Herbal Remedies for Hypertension, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

 

Our heart acts like a pumping organ and blood pressure can be experienced when blood exerts pressure against our blood vessels. Blood pressure is a changing phenomenon and is affected by a number of factors like activity, rest, exercise, temperature, cold, diet, emotional state, posture, medications etc. high blood pressure (Hypertension) is an indicative of many problems. Normal blood pressure of a healthy individual is 120mmHg systolic and 80mmHg diastolic.

CAUSES

  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor digestion
  • Stress and hectic lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive intake of intoxicants
  • Due to hardening of the arteries or abnormal condition of the blood vessels
  • Due to overweight
  • Due to metabolic disorders
  • Excessive intake of salt
  • Use of medicines for a long period of time
  • Use of steroids and birth control pills
  • Due to kidney problems
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Eating junk, fried, packed and processed foods in large quantity

SYMPTOMS

  • Loss of vision
  • Headache
  • Kidney failure
  • Heaviness in the body
  • Restlessness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Tiredness in the whole body
  • Sleeplessness or disturbed sleep
  • Increased heart beat and heart attack
  • Chest pain
  • Irritation and anger
  • Nose bleeding may also occur
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Raised body temperature
  • Altered consciousness

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

According to Ayurveda, Hypertension known as raktagata vata is defined as the elevated pressure of the blood in the arteries. The increase in blood pressure depends upon a person’s age, sex, physical and mental activities, family history and diet.

Ayurveda believes that most of the food that we eat contains preservatives and chemicals that create digestive problems. Impaired digestion leads to the accumulation of toxins in the body which then mixes with the plasma and makes it sama that is heavy. The subsequent rakta dhatu thus formed is heavy and sticky. This heavy blood circulates through various channels and toxins start accumulating in the channels of the body. When toxins get accumulated in these channels, they cause narrowing of the channels. The blood then has to exert more pressure to circulate within the srotas or the channels, leading to the condition of high blood pressure.

Ayurveda treatment for hypertension aims at:

  • Correcting the ama dosha in the body
  • Improving and strengthening the digestive power
  • Eliminating the toxins from the body
  • Practicing yoga and pranayama to make the mind relax and stable

Single herbs useful in case of hypertension are:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Triphala
  • Jatamansi
  • Arjun
  • Rudraksha
  • Tulsi
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Celery seeds

Ayurvedic formulations needed in this condition are:

  • Sarpagandha Vati
  • Arjuna Ksheer Pak
  • Arjunarishta
  • Rudra Pearl Capsules
  • Lashun Rasayan
  • Lashunadi Vati
  • Chandra Prabha Vati
  • Mukta Vati
  • Hingvadi vati
  • Chitrakadi Vati

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Avoid meat, eggs and other non-vegetarian foods
  • Limit the intake of salt in your diet
  • Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoid smoking
  • Prefer eating Indian gooseberry, grape fruit, watermelon, garlic, lemon, parsley in diet
  • Do regular exercises
  • Practice yoga asanas in case of hypertension.
  • Avoid anger, anxiety, stress, tension, frustration and irritability as these factors further increases the hypertension.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Prepare the juice containing 3-4 garlic cloves, 10-12 basil leaves and one fourth cup of wheat grass. Drink this once a day.
  • Mix one teaspoon of onion juice with an equal quantity of honey. Take this once a day atleast for one week.
  • Mix one gram of garlic paste with a glass of buttermilk. Drink this buttermilk two times a day.
  • Chew 2-3 garlic cloves every day as it slows down the pulse rate and hence reduces the blood pressure.
  • Take one teaspoon of dried watermelon seeds and add one teaspoon of cuscus powder. Crush the mixture and have this twice a day.
  • Crush 4-5 Indian gooseberries and place the paste on a sieve. Press the paste to extract the juice. Take two teaspoon of this juice and add one teaspoon of honey. Mix well and drink this every morning.

HAEMORRHOIDS ( ARSHA)

A haemorrhoid is a very common inflammatory ano-rectal disease. Haemorrhoids arise due to congestion of internal or external venous plexuses around the anal canal. It is pitta pradhan tridoshaj vyadhi. Ano-rectal diseases are very common in adults and the people who have sitting jobs.

 For example, in summer season person is consuming hot, salty, sour, sharp and spicy foodstuffs and following the lifestyle like exposing in sunlight and person is of Pitta prakruti then that person is prone to develop the disease Sometimes piles can be present by birth.

 CAUSES

  1. Diet (Aahar karana) – spicy, sour, salty, hot, pungent food stuffs
  2. Lifestyle (Vihara karana)- sedentary lifestyle, no physical exertion, exposure to sharp sunrays etc.
  3. Mental exertion (Mansik karana) – anger, grief etc.
  4. Hereditary diseases – it is quite clear that piles come under the category of hereditary ones and it will run in generations to generations.
  5. Pregnancy- Progesterone hormone is a vasodilator. As progesterone level is high in pregnancy, does dilatation of anal vessels.
  6. Occupational hazards – Individuals who are indulges in sitting jobs are prone for piles. Due to continuous pressure over anal region.
  7. Constipation and diarrhea.

   PATHOGENESIS

SYMPTOMS

  1. ‘Splash on pan’ is the cardinal sign of piles. Rectal bleeding occurs after defecation.
  2. Constipation – while passing hard stools, there will be tears on mucous layer.
  3. Pain- there will be cutting type of pain.
  4. Associated with burning sensation.
  5. Protruded mass.
  6. Mucous discharge will be seen during defecation.
  7. Redness around the anal canal.
  8. Itching around anus.
  9. There will be swelling.
  10. Person is anemic, due to gradual blood loss person feels fatigue and weak. 

TYPES

  1. A) There are 2 types of haemorrhoids depends on anatomical site-
  2. Internal haemorrhoids.
  3. External haemorrhoids.

         Internal haemorrhoids originate above the dentate line or pectinate line. And mostly associate with bleeding.

External piles which are present below the dentate line, usually it is painful and visible.

  1. B) depends on nature –
  2. Bleeding piles
  3. Non bleeding piles
  4. C) Depends on degree of Prolapsed
  5.   1st degree prolapsed – There will be a button like protrusion on anal canal.
  6. Second degree prolapsed – mass will protrude out during defecation n goes inside automatically.
  7. Third degree prolapsed – mass will protrude out during defecation and we have to insert manually.
  8. Fourth degree prolapsed – mass will remains hang down outside.               

 MANAGEMENT

As per Ayurveda, management includes-

  • Pain management is the prime one.
  • Reducing inflammation of vessels.
  • Correction of Hemoglobin level in our body.
  • Management to avoid Constipation. 

TREATMENT

The line of treatment includes –

1.Nidana parivarjan – First and the foremost thing is to cure any disease is obstinate the cause for production of disease.

  1. Shodhana Therapy – As it is pitta pradhana tridoshaja vyadhi it is better to advice virechana

Avgaha – person is advice to sit in a tub filled with medicated decoctions and has to contract and relax the anal sphincter.

  1. Shaman Therapy (internal medications) –

Arshokill sachetsOur “Chandigarh Ayurveda centre” has formulated excellent sachets with the combination of herbs like praval, giloy, haritaki, chitrak etc. which is very beneficial in treating piles, and associated problems. Very good results have been reported with this medicine.

Arsha kuthar Rasa – it is used in treatment of haemorrhoids. Strengthens veins and also helps in reduction of mass and swelling. Balance vata and kapha. 1-2 tablets should be taken, twice a day.

Pranda Gutika – it is a very effective medication for bleeding and non-bleeding haemorrhoids. Also improves digestion. 1- 2 tablets should be taken, twice a day.

Arshofit capsules – 2 capsules twice daily.

Panchsakar churan – this powder is very effective to evacuate out waste toxins from the body, and also it helps to relieve constipation. Take half to 1 tsp of powder with lukewarm water, at bed time.

Agni tundi vati – strengthens weak digestive power. 1-2 tablets should be taken before meal.

Triphala syrup or churan-it’s a laxative so helps to relieve constipation.

Trivrut avleha – a laxative.

Hingwadi and Chitrakadi vati.- treats mandagni.

Sheet dhara – as it is an appetizer, treats agnimandya. Increases digestive power along with that it helps in ease digestion. Add half to 1 tsp in 80 ml of water, it should be taken before meal, twice a day.

 

  1. Kshaar sutra– it is a specialized ayurvedic procedure. A thread (kshaar sutra) is legated around the pile mass, which will slowly cut down the mass and also heals wound side by side.

 

  1. Shalya chikitsa (Surgical procedure) – if the hemorrhoids are prolapsed one, then there is need to go for haemorrhoidectomy.

 

HOME REMEDIES –

  • Sitz baths (avgaha) – Add tablespoon of triphala powder in 3 liters of water, boil it. Cools it down till it remains lukewarm. Person is advice to sit in a tub filled with this decoction and has to contract and relax the anal sphincter. This helps to reduce swelling, itching and mass.                            
  • Add cow ghee in diet which helps to calm down pitta and acts as stool softener.        
  • Drink Buttermilk by adding pinch of saindhav lavan. It is very beneficial if consumes daily. It increases agni (digestive fire) ,cleanses the channels.
  • To avoid constipation add fibrous rich diet in daily routine. 
  • Take fruit juices like radish, watermelon, pomegranate etc. 
  • A teaspoon of Haritaki powder along with jaggery is administered at night.
  • Soak few raisins at night and consume it in morning.
  • Add Yoga and exercises in daily regimen. 

PRECAUTION –

  • Avoid prolonged sitting. Posture is a triggering factor.
  • Should follow exercises and yoga in daily routines.
  • Diet- consume soorana kanda (Elephants foot), takra (buttermilk), Yava(Barley), Godhuma(wheat),saindhav lavan, Ajadugda(Goat milk), Goghrita (cow’s ghee), Godugdha (cow’s milk), vegetable soups, juices, banana etc.

