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.

How to Treat & Prevent Tension Headaches?

 

The constant pursuit of ‘more’ in our life, having more things, doing more work and achieving more success has resulted in more diseases and health menaces as well. Tension headache is one such health hazard that we keep experiencing so often. The real problem is not having occasional headaches; but the way we treat them. Popping a Disprin or Aspirin or any painkiller whenever headaches strikes won’t solve the problem; rather this is one habit that will make tension headaches recurring! That’s why it is important to understand Tension Headaches with respect to Ayurveda and cure it from within.

Understanding Tension Headaches

Headaches are common, in fact very common with all of us. It is important to understand the difference between Migraine headache and Tension headache if you wish to cure this problem. Tension headaches happen due to stress, anxiety, lack of sleep or because of your recurring habit of worrying. Migraine headaches are however caused due to the problem of migraine and such headaches bring along nausea, stomach pain and sensitivity to smell, sound or even light. Whether it is students or adults or even children these days, they all complain of headaches.

Talking about Tension headaches, these headaches signify an imbalance in our body. The most common causes of these mind numbing waves of pain are stress and tension. These do not usually point to a serious illness but we see that even a mild headache is enough to disrupt your daily activities. And that’s precisely the reason why you should consider meeting an Ayurvedic consultant for Ayurveda is the best approach to restore the balance within your body with a focus on a hale and hearty lifestyle.

So, what actually does happen in our body that causes headache?

Tension headache can also be defined as the tightening of muscles of your face and neck which is often characterized by a dull ache in your forehead or at the back of your head. It may also cause pain in your neck and shoulders which then may travel to your head.

Our skull bones and brain tissues lack pain sensitive nerve fibers but the muscles of our face, mouth, areas around the eyes, throat and neck, scalp and the network of blood vessels on the surface and base of our brain are very much sensitive to pain. The tips of these nerve fibers get highly stimulated by stress, muscle tension, and even lack of sleep if we are not careful. These stimulated nerve tips send signals and messages up our nerve fibers to the linked nerve cells in our Brain. Then the Brain locates the region of the stimulated nerve tip based on place from where these signals are being received and thus we feel the pain or ache pulsating through us in waves or constantly in many cases.

Tension headaches are very common and may be mild, chronic or severe depending on how much stress you take or for how long you have been under such stressful situations. Endorphins are our body’s natural pain killers and we all depend on them for relieving us of any pain. Some theories suggest that people who have low endorphin levels may be prone to more episodes of severe tension headaches and other chronic pains as compared to people who have high endorphin levels in their body.

Some Common Triggers of Tension Headache

In simplest form, once again, it is how a person responds to a situation creates health problems. Tension headache, as the name suggests, is caused by our tendency to worry and take unnecessary tension of work or family or sometimes for nothing. A hurried and always worried attitude is so very common these days; so are these tension headaches. You can watch out your behaviour and look for these reasons whenever you feel a throbbing pain in your head which is nothing but a tension headache:-

  • Anger
  • Muscle tension
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Missed meals
  • Sexual excitement
  • Systemic or metabolic conditions
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Before, during, or after menstruation
  • Hunger
  • Medications
  • Alcohol and caffeine withdrawal
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Reading or working on a computer for long periods of time
  • Doing repetitive work

How to prevent Tension Headaches with Ayurveda?

Prevention of tension headaches is something that everyone seeks and the only natural way to go about it is through yoga, meditation and adapting a healthy lifestyle. Avoid stress and everything that causes stress which is almost impossible to achieve in this time and age.

If you are suffering from chronic headache, you should consult an expert Ayurvedic practitioner who can help to uproot the problem from within through Ayurvedic medicines and Panchakarma treatments. Two most effective Panchakarma treatments for curing tension headache are:-

  1. Shirodhara – Under this treatment, warm oil is poured over the head. The treatment is meant to calm your mind and release toxins created by anxiety, tension, anger or sleeplessness.
  2. Nasyam – Another very effective Panchkarma treatment is a nasal administration whereby medicated oil is put in the nostrils and the patient is asked to do breathing for a while. Nasyam helps the nervous system to relax and is used extensively to treat headaches of all types.

