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Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha) And Its Side Effects

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.

Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha) And Its Side Effects

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Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Nutritional Value of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Health Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Maintians Healthy Stomach
Prevents Hair Lice
Good for throat conditions and speech
Fights Depression, Epilepsy and Boosting Memory
Prevents infection, Inflammation and Pain
Helps Childbirth
Uses of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Vacha is a semi-aquatic perennial monocotyledonous plant. It is seen to grow near water bodies like streams and rivers. These plants have narrow long leaves that can grow to a length of 2-4 feet. The flowers of vacha are whitish in colour and small. The leaves and roots of this plant emit a beautiful aroma and stronger the aroma better the quality of the plant. The fruits have lots of seeds and are pulpy. The botanical name of vacha is Acorus Calamus.

Nutritional Value of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

The vacha plant is a store house of helpful chemicals. Its roots contain beta-asarone, beta-gurjunene, (Z)-asarone, aristolene, (E)-asarone, sequesterpenes-norsequesterpine calamusin and (E)-asarone, sequesterpenes-norsequesterpine calamusin A-H and beta-daucosterol.

Health Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Health Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Maintians Healthy Stomach

Vacha has quite a few health benefits. It is an excellent anti-flatulent and works well to heal indigestion in infants. The powder of vacha could be mixed with milk to feed the babies. Also teething bracelets can be made which the children could bite and suck on. This shall pacify them and also help you by providing the beneficial anti-bacterial and anti-flatulent properties to the baby. It is the best way to prevent stomach disorders and colitis.

Prevents Hair Lice

Vacha oil is a natural insecticide and this property makes it effective in killing lice. It is safe for external application and gentle on the skin, hence applying it on the scalp does not cause any harm. It is the best natural ingredient to get rid of lice. It does not have side effects making it a suitable option for you.

Good for throat conditions and speech

Vacha works very well to sooth a bad cold. It treats cough and sore throat. Sucking on a small piece of vacha provides relief from these conditions. Children who have speech delay can also benefit from this wonder herb as it helps them to speak and communicate from the proper age.

Fights Depression, Epilepsy and Boosting Memory

Vacha is known to calm nerves and helps improve a person’s memory. Being similar to a nerve tonic it helps a person to relax and rid one’s self off stress and depression. Pounded vacha root soaked in boiling hot water has also been seen to help people who suffer from epilepsy and hence can be used as a support system for such conditions.

Prevents infection, Inflammation and Pain

Massaging vacha oil on the skin helps prevent skin infections. It is also effective in treating arthritic or rheumatic pain and swelling. These conditions can get very severe and cause immobility and change lifestyle. This calls for every measure that can be taken to prevent and improve such agonising condition. Vacha also helps in calming the mind and cure headaches when inhaled.

Helps Childbirth

Vacha induces strong uterine contractions and hence helps in difficult or delayed child birth. Often child birth becomes critical as the mother gets exhausted or does not go into labour. Vasha helps in such situations and the mother can easily birth the child. This herb is also effective in treating dysmenorrhea.

Uses of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Vacha is used to produce natural bindi. This is a good alternative for the artificial ones and can be extracted by burning a piece of vacha and then rubbing it on sandalwood stone. It is safe and good for being applied on children. It is also used as an insecticide. They help to ward off cockroaches and insects and is safe to be used around small children too. To use vacha to get rid of insects one must mix the powder of the herb with water and sprinkle in the desired places.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Flag (Vacha)

Taking vacha during pregnancy should be strictly avoided. The contracting effect of this herb on the uterus could risk the life of the child and the mother during the pregnancy. Vacha is a banned herb by the FDA as researchers have repeatedly found that it has carcinogenic properties when it has been tried on mice.

Popular Questions & Answers

Head pain very badly from childhood I have showed it to many doctors but still it's the same.

