Sunday, July 30, 2017

World Hepatitis Day 2017: Ayurvedic herbs helpful in jaundice treatment

Herbal treatment of jaundice caused by hepatitis A is increasingly gaining popularity, especially since allopathy doesn’t have an definate treatment for it.
Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to balance the tridoshas by prescribing a strict diet regimen and potent Ayurvedic herbs. Here are some of the common herbs that can help in the effective treatment of jaundice resulting from hepatitis A.

Kutki: This herb is known by its scientific name picrorhiza kurroa and is a common Ayurvedic medicine. Although it has many health benefits such as antioxidant, inflammatory and immunomodulatory qualities, it is prized mostly for its liver-protecting properties. It is one of the best remedies for jaundice.

Giloy: Also known as tinospora cordifolia, giloy is valued for its hepatoprotective ie. liver-protecting properties. Ayurveda recommends this humble herb for the effective treatment of jaundice.

Nishottar: It is one of the two best Ayurvedic herbs for jaundice, the other being kutki. The herb is taken in a powdered form or mixed with water.

Vasaka: Vasaka is also known by its scientific name Justicia adhatoda, the leaves of which have been used to cure jaundice in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It acts by healing the liver from the inflammatory damaged caused by hepatitis.

Kakamachi: This herb is known by its scientific name solanum nigru. The fruits of the plant protect against liver toxicity. Long before science validated its liver-protecting power, Ayurveda had already discovered its healing powers.

Triphala: Technically, triphala is not a herb but a combination of three powerful herbs that have detoxing powers: amlaki or gooseberry, bibhitaki or terminalia bellirica and haridraki or terminalia chebula. The herb is administered in a powdered form to the patients for quick recovery from jaundice.

Aloe vera: The plant is used in Ayurveda to cure jaundice, mainly due to its liver-friendly properties.

Bhumi amalaki: The plant is used not only in Ayurveda but also in Siddha school of medicine for liver protection. It is known by its scientific name Phyllanthus Niruri.

Read more about Ayurvedic Treatment of Liver Disorders.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fight Cold, Flu and Infections With This Ayurvedic Wonder

The monsoons are finally here. We know you can't wait to drench yourself in the rain, but watch out for the wave of cold and flu bouts that are common during this season. Changing weather conditions could mean a dip in our immunity levels. Moreover, the humidity in the air is known to adversely affect metabolism, slow down digestion and cause problems like constipation or diarrhoea. Kadha is an Ayurvedic home remedy that could protect you, make you stronger from within and also help in fighting seasonal infections.

What is a Kadha?
Kadha is essentially an Ayurvedic drink made with a number of herbs and spices that are boiled usually in water to extract their benefits. With a variety of whole spices, ingredients and herbs easily found in an Indian household, the decoction is the most inexpensive home remedy to strengthen your immunity and fight infections.

A kadha can be made in many ways and it can be a combination of many ingredients.
There are 3 ways to make kadha at home to boost your immunity and battle monsoon woes.

1] Grind Tulsi leaves, black pepper and Ginger together and then boil them in water. To sweeten the concoction you can add some honey. This kadha works wonders for cold and cough.
2] Mix half teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water and bring it to boil. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink up for strength and energy.

3] Grind about half teaspoon of giloy (guduchi -- Indian Tinospora ), add it to a cup of water and boil. This decoction aids digestion, boosts your immunity and fights symptoms of flu.

Stay strong with these natural immunity boosters that act as precautionary measures and may help in faster recovery. However, if you're suffering from a prolonged infection or one that keeps coming back, you must consult a doctor.

Read more about recommendations to follow about diet and lifestyle schedule in Rainy season.