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sushruta samhita         sushruta father of surgeon

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 Sushruta Samhita is the most authentic text on the practice of ayurvedic surgery believed to have been written around the sixth century B C. Sushruta, renowned as the father of surgery, represents the Dhanwantari School of surgeons. His sushruta





samhita discusses in minute detail how to perform prosthetic surgery to replace limbs, cosmetic surgery on different parts of the body, cesarean operations, setting of compound fractures, and even brain surgery.
The samhita discusses blood in terms of the fourth dosha, in addition to the tridosha. It is also the first to enumerate and discuss the pitta subtypes. Sushruta details about 125 surgical instruments used by him, mostly made of stones,wood and other such natural materials. Use of shalaka, meaning foreign body (rods or probe), is also mentioned by Sushruta. Some classifications found in the Sushruta Samhita are not even traced by modern medical science. He is the first surgeon in medical history who systematically and elaborately dealt with the anatomical structure of the eye.
Sushruta has discussed about 72 diseases of the eye. He has stipulated drug therapy for various types of conjunctivitis and glaucoma, along with surgical procedures for the removal of cataract, pterygium, diseases of the ear, nose and throat.
Plastic Surgery In India 2600 Years Old


Shushruta, known as the father of surgery, practised his skill as early as 600 BCE. He used cheek skin to perform plastic surgery to restore or reshape the nose, ears and lips with incredible results. Modern plastic surgery acknowledges his contributions by calling this method of rhinoplasty as the Indian method.125 Types Of Surgical Instruments

"The Hindus (Indians) were so advanced in surgery that their instruments could cut a hair longitudinally.
Shushruta worked with 125 kinds of surgical instruments, which included scalpels, lancets, needles, catheters, rectal speculums, mostly conceived from jaws of animals and birds to obtain the necessary grips. He also defined various methods of stitching: the use of horse’s hair, fine thread, fibres of bark, goat’s guts and ant’s heads.
300 Different Operations

Shushruta describes the details of more than 300 operations and 42 surgical processes. In his compendium Shushruta Samhita he minutely classifies surgery into 8 types:

Aharyam = extracting solid bodies
Bhedyam = excision
Chhedyam = incision
Aeshyam = probing
Lekhyam = scarification
Vedhyam = puncturing
Visraavyam = evacuating fluids
Sivyam = suturing

The ancient Indians were also the first to perform amputation, caesarean surgery and cranial surgery. For rhinoplasty, Shushruta first measured the damaged nose, skilfully sliced off skin from the cheek and sutured the nose. He then placed medicated cotton pads to heal the operation.


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ayurvedic recipe Tulsi tea

Prepare ayurveda Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea at Home

Texts of ayurveda describe the properties of tulsi as follows. It is light to digest and dries tissue secretions. Tulsi tastes hot and bitter. It can penetrate deep tissues and has anti helmenthic properties. Due to these properties it normalizes kapha and vata. Leaves, flowers, seeds and roots of Tulsi are used in ayurvedic preparations.

Preparation Tulsi Tea
Ingredients
Tulsi leaves (Holy basil leaves) : (Dry or Raw) - 1/4 cup
Tender barks :( Dry or Raw) - 3 tea spoon
Clove : 1
Pepper (optional) - 1
Cumin seeds (Jeera ): - 1/4 spoon
water - 4 cups
Honey : 2 tea spoons
Lemon (optional) - 1/2 tea spoon




Method:
Warm clove , pepper and cumin seeds on a hot pan. Powder this with the help of mortar and pestle . Finely Chop tulsi leaves and tender barks of tulsi. Mix clove , pepper, cumin seeds and tulsi leaves. Pound this mixture in mortar till it becomes coarse

Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan and add the coarsely ground ingredients. Allow it to boil till the water content reduces to 1 cup. Filter the decoction and allow it to warm down. Add honey when decoction is luke warm. Lemon juice can be added to this it.

Benefits  of Tulsi tea:
There are immense benefits of drinking tulsi tea. Regular consumption of Tulsi tea helps to detoxify skin. This herbal drink helps to prevent acne eruption, dark circles, flaring up of psoriasis, allergic rashes and other skin infections.

Tulsi tea is an effective home remedy to relieve constipation, indigestion and it acts as an appetizer.

Regular consumption of tulsi tea reduces inflammation of joints in conditions like arthritis and gout. It reduces blood sugar and blood cholesterol. Thus it is helpful in conditions like diabetes.

Tulsi tea rejuvenates liver and reduces inflammation of liver. Hence texts of ayurveda recommend use of tulsi in jaundice and other liver diseases.

Tulsi tea when consumed regularly acts as a nervine tonic. It increases memory power, reduces migraine headache and acts as a stress buster.

Tulsi tea is an age old remedy for cough, common cold and throat pain. Regular use of tulsi tea helps to boost immunity of lungs and respiratory system. It acts as an expectorant and relieves the blocked airways of bronchial tree.

Seeds of tulsi can be added to the list of ingredients while making tulsi tea. Tulsi seeds are effective in premature ejaculation and also increase quantity of semen.

Pepper, cumin seeds, honey and clove impart a wonderful fl

Amalaki

Amalaki (amla) Rasayana

Amalaki or amla is known for its rejuvenating properties and other health benefits. This fruit is also known as Indian gooseberry. Here is a simple recipe to prepare amalaki rasayana based on ayurveda principles .Amalaki rasayana can be used with whole wheat bread, chapati or paratas. This recipe can be eaten with spoon followed by a glass of cold milk.

 

Ingredients:

Fully Ripe amla or amalaki – 1 cup (take fully ripe amlas and wash it well with water. Wipe off the water content with a clean cloth. Cut these fruits into pieces and remove stalk and seed. The pulp thus obtained should measure 1 cup)

Water – 2 cups
Ghee – 2 tea spoon
Sugar – 1 cup
Honey – 2 tea spoon
Spices: - Dry ginger, jeera (cumin seeds), pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom powder – ¼ tea spoon each and pound it well to get a tea spoon full of powdered spicy mixture. (These are called "prakshepaka dravyas" in ayurveda. These enhance the fragrance of preparation and make it more palatable. The spices increase the appetite and digestion. They also help the herbal ingredients to reach the tissues.

