The Power of Aryuvedic Medicine

The Power of Aryuvedic Medicine

At Coconut Karma, we believe that health and wellness includes a delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit, much like Aryuvedic Medicine, “Ayurveda” for short. What the heck is Ayurveda you say? And how in the world do you pronounce it? No worries. We’re going to break it down for you.

Ayurveda, pronounced ah-yer-vey-duh, is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems, which was developed some 3,000 years ago in India. It’s an entirely holistic approach to health. The word Ayurveda means “science of life.” Cool, right?

So, now that you at least know how to pronounce it, understand what it means, let’s dive into the practice of Aryuvedic medicine. Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. It’s said these elements combine in the body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas, which are intended to control how your body works. These doshas are called Vata Dosha (space and air), Pitta Dosha (fire and water), and Kapha Dosha (water and earth). Everyone has their unique mix. Interested in finding out your dosha type? Take this 3-minute quiz .

Once a person has determined their life force or energy, Ayurvedic physicians typically prescribe customized treatments that include compounds of herbs or proprietary ingredients as well as make diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations. According to a published report by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurvedic medicine can help treat inflammatory, hormonal, digestive and autoimmune conditions.

Before you begin reaping the benefits of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, it’s important to clear any accumulated waste and toxicity in the body to achieve optimal health. Consider this as a way to give your body a break by hitting the reset button on your digestive system. There are a multiple types of cleanses out there and to find the one that works best for you, we suggest connecting with an Ayurvedic practitioner. In the meantime, we found a simple one week home-based cleanse to get you started.

Speaking of detoxification, another great way to detoxify the body is by oil pulling. This is actually an old school method that dates back thousands of years. The process includes taking a teaspoon or two of coconut oil and swishing it all around your mouth long enough for it to turn milky white, which indicates that the bacteria has been “pulled off” teeth and gums. To reap the full benefits it takes about 20 minutes, so set a timer and grab a good book (or hop in the shower!). Just make sure you don’t swallow. The term ‘oil pulling’ refers to the way you work the oil in your mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it through your teeth to get in every nook and cranny where bacteria can hide. The theory behind this practice is that the fatty molecules in the oil attract and bond to the fatty membrane surrounding each microorganism cell. So when you spit it out, there goes the bacteria with it. Oil pulling is said to cure about 30 systemic diseases including chronic headaches, migraines, diabetes and several skin. So grab some coconut oil and get to pulling. To make the process easier, we have developed an On-the-Go option so be sure to check out our Coconut Karma portable coconut oil.

If you are serious about cleansing, we highly recommend the miracle herb turmeric also known as “The Golden Goddess". Turmeric is an herb primarily known for improving circulation and cleansing the liver. In Ayurveda, it’s considered the blood purifier and is known to enhance the condition and appearance of the skin.  Caution: Please consult your physician when using this herb if you are taking any antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication. Check out our yummy Turmeric Ginger Golden Milk Latte and reap all the anti-inflammatory benefits and you may sleep better too! 

To recap; there are few steadfast rules to consider with the Ayurveda diet, most of which include taking a common sense approach to healthy eating. They include:

•       Eating fresh organic locally grown whole foods (eliminate processed foods and canned or frozen foods).

•       Choose the five sattvic or healing foods such as milk, ghee, almonds, honey, and fruit in their organic form.

•       Eliminate unhealthy oils like hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, and shortening.

•       Remove high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners; bleached, enriched flour; and white, processed sugar.

•       Drink lots of filtered water.

So whether you want to jump all in, or dip your toe in the water, Ayurveda continues to be more of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. The Ayurvedic approach is about taking it easy, aligning with the power of nature rather than the struggle of trying to force things to go your way.

At Coconut Karma we’re all about creating natural, Aryuvedic-inspired products that are clean and convenient. Our goal – to make your life easier, one coconut at a time! Check out our products today.

Kerry Carlson