Wednesday, 19 June 2013




                                  Angina Pectoris

  1. Thoroughly mix 2 teaspoons almond oil with
    1 teaspoon rose oil. Rub gently on the chest,
    morning and evening.
  2. Boil 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
    in 1½ cups water. Strain and add 2 teaspoon
    honey. Take twice daily.



  1. Avoid drinking tea and coffee immediately after meals
    as the tannin present in these interferes in the absorption
    of iron from the food.
  2. Take freshly prepared apple juice an hour before meals
    or just before retiring for the night. For proper absorption
    of the juice, remember the stomach should be relatively
    empty when you have the juice and also do not take
    anything for about half an hour after the juice.
  3. Juice of beetroot taken 1-2 times daily is an excellent
    remedy for anaemia especially for children and teenagers.
    You may combine apple and beetroot for the juice.
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon amla juice with a ripe mashed banana
    and eat 2-3 times a day.
  5. Have a ripe banana with 1 tablespoon honey, 1-2 times
    a day.
  6. Soak 8-10 almonds (badam) and 1 teaspoon rice overnight.
    Remove outer skin of almonds and grind to a fine paste.
    Boil with 1½ cups of milk and a pinch of turmeric
    powder (haldi). Sweeten with sugar and drink for a fedays,
    once a day. Soak 10-12 currants (munakas) in water overnight.
    Remove seeds and eat them. Have for 2-4 weeks.
  7. Have spinach juice of 125 gm spinach everyday, for 2-3 weeks.
  8. Foods rich in iron are - honey, almonds, bananas, apricots
    (khurmani), raisins (kishmish), fenugreek (methi) leaves,
    fenugreek seeds (methi daana), lettuce or salad leaves,
    onion, spinach (paalak), grapes, tomatoes, carrots, gooseberry
    (amla), beetroots (chokunder), apples, pomegranate (anaar).
    Have plenty of them if you are anaemic.


                                              REMEDIES FOR ACIDITY

1. Take a tiny piece of jaggery (gur) every hour. Just
keep it in the mouth and slowly suck it till acidity subsides. 

2. Drink coconut water 3-4 times a day. Have a plateful of
watermelon (tarbooz) and/or cucumber (kheera) every hour.

3. Harad juice, 1-2 teaspoon daily after meals is very effective
in controlling acidity. The juice can be mixed with an equal
amount of amla juice for better results. To take out amla
juice , grate an amla and squeeze the pulp through a clean muslin
cloth to get juice.

4. Chewing a piece of harad is an age old remedy.


  1. Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water
    2-3 times a day. Do not use soap.
  2. Orange peel is very good in the treatment of acne.
    Grind the peel with some water to a paste and apply
    on affected parts. when oranges are not in season,
    you may use a powder of dried orange peels. For this,
    when oranges are in season, dry orange peels in shade.
    Powder finely in a grinder and sift it to make it a very fine
    powder. Store in an air tight bottle for future use.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 teaspoon finely ground
    cinnamon (dalchini) powder and apply on affected areas
    frequently. Sift the cinnamon (dalchini) powder to make
    it into a very fine powder.
  4. Crush a fegarlic (lasan) flakes and apply on the face, once
    or twice a day. Swallowing 1-2 flakes of ragarlic regularly
    helps further.
  5. Grind some neem leaves with water to a fine paste. Apply
    on infected area.
  6. Make a paste of ½ teaspoon each of sandalwood and turmeric
    (haldi) powder in a little water and apply.
  7. Grind some black cumin seeds (shah jeera) with a little
    vinegar (sirka) to a smooth paste. Apply on affected parts.
    cumin seeds

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Monsoon Season Is Good For Flushing Out Toxins

Ayurveda is a 'science of life', which has always laid more stress on preventive rather than curative treatment. 

The motto of Ayurveda is:

“Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam
Aturasya vikara prashamanam dha”

The meaning of the above shloka is to safeguard the health of a healthy individual and to cure the illness of an ailing person. For this purpose Ayurveda has prescribed a daily itinerary for all the individuals and some variation in the same depending up on the season. Since monsoon is fast approaching, it is apt to describe what are the dietary and lifestyle changes that person needs to make during this season in order to stay healthy. Charakacharya, the ancient seer and physician, compares our body to a vehicle, which requires routine cleaning and occasional servicing. The former is compared to dincharya or the daily routine that one needs to adopt and the latter comparesto the riutcharya or the seasonal variation that one needs to observe. In ayurvedic literature the year is divided into six ritus (seasons) – grishma (summer), varsha (monsoon), sharad (autumn), hemant (winter), shishir (late winter), vasant (spring)
Unlike the western countries, monsoon season is well demarcated in the tropical countries. Some scholars also regarded ‘pravrut’ as a season, which falls between summer and monsoon. However, these scholars have not recognized ‘shishir’ as a season keeping the number of seasons constant. The text do not only describe the changes one has to make it diet and lifestyle but is also describe the changes in nature and atmosphere one may notice at the onset of every season. Acharya vagbhat states that during monsoon the western winds flow over the land. The sky is covered by garyish blue clouds, which make it appear dull and gloomy. Rivers are overflowing and fields are lush green. There are thunders and lightening and land remains wet for a long time. From time to time one experiences showers.
During this period the water is slightly acidic in nature and tends to increase the pitta dosha. Due to the dryness of the preceding summer season the vata dosha accumulates in the body of those individuals who do not follow the summer regimen described in Ayurveda. However, since the vata has the characteristic of being cool and summer being a hot season the symptoms of accumulated vata do not surface in an individual. But with onset of monsoon the temperature drops and various symptoms of elevated vata might be seen in affected individuals.

