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Punarnava / Boerhavia Diffusa

Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa) – Usage, Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description of Plant A perennial diffuse herb that consists of creeping stem that is usually purple in color. The plant is about 0.75-1m in length. Occasionally it grows up to 4mtrs in rainy seasons and dries in summer. Leaves are usually whitish and smooth underneath and rough green on upper surface which are 2.5-4cm long, fleshy with soft hairs, whitish ventrally. Flowers are small, pink colored. Fruits are one seeded nuts which are round or circular, about 1cm long, containing seeds like cow’s beans. Root are fairly long, somewhat circular and […]

Where are the Doshas?

Where are the Doshas? Based on what I’ve been able to learn within our Fundamentals of Ayurveda course, the three doshas are woven into the workings of the seen and unseen atmosphere. Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are all around us, within us, and synchronistically upholding our universe. Through their qualities, respectively, we are able to see their effects within us and around us. Vata can be seen through its qualities of cold, light, dry, active, sharp, rough. On a cold windy day when our lips get chapped, our skin dry, our mind light and active… Pitta shows through its qualities […]

How does Ayurveda view the Mind-Body Connection?

How does Ayurveda view the Mind-Body Connection? According to Ayurveda, the mind has an extremely powerful influence on our overall health and wellbeing. Even very minor disturbances in our mental wellbeing can have the potential to negatively affect not just the quality of our life situation, but also our physical health. In more extreme cases it can lead to a whole range of diseases – for example, unresolved anger can accumulate in the liver and impair its functioning; unprocessed grief can upset the function of the lungs and chronic anxiety can disturb colon health. This view is of particular interest […]

How can Ayurveda help us to Figure out our Health Issues?

How can Ayurveda help us to Figure out our Health Issues? Ayurveda is the great gift that nature has given to mankind. It is a deep study about how our body functions, and how it gives us all solutions to our underlying health problems with the help of food, herbs and lifestyle changes. Ayurveda can help us in maintaining good and happy life if followed the way our masters teach us. Anatomy, principles and physiology of Ayurveda helps us understand the intelligent functioning of doshas, dhatus, malas, and the life force (Prana), their interrelation and systematic working and natural balancing […]

How can one take the leap from Western Medicine to Ayurveda?

How can one take the leap from Western Medicine to Ayurveda? After 17 years working as a clinician in the western medicine model, my discovery of Ayurveda has been a blessed awakening. Ayurveda is correct medicine. I am confident that as I am deepening my understanding of Ayurveda and holistic health, I am now able to adhere to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. The truly holistic nature of Ayurveda provides a complete approach to health, on all levels of the human experience and universal, cosmic understanding. We are learning avenues and explanations of ultimate truth, through the balance […]

Why Kriyakala is A Successful Diagnostic and Treatment Tool?

Why Kriyakala is A Successful Diagnostic and Treatment Tool? The basic goal of Ayurveda is quite simple, use opposite qualities to maintain or restore balance. When a person loses balance, they enter into a disease stage; regardless of how minor the signs and symptoms appear to be. These six stages of disease are called kriyakala. Accumulation Aggravation Overflow Relocation Manifestation Diversification These six stages refer to the doshas movement in our physical body, the tissues and channels, as well as the mental body, thoughts and emotions. Diet is a huge factor when examining the increase and decrease of dosha. What […]

How can one Determine Prakruti and Vikruti?

How can one Determine Prakruti and Vikruti? Based on what I have learned in this course on diagnosis methods and skills of Ayurveda, I have learned some ways for us to determine our own prakriti and the prakriti of others. Prakriti is our original body constitution and our unique doshic balance upon conception and birth. As we accumulate different doshic imbalances over time we call this vikriti. Vikriti is our accumulated doshic imbalance. It does not necessarily reflect prakriti. These imbalances are manifested due to our improper dietary habits and poor lifestyle choices. This includes improper food combining and eating […]

What Makes the Tongue a Great Diagnostic Tool in Ayurveda?

What Makes the Tongue a Great Diagnostic Tool in Ayurveda? In my studies of Ayurveda, I have learned that this form of medicine is very comprehensive in its diagnosis of disease. I enjoy learning about Ayurveda because it looks at the whole body and sees how all of its individual parts work together in harmony when you have health and balance, and in disharmony when you are ill and out of balance. The tongue is a great map of the interior of a person’s body, but it is limited to inner pathway of the digestive tract. Looking at the tongue […]

What is Ayurveda and Its Importance in Maintaining Health?

What is Ayurveda and Its Importance in Maintaining Health? Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic healing through herbs. It is derived from two words, Ayu [Life] + Veda [Knowledge]. Ayurveda is Knowledge of Life. WHAT IS LIFE (AYU)? Life according to Ayurveda is a fusion of body, senses, mind and soul. Hence, the holistic healing is very important for health. Life can be classified under 4 types in Ayurveda: Hitayu – beneficial life Ahita ayu – detrimental life Sukhayu – content state of health and mind Dukhayu – sorrowful state of health and mind. AYURVEDA WORKS ON TWO PRINCIPLES […]

Prishniparni / Uraria picta / Hedysarum pictum

Prishniparni, Uraria picta (Hedysarum pictum) – Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description of Plant Prishniparni (Uraria picta) is an erect, little branched, perennial herb 0.9-1.8 m in height. Leaves are 20-30cm, imparipinnate with 5-9 leaflets. Leaflets which are on the upper part of the stem are 5-7, (rarely 9), 10-20 cm long, linear oblong, acute, blotched with white, minutely pubescent beneath, base rounded. Leaflets are narrowly lanceolate, 7-25 cm long (lowermost smaller), often variegated, shiny and hairless above, rough hairy below; margins entire, inflorescence a long terminal densely many-flowered spike-like raceme, up to 55 cm long, covered in long whitish hairs, […]


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