Ayurveda Articles

Mindfulness, Vata Dosha, and Commuting

Posted by on May 5, 2017

Mary, from Canada writes, “How should I counter the movement aspect for a vata? I am vata dominant and must travel daily to and from work about a 45 min drive and 20 min walk. I find the walk relaxing and during my car ride I listen to soothing personal development like Eckhart Tolle but cannot deny that my anxiety has increased since this new job and all this travel. Also, travel for family occasions such as Christmas is across the provinces. I practice daily meditation on my yantra mat, yoga, consistent sleep, have eliminated caffeine (I don’t drink...

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The Spiritual Qualities of Vata in Winter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Late Autumn and Early Winter are the times of year dominated by Vata dosha in Ayurveda. The warm rays of the Sun are at their minimum around Winter Solstice. The darkness of night time is at its maximum. And what is darkness if not the unknown? And what stimulates fear, if not the unknown. And is not death the greatest unknown of all, that all humans are naturally afraid of. And which month symbolizes death? Spring is growth and life and new things green. Summer is the accomplishment of all that Spring started. Autumn is the harvest, but also...

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Chinese Medicine and Eratosthenes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

People can be so surprised there was advanced Chinese Medicine in 200 B.C.E.; but why, when Eratosthenes in Greece was computing the circumference of the earth and devising a method for finding prime numbers in 240 B.C. People did not just become smart and civilized in Europe after the microscope and telescope were invented….The development of medicine is a long process that has occured everywhere humans have grown. And the wisdom of ancient peoples, whether neolithic hunter-gatherers practicing trephination, modern hunter-gatherers and rural dwellers getting medicines from plants, to ancient civilizations like China, India, and Persia with advanced written...

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Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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ProPita Tea by R-U-Ved

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

ProPita Tea is a delicious blend of cooling herbs and spices that makes a naturally refreshing summer tea, whether drunk hot in the morning or room temperature/cool during the day. I  love to brew a quart of ProPita tea in the hot weather with two bags, brewing it strong (leave the bags in), and  when it cools down mixing it at a 50-50 ratio with mineral water and a dash of lime juice for a drink that is mentally and physically uplifting during the overheated summer months. R-U-Ved ProPita Tea Ingredients R-U-Ved ProPita Tea contains the Pitta pacifying Indian...

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Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

Pomegranate Coconut Water Pitta Pacifying Summer Drink is a low sugar herbal fruit beverage that is strongly Pitta pacifying and cooling to the body perfect for replacing electrolytes in Summer hot weather and hard exercise.  Cooling Foods in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Coconut water is a very traditional hot weather drink in South Asia.  Coconut water has two things going for it in summer. One, it is very cooling to the system. Its hard to describe in scientific terms what that means, but in common sense terms just think of the phrase “cool as a cucumber.” If you cut...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the Large Intestine (Colon) intestines that causes diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramps, bloating, and gas. Most people with IBS that I have seen in the past 24 years have bloating and pain, and many have constipation and diarrhea that alternates like a see-saw.  Others will have diarrhea on a regular basis with occasional constipation, while still others have constant severe constipation with only rare diarrhea. The abdominal pain is often compared to menstrual cramp pain, while some will describe a different kind...

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Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on May 11, 2016

Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Grass fed is meat and milk as our ancestors ate it. Our hunter gatherer ancestors obviously did not drink milk, as they did not yet practice animal husbandry. But they were certainly not vegans or vegetarians, as the term hunter implies. The meat our neolithic ancestors ate was wild game from which our modern goats and cows descend. But humans have been drinking milk in various cultures of Africa, South Asia, and the Near East for 10,000 years of so, long enough for our guts to adapt to this...

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Triphala Ayurvedic Herbal Digestive

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016

This is an old article if mine from The Jade Dragon , an online journal of Chinese and Asian culture and medicine.  I have reprinted it here in its entirety.     Triphala: A Powerful Tonic for the Digestive System By Eyton Shalom, M.S., L.Ac. Triphala literally means “three fruits.” Made of equal proportions of the three powerful Ayurvedic herbs of Amla, Chebulic Myrobalan, and Belleric Myrobalan, Triphala is revered in Ayurvedic medicine for the cleansing and nourishing benefits it imparts. It helps cleanse and tonify the entire digestive tract, and helps detoxify the liver, intestines, and blood. This formula also...

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How Emotions Create Disease

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016

How Emotions Create Disease (When Unprocessed) We know from Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and we should understand from Science based Anatomy and Physiology, that, not only are the mind and body a “continuim”, but more accurately stated, Mind and Body are indivisible, and really the same thing. The brain, and the central nervous system that grows out of it, is physical body. What you do with the brain, which in the modern West we call “the Mind” is a sort of non-physical, or meta-physical expression of the material brain. And what we do with our brain, from playing poker...

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Ayurvedic Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Dental Hygiene A lot of the lifestyle practices recommended in Ayurveda, including Ayurvedic dental hygiene, happen to also be common practices in India culture, especially in rural areas which are more traditional When it comes to Ayurvedic dental hygiene the starting point is simple, ALWAYS rinse your mouth out with water after eating, swishing and swooshing the water around in your mouth so as to remove all the food particles. When I lived in Tamil Nadu, in South India, the restaurants all had sinks along a wall somewhere making it easy to wash your hands before and after...

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Protect Your Agni in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine can be used to preserve what Ayurveda calls Agni–the metabolic fire that is what makes us warm blooded and that is associated with health, strength and vitality.  Chinese Medicine calls this physiological fire Yang or Ministerial Fire.  Agni and Yang are the basis of all the transformative forces in the body and mind, from the cellular level of utilizing oxygen and nutrients, to the gross level of chewing food, and on the mental level the digestion of experience and creation of wisdom through learning. Curiously, Agni and Ministerial Fire are damaged by the...

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Agni Metabolic Fire, Ama Metabolic Toxins, and Dosha Elevation in Ayurveda-2

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

Agni Metabolic Fire and Ama Metabolic Toxins: How to Create Health, Wellness, and Longevity …continued from previous article… Unfortunately, the standard USA diet and lifestyle is probably the most weakening to the digestive fire in human history. Lots of gigantic iced beverages, lots of cold foods, a lack of spices, lots of sweet bland and heavy foods, lack of variety, an overabundance of damp producing wheat and meat in the diet, a lack of vegetables, especially green ones; eating old wrecked foods, such as week old prepared foods and frozen foods; eating without regards to the seasons for example...

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Ayurveda: Vegeterianism or Not

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014

Does Ayurveda propose  vegetarianism and a vegeterian diet for all? Many modern Ayuvedic physicians, especially those teaching in Europe and the West, espouse lacto-vegeterianism as the ideal diet for everyone. But is this an accurate reflection of the Ayurvedic texts and of Ayurvedic medicine in history? In fact, the modern idea of vegetarian diet and vegeterianism as the ideal in Ayurvedic medicine  betrays a number of influences, ranging from the respect in India for all things foreign that is the result of colonialism and feelings of inferiority (indeed the popularity of Ayurveda in the west as led to an...

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