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Ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine

  • Over 5,000 years old, originated in India.

  • Still the major practice in India; practiced by more than 200,000 adults in the U.S.

  • Ayur means ‘life’ and veda means ‘scienceor knowledge’

  • Foundation lies with:

    • universal interconnectedness: people, health and the universe

    • Prakriti: the body’s constitution

    • Dosha: the life forces

(Ayurvedic, 2014)

Three fundamental energies
Three Fundamental Energies

  • There is health and wholeness when each of these energies are in balance: imbalance causes illness

  • Ayurveda seeks to find the imbalance and correct it.

  • Everyone has a unique combination of these three energies:

    • Vata (wind) – think, light, enthusiastic, energetic, c changeable

    • Pitta (fire) – intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented

    • Kapha (earth) – easy-going, methodical, nurturing

(Ayurveda, 2014)

Healing modalities
Healing Modalities

  • Diet

  • Herbs

  • Aromatherapy

  • Massage

  • Music

  • Meditation

(Ayurveda, 2014)

Safety concerns for ayurveda
Safety Concerns for Ayurveda

  • Products for treatment may consist of a combination of ingredients: herbs, metals, minerals, and other materials.

  • Products are sold as dietary supplements, so they are not tested and controlled as well as conventional medicines are.

  • 2008 – NCCAM examined 193 products (purchased from the internet) and found 21% contained trace amounts of lead, mercury, and/or arsenic.

  • Always go to a trained practitioner for treatment: massage, cleansing techniques and diet regulations.

(Ayurvedic, 2014)

Research for efficacy
Research for Efficacy

  • Research (by NCCAM) for Ayurveda is limited and has been difficult due to research designs and appropriate control groups.

  • 2011 study for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis found conventional and Ayurvedic to have similar effectiveness.

  • Turmeric (used in many Ayurvedic treatments) has shown to be effective with digestive disorders and arthritis.

(Ayurvedic, 2014)

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy
Hypnosis, orHypnotherapy

  • A trance-like state of ‘heightened focus and concentration’

  • Involves a therapist and either verbal repetition, mental images or both

  • Hypnosis makes one more open to suggestions

  • Commonly used for insomnia, pain management, smoking cessation, childbirth, anxiety, and to overcome phobias

(Hypnosis, 204)

How does it work
How Does it Work ?

  • During hypnosis, the brainwaves change from beta waves (high-energy, alert) to theta waves (slower, sleep-like).

  • The body becomes more relaxed and breathing becomes more rhythmic.

  • According to Bundrant (2014), “different parts of the brain are activated, increasing from 13% - 28%.

  • Hypnosis requires mental concentration thereby increasing an individuals state of awareness.

  • Hypnosis + suggestions can change the belief system and help to reframe how we remember things. i.e. “smoking makes me want to throw up” vs. “smoking relaxes me”


  • Complementary medicine for the mind, body and spirit

  • Practiced in different forms for thousands of years

  • Most commonly used for relaxation and reducing stress, but also for:

    • Allergies Pain

    • Asthma Heart Disease

    • Cancer High Blood Pressure

    • Fatigue Insomnia

(Stress Management, 2014)

Types of meditation
Types of Meditation

  • Guided meditation – uses the senses, imagery and/or visualization and led by a guide or teacher.

  • Mantra meditation – prevent distracting thoughts by silently repeating a word, though, or phrase.

  • Mindfulness meditation – focuses on breathing and being in the present; observing thoughts and emotions without judgment.

  • Qi gong – a combination of meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises.

  • Tai chi – a self-paced series of postures or movements combined with breathing techniques.

  • Transcendental meditation – a repeated mantra, word, sound or phrase that eliminates all other thoughts to achieve a state of stillness.

  • Yoga – a series of posture and breathing exercises to improve physical and mental abilities.

(Stress Management, 2014)

In conclusion
In Conclusion…

  • Complementary and Alternative medicines can be used with or in place of Traditional, Western medicine.

  • There are many different types of CAM.

  • Do your research, be safe, try new things.

  • Thanks for being a part of my class!


Ayurveda – The Science of Life. (2014). The Chopra Center. Retrieved from https://www.chopra.com/our-services/ayurveda

Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction. (2014) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Retrieved from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda/introduction.htm

Bundrant, M. (2013). Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/039759_medical_hypnosis_stu dies_effectiveness.html

Hypnosis. (2014). The Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ hypnosis/basics/definition/prc-20019177

Stress Management. (2014). The Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress- management/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858