Ayurvedic Harmony Through Love
With Dr. Amber Goshorn
by Gisele M. Siebold
From a young age, Amber Goshorn wanted to help people and practice medicine. Her dream has become a reality since she founded an Ayurvedic practice in York Haven, Harmony Through Love.
“I had an encyclopedia of natural healing that I read and returned to when seeking recommendations for my own health,” says Goshorn. “I knew that I wanted to look for the root cause of unbalance in the body, which led to my interest in the ancient science of Ayurveda. The element of living in harmony not only resonated with me, but helped me bring my health into balance.”
For the past five years, she studied Ayurveda at the American University of Complementary Medicine, in California, with the renowned teacher, Dr. Jayagopal Prala, BAMS. In December 2018, she graduated with a Doctorate of Ayurveda degree.
She simultaneously worked to achieve a master’s degree in self-development from Veritas, with Sam Tiv as her main teacher. She learned how to work on herself to help others and graduated in January, 2018. Goshorn also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Catawba College.
Kiran Shaikh’s message, “A heart that reaches out with love can heal a soul and change a life,” inspired Goshorn during her journey.
“I chose the name Harmony Through Love because Ayurveda is love,” she shares. “As a practice, it gently brings love to the body to facilitate healing and allow the soul’s purpose to be acknowledged. The science of Ayurveda is grounding for the human spirit, as well as the human body.”
Ayurveda focuses on healing the whole body using herbs, treatments and Ayurvedic counseling. Services are for all ages. There are recommendations for teething children, just as there are recommendations for adults suffering from digestive issues or athletes seeking to improve their range of motion.
Goshorn’s work is informed by Charaka’s wise words, “Just like a tree that nourishes from the top of the tree to the bottom through its roots, starting with the root cause, one can heal the rest of the body.”
She begins with an in-depth, 60-minute consultation to uncover the root cause of imbalance, rather than just treat a client’s symptoms, creating a plan that may include dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for health and well-being. A 30-minute follow-up meeting occurs three to five weeks later.
External treatments include Shali Pinda Sweda in combination with basti, a vessel that holds liquid (usually oil). It is a treatment for neck and shoulder injuries, back issues or leg issues using herbs and special rice bags, along with warm oil pooled over the area. The herbs are specifically designed to help support the nerves and muscles and relieve pain.
“Ayurvedic treatments may work quicker than other modalities because we are tending to the root cause,” explains Goshorn. “Clients have reported changes in the way they feel all over their bodies, not just in the one area that received the treatment. When balance is restored to one area of the body, the natural effect is for balance to come to other parts, as well.”
The grounding aspect of the science of Ayurveda works with a person’s mind-body energy type, or dosha, to bring a sense of calm and peace to the mind, body and spirit, which radiates healing and removes stress. Bodily rhythms ebb and flow to match what nature intended—body systems working in harmony.
For Goshorn, the word harmony encompasses peace within each individual. Individuals that experience peace within themselves radiate the essence of peace to others around them, and soon harmony spreads from individuals to families to communities, and then to the world.
“I envision a world without fear during personal meditation and while I am practicing Ayurveda with clients,” she shares. “The love that I feel resonates from me to my clients, and love’s rippling effect circles out into the world when they leave my office. Ayurveda is a blessing,” believes Goshorn. “I am just the facilitator.”
Harmony Through Love is located at 250 Cragmoor Rd., in York Haven. For more information, call 213-500-8627, email [email protected] or visit HarmonyThroughLove.com.