Scott Latham, LMT

The Trouble with Triphala:  Why the "How" Matters in Ayurveda

The Trouble with Triphala: Why the "How" Matters in Ayurveda

Monday, March 26, 2018


Scott Latham


  1. Rest and Digest
    31 Aug, 2018
    Rest and Digest
    I often fall into the trap of thinking that wellness must be an active practice.  Most days, I feel the best in the moments following a strenuous workout, when the endorphins flow and the dripping sweat coats me in palpable accomplishment.  It is easy for me to forget that my body needs a chance to recover, to heal, and to clean out the debris.  I overlook the fact that time spent externally passive can allow my body to activate internally. This is how our nervous system is built.  The
  2. Pesticides vs. Ayurveda
    29 Jul, 2018
    Pesticides vs. Ayurveda
    A few days ago, I was speaking to a lady on Facebook, who brought up an interesting topic.  She asked how Ayurvedic practitioners account for the use of pesticides and other additives that the people who come to us may not be aware of, especially because so many people today eat strictly controlled diets.  She was rightly worried that health professionals in general may miss key issues that are caused by the way the food is treated before the consumer buys it, since there are many ways in
  3. Eating for Balance:  Food and the Vikriti
    27 Jul, 2018
    Eating for Balance: Food and the Vikriti
    Diet is arguably the most popular topic of discussion in Ayurvedic communities.  It seems like almost any conversation about healthy living will inevitably work its way back to what we choose to eat and how we choose to eat it.  Obviously, there is good reason for this.  Food is, after all, one of the few absolute necessities of life, and it’s the one that we have the most control over.  The decision of what fuel and materials we want to ingest and incorporate into ourselves will doubtlessly
  4. Karkidakam:  An Elemental Study
    26 Jul, 2018
    Karkidakam: An Elemental Study
    I have been thinking about the Karkidakam season quite a bit recently.  I wanted to write something about the monsoon’s doshic influence or trends that I have noticed recently while treating patients, but the derangements that I have encountered have seemingly been all over the map.  In fact, it seems like the more balanced my patient’s vikriti has been, the worse his or her manifestations of dis-ease have presented. This got me thinking about the elements that comprise the tridosha in a new
  5. A Sign of Things to Come
    29 Mar, 2018
    A Sign of Things to Come
    Hi, everyone! Sorry for the radio silence this week, but I have been inundated with appointment requests, article ideas, and loving support.  Thank you so much for the interest, and I will absolutely get around to as many of your wonderful ideas as I can. Keep an eye out over the weekend for a couple of articles that will be popping up, as well as an exciting new feature on the site.  I look forward to hearing even more of your feedback!  -S
  6. Panchakarma, Part 2: My Purvakarma Experience
    23 Mar, 2018
    Panchakarma, Part 2: My Purvakarma Experience
    I started my first Panchakarma about a week ago, and I've learned two major things so far: 1.) Plan It Out On my first day of Purvakarma, the first week of the Panchakarma process, I had nothing prepared, and I had no time to make food to take with me for my afternoon meal. Dauntless, I decided that a brief fast might be a good way to kick off the process, providing a mental and physical break between my normal daily routine and this strange, new regimen. Off I strode into the world, proudly
  7. Event Notice: Friday, March 30 at The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute
    22 Mar, 2018
    Event Notice: Friday, March 30 at The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute
    Hey! As some of you already know, I will be taking up residence at The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute ( on Friday, March 30 for a day of Ayurvedic assessment and treatments, including Shirodhara, Abhyanga, and Udwarthanam.   Here is a brief description of the treatments offered: Udwarthanam (ood-VAR-tah-nahm): An expression of movement, Udwarthanam is the perfect antidote to the sluggish, watery imbalance that Kapha Season can bring. Rather than a liquid medium,
  8. Panchakarma, Part 1:  Purvakarma
    21 Mar, 2018
    Panchakarma, Part 1: Purvakarma
    March marks the changing of the seasons in Ayurveda. As we leave the cold, harsh Vata season behind and move into the damp, muddy Kapha season, it is important to take inventory of our vikriti, or current state of being. Simply ask yourself the following questions: Has the biting winter wind left my skin chapped and raw? Do I feel more edgy or nervous than usual? Have I been sleeping poorly? Have my eyes felt dry and itchy lately? Have I had digestive troubles? These are just a few symptoms of
  9. Come Learn with Me
    19 Mar, 2018
    Come Learn with Me
    Hi!  My name is Scott Latham, and I'm a Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Bodyworker, living and working in the Tampa Bay area.  Welcome to my blog! Over the last few years, I've worked to develop my understanding of the ancient science of Ayurveda, and how to incorporate it with modern living.  Through it, I've found a new way to look at my overall health: body, mind, and spirit.  It has also enriched my professional life, opening me and my clients to fascinating modes of assessment and