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Unknown But Interesting Facts About Ayurveda

Ayurveda An Ancient System of Medicine
Ayurveda An Ancient System of Medicine
Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Globalized and modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of complementary or alternative medicine. The main classical Ayurveda texts begin with accounts of the transmission of medical knowledge from the Gods to sages, and then to human physicians.
Ayurveda has some very interesting facts that are unknown to you and would surprise you!




The principles are basic yet extremely effective

Ayurveda is based on the principle that the body is made up of 5 elements – space, air, water, fire and earth. When all these elements work in congruence they make a healthy person. While all of us have all the five elements, they are in different proportions in our body – making a person one of these three – vata, kapha or pitta. An imbalance in any of these elements makes a person ill and a realignment of these humours can cure a disease.

The three doshas make you who you are

Before you scoff at the idea, here is what Ayurvedic practitioners believe. A person who is of a particular dosha has unique characteristics. Due to the dominance of one of the doshas it affects a person’s temperament, the diseases that can affect him and even governs how he react to stress. Apart from that it also dictates the type of body structure he has and the foods he is likely to love. Also the three doshas tell the practitioner what ailments you are most likely to suffer from

Ayurveda looks at your body as a whole

In Ayurveda a disease is known as a disharmony (or imbalance of energy flow) between mind, body and soul. This means that your body, its organs, your mind and your mental makeup – all play a role in diagnosis and treatment. This way it tries to treat the root of the problem rather than the organ or part of the body that is affected – factoring in how the medicines will affect the person as a whole.

Your environment plays an important role in your health

What you eat, where you live, even the colours you are attracted to can be explained by Ayurveda. According to the principles, a person’s dosha mitigates this and therefore being in an environment that is contrary to your dosha will elevate one particular humour in the body leading to an imbalance and disease. Ayurveda seeks to negate that effect and bring the balance back into equilibrium.

Ayurveda involves more than just herbs

Ayurvedic medicines contain not only herbs but also other substances like milk, ghee, butter, honey, molasses, gingelly oil, rock salts, minerals, ashes and self-fermented alcohol. While herbs are a major component of the medicines prescribed, other compounds are used as well. In some cases the other compounds are adjuvants or carriers (help the medicine perform better) and in others they form the medicine itself.

It cures the root of the problem not the symptoms alone

Ayurveda is based on the very compounds that make and run your body. During treatment, an Ayurvedic doctor finds the problem, then looks for the reason for it. Once the reason is found he/she will treat the factors that are hindering the entire recovery process. Once cleared he/she will take care of the disease itself. This way Ayurveda looks to root out the problem rather than simply treat the symptoms — hopefully eradicating the problem entirely.

Ayurveda is a lifestyle

The word Ayurveda is derived from two words; ‘Ayur’ meaning life and longetivity and ‘veda’ means knowledge. The basic scripture of Ayurveda talks about living life the Ayurveda way, where every aspect is in line with keeping your body’s humours in check. So if you have diabetes, and with Ayurveda your blood sugar levels have been brought under control, you will notice that along with the medication there are several lifestyle changes you will have to make. Therefore, if you follow those principles for as long as you live, your diabetes will stay under control.

 
So, the next time you are looking for a comprehensive and effective treatment protocol for yourself, try using Ayurveda. It may take a little longer, but the end result is definitely worth all the effort.

Healing Art of Ayurveda Cooking

Ayurveda Cooking...The Healing Art
Ayurveda Cooking...The Healing Art
Cooking is an Art! Ayurvedic cooking is the art of balancing ingredients while inducing prana. The relationship between the six tastes and the three dosha is at the root of Ayurvedic dietetics. Most importantly in Ayurveda, all six tastes are balanced during the cooking.



Ayurveda recommends light and slow cooking under low flame heat using heavy non reactive pots and pans. In order to preserve prana(nutrition) overheating and losing the original color and nascent taste of the vegetable is not recommended. For example, the okra needs to be radiant green and not dripping with oil and still somewhat be crunchy.

Ayurveda also lays lots of emphasis on seasonal rhythms, geographical location of where the food is grown, digestive capacity of the individual and other holistic factors. It doesn't define nutrients on the quantities of calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Getting healthier, is about eating holistically. Ayurveda does not categorise food into groups, like carbs, proteins and fats. The satiating potency and pranic food value are based upon the singular axiom that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, just like the wholeness of the body.

In Ayurveda Cooking and meal planning choosing the right combination of food groups and cooking them optimally to retain their high pranic vibrations is nourishing when all six tastes are also balanced. Even the selection of right ingredients in measured proportions and the feelings added by the cook are also important.

We recommend you explore the art of ayurvedic cooking under the guidance of an expert, so that you can experiment with the recipes.

Ayurveda Cooking is Healthy, Healing and Holistic in its Approach!

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Viruddha Ahara(Incompatible Food) : A critical view, Ayurveda

Viruddha Ahara(Incompatible Food)
Viruddha Ahara(Incompatible Food) 
Viruddha Ahara is a unique concept described in Ayurveda. The present article deals with the critical review of Viruddha Ahara referred in terms of food–food interactions, food processing interactions. Ayurveda clearly defines that certain diet and its combinations, which interrupts the metabolism of tissue, which inhibits the process of formation of tissue and which have the opposite property to the tissue are called as Viruddha Anna or incompatible diet. The food which is wrong in combination, which has undergone wrong processing, which is consumed in incorrect dose, which is consumed in incorrect time of day and in wrong season can lead to Viruddha Ahara. The article narrates the modern perspective of incompatible dietary consumed in today's day-to-day life and its hazardous effects on health.




Ayurveda literature has described various types of Viruddha Ahara, which can be summarized as follows:

  1. Desha (place) Viruddha
  2. Kala Viruddha
  3. Agni Viruddha
  4. Matra (quantity) Viruddha
  5. Satmya (wholesome) Viruddha
  6. Dosha Viruddha
  7. Sanskar (mode of preparation) Viruddha
  8. Veerya (potency) Viruddha
  9. Koshtha Viruddha
  10. Avastha (state of health) Viruddha
  11. Kram (sequence) Viruddha
  12. Parihar Viruddha
  13. Upachar (treatment) Viruddha
  14. Paak (cooking) Viruddha
  15. Samyoga (combination) Viruddha
  16. Hriday Viruddha
  17. Sampad (richness of quality) Viruddha
  18. Vidhi (rules for eating) Viruddha
Examples of incompatibility/antagonistic (Viruddha-Aahara)
  1. Veerya Viruddha (potency incompatibility) — fish + milk.
  2. Sanskar Viruddha (processing incompatibility) — heated honey.
  3. Matra Viruddha (dose incompatibility) — honey + cow's ghee mixed in equal proportion.
  4. Krama Viruddha — hot water after taking honey.
  5. Kala Viruddha — (time incompatibility) pungent substance in summer and cold substances in winter.
  6. Krama Viruddha (order incompatibility) — consuming curd at night. Taking Madhura Rasa food or Dravya at the end of meals and Tikta and Katu Rasa Dravyas (food substances) at the starting of meals.
  7. Samyoga Viruddha (combination incompatibility) — fruit salad or milk + banana.
  8. Parihar Viruddha (contraindication incompatibility) — consuming cold water immediately after having hot tea or coffee.

