Ayurveda Articles

Vata in Winter

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

I would like to talk about one of my favorite teas to pacify Vata in Winter: R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. First, though, lets just talk about the relationship between what happens to Vata in Winter and the qualities of the elements Air and Space, or Wind and Ether (as in etheric)  that the Vata dosha is a manifestion of.   Ayurveda describes the ways in which different kinds of foods, climates, activities, exercises, relationships attitudes, mental training, cultural ethos, stages of life, and times of year and the day can either elevate (increase, vitiate, aggravate) or pacify (balance or reduce)...

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Ayurvedic Oil Bath

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013

Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Bath:  Foundation of Healthy Living Regular Ayurvedic Oil Bath,  or self massage with medicated herbal oils, or simply natural vegetable oils such as Sesame, Coconut, and Mustard oils, appropriate to your dosha  is an Ayurvedic Oil Bath, simply called Oil Bath in Indian Culture and in Ayurveda its also called Abhyanga. Regular oil bath is one of the practices at the center of a health promoting lifestyle in Ayurveda. Like diet and meditation it is used  to balance the doshas It also relieve stress, stimulate digestion and elimination, aids sleep, stimulates agni, and benefits the...

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Anu Thailam Ayurvedic Nasal Oil

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013

Anu Thailm is the name of a wonderfully Ayuvedic Nasal Oil that is a very effective remedy for allergies, sinusitis, and head colds.   Thailam is the South Indian word for  oils  in which herbal medicines have been actually cooked. They are ancient recipes from classical texts, modified by family traditions, and are used exclusively for application to the skin and mucosa. They begin with sesame and/or coconut oil, to which ingredients from Triphala to Sandalwood to Ashwagandha  to Goat’s Milk and even Monsoon Rain are added and cooked on the lowest of flames for hours and hours. Oil massage...

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How Disease Forms in Ayurveda: Dosha Elevation, Weakened Agni/Digestive Fire, and Increased Ama/Digestive Toxins

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013

Ayuveda looks at the formation of disease in the body as the function of two primary factors: One is elevated or vitiated (in Indian English)  Dosha (Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha), and the other, is the formation of Ama, which can loosely be translated as Toxic Material. The nature of Dosha is to increase pathologically, unless we take measures to pacify this natural aggressive tendency; measures of healthy living in lifestyle (rest, relaxation, meditation, exercise, processing mental emotional stuff) and diet (eating appropriate to the season and your dosha). When doshas are elevated they collect in the digestive tract, just...

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Using Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine to Protect Your Digestive Fire in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In summer we sweat and our yang energy or heat keeps getting dispersed and exhausted. On freezing cold days you feel cold, but on boiling hot days you sweat and become exhausted. In winter in every culture people eat heavy high-calorie foods, but in summer switch to lighter food. That is in part because our digestive fire weakens in summer because the yang is at the surface.Conversely, in summer, because it is so hot, we eat lots of cooling juicy food like fruit and more raw food. Raw food is cooling, because your body has to provide the fire...

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Your Ayurvedic Dosha and Mindfulness Meditation

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013

Great article in the New York Times called The Morality of Meditation about recent science research into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Research done by neuroscientists and psychologists into the effects of  Mindfulness meditation show “mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory and scores on standardized intelligence tests,” but more interestingly,  this study demonstrated an increased compassionate response to other people’s suffering on the part of meditators after a simple 8 week meditation course. The implications are staggering. This has been my own personal experience with both myself and people I have taught mindfulness meditation practice...

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Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine

Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine When considering Hormonal Acne Treatment with Acupuncture, Ayurveda, or Chinese Medicine,  its worth noting that in a certain sense all acne is hormonal– teenaged acne is associated with increased levels of testosterone and progesterone, whereas adult acne is associated with hormonal fluctuation, in both men and women– either the monthly fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone, or the daily fluctuations of stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenalin, which in turn strongly affect both estrogen and progesterone, as well as testosterone.  The most common adult hormonal fluctuation associated with acne is the menstrual...

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Rose Water in Summer

Posted by on Aug 19, 2010

Chill Your Mood with Rose Water in Summer.   The Reason for Rose: Pathological Heat in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine   Rose water and rose essence has been used for millennia to take the edge off of heat in Summer. Heat in both Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine is associated with hot temper, irritation, and irritability. Indeed, in the already hot pressure cooker that are large urban areas,  tempers flare in summer months. The riots that took place in the inner cities of the USA in the sixties were all in summer, not winter, not spring, not autumn. Pathological heat...

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Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Cleanse

Posted by on Jan 21, 2010

Here is a Ten Day Ayurvedic Detox Elimination Diet I first described for use in Spring, when it is desirable to melt some of the Ama (Toxins) and Kapha dosha that build up naturally in winter. But, this is safe enough to also use in Winter, especially after the holidays, when many folk have overdone alcohol, sugar, meat, and food in general. This is a cleansing diet that makes radical purgative type cleanses unnecessary, in fact, it could really serve as the basis for anyone’s long term healthy diet. From Ayurveda’s perspective the use of purgative cleanses involving herbs...

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