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Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: CCF Tea

In the world of Ayurvedic medicine, CCF Tea leads the way as a digestive remedy that is powerful, yet gentle enough for all dosha and body types to use on a daily basis.  This savory, but oh so tasty tea is perfect for drinking between meals to flush toxins from the system, kindle the Agni or digestive fire, and reduce chronic symptoms of indigestion such as gas, bloating, cramping, hyperacidity and malabsorption.  Its natural diuretic properties also make this tea a great tonic for the kidneys and bladder, reducing fluid retention and swelling in the body.  Continue reading »

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The Many Health Benefits of Pranayama and How to Begin your Practice

Pranayama is the powerful practice of controlling one’s breath.  The health benefits are quite substantial, and generally speaking, include healing the mind, the nervous system and of course the physical body.  Since Pranayama works so intimately with the subtle, energetic body, it is of great importance to utilize the many different breathing variations properly.  This will allow one to reap the full benefits of the practice, as well as avoid harming the system further.  Whatever your goals are for establishing a Pranayama practice, this article will share a bit of ancient knowledge with you to help get you started!

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7 Steps to Rejuvenation after a Cleanse

In order to obtain optimal results after an Ayurvedic cleanse, one must utilize the appropriate steps in order to rejuvenate and energize the body and mind.  If you miss out on this essential “post-cleanse” phase, you not only deprive yourself of the juiciness that these “rasayana” or rejuvenation therapies bring, but you also leave the tissues depleted, the digestion weak, the immunity low and the energy drained.  Therefore Ayurveda not only focuses on detoxification, but puts equal emphasis on building and rejuvenation.
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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: The Ginger Detox Bath

If you are looking to cleanse the system, Ayurveda has countless methods to promote detoxification for both the body and mind.  The Ginger Detox Bath is a great addition to any cleanse, but is equally beneficial to use on a daily basis as well.  This holistic remedy is one of the key svedana or sweating therapies in an Ayurvedic home cleanse and is recommended to be utilized each day before, during and after the program.  Since most disease is caused by toxins in the body, often this therapy is recommended in the lifestyle treatment protocol for healing disorders of all kinds.  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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The Four Types of Agni

fireThe digestive fire (aka Agni), according to Ayurveda, is such a dynamic concept, it is stated to be the main governor of one’s energy, vitality and well being. An individual’s overall digestion is likely to determine the overall health of that individual. Continue reading »

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