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Glaucoma is a serious disease that can cause blindness characterized by increased pressure in the eye. Note there are two types of glaucoma: open angle and closed angle.
In Ayurveda, open angle glaucoma is considered to be an accumulation of...
Irritation, inflammation and osmotic laxatives can often cause stools to completely liquefy. This condition quickly depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes, causing weight loss and dehydration. The loss of electrolytes can lead to muscle cramps...
Red dots on the tongue are blood filled bumps that indicate a heat condition in the internal organs, especially the digestive tracts.
Alternating diarrhea and constipation is often simply constipation that eventually irritates the colon. Diarrhea dries out the colon, causing constipation. Constipation irritates the colon, causing diarrhea. This is symptomatic of 'low agni' (digestive...
Hiccup or hiccoughs can result from overstimulation of the vagus nerve after eating hot or spicy foods. A 'burp' trapped by mucus can cause a hiccup as well.
Amenorrhea may be caused by menopause, too much exercise, birth control pills, Vata type dryness, or low thyroid.
Tenderness in the breasts during menstruation may imply excess estrogen. It could also be a sign of lymphatic stagnation.
The intestines may be lumpy when cramped, or when fecal matter is stuck in the colon.
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A clear or absent tongue coating could indicate excess heat or high metabolism, especially if the tongue is also bright red - a pitta condition. A "well-oiled" individual with adequate nourishment will have a slight, very thin coating on the back of...
Pain below the belly button represents lower GI problems including stagnation of the small intestine or colon. A guided enema cleanse is highly useful in many of these cases. All pain symptoms should be checked by a qualified medical doctor.
Pain should always be checked by a medical doctor. Burning abdominal pain may be a sign a wounded or inflamed area of the GI tract (khavaigunya). When this area is irritated it may lead to diarrhea or 'confused type' constipation. In confused...
A sharp pain in the abdomen could indicate colic. Colic is an uncoordinated spasm of the digestive tract. It may feel like a ripping or tearing of the intestines. In contrast, a burning pain feels indicates irritation and inflammation of the digestive...
A sour taste in the mouth could indicate acid reflux.
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.
Canned, frozen food may be nutrient deficient, and lack taste. Taste is important to help the body choose the best foods for the season.
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.
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Cysts are a sign of aggravated Kapha. When Kapha is aggravated, the body has trouble detoxifying irritants. Instead, Kapha surrounds the irritant with fluid to neutralize it.
Many people unconsciously lose weight because they follow advertising that promotes a certain type of food deemed healthy and good for us. Yet the target market for these ads are people who are overweight so it is important to listen to your body and...
A classic Vata trait and often a sign of parasites, malabsorption or poor digestion leading to weight loss.
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...
Kapha individuals have to work up enough umphh to be excited. This is why many Kapha individuals like stimulating activities, especially music. The calmer the individual, the more intense the music.
Aerated stools may imply fermentation of food in the gut. Fermentation releases carbon dioxide, which creates bubbles and ultimately gas. Fermentation is a sign of sourness. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are intensely sour, and a similar process...
A popping or clicking jaw is generally related to stress making the jaw tense, poor alignment of the neck and spine. The jaw is related to the throat chakra issue - responsible for filtering as well as integrating thoughts, desires and moral reasoning.
Snot is dried mucus, and a sign of Vata. Moist, slimy snot is more Kapha in nature.
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Loss of taste and flavor makes it hard for you to choose the right foods for your body. Impaired taste can cause you to eat too little and lose weight, or it could make you eat too much and gain weight. Impaired taste can predispose you to using too...
Diarrhea is a serious condition that should be reviewed by a medical doctor. Diarrhea quickly after eating may imply irritation in the intestines, an overactive gastro-colic reflex, or IBS.
Burgers and hot dogs combine meat and wheat, two difficult to digest ingredients. These heavy, gooey, difficult to digest ingredients often cause heaviness and stagnation in the stomach, and gas and bloating in the colon.
Herpes are aggravated by stress and other immune depressants.
Oily face can indicate heat moving upward, especially when the extremities are cold. It can also indicate that sweet, Kapha thick blood is blocking circulation to the extremities.
Oily in the T-zone only implies that heat/blood is moving upward into the head.
Heat generally aggravates inflammation, including rashes. High metabolism, peri-menopause, and obesity are other common causes of overheating.
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Nail health is related to bone, hair and teeth health in Ayurveda. Thin brittle nails may imply a nutrient deficiency, a metabolic deficiency, or malabsorption.
Pale lips may be a sign of anemia or other blood deficiencies. It could be a sign of vasoconstriction due to cold or other circulatory issues.
Ayurveda cultivates tolerance for the beliefs of others. This places us in the best position to learn and receive from those around us, especially those with different world views. It also brings greater opportunity for reconciliation and...
Every time you engage in sexual intimacy, you use up magic in the relationship. To create magic in a relationship, channel sexual urges into emotional intimacy. Take your partner on a date, or make a gift for him/her. If you don't have a partner, use...
Cat dander may cause allergies and infection with toxoplasma gondii.
Foods containing vitamin C (see Dietary Sources of vitamin C) also enhance non-heme iron absorption when eaten at the same meal.
Dark blood is stagnant blood dur to poor circulation or thick, sweet Kapha blood.
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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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