Ayurvedic Treatment for Migraine

Migraine is a very common form of headache, seen in nearly 15 % of the population. A migraine is a severe, painful headache is a complex condition accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days. The treatments for migraine varied from person to person. Some of the major factors that led to migraine are stress, lack of food, alcohol, hormonal changes in women, lack of sleep and the environment. Ayurvedic treatment for migraine comprises of Nasya, Basti, Shirobasti, Dahan, Shaman, Thalam Thalapothichil treatment.

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Ayurveda – India’s Contribution to Mankind

Ayurveda proclaim to mankind to live in perfect harmony with nature and is no doubt a contribution to mankind by our ancient sages for good health care, longevity and well being. The word was coined out of two words ayur (life) and veda (science) and thus it means “the science of life”. Ancient books called Charaka Samhitha and Susruta Samhitha written almost 2000 years ago are considered to be the main text on ayurvedic medicine and treatment. The evolution of ayurveda was parallel to the growth of Indian civilization and some practices were passed through generations by word of mouth and relying on pure memory. Some families had a unique treatment method that is passed to next generation and no one else.

It is based on the principle that a person’s health is based on the balance of Tridosha’s called – Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. An imbalance in this constitution due to unhealthy lifestyle, diet, or too much mental or physical strain, spurs diseases. This system uses medicines, powder, medicated oil which is made from natural herbs and process is based on ancient scriptures. There are no side-effects and body responds quickly to the treatment. The treatment can be classified into four – shodan, or cleansing; shaman or palliation; rasayana, or rejuvenation; and satvajaya, or mental hygiene. It also includes yoga, ayurvedic-oil-massage, panchakarma and meditation which relaxes and calms the nerves and the whole body and also detoxifies and relaxes your mind out of tension and daily stress.

Ayurveda is widely accepted all over the world and as an industry it has tremendous potential and people are relying on it as a safer option to cure disease and body ailments.

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Safer Cold Remedies that can be made at home

Some Tips to keep Cold at bay during this Winter Season which is in full swing now. Winter is the season in which we are susceptible to cold, coughs and sore throats. With the dip in temperature, the immunity of the body lowers and these ailments accompany it.

Most of us prefer to avoid doctors and their antibiotics for slight symptoms like this. In that case these home remedies would be much useful. If such symptoms persist please make sure you visit a doctor and get treatment.

Hot Shower acts well: It is good to take a hot water shower during winter season. Hot Water Shower can soothe and relax the body. Moreover, it can relieve chest congestion and clear the breathing passage. You will also feel warm and get a good sleep after the bath.

Relish on Hot Soups: Drinking lot of hot soups will give you lot of energy and strength. There is nothing better then hot soups to pamper your body and prepare it for the onslaught of attacks. Hot Soups clears the air passage and is good for sore throat. Soups can be chicken as well as vegetable, but in total it soothes the body and gives a warm feeling and makes you sweat and flush toxins out.

Intake of Honey: If you are having cough, consuming a spoonful of honey is a natural way to get rid of it.

Salt Water Gargle: Taking a gargle in the morning and before going to bed will protect you from sore throat during winter time. To prepare this, take warm water, mix a teaspoon full of salt in it and gargle. If you have sore throats gargle at least four times a day.

Take Steam Vapors: Inhaling of steam cures you from headache, sore throat, nasal block, coughs and congestion of chest. The rush of steam through you nasal will clear it of mucus. If you can add some eucalyptus oil or lemon grass oil it will be more powerful.

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Dinacharya – Daily Routine according to Ayurveda

According to Ayurvedic lifestyle there should be discipline and awareness which should be slowly integrated into the daily life. Here are some of the Dinacharya practices that should be included in life.

The first thing in the morning is to discharge waste elements from the body. This process helps to revitalize the body as well as the system and prepares the body to receive more nutrients. There should be minimum one bowel movement in a day. Otherwise these toxins will be absorbed back to the body and would result in diseases. In order to have a correct bowel movement you need to eat enough fiber-rich food and good quality oils like flax, sesame and olive oil should be used. Take care not to reuse oil; it will definitely spoil your health. Avoid excessive amount of raw foods and chilled drinks. Traditional herbal compounds are available that gently cleanse the colon and thereby help to maintain and restore the colon. Don’t use abusive laxatives even if it is herbal one. It can result in weakening of colon and create dependency.

The next healthy early morning practice should be to brush you teeth and scrape the tongue. Coating found on the tongue show that there are toxins (ama) evolved out of   improperly digested food in the GI tract. So it is essential to scrape out these toxins out of tongue before brushing.

Taking a bath in the early morning is very important. According to yoga, bathing means the purification of souls. In ayurveda, bath means, cleaning the sweat residue from the pores of the skin, leaving a healthy glow to it. As cleaning agent you can use gentle herbal soaps or herbal powder. In addition you can add more luster to your skin by rubbing the body with oil (abhyanga) and taking bath after that. Different oils should be used for different constitutions – Vata constituent should use sesame oil, pita constituent should use coconut oil and kapha constituent should use corn oil.

