“Prajnaparadha” - Is Ignorance The Root Cause Of All Disease?

 

Is Ignorance The Root Cause Of All Disease?
Man is a trinity of body, mind, and Soul and life as a whole is designed to promote human happiness, health, and growth. That said, the question naturally arises - what is the root cause of disease? According to Ayurveda, disease is often the end result of a long process and can actually be detected and addressed at the early stage of development; hence prevention being better than a cure. More simply, disease is an imbalance. Ayurveda explains that the disease process begins with disturbances in the balance of the doshas; i.e. bodily humors.

“Health results from the natural, balanced state of the doshas.
Therefore, the wise try to keep them in their balanced state.” – Charak Samhita

 

“Ignorance Is Not Bliss.”
We email. We google. We tweet. And of course, we facebook. In this incredible age of technology, our senses have been taken over by constant sensory stimulation. According to Ayurveda, excessive indulgence in any physical or mental activity results in excess vata which may then ] create an imbalance in the release of neurotransmitters thereby overtaxing both the central nervous and endocrine systems. As a result, this can be considered the underlying cause of certain vata imbalances such as insomnia, anxiety, irregular digestion, constipation, etc.

Lifestyle Medicine: Treating The Causes Of Disease

 

Three Major Causes Of Disease

  • wrong use of the senses
  • mistake of the intellect
  • environmental, climate & age

 

1. Wrong Use Of The Senses
Thousands of years ago, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has explained the Sanskrit term “asatmyendriyartha samyoga” which simply implies the wrong use or misuse of the senses. For example, excessive indulgence (ati yoga), misuse (hina yoga), and perverse use (mithya yoga) of the senses are considered the major causes of disease.

The Moving Mind
The concept of vata originates from the Sanskrit word “vyv” [vaya] which implies ‘that which moves things’  The science of Ayurveda speaks of vata as being the basis of all movement of the body and mind. When vata is in excess [within the mind] it can result in anxiety, nervousness, depression, insomnia and many other forms of difficulty handling stress. With nearly eighty percent of all diseases in the west being attributed to stress, it is no wonder why Shirodhara has been considered one of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments of modern day.

Stress Free Emotions
Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet, daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical fatigue.

Worry Free
Calms the mind and emotions; supports clarity of mind and deeper sleep; natural support for everyday stress and tension.

Creating Stillness
Ayurveda describes in great detail the benefits of daily oil massage. Not only is massage comforting to the body but essential for overall health and well-being. A dry stick easily breaks but if you soak the same stick in oil it soon becomes flexible. The same happens to the human body. The influence of vata makes the body dry, brittle, and achy via the aging process. Therefore, daily oil massage helps maintain proper functions of the body and ultimately helps to reduce the effects of aging. Shirodhara is a classical and a well-established ayurvedic procedure of slowly and steadily streaming medicated oil on the center of the forehead while resting quietly on a comfortable bed. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, milk, etc. are also used depending on the individual need of the patient. Ultimately, this procedure helps to induce a relaxed state of awareness, mental clarity, and even thought to help produce improved “psychoneuroimmunology”; the ability to handle stress.

Organic Sesame Oil
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Blissful Joy
Your mind and body already know how to create inner happiness — they just need a little support. You can rejuvenate your emotions with Blissful Joy herbal supplement.

The Benefits Of Meditation
It seems that research centered around the benefits of meditation have now been rolling in steadily validating the ancient wisdom common to both Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurveda is an ancient science which literally means ‘the science of life’. A basic fundamental premise to both Ayurveda and Yoga is that – both a sound mind and sound body are integral to one’s overall health and well-being.

Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …

 

2. Mistake Of The Intellect
Ayurveda explains “prajnaparadha” as being a mistake of the intellect and is considered the root cause of all diseases. For example, one may choose to indulge in behaviors such as eating too much, consuming unhealthy food, and working too much which will naturally contribute to the root cause of disease. In essence, the root cause of disease originates by making one’s lifestyle choices only in terms of the five senses, rather than considering life as a whole - considering the body, mind, and Soul. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda helps to reveal natural principles in order to help determine lifestyle choices that influence health and wellbeing. In other words, helping to live according to natural principles which support the innate intelligence of the body.

Intelligence Plus
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3. Environmental, Climate & Age
Once again, according to the science of Ayurveda, disease is considered to be an imbalanced state of the doshas and changes in the environment, climate, and age can all affect the doshas. For example, Ayurveda nicely describes the three phases of life — as being kapha, pitta, the vata stages of life.

