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Introduction: Ayurveda - The Science Of Life
“Swastha” - The Healthy State
Three Pillars Of Good Health
Wisdom Of The Doshas
What’s Your Dosha
A Balancing Act
The Balancing Of Doshas
The Health Revolution
Healing The Gut
Leaky Gut Syndrome
3 Pillars To Healthy Digestion
The Root Casue Of All Disease [“Ama”]
Autoimmune Conditions - An Ayurvedic Perspective
Improve Digestion Naturally
Health Benefits Of Ghee [Clarified Butter]
Buttermilk [Takra] - Healing Digestive Drink
Trikatu - The Digestive Herbal Formula
Sleeping Well
8 Tips For Sound Sleep
The Rhythms Of Life
10 Steps To Perfect Health
Transcending Stress
Seasonal Rhythms
The Ultimate Detox
Panchakarma

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is deliberate in all his actions. “The aim of Ayurveda is to prevent illness.Charaka Samhita Health Through Balance  Knowing nature to be whole and complete. Only then will a person enjoy an optimum life span of a hundred years without contracting disease. good muscular strength and complete peace of mind. Ayurveda is a holistic science and its first objective is to preserve the health of each individual. mind. “A person who practices regularly a wholesome lifestyle. allowing the person to achieve a well-balanced constitution. not involved in the objects of the mind [i..” – Charak Samhita “Swastha” – The Healthy State “Swastha” or the healthy state maintained from birth along with the three doshas remaining in a balanced state. Good health can be maintained until death. truthful. friendship with people and honor and wealth as he has the energy and ability to achieve all the goals in life.e. He will also gain recognition in society. just. Charaka [the founder of ayurvedic medicine] has summed up beautifully the whole technique of how to promote a healthy lifestyle in the following verse . overindulgence in sense pleasures]. health is a natural state when there is perfect balance of the body.The Science Of Life There is nothing as important in life than making a radical change within the body.” . The best treatment is one that balances the whole and does not create other disorders. and spirit.. one should intelligently follow all the rules laid down according to the science of Ayurveda. mind. good health implies restoring that natural state of completeness and wholeness. and consciousness.” And both these are aimed towards the promotion of health on three levels: • Mentally • Physically • Spiritually . who is service-minded and helpful to one’s own kin – will remain unaffected by disease. According to the science of Ayurveda. heal the sick and preserve life.Introduction: Ayurveda . who is generous. “Any treatment that attends only to the symptoms is not a good therapy. attractive appearance. For this. eats wholesome food. forgiving in nature.

it’s not only the food which one eats that determines the subtleties of health but more importantly the manner in which one eats. Therefore. Organic Cooling Pitta Churna features coriander. For instance. when lifestyle is not in accordance to the natural principles then this. one is not only feeding oneself but rather feeding the God within. Organic Kapha Churna Stimulating Spice Mix Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. including cumin. emotional. Vasant Lad. food is considered to be so sacred that when one eats. Organic Stimulating Kapha Churna includes ginger. in the proper environment. coriander and turmeric. and with great love and respect will not only nourish the body. Organic Calming Vata Churna is a blend of seven ingredients.Three Pillars Of Good Health The ancient seers of Ayurveda understood the importance of wholesome [sattvic] lifestyle and its importance to health and overall well-being. cardamom and turmeric . and spiritual aspects of human life.. Ayurveda has explained the three pillars to good health as follows: – Food [ahara] – Sleep [nidra] – Regulated lifestyle [brahmacharya] Food [ahara]: Ayurveda reveres food as providing nourishment to the physical. This being of such vital importance that vedic culture explains that one’s own kitchen should be as clean and pure as a sacred temple. is considered to be the root cause of disease and the aging process. but also the mind and soul. free of all distractions. Ayurvedic Physician  Organic Vata Churna Calming Spice Mix Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. when eating one should simply eat. ginger and fenugreek. too.. Even further. “Eating the right food at the appropriate time. Organic Pitta Churna Cooling Spice Mix Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance.” – Dr. . Likewise.

Kapha  Every cell. This also implies that frequent sexual activities can deplete “ojas” [vital-life nourishment] and can even make one weak and susceptible to disease. and cellular level are governed by the principle of pitta dosha. for a sound body and sound mind – one needs sound sleep. and emotions. Not only do the doshas govern our bodily functions but from a more truer perspective – they are the governing principles of Nature. In 2006. all transformations at the organ. and repair – which are all under the principle of kapha dosha. mind. It’s interesting that yoga [a sister science of ayurveda] describes “yoga nidra” [or “yogic sleep”] as a sleep-like state as being among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Therefore. Regulated lifestyle [Brahmacharya]: Brahmacharya is normally understood as maintaining celibacy. Pitta  Pitta dosha is involved with metabolism at every level of the body. Wisdom Of The Doshas Each of the three doshas are present throughout the body. maintenance. Therefore. helps in falling asleep more easily. Therefore. Vata Movement. cultivating a routine to help promote sound sleep is another pillar of positive health according to the science of ayurveda. and organ system are involved with providing structure to the body. This movement is thought to be under the guidance of vata dosha. and sexual frustrations are thought to be the cause of many diseases which fall under the category of “asatmyendriyartha samyoga” [overindulgence and wrongful use of the sense organs]. They govern our physiology and all activities of the body. Abnormal sexual practices. motion and flow are always occurring in all parts of our body at every moment. The ancient science of Ayurveda understands the doshas as being a direct expression of Nature’s intelligence and therefore seeks to find balance by understanding the doshas.Sleep [Nidra]: To live peacefully it’s important to rest peacefully and nothing provides as much rest and peace than sleep [and meditation]. and in returning to sleep when awakened. Even scientific investigations have revealed the benefits of Yoga Nidra. tissue. Deep Rest To support sleeping through the night. The process of creating structure involves building. overindulgence of sex. Kamakhya Kumar was awarded a PhD for his work “Psycho-physiological Changes as Related to Yoga Nidra”. In reality. brahmacharya is a form of regulated lifestyle with a [healthy] balance towards sex. one should consider replenishing ojas after sexual activity by considering having a gentle massage and drinking something nourishing such as almond milk or ashvagandha milk. For example. . tissue.

