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2014-04-11

Ayurveda Recommends Breakfast as per your Body Constitution

As per Ayurveda, food is supposed to be consumed on fixed time. Our body is not made to eat anything at anytime. Jatharaagni(digestive fire) is at the highest for 2.5 hours after sunrise. This is the time to have the biggest meal of the day. All the heavy foods like stuffed parathaas, sweets etc. should be had in the morning meal. What you like best you should eat in the morning. So that you can eat your fill. This will ensure you are mentally satisfied as well as physically. This is of extreme importance. If you are fulfilled with the food you are eating, the Pineal gland will be most active and you will stay healthier as well as happier.

Another important thing is one should eat as per their constitution. This will keep your doshas balanced at all times. A few indicative menus have been suggested here for your easy reference. With a number of delicious recipes of some of the items that are tastefully and healthily just right for you.

# Please note in these menus, notations indicated denote:

G  - Grains, breads, cereals, rice & pasta
V  - Vegetables & fruits
M  - Meat & meat alternatives
D  - Dairy, milk, milk products
O  - Other foods, sweets, condiments and beverages

Ideal Breakfast for Vata
In Summer
Oatmeal muffins or
Pancakes (G)
Seasonal Sweet fruits
leater 1 hour before any
other food (U). Breakfast
Tea with Sweetner if
desired.

In Winter
Creamed wheat porridge (G)
Milk for porridge if desired (D)
Breakfast Tea with Sweetner
if desired.

Ideal Breakfast for Pitta
In Summer
Oat bran muffin with ghee or oat or wheat granola (G)
Seasonal fruit (V)
'eaten 1 hour before any other food) Milk for cereal, if desired (D)
Mint Chai or Agni Tea, (O)

In Winter
Creamed Wheat Porridge or Oatmeal (G)
Milk or ghee with porridge, if desired (D)
Breakfast Tea with maple syrup or sweetener, if desired (O)

Ideal Breakfast for Kapha
In Summer
Puffed Millet or Oat Granola (G)
1/2 cup Skim Goat Milk or Soya Milk, if desired (D)
Kapha Tea with 1 tsp. Honey, if desired (O)

In Winter
Creamed Rye or Spiced Oatmeal Porridge (G)
or Suitable Fruit (V)
Kapha Tea with Honey (1tsp.), if desired (O)

Learn the right way of eating meals as per Ayurveda

2014-04-07

The Right Way of Eating Meals as Per Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, food is supposed to be consumed on fixed time. Our body is not made to eat anything at anytime. This time needs to be in accordance with the timing of JATHARAAGNI.

Jatharaagni is at the highest for 2.5 hours after sunrise. This will depend upon your location. This is the time to have the biggest meal of the day. Its best to have your lunch in this time for maximum benefit. Around noon one can have a lighter meal or juice, fruits, chhaas etc. Evening meal should be had while sun is still out. Once sun sets jatharaagni becomes dormant. Best to have dinner upto 40 minutes before sunset.In the night only a liquid is to be taken. Best is milk.

This is extremely important for patients of diabetes, asthma, vaat ke rog. If you follow this religiously, within 3 months you will find significant improvements in your health. Sugar, cholesterol etc.  respond miraculously within 3 months.

Different organs work best at different times of the day. e.g. heart is working hardest 2.5 hrs before Brahma Muhoort. i.e. between 1.30 till about 4am. Maximum heart attacks happen in this duration. Max heart attacks happen in this time duration.

All the heavy foods like stuffed parathaas, sweets etc should be had in the morning meal.
What you like best you should eat in the morning. So that you can eat your fill. This will ensure you are mentally satisfied as well as physically. This is of extreme importance. If you are fulfilled with the food you are eating, the Pineal gland will be most active and you will stay healthier as well as happier.

Those who are not mentally satisfied with food that they are eating get many mental/psychological problems in due course of time. Mental tension, depression can be an outcome of this. 27 types of ailments can result out of this.

Breakfast is not needed. It should be replaced by a heavy full meal i.e. lunch. Also, it is not an Indian requirement based on our jal vaayu but is an import from the West. Just 2 generations back all of us used to have the biggest meal first thing in the morning.

Never eat opposite products together.
  • Doodh and dahi, any item made of these two should not be taken together.
  • Doodh and dahi and doodh and gud don’t go together.
  • Honey and ghee are poison if taken together. This can be taken together only when cow mutra is used to counter negative effect.
  • Gud and ghee go well together.
  • Kathal/Jackfruit never with milk.
  • Onion and milk are poison together. – max probs of skin will happen due to this combo.
  • All sour fruits don’t go with milk except amla. Even mango should be taken with milk only when it is completely ripe and sweet.
Food ideally should be consumed only sitting on the floor in Sukhasana. Sitting in this asana makes the Jatharaagni teevra. Sitting on a chair reduces the teevrata and standing up reduces it completely.
Keep the food plate a little bit higher above the floor.

For people who do a lot of physical work the best option is to eat in a squatting position.This posture will help in reducing the paunch. Dining table will make the paunch grow bigger.
Dining table should be banished from your home.

Resting After Meals
  • Must rest lying down on your left side after morning/noon meals. This is very important for Jatharaagni to work well since lying on left side activates the Pingala (soorya) naadi on the right side of the body and this in turn activates the Jatharaagni.

    If you are healthy then the moment you start eating food the Soorya Naadi should get activated automatically.

    This rest should be between 20 to 40 minutes. Its ok to take a nap if one feels sleepy.

    Many companies in countries like Mexico, Australia and Brazil etc have researched and found that the productivity of employees who are allowed to rest after lunch increases by upto 300%. Some of these countries were likely to make laws to this effect in around 2008. Lot of research is happening in Europe and US on this.
  • Never rest after dinner for at least 2 hours. This is because sun has set and hence the biochemistry etc is completely different now.

