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 Conni Kunzler

The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches that the five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space—are manifest in all things. Each element has certain qualities, attributes, and impacts on the body and mind. Together, these five basic elements (pancha mahabhutas) form a system of classification for all the objects found on Earth...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another lovely article about seasonal transition and the care it demands by author Conni Kunzler. Ayurveda recommends taking of easily digestible foods, limit intake of iced drinks, and to eat fewer raw (uncooked), cold, dry, and bitter/astringent (e.g., leafy greens) foods. She describes with the example of a tree, and tells us that to as to keep ourselves from being “blown away” during this season of transition, we also require routines that encourage strong roots and plenty of self-care. You will enjoy reading the article. Namaste.

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice video educating about the key principles of wellness incorporated in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Have a look how the world of Ayurveda wellness techniques and herbs work as wonder therapies that aid in washing away illness as well as restoring health and longevity. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda, changes of season are termed as Ritucharya...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: As per author Dr Ram Mani Bhandari, changes in season bring changes in our lives. Every season has its own characteristics, which influences the habits and lifestyle. In Ayurveda text , changes of season are termed as Ritucharya. He has provided us with nice description on the topic. Please have a read. 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 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 Meenakshi Joshi, BAMS, PG PPHC, PGCPK

Many of you might know of my intention behind writing this note at a very short notice. I was just shocked to see that we are not aware of what to do in case of accidental needle prick from an HIV infected source.

I will try to give all details at my level best so that in future this type of situation could not arise...


Editor's Note: I would like to wish our all of our readers a very happy new year. Here I am posting very useful information about AIDS for health professionals as well as the general public. This is one of the least talked about subjects but a very, very important topic as many of our doctors don't clearly know what action to take.

 

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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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Women, listen up for your health! This video is an excellent source of information on hormones and how Ayurveda works with hormone fluctuations through life. Nadya Andreeva and Dr. Claudia Welch review how balancing our lives is the key to balancing our hormones. Listen for some excellent tips on how to balance your life and your body. Enjoy!

 

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by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar

Leech therapy is gift of India & Ayurveda to world. Dhanwantary God of medicine holds nectar (leech) in his one hand. Leech has been used as a part of Panchakarma therapy since period of 5000 yrs ago...

 

 

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by Lissa Coffey

The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body, including breathing, digestion, and nerve impulses from the brain. When Vata is out of balance, anxiety and other nervous disorders may be present...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Lissa Coffey who is Ayurveda expert and renowned authority on Ayurveda and Relationships, has agreed to share her Ayurveda wisdom related articles with us ! In this article, she tells us all about Vata dosha. According to her, the most important thing to know about Vata is that it leads the other doshas. Vata usually goes out of balance first, which causes the early stages of disease. Please read through her article. Namaste.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Gandusha (gargling of the mouth) should be done frequently, using cold water. Gandusha removes Kapha, thirst, dirt and cleanses the interior of the mouth. Gargling with comfortable warm water removes Kapha, loss of taste, dirt, diseases of the teeth and bestows lightness of the mouth...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Oral care for teeth, gums and tongue begins with regular daily cleansing. But, there are some simple Ayurvedic practices that you can add to your oral care regimen that further benefit in your health. Cleaning the srotas throughout the day via water gargling known as "Gandusha" will help remove excess Kapha from the mouth and throat. Also, the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling known as "Gandusha Snehana" helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses both techniques for optimal oral health. Namaste

 

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by Julie Cerrato PhD, AP, CYT, CAT,

ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

The 5,000 year old science of Ayurveda is built upon the principles of the five major elements - earth, water, fire, air and ether (space), called Panchamahabhutas in Sanskrit.  Everything in the universe is composed of a mixture of these five elements, where one or two elements predominate and best define each object’s characteristics and nature...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: By all means, one needs to be cognizant and aware about the optimum working of the Agni within the body systems. This article suitably enlightens about the significance of Agni in Ayurveda!


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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 Rolex Replica like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. 

 

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