Category Archives: Ayurveda and Common Conditions

7 Ayurvedic Remedies for Fighting the Cold and Flu (that really work!)

gingerSo here we are in the midst of the cold and flu season. If you’re anything like us here in Boulder, CO, it is hard to go anywhere without people coughing and sneezing all around. Whether at work, school, or at home, it is likely you will eventually be exposed to some of these bugs as they migrate from one person to another. If you have kids or are in a kid-related field (teachers!), your exposure is amplified. Since isolation is neither logical nor desired, the best option for staying healthy this season is to use full awareness and combat a potential virus or bacteria before it takes over. In this article, I will be sharing my favorite Ayurvedic herbal remedies that I personally use and can vouch for first hand. So put away your cough syrups and antibiotics and give mother nature a shot!    Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Sleep Report Part 4: Ayurvedic Treatment for a Vata Sleep Disorder

Vata sleep disorderSo here we are in Part 4 of this “Ayurvedic Sleep Report”.  In the final chapters of this Sleep series, I would like to share with you some natural options for treating a sleep disorder using the wisdom of Ayurveda.  In order to be sure of the proper treatment protocol, you must make sure to treat the individual and their specific symptoms and not just the disorder itself.  Furthermore, it is vital to make sure the root cause of the disorder is discovered and then removed. If the cause continues to flourish, any treatment plan will merely pacify the symptoms, while the disorder itself continues to progress. If you are not sure of the root cause of your sleep disorder, then it may be best to eventually seek out a knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner in your area, or contact me for an Ayurvedic phone consultation.  In the meantime, you can begin to balance out your sleep issues using some general Ayurvedic protocols that I will share with you here.  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Sleep Report- Part 2: The Science of Sleep

stress hormones and sleep Part one of this “Ayurvedic Sleep Report” looks at the vital role sleep plays on our health.  Now before moving on, I would like to share a bit on the science of sleep. In this article I will guide you through the specifics on the two main biological mechanisms that govern our ability to sleep and then give you an understanding about a few major hormones that get disrupted during a sleep disorder.   Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Nail Analysis: What do your nails say about your health?

helathy nailsThere are several physical diagnostic tools that are commonly practiced in Ayurveda and one of the main ones includes nail assessment (called Nakha Pariksha). Just as the tongue, hair, skin, and other external attributes are very telling of one’s internal health, the nails can be a strong indicator of possible issues occurring in the body as well. Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Sleep Report- Part 1: Why is Sleep so Important to our Health?

Ayurvedic sleep reportAlthough I think we all have experienced the advantages of a good night’s rest, and alternatively, the aggravations of a poor one; what are the specific health benefits of proper sleep and the specific complications for the lack of? How does improper sleep really effect are physical, emotional and mental health? Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How can I reduce inflammation in my body?

inflammationDear Ask Ayurveda:

“I am 36 years old, although lately I have been feeling like my age is accelerating at an intense rate.  I am the mother of 2 beautiful boys (ages 4 and 6) and work about 30-35 hours a week as a nurse.  I have had issues with inflammation in my body since I gave birth to my oldest, 6 years ago.  Since then I have had on and off inflammation in all different areas of my body, but the main areas that seem affected have been my knees, my wrists and my stomach.  I often feel a sourness in my gut and experience heartburn at least 2 days each week, if not more.  I will even get red dots and rashes on my stomach and chest at least once or twice a month.  All of these symptoms are at their worst at night, and even more so during menstruation.  This pain and inflammation often leaves me fatigued and drained, especially during flare-ups. Continue reading »

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14 Powerful Ways to Reduce Anxiety with Ayurveda

nature meditationAs an Ayurvedic practitioner, one of the most prevalent emotional disorders I deal with on a regular basis is anxiety.  With our current society of go-go-go, non-stop electronics and constant stimulation, it is truly not surprising.  In fact, I even have had my own recurring battles with anxiety in the past.  Thankfully through the wisdom of Ayurveda, I have come to find emotional balance in my life, and now have helped many others reduce their anxiety allowing them to find a place of stability in their body and mind.     Continue reading »

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