AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES
Here are some of the common day to day health problems that affect us. Here are some ayurvedic remedies. The suggestions described here are traditional remedies recommended since thousands of years. Please note that before taking any medicines or changing your diet, you should first consult your local physician. For more benefitial tips, secrets and remedies of Ayurveda in Goa please feel free to visit Joshna's Ayurvedic Treatment Center and Health Spa for more benefits of ayurveda at home.
Simple Home Remedies for Simple Problems:
1] Dandruff: Leaves of Neem ( Azadirachta indica) or Indian hemp applied in paste form to the scalp, and kept for half an hour. A lukewarm shower to follow, removes dandruff.
2] Corns: The milky sap of the papaya tree/unripe fruit applied to corns or warts removes them.
3] Indigestion : A mixture of Fried asafoetida ( a resin), black salt, cardamom and ginger 30 mg per day in divided doses is very effective.
4] Cough and hacking cough : Equal parts of honey and juice of baked lemon,( i.e. sour citrus fruit) or 10 -15 drops of betel leaf juice with honey three times a day.
5] Headache : Headache not responding to simple pain killer drugs is really a headache. An Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy namely 'Shirodhara' is very useful in this case. It induces sleep and hence it is very useful for insomnia patients. It is useful in all types of nervous disorders, mental disturbances, Anxiety and Hypertension. The treatment includes pouring of fluids like decoctions, medicated oils milk, water etc. over head continuously for a specific period. This treatment is very useful and can be implemented very easily.
6] Tulsi Tea For Heart ailments: As 'Tulsi' (basil) has a positive effect over blood pressure and also a de-toxicant, its regular use prevents heart attacks. A tonic may be prepared by mixing 1 gm of dry 'Tulsi' leaves with a spoonful of butter and some candy sugar or honey. Take twice a day; first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night. The drinking of Tulsi-leaf tea keeps the blood pressure even, and drunk regularly, keeps one free from cough and colds and other ailments associated with 'Kapha' dosha in the body. This tea is an instant pick-me-up (energy drink) also.
Ayurvedic Solutions to Common Ailments
LOW BACK PAIN
Ayurveda holds that low back pain is a result of vitiation of one of the three principal 'doshas'. 'Kateegraham'/'Prishtasoola' or low back pain is an indication of Vata aggravation and bone and muscle weakness.
Treatment in Ayurveda is to bring the vitiated 'dosha' back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health. For treating low back pain, internal as well as external treatments are done. Herbal preparations like 'Asthavargam' are administered internally. Daily purgation is recommended to restore the vitiated 'dosha' to the state of normalcy.
Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments like Abhyanga (oil massage), Basti (meditated enema) are very much helpful in relieving backache and correcting abnormalities. Drugs like Yogarajaguggul, Lakshadiguggul, Triphala Guggul, Mahanarayana tailam are useful in this condition.
Yoga and Yogasana
The source of the pain is due most often to pushing oneself beyond physical or emotional capacity. The spine needs stability and, therefore, the mind must first be steady. So, the first step is to learn to relax the mind and focus on the specific areas of back pain. With practice, you can redirect the body's energy and affect the pain.
Among the Yogasanas ,when there is pain, start with simple back-bends, such as Locust, Cat, and Sunbird. To keep the spine aligned practice Hero Pose.
Caution- Before trying any of these postures, consult with a yoga teacher or therapist to determine the best postures for your condition.
In today's stressful modern living, incidence of Diabetes is definitely increasing. Every now and then we come across patients of Diabetes seeking Ayurvedic treatment and advice. Here is a brief description of Prameha (Diabetes)It is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to make proper use of glucose resulting in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (sugar in urine).
1] Diet planning- is the cornerstone of managing diabetes.The diabetic diet is an otherwise normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper spacing between food intakes. Avoid diet increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice. Avoid alcohol
2] Daily exercise- One of the methods to heal prameha include strenuous exercises. Regular exercise in any form is a must.
In 'Yogasanas' -Forward bending asanas like 'Paschimottanasan','Halasan' etc. are effective
3]Restrict and reduce weight.
4] Avoid sleeping during daytime.
5] Avoid smoking.
6] Try to reduce stress by implimenting 'Yoga'practice.
Useful herbs –
1] Jambhul (Eugenia jambolana)Powder from jamun core is useful.
3]Sagar gota (Ceasalpinia crista).
4]Bel (Aegle marmelos).
Dos and don'ts
Following is the diet suggested for the patients suffering form arthritis:
- Vegetable juices and soups
- Coconut water
- Coconut milk
- Carrot juice
- Beet root juice
- Cucumber juice
- Cooked vegetables like squash, zucchini and pumpkin
- Spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, asafetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric Green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt
- Khichadi (recipe made by cooking rice and mung dal )
- Regular physical exercise and massage with oil should form an important part of the routine.
The patient of arthritis must avoid the following:
- Eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets, wind forming foods like cabbage, Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes.
- Too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate, cocoa.
- Antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and nicotine
- Sleeping during the day
- Staying up late at night
- Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.