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The 3 Things That Must Be Known According to Ayurveda

 One of the things that makes Ayurveda so effective is that it understands each person as a unique individual. To make proper health recommendations, Ayurveda says that 3 things must be known:


Once we know this, we can make appropriate choices!

Ayurveda and The Dhatus (Tissues)

We talk a lot about the importance of healthy digestion, and that improper digestion can have a negative effect on health. In addition to the fact that when food is digested improperly it can lead to the formation of toxins called ama that are precursors to disease, improper digestion also prevents the tissues of our body from being properly formed. Ayurveda calls these tissues dhatus.

Ayurveda and The Three Pillars of Life: The Bedrock of Health

Optimal health, according to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, can only be achieved when there is a proper balance of the “Three Pillars of Life.” These three “pillars” form a part of the bedrock upon which Ayurveda is built.

Ayurvedic Wisdom: Bringing Balance to Imbalanced Kapha

Ayurvedic Wisdom: Bringing Balance to Imbalanced Pitta

Pitta is the dosha of heat. It is composed of fire (primarily) and water (secondarily). Since fire is hot, so is pitta! When pitta goes out of balance, symptoms of increased heat occur in the body, and these symptoms manifest physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Ayurvedic Wisdom: Bringing Balance to Imbalanced Vata

Vata dosha is composed of the elements air and ether, and thus has the qualities which are associated with air and ether, namely: cold, dry, light and mobile. When we live out of harmony with the natural world, the doshas tend to go out of balance, which leads to disease. Typically this translates into increased dosha and a disturbance of the qualities associated with it.

Academic Notes: What does Ayurveda have to say about the Common Cold?

Lots of people are sniffling and sneezing and coughing right now, which is common at this time of year. In Ayurveda, the common cold is called pratysyaya. Traditionally, Ayurveda treats the unique set of symptoms associated with a cold as they are expressed within each individual, while bolstering ojas (immunity). Colds indicate a general weakening of ojas. They occur as a result of living out of harmony with our nature.

How to Be Healthy According to Ayurveda? Create Healthy Routines!

What we do on a daily, consistent basis is the greatest determiner of our health. According to Ayurveda, there is nothing more important to our health and overall well-being than our daily living practices. If we live a balanced life in which we are kind to ourselves and adhere to the rhythms of nature, we stand the greatest chance of being healthy. When we abuse our bodies and minds, either intentionally or unintentionally, ill health often results.

Academic Notes: Ayurveda and Understanding the Tongue

Excessive cracks on the tongue is an indication that vata dosha is vitiated, specifically the dry quality. The more cracks, the more significant the vata vitiation and the more oil and nourishing substances the patient will need to re-establish balance. Daily abhyanga with vata-pacifying oils such as sesame and almond is highly beneficial, along with the internal consumption of high quality, vata-balancing oils such as ghee and sesame oil.

Do you scrape your tongue each morning?

Are you aware how important this is? 


Ayurveda teaches that “the habits and routines of a person's life are the single most important determinant of their well-being.” Those are strong words!