Kapha Dosha Diet, the Ayurvedic Nutrition Series (Part 3 of 3) - Four Directions Wellness

Kapha Dosha Diet, the Ayurvedic Nutrition Series (Part 3 of 3)

As reported in the Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine’s research paper, “Dosha brain-types: A neural model of individual differences,” the authors present a framework for seeing the brain functions represented by the three doshas—vata, pitta and kapha doshas. For instance, the prefrontal cortex, which includes the anterior cingulate, ventral medial, and the dorsal lateral cortices, would exhibit a high …

Traditional Thai Medicine: Healing Traditions in the Kingdom of Thailand - Four Directions Wellness

Traditional Thai Medicine: Healing Traditions in the Kingdom of Thailand

Did you know that the Thai government has recently announced that it has the best marijuana in the world? But, marijuana is not yet legal (again) in Thailand, and that’s all about to change. As reported in Globe Southeast Asia’s article, “Making green: how weed could push Thailand’s economy to new highs,” Thai government officials have moved forward a draft …

Traditional Tibetan Medicine: An Ancient Healing Practice of Asia

Traditional Tibetan Medicine: An Ancient Healing Practice of Asia

In October 2016, 400 Traditional Tibetan Medicine practitioners, scholars and experts conferred in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital city. They came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang, also known as the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, a Tibetan hospital that was pivotal in the development and preservation of Traditional Tibetan Medicine throughout the ages. Since the 1950’s, Tibet, or Xizhang …

Australian Bush Medicine: Australian Aboriginal Healing Practices

Australian Bush Medicine: Australian Aboriginal Healing Practices

When you say “the bush” in the United States, you likely think of shrubbery and landscape design. But, the bush in Australian culture is as iconic as the Outback. To Australians, the bush means lush, barely-inhabited regions of their mainland (whereas Outback represents the more dry, interior areas of the continent). And, Aussies have attached bush to many terms over …

Meditating to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Meditating to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

In the early to mid-1970’s, Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard Medical School professor of mind/body medicine, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, writes in his book, The Relaxation Response, about a simple practice of counteracting the flight-or-flight response. The Relaxation Response practice in the book outlines nine steps, but the essential elements are the use of a …

Chakras: Yoga Wisdom for Managing Energy Centers

Chakras: Yoga Wisdom for Managing Energy Centers

In the yoga tradition, your body bases its fulfilling your healing and wellness maintenance needs on the use of a conceptual framework called chakras. Chakras have a long history within Hinduism and Buddhism with varying degrees of similarity to what is commonly understood of chakras in modernity. Chakras can be understood today in integrative medicine as metaphors for the energetic …