Vedic Medical Astrology
Vedic Medical Astrology is a branch of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). The Ayur-Jyoti technique uses a Vedic horoscope, which is drawn by the Vedic Medical Astrologer, based on exact time, place, & date of birth of the concerned person. The horoscope is a blueprint of the whole being, reflecting the complex interaction of body, mind and spirit.
Astrology and medicine were not, even in the West, regarded as two separate disciplines until some centuries ago. Before that, all educated persons were broadly acquainted with astrology, philosophy, and medicine. Interestingly, whereas astrology was generally considered to be a reputable occupation, medicine seldom was. Very few people know that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and the one that medical doctors take an oath from, said that no one should call himself a doctor unless he/she was also an a astrologer; for no diagnosis could be made without the help of astrological information on the patient.
Vedic Medical astrology is a science that demands a union of knowledge of both astrology and medicine. Ideally, it takes years of acquiring astrological expertise and also becoming totally familiar with physiology, anatomy and pathology to qualify as a medical astrologer who being an Ayurvedic physician, can accurately sense imbalances, weak spots and advice clients on the best procedures for regaining health.
One’s horoscope can describe with great accuracy the unique constitutional makeup of an individual, including the resilience of the immune system as well as structural and functional weaknesses.
An Ayurvedic doctor may be able to determine a tendency toward various types of illnesses, and one can usually see periods of stress or lowered vitality when one could have health problems
Medical Astrology is the science that analyzes how these imbalances can manifest in our physical body. When the natal chart is studied in light of present or future planetary movements (transits), Medical Astrology also provides insight into the timing of events and may give us clues as to when problems may begin, or fade off.
The medical astrologer then can advise the client on the appropriate diagnostic tests (prescribed by a medical doctor) necessary to verify the astrological speculations. After a physician’s tests have confirmed the diagnosis, together the medical astrologer and doctor can outline the best diet and program of herbs, detoxification & nutritional supplements for the individual to regain good health.
Ancient medical astrology used many tools that have gone out of fashion in the West but are still highly regarded in the East. Various precious and semiprecious stones were prescribed along with metals or alloys of metals to pacify strong planets or strengthen weak ones. Likewise, herbs were all classified according to their planetary rulerships as well as energetic properties such as hot, cold, wet, dry, etc. A cold condition was treated with warming herbs, and a fever was treated with cooling herbs.
The medical astrologer can identify the most effective healing modalities for a client to pursue. For example, a dominant emphasis on the earth element (strong Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn in the chart) would suggest bodywork, chiropractic or nutritional therapies, whereas dominant water (strong Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) will respond better to psychotherapy, art therapy or psychic healing.
Fire sign signatures (strong placements of planets in Aries, Leo and/or Sagittarius) respond best to exercise regimes such as t’ai chi or qi gong (though these people need to watch a tendency toward overdoing their workouts) with subsequent burnout. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) respond well to acupuncture, yoga and scheduled rests to recharge their easily over stimulated nervous systems.
Astrology can help the health practitioner to identify the best way to present the information to the client, what to expect of the course of the healing journey, and the client’s style and willingness to pursue the recommended course of treatment. For example, cardinal signs rising (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) show the most dramatic response to therapeutic modifications and are generally open and enthusiastic about embarking upon a regime.
Those with fixed signs rising (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) are more resistant to accepting advice from others, though will carry out a regime to the letter for extensive periods if you can get through to them (suggestion: they are impressed with success stories and like a fair amount of control). Mutable signs rising (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) tend to shop around the healing circuit, either staying with something for a while and then moving on, or creating an eclectic mix of therapies.
- A person’s Prakriti or body constitution
o Vikriti or dosha/dhatu/mala imbalance
o Weak organs and Systems (Srotas)
o Disease tendency, Immunity & Vitality
o The state of the Mind (Sattvik/Rajasik/Tamasik)
o Timing of the diseases, its intensity and healing process
o Environments affecting health (finances/children/siblings)
- Relationship Compatibility/ Counseling
- Muhurta for Medicine Preparation/Administration
- Selection of Name, Mantra, Deity & daily rituals
o Karmic blessings and limitations, Spiritual growth
o Unhealthy habits and addictions