Monday, April 05, 2021

This Ayurvedic Herb may contain a new drug against Covid-19

 As the world looks for an effective medicine against SARS-CoV-2, a herb widely used in Ayurveda provides an exciting new lead.

Scientists at the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar have found that an ingredient Mulethi (Yashthimadhu in Sanskrit) has the potential to emerge as a drug candidate against SARS-CoV-2 as it lowers the severity of the disease and brings down viral replication.

More than 15 months after Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, scientists are still to discover a medicine to counter the rampaging virus though several vaccines have been rolled out. The doctors currently manage patients with a handful of repurposed medicines with a varying degree of efficacy.

With support from the Department of Biotechnology, the NBRC team last year began looking for a new therapeutic against Covid-19 in the middle of the lockdown period.

When the search was narrowed down to glycyrrhizin because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, the researchers carried out a series of experiments to check its potential against SARS-CoV-2.

In the laboratory, the scientists expressed specific viral proteins in human lung epithelial cells. The viral proteins triggered inflammation in these cells, but treatment with glycyrrhizin clears the inflammation in such cells. The untreated cells succumbed to inflammation.

By dampening cytokine storm (a severe immune reaction triggered by serious Covid-19 cases), glycyrrhizin can reduce the severity of the infection. Besides inhibiting the cytokine storm, glycyrrhizin also reduces viral replication by 90%. While 'Mulethi (Yashtimadhu)' is widely prescribed for lung ailments, chronic fevers and respiratory tract inflammation in Ayurveda, glycyrrhizin is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C.

Read more about the Sweet herb- Yashtimadhu

Monday, March 15, 2021

Nutrient-dense Ayurvedic superfood - Moringa

 The moringa tree, also known as the drumstick tree or horseradish tree, is one of the fastest-growing trees in the world and is drought-resistant, which means it is remarkably durable to farm.

The "Miracle Tree," as it has been called, is indigenous to South Asia, specifically the Indian subcontinent, and also grows across West and East Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, some parts of South America.

How is moringa traditionally used?

In many cultures, the leaves are mostly eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or roasted. They are also used for the preparation of tea, which is traditionally consumed to prevent diseases and to boost health. For its ease of application, the powdered form is most common and is created by drying and grinding the leaves to preserve their quality. Its high zeatin levels block the degradation of chlorophyll in the leaves so they don’t lose their healing effect.

What are the benefits of moringa?

For those who want to cover their extra daily need for numerous essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements without having to resort to synthetically produced nutritional supplements, moringa is where it’s at.

Moringa is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, and protein. It also contains eight essential amino acids, more than 90 nutrients, including 46 different antioxidants (ascorbic acid, carotenoids, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds) and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds (isothiocyanate and phenolic derivatives), which can help boost liver function. And, much like turmeric, it’s been known to help with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.

The leaves contain more vitamin C than oranges, more magnesium than eggs, more vitamin B3 than peanuts and more vitamin B2 than bananas, more potassium than bananas, and more vitamin A than carrots. This means moringa can contribute to everything from better vision and immunity to bone health and skin radiance.

Moringa has also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels in patients with diabetes, as well as help treat symptoms and other medical conditions associated with diabetes.

If you are an expecting mother or currently breastfeed, moringa powder (rather than root or seed) is ancestrally believed to help with the production of breast milk, though it hasn't been extensively. It's rich in three plant sterols that may encourage your body to produce more breast milk. Plus, the baby gets access to all those amino acids and histidine in the plant which can aid their growth and development.

For vegans and lactose intolerant, moringa leaves can provide much more calcium than milk, more protein than yogurt and more iron than spinach.

Moringa can give athletes a boost, too, due to its high content of iron and vitamins A and C, which are responsible for constant and sufficient supply of oxygen to blood and stabilized blood circulation. In addition, numerous amino acids and a high calcium content positively influence the growth of muscle mass, and the antioxidants provide additional protection to the cell tissue during increased physical activity.

Studies suggest that daily consumption of moringa leaves should not exceed 70 grams — or 1 tablespoon, or 6 grams, of moringa powder — to avoid excess iron intake.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ayurvedic tips to prevent Bird Flu

 Bird flu has come as a twofold blow for countries that are already fighting their biggest battle against Covid-19.

Again the sign and symptoms of Bird flu are related to the respiratory system only along with fever. Since there is not much clarity about its complications and other issues, which patients can face, there is no one way to deal with this situation.

As a general rule of Ayurveda strength of diseases can be reduced by only good immunity. So, the best way to protect yourself from any kind of disease is to boost your immunity and follow a healthy lifestyle which can go beyond opting good eating habits. Following (Dinacharya) Daily routine, waking up early morning and sleeping on time is also part of a healthy lifestyle. 

A healthy lifestyle also includes a healthy meal on time, sound sleep, daily exercise & meditation, offering food for our mind as well as the soul.

-- Keep your immune system in shape you can add a few herbs like Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric in your daily diet to avoid bird flu kind of infections. These herbs give strength to the body for fighting back and also protect our body from getting infected.

-- Practice Nasya to keep your respiratory system in shape -  Every morning putting two to four drops of Anu tail in each nostril will give strength to the respiratory system. This also helps in flushing out pollutants or foreign bodies from the nasal cavity and prevents them from crossing the nasal pathway. 

