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According to ayurveda the Kitchen Remedies also works like miracle in healing many health Problems

Home Remedies for Arthritis

Symptoms are severe pain in the affected joints. Muscles, ligaments and cartilage become inflamed. Movement of the joint becomes extremely painful, especially in cold, windy and damp weather. It is notable that if this disease is not taken care of properly at the initial stages the joint becomes immobile and may also become permanently deformed.


Arthritis are aggravation of Vata (air) dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxins). Ama gets deposited in the weak areas of the body, joints with a simultaneous aggravation of Vata that is known as Ama Vata (arthritis).

Weak digestion, constipation, overeating and very little physical activity are the symptoms that can develop in a patient of arthritis.

Home Remedies
Ama must be digested and Vata reduced in the body. Digestion should be improved and fasting for one day is beneficial for digesting Ama. Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water helps to reduce inflammation in joints. One raw clove of garlic every day is very beneficial. This clove can be fried in ghee (clarified butter) or castor oil. Guggulu (an herb) is very helpful in curing arthritis. Also warm ginger water will help to digest the ama. Rub warm poultice made with dry ginger and ajawain powder on the affected joints.

Eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets, wind forming foods like cabbage, Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes. Too much tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate, cocoa. Antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and nicotine Sleeping during the day Staying up late at night Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.


Anti Dandruff Home Remedy

According to great saints of Ayurveda skin has a thin waxy covering on it to protect the surface of the skin from drying up. Ayurveda recommends application of a thin coat of oil to skin to preserve this waxy layer. When the skin gets dried it results in breaking of the skin. This leads to complications like chapped skin, dandruff, dry eczema etc.

Applying the oil on scalp and all over the body twice a week will keep the skin soft and supple. Avoid frequent usage of chemical shampoos which have a tendency to remove the oil from skin and hair leaving them dry and creating dandruff.

Natural substances like shikakai (soap nut) powder should be used to clean the hairs. When the hair roots dry up, the outer layer of the scalp breaks up and come off as flakes leading to dandruff and hair loss. Coconut oil, Bringraj oil, Brahmi oil and almond oil are all excellent preparations for the scalp. After bath apply a thin layer of any one of these oils after warming them little.

Mixture of Henna Powder , Yogurt , Black tea and egg in equal quantity are ground together to make a fine paste and this paste is applied on scalp 10-15 minutes before bath. If there is itching of hair root, dandruff etc Neem oil 1 part mixed in coconut oil 5 parts can be applied once a week overnight in the scalp. Avoid vata aggravating foods like raw salads, fermented food and heavy beans. Give hot towel steam to the scalp and hairs after oil massage to the scalp.


Home Remedies for Menstrual Difficulties

For girls with delayed menarche, scanty menstruation, inability to conceive, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation, delayed menarche, painful menstruation; difficulty to lactate, dishes Home made of black gram and linseed help to reduce the intensity of pain during menses and improve the menstrual flow .Black gram strengthens the womb.

Jaggery(solidified cane sugar), poppy seeds, Pippali, Dry ginger and almonds in equal quantities are pounded together to make a fine powder. Ghee(Clarified Butter) is added as required and is mixed in milk and taken twice a day, one week before the onset of the menstrual cycle. To help getting rid of menstrual difficulties.

Fenugreek also helps very well.

In case of excessive flow, one effective remedy is found to be taking of a soup of dill seeds , cumin seeds and fennel seeds.

Home remedy to help with menstrual cramps, heat castor oil or olive oil oil and apply it on the lower abdomen, pelvic, thigh areas. A few gentle strokes downward will do the trick. Also soak a small ball of cotton in the same oil and place it on top of head. Allow the oil to soak for 5 - 10 minutes. Bathe after 30 minutes in warm water.

Try to avoid heavy beans, Fermented and sour foods.


Ayurveda Home Remedy for Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis has been described as a localized swelling adjacent the base of the tongue having its resemblance to cotton seed fruit. When swollen it is covered with mucus, painful and hard to touch. There is edema, increased size, pricking pain, burning sensation Throat irritation, Throat Pain and suppuration.

Tonsillitis is one of the commonest diseases of the upper respiratory tract which affects all age groups particularly the growing children. The commonest cause of infection is streptococcal haemolyticus. The disease spreads quickly by way of dust particles. Poorly ventilated and overcrowded spots are the breeding grounds of these pathogens.

Chronic tonsillitis might lead to rheumatic fever, nephritis and many other systemic complications.

Symptoms include high fever of 103-104 range, with considerable pain on swallowing, painful enlargement of tonsillar glands in the neck, referred pain in the ear on the affected side, sore throat and exudation of pus.

Alum use in treating tonsillitis has been referred in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Ayurveda describes Alum as an astringent, haemostatic, antiseptic. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and antibiotic properties.

A study was conducted in Jammu, India to test the efficacy of Alum on both acute and chronic tonsillitis cases. [See: JRAS Vol XVII No. 3-4 (1996) pages 149-156].

Fine powder of purified Alum can be applied locally over tonsils thrice daily before meals. Then gargle with warm licorice water.

Also gargling with ¼ tsf turmeric,2 pinch alum and 1 cup of warm water will help remarkably.

It was found that the disease is more frequent among the male children (11 – 20 years). Alum had a marked effect on treatment of tonsillitis. The various symptoms started regressing just after a day or two of commencement of therapy.

Avoid oily, spicy and cold foods like ice, cold drinks , cold water and sugar


Kitchen Remedy for improving Vision


Reading books for a long time, straining the eyes to read books, reading without glasses when necessary, Hot water bathing, Putting warm or hot water on the head, watching television in a dark room, lying down and watching television, not exercising the eyes, daytime sleep ,Late nights ,too much salty or sour food, using of chemical cosmetics , not wearing necessary eye protection equipments when working near hot places like furnaces, hot stoves and so on goes the reasons for vision problems.

The first step is to avoid such situations.

Ayurveda suggests that cow’s milk, goat’s milk, butter, Cilantro; carrots are added to the diet. These strengthen the eyes and the muscles around them. Fish oil also serves the purpose.

The diet should also consist the following.

A paste made of cilantro and mint leaves with rice is good for vision. Similarly vegetables like drumstick leaves, Bitter melons, Radish, fenugreek leaves etc which contain vitamin A in plenty should be part of the diet.

A good night’s 7 – 8 hours of sleep is recommended. (One simple remedy for better sleep grind poppy seeds to a paste and add a ¼ tsf paste to a glass of warm milk. Take this before going to bed for good sleep)

Palming- Rub the palms and cover your eyes with it for 10 minutes after a strenuous day’s work. This would relax your eyes and lessen the strain. Gently massage around the eyes with your fingertips after this.

Walk bare foot on a clean grass for 10 – 15 minutes.


About the Author

Dr. Sumita Prajapati is an MD (Ayurveda). She took her degree from Podar College in Mumbai. A pulse-reading wizard, she practices in India, Europe, USA and Canada.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 November 2008 10:51