- January 1st, 2014
When we experience negative emotions—such as those present during periods of anxiety or depression—our brains prompt us to fight, run away, or freeze with fear as if we are confronted by a serious threat. But, despite the sad terrain we sometimes traverse, we are rarely faced with true crises.Understanding and embracing the role of emotions in well-beingBy Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT
A rope with three strands is not easily broken—it’s an old proverb, but it still rings true today. In the same way, this ancient blend of three fruits is a powerful and effective combination. If you’re searching for ways to enhance your health naturally, triphala may surprise you with its diverse benefits.
- July 1st, 2012
Part of truly appreciating our human experience is enjoying the sweetness of life—a perfectly ripe peach, a fresh slice of homemade bread, or a scoop of chocolate ice cream. However, at a time when we have access to the world’s rich variety of sweet delicacies more than ever before, the number of people with difficulties metabolizing sugar in their bloodstream soars.A Mind-Body Approach to DiabetesBy Sheila Patel, MD
- August 31st, 2011
During the summer months— and as temperatures moderate into fall—spending time outside is not only healthy, but downright enjoyable. In most cases, however, you will find yourself sharing space with some of nature’s most abundant creatures: insects.Choose from an array of natural, self-care options to soothe garden-variety stings and bites.By Brooke Holmgren
- July 1st, 2009
Frizzy hair? Dry skin? Ease your summer beauty woes with these dosha-specific tips from Lee Macik, an ayurvedic aesthetician.
If you’re a vata …
your skin and hair tend to get drier than usual in the hot summer months.By Meghan Rabbitt
- February 1st, 2009
Have you ever noticed that people differ not only in how fast they age, but also in the way that they age? Some fight (and lose) the battle of the bulge, while the fashionably thin decry the wrinkles that deeply line their faces. Others bemoan the age spots, dark circles, and sags and bags that follow them into their 40s, 50s, and beyond.
Tap into ancient wisdom to battle aging betterBy Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
- February 1st, 2009
Ayurveda has long advocated the use of Bacopa monnieri—known as Brahmi in Hindi and water hyssop in the West—to improve memory and boost cognitive performance. And a recent study from the National College of Natural Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, both in Portland, supports that claim.By Nora Simmons
- November 1st, 2008
Even though I crave caffeine, carbohydrates, and chocolate right before my period, these foods make me feel bloated and aggravate my cramps. So to avoid the kind of aches and pains that can leave me feeling sapped for days, I make it a point to eat especially well during that time—lots of big salads and antioxidant-packed smoothies.Top practitioners share advice that can transform how you look and feel.By Nora Isaacs with: John Douillard, DC, Phd Christiane Northrup, MD Andy Seplow, Lac Lise Alschuler, ND Alison Eastwood, RD
- October 1st, 2008
All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don’t want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods—ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.Uncommon remedies for the common coldBy Matthew Solan
- August 1st, 2008
According to ayurveda, it isn’t just the sleepless nights that are zapping your strength; the vata dosha becomes dominant in the first six weeks after childbirth—known as the postpartum period.I just had a baby and can’t seem to regain my energy. What can I do?