The core of Anne’s work is treating patients in her clinic. The experience that she has gained from patients and their responses to her treatment has informed the way her practice has developed over the last nearly 40 years. Anne holds clinics every week that she is in the country and treats patients with her personal blend of Western Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda.
Anne sees new patients for an initial consultation of one hour, during which a full medical history is taken along with a discussion of their diet and lifestyle and any current as well as past health issues.
Following the appointment Anne generally prescribes herbs (which are dispensed from the Cotswold clinic) along with suggested changes to the patient’s diet and lifestyle. We then book a half hour follow up appointment a few weeks later to discuss their progress.
Appointments can be booked by calling the clinic on 01451 810096 between 09.00-17.00, Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
New patient appointment (1 hour) – £90.00
Follow up appointment (half hour) – £45.00
Approx one week’s herbal tincture – £8.00
Approx one week’s herbal powder – £8.00
Despite the current Covid-19 pandemic we are still welcoming new patients to the clinic, with initial appointments by video call only. Existing patients are able to book follow up telephone appointments.
Would you please pass on my thanks to Anne for a particularly uplifting session yesterday. My spirits are always lifted when I have been, but yesterday was a real boost and I just wanted to send a huge thanks”.Kathryn
About Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine
So what is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is a unique holistic system of healing based on the interaction of body, mind and spirit. It is thought to be the oldest health care system in the world with its roots going back over 5,000 years into the Vedic Age – and yet, it feels so very modern.
Ayurveda evolved on the far reaches of the Himalayas in the deep wisdom of spiritually enlightened prophets, the Rishis. Their wisdom was transmitted orally from teacher to disciple and eventually set down in Sanskrit poetry known as the Vedas. These writings, dating approximately 1500 BC, distilled the prevailing historical, religious, philosophical and medical knowledge and form the basis of Indian culture.
The name ‘Ayurveda’ derives from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayur‘ meaning life and ‘veda‘ meaning knowledge or science.
Ayurveda is more than a system of medicine. It is a way of life which encompasses science, religion and philosophy that enhances well being, increases longevity and ultimately enables self realisation. It aims to bring about a union of physical, emotional and spiritual health (or swasthya) which is a prerequisite for attaining spiritual bliss or liberation, the ultimate aim of acheiving moksha.
With Ayurveda’s emphasis on preventive care and creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle it is particularly in tune with our Western lives and our pursuit of health and longevity. While Ayurveda’s sister science, yoga, continues to flourish, Ayurveda’s mind-body principles are becoming ever more popular. Its relevance as a practical and effective complement to our modern health care system is becoming increasingly recognised, while an continually expanding volume of scientific research is verifying Ayurveda’s extraordinary wisdom and knowledge.
Anne’s Unique Perspective on Ayurveda
One of Anne’s greatest joys is being part of the growing profile and popularity of Ayurveda here in the West. Anne brings her confidence, wisdom and depth of experience as a longtime practitioner and teacher to everything she does at Artemis House.
From here Anne runs her busy clinic, treating patients with her own blend of Western herbal medicine and Ayurveda, as well as regular workshops in herbal medicine, Ayurveda and foraging. (You can find out more about these courses on the Shop page.)
Anne has authored a number of books about Ayurveda, including The Ayurveda Bible and her unique look at Western and Ayurvedic herbs, Dispensing with Tradition.
During her time both in practice and teaching Anne identified the need for easily accessible, yet in depth, courses in Ayurveda. In 2012 she launched Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective which is written for Ayurvedic practitioners and students. Anne is currently reviewing and updating this course to make it accessible online and will be launching the new version later this year.
Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda was launched in 2015. This course was written and designed in collaboration with Gina Mastroluca and came out of a series of successful workshops and courses run by them both in the US and UK. Living Wisdom is a comprehensive online course written for people wanting to benefit their lives or practices by studying Ayurveda in further detail over a number of months.
Both these courses, along with the upcoming Beginners Guide to Ayurveda, are sited on the Learn Living Ayurveda website, Anne’s on-line home of Ayurvedic learning. This website has been specifically designed by Anne in answer to the enormous and growing demand for good quality Ayurvedic teaching – in particular teaching that is expressed in a way that is easy to understand for the Western mind.
Alongside the on-line courses there are also a limited number of places each year for Ayurvedic apprentices to learn directly from Anne in her classroom at Artemis House. More details of all of these courses can be found on her dedicated website www.learnlivingayurveda.com.
Ayurveda And The Three Doshas
The living world is made up of five elements; ether, air, fire, water and earth, and these combine to form three basic forces known as doshas which exist in everything in the universe and influence all mental and physical processes.
- From ether and air the air principle vata is created.
- Fire and water yield the fire principle pitta.