Modern Perspective of Incompatible Diet

Viruddha Ahara can lead to inflammation at a molecular level. Number of food incompatibilities are mentioned in old Ayurved literature, such as Charaka and Sushruta Samhitas. These type of food combinations are not in use in today's era. We have to identify new food incompatibilities, which are used today in day-to-day life as per Ayurvedic perspective. Diet is considered to be vital for a human body as it provides the basic nutrients, which are necessary to carry out the basic activities of digestion and metabolism.

The unwanted side effects can emerge inside the body when two or more types of foods are consumed together. Such reactions can be less important but on long term, it can be fatal upon precipitating serious side effects.

Green tea or black tea and milk


Tea contains flavonoids called catechins, which have many beneficial effects on the heart. When milk is added to tea, then a group of proteins in milk, called caseins, interact with the tea to reduce the concentration of catechins. So avoid tea and milk together.

Milk and yoghurt interaction

As you know consuming both together can precipitate milk inside the stomach that may irritate and induce vomiting. So avoid milk and yoghurt together.

Tea and garlic

Tea contains anticoagulant compounds called coumarins. When combined with garlic (that also has anticlotting properties), they may increase the risk of bleeding. So, better to avoid tea and garlic together.

Pomegranate juice and grapefruit juice

Pomegranate juice and grapefruit juice, are both known to block the cytochrome P450 3A4 enzyme systems in the intestines and increase blood levels of many medications you are taking. Taking these two juices together may synergize the above action.

Unripe (green) tomatoes or potatoes and alcohol

The unripe green tomatoes contain huge amount of solanine, which may interact with alcohol. You may feel more sedation if the intake is more.

Sanskara Viruddha

Deep frying of potatoes can develop toxic substances, such as acrylamide, which can prove to be carcinogenic.

Eating potato chips regularly is Sanskara viruddha. It is also mentioned in Ayurved text that heating honey is Sanskar Viruddha. Honey that is available in the market is Agmark honey and this honey is strongly heated before packaging. It is very important to find the relevance about why we must not heat honey.

It has been clearly mentioned in Ayurveda text that oil and food must not be reheated. Reheating of oil creates more oxidation and if consumed may create more oxidative stress creating more free radicals.
High-temperature cooking must also be called as Sanskara Viruddha. Foods typically cooked at high temperatures, like meats, may contribute to the risk and exacerbation of chronic diseases linked with inflammation.

Milk which contains lactogen and certain fruits, such as bananas, which also contain common allergen may aggravate an asthmatic attack. Milk with eggs, reheated cow's milk, consuming too much sugar along with saturated fats, can lead to number of immunologic disorders. It has been regularly observed in the clinics that rheumatoid arthritis patients who consume curds at night, sour food at night complain of more morning stiffness.

Fast food is high in energy density and low in essential micronutrient density, especially zinc (Zn), of which antioxidant processes are dependent. It has been tested that frequent fast food consumption could induce oxidative damage associated with inflammation and Zn deprivation.

Apart from all biochemical effect of Viruddha Ahara, food substance which is not liked by the person leads to Viruddha Ahara. This may lead to continual maldigestion too.

Charaka has also mentioned that those people who are able to digest Viruddha Ahara properly, who exercise very regularly, who are young and have a very good status of Agni can consume Viruddha Ahara.


From the above discussion, it is clear that Viruddha Ahara is an important aspect of today's improper dietary habits. This can lead to several hazardous diseases unknowingly to the patients. Therefore, it is important to take care of the incompatible dietary factors.


Ayurveda- An Ancient Science of Life and Longevity

life-knowledge
Ayurveda Science of Life
The word "ayurveda" is Sanskrit: आयुर्वेद, Āyurveda, meaning "life-knowledge".

Ancient Science of Life

Some scholars assert that Ayurveda originated in prehistoric times,and that some of the concepts of Ayurveda have existed from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization or even earlier. Ayurveda developed significantly during the Vedic period and later some of the non-Vedic systems such as Buddhism and Jainism also developed medical concepts and practices that appear in the classical Ayurveda texts.



 Ayurveda Balance of Doshas

Ayurveda treatises describe three elemental doṣas, (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease. As per the Ayurvedic view, the doshas are balanced when they are equal to each other, while another view is that each human possesses a unique combination of the doshas which define this person's temperament and characteristics. In either case, it says that each person should modulate their behavior or environment to increase or decrease the doshas and maintain their natural state.

Balance is emphasized, and suppressing natural urges is considered unhealthy and claimed to lead to illness. For example, to suppress sneezing is said to potentially give rise to shoulder pain.However, people are also cautioned to stay within the limits of reasonable balance and measure when following nature's urges. For example, emphasis is placed on moderation of food intake, sleep, and sexual intercourse.

Five Elements

Ayurveda names seven basic tissues (dhatu), which are plasma (rasa), blood (rakta), muscles (māmsa), fat (meda), bone (asthi), marrow (majja), and semen (shukra). Like the medicine of classical antiquity, Ayurveda has historically divided bodily substances into five classical elements (Sanskrit [maha]panchabhuta, viz. earth, water, fire, air and ether. There are also twenty gunas (qualities or characteristics) which are considered to be inherent in all substances. These are organized in ten pairs: heavy/light, cold/hot, unctuous/dry, dull/sharp, stable/mobile, soft/hard, non-slimy/slimy, smooth/coarse, minute/gross, and viscous/liquid.


 A Holistic Approach

Ayurveda is a holistic approach where physical existence, mental existence, and personality is a unit, with each element being able to influence the others.This holistic approach is used during diagnosis and therapy, and is a fundamental aspect of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda has eight ways to diagnose illness, called Nadi (pulse), Mootra (urine), Mala (stool), Jihva (tongue), Shabda (speech), Sparsha (touch), Druk (vision), and Aakruti (appearance). Ayurvedic practitioners approach diagnosis by using the five senses. For example, hearing is used to observe the condition of breathing and speech.


