Feb 22, 2010

Anxiety Remedies- Natural, Herb, Home Treatment

Have you ever experienced a sudden heart palpitation, shortness of breath, churning in stomach, dry mouth, sweating, fainting spells and other such symptoms while doing any important work or just like that? You might have experienced an anxiety attack then! Whenever, we are doing something important such as exams, interview etc. we are under stress. In normal conditions too, many people tend to take stress due to even minor events in life. Such people are anxiety prone that can prove detrimental to their health causing various medical conditions like high blood pressure, depression etc. So, if you think you often experience anxiety or even if you are not clear whether your state could be called anxiety, read the symptoms and causes of anxiety. After deciding whether you suffer from anxiety or not, read the home remedies for anxiety to treat it naturally. 

Feb 19, 2010

Natural Dandruff Treatment- Some Home Remedies

Dandruff is not only irritating but also frustrating. Imagine yourself in between an important meeting with the urge of itching your scalp! Isn't it just too much? You can't concentrate on the work in hand and you can't even wear those pretty black outfits just because of those scaly white flakes falling constantly on your shoulder from your hair! Dandruff is this much a nuisance to our life and to our health also (if we do not pay attention to dandruff treatment at the right time, it may lead to serious skin diseases).

Home Remedies to Treat Dandruff

1. Curd (dahi) with its acidic and conditioning properties helps fight dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Ferment a small amount of curd (enough to cover your scalp) for two days. Apply it and keep it for one hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo. Do this at least twice a week.
2. Regular henna (mehndi) application has been followed for centuries and has been known for decreasing dandruff. It has curative as well as conditioning properties.
India.com Health tip: Mix henna, amla, tea powder, lemon juice in curd. Add a few drops of hair oil. Keep aside for 10-12hrs. Apply on your hair and leave it for an hour. Wash it off with a shampoo.
3. Aloe vera gel contains healing, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
India.com Health tip: Applying fresh aloe vera gel on the scalp is another way of keeping your dandruff at bay. Keep the gel on for 30 minutes. Wash your hair with an aloe vera based shampoo.
4. Fenugreek (methi) is a herb that is readily available in our kitchen. It has anti-fungal and scalp soothing properties.
India.com Health tip: Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water and grind to a fine paste.  Apply this paste on the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.
5. Gram flour (besan) is an effective cleansing agent. It removes the dirt and is handy for getting rid of dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Apply gram flour mixed with curd on your scalp. Rinse after 20-30 minutes.
6. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it can keep your dandruff away too!
India.com Health tip: It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Make a paste with equal quantities of apple and orange and apply it on the scalp. Wash your hair after 20-30 minutes with a shampoo.
7. Neem leaves with their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are highly effective in controlling dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Boil neem leaves in water and use this water to rinse hair.
8. Basil leaves (Tulsi) has been used since ages for its healing properties.
India.com Health tip: Make a paste of tulsi leaves and amla powder mixed with water. Massage on the scalp. Let it remain for half an hour. Wash the hair with water.
9. Fresh lime juice, your favorite summer drink doubles up as dandruff-basher as well. The acid in lime scrubs out the dead cells and helps cure dandruff.
India.com Health tip: Add a tablespoon of fresh lime juice in water in your last rinse when you wash your hair.
10. Ginger root and beetroot, two salient features of many a classic dishes can also do wonders for your hair!

Feb 16, 2010

Anemia Treatment with Home Remedies

Anemia is perhaps the most under rated disease. People, especially women tend to overlook anemia till the time their immunity is at its lowest and they are ready to catch other diseases. Anemia is a medical condition due to malnutrition- lack of iron and vitamins- in one's diet. However, there are many types of anemia with various causes attributed to them but the most common type of anemia is due to deficiency of nutrients that hampers the production of enough hemoglobin for carrying out normal functioning of body mechanism. A healthy diet and some lifestyle changes is all one needs to keep anemia at bay.

Remedies for Anemia
Proper nutrition and keeping the production of red blood corpuscles through diet and other efforts is the mantra for getting rid of anemia. However, in some genetic disorders like thalassemia, the only anemia cure lies in blood transfusion on a periodic basis. In all the other cases, there is some or the other home remedy for anemia treatment.

Healthy Diet- A diet rich in iron and vitamins is the basic requirement for anemia cure. Whole grain cereals, legumes, nuts, dry dates, beet root, red meat, pulses, eggs, fish, organ meats and milk products such as cheese, yogurt etc. are all essential for keeping the production of hemoglobin at higher levels. Green leafy vegetables and food grains are needed to counter the deficiency of folic acid. Natural sources of vitamin C, such as Indian gooseberry (amla), capsicum, guava etc. should also be included in diets. Eating apple on a regular basis is a good remedy for anemia. Parsley, lettuce, spinach are all good for higher production of red blood corpuscles.

