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 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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by Conni Kunzler

Ayurveda translates as “science of life.” A holistic medical system, Ayurveda is a science of self healing with the goal to relieve diseases of body and mind, restoring wholeness...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Conni Kunzler, wherein she describes Ayurveda remedies or tools for health and wellbeing. The author tells us that Ayurveda translates as “science of life.” A holistic medical system, Ayurveda is a science of self healing with the goal to relieve diseases of body and mind, restoring wholeness. It encompasses healing methods that include diet, herbs, exercise and life-style changes, pranayama (breathing) and meditation, yoga asanas, etc. Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Over the last decade it has become renowned as one of the most brilliant examples of an Ayurvedic center incorporating many of the Vedic sciences as expounded by his guru Sri Ranga. In this short video Dr. Talavane Krishna is the founder and president of the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center in Mysore, India, speaks about Ayu. Many people know Ayurveda though it's practical applications but to understand Ayurveda deeply one first needs to know what is "Ayu". Please have a look. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar

In this modern age of globalization and scientific development we have enough facilities for health problems. But still, for many health problems like HIV-AIDS, Diabetes, Blood pressure etc Modern sciences have no solution. In this area world’s oldest Indian science Ayurveda provides with a fundamental solution called Panchakarma...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This has been long conceptualized in our ancient healing text that the five processes of Panchkarma are highly beneficial as for the aim of complete detoxification of the body and providing it with holistic healing.

 

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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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by Roshan Baskota

Pinda Sweda is one of the most important of the special forms of treatment in Kerala. It is one of the 5 karmas in Kerala Panchakarma. It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire, by the application of certain medicinal ppinda-swedauddings externally, in the form of boluses tied up in a muslin bag..

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota shares with us the Kerela Panchkarma treatment of Pinda Sweda or the stem bath. Of the other benefits that he details us with, this therapy of Pinda sweda is believed to make the the body supple; remove stiffness of joints, cleanses the minute channels or Srotas of the body and thus promotes better blood circulation. Not only this, the author says that Pinda- sweda cures all types of diseases of the nervous system, Chronic Rheumatism, pains in the joints, emaciation of the limbs and diseases born of vitiated blood. Please have a read. Thank you!

 

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by Conni Kunzler

In Ayurveda, simple daily practices, called dinacharya, attend to the five sense organs—eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin—the way we take in the world. Just as the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and our visual stimuli impact our mental and physical health, so do the sounds we hear—in our environment as well as the chatter inside our heads...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another superb article by author Conni Kunzler, wherein she writes about the simple daily practices called as dinacharya in Ayurveda, that relates to the imbibing action of the five sense organs —eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. According to her, the accumulated knowledge of the sciences of yoga and Ayurveda are recorded in Sanskrit and for hundreds of years chanting or vocalizing Sanskrit words or mantras has been part of these healing and spiritual practices. Please have a read. Namaste.

 

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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 Roshan Baskota

Sushruta has described it as the first and foremost specialty. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Sushruta was the first man who advocated a good knowledge of anatomy and dissection of a dead body as essential for being a good surgeon, later on Buddhism and certain traditions came in the way of development of this branch. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery. Author Roshan Baskota has shared insight on surgery in Ayurveda.

 

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by Lissa Coffey

When you are a double-dosha type, two doshas are presenting themselves strongly in your constitution. This means that you can have qualities of each of the two doshas. These qualities do not "blend" together, but rather show their influence individually, either one trait or the other will present itself at a time...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Lissa Coffey shares with us another of her wonderful articles on double doshas. She tells us that when you are a double-dosha type, two doshas are presenting themselves strongly in your constitution. This means that you can have qualities of each of the two doshas. The best would be to look at which dosha is dominant in each section, mind and body. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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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 video. Namaste.

 

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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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