 Understand Contemporary Ayurveda

Contemporary Ayurveda tends to stress attaining vitality by building a healthy metabolic system and maintaining good digestion and excretion. Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, and meditation.One type of prescription is a Sattvic diet.

Ayurveda follows the concept of Dinacharya, which says that natural cycles (waking, sleeping, working, meditation etc.) are important for health. Hygiene, including regular bathing, cleaning of teeth, skin care, and eye washing, is also a central practice.

Some Facts
According to some sources, up to 80 percent of people in India use some form of traditional medicine, a category which includes Ayurveda

Ayurveda Ministry
In India, research in Ayurveda is undertaken by the Ministry of AYUSH, an abbreviation for the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, through a national network of research institutes.

Eat Well, and with Mindfulness

Mindful Eating
Mindful Eating
Food is one of the most obvious—and also one of the most potent—pathways through which to invoke balance in the metabolic fire. Overall, eating a diet of light, simple, easily digestible, and sattvic foods kindles agni and supports natural hunger, as does developing a habit of eating at regular times each day. Eating appropriate quantities of food at each meal (about two handfuls) also strengthens agni. However, it is equally important to allow the digestive fire to fully process one meal before we eat again, leaving at least three—but often four to six—hours between meals.Sipping small amounts of warm water or ginger tea with a meal will also support digestion.


Jathara agni (the central digestive fire) resides primarily in the stomach, but it feeds and nourishes agni throughout the body. So when we are truly present with the food we eat—when we give our full attention to the act of being nourished—agni is strengthened everywhere in the body. Eating only when hungry also supports agni.Genuine hunger is characterized by a sense of lightness, a pleasant anticipation of food, and is satisfied by eating. False hunger can be caused by boredom, emotional upset, exhaustion, and other disturbances, but it is usually resolved with a short rest, a walk, or some warm water.

Kindle Agni Before Eating
There are many simple ways to kindle agni immediately before we eat so that the digestive fire can effectively process our foods and burn any previously accumulated toxins. One option is to take a short walk just prior to eating. This practice can also help to clarify whether hunger is genuine or not. Emotional cravings will dissipate after a walk while true hunger will be enhanced. Another simple agni kindling technique is to drink more water at appropriate times. Try drinking a cup or two of warm water upon waking, and a large glass (about two cups) of warm or room temperature water 20–30 minutes before your meals. These tactics not only help to cleanse and hydrate the tissues, they also awaken the digestive capacity and can dramatically improve digestion. If you need to support a particular dosha, Vata Digest, Pitta Digest, and Kapha Digest can help to strengthen the digestive fire by balancing whichever dosha is most affecting your agni.

Support Digestion After Eating
When you have finished eating, it is important to take a full, deep breath before getting up and moving on to your next activity. This helps the body to register satisfaction and retains a helpful level of mindfulness as you transition away from eating. Some people also benefit from the probiotic effect of enjoying a small cup of lassi after a meal. Lassi is made with one part fresh, homemade yogurt blended with four parts water, and you can add a pinch of cumin powder and salt to aid digestion. If meals tend to make you sleepy, a very short walk after a meal can be highly beneficial.Or, if you tend to routinely overextend yourself, try lying on your left side for 5–15 minutes after lunch.This position activates the solar energy channel, which is linked to agni, so it is not only relaxing and rejuvenating, but also very supportive of good digestion.

Follow a Consistent Daily Routine

Ayurveda places a great deal of emphasis on maintaining an appropriate daily routine. This practice is surprisingly supportive of agni. A routine helps to reduce stress and creates a sense of regularity throughout the day, which bolsters natural hunger at regular intervals, and prepares the agni to receive food at consistent times. Embracing a daily routine can also help to maintain a balanced mental state and is considered an important aspect of self-care in Ayurveda.

Healthy Digestion Leads to Healthy Body

According to Ayurveda, the digestive system is the physical root of most diseases in the body. Gas, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and bloating are all considered to be warning signs of future problems that are more serious. Simply eating food properly will alleviate a lot of chronic digestive problems, thereby preventing more serious disease. When this is combined with a healthy diet, the effect is even more dramatic and almost all digestive problems disappear.

Ayurveda teaches that the best diet is the one that is proper for a person's constitution; their unique balance of body energies.

According to one's own constitution Ayurveda suggests people with a more vata nature, or those who suffer from constipation and gas, tend to need more cooked foods taken with some oil and spices, including salt. It may come as a surprise to find that raw salads can cause more gas. Those with a more pitta nature, or those who suffer from burning indigestion and loose stools, need to eat more raw foods and take food that is less spicy and less oily. Deep fried foods are the worst food for people with pitta imbalances. Those with a kapha nature, or those who tend to feel heavy and sluggish and sometimes get nauseous after eating, require food that is dry, light and spicy. People with a kapha nature thrive as vegetarians.



What food should you eat? Ayurveda teaches that everyone is a unique individual. Nothing is right for everyone but everything is right for someone. Ayurveda is a path of finding out what is right for you.

For those that do not have good digestion, Ayurveda utilizes herbs to normalize the function of the digestive system. How do you know if you have digestive problems that may cause future challenges? Most of the signs are obvious. If you have gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or cramping, then you have mild but important signs of imbalance. If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or GIRD (gastrointestinal reflux disorder), your challenges are more serious but can still be helped. The knowledge of Ayurveda is important to the correction of all digestive imbalances. Proper digestion begins not with what you eat but how you eat it. 

Here are five simple but important guidelines to assure that your digestion is optimal.

1. Begin meals with a moment of relaxation or grace: When the body is relaxed and focused on the food, digestive enzyme secretion is maximized.
2. Eat in a calm environment: When the mind is involved in drama and emotion, digestion is disturbed. Turn off the TV, don't discuss intense issues at the dinner table, and avoid eating while driving in the car.
3. Chew your food well: Digestion begins with chewing. Proper chewing allows enzymes in the saliva to begin the digestive process. Food should be chewed until it is an even consistency.
4. Eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full: Overeating is one of the major causes of digestive upset and subsequent disease in Western countries. The surest way to extend life for most people is to eat less. It is important to learn the difference between genuine hunger and the desire for pleasure through taste.
5. Rest before going on to the next activity: For optimal digestion, it is important to rest after eating. Failure to rest means that the body's physiology will switch away from digestion and toward the activity of the muscles of the body. This leaves poorly digested food in the digestive system. It is best to wait at least twenty minutes before going on to the next activity.

