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Desperately Seeking an Alternative to Alternative Medicine by Dr. Scott Gerson

My small Ayurvedic office pharmacy is stocked with jars, bottles, and bins filled with herbal medicines from home and abroad. We could compare these plant-based medicines to distinguished ambassadors from around the world gathered together to work for world peace and harmony. The world, in this analogy, consists of my patient population. Each and every jar tells a story.

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Pitta Season Tips by Dr. Scott Gerson

The mystic poet William Blake once said. “How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer's pride.” Certainly summer brings with it ample evidence of Nature’s wonders. During this period the earth tilts towards the sun which supplies abundant heat and light.  It is a season characterized by heat and humidity and unbridled growth of flowers, grasses, trees and leaves. Children and adults alike emerge from their homes and naturally begin to engage in increased physical activities. Other important qualities of Pitta include softness, excitation, and joy.  However, the seasons around the globe are undergoing extreme changes and it is thus becoming a major cause of concern for all nations.

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The Ayurvedic Approach to Lyme Disease—Part 2: Treatment by Dr. Scott Gerson

Let me be honest and clear. The illness we call “Lyme Disease” is a very complex and difficult condition to treat. Although I have had good success in many cases with the protocol described here, the disease’s repercussions sometimes persist long after treatment of any kind, including Ayurveda. But I have seen profound improvements in the health of the majority of my patients who have undergone these treatments.

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Ayurvedic Medicine and the Epigenetics of Lyme Disease by Dr. Scott Gerson (Part One)

The foregoing has focused on the failure of genetics to reveal the basis for disease. But Lyme disease has not been prominently thought of as a genetically-caused condition but rather as a microbial disease. Our society has completely bought the concept that we get sick because of the presence of microbes. This paradigm goes back to Pasteur and the persisting intellectual persuasive power of the Germ Theory of Disease. But is that the complete story, or even the true story?

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Pregnancy and Motherhood in Ayurveda by Dr. Scott Gerson

Ayurveda places an enormous emphasis on the importance of caring for the mother before, during, and after pregnancy. 'It is the woman who procreates children and propagates the human species. Dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), lakshmi (auspiciousness), and loka (the entire universe) are represented in every woman.' (CS, Cs 2/3) Ayurveda regards the woman and her ability to produce and care for children as the basis of family life which, in turn, is the very foundation of society. Therefore, only if the women of a society are safe, protected, and content can these qualities manifest in that society.

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The Ayurvedic Approach to Candidiasis by Scott Gerson, MD, M. Phil. (Ayu), Ph.D. (Ayu)

Candida is the quintessential opportunistic pathogen. Normally its population is maintained at healthy levels by acid-producing bacteria that co-inhabit the same areas. When these normal bacteria populations are reduced or otherwise disturbed by any number of factors (discussed below) however, yeast populations can grow to abnormally high levels.

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The Ayurvedic Approach to Anxiety by Dr. Scott Gerson

Acute anxiety, borne of fear/desire, falls under the general heading of Unmada ("Insanity") in Ayurvedic medicine. Sushruta describes Unmada as "a derangement of bodily Doshas affecting the upcoursing nerves and thereby producing a distracted state of Manas (mind)."[3] The disease manifests in both physical and mental symptoms which can include:breathlessness, dizziness, faintness, fatigue, palpitations, chest pains, headache, paresthesias, tremors, insomnia, anorexia, nervousness, diarrhea, vomiting, frequent micturition, increased sweating, forgetfulness, amnesia, phobias, incoherent speech, unsteadiness, agitation of the eyes, extreme fickleness of the mind, and mental confusion.

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Ayurvedic Lesson Learned from Verizon Wireless by Dr. Scott Gerson

It may not surprise you that very few individuals meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle. In the US, only 3% of adults meet all four of the very basic health behaviors considered to be a healthy lifestyle: (1) being a nonsmoker, (2) having a healthy weight, (3) being moderately physically active, and (4) eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day.[

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The Ayurvedic Approach to Parkinson's Disease (Kampavata) by Scott Gerson, MD, M. Phil. (Ayu), Ph.D. (Ayu)

Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders affecting more than 1 million Americans and 10 million people worldwide. Parkinson’s Disease gets its name from an essay written in 1817 by a British pharmacist James Parkinson entitled “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy”.

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Valentine's Day Reveries: Romantic Love vs. Conscious Love

One of my patients recently asked me what Ayurveda has to say about love. It made me recall an impromptu talk given at an ashram where I was staying many years ago near Hardiwar, in northern India. The essay below is my recollection of the concepts and ideas expressed that day—sprinkled with some of my own thoughts on the subject. I offer this to you with one caveat: I’m almost certain that no one fully comprehends the mystery of love.

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Ayurveda and the Chakras by Scott Gerson, M.D., M.Phil. (Ayurveda), Ph.D. (Ayurveda)

The concept of the human body as a microcosm of the Universe is one of the most fundamental concepts of Ayurveda. This concept is known as loka-purusha sāmya siddhanta (loka-universe; purusha-human being; samya-sameness; siddhanta-teaching). Ayurveda views the entire creation, including the human body, to be constituted from five fundamental elements (pañca mahabhutas). The uniquely balanced configuration of these five elements in each unique individual creates normalcy or health and deviations from this normalcy in any direction causes disease. Thus the knowledge and restoration of normalcy of these five fundamental elements is the cornerstone of treatment in Ayurveda.

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A Concise Bulletin Point Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine by Scott Gerson, M.D., M.Phil. (Ayurveda), Ph.D. (Ayurveda)

Ayurveda defines health not only in terms of balanced physiology of the physical body, but also as a state of harmony and contentment in every aspect of life. Thus, not only is it a medical approach to health, but Ayurveda can also be the foundation for the spiritual evolution of humankind.

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2019 New Years Message from Scott Gerson, Ph.D. (Ayu)

As we are about to enter 2019, I thought I’d welcome you with a short message. According to Jyotish, the system of Vedic astrology, 2018 was a difficult year—all about surrender and healing the past so we can be more of who we truly are. According to my interpretation of Jyotish, 2019 will clearly bring expansion, opportunity, and self-awareness

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Fall and Winter Seasonal Tips from The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Winter brings with it the joy of seeing rosy-cheeked children playing in the snow, of gathering with friends in cozy settings, and celebrating the holidays with loved ones while enjoying hearty dinners. All of these festivities occur during Vata season, which is known for its cool, dry, and windy qualities. Another important quality of Vata is that it greatly influences the other doshas (Pitta and Kapha), so that a balanced Vata can help maintain balance throughout the entire physiology

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The Basics of Ayurvedic Skin Care by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D (Ayu)

Just as with one’s diet and daily routine, knowledge of the doshas is the answer to your skin questions. Naturally, the health and radiance of our skin depends as much on our general health as what materials we use to wash and moisturize. Nevertheless there is a great deal of benefit derived from the selection of proper external care products. This brief article will focus on the basics of skin care according to the predominant dosha in one’s prakriti (constitution).

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The Ayurvedic Approach to Strong Immunity by Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayu)

The Ayurvedic concept of immunity in Ayurveda is a captivating and many-faceted subject. Vyaadhikshamatva, as it is known in Ayurveda, literally means "resistance (ksamatva) against disease (vyaadhi)". Physical and mental resistance to disease is of enormous significance for all living beings; it regulates both prevention against and rapid recovery from diseases.

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