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 Conni Kunzler

Several Christmases ago a friend gave me a “dry skin brushing” kit, complete with a long-handled natural bristle brush, instructions for use downloaded from the web, and a long list of benefits. While I am often an early adopter of such things, I wasn’t sure about adding another “step” to my morning routine...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: In this lovely article, Author Conni Kunzler recommends the benefits of dry massage therapy called as  garshana. She conveys that rather than a dry brush, raw silk gloves are used which are said to have properties that energetically charge the lymphatic system and increase prana, the vital energy or life force. Garshana is typically followed by abhyanga as the exfoliated skin is prepped to drink in the warm, natural oils. Abhyanga is simply a self-massage for the entire body.

 

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by Roshan Baskota

Rheumatoid arthritis is described as “Amavata” in Ayurveda. The word ‘Ama’  means undigested, toxic or unwholesome product, which is produced in the body due to weakening of digestive fire. This ‘Ama’ is then carried by vitiated ‘Vata’ and travels throughout the body and accumulates in the joints, which is the seat of ‘Kapha’ (one of the three bodily humors (tridosha) i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha). As this process continues, all the joints are gradually affected...

 

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota shares with us his wonderful article on Ayurveda approach in treating the severe ailment of rheumatoid arthritis. He has mentioned in his article that along with recommending Panchkarma therapy, and Vata balancing medicines, Ayurveda lays down much focus on proper diet as well as lifestyle. Please go through the article. Namaste

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

You may have heard about Panchakarma treatment, but do you know exactly what is a panchakarma treatment and what the benefits of Panchakarma treatment are? If you are not sure, don’t worry. You are not alone. There are thousands of people who have heard about Panchakarma, but are not sure exactly what it means...

 

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

Back Pain is one of the major problems that people across the world are suffering from. Though it can strike at any age, primarily people in the age group 35 – 55 are widely affected by back pain. The pain can be anything between mild and unbearable. Back pain actually cripples you and makes you lose interest in life...

 

 

 

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Kapha dosha is defined by the characteristics of cold, heaviness, stability and dullness. If you have a kapha constitution or kapha imbalance, this video demonstrates how you can customize your yoga practice to encourage the opposite qualities that naturally bring kapha back into balance.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling is an excellent way to draw toxins from the body via oral absorption. Traditional oils like sesame and coconut oil are thought to bind or chelate metals, chemicals and toxins stored in the fat cells and mucosa and remove them when swished in the mouth for 10-20min. Although more research needs to be done to scientifically explain oil pulling, Ayurveda has used this tried and true method of detoxification for 5,000 years. Listen to Dr. John Douillard discuss oil pulling and its merits in this video.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In this day and age, cleansing is so popular it has almost become a fad. Keep in mind that Ayurvedic cleansing is a 5,000 year old science that outlines a safe and effective way to purge toxins. In this video, Dr. Sharada Hall explains why an Ayurvedic cleanse is one of the best choices for detoxification. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic cooking gives us the freedom to choose light, sattvic (wise) foods for our bodies evertime we eat. Foods that are bitter and astringent like leafy greens, vegetables and whole grains can help detoxify the body a bit each meal. This lovely video has Seema Chandra demonstrating how to make a modified, modern jowar medley while she hosts an ayurvedic interview with Anurag Sharma Director of the Baidyanath Group. It includes a mix of fresh vegetables that incorporate the shad rasas (6 tastes) of ayurveda and is well balanced. Note, traditional ayurveda prefers cooking with ghee for the most nourishing meals. Enjoy!

 

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

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder'! Our ancient wisdom reinstates the virtues of internal beauty, which enhances as well as amplifies your external magnificence. Ayurveda propagates looking at oneself on a holistic level...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: 'Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder'! Our ancient wisdom reinstates the virtues of internal beauty, which enhances as well as amplifies your external magnificence. Ayurveda propagates looking at oneself on a holistic level. Only when we are at peace & in sync with all forces of nature can we be truly happy and healthy. Ayurveda beauty tips therefore help you to look as well as maintain your beauty and grace both from the outside and within. Please read through my article. Thank you.

 

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by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gently massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Premature graying and hair loss can be quite devastating for men and women. Ayurveda points to one key rejuvanative fruit to help with both of these challenges, amalaki (amla). Dr. Krishnamoorthy offers some excellent home remedies with amla and other Ayurvedic herbs and oils to keep hair healthy and help prevent and reverse graying and hair loss. Namaste.

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by Roshan Baskota

According to Ayurveda, man as a whole lies within the purview of the science. (Aturastu Khalu Karya Desah). Mind and body can both affect each other and they comprise the seat of diseases. Thus the approach of Ayurveda from the very beginning is psychosomatic...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota  conveys to us another authentic approach of Ayurveda insight. He mentions that man as a whole lies within the purview of the science. (Aturastu Khalu Karya Desah). Mind and body can both affect each other and they comprise the seat of diseases. The author also lays emphasis on the fact that the approach of Ayurveda from the very beginning is psychosomatic. Diseases are caused by the vitiation of Doshas affecting Dushyas and pathologically they have six different stages of Kriyakalas (Stages of treatment). Please read through his article. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What characterizes vata, pitta and kapha body types? How can we use this to approach our diet? This short video highlights the elements, features and energetics of the three doshas and how unique Ayurveda is for specializing treatment. It speaks of Ayurveda's customization of therapy and the search for the root cause of disease. Listen to find out how Ayurvedic body types can help guide you in your healing journey. 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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