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

According to Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest medical texts known to man, one of the most important factors in human nutrition is the quantity of food we eat at any one meal. This may be stating the obvious, yet my impression, albeit anecdotal, is that many folk lack a sense of self-understanding when it comes to hunger, which combined with socio-behavioral conditioning, results in a failure to consume ‘correct’ amounts of food...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As the holidays fast approach, many of us wonder how to keep a healthy, portioned diet in the face of delicious temtations. Ayurveda offers much advice on the quantity, qualities and timing of meals according to our environment and prakriti. Vaidya Alex Duncan offers some clarity as to healthy eating with reference to passages from the Charaka Samhita. Take a moment before your holiday season begins to reflect on how you may better approach food and celebrations through Ayurvedic eyes. Namaste



by John Douillard, DC

According to Ayurveda, there are subtle channels in the body called nadis that carry the energies of both love and sex. While there are 72,000 of these nadi channels, only one carries the energy of sex, and six carry the energy of true love or pure consciousness...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: How does Ayurveda view sex and love?
Interestingly, Dr. John Douillard discusses how the subtle energy channels called nadis are the regulators and paths for the conduction of pure love energy and sexual energy. With a clear distinction regarding the respective journeys for each type of energy, Dr. Douillard outlines how our choices govern the process of fullfillment for love and sex. Namaste




by Dr. Harkiran Nehra

According to Ayurveda, menstruation (raja-pravrutti) is the natural flow of excess pitta in the form of menses (raja). Raja-nivrutti is the state of gradually diminished raja-pravrutti which ends as menopause...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Dr Harkiran Nehra, wherein she describes Ayurveda insight of Menopause and tells us that the type of symptoms you have in menopause depends upon which bodily principle or dosha is "out of balance" in your mind/body system viz. Vata, Pitta or Kapha dominant. Please have a read of the wonderful article. Namaste.




Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a wonderful video about Hrid Basti, the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation therapy for Cardiac Myopathy. The life of the body is the Heart and if the heart muscles are weak it makes depressed and short tempered Hrid Basti is a very effective cure for these problem. Please have a look. Namaste.



by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Everybody wants to get fair and charming skin. Now a day, Acne, black head, pimples, dark circle are common among youngsters and person who suffers from it. According to Ayurveda, Skin problems are normally due to impurities in blood...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is a nice article by author Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari where he mentions about some Ayurvedic face packs which he says helps women to get rid of wrinkles, dark circles, pimples and acne. Herbal face packs increase the fairness and smoothness of skin. Not only this, as per Ayurveda,  face packs increase skin glow and are best ayurveda treatment to increase fairness and also aid as preventive, promotive and curative therapy for many skin problems. Please have a read. Namaste.



by Conni Kunzler

An ever growing catalog of research shows diminished sleep is associated with poor performance, memory loss, weight gain, more accidents during the day, depression, slower healing, aging skin, and in some cases serious diseases. This is not a happy list...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: This is another wonderful piece by author Conni Kunzler. She lays emphasis on being aware about the optimum physical, mental, and emotional digestion for having a good night sleep. Easy but effective steps like having lighter meals in the evening, avoiding mental and physical stimulants, starting the process of getting to bed earlier etc have been mentioned in the write-up which would be highly supportive for sleeping well. Please have a read.




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: One of the things that makes Ayurveda so special is the ability to make food to balance our doshic constitutions. Spices and herbs along with dense and light foods all serve a purpose to keep vata, pitta and kapha in check. This lovely video demonstrates a tridoshic ayurvedic recipe for dal to keep all three energies happy. Enjoy!



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...


Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Another nice article by author Conni Kunzler, wherein she describes Ayurveda remedies or tools for health and wellbeing. The author tells us that 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. Please have a read. Namaste.



by Dr. Margaret Rogers Van Coops, PhD, DCH(IM) 

With the ending of the Piscean Age and the birth of the Aquarian Age, a growing interest has arisen in the use and effective power of crystals. Since the word ‘crystal’  is often just an affected way of referring to stones that can be found all over the world, we must refer to the geological structures that provide us with such bounty...





by Dr. Sonica Krishan,
ATH Co-Editor of Ayurveda

Nowadays, owing to the number of lifestyle related diseases that we seem to be facing, it is worthwhile to know and understand what ancient Ayurveda therapy has to offer...


Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: My article on Ayurveda lifestyle relates to the guidance provided in Ayurveda text as to how you need to have your everyday routine. Waking up in Brahma muhurata which is the early morning time between 4 to 6 am, relieving the bowels, cleaning of the face and mouth along with care of the teeth and tongue and daily eye care have been recommended. This also includes other procedures like Gandoosha or holding oil in the mouth and nasal cleansing.



by Nadya Andreeva

1 out of every 3 people experiences some sort of digestive unease on a daily basis. It ranges from an unpleasant heavy feeling, to bloating, to heartburn, to acid reflux, pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, burping or distension. None of these are pleasant...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In Ayurveda, a happy belly means a long, healthy life. Keeping our digestive fire, agni, strong throughout the year will help with immunity, rejuvenation and detoxification. Agni is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda. If agni is high, then it can properly digest food, emotions and negative energy to keep the 3 doshas in check. Use your food as medicine to kindle agni. Focus on these carminitive spices and how they balance your doshas for strong agni and a well-rounded constitution. Namaste




Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: "Superfoods" are thought to propel the body into a heightened state of health. Ayurveda views all foods as potentially healing or potentially harmful. Some foods, however, do appear to provide a greater concentration of nutrients than others. This video explores certain botanical herbs from an Ayurvedic perspective that can be considered "superfoods." Enjoy this interesting view of herbs!



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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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