Monthly Archives - May 2016

ginger herb
herb ginger

The Herb of the month GINGER- The Universal Medicine

Ginger extracts have been extensively studied for a broad range of biological activities including antibacterial, anticonvulsant, analgesic, antiulcer, gastric ant secretory, antitumor, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiallergenic, and other activities. Gingerols have been shown to be inhibitors of prostaglandin biosynthesis. Scientific studies show that gingerol, one of the primary pungent principles of ginger, helps counter liver toxicity by increasing bile secretion. Ginger has potent anti-microbial and anti-oxidant (food preservative) qualities. A recent study, furthering ginger's reputation as a stomachic, shows that acetone and methanol extracts of ginger strongly inhibits gastric ulceration. [...]

why ayurveda

How Does Ayurveda Make Sense?

Ayurveda is one of the oldest health sciences in the world. It is said to have originated more than 5000 years ago. 'Ayurveda' is a Sanskrit word, made of two parts 'Ayur' meaning life and 'Veda' meaning science, hence Ayurveda essentially means 'Science of life'. Through this article we are going explore the question, why does Ayurveda make sense?Ayurveda is a unique holistic health science which focuses on the mind-body relation and the importance of balance between the various physiological components to ensure health. The beauty of this unique [...]

mudra of creation

The Mudra of Creation and Annihilation of Space “Ether – Akasha Mudra”

Akasa is the “space element”and Vardhaka means “to increase.”This Mudra is commonly known as Akasa Mudra, it is also called Akasa Vardhaka Mudra in Ayurveda. It is an Asamyukta (single hand) Mudra. It belongs to the Yoga Tattva Mudra Vijnana and Yogic tradition.Among the five elements, it is Akasha which is all pervasive and indestructible. This element brings us the awareness of everything and nothing at the same time. The root of the word "Sukha" and "Dukha" is also akasha. "Kha" means space and "Sukha" here means a pleasant [...]

Abhyanga ayurvedic massage
abhyanga
ayurvedic massage

Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Massage Therapy

Ayurveda believes in prevention being better than the cure of diseases. The ideal lifestyle mentioned under ideal daily routine / Dincharya stresses upon Abhyanga, along with other preventive components.Massage consists of different types of touch and pressure techniques and can bring about dramatic changes in the health of the body and mind. Ayurvedic massage is an ancient Indian art, which has adapted these techniques for healing, relaxation and treating ailments.HistoryMassage is the oldest healing system. The history of massage dates back several centuries and has been practiced in [...]

power of digestion

Agni (Fire) : The Power of Digestion

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, Everything would appear to man as it is: infinite" William BlakeBefore you start reading this article, ask yourself a question "what image does the word fire conjure in your mind? I have asked this question to many people and the answers received were...A burning forest Fire enlighten on stove A firefighter in action An erupting volcanoWhile all of these are perfectly valid answers, my purpose in asking this question was to show you how differently a Vaidya (Ayurveda Doctor/expert, like myself), looks at an element of nature. For a [...]

yoga for women

Yoga for Women

“Disease can only take hold in the female body when her Shakti energy is impaired and runs counter to the rhythms of Mother moon” Maya TiwariWe all come to yoga for different reasons.  We seek increased strength in our muscles, openness in our tissues, spiritual understanding and healing. As women in western cultures, we have been sold the belief that we can do it all, raise a family and run a household, work, be lover, friend, sister, and daughter.  We work to maintain our responsibilities and the health of [...]

Understanding Ayurveda
ayurvedic understanding

Understanding AYURVEDA – The Original Medicine of India

The Divine creation of the eternal macrocosm is the most precious Divine gift and Life is its quintessence. Entire cosmos has originated from the basic substances - The Panchmahabhutas (Sky, Air, Fire, Water and Earth). Ayurveda - The world’s oldest science of healing, is the Divine-largess to humanity, for health and beauty care. Ayurveda is derived from the four principle Vedas: the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda. Ayurveda is not an alternative but the original science of healing, known to this world, which originated [...]