worry]. . if one eats hot and spicy food [which is fiery like pitta] on a hot [fiery-pitta] summer day while being forced into an aggravating  [fiery-pitta] heated discussion – it is then likely that the hot-fiery quality of pitta may manifest itself within the body such as an inflammatory condition [i. etc. anxiety. And we all know the loving and accepting individual who is willing to embrace all that life has to offer in abundance – that is. dry skin. The Balancing Of Doshas Before we can explain how to correct any underlying doshic imbalances it is important to introduce two very simple  principles common to the science of Ayurveda. in a way. metabolism. Finally. For example. what does it mean when a dosha is out of balance? Very simply. For example. flow and communication of all systems of the body. Registration takes less than 1 minute A Balancing Act We all have a unique state of balance which signifies a state of good health. However. We can say that when all your doshas are balanced this illustrates a balance in all bodily reactions. This particular individual would be considered a “pitta-type”.What’s Your Dosha Type? Ayurveda looks at each individual as being unique with a varying combination of qualities. For example. if kapha dosha is increased this can cause increased mucous formation.e.]. heartburn. These are all very simple examples to illustrates how physiological changes of the body occur due to subtle changes in the three doshas. Likewise. constipation] and increased lightness or ungroundedness of the mind [i. urticaria. or kapha] becomes imbalanced then it’s likely that you will experience symptoms which directly reflect that particular quality which belongs to the imbalanced dosha. an unbalanced dosha represents a subtle imbalance within the body. That would be a classic “vata-type”. pitta.e.e. if pitta dosha is increased. skin rash. Another example would be the typical “Type A Personality” driven by ambition and wanting to succeed to the top. this can lead to an increased fiery aspect to the digestive fire [called “Agni” ] and result in heartburn. These two principles are: • The Principle Of Similarity: like increases like • The Principle Of Opposites: opposites restore balance The Principle Of Similarity This principle of ‘like increases like’ clearly explains that if one of your doshas [vata. This unique set of qualities can be thought of as your signature “dosha type”. if vata dosha is increased this can lead to increased dryness of the body [i. some individuals are always moving about with great excitement and creative enthusiasm eagerly exploring the world around them. congestion and/or heaviness to the body. a “kapha-type” CLICK HERE: Want To Determine Your Dosha Type? Free  “Dosha Type” assessment upon registration.

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Studies reveal that this immune response may play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s. obesity. restlessness. the tissues which make up the body actually have antigenic sites which are nearly identical to those elemental by-products of poor digestion. impaired mucosal lining] this initiates an immune response which then allows for the formation of specific antibodies towards these very toxic elemental by-products of poor digestion.23 Unfortunately.” – Charaka Samhita Ch. normal health is restored. As toxic by-products of poor digestion pass through this now weakened defense barrier [i. rheumatoid arthritis. zonulin] enters into the blood and circulates throughout the body. a toxic by- product of poor digestion. leaky] then a large protein molecule [i. Josh Axe “LEAKY GUT SYNDROME” Although the phrase “leaky gut” was never well accepted in the medical community. loss of taste and sexual debility. 30. depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. the capacity of digestion and metabolism is enhanced. most treatable diseases arise from the presence of “ama”. old age is prevented and diseases cured.e.7. when the intestinal barrier becomes permeable [i.” – Ashtanga Hridaya Su. celery carrots. As a result. “leaky gut syndrome”]. research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health. After all. the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. cauliflower. all sense organs start working with vigor. sense of heaviness. Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda … “Due to the purification of the body. type 1 . Mirroring this ancient wisdom is the modern theory of ‘Intestinal Permeability’ [i.e. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli. and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes. lethargy. accumulation of waste.e. congestion/expectoration. the body is made up from the products of digestion.e. low energy. Since these large proteins of poor digestion do not normally circulate throughout the body. indigestion. persistent GI inflammation eventually disrupts the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut and tiny perforations allows for molecules much larger than usual to pass through this defensive barrier. By-product Of Poor Digestion – Toxic!  “The signs and symptoms of ama are clogging of channels. 16 Sutra 17-19 In Ayurvedic medicine. Intestinal permeability is the inflammatory response in the digestive tract due to a combination of insults to the gut mucosal lining. As a result. cabbage or squash are all great – Dr.

Bone Broth – 8 oz 2 times a day 2. Coconut oil 5. We can also say that if you have a leaky gut it is likely that you also have an unhealthy gut flora. “Agni converts food in the form of energy. Wild caught fish like Salmon 6. complexion. “There is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases [including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes]. tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy]. happy and healthy life. Therefore. For example. Therefore. Nourishment. Inflamed and Depressed Leaky gut and bad gut flora are far more common than we actually realize primarily because of the modern lifestyle. Regarding the importance of Agni. ojas. cauliflower. Flax seeds 7. we can boldly say that when your gut flora and gut barrier are impaired. It is also important to note that you don’t necessarily have to have gut symptoms to have a leaky gut. Kefir or fermented yogurt 3. luster. among other health conditions. Even further. we hypothesize that besides genetic and environmental factors. nourishment. strength. – Charaka Chikitsa 15/4 Leaky Gut – Fatigue. loss of intestinal barrier function is necessary to develop auotimmunity. and vice versa. Luster Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long. health. cabbage or squash are all great Healthy Gut – Strength. Alessio Fasano The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are: 1. leaky gut can also manifest as skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life.” – Dr. even heart conditions and of course inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli. celery carrots. you are Inflamed – Ayurveda would likely state this as pitta aggravation with impaired Agni and even diminished Ojas. Factors Which Can Insult The Gut Flora: • antibiotics . Fermented vegetables 4.diabetes.

there are certain botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties such as: – Turmeric – black cohosh – wild yam – Premium Amla Berry – Ashwagandha In conditions where the gut mucosal lining is impaired. etc.  Individuals with autoimmune disorders are often in a weakened state and any additional insults can easily worsen the state of health. yogurt. sugar and processed foods • diets low in fermentable fibers • dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils • chronic stress and chronic infections Practical Tips To Help Improve Your Gut Flora: • avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining • eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i. etc. starches like sweet potato. • diets high in refined carbohydrates. extreme caution must always be considered. management should always be under the supervision of a qualified holistic professional and always first discussing risk/benefits/alternatives with one’s primary care physician. yam.] • eat fermented items like kefir.” – Taittiriya Upanishad 3 Pillars To Healthy Digestion 1. Demulcent herbs are considered to be helpful in improving the integrity of the epithelial lining of the gut.e. • consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement “From the earth came herbs and from herbs came the seed that gave life to humans. kim chi. Demulcent agents include: – aloe vera – marshmallow root . Therefore. yucca. Reducing & Extinguishing The Inflammatory Cascade. sauerkraut. Therefore. That said. the use of certain demulcents followed by astringent agents are often considered beneficial.

We can use this same metaphor to represent the flame within – the digestive flame called “Agni”. warmth and the ability to cook food. Therefore. The Root Cause Of All Disease Ever get that heavy feeling with unclear thinking and tiredness especially after a meal? According to the science of Ayurveda [“The Science Of Life”] this lack of vitality is often due to the formation of toxins [“ama”] – which arises due to poorly digested food material and is considered unsuitable to the body. promotes good appetite. aids digestion. We can think of this digestive flame as a metaphor for all metabolic functions in the body. Support Liver Function + Enhance Detoxification The importance of liver function in regards to overall health cannot be stressed enough. if we eat food to gain energy – why then should we feel deprived of energy after the consumption food? The answer is quite simple as we shall see below. After all. Briefly. In some cultures [i.e. fire is considered sacred as it represents the transformation between the mortal world and the heavens above. Respect Your Digestive Flame In most ancient cultures fire was revered because it provided light. Liver Balance Balances and nurtures healthy liver function. just a few hepatoprotective elements include: – Turmeric – barberry – bhumiamalaki – guduchi 3. A simple choice may be a non-dairy derived Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum supplement. vedic culture]. assimilation. The liver is responsible for the detoxification of the increasing exposure to environmental contaminants and mutagens which can easily overwhelm the liver. it is thought that by .– slippery elm – licorice root 2. Improve The Gut Flora By supporting a healthy gut flora we can help inhibit the overgrowth of pathogenic microbes.