Boil amalaki pulp with water, in medium flame. Wait till water reduces to 1 cup. Remove the soft pulp with a strainer and allow the pulp to cool. Do not throw the boiled water.

When the pulp gets cooled grind it in a clean blender. Place the ground pulp on a clean cloth and squeeze the juice to the boiled water. Add sugar to this water and boil well till it forms sugar syrup. (One thread sugar syrup). Mean while fry the squeezed pulp in ghee and when the pulp starts leaving the ghee add one tea spoonful of spice mixture. Transfer this to boiling syrup and mix well. Remove this from heat and allow it to cool down. Add honey when it gets completely cooled.

Amalaki rasayana benefits:
Amalaki or amla has immense medicinal properties. It rejuvenates skin, liver, body and balances all three doshas. It reduces burning sensation of eyes and helps in hair growth. Emblica officinalis rejuvenates male reproductive system and helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. It also soothes the inner layers of digestive system and urinary bladder. Regular consumption of this herb helps to boost body immunity.

Ghee increases memory power, clarity of voice and boosts body energy. It rejuvenates skin and enhances glow of skin. This ingredient also helps to increase quality and quantity of semen.

Honey has immense medicinal properties. It boosts body immunity and accelerates wound healing. It energizes and rejuvenates body. This sweet ingredient helps to reduce obesity and blood cholesterol. When applied with face packs dark pigments, acne, pimples, scars and marks get reduced.

Precaution: Do not add honey when the preparation is hot.


Amalaki rasayana for hair loss

Amalaki rasayan helps to reduce hair loss and increases hair growth. The rejuvenating properties of amla help to rejuvenate scalp skin

This rasayana instantly energizes body. This preparation is a very good rejuvenator and helps in body building. It improves appetite and increases digestion. As this rasayana contains amalaki it boosts memory power and immunity. Men suffering from infertility are benefited by this preparation.

Garlic

Garlic coconut spread (garlic dry chutney)

Garlic has immense medicinal value. It is used as main ingredient in many ayurvedic preparations.

Preparation of Garlic coconut spread (garlic dry chutney)


Ingredients

 
1. ½ dry grated coconut
2. Dry Red chillies –(according to taste)
3. Garlic cloves – 8 to 10
4. Sugar – ½ tea spoon
5. Tamarind – a small grape size
6. Salt – quantity required
7. Cumin seeds(jeera) – 1 tea spoon
8. Coriander seeds ( Dhaniya ) – 1 tea spoon
9. Sunflower oil – 1 tea spoon

ayurvedic recipe- Vrishya Ksheera

Ayurveda Vrishya Ksheera : A drink with dates and milk

Vrishya ksheera is milk processed with aphrodisiac herbs and dry fruits. In Sanskrit Vrishya means aphrodisiac and ksheera means milk. Herbs which have both Vajikarana and Rasayana properties are used here. The milk thus processed with these herbs help as anti ageing. It also helps to increase the sexual energy in men. Regular consumption of this milk helps inerectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low libido, low sperm count and low sperm motility. Texts of Ayurveda laud the properties of this milk. Its properties get enhanced when this processed milk is consumed with freshly cooked rice, sugar and ghee. This ayurveda recipe is very easy to prepare and herbs are easily available in ayurvedic shops .
 Texts of ayurveda eulogize the properties of dates. The dates are used in Vajikarana preparations for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation

Preparation of Vrishya Ksheera:
 

Ingredients

Date fruits – 25 gms
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)- 25 gms
Raisins : 25 gms
Yashti madhu (Liquorice or licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra) : 25 gms
Seeds of Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) – 25 gms
Black gram (urad dal) – 25 gms

Mix all the ingredients and cook with 1 liter of water until 250 ml of water remains. Add 300 ml of milk and boil till water evaporates and milk remains. Filter this milk to a container with help of a clean thin cloth. This can be consumed with sugar or powdered sugar candies and rice. Or else it can be consumed without rice.

Note: Diabetes patients can consume this milk without sugar and can use broken wheat instead of rice.

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Vajikarana milk with long pepper -An ayurvedic vajikarana preparation

Texts of ayurveda have recommended many simple milk recipes for men to increase their ability to be sexually active. These preparations which have milk as base help to increase hardness, duration of hard erection and prevent premature ejaculation. Milk is a known Vajikarana Dravya. It helps to increase shukra dhatu (semen). When other vajikarana herbs are added to milk , the Vajikarana properties of all the ingredients are enhanced. Milk acts as a vehicle and helps these herbs to reach tissues of male reproductive system. Thus the total male reproductive system gets rejuvenated and doshas get balanced.

Regular consumption of this preparation also help men to get young looks and stay healthy. It increases libido, helps in erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and motility.

The Vajikarana milk with long pepper can be prepared as follows.

 Ingredients

Long pepper – 10 in number
Sesame Oil - 2 spoons
Pure ghee – ¼ cup
Milk – 1glass
Sugar or sugar candy (misri) – 1cup
Black gram (de husked) - 1 cup
Honey – ¼ measure
Cardamom (powdered) – ¼ spoon


Take a thick bottomed pan and place it on stove. Simmer the flame. Fry long pepper, Black gram separately in sesame oil. Allow this to cool down. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer to make a fine powder. Mix honey, ghee and cardamom powder to this mixture and mix well. Store it in a air tight container. Mix a spoon of this powder with a glass of milk, which is little warm and consume it daily after dinner or else this can be eaten with freshly cooked rice.

