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Benefits of Dandelion And Its Side Effects

Taraxacum, commonly known as dandelion is an herb that for much of recorded history has been widely in use for to attain plenty of health benefits. Dandelion which is mildly bitter in taste can be used for garnishing, consumed raw or cooked. It is a highly effective herb to tackle muscle aches, joint pain, bruises, eczema and stomach problems like gallstones, intestinal gas, etc.

Benefits of Dandelion And Its Side Effects

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Dandelion
Nutritional Value of Dandelion
Health Benefits of Dandelion
Enhances bone strength
Tackles skin infections
Keeps urinary tract infections at bay
Tackles diabetes
Fights acne
Eradicates cancer
Aids in weight loss
Balances blood pressure levels
Cures jaundice
Cures urinary disorders
Keeps anemia at bay
Rids of constipation
Uses of Dandelion
Side-Effects & Allergies of Dandelion
Cultivation of Dandelion

Dandelion

Popular as an ornamental flower, dandelion has been used since time immemorial in ancient herbal medicine to treat commonly prevalent problems like cancer, gallstones, to strengthen weak bones, fight acne, tackle diabetes, helps in weight loss and to keep urinary and intestinal disorders at bay.

Nutritional Value of Dandelion

Dandelion is a rich source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, the minerals calcium, iron, potassium. It has a number of beneficial properties like being an excellent diuretic, detoxifier and antioxidant. Apart from all these nutritional compositions, dandelion is also generously composed of copper, magnesium, folate and phosphorous.

Health Benefits of Dandelion

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Dandelion
Health Benefits of Dandelion

Enhances bone strength

Dandelion is a highly rich source of the mineral calcium. It is stored in the body in the form of bones and teeth. Consumption of dandelion tea helps in preventing tooth decay and calcium deficiency in the body. It enables hormone secretion, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, blood clotting and regulates the blood temperature.

Tackles skin infections

The milk of the dandelion stem is a treasure trove of benefits it can provide to the skin. Due to its highly alkaline nature, it possesses fungicidal, germicidal and insecticidal properties. The juice that is left behind on breaking open a dandelion stem can also be used to keep at bay problems such as psoriasis, eczema, ringworm, etc. It comes as a viable alternative to other pharmaceutical options suggested in the event of a skin infection as the use of dandelion sap is devoid of any armful reaction.

Keeps urinary tract infections at bay

Dandelion is an effective herb that can be used in the event of bladder disorders, kidney problems, infection in the urinary tract and fights the presence of cysts that tend to form on the body’s reproductive organs.

Tackles diabetes

Dandelion stimulates the production of insulin in the body by activating the pancreatic cells. This helps keeping the blood sugar levels at the necessary low level. Owing to its diuretic property, dandelion enables the excretion of excess sugar present in the body. If the pancreas is unable to efficiently process the insulin, the glucose in the body is not properly utilized and tends to accumulate in the bloodstream. This results in diabetes which can be treated/avoided with steady use of dandelion in the form of tea, juice, etc.

Fights acne

Dandelion apart from possessing diuretic properties also acts as a detoxifier and an antioxidant. Acne is a result of physiological and hormonal changes occurring in the body especially during puberty. If this surge of new hormones entering the body is not assessed, toxins tend to accumulate which then secrete oil usually through the sweat glands and the skin blocking its pores. Since, these toxins are unable to find a way out of the body, they result in acne. Dandelion enables effective secretion of hormones, flushing out the toxins from the body preventing acne in the process. It can be consumed orally in the form of tea or juice and also applied externally in the form of oils.

Eradicates cancer

Dandelion is composed of vitamin C and Luteolin in generous quantities that result in the elimination of cancer causing free radicals. Apart from detoxifying the body, dandelion prevents the development of tumors and progression of cancer cells. Luteolin functions in a manner that causes a poisoning of the cancerous cells disabling their reproductive properties. This has been noted to work to its best effect in cases of prostate cancer.

Aids in weight loss

Through urination, excess fat and toxins from the body are flushed out. Owing to the diuretic property that dandelion possesses, consumption of the herb promotes frequent urine urges enabling loss of water weight. In addition to this, dandelion rates extremely low on calories making it a healthy route to weight loss.

Balances blood pressure levels

Dandelion due to its diuretic property, promotes urination which considered as an effective way to regulate the body’s blood pressure. The essential fibers present in dandelion also help curb cholesterol levels while also regulating the pressure through its potassium content.