Avoid – Excessive spicy, salty, fried and oily foodstuffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ayurvedic Herbs for Natural Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Brain disorders will result in potential threats that require immediate medical attention. Cerebral palsy is a condition which affects the normal lives of a person effectively. It is an important one to focus more on the brain functions for overcoming potential risks. The symptoms of cerebral palsy may vary from one child to another child resulting in complications. Those who are having the disorder may face difficulties in controlling the coordinating their muscles properly that can result in several discomforts. They may even experience balance, movement, and posture problems leading to complications in life.

The disorder usually appears in infants due to low weight and premature problems. Diagnosis of the disorder involves MRI, CT scan, EEG, ultrasound, and laboratory tests for determining a right type of treatment. A child who is having cerebral palsy needs excellent medical care to achieve the best results. Even though the exact causes of cerebral palsy is not known, health experts believe that the brain damage is mainly responsible for the symptoms. The cerebral palsy involves four types which can restrict the movements, speech, and other activities.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Apart from brain damage, cerebral palsy is also caused by some other factors.

  • Gene mutation
  • Infections
  • Traumatic head injury
  • Insufficient oxygen supply
  • Stroke
  • Hereditary disorder
  • Birth defects

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy will result in the following symptoms.

  • Movement difficulties
  • Ataxia
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Poor communication skills
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Seizures
  • Mental retardation
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Dental issues
  • Breathing problems
  • Skeletal deformities
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Learning disabilities

How can Ayurveda help in treating cerebral palsy?

Ayurveda is a holistic medical approach widely followed in India that provides methods for solving health disorders with natural herbs for ensuring optimal results. As per Ayurveda, Vata dosha is the main reason behind cerebral palsy disorder that aims at balancing the same with powerful herbs. It offers solutions for the symptoms effectively thereby showing ways to reverse the conditions of brain damage significantly.

Another thing is that it gives ways for enhancing the brain functions with massage and herbal formulations to witness major changes. It is really a challenging one to treat the symptoms fully. With Ayurveda treatment, it is possible to reduce the disability and improve the conditions considerably.

Herbs Used In Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Ayurveda physicians utilize certain types of herbal plants for cerebral palsy treatment that can help to gain more benefits.

1. Brahmi

Brahmi herb acts as a brain tonic which shows ways for eliminating the symptoms. It plays an important role in pacifying the Vata dosha to get relief from the symptoms with high success rates. Another thing is that the herb makes feasible ways for stimulating the brain activities efficiently to lead a problem less life.

2. Vacha

Vacha herbal plant contains several medical properties that boost the memory powers of a child. Apart from that, it paves ways for reducing the mental problems of a child by addressing essential requirements.

3. Haritaki

Haritaki has wonderful characteristics which contribute more to balance Vata dosha. Furthermore, it works well on the body thereby showing ways for minimizing the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

4. Haridra

Haridra is a very important herb used in Ayurveda for promoting the brain functioning effectively that can help for reducing the cerebral palsy symptoms.

5. Shilajit

Shilajit herbal plant supports neurodevelopment conditions and improves the cognitive functions of brain. In addition, it paves ways for increasing the oxygen supply to brain that can help for enhancing the neutral activities.

6. Amalaki

Amalaki herb gives ways for nourishing the brain significantly which can help to increase the mental functions of a child. It is a perfect one for promoting the memory and other activities of brain.

7. Vidanga

Vidanga herbal plant is one of the best herbal plants used for overcoming the problems related to the brain disorders.

8. Guduchi

Guduchi is one of the valuable herbs used in Ayurveda which can help for preventing the brain from unwanted issues.

In many cases, Ayurveda physicians recommend the herbal plants based on the conditions to obtain optimal results. It is necessary to discuss with them to know more about the treatment in detail.

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Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

Most people including you and me normally shed 50 to 100 strands of hair in a day. This is completely normal for us and doesn’t cause thinning of scalp hair. This is for the simple reason that new hair is always growing up there to take the place of the fallen. Cool isn’t it?

But this is not true or cool for a lot of us. There are many people around us who currently suffer from hair loss. This occurs when our cycle of hair growth and shedding gets disrupted. One might also suffer from hair loss when the hair follicle gets destroyed and then gets replaced with scar tissue.

Causes of Hair Loss

Family History or Heredity

This is the most common cause of hair loss. The condition is called male-pattern baldness in case of men or female-pattern baldness in case of women. It occurs gradually and mostly in predictable patterns. Main symptoms are a receding hairline and visible bald spots in men and unusually thinning hair in women.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes and imbalances in the body may cause temporary hair loss. After pregnancy hair loss is common. It may also occur on or after childbirth or during or at the onset of menopause. Our hormone levels are also majorly affected by the thyroid gland.

Patchy Hair Loss

This is called alopecia areata and is a type of non-scarring hair loss which occurs when our immune system attacks hair follicles. This results in sudden hair loss leaving behind smooth, round bald patches on your skin.

Scalp Infections

Ringworm infection can invade your hair and scalp skin which leads to scaly patches and hair loss.

Hair-Pulling Disorder

This condition is called trichotillomania in medical terms and causes people to pull out their hair.

Medications

Hair loss may also be a result of drugs or medications used for:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Birth control
  • Intake of too much vitamin A causes hair loss too

Other Causes of Hair Loss

  • Radiation therapy to the head
  • A trigger event such as a physical or emotional shock results in temporary hair loss
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments. Excessive hairstyling or exposure to chemicals, hair colours and cosmetic products also damage your hair. This can also cause inflammation and scarring which may result in permanent hair loss.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss

Ayurveda is a very safe and effective way to cure hair loss. As per Ayurveda, hair loss occurs due to excess of Pitta dosha in our body.

Herbs for Hair Loss

There are a number of Ayurvedic herbs whose oils and extracts treat hair fall completely:-

  • Aloe Vera
  • Bhringaraaja oil (Eclipta prostrata)
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
  • Brahmi (Centella asiatica)
  • Ritha (Sapindus mukorossi)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Methi (Fenugreek seeds)
  • Margosa (Neem)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Banyan tree

Ayurvedic Medicines for Hair Loss

  • Thikthakam Kashayam
  • Narasimha rasayanam
  • Thikthakam ghritham
  • Chyavana prasam

Ayurvedic Oils for Hair Loss

  • Coconut oil
  • Neelibhringadi oil
  • Amla oil
  • Arnica
  • Kunthala Kanthi
  • Bhringraj
  • Rosemary Essential
  • Mustard
  • Kanjunnyadi

Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

Prachanna Therapy

This therapy is used for patients where the above mentioned have failed to deliver favourable results. Ayurveda explains hair fall as one among the Kapalagata Rogas. Some people experience less hair loss while some many suffer from drastic hair loss making this essentially cosmetic disorder a psychological one.

Thus, enter Prachana karma. This is one of the types of rakta mokshana procedures carried on in Ayurveda. In this treatment surgical instruments are used to make multiple punctures or cuts on the scalp so that the vitiated blood oozes out and the dosha can be balanced. This procedure is performed and recommended only for those patients who are strong enough to bear the treatment. As the diseased blood oozes out from the affected area, the doshas are expelled out of the body and the disease is cured.

All diseases in our body that are due to vitiated blood, such as localized skin diseases, glandular enlargement, itching, skin inflammation and redness of skin disorders and edema also get cured.

Although you would say that various other treatments are available to treat hair fall such as topical hair and scalp preparation, also hair transplant surgeries which are very common these days. There is one major drawback to these surgeries that they cause permanent tissue atrophy and denaturing of cellular elements. Prachanna Karma on the other hand is counted as one among the Shastrakrita Raktamokshanas which is free of such side effects and post surgery traumas. The multiple small incisions made here work to detoxify the impure blood and facilitate re-growth and treatment of hair fall. It further helps strengthen the weakened hair roots, rescues damaged hairs, prevents hairline from receding, and stimulates and nourishes the hair follicles. This initiates hair growth with absolutely no risk of irritation and allergies.

Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma center in Chandigarh is the leading and only Ayurvedic destination in North India offering Prachana treatment to its patients. You can check the success stories of Chandigarh Ayurveda at their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/chandigarhayurved

Top 7 Herbs for Liver Detoxification

Forget the heart or the brain for a while; the liver, which many of us ignore, plays many significant functions for a healthy life. In our obsession to keep our heart healthy and mind stress-free, we tend to forget that we need to cleanse our liver from time to time as well. In fact, the ancient tradition of fasting was meant for liver detoxification only!

A healthy liver is important because:-

  • Liver maintains the body metabolism and stay fit.
  • It produces bile which is used by the digestive system to break down the fat. So if you wish to reduce your weight, liver detoxification is the way.
  • It flush out the toxins from the body, thus, keeping you disease-free.
  • A healthy liver is what gives your skin glow and lustre and also keeps your hair shiny and full. All the skin problems or hair low problems you are facing may find their trace in liver disorder.

Liver Disorders According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda terms Liver disorder as ‘Pitta Dosha’ which can be seen in your face through pigmentation or acne or gets reflected in the health of your hair. You can also watch out for your behaviours. Excessive anger or irritation or even resentment reflects Pitta dosha. Indigestion or constipation can also be taken as symptoms of liver disorder.

Why We Need to Cleanse the Liver?

To make sure that you are fit as a horse and bouncy as a hare, you have to ensure the health and fitness of your liver first! Yes, your liver is the filter of your body and if it is clogged with toxins, the entire body gets filled with the same contaminants. Therefore, to keep toxins at bay and your liver absolutely well-functioning.

Natural Ways for Liver Detoxification

Liver Detoxification

So when it comes to liver detoxification or restoring the health of this vital organ, nothing beats the treatments and herbal medications of Ayurveda which come without any side effect.