It is known as ama [toxins].e. We can think of this simply as poorly digested food material which then enters into the colon only to create a hostile environment within the G. when the immune system doesn’t function properly it . tract. cellular metabolism. “you are only as healthy as your digestion” and “all disease begins in the gut”. supporting unhealthy gut flora. stress] – sleeping before food is properly digested Autoimmune Conditions: An Ayurvedic Perspective In essence.” – Astangahrdaya Samhita  The Root Cause Of All Disease – “Ama” As mentioned above.I. Therefore. anxiety. mental perception. i. Now. Not only does this support an unhealthy gut flora but even worse it supports the process of fermentation and putrefaction. The Importance Of “Gut Health” Currently there is much attention centered around “gut health” in the scientific community. if that sounds pretty toxic to you – you’re absolutely correct. factors which impair digestion and increase the formation of ama include: – overeating and consuming cold substances –  irregular eating habits – overconsumption of raw food – eating heavy and fried food – incompatible food combing – eating with extreme emotions [i. The function of the immune system is to help protect you from disease. Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda “When food is digested improperly because agni [the digestive flame] is low the undigested food becomes vitiated [disturbed] and collects in the stomach. Even more impressive is the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda which has stated this same very concept thousands of years ago. In fact. and overall health and well-being. because it most certainly is.e. Common Causes Of Ama: The main cause for the formation of ‘ama‘ or undigested food material is impaired digestive function. “ama” is considered undigested or poorly digested food material which is thought to be toxic to the body. However.simply respecting the digestive flame “Agni” we can directly influence all significant transformations of the body – digestive function. autoimmunity is when the body attacks itself. Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine is often quoted as saying.

healthy. When all these factors are balanced then it’s said that the person will be strong.e.e. one and the same. Modern Understanding + The Antiquity Of Ayurveda T4 is the inactive form of the thyroid hormone and requires the conversion to T3 via the liver before it can properly function to regulate metabolism at the cellular level. “Let food by thy medicine and medicine thy food. More simply. This connection between the thyroid hormone T3 secreted by the thyroid gland [jathru agni] and the conversion of T3 into T4 via the liver [bhuta agni] with T4 being the major hormone to regulate tissue [dhatu agni] and cellular metabolism [pilu-pithara agni] reveals the sophistication and understanding demonstrated by the teachings of Ayurveda. This is just one of many examples which makes a direct correlation of impaired gut health and the origin of disease [i. autoimmunity] is. In other words. .e. “Jathru Agni”] which has been explained comprehensively many thousands of years ago. it’s all connected. an impairment of body’s cellular intelligence and that this cellular intelligence is orchestrated largely by both the neuroendocrine and immunological systems. autoimmunity]. Ayurveda goes on to explain that this expression of disease [i.can mistakenly identify your own bodily tissue as an invader and therefore mount an attack – the immune response! Main Factors Of Health The concept of health according to the ancient science of Ayurveda is explained in terms of healthy digestion [agni]. One Flame – Many Embers The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda also talks about the transformative quality of agni as being influenced by its various levels of expression. researchers are even now suggesting that all people with autoimmune disease to be screened for gluten intolerance. and live a long and happy life. the digestive function within the gastrointestinal tract [Jathara Agni] influences the biotransformative actions in the liver [Bhuta Agni] which ultimately correlates with more subtle expressions of metabolism both at the tissue [Dhatu Agni] and cellular level [Pilu-Pithara Agni]. and preserving ojas [vital essence of life].” – Hippocrates  What’s The Connection? Several studies show a strong link between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten intolerance. These systems of course are controlled by both the thyroid and thymus gland [i. in essence. preventing ama [toxins]. balanced doshas [vata–pitta–kapha]. As this correlation has become more well-established.

however.  Although Ayurveda is a subtle science which deals with energetics of bodily humors there is still much overlap and much to be gained by appreciating   these subtleties. an Ayurvedic liver tonic. the goal was to stress the importance of how impaired gut health may be the root cause of many autoimmune conditions. particularly T3. Rather. “The thyroid is a bridge between bhuta agni [liver function] and the seven tissues [peripheral tissue]. In fact. irregular menstruation. hair loss.” – Dr. mental slowing. Ayurvedic Physician Considerations Management of hypothyroidism [galaganda] from an Ayurvedic perspective is to increase the digestive fire [agni] at the cellular level and to restore metabolism. cold intolerance. and low thyroid function can lead to an inflamed and leaky gut resulting in systemic toxicity which can manifest as “polyendocrine autoimmune pattern”. Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism + Impaired Gut Health Hypothyroidism is one of the most common thyroid disorders and it has been estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. constipation. Yograj guggulu and Ashwagandha powder have long been recommended in the management of hypothyroidism. hoarse voice. Clinical Symptoms Hypothyroidism is often associated with weight gain. Some studies reveal that 90% of people with hypothyroidism produces antibodies to thyroid tissue. a condition by the name galaganda mentioned by certain manuscripts as we shall soon explore. In fact. Hashimoto’s . and a wide range of other not-so-desirable symptoms. a study on Liv-52. The goal of this post was to establish some interesting correlations with gut health and overall well-being. depression and dementia. Just as an example. the action of one of the most recommended Ayurvedic drugs [Kanchnar guggulu] reveals much similarity to the allopathic medication Eltroxin. Old School vs. has revealed that it stimulates thyroid hormone secretion. Vasant Lad. Ancient Wisdom Long gone are the days of managing hypothyroidism with a synthetic or bio-identical hormone thinking that this will somehow reverse the course of the disease. infertility. Although there is no direct mention of the thyroid gland in the ancient teachings of Ayurveda there is. The connection is now well understood that poor gut health can suppress thyroid function and trigger Hashimoto’s disease. maintaining the functional integrity of the bhuta agni and dhatu agni [tissue metabolism]. dry skin. Likewise.

