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    Homeopathy & Ayurveda

    Ayur = life

    Veda = Knowledge

    Life science, biology, ecology, nature study

    Ancient Indian form of Naturopathy formed

    by observation of forms andprocesses in


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    Context - Organon

    Organon on Chronic disease

    77: Lifestyle diseases

    Partake of harmful food and drink

    Intemperance = addiction

    Deprivation of necessities Lack of exercise or too much exercise

    Work stress - burnout

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    Context: Ayurveda revival

    Maharishi 1970s advises the Beatles to drop mindaltering drugs and start meditating eg. TM.

    Deepak Chopra in 1990sactually westerneducated Endocrinologistapplies basicayurvedic principles to Mind/body medicine.

    Becomes more interesting and accessible to the

    general public. Catches Hollywood attention. Limits for Ayur practitioners, materia medica

    knowledge and available medicines.

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    Context: Killer Modern lifestyle

    disease Cardio-Vascular diseasediet, stress,

    unhappiness, lack of fulfillment

    Late onset diabetesdiet, exercise

    Obesitydiet, exercise, lifestyle

    Depressionstress, relationships, work,

    burn out

    Role of Homeopathic Physician???

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    Context: Purpose of lecture

    Exposure to basic Ayurvedic concepts

    Where do these fit in with the treatment of

    disease and lifestyle advice for patients?

    How does a naturopathic based system such

    as Ayurveda fit in with Homeopathic

    practice? I.E. What lessons can we learnfrom Ayurveda.

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    Ayur Concepts: Doshas Mind/Body

    principle Bio-energetic principlelike a humour

    understand as a differentiation of the vital force.An interface that links pure energy and gross biochemistry. That which gives specific expression tothe life force.

    Tri-doshic theory: Kapha (Water/Earth); Pitta(Fire/Fluid); Vata (Space/Air). All of naturecontains the above in varying quantities.

    Mind/body types (constitutional) single or multiand imbalances

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    Mind/Body Types- Kapha Dosha

    Infancy as soft, watery, unformedKaphapredominates (earth/water principle)

    Consider a new plant shoot or sapling. Soft

    flexible etc. Fast growing. Not well differentiated.

    Nature: Cold, wet, sticky

    Tissues and organs: Mucous membranes,

    Respiratory system, all tissue formation.

    Diseases: Colds, flu etc.

    Remedy idea???

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    Kapha imbalance- Treatment

    Keep warm and dry

    Avoid heavy overfried foods

    More exercise

    Use more heating spices eg. Ginger, Black pepper.

    Black pepper is part of the Piperaceae botanical

    family What are the Homeopathic sensations of this


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    Piperaceae botanical family:

    Homeopathic sensations Sensation = Boredom, monotony,

    unexciting, bland, tasteless, insipid.

    Passive reaction = Dullness, sluggishness,

    tired, indolent (Sankaran Schema, 2005)

    If other wise indicated remedies such as

    Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) could be anantidote to excessive Kapha dosha.

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    Mind/Body Types-Pitta

    IN THE FLOWER OF LIFEproductive plantmaking bright flowers, fruit and seeds, changing,

    transforming, creating new life (human ages late

    teens to 40s)

    Elements: Fire & Fluid = Pitta

    Nature: Hot, excitable, angry, red

    Tissues & Organs: Liver, pancreas, stomach, skin,


    Diseases: inflammatory, -itises

    Remedy Idea???

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    Pitta Imbalance Tx

    Keep cool

    Take time to smell the flowers

    Use a cooling cooking oil like Virgin Coconut Avoid excessive amounts of pungent foods eg.

    Chillies, and other pungent spices

    Chillies (Capsicum) are from the Solanaceae

    family Others are Stramonium, Belladonna, Tabacum

    What are the Homeopathic sensations of thatbotanical family?

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    SolanaceaeHomeopathic Sensations

    Violence, sudden, splitting, bursting,

    explosive, spasmodic, jerking, shooting, sun

    stroke, apoplexy, violent terror etc. etc.(SANKARAN SCHEMA, 2005: 22)

    Other food members of the Solonaceae are

    potatoes, tomatoes, etc.

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    Mind/Body Types- Vata (space/air)

    Old tree in winter, loses leaves, loses flexibility.Not reproductive anymore (human ages middle toold age)

    Elements: Space & Air = Vata

    Nature: dry, light, rough, cold, mobile

    Tissues and organs: skin (dry), nervous system,colon, reproductive system

    Diseases: functional eg. Hypertension,constipation, muscular-skeletal pain, pain ingeneral.

    Remedy idea??

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    Vata Imbalance - Treatment

    Keep Warm

    Keep calm

    Avoid raw foodespecially medicinal foods of

    the Cruciferae family eg. Cabbage, Cauliflower,

    Brusel Srouts, Lettuce

    What is the Homeopathic Sensation of the

    Cruciferae botanical family?

