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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ayurveda's Healthy eating guidelines

Here are Ayurvedic recommendations -

1.Chew your food until it is an even consistency before swallowing your food.

2.Do not eat while you’re being distracted due to television, conversation or reading.

3.Avoid drinking cold water before eating. This can hamper the process of digestion.

4.Do not drink cold drinks during meals, as it can weaken the digestive fire. A half cup of normal water is fine. Dry meals require more water. Sipping wine during meals is fine.

5.It is said that food prepared with love and care is known to pass on an energy to us. It is said that we must avoid food prepared with resentment. We not only take in the food but also the emotions of the maker, as per ayurveda.

6.You need to consider eating as a sacred thing. You need to pause, relax and be calm before starting to consume your food.

7.After your meal, you need to give yourself a break. You need to pause for a moment and relax before heading to the next activity.

8.You need to eat at a moderate pace until your stomach is three quarters full.

9.You need to give a time period of three hours between each meal to allow your food to be digested properly.

10.Digestion is known to be the strongest when the sun is at its peak. The rhythm of the body mirrors that of the universe. Hence, it is recommended to eat your largest meal at noon and a lighter on at night and in the morning.

11.You need to take all your drinks and water when it is at room temperature. This is because cold drinks can weaken the digestive fire and hence weaken your digestion process.

12.Those people with the Vata nature or imbalance should eat four to five times per day. Again you need to keep in mind the gap of three-four hours between the meals and have meals in smaller quantities.

13.Eat a fresh piece of ginger and lemon or pomegranate chutney before a full meal to balance the Pitta in your body.

14.Drinking lassi with or after lunch is effective for digestion. This is one of the rules of healthy eating as recommended in Ayurveda.

15.As per ayurveda, it is said that dinner must be completed before 8 PM and must always be lighter in quantity.

These are the healthy eating guidelines to follow according to Ayurveda.

Read more - Eat right for a Healthy life

Monday, August 07, 2017

Punarnava - Herbal remedy for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus spreads through blood-to-blood contact, and is usually associated with the use of intravenous drug use, blood donations and other unhygienic use of medical equipment leading to exchange of blood. Once infected, a patient can go years without facing severe symptoms, like liver failure and cirrhosis, only to feel it’s accumulated effects after a long period. HCV affects over 8 million people in the country and has been a cause of major cause for concern.Now, a new class of drug resistant strand of HCV have emerged making the situation worse.

A group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have now come up with a possible deterrent to the virus, derived from a common herb used to relieve pain. Boerhavia diffusa is a flowering plant and a common ingredient in many ayurvedic medicine, with the plant commonly referred to as a Punarnava, something that rejuvenates the body. Now, with their new study, the scientists have identified dehydrorotenoid boeravinone H, a compound found in the plant, as a possible inhibitor of the HCV virus. The study showed that the presence of the compound inhibiting the entry and binding of particles like HCV, with no noticeable side-effects. Although researchers are still studying as to how exactly the compound inhibits HCV growth, the result could be used to develop a new class of drugs to fight the drug resistant HCV’s. The herbs that were prescribed by our elders may have had some truth after all.

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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.