According to texts of ayurveda this preparation helps in impotence. Ayurveda acharyas mention its effects as " Bhuktwaa na rattrimastabdham lingam pashayati naa ksharaat" (Persons who consume this preparation at night will never see their genital organ going soft during sexual act). Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and soft erections can get immense benefits from this.

Note: This preparation is not recommended for diabetics and for persons who are suffering from IBS, or high blood cholesterol

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Vajikarana Payasa -an ayurvedic aphrodisiac for men

Texts of ayurveda have recommended many simple ayurvedic food recipes for men to increase their fertility. These have been recommended to men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, low libido and premature ejaculation. The aphrodisiac herbs in these preparations help to increase sperm count and sperm motility and enhance quality and quantity of semen.

The Vajikarana Payasa can be prepared as follows.Ingredients

Wheat flour – 1 measure
Pure ghee – ¼ measure
Milk – 8 measures
Sugar or sugar candy (misri) – quantity required
Ashwagandha powder – ¼ measure
Water – 2 measures
Honey – ¼ measure
Cardamom – ¼ spoon

Boil ashwagandha powder with water and milk till it reduces to 4 measures. Strain the milk to remove roughage of ashwagandha. Fry wheat flour in ghee for few minutes. Add boiling ashwagandha milk and sugar to this . Allow it to cool. Add honey and cardamom to cooled mixture. Consume this once in a week.
According to ayurveda acharyas consuming this preparation helps to increase quality and quantity of semen. It is an ayurvedic aphrodisiac food for men which increases sperm count and sperm motility. Texts of ayurveda recommend this preparations to prevent shukra dhatu kshaya ( reduction in sperm count and sperm motility ).This preparation also helps to overcome erectile dysfunction, low libido and premature ejaculation

ayurvedic recipes-Yavaagu (Rice Gruel )

Yavaagu (Rice Gruel )

Ingredients:

Rice – 1 measure
Water – 6 measures
Salt – Quantity required
Grated ginger – ¼ spoon
Powdered pepper – 1 pinch (Optional)


Boil rice in water till rice becomes soft. This can be can be cooked in pressure cooker also. Add salt, pepper and grated ginger when rice is well cooked and stir well. Yavagu is ready to eat.

Instead of spices and salt, sugar, cardamom and milk can be added to make a sweet variant.

According to ayurveda acharyas ,Yavagu should be administered in conditions like fever, convalescing patients and aged persons who cannot digest heavy food. It provides instant energy and helps to recuperate fast. The liquid part of yavagu is an excellent food for babies who are being introduced to semi solid foods apart from mother’s milk.

Acharya Charaka praises the benefits of yavagu as follows:

1. It increases digestion.

2. Normalizes vitiated doshas.


3. Reduces thirst.


4. Increases energy.


5. Relieves constipation.

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indigestion

Before discussing Indigestion, understanding the process of digestion is very essential. The Ayurveda approach of explaining digestion is very simple and effective. The food we eat is digested by Agni or body fire which is present in our body. It is very much similar to the way we cook the food. The Agni or body fire helps to digest the food which is consumed, much like the fire of a stove cooks the food kept on it. The Agni is mainly situated in Jatara or in upper part of digestive system and is called as Jataragni. The Agni is further categorized as Bhootagni (which digests the 5 pancha mahabhoota factors present in food), Dhatwagni (The agni present in tissues which help them to absorb required nutrients), Malagni ( the agni which helps in formation of body wastes like stools, sweat and urine) . The Jataragni controls bhootagni, dhatwagni and malagni. Through this it is evident that ayurveda approach of digestion explains cellular metabolism too.

The factors which help agni to digest the food completely. : Thridoshas -Vata , Pitta and Kapha help agni to digest the food. This can be understood through the above figure.

If the process of digestion is compared to that of cooking rice, the stomach, like the vessel., receives food. Vata provides the necessary conditions like the air blower, Pitta acts like the stove, providing optimum working conditions while Kapha provides the moisture needed much like the water in the vessel.
When all these factors are normal and well balanced, an optimum condition is created to digest the food completely.
agni, indigestion

When food is completely digested by all the agnis, the body tissues will be well nourished and one is blessed with attractive complexion, glow, longevity, strength, good health, growth, enthusiasm, vitality and overall healthy development of body and mind.

The indigestion occurs when agni is imbalanced by the factors ( tridoshas ) which help agni to digest food. The variations of agni due to tridoshas are of 4 types.
Samagni ( balanced agni ) :The agni which is well balanced due to balanced tridoshas indicate the condition called Samagni . Samagni digests the food completely and nourishes the body tissues very well.

Vishamaagni ( varying agni ):- When vata is predominant this condition surfaces. The regular food gets digested normally on some occasions and poorly on others. Vata increasing foods and lifestyles lead to this condition. This variation of agni causes constipation, flatulence, pain in abdomen and other vata predominant diseases. The indigestion caused by this type of agni is called Vistabdhajeerna

Teekshnagni ( increased agni ) : This variation of agni occurs due to predominance of pitta. Pitta increasing foods and lifestyle cause this variation. This variation of agni causes increased hunger, thirst, acidity, heart burn and loose motions. The indigestion thus caused is called as Vidagdajeerna.

Mandagni ( decreased agni ): As increased moistness reduces the intensity of fire, the increased kapha reduces the intensity of agni. Kapha increasing foods and lifestyle cause this variation. Feeling Heaviness of body, swelling of eyelids (lower), belching which emit the smell of food consumed and water brash are few symptoms which of indigestion caused by mandagni. The indigestion caused by mandagni is called as amajeerna.

The decreased agni improperly digests the food and this indigested food is sticky in nature and improperly nourishes tissues, causing weakness of body. This sticky improperly digested food is called ama. Ama due to its sticky nature blocks the channels of body, vitiate doshas , contaminates tissues, imbalance body functions and cause diseases.

