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Asthma occurs due to obstruction in the respiratory channels. The airways in the lungs tighten up which leads to difficulty in breathing, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is a chronic condition. People suffering from it, feel it every day and many suffer for the rest of their lives. While there are many prescription remedies with possible side effects, Ayurvedic approach can minimize asthmatic symptoms or eliminate completely with natural asthma treatment.
In Ayurvedic system asthma is mostly Kapha related aggravation. During period of life, many children exhibit asthma symptoms. However, many grow out of these as they leave Kapha period and enter the Pitta period of their life. If you need to, you can use the following approach to comfort the children going through this phase as well.
- eating cold, dry, heavy, or fried foods
- overeating or sometimes missing meals altogether
- eating excessive sweets or dairy products
- drinking cold or icy cold water and drinks
- living in dusty, smoky, or polluted area
- living in cold and damp environment
- doing excessive travel
- living with stress, anxiety and negative emotions
Carefully look at your diet and lifestyle. Do your best to eliminate any of the causes listed above in your diet and makes changes to your lifestyle accordingly. And then implement the natural Ayurvedic approach. The following diet, herbs, and lifestyle recommendations are for the long term asthma treatment:
- Your diet should include warm, moist, light, and cooked foods. Use chilies, onions, ginger, and garlic in your recipes every day. These are all heating anti-allergy herbs that break down mucus and open channels. Adding these herbs to your food in moderation is great long-term solution for asthma. If you cannot take them in your food, take in capsules with your food.
- Make effort to always drink warm water and warm teas with warming herbs like cinnamon, licorice, ginger, holy basil, or cloves.
- Add peppercorns (black pepper) to your regimen. Peppercorns are warming, break down mucus, detoxify, and support formation of healthy lung tissues. It does a great job of keeping your airways open. You can take them in a capsule form or in your tea throughout the day. Peppercorn is perhaps one of the best herbs for asthma. However, use it in moderation if you have high Pitta energy in your constitution.
- Take turmeric to reduce inflammations in the airways. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory property reduces inflammations in the respiratory channels. You can take turmeric in capsules after the meals.
- Take licorice to support healthy lung functions. It also aids mucus expectoration without increasing Pitta energy, especially good for constitution with high Pitta.
If you find it difficult to work these herbs into your daily regimen, simplify by getting the Protection Plus in our herbal store. It is an Ayurvedic formula that combines multiple herbs in one tablet for respiratory system. Besides simplifying in taking the herbs, the herbal formula is keeps your energies balanced.
Make your lifestyle as stress-free as possible. This is very important. Talk to a practitioner to release stress and remove any mental blocks. Negative state of mind can often trigger an attack. There are mind calming and nerve tonic herbs like Valerian, Shankhpushpi, and Ashwagandha to support you temporarily. Do not overexert. Add light exercises into your routine. Try to stay in warm and dry environment. Wear warm clothes.
The above recommended diet, lifestyle, and herbal support are natural solutions for the long term. Follow them and you will minimize the symptoms. But don’t be surprised, you might completely eliminate the asthma altogether.
Arthritis in two words is joint inflammation. However, the word arthritis is widely used to describe diseases that cause stiffness, swelling, and pain in joints. In its severe form, arthritis is perhaps the most debilitating disease and cause of disability for people 65 and older. The most common form of arthritis is the degenerative joint disease, which is also known as osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is basically deterioration of joint cartilage with age, more severe in Vata body type. The cartilage surface wears, deteriorates, inflames, and eventually may get completely worn out. It leaves joints without cushion in between the bones. The bone on bone friction causes pain and limited joint mobility. The disease progresses as you age.
For 55 years and older, it is the beginning of “Vata age” which means increase in Vata energy. As Vata increases, particularly in Vata body type, a person has difficulty retaining fluids in the tissues. The loss of “juices” in the body creates more dryness. The dryness leads to lack of lubrication in joints. It further adds to stiffness and pain. To make matters worse, increase in Vata initiates other Vata issues like loss of restful sleep. Without restful sleep, the arthritis pain feels even worse.
To date there is no cure for arthritis. However, the progression of the disease can be halted or even reversed somewhat. Ayurvedic treatment offers natural means to manage and improve on this condition, so you enjoy the quality of your life without the side effects of drugs. Ayurvedic treatment starts with Vata pacifying diet; avoid cold, dry and light processed foods; in general eat warm cooked foods with healthy fats and oils; eat juicy nourishing foods; and include turmeric in your recipes. Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. In addition add Tulsi (holy basil), grape juice, and green tea. All have distinct properties to inhibit inflammation and thus inhibit pain.
