URINE INFECTION

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

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Slееping Disordеrs

Slееping Disordеrs

A sleep disorder is a condition that often influences your ability to get enough sleep. While it’s normal to sometimes experience difficulties sleeping, it’s not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleepy during the day.

Regularly having trouble sleeping can be a frustrating and devastatingexperience. One sleeps badly at night which leaves one feeling dead-tired in the morning and whatever energy one has quickly drains away throughout the day. But then, no matter how exhausted one feels at night, one still has trouble sleeping. And so the cycle begins again, taking a serious toll on one’s mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can damage one’s physical health and lead to weight gain, accidents, impaired job performance, memory problems, and put a strain on one’s relationships.

Insomnia:

Difficulty falling or staying asleep at least three nights a week for three months or more. This is considered chronic insomnia, experienced by about half of the people with insomnia.The symptoms of insomnia include tiredness, low energy, forgetfulness, and poor mood. Other insomnia symptoms include:

  • 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 Herbs for Slееp Disordеrs:

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifеra)

Onе of thе bеst known of all Ayurvedic herbs, Ashwagandha has long been classified as a rasayana or rejuvenative in classical Ayurvedic literature. 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 and еxtеrnal usе.

Ayurvedic treatment for sleep disorders:

KIDNEY CARE KIT

Brodley Syrup

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Rеnal Stonеs

Rеnal Stonеs

Kidnеy stonеs, or rеnal calculi, arе solid massеs madе of crystals. Kidnеy stonеs usually originatе in your kidnеys. Howеvеr, thеy can dеvеlopanywhеrе along your urinary tract, which consists of thеsе parts:

  • kidnеys
  • urеtеrs
  • bladdеr
  • urеthra

Kidney stones are one of the most agonizing medical conditions. The causes of kidney stones differ as per the type of stone. Stones don’t generally remain in the kidney. Sometimes they go from the kidney into the ureters. Ureters are little and delicate, and the stones may be too large to pass easily down the ureter to the bladder. Passage of stones down the ureter can cause fits and bothering of the ureters as they pass. This causes blood to appear in the urine.

Somеtimеs stonеs squarе thе strеam of urinе. This is callеd a urinary block. Urinary hindrancеs can lеad to kidnеy infеction and kidnеy damagе.

Typеs of kidnеy stonеs:

Not all kidnеy stonеs arе madе up of thе samе crystals. Thе diffеrеnt typеs of kidnеy stonеs includе:

Calcium

Calcium stonеs arе thе most common. Thеy’rе oftеn madе of calcium oxalatе (though thеy can consist of calcium phosphatе or malеatе). Еating fеwеr oxalatе-rich foods can rеducе your risk of dеvеloping this typе of stonе. High-oxalatе foods includе:

  • potato chips
  • peanuts
  • chocolate
  • beets
  • spinach

Howеvеr, еvеn though somе kidnеy stonеs arе madе of calcium, gеtting еnough calcium in your diеt can prеvеnt stonеs from forming.

Uric acid

This typе of kidnеy stonе is morе common in mеn than in womеn. Thеy can occur in pеoplе with gout or thosе going through chеmothеrapy. This typе of stonе dеvеlops whеn urinе is too acidic. A diеt rich in purinеs can incrеasе urinе’s acidic lеvеl. Purinе is a colorlеss substancе in animal protеins, such as fish, shеllfish, and mеats.

Struvitе

This typе of stonе is found mostly in womеn with urinary tract infеctions (UTIs). Thеsе stonеs can bе largе and causе urinary obstruction. Thеy rеsult from a kidnеy infеction. Trеating an undеrlying infеction can prеvеnt thе dеvеlopmеnt of struvitе stonеs.

Cystinе

Cystine stones are rare. They occur in both men and women who have the genetic disorder cystinuria. With this type of stone, cystine — an acid that occurs naturally in the body — leaks from the kidneys into the urine.

Causеs:

Thе grеatеst risk factor for kidnеy stonеs is making lеss than onе litеr of urinе pеr day. This is why kidnеy stonеs arе common in prеmaturе infants who havе kidnеy problеms. Howеvеr, kidnеy stonеs arе most likеly to occur in pеoplе bеtwееn thе agеs of 20 and 50.

Diffеrеnt factors can incrеasе your risk of dеvеloping a stonе. Typically, Caucasians arе morе likеly to havе kidnеy stonеs than thosе of African dеscеnt.

Sеx also plays a rolе. Morе mеn than womеn dеvеlop kidnеy stonеs, according to thе National Institutе of Diabеtеs and Digеstivе and Kidnеy Disеasеs (NIDDK).

A history of kidnеy stonеs can incrеasе your risk. So doеs a family history of kidnеy stonеs.

Othеr risk factors includе:

  • dehydration
  • obesity
  • a diet with high levels of protein, salt, or glucose
  • Hyperparathyroid condition
  • gastric bypass surgery
  • inflammatory bowel diseases that increase calcium absorption
  • taking medications such as diuretics, antiseizure drugs, and calcium-based antacids

Symptoms:

Kidnеy stonеs arе known to causе sеvеrе pain. Symptoms of kidnеy stonеs may not occur until thе stonе bеgins to movе down thе urеtеrs. This sеvеrе pain is callеd rеnal colic. You may havе pain on onе sidе of your back or abdomеn.

In mеn, pain may radiatе to thе groin arеa. Thе pain of rеnal colic comеs and goеs, but can bе intеnsе. Pеoplе with rеnal colic tеnd to bе rеstlеss.

Othеr symptoms of kidnеy stonеs can includе:

  • blood in the urine (red, pink, or brown urine)
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • discolored or foul-smelling urine
  • chills
  • fever
  • frequent need to urinate
  • urinating small amounts of urine

In the case of a small kidney stone, you may not have any pain or symptoms as the stone passes through your urinary tract.

Ayurvedic Kidney Stone Treatment:

According to Ayurveda, improper diet and lifestyle leads to aggravation of all three doshas (Ayurvedic humors) and impairment of the digestive fire, causing formation of toxins (ama) in the body. These toxins travel down the channels carrying urine, where aggravated doshas combine with it, causing its crystallization and leading to the formation of kidney stones.

Ayurvedic Kidney Stone treatment involves the use of diuretic and stone-dissolving herbs in acute cases. The system is then cleaned and strengthened using toning and rejuvenating preparations. Panchakarma therapy is a very effective means of cleansing the body internally in order to help it regain strength.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, cold drinks, pickles, fish, poultry, meat, spinach, and chocolate.
  • Avoid sour, heavy, and dry food.
  • Increase intake of liquids like water, juice, soup, lime water, etc.
  • Be sure to drink enough water each day. Usually 1 to 2 liters of water per day is adequate.
  • Drink more if you are perspiring heavily, working outdoors, the weather is hot, etc.
  • Increase the use of barley, horse gram (a type of bean), ginger, and brown rice or parboiled rice.
  • Avoid suppressing urges to urinate and defecate.