    Sleeping soon after dinner will invite diseases like heart attack, diabetes, BP etc.

    In case you are unable to follow both these then sit in Vajra asana for atleast 10 minutes after meals. This is the only asana allowed after food according to yoga.

The Right Way of Drinking Water as per Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, drinking water at the end of a meal is akin to drinking poison. It kills the Jathaaragni (that aspect of prana or energy which enables the body to digest food) thereby making the food rot inside the system instead of getting digested. This in turn leads to excess acid and gas being produced in the system and a very vicious cycle starts.

Maharishi Vagh Bhatt has identified 103 ailments that occur as a result of drinking water after having eaten food.

  1. The minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. This also varies based on geographic and other conditions and the duration is higher in the mountains and lower in plains and hot areas. This is because the body’s ability to digest food varies with the ambient conditions.
  2. Water drunk before food should be drunk at least 40 minutes before eating food.
  3. To clean the mouth and throat after food only one or two sips of warm/gunguna water can be taken.
  4. If really thirsty, one can have fresh juice of seasonal fruits after morning meal and buttermilk/chhaas after lunch. Milk can be had after dinner. Though these also contain mostly water, the properties are completely different and they actually help digestion and the body instead of hurting it.
  5. Always drink water sip by sip like one drinks hot tea.
  6. Drink water first thing in the morning. It is to be consumed warm at body temp and should be sipped like hot tea so that max possible saliva goes into the stomach. Only if you are drinking water kept in a copper pot it need not be warmed up as it already has same quality as warm water. Mud pot water is also to be warmed up. Below 18 and above 60 years of age should drink only 1.5 to 2 glasses while others should drink upto 1.25 ltrs. i.e. min 3 glasses. This is the only water one should drink without feeling thirsty. Sips should be smallest. Try this for 6 months and see the changes in health. You will feel fresher and lighter, and will see improvements in sleep, digestion, pains, heart.
  7. In case you are regularly taking in water kept in copper pot then you should stop for a couple of weeks after 3 months of continuous usage.
  8. Never drink cold water. It should always be Warm/gunguna or at body temp. Drinking cold water leads to decrease in blood supply to various organs. Over a period of time this leads to the weakening and hence failure of various organs and causes probs like heart attack, kidney failure, brain hemorrhage etc. Drinking chilled water leads to severe constipation. Large intestine shrinks causing various other complications. This is applicable to other cold foods as well.

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.

2014-03-30

Kapha The Energy of Lubrication

Kapha types are blessed with strength, endurance and stamina. In balance, they tend to have sweet, loving dispositions and be stable and grounded. Their skin is oily and smooth. Physically, kapha people may gain weight easily and have a slow metabolism. They tend to shun exercise. They have thick skin and their bodies and muscles are well developed. Their eyes are large and attractive with thick, long lashes and brows. Kapha people evacuate slowly and feces tend to be soft, pale and oily. Perspiration is moderate. Sleep is deep and prolonged. Kapha types are attracted to sweet, salty and oily foods, but their constitutions are most balanced by bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.

Psychologically, kapha people tend to be calm, tolerant and forgiving. However, they may become lethargic. While they may be slow to comprehend, their long term memory is excellent. When out of balance, kaphas tend to experience greed, envy, attachment and possessiveness. In the external world, kapha tendencies toward groundedness, stability and attachment help them to earn and hold onto money.

They are more likely to have diseases connected to the water principle such as flu, sinus congestion, and other diseases involving mucous. Sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention, and headaches are also common. Kapha can become more aggravated as the moon gets full because there is a tendency for water retention at that time. Winter is the time of greatest kapha accumulation and following the kapha-balancing dietary and lifestyle changes are most important during that season.

Dietary Considerations
Dietary guidelines for kapha people stress bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.
They actually need foods that will invigorate their minds while limiting their overall consumption of food. They should avoid dairy products and fats of any kind, especially fried or greasy foods. and bodies

Those with kapha dominant constitutions need less grain than pitta or vata constitutions with buckwheat and millet (more heating) being optimal grains for them followed by barley, rice and corn. Roasted or dry cooked grains are best. All vegetables are good for kapha but one should emphasize leafy greens and vegetables grown above ground more than root vegetables while avoiding very sweet, sour or juicy vegetables.

Generally kapha people can eat raw vegetables although steamed or stir-fried are easier to digest. Very sweet or sour fruits should be avoided with the more astringent and drying fruits being preferable such as apples, apricots, cranberries, mangoes, peaches and pears.

Only rarely do kapha people need animal foods and, when they do, it should be dry cooked—baked, roasted, broiled—never fried. They could eat chicken, eggs, rabbit, seafood and venison. As their bodies do not require large amounts of protein, they also should not overeat legumes although these are better for them than meat because of the lack of fat. Black beans, mung beans, pinto beans and red lentils are best for kapha types.

The heavy qualities of nuts and seeds aggravate kapha as does the oil in them. Occasional sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all right. Almond, corn, safflower or sunflower oils can be used in small amounts as well. The same holds true for dairy products: in general, kapha people should avoid the heavy, cooling, sweet qualities of dairy. A little ghee for cooking and some consumption of goat’s milk is good for kapha types.

Since kapha people should avoid sweets, the only sweetener they should use is raw honey, which is heating. However, they can use all spices, except salt, with ginger and garlic being best for them. A person whose dominant dosha is kapha and who has very little influence from the other two doshas can benefit from the occasional use of stimulants such as coffee and tea. They are also not as harmed by tobacco and hard liquor. However, they really do not need alcohol at all. If they elect to use alcohol, wine is their best choice.

