Godawari Botanical Gardens

Godawari Botanical Gardens

Today we visited Godawari Botanical Gardens just outside Kathmandu with hereditary physician and herbalist Vaidya Manjib Shakya. It was such a pleasant respite from the chaos of the city, to be surrounded by trees, plants, and birdsong. See the photos below for highlights and some of the herbs we reviewed on our walk. Tomorrow, we're off to do a little trekking and herb walk! Rhododendron arboreum (Rohitaka) used in the treatment of liver disorders. We have a very similar species too in British Columbia, but it isn't much used   Mahonia nepalensis (Daruharidra) also used in liver disorders, as well as disorders of the blood, skin, and eyes. The root bark is harvested and boiled to make a solid extract called Rasanjana that is a highly effect anti-inflammatory agent.   Cyperus rotundus (Musta), used in fever, deem, digestive problems such as diarrhea, and gynaecological complaints such as menorrhagia.   Bergenia ligulata (Pashanabheda) is used … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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...]