With spring upon us, lilacs, violets, pansies, chrysanthemums, daisies, and other blooms explode onto the scene, taking over gardens, fields, and mountainsides as if they were here for a reason, perhaps screaming, “Eat me!” or at least, “Look at me!” We all know that certain flowers are edible, but little is known about their medicinal […]
Interestingly, there is a wealth of clinical evidence that edible flowers bring more than vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to our palate—they may change, lift, and support our emotions.1-4 Perhaps in the same way the sight of spring flowers brought joy to our ancestors, they can support our emotions in modern times as well.
Could there be one nutrient that supports heart, mood, joints, and intestinal health that most Americans are deficient in? The answer is yes and the nutrient is omega-3 fatty acids.
Brahmi (gotu kola or Centella asiatica) is touted as the most rejuvenating herb in Ayurveda. It has been used for thousands of years as the main herb for revitalizing nerve and brain cells.
All year long, and especially each winter, I find myself treating an inordinate number of patients with a subclinical protein deficiency. Most of them are quite health-aware and have made conscious decisions as to what to include—and not include—in their diets. But somehow, despite the best intentions, they find themselves crashing due to a significant […]
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 […]
We have all experienced the power of fear, whether it be watching a thriller on TV or walking into a dark basement or attic when you were a kid. That fear has been shown to not only paralyze your nerves and muscles—“scared stiff”—but it may also change the ground you walk on! That’s right, fear […]
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 […]
Your sense of taste and smell is hard-wired to the emotional center of your brain, called the amygdala. We have all had the experience of smelling a fragrance and recalling a childhood memory, like the smell of brownies in the oven, or apple pie cooling on the counter. Staggering new research has brought new light […]
One of the main and often forgotten foundations for optimal health, as described by Ayurveda, is the pursuit of happiness. In this article, I’ll review some of the scientific research on happiness in an attempt to validate the Ayurvedic wisdom that being joyful, grateful, and happy is step one for a healthy, long, and fulfilling […]
According to Ayurveda, digestive toxins, environmental toxins, and even toxic emotions are stored in the body’s fat cells, and the purpose of seasonal cleansing was not only to flush toxins out of the body, but to also free the body and mind of lingering, unwanted emotions. The late Neuroscientist, Dr. Candace Pert Ph.D., called “The […]
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. […]