Adopt Ayurvedic approach for effective practical treatment of Uterine Fibroid

The ultramodern fast paced gadgeted lifestyle along with immense professional and personal stress has made a huge impact on the life of we human beings and especially women. Women naturally get their monthly cycle for 03-05 days every month. Some face painful symptoms and pains during this period whereas some have very relaxed days. But in the recent times, women have been experiencing many other conditions like severe cramps, back pain, heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, dizziness, anaemia, infertility and so on. One of the major diagnosis seen is that of uterine fibroids. The cases of uterine fibroid has been on a raise due to our unhealthy diet, lifestyle, stress levels, long term usage of contraceptives and so on. Ayurveda also mentions conditions with symptoms sismilar to uterine fibroid and provides preventive and curative treatments and regimens for the same. Here I have tried to just go through some of the causes and holistic Ayurvedic treatment options.

Let us first know what are uterine fibroid?

Uterine fibroid are growths or tumors of thesare smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in or around the uterus in females. It is observed that 70-80% of women develop fibroid during their reproductive years but not all experience the symptoms or complications of the condition. The condition can go undetected. But here we will discuss about ones where symptoms are experienced and influence the regular lifestyle. Uterine fibroid are always benign or non-cancerous. Malignant or cancerous fibroid are very rare, which is a information of great relief. Size of the fibroid can vary from the size of a pea to the size of a water melon. What are the causes and are there types of fibroid?

Depending on the site of the fibroid, they are divided into subserosal, intramural and submucosal fibroid. The most common ones are subserosal, which can exist outside of the uterus into the pelvis as well. The most rare ones are the submucosal fibroids which grow into the open space inside the uterus. The major causes of formation of uterine fibroid is still unknown but some of the observations made include:

  1. Genetic changes in the uterine cells leading to formation and growth of fibroid.
  2. Hormone imbalance–Severe variation in the levels of female reproductive hormones especially estrogen & progesterone have been seen as a cause for uterine fibroid.
  3. Stress and other withheld emotions leading to imbalance in the hormones like thyroid hormones, insulin, adrenal hormones also have been observed to cause uterine fibroid.

Some of the common risk factors include hereditary factors, early menarche, obesity, Vit D deficiency, high red meat diet, intake of alcohol, low consumption of green vegetables & fruits, age nearer to menopause.

The symptoms experienced by the lady would be:

  1. Heavy menstrual bleeding
  2. Menstrual periods extending beyond a week
  3. Pelvic pain or pressure
  4. Frequent urination
  5. Constipation
  6. Backache & leg pains

Many of the women neglect most of these symptoms and visit the doctor only when they face

  1. Continued pelvic pain
  2. Overly heavy prolonged, painful periods.
  3. Spotting between periods
  4. Drop in blood Hb levels (anaemia)

After diagnosis, the main treatments offered in modern medical sciences are basically symptom relievers. They include cryotherapy, radiotherapy, oral contraceptive & hormone therapy, and so on. All these are know to reduce the symptoms but reduction in size of the fibroid is not observed. Complete or partial hysterectomy (removal of uterus) & fibroid is the only other option of treatment available which is not advisable for a woman in child bearing age.

In Ayurveda, fibroid can be correlated with granthi & uterine fibroid can be correlated to garbhashayastha granthi. Ayurveda believes that the human body is made up of the same 05 elements present in the nature. These 05 elements combine to form the 03 basic bio humors or doshas in the body which maintain and control all the functions and systems in the body. Balance of these 03 biohumors makes the body healthy and imbalance of these 03 biohumors makes the body diseased or ill. Any disease is caused by the imbalance of these 03 doshas leading to formation of ama (free radicals & toxins) which lead to blocking of various srotas or accumulation of ama in the weak part of the body and finally various symptoms are presented.

Based on this philosophy, in case of uterine fibroids, vata dosha is vitiated leading to dusti of mamsa (muscle tissue), rakta (blood) & medas (fat) which get mixed with kapha and lodged in and around the garbhashaya (uterus). The main symptom of garbhashayastha granthi is excessive menstrual bleeding which is nothing but pradara according to Ayurveda.

Line of treatment of any disease in Ayurveda includes removal of ama, balancing of doshas and reducing the symptoms. In case of uterine fibroid, Ayurveda line of treatment is first similar to pradara (excessive menstrual bleeding) followed by to that of granthi. This is followed because pradara leads to excessive loss of blood leading to weakness and low immunity, and at this stage other medicines cannot be advised. Generally in Ayurveda, the root cause of the disease is first treated and automatically the symptoms reduce. But in this case, if required the symptoms can be treated first and then root cause can be addressed to.

Ayurveda advises various herbal and herbo-mineral medications which not only help to stop the excessive menstrual bleeding but also help in shrinking of the fibroid inside the uterus. Once the bleeding has reduced, Ayurveda focuses on the cause of the condition. Avoiding the causative factors like junk food, stress, sedentary lifestyle etc is advised. Formation of am means that agni (digestive fire) is disturbed and so Ayurveda concentrates on rekindling the agni. Ayurveda also focuses on cleansing the body of all the toxins, free radicals and ama by therapies known as Panchakarma. Set of 05 cleansing therapies, it helps to cleanse the body of all toxins and also helps to balance the vitiated doshas in the body. After Panchakarma., Ayurveda advises dinacharya (daily regimen), rtucharya (seasonal regimen), ahara-vichara (diet regimen), sadvritta (social regimen) according to one’s prakriti (body type). Exercise (yoga, pilates or any other form of exercise according to one’s prakriti), meditation and other stress relieving techniques have to be practiced regularly. All these are important not only to maintain a healthy weight of the body but also helps cure the uterine fibroid completely.