General guidelines for balancing kapha:
  1. Get plenty of exercise 
  2. Vary your routine
  3. Avoid heavy foods 
  4. Avoid fatty, oily foods
  5. Keep active 
  6. Eat light, dry food
  7. Avoid dairy 
  8. No daytime naps
  9. Avoid iced food or drinks 

2014-03-29

Pitta: The Energy of Digestion and Metabolism

Pitta types have many of the qualities of fire. When out of balance, they can become very agitated and short-tempered. The pitta body type is one of medium height and build, with ruddy or coppery skin. They may have many moles and freckles. Their skin is warm and less wrinkled than vata skin. Their hair tends to be silky and they often experience premature graying or hair loss. Their eyes are of medium size and the conjunctiva is moist. The nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish.

Those with pitta-dominant constitutions have a strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They like plenty of food and liquids and tend to love hot spices and cold drinks. However, their constitution is balanced by sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Pitta people’s sleep is sound and of medium duration. They produce large quantities of urine and feces, which tend to be yellowish, soft and plentiful. They perspire easily and their hands and feet stay warm. Pitta people have a lower tolerance for sunlight, heat and hard physical work.

Mentally, pitta types are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension. However, they are easily agitated and aggressive and tend toward hate, anger and jealousy when imbalanced. In the external world, pitta people like to be leaders and planners and seek material prosperity. They like to exhibit their wealth and possessions. Pitta people tend to have diseases involving the fire principle such as fevers, inflammatory diseases and jaundice. Common symptoms include skin rashes, burning sensation, ulceration, fever, inflammations or irritations such as conjunctivitis, colitis or sore throats.

Since the attributes of pitta are oily, hot, light, mobile, dispersing and liquid, an excess of any of these qualities aggravates pitta. Summer is a time of heat, the pitta season. Sunburn, poison ivy, prickly heat and short tempers are common. These kinds of pitta disorders tend to calm down as the weather gets cooler. The diet and lifestyle changes emphasize coolness—cool foods, avoidance of chilies and spices, and cool climates. People with excessive pitta need to exercise at the coolest part of the day.

Dietary Considerations
General food guidelines for pacifying pitta include avoiding sour, salty and pungent foods. Vegetarianism is best for pitta people and they should refrain from eating meat, eggs, alcohol and salt. To help calm their natural aggressiveness and compulsiveness, it is beneficial to incorporate sweet, cooling and bitter foods and tastes into their diets.

Barley, rice, oats and wheat are good grains for pitta dominant individuals and vegetables should form a substantial part of their diet. Tomatoes, radishes, chilies, garlic and raw onions should all be avoided. In fact, any vegetable that is too sour or hot will aggravate pitta, but most other vegetables will help to calm it. Daikon radishes are cleansing for the liver when pitta is in balance but should be avoided otherwise. Salads and raw vegetables are good for pitta types in the spring and summer as are any sweet fruits. Sour fruits should be avoided with the exception of limes, used sparingly.

Animal foods, especially seafood and eggs, should only be taken in moderation by pitta types. Chicken, turkey, rabbit and venison are all right. All legumes except red and yellow lentils are good in small amounts, with black lentils, chickpeas and mung beans being the best.

Most nuts and seeds have too much oil and are heating for pitta. However, coconut is cooling and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all right occasionally. Small amounts of coconut, olive and sunflower oils are also good for pitta.

Sweet dairy products are good and include milk, unsalted butter, ghee and soft, unsalted cheeses. Yogurt can be used if it is blended with spices, a little sweetener and water. In fact, pitta people can use a sweetener better than the other two doshasbecause it relieves pitta. However, they should avoid hot spices, using cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and turmeric predominantly, with small amounts of cumin and black pepper.

Coffee, alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided although the occasional beer may be relaxing for a pitta person. Black tea may also be used occasionally with a little milk and a pinch of cardamom.

General guidelines for balancing pitta:
  1. Avoid excessive heat 
  2. Eat cooling, non-spicy foods
  3. Avoid excessive oil 
  4. Exercise during the cooler part of the day
  5. Avoid excessive steam 
  6. Limit salt intake 

2014-03-28

Vata: The Energy of Movement | Ayurveda

Vata provides the essential motion for all bodily processes and is extremely vital for health. One purpose of lifestyle considerations is to stabilize this motion. Routine is very useful in assisting the vata individual to effectively ground all this moving energy.

A person with vata predominant is blessed with a quick mind, flexibility and creativity. Mentally, they usually grasp concepts quickly but then forget them just as quickly. Alert, restless and very active, vata people walk, talk and think fast, but are easily fatigued. They tend to have less willpower, confidence, boldness and tolerance for fluctuation than other types and often feel unstable and ungrounded. When unbalanced, vata types may become fearful, nervous and anxious. In the external world, vata types tend to earn money quickly and spend it quickly. They are not good planners and as a consequence may suffer economic hardship.

Vata types have variable appetite and digestion. They are often attracted to astringent foods like salad and raw vegetables, but their constitution is balanced by warm, cooked foods and sweet, sour and salty tastes. With a tendency to produce little urine, their feces are often hard, dry and small in size and quantity.

Vata resides in the colon, as well as the brain, ears, bones, joints, skin and thighs. Vata people are more susceptible to diseases involving the air principle, such as emphysema, pneumonia and arthritis. Other common vata disorders include flatulence, tics, twitches, aching joints, dry skin and hair, nerve disorders, constipation, and mental confusion. Vata in the body tends to increase with age as is exhibited by the drying and wrinkling of the skin.

Since the attributes of vata are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile and clear, any of these qualities in excess can cause imbalance. Frequent travel, especially by plane, loud noises, continual stimulation, drugs, sugar and alcohol all derange vata, as does exposure to cold and cold liquids and foods. Like the wind, vata types have a hard time becoming and staying grounded. Routine is difficult but essential if vata is to be lowered and controlled. It is best for vata types to go to bed by 10 pm as they need more rest than the other types. In general, people with excessive vata respond most rapidly to warm, moist, slightly oily, heavy foods. Steam baths, humidifiers and moisture in general are helpful. Daily oil massage before bath or shower is also recommended.

