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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Trouble falling or staying asleep? Ayurveda can help! Dr. John Douillard speaks with Waylon about Vata & Pitta disturbances that prevent individuals from a good night's rest. Ayurveda points to a Vata imbalance if there is difficulty falling asleep due to restless monkey mind, overexcitment or exhaustion. Individuals who wake up throughout the night are more prone to a Pitta imbalance and may experience emotional or hormonal upset or excess heat due to metablolic disturbances. Ayurveda offers several suggestions for balancing Vata and Pitta including lifestyle and nutrition modifications. Dr. Douillard discusses some of these suggestions to provide individuals with adequate energy to properly prepare the body and mind for bed. Sweet Dreams ;) Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Women, listen up for your health! This video is an excellent source of information on hormones and how Ayurveda works with hormone fluctuations through life. Nadya Andreeva and Dr. Claudia Welch review how balancing our lives is the key to balancing our hormones. Listen for some excellent tips on how to balance your life and your body. Enjoy!

 

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by Conni Kunzler

In Ayurveda, simple daily practices, called dinacharya, attend to the five sense organs—eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin—the way we take in the world. Just as the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and our visual stimuli impact our mental and physical health, so do the sounds we hear—in our environment as well as the chatter inside our heads...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another superb article by author Conni Kunzler, wherein she writes about the simple daily practices called as dinacharya in Ayurveda, that relates to the imbibing action of the five sense organs —eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. According to her, the accumulated knowledge of the sciences of yoga and Ayurveda are recorded in Sanskrit and for hundreds of years chanting or vocalizing Sanskrit words or mantras has been part of these healing and spiritual practices. Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

Eat to Your Heart’s Content

As per Ayurveda philosophy, during winters, the gastric fire—or the Jatharagni—inside your body becomes invigorated due to the external cold in the environment...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Welcome winters and welcome wellness! Not only for this cold season, but also for the seasons to come. This is the time to nourish health and well-being so as to cherish its upshot for the coming times. Sharing some useful tips that would help you to procure the benefits of the cold winter days to the fullest ! NamasteWelcome winters and welcome wellness! Not only for this cold season, but also for the seasons to come. This is the time to nourish health and well-being so as to cherish its upshot for the coming times. Sharing some useful tips that would help you to procure the benefits of the cold winter days to the fullest ! Namaste

 

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by Roshan Baskota

Ayurveda believes the treatment has four pillars (Chatushpad of Chikitsa) they are Doctors, Drugs, Medical Attendant and patient himself. Without any one of them treatment is not possible. In todays article post I am just focusing on medicine...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: The author Roshan Baskota shares in his article about the four pillars of Ayurvedic treatment that are considered mandatory so as to provide relief to the patient; and without any one of these, the treatment would not be not possible. According to him, Ayurveda believes the treatment has four pillars (Chatushpad of Chikitsa) they are Doctors, Drugs, Medical Attendant and patient himself.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The healing of mind, body and spirit that Ayurveda offers comes from constantly balancing what we take in and what we expel out. Our food, drink, emotions and environment all form what is know as ahara. Many times, toxins are carried along with ahara and create ama in the body. Ayurveda offers guidance on how to use food as medicine to detoxify the body on a daily basis. In Dr. John Douillard's Gaiam video, he discusses how different foods and rasas (tastes) will help purify the body and remove ama to restore balance. Using an Ayurvedic approach provides life-long tools to keeping our body clear of toxins with a healthy lymphatic system and alkaline body. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: To soothe Vata strained muscles, joints and skin, focus on some self pampering with the Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga. A daily warm oil massage is a great way to detoxify lymph, increase circulation, calm the body's nerves and stimulate muscles, while delivering important nutrients to the skin. This wonderful Banyan Botanicals video demonstrates a step by step abhyanga massage. Be sure to include your belly for an excellent treat for your digestive system. Enjoy!

 

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by John Douillard, DC

New research has revealed powerful rejuvenative properties of an herb that Ayurvedic texts held sacred for its astounding list of beneficial properties thousands of years ago...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Do you experience mood swings, anxiety, memory loss, low blood sugar, exhaustion or fatigue? The very powerful Ayurvedic herb Shilajit helps address these conditions and many more. Shilajit is often termed a "rejuvenative" because of its potent ability to detoxify the body and promote tissue regeneration. Two of Shilajit's active agents are fulvic and humic acids, which act to draw out deeply rooted toxins from the body, thus allowing it to heal. Please note that Shilajit is not recommended for pregnant women. Please visit your Ayurvedic Practitioner for proper recommendations of Shilajit. Dr. Douillard discusses the numerous positive actions of Shilajit in this article. A video of Dr. Douillard discussing Shilajit is also available in the Ayurveda section of All Things Healing. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.

 

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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. Ram Garg

Life is God's precious gift to us and it is up to us to make the best of it. Health is the most basic and crucial requirement for a fulfilled life. Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle is not complicated or difficult...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another nice article by author Dr Ram Garg wherein he stresses the need of following Ayurveda lifestyle for wellness and longevity. The author suggests that maintaining a lifestyle which is in sync with daily and seasonal rhythms ensures a higher quality of life.Please have a read. Thank you.

 

 

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by Dr Baljot Bharaj

Along with the joys of motherhood comes the responsibility of nurturing the newborn. For good health of newborn, proper nourishment is utmost important. This nourishment is provided by Stanya or Breast milk , which is a complete food during initial period...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Ayurveda has long back conceptualized the benefits of breast feeding which is a wonderful natural nourishment  being provided in the form of Stanya or Breast milk to the new born baby, and this is believed to be a complete food during initial period. Dr. Baljot Bharaj's article details us more on the topic. Please have a read. Namaste!

 

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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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