A study1 was conducted with some people taking Ayurvedic herbal formula which included Ashwagandha, Boswellia, zinc, and turmeric and others taking placebo. People taking the formula showed significant reduction in severity of pain and significant improvement in joint mobility. You can purchase a similar formula, Osteo Relief in our online store. You can also purchase individual herbs in our online store. Ashwagandha is one of the main proven herbs for pacifying Vata energy. It supports the body to build, grow, and restore tissues at the age when body is losing tissues. Therefore, Ashwagandha is a godsend herb for osteoarthritis, during which tissues are deteriorating. Work with your practitioner to determine what is right for you.
Besides diet and herbal supplements, add a regular Ayurvedic massage to your lifestyle. Ayurvedic massage plays an all important role in slowing down osteoarthritis. Massage oil, especially with Ashwagandha, replenishes the lost juices and strength. The oil supplies moisture to tissues and lubrication to joints. In fact a gentle Ayurvedic massage has dual benefits. Besides addressing the lubrication issue, massage also addresses the sleep by promoting sound sleep. Restful sleep nourishes the body and increases its threshold to deal with pain.
If you strictly stay with the recommended diet, lifestyle, and herbal supplements, you can slow down the progression of the disease or may even reverse the disease. Think about it, all with the natural means for the disease that has no other cure.
Why do I get allergies? According to Ayurvedic medicine, not everyone is susceptible to getting the same allergies. Why, because everyone has different and unique mind-body constitution (find yours below). Plus allergies tend to flare up even more at certain time of the year, because increase of certain energies in the nature impacts your nature.
Allergies are body’s immune system overreacting to the foreign substances. Mental or physical imbalances both weaken the immune system. A weakened immune system loses its ability to identify the foreign substances if they are harmful or not and overreacts. Two most common allergic reactions are:
1. Skin Irritation and Inflammation Allergic Reaction
If the imbalance is in Pitta energy, typically the fire element “heat” in the body increases. This would more likely happen in the Pitta body type especially during summer. Increase in heat results in accumulation of toxins in plasma and blood. The integrity of blood and plasma is compromised and thus of the immune system. The body tries to release the excessive heat through the skin. This causes the skin irritation and inflammation like redness, rashes, blisters, or other skin allergic reactions.
2. Excessive Mucus, Congested Lungs, and Sinuses Allergic Reaction
If the imbalance is in Kapha energy, the coldness and heaviness in the body increases. This typically accumulates toxins in respiratory system. As a result the body produces excessive mucus blocking nasal passages, congesting lungs, and basically clogging all upper respiratory channels. This reaction is worse in Kapha body type (find your body type below) and even more during springtime which is Kapha period of the year.
Herbal Remedies to Manage Allergies
You have two Choices. You can either work on eliminating the symptoms or you can take a different approach. Eliminate the root of the problem by creating fewer toxins, detoxifying, and boosting your immune system. For the latter choice, take the following steps:
- For strengthening and energizing your immune system, you can take rejuvenating Ayurvedic formulas like Amrit that include herbs, such as Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Amla.
- For the rejuvenating formulas to work effectively you must also detoxify your body and balance your digestive fire:
a) In the case of Skin allergic reactions, which is Pitta imbalance. Strictly observe fire (Pitta) pacifying diet by avoiding hot chili peppers, salty products and highly sour products. Instead include in your recipes coconut oil, saffron, cilantro, and mint. Plus take Amla and Aloe in your regimen.
b) In the case of respiratory allergies, which are Kapha imbalance. Strictly observe light and hot (temperature and pepper) Kapha pacifying diet by avoiding dairy products, heavy fried products, and cold and uncooked products during this time. Plus take ginger, garlic, and black pepper in your regimen.
c) In both cases, take Triphala to keep your digestive system clean and free of toxins.
Your goal is to address the root of the problem and eliminate the symptoms altogether or at the very least minimize them. Be well!
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Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd, is a vegetable widely used in Asia, Pacific Islands, and South America. Bitter melon, as the name suggests, tastes extremely bitter and little bit pungent. Its fundamental benefit is- it slows down your aging! So how does this bitter tasting vegetable keep you fit and younger looking. It happens because of its three incredibly important effects on your body:
- Detoxifying: helps you get rid of toxins
- Increasing Digestive Fire: facilitates digestion of heavy foods
- Reducing Inflammation: protects internal organs and tissues
These three critical actions offered by one vegetable, work together to cleanse and protect your body. Bitter melon particularly benefits the following two conditions:
Including bitter melon regularly in your diet, 2 to 3 times per week, will accelerate your weight loss. Add it to your weight loss regimen you are using. You will achieve your goal faster.
