I was referred to this Ayurveda documentary the other week, during an herbalism course I’m taking and thought it was worth sharing with you. In the future, we’ll be covering more information from Ayurveda, like the 3 doshas, as it can be very useful information and methods to enhance your health.
Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. And in this almost two-hour documentary you’ll get to know several of the different aspects it covers.
Ayurveda – Art of Being is a 2001 Indian documentary by Pan Nalin
I’ve included some time stamps below with the topics covered at that time.
(2:45) Brahmanand Swamigal, Ayurveda & Siddha physician taking a pulse, looking at the eyes, tongue and fingers, for help in checking on a female patient who has cancer.
(4:00) Mentions taking herbs with warm water and honey. An important part of Ayurveda that is not in most health systems is that HOW you take herbs changes their impact and should be molded according to your constitution and diseases.
(4:45) Describes how the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) are in the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) “Good health is a result of a balance of the three doshas. Vata should be 1, Pitta 1/2 and Kapha should be 1/4 as a proportion.”
(7:40) “I do not treat disease, I treat people.”
(13:55) Ayurvedic Opthamology, one of eight branches in Ayurveda including Kaya (General Medicine), Bala (Pediatrics), Graha (Psychiatry), Udhvanga (Ear & Throat), Shalya (Surgery), Damshtra (Toxicology), Jara (Geriatrics) and Vrishna (Rejuvenation). Shows Tarpana treatment for the eyes.
(20:00) Childbirthing, working with babies and mothers.
(29:00) Treatment of schizophrenia (a vata disorder)
(32:00) Eating mercury
(39:00) The Mud Scan. Mud, tumeric and neem sun bath for diagnosis.
(42:30) Paralyzing a goat with vital points. And more on Marma, the use of these nerve points.
(51:00) Ayurvedic alchemy
(1:00:00) Allopathy fails in cancer treatment so man seeks Ayurveda which surs him.
(1:07:00) Medicine with gems and stones
(1:15:00) Vaidy Narayan Murthy harvests then hands out herbs and instructions for taking for free to a long line of people.
(1:27:00) Translating ancient Sanskrit texts
(1:30:00) Ancient Ayurveda incorporated into modern living. Most diseases are diseases of excess. And the role of stress in disease.
(1:36:00) Yoga and Laughter
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Hey Logan, how do you work out what your,, body disposition is,, im in China,, and found this herbal and body topic , for health fascinating, so from the indian side,of things,,when you talk about the body and each person is,different, being a person of fire,,or of wood etc,,how does one go about working what you are.?
Love the info, love the herbs, if i had more money to spend, i would buy bulk,,lol.
Zane Christopher says
Logan is pretty busy trying to be smart somewhere so I’m gonna answer you. The easiest way to figure out what you are is finding a TCM doctor or acupuncturist and doing some sessions with them. They will tell you pretty fast what you appear to be to them. Same applies for a ayurvedic doctor.
Otherwise, you are just gonna have to get some books on the subjects and read, read, read until your brain hurts. Learning who you are can take awhile which is why having a teacher or practitioner who has experience is so much faster and easier.
Some good starter books for TCM are:
The Web that has no Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk
Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfeld, LAc and Efrem Korngold, LAc
Not to aware of good ayurveda books but I am sure there are a couple decent ones out there! Happy hunting!