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Condition Based Support

Ayurvedic Case Study: Fibromyalgia and Malaise

Pain is an odd thing. It is the body’s warning system, and when the pain is not visible to the outside world, we often try to ignore the call that pain is sending us until the pain is screaming and we must respond.

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Herbal References

Ten Little Known Ayurvedic Herbal Gems

  • By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj, AD, DN-C, RH
  • Sep 14, 2017

Ayurveda has been practiced for so long that there is a dazzling array of useful remedies. In fact, there are so many remedial possibilities that we often overlook some real gems. Just for a moment, let’s take the road less traveled and immerse ourselves in some jewels we usually find at the bottom of the treasure chest.

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General Ayurvedic Principles

The Deeper Connections of the Hair

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jul 28, 2017

We often look at our hair as a beauty statement or as a way to express our personality. We may want our curls to bring on a fun and adventurous look, or gloss our straight hair for a clean shine. But Ayurveda would encourage you to look deeper at your hair, as it can say so much about what is going on inside your body, particularly the bone tissue (asthi dhatu).

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Treatments

The Power of Loving Touch

  • By Allison Bransfield Morse
  • Mar 23, 2017

Anointing the body with oil and massage is the most effective therapy to strengthen immunological function and free emotional states of the mind. Therapeutic touch (received by ourselves or from a practitioner) is a beautiful, beautiful blessing, a necessary nurturing that we need in order to be able to thrive and succeed. In this fast paced hectic and demanding world where people have often become brusque with one another, the tenderness of touch therapy is of utmost importance.

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General Ayurvedic Principles

Internal Housekeeping: Part Two

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Sep 07, 2016

In Part 1 we explored how dysfunctional ways of thinking and perceiving contribute to the development of toxins (ama), on both a physical and subtle level, dirtying our perception of the world much like dirt distorts the view out of a window. As the toxins accumulate further and for longer periods of time, Ayurveda teaches us that they crystalize on the gross physical level of our being, blocking passages for communication and for the transport of nutrients.

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General Ayurvedic Principles

Internal Housekeeping: Part One

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Sep 01, 2016

Ever have those days (or periods of time) when everything seems a bit foggy? You can’t think clearly, figure out right from wrong, can’t remember things, get upset over things you know you shouldn’t be upset about, feel down for no reason? Your perception of reality just doesn’t seem to match up with reality.

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Yoga

Reclaiming the Union of Ayurveda and Yoga Through Dinacharya

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Aug 28, 2016

Introducing clients to dinacharya is one of the most important parts of Ayurvedic healing. Too often, people allow their days to be defined by external factors, missing the opportunity to define it for themselves.

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Yoga

Beyond Asana: Supporting Ayurveda with the Subtle Practices of Yoga

  • By Myra Lewin
  • Aug 16, 2016

A woman who recently attended my Ayurvedic chef training on Kaua’i reminded me once again of the power of yoga and Ayurveda as combined treatment techniques. Over the past three years, this woman had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which set in after the birth of her second child. She had typical symptoms of joint pain, extreme morning stiffness, fatigue, a foggy mind and a feeling of overwhelm. She had removed most of the junk food from her diet and saw some improvement, but sought out an Ayurvedic consultation during her time at the training to find her next steps toward healing.

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Herbal References

The Ayurvedic Powerhouse for the Blood and Lymph—Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jul 22, 2016

In the last vine we talked about anantamul and how it works at both the skin and blood tissue layer in a very balanced and refined manner. Sometimes, however, the body needs a little extra help when there are natural toxins, extra heat, or stagnation causing an imbalance in the blood.

To this end, nature has provided another plant with that extra boost—manjistha. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) has beautiful heart-shaped leaves, giving it the Latin suffix “cordifolia” and demonstrating its affinity to the heart and circulatory system. The leaves have a deep green color. The vine grows on the western side of the Himalayas and other mountainous regions.

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Herbal References

The Sweet Beauty of Healthy Skin’s Key Ingredient—Anantamul (Hemidismus indica)

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jul 21, 2016

Anantamul, also commonly called Sariva, is one of those herbs that you just fall in love with the more you learn about it and experience it. It even has a smell that is soothingly sweet, granting it the nickname, sugandhi, or “the fragrant one.” It carries this sweetness and its cooling quality throughout the body, pacifying heat anywhere it travels to through the blood and waters (i.e. the lymph, plasma, urine) of the body, including the skin, reproductive organs, and urinary system.

