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  • An Ayurvedic Approach to Illness

    How does Ayurveda cure illnesses? This article explores the Ayurvedic approach to treating Illness. Once the dosha has been determined, the present illness or health concern is discussed. Through a series of questions regarding the degree of air, fire, and water affecting the condition, the condition will become clear. It is more crucial to learn what the patient experiences than merely naming the illness. Another way of cross-referencing disease is finding the site of the condition......

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  • Dosha and Mental Constitutions

    Understanding Dosha and Mental Constitutions This article is dedicated to understanding dosha and mental constitutions. The Váta Mind When Váta dosha persons are healthy, they are cheerful, creative, and adaptable. When Váta dosha persons are healthy, they are cheerful, creative, and adaptable. If there is an imbalance in their dosha, they become worried, nervous, fearful, and giddy. The mental constitution of Váta individuals te.....

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  • Developing Samádhi: Divine Peace

    Samadi: Divine Peace This article is dedicated to developing Samádhi: Divine Peace. Some patients have one type of physical constitution combined with another type of mental constitution (i.e., a heavy and nervous person has a Kapha body and Váyu mind). Consequently, when suggesting healing measures for the Kapha body illness, the practitioner takes care not to aggravate the Váyu mental constitution. In this example, fire-increasing measures are recommended, including herbs, foods.....

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  • The relationship between Doshas and Tastes

    The Six Tastes and the Doshas According to Áyurveda, all foods and liquids contain six tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent, or combinations. Each of the six tastes either increase, or decrease, each dosha. Sweet: Reduces Váta and Pitta and also increases Kapha Sour: Reduces Váta and also increases Pitta and Kapha Salty: Reduces Váta and also increases Pitta and Kapha Pungent: Reduces Kapha and also increases Pitta and Váta Bitte.....

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  • Ama and Self-tongue Diagnosis

    Understanding Ama and Self Tongue Diagnosis This article discusses understanding ama and self tongue diagnosis. At the root of every disease is ama. There are many causes for the development of ama in the organism. For example, every time one digests food that that is incompatible between each other, this affects agni. This occurs because of the toxins or amas which result from the incomplete digestion of these ailments. Therefore if the tongue of an individual is .....

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  • The Key to Health and Understanding Disorders: Agni

    Disussing the key to health and understanding disorders: Agni This article discusses the key to health and understanding disorders agni. Agni is the biological fire that governs metabolism. It is similar to pitta in its function and can be considered integral part of the pitta system of the body functioning as a catalytic agent in digestion and in metabolism. Pitta contains energy-heat which helps digestion. Agni and Pitta are essentially similar with the subtle difference that pitta.....

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  • Understanding the Connection Between Body and Mind

    The Connection between Body and Mind in Ayurveda The seed of the disease will lie subconsciously in the mind in the form of anger, fear or attachment. This article will help you understanding the connection between body and mind in Ayurveda. The loss of equilibrium which causes diseases can originate from the conscience, as a form of negative consciousness and can then manifest itself in the mind. The seed of the disease will lie subconsciously in the .....

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  • Avoiding Imbalances and Maintaining Well-being

    Avoiding Imbalances and Mantaining Well-being In this article we will explore avoiding imbalances and mantaning well being in Ayurveda. Well-being is order, while disease is disorder. Well-being is order, while disease is disorder. Within the body there is a constant interaction between order and disorder. A wise person learns to be entirely conscious of the presence of disorder inside the body. He/She understands that order is strictly linked .....

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  • The Three Guna Type Individuals

     The Three Guna Types Individuals Understanding Guna Types On a mental level, three attributes or Guna, constitute the emotional ‘humors’ of who we are. In Ayurvedic teachings, these three attributes constitute the basis for the variety of human temperament. Ayurvedic teachings also consider the individual differences in psychological and moral predispositions. These three basic attributes are sattva, rajas and tamas. Sattva expresses essence, understanding, pureness, .....

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  • The Roots of Equilibrium: the Tridosha

     Understanding the Equilibrium of the Tridosha The 5 fundamental elements of matter and energy manifest in the human body as combinations forming the three basic principles known as tridosha. Introducing the Dosha Types These three principles: vata, pitta and kapha govern all biological, psychological and physiological functions of the body, mind and conscience. The elements of ether and air manifest the physic.....

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