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Allergy - Top Ayurvedic Ways To Treat The Types Of It!

Dr. Harshita Sethi 92% (215 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Allergy - Top Ayurvedic Ways To Treat The Types Of It!

Allergy is characterised by a hypersensitive immune system giving rise to various physical problems like asthma, respiratory problems, skin rashes, etc. The best way to prevent allergies is to stay away from allergens, be it specific food, dust, pollen, or something else.

However, it is not always possible to stay away from allergens. This calls for an allergy cure. There are medicines that help bring down the severity of symptoms. One can also get allergy shots to stay away from allergies. However, Ayurveda in combination with modern medicinal treatment can be a very good option for preventing allergy and also treating symptoms.

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergy:

The Ayurvedic perspective of allergy entails low immunity and presence of toxins in the body. This calls for enhancing immunity, removing toxins, and also improving the digestive system to prevent and treat allergies. Improving the digestive system and removing toxins too work to fortify the immune system.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergy:

Ayurvedic treatment for allergy revolves around deciding the type of allergy and remedies associated with it. According to Ayurveda, the imbalance of three biological factors, namely: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, is responsible for any disease including allergy. Various allergens precipitate this imbalance. This is why allergies can be divided into various types, namely Vata type allergy, Kapha type allergy, and Pitta type allergy. Panchkarma is effective in cleansing the body and other Ayurvedic therapies like Udvartana and Abhyangam are also done to detoxify the body.

The Vata Type Allergy:

Vata type allergy is caused by dryness. Symptoms like insomnia, dry cough, anxiety, etc., are associated with this type of allergy. Symptoms can get worse in a windy or dry environment.

Treatment of Vata Type Allergy:

For relief the patient needs to drink 4-5 cups of tea mixed with ginger root extract every day. Inhaling the sesame oil thrice or four times during the day can also help.

Kapha Type Allergy:

Kapha type allergies owe their origin to humid conditions. The symptoms usually worsen during the spring and in warm weather. The patient may have clear or cloudy mucus and problems with digestion.

Treatment of Kapha Type Allergy:

Half a teaspoon of liquorice mixed in a glass of lukewarm water after a meal can bring down symptoms. One can also take half a teaspoon of Sitopaladi with honey three times a day to soothe the symptoms. A liquefied diet of vegetables and fruits can also be helpful in fighting the symptoms.

Pitta Type Allergy:

These types of allergies can precipitate a feeling of burning in eyes, loose stools, skin rashes, etc. The conditions may worsen in the summer.

Treatment of Pitta Type Allergy:

Inhaling coconut oil twice or thrice a day can offer relief. Neem leaf extract made into tea may also help in fighting the symptoms. Half a teaspoon turmeric powder mixed in a cup of warm milk can alleviate such allergy symptoms to a large extent.

Conclusion:

Ayurveda can help alleviate various allergy symptoms. Various herbs such as licorice, aloe vera, Cayenne, milk thistle, olive oil, rosemary, turmeric, garlic, butterbur, etc. have excellent potential in healing various allergic symptoms. Ayurvedic medicines also available contain these herbs and help cut allergies. However, it is always a great idea to consult an ayurvedic practitioner before purchasing or going for these herbal medicines.

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Arthritis - Why Is Ayurveda The Best Mode Of Treatment?

Dr. Arun Singh 92% (307 ratings)
BAMS, MD - General Surgery, Phd in Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Varanasi
Arthritis - Why Is Ayurveda The Best Mode Of Treatment?

If you are looking for Ayurvedic remedies for arthritis, you should opt for Ayurvedic treatment. Arthritis is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disease causing damage to your joints and connective tissues. The knee gets commonly affected. There are three primary types of arthritis, which occur in your knees. Ayurveda is ideal for arthritis treatment, and there are several Ayurvedic remedies that you can opt for .

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swellingpain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

How does ayurveda approach arthritis?

Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis is based on the understanding of the various doshas or humors of the body. According to Ayurveda, there are four main humors in the body and it is these that govern our health, wellness and our proneness to disease. Arthritis, as per Ayurveda, is a condition caused due to the aggravation of vatadosha (air). The body produces ama a toxin that is released as a by product of improper digestion. When ama is produced, it circulates in the body and gets deposited at sites that have already weakened. So when the vata is already stirring up, ama finds the perfect place to build up. That is why you experience arthritis in fingers or knees. For most people, arthritis in the knee is more painful than in the fingers because knees are load bearing joints. If you have arthritis in your knees, you will have trouble moving and the range of motion in your joints will be severely restricted. You may have to depend on people or walking aids to make even the smallest of movements.

Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis aims at balancing and stabilising the Vata component of your body. This is done by strengthening your alimentary canal and metabolic pathway. This makes sure that your circulatory channels do not get blocked by impurities, and are functioning properly. You need to drink a lot of water in order to detoxify your body. There are several Ayurvedic home remedies for arthritis treatment as well, which help in improving your motion range.

Treatment tips:

  1. You should start your day with a big glass of lukewarm water every day with Home Remedy ie. 100gm fried Methi (fenugreek) + 100gm Haldi + 10gm Piparamul Make it mixer. Take 1 Teaspoon every day morning & Evening

  2. You should opt for fenugreek which is an ideal natural inhibitor of aama and corrects your Vata dosha. This natural arthritis remedy can be taken in various ways. You can take these seeds in your food. You can also grind them, mix mustard oil to it, and apply the mixture to your joints. This provides warmth and relief to your joints.

  3. You can opt for an Ayurvedic hot oil massage of your joints. This is effective, especially during the winter. You can use ITIS OIL + castor oil + sesame seedoil for massaging your arthritis affected joints. Do not apply pressure while massaging your joints as applying pressure goes against the principles of Ayurveda.

  4. It is recommended for you to meditate regularly for relieving stress and coping with anxiety. These factors are responsible for the development of ama in your body. Regular meditation makes your body relaxed and calm. You should practice yoga as it involves several breathing exercises which help in initiating you into meditation. Having effective control over your breath, your meditation will be more effective.

  5. Take one teaspoon castor oil with one cup warm water once in a week.

  6. It is important for you to sleep early and wake up early. The disruption of your sleep cycle causes aggravation of all your doshas and causes stress and fear. A healthy sleep cycle helps you in keeping away from obesity. This improves the health of your load bearing joints, as the chances of them getting extra load because of obesity are prevented.If you are looking for Ayurvedic remedies for arthritis, it is important for you to consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner. He will be able to prescribe you Ayurvedic remedies which suit your symptoms and stage of arthritis.

  7. You start Unique Ayurvedic Panchkarma Treatment like abhyangam, Swedanam, Podikizi, and janu Basti along with basti treatment.

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Abhyangam: An Ayurvedic Massage

Dr. G S Lavekar 92% (9457 ratings)
Ph.D - Ayurveda, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Abhyangam: An Ayurvedic Massage

Abhyangam is a popular body massage in Ayurveda. The word abhyanga itself means to massage.

In Ayurveda, the Abhyangam massage has become popular because of its effective way of conditioning the body. Abhyangam can be used therapeutically.

Abhyangam can increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies, which provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. This helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity towards environmental changes. In this way Abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver and a rejuvenator, increasing self-confidence and will power.
 

In Ayurveda the Abhyangam massage is described as:

1. Jarahar (anti aging) - If done daily to the spine, feet and head with sesame oil, coconut oil, mustard oil or almond oil massage increases virility, vitality and semen. Massage is one practice, which provides energy, vitality, and nourishment to all body surface, which prevents wrinkles, dry patchy skin and old age approaches late, one remains young and energetic for longer duration. In this way, massage is anti aging.

2. Shram Har (fatigue reliever) - Fatigue is actually caused by physical and mental strain. It affects the muscles and causes tensions. Rubbing, patting and squeezing muscles gently removes fatigue by increasing circulation and cleansing accumulated toxic material. .

3. Vata Har (pacifies the Vata) - Regular Abhyangam massage with Mahanarayana oil or oils prepared by burning garlic in heated oil, or adding fenugreek seeds to boiling oil, mint oil and wintergreen oil all help in pacifying Vata.

