Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Services & Ayurvedic Doctors

Ayurveda is a truly holistic and integral medical system that treats human beings as a ‘whole’, which is a combination of body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic treatments bring the body back into balance for optimum wellness.

“AYU” means all aspects of life from conception to death, and “VEDA” means knowledge or learning. It is a way of life that describes the diet, medicine and behaviours that are beneficial or detrimental for your life or lifestyle.

The History of Ayurvedic Services

Ayurveda is one of the oldest (approximately 6,000 years old) scientific medical systems in the world, with a long record of clinical experience. It is one of the great gifts of the Gods of ancient India to mankind. It is not just a system of medicine in the common sense of curing disease; it is also a way of life which teaches us how to maintain and protect our health.

According to the four main vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharva), they stated that when the God Brahma created the universe with human life, human beings started to feel sick, not doing all Karmas properly as they were supposed to. So the creator of the universe, Brahma, wrote Ayurveda, which some people call as a fifth veda.

The Rig veda is the foundation stone of the other vedas, being the oldest of the four and contains concepts of Ayurveda. Its three great Gods – Indra, Agni and Soma – related to the three doshas (body type) of Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta or Kapha.

In Atharva, we find references to anatomical and physiological factors, the disease process, treatment of specific diseases and other systematic knowledge about Ayurveda. All the material about the science of life is compiled together in the so called fifth veda, Ayurveda, and all those compilations are called “Samhitas”.

Due to invasion of different cultures in ancient India, many of these Samhitas have been lost or burnt, but three main Samhitas are available: Charaka-Medicine Veda, Sushruta-Surgery Veda, and Ashtanga Hridaya-Lifestyle Management.

Guides for Ayurvedic Treatments

How to determine your constitution

Select one of the three options below to determine which description fits you best. Make a note to which type your choice belongs. If you feel two or all options fit, jot down each type. If you are unsure about a choice, just leave it. Tally up how many times each type has been chosen. As each person is a combination of all three types, you are likely to have numbers for all three. The type with the highest number is your dominant constitutional type.

The Vata Type

Usually low body weight and light bone structure. Enthusiastic and sensitive. Prone to illnesses like : rheumatism, anxiety, infertility, impotence, heart trouble. Like a warm environment. Prolonged intellectual concentration can affect their health.

The Pitta Type

Like physical activity. Metabolism works well, muscle & bone structure are moderately developed. Intellectually alert & methodical. They make good leaders, scientists or technicians. Impatient & aggressive. Prone to high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, skin cancer, herpes & inflammations.

The Kapha Type

Usually heavily built. Do not like to rush, take their time. Strong and enduring. Prudent, confident, reliable, calm under pressure. Good business sense. Can become greedy or lethargic. Prone to digestive problems, poor blood circulation, colds, bronchitis, lung and breast cancer.

The following table can help you identify your body type better:

Physical Attributes – Body Type

Vata Pitta Kapha
SKIN
thin, dry, cool, fairly dark, tans easily
pale, lustrous, freckles, rashes, sunburns easily
thick, whitish, oily, cold
MOUTH
small or large, gums receding
medium size
large
NECK
thin, scrawny, very long, very short
average, in proportion to body
solid, like a tree trunk
HAIR
thin, dark, dry, curly, coarse, kinky, frizzy
fine, soft, fair, reddish
thick, plenty, wavy, shiny, brown
NOSE
small, narrow, long, crooked, asymmetrical
pointed, average size
large, rounded, oily
LIPS
thin, narrow, tight, dry, unbalanced
medium, well proportioned, soft, red
big, full, smooth, oily
FACE
long, angular, small chin
heartshaped, pointed chin
large, round, full
EYES
small, narrow, sunken, dark, brown, grey
average, hazel, light blue, grey, intense lustre
large, attractive, blue, light brown
TEETH
irregular, big, crooked, little
medium size, soft gums, yellowish
strong, white, healthy gums
SIZE

at birth
thin, small
average
large
HEIGHT
very short, very tall
medium
tall, sturdy, short, stocky
WEIGHT
low, hard to put on weight
moderate, easy to put on or take off weight
heavy, tends to overweight
FRAME

BONES
light, delicate, narrow hips, shoulders
medium
large shoulders, hips are broad
MUSCLES
underdeveloped, prominent tendons
firm, well developed
solid, strong
JOINTS
prominent, dry, tend to crack, knobbly
normal, in proportion to limbs
large, healthy, well lubricated
SWEAT
very little, often little smell
a lot when hot, strong, sour smell
moderate, a little sweat present
ACTIVITY