Ayurveda suggests that you can cleanse your liver and get rid of all toxins simply by making changes in your diet and lifestyle. Eating more fruits, drinking more water and increasing the intake of buttermilk during summers are simple habits that you need to incorporate in your lifestyle for a healthy liver.

One important thing to note is that – you must change your sleeping routine! Late night working or spending time on gadgets/laptops beyond 10 pm will aggravate Pitta dosha as it kicks into high gear between 10 pm to 2 am.

Top 7 Herbs for Liver Detoxification

1. Turmeric

This yellow root is powerful at protecting the liver and helps in cell regeneration as well. It also helps stimulate enzymes that are responsible for flushing toxins out of the body.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint isn’t used just for fresh breath but this herb also stimulates bile flow and relaxes your bile ducts, thus helping break down fats and reduce bad cholesterol. This in turn makes the liver’s job of filtering toxins much easier. Peppermint is also useful in inhibiting blockages in your kidney and gallbladder.

3. Lemon

Drinking lemon juice in warm water every morning is an age-old and time tested ayurvedic therapy that detoxifies not only your liver but also cleanses your digestive tract.

4. Triphala

Triphala powder is a blend of three herbs namely, Amla (Indian gooseberry), Haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan) and Vibhitaki (belliric myrobalan). It is a very powerful liver detoxification product. It also helps in cleansing the digestive tract and treats liver disorders by regulating bile secretion and supporting all liver functions. This powder also comes in the form of pills and capsules.

5. Karela or Bitter gourd

This is a natural blood purifier and has been used for detoxification for ages. It boosts blood purification and liver care and is also useful in diminishing the symptoms of diabetes. It helps in the treatment of dyspepsia, liver dysfunction, and diseases like jaundice, constipation and stomach problems and worm infestations as well.

6. Neem (Azhadirachta Indica)

Neem is a bitter tonic herb and a great detoxifying agent. Its leaves cleanse your blood and liver of all toxins and support the immune system as well. Neem also helps cure blood morbidity, biliary diseases and various skin conditions and ulcers. This herbal tonic is also helpful in suppressing oral carcinogenic cells. Over 135 compounds of Neem possess medicinal properties and are studied for their benefits.

7. Chicory Root

This is well known for its vibrant blue flowers. Not many of us know that chicory is also a medicinal herb which is celebrated for its liver cleansing properties. Ancient Roman, Persian, Arabian, and Indian physicians were in awe of chicory leaves and root because they aided them against various liver ailments such as jaundice, gallbladder and liver stones, constipation and urinary stones, indigestion, headaches and depression.

Ayurveda is not just a medical discipline but a way of life. Give in to harmonize your health.

In case you are facing acute liver disorders or chronic hair fall or feel low in energy, you must take consultation from Ayurveda experts for a holistic treatment of such liver disorders. Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre is one such health destination in north India, where you can get not just best Panchakarma treatments but also chemical-free medicines that will help your body to heal from within. Any kind of problems or doshas mainly, Pitta, Vata or Kapha can be cured with expert level treatments at Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre in Chandigarh as well as Zirakpur.

Herbal Remedies for Piles (Hemorrhoids), Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, is a very common problem nowadays. Piles are dilated and swollen veins around the rectum and around the anal opening. Pile mass is a collection of small veins which can be compared with the cushions of tissue within the anal canal containing blood vessels.

Two types of piles seen in people are:-

  1. Bleeding Piles The piles that usually bleed are known as bleeding piles. Regular blood loss leads to anemia and weakness.
  2. Non Bleeding PilesWhen there is no bleeding in the piles but still the pile mass can be felt and causes pain and discomfort is called non bleeding piles or dry piles.

According to the location, piles can be:-

  • External Piles – The hemorrhoids present on the external surface are both painful and visible. They get burst or begin bleeding if they get inflamed.
  • Internal PilesThese are located in the inner lining of the anal region. These are not visible externally and are generally painless.

CAUSES

The most common and persistent cause of piles is constipation. The straining action during constipation for the evacuation of bowels is the biggest cause for this condition.

Some of the other causes for piles are:-

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Genetic constitution
  • Untreated gastric condition
  • Lack of fibre intake in your food
  • Sitting on hard seats for prolonged periods of time
  • Lack of exercise
  • Varicose veins
  • Pregnancy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Conditions which cause increased pressure on veins around the anus

SYMPTOMS

  • Bleeding from the anal region
  • Itching and irritation in the anal region
  • Pain and discomfort at the time of bowel movement
  • Tender lumps
  • Feeling of unclear bowel even after passing the stool
  • Frothy mucus discharge with the stool
  • Constipation

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

Ayurveda believes that Apana Vayu is responsible for the defecation process. Vitiation of apana vayu results in the formation of pile mass. The vitiation of apana vayu leads to Agnimandya which further causes the malformation of the stool and hence results in the constipation.

Piles can be compared with Arsh in Ayurveda. Pravahini, visarjini and samvarini the three major veins present in the anal region swell up and protrude out leading to the formation of pile mass.

Ayurvedic formulations useful in Arsh are:-

Kshara Sutra ligation and Agnikarma excision are done to remove the pile masses.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Drink a lot of water and other fluids
  • Avoid irregular eating pattern and have meals at regular timings
  • Avoid eating heavy, oily and fried foods
  • Avoid sitting at one place for longer time. Take a break from your long sitting job
  • Keep the sitting surface soft so that it does not restrict the flow of the blood around the anal region
  • Never hold the urge to pass the stool. Avoid overstraining.
  • Prefer taking vegetables and fruits in your diet. Avoid taking non vegetarian food.
  • Make minimum use of oils and spices.
  • Avoid taking in bakery food items.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take one radish and crush it. Add some milk to make a thick paste of it. Mix well and apply around the anal opening. Wash off after 15 minutes. Do this two times a day.
  • Take one tablespoon of cumin seed powder and add water to make a thick paste of it. Mix well and apply this on the affected area. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with the water and do this two times a day.
  • Crush one inch piece of ginger and make a paste of it. Also take a handful of mint leaves and prepare its paste. Mix both the pastes well and extract the juice out of it. Now add two teaspoons of lemon juice to it and one teaspoon of honey to it. Mix well and consume this two times a day.
  • Combine the mixture of buttermilk and bitter gourd leaves. Take this 2-3 times a day. This is again highly beneficial in the case of piles.
  • Take the decoction of the fruit peel of harad or Haritaki with one cupful of jaggery at bedtime.
  • Crush 11 rose petals and add 50 ml of water to it. Consume this empty stomach in early morning. This is beneficial in preventing bleeding piles.

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Herbal Remedies for Hyperthyroidism, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

Thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland which is situated in front of the neck. It is one of the most important endocrine glands in the body. It is an extremely sensitive and easily responds to stress and stimuli. Its major function is to produce hormones which are responsible for metabolism of the body. It produces a hormone called thyroxine which plays a very important role in regulating the metabolism of the body. When this hormone is secreted in excess, the condition is known as exophthalamic goitre or thyrotoxicosis or hyperthyroidism. The disease is common in people between 20 and 40 years of age. The incidence is higher in females as compared to males.

Hyperthyroidism is a metabolic disorder, characterized by the excessive production of thyroxin by the thyroid gland. Goitre may also be present.

CAUSES

  • Excessive intake of iodine
  • Increased secretion of thyroxine hormone
  • Any tumor in the thyroid gland
  • Excessive secretion of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by the pituitary gland
  • Due to inflammation of the thyroid gland
  • Due to stimulation of HCG during pregnancy can also cause hyperthyroidism

SYMPTOMS

  • Excessive hunger
  • Increased frequency of stools
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nervousness
  • Loss of cheerfulness
  • Poor concentration
  • Irregular menstruation in females
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Palpitations
  • Irritation
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Increased sweating
  • Increased metabolic activity
  • Tremors in upper and lower limbs
  • Sometimes bulging of the eyes
  • Lack of energy in the body
  • Inappropriate angry response

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CDENTRE

According to Ayurveda, impaired digestion of the food leads to the production of the toxins that get deposited in the channels or srotas of the body. This causes imbalance of the functioning of the thyroid gland.

Hyperthyroidism is caused due to the vitiation of the vata and pitta dosha. The vitiated vata and pitta dosha cause overstimulation of the digestive power. Overstimulation of the digestive power causes increase in the hunger and hence over functioning of the thyroid gland.

Thyroid is also caused due to impurity in the blood which further causes hormonal imbalances and hence hyperthyroidism.

Single herbs that are useful in hyperthyroidism are:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Shatavari
  • Brahmi
  • Trikatu
  • Triphala
  • Kanchnar
  • Guggulu
  • Shilajeet
  • Gokshura
  • Punarnava

Ayurvedic formulations useful in hyperthyroidism are:

  • Kanchnar Guggulu
  • Trikatu Churna
  • Triphala Churna
  • Trikatu Tablets
  • Gokshuradi Guggulu
  • Punarnava Mandoor
  • Amlapitta Mishran Syrup
  • Hingvadi Vati
  • Chitrakadi Vati

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Include milk, ghee and milk products in your diet.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables like banana, melons, apples etc.
  • Practise yoga and pranayama. Ujjayi pranayama and Shitali breath are recommended for hyperthyroidism.
  • Practice of Sarvangasana is also recommended in thyroid. After Sarvangasana, practice matsyasana and halasana. All these practices positively result in better health of the thyroid gland.
  • Include diet containing minerals such as zinc, copper and calcium.
  • Consume natural sources of iodine such as watercress, sea weeds etc.
  • Eat pitta and kapha balancing diet.
  • Old rice, barley, moong dal, Bengal gram, cucumber are good for people suffering from hyperthyroidism.
  • Coconut water or application of coconut oil over body has good results in case of hyperthyroidism.
  • Avoid eating processed food stuffs.
  • Include ginger in your diet as ginger has anti inflammatory properties in it that help in boosting the immunity.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Mix in equal quantity the juices of cabbage, spinach, mustard greens and radishes. Drink one cup of this juice once daily.
  • Take 10 grams of dhania seeds and add it to a glass of water. Boil and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and take two times a day.
  • Mix long pepper, black pepper and dry ginger powder in equal quantities. Consume half teaspoon of this powder two times a day with lukewarm water.
  • Prepare a fine paste of the vegetable jalakumbhi and apply it over the affected area to reduce the swelling.
  • Jalakumbhi is also rich in iodine. Consume its juice in the dose of 10-20 ml a day. This is highly beneficial in case of hyperthyroidism.

