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: 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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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This quick and easy demonstration of home made cough syrup is perfectly in line with Ayurvedic remedies for persistent coughs. Try it at home!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Kitchari is sometimes thought of as the equivalent of "Ayurvedic Chicken Soup." Kitchari is classically a warm, light and nutrient-rich Vegetarian dish that nourishes the mind, body and spirit. There are numerous versions of kitchari that range from soupy to a drier rice medley. Ayurveda recommends using split yellow mung dal as the legume of choice since it is known to digest extremely well and to not produce gas. This video by JivaSattva clearly demonstrates the steps to making a delicious kitchari that includes many culinary spices with Ayurvedic healing properties. Try it at home today!

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Hair loss is one of the most common problems faced by today’s generation who lead such hectic and stressful lives. Hair loss, thinning of hair and balding could be a result of excess of Pitta dosha in the body, which is caused by excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, fried food, spicy food, oily food, meats and excessive smoking...

 

Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful article by Dr Ram Mani Bhandari wherein he has presented before us detailed insight regarding Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss. The malady of hair loss is undoubtably affecting the masses at large and this article conveys the best possible Ayurvedic solution in the form of using Ayurvedic herbs and home remedies to get rid of the malady. Please read on...

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Neti Pot cleansing is a time honored Ayurvedic technique used to purify the sinus channels. One can perform this purification via the use of a warm, isotonic saline solution poured through the nasal passages directly from the Neti Pot. This instructional video clearly outlines the steps for conducting Neti Pot cleansing along with some helpful post-cleansing exercises. One can administer the Ayurvedic technique "Nasayam," oil nose drops, after completely clearing the passageways of water if desired. Neti Pot cleansing can be performed daily or on a routine basis, however it is best to avoid it if one is experiencing a sinus infection.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Summer is full of fire and heat and can be irritating to the body. Since it is predominantly pitta season, we must take certain precautions to keep pitta dosha in balance. Pitta individuals will benefit from eating foods with sweet, bitter and astringent rasas (tastes); wearing clothes with cool blue and green colors and exerting minimal to moderate energy towards tasks. Practicing gentle, restorative yoga and including a short daily meditation will also help keep pitta in balance. This lovely video from the Chopra Center outlines steps to take for summer pitta season and suggests some essential oils that will keep pitta cool and under control. Enjoy. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Shirodhara is truly an amazing Ayurvedic therapy that can work wonders on disorders caused by Vata aggravation. Nervousness, anxiety, depression, insomnia and overstimulation, just to name a few, are all reduced with shirodhara. "Shiro" means "head" and "dhara" means "stream." In shirodhara, a warm oil stream is continuously poured over the "sthapani marma" (the space between and above the eyebrows) otherwise known as "the third eye," as it has a soothing effect on the hypothalamus. Shirodhara is thought to sync frenetic neurons and alpha waves to greatly improve mental clarity, create stability and impart calm.

 

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Editor's Note: Cancer is one of the most fatal diseases of 20th century which has spread its limbs further in 21st century. It is a most unpredictable disease and needs a multi-disciplinary approach. It should be wiped out in the most aggressive way at initial stages. The body's natural immunity and other approaches including keeping the person in best shape mentally and physically should be taken care of. If you ever thought we have already got that elusive approach to cancer, please check this video. Is long yet full of interesting information.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: What IS Ayurveda? Ayur means "life or long life," and Veda is "the wisdom of or science of," making Ayurveda the wisdom or science of long life. Here is a pleasant and insightful disscusion about the meaning and purpose of Ayurveda with Dr. Chopra and Dr. Suhas. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this video, Dr Greg Emerson highlights the medicinal usage of turmeric as anti-oxidant, anti- inflammatory and anti cancerous. He calls turmeric as a Super Herb ! Turmeric is surely on of the few Ayurveda herbs which as per Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to be a destroyer of aggravation in all the three basic humors of the body viz. vatta, pitta and kapha. These humors or doshas when remain in their balanced state, provide us with the fruit of health. On the contrary any distortion among any of the same results in the production of a disease. Therefore, turmeric is recommended in a large variety of ailments! Please have a look.

 

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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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