Alternative medicine, also known as complementary or integrative medicine, is gaining popularity in Guatemala. One of the most popular practices is Ayurvedic medicine, which focuses on the harmony between body, mind, and spirit.
The causes of illness in Ayurveda can be related to imbalances in the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) that govern health and well-being. The effects of these imbalances can manifest in skin problems, digestion, fatigue, stress, among others.
Ayurvedic treatment is based on the identification of imbalances and the use of a variety of techniques, such as diet, meditation, yoga, herbs and massage, to restore harmony and balance in the body.
Diseases treated by Ayurvedic medicine include diabetes, arthritis, obesity and hypertension, as well as sleep, skin, and hair disorders.
As for subspecialties, Ayurvedic medicine focuses on several areas, such as nutrition, pharmacology, and massage therapy.
It is advisable to visit a specialist in alternative/ayurvedic medicine when seeking a holistic approach to the treatment of chronic diseases or for the prevention of health problems. In addition, this specialty can be an alternative for those seeking less invasive and more natural treatments.