Frequently asked questions

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How does Ayurveda work?

Prevention and Treatment- Ayurveda’s main goal is to promote health and longevity , prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms to optimize future well-being.

Relationship-centred Care- The ideal practitioner-patient relationship encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties, which is an essential contributor to the healing process.

Individuality- Ayurveda’s focus is patient care- on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.

What is panchkarma?

Panchkarma can be literally translated to “five procedures”. These five procedures include 1. Medicinally induces vomiting 2. Purgation 3. Enema 4. Blood cleansing 5. Herbal nasal instillations. These procedures help in general body cleansing, detoxification, removal of excessive body waste, rejuvenation, immunity building and energy restoration. Some body therapies such as Ayurvedic abhyanga (massage), Steaming, Oil pulling, Shirodhara (oil -flow in head), Udvartana (powder massage) are also included as complimentary procedures of panchkarma. 

Panchkarma is offered as a treatment option in  many Ayurveda centres. The milder versions of the same can be done at home also under Ayurvedic supervision. To know more click here

Does Ayurveda means home remedies?

A home remedy is a treatment to cure a disease or ailment that employs certain spices, vegetables, or other common items usually found at home. Home remedies may or may not have medicinal properties that treat or cure or provide temporary relief for a particular ailment, as they are typically passed along by laypersons (which have been facilitated in recent years by the Internet). They are effective in minor issues such as simple sprains, minor lacerations, headaches, cold etc. 

Ayurveda is a scientific stream of alternative medicine with its own approach of diagnosis, prevention, healing, pharmacology, surgery, and healthy lifestyle. Home remedies might be considered a very minute part of Ayurveda that people have adopted since generations. But besides home remedies, field of Ayurveda is very vast which envelops many sections such as yoga, naturopathy, etc.

Are Ayurvedic herbs and medicines hot in potency?

In addition to taste, efficacy, qualities of any medicine, Ayurveda focuses particularly on the influence of Hot and Cold – which is referred to as potency, or virya.  This has nothing to do with the temperature of medicine or food (i.e. Hot soup v. Ice cream). Rather, every component of medicine has either a heating or a cooling effect, which determines how an ingredient will impact each of the mind/body types (i.e. Vata, Pitta, Kapha), which are the building blocks of our body. Thus both types of medicines i.e. Which cause heat in body and which have cooling impact are present in Ayurveda. A skilled practitioner can determine their usage based on patient’s requirements.

Does Ayurveda have any side effects?

The ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicines has clearly helped lots of people create healthier lives. As everyone understands ayurvedic products are made from nature i.e. Herbs, metallic or non-metallic elements, minerals, animal products, etc. What is not well known is that- the raw materials are processed and refined naturally and scientifically (trituration, distillation, extraction, etc.) to remove their toxic, harmful properties and enhance their medicinal properties. The improper processing is the cause of trace elements found in various organs. Also, like any other medical system Ayurveda therapies have contraindications and the potential for side effects but this is of particular concern when therapies are used incorrectly or administered improperly or taken without the direction of a trained practitioner or self- prescribed. So if treatment is done carefully and classically under proper guidance, these side effects can be avoided altogether.

What does this practice offer for new and old patients?

Ayurveda is a W.H.O (World Health Organization) recognised holistic and comprehensive science of natural medicine from ancient India. As your Ayurvedic health consultant I will help you understand your body, develop subtle mind-body awareness, improve your health and overcome your health issues with Ayurvedic tools and techniques. 

What kinds of health conditions does your practice address?

I address the prevention and treatment of any chronic (long-term) condition, auto-immune disorders and  lifestyle disorders. Common examples are Rheumatism, Thyrioditis, Obesity, menstrual and menopausal issues, PCOS, Digestive disorders, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), Allergies, Stress related disorders, Diabetes and many more.

If you are not sure whether we treat your condition, please feel free to contact us.

I do not address acute conditions which require immediate attention and care. For e.g.- Acute fever, infections, accidents, etc.

Will you (Dr. Maitri) be my primary health care provider?

I will not be your primary health care provider. I will work with you as your integrated health coach.

It is recommended that you continue your visits with your primary care physician or specialist and inform them about your alternative approaches.

Also, if you are currently undergoing treatment for a mental or emotional disorder, it is recommended that you continue your current treatment program and inform me about the same.

Why does your Ayurvedic treatment entail diet regime?

Modern day food (fast food, junk food, frozen food, pesticides, genetically modified crops, etc.) Is one of the major causes of various kinds of illnesses, lifestyle disorders and reduced immunity. Until the cause of any disorder is not uprooted completely, there are chances of recurrence.

It’s a well-known fact that certain kinds of foods are harmful in certain disorders. For e.g.: high-purine food in gout, sweet and heavy food in diabetes, oily food for sore throat, etc.

