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! 

Introducing Healing through Ayurveda
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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. Baljot Bharaj

In Ayurveda many herbs are described which are used as a single herb or in combination. Combination is done to increase the efficacy of herbs to enhance the action on a particular organ or disease...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article the author Dr Baljot Bharaj has described specific combinations of Ayurveda herbs which enhances the efficacy of herbs and their combined effect and action on the body systems. These herbs have been grouped according to the part of the herb used or according to the number of herbs indicated in various body conditions. Please have a read.

 

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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.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A fascinating video inquiring about the origins of the Ayurvedic language of Sanskrit and it's relationship to Hinduism. The video discusses the sacred scripture Rig Veda in detail and the similarities of Sanskrit words to modern languages such as Greek, Latin and even English. It also questions the geographical location and civilization who developed Sanskrit. There is much controversy over the origin of Sanskrit being from India or outside of India. Here, the video presents evidence of migrating civilizations and their use of Sanskrit. Enjoy!

 

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by Dr Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Obesity is not a new condition as we think. Ayurveda one of the oldest systems of medicines explains better about obesity, its pathogenesis, management, Prevention and better cure etc were elaborately described in Ayurveda...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This article by vaidya Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy discusses how Ayuveda views obesity and offers some treatment guidelines to help reduce ama in the body and rebalance kapha. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Pitta self, this is the video for you! Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist Khabir Southwick gives some excellent insight and practical tips on how to live with a Pitta prakruti. He focuses on calm mind, soothing action, agni and digestion, mental and emotional stability and continual daily balancing. Enjoy!

 

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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. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

Pain is common among all members of family irrespective of their age, job, food habits, race, etc. Here we discuss the causes, prevention and management of muscular pain using the holistic approach of Ayurvedic medicine, herbs, yoga, diet and Ayurvedic therapies...

 

Editor's Note: Millions of people worldwide suffer from severe joint, muscle and skeletal pain. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy clearly outlines Ayurveda's view on the origin, management and prevention of pain. Using Ayurvedic purification and key daily lifestyle, diet and exercise tools, one can begin to reduce toxin accumulation, manage and perhaps prevent the onset of bodily pain.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: If you'd like to delve deeper into the insight of how to treat a Vata self, this is the video for you! Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist Khabir Southwick gives some excellent insight and practical tips on how to live with a Vata prakruti. He focuses on regularity, dinacharya (daily routine) and stabilizing actions. Enjoy!

 

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

Eat to Your Heart’s Content

As per Ayurveda philosophy, during winters, the gastric fire—or the Jatharagni—inside your body becomes invigorated due to the external cold in the environment...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Welcome winters and welcome wellness! Not only for this cold season, but also for the seasons to come. This is the time to nourish health and well-being so as to cherish its upshot for the coming times. Sharing some useful tips that would help you to procure the benefits of the cold winter days to the fullest ! NamasteWelcome winters and welcome wellness! Not only for this cold season, but also for the seasons to come. This is the time to nourish health and well-being so as to cherish its upshot for the coming times. Sharing some useful tips that would help you to procure the benefits of the cold winter days to the fullest ! Namaste

 

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by Conni Kunzler

After traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday—which included lots of cold weather, a cancelled flight, reinjuring the meniscus in my left knee, overeating, and a succession of late nights—I returned home out of sorts and with a cold. Too much of everything left me weary and, frankly, a bit teary...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Conni Kunzler shares with us this beautiful article on Ayurveda wisdom. She writes about how the Ayurvedic concept of “dinacharya,” or daily routine, provides the foundation for a calm mind, cleanses and rejuvenates the body, and sets the rhythm for the day. She tells us to pay heed to what creates the most irritation for you while on the road, and then look to a simple practice that can balance the same. This is a wonderful piece right at the commencing of the holidays and indulging in traveling. Happy holidays !

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: To soothe Vata strained muscles, joints and skin, focus on some self pampering with the Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga. A daily warm oil massage is a great way to detoxify lymph, increase circulation, calm the body's nerves and stimulate muscles, while delivering important nutrients to the skin. This wonderful Banyan Botanicals video demonstrates a step by step abhyanga massage. Be sure to include your belly for an excellent treat for your digestive system. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The healing of mind, body and spirit that Ayurveda offers comes from constantly balancing what we take in and what we expel out. Our food, drink, emotions and environment all form what is know as ahara. Many times, toxins are carried along with ahara and create ama in the body. Ayurveda offers guidance on how to use food as medicine to detoxify the body on a daily basis. In Dr. John Douillard's Gaiam video, he discusses how different foods and rasas (tastes) will help purify the body and remove ama to restore balance. Using an Ayurvedic approach provides life-long tools to keeping our body clear of toxins with a healthy lymphatic system and alkaline body. 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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