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! 

Introducing Healing through Ayurveda
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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: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic doshan can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Vata, calming asanas and pranayama will relax, revitalize and restore direction of the wind and space elements. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Vata calming Yogic practice. Namaste

 

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by Conni Kunzler

The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches that the five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space—are manifest in all things. Each element has certain qualities, attributes, and impacts on the body and mind. Together, these five basic elements (pancha mahabhutas) form a system of classification for all the objects found on Earth...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another lovely article about seasonal transition and the care it demands by author Conni Kunzler. Ayurveda recommends taking of easily digestible foods, limit intake of iced drinks, and to eat fewer raw (uncooked), cold, dry, and bitter/astringent (e.g., leafy greens) foods. She describes with the example of a tree, and tells us that to as to keep ourselves from being “blown away” during this season of transition, we also require routines that encourage strong roots and plenty of self-care. You will enjoy reading the article. Namaste.

 

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by John Douillard, DC

While raising our six children, I experimented with every type of immune-boosting concoction you could imagine. From pretending to be a daddy bird squirting castor oil into their mouths with an eyedropper the way a momma bird feeds their young...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: With winter upon us and moving in fast, how does Ayurveda direct us toward a cold-busting immune system? Dr. John Douillard shares his lifetime wisdom with his immune-boosting plan for adults and kids. Namaste.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

“Ama” means partially or undigested food. Ama can cause toxic residue to build up in the gut. This residue harms the gut and can infiltrate and harm the body and its organs, contributing to many different chronic disease conditions...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: With the change to Vata season, many toxins begins to accumulate in the body and mind that will need to be purged. In Ayurveda, these toxins are called "ama" and stem from undigeted food along with unprocessed environmental hazards that are not eliminated by adequate agni. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses ama, its sources and its accumulation. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, changes of season are termed as Ritucharya...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: As per author Dr Ram Mani Bhandari, changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda text , changes of season are termed as Ritucharya. He has provided us with nice description on the topic. Please have a read. Namaste

 

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by Georgia Tetlow, MD, FAAPMR

It’s time for the holidays! If these words make you clench your tummy, hold your breath, or even dissociate into negative predictions of what you will be asked or told at family gatherings, then this short piece is for you...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In the rush of the holiday season, it is easy to get caught up and forget to be kind to yourself in the process of being kind to others. Thus, the Vedic tenant of "Ahimsa," meaning "do no harm," is one to remember this holiday season. Integrative Medicine physician Georgia Tetlow, MD, FAAPMR in essence, speaks to the need for Ahimsa with the "self" when faced with the challenges of holiday visits, parties and events that may exhaust both the body and the mind.

 

 

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from The Chopra Center

According to Ayurveda, sleep is the nursemaid to humanity. During deep, restful sleep, our body recovers from stress and we wake up feeling refreshed, clear-minded, and energized. Unfortunately, with the turbulence in people’s personal lives and in the world at large, many of us suffer from insomnia and a lack of adequate rest...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all struggle with obtaining a sound sleep on occasion. Ayurveda recognizes most sleep interruptions as a product of aggitated Vata. As we enter deeper into Vata season, getting a restful night's sleep may call for some Vata pacifying tips. A soothing evening routine, sleep mantra or essential oil massage may serve to sooth a Vata body and ease a Vata mind. Check out these 5 tips from The Chopra Center that are bound to send you into sweet slumber.

 

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by Raven Jones, AP

My first treatment is at 7am and consists of a flowing massage by two young, dark skinned men dressed in light brown jacket and trousers. They have that thick, jetblack, close cropped hair and ubiquitous mustache of many Kerala men from this southern part of India...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It is my distinct honor to share with you the inspiring and heartfelt reflection of one man's journey through his battle with cancer. A brilliant author and dear friend, Raven Jones has created a link between health and spirituality through Ayurveda. His cancer survival story is both thought provoking and intellectually stimulating as it is filled with emotional honesty.

 

 

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by Conni Kunzler

An ever growing catalog of research shows diminished sleep is associated with poor performance, memory loss, weight gain, more accidents during the day, depression, slower healing, aging skin, and in some cases serious diseases. This is not a happy list...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another wonderful piece by author Conni Kunzler. She lays emphasis on being aware about the optimum physical, mental, and emotional digestion for having a good night sleep. Easy but effective steps like having lighter meals in the evening, avoiding mental and physical stimulants, starting the process of getting to bed earlier etc have been mentioned in the write-up which would be highly supportive for sleeping well. Please have a read.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Kitchari is sometimes thought of as the equivalent of "Ayurvedic Chicken Soup." Kitchari is classically a warm, light and nutrient-rich Vegetarian dish that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. There are numerous versions of kitchari that range from soupy to a drier rice medley. Ayurveda recommends using split yellow mung dal as the legume of choice since it is known to digest extremely well and to not produce gas. This video by JivaSattva clearly demonstrates the steps to making a delicious kitchari that includes many culinary spices with Ayurvedic healing properties. Try it at home today!

 

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by Dr. Harkiran Nehra

Pregnancy is a unique state of physiological stress which necessitates physical and social adaptations . Pregnant woman’s health and fitness – physical as well as mental; natally and post natally has become the prime concern in present time ...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Dr. Harkiran is a new author with ATH and she tells us about the positive role and benefits of particular yoga poses and deep breathing techniques of Pranayama when practiced by women during pregnancy.  The author says that this way woman can keep herself fit and stable during pregnancy and also cope up with the prenatal stress and anxiety. Please have a read of the article. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A fascinating video inquiring about the origins of the Ayurvedic language of Sanskrit and it's relationship to Hinduism. The video discusses the sacred scripture Rig Veda in detail and the similarities of Sanskrit words to modern languages such as Greek, Latin and even English. It also questions the geographical location and civilization who developed Sanskrit. There is much controversy over the origin of Sanskrit being from India or outside of India. Here, the video presents evidence of migrating civilizations and their use of Sanskrit. Enjoy!

 

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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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