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
Did you know that your brain has its own lymphatic system (called glymphatics) and that there are easy ways to keep it running smoothly? I have written numerous articles on the newly discovered lymphatic vessels that drain toxins from the brain while you sleep (three pounds per year!). But this is just the tip of
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),
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
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
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
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
(November-February) Why Eat Seasonally? When we adjust our diet and lifestyle to match the season, health promoting digestive microbes dramatically change. Winter microbes support balanced immunity, digestion, mood, energy, blood sugar, weight, sleep – and much more. Winter is associated with the qualities of ‘Vata,’ which are cold, air, dry and light. To stay balanced,
While we all look forward to a summer vacation, many folks dread the travel. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the vata dosha (or air energy) can easily become disturbed from flying or while traveling. A new branch of medicine called Circadian Medicine has measured the negative effect of travel stress (vata imbalance) on the nervous system.