The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, & Longevity

The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, & Longevity

Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

Language: English

Pages: 675

ISBN: 0965804259

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The theories and practices of Ayurvedic medicine—including the therapeutic benefits of aromas, foods, herbs, meditation, yoga, and more—are featured in this comprehensive handbook. With a section dedicated to health disorders, this guide clarifies the simplicity of healing naturally and offers counsel towards an improved sense of well-being, reduced stress, and mental peace. Photographs of more than 80 herbs and yoga postures round out this home reference and teaching tool.


















recommended. From the western 39 1. Ciliary action moves secretions upward 4. Then, they move down esophagus 5. Finally, secretions move into the stomach The Áyurveda Encyclopedia Underlying Causes of Health: Agni, Áma and Ojas and heal the bruise, our life sap (ojas) protects and heals us from illness. 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

and áma + in excess) gardens for its beautiful flowers Tissues: Mainly muscle, fat, bone, marrow/nerves, Energetics: Bitter, astringent-cold-pungent reproductive, but works on all. Tissues: Blood, fat, reproductive Systems: Nervous, reproductive, respiratory Systems: Reproductive Action: Adaptogenic, analgesic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, galactogogue, nervine, Action: Astringent, sedative Uses: A main herb for uterus health; uterine/ rejuvenative, sedative, tonic, anti-inflammatory

skin ulcers and other skin diseases. (It is also used for mange on horses and on cattle with sore feet). Preparation: Oleoresin (oil or tar), powder Sanskrit: Dhányak Daanyak Hindi: Dhania English: Coriander/Cilantro Latin: Coriandrum sativum Preparation: Decoction, powder, eyewash, medi- Linn. cated ghee, paste Part Used: Seeds, leaves Precautions: High Váyu, tissue deficiency Habitat: Common throughout India Sanskrit: Devadaru devadü Energetics: Bitter, pungentcold-pungent VPK=

of healing medicine within the foods we eat to heal a majority of chronic health conditions—or at least —healthy, timely eating habits improve one’s sense of general well being. There is an expression, ‘you are what you eat’. If you heat healthy, whole, fresh, organic foods, 23 meals a day, you will be healthy, whole, and full of life. Many research studies are finding that the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. in our foods prevent and heal diseases from colds to cancers. We can add to the

whole cane sugar). The body makes glucose from carbohydrates in our food. Glucose (blood sugar) is what builds our brain cells. Certain foods contain either simple or complex carbohydrates. Whole grains and fresh fruit (i.e., fiberous) are complex carbohydrates, taking time to digest and thereby enter the bloodstream slowly. White sugar is a simple carbohydrate, instantly entering the bloodstream. The body is shocked by this sudden rise in glucose and instantly responds by producing excess

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