Kapha
The first phase begins with Kapha, the “Spring Type.” We all begin in the womb, a womb of sorts, and this environment is very watery. We establish the solidity of earth known as immunity. This happens from in utero and until the onset of puberty — traditionally from birth and until 15. The word “kapha” means to grow, to create form. It is anabolic. “Mother’s milk” is the primary substance that nurtures the body and mind, establishing immunity. Kapha governs immunity.

Pitta
The next phase is Pitta, the “Summer Type.” Pitta begins with puberty, where testosterone and estrogen further transform the body and mind. Pitta means “that which transforms and digests.” The average age used to be 15, but now is much earlier and lasts until between 45-50. Testosterone is high in men and estrogen is prominent in women, and appetites and metabolism increase. Pitta is about metabolism and governs the endocrine system and digestive system. Sex drive increases. Pitta phase is about establishing and exerting oneself in the world through identity, like the sun wanting to be seen more.

Vata
The last stage is Vata, the “Fall Type.” Vata begins when the processes andropause and menopause initiate. Andropause is the decline of testosterone in men, with an increase in estrogen, and menopause is the decrease of estrogen and an increase in testosterone in women. The poles reverse here. Sex drive slows down. Appetite diminishes. Vata governs the nervous system and sleep quantity and quality changes. This is a more delicate and sensitive time. This time ends when the last breath is taken.

Environmental - ex. GMOs
More and more studies reveal more evidence that GMOs should have been banned before they were even allowed on the market.

“. . . glyphosate disrupts the ability of animals, including humans, to detoxify xenobiotics. This means that exposures to the numerous chemicals in food and the environment, such as endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens, could be causing levels of damage that would not occur if the body were able to detoxify them.”

Amrit Kalash 
Traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E.

 

Last Point!
Finally, one of the most common cause of disease according to Ayurveda is due to “vegavarodh” which is the suppression of ‘natural urges’ such as micturition, defecation, hunger, and sleep, etc. Interestingly, both the wrong use of the senses [“asatmyendriyartha samyoga”] and the mistake of the intellect [“prajnaparadha”] creates “vegavarodh” - being the suppression of natural urges and creating obstructions to proper flow of the body.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaenous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

- Lao Tzu

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Health Is Wholeness - Is Health Really Just The Absence Of Disease?

 

Is Health Really Just The Absence Of Disease?
The concept of health is so familiar that many of us never really give much thought about what it really means. The most common response to such a question is - “the absence of disease”. Is health really just the absence of disease? The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda sees each person as not being a set of parts, but as a whole and for one to be considered healthy - the body, mind, and consciousness must be balanced. More specifically, Sushruta the father of surgery and teacher of Ayurveda explained health as being when the digestive fire [“agni”] is balanced; the bodily humors [vata-pitta-kapha] are in equilibrium; the three waste products [urine, feces, and sweat] are eliminated properly; the senses function normally; and the body, mind, and consciousness all harmoniously working as one.

“Health is wholeness.” - Mother Nature

From this perspective, health isn’t merely the absence of disease but rather a state of wholeness. In fact, the word “heal” comes from the Old English word ‘helien’ which means ‘to make whole’. In other words, health is wholeness. We are healthy only when we are able to fully “digest” and balance life as a whole; our food, our relationships, our job, and all our experiences of life.

 

Ayurveda - The Science Of Rightful Living. 

 

Balanced Digestion
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, 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, happy and healthy life.

Herbal Di-Gest
Herbal Di-Gest is a blend of 10 ayurvedic herbs and spices that promotes healthy assimilation and elimination, so you won’t feel dull and heavy after meals.

Organic Digest Tone
Organic Digest Tone contains three remarkable fruits — amla, chebulic myrobalan and belleric myrobalan — and each possesses the superior rejuvenative and health-giving qualities known as a Rasayana. Because Organic Digest Tone contains three elixirs in one compound, it is considered one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world. In addition, a fourth ingredient, cabbage rose, is added to support the synergy of the other ingredients and promote their effectiveness.

Ama - The Root Cause Of Disease
When the digestive fire “Agni” becomes impaired, metabolism and the body’s resistance and immune system becomes impaired. Even more detrimental, when digestion becomes impaired, ingested food remains undigested and accumulates in the intestines. This undigested material [“ama”] then clogs the intestines and other channels, such as capillaries and blood vessels due to its sticky nature which then retards the inner intelligence of the body - causing disease on various levels.

Elim-Tox-O
Elim-Tox-O is a gentle formula that helps cleanse your body’s natural purification systems without forcing, making it the recommended choice for people who have a tendency towards acne, heartburn, and excess stomach acid or who have a lot of "fire" in their physiology.

