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   Neonatal care in ayurveda  
 
             Panchakarma Introduction


             Ayurvedic herbs 


             Ayurvedic Diet for Pregnancy 

   
             A Brief Introduction to Ayurveda 


              Toothpowders as per Ayurvedic Texts


              Divinity Lies on the Land


              Botanical Names


              Copper Poisoning 


              Virechana


             Garbhini Charyas (Regimens For Pregnant Lady)     by Vedic Society


             Women Gain Weight During Pregnancy


             Honey and Ghee


             Ayurvedic Medicine: Anti-toxification vs. Detoxification


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            The Perfect Diabetes Management Aid 


            Attack Ama before it attacks your Body!


             Ayurvedic Dental Care


             Stress Relief and Ayurveda 


             Ayurveda and the Heart 


             Ayurveda and Skin Diseases remedies


              Ayurvedic Hair Care 


              Ayurvedic Childcare


              Ayurvedic Table Manners 



              Managing Cancer with Ayurveda 

              Preventing Hair Loss through Ayurveda 


              Improving Brainpower with Ayurveda  image


              Panchakarma - The Perfect Ayurvedic Detox


              Suffering from Joint Pains? Try Panchakarma for Relief


              Early Diagnosis – The Key to Treating Arthritis


              Don’t Suppress Migraine; Treat It!


              Worried about Hypertension? Watch your Lifestyle Today!


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Worried about Hypertension? Watch your Lifestyle Today!

Worried about Hypertension? Watch your Lifestyle Today!

Most people in today’s generation have been raised without a basic education of how the body functions or what is beneficial and detrimental for it – both physically and mentally. As a result, we do not know how to keep diseases at bay to attain happiness in our lives. This simply means, we have a body, but have no idea of how to take care of it.

It is like buying a brand new car and jumping behind the steering wheel to take a ride before actually reading the manual or understanding the instructions. Without

Don’t Suppress Migraine; Treat It!


Don’t Suppress Migraine; Treat It!
You are having a great day at work; an important deal that you have worked so hard on is about to be finalized and the boss is very happy with you. Suddenly, that terrible Migraine headache strikes during a crucial meeting. You have to excuse yourself as the pain needs to be taken care of. You take your second painkiller of the day, grab a big mug of coffee and get back to the meeting room. However, before the medicine can show its effect, the pain has become unbearable, making it impossible for you to continue with the meeting. At such a crucial juncture, you end up asking for the remaining day off. The boss is not happy
anymore, because this has become a regular habit with you. After today’s scene, with the deal in trouble, your job too seems to be in serious trouble.

Early Diagnosis – The Key to Treating Arthritis

Early Diagnosis – The Key to Treating Arthritis

Forty-year-old Mr. Sharma could not believe his ears when his doctor told him he had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. “How could he have Arthritis? He just turned forty!” asked his wife, flabbergasted. “After all, isn’t it supposed to be a joints-related problem seen in very old people?”
Like most people, Mr. Sharma’s wife too, in her ignorance, believes Arthritis is only about joint pains and that it affects the elderly. Well, she could not be far from the reality. Arthritis can affect people of any age. It is most common in people over 60 years old, although some types of arthritis can also affect younger people. Unfortunately, there are over 200 types of arthritis-related conditions and on an average, most people are aware of only about two of them!

What does Ayurveda say?

 
According to Ayurveda, Arthritis is caused by impaired digestion, due to improper dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as aggravated Vata Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Air). Impaired digestion and irregular bowel movements lead to accumulation of toxins (ama) in the body. This ama, along with the aggravated Vata, gets stored in various joints and leads to stiffness or inflammation and pain.

Arthritis can manifest itself in the form of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylosis, among other forms. Its symptoms can develop suddenly or slowly, with the most common ones being inflammation of joints, swelling, difficulty and pain in movement, loss of appetite and energy, fever, etc.

Am I at Risk?

