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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by John Douillard, DC

New research has revealed powerful rejuvenative properties of an herb that Ayurvedic texts held sacred for its astounding list of beneficial properties thousands of years ago...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Do you experience mood swings, anxiety, memory loss, low blood sugar, exhaustion or fatigue? The very powerful Ayurvedic herb Shilajit helps address these conditions and many more. Shilajit is often termed a "rejuvenative" because of its potent ability to detoxify the body and promote tissue regeneration. Two of Shilajit's active agents are fulvic and humic acids, which act to draw out deeply rooted toxins from the body, thus allowing it to heal. Please note that Shilajit is not recommended for pregnant women. Please visit your Ayurvedic Practitioner for proper recommendations of Shilajit. Dr. Douillard discusses the numerous positive actions of Shilajit in this article. A video of Dr. Douillard discussing Shilajit is also available in the Ayurveda section of All Things Healing. Namaste.

 

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by Dr. Ram Garg

Life is God's precious gift to us and it is up to us to make the best of it. Health is the most basic and crucial requirement for a fulfilled life. Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle is not complicated or difficult...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another nice article by author Dr Ram Garg wherein he stresses the need of following Ayurveda lifestyle for wellness and longevity. The author suggests that maintaining a lifestyle which is in sync with daily and seasonal rhythms ensures a higher quality of life.Please have a read. Thank you.

 

 

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by Janya Wongspa RYT, CAS, PKS

Actually, it is very helpful to look outside and dream. I did a lot of it growing up. I still do. But now I make sure that I look inside as much if not more often.  I listen to Dharma talk as much as I listen to NPR. Buddhist teachings help me relate to external things internally. If I see a misery out there I need to recognize it inside my heart...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: A true self-reflection is worth its weight in gold. Ayurveda and Yoga teacher Janya Wongspa offers some insight into our deepest inspiration in her personal reflection, "Secrets of a Charmed Life." Since 2013 offers new light and opportunities for us to grow, learn and share, take a moment to reflect on your life, your goals and the people that surround you. Namaste & Happy New Year

 

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by Darla Graves Palmer

Ayurveda, a healing system thousands of years old, carries within it a harmonizing approach as evocative and moving as the most uplifting music ever created. I have found, to my enduring delight, that this is a system based upon energy...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurveda is one of the most beautiful and touching systems that can be likened to a work of art. Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant Darla Graves Palmer offers a delightful reflection on how Ayurveda relates to nature, energy and the universal consciousness. When we pause to examine our connection to all living things and sense the woven fabric of energy, we gain an unparalled sense of joy. It is our journey of reciprocation that guides us along until we reach a state of universal equilibrium. Namaste.

 

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by Lissa Coffey

The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body, including breathing, digestion, and nerve impulses from the brain. When Vata is out of balance, anxiety and other nervous disorders may be present...

 

Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Lissa Coffey who is Ayurveda expert and renowned authority on Ayurveda and Relationships, has agreed to share her Ayurveda wisdom related articles with us ! In this article, she tells us all about Vata dosha. According to her, the most important thing to know about Vata is that it leads the other doshas. Vata usually goes out of balance first, which causes the early stages of disease. Please read through her article. Namaste.

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

Gandusha (gargling of the mouth) should be done frequently, using cold water. Gandusha removes Kapha, thirst, dirt and cleanses the interior of the mouth. Gargling with comfortable warm water removes Kapha, loss of taste, dirt, diseases of the teeth and bestows lightness of the mouth...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Oral care for teeth, gums and tongue begins with regular daily cleansing. But, there are some simple Ayurvedic practices that you can add to your oral care regimen that further benefit in your health. Cleaning the srotas throughout the day via water gargling known as "Gandusha" will help remove excess Kapha from the mouth and throat. Also, the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling known as "Gandusha Snehana" helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses both techniques for optimal oral health. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note: It's easy for Vata dosha to get out of balance in the cold and windy weather. This video from Banyan Botanicals reminds us how to ground and regain balance as we enter winter months.

 

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by Meenakshi Joshi, BAMS, PG PPHC, PGCPK

Many of you might know of my intention behind writing this note at a very short notice. I was just shocked to see that we are not aware of what to do in case of accidental needle prick from an HIV infected source.

I will try to give all details at my level best so that in future this type of situation could not arise...


Editor's Note: I would like to wish our all of our readers a very happy new year. Here I am posting very useful information about AIDS for health professionals as well as the general public. This is one of the least talked about subjects but a very, very important topic as many of our doctors don't clearly know what action to take.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Yoga is one of the most beneficial healing modalities. Each Ayurvedic dosha can be balanced via a unique yogic practice. For Kapha, energizing asanas and stimulating pranayama will awaken the grounded earth element. This Chopra Center video offers a beautiful demonstration of a Kapha Invigorating Yogic practice. Namaste.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Can Vata's gain weight? The answer is Yes. Although Vata predominant prakritis typically are thin, lithe and flexible, a stressed Vata can easily deregulate their digestive agni, resulting in weight gain. Lissa Coffey explains how variablility in a Vata's diet can lead to vishama agni and progress to an unhealthy weight gain. She offers tips on how to balance a Vata's diet to avoid problematic digestive and associated weight challenges. Namaste

 

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by Alex Duncan, PhD

“Ama” means partially or undigested food. Ama can cause toxic residue to build up in the gut. This residue harms the gut and can infiltrate and harm the body and its organs, contributing to many different chronic disease conditions...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: With the change to Vata season, many toxins begins to accumulate in the body and mind that will need to be purged. In Ayurveda, these toxins are called "ama" and stem from undigeted food along with unprocessed environmental hazards that are not eliminated by adequate agni. Vaidya Alex Duncan discusses ama, its sources and its accumulation. Namaste

 

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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Over the last decade it has become renowned as one of the most brilliant examples of an Ayurvedic center incorporating many of the Vedic sciences as expounded by his guru Sri Ranga. In this short video Dr. Talavane Krishna is the founder and president of the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center in Mysore, India, speaks about Ayu. Many people know Ayurveda though it's practical applications but to understand Ayurveda deeply one first needs to know what is "Ayu". Please have a look. 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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