Herbal Cleanse
The Herbal Cleanse formula promotes normal, regular elimination and aids intestinal cleansing and efficient absorption of nutrients. It provides a healthy, long-term solution, unlike the harsh purge caused by drugs or constipation products. The herbs in Herbal Cleanse help promote natural, effective, regular elimination; aid cellular purification; balance cell moisture for smooth, clear skin; and improve assimilation and nutrition.

 

Health Is Balance
Knowing nature to be whole and complete, good health implies restoring that natural state of completeness and wholeness. According to the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, there are three doshas called vata, pitta, and kapha. We can think of these three doshas as the guiding principles that keep all our bodily functions balanced and healthy. Each of the three doshas are present throughout the body and govern our physiology and all activities of the body, mind, and emotions.

Balanced Doshas
In managing any imbalance, Ayurveda determines which dosha [or combination of doshas] which may be out of balance and therefore takes steps to help normalize it, according to one’s unique tendencies. This process helps to seek out the root cause of any imbalance rather than treating mere symptoms.

Vata
Movement, motion and flow are always occurring in all parts of our body at every moment. This movement is under the guidance of vata dosha. When imbalanced, vata dosha can make one vulnerable to worry, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Likewise, imbalanced vata dosha can create irregular digestion; meaning very hungry at times and at other times no hunger at all. This can create a “hard” digestive tract which makes one vulnerable to experience symptoms of abdominal distention, flatulence, and a tendency towards a “nervous appetite”.

Organic Calming Vata Tea
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Organic Vata Churna Calming Spice Mix
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance. Organic Calming Vata Churna is a blend of seven ingredients, including cumin, ginger and fenugreek.

Pitta
Pitta dosha is involved with metabolism at every level of the body. For example, all transformations at the organ, tissue, and cellular level are governed by the principle of pitta dosha. Due to the predominant fire quality, excess pitta dosha leads to proneness of acid indigestion and heartburn.

Organic Cooling Pitta Tea
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Organic Pitta Churna Cooling Spice Mix
Organic Churnas are precise blends of spices and seasonings that include all six ayurvedic tastes. Sauté the Churna in ghee and add to your dishes; add some to soups, stews and sauces as they're cooking; or sprinkle over prepared vegetables or rice at the table. Convenient, and mouth-wateringly delicious!

Kapha
Every cell, tissue, and organ system are involved with providing structure to the body. The process of creating structure involves building, maintenance, and repair – which are all under the principle of kapha dosha. Excess kapha types leads to vulnerability at gaining weight. Since kapha is predominantly water and earth kapha can easily accumulate phlegm manifesting as bronchial or sinus congestion.

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Organic Kapha Churna Stimulating Spice Mix
Stimulating Organic Kapha Churna is a zesty blend of ginger, black pepper, coriander and other spices.

 

"The Mind Body Connection"

Ojas - The Chemical Of Bliss

The relationship between the mind and body is complex as the body and mind are inseparable and inextricably connected. Everytime we have a thought, a cascade of chemical pathways are released which influences our body. For example, “Ojas”  is the end-product of perfect digestion which nourishes and sustains various tissues [“dhatus”] of the body. Ojas is said to pervade the body and can be said to be the most important biochemical substance mediating the influence of consciousness upon the body. According to Charaka, when ojas is in abundance, it gives strength, immune strength, contentment, and optimal digestion.

It is important to maintain optimum health and thereby strong Ojas by a suitable diet and lifestyle.  There are some practical ways to increase Ojas and it is also vital to be aware of activities that can deplete this vital essence of the body.

Ways To Increase Ojas:
·        Meditation
·        Moderate yoga suited to one’s constitution
·        Pranayama (breathing exercises)
·        Consuming fresh wholesome and balanced meals appropriate to ones state of balance
·        Following a daily morning practice incorporating walking in nature, nasal drops and oil massages
·        Certain herbs such as Ashwagandha and Shatavari can help in promoting Ojas
·        A restful and appropriate sleep is vital to building Ojas

Activities That Deplete Ojas:
·        Excessive sexual activity
·        Physical and psychological traumas
·        Intense and excessive vigorous exercise
·        Overexposure to bacteria, virus and parasites
·        Diseases such as cancer, chronic asthma, osteoporosis, arthritis, ulcerative colitis amongst others
·        Excessive stress and an intense work schedule
·        Excessive consumption of foods that have preservatives and additives and other chemicals
·        Overconsumption of incompatible foods for one’s constitution

Health Is Happiness - Inner Pharmacy Of Wellness
It is now well known that the body has its own ‘inner pharmacy’ within and our nervous system produces substances and neuropeptides that influence our immunity and sense of well-being. For example, laughter is thought to reduce levels of stress hormones and increase the activity of immune cells such as T cells, natural killer cells and even antibodies. The inner pharmacy of all experiences are dormant within us and the release of these neuropeptides affects the whole body, moment-to-moment.

Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet, daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical fatigue.

Positive Emotions
Positive emotions like love. laughter and appreciation release beneficial neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which helps to create a healthy immune system.

Negative Emotions
Negative emotions like fear, hate, and anger release stress hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine which can [over time] lead to mental depression and even result in the suppression of our immune system.

5 Simple Tips For Slowing Down
Rasayana is an Ayurvedic concept which has several meanings. The most basic implication is to increase longevity while improving the quality of life. There are many forms of rasayana in Ayurveda – one being “behavioral rasayana” which recognizes the effect of mind upon health.

1. Do less. It’s often a struggle to slow down knowing there are a million other things to do. However, make the conscious effort to do less while focusing on what’s really important while letting go of all the rest. Letting go often creates the space to fully digest the present moment and helps to bring clarity to see the next necessity as it arises.

2. Be present. Not only does one need to slow down but what is of more importance is the sense of awareness that naturally arises as one lets go of all other distractions. Therefore, by letting do – there is a spontaneous arising of awareness to the present environment within and around you.

3. Appreciate Nature. Modern living often keeps us confined in our homes and offices or traveling about in cars and trains – rarely do we get the opportunity to be outside in nature. Therefore, make the opportunity and find time to go outside and truly observe the beauty of nature. Take a breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of the clear water amongst the background of greenery. You owe it to yourself.

4. Eat Slowly. Instead of rushing to eat – take time to appreciate the taste and flavors of your food. Again, according to Ayurveda, food is medicine and optimal digestion produces nourishment to both the body and mind. Therefore, let food be the delight of your senses. Eat calmly, peacefully and in moderation.

5. Find pleasure in the simple things. While slowing down, becoming more present, and appreciating nature you will notice that it’s the simple things which give the greatest sense of joy. With your newfound heightened sense of awareness, even the flower or a single blade of grass amongst the vast field will give immense joy.

Be Happy. Be Healthy.
Therefore, meditate & do yoga.

Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep 
It’s nearly impossible to be healthy without adequate sleep. Sleep is essential for the maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal and digestive systems. Rather, sleep is necessary for all systems of the body. Period.

Just some of the obvious benefits of a great night sleep:

  • Enhances memory and mental clarity
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Boosts mood and overall energy.
  • Improves immune function.
  • Increases stress tolerance

 

Deep Rest
Deep Rest to support sleeping deeply through the night. This herbal formula is especially targeted for those who have difficulty staying asleep, waking up in the middle of the night. But it also helps those who have difficulty falling asleep and those who awaken early in the morning after less than six hours of sleep. The herbs in Deep Rest help you to sleep deeply throughout the night — and wake up feeling refreshed, ready to take on the day.

Blissful Sleep

The herbs in the Blissful Sleep formula produce a calming, balancing effect on the body, mind and emotions. You’ll find sleep becoming deeper and more restful. And you’ll wake up recharged, vitally alive, ready to take on the challenges of the day ahead.

8 Tips For Sound Sleep

Transcending Stress
Stress management is perhaps the most important factor regarding health because no matter what diet you follow, how much you exercise and what supplements you take, if you’re not managing your stress you will still be at risk for modern degenerative conditions like heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism and autoimmunity.

What is stress?
“… any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual.” – Richard Lazarus; Prominent Psychologist

Stress Free Mind
Stress Free Mind supports natural resistance to daily mental stress and fatigue. This potent blend of whole herbal extracts, powders, and minerals nourishes and supports the immune system, which is often taxed by everyday mental stress.

Just some of the effects of stress upon the body:

  • 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, which causes hormonal imbalances.
  • Reduces your DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels.
  • Increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty.
  • Causes depression, anxiety and mood imbalances.
  • Contributes to cardiovascular disease.

 

“Too blessed to be stressed.”
– Meditation 

Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …

Learn More About The Benefits Of Meditation
The ancient science of Ayurveda has described health to be a state of perfect balance. Ultimately, to revolutionize healthcare we must seek a state of balance. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda provides a time-tested approach to a state of perfect health.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality & The Queen Of Ayurvedic Formulas

 

Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to Indian mythology, during the ancient of times there was much suffering amongst humanity. The gods and demons [Devas & Asuras] got together and made a solemn oath to help resolve the origin of all suffering. Together they entered the depths of the ocean and churned the water to produce the most precious gift - Amrit Kalash. Amrit Kalash is thought to be the ambrosial gift to bring about health and happiness for all of humanity.

