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
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 Alex Duncan, PhD

The first album “Purusha” – Relaxation & Yoga Music – might be interesting for people who normally turn yellow when they think of space-cadet-yoga-hippy types. This album is a single 60 minute sound-scape that is perfect for creating a calming zenned out vibe...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Music offers healing vibrations as a restorative tool in Ayurveda. I am always seeking quality recordings of relaxing songs, mantras and chants for Yoga or meditation. Alex Duncan offers three unique CDs of soothing music to help align the mind, body and spirit. Namaste.



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.



by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari, BAMS

Jaundice is the yellow pigmentation of the skin and membranes caused by elevated levels of bilirubin in the body fluids and occurs due to poor liver function or blocked bile ducts. This manifests as jaundice in appearance. So the basic fact is that there is a problem in the liver which leads to the occurrence of jaundice...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: According to Ayurveda text, the taste as well as after taste of sugarcane is sweet. Also, it is heavy and slimy by nature and cold in potency. Ayurveda correlates sugarcane with the malady of jaundice. It is believed that the same tends to improve the working of the liver and act as a strength booster. In our ancient therapy of Ayurveda, the juice of sugarcane has been long advocated in the maladies of jaundice and anemia.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The connection of consciousness to our inner self, others and the divine is a most complex relationship. Ayurveda uses food as medicine to help purify the body and improve the spirit. Joan Aronowitz discusses the link between Ayurveda and Trancendental Mediation (TM). The clarity achieved by this technique offers us insight into the depths of our consciousness. Enjoy listening to this introduction and reflect on how you may integrate TM practice into your daily Ayurvedic routine. Namaste  



by Dr. Baljot Bharaj

Motherhood is a special and joyous moment in every woman’s life. But this is possible if her health is taken care of during postnatal period...


Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by the author Dr Baljot Bharaj, who is highly experienced in the field of childbirth and motherhood. In her article, the author stresses upon the need of taking care of the health of the woman who is bearing a child and relates this to the authentic Ayurveda guidance as provided by Sutika Paricharya. Please have a read.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Kansa Vakti is known as "three-metal bowl" Ayurvedic foot massage and is valued as both a medicinal and nourishing treatment. It uses hand and metal bowl application of ghee (clarified butter) to the indian marma points and includes a foot, ankle and lower leg massage. The bowl is comprised of copper, zinc and tin; each having a specific therapeutic action. Benefits of Kansa Vakti include improved blood and lymph circulation, enhanced joint mobility in lower limbs, organ detoxification and reduction of pitta dosha. This excellent video demonstrates a relaxing Kansa Vakti massage. Try one today!



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.



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.



by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, BAMS, CCN, FSM
Ayurveda, the science of life, has been followed as much for health management as for wellness and prevention of diseases. Ayurveda’s lifestyle principles have been validated by modern medical systems. Let us begin the New Year by following Ayurvedic practices, which can bring health and happiness to the individual and society...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Transitions can be hard. But, we all have the opportunity for a fresh start at the begining of each year to gather ourselves and focus on creating a healthier, more centered you. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy starts us off with some helpful Ayurvedic tips to begin our transition in 2012. Eating on time, concentrating on nourishing meals and properly hydrating will all work to improve our digestion, elimination and overall well-being. Wishing you all a happy 2012 and a wonderful fresh start!



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 !



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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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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