Blog: Banyan Vine

    • Herbal References
    • August 07, 2019
    Five Great Ayurvedic Herbs for the Mind and Memory

    As our population ages, declining mental faculties can take first place on the list of one’s health concerns. Alzheimer's disease and other forms of senile dementia affect some 25 percent of all people over 80. Research, though, is revealing Ayurvedic approaches in helping to support the natural strength of the mental faculties.

    • Circulatory System
    • March 30, 2016
    Healthy Sugar Metabolism

    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
    • Herbal References
    • March 04, 2016
    Rejuvenative Formula Focus: Triphala

    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.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • February 02, 2016
    How Easy Digest Will Support Healthy Digestion

    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 issue. If no larger issue is found, then health care providers usually write these discomforts off and seek to just correct the symptom itself as an isolated concern.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • January 11, 2016
    Improve Your Client’s Oral Health with Just One Practice!

    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.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • December 14, 2015
    The All-in-One Product for Healthy Weight Management

    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.

    • Diet and Lifestyle
    • December 10, 2015
    Weight Management and Getting Your Clients to Be Compliant!

    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?

    • Respiratory System
    • October 19, 2015
    Bringing Balance to a Kapha Breath for More Restful Sleep

    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
    • Respiratory System
    • October 19, 2015
    Imbalanced Breathing During Sleep

    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?

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • September 17, 2015
    Bringing Health to the Bone

    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
    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • September 17, 2015
    The Colon-Bone Connection

    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.

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • August 24, 2015
    Pacifying Low Back Discomfort

    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
    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • August 24, 2015
    Low Back Discomfort

    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.

    • Sleep and Stress
    • July 23, 2015
    The Impact of Stress on the Adrenal Glands

    Being stressed has become a glorified status in our society—the more stressed we can claim to be, the more productive and accomplished we are. And so it is no surprise that we find more and more clients coming into our practices and stores seeking and begging for answers to their complaints of fatigue, sleep disturbances, body aches, amongst a number of other complaints that all point towards a depletion of their adrenal glands.

    • Men's Health
    • June 03, 2015
    Soothe the Prostate

    Your client is a 42-year-old male (Pitta Vata prakriti) who complains of discomfort in his pelvis. He also tells you that he has some discomfort (mostly heat) with urination and even when he has intercourse. He has seen his physician who has ruled out any infection. He begs for some help—he is in his prime, just got promoted at a large company and plans to excel even more, and has a new girlfriend (who, by the way, loves spicy food). He looks a bit flushed, his skin is oily, and his abdominal exam is normal. What herb would benefit him most effectively and quickly?

    1. Ashwagandha
    2. Trikatu
    3. Gokshura
    4. Punarnava
    • Men's Health
    • May 18, 2015
    Encountering an Angry Prostate

    The vast majority of men hardly even realize that they have a prostate gland. Most men become aware of it in their later years (when they turn sixty or so), as they may begin to experience some congestion in and enlargement of the gland. And then there are those who get an unwelcomed surprise of long periods of heat and discomfort in the gland during their pitta years, around their forties.

    • Respiratory System
    • May 07, 2015
    How to Free the Flow of Prana in the Head

    According to Ayurveda, what are the benefits of nasya karma (one of the five main cleansing therapies of panchakarma, wherein a medication is administered through the nostrils)?

    1. Pulls excess doshas (particularly kapha) from the head
    2. Refreshes and nourishes the senses and sense organs
    3. Stabilizes prana in the head
    4. Augments clarity of speech
    5. All of the above
    • Respiratory System
    • April 15, 2015
    Understanding Chronic Kapha in the Sinuses

    While some of our clients and customers have congestion and sneezing during predictable times of the year (typical of allergies), there are those that struggle with congestion and drainage for months and, in some cases, year-round. Treating these cases, when there is no apparent trigger or pattern, can be exasperating and clients begin to accept it as a normal part of life. The benefits of clearing congestion (excess kapha) from the sinuses extend far beyond offering physical relief. The nostrils are called shirodwar in Sanskrit (meaning, gateways to the head). They bring prana (the breath of life) to the head and the entire body; if the nostrils are blocked, the mind begins to lose clarity, memory, balance, and discrimination, and the body will begin to lose its vitality and dynamism.

    • Women's Health
    • March 31, 2015
    Bolster Plasma (Rasa) for Flourishing Fertility

    A couple comes to you wanting advice to prepare them for a healthy pregnancy. The female client (Vata Pitta) is 30 years old, tall, and has a sweet and light-hearted personality. She is a nurse, working long hours with frequent night shifts. You notice chapped lips and slightly sunken eyes. She describes dry skin, light cycles with pain before the first day, and lightheadedness after being on her feet for long periods of time. The male client (Pitta Kapha) is 35 years old and overall in good health. Which of the following would be least likely to play a part in your education of the female client?

    • Women's Health
    • March 26, 2015
    How Plasma (Rasa) Depletion Affects Fertility

    Humans are viviparous beings; unlike birds or frogs who lay eggs, we carry our offspring within the womb until they are fully matured. As such, there is an intimate connection—emotionally, mentally, and physically—to our offspring. What that also means is that the process of fertility, before and after conception, is strongly dependent on the health of the mother. Her ability to deliver nutrients through plasma (rasa dhatu) can profoundly impact her fertility. Just as in gardening, without moisture and rich nutrients, the soil cannot nourish a seed into fruition no matter how strong the seed is. This is the importance of ambu, one of four essential ingredients to fertility along with rtu (timing), kshetra (field), and bij (seed).

    • Lymphatic System
    • March 06, 2015
    Bringing Vitality and Flow to the Lymph

    A 41 year-old (prakriti V1P3K2) male visits with you wanting to prepare for a year of optimal wellness. Upon further questioning, he does mention that he has some congestion and phlegm every morning, feels sluggish (as if he can’t get out of holiday mode), and has a sense of heaviness throughout the day in his body, particularly in the chest area. You note that he is overweight (BMI of 39.5), his digestive fire is slow, and his tongue looks particularly glossy. He desires one diet, lifestyle, herbal, and yoga recommendation. Which of the following would you not include?

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