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The skin around your eye area is the thinnest and most fragile skin found on the entire body. As you age, the lids under the eye may swell with fluids or fats. Muscles and ligaments responsible for holding those fats in place may become lax. Since the...
Why You Should Check Your Tongue for Scallops
We've all heard the expression "bite your tongue," but what does it mean when you unconsciously are? Teeth marks on the edges of your tongue are a sign that you are literally biting...
Dizziness upon standing is a sign of low blood pressure (postural hypotension). Electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, vasodilation and low blood sugar level can also cause dizziness (Vata). Ear infection may cause dizziness as well (Kapha). Pressure...
Detoxification of the colon is the first line of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Ayurveda, together with herbs to stimulate circulation in the joint space. Since there is an auto-immune component, the liver should be detoxified as well.
Blurry vision may happens when the iris is dilated due to blood toxicity, or when the muscles that regulate the lens are weakened due to strain, starting a computer screen, etc.
Insomnia is generally associated with dry Vata constitution. When fluids are depleted, the heart, which houses the mind in Chinese Medicine, becomes deficient and beats rapidly. It can no longer ground the mind and thus the mind "wanders homeless at...
The skin is the cream of the blood plasma, reflecting it's properties. Thin, dry skin often reflects depletion or insufficient fat intake (Vata). Ghee and oil massage are useful for Vata type dry skin. In some case, dry skin is related to...
What Causes a Migraine?A migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea and impaired vision. Migraines develop when there are high levels of undigested toxins
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Your body craves particular foods when in need, whether to fulfill nutritional needs, or to relieve physical or emotional discomfort. Interpreting your cravings and the meaning they communicate about your physical or emotional state, instead of acting...
Everyone burps from time to time. Despite it being somewhat embarrassing, most people don't give burping a second thought. Have you ever stopped to think what your burps might be trying to tell you? Ayurveda has....
Cellulite is largely determined by genetics, but may be a sign of kapha poor circulation. Improving circulation and reducing overall body fat can improve the appearance of cellulite. Aromatic spices such as turmeric can help disperse and move the...
A runny nose with thin mucus is often a Vata condition with toxicity such as leaky gut or gas and bloation. Check for signs of chronic infection like swollen lymph nodes or inflammation. Notice whether the amount of fluid is related to your body...
Vaginal dryness may be a result of chronic dehydration due to high Pitta or Vata, low thyroid, anxiety, or PTSD.
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Diarrhea may be a sign of inflamed, irritated intestines, such as occurs with parasites, drinking alcohol, or too much coffee. Diarrhea may also be a sign of too much bile in the intestines, or simply poor indigestion.
Nearly 1/3 of all people...
A headache is a pain experienced in the head. There are many types of headaches, most of them symptomatic of an imbalance in the blood. Some headaches come from stress, cold, heat, dehydration, sinus congestion, or toxicity. Each type has its own...
Modern life is full of responsibilities. Many people are trying to make a living, maintain a home, a relationship, and raise children all at the same time. And sometimes, it all feels like too much. Feeling overwhelmed is related to vata dosha, the...
Eczema comes in many varieties. Among them, Vata eczema comes from extreme dryness or liver deficiency. Pitta eczema comes from allergies, inflammation, or toxicity.
Get your blood moving at least once a day to flush your blood and toxins, re-energize, and build tone. You'll strengthen your bones and increase your mental clarity. The best time to circulate your blood is in the morning before breakfast and late...
When you experience a "nervous stomach," a looming sense of uneasiness overwhelms your abdomen, right to the pit of your gut. You get that familiar "uh-oh" feeling, even in situations where the threat is minimal, or...
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The body doesn't make foul odors. Odorous stool implies food is rotting and fermenting in the gut. Poop starts to rot when it sits too long in the gut (constipation). When you cannot absorb the nutrients from your food (malabsorption, Vata), the...
You return to work after a tasty lunch. A new project sits on your desk. Rather than feeling ready to tackle it, you feel ready to take a nap. You feel tired after filling your belly, and have zero umph or inspiration. With a cloudy head and lunch in...
Kapha dosha often has a cloudy, heavy, or dull mind due to poor metabolism and circulation. Vata often has difficulty concentrating when too scattered. The nervous system may be irritated by toxicity. Fat and oils calm the nervous system for Vata.
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Friends don't let friends eat twinkies(TM). My neighbor's kids, astounded by my 15 year twinkie fast, somehow convinced me to eat one. Against my better Ayurvedic judgment, I indulged in this former...
Shadows under the eyes imply Vata type ama in the colon or gall bladder stagnation.
Confusion & cloudy thoughts are related to excess sweet taste in Kapha individuals. Sweet or rich blood becomes thick and difficult to circulate, congesting the lungs and heart area. The lack of good circulation creates a subjective feeling of...
Fat appears wherever circulation is stagnant. The circulatory system is responsible for carrying dietary fats out of the body and it is often stored in those areas where circulation is slow-moving or sluggish. When excess fat appears on the thighs,...
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A thick coating on the tongue is a sign of ama - toxins accumulating in the body. It may be a sign of thick blood and aggravated Kapha, or aggravated Vata with constipation.
The coating is formed by action of bacteria on the tongue. The presence...
Shortness of breath is usually due to high kapha, but sometimes is considered a vata condition. When you feel short of breath due to high kapha (lymphatic stagnation, carrying excess weight, diabetes) circulation is poor. Your heart and lungs work...
Thick mucus is a sign of Kapha. Thin mucus is a sign of Vata. Mucus is increased by cold. Thin or clear mucus is often a sign of cold sinuses, or irritation of the sinus membranes due to toxicity. It is typical of a common cold due to deficiency in...
Cold extremities can imply a blood deficiency such as anemia, poor circulation from dehydration or congestion, a low metabolism, low blood sugar levels, insufficient clothing or fat, or stress. A chronic infection such as candida can rob the body of...
Hair is related to bone and teeth health in Ayurveda. Thick, oily hair is a sign of ojas. Thin, brittle hair is a sign of depletion, or 'excess fire burning the midnight oil.' Heat rises. In a firey, Pitta individual, the heat in the head causes the...
Criticism in all forms implies the liver is stimulated.
Hemorrhoids are engorged veins in rectum. During evacuation these veins swell to provide extra padding to protect the colon and the anal sphincter. these veins remain 15-20% swollen between bowel movements. Pressure from the veins helps keep the anal...
Alcohol is also a medicine when used in the right dose. Alcohol is recommended in Ayurveda during winter months as a remedy to blood stagnation. Two (2) tablespoons of wine represent a daily medicinal dose of alcohol during the month of January and...
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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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