Ayurveda, the Indian System of Medicine, is one of the oldest systems of medicine that is continuously practiced for thousands of years. Literally, the term Ayurveda means "the science of life." According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), ayurveda is a complete system of theory and practice that have evolved over time. It is a holistic medicine, integrating and balancing body, mind and spirit. Ayurvedic Medicine is based on the theories of health and illness. Its main objectives are promoting health through prevention and treating or managing illnesses with a holistic approach.
With the growing popularity towards natural forms of treatments in the United States, people are increasingly using Ayurvedic Medicine to manage stress related disorders and many chronic ailments. Ayurveda adopts herbs, minerals, oil massages, diet and lifestyle advices, and yoga to treat various ailments. A unique practice known as panchakarma is employed to cleanse the body from toxins (ama) and substances (vata, pitta and kapha) that are out of balance. The goal of all treatment methods is to help reestablish harmony and balance in the body, mind and spirit.
Since Ayurvedic Medicine is not licensed in the United States, an Ayurvedic practitioner cannot diagnose or treat any specific condition. Therefore, it is advised to let your health care providers know your interest in seeking Ayurvedic care, and give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. At University Health Center, Whittier, our practitioners have experience in treating a wide variety of chronic ailments over the years, including treatment in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, headache, allergic respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, psoriasis, and HIV.
Unique Healthcare Approach
University Health Centers are based on the traditional university teaching model. Ayurvedic Medicine practitioners at University Health Centers meet the stringent educational and clinical practice requirements.
Each health center conducts an ongoing quality assurance program that helps ensure the highest standards of care. All the patient care is personally provided by a practitioner.
Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioners at your service:
- Anupama KizhakkeVeettil, BAMS, YTTC, MAOM
- Sivarama Prasad Vinjamury, L.Ac., MSAOM