Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham, Director of Arogya Ayurvedic Health Ltd is a student of Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and affiliated with the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Sante Fe, NM as well as being an 'International Professional' and 'Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner' Member of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) - one of the world's largest bodies of Ayurvedic Professionals.
Durgadas comes from a Hindu-Vedic lineage in his family which was last reformed over 5,000 years ago and so shares a wealth of Vedic traditions which is in his blood. He has has also authored over Thirteen Books on Ayurveda, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences. He is also the founder of the Academy of Traditional Ayurveda and the Vishwa Ayurveda Samaj.
Durgadas is not only an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified in all aspects of Ayurvedic Medicine, but also a Certified Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher, Ayurvedic Astrologer and Veda Kovid, a rare title given to those studying all aspects of the ancient Vedic sciences of India.
We hence offer services that are unlike those offered by any other Ayurvedic clinics in New Zealand. As such we are not affiliated or associated in any way with any other clinics in New Zealand.
People from all over New Zealand and Internationally as far away as the India, the United States, United Kingdom,Germany, France, Switzerland and Fiji have received our services.
Ayurveda means the 'knowledge of life', and is India's ancient medical system, dating back some 10,000 years.
It works on the theory that everybody is a unique individual and biological type and hence different needs such as foods or diet, lifestyle and such need to be modified to suit them and their disease state, not a generic model.
In Ayurveda, we aim at targeting the root cause of disease rather than merely the symptoms.
Ayurveda works by targeting the root cause of diseases, which often like on our daily habits and food habits - not only what we are eating, but what condiments and spices we are adding with it; how we are cooking it, when we are eating them etc.
Raw vegetables diets for example can be useful for some body-types, but harmful for others as they can create gas, light-headedness, constipation and severe disorders from headaches to Parkinsons and Arthritis over time, for example.
In addition, Ayurveda has a range of Detoxification methods
.This is a broad and complex question, but yes - Ayurveda has in fact been the basis of healing systems not only in India, China, Japan and the rest of Asia, but also the Arab world and Europe.
Greek medicine itself was heavily influenced by it and it includes several surgical techniques also, which the modern world has adopted.
Charaka (1500bce) also described Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in the world for the first time, and Ayurveda knew the use of prosthetic or artificial limbs back over 5,000 years ago, as well as describing some 300 surgical proceedures, as well as the use of 120 types of surgical instruments and 1120 illnesses and their treatment by around 1000bce.
Plastic surgery (Rhinoplasty) itself comes from Ayurveda, learnt by the British surgeon Joseph Constantine Carpue, who learnt this technique from the Ayurvedic surgeons of India based on ancient methods – aimed at reconstructing ears, noses and lips that were cut off in battle or fights in India. Other complex operations for removing Cancerous growths followed up with cauterization (today's modern method is Radiation therapy) , C-Sections, removal of Urinary stones, Cataracts, removal of the Prostate gland, repairing perforated intestines, drainage of fluids and more were performed in Sushruta's time about 4000 years ago as also removal of teeth, with Ayurvedic dentistry (drilling teeth) having a 9000 year old history (in Mehrgarh).
The text "Bhoja-prabandha" of about 980AD deals with the life of the great King Raja Bhoja. In it, it was stated he was suffering from a brain tumour and two Ayurvedic surgeons were brought to him. Using a special drug, they made him unconscious, opened his skull, took out the tumour and then restored the skull with special Ayurvedic techniques and with another medicine, brought him back to consciousness.
After this, Raja Bhoja was fine and lead a normal life, free from any complications.
Hence, not only was brain surgery well-known in Ayurveda, but also medicines that induced comas and reversed the effects for complex operations also.
Hindus also gave us our numerals and mathematics we use today over the Roman numerals, and such things as Trigonometry, Algebra etc. Before Pythagoras, they knew the value of Pi by 3000bce in the Indus Valley cities and in texts dating to 800bce.
Modern medicine is slowly beginning to realise the benefits of systems such as Ayurveda, which has the ability to treat various conditions deemed 'incurable' by conventional medicine.
It is hence a very scientific system.
No. As a matter of fact, NONE of these are actually part of Traditional Ayurveda at all and form parts of the New-Age Ayurveda or occultism.
This depends much on your own approach and determination, as much as the medications and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Ayurveda as the 'knowledge of life' is about knowing what exercises, foods and herbs as well as other things to do according to one's climate, environment, the seasons as also one's age and working with such factors to ensure they do not affect the health.
Generally for most disorders however, if one sticks to the above guidelines, then results can appear within three months, although some may take longer.
We must remember that we are taking in several toxins in our bodies through decades, and it takes time to remove these, restore proper metabolism to the body and begin to restore harmony.
As Ayurveda provides us with many tools to work with on a daily basis for optimum health, we can practice these throughout our lives to keep ourselves healthy and fit; knowing which exercises are best for us and when to do them, as also what spices and foods are best for us and how to cook them, as also daily routines, such as the care of the nasal cavities, mouth and tongue, hair, eyes etc.
Yoga works with Ayurveda not simply on the physical aspect of exercise (vyayama), but also as an integral part of Ayurvedic Psychology.
It hence brings in several techniques for all disorders to clear the mind and remove factors behind mental issues and employs Mantras as sound-therapy as also Aromas and Colour-therapies suited to one on a personal level; this is why the mass-instruction of Yoga is harmful and not traditional, as it is not tailored to suit the individual needs on all levels.
On the physical level, Yoga works by awakening the digestive fire to keeping the joints free and supple, helping to avoid Muskuloskeletal disorders, as well as issues such as Asthma with breathing techniques and such also.
Yoga is hence not simply about being very flexible, and is suited to the individual alone.
Ayurveda and Yoga are thus not only sister-sciences, not complimentary sciences and have always gone together traditionally in India, tailored to suit the individual, and in accordance with dietary and lifestyle regimens also.
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Today in the West, many have created a 'pasteurised Ayurveda', reducing it down to Spa and Wellness alone, and neglecting the greater ancient medical and spiritual side of Ayurveda and it's integral tradition.
Where these sides are integrated, especially in New Zealand, they are superficial at best, especially with those from non-Indian backgrounds trying to grasp these concepts superficially with a newly-born introduction of them. Durgadas however has grown up with these traditions and practices, as well as practiced them himself for the past 17+ years and has his own healing journey with Ayurveda also!
Durgadas not only comes from a long lineage of traditional Vedic people of the Brahmin (Priestly) caste of India, but has also specially trained in all aspects of Ayurveda in India under traditionally-trained Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Doctors) and therapists who form a part of the Ashtavaidya system of Ayurveda, going back some 1500 years in India and having older roots in Kalari (Martial arts).
In addition, Durgadas give special consideration to Ayurveda and the Mind and it's role in healing, as well as goes beyond the normal Constitutional and Diagnostic analysis in Ayurveda, which today is mainly of a mechanical nature alone; he brings in the deeper original methods of assessing the mind-body complex in a more complex and Integral manner, carefully considering all aspects of the person before giving treatments or diets, which are also specially tailored to the individual, as also with several insights learned from classical texts in Tradition that are greatly ignored today.
David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) has praised Durgadas and his knowledge by stating:
"has a deep understanding of the esoteric doctrines, mantras and yoga practices that is extremely rare today even in senior teachers in India today.
Along with this he has the ability to express the teachings in extensive writings that cover all the main aspects of Vedic and Yogic concern.
You can hence be rest assured you are in good, experienced and insightful hands with Durgadas, who will also answer you many queries regarding the deeper history and philosophy behond Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology and other related branches of Indian sciences, as a traditional Veda Kovid.
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