Category Archives: Ayurveda and Common Conditions

Ayurvedic Sleep Report Part 5: Ayurvedic Treatment for a Pitta Sleep Disorder

pitta-sleepMoving onto Part 5 of this series, we find ourselves looking more in depth into a sleep disorder that is caused by increased Pitta (fire) in the system.  Although most sleep disorders have some component of a Vata imbalance related to them, this is not always the main dosha at hand.  A pitta sleep disorder is often characterized by increased heat in the system, inflammation, anger, irritability, hyper-metabolism, low blood sugar, overworking and/or excessive critical thinking.  Therefore in order to provide effective treatment to this type of sleep disorder, we must balance out the overactive fire in both the body and mind. Continue reading »

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The Three Main Digestive Imbalances of Ayurveda and the Best Herbs for Treatment

herbsIn the world of Ayurveda, there is nothing more important to our health and wellbeing than our digestion.  The digestive fire, known as Agni, is so important that ALL toxins and disease stem from imbalance in this area.  There are many factors that may weaken our fire, such as a poor diet, stress, overeating, mental imbalances and improper lifestyle habits.  Therefore we must discover the cause (in order to remove it) while simultaneously administering treatment to balance our digestion.  Being of such an essential nature, it is no surprise that Ayurveda shines bright in this area, providing a wide variety of effective herbal treatment options for each of our unique needs.  Continue reading »

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An Ayurvedic Nighttime Routine for a Calm Mind and Sound Sleep

calming-bathJust as it is essential to have a consistent and healthy routine for the daytime (known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda), it is equally as essential to have a soothing nighttime routine in order to wind-down and de-stress each night before bed.  By welcoming in calming activities in the evening time, we are allowing the energy to ground and the mind to quiet.  The stress that has accumulated throughout the day is able to be processed and released, allowing us to sleep deeper, longer and more soundly.  With sleep disorders being one of the most prevalent issues I encounter as a practitioner, this article should be able to help those of all ages and body-types as we bring a bit more intention and attention to our nightly habits. Continue reading »

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Malabsorption According to Ayurveda: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

long-lines-on-nailsAs an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the most common issues I see time and time again is malabsorption of nutrients.  In fact, I would estimate at least 75% of my clients have shown some signs of malabsorption, if not more.  If you are not familiar with this phenomenon, this article will take you through not only what it is, but also some common causes, signs, symptoms, and of course how Ayurveda addresses this issue. Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How can I wake up each morning with energy?

sleepyDear Ask Ayurveda:

“I am writing today to ask for advice on an issue that seems to be getting worse and worse by the week.  I have never been a morning person, but for the last 2 months or so I feel like I can hardly get out of bed each morning.  No matter how long I sleep for, I have to lay in bed for at least 30 minutes before I can even think about getting up to get ready for work.  After I slowly make my way out of bed, I then drag on for the next 3-4 hours before my mind finally gets a little more clear and my energy becomes “normal”.  Even my morning coffee doesn’t seem to make much of a difference anymore.  When my energy gets better by mid-day or so, I never really feel quite as energized as I had before this shift happened 2 months ago.  Being in the Pacific Northwest, this is usually the best time of year for my energy levels since the sun is out more and it is a bit warmer.  Unfortunately, this is not the case this year.        Continue reading »

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Parasites: Symptoms, Causes and Ayurvedic Treatment

parasiteAlthough the thought of parasites is both terrifying and rarely talked about here in the US, parasitical infection is said to be undeniably prevalent, affecting millions of people here in America (and much more worldwide!).  Unfortunately, due to the lack of knowledge on this issue, many infections go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, causing a wide variety of chronic symptoms that seem to have no cure.  Luckily, parasitical infection or “Krumi” as it is called, is all too common in the world of Ayurveda, and through a detailed examination they can be readily diagnosed and properly treated. Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Ignite your Sexual Energy with Ayurveda

male and female energyAlthough we are considered a sex-driven society, it seems almost an oxymoron to think that one of the most common issues I see on a regular basis is sexual dysfunction.  Whether it manifests as a low sex-drive, vaginal dryness, impotence, premature ejaculation or just a general disinterest; these are all implications of depleted Ojas, hormonal imbalance and weakness in the reproductive tissue.  Even further, these common disorders are often a red flag that there are imbalances in other areas of the body that have led to the decreased sexual energy in the first place. Continue reading »

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