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    Cruciferae- Homeopathic Sensations

    Obstruction, stopped, blocked, stuckmentally as well as physically (SANKARANSCHEMA 2005: 15).

    In Vata see problems of constipation, gasbuild up, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Cruciferae in homeopathy: Thlaspi(Cabbage + fungus), Raphanus (Raddish),Sinapsis Nigra etc.

    Should these patients avoids these foods?

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    Vata ImbalanceTreatment cont.

    Avoid astringent foods: brown lentils, hard

    biscuits etc.

    Avoid excessive stimulation: computer, TVgames, etc. Nervous system is sensitive to

    overstimulation followed by collapse.

    Pour oil on troubled waters: massage often with

    cold pressed sesame oil. Use more high quality

    natural oils in diet: eg. Extra Virgin Olive,


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    Ayurvedic theory of disease formation

    Food is taken in and cannot be properly digested

    and assimilatedthere are toxic by products

    formed and these accumulate in the body causingdamage at a cellular and tissue level.

    There is a lack of proper nutrition to the being.

    Definition of food: anything that passes the senses.

    What can prevent complete digestion?

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    Digestion limitations

    Weak digestive (Agnifire) capacitythrough

    worry, bad habits, snacking, by nature etc.

    Inappropriate foods: too much hard, dry, rawfoods for the Vata type

    Devitalised foods: highly processed foods, eg.

    White bread, canned/frozen foods, left overs,

    sunflower/canola oil, margarines, tub spreads.

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    Disease formationmodern

    understandings Free radical overload, esp. from left overs

    leads to cell wall damage thereby disrupting

    endocrine cellullar control or epithelialdamage in arteries leading to


    Cross linking of proteins: damage to arterialwalls, lens cataracts, etc.

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    Classical Ayurvedic treatment and

    prevention of disease Analyse patient according to tri-doshic system

    Remove toxins via Pancha Karma (5 actions)

    Rebuild Agniappetite, desire Educate in the realm of appropriate lifestyle


    Give specific Ayurvedic remedies as indicated by

    the materia medica Make seasonal changes to regimes as indicated

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    Vitalitycentral to Homeopathy &

    Ayurveda Feeling of aliveness, nowness, responsiveness

    Vital force the beings animator (Hahnemann)

    Treatment of the deranged Vital force needs adynamic medicinehomeopathic similimum

    Post successful homeopathic treatment patients

    report increased vitality as outlined above.

    How to maintain & enhance this vitality ?

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    Naturopathic lifestyle advice

    1) Breathe more deeply

    2) Drink more filtered water

    3) Eat more freshly prepared food

    4) Do more exercise

    5) Have more fun!

    All the above costs nothing or next to


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    Kitchen Ayurveda

    No medicines, just use shop products

    Ginger and Turmeric tearadically improve

    digestion and ward off Alzheimers disease. Fennel seeds after eatingclose off appetite

    Hot water on awakingclean digestive system

    Cook with good quality natural oils eg.Butterghee, Virgin Coconut Oil.

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    Ayurvedic inspired lifestyle advice

    Meditation and relaxation practices

    More regularity in daily routines

    Appropriate physical activities eg. Yoga, Pilates,Tai Chi and other more cardio sports.

    Finding more soul in work, relationships, home,religon, cooking, entertainment, art etc.

    Honing and sharpening the sensesso as tobecome more discerning and aware of what of thebody needs.

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    Sensuality & Good taste

    Ayurveda is sensual way of life and healing

    There is relationship between taste and the

    doshas. Therefore all medicines should betasted. A major part of the effect is the

    sensual reception of the herb/spice/food.

    Senses are the bridge beween mind andbody.

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    Senses as the bridge between mind &

    body Senses receive outside information

    Senses evaluate circumstances & food

    Senses express desire for certain tastes

    Dulled senses cannot pick up environmental


    A deranged vital force can express itself in

    strange desirescravings and aversions

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    Vitality, Sensuality & Desire

    Three concepts that tie up good health

    Inner vitality depends on clear senses that can

    evaluate what is needed.

    Desire is then stimulated to provide the force

    and impetus to make the correct lifestyle


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    Vitality, Sensuality & Desire in Practice

    A female patient with a history of eating disordersis given Alumina as her similimum.

    She now starts to feel glimpses of her identity butfeels unhappy about her dietician advice to eat 6

    small meals a day I explain to her that such a practice will reduce her

    digestive fire which is felt sensually as deephunger pangs in the stomach. I suggest 3 meals a

    day and paying attention to actual hungersensations.

    This resonates deeply with her and we willmonitor the development of desire over the course

    of her deep classical homeopathic treatment

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    Homeopathy & Lifestyle Advice: a

    question of timing During initial interview??

    Follow up??