-- Remove toxins with oil pulling therapy, gargling and steam inhalation: One of the other important therapy is oil pulling therapy, it can be done by holding lukewarm oil in the mouth for a few seconds followed by gargling with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt and turmeric along with steam inhalation. Oil pulling therapy, gargling and steam inhalation helps in removing toxins and boost the immunity of the person.

-- Start your morning with one spoon of Chyawanprash: One more important add on in daily life is Chyawanprash. Every morning during breakfast taking one spoon of Chyawanprash helps in boosting immunity and strengthens the respiratory system. 

-- Drink Golden Milk before sleeping- taking golden milk (Milk with sugar and pinch of turmeric) is one of the best remedies to get rid of symptoms like fever, cold and running nose etc.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Ayurvedic herbs that help to reduce signs of ageing

 While there is not much we can do about the process of ageing, there certainly are things we can do to ensure age doesn't show on our skin. Here's how!

With time, everybody ages. Our bodies become tired, bones start creaking and all of this shows on the face in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, etc. While we cannot avoid these changes completely, there are ways in which we can slow down the process. Some Ayurvedic herbs are very useful and are known to slow down the process of ageing. Here are the ones you should include in your diet. 


This superfood is known to help fight against wrinkles since it retains moisture in the skin and reduces the roughness. Including basil in your diet or applying it on the skin gives a smooth texture to the skin's surface. 


This herb is known to be excellent for the skin and hair. Consuming it regularly will drastically change the skin's appearance, giving it a glow like no other while also reducing the fine lines and wrinkles on it.


This fruit is high in VItamin C and a rich source of antioxidants. Consuming it regularly will do a better job than your Vitamin C serums, make the skin firmer and brighten it substantially. 


It is the herb that helps the skin in reviving its tissue, fighting off inflammation, acne and leaving the skin with a soothing effect. Consuming this herb also boosts immunity levels in the body. 


Turmeric is also known to boost the glow in the skin and make one look younger almost instantly! Curcumin found in this herb has anti-ageing properties that help in fighting off free radicals and protects the skin from harmful UV rays! 

More Ayurveda skincare tips here -

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Ayurvedic remedy to treat cold and flu - an easy recipe you can try

 Cold and flu are one of the most common conditions that come up during the winter season. Fight infections and boost your immunity in a natural and healthy way with this ayurvedic recipe.

Ayurvedic remedies for health issues makes use of various herbs and spices. A Kwath(Kadha) is a method of decoction.

Here is an easy-to-make recipe and is also inexpensive as most of its ingredients are can be found very easily in an Indian household.


1 Laung [clove]

Cinnamon (1/2 tsp)

Crushed Kalimirch [black pepper] (1 tsp)

Finely chopped Adrak [ginger] (1 tsp)

Honey (1 tsp)

5 Tulsi leaves [Indian basil]

Giloy [guduchi] (1/2 tsp)

Method of Preparation:

-- Dry roast the tulsi leaves, black pepper. clove and ginger on low flame for at least 30 seconds.

-- Pour a cup of water in a pan and put in the dry roasted ingredients in it. Keep on high flame.

-- Add honey and cinnamon to it.

-- Grind the giloy and add to the boiling ingredients.

-- Let it boil for a few minutes and then strain the mixture in a bowl.

-- Pour the kadha in glasse and drink.

Tip: You can also add a pinch of Turmeric (haldi) into it.

This kadha has the ability to help the body get rid of cold and flu, as well as boost immunity. Tulsi has anti-bacterial properties and helps against harmful bacteria. Issues like cough and cols, congestion and sore throat can be helped with ginger. Warm water can help in soothing the throat. Black pepper and clove can help clear throat and loosen mucus by acting as an expectorant. Last but not the least, honey can add flavours and be useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Read more about Ayurvedic Treatment For Common Cold & Flu -

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Natural Tinnitus Cure

 It is important to understand that though Tinnitus feels like the disease, it is merely a symptom.

Tinnitus is a symptom that something is dysfunctional in the auditory system. This system includes the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Note that this problem may also cause other symptoms such as vertigo.

Tinnitus is often regarded as the first sign of hearing loss in elder people. It can also be a result of the side effects of past medications. Usually, prolonged exposure to loud sound causes tinnitus. This includes people working on construction sites, in traffic, in the army etc.

Tinnitus is not a serious health problem as a standalone. However, tinnitus over a period of time can cause other psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, loss of focus and even some memory problems.

According to Ayurveda, the underlying cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage.

Read more about Ayurvedic Treatment of Tinnitus here -

Monday, November 09, 2020



#AyurvedaDay2020: Prime Minister Shri

Narendra Modi
to dedicate two future-ready #Ayurveda institutions at #Jamnagar and #Jaipur to the nation.
The highlight of the observation of the 5th Ayurveda Day on 13th November, 2020 will be the dedication to the nation of two future-ready #Ayurveda institutions which are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of #Ayurveda in the 21st Century, by the Prime Minister. These institutions are: Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur.
The Ayurveda Day is being observed every year from 2016, on the day of #DhanwantriJayanti. This year it falls on 13th November 2020. #AyurvedaDay is more an occasion of re-dedication to the profession and the society, than one of festivities or celebrations. Potential role of Ayurveda in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic will be the focus of this year's 'Ayurveda Day' observation.