Originally published in Natural Triad Magazine John Douillard has been teaching Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness, and nutrition for 21 years and has trained more than 2,000 Western doctors in Ayurvedic medicine. In this article, he discusses depression and anxiety from an Ayurvedic perspective, with a focus on the koshas (which translates from Sanskrit as
The newest eating imbalance on the block is called orthorexia nervosa, which literally means “proper appetite.” Although not yet officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder, it affects many people. It is considered the eating disorder disguised as a virtue.
Nasya is considered one of the five most powerful therapies in Ayurveda. What is nasya? The nasal inhalation of herbalized oils into the sinuses, which has many benefits. In my opinion, the most unique benefit is supporting cleansing of lymphatic vessels in the brain called the sagittal sinus or tarpaka kapha. The saggital sinus is
Oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone. At birth, it is released by the mother and literally bonds parents and child for life. Oxytocin is increased during acts of appreciation, generosity, service, touch, hugging, massage, gratitude, and emotional connection.1, 2 Oxytocin is sometimes called the “hugging hormone” or “trust hormone” because it naturally increases during
How were your holidays? Over the past couple of months, many of us have had occasions to accept or reject, to open or close our hearts, to friends and relatives. According to Ayurveda, opportunities for deep emotional transformation come first and foremost with the ones we love most. The extent that someone affects you is
Have you ever heard of ancestral or generational healing? Or seen a family where the same trauma pattern seems to mysteriously develop generation after generation? The Ayurvedic idea of samskaras along with the science of epigenetics may shed some light on this mystery. According to Ayurveda, physical, behavioral, mental, and emotional traits can be carried through
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),