- Earth and water produce the water principle kapha.
According to Ayurveda, we are all born with a particular balance of doshas and these proportions are largely determined by the balance of doshas in our parents at the time of our conception.
Our body type, temperament, and susceptibility to illnesses are largely governed by the predominant dosha in our own individual constitution. In this way we inherit our basic constitution called prakruti, which remains unaltered throughout our lives.
The first requirement for health in Ayurveda is proper balance of the doshas. If the balance is disturbed by our diet, lifestyle or state of mind for example, illness, of one kind or another eventually results. The disruption may be felt in physical discomfort and pain, or in mental and emotional suffering such as fear and anxiety, anger or jealousy. Our current state of imbalance causing such symptoms to manifest is known as our vikruti.
An Appointment with Anne
Anne’s first step as an Ayurvedic practitioner is to carefully assesses prakruti and vikruti, that is the patient’s basic constitution and current state of health. This involves taking a detailed case history and examining the body, paying attention to build, skin and hair type, temperature of the body, digestion and bowel function, all of which point to more profound aspects of the patient’s condition.
Pulse and tongue diagnosis are exceptionally valuable tools for confirming analysis of health and constitution. In these respects Ayurveda has much in common with Chinese and Tibetan medicine in which these two indicators of the state of health are also of the greatest importance. A highly complex technique for taking the patient’s pulse has been developed by Ayurvedic practitioners which requires many years of practice to perfect.
Once the doshic balance has been diagnosed and the causes of imbalance have been established, treatment and lifestyle advice is given. The first step back to health is the elimination of toxins (ama) and enhancing digestion or raising digestive fire, agni. There are residential centres dotted around in the UK where the very thorough cleansing and rejuvenation programme known as panchakarma is available. This includes the use of oil massage, sweating, therapeutic vomiting, purging, enemas, nasal administration of medicine, and purification of blood. There is however a more gentle form of Ayurvedic treatment known as shamana available, which involves milder cleansing methods using herbs and diet, followed by rasayana therapy which is the use of wonderful tonic herbs such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus).
Generally treatments fall into 3 main categories, natural medicines, dietary regimes and lifestyle changes. These are all classified according to their effect on the 3 doshas.
To illustrate: a health problem associated with excess kapha could be characterised by catarrh, lethargy, overweight and fluid retention. A diet consisting of warm, dry, light food would be advised since kapha is cool and damp. Avoidance of foods with a cold, damp quality such as wheat and milk products and sugar which would serve to increase Kapha would also be recommended. Herbal remedies would include warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves and pepper to raise digestive fire and cleanse toxins from the body. Bitters such as turmeric and aloe vera may also be prescribed. The specific choice of herbal remedy depends on its “quality” or “energy” which Ayurveda determines according to 20 attributes (vimshati guna) such as hot, cold, wet, dry, heavy or light. Ayurveda also classifies remedies according to six tastes, sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Sweet, sour and salty substances increase kapha and decrease Vata, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes decrease kapha and increase vata, while sweet, bitter and astringent taste decrease pitta and pungent, salty and sour increase pitta.
Herbal remedies are prepared in varying mediums or vehicles (anupanas) according to the predominant dosha being treated. Herbs to balance vata are often given in warm milk, those for reducing pitta in taken in ghee and those to reduce kapha are prepared in honey. Sometimes minute doses of minerals such as salt are also mixed with the herbs. Remedies take the form of pills, powders, decoctions and alcoholic preparations known as arishtas
The Value of Ayurvedic Medicine
The value of Ayurveda is proved partly by its timelessness, since it has existed as an unbroken tradition for thousands of years despite a number of setbacks. Following the rise of the Mogul Empire in the 16th century the dominance of Unani Tibb medicine led to the partial repression of Ayurveda in India. In the 19th century the British dismissed it as nothing more than native superstition and in 1833 they closed all Ayurvedic schools and banned the practice of Ayurveda. Great centres of Indian learning thus fell apart and Ayurvedic knowledge retreated into the villages and temples. At the turn of the century, however, some Indian physicians and enlightened Englishmen began to re-evaluate Ayurveda and by the time India had become independent in 1947 it had regained its reputation as a valid healing system.
Today Ayurveda flourishes along side Unani Tibb and Western allopathic medicine and is actively encouraged by the Indian government as inexpensive alternative to Western drugs. In recent years Ayurveda has attracted attention increasingly from medical scientists in Japan and the West and the World Health organisation has resolved to promote its practice in developing countries.
Here in the West the popularity of Ayurveda is growing daily as more and more people recognise its immense value not only in the prevention and treatment of disease but with its comprehensive recipe for a better, healthier way of life that addresses all facets of our existence, mind, body and spirit.