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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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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by Roshan Baskota

Sushruta has described it as the first and foremost specialty. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Sushruta was the first man who advocated a good knowledge of anatomy and dissection of a dead body as essential for being a good surgeon, later on Buddhism and certain traditions came in the way of development of this branch. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery. Author Roshan Baskota has shared insight on surgery in Ayurveda.

 

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by Lissa Coffey

When you are a double-dosha type, two doshas are presenting themselves strongly in your constitution. This means that you can have qualities of each of the two doshas. These qualities do not "blend" together, but rather show their influence individually, either one trait or the other will present itself at a time...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Lissa Coffey shares with us another of her wonderful articles on double doshas. She tells us that when you are a double-dosha type, two doshas are presenting themselves strongly in your constitution. This means that you can have qualities of each of the two doshas. The best would be to look at which dosha is dominant in each section, mind and body. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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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 video. Namaste.

 

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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: The unique series of body treatments with herbal oils, pastes and scrubs is what makes Ayurveda one of the most powerful natural medicines known to date. According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushrata, Udvartana is one of a three-part treatment designed to detoxify, reduce fat, strengthen and tone the body. By appling dry herbs in a "scrub" form to the skin through massage, Udvartana stimulates blood and lymphatic stimulation, toxin elimination and absorption of herbal medicine. This video about Udartana by Ayurvedic Practitioner Lisa Belisle describes the process and what to expect from a treatment. Note that Udvartana is often best suited for kapha types and should not typically be used by pittas or vatas because of skin sensitivity. Namaste

 

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by Lisa Belisle

Udvartana is an invigorating procedure done with cleansing grains, dosha or constitution specific herbs and oils, used to scrub and exfoliate the skin. This herbal massage will stimulate the skin, leaving you with radiant, toned skin and cleansed skin...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The unique series of body treatments with herbal oils, pastes and scrubs is what makes Ayurveda one of the most powerful natural medicines known to date. According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushrata, Udvartana is one of a three-part treatment designed to detoxify, reduce fat, strengthen and tone the body. By appling dry herbs in a "scrub" form to the skin through massage, Udvartana stimulates blood and lymphatic stimulation, toxin elimination and absorption of herbal medicine. This outline of Udvartana by Ay practitioner Lisa Belisle describes the process and what to expect from a treatment. Note that Udvartana is often best suited for kapha types and should not typically be used by pittas or vatas because of skin sensitivity. A video by Lisa Belisle on Udartana is also posted in the Ayurveda section of ATH. Namaste

 

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Vata dosha is the principle of movement. As such, vata, which describes the functions of the air and ether (space) elements, governs all bodily movements...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we are in the thick of Vata season, begin to pay closer attention to your body and take stock of potential signs of Vata disturbances. Digestively, constipation, bloating and abdominal distention are all indications that digestion has slowed most likely due to the change in environmental conditions. Numbness or tingling in areas of the body indicate that the wind element vayu is affecting the nervous system. Lastly, bouts of pain and insomnia are sure signs that Vata has increased significantly in the body and needs to be quelled. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen offers some great insight into how Vata can become imbalanced and some key signs for which to look out. Take some time this season to address them before Vata becomes too unruly. Namaste

 

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by Sharada Hall

I was recently asked about the epidemic numbers of people suffering from food allergies, specifically dairy and soy products. This population in the U.S. is so large that in fact the foods themselves have come to be considered generally "bad."...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Allergies are incredibly commonplace in America these days. Most individuals are unaware of Ayurvedic wisdom that helps keep digestive fire (agni) high to properly process foods and prevent the accumulation of toxins (ama). Ayurveda also details specific food combinations to avoid in order to prevent the development of allergies from allergens lodged in the gut. In this article, Dr. Hall details some of the key reasons that people are allergic to common foods like dairy and soy. She notes that the pasteurization and overprocessing of foods significantly contributes to these allergies and can be reduced or avoided with an Ayurvedic diet. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Want beautiful, lustrous, healthy hair? Ayurveda offers several home body care treatments that can keep hair shiny, strong and full of vitamins. Oil and herbal treatments are just some of the ways that Ayurveda helps you take care of your hair. Check out this video by Banyan Botanicals for 5 great tips on having healthy hair. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What is your doshic phenotype? Deconstructing the Ayurvedic body and mental phenotypes can get confusing. Vata, pitta and kapha are present in all individuals in various combinations, but how do you know which doshas predominate within you? This brief, but clear video by Dr. Neelesh Korde discusses numerous features, mental/emotional states and behaviors of each dosha. Take a moment to explore the differencs among the three doshas and how they may present within you. Namaste

 

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Today I’m wrapping up this 3-part series of articles on the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) by exploring kapha dosha...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In preparing for late winter and early spring, we begin to look closer at Kapha dosha and its accumulation over a stagnant time. Kapha dosha is anabolic and responsible for growth, lubrication and nourishment. With the elements of water and earth slowly coming into full bloom, examine your body, mind and spirit for heaviness, lethargy and excess. We can begin to clear Kapha dosha early if we notice the signs. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen points out some distinct symptoms to look for when identifying a Kapha imbalance. She offers a great guide to self-examination for Kapha dosha. Take some time to review your doshas today. 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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