Numerous studies have illustrated hypoglycemic effect of bitter melon. This incredible vegetable has positive effect on function of pancreas and helps metabolize sugar. But it’s insulin like action is what makes bitter melon a potential substitute for insulin. Bitter melon contains potent detoxifier that also protects the pancreas and other tissues. You will see remarkable results just with 1-2 ounces of juice per day. For pre-diabetics, this is just the vegetable to include in the diet.
How Do You Take It?
Most of the western diet is devoid of bitter taste. Bitter melon is the best vegetable for adding bitter taste into your diet. You can steam or sauté bitter melon and eat as a side dish. You can also make fresh juice out of bitter melon. However, the extreme bitter juice is difficult to take. So use the bitter melon as a vegetable mixed with other vegetables to create palatable recipe. This way it is much easier to take and you can eat bitter melon more frequently in your diet. You can also get bitter melon in capsules.
Who Should or Should Not Take?
Using bitter melon sparingly is good for almost anyone. But to start using it regularly in your diet, you need to know your body constitution; to find out – subscribe below. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner, if you need help. If you know your mind-body constitution, bitter melon is favorable to Kapha or Pitta constitutions but not so much for Vata. With regular use, a Vata constitution can develop joints or muscle pains, or nervous disorders.
Caution: Before adding bitter melon to your routine for any specific condition, consult with your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription medication. Do not take bitter melon regularly, if you are pregnant.
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Cinnamon is sweet, spicy and astringent and it has drying and heating affect on the body. Cinnamon is a mild herb so almost anyone can take it in small amounts with exceptions listed below. Benefits of cinnamon are in multiple areas, pain reducer, digestion, congestion, muscle relaxer, antibacterial, regulating blood-sugar, and sexual performance.
- Promote Good Digestion: Cinnamon can be used in many recipes, especially in heavy difficult to digest recipes. It promotes digestion, helps you digest heavier foods, and digestion in general.
- Relieve Congestion: Cinnamon’s heating affect break down the heavy sluggish mucus into light and flowing. So you can expel it easily.
- Relieve Menstrual Cramps: Cinnamon is analgesic, muscle relaxant, and promotes blood flow. During menstruation, Cinnamon enhances blood flow to the uterus. As a result, your muscles relax and warm relaxing blood flow relieves the menstrual cramps.
- Prevent rheumatoid arthritis: Its anti-rheumatic action prevents rheumatoid arthritis.
- Remove Bacteria: Cinnamon is has been known for its property for killing bacteria. Not sure about the food and bacteria in the food, safeguard your food against E. coli bacteria. Use cinnamon on your food to kill bacteria and avoid food poisoning, especially if you’re traveling to suspect places of having bacteria.
- Maintain Healthy Blood-Sugar Level: The most interesting study of cinnamon today is to control blood sugar levels in diabetics. US Department of Agriculture discovered that cinnamon actually is an insulin booster. The increased insulin helps metabolize sugar. A small dose of 500 milligram of ground cinnamon with every meal may help to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Enhance Male Sexual Performance: The aroma of cinnamon has also known to cause sexual stimulation, especially for men, both smelling and taking internally. Cinnamon enhances peripheral blood flow and that enhances the penile blood flow, which gives a stronger erection.
How Much to Take It?
The idea here is to include cinnamon as a supplement in your diet along with other herbs to promote health and prevent diseases. Use it in your recipes or take it in capsule form. You can take daily 200mg to 1000mg of ground cinnamon.
Caution: Do not take, if pregnant. If your body constitution is primarily ‘Pitta’, stick with the little amount. Most people however, particularly with Kapha and Vata body constitutions, can enjoy benefits of cinnamon without any side effects, if taken in proper amount. If you are not aware about Ayurvedic constitutions, please download free mini-course below to determine your body constitution.
Reduce or avoid the use of cinnamon in the summer season, especially if your body constitution is Pitta. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to include Cinnamon in your diet. If you are dealing with some condition, you should see your physician and Ayurvedic practitioner.
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Frequent headaches indicate your body is aching for help. Eliminate the cause, do not just mask by taking a quick fix pill. There are simple ways to get rid of a headache.
- Lack of water (dehydration)
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of downtime (mentally tired)
- High blood pressure (Hypertension/Stress)
- Nasal Congestion
Dehydration: Take two glasses (20 oz.) of warm water. You may not be drinking enough water. Read how much water should I take? Throughout the day you can take ginger tea. You can also take fruits rich in water content like water melon. KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED.
