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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.
Colors have a lot of significance in our lives. The world is constantly changing. What is the force behind this change? The whole magic of change is of the colors. If the color changes the nature also changes, and along with this the mind also changes. Change in color changes everything.
The colors influence the body, mind and emotions. External things have many influences on the human being and the most influencing factor is color. According to ayurveda, vata, pitta and kapha dosha are running the body or in other words they are responsible for the functioning of the body. Blue color is strengthening, cool and hence reduces heat and anxiety.
Blue color cures the diseases in people predominant with pitta. Green color is a blood purifier, natural and evacuates the foreign particles from the body. It subsides the diseases in a person who is chiefly of vata constitution. Red color denotes the fire element. It activates the nervous system and the blood. It activates all the five sensory organs. Red rays produce heat and circulate energy in the body. Red color is energetic and active. It is good for people with kapha constitution. If red is used again and again, it causes fever and inactivity and hence it should be combined with blue color.
Health and beauty are closely related to each other. A disease free, healthy and cheerful personality looks beautiful. A person should not go behind artificial cosmetics and should try to use only natural products.
Ayurvedic Tips for Skin Problems:
If your skin is not smooth and clean on all parts of the body: Take one teaspoon of olive oil and an equal amount of honey. Massage the oil on the face, hands and neck nicely. Wash the body with ordinary water after 10 to 15 minutes.
Take two teaspoons of papaya pulp and honey, apply this pack on the face and wash after 15 minutes, this increases the glow on the face.
Take a few neem leaves and add a pinch of turmeric and one teaspoon rose water. Apply this on the face, after some time remove the pack with the help of gram flour.
Take the pulp of fruits kept in the fridge, add one teaspoon of curd (yoghurt), and honey and apply this on the face and neck. Wash the face after 15 to 20 minutes with lukewarm water. This fruit facial makes the face smooth and soft.
All the methods of pranayama are described in the classic scriptural texts and each pranayama has its own importance. However, a practitioner will find it hard to practice all the seven types of pranayama on a daily basis. Therefore we have formulated a sequence and time for all the seven pranayamas with our experience and divine blessings of god and teachers.
This revised process takes around 20 minutes and a practitioner reaps the following benefits with regular practice:
1. Overcomes vata, pitta and kapha problems.
2. Maintains the functioning of the digestive system and cures all the stomach diseases.
A diseased body is the biggest enemy of good health. A healthy body looks beautiful, attractive and remains active. Yogasanas and pranayama have a lot of significance in our life. Let us find out as to how can we cure different diseases through nature therapy and Yoga.
Yogic Treatment for Asthma:
Practice jala neti, sutra neti and vastra neti daily followed by surya namaskar, tadasana, katichakrasana, sarvangasana, bhujangasana, vajrasana, ushtrasana, gomukhasana, and shavasana, etc.
A mentally weak person who works less and thinks more suffers from sleeplessness. This is a very painful problem and a prolonged condition could even lead to lunacy. Those who work hard should sleep at least for seven to eight hours.
Our body is made up of small cells. They break up while doing work, walking, thinking, etc., and the body and mind become tired. This tiredness can be overcome with good sleep. Sleep is an important activity for the body. It is the food for the body and a tonic for the mind. It helps in the building up of new cells and throwing out various body disorders. Disorders or diseases occur when the body is not maintained properly. Lack of sleep makes the body tired, irritable and stressed.
Our body performs various actions during sleep. The person changes sides in sleep but the blood circulation remained unchanged. The heartbeat reduces but the digestion process is in its usual state. Liver and kidneys function properly. The body temperature also reduces by one degree during sleep.
Yoga is the most precious treasure of ancient India. Today, Yoga is gaining popularity and its miraculous benefits are being unveiled in front of the whole world. Yoga was a secret knowledge, an untold devotion because a whole repository of spiritual knowledge is hidden inside it. Therefore only devotees followed this path. Today, yoga is being practiced and used in a different form because it contains great power of increasing the physical, mental and intellectual capacity.
This form of yoga is creating and establishing its importance all over the world. The present form of yoga is welcomed, however this is only one side of Yoga and not a complete form, which is purely the external and elaborated form. Its internal and real form is the one, which has been practiced by ancient Indian sages and saints and people who followed the path of devotion for deep knowledge. This path automatically leads to physical, mental and intellectual development. One cannot achieve everything by overlooking the spiritual side of Yoga, which was the main purpose of yoga.
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