 
To figure out if you are at a risk of arthritis, take the following factors under consideration:

    Family history – You are more likely to develop this condition if someone in your family has Arthritis or related problems
    Age – If you are above 50, it becomes easier to get this disease
    Obesity – If you are overweight, you will end up putting added pressure on your joints, thereby making them susceptible to one or the other form of joint pain
    Injury or trauma – If you have had an injury or trauma to a joint, it can lead to Arthritis later in life
    Gender – Research says, women are more prone to Arthritis and often experience worse symptoms than men

In addition, certain infections or factors in the environment might also trigger the symptoms in susceptible individuals. The growing incidences of Arthritis among the youth can be attributed to erratic eating schedules and sedentary lifestyles, which are a common feature of their lives.

Believe you have Arthritis Symptoms? Get into action straight away!

 
Most people affected by Arthritis or related conditions would rather suffer in silence than keep complaining about their aches and pains. In fact, many of them do not even seek help from a healthcare professional and instead manage pain with pain-killers. What they don’t realize is that even basic symptoms could be early signs of arthritis, which, if uncared for, could go on to become more serious.

Says Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, “Early diagnosis is the biggest key to cracking this chronic disease. The right treatment and lifestyle advice can decrease pain, protect joints and delay the onset of more serious disability. In fact, in few cases, early diagnosis can even alter the progression of the disease.

“The Ayurvedic treatment of Arthritis is focused on uprooting the disease in its entirety and providing a long-term solution, unlike modern medicine, which only works on suppressing the symptoms. In Ayurveda, every patient is recommended a personalized treatment plan, which consists of herbal medicines as well as diet and lifestyle advice.”

Don’t just live with Arthritis; Treat it!

 
Most people with arthritis may experience pain and some stiffness or swelling in their joints in the early stages. Other than that, they can continue leading a normal life. However, others may find that the pain and loss of mobility brought on by arthritis leads to a less independent lifestyle.

Suffering from Joint Pains? Try Panchakarma for Relief


Suffering from Joint Pains? Try Panchakarma for Relief
Panchakarma, the specialised line of Ayurvedic therapies, is one of the most effective means of treating chronic pains. A collection of holistic rejuvenation therapies, Panchakarma aims to detoxify the body and revitalise the entire system, thereby providing sustainable relief to the patient.

Panchakarma - The Perfect Ayurvedic Detox


Panchakarma - The Perfect Ayurvedic Detox
Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring overall balance and wellbeing. Meaning ‘five actions’ or ‘five treatments’ in Sanskrit, this process is highly effective in cleansing the body of ama (toxins) produced due to faulty diet-lifestyle habits and poor nutrition. When ama accumulates in the body, it blocks the flow of energy and nourishment throughout the system. Ayurveda considers this build-up of toxins to be the underlying cause of all disease.

Panchakarma is a unique treatment procedure as it can be easily tailored to meet each individual's needs according to their body constitution and doshic imbalances. The therapies involved in this process work to loosen ama (toxins) from the deep tissues in order to be removed through the body's natural channels of elimination.

Spring - The ideal time for cleansing

 
Many people feel the signs of ama buildup in the Spring Season (late February to early April), more than at other times of year. This is mainly due to the fact that the toxins already present in the body start to display their symptoms during this time. The fact is, most of us do not follow a proper seasonal routine during the winter months (November to February) and the body ends up accumulating more toxins, thereby blocking the channels. At the same time, due to the cold temperature, the ama freezes in the walls of these channels. Even though you might not experience as many symptoms of ama during this time, your condition could worsen by the time spring comes. As it becomes warmer outside, the frozen ama starts to melt and flows into the body's channels. As a result, the channels get flooded with toxins, thereby highlighting the symptoms of ama presence.
Because the body is already in the toxin elimination mode, spring becomes the best time to use Panchakarma and support the detoxification process.

The Ama Elimination Process

 
Before you undertake the process of Panchakarma, you should visit an Ayurvedic doctor who will determine your body constitution and current state of doshas. After identifying the cause of ama production in your body, he will be able to pick the tissues, channels and organs that need to be addressed through Panchakarma and accordingly devise the right detox program specific to your needs.

An ideal Panchakarma detox program consists of three phases – Purvakarma, Pradhankarma and Paschatkarma – which are described below.

    Purvakarma – Snehana, Abhyanga and Swedana

 
    These pre-treatment techniques serve to prepare the body for the ama elimination process. Snehana (oleation) is the first step of Purvakarma and it consists of saturating the body with medicated oils in order to loosen ama and move it from deeper tissues into the gastrointestinal tract, from where it can be more easily cleansed. External oleation is called Abhyanga, which means complete body massage with medicated oils. Once the massage is completed, Swedana (steaming) is performed in order to dilate the channels and foster easy removal of ama.