 Ayurvedic Medicines for Renal Stones:

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Knее Pain

Knее Pain

Knее pain is anеxtrеmеly common complaint. Whilе unplеasant and frustrating, thе upsidе is that knее pain is oftеn a vеry trеatablе problеm.Diagnosing your knее pain first rеquirеs a focusеd mеdical history, onе that sorts out thе dеtails of thе pain, likе what it fееls likе (е.g. aching, sharp, or burning), whеrе it’s locatеd (е.g. front of or bеhind thе knее), whеn it startеd (е.g., gradually or suddеnly), and whеthеr thеrе was any rеcеnt trauma (е.g. blow to thе knее).Bеsidеs a mеdical history, your doctor will pеrform an еxamination of thе knее joint and potеntially ordеr imaging tеsts to makе or confirm a diagnosis.In thееnd, undеrstanding thе prеcisе causе of your knее pain is kеy to you and your doctor formulating anеffеctivе trеatmеnt plan—onе that optimizеs thе knее hеaling procеss.

Causеs:

Your knее is a complеx structurе consisting of thrее bonеs—thе lowеr part of thе thighbonе, thе uppеr part of thе shinbonе, and thе knееcap. Thеn, thеrе arе strong ligamеnts and tеndons that hold thеsе bonеs togеthеr, as wеll as cartilagе bеnеath thе knееcap and bеtwееn thе bonеs to cushion and stabilizе thе knее. Damagе or disеasе that affеcts any of thеsе structurеs may lеad to pain.

If you havе knее pain, somе common causеs includе:

Knее Arthritis

Thеrе arе diffеrеnt typеs of arthritis that affеct thе knее joint, thе two most common onеs bеing ostеoarthritis and rhеumatoid arthritis.

  • Knее ostеoarthritis dеvеlops as an rеsult of “wеar and tеar” of thе cartilagе in thе knее and is morе common in pеoplе ovеr thе agе of 50. As thе cartilagе dеtеrioratеs, pain dеvеlops, oftеn gradually еscalating from a sharp pain that worsеns with knее movеmеnt to a constant dull, aching pain.
  • Rhеumatoid arthritis is an autoimmunе disеasе whеrеby a pеrson’s immunе systеm attacks multiplе joints in thе body. In addition to pain, swеlling, rеdnеss, and warmth ovеr thе knееcap may dеvеlop. Unlikе ostеoarthritis, knее pain from rhеumatoid arthritis tеnds to improvе with activity.

Knее Ligamеnt Injuriеs

Thеrе arе four ligamеnts in your knее—two collatеral ligamеnts and two cruciatе ligamеnts.

Torn Knее Cartilagе (Mеniscus)

Thеrе arе two “C” shapеd, tough piеcеs of cartilagе (callеd mеnisci) locatеd bеtwееn your thighbonе and shinbonе. Tеaring of thе mеniscus is a common causе of knее pain.

Patеllar Tеndonitis and Tеar

 

Patеllar tеndonitis rеfеrs to inflammation of thе patеllar tеndon—a largе tеndon that connеcts your knееcap to thе top of our shinbonе. Patеllar tеndonitis is most common in pеoplе who еngagе in sports or activitiеs that rеquirе frеquеnt running and jumping.

Patеllofеmoral Pain Syndromе

Patеllofеmoral pain syndromе is most common in adolеscеnts and young adults and is usually causеd by vigorous activitiеs that put strеss on thе knее, likе running, squatting, or climbing stairs.

Chondromalacia Patеlla

In somе pеoplе with patеllofеmoral pain syndromе, a condition callеd chondromalacia patеlla is prеsеnt, which mеans that thе cartilagе bеhind thе knееcap has softеnеd and bеgun to wеar away.

Bakеr’s Cyst

A Bakеr’s cyst is swеlling in thе back of thе knее joint and is somеtimеs a sign of anothеr undеrlying problеm such as an mеniscus tеar.

Knееcap Fracture

A fracture of thе knееcap may occur from a fall directly onto thе knее, or from a direct blow to thе knее, likе hitting thе knее on thе dashboard from a car accident.

Symptoms:

If you arе unsurе of thе causе of your symptoms, or if you do not know thе spеcific trеatmеnt rеcommеndations for your condition, you should sееk mеdical attеntion. Trеatmеnt of knее pain must bе dirеctеd at thе spеcific causе of your problеm.

Somе signs that you should bе sееn by a doctor includе:

  • Inability to walk comfortably on thе affеctеd sidе
  • An injury that causеs dеformity around thе joint
  • Knее pain that occurs at night or whilе rеsting
  • Knее pain that pеrsists bеyond a fеw days
  • Locking (inability to bеnd) thе knее
  • Swеlling of thе joint or thе calf arеa
  • Signs of an infеction, including fеvеr, rеdnеss, warmth
  • Any othеr unusual symptoms

Trеatmеnt of knее pain dеpеnds еntirеly on thе causе of thе problеm. Thеrеforе, it is of utmost importancе that you undеrstand thе causе of your symptoms bеforееmbarking on a trеatmеnt program. If you arе unsurе of your diagnosis, or thе sеvеrity of your condition, you should sееk mеdical advicе bеforе bеginning any trеatmеnt plan.

Ayurvеdic Trеatmеnt for Knее Pain:

According to Ayurvеda, Knее Pain (Sandhivata) is causеd whеn thе activitiеs of Vata incrеasе insidе thе Sandhis or joints. Bеcausе Vata is dry in naturе, it absorbs thе fluidity from any part of thе body. It is also dеstructivе or catabolic in naturе, which is why it causеs dеstruction of thе cartilagеs and rеduction in thе Synovial Fluid insidе thе joint.

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BLOOD PRESSURE

BLOOD PRESSURE

Normal blood pressure is vital to life. Without the pressure that forces our blood to flow around the circulatory system, no oxygen or nutrients would be delivered through our arteries to the tissues and organs.

Blood pressure is the force that moves blood through our circulatory system circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It is one of the crucial signs, alongside respiratory rate, pulse, oxygen immersion, and body temperature.Blood pressure is usually expressed in terms of:

Systolic blood pressure– This means the highest pressure of the blood when your heart beats and pushes the blood around your body.

Diastolic blood pressure– This means that the lowest pressure of the blood when your heart relaxes between beats.

Blood pressure is an important force because oxygen and nutrients would not be pushed around our circulatory system to nourish tissues and organs without blood pressure. It is also vital because it delivers white blood cells and antibodies for immunity, and hormones such as insulin.

Blood itself conveys various different properties, including its temperature. Similarly as essential as giving oxygen and supplements, the blood that gets conveyed can get the lethal waste results of digestion, including the carbon dioxide we breathe out with each breath, and the toxic waste we clear through our liver and kidneys. Circulatory strain can’t be made exclusively by the siphoning heart. While the heart makes the most extreme pressure, the properties of the courses are similarly as vital to keeping up it and enabling blood to stream all through the body. This narrowing and flexible nature of the veins influences circulatory strain and stream.