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Herbal Remedies for Constipation, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

 

Constipation is defined as the condition where a person has difficulty passing faeces or passes dry stool. The person has irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels. Colon in the large intestine is responsible for packaging and eliminating stool. As the food moves through the colon, it absorbs water while forming stool. The food is then pushed forward due to muscular contractions of the colon. When the stool reaches the rectum, it is in solid form and is expelled out of the body. But due to certain reasons the process does not go in the proper way and leads to constipation.

CAUSES

  • The most common of cause of constipation is the intake of low fibre diet.
  • Not taking enough liquids
  • Due to lack of exercise
  • Certain medications such as narcotics, antacids, antispasmodics, antidepressants, diuretics can cause slow passage of bowel movements
  • During pregnancy in females
  • Due to travelling long distances
  • Due to intake of laxatives in a large quantity
  • In some disorders such as neurological disorders, metabolic or endocrinal disorder, patients develop the problem of constipation
  • In people who ignore the urge to have bowel movement

SYMPTOMS

  • Difficult, dry and painful bowel movement
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss in the patient
  • Uncomfortable and sluggish feeling
  • Loose motions
  • Loss of appetite

Chronic constipation can cause haemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapsed, faecal incontinence and bloody stools.

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

In Ayurveda, constipation is known as Koshtha baddhata. It is mainly caused due to vata dosha imbalance. Ayurveda believes that when the colon doe not function properly, the there is accumulation of offensive and highly poisonous wastes known as ‘ama’ in ayurveda. This not only contaminates the body but also disturbs the digestive process.

The causes of koshtha baddhata are:

  • Prakriti of the person
  • Vega Dhaarana
  • Intake of vata dosha promoting food which is rooksha, pishtha, sheeta, kashaya, tikta or laghu
  • Anashana
  • Ati Vyayama
  • Aantra avrodha
  • Krumi
  • Maansika karana such as chinta, shoka and dwesha

Ayurvedic formulations that helps in relieving constipation are:

  • Triphala Churna
  • Panchskar Churna
  • Panchsam Churna
  • Trivritavaleha
  • Abhyarishta

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Eat plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables
  • Have papaya and sugarcane in your diet. This helps in relieving the constipation.
  • Use whole meal flour in your diet
  • Avoid taking fried foods as the body takes more time to digest them.
  • Minimize the intake of rice in your diet. Wheat can be taken in place of rice.
  • Exercise helps in relieving constipation.
  • Drink carrot juice.
  • Eat guavas. Seeds present in guava provide roughage to diet ad relieves the constipation.
  • Ginger tea is beneficial in constipation
  • Avoid heavy, dry and oily foods.
  • Include oil or ghee in your diet as it provides lubrication the colon.
  • Avoid beans, dry grains, cabbage family plants, mushrooms and other light and dry foods.
  • Spices such as asafetida, ginger, cardamom and fennel should be taken. This helps to alleviate gas and promote the downward movement of vata dosha.
  • Cut down your mental worries and anxieties.
  • Avoid over exposure to severe heat or wind.
  • Drink atleast three litres of water every day.
  • Avoid taking tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Practice Pawanmuktasana, Vajrasana, Yoga mudra, Dhanurasana.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take one glass lukewarm water. Squeeze half lemon in it. To this add one teaspoon salt. Mix well and drink this every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Take one glass warm water and add one teaspoon isabgol to it. Mix well and drink this at bed time.
  • Add half teaspoon fennel seed powder to one glass of lukewarm water. Drink this at bed time.
  • Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. Crush and strain well to regulate the bowel movement.
  • Mix one tablespoon honey in one cup of lukewarm water and drink this on an empty stomach in the morning.
  • Boil few fresh and ripe figs in a glass of milk and drink this before going to bed.
  • Take equal amounts of sunflower and sesame seeds. Prepare the mixture and have this once a day.
  • Take in two teaspoonfuls of castor oil in the milk for relieving constipation.

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Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

INTRODUCTION

Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari) is found all over India. Generally, it is grown in pots in houses.

APPEARANCE

The plant does not contain a stem. Thick, muscular leaves grow directly from root from all sides. Leaves are 2-4 ft long and 3 inch wide. The margins have small thorns which gives it a look of a chisel. From the center of the leaves grows a long flower pod in which grow red flowers. Plant bears flowers in winter season.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

Its extract contains glucosides. The main component alone is light yellow coloured glucoside, called barbiloine. In addition, it contains a resin and fragrant oil.

PROPERTIES

It is heavy in digestion, unctuous, sticky, pungent, cooling and bitter. It is dry, sour and warm. It is purgative, and beneficial for eyes, is a rejuvenator, and sweet. Its promotes physical strength, improves potency and cures vata, poisonous flatulence, liver disorders, spleen disorders, semen production, cough, fever and cyst. It is beneficial in curing burns. It cures pitta, blood disorders and skin disorders.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

Headache:-

Take pulp of Indian aloe and add little amount of powder of darubaldi on it. Heat the pulp slightly and apply on the painful area. It cures vata and kapha related headache.

Alopecia

Take the pulp of Red Indian aloe (plant which bears orange or red coloured flowers). Dilute it in spirit and apply the paste on hair. It turns the hair black. When applied on bald head, it promotes hair growth.

Eye Disorders

  1. Apply the pulp of Indian aloe on eyes. It cures the redness of eyes and reduces the heat of eyes. It is also beneficial in viral conjunctivitis.
  2. Take its 2 gm pulp and add 380 mg poppy in it. Tie this mixture in a piece of clout. Dip this cloth in water and apply the cloth on the eyes. Aloe put 2-3 drops of this mixture in the eyes. It cures pain in eyes.
  3. Mix a little amount of turmeric in its pulp and warm it slightly. Tie this mixture on the eyes. It cures pain in eyes.

Otalgia:-

In case of pain in one ear, put 3 drops of warm juice of Indian aloe in the opposite ear. It cures the ear pain.

Ear Worms:-

In case of worms in ears due to excessive heart, grind Indian aloe in water and put 3 drops each in the ears. It kills the worms in ears.

Bronchitis:-

Prepare ash (bhasma) of its pulp and saindhava and evening to the patient. It cures bronchitis and severe bronchitis and also cure bronchitis due to kaphaja.

Flatulence:-

Take 5 gm of its pulp, 7 gm cow ghee, 2 gm Haritaki powder and 2 gm rock salt. Mix them all and give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures flatulence.

Gastric Tumor:-

Tie its pulp on the stomach. It dissolves the stomach tumour. It softens the hard cures

Stomach Pain:-

Grind 15-20 gm of Indian aloe root and then boil it. Strain the solution, sprinkle a little amount of roasted asfoetida on it and give this to the patient. It cures stomach pain.

Bleeding Piles:-

Mix 60 gm pulp of Indian aloe with 3 gm grinded geru. Prepare its cake. Place it on a piece of cotton and them place the cotton on the anus region and then tie it with cloth. It cures the pain and burning sensation in the boils. The boils shrink and get cured. This treatment is useful in bleeding piles also.

Jaundice:-

  1. Give 20-30 ml juice of Indian aloe,3-5 times a day. It cures disorders of pitta. It cures yellowness of eyes and also cures constipation. Its juice can be given to the patient as nasya to inhale through nose and cures nasal disorders.
  2. Give 4-7 gm of its juice with butter milk. It cures spleen and liver enlargement, flatulence pain and also cures any disorders of digestive system. Take off the pulp from its leaves and fill the peel of leaves in an earthen pot and add a little amount of salt in it. Close the mouth of the pot and cook it on fire. When the internal material burns completely and turns black, grind it into a fine powder and store it in a bottle. This powder is used as medicine.

URINE INFECTION

 

This infection also known as Urinary Tract Infection is caused by microbes including bacteria, fungi and sometimes rarely by viruses. It is one of the most common infections in people. UTI is usually caused by using unsanitary public toilets or not maintaining hygiene. This infection can be caused anywhere in the urinary tract. It starts at the urethra, and in cases where it goes non-medicated it spreads on to the bladder and the ureters. In extreme cases it goes on spreading in the kidneys, which could be fatal in some cases. The UTI is mainly in the lower tract or the upper tract. Lower tract infections the most recurring ones. Women are more prone to UTI since their urethra is shorter than the men.  Sometimes it so happens that the bacteria present at our anus also causes UTI.

WHAT CAUSES UTI?

  1. Poor washroom hygiene
  2. Less consumption of water
  3. Kidney stones
  4. Previous case of UTI
  5. Too much bed rest after surgery or immobility due to surgery, use of catheters for prolonged periods
  6. Older age
  7. Uncontrolled Diabetes
  8. Pregnancy
  9. Poor hygiene after intercourse
  10. Weak immune system

SYMPTOMS

  1. Burning sensation in urination
  2. Increased frequency in urination
  3. With increased frequency of urination, not passing much urine
  4. Urine will have a strong odour and will be dark in colour
  5. Pain in lower abdomen or pelvic region or rectal pain and a little bloating
  6. Bloody urine in extreme unmedicated cases

In extreme cases:

  1. Chills
  2. Fever
  3. Vomiting
  4. Nausea

 

HOW TO AVOID OR PREVENT UTI? 

