Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ayurvedic remedies for weight gain

Losing weight is a difficult task, but so is gaining weight. Many people who are born with a hyperactive metabolism  struggle to put on muscle and weight and are cursed to stay skinny all their lives.
Being underweight also has its share of health issues like decreased stamina, low tolerance to cold and a weakened immune system.
Ayurveda offers a range of remedies for weight gain. According to the ancient Indian system of medicine, skinny or underweight people have the Vata type composition, which makes weight gain very difficult. However, Ayurveda also offers treatment for low body weight.

Read more about Recommended Ayurvedic preparations.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Ayurvedic herbs to strengthen Immunity in HIV patients

The HIV virus attacks your immune system; and over time, it weakens your defences against opportunistic infections.  Apart from following a good lifestyle, it is important to fortify your diet with immune-strengthening herbs and medicines. Ayurveda offers an effective adjunct to conventional HIV treatment through powerful herbs that are safe and free of side effects.
Ayurveda recommends some powerful herbs and remedies to keep your immune system healthy.

1 Aloe vera
Aloe vera or kumari  is an anti-inflammatory herb and has a healing effect on the immune system of the HIV-infected person if taken regularly.

2 Garlic
Garlic is a known immunomodulator and an anti-inflammatory agent. The compound allicin found in garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Those diagnosed with HIV can either eat whole cloves of garlic as part of their daily diet or use garlic supplements.

3 Turmeric
Curcumin, a yellow pigment present in turmeric, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antimicrobial qualities, which makes it a potentially powerful herb against HIV-AIDS. It is also said to inhibit HIV from progressing into full-blown AIDS. Always combine turmeric with pepper for better results.

4 Amlaki
Indian gooseberry, amla or amlaki is a rich source of vitamin C and other beneficial antioxidants, which keeps the immune system strong. The nutritious fruit is also a part of many Ayurvedic preparations like Chyavanprash which is good for immune health for those with an HIV load.

5 Shatavari
Indian asparagus or shatavari is a potent herb which strengthens the immune system and improves its functions by stimulating immune cells. Regular intake of this herb will help the HIV-infected person’s body ward off external infections.

6 Guduchi
One of the best immunomodulators in Ayurveda is guduchi, known also by its scientific name tinospora cordifolia. It helps in the smooth functioning of the immune system by maintaining sufficient levels of white blood cells in the HIV-infected person’s blood.

7 Kalmegh
Kalmegh (andrographis paniculata) is herb known for its immunomodulatory properties. Clinical studies have been conducted to explore the role of the herb in treating HIV infections. Regular intake of kalmegh also ensures liver-protection from the harmful toxic effects of HIV drugs.

Read more about Ayurvedic management of HIV/AIDS here - https://ayurveda-foryou.com/treat/aids.html

Monday, November 27, 2017

Queen of Herbs-Tulsi

'Queen of Herbs' Tulsi is known for its healing powers.
This medicinal plant is a virtual tonic for your body, is extremely beneficial and an inexpensive herb. It is a herb that is seen in every house across the Indian subcontinent, and as per Acharya Bal Krishan of the Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurvedic group, it is a natural remedy for a majority of diseases.

"Tulsi with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is used as a natural remedy for viral infections, strengthening immunity, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and combatting and treating various hair and skin disorders, common health and lifestyle-related issues," Acharya Bal Krishan said.

Read more about Ayurvedic Properties and Uses of Tulsi here -
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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Ayurvedic Treatment of Fibromyalgia

The aggravation of Vata Dosha or accumulation of Ama (toxins) are the primary causes . There is associated weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress also and that should also be tackled.

The treatment of fibromyalgia, which is primarily a Vātavyadhi disease, focuses on both Vāta Shamana (re-balance) and Samshodhana (purification) along with management of Ama.

