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  • A reliable diagnostic tool for monitoring the overall state of health
  • Easy to learn, effective and accurate
  • Determines a person’s unique constitution
  • Detects imbalances and potential diseases in the early stages
  • Reveals the underlying cause, stage and progression of a disease
  • Reflects the quality of Prana, blood, bodily fluids, and essence
  • Examines the expression of the Five elements in each organ
  • Determines the state of physical, mental and emotional health
  • Mirrors the functioning of the organs, strength and depth of pathogenic factors
  • Provides immediate access to the body’s pH balance, energy levels and health of the digestive system
About the Author

Walter ‘Shantree’ Kacera is an Ayurvedic Educator and Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalist, and Constitutional Iridologist with over 30 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts. He is the founder and co-director of Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute, an Eco-Spiritual Educational Retreat & Sanctuary, founded in 1983. He uses the modalities of the Natural Healing Arts with spiritual awareness, in the healing of body, mind and spirit.

Since receiving his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and becoming a Herbal Practitioner he has written and teaches courses on Constitutional Ayurvedic Medicine, Living Nutrition and Herbal Wisdom. Presently Shantree is writing a book on 'The Healing Tastes' which will be a workbook and exploration of the healing essence of tastes on body, mind, and emotions.

Through his private practice and certification courses he has empowered thousands of people on their journey to health and spiritual awareness. He has also educated and trained over thousand students in the Natural Healing Arts through his certification courses.

Shantree is dedicated to providing an integrated preventative approach to well being, applying the healing wisdom of the East and West. He formulates and dispenses his own herbal preparations – Herb Spirit Botanicals. His deep spiritual connection to the Earth has drawn him to an involvement with ancient shamanic and earth wisdom practices, as well as Rain Forest preservation and studies. He now offers his services as an educator, with his wife in Costa Rica and at their home in London, Ontario. He is an internationally celebrated visionary, author, lecturer, and nutritional researcher, and world peace-worker.

Foreword

Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis is a book that is about much more than Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis. It is one of the best books ever written on the relationship of Ayurvedic medicine to modern nutrition. I say this from a variety of perspectives: as a holistic physician for over 30 years, as a Diplomat in Ayurveda and a student of Ayurveda since 1979, as a homeopathic physician, as the Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, where we actively practice the principles of Ayurveda, Panchakarma and Rasayana, and also as the author of Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, Conscious Eating and Rain-bow Green Live Food Cuisine, all books dealing with the different subtle levels of live foods and nutrition for spiritual life. This book, which is quite excellent, touches on all of these levels in an in-depth way and was a joy to read.

Because of my interest in re-introducing live foods into Ayurveda, I particularly appreciated the in-depth understanding that Walter 'Shantree' Kacera has shown in this area. His understanding of life force and the importance of life force in food is an important part of Ayurveda. He defines life force as the ability to create life. What he points out very clearly is that cooked seed, when you replant it in the ground, does not germinate. Live food seeds do.

In Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis, Walter brings in the importance of life force foods on our tongue, through our taste, through the shape and size and color and patterns on the tongue. One particular insight that I found most exciting is the understanding of the subtle levels of Kapha, Pitta and Vata as Ojas, Tejas and Prana. Vata correlates to Prana, which is, in essence, the Chi in the food and also the oxygen in the food.

Live food has a significantly higher amount of oxygen and Prana. The ancient Rishis primarily ate live food, as pointed out by Dr. David Frawley. The reason they ate this live food is because they knew it had more Prana and Prana helps to expand consciousness. The principle of Tejas in essence is the Fire Element in food. Tejas relates to the amount of electricity that is in the food, as well as the amount of enzymes. Cooked food has significantly diminished Tejas because the metabolic power of the food, which is the enzymes, is destroyed when you cook the food. As I point out in great scientific detail in Conscious Eating and also Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, live food has considerably higher electrical, enzymes and life force energies. These are disrupted and minimized when the food is cooked. Therefore, live food has more Tejas.

Ojas is the third element, and Ojas relates to Kapha and also relates to, in a sense, the lubricating nectar of the water current as it serves the subtle structure of the system. Walter describes it as the fluid essence that has been digested. The process of cooking does, in essence, destroy the structured quality of water. It disrupts the internal structure of water that is important for, not only bringing energy into the body through the structured water, but is also, according to the latest research, important for maintaining the subtle structure of the DNA. When we think about food in terms of the way that Walter Kacera has described it, as carriers of its subtle elemental essences, Prana, Tejas and Ojas, we have a much deeper understanding of the importance of live food in Ayurveda. Unfortunately, cultural programming for those who are traditional Ayurvedic is strong, and has obscured the ability to truly understand the importance of live food as it once was used by the Rishis for spiritual development, health and vitality.

Walter provides a good explanation of how we can, indeed, incorporate the foundational principles of Ayurveda into a balanced, health promoting, longevity promoting and rejuvenating way of life. I am absolutely delighted to see this work be-cause of this point alone.

Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis makes the point that Ayurveda is about trusting nature and following the rules of nature, as we are a part of nature, so that we can reach a place of complete balance and health. In essence, Walter talks about Ayurveda as not just a medical system, but as the science of life; and that we are a part of nature, and because of that, we need to live by the subtle laws of nature, in order to create health, harmony and balance in our own being. It is from this point of view that we can best understand the importance of live food. If we are trusting in nature, since nature gave the food to us as a gift from God in its live form, perhaps we should accept the gift in the way that it came to us, rather than wanting to alter it to meet our own ego needs and particular tastes. This is not to ignore the fact that, at a certain time in India, because of parasites, because of poor modes of sanitation, that it was relevant and necessary to cook the food. At this point in time, particularly in the United States, these are lesser concerns, and using food with the highest amount of life force, Prana, Tejas and Ojas should take more precedence.

Vatas clearly have the potential to be unbalanced on a poorly organized live food diet. Walter is able to point out that if we follow these basic Ayurvedic guidelines and understand how they apply to the different types of live food, we can eat live foods and not really have a problem keeping the Vata balanced. Of course, we must define live foods and understand that live foods are more than a salad or some sprouts. It is the whole vegetable kingdom. It is the soaked nuts and seeds that bring the water that balances the normal drying of Vata that you get with nuts and seeds. It is the blending of the nuts and seeds and the blending of some of the vegetables that creates the smoothness and sweetness that allows us to balance the Vata. It is the use of high mineral content foods and Celtic salt that brings the salt taste. Again, once we understand these qualities, we can really appreciate the point that Walter makes, which is that "if it's not broken, don't fix it."

Preface

The tongue shows us the nature of Agni, or the digestive fire, and after the pulse, is the most important tool of diagnosis in Ayurvedic medicine. The tongue, however, is easier to read than the pulse and so is often a good place to start learning the art of diagnosis. Learning to examine it properly is one of the main clinical skills in Ayurveda and a good means of self-examination as well. Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis is the first book on Ayurveda published in the West that focuses on this vital subject. It is an important new addition to Ayurvedic literature that is useful both for those who already know Ayurveda and also for those who want to learn about it.

The author, Walter Shantree Kacera, presents a broad view of the entire system of Ayurveda, including its relationship with Chinese medicine and western nutritional and herbal approaches. This provides the reader with the necessary back-ground to understand the Ayurvedic view of tongue diagnosis and how it compares with other systems.

The book is detailed, well-illustrated and well-referenced, making it a good desk-top guide for serious students and practitioners alike. We look forward to future books by this author, who displays both deep knowledge and original insight in his approach to Ayurveda and to healing as a whole.

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About the Book

  • A reliable diagnostic tool for monitoring the overall state of health
  • Easy to learn, effective and accurate
  • Determines a person’s unique constitution
  • Detects imbalances and potential diseases in the early stages
  • Reveals the underlying cause, stage and progression of a disease
  • Reflects the quality of Prana, blood, bodily fluids, and essence
  • Examines the expression of the Five elements in each organ
  • Determines the state of physical, mental and emotional health
  • Mirrors the functioning of the organs, strength and depth of pathogenic factors
  • Provides immediate access to the body’s pH balance, energy levels and health of the digestive system
About the Author

Walter ‘Shantree’ Kacera is an Ayurvedic Educator and Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalist, and Constitutional Iridologist with over 30 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts. He is the founder and co-director of Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute, an Eco-Spiritual Educational Retreat & Sanctuary, founded in 1983. He uses the modalities of the Natural Healing Arts with spiritual awareness, in the healing of body, mind and spirit.

Since receiving his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and becoming a Herbal Practitioner he has written and teaches courses on Constitutional Ayurvedic Medicine, Living Nutrition and Herbal Wisdom. Presently Shantree is writing a book on 'The Healing Tastes' which will be a workbook and exploration of the healing essence of tastes on body, mind, and emotions.

Through his private practice and certification courses he has empowered thousands of people on their journey to health and spiritual awareness. He has also educated and trained over thousand students in the Natural Healing Arts through his certification courses.

Shantree is dedicated to providing an integrated preventative approach to well being, applying the healing wisdom of the East and West. He formulates and dispenses his own herbal preparations – Herb Spirit Botanicals. His deep spiritual connection to the Earth has drawn him to an involvement with ancient shamanic and earth wisdom practices, as well as Rain Forest preservation and studies. He now offers his services as an educator, with his wife in Costa Rica and at their home in London, Ontario. He is an internationally celebrated visionary, author, lecturer, and nutritional researcher, and world peace-worker.

Foreword

Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis is a book that is about much more than Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis. It is one of the best books ever written on the relationship of Ayurvedic medicine to modern nutrition. I say this from a variety of perspectives: as a holistic physician for over 30 years, as a Diplomat in Ayurveda and a student of Ayurveda since 1979, as a homeopathic physician, as the Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, where we actively practice the principles of Ayurveda, Panchakarma and Rasayana, and also as the author of Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, Conscious Eating and Rain-bow Green Live Food Cuisine, all books dealing with the different subtle levels of live foods and nutrition for spiritual life. This book, which is quite excellent, touches on all of these levels in an in-depth way and was a joy to read.

Because of my interest in re-introducing live foods into Ayurveda, I particularly appreciated the in-depth understanding that Walter 'Shantree' Kacera has shown in this area. His understanding of life force and the importance of life force in food is an important part of Ayurveda. He defines life force as the ability to create life. What he points out very clearly is that cooked seed, when you replant it in the ground, does not germinate. Live food seeds do.

In Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis, Walter brings in the importance of life force foods on our tongue, through our taste, through the shape and size and color and patterns on the tongue. One particular insight that I found most exciting is the understanding of the subtle levels of Kapha, Pitta and Vata as Ojas, Tejas and Prana. Vata correlates to Prana, which is, in essence, the Chi in the food and also the oxygen in the food.

Live food has a significantly higher amount of oxygen and Prana. The ancient Rishis primarily ate live food, as pointed out by Dr. David Frawley. The reason they ate this live food is because they knew it had more Prana and Prana helps to expand consciousness. The principle of Tejas in essence is the Fire Element in food. Tejas relates to the amount of electricity that is in the food, as well as the amount of enzymes. Cooked food has significantly diminished Tejas because the metabolic power of the food, which is the enzymes, is destroyed when you cook the food. As I point out in great scientific detail in Conscious Eating and also Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, live food has considerably higher electrical, enzymes and life force energies. These are disrupted and minimized when the food is cooked. Therefore, live food has more Tejas.

Ojas is the third element, and Ojas relates to Kapha and also relates to, in a sense, the lubricating nectar of the water current as it serves the subtle structure of the system. Walter describes it as the fluid essence that has been digested. The process of cooking does, in essence, destroy the structured quality of water. It disrupts the internal structure of water that is important for, not only bringing energy into the body through the structured water, but is also, according to the latest research, important for maintaining the subtle structure of the DNA. When we think about food in terms of the way that Walter Kacera has described it, as carriers of its subtle elemental essences, Prana, Tejas and Ojas, we have a much deeper understanding of the importance of live food in Ayurveda. Unfortunately, cultural programming for those who are traditional Ayurvedic is strong, and has obscured the ability to truly understand the importance of live food as it once was used by the Rishis for spiritual development, health and vitality.

Walter provides a good explanation of how we can, indeed, incorporate the foundational principles of Ayurveda into a balanced, health promoting, longevity promoting and rejuvenating way of life. I am absolutely delighted to see this work be-cause of this point alone.

Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis makes the point that Ayurveda is about trusting nature and following the rules of nature, as we are a part of nature, so that we can reach a place of complete balance and health. In essence, Walter talks about Ayurveda as not just a medical system, but as the science of life; and that we are a part of nature, and because of that, we need to live by the subtle laws of nature, in order to create health, harmony and balance in our own being. It is from this point of view that we can best understand the importance of live food. If we are trusting in nature, since nature gave the food to us as a gift from God in its live form, perhaps we should accept the gift in the way that it came to us, rather than wanting to alter it to meet our own ego needs and particular tastes. This is not to ignore the fact that, at a certain time in India, because of parasites, because of poor modes of sanitation, that it was relevant and necessary to cook the food. At this point in time, particularly in the United States, these are lesser concerns, and using food with the highest amount of life force, Prana, Tejas and Ojas should take more precedence.

Vatas clearly have the potential to be unbalanced on a poorly organized live food diet. Walter is able to point out that if we follow these basic Ayurvedic guidelines and understand how they apply to the different types of live food, we can eat live foods and not really have a problem keeping the Vata balanced. Of course, we must define live foods and understand that live foods are more than a salad or some sprouts. It is the whole vegetable kingdom. It is the soaked nuts and seeds that bring the water that balances the normal drying of Vata that you get with nuts and seeds. It is the blending of the nuts and seeds and the blending of some of the vegetables that creates the smoothness and sweetness that allows us to balance the Vata. It is the use of high mineral content foods and Celtic salt that brings the salt taste. Again, once we understand these qualities, we can really appreciate the point that Walter makes, which is that "if it's not broken, don't fix it."

Preface

The tongue shows us the nature of Agni, or the digestive fire, and after the pulse, is the most important tool of diagnosis in Ayurvedic medicine. The tongue, however, is easier to read than the pulse and so is often a good place to start learning the art of diagnosis. Learning to examine it properly is one of the main clinical skills in Ayurveda and a good means of self-examination as well. Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis is the first book on Ayurveda published in the West that focuses on this vital subject. It is an important new addition to Ayurvedic literature that is useful both for those who already know Ayurveda and also for those who want to learn about it.

The author, Walter Shantree Kacera, presents a broad view of the entire system of Ayurveda, including its relationship with Chinese medicine and western nutritional and herbal approaches. This provides the reader with the necessary back-ground to understand the Ayurvedic view of tongue diagnosis and how it compares with other systems.

The book is detailed, well-illustrated and well-referenced, making it a good desk-top guide for serious students and practitioners alike. We look forward to future books by this author, who displays both deep knowledge and original insight in his approach to Ayurveda and to healing as a whole.

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