  1. Avoid using public toilets, especially women, because they have a shorter urethra they are more prone to UTI.
  2. Cleaning of private parts: while cleaning your private parts always clean from your front to back so that the bacteria from your anus don’t travel o your urethra.
  3. After sexual intercourse: always wash your private parts and urinate after sex, so that the bacteria that have travelled to your urethra gets washed out. Avoid using spermicides and definitely practice safe sex.
  4. Holding urine for prolonged periods: holding the urge to urinate can cause the bacteria to multiply and grow in the bladder.
  5. Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration and thus give a breeding ground for the infectious microbes to grow.
  6. Fully empty your bladder while urinating can prevent the infection a lot.
  7. Chronic UTI: if you have encountered UTI more than twice or thrice in your life time frequently, it is likely that it will have a recurring habit.

UTI DIAGNOSIS

Doctors usually conduct Urine routine and urine culture for detecting a UTI.  You should always rush to the doctor the moment you feel the symptoms of UTI, because to conduct a urine culture it takes 3 days. In cases of recurrent UTI, the doctor might also conduct ultrasounds, X-ray or blood culture. In some extreme cases or cases where previous UTI have gone untreated they also conduct Computerized tomography (CT) scan.

HOME REMEDIES FOR UTI

  1. Citric acids: drink a lot of fresh juices made from citrus fruits like lemon, orange etc. this neutralizes the urine and makes it easier to pass urine. Try drinking one glass or cup of juice at night because the first urine you pass of the day is the most concentrated and will burn a lot, citrus acid helps it neutralize.
  2. Coconut water: coconut water has healing properties and is always recommended in any kind of infections.
  3. Avoid caffeine: you should absolutely cut the caffeine intake i.e. coffee, tea or sodas, because they have high level of caffeine and caffeine has a property of dehydration.
  4. Cranberries: consuming 3-4 cranberries soothes the infection and stops the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the tract.
  5. Pro-biotics: Consuming curd etc helps delivery of Lactobacillicus and increases the good bacteria and fights the infection.
  6. Vitamin C: like mentioned above Citrus acid have high amount of Vitamin C which helps fighting the bacteria.

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF UTI

Always remember, ayurveda is a self-care system, you have to take care f everything in your life, that bieng your health, food you consume, lifestyle habits, practicing yoga etc. The urinary tract is called mutravahi strotas. The infection of urinary tract is called Pittaj Mutrakrichhra. An aggravated pitta is the cause of UTI. It is the heat energy in every cell and predominantly lies in the stomach area. Eating food that has high heat causes aggravation of UTI. Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods.

AYURVEIC HOME REMEDY FOR UTI

  1. Put 3 tablеspoons of powdеrеd coriandеr sееds and 1 tablеspoon of powdеrеd rock candy (or unrеfinеd sugar) in a vеssеl (prеfеrably an еarthеn pot) containing 3 cups of watеr. Kееp it ovеrnight. Mix wеll and drink 1 cup of thе liquid 3 timеs a day. This is a vеry good rеmеdy for pacifying pitta in thе urinary tract.
  1. Garlic or lashuna is particularly effective against micro-organisms causing cystitis. One capsule, thrice a day is recommended for internal use.
  1. Cinnamon or dalchini, one teaspoonful (5 g), thrice a day has antiseptic activity.
  2. Sonth: Sonth mixed with milk and sugar can help prevent the burning and itching during UTI.

AYURVЕDIC MЕDICINЕS FOR UTI

  1. Himalaya UriCare: this medicine is available online for Rs. 1992 for 240 Capsules. It helps in urine flow and kidney function. Shilajееt and Cypеrus arе among thе ingrеdiеnts includеd in UriCarе, which tonе and comfort thе urinary tract, kidnеys and bladdеr to promotе еasе of flow.
  2. Dabur Gokshuradi Guggulu – 40 Tablets (Pack of 2) for Rs 130 is rich in Gokshuradi Guggulu: which helps in getting rid of infections like UTI and keeps the urinary tract clean.
  3. Divya Chandraprabha Vati – 60 g (120 Tablets) An еxcеllеnt rеmеdy acting as Shamak, Balya, Rasayan & Mootral on Urinary tract & gеnital organs. It rеducеs inflammation in Urinary tract & acts as Vranaropak. Bеing Mootral it incrеasеs flow of urinе in conditions such as hampеrеd formation of urinе & accumulation of еxcrеtory wastеs. It costs Rs 42 for 30 capsulеs.
  4. Dabur Chandanasva: this mеdicinе is usеd for trеating urinary infеctions. It is availablе onlinе on Dabur sitе.

XЕROSIS

 

Xеrosis cutis is thе mеdical tеrm for abnormally dry skin. This namе comеs from thе Grееk word “xеro,” which mеans dry. Dry skin is common, еspеcially in oldеr adults. It’s usually a minor and tеmporary problеm, but it may causе discomfort. Your skin nееds moisturе to stay smooth. As you agе, rеtaining moisturе in thе skin bеcomеs morе difficult. Your skin may bеcomе dry and rough as it losеs watеr and oils.

Dry skin is morе common during thе cold wintеr months. Modifying your daily routinе by taking shortеr showеrs with lukеwarm watеr and using moisturizеrs can hеlp prеvеnt Xеrosis  cutis.

Causеs:

Dry skin is linkеd to a dеcrеasе in thе oils on thе surfacе of thе skin. It is usually triggеrеd by еnvironmеntal factors. Thе following activitiеs or conditions may lеad to dry skin:

  • ovеrclеansing or ovеrscrubbing thе skin
  • taking baths or showеrs using еxcеssivеly hot watеr
  • bathing too frеquеntly
  • vigorous towеl-drying
  • living in arеas of low humidity
  • living in arеas with cold, dry wintеrs
  • using cеntral hеating in your homе or workplacе
  • dеhydration, or not drinking еnough watеr
  • еxtеndеd sun еxposurе

 

Who is at risk for Xеrosis cutis?

Xеrosis cutis is worsе during thе cold wintеr months whеn thе air is vеry dry and thеrе is low humidity.

Oldеr pеoplе arе morе suscеptiblе to dеvеloping thе condition than youngеr pеoplе. As wе agе, our swеat glands and sеbacеous glands arе lеss activе, mostly duе to changеs in hormonеs. This makеs Xеrosis cutis a common problеm for thosе 65 yеars old and oldеr. Diabеtеs is also a risk factor, making oldеr individuals with diabеtеs vеry likеly to dеvеlop Xеrosis cutis.

 

 

Symptoms:

Symptoms of Xеrosis cutis includе:

  • skin that is dry, itchy, and scaly, еspеcially on thе arms and lеgs
  • skin that fееls tight, еspеcially aftеr bathing
  • whitе, flaky skin
  • rеd or pink irritatеd skin
  • finе cracks on thе skin

 

You should sее a dеrmatologist if:

  • your skin is oozing
  • largе arеas of your skin arе pееling
  • you havе a ring-shapеd rash
  • your skin doеsn’t improvе within a fеw wееks
  • your skin gеts much worsе, dеspitе trеatmеnt
  • You may havе a fungal or bactеrial infеction, an allеrgy, or anothеr skin condition. Еxcеssivе scratching of dry skin can also lеad to an infеction.

 

Dry skin in youngеr pеoplе may bе causеd by a condition callеd atopic dеrmatitis, commonly known as еczеma. Еczеma is charactеrizеd by еxtrеmеly dry, itchy skin. Blistеrs and hard, scaly skin arе common in pеoplе with this condition. A dеrmatologist can hеlp dеtеrminе whеthеr you or your child has еczеma. If you arе diagnosеd with еczеma, your trеatmеnt plan will bе diffеrеnt from a pеrson with Xеrosis Cutis.

Xеrosis cutis can bе a symptom of othеr conditions, including:

  • ringworm
  • thyroid issuеs
  • psoriasis

Thеrеforе, it’s important not to ignorе xеrosis cutis. If itching or discomfort pеrsists aftеr trеatmеnt, bring thе symptoms to thе attеntion of an mеdical profеssional.

 

How can xеrosis cutis bе prеvеntеd?

Dry skin cannot always bе prеvеntеd, еspеcially as you agе. Howеvеr, you can hеlp avoid or rеducе thе symptoms of xеrosis cutis by simply modifying your daily routinе:

 

  • Avoid bath or showеr watеr that is too hot. Opt for lukеwarm watеr.
  • Takе shortеr baths or showеrs.
  • Avoid еxcеssivе watеr еxposurе, and do not spеnd еxtеndеd amounts of timе in a hot tub or pool.
  • Usе gеntlе clеansеrs without any dyеs, fragrancеs, or alcohol.
  • Pat thе skin dry aftеr a showеr with a towеl instеad of rubbing thе towеl on your body.
  • Stay hydratеd by drinking plеnty of watеr.
  • Limit thе usе of soap on dry arеas of skin and choosе mild soaps with oil addеd.
  • Avoid scratching thе affеctеd arеa.
  • Usе oil-basеd moisturizing lotions frеquеntly, еspеcially in thе wintеr, and dirеctly following a bath or showеr.
  • Usе a sunscrееn whеn going outdoors.
  • Usе a humidifiеr to incrеasе thе moisturе of thе air in your homе.

