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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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