For the best personalized dietary plan, consult a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. In addition to supporting dietary and lifestyle changes, your Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist may design individualized herbal formulas to give your digestive system and the rest of your body its best chance of getting well. Find the certified Ayurveda Hospitals in India

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ABHYANGA MASSAGE - Self Oil Massage

ABHYANGA MASSAGE - Self Oil Massage
ABHYANGA MASSAGE
Oiling the body is on of the most nourishing practices that Ayurveda touts as one that offers strength, longevity and pacification to the body and mind.

Be sure to do abhyanga in a warm place and avoid any cold drafts or being chilled afterward.

1. Use 1 to 1.5 cups of Ayurvedic oil and transfer to a glass bottle or oil warmer to warm the oil. Use a large towel or sheet over the area you will be doing Abhyanga.
2. Without being in a hurry, lovingly and patiently massage the oil into your entire body for about 15 to 25 minutes, beginning at the extremities and working toward the middle of the body.
3. The general flow of massage goes from the head to the feet. Then move up the legs to the hips. Rub the abdomen and breast/chest area. Process down the arms and finish from sacrum to the whole back.
4. Optional is to start by applying oil on the scalp. Finger tips rubbing vigorously (can do a friction rub without oil as well). Oil applied to the head should be warm but not hot.
5. Next begin at the soles of your feet massaging and oiling feet and working up the legs to the whole body. Massage the soles, tops and toes of the feet. Circular at the ankles. Process up the shin long strokes 7 times with greater force of the upward stroke. circular at the knee.




6. Progress up the thigh long strokes per area of the thigh and roll onto the side and circular strokes in both directions at the hip joint.
7. Once the legs are done. Rub oil on the lower back in up and down and circular at the sacrum. Massage from base of pelvis into the sacrum.
8. To massage the chest you can lay down and pour oil down the chest from the throat the pubic bone. rub in circular fashion at the belly, breasts and shoulder area. Include the sides of the torso in long strokes.
9. Finish with long strokes down the arms from the shoulder down.
10. Sometimes it is best to apply base of oil to the entire body and add more as you re-visit each body part and massage with long strokes.
11. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. Long strokes are done up toward the heart.
12. Massage face and neck.
13. After you've massaged your entire body, enjoy a warm bath or shower. Be sure to wash your feet off before entering the shower. You may allow the oil to stay on the body for up to 2 hours. However not much longer then that.
14. When you get out of the shower, towel dry by patting yourself dry instead of rubbing. And for an amazing finish you can apply sandalwood powder to bring luster to the skin. Enjoy a warm bath with epsom salts. It is best to sweat while oil is on the skin. Do not wipe oil off.

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Ancient Science for Modern Women

Ayurveda is a collected wisdom of ages and sages, and is extremely relevant to today’s woman. Ayurveda is, first and foremost, a science of preventative living through the application of accrued wisdom. Traditionally, women are the first teachers of preventative living; often, however, modern women do not care for themselves first, even though they must—for a healthy self, family and community.

Physically, digestion is the principle focus of health; psychologically, one’s life philosophy is the primary focus of health; spiritually, meditation and selfless service are the primary focus of health. Observing these together produces health and happiness for a woman and beyond.
Spiritual & Mental Well Being
Spiritual Health


Transformation through Digestion 

“Agni,” (meaning metabolic fire in Sanskrit) implies transformation—the food transforms into you, the image transforms into a name, the experience transforms into wisdom. These parallel digestive processes involve heat (tapas), which implies austerity. Restraint is necessary to choose suitable foods to be eaten at a suitable time. Serve the main meal at noon and a lighter meal in the evening.

Food science in Ayurveda is based on the “Law of the Six Tastes” rather than on the relationship between proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, which are isolated food components. Today’s woman would do well to simplify food fads and to move toward classical concepts of nourishing herself and her family by considering the taste on the tongue of foods served daily.




“Shad rasa” (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent) describes the global effects of substances at all four stages of digestion. While Western science does not yet discuss the post-digestive effect of foods, Ayurveda talked about sub-atomic assimilation (the emotional interface of mind and body) thousands of years ago.

The process of eating is meant to both cure and prevent disease. Most disease can be cured or managed by adjusting the food habits passed down from time immemorial through mothers and grandmothers, who taught their children good food choices and healthful lifestyle habits to help prevent illness. Herbs to take and observances to remember were passed down from generation to generation in the kitchen.

An experienced Ayurvedic practitioner can offer advice on specific food choices for individual women and their family members. Herbal supplements may, from time to time, be needed for unresponsive symptoms to help maintain balance.

Thoughtful Nourishment 

Ayurvedic medical science is based mostly in the Sankhiya philosophy of creation, as expounded by the great sage Kapila, who taught that the soul is eternal and takes on various transiting “coverings” (koshas). These soul coverings include the acculturalization body, which nourishes itself through mental repetition; the respiratory covering, which nourishes itself from oxygen in the air (prana); and the physical body, which nourishes itself from daily food intake.

One’s thoughts are generated by a precipitation of qualitative tendencies and repeated choices, which in turn generate the secretion of a fluid neuro-transmitter. This communication then enters the general circulation to nourish and form our bodily tissues.

Qualitative mental influences have a greater impact on well-being than food choices, and therefore are more important in the prevention and healing of disease. It’s best to maintain one’s focus on emotional balance. A mother is the first guide to restrain the child from - potentially harmful practices, and she teaches by example. So, once again, a woman must care for the self first to best care for others. 


Resting Meditation 

Providing rest to the mind is critical to maintaining mental and emotional equilibrium. Joy comes from the contentment of everyday satisfactions such as appropriate food, meaningful work, loving relationships and opportunities to serve in the world. 

A woman needs to take time to withdraw from worldly life in order to re-charge and discharge her “batteries,” which can be unduly affected by stress. Taking 20 to 60 minutes daily in the morning and evening for quiet introspection refreshes the consciousness and restores creative enthusiasm to the mind. Sit facing east for ease in receptivity to the inner light of gladness. Sit with the back straight and relax the body deeply, gradually. Focus the attention in the third eye (located approximately behind and between the eyebrows) and return the  focus there if the mind wanders. Follow the breath until the mind become quiet behind the root of the eyebrows. Let the mind rest between respiratory phases.

Morning meditation supports the day to unfold with grace and alignment, while evening meditation supports preparation for deep rest and repair of the body’s cells. If you awaken early in the early morning, sit in meditation, which will to help provide deeper restoration to your body than will fitful sleep.

