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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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The 3 Day Ayurvedic Cleanse

KitchariIt is that time of year again!  With the new year just around the corner, it is time to bring the focus back to ourselves, and more specifically to our health again.  Cleanses are a great way to reset the system and pave the way to making better health choices to come.  Long-term detox programs often initially bring lowered energy levels and therefore are recommended to only do when you are able to take some down-time at work and otherwise.   If you are like me however, I am just too busy to take more than a day or two off at a time.  So as with all other Ayurvedic rituals, the Ayurvedic Cleanse can also be modified to fit our current needs and schedule.  And although a three day cleanse is not terribly long, it can still be very powerful for detoxifying the body, balancing the mind, boosting the digestion/metabolism and setting the stage for a healthier future. Continue reading »

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The Health Benefits and Uses of Tikta Ghrita

tikta ghritaTikta Ghrita is translated as “bitter ghee” and it is precisely this; ghee infused with the most powerful bitter herbs that Ayurveda has to offer.  Ayurveda often uses medicated ghee infusions to administer herbs, as this allows for deeper penetration of the herb and therefore an overall more potent action and effect.  The main bitter herbs of Ayurveda include Neem, Kutki, Kalmegha, Bhumyamalaki, Turmeric, Daruharidra, Karella (bitter melon) and Musta among many others.  Although these herbs all have their own unique actions, they do possess similar qualities such as being detoxifying, cooling (mostly), reducing (catabolic), anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and act specifically on the liver and blood.  Continue reading »

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Ask Ayurveda: How do you increase the digestion without increasing heat in the body?

Big dark pink Lotus Flower photoDear Ask Ayurveda:

“I am a busy mom from New York.  Last summer, I had struggled to try to stay in balance but I seemed to become very irritable (ask my kids!), as my inner “fire” seemed to get a bit out of control due to the hot weather.  Despite the excessive heat and irritation, I also suffer from having a low digestive fire and slow metabolism.  How can I go about increasing my digestive fire without adding a lot of heat to my body during these hot summer months?   Do you have any recommendations or products for increasing the digestion in a cooling way?  Also, are there some Ayurvedic remedies to keep the heat balanced during the summer months?  Thanks for your help!!”  Hot and Irritable in New York Continue reading »

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