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
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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by Lisa Belisle

Udvartana is an invigorating procedure done with cleansing grains, dosha or constitution specific herbs and oils, used to scrub and exfoliate the skin. This herbal massage will stimulate the skin, leaving you with radiant, toned skin and cleansed skin...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The unique series of body treatments with herbal oils, pastes and scrubs is what makes Ayurveda one of the most powerful natural medicines known to date. According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushrata, Udvartana is one of a three-part treatment designed to detoxify, reduce fat, strengthen and tone the body. By appling dry herbs in a "scrub" form to the skin through massage, Udvartana stimulates blood and lymphatic stimulation, toxin elimination and absorption of herbal medicine. This outline of Udvartana by Ay practitioner Lisa Belisle describes the process and what to expect from a treatment. Note that Udvartana is often best suited for kapha types and should not typically be used by pittas or vatas because of skin sensitivity. A video by Lisa Belisle on Udartana is also posted in the Ayurveda section of ATH. Namaste




Editor's Note: According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS), approximately 4.6% of the U.S. population age 12 and older has hypothyroidism. With this astounding number, collaborative efforts of Eastern and Western medicine can provide a more thorough holistic health plan for individuals suffering from hypothyroidism. In Ayurveda, hypothyroidism is a function of excess kapha dosha accompanied by a dysregulation of vata and pitta doshas. It is characterized by low agni, dhatu ama and often presents like chronic fatigue syndrome. This excellent video by Alicia Diaz walks us through some of the symptoms and Ayurvedic treatments including pranayama for hypothryoidism. Namaste



by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Vata dosha is the principle of movement. As such, vata, which describes the functions of the air and ether (space) elements, governs all bodily movements...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we are in the thick of Vata season, begin to pay closer attention to your body and take stock of potential signs of Vata disturbances. Digestively, constipation, bloating and abdominal distention are all indications that digestion has slowed most likely due to the change in environmental conditions. Numbness or tingling in areas of the body indicate that the wind element vayu is affecting the nervous system. Lastly, bouts of pain and insomnia are sure signs that Vata has increased significantly in the body and needs to be quelled. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen offers some great insight into how Vata can become imbalanced and some key signs for which to look out. Take some time this season to address them before Vata becomes too unruly. Namaste




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Sinus pressure, congestion, mucous and colds are a result of tridoshic imbalances, but can be prevented with the Ayurvedic pancha karma of nasya. Beginning with Vata, dry, cold nasal passages stimulate the body to increase blood circulation via nasal vessels, thus bringing Pitta heat to the barren location. Soon after, Kapha fluids and mucous accompany Pitta to help lubricate the passages. However, this leaves the nose susceptible to viruses and bacteria for infection. Nasya uses herbal sesame oil to lubricate and medicate the nasal passages before the onset of dry, inflammed, mucous-filled cavities. This explicit video demonstrates the preventative nasya technique that provides tremendous relief for Kapha excess and helps prevent the progression of colds and infections. Namaste



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.




Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice video educating about the key principles of wellness incorporated in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Have a look how the world of Ayurveda wellness techniques and herbs work as wonder therapies that aid in washing away illness as well as restoring health and longevity. Namaste.



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



by Dr. Harkiran Nehra

According to Ayurveda, menstruation (raja-pravrutti) is the natural flow of excess pitta in the form of menses (raja). Raja-nivrutti is the state of gradually diminished raja-pravrutti which ends as menopause...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Dr Harkiran Nehra, wherein she describes Ayurveda insight of Menopause and tells us that the type of symptoms you have in menopause depends upon which bodily principle or dosha is "out of balance" in your mind/body system viz. Vata, Pitta or Kapha dominant. Please have a read of the wonderful article. Namaste.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic dosha can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Kapha, energizing asanas and stimulating pranayama will awaken the grounded earth element. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Kapha Invigorating Yogic practice. Namaste.



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.



by Roshan Baskota

Sushruta has described it as the first and foremost specialty. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Sushruta was the first man who advocated a good knowledge of anatomy and dissection of a dead body as essential for being a good surgeon, later on Buddhism and certain traditions came in the way of development of this branch. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery. Author Roshan Baskota has shared insight on surgery in Ayurveda.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Women, listen up for your health! This video is an excellent source of information on hormones and how Ayurveda works with hormone fluctuations through life. Nadya Andreeva and Dr. Claudia Welch review how balancing our lives is the key to balancing our hormones. Listen for some excellent tips on how to balance your life and your body. 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 Rolex Replica like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 


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