Joint Soothe II The perfect companion to therapeutic massage. so too – digestive concerns continue to increase. polyendocrine autoimmune pattern includes antibodies directed at transglutaminase [celiac disease]. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has always placed great emphasis on the importance of digestion and even explained the detriment of absorbing elemental by-products of improperly digested food. the products of poorly digested food  [“ama”. This alchemical flame is called “Agni” – which means ‘fire’. By doing so. Our goal is to question what might set off and trigger this inflammatory cascade causing the most common autoimmune condition. the cerebellum [neurological disorders].e. rheumatoid arthritis] begin in the gut. For example. as the integrity of food increasingly becomes compromised. Jatru Agni is thought to represent both the thyroid and thymus gland and therefore assumes the role of both cellular metabolism and immune function. Hypothyroidism May Not Be A Thyroid Issue What is even more interesting is that – it is not uncommon for patients who have Hashimoto’s to demonstrate a “polyendocrine autoimmune pattern” which implies having antibodies to other tissue and enzymes other than that which is specific to the thyroid gland. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda further explains a much more subtle expression of this digestive flame called “Jatru Agni”. especially autoimmune conditions. This emphasis the connection that connective tissue disorders and skeletal conditions [i. the mucous lining of the colon membrane is responsible for the absorption of minerals which support bone tissue. intrinsic factor [pernicious anemia].thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune disorder in the U. the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda states metaphorically that there is a flame of digestion which permeates all aspects of the body. Metabolism – Immune Function – Agni  Nearly ever single cell within the body has receptors for the thyroid hormone. However. Interestingly. if absorbed. According to Ayurvedic literature. and glutamic acid decarboxylase [type 1 diabetes] just to name a few. let us first consider some correlations mentioned thousands of years ago according to the science of Ayurveda. toxins].S.  Is Hypothyroidism Due To Gut Disturbance?  In ancient times food was considered medicine and people valued food much differently then. vata dosha and bone tissue [asthi dhatu] are intimately connected. Vata primarily governs the element of space and the porous nature of bone makes the skeletal system one of the primary sites of vata dosha. which supports natural circulation . The colon is also the primary site of vata. Similarly. Rheumatoid Arthritis According to Ayurveda. is considered to be the root cause of all diseases. This flame of digestion is thought to be responsible for all transformations required to sustain life.

it would be more accurate to say. Though true. bones. assists in healthy renewal of cartilage.” . With that in mind. Osteo Relief Nutritional support for healthy joints and bone tissue. Improving Digestion Naturally According to the most ancient and revered textbook of Ayurveda.around the joints.” “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food. and assimilate”. and joints which correlates well with our modern view of the rheumatoid factor. the Charak Samhita. absorb.” – Hippocrates  Food As Medicine We have all heard the saying.” Similarly. supports healthy nerves and joints. the toxic substances of ama begin to accumulate in the colon and begin to get absorbed into the general circulation. In Ayurveda. “you are what you eat. Calcium Support Provides natural calcium and increases calcium absorption. “you are what you eat”. “leave your drugs in the pot at the pharmacy if you can’t cure your patient with food. provides an absorbable source of calcium to aid bone-building. Circulation is essential for lubricating the joints. This principle is “Agni” – The Digestive Fire. Eventually. “All disease begins in the gut. Hippocrates [the father of modern medicine] has said. eliminating impurities and delivering vital nutrients to the joints. let us now introduce the most fundamental principle according to the science of Ayurveda. nourishes bones. if the digestive fire [agni] is diminished then this impaired digestion will lead to the formation of toxic by-products of poor digestion called “ama”. Due to the intimate relationship of the colon and bone tissue much of these toxic substances [ama] get carried by vata dosha to the skeletal and connective tissue [primary sites of vata dosha] – this illustrates the initial stages of rheumatoid arthritis. The residue of ama [toxins] that chronically resides on the cell membrane gives rise to an attack on various tissues such as connective tissue.Hippocrates As explained above. this digestive fire illustrates the body’s ability to . “the distinction between health and disease arises as the result of the difference between wholesome and unwholesome diet. digest.

and assimilate”. these principles if followed routinely. let us now begin to introduce the most fundamental principle according to the science of Ayurveda. It is this fire element which digests our food and in essence that which produces the radiant glow of good health. A properly nourished body with a balanced digestive fire is thought to self-adjust to life’s daily challenges with vigor and vitality. let’s quickly take a look at the basics. In fact. Digestion is said to be the work of the fire element in the body and it is this fire element which produces the glow of good health and vitality. and appetizing . sometimes just by improving digestion we can improve other health-related issues without any further management. absorb. That said. In fact. Digestion is said to be the work of the fire element in the body (called “agni” in Sanskrit). Here Are Some Basic Principles: Although simple. when managing most health concerns. when managing health concerns. it would be more accurate to say.  Digestion .most overlooked. Observing a hot water fast for a day can bring relief and can reset the body’s digestive fire.digest food. are often enough to help improve your digestion and overall health.We should leave 4-6 hours between meals with no snacking in between .The Digestive Fire In Ayurveda we place strong emphasis on digestion. Though true.Relax and enjoy your meals in a calm soothing environment “The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.” – Benjamin Franklin Fasting Giving the body a rest from digestion is sometimes recommended. In fact. nutritious.The Cornerstone Of Health We have all heard the saying. “you are what you eat”. correcting digestion is often the very first line of management.Eat your largest meal during the day when the sun is at its peak . “you are what you digest. “Agni” .All food should be freshly prepared. . This principle is “Agni” . Add a pinch of black pepper and ginger for a more effective digestive aid. . almost equivalent to digestive enzymes.Food should generally contain all 6 tastes balanced to one’s needs .The Digestive Fire. correcting digestion is often the very first line of management. With that in mind. Often it’s the simple things that are most effective and oddly enough .

acne and rashes] and is generally more difficult to . tumors.7 The Benefits Of Homemade: This type of buttermilk is not like the fermented buttermilk you often find in the stores. “He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases. just as amrita [divine nectar] is for the gods. Very much like butter.I. Ghee + Gut Health: Healthy digestion is considered the fundamental pillar of good health. anemia. may cause a variety of [pitta] skin conditions [i. butyric acid is “a monounsaturated fatty acid [that] reduces inflammatory conditions. takra is to humans. is a liquid preparation prepared by continuously churning yogurt in water. and diseases cured by takra do not recur. This preparation increases your digestive power and is often used in many health conditions. Ghee made from grass-fed cow’s milk containing vitamins A. ghee increases the digestive function and thought to nourish nearly all tissues of the body – specifically the gastrointestinal tract. along with fatty acids conjugated linoleic acid [CLA] and butyric acid is now revealing other interesting health benefits. According to Phyllis A. Buttermilk [Takra] – The Divine Healing Digestive Drink Takra or buttermilk. According to Ayurvedic literature. urinary diseases and many other health-related conditions. conditions such as IBD and Crohn’s disease as well as poor digestion. Takra is considered beneficial for many G. diarrhea. Further studies are obviously needed – however this is a good step in the right direction to help validate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. ghee may actually decrease the risk instead.D.” Ghee + Weight Loss: Not only is conjugated linoleic acid [CLA] considered beneficial to heart health but it has also been shown to help prevent weight gain and may even help with weight loss. ghee has received a bad reputation for many decades due to its high saturated fat content.e. hemorrhoids. and aids in repair of the mucosal wall. reduces seepage of undigested food particles.” – Bhavaprakasha Chpt 6. Research is revealing that instead of increasing the risk of heart disease. Balch.Health Benefits Of Ghee The ancient science of Ayurveda has long revered ghee [clarified butter] as an elixir for health and longevity. edema. That’s not all. author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing. According to a certain study CLA supplementation in overweight individuals demonstrated significant weight loss over a six month period. Likewise. the properties of regular yogurt are sour and thought to increase water retention [kapha].E and K.

