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A family in the northern Indian city of Jammu has the recipe for a rare drug that can painlessly remove a tooth without anesthesia or surgery. As part of an ancient medical heritage, the family has been using this drug for centuries, passing down the recipe for generations. Rattan Singh, who works in a small clinic on a side street of the Gumat Bazaar in Jammu city, is one of the recipe holders.
School children are generally taught a couplet, which means that it is always good to keep a stick nearby as it has many qualities. The stick, which has been mentioned, is nothing but bamboo. We know that bamboo has several uses but we are unaware of its medicinal uses.
Bamboo is available in all parts of India, but it is mainly found in southern India and the states of Orissa, Assam, lower Himalayas, the plains of Ganges and Indus. It grows naturally in the forests, but is cultivated in the cities. There are 550 different kinds of bamboo, here two or three types of bamboo are being described.
Yoga helps in the rejuvenation of the body. Resistance, observances, posture and pranayam have a major role in rejuvenation. Practice of Yoga maintains the functioning of all physical and mental organs in their natural condition. It is needless to say that functioning of organs in their natural state is the key to good health.
Pellitory root (anacyclus pyrethrum) is considered to be of Arab origin, because Charak, Sushrut and Vagbhatt do not mention about it. Probably Unani Hakims (herbal doctors) brought it to India. But today it is considered to be one of the most popular herbs of India and Arabic countries. It is cultivated in a few regions of India. The small shoots grow with the beginning of the rains. The root is pungent in taste and the person feels hot when it is chewed and a burning sensation is felt on the tongue. As far as quality is concerned the roots found in the Arabic countries are better.
Sesame is used in villages for auspicious occasions, rituals, religious sacrifices and marriage ceremonies due to it's religious and mythological importance. It is included in the rituals of gods and in the death ceremonies of ancestors, and is supposed to protect from bad spirits and devils. This is the main reason that, even today, sesame laddu's (sweets) are prepared in villages on the auspicious day of Makara Sankranti (Winter Solstice, celebrated as a Hindu festival). On one hand this gives mental peace and on the other hand it grants a long and healthy life.
All of you are well aware of honey. It has been considered very beneficial and auspicious in mythology, ayurveda and botanical science. Honey is used as medicine as well as for worship of God. One of the five elements used for preparing 'Panchamrita' (a sacred drink prepared with milk, curd, ghee, sugar and honey) is honey. Honey is included in all auspicious ceremonies and has the power of curing all diseases. It makes us sweet both internally and externally.
Linseed is grown along with the winter crops in large quantities throughout India. In the state of Himachal Pradesh the plants are grown at a height of 6,000 feet. Due to the difference in planting location throughout the country there is a difference in the size, color and shape of the seeds. The linseeds are found in different colors like white, yellow, red and black. There are a lot of varieties of seeds as well. The linseed grown in hot climatic areas are considered to be the best for medicinal use.
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.