Causes of imbalance of agni which lead to indigestion

    Spicy foods, chilly, oily foods, medicines, milk and milk products, tobacco and alcohol.
    Irregular food habits and sleeping patterns.
    Medications like pain killers, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and steroids.
    Intestinal parasites.
    Diseases of pancreas, liver, gall bladder, intestinal infections etc.
    During pregnancy, premenstrual period, menopausal period in women.
    Emotional upset like anxiety, stress, examination, family tensions, etc.

Home Remedies for Indigestion
    Fasting completely for one day helps to normalize imbalanced agni and digest ama.

    Consuming liquid foods, boiled vegetables or fruit juices for 2- 3 days also improves agni and relieves indigestion

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    Avoid the factors (mentioned above) which cause indigestion.


    Mix a ½ tea spoon of lemon juice, ½ tea spoon ginger juice and little salt in a cup of water and consume thrice daily.


    Drinking ½ glass of warm water once in 2 hours increases agni and digests ama.


    Cook ½ cup of rice with 4 cups of water with crushed ginger (1”) and salt. Powder long pepper (2 or 3)and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.


    Abdominal Massage also helps to relieve indigestion. It loosens the tight muscles and increases the blood supply to digestive system. American Journal of aphysical medicine and rehabilitation mentions that “Abdominal massage has positive effects on some clinical aspects of neurogenic bowel dysfunction in patients with spinal cord injury. “

    Consuming well balanced food balances doshas and agni and hence keeps the body healthy and free from diseases.

As the seasons transition, (especially from winter into spring) Alternative therapists recommend cleansing the body to eliminate accumulated toxin. This annual or biannual herbal cleansing is designed to remove the toxic byproducts formed by inadequate digestion that clog the body’s systems and damages its tissues.

ayurvedic home remedies for digestive disorders

  Ayurvedic Home Remedies for digestive disorders-indigestion, flatulence , diarrhea

There are numerous simple recipes illustrated in Ayurveda to correct many disorders. Here are few gruel recipes which are strongly recommended in digestive disorders. These are simple and effective remedies which can be prepared easily at home to correct the disorder and also to replenish the lost nutrients.

Gruel recipes

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Ingredients: Rice-1/2 cup, Water -4 cups, Long pepper- 2or 3 , Ginger -1’’

Method of preparation: Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with crushed ginger and salt. Powder long pepper and fry it in a spoon of cow’s ghee and add it to gruel. Consume this when it hot. This is very light to digest and relieves colic pain.

There are numerous simple recipes illustrated in Ayurveda to correct many disorders. Here are few gruel recipes which are strongly recommended in digestive disorders. These are simple and effective remedies which can be prepared easily at home to correct the disorder and also to replenish the lost nutrients.

In Diarrhea-ayurvedic home remedies

Ingredients: Rice -1/2 cup, Water – 4 cups, Ginger paste – 1/2 spoon, Salt to taste, Pomegranate juice: ½ cup

Method of preparation

Cook rice with recommended quantity of water with ginger paste and salt. Add pomegranate juice when the gruel is warm. This gruel rehydrates body and supply energy . This soothes inflamed walls of intestine and controls bowel movements.

In flatulence - ayurvedic home remedies

Ingredients: ½ cup of rice, 4 cups of water, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) - powder-1/2 spoon, Roots of pippali or long pepper, Ginger paste -1/2 spoon salt to taste

Method of preparation Cook Rice, haritaki powder , roots of pippali and water together. Add salt to it. Consume this when it is warm. This relieves flatulence and regularizes the bowel movement

In indigestion due to over consumption of oily food

Ingredients: ½ cup rice, 4 cups of water, Butter milk – 1 cup, Salt to taste

Method of preparation: Cook rice water and salt together. Add a cup of butter milk when it is little warm and consume it . This relieves indigestion, nausea and corrects digestion.

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8. To Reduce Obesity and over weight

In Ayurveda over weight persons are said to be unfit for any treatment. Many preparations have been illustrated to reduce obesity and make them fit for treatment.

TRIPHALA CONCOCTION :-
Ingredients:-

Triphala powder
Honey

Method of preparation :-
Put a table spoon of Triphala powder in a vessel and add a glass of water to it. Boil this until the water reduces to 1/4 th of the total quantity . Allow this concoction to cool. Filter the concoction and add a table spoon full honey to this . This should be consumed in early hrs of the day in empty stomach.

2.SPICED RICE MANDA.:-
Ingredients:-
Rice
Water
Cumin seeds (jeera)
Dry Ginger powder
Pepper powder
Long pepper powder

Method of preparation :-
1. Take equal quantities of spices mentioned above (3-6) and grind them to a coarse powder.
2. Cook 1/4 teaspoon of this powder with two table spoon of rice in one big glass of water. Decant only liquid portion of this preparation add a pinch of salt to it . This can be used instead of soups.

WATER
Consumption of Boiled and cooled water helps to reduce weight.

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Lose weight through these 17 guaranteed methods or way

The resent statistics and researches have revealed that obesity or over weight is a growing global health problem. A person is called over weight or obese, when his/her weight is more than normal. Factors like age, height and race are considered to calculate normal weight of a person. Obesity leads to several other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension, erectile dysfunction, increased cholesterol and heart diseases. Obesity results when a person over eats and does no physical activities. Here is a list of few guaranteed way to lose weight and beat obesity. Ayurveda recommends few ayurvedic ways to lose weight.


1.When you realize that you are over weight, immediately consult a physician or dietician and start following a weight loss program. Never postpone or procrastinate this. Just get started and do something to lose weight.

2.Set your goals to achieve weight loss. Keep small targets or small goal which can be achieved in short span of time. Achieving small goals encourages you on weight loss path.

3.Concentrate on losing fat in every stage of daily routine.

4. The total number of calories used by your body per day is known as Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE). A normal person needs 2000 Calories for his daily activities. Reducing the daily calorie intake (i.e., less than 2000calories) and increasing the calorie expenditure (more than 2000 calories) help to reduce fat. When we consume fewer calories our body metabolizes the stored fat to meet the caloric needs of body.

