Friday, 20 March 2015

The Concept of Agni in Ayurveda - Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital



The concept of agni is unique to Ayurveda. Most simply put, Agni is a digestive fire or a transforming power to convert what isn't you i.e., food, drinks, sights, sounds, feelings and information into what is you - your body, emotions and intelligence.

It is the Agni that has the power to digest the food well; making all nutrients available to the tissues. It is the agni that powers the mind to be intelligently disciplined. It is Agni that cleans toxins and waste products from the system, keeping the digestive tract clean and the body fresh and glowing. Strong healing Agni is necessary to keep the body and mind balanced and to maintain good health.

Problems come to the surface when Agni is low or too high. Low Agni will be the cause of poor digestion of food that we eat. Very strong or high levels of Agni will literally burn the food up even before it can be assimilated and utilized. 
Low Agni is generally expressed as: Gas, Burps, Difficulty in waking up, Slow digestion (Heaviness after meals), Scanty or no Perspiration, Tired mind, Constipation, Dull complexion. Maharishi Ayurveda provides ayurvedic treatment for stomach disorders.

High levels of Agni are generally expressed as: Strong belching, Excessive talking, Rashes, Diarrhea, Burning sensation in the digestive tract, Hyper excitability, Excessive Anger.
 
Tips for improving Low Agni:
  • Consume light and easily digestible food in small quantities, like, Ayurvedic Khichdi, Moong Dal & fresh green vegetables.
  •  Take a pinch of finely chopped fresh ginger mixed with a little salt before meals (Especially recommended for Vata types)
  •    Take a pinch of trikatu powder with quarter teaspoon of honey before meals (Especially recommended for Kapha types)
  •  Sip warm water along with your meals.
  • Agni can be improved by fasting but this should be done under supervision of an experienced Ayurvedic physician only.
  •  Agni can also be improved with the help of some Ayurvedic medicines.
Tips for reducing and normalizing High Agni:
  • Avoid hot energy foods like chilies, coffee, eggs, alcohol etc.
  •  Eat in a settled and calm atmosphere with an attitude of gratitude for the food.
  •  Breakfast should not be skipped and it is better to take an early lunch.
  •  Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables should be taken. Coconut is a good option.
  •  Find ways to release your anger, frustrations and stress in constructive ways.
  •   Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation is very helpful.
  •  Sip Maharishi Ayurveda Pitta Tea after your meals to reduce excess agni.
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Ayurvedic Home Remedies - Cancer & Ayurveda - Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital


 
Ayurvedic Drug And Herbs Used According To Specific System Location Cancers:

          Brain Cancer -Shatavari (Aparagus), Yashtimadhu (licorice), Mandukaparni (Bacopa ) & Kastoori Bhairav Rasa, Brahmi Vati, Smritisagar Rasa etc.
          Oropharyngeal Cancers – Pathyadi kwath, Varunadi Kwath, Kaishor guggulu, Kasamarda (Cassia oxidentalis), Mahalaxmivilas Rasa etc. 
          Lung Cancers – Malla sindura, Samir pannaga Rasa, Somal Bhasma, Kantakari, Vyaghri, Vasasava, Kanakasava, Chitraka Haritakiavaleha, Bhallatakavaleha, Pippali (Piper longum), Hirak Rasayana etc.  
          Stomach Cancers: Shatavari (Asparagus resimosus), Amlaki (Philanthus amblica), Aloe Vera, Changeri Ghrita, Mahakalyanaka Ghritam, Bhomi Amalaki, (Philanthus nurare), Avipattikara Churnam, etc. 
          Intestinal Cancers: Shigru (Moringa olifera), Panchamrit parpti, Brihada Gangadhara Churnam, Kutaja Ghanavati, Kutaja avaleha, etc.  
          Female Genital Cancers: Ashoka (Saraka Ashoka), mukta panchamrita rasa, Fala Ghrita, Dhanvantara Tailam etc. 
          Male Genital Cancers: Shilajit, vanga Bhasma, Chandrodaya Rasa, chyawana prash, Triphala, Makardhvaja etc. 
          Liver Cancers; Bhumvamalaki, Bhallataka, Triphala, Guduchi, Arogyavardhini, Phalatrikadi Kwatha etc.
          Blood Cancers: Somala Bhasma, Ashvagandha, Samirpannaga rasa, Anantmula (Hermidesmus indicus)-Suvarna Vasant Malti Rasa etc.   
          Bone Cancers: Aabha Gugglu, Madhu Malini Vasant Rasa, Sariva etc.    
          Breast Cancers: Gojivha, Chinchabhallataka, Jivaniya gana etc.    
          Skin Cancers: Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Sameera Panaga Rasa, Kaishor Guggulu, Gandhak Rasayan etc.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Symptomatic Relief:

• All Gugglu preparations for pain relief, and tumor reducing.
• Chhardiripu Vati, Sutshekhar ras, Shatavari etc. for nausea and vomiting
• Gandhak Rasayan, Mahalaxmivilas Ras etc.for recurrent infections
• Bilva, Mayurpichha, Kutaja, Tankan, etc. for loose motions
• Shankhavati, aamapachana Vati, Shigru, Chitrakadi vati etc.for pain in the abdomen
• Katuki, Rohitaka, Shamaka yoga etc.for pain in pancreas and renal colic.
• Pathyadi Kwatha, Navajivana Rasa, Shirashooladi vajra rasa, etc.
• Phalatrikadi Kwatha, Katuki, Triphala, Beejapuraka, trikatu etc. in jaundice
• Praval panchamit, Vasa+Goat milk etc. in epistaxis and bleeding.
• Ashvagandha Tailam, Guggulu, Aabha+Madhumandura etc.in bone pain.

Asthma & Ayurveda - Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital



If vata predominantly associated with kapha, obstructs the channels of circulation and circulates all over the body then being itself obstructed in the circulatory course this aggravated vayu causes svasa (asthma)
According to Ayurveda five types of svasa are there - Maha Svasa, Urdhva Svasa, Chinna Svasa, Tamaka Svasa (Pratamaka and Santamaka) and Ksudra Svasa.

First three types of svasa are inherently incurable and patients suffering from these ailments succumb to death instantaneously.

Tamak Svasa – vayu moving in the reverse order pervades the channels, afflicts the neck & head and stimulates phlegm to cause rhinitis, produces wheezing sound, dyspnoea, starts coughing, feels restless until the phlegm does not come out, mouth becomes dry etc. It is of two types Pratamaka – Pittak gets aggravated resulting in fever & fainting. It gets aggravated in darkness & gets alleviated by cooling regi-mens.

Santamaka – If patient feels as if submerged in darkness this condition is called Santamaka.

Kshudra Svasa – Vayu mildly aggravated in the koshtha due to exertion or ununctu-ous regimens causes mild dyspnoea.

Etiological factors of Svasa:

           Exposure to dust, smoke & wind
           Residing in cold places and use of cold water (drinks) etc. Vitiation of Ama
           Dryness of body
           Intake of curd & unboiled milk.
           Intake of abhishyandi food, which causes obstruction to the channels of circulation.
           Intake of kapha aggravating ingredients. Use of naturally contradictory ingredients.

These signs & symptoms of svasa can be related to bronchial asthma, as it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by recurrent episodes of airway obstruction and wheezing.

Asthomap is one of the wonderful Ayurveda products of Maharishi Ayurveda for Asthma. Asthomap from Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital is priced at Rs 200/- for 100 tablets.