So, you decided to schedule an Ayurvedic consultation to learn more about your mind-body type, and the ideal diet and lifestyle unique for you. Or maybe you are looking for some support for a health issue that hasn’t been helped (or maybe even acknowledged) by western medicine. It’s very possible that you don’t know anyone else who has done an Ayurvedic consultation, and maybe you’re wondering what to expect. You might not even know what Ayurveda is! If you’re feeling a little apprehensive, don’t worry. I’m going to describe the process for you, so that you feel more comfortable about your upcoming Ayurvedic consultation.
First up: paperwork and photos!
The first part of the process is… detailed paperwork. Prior to your appointment, you will need to complete an intake form asking you many questions about your current health and health history. Just relax while you are doing this – there are no right or wrong answers. You’ll also be asked to provide a list of supplements and medications, as well as a list of foods eaten over the last few days.
Since appointments are currently done virtually, you’ll also need to provide some photographs of yourself. Most of these can be taken by yourself as long as you have access to a mirror. Physical observation is one of the diagnostic tools that I use. This information all helps me determine your mind-body constitution and any current imbalances.
Be ready for lots of questions…
At your appointment, be prepared to answer many questions about your health. Like, a lot more questions than your health practitioner has possibly ever asked you. Filling out the intake form will give you a good idea of the types of questions I’ll be asking. For instance, you will be asked questions about any digestive issues, past and current health issues, the foods you eat on a regular basis, how or if you exercise, your daily routine and your stressors.
Some questions might seem personal and even kinda uncomfortable to talk about – like questions about your sweat, urine and poop. This information is crucial to help us know what is going on inside your body – especially the presence of toxins and your digestive strength.
You will stick out your tongue
Another diagnostic tool is analyzing your tongue. You’ll be asked to send me a close-up of your tongue in natural light and/or show me your tongue during our appointment. You might be wondering, should you clean your tongue before your appointment? It’s actually better if you don’t, as this lets me observe your tongue coating. Observing the size, shape and coating of your tongue is helpful in determining the presence of toxins, digestive strength, and other imbalances.
What you get
After our appointment, you will be getting diet and lifestyle tips, as well as herbal recommendations from me that help address your current imbalances. These tips are specific to you and won’t be helpful for your family members or friends. Don’t be overwhelmed when you see these, as most Ayurvedic practices take weeks or months to implement. It’s all about the baby steps you take on the way to your healing. I recommend people tackle one diet and one lifestyle change a week. Together we will decide if it would be supportive of you to have a followup appointment.
I hope after reading this, you’ll feel more comfortable scheduling an appointment to see an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. I am currently available for appointments via Zoom. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up our consultation.
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