The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.
Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family asteraceae. Its scientific name is Cichorium intubus and it is also known as kasni in India. These plants grow up to a height of 1m. It has spherical leaves that are bitter in taste and hard branches bearing blue flowers. These flowers have 15-20 petals which open during early morning and close later in the day. The plant grows angular light coloured fruits and has a long fleshy root resembling a cow’s tail. Chicory leaves are added to salads.
Chicory is a good source of various nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium. Vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K are also present in chicory. All health benefits of this plant is due to this rich nutrient content of it. The seeds of this plant are a store house of both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.
Chicory is a good source of friendly bacteria called inulin. These bacteria also called probiotics improves the functioning of the digestive system. These help in fighting various digestive concerns such as acid reflux disease, indigestion and heart burn as it works well to reduce acidity.
Inulin present in chicory helps reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol gets deposited on the walls of blood vessels causing blockages and restricting the blood flow. This condition leads to atherosclerosis and high blood pressure and can also cause life threatening problems like stroke and heart attack. Chicory also has anti-thrombotic and anti-arrhythmic properties in it.
Chicory has been seen to reduce tumour growth in various studies done on cancer. Preliminary studies done on this topic has shown that the anti-tumour and antioxidant properties of chicory contribute to this benefit.
Chicory in a 2010 study has been seen to reduce inflammation and pain among a majority of the subjects. It is extremely effective on reducing pain caused due to osteoarthritis. It can be used to reduce aches, muscle pains and soreness of the joints.
Olgifructose and inulin are found in abundance in chicory. These two components are very good in weight management as they regulate ghrelin, an amino acid responsible for hunger pangs. This controls and avoids over eating and promotes a sense of satisfaction and fullness.
Chicory relieves stress by letting a person relax due to its sedative property. The root of this plant can be consumed to induce sleep. Being a natural sedative it is safer than the chemical ones that are produced commercially. Reducing stress and anxiety helps lower the chance of having a list of health problems like heart diseases, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, premature aging and cognitive disorders.
Amount of urination can be increased by consuming extracts of the chicory root. This extract has diuretic properties that increase the frequency and amount of urine passed. This helps the body to get rid of excess accumulated toxins that are stored in the liver and the kidney.
Chicory is used as a substitute of coffee. Though it does not contain caffeine, it gives similar effects as the original beverage. Its young leaves form a good ingredient for fresh salads while its matured leaves are used for cooking just like a vegetable. The medicinal uses of chicory are many as it treats various health conditions. Chicory is used to extract inulin which is helps in various bodily procedures such as digestion. Inulin is responsible for regulating microbial fermentation, putting a check on the amount of fat and cholesterol being absorbed and it increases the beneficial HDLs while reducing the harmful LDLs.
Chicory though has a truck load of benefits, like everything else it has drawbacks too. If you are allergic to marigolds, ragweed and daisies you might also be allergic to chicory as they are closely related. People suffering from gallstones should not consume this plant in excess as it would aggravate the situation. Pregnant women should avoid consuming chicory as it could up the risk of having a miscarriage by stimulating menstruation.
Chicory is a native of Eurasia that was taken later to America by the Europeans. Today it is found growing naturally there. In India chicory grows mostly in the northwest and southern parts. It is cultivated for its leaves, roots and seeds. Chicory grows well in well-drained soil where too much water cannot accumulate like sandy and chalky soil.
भूमध्य क्षेत्रों में पाए जाने वाले नील रंग के बारहमासी पौधे कासनी को अंग्रेजी में चिकोरी भी कहते हैं. कासनी के लाभ से हमारा स्वास्थ्य बेहतर हो सकता है. इसके जड़ को हम कई तरह के औषधीय रूप में इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं. आइए कासनी के लाभ और कासनी से होने वाली हानि को समझने के कोशिश करें-
1. चिंता को कम करता है
चिंता का सीधा संबंध दिमाग से है और दिमाग का तंत्रिका तंत्र से है. तनाव के प्रभाव और उपचार पर होने वाली कई शोधों से ये पता चला है कि कासनी हमारे शरीर में तनाव और इसके दुष्प्रभावों को ख़त्म करने में महत्ववपूर्ण भूमिका निभाता है. इन शोधों से इस बात का भी पता चला है कि कासनी के लाभकारी गुण तंत्रिका तंत्र सम्बन्धी परेशानियों में सुजन को कम करके हमें राहत दिलाता है. कासनी के सूखे या भुने हुए बीज या इसके जड़ों से तैयार पेय पदार्थ ऐसे पीड़ितों को देने से उन्हें राहत मिलती है.
