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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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Vata Dosha will become excited as soon as the colder, changeable weather kicks in. When that cold snap comes, Vata Dosha will have to work overtime to help our physiology adapt to the change in temperature, light, etc...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic instructor, phenomenal author and blogger Alex Duncan offers his personal success with a clear and concise 10 step approach to rescuing Vatas for the up coming Vata season. Try some or all of these steps at home to improve your daily wellness and prevent Vata dosha from bogging you down as winter approaches!

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Ayurveda explains this through the concept of daily dosha cycles: vata, pitta ,and kapha are each at their peak during certain times of the day. Ayurveda divides the 24-hour day into the of following time periods (they are approximate because they depend on the season and geographic location): The Daily Lifestyle Regimens are based on this concept...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is an interesting article shared with us by Dr Ram Mani Bhandari, where the author tells us how Ayurveda wisdom of Dosha philosophy helps to make us aware about whether our dosha imbalance relates to the time of day. For example if you find it difficult to say awake in the morning without cups of coffee, it could be because you have been rising late-during the lethargic kapha time.

 

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by Conni Kunzler

One of the most challenging yoga transitions is swinging one leg up to lunge from down dog. It requires open hips, but also a steady eye that looks a few inches ahead of where the foot needs to land. Balance poses, too, are difficult and require steadfast visual attention to stay upright. Where we set our sights, it turns out, is critical to where we’ll land...

 

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John Douillard, DC

In Ayurveda, it is common practice to rest on the left side of the body after taking a meal. Unlike a siesta where we take the whole afternoon off, Ayurveda suggests a short, ten minute rest on the left side to help the body properly digest the food...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ever feel tired after eating a large meal? Your body needs adequate blood supply to send to the digestive system after a meal for proper processing. Ayurveda suggests that laying down on your left side for a short rest will help he organs of digestion to function better and with more ease. Read on to see how Dr. Douillard discusses how Ayurveda and the left side of your body promotes better digestion and renewed energy after a meal. Namaste

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

According to Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest medical texts known to man, one of the most important factors in human nutrition is the quantity of food we eat at any one meal. This may be stating the obvious, yet my impression, albeit anecdotal, is that many folk lack a sense of self-understanding when it comes to hunger, which combined with socio-behavioral conditioning, results in a failure to consume ‘correct’ amounts of food...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As the holidays fast approach, many of us wonder how to keep a healthy, portioned diet in the face of delicious temtations. Ayurveda offers much advice on the quantity, qualities and timing of meals according to our environment and prakriti. Vaidya Alex Duncan offers some clarity as to healthy eating with reference to passages from the Charaka Samhita. Take a moment before your holiday season begins to reflect on how you may better approach food and celebrations through Ayurvedic eyes. Namaste

 

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by Nadya Andreeva

Food is the highlight of the holidays for most people. Who doesn’t like a beautiful traditional holiday dinner? Someone is perhaps looking forward to a home-made roasted ham with mashed potatoes, someone can’t wait to bite into mom’s pie or grandmother’s special stuffing...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Are your eyes ever bigger than your stomach? This holiday season, with all the feasting, fun and food, take a moment to examine what tickles your tongue but may bloat your belly! Wellness Coach and Ayurvedic Enthusiast Nadya Andreeva presents Ayurveda's concept of "Asatmya" - improper food combining. And, just in time for holiday dinners! Asatmya speaks to distinct digestive properties of all food and how the combination of the five elements can either be in sync with your eating habits or wreak havoc on your body.

 

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice video where the doctor shares with us his easy and doable home remedy using cucumber and lemon juice for curing dark circles. Please have a look. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy

Ayurveda, as a holistic medicine addresses this problem both from inside and outside. Ayurveda explains that facial beauty is the reflection of physical, mental and spiritual well being. Hence, Ayurveda recommends the traditional detoxification therapies followed by rejuvenation therapies for this condition...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Although not harmful, melasma can be a particularly challenging cosmetic concern. Luckily, melasma is commonly the result of sun-damage, climate skin exposure, diet or hormonal dysregulation and is potentially reversible. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy offers some excellent suggestions for Ayurvedic treatment and home remedies to lessen and prevent melasma that are natural and easy to do.

 

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by Conni Kunzler

After traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday—which included lots of cold weather, a cancelled flight, reinjuring the meniscus in my left knee, overeating, and a succession of late nights—I returned home out of sorts and with a cold. Too much of everything left me weary and, frankly, a bit teary...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Conni Kunzler shares with us this beautiful article on Ayurveda wisdom. She writes about how the Ayurvedic concept of “dinacharya,” or daily routine, provides the foundation for a calm mind, cleanses and rejuvenates the body, and sets the rhythm for the day. She tells us to pay heed to what creates the most irritation for you while on the road, and then look to a simple practice that can balance the same. This is a wonderful piece right at the commencing of the holidays and indulging in traveling. Happy holidays !

 

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

Nowadays, owing to the number of lifestyle related diseases that we seem to be facing, it is worthwhile to know and understand what ancient Ayurveda therapy has to offer...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: My article on Ayurveda lifestyle relates to the guidance provided in Ayurveda text as to how you need to have your everyday routine. Waking up in Brahma muhurata which is the early morning time between 4 to 6 am, relieving the bowels, cleaning of the face and mouth along with care of the teeth and tongue and daily eye care have been recommended. This also includes other procedures like Gandoosha or holding oil in the mouth and nasal cleansing.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Everybody wants to get fair and charming skin. Now a day, Acne, black head, pimples, dark circle are common among youngsters and person who suffers from it. According to Ayurveda, Skin problems are normally due to impurities in blood...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by author Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari where he mentions about some Ayurvedic face packs which he says helps women to get rid of wrinkles, dark circles, pimples and acne. Herbal face packs increase the fairness and smoothness of skin. Not only this, as per Ayurveda,  face packs increase skin glow and are best ayurveda treatment to increase fairness and also aid as preventive, promotive and curative therapy for many skin problems. 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 Rolex Replica like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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