Day 3: Ayurveda in Nepal

Day 3: Ayurveda in Nepal

I am writing in from Kathmandu, Nepal, where we are just a few days into our Ayurveda in Nepal program. In this post I have included some video highlights of our day trip to visit the Swayambhunath, Boudhanath stupa, and Pashupathinath. This day trip included both our two week Immersion program students, and also the clinical students enrolled in the longer five week program. Our first stop was the Swayambhunath stupa and temple complex, an ancient spiritual site that sits atop Semgu, or Swayambhu hill, that lies to the west of Kathmandu Valley. It is a particularly important site for the Buddhist Newar tradition, and is also important for Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The stupa itself is painted with the “Buddha’s eyes”, and the nose which lies between them is the number one in devanagari script, representing the unity of consciousness. The Swayambhu temple complex consists of a dome-like structure called stupa, along with a variety of shrines and temples. Some of these date bac … [Read more...]

Anemia in women

Anemia in women

The fall semester of 2016 marks our fifth year at the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. To mark the start of our upcoming semester, we produced a short video on the subject of treating anemia in women. Please share with your friends and colleagues: … [Read more...]

Ayurveda In Nepal tour

Ayurveda In Nepal tour

Hidden away in the foothills of the Himalayas are the last vestiges of Indian Buddhism, and an 800-year-old tradition of hereditary Buddhist priests and Ayurvedic physicians. In February of 2017, I will be taking a small group of students to study and experience what this tradition has to offer. I hope you can join me! Ayurveda In Nepal: The Bajracharya Medical Tradition 12-day Immersion program: February 5 ‑ 17, 2017 5-week Clinical program: February 5 ‑ March 10, 2017 According to the Indian scholar AL Basham, the Buddhist-influenced period of India was remarkable in many respects, not only for its embrace of pluralistic values, but also for the high degree of peace and prosperity that it brought. At a time when Europe was struggling through its Dark Ages, the subcontinent of India was a global center of trade, technology, and higher learning. Around the 7th century in India, Buddhism had begun to evolve as a householder tradition that existed along side the older celib … [Read more...]

A guide to fasting and detoxification

A guide to fasting and detoxification

One of the more popular topics in natural health circles is the subject of fasting and detoxification. Unfortunately, it's also a subject area riddled with confusion, inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and among its detractors, a great deal of skepticism. But while those who dismiss it as fanciful nonsense remain perplexed despite their admonishments against it, one of the reasons why the subject of detoxification remains a perennial issue is because as a practice it has been with us since before the dawn of civilization. The concept itself is hard-wired into our relationship with nature, and is expressed as an important component of physiological function that maintains homeostasis. In this free preview of class 15 of the Food As Medicine program, Todd Caldecott provides a detailed review of the subject of fasting and detoxification, from both a scientific and traditional medical perspective. In this class, subjects covered include fasting, herbs for cleansing, heavy metals, treatment … [Read more...]

Shedding some light on bone broth

Shedding some light on bone broth

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little out-of-touch when it comes to popular trends, particularly in the field of natural health and wellness. Partly this is because I'm too busy, but it's also because my inattention is quite deliberate. I have never found much solace in the crush of the crowd, preferring wide open spaces - both physically and conceptually - and the opportunity to connect with others in a thoughtful fashion. In contrast, most popular trends are planted and watered by marketers, who use advertising and social media as fertilizer to pray upon the public's hopeful naiveté, spinning the mystery and exoticism of products and practices far removed from their original context. A good example of this are many of the superfoods that I recently reviewed on my blog. But some popular trends arise from grassroots practices, like the goji (gouqi) berry (Lycium barbarum), long used in Chinese medicine to nourish yin, to benefit the eyes, liver, blood, and fertility. What the mar … [Read more...]