Showing posts with label Alternative Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alternative Health. Show all posts

2014-06-29

Natural Alternatives for Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is is a common skin disorder that produces raised, reddish, and often scaly patches. It can appear as one or multiple patches on the scalp, affect the entire scalp, and spread beyond the scalp to the forehead, back of the neck, or behind the ears.

Scalp psoriasis is not contagious. Like other types of psoriasis, its exact cause is unknown. But it's believed to result from an abnormality of the immune system that causes skin cells to grow too quickly and build up as patches. You may be more likely to develop scalp psoriasis if psoriasis runs in your family.

Some of the common natural alternatives to cure scalp psoriasis are:





2014-04-04

Does the New Innovations in Cooking has really made our life Easy?

In Today’s time we have progressed and new technology kitchen gadgets like Refrigerator, Pressure Cooker, Microwave Oven have entered our kitchens. Surely these things have made our life easy and convenient. But are these things really healthy and safe for us?

Let us go back to our ancient science of cooking and understand what we have lost in all this time.
As per Ayurveda, we should not eat that type of food which is not exposed to sunlight and air during cooking. Moreover, food which has taken more time in the farm to grow, it will take more time to cook also. Eg- Dals (Gram) take about 6-8 months to grow in the fields, so it will take more time to cook. Micronutrients came slowly to the fruits, stems and flower. So it will take that much time to dissolve the protein, vitamins, calcium.

But what are we doing?
We have started cooking in Pressure Cooker, Microwave Oven. All the micro nutrients are killed in this type of cooking.

When we cook food inside the pressure cooker, the water is heated and the vapour starts developing. Pressure is developed on the food from the upper side in the form of vapour and from the bottom in the form of heat. Because of this two way pressure the food breaks down and becomes soft, and we think food has been cooked. But it has not been cooked, it has been broken down. Same happens in Microwave. Food molecules just break down, and thus it becomes soft. But Cooking according to ayurveda, is the way by which the micro nutrients which are not useful before cooking are cooked to make it useful and that is done in slow cooking and in the right utensils.

In the years gone by our ancenstors used to cook in Mitti ki handi. Till date in our temples like Jagganath puri khicdi is prepared in big mitti handi(mud) , which is distributed as prasad to the worshipers. Mitti as per our mahant is pavitra (pure).

Famous Ayurved Guru Rajiv Dixit once took this Jaganath puri khicdi prepared in big mitti handi to Delhi and gave it to a laboratory, some scientists worked on it and the research report said that not even one micro nutrient has been reduced from the khichdi after cooking it in Mitti . And he also gave dal prepared in pressure cooker for testing, the report said that the micronutrients are very less left in the dal. Only 13% of the nutrients are left in the dal and the rest have been lost.

30-40 years ago, all the utensils of mitti were used everywhere. People used to eat dal of mitti ki handi only all through their life and also used to prepare milk, ghee, curd in mitti ki handi only. So those people used to get all the right nutrients throughout their lives and never had any diabetes, arthritis, no eyesight or tooth problems.


Our potters were the greatest scientists.
Do you know that different types of Mitti are used to prepare different types of utensils? A mitti rich in calcium and magnesium are used to prepare handi and mitti which is not rich in calcium and magnesium is used to prepare tea cups. This selection of MITTI is a very minute work, all this work is done by them from 1000s of years without reading anywhere and without studying in any university. We must salute them, so big scientist are they .But sadly in the eyes of the government they are backward people, in almost all the temples prasad is prepared in mitti's utensils. So we all should bring mitti ki handi and should reduce our cooking on pressure cookers and microwaves.

In Ayurved so many chronic patients of sugar whose sugar units were around 480 units have been cured by just switching them to eat dal, rice in mitti ki handi. After 8-9 months their sugar units have come down to 180 units without any injection, medicines or tonic.

Its Time to Rethink!
We have to take pottery to great heights, pressure cooker costs Rs 1500-2000 and the utensils of mitti comes in Rs 50-250.

2014-01-15

Menopause As Per Ayurveda | Causes | Treatments | Herbal Remedies

Menopause is a normal part of a woman's natural aging process and occurs as hormone levels in the body decline. It marks the end of a woman's menstrual periods and her ability to become pregnant without assistance from technology. Menopause is a process that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and begins 2 to 5 years before (perimenopause) a woman's last menstrual period. It is considered complete (postmenopause) when 1 full year has passed without a menstrual period.