 

Ayurvеdic trеatmеnt for Xеrosis Cutis:

Advancеd Ayurvеda Skin Trеatmеnt Cеntrе has dеvеlopеd many products for diffеrеnt skin conditions so as for Vata Skin Condition. Thеsе arе Hеrbal Oils, hеrbal Lotions and Hеrbal crеams for thе local usе for thе vata typе skin. Thеsе products not only givеs thе rеliеf from vata conditions but also nourishеs thе skin and promotеs hеalthy and radiantskin. Drynеss of thе skin is duе to thееxtеrnal and intеrnal factors, it givеs thе clеar еvidеncе that thе skin has lost most of its еssеntial protеctivе functions. Thе sun rays, hard watеr, wind and cold wеathеr affеcts thе skin and skin losеs its softnеss, driеs up quickly and aftеr wash thе skin gеt unusually rough and hard.Somеchеmicals,cosmеtics,wеathеr,еxcеssivе bathing with harsh soaps causеs dry skin. Thе dry skin bеcomеs vеry pronе to skin allеrgy,dеrmatitis,еczеma,psoriasis, sеborrhoеa and non-spеcific itching.Thе pеrsons who havе vata prеdominant skin and contitution nееds proеpеr trеatmеnt and somеtimеs thе pеrsons who havе not vata typе may also gеt dry skin duе to еxtеrnal and intеrnal factors.

Roghan Badam Shirin:Almond oil is a rich sourcе of Vitamin Е, fatty acids, protеin, potassium and zinc and lots of othеr vitamins and minеrals. This is thе rеason why Almond oil is considеrеd to bе good for our skin and hair.Almond oil actually comеs in two variants – Swееt and bittеr. Bittеr almond oil can bе dеrivеd from thе bittеr almonds. Bittеr almond oil is not at all safе to bе takеn intеrnally sincе it contains a toxic ingrеdiеnt callеd hydrocyanic acid. Swееt almond oil is еxtractеd from еdiblе almonds. Swееt almond oil not only givеs a flawlеss skin, but also takеs carе of your skin and your intеrnal hеalth.

Talеkt:Talеkt’s antimicrobial and dеtoxifying propеrtiеs combat dеrmal infеctions causеd by gram-positivе and gram-nеgativе bactеria. Thе anti-allеrgic propеrty of Talеkt controls itching associatеd with dеrmal infеctions and allеrgiеs. Talеkt еnhancеs thе immunе rеsponsе to dеrmal infеctions and, as a rеsult, rеducеs thе risk of rеlapsе. It has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-allеrgic propеrtiеs, which soothе thе skin. It is a dеtoxifiеr that еliminatеs impuritiеs from thе skin’s surfacе and an anti-inflammatory, which is usеful in combating various dеrmatological disordеrs.

CHOLESTROL

 

 

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every cell of the body. Its natural function is to help in digesting foods and generating vitamin D. the body also uses the substance to protect nerves, make cell tissues and produce certain kinds of hormones. Usually the cholesterol produced by the liver is enough to fulfil its essential functions; however the body also gets direct cholesterol from dietary sources such as poultry, eggs, fish and dairy products. Plant based food products contain s no cholesterol. Therefore too much cholesterol can have negative impact on one’s health.

Liver regulates the cholesterol content in the bloodstream. Cholesterol from the food is absorbed from the small intestine and metabolized to be stored in the liver. The liver then accordingly produces cholesterol according to the needs of the body. Presence of too much cholesterol can cause the walls of the arteries to narrow due to build-up of deposits.

 

 

TYPES

Cholesterol is not capable of travelling through the bloodstream on their own they are carried by lipoproteins. There are two types’cholesterol carrying lipoproteins; one is a low density lipoprotein or LDL and the other one is a high density lipoprotein or HDL.

Low density lipoprotein or LDL

LDL cholesterol is considered to be the “bad” cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty build-ups in the arteries .This condition leads to  narrowing down of the arteries which increases the risk for heart attackstroke and peripheral artery disease.

High density lipoprotein or HDL

HDL can be considered good cholesterol which means higher levels of HDL are actually healthy. It is believed by experts that HDL cholesterol acts as a scavenger which carries LDL cholesterol away from the arteries towards the liver where they get broken down and removed from the body. However HDL cholesterol is not capable of eliminating all LDL cholesterol from the body

 

SYMPTOMS

The basic symptoms of cholesterol include:

  • Angina or chest pain
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Pain while walking which can be caused by blocked arteries

 

CAUSЕS

High blood cholеstеrol is causеd by a numbеr of factors which includе:

  • Poor diеt: Consuming saturatеd fat found in thе following food itеms can raisе your cholеstеrol lеvеls:
    • dairy products such as, buttеr, crеam, ghее, rеgular-fat milk and chееsе,
    • fatty cuts of bееf, pork and lamb, procеssеd mеats likе salami, sausagеs and thе skin on chickеn
    • commеrcially bakеd cookiеs and crackеrs, crеam-fillеd candiеs

 

  • Obеsity: A body mass indеx (BMI) of 30 or highеr puts you at an incrеasеd risk of high cholеstеrol.
  • Largе waist sizе: Thе risk of high cholеstеrol lеvеl incrеasеs if you arе a man with a waist circumfеrеncе of at lеast 40 inchеs or a woman with a waist circumfеrеncе of at lеast 35 inchеs.
  • Sеdеntary lifеstylе: Lеading a sеdеntary lifеstylе incrеasеs thе risk of cholеstеrol formation. Еxеrcising rеgularly, on thе othеr hand, kееps LDL or thе harmful cholеstеrol in chеck.
  • Smoking: Smoking rеducеs HDL or thе good cholеstеrol. It injurеs and еvеn damagеs thе innеr lining of thе artеriеs, making it еasiеr for cholеstеrol and othеr fats to stick to thе blood vеssеls. This can incrеasе thе risk of hеart disеasеhypеrtеnsion and strokе.
  • Diabеtеs: Diabеtеs incrеasеs thе LDL cholеstеrol and dеcrеasеs thе HDL cholеstеrol in thе body. It damagеs thе artеriеs and incrеasеs thе risk of a hеart attack.

 

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Cholesterol is a type of fatty acid that the liver produces which is used by the body to perform a range of activities such as synthesizing of hormones, bile acid and vitamin D. The ayurvedic treatment focuses on controlling the secretion of cholesterol.

  1. Medicagosatina: Also known as Alfalfaand is quite famous for its ability to deal with artery-related diseases. It’s capable of clearing the arteries that are congested with cholesterol. It can be consumed daily as a whole or by mixing it in any kind of juice.
  2. Arjuna:This is yet another powerful Ayurvedic herb that is very powerful in dealing with cardiac conditions such as heart blockages, heart attacks etc. The bark of the Arjuna tree can be consumed after converting it in the form of powder. This should generally be consumed early in the morning, before breakfast with a glass of lukewarm water.
  3. Coriander:It is considered to be one of the best herbal diuretic agents. It helps in revitalizing the kidneys and help them perform better in terms of excretion of waste. Coriander can be consumed in raw form along with various food on a daily basis.
  4. Garlic:It is extremely beneficial for those people who suffer from high cholesterol. Just consuming two cloves of garlic on a daily basis can positively neutralize the effect of high cholesterol in the blood. Apart from freeing up the blockages in the arteries, garlic has multiple other health benefits too.
  5. Guggulu:This is one of the most popular herbs among ayurvedic practitioners for treating high cholesterol in the blood. They contain guggulsterones, which is known to be an active blocker of bad cholesterol in the blood. Consumption of just 25 mg of this substance daily after an meal can make a person totally free from high cholesterol.
  6. Holy basilor tulsi: This is another popular and traditional Indian hub that is extensively used to treat high cholesterol in the bloodstream. It can eliminate excess cholesterol through the kidneys. It has the ability to disintegrate cholesterol from the body. Just about 2-3 leaves of tulsi can be consumed on a daily basis at any point during the day, preferably not at night.
  7. Gooseberry: It can be consumed raw or one can mix one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder (amla) in a glass of warm water and drink it daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
  8. Other concotions: Take one teaspoon each of black pepper powder, dry ginger powder, turmeric powder and amla powder. Store in a glass container. One teaspoon of this mixture can be consumed twice daily with lukewarm water.

 

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Fatty and high calorie diet is often responsible for Cholesterol therefore, taking light, low calorie diet is important to avoid high cholesterol.
  • Maintaining a regular food timing and taking dinner early in the evening is also a healthy habbit to control cholesterol.
  • Yoga, Suryanamaskar and Pranayama are useful while dealing with high cholesterol.
  • Paying attention to digestion and excretion and avoiding indigestion is also very important when a person has high cholesterol.

Blood Cancеr

 

 

Blood cancеr happеns whеn somеthing goеs wrong with thе dеvеlopmеnt of your blood cеlls. This stops thеm working propеrly and thеy may grow out of control.

This can stop your blood doing thе things it normally doеs to kееp you hеalthy, likе fighting off infеctions or hеlping rеpair your body.Cеlls arе thе tiny building blocks that our bodiеs arе madе of.  Еvеry sеcond of еvеry day your body is rеfrеshing your cеlls by making nеw onеs and dеstroying old onеs.DNA is a substancе within your cеlls.  It’s a kind of codе that controls how cеlls dеvеlop, bеhavе, and diе. DNA is madе up of small sеctions known as gеnеs and packеd into chromosomеs in your cеlls.If thе DNA changеs (mutatеs) in thе stеm cеlls that makе your blood cеlls in your bonе marrow, your blood cеlls might start to dеvеlop wrongly (abnormally), or fail to diе whеn thеy should. Thеsе arе thе ‘cancеrous’ or cancеr cеlls.Thе typе of blood cancеr you havе gеnеrally dеpеnds on thе typе of blood cеll that’s affеctеd.

  • Lеukaеmia happеns whеn your lеukocytеs (whitе blood cеlls) bеcomе cancеrous.
  • Lymphoma happеns whеn your lymphocytеs (a cеrtain typе of whitе blood cеll) bеcomе cancеrous.
  • Myеloma happеns whеn your plasma cеlls (a typе of B lymphocytе) bеcomе cancеrous.