Small lifestyle modification can contribute to a healthy social life. Our wellness is our responsibility. Uterine fibroids not only affect the women’s physical, physiological, psychological wellness but also social, professional & financial wellness as well. So it is very necessary for us as responsible women in the society, to take the step forward, make the small changes and thereby contribute to a healthy society.

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#WorldCancerDay–Awareness is Wellness

‘Cancer’- a word which strikes a sense of fear and death in our hearts and minds is highly prevalent in the modern world. The only way the condition can be prevented and treated is by creating an awareness about the disease, its causes and the various treatment options available. #WorldCancerDay 2021 observed on the 4th February 2021 comes with a slogan ‘I am I will’ which stresses on creating an environment where every individual has access to and willingly understands the various aspects of the disease and also makes an conscious effort to spread this awareness among friends and family. Ayurveda being a holistic science stresses on the preventive aspect for a disease rather than just on curative options. This is a very important aspect for cancer prevention especially in the present scenario of mechanised lifestyle, processed diet and pandemics. This article is just a small gesture towards creating a holistic awareness about cancer through Ayurveda as well.

Defined in simple terms cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissues. There are basically 02 important aspects here–first formation of abnormal cells in the body and second uncontrollable growth and spread of these abnormal cells in the body leading to destruction of body tissues and organs. Abnormal cells means that there is a damage done to the DNA (genetic material) of the cells. This damage is the changes in the various characteristics of the cells. The major change is that the cells divide uncontrollably, become invasive and later ignore signals of the body to stop dividing or the process of cell death. This leads to accumulation of these abnormal cells in the weaker part of the individual’s body leading to tumor. These abnormal cells derive nutrition from the regular blood circulation and are able to enter the lymph micro-circulation, thereby spread throughout the body over a period of time. So what causes the abnormalities in the cells? Let’s have a look:

  1. Biological factors like age, genetic defects and skin type.
  2. Lifestyle related factors includes tobacco, alcohol, UV radiation, preservatives and food related chemicals like nitrites, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and highly acidic foods.
  3. Occupational factors includes exposure to asbestos fibres, tar, pitch, metal compounds, polynuclear hydrocarbons, plastic chemicals.
  4. Bacteria and virus which cause cancer includes-H.pylori, HBV, HCV, HPV, EBV etc
  5. Radiations like ionising radiation (x-ray) & non-ionising radiation (sun’s UV rays).
  6. Some drugs like antineoplastic agents, certain hormones, medicines causing immune deficiency.

Ayurveda the holistic science of India, has mentioned conditions similar to cancer. Granthi and arbuda are the 02 conditions which can be closely correlated to benign and malignant tumors (cancer). Ayurveda being a life science believes in preventing these conditions even though there are therapies and treatments mentioned for them as well. According to Ayurveda, our body is made up of the same 05 elements as the nature outside. The body functions are controlled and maintained by the 03 basic humors-Vata, Pitta & Kapha. The balance of these 03 humors is the state of health and any imbalance leads to diseased state in the body. All the external factors-physical, physiological, psychological, environmental affect the balance of these 03 humors. In case of cancers, an imbalance is observed in all the 03 humors in the body leading to tissue damage, disturbed metabolism and proliferation.

One of the major awareness we should create in our society is early detection of the cancer. This is possible only if one is consciously aware of the changes happening in their bodies. Any unusual painless lumps, swellings, unusual bleeding, long term cough and such symptoms need to be tested immediately and treated as required. Early detection helps in curbing the spread of abnormal cells through the body. The fear of visiting a doctor for proper diagnosis has to be removed because our wellness is our responsibility. The next stage or step is the treatment. Modern medicine provides drug based therapies, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and so on. These therapies are effective in early stages, people can continue living their normal life later on. Ayurveda also provides different types of treatment and therapies which are effective in curing different forms of cancers. All these are steps for detection and treatment of cancers. Ayurveda believes in prevention of a disease as the primary step for maintenance of health and wellness. For this purpose, Ayurveda advises various regimens, therapies and treatments according to one’s body type/prakriti. Regimens like dinacharya (daily regimen), rtucharya (seasonal regimen), ahara vichara (dietary regimen), sadvritta (social regimen)-help us to maintain the balance between our body and the external environment. Diet regimen in Ayurveda also specifies food according to the seasons, region, individual’s prakriti and time of the day as well. Following this helps the body stay balanced, alkaline and well-nourished as well.

Ayurveda also advises various therapies and treatments to be done on yearly basis by everyone for the prevention of various diseases. These treatments includes abhyangam (oil massages), shirodhara, different forms of swedana (fomentation) therapies and application of herbal oils and pastes.

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The next most important therapy is the yearly cleansing therapy also popularly known as the Panchakarma chikista. Knowingly or unknowingly we tend to accumulate lots of toxins in various forms which also leads to formation of ama (free radicals) and accumulation of fat as well. The set of 05 cleansing therapies-Vamana (medicated emesis), Virechana (medicated purgation), Vastis (02 types of medicated enemas) and Nasyam (medicated nasal drops) helps not only in cleansing and detoxification of the body but also helps to rebalance the vitiated doshas in the body. Ayurveda also suggests strict dietary regimen to be followed post the cleanse as well. As much as physiological cleanse is essential, it is equally important to do an emotional detox at least once a year or if possible every day with yoga and meditation. Regular exercise schedule and de-stressing techniques should also become an essential part of our life. These not only help us maintain our body weight, muscle tone etc but also help our body to get the required amount of the best alkaliser-oxygen from the environment.

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Wellness is the balance of various aspects of our life like physical, physiological, emotional, financial, occupational and social. Cancer is such a condition which affects all of these aspects of our life. Since our wellness is our responsibility, it is very very important to become aware of the various aspects of this serious condition and also make sure our friends and family are also aware of the same. This ensures that health and wellness of self and people around is taken care of. On this #WorldCancerDay-‘I am I will’, let us pledge to become aware & make sure people around us are aware of various aspects of cancer.