The symptoms of declining hormone levels can occur before menstrual periods have ended. This 2 to 5 year period of declining hormones is called the climacteric or perimenopause. Perimenopause can last several years and often includes irregular menstrual periods and other symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.

What Causes Menopause?
Menopause is caused by the natural declining function of the ovaries, which gradually produce lower and lower levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This causes the total serum levels of these hormones to also decline in the woman's body. Decreasing levels of estrogen cause many of the long-term health problems, such as osteoporosis and heart disease that can occur after menopause.

Menopause-Ayurveda Perspective
Menopause happens. It's a natural transition, says Ayurveda, and like all transitions, menopause has to be managed to minimize discomfort.

Since menopause is the transition from the Pitta phase of life to the Vata phase, if a woman already has a significant Pitta or Vata imbalance in the years before menopause, things are likely to get worse during menopause, which is a period when hormonal and other natural changes take place in the body.

Another factor leading to menopausal imbalances is the accumulation of digestive impurities (ama) in the physiology. Ama blocks the channels that transport nutrition to the cells and remove waste from the body, and thus contributes to menopausal problems.

A third factor is the misuse or overuse of the mind, body, emotions, or senses. Basically, this happens when a woman strains her mind too much, is under too much ongoing stress or pressure, or is doing work that is too "heavy" for her body, or is under tremendous emotional stress.

Menopausal Symptoms
Although some women have very few noticeable symptoms of menopause besides the cessation of her menstrual periods, most women will have some degree of other symptoms. Symptoms may come and go, and more may develop, over the course of the menopausal years. They include:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal changes (atrophic vaginitis)
  • Difficulty concentrating/memory loss
  • Emotional changes (depression, anxiety)
  • Sleep disturbances (insomnia)
  • Changes in sexual desire (increased or decreased libido)
  • Rapid, irregular heartbeat (heart palpitations)
  • Generalized itching
  • Joint and/or muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Urinary changes (urinary frequency)

Vata-type Menopause
Symptoms – Nervousness, anxiety, panic, mood swings, vaginal dryness, loss of skin tone, feeling cold, irregular periods, insomnia, mild or variable hot flashes, constipation, palpitations, bloating and joints aches and pains.

Pitta-type Menopause
Symptoms - Prone to Hot Temper, anger, irritability, feeling hot, hot flashes, night sweats, heavy periods, excessive bleeding, urinary tract infections, skin rashes and acne.

Kapha-type Menopause
Symptoms - Menopausal Weight Gain , sluggishness, lethargy, fluid retention, yeast infections, lazy, depressed, lacking motivation, slow digestion.

Diet can be a crucial tool in menopause management. 
Basic Ayurvedic Fundamentals of Wellness
Three key principles to long-term balance and wellness in Ayurveda are broadly summed up in three lifestyle tactics:

Reducing ama (toxins)
Balancing/strengthening digestion (agni)
Significantly lowering stress


Each of these plays a powerful role in supporting long-term, life-changing wellness, according to Ayurveda.
To accomplish these goals, Ayurveda offers you lots of enjoyable options. Click to Know More

Lifestyle tips for balance
Sleep is important for the woman entering menopause or going through menopause, because both Vata and Pitta imbalances can cause sleep problems that will only make menopausal imbalances worse. To keep both doshas in balance and to sleep more deeply at night, be sure you're in bed before 10: 00 p.m. and that you arise before 6: 00 a.m. This is the time of night when sleep comes easier and is more restful. If you stay awake past 10: 00, it will be harder to fall asleep, and you'll also increase any Pitta imbalance, because because 10: 00 p.m. to 2: 00 a.m. is the Pitta time of night, when the body needs to be at rest in order to cleanse and purify itself.  During this time a natural detoxification takes place.

The morning abhyanga or ayurvedic oil massage is extremely important for preventing menopausal problems.

Use the Youthful Skin Oil for Women. This oil is designed to increase circulation, calm Vata dosha, and provide needed moisture to the skin.

For both Pitta and Vata dosha, it's important not to skip meals, and to eat your main meal at noon, when digestion is the strongest. Try to eat at the same time every day, and go to bed and wake up at the same time.

Be sure to get lots of rest during your menstrual cycle as you approach menopause, because this will keep Apana Vata in balance and avoid the more serious complications of menopause.

