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: Dosha has been defined as "according to the principle of constitution of the physical body in ayurveda, one of the three vital bioenergies (vata, pitta, kapha) condensed from the five elements." An Ayurvedic Practitioner will thoroughly assess your physical, mental, emotional and metabolic attributes to determine your doshic balance and your constitutions, prakriti and vkriti. This excellent video clearly discusses the characteristics of the three doshas, how Ayurvedic Practitioners diagnose patients and some specific imbalances you can begin to address with simple, homemade solutions. 

 

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by Conni Kunzler

We’re all likely to experience some level of anxiety during the course of things. It happens. At least it happens to me...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by a new author for Ayurveda section at ATH, Conni Kunzler. In her article, the author has incorporated Ayurveda wisdom along with ancient yoga practices for deriving holistic wellness and relief from the ailment of anxiety. Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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by Joe Rakowski

There are always discussions as to where Vegans get their protein and general nutrition that many believe can only be attained through animal products. There happen to be many great plant sources that provide the essential needs and it is a lot of fun as well...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What does an Ayurvegan eat? I asked Ayurvedic practitioner Joe Rakowski this question and he provided me with the top 5 foods he eats and recommends for excellent, well-rounded nutrition. Check it out and see how healthy you can be. =) Thanks for the list and the recipe Joe!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Do you eat all the time? How do you know if you are hungry? How should you eat your meal? These are just some of the questions that can be answered with Ayurvedic wisdom for optimal digestion and health. In this excellent video, the 10 Fundamental Rules of Eating are discussed in detail.

 

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by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

The eyes are quite rightly expressed as ‘windows of the soul’. And one among the best boons bestowed upon us by Mother Nature is the sense of sight. Out of the five main senses known to our sense organs, the sense of sight is the most venerable and at the same time highly vulnerable. It is a pity to find so many youngsters, even small children hiding their charm being the thick glasses...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Whereas there are growing cases of failing vision nowadays, the ancient wisdom therapy of Ayurveda suggests some wonderful natural remedies which may be highly supportive for your vision. Please read my article to know more.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This quick and easy demonstration of home made cough syrup is perfectly in line with Ayurvedic remedies for persistent coughs. Try it at home!

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Another beautiful video by Lissa Coffey wherein the Ayurveda expert talks about how to best manage weight when there is a Vata imbalance. It also portrays effective and doable tips for diet, exercise and lifestyle so as to relieve over-weight due to Vata imbalance. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Dr. John Douillard is a world renowned Ayurvedic Practitioner who focuses on the Ayurvedic principle of optimizing digestion to prevent disease. Ayurveda uses food as medicine and has a rich herbology component that includes whole herbs and herbal preparations. In this video, Dr. Douillard discusses the potential dangers of super potent extracts, unregulated herbs in the US market, and the difference between using synthesized and processed herbs versus whole herbs. An intriguing and informative discussion for all.

 

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by Alex Duncan

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue featuring skin thickening, spontaneous scarring, blood vessel disease and varying degrees of inflammation; all associated with a deranged immune system...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurveda considers skin disease a multi-doshic disregulation of vata, pitta and kapha, whereby one dosha often dominates upon examination of signs and symptoms. There are n easy ways to resolve skin disorders, however the general Ayurvedic approach includes a combination of langhana (purification) and samana (balancing) the doshas, often though panchakarmic methods.

 

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by Conni Kunzler

After traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday—which included lots of cold weather, a cancelled flight, reinjuring the meniscus in my left knee, overeating, and a succession of late nights—I returned home out of sorts and with a cold. Too much of everything left me weary and, frankly, a bit teary...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Conni Kunzler shares with us this beautiful article on Ayurveda wisdom. She writes about how the Ayurvedic concept of “dinacharya,” or daily routine, provides the foundation for a calm mind, cleanses and rejuvenates the body, and sets the rhythm for the day. She tells us to pay heed to what creates the most irritation for you while on the road, and then look to a simple practice that can balance the same. This is a wonderful piece right at the commencing of the holidays and indulging in traveling. Happy holidays !

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a great video about 'Secrets of Ayurveda' which details about the balancing of Vatta, Pitta and Kapha doshas for general well being. Also, Kumudini Shoba tells us about Ayurveda herbs and foods that help greatly to live healthy. Self understanding is an important concept emphasized by Ayurveda which is beautifully shared by the Ayurveda practitioner. Have a look...
 

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Editor's Note: Check this video for ante and post natal massage care. It contains some very interesting descriptions of different strokes and their uses in common problems during and after delivery.

 

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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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