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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Brahmi- A Brainy Herb

The herb is known by different names. It is known as Brahmi in Hindi, Water Hyssop in English and its botanical name is Bacopa monnieri. It finds mention in a number of ancient Ayurvedic texts like Atharva Veda, Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.

Brahmi is quite a prominent Ayurvedic herb, mostly famous for its ability to work as a tonic for the brain. Ayurveda classifies the herb as a Medha Rasayana which means herb that provides longevity and improves memory and intelligence.
Brahmi is a perennial creeping herb with soft and non-aromatic and can grow up to 6 inches in height. The herb is sometimes also called a water aquarium plant since it can grow in water.

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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
  • It balances Vata dosha and pitta dosha but increases Kapha dosha
  • Administration of gokshura is suggested to eliminate gas formed due to intestinal spasms due to its anulomana (downward movement of Vata) nature
  • Decoction of Gokshura given with Kantakari powder is said to be useful in Cough, Asthma, and Heart Pathologies
  • Due to its attributes, it pacifies Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • It strengthens and nourishes Garbhashaya (Uterus)
Best Diuretic
  • It increases urination due to its sweet taste, rich in potassium and salt content. It is said to be highly effective in Urinary Stones
  • Study reveals that both the whole plant and fruits of Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris Linn) in the form of ghanasatwa is having a significant action in reduction of clinical symptoms, systolic and diastolic blood pressure without any side effects on the patients of mild to moderate essential hypertension
  • Decoction and water extract of the fruits produce moderate diuretic activity due to high potassium content. Alcoholic extract produces hypotension and depresses respiration.
Kalpa: –
  • Gokshuradi Guggul
  • Goksura Quath
  • Gokshuradi Avaleha
  • Dashamoolarishta
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Purav Jayesh Trivedi
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Ama: The Undigested Toxin

Ama: The Undigested Toxin

In Sanskrit, the term “Amaya” refers to disease. Ama (ah muh), derived from Amaya, means ‘unripe’ or ‘incomplete.’ The undigested waste which is formed inside the gastrointestinal tract (koshtha) as a toxin and cannot be utilized by the body, is called ama

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What is ama?

When the digestive fire (agni) is unable to metabolize food (ahara), it stagnates inside the body for a prolonged period. As a result, the undigested food gets fermented within the stomach (amashaya), and this is how ama is formed. When such fermented ama upsurges in the gastrointestinal tract, it flows into the channels (strotas) and tissues (dhatus) of the body, which ultimately vitiates the doshas or causes an imbalance within the health mechanisms (dosha dushti). As per Ayurveda, dosha dushti are the leading factor in many diseases. The nutritive part of food after metabolism is called Sara; however, in ama-related conditions, Sara is partly processed due to the minimal functioning of the digestive fire (manda agni). Thus, Ama is considered a waste that should be eliminated from the body (kitta).

 

Factors that cause ama

Factors, which enhance ama formation of ama are usually involved in diminishing the agni. Thus, to understand these causative factors, we need to comprehend the characteristic features of agni as well as ama. Here, are basic comparative features of agni and ama as defined in Ayurveda:

 

 is attributed to be
Agni Hot, Light, Dry, Subtle, Clear, and Aromatic
Ama Cold, Heavy, Greasy, Gross, Sticky, Slimy, and Foul-smelling

 

When we experience or consume food that compromises agni, it is the initial step in the formation of ama. For example, poor dietary habits such as binge eating; prolonged fasting; consuming heavy, oily, cold, excessively sweet, and fried foods; eating contrasting food combinations (viruddh ahara) including milk with fruits, fish with milk, and others are at risk factors that increase ama build-up in the body. Moreover, lifestyle practices such as eating when stressed out, in anger, or when feeling dejected; eating while watching television, neglecting the dietary rules (refer to article on Immunity & Ayurveda), eating prior to complete digestion of a previous meal, sleeping during the day, lacking physical exercise, and other sedentary lifestyles are additional leading factors that can cause an ama-related imbalance in the body.

 

Signs and symptoms of ama

Common clinical signs and symptoms of ama include:

  • Indigestion
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • A feeling of fullness/heaviness
  • Headache
  • Blocking of channels
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue 
  • Abnormal taste
  • Specific signs are observed based on the nature of tridosha (vata, pitta, and kapha).

 

When ama is experienced with vitiated Vata dosha, it causes pain mainly focused on the lower part of the abdomen (namely, the large intestine), and may be accompanied by joint pains or constipation. In the case of pitta dosha dominance, ama impairs the functions of the small intestine and liver; thereby, allowing ama to flow into blood, which then might emit a foul smell from the body. Further, such ama can cause heartburn, fever, or nausea Ama with vitiated Kapha dosha causes pain in the upper part of the abdomen such as the stomach or around the chest region. It accumulates in these places from where it cannot be easily expectorated and thus, produces a sweet or salty taste. 

 

Line of treatment to eliminate ama

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Fasting

The first line of treatment when the body is impaired by any disease should be fasting. The concept of fasting is to relax the gastrointestinal tract and expel out the ama, which is accumulated inside the body. People with a specific constitution should be careful while fasting. Thus, it is not advised for all to eliminate ama by fasting. 

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Yoga

The most efficient way to prevent as well as eliminate ama from the body is to routinely perform yoga for at least 15 minutes (refer to blogs of our yoga expert, Hetal Trivedi). Yoga causes mild sweating and stretching, which helps to twist the dhatus that have accumulated ama. Warming the body loosens the ama adhered within tissues and helps to move it along the digestive tract; thereby, making it easier to eliminate. Ama creates an imbalance between rajas and tamas qualities within us, and thus, it is necessary to escalate sattva and attain balance through yoga.

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Cleansing therapies (shodhana karma)

When ama has been diagnosed to have accumulated deep within tissues, cleansing therapies such as purgation (virechana), enema (basti), and emesis (vaman) may be practised. It should be performed only under a trained practitioner when suggested by the doctor. The purpose is to remove excess ama, vata, pitta, and kapha from tissues. 

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Diet

Diet plays a significant role in eliminating ama. Foods that taste pungent, bitter, and/or astringent; herbal teas (prepared using ginger, cinnamon, or cardamom); and green leafy vegetables have been suggested to support in elimination of ama. On the other hand, heavy foods such as meat, sugar, cold beverages, and processed and starchy grains like bread and pastries escalate ama. Furthermore, 5-10 minutes of walking after a meal or sleeping for 10 minutes on the left side have been known to help digestion by stimulating agni

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Herbal remedies 

Herbal remedies as suggested by doctors focus on enhancing agni, which in turn, expels ama. Thus, these herbs might be hot, bitter, and astringent in nature such as dried ginger (sunth), cinnamon (dalchini), garlic (rason), and black pepper (maricha). 

 

Ama is routinely eliminated by the body and thus, in the initial stage of ama-related symptoms (when accumulated in the digestive tract) are treatable without major difficulty. However, as ama enters deeper into the tissues and blocks the channels, it causes an imbalance in the physiological process of the body. Thus, always follow a healthy diet and lifestyle to prevent ama and its associated diseases.

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Purav Jayesh Trivedi

 

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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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