Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AYURVEDA healing and cooking to improve your health/ailments

Your first question......'what is ayurveda or ayurvedic cooking'?
so here is THE WIKIPEDIA DEFINITION
now you must ask...why not treat yourself and fix yourself before you brake
instead of waiting to go to the doctor to treat you AFTER you're sick? think again about this question.

Lets think of this as eastern (Indian) philosopys/medicine or in english we say home remedies.. like chicken soup when you have a cold or sinus infections....that chicken broth is healing yea? if you dont believe that then stop reading now. garlic is an anticeptic....onions are good for the blood. Chile's are good to stimulate digestion. Studies have shown Turmeric is perhaps a cure or prevention from dementia or alzheimers disease and decrease inflamation.
Ginger is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems.

etc.etc. you get the point. right?.. anyway......
Dhanvantari (also Dhanwantari, Dhanvanthari) (धन्वंतरी) is an avatar of Vishnu from the Hindu tradition. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurvedic medicine

from the NCCAM (national center for complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Key Points

  • The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.
  • Ayurvedic medicine uses a variety of products and techniques to cleanse the body and restore balance. Some of these products may be harmful if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner. For example, some herbs can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines.
  • Before using Ayurvedic treatment, ask about the practitioner's training and experience.
  • Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Ayurvedic Medicine in India

Ayurvedic medicine, as practiced in India, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Many Ayurvedic practices predate written records and were handed down by word of mouth. Two ancient books, written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago, are considered the main texts on Ayurvedic medicine—Caraka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita. The texts describe eight branches of Ayurvedic medicine:
  • Internal medicine
  • Surgery
  • Treatment of head and neck disease
  • Gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry
  • Care of the elderly and rejuvenation
  • Sexual vitality.
Ayurvedic medicine continues to be practiced in India, where nearly 80 percent of the population uses it exclusively or combined with conventional (Western) medicine. It is also practiced in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Most major cities in India have an Ayurvedic college and hospital. The Indian government began systematic research on Ayurvedic practices in 1969, and that work continues.

this is the book i grew up on. The Ayurvedic cookbook by Amadea Morningstar w Urmila Desai
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