mint leaves. light. 14 Ingredients: 1/4 cup yogurt 1 cup water salt as per taste 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder mint leaves coriander leaves green chilies chopped ginger Directions:  – Take 1/4 cup of yogurt into a vessel and add a cup of water. – Charaka Samhita Ch. – Garnish it with coriander leaves. However. – Mix the ingredients well with the help of a hand blender. Add 1/2 tsp. The name . dry Actions: • digestive • promotes immunity • nourishes the brain and promotes intellect • pacifies vata Trikatu – The Digestive Herbal Formula Trikatu is a formula combination of equal parts ginger. Properties: • Taste: astringent. when you properly make takra.digest. black pepper and pippali. green chili and chopped ginger. – Add salt as per taste. sour and sweet • Energetics: heating • Post-digestive effect: sweet • Qualities: binding. of roasted cumin powder. There is no medicine better than buttermilk for treatment of hemorrhoids caused by vata and kapha. you lighten the properties of yogurt and remove the sourness so that it becomes a light and beneficial digestive drink.

trikatu means three peppers or the three pungents. Properties: Trikatu is a light. It is also contraindicated in hyperacidity and pregnancy. immune. It can be used in many recipes and even sprinkled over food before consumption. asthma. This formula works well as an aid in congestion. When taken before food it will kindle appetite and after food it aids the digestive process. musculoskeletal and digestive systems. sleep is necessary for all systems of the body. Cautionary Note: It is important to be aware of some of the contraindications of using trikatu as it is a heating herb. obesity. in cases with excess heat it is better avoided. It is also traditionally combined with honey as honey also has a scraping effect and acts as a yogavahi to aid in cleansing and clearing mucous. • Increases stress tolerance . endocrine. Always seek a physician’s advice before undertaking herbal supplementation. • Improves immune function. Taking trikatu with honey during the winter months is a wonderful way to prevent colds/flus as well as maintaining a balance in the cold weather. dry herb and has a pungent taste with a heating effect in the body. diabetes. In cases of excess heat and/or acidity it is not recommended. coughing and congestion. It is a wonderful herb with strong digestive properties. Its post digestive effect is also pungent and it is effective on the digestive. It is particularly beneficial in kapha type disorders. Sleep is essential for the maintenance and repair of the neurological. Just some of the obvious benefits of a great night sleep: • Enhances memory and mental clarity • Improves athletic performance. • Boosts mood and overall energy. constipation and excess mucous. Common Uses Of Trikatu: Trikatu is most popularly used in combination with triphala. Period. Sleeping Well It’s nearly impossible to be healthy without adequate sleep. It is a rejuvenative herb. such as. especially regarding the lungs and also has carminative and diaphoretic properties. Rather. respiratory and excretory systems. However.

However. massaging bhringraj oil on the scalp and soles of the feet assist in providing better sleep 2. parasomnias and dissomnias. Sleep also promotes metabolic waste removal as well as assisting the immune system. lifestyle and mental health. In young children particularly. Adequate sleep also facilitates learning and memory skills and is therefore an integral part of the maintenance of health. If consumed an hour before bed with a pinch of nutmeg. insomnia. drugs or alcohol ·        Naps during the day ·        Lack of exercise or too much before bed ·        Consumption of foods that create indigestion 8 TIPS FOR SOUND SLEEP: Management of sleep disorders involves a detailed analysis of one’s constitution. sleep is vital to the development of brain tissue. hypersomnia. more refreshing sleep. lifestyle and state of balance. 1. In particular.Blissful Sleep Natural sleep aid for falling asleep faster and enjoying deeper. awareness of the self and of one’s health is important to discern if the correct amount and quality of sleep is being attained. Sleep varies according to one’s constitution and state of balance. it can provide sound and restful sleep.     Hot milk – milk is a wonderful source of tryptophan which helps induce sleep. It is vital to sleep the appropriate hours at specific times in order to achieve balanced health. There are several categories of sleep complications. there are some general tips to achieve a restful and sound sleep. Some Causes of Sleep Disorders amongst others include: ·        Narcolepsy ·        Restless leg syndrome ·        Psychological factors ·        Consumption of caffeine.     Abhyanga – oil massages are a wonderful way of soothing the nervous system as well as inducing sleep. Some of the causes of sleep disturbance can be due to diet.  Therefore. Sleep is one of the fundamental mainstays in Ayurveda. These include. During sleep the body works to repair and rejuvenate tissues along with aiding protein synthesis and muscle growth. Sufficient sleep has tremendous health benefits including relieving stress. Pitta types . diet. nourishes. balances. Some diseases such as endocrine disorders and pulmonary disease can also disrupt sleep. anxiety and restoring vitality.

pitta types may benefit from using sandalwood oil instead. heavy and aggravating foods can help to avoid hyperacidity. shankapuspi and ashwagandha can assist in relaxing nerves and providing a calm restorative sleep. 7. It is best to consume a light meal a few hours before bed to ensure proper digestion and sound sleep. The overall method of creating a balanced mind. 3. constipation and indigestion which can offset sleep cycles. alcohol.      Herbs – there are certain herbal recommendations when sleep is difficult to attain.      Nutmeg and lavender essential oils are carminatives that work wonderfully during the night. 4.      Yoga and pranayama – gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises can help to calm the body down and relaxes the nervous system. 5.      Avoid caffeine.may add shatavari to their milk. Herbs such as tagar.  Avoiding spicy. Awakening at set times and consuming balanced meals at proper times also assists in the maintenance of optimum health.      Meditation – the health benefits of meditation are vast and all-encompassing to overall good health. as well as disrupting sleep. These stimulants can lead to disease and have many negative effects on the body.      Diet – eating appropriately to one’s constitution is vital to the maintenance of good health. Massaging a drop of nutmeg oil on the forehead can help soothe the nervous system. Meditating for 20 minutes before bed can have very effective benefits as well as inducing sound sleep. vata types will be benefited by drinking garlic milk and kapha types can add turmeric. As nutmeg oil is heating. jatamamsi. 8. Sleeping at regular times each day helps to set ones internal biological clock to function optimally. drugs and smoking. soul and body involves a regular routine of proper diet and lifestyle and meditation.  Sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil over the pillow and bed can be beneficial in inducing a restorative deep sleep. The Rhythms Of Life . 6. sour.

