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: Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This excellent 2-part video demonstrates a simple way to make turmeric paste and what is known in Ayurveda to be "golden milk." Golden milk uses the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of turmeric, the nourishing properties of milk and the lubricating action of oil to improve upon joint dryness and pain. Even if you don't suffer from joint pain, golden milk taken on a regular basis may help keep joints working smoothly. Try this recipe at home today and leave us a comment! Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A beautiful journey into the consciousness of the Vedic theories of the universe. From lore to science, this video discusses the universe according to the Vedic text "Srimad Bhagavatam." It is a peaceful and interesting tour of the unique view from Vedic astrology and cosmology. Enjoy!

 

 

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Does the color of some rooms make you squeamish? Itchy? Antsy? Does the color of other rooms make you soft? Calm? Wonderfully wobbly and weak in the knees?

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: We live in a technicolor world. But, we may not be aware of how much color truly affects us. For example, some colors like blue or white evoke a sense of serenity and calm, while firery colors like red or orange possibly enhance anger or rage. Ayurveda views color as an influential source that can affect our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Choosing colors that will benefit our doshic constitution can create significant energetic changes and enhance our overall health. Vatas respond best to grounding colors such as earthy tones but may also be creatively stimulated by yellows and greens. Firey Pitta can be managed with cool blues and Kaphas require vibrant, bright colors to motivate and keep them active. This interesting article on color and Ayurveda discusses the spectrum in more detail with a unique eco-friendly paint line developed specifically with the wisdom of Ayurveda. After reading it, I'm sure you'll never look at color the same way again. Namaste



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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we grow deeper in our understanding of Ayurveda, we can begin to incorporate its principles into our daily yoga practice. After consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner and determining your prakriti (doshic constitution), one can use this knowledge to more accurately approach their yogic practice. This interesting video by Melissa West, PhD demonstrates a full-length strong, active Kapha practice as she offers some modifications for Vata and Pitta. Enjoy! Note: The first 12 min of the video discusses business and then an introduction to Ayurveda. Asana practice begins about 14 min into the video.

 

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Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: Dr. John Douillard describes 10 proven tips to loss stubborn weight healthily. This video goes into the new research that supports time tested techniques of the ancient Ayurveda science. Herein, not only Dr. John stresses on the significance of weight loss, but also explains about the importance of having water, spices and herbs, grape fruit, raw honey, Trikatu (a mixture of dried ginger, black pepper and the Ayurveda herb of Pippali) and vinegar etc which would be highly effective to relieve your stubborn fat.
 

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by Conni Kunzler

Ayurveda translates as “science of life.” A holistic medical system, Ayurveda is a science of self healing with the goal to relieve diseases of body and mind, restoring wholeness. It encompasses healing methods that include diet, herbs, exercise and life-style changes, pranayama (breathing) and meditation, yoga asanas, etc...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article where incorporating of Ayurveda lifestyle is said to be self healing technique with the goal to relieve diseases of body and mind, restoring wholeness. Conni Kunzler relates this to encompassing of healing methods that include diet, herbs, exercise and life-style changes, pranayama (breathing) and meditation and yoga asanas. Please have a read.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Ayurveda includes fasting amount its preventative and curative therapies. Fasting from food or “Kshut” in Sanskrit helps to pacify aggravated Doshas (biological principles governing movement, transformation and cohesion), increase and balance Agni (digestive enzymes), purify the body of toxins, wastes, dead cells etc. Fasting can be used for maintenance (for example day-long fasts once a week or so) or for cure (stronger longer lasting fasts)...

 

Editor´s Note from Julie Cerrato: An incredibly timely discussion on fasting and Ayurveda is provide by instructor Alex Duncan. Fasting as a means of cleansing the body is often performed in early fall and springtime along with the season change. It is known to pacify aggravated doshas, stimulate agni, and rid the body and mind of waste and toxins...

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

In allergic rhinitis or “hay fever”, there are a number of factors that come together to cause various uncomfortable symptoms of the upper respiratory tract (throat, sinuses, nose) and eyes. Typical symptoms include nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, and excess tear production in the eyes. Postnasal dripping of clear mucus frequently causes a cough...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we begin to leave Kapha season and undergo Ritusandhi, we can reflect on the Ayurvedic perspective of what allergies are and how they develop. Alex Duncan offers some keen insight into how Ayurveda views allergic rhinitis or “hay fever.” Interesting read. Thanks, Alex!

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: High cholesterol is a challenge for many. Hyperlipidemia has a strong genetic component but we can do many things to keep it at bay with diet and lifestyle. Watching what we eat, keeping stress low, getting adequate rest and including cholesterol-lowering herbs and foods are some of the key steps we can take to keep the body pure. This video offers some simple Ayurvedic home remedies to help boost good cholesterol, HDL, and lower bad cholesterol, LDL. Interstingly, watermelon seeds have been shown to contain a glucoside named cucurbotrin that has efficacy in reducing cholesterol and tulsi and neem have "lekhana," or scraping properties, to help remove cholesterol from arteries. All in all, eat healthy, stay happy and check in regularly with your physician and Ayurvedic vaidya to maintain good health. Namaste

 

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Editor´s Note from Julie Cerrato: Fatigue may originate from multiple sources that extend beyond bodily ailments. Several medical conditions do exist to creat bodily fatigue, however, often there is a mental or emotional component that drives the lethargy and may lead to a clinical depression. This video discusses some of the sources and signs of classic fatigue and offers two home remedies for strengthening and awakening. If you recognize some of these symptoms in your daily life, they may indicate a pattern of fatigue. Try one of these remedies and take steps to seek out assistance from a physician or Ayurvedic practitioner. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Acid reflux, known as "amla pitta," can manifest as a persistent burning condition in the stomach, esophagus and mouth, thus creating great discomfort. Ayurveda views amla pitta as a displacement of sour acid from the stomach, driven by the irregular or excessive upward movement of udana vayu. In essence, vata literally pushes pitta (acid) up into the esophagus and mouth. Ayurveda recommends certain vata and pitta-reducing foods as well as specific spices to quell amla pitta and keep acid in the stomach...

 

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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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