General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Ayurveda classifies many headaches according to which dosha (or subtle energy principle) is out of balance in your body-mind: vata, pitta, or kapha. Vata Headache If you have throbbing, pulsating, migrating pain in the back of your head, you have a vata headache. Neck and shoulder tension, back stiffness, and signs of toxicity in the colon (like constipation), and unresolved fear and anxiety can contribute to this type of pain. What to do: At bedtime, boil one teaspoon of powdered haritaki in a cup of water, then drink. Gently massage your neck with warm vacha (calamus) root oil, lie down with your nostrils parallel to the ceiling, and put five drops of lukewarm sesame oil in each nostril for a vata-calming nasya treatment (nasal oil therapy). Pitta Headache If your headache starts in your temples and spreads to the central part of your head, you can trace your problem back to pitta-related imbalances in the stomach and intestines (such as acid indigestion, hyperacidity, or heartburn) and/ or unresolved anger or irritability. Pitta headaches are characterized by shooting, burning, piercing, or penetrating pain, and may be associated with nausea, dizziness, and/or a burning sensation in the eyes. These symptoms are worsened by bright light, hot sun, or high temperatures, or by eating sour fruits, pickles, or spicy food. What to do: Because these headaches are related to imbalances in the stomach and intestines, eat pitta-pacifying foods like cucumbers, cilantro, and dates. Take two tablespoons of aloe vera gel three times a day, and put three drops of plain, warm ghee (clarified butter) in each nostril at bedtime. Then rub warm coconut oil on the soles of your feet and scalp and enjoy a deep, rejuvenating sleep. Kapha Headache If your headache occurs in winter or spring, strikes in the morning or evening, is accompanied by a cough or a runny nose, or gets worse when you bend down, you have a kapha headache. Usually dull and deep-seated, the pain starts in the upper frontal area of the skull, moves down to the forehead, and can creep into the sinuses. Sinus congestion, colds, flus, hay fever, and other allergies cause kapha headaches. What to do: Take one-half teaspoon of sitopaladi powder three times a day with honey. Then put one drop of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam to clear your sinuses. Most headaches can be relieved by using ayurvedic remedies, but if you have a headache that persists for more than a couple of days; if it’s accompanied by a fever or a stiff neck; if you also experience neurological symptoms such as blurred vision, difficulty with coordination or speech, memory loss, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs; if you wake up at midnight with a headache and need to vomit; if your headache is due to an ear infection, TMJ, meningitis, or spinal arthritis; or if you are having frequent headaches that seem to be getting more severe, please see a doctor. Headaches can also flare up due to ear problems, eye problems, insomnia, food allergies, wrong diet, too much traveling, unhealthy relationships, pent-up emotions, exposure to cold temperatures, neck tension, or working too long (for instance, in front of a computer) with poor posture. Even sleeping on two pillows can give you a headache! Hope this helps. Good Luck.

What should I have to eat to increase the time of sex before going to do intercourse.

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Hi welcome to Lybrate one can increase duration by 1 do not have hyper excitement and at core remains silent and cool 2 once you get full erection and indulge in coitus divert your focus on other things like any hanging painting on room 3 one can use few herbs for that like vacha pushkarmool jyotishmati etc but never use drugs like cannabis or opium.
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Hi, I am asking for my son. He is 5 year old. He has got enlarged lymph node below the right ear .first day he has throat pain. Then we noticed a bulging inside the throat .then he told he has neck pain also. Then only we saw the bulging on the same side of neck where the throat has. Next day we consult a doctor .after examine he told all lymph nodes in his body are palpable. So we have to do blood test nd smear test also. Mantoux test also done. Tat is negative. But in blood test neutrophil and WBC count are high. I want to know about this .can you please help me.

MD - Ayurveda, MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Pimpri-Chinchwad
Dear lybrate-user, I have seen same case 4 years bafore, allopathic doctors convince that patient to do biopsy, n such mountox test. Anyways your son is suffering from some kind of infection is says his blood reports. Here I am giving you treatment plan you have to buy these medicines from some Ayurveda store 1.Varun+ haridra churna (orally)-3 gm each /thrice a day 2.Vacha taila (orally) 2 ml twice a day 3.Ashwaganda churna (make paste with water) apply locally on swelling 4.Gandharva haritaki churna 3gm at night with Luke warm water Please follow this treatment for 10 days n let me know the changes in swelling n such then we will decide next plan of treatment. I hope your son will get well soon,

I have black spots and pimples on my back. It's paining sometimes. How to get free of it and how to fade it. It's originating if I feel some hot area and sweating.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Yes for pimples treatment, we need to consult a specialist as before starting medicine doctor has to take some history regarding age group, hormonal disturbances etc. Start applying some topical Tretinoin .04% cream spotwise only at bedtime. Wash with good facewash 2-3 times daily.