Lifestyle Changes- Avoiding coffee, tea and ingesting antacids is crucial for anemia treatment. Caffeine derived from such drinks and other substances decrease the capability of iron absorption by body. Sun rays help in producing red blood corpuscles and as such, sun baths early in the morning or in the late evening for 15 to 30 minutes is beneficial for anemia treatment. Ayurvedic massage- wet or dry body rubbing- are also beneficial in anemia. Hot Epsom baths and cold friction baths for 10 minutes every week can also help in treating anemia. Cooking in iron pots had been an old Indian tradition which must be adopted by people having anemia as this significantly increases the amount of iron in foods.

Herbal Remedies for Anemia
Many herbs can be used for anemia treatment.

Ash Gourd for Anemia Treatment
  • Ash Gourd is a large fruit vegetable like pumpkin. It is a useful remedy of anemia. Traditionally, a sweet called 'Petha' is prepared from ash gourd by boiling the pulp of the fruit in water and adding sugar syrup to it. However, juice of raw ash gourd taken on empty stomach in the morning is also beneficial in anemia.
  • Celery is also very beneficial not only for anemia treatment but also for other diseases of blood like leukemia and hemophilia. It can be combined with chicory and parsley to be a very useful herbal remedy for anemia.
  • Dill or Sowa is effective in spasmodic menstrual pain in young girls and absence of menstruation due to anemia, exposure to cold and in pregnancy anemia. Dill is taken to regulate the flow during menstrual cycle. About 60 grams of dill taken with a teaspoonful of parsley juice helps in anemia during menstrual periods.
  • Fenugreek (Methi)leaves are good for blood formation. Cooked leaves help in preventing anemia. It is taken as an effective blood tonic helpful in curing anemia during menstruation. Fenugreek seeds also help maintain the content of iron in the body.
  • Gokulakanta herb purifies blood and is useful in anemia treatment. A decoction of its root can be given to the anemia patient.
  • Onion have a good amount of iron content and therefore is beneficial in treating anemia.
  • Other herbs like dong quai, dandelion, barley greens and alfalfa are also good sources of vitamins and minerals and can be effective in treating anemia.

Feb 9, 2010

Gallbladder Stones- Get Rid Of Them With Home Remedies!

One who has experienced it only can know what gallbladder pain is!
Gallbladder has a very important part to play in the digestion of fatty food we eat. However, when stones develop in the gallbladder, they not only hamper with its work but also cause near to intolerable pain. As the golden words go- Prevention is always better than cure. Don't let these gall stones develop at the first place. How? By drinking lots of water, exercising daily, eating healthy and most important by avoiding junk food (that is essentially fatty rich food).

However, some causes like excessive estrogen hormone and hereditary reasons can't be prevented. And if you are one who suffer from gall bladder stones due to these reasons, there is only one way out- gallbladder treatment! Before deciding for surgery, you must always give a try to home remedies for gall bladder stones because if these gallstones are small enough, they can dissolve and you can get rid of painful experiences without going in for any surgery.

Gall bladder Disorder in Ayurveda it is known as PRATISHYAYA mainly due to vitiation of DOSHAS (Vata, Pitta & Kapha).

The gall bladder stores bile, a digestive fluid that the liver produces, until the fluid is required to help digest dietary fats in the small intestine. Normally, the acidic bile prevents cholesterol from becoming too concentrated. However, if too much cholesterol is present in the bile, it crystallizes in the gall bladder, forming gallstones. Gallstones that remain in the gall bladder typically produce no symptoms. If a gallstone exits the gall bladder, it can cause pain and other symptoms. Gallstones usually begin producing symptoms when they obstruct the duct that leads from the liver to the gall bladder or the duct that leads from the gallbladder to the small intestine. Once lodged in one of these ducts, the stones may produce painful spasms and inflammation at the site of the obstruction.

Symptoms of gallstone disease:
Symptoms of gallbladder disease occur when gallstones irritate the gallbladder. The most common symptoms associated with gallstone disease include:

Severe and intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen. This pain can also spread to the chest, shoulders or back. Sometimes this pain may be mistaken for a heart attack.
Chronic indigestion and nausea.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Gallstones
Ayurveda views gallstones as a kapha disorder
of slow metabolism, including a sluggish liver. Ayurvedic medicines like Arogyavardhini Vati, which boosts up metabolic activity of liver, is very useful in treating gallstones. Other Ayurvedic medicines useful in treating gallstones include kumariasava, hingvaastak choorna, panchkola choorna, avipattikar choorna, kamadoodha rasa, sootsekar rasa, pravaalpanchaamrit, gokhshurasava, punarnavarista. Panchakarma therapies like virechana, basti, are also very helpful.

Ayurvedic herbs for treating Gallstones:
Effective Ayurvedic herbs for treating gallstones include bhringaraj, punanarnava, bhumiamla, kalamegha, ginger, cumin seeds, katuki, kiryata, parpati, pashanabheda, katukarohini, etc

Lifestyle Changes
  1. Foods to eat:
    1. In case of acute attack, the patient should be on a diet of fluids, juices, food with no oil, lots of water-rich vegetables such as bottle gourd, ridge gourd, cucumber, lots of fruits like apple and grapes, and thin vegetable soups.
    2. Vegetables which are particularly beneficial are carrots, beetroot and pear.
    3. Include some spices in your diet like turmeric, ginger and garlic.
    4. Other herbs that have been used by herbalists around the globe include artichoke leaves and milk thistle.
    5. Maintain optimum hydration level. Most people who have attacks of gall bladder pain are those who may be getting low levels of water which upsets the acid-alkali balance. At least 2 liters of water should be consumed per day.
    6. Other foods which benefit are Alfa-Alfa sprouts (very powerful alkalinizer), B-complex vitamins, vitamin E capsules, mulethi (licorice).
  2. Foods to Avoid
    1. Since most gall bladder stones are composed of cholesterol, it is important to restrict cholesterol sources like dairy product (milk, curd, cheese, paneer, butter, ghee and chocolates), red meat, chicken etc.
    2. Avoid or reduce foods like tea, coffee, thick gravies, processed foods and foods with preservatives.
    3. Avoid fat loaded and fried food.
    4. Avoid or cut down smoking as it upsets the acid-alkali balance due to high Hydrogen ion concentration.
  3. Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day
  4. To relieve the pain of gallstone colic application of hot packs or fomentation to the upper abdominal area should be done. A warm water enema at body temperature will also help eliminate faucal accumulations if the patient is constipated.
  5. One should practice following yogasanas daily for effective treatment and prevention of Gallstones: Vajrasana, The Knee to Chest (Pawanmuktasan), The Lotus (Padma Asana), sarvangasana, paschimotasana, dhanurasana, mayurasana, shalabhasana and bhujangasana 
Follow Natural Home Remedies
  1. Mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with lemon or grapefruit juice and drink before breakfast and before bedtime. This treatment often helps eliminate stones in the stool.
  2. Combine equal amounts of tinctures of wild yam, fringetree bark, milk thistle, and balmony, and take a teaspoonful of the blend several times a day.
  3. Drinking chamomile or lemon balm tea is also helpful.
  4. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Take 1 glass of apple juice
    • Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
    • Mix well
    • Drink once everyday
  5. Pear Juice and Honey:
    • Take ½ glass of hot water
    • Add ½ glass of pear juice
    • Add 2 tbsp of honey
    • Mix well
    • Drink 3 times a day
  6. Beetroot, Cucumber and Carrot:
    • Take raw beet juice
    • Add an equal amount of cucumber juice
    • Add an equal amount of carrot juice
    • Mix them all
    • Drink 2 times a day
These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.

Feb 6, 2010

Ayurvedic Weight Loss

How to reduce weight? This is the question asked by millions of people world over with the increasing menace of obesity. Every one seem to be targeted at weight loss- going on diet, exercising, adopting detox diets, fainting with nearly no food for days- and still regaining weight as soon as they resume their old food habits or stop exercising. Ayurvedic weight loss is a very scientific approach towards weight loss. It believes that every body has different constitution based upon three doshas- Vaata, Pitta and Kapha. Therefore, each body needs to take and avoid food items on the basis of their doshas and ayurveda body types The Kapha body type is most vulnerable of being obese. However, it does not mean that the other two body types can not become overweight.

How to Reduce Weight Naturally?

Ayurveda advocates a realistic look at your body type when trying weight loss. It does not say to punish or devoid the body of its due nourishment ( as when we spend days together by just having three glasses of vegetable juice in a day). Ayurveda teaches to know one's body then bringing all its systems in synchronization. It guides the mind's and body's ability to regulate themselves by calming the nervous system, enhancing the digestive fires, and regulating the storage of energy and fat. The main things to do when trying for weight loss include-
  • Eating according to body type- foods that are complementary to your body type.
  • Exercising- not only body but also the mind (that is exactly what we do when doing Yoga)
  • Discipline in eating habits- right quantity of food at right time.
  • Strengthening the digestive capability through food habits and exercise.
  • Using herbs and home remedies for weight loss (instead of anti obesity drugs that suppress hunger)
If you too are trying hard for ayurvedic weight loss read

Obesity: Natural Herbs At Your Rescue

Jan 28, 2010

Migraine Headaches- Home Treatment for Fast Relief

Migraine Headaches are deadly. One who gets them only knows how it feels. Drugs that are mostly painkillers seem to be ineffective. They have their side effects too. So, what are the ways to deal with these chronic headaches? First of all, prevent them. Know what triggers your migraine attack- some food, weather changes, exposure to sun, stress, excessive physical activity- what is it? Then avoid these factors as far as possible. However, in many cases the problem is due to hereditary reasons and not all of the times, the reasons can be avoided. If you feel that you are about to get migraine headache (in some patients, symptoms do occur), take immediate measures in the form of certain home remedies. They can preven your headache from becoming a serious one. However, if you do not experience any symptoms, then also there are some home and herbal remedies that can provide relief from your head pain. So, you need to know the causes of migraine headache, symptoms and then home remedies for the same. 
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