It’s easy to get into a routine: eating, working, and exercising in the same ways day after day. But did you know that microbes in the air change from one season to the next? Did you know that microbes in your gut should be changing from one season to the next? Did you know that receptors in your brain for mood hormones also change seasonally?
Do you ever notice that you feel differently in the summer and winter? That you crave different foods, have different sleeping patterns, or experience different moods? Well, we are circadian beings, which means our ability to survive and thrive as a species depends on our connection to the rhythms of nature.
Are you worried about what you’ve done to your brain over the years? For decades, our understanding of brain chemistry was that we are all gifted with a certain number of brain cells at birth and if you kill them with, say, too much alcohol or drugs, you can never grow them back. That understanding […]
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, 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 […]
Menstruation falls under the general Ayurvedic heading of Yonivyapad. Ayurveda uses the word Yoni to describe the female genitalia and reproductive organs, and vyapad to describe disorders or diseases. The Charaka Samhita, a comprehensive text on the ancient Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, describes around 20 different gynecological disorders. The premise of Ayurveda is not […]
In the early 1900s, a prominent psychiatrist named Dr. Henry Cotton ran the world’s most prestigious mental institution based on the premise that depression and insanity were linked to a deep underlying infection of some kind. (1) Dr. Cotton was famous for pulling infected teeth out of his mentally ill patients and, if that didn’t […]
Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 41 seconds Dealing with bouts of sadness, anxiety, “senior moments,” and kids having difficulty staying on task at school has become a way of life for many Americans. While there are many factors that may be at the root of these problems, there is one herb that has recently […]
In the 1960s, when cholesterol was mistakenly deemed the cause of heart disease, saturated fats were replaced with polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats were derived from seed oils, and because these seed oils were so volatile, they had to be highly processed and refined to become stable. Today, clear-yellow plastic vegetable oil-filled bottles line the brightly-lit […]
Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 48 seconds There is strong evidence to suggest that psychological stress has marked impact on gastrointestinal health and digestion. Stress is processed through the intestinal tract where 95 percent of the body’s serotonin and other neurotransmitters are manufactured and stored –leaving only 5 percent of the body’s serotonin in […]
Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 48 seconds Good news for baby boomers! Baby boomers, those born between the years 1946 and 1964, make up the vast majority of America’s growing senior population. In the last decade, the rates of dementia in the elderly have dramatically declined. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine […]
In this article, I am going to explain difference between brahmi and bacopa. Brahmi is a common name used for two very important Ayurvedic herbs used for enhancing and caring for brain function. Bacopa monnieri is called Brahmi in south India, and Centella asiatica is called Brahmi (or Gotu Kola) in the north of India, […]