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 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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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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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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Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video about Diabetes Remedies and Diabetes Holistic Treatment. How to care for your Diabetes naturally through ayurveda. Tips for taking care of your diabetes and remedies and recipes for food and herbs. The holistic treatment for Diabetes includes the individual to include mind, body, and spirit. Diabetic solutions and remedies and holistic treatment.
 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The paths to healing are innumerable. Much of how we heal on a daily basis includes our diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda recommends that all things taken into our mind and bodies (ahara) via the 5 senses will affect our healing journey. This phenomenal video by Dr. David Simon, Medical Director of the Chopra Center, delves into the multi-dimensional aspects of the senses and how ahara leads us to individualized self-healing.

 

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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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by Georgia Tetlow, MD, FAAPMR

An integrative approach to autoimmune illness, including rheumatoid arthritis, includes general measures to reduce inflammation in the body. Simultaneously reducing stress and improving stress management maximizes your healing response and can help reduce flares, because stress is expressed as inflammation in the body...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex inflammatory, auto-immune disease that has multi-doshic involvement. Reduction of Kapha fluids in the synovial joints, accompanied by Pitta inflammatory cascades and Vata dryness with bone erosion, make this disorder particularly difficult to treat. Dr. Georgia Tetlow offers an excellent integrative approach to treating RA that includes mind-body balance, acupuncture, nutrition and some Ayurvedic herbal remedies.

 

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by Vijay T. Chaudhari

Radiant Good Health has a 7 point definition given by H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and the boundless joy of this must be shared, as he does...

 

Editor’s Note from Sonica Krishan: Here is another wonderful article by Mr Vijay T. Chaudhari who has provided us with his own testimony authenticating the virtues of Ayurveda therapy, that has been of great help to him personally. This is a must read for all Ayurveda and holistic health lovers!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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  

 

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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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