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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.
Pimples and pigmentation marks sometimes appear on the face, which takes away the beauty and charm of the face. These can appear in the summer or winter season. The main reasons are consumption of fat, controlling the urge to urinate, excessive labour and exposure to heat and Sun. The following ayurvedic home remedies should be used to solve this problem.
- Take the cream from fresh milk, add few drops of lemon and apply on the face to remove pimples and acne.
- Grind 30 grams of thymol seeds (ajwain) in 25 grams of curd (yoghurt) and apply on the pimples and acne. Wash the face the next morning. This remove pimples.
- Take equal quantities of holy basil leaves and lemon juice and apply on the pigmentation marks, dark circles or pimples. This is an effective medicine for this problem.
- Add glycerin to four times the quantity of lemon juice and rub the face to get rid of pimples. Massage the whole body to get a silky and soft effect.
The following tips teach us how to enhance our beauty naturally with ayurveda and yoga. Lips play the most important role in the beauty of the face. When the lips turn violet or brown then there is every chance of their color turning black. The main reasons for the lips turning ugly is the deficiency of vitamin A and B. Some other causes are as follows:
Changing weather, strong winds, dry weather. Wrong habits like use of lipstick, lotions, creams, etc., eating spicy, hot food, smoking, eating tobacco, gutkha, etc. Use of harmful toothpaste or tooth powder.
Beauty of the Lips through Ayurveda
Stop the consumption of hot, spicy food before beginning the treatment for lips. Stop the use of wrong toothbrush and paste and use natural toothpastes. Sometimes the lips crack and bleed; apply pure ghee and consume carrot in more quantities to solve this problem. Carrot contains Vitamin A and other vital elements. If the lips have turned black, then add salt with milk and apply on the lips. Wash after some time or apply fresh rose petals paste. Add a few drops of glycerin and apply on the lips. Wash the lips with fresh water after some time.
Eyes are the most precious parts of our body. They need good care and attention to prevent different infections and diseases. Here are some useful tips that can be adopted very easily in order to protect the eyes.
Do not use cold water immediately after getting exposed to heat or sunlight. Do not wash the face immediately, allow the sweat to dry and let the body come back to normal temperature. Then take bath and wash the face.
Do not gaze at objects situated at a very long distance. Give rest to the eyes in case of continuous eye work and sleep on time.
Sleeping late at night and waking up after sunrise affects the eyesight. The eyelids become heavy, it causes reddishness and reduces the natural beauty of the eyes.
Protect the eyes from dust, smoke, poisonous gas and bright light. Do not stay for long hours at such places. Keep a safe distance from television and do not watch it for long time. In case of pain or burning sensation in the eyes, pour a few drops of rose water and rinse the eyes. Make sure the rose water is pure and not synthetic, as most commercial versions are.
A person can fall ill in the absence of medicine, but what if a person has nectar at home and wanders in search of medicine. Today we are seeing a similar scene, it can be changed if we wish to. Yes! We have nectar at home but why are we attracted towards the toxic tinned drinks?
We consider water to be a mere waste item, but it is nectar in the true sense. We are still not aware of the unlimited significance of water. Very few people know that water is not just plain water; it has the power of dissolving poison and also evacuates it from the body. No treatment can be successful without it.
Water in the Form of Medicine
Take around 50 to 100 ml of boiled water. Let it cool for some time. Drink it like tea but in drops so that you do not feel it going inside. Spend at least five minutes to finish one cup of water. Drink one cup of hot water every day in the morning on an empty stomach, after every meal and in between two meals, at least five to ten times daily. This will cause excess urination but in case you have to wake up in the midnight then restrict sweets, tea and liquid diet and take light meals in the night.