Cleansing regimens: To combat any health hazards from elevated vata and pitta dosha one might resort to cleansing procedures like basti (medicated enemas) and virechan (purgation). Once the body is cleansed it is then important to keep it healthy through proper diet and lifestyle.

Diet during monsoon: It is important to bear in mind that the water available in the reservoirs during monsoon is comparatively heavy to digest and also the metabolism is sluggish during this period. An individual is likely to experience loss of appetite, cough and cold, aches and pains in different parts of the body, etc. To avoid this one needs to make following changes in their diet:

  • Keep your diet as light and fresh as possible. Always have the meal when it is warm. Do not reheat the food or eat stale food
  • Include cow’s ghee, lean meat, lentils, green gram, rice and wheat in daily diet.
  • Always consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal.
  • Water should be boiled and filtered before consuming. Other electronic purification methods may also be used to purify water. Drink at least one glass of water with honey daily. However, avoid drinking excess of fluids at this further slows down the metabolism.
  • Onion, lean meat and vegetables may also be used in soups.
  • Avoid leafy vegetables during monsoon.
  • Those individual who are not accustomed taking liquor may take drakshasava. It is a kind of wine made from grapes by adding various herbs, jaggery, etc. It acts as a good appetizer.
  • Maintain a balanced diet comprising of foodstuffs of the six tastes but increase the intake of sweet, sour and salty food in the first half of the season and bitter, astringent and pungent food during the later half of the monsoon season.
  • Avoid curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest. One may have buttermilk instead of curds.

Lifestyle changes: Healthy diet is very important but may not provide desired benefits unless supported by a healthy lifestyle. The important changes that one may need to make in one’s lifestyle are:
  • Go for an oil massage regularly and have warm water bath daily. Oil massage is good for health during all the seasons for most of the individuals including women, children and aged people. Only persons unfit for an oil massage are the ones who may be suffering from acute illness like fever, dairrhoea, or any other infection
  • Avoid sleeping during day. Again this rule is applicable to most of the individuals for all season except summer. Especially during monsoon sleeping during the day hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism
  • Avoid swimming in natural water bodies like the lake, rivers, or ponds as these may be infested by snake, scorpions or other reptiles
  • Keep sexual activity and exercise to minimum or avoid it altogether.
  • Avoid moving out in afternoon sun.
  • Avoid getting wet in the rains
  • If you happen to get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible to avoid getting infections as immunity is low during this season. Also due to continuous dampness one is more susceptible to fungal infections.
  • Seasonal outbreaks of diseases caused by mosquitoes are common during this period. Maximum cases of malaria, filarial and dengue are reported just during or immediately after monsoon. So keep the surroundings clean and hygienic. Avoid stagnation of water as stagnant water is breeding ground for mosquitoes. Considering the day and age one may also use pesticides to disinfect the water.

Bhavaprakash states that consuming ‘haritaki (terminalia chebula) in every season is beneficial to health. ‘ haritaki’ may be consumed with following accompaniments during the following seasons:
  • Grishma (summer): consume with jaggery
  • Varsha (monsoon): consume with rock salt
  • Sharad (autumn): consume with sugar
  • Hemant (winter): consume with dry ginger
  • Shishir (later winter): consume with ‘pippali or long pepper
  • Vasant (spring): consume with honey
Consuming haritaki thus, helps increase the quality and quantity of life
Ayurvedic masters also state that when seasons are changing and an individual changes his/her lifestyle and diet to suit that particular season, the change must be gradual over a period of 15 days. Slowly try to give up the initial lifestyle and adopt new one. It the changes are brought about drastically the body may not be able to cope with them and this could lead to problems

Friday, 7 June 2013

Abhyanga Benifits

Benefits of Abhyanga (applying oil to the body)

Benefits of applying oil to the body (Abhyanga):
  • Produces softness, strength and color to the body
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Bestows good vision
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Benefits sleep patterns
  • Benefits skin
  • Strengthens the body’s tolerance
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body, including circulation
  • Pacifies Vata and Pitta and Harmonizes Pitta
Benefits of applying oil to the scalp (Murdha taila):
  • Makes hair grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
  • Soothes and invigorates the sense organs
  • Removes facial wrinkles
Benefits of applying oil to the ears (Karna purna):
  • Benefits disorders in the ear which are due to increased Vata
  • Benefits stiff neck
  • Benefits stiffness in the jaw
Benefits of applying oil to the feet (Padaghata):
  • Coarseness, stiffness, roughness, fatigue and numbness of the feet are alleviated
  • Strength and firmness of the feet is attained
  • Vision is enhanced
  • Vata is pacified
  • Sciatica is benefited
  • Local veins and ligaments are benefited.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Ama - Toxin Buildup In Body

 Ama Symptoms

1. You wake up tired even after a good nights sleep.
2. You feel lethargic
3. Your tongue is coated especially upon awaking in the morning
4. You don't feel real hunger even when you haven't eaten for hours
5. You have generalized aches and pains. They often are noticed the day after eating certain heavy foods, like meat, cheeses, desserts and fried foods
6. You lack mental clarity and energy
7. You have a sense of heaviness in the abdomen, legs or body as a whole
8. You feel weary and unenthusiastic
9. You experience frequent indigestion like gas bloating and or heartburn
10. You feel blocked anywhere in the body, including constipation, sinus congestion and difficulty breathing.

 Ama  Free Symptoms

1. You feel fresh, rested and even blissful upon awakening in the morning
2. Your skin has a healthy glow
3. Your tongue is pink and clear
4. Your body feels light, regardless of your weight
5. Aches and pains are disappearing
6. You do not feel bloated or heavy in the abdomen
7. You feel energetic during the day
8. You feel enthusiastic
9. Your mind is clear