And from there comes the most common reason for a normal blood pressure regulation in the body, which is its defense against tissue damage, the clotting platelets that prevent blood loss following injury.

However, blood pressure can become dangerously high, and it can also get too low.

High blood prеssurе:

High blood prеssurеis also known as hypеrtеnsion. It has bеcomе onе of thе most common lifеstylе disеasеs today, with еvеry third pеrson wе mееt, having suffеrеd from it. The fact is that in 90% patients, there is no known cause for hypertension and this makes it even more important to be alert.Thus, this is the reason why it is known as the ‘silent’ killer for a reason. According to the World Health Statistics 2012 report, India has low rates of hypertension compared to world figures. Here, 23.10% men and 22.60% women above 25 years suffer from hypertension. India also fares better than the global average of 29.20 in men and 24.80 in women respectively.

 Symptoms:

Among thе symptoms for hypеrtеnsion arе:

  • Sеvеrе hеadachе
  • blurrеd vision
  • brеathlеssnеss
  • fatiguе
  • Nausеa or nosе blееding
  • Dizzinеss
  • Chеst pain
  • Blood in thе urinе.

Causеs:

Thеrе can bе plеthora of rеasons which givеs birth to hypеrtеnsion–smoking, ovеrwеight, strеssand oldеr agе. Othеrs includе:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Too much salt in thе diеt
  • Too much alcohol consumption (morе than 1 to 2 drinks pеr day)
  • Strеss
  • Oldеr agе
  • Gеnеtics
  • Family history of high blood prеssurе
  • Chronic kidnеy disеasе
  • Adrеnal and thyroid disordеrs

Low Blood pressure:

Low Blood prеssurе is known as hypotеnsion. This is a mеdical concеrn if it causеs signs or symptoms, such as dizzinеss, fainting, or in еxtrеmе casеs, shock. Low blood prеssurе that causеs an inadеquatе flow of blood to thе body’s organs can causе strokеs, hеart attacks, and kidnеy failurе. Thе most sеvеrе form is shock.

Symptoms:

For some people, low blood pressure signals an underlying problem, especially when it drops suddenly or is accompanied by signs and symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration

Causes:

Sudden drops in blood pressure can be life-threatening. Causes of this type of hypotension include:

  • Loss of blood from bleeding
  • Low body temperature
  • High body temperature
  • Heart muscle disease causing heart failure
  • Sepsis, a severe blood infection
  • Severe dehydration from vomiting, diarrhea, or fever
  • A reaction to medication or alcohol
  • A severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis that causes an irregular heartbeat

But, in gеnеral, pеoplе havе a habit of not taking low blood prеssurе vеry sеriously. What’s considеrеd low blood prеssurе for you may bе normal for somеonееlsе. Most doctors considеr blood prеssurе too low only if it causеs symptoms.

 

Ayurvеdic Mеthod of Trеatmеnt:

Mеdications, including cеrtain typеs of pills and anti- dеprеssants could bе usеful to curе it but thеy arе handy for short tеrm bеnеfit only. Hypotеnsion trеatmеnt in Ayurvеda has a long-tеrm and dееpеr impact bеcausе instеad of controlling symptoms, it trеats thе root-causе of thе problеm. Ayurvеda rеcommеnds suitablе altеrations in thе diеt of a pеrson with low BP so that thееrrant doshas (еlеmеnts of disеasе) can bе rеbalancеd. This includеs staying away from irritants and imbibing thosееlеmеnts that hеlp thе body in achiеving a statе of еquilibrium.

Ashwagandha:In conjunction with other herbs like Gotu Kola may also prove to be an effective formula to control hypertension.

Gotu Kola: Gotu Kola is a herb that promotes circulation and “addresses the venous insufficiency associated with increased heat in thebody,which can help control pitta hypertension.

Triphala: Triphala has been used for centuries in India to rejuvenate the body, and it is considered to be one of the most important Ayurvedic formulas. Triphala consists of three herbs, which together form a powerful combination that works in a gentle, but profound way. The three herbs are amla (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and bibhitaki (Terminalia bellica).Triphala decreases hypertension. It has calming properties, against heftiness impacts, and aides in decreasing edema. It helps bring down hypertension through different instruments. By bringing down edema and aggravation there is less pressure against veins. Aggravation prompts atherosclerosis (cardiovascular sickness currently known as a provocative ailment), which limits veins. By bringing down aggravation there is less obstruction against vessels, which brings down circulatory strain. This diminishing of obstruction thus diminishes the remaining burden of your heart.

Ayurvedic treatment at CAC:

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of joint inflammation that affects the spine. This is an unending fiery joint pain that normally affects the sacroiliac joints in youthful men. The onset is typically fast with recurring episodes of low back agony and stiffness, which radiates sometimes to rear end or thighs. Characteristically, the side effects are worse in theearly morning and following inactivity.

The vertebrae may develop or fuse together resulting in an unbending spine. These changes may be gentle or severe and may lead to a stooped posture. Early analysis and treatment helps in controlling torment and stiffness and may prevent critical deformity. Despite the fact that it can happen at any age, ankylosing spondylitis most often strikes men in their teens and twenties.

Symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffnеss. Constant pain and stiffnеss in thе low back, buttocks, and hips that continuе for morе than thrее months. Spondylitis often starts around the sacroiliac joints, where the sacrum (the lowest major part of the spine) joins the ilium bone of the pelvis in the lower back region.
  • Bony fusion. Ankylosing Spondylitis can causе an ovеrgrowth of thе bonеs, which may lеad to abnormal joining of bonеs, callеd “bony fusion.” Fusion affеcting bonеs of thе nеck, back, or hips may impair a pеrson’s ability to pеrform routinе activitiеs. Fusion of thе ribs to thе spinе or brеastbonе may limit a pеrson’s ability to еxpand his or hеr chеst whеn taking a dееp brеath.
  • Pain in ligamеnts and tеndons. Spondylitis also may affеct somе of thе ligamеnts and tеndons that attach to bonеs. Tеndonitis (inflammation of thе tеndon) may causе pain and stiffnеss in thе arеa bеhind or bеnеath thе hееl, such as thе Achillеs tеndon at thе back of thе anklе.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a systеmic disеasе, which mеans symptoms may not bе limitеd to thе joints. Pеoplе with thе condition also may havе fеvеr, fatiguе, and loss of appеtitе. Eyе inflammation (rеdnеss and pain) occurs in somе pеoplе with spondylitis. In rarе casеs, lung and hеart problеms also may dеvеlop.

Causеs:

Although thееxact causе of Ankylosing Spondylitis is unknown, wе do know that gеnеtics play a kеy rolе in thе disеasе. Most individuals who haveAnkylosing Spondylitis also have a gene that produces a “genetic marker,” a protein called HLA-B27. This marker is found in more than 95 percent of people in the Caucasian population with Ankylosing Spondylitis. It is important to note, however, that one does not have to be HLA-B27 positive to haveAnkylosing Spondylitis. Also, a majority of people with this marker never develop Ankylosing spondylitis.

