There are about 2 to 4 million sweat glands situated under the skin. They function mainly for regulation of body temperature and provide an emotional response. The watery secretion produced by these glands make the body moist and helps to cool the body temperature. The glands are under the control of sympathetic nervous system. Sweat contains water and some salts like sodium, chloride, potassium, urea, bicarbonate, calcium and other excretions from the body such as amino acids.
In the 21st Century, the popularity of holistic methods has grown, especially in the United States, as people realize the importance of mind over body and choosing homeopathic alternatives rather than Western medicine. This could be because of the expense of healthcare costs and medications. As a result, benefits of the low cost of Ayurvedic treatments, the World Health Organization in 1978 has recognized Ayurveda as being beneficial to economically impaired countries as it reduces expensive drug dependence on industrial states, especially those in the pharmaceutical industries. In 1983, the first International Ayurveda Congress was formed.
cold dry day would even raise kapha. The year can be divided in two where we lose strength, stability, vitality and another when we build up those qualities. The year can also be described as the 6 seasons being separated in 2 adana (associated with the sun) and visarga (associated with the moon). Adana represents winter, spring and summer and visarga represents rain autumn and winter.
n many eastern health sciences, nadis are considered channels or tubes in the human body that carry prana. Prana is also known as energy or life force. These energy channels, or nadis, can be found in both the physical and the subtle body (Kripalu, 2008).
Kalaripayattam Masters use their hands, feet, fingers, thumbs as well as natural herbs that heal and reduce inflammation and pain. Ayurvedic Marma Massage – Ayurveda’s version of acupressure, a therapeutic massage that releases muscle soreness. It is the Ayurvedic version of Accupressure and uses 107 vital marma points, that are gently massaged in a circular stroke then pressed to release pain.
Ayurvedic Head Therapies include Shiro dhara, Shiro basti, Shiro Pichu and Shiro abhyanga.
Shirodhara involves gently pouring herbal oil or decoction over ajna chakra on the forehead (the ‘third eye’). Used in sukhachikitsa (restorative therapy) as part of Panchakarma. Complmentary to Cranio Sacral Therapy, Shirodhara assists in treating eye diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, greying of hair, neurological disorders, memory loss, insomnia, hearing impairment, tinnitus, vertigo, and neuro-muscular disorders.
That defeats the whole purpose of Yoga. Yoga is meant for overweight, obese, skinny, old, young, kids, seniors, arthritic….EVERYONE! Yoga therapy is great for both maintaining and generation health, no matter what your age, condition or fitness level.
By Monica Bhatia, PHD
(Faculty: San Diego College of Ayurveda, Florida Vedic College)
Modern life in cities is fast paced
Sriman Mahaprabhu said in Shikshastaka,
Cheto darpana marjanam bhava maha davagni nirvapanam,
Shreyah kairava chandrika vitaranam Vidya vadhujivanam,