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Restlessness and hyperactivity are characteristic mobile quality of Vata dosha. Vata people tend to 'give up' their energy too quickly, confidently diving into experimental lifestyles, spontaneous acts of charity, and exciting social activities. These...
Shame and self criticism underlies goal oriented behavior, liver and gall bladder disorders. The liver and gall bladder and the general and strategist of the body, according to Chinese medicine. Goals lead to wealth and worldly success, but falls short...
Limited sense of smell could come from various causes. Toxins in the body reduce the sensitivity of the nose. Sinus inflammation or sinus infection could reduce sensitivity. Acid reflux may affect smell. Injury or trauma to the septum, or sphenoid bone...
Numerous moles may be a sign of liver stress.
Sensitivity to chemicals imply that the liver is overwhelmed, often due to leaky gut syndrome or chronic indigestion.
Skin may appear gray and lifeless when ama (toxins) is present. The grayish color specifically indicates toxins from the colon, often due to constipation.
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Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
Trauma offers us the opportunity to understand and respond more deeply to all human suffering. Trauma can be transformed into blessing and gift. Among the various steps of moving beyond trauma, the willingness to become vulnerable again may be the most...
The constituents of some plants are used for their psyco-tropic qualities. Ultimately, these powerful herbs leave toxicity in their wake, particularly affecting liver function.
Dog dander may cause allergies.
Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
Alcohol sensitivity could indicate liver weakness. Liver is weakened by the presence of chronic toxicity due to stress, intense emotions, infection, gas, or bloating.
The birth control pill is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Some forms increase progesterone and estrogen to trick your body into thinking it is pregnant when it does not. Others are abortifascent, preventing implantation of a fertilized egg....
Sour sweat is a sign of a Pitta Kapha condition with ama (damp-heat in Chinese medicine). Circulation may be blocked or stagnant. This condition typically occurs alongside red-puffy skin and well developed muscles.
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Supplements include herbs, extracts, vitamins, minerals, and any other item you ingest as an addition to your everyday meal.
Occasional use of supplements may be beneficial - during a busy week, when you are pregnant or having so other short term,...
The upper back supports the neck, rib cage, sternum, lungs, and heart. Pain in any one of these areas can masquerade as an upper back ache.
Abnormal posture, such as hunching the shoulders, a sunken sternum, as well as scoliosis, can create...
When the blood and urine are 'sweet', or when urine is stagnant for too long bacteria overgrowth may occur. It is common for males to suffer from candida infections of prostate, and females of the vagina. Both of these conditions can lead to painful...
Dry Nasal Passages Heating systems, especially air heat, tend to dry out the air, creating dryness in the nasal passages. Apply sesame oil and ghee to the nose with the pinky finger. Humidifiers can help.
A bluish / purple tongue indicates internal blood stagnation (Kapha) or cold quality (Vata).
Gum inflammation is often secondary to either toxicity (Vata or Pitta type), or sweet blood (Kapha Type). Sweet blood, or blood high in sugar, is attractive to the organisms that cause tooth decay.
The heart is sensitive to changes in blood chemistry, including hormones and toxicity. Heart palpitations and murmurs are aggravated by fermentation in the digestive tract. Regular, gentle extercise also strengthens the herat and circulation.
Sweating rarely may indicate chronic dehydration, electrolyte imbalance such as magnesium deficiency, or other factors. Drinking inadequate amounts of water, urinating or passing too much liquid in the feces will reduce the amount of sweating. The...
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Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
Although most cases resolve spontaneously, bleeding from the GI tract can be scary. Most bleeding comes from hemorrhoids, diverticulum, inflammatory bowel diseases, impacted fecal matter, ulcers, angiodysplasia, polyps or cancer. Mortality and...
Kidney infections primarily affect Kapha individuals. The kidney has to work extra hard to filter sweet, thick Kapha blood. Ayurveda traditionally recommended avoiding heavy, rich, or difficult to digest foods when there is an infection. Drinking water...
Celiac disease is an allergy to wheat. Wheat intolerance (the inability to digest wheat) and wheat allergies are different even though the symptoms may be similar. In celiac disease, the immune system attacks the gluten. The symptoms are generally...
The pancrease, stomach, spleen, and splenic flexure of the colon are in the left upper abdomen. If the pain is under the rib cage, it may be the stomach or spleen.
High fat content may cause stools to float. Stools will appear yellow in this case. Stools may float if the fiber in the stool is high, generally appearing bulky. Stools also float when fermentation aerates the stools.
Unintended loss of weight could indicate a serious condition, including parasites, cancer, etc. Even intended, rapid weight loss could create health problems. The best way to lose weight is slowly and steadily.
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Digestion demands alot of blood to function properly. Cold drinks cause blood vessels in the stomach to shrink. A warm drink expands blood vessels in the stomach, much like the cheeks become red and flushed on a hot July afternoon.
Burritos are a bad food combination. They generally contain rice and wheat (two types of grains), beans and meat (two types of proteins), sour cream and cheese (two types of dairy), nightshades (tomatoes, chilis) and fatty avocados.
The body craves salt when it wishes to retain water. Swelling, inflammation, and edema draw fluids out of circulation and can actually increase salt cravings.
Thin, dry, cold skin is characteristic of malabsorption and indigestion in underweight Vata individuals. Thin skin has a tendency to develop wrinkles earlier. Thin skin can make you feel cold, especially when swimming. Vata people can protect and...
Dry, dark, frizzy hair appears unruly with frayed and split ends. It tends to be a trait of Vata type individuals.
The health of the hair reflects...
Swelling, edema, and dehydration increase a person's thirst. Consider how your body is releasing the water. If the urine is clear, you may be over hydrated. According to Ayurveda, the urine should be a pale yellow, neither too dark nor too light. If...
Sharp language indicates anger, aggression, focused attention, intelligence, or analysis. Sharp language is concentrated and penetrating. It implies frustration with an obstacle, and motivation to overcome, fix, or move beyond it. Focused thought tends...
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKS
ARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?
Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic,
systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda
shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't
take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you.
Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an
exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?
Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas).
By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened
and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease
are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies -
such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance
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type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so
by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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