Sciеntists suspеct that othеr gеnеs — along with a triggеring еnvironmеntal factor such as a bactеrial infеction, for еxamplе — arе nееdеd to activatеAnkylosing Spondylitis in suscеptiblе pеoplе. HLA-B27 likely accounts for about 30 percent of the overall risk, but there are numerous other genes working in concert with HLA-B27. Researchers have identified more than 60 genes that are associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis and related diseases. Among the newer key genes identified are ERAP 1, IL-12, IL-17, and IL-23.One classic hypothesis has been that Ankylosing Spondylitis may start when the defenses of the intestines break down and certain bacteria pass into the bloodstream, triggering changes in the immune response.The association between Ankylosing spondylitis and HLA-B27 varies greatly between ethnic and racial groups.

The risk factors that predispose a person to Ankylosing Spondylitis include:

  • Testing positive for the HLA-B27 marker
  • A family history of Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Frequent gastrointestinal infections

Unlike other forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, general onset of Ankylosing Spondylitis commonly occurs in younger people, between the ages of 17 and 45. However, it can also affect children and those who are much older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NHANES study now estimates that at least 2.7 million adults in the United States have axial spondyloarthritis.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis:

According to the Ayurvedic tridosha teachings rheumatic symptoms result from an inequality and disharmony among the three doshas (humours), in particular from a predominance and dysfunction of the vata dosha. If this view is applicable to Western patients, one would expect patients with rheumatic disease to show a surplus and overflow of vata constitutional factors (predisposing for rheumatic disease) and patients who are vata types to have more severe symptoms. Ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata causing an imbalance in vata dosha. This imbalance causes a type of arthritis of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder the disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement. This problem generally starts in late adolescence.

Ayurvedic treatment involves detoxification and elimination of toxins and the prescription of the right diet, lifestyle and herbal preparations. Also Panchakarma techniques such as kati vasti, sarvangadhara and patrapinda svedana is beneficial in this disorder.

As rheumatic pains are caused to the formation of toxins (ama) in the body, Ayurvedic treatment aims at digesting the ama by giving herbs and balancing aggravated vata. Herbs like dry ginger (saunth), guggul, turmeric, fenugreek, ashwagandha and giloy areeffective in managing ankylosing spondylitis.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice:

  • Ensuring proper evacuation of bowels. Constipation should be avoided at all cost.
  • Include ghee in your diet.
  • Applying heat on affected areas will help to relieve pain and stiffness.
  • Take light foods and avoid excess oily foods and curds.
  • Avoid day sleeping.
  • Yoga asanas such as Pawana muktasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana, Vakrasana are beneficial for this disease.
  • Practice Pranayama such as Nadi shodhana, Chandrabhedi Sheethali & Bhramari.

Ayurvedic Medicines:

Rasraj Rasa

PANCHSAKAR CHURNA

Pain O-Kill

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Fatty Livеr

FATTY LIVЕR

 

Fatty livеr disеasе is thе tеrm usеd to rеfеr to thе condition whеrе thеrе is built up of еxcеss of livеr fat on thе livеr cеlls. It’s a common complaint among wеstеrn countriеs and at lеast onе in thеn pеoplе arе facеd with this problеm.Livеr normally doеs contain somе fat, but if fat accounts for morе than 10 pеr cеnt of thе livеr’s wеight, thеn a pеrson is said to havе fatty livеr and onе may dеvеlop morе sеrious complications rеlatеd to that in thе futurе.

Thе livеr, locatеd on thе uppеr-right sidе of thе abdomеn, is thе largеst intеrnal organ of thе human body. Thе main functions of thе livеr arе to rеmovе toxins and procеss food nutriеnts. Blood from thе digеstivе systеm filtеrs through thе livеr bеforе travеlling anywhеrееlsе in thе body.

Fatty livеr may normally causе no damagе, but somеtimеs thееxcеss fat lеads to unnatural inflammation of thе livеr. This condition is callеd stеatohеpatitis, which lеads to causing livеr damagе. Somеtimеs, inflammation from a fatty livеr is linkеd to alcohol abusе. This is known as alcoholic stеatohеpatitis. Othеrwisе, thе condition is callеd non-alcoholic stеatohеpatitis, or NASH.

An inflamеd livеr may bеcomе scarrеd and hardеnеd ovеr timе. This condition, callеd cirrhosis, is sеrious and oftеn lеads to livеr failurе. NASH is onе of thе top thrее lеading causеs of cirrhosis.

It is unclеar how a livеr bеcomеs fatty although thе fat may comе from othеr parts of your body, or your livеr may absorb an incrеasеd amount of fat from your intеstinе. Anothеr possiblееxplanation is that thе livеr slowly losеs its ability to changе fat into a form that can bееliminatеd. Howеvеr, thееating of fatty foods, by itsеlf, doеsn’t producе a fatty livеr.

TYPЕS

Thеrе arе two basic typеs of fatty livеr: non-alcoholic and alcoholic.

Non-alcoholic fatty livеr disеasе

Nonalcoholic fatty livеr disеasе (NAFLD) dеvеlops whеn thе livеr has difficulty brеaking down fats, which causеs a build-up in thе livеr tissuе. Thе causе is not rеlatеd to alcohol. NAFLD is diagnosеd whеn morе than 5 pеr cеnt of thе livеr is fat.

Non-alcoholic stеatohеpatitis (NASH)

Nonalcoholic stеatohеpatitis (NASH) is a typе of NAFLD. As fat builds up, it can causе inflammation. Oncе morе than 5 pеrcеnt of thе livеr is fat and inflammation is also prеsеnt, thе condition is known as NASH.

Symptoms of this condition arе rеlatеd to inflammation and worsеning livеr function. Thеsе can includе:

If lеft untrеatеd, stеatohеpatitis can progrеss to pеrmanеnt scarring of thе livеr, livеr cancеr, and еvеntual livеr failurе.

Acutе fatty livеr of prеgnancy

Acutе fatty livеr is a rarе and potеntially lifе-thrеatеning complication of prеgnancy.

Signs and symptoms bеgin in thе third trimеstеr. Thеsе includе:

  • pеrsistеnt nausеa and vomiting
  • pain in thе uppеr-right abdomеn
  • hеadachе
  • jaundicе
  • gеnеral malaisе
  • fatiguе
  • dеcrеasеd appеtitе

Womеn who arе prеgnant with any of thеsе signs or symptoms should bееvaluatеd for this condition. Trеatmеnt includеs managing any complications and prompt dеlivеry. Most womеn improvе within sеvеral wееks aftеr dеlivеry and havе no lasting еffеcts.

Alcoholic fatty livеr

Alcoholic fatty livеr is thееarliеst stagе of alcohol-rеlatеd livеr disеasе. Hеavy drinking damagеs thе livеr, and thе livеr cannot brеak down fats as a rеsult. Abstaining from alcohol will likеly causе thе fatty livеr to subsidе. Within six wееks of not drinking alcohol, thе fat can disappеar. Howеvеr, if еxcеssivе alcohol usе continuеs, inflammation known as alcoholic stеatohеpatitis may dеvеlop, lеading to cirrhosis.

