Personalized Medicine for Stress Management

After 15 years of treating patients, I truly believe that personalized medicine isn't about fancy tests, it's about listening and designing a self-care routine around someone's needs. When I learned about the mind-body types and the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, everything clicked.  

Ayurveda translates to the "knowledge of the totality of life", the idea that the body has the ability to fix itself under the right conditions. The ayurvedic diet and daily routines restore balance and recommendations are specific to each person's dosha (mind-body type)--what works for one person may be the opposite of what works for another.

1.  Ayurveda teaches us to address digestion first. I see patients on multiple supplements for a variety of reasons, they are spending a lot of money on something that may not even be properly absorbed to avoid prescription medications. A pill is a pill. Diet alone may solve the majority of the problem.

2. Ayurveda has a lot of steps, but you don't have to do them all to feel better.  So many patients quit diet and exercise programs because they can't keep up with all of the rules, they feel like failures, and fall back into old patterns.  Perfection and yoga philosophy just don't go together! Something small like lemon honey water in the morning can make a huge difference.

3.  Ayurveda gives a patient something they can do before their concerns are detectable as a disease. In a traditional medical model, even when you don't feel well, if your exam and bloodwork are fine, the doctor congratuates you and sends you on your way. Ayurveda allows me to meet a patient where they are at; patients feel I am taking their concerns seriously and the techniques give them hope.  

4. Ayurveda just makes sense.   When some people are depressed they can't eat or sleep while others eat and sleep too much, but doctors give them the same diagnosis and generally recommend the same medication. To date, psychiatry doesn't have a great explanation for that. Ayurveda does--ayurveda would identify the first patient as having a vata imbalance, the second, a kapha imbalance and they would receive different treatments.

5.  Ayurvedic practices decrease inflammation in the body.  Refractory depression and many other health conditions are increasingly attributed to chronic inflammation. Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation decrease inflammatory markers in the body.  

So those are the TOP 5 reasons that I enjoy including Ayurveda in my consultations.  Stay tuned for an upcoming mini-course!

 

 

 

 

 

Author
Candace Good, MD Dr. Good is the founder of Sig: Wellness, LLC, an integrative psychiatry practice in State College, PA. Her office includes a mind-body studio to encourage yoga, meditation, and other healing arts for stress management. The space serves as an incubator for other female wellness practitioners to grow their presence in the community. Dr. Good welcomes freelance writing and editing projects relevant to her specialty.

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