Gaye Mack’s Blog


Posted on by Gaye Mack in Balance 2 Comments

EAST MEETS West in the healing philosophies of Chinese medicine, in eastern Asia, and those of Ayurveda, native to India, Tibet, and other countries in southern Asia. Logically, it might seem that these two systems of medicine would differ from each other, given the diversity among the cultures that embrace them. The reality is that at their roots they are more alike than not.

In my book, Making Complementary Therapies Work For You, (Polair Publishing, LondonI explore various systems of alternative healing including Ayurveda,Traditional Chinese Medicine , Homeopathy, Flower Remedies and Meditation. What is not a surprise is the discovery that in many cases, the philosophies of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are not the only therapies that have similarities at their roots but that the core philosophies of several other non-traditional  therapies cross boundary lines, showing us one more time that who and what we are is inner-connected.  

Ayurveda itself  ‘is a comprehensive system of medicine that combines natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to maintaining health and the treatment of disease. It places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual’. Ayurveda’s philosophy, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, focuses on the subtle energy that exists in all forms of nature, both organic and inorganic. Its practice extends further to our thoughts and emotions, through the inclusion of yoga and meditation, both of which have an effect on our state of wellness.

 Authoritative texts tell us that Ayurvedic medicine originates from an oral tradition that organized the fundamentals of life into a system, what we know today as Ayurveda. A word from Sanskrit, the ancient root language for most of Europe and Asia, Ayurveda (I-your-vay-da) translates as ‘science of life’: ayur meaning life, and veda science or knowledge. This wisdom is at least 5,000 years old and handed down from the great seers of India, known as Rishis.

The core of Ayurvedic medicine is the concept of three major doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Each dosha is a combined vital energy that reflects two of the five elements we find in tantric philosophy. Vata is a combination of air and ether, with air predominating.  Pitta combines fire and water, with fire predominant,  and Kapha combines water and earth, with water as the primary element.  In Ayurveda, the doshas and the state of their balance are responsible for all that goes on within us, both physically and psychologically.  As in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this balance affects how we relate internally to ourselves and externally to the environment around us.

The ultimate goal in Ayurveda is to help the individual maintain a state of balance between the three doshas, with particular emphasis on maintaining balance in the predominant dosha.


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Bach’s “Larch” for Self-Confidence

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In 1935 when Dr. Edward Bach announced that his work ‘was finished’, he left us with what  are globally known  as the 38 Bach Flower Remedies.  While it has been suggested that there are over 200 million possible combinations of the 38, we can easily look at each of them from a far simpler perspective; one that is not so overwhelming  to contemplate, through simple ‘key phrases’ .  These brief statements are clues that can lead us to an appropriate remedy selection.   When we experience a  ‘lack of self-confidence’, Bach’s Larch is a good choice.  

In general, the remedies can and do work on multiple layers of ourselves and they can do so simultaneously.  In other words, they meet us where we are.  They can support us through ‘situational’ episodes that are temporary or at deeper levels wherein emotional themes have been part of our operating system for some time…perhaps over the course of our lifetime.  Going even “deeper”, some of the remedies support us in soul growth, the concept that was at the heart of Dr. Bach’s healing philosophy and work.   For a more thorough look at Dr. Bach’s work, log onto my website,   which has this information as well as  how I work as a practitioner with flower remedies.

As summer ends and fall approaches, it brings with it the start of the school year for our kids.  ‘Larch’   is an excellent choice for them if they are feeling some anxiety about their self-confidence as they enter a new situation.   This remedy is not only appropriate for the youngest of our children taking the next big step into their development, but for those who are old hands at the school scene.

 However, keep in mind that Larch isn’t only for school situations.  It is THE remedy for any situation wherein we are feeling unsure of ourselves, whether it be school, work, social or even situations involving personal relationships.    


 ‘Larch’ Photo Courtesy of the Dr. Edward Bach Foundation