Amrit Kalash
Traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E

The Queen Of All Ayurvedic Formulas
Amrit Kalash is produced in 250 meticulous steps and is often called “herbs for enlightenment”. This is because Amrit Kalash is a masterful blend of many herbs which helps to promote perfect health, longevity, bliss, and man’s full potential - enlightenment.


Yat Jara Vyadhi Nashanam Tat Rasayanam

"that which negates old age and disease is called a Rasayana”


A Masterful Rasayana

The science of Ayurveda speaks volumes about individual fruits, herbs and spices that are considered Rasayanas. Amrit Kalash has it all. For example, the two main fruit in Amrit Kalash are Indian Gooseberry [Amalaki] and Indian Gallnut [Haritaki] which are considered to be the premier Rasayanas in the category of fruit. The classical texts of Ayurveda have made it clear that these two fruit support a long and healthy life of bliss and happiness. In the category of spices, Turmeric and Long Pepper (Pippali) are revered for their healing benefits. Other herbs to help make Amrit Kalash the “Queen Of All Rasayanas” belong to a category of herbs called ‘Medhya Rasayanas’ - which refers to herbs which enhance the ability to learn, retain and recall knowledge. These intellectual herbs [i.e. Medhya] include Indian Pennywort [Gotu Kola/Brahmi], Shakapushpi, and Aloeweed. 


A Charming Video Discussing The Benefits Of Amrit Kalash


Positive Influence On Immunity

Stressors of the modern lifestyle seem to be impacting everyone, everywhere. No better way to manage stressors than to consider a powerful Rasayana to help nourish the mind, body and spirit in a very holistic and balanced way. Immunity is very well described in Ayurveda as “Bala” - which encompasses a holistic concept of physical, mental, emotional and psychological immunity. An immune boosting herb in Amrit Kalash worth mentioning is Guduchi. Another name for Guduchi is “Amrita” [immortal] due to several implications. For one, this plant appears to be indestructible. If you cut a vine off the main plant, the cut vine tends to grow aerial roots and keeps growing even without water and soil. Another herb in Amrit Kalash also referred as “Amrita” is Indian Gallnut [Haritaki]. Haritaki is considered extremely beneficial in helping to flush out certain toxins and enhance the immune system. Just as Amrit Kalash is beginning to sound to good to be true, it gets even more unbelievable. Amalaki also enhances the immune boosting qualities of Amrit Kalash. In fact, Amalaki is considered to have the richest source of vitamin C in the plant world. Even further, the vitamin C from Amalaki is thought to be in the form that is resistant to both heat and light and is easily assimilated by the body. Amongst many other benefits, research on Amrit Kalash has also revealed it to be a powerful scavenger of free radicals.

Ojas - The Substance Which Sustains Life
Ojas is considered to be the refined by-product of healthy digestion. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda explains ojas as being that substance which sustains life. It is also said that when ojas is optimal in both quality and quantity - one will be happy and healthy. The meticulous process involved in the creation of Amrit Kalash is thought to help promote the formation of ojas.

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purpose and provides information about the tradition of Ayurveda. Always first discuss the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Simple Ways To Help Manage Anxiety With Ayurveda + Calming Almond Saffron Milk Recipe

 

Simple Ways To Help Manage Anxiety
The modern world is stressful. Lucky for us - the teachings of Ayurveda provides for simple and practical ways of developing inner calmness and an overall sense of well-being. In fact, the time-honored focus of Ayurveda is to create this very inner calmness and sense of well-being.

 

The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda
Anxiety is a subjective feeling characterized as an unpleasant state often associated with fear and nervous behaviors. From an Ayurvedic perspective, much of these symptoms [of anxiety] originate from vata aggravation. We can think of “vata” as being that movement which directs and drives all activities of the body and mind. If this movement, within the mind specifically, becomes imbalanced it can manifest and express itself as anxiety.  Ayurveda gives focus to diet, lifestyle, spices, routine, stress reduction [i.e. yoga & mediation] and herbs as playing a fruitful role in creating that inner calm which we naturally seek.

Reduce Anxiety - Balance Vata
The wisdom of Ayurveda provides time-tested methods centered around balancing this vata aggravation. Ayurveda gives focus on diet, lifestyle, herbal remedies, yoga, meditation, and pranayama to help ease anxiety and bring about overall balance to the body and mind.

- diet
- lifestyle
- herbs
- yoga
- meditation

Dr. Henry Emmons Describes How Ayurveda Can Help With  Anxiety + Depression 

 

DIET
Since anxiety is primarily a vata disturbance much of our dietary considerations are centered around a “vata pacifying diet”. This suggest having meals which are grounding and generally warm, soft, and easy to digest.

