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! 

Introducing Healing through Ayurveda
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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: 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 Dr. Harkiran Nehra

Pregnancy is a unique state of physiological stress which necessitates physical and social adaptations . Pregnant woman’s health and fitness – physical as well as mental; natally and post natally has become the prime concern in present time ...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Dr. Harkiran is a new author with ATH and she tells us about the positive role and benefits of particular yoga poses and deep breathing techniques of Pranayama when practiced by women during pregnancy.  The author says that this way woman can keep herself fit and stable during pregnancy and also cope up with the prenatal stress and anxiety. Please have a read of the article. Namaste.

 

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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 Vaidya Ātreya Smith, BSc

The Caraka Saṃhitā is considered to be the most authoritative text on Āyurveda in India and most scholars agree that it is the oldest of the six main manuscripts. In the section Sūtrasthāna, Chapter 26, Sūtra 9, Caraka states that nourishment is derived from Rasa...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Vaidya Ātreya Smith provides a unique global perspective of our daily consumption of unwholesome foods and how this significantly impacts our worldwide health and environmental epidemics. We are grateful to have this wonderful reminder of how our conscious choices affect not just us as individuals, but collectively in the world around us.

 

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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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by Meenakshi Joshi, BAMS, PG PPHC, PGCPK

The 20th century saw the uprising of Agricultural India with slogan "JAI JAWAN, JAI KISSAN." Now, the 21st century brings to us "JAI CORPORATE, JAI MNC’S." The corporate world is expanding and contributing to the growth of the country as did farming and arming in good old days...

 

Editor's Note: This article will give insight to corporations about how to get optimum performance from your work force without adding up stress levels. In Ayurveda each individual is blessed with a unique body type or prakruti and appropriate synchronisation of work with that prakruti will bring out the best in that individual's creativity and performance. Read on to understand the thoughts behind.

 

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by Roshan Baskota

According to Ayurveda the factors that depends upon food are  energy, long life, health, immunity, happiness and prana (life) . The food that we input in this natural engine helps to fire the Jatharagni (digestive fire) as a result output energy is expressed. Here are the thoughts of 7 consideration of food intake according to Vagbhat...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Ayurveda justifies natural wellbeing and longevity with significant following of everyday Aahara (diet) and Vihara (lifestyle) rules and regulations. These rules have been laid down in the ancient wisdom text thousands of years back, and yet are truly pertinent when we make a conscious effort so as to understand the logics underneath. There are some conventional and methodological suggestions that are mentioned in Ayurveda text for taking in everyday diet.

 

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by Dr. Baljot Bharaj

In Ayurveda many herbs are described which are used as a single herb or in combination. Combination is done to increase the efficacy of herbs to enhance the action on a particular organ or disease...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article the author Dr Baljot Bharaj has described specific combinations of Ayurveda herbs which enhances the efficacy of herbs and their combined effect and action on the body systems. These herbs have been grouped according to the part of the herb used or according to the number of herbs indicated in various body conditions. Please have a read.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic doshan can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Vata, calming asanas and pranayama will relax, revitalize and restore direction of the wind and space elements. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Vata calming Yogic practice. 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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