LEVEL
busy, involved, fidgety
moderate
slow, lethargic, heavy
SEXUAL

ACTIVITY
intense, passionate, fantasies
solid, capable, sensous
slow to arouse, maintains passion
FERTILITY
low
average
high
TEMPERATURE
prefers warmer environment
prefers cooler environment
hates coldness
STOOL
dry, hard, irregular, constipated
soft, oily, loose, regular
slow, oily, thick, heavy, plenty
SLEEP
fitful, scanty, interrupted, not restful
not long, but very sound
very deep, prolonged, likes plenty
SPEECH
fast, not lost for words
sharp, clear, cutting, precise
slow, monotonous
MEMORY
good short term, poor long term
good, rapid recall
slow, very good long term

Personality

Vata Pitta Kapha
THINKING
superficial, theorises, few actions
logical, precise, plans well ahead
slow, refuses to be rushed
BELIEFS
few deep beliefs, changeable
strong, fanatical
deep, steady, does not change
EMOTIONS
fearful, unpredictable, anxious
fearful, unpredictable, anxious
calm, greedy, possesive

 Way of Life

Vata Pitta Kapha
WORK

PREFERENCE
creative, imaginative
intellectual
caring
MONEY
spender, unwise, poor
moderate, likes luxuries
saves, prudent, rich
LIFESTYLE
fast, erratic, no plans
plans ahead, ambitious, busy
steady, does not change, regular

A Food & Diet Guide for the Three Ayurvedic Types

Our Ayurvedic doctors believe that food should be natural. Cooking, freezing, etc. changes the natural quality of food. How foods can be combined, how much food should be eaten, the environmental history of food growing, seasonal effects on the food, eating habits and manners, how a person’s attitude can affect food are all factors to be considered for a proper guide. Buttermilk is very good for any of the body types, balancing all three doshas.

Vata Reducing Diet – VATA, a combination of the elements of ETHER and AIR requires sweet, sour, salty and moistening foods. Avoid eating when stressed, anxious or nervous. Try to develop regular eating habits. Drink milk, spice or herb tea. Avoid dried fruit, apples and melons. Eat sweet fruits, avocado, banana, brown rice or red cabbage.

Pitta Reducing Diet – The element of Pitta is predominantly FIRE. Pitta people benefit from foods that have a cooling effect. Avoid fatty and spicy foods including: sour fruits, peanut butter, oranges, banana, tomatoes or garlic. Don’t drink much alcohol. Concentrate on raw fruits and vegetables. Try to eat in an atmosphere of calm and order. Take time when eating. Drink lots of cool water, fruit juices and tea.

Kapha Reducing Diet – As WATER and EARTH are the elements of KAPHA, avoid foods that are sweet, sour and salty. Concentrate on food that is bitter, spicy and tangy. Eat light, warm meals. Avoid overeating, do not eat between meals and do not let emotional disturbances make you eat more. Never sleep after a meal as this will increase weight. Drink as little as possible, especially avoiding cold drinks.

Helpful Resource

Ideal Food Guide for your constitution – Download

Where Can I Find a Holistic Health Practitioner?

We offer Ayurvedic massage in Carrum Downs, plus a host of other Ayurvedic treatments in Melbourne across our four locations. You can find Jaima Heart of Healing in the following suburbs:

• Malvern (from 2000)
• Langwarrin (from 2005)
• Carrum Downs (from 2015)
• Chadstone (from 2021) 

If you’re specifically looking for Ayurvedic doctors, you’ll find the right practitioner for you here at Jaima Heart of Healing. We even have an Ayurvedic shop where you can conveniently buy any supplies or specialist remedies that are needed as part of your treatment plan. Your Ayurvedic doctor will advise you on this as well as other services that may be beneficial for your Ayurvedic treatments.

Start Your Path Towards Wellbeing

The Ayurvedic doctors at our healing centres can help you experience a real positive change in your lifestyle and health. We’re interested in sustainable improvements over time by taking a holistic view of your wellbeing. All of our healing disciplines, including Ayurvedic treatments, aim to balance the body for grater harmony in your system between mind, body and spirit. To experience more balance today, call us now on:

0425 735 898 (Malvern)
• (03) 9785 6411 (Langwarrin)
• 0411 084 547 (Carrum Downs)
(03) 9564 8327 (Chadstone)