5. Keep track of food you eat and their approximate caloric value.

6.Strictly say no to sweets, soft drinks, refined sugar, chocolates, ice creams etc.

7.Avoid saturated fats, fried foods and deep fried foods. Even small quantities of Oils and fats have high calories in them.

8.Avoid junk foods, jams, refined flours, etc as they contain fewer nutrients and more calories.

9.Welcome fresh vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fruits, lean meat, legumes and other healthy foods, on your plate.

10.Include whole grains in your diet and recipes. Whole grains have more nutrients and fibers.

11. Divide your diet in 5-6 small portions spread over a day. The best way is 3 small meals 2 healthy snacks. Calories from small meals are used quickly.

12. Eat your food slowly. Take at least 20 min
utes to finish your meals. Our brain takes 20 minutes to send the satiety signal (signal to say that stomach is full). This prevents consumption of extra calories.

13. Increase your physical activities. This compels body to use stored fat.

14. Aerobic exercises help to burn fat and increase TDEE

15. Lifting weights helps to get rid of more fat .This work out tones up muscles too.

16. Drink plenty of water to aid digestion and prevent dehydration.

17. Avoid alcohol. Consumption of alcohol increases hunger and leads to snacking.

Try to implement all these 17 ways in your weight loss program to achieve good weight loss.

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Fighting Obesity - an ayurvedic way

Definition of Obesity
Excess amount of body fat is Obesity. Excess weight of muscles, bone, fat and water in the body (like body builders and athletes) is Overweight.

Over weighted persons are at increased health risk than normal persons. They are more prone to chronic diseases like heart diseases, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and few types of cancers. Ayurveda emphasizes on weight loss. There are various ayurvedic treatment for weight loss.

 Is fat necessary to our body?
Certain amount of body fat does the following function
Heat insulation.
Absorption of shock.
Storage of energy. Etc.

Ayurveda describes the functions of body fat as “Medaha sneha swedaudhrudatwam pushtim asthyancha” This means in normal conditions the body fat keeps the body moisturized , causes sweating , gives energy to body (by storing energy) and nourishes bones. (By protecting them from shock)

 Distribution of fat
Women have more body fat than men. In women usually the fat accumulates around hips giving them a pear shape. In men it accumulates around belly giving them an apple shape. The obesity related problems start when fat accumulates around waist.

In ayurveda the distribution of fat is described as follows. Medastu sarvabhutaanamudarenvasthi thishtathi | Ata evodare vriddhihi prayo medaswino bhavet || Fat gets deposited in and around belly in all living beings. It is also present in bone. Hence when a person becomes obese his stomach bulges out.

And also the characters of an obese person are described as "Medo mamsa ativriddhatvaachalasphigudarastanaha" Which means the hips, belly and breasts of an obese person sag and sagged parts flap as that person moves. An obese person will not be active.

Causes of obesity according to Ayurveda


The causes of obesity are very clearly explained in ayurveda. The following reasons which are mentioned in ayurveda increase the deposition of fat.
Avayamadivaaswapnashleshmalaaaharasevinaha |
Madhuroannarasaha prayaha snehamedhovivardhati ||
According to ayurveda the causes of obesity are defined as :
Avyayama : Not exerting physically
Divaswapna: Sleeping in afternoon.
Shleshmala Ahara Vihara : The diet and life styles which increase Kapha
Madhura Annaha : Consuming sweetened foods .

Health risks due to Obesity

 
Obesity leads to the following problems.


Type-2 diabetes


Heart disease.


High Blood pressure.


Stroke


Few types of Cancers


Gall stones


Liver diseases


Osteo arthritis.


Gout


Infertility


Irregular menstruation in women.


According to Ayurveda the obese persons are more prone to the following diseases. Hence ayurvedic texts recommend weight loss to prevent the following conditions


Diabetes.


Kidney related problems.


Hepatitis.


Low libido.


Low energy levels.


Skin problems.


Fistula


Piles.


Filariasis . et
c


Tips to reduce Obesity

    Determine with the help of your physician how much weight has to be reduced.


    Set several short term realistic goals 

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    Reward yourself each time you make progress (Not food items)


    Even small weight losses have shown to be beneficial.


    Make gradual changes in eating habits.


    You will lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume.


    Hence eating less and being more active help in losing weight.


    Sound eating habits keep you out of putting on weight.


    Stay motivated to lose weight.


    Slow weight loss is the safest and most effective. ( one to one and half pound per week)


    Gradual weight loss, promote long term loss of body fat.
    A person who is moderately active needs daily, 33 calories per kg of body weight to maintain his weight .
    Reducing calories intake by 300 per day and increasing the physical activity to burn 200 calories per day results in weight loss of 400 Gms per week.


    To satisfy basic nutritional needs eat a variety of foods every day.


    Choose from each of the five food groups milk, meat, fruit, vegetable and cereals. Balanced food plans encourage making wise choices about everyday food choices. This type of diet helps to stay at your proper weight for life.


    Allow for an occasional treat.


    Evaluate your eating pattern.


    Try to cut down on foods high in fats and sugar.


    Most successful weight – loss plans stress on reduction in both calories and the amount of fat eaten

Physical activity:

    Determine the type of physical activity that suits your life style.


    Regular aerobic exercise like brisk walking, jogging or swimming, is a key factor in achieving permanent weight loss and improving health


    Health experts recommend exercising 30 minutes or more on all, days of the week for maximum benefits.
    The exercises should be moderately vigorous to be most effective but not exhausting.


    Incorporate few simple measures to burn calories effectively. Like- taking an after dinner walk, using stairs instead of escalators or elevators, parking the car farther away to have a longer walk etc.


    Exercises also improve sense of well being ,decreases stress and decreases appetite in some.

