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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by Dr. Sonica Krishan, BAMS, ADNY,
ATH Editor of Ayurveda

I would want to say here that although Ayurveda therapy generally calls for more patience and endurance both on the part of the patient as well as the doctor, yet its efficacy cannot be undermined. The effectiveness of this natural therapy may be cited by this example...

 

For more in this series see Part 1 and Part 2.

 

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

Ayurveda Medicine is Slow in showing Results.

I would once again contradict this statement. The irony lies with the delay from the patient’s side. Most of the patients visiting holistic practitioners take their time in trying the other systems of medicine so as to derive a faster result. This not only delays the effect of the medicine, it also hampers with the working of the drug...

 

 For more in this series see Part 1 and Part 3.

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan, BAMS, ADNY,
ATH Editor of Ayurveda

Although there is lot of righteousness and incredibility allied to Ayurveda therapy, yet at the same time Ayurvedic practitioners find themselves answering some myths and misconceptions relating to the ancient wisdom. I therefore find it highly imperative on my behalf to help clear all such notions and fallacies which mainly arise due to ignorance and not understanding the righteous comprehension of the science of Ayurveda...

 

For more in this series see Part 2 and Part 3.

 

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Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video about the descent of the Indian ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. This video presents an interesting mythological tale to depict how the medical science of Ayurveda descended straight from Heaven to Earth. The video is part of an lecture series for education of Ayurveda. Worth watching and understanding how Ayurveda is essentially brought to us straight from Gods!
 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Om shanti Ayurveda enthusiasts. This is a fantastic video! It presents clear, concise descriptions of the doshas (Ayurvedic bodily energies) and the 5 elements as well as provides an excellent visual example of an ideal Ayurvedic day in sync with the Ayurvedic body clock. It is critical that we return to our roots in nature and begin to see our daily routine known as "dinacharya" as one that moves with the sun. Lissa Coffey wonderfully describes Ayurvedic tools to balance each dosha including the Ayurvedic body massage "abhyanga," yoga for your dosha and meditation. Enjoy!

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Nutritional Therapist, Alia Almoayed, discusses flushing stones from the liver and gallbladder with Andreas Moritz, healer and author of 'The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder flush'. It is an amazing video which discloses great education relating to healthy liver and gall-bladder. A must watch for us. Namaste.

 

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by John Douillard, DC

In Ayurveda, the condition we know as arrhythmia (heartbeat irregularity) falls under the general classification Hrdoga (heart disease). Under this general heading, the Ayurvedic texts list the causes of heart disease, they are:

"Physical exertion, drastic and excessive purgation and enema, anxiety, fear, terror and faulty management of disorders, suppression of vomiting and ama (digestive impurities), reducing and injury - these are causative factors in heart disease..."

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: "Hrud Roga", or heart disorders as known in Ayurveda, are of the uttmost importance for both physical and spiritual health. Esteemed Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. John Douillard discusses arrhythmia, heartbeat irregularities, from an Ayurvedic perspective and the burden we put on our hearts and nervous system via stress.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hair loss (alopecia) and hair care is one of the most common health and beauty concerns. In addition to environmental toxins, it is frequently associated with high levels of stress and often accompanied by vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Ayurveda links hair loss to both Vata and Pitta doshas. Excessive physical, mental or emotional stress can increase the dryness and heat in our bodies and damage hair follicles.

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy BAMS, CCN, FSM

Shatavari, meaning “a woman possessing hundred husbands”, is a versatile herb used in the Indian traditional healing system to help balance the female hormonal system. It is also known to promote positive emotions while calming fiery emotions such as hatred, resentment, anger, irritability, and jealousy...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Shatavari is a well know source of female rejuvenation, according to Ayurvedic wisdom. It is a gentle herb, sweet to the taste and well-suited for a myriad of female disorders. Please read Dr. Gowthaman's excellent article to discover the benefits of shatavari. Namaste.

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Ayurveda believes that although the ailment of hair fall manifests under a number of factors like seasonal changes, heredity, lack of balanced daily diet etc, aggravated mental states of anger, worry and tension tend to precipitate the malady. Other reasons include presence of dandruff, under - nourished hair and pathogenic organism in some cases. The skin is the most exposed part of the body, making it vulnerable to pollution, seasonal changes, unsafe cosmetics, and stress. Ayurveda cites Pitta dosha as the root cause of the malady of hair fall. This video provides us with Ayurvedic solutions that will help you root out the cause of your hair problems. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gently massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Premature graying and hair loss can be quite devastating for men and women. Ayurveda points to one key rejuvanative fruit to help with both of these challenges, amalaki (amla). Dr. Krishnamoorthy offers some excellent home remedies with amla and other Ayurvedic herbs and oils to keep hair healthy and help prevent and reverse graying and hair loss. Namaste.

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Can Vata's gain weight? The answer is Yes. Although Vata predominant prakritis typically are thin, lithe and flexible, a stressed Vata can easily deregulate their digestive agni, resulting in weight gain. Lissa Coffey explains how variablility in a Vata's diet can lead to vishama agni and progress to an unhealthy weight gain. She offers tips on how to balance a Vata's diet to avoid problematic digestive and associated weight challenges. Namaste

 

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AYURVEDA
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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