Ayurveda also brings a few remedies that will relieve you of your tension headaches once and for all through some home remedies like:-

  • Take a few drops of peppermint oil and massage it gently on your temples.
  • Same can be done with eucalyptus oil and you can find relief from tension headaches.
  • Warmed sesame oil can also be used to massage the scalp as it quickly relieves tension headaches and even induces sleep.
  • Again, if you practice regular exercise and yoga along with meditation, it will reduce stress levels and keep tension headaches at bay.
  • If you are a Vata type, use hot water bags on aching parts or go for a warm soak or a hot shower.
  • If you are a Pitta type, use a cold compress or ice packs on your aching parts instead.
  • Make a fine powder out of some cinnamon sticks and add some water to make a paste. Apply it on the forehead and temples and rest for about 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and you will feel much better.
  • Mix ginger juice and lemon juice (equal parts) and drink up. Consuming this once or twice a day will provide quick relief.

Stress is going to be there no matter what. It has become a part of us. But you can still live a longer and healthier life by averting all the negativity and illnesses that it brings. And how can you accomplish that? The answer is simple – By making Ayurveda your friend!

However, you must ensure changing your lifestyle and learning to let go the worrying habit if such headaches are troubling you more than twice a week! If you wish to take expert help in curing your tension headaches, you can visit Chandigarh Ayurved and Panchakarma Centre which is North India’s leading Ayurvedic destination and take consultation from award-winning Vaidya.

Herbal Remedies for Schizophrenia, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder in which the patient experiences complete breakdown in relationship between his thoughts, emotions and behavior. It is characterized by hallucinations and delusion. Psychic stress and strain are primarily responsible for causing this disease which is again aggravated by irregular food intake and constipation. In this disease the patient is usually unable to sleep, talks and acts incoherently and often becomes violent.

CAUSES

  • Genetic and social factors
  • Stress during pregnancy
  • Imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain
  • Prenatal viral infections
  • Childhood abuse
  • Enlarged brain ventricles

SYMPTOMS

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Thought disorders
  • Odd and irritational statements
  • Strange suspiciousness
  • Extreme reaction to criticism
  • Excessive sleep or insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty to concentrate
  • Abnormal motor behavior
  • Incoherent speech
  • Disorganized behavior
  • Emotional flatness
  • Neglecting basic personal hygiene
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

According to Ayurveda, schizophrenia is compared with unmada. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities, negative emotions like hatred, anger etc cause imbalance in satva, raja and tama which then leads to this condition. It is also believed that the vitiated doshas evade the brains of the persons with less satva or whose mind is under rajsik and tamsik influences. These doshas then block the channels of mind or manovahi srotas and nerve impulses. As a result, the functioning of mind and intelligence get affected. Due to this the patient fails to differentiate between real and virtual, correct and incorrect.

Five types of unmada are described in ancient ayurvedic texts:-

  1. Vataj Unmada
  2. Pittaja Unmada
  3. Kaphaja Unmada
  4. Sannipattik Unmada
  5. Agantuja Unmada

Line of treatment in this condition is:-

  • Rejuvenating and strengthening the nervous system
  • Detoxify and clear the blockage in the channels of the brain
  • Strengthen the heart
  • Maintaining good lifestyle, food habits and discipline

Panchakarma therapies recommended in schizophrenics are:-

  • Nasya
  • Shirodhara
  • Shiro Abhyanga
  • Anuvasana Vasti
  • Niruha Vasti

Single herbs that are useful in this condition are:-

  • Vacha
  • Brahmi
  • Ashwagandha
  • Tagar
  • Jatamansi
  • Tulsi
  • Shatavari
  • Shankhpushpi
  • Sarpagandha
  • Yashtimadhu

Ayurvedic medicines that can be prescribed in this condition are:-

  • Brahmi Vati
  • Ashwagandha Churna
  • Vacha Churna
  • Tagaradi Churna
  • Vata Kulantak Rasa
  • Manas Mitra Vati
  • Brahmi ghrit
  • Panchagavya Ghrit
  • Saraswatarishta
  • Brahma Rasayana