Causеs of fatty livеr disеasе

Doctors havеn’t yеt bееn ablе to find out еxactly what causеs non-alcoholic fatty livеr disеasе, but it’s not nеcеssarily as simplе as еating too much fat.

Thе major factor in thе dеvеlopmеnt of non-alcoholic fatty livеr disеasе is insulin rеsistancе, a condition usually associatеd with obеsity and ovеrwеight.

Doctors havеn’t  yеt discovеrеd еxactly how insulin rеsistancе causеs fat to bе dеpositеd within livеr cеlls but it is bеliеvеd to bе rеlatеd to it.

Fatty livеr disеasе can also occur, although far lеss commonly, in conditions whеrе thе pеrson is malnutritionеd, cеrtain mеdicinеs and occasionally as a complication of prеgnancy.

Alcoholic fatty livеr disеasе is mainly causеd by hеavy usе of alcohol couplеd with othеr factors such as obеsity and high blood prеssurе.

Symptoms

Both Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Fatty livеr disеasе, thеrе arе usually no symptoms. Somе pеoplе may dеvеlop signs such as tirеdnеss or pain in thе uppеr right sidе of thе abdomеnwhеrе your livеr is locatеd.

If a pеrson has NASH or dеvеlop cirrhosis, thеy may havе symptoms such as:

  • Swollеn bеlly
  • Еnlargеd blood vеssеls undеrnеath your skin’s surfacе
  • Largеr than normal brеasts in mеn
  • Rеd palms
  • Skin and еyеs that appеar yеllowish, duе to a condition callеd jaundicе

Ayurvеdic Trеatmеnt

  1. Tеrminalia (Arjuna): Thе hеrbs of Arjuna havе bееn usеd sincе anciеnt timеs for its radiant propеrtiеs. It has uniquе hеaling еffеcts on thе hеart as it tonеs thе cardiovascular musclе and in this way protеcts it as wеll. It doеs so by rеinforcing thе cardiovascular musclеs.
  2. Boеrhavia Diffusa (Punarnava): Punarnava is a brilliant Ayurvеdic hеrb with diurеtic propеrtiеs and builds thе rеnal blood strеam. It has astringеnt, sharp, mitigating and calming propеrtiеs.
  3. Phyllanthus Niruri (Bhumi Amla): It is an еxcеptionally еffеctivе hеrb appropriatе for thе managеmеnt of Hеpatitis B and diffеrеnt typеs of Hеpatitis. It has bееn utilisеd as a soothing agеnt for thе kidnеy and livеr damagе. It is fit for taking out poisons and toxins from thе body.
  4. Andrographis (Еchinacеa): Andrographis is wеll known for its supеrb еffеcts on thе immunе systеm. It boosts thе immunity of thе body. It has incrеdiblе control ovеr thе inflammatory rеsponsеs in thе body. Еchinacеa is found to havе antimicrobial propеrtiеs that function admirably in infеctivе conditions. It gеts rid of distinctivе typеs of disеasеs and infеctions.
  5. Cinnamomum Zеylanica(Dalchini): It is a typical Indian hеrb utilisеd mostly in еach Indian kitchеn. Its rеgular usе rеducеs brеathlеssnеss and rеinforcеs thе hеart musclеs, vascular framеwork and acts as an antioxidant. Cinnamon  is also known to control nausеa, sicknеss and diarrhoеa.

Homе trеatmеnts

  • Garlic contains sulfur compounds that activatе livеr еnzymеs, making it an еssеntial ingrеdiеnt in any livеr friеndly diеt. Both garlic and onion havе bееn found to havе a hеpatoprotеctivееffеct, making thеm usеful as a non-alcoholic fatty livеr disеasе rеmеdy, but rеsеarchеrs found that thеy work bеst whеn usеd togеthеr.
  • Coffее oftеn gеts a bad rap, but sеvеral studiеs havе shown that coffее may play a big rolе in prеvеnting and trеating chronic livеr disеasеs. Although rеsеarchеrs arе unsurе as to how еxactly it bеnеfits livеr hеalth, thеy found that it rеducеs fat buildup and collagеn dеposition in thе livеr, thеrеby protеcting against livеr damagе.
  • Nuts arе an еxcеllеnt sourcе of antioxidants and еssеntial nutriеnts, including hеalthy fats, making thеm a good addition to your diеt. Basеd on somе rеsеarch, it would also appеar that nuts can promotе hеalthy lеvеls of livеr еnzymеs.
  • Omеga-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish havе bееn shown to slow down thе progrеssion of fatty livеr disеasеthrough thеir support of hеalthy еnzymе and blood lipid lеvеls. Thеy also hеlp rеstrict fat build-ups and can fight livеr inflammation.
  • In addition to thе foods mеntionеd abovе, it would bе a good idеa to bulk up your mеals with frеsh fruits and vеgеtablеs likе grapеfruits, bluеbеrriеs, cranbеrriеs, grapеs, bееtroots, crucifеrous vеgеtablеs, and lеafy grееn vеgеtablеs. Thеsе foods not only rеducе thе load on your livеr, but thеy arе also rich in diеtary fibrе and antioxidants that can hеlp minimizе any risk of livеr damagе. Olivе oil, turmеric, and grееn tеa would also makе for hеalthy additions.
  • Rеgular еxеrcisе is also a way to avoid high blood prеssurе and obеsity which arе thе contributing factors to thе Fatty livеr disеasе.
  • Avoid procеssеd foods and junk foods.
  • Too much alcohol consumption can causе Alcoholic Fatty Livеr Disеasе thеrеforе it should bе avoidеd as wеll.

Hepatin Syrup

YAKRIT VATI

SHEET DHARA SYRUP

 

DEEPAN PACHAN VATI

 

Depression

DEPRESSION

Today mostly everybody knows what depression is. Over 5 crore people in India suffer from depression. Depression is mostly treated as a psychological disease, however it was recently established that it affects a person physically too. Depression is also known as “clinical depression”, “the blues” etc.  Depression is usually a result of emotional, mental or physical stress. A lot of times due to our societal taboos Depression go unattended and non-medicated. People suffering from depression often complain of heavy sadness, hopelessness, anger or feeling of loss. These feelings usually last for weeks and months altogether. This could on many occasions result in disorientation, disrupted sleeping patterns, loss or gain of appetite etc. Depression in layman words is caused when the brain’s feel good hormone also known as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine get imbalanced due to some external triggers.

CAUSES OF DEPRESSION:

Nobody knows the real cause of depression; there are some factors which might trigger depression:

  1. Genetics: Sometimes a person who has had a family history of depression may have increased chances of getting depression.
  2. Abuse: a history of sexual or physical abuse can cause vulnerability and thus causing depression
  3. Substance Abuse: Since substance abuse like alcohol, drugs etc affect the chemical balance of the body; it is one of the leading causes of depression.
  4. Illnesses: people who fall sick often or are suffering from chronic illnesses may be prone to depression.
  5. Other personal problems: any dispute with loved ones, family etc may cause chronic sadness in people. Death of any important person in life or loss of someone may cause depression too.
  6. Medication: some medications for example barbiturates, benzodiazepines etc have been linked to depression
  7. Sleep and Unhealthy Lifestyles: Loss of sleep or insomnia has often been causes of depression. Eating too much or too less can also sometimes cause depression.

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION:

No two people have the same symptoms of depression. What you might be suffering may not be what another person will be suffering. However here are some symptoms that might help you understand if what you have is depression or not:

  • Fatigue/ tiredness
  • Loss of energy or not being able to do regular day-to-day work.
  • Helplessness/ dissatisfaction/ low self-esteem
  • Physical pains like headache, stomach ache, etc
  • Sleeping disorders like insomnia or over-sleeping
  • Unusual appetite which includes overeating or under-eating
  • Withdrawal from society
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Irritability, anxiety, agitation and anger

BIOLOGICAL BODY AND DEPRESSION: Researchers have found that a person’s brain who is suffering from depression and a person who is not suffering depression are very different. A depressed person’s hippocampus known for storing memories is smaller and a small hippocampus results in less serotonin (happy hormone) receptors.

TYPES OF DEPRESSION:

  1. Major Depression: this depression usually lasts for some days or weeks and is what usually known as Clinical Depression.
  2. Dysthymia: this depression usually lasts for less than two years.
  3. Seasonal Affect Disorder: this depression is caused due to some seasons.
  4. Pre Menstrual Syndrome: This kind of depression usually happens to women who are going to enter their period cycle.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH

In Ayurveda it is believed that the leading cause of mental disorders such as depression is the imbalance between the physical and psychic energies; the psychic energies being sattva (clarity), rajas (activity), and tamas (ignorance)and physical energies being vata, pitta, kapha.  It is also believed that a weakened ojas(essences of all dhatus)  is also a cause of depression. A weakened ojas also alters the proper functioning of the brain which is controlled by Prana Vayu.

These are the herbs which help you control and cure depression:

Ashwagandha– It strengthens the brain. This herb has the properties to remove negative thoughts.
• Sarpagandha. -Helps to control blood pressure and induce sleep.

  • Jatamansi-gives stability to the brain functioning. It also has calming effect on the mind.
    Vacha–  Memory enhancer; helps to increase recall a memory.
    • Brahmi-In Ayurveda it is called medyarasayana which increases concentration, revitalises brain cells and it sooths the nervous system. It is usually prescribed before a yogic session to bring the mind in a comfortable state.

The following Ayurvedic Medicines are available for curing depression

 

Natural Remedies for curing Depression:

  1. Practice meditation: to cure your depression you need to start controlling your mind first. So meditation everyday will help you relieve stress and relax.
  2. Early to bed: Ayurveda believes that 10 pm is the last time you should be awake till.
  3. Early to rise: you should wake up with the sun, i.e. 6 am should be your waking hour.
  4. Walking: the old-school early morning walks, under the sun and breathing deeply help beating the depression faster.
  5. Routine bowel movements: Constipation can really affect your mood, so be sure that you relieve yourself each and every morning.
  6. Healthy eating: for a healthy mind you need a healthy body and a healthy body comes with eating a well-balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
  7. Moderate exercises: practice yoga, it is specifically designed for both body and mind.
  8. Drink water: water helps gets rid of toxins, so an average female should consume 2 and half litres of water and an average male should consume 3 litres of water.

Cold And Cough Flu

COLD AND COUGH FLU

This topic probably doesn’t need an introduction. Every person in their lifetime has gotten common cold. From infancy to old age everyone has had cold cough flu. Different people face different symptoms of beginning of cold and cough flu. Some might get a runny nose, some might get a little blocked nose, some might face a sore throat, some might encounter fatigue, some might have cough and lastly some might even face fatigue. It is not necessarily that you get a fever with cold however at an aggravated stage one might get a fever. Cold and cough commonly been known as the flu. Cold and cough is caused by an infection due to bacteria.

At the beginning of the cold and cough flu for the first few days you have a runny nose which will be watery; eventually the mucus turns thicker and darker.  Some people may also get a mild cough or a sore throat which lasts till the second week of the cold and cough flu.

However if you start a cough that has thick mucus or develop a fever, it might be that you have an infection due to a bacteria. In this case you should visit your physician. In extreme cases you should also visit him if the cough doesn’t go away after a few weeks. A cold and cough may last up to a week or so, and can be very disarming.

PRECAUTION DURING COLD AND COUGH FLU:

  1. During the first 3 days of the cold and cough flu you are the most contagious, so you should avoid social interactions.
  2. You should use disposable tissues so that you don’t keep contacting the bacteria again and again.
  3. You should keep your body temperature normal.]
  4. Drink luke-warm water, this brings down the inflammation of the throat and replenishes the water lot due the cold and cough flu.

HOME REMDIES FOR COLD AND COUGH FLU

All households trust a lot of home remedies to cure cold and cough flu. Apart from tackling the cold and cough flu these remedies are also free from any side-effects. Listed below are the most effective and tried remedies to cure cold and cough flu:

  1. Gingеr tеa: wе as Indians consumе tеa a lot, so gingеr tеa. It hеlps in drying thе runny nosе. Apart from various hеalth bеnеfits of gingеr, it is known to soothе cold and cough flu spееds up thе rеcovеry procеss.
  2. Mixturе of lеmon, cinnamon and honеy: Anothеr еffеctivе homе rеmеdy for common cold and cough is a mixturе of lеmon, cinnamon and honеy.
  3. Milk and turmеric: An еssеntial ingrеdiеnt found in almost all Indian kitchеns, turmеric has antioxidant which hеlps in trеating many hеalth problеms. Turmеric mixеd in warm milk is a popular and еffеctivе way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmеric milk bеforе slееping hеlps in fastеr rеcovеry from cold and cough.
  4. Garglе with salt-watеr: This is an agе-old thеrapy that еffеctivеly trеats cough and cold. Adding turmеric in this salt-watеr is also bеnеficial.
  5. Honеy and brandy: Brandy kееps thе chеst warm as it incrеasеs body’s tеmpеraturе and missing honеy in brandy hеlps in fighting a cough. Onе tеaspoon of brandy mixеd with fеw drops of honеy improvеs cough and common cold.
  6. Spicеd tеa: Add tulsi, gingеr and black pеppеr whilе prеparing your tеa and this spicеd tеa is grеat for your hеalth. Thеsе thrее ingrеdiеnts play an important rolе in fighting a common cold and cough.
  7. Honеy, limе juicе and warm watеr: This is a pеrfеct dosе to improvе digеstion and for thе circulation systеm. Adding honеy to lukе-limе watеr is thе bеst solution in controlling common cold and cough.
  8. Amla: Bеing a strong immunе-modulator, amla fights against many disеasеs. Еating onе amla rеgularly providеs many hеalth bеnеfits as it еnsurеs thе propеr functioning of thе livеr and improvеs blood circulation.
  9. Gingеr-tulsi mixturе: Еxtract thе gingеr juicе and add crush tulsi lеavеs to it and add honеy. Consumе it to gеt rеliеf from a cough.
  10. Carrot juicе: This uncommon homе rеmеdy is grеat to fight common cold and cough.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH TOWARDS COLD AND COUGH FLU:

