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
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
I remember when I was a kid and used to see shows and medical exhibits on how awful primitive medicine was and how wonderful our new "scientific" medicine is. The exhibits would include Aztec skull cutters to make holes to let out evil spirits, leeches, snake oil salesman, and such. We may have moved past some of these (well, instead of leeches we have lab blood-drawing stations), but as we see, historically, the wheel continues to turn...
by Bryan Knight
Anyone can become enraged once in a while. But if you feel rage boiling within almost constantly, or rage erupts from you frequently, you may have an organic illness.
On the other hand, you might have suffered some terrible injustice as a child.
One major, but largely ignored, category of such abuse is that of boys emotionally, physically or sexually damaged by women. This abuse is not only widespread but may be at the root of much subsequent abuse of women by men...
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
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: From warm oil baths to clean water, here's a quick look at a few easy, ideas to keep skin from cracking under the cold.
by David Lauterstein
For lower back pain, some of the most important structures we need to address are the ligaments. Of particular interest are those running “horizontally” – from the levels of S5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and L5 to the ilium at each vertebral level. The sacroiliac and iliolumbar ligaments are, in other words, running at 90° to the “vertically” organized fascia associated with the erector spinae...
Editor's Note: One of the best massage educators around shares one of the less known causes of back pain and how to treat it with massage.
Massage & Bodywork
Editor’s Note: A short but informative video of one of the many easy but effective ways to use aromatherapy to help with stress.
from Organic Consumer's Association
What if…there were an inexpensive technology that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 51%?…this technology could also store 50 parts-permillion of CO2 in our soil instead of our air, to bring the total ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere down to 350 ppm –the number scientists tell us we must achieve in order to avert a climate crisis?...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Here are some savy, get-to-the-point, points about how to organic will cool the planet, naturally of course. Download the ideas from the Organic Consumer's Association.
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