Benefits of Organic Honey in Allergy

Honey is one of the healthiest animal products available today. It is a sweet fluid produced in beehives by the honeybees that are housing in it. There is a tedious manufacturing process involved behind the production of this sweet appetizing fluid honey. Honey is an ancient household product that has been used in a number of food recipes, desserts, mock tails etc. It is a great natural sweetener that is highly nutritious and is considered better for use in comparison to all other sweeteners natural as well as synthetic.

Organic Honey :

Nowadays, due to the widespread contamination of the farmlands and harmful methods of farming for obtaining maximum produce at cheaper rates, most countries have set up standards for producing high quality organic food products that have been grown under strict government rules. Guidelines for organic farming varies from country to country and are mainly aimed at ensuring best quality of food production, which is not contaminated by any pollutant or pesticide. Regular testing of the food and close monitoring of the whole process is done right from cultivation until it reaches the supply in the market. The products that go through this stringent process are thus labeled as organic.

Organic honey is one such product formulated under stringent guidelines and is said to have a superior taste and nutrition quotient as compared to the ordinary varieties. Raw honey is said to contain a substantial amount of the pollens of the plant from which it is obtained. As a result, it becomes extremely harmful for people who have a weak immune system and are thus prone to allergies. Therefore, organic honey should be the preferred choice as it is free from any such allergens that are naturally present in raw honey.

How honey can be beneficial for people with allergies? 

Before discussing the awesomeness of organic honey, let us first get into the depth of how honey can be beneficial for people with allergies. Honey is a natural sweetener that has a soothing effect on the body. It has great anti-inflammatory properties that makes it extremely beneficial in wound healing, burns, cuts and other inflammatory conditions affecting the human body. It counter balances the inflammation producing substances in the body which are secreted at the time of an allergic reaction e.g. Prostaglandins, histamines etc.

Honey is a tremendous anti-microbial, anti–inflammatory and tissue healing agent. Be it any kind of allergic reaction seasonal, dust or pollen grain allergy, honey directly acts on the histamines produced by the body in response to an allergic reaction and neutralizes them helping the person to achieve better control over the symptoms. Realizing the importance of honey in the field of health and medicine, a proper therapeutic branch has been made called as APITHERAPY that deals with the usage of honey as a nutritional substitute and as a therapeutic natural remedy.

Ayurveda texts have immense matter that explains why pure Honey (Organic honey available nowadays) or Madhu has a wide therapeutic spectrum in the natural treatment of many diseases. There are eight types of honey mentioned in Ayurveda namely, Bhramara, Makshika, Pauthik, Kshaudra, Chathram, Ardhyam, Oudalakam and Daalam. These are used in the treatment of various disorders according to their individual therapeutic properties. Other than this, it is also said that the properties of honey greatly vary depending upon the place of origin, the source of beehives and the flowers from which the bees collect their nectar for producing Honey. According to Ayurveda, the cause of developing an allergy is an accumulation of “Ama” or toxins in the body and a vitiated Kapha dosha. Honey has its activity against the kapha (Water body humor) dosha and also has a detoxifying action on the body. It not only expels out all the harmful toxins but also strengthens the immunity to catch any such infection.

Thus, we can say that regular use of pure honey can be a boon to the people suffering from serious allergic conditions or are simply prone for developing one. Since, purity of raw honey is questionable, it is advisable to use organically prepared honey for external as well as internal use.

Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan MD, an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh practicing in Mohali, India.

Top 3 Ayurveda products for healthy digestion

Avipattikar churna (Digest cool) is a cooling blend in powder form which balances the digestive fire and eliminates natural toxins from the system. It soothes the stomach tissues and promotes normal, comfortable levels of acidity during the digestive process. It also helps to promote post-meal esophageal comfort and healthy elimination. For more on Avipattikat churna click here

Triphala (Digest clean) is a combination of three herbs which
are natural antioxidants, assists natural internal cleansing, supports regular bowel movements, improves peristalisis, maintains healthy digestion and absorption. It is beneficial in sluggish digestion. It helps to gently cleanse and detoxify the digestive system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. It has the ability to rejuvenate healthy tissues. For more on Triphala  click here

Chitrakadi Vati (Digest boost) is a tablet, used in Ayurvedic treatment of anorexia and indigestion. It is also beneficial in sprue syndrome, diarrhoea and flatulence. It improves appetite, kindles digestive fire, eliminates metabolic toxins accumulated due to improper digestive function from the body. It acts as an appetizer as well as digestive. For more on Chitrakadi vati click here

Seven Tips to Overcome Stress

Research studies have shown that stress build-up in our brain can lower our immunity, increases our susceptibility to diseases, increases the levels of blood cholesterol and other lipids, exacerbates pain and increases the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases. Ayurveda advises us to follow Achara Rasayana (Code of good conduct) for a healthy and happy life. Overcoming stress is a way to healthy mental and physical health.

