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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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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by The Chopra Center

If you are one of the millions of people who has a made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and start eating a more nurturing diet, the healing science of Ayurveda offers a balanced, practical approach...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The Chopra Center offers a beautiful series examining how Ayurveda views balance with food, eating, nutrition and life. Ayurveda has a very different perspective on how we individuals approach food and nourishment. In part one of "Eating for Balance," we revisit the doshic energies and prakriti, our constitution. This wonderful article describes how the act of eating is a choice governed by the everchanging dance of internal energies. It speaks to your physical transformation and approach to food as a reflection of your daily doshic imbalances. Therefore our "ideal weight" is rather redefined as our unique, perfect form, achieved through balance of our mind-body type. Namaste




Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is highly educative video uploaded by Indiandiplomacy, focusing on the goodness and importance of Ayurveda therapy. It mainly signifies that Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine and natural healing, as a spiritual approach to life becomes ever more important in this ecological age. Our film Journey of Ayurveda travels in time from its origins in India to its progress into the 21st century, where Ayurvedic medicine is gaining international interest and respect as an alternative means of caring for physical and mental health!



by Dr. Baljot Bharaj

Post natal period is like a second birth for a woman. It is the period to replenish the vital elements lost during pregnancy and giving birth to the baby. Ayurveda emphasizes on regulated dietary regimen during this period to gain strength and pre-pregnancy state...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Significance of Postnatal diet finds importance in Ayurveda woman-care. Not only does this diet help in nourishing the tissues of the woman, replenish the vital elements lost during pregnancy and giving birth to the baby; and also balances the body humors or doshas viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Dr Baljot Bharaj has brought us with these details in her nicely authored write-up 'Post Natal Diet and Ayurveda'. Please have a read.



by Susan Westfall

There are energetic vibrations on many levels of the body, but there is a source of fundamental vital energy which ultimately connects the mind, body and spiritual consciousness. The doshas represent the gross bio-energies whose balance is critical for physical and mental health...


Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another brilliant article by Susan Westfall wherein she focuses on the merits of prana, tejas and ojas, which are essential for the spiritual connection as well as maintaining self-awareness. She also narrates about the Ayurveda philosophy of the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha; which impart the doshic energy which in abundance imposes a transcendent, spiritual health for it links the physical state to a higher state of consciousness!




Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a great video from Deepak Chopra's Chopra Center for Wellbeing which portrays Ayurvedic Techniques to balance your dosha or mind body type especially for the Vata dosha type of individuals.



by Sharron Secton
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

In the Ayurvedic tradition, a full-body oil massage (abhyanga) performed daily is said to work wonders for the body. But in our hectic world, abhyanga can be too time-consuming to do on a regular basis.


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ahhh, a relaxing foot massage. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? Well, Ayurveda recommends a daily foot pampering to detoxify, stimulate and destress both body and mind. A full body abhyanga massage is the preferred Ayurvedic treatment, but we don't always have the time for this indulgence. A daily foot massage, however is the perfect compromise. This article provides some excellent tips for an easy, deluxe foot massage as well as some insight into the massaging routine. Enjoy!




by Dr. Remya Krishnan

Currently, though the concept of Evidence Based Ayurveda is emphasized in many parts of the world, it is a term which still remains vague and imprecise to the Ayurvedic community...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article the author, Dr Remya Krishnan has laid strong emphasis on following and acknowledging Evidence Based Ayurveda. She has shared with us the message 'To become science, it is not essential to become “modern” and that which is ‘modern’ with ever changing uncertain rationale “need not be” always true science. Please have a read. Namaste.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This beautiful video discusses Ayurveda in terms of its relationship to the earth via soil metaphors. Listen to Keesha Ewers as she unveils the fundamental principals of Ayurveda with clarity.



by Roshan Baskota

Both Vedic astrology and Ayurvedic medicine are part of the greater system of Yoga, a system which aims at Self-realization, our union with the Divine Being within us as the ultimate goal of life. For this reason we can call Ayurveda ‘yogic medicine’ and Vedic as­trology ‘yogic astrology’...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by author Roshan Baskota where he has specified the relativity between the age-old therapies of Ayurveda, Yoga and Astrology. It is a wonder to understand that how the Ayurveda doshas are functionable and also how these three systems of Ayurveda, Yoga and Astrology interrelate to provide us with an effective and comprehensive methodology to deal with our karma in life making it a life - transforming experience!



by Julia Karmalit & Ihor Miednyi

Central Nervous System (CNS) is a system that provides control over all vital functions of the human body. Our brain is a place where absolutely conscious neurons (special brain nerve cells) live, they maintain all our vital functions...


Editor's Note: This article is written by very prominent historians and alternative medicine specialists from the Ukraine. This couple has deep interest in healing philosophy and alternative, thought-provoking methods specially from India. In this piece they are substantiating connection between the central nervous system and stress with other disturbing factors which damage the health of the neurons. Read more...



by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar

The following list of suggested foods is by no means all-inclusive, but offers starting guidelines if you are new to Ayurvedic dietary principles...


Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article, Dr. Sachin Nandedkar has adequately described the diet and lifestyle recommendations by Ayurveda science, specifically for the rainy season. These tips would be nice support for keeping the Vatta dosha imbalance at bay, which easily falls out of kilter in this seasonal variation. Namaste.



by Roshan Baskota

Brahmi is also called Centella asiatica, particularly in north India. It has been reported that the plant is used a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy and asthma...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: The herb of Brahmi comes to extensive usage to enhance intellect as well as memory power. Not only this, the herb of Brahmi is used by Ayurveda therapists in healing mind and brain related ailments like epilepsy and anxiety. Author Roshan Baskota shares with us more information about this wonderful Ayurvedic herb. Please have a read.



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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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