Chyawanprash is Ayurveda’s premier superfood, containing over forty herbal constituents that have worked synergistically since early in the first millennium BCE, when the formula was first documented in Ayurveda’s major treatise, Caraka Samhita.
Constipation and incomplete bowel movements can be one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable. Luckily, one of Ayurveda’s primary areas of focus is digestion.
Have you ever wondered how and why our bodies store toxins? Actually, we are all designed to continuously and naturally remove toxins from our bodies, but sometimes this natural process is interrupted and needs a reset. Types of Toxins Water-soluble toxins are easily flushed out via the blood and kidneys. Fat-soluble toxins (such as heavy […]
When we think of vitamin C, we think of citrus fruits that are generally not available during the northern winter months. Nuts and seeds are the main fare for most northern winter-philic mammals. This means many of us are getting a lot of vitamin E with very little vitamin C during the winter—which may be […]
Are you curious what healthy and unhealthy drinking looks like and some natural ways to provide your body with harm reduction? Alcohol is a serious issue: it is the third leading preventable cause of death in the US, contributing to ~30% of all motor vehicle accidents.1 While most folks drink responsibly, there seems to be […]
In the early 1980s, when I was beginning my studies in Ayurveda, I read a book called Maharaj: A Biography of Shriman Tapasviji Maharaj, a Mahatma Who Lived for 185 Years.1 This book strongly influenced my desire to study Ayurveda in India with a special desire to learn about Kya Kalpa, the south Indian Siddha […]
In Ayurveda, one of the primary investigative tools of practitioners for determining the state of one’s health is tongue diagnosis or evaluation of the tongue. The tongue is the very beginning of the digestive tract, which lumbers on for another 30 feet or so. Since we cannot see much beyond the mouth without some invasive […]
According to Ayurveda, agni—which means “ignite”—is found all over your body, in every cell, your DNA, and in every living thing. Agni is the driving force of cellular energy from your mitochondria. Your sex drive, enzymes, and neurotransmitters would not exist if it were not for agni. Your mood, behavior, hunger levels, and even sleep […]
According to Ayurveda, herbal formulations can be “activated” in certain ways to boost their bio-availability and effectiveness. Herbal formulas using whole, organically-grown herbs of good quality, combined with other herbs to enhance their intelligence, and taken in-season can provide a combination of nutritional benefit, probiotic support, and a needed therapeutic impact. In this article, I […]
According to Ayurveda, amalaki, also known as Indian Gooseberry or amla, belongs to a group of herbs that promote longevity, induce nourishment, and prevent the deleterious effects of aging. The amalaki fruit is a small fall-harvested berry that is among only a handful of herbs that are labeled “rasayana” or rejuvenation- and longevity-promoting agents. The […]
Some say a classic sign of old age is when we start talking about our poo. I see this as a sign of developing more wisdom with age. A detailed analysis of one’s bowel movement was a diagnostic technique used for thousands of years to determine one’s health status! A few years ago, one of […]
In Part 1 of this series, I discussed home recipes for cleansing and toning the skin, how to determine your Ayurvedic skin type, and how to adjust your skin care recipe accordingly. In Part 2, I will share my favorite Ayurvedic beauty concoctions for moisturizing your skin. According to Ayurveda, following the same principles as […]