जैसा कि हम जानते हैं कि नींद भी चिंता का कारण बन सकता है. तो आपको जानकर हैरानी होगी कि कासनी नींद न आने, चिंता या तनाव से निपटने में भी हमारी मदद करता है. इसके लिए आपको कासनी के पत्तों से तैयार पेस्ट को माथे पर लगाने से सरदर्द में राहत मिलती है.
2. दिल को मजबूत बनाता है
कासनी के जड़ में पाया जाने वाला इनुलिन हमारे शरीर से खराब कोलेस्ट्राल को दूर करता है. आपको बता दें कि एलडीएल नाम का कोलेस्ट्राल खराब कोलेस्ट्राल होता है. ऐसा इसलिए कहा जाता है क्योंकि इसके स्तर में वृद्धि से दिल के दौरे या स्ट्रोक की संभावना बढ़ जाती है. कासनी के भुने हुए बीज के 3-5 ग्राम पाउडर को दूध के साथ नियमित रूप से लेने से काफी फायदा मिलता है.
3. लीवर का भी रखे खयाल
हमारे शरीर में लीवर या गुर्दे का काम डिटॉक्सिफाइयिंग चैनल के रूप में है. ऐसे में लीवर की सफाई भी तो जरुरी है न. तो प्राचीन का में कासनी या चिकोरी का उपयोग लीवर को साफ़ करने के लिए किया जाता है. हलांकि कई शोधों में ये भी देखा गया है कि इससे ऑक्सीडेटीव तनाव या लीवर का चोट भी रुकता है.
4. पाचन में मददगार
कासनी में पाचन में मदद करने वाले बैक्टीरिया के अनुकूल या सहजीवी बैक्टीरिया पाए जाते हैं जिससे ये पाचन में लाभकारी साबित होता है. यही नहीं इसमें पाए जाने वाले बैक्टीरिया हमारे प्रतिरक्षा में भी मदद करते हैं. इसमें इनुलिन नाम का एक शक्तिशाली घुलनशील एवं प्रोबायोटिक फाइबर भी पाया जाता है. आपको बता दें कि इनुलिन कई पौधों में पाया जाता है लेकिन कासनी में इनुलिन की मात्रा उच्चतम होती है. इनुलिन में शरीर के अम्लता को कम करने की भी शक्ति होती है. कई शोधों में ये भी पाया गया है कि कसनी पित्त के प्रवाह को बढ़कर वसा को तोड़ने में मदद करती है जिससे कि पाचन आसानी से हो जाता है.
5. गठिया में लाभकारी
कासनी का जड़, जोड़ों के दर्द के उपचार में काफी उपयोगी साबित होता है. इसे लेकर भी कई शोध हुए हैं और इन शोधों में कहा गया है कि इसमें सुजन को कम करने की क्षमता होती है. यही कारण है कि कासनी पुराने ऑस्टियोआर्थराइटिस से निपटने में भी हमारी मदद करती है. गठिया के अलावा ये सामान्य दर्द और मांसपेशियों में होने वाले दर्द के उपचार में भी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाती है.
6. कैंसर भी रोक सकता है
अपने एंटीबैक्टीरियल गुणों के कारण कासनी एक शक्तिशाली प्रतिरक्षा बूस्टर के रूप में कई हानिकारक बैक्टीरिया को ख़त्म करता है. यही नहीं कासनी में पॉलिफेनाल नाम का यौगिक एक एंटीऑक्सिडेंट के रूप में काम करता है. यही वो यौगिक है जो कैंसर, खासतौर से स्तन और कोलेरेक्टल कैंसर को रोकने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाता है. इसके जड़ के अर्क में एंटीमाइक्रोबियल और एंटीफंगल गुण भी पाए जाते हैं जो जीवाणुरोधी होते हैं.
7. वजन कम करता है
जैसा कि हम पहले ही देख चुके हैं कि कसनी में घुलनशील फाइबर इनुलिन और ओलिगा फ्रुक्टोज पाया जाता है. इनुलिन की खासियत ये है कि ये बिना रक्त शर्करा या कैलोरी का स्तर बढ़ाए ही आपका पेट भरा हुआ महसूस कराता है. इसके साथ ही फ्रुक्टो-ऑलिगोसेकेराइड आंत के लाभकारी जीवाणुओं के विकास में योफ्दान देता है. इसके परिणामस्वरूप आंत में सूक्ष्मजीवों में संतुलन स्थापित होता है. इस प्रकार से ये पाचन प्रक्रिया को प्रभावित करके हमारे वजन को कम करने में उपयोगी है.
8. कब्ज को भी करे ख़त्म
कासनी के जड़ में बीटा-कैरोटिन, कॉलिन, विटामिन सी, विटामिन के प्रचुर मात्रा में पाया जाता है. इसके साथ ही इसमें घुलनशील फाइबर इनुलिन भी पाया जाता है. ये सभी विटामिन और तत्व मिलकर आंत के विकारों को ख़त्म करने का काम करते हैं. इसलिए इसे कब्ज के उपचार में काफी महत्व दिया जाता है.
कासनी के नुकसान
1. ड्राइवर्स के लिए: कासनी का जड़ का प्रयोग अधिक दिन तक करने से शामक कारवाई होती है. इसलिए वाहनचालक और मशीनों पर काम करने वाले लोगों को इसके सेवन में सावधानी बरतनी चाहिए.
2. एलर्जी का डर: इसके साथ ही चिकोरी का जड़ के जड़ से कुछ लोगों को एलर्जी की संभावना से भी इनकार नहीं किया जा सकता है. इसलिए इसके इस्तेमाल में इस बात का ध्यान रखें.
3. गर्भवती महिलाओं के लिए: गर्भवती महिलायें या स्तनपान कराने वाली महिलाएं इसके उपयोग में सावधानी बरतें.
4. दमा या खांसी में: दमा या खांसी में इसका सेवन नुकसान पहुंचा सकता है. इस दौरान इसके इस्तेमाल में सचेत रहें.
Unani, the system of traditional medicine, has been practiced in India for a long time now. Originated in Greece and pioneered by Hippocrates, it came to India through Arabs and Persians during the 11th century. Even though it has foreign roots, it has been practiced widely and adopted in India.
Core of Unani
The Unani system of medicine believes that disease is a natural process and their symptoms are reactions of the body to the disease. The proper functioning of the body is dependent on seven key factors or Umoor-E-Tabaiya - elements, temperament, humours, organs, vital forces, faculties and functions. Also, it emphasizes the presence of four humours in the body. These are the essential fluids, which the human body obtains from food and constitutes of various hormones and enzymes.
Each of these humours carry a temperament:
A person is considered to be healthy if these four humours and their corresponding temperaments are in a state of mutual equilibrium. Every individual has their own humoural composition, which represents their state of health. An imbalance in the humours leads to diseases and ailments in the body.
Diagnosis of Unani
The balance of the humours and the overall health of the body is assessed through the pulse or nabz, urine and stool. Also the functioning of the entire body and mental health is determined with the help of the pulse, urine and stool.
The Unani Therapy
Unani takes into account the whole personality of the individual and employs the following techniques:
Important components used in Unani medicine are as follows:
• Kasni or chicory
Diet therapy: Proper monitoring of the diet in accordance with the individual is prescribed. This age-old alternate form of medicine is noteworthy for its remarkable benefits.
Cholesterol is a greasy substance present in the blood that is required for building healthy cells and maintaining cell membranes. It is basically produced by the human body but can also be taken from food. It also helps convert the sunlight into vitamin D. However, having high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart diseases.
Hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol increases the risk of coronary heart disease that causes heart attacks. Diet, exercise and weight are the three main factors that can affect cholesterol levels. It starts to rise after the age of 20. So, keep an eye on your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, in order to stay away from diseases.
Nuts are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, proteins, fiber, nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. One should include a handful of nuts in daily diet. Peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, and other nuts reduce blood cholesterol. Studies have revealed that eating a quarter cup of almonds a day can lower LDL by 4.4 percent. Moreover, you can consume some roasted almonds without oil. Walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Chomp them to lower your LDL by 16 percent.
Note – All nuts are high in calories, so avoid overeating.
Oats are considered as traditional cholesterol buster. It is packed with soluble fiber and contains beta-glucans that helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol and lower down its level naturally. You can drop your LDL by 12-24%, if you eat 1½ cups of oatmeal regularly.
Grind an onion in a juicer. Add one teaspoon of honey in a teaspoon of onion juice. Alternatively, take one cup of buttermilk and mix one finely chopped onion along with one-quarter teaspoon of pepper in it. Consume it on daily basis.
4. Orange Juice
Orange juice is a rich source of vitamin C, flavonoids and folate. Drinking 3 cups of fresh orange juice regularly can help you reduce blood cholesterol levels.
5. Coriander Seeds
Studies have shown that coriander can lower the levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides. The seeds of coriander have hypoglycemic effects that are also beneficial for diabetic patients. Take one cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of coriander seed powder to it. Boil this solution for a few seconds, and then, strain. Add some milk, sugar, and cardamom for taste. Drink it twice a day.
6. Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used to lower the cholesterol levels. It contains monacolins, isoflavones, sterols, and monounsaturated fatty acids. For lowering the high cholesterol level, consume 1200 to 2400 mg of the supplement once or twice a day.
Note – It should be used under a physician’s direction.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps lower your triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. It is a very effective remedy for curing a number of ailments. Mix 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it 2 – 3 times a day for at least a month.
8. Fish Oil
Fish oils and fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, trout, salmon, herring, bluefish and sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. They lower triglycerides and prevent heart ailments. Consume around 1-4 gram of fish oil daily.
Moreover, eat at least 2 servings of fish once in a week, most probably fatty fish, as they are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Alternatively, if you are a vegetarian, then include ground flaxseeds which are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Honey is loaded with a number of minerals and vitamins which makes it an ultimate cholesterol fighter. Besides, the antioxidants present in honey do not let the cholesterol move out of the blood and also prevents its entry into the lining of the blood vessels.
Soybeans are well-off in magnesium, phosphorus, protein, calcium, B complex vitamins, and iron. It contains 10 times more calcium than meat. Eating soya nuts, soybeans and other food products made from soy (tofu and soy milk) are the modest way to reduce the production of new cholesterol. It is recommended that consuming 25 grams of soya protein in a day can lower the high cholesterol by 5-6 percent.
Note – Some people may face digestion problems when they eat soya. They may perceive loose stools, stomach ache, or diarrhea. So consult a nutritionist before including this smart food into your diet.
11. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry has high vitamin C content and abundance of minerals that can deal with a number of ailments. It is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the heart muscles by reducing excess cholesterol build-up, thus, keeps the arteries and blood vessels clean. Add 1 teaspoon powder of Indian gooseberry in a glass of warm water. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.
The high nutritional value and unique taste of garlic has made it a kitchen staple. It plays an important role in treating several diseases, apart from adding up an appetizing savor to food. The anti-clotting properties and sulfur contents of garlic balances the cholesterol level and reduce the formation of plaque in blood vessels and prevents clots that can cause heart stroke. Grate freshly peeled raw garlic onto your salad dressings, dal, rasam, pizza, or soups.
13. Brown Rice
Brown rice is affluent in lots of minerals, fiber and vitamins. If you want to lower your cholesterol level, then replace white rice with brown rice, as its bran contain highly saturated oil which plays a vital role in balancing the cholesterol levels. One cup of brown rice provides 11 percent fiber.
