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by Joe Rakowski

I have great respect for the wisdom of the Vedas, although life today differs vastly from that our planet 5,000 years ago. In India, there has always been a substantial population who has traditionally lived a “vegetarian lifestyle,” or what in modern times may be referred to as a “lacto-vegetarian diet” that includes milk products; most likely from a cow that was family-raised or obtained from a nearby supplier...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Holding true to either a Vegan or Ayurvedic lifestyle may sometimes prove difficult in our modern world of processed foods. Without our ability to trace our food back to its roots, challenges arise in maintaining a healthy and humane plant-based diet.

 

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by Sheila Patel, MD
The Chopra Center

Both Ayurveda and modern medicine recognize a lack of physical exercise as one of the lifestyle factors that contributes to the development and progression of diabetes. Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes and negatively effects blood sugar control in individuals who have diabetes. For these reasons, being active and maintaining a healthy body weight is important in the treatment and prevention of diabetes...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Diabetes and obesity is a growing global epidemic. Ayurveda offers an understanding of the progression of different types of diabetes according to doshic imbalances. The Chopra Center has recently provided some excellent articles on diabetes, our diet, herbs to treat diabetes and yogic exercises to increase metabolism and aid the rebalancing of our bodies. Please read our three part series on diabetes and see how Ayurveda can shed some light on this difficult, but often manageable disease. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Namaste.

 

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by Sheila Patel, MD
The Chopra Center

Ayurveda identifies many herbs and spices that can be used to treat diabetes. We are beginning to identify some of the beneficial actions of these natural medicinals from a scientific perspective. There are currently over 1,200 species of plants that have known glucose-lowering effects. Here are a few...


Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Diabetes and obesity is a growing global epidemic. Ayurveda offers an understanding of the progression of different types of diabetes according to doshic imbalances. The Chopra Center has recently provided some excellent articles on diabetes, our diet, herbs to treat diabetes and yogic exercises to increase metabolism and aid the rebalancing of our bodies. Please read our three part series on diabetes and see how Ayurveda can shed some light on this difficult, but often manageable disease. Read Part 1. Namaste.

 

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by Lisa Belisle

Udvartana is an invigorating procedure done with cleansing grains, dosha or constitution specific herbs and oils, used to scrub and exfoliate the skin. This herbal massage will stimulate the skin, leaving you with radiant, toned skin and cleansed skin...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The unique series of body treatments with herbal oils, pastes and scrubs is what makes Ayurveda one of the most powerful natural medicines known to date. According to Ayurvedic scholar Sushrata, Udvartana is one of a three-part treatment designed to detoxify, reduce fat, strengthen and tone the body. By appling dry herbs in a "scrub" form to the skin through massage, Udvartana stimulates blood and lymphatic stimulation, toxin elimination and absorption of herbal medicine. This outline of Udvartana by Ay practitioner Lisa Belisle describes the process and what to expect from a treatment. Note that Udvartana is often best suited for kapha types and should not typically be used by pittas or vatas because of skin sensitivity. A video by Lisa Belisle on Udartana is also posted in the Ayurveda section of ATH. Namaste

 

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Editor's Note: According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS), approximately 4.6% of the U.S. population age 12 and older has hypothyroidism. With this astounding number, collaborative efforts of Eastern and Western medicine can provide a more thorough holistic health plan for individuals suffering from hypothyroidism. In Ayurveda, hypothyroidism is a function of excess kapha dosha accompanied by a dysregulation of vata and pitta doshas. It is characterized by low agni, dhatu ama and often presents like chronic fatigue syndrome. This excellent video by Alicia Diaz walks us through some of the symptoms and Ayurvedic treatments including pranayama for hypothryoidism. Namaste

 

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by Debby Andersen RYT, C. Ayu.

Vata dosha is the principle of movement. As such, vata, which describes the functions of the air and ether (space) elements, governs all bodily movements...

 

Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As we are in the thick of Vata season, begin to pay closer attention to your body and take stock of potential signs of Vata disturbances. Digestively, constipation, bloating and abdominal distention are all indications that digestion has slowed most likely due to the change in environmental conditions. Numbness or tingling in areas of the body indicate that the wind element vayu is affecting the nervous system. Lastly, bouts of pain and insomnia are sure signs that Vata has increased significantly in the body and needs to be quelled. Ayurvedic practitioner Debby Andersen offers some great insight into how Vata can become imbalanced and some key signs for which to look out. Take some time this season to address them before Vata becomes too unruly. Namaste

 

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