Seva (Selfless Service) 

In Ayurveda, the spiritual priorities used to guide difficult decision-making are: God/Goddess first, family second and community third. “God” (cultivating love) is first by giving priority to meditation and the remembrance of our divine nature, according to one’s personal style and beliefs. Secondly, decisions are made in favour of the family’s needs. Ayurvedic teaching is to put oneself in the first position of family, that is, to put one’s own self-care first. Next in priority is the spouse’s needs, then the parents’ or children’s, depending on the ages and stages of need, and then other family members. 

If energy or resources such as time or money remain, up to half can be given away to the community as selfless service. To give hidden donations with no consideration for return is meritorious and helps ensure enduring spiritual health and strength. If only one-tenth or one-fortieth can be spared, this is still very effective in cleansing spiritual imbalances such as fear or judgment while strengthening faith and tolerance. With loving kindness, such as volunteering or many daily kind acts for the family or community, happiness, freshness and creativity return to the mind, heart and body. 

Once again, it is common for women to take the last place in the priority chain, but really they need to put themselves first. Only then can excellent care of self and others be created and sustained.  

Women and Public Health 

Throughout history, women have upheld family and community health. Nowadays, the responsibilities of women have further increased and stress has grown as a result. However, practice of the basic principles of food science, herbology and loving kindness is enough to sustain individual health even in today’s busy lifestyle. Still, the realization of the importance of self-care is absolute. Taking time to rest while menstruating, for example, is a single important gesture to make each month for self-care. The consequences of not observing rest during the flow are costly for society. The consequences of hormonal replacement therapy for birth control and menopause management are also costly for women and their society, as are the consequences of imbalance, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. 

Ayurveda is a universal science of everyday living, brought to us through an ancient oral tradition of living principles of ancient wisdom. Living includes eating, sleeping, thinking, relating, working and, indeed, all of life. When a woman accepts that her life is of the utmost importance, the balance and health that results benefits not only her but those she loves as well.


by Jaisri M. Lambert
Ayurveda Practitioner & Consultant

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Jaisri M. Lambert has studied and taught Ayurveda since 1990. See the HANS “Calendar of Events” at http://www.hans.org for her upcoming lectures, classes and appearances. Jaisri can be reached at (604) 290-8201 (Canada) or (408) 378-2880 (US). Her website is http://ayurveda-seminars.com

Not so Known Health Benefits of Mint Herb | Pudina

Mint Leaves
Mint Leaves
Mint/Pudina in Ayurveda is a herb which arouses the senses and decongests the orifices of our head. It is aromatic menthol and rich in many chemicals, vitamins and minerals. This herbaceous plant is antibacterial and antifibrile.

Mint can be used for the treatment of illness such as headache, rhinitis, cough with sore throat, colic, vomiting, etc. Mint is a good blood cleanser. It is also used as cardiac tonic in most of the pharmaceutical preparations. Mint’s antiseptic and antibacterial property makes it effective against most cases of oral infections like swollen gums, mouth ulcers and toothaches.




Surprising Health Benefits of Mint


  • Helps in treating stomachache and chest pains. Mint leaves soaked in water to make tea can ease stomach pain and as a sleeping aid. 
  • Used to whiten teeth. Boil 6 tablespoons of Mint leaves and 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into two portions and take each portion after 3-4 hours. This is an excellent remedy for toothaches. 
  • Crushed and bruised Mint can be used for treatment of insect bites. 
  • The strong aroma of fresh Mint leaves can stimulate brain functioning which is helpful for nausea. 
  • For headaches, crushed Mint leaves are applied on forehead and temple. 
  • For treating coughs, boil 6 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into 3 portions and take it 3 times a day. 
  • Take some fresh Mint leaves and heat them on low flame. Pounding and applying on painful joints or muscles when it’s still warm, helps in the relief from arthritis. 
  • For a refreshing mouthwash, soak 2 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 1 glass of hot water for 30 min and then strain the water. 
  • Mint is loaded with antioxidants that are excellent for abdomen. The menthol in it helps enzymes necessary for digestion. 
  • The mint extract causes a cooling effect on the hurting area, making it numb to an extent and so one can feel the pain reducing. 
  • You can also breathe in the vapors of mint extract as it calms down the nerves and gives a relaxed feeling to whole body. 
  • The anti inflammatory and anti bacterial property of Mint makes it an excellent remedy for skin with acne. The strong antioxidant in Mint leaves a natural blush on skin and also re-hydrates the skin that is dry and gloomy. 
  • Mint is very helpful in preventing skin from inflammation, patches and blackheads. It also helps in quicker removal of dry and gloomy skin. The removal of dry skin will help pores to open, allowing skin to breathe. 
  • To avoid bad breath or to kill bacteria in mouth, chew some mint leaves regularly. 
  • Mint is packed with many nutrients and so they help in improving body’s immune system. 
  • The aromatherapy from of mint extract is used to beat stress and revitalize the mind. 
  • Inhaling the fumes of mint helps in relaxing the body and soothing the mind. 
  • Mint helps in releasing small amounts of serotonin in brain that helps a person to beat stress or depression. 
  • Mint is a great remedy for expectant mothers to treat morning sickness or nausea. Eat few leaves of Mint or smelling few crushed leaves can be very helpful.
Mint is beneficial herb and we recommend you buy organic seeds and grow your plant at home.

Mango and Ayurveda

Mango Health as per Ayurveda
Mango-The King of Fruits!

Mango- The King of Fruits

The "king of fruits" has been around for at least 6,000 years. Native to India and Burma, this sweet fruit was described in the ancient Sanskrit literature — for example, in Valmiki's Ramayana. The mango was also the fruit of the kings in ancient India, where princes used to pride themselves on the possession of large mango gardens.

Mango-Myriad Medicinal Uses

Ever since the Vedic period, mangoes have been highly appreciated in ayurvedic healing and cooking. Mango trees belong to the same family as cashews and pistachios, and can grow to the height of 50 feet in India. All parts of the tree are used for different purposes. The bark, leaf, flowers, fruit and seed offer a variety of medicinal purposes. There are also over a thousand varieties of mangoes that vary in shape from round to pear-shaped to narrow and oval, and can weigh as much as four pounds each.

Bark, leaves, flowers, seed, raw and ripe fruits of mango have myriad medicinal uses. Texts of ayurveda mention various herbal preparations using different parts of mango tree. These preparations are used to normalize a variety of health conditions.

The Mango Leaves, Bark, Flower, and seed kennel are astringent and cause dryness of body tissues. Ripe mango fruit is sweet to taste and increases sliminess and mucous secretion.




