Treating the Body As A Whole

According to Ayurveda, health issues develop when one part of the body forgets its role as part of the whole.  When someone goes for an Ayurvedic consultation, the practitioner spends at least an hour with the patient in order to get to know her well. Then a plan is developed that treats the whole person, rather than only the specific problem.  In my own practice I prefer to take about 90 minutes during the first consultation, and then 60 minutes for the follow-ups to really know the client.

In the West, the concept of treating the whole person is becoming more common, but there is a great need for more research into simpler ways of treating disease and problems that doesn’t involve expensive and sometimes radical diagnoses and treatments.  Despite this, it is still true that a diagnosis using Western medicine is, so far, the most accurate in the world, as are the treatment plans often offered. For example, if you have heart disease, knowing exactly what is wrong with the heart can be life saving. Diagnosing an arthritic hip and replacing it can add quality years to one’s life.  As a culture, we would be in trouble without this Western wisdom to diagnose problems with our parts and treat them. But Western medicine still has work to do regarding treating the whole person, rather than just the parts.

Ayurvedic medicine, on the other hand, offers help in placing our attention not only on the parts that may be causing us problems but also on the role that these parts play in the whole picture. Sometimes these parts have become isolated from the whole and have lost their ability to function properly. Healing the cause of the broken parts by addressing the whole is a major strategy used in Ayurveda.  For example, we all know that stress affects our digestive system as well as our mind, our mood, and even our cognitive abilities. These individual parts can perform poorly due to systemic problems of the whole, such as a failure to assimilate nutrients, or a failure to properly detoxify tissues and remove of wastes, or by malfunctions in immune system. A dysfunction in any one of these three areas can cause innumerable problems, concerns and disease. These are major areas that Ayurveda addresses.

To begin to strengthen your whole body, or to simply learn more about how Ayurveda can help you, I invite you to enroll in my upcoming course. It is designed for all levels. It presents the history and philosophy as well as the fascinating principles of Ayurveda through the 5 elements, the cycles of life, and the 3 doshas. You will learn how to assess your own birth constitution as well as your imbalances. You will also start to integrate and become balanced by learning the best diet for your constitution. In addition, you will be introduced to other therapies like dinacharya, pranayama, asanas meditation, which may form part of a daily routine.

Let me be part of the expansion of your life quality through the wisdom and such a holistic medicine.

À votre santé!

Nathalie Keiller

Nathalie ( has been practicing Ayurveda since 2000 to solve health issues and bring more harmony to her body and mind. In a traditional yet creative way, she finds great inspiration to maintain optimal health for herself and help the people that surround her. She has completed a 300 hour training with Dr. David Frawley and is a certified “Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant”. Along with yoga and meditation, Ayurveda has been an integral part of her life for many years. She is happy to share this wisdom with others, and help them become self-reliant and enjoy Ayurveda’s innumerable benefits.