Dietary Considerations
General food guidelines for decreasing vata include warm, well-cooked, unctuous foods.
One should have small meals three or four times a day and may snack as needed while maintaining a two hour gap between each meal. Regularity in meal times is important for vata. Those with vata-dominant constitutions do well with one-pot meals such as soups, stews and casseroles. They can use more oil in cooking their foods than the other two doshas and experience better digestion if they limit their intake of raw foods.

Well-cooked oats and rice are good for vata because they are not too drying when cooked with plenty of water and butter or ghee. While cooked vegetables are best for vata, the occasional salad with a good oily or creamy dressing is all right. Nightshades—tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers—as well as spinach should be avoided if the vata person has stiff, aching joints or muscles. Sweet, ripe and juicy fruits are good for vata. The astringent and drying fruits, such as cranberries, pomegranates and raw apples, should be avoided. Fruit should always be eaten by itself on an empty stomach.

Many vata people can satisfy their need for protein by judicious use of dairy products, but can also use eggs, chicken, turkey, fresh fish and venison if they wish. Legumes are difficult to digest and should be consumed in limited quantity by those trying to pacify vata. The legumes should be the split type and soaked before cooking. Cooking them with a little oil and spices, such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and hing (asafoetida), will help prevent vata from being disturbed.

All nuts and seeds are good for vata, but are best used as butters or milks. Ten almonds, soaked in water overnight with skins removed the next morning, are a satisfying early morning food. Sesame oil is warming for vata, but all oils are good. All dairy products are good for vata with hard cheese being eaten sparingly. All spices are good, but should not be overused. Vatas can have half a glass of wine, diluted with water, during or after a meal. Since vata people tend to be prone to addiction, they should avoid sugar, caffeine and tobacco. Intensity itself can be intoxicating to vata, so one should seek relaxation and meditation to reduce vata.

General guidelines for balancing vata:
  1. Keep warm 
  2. Eat warm foods and spices
  3. Keep calm 
  4. Keep a regular routine
  5. Avoid cold, frozen or raw foods 
  6. Get plenty of rest
  7. Avoid extreme cold 

2014-03-27

Balancing the Three Principle Energies of the Body

In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together. According to Ayurvedic philosophy the entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements—Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation. In the physical body, vata is the subtle energy of movement, pitta the energy of digestion and metabolism, and kapha the energy that forms the body’s structure.

Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement — composed of Space and Air. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility. Out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.

Pitta expresses as the body’s metabolic system — made up of Fire and Water. It governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism and body temperature. In balance,pitta promotes understanding and intelligence. Out of balance, pitta arouses anger, hatred and jealousy.

Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure — bones, muscles, tendons — and provides the "glue" that holds the cells together, formed from Earth and Water. Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems. It lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed and envy.

To maintain balance and health, it is important to pay attention to diet and lifestyle appropriate to one’s individual constitution strengthen the body, mind and consciousness.

2014-03-07

Diabetes Ayurvedic Detox Diet

A Detox Diet can help in the control of blood sugar levels and improve heart functions.

Fasting with only on warm ginger water for 2 days. (1 tsp. ginger powder added in one litre water, boil it and keep on drinking this warm)

For the next 5 days take only moong and vegetable soup

Next 5 days consume solid moong and vegetables spiced with ginger garlic paste, turmeric and garam masala

Then come back to the normal diet

Following this detox diet once in a month can powerfully reduce the extra fat, swelling, stiffness and Aam (toxic mucus) from the body which makes one feel more energetic, healthy and helps in controlling the weight.

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2014-02-26

Ayurveda General Health Tips

These are some general health tips recommended by Ayurveda

Sleep on time: Wake up early, preferably before sunrise. A good night sleep can help to start a day with a fresh and clear mind.

Drink lots of water: Drinking water is advantageous in every way. It assists metabolism and digestion, prevents constipation and the accumulation of waste products (ama) in the body, keeps away diseases and even helps in keeping the skin clear of acne and pimples.

Wash your face often: Wash your face with water many times a day to remove dirt and grime, prevent the occurrence of pimples and acne and get a refreshed feeling.

Take an oil massage: Massage your body with oil before bath which will rejuvenate you, reduce fatigue and prevent dry skin. Massaging the scalp with oil can prevent dandruff, graying and hair fall, enhance mental alertness and so on.

Exercise regularly: There is no doubt as to the benefits of a regular exercise routine. Practicing Yoga and meditation can make your body immune to diseases, give your mind the capability to concentrate and ward off stress, lose unnecessary fat, give the body flexibility and suppleness.

Follow proper hygiene: Cleanliness is very important to preserve health. Bath twice a day, keep your hair and nails clean and wear only clean clothes. Wash your face, hands and legs after going out.

Watch out for negative vibes: Try to keep your mind clear of negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, jealousy, depression, greed, hatred, sadness etc. Saying a prayer can help- in the morning, at dusk, before having your meals and before going to bed. Avoid speaking ill of others and always keep your mind at ease by engaging in things that you like and enjoy.

Mind what you eat: Eat fresh and wholesome food and follow healthy eating habits. Food should be well cooked, preferably at home and should be had in a peaceful and calm environment.

Maintain a healthy weight: According to Ayurveda, both obesity and emaciation (Under weight) are dangerous. So always follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and maintain a weight as per your BMI.

For an undisturbed sleep: Drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed. This will help you sleep peacefully. Also isolate your mind from all stressful and worrisome thoughts before going to bed.