Panchakarma therapy: This is the main line of treatment in this disorder and ideally is the initial intervention in fibromyalgia if the patient has no contraindications. Purification measures namely 'Snehan' and 'Swedan' are very effective to balance 'Vata' and helps to dissolve toxins. Medicated oil is applied to the entire body followed by fomentation therapy with herbal decoction. This Snehana and Swedana therapy provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to Vata. The friction and movements massage creates heat which enhances circulation and helps cleanse the Ama or other impurities that could be aggravating and hypersensitizing nerve tissues. For these purpose –Bala Taila / Ksheerbala Taila / Mahanarayana Taila / Kottamchukadi Taila / Dhanvantara Taila etc can be used. Patients with predominance of Kapha can undergo Vamana by using Madanphala Yoga. Similarly with Pitta aggravation, Virechana can be planned with Trivritta Avaleha, Avipattikara Churna, Eranda oil or Triphala Churna depending on Koshtha. In stress prone individuals who have sleep and mood disturbances, Sirovirechana or Nasya can be planned.
Patients with constipation, debility and other Vata predominant features may undergo Matra Basti or a schedule of Kala or Yoga Basti.

Ayurvedic palliative medicines: If there is pain or stiffness or tenderness-Dashamula Kwath / Dashamularishtam, Rasnadi Guggulu, Yograj Guggulu, Simhanad Guggulu can be prescribed. If pain is associated with fatigue – Rasayana Churna, Chayvanaprasha, Bala Churna, Ashvagandha Churna or Gokshura Churna can be given with milk or water twice or thrice daily. If there is mood swing / sleep disturbances then Mansyadi Kwath with Brahmi Churna + Sankhapusphi Churna + Jatamansi Churna can be prescribed along with other medicines as per requirement.

Yoga Practice:  It is documented that fibromyalgia is often worsened by excessive stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system, and the immune response and affects quality of sleep pattern which in turn aggravates the fibromyalgia syndrome. Various stretching exercises are known to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia. Regular practicing of different yogic postures are helpful. Shavasana (Corpse posture) brings about a relaxed state of mind, Pranayama (Yogic breathing practices) create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.

Diet and nutrition: The diet normally advised for patients of fibromyalgia is a modified Vata-pacifying diet (Pathyam). It should include:
• Vegetable juices and soups prepared  from Guard, bottle guard, carrot, tomato, pumpkin, spinach, beet root.
• Coconut water.
• Kichadi (recipe made by cooking red/bran rice and mung dal.)
• Warm milk with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove
Fibromyalgia patients should avoid the following food articles (Apathyam) and behaviors:
• Hot (spicy) and fried foods; processed, excessive salt or sugar; very bitter and astringent foods, cauliflower, brinjal, potatoes.
• Excessive tea, coffee, alcohol, curd, chocolate, cocoa, milk.
• Sleeping during the day and staying up late at night.
• Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.

Read more about Ayurvedic Management of Fibromyalgia here - https://ayurveda-foryou.com/treat/fibromyalgia.html

Monday, October 30, 2017

Why you should Include Triphala in Your Diet

An easy way to maintain digestive wellness is to include Triphala in your healthy diet. Triphala is one of the best known Ayurvedic herbal remedies. It is a combination of three fruits Amla, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. Dr. Hariprasad, Research Scientist, The Himalaya Drug Company brings to you five reasons why you should include Triphala in your daily diet.

Relieves constipation
Ayurveda texts and contemporary research states that Triphala helps in speeding up the process of emptying the stomach and helps relieve long-standing constipation. Each of the three herbal ingredients of Triphala plays an important role in taking care of our body. The herbs help in cleansing the internal waste out of the body. At the same time, it also improves digestion.

Soothes  and rejuvenates gastro-intestinal tissues
The Amla in Triphala has demulcent and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to rejuvenate the inner lining of the intestines. It soothes and calms the intestinal walls, relieving abdominal bloating and belching.

Gently maintains regularity
Triphala helps in stimulating the metabolism and comforts the digestive system in your body. A small dose each night before bed helps in regulating bowel movement.

Detoxifies the body
According to Ayurveda texts suggest that Triphala supports detoxification of stomach and colon by cleansing metabolic and digestive wastes from the body.