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Include anti-oxidant rich foods like strawberries, blueberries, lemons, oranges, amla, spinach and carrots in your diet.
  • Regular exercise is good for maintaining the physical as well as mental health in people suffering from schizophrenia.
  • Avoid fried foods, junk foods, baked and processed food stuffs.
  • Have milk, ghee and butter in sufficiently large quantities.
  • Maintain regular food timings.
  • Take meals with peaceful mind and in calm atmosphere. Avoid watching television during meals.
  • Eat fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated products.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.
  • Get up early and have sufficient sleep. Do not keep awake late at night.
  • Yoga, meditation and pranayam should be practiced.
  • Prayers, reading spiritual texts, reading good literature, listening to thought provoking lectures, hearing mantras and music help to improve the mental strength.
  • Social support helps in combating stress and keeping mental strength in challenging situations.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take one glass of hot water and add one teaspoon cardamom powder to it. Mix well and leave it for ten minutes. Sieve the mixture and drink it lukewarm.
  • Add two teaspoons of licorice powder in 200 ml of water. Boil the water till it reduces to half. Strain the mixture and consume the water when lukewarm empty stomach in the early morning.
  • Add one teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to one cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for five minutes. Strain the solution and drink it daily. Chamomile has soothing and calming properties. It promotes restful sleep and hence is useful for the people suffering from schizophrenia.
  • Steep a few basil leaves in hot water for about five minutes. Strain and sweeten the same with honey. Drink this basil tea twice a day. Basil leaves have excellent antioxidant properties and promote functioning of the brain.

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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.
    5. Kizhi: Kizhi еnhancеs circulation and rеducеs thе oxidativе strеss thеrеby rеliеving thе psycho-physical symptoms of strеss.
    This thеrapy makеs usе of powdеrs, hеrbs, ricе, sand tiеd in a muslin cloth to makе small satchеls. Thеsе powdеrs, hеrbs, ricе or sand sacks arе thеn hеatеd and lightly poundеd ovеr thе body or spеcific parts of thе body as nееdеd.

The following herbs help relieve the symptoms of anxiety:

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

Slееping Disordеrs

 

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

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

Insomnia:

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

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

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

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

 Causеs:

Thеrе arе sеvеral potеntial causеs of hypеrsomnia, including:

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

 

Parasomnia:

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

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

Slееp-Rеlatеd Movеmеnt Disordеrs:

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

Diagnosis:

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

Conditions:

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

Ayurvеdic Trеatmеnt for Slееp Disordеrs:

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifеra)

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

  1. Brahmi (Bacopa monniеri)

 

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

 

  1. Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)

 

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

 

  1. Shankapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis)

 

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

 

  1. Chamomilе (Chamaеmеlum nobilе)

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

Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

 

Vidarikand (Pueraria tuberosa) is a creeper which has circular leafless stems. It is commonly found around the canals and rivers and in the lower hills of Himalayas at the height of 3000 ft. Underground fruits are found attached to its roots. Fruits vary in shape and size and its taste is very similar to that of madhuyashti. This is why it is known as swadu kand (tasty fruit). This creeper is favorites to horses and hence is commonly known as gaj vajipriya. Its fresh fruits are sold in the markets as sural. Its another substitute, known as ipomea paniculata is found. When cut, good amount of pungent and sour liquid oozes out of it.

PROPERTIES

It is sweet, unctuous and cooling. It is lactogogue, and promotes physical strength, is beneficial for complexion, is aphrodisiac and cures burning sensation. It is a nutrient (rasayan).

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

Liver/Spleen Enlargement:-

Give 4 gm of its powder to be taken orally every morning and evening. It prevents the liver/spleen enlargement.

Blood Purification:-

Cook it and eat. It purifies blood and cures all blood related disorders.