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2014-02-11

The Benefits of Ayurveda Oils & Daily Massage


Traditional Ayurveda medicine practice is based on ancient Hindu philosophy and is centered on the idea of creating a long & fulfilling life, meaning the principles are to encourage vitality, health and longevity. The actual practice is largely based on prevention, rather than cure. At the core of prevention is the every day custom of personal healthcare – a type of regular health maintenance. Fundamental to this is daily self massage, known as abhyanga. Massage with Ayurvedic oils can relieve your mind and body from many kinds of stresses and toxic build ups. Regular self massage rejuvenates your entire physical structure and promotes mental relaxation. Ancient Indian texts written 5000 years ago state that ‘a person with a view to preserving and promoting positive health should use massage therapy every day’.

Daily self massage with Ayurveda oils is a positive way of unlocking the body’s innate healing ability, revitalising the body and mind & empowers you to maintain your body’s optimum health.

The benefits of self-massage (abhyanga)
  • Balance the endocrine system 
  • Calm the nervous system 
  • Rejuvenate the skin 
  • Tone muscles 
  • Eliminate impurities 
  • Lubricate the joints 
  • Increase mental alertness 
  • Promote youthfulness 
  • Stimulate internal organs 
  • Longevity

Ayurvedic massage has become a lifestyle for the people of India . It is a natural form of exercise that offers a balance between the mind and the body. It is believed in the Ayurveda system that each human being is composed of a Dosha. According to doctrines, a dosha is a combination of the 5 different elements; ether, wind, fire, water and earth. Doshas, according to Ayurveda, need to remain balanced in a person. An imbalance will manifest a negative or undesirable condition. Using Ayurvedic oils in massage is a potent contributor at maintaining harmony & balance. Due to the extremely small size of the oil molecule, Ayurveda oils penetrate the skin easily and transport the healing properties of nature, directly to the cells in the body.

The best time for massage
Ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before your bath or shower, to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night. However, at the end of the day a mini massage before your shower and bed or simply massaging the soles of your feet with Ksheerabala oil will certainly help those with insomnia and promote restful sleep. So make sure that you participate in this type of Ayurvedic healing as often as you can, so you can enjoy all the benefits, everyday.




2014-01-15

Menopause: 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.

Although most reasonable individuals recognize the value in maintaining a clean internal physiology, modern medicine has yet to accept this idea as a central tenet of healthcare and has therefore provided no practical guidance for detoxification therapies. The result is that few of us give the same care and attention to our internal organs and tissues that we confer on our vacuum cleaners or cars. However, recently more and more men and women are becoming aware of the dangers of living in environmentally toxic, over-populated, and over-stressed conditions.

The general purpose of the Panchakarma Therapies is to loosen, liquefy, and remove the vitiated substances and doshas from their abnormal sites in peripheral tissues via their natural pathways of elimination.
Unlike many health-promoting recommendations of Ayurveda, these are not self-administered therapies. These procedures must be administered by specially trained therapists in a definite sequence for a specified period of time. In addition, although Panchakarma is for the most part a delightful and comfortable spa-like therapy, there can be periods of discomfort associated with the profound release of toxins which does occur. It is therefore essential that the therapy be supervised by a knowledgeable expert who can recognize the signs of properly and improperly administered Panchakarma.

Panchakarma detoxification is perhaps the "missing link" to restoring optimum function of our cells and tissues in the postmenopausal years. Whether undertaken to prevent or treat disease, most women who avail themselves of authentic panchakarma chikitsa every two to three years will feel physically and mentally revitalized with a commensurate amelioration in many of the symptoms of menopause and premature aging. Following the physical panchakarma therapies, women are advised to take a special category of herbal preparations known as rasayanas, for several weeks or months. Rasayanas are tonic medicines which, when given to an individual who has undergone panchakarma cleansing, increase the strength, vitality, and function of all the tissues of the body.

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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. 

2014-01-09

Ayurveda for this cold season

Though the earth is closest to the Sun during this time, it is the coldest month as the northern hemisphere is facing away from the Sun. To battle this cold season and its effects on the body,ayurveda provides some remedies.

In general, due to the change in season, the body's immunity becomes low. This causes some common illnesses and aggravates acute and chronic painful ailments.

According to ayurveda, the body comprises three doshas. The central concept of ayurvedic medicine is that good health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily humors or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In winters, Kapha dosha increases due to the chilly weather and leads to cough, cold, and may aggravate sinus or other cold-related problems. Attributes or qualities that define the Kapha constitution are cold, moist, sticky, oily, smooth and sweet. ayurvedic mantra professes that 'liking increases liking,' and to end that, it would be better to refrain from consuming foods that reflect these attributes, this wintry season, so as to avoid an imbalance of the Kapha dosha (constitution) in our body. Those who are of a predominant Kapha constitution need to be more careful during cold weather, as an imbalance in the doshas or constitutions affects both the body and the mind.

In ayurveda, there is an answer to almost all the winter illnesses. According to Dr P Aravind, BAMS, DNYS, a senior medical officer, even chronic diseases like asthma and bronchitis can be cured through ayurveda. "In chronic diseases, there will be a structural weakness, which in turn affects the functions of that organ (lungs, in the case of asthma) and functional weakness will be more prominent. So addressing the functional weakness is more important," he says. Dr Aravind further explains that asthma, in ayurveda, occurs when the vayu path is blocked either by vitiated pitta or vitiated kapha. Hence, during acute cases or during an asthmatic attack, the attack must be controlled immediately by prescribing drugs which have 'scrubbing' property. "Once the attack is controlled and patients come to normal state, we focus on improving the structural weakness. Here, attention is given to decrease vata dosha (vata is the nervous system and is responsible for all movements), thereby strengthening the respiratory tract," he adds.

