What is Herbal Medicine?

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is nearly as old as human life itself. Plants have always been food, and special plants have been used since the beginning of humans to help the body regain internal balance, expel infections, relieve fever or upset stomach, and much more. Herbal...

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling, or simply mouth-washing with oil, has reentered the discussion in health circles. Why do I say, reentered? Well the concept has been around for a very long time as its included in the Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, which itself dates back 5,000 years. You...

Uses of Triphala Powder

Triphala, meaning three fruits in Sanskrit, consists of Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry), Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). (For more on Amalaki, see my post Uses of Amalaki Powder.) Typically dried then powdered, and sometimes pressed...
TCM: Staying Healthy in Winter

TCM: Staying Healthy in Winter

We’ve just passed Winter Solstice, but that doesn’t mean winter is over and it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t still get sick. Are you doing everything you can to stay healthy this winter? The below article explains Chinese medicine foods,...
Comparing TCM and Ayurveda

Comparing TCM and Ayurveda

There are some similarities, but also a lot of differences between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and India’s Ayurveda. For simplicity’s sake, this is merely a very surface-level overview of some commonalities and distinctions between the two health...
Healing Modalities of Ayurveda

Healing Modalities of Ayurveda

When I began my series of studying East Asian health, I had frankly no idea what was involved in ayurveda besides herbs. It wasn’t until I arrived in India at the beginning of October that I even began to get an idea of diagnostics, treatment methods, etc....
Ayurvedic Vital Points + Acupressure?

Ayurvedic Vital Points + Acupressure?

We all know about Chinese acupoints. And most of us have heard of Chakras, usually associated with yoga.  But ayurvedic vital points? Yes! Ayurveda has 107 vital points, known as Marmas. According to the class notes,”these points are the seats of life or life...