The role of meditation is equally important in ayurveda. The perfect time for this is to wake with the sun or before sunrise and do meditation. This time is called Brahma Muhurta and it is considered to be the favorable atmosphere because the earth and all its residents will be in slumber. If you can’t do in the early morning, it good to do it at other suitable time as it will rejuvenate the entire nervous and calm the body which is vital for health.

Practicing yoga or doing exercises are important steps for maintaining health. The exercises you choose should match your body constitution. So consult an ayurvedic physician to choose the right kind of exercise for you. Walking is an excellent exercise for all type of body constitutions.

Over all these, prime importance should be given in developing compassionate, friendly, loving and clear relationship with all the people around you, is important for a healthy life style. Suppressed emotions and unresolved problems would spoil the body by producing bad toxins. To attain this state of mind meditation and yoga would help a lot.

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Ancient medicine in India

Ayurveda is an ancient medicine in India. The word ayurveda derived from ‘ayur’ and ‘veda’. ‘Ayur’ means life,’veda’ means science.  Ayurveda deals with both physical as well as spiritual health. In Ayurveda, structure of every human body consists of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. According to ayurveda, all diseases and health problems are the result of imbalance in the body. The main aim of ayurveda is to restore this balance. Nowadays lots of Ayurvedic Treatments are available to restore the balance of human body. Ayurvedic medicine does not cause any side effects. Ayurveda recommends diet, yoga, herbal therapies, exercise etc.  To restore as well as maintain balance in the body and mind.

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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

According to rough estimates, it is believed that 600 million people worldwide are suffering from High Blood Pressure or hypertension. In recent times researchers have come out with a new definition for risk levels. They have identified pre-hypertension which is a borderline pressure range which is an omen to the impending trouble in the future. In the coming years maybe we will witness 90 % of the population developing Blood Pressure Problems and in that half of the population dying out of heart attack or a stroke.

Why is this creating danger even after so much of articles and write-ups on the subject and on how to live a healthy life? The answer is that we ignore these facts and continue to live a life which is pleasing to our taste and desires. They continue to indulge in all bad factors like smoking, drinking and high fat diet and snacks.

High Blood Pressure does not differentiate sexes. Both the sexes are vulnerable to it. But Men are likely to get it before the age of 55. Women seem to be aware of the disease and take extra caution in order to ward it off, but they are still vulnerable to it.

As you age the risk of getting a high blood pressure increases. It is not unusual for age groups between 50 and 65 to have hypertension. When changes occur in your body, it affects the blood vessels, heart and hormones. Adding of these factors to risk factors increases the chances of hypertension.

Another possibility is that which arises out of Family History. Among people who are having family history of heart disease or high blood pressure there is a 60 % risk of developing Hypertension. It does not mean that you are prone to heart diseases but only states chances. In this type of cases it is good to take preventive measures to keep your vulnerability at low ebb.

Hypertension in Ayurveda

Ayurveda says that hypertension is the work of all doshas, the heart and blood vessels. The main symptom seen is of vata dosha mainly that of ‘Vyana Vayu’. The treatment is to correct the balance of vata dosha. People with Pita and Vata imbalance are more prone to hypertension. Suppressed anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and fear leads to malfunctioning of the endocrine system. This leads to hypertension and the treatment includes bringing this imbalance to normal state. The treatment consist of nutrition, exercises, breathing exercises (Pranayama), yoga, meditation, behavioral modification along with various herbs and minerals are prescribed.

Diet in Ayurveda for Hypertension

  • Curb meat, eggs and salt from your diet.
  • Bring down protein intake
  • Stick to Vegetarian Diet
  • Minimize Sodium Intake
  • Avoid Cigarette smoking. It increases the resting heart rate and increases the release of the adrenaline.
  • Your diet should include vegetables, garlic, lemon and parsley
  • Rich in Fruits, Indian Gooseberry, Grape fruit and watermelon
  • It should include Diary Products, milk, cottage cheese, clarified butter.

The prescribed diet should be kept along with weight control will help a lot in keeping blood pressure at bay.

Exercising regularly will benefit a lot in lowering blood pressure. It improves the body, reduces excess fat, and brings lightness of the body.

Relaxation and steps taken to remove stress will act positively in bringing down hypertension.

Develop love and affection in your behavior. It will reduce hypertension significantly.

Always speak Truth. It is highly beneficial in bringing down hypertension. When you lie, you require a lot of mental exercise and you strain your mind and thereby elevating hypertension.

When you speak angrily and when you are annoyed, the pressure increases. Severe anger raises blood pressure and may lead to coronary –heart –diseases.

An excellent medicine for blood pressure is laughter. It is a good relaxation therapy and helps to overcome stress. Laughter dwindle adrenaline and cortisol production.

Yoga and Breath Therapy is highly recommended in ayurveda to reduce hypertension.

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Looking For Weight Loss

Living healthy is important in the life of human beings, this is because you will be able to carry out your daily activities and at the same time monitor the upbringing of you loved ones especially children.

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Diabetics & Simple Steps to tackle it

Diabetic numbers are sky rocketing all around the globe. The embrace of fast-food and packet foods as well as refined food in our daily life are some of the reasons, but also not the only reason for this menace that slowly takes a toll of our health and thereby destroying vital organs. Lack of exercise, excessive intake of sweets and other starch rich foods are also other main reasons. At this instance, it is worth mentioning what Gandhiji preached: he said people should go back to nature through their diet, eat whole grains, unrefined foods and natural foods prepared organically.

Some important steps should be taken in your daily diet, which is the explained below in detail.

1) Avoid Refined Food from your Diet

When emphasis is given on avoiding refined food it means mostly of curbing white flour and white sugar from the food and also other such food which is excessively refined or processed depriving of its natural fibers. Use organic raw jaggery, instead of the refined sugar which is made out by adding chemicals; jaggery is good for health because it contains traces of minerals and nutrients which are essential for the body.

2) Ayurveda Emphasis on curtailing the take of Tomato and Potato

According to ayurveda and naturopathy, these vegetables are part of the family of vegetables called nightshades. This category of vegetables in long term use would not be good for immunity or good health. You can replace tomatoes with kokum, sweet lime or tamarind (in small qualities). And for potatoes you can replace them with yams and sweet potatoes.

3) Go for Leafy Bitter Green Vegetables

Add leafy vegetables to you daily menu, it helps a lot in controlling diabetics. In Indian menu you will find a lot of leafy additions, like neem chutney, which helps in purifying the blood as well as helps in digestion.

4) Use Raw Oils instead of ultra-refined ones

It is good to use cold pressed and unrefined oils like in the earlier times. Use oils like mustard oils and sesame oils in raw state, which has immense health benefits. In Europe it is common to use pressed olive oils and indeed doing good for the health of those who stick to it. According to ayurveda, ghee obtained from cow’s milk is king of all oils. If pure ghee is available then it is the best option available as it is a solution for good health and helps in developing intelligence and memory.

5) Relish on Sweets but it is better if it is natural

India has a rich tradition of sweets and there innumerable sweets of various types available in the market. During the ancient time even sweets were medicinal and natural and said to have medicinal properties because it contained raw sugar, grains, milk, spices and other medicinal ingredients. Today the scenario is different because the use of artificial ingredients and white sugar which is turning to be a slow poison. Try to enjoy sweets that are made of natural ingredients like jaggery, dry fruits (dates or figs) and whole grains to save you health.

6) Use Organic Brown Rice

In olden days it was brown rice that was used; the present younger generation even doesn’t know what brown rice is and they tend to think that the white fluffy things that get in the market are the real rice. Ayurveda promotes and underlines the use of unrefined brown rice with the husk as we did in the olden times. Having this cooked rice is satisfying for the mind as well as body due to its nutritional values. It has so much healing and goodness in its husky state.

7) Use Herbal Tea

The habit of having sweetened tea is common and is a worldwide phenomenon. Studies point it as one of the root causes of diabetics. Moreover, fermented tea dust/ black are slightly toxic and it is good to avoid its use. The remedy for this habit is to sticking to the use of herbal tea and green tea which is good for health and boosts your immunity power. Try to use jaggery instead of white sugar and to make herbal tea you can add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper to green tea.

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Indian Head Massage and Shirodhara – Bob Harvey

I came here with an air ticket that gave me 2 months in India, but with accommodation and a programme booked for just the first 3 weeks. My original plan was to do a 3-week detox programme and then go to an ashram, before heading off, maybe to another part of India. The nearby Kurisumala ashram looked ideal and unusual in that it is an ashram that is part of a Benedictine / Cistercian monastery with a fascinating history all described on a very interesting website. Alas, no sooner had I started to get excited than they advised me that they had no space for additional residents over Easter, so I had to rework my plans.

I will now complete my first 3-week package at Mattindia on Thursday, and then on Friday I shall hop on a bus and head for the hills and the tea plantations around Munnar.After 4 nights I’ll bus down to Kollam and then take the ferry on the backwaters to Alleppey. Another short stay there, then I take another ferry to Kottayam before finding a bus that will get me back to Mattindia. Since the past 3 weeks have shown such dramatic results, I have decided that once I return here, I shall take another 3-week package of Ayurvedic treatment to build on my initial progress, before flying home in mid-May.

Read more from Bob Harvey’s Travel Blog :

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Natural Therapies Can Restore Scalp Hair

Hair loss is the most common problem most of them experiences in their life. Excessive hair loss is a severe challenge to personality and it count a lot to do with the financial status and social success, it is important for every one to have a nice look and feel.

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