Turmeric holds excellent wound healing properties. It also lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol; hence, it can cut down the build-up of plaque on the walls of the arteries. This may lower the blood cholesterol.
15. Brinjal (Eggplant)
Brinjal is a reasonable and easily accessible vegetable that contains ample amount of dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1 and B6, manganese, niacin, folate, copper and many more essential nutrients that maintain blood cholesterol levels. Eggplant also contains nasunin, a free radical scavenger that improves the blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. Incorporate brinjal in your diet to reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol from your body. It can be consumed in any form – stuffed, marinated, grilled, roasted, or fried.
16. Coconut Oil
Although, coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is considered one of the most beneficial and effective home remedies for high cholesterol. It contains lauric acid that increases HDL and improves the LDL/HDL ratio. While cooking, add moderate amount of organic coconut oil. Consume at least one to two tablespoons of this oil daily.
Note – Do not use processed or refined coconut oil.
17. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are rich in minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, selenium, manganese and zinc. They also contain good amount of vitamins B, A and C. The components, termed as steroidal saponins, present in fenugreek seeds reduce the absorption of cholesterol by the body that comes from fat-rich foods we eat. Take 2 ounces of fenugreek seeds daily to lower down the level of cholesterol by 14 percent. Besides, it reduces the risk of heart attack by 25%.
Beans are packed with cholesterol lowering soluble fiber. Hence, they bring down the LDL level and help keep your heart healthy. There are several types of beans, such as kidney, pinto, navy, chickpea, black, or butter beans. Eat, regularly, a cup of your favorite bean for 6 weeks, so as to decrease the cholesterol by 10%.
Even though avocados do not have any dietary cholesterol, they directly affect the cholesterol levels. This creamy fruit is filled with several nutritious qualities and contains significant amount of fiber and good fats such as oleic acid, healthy monounsaturated fat that lowers the unhealthy cholesterol level and boosts up the HDL (good cholesterol). It can be added to a variety of dishes. You can mix it into guacamole, slice it in salad or top a sandwich. Alternatively, make a fine avocado dip.
Note – Being high in calories and fat (30 grams fat and 300 calories per avocado), avocados should be used moderately.
20. Olive Oil
Olive oil is enriched with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can cut down the LDL cholesterol without affecting the HDL. Consume at least 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a day. You can also sauté or roast the vegetables in this oil.
Note – Olive oil contains lot of calories, so don't consume more than the recommended quantity.
Apple is rich in pectin and contains natural antioxidants known as flavonoids in their skin that lower cholesterol level and keep your lungs healthy. One medium sized apple contains vitamin A and C, around four grams of fiber and less than 100 calories. So, enjoy this healthy fruit.
Note – If possible, consume fruits with their skin, as it contains additional fiber.
The high antioxidant content of celery lowers the risk of heart disease, as it prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol. A component present in celery, called butylphthalide, balances the cholesterol level. You can include it in salads, vegetable juice, soups and any other dish.
23. Mustard Greens
Mustard greens have anti-inflammatory properties, and are also abundant in sulforaphane, calcium, fiber, and vitamin C that regulate the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These are low in sodium, hence, reduce the LDL. Consume half cup of mustard greens, in a day, to lower down the cholesterol level by 15 percent.
Besides possessing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, broccoli has a variety of nutrients such as calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin C. The fiber in broccoli combines with the bile acids in the digestive tract and excretes it out from the body. This way, it drops the blood cholesterol level.So, make it a part of your diet by including it in soups and salads.
Chocolate is a powerful antioxidant that maintains the HDL cholesterol levels. The cocoa flavanols and plant sterols found in dark non-milk chocolate can reduce the LDL cholesterol by 2-5%. The flavonoids in chocolates prevent blood platelets from sticking together and keep the arteries unclogged. Eat about an ounce of chocolate in a day to boost up the good cholesterol and prevent the bad cholesterol from oxidizing.
Note – Choose a chocolate that has bittersweet taste or dark one. Milk chocolate has no flavonoids.