Many believe that ayurveda takes a longer time to give relief and that is why it's not the first option for joint pains as a person needs instant relief. What is less known is that it can also provide instant pain relief through ayurvedic shoolagnam,(pain relievers) vedanasthapanam (pain moderators) for joint pains. Dr Aravind says, "These internal medicines come in the form of kashayams, arishtams and lehiyams. In addition, external panchkarma treatments such as abhyangam, elakizhi, kateevasti, etc. are carried out. Further, diet is also addressed by the patient avoiding vata aggravating flatulent food items like tubers, peanuts, etc."

There is also an answer to obesity in ayurveda. It is treated as a distinct problem or ailment. Stress, PCOD, etc. are treated for the root cause. After assessing the dominant doshas, diet modification, internal medicines and external panchakarma treatments, depending upon the individual body condition, are prescribed and administered.


Author: Isha Sharma

2013-12-29

The Ayurvedic Detox Diet

A complete Ayurvedic cleansing program includes 15 days of preparation and 45 days of actual cleansing. Ayurvedic healers recommend paying special attention to your diet during these two phases to avoid overtaxing your digestion and to enable purification to occur easily and completely. Ayurveda does not recommend fasting or entirely liquid diets such as juices, because that may cause your digestive agni to become imbalanced.

Here are some suggestions from  Ayurveda for diet management during detox:

Avoid ama -producing foods

Ama is the product of incomplete digestion--it represents sticky toxic matter that can clog the channels of your body that carry nutrients to the cells and waste out of the body. Since cleansing is done to clear ama out of the body, you'll want to stay away from foods that build more ama in the body. From the ayurvedic perspective, leftovers, and "dead" foods such as processed, packaged, canned and frozen foods all create ama because they are very hard for your body to digest.

Non-organic foods, genetically modified foods, foods grown with chemicals, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and foods with chemical additives also introduce toxins into your body and are confusing for the natural "intelligence" of your digestive system and should therefore be avoided.

Avoid heavy dairy products such as aged hard cheese or yogurt, foods that are deep--fried or oily, raw foods of any kind, heavy desserts, and foods that contain refined sugar and honey as these are harder to digest and create ama. Avoid yeasted breads and dry breads such as crackers, and fermented foods.

Eat ama -reducing foods
Favor vegetarian foods that are light, warm, cooked and easily digestible. Freshly made flat breads, freshly made light soups and dhals, organic vegetables cooked with spices, and freshly made grains such as quinoa are ideal. Mung bean soup pacifies all three doshas and is nutritious yet easy to digest.

Certain fruits, vegetables and spices are especially helpful during cleansing, so you'll want to eat a serving or two every day during the preparation and cleansing phases:

  1. Fruits: Eat cooked prunes and figs at breakfast along with a stewed apple or pear. In general, most sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleansers.
  2. Vegetables: Eat lots of cooked leafy greens. Chop the greens and cook them with detoxifying spices for best results. Brussels sprouts and cabbage are also helpful.
  3. Grains: Light yet nutritious whole grains such as quinoa, barley, amaranth and small helpings of rice are recommended. Kanji, made by boiling rice with lots of water is an excellent hot beverage and helpful for flushing toxins out of the body through the urine.
  4. Spices: Ginger, turmeric, coriander, fennel and fenugreek help open up the channels of the body and support the flushing of toxins via the skin, urinary tract, colon and liver. Add spices to soups and dahls as they cook, or sauté the spices in a little Ghee and add to dishes when the cooking process is completed.
  5. Lassi, made by combining fresh yogurt with water and digestion-boosting spices, is an excellent lunchtime beverage.


Choose foods according to your body type or imbalances
Ayurvedic healers recommend tailoring your diet year-round to your constitution and your imbalances. This is particularly true during cleansing to help regulate your digestive fire (agni). For detailed information on diets and foods for pacifying each of the three doshas, visit Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.

Drink plenty of hot water through the day
Warm water helps flush toxins out of the body through the urine. To derive healing benefits from the water you drink, add detoxifying spices to the water. Here is a recipe for "Detoxifying Tea" from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians:

Detoxifying Tea
Boil two quarts of water in the morning.
Add 1/4 t. whole cumin
1/2 t. whole coriander
1/2 t. whole fennel to the water and let steep for ten minutes with the lid on.
Strain out the spices and pour the water into a thermos.
Sip throughout the day.
Make a new batch of tea every morning.

After the 45 days of cleansing are over, take a few days to gradually introduce heavier foods and ease back into your regular diet. This is also the perfect time to start taking rasayanas (ayurvedic formulations for overall health and vitality). Now that the channels of your body are clear, your body will make maximum use of the overall healing benefits of these tonics.

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2013-12-26

Ayurveda Eyecare: Home Remedies To Improve Eyesight

Ayurveda explains that Pitta dosha, the element of fire and light, governs our eyes. Specifically, the sub-dosha “Alochaka Pitta” lives in the eyes. Alochaka pitta absorbs images and colors, allowing us to take in and digest all of the visual impressions coming to us. When Alochaka pitta is in balance, eyes are healthy, bright, clear, shiny, luminous, and we enjoy sharp eyesight.

If pitta becomes aggravated, we can experience excess heat, anger, frustration, and liver problems. As pitta rises in a person, they become stressed, feel over worked, and eventually burnout. Impaired vision and eye problems are often related to pitta overdrive and liver imbalance. The best remedy is to keep pitta cool and calm with proper foods and daily meditation.

Vedic science offers many natural, safe and effective techniques to care for our eyes. The following suggestions can improve vision, reduce eye strain, and heal eye conditions.

Home Remedies for Weak Eyesight
There are several home remedies for weak eyesight which are easy to follow and simple to use. Some of the common home remedies are: 
  1. Start the day by splashing some cool water on the eyes. One can also retain some cool water in the mouth while rinsing the eyes and blinking. This helps to keep Pitta in balance throughout the head region.
  2. Consume food rich in vitamin A. Deficiency of vitamin A can result into many eyesight problems. Some of the good sources of vitamin A are milk cream, fresh milk, cheese, dates, soya beans, cabbage, lettuce, butter, turnip, tomatoes, oranges and green peas. 
  3. Carrot is considered to be one of the efficient home remedies for weak eyesight. Carrot is rich in nutrients such as phosphorous, vitamin A, calcium, iron, manganese and beta-carotene. You can either consume raw carrots or can try drinking carrot juice on regular basis. 
  4. Consuming good amount of apple and grapes helps in improving your eyesight.
  5. Keep your eyes away from smoke, dust, strong wind and strong sunlight. Prolonged exposure to such environment can cause weak eyesight. 
  6. Cucumber juice does wonders for your eyesight as it tries to improve it immensely.
  7. Make it a daily routine to consume a spoon of honey with few cardamom seeds. This will improve the eyesight.
  8. Regular intake of walnuts reduces the weakness of the eyes. 
  9. Consuming blueberry juice also considered to be very useful for your eyes.
  10. Mix one part of sugar with three parts of coriander and grind them together until they form fine powder. Now put this powder in boiling water and cover it for an hour. Take a clean cloth and filter this solution. It is ready to be used as an eye drop. 
  11. Consume spinach on daily basis. It is a rich source of carotenoid and is very helpful in preventing several eye problems. 
  12. A paste of grounded almonds, fennel seeds and sugar candy is prepared and stored in a glass container. Taking 10 grams of this paste with milk, every night, helps in treating myopia.
  13. Eat one egg every day. It is rich in protein and lutein and will protect your eye nerves and prevent cataracts. 
  14. Parsley has phosphorous, calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin B. Therefore consume one or one and half oz of parsley every day. This will strengthen your eyes. 
  15. White rose consists of vitamins B1, B2, C, P, K, E and A. It also contains iron, calcium, sodium, manganese and organic acids. All you need to do is drink a glass of wild rose tea on daily basis. This will prove to be very effective for your eyesight. 

Ayurvedic Herbs for improving Eyesight
  • Amalaki fruit is an anti-aging tonic or Rasayana in Ayurveda, rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Amalaki is wonderful in maintaining pitta balance, and supports liver cleansing. Amala berry is specifically known as a “Chakshushya”, which means “that which strengthens the eyes”. Extract the juice of fresh amla and drink 20 ml twice daily.
  • Asparagus - Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered asparagus in half teaspoon of honey. Take the mixture twice daily with warm cow’s milk.
  • Bhringraj - When Bhringraj herb or amla herb oil or paste is applied over eyes, they help in improving eye vision.
  • Black pepper- Black pepper powder should be mixed with honey o improve eyesight.
  • Ghee - Rub a small amount of ghee on soles of the feet to improve eye vision.
  • Garlic - The juice extracted from fresh garlic is used for regaining lost eyesight.
  • Rose petals - Freshly extracted juice of properly cleaned rose petals, which can be used both internally and externally for improving eye vision.
  • Liquorice - Take approximately half to 1 teaspoon of liquorice powder with cow’s milk twice daily. This powder can also be mixed with ghee or honey.
  • Castor oil – one drop at bedtime in the eye helps to lubricate the cornea, reducing eye strain and irritation. In India, a black eyeliner called “Kajal” made of Castor oil and burnt camphor is applied under the eyes to keep them cool. Mothers especially apply Kajal on babies to sharpen their vision, and protect their children from someone’s “evil eye”.
  • Triphala - Triphala is an important medicine for eye health, especially blurred vision or to prevent the development of cataract.

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Triphala Benefits for Eyes
Triphala strengthens the muscles of the eyes and improves eyesight. It is helpful in curing   various eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, progressive myopia, and conjunctivitis. It is also used to wash the eyes, in order to reduce their redness. Triphala is very helpful in treating impaired vision.

Triphala Ghrita : is indicated in diseases of eyes. Useful in conjunctivitis and many other eye troubles.Triphala nourishes the nerves and tissues of the eyeball, including the eye lens. Cow’s ghee balances the vitiation of the vata dosha and normalizes it.

Triphala Eye Wash : An Ayurvedic eye wash made out of well strained Triphala tea can be helpful in treating eye disorders. Triphala is a well-known eye tonic and anti-inflammatory. This eyewash helps with glaucoma, dissolving cataracts, conjunctivitis (pink eye), poor eyesight, sties, and red, swollen, itchy eyes.

Exercises for Eyesight Improvement
Gazing: Acording to ayurvedic astrology, the Sun rules the eyes. Gentle sun gazing can improve eyesight. One can softly gaze at the sun starting with 10 seconds, and increasing time by 10 second increments daily. Stand barefoot with the feet directly touching the earth. Solar gazing is only recommended at early sunrise and/or the late sunset, when harmful UV rays can not injure the eyes. Not only does solar gazing improve vision, but it activates the pineal gland, or “third eye”, clearing the mind of depressive and anxious moods.

Trataka – A very beneficial eye exercise is to meditate upon a ghee lamp flame without blinking. Gaze at the flame for 2 or 3 minutes, until tears form and clear the eyes. This stimulates ojas in the eyes, physically strengthening them. The ghee made out of cow’s milk actually draws in sattvic frequencies to calm our mind. This type of meditation allows us to reflect on our inner radiance.

Rotate your eyes in all the directions. Slowly and steadily concentrate one eye at a time. Do this exercise more than dozen times and try doing this with your eyes shut.

By using palming which can be stated as a revised version of the thousand-year-old yoga tradition known was Hatha Yoga. It relieves strain and stress from your mind and eyes which needs the required break. For this you have to warm your hands by rubbing them together vigorously. Once it’s warm cover the eye without touching the eyelids. This relaxes the nerves and helps in blood circulation.

You can also try sunning which means to use sun's light for your eyes. Move your head from side to side for the heat to benefit the eyes. After a while try stretching the eyes to allow more sunlight to your eyes. Directly looking at the sun is never good. It is great method to reduce light sensitivity.


Perform Netra Basti which is a restorative Ayurvedic treatment that bathes the entire eye socket in a pool of warm Ghee. This helps to cleanse the eye, soothe itchy eyes, and nourish dry eyes. The person lies down with this melted ghee covering their eye, anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. The eyes are kept open, allowing the ghee to cool pitta and lubricate vata dosha. Netra Basti is recommended for pain and overexertion due to computer use, allergies, squinting, lazy eye, diminished vision, optic nerve injury, atrophy, and eye spasms. This treatment is especially helpful is healing emotional trauma because it is working directly on the nervous system through the eyes.

2013-12-04

Types of Ayurvedic Kashayams for General Health Disorders


Kashayas
 are concentrated decoctions of raw medicines and their water soluble contents are the active ingredients. They have very important role in various treatments.

Learn about different types of Kashayams which helps in treating health disorders caused due to imbalance of vata, pitta and kapha.  The types of Kashayam used for treatments like fever, cold, paralysis, skin diseases, diabetes, anorexia, digestion, gynecological disorders etc..

Chandanadi Kashayam is is used in the treatment of fever, cough, thirst etc.  It is used mainly used in Pitta imbalance disorders like
Trushna – excessive thirst
Kasa – cold, cough
Jvara – fever
Rakta – bleeding disorders

Brahmi Drakshadi Kashayam is mainly used in the treatment of Vata imbalance disorders. It is used in all types of Vata disorders such as paralysis, myalgia, neuralgia etc.
It is also used to relieve burning sensation.

Patoladi Kashayam is mainly used for the treatment of skin diseases. 

Jivantyadi Kashayam is mainly used in the treatment of  fever with eruptions. It is also used in treating Chickenpox. It is used both for preventive and curative purposes.

Dasamulapanchakoladi Kahsayam is mainly used in the treatment of ascites. It is also used to bring about purgation.

Bala Punarnavadi Kashayam used in treating anorexia. It improves digestion and relieves bloating.

Gopanganadi Kashayam used in the treatment of Pitta type of fever, associated with burning sensation and excessive thirst.

Jambunishadi Kwath is used in the treatment of diabetes.

Stanya Shodhana Kashaya is used to cleanse and detox breast milk in mother. It helps to cleanse and detox breast milk production in mother. It is especially helpful when the infant is sick and mother’s milk needs to be detoxified.

Stanyajanana Kashaya is used to induce breast milk production in mother. It stimulates mammary glands to produce good amount of breast milk in lactating mothers.

Shwasahara Kashaya is used in the treatment of Asthma, bronchitis etc. It is used in the treatment of cold, cough, bronchitis asthma and such other chronic respiratory complaints.

Vatsakadi Kashay is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, ulcerative colitis, bleeding intestinal disorders.

Mutra Sangrahaniya Kashaya is used in the treatment of polyurea and urinary tract disorders. It is used to treat urinary tract diseases, diabetes, frequent urination and infection.
Mutra Virechaniya Kashaya is used in the treatment of diseases of urinary tract. It helps to cleanse bladder and to relieve infection.

Mashabaladi Kashaya is used in the treatment of paralysis, facial palsy, neck rigidity, tinnitus etc. 

Phalatrikadi Kwath  is widely used in treating fever, vomiting, gastritis, dyspepsia.

Pathyadi Kadha is widely used in treating all types of headache. Migraine, vascular headache, earache, toothache, night blindness, eye pain, eye disorders related with inflammation and vision disturbances.

Dhanya Panchak Kwath is used in the treatment of indigestion, malabsorption, dysentery, diarrhoea  etc.

Devdarvadi Kashaya is used in the treatment of asthma, respiratory disorders, abdominal colic, dizziness, headache, excessive irrelevant talk, excessive burning sensation, diarrhoea, tiredness, vomiting.

Darvyadi Kashaya is used in the treatment of gynaecological disorders like menorrhgia, metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea etc.

Triphala Kwath is used in the treatment of eye disorders, oral ulcers, liver diseases etc. It is a simple and effective combination of three fruits. 

You can buy Kashyams from any ayurvedic clinic near your place or you can buy online.
Some reference sites are:http://kottakkalonline.com/
http://www.nirogam.com/
http://www.kottakkalusa.com/
http://www.kairaliproducts.in/
http://www.nagarjunpharma.com/
http://www.kevaayurveda.com/

2013-12-02

How Ayurveda Supports General Health

According to Ayurveda, if we are experiencing disease, it means there is an imbalance in our doshas; bringing our system back into balance is the key to the cure. Ayurveda has an effective tool for the diagnosis of disease called nadi pareeksha, or pulse diagnosis. By placing their finger on your wrist, an Ayurvedic doctor can easily detect the imbalances in the body and prescribe an effective treatment.

Treatments usually come in one of two forms: 1. Panchakarma, a 5-pronged body purification program 2. Herbal medicines to balance the body

Ayurveda supports health without disturbing the natural intelligence of the body; Ayurvedic treatments have no negative side effects. Because of this, people around the world are now turning to the ancient science of Ayurveda to help them regain and maintain optimal health.

Ayurveda can be used on its own or as a complement to allopathic treatment.


Ayurveda places great importance on one’s pathya, or lifestyle (eating habits and daily routine). Ayurveda also provides guidance on how to adjust our lifestyle based on the change of seasons.