Cures jaundice

Jaundice is caused due to an increased bile production that hampers the body’s metabolism causing disorders of the liver. Jaundice can be treated when the bile production is contained; the already produced bile eliminated from the body and the viral infection is eliminated. All these factors are essentially processed and tackled by dandelion owing to its diuretic, disinfecting and detoxifying properties.

Cures urinary disorders

Dandelion, equipped with diuretic and detoxifying properties, enables flushing out of toxins from the body which ensures that there is no accumulation of harmful chemicals that may give rise to any disorder of the urinary tract. In addition to preventing the accumulation, dandelion also prevents the urinary tract from any microbial infection that may have already occurred.

Keeps anemia at bay

Dandelions are richly composed of the mineral iron, vitamins and protein. Protein content and vitamin B enable the production of red blood cells and increase the hemoglobin levels in the blood. Thus, dandelion helps keep anemia at bay.

Rids of constipation

The presence of dietary fibers in dandelion ensures effective digestion and a healthy intestinal function. It prevents the occurrence of diarrhea and adds bulk to stool reducing the possibility of constipation. It also ensures that the body is not affected by any gastrointestinal disorder. Dandelion also prevents the body from the possibility of a viral infection owing to its antioxidant properties.

Uses of Dandelion

Dandelion can be consumed orally in the form of tea, in juices, as a vegetable and externally in the form of oil. It efficiently helps treat problems like indigestion, dyspepsia, gall bladder, jaundice, acne, skin infections, etc.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Dandelion

Dandelion is known for its blood-sugar balancing quality. However, people already on medications for the same are advised to avoid dandelion consumption as it may result in hypoglycemia and cause more harm to the body than good. The sap of dandelion has been seen to cause irritation, itchiness and allergic reactions to the eyes. Hence, should be refrained from using around the eye area.

Cultivation of Dandelion

The cultivation or rather the discovery of the dandelion plant occurred in Eurasia about 30 million years ago. It was a widely used plant since ancient times by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Chinese as traditional herbal medicine. It today grows as a wild plant mostly in North America and Eurasia.

Popular Questions & Answers

Can any Doctor tell me at least names of ten different diets from which Vitamin -- A are available.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Cooked) Vitamin A in 100gPer cup, chopped (130g) 13621IU (272% DV)17707IU (354% DV) Other Dark Leafy Greens High in Vitamin A (%DV per cup, cooked): Frozen Spinach (458%), Frozen Collards (391%), Frozen Kale (382%), Frozen Turnip Greens (353%), Spinach (377%), Dandelion Greens (305%), Collards (289%), Beet Greens & Turnip Greens (220%), Swiss Chard (214%), and Pak Choi (144%). Carrots (Cooked) Vitamin A in 100gPer cup, sliced (156g)Per carrot (46g) 17033IU (341% DV)26572IU (532% DV)7835IU (157% DV: Sweet Potato (Cooked) Vitamin A in 100gPer cup (200g)Per medium potato (114g) 19218IU (384% DV)38436IU (769% DV)21909IU (438% DV.
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Sir please recommend a effective skin lightning cream for face, neck and arms for night usage please sir.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Olay White Radiance Brightening Intensive Cream Moisturizer. ... Lotus Herbals Skin Whitening And Brightening Gel Creme. ... Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum. ... Kaya Pigmentation Reducing Complex. ... Biotique Bio Dandelion Ageless Lightening Serum.

What should be the Best diet for persons having severe deficiencies of vitamin D 3 B 12 and folic acid.

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, Inclusion of low fat dairy,mushrooms,poultry,egg yolks,dark green vegetables,poultry are some rich sources in overall nutrients. Make sure you are having enough calcium rich diet as well.

I am 28 male. I use to travel much and I am slim and weight is 65. I need to increase my weight and mass please suggest me. If I eat meal 5 times I use to go motion. So please suggest me to gain weight.