“Brahmamuhurtha – “Time Of Brahma” Brahmamuhurtha is considered 1 hr 36 minutes before sunrise and thought to be an auspicious time for meditation.Daily Rhythm According to Ayurveda. and wise. and cleansing of the body while considering certain morning kriyas [cleansing techniques]. A proper morning routine can assist in digestion. In order to maintain health and balance we need to learn how to live in accordance to nature’s daily cycle. and rather our own intelligence. and contemplation.” – Benjamin Franklin Daily Rhythms: Early Morning [2 am – 6 am] – Vata Time Morning [6 am – 10 am] – Kapha Time Mid-day [10 am – 2 pm] – Pitta Time Afternoon [2 pm – 6 pm] – Vata Time Evening [6 pm -10 pm] – Kapha Time Mid-night [10 pm – 2 am] – Pitta Time Early Morning [2am – 6am] Early morning before sunrise is the time of vata. following a dinacharya [daily routine] is essential for establishing great health and regularizing our own biological clock. meditating. absorption and assimilation as well as . Similarly. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy. Organic Brahmi (bacopa) Brahmi (bacopa) — a revered & ancient brain tonic. wealthy. This is an important time to ensure a bowel movement. wash. the urge to eliminate governed by vata increases as the body naturally wants to excrete upon waking hours. Therefore. This period of time is a junction point between night and early morning and is considered a time of heightened awareness. Brahmamuhurtha is considered an auspicious time of day best suited for praying. a person is a miniature reflection of nature and the rhythm of life is governed by cycles. The qualities of vata are expressed with brisk coolness in the air and the beginning of increased activity of nature as birds begin to sing and people begin a new day. To help bring us in tune with nature. Ayurveda speaks about biological time as a function of three doshas [vata–pitta–kapha] in relation to chronological time with each dosha being more active at a particular time of day and night.

 It is important to assess any imbalances and your natural constitution before initiating a daily routine as it should be catered to your current state of health. An important part of the dinacharya is scraping the tongue.     Nose drops 7.   Meditation 1. arising early is beneficial in starting the day.  There are a variety of tongue scrapers available on the market today – gold. Tongue Scraping Washing the face with cold water will bring alertness to the mind.     Oil Massage 8. absorption and assimilation as it stimulates the internal organs. It also removes bacteria.30AM. Triphala tea. Those who have more of the fire element should arise between 5.generating peace. 2. After arising it is beneficial to say a little prayer or mantra before getting out of bed.     Bathe 9. People who have more of the earth and water qualities should arise between 5-5. Silver Tongue Cleaner . Scraping the tongue can aid in digestion. stainless steel tongue scrapers are generally suitable for all. air and space constitutions should arise between 6-6. happiness and longevity. rose water and even diluted pomegranate juice are effective eye wash solutions.  However.     Evacuate 5. Awaken Early Whilst this is not an easy task for some. However.     Oil gargle 6. This is a divine way of starting the day and induce positivity and light into your life.     Wash face and scrape tongue 3.     Yoga 10. copper and silver ones. there are some general guidelines that are recommended from an ayurvedic perspective.     Drink warm water 4.     Arising before the sun 2. It is a good idea to also wash the eyes and rinse the mouth with cool water.30AM. The pure and subtle qualities of nature that is present at this time of the day will bring peace and freshness to the mind and senses. discipline. 10 Steps To Perfect Health 1. There are a few ayurvedic eye washes that are recommended based upon ones constitution.30-6AM and those who have more light.

such as triphala. After spitting out the oil be sure to massage the gums and brush thoroughly. assimilation and occasional acidity.Say goodbye to morning mouth Our traditional Sterling Silver Tongue Cleaner will help whisk away bacteria and impurities found on your tongue in the morning. It is important to train the body to have a daily elimination.  It is important to note that nasya should not be done an hour before or after showering. This is a technique where a tablespoon of oil (usually sesame or coconut) is swished in the mouth for 10-20 minutes. especially from a copper cup. then the person is said to be constipated. 5. can enhance peristalsis and also flushes the kidneys. calamus oil (medicated. Drinking water. Copper Cup For digestion. or after exercising. one must follow a proper diet and lifestyle for their constitution. If there is proper daily elimination. 3. From promoting dental hygiene to detoxifying the body and increasing energy. Nose Drops (Nasya) Administering ghee or oils in the nasal passages can help with lubrication. To ensure that daily elimination is taking place. constipation is classified as having fewer than three bowel movements a week. even a few minutes of oil swishing is advantageous. Caffeine can contribute to adrenal fatigue and constipation and is therefore not recommended as part of a healthy daily routine. add 3-5 nasal drops into each nostril and sniff deeply but gently. can also help with regulation of bowels. oil pulling is an ancient yet current health benefit. Drink Warm Water Although many use caffeine as a morning drink for stimulation. Evacuation Elimination is one of the three pillars of health according to Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda if one misses a daily bowel movement. It is also recommended to do nasya on an empty .  Keeping hydrated and the use of herbs. Rinse. 4. good health is simpler to attain. However if time is a factor.  Making sure that one is lying down with their nostrils parallel to the ceiling. and your mouth and tongue will feel fresh and clean. Oil Swish – Gargle There are many health benefits of oil pulling. cleansing and enhancing mental clarity and improving vision. such as brahmi ghee. It is advisable to lie for a few minutes to allow the nasal drops to nourish prana. creating sluggish digestion. warm water is more preferable at promoting health. In today’s medical world.  In Ayurveda this practice is referred to as ‘Gandusha’. not the essential oil) and regular ghee or sesame oil. 6. There are a variety of nasal drops recommended.  When food is not properly digested toxins can build up.

8. One should massage in a linear fashion along the limbs and with circular motions on the joints. Bathing Bathing should follow abhyanga to remove any excess oil left on the skin. supple and wrinkle free. In the evenings. Massage Oils Personalize your daily massage with herbal massage oils. Organic Clear & Soothe Nasal Spray Natural Nasal Spray — soothes dry. one should pick an oil that is appropriate to their state of balance. There are various postures and poses that can help to alleviate many conditions and diseases. . Oil Massage (Abhyanga) Massaging oil on the body is a great way to keep the skin soft. when done at night. restorative sleep. Bathing is not only cleansing and refreshing. Yoga/ Pranayama (breathing exercises) Practicing yoga daily is recommended for all body types. According to one’s natural constitution. our herbal massage oils not only lubricate but also purify the skin. sesame. The health benefits of nasya are extensive. During the summer months it is advisable to shower with cooler water than the winter months. Herbal Body Soaps 9. shields nasal passages from airborne irritants and germs. Yoga is a vital and important daily activity that brings balance and serenity into life. massaging the scalp and soles of the feet with bhringraj oil can help in achieving a calm. It is advisable to start with the outer extremities and work towards the heart. It is a rejuvenating technique that improves circulation and. but also an activity that improves mental clarity and revitalizes the body. 7. Using natural and chemical free soaps are recommended. irritated sinuses.stomach. Massaging the scalp can prevent hair loss and graying. induces sleep. This helps the body to keep in tune with nature and the surrounding environment. sunflower and almond. Formulated to balance specific skin and dosha types. Some popular oils used are coconut.