26. Red Wine
Alcohol can lift up the HDL cholesterol level by 5-15 percent. Red wine is advantageous in lowering cholesterol level because of its polyphenol antioxidants. It is recommended that women should drink a 5-ounce glass of wine, in a day, while men can drink up to two glasses. If you don’t prefer to take alcohol, then substitute it with grape juice. It provides equal benefits.
It is the most nutritious cereal that helps lower the blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and normalize the blood sugar levels. A fiber called beta-glucan, present in barley reduces the cholesterol levels by 4 to 10 percent, depending on its consumption. It is an excellent substitute for wheat. Consume this healthy food in the form of chapattis and noodles.
Tomatoes are an important source of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color. Daily consumption of lycopene lowers the level of LDL cholesterol. Simply munch on raw tomatoes or sip tomato juice.
Note – Cooking tomatoes with some oil helps your body to absorb more lycopene.
Flaxseeds have abundant lignans that decrease blood cholesterol, promote a healthy digestive tract, and keeps the heart problems at bay. It is loaded with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which checks the production and absorption of cholesterol. Simply take flaxseeds with water to lower the LDL level.
Spinach contains plenty of lutein that prevents the cholesterol from getting attached to the arterial walls and protects arteries from clogging. Vitamin E present in it checks the formation of plaque, hence, reduces the risk of heart stroke.
Regular consumption of one cup plain yogurt with active cultures can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 4 percent. Apart from this, it reduces the overall risk of heart ailments by 10 percent
Beets are loaded with carotenoids and flavonoids, which checks the build-up of LDL, and raises healthy cholesterol levels in the body. It also contains several essential nutrients – fiber, vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium that heal various ailments. Have beetroot juice or combine it with some other fresh fruit juice.
33. Green Tea
Green tea is full of antioxidant compounds that can lower the cholesterol level as these compounds help the blood protect the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation. Hence, it prevents the blood clot and relaxes the blood vessels. A single cup of green tea has more antioxidants than any other vegetable or fruit. So, enjoy at least 3 cups of green tea every day.
34. Licorice Root
5 to 15 grams of licorice extract, three times a day, is recommended for lowering the high cholesterol levels. You can sip licorice tea. Boil 150 ml milk/water in a pan, then add 1 teaspoon licorice root. Lower the heat and allow it to brew for 5 minutes. Don’t add sugar/honey, as licorice itself is 50% sweeter than sugar. Filter this solution in a cup.
35. Chicory Root
Chicory root is popularly known as an additive for coffee. Being a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and antioxidants, this root wondrously balances the cholesterol level and prevents cardiovascular ailments. It regulates the natural metabolism of body’s cholesterol, thereby, checks the high production of LDL cholesterol. It can be used as coffee additive and substitute.
Note – Avoid products with chicory during pregnancy.
Rhubarb is a cholesterol-buster herb that speeds up the metabolism and lowers the LDL cholesterol because of its high fiber content. Cook it in a double boiler. Add maple syrup or little honey as sweetener. You can also add cardamom or vanilla. It is better to consume this after a rich fat meal.
The leaves of artichoke plant contain a special type of compound, termed as cynarine, which increases the production of bile in the liver that results in rapid elimination of cholesterol from the body, hence, unclog the arterial walls. So, this veggie actually lowers blood cholesterol levels.
38. Hawthorn Berry
Hawthorn berry acts as a tonic for heart which nurtures the entire circulatory system, and thus, lowers the cholesterol levels. Its leaves, berries and flowers are used for curing heart problems. You should take it 3 times a day in any form – capsule, powder or tincture.
Margarines are enriched with a substance called plant sterols that help lower the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). Take it on a regular basis, for 3 weeks or more, to reduce the cholesterol level by 10 percent. Since margarines are made from plant oils, they contain zero cholesterol. It can be used in cooking and baking. You can also spread it on your bagel or toast.
Note – It reduces beta-carotene absorption. Hence, compensate this by eating lots of carrots, sweet red peppers, spinach and sweet potatoes.
