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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 James L. Pace

Asked to define beauty and you might proffer a ‘shopping list’ for this or that hair style, eye color, skin tone, or facial shape. But, as you will soon discover, beauty has a far more profound definition and criterion, yet preference for blondes vs. brunettes has nothing to do with it...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all know the old adage "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." For Ayurveda, beauty is multi-faceted, yet always originates from our inner light. Author, teacher and Ayurvedic Practitioner James Pace, CAy offers a special look into Ayurveda's tri-part approach to beauty. His insight into the depths of our beauty is truly breathtaking. Take a moment in this busy holiday season to look around you and see the radiating beauty of those in our lives and those we meet every day.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Sinusitis is termed as “Dushta Pratishyaya” or “Peenas” in Ayurveda. Ayurveda calls nasal cavity as ´shirodwar’ that is the entry point to the skull cavity and proper functioning of brain and its various parts. Thus any obstruction in this pathway is aggressively treated...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: Sinusitis is a highly distressing medical condition which interferes with the general wellbeing of an individual. Ayurveda therapy text has the detailed description about the ailment along with the patho-physiology of other nasal disorders which broadly come in the category of Nasa roga and Shiro roga. Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari has provided with comprehensive explanation about the same.

 

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by Dr. Ram Garg

What is a hormone - this enigmatic beast that is blamed by so many (male and female) for their troubles? What is this all-powerful force that can bring joy or sorrow so quickly? Well, actually, no one knows. In the scientific community, there is great honesty about the actual lack of understanding of the endocrine function. Although much is known, much is still mysterious...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another interesting article submission by Dr. Ram Garg where the author lays emphasis on the understanding of the actions of hormones on human body. While he explains about the hormones and their functioning, he also correlates the hormones with Ayurveda perception of the same. Please have a read. Thank you.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: People may not be aware of how several of the modern day diet and lifestyle choices such as "Gluten-Free" and Veganism parallel that of Ayurveda. One of the most nourishing and gut healing recipes in Ayurveda is that of kitchari. Kitchari is naturally gluten-free, as its ingredients include split yellow mung dal and basmati rice. In these modern times though, people have adapted and expanded recipes such as kitchari to include other gluten free grains and dal and omit or replace ghee with oils.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Acid reflux, known as "amla pitta," can manifest as a persistent burning condition in the stomach, esophagus and mouth, thus creating great discomfort. Ayurveda views amla pitta as a displacement of sour acid from the stomach, driven by the irregular or excessive upward movement of udana vayu. In essence, vata literally pushes pitta (acid) up into the esophagus and mouth. Ayurveda recommends certain vata and pitta-reducing foods as well as specific spices to quell amla pitta and keep acid in the stomach...

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Please note, this is not an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of raw versus cooked food diets. As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda does not advise a 100% or near 100% raw food diet for long term use...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Eating raw foods is always a topic of interest when discussing diet with followers of Ayurveda. Most individuals do not posess enough agni, nor live in climates where a 100% raw food diet is possible. The Asthanga Hrydayam notes how an all raw food diet can significantly affect Vata and lead to disease. Ayurveda therefore usually advises against a raw food diet and supports fresh, gently cooked foods for maximum nutrition and building agni. Join Alex Duncan in his article's discussion of raw food diets and see how raw foods may or may not fit into your diet. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

The natural herb of Aloe Vera has the Latin name of Aloe Vera Linn and belongs to the family Lilliaceae. This particular herb is actually a store house of multiple health giving assets and is primarily a wonderful natural digestive. Ayurveda therapeutic science recommends Aloe Vera for a number of digestion maladies ...

 

 

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by John Douillard, DC

Have you ever wondered to what extent the two sides of your body mirror each other?

It is very common for me to have a patient tell me that they have all their issues on just one side of the body...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: How do you sleep? Sleep is one of the three pillars in Ayurveda and critical to our digestion, elimination and metabolism. The position that you sleep in can significantly affect your health and altering that slightly can improve your body's circulation, elimination and lymphatic drainage. This leads to optimal digestion and detoxification, two of the highest priorities for ayurveda.

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a beautiful video wherein Dr. John Douillard has nicely brought awareness regarding the right diet in accordance with Ayurveda science. Interestingly, Dr. Douillard narrates the ancient Indian philosophy of having meals only three times a day, against the notion of stuffing yourself with food six times in a day which he says is not a cure and not meant to be taken up as a regular, everyday diet...

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Traditional Ayurvedic cooking is fresh, seasonal and vegetarian. It truly uses food as medicine and incorporates spices and cooked elements into each prepared meal. Understanding the origin of the food and its relationship to mind-body nourishment is the first step in preparing our meals.

 

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by Susan Westfall

The natural elimination process is essential for the maintenance of holistic health. Constipation, bloating and erratic bowel movements reflect a large array of diseases and potential disease manifestations and is not a symptom which can be taken lightly...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this nice article, Susan Westfall gives some nice descriptive details about the role of agni or the gastric fire in the process of assimilation and digestion of whatever food that we eat. Please have a read of this article submission by another wonderful author!

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Ayurveda includes fasting amount its preventative and curative therapies. Fasting from food or “Kshut” in Sanskrit helps to pacify aggravated Doshas (biological principles governing movement, transformation and cohesion), increase and balance Agni (digestive enzymes), purify the body of toxins, wastes, dead cells etc. Fasting can be used for maintenance (for example day-long fasts once a week or so) or for cure (stronger longer lasting fasts)...

 

Editor´s Note from Julie Cerrato: An incredibly timely discussion on fasting and Ayurveda is provide by instructor Alex Duncan. Fasting as a means of cleansing the body is often performed in early fall and springtime along with the season change. It is known to pacify aggravated doshas, stimulate agni, and rid the body and mind of waste and toxins...

 

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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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