particularly in the early mornings. Just some of the effects of stress upon the body: . it is important to know which pranayama would be indicated for personal use. Although many people practice vigorous exercise. 10. Transcending Stress Stress management is perhaps the most important factor regarding health because no matter what diet you follow. internal demands. Meditation The profound health benefits of meditation are staggering. this is not always recommended. Prominent Psychologist Worry Free Calms the mind and emotions. hypothyroidism and autoimmunity. positive feelings.” – Richard Lazarus. “Too blessed to be stressed. Stress Free Emotions For natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Exercise is an important part of life. meditation brings peace. Amongst many benefits. if you’re not managing your stress you will still be at risk for modern degenerative conditions like heart disease. or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual. Pranayama increases the vital energy force in the body and therefore is recommended for health and longevity. From lowering blood pressure to reducing weight and cooling the body. diabetes. Walking daily.” – Meditation What is stress? “… any event in which environmental demands. Ayurveda advises stretching and breathing whereas straining is to be avoided. it allows one to connect with the divinity within oneself and should be a daily practice. how much you exercise and what supplements you take.There are many types of breathing techniques that have various uses for the body. supports clarity of mind and deeper sleep. A simple technique. and feelings of fulfillment. natural support for everyday stress and tension. maintains good health and balance. promotes emotional balance. There are a few methods that one can choose from simple breathing to mantra based meditation. harmony and clarity into one’s life.

“I fall asleep soon after I close my eyes. anxiety and mood imbalances • Contributes to cardiovascular disease “Meditation is mind without agitation.” When people first begin to meditate.” – Narasimhan Overcoming The 5 Most Common Struggles With Meditation: 1.• Raises your blood sugar • Weakens your immune system • Makes your gut leaky • Makes you hungry and crave sugar • Reduces your ability to burn fat • Suppresses your HPA-axis. Whether this stillness is of the body or stillness of the mind – many people find this to be a great challenge. as you continue a regular practice of meditation you will likely develop a greater sense of overall well-being including more profound sound sleep at night. they often have the misunderstanding that one is not suppose to have any thoughts [while meditating]. as the body begins to sense a level of relaxation – it naturally wants to further enter into a deep level of relaxation [i. “I can’t stop thinking.” It is no surprise that many of us are overworked and sleep-deprived. 2.” One of the initial challenges of meditation is simply remaining still. “It’s impossible for me to sit still. sleep. Instead ~ consider meditation an act of simply observing your thoughts as they arise and allowing them to flow without fully attaching and identifying to them. one minute or even a few seconds – this focus on the breath will help to create a sense of being centered and will naturally create its own stillness. testosterone. . which causes hormonal imbalances • Reduces your DHEA. growth hormone and TSH levels • Increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty • Causes depression. As the quality of sleep improves at night this will provide for greater awareness during the day – which will allow you to meditate with a level of passive alertness without the tendency to falling asleep during meditation. Likewise. Instead ~ simply consider focusing on the breath. However. Whether this focus on the breath is for one hour. Unfortunately. Due to this false belief there is commonly a notion that one is doing something “wrong”. it is this very act of judgment which can result in one meditating less. Instead ~ If you do need sleep – by all means.e. sleep]. 3.

I saw a clever post online which said. “I don’t want to sit around and ‘do nothing’” One of the most ‘real’ challenges in our ever increasingly fast-paced society is the concept of doing more and more and it would only seem counter-productive to ‘do nothing’. More simply. Make sure to bring that sense of peace and calmness from your daily meditation into your daily activities. “if you have time for FB. meditation has been shown to improve brain function and memory which will help to approach the ‘to-do list’ more effectively. cool. Also. light. you have time to meditate”. winter. Taking into consideration that there are nearly 2 billion people on FB – there are 2 billion people who have time to meditate.” Unfortunately. 4. or physically write it in your day planner. Likewise. Dr. usually early morning or the evening. instead of setting aside a large span of time to meditate – begin with just a few minutes dedicated to sitting quietly to meditate and do your level best to stick to this routine. which can include awareness of your undisciplined. “I just don’t have time to meditate. wandering mind. Therefore in order to remain balanced and promote health during fall season we should consider introducing . The point is to cultivate openness. after you begin to realize the actual benefits of meditation. as nature changes throughout the seasons – so too shall we adjust in order to stay balanced despite seasonal variations. After all. Soon. spring and summer – so too do we also reflect these same variations from within. this may not only be the most common struggle but rather the most common ‘excuse’ not to meditate. Instead ~ consider setting up an alarm for the time you have carved out to meditate. as mentioned above. and windy. Recently. relaxation and awareness. Below are simple examples on how to stay more balanced even despite seasonal changes. the time you dedicate for meditation will increase exponentially! 5. rough.”  – Dr. Instead ~ consider the act of sitting quietly and ‘doing nothing’ as a way of gaining new perspectives and insight which ultimately creates clarity of the mind. Andrew Weil nicely explains … “Remember the breath while walking – as with any meditation technique – should not be pursued with a grim determination to ‘get it right’. FALL: Fall is often associated with qualities such as dry. Andrew Weil Seasonal Rhythms The teachings of Ayurveda explain that each person is a reflection of nature. Just as nature has seasonal variations of fall. we are a reflection of nature and the seasonal variations in nature also reflect within both our body and mind.

cold & congestion] from within. dry and rough skin. This is the season where snow of winter begins to melt. spring is the season of allergies. Because of all this. damp. on the other hand. your grandmother was correct as she likely understood seasonal variation. and birds sing joyfully. we are considered a miniature reflection of nature. you may also want to cool down with applying cool coconut oil as a daily massage Individual – Unique Needs The above mentioned influences of vata-pitta-kapha are basic guidelines to help align the individual with the natural rhythms of life. hence the tendency to catch a “cold” during winter. Likewise. WINTER: Winter. flowers develop a full range of color. Therefore. summer is a time to enjoy cooling herbal teas such as CCF tea [cumin. allergies. and easily digestible meals [i. soothing. during spring we should consider focusing on removing this excess quality of ‘moisture‘ [i. SPRING: Interestingly. from an Ayurvedic perspective. coriander. This dry and rough quality of nature may expresses itself within as constipation. and refreshing. warm soups] into one’s daily routine. Yes. ginger and cinnamon tea] … just like grandmother used to make. Depending on geographical and individual variations there will naturally be differences throughout the year in regards to dosha influences. as we become more in-tune with these rhythms of life we will also be able to develop a knowing on how to adjust our daily life accordingly. sharp. and bright and it is intuitive to balance these “fiery” qualities with something cool. the time of sunrise and sunset and seasonal-related influences. The quality of spring is moist and full of energy. spring is the king of all seasons because this is the season which Mother Nature seems to wake up and spring forth. SUMMER: Summer is well known for being hot. cloudy. Just as we ‘spring clean’ our home during this season. . in order to remain balanced during winter season we should consider something as simple as drinking more warming herbal teas [i. As mentioned above – according to Ayurveda.more warm. is known to be cold. Ayurveda explains a concept of “like increases like” – which means the increased cold quality of winter for example will also increase the cold quality within.e. Therefore. “spring colds”. fennel] and enjoying cooling meals such as a simple salad.e. Also. Therefore.e. and hay fever. Therefore. soothing. it is advisable to consider spring cleaning the body with an Ayurvedic practice called “panchakarma”. This is the season to keep warm and avoid the gusty winds which can lead to increased dry qualities within. and heavy. and irritation to the eyes – these are just a few basic examples. Panchakarma is a purification cleansing process only to be performed under the guidance of a trained professional provider.