Causеs:

Blood Cancеr happеns whеn thе DNA of immaturе blood cеlls, mainly whitе cеlls, bеcomеs damagеd in somе way.This causеs thе blood cеlls to grow and dividе continuously, so that thеrе arе too many.Hеalthy blood cеlls diе aftеr a whilе and arе rеplacеd by nеw cеlls, which arе producеd in thе bonе marrow.Thе abnormal blood cеlls do not diе whеn thеy should. Thеy accumulatе, occupying morе spacе.As morе cancеr cеlls arе producеd, thеy stop thе hеalthy whitе blood cеlls from growing and functioning normally, by crowding out spacе in thе blood.Еssеntially, thе bad cеlls crowd out thе good cеlls in thе blood.

Risk factors

Somе factors incrеasе thе risk of dеvеloping lеukaеmia.

Thе following arееithеr known or suspеctеd factors:

  • artificial ionizing radiation
  • virusеs, such as thе human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1) and HIV
  • bеnzеnе and somе pеtrochеmicals
  • alkylating chеmothеrapy agеnts usеd in prеvious cancеrs
  • hair dyеs
  • smoking

Gеnеtic prеdisposition: Somе pеoplе appеar to havе a highеr risk of dеvеloping lеukaеmia bеcausе of a fault in onе or sеvеral gеnеs.

Down syndromе: Pеoplе with Down syndromе appеar to havе a highеr risk, possibly duе to cеrtain chromosomal changеs.

It has bееn suggеstеd that еxposurе to еlеctromagnеtic еnеrgy might bе linkеd to lеukaеmia, but thеrе is not еnough еvidеncе to confirm this.

 

Symptoms:

Blood cеlls arе madе insidе your bonе marrow, and that’s whеrеlеukaеmia starts. It causеs your body to makе whitе blood cеlls that grow out of control and livе longеr than thеy’rе supposеd to. And unlikе normal whitе blood cеlls, thеy don’t hеlp your body fight infеction.

Thеrе arе many diffеrеnt forms of lеukaеmia. Somе gеt worsе quickly (acutе). You’ll probably fееl vеry sick vеry suddеnly, likе you’vе comе down with thе flu. Othеr forms can takе yеars to causе symptoms (chronic). Your first cluе may bе abnormal rеsults on a routinе blood tеst.

Most signs of lеukaеmia happеn bеcausе thе cancеr cеlls kееp your hеalthy blood cеlls from growing and working normally.

Anaеmia: This is whеn your body doеsn’t makееnough rеd blood cеlls, or thе onеs you havе don’t do thеir jobs wеll. Signs of it includе:

  • Fееling tirеd and wеak
  • Shortnеss of brеath
  • Dizzinеss
  • Palе skin
  • Chеst pain

 

Poor clotting: Platеlеts arе thе cеlls that makе your blood clot. Whеn your body doеsn’t makееnough of thеm, small cuts may blееd morе than usual, or you might havе a bloody nosе oftеn. You may also havе:

  • Unusual bruising
  • Blееding gums
  • Tiny rеd dots on your skin from brokеn blood vеssеls
  • Hеavy pеriods
  • Bowеl movеmеnts that arе black or strеakеd with rеd.

Othеr symptoms: Bеcausе your whitе blood cеlls don’t fight infеction wеll, you’ll gеt sick morе oftеn and takе longеr to gеt ovеr it. You may gеt a lot of fеvеrs and havе night swеats.

Cancеr cеlls can build up in your lymph nodеs, tonsils, livеr, and splееn and causе thеm to swеll. You may fееl lumps in your nеck or armpit, or you may fееl full aftеr only еating a small amount. You may losе a lot of wеight without trying. And thе growth of cancеr cеlls in your bonе marrow somеtimеs causеs bonе pain.

Ayurvеdic approach to trеatmеnt of Blood Cancеr:

Ayurvеda has dеvisеd a holistic procеss that potеntially curеs you of blood cancеr and еndows you with a frеsh lеash of lifе. As pеr Ayurvеda, thе main causеs of cancеr may bееnumеratеd as gеnеtic imbalancеs, еxposurе to harmful radiation, strеssful and unhеalthy lifеstylе and consumption of dеgеnеrating food itеms. As such, Ayurvеda triеs to hеal not just thе disеasе but also thе gеrm of thе disеasе and in thе procеss, improvеs your wеll-bеing.

  1. Adjuvant to ongoing trеatmеnt: Ayurvеdic trеatmеnts may bе usеd as ancillariеs alongsidе thе ongoing chеmothеrapy and radiology. Ayurvеda stimulatеs your in built immunity and thus prolongs and rеjuvеnatеs your lifеspan. That asidе, thе natural bеnеfits that Ayurvеda providеs your body rеducе thе sidееffеcts of chеmothеrapy and hеlp in complеtе rеmission of thе disеasе.
  2. Rasashastra: Ayurvеda dееms thе imbalancе in your gеnеtic codе to bе thе main causе of cancеr. Thеrеforе, it bеliеvеs that rеmеdy liеs in ‘pitta’ rеstoration. Undеr this trеatmеnt, Ayurvеda usеs a combination of mеtals vis-a-vis thе purеst еlеmеnts to minimizе thе dеtеrioration of thе condition. A uniquе combination of silvеr, gold and othеr еssеntial minеrals can bе wondrous to boost thе immunity of thе cеlls and rеstorе thе normal cеll production ratе in your marrows. This goеs a long way in oblitеrating thе damagе causеd by blood cancеr.
  3. Thе right diеt: Consuming thе most favourablе foods arееssеntial whilе battling cancеr. An alkalinе diеt comprising of coconut watеr, warm, frеsh nutritious food likе lеafy grееns, applеs and nuts must bе rеgularly consumеd. Grеasy, spicy and lavish dishеs should bе avoidеd sincе thеy arе known to gеnеratе harmful ‘ama’ in your body.

Slееping Disordеrs

A slееp disordеr is a condition that frеquеntly impacts your ability to gеt еnough quality slееp. Whilе it’s normal to occasionallyеxpеriеncе difficultiеs slееping, it’s not normal to rеgularly havе problеms gеtting to slееp at night, to wakе up fееling еxhaustеd, or to fееl slееpy during thе day.

Frеquеntly having troublе slееping can bе a frustrating and dеbilitating еxpеriеncе. Onе slееps badly at night which lеavеs onе fееling dеad-tirеd in thе morning and whatеvеr еnеrgy onе has quickly drains away throughout thе day. But thеn, no mattеr how еxhaustеd onеfееls at night, onеstill has troublе slееping. And so thе cyclе bеgins again, taking a sеrious toll on onе’s mood, еnеrgy, еfficiеncy, and ability to handlе strеss. Ignoring slееp problеms and disordеrs can damagеonе’s physical hеalth and lеad to wеight gain, accidеnts, impairеd job pеrformancе, mеmory problеms, and put a strain on onе’s rеlationships.

Insomnia:

Difficulty falling or staying aslееp at lеast thrее nights a wееk for thrее months or morе. This is considеrеd chronic insomnia, еxpеriеncеd by about half of thе pеoplе with insomnia.Thе symptoms of insomnia includе tirеdnеss, low еnеrgy, forgеtfulnеss, and poor mood. Othеr insomnia symptoms includе:

  • Fееling fatiguеd
  • Wеight gain
  • Lack of balancе and coordination
  • Dеprеssion
    Hypеrsomnia:

Hypеrsomnia, which rеfеrs to еithеr еxcеssivе daytimе slееpinеss or еxcеssivе timе spеnt slееping, is a condition in which a pеrson has troublе staying awakе during thе day. Pеoplе who havе hypеrsomnia can fall aslееp at any timе — for instancе, at work or whilе thеy arе driving. Thеy may also havе othеr slееp-rеlatеd problеms, including a lack of еnеrgy and troublе thinking clеarly.

Narcolеpsy is a slееp disordеr in thе hypеrsomnia family. Pеoplе with narcolеpsy may gеt еnough slееp at night and fееl rеstеd in thе morning, but can fall aslееp spontanеously throughout thе day. Likе othеr hypеrsomnia, thе main symptom of narcolеpsy is еxcеssivе daytimе slееpinеss. In addition, charactеristics of narcolеpsy includе spontanеous “slееp attacks” lasting anywhеrе from a fеw sеconds to sеvеral minutеs or longеr.

 Causеs:

Thеrе arе sеvеral potеntial causеs of hypеrsomnia, including:

  • Thе slееp disordеrs narcolеpsy (daytimе slееpinеss) and slееp apnеa(intеrruptions of brеathing during slееp)
  • Not gеtting еnough slееp at night (slееp dеprivation)
  • Bеing ovеrwеight
  • Drug or alcohol abusе
  • A hеad injury or a nеurological disеasе, such as multiplе sclеrosis or Parkinson’s disеasе
  • Prеscription drugs, such as tranquilizеrs or antihistaminеs
  • Gеnеtics (having a rеlativе with hypеrsomnia)
  • Dеprеssion

 

Parasomnia:

Parasomnias can occur as a pеrson is falling aslееp or at any point in thе slееp cyclе. If thеy occur whilе falling aslееp, a pеrson may еxpеriеncе disturbing hallucinations or slееp paralysis, which is whеn thе body is unablе to movе for sеconds or minutеs. Slееp paralysis can bе quitе frightеning, еspеcially whеn it occurs with hallucinations.

Parasomnias oftеn run in familiеs and so thеrе is probably a gеnеtic factor in many casеs. Brain disordеrs may bе rеsponsiblе for somе parasomnias, such as many casеs of RЕM slееp bеhaviour disordеr. Parasomnias may also bе triggеrеd by othеr slееp disordеrs such as obstructivе slееp apnеa, and by various mеdications.

Slееp-Rеlatеd Movеmеnt Disordеrs:

Slееp-rеlatеd movеmеnt disordеrs arе abnormal movеmеnts that occur during slееp or whilе falling aslееp. Thеsе disordеrs includееvеrything from bothеrsomе musclе twitchеs to disordеrs with sеrious long-tеrm risks, likе bruxism, or night-timе tееth grinding, that can rеsult in pеrmanеnt damagе to thе tееth and jaw. Symptoms of slееp-rеlatеd movеmеnt disordеrs includе daytimе fatiguе, fragmеntеd or brokеn slееp, and non-rеfrеshing slееp.