Daily exercise (gentle for Vata and not too overheating for Pitta) is also important for keeping all doshas in balance. Exercise need not be a complicated or time consuming affair; it can be in the form of brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, aerobics, dancing, tennis, weight-training, rollerblading, ice-skating, or even gardening. Any activity which raises the heart rate and/or works against gravity can help maintain a healthy heart, skeleton, muscle tone, immune system, and body weight.

Exercise can promote more restful sleep, reduce depressive thoughts, retard osteoporosis, ameliorate hot flashes in some women, and improve cognitive function. The single, most important key is to develop an enjoyable, realistic exercise plan appropriate for your individual constitutional type, which is conducive to long-term compliance.

There are three general types of exercise and most women should try to incorporate examples of all three: (1) aerobic, (2) anaerobic (or weight-bearing), and (3) flexibility exercises. 

Weight Management
Obesity, or sthaulya, is a multifactorial complex of imbalances affecting both an individual’s physiology and psychology which results in an increase of body weight to more than 30 per cent above “normal”. This increase is due to the systemic accumulation of fat throughout the body.

Overweight and obesity are associated with virtually all of the most common diseases which have been on the rise over the past 50 years: type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, coronary heart disease, polycystic ovary disease, hyperandrogenism, gallstones, osteoarthritis, infertility, fatigue, low back pain, shortness of breath, esophageal reflux, depression, colon cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, and endometrial cancer.

Being overweight means you have developed an imbalance in one or more of these physiological enzyme/hormone pairs in the direction which favors energy storage. This unhealthy shift in one’s metabolism is known to accelerate during menopause. Simply losing weight will not correct this imbalance and the amount of weight loss will always be limited because the underlying problem has not been corrected.

Ayurveda offers a program which combines general principles of hygienic living with specific individualized constitutional guidelines. Overweight conditions are effectively addressed by understanding these conditions for what they truly are--an accumulated toxin with both physical and mental roots which are unique for each person. The molecular structure of human fat which deposits in different individuals may be identical, but the unhealthy habits, attitudes, misconceptions, and stored emotional experiences which promulgate obesity are unique and singular. These weight loss measures are presented succinctly in The Ayurvedic Approach To Diet and Weight Loss: The Sattva Program

Panchakarma Chikitsa
Panchakarma (“five therapeutic actions”) chikitsa (“treatment”) are physical therapies that thoroughly cleanse and purify the physical and mental impurities from the body and mind. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However due to one's repeated dietary indiscretions, hormonal changes, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, the digestive enzymes, metabolic co‑factors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body's internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology-resulting in disease. Click to Know More

Herbs that heal
According to the ancient Ayurveda, the nature has some powerful herbs that helps balance all three of the basic operating principles (doshas) of mind and body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Click to know more

Herbal Preparations
Ayurvedic preparations are completely different in their intention and their action. They are mixtures of natural substances which can correct an underlying imbalance. They promote an energetic adjustment which is at a level of intelligence higher than the molecular level. Reestablishing balance at this subtle energetic (i.e. doshic) level of human function removes the push at the physical (i.e. molecular) level toward discomfort and the symptoms are eliminated at their root. Click to know more on Herbal formulations that helps balance all three of the basic operating principles (doshas) of mind and body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 

Summary
Women around the world are now living approximately one third of their lives after they reach menopause. Every women can benefit during these years from a balanced diet tailored to her specific constitution, an appropriate form of regular exercise, intelligently selected plant-based Ayurvedic preparations, and additional dietary calcium and vitamin D. Most women will also derive great benefit from Panchakarma therapies followed by rasayana therapies every 2-3 years. Depending on one’s risk factors, women should have a Pap smear and mammogram every 1-2 years and check her thyroid function, lipid profile, and have a colonoscopy every 3-5 years. 

2010-06-04

Ayurvedic Treatment for Migraine Headache

Migraine headache is located in one part of the head. The pain of migraine appears periodically and may last from 2 weeks to even 2 months. Symptoms of migraine headache- just before it is going to occur- include irritability in eyesight, tiredness, constipation, vomiting, and nausea. Migraine is considered to be a disease of nerves that is caused by the accumulation of foreign matter around the brain nerves and nerves in the neck.