Certificate Course in Fitness Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hello, Gaining weight in a healthy way is not ROCKET science. It just takes knowing a little bit about muscle physiology and exercise science. If you are not gaining weight than do not look much further for the answer. It is really not that complicated and really only breaks down to one or two or all of the following: 1. You do not maintain energy balance (Energy In vs. Energy Out). 2. You do not eat the right foods at the right times (poor food combinations). 3. You do not give your muscles enough stimulus (or reason) to grow. ENERGY BALANCE Here is the easiest way to understand energy balance: Energy Balance = Energy Intake – Energy Expenditure The balance of intake versus outtake is a critical starting point in weight gain or loss. If you have a SURPLUS of calories (positive energy balance) where the intake EXCEEDS the expenditure, you gain weight. If you have a DEFICIT of calories (negative energy balance) where the intake is LESS than expenditure, you lose weight. Simple enough. Now remember that a surplus of calories is ONLY one component of gaining weight! Three thousand calories of junk and empty calories is COMPLETELY different from 3000 calories of high quality carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Anybody who does not understand this does not understand the theory that a calorie is not a calorie. (You can determine your daily calorie intake using a good online calorie calculator or you can ask your general physician.) NUTRITION So in order to gain healthy muscle mass you need to provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to promote new muscle growth. A healthy diet for most people is one that includes 5-7 portions of vegetables and fruits a day (a good balance is 3-4 vegetables and 2-3 fruits, 2-3 portions of whole grains such as whole grain barley, brown rice, and oats, and 2-3 portions of lean protein such as skinless chicken, low-fat plain yogurt, lentils, or eggs. Your diet should also include regular amounts of fish oils, nuts and seeds, plant oils, herbs, and spices. Remember, no one food can make you healthy on its own—aim instead for a varied and balanced diet. This means trying to include many of the seasonal fruits, vegetables and other foods into your diet on a regular basis, and varying your choices daily. Also take liver support like Milk thistle and dandelion or Liv. 52.

I have female baldness. Please kindly advice me Dr. for regrow my hair in a month.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
There are several causes of hair loss including hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, stress, insomnia, thyroid issues, smoking, genetics, and menopause. The hair products you use and the way you care for your hair can also cause hair loss.If you are getting enough sleep and are not stressed try exploring your eating habits. Make sure you are getting enough iron, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s. Your daily diet should contain the following: • 10 servings of vegetables • 2-4 servings of fruits • 4-5 total servings of beans and dairy or 2-3 servings of lean meat • Eggs, fish, nuts, walnuts, avocado, and seeds • Don’t eat the same thing every day. Plan some variety into your menu to keep you satisfied and get different nutrients. • Massage Head massage is necessary to promote hair growth. Use your fingertips and massage your scalp slowly to stimulate circulation and help drain toxins. Finish the massage by running your fingers through your hair. You can do this with or without oil, but it’s suggested to use coconut, castor, olive, almond, or sesame. Massage for 10 minutes each day to see improvement. • Homemade recipe Try the following recipe made with three key ingredients; licorice, burdock root, and dandelion root to regain hair growth: Ingredients: • 4 ounces water • Licorice root • Burdock root • Dandelion root Directions: • Rub the licorice in a glass then fill it halfway with water. • Rub the dandelion and burdock root with a stone or in a food processor into a fine paste. • Blend the paste with licorice water and apply to your scalp. • Leave it on your head for 24 hours then wash it off, it will stick to your scalp like white cement.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Alcohol and Nicotine De-addiction - Go For It The Ayurvedic Way!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Jalgaon
Alcohol and Nicotine De-addiction - Go For It The Ayurvedic Way!

What happens when you are addicted to a chemical substance? You lose control of your life. It doesn t matter what you are addicted to alcohol, nicotine or drugs the effects are the same. It is usually not easy to get rid of an alcohol and/or nicotine addiction. Most people find it difficult to give up these substances even after years in de-addiction therapy. Hence, it s prudent to let Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing handhold us in getting rid of addictions. 

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Perhaps this list of ingredients that are found in cigarettes is enough to make you want to quit smoking for good! - Lowell Kleinman, M.D., and Deborah Messina-Kleinman, M.P.H?

Addiction - The Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda considers alcohol and nicotine consumed in large quantities as  Visha  or toxic. According to Ayurveda, alcohol has the following properties-

  • Light or Laghu
  • Hot or Ushna
  • Sharp or Tikshna
  • Drying or Visada
  • Rough or Ruksha
  • Expensive or Vikaasa
  • Swift or Aasuga
  • Sour or Amla
  • Subtle or Sookshma

These properties are all opposite to the qualities that ojas possesses. Ojas has all life-giving properties and alcohol and nicotine have life-negating qualities.

Why do humans get addicted to alcohol and nicotine?
Human brain produces Dopamine normally and what alcohol does is to activate the nervous system to promote dopamine formation. The brain thus remembers the taste of alcohol and nicotine by creating special cells called receptor cells. As a person increases the quantity of alcohol, these cells also increase in numbers. When the person wants to give up his addictions these receptor cells agitate and create withdrawal symptoms with unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.

De-addiction - Ayurveda Way
De-addiction treatments in Ayurveda comprise the following:

Purification therapies or Panchkarma: These are used for getting rid of all toxins present in the patient s body. These must always be done under the supervision of an ayurvedacharya as they are quite potent. After Panchakarma, the patient is given vomiting therapy or Vamana, followed by purgative therapy or Virechana, Basti or enema therapy and administration of Nasya or nasal drops therapy. All these help in detoxifying the body and mind and prepare the patient for further de-addiction ayurvedic treatments like Rasayana therapies which nourish and strengthen the body after Panchkarma. For treatment of addictions, Rasayana treatments include changes in diet and use of oral herbal medicines both.
Herbal medicines used in de-addiction: A range of herbal medicines and their combinations are used in the treatment of addictive problems in Ayurveda and these are to be consumed orally. Ayurveda prescribes Chamomile and Ashwagandha in combination to heal the lungs. These help in cleansing lungs of smoke- related problems. Doctors also prescribe congestion relieving herbs like ginger and pepper mixed with honey or lemon. 

In addition, herbs to improve memory, concentration and to fight depression are also given. These are:

  • Shankhpushpi
  • Kanphool or dandelion
  • Brahmi
  • Ashwagandha

In addition, herbs to treat sleep disturbances like Jatamansi, Sarpgandha, Brahmi and Jaiphal are also prescribed. Since most addicts have impaired liver function, herbs that improve liver function like Aloe Vera, Punarnava, Long pepper, Kutki, Tulsi are given to revive the liver. Take advice of an ayurvedic doctor for de addiction. Don't follow any remedies without guideline of ayurvedic docttor. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Alopecia or Patchy Baldness - The Homeopathic Approach To Treat It!

BHMS, PG Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology (PGDCC), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Greater Noida
Alopecia or Patchy Baldness - The Homeopathic Approach To Treat It!

Alopecia or alopecia areata is more commonly known as spot baldness. It is a serious condition that makes a person lose his or her hair in round patches. The patches increase in number over time. Alopecia could affect your scalp and can also result in hair loss from other parts of the body. Alopecia is an auto immune problem and causative factors of which are still not known. However, certain triggering factors, such as stress, which is the biggest culprit along with other factors like thyroid problems, genetic tendencies, drug abuse, hormonal changes or medications can lead to such a disorder.

Naturopathic ways of dealing with Alopecia:

1. Chinese hibiscus can come to your rescue: Alopecia is mainly caused due to weak, undernourished hair follicles. Chinese hibiscus is known to deal with the problem effectively. The petals of this flower, when used in combination with dandelion oil, add strength to your hair follicles. It also repairs hair damage. The oil should be applied on the scalp at least twice a week for noticeable results.

2. Fenugreek is a great way to tackle problems of hair loss: Fenugreek is rich in proteins and organic compounds. These compounds are effective in building up the defence mechanism of your scalp. Fenugreek regulates hormones in the human body in such a way that a stark re-growth of hair follicles is noticed in many cases.

3. Try using green tea creatively: Many people resort to green tea to lead a healthy way of life. While drinking two cups of this inimitable concoction twice daily, remember to use its liquor on the bald patches of your scalp as well. Absorb the drink on a piece of cloth and massage it on the affected areas of your scalp. Catechins, saponins and antioxidants present in this kind of tea help in regeneration of cells on the scalp.

4. Graphites can do wonders: Alopecia can also be characterized by itchy eruptions on your scalp. These eruptions may or may not contain pus like fluids. Patchy baldness, especially on the sides of your head, can be dealt with by taking this medicine. A person who shows intolerance towards cold and has an excess of adipose tissues can be treated with Graphites.

5. Mezereum is a sought after homeopathic medication: If alopecia areata makes hair fall in the cups of your hand each time you comb, Mezereum should be one's first and foremost choice. The skin of your scalp might be crusting, or you might have rashes in the bald circles. Mezereum will cure these symptoms by fighting off the condition in itself.

Homeopathy Treatment for Alopecia Areata

Homeopathic medicines are known to give very good results in cases of alopecia reata. The medicines most commonly found useful are –
Acid-flouricum, Phosphorus, Graphites, Apis, Ars-alb, Calcarea, Hepar-sulph, Psorinum, Kali-carb, Rhus-tox, Sepia, Psorinum, Calc-phos, Carbo-animalis, Selenium, Kali-phos, Lycopodium.

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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Knee Pain - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), N.D.D.Y, F.A.N
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Knee Pain - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Ayurveda is a very old system of medicine, which originated in India. Using herbs found in nature to cure various illnesses, knee pain can also be permanently cured with this method indigenous to India. It reduces knee pain caused by various illnesses including arthritis, inflammation of the cartilage and wearing of the patella among others. Here are some common Ayurvedic remedies, which help reduce knee pain:

  1. Alfalfa: Alfalfa is medically known as Medicago Sativa. Alfalfa is excellent for making sure that your joint pain reduces, when taken in liquid form four times a day.
  2. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is medically known as Withania Somnifera. In the West, Ashwagandha is popularly known as Winter Cherry. Also, it has a lot of therapeutic properties, which include reducing joint pains. 
  3. Banyan: The Banyan tree's medical name is Ficus Benghalensis. It has a sap very similar to the form of rubber known as latex is derived from the Banyan tree. The Banyan tree's sap is externally applied over the joints and the pain usually disappears after a few regular applications. 
  4. Bishop's weed: The medical name for Bishop's weed is Trachyspermum Ammi. The oil extracted from this herb is usually applied to the knees to reduce the intensity of such knee pains.
  5. Celery: The medical name for celery is Apium Graveolens. Celery is not only an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and associated pains in the knees, but it is also helpful in treating gout. It is usually agreed upon that this particular treatment is usually long lasting because of its alkaline nature.
  6. Dandelion: Dandelion's biological name is Taraxacum Officinale. It is rich in magnesium and is crucial for the correct mineralization of the bones. This mineralization allows the bones to become stronger and also prevents knee pain.
  7. Garlic: The medical name for garlic is allium sativum. Five to six cloves eaten everyday has proved to reduce knee pains.
  8. Ginger: Ginger is biologically called Zingiber Officinale. These can be easily included in your diet and go a long way in curbing knee pain.

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

How Ayurveda Helps Treat Constipation?

BAMS, MD (AM) , Panchakarma, Yoga
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
How Ayurveda Helps Treat Constipation?

The way your day starts can affect your entire day and nothing is worse than fighting constipation in the morning. Along with a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen and bloating, constipation can also cause mood swings and lower your attention span. While laxatives can be temporary quick fixes, they can worsen the problem over time.

Hence, it is better to treat this disorder with a few simple lifestyle changes and home remedies.

  1. Eat plenty of fibre: A bad diet is one the key factors triggering constipation. Fibre not only fills the stomach, but also helps add bulk to your stool making it easier to pass. Ideally, a person should have 20-40 grams of fibre a day. If you suffer from chronic constipation, you can increase this amount a little as well. As an easy way to increase your fibre consumption is ensure that you eat some form of raw salad with every meal. Other foods that are rich in fibre are oats, almonds, cereals, beans, lentils and fruits.
  2. Ginger tea or mint tea: Ginger is a warming herb, which when had in form of tea can make the body generate more internal heat. This helps activate the digestion process and thereby relieves constipation. The menthol in peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that helps relax the digestive tract muscles and makes it easier for stool to pass through. Dandelion tea can also be used as a mild natural laxative.
  3. Castor oil: Castor oil is a popular natural laxative. This is because one of the components of this oil helps stimulate the small and large intestine. To benefit from castor oil, have 1 or 2 teaspoons of the oil on an empty stomach. You should be able to pass stool within about 8 hours.
  4. Drink plenty of water: Water not only hydrates the body, but also helps food move along the digestive system. Without adequate water, the stool is likely to be hard and difficult to pass. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Do not count artificially sweetened beverages as part of this count as they can actually cause constipation instead of ease it.
  5. Warm lemon water: Lemon juice helps stimulate the digestive system and hence is ideal for treating constipation. When mixed with warm water, it can help eliminate toxins from the body. Adding a little honey to the mixture can also work as a mild laxative. Alternatively, you could add salt in place to honey as this encourages the bowel muscle contraction and is rich in magnesium. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda and ask a free question.
  6. Vasti: This is one of the main panchakarma treatments in Ayurveda.Vasti means medicated enema, since medicines reach your bowels directly without enzymatic actions,its effectiveness is very high.This treatment is used to flush the loosened doshas out through the intestinal tract. It alleviates constipation, distention, chronic fever, the common cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, vomiting, backache, neck pain, and hyper acidity.
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Table of Content

Dandelion
Nutritional Value of Dandelion
Health Benefits of Dandelion
Enhances bone strength
Tackles skin infections
Keeps urinary tract infections at bay
Tackles diabetes
Fights acne
Eradicates cancer
Aids in weight loss
Balances blood pressure levels
Cures jaundice
Cures urinary disorders
Keeps anemia at bay
Rids of constipation
Uses of Dandelion
Side-Effects & Allergies of Dandelion
Cultivation of Dandelion