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The Rare miraculous Bamboo rice-a Nutrient-rich aromatic Gluten-free grain

Recently I visited a National Park in Bangalore, where I was thrilled to see the beautiful flowering of huge bamboos all through the park. It is indeed a rare sight in one’s lifetime to see these beautiful flowers in full bloom. The only sad part here is the whole of these bamboo forest will dry off once the flowers are pollinated and seeds are formed. But then the miracle is the seeds known as bamboo rice is one of the rare nutritious gluten-free grain suitable for all ages with immense medical benefits. Below I am just listing some major benefits of this tasty miraculous tiny rice grain!!! Read through and enjoy the bamboo rice if you can get it…..

Flowering once in 50-60 yrs leading to bamboo rice and death of this tall grass is one of the miraculous nature has provided us with. Bamboo rice which can be harvested from bamboo plants only once in 50-60 yrs is highly nutritious and medicinal. Since it produces seeds only once in so many years, mother nature has packed large amount of nutrients in these tiny seeds. Low in glycemic index this bamboo rice is rich in various nutrients essential for our body as well. It is a highly priced favorite delicacy in many of the tribes in Southern parts of India. It has gained a very important prominent position in the medicinal field because of its various medicinal properties and nutritional values.

Bamboo rice is small light greenish coloured grains with a similarity to the normal paddy rice but with a taste similarity to wheat. It is slightly sticky in nature like sushi rice ans has an unique aroma of bamboo. Normally cooked like regular rice, it can be had as khichari or kheer (dessert) or even as normal rice with daal (lentils) and vegetables.

High in proteins, bamboo rice has a very low glycemic index, making it an ideal food for diabetics. It also has very low or no fat content and therefore is a very good carbohydrate alternative for obese people. It is also very rich in Vitamins like Vit A, B1, B2, B3, B6, fibre, calcium, iron and phosphorous. It is highly beneficial in malnourished children and people, as it provides instant release of energy to the body.

Calcium rich bamboo rice is a very beneficial diet and medicine for people suffering from calcium deficiency, joint pains, rheumatism, back pain, arthritis, muscle cramps etc.

As mentioned previously, bamboo rice has a very low glycemic index, hence helps in controlling sugar levels in diabetes. It is also rich in phosphorous and iron, thereby it is a cardio-protective diet as well. Bamboo rice has very low or no fat in them and have a low glycemic index. This reduces cholesterol and fat accumulation in the body.

Bamboo rice has around 218mg% of phosphorous content which is quite high. Phosphorous aids in formation of teeth and bones, determines body’s usage of carbohydrates and fats, helps assimilation of proteins for growth and repair of vital organs and tissues and in combination with Vit B it regulates the functioning of the kidneys, heart, muscles and nervous system. Phosphorous rich bamboo rice is very beneficial for the functioning of the body.

Iron, calcium and phosphorous work simultaneously to maintain and regulate the functioning of heart, kidneys, nervous system and brain. This makes sure that blood pressure is maintained at optimal levels.

Bamboo rice is rich in different types of essential amino acids and phosphorous. All these help in boosting the fertility of both the seeds themselves and the organism consuming them (including human beings). Therefore tribals in India consider it as one of the best fertility booster for human kind.

Ayurveda uses bamboo juice, bamboo powder, shoots etc for various medicines. Bamboo rice is also mentioned to be tridoshahara in nature and especially beneficial for pregnant woman with malnutrition or vitamin deficiency. It is also mentioned to be beneficial for enhancing fertility especially in men.

Grown in the tropical forests in India and harvested mainly by the tribals, this flavorsome, tasty pearl like bamboo rice has an immense nutritional value, yet to tapped, researched and used for the health and wellness of the people.

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Why warm milk is given to the couple on wedding night??

Customs and traditions are part of the common man’s life everywhere in the world. There are traditions and customs for every event and aspect of a person’s life. Marriage/weddings are an important event celebrated variedly all over the world. Many of the customs followed during the wedding ceremonies are directed towards enhancing the fertility of the newlywed couple. Even in Indian, there are in-numerous wedding customs. Most of these customs have their origin in Ayurvedic science and the Vedas. Many of the regimens and medicines were adapted as customs so that everybody compulsorily follows them.

One of the prominent wedding or post-wedding custom is the consumption of warm milk by the bride and groom on their first night. This is a very important custom of weddings in all communities in India. Plain warm milk or fortified milk with saffron, almond, and nuts are used for this purpose. A very very important health benefit is the secret behind this custom. Let us know about this.

Marriage is considered one of the sacred customs in Indian culture. It symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the girl and boy with the blessings of family and friends. In Indian culture, any sacred occasion is started with purification and pure things. The cow is one of the holiest animals for Indians and products obtained from cows like milk, and its byproducts, urine, and dung are used to purify self and surroundings internally and externally. Milk and its byproducts are part and parcel of every Indian household. Like for all other festivals and functions, milk and its byproducts are used even in marriage ceremonies and customs. What is the purpose of marriage? Speaking in simple terms marriage is a socio-legal traditional bonding between two people for the reproduction of their own kind. Therefore fertility or reproduction is the ultimate goal of this custom. Milk is also used for the same purpose during the first wedding night for the bride and groom. Now let us see the technical aspect of this custom.