Ayurvedic tips and remedies to reduce Obesity

    Numerous ayurveda tips for obesity have been mentioned in texts of ayurveda. The following ayurveda weight loss tips help you to reduce the obesity.


    Very good exercises. Exercises like brisk walking, jogging, playing out door games etc help to reduce weight.


    Physical and mental exertion. Exerting physically like doing house hold works, walking to distant places to bring groceries, vegetables etc, walking long distances to bring the child back from school, walking to working place, climbing stairs etc are types of physical exertion. Exerting physically as much as you can help to burn more calories. Mental exertion like worrying or involving in finding solutions to problems also restrict food consumption in some and there by reduces the intake of calories 

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    Having sex frequently is also a good physical exertion.


    Consumption of honey. This is advisable for non diabetic patients. Consuming 2 tea spoon of honey with a glass of herbal tea which includes weight reducing herbs help a lot in weight reduction. Honey along with these herbs scrapes and dissolves the Kapha and medha (body fat).


    Sleeping for less hours. Avoiding sleeping in afternoons help to increase the burning of calories. This avoids slowing of basal metabolic rate.


    Avoiding the food and beverages which increase kapha and medha. The foods which increase kapha and medha are sweets, sweetened drinks , large quantities of carbohydrates and oily food.


    Consuming wheat products than rice products help to reduce obesity.


    Using Green gram and horse gram help in reduction of kapha and medha.

Ayurveda as Home Remedies

Ayurveda as Home Remedies (Health Tips)            
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    Constipation: Copper pot, fill it with drinking water, keep it overnight (room temperature), next morning warm up the water and drink it first in the morning.

    Gas – Abdominal: Drink Ginger juice 1 ml to 2 ml with warm water. And / Or Drink Club Soda with some salt & Black pepper powder.

    Common Cold Ginger powder, Ghee (Clarified Butter) & Jaggery (Brown Sugar) mix them together in same quantity and have it first thing in the morning.

    Indigestion: Ginger powder, Ghee (Clarified Butter) & Jaggery (Brown Sugar) mix them together in same quantity and make small balls size of small marbles and have it after each meal.

    POOR– Metabolism: Ginger powder, Ghee (Clarified Butter) & Jaggery (Brown Sugar) mix them together in same quantity and make small balls size of small marbles have it after each meal.

    Cough: Apply Vicks Vaporub (or similar products) on the chest & gently massage clockwise. Also take a 1 glass of milk, add 1 tsp. of Turmeric powder, warm it up, and drink it. You can repeat it several times of day if you wish or according to the condition of person.

    Vomiting: ½ gram of ground cardamom, mix with 1 tsp. Honey and have it slowly. And / Or Drink Club Soda with some salt and black pepper powder added.

    Worms: First thing in the morning, Eat 1 small piece of Jaggery (Brown sugar) then wait for 5 minutes and eat 1 tsp. of Caraway Seeds or Caraway powder.

    Acidity: Drink 1 glass of milk with 1 tsp. of Ghee (clarified butter)

    Colic Pain (Stomach Pain): Take a ½ gram of Asafetida (Hing Powder / Indian Spice), then mix it with little water make a paste of it and fill up your Belly button (umbilicus), lie down for 15-30 minutes and you will release some gas for few times, after that you will be fine.

    Fat Remover / Weight Loss: Boil 1 glass of water, cool it down then add 1 tsp. of Honey and drink it. Do this every morning. Or take 5 – 10 gms. of Triphala Powder boil it with 1 ½  glass of water for 5 – 10 minutes, then cool it down little as the temperature you can handle to drink, drink it everyday.

    Paralysis: Black pepper powder mix it with Sesame seed oil, warm it up & massage on effected areas regularly.

    Debility (weakness): Take a 1 glass of Milk, add 1 tsp. of Ghee (clarified butter), add little bit of Ginger powder, warm it up and drink it regularly. And / Or Eat Chick peas, split chick peas, roasted chick peas. And / Or Eat 5 Dates with Ghee (clarified butter), everyday in the morning.

    Eye Problems: 1 tsp of Triphala powder, soak it whole night in the one glass of water, next morning filter it with cheese cloth and wash your eyes with it several time a day. Do it regularly, it makes big difference.

    Ear Problems: If you have whistling sound eat Pecan nuts (walnuts), And / Or Sesame seed oil or Ghee (clarified butter) warm it up on low temperature and pour 2-3 drops into ears regularly.

    Tooth/Gums Problems: Sesame seeds oil or Clove oil, massage gently with your fingers on teeth & gums every morning. Always use soft brush, don’t brush your teeth more then one time, but if you will like to then use your finger then brush. There is some great Ayurvedic toothpowder/toothpaste available at Ayurved Centre, 416-778-9341     
  
    Sleeplessness / Insomnia: Massage Ghee (Clarified Butter) or Castor oil on the feet before going to the bed daily for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Mental Disorders: Massage Sesame seed oil / Ghee (Clarified Butter) gently on the forehead, scalp regularly any time of the day or do it at night, next morning do shampoo. And / Or  Soak 2-5 almonds over night in the water, next morning, remove skin of almonds and have it.

    Piles: Take cotton and soak it with castor oil and apply and placed on effected areas and keep it for while.

    Bed Wetting:
Do massage with Ghee (clarified Butter) on the abdomen (clockwise) for 5 to 10 minutes, before going to the bed on regular basis. And / Or  Chew Black Sesame seeds (5 gms), before going to the bed And / Or  Coriander powder with Sugar (10 gms. Each), mix it together & have it 2-3 times a day in summertime only.

    Night Discharge: Small towel soak it with the cool water and placed on the abdomen & then go to the bed. And / Or  First thing in the morning, swallow 3 pieces of Black Pepper, then eat 2 tsp of Ghee (Clarified Butter) regularly.

