Monday, March 28, 2022

Turmeric Tea Can Be Just As Effective As Medication For Managing Osteoarthritis Pain

 In general, osteoarthritis-related joint pain can be managed through a variety of treatments. In most cases, the first step in treatment involves over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain.

Although both of these medications are effective in relieving mild to moderate osteoarthritis symptoms, there is a risk of negative side effects. Both NSAIDs and acetaminophen have been shown to cause liver damage. Moreover, NSAIDs can cause stomach upset, as well as cardiovascular dysfunction and bleeding problems.

A growing number of patients are turning to natural remedies, such as herbal tea, to treat their osteoarthritis pain in order to avoid negative side effects. And, it turns out that one herbal tea, in particular, is just as effective as medication, according to experts.

There is, growing evidence that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may alleviate joint pain. 

According to a study published in the medical journal Trails, turmeric is just as effective as diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug. In the clinical study, 139 patients were given either 500 milligrams of curcumin three times a day or 50 milligrams of diclofenac twice a day. Interestingly, both groups showed a similar improvement in pain severity.

Despite this, researchers observed something surprising about the way patients tolerated curcumin. “Curcumin has similar efficacy to diclofenac but demonstrated better tolerance among patients with knee OA. Curcumin can be an alternative treatment option in the patients with knee OA who are intolerant to the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” researchers explained in their results. 

In light of the recent buzz surrounding turmeric’s ability to treat joint pain, many are turning to it as an alternative treatment for osteoarthritis. One way to reap the natural benefits of this soothing spice is to drink Turmeric Tea.

Read more about Turmeric Health Benefits Here.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

All India Institute of Ayurveda Launches Dietician, Ayurveda Ahara, Poshana Sahayak Courses

 The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) here has started two new courses for the 2022-23 academic session.

The new courses added by the AIIA, an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH, are the Ayurveda Dietician Course and the Ayurveda Ahara and Poshana Sahayak Course. The courses have been launched to promote interdisciplinary Ayurveda studies and are affiliated with the Health Sector Skill Council (HSSC) and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), according to a statement issued by the institute.

The Ayurveda Dietician Course is a specialisation programme for professionals with a BAMS degree and is aimed at meeting the rising demand for specialised practitioners in Ayurvedic hospitals and medical centres.

The Ayurveda Ahara and Poshana Sahayak Course is open for high-school graduates seeking a career as Ayurvedic diet assistants. There is a lot of demand for such professionals at health resorts, wellness centres and hospitals, the statement said.

"Diet plays a very important role in Ayurveda. It supports the body's healing process and accelerates the creation and reconstruction of vital cells. Several common diseases such as gastrointestinal ailments are directly influenced by the food we consume. That is why Ayurveda lays strong emphasis on identifying the right foods for the body.

"In the last few years, the demand for diet assistants and experts in the field of Ayurveda has been growing, and hence, the new courses will help Ayurveda professionals get jobs in hospitals, health resorts and wellness centres within India and abroad," said Professor Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA.

Both the courses are for a duration of six months and the candidates will be selected on the basis of an entrance test. The institute has invited applications from the eligible candidates at the official website - aiia.gov.in

 The last date for submission of applications is March 31.


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Herbs that can help you stay cool this summer

 The heat of the summer seeps into our system, saps away our strength and leaves us dehydrated. This calls for having foods that cool our bodies and rejuvenate our minds. 

Ayurveda advises a regimen for all, which helps to avoid dehydration and to maintain vitality in the summer season [Grishma Ritucharya].

check out a range of easily available herbs that can help you stay cool this summer.

Sabja and chia seeds

Sabja and chia seeds are good sources of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which have great anti-inflammatory properties. These can be used in multiple ways and have great health benefits. You can soak these seeds in water, coconut water or coconut milk for four-24 hours and then have them. The seeds can also be used in salad dressings, smoothies as a thickening agent, ice-creams and even lemonade for that flavoury creaminess.

Citrus

Lemon, orange and pomelo are great sources of vitamin C and ascorbic acid which help extract nutrients from our food. Lemon is also a good source of dietary fibre, citric acid and iron. We can use pomelos as core ingredients for salads. It tastes a bit sour, so we can add them to salads as syrup or eat raw flakes. They taste great as an iced juice too.

