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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by Darla Graves Palmer

Ayurveda, a healing system thousands of years old, carries within it a harmonizing approach as evocative and moving as the most uplifting music ever created. I have found, to my enduring delight, that this is a system based upon energy...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurveda is one of the most beautiful and touching systems that can be likened to a work of art. Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant Darla Graves Palmer offers a delightful reflection on how Ayurveda relates to nature, energy and the universal consciousness. When we pause to examine our connection to all living things and sense the woven fabric of energy, we gain an unparalled sense of joy. It is our journey of reciprocation that guides us along until we reach a state of universal equilibrium. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling is an excellent way to draw toxins from the body via oral absorption. Traditional oils like sesame and coconut oil are thought to bind or chelate metals, chemicals and toxins stored in the fat cells and mucosa and remove them when swished in the mouth for 10-20min. Although more research needs to be done to scientifically explain oil pulling, Ayurveda has used this tried and true method of detoxification for 5,000 years. Listen to Dr. John Douillard discuss oil pulling and its merits in this video.

 

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by Roshan Baskota

1. Ajeernahara (Digestive/Carminative)  i. Lashunadi vati  ii. Lavanavashkar churna  iii. Sandipana churna  iv. Hingavashtak churna  v. Shankha bhashma  vi. Chitrakadi vati...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: Roshan Baskota, in his article, shares with us the list published by Department of Ayurveda in collaboration with WHO. This refers to Ayurvedic drugs and their usage in various ailments. Please have a read, Namaste.

 

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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 Julie A. Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

Sluggishness, joint pain, low libido and memory loss are just some of the more alarming symptoms of hypothyroidism. This, now highly prevalent autoimmune condition where the body's defenses turn on the thyroid with destructive antibodies, causes a slow decline in metabolism, energy and eventually spirit.

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hypothyroidism is a complex manifestation of pitta metabolic dysfunction. It challenges the body to regulate hormone levels while fighting a war against itself. After being diagnosed with Graves' Disease (hyperthyroidism) early in life and twenty years later experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, it was natural for me to seek out what alternative Ayurvedic methods could be useful to my condition.

 

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by Roshan Baskota

Pinda Sweda is one of the most important of the special forms of treatment in Kerala. It is one of the 5 karmas in Kerala Panchakarma. It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire, by the application of certain medicinal ppinda-swedauddings externally, in the form of boluses tied up in a muslin bag..

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota shares with us the Kerela Panchkarma treatment of Pinda Sweda or the stem bath. Of the other benefits that he details us with, this therapy of Pinda sweda is believed to make the the body supple; remove stiffness of joints, cleanses the minute channels or Srotas of the body and thus promotes better blood circulation. Not only this, the author says that Pinda- sweda cures all types of diseases of the nervous system, Chronic Rheumatism, pains in the joints, emaciation of the limbs and diseases born of vitiated blood. Please have a read. Thank you!

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

According to Ayurveda, the human spine has 5 energy centers. When all the energy centers are functioning at their peak energy levels, then the person has strong spine and he is free from back pain. When any one of the energy centres is affected then the pain is felt.


Panchakarma treatment focuses on removing the toxins from your body, strengthens your immune system, activates your energy centres and then cures the problem naturally...see part 1

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

Back Pain is one of the major problems that people across the world are suffering from. Though it can strike at any age, primarily people in the age group 35 – 55 are widely affected by back pain. The pain can be anything between mild and unbearable. Back pain actually cripples you and makes you lose interest in life...

 

 

 

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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: Shirodhara is truly an amazing Ayurvedic therapy that can work wonders on disorders caused by Vata aggravation. Nervousness, anxiety, depression, insomnia and overstimulation, just to name a few, are all reduced with shirodhara. "Shiro" means "head" and "dhara" means "stream." In shirodhara, a warm oil stream is continuously poured over the "sthapani marma" (the space between and above the eyebrows) otherwise known as "the third eye," as it has a soothing effect on the hypothalamus. Shirodhara is thought to sync frenetic neurons and alpha waves to greatly improve mental clarity, create stability and impart calm.

 

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Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This video explains greatly how to take care of your skin organically, how to improve the radiance of your skin and allow your body to help in the process; all along with tips and recipes to help you heal naturally! Namaste
 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic dosha can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Pitta, soothing asanas and cooling pranayama will relax and quell rising fire and water elements. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Pitta soothing Yogic practice. 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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