Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance

Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance

Kim Inglis

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0804846561

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Discover India's age-old beauty secrets through the ancient wellness regimen known as Ayurveda.

Healing therapies are clearly explained and illustrated with lovely photographs that bring to life the benefits of this 5,000-year-old Asian medical tradition. Treatments and practices from India's other healing systems—Unani, Siddha and Tibetan traditional medicine—are also included in the book.

With sections devoted to various meditation and yoga practices as well as natural beauty treatments for hair, face and body, Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance is an enlightening introduction to holistic health systems with ultimate spiritual goals. Discover Indian beauty secrets and information on healing with metals, minerals, crystals and gemstones as well as mendhi (henna) and chakra alignment. Includes a helpful listing of ayurvedic hospitals, homestays and treatment centers.

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used at Soukya to reduce skin pigmentation or leucoderma. Psoralea corylifolia seeds are boiled in milk, then dried (not in direct sunlight), with the process being repeated seven times in total. Afterwards, the mix is ground into a powder, some other ingredients are added and a little bit of water makes it into a paste. Over a period of a month, the paste is applied on to the specific areas of the skin daily for 20 to 45 minutes and the area held in direct sunlight. Afterwards, it is washed off.

bhati is an extremely dynamic experience, it should only be done for about a minute, as this is enough time to give a massaging effect to the inner organs as well as balance and strengthen the nervous system. It also helps set up the lungs and entire respiratory tract for the breathing exercises to follow. Vhastrika is often the first exercise: Translating as “bellows breath”, it is a breathing technique used by yogis to build energy, tone the respiratory muscles and induce a feeling of

meditation, along with asceticism, renunciation, celibacy and yoga with the ultimate aim of attaining enlightenment. However, one does not need to be a Hindu to practice Hindu meditation. Many Hindu meditative techniques are secular in nature — and everyone is welcome to try them. A popular choice for those serious to learn more about Hinduism and meditation is a visit to an Indian ashram. Neither a temple nor a monastery, an ashram is a more like a retreat. The idea is to lead a simple life,

transference of skills, prayers for guidance and holistic health care for all. In some cases, practitioners accept a kanikkae (a kind of offering or a gratuity). Theirs is not a vocation; in fact, it is more than likely that they have another job, such as farmer or shopkeeper, as well. Even though most of these people do not have legal status (or only semi-legal status) as medical practitioners, they are considered legitimate healers in their own right. Indeed, such organizations as the LSSPS

dried leaves are used to make a tea that is good for bronchial and asthmatic troubles. Powdered leaves are used on skin infections, and a preparation made from vasaka flowers is used to treat tuberculosis. Chrysopogon zizanoides Vetiver Native to India, vetiver is a Tamil name and old Tamil literature lists medicinal uses for the plant. Similar to other fragrant grasses such as lemongrass and citronella, Chrysopogon zizanoides is a perennial grass. The root has cooling and calming properties,

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