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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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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 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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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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