National Geographic recently posted an article on Ayurveda titled Establishing Yourself: Foodways in Ayurveda. The video from this article is posted below and it covers some basic concepts of Ayurveda.
Recently I placed an order for a Padmashri Classical Ayurvedic Oil, Bala-Ashwagandha-Lakshadi taila formula to be specific. I ordered from the Sewanti website but they also have a list of distributors in Canada and the United States.
I placed my order on a Sunday and it shipped on Monday and it arrived in only a few days (but note that I am only one province away from them). The product was well packaged. The price, $26.69 per bottle Canadian was more than reasonable.
According to their website, the formula I ordered is known for:
Bala-Ashwaganda-Lakshadi is prized among Ayurvedic physicians to rejuvenate the body and mind, forming an important component of Kayakalpa. Ayurveda’s science of rejuvenation.
I ordered this particular formula as it was previously recommended to me by my herbalist, who supplied me with the same brand.
I have no means to rigorously scientifically test the product I received. However, I must say it has every appearance of being an excellent product crafted with care. There are not many sources to purchase such oils from, and when you look at the team involved in the company it instills confidence in their product, much as the actual use of the product does (this is not my first time using it). Thus I give a strongly positive review and express my gratitude to this company for making this product available.
They presently have 12 different kinds of Ayurvedic massage oils available.
Abhyanga, or Ayurvedic self-massage, is an integral part of Ayurveda. Todd Caldecott commented on its usefulness in a Question and Answer session with him on his website:
One recommendation I have already alluded to is massaging the body with fat. In Ayurveda this practice is called abhyanga, and is used generally not just to keep the skin moist and supple, but to protect against infection, lubricate the muscles and joints, calm and balance the nervous system, enhance fertility, and promote a long, healthy life.
Full disclosure: I have no connection with this company. I did not receive any money or benefit from writing this review. I purchased this product at the listed price with my own money.
Urine analysis has long been a part of the traditional health systems. Consider this interesting study:
The text of this study provides a good overview of the subtleties and nuances of Ayurvedic urine analysis.
From the Abstract:
Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda has a great history. Researchers in India have tried to corroborate ancient wisdom with the modern scientific practices. Tailabindu pariksha is a diagnostic tool of urine examination developed by the medieval Ayurvedic scholars, and also throws a light on the prognosis of the disease condition. This study aims at using this ancient wisdom to diagnose the medical conditions and to study about their prognosis, and studying about how it can be applied to modern medical practice and its limitations. For the purpose of the study, 30 volunteers were divided into 3 groups. Group I consisting of healthy volunteers, group II of those patients who suffer from curable conditions and group III consisting of patients suffering from chronic diseases which can be regarded as incurable. The urine collection, oil drop instillation and evaluation, were all done according to the guidelines laid down in Ayurvedic practices. Upon the evaluation of the color, appearance, consistency and pattern of oil drop spreading in different patients of different groups, it could be seen that the data could be correlated to what has been provided in the literature in majority of the cases. In today’s modern medical practices, there is a plethora of urine diagnostic examinations available. These act as an added financial burden to the patients. In the midst of this, making use of Tailabindu pariksha for urine examination, will not only prove economical, but also is a time-tested and scientifically proven method. More in-depth studies on larger groups of patients, suffering from various diseases need to be done to standardize the procedure and make it scientifically more acceptable.
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