My daughter is suffering from paediatric constipation. She is two years old. I have started giving her ripe banana. Can I give her the fruit when she is suffering from cold? She catches cold frequently.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jodhpur
What is Suvarnaprashana?  The process in which Swarna bhasma (ash of gold) with other herbal extracts taken in the form of semi liquid and given to the children through their mouth is called asSwarnaprashana, Suvarnaprashana, Swarnamritha Prashana or Swarna Bindu Prashana. It’s a unique method of immunization which helps the children to boost up the intellectual power and produces non specific immunity in body to fight against general disorders. It is also helpful even to the Special children with Autism, Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit, Hyper Activity, Delayed Milestone etc. For what period it should be done > Daily dose of Swarna bindu prashana should be given for minimum of 1 month to maximum of  3-6 months. Or > Monthly once for minimum of 30 Months to maximum of 90 months  on the day of Pushya nakshatra (Pushya Nakshatra day comes once in 27 days) Time and duration to give Suvarna Prashan : >Every day Morning in the empty stomach or On the day of Pushya Nakshatra. The drops should be given by the parents to the baby in empty stomach. Dosage of Suvarna prashan drops: Birth to 2 Year – 2 Drops 2 to 16 Years – 4 Drops Age of Children who can take Suvarna Prashan: From birth up to the age of 16 years. Ingredients of  Suvarna  Prashan: Ash of Gold, Vacha, Shankha Pushpi, Brahmi, Guduchi satva, Yashti madhu, Ashwagandha, Ghee and Honey. Benefits of Suvarna Prashan :- 1. Immune System towards diseases becomes stronger. 2. Increases Physical strength. And growth of the baby. 3. Grasping power, Analysis power and  Recall memory becomes sharper. 4. Improves Digestive power. 5. Tones up Skin colour and Texture. 6. Protects the baby from different kinds of Allergies. Importance of Suvarna prashan :- Maharshi Kashyapa says Suvarna prashana improves Intelligence, Digestive fire and Physical power. It gives long, spiritual, holy and saintly life. It gives rejuvenative effects and tone ups the skin. It improves immunity in a way so that the child is prevented from bacterial and viral infections. Regular use of Suvarnaprashana helps in such a way that, the child gets best immunity to defeat diseases. Regular use of Suvarnaprashana make child very intelligent and he can remember all heard by him. Mode of Action of Suvarna Prashan >Gold is considered as very precious in Ayurveda .When Swarna is converted into Swarna bhasma as explained in Ayurveda, it would possesses following properties:- >Swarna bhasma  has  moisturizing & unctuous  effect on body. >It is Madhura, Rejuvinative and immunity booster. >Improves complexion and growth of the body. >Does Detoxification of the body. >Has ability to treat different fevers like Vishajwara, Aantra jwara and general Weakness. >It has been proved that Swarna bhasma  possesses Anti oxidants, Anti depressants, Anti cancerous, Antibacterial &  Anti rheumatoid property. >It also acts as  Nervine stimulant.  As we know a human brain grows rapidly  in 1 to 16 years of life. Swarna Bhasma accelerate the growth of brain and boost up its utilization capacity if swarna prashana is done during this phase. Other drugs in it help to build Immunity of the baby. Also it has many benefits like improvement in concentration, Grasping capacity, digestion and complexion. Swarna Bindu Prashana underwent series of clinical analysis by many Ayurvedic doctors and other associated hospitals. And we have found excellent results in increasing immunity and general health in a normal healthy baby. Presentation of Suvarna Prashana drops: Swarnaprashana drops are available in 5 ml, 10 ml presentation. How to store the drops: Drops should be kept in room temperature and should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Note that it should not be stored in refrigerator. Swarna prashana drops can be used for 5 years when stored in shade and in room temperature.

