The difference between Ayurvedic herbs and Western Medicine is that the ayurvedic herbs make you feel alive and the western meds help you to feel functional. Ayurveda can work on its own in mind conditions or in conjunction with Western medicine or other therapies such as Tibetan Cranial, chiropractor care, or acupuncture. There are some people who must be on Western medicine for mind conditions, but Ayurveda can still help. Ayurveda can help keep the liver strong and the blood clean since western meds can leave toxins which tax the liver and blood. Ayurveda can also support good digestion which also becomes compromised with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. And Ayurveda has specific mind herbs to support sattvic or balanced mind functioning. An ayurvedic practitioner will also make recommendations with diet, lifestyle and yoga practices to truly address the root cause of the mind imbalances. Herb tinctures are a great way to penetrate the nervous system deeply to have profound effects. I now carry Vata Calming tinctures, Pitta soothing tinctures, Energize/Focus the Mind tinctures. Move towards your healing, enlightening journey, by taking the first step of seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner. Commit to the journey and you will feel profoundly different.
By Mary Bruck – a doctoral Ayurvedic practitioner practicing Ayurveda in Boulder, CO
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