Monday, 28 December 2015

BENIFITES OF SHIRO PICHU - Maharishi Ayurveda

A simple procedure of applying the oil to the vertex using a cotton pad impregnated with oil medicated or otherwise to known as Shiro Pichu.  Once again here the application of oil does not follow any form of massage.   By the application of this procedure one can achieve all the beneficial effect of Murdha Taila most over this procedure is said to be more beneficial in dermatological condition of the scalp as well as psychological disorders.  As this process does not involve massage it can be confidently performed in painful condition or ulceration of the scalp also. 

Beneficial Effects
All the beneficial effects of murdha tailas.
1.     Hair Fall
2.     Splitting of hair
3.     Burning sensation of the scalp
4.     Stiffness of eyes

In healthy individuals oil may be prescribed according to prakriti of the client or as listed below:-
·        Vata Prakriti    à Himasharagat Taila
·        Pitta Prakriti    à Chandandi Taila
·        Kapha Prakriti à Triphaladi Taila
·        Sama Prakriti  à Asana Bilwa Taila

If the client has any complaint related to the head, scalp or hair fall specific oil may be used for the Shiro Pichu or as detailed below:-
·        Hair Fall      à Dhaturapatradi Taila
·        Dandruff à Dhaturapatradi Taila
·        Cranial Nerve Disorder à Narayan Taila / Dhanvantaram Taila
·        Premature graying à Neelibhringadi Taila /Bhringaraj Taila


Friday, 20 November 2015

Acid indigestion or heartburn time

Are you one of the many Indians who love to eat? However experience occasional acid indigestion or heartburn time and again?
This is called acidity and this feeling is due to excessive production of acid by our system.
A very simple and immediate solution, which anyone would take would be to take some alkaline product to immediately neutralize the acid. However, this would only fix the problem temporarily.

In Ayurveda, the root cause of an imbalance is analysed and taken care of, and not just a masking or covering the symptoms.
How does authentic Ayurveda solve the problem of Acidity or hyperacidity and provide long term relief?

Amlant, from Maharishi Ayurveda has the answer which everyone is looking for. The special and natural blend of herbs in formulated for providing long-term reliefe gives Amlant the ability to balance occasionally occuring stomach acidity and support the overall digestion.
So how does Amlant exactly work and why is it better than the other standard hyperacidity products?

It is because standard hyperacidity products work to neutralize acid. Just as their product advertisements claim, comfort comes within 6 seconds or 9 seconds or sometimes even a few minutes. But what happens after the initial relief? The acidity along with the pain comes right back in a matter of minutes and this time more discomforting than before.


This phenomenon is called The Rebound Effect. By taking any Alkaline product, we feel relieved as the acid in our stomach gets neutralized. But at the same time, ourbrain gets the signal that the quantity of acid, which is important for the digestion of food, is low and immediately directs the system to produce more acid.And so hyperacidity comes back, or rebounds with greater intensity.




Upholding tradition, theAyurvedic formulation Amlant, is derived from ancient Ayurvedic texts and naturally works to create balance where imbalance exists. Besides having a fast-acting effect on acidity in the stomach, which standard over-the-counter products also do, Amlant helps the brain produce acid in a balanced manner and therefore avoids the Rebound effect before it can even take hold.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Swarnavindu Prashana - Vaccination in Ayurveda

Vaccination is the administration of antigenic material (a vaccine) to stimulate an individual's immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen. A vaccination is a treatment which makes the body stronger against a particular infection. Ayurveda is a complete and fully developed medical science. The first aim of Ayurveda is to protect from the disease and second is to treat the disease. Swarna Prasana described by all the ancient treatise of Ayurveda for prevention of disease. It has been mentioned to take Swarna Prasana in the first day of child birth along with ghee and honey.

The word “Swarna Prashana is a combination of two words – Swarna and Prashana”.  The term Swarna is a common word and refers to the noble metal Gold.
Prashana refers to intake or ingestion. Swarna Prashana hence refers to the act of consuming or ingesting gold in the prescribed dose and quantity in the suggested manner. Swarna Prashana Sanskar is one of the sixteen essential Sanskars (Rituals) described for children.