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Women’s Health

Sweet Blessings: Ayurvedic Postpartum Care

  • By Myra Lewin
  • May 04, 2016

This March at Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga was marked by a blessing: Our team members Robin and Sonja welcomed their baby girl, Leonie, into the world and embarked on a new path as parents.

This event offered us a good reminder that childbirth (and the pregnancy) is a significant event for the body and mind. How a new mother spends the weeks directly after the child arrives lays the foundation for how the family functions for many years to come.

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Circulatory System

Balancing Herbs for Healthy Sugar Metabolism

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Apr 20, 2016

As we saw in the last article, healthy sugar metabolism requires optimal functioning of numerous organs and tissues which produce the hormones necessary to regulate glucose as fuel in the body: pancreas, liver, intestines, and nervous system. Bringing Ayurveda into the picture, kapha must primarily be balanced, supplying relief to any imbalanced vata and pitta, allowing for proper digestion, usage, and production of glucose in the body.

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Circulatory System

Healthy Sugar Metabolism

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Mar 30, 2016

A 38-year-old female comes to see you because of fatigue and trouble sleeping at night. On taking a further history, you find out that she is waking 2–3 times at night to urinate, and this is not allowing her to get restful sleep. She also reports constantly feeling thirsty throughout the day. She is a real estate agent working long hours, so she spends a lot of time in her car, and often gets fast food meals on the run. On examination, you find her to be a pitta-kapha individual, overweight, with no other significant findings. Her family history includes a father with diabetes and a mother with arthritis. Which of the following recommendations would you be least likely to give at this time?

  1. A brisk 30 minute walk at least 4–5 times a week.
  2. Counseling on kapha pacifying lunch items that she could carry with her in the car.
  3. Drink less water so she doesn’t have to wake up to urinate.
  4. Kapalabhati Pranayama
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to her diet daily
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Herbal References

Rejuvenative Formula Focus: Triphala

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Mar 04, 2016

Triphala, one of the most widely used Ayurvedic formulations, is quite well known for its use in keeping bowel movements regular and healthy. In this article, we will look at the benefits of Triphala related to one of its other major functions: rejuvenation. 

In our hectic world, rejuvenation is publicly renowned as beneficial and crucial. But in the private lives of clients, it is often a luxury that is put on the back burner amongst the other essential tasks of the day. Even in the constant time crunch that everyone faces, it is necessary to find different and manageable ways to provide the body with the nourishment it needs to renew and refresh.

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Diet and Lifestyle

How Easy Digest Will Support Healthy Digestion

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Feb 02, 2016

A healthy digestion is an elusive concept from an allopathic point-of-view. Issues with occasional bloating, discomfort, or sluggishness are usually seen as part of a larger diagnosable disease. If no diagnosable disease is found, then health care providers usually write these discomforts off and seek to just correct the symptom itself as an isolated concern.

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Diet and Lifestyle

How to Lead an Empowering and Effective Cleanse

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jan 27, 2016

As the winter turns into spring, we approach a time that is most optimal for cleansing. Ayurveda recognizes seasonal transitions (particularly winter to spring, summer to fall, and late fall to winter) as great times to clean out excess dosha in preparation for the new season. Having run cleanses myself, I have learned several lessons (sometimes the hard way) that hopefully you can learn from in order to set your clients up for success!

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Diet and Lifestyle

Improve Your Client’s Oral Health with Just One Practice!

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jan 11, 2016

As a wellness provider or holistic products provider, you are probably well aware of how important oral health is and how impactful the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling (in addition to normal oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning) is. The mouth is, after all, the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract—the core of wellness and health according to Ayurveda.

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Diet and Lifestyle

The All-in-One Product for Healthy Weight Management

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Dec 14, 2015

We all know how difficult it is for people to stick with anything to help maintain healthy weight. Simplicity is the key to help your clients be successful in attaining their goal. For that reason, Trim Support is the ideal herbal supplement to support healthy weight management that will perfectly supplement other dietary and lifestyle efforts.

