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. Margaret Rogers Van Coops, PhD, DCH(IM) 

With the ending of the Piscean Age and the birth of the Aquarian Age, a growing interest has arisen in the use and effective power of crystals. Since the word ‘crystal’  is often just an affected way of referring to stones that can be found all over the world, we must refer to the geological structures that provide us with such bounty...

 

 

 

Ayurveda


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

Nowadays, owing to the number of lifestyle related diseases that we seem to be facing, it is worthwhile to know and understand what ancient Ayurveda therapy has to offer...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: My article on Ayurveda lifestyle relates to the guidance provided in Ayurveda text as to how you need to have your everyday routine. Waking up in Brahma muhurata which is the early morning time between 4 to 6 am, relieving the bowels, cleaning of the face and mouth along with care of the teeth and tongue and daily eye care have been recommended. This also includes other procedures like Gandoosha or holding oil in the mouth and nasal cleansing.

 

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by Nadya Andreeva

1 out of every 3 people experiences some sort of digestive unease on a daily basis. It ranges from an unpleasant heavy feeling, to bloating, to heartburn, to acid reflux, pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, burping or distension. None of these are pleasant...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In Ayurveda, a happy belly means a long, healthy life. Keeping our digestive fire, agni, strong throughout the year will help with immunity, rejuvenation and detoxification. Agni is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda. If agni is high, then it can properly digest food, emotions and negative energy to keep the 3 doshas in check. Use your food as medicine to kindle agni. Focus on these carminitive spices and how they balance your doshas for strong agni and a well-rounded constitution. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Ram Garg

What is a hormone - this enigmatic beast that is blamed by so many (male and female) for their troubles? What is this all-powerful force that can bring joy or sorrow so quickly? Well, actually, no one knows. In the scientific community, there is great honesty about the actual lack of understanding of the endocrine function. Although much is known, much is still mysterious...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another interesting article submission by Dr. Ram Garg where the author lays emphasis on the understanding of the actions of hormones on human body. While he explains about the hormones and their functioning, he also correlates the hormones with Ayurveda perception of the same. Please have a read. Thank you.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: "Superfoods" are thought to propel the body into a heightened state of health. Ayurveda views all foods as potentially healing or potentially harmful. Some foods, however, do appear to provide a greater concentration of nutrients than others. This video explores certain botanical herbs from an Ayurvedic perspective that can be considered "superfoods." Enjoy this interesting view of herbs!

 

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by Sharada Hall

Are you attracted to people who are exactly like you or exactly the opposite?  Do you and your partner's different ways complement one another or are you like two peas in a pod?...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Relationships can be tough, especially those where constitutions may clash. Dr. Sharada Hall, DOM offers some first hand insight into how two people with opposite prakritis may benefit each other and complement one's weaknesses with their strengthes. This refreshing account on a Vata and Pitta/Kapha relationship demonstrates how understanding Ayurvedic principles and doshic energies can facilitate communication and help couples reach common ground in their relationships. Many thanks and blessings for this wisdom, Dr. Hall. Namaste

 

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by John Douillard, DC

Have you ever wondered to what extent the two sides of your body mirror each other?

It is very common for me to have a patient tell me that they have all their issues on just one side of the body...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: How do you sleep? Sleep is one of the three pillars in Ayurveda and critical to our digestion, elimination and metabolism. The position that you sleep in can significantly affect your health and altering that slightly can improve your body's circulation, elimination and lymphatic drainage. This leads to optimal digestion and detoxification, two of the highest priorities for ayurveda.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine Health and Wellness Conference hosts Ayurvedic Consultant Susan Weis-Bohlen for an incredibly informative presentation of how Ayurveda delves into the root of human vitality. She includes a personal story of her own transformation with health through the healing benefits of Ayurvedic Panchakarma. Watch this video to share in her journey and explore how you too can transform yourself to a better state of health with Ayurveda. Namaste

 

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by Sarah Barasch

In Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, proper digestion is the route to health. When digestion is optimal, we say that agni or the digestive fire is balanced. Our metabolic and immune systems become stronger, we are energetic, we sleep better, we eliminate properly and we maintain a steady weight...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Good digestion can be challenging for everyone during various seasons of the year. Ayurveda offers much insight into enhancing this key mechanism within our bodies to prevent the onset of disease. Ayurvedic Counselor and Bodyworker Sarah Barasch provides essential tips for improving digestion using Ayurvedic principles. These wonderful suggestions can be applied to all constitutions for better health. Namaste

 

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Today I’m wrapping up this 3-part series of articles on the doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) by exploring kapha dosha...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In preparing for late winter and early spring, we begin to look closer at Kapha dosha and its accumulation over a stagnant time. Kapha dosha is anabolic and responsible for growth, lubrication and nourishment. With the elements of water and earth slowly coming into full bloom, examine your body, mind and spirit for heaviness, lethargy and excess. We can begin to clear Kapha dosha early if we notice the signs. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen points out some distinct symptoms to look for when identifying a Kapha imbalance. She offers a great guide to self-examination for Kapha dosha. Take some time to review your doshas today. Namaste.

 

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by Lissa Coffey

Ayurveda teaches that good digestion leads to good health and poor digestion can bring disease. Each mind/body type digests differently...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Lissa Coffey shares with us another of her wonderful articles on Ayurveda wisdom. She conveys that Ayurveda teaches that good digestion leads to good health and poor digestion can bring disease. Each mind/body type digests differently. Whereas Vata types have erratic digestion, Pitta types would have strong digestion abilities, and yet for the kapha types digestion is generally slow. And thus it becomes rather necessary for us to understand your mind/body type and how it digests food when planning your meals. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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

Ayurveda provides reasonable guidance and support to woman both for reviving as well as maintaining her natural beauty, mental harmony, liveliness and splendor lifelong ! The holistic healing wisdom of Ayurveda lays great emphasis on the natural wellness of a woman, taking into consideration both her outer as well as inner beauty...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Ayurveda provides reasonable guidance and support to woman both for reviving as well as maintaining her natural beauty, mental harmony, liveliness and splendor lifelong ! The holistic healing wisdom of Ayurveda lays great emphasis on the natural wellness of a woman, taking into consideration both her outer as well as inner beauty. There are so many Ayurveda herbs, home remedies, Ayurvedic and herbal medicines and Ayurveda uterine tonics for restoring as well as reviving woman health. Please have a read. 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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