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Sweet Flag (Vacha) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - वच के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Sweet Flag (Vacha) Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - वच के फायदे और नुकसान

वच के फायदे और नुकसान जानने से पहले इसके बारे में कुछ महत्वपूर्ण बातें जान लीजिए. संस्कृत में घोरबच के नाम से उल्लिखित वच का वैज्ञानिक नाम एकोरस कैलेमस है. भारत का ये स्थानीय पौधा 1800 मीटर की ऊंचाई तक पाया जाता है. उँगलियों जैसी मोटी जड़ों वाले वच के पत्ते हरे, चमकीले नुकीले और सुगंध युक्त होते हैं. इसका औषधीय उपयोग पेट, मस्तिष्क, लीवर, गर्भाशय, फेफड़े और स्वर रज्जू से सम्बंधित समस्याओं में होता है. इसके फायदे और नुकसान निम्लिखित हैं.

1. तंत्रिका तंत्र में
जाहिर है. तंत्रिका तंत्र का हमारे शरीर में बहुत ज्यादा महत्व है. इसलिए तंत्रिका तंत्र का ठीक से काम करना बेहद जरूरी है. तंत्रिका तंत्र में आई समस्याओं से निपटने में वच का महत्वपूर्ण योगदान देखा गया है. इसके लिए सुबह पानी के साथ दो चुटकी वच की जड़ का पाउडर लगभग 1 महीने तक इस्तेमाल करें.
2. सरदर्द में लाभकारी
वच का इस्तेमाल सर दर्द में प्राचीन काल से ही किया जा रहा है. दरअसल वच की जड़ का पाउडर बनाकर पानी की सहायता से इसका पेस्ट बनाते हैं इस पेस्ट को सिर के ऊपर लगाने से सर दर्द में काफी राहत मिलती है. कई लोगों को सर में भारीपन जैसे समस्याओं का भी सामना करना पड़ता है. ऐसे लोगों के लिए भी यह पोस्ट बेहद उपयोगी है. इसका फायदा गठिया में भी देखा जाता है.
3. विषाक्त पदार्थों के निष्कासन में
कई बार हमारे शरीर में पाचन तंत्र में विषाक्त पदार्थों का आगमन हो जाता है. ऐसे में वच हमें इन से छुटकारा दिलाने में मददगार साबित होता है. वर्ष के सक्रिय घटक शरीर के विभिन्न हिस्सों में उपापचय को प्रोत्साहित करके इन विषाक्त पदार्थों को शरीर से बाहर निकालने में सहायता करते हैं. इसके लिए 500 मिलीग्राम वॉच को शहद में मिलाकर प्रयोग किया जाता है. इसे गर्म पानी के साथ लेने पर ज्यादा फायदेमंद साबित होता है.
4. मुंहासों के लिए
आज की तारीख में मुंहासा कई लोगों को परेशान करता है. तरह-तरह के क्रीम लगाने या कई अन्य कारणों से लोगों में मुंहासे की समस्या में वृद्धि देखी जा रही है. इस मुंहासे से छुटकारा पाने के लिए लोग तरह-तरह के तरीके इस्तेमाल करते हैं इसके लिए आप वर्ष की भी मदद ले सकते हैं वच धनिया और लोध्र की छाल का पेस्ट बनाकर इसे चेहरे पर मुंहासे की जगह पर लगाने से मुंहासे ठीक होता है.
5. बोलने से संबंधित समस्याओं में
किसी भी आदमी को यदि बोलने में समस्या हो तो यह उसके लिए बहुत ही अजीब लगने वाला एहसास होता है. बोलने की समस्याओं मैं वच ही महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभा सकता है. इसके लिए वच की जड़ का पाउडर आवश्यकतानुसार दो महीने तक इस्तेमाल करने से बोलने की समस्या से पीड़ित को काफी हद तक आराम मिल सकता है.
6. याददाश्त सुधारने में
किसी भी व्यक्ति के यादाश्त को ठीक रखने के लिए जरूरी है. कि उसके दिमाग को शांति मिले जितना ज्यादा उसका दिमाग शांत और सक्रिय रहेगा उतना ही उसका याददाश्त ठीक रहेगा. किसी भी आदमी का मानसिक तनाव कम करने और उसकी याददाश्त में सुधार लाने के लिए वच की जड़ का पाउडर दिन में दो बार शहद के साथ लेने से यह प्रभावी होता है.
7. फोड़े-फुंसियों के उपचार में
शरीर में फोड़े फुंसी का होना भी आम बात है. कई बार यह हमें बेहद परेशानी में भी डाल देते हैं. इसलिए फोड़े-फुंसियों या गांव की परेशानी से बचने के लिए वच के जड़ का पाउडर बनाकर प्रभावित क्षेत्र में लगाएं.
8. कफ में
आमतौर पर होने वाली बीमारियों में कफ़ भी है. कफ़ से निपटने के लिए 500 मिलीग्राम वच के जड़ का पाउडर त्रिकटु पाउडर ढाई सौ मिलीग्राम और ढाई सौ ग्राम दूध के साथ मिलाकर इसका सेवन करें. इससे नाक की रुकावट शरीर दर्द गले में खराश और छींकने आदि की समस्याओं से निपटारा होता है. यह और भी कई समस्याएं जैसे फेफड़ों में जलन छाती की रुकावट घरघराहट आदि को भी कम करता है. खांसी को कम करने में भी इसकी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका है. इसके लिए 5 रत्ती वच चूर्ण को गुनगुने दूध के साथ लें.
9. सिफिलिस में
सिफलिस में वच का फायदा लेने के लिए हमें वच की जड़ का पाउडर, कॉस्टस पाउडर और अश्वगंधा पाउडर को एक साथ मिलाकर इस मिश्रण में घी को भी मिला कर सिफली से प्रभावित क्षेत्रों में बाहरी रूप से लगाएं इससे काफी राहत मिलती है.
10. बुखार में
बुखार एक आम बीमारी है. जिसके इलाज के लिए कई सारे उपाय मौजूद हैं इन उपायों में वच का भी नाम है. वच के जड़ का पाउडर मैं पानी मिलाकर बनी पेस्ट से बुखार की समस्या को ठीक किया जा सकता है. इस पोस्ट को आप माथे पर लगाएं इससे राहत मिलती है.
11. है.जा में
हमें भी वच के फायदे नजर आते हैं इसके लिए एक बड़ा चम्मच वच की जड़ का पाउडर 12 मिलीलीटर पानी में उबालें उबालने के बाद इसे छानकर दिन में तीन चार बार प्रिय ऐसा करने से काफी राहत मिलती है.
12. दस्त में
दस्त की समस्या से निपटने में भी वर्ष के फायदे देखे गए हैं दस्त से छुटकारा पाने के लिए आपको सुबह में दो छोटकी वच की जड़ का पाउडर शहद के साथ लेना होगा ऐसा करने से आप देखेंगे कि दस्त की समस्या काफी हद तक कम हो गई

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  • वच के गर्भाशय में संकुचन पैदा करने के कारण इसे गर्भ के दौरान लेना सुरक्षित नहीं माना जाता है..
  • स्तनपान कराने वाली माताओं को भी इस दौरान भी वच के सेवन से बचना चाहिए.
  • वच एक गर्म प्रभाव वाला वाली बूटी है. इसलिए कुछ लोगों में यह ब्लीडिंग की समस्या बढ़ा सकती है..
  • वच के इस्तेमाल से लोगों में सर दर्द होने की भी शिकायत देखी जाती है..
  • जिन लोगों को भी हृदय से संबंधित बीमारियां होती हैं उन्हें वच का इस्तेमाल करने से बचना चाहिए.
  • बच्चों को यह बहुत कम मात्रा में दी जानी चाहिए.

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How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage Stress Based Poor Sexual Life?

BAMS, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
How Ayurveda Can Help You Manage Stress Based Poor Sexual Life?

If you are suffering from excessive stress, it is likely that your physical and emotional health may be affected. Your sexual life too is affected due to stress. Too much of stress leaves you physically tired and exhausted. Because of this, you will not have enough energy to have sex. Moreover, when you are stressed out about some issue, your libido gets affected, and you might not have any interest in having sex.

Effects of stress on your sexual life

  1. Stress results in a negative body image. The hormones which are associated with stress may impact metabolism. With the increase in the production of these stress hormones, you may feel sluggish and gain weight, thereby providing a negative body image due to which you might not have the desire to indulge in sexual activity. Stress causes lowered self-esteem which results in less sex.
  2. Stress results in reduced libido. The hormones associated with stress are required by the body in small amounts, but the overproduction of these hormones can suppress sexual hormones, leading to decreased libido.
  3. Extreme stress may affect personal relationships and cause conflicts between a couple. This will result in rare sexual activity as proper communication between a couple gets reduced.
  4. You may start drinking excessively because of stress. Too much alcohol is bad for sexual health. It makes sex dull and less pleasurable. Alcohol causes dehydration, which affects lubrication. Stress also affects a person’s fertility and menstruation cycle, which could hamper your sex life.

Ayurvedic treatment for stress
Ayurveda offers effective treatments to get rid of stress. By using natural and herbal Ayurvedic medicines, you can get rid of unnecessary stress from your life and revive your sexual life. Here are some effective Ayurvedic treatments for getting rid of stress:

  1. Several Ayurvedic herbs are stress reducing in nature. You can use herbs such as ashwagandha, bala, brahmi, gotu kola, saraswati churna, vacha, tulsi, shankapushpi, Siberian ginseng, liquorice, vidari and shatavari.
  2. You should consume food items, which help in reducing stress. These include coconut, walnut, mangoes, pineapples and bananas, fried in ghee.
  3. Several natural drinks can help in relieving stress. These include tomato juice, ginger tea, garlic milk, and tulsi tea.
  4. You should practice stress relieving activities such as yoga and meditation. Several yoga asanas in different poses should be practiced.
  5. You can try several stress relieving Ayurvedic therapies. These may include Shirodhara (bliss therapy), Abhyanga (warm oil massage), Shiro Abhyanga and Nasya (head massage).

Ayurveda helps in controlling stress. A combination of several benefits known as Panchakarma is provided by Ayurveda for reducing stress. Reduced stress will drastically improve your sexual performance and sexual stamina. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Insomnia Due To Stress - Ayurvedic Herbs That Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), CGO
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Insomnia Due To Stress - Ayurvedic Herbs That Can Help!

Are you suffering from stress and sleep disorders (Insomnia)? Are you looking for Ayurvedic remedies for improving your sleep? The principles of Ayurveda state that sufficient sleep along with a proper diet, and wise utilization of energy are important for maintaining good health.

Ayurvedic Consideration:

According to ayurveda, the vitiation of the three doshas either taken all together or individually may result in to insomnia. All factors, that are responsible for aggravation of vata and pitta ,along with environmental and dietary factors play an important role in sleep disturbances. High vata type of insomnia is caused by Vaata imbalance or mental stress. People, who toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because their mind is spinning, have this disorder. It results with anxiety, worry, and rushed activity during the day. Where as in pitta imbalance there is intermittent awakening. You may fall asleep quickly but wake up frequently with palpitation, body pains, and emotional disturbances such as fear, anger, and sadness. Another pattern is that you wake up before dawn and find it difficult to go back to sleep.

There are certain health principles and ways that you should follow for improving quality of sleep, getting rid of stress and boosting your body’s immune system. They are as follows:

  1. Maintain a disciplined sleep schedule- You should be very disciplined regarding your sleep. Try to sleep early which gives you the time to sleep throughout the night. Wake up early the next morning. Your mind  is stable, slow and dull from 6pm to 10pm. This is a perfect time for getting good sleep.
  2. Mindful eating- It is recommended for you to have your dinner early between 6.30 to 7 pm. The digestive fire starts cooling down after the sun sets. You can improve your digestion by eating light, early meals. This is beneficial for your sleep quality. While eating, you should avoid doing other activities such as reading books, watching television, or involving yourself in conversations. 
  3. Oil massage- Oil massage therapy is a primary part of  Ayurvedic treatment for stress and sleep disorder. Oil massages on your feet are important for improved sleep. There are nerve endings in your feet, which are nourished because of oil massage. Massaging helps in stress relief, makes you feel relaxed, and improves your blood circulation. As a result of all these, your sleep gets drastically improved. You can choose from several herbal oils for massage. 
  4. Pranayama- Pranayama is considered to be very important for improving sleep disorders and stress. Several rounds of alternate nostril breathing or “naadi shodhana pranayama” should be undertaken on a regular basis. This is effective for the mind, and calms down your nervous system. You are bound to get deeper, and longer sleep of high quality. 
  5. Practice self-compassion- You wellness and health depend considerably on a balance among your  mind, body and soul. It is important for you to keep away from negative vibes and always try to be present in a positive environment. You should be mindful over who you talk to right before going to sleep. Ideally, you should switch off your mobile, computer, television, and social media activities, two hours before going to sleep. 
  6. Regular exercise- Regular exercise is very important for you to stay healthy and fit physically, which in turn helps you to maintain a healthy state of mind. This is vital for improving sleep disorder and eliminating stress. Keep away from all types of stimulants during the evening so that your sleep is not affected. 

Ayurvedic Herbs for Insomnia

The useful herbs for the treatment of insomnia are:-

  1. Brahmi: It is a powerful brain tonic, which supports and improves all aspects of mental functioning. It is a calming and tranquillising herb. A cup of brahmi tea or powder or any other preparation with brahmi, taken at bedtime, will induce a peaceful sleep and its regular use will help to cure insomnia.
  2. Vacha: (Acorus calamus) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of various ailments, such as epilepsy, headache,insomnia etc. it can be taken along with Amla, Brahmi powder at bed time.
  3. Aswagandha: This is an overall tonic for greater vitality and longevity. It enhances coordination between the mind and senses which, according to Ayurveda, is essential for good sleep. The recommended dose is half teaspoonful of powder taken at night along with sugar+ ghee or warm milk.
  4. Jatamansi: It has been found to increase levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin. It is a sedative, anti-depressant, and anti-epileptic cardio-tonic and is regarded as one of the most effective remedies for neurosis. 
  5. Valerian: Indian valerian, also known as tagar in Hindi, works on the nerve channels by clearing out toxins from the blood, joints, tissues, colon and nerves. Its basic role is to rejuvenate. However, valerian should not be taken on its own. For, it can have a somewhat dulling effect. It is best used as part of some herbal preparation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Importance of Panchkarma Therapies for Belly Fat Reduction!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Importance of Panchkarma Therapies for Belly Fat Reduction!

Introduction to Panchkarma therapy: Panchkarma is not only a common term in today’s Ayurveda treatment, it has been put to use from the time of Acharya Susruta. While Ayurveda is a genuine and very effective field of medicine, its therapies are also to the point. Panchkarma, by definition, is a spa, or power massage with Ayurvedic help. It keeps the whole body fit and healthy by curing and also preventing diseases. It eliminates doshas and malas from the body and purifies the skin. Ayurvedic massage experts perform this therapy skillfully with dry herbal powder or herbal paste and medicated oil. They give the rubbing and strokes in the opposite direction of a conventional massage.

Brief Description: As the name says, Panchkarma is a combination of five different processes that are acted one after another. They are-

  1. Vamana (Emetic therapy)
  2. Virecana (Purgative therapy)
  3. Nasya (Inhalation therapy or Errhine)
  4. Anuvasana basti (Type of Enema)
  5. Niruha basti (Type of Enema)

These processes eliminate Kapha, Pitta and Vata and bring tenderness to the body. Before all these processes, it is important to check if the patient is physically and mentally capable of undergoing the treatment. So there are some pre-monitoring procedures where one must take the necessary precautions and diet. There are also post-treatment measures that consist of some special medicines and procedures.

Works in Belly Fat Reduction: Even though Panchkarma therapy mainly removes toxins from the skin, still Ayurvedic doctors have recommended it for fat reduction too. It reduces fat by removing the excess cellulite accumulated under the skin. The power massage gives rubbing strokes on certain pressure points for fat loss. There are two types of actions-

  1. Snigadh
  2. Ruksha

According to Susruta Samhita, there are three categories of actions-

  1. Utsadana
  2. Udgharshana
  3. Udvartana

Herbs Used In Panchkarma for Fat Loss: Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki are three herbs that are called Triphala. They are used to reduce cellulite and fat by rubbing and massaging as a paste on the body. All these three should be mixed in equal proportions before applying.

The formulas of pastes are different for Kapha-type and Pitta-type people.

Kapha: Ingredients Proportion

Pitta: Ingredients Proportion

  • Nut grass 50%
  • Barley 20%
  • Amalaki 15%
  • Tagara 5%
  • Haritaki 5%
  • Gotu Kola 5%

There are two other formulas for fat reduction in Panchkarma-

  1. Kolakulathadi Choornam
  2. Kottamchukkadi Choornam

Pros and Cons:
Clearly, Ayurveda is a better option than chemical medicines because it does not harm the body in any way and it makes the skin beautiful. Although there may be a little pain, excessive dryness, thirst, weakness and stiffness as side effects of the therapy.

To conclude, even if there are some cons, Ayurveda is always better than anything else. So Panchkarma therapy is a well-recommended option for belly fat reduction.

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

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Nasya Treatement

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), B.Sc
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Nasya Treatement

Nasya is an ayurvedic term, a procedure followed for disorders related to migraine, throat, nose, ear, sinusitis and any other organ above the neck. Ayurveda purifies these organs and removes vitiated doshas through the nasal openings. The nasal treatment happens in the form of medicated powders, medicinal fumes, nasal oil or medicated juice.

Efficacy of the treatment:
This form of treatment is tailor made for disease related to ent and eye ailments. The treatment aims at getting the toxins removed from the neck and head region by administering oil through the nasal cavity. Other areas where nasya can be applied to get good results include psychiatry, dentistry, and neurology.

Types of nasya:
As per function, there are 3 different types of nasya brihmana nasya, virechana nasya and shamana nasya. As per quality, nasya can be divided into 2 categories i. E. Pratimarsha nasya and marsha nasya. Some other popular nasal therapy treatment includes the following:

Navana: when nasya is meant for shodhana or snehana, it is termed as navana. This is the most common type of navana and is used forhair fall, headaches and bells palsy tinnitus. Pradhamana: this is a procedure where dry powders get blown into the nostrils through a narrow pipe. It can also be inhaled. Diseases such as epilepsy, sudden unconsciousness and any other diseases related to the brain are treated through this method. Some other herbs that are used along with this method of treatment include vacha, vidanga, maricha etc. Avapeedana: in this form of nasys, juice extracts are injected into the nostrils. 4-6 drops of juice for each nostril are required. This treatment is ideal for patients suffering from poisoning, epilepsy, delirium, rhinitis etc. Dhooma: this form of nasya has 3 subtypes- virechanik, prayogik and snehaik. In dhooma, a patient is made to inhale medicated fume from both the mouth and nostrils for 3-4 times. The exhalation should only happen from the mouth.

Herbs used in nasya karma:
Some common herbs that is used for preparing any nasya preparation include apamarg, vidanga, hingu, tulasi, maricha and lahsuna. Some common oil preparation of nasya includes anu, narayana, marichyadi, shadbindu etc. 

Benefits of nasya treatment:
There are numerous benefits of nasya treatment, some of the notables ones include:

  • It develops and strengthens the shoulders, chest, skin, and neck. The sensory organs become much stronger after nasya therapy of 3-4 weeks. Any person witnessing grey hair can get rid of it with regular nasya treatment. Nasal medication also strengthens the visual site of a person. 
  • It also keeps the seasonal allergies at a bay.
  • It increases immunity.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an our panchkarma experts.

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Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Nutritional Value of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Health Benefits of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Maintians Healthy Stomach
Prevents Hair Lice
Good for throat conditions and speech
Fights Depression, Epilepsy and Boosting Memory
Prevents infection, Inflammation and Pain
Helps Childbirth
Uses of Sweet Flag (Vacha)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Flag (Vacha)