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 Dr. Meenakshi Joshi

Steve Jobs, the man who changed the face of multimedia and knocked out Walkman permanently from music world, is no more. He was suffering from a rarest kind of pancreas cancer neuroadenocarcinoma. It is basically the malignancy of a hormone producing islet cells. This disease jeopardized his pancreas and part of his liver...

 

Editor's Note: Cancer is fast spreading life style disease of 21st century. It's more painful to decide where and how to go about it than the disease itself. There are often claims of miraculous cures, magic therapies and then combine that with the confusion of other conventional treatments. It's more painful to decide what to select and what not to select...

 

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by Dr. Baljot Bharaj

Nowadays one can commonly hear the complaints of backache, lethargy, appetite disturbance, mood swings, pain in abdomen off and on, specially from newbie mothers. On probing, these could be related to post natal period. These complaints fall under Sutika roga or Puerperal disorders...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another informative article by author Dr. Baljot Bharaj. In her article, the doctor throws light on Post natal disorders, their clinical features and the Ayurveda treatment and herbs that can be great help during this vital period of woman's life. Please have a read. Thank you.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What are our goals in life? How do we explain that which we are meant to do? In this unique TED talk from Ayurvedic and Chinese Practitioner Jonathan Glass, 5 goals of Ayurveda are explored. Dharma, artha, kama, moksha and the overarching goal of love. Sanskrit has at least 96 words for love, as it the most important gift we can give ourselves and others. Enjoy Jonathan's Glass discussion of these goals and how they can be applied to your personal world. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Meenakshi Joshi

Skin is the first organ to reflect the imbalances and last one to respond to improvements. Any season change plays havoc on skin. too. Read several care tips below...

 

Editor's Note: Winter is a season of visarg kaal that is southern solicits and influence is of the Moon. We get all vigor and vitality back during this time. But with all this binge eating and outdoor enjoyment there comes dryness, particularly of the skin. In this article you will find simple natural home remedies to protect your skin from ageing and drying. Read on and enjoy the winters without worries.

 

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by Dr. Alexandre Hillairet

Louis Pasteur discovered the existence of bacteria and microbes through his experiments. From these discoveries vaccines and antibiotics were developed to treat some of the most life threatening diseases. Beside these new findings, western and eastern Ayurveda herbal medicines have been using natural anti viral and antibacterial remedies to treat the common cold or infectious diseases with tremendous results for centuries...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In his article - 'Antibiotics and the Power of Ayurveda Herbal Remedies' Dr. Alexandre Hillairet has discouraged the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and also at the same time he has recommended the use of Ayurveda herbal remedies to treat the common cold and diseases induced by a bacterium or a virus.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Dr. John Douillard is a world renowned Ayurvedic Practitioner who focuses on the Ayurvedic principle of optimizing digestion to prevent disease. In this video, Dr. Douillard discusses one of the most important healing Ayurvedic herbs, the fruit Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry)...

 

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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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Do you take vitamins to supplement your diet? Western society has made concentrated vitamin and mineral supplements readily accesible. However, what we potentially fail to recognized is the growing replacement of whole, nourishing foods for quick fix pills. Ayurveda promotes a complete nutritional diet through whole, unprocessed foods...

 

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Editor's Note: Check this video for interesting energy point or marma point awakening massage.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The thyroid is quickly becoming the epicenter of focus in the medical community for metabolic health. Hypothyroidism, characterized by an underactive thyroid, can produce an enlarged thyroid gland referred to as a goiter. Thyroid dysregularion is challenging to treat and best addressed when diagnosed and treated by a physician and a vaidya, if possible. This video on goiters demonstrates some external Ayurvedic treatments for reducing a goiter and briefly discusses the role of iodine to the thyroid and some dietary examples of iodine-rich food. 

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Dosha has been defined as "according to the principle of constitution of the physical body in ayurveda, one of the three vital bioenergies (vata, pitta, kapha) condensed from the five elements." An Ayurvedic Practitioner will thoroughly assess your physical, mental, emotional and metabolic attributes to determine your doshic balance and your constitutions, prakriti and vkriti. This excellent video clearly discusses the characteristics of the three doshas, how Ayurvedic Practitioners diagnose patients and some specific imbalances you can begin to address with simple, homemade solutions. 

 

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by Conni Kunzler

We’re all likely to experience some level of anxiety during the course of things. It happens. At least it happens to me...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by a new author for Ayurveda section at ATH, Conni Kunzler. In her article, the author has incorporated Ayurveda wisdom along with ancient yoga practices for deriving holistic wellness and relief from the ailment of anxiety. 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 like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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