AYURVEDA
What is Ayurveda? Developed in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is a known as the world’s oldest health care system. It is a holistic healing and medical tradition that provides preventative, acute and chronic health guidance and wisdom through food and lifestyle choices and changes. Ayurveda, in its purest sense, is a modality of practicing purification of spirit and unification of mind, body and soul - of becoming one. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words. “Ayu” means “life “and “Veda” means “the knowledge of.” Therefore, Ayurveda literally means knowledge of life as a whole. Ayurveda looks at the whole person including the mind, body, senses and the soul; therefore healing through Ayurveda is considered a holistic healing practice. Health is based on the five elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth, just as in nature. The way that these elements combine within any given individual determines which “dosha” or primary “type” they are: Vatta dosha  (ether and air), Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). Each dosha thrives and heals with specific food choices and ways of living and conversely becomes ill and out-of-balance when making poor food and living choices. Good health within Ayurveda occurs because it considers the uniqueness and individuality of every person. Healing is based on treatment protocols that address each person’s specific health challenges. Using lifestyle changes, specific dietary modifications, herbs, and cleansing practices, Ayurveda provides a powerful, effective health care system that honors each person’s uniqueness. You can learn more about Ayurveda by visiting the Ayurveda section on All Things Healing regularly. We welcome you and your comments. Visit us often! 

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Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Pro...
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Sonica Krishan, BAMS, NDDY, ADNY
Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT is founder and owner of Well-Being Integrative Health Consulting. As a scientist, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga instructor, Julie blends Eas...
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Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT

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by Roshan Baskota

In Ayurveda headaches can be approached from three basic principle of Ayurveda; Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In Ayurveda science, headache can be approached from three basic principle of Ayurveda; Tridosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Roshan Bastota's article Migraine Headache Treatment in Ayurveda explains this in details and also about the herb based natural solutions what Ayurveda therapy has in store for combatting the migraine headache.

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this interesting video of Ayurveda: Balance and Bliss, Lissa Coffey has greatly ascertained Ayurvedaas a science of life which originated in India more than five thousand years ago! She discusses with Karen Osburn, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, that Ayurveda is recognized by World Health Organization as it promotes balancing practices of yoga and meditation and the calming as well as Vatta balancing effect of oil massage techniques. Lissa calls Ayurveda therapy as art of living in harmony with nature! Lets have a look.
 

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by Dr. Ram Garg

What is a hormone - this enigmatic beast that is blamed by so many (male and female) for their troubles? What is this all-powerful force that can bring joy or sorrow so quickly? Well, actually, no one knows. In the scientific community, there is great honesty about the actual lack of understanding of the endocrine function. Although much is known, much is still mysterious...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another interesting article submission by Dr. Ram Garg where the author lays emphasis on the understanding of the actions of hormones on human body. While he explains about the hormones and their functioning, he also correlates the hormones with Ayurveda perception of the same. Please have a read. Thank you.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: People may not be aware of how several of the modern day diet and lifestyle choices such as "Gluten-Free" and Veganism parallel that of Ayurveda. One of the most nourishing and gut healing recipes in Ayurveda is that of kitchari. Kitchari is naturally gluten-free, as its ingredients include split yellow mung dal and basmati rice. In these modern times though, people have adapted and expanded recipes such as kitchari to include other gluten free grains and dal and omit or replace ghee with oils.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Please note, this is not an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of raw versus cooked food diets. As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda does not advise a 100% or near 100% raw food diet for long term use...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Eating raw foods is always a topic of interest when discussing diet with followers of Ayurveda. Most individuals do not posess enough agni, nor live in climates where a 100% raw food diet is possible. The Asthanga Hrydayam notes how an all raw food diet can significantly affect Vata and lead to disease. Ayurveda therefore usually advises against a raw food diet and supports fresh, gently cooked foods for maximum nutrition and building agni. Join Alex Duncan in his article's discussion of raw food diets and see how raw foods may or may not fit into your diet. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

The natural herb of Aloe Vera has the Latin name of Aloe Vera Linn and belongs to the family Lilliaceae. This particular herb is actually a store house of multiple health giving assets and is primarily a wonderful natural digestive. Ayurveda therapeutic science recommends Aloe Vera for a number of digestion maladies ...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine Health and Wellness Conference hosts Ayurvedic Consultant Susan Weis-Bohlen for an incredibly informative presentation of how Ayurveda delves into the root of human vitality. She includes a personal story of her own transformation with health through the healing benefits of Ayurvedic Panchakarma. Watch this video to share in her journey and explore how you too can transform yourself to a better state of health with Ayurveda. Namaste

 

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by Marc Halpern

Have you ever wondered why some yoga poses seem to leave you calm, centered, and balanced, while others make you agitated, sore, and off center? Or why your best friend flourishes in a rousing "Power Yoga" workout, while you do best on a regimen of slow, gentle stretching?

 

The ancient Indian healing system known as Ayurveda can help you answer such questions...

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a beautiful video wherein Dr. John Douillard has nicely brought awareness regarding the right diet in accordance with Ayurveda science. Interestingly, Dr. Douillard narrates the ancient Indian philosophy of having meals only three times a day, against the notion of stuffing yourself with food six times in a day which he says is not a cure and not meant to be taken up as a regular, everyday diet...

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Inflammation in the skin is challenging to treat, especially when our environment is hot or irritating. Ayurveda offers several herbs that can help reduce heat in the skin. Herbalist James Bae from Veria Living Ayurvedic TV presents 3 simple, Ayurvedic treatments for inflammed skin. As always, consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner for details regarding herbal remedies. Namaste

 

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from Megan, selected from Planet Green

Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Ayurveda is a science that focuses on balancing the body’s life energies (vata, pitta, and kapha) rather than focusing on individual symptoms. Because of this, Ayurveda helps your body to arrive at its natural weight...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Losing weight is always a challenge. Ayurveda follows seasonal, organic eating principles and syncronicity with the sun daily to optimize digestion and keep a healthy weight. Check out these few simple tips to keep you balanced and at a healthy body weight without "dieting." *A quick note about the alcohol recommendation - typically Ayurveda does not recommend alcohol but there are some medicinal herbal preparations in alcohol that are occasionally utilized.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Traditional Ayurvedic cooking is fresh, seasonal and vegetarian. It truly uses food as medicine and incorporates spices and cooked elements into each prepared meal. Understanding the origin of the food and its relationship to mind-body nourishment is the first step in preparing our meals.

 

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AYURVEDA
A History of Ayurveda

by Dr. Vikram

Ayurveda originated in India long back in the pre-Vedic period. Rig-Veda and Atharva-veda (5000 years B.C.), the earliest documentation of ancient Indian knowledge, have references to health and diseases. Ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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