Along with this many gold preparation are described to take regularly for proportionate increase of physical body, Medha (memory), Bala (immunity) and Buddhi (intellect). Gold or Swarna is considered as a one of those metals which have good benefits on the body when consumed internally. It has beneficial effect on all three Doshas of the body.

Balance state of Tridosha is essential to resist any types of disease. It is a natural anti oxidant, cardiac tonic, and immune booster. It improves intelligence, memory, and speaking capacity. Gold has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, so it is used in the production of a new generation of cosmetics. Due to the vast beneficial effect of gold Swarna Prashana is carried out for enhancing the growth and development in young children.

Swarna Bindu Prasana at Maharishi AyurvedaHospital is one among them. A great emphasis has been given for Kala (specific time) in Ayurveda. Medical astrology is a part of Ayurveda which is based on Kala (time). The period of Pushya Nakshatra in every month is preferred for Swarna Prashana. Pushya is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Pushti’ or nourishment. 
The name Pushya also signifies yielding or nurturing. According to one school of thought, Pushya also denotes the gentleness of a flower or prosperity and auspiciousness. So the efficacy of medicines increases due to effect of this star. Swarna Prashana builds physical strength, improves physical activities and also improves stamina in the children. Regular doses of Swarna Prashana enhance child’s intellect, grasping power, sharpness the analysis power and recall memory. Common problems related to of teething phase can be escaped. It defends children from different types of allergies.

Immunity power and resistance against common infections increases due to Swarna Prashana thus prevents children from falling ill very often. Diseases due to seasonal change and other existing infections can also be reduced with Swarna Prashana. Swarna Prashana tones up skin color. It stimulates digestive fire, improves digestion and child’s appetite and also decreases related complaints. It helps body to restore or regain the health early in case of any illness.

A particular date is calculated according to the Nakshatra at Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital for free Swarna Prasana.
Children up to 16 years old should take Swarna Prasana regularly to protect themselves from diseases and for development of brain, up to the mark.

Overall it makes child healthier; children taking Swarna Prashana doses regularly can be easily distinguished from their remarkably outstanding physical and mental ability. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Remedies of Sinusitis

Home remedies of Sinusitis
(Self help guidelines)

1.                  Avoid cigarette smoke & other air pollutants.
2.                  Do not swim in the pool treated with chlorine since chlorine irritates the lining of the nose & sinus.
3.                  Avoid curd, banana, ice-cold drinks and fragment head baths. Mosquito repelling are the major culprits. If possible use mosquito nets.
4.                  Household remedies such as turmeric, garlic, ginger & black peppers are always helpful for both the prevention as well as cure of the disease.
5.                  For some people who have chronic sinusitis, exercise helps reduce congestion by increasing nasal discharge.
6.                  Steam can be very helpful in receiving congestion. You can use steam inhalation with or without astringent such as eucalyptus or menthol.
7.                  Saline rinse helps moister dry nasal membrane and makes the mucus better and easier to remove.


Ayurvedic Remedies:

1.                  Ayurvedic doctors generally recommend nasal drops such as Anu taila or Shadvindu taila to reduce congestion.
2.                  To reduce the inflammation, you may be advised to take medicines such as Khadiradi vati, Vyoshadi vati and Kanchanar Guggulu. These medicines will produce a soothing effect and reduce the inflammation.
3.                  Other symptoms such as headache, pain and nasal allergies are treated with appropriate medicines. Medicines such as Laxmivilas Ras, Chyawanprash, Abrahak Bhasma will build up the immunity if used for a long time.

4.                  Chitrak Haritaki available in Lehya form in the dose of 2 tsf with warm milk twice daily is also an effective remedy for sinusitis.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Ayurvedic Home remedies for Weight loss

Excess weight problem is mostly attributed to poor lifestyle choices, such as eating processed foods high in fat, oversized food portions, overeating, excessive drinking, lack of physical activity, lack of sleep, and other similar habits.