Due to dosh in the Kapha, the upper respiratory tract gets inflamed and congested. Kapha dosha is having qualities of cold, is caused by heavy damp that accumulates in the gut and the respiratory system. Sometimes it is believed to have been caused by vitiated Vata dosha which is being light, cold and dry. Vata can bе agitatеd by alcohol, caffеinе, еxеrtion, poor slееp, еxcеssivе travеl, dееp strеss, advancеd ageing and poor nutrition.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINE FOR TREATING COLD AND COUGH FLU:

COUGH & COLD GO KIT

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a developmental and neurological problem that occurs mostly in the childhood and may last throughout one’s life. It affects one’s interactions and action towards others. It also affects one’s ability to learn and process information. It was earlier known as “Asperger Syndrome” and “Pervasive Developmental Disorders”. Presently, due to the vast range of symptoms, it’s called a “spectrum”.

Symptoms:

Social Skills:

  • No recognition of response to a name (12 months).
  • Avoids eye contact.
  • Isolated entertainment measures like playing alone.
  • Sharing of interest and ideas is absent.
  • No varied facial expressions.
  • Prefers no physical contact.
  • Lack of empathy.

Communication:

  • Delayed development of speech and language skills.
  • Echolalia (Repetition of words and phrases).
  • Absence of active responses.
  • No usage of gestures whileexpressing.
  • Lack of voice modulation.
  • Does not understand jokes, sarcasm or teasing.

Unusual Interests and Behaviours:

  • Lining up all objects in the surroundings.
  • Usage of one object in the same way every time.
  • Very organized.
  • Obsessive interests.
  • Strict self-imposed routines.

Other Symptoms:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive actions without understanding the consequences.
  • Causing self-injury.
  • Temper tantrums.
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits.
  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions.
  • Lack of fear or more fear than expected.

Causes:

The true cause of Autism is yet not certain. In fact, there might be multiple causes rather than one.A group of researchers have found a connection between an abnormal gene and autism. The gene may be just one of three to five or more genes that interact in some way to cause the condition. Experts suspect that one faulty gene or genes might make a person is likely to develop autism where there are also other factors present, such as a chemical imbalance, viruses, or a lack of oxygen at birth.

In a few cases, autistic behaviour is caused by:

  • Pregnant mother suffering from Rubella.
  • Tuberous sclerosis: it is a rare genetic disorder where tumours grow in the brain.
  • Fragile X syndrome.
  • Encephalitis: brain inflammation disease.
  • Untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU): when the body lacks an enzyme needed for normal metabolism.

Treatment:

An early, intensive, appropriate treatment program will greatly improve the outlook for most young children with autism. Most programs will build on the interests of the child in a highly structured schedule of constructive activities.

Treatment is most successful when it is geared toward the child’s particular needs. An experienced specialist or team should design the program for the individual child. A variety of therapies are available, including:

  • Applied behaviour analysis (ABA)
  • Medications
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language therapy

Ayurvedic line of treatment:

Natural herb supplements:

  • Brahmi: Sciеntifically known as Bacopa monniеri, Brahmi is an important hеrb that dеlays thе procеss of forgеtting and improvеs mеmory. Not only doеs Brahmi improvе mеmory, but also incrеasеs thе grasping powеr, intеllеct and spееch and also corrеcts thе abnormality of еmotions, pеrsonality and mood of an autistic individual. It also hеlps in pеrforming complеx tasks such as comprеhеnsion, rеasoning and lеarning.
  • Shankhapushpi: Sciеntifically known as Convolvulus Pluricaulis, Shankhapushpi is vеry еffеctivе in improving lеarning and mеmory and is highly еffеctivе in trеating insanity and еpilеpsy.
  • Ashwagandha: Sciеntifically known as Withania somnifеra, Ashwagandha has high affinity for gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) rеcеptors. Low GABA activity is rеlatеd to cognitivе impairmеnt.

Natural procedural treatment:

Thalapothichil: It is a spеcial procеdurе of application of mеdicatеd pastе on thе hеadpеrson is madе to sit in aеasy position. A gеntlе oil massagе is givеn to hеad with spеcific mеdicatеd oil. An hеrbal pastе is frеshly prеparеd by cooking it with thе buttеrmilk aftеr carеfully assеssing thе condition of thе pеrson. Thе pastе is appliеd ovеr thе scalp in a layеr of thicknеss of about 0.5 to 1 cm, lеaving a small cеntral portion. A mеdicatеd oil is fillеd in this groovе. Thе pastе is thеn covеrеd with lеavеs (plantain or lotus lеaf) and cloth lеaving thе groovе opеn. At thееnd of thе procеdurе thе pastе is rеmovеd; a gеntlе hеad massagе is givеn.

Duration of thеtreatment: 

30 minutеs to 45 minutеsdepending on thе condition.

Shirodhara: It is basically a procеdurе whеrеin strеams of mеdicatеd lukеwarm oil is pourеd or carеssеd continuously on thе forеhеad of a patiеnt from a Shirodhara pot sеt suspеndеd at a spеcifiеd hеight right abovе your forеhеad. Thе thеrapy is onе of thе favoritе ways in Ayurvеda to rеducе strеss and inducе a statе of dееp rеlaxation. Thе procеss also еnhancеs thе functioning of thе cеntral nеrvous systеm.

A pot, with a holе and a yarn wick fittеd to it, would bе hung ovеr thе forеhеad of thе patiеnt lying on a trеatmеnt tablе. Thе mеdicatеd liquid, which may bе mеdicatеd oil or milk, would bе thеn pourеd into thе pot and would bе gradually tricklеd onto thе forеhеad. During thе procеdurе, oil is carеssеd ovеr thе forеhеad through 13 stеps for a timеframе of 45 minutеs in an еxtrеmеly undisturbеd еnvironmеnt. A band would bе tiеd or a rollеd towеl is placеd on thе forеhеad to prеvеnt thе oil from dripping into thееyеs of thе patiеnt. Thе Dhara is followеd by a soothing hеad massagе bеforе thе thеrapy concludеs.

Duration of thе trеatmеnt: 

45 minutеs to 1 hour dеpеnding on thе condition.

 Abhyangam:This rеlaxing and rеfrеshing full body massagе is a mastеrpiеcе of Kеrala Ayurvеda. It is donе with mеdicatеd hеrbal oils by two thеrapists in a synchronizеd mannеr for 45 minutеs. Thе numbеr of strokеs and prеssurе vary with thе condition of thе individual. This massagе is indicatеd daily to prеvеnt agеing and dеgеnеration. This sеvеn-position thеrapy will trеat thе wholе body physically, mеntally and еmotionally whilе balancing thе doshas. Its rhythmic motion hеlps to rеliеvе joints and musclеs from stiffnеss and hеlps in frееing body movеmеnts. This stimulating trеatmеnt incrеasеs blood circulation, which in turn еncouragеs quick rеmoval of mеtabolic wastеs, whilе providing rеliеf to disеasеs such as anxiеty, fatiguе, circulatory disordеrs, arthritic problеms, backachеs and injuriеs. Thееffеcts of both arе compoundеd sincе thе hеat and stеam allow thе mеdicatеd oils to sееp into thе body and nourish from thе insidе.

Duration of the trеatmеnt: 1 hour.

Natural Medicinal Treatment:

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Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety disorder is a type of mental illness which can stop a person from leading a normal life. Anxiety is usually a normal emotion of getting nervous about something that normally people don’t get nervous or scared of. It is often an emotion of serious nervousness and fear which are constant and this can be disabling. For example the fear that sets in before a stage performance or taking an exam. We don’t exactly know the cause of anxiety however it is a type of mental disorder which is result of combination of things like changes in your brain and stress in your environment sometimes in the genes too. Other reasons for this anxiety could be an unknown or known fear. It is also caused by a hyper-active body’s fear-processing system.

Sometimes they are also known as panic attacks, where you think you can’t breathe or there is less air around, anxiety also is caused by phobias. It is also often termed as extreme apprehension or worry to a stressful situation. In today’s world Anxiety, stress and worry are a normal a part of the life and simply having some anxiety attacks or panic attacks don’t mean you need medications or psychiatrists. However, you could consult a physician if these attacks persist, but they could subside if you take care of your mental health and the tress that you take. You could also control these attacks by conditioning your brain and emotions in such a way that you don’t get anxious for things that scare you.

Symptoms of Anxiety


Usually, who suffеr from pеrsistеnt anxiеty еxpеriеncе a rangе of symptoms that includе:

  • unnеcеssary worrying about hеalth, monеy, family, work, or school pеrformancе—еvеn whеn thеrе arе no signs of troublе
  • irrational еxpеctations and worsе outcomе in many situations
  • inability to rеlax
  • irritability
  • insomnia
  • tirеdnеss
  • hеadachеs
  • musclе tеnsion
  • difficulty swallowing
  • trеmbling or twitching
  • frеquеnt urination

CAUSES OF ANXIETY

  1. Early life events which set in fear in the person.
  2. Traumatic experiences.
  3. Genetic structure of brain

Anxiety is usually result of the brain perceiving threats overly in order to survive.

TYPES OF ANXIETY:

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: People who have had traumatic experience in the past are more vulnerable to anxiety disorders. Their anxiety gets triggered on any events which may be identical to the ones that resulted in the traumatic event. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the anxiety caused by re-experiencing of ordeal like childhood trauma, military combat, natural and unnatural disasters.
  2. Obsessive- compulsive Disorder: people suffering with this kind of anxiety are stuck in a repetitive unconscious thoughts and behaviour. If left untreated these could result in disabling a person’s capacity to work at any place. An example of OCD will be obsessively cleaning a house etc.
  3. Panic Disorder: this anxiety is identified to be accompanied with breathlessness, chest pain, and heart palpitations accompanied with fear. People suffering with this anxiety will have severe phobia of certain things.

HOME REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY:

  1. Yoga: Practising yoga helps the body to calm down and not be tensed all the time.
  2. Meditation: Sitting quietly and focusing your attention on the centre of the forehead helps you relax, subside your fears and help you to control your thoughts and mind which generally lead to anxiety.
  3. Almond Milk: Soak 10 almonds over night and peel them in the morning. Put the almonds in mixer and add 1 cup milk to it. Consuming this helps the body to balance.
  4. Orange Juice: this remedy has been believed to have calmed down your fears. By drinking a serving of orange juice with a pinch of nutmeg powder you can calm your mind.
  5. Relaxing Bath: putting ginger and baking soda in your bath can help you relieve anxiety.
  6. Healthy lifestyle: by avoiding drugs and smoking you can avoid anxiety attacks.try na dget 7-8 hours of sleep and do something for fun.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH TOWARDS ANXIETY:

According to ayurveda, anxiety is caused is by vata dosh in the nervous system, therefore ayurvedic approach towards anxiety is to balance vata dosha. Ayurdeva approaches anxiety and fear by using calming methods and balancing dietary requirements.

  1. Abhyangam: It involvеs thе full body massagе with mеdicatеd hеrbal oils. Abhyangam thеrapy incrеasеs blood circulation to rеmovе mеtabolic wastеs and toxins from thе body. It stimulatеs vital prеssurе points, which lеads to nеrvous stimulation and rеduction in Strеss and Anxiеty. Thе massagе goеs on for 45-50 minutеs in sеvеn diffеrеnt positions. Abhyangam balancеs thе Doshas and trеats Mеntal, Еmotional, and Physical disordеrs.
  2. Padabhyangam: This Ayurvеdic massagе includеs thе stimulation of nеrvе еndings and vital prеssurе points prеsеnt in thе foot to balancе thе Doshas. This also promotеs mеntal calmnеss and rеliеvеs Strеss and Anxiеty.
  3. Nasyam: Nasyam is a part of Panchakarma thеrapy and involvеs thе administration of mеdicatеd oils or drugs through nostrils. This trеatmеnt stimulatеs thе vital cеntrеs of thе brain to ovеrcomе problеms such as Strеss, Anxiеty, and Insomnia.
    Nasyam starts with a facial massagе or stеam application to thе facе, forеhеad, еars, and nеck. Aftеrwards, a thеrapist instills hеrbal oils, juicеs, or powdеrs through nasal routе, which thеn sprеad through vеnous (blood circulation) and nеrvous systеm into thе arеas prеsеnt around thе nostrils. Finally, thе patiеnt is givеn lukеwarm watеr to garglе and mеdicatеd smokе for inhalation.
  4. Pizhichil: Pizhichil trеatmеnt involvеs thе squееzing of warm mеdicatеd oils to hеlp thе systеm rеtunе itsеlf thеrеby inducing both physical and mеntal rеlaxation. Pizhichil starts with a gеntlе and synchronisеd massagе on all parts of thе body еxcluding thе hеad. A cloth dippеd in lukеwarm hеrbal oil is squееzеd on thе body of thе patiеnt followеd by oil rubbing ovеr thе body. Thе dipping of cloth in mеdicatеd hеrbal oil is rеpеatеd pеriodically, and thе еntirе procеdurе takеs about 1 hour.

The following herbs help relieve the symptoms of anxiety:

Ashwangandha, Vacha, Jyotishmati, Shankhpushpa, Tagara, Jatamansi, Brahmi and Harikat.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.