Ayurvedic Medicine

The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine (GIAM) is recognized as the largest and most authentic Ayurvedic medical clinic in the United States. It was established in 1982 by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) who is the nation’s only medical doctor to hold degrees in both Ayurveda and conventional allopathic medicine. Dr. Gerson is widely regarded as this nation’s most experienced Ayurvedic physician and researcher and works principally as a primary care doctor specializing in diagnostically difficult and complex cases. GIAM operates in association and with the blessings of The Dept. of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH), a division of the Central Government of India. GIAM’s main activity is to treat patients in need of medical care and direction in the widest sense. Dr. Gerson see patients primarily here at Holistic Options and also at Jupiter Medical Center, where he is the Medical Director, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, Division of Research and Education.

Ayurveda is a system of healing which evolved on the subcontinent of India approximately 4000 years ago. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots “ved” which means knowledge and “ayur” which means long life. Thus, Ayurveda is a medical system which promotes longevity through knowledge of natural rhythms and cycles. It emphasizes that all beings are interdependent and that we are an integral part of a whole universe. Ayurveda seeks to establish harmony between the individual and the environment and in this way harness the fundamental energies of nature to promote a balanced physiology. The unimpeded rhythmic flow of these fundamental life energies allows the individual to prevent, and when necessary, treat disease. Ayurveda utilizes many therapeutic tools to achieve health. The preeminent of these therapies are a series of detoxification procedures known as Panchakarma, individualized dietary recommendations, and sophisticated personalized natural herbal formulations in the form of powders, teas, and extracts. It also uses meditation and yoga, spice formulations, self-oil massage, daily hygienic and beauty regimens, breath exercises, visualizations, mantras, and other methods as appropriate for each individual.

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