Ayurvedic practices and principles applied to psychological conditions (Depression, Anxiety, Anger, etc.) with Charles Goodman

[The Intentional Clinician Episode 66]

In this episode of the Intentional Clinician Podcast, Charles Goodman returns to discuss practical ways to implement Ayurvedic practices into everyday life. The solutions Charles mentions could be applied to psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, anger, and more. For an overview of Ayurvedic principles, click here to read about or listen to Charles’ first discussion on the Intentional Clinician Podcast.

Charles notes how diet and movement can impact our lives, including our mental states. If we are feeling depressed and are eating a diet full of “heavy” foods such as oil and sugar, we need to remove those from the diet. If we are angry and “hot,” we need to remove coffee, spicy foods, and others from our diet. While these ideas may seem archaic, recent research has shown that there is a connection between diet, environment, and mental state.

Another method Charles describes is utilizing herbs to help balance our water, fire, and air. In the United States, many of our solutions are focused on providing individuals with an extreme amount of one particular “cure” in the hopes that our problems will be gone. As Charles explains, eating one or two oranges is good for you, but drinking an entire glass of orange juice removed from its natural state can cause problems such as diabetes. Rather than finding extreme solutions for each individual problem we have, Charles’ approach is that a blend of herbs or other remedies be used.

Charles Goodman has devoted his life to the study and practice of Ayurveda, the world’s oldest and most complete system of healthcare. From 1987 to 1992, he studied and worked at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the preeminent center for Ayurveda in the U.S. There, he completed a range of academic programs and developed skills in a variety of Ayurvedic treatments. A two-year internship under professor and Ayurvedic physician Dr. Vasant Lad led to Mr. Goodman’s appointment as Chief Administrative Officer and clinical associate at the Institute. In this capacity, Mr. Goodman had an overall responsibility for managing the Institute, teaching specialized courses, and attending Dr. Lad’s clients as needed. Mr. Goodman also founded and was the editor of Ayurveda Today, the first journal in the United States devoted exclusively to Ayurvedic medicine.​

You may contact Charles Goodman for a consultation here: https://www.charlesgoodmanayurveda.com/contact

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Divine Mother” from Divine Mother by Omni Gardens (Spotify)

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