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Ayurvedic Medicine Good Karma

June 19, 2013

By Joan McDaniel                     June 19, 2013

Alternate, Folk or Traditional medicine continued


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Ayurvedic medicine bowl


This is my third post on Alternate medicine, ancient civilizations and traditions. As I have said before, I am recovering from being very sick when modern medicine could no longer help me. I was so weak I could barely walk yet wasn’t sick enough to fit into a major insurance category.  After my hospital stay, my blood counts and medical tests were perfect. I was released and  left on my own so I started doing major research in how to get well. I found many people like myself who have “cured themselves” by what they ate.

Besides finding food that heals, I have found alternate medicine. Modern  medicine as we know it was financed and created by The Rockefeller Foundation in the 1930s. Treatments of illness became an invention that could be a patented and modern medicine began to focuses on creating profit not understanding unprofitable body functions. Before that time Americas practiced Homeopathy medicine based on natural remedy and tradition.

Other countries had their own natural remedy or traditional medicine, focusing on individualizing treatments, treating the whole person, promoting self-care and self-healing and recognizing the spiritual nature of each individual. Some of the most widely used are:

African medicine , Ayurveda, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic, Folk Medicine, Greek Medicine, herbalist, Herbal medicine, Herbal treatments, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, meditation, Mind-body medicine, palliative care, self-healing, Shamanism Traditions, Self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and many others.

Today I will briefly cover the Indian Ayurvedic Medicine.

More than Curry and spices Ayurvedic Medicine is a science of knowledge


Ayurveda – We in America know the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine best for its use of Herbs especially its use of Curry Spices, Ginger, Turmeric, Saffron and many others.

curryCurry is a term used to refer to a variety of dishes that have been influenced by Asian cuisines.  Its origin is traditional and combines a precise selection of spices based on cultural, religious practice and family preference.  Curry is used all over the world by different countries by different traditions.

The term Ayurveda combines the Sanskrit words avur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) it means “life-knowledge” or “the science of life” ; English pronunciation /ˌ.ərˈvdə/[or ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. It is one of the world’s oldest medical systems.  It has been practiced for around 3,000 years. The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit.  This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.

I am only familiar with some of the basic principles of Ayurveda, I am not an expert or recommend any of the specific products.  Ayurveda medicine is practiced by well-trained masters.  I recommend you continue to reach out and research this world-class expert field and marvelous tradition. I have provided some web sites and source links


According to Ayurveda philosophies, a large part of our health is dependent on spiritual things like evil spirits, planetary alignment, and acts of gods. Even if you don’t believe in the spiritual aspect, you can benefit from Ayurveda remedies. One of the most appealing things about this form of medicine is that an Ayurveda natural remedy is safer than traditional medicine because it is made from natural ingredients and has far fewer side effects.

“Cultural beliefs included a belief in a world spirit, the Brahma, and a belief in reincarnation. All living things had souls and could be reincarnated into higher or lower forms, depending on their karma in their previous life.  Good karma could be generated by prayer and good deeds. Bad karma produced punishment by the Vedic god Rudra, who cause pain and Agni, who cause fever.

Ayurvedic of India – practitioners approach diagnosis by using all five senses, mental, personality and physical existence, hygiene, and plant-based medicines and treatments. The practice of Ayurvedic medicine is more than word of mouth there are classical Sanskrit encyclopedias of medicine that are part of the medicines foundation and compiled works. It has been studied for thousands of years with thousands of trained Ayurvedic Masters.

Ayurvedic medicine is available in the United States; I have found a long list of web sites. It is considered a complementary health approach.  I have found services that range from Consultants, healers, Herbalist, medicine, massage, remedies, specialized diets, training and much more.

For an example Ayurvedic pharmacopeia of India.

Today, Ayurvedic Master’s practice this “natural way of life, total body disease free” systemic approach. Combing the ancient with the modern for a major leap forward.


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Ayurvedic Use of Spices

Over 10,000 Thousand years ago Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayuryedic practitioners began the study and use herbs and spices for healing.  To this day India is known for its excellent source and variety of organic spices.

Turmeric has been traditionally used for over 10,000 Thousand years in both in the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic holistic medicine.  It is also known as “Indian saffron”.  It is 5 to 8 times stronger than Vitamin E and stronger than Vitamin C. I have previously written about the great power of Turmeric.

Ayurvedic holistic treatment is based on Indian Herbs,  besides the use of turmeric other Herbal therapies include use of Boswellia, Cinnamon,  Cowhage plant, Curcuminoids (substances found in Turmeric), Ginger, Gotu, Kitcher, Nutmeg, Saffron and Warm Lemon Water are used for such  illness as Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Cardiovascular conditions, indigestion,  inflammation, and Parkinson’s. Just to name a few.

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Ayurvedic Fact Sheet

I have included below a fact sheet on Ayurvedic Medicine I found from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  Note: This fact sheet also includes warnings from the FDA.




NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health®



Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction Ayurvedic ctr


This fact sheet provides a general overview of Ayurvedic medicine and suggests sources for more information.



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