    Sexual Weakness: 1 or 2 tsp. of Ashwagandha Powder (Indian Ginseng), 1 tsp. of Ghee (Clarified Butter), 1 cup of milk & sugar for your taste, boil it for 5-10 minutes then drink it with temperature you can handle as hot or warm. Do it regularly in the morning or once a day. Also eat 1 tsp. Chyavanprash twice a day, regularly. And / Or Eat Urid Dal (lentils) in your food. Also have warm milk and butter in your meals. If you have less Sperm Counts then fry 5 to 10 gms. Onions into the Ghee (clarified Butter), twice a day.

    Skin problems / Prickles / Eczema / Acne / Pimples: Gently massage affected areas with Ghee regularly then after 2-3 hours take a shower or sleep over with it at night. Take a shower only with Sandalwood soap or Neem Soap only. And / Or   make a paste with Milk, Sandalwood powder & Rose water and apply on effected areas, when its dry take a shower  with warm water not a hot water and again only use above mentioned soaps.

    Hair Loss: Regularly do massage on the crown area of the head with Ayurvedic Medicated oil and use Ayurvedic Shampoos (but when you do massage always use your palm not a fingers because your nails will cut your hair more).

    Eye problems: Massaging Castor oil on your feet regularly not only improves your vision but may be help you reduce numbers on the glasses.

    Low Blood Pressure: First thing in the morning, 3 pieces of Whole Black Pepper swallow it regularly.

CHYAVANAPRASH - RASAYANA

CHYAVANAPRASH - RASAYANA

Out of eight branches of Ayurveda, Rasayana is one the most important. As age advances, there is slowing of growth in the body and circulation is hindered hence the substance called Rasayana is given. “RASA” means FOOD JUICE and “AYANA” means MOVEMENT or CIRCULATION. Movement of the RASA throughout the body, day and night, and consequent nourishment, maintenances of the cells, growth of new cells, expulsion of the damaged cells and full nourishment of the body is the main purpose of the RASAYAN treatment.  
In the chapter of Charaka Samhita on treatment called “Chikista Stana” is explains: “There are two types of treatments, one is promotion of vigor in the healthy and the other is destructive of disease in the ailing.” RASAYANA is that substance which gives health to the healthy; it increases the oja, the complexion, the glow and the essence of the seven body nutrients (food juice, blood, flesh, fat, bone, bone marrow, and the vital essence). Charaka says “ long life, heightened memory and intelligence, freedom from disease, youth, excellence of luster, complexion and voice, optimum strength of body and senses, utterances that always get fulfilled, the reverence of people, body glow – all these does a person obtain by the use of RASAYANAS or vitalizes.” They are considered vitalizes because they replenish the vital fluids of the body. The aim of a RASAYANA is not merely to increase longevity, but also simultaneously to increase one’s energy and stamina so that they will be able to enjoy the long life they have.  
Of all the RASAYANAS the most well known revitalizes is CHYAVANAPRASH.

“This is that very Chyavan Prasawaleh, the highest RASAYANA. It is specially recommended for the cure of cough, dyspnea, as a body builder for the emaciated, for those suffering from pectoral lesions, for the old and for children. It also subdues such disorders as loss of voice, diseases of the chest and heart, thirst and disorders of rheumatic type. It should be used in such doses as will not interfere with the normal meals. Intelligence, memory, luster, immunity from disease, longevity, increased sense power, amative delights, heightened activity of the gastric fire, clearness of complexion, the regularity of peristalsis ~~ all these man obtains from the use of this RASAYANA. By retiring into a retreat and resorting to this medicine, a man will shed his infirmities and emerge with FRESH YOUTH.” -- Charak Samhita

Note: Have a big spoonful of this Chyavan-Prash with warm or cold milk(like milkshake) everyday morning or just eat spoonful directly. This diet is a powerful tonic.
 It is said that Sage Chyavan made it to bring back youth in an old and fragile body. That’s the beauty of Aamla. Some people apply on the bread and eat it. Its look like JAM and taste like CHOCOLATE.

Chyavan-Prash is available in 500 gms & 1 kg pack.

Shirodhara

Shirodhara: The Signature Treatment of Ayurveda



One of the most common ailments seen now-a-days is stress. And as a result of stress people suffer from a wide range of conditions e.g. stress related hypertension, stress related digestive problems, stress related skin ailments, stress related insomnia etc.

If one was to handle stress well, then one would also prevent the above mentioned conditions and many more. There are many aids, treatments, foods, exercises, and massages etc that help us to beat stress.

But what about a treatment where therapists can actually put their clients to sleep without touching them? Can there be a short treatment of perhaps 30-45 minutes that would help to show results of 8-10 hours of deep sleep. And at the end of the treatment the client feels not only relaxed but rejuvenated with a clear mind to be able to focus well.

This is very much possible. The answer to all these questions is an Ayurvedic therapy called Shirodhara. Shirodhara is the signature treatment of Ayurveda which is not found in any other system of medicine.

• Shiro mean Head
• Dhara means to flow

Hence when put together it means something that flows over the head or forehead. Hence it can also be called the "Ayurvedic forehead oil flow treatment".

Warm herb-infused Ayurvedic oil is gently and steadily poured over the forehead across the third eye in a continuous stream using a special rhythmic swaying movement.

Ayurveda says "Don't put anything on your skin that you cannot put on your tongue because just the way everything that you put on your tongue gets absorbed and reaches different parts of your body so will everything that you put on your skin get absorbed to the deepest tissues like bones"

Importance of head and face in Ayurveda:

• The head, neck and face region are of immense importance in Ayurveda as this is the first point of entry for Prana or life force into our body. Oxygen is the food for Prana. And we inhale this through the nose.

• This is also the first point of entry for air, food and water via the nose and mouth.

• Ayurveda believes that as long as all the five sense organs are healthy and happy one can live a very long life.

• We are in contact with the external world via these five sense organs and all of them are situated on the head and face region e.g eyes, nose, tongue, ears and skin.

