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: According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS), approximately 4.6% of the U.S. population age 12 and older has hypothyroidism. With this astounding number, collaborative efforts of Eastern and Western medicine can provide a more thorough holistic health plan for individuals suffering from hypothyroidism. In Ayurveda, hypothyroidism is a function of excess kapha dosha accompanied by a dysregulation of vata and pitta doshas. It is characterized by low agni, dhatu ama and often presents like chronic fatigue syndrome. This excellent video by Alicia Diaz walks us through some of the symptoms and Ayurvedic treatments including pranayama for hypothryoidism. 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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What are our goals in life? How do we explain that which we are meant to do? In this unique TED talk from Ayurvedic and Chinese Practitioner Jonathan Glass, 5 goals of Ayurveda are explored. Dharma, artha, kama, moksha and the overarching goal of love. Sanskrit has at least 96 words for love, as it the most important gift we can give ourselves and others. Enjoy Jonathan's Glass discussion of these goals and how they can be applied to your personal world. Namaste.

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video by  Linda Gobindoss via  SatyaAyurvedaTV. The author shares with us the Ayurveda insight about eating food. Eat only when you are hungry, that's the most important thing. She coveys that if you are hungry in the morning eat something then. If not, you may sip on some warm drinks (herbal teas or hot water) until you feel hungry. According to the time you will feel hungry in the morning, you have to adjust the portions of what you eat so that you digest it in time for you to be hungry again around noon, not later. In this video, Linda demonstrates of some simple and doable Ayurvedic diet tips . Have a look !

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Your Ayurvedic constitution is said to be written in the stars. Vedic astrology can therefore be used to determine an individual's prakriti. This video is an introduction to the process of vedic astrology and demonstrates how one uses astrological information to discover their constitution. Enjoy!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Most people brush their teeth daily, but did you know which important oral feature is almost always left uncleaned? You guessed it, it's the tongue. The tongue is a giant sponge for bacteria, viruses, residual food and drink and environmental toxins. It is Essential to practice tongue scraping in your Ayurvedic dinacharya (daily routine). Going beyond brushing the tongue, this short video demonstrates the use of a stainless steel tongue scraper and how it removes toxins that lead to ama buildup in the body. Tongue scraping also stimulates the bodily organ systems because the tongue is highly innervated and thought to connect energetically to various organ systems. So, brush, floss and scrape for a healthy mouth and body. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Meenakshi Joshi

Steve Jobs, the man who changed the face of multimedia and knocked out Walkman permanently from music world, is no more. He was suffering from a rarest kind of pancreas cancer neuroadenocarcinoma. It is basically the malignancy of a hormone producing islet cells. This disease jeopardized his pancreas and part of his liver...

 

Editor's Note: Cancer is fast spreading life style disease of 21st century. It's more painful to decide where and how to go about it than the disease itself. There are often claims of miraculous cures, magic therapies and then combine that with the confusion of other conventional treatments. It's more painful to decide what to select and what not to select...

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video by Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta, where she explains how to live an Ayurvedic Lifestyle based on the Dosha Times of Day, comprising of Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. Watch the video and have the in depth understanding of the basic principles of why certain activities and therapies are recommended in Ayurveda healing science.

 

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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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