Mango- Cleansing Laxative

The stringy texture of the mango is a sign of insoluble fiber. High fiber, combined with sour & sweet taste makes mango a great laxative. The smooth, fleshy feel of mango (a sign of demulcent quality) soothes inflamed tissues and prevents dry type constipation. Mangoes diuretic qualities can be used to cleanse the kidney while beta carotene's stimulating qualities purify the blood and liver. In pitta individuals with an exhausted liver, mango might overstimulate the liver and make you feel overstimulated. They are high in iron, helpful for anemia.

Mangoes-Nutritional Value

Mangoes are rich in antioxidants, such as beta carotene and vitamin C. Antioxidants have been shown to play an important role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

They also contain bioflavonoids, the compounds that help plants capture energy from the sun, and when eaten they aid our immune system. Mangoes also supply potassium and fiber and are low in calories. The insoluble fiber, abundant in mangoes, aids the elimination of waste from the colon and helps prevent constipation.

As per Ayurveda

Ayurveda considers ripe mango sweet and heating. It balances all the three doshas and acts as an energizer. Ripe mango normalizes vata and pitta. It helps to relieve constipation and normalize digestion. Consumption of ripe mango increases hemoglobin in blood and is very useful in treating anaemia. Ayurvedic texts eulogize the uses of ripe mango as an aphrodisiac. It is known to rejuvenate male reproductive system and increase quality and quantity of semen. It also increases sexual energy (as it nourishes rakta dhatu) and stamina. Thus it helps in erectile dysfunction and low libido. Ripe mango strengthens the body, increases body bulk and increases glow of skin.


Raw Mango as per Ayurveda

Raw Mango is sour in taste and vitiates all three doshas. The ayurvedic qualities of green mango are sour, astringent and cooling. They should not be eaten alone or in large quantities because they can aggravate the doshas, especially Pitta dosha. However, prepared ayurvedically, in combination with spices (for example, in a chutney), they help digestion and improve the flavor of food. Green Mango can be added to dal (pulses) and vegetables, or made into chutneys and pickles.

Raw Mango when consumed in form of Aam Panha works as good digestive drink. Panha is a recipe prepared by cooking raw mangoes, and then pulp is extracted & cooked with jaggery, cardamom, black salt, cumin powder; this syrup is mixed with cold water to make Panha – is a good rejuvenating summer drink, quenches thirst, it pacifies pitta and also also works as good digestive drink.

Mangoes support all the seven dhatus (body tissues) and provide a very satisfying snack or dessert. An ayurvedic mango lassi provides a great refreshing drink for any summer meal. A milk-mango shake cools the physiology and helps weight gain. Mango Chutney makes a delicious and spicy accompaniment to any dish. Mangoes can also be added to puddings, salads or fruit desserts. Try to use fresh mango instead of canned mango purée, which is void of the nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and may contain added sugar.

Can Diabetes patients eat Mango?:

Research scholars from Australia have found that mango is very useful in diabetes patients. But this fact has yet to be evaluated. Persons suffering from diabetes can eat this fruit in limited quantities as it is high in glycemic index. One suitable option for diabetic patients to enjoy mangoes is to reduce portion of carbohydrates (rice, wheat, ragi, jowar) in diet and add mango in its place. Keep checking blood sugar level daily when you consume mango.

Healthy way to eat mangoes:

  • Do not forget to add / sprinkle a pinch of dry ginger powder or 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to a glass of mango smoothie or mango fruit slices. This nullifies the imbalances which happen during digestion of mango. 
  • Mangoes are heavy to digest and slightly hot in potency, and so should be consumed in appropriate proportion. Avoid overeating despite its tempting taste, or it can cause indigestion.
  • Avoid drinking water after eating mango or mango juice, this can lead to indigestion and pain in abdomen.
  • Make sure you have good amount of ghee, pinch of pepper powder, cardamom powder when you have mangoes or mango preparations like juice, aamras, pulp. These ingredients surely enhance the flavor and prevents indigestion.
  • Last but not the least – always soak mangoes in cold water for about an hour before you eat them, these neutralizes the hot potency of mango and makes them more juicier. Now enjoy the Mango season….
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Black Raisins Is Yet Another Super Healthy Tiny Fruit

Health Benefits of Black Raisins
Health Benefits of Black Raisins
Raisins contribute to your daily fruit intake and deliver energy. ... When grapes are dehydrated to produce raisins, the nutrients become more concentrated, making a handful of raisins a snack rich in B vitamins, iron and potassium. Besides nutrients,raisins are also a good source of carbohydrates for energy.

Raisins and nuts are both high-energy-density foods, meaning they have small serving sizes but high calorie counts. That means they're not optimal for weight loss. However, since they are rich in nutrients like fiber and healthy fats, they are healthy choices in moderation.

Why Black Raisins Are Good For You?

If you want to stop the signs of aging even after reaching your late thirties, consuming black raisins regularly would be a great choice for you.

Black raisins are high in antioxidants as well as essential phytochemicals. Both these compounds are capable of protecting our skin cells from potential damage caused by long time exposure to the sun, excessive pollution, and so on.

These small yet powerful fruits are full of iron, which is a vital and essential nutrient for our body.

Say ‘NO’ to hair loss with black raisins.

Fight against Bad Cholesterol
Keeps Anemia at Bay
Keep Blood Pressure under Control
Raisin helps moderating the sugar absorption in turn keeping the sugar level at a stable rate.

Treat Osteoporosis Successfully


Ayurveda believes, raisins provide immediate cure for various minor health problems that might occur on day to day basis. These include cough, cold, excessive thirst, asthma, bloating, bitter taste in tongue, dryness of mouth etc.
So if you want to stay healthy and attractive, do not forget to consume black raisins on a regular basis. Stay healthy, stay gorgeous!

Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Water as per Ayurveda

"The digestive fire in the intestines (jataragni) is the root of all the digestive fires in the body. As it causes the increase or decrease of the elemental and tissue digestive fires it should be treated with great care." - Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita

Ayurveda considers that health of the digestive system is at the center of optimum health. An undigested meal leaves discomfort . Ayurveda teaches you the way to enhance your digestion and digest all your experiences! Agni digests this food and the control centers in the brain are nourished by these fragrant "vapors". This nourishment releases the nervous impulses, which in turn release enzymes and hormones. This stimulates systemic metabolic activity so that the whole body-mind complex functions efficiently.

So as per Ayurveda view it's important to drink hot or lukewarm water. Cold water slows down the digestive system and thus hinder the absorption, assimilation, metabolism and digestion. As a result incompletely or undigested food that moves through the digestive system, may or may not be eliminated properly. As a result, you may feel heavy, tired and bloated. Proper elimination is essential to prevent the build-up of waste material in the intestine since such a build up creates toxins and stops foods from being merged with the body.

