The joints get a lot of hard use over the years, and if we don’t look after them, they can start giving problems. Joint issues are called arthritis. There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis (sandhivata), where the cartilage and bone starts breaking down, and rheumatoid arthritis (amavata), where there is excessive inflammation. As [...]

Ayurveda and Seasonal Routines

The system of Ayurveda and ayurvedic medicine is based on the qualities (Gunas) of nature. It is the combinations of gunas that differentiate the Five Elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) which in turn make up the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). The various gunas (heaviness, temperature, texture, density, subtlety, movement, rhythm, etc) [...]

The ayurvedic concept of immunity

In western medicine we talk about immunity, meaning the ability to resist diseases, especially infections. Western anatomy and physiology explains that the body has natural immune systems to control bacteria and viruses, including the lymphatic system, the white blood cells, natural killer cells, and others that work in tandem to keep the body healthy. So, [...]

Hair Loss and Pitta Dosha

Pitta is one of the three ayurvedic doshas, and is made up of fire and water elements. Pitta is considered to govern the health of skin and hair, and where there is an excess of Pitta, skin health can be adversely affected, and there is a tendency for early greying of hair, and premature hair [...]

Agni and the Liver

We have talked about Agni in previous posts. It is one of the most important concepts in Ayurveda. Agni is often translated as digestive capacity. But every organ is considered to have agni, and their individual agni is what enables them to function. Agni is also metabolism, your body’s ability to convert nutrients into energy [...]

Improve Your Digestion in Summer

In the Summer when the weather is hot, our digestive fire (agni) is diminished. We are less hungry, and easily feel uncomfortable when we overeat. In addition, people with a strong Pitta (fire) component become overheated. They may have loose stools, become irritable, and their skins have problems. In this post we will talk about [...]

Ayurvedic Skin Care for Dry skin

If your skin is dry and rough most of the time, it means the air element of Vata is predominant in your skin. Vata skin tends to be dry especially during the autumn and winter months, and even during the summertime. The pores are a little larger, the skin is delicate, often with roughness. Vata [...]

It’s that time of the year when you take stock, and realise you want to change some of your habits. Perhaps you want to get fitter, to lose weight, or to be more effective in your business next year. You might want to be bolder and more adventurous, or to learn something new. You might [...]

The Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause

Menopause is the phase of a woman’s life when her hormone balance changes, and she eventually stops menstruating. About 25% of women really have virtually no symptoms and about 25% of women have quite troublesome symptoms. The other 50% in the middle have milder-to-moderate degrees of symptoms. Menopause seems to be a modern problem. Many [...]

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