Holistic health is a broad term used to describe a variety of philosophies, modalities and therapies that address physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Holistic health views the body, mind and spirit as innately connected, so what is happening in one area inevitably affects the whole. When these areas are in harmony, the result is health; when there is an imbalance, the result is disease. Additionally, most holistic approaches emphasize prevention and using natural solutions (such as food, herbal supplements and lifestyle changes) whenever possible.
What is the difference between allopathic, alternative and complementary medicine?
Allopathic medicine is what is commonly referred to as conventional, mainstream or Western medicine. It is based on the treatment of disease symptoms through the use of medications and/or surgery.
Alternative medicine refers to “whole medical systems” that are alternatives to allopathic medicine. (Whole medical systems contain their own philosophy, explanation of disease pathology, diagnosis and treatment.) Examples of whole medical systems include Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Complementary medicine refers to a variety of treatment modalities that can be used in conjunction with allopathic or alternative medicine, but cannot be applied on their own as whole medical systems. Massage, Reiki, Tai Chi and other mind-body interventions are examples of complementary medicine.
What is Ayurveda?
Our most frequently asked question! We have a whole page about Ayurveda HERE.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, Ayurveda is not a licensed healthcare modality in the United States, and therefore is not covered by most major insurance plans. While we cannot bill insurance for services, Turiya Holistic Health can usually accept payments from health-savings accounts (HSAs) if you have an HSA-issued debit card.
What can I expect during a consultation?
Consultations are primarily question & answer discussion and clinical observation. Clients remain fully dressed and there is little to no physical contact. For in-person sessions, the Ayurvedic Doctor may ask to feel your radial pulse (at the wrist) and ask to see your tongue. These are traditional methods of assessment in Ayurveda.
In an initial consultation, the Ayurvedic Doctor will conduct a thorough review of your medical and social history, as well as present your circumstances and complaints. Through this discussion, and observations of relevant physical characteristics (such as hair color, eye color, skin tone, etc.), the Ayurvedic Doctor will determine the your mind-body type (known as Prakruti), your present state (known as Vikruti), and what she feels to be the contributing factors to imbalance. At the time of consultation, or within 2-3 business days, you will be given a list of Ayurvedic diet & lifestyle protocols that will support your unique mind-body type and help to address the root cause of imbalances.
What health conditions can Ayurveda help with?
As a ‘whole medical system’ Ayurveda has treatment options for virtually every type of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalance. However, since it is not recognized as a stand-alone medical system in the United States, it is used primarily as a complementary modality.
In conjunction with Western or allopathic medicine, Ayurvedic therapies may be used to support a variety of conditions. Very often, individuals seek Ayurveda for help with digestive health disorders, weight loss, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance, fertility, women’s reproductive health issues, and autoimmune conditions.
At Turiya Holistic Health, we specialize in supporting women’s health, reproductive health, pre-natal care, mental health, anxiety, depression and various forms of addiction.
Do I need to be sick in order for Ayurveda to help me?
Not at all! Actually, Ayurveda is intended primarily as a preventative health system. With its unique disease pathology model and early intervention options, Ayurveda can often help address an imbalance before it progresses into a diagnosable disease.
Many of our clients come to us in a state of relatively good health and simply want to maintain that. Or, they feel like Ayurveda may help them feel even better.
If you are uncertain whether or not Ayurveda is a good fit for you, we encourage you to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss further. ß Link to Practice Better bookings page