Symptoms are pain in the affected joints. Muscles, ligaments and cartilage become inflamed. Movement of the joint becomes 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 with severe pain stiffness 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.
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 healing joints and arthritis. Also warm ginger water will help to digest the ama. Rub warm poultice made with dry ginger and ajwain 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.
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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.
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.
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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 ( also called Alsi in hindi) 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.
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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 streptococcus 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, antipyretic 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
Supplements – PYRINO, KASNO,IMMUGEN helps to improve immunity, balances fever, reduce pain swelling inflammation and helps to bring tonsil to normal size after regular uses
Reading books for a long time, straining the eyes to read books or use cellphones 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, Ghee, 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 barefoot on a clean grass for 10 – 15 minutes.
Supplements – IAMRITA AMRITKALA ANUPHALA after regularly using them helps to reduce excess heat amd toxins from eyes and reduce the numbers.also helps to regenerate the normal vision slowly
Sound sleep Remedies
Good, calm and sound sleep is called Sukh Nindra in ayurveda.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of life since it restores and renews the body. Without sleep, organs deteriorate at a rapid pace, and the mind loses its acuity. Unfortunately, many people struggle to achieve a truly restful sleep. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that at least 40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Sleep deprivation or poor quality of sleep impacts both short-term and long-term health with frightening consequences, like depression, obesity, loss of mental clarity and fatigue. If you are experiencing difficulty sleeping, consider following Ayurvedic principles known to improve sleep.
Ayurveda does not dictate eight hours of sleep every night for everyone. Quality and quantity of sleep required by an individual to completely recharge in mind body and to rejuvenate new cells are considered crucial for health, bliss and longevity.
Ten-minute naps are good for Vata types. Long naps are permitted in the hot part of the summer, when days are long and nights are short. Sleeping during the day increases Kapha. Only the very weak, very young, very old, those exhausted by sex, diseased, overwork, under the influence of intoxicants and other emotional or physical trauma should sleep longer than 15 minutes in the afternoon. Sleeping during the day produces Ama.
Sleeping on the left side (Vama Kukshi) helps digestion. It promotes the functioning of the right nostril and is good. The right nostril heats and activates the body and when it is finctioning a person becomes more interested in food and sleep.
Sleeping in a sitting position provides the most alert sleep and is the best. Yogis often sleep sitting up.
Sleeping on the right side is relaxing, and it activates the left nostril, which cools and relaxes the body, making it easier for self-control (which is good for Yoga).
Sleeping on the back disturbs Vata. It activates both nostrils at the same time, which produces disease by (encouraging energy to leave the body). Sleeping on the back harms the brain.
Sleeping on the stomach disturbs everything. It causes disease by obstructing deep and healthy breathing.
It is best to sleep with the top of the head facing east and the feet facing west (this promotes meditative sleep). Facing south while sleeping draws energy into body.
Sleeping facing north draws energy from the body, and disturbs the body, mind and spirit. Sleeping with the head facing west causes disturbing dreams.
Before going to sleep it is best to wash the hands, feet and face. Then it is good to massage the feet and temples with a little warm sesame oil or ghee and meditate for a while to allow the negative impacts of the day to dissipate. Then perform some Pranayama before sleeping.
Home remedies, tips and lifestyle for sound sleep
- It is best to go to bed only to sleep and not to read, write or think. It is best to rise immediately after awakening.
- Do not allow pets to sleep in the kitchen or where food is prepared as the subtle vibrations will get into the working of their digestive tract and disturb their sleep.
- It is best to wear the least amount of clothing possible and one should especially avoid socks.
- Do not cover the face while sleeping so as to breathe properly, otherwise a person breathes his own deoxidized air.
- The bed should be at least 12 inches above the ground. Sleeping on a damp or wet surface is very bad. The level of the head should be above that of the feet.
- Sleeping under the moon is very good, relaxing and calming Pitta, but sleeping under the sun increases Pitta.
- Sleeping while hungry is not good for health. Sleeping after lunch will increase Kapha and body weight.
- It is not recommended to sleep during the sunset hours, as it is said to cause poverty, disturb the bodily systems and impairs digestion. Sex at this time is also not good. Reading at this time hurts the eyes. During sunset hours there is an increased chance of having an accident during walking and driving.
- To stop wet dreams a person can wash his legs with cold water before going to sleep, as this draws energy from the genitals which reduces the chance of nocturnal emission.
- Create an optimal sleeping environment in your bedroom by using room-darkening shades and dim lighting.
- Schedule your dinner for early in the evening. A dinner between 6 and 7 p.m. is less likely to interfere with your sleep. Keep dinners light and free of strong spices.
- Attempt to set a regular bedtime before 10 p.m. or about 3 hours after the sun sets. Wake about an hour before the sun rises.
- Brush or comb your hair to lightly stimulate your scalp.
- Sleep in comfortable fabrics such as cotton.
- Drink a cup of tea before going to sleep. Make your tea with sleep-inducing herbs such as chamomile, cinnamon and lemon.
- Breath deeply through your nose. Hold your breath for a few seconds, and then exhale through your mouth. Focus on your breath and visualize yourself in a relaxing place as you fall asleep.