Ayurveda prescribes various treatments for Migraine Headaches, some of which are listed here
  • Fasting for three days. Only fruit juices should be consumed in these three days.
  • Taking enema to keep the stomach and intestines clean.Enema should be done with lukewarm water.
  • Taking Hot water bath once a week, preferably a hip bath or sitz bath till migraine is completely cured.
For knowing specific Ayurvedic medicines for migraine, read Ayurvedic Treatment For Migraine

2010-05-12

Try Antibacterial Herbs- Avoid Side Effects of Antibiotic Drugs!

Everyone now knows how antibiotics can affect health adversely. Perhaps that is why doctors too avoid prescribing antibiotics unless extremely essential. So, why not try antibacterial herbs that do not have any side effects and work more efficiently than any drug! In fact, there are many antibacterial herbs that are used as spices and condiments for preparing Indian dishes. These herbs have antibacterial properties that can inhibit growth of bacteria in human body. Some of the common antibacterial herbs (spices, condiments, plants etc.) include
  • Clove (clove oil kills bacteria that causes food poisoning)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamon bark oil destroys many forms of pathogenic organisms)
  • Garlic (garlic fights off not only bacteria but also other parasites and viruses)
  • Neem (its leaves can make you skin germ free and can cleanse your whole system marvelously)
  • Basil or Tulsi (wonderful antibacterial herb- even a plant of basil in your home can purify the whole environment)
  • Turmeric (a pinch of turmeric in all your dishes or with milk can keep you away from harmful effects of bacteria)
These antibacterial herbs are so commonly available that you can store and use them easily. However, there are many other antibacterial herbs some of which are common and others a little uncommon but available with a herbalist.

Other foods and condiments that are powerful natural antibacterial herbs and can boost immunity can be listed as onions, leeks, shallots, radishes, fenugreek, fresh ginger root, chili. Have them and keep all bacteria at bay as also all those harmful side effects of antibiotic drugs!

2010-02-16

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.

2009-12-21

Natural Home Remedies For Flu

Influenza or flu is the most common disease during winters. All types of flu are caused viruses. There are about 200 known flu viruses. These viruses not only cause fever but also congest throat, nose, lungs, bronchial tubes, and middle ear making even breathing difficult for the patient. The drugs and medicines seem to be ineffective for flu as whenever you stop taking these medicines, flu comes back and makes the patient's life very uncomfortable. Ayurveda believes that the cure for flu is precaution. One has to prevent flu by increasing body immunity against viruses and other harmful outer elements. However, Ayurveda also suggest home remedies for getting relief from flu conditions like fever, cough, sorethroat, nasal congestion etc.
  • Vitamin C, garlic, honey, cinnamon etc. are all immune boosters. Try to take them regularly as a part of your diet.
  • Mix some fresh lemon juice with lukewarm honey and take it daily to increase immunity against viruses.
  • To get relief from sore throat, gargle with lukewarm water after adding salt to it for 3-4 times a day.
  • You can even gargle with 1 drop each of tea tree oil and lemon mixed in glass of warm water. Remember not to swallow the solution.
  • Mix 10-20 drops of one of the following- tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon or lavender oil- to your hot water bath. This strengthens immune system.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of lukewarm honey with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder. Take this mixture daily for 3-4 days to improve immunity.
  • Take steaming water in a big bowl and add 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh ginger in it. Lean your head over the vessel and drape a towel over head in such a manner that the steam doesn't escape. Inhale the steam to get relief from congestion of nose, throat and chest.
  • You can even add eucalyptus oil or menthol to the water and then take steam. You can breathe easily after such a flu treatment.
  • Drink lots of water during the day. It keeps respiratory system hydrated and helps to liquefy thick mucus built up. Don't drink too much of coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages and quit smoking as they may lead to dehydration.

  • Ayurveda suggests 'Neti kriya' (nasal saline intake) for clearing of the nasal passage and getting relief from congestion. Get a 'Neti pot'. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Fill the Neti pot with this saline solution. Lean over the bathroom sink, tilt your head to one side and pour the solution directly into one nostril with the Neti pot. Solution will go into nasal cavity and run out the other nostril and the back of throat. Spit out the drainage, and gently blow nose to clear the nasal passages. Repeat the activity twice or thrice a day.
  • Take half teaspoon each of sitopaladi powder, sudarshan and honey. Mix them well and have it every few hours.
  • Avoid fried and cold food and liquids. Switch to a bland diet and take fresh and hot food and liquids like soups and herbal tea.
  • Include garlic in your diet. It is one of the best immune boosters.
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