4. Drishti Prasad Kar (Improve sight) - Daily practice of abhyangam massage can improve sight and reduces the risk of blindness. Those, who have weak sight or who suffers from diseases of the eyes should massage the feet, especially under the big toe and sole.

5. Pushti Kar (make one strong) - By increasing the circulation of vital life fluids, and because of rubbing, pressing and kneading massage makes the body strong, increases stamina, vitality and virility.

6. Ayu Kar (provides longevity) - By creating an electrochemical balance, massage helps in achieving longevity.

7. Swapna Kar (induces sleep) - Massage relaxes the body and removes tensions. Those suffering from sleeplessness, insomnia or those who are unable to enjoy sound sleep should massage the body (especially the head and feet) before sleeping.

8. Twak Dridh Kar (strengthens the skin) - People who live in cold climates get dry skin by constantly facing the chilled air, which creates dryness. Massage with oil remove dryness, also makes the skin smooth, shiny and regular rubbing makes it strong.

9. Klesh Sahatwa (provides resistance against disease and disharmony) - Massage strengthens the body tissues feeling pleasant and cheerful. This saves one from sorrows, agonies and anxieties.

10. Abhighat Sahatwa (resistance to injuries & power to recover quickly) - Those who massage the body regularly recover from physical injury more quickly than other person who do not massage. Those who massage regularly experience the healing process from within immediately and they experience comparatively less pain and fewer problems.

11. Kapha Vata Nirodhak – Prevent dryness and clogging of skin pores caused by secretions and action of Vata and Kapha.

12. Mrija Varna Bala Prad - It maintains body strength, skin health and also improves the color complexion and texture of the skin.

Thus in Ayurveda, Abhyangam massage is highly praised and much emphasis is placed on the uses of different oils according to body type and season.

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Neurological Disorder - How Panchkarma Therapies Can Help?

Dr. Sanjay Arora 88% (223 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurvedic Doctor, Karnal
Neurological Disorder - How Panchkarma Therapies Can Help?

Neurological disorders may creep in due to many reasons. It may be due to degenerative diseases, accidents, other health conditions, birth defects or genetics. The most common form of disorder occurs due to non-functional brain cells in some parts, and loss of myelin sheath in neurons, which protects the nerve signals in their complete transfer from origin to destination. These losses are irreparable, but further degeneration can be avoided with Ayurveda. Panchakarma, the branch of Ayurveda, which deals with detoxification of the body and mind, specially helps. Over a period of time, it can bring back the lost sensation in nerves. Yoga, pranayama and Ayurvedic treatments lead to recovery and relief to a huge extent.

Important facts about Panchakarma
There are 3 important steps in Panchakarma, which are followed one after another to get the result. The main objective of Panchakarma is to detoxify the body. Virechanam, vamanam, sneha vasti, nasyam and kashaya vasti are the 5 folds in Panchakarma.

  • Poorvakarma or preparing the body, followed by Abhyangam or massage, followed by Elakizhi or herbal paste massage, and finally podikizhi, or steam bathing makes the body ready for receiving further treatments.
  • Njavara Kizhi is the special treatment done in Panchakarma where the body is given a rice bolus massage to improve the joint and neuro functions.

What is Njavara Kizhi?
Njavara is a variety of rice, which is specially used for Ayurvedic treatment and massages. In this treatment the rice is made into a pudding by boiling it with milk. This pudding is then made into boluses. The boluses are filled in muslin cloth, and then using these muslin bolus dabs, the whole body of the patient is massaged. This full-body massage has excellent effects on neurological and joint functions. The deep tissues within the body are rejuvenated. The treatment is carried on for 45 minutes to 60 minutes by therapists or experts. Another form of the treatment requires the rice to be made into a paste, and then the paste is applied all over the body. But this is more preferred for beautification.

Other effective therapies
Siro Vasti, Kati Vasti, Ela Kizhi and Nasyam are all different forms of Panchakarma treatment, which detoxify the body and mind and rejuvenate the body and nerve functions. But these treatments cannot be conducted on the body on your own. You need a masseur who must be a specialist in Ayurveda to do this for you. Hence contacting Ayurvedic doctors or experts would be the best to start the treatment.

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