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: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic dosha can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Kapha, energizing asanas and stimulating pranayama will awaken the grounded earth element. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Kapha Invigorating Yogic practice. 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 Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Musk Melon - An important fruit in summer season

Summer is one of the most horrible season with increase of heat in environment we lose our energy, we perspire a lot due to which there is fluid loss and at the same time body heat increases...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Summer is upon us! With the hot, dry weather conditions, Pitta rises and is sometimes fueled by warm summer Vata winds. To keep the body hydrated, Ayurveda recommends cooling foods and water-filled fruits like melon. Dr. Krishnamoorthy offers a great suggestion for a lovely, refreshing summer fruit, the Musk Melon. Other hydrating melons include watermelon, honeydew, sharlyn, casaba, galia and santa claus. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic dosha can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Pitta, soothing asanas and cooling pranayama will relax and quell rising fire and water elements. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Pitta soothing Yogic practice. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic doshan can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Vata, calming asanas and pranayama will relax, revitalize and restore direction of the wind and space elements. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Vata calming Yogic practice. Namaste

 

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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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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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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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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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from The Chopra Center

According to Ayurveda, sleep is the nursemaid to humanity. During deep, restful sleep, our body recovers from stress and we wake up feeling refreshed, clear-minded, and energized. Unfortunately, with the turbulence in people’s personal lives and in the world at large, many of us suffer from insomnia and a lack of adequate rest...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We all struggle with obtaining a sound sleep on occasion. Ayurveda recognizes most sleep interruptions as a product of aggitated Vata. As we enter deeper into Vata season, getting a restful night's sleep may call for some Vata pacifying tips. A soothing evening routine, sleep mantra or essential oil massage may serve to sooth a Vata body and ease a Vata mind. Check out these 5 tips from The Chopra Center that are bound to send you into sweet slumber.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: One of the things that makes Ayurveda so special is the ability to make food to balance our doshic constitutions. Spices and herbs along with dense and light foods all serve a purpose to keep vata, pitta and kapha in check. This lovely video demonstrates a tridoshic ayurvedic recipe for dal to keep all three energies happy. Enjoy!

 

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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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