Ayurveda: Ancient Healing System, Common Sense Medicine

Thursday, July 6 | 6:00-7:30 PM  | Free

Discover your own body type and find out what a difference Ayurveda can make to your health!

The word, ayurveda, translates as “life science” (ayur = life; veda = science). While Ayurveda originated 3000 years ago in India, the concepts on which it is based are actually quite down-to-earth. No two individuals are the same; what works for one body may not work for another. Our emotional life plays a large, underlying role in our physical health. Regular readers and clients of Creative Therapeutics know that understanding the mind-body connection is a crucial part of the treatment we provide. Ayurveda represents a great complement to traditional medical practice.

No one understands this better than Shaun Mathen, DO. A local physician practicing family medicine here in DeKalb, Dr. Mathen is passionate about an integrative approach to health–that is, integrating modern “Western” medical science with time-tested “Eastern” approaches to health. Modern medicine offers outstanding tools, methods, and  research; however, it can often be too “one-size-fits-all” and narrow in its prescriptions. After all, scientific attention to the connection between our mental and physical state is only a relatively recent topic of serious medical research. This is why doctors often turn to “complementary” approaches such as yoga, meditation–and systems like Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?  Ayurveda states that we are composed of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. If these elements are not in balance, the body experiences not “ease” but “dis-ease.” By providing a way to categorize body types (doshas) and consider emotional states within an individual, an Ayurvedic counselor can provide guidance with particular attention to diet and digestion.

How can Ayurveda help me? Ayurveda works for a wide range of physical and emotional conditions: indigestion, gas, constipation, insomnia, irregular appetite, anxiety, depression, self-sabotaging emotions are a few examples. By learning

Our Instructors: Dr. Mathen is passionate about osteopathy, nutrition, and integrative medicine. He recently completed a two-year course in Ayurvedic Health Counseling. In addition to his family practice, Dr. Mathen is available for appointment as an Ayurvedic Practitioner here at Creative Therapeutics!

Sven Oscar Hansen is another familiar name here at CT with his popular Sound Healing workshops. Not only is Sven a talented artist certified in yoga and sound healing, he has also incorporated ayurvedic principles into his life for many years. He will be helping Dr. Mathen explain how an ayurvedic practice can improve our quality of life.


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