1. Exercise is not only good for physical health, but is also good for recreation and relaxation of mind. It changes the levels of hormones in the blood and may elevate the mood affecting brain chemicals. So find time to do simple exercise daily.
2. Taking short breaks in your hectic day and finding time to relax is very important. Yoga pose Shavasana (corpse pose) is a simple way to relax. Lie down on your back with legs a bit apart and hands making a 15-degree angle with the body. Let each and every muscle of the body be relaxed. Close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing. This posture can be done for five minutes once or twice a day.
3. Good sleep – A deep and long sleep is necessary. A proper sleep relaxes both body and the mind. It improves mood and recovers the ability of mind to deal with daily stress.
4. Listening to soft music regulates blood pressure, heart rate, & reduces anxiety levels. It is also good to reduce stress & anger.
5. Spending time with family and friends works as a great trauma barrier.
6. Take a break from routine work and spend some time close to nature. Avoid all situations, which are source of stress in the home and office.
7. Replace unnecessary time-consuming chores with pleasurable or interesting activities. Make time for recreation. This is as essential as paying bills or shopping for groceries. Keep on learning something new all the times.

Italy group visits Chakrapani for training

Every year groups from Italy under the leadership of Mrs. Sadbhawana and Prof. Arya Bharadwaj visit Chakrapani Ayurveda Center to train in Ayurveda and to explore Ayurveda. This year a group of 14 students from Italy under their guidance arrived at Chakrapani for 2 weeks intensive training on Ayurvedic massage techniques, beauty care therapies and pain management treatments. They were cordially welcomed in the Indian traditional way with Aarti, tilak and mala by the staff members of Chakrapani Center. Following Pooja and salutation to Lord Dhanwantari, there was welcome speech by Dr. Parvathy, inauguration and blessings from the chief guest Dr. Prof. K. Shankar Rao, honorable director, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur. The group was given theory and practical classes on interesting aspects of Ayurveda by Dr. Parvathy, Dr. Aditi, Dr. Lakshmi, Dr. Suman and Dr. Janaki. Felicitation ceremony was held on completion of the course and certificates were given. Students expressed their gratitude and interest in returning to Chakrapani for advanced level of Ayurvedic training and Panchakarma.

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Ayurvedic tips to keep you glowing

• Drink plenty of water.
• Try not to get constipated.
• Eat fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
• Have fruits rich in vitamin C for healthy gums.
• Avoid fried and spicy food.
• Perform meditation or Yoga in order to remain stress free.
• Use mild cleansers to clean your body.
• Try to go to bed early and rise early.
• Avoid microwaving and boiling your food as it looses its antioxidants when cooked in this manner,
• Have light easy to digest protein rich food like mung dal, paneer, lassi, buttermilk.
• Massage the scalp at least twice a week with medicated oils like bhringraj, japakusum or amla oil .

Five facts about water

Water is nectar, which sustains life. Ayurveda provides the following hints regarding water consumption and its effects on the body.

1) Drinking water before meals will reduce your appetite and cause emaciation.

2) Drinking water immediately after meals will impair digestion and lead to weight gain.

3) Drinking large quantity of water of liquid during meals weakens digestion. Drinking small quantities of warm or tepid water in-between meals will enhance digestion.

4) Drinking water stored in a copper vessel will help to scrape our excess Kapha from the body, improve metabolism and help to reduce cellulite.

5) Drinking cold water or cold drinks just prior to eating or while eating weakens digestion.

Do you conserve nutrients in food?

Inspite of eating organic, healthy and nutritious food, many of us do not get the proper nourishment. Do you conserve nutrients in foods? The following simple tips can help you cook the right way, preserving vitamins and minerals in food, thereby nourishing the body.



1) Some nutrients, especially Vitamin C can be lost easily by cooking. So it could advantageously be eaten in raw forms as salads or chutneys (grinded to a paste). Examples are Cucumber, Radish, Onion, etc.

2) Store watery vegetables like tomatoes, brinjals, etc. covered with a moist cloth. Store dry vegetables like onions, potatoes in dry boxes, open to the air.

3) Remove skins of vegetables as thinly as possible since many nutrients are found just below the skin.

4) Frying of vegetables destroys much more vitamins than controlled boiling, because frying temperature is much higher and besides there is exposure to air. So it is better to consume steamed or boiled vegetables.

5) Learn to boil rice with just enough water, usually two to two and half times the quantity of rice so that all the water is absorbed. When more quantity of water is used, excess water is later thrown away after cooking, valuable vitamins and minerals are washed out of the rice and lost.

Oral Health & Hygiene with Ayurveda

Like commercial health and beauty products on the market, toothpaste has been industrialized over the years. Fluoride – free toothpastes are becoming more common because of its toxic effects though it is said to prevent caries. Not only fluoride, but other ingredients like titanium oxide, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial sweeteners can cause damage to the teeth. Also mouthwash can cause adverse effects.

Global need for maintenance of oral health

Oral diseases are one of the most important problems in public health and are on the rise in developing countries. Dental caries and periodontal diseases are among the most important global oral health problems. Also there is rise in incidence of oral cancer and other disorders. There is a global need for safe and effective alternative prevention and treatment.

In Ayurveda, dental health is individualistic varying with each person’s Prakriti (Constitution). There are different twigs mentioned for brushing for different Prakriti. Oral cavity includes the Oshtha (lips), Dantamoola (gingiva and tooth supporting structures), Danta (teeth), Jihva (tongue), Talu (palate), Kantha (throat) and Sarvasara (oral mucosa). The Mukha (oral cavity) is the gateway of the alimentary canal and is considered to be one of the most important parts of the Urdhwajatru (part above the clavicles). Oral health reflects the body health.

Ayurvedic recommendations for oral health includes

Danta Dhavana (Brushing) – Ayurveda advises brushing with twigs like neem or twigs of astringent, bitter and pungent taste.

Jihwa nirlekhana (Tongue scrapping) – Tongue scrapping is done gently with a metal scrapper from root to tip. This removes accumulated dirt and bad odor.

Gandusha (Gargling) – Gandusha (Mouth gargle) is filling the mouth to its full capacity with liquid for prescribed period of time and then the patient spits it out.

Dhumapana (Herbal smoke) – Dhumapana is inhalation of herbal smoke. Dhumapana gives firmness of teeth, pleasant smell and cleanliness of mouth.

Nasya (Nasal medication) – Administration of medicine through the nose is called Nasya. When administered after brushing, it bestows good smell to the mouth. When administered after meal, it cleanses the passage and bestows a feeling of lightness.

Pratisarana (Massaging the teeth and gums) – Pratisarana is done with paste of herbs, thick decoction, honey or powder of herbs. It is applies with fingers and rubbed gently on teeth and gums. This process removes the food debris and plaque and helps to maintain the periodontal health.

Ahara (Diet) – For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, one should eat healthy diet. It’s not only what we eat but when we eat also can affect our dental health. Timely meals, preferably freshly prepared and warm is advised. Eat healthy foodstuffs like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, vegetable protein, low fat diet. Reduce excess intake of fast foods, refrigerated food & drinks, aerated drinks, refined sugars and sweets. Drink sufficient fluids. Brush your teeth after every meal.

Vihara (Lifestyle) – Avoidance of smoking, alcohol and tobacco is a must for oral health. Regular physical exercise is not only beneficial for overall health but also plays a vital role in oral health. Being physically active throughout the day and doing moderate physical exercise will help maintain oral health. Breathing exercises are also good for oral health.

Aushadha Prayoga (Use of herbs) – Most of the oral diseases are caused due to bacterial infections. The antibacterial activity of medicinal plants are due to the presence of potential bioactive compounds which help to reduce bacterial load in the oral cavity and thus prevent formation of plaque, dental caries and ulcers.

Ayurveda is a holistic health system which also recommends some daily therapeutic procedures for the prevention and maintenance of oral health. Most of the oral diseases are due to bacterial infections and medicinal plants have anti-bacterial activity against various microorganisms including bacteria’s responsible for dental caries.

Four Ayurvedic Remedies To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

Stretch mark over the abdomen during pregnancy is a physiological condition but it gives lot of stress to the women in the cosmetic view. More than 90% of total woman populations are affected by stretch marks on the body particularly on the abdomen, groin and on the chest region during and after pregnancy. These stretch marks are called as Kikkisa in Ayurveda and it can be well prevented & managed by Ayurveda. One should avoid scratching and the following external treatments can be beneficial.

1. The paste of the Sandalwood and Usira (Vetiveria zizanioides) should be applied over the abdomen.

2. Powder of Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck) stembark, flowers of Dhataki (Woodfordia fruiticosa), mustard and licorice are rubbed over the abdomen.

3. Abdomen and breasts should be irrigated with decoction of Neem, Bottle gourd, Basil and Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) or leaves and flowers of jasmine and licorice

4. Repeated cleansing with of daruhridra (Berberis aristata) and licorice should be done.

Constipation : Home Remedies

Constipation : Remedies

1) Drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps in easy evacuation in the morning. In case of severe constipation, mix two teaspoons of castor oil in the milk.

2) Drink one liter of warm water and walk around for a few minutes immediately after waking up early in the morning.

3)Drinking lemon juice mixed with warm water two to three times a day eases constipation. One or two teaspoons of aloe gel can be taken twice a day.

4) A common Ayurvedic formulation for constipation is Triphala powder. It is a powder made by grinding three kinds of herbs. A teaspoon of this powder taken with warm water or milk at the time going to bed is beneficial.