Consider the following:
- foods that are naturally sweet and salty in taste
- warming spices such as ginger, black pepper, cinnamon and cumin
- warming herbal teas such as “CCF tea” [cumin, coriander, fennel]
- more high-quality oils [i.e. ghee; clarified butter] to your diet
- warm milk spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to help promote sound sleep

LIFESTYLE
There may be nothing more nurturing and supportive to both the body and mind than an oil massage. According to the teachings of Ayurveda - oil massage [“abhyanga”] is considered one of the fundamental components of balancing the body; primarily balancing “vata”. Interestingly, the Sanskrit word “sneha” can be interpreted as ‘oil’ and ‘love’. This implies the great value of massaging the body with oil so much that it is looked upon as saturating oneself with love. Therefore, to help pacify vata aggravation [i.e. anxiety] we should consider abhyanga [i.e. ayurvedic self massage] as a way to help balance both the body and mind.

HERBS
Based upon the ancient teachings of Ayurveda - anxiety primarily arises due to increased ‘light‘ and ‘mobile‘ qualities within the nervous system.

~light quality~
The light quality of vata can also create feelings of light-headedness, insomnia, and feelings of ungroundedness which are also commonly associated with anxiety. Therefore, herbs with stabilizing qualities which help to balance vata include:

- ashwagandha
- jatamansi
- brahmi
- bala
- vidari

~mobile quality~
Similarly, the mobile quality of vata can also create feelings of uncertainty and therefore we would want to consider more stable and balancing herbs to help pacify vata. Such herbs include:

- atmagupta
- again, ashwagandha
- shatavari
- mahayogaraja guggulu

 

YOGA
Yoga is a wonderful practice to help draw one’s attention inward. Often with anxiety there is scattering of mental energy which can result in overwhelming feelings and unpleasant sensations. Yoga helps to center oneself simply by bringing attention to where it belongs, upon the stillness of the breath. Once one feels more centered and balanced it is then more likely for the resultant physiological changes to reflect this state of overall well-being.

 

MEDITATION
Meditation is a valuable tool for managing stress and helping to reduce anxiety in daily life. With regular practice, meditation often brings about the sense of peace and calmness allowing one to meet life’s daily challenges in a more balanced way.

 

Calming Almond Saffron Milk Recipe
Almond milk is calming and considered to be helpful in reducing anxiety naturally.
- soak 25 raw almonds  in water [overnight]
- peel the skin off the almonds
- soak saffron strands in a teaspoon of milk and set aside
- blend almonds in 1/4 cup of milk to create a ["blended almond mixture"]
- heat additional milk and add to the "blended almond mixture"
- heat to a boil then reduce the heat
- keep heating and stirring for around 15-20 minutes; until milk thickens
- turn off the heat and then add sugar and saffron while mixing
- finally add peeled and crushed cardamom along with rose water

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DISCLAIMER:
This is strictly for educational purpose only. Not medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new changes to your health regimen. Also - always consider professional consultation when considering any herbal protocol.


Dashamula - "The Ten Roots" - A Potent Ayurvedic Formula

Dashamula - "The Ten Roots"
Dashamula is an ayurvedic formulation made up of ten herbs. The name Dashamula translates to ‘The ten roots’ and it is a potent ayurvedic formula. It is particularly beneficial to disorders of the nervous system and lungs. It is also frequently used as an enema as it helps to alleviate constipation, lower back conditions and inflammation in the pelvic and sacral areas.

Dashamula has expectorant, nervine, analgesic and febrifuge actions. It directs the air and space elements in the body to flow downward and alleviates most nervine disorders associated with weakness, debility and pain. It is particularly effective in tremors, sciatica and parkinsons. Dashamula is also used in cases of dry coughs associated with respiratory weakness.

Properties:
Dashamula is a heavy, dry herb and has a sweet, astringent taste with a warming effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is pungent and it works especially well on the nerve, digestive and respiratory systems.

The Ten Roots
Dashamula is a formulation of equal parts of of the ten following roots:

·        Agnimantha
·        Bilwa
·        Bruhati
·        Gokshura
·        Kantakari
·        Kashmari
·        Patala
·        Prushniparni
·        Shaliparni
·        Shyonaka

Usage:
There are many combination compounds that involve Dashamula to address certain conditions.
Some being:

1.      Dashamula with Ashwagandha and Bala is commonly used in an oil for lower back pain
2.      Dashamula with trikatu and vasa for respiratory conditions
3.      Dashamula with tulsi for fevers.