If your body lacks sodium, even if you drink enough water, you will not retain it. Too much sodium is bad but you need healthy level to hold water. Take ¼ teaspoon rock salt, if you weigh less than 110 lbs or ½ teaspoon if you weigh more than 120 lbs. Let it dissolve on your tongue and wash it down with two glasses of water. Caution: do not take rock salt if you have high blood pressure.
Lack of Sleep: Take a hot glass of milk with teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) and a pinch of ground cardamom just before going to bed for sound sleep. When you have headache during the day you may take a cup of hot milk with cardamom without ghee.
High Blood Pressure: Tension/stress can create high blood pressure temporarily. Breathing yoga exercising can lower the pressure. Read more on naturally lowering blooding pressure.
Nasal Congestion: Congestion, sinus pressure can be released with Neti pot. Add a pinch of salt in warm water and use the Neti pot to flush nasal passages. This technique flushes the mucus blocking the breathing passage and releasing the sinus pressure to give relief.
By taking a pill for a headache you simply mask the symptom, the root cause is not address. The root of your problem will continue to accumulate and show up later in more serious disease.
You need to nip it in the bud. Using these simple ways to get rid of a headache, you will remove the real cause behind your headaches.
- Nourishes the mind and body
- Strengthens immunity
- Increases stamina
- Builds muscle tone
- Reduces stress
- Removes toxins (more effective when followed by exercising and sauna or steam bath)
- Slows down aging
- Calms mind and helps sleep better
- Balances and heals body faster
With so many benefits, wouldn’t it be nice to get an Ayurvedic massage every day. Well, it is recommended that you do it every day. However, with limited available time every other day will be fine too or even once a week will offer tremendous benefits. Imagine, that is fifty two times a year more than what you do right now.
Can you do this massage at home? Of course you can. In fact giving Ayurvedic massage to each other would be an excellent activity for a couple. In addition to the above benefits, you nourish your relationship as well.
What oil to use?
You can use sesame oil but to enhance the benefits of the ayurvedic daily massage use Ayurvedic Massage Oils. These precise blends of ayurvedic herbs and aromas are more easily absorbed by the skin than sesame oil or other regular massage oils, and as a result, rejuvenate your body quickly. You can purchase Rejuvenation Massage Oil for Men and Women in our online store.
How do you do Ayurvedic massage?
Follow the simple instructions below:
- Warm cold pressed three table spoons of oil (per person)
- Start with vigorous massage on the head with palm of your hand
- Using gentle strokes, massage the forehead, temples, ears, and face
- Massage the rest of your body arms, hands, legs, feet, back, and chest
- Massage stomach with gentle clockwise strokes
Note: To get more familiar with the Ayurvedic massage strokes, I would recommend receiving a massage a few times from an Ayurvedically trained massage therapist or Ayurvedic practitioner. But even if you don’t have a chance to learn from a trained therapist, you should continue on your own. The most important part is to supply the oil in a loving way.
Caution: No hard deep tissue strokes should be used. Remember gentle loving strokes promote calming effect on the mind. Do not do Ayurvedic massage if you are overweight, have fever, or bad digestion.
Give 20- 25 minutes time to absorb the oil to deeper layers of your skin. Use this time to do stretches, bending, twisting, or even gentle running. After oil nourishes to the deeper layers, sweating in sauna or steam bath is wonderful to detoxify your body. Stay in sauna till you are sweating, perhaps 10 minutes or so. After that take warm shower with mild soap and shampoo. Avoid using hot water and harsh soaps.
Note: If you do not have access to sauna, you can get one a portable sauna here.For full benefit of massage, use sauna after every massage.
One of my clients, a woman in her thirties had spotting after her periods around the ovulation time for over three years. After some tests, her doctor couldn’t find anything and recommended taking birth control pills to remove this problem. She didn’t want to take the pills with concern of possible side effects plus she was also trying to get pregnant. Just then she had started to do an Ayurvedic massage two times a week. After about eight weeks, she saw her spotting completely went away.
This real life example illustrates how Ayurvedic massage can strengthen, balance, and heal minor irritable problems in otherwise healthy body. Ayurvedic massage is a loving treatment for your mind and body. Enjoy it with your partner. Be Well!
Next time when you reach for a candy bar or some other processed snack, reach for the world’s most incredible fruit. Not only you will get immediate boost in energy, but you will also prevent or help many conditions. This fruit perhaps is the least expensive and most widely available fruit. After you read this article, the phrase going bananas may have altogether different meaning. Do you have this fruit in your regimen?
Look at bananas astonishing benefits:
When you are stressed, your breathing becomes shallow and metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing your oxygen and potassium levels. These can be rejuvenated with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. Potassium, a vital mineral in banana that helps normalize your heartbeat and breathing, sends oxygen to your brain, and thereby reduces your stress.
Bananas produce anti-acid effect in the body. If you suffer from gastritis or heartburn, try eating a banana to feel soothing relief naturally. It neutralizes excess acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. In fact because of its soft texture and smoothness, a banana is the only raw fruit you can consume as the dietary food during chronic intestinal disorders.
Blood Pressure Reducing:
Banana is extremely high in potassium but low in salt, adding it your diet is an excellent way to reduce blood pressure. Read another article reducing blood pressure naturally.
Why take pills when you can eat a banana? In a recent survey people suffering from anxiety/depression felt much better after eating a banana. This is due to compound tryptophan found in banana, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to relax you, improve your mood and generally makes you feel happier. It works great during PMS.
One of the fastest ways you can recover from hangover is to drink a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach, the honey rejuvenates depleted blood sugar levels, and the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Perfect Comfort Food Substitute:
Studies have shown pressure at work or at home lead you to binge on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Why, because pressure swings your blood-sugar levels that leads to panic-induced food cravings. This results in weight gain. Simply substitute banana as comfort food to control your panic-induced cravings.
Excellent Energy Source:
Before you reach for that expensive energy drink out of a can, try eating a banana. A banana provides an immediate, sustained and significant boost of energy. Unlike processed energy food, bananas are full of natural sugars along with fiber. Research shows that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
Add banana a day in your regimen. Aren’t you an athlete in your game of life? Be Well!
In ancient Vedic times, offering food to the body with love was a ritual. This ritual is almost exactly the same as offering of foods and other things with love to the Gods in presence of fire and asking for their blessings in return. These rituals of offerings with love are found in many corners of the planet in different cultures. Now imagine offering of the food with love to the “fire” (of hunger) in our stomach and asking for blessings of a healthy body in return. Wouldn’t you agree, this is one of the very basic healthy eating habits?
Today we have scientific experiments that support this notion. One such experiment was conducted with rabbits.
One group of rabbits was fed unhealthy cholesterol rich food by throwing the food into their cage. The other group of rabbits was given the same unhealthy food but after holding and petting them with love. Results were startling different. Yes, you guessed it right! The group fed by food thrown into the cage developed heart and circulatory diseases while the group of rabbits fed with love showed a little or no adverse effects on their circulatory system.
If you are still with me, then you must be serious about making a fundamental change in your lifestyle for better health. You will find my passion in my in this and many other articles to inspire people to change. My goal is to awaken the “doctor” in you that you are born with.
Thank you for your time and attention. If you would like to join in my passion then the biggest tribute you can give is by sharing this information with others. You will raise their awareness to small fundamental preventive care tips offered here, promote health and wellness, and change their lives forever. Be Well!
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We discussed in the last article how you could find out your risk level long before your cholesterol level goes up and this could give you years of jump on prevention. Even if you discover you are at a higher risk of developing a heart disease, it takes years to develop. Prevention with natural remedies can be too late after you are diagnosed with a disease. However, having years of jump on prevention can completely change the course of your life- prolonging your healthy years and quality of life.
If you discover your body constitution (subscribe below to discover) is of higher to moderate risk for heart disease then consider taking the following steps on how to prevent heart disease build up. Keep in mind the natural remedies only work if you regularly use them in your diet and life style.
• Keep your cholesterol at healthy levels using natural foods. You can get our free Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally e-book that covers this and much more in great detail when you subscribe to our newsletter
• Incorporate Indian Gooseberry, Amla, in your diet with or after your meal. Amla is a sour tasting fruit that reduces inflammation in the body and is an effective natural home remedy for heart disease. Amount should be taken as directed or consulted with Ayurvedic practitioner.
• Another excellent way to prevent heart disease is use of raw onions. They are in the family of bulbs like garlic and keep the cholesterol levels healthy by oxidizing excess cholesterol. If you are brave, the most effective way is to take one teaspoon of raw onion juice first thing in the morning.
• Use honey as a sweetener. The heating property of honey is excellent in breaking down fat deposits to prevent all kinds of heart disease. Honey rejuvenates and tones up muscles including heart muscles thus improve the circulation. Consume one tablespoonful daily with or after food.
Caution: As always, consult with your physician and work with your Ayurvedic practitioner before implementing changes in your diet and life style. After implementing changes, closely monitor your progress. Be Well!
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