Ayurvedic Specialist

Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Alternative Medicine Physicians located in Bellaire, TX

In use for more than 3,000 years, Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing practices in use today. The team of providers offers ayurvedic treatments at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center in Bellaire, Texas, as a way to restore equilibrium to your system and help you maintain excellent health and functioning. To get started with your ayurvedic practice, schedule an appointment online or by phone today with the healing professionals at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center.

Ayurvedic Q & A

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic healing practice that revolves around the belief that good health comes from a functional balance between your mind, body, and spirit.

This type of healing system is geared more towards promoting good health and preventing disease than actually fighting acute illnesses, but certain treatments within the practice can be used for specific health conditions.

What are the beliefs of Ayurveda?

The basic tenet of Ayurveda is that everything in the universe is connected, and good health is the result of harmony between the universe and your mind, body, and spirit. You get sick when this harmony is disrupted.

Ayurvedic teachings hold that every human is composed of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements combine to form three particular life forces that are called “doshas,” which control the functioning and health of your body. It’s believed that everybody inherits a different balance of doshas, with one usually being stronger than the other two.

What are the three doshas?

The three doshas that are responsible for the operation of your body are:

Vata dosha

Vata dosha is composed of space and air and is considered to be the most powerful dosha. Vata dosha controls your basic body functions, like:

  • Blood flow
  • Heart function
  • Intestinal waste disposal
  • Cell division
  • Breathing
  • Mind functioning

If Vata dosha is your main life force, you have a higher risk of developing anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin conditions, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Pitta dosha

Pitta dosha is composed of fire and water and is primarily linked to your ability to process food, controlling your:

  • Digestion
  • Metabolism
  • Appetite hormones

If pitta dosha is your main life force, you’re more susceptible to health issues like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), and infections.

Kapha dosha

Kapha dosha is composed of water and earth, and is responsible for your:

  • Muscle growth
  • Body strength
  • Stability
  • Weight
  • Immune system

If Kapha dosha is your main life force, you’re more likely to develop asthma, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, or obesity.

How does ayurvedic treatment work?

The goal of ayurvedic treatment is to cleanse your system by ridding your body of undigested food. The cleansing process is called “panchakarma” and aims to enhance your health by restoring the harmony and balance of your doshas. The actual applications of panchakarma vary, but can involve blood purification, medical oils, enemas, laxatives, massages, and herbs.

To learn more about Ayurveda, schedule an appointment online or by phone today with Dr. Oza at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center.