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Amanda Dillard is a mom, health coach and the woman behind ThatElderberryLady.com. She has been supporting her family with natural medicine for many years with some truly amazing results. Amanda and I have similar views on health. We both know it’s not a destination to reach (it’s a daily commitment) and we both appreciate the power of nature as a healing force. In this conversation, we discussed elderberry and its benefits, how health coaching and Ayurveda overlap, and the simple health tips we like to share and live by, as well as our favorite herbs and spices. 

Amanda Stanley of Jupiter’s Labyrinth has a wealth of knowledge in Western herbalism, Reiki, and herbal medicine making. Together, we discuss the Āyurvedic Body Types, the doshas, how to manipulate the doshas and create a state of homeostasis or ‘health’, and a number of ways you can make your own herbal medicines at home. Amanda is not only a long-time friend and colleague butalso a busy new mom. She additionally shares some great info on Essential Oils which you should check out. 

Vaidya Renuka Kulkarni of Kerala, India has 35 years experience in Āyurvedic fertility treatment. In this video, we discuss Āyurveda in India, misconceptions about Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine, how the practice of Āyurveda in India differs from the practice of Āyurveda in the U.S., the underlying causes of infertility and how to maintain good reproductive health. We also discuss a unique treatment for infertility called uttarabasti, available in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Āyurveda?

Āyurveda is India's traditional medical system. It is a holistic approach that uses temporary dietary adjustments, lifestyle recommendations, therapeutic treatments and cleanses to restore health. It is also preventative in nature.

Health is not something that you achieve and then you're done. It must be cultivated and created each day. Āyurveda offers a wealth of sound knowledge to maintain health throughout every season and every stage of life.

I've tried changing my diet and lifestyle and it didn't work. How is Āyurveda different?

Āyurveda is a complete medical system. Āyurvedic formulations or "medicines" are selected for you based on your state of health. Formulations along with appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle ensure that you get back to your natural state of health and are able to maintain it. Improved health cannot happen without changing your diet and lifestyle.

Is Āyurveda a licensed profession?

Āyurveda is not a licensed profession in the U.S. That being said, when selecting an Āyurvedic Practitioner, it's important to choose someone that is practicing classical Āyurveda. Classical Āyurveda adheres to the framework as it is taught and practiced in India.

Jennifer Maklan, ĀP, practices classical Āyurveda and has trained in programs that exceed typical educational standards for Āyurveda in the U.S.

How is Āyurveda practiced online? Isn't pulse assessment needed?

Āyurveda is quite conducive to online practice. In classical Āyurvedic assessment, questioning and visual clues provide a wealth of information. Pulse assessment is actually a somewhat modern addition to classical assessment methods. It is not a necessary component for a quality assessment. 

How is Āyurveda different than other holistic healing methods?

Āyurveda is time-tested. It's speculated to be thousands of years old and probably the oldest health system known to man. Though much has changed, the classical practice of Āyurveda holds to the time-tested methods that existed thousands of years ago.

Unlike other modern approaches to holistic medicine, Āyurveda utilizes a detailed framework for the measurement, assessment and management of health. It is an extensive practice that is studied rigorously and is effective when applied with precision.

Unlike Western approaches to care, Āyurveda is personalized to each individual. Your day, diet, health history and so much more are taken into consideration to create your Care Plan.

 

What if I don't see results?

Sometimes results can be seen immediately and sometimes results can be subtle but nevertheless impactful.

If you're not seeing results, it's important to speak up. This is helpful information and may indicate that the wrong remedy was selected for you. Don't hesitate to communicate your experience so we can ensure you are on the right track.