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Both Ayurveda and modern medicine agree that type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is a multifaceted disease that  affects many organs, tissues, and channels of the body including the cardiovascular, urinary, nervous and immune systems. In Sanskrit, diabetes is called prameha, or frequent urination, because this is one of many symptoms that can be observed by those with this condition. Historically, type 2 DM was considered to be mainly adult on-set, however,  according to the CDC, we are currently seeing increased risk of type 2 DM among young children and teenagers. I will try not to shroud this topic in complex Ayurvedic or medical language, but rather use simple terms and core concepts to convey the practical approaches that can be taken by those wanting to manage or reverse this condition. 

Some Basic Ayurvedic Concepts

In Ayurveda, there are three bodily humors (doshas) that maintain the normal function of the body and mind and, when disturbed, contribute to the disease process. These three doshas are known as vata (energy of movement), pitta (energy of transformation), and kapha (energy of structure, lubrication and fluidity). Kapha imbalance can be a primary factor in the development of type 2 DM when left unmanaged. 

Kapha Imbalance and Diabetes 

Let’s first get a basic understanding of kapha dosha before venturing into how kapha contributes to diabetes and other related complications.} Kapha is made up primarily of the earth and water element and is the structural and lubricating energy of the body. Kapha has

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I often get quizzical looks when I start an introductory lecture on Ayurveda with the comment that “the three doshas are not body types.” Vata, Pitta and Kapha are certainly foundational to every aspect of Ayurvedic theory and practice and understanding them starts with the fact that we are made up of all three doshas, just as everything in nature is made up of the five great elements ether, air, fire, water and earth. These concepts are quite similar to Yin, Yang and Chi in Traditional Chinese medicine, and knowing of their qualities, expressions and functional integrity or interrelationship is the key.

7 Constitutional Types

Constitutional “types” relate to the unique, individualized expression of each of the 3 doshas within an individual, not to simply identify with one. Ayurveda’s practical method identifies 7 basic constitutional “types,” based on our doshic make-up, but each of these types have infinite expressions. For example, someone may be single dosha predominate- Vata, Pitta or Kapha, while others dual-doshic- VP, PK, VK and some are tri-doshic/VPK=. Identifying where we fall along this constitutional spectrum isn’t an end game that culminates with a simple “one size fits all” list of how to live our lives or what types foods we should or shouldn’t ever eat based on our “dosha type.”

Knowing which dosha or doshas that are predominate in our unique constitution helps us to better understand long-term trends relating to our personal health as well as patterns of imbalance that might present themselves due to

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An Ayurvedic Perspective on GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) 

GERD occurs when digestive juices moves upward from the stomach into the esophagus causing acid reflux,An Ayurvedic Perspective on GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Ayurveda Medicine which over time can damage the lower esophageal lining and an increase the risk of precancerous Barrett’s esophagus. The causes of GERD can vary from diet and lifestyle factors to obesity, pregnancy, hiatal hernia and the relaxing of the lower esophageal sphincter. Factors such as smoking tobacco, eating too late at night and certain common trigger foods such as coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods and tomatoes can also play a role in the worsening of symptoms.

 

Common Symptoms of GERD

  • Acid reflux
  • Heart burn
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Chest pain (retrosternal)
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough

An Ayurvedic Perspective on Digestion

To understand GERD and other related digestive disorders, lets first explore the Ayurvedic concept of Agni, the power of digestion. Agni is present within saliva, stomach acids, bile, and enzymes of the pancreatic and small intestine. When Agni is strong it supports robust appetite, optimal digestion, energy, satisfaction and overall vitality. Below is a list of various classifications of digestion according the classical Ayurvedic text on pathology and etiology- Madhava Nidana.

4 Clinical Varieties of the Digestive Fire

  1. Manda Agni occurs when the slow and sluggish nature of kapha dosha impair the digestive fire. This results in symptoms such as low appetite, slow digestion, heaviness in the stomach, food stagnation, acid reflux, sluggish bowels (not dry) and phlegmatic disorders.
  2. Tikshna Agni

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Healing with Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

Now that spring has sprung, it is perfect time cleanse the body of accumulated metabolic wastes.  One simple and easy way is to drink fruit and vegetable smoothies daily. When fruits and vegetables are blended together with a powerful blender they become very easy to digest. The body doesn’t need to exert much effort at all to absorb their healing vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that they contain. There is no comparison between the nutrition available in fresh whole foods to that in pill form vitamins. There are tremendous healing properties in the fruits and vegetable that we eat on a daily basis and if we can get more of them into our system we could easily prevent much of the common health complaints that many people suffer from on a daily basis, such as high cholesterol, gastric reflux, hypertension, obesity, allergies, asthma, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and so on. But due to factors such as denatured soils, eating processed and denatured foods, or not getting enough servings each day, we can miss out on the gifts that they offer us.

For instance, beets help to support gallbladder and liver function, purify the blood and aid in relieving constipation. Broccoli provides strong anti-oxidants, vitamin C and has shown to support the immune system, improve colon health and possibly inhibit tumor formation. Celery contains properties that helps to relax blood vessels,  improve blood flow, and reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Apples

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Himalayan Chai ~ The Tea of the Gods Ayurveda Medicine

Om!This recipe was first given to Brahma, the creator, and eventually handed down in an oral tradition to our present day. With the help of Sri Ganesha, I will attempt to put the recipe to writing. Forgive me if I make an error as I humbly transmit this valuable teaching.

Ingredients:
2 cups of pure water.
1 cup milk (or plain EdenSoy milk)
1 Tbsp. Darjeeling tea.
1-2 inches Fresh ginger root.
1/2 tsp cardamon powder.
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or chips (too taste)
1-2 pinches ground nutmeg.
1-3 tsp. turbinado sugar, agave, Sucanat, or local honey. (Stevia as sugar substitute)

First bring 2 cups of water to a boil along with the fresh ginger root (shredded),cardamon, and cinnamon powder. Immediately reduce heat to medium/low and simmer with the lid on for 3-5 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat, add Darjeeling tea, and cover the pot. Let the tea steep for only 2 minutes (makes sure to not over steep the tea) and strain the tea decoction into a separate pot. Now add the milk of your choice, heat it up until it is good and warm, and sweeten the tea to your taste. Add the finishing touch of a pinch of nutmeg and you’re ready to drink.

Chai Guru Dev!

Enjoy!