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: Tooth decay occurs when the acid from degraded foods in our mouth are processed by bacteria to form plaque inducing cavities. Natural oral care remedies can help with daily prevention and correction of tooth decay by reducing bacteria's interaction with processed food. This Ayurveda video offers some simple home remedies to help with tooth decay that are a great complement to brushing and flossing after meals. Namaste

 

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by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Amla literally means "sour" another name amalaki "Dhatri" means mother/nurse. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis, Amla or Indian Gooseberry) is revered by ayurvedic healers as a "wonder rasayana" capable of delivering a diverse range of benefits to the physiology...

 

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Founded by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, PUNARJANIS, a rather unique Ayurvedic Treatment and Healing Centre, has been in existence since 1992 with its beginnings in Thrissur, Kerala, - the Ayurvedic hub of India, or maybe, even the world – which later moved to Chennai in the year 2000. Having secured a BAMS Degree from Madras University, 1992, Dr. Shaji Raj, is Chairman and Chief Physician at PUNARJANIS, hails from a family with a long Ayurvedic lineage and he is today its 7th generation Physician...

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Sinus pressure, congestion, mucous and colds are a result of tridoshic imbalances, but can be prevented with the Ayurvedic pancha karma of nasya. Beginning with Vata, dry, cold nasal passages stimulate the body to increase blood circulation via nasal vessels, thus bringing Pitta heat to the barren location. Soon after, Kapha fluids and mucous accompany Pitta to help lubricate the passages. However, this leaves the nose susceptible to viruses and bacteria for infection. Nasya uses herbal sesame oil to lubricate and medicate the nasal passages before the onset of dry, inflammed, mucous-filled cavities. This explicit video demonstrates the preventative nasya technique that provides tremendous relief for Kapha excess and helps prevent the progression of colds and infections. 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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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. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

You may have heard about Panchakarma treatment, but do you know exactly what is a panchakarma treatment and what the benefits of Panchakarma treatment are? If you are not sure, don’t worry. You are not alone. There are thousands of people who have heard about Panchakarma, but are not sure exactly what it means...

 

 

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by Dr. E. Shaji Raj, BAMS
Founder of
Punarjanis

Back Pain is one of the major problems that people across the world are suffering from. Though it can strike at any age, primarily people in the age group 35 – 55 are widely affected by back pain. The pain can be anything between mild and unbearable. Back pain actually cripples you and makes you lose interest in life...

 

 

 

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Kapha dosha is defined by the characteristics of cold, heaviness, stability and dullness. If you have a kapha constitution or kapha imbalance, this video demonstrates how you can customize your yoga practice to encourage the opposite qualities that naturally bring kapha back into balance.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic Oil Pulling is an excellent way to draw toxins from the body via oral absorption. Traditional oils like sesame and coconut oil are thought to bind or chelate metals, chemicals and toxins stored in the fat cells and mucosa and remove them when swished in the mouth for 10-20min. Although more research needs to be done to scientifically explain oil pulling, Ayurveda has used this tried and true method of detoxification for 5,000 years. Listen to Dr. John Douillard discuss oil pulling and its merits in this video.

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: In this day and age, cleansing is so popular it has almost become a fad. Keep in mind that Ayurvedic cleansing is a 5,000 year old science that outlines a safe and effective way to purge toxins. In this video, Dr. Sharada Hall explains why an Ayurvedic cleanse is one of the best choices for detoxification. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Ayurvedic cooking gives us the freedom to choose light, sattvic (wise) foods for our bodies evertime we eat. Foods that are bitter and astringent like leafy greens, vegetables and whole grains can help detoxify the body a bit each meal. This lovely video has Seema Chandra demonstrating how to make a modified, modern jowar medley while she hosts an ayurvedic interview with Anurag Sharma Director of the Baidyanath Group. It includes a mix of fresh vegetables that incorporate the shad rasas (6 tastes) of ayurveda and is well balanced. Note, traditional ayurveda prefers cooking with ghee for the most nourishing meals. Enjoy!

 

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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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