A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage, which details the many Ayurvedic massage techniques. Each requires a unique oil and has very specific stroke patterns. But not all Ayurvedic massage techniques require oil. One of the most popular and most loved is garshana. Garshana is a dry, lymphatic, […]
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According to Ayurveda, the study of lymph, called rasayana, is also the study of longevity and rejuvenation. The word rasa means lymph or juice (among other things) and ayana is a special study. Rasayana is, therefore, the study of our rasa (lymph), or our “longevity juice.” Rasayana is so important that it is one of […]
A slew of health concerns can be caused by blood sugar levels. Educating yourself about the ways in which blood sugar affects you is crucial to balancing these levels. Conditions associated with chronically high blood sugar levels include weight gain, cardiovascular and cognitive health, as well as a host of degenerative conditions. Even blood sugars […]
Have you spent any time wondering what your lymphatic system does, or if it is healthy? According to Ayurveda, the lymph, or rasa, is always the first body system evaluated and treated. It is hugely important to our health and wellbeing, but is often overlooked in our culture. It is one factor that may play into many so-called “mystery illnesses.”
Have you heard of MPFF or MCP? Modified citrus pectin, otherwise known as the white part, or pith, of citrus fruits is powerful medicine for the heart, lymph, and circulation.
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Cellulite is a concern that affects some 80 percent of all females. (4) Cutting-edge research is suggesting cellulite is a consequence of alterations that develop in the lymphatic system that lead to an accumulation of substances in subcutaneous tissue. This can cause the accumulation of fluids and other substances in the cellular tissue and create […]
Did you know your brain has its own house-cleaning process? It’s true! Up there, there are certain cells called microglia that remove and detoxify toxic proteins that interfere with your brain function. As you get older, however, these microglia cells fail to keep up which can result in toxin build-up within the brain. The newly […]
The seventh sense, as proposed by Jonathan Kipnis, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia, may be our most important sense—as it may be the one keeping us alive! (1) We all know about the five senses, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. The sixth sense is said to govern movement, position in […]
What is Lymph + What are Some Herbs for Lymph? The lymphatic system, the largest circulatory system in the body, has been under-investigated for years, due difficulty in measuring its flow. The good news is that we are learning more every day about the purpose and function of lymph! In a new study published in […]
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 […]
Have you heard about the waste disposal system that activates inside the brain while we sleep? While we rest, there are tiny lymph channels that open up and drain toxic waste and proteins. The brain dumps about 3 pounds of toxins from the brain each year. This is the entire weight of the brain in […]