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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In this day and age, cleansing is so popular it has almost become a fad. Keep in mind that Ayurvedic cleansing is a 5,000 year old science that outlines a safe and effective way to purge toxins. In this video, Dr. Sharada Hall explains why an Ayurvedic cleanse is one of the best choices for detoxification. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic cooking gives us the freedom to choose light, sattvic (wise) foods for our bodies evertime we eat. Foods that are bitter and astringent like leafy greens, vegetables and whole grains can help detoxify the body a bit each meal. This lovely video has Seema Chandra demonstrating how to make a modified, modern jowar medley while she hosts an ayurvedic interview with Anurag Sharma Director of the Baidyanath Group. It includes a mix of fresh vegetables that incorporate the shad rasas (6 tastes) of ayurveda and is well balanced. Note, traditional ayurveda prefers cooking with ghee for the most nourishing meals. Enjoy!

 

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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 Dr Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Obesity is not a new condition as we think. Ayurveda one of the oldest systems of medicines explains better about obesity, its pathogenesis, management, Prevention and better cure etc were elaborately described in Ayurveda...

 

 

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This article by vaidya Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy discusses how Ayuveda views obesity and offers some treatment guidelines to help reduce ama in the body and rebalance kapha. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Pain is common among all members of family irrespective of their age, job, food habits, race, etc. Here we discuss the causes, prevention and management of muscular pain using the holistic approach of Ayurvedic medicine, herbs, yoga, diet and Ayurvedic therapies...

 

Editor's Note: Millions of people worldwide suffer from severe joint, muscle and skeletal pain. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy clearly outlines Ayurveda's view on the origin, management and prevention of pain. Using Ayurvedic purification and key daily lifestyle, diet and exercise tools, one can begin to reduce toxin accumulation, manage and perhaps prevent the onset of bodily pain.

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, a lot of stress has been laid on proper food habits. Some of the food combinations result in production of toxicity inside the body due to their being opposite in action. These are called Virudh Aahar. A few types have been listed...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article, I have tried to make aware about the importance of all the six tastes in our daily diet viz. sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The knowledge of their actions on the body systems can prove helpful so as to supplement the desired taste, in accordance to the body requirements.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

The modern science are engaged in researching the products and formula for anti ageing property. Based on the most recent scientific findings, one of the techniques of antiaging, for both women and men, is herbal treatment. The total blueprint of herbal anti aging treatment  is in  Ayurveda...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another wonderful article by Dr Ram Mani Bhandari wherein he specifies that the objective of herbal anti-aging treatment is to aim for a healthy aging mode, and to maintain both mind and body working at optimum level, so the treasures of old age can be relished with peace of mind and vitality. He shares with us the goodness of Ayurveda herbs like turmeric, aamla, neem, ginger, cloves etc that are a great aid that help to keep your skin soft and supple and thus keeping early aging at bay. Please read on...

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

“Ama” means partially or undigested food. Ama can cause toxic residue to build up in the gut. This residue harms the gut and can infiltrate and harm the body and its organs, contributing to many different chronic disease conditions...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: With the change to Vata season, many toxins begins to accumulate in the body and mind that will need to be purged. In Ayurveda, these toxins are called "ama" and stem from undigeted food along with unprocessed environmental hazards that are not eliminated by adequate agni. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses ama, its sources and its accumulation. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Summer is full of fire and heat and can be irritating to the body. Since it is predominantly pitta season, we must take certain precautions to keep pitta dosha in balance. Pitta individuals will benefit from eating foods with sweet, bitter and astringent rasas (tastes); wearing clothes with cool blue and green colors and exerting minimal to moderate energy towards tasks. Practicing gentle, restorative yoga and including a short daily meditation will also help keep pitta in balance. This lovely video from the Chopra Center outlines steps to take for summer pitta season and suggests some essential oils that will keep pitta cool and under control. Enjoy. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A unique relationship exists between the 5 elements and the world around us. The food we take in through Ahara reacts differently with each dosha and our individual prakritis. This video discusses Dr. Vasant Lad's text regarding food and its relationship to the elements. In particular, it focuses on the practical application of Prithivi, the Earth element, and how certain Earth foods will affect each dosha. I found it particularly useful as a practitioner. I hope it offers some wisdom for your daily interaction with food. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What characterizes vata, pitta and kapha body types? How can we use this to approach our diet? This short video highlights the elements, features and energetics of the three doshas and how unique Ayurveda is for specializing treatment. It speaks of Ayurveda's customization of therapy and the search for the root cause of disease. Listen to find out how Ayurvedic body types can help guide you in your healing journey. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note: Cancer is one of the most fatal diseases of 20th century which has spread its limbs further in 21st century. It is a most unpredictable disease and needs a multi-disciplinary approach. It should be wiped out in the most aggressive way at initial stages. The body's natural immunity and other approaches including keeping the person in best shape mentally and physically should be taken care of. If you ever thought we have already got that elusive approach to cancer, please check this video. Is long yet full of interesting information.

 

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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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