gallbladder problems and respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

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Prakrti

The word prakrti means natural or original form and source.

Pra can be translated as the beginning or source of origin, and krti means composition or creation. Thus, prakrti refers to the innate constitution of the human body.

The five elements and the three dosha constitute prakrti and is determined at the moment of conception depending on the predominant combination of the elements.

Everyone is born with a basic prakrti which determines body type, personality and tendency to illness. While the basic prakrti does not change, except for very rare circumstances, aspects thereof change with age, seasons and geo-climatic conditions.

By understanding your Prakrti, you can anticipate your disease tendencies and patterns and learn how to cope with them in order to prevent becoming sick.

Superficially it may appear that some prakrti are better than others. However, each type has its positive and negative aspects. There is no "wrong" prakrti type, and you should not desire to be of a different one. You need to start from wherever we are. This means that you need to understand where you stand and accept it. Then plan intelligently to attain the healthiest state by realizing your potential.

The Ayurvedic understanding of prakrti provides a way to do this - to analyze and assess where you stand and to provide guidance to attain perfect health. Every living being has an inherent tendency to move in the direction of self-healing and balance.

The backbone of Ayurveda is the principle that health is dependent on the balance of prakrti. Understanding your innate constitution allows for comprehending the imbalances that are going on and how optimal health is restored. Thus, diagnosing prakrti is a guide for intelligent action to tell you in which direction you should move and how to improve your physical and mental well-being.

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Vikrti

Vikrti refers to your current imbalance or altered state of doshas in your body and mind representing a deviation from prakrti. If your present state is the same as your prakrti then there is balance and good health, but it is most likely that there will be a difference since vikrti reflects any aspects of lifestyle, diet, environment, emotions etc. that are not in harmony with your prakrti. For example, environmental influences such as climate, choice of career; personal relationships; unhealthy lifestyle or diet; too much or too little mental and physical exertion; or not being properly protected from the weather, chemicals, or germs contribute to vikrti.

According to Ayurveda, if you live a natural, simple and clean life there will always be more momentum in the direction of health than towards disease. There is an inherent tendency in nature to move from Vikrti to Prakrti and systems of medicine are merely strategies to assist this gentle, yet inexorable, self-healing progression.

No matter what your constitution is, it is possible to achieve optimal health through the proper diet, lifestyle and attitude towards life.

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Diagnosis

The Ayurvedic diagnosis is always done as a whole. A careful note is taken of internal physiological characteristics and mental disposition, condition of digestion, affected doshas and dhatus, the site at which imbalances are located, the stage of clinical conditions, vitality, daily routine, dietary habits as well as details of personal, social, economic and environmental situations.

Ayurveda offers a vivid analytical description of the stages and events that take place, since the causative factors commence to operate, till the final manifestation of disease. This gives Ayurveda an advantage of knowing the possible onset of disease much before the latent symptoms become apparent. This enhances the preventive role by making it possible to take proper and effective steps in advance, to arrest further progress in pathogenesis and to take suitable therapeutic measures to curb the disease in its earliest stage of onset.

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Common Questions


What if I am seeing a physician for a condition, say high blood pressure or diabetes? Will the Ayurvedic recommendations conflict? Can I see both doctors?

Heidi is trained to work hand in hand with your Western physician. This means that the Ayurvedic herbal preparations will be recommended only after thoroughly taking into account existing medications for your conditions. You do not have to choose between seeing your regular doctor and your Ayurveda practitioner. It is not either/or. In fact if something comes up during your Ayurvedic consultation that Heidi feels must be evaluated further by your Western physician, she will contact your doctor to investigate further. Heidi works in complement with your other physicians to provide the best solutions for you.

I have read some concerns about Ayurvedic herbs in the press lately specifically with regard to some of them containing heavy metals. How do I know that the herbs I am taking are ok?
As with all things, the media tends to sensationalize issues without adequate and thorough fact checking. Ayurvedic herbs have been around for 1000's of years and have been safely used with no issues. Heidi orders herbs from excellent sources who is known for good manufacturing practices, comply with FDA regulations and quality control who deal with authentic, organic sources in India that are closely monitored. She makes custom formulas and have never had any cases so far of complaints against any of the herbs she has recommended and they have worked consistently well for her clients. 

How do I monitor and track progress or challenges?
While on the Ayurvedic healing program, it is essential to come for regular follow-up consultations –this is the only way your progress and/or challenges can be tracked. The Ayurvedic program works slowly but surely with consistent disciplined application. Regular follow-ups ensure timely monitoring of symptoms that come up and any concerns that may arise. They are a great way to acknowledge success with implementations or challenges you may experience. This allows for modifying the treatment program as needed. Unless acute monitoring is required, follow-up visits are usually recommended once a month and then on a maintenance schedule as necessary.

How long should I be on the program before I see results?
It depends – some conditions will show marked improvement almost immediately, others will take longer depending on the nature of the condition, how long it has been with you and so on. A truly comprehensive Ayurvedic program addressing mind, body and spirit transformation is really a lifelong healing work in progress! Realistically, many committed clients are able to see benefits in a few weeks to a few months. But ultimately it depends on how committed and consistent you are in following all the recommendations. You will experience positive changes in your health once you start diligently taking herbs and implementing the lifestyle modifications.

 

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How to prepare for an Ayurvedic Consultation

Bring the following information with you to your appointment:

1. A list of your health goals.

2. A list of your past medical history.

3. A list of all supplements and medications that you are taking.

4. A list of foods which you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as snacks. 

 


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To schedule an appointment with Heidi Nordlund for an Ayurvedic Consultation, call 720-771-8534 or CLICK HERE

Note: 24 hour cancellation policy.
Please respect Heidi's time. If it is necessary to cancel an appointment, please let her know at least 24 hours in advance so other clients may be offered the availability. If an appointment is missed or cancelled less than 24-hours in advance, a full charge will be applied for the reserved slot. Call Heidi at 720-771-8534. Thank you for being mindful and considerate.

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