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.
We’ve all been there . . . one of the most irritating things to deal with is a cough that just won’t quit. Nagging coughs tend to make their appearance during the seasonal change from winter to spring.
According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs aging, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas). In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. In the context of physical health and vitality, it means “vigor, virility, and vitality.” In the context […]
In 1986, I arrived in India and remember watching a man bathe in a public fountain—something we don’t typically see in the West. Upon closer inspection, while he was quite intent on rubbing every inch of his body, he was not using soap. He was massaging oil on his body—everywhere—and then, he appeared to drink […]
That cup of hot milk your grandmother gave you before bed has been shown to deliver special peptides that support health, energy, virility, and natural sleep cycles.1-3 Researchers have found that when milk is taken before bed, the milk’s bio-active peptides support: deep healthy sleep1 restorative sleep1 relaxation needed for sleep2 healthy stress response2 healthy […]
While raising our six children, I experimented with every type of immune-boosting concoction you could imagine to keep our kids healthy. One report suggested that kids get sick 6-8 times a year on average.13 With six kids and each cold lasting a couple of weeks, I did the math: six kids x six colds per […]
According to a report in the Alternative Medicine Review, an estimated 75-90 percent of primary care visits may be related to stress. (1) Stress has been linked to a host of health concerns involving immunity, cardiovascular system, sleep, mood, bone, brain and cognitive function, breathing, muscle tension, circulation, fatigue, metabolic concerns such as blood sugar […]
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 […]
Many different cultures around the world have used cold bathing for health and longevity purposes, and the practice has recently gained some scientific support! When I lived in India studying Ayurveda, I was instructed to start every day with a cold shower as a part of my yoga practice. While Ayurveda always suggests gradual temperature […]
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. […]
Eating out of season and being disconnected with nature’s cycles may be behind unwanted bacterial biofilms building up in the intestines. (4,6) Biofilms are naturally-occurring bacterial colonies that form in both humans and the environment. They are basically slimy, glue-like, protective sheaths that bacterial organisms form around themselves. By being proactive with your diet, you […]
Early on in my practice, kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa) was the most important herb in my Ayurvedic pharmacy. The many studies on kutki’s effectiveness drew worldwide attention which resulted in severe over-harvesting and over-exploitation, threatening it into near extinction. When it was classified as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in […]