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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Julie Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAT

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by Nadya Andreeva

For the past 7 days I was on an ayurvedic cleanse in preparation for my panchakarma treatment with Dr Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in ABQ, NM. It is the beginning of my month-long detox journey that will come to an end on May 6th...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Spring is detox season! If you are thinking of purging the body from sweet, salty, crunchy and junk food cravings, the this is the article to read. Nadya Andreeva shares her top 10 secrets for a healthy Ayurvedic detox. These 10 tips will help you prepare your home, work and social environments to  maximize the cleanse and ways to stave off cravings. Whether cleansing on your own or under the care of an Ayurvedic Practitioner, remember to start small with cleansing, so your body, senses, mind and spirit can all adjust. Namaste.



by John Douillard, DC

New research has revealed powerful rejuvenative properties of an herb that Ayurvedic texts held sacred for its astounding list of beneficial properties thousands of years ago...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Do you experience mood swings, anxiety, memory loss, low blood sugar, exhaustion or fatigue? The very powerful Ayurvedic herb Shilajit helps address these conditions and many more. Shilajit is often termed a "rejuvenative" because of its potent ability to detoxify the body and promote tissue regeneration. Two of Shilajit's active agents are fulvic and humic acids, which act to draw out deeply rooted toxins from the body, thus allowing it to heal. Please note that Shilajit is not recommended for pregnant women. Please visit your Ayurvedic Practitioner for proper recommendations of Shilajit. Dr. Douillard discusses the numerous positive actions of Shilajit in this article. A video of Dr. Douillard discussing Shilajit is also available in the Ayurveda section of All Things Healing. Namaste.



by Prof. Stephen B. Palmer, MD, PhD, JD

Regardless of scientific data showing certain alkaloids to be toxic, they do not always factor in that the extracted alkaloid may be thousands of times more toxic than the plant itself, and that many parts of the plant routinely used contain little or none of the toxicity; also that the experimenter may set up the lab tests knowing the results before the test is run...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Prof. Stephen B. Palmer has submitted a wonderful article Comphrey the Miracle Plant in which he provides with optimal benefits of the herb which is popular not only in the ancient medicine of Ayurveda, but also in various other medicine systems like Alchemy, Allopathic [Dentistry and Osteopathy] , Chinese Herbalists, Homeopathy, Kempo [Japanese Traditional], Naturopathy, Shamanic, Traditional Chinese-Mongolian-Tibetan and Unani.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What IS Ayurveda? Ayur means "life or long life," and Veda is "the wisdom of or science of," making Ayurveda the wisdom or science of long life. Here is a pleasant and insightful disscusion about the meaning and purpose of Ayurveda with Dr. Chopra and Dr. Suhas. Namaste



by Dr. Baljot Bharaj

Postnatal period ushers a whole new world for a woman.This period  is a potpourri of happiness & contentment, on one hand and physical & mental fatigue due to delivery, on the other hand. To overcome these highs and lows, Ayurveda has described ‘Sutika Paricharya’ i.e. Postnatal Regimen. In this regimen, Abhyanga or Ayurveda Massage has a significant role...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: The mode of action as described in Ayurveda is - it helps in fast penetration of oil deep into tissues. In this article, Dr Baljot Bharaj, the author lays emphasis on the importance of Abhyanga or the Ayurveda massage therapy.



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

The heat is on and we are perspiring ! Hot and scorching summers make us all the more vulnerable to heat related disorders like prickly heat, excessive perspiration, occasional dizziness, sun burns and loss of strength and stamina...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: The heat is on and we are perspiring ! Hot and scorching summers make us all the more vulnerable to heat related disorders like prickly heat, excessive perspiration, occasional dizziness, sun burns and loss of strength and stamina. In this article I have provided with some handy hints and Ayurveda Herb Remedies that could help you to keep your cool in the hot season! Namaste




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In this unique and rare interview with Dr. Vasant Lad, many Ayuvedic concepts are discussed including dosas, doshic constitution, skin disorders, consciousness and the physician's approach for care. Dr. Lad is a world renown Ayurvedic Vaidya and a pioneer for Ayurveda in the USA. He shares much knowledge and wisdom when he speaks and listening to his lectures and interviews is a gift. Enjoy!




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Tooth decay occurs when the acid from degraded foods in our mouth are processed by bacteria to form plaque inducing cavities. Natural oral care remedies can help with daily prevention and correction of tooth decay by reducing bacteria's interaction with processed food. This Ayurveda video offers some simple home remedies to help with tooth decay that are a great complement to brushing and flossing after meals. Namaste





Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video by Dr John Douillard. He shares with us his secrets to help with overweight with his easy & simple Ayurvedic diet program tips . This all along with living your life in harmony with the nature!




Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video of Maharishi Ayurveda where Dr Donn Brennan specifies that in accordance with Ayurveda therapy, ageing is described in terms of loss - what is lost after each decade of our life. Rasayana therapy is the right way to manage the process of Aging and this particular therapy occupies a prime position in Ayurveda and abides as a distinctive branch that deals with maintaining and ameliorating the body functions, including those of the brain...



by Darla Graves Palmer

Ayurveda, a healing system thousands of years old, carries within it a harmonizing approach as evocative and moving as the most uplifting music ever created. I have found, to my enduring delight, that this is a system based upon energy...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurveda is one of the most beautiful and touching systems that can be likened to a work of art. Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant Darla Graves Palmer offers a delightful reflection on how Ayurveda relates to nature, energy and the universal consciousness. When we pause to examine our connection to all living things and sense the woven fabric of energy, we gain an unparalled sense of joy. It is our journey of reciprocation that guides us along until we reach a state of universal equilibrium. Namaste.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling is an excellent way to draw toxins from the body via oral absorption. Traditional oils like sesame and coconut oil are thought to bind or chelate metals, chemicals and toxins stored in the fat cells and mucosa and remove them when swished in the mouth for 10-20min. Although more research needs to be done to scientifically explain oil pulling, Ayurveda has used this tried and true method of detoxification for 5,000 years. Listen to Dr. John Douillard discuss oil pulling and its merits in this video.



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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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