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Clammy skin refers to skin that is wet, damp and sticky. Skin also usually feels cold to the touch. Most commonly, skin becomes clammy due to fluid accumulation in the extremities, often as a result of poor circulation.This can be due to thick plasma...
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...
Hiccup or hiccoughs can result from overstimulation of the vagus nerve after eating hot or spicy foods. A 'burp' trapped by mucus can cause hiccups as well.
Abdominal surgery includes stomach, gall bladder, small intestine, colon, bladder, and reproductive organ surgical procedures.
Stomach surgery is an operation or procedure performed on the stomach. There are many types of stomach surgery. Gastrectomy...
Thick hair is often glossy, lustrous, and wavy. It is usually characteristic of a Kapha type individual.
Thick, oily hair tends to be a sign of...
Seizures are considered a Vata disorder in Ayurveda. A seizure can be due to many causes. Repeated, unprovoked seizures are known as epilepsy. Read more about epilepsy.
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.
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Freckles, liver spots, moles and other blemishes are often a sign of liver stress.
The body releases toxins through the digestion, urine, skin & lungs. Rashes may result when there are too many toxins, or the liver becomes otherwise aggravated. Some rashes may be infectious and require a visit to a medical doctor. All rashes are a...
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.
Dermatographism, the ability to 'draw' on the skin, is a sign of capillary vasodilation due to Pitta type toxicity. It may indicate lymphatic stagnation as well.
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.
Tremors can result from deficiency, blood chemistry imbalances, stimulants, cold, and nerve disorders including:
Toxins in the blood
High blood sugar
The tendons linking the fingers to the muscles of the forearm travel through the 'carpal tunnel' in the wrist. Sometimes, the tunnel becomes inflamed, especially in circumstances where the fingers are moving while the hand is bent (such as typing on a...
Prevent stress from attacking the digestive tract with lower abomdinal exercises. This should help keep tension where it belongs - in the pelvic floor.
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Bright red blood signifies freshly released blood. Dark, clotted blood is older.
Food poisoning is the illness caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Salmonella and E. coli are examples of bacteria that commonly cause food poisoning. Symptoms include abdominal...
Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection in the gums, often due to inadequate flossing or food stuck between the teeth.
Keeping clothes that no longer fit you or are too small is often a form of insidious self-punishment. Too small or too tight clothes serve as reminders of your past and current weight and can inspire feelings of shame and guilt, which are prime...
In scoliosis, the spine both twists and deviates from its normal position. All scoliosis cases involve asymmetrical muscle development. For some reason, muscles on one side become stronger than the opposing side. This is often due to postural...
Trauma involves loss of control. During a traumatic event such as a car accident, a natural disaster, or any physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, you often feel powerless, frozen, and terrified because your personal safety and sense of control has...
Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are accumulations of dead cells and mucus that get trapped in the crevices of the tonsils. Over time, they can harden and form yellow or white masses that can vary in size. Bacteria and fungi feed on these dead cells,...
It takes a strong digestion to get thirsty. Otherwise, water will feel heavy in the stomach. Vata individuals often forget to drink water, or fail to notice they are thirsty. Excess mucus and insufficient acids can also drown healthy thirst. Your sense...
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A fever is a condition where internal body temperature rises above 100.4F. A fever usually indicates a bacterial or viral infection is present.
In Ayurveda, the root cause of fever is metabolic waste, or digestive toxins known as
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...
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 in the abdomen could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor. As with any indigestion, ayurveda traditionally recommended a simple & light diet, focused on soups with easy to digest ingredients. Ache could indicate acid reflux, colic,...
The frequent urge to defecate is the repeated desire to pass a stool. The urge to pass a stool is a natural sensation, and signals it is time to evacuate feces. However, this urge can become excessive, abnormal, and even painful.
Frequent urge to...
Any recent or sudden weight change is important sign from the body that demands attention. It is important to know the cause of any recent weight changes.
Rapid weight gain may be caused by low metabolism and hypothyroid. Getting your thyroid...
A classic Vata trait and often a sign of parasites, malabsorption or poor digestion leading to weight loss.
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Kapha individuals appear calm outwardly but often experience a storm of emotions internally. Their ability to remain calm in difficult situations is a source of great stability. Internally, Kapha individuals are also careful to maintain this sense of...
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.
Over 40% of all Ayurvedic practitioners focus on pre-natal and post-partum care, reflecting Ayurveda's focus, insight, and interest in on fertility, pregnancy, and children. The first trimester is
Dark blood is stagnant blood dur to poor circulation or thick, sweet Kapha blood.
Parkinson's Disease tends to occur in ambitious individuals who burn out their nervous system. Parkinsons is related to dementia.
Passing a parasite in your stool is a definitive sign you have parasites. Parasites are organisms that live within another organism, often causing harm to the host. They can live in multiple locations in the human body, but many prefer the digestive...
Sweet blood congests the liver, which weakens tendons (Shleshaka Kapha).
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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 while opposing disorders. It takes a holistic,
systemic approach that looks at the whole body. Ayurveda
shows how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using diet, lifestyle adjustments, and herbs. It shows a person how to 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.
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 biocharaceristics (gunas)
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 imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, 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
To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body
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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