pepper for you!
pepper for you! Dr. Varma chimes as a playful grin skips its way around
his mouth, it will make you angry! Naturally my next thought is
what the hell? why is this guy involving me? Doesnt he see
Im trying to be Mr. Objective Reporter while my girlfriend guinea pigs
for this ayurvedic assessment. This was one of those special times when
my social filter was working, and so I reply, How can you tell Dr. Varma?
The shape of your nose is the signature of your composition. You are
a rare, even combination of all three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.
In keeping with my gender, I naturally interpret this to mean that I possess
superpowers and this wise, wise man was smart enough to realize this and would
proceed to tell me how to unleash them, as long as I avoided pepper - my personal
kryptonite. Alas, this doesnt happen, and from the look on my girlfriends
face, her own analysis concludes that pepper is not my only weakness. Perhaps
sensing I had enjoyed pepper that day, Dr Varma returns to his original client.
He takes her
pulse, ganders at her skin, hair, eyes, facial features and factors in her
general composure. From this, he identifies her predominant energy and its
current level of balance. As he proceeds to instruct her on how to pacify
her pitta overtendencies, I take notice of an office adorned with a series
of seeming contrasts: a picture of Einstein on one side and a old yogi priest
on the other. In the bookshelf, Principles of Internal Medicine is leaning
against Heavens Balance. To reinforce a point about his 5000 year old medical
practice, Dr. Varma fires up a presentation on his new 17 widescreen
Apple laptop. On the desktop is a picture of the Hubble telescopes recent
wide-view image of the universe teeming with countless galaxies dancing in
every direction. I zone in again and listen: you would benefit from
ghee and sesame oil, but not the toasted kind
avoid cayenne pepper or
chilli as it kills your red blood cells
turmeric, beneficial bacteria,
B-complex, iron, and black pepper will be of benefit.
In contrast to the western allopathic tendency of treating specific disease
states, ayurveda (ayur life and veda knowledge)
takes a more holistic approach to medicine with the primary aim to maintain
balance of the mind, body and consciousness in the belief that disease states
manifest when these energies are out of alignment. This balance
is affected by adjusting a persons specific and innate constitution,
manifesting from the five main elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
These elements interact with each other and express themselves in the form
of the three principle energies or doshas (vata, pitta, kapha)
that make up the fabric of our reality from food to personality. In
relation to the physical body, vata corresponds to movement, pitta is digestion
and metabolism, and kapha is structure and support (lubrication, secretions,
from his warm and serene composure, I could tell Dr. Varma is a playful man
one might even say frisky. With those keen observational skills he
probably senses we are a new couple, and extends a more palatable analogy,
The doshas correspond to love making as well. he declares, vata
is the thought of sex, pita is the sex act itself, and kapha is the orgasmic
experience. No troubles with this doctors bedside manner.
Ayurvedic philosophy supports the idea that we have many bodies,
and each has its own requirements for nourishment. For the person to survive,
Dr. Varma explains that the most important thing is light, the second
is air, the third is water, and the fourth is food
ayurveda is not a
rule-driven system, it is strongly based on listening to the body and making
adjustments to suit. The overriding principle is based on watering the
roots, to enjoy the fruits.
Its definitely worth checking out. Dr. Varma and his partner Dr. Susan
Barr, who is also an ayurvedic physician, operate The Pacific Institute for
Wholistic Living on West 4th, kittycorner from Banyen Books. Aside from the
consultations (initial $90 for 1.5 hours and $15/15min for follow up), the
centre provides cooking classes, ayurvedic massage, herbal supplements and
foods, oil therapy, and detox programs. Drs. Varma and Barr also live in Kits,
and local lore has it that, if youre lucky, you can sometimes see them
frolicking and tussling in their front room as you walk by. Hhhmm, maybe this
constitution business works for relationships as well...
Id be curious to know your experiences with ayurveda.
If you have any to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dr. Varma
Sivakumar Varma is a Vaidya (Ayurvedic Physician) trained in India. He's a
certified yoga therapist, and certified as a Mind Body Educator by the Chopra
Center for Well Being. With years of experience under a traditional master
in ayurvedic medicine, mind/body counselling and yoga, he brings a timeless
wisdom to his unique consultations and treatment programs.
In addition, he is an international speaker, and has assisted in organizing
two world Holistic Health Congresses and innumerable health expositions and
seminars. He is a pioneer in setting up Ayurvedic Spas and retreat centers
around the world. BE NOW Natural Wellness, is honoured to have Vaidya Varma
assist with the implementation of their new well being center in Victoria
and offer ayurvedic consultations.
About Dr. Barr
Susan Barr was trained in India as a doctor of Alternative Medicine, specializing
in Ayurveda. She is also certified as a Mind Body Educator by the Chopra Centre
for Well Being. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of Wholistic
Healthcare, she brings a multifaceted and innovative approach to her work.
Pacific Institute of Wholistic Living Inc.
3543 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6R 1N9