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Author: Jayanthi Created: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Subtopics in this section include: Body Talks, Body, Mind, Soul Connection, Good Vibrations, Health Alternatives, Internal Cleansing, Traditional Medicine 101

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By Jayanthi on Monday, April 05, 2010

With rising cost of 'mainstream' health care, people all over are looking for 'alternative' healing modalities that will not only provide a cheaper alternative, but a more holistic and comprehensive care. Since the late 90s I been participating in Ayurveda, native healing from India, and have dabbled in other modalities such as massage, reiki, eye care, and more. Click in to read some of my experiences from past articles posted here on Alaivani.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, December 08, 2008

We often take it for granted that the prepackaged food we purchase has an expiration date. Keeping until and even after this date, for many of us doesn't seem to create concern. Many of us also do not question how our food stays 'fresh' for so long? What are some effects of these preservatives in our food? I trace my stay in India to the effects of preservatives in our food.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, May 12, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment -"Anna Shuddhi" and "Atma Shuddhi" discusses the importance of a balanced diet (conclusion).

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi. Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, April 28, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment - "Tamasic Foods Foods" shares thoughts on foods that bring down our energy that have been stored, reheated and preserved for long periods of time.

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi. Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, April 21, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment - "Rajasic Foods"

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi. Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, April 14, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment - "Sattvic Foods" wholly nutritious foods.

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi. Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, March 31, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment - "Anna Shuddhi" - choosing good food to fuel the body.

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In this series, "Dahashamani Diaries," I introduce you to this daily Ayurvedic drink that is one of the best kept secrets of Kerala, nay, India! Enjoy.

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By Jayanthi on Monday, March 24, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

This week's installment - "The Three Commandments" discusses following the three cardinal food rules helps every person be a conscious consumer of food and food products.

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi. Reprinted from old tripod site.

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By Jayanthi on Monday, March 10, 2008

Vedic thoughts on the meaning of food in our lives. Presented in a series of seven parts. Enjoy.

Submitted by Sudarshan K Madabushi Reprinted from old tripod site.

 
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By Jayanthi on Monday, March 03, 2008

Warming the soul and the body on a cold day and helping to alleviate high fevers are just a few of the many wonders of ginger. Read on... Read More »

By Jayanthi on Monday, February 04, 2008

Without this leaf, full of aroma and taste, Indian food would loose much of it's attraction. Read More »

By Jayanthi on Monday, December 03, 2007

As winter sets in, cinnamon is a great spice to have handy to warm you up from head to toe, read on. Read More »

By Jayanthi on Monday, November 05, 2007

Learn some of the interesting properties and uses of Rosemary.

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By Jayanthi on Monday, October 01, 2007

I am captivated by this spice for many reasons. Its aroma in the bottle is quite pungent, and most likely is not a spice people would like to sniff for cooking inspiration (in contrast to possibly, oregano, cumin, etc.); however this scent becomes camouflaged once added to many dishes.

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By Jayanthi on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Many people have heard of placebos being used in medical research to test medicines. One set of subjects are given the actual medicine, and the other set are given this placebo, a sugar pill. However, many who take the sugar pill also report relief from their problems.

How can that happen?
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By Jayanthi on Monday, August 06, 2007

In this first installment of the monthly column on Herbs, I will share information about Fenugreek.

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By Jayanthi on Monday, July 02, 2007

Every first Monday of the month, I will publish a column on herbs. This will be the first column introducing the series. This is a listing of resources I study to get information on herbs. It will be updated on a sporadic basis.

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By Jayanthi on Friday, June 15, 2007

Whenever I fly I fear the pressure build up in my head. It is so painful and my ears never ‘pop’ and pressure sometimes stays in my head for weeks after landing. Also, in our last flight, encountered a new challenge, swelling of the ankles. How would I prevent these problems this time?

Part 3 in Series: Kerala 2007

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By Jayanthi on Monday, May 21, 2007

Three years have passed since I got my new glasses. I thought it is time to go back to get my eyes tested. But, this time, I thought I am going to search out a ‘holistic eye doctor’. I really did not know what that meant in practice. In my mind, I wanted this doctor to look at me as a whole person, not just see my problem with my eyes as a problem with the eyes, but other things.
Continued from Monday, May 14, 2007 posting.
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By Jayanthi on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dr. Sonam Targee blew the socks off both of us. Sure, I told him what bought me to the other Ayurvedic doctor, and what I was looking for now, and also a few of my ailments. However, after taking my pulse diagnosis, Dr. Sonam told us even more about me that I had not mentioned to him, but that both Krishna and I were aware of.

Continued from May 9, 2007 posting.

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By Jayanthi on Monday, May 14, 2007

I liked what the Ashram offered, a course on improving your eyesight, naturally. Some people told me there were certain exercises you had to do daily by looking at the sun in a certain way. They would teach you if you stayed there for a few weeks. I did not have the time for that, so that idea got tucked into the back of my mind without further research. Read More »

By Jayanthi on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wow! What an odd prescription! It seemed so different from what I was used to. Far as I knew he was a western trained doctor, and he was giving to me a prescription that would affect many parts of my day. Taking a pill or using a creme only affects a small part of the day. But watching my diet and eating certain foods affects more parts of your day, and affects your mood and personality.

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By Jayanthi on Saturday, April 28, 2007

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