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Publication:  Ayurveda AHC

Author: Suyog Dandekar

Date: September 07, 2007

To achieve of our aims in life it is necessary that our body remains healthy. For this we need to know about food habits, environment, rest, sleep, exercise and vices. In the same way we also need to know how our basic prakruti is formed.  means from the time of conception when the fetus grows in the mother?s womb to the time the body dies, everything in nature affects the body. The mother is nurtured by the food and water present in nature and the fetus is nurtured by the blood formed from that food so what is consumed in those months as well as environment then plays a major role in the formation of the fetus.

Conception takes place by fusion of the male sperm and female egg 9 months before birth. It is at this time that PRAKRUTI of that person is determined and later on in 7 months rasa rakta etc 7 dhatus are formed.

If we look at this retrospectively and see which dhatu is formed in which month the treatment part becomes easier. For this we have made a chart to explain it in a better way.

E.g. suppose a person is born in January we can see from the flow chart which Dhatu has been developed in every month and so we can decide how each Dhatu is to be treated.
 
There is one more method by which we classifying PRAKRUTI according to the birth date ?
        1)    KASHAR DHARMI    -      (Hot) (Alkaline)
        2)    AMLA DHARMI        -     (Acidic)
        3)    SAMA DHARMI        -    Neutral Prakruti.
       
Overall, people who are born in between 15th Nov. to 15th Feb. are conceived in the summer i.e. hot season so these people are known to have SHAR PRAKRUTI. Our body often craves for what is deficient so people with Kshar Prakruti often like cold or mild things like milk, ghee, rice and tend to consume them more. 
      
People born in between 15th Feb to 15th June are often conceived in the rainy season and have AMLA PRAKRUTI. These people suffer from hyperacidity and reflux disease. These people crave for hot spicy food. They like to eat hot food.
       
People born in between 15th June to 15th November are often conceived in winter and such people have neutral or Sama Prakruti. These people like sweet as well as spicy food.

A good understanding of nature and keen observation goes a long way in treating diseases.

Suppose a person is born at the end of May. His conception has occurred in September. This is the month for formation of Rasa dhatu. In this month it rains form time to time. It increases the dilution of the Rasa dhatu. At the end of the 1st month of fetus acquires a solid shape.

The 2nd month is October. This month has hot days and cool nights. It increases the heat and in turn the pitta dosh. In this month the Aagasthi star rises in the sky. The acidity of the rainy season is gone and the water becomes pure and crystal clear. Nature is bountiful because of the recent rains and in this month the Rakta dhatu is formed. Organs like the liver spleen and intestines are fomed.

Because the water contains no impurities and is very pure Ayurvedic medicines are prepared in this month.

In November the sun starts its course to the south ? i.e. DAKSHINAYANA. It is the time when the cool rays of the moon are very powerful and it is the beginning of winter. Cool breeze starts blowing and people tend to remain healthy. Their apetite increases and the muscles i.e. MANS DHATU develop in this month e.g. the heart.

In December the Kapha dosha increases and so does its properties. Natural strength of the body increases and MEDA dhatu develops in this month forming tendons and nerves. The kidney develop from the Meda Dhatu. From the 4th month towards pregnant woman starts craving for certain food apetite increases and the fetus develops nicely.
       
(ASTI DHATU) Bone formation takes place in the month of January and the bones start becoming strong (asthi).
       
The 6th dhatu majja develops in February. Because of the properties of Kapha the majja dhatu is nourished and memory, intelligence etc increase.
      
In the seventh month the extract of all Dhatus shukra is formed i.e. Oja in March. The properties of Kapha and shukra being similar the Kaph which is in the body becomes liquid because of the heat and good quality Shukra dhatu is formed.
      
In the eighth month the ?oja? is intermittently in the fetus and the mother?s body. So either of the two live if the delivery takes place in the eighth month. 
      
After birth the child is taken care of by the parents till he understands what is good for him.
      
If proper steps and proper care is taken before conception occurs we can give rise to a newer generation that is healthy. To achieve this the male sperm and female egg are overall needs to be of good quality. The signs of this is given in Ayurveda. The parents should get themselves examined from a Vaidya before planning to have a issue and plan so that the abnormalities of the parents do not affect the baby and conceive in the given month as advised.

Publication: The Garden Island

Author: Pam Woolway

Date: September 06. 2007

In Ayurveda, organically grown whole foods prepared and eaten with a loving attitude are fundamentals of a meal. Traditionally, Ayurvedic cooking was also a vegetarian, Indian cuisine. However, the principles can be applied as easily to meat.

Incorporating Ayurvedic cooking into your life is said to restore your body to optimum health. It may also help you find and maintain optimum weight.

Designing the right meal plan, however, takes some preparation. According to Ayurveda, each of us inherits three mind/body types called “doshas.” The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. One of the three is likely to predominate, although all of these exist in each person.

Knowing your dosha will guide you to foods that support your metabolism and ease digestion. (See the accompanying Mind/Body Descriptions to identify your dosha.)

Pitta is governed by the element of fire, and such personalities are tempestuous by nature. Pitta people tend to be medium in height and weight, with red or sandy hair, and have an ardent sex drive.

Intellectual, direct and courageous are words used to describe the Pitta dosha. They need cooling foods to keep them in balance and are best to avoid hot peppers and other warming spices, which only exacerbate their tempers.

Vata is the dosha governed by air. Vatas tend to be thin and delicate and feel cold, even in warm temperatures. Vivacious and imaginative, they also have a tendency to worry and do well with warming sweet foods. Novelist Anne Lamott is a prototypical Vata.

Earth ruled Kapha, the well-grounded dosha. Relaxed and graceful, Kaphas have a tendency to put on weight and require plenty of exercise and ample sleep. Loyal and strong, a balanced Kapha personality is exemplified by Hillary Clinton.

The second principle of Ayurveda holds that the six tastes — sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent — should be present at every meal. Each is supposed to have a subtle effect on mood.

In balance, sweetness promotes happiness. Out of balance, sweetness created inertia (what is often called the sugar blues).

The right amount of saltiness can be grounding. Too much salt can promote a rigid mind. Sour tastes promote digestion and stimulate circulation. Bitter tastes, such as ginger and dark greens, are lacking in most North American diets. Pungency, in chili peppers, garlic and onion, enlivens passion but can lead to recklessness.

Finally, there is the elusive quality of astringency found in many grains, beans and vegetