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Dosha Do's & Don'ts

I think it's wonderful that Ayurveda is getting more attention via new Ayurveda-inspired cookbooks and supplements. However, the problem is that they are most helpful to those who have had a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner. That means they are armed with two essential pieces of information: their Prakruti (dosha/s that make up their constitution) and Vikruti (dosha/s causing imbalance). So, unless your health is perfectly balanced you might be careful about attempting a diet or taking herbs based on claims made in cook books or on product labels.


Ask your Ayurvedic practitioner (AHC or CAP, NAMA accredited if possible) which foods, recipes and products are most helpful to you. A common problem I see in my clientele is that trendy "super foods" and supplements are being taken, at great cost, that aren't particularly helpful and in some cases counterproductive. They're being fed to children, too! Kombucha, kale salads, garlic, ashwagandha, and turmeric - to name just a few - are not for everyone. There's probiotics in everything from smoothies to kid's multi-vitamins. CBD is next.


This is part of a larger issue with sharing Ayurveda online because it’s most effective when its personalized to an individual and their unique needs based on the interplay between Prakruti and Vikruti in body and mind. There's no "cookie cutter" answers. It's still best to work one-on-one with a practitioner: online, over the phone, or in person.


I can be available to anyone who wants to truly discover their Prakruti and Vikruti and find out what dosha/s really needs the most attention. Online quizzes can end in mixed results and confusion. In person, pulse diagnosis is a reliable tool for me to determine both. Remotely, I can still gather enough information to make a very good estimation.


Also, I can be available for advice on a food or supplement you'd like to take or give to your kids. The first phone call is always free. We can set up more time if needed. For busy people, message me on Facebook Messenger and I'll get back to you within 1-2 business days. If necessary, I can refer you to someone in your area if you'd like/need to meet in person. In any case, I'm happy to send you my dosha quiz via email.


Here's the article I'm responding to. Read about Prakruti vs. Vikruti on CA College of Ayurveda’s blog.


Peace.

Heather

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