- Engage in some form of exercise on a daily basis.
- Try taking a warm bath before going to sleep.
- Do not exercise within 2 hours of going to sleep.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol, especially right before bed.
- Refrain from drinking coffee or other stimulants close to bedtime.
- Avoid doing work in your bedroom.
- Refrain from sleeping during the day unless you have done hard physical labor.
- If a person feels refreshed and inspired after he wakes up, then he has slept a right amount of time. If after waking up one feels tired and drained he is not sleeping the correct amount of time (usually too much). You can change sleeping time by 15 minutes a day increments to see/check what is the proper amount of sleep one needs.
- Sleeping during the day disturbs gases, bile,lymph and blood flow. It causes disturbances of breathing, heaviness in the head, chest regions disorders and other problems.
- It is alright to sleep during the day for a person who has done hard physical labor, one in pain or a person with nausea. Also for a person with gastric disorders, alcoholic intoxication, and a person who is on a fast. In extremely hot weather it is alright to take a nap at the hottest time of the day.
- The best time to sleep is from three hours after sunset to 90 minutes before dawn. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- Going to sleep on a full stomach diverts the body’s energy from recharging the system and also causes bad dreams.
- Since human beings are diurnal creatures, following Nature’s pattern of sleep and wakefulness means rising with the sun or shortly before, and getting into bed early—no later than 9.45 p.m. Getting up before 6 a.m. is ideal, and 6-10 p.m. is the Kapha time of the evening, when sleep will come most easily. Follow this routine at the weekend as well.
- Arise and go to bed at about the same times each day. This helps your body and mind relax as the appointed bedtime approaches. Over time it conditions your physiology to fall asleep at that time.
- Ayurveda decrees morning the best time to exercise. If you exercise in the morning, it will help you fall asleep easier at night. Working out late in the day is not recommended as this will raise energy levels and set you up for activity rather than sleep. Exercise moderately, according to the needs of your constitution, every day.
- Do not eat a heavy dinner, and avoid spicy foods at night. Ayurveda recommends a light dinner eaten at least three hours before bedtime. A one-dish meal of a vegetable soup or mung bean khichadi is nourishing yet not too heavy. Do not drink too much water or other beverages after 6.30 p.m. drink a cup of warm milk at bedtime to help lull you into sleep. Lace the milk with a large pinch of nutmeg for Vata, cardamom for Pitta and dried ginger for Kapha.
- A lower limb massage with warm sesame oil, almond oil or olive oil before you get into bed is also a pleasant, relaxing activity and helps improve sleep quality. Your bedtime massage oil can be spiced up with a few drops of essential oil of lavender. Take a very small quantity of oil in your palm and massage your lower legs, from your knees to your toes, and your lower arms, from your elbows to your fingertips, with easy up-and-down strokes.
- Keep your bedroom dark and at a comfortable temperature so that you are neither too warm nor too cold. Wear comfortable sleepwear to bed—cotton is ideal. Your bedroom should be quiet, clutter-free and free of work-related material. Do not have a TV in your bedroom.
- Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages as they impact the quality and quantity of sleep you get. Avoid nicotine as well.
- As bedtime draws near, try to get your mind and body to settle down. Avoid working or reading/watching stimulating entertainment at least an hour before bed. Calming activities such as listening to soft relaxing music or just sitting quietly and practicing deep breathing can help your mind and body wind down gradually.
- Avoid napping during the day; it makes it harder to fall asleep at night. If stress or worrying keeps you up, learn and regularly practice a meditation technique. This will help strengthen your ability to deal with day-to-day stresses and worries.
- ¼ tsf Poppy Seed with a warm glass of milk an hour before bed will help you fall asleep easier. Poppy Seed, Jatamansi and Brahmi are ayurvedic herbs that help promote restful sleep, and lavender and sandalwood are relaxing essential oils that help promote ease of falling sleep and getting a better quality of sleep. Our products Somayu Ayumedha and Brahmi are found very useful for sound sleep and feeling fresh in the morning.
Vata persons should go to bed by 9 p.m. and sleep on their left side. Pitta persons should go to sleep between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and sleep on their right side. Kapha people should go to bed between 10 pm and 11 pm and sleep on their left side.
Kapha persons like to sleep 9 hours. Sleeping this long slows down their metabolism and causes them to put on weight. It is best for them to wake up between 4:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. and then take a walk. This amount of sleep will make the body feel better and help them lose weight.
Going to the Root
There is a solution in ayurveda for the problems mentioned here-under
• RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS • HEART DISEASE • IMPROVING MIND & STRENGTHENING MEMORY
• CHRONIC DEPRESSION • OSTEO ARTHRITIS • ANXIETY • INFERTILITY • OBESITY • KIDNEY PROBLEMS • DIABETES • ASTHMA • INFERTILITY • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE • IMPOTENCY • CHRONIC PAINS • VIRAL DISEASES • CANCER • HORMONAL IMBALANCE • PIMPLES AND SKIN PROBLEMS
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 ,Tanzania and Canada.