Natural antioxidant
Triphala contains many antioxidant molecules, including gallic acid, flavonoids and tannins which helps in naturally cleansing the body from within by targeting free radicals that are capable of causing cell damage. The active constituents derived from three fruits exert strong antioxidant effects and promote bowel wellness.

Read more about Triphala- An Amazing Ayurvedic Energiser

Monday, October 09, 2017

Asthma: Effective Home Remedies

According to ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, “The underlying cause of all asthmatic conditions is increased Kapha dosha in stomach. From there it moves into the lungs , trachea and bronchi. The increased kapha blocks the natural flow of air, creating spasm in the bronchial tree and resulting in asthma and wheezing.” Kapha is one of the three energies or doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) responsible for maintaining balance of overall health. Ayurvedic treatments for asthma focus on wiping out the Kapha lodged in the lungs .

Herbal remedies taken on a regular basis  in the long run. Herbs like vasa, pushkarmula and yastimadhu have been known to control the symptoms of asthma. Here are some Ayurvedic home remedies that could help in reducing the symptoms of asthma and controlling the frequency of asthma attacks.

1.Half cup of ginger tea mixed with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves could prove to be an effective remedy to release the kapha accumulation in the airways, thereby preventing asthmatic attacks.

2.Boil a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a glass of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. If taken twice a day, this Ayurvedic remedy could reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.

3.Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4th teaspoon trikatu into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and add 1 teaspoon of honey before drinking.Take this twice a day for maximum benefits.

4. Drink a tea made with half teaspoon licorice and half teaspoon of ginger for asthma prevention.ginger teaGinger tea normalizes airways to enable proper breathing.

5.Half teaspoon of bay leaf and 1/4th teaspoon of pippali mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey taken two to three times a day may also help prevent chronic symptoms of asthma.

Read more about Ayurvedic Management of Asthma.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Where science stands on - Cinnamon

Diabetes and cholesterol

Biochemist Amy Stockert, who studies cinnamon at Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University co-authored a small study of 18 people with type 2 diabetes that showed the cassia species of cinnamon was more effective than diet alone in lowering blood glucose levels. In fact, her study found that it was comparable to oral diabetes medications.

Another study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes found that small doses of cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels and improved LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.

Still, if you want to see whether cinnamon works for you, people with type 2 diabetes are advised to do a self-test.

Do some paired blood glucose testing. Use a half a teaspoon in the morning, on fruit or oatmeal or in coffee, and see what happens to your blood sugar levels before and after you eat. Check again two to three hours later and see if there's a difference.

Dementia, HIV, cancer and more

The antioxidant properties of cinnamon are also being studied for their impact on the formation of the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Cinnamaldehyde, a compound responsible for the spice's sweet smell, and epicatechin, a powerful antioxidant that's also in blueberries, red wine and chocolate, seem to offer some protection against the oxidative stress that damages tau, a key player in the development of dementia.

Another study found a component of Ceylon cinnamon to have the same effect. However, research has occurred only in mice, rats and laboratory Petri dishes.

"It appears to work as an anti-inflammatory or antioxidant, protecting the body on a cellular level from bad things that happen," Wright said, "by getting rid of waste products and keeping the cells healthy."

Cinnamon and other traditional Indian medicinal plants are also being tested in the fight against HIV. One study found that green tea, elderberry and some extracts of cinnamon rich in flavonoids blocked the virus from entering and infecting certain cells.


The research on cinnamon doesn't stop there. Ceylon cinnamon has also been associated with cancer-fighting properties in rodents, anti-parasitic effects, improved diabetic neuropathy, lower blood pressure and wound healing, including liver damage. Studies have shown that solutions of cinnamon oil can kill a number of common bacteria, such as streptococcus and E. coli. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is investigating cinnamon's impact on multiple sclerosis.

Using a computer model, biochemist Stockert found that cinnamon was as effective as resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine known for anti-aging and disease-fighting properties, in activating SIRT-1 -- also known as the longevity gene because of its role in repairing DNA.

Read More about Ayurvedic properties and uses of cinnamon Here.