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.
How often do you resist the impulse to pass gas, burp, yawn, or sleep? Or suppress the desire to pee, poo, or shed a tear? Habitually and often unconsciously, we commonly find ourselves suppressing natural urges such as these, thinking nothing of it. According to Vāgbhata (one of the most influential classical writers of Ayurveda),
A recent review of scientific literature looked at the state of modern digestion and elimination. Researchers found reports of sluggish elimination common, but inconsistent from country to country. Americans, in particular, seem unsure how to classify their bathroom habits, with survey results ranging from 2% all the way up to 27% of the population. (1)
Migraines are pressure headaches, making them much different than tension headaches. They come as a result of vasodilation of the cerebral arteries which increases intracranial and arterial pressure, resulting in a pressure headache. A tension headache typically results when the muscles in the neck and shoulders tighten, usually due to stress clamping down on the
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
As summer winds down, a common question I get from my patients is, “How do I avoid gaining weight during the fall and winter?” Each fall, our ancestors would greatly increase their fruit, grain, nut, and seed intake. This intake of excess calories would accomplish winter insulation and energy storage—as the famine of winter and
More and more parents are asking, “What can I do preventatively now to keep my family healthy this year?” Over the years, I have streamlined 5 basic lifestyle tips based on the five-thousand-year-old, time-tested medical system of Ayurveda. These are all outlined in my book, Perfect Health for Kids, and I have summarized them here.
Many of us look forward to our travels plans all year, but all too often we find ourselves needing a vacation after the vacation! Travel-related circadian stress can take a major toll on the body, revealing physiological weak links that creep to the surface. Sleep issues often rear their ugly head, and digestion often slows
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In this article, I’ll discuss the best way to troubleshoot the digestive system and help you identify the best herbs for your digestive symptoms, with the ultimate goal of restoring balance. With 74% of the American population experiencing digestive distress, (1) I write this with a touch of urgency. Assess Your Elimination You should have