Chikitsa

– Week 5 –

This class, we begin exploring the concept of Tanmatra Chikitsa and subtle therapies that work on the mind and body through the sense organs.  Ayurveda can assimilate and skillfully utilize its own and any new or foreign therapies to work at this level if the effects can be assessed through the effect on the doshas, guna, dhatus, srotas, and malas.  This is a greatly expansive list of tools for our scope of practice as Ayurvedic Health Councillors.

Objectives for the current week’s lesson:

Overview how the counselor can recommend, demonstrate and/or prescribe sātmyendriyārthasaṁyoga (the appropriate use of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing):


Aromatic Therapy: The counselor can identify excessive utilization, deficient utilization and mis-utilization of the sense of smell and instruct the client to adjust their aromatic environment (the counselor is not required to have specific knowledge of aromas as a form of therapy but only that may be utilized as a form of therapy)


Taste Therapy (diet and herbs): The counselor can identify excessive utilization, deficient utilization and mis- utilization of the sense of taste and instruct the client to adjust their gustatory environment (for more information see the food section) to support the healing process. This might include correcting a diet that is too salty, too pungent, too sweet, etc. and recommending a doshically appropriate balance of tastes.


Touch Therapy (self massage): The counselor can identify excessive utilization, deficient utilization and mis- utilization of the sense of touch and instruct the client to adjust their tactile environment (the counselor is not required to have specific knowledge of types of touch as a form of therapy but only that may be utilized as a form of therapy)


Sound therapy: The counselor can identify excessive utilization, deficient utilization and mis-utilization of the sense of hearing and instruct the client to adjust their auditory environment (the counselor is not required to have specific knowledge of mantras or music as a form of therapy but only that may be utilized as a form of therapy). This might include identifying overexposure to loud music or work-related noise as well as recommending methods to mitigate such exposures.


Visual Therapy: The counselor can identify excessive utilization, deficient utilization and mis-utilization of the sense of vision and instruct the client to adjust their visual environment (the counselor is not required to have specific knowledge of color or other specific visual stimuli). This might include identifying aspects of the client’s work or leisure environment, such as excess screen time, that are stressful to the sense of vision and recommending methods to mitigate these exposures.

Preliminary Reading:

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol.3

Ch. 9, pg. 253-288: Tanmatra Chikitsa

Worksheet

 

Lesson Recording:

Homework/Challenge:

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to track their homework.  Because of this, we suggest that you keep a file with your homework submissions in a folder on your computer.  You can either submit your homework using the form below or you can follow the homework submission guidelines and email the assignment to hello@yogavedainstitute.com

 

 

 

 

Self-care assignment:
Apply a simple 5 sense therapy remedy that you have not tried before ( like wearing doshic appropriate
colors or essential oil) each day this week and journal about any changes that you notice.

 

 

 

Forum post:
Access the forum and answer 1 new student question about basic Ayurveda and perhaps in reference
to common herbs and diet.  Please copy/paste the question and your answer and submit to our
homework email.

 

 

Next week’s preliminary reading + worksheet

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol.3 by Vasant Lad
Continue previous reading

Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole
Ch.3 pp. 77-82

Worksheet

 

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