Find Balance Through an Ayurveda Appointment at Bastyr Center
Oil massage is among the natural treatments in ayurvedic medicine.
Taking a multivitamin and a brisk walk around the park might sound like the perfect daily health regimen for some people, but for others it’s not so easy to know what diet, exercise and health care treatments work best to maintain a healthy body.
You can find that perfect balance with help from a new health care service offered at Bastyr Center for Natural Health: Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old medical tradition from India translated to “the science of life.”
“Through ayurveda, I can help you understand your own strengths and weaknesses, and empower you to move in the direction of health and wellness,” says Dhaval Dhru, MD, chair of the Bastyr University Department of Ayurvedic Sciences. “Modern science is just trying to catch up.”
Dr. Dhru will begin seeing patients one-one-one in Practitioner Care for ayurvedic evaluation and management on April 7, 2014. The service is expanding to Team Care on September 28, 2014, when advanced students in Bastyr University's Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences program begin seeing patients at Bastyr Center under faculty supervision.
What is Your “Constitution”?
Ayurvedic medicine is a complete time-tested system of medical therapies, combining nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, massage therapy and bodywork, internal cleansing and immune-system support.
“Each person has a unique constitution, or body type, in ayurvedic medicine,” Dr. Dhru says. Your first ayurveda appointment will last approximately 90 minutes, which gives your clinician time to determine your constitution and whether you are living in balance with that type.
“When we make improper choices in diet, lifestyle, environment or even relationships, we reach an imbalanced state,” Dr. Dhru says. But finding balance again through ayurveda could be as easy as changing your diet and exercise routine, or it could involve adding herbal supplements or teas, ayurvedic massage, sweat therapy and more.
“We want you to be in harmony with your environment, which will help you be healthier and reduce your risk of health-related issues,” Dr. Dhru says, adding that ayurveda also teaches patients how to continually modify and change their diet and lifestyle to maintain that healthy state.
Who Should Make an Appointment?
Like the other health care services available at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ayurveda invites patients in all stages of health.
“It’s ideal for anybody who is interested in improving or maintaining their health, as well as for those struggling with chronic conditions,” Dr. Dhru says. Some of those chronic conditions include:
- High cholesterol
- Weight-related issues
- Digestive disorders
- Chronic neuromuscular, neurodegenerative and immunological disorders
At this time, Bastyr Center cannot directly take insurance for any ayurveda appointments. Appointments are available only with Dr. Dhru in Practitioner Care until fall 2014, when the service expands to Team Care.
Dr. Dhru charges $185 for a first visit, which lasts about 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments cost $110, and last between a half-hour and an hour.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 206.834.4100.
Study Ayurvedic Sciences
Dr. Dhru’s path to ayurveda started after he retired 13 years ago as an otolaryngologist, more commonly known as an ear, nose and throat doctor. After studying for three years at the Ayurveda Institute, Dr. Dhru began teaching the yoga therapy he learned as part of his ayurvedic training and offering ayurvedic consultation at his private practice in Federal Way.
“I started noticing that the people I was helping, their lives were being changed,” said Dr. Dhru, who eventually began teaching classes at Bastyr before helping create Bastyr University’s Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences, the first regionally accredited program of its kind in the nation.
In the two-year program that started in fall 2013, classes take place evenings and weekends, covering areas such as medical Sanskrit, psychology, yoga, pathology, herbal therapies and nutrition. Students begin seeing patients at Bastyr Center in their second year, and are expected to complete externships in modern ayurvedic clinics and hospitals in India.
Additionally, Dr. Dhru and other experts regularly teach ayurvedic classes through the Bastyr University Department of Certificate, Community and Continuing Education. Check out the course schedule.