Leaves

Mint, rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These leafy herbs help with constipation. The detox drinks using various leaves have become popular after the pandemic. These detox drinks are fancy names but old concepts in Ayurveda. They make one feel energised and refreshed.

Khus, sandal and rose syrup

The sandal is not just applied externally but is very flavourful when added to summer drinks. Pure sandal powder may not get along very well with lemon, but the combination with rose syrup (sharbat) is great with a pinch of cinnamon. Herbs such as rose, khus and sandal have anti-inflammatory properties and are best to beat the summer heat.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Ayurvedic Drink to Keep Winter Blues at Bay

Have this energy drink every morning & keep all your winter problems at bay.

Here’s How You Make The Drink

Ingredients

2 Beets (boiled)

2 Carrots (boiled)

2 Amla

A handful of Coriander leaves

7-8 curry leaves

A handful of mint leaves

A piece of ginger

Half a lemon (optional)

Few raisins (to make it sweeter)


Method

Mix all of these and add half a glass of water

Let it grind in the mixture for a few min

Once it turns liquid, pour it in an empty glass

add some lime

Ready to serve

People with arthritis (joint pain) should avoid adding amla & lemon (sour fruits). 

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Ayurvedic Teas For Different Ailments

 Some of the popular Ayurvedic teas include:

Ashwagandha - It's considered an adaptogen, which simply means that it helps your body manage stress more effectively.

Cumin - Research shows that it may boost the activity of digestive enzymes and the release of bile from the liver, speeding digestion and facilitating the digestion of fat.

Turmeric - Curcumin, its main active compound, has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cardamom - Research suggests that it may help reduce blood pressure in people with elevated levels. There's also evidence that inhaling cardamom essential oil may increase the uptake of oxygen into the lungs during exercise.

Liquorice Root - Another Ayurvedic spice that helps reduce inflammation and protect against various infections. It also potentially treats digestive problems and relieves skin irritation.

These are only a handful of the plethora of herbs and spices that Ayurvedic studies have found over hundreds of years, there's a whole world of other ingredients from various parts of the globe that belong to this category of superfoods.

Different types of Ayurvedic Teas serve different health purposes and choosing the right ones can help us get rid of targeted health concerns. It's all about picking the herbs and spices that attend to our wellness needs the best. 

For digestion and gut health: Ayurvedic ingredients like ginger, fennel, holy basil, and cloves work their magic. 

If obesity and weight management are what you're struggling with, then liquorice, lemongrass, star anise, and basil can be your saviours.

Cough & Cold Tea - contains Ginger, Miri, Cinnamon, Parijatak leaves, Tulsi leaves, Bilva patra, coriander, Lemon Grass etc. It is very useful in cold, cough, Flu. 

Certain Ayurvedic herbs are your skin's best friend. If you grew up in an Indian household, you would know that turmeric tops that list. Purifying herbs like black pepper and fenugreek can also prove to be exceptionally helpful. 

For a good old detox: cumin, fennel, star anise, lemongrass, and coriander can work wonders with their cleansing and cooling effects.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Gain Weight Using Ayurvedic Herbs

 There are many benefits of Ayurveda, that can help you gain weight without compromising your overall strength. Weight Gain Diet and Weight Gain Exercise can also help you achieve your target weight. This way you will be able to increase weight without compromising your health. If you gain weight properly, your body will remain healthy and strong for a long time. Your immunity will increase and the body will gain strength. Today we are discussing weight gain herbs in Ayurveda that are effective and easy to follow.  

1- Ashwagandha - Consuming Ashwagandha powder with milk helps you increase your weight. Milk contains a variety of nutrients, which are beneficial for health. Ashwagandha powder is used extensively in Ayurveda. Having milk and Ashwagandha daily helps you in achieving your desired weight.


2- Shatavari - Shatavari powder is another popular herb in the family of Ayurveda. If you mix this herb with milk, it will make it easier for you to gain weight. You also need to have a high protein diet while you are having this mixture. You can take milk, yoghurt, buttermilk and soybean.