    Pradhankarma – Vaman, Virechan, Basti, etc.

 
    After Purvakarma, the ama moves into the gastrointestinal tract. Here, some main Panchakarma therapies such as Vaman (emesis), Nasya (nose cleaning), Virechan (purgation), and Basti (enema) can be used to remove ama through the body’s normal channels of elimination.

    Paschatkarma – Right Diet and Lifestyle

 
    Paschatkarma refers to the set of procedures that are followed after the main Panchakarma therapies. This phase is aimed at reestablishing body immunity and metabolism. Most people do not realize that neglecting these post-treatment procedures may end up destabilizing the digestion process, thereby leading to continued ama production. Even after your Panchakarma treatment is over, it is advisable to keep eating light, nourishing foods, such as khichari and mung dal soup for a few days. Also, remember to gradually return to your regular activities and diet so that your body – which is in a sensitive state – does not become vulnerable after treatment.

If you want to go for an Ayurvedic detoxification treatment, it is recommended that you give enough time to your body to get into the cleansing mode and then gradually get out of it. During this time, you are advised to put aside your usual preoccupations with work and family and get as much physical and mental rest as possible.

Improving Brainpower with Ayurveda

Improving Brainpower with Ayurveda

Ayurveda article-Improving brainpower with AyurvedaImagine a situation where you have the memory of a supercomputer. You can remember every word that you glance through once in the dictionary. You can recall every person whom you have met till now by their face, name and other details. You can solve all the complex arithmetic problems in seconds without a calculator. You have the ability to solve every puzzle that comes your way. You have a super-brainpower!

Preventing Hair Loss through Ayurveda

Preventing Hair Loss through Ayurveda

Hair is the most important cosmetic addition to our appearance. Since healthy hair is a sign of a healthy body, it is important for us to keep our hair silky, shiny and thick.

Ayurvedic Childcare

Ayurvedic Childcare

Ayurveda article-Ayurvedic ChildcareChildcare in Ayurveda begins a long time before the child is actually born. 'Kaumarbhratya' , one of the eight branches of Ayurveda, is dedicated to this subject. The aim of Ayurveda is not only to heal, but also to maintain health. Kaumarabhratya plays an important role in achieving this aim. If children are conceived and brought up in a healthy environment and receive proper guidelines for diet and lifestyle at an early age, the society will be more healthy and peaceful.

 
A lot of children in the modern age suffer from attention deficit disorder (vata prakriti), allergies (weak immunity) and deficiency diseases. These children sometimes have a hard time socially and act out counter culturally. We have seen such extremes in cases of  'school shootings'. Many of these conditions that manifest in the teenagers years or preadolescence can be traced back to improper pre-natal and post-natal care of a child.

Childcare is compared to planting a tree that requires preparation of land (healthy uterus), good quality seeds (sperm and ovum), proper time (fertile period) to sow the seed and watering and protecting the plant from harmful climatic conditions (prenatal care). Ayurveda emphasizes on importance of each one these four factors. Negligence in any one of these four can cause serious imbalance in children.
Conception
Both mother and father should carefully plan the conception, as that is the time when prakriti or Ayurvedic constitution of the child is decided. Healthy parents lead to a healthy and balanced prakriti. Prior to conception the digestion and all physical systems of both parents should be cleared of ama. Their doshas should be in a balanced state and they should possess high quality ojas. In addition, both parents should possess high quality of sattva guna in the mind and have a highly spiritual temperament. The mother should continue to adopt a wholesome regimen during pregnancy. Her diet, lifestyle and emotional stability are crucial factors in the growth of a healthy fetus and birth of a content strong child.

General Care

 
Instead of using vaccinations, Kashyap Samhita describes natural ways to build the immunity of the child. Oil massage (Snehana) is often used for increasing the immunity and vitality of children. Massage with bala taila (oil medicated with Sida cordifolia) is the first therapy they receive after birth. The child is then offered a mixture of ghee and honey and continues to take ghee for the first four days. Snehana (oil massage and ghee) is anabolic and increases mental capacity such as memory and retention power as well as general vitality. Infant skin is more permeable than adult skin so application of herbs topically with oils is a very effective method of treatment. In addition to snehana, general hygiene like a bath with medicated water, cleaning the mouth, proper clothes, bedding and handling the baby are part of Ayurvedic childcare.
Psychological care


The child must be protected from emotional traumas to ensure development of a happy and confident adult. The fears and insecurities of a child will change as it develops. Often the fears of the young child are based on its immediate environment like fear of the dark or being alone. If natural fears are not addressed in a supportive nurturing manner, trauma or anxiety may manifest at a later age. Therefore one should avoid frightening a child and always keep the home environment a place associated with safety.

Importance of play

 
This is a very important aspect of childhood and has been widely described in the Ayurvedic texts. A full description of a playground for children and the right kind of toys is given. Childhood is a carefree period in life and it is important the child is able to play freely in a safe environment. Play enables them to explore the world around them and learn some of the fundamental facts of life.

Ayurvedic Tonics or Vaccinations

 
The vaccinations are discoveries of modern age. In Ayurvedic Samhitas there are descriptions of various tonics that build up the child's strength to fight diseases. The tonics also provide supplementary nutrition. They enhance the child's intelligence and are useful in improving the learning of new skills such as speech. Some tonics found in ancient Ayurvedic texts are described below. They should always be taken under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor.

    Gold Svarna bhasma with paste of brahmi (Centella asiatica) and sankhapuspi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), given with ghee and honey. This is good for general immunity and intelligence and given mainly to newly born children.

    The powder of Vaca (Acorus calamus), jatamansi (Nordostachys jatamansi), apamarg (Achyranthus aspera), satavari (Asperagus racemosa), sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), brahmi (Centella asiatica), pippali (Piper longum), haridra (Curcuma longa), kustha (Saussurea lappa) and saindhava (rock salt) with honey. This is good for general infections of chest, cold, cough, and asthma.

    Ghee medicated with the paste of ashwagandha (Withania somnifra) and milk. This is very nutritious and strengthening.

General childhood disorders

 
There are a number of diseases that occur in children. Conditions like tonsillitis, cough, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, fever, skin diseases, diarrhea, indigestion, lack of appetite, attention deficit disorder and emotional disorders can be taken care through Ayurvedic treatments. As children have weak immunity and their body is very delicate, it is advised to give them small doses of herbs. Herbs are given in the form of decoction, fresh juice, powder mixed with honey or milk. Medicated ghee and oil are also used generally for external use. Rasa shastra medicines mainly those containing metal bhasms and mercury should not be given to children. It is important that a qualified Ayurvedic doctor is consulted before administering any Ayurvedic treatment for children.

Ayurvedic hair care

                                                                                 
Ayurvedic Hair Care

Hair is a vital parameter of external beauty. Everybody is concerned about its appearance and its disorders. Ayurveda has specific treatments for maintaining healthy and beautiful hair free from problems. The health of hair depends on the proper functioning of the dhatus or the tissues. The nutrient plasma produced from the digestion of food nourishes the dhatus; so healthy nutrient plasma will produce healthy hair. Poor diet, illness, lack of proper hygiene, and nutritional deficiencies can affect the hair and cause various problems.

A number of factors such as age, diet, season, climate, pollution, stress and anxiety affect the health of your hair and scalp. Following an Ayurvedic diet is always the first step to healthy and attractive hair. Another important factor is how you wash your hair. Here are some pointers to keep your hair looking great and healthy.

Diet

    Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and sprouts.
    Avoid all caffeinated drinks, very spicy, fried and greasy food.
    Ensure regular bowel movements.
    Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables - it is the best way to achieve healthy hair.


Care and Hygiene

    Regular cleansing and brushing is very important. Brushing stimulates the sebaceous glands that produce natural oil, which is responsible for hair luster.


    A touch of lemon is very good for making your hair shiny and lustrous. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to half a tumbler of water. Rinse your hair with this solution after cleansing your scalp.


    Regular use of henna on normal hair provides good conditioning for hair.


    Amla and Shikakai powder mixed with curd is also a good conditioner.


    Mix curd, lemon and mustard oil, apply gently on hair and wash your head after about half an hour.


    Add few leaves of Hibiscus (China rose) to a glass of water. Heat it. Squeeze the juice of a lime in the sieved mixture and apply to the hair before shampooing.

Oil Massage

    Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil, preferably infused with hair-friendly herbs (Amla, Brahmi), is the best way to nourish the scalp and hair topically. The process of massage helps to increase blood flow to the hair follicles and supports the growth of healthy hair. It is especially beneficial for dry hair as the increased circulation facilitates production of natural oil thus restoring lost lustre. Oil massage also relaxes the body and mind.

Winter care

    Avoid shampooing too often in winters as this removes the vital natural oils.
    Oil massage is highly recommended to protect hair from the winter dryness.


    Conditioners must also be used more frequently to maintain moisture levels.


    Summer care


    Hair needs to be washed more frequently in summer to cleanse it of the excessive dirt, pollution and sweat produced in summer.


    Scalp hygiene is all the more important in summers.


    Henna may be used to remove the extra oil from the hair and scalp. It also has a cooling effect on the scalp.



Remedial Tips
    Hair loss

 
    The oil from Amla (Indian gooseberry), prepared by boiling dry pieces of Amla in coconut oil, is a hair tonic for enriching hair growth and preventing hair loss.


    Dandruff


    Soak two tablespoons of Fenugreek (methi) seeds overnight in water. Grind the softened seeds into a fine paste in the morning and apply over the scalp. Leave for half an hour and then wash thoroughly. This is an effective remedy for dandruff.


    Hair nourishment


    Boil a handful of fresh Neem or Margosa leaves. Strain and cool this infusion, and wash your hair with it. Try this twice a week for healthy and nourished hair.


    Hair Lice


    Maintain scalp hygiene, cleansing it regularly. Massage the scalp twice or thrice a week with onion juice. Leave on for two hours before washing it off. If available, regularly massage scalp with neem oil.

Ayurveda and Skin Diseases

Ayurveda and Skin Diseases 
Remedies
Removing the root cause is the main line of treatment in Ayurveda. Therefore eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment. Here are some general remedies for all kinds of skin diseases.

    Prepare a powder by mixing equal quantities of turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves. One teaspoonful of this powder can be taken twice a day with water. In case Amla and Neem are not available, only turmeric powder can be used in the dosage of half a teaspoonful twice a day with water.

 
    If Neem leaves are available, boil them in water everyday and wash the affected area. Soaps and shampoos should not be used on the affected area.


    Take 50 grams of powdered yellow sulphur and mix it with 250 ml. of mustard oil or coconut oil. Apply this mixtureto the affected area everyday in the morning and wash after half an hour. It is better to sit in the sun or in a hot place after applying this oil.


    If purified sulphur (certified good for internal use) is available, it can b
e taken in the doses of 1-2 grams twice a day with water.

    Take 100 ml. of coconut oil and add 5 grams of powdered camphor to it. Put this mixture in a glass bottle and screw the cap on tightly. Put the bottle in sunlight for two hours. Applying this mixture on the affected area is helpful.


    Taking soft or mild laxatives to clear the bowels is also beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases. A teaspoonful of Triphala powder can be taken at bed time every night, with warm water or milk. Any other natural laxative such as prunes, figs and raisins can also be taken.


    Fresh juice of apricot leaves may be applied on affected parts of the body. It gives relief in eczema and scabies.


    Wheat grass juice is also beneficial in skin diseases as it boosts the immune system, which helps to fight the disease.


    The patient should get as much fresh air as possible. Restrictive and tight clothing should not be worn. The patient should drink 3-4 litres of water everyday.


    Aloe vera is also beneficial for skin diseases as it purifies the blood. Fresh aloe vera gel can be taken in the dose of two or three tablespoonfuls on an empty stomach everyday.

One should avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, hot spices, fried foods, acidic and sour foods. White sugar, white flour products and preserved or tinned foods should also be avoided. Consumption of meat, especially red meat, should be minimized. Following these simple remedies and dietary tips can relieve even the most irritating skin problems. Thousands of patients suffering from chronic and irritating skin disorders have received relief through Ayurvedic remedies.

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