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Some indications of dashamula, amongst others, include:
·        Parkinsons
·        Ungroundedness
·        Headaches
·        Fever
·        Sciatica
·        Tinnitus
·        Neuralgia
·        Asthma
·        Colics
·        Arthritis
·        Tics and tremors
·        Lumbago
·        Dry cough
·        Debility

A Word Of Caution:
This is strictly for educational purpose and not medical advice. Caution should be exercised in using dashamula especially in cases of heaviness and excess heat in the body. It is generally not advised during pregnancy. As always, consult with your physician and practitioner before starting a herbal program.

References:
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda. Albuquerque, N.M.: Ayurvedic Press.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs.
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual.


Sat Isabgol [Psyllium Husk] - For Optimal Digestive Function

Sat Isabgol -  For Optimal Digestive Function
Sat Isabgol (Psyllium husk) is an efficient bulking agent which acts as both an antidiarrheal and a laxative. As it can be used in cases of constipation and diarrhea it has a strong affinity for the digestive and excretory systems. It is also known as Asva-Karna which means horse’s ear in Sanskrit - this refers to the seeds resemblance to a horse’s ear. Sat isabgol is an efficient herb for digestive issues, and as a gentle laxative, can even be used (cautiously) during pregnancy.

Some of the many ayurvedic actions that Sat isabgol possesses include; alleviating dry coughs and ulcers, regulates blood sugar, and comprises anti-inflammatory, expectorant and anthelmintic properties. When the husk is soaked with milk, this creates a laxative effect. However when the roasted seeds are used with water or buttermilk, it creates a constipating effect.

Word Of Caution:
Caution must be exercised when using Sat isabgol and it should be avoided in cases of weak digestion.
Extended use of Sat isabgol can diminish fertility.

Properties:
Sat isabgol is a heavy, oily and sticky herb and has a sweet, astringent taste with a cooling effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is sweet and it works especially well on the excretory, digestive and respiratory systems. In excess, it can increase the heavy water and earth elements in the body and so its use should be carefully monitored especially in cases of metabolic diseases.

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Some indications, amongst others, include:
·        Constipation
·        Diarrhea
·        Peptic ulcers
·        Duodenal ulcers
·        Worms
·        Inflammatory intestinal conditions
·        Dysuria
·        Dry coughs
·        hyperglycemia
·        High cholesterol
·        Diabetes

Usage:
There are some combination compounds that involve Sat isabgol to address certain conditions.
Some being:
1.      Sat isabgol with triphala and rhubarb for constipation
2.      Sat isabgol with kutki and triphala for diarrhea
3.      Sat isabgol with vidanga for parasites
4.      Sat isabgol with shatavari, amalaki and manjistha for intestinal inflammation
5.      Sat isabgol with licorice for dry coughs
6.      Sat isabgol with punarnava, gokshura and guggulu for dysuria

References:
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies.
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs: An Ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine.
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual.
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies.


Shilajit - The Ayurvedic Mineral For Weight Loss Plus So Much More!

Shilajit -  The Ayurvedic Mineral
Shilajit is a prominent mineral supplement used in many ayurvedic formulations. The name Shilajit implies victory that comes from this ancient rock and indicates its fantastically high mineral content. Shilajit is found mainly in the Himalayas, Altai and Caucasus mountain regions. It has been reported that Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals making it a highly sought after supplement for many conditions.

Shilajit is a tonic and has diuretic, nervine and antidiabetic effects. It works as a rejuvenative to the urinary system and helps with weight loss by reducing adipose tissues in the body. It is also used in cases of sexual debility as it strengthens the entire reproductive system and has a cleansing effect in instances of excess tissue toxicity. As a mineral pitch, Shilajit works particularly well in cases of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. It has also been used in treatment of broken bones as it builds both the blood and bone tissues. Because of its special affinity to the blood, Shilajit is also used in situations of anemia and high cholesterol. It works wonderfully well at regulating blood sugar levels and is therefore an important component in the management of diabetes.

Properties:
Shilajit is a heavy, dry compound and has a pungent, bitter and astringent taste. It has a heating effect in the body and its post digestive effect is pungent. It works particularly well on the urinary, reproductive and nervous system. Because of its scraping nature, Shilajit is exceptionally efficient at reducing excess weight and toxins in the body, particularly when due to diabetes.

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Some indications, amongst others, include:
·        Diabetes
·        Hyperglycemia
·        Obesity
·        Cystitis
·        Dysuria
·        Incontinence
·        Prostatitis
·        Impotence
·        Spermaturia
·        Infertility
·        PMS and Dysmenorrhea in cases of weakness
·        High cholesterol
·        Anemia
·        Kidney stones
·        Epilepsy
·        Hypertension
·        Hypothyroidism

Usage:
There are many combination compounds that involve Neem to address certain conditions. Some being:
·        Shilajit with amalaki, shatavari and ginger in cases of anemia
·        Shilajit with ashwagandha and shatavari in male reproductive issues
·        Shilajit with shatavari and licorice for female reproductive issues
·        Shilajit with punarnava and guggulu in cases of edema

Contraindications:
As Shilajit has not been adequately tested with regards to usage, care and caution should be practiced when using Shilajit. It is not recommended in cases of pregnancy and lactation. Always seek a physician and practitioner’s guidance.

