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There are different types of stomach ache - problems of gas, burning sensation, shooting pain, stomach ache lasting for long intervals, etc. Most of the stomach problems are caused due to the food we eat and contaminated water. Apart from this, stomach ache can also be caused by tuberculosis, stones, blockage in the intestine, infection, cancer and other diseases.
The common symptoms of stomach disorder are dysentery, irregular bowels, constipation, indigestion, gas, loss of appetite, uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, vomiting, dysentery with blood, burning sensation in the stomach, urine and chest, acidity, jaundice and irregular menstruation in the women. If you have these symptoms, you should question yourself, what is the cause of stomach ache? It is always advised to take medicines only after knowing the cause and practice the proper asana related to the disease. Yoga asana is one action which has the capacity to cure serious diseases.
Ayurveda has the cure for all disease. It is a complete and approved system of medication. The medicines made out of rasa (essence), bark, fruit, and leaves of different plants may appear to be useless, but they have the capacity to cure many incurable diseases. Today's modern life style has influenced the human brain to a great extent. Busy schedules and hectic work has resulted in our memory power becoming weakened. Foreign companies are coming up with new medicines and polluting the bodies environment at a time when we are trying to cope up with stress and tension. It is not sure whether such polluting medicines improve memory power or not, though it is certain that these medicines have adverse effects on the body.
Proper ways of breathing can cure serious diseases like asthma. One should pay attention to breathing along with practicing yoga asanas. Some important exercises are being mentioned below, which are helpful in controlling this disease.
1. Always sit straight. Whenever you stand, keep your back straight. Fold your lips in the manner they are folded to blow whistle. Then apply pressure and exhale. Count the breaths and slowly double the capacity to stop the breath but do not do it forcibly. Do not stop breath in between the process of inhaling and exhaling because irregular breathing pattern should not be followed in case of asthma.
Excessive mental stress and a stressful daily routine are the main reason for high blood pressure. Wrong eating habits and irregular life style develop negative thoughts, and a competitive life style increases the risk of this disease. Sometimes high blood pressure could also occur due to the side-effects of some medicines.
Addiction to smoking and alcohol for a long time, consumption of non-vegetarian food, mental stress, anger, feeling of loneliness, lack of exercise, excess intake of salt, continuous medication, obesity, kidney diseases, sleeplessness, being awake till late hours, and holding very high ambitions are the main reasons for hypertension.
One of the great gifts of Ayurveda is its dietary plans that are important to maintain with the change in seasons. These food charts make it easy to preserve good health and enhance one's health no matter what the external conditions are. It’s indeed incredible that thousands of factors that affect our health are simplified by the fundamental principles of the tridoshas. According to Ayurveda the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) trigger all bodily processes and play a crucial part in maintaining and sustaining the same. The balance of the doshas helps promote wellness and gets rid of the imbalanced dosha aspect that causes diseases and ailments. Food is also an important component of maintaining the balance, and features heavily in Ayurveda practices. Food has seasonal implications. Late fall and winter are called vata season, as they are marked by the same distinct qualities that characterize Vata, namely attributes like cold, dry, light, clear, and moving. Thus Ayurveda helps warding off the winter chill with medications, massages, exercise, procedures and, most importantly, food practices. If we eat right then we need not do anything extra to remain healthy.
The heart is one of the most important organs of the body. It starts ticking from birth and continues till the last breathe. Maintaining the heart and remaining in the pink of health is one of the ways to remain fit. Imbalances and weight gain, stress, blood pressure, hypertension and high cholesterol are open invitations for heart disease. The heart is one of the most central organs (marmas) of the human body. It's the main regulator of the circulatory system with many types of srotas or channels responsible for the circulation of various materials like dhatus, wastes, energy and prana. Keeping one's heart safe and disease-free is something that all human beings should pay attention to daily.
The premise of Ayurveda is the harmony of the powerful forces of the mind, body and spirit. Doshas are an integral component of this ancient Hindu wellness system. They represent biological energy that embodies the elemental forces existing in equilibrium in the human body, the microcosm, and consequently in the universe, the macrocosm. Indeed, everything that exists in the vast external space is also present in the inner human core.
Pregnancy is a wondrous time in a woman’s life. The precious nine months after conception have tremendous impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of the mother and child. One must aim to provide a caring and comforting surrounding at this time. The different phases of pregnancy are divided into trimesters, wherein the needs of the mother and developing fetus are very specific. In the ancient holistic health system of Ayurveda there is a dedicated section regarding pregnancy care. This known as Garbhini Parichaya and has a month by month rendering of traditional care techniques pertaining to ahara (diet), vihara (lifestyle), nidra (sleep) and vichara (thinking). All of these affect maternal health, fetal development as well as lactation and the ability to recover swiftly after childbirth.
The importance of eating in Ayurveda is not an unknown phenomenon by now. Food is the source of life, and therefore is one of the most significant factors in Ayurveda. Eating according to Ayurveda has multiple benefits, from things like weightloss and improvement of digestion to the extent of protecting and healing your body and mind diseases.
According to the dosha based seasonal cycles, summer is said to be a Pitta season, where the energies of fire and water are most dominant. During the phase of to and fro movement into the Summer solstice, the earth receives searing, harsh, penetrating rays from the sun. Intrinsically propelled by the power of the sun, during these months Pitta dosha expresses itself in the most beaming form in our bodies and the universe at large. Ayurveda considers summer to be a time of dehydration both inside and outside the body. It recommends a Pitta dosha pacifying lifestyle including foods that suppress the same. Hence making changes in diet and living is always fruitful. Then one can take benefits of the season's cycles.
Since centuries rice forms an essential component of the Indian diet. It symbolizes fertility, wealth and good health according to Hindu customs. Ancient priests used it as a component of worship. Even today across cultures, rice is thrown at newlyweds as a blessing of healthy offspring and everlasting prosperity. It is in fact a staple food of India, with most Indian homes serving the same every day. It is said to be the very foundation of nourishment. The food that we eat daily directly affects our natural constitution. Our constitution in turn is based on our inherent doshas. This is why a balanced diet helps to balance the natural dosha presence. Depending on whether one is vata, pitta or kapha dominant, one must design a specific diet for regular nutrition. Ayurveda has a beautiful dietary plan suiting each kind of body type. Different foods are known to produce one of these three dosha aspects as well. Hence, we must have knowledge on the apt food for our inherent constitution.
The use of arjuna reduces excess bile, cures acidity, and brings stability in blood circulation. It brings relief in blood bile, acidic bile and other related disorders. Due to its bitter taste, it treats cough, urine related disorders and is a good suppressor. It is astringent and febrifuge. It treats various toxins and strengthens the hearts functioning. 'Arjuna', 'Shirish' and palm tree are helpful in leprosy, gonorrhea, paleness and cough and are a fat suppressor. Arjuna tree, 'ashmbheda', 'apamarg' and 'gokhru', help in treating gastric disorders. The lithiasis sugar treats urinary disorders. Arjuna, syzygium cumin, licorice and berry, all are beneficial in abscess, inflammation and other diseases.
Men across the world face hair loss due to several reasons. This may include impairment of the follicles or shafts, fungal infections and other conditions. It is caused by a combination of three factors - the male hormone known as testosterone, age and heredity. There are basically two recognized types of alopecia, known as Khalita in Ayurveda. The first is alopecia areata, which according to ancient texts is called Indraulupta. It happens when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the follicles and causes the hair to fall out. The second condition is the reason for common baldness and is also called androgenetic alopecia. It is usually referred to as male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness.
It has been observed that men who have this type of hair loss have inherited the same genetically. They start losing their hair at an early age and develop more pronounced baldness. The hair loss normally creates a notable receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head. 60% of the victims of this disease are men. Women are few and far and usually get suffer from hair loss and thinning much later in life, whereas men are easily susceptible from the twenties itself. Malnutrition, stress, autoimmune disorders and certain medical treatments like chemotherapy can also cause situational hair loss. The Ayurveda system of solutions for holistic wellbeing offers several significant treatments for overcoming all kinds of hair loss.
Diabetes is a silent killer affecting around 346 million people across the world. The projections of the World Health Organization indicate that diabetes related deaths are doubling as we speak. This phenomenon was said to have started in 2005. These mindboggling numbers pose to be a huge threat for global health. Diabetes is also the fifth leading cause of death in the United States with over 17 million affected every year. So what is the long term solution to overcome this ordeal according to Ayurveda?
The millennia-old medicinal practice of Ayurveda consists of various powerful branches. A very distinct one is the study and usage of herbs and plants, which is the basis for most the medicines and treatments in this life science. The basic idea of Ayurveda is the synergy of the human body with Mother Nature. Herbs have profound preventive and curative properties, providing localized nourishment to targeted physiological systems and processes. Herbs are used for physical application in case of wounds, bruises, gashes or as oral medication or in food preparation. It is integrated into the diet depending on the needs of the ailment. There are over 600 original herbal formulas and around 250 single plant remedies that play a role in curing diseases, cleansing the body of impurities and toxins, boosting immunity and vitality among others.
Ayurveda has remedies for almost every illness and health issue known to man. The divine medical system of the gods also has a distinctive branch of dental medicine. This includes tending to the teeth and gums with regular Ayurveda methods, as well as cures for many teeth and gum related problems. Dental care involves many aspects like oral hygiene as well as food consumption patterns. In the ancient science of Ayurveda, there are several dental therapies for curing and preventing oral issues.
In Ayurveda, dental health is called danta swasthya. It involves a very individualized prakriti (constitution) based system of healing. It also has relation with climatic changes from solar, lunar and planetary influences or kala-parinama. Most teeth problems are sorted out by balancing the three dosha - vata, pitta and kapha as per the problem at hand. It is said that most dental issues crop up because of kapha dosha imbalances. The Shalaka Tantra, a text on the Ayurveda systems of surgical procedures also states the presence of dental surgery as an arm of ancient medicine.
Dietary and Lifestyle Management for Diarrhea and Dysentery
Causes: According to Ayurveda there are 108 different causes of diarrhea, 51 of which are due to toxins. There are two major categories:
1. Infectious, e.g., amoebas, bacilli, parasites.
2. Non-infectious, e.g., ulcerative colitis, improper eating habits, emotion such as stress, anxiety and grief.
The recent revival of interest in Ayurvedic healing suggests the emergence of new insights and perspectives on health and healing. Ayurveda may be new in the Western world, but scholars maintain that it is the oldest known medical science, over 3,000 years old. Ayurveda literally means “the science of life."
It involves the whole scope of healing specialties, which can be summarized in the following eight branches:
1) General medicine (kaya chikitsa)
2) Surgery (salya chikitsa)
3) Ear, nose and throat (salakya tantra)
4) Pediatrics (kaumara bhritya)
5) Toxicology (agadatantra)
&) Psychiatry (bhuta vidya)
7) Geriatics (rasayana)
8) Aphrodisiacs (vajikarana)
Acalypha indica (English: Indian acalypha, Indian nettle, three-seeded mercury) is a species of plant having catkin type of inflorescence. It occurs throughout tropical Africa and South Africa, in India and Sri Lanka, as well as in Yemen and Pakistan.
The juice is extracted from the leaves, mixed with lime and applied on skin to cure diseases caused by Ringworm. Fresh juice of leaves mixed with oil and salt is used for rheumatoid arthritis and to cure scabies. Powdered leaves are used to cure bedsores and infected wounds. Active medicinal compounds like acalyphine and triacetoneamine are extracted from this plant.They contain cyanogenic glucoside and alkaloids. The paste of the leaves can be applied to burns to treat them.
When you fail to remember something, which you have read, heard or seen, and cannot remember despite several efforts then it is called loss of memory power or forgetfulness. People of all age groups are suffering due to this problem. There are a number of reasons for this problem. For example, mental tension, excessive mental work or not using memory at all, busy schedule throughout the day, physical and mental weakness or serious head injury.