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 Roshan Baskota

Ayurveda believes the treatment has four pillars (Chatushpad of Chikitsa) they are Doctors, Drugs, Medical Attendant and patient himself. Without any one of them treatment is not possible. In todays article post I am just focusing on medicine...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: The author Roshan Baskota shares in his article about the four pillars of Ayurvedic treatment that are considered mandatory so as to provide relief to the patient; and without any one of these, the treatment would not be not possible. According to him, Ayurveda believes the treatment has four pillars (Chatushpad of Chikitsa) they are Doctors, Drugs, Medical Attendant and patient himself.

 

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Today I’d like to share a little more in depth about Pitta dosha, the principle of transformation. If you need a more basic introduction to the doshas be sure to check out this previous post...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Pitta imbalances can be hard to spot for some individuals. Although we aim to keep agni strong, subtle signs of fire organ disturbance can arise in the liver, stomach, pancreas and even less pitta known outlets such as the skin, blood, muscles and eyes. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen reviews 6 key areas to observer for pitta fire disturbances. As always, we encourage you to read further about Ayurveda and contact a practitioner if you notice any of these pitta imbalance signs. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Depending upon the condition, a treatment regimen is planned which includes internal medicine and a unique therapy called ‘Nasyam.’ 

“Nasya Karma” or “Nasyam” is one of the five purification therapies (Pancha Karma practiced in Ayurveda Medicine. A medicated oil/ powder/ fresh herbal juice is administered through the nostrils (Nasal drops)...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Sinusitis and sinus problems plague everyone this time of year. Before popping an antihistamine, try taking a different approach and clearing the "srotas," or Ayurvedic channels in our face, neck and ears. Dr Gowthaman Krishnamurthy offers an excellent natural alternative to allopathic drugs for sinusitis.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Trouble falling or staying asleep? Ayurveda can help! Dr. John Douillard speaks with Waylon about Vata & Pitta disturbances that prevent individuals from a good night's rest. Ayurveda points to a Vata imbalance if there is difficulty falling asleep due to restless monkey mind, overexcitment or exhaustion. Individuals who wake up throughout the night are more prone to a Pitta imbalance and may experience emotional or hormonal upset or excess heat due to metablolic disturbances. Ayurveda offers several suggestions for balancing Vata and Pitta including lifestyle and nutrition modifications. Dr. Douillard discusses some of these suggestions to provide individuals with adequate energy to properly prepare the body and mind for bed. Sweet Dreams ;) Namaste

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS

The intensity that is building up internally when we are caught in a situation where there is no immediate solution to the problem. When we feel overloaded or the pressure that is placed upon us is too much to cope, then that is stress...

 

 

 

 

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by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar

Ayurvedic herbs  and medicines are very beneficial and useful also for the animals. Veterinary Ayurveda provides with a number of  great and safer options for this purpose. As we know that Ayurvedic medicines are safe, natural , provide longevity and well being and most of all these medicines offer a preventive approach...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another informative article by Dr Sachin Nandedkar, Ayurvedacharya wherein the author recommends Ayurveda herbs and medications also for the pets and animals in general. This is great to know and understand that how the ancient wisdom science and therapeutic knowledge of Ayurveda comes to practical aspect to provide healing and health to the animals. Dr Nandedkar has also provided with case file and improvements based on his study.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

According to Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest medical texts known to man, one of the most important factors in human nutrition is the quantity of food we eat at any one meal. This may be stating the obvious, yet my impression, albeit anecdotal, is that many folk lack a sense of self-understanding when it comes to hunger, which combined with socio-behavioral conditioning, results in a failure to consume ‘correct’ amounts of food...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As the holidays fast approach, many of us wonder how to keep a healthy, portioned diet in the face of delicious temtations. Ayurveda offers much advice on the quantity, qualities and timing of meals according to our environment and prakriti. Vaidya Alex Duncan offers some clarity as to healthy eating with reference to passages from the Charaka Samhita. Take a moment before your holiday season begins to reflect on how you may better approach food and celebrations through Ayurvedic eyes. Namaste

 

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by John Douillard, DC

According to Ayurveda, there are subtle channels in the body called nadis that carry the energies of both love and sex. While there are 72,000 of these nadi channels, only one carries the energy of sex, and six carry the energy of true love or pure consciousness...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: How does Ayurveda view sex and love?
Interestingly, Dr. John Douillard discusses how the subtle energy channels called nadis are the regulators and paths for the conduction of pure love energy and sexual energy. With a clear distinction regarding the respective journeys for each type of energy, Dr. Douillard outlines how our choices govern the process of fullfillment for love and sex. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Harkiran Nehra

According to Ayurveda, menstruation (raja-pravrutti) is the natural flow of excess pitta in the form of menses (raja). Raja-nivrutti is the state of gradually diminished raja-pravrutti which ends as menopause...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Dr Harkiran Nehra, wherein she describes Ayurveda insight of Menopause and tells us that the type of symptoms you have in menopause depends upon which bodily principle or dosha is "out of balance" in your mind/body system viz. Vata, Pitta or Kapha dominant. Please have a read of the wonderful article. Namaste.

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video about Hrid Basti, the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation therapy for Cardiac Myopathy. The life of the body is the Heart and if the heart muscles are weak it makes depressed and short tempered Hrid Basti is a very effective cure for these problem. Please have a look. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Everybody wants to get fair and charming skin. Now a day, Acne, black head, pimples, dark circle are common among youngsters and person who suffers from it. According to Ayurveda, Skin problems are normally due to impurities in blood...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by author Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari where he mentions about some Ayurvedic face packs which he says helps women to get rid of wrinkles, dark circles, pimples and acne. Herbal face packs increase the fairness and smoothness of skin. Not only this, as per Ayurveda,  face packs increase skin glow and are best ayurveda treatment to increase fairness and also aid as preventive, promotive and curative therapy for many skin problems. Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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by Conni Kunzler

An ever growing catalog of research shows diminished sleep is associated with poor performance, memory loss, weight gain, more accidents during the day, depression, slower healing, aging skin, and in some cases serious diseases. This is not a happy list...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another wonderful piece by author Conni Kunzler. She lays emphasis on being aware about the optimum physical, mental, and emotional digestion for having a good night sleep. Easy but effective steps like having lighter meals in the evening, avoiding mental and physical stimulants, starting the process of getting to bed earlier etc have been mentioned in the write-up which would be highly supportive for sleeping well. Please have a read.

 

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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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