Ginger is an herb that not only adds flavor to your food, but also decreases the cholesterol levels. You can have ginger tea that prevents sore throats and controls cholesterol as well. Besides this, you can add it to your food while cooking.
These home remedies will check your LDL cholesterol to a great extent, but it is equally important to bring changes in your lifestyle for the best results.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection, resulting in the inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is considered to be acute when it lasts up to six months and is tagged as chronic when the timeline exceeds six months. Some of the common symptoms of this disease are dark urine, queasiness, stomach ache, weakness and joint ache. Ayurveda is known to be an effective agent in treating Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is diagnosed by presence of Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and IgM antibody to Hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc IgM) which develop in the serum in the early stages of infection at the time symptoms appear. Antibody to HBsAg (anti-HBs) develops after active infection and serves as an indicator of immunity.
Anti-HBs + - individual has been vaccinated, has received immune globulin, is immune, or is an infant who has received antibodies from his/her mother. Anti-HBc + - indicates past or present infection and lasts indefinitely. May be detected in an infant who has received antibodies from its mother. IgM anti-HBc + - indicates recent infection with HBV, usually within 4-6 months. HBeAg + - indicates active viral replication and high infectivity. HBsAg + HBV - acute or chronic HBV; persistence for 6 months after acute infection indicates progression to chronic HBV.
Treatment for Hepatitis B -
While there is no approved treatment for acute hepatitis B, few herbs which works as anti viral to HBV DNA and few as antioxident and heaptocytes protector from antigen now give the name of herbs you have given Infected individuals should practice safe sex. Avoiding contact with infected blood or other body fluids directly or on objects such as needles, razors, toothbrushes, etc., may reduce the risk of transmission. Sores and rashes should be covered with bandages and blood on any surface should be cleaned up with household bleach.
Listed below are some of the natural herbs that help in fighting Hepatitis B:
Katuki: The scientific name of the herb is picrorhiza kurroa. Studies have shown that katuki increases gall bladder shrinkage. It helps in digestion by curing liver ailments. It can be consumed every alternate day to fetch fast recovery.
Kalmegh: This Indian herb is better known as andrographis paniculata in the scientific community. It helps in raising the level of serum and the globulin component of protein.
Poerhavin diffusa: This is part of the actual plant and is better by the name of Punarnava. It addresses blandness and dyspepsia.
Tamarix gallica: Owing to its sugary taste, this herb is easily accepted by children. They have a cleansing effect on the intestine and assist in smooth blood flow of a patient suffering from hepatitis B.
Terminalia chebula: This is also known as Haritaki in the Indian subcontinent and helps in decreasing the level of liver spleen. This herb should be consumed with honey on alternate days.
Eclipta alba: This herb is more commonly known as bhringraj. It helps in reviving the liver cells and clears toxins from the body. This herb has a certain rejuvenating effect on patients suffering from hepatitis B.
Chicory: This is considered to be a miraculous drug, owing to its ability of revitalising the liver and kidney. It cleanses the blood and speeds up the recovery of hepatitis B.
Solanum indicum: This herb has the ability to counter alkaline phosphate that damages the liver. They also have the capability to renovate the liver cells in a very quick time.
Capparis spinosa: This herb has the ability to address viral hepatitis. Apart from addressing liver problems, they are also known to be extremely effective in countering anxiety and itching. It suits elderly persons. They can be consumed 2– 3 times a week in the form of an extract.
Echinacea purpurea: This herb is more commonly known as the echinacia. They have the unique ability of eradicating liver ailments in a short span of time. Apart from being a favourable liver agent, echinacia can bring down swelling of the liver and also safeguard a person from getting the flu. This can be consumed as extract or mixed with fruit juice. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.
Being an agriculture based country, India awaits the arrival of the monsoons. The monsoon rains are the most beneficial source of water for the crops in India. But with the advent of the monsoons, a variety of diseases also approach the country. Diseases like malaria and typhoid are very common during the monsoons. These diseases make you terribly weak when afflicted with them.
Given below are a few of the monsoon diseases and how Ayurveda will help you combat with them: