Overview of Áyurveda

Ayurveda, the “science of life,” or longevity, is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of all others. Buddhism, Taoism, Tibetan, and other cultural medicines have many similar parallels to…

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Consitutions and Diseases

  Ayurveda, according to Charak Saåhitá, was a scientific and logical interpretation, in which tridoßha theory was enumerated along with man- agement of Váyu, Pitta, and Kapha. Nature was seen as uniform, and rational knowledge was em- phasized over the supernatural. Symposia were held for practitioners to express opinions and…

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Three Mental Qualities: Sattwa, Rajas, Tamas

The three guòas, sattwa, rajas, and tamas are found in nature and in the mind, paralleling the three doßhas of the body. Sattwa, or purity, is the preferred mental state because a person with this quality is calm, alert, kind, and thoughtful. A per- son whose mind is predominantly rajasic…

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The Human Universe

The Vedic scriptures say that there is an inextricable link between humans and the universe. The very elements of human life exist outside in the cosmos as well. As the poet Walt Whitman said, “I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” In…

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Underlying Causes of Health: Agni, Áma and Ojas

The main cause of illness is a poor digestive system. If the digestive fire (agni) does not burn strongly enough, foods do not get digested. If food is not digested, nutrients cannot be absorbed. When foods do not get digested, they sit and accumulate in the colon, becoming a breeding…

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