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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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 Lissa Coffey

The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body, including breathing, digestion, and nerve impulses from the brain. When Vata is out of balance, anxiety and other nervous disorders may be present...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Lissa Coffey who is Ayurveda expert and renowned authority on Ayurveda and Relationships, has agreed to share her Ayurveda wisdom related articles with us ! In this article, she tells us all about Vata dosha. According to her, the most important thing to know about Vata is that it leads the other doshas. Vata usually goes out of balance first, which causes the early stages of disease. Please read through her article. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, changes of season are termed as Ritucharya...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: As per author Dr Ram Mani Bhandari, changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda text , changes of season are termed as Ritucharya. He has provided us with nice description on the topic. Please have a read. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note: It's easy for Vata dosha to get out of balance in the cold and windy weather. This video from Banyan Botanicals reminds us how to ground and regain balance as we enter winter months.

 

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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 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: There are a number of lifestyle related diseases like obesity, hypertension, anxiety, diabetes, indigestion, allergies et al and there are many more cropping up. Not only are these lifestyle diseases depriving and deluding, but these are also somehow prying with our natural comfort of wellbeing. The everyday lifestyle citation has been laid down since ancient times by the sages of Ayurveda therapy. And this reference guide comes true even today as wisdom excerpt to modern lifestyle. I would highly recommend you to acknowledge ancient Ayurveda lifestyle and follow it, so as to incorporate natural wellbeing and longevity into your life, keeping the lifestyle diseases at bay.
Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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by Conni Kunzler

The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches that the five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space—are manifest in all things. Each element has certain qualities, attributes, and impacts on the body and mind. Together, these five basic elements (pancha mahabhutas) form a system of classification for all the objects found on Earth...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another lovely article about seasonal transition and the care it demands by author Conni Kunzler. Ayurveda recommends taking of easily digestible foods, limit intake of iced drinks, and to eat fewer raw (uncooked), cold, dry, and bitter/astringent (e.g., leafy greens) foods. She describes with the example of a tree, and tells us that to as to keep ourselves from being “blown away” during this season of transition, we also require routines that encourage strong roots and plenty of self-care. You will enjoy reading the article. Namaste.

 

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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 Meenakshi Joshi, BAMS, PG PPHC, PGCPK

Many of you might know of my intention behind writing this note at a very short notice. I was just shocked to see that we are not aware of what to do in case of accidental needle prick from an HIV infected source.

I will try to give all details at my level best so that in future this type of situation could not arise...


Editor's Note: I would like to wish our all of our readers a very happy new year. Here I am posting very useful information about AIDS for health professionals as well as the general public. This is one of the least talked about subjects but a very, very important topic as many of our doctors don't clearly know what action to take.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Kapha self, this is the video for you! Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist Khabir Southwick gives some excellent insight and practical tips on how to live with a Kapha prakruti. He focuses on lightness, energy and movement and stimulating digestion with spices and herbs. He also discusses dinacharya in detail and the times when Kaphas should be exercising and eating. Very valuable for the stagnant Kapha in your life. Enjoy!

 

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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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