Also, following a strict ayurvedic diet forms part of the ayurvedic treatment method because focus of treatment is on the whole person, and balancing or harmonizing body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda emphasizes that the diet we take has a close influence on our mind and body. Specific dietary adjustments serve to maintain the balance of specific doshas and thus entail perfect health. Appropriate diet can be used to remove or neutralize toxins in the body. According to prakriti (basic nature of body) and Vrikruti (disease or imbalance of doshas) we provide personal diet chart and eating plans.

How long do Ayurveda treatments take to show results?

The time required to treat any disease depends on many factors- type of disease, chronicity and severity of the disease, patient’s compliance .In acute infections like fever, cough, and seasonal illness or when diseases are managed correctly in their initial stages, Ayurveda shows results quickly and effectively, and it reinforces the general condition of the body. Common ailments are generally controlled within 24 hours in those who adhere to all aspects of treatment. The problem with chronic illnesses in most cases is that they have many upadravas (side-disorders). For chronic illnesses, complete management may require weeks or months using a combination of Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, medicine and treatment to revert back to its healthy condition. Considering that most long-term conditions are present in the body for years or decades, and the patients try most of the conventional treatments before seeking alternative treatments, this actually seems quite reasonable.

What all recommendations do I expect from a online or in-person session?

My expertise lies in understanding your body’s inner intelligence and helping you understand the same. I use different Ayurvedic tools (questioning, tongue exam, eye exam, nail exam, pulse diagnosis, prakruti analysis) to do the same.

Your dietary habits, physiological and psychological state, age, work-life balance, physical activity, working habits, time constraints will be taken into consideration for your personal recommendations

Treatment plan includes dietary, lifestyle, herbal, purification, stress reduction techniques and nutrition. I may also advise detoxification, home-based panchkarma and clinical panchkarma therapies.

What does a in-person consultation include?

During our 1 hour session we go through your health related issues that you want address. In addition to your Ayurvedic dosha analysis, I will also check your pulse to help determine the root cause of your health problems. We will work together to design a viable Ayurvedic health plan for you for a month. The plan includes herbs, herbal teas, dietary changes and recommendations, nutrition plan, lifestyle advice, self-cleansing therapies (if required), yoga and exercise advice, ideal time-table for your health, etc.

What does a personal online consultation include?

During our 1/2 hour session we go through your health related issues that you want address. In addition to your Ayurvedic dosha analysis, I will use the questioning method to determine the root cause of your health problems. We will work together to design a viable Ayurvedic health plan for you for a month. The plan includes herbs, herbal teas, dietary changes and recommendations, nutrition plan, lifestyle advice, self-cleansing therapies (if required), yoga and exercise advice, ideal time-table for your health, etc.

Do you examine children?

Yes.

As an Ayurveda health coach I educate and  empower kids and teens to set goals, understand their own health and health problems and develop healthy eating and exercise habits.

Does you also consult and coach Male patients?

I also see male patients, depending on the nature of their health problem and the type of care they are seeking for that. I do not consult with male patients regarding their sexual health problems. If you wish to know more whether I can help you regarding your health problem kindly send the query using this form.

Is follow-up help after my consultation included?

Close follow-up in the days and weeks following your consultation is valuable to ensure that your progress is smooth and that you get the best results from your treatment program.

Your consultation fee includes  direct email contact with me for 1 months following your consultation, for questions directly relating to the recommendations given in your consultation. Additional issues or requests may require a follow-up consultation, to properly address your questions or issues.

What will I require for my Video/Audio consultation?

You will need to fill this entire form prior to your Audio/Video consultation. Additionally, it is highly recommended that you list down everything you want to discuss with me. 

What should I bring to my in-person consultation?

  • A list of all prescription medications you are taking, with dosage.
  • A list of all supplements, herbs, hormones, vitamins, etc you are taking, with dosage.
  • Copies of any laboratory reports of blood-work, MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc. that relate to any condition(s) you wish to discuss.
  • Keep your usual eating schedule. Avoid caffeine and alcohol on your  day of your consultation. For accurate pulse diagnosis do not eat anything two hours prior to consultation.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

All fees are due and payable at the time of your consultation.

I will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your in-person visit that you can send in to your insurance company. Please keep in mind that your insurance company alone determines whether and how much they will reimburse for your visit. We encourage you to consult your insurance company before your visit if you are concerned about coverage for your visit.

Please Note: Insurance companies do not usually offer coverage for online consultations.

Cancellation Policy

We do require minimum 24 hr. notice should you need to cancel or reschedule. Please note there is a $30 cancellation fee for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hr. notice. The $30 cancellation fee will be deducted and rest will be refunded to your account within 5 working days. However, the full $30 will be applied as credit if you reschedule within a week. Rescheduling is allowed only once per consultation