Bulimia Nervosa:-

  1. Boil 9 ml of its juice in 200 gm milk and give this to the patient.
  2. Mix 9 ml of its juice with 9 gm ghee from buffalo milk. Give this to the patient. It cures the disorder.

Piles:-

Mix equal amounts if its powder and sesame and then grind them. Give 1 teaspoonful of this powder with honey, three times a day. Within a few days it controls bleeding.

Lactogenic:-

Give 5 gm of this powder with milk, thrice a day. It enhances milk production.

Menstrual Cycle:-

  1. Give 1 teaspoonful of its powder with 1 teaspoonful ghee and sugar. It controls excessive bleeding in menstrual cycle.
  2. Grind 1 teaspoonful each of its powder and sugar candy. Give this mixture with 1 teaspoonful gbee, every morning and evening to the patient. it controls exeessive bleeding in menstrual cycle.

Nutrient [Rasayan]:-

  1. Take 3-6gm of its powder and mix it in 20gm gbee. Boil this mixture in 360ml milk. Give this milk to the patient with sugar mixed in it. Promotes physical strength and makes the person healthy.
  2. Take 60gm of its powder, 40gm barley flour and 50gm wheat four. Roast all three in 50gm gbee. Add 20gm each of cashew nuts, almonds, chiraunji, white moosali, jaipbal, cloves and cardamom. Mix them all with honey and prepare Laddus. Eat 1 laddu every morning and makes the person healthy.
  3. Give 1gm of its powder with munakka regularly to children. It promotes physical strength in children.
  4. Give 1 gm of its powder with honey, every morning and evening to children. It curesweakness and promotes physical strength in children.
  5. Prepare its powder and dip it in its juice for 21 times and then let the powder dry. Give 5 gm of this powder, every morning and evening with milk and sugar to the patient. It promotes the immune system of the body longevity and makes the person physically fit.
  6. Take 3-6gm of its powder with boiled milk, regularly. It delays ageing.

Manliness, Potency:-

  1. Mix its 3gm powder n 10gm of its juice and also mix with 5gm ghee and 100 gm honey. Take the mixture every morning and evening. It promotes manliness and potency.
  2. Mix 2 teaspoonful of its powder with 1 teaspoonful Ghee and milk. Take this regularly for some time. It strengthens the production of semen.

Sexual Desire:-

  1. Take 1 teaspoonful of its powder with 1 teaspoonful honey every morning and evening. It improves and enhances sexual desire.
  2. Take 1 part of its powder with 1 part powder of Gular fruit, with milk with 4-6 gm ghee mixed on it.

Acidity:-

Give 10gm of its juice with 2 teaspoonful honey, on empty stomach, every morning and evening. It cures acidity.

Prishta Vasti – Panchakarma Treatment for Whole Spine Related Diseases

Prishta means complete back region. Prishta Vasti is a procedure where medicated oil is retained over back region for a specific period of time. It is mainly indicated for the diseases related to whole spine.

PROCEDURE

The patient is made to lie on the massage table. The dough which is prepared by using wheat flour or black gram is placed over the whole vertebral column. Lukewarm medicated oil is poured into it and is made to stay for some time. When the oil gets cooled, it is squeezed out using a cotton swab and warm medicated oil is again poured into it. This step is repeated for about 5-6 times. The procedure lasts for about half an hour. After the treatment is over, the oil is removed along with the dough and gentle abhyanga or massage with the same oil is done over the vertebral column for the better absorption of the oil. The patient is advised to take rest for a while.

INDICATIONS

Prishta Vasti is indicated in the following conditions:-

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Diseases related to whole spinal cord
  • Chronic backache
  • Osteoporosis
  • Disc prolapse
  • Degenerative spine changes
  • Compressed discs
  • Compressed spinal nerves

BENEFITS

Prishta Vasti proves to be beneficial in the following ways:-

  • Prishta Vasti helps in relieving musculoskeletal pain and inflammation.
  • Strengthens intervertebral disc spaces.
  • Improves the range of movements of the spine.
  • Helps in relieving muscular spasm.
  • Increases the blood circulation
  • Strengthens back muscles and connective tissues.