According to modern nutrition, milk is a rich source of carbohydrates, good fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Milk is excellent energy, provides us with 4Kcal/g of protein, 4Kcal/g of carbohydrates, and 9Kcal/g of good fats. Made up of 87% of water, lactose is the main carbohydrate in milk. Rich in fatty acids like conjugated linoleic acid, cholesterol, and others, milk has cancer-inhibiting property and also helps in building up hormones, cell membranes, etc. Milk is rich in all forms of essential amino acids and aids in maintaining the overall health of the body. Vitamins are very vital for the body in metabolism, oxygen transport, and nutrient assimilation. Milk is rich in Vit A, Vit B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Vit C, Vit D, Vit E, Vit K, and folate. Milk is also rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc which help in enzyme functions, bone formation, water balance maintenance, and oxygen transport. Such a nutrient-rich beverage is essential for the proper functioning of various systems of the body. It is a very important nutrient which helps in the build-up of various tissues, hormones, and organs of the body.

Now let us see what Ayurveda opines. In Ayurveda Ksheera is considered as wholesome food as well as nourisher for young and grown-ups equally. Ayurveda mentions that milk or Godugdha is one of the best shukravardhaka and shukrapravartaka i.e (spermatogenic & aphrodisiac). How does milk become shukravardhaka? While describing the characters of Shukra dhatu (reproductive tissues & organs of the body), it is described as having madhura rasa (sweet taste), snigdha (oily), & picchila (thick) in nature, guru (heavy) & sheeta (cold) in character. The characteristics of milk are also similar to this. Milk also has madhura ras (sweet taste), guru & sheeta characters (heavy & cold) and snigdha, picchila nature (oily & thick). Ayurveda believes that like enhances like. Based on this principle, since milk has similar properties to that of shukra, milk is said to be one of the best shukra enhancing beverages. Ayurveda also proceeds further and mentions that milk is sadhya shukrala i.e., it enhances sperm count immediately. It is also healthy for the female reproductive organs as it contains various proteins and vitamins. It also helps to reduce stress and re-energizes the body. It is vata pitta hara in nature and so all kinds of physical, physiological, and psychological stress which the couple have undergone during and prior to the wedding can be reduced and the couple can start the new chapter of their life afresh. The milk can also be fortified with saffron, almonds, cinnamon, cardamom etc which also have fertility-boosting properties.

A simple yet effective method to ensure a stress-free start to a new chapter in the life of the young couple has been adapted as a wedding tradition in Indian culture. Daily consumption of milk fortified with turmeric, almond, and cardamom before going to bed is also suggested for fertility enhancement for couples.

Enjoy a glass of warm tasty milk and stay happy!!!

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Nasyam-Ayurvedic Treatment For Loss Of Olfactory Sense: What No One Is Talking About

REVIVE YOUR SENSE OF SMELL WITH THIS SIMPLE EFFECTIVE AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

The latest researches have shown that olfactory function/sense or sense of smell is hugely affected due to COVID-19 infection. Loss of olfactory sense is known as anosmia and there are various reasons for this condition. It can be a permanent or temporary in nature. Ayurveda-the ancient life-science of India explains this condition in detail along with regimens, therapies and medications. In the present scenario, let us learn a bit more about anosmia and Ayurvedic treatments for the same.

Anosmia or smell blindness is the partial or complete loss of sense of smell. Common conditions like allergies or cold irritate the nasal lining leading to temporary anosmia. Nerve damage due to head trauma, or brain damage leads to permanent anosmia. Loss of olfactory sense is emerging as one of the major side effects of COVID-19 infection as well. the main causes of this condition are:

  1. Irritation to the mucous membrane or the lining of the nose–sinus infections, smoking, viral infections, allergies, chronic congestion lead to severe irritation of the mucous membranes of the nose leading to anosmia.
  2. Physical blockage of nasal cavity-Physical blockage of nasal cavity caused by nasal tumors, nasal polyps or bony deformities.
  3. Nerve damage or brain injury-alzheimer’s, old age, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, certain medications, exposure to harsh chemicals, radiation, brain injury or surgery, stroke, alcoholism and malnurtrition.
  4. Rarely genetic condition.

In case of where it is presented as a side effect of COVID-19 infection, studies at Havard University shows that the supporting neuron cells of the nasal cavity are affected which leads to loss of olfactory sense or sense of smell in the patients. So what are the complications of anosmia or loss of sense of smell:

One of the major side effects of anosmia is loss of interest in food and eating leading to severe weight loss and malnutrition. Modern medicine prescribes anti inflammatory medications and anti congestants for the condition. Physical blockages are cleared by surgery.

Ayurveda-the holistic science mentions this loss of smell as Ghrana Nasha. According to Ayurveda, any disease or condition is caused due to the imbalance of one or two or all of the 03 doshas/biohumors (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in the body. Prana vata is inhaled through the nose and circulated throughout the body. In general Kapha is situated predominantly in the areas above the neck region. This means that loss of olfactory sense is mainly due to imbalance of vata and kapha doshas. But, nervous system and senses are controlled by the vata dosha in the body. Therefore Ghrana nasha is mainly due to vata imbalance in the body. But Kapha imbalance is also seen in many of the cases of anosmia.

Vitiated kapha causes congestion and blockage in the nasal cavity, which causes temporary loss of sense of smell. Vata imbalance or vitiation causes nerve damage leading to long term or permanent loss of olfactory sense.