Genetic factors and hormonal problems also tend to increase the risk of developing obesity.
Stress is a major factor these days for disturbed metabolism and further gaining weight

Obesity is a great concern not merely because of the excess weight, but also because it makes you susceptible to a number of serious health problems such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and others.

It is important to adopt healthy lifestyle changes to combat this problem. In addition, you can use some easy and effective natural remedies and tips to help with your weight issues.

Maintaining weight these days is a big challenge. Due to a lot of busy schedules of individual health is not being considered important that leads to lots of diseases

Tips and Remedies for Weight Loss

1.     Practice good sleep patterns (going to bed early and getting up early in
the morning). Sleeping adequately is important.

2.     Eat at proper & fixed timings.

3.     Do not skip meals.

4.     Do not take cold water immediately after food. Instead take Luke
-warm water and sip it whole day.

5.     Practice Transcendental Meditation to make your physical and mental body calm. This will reduce Stress which is one of the greatest weight increasing factor these days.

6.     Don’t over eat. Leave one part of your stomach empty every
time you have your meal

7.     Finish your dinner by 7.30 p.m. or maximum by 8.00 p.m.

8.    Go for regular walks and practice Yoga Asanas.

9.     Avoid acidic & cold drinks

10.           Take Luke water with lemon juice, ginger and cinnamon powder

11.           
Take Triphala decoction twice a day.

12.           Avoid heavy dinner meals take one bowl of vegetable soup
along with one cup of steamed vegetables.

13.           Avoid foods containing excess sugar or salt or oily food.

14.           Taking around ten Curry leaves every morning is equally benefitting.

15.           Eating Finger millets (Atsi) helps in reducing weight.


16.           Take Green tea every day

17.           Take fresh amla juice along with aloe vera juice.

18.           Increase Oats, millets, barley instead of taking whole wheat.

19.           Take papaya every day

20.           Take buttermilk instead of curd before lunch.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

PANCHAKARMA IN MADHUMEHA (Diabetes)

Madhumeha is vataja type of prameha where ojas of shareera itself goes out through mutra.So shamana i.e. pacifying therapy is better.
If rogi is having good strength and the disease is also new then shodhana therapy could be considered.

KARSHYA MEHI:

Karshya mehi are underweight.They need to increase the body’s immunity and balance the harmones to prevent further damage to the body.So they need Santarpana and Brihmana therapy.Santarpana means replenishment of the body.Brihmana means increasing the bulk of the body.

They don’t need shodhana therapy.They require only shamana therapy.
Abhyanga with Ashwagandhabala laxadi taila or Ksheerabala taila is advisable.
Anuvasana basti and brihmana bastis are highly beneficial.

STHOULYA MEHI:

Sthoulya mehi are obese.They need apatarpana and samshodhana therapy.Apatarpana means to cause loss of weight by denourishment.This method works in people in whom madhumeha is caused due to additional weight.Samshodhana is cleansing of the body.So both Apatarpana and samshodhana is brought about by a specific treatment called Panchakarma therapy.

Panchakarma treatment can be advised according to the dosha and dushya involvement and specific treatments according to any complications.

1.Deepana and Pachana therapy.
2.Abhyantara Snehapana.
3.Abhyanga
4. Mridu Swedana (precautions explained below)
5. Vamana
6. Virechana
7. Basti
8. Nasya

NOTE:

Swedana is contraindicated in prameha.Swedana does utkleshana and vilayana of doshas which are deeply adhered to the dushyas.But in diseases like prameha, kushta, visarpa the doshas are already in utklishta avastha so they don’t need swedana.

Prameha is characterised by shithilata of dhatus due to involvement of too much vitiated kapha, meda and udaka.So if strong swedana is done it causes depletion of all dhatus making the patient weak.

But it becomes necessary to do the swedan as poorvakarma for shodhana therapy.In this case depending on the severity of ama, swedana could be done by giving nadi sweda or bathing with warm water , wipe and immediately covering the body with  thick blankets.

      Few other procedures can be done according to the necessity and for prevention.

1. Shirodhara: to combat stress, disturbed sleep, reduces hypertension.
2. Pizichili and Navarakizhi: rejuvenation helps in diabetic neuropathy by strengthening nerves and increase immunity.
3.Neem lepa and parisheka:Beneficial in underlying skin issues,itching in the body and prameha pidakas.
4. Udvartana in obese persons.
5. Netra tarpana and Aschyottana in diabetic retinopathy.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

AYURVEDA AND SKIN DISORDERS

A
ccording to Ayurveda skin has seven layers. Each layer supports the layers above it.When all the layers are healthy and balanced; skin is effective in performing all functions.These layers are located not only superficially but extending to the deeper levels of the body. A skin disease is always rooted deeply into the Dhatus.

Mere external applications do not reach the deeper layers of the skin. As a result the symptoms go away temporarily and the disease is not taken care permanently. But Ayurveda focuses on the root cause of the disease and treats it accordingly. The medication may take a few weeks to remove the symptoms but the diseases are treated at a permanent level.

Skin Diseases are prevalent in rainy season as this is the time of Pitta aggravation. All the heat which is accumulated in summer season gets aggravated in the rainy season. Skin Disease in general is called as Kusta in Ayurveda. Majority of the skin diseases are chronic in nature.

CAUSATIVE FACTORS OF SKIN DISEASES

·         Intake of incompatible foods
·         Intake of excess preservative and toxic foods
·         Intake of foods like excess amount of curds, salt, fish, sesame and jaggery
·         Excessive exercise immediately after food
·         Exposure to hot and cold climate alternatively or taking cold bath immediately after exposure to
hot weather
·         Improper administration of panchakarma treatments
·         Suppuration of natural urges especially vomiting
·         Hereditary factors
·         Unhygienic conditions
·         Stress

Maharishi Ayurveda is very effective in treating the root cause of the disease and fixes the problems effectively, quickly and permanently.
When Doshas are vitiated in large quantity the skin diseases are treated by giving panchakarma treatments. This involves purification by giving basti, vamana, virechana, raktamokshana and nasya.
When doshas are minimally imbalanced palliative treatments are given. This involves administration of some herbal preparations internally and externally, proper diet and routine.
MaharishiAyurveda is very effective in solutions for Eczema, Psoriasis, Urticaria, Acne, Rosacea, Herpes, Fungal Infection, Leucoderma etc.

       DIET, ROUTINE AND SOME REMEDIES FOR SKIN DISEASES

ü  Drink lots of water throughout the day to flush out impurities.

ü  Triphala is most often advised in Skin Diseases. It is a soft and mild herbal laxative to clear bowels and for detoxification of the intestines.Triphala decoction is also used to wash certain skin problems.

ü  Alovera Juice is used externally and internally. It reduces inflammation, detoxifies liver, heals burns, scars, stretch marks, wounds etc.

ü  Neem Leaves are widely used for the treatment of Skin Diseases both externally and internally. They are proven to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory actions.

ü  Abhyanga with particular oil according to the Dosha imbalance.

ü  Maharishi Ayurveda has a range of herbal soaps like Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Neem, Citronella, Rose and Sandalwood which are beneficial in Skin Disorders.

ü  Regular practice of TranscendentalMeditation, Yoga Asanas helps combat stress which is the most common causative factor.

ü  Use of light, dry and bitter food and drinks.


ü  Favour moong, wheat, barley, basmati rice, quinoa, turmeric, black pepper, garlic, honey, ghee, bitter gourd, pomegranate, almonds, walnuts etc.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Ayurveda and Women's Health

Woman's physiology is sensitive to the rhythms and cycles of nature. It becomes necessary for her to tune the body, according to the changes in nature. Maharishi Ayurveda is a complete
health care system especially for women as it is based on the natural law. woman should follow the principles of Ayurveda to prevent problems arising from the changes in hormones in her life. It suggests natural methods to treat her most common problems like menstrual disorders
vaginitis, cervicitis, leucorrhoea, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, PCOD, fibro adenoma of breast, menopausal syndrome etc...

Ayurveda gives the knowledge to take care of the woman from puberty to menopause. It has the best natural health supplements and methods to manage changes and disturbances in the body like premenstrual syndrome in menarche, morning sickness in pregnancy, baby blues after delivery, mood swings in menopause etc..

Ayurveda also suggests natural herbal formulas to take care of their skin and beauty.

Menstrual cycle:  The physiology undergoes lots of hormonal changes during her cycle.
Ayurveda has natural supplements to enrich the action of hormones. It is ideal to deal with all menstrual disorders without any side effects, especially like weight gain. Maharishi Ayurveda has RESTONE, an herbal preparation to manage all menstrual disorders. It regulates smooth and comfortable menstrual cycle, balances negative effects of hormonal fluctuation, and helps with cramps and premenstrual syndrome. It naturally elevates the energy level.




Pregnancy:  Woman is blessed with the divinity of maternity. It is a great responsibility to give birth to a healthy child who later develops satvic quality and gets strong mentally and physically.. 

Ayurveda has unique herbal preparations to take care of prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care.
Prenatal care involves certain guidelines for couples as a description of correct time and way of sexual intercourse and certain rasayanas for men and women to increase their reproductive capacity.

Antenatal care involves particular diet and regimen to follow during pregnancy and management of cravings and problems during pregnancy. Certain herbs are given for prevention of abortions and further to make the labor easy.

Postnatal care involves diet and regimen to ensure purity and quality of breast milk and bringing health and beauty of the mother.

Menopause: According to Ayurveda it is not a disease. Accumulation of ama or toxins prevents the body in adjusting to the hormonal changes. Easy transition is bought by cleansing the body by Panchakarma therapies or certain herbal preparations.
Management of hot flushes is best done by reducing beta and clearing the channels so that the heat is well regulated in the body.

Bone tissues are strengthened by flushing out toxins, enhancing metabolism and assimilating nutrients so that osteoporosis is avoided.

Ayurveda suggests rejuvenative therapy to slow down the ageing process.

Physical and emotional stress: Present day woman are more stressed than ever. Ladies prefer to work like men and become self reliant or contribute to families earning. There is a lot of misconception in regards nutrition in educating persons hence health status is going down.
Strong emotional stress is best managed by Ayurveda in a smooth manner. Practice of abstract Meditation movement,

Yoga and certain rasayana preparations are best in managing physical and emotional stress, which is the most common cause of many woman problems.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Leech Therapy for Acne

Since ancient times, leeches were used to treat many illness and disease through bloodletting. Sushruta included bloodletting procedure under fine bio-purification procedures stating that the removal of impure blood from the body treats the root cause of the sufferings.

Leech therapy is used for many diseases e.g. Arthritis, Varicose Veins, Deep Vein thrombosis, Ulcers, Abscess and various skin diseases including Acne.

In Ayurvedic texts Acne is mentioned as “Yuvan Pidika”. Ayurveda considers vata, pitta and kapha as three doshas which are building blocks of body constitution and it deals with the disease by applying various medical, surgical and par surgical methods of treatments to balance these three doshas.

The etiopathology of the disease yuvan pidika is considered to be due to vitiated blood (Rakta Dushti) along with kapha and vata. Vitiated kapha blocks the normal excretory function of skin and get the waste material stagnated inside, producing symptoms like itching, pustules and module formation. Vitiated Rakta that also get stagnated,and produce multiple eruptions, redness, raised local temperature, thick bloody discharge and abscess. To get rid of the problem, the pathophysiology of the disease should be break down and for this purpose the disease causing vitiated doshas should be either removal from the body or to be pacified with local or systemic medication.

Leech therapy is a well accepted treatment for vitiated Rakta dosha. As the circulating blood acts as a carrier of vitiated doshas,and  responsible for the disease producing pathology. The process of removing this stagnated blood i.e leech therapy will prove significant to treat the disease. Leech when applied at the site of the disease, removes the stasis of blood. It also improves the micro circulation to the tissues by removing stagnated blood. Leech therapy also improves capillary tissue perfusion and thus supplying proper oxygen and nourishment to the skin.


Hence, we conclude that leech therapy is the best alternative in treating acne, and even surpasses pharmacological treatments.

Monday, 31 August 2015

HEPATITIS CAUSE AND SYMPTOMS


The infection of bacteria or viruses in the Liver cell causing inflammation is called Hepatitis. 

HEPATITIS A is the bacterial infection of the Liver. It spreads primarily through fecal contamination of food and water. It is a Communicable disease which is transferred from one infected person another normal person by pathogens.



SYMPTOMS: 
(a) Loss of appetite
(b) Nausea on the sight of food and occasional vomiting
(c) Right hypochondria abdominal pain
(d) Pale yellowish discoloration of skin and eyes
(e) Fever

HEPATITIS B is the acute viral infection of the Liver. It is generally transmitted through blood contacts and body fluids contacts like transmissions of blood, by contaminated needles; sexual activities and from mother to new born babies. In some cases; in spite of having the disease; patients show no symptoms related to it; and are called as carriers of the HBV (Hepatitis B Virus).

SYMPTOMS :
(a) Severe loss of appetite
(b) Nausea and vomiting
(c) sever fever
(d) Dehydration of body and signs of anemia
(e) Abdominal pain
(f) Dark yellowish discoloration of skin


HEPATITIS C is the viral infection of HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). It Is the Chronic and long lasting and communicable disease. It spreads through blood contacts. This causes immunity deficiency in the body.

SYMPTOMS : – STAGE I
(a) The patient suffers from physical weakness for a long period of time
(b) Loss of appetite
(c) Anemia
(d) Flu like fever
(e) Allergic reactions in the form of allergic cold – asthma and urticaria
(f) Sudden feeling of shivering for a while
(g) Evening Weakness
(h) Severe loss of weight
(i) Joint Pains



Hepatitis is mentioned as ‘kamala’ in Ayurveda classics
Due to the aggravation of Pitta by excessive alcohol intake, too much heavy, oily, spicy food, etc. the liver can become diseased. When Pitta is out of balance and disease begins in the liver this can result in disease of the blood, muscle tissue, and billiary system. 
The manifestation of this disease will be Kaamala

The symptoms of "Kaamala include:
• Loss of appetite and taste
• Generalized weakness
• Yellowish discoloration of the eyes, nails, oral cavity, and urine
• Vague body pains
• Burning sensation
• Weakness in all sensory organs

Once hepatitis is advanced and the immune system is highly comprised emaciation will be present as well. Ayurveda teaches us that hepatitis involves all systems in the body including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and the gastrointestinal system as 
well as the skin.

Aacharya Charak describes two basic types of Kaamala (hepatitis or jaundice).

1. Shakhasrita is caused by the minimal aggravation of Pitta and Kapha, and is easily curable.

2. Kumbha Kaamala results from very high Pitta and is difficult to cure. It can become incurable if not attended to immediately.









 Symptoms of Hepatitis such as generalized edema (Shotha), excessive thirst (Atitrishna), bloody stools (Krishna Varna Mala Mutra), vomiting blood (Rakta Yukta Chardi), red eyes (Rakta Netra), dizziness (Bhrama), drowsiness (Tandra), total loss of appetite (Teevra Agni Mandya), and hepatic coma (Nashta Sanjna) indicate that the liver disease is at an incurable stage, and the patient is believed to be terminally ill.



According to Ayurveda, hepatic liver disease is caused by "Vimargagamana", which is abnormal flow of constituents in other Srotas resulting in abnormal accumulation of that constituent in the Srota in which it is abnormally flowing. Also, it causes its deficiency in its own Srotasa. In the case of Kaamala there is Vimargagamana of Raktamala Pitta into the Raktavaha Srota, which should be going to the Annavaha Srota and excreted trough the Purishavaha Srota.

                                                                          
                               Dr Rakhi Nagar
                               Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital