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Amaranth (Chaulai) Benefits And Its Side Effects Tips

How Can We Cure Likoria With Ayurvedic Help?

Dr. Satish Sawale 91% (1966 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra For Piles, Pilonidal, Sinus & Fistula Management, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate In Diabetes Update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
How Can We Cure Likoria With Ayurvedic Help?

LIKORIA (leukorrhea) is a medicinal term that signifies a thick, whitish vaginal discharge. It is a natural defence mechanism that the vagina uses to keep up its chemical balance. It also safeguards the flexibility of the vaginal tissue. It might also be due to irritation or blockage of the vaginal mucosa.

There are such a large number of reasons for leucorrhea, the most common one being increased estrogen. The measure of discharge may really increase because of vaginal disease or STDs, in which case it turns out to be more yellow and has a foul smell. Here are ten herbal cures for Likoria:

  1. Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds enhance the pH level in the vagina and are known to influence estrogen levels. Drench one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The following morning, strain the water and include one and a half teaspoon of honey. Drink it on an empty stomach.

  2. Amla Root: For treating leucorrhea you need to take one tablespoon of amla root and absorb it in an ounce of water for eight to nine hours. Strain the root and drink the water each day until your symptoms come down.

  3. Lukol: An ayurvedic concoction, which is a blend of a few intense herbs, Lukol is known to get rid of the pain from the side effects of leucorrhea.

  4. Amaranth root: Amaranth root has antibacterial properties that helps in treating diseases. Its compounds help in the mending of reproductive organs. Grind amaranth root and add to water. Drink twice per day, morning and night for better results. Amaranth leaves and its branches can be added to boiling water for the same impact.

  5. Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds are extremely helpful home cure for leucorrhoea. Absorb the seeds in water overnight. Strain and drink this water the following morning on an empty stomach. This should be taken for no less than one week for better results.

  6. Amalaki powder: Take some amalaki powder and mix it with honey or sugar. Add it to a glass of water and drink. It can also be added to milk or used as a paste to be applied on the vaginal tract for better results.

  7. Asparagus: Blend and boil asparagus with somnifera withania. Drink this for effectively treating this condition.

  8. Turmeric powder and garlic: Blend turmeric powder with garlic. This is effective when the white release is thick and irritating.

  9. Walnut leaves: Walnut leaves have astringent properties, which are helpful in getting rid of infections and treating leucorrhoea. A mix made by soaking the leaves in water and boiling for around twenty minutes. This can be strained and used on genital areas.

Different Herbs: Lamium album, White weed and Tiger lily are different herbs used for the treatment of Leucorrhoea. They should be used under the direction of naturopaths.

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How To Detox This Navratra?

Dr. Ms. Ranjit Kaur 89% (39 ratings)
Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar

How to detox this navratri?

1st. Cook right: kuttu can be used to make dosa, uttapam and rotis instead of poori and parantha. Steamed idli of kuttu and samai is a healthy breakfast and snack option. Makhanas can be roasted with sendha namak instead of frying, or used as a kheer to satiate your sweet tooth. 

2nd use healthier alternatives: processed sugar can be replaced with jaggery (gur) or honey. Spices are a power house of antioxidants and protective foods. They add health and taste to food as well as aiding in digestion. Jeera (cumin, elaichi (cardamom) and dhania (coriander seeds) are known for their carminative action.

3 rdchoose healthy when eating out. Try upma made with samai or a simple pulao with a fruit raita to finish. Sago khichdi, with meetha pumpkin subzi is another alternative. Want something exotic? quinoa and amaranth salads are a great meal choice. Grilled paneer tikka and baked potato are delicious snacks which won’t hurt your detox plan. 

4th break your fast with something healthy and light: some of us follow the path of one meal a day during this period. In such a situation, break your fast with some fruits or nuts. Warm lauki soup or fresh coconut water are light on the stomach and replenish fluid and electrolytes. Just because you have fasted through the day doesn’t mean that you eat through the night. Have a light meal with vegetables, dahi and some cereal grains. 

5th eat regular meals: eat at about the same time daily, it makes the digestion more efficient and helps the body utilize food energy effectively. This helps keep up your energy levels, keep exhaustion at bay and prevents bingeing.

6th drink right: the weather is still warm, and the body needs to be kept hydrated. In our celebratory mode, we forget to drink adequate fluids. Low calorie fluids like fresh lemon water, for its vitamin c (a natural antioxidant), and coconut water with its sodium, potassium and calcium, rehydrate and cleanse. Green tea is a rich source of catechin, a strong antioxidant, making it a perfect drink to detox. But do not forget water, the best drink for our body!

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Substitute Of Wheat!

Dr. Harshita Sethi 92% (192 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon

Many of us developing aversion towards wheat or roti made up by wheat, this could be due to their pitta predominant body constitution or gluten intoletance /wheat allergy / tendency of acidity after consuming wheat based products which later on gets cinverted to irritable bowel syndtome.Commonly available choices to replace wheat mesls are rice, corn and oats 

Other grains which are full of all nutrients are quinoa, polenta, karmut, spelt, barley,Millet and amaranth.

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Likoria - How Successful Are Herbal Remedies In Treating It?

Dr. Laxmidutta Shukla 85% (280 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Thane
Likoria - How Successful Are Herbal Remedies In Treating It?

LIKORIA (leukorrhea) is a medicinal term that signifies a thick, whitish vaginal discharge. It is a natural defence mechanism that the vagina uses to keep up its chemical balance. It also safeguards the flexibility of the vaginal tissue. It might also be due to irritation or blockage of the vaginal mucosa.

There are such a large number of reasons for leucorrhea, the most common one being increased estrogen. The measure of discharge may really increase because of vaginal disease or STDs, in which case it turns out to be more yellow and has a foul smell. Here are ten herbal cures for Likoria:

  1. Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds enhance the pH level in the vagina and are known to influence estrogen levels. Drench one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The following morning, strain the water and include one and a half teaspoon of honey. Drink it on an empty stomach.

  2. Amla Root: For treating leucorrhea you need to take one tablespoon of amla root and absorb it in an ounce of water for eight to nine hours. Strain the root and drink the water each day until your symptoms come down.

  3. Lukol: An ayurvedic concoction, which is a blend of a few intense herbs, Lukol is known to get rid of the pain from the side effects of leucorrhea.

  4. Amaranth root: Amaranth root has antibacterial properties that helps in treating diseases. Its compounds help in the mending of reproductive organs. Grind amaranth root and add to water. Drink twice per day, morning and night for better results. Amaranth leaves and its branches can be added to boiling water for the same impact.

  5. Coriander seeds: Coriander seeds are extremely helpful home cure for leucorrhoea. Absorb the seeds in water overnight. Strain and drink this water the following morning on an empty stomach. This should be taken for no less than one week for better results.

  6. Amalaki powder: Take some amalaki powder and mix it with honey or sugar. Add it to a glass of water and drink. It can also be added to milk or used as a paste to be applied on the vaginal tract for better results.

  7. Asparagus: Blend and boil asparagus with somnifera withania. Drink this for effectively treating this condition.

  8. Turmeric powder and garlic: Blend turmeric powder with garlic. This is effective when the white release is thick and irritating.

  9. Walnut leaves: Walnut leaves have astringent properties, which are helpful in getting rid of infections and treating leucorrhoea. A mix made by soaking the leaves in water and boiling for around twenty minutes. This can be strained and used on genital areas.

Different Herbs: Lamium album, White weed and Tiger lily are different herbs used for the treatment of Leucorrhoea. They should be used under the direction of naturopaths. Pushyanuga churn Shalmali power is also very useful. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Navratri Diet - Natural Process to Detox Yourself!

Dr. Priyanka Paruthi-choure 91% (59 ratings)
BAMS, MSc, Diploma of Nutrition & Diet Planning
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Osmanabad
Navratri Diet - Natural Process to Detox Yourself!

Detox and Cleanse are the two buzzing words in the health community for some time now. Navratri diet is essentially one of the native processes to cleanse our body internally. We can utilize our hands and soap to clear our skin, but for internal clearance, diet plans like Navratri are being used since ancient times.

It is a very simple and transparent process our body follows. Our body needs energy all the times. So, if we stop or minimize the intake of food in any form, the body’s internal metabolic system starts searching for for stored energy. Fats are the godown of energy, and hence, the body starts utilizing them in running itself. In this manner, we can gradually lose all the fat content within a span of 9 days of Navratri festival.

Navratri fasting – Doing it right
Proper fasting techniques help us to set us back on track when it comes to good health. But unhealthy practices such as consuming deeply fried or sugary food during the festival period was not an ancient process but which somehow developed along the way and hence, should be avoided. Going salt-free and including fruits and vegetables in our diet help our bodies pass this time with ease. A Navratri diet plan was actually made to detoxify our body.

Incorporating Variety of Grains: Amaranth, Chestnuts, and Samak are equivalent to cereal and are rich in proteins and carbohydrates. Recently scientists have found that these pseudo-cereals have high nutritional content as compared to wheat. They are also the best sources of minerals and vitamins and free from gluten. The practice of including such foods with us in the past which might have been lost as we evolved and the festive occasion is a good opportunity to bring about the change.

Similarly, khichdi made from Kuttu also serves the need of a balanced diet with proper carbohydrate minerals and other vitamins. It's effortless to cook which helps to make time for celebration as well. Chapati made up of Kuttu is also a great option for those who prefer parathas and puris.

The potato which is also a rich source of carbohydrate in a baked form can suit the need of Navaratri diet plans. Sabudana, either as Khichdi or mixed with milk not only enhances the taste buds but also provides quality nutrition. It's better to have these alternate grains at regular intervals instead of an extended period of fast.

Drinking plenty of fluids: Plenty of fluids like water, buttermilk, fruit juice should be taken. Lime diluted with warm water helps to detoxify your body at faster levels. A variety of such foods should be eaten to satisfy the taste buds and providing proper nutrition to the body.

Hence, it would be good to incorporate such foods into the regular diet, even after the Navratri celebrations are over. It not only helps in minimizing weight but also to maintain it. This diet promotes digestion, improves energy, prevents diseases and fosters a feeling of lightness and well-being throughout the year and entire life. Celebrate the Navratri in a healthy way, not compromising the pomp and grandeur.

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Celiac Disease And Diet

Dt. Shreni Lalpurwala 90% (126 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Surat
Celiac Disease And Diet

Celiac disease
Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), sometimes called sprue or coeliac, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients (malabsorption). The intestinal damage often causes diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia, and can lead to serious complications cutting out gluten from diet and including healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free may help to improve its complications.

Foods such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, rice, and potatoes without additives or seasonings do not contain gluten and are part of a well-balanced diet
You can eat potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour instead of wheat flour.
You can eat gluten-free types of bread or pasta
Avoiding foods with gluten is critical in treating celiac disease. Removing gluten from your diet will improve symptoms, heal damage to your small intestine, and prevent further damage over time.

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Autism- Diagnosis, Diet And Homeopathic Treatment!

Dr. T.Kirankumar 95% (41 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Autism- Diagnosis, Diet And Homeopathic Treatment!

Nobody knows the exact cause of autism. All medical science knows is that it’s a complex neurological disorder which is detected within the first three years of life and is caused due to structural changes in the brain. Autism causes a number of symptoms which grade from mild to moderate to severe, like-

  • Difficulty in communication and social interaction
  • Language impairment
  • Preoccupation with fantasies
  • Repetitive acts (echolalia)
  • Excessive possessiveness to certain objects
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
  • Developmental problems

Causes
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of autism. Exposure to environmental toxins is the other. Other causes are use of certain drugs during pregnancy, vaccinations etc.

Diagnosis
Diagnosis of autism can only be done by clinical evaluation as there are no laboratory tests for it. The psychiatrist prepares a detailed developmental case history of the child before arriving at a diagnosis.
There are a number of Autism screening tests to diagnose autism as well. One thing to always follow is to go to a psychologist who has a history of treatment of autistic disorders.

Diet
Theories are emerging that autism may be caused by a super sensitive child’s response to foods like gluten found in grains and casein, a protein found in milk. These transform into substances that act like opiates in the child’s body.

These drug-like substances alter the child’s behaviour, his perceptions, and his responses to his environment. Recent research has found chemicals with opiate activity in the urine of a significant number of children with autism.

Autistic children have shown mild to dramatic improvements in speech, behaviour after going on a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet.

Some of the foods that can be eaten on GFCF diet include rice, quinoa, potato, buckwheat flour, soy, amaranth, corn, fruits, vegetables, beans, tapioca, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, nuts, eggs, and sorghum, among others.

Homoeopathic treatment of Autism:

  1. The homoeopath carries out a detailed study of the family history of serious diseases which are linked to the development of autism in his patient.
  2. The genetic evaluation of the patient is followed by case analysis which takes into account impaired functions in the patient like repetitive behaviour, lack of social skills, speech issues etc.
  3. The homoeopathic medicines indicated for autism are twenty and are usually given in combinations. A homoeopath takes the decision about the exact medicine to be given, its combination with other support medicines, the dose and its repetition based on the case history of the child.

By no means should one try to cure autism by self-medicating on homoeopathic medicines as this can cause deleterious effects.
It usually takes a minimum of six months for some perceptible changes in autistic children. Homoeopathic treatment may have to be continued for over a year if the symptoms of autism are very severe.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Common Gastric Problems And Treatment With Homeopathy

Dr. Jagmati Singh 86% (33 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi

Common gastric problems and their homeopathy management

1. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd)- you may feel a burning pain in the middle of your chest. It often occurs after meals or at night.
2. Celiac disease celiac disease is a serious sensitivity to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Eat gluten, and your immune system goes on the attack: it damages your villi, the finger-like protrusions in your small intestines that help you absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Symptoms of celiac disease in children include abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and weight loss. Symptoms in adults can also include anemia, fatigue, bone loss, depression. Common alternatives to gluten include brown rice, quinoa, lentils, soy flour, corn flour, and amaranth.
 3. Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is part of a group of digestive conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (ibd). Crohn’s most commonly affects the terminal ileum, which connects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon, but it can affect any part of the digestive tract.
Doctors aren't sure what causes the disease, but it's thought that genetics and family history may play a part. The most common crohn's symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever

4. Irritable bowel syndroms
You can be constipated or have diarrhea, or have hard, dry stools on one day and loose watery stools on another. Bloating is also a symptom of ibs.
What causes ibs isn’t known, but treatment of symptoms centers largely on diet, such as eating low-fat, high-fiber meals or avoiding common trigger foods.
5. Hemorrhoids
Bright red blood in the toilet bowl when you move your bowels could be a sign of hemorrhoids, which is a very common condition. I
Hemorrhoids are an inflammation of the blood vessels at the end of your digestive tract. They can be painful and itchy. Causes include chronic constipation, diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, and a lack of fiber in your diet.
6. Anal fissure
Anal fissures are tiny, oval-shaped tears in the lining of the very end of your digestive tract called your anus. The symptoms are similar to those of hemorrhoids, such as bleeding and pain after moving your bowels. Straining and hard bowel movements can cause fissures, but so can soft stools and diarrhea

 Homeopathy medicines acts best in these cases, medicines has to be given based totality of symptoms, after proper case history taking.
 

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Navaratri Diet: Foods To Avoid While Fasting During the Festival!

Dr. Jagmeet Suri 88% (168 ratings)
Msc- Food & Nutrition, BHMS, CGO, Certification in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ludhiana
Navaratri Diet: Foods To Avoid While Fasting During the Festival!

It's time for the great Indian detox! Yes, Navaratri is right here again - the festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated with fasting during the day, colour-coordinated outfits and elaborate dance routines at night.

While most people mark this auspicious occasion with a fasting ritual, there is no rule of thumb to it and people can opt for a routine that they think is doable. However, there are many myths surrounding this tradition and those often end up misguiding people. But you need not worry. As Navaratri is almost synonymous with fast, we have compiled a list of food items you should avoid during these days if you are planning to fast:

  1. Non-vegetarian Food and Alcohol: These two proverbial 'sins' are absolutely forbidden during Navaratri. You must not consume any non-vegetarian food item or alcohol during these days of the festival. While it may sound like torture to a foodie, you have to know that your body is ready to welcome this change. Removing non-vegetarian food and alcohol from the diet will prevent you from the detrimental effects that animal fat and proteins have on your body. A diet, packed with non-vegetarian food items and alcohol, increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and a number of other medical conditions. Abstaining from these during the days of Navaratri will help your body to get rid of the harmful toxins that will dissolve and get removed from the body. This period of fasting will reinvigorate and rejuvenate your body from the inside.
  2. Grains and Flours: Rice, rice flour, all-purpose flour (maida), wheat flour (atta), gram flour or chickpea flour (besan), semolina (rava or sooji), millet flour, corn flour are strictly prohibited during Navaratri. A diet devoid of any of these will make you avoid gluten, a protein that can give rise to inflammatory conditions. Instead of these, you can have buckwheat flour (kuttu atta) or Amaranth flour (rajgira atta), as these are full of high fibres and also rich in vitamin B, various minerals and proteins. Barnyard millet (sama chawal) can be a great replacement for rice in your diet; it tastes almost the same as rice and contains certain photo-chemicals that can lower cholesterol.
  3. Salt: A very common ingredient that you can't add to your food during the course of Navaratri is common salt. Instead, you can have rock salt, also known as upvaas ka namak or sendha namak, and it is also a healthier option with its relatively lower sodium content.
  4. SpicesSpices like turmeric (haldi), mustard (rai or sarson), asafoetida (hing), fenugreek seeds (methi), dhania (coriander powder), may rule Indian households throughout the year but are prohibited during Navaratri. During this time of the year, you can use tamarind, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and green chilli to add the much-needed flavour to your meals. Many households use cumin (jeera) as well; however, that really depends on your family and the customs they follow.
  5. Vegetables: Onion and garlic are two vegetables that you must not consume during the Navaratri days. Vegetables like potato, carrot, tomato, sweet potato, pumpkin, bottle gourd, raw papaya, yam, spinach etc, however, can be consumed. So, you can make a bowl of boiled vegetables the primary source of your strength during Navaratri.

Even though you would not be able to consume a lot of food items, fasting won't stop you from being hale and hearty. You can have sabudana (tapioca pearls) as your source of carbohydrates, makhana (fox nuts) as snacks rich in anti-oxidants, fibres & minerals, pulses like bengal gram and green gram as your sources of protein. There is no restriction concerning fruits in your diet and thus a bowl of fruits can be a healthy and tasty staple in your diet at this time. You can have dry fruits such as almonds, kishmish, cashew nuts, pistachio etc. for energy.

Add flavour to the Navaratri-special desserts with sugar-free halwas and laddoos this Navaratri. You can also include dairy products such as milk, ghee, butter, curd, paneer, in your diet to gain as much energy and nutrients as possible.

If detox is something that you have been thinking about for some time, then Navaratri is the perfect opportunity to do something about it. During these navaratri days, people around you will refrain from indulging in their favourite food items. Thus, you will be encouraged to abstain from the foods that you normally can't live without. You can even tweak the typical Navaratri diet by adding various yogurt preparations and different fruits to it and make sure that you stay healthy, hearty and happy throughout the festival.

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Vata Prakruti Diet Style

Dr. Harsha Nair 88% (174 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore

Diet style for Vata-Pitta prakruti

Foods conducive for Pitta – Vata prakruti person –

  • Fruits for summer - Fruits like boiled apple, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, kiwi, lemon, mango, melons, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, plums, prunes etc.
  • Steamed vegetables like - Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cucumber raita cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cilantro, green beans, green chillies, leafy greens, lettuce, diakon raddish, zucchini, potatoes, sweet potatoes etc.
  • Basmati rice kitchadi of basmati rice and moong dal with ghee and grated coconuts, Oatmeal, cream of rice, cream of wheat, tapioca.
  • Meats like chicken / turkey / shrimp once a week, Mushy soft soups, stews, ghee.
  • Refreshing cool sweetened lassi, Cool lime juice, Cool beer.
  • For lunch and supper – tortillas, chappati, basmati rice, mung dal kichadi, steamd vegetables.
  • Grains – amaranth, cooked oats, rice, sprouted wheat, pancakes, durham flour, soyabean, tofu, black gram, all soy products.
  • Meat like beef, white chicken, fish, shrimp, seafood, pork.
  • Nuts like amonds which are soaked.
  • Oils of sunflower, sesame, pumpkin seed oil.