Ayurveda & CFS/ME ~ Tools

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Ancient knowledge combind with avant-garde hat design. What more could you ask for?

What is it: Ayurveda (literally the ‘science of life’) is an Indian form of holistic health care which treats the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of a human being. It is a prescription for living a life in tune with the cycles of nature and can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Ayurvedic practitioners make use of herbal medicines, oils, dietary and exercise advice, massage and a vast array of detoxification techniques designed to remove imbalances and blockages in a persons system.

Why try it: Ayurveda is claimed to have a lot of success in treating chronic illness.  In my opinion anything that’s been around for over 3000 years is at least worth a look. I’m also drawn to the fact that it is a medical system with a long history of application, a rigorous training regime for its doctors  and a total reliance on organic substances for its medicines.

My Experience: (5/10/11) In the past I have avoided exploring Ayurveda for the same reason I have avoided exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine. They seem incredibly intricate, complex and shrouded in a mist of cultural haze.  However over the last 3 months Ayurveda has come gently flowing into my life from a number of different angles and I’m glad I’ve taken the time to truly understand what it’s all about. I’ve been impressed by the idea that every time you consult an Ayurvedic doctor you are seen as a ‘whole new patient’ reflecting the fact that the state of health in a human being is a very dynamic thing in a constant state of flux.

After consulting with a kind and intelligent doctor in my home town of Melbourne I’ve decided to visit an Ayurvedic centre to undergo a process known as Pancha Karma. This is like the King Daddy of all detoxification programs involving a lot of good food, good rest, good massage and herbal oils being poured in and out of every orifice. I’ll keep you posted on how I fare.

My limited research suggests that while all individuals are treated uniquely most cases of CFS/ME are viewed as an overabundance of Vata energy. I’ve included here a clipping from the ‘Hand book of Ayurveda’ by Doctor Shanta Godagama exploring this concept a little further.

‘Ayurvedic treatment of CFS

  • Ayurveda attributes the disease to aggravated vata dosha.
  • Aggravated vata generates negative effects at the physical and mental levels. Feelings of intense fatigue, muscle cramps and pains are signs of aggravated vata dosha, as also are weakness of nervous system, disturbed sleep patterns, mental fogginess and forgetfulness.
  • The Ayurvedic line of CFS treatment envisages the balancing of vata dosha, the adding of rasayana herbs that would work on the symptoms and rejuvenate body tissues, relax the mind and strengthen the nervous system.
Herbs used to decrease Vata: Ashwagandha, amla, bala, triphala, lomatium.’

Useful Links:

  • This is an article describing a recommended daily routine for some one wishing to apply Ayurvedic principles to their life style.
  • Listed below is a link to an article by Jeremy Carew Reid. He’s a chap that claims to have cured himself of CFS/ME through the use of Ayurveda after experimenting with a wide array of alternative medicines. Warning – He markets his e-book pretty hard and uses in your face selling tactics on various sites across the web. So be warned you may be reaching for your credit card after reading. I personally haven’t bought or read his e-book so cannot comment on the quality of the content. But I reckon there is no substitute for consulting with an authentic Ayurvedic Doctor if you want to learn more. Either way the articles good. Read it here.

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14 Responses to Ayurveda & CFS/ME ~ Tools
  1. Dalibor
    October 17, 2011 | 7:41 am

    Hello there,

    Thank you for sharing you enthusiasm and knowledge. I am also seeing an ayurvedic doctor. On my first consultation he gave me a herb after which my intense burping disappeared. So I am curios if can cure my CFS. I wish so!

    Good luck with you search. Especially with finding the most qualified ayurvedic doctors, which I think is not easy.


    • Joe
      October 17, 2011 | 10:57 am

      Great to hear your getting some benefits Dalibor.

      I reckon Ayurveda has all the components you need to overcome CFS. I think the real question is do we have the disicpline, courage and commitment to see it all through to the point neccesary! I’m working on mine… I’m heading to India in a few weeks to get to the heart of it, I’ll send you some Chakra balancing vibes from the treatment table in Kerala my friend.

  2. Dalibor
    October 19, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks a lot for your kind and sincere reply. It is great that you are heading for India to get better. I hope you will meet the right doctors at the right time.

    I also have strong faith in ayurveda. The doctor I am seeing is qualified B.Sc (Hons) Ayurveda practitioner. That means he can open a practice also in India.

    All my best again,


  3. amy southorn
    October 23, 2011 | 9:43 am

    I saw an Ayurvedic doctor over a year ago now. I learnt a lot from her. Although I do not see her now I still follow many of the Ayurvedic principles she taught me. Definitely a worthwhile treatment and many of the practices are best followed lifelong. I actually write about what I did and my experience on my blog if your interested. Good luck in India!

    • Joe
      October 23, 2011 | 10:36 pm

      G’day Amy. I’ve just had a read of your post on Ayurveda. It’s great. As are all the different posts you’ve been busy publishing over the last month. I encourage everyone to go check it out here.
      Haha we’ve been on very similar journeys. The characters you meet along the way are priceless aren’t they?
      We should get together one day and share a warm, unctuous, everything (but taste) free meal and laugh at all the craziness.
      Keep up the truthful, open hearted enquiry and I reckon you’ll find yourself back in balance before you know it.
      Race you to the finish line of good health?!

  4. amy southorn
    October 24, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Cheers Joe! I had been planning on blogging for a year or so and now I can I want to get it all out there. Trying to pace it but not my strong point. The characters and experiences are priceless indeed, I would be such a different person without them, although it would be a hell of lot easier without the old cfs. Likewise with your blog. Sounds great, the meet up and the race to good health, it will happen!

  5. Dalibor Pavlik
    November 8, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I have subsribed for your updates. I am really curious how are you doing in India. My new ayurvedic doctor gave me another herb (bhumiamalaki). It very much cleansed my skin, just like he told me. We also plan to do some nasja karma in about two weeks. I will let you know what happened.

    All my best to you and Amy with ayurveda!



  6. Natalie
    November 14, 2011 | 2:02 am

    Good luck in India. I am curious..as are others I can see on how you go. How long are you going to be doing a program for?

    • Joe
      November 14, 2011 | 10:09 am

      Thanks Natalie. I’m pretty excited. It will truly be a chance to cleanse my system and put into practice all the psychological and emotional tools I’ve picked up along the way but have managed to avoid due to ‘being to busy’. Haha no more excuses now!

      I’ll be in the Ayurvedic centre for 4 weeks then heading off to an Ashram for any where up to 6 months after that. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted when I resurface.

  7. james gordon
    September 5, 2012 | 1:22 am

    joe i dont know if your still around but i hope you are…im looking into india 4 week program too. im in aus and have had cfs for 5 yrs 23yo male. in absolute struggle town :( please if you see thi let me know how inida went..

    • Joe
      September 25, 2012 | 10:34 am

      Hiya James,
      I’m definitely still around :) Good to hear from you.
      I spent 6 months in the South of India and did a 4 week Panchakarma program as well as a whole load of other natural healing approaches. It didn’t cure me, but I felt improvement a slow steady improvement, particularly in my gut symptoms. I ended up meeting a great yoga teacher and natural doctor and we will be running some retreats together in January and February. I also plan to repeat the panchakarma as I am informed it takes a few years to really show benefits.
      India is amazing. It can be a little ‘exotic’ at times but there is a lot of wisdom and great natural healers to be found.
      It’s also a very cheap place to spend time on the beach eating good healthy food.

  8. Nimal Wasantha
    May 28, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    my wife get her leg swollen in the day time. She is having kind of authorities but in medical test for possible causes reports were negative. Pls. give some clue about possible cause of this problem.

    • Joe
      August 8, 2014 | 7:34 pm

      Sorry Nimal I’m not sure what could be causing it. Hopefully it is better now.

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