3- Yashtimadhu- One of the major reasons for weight loss is the weakening of the digestive system. In Ayurveda, Yashtimadhu is used to strengthen the digestive system. With Yashtimadhu you will notice the results within few days.


4- White musli- Eating white musli increases strength and helps in eliminating weakness. It also gives the required and necessary strength to the muscles. White musli also reduces stress and depression. Include this in your daily diet as a natural remedy to gain weight.  


5- Chyavanprash- Eating chyavanprash keeps the body healthy. Chyawanprash is also popular for gaining weight. This helps in increasing digestion and fighting diseases. Eating 2 spoons of chyawanprash daily strengthens the body and bones. 

Read more about "How to Gain Weight Using Ayurveda"

Monday, September 27, 2021

Ayurveda for Pregnancy

 At over 5,000 years old, Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest system of health and healing on our planet, and it is still widely practised today.

In Ayurveda, pregnancy is viewed as a very special and spiritual time in a woman's life. This is a time when a woman's intuitive abilities are particularly high, and meditation and other spiritual practices are highly recommended at this time.

Pregnancy is a time to bond with your child, and as we well know, self-care is very important during this time. Many physical and emotional changes are occurring during these 9 months. According to Ayurveda, pregnancy is the time to balance the Vata dosha, which is the energy of air and space, which dominates the nervous system. 

Here are 3 ancient Ayurveda self-care tips to follow during pregnancy.

Incorporate Fats and Oils into Your Diet: We should always incorporate plenty of healthy fats into our diet, but especially during pregnancy. It is vital that a pregnant woman consumes enough fats and oils, not only to help her gain enough weight during pregnancy but also to help the baby's brain develop. Fats and oils also balance Vata, which is dominant. Healthy fats can include organic whole milk, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) and avocado. Favour raw or grass-fed dairy, if possible. Cooking with ghee (clarified butter) helps promote digestion, which can be irregular during pregnancy when the Vata dosha is dominant. All Ayurvedic herbs are fat-soluble -- this means that their nutrients are more efficiently delivered to the cells and tissues when accompanied by a healthy fat.

A secret Ayurvedic tip to help your baby's immunity and vitality is to take one spoonful daily of this golden elixir of life each day of pregnancy: add one teaspoon of warm milk with one teaspoon of grass-fed ghee.

Before bed, take a regular dose of warming turmeric milk to build vitality: Melt 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder in one cup of warm milk, on the stove. When the spices have assimilated into the milk, add 1 tsp of raw honey. This will aid digestion, calm the nerves and help with sound sleep.

Eat Sattvic food: In Ayurveda, Sattvic means pure and fresh. This means: avoid leftovers. No processed foods. It is advised to buy organic and non-GMO produce. An expectant mother needs to consume pure and easily digestible foods that nourish the Dhatus( tissues)  of both her and her baby. Also, cooked food is better than raw during pregnancy, as raw foods tend to aggravate digestion.

A sattvic diet is said to increase the qualities of purity and clarity in the mind. Sattvic and grounding foods such as organic dairy, nuts, whole grains, beans, fruit, and freshly cooked vegetables deliver prana, or cosmic life force, to the body. They also help to build Ojas, or vitality, for both you and your baby.

Nourish The Body and Mind through Oil Massage: Most importantly, nourish yourself. As traditional medicine teaches us, everything that you taste, see, touch, and feel during pregnancy, the baby experiences too. Give yourself a daily massage with warming and grounding Ayurvedic oils to nourish your mind, body and spirit as well as the baby.

In Sanskrit, the word Sneha means both "oil" and "love." This speaks volumes. Abhyanga, Sanskrit for "oil massage," is a timeless Ayurvedic ritual. Applying oil to the body is grounding and relaxing, and provides stability and warmth. This ritual evaporates stress and fatigue. You are literally giving love to yourself and your baby, while also helping to diminish stretch marks, restore skin's elasticity, and relieve that pregnant belly itching. Win-win-win!

Read about more Ayuredic Tips for Happy and Healthy Pregnancy.