Monthly Archives - June 2016

ayurveda for all

Ayurveda for All

Ayurveda, the holistic healing system of India, is in the news often these days, but it is actually one of the most ancient healing systems on the planet. It truly can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life.Translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life.” Ayurveda is a vast assortment of interrelated practices that encompass literally every aspect of a person’s health and lifestyle. This health system emphasizes the science of longevity while focusing on the promotion of optimal health.Ayurveda is sometimes called “the mother of [...]

importance of spices
importance of spices

Importance of Spices as Herbs in Ayurveda

Ayurveda uses many spices to alter long-standing conditions by eliminating metabolic toxins. Also known as 'cleansers', certain herbs improve the immunity of the person, thereby reducing conditions such as fever.Herbs such as ginger, black pepper, long pepper, cinnamon, coriander and turmeric are known for their alternative properties.Spices such as cumin, fennel and peppermint are used as antacids, neutralizing the acid produced by the stomach, to retain healthy gastric acid needed for proper digestion.Antibiotic herbs like turmeric are useful in inhibiting the growth of germs, harmful microbes and bacteria.Ayurvedic practitioners [...]

positive mental health
Positive mental health 1

Positive Mental Health – Beating the Blues with Ayurveda

Mental Health is a concept that refers to the psychological and emotional well-being of a person. Being mentally healthy generally means that we are able to use our emotional capabilities to function well in society and go through everyday life with little or no difficulty. Some factors that can affect our mental health are our family life, social life, and life at work. Having negative experiences in any of the said areas can deteriorate the condition of our mental health.Mental illnesses, on the other hand, refer to health-related conditions [...]

yoga of eating food

Yoga of Eating Food with Hands

Eating food with hands is a part of tradition, culture, ritual and health based on the concept of Pancha Karma Indriya (five organs of action) and Pancha Jnana Indirya (five organs of senses) of Yoga and Ayurveda in India.The food intake is not merely a way to satisfy the hunger, 
but to sublimate the senses and infuse satisfaction. 
It is a way to nourish the inner Self.Traditionally, the six tastes (sweet, salty, pungent, astringent, sour and bitter) and
varied food items are served all together
on one platter (called Thali) which
immediately [...]

Ayurveda and fasting

Does Ayurveda Recommends Fasting?

WHAT IS FASTING?Fasting is an integral part of Indian tradition and culture. It means that someone willingly abstains from certain or all foods, drinks or both. According to the Vedic traditions, fasting is a time for inner reflection and is useful for health. The Sanskrit word for fasting is Vrata, which also means to vow or to promise.VRATAA Vrata consists of one or more actions, including complete or partial fasting on certain specific days, a pilgrimage (Thirtha) to a particular or more than one place, avisit and Darshan (upliftment from looking at an image [...]

ayurveda and obesity

Ayurveda and Obesity

Several classical Ayurvedic texts refer to illnesses associated with obesity. Charak1 describes obesity as one of the least desirable health problems. In Western society, obesity is an ever- growing health risk, of which stress and an unhealthy diet are modifiable causes. Overall, body weight depends on all sorts of hereditary, personal, cultural and social factors, and is closely related to our physical and mental health. Thus, body weight plays an important role in every individual’s life.In this article, obesity will be discussed from an Ayurvedic perspective.  Ayurveda describes in [...]

Application of Herbs
Application of Herbs

Principles of Application of Herbs in Ayurveda

Basic Concept of Health and TherapeuticsAyurveda is the millennia old Traditional System of Medicine (TSM) from India. TSMs lack scientific vigour and systematic methods are the common public perception. But, contrary to this perception, Ayurveda is a systematic, structured, rationalized knowledge system about health and life which operates on robust principle based theoretical underpinnings. These principles are outcome of long standing keen and methodical observations of a supremely talented and unbiased sect.Health is said to be functional, dynamic and harmonious balance among the components of the living being. This [...]

practice of contentment
contentment practice

The Practice of Contentment

There are few truths that can either uplift or frighten us to the core, and one of them is the simple fact that “Everything changes.”  When we are experiencing an uncomfortable circumstance, just knowing that constant change is inevitable can give us the courage and hope to weather the most difficult storm.  However when we are enjoying life, the mere thought of having it change in some way or even possibly all go away can be terrifying.  We spend our time trying to recreate, or avoid recreating the past.  [...]

ayurvedic rituals

5 Ayurvedic Rituals for the Whole Family

A ritual is a stable and balanced regularity whether it is executed daily or once-in-a lifetime; it is grounding and rooted. A ritual, no matter how simple or composite, is a time to unite with prodigious consciousness and the senses. The experiences are meant to be pure, or sattvic. Stability and purity are two qualities that can invite all type of body type of all ages into a state of healing.According to Ayurveda Sarvam dravyam Panchabhautikam, all creation arises out of five great elements known as mahabhutas. Our body [...]

Diet effects on immunity

How Diet Affects our Immunity? An Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda is an ancient health science that talked about importance of health preservation way before modern health care discovered immunity. Ayurveda text state “Swasthasya Swasthya rakshanam aturasya vicar prashmanam cha” meaning “it is not only important to treat an imbalance but it is important to preserve the health of a healthy individual”.  Health preservation can be done when a person has high disease resistance and excellent immunity.Ayurveda talks about immunity in terms of increasing Bala i.e. disease resistance, strength, immunity and Ojas.  Three types of Bala are described in [...]