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 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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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Pain is common among all members of family irrespective of their age, job, food habits, race, etc. Here we discuss the causes, prevention and management of muscular pain using the holistic approach of Ayurvedic medicine, herbs, yoga, diet and Ayurvedic therapies...

 

Editor's Note: Millions of people worldwide suffer from severe joint, muscle and skeletal pain. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy clearly outlines Ayurveda's view on the origin, management and prevention of pain. Using Ayurvedic purification and key daily lifestyle, diet and exercise tools, one can begin to reduce toxin accumulation, manage and perhaps prevent the onset of bodily pain.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Low on Energy?  Ayurveda aims to continuously restore balance to the doshas and supply fresh energy for the body and the mind. In this lovely YING & YANG LIVING video interviewing Ayurvedic expert Jenny Ahn, several Ayurvedic suggestions are offered to restore energy to each of the doshic constitutions known as Prakriti. For Vata, Pitta & Kapha prominant prakritis, different self-care steps can be taken in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Jenny discusses yoga styles, nutrition and bedtime routines to benefit each constitution. Enjoy!

 

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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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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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