• There are seven Chakras in the body: Muladhara, Swadhishtana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara. Among these Chakras, Yoga and Ayurveda do give a lot of importance to Ajna and Sahasrara Chakras as they control the other Chakras and from a more scientific perspective they are related to important organs like the pituitary, hypothalamus and the brain.

Marma Points in Auyrveda

• Ayurveda speaks of energy centres in the body called Marma points. Marma points are connected with each other by energy channels called Nadis.

• Under normal circumstances, energy should flow uninterrupted through the Nadis while passing through the Marma points.

• Due to external influences like stress, tension, lack of rest etc energy tends to get blocked in Marma points. This results in symptoms of stress and strain.

• Blockage of these points will also result in early aging and many other ailments. Treating these Marma points will also help to prevent diseases or if there is any, it will help to treat or cure them.

When a Shirodhara treatment is given, it affects all the points mentioned above.

• It regulates the hormonal system by working on the Chakras.

• It helps to soothe the nervous system.

• It helps to strengthen the immunes system by inducing a state of deep meditation and relaxation and hence encourages endorphin production in the body.

• It helps to pacify the three Doshas by working on the Marma points.

• And lastly the continuous pouring of oil gives a sense of deep relaxation.

In addition to relieving disorders, it also has an added effect of awakening the third eye, invigorating the physical system and the mind and stimulating the cognitive memory.

Shirodhara helps to strengthen the following qualities in a client:

• Determination and self-restraint
• Thinking
• Reasoning
• Meditation
• Analysis
• Clarity of mind
• Focus
• Memory

It is a well known fact that whatever affects the nervous system (or immune and endocrine system) influences the other two systems profoundly. In the scientific field, it has been proved how deep these influences are. Shirodhara is one those excellent therapies that helps to soothe, relax, refresh the nervous system completely. By the time the treatment is finished, this also profoundly affects the endocrine and the immune system.

Shirodhara is a treatment that can be given all year round. It is suitable for all body types. Very traditionally this treatment is given during the day particularly in the morning between the hours of 7am and 11am. But the basic principle is that after the treatment the client should not return home to sleep for a few hours. It is important that the client stays awake for at least a few hours after the treatment.

The duration of the treatment may vary according to a person's Dosha type or the imbalance involved.
• Vata personalities or Vata disorders: approximately 60 minutes
• Pitta personalities or Pitta disorders: approximately 45 minutes
• Kapha personalities or Kapha disorders: approximately 35 minutes

Indications for this treatment are quite varied. Shirodhara is widely used as treatment to induce a state of deep relaxation. It helps to alleviate stress, improves perception of the senses, and alleviates anxiety, anger, and nervousness.

Ayurvedically, the indication can be divided as Vata, Pita and Kapha diseases. Some of the indications are as follows:

• Vata: Insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, difficulty to gain weight, mental exhaustion, Facial Palsy, hemiplegia or paraplegia, paralysis, constipation.
• Pitta: burning sensation in the head and neck region, stress related conditions, hypertension, ulcerations or inflammations in upper part of the body, greying of hair, loss of hair excessive sweating.
• Kapha: excessive sleep, lethargy, mucus conditions in the body, weak digestion, low appetite, anorexia, even conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes.

The list of indications is quite long but these are just some of them. Shirodhara is actually one of the Rasayana or anti-aging therapies which helps to promote longevity and is therefore including in anti-aging treatments packages. Shirodhara also helps to enhance both internal and external beauty therefore it is included in many beauty packages that are offered at various spas.

To be able to give Shirodhara treatment, a therapist needs the following equipment and accessories.

• Shirodhara stand which is made of teak wood and hence quite light to handle and yet stable
• Shirodhara pot which is made of copper and induces its medicinal qualities to the oil during the treatment
• Shirodhara headrest on which the client places his head. This helps the oil to be collected in a container without causing any mess or oil being spilled everywhere. The Shirodhara headrest ensures that the treatment when given is clean.
• Massage table on which the client lies down.
• Ayurvedic oil to suit the person's constitution or the imbalance that needs to be corrected.
• Ayurvedic oil warmer is used to warm up the oil while the treatment is being given
• Two containers or pans to hold oil during the treatment
• Shirodhara headband that prevents the oil from going into the eyes.
• Other accessories used are Rose Water to cover the eyes during the treatment, a hot water bag for the feet to keep the client warm.

Technique:
• The client lies down on the table. The treatment is started with a short Abhyanga to the whole body or just the face.
• The client then lies down with himself facing toward the ceiling. The eyes are cover with rose water eye pad and the Shirodhara headband is tied.
• Thereafter the warm oil is poured over the forehead through the Shirodhara pot which hangs from the Shirodhara stand. The oil is poured over the forehead in a thick yet gentle flow. The therapist ensures that the oil is being poured continuously without any breaks in the flow.
• The flow is directed across the forehead in an oscillating manner from one temple region to the other. This is very important to induce a complete beneficial effect from the treatment.
• The pouring of oil is continued for at least 20 minutes or based on the person's constitution or the imbalance in the body.

Most practitioners use warm sesame seed based Ayurvedic oil. But other liquids can also be used based on specific indications:

• Buttermilk Shirodhara is called Takra Dhara: this is usually used for cardiovascular indications e.g. high blood pressure, heart related problems etc.
• Clarifies butter (Ghee) with some oil: This is used for high Pitta related conditions eg excess heat in the body, ulcerations, inflammations etc
• The latest addition has also been the use of herbal decoctions which can be used for Kapha related conditions or conditions where oils may be contraindicated.
• Goat's milk or cow's milk mixed with herbal decoctions is used for certain gastro intestinal ailments.

Usually in India two therapists are needed to give this treatment, but when properly trained this treatment can be given by just one therapist or practitioner.

It is strongly recommended that you consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner if you suffer from any ailments. The treatment protocol may change based on a person's body constitution and disease.   

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