Weight management is about managing the fatty tissue layer (meda dhatu). To that end, we focus on supporting healthy digestive fire (agni), supporting the liver and its processing of the elements in the food we eat (especially water and earth), and moving excess kapha. Here is a closer look at this beautiful formulation and how the individual herbs work together.

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Diet and Lifestyle

Weight Management and Getting Your Clients to Be Compliant!

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Dec 10, 2015

There are tons of articles on how to help your clients with weight management—many different herbs and products and various exercises or habits to help support the body’s metabolism. But how many of you struggle with compliance, above and beyond anything else? If your clients could implement even one or two of your recommendations, how big of an impact would that make?

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Respiratory System

Bringing Balance to a Kapha Breath for More Restful Sleep

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Oct 19, 2015

A 49 year old female (kapha-pitta prakriti) comes to you wanting help because she continues to feel really sleepy during the daytime, despite some changes in her nightly routine (she turns the T.V. off, she tries to meditate, she puts oil on her head and feet). As an astute practitioner, you find that her partner complains of her very heavy snoring, and she wakes up occasionally feeling like she is gasping for a breath. She is large, particularly around the abdomen, and has a history of high blood pressure. What is the best herb and pranayama combination for this client?

  1. Punarnava and Anuloma Viloma
  2. Trikatu and Kapalabhati
  3. Kutki and Nadi Shodhana
  4. Ashwagandha and Brahmari
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Respiratory System

Imbalanced Breathing During Sleep

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Oct 19, 2015

Since breathing is an involuntary process (meaning we breathe without consciously making a choice to breathe), we take this intricate process for granted. Have you considered everything that needs to go correctly in order to take a breath? Have you thought about how this may impact your or your clients’ and customers’ sleep?

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Muscular Skeletal System

Bringing Health to the Bone

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Sep 17, 2015

A 58-year-old (Vata-Pitta prakriti) female comes to you wanting help with her bones. She is thin and frail, with joint pain, cracking joints, and she had a fracture of her wrist a couple years ago. She drinks organic milk daily and has cottage cheese as a snack in the afternoon. She tells you that she has always had issues with constipation, low back pain. When she was a baby she was bottle-fed. What therapy would benefit her bones most?

  1. Nasya
  2. Vamana (vomiting)
  3. Fast-paced, vinyasa flow yoga sequences
  4. Basti (enema)
  5. Calcium supplementation
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Muscular Skeletal System

The Colon-Bone Connection

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Sep 17, 2015

Until recently, we in allopathic medicine have largely viewed bone health as a product of primarily calcium and vitamin D absorption, as well as healthy hormone levels contributing to proper functioning of the cells that build bone (osteoblasts) and break down bone (osteoclasts). But we are slowly appreciating bone health as a complex interplay between many nutrients including vitamin K, magnesium, and others, in addition to calcium.

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Muscular Skeletal System

Pacifying Low Back Discomfort

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Aug 24, 2015

Your client, a 33 year-old female (vata-pitta prakriti), comes to you with a long history of lower back discomfort. She has seen multiple practitioners without any findings of a cause. She is a single mother of three children and works at a local grocery store. The key principles to supporting a healthy low back include:

  1. Relieve stagnation, such as constipation
  2. Moderate and healthy exercise, such as yoga and walking
  3. Decreasing vata, with therapies such as basti
  4. Decreasing fear and helplessness, while instilling a sense of courage and an empowered self
  5. All of the above
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Muscular Skeletal System

Low Back Discomfort

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Aug 24, 2015

Low back discomfort is extremely common, causing significant challenges in up to 84% of people worldwide at some point in their life. Furthermore, this problem costs Americans over $100 billion annually. Despite the amount of money spent, there are still many who continue to struggle with lower back discomfort.

Slowly, the medical community is beginning to appreciate alternate modalities of bringing comfort to this structurally very important part of the body. After years of treatment with painkillers, steroid treatments, and even surgery, research is finally agreeing that practices such as massage, yoga, and spinal manipulation can be very helpful.

This month, we will take a closer look at the low back, energetically and structurally, from an Ayurvedic perspective.

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