Posts Tagged "Agni"

Why Its Harder to Lose Weight When Your Older

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

Good information in THIS  NY Times Health section article on why its harder to lose weight when you are older. I am always fascinated by the elegant way in which Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda describe, in their own terms, what Western Science describes in its terms and view, which is, “through the microscope. Chinese medicine says clearly that at 6×6 (Chinese culture loves conceptualizing various things and processes in terms of groups of numbers that imply a secondary concept….here, that our grow occurs in groups of 6 years), another words, at age 36, our need for food declines, as...

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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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Disease Formation in Ayurveda: Dosha Elevation, Agni Metabolic Fire, Ama Digestive Toxins -1

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

Ayurveda: the Formation of Disease through Dosha Elevation, Weakened Metabolic Fire/Agni, and Increased Toxins/Ama Ayurveda looks at the formation of disease in the body as the function of two primary factors: One is elevated or unbalanced Dosha (Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha), and the other, is the formation of Ama, a kind of toxic sludge that spreads from the gut through the channels/shrotas and tissues of the body, when the Metabolic Fire or Agni is weakened by a diet and lifestyle inappropriate to your Dosha and/or that ignores the natural laws of living. The natural laws of living in Ayurveda...

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R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush’s R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You can easily make your own, too, though the tea bags are so convenient, especially with travel. R-U-Ved ProVata tea  is pro-Vata in the sense that it promotes balanced Vata; that is, it reduces Vata. We reduce, or pacify our doshas, because their natural tendency is to increase when our lifestyle, diet,...

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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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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian pollutants from the Imperial Valley. At its best the Santa Anas are simply dry, at their worst, dry, windy and very hot. Allergies and sinus conditions are worsened by this weather. What can you do? Acupuncture My first line of treatment for allergies is acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture can help nip respiratory allergies (allergic...

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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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Springtime Tea from Somalia with Cardamom and Mint

Posted by on May 3, 2013

Food and drink like language and music spreads between cultures without rules. But within any given tradition, within any given culture, its as if there are unspoken rules that govern change; creativity is allowed, but to a point. In the world of food or music, for example, once you change a thing enough it is no longer what it started out to be. This can lead to certain kinds of conformity.  For example, in my grandmother’s Russian Jewish culture there were two kinds of gefilte fish–sweet without garlic, but with sugar, and spicy, without sugar, but with black pepper...

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Ice in Beverages a United Statesean Industry

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011

Comic article in NY Times by a child of Russian immigrants about getting to the bottom of why Russians don’t use ice in their drinks. Of course the whole world doesn’t. In fact, what is great is that, more or less, as you read the comments below her article, you see that all over the world people drink beverages neutral or, in fact, warm or hot, and that people understand it as a health measure. Call it a public health measure if you want! http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/ice-enough-already/?hp The Chinese and Indians, in particular, tend to hot beverages, and note that cold...

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Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011

Winter Papaya Salad with Toasted Black Sesame Papaya is one of the few fruits (the other being banana) that are recommended with other foods. Papaya is especially good with proteins, due to its high levels of the digestive enzymes papain and chymopapain, which act similarly to pepsin. It is also warming, and kindles the digestive fire (Agni), unlike many fruits, which are cooling, so it is good even in winter. (Please avoid cold fruits like melons in winter) Here in the southwest we get lovely large Maridol papayas from Mexico, similar or identical to the ones you get on...

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Ayurveda: Disease Formation by Dosha Vitiation, Agni, and Ama

Posted by on Dec 20, 2010

Ayurveda: the Formation of Disease through Dosha Vitiation, Weakened Agni/Digestive Fire and Accumulated Ama/Digestive Toxins Ayuveda looks at the formation of disease in the body as the function of two primary factors: One is vitiated or unbalanced Dosha (Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha), and the other, is the formation of Ama, which can loosely be translated as Toxic Material. When doshas are unbalanced they collect in the digestive tract, just as a stranger enters a house through the front door and waits in an ante-room. The unbalanced dosha will effect the digested, or poorly digested nutrients waiting to nourish the...

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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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What Is a Healthy Digestive Tract

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009

What Are the Signs of a Healthy Digestive Tract? A healthy digestive tract is marked by “good appetite, good digestion and good elimination.” This will produce a clean tongue coating, a postive feeling after eating, and regular, easy, productive elimination. What is good appetite? Good appetite means feeling hungry at meal times, anywhere from two to five times per day, depending on your dosha. There is no rule about times, just that you should crave food fairly strongly with regularity. If you don’t that is typically a sign of weak digestive fire/Agni. What is good digestion? Good digestion means...

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