Thanks so much for visiting this page as it offers some valuble insights to consider for your wellbeing and health. My first training as a nurse was in California where Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal practices are quite common in the hospitals, practical and fairly easy to maintain. I share these ideas and hope you will feel the same! We carry ayurvedic herbs and remedies and will gladly order any item we dont stock.
To your health,
Knowing your prakriti or Ayurvedic constitution offers many benefits. Although you will often read or hear of the one diet or the one exercise program that is ideal for everyone, Ayurveda offers the consideration that people are different and have different needs. The diet that worked for your best friend could be harmful for you. By knowing your constitution, you are in a position to tailor your diet, exercise, daily supplemental Ayurvedic herbs, massage oils and other aspects of life to your individual needs.
Your constitution can give you important clues about your relationship to the seasons. For instance, if you are vata, autumn is likely to be your most challenging season. So it could be important to do warm oil massages and take Ashwagandha at that season. If you are pitta, summer brings the most challenges, while if you are kapha, you will need to take extra care in winter and spring.
Your constitution also tells you about your sensitive time of day. From two to six in the morning and afternoon are sensitive for vata, who can get very stressed and anxious at these times. The times around midnight and noon are dangerous for pitta events such as anger outbursts or midnight snacking. And sleeping after sunrise or eating heavily in the evening can make kapha sluggish and slow.
Knowledge of your constitution can assist in your relocation plans, your career choices and your clothing and décor selections. For example, Vata is dry and if relocating should choose a moist climate. Kapha will become lazy in a repetitive job and pitta should avoid choosing bright red clothing or décor with hot colours.
These are just few of the many benefits of knowing our constitution. Ayurveda, like the Oracle at Delphi, offers us a great invitation: “Know thyself!”
Alakananda Ma is a British trained physician who was one of the first Western medical doctors to practice Ayurveda in the US. She is a renowned teacher, lecturer, writer of insightful articles on Ayurveda and also principal of Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula, a traditional gurukula, in Boulder, Colorado.
For more information on Alakananda Ma and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula please visit alandiashram.org
Your Liver: The Master Multi-Tasker
- Choose organic when possible. If you are not adding pesticides and other chemicals and toxins to your system, your liver will have less to cleanse, and it won’t be as overwhelmed.
- Favor sweet, bitter and astringent foods. As pitta is predominant, you should pacify pitta. Avoid sour, spicy, fried and fermented foods, as well as excess salt.
- Especially enjoy bitter greens such as kale and collard greens, as this is a taste missing frequently in the Western diet. Also enjoy other cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and brussel sprouts.
- Use cooling spices such as cumin and garnishes such as cilantro.
- Eat regularly during meal times and avoid late night meals.
- Eat with a calm mindset.
- Yoga and Meditation
- A regular practice helps calm the mind and deal with unresolved emotions, particularly anger and other pitta emotions.
- Try yoga poses that help massage the liver and support the digestive fire: Twists, cat/cow, bridge, and cobra (2).
- Herbal Support
- Kutki, or Picorrhiza kurroa, is one of Ayurveda’s premier herbs to help cleanse and support the liver. Overharvested and endangered, Banyan has now been able to secure a limited supply from sustainable farming efforts, and we are offering it in liquid extract form. Please read our special note below for more details.
- Liver Formula offers a unique blend of several other herbs that help support the liver and its functions, including bhumyamalaki and guduchi.
- Ayurveda also recommends short-term use of fresh aloe juice for liver support. Some case studies have shown that longer use of aloe vera capsules can have negative side effects on the liver (3).