Ubtan Abhyanga Snan

Narak Chaturdashi being one of the five days celebrations is one of the most important days of Diwali. It is believed that on this auspicious day Lord Krishna killed the demon called Narakasur. This day signifies the victory of good over evil.

 Begin with the abhyanga snan and wash away all your problems. Abhyanga Snan symbolises the elimination of evil, followed by a purification process.

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Amla- The Exceptional Berry

 

Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica or Indian Gooseberry) is native to India and grows in tropical and subtropical conditions. Thus, it has been extensively used in many parts of India as traditional medicine or for its nutrients. Regionally, amla is known by various names as Amalaki, Dhatri, or Amrutphala. In Ayurveda, amla has been described as peculiar green plum-like fruit that has all six tastes (except saltiness). It has been referred for a host of health benefits that involve improving digestive health to relieving cough in respiratory diseases. 

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Immunity & Ayurveda

Immunity & Ayurveda

 

Immunity is the body’s natural response to maintain homeostasis in human. Usually, the immune system recognizes a variety of threats including viruses, bacteria, and parasites; and distinguishes them from the body’s healthy tissues. The overall immune mechanism is essential for our survival. It is a holistic system, which is interconnected with the psychological endocrine neurological systems. The immune system is associated with the proper functioning of different type of cells, organs, and constantly cooperates with the chemical signals to protect us against any infectious disease. Immune mechanisms are coordinated by different cellular components such as T-cells, B-cells, macrophages, and dendritic cells. Each has a specific role in recognizing, attacking, recruiting, and killing foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, viruses, worms, and others. 

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The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is an accumulation of excess fat in the body that may lead to negative effects on health, reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Presenting the figures given by WHO, in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and older were overweight. Of these over 650 million adults were obese. Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight. Hence, it is vital to reduce and prevent obesity. Obesity is one of the aspects in Ashtanindita Purush (eight types of abnormal constituents) in Charak Samhita. In Ayurveda, Atisthaulya (Obesity) is described as excessive accumulation of Meda (fat tissue) and Mamsa (muscle tissue) leading to looseness of hips, abdomen, and breast. In Ayurveda, it is considered as one of Santarpanottha Vikaras (disease due to consumption of excessive calories).

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GOKSHURA: A BEST DIURETIC

Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris. Linn) is a herb with sharp thorny fruit. It is also known by Gokharu in Marathi and Hindi, and Small Caltrops in English. Other synonyms like Shvadanshtra, Trikantaka, Kantaki are also used.

Attributes

Gokshura possesses a sweet taste and after-taste, it is cold in potency, and is heavy and oily in nature.

Action and uses

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Anosmia- Loss Of Smell

Anosmia means loss of sense of smell. It is usually caused by nasal condition and rarely by brain injury. 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, rhinitis and sinusitis are common disease in the present era. Improper management of this stage leads to sinusitis, which may later lead to chronic sinusitis. All these disease have a common symptom as anosmia.

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PANCHAMRIT: – DIVINE NECTAR

Panchamrit is an essential requirement for any pooja according to the Hindu religion. It is the divine offering to the deities and used during Abhisheka. The word is a combination of two words, Pancha (five) and Amrut (divine nectar). According to Mahabharta, Panchamrit was one of the ingredients that appeared during the Samudra Mathan also known as Ksheera Saagar mathan (churning the ocean of milk).

 

Health Benefits

 

According to Ayurveda these five ingredients have immense health benefits when combined in correct proportions. Panchamrit nourishes the Sapt Dhatu (the seven bodily tissues) namely; Shukra Dhatu (reproductive tissues), Majja Dhatu (bone marrow and nervous tissues), Asthi Dhatu (bone, teeth), Medas Dhatu (fatty tissues), Mamsa Dhatu (muscle tissues), Rakta Dhatu ( blood ) and Rasa Dhatu (plasma for strength, immunity and vitality). Panchamrit can be consumed every-day and particularly for nine months during pregnancy as per Ayurvedic scriptures.

 

Ingredients

 

Milk

Panchamrit is made from Cow’s milk. According to Ayurveda cow’s milk has a cooling effect upon our body and mind. It enhances Ojas, the essential energy responsible for a long healthy life, radiance, strength, vitality, immunity, and mental and emotional wellness. It increases appetite and has strengthening effect and it is also said to be effective in curing fever.

 

Curd

 

Curd or yogurt is the only fermented food that Ayurvedic scriptures acknowledges as Sattvic. It is a probiotic and improves the digestion and balances vata dosha. Cow curd is slimy, sweet in digestion. Increases meda dhatu (fatty tissues), shukra (reproductive tissues), kapha, pitta, rakta and agni. It is used in anorexia, debility, and weakness.

 

Sugar

Sugar is the symbol of sweetness and bliss. Candy sugar or mishri is used in many Ayurvedic formulas and churnas (medicinal powders). Candy sugar has a cooling effect on the body. Gudasharkara (Jaggery sugar) acts as coolant, and is sweeter, also useful in bleeding disorders and relieves thirst.

 

Ghee

Ghee, the most treasured food of Ayurveda has remarkable healing properties for the body and mind. A good source of Vitamins A and E with antioxidants that offer medicinal benefit. Cow ghee enhances memory, intellect, digestive capacity, oja, kapha, and meda. It is cold, sweet in taste, and after digestion (vipaka) too. It balances vata and pitta and alleviates dryness. It has thousand good qualities, and does a thousand actions, when processed properly. (Precaution: According to Ayurveda, ghee and honey should never be mixed in equal quantities.)

 

Honey

Pure honey has all the required enzymes. It improves digestion, clears complexion, and makes skin smooth. It is easily digestible and gets assimilated in the bloodstream instantly when consumed. Honey is often the Anupana, a carrier or medium for Ayurvedic medicines. It is said to be yogavahi, which means it acts as carrier. It enhances the quality of other four ingredients. It is included one of those ingredients that can be taken daily (pathya)

Panchamrit recipe

  • 4-5 tablespoon Cow’s milk.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon curd
  • 2 tablespoon ghee

 

All ingredients have specific symbolic meanings. Milk represents purity and piousness, honey symbolizes sweet speech and unity, sugar is about sweetness and bliss, yogurt/curd indicates prosperity and ghee is for strength and victory. These five ingredients when mixed in the right proportion improve each other’s gunas or good qualities.

BY.
Purav Jayesh Trivedi

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SADVRITTA (ETHICAL REGIMEN)

Ayurveda means knowledge (veda) of life (ayu) which includes balance of doshas, digestive fire (agni), and tissues (dhatus), proper elimination of waste products, and healthy atma, mana, and organs. Sadvritta is all about principles of right conduct for maintaining healthy mind. Practicing them gives balance and peace to the mind, and a healthy body.

 

They are:

  • Always speak the truth
  • Control your temper under any situations
  • Always speak politely and speak good words

  • Meditate everyday

  • Be patient
  • Try to distribute knowledge and money to others
  • Give respect to Almighty, and elderly individuals
  • Follow a daily routine (dinacharya)
  • Control your sense organs

 

The following practices must be avoided according to Ayurveda

  • Avoid binge-eating, over drinking, excess sexual activity and sleep

  • Do not harm anyone including tiny creatures, and social animals (himsa)
  • Do not get addicted to sensory pleasures
  • Theft
  • Lying to others
  • Meaningless and ugly conversation
  • Desire for other’s possessions
  • Atheism

These codes of conduct have been stated in various Ayurvedic scriptures for a strong and healthy mind, which will lead to balance in tridoshas and eventually health. Preservation of health and sufferings of the ill can be improved by following a daily routine (dinacharya) and sadvritta.

 

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