Hot water stimulates hunger, supports in good digestion, sooth’s throat, cleanses bladder, reduces hiccups, and soothes the increased vata and kapha. It quiets characteristics of breathlessness, fevers as well as cold and cough. It pulls out and flushes’s AMA, the metabolic toxin from a body.

So sipping hot water through out the day and after meals with the gap of 1-2 hours helps in effective digestion and can help for the elimination of toxic accumulations from the body’s nervous system. Some of the health benefits of drinking hot or lukewarm water are:
  • Enhanced Stamina and Performance
  • improves blood circulation
  • Increase perspiration
  • Cure constipation
  • Aid in weight loss
  • helps in Cleansing and purifying of body
  • works for cold and cough
  • reduces body pain
  • Develops Emotional Responses and Thoughts
According to Ayurveda if you drink warm water, you can purify your mind and body and acquire a balanced mental state. This equilibrium can help to keep your thoughts clear, that may lead to bettered overall health.

Licorice Root Tea Benefits

Licorice Root

Licorice Root

Licorice Root Tea has a wide range of health benefits:

  • detoxifying the body
  • soothing spasms
  • easing menstrual cramps
  • raising blood pressure
  • eliminating respiratory infections
  • reducing inflammation
  • treating stomach disorders
  • protecting the skin and strengthening the hair. 

There are also a few potential side effects of drinking this tea including drug interactions, high blood pressure, vitamin deficiencies, increased water retention, stomach distress, erectile dysfunction and higher risk of cancer. These side effects are mainly experienced when an excessive amount of licorice root tea is consumed, although allergic sensitivities can also be the cause of negative reactions.


Licorice Root Tea Recipe

As the name implies, is made by steeping the roots of the licorice plant, scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice root tea has been a popular tool in natural medicine for thousands of years, particularly in regions where this plant is native including Europe, Asia and India. The many health benefits of licorice root tea are due to the presence of unique organic compounds, including glycosides, flavonoids, anethole, coumarins, sterols and a number of other antioxidants, as well as certain minerals and vitamins. Due to the powerful and potent nature of the root and the risk of toxicity, no more than 3 cups of this tea should be consumed each day, which should be more than enough to enjoy the following health benefits.

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of dried licorice root (chopped into 1-inch pieces)
8 ounces of water (filtered)
1 teaspoon of honey or sugar, if desired
Step 1 – Bring the water to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
Step 2 – Add the licorice root pieces to the water.
Step 3 – Remove from heat and allow the mixture to steep for 5-6 minutes.
Step 4 – Strain the mixture, removing the licorice roots.
Step 5 – Add honey or sugar for flavor, and enjoy!
Note: No more than 3 cups of licorice root tea should be consumed per day, in order to prevent unwanted side effects.

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Ayurvedic Massage to Treat Cervical Spondolysis

Get relief from neck and back pain and stiff joints with 

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage.

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage
Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage

Lemon juice refreshes you instantly. A glass of chilled lemon juice is perfect to cool you during summers. What if your massage included lemon as its core ingredient? Naranga Kizhi or Jambeera Pinda Sweda is one such traditional Ayurvedic massage that gives you relief from pain and relaxes your sore joints.

What is Naranga Kizhi?


Naranga Kizhi is one of the traditional Ayurvedic healing massages that is administered to provide relief from frozen joints or cervical spondolysis. A bolus or Pinda or kizhi is made out of the mixture of medicinal herbs and lemon. Wild lemons are also used sometimes while preparing the bolus. The treatment is based on fomentation or Sweda which means inducing sweat in order to treat various ailments. The boiled herbs along with lemon are tied in the bolus and heat is administered to the affected part till you sweat.

The medicinal herbs in this case are chosen on basis of their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties so that the bolus prepared from it can prevent further soreness of joints and relieve the pain in the joints and soft tissues.

How Naranga Kizhi helps?

Naranga kizhi is mainly associated with providing relief from the stiffness of joints and other musculoskeletal pains. It also helps in the treatment of frozen shoulder, whiplash, sprained ligaments, sports injuries, lumbar spondylosis, cartilage tears and rheumatoid arthritis. You can also opt for this treatment in case of a catch or pain in the lower back or neck, sprains or muscular cramps too. Though it may not be the first choice of treatment for neurological ailments, it can be used to relieve the pain in the nerves too.

The Naranga kizhi is usually provided after a session of Abhyanga massage and takes 30-40 minutes. Naranga kizhi also pacifies the Vata and Kapha doshas and helps eliminate toxins from the body. It facilitates the smooth movement of joints and improves blood circulation too.

Who should you not opt for Naranga Kizhi?

People with Pitta dosha or persisting inflammation or high blood pressure must avoid this massage. Those suffering from fractures or fever are also suggested to not opt for Naranga kizhi.

Our Belly Button is Life Itself!

Health with Belly Button
Health with Belly Button
DID YOU KNOW?

Our belly button (NABHI ) is an amazing gift given to us by our creator. A 62 year old man had poor vision in his left eye. He could hardly see especially at night and was told by eye specialists that his eyes were in a good condition but the only problem was that the veins supplying blood to his eyes were dried up and he would never be able to see again.

According to Science, the first part created after conception takes place is the belly button. After it’s created, it joins to the mother’s placenta through the umbilical chord.

Our belly button is surely an amazing thing! According to science, after a person has passed away, the belly button is still warm for 3 hours the reason being that when a woman conceives a child, her belly button supplies nourishment to the child through the child’s belly button. And a fully grown child is formed in 270 days = 9 months.

This is the reason all our veins are connected to our belly button which makes it the focal point of our body. Belly button is life itself!

The “PECHOTI” is situated behind the belly button which has 72,000 plus veins over it. The total amount of blood vessels we have in our body are equal to twice the circumference of the earth.

Applying oil to belly button CURES dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, pancreas over or under working, cracked heels and lips, keeps face glowing, shiny hair, knee pain, shivering, lethargy, joint pains, dry skin.
  • REMEDY For dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, fungus in nails, glowing skin, shiny hair*At night before bed time, put 3 drops of pure ghee or coconut oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.
  • For knee painAt night before bed time, put 3 drops of castor oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.
  • For shivering and lethargy, relief from joint pain, dry skinAt night before bed time, put 3 drops of mustard oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.


*WHY PUT OIL IN YOUR BELLY BUTTON?*

You belly button can detect which veins have dried up and pass this oil to it hence open them up.

When a baby has a stomach ache, we normally mix asafoetida (hing) and water or oil and apply around the naval. Within minutes the ache is cured. Oil works the same way.

Try it. There's no harm in trying.

You can keep a small dropper bottle with the required oil next to your bed and drop few drops onto navel and massage it before going to sleep. This will make it convenient to pour and avoid accidental spillage.

I am forwarding this valuable and very useful information received from  AYUSH MINISTRY, Govt. Of India

Urinary Tract Infection : Ayurveda Perspective

What Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) ?

Infections that occur in kidney, urethra and bladder are called as urinary tract infections. These infections are caused by bacteria like Klebsiella, Enterococcus, Staphylococcus and proteus. Sexually transmitted organisms like Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeaeare also responsible for urinary tract infections. Women are more vulnerable to UTI than men because the urethra in women is shorter as compare to men.


Some of the common reasons which causes UTI

  • Main cause of urinary tract infections are bacteria which reside around anus. During infection these bacteria can move to urethra further to bladder and spread in to kidneys.
  • Sexual intercourses are also responsible for urinary tract infections.
  • It has been observed that immune compromised patients (HIV/Diabetes) are more prone to these infections.
  • Unhygienic conditions like improper washing of hands also increase the chances of urinary tract infections.
According to Ayurveda, Urinary Tract Infection or Pittaj Mutrakrichhra, is caused by the aggravation of Pitta Dosha. Pitta symbolizes heat or fire. So, a diet and lifestyle that increases Pitta causes UTI. Aggravated Pitta produces heating toxins in the body. These heating toxins accumulate in the mutravahi strotas (urinary channels) and create an imbalance in the infection-fighting properties of the urinary system. It might lead to bacterial growth in the system, amounting to UTI. Many chemical drugs work on bacteria, but these do not work for infection-fighting properties and heating toxins. Thus, such infection can often recur. Ayurvedic medicine, on the other hand, balances the infection-fighting properties of the urinary system and pacifies heating toxins, thereby giving long-term relief to the patient.

Causes
Increased intake of sour, salty, bitter, oily, spicy, and fried foods and tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages aggravate Pitta (Fire) in the body, which leads to the condition of UTI. Working in the sun or hot weather and excessive physical exertion aggravates the condition.

Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation at the urethra
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Burning sensation while passing urine
  • Presence of pus or blood in the urine

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods.
  • Increase intake of liquids in the form of water, juices, coconut water, and other cooling drinks.
  • Increase intake of pitta-pacifying herbs like green cardamom, coriander, red sandalwood, licorice root, etc.
  • Avoid working in the sun or in a hot atmosphere.
  • Take a cold-water bath 2-3 times a day with ½ teaspoon of powdered red sandalwood added to the water.

Home Remedies
  1. Put 3 tablespoons of powdered coriander seeds and 1 tablespoon of powdered rock candy (or unrefined sugar) in a vessel (preferably an earthen pot) containing 3 cups of water. Keep it overnight. Mix well and drink 1 cup of the liquid 3 times a day. This is a very good remedy for pacifying pitta in the urinary tract.
  2. Have baking soda. It neutralizes acid in your urine.
  3. • Take half teaspoon of baking soda.
    • Add this to a cup of water.
    • Drink it.

    This remedy also makes you comfortable while you pass urine by making the process less painful. Don’t have too much of baking soda though. It is not good for your intestine.

  4. Use magical herb cinnamon to combat infectionThe very common cinnamon herb’s powder is powerful enough to kill those E. coli bacteria causing your UTI. You just have to make tea out of this magical herb and have it for 3-4 times a day.

    You will need:

    • Cinnamon powder- ½ to ¾ teaspoon
    • Warm water- 1 cup

    Directions:
    • Take warm water in a cup.
    • Add cinnamon powder to it and mix well.
    • Drink it.
    • While drinking this tea, keep a spoon ready with you to stir the tea occasionally because if your’s is a true herb, the cinnamon will not blend easily with the water. You’ll need to stir and mix it often till you finish the drink.

    If you are using cinnamon tea to prevent UTI, its enough to drink this tea once a day but if your infection has already set in, have 3-4 cups of it daily.
  5. Get yourself cranberry juice
  6. While cranberry juice cannot treat your UTI, it can definitely prevent the infection by stopping E.coli bacteria from adhering to the urinary bladder lining and urethra. The pure unsweetened juice of cranberries, thus, don’t kill the bacteria but block them from lodging. When you urinate, the bacteria gets flushed away. You should have 50 – 150 ml of pure cranberry juice everyday. If you prefer to dilute your juice, increase its quantity. However, you should be ready for the side effects of cranberry juice. It may hamper the workings of your regular medications that you take for UTI and may also give rise to kidney stones. As soon as you have more than three liters of this juice in a day,you may suffer from diarrhea. Also, this juice is not that effective for men.

Maintain Proper Hygiene and Cleanliness
  1. Don’t ever suppress urge to urinate. 
  2. After urinating, always wipe from front to back.
  3. Whenever you go to toilet, wash your hands.
  4. Avoid washing your genital area with fragrant soaps and other lotions. 
  5. Always wear cotton underwear and they should not be too tight. 
  6. Before and after sexual intercourse, always urinate and wash your private parts.
  7. During menstrual periods, use sanitary napkins instead of tampons. 
  8. Drink lots of water as a rule
  9. Avoid having too hot, sour, or spicy foods.
  10. Move your body, exercise daily at least for 30-40 minutes.
Diet
Ayurveda recommends choosing a diet that will pacify pitta dosha to help cleanse and eliminate the toxins that are bringing too much heat to the body. Pitta is balanced by a diet of fresh, whole foods (both cooked and raw) that are cooling, hearty, energizing, comparatively dry, and high in carbohydrates. Most grains, milk, root vegetables, seeds, and cooling oils are good examples. Pitta’s liquid nature and tendency toward excess oil make drying or astringent foods like beans, potatoes, corn, millet, oats, pasta, popcorn, and most vegetables very appropriate. When cooking, use a moderate amount of a high quality oil or ghee. Reduce or eliminate especially heating oily foods like eggs, hard cheeses, olives, nuts, sour cream, and the like. If given a choice between a soupy, liquidy meal and one that is denser and drier, opt for the latter. Include apples, cucumbers, lime juice, fresh yogurt. Pitta pacifying spices like cumin, neem leaves, saffron, basil, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley and turmeric.

Practice Yoga
Include yoga poses that target the kidney and abdominal area such as Cobra (Bhjangasana), Bridge (Setu Bhanda Sarvagasana), and Bow (Dhanurasana) pose. These help to massage and tone the kidneys and improve the function of genito-urinary organs.


Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections