Herbal Remedies for Hypertension, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

 

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

CAUSES

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

SYMPTOMS

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

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

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

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

Ayurveda treatment for hypertension aims at:

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

Single herbs useful in case of hypertension are:

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

Ayurvedic formulations needed in this condition are:

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

HERBAL REMEDIES

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

HAEMORRHOIDS ( ARSHA)

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

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

 CAUSES

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

   PATHOGENESIS

SYMPTOMS

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

TYPES

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

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

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

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

 MANAGEMENT

As per Ayurveda, management includes-

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

TREATMENT

The line of treatment includes –

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

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

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

  1. Shaman Therapy (internal medications) –

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

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

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

Arshofit capsules – 2 capsules twice daily.

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

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

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

Trivrut avleha – a laxative.

Hingwadi and Chitrakadi vati.- treats mandagni.

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

 

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

 

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

 

HOME REMEDIES –

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

PRECAUTION –

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ayurvedic Herbs for Natural Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

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

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

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

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

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

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy will result in the following symptoms.

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

How can Ayurveda help in treating cerebral palsy?

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

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

Herbs Used In Cerebral Palsy Treatment

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

1. Brahmi

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

2. Vacha

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

3. Haritaki

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

4. Haridra

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

5. Shilajit

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

6. Amalaki

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

7. Vidanga

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

8. Guduchi

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

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

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Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

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

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

Causes of Hair Loss

Family History or Heredity

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

Hormonal Changes

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

Patchy Hair Loss

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

Scalp Infections

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

Hair-Pulling Disorder

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

Medications

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

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

Other Causes of Hair Loss

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

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss

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

Herbs for Hair Loss

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

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

Ayurvedic Medicines for Hair Loss

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

Ayurvedic Oils for Hair Loss

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

Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

Prachanna Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

Top 7 Herbs for Liver Detoxification

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

A healthy liver is important because:-

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

Liver Disorders According to Ayurveda

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

Why We Need to Cleanse the Liver?

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

Natural Ways for Liver Detoxification

Liver Detoxification

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

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

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

Top 7 Herbs for Liver Detoxification

1. Turmeric

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

2. Peppermint

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

3. Lemon

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

4. Triphala

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

5. Karela or Bitter gourd

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

6. Neem (Azhadirachta Indica)

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

7. Chicory Root

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

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

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

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

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

Two types of piles seen in people are:-

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

According to the location, piles can be:-

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

CAUSES

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

Some of the other causes for piles are:-

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

SYMPTOMS

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

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

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

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

Ayurvedic formulations useful in Arsh are:-

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

HERBAL REMEDIES

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

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Herbal Remedies for Hyperthyroidism, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

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

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

CAUSES

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

SYMPTOMS

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

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CDENTRE

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

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

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

Single herbs that are useful in hyperthyroidism are:

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

Ayurvedic formulations useful in hyperthyroidism are:

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

HERBAL REMEDIES

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

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Herbal Remedies for Constipation, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

 

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

CAUSES

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

SYMPTOMS

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

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

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

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

The causes of koshtha baddhata are:

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

Ayurvedic formulations that helps in relieving constipation are:

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

HERBAL REMEDIES

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

APPEARANCE

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

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

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

PROPERTIES

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

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

Headache:-

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

Alopecia

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

Eye Disorders

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

Otalgia:-

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

Ear Worms:-

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

Bronchitis:-

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

Flatulence:-

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

Gastric Tumor:-

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

Stomach Pain:-

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

Bleeding Piles:-

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

Jaundice:-

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

DIABETES

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

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

 

CAUSES

Type 1 diabetes

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

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

Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

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

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

Gestational diabetes

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

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

SYMPTOMS

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

 

TYPES

Type 1 diabetes

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

Type 2 diabetes

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

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

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

BaidyanathMadhumehri

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

Diabex

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

VK4 Diacon

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

Bitter Gourd Juice

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

Neem Leaves, Tulsi Leaves, and Belpatras

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

Bael leaves

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

Ground Bay Leaf, Turmeric & Aloe Vera

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

Fenugreek seeds

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

Jamun

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

Amla and cinnamon powder

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

Vijaysar

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

Triphala

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

Banyan tree bark

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

NATURAL REMEDIES

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

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

  1. Dabur Ashwagandharishta: this medicine is a unique combination of Ashwagandha, Mushali, Manjishtha, Haritaki and Nisha herbs. It helps treat depression & anxiety, improves memory, helps in calming nerves and strengthens digestive system.

Dosage: 15-30 m diluted with water and to be taken post meals or as suggested by the Vaidya.

  1. Kapiva Brahmi Capsules: This contains Brahmi which increases concentration, revitalises brain cells and it sooths the nervous system.

Dosage:  Consume two capsules at a time twice a day as a healthy addition

  1. Kapiva Ashwagnadha+ Destress Capsules: This contains Ashwagandha and Brahmi and both these herbs have been used for treating mental disorders and brain related problems.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day

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.

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

INDIGESTION


You know that feeling of burning sensation; stomach ache, excessive burping, passing of gas, excessive passing of stool or coming up of bitter tasting food while burping, that is indigestion. While surfing on Google we are sure you might have come across the word dyspepsia, which is the medical term for indigestion. Indigestion is the most common ailment these days and in most cases it is nothing to worry about. In India we tend to eat a lot of spicy and oily food and most of us are used to it. So if you wake up at night with your stomach burning and too much burping you probably had too much to drink or ate too spicy food. Another cause of indigestion could also be some medication that you are having. To make things clear indigestion is not supposed to be confused with heart burn. Indigestion is not independently a disease but it is a symptom of some underlying disease. It could be a symptom of Acid Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastric cancer, Pancreatic or bile duct ailments or peptic ulcers. However it may sometimes happen that your digestive system is weak and it could not digest the food you consumed and therefore it starts reacting.

WHAT CAUSES INDIGESTION?

  1. EATING HABITS: people who live a poor lifestyle and do not take care of their eating habits are often prone to indigestion. Eating too much junk or fatty food or not following a proper diet or skipping meals. Exercising immediately after a meal can also cause digestion
  2. OVEREATING: one of the leading causes of indigestion is overeating, because this doesn’t give ample time for the body to digest the food and therefore results in indigestion.
  3. MEDICATION: some particular medicines like Asprin, iBrufen or other painkillers, Thyroid medicines, hormonal pills like birth control, steroids, cholesterol and blood pressure medication or anti-inflammatory drugs can cause severe indigestion which is one of the main reasons doctors also prescribe digestion medication while prescribing certain medication.
  4. ANXIETY OR STRESS: Many people complain of indigestion if they are suffering with anxiety or under stress. Stress or anxiety causes Irritable Bowel syndrome or frequent motions too. Therefore students must have noticed that around their exam times there motions increase.
  5. LIFESTYLE: people who smoke, take drugs or consume alcohol often report with indigestion.

INDICATIONS OF INDIGESTION

Common indications of indigestion are

  1. Severe or sharp pain in abdomen.
  2. Excessive belching (burping)
  3. Vomiting (in severe cases)
  4. Bloating in the stomach area
  5. Burning sensation in stomach area
  6. Black tarry stool could also be a symptom in severe and untreated cases.

HOME REMEDIES FOR INDIGESTION

  1. Lime Juice with baking soda: consume this combination with a glass of warm water
  2. Lassi/buttermilk: this Indian drink, made through churning of curd and adding Rock Salt helps curing indigestion.
  3. Yoga: a simple and useful remedy for people who suffer with indigestion is practising yoga positions like: Virasana, Padmasana and Mayurasana.
  4. Breakfast: Never miss breakfast, since it is after almost 9-10 hours you are consuming food, acid levels in the stomach are high.
  5. Avoid eating if you feel full already; it could mean that your food isn’t digested and you will be unnecessarily burdening your digestive system with more food.

 

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF INDIGESTION

In Ayurveda, indigestion is known as Ajirna . Ajirna means undigested food or partially digested food. We believe that Pitta or inner fire imbalance causes indigestion. It is the heat energy in every cell and predominantly lies in the stomach area. So any food that you intake that has excessive heat like spicy foods, tomatoes, vinegar, citrus fruits and their juices, fried foods, onions and garlic etc are known as Pitta aggravating foods. These foods cause excessive acid in the stomach which results in burning, pain and indigestion in stomach.  Indigestion can also be cause by vata dosh and kapha dosh.

TYPES OF INDIGESTION UNDER AYURVEDA

  1. Amajirna – vitiated kapha dosha.
  2. Vidagdhajirna – vitiated pitta dosha.
  3. Vishtabdhajirna – vitiated vata dosha.

AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES FOR INDIGESTION:

  1. Ginger: chewing on a freshly cut piece of ginger after a meal will help digest food easily.
  2. Amla: Amla helps in balancing the pH value of the stomach
  3. Ajvain: you must have often been made to consume ajvain with a pinch of rock salt by your grandmother on case of stomach ache it is primarily a cure for indigestion and excessive flatulence.

 

DUODENAL ULCER

( PARINAMA SHOOLA)
A peptic ulcer is an erosion or sore in the stomach (gastric ulcer) or the first few  centimeter of the duodenum ( duodenal ulcer), that penetrates through the muscularis  mucosa .           

 Causes

1. Helicobacter pylori
2.Stress
3.Smoking                                                                                                                  4.Radiation therapy
5. Use of NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen .
6.Spicy foods do not cause ulcers, but can make them worse .

Symptoms

1.The pain is usually in the upper middle part of the abdomen .
2. The  pain can feels like burning or gnawing , and it may go through to the back  3.Nausea
4. Vomiting
5.Loss of appetite
6.Loss of weight .

Upashaya and Anupashaya

Samanya  Vishesa  Siddhanta  is applied in all fields of Ayurveda . The extension of this siddhanta in the form of Upashaya and Anupashaya  respectively is used for diagnosis of a disease as well as for  therapeutics . The avoidance of factors that aggeavate the Shula and Indulgence in those that relieve the Shula is advisable.                                                                                                                                                      Upashaya

Relieving factors for Parinama Shula are:
1. Immediately after Bhojana
2. Following vomiting
3. On completion of aharapachana
4.Vataja parinama shula : Shingdha, ushna annapana
5. Pittaja parinama shula : Sita annapana
6. Kaphaja parinama : Katu , tikta  annapana .                                                                                                                                                Anupashaya

The  aggravating factors for parinama shula are:
1. Pachyamanavastha of aharapachana
2. Sastika Sali ,vrihi odana
3. Pittaja parinama shula : Katu, Amla , lavana annapan.                                                                                                                                                      Investigations:

1. Inspect the stool , and test it for occult blood .
2. Fiberoptic   endoscopy or a double –contrast  barium  study of the upper GI tract.
3.  Test for the presence of H pylori infection .

Treatment

Principles of Treatment

Panchakarma

Vamana is indicated when the dosa is Amashayagata and is Kaphaja  Parinama Shoola.
Virechana  is indicated when the dosa are in the Pachyamanashya and in Pittaja Parinama Shoola.
Basti indicated in chronic stage
Pachana , Vataulomana.
1. Shamana  Snehapana – MTG 20 ml BD with milk
2. Avapeedaka Sneha with Dadima  Ghrita
3. Vamana is to be performed using Tikta and  Madhura dravya . The dravya to be  used are Madanpala  kvatha with ksira , kantakari rasa, Nimba kvatha or katutumbi rasa , Akanthaapana of any of the above is indicated.                                                                                                                4.Virechana with Trivrit , Danti or Eranda taila.
5. Yashtimadhu Ksheerabasti
6. Shirodhara, Takradhara.

Single drugs:
Amalaki , Yashtimadhu, Shatavari, Patola ,Mandoora Bhasma, Pravala Pisti.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Naimittika rasayana
Amalaki rasayana, Drakshamalaka leha,  Dhari Loha,  Saptamrita loha, Ksheera Mandoora, Shatavari Mandora.

Formulations
1. Sutashekara rasa – 1-2 tab with water thrice a day before meal
2. Kamadugha rasa – 1-2 tab with water thrice a day before meal                  3.Tiktaka Ghrita -1-2 tsf with warm water twice a day before meal
4.Avipattikara  churna -1-2 tsf with warm milk twice a day before meal          5.Shatavri ghrita- 1-2 tsf with milk twice a day before meal                        6.Shatavri –yashthimadhu ksheerapaka – 30 ml BD                                              7.Bhunimbadi kashaya – 20 ml TID                                                                 8.Saptamrita lauha – 250 -500 mg TID BF with milk                                         9.Shatavari Mandoora -250-500 mg TID BF with milk
10. Ksheera Mandoora -250-500mg TID with milk
11. Pravala panchamrita rasa -250-500  TID with milk
12. Syrup Himcocid – 1-2 tsf with water thrice a day before meal
13. Syrup  Amlapitta Mishrana  -2tsf TID before meal.                                                                                                                                                              Yoga Therapy

Asana
1. Vajrasana
2.Paschimottanasana
3. Bhujangasana
4.Ardha matsyendrasana
5.Sarvangasana
6. Padahasthasana
7.Shashankasana
8.Virasana
9.Viparita karni
10. Padmasana
11. Shavasana                             
12. Makaraasana
13. Pavanamuktasana                                                                                                Pranayama
Ujjayi , Kapalbharti
Yoga Nidra
Om Mantra Chanting
Diet and Lifestyle
Pathya :
Eating smaller meal , Drink water after 30 mint of the meal.             Apathya:  Avoid heavy, spicy ,sour, hot, too much oily food.                        Excessive or scanty and also taken too early or too late.
Avoid anxiety, worry ,anger, etc.
Avoid alcohol and acidic foods.
Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs.
Don’t take anything in between meals except liquids.                                Suppression of the natural urges.

Prevention                                                            

Avoiding the Pitta  –aggravating diet , smoking, tobacco chewing ,alcohol.          Presons of Pitta Prakriti should take purgation therapy once in year.

Can Ayurveda Really help to Treat Kidney Failure?

 


Chronic diabetes and blood pressure problem has become so common these days; no wonder renal failure and kidney diseases are now one of the main reasons behind increasing hospital bills and loss of life. This is where the real problem lies – people are unaware about the benefits of Ayurveda and how it can help to treat kidney diseases.

In fact, if the patient encounters the problem of from higher creatinine level, the family loses the hope and assumes dialysis to be the only short term solution! The truth is – kidney diseases can be cured and the patient can be saved from kidney failure if the consultation of an expert Ayurvedic Vaidya is taken at the right time. Simply because, Ayurveda has some really effective herbs and treatments that can save the patient’s life before options like dialysis or kidney transplant are considered.

Kidney failure is also called renal insufficiency and it is a disorder wherein the kidneys become incapable of functioning. They are unable to remove waste products and toxins from our body. When the kidneys are not able to eliminate unwanted materials, the balance in fluids and electrolytes is disrupted. There is no control over the production of red blood cells in the body and the problem occurs instantaneously with symptoms that are generally difficult to identify.

Some Symptoms of Kidney Related Diseases

  • Change in taste such as metallic or ammonia smell in their breath
  • Avoiding protein rich foods such as eggs, pulses, kidney beans, oats, meat, dairy products
  • Experiencing a shivering sensation
  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Passing out blood in urine
  • Foams or bubbles in urine due to protein in it
  • Feeling of nausea or vomiting
  • Experiencing mental confusion
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in body
  • Itching
  • Shortened breath
  • Swelling in face, arms and legs

Causes of Kidney Failure

  • Reduced blood flow to kidneys – This reason hints at diabetes which results in reduced blood flow to kidneys.
  • Acute dehydration – It is very important to drink plenty of water. People who drink less water, most of the time, suffer from kidney stones and similar problems.
  • Heart diseases
  • Chronic burns
  • Liver malfunction – The functioning of Liver & Kidney is related. Liver disorder or Pitta dosha isn’t good for the kidney as well.
  • Prolonged use of medicine for blood pressure
  • Prolonged use of antibiotics and painkillers
  • Blood loss
  • Infection
  • Physical damage to kidneys
  • Blockage in urine drainage tube

Best Herbs for Ayurvedic Treatment of Kidney Failure

Ayurveda has a lot of herbs that are useful for patients of kidney failure.

1. Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

It has great anti-inflammatory properties and is considered ideal for treating kidney failure. It also cures swelling in the feet and around your joints and further reduces accumulation of fluid in various parts of the body and while improving your appetite.

2. Kaasni (Cichorium intybus)

Kaasni is considered the best remedy for all types of kidney disorders and is highly recommended for healing respiratory problems as well. It also treats chronic constipation and increases haemoglobin in our blood stream. A rich source of Vitamin A, it improves eyesight and helps manage kidney failure complications.

3. Varun (Crataeva nurvala)

This herb is claimed to be the cure for kidney failure as it addresses the root of the condition. It strengthens the urinary tract and enhances the prostate function. This herb is also very effective in treating chronic migraines, kidney stones, intestinal bleeding and worms, renal calculi and more.

Ayurveda has many herbal treatments in its kitty for kidney failure and all of them have proven effective in most of the cases. If the patient’s condition has worsened beyond repair, then allopathic science has dialysis and/or kidney transplant as options.

We need to understand that healthy kidneys are important for a healthy life; a simple change like increasing the consumption of water everyday can restore the health of kidneys.

Similarly, it is important to note that if you have are experiencing some problem related to kidneys, avoid self-medication. It is always better to consult an experienced Ayurveda practitioner who will help you heal from within.

Moreover, Ayurveda promote a holistic approach to healing which means that one should make changes in lifestyle as well as eating habits to restore the healthy functioning of kidneys. Eating more fruits and salads will help. Doing yoga and pranayam every day will keep the creatinine levels low.

To know more about Ayurvedic treatments for kidney diseases and renal failure, book your appointment at Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre which is the most reputed Ayurvedic health destination in North India.