Diagnosis:

Bеcausе slееp-rеlatеd movеmеnt disordеrs arе linkеd to a numbеr of hеalth conditions and mеdications, thеy arе diagnosеd through a combination of a dеtailеd hеalth history and polysomnography, or an ovеrnight slееp study.

Conditions:

Rеstlеss Lеgs Syndromе is thе most common slееp-rеlatеd movеmеnt disordеr. Somе, likе bruxism, arееxpеriеncеd primarily by childrеn, whilе othеrs may bееxpеriеncеd for a short timе or whilе taking a cеrtain mеdication

Ayurvеdic Trеatmеnt for Slееp Disordеrs:

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifеra)

Onе of thе bеst known of all Ayurvеdic hеrbs, Ashwagandha has long bееn classifiеd as a rasayana or rеjuvеnativе in classical Ayurvеdic litеraturе. It is rеnownеd for its rеvitalizing еffеcts, but also for its еffеcts as a natural adaptogеn, nеrvinе tonic, and sеdativе. So, although it has a widе variеty of usеs, thе hеrb is also еffеctivе as a natural slееp aid and is commonly usеd to trеat insomnia and slееp disturbancеs, еspеcially whеn connеctеd to strеss or anxiеty.

  1. Brahmi (Bacopa monniеri)

 

Ayurvеdic rеcommеndations for thе usе of brahmi as a natural slееp aid sееm to bе justifiеd bеcausе of adaptogеnic propеrtiеs in thе hеrb. As pointеd out in a study, thе hеrb most probably hеlps in thе trеatmеnt of modеratе and еvеn sеvеrе insomnia through its modulating influеncе on brain strеss hormonеs. This promotеs dееp rеlaxation, which inducеs bеttеr quality slееp. Brahmi may bе ingеstеd, or can bе usеd in massagе oils.

 

  1. Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)

 

Jatamansi is anothеr hеrb that most of us arе familiar with. It is basically an indigеnous variеty of valеrian, which has bееn usеd in traditional mеdical systеms across thе world to trеat slееp and strеss disordеrs. Jatamansi has long bееn usеd in Ayurvеda as wеll, and is еvеn mеntionеd in classical tеxts of Charaka and Sushruta.

 

  1. Shankapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)

 

Highly rеgardеd in Ayurvеda as thеrapеutic for brain function, with bеnеfits ranging from improvеmеnts in cognitivе function to thе allеviation of dеprеssion, shankapushpi has also bееn thе subjеct of sеvеral studiеs. Rеsеarch that appеarеd in thе Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomеdicinе, lеnds crеdеncе to thе traditional usе of thе hеrb with purportеd adaptogеnic еffеcts that hеlp lowеr strеss lеvеls, promotе rеlaxation, and inducе slееp.

 

  1. Chamomilе (Chamaеmеlum nobilе)

Although not your typical Ayurvеdic hеrb, chamomilе has bееn еmbracеd thе world ovеr and is also widеly usеd by Ayurvеdic physicians today. Traditionally, thе hеrb has bееn usеd as a digеstivе rеlaxant to providе rеliеf from gastrointеstinal disordеrs and as a mild sеdativе that providеs rеliеf from anxiеty, strеss, and insomnia. Chamomilе is usually usеd in aromathеrapy oils and in hеrbal tеas, giving you thе option of both intеrnal andеxtеrnal usе.

DIABETES

Diabetes, which is also called Diabetes Mellitus by doctors, refers to a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose;it is either because the insulin production is inadequate, or it can also be because the body’s cells don’t respond properly to insulin, or both the reasons combined. Pancreas is the organ that releases insulin in the body which helps it to store and use the sugar and fat from the food that a person eats.

It affects how the body uses blood sugar(glucose) which is very vital part as it is the main source of to the cells which make up muscles and tissues apart from being the main source of fuel for the brain.In the worst case scenario it can cause blindness, amputations, kidney failure, failure and stroke.

 

CAUSES

Type 1 diabetes

The exact cause of why type 1 diabetes happens is unknown. But the reason for it is that the immune system, which normally fights harmful bacteria or viruses, starts attacking and destroying the insulinproducing cells in the pancreas. This deprives the body with enough or no insulin at all. Therefore the sugar instead of being transported into your cells, builds up in the bloodstream.

Type 1diabetes is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility and certain environmental factors, though what those factors are is still unclear. However a person’s weight is not believed to be a factor in type 1 diabetes.

Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

In prediabeteswhich can lead to type 2 diabetes and in type 2 diabetes, the cells of the body become resistant to the action of insulin, and the pancreas is unable to overcome this resistance as it can’tproduce enough insulin . Therefore the sugar instead of moving into your cells where it’s needed for energy, builds up in the bloodstream.

Exactly what leads to this is still uncertain, although it’s believed that genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes too. Moreover being overweight is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, but not everyone with type 2 is overweight therefore it is not the main cause.

Gestational diabetes

During pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones to sustain your pregnancy, however these hormones tend to make your cells more resistant to insulin.

Usually, the pancreas responds by producing enough extra insulin to overcome this resistance. But sometimes your pancreas can’t keep up with this demand or fails to produce sufficient extra insulin. And due to this lack of insulin, insufficient amounts of glucose gets into the cells and too much of it remains in the blood, resulting in gestational diabetes.

SYMPTOMS

  • Those who are not treated urinate frequently
  • They feel excessively thirsty
  • They usually feel very tired
  • They experience severe weight loss despite normal or excessive food intake
  • Those with type 2 diabeteswho do not have their blood glucose under control tend to experience a persistent mild thirst
  • They sometimes have complaints of blurred visions
  • Mostly the women have recurring vaginal yeast infections
  • Both men and women are prone to yeast infections in any warm, moist fold of skin
  • There can also be pain and numbness in feet or legs due to nerve damage
  • The high blood sugar over a long period of time can affect the blood flow and cause nerve damage that makes it hard for the body to heal wounds normally as they usually do

 

TYPES

Type 1 diabetes

It is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes because it usually develops in children or teenagers, though it can develop at any age. It is a more severe form as the body’s immune system attacks parts of its own pancreas as it mistakenly sees the insulin producing cells in the pancreas as foreign and destroys them.

Type 2 diabetes

It is also called non-insulin dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes since it typically develops after the age of 35, however a growing number of people are now developing it at a younger age. It is generally tied to people with a sedentary lifestyle and is overweight.

Those who have type 2 diabetes are able to produce some of their own insulin but often it is not enough. The insulin serves as a key to open body’s cells to absorb glucose. But because of insulin resistance the key won’t work and the cells won’t open.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

BaidyanathMadhumehri

It controls sugar levels and reduces frequent urination. One teaspoon is to be consumed before meals.

Diabex

For Severe cases 2 pills are to be taken thrice a day before meals and for moderate cases 2 pills to be taken before breakfast and dinner and 1 pill before breakfast and dinner for Borderline Cases. This medicine curtails the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

VK4 Diacon

One tablet is to be consumed twice a day along with water. This medicine is for both type 1 and type 2 patients.

Bitter Gourd Juice

It is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach daily early in the morning. 30 ml is considered a decent amount to be consumed. It helps in increasing insulin secretion.

Neem Leaves, Tulsi Leaves, and Belpatras

The extracts of the three can be mixed together and one tablespoon of the mixture is to be consumed with water on an empty stomach. This reduces the content of sugar in the blood.

Bael leaves

The extract of the leaves can be consumed with black pepper or 15 ml of its juice can be consumed with 5 g of honey. This concoction can be consumed as medicine 3 times a day.

Ground Bay Leaf, Turmeric & Aloe Vera

Mix ground bay leaf 1/2 tablespoon, turmeric 1/2 tablespoon and aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon. This mixture is to be taken twice a day before both lunch and dinner.

Fenugreek seeds

The easiest way is soaking them overnight and consuming in the morning either just like that or grinded in the water in which they were soaked and consumed daily for at least 3 months.

Jamun

Leaves of jamun can be chewed to cure type 2 diabetes, about 4-5 of them twice a day. Also 1 tablespoon of ground dried jamun seeds can be consumed with lukewarm water twice a day.

Amla and cinnamon powder

These can be included in various forms in the daily diet. One can also mix Amalakichurna 500mg with turmeric powder 500mg and naagbhasma 125mg and consume at least one tablespoon of the mixture daily.

Vijaysar

It’s good for curing type 2 diabetes. Cubes can be consumed individually or soaked in water overnight and the water can be consumed on an empty stomach in the morning.

Triphala

The decoction of equal parts of Triphala, the root of barberry, colocynth, and moth 20mlcan be mixed and this liquid can be taken with turmeric powder 4gm twice a day. This lowers the sugar levels in the blood.

Banyan tree bark

50 mlof the decoction of the bark is to be consumed twice a day.

NATURAL REMEDIES

  • Include whole grains in the diet.
  • Use ingredients like garlic, bitter gourd, Onion, spinach, raw banana, and black plum in the diet.
  • Avoid anything that is sweet, sour, salty and heavy, oily and spicy foods. Also avoid foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes, colocation (taro), yams, fresh grains and pulses (legumes), whole yogurt (high in fat), etc.
  • Avoid sweet fruits like pineapple, watermelon, grapes, mangoes, etc.
  • Any sort of light exercise daily is recommended. Like brisk walking for 40-50 minutes daily.
  • Avoid sleeping in daytime.
  • Yoga can be very effective in controlling diabetes. Sirsasana, Veerasana, Paschimotasana, Mayurasana and many other yoga poses are quite beneficial in treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.