Ayurveda advises both pacificatory and purificatory treatments for curing and preventing the condition of anosmia. Panchakarma chikitsa in Ayurveda is one of the best cleansing therapy protocol for various systems in our body. Among the 05 cleansing therapies, Nasyam-the medicated nasal drops is supposed to be the best for cleansing, purifying and treating diseases of the area above the neck. Nasyam can be done as a daily regimen (dinacharya) to prevent various nervous disorders and cleanse the nasal cavity daily. It can be done as a palliative treatment or a or a purificatory treatment as well. It is said that nasal orifice is one of the nearest route to the nervous system & brain. Since vata or the nervous system is affected in anosmia condition, nasyam or nasal route of medicine administration is one of the best ways to cure & prevent. If the condition is associated with kapha vitiation, nasyam helps to cleanse the sinuses and channels, thereby preventing further damage. The medicines used for nasal drops or nasyam not only cleanse the sinuses but also stimulate the nerve cells and strengthen the nerves of the olfactory sense. Daily cleansing also helps in getting rid of various pollutants, allergens and micro-organisms that enter our nasal cavity unknowingly while we breathe. Especially in these times when the virus is air borne, it is very necessary that just like we sanitize our hands, we cleanse our nose regularly. The pre-treatment procedures of Nasyam include facial massage and medicated facial steam. Facial massage done with medicated warm oils helps tone the facial muscles, loosen the toxins and phlegm in the sinuses and cavities. Facial steam liquefies the phlegm making cleansing easy. It is also said to be very effective against corona virus and other micro-organisms as well.

Different medicated oils or fresh pressed herb juices are used as nasal drops. The selection depends on the body type, type of dosha vitiated & purpose of use as well. The most beneficial commonly used oils are Anu thailam & Shadbindu thailam. These can be used in the dose of 2 drops everyday either in the morning or evening for regular cleansing and prevention of easy types of allergies and illnesses.

Consult an experienced Ayurveda doctor for the the exact procedure of Nasyam and oil to be used.

A simple & effective therapy like Nasyam can be practised by everybody everyday and can easily prevent & cure this condition of loss of smell. It will help revive the damaged cells and rejuvenate the senses, so that we can enjoy the wonderful sweet odours of the nature, flowers, fruits and foods.

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An Ayurvedic viewpoint on how to lose weight?

“How to lose weight?”–a billion question in this present world. We live in a world and time when luxury is easily available, lifestyle has become sedentary professional and personal life has become extremely stressful. Weight gain, overweight, obesity and associated illnesses have been on the rise in past few decades due to the above factors. The recent pandemic, lockdowns and work from home situations have made the condition worsen. But it is our responsibility that we maintain our health, wellness and life. Only when we do this for ourselves, will we attain satisfaction and also a power to protect our family and friends by fighting the pandemic at different levels.

Ayurveda-the ancient science of life, centuries back has described obesity or sthoulya as one of the least desired health conditions in a person. But Ayurveda believes in prevention first, therefore Ayurveda advises innumerable ways to keep oneself healthy and well. Ayurveda also advises various therapies and medications to cure obesity and become healthy as well. In this article, we will learn about some of the main causes of obesity and major therapy modules in Ayurveda for obesity.

In modern medicine, obesity is determines by the body mass index. The various causes mentioned include:

  1. Sedentary lifestyle: We live in a mechanized world and the pandemic lock-downs have forced us to adapt a sedentary life style. Work from home situations or job loss situations have led to lazy life style or working from small places in our homes without any activities or any form of exercises. Long hours of sitting especially in comfortable seats at home has led to increase in weight in many people.
  2. Unhealthy eating habits: consumption of processed, pre-packed, fast foods or highly acidic, oily, sweetened foods, unhealthy untimely eating habits have led to increase in accumulation of toxins & fat in the body leading to obesity.
  3. Stress & Hormonal imbalances: High levels of professional and personal stresses leading to imbalance in various hormones in the body indirectly leads to fat accumulation & obesity. Imbalances in adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones, insulin and female hormones effect the weight of the person.
  4. Hereditary factor: Obesity can also be a genetic disorder. Leptin deficiency which is generally due to genetic factors leads to obesity in many cases.
  5. Overuse of medications: Long term use of steroids, contraceptives, certain ant-depressants, anti-convulsants can cause weight gain leading to obesity and other complications.

Ayurveda is based on the principle of balancing the 03 basic bio-humors and all the other tissues of the body. Disease is said to be caused due to imbalance of one or two or all of the 03 doshas (bio-humors) or accumulation of ama (free radicals & toxins) in the various channels of communication of the body. In case of Sthoulya there is vitiation of kapha dosha & medo dhatu. Due to this there is disruption in the functioning of the other 02 doshas & tissues, leading to accumulation of ama, water & fat in the body in turn to sthoulya or obesity.

Ayurveda advises not only medicines & therapies but also various regimens to be followed regularly in our day to day lifestyle. These simple, practical tips can be adopted into our everyday life easily and benefits can be observed in our health and wellness. It is our responsibility to maintain our health and wellness of self. Below are some of the practical tips to improve our lifestyle and prevent obesity according to Ayurveda.