References:
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies.
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda. Albuquerque, N.M.: Ayurvedic Press.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual.
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies


Bibhitaki - The Fearless Ayurveda Herb

Bibhitaki – The Fearless Ayurveda Herb
Bibhitaki, known best for being one of the three herbs in Triphala, is an exceptionally popular ayurvedic herb. The name Bibhitaki means ‘fearless of disease’ indicating its magnificent properties in maintaining great health. This is a small dry fruit which has an affinity for the mucous membranes throughout the body. It acts as an expectorant and a bronchodilator and also has anthelmintic and tonic effects. It has a particular action on the lungs, intestines and urinary systems. This makes it an excellent herb for cleansing excess water and the heavy, sluggish qualities in the body.

Properties
Bibhitaki is a light, dry herb with a sweet and astringent taste. It has a heating action in the body and its post digestive effect is sweet. It works particularly well on the digestive, excretory, nervous and respiratory systems.

Some actions and indications:
– Rejuvenative
– Benefits hair and eyes
– Beneficial for breathing and throat issues
– Alleviates edema and swellings
– Asthma, cough and bronchitis
– Crohns disease
- Diarrhea
– Intestinal inflammation
- Parasites
– Bladder stones
– Cloudy urine
- Insomnia
– Cardiac congestion

Word Of Caution:
In cases of excessive dryness in the body it is wise to practice caution when using this herb. Its light and dry qualities will increase those in the body and therefore in excess may lead to dry skin and bowels.

Usage:
There are many combination compounds that involve Bibhitaki to address certain conditions.
Some being:
– The most well-known combination is using Bibhitaki, Amalaki and Haritaki together to create Triphala
– Triphala being an excellent rejuvenative formula that benefits overall health, in particular the GI tract
– Bibhitaki with pippali and black pepper to help in congestion in the lungs
– Bibhitaki with Haritaki, ginger and vasa for asthma and coughs
– Bibhitaki with honey for sore throats and speech impairments

References:
– Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies.
– Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
– Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
– Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
– Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice.


Kutki - A Popular Liver Tonic

Kutki - A Popular Liver Tonic
Kutki (katuka) is a popular liver tonic herb. Although its name means ‘pungent’ it also has a strong bitter taste. It grows at high altitudes in the Himalayas and is also known as ‘Dhanvantarigrasta’ because it was said to be consumed by Dhanvantari (father of Ayurveda). It pacifies excess heat in the body due to its antinflammatory properties.  It is a light and dry herb and therefore can increase these qualities in the body; hence its use must be carefully monitored. Kutki works especially well with diseases related to the liver and has antibacterial and expectorant properties. As it also works on the immune system by stimulating it, it is sometimes said to be contraindicated in certain autoimmune diseases.

Actions:
Kutki has several ayurvedic actions which make it a desired herb in some diseases. It has a strong scraping effect which assists in the removal of toxins. It also kindles digestion and reduces heat in the blood due to its cooling properties. It is said to destroy poisons and also alleviates skin disorders.

Properties:
Kutki is a light and dry herb and has a bitter, pungent taste with a cooling effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is pungent and it is also effective on the digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems.

Some indications, amongst others, include:
·        Liver damage
·        Cirrhosis
·        Inflamed/ enlarged liver
·        Acidity
·        Nausea
·        Palpitations
·        Allergies
·        Bronchial Asthma
·        Rhinitis
·        Arthritis
·        Psoriasis
·        Dysentery
·        Parasites

GREAT VIDEO DISCUSSING THE HEALING BENEFITS OF KUTKI! 

Usage:
There are many combination compounds that involve kutki to address certain conditions. Some being:
·        Kutki with manjistha, amalaki, guduchi and bhumyamalaki in liver inflammation and liver infections
·        Kutki with pippali and licorice in allergic reactions
·        Kutki with amalaki, manjistha and shatavari for intestinal inflammation
·        Kutki with ashwagandha and licorice for boosting immunity

Caution:
It is important to be aware of some of the contraindications of using kutki. In cases of excess lightness and dryness in the body, it is not recommended. It can also cause diarrhea and gas and therefore not suggested in a weak digestive system. It is also contraindicated in pregnancy. Always seek a physician’s advice before undertaking herbal supplementation.

References
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies