Top 5 Ayurvedic herbs to support well being during pregnancy

During pregnancy, an expectant mother experiences a wide range of biological and physical changes. Along with these changes comes varying degrees of discomforts. Fortunately Ayurvedic herbs can help relief the symptoms experienced and aid in a safe, healthy and happy pregnancy.

Pomegrannate seeds for Morning Sickness

• Actually morning sickness, a common problem during pregnancy occurs due to excess salivation, so it is better to do mouth gargle with plain water after waking up in morning and then eat 1 or 2 crackers or some dry snack.
• Dadima Bija (Seeds of Pomegranate) mixed with honey after waking up in the morning will help.

Avipathikar churna for Heartburn

• More than half of all pregnant woman report to suffer from heartburn. Eat small frequent meals slowly and cut down on high fat foods and caffeine.
• Avipathikar churna (A herbal compound in powder form) is effective in heartburn.

Triphala tablets for Constipation

• Constipation, a very common in pregnancy tends to increase as the pregnancy advances. High fluid intake, eating high-fibre foods and doing sufficient simple exercise is important.
• Triphala tablets / powder will help in laxed bowels.

Tulsi for Respiratory distress

• Many women feel breathless as the growing uterus as the pregnancy advances.
• Hot infusion of Tulsi (Holy basil) is beneficial.

Cumin mix for Bloating

• Exercise regularly, avoid carbonated beverages and moderate your intake of dairy products.
• A mixture of equal quantity of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds boiled in water, filtered and when taken internally helps get rid of bloating.

Tips for back pain

If you are a computer professional or an office going person, be careful not to sit in a stretch and strain yourself for a long time. Refresh yourself in between.

Swimming is a good exercise for back pain.

Avoid lifting heavy objects

Now and then oil massage or spinal bath is good for back pain.

Yoga under the guidance of an expert yoga instructor is good for back pain.

Avoid a sagging bed.

Take a hip-bath everyday.

Treatments offered at chakrapani for back pain.

  1. Oil Massage

Just as a vehicle needs to be greased occasionally so is the case with human body too. Body especially the back should be oiled and revitalized occasionally.

N.B.- Such type of oil massage is not indicated in surgical types of back pain. For more visit : http://chakrapaniayurveda.com/abhyangam/

  1. Pizhichil

Two therapists first massage the body in synchronization using warm medicated  oil and then dip cotton swab in warm oil and squeeze it over the affected part of  the back and massage gently by their hands. This therapy tones the back muscles and relieves the stiffness over the back. For more visit : http://chakrapaniayurveda.com/pizhichil/

  1. Kati Basti

In this, warm medicated oil is retained 20-30 minutes over the back with the help of application of circular dough prepared with white gram flour and water. For more visit : http://chakrapaniayurveda.com/kati-basti/

Six Herbs To Ease Menopause With Ayurveda

Menopausal symptoms are experienced by 75-85% of woman. Diet containing hot spicy food, alcohol, caffeine and stressful lifestyle can increase it. Ayurvedic herbs possess certain phytoestrogen that connects with the body’s estrogen receptors, which enable the hormones to function properly, thereby help smooth the transition through menopause. These herbs address almost all the changes of the menopause without any side effects and have an effect almost parallel to hormone replacement therapy and synthetic hormones medication.

Anethum Sova (Mishreya) acts as an emmenagogue, which imparts active ingredients that increase more blood supply to the pelvic area and uterus.

Saraca Indica (Ashoka) is the best uterine tonic, which strengthens the muscles of uterus and reduces vaginal discharge and pain.

Trigonella foenum graecum (Methika) contains estrogen-like saponins, which help to improve uterine functions, reduce excess fat, and levels of cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides safely and naturally.

Asparagus Racemosus (Shatavari) has phyto-estrogen that helps in hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety and enhances libido.

Hemidesmus Indicus (Sariva) it is a blood purifier, which acts on the tissue level and effective in issues like hot flushes.

Emblica Officianalis (Amalaki) is an anti oxidant, rejuvenator and has anti aging properties, thereby promoting health of all organs including the uterus. It is a good cardiac tonic, hair tonic and complexion enhancer too.

Winning Over Depression Through Ayurveda

Depression is not just being deeply sad or blue, but it is a group of signs where the person feels sinking, sad, hopeless and alone constantly for a couple of weeks or more, where he or she fails to address the positivity, irrespective of positive or negative life situations; feeling of emptiness, incapable to enjoy the things which the person would normally would like to do, example-work, hobby or company of friends which in turn affects productivity, sleep, appetite or even be the cause for serious physical ailments, mental disorders and abnormal behavioral patterns over a long period of time more than a couple of weeks. The social stigma and the cultural taboos regarding the mental disorders makes it worse for the person under depression to communicate to the people around or to get needed medical assistance. Even the great personality like Arjuna was not spared from Vishada/depression is described in the 1st chapter of Mahabharata as Arjuna Vishada Yoga. Depression affects 350 million global populations of which the women outnumber men and 1 million deaths per year are due to the same. It is said to be a “common cold of mental health” which can affect any person in any age group irrespective of socioeconomic status & race.

Ayurveda explains depression or Vishada as an associated symptom of many physical ailments as well as a separate psychiatric ailment. In Ayurveda the commentators like Chakrapanidatta, Dalhana has elaborated the term “Vishada” (fear and weakness) as that which weakens the body and mind and is the aggravating factor for most of the diseases. Ayurveda considers the mind and body as the two faces of the same coin where a physical ailment can generate a mental illness. Eg.Diseases like epilepsy, leprosy, psoriasis etc can cause depression to the person owing to the social stigma towards such diseases. And similarly a mental condition can in turn pave way to a physical aliment the best example most of us have experienced is diarrhea before the exams or headaches due to stress and excess thinking. So Ayurveda is concerned not only about the body but also the mind and the soul. Even WHO have included the mental and spiritual health in the health definition apart from socio-economic and physical health.

Causes of depression

• The neurochemical imbalances like secretion and synthesis of nor epinephrine and serotonin which in turn affects circadian rhythm

• Hereditary factors

• Seasonal changes especially winter season or cold countries with less sun light

• Physiological factors – pregnancy, post partum and menopause

• Drug induced

• Excess exposure to electromagnetic waves (Television, computer, mobile phones)

• Loss of a loved one, Mate cheating, etc

Symptoms :

The symptoms of depression arise with when each doshas are associated with Tamas / the mass inertia of mind.

• Vatadosha associated with tamasic nature will have excessive worries, feeling of hopelessness, pessimism, feeling of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, anxieties, fears, phobias, terrors, delusions, compulsions, irrelevant talk, monologue or dialogue with self, attention deficit, bi-polar disease, auditory hallucinations, irritability, restlessness, difficulty to concentrate and remember details, difficulty in decision making, insomnia, early morning wakefulness, loss of appetite, aches and pains.

• Pitta dosha associated with tamas will give riseto thoughts of suicide & even suicide attempts, murder and visual hallucinations, headaches and digestive problems that do not ease even with treatments. It also causes comparison, dominance, criticism, jealousy, frustration, obsession, territorialism, anger, rage, and violence.

• Kaphadosha associated with tamas will produce sadness&feeling of emptiness, melancholia, prolonged crying, stubbornness, dark depression, hiding, hoarding, catatonia, overeating and kinesthetic hallucinations, fatigue and decreased energy, loss of interest in activities or hobbies that was once pleasurable, including sex, excessive sleep, drowsiness even after proper sleep, over eating and indigestion.

Treatment

Ayurveda has the safest treatment for depression which is neither habit forming nor with side effects. There are 3 approaches for the treatment in Ayurveda –

Daivavyapasraya– Daiva means divine or the deeds of past life, Vyapasraya means seat or support. It includes mantras & prayers, use of gems, rituals, oblations, offerings, sacrifices like fasting, prostration, pilgrimages etc. These methods create confidence and remove the fears and pessimistic tendencies in person.

Yuktivyapasraya – Yukti means logical thinking or rational knowledge. These include the internal medicines as well as external therapies. Certain classical herbs like Jyotishmati, Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhapushpi tablets like Saraswatvati, Mansyadighanvati, preparations like Brahma Rasayana are good for the depression. Shirodhara, Marma Abhyangam, Ksheeradhara, Takradhara and even Shodhana Chikitsa or the Panchakarma detoxification therapies are good for depression.

Sattvaavajaya – This involves counseling part, which is inevitable as rational treatment. The person under depression doesn’t need sympathy nor does he or she want other person to interfere in their life decision but need to be treated empathically with proper counseling and apt medication.

The branch of Ayurveda that deals with the mental disorders including depression is called Bhutavidya or Ayurvedic psychiatry. The Bhuta initially was interpreted as the entities of superstitious origin. But by 20th century in an attempt to avoid more epistemological and discursive aspect of Bhuta or vernacular idioms of distress, was reinterpreted as more secular and scientific idiom as bacteria, virus and microbes or even vectors which cause genetic changes which confirmed the mind body correlation of Ayurveda and also the hereditary aspect of diseases affecting the mind. Thus the treatment for depression is explained elaborately in ancient Ayurveda texts under Ayurvedic psychiatry (Bhutavidya).

The treatment for depression in the conventional medication and psychiatry has several problems including strong side effects that affect other areas of life. Moreover, the occurrence of depression cannot be prevented by these means; it just gives temporary relief as and when it occurs. On the other hand, Ayurveda provides a natural and effective way of treatment of depression, improves mental clarity and cognitive functions, also preventing re occurrences to a large extent.

Ayurveda lecture & counseling for Astha & Suranga Group from Israel

Chakrapani Ayurveda Center, with a mission to spread knowledge of authentic Ayurveda worldwide, is conducting Ayurveda lecture every year for people from Israel, organized by Astha & Suranga group, who specialize in customized tours for women to different locations around the world from last ten years. To bring people more closer to India, Ayurveda has been included as a part of their itinerary for the group.

Chakrapani Ayurveda is associated with the group from last more than 8 years. For every group visit a guest lecture on Ayurveda followed by body type analysis and diet & life style counseling session is conducted by Chakrapani team of Doctors. This time a group of 14 ladies came to Hotel Sahapura House in the month of December under the leadership of Ms. Uti for Astha and Suranga group. Ayurveda lecture and counseling session was arranged at Hotel Sahapura House by Chakrapani Ayurveda Team. The lecture was delivered by Dr.Aditi followed by Body type analysis and counseling session with Dr. Lakshmi & Dr. Suman. The group was very enthusiastic and enjoyed the lecture and counseling session. It was a wonderful experience for all.

3 Herbal Health Supplements for Liver Detox

Proper functioning of liver helps in healthy digestion and detoxification. These days we are exposed daily to high levels of toxins in the form of chemicals, pesticides, water contaminants, food preservatives, heavy metals and electromagnetic radiation through our food, water, air, body and home products. These toxins lodge in our body systems, especially liver.  When our livers are so busy working to filter out all these toxins the liver has very little energy left to filter blood, drugs, hormones let alone do the job as a digestive organ.

The following three products help to remove unwanted toxins and reduce burden on your liver as well as optimizes liver function.

• Phalatrikadi vati is a potent Hepato-protective herbal health supplement that optimizes liver function, reduces viral load in patients with Hepatitis and prevents liver damage.
• Bhumiamalaki capsule is a natural liver detox that supports liver functions, purifies liver secretions and helps to heal tissue damage.
• Liver Care capsule is a comprehensive formulation for the management of Hepatitis and other liver disorders. It has antiviral and antioxidant effect and it encourages regrowth of new liver cells and protects liver against chemicals or alcohol induced liver damage.

Related Products

Liver Care Formula

Phalatrikadi Ghan Vati

Bhumi Amalaki Capsule

 

Ayurveda Myth

1. There is no expiry date for Ayurvedic medicines- In Ayurvedic science the expiry date of all formulations(products) has been defined very clearly like- herbal powders-6months, tablets – 18 months, guggul tablets(2-3 years), Oil-ghee – 2 yrs. Only rasaushadhis, Asavas and Aristhas can be used for long time.

2. There are no side effects  of Ayurvedic medicines – This is also a big myth. Though the side effects of Ayurvedic herbs is almost negligible but taking rasaushadhish without a physicians advise do cause side effects. According to Ayurveda the body type of each individuals is different hence the herbs and their quantities are also different for each individuals.

3. Ayurvedic herbs are not fast acting and take time to heel the diseases- Actually if a diseased person approaches Ayurveda in the beginning or onset of the disease, it can be treated very effectively and quickly but if the diseased person approaches  ayurveda after prolonged treatment from other parthy then it does take time to heal.

4. There are lot of restrictions in ayurveda- since ayurveda considers each individuals different and advices food and life style according to the body type of each individuals, hence people think that there are a lot of restrictions in ayurveda. Ayurveda restricts sour things only with guggul medicines and not with all herbs.

5. Chances of renal failure due to Ayurvedic medicines- This is also quite a popular myth amongst the educated section of society. Heavy metals have been used in Ayurveda since years but they are purified by juices of various herbs and then turned into onide form by making “Bhasma”. These bhasmas using there rasaushadhish without a doctors adivse may prove to be harmful.

6. There is no surgery in Ayurveda-This myth is true up to a certain level. Sushrut who is known as the father of surgery developed surgery in Ayurveda. Even now, the cataract surgery proved by WHO is being done by the same method as described by sushruta. During that time even plastic surgery was done. Due to the Ahimsa principle in our country earlier and later due to rulership under Britishers surgery gradually vanished from ayurveda. Its development gradually stopped with time. Although there has been various researches on this subject too during last 50 year.

Six Effective Herbal Gargles

1. For maintenance of oral hygiene, Tooth sensitivity & Halitosis – Mouth gargle with 1 tsp of sesame oil.

2. Excess salivation – Mouth gargle with warm water frequently.

3. Disorders of gums, Bleeding gums – Mouth gargle with hot infusion of Triphala.

4. Initial stages of Oral Cancer – Mouth gargle with decoction of Panchavalka.

5. Tonsillitis – Mouth gargle with warm water added with curcuma.

6. Stomatitis – Mouth gargle with hot infusion of licorice or purified borax.

Simple tips for chronic sinusitis

Changing lifestyles, rapid urbanization, and the increase in cases of antibiotic resistance is responsible for the rise in the prevalence of chronic sinusitis.  As the nose is in direct contact with the external environment, it is exposed to the many microorganisms and pollutants present in the atmosphere. Due to the increase in environmental pollution and the busy lifestyles of today, sinusitis is a common disease in the present era.

• Instill one drop of Nasal drop – Anu oil in each nostril, twice daily. This removes the blockage of the path from the sinuses of the nasal cavity.
• Do not swim in the pool treated with chlorine, since chlorine irritates the lining of the nose and sinuses.
• Cover yourself well while exposure to cold and windy climate.
• Prefer to drink warm water in small quantities throughout the day.
• Take a cup of warm water added with ¼ tsp of turmeric once a day, like a tea.
• Mouth gargle with warm water is advisable.
• Steam inhalation with 1 tsp of crushed carom seeds (Ajwain seeds) is beneficial.

Four Powerful Digestive Spices

Fennel – A small amount of fennel seeds adds distinct flavor to a dish. They are also used in relishes. Fennel seeds when chewed after meal acts as a digestive aid and a breath freshener.

Cumin – Cumin seeds are one of the main ingredients in seasoning. They can also be roasted and added to many spice blends. They aid in digestion and also thought to help in the treatment of common cold.

Asafetida – Asafetida is used extensively in bean and vegetable dishes. It is used most commonly as a digestive aid and it is reputed to lessen flatulence and thus considered a must in beans and cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower.

Turmeric – Turmeric is used for color and health benefits. It is considered to be a powerful healer. It is used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.