  1. Get Active : Even within the comfort of our homes, we can practice different forms of activities to make sure our body gets adequate exercises. Walk at least 3000-5000 steps a day–walk up and down the stairs, or on your terrace or walk as you speak on the phone, learn & practice yoga as this can be done within your room. You can also practice jogging in a place, if space permits skipping also can be done. These activities help the body burn calories, build muscles and stay in shape. Holding certain postures with proper breathing techniques helps tone the muscles and maintain the weight.
  2. Eat Consciously : Well balanced, fresh, hot, alkaline, regular meals at least two times a day is essential for the body. Especially breakfast is very very essential. Try to consume fresh meals as much as possible. Avoid refrigerated, processed, pre-packed meals with high amounts of trans fats or artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. Use of seasonal fruits and vegetables is beneficial according to Ayurveda. It is also suggested to have meals according to one’s body type and imbalances. Intermittent fasting at least once in 15 days helps to rest the digestive system, aiding in proper expulsion of toxins and ama (free radicals).
  3. Breathe, Meditate, Relax, Re-balance : Oxygen is an important alkaliser and stress relieving gas which is available in large quantities in our environment. Learn and practice deep breathing techniques. Guided meditation or song meditation or walking meditation or silent meditation-any of the techniques to relax the mind, de-stress the brain and body of everyday’s stressors and re-balance the various systems especially hormones of the body is a must.
  4. Cleanse Regularly : Ayurveda advises yearly Panchakarma for maintenance of health and wellness. Since in obesity condition, there is accumulation of ama, toxins, fat and water, Panchakarma cleanse is very effective in cleansing and re-balancing the systems. Ayurvedic treatments like dry powder massages (udwarthanams) & various fomentation treatments (steam, sauna etc) are effective in reducing water & fat accumulation in the body.
  5. Regimens and Simple Herbs: Ayurveda is more of a lifestyle science than a medical science. So, it gives innumerable daily regimens like drinking warm water early morning, daily evacuation of bowels, daily exercise schedule, having balanced meals according to body type twice a day, drinking boiled and cooled water and proper sleep regiment. All these activities help balance the various doshas in the body. There are certain fat metabolizing herbs like guggulu, garcinia, ginger, pippali, gokshura, punarnava, aloe vera, turmeric and so on which are advised to be used regularly to make sure that various organs like liver are working appropriately. Be sure to consult an Ayurvedic physician before using any of these herbs regularly for the purpose of weight loss.

Obesity is not always a genetic condition which cannot be reversed but mostly it is a self created condition which leads to many other serious life threatening diseases in our body and life. It effects not only our physical & physiological wellness but also affects the emotional, social and sometimes financial or occupational wellness as well. As we know wellness is our responsibility and so for the maintenance of overall wellness, it is important to prevent and cure obesity at the earliest. Self care, following simple Ayurvedic tips and remedies, regular cleanses and strong determination to attain and maintain healthy body is very essential in this present world.

#Staysafe #Stayhealthy

Happy New Year 2021

“Health is Wealth”, Achieving & Maintaining Health is #wellness. #Wellness is Our Responsibility, so is Our Family. As a New Year Resolution, Let us Pledge to fulfil our responsibilities to the society & family by:-

#selfcare

#sanitization & #socialdistancing

-Adapting practical, simple #Ayurvedic lifestyle regimens for maintaining #wellness

-Develop #positiveattitude

-Make time for #relaxation, #sleep & #family

Wishing all of you & your loved ones a very very Happy & Safe New Year 2021 in advance.

#Lung Cancer-An Ayurvedic viewpoint

Lungs are part of the most important system of our body i.e., the respiratory system. this system helps in the exchange of gases in our body. Oxygen-the energy packet for all functions of the body is absorbed and circulated and carbon-di-oxide-the toxin is given out or cleansed from the body. Modern day environment is filled with not only oxygen but lots of toxic and harmful gases (mostly from man made equipment & sources). Along with this, man also has got into unhealthy modernized mechanical lifestyle full of personal, professional stressors and breathing in closed small tiny spaces. All these have severe impact on our lungs and respiratory system & the major impact has been on the raise in lung cancer cases.

Ayurveda-the ancient science of India, considers the chest, respiratory system and lungs as the seat of Prana vata (one of the sub-humors)which control and maintains the health of life of a person. Maintaining the health of this system is equivalent to protecting the prana (life) of an individual. So numerous therapies , diets, treatments, exercises and lifestyle practices have been mentioned in Ayurveda to balance and protect this system. #DSRC is one of the problems centers where treatment for lung cancer through Ayurveda is successfully provided.

Lung cancer is one of the leading cause of death by cancer in the world population in today’s times. With the increase in environmental pollution and spread of air borne pandemic virus like COVID-19, people are becoming highly susceptible to lung cancer as well. Even though there are many causes and risk factors for lung cancer, tobacco usage either smoking or inhalation or chewing remains one of the main causes of lung cancer. Some of the main causes of lung cancer are:

  1. Smoking
  2. Alcohol consumption with smoking
  3. Second hand smoking or silent smoking
  4. Family history of lung cancer
  5. Long hours of exposure to asbestos, arsenic, nickel, chromium, soot, tar etc in place of work.
  6. Increased exposure to radiation from radon or radiation therapy and screening sources.
  7. Infections or auto immune conditions like HIV etc
  8. environmental pollution especially or pollution.

Smoking especially tobacco smoking has been proved to be the cause of not only lung cancer but many other types of cancers. It includes cancers of lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, kidney, cervix, stomach & even acute leukemia. Tobacco especially in cigarette and cigars leads to exposure to concentrated amounts of carcinogens. These carcinogens lead to formation of covalent bonds in the DNA, which in turn leads to mutations in cells thereby leading to growth of abnormal large number of cells, thereby to cancer. Research has shown that tobacco contains more than 60+ carcinogenic chemicals. Gene mutations can cause the loss of normal functions in control of cellular growth, finally resulting in cellular proliferation and cancer.

Research has shown a strong link between chromosome damage in cells throughout the aerodigestive tract to exposure to tobacco smoke. The exposure can be due to direct (active) smoking or indirect (passive) smoking.

Signs & symptoms which indicate lung cancer includes:

  1. Respiratory symptoms like cough, wheezing, shortness of breath etc.
  2. Systemic symptoms like weight loss, fever, weakness etc
  3. Symptoms due to cancer cancer mass like chest pain, venous obstruction, difficulty in swallowing etc.

Now let us see the Ayurvedic viewpoint. Respiratory system is also known as Pranavaha srotas which helps in movement of pranavayu (oxygen) from the outer environment to all over the body. Srotas are nothing but channels or communication and transportation system of our body. These systems/srotas can be affected in 04 ways according to Ayurveda-Atipravritti (increased activity), Sanga (obstruction), Siragranthi (aneurysm) & Vimarga gamana (glow in opposite direction). According to Ayurveda, cancer is because of imbalance of all the 03 doshas especially vata increase leading to formation of ama 9toxins & free radicals) in turn leading to srotho dusti. Ayurveda believes in maintaining healthy balance of all doshas, dhatus and malas as well as healthy srotas which facilitate the movement of nutrients and wastes/toxins in the body. Any imbalance or impairment caused by any type of toxins (ama)/free radicals to the srotas or their functioning leads to occurrence of serious illnesses like cancer.

The ancient teachers of Ayurveda believed that the health of a person can be maintained only by maintaining a healthy digestive system, excretory system and respiratory systems.

Modern medicines relies on medicines, chemotherapy and radio therapies for treatment of lung cancer. Ayurveda on the other hand believes in building the ojas (immunity), correcting the various systems, clearing the toxins/free radicals and opening up the channels in the body. The various cleansing therapies in Ayurveda which come under the heading of Panchakarma chikitsa helps not only to remove the toxins, free radicals and ama but also balances the vitiated doshas, regulates the various systems including the digestive system. After this, Ayurveda advises Rasayana therapies and medications which help rejuvenate, rebuild and repair the damaged tissues in the body. Ayurveda also advises different dinacharya (daily regimen) , rtucharya (seasonal regimen), ahara vichara (diet regimen) & sadvritta (lifestyle). Breathing exercises such as pranayama (in yoga) and various stress relief techniques such as meditation techniques aid in providing strength to the body and boost the immunity as well.

Therefore, instead of always considering Ayurveda as the last option of treatment for any illness, why not try it as the first option itself. Ayurveda not only helps to cure the illness but also helps to prevent the relapse and recurrence of the illness in the future as well.

Ayurveda-A Health science or a Path towards complete WELLNESS??

CATCH ALL YOUR DREAMS OF VARIOUS DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS

Health & Wellness are 02 of the most trending words we hear in the modern world in every media around us. So what is the difference between health & wellness? Do they mean the same or different? Is Ayurveda a health science or a path to complete wellness? Let;s learn something about these 02 terms and Ayurvedic viewpoint as well.

Health in dictionary is defined as the state of being free from illness or injury. It mainly refers to a person’s mental or physical condition. Who defines health as a state of complete physical, mental & social well-being & not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. So then what is wellness? Dictionary defines wellness as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy & fulfilling life (shcs ucdavis). Global wellness institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.

Reading these definitions indicates that wellness is not a modern world or a new age concept but perhaps one of the oldest and well-researched topics all over the world. The aim of most of the ancient systems of healing like Ayurveda, TCM, Unani, Mayan, Homeopathy, Yoga etc has been to provide a holistic, complete all round action plan to maintain the state of well-being of the person and the world around.

Health & wellness are inter-related. Health is said to be a resource of living, and not an objective of life. By being healthy the individual can attain the various aspects of wellness in his life. Health also refers to the homeostasis which needs to be achieved by the body both internally and externally. This homeostasis leads to the balancing of various elements, systems and aspects of the life of the individual. Wellness in its definition has 02 main aspects which are that it is an active ongoing pursuit of wellbeing and the second is that it is every individual’s responsibility to attain and maintain various wellness in and around him/her. Our personal and professional behaviours, choices, diets and lifestyles significantly effect the wellness of the individual and the world around.

Ayurveda-the ancient holistic science of India had recognised the various aspects of wellness effecting the life of an individual thousands of years back. Ayurveda believes in maintaining the swatsya (wellness) of an individual. While defining the swasthya, Ayurvedacharyas have said that a person can be called swatha when all the doshas, dhatus, malas and agnis are in balance along with satisfied happy soul, organs (sense) and mind.

How does this definition relate to wellness? Doshas are the biohumors of the human body which are made up of the 05 natural elements of the nature. These 03 humors get effected by the changes in the environment and influence the body homeostasis accordingly. the balance of the 03 biohumors is very important to maintain the balance in the body. The 07 dhatus (tissues), agnis (digestions & assimilation) & malas (waste cleansing) systems depend on the balance of the 03 humors internally and 05 natural elements externally. Ayurveda also insists on the person having a satisfied happy soul, senses and mind. This can be possible only when there is a balance in the person’s personal, professional, social and spiritual (intellectual) aspects of life.

For all the above purposes, Ayurveda provides us with innumerable regimens and methods. All these are mainly activities and techniques to be practiced by an individual for the well-being of self, society and environment around. The prominent among various regimens are Dinacharya (daily regimens), Rtucharya (seasonal regimen), Ahara vichara (diet regimen), Sadvritta (social regiment), yoga & pranayama (exercise regimen), Dhyana (meditation * stress relieving techniques). These regimens and activities when pursued by an individual will provide health to himself and people around him. It also helps to maintain proper balance internally among the humors and tissues and externally among the o5 natural elements as well. It is the responsibility of each and every individual to pursue the path of wellness and attain the goals of health and fitness as well as professional and personal goals.

Health is a Necessity. Wellness is the Responsibility. As we know necessity is the mother of invention. Some of the easy, practical ideas to fulfil this responsibility in the coming year of 2021 are>

  1. Simpler Self care-Pandemic and lockdowns have taught us one of the most important lesson which is adopting simple, practical, self care tips while staying @home and being safe.
  2. Renew, Reuse & Recycle-Environmental wellness is very important & for this the above thre Rs are important. Increase use of renewable energy sources, reuse of as much products as possible if not recycle them and use them again.
  3. Conscious eating & lifestyle-Watching oneself and being conscious of one’s health, diet, lifestyle, emotions and changes around as well helps biohack one’s way into health. Small micro changes everyday will have a multitudinal benefits slowly in the future.
  4. Last but not the least, it is popularly said that ‘All is in the mind’. Motivating the mind with positive thought and actions is very very important to fulfil the responsibility and maintain WELLNESS.

