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Scratching the surface of Ayurveda

This week we’ve gone a bit further and somehow a bit backward with our research!  We’ve gone a bit further in finding more sources and reading copious amount or material, but we’ve gone backward in the sense that there is so much material available!

Ayurveda has been continuously practiced since its inception which may have been before 600 BCE.   There are three major root texts were completed in the 1st, 4th and 5th century CE and have continued to be relevant to modern medicine.  The prime example is Rauwolfia, a traditional medicine for anxiety and headaches, which is now used to treat hypertension.

There are 8 major branches of Ayurveda that cover, internal medicine, surgery of the head and neck, general surgery, psychiatry, pharmaceutical uses of plants and chemicals, pediatrics, aging, and fertility.  And these practices are focused on prevention and early treatment of disease. They are designed to address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of patients concurrently rather than separately.  This connection between mental and physical healing is something that western medicine has been catching on to over the last few decades. An example of this can be found in Robert Ulrich’s work in the late 70’s and early 80’s that showed a connection between rooms with pleasing views and faster patient recovery times.

You’d think you could bang out 250 words in less than half a day!  Well not me when I am on a research roll! Thank you for reading!

We have found some excellent sources for this post, they are:

Ulrich, R.S., 1984. View through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery. Science, 224(4647), pp.420–421

‘History of Ayurveda … a heritage of healing’ Hindu Online  http://www.hinduonline.co/DigitalLibrary/SmallBooks/HIstoryofAyurvedaEng.pdfViewed September 9, 2018

Lobay, Douglas. “Rauwolfia in the Treatment of Hypertension.” Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal 14.3 (2015): 40–46. Print.

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A deeper look into Ayurvedic treatment

We’re always looking for goods that start a conversation and copperware born from the Ayurvedic tradition definitely has an interesting story to tell. Ayurveda is a system that was born in India 5000 years ago which was focused more on healthy living rather than treatment. Its etymology is simple, Ayus, meaning life is combined with Veda, meaning knowledge. (Zee news, 2011) Over the next few weeks and months, we will be seeking out the historical record, modern scientific research and investigating how these methods have evolved over time.

This blog, like life, is a journey, not a destination. This is a live research project, ideas and hypothesis will evolve over the life of this blog and it is highly likely that we will need to make some mistakes and need to revisit some areas more than once to tell the full story. Thanks for coming along with us! If you’re an expert or have something to contribute don’t hesitate to get involved and send us a note or post a comment!

Sources:

‘HISTORY OF AYURVEDA’ February 3, 2011, Zee news India http://zeenews.india.com/ayurveda/history-of-ayurveda_166.html, Viewed September 5, 2018

Narayanaswamy, V. “ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF AYURVEDA: (A BRIEF HISTORY).” Ancient Science of Life 1.1 (1981): 1–7, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336651/ Viewed September 5, 2018

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A little bit about our philosophy for doing business

At The Spirt Haüs we don’t believe that small businesses need to compete in a zero-sum game.  We believe in the power of partnership and collaboration between diverse businesses with complementary offerings. We believe in helping suppliers and customers achieve their best through delivering and purchasing our products.

Here is how we do it:

  • We support our customers by delivering quality products, answering questions, addressing concerns, and taking products back when things don’t work out so well.
  • We partner with other businesses offering a no-risk profit-sharing arrangement that allows them to experiment with new product offerings risk-free.
  • We collaborate with suppliers to create new products, like our recycled sari bottle holder handmade in Nepal.
  • We work on our customer’s behalf sourcing and delivering customized products from a diverse range of suppliers.

We are The Spirit Haüs and we’re here for you no matter what you need. Drop us a line at info@thespirithaus.comfor more information or just a casual chat!

Cheers!

The Spirit Haüs

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March Events and Specials

Welcome to The Spirit Haus!

Upcoming Events and Special Offers for March 2018:

Handmade HK Discovery Bay Market –  Sunday, March 11, 2018

Located in Discovery Bay Plaza, this market showcases handmade and interesting items from Hong Kong and beyond.  Easily accessed by taking the 30 minute ferry from Central Pier 3#. Fair hours are from 11-6 and there’s plenty of unique items to buy as well as a load of great restaurants and food vendors. Check out their website for more details!

The Spirit Haus will be manning our booth all day and offering fair exclusive sales and packages.  This month, we will be bringing some of our handmade boxes from India as well as our ever popular copper vessels!

What a girl needs?! Pop-up party with a self-development twist! –  March 22, 2018 18:00-22:00

The Spirit Haus is partnering with Melomist Spa  , She’s Got a Business and other local vendors for an amazing pop-up party on the evening of Thursday, March 22. Come grab a complimentary glass of prosecco, get a nail touch-up and chat with a health coach, relationship expert or reiki master in the beautiful Melomist Spa. We will be showing off some of our favorite products to help beautify your house and yourself!

And don’t worry, if you can’t make the event, Spirit Haus products will be in Melomist Spa during the month of April. Conveniently located in Central, feel free to pop-up with us on the 22nd or pop-in anytime!

 

 

 

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February 2018 Events and Specials

Welcome to The Spirit Haus!

Upcoming Events and Special Offers for February 2018:

Handmade HK Discovery Bay Market –  Sunday, February 11, 2018

Located in Discovery Bay Plaza, this market showcases handmade and interesting items from Hong Kong and beyond.  Easily accessed by taking the 30 minute ferry from Central Pier 3#. Fair hours are from 11-6 and there’s plenty of unique items to buy as well as a load of great restaurants and food vendors. Check out their website for more details!

The Spirit Haus will be manning our booth all day and offering fair exclusive sales and packages.  This month, we are getting you ready for Valentine’s Day by offering our Aromatherapy Necklace Gift Sets with Rose Oil for a special price of $250! The offer is only available at the fair and while supplies last, so come on by and get yours this Sunday!

Online Special

In honor of the passing of our oldest dog, Eddie, we are selling selected aromatherapy lockets at $50 HKD off original price.  In addition, for every sale of these styles we will be donating $50 HKD to Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) in his name.  Please consider donating to or volunteering with this amazing charity if you can!

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