An evergreen like tree with a round crown, pretty leaves, and oily buds grows in the front of almost every home. It is called Nimba or Neem. In traditional families it is planted along with another sacred tree the Ashvatha.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis, sometimes also called Emblic myrobalan), is a tree bearing small leaves and juicy fruits of green colour about the same size as a cherry. In Sanskrit it means the fruit in which dwells the goddess of prosperity.
I have tried to introduce and explain guidelines to an Ayurvedic diet. However, I do not advocate any drastic changes in your nutrition habits. Any such change one wishes to implement should be well deliberated and incorporated with caution.
The first seeds of Ayurvedic wisdom were planted in me by my grandmother. Besides being an excellent cook, she was an outstanding story teller. For any situation, she had a story. One day she told me an ancient story of the royal court physician.
Although there are only three doshas, an individual constitution is as unique as are our fingerprints. The proportion is different in each individual, and every one of us has a unique physical appearance, behaviour, tendencies and emotional reactions.
The ancient Greeks considered medicine as something mainly pertaining to the physical body, also recognized constitutional types. Hippocrates spoke of four kinds of body types. Modern medicine excluded constitutions from its vocabulary.
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