Saffron/Kumkumakesari– A Pinch of Aromatic Medicinal Pleasure

“The quality of impacting colour, giving fragrance and beauty, makes saffron the king of all spices.” A pinch of this amazing spice is supposed to maintain youthful health and radiant beauty for ever. Used in culinary dishes medicines internally ans as creams and oils externally, this expensive spice has been used in India & in Arabic countries for centuries. A treasure chest of health benefits, saffron is dried stigmas of a flower ‘Crocus sativus’ is one of the most expensive spices. Ayurveda also regards saffron or kesari as one of the highly medicinal herb. Let’s learn what are the medicinal/health benefits that makes it magical.

History of Saffron: Romanticized by poets, clothes dyed and worn by monks, worshiped by saints and dreamt by emperors, this golden spice has been used for various purposes since almost 2500 years. Originating in Iran/Persia it is known as Safran in French/German, Zafera in Greek, Kesar in Hindi, Azafran in Spanish, Za a faran in Farsi and Zafran in Urdu. The root word is fro Arabic word Az-zafran meaning that which takes on the yellow colour. British Historian, Andrew Dalby believes that Persians introduced saffron to Kashmir in 5th Century BC. Kashmiri folklore and legends believe that saffron was gifted to Kashmiri people by 02 Sufi saints in the 12th or 13th century. It is said that, Mughal emperor Akbar loved the aroma of saffron so much that his bathhouses had large windows overlooking large saffron fields. Whatever be the origin or history of saffron, Kashmiri saffron is regarded as the best in the world, even though Iran is the largest producer of saffron in the world.

How is saffron obtained: Saffron is obtained from the flowers of the plant crocus sativus. The purple flowers of the plant has 03 stigmas of the flower. The stigmas and 02 stamens. The spice is the stigmas are carefully plucked and dried. This is the best kesar or saffron. The stamens can also be used as saffron with lesser qualities.

Saffron as a Medicine: Though extensively used in the culinary preparations, in Ayurveda it is regarded as an important medicinal herb. Known as kumkuma kesari in Sanskrit, it is katu (pungent), tikta (bitter) in taste, Snigdha (slimy) in quality, katu vipaka (pungent in post digestion taste), hot in potency and tridoshahara in action. According to Ayurveda, kesar/saffron improves skin tone and complexion, cleanses and disinfects wounds. It is used in hiccups, heart diseases, vomitting, worm infestation, eye disorders, toxins, cough, skin diseases and digestive issues. In Ayurveda, saffron is used as below in the following ways:

  1. Saffron can be mixed with warm milk & honey and consumed for younger looking radiant skin.
  2. Externally paste of saffron is applied over pimples, black spots and discoloration.
  3. Saffron powder mixed with milk and sugar candy is beneficial to improve sexual vigor, treatment of impotency & erectile dysfunction.
  4. Saffron powder with ghee and milk acts as an excellent memory booster and immunity enhancer.
  5. Saffron powder along with dashamoola lehya given post delivery is good for improving uterine muscle strength.
  6. Saffron powder with dry ginger powder and dasamoola kashaya is effective to relieve joint pain and fever.
  7. Paste of saffron applied over forehead relieves headache, saffron paste with turmeric applied over wounds heals them effectively.

In Ayurveda, there are numerous classical products like Pushyanuga choornam, Kumkumadi thailam, Patrangasavam, Kachoradi choornam, Asana eladi thailam, madana kameswari lehyam and so on which are used for various illnesses by Ayurvedic physicians regularly.

Now let us see what does the modern science opine about the various health benefits of saffron.

  1. Saffron as an Immunity booster–Studies have proven that regular use of saffron helps in boosting the immunity of the body against various illnesses especially in the present world. In times, when the pandemic like COVID-19 is affecting the world population, a simple inclusion of saffron in our regular diet helps maintain and boost the immunity of the body.
  2. Saffron as an Anti-depressant and brain tonic: There have been lots of research on the anti-depressant and brain tonic properties of saffron. Regular usage of saffron in depression cases shows a predominant improvement in the activities and moods. There have been major changes seen in memory status especially in Alzheimer cases with regular use of saffron. Two major chemical components crocin and safranal are found to stimulate neurochemicals like serotonin, dopamine and nor epinephrine. Saffron helps release one’s stress and boosts the mood, thereby acting as an anti-depressant. Especially in this times of lockdowns and job losses (due to COVID-19), cases of depression have seen a rise. Simple regular usage of saffron in small quantities helps come out of depression and facr the struggles of life better.
  3. Saffron for PMS & Menstrual Discomfort:Research and studies have shown that saffron along with anise and celery seeds helps in reducing pain and discomfort during menstrual cycles in females. Saffron is also known to reduce the mood swings and other pre-menstrual symptoms faced by ladies as well.
  4. Saffron for cardio-protection: Rich in potassium, regular intake of saffron in small quantities helps in blood dilution and removal of blockages in the arteries, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes. It also helps to reduce blood pressure.
  5. Saffron as an Aphrodisiac: Studies have shown that regular use of saffron improves sexual vitality in men and women naturally. It is also found very effective in erectile dysfunction in men. Saffron is one of the known fertility enhancement herb especially in couples struggling with infertility.

So we see that this antioxidant rich golden spice is very beneficial for various systems of our body and health. It is highly regarded as an effective medicine in Ayurveda. Even in Indian folklore medicines, saffron stigmas, even bulbs are used to treat, maintain and boost health & wellness. Expensive than gold in terms of weight, saffron is one of the best immunity boosters especially for seasons illnesses and also various pandemics like CORONA.

Use it wisely, regularly, Stay Fit & Healthy!!!