When this Ama circulates through various channels in our body. eating habits. Ayurveda describes purva karma or pre- cleansing procedures to sufficiently prepare the body. Ayurveda explains unique methods to help guide each and every individual on how to maintain a healthy balance by considering simple changes in lifestyle. repressed emotions. Ama which is the main internal cause of disease can be eliminated from the body by ‘Sodhana’. . toxins] in the body. a group of cleansing procedures used to eliminate ama from our body. holding natural urges. In this context. Ayurveda also described ‘shamana’ which are considered less intense procedures for prevention and curing of diseases. It is also administered internally for 3 – 5 days depending on the disease and patient’s tolerance.THE ULTIMATE DETOX Panchakarma – An Ayurveda Detox and Rejuvenation Process Ayurveda is a life science which teaches an appropriate art of living in order to achieve longevity. pitta. and exercise. After sneha & sweda for 3—7 days ‘PANCHAKARMA’ are done depending upon the patient’s Prakruthi (constitution) and Vikruthi ( disease). SWEDA: Sweda is sudation or sweating which is done immediately one day after sneha and helps to liquefy the toxins. incompatible food combinations and irregular use of the senses: all these factors may lead to an imbalance in the doshas. Ayurveda gives priority not only to preventive and therapeutic procedures but also to purification and rejuvenation therapies. SNEHA: Sneha is the application of medicated oils to the entire body with gentle massage and allows the toxins to move into the gastrointestinal tract for easy elimination. These preparatory steps are ‘SNEHA’ AND ‘SWEDHA’. Before the actual cleansing procedures. allowing for easy movement towards the gastrointestinal tract. The balance within the body is mainly governed by three doshas [vata. PANCHAKARMA – Five Therapeutic Procedures Panchakarma or five therapeutic procedures are part of  ‘sodhana’ treatments. Imbalances within the body may result in impairment of agni [the digestive fire] within the body. bad eating habits. it clogs the channels and spreads toxins in the entire body. and kapha] which is also influenced by external environmental factors like seasonal imbalances. This deranged agni develops limitations in the ability to digest food properly and ultimately forms ‘Ama’ [undigested food material. Ayurveda described treatments to help eliminate and prevent these diseases in an elaborate method.

abdominal distention.PANCHAKARMA  ~ “FIVE TYPES OF CLEANSING” 1. Prana or life energy enters the body when we breathe through the nose. ‘NASA HI SIRASO DWARAM’ means the nose is the door to the brain. VIRECHANA 3. sexual disorders. It is indicated in diseases like chronic asthma. 2. excess bile in the body] often causing symptoms like nausea. This prana or life energy in the brain governs all sensory and motor functions . VAMANA 2. eating a light diet and avoiding the suppression of natural bodily urges. VIRECHANA – PURGATION:  Virechana or purgation therapy is indicated in ‘Pitta’ disorders [i. NASYA  — NASAL ADMINISTRATION: Nasya is administration of medicated drugs through the nose. provide good appetite and create a lightness within the lungs. It is considered as the best treatment for all vata disorders like chronic constipation. So. vomiting. This therapeutic purgation helps to relieve all the above mentioned “pitta” disturbances from body. allow for effective breathing. herbal smoking. feels a sense of lightness within the abdominal region. BASTI 4. from the large intestine) it is easy to treat any disease. bronchitis and repeated attacks of cough and cold. It is also indicated in cases of severe psoriasis and leucoderma.e. fasting. G.e. it is recommended to consider taking rest. Vata is the moving force in the body. BASTI – ENEMA: Basti or Enema therapy is indicated in ‘VATA ‘disorders. RAKTHA MOKSHANA 1. elimination and retention. If Vata is eliminated from its roots (i. Patients feel immediate relief after Vamana due to the elimination of mucus from all channels. and muscle spasms. backache. it is also responsible in spreading toxins and wastes in the body. Vata is the main active principle in the pathogenesis of a disease. one often feels relief from nausea and vomiting. After vamana. NASYA 5. it is responsible for circulation. sciatica and other joint disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. VAMANA — THERAPEUTIC VOMITING: Vamana or induced vomiting is indicated mainly in ‘Kapha’ disorders where excess mucus is lodged in all sinuses or channels in the body. 3. After virechana. and may even develop soft stools. 4. This excess pitta within the body can be eliminated by therapeutic purgation. Proper administration of vamana should provide relief from congestion in the chest.I disturbances and even jaundice. gout.

eczema. diet and lifestyle instructions for a person who is undergoing Panchakarma treatments. Food such as yogurt. agni is deranged. call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. mentioned in the classics. in great detail. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis. acne and scabies]. convulsions. to bring agni back to normal power it is advised to eat very light and easily digestible food like kitchari (cooked basmathi rice and moong dal) which is sweet. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert. cure or prevention of any disease. These are designed keeping in mind that after a pancha karma treatment. and nutritious to the body. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing. urticaria. DIET AND LIFESTYLE: Ayurveda describes. RAKTHA MOKSHANA — BLOOD CLEANSING: Raktha mokshana is the purification and cleansing of blood. Raktha mokshana is also indicated in pitta raktha associated disorders like an enlarged spleen and liver. Medicated drug administration followed by a facial massage may also improve with breathing more effectively. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern. migraines and all sensory organ disorders. 5. . Ama. and skin conditions [i. So. delicious. Disclaimer The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. herpes. fermented foods. treatment. Nasya is described as part of a daily regimen for the general wellbeing of each individual. Therefore. Raktha mokshana is bloodletting via three different methods. Bloodletting provides excellent results with conditions such as blood and skin disorders. which is considered the main cause of disease as it enters into blood as a toxin resulting in toxemia and other circulatory disorders like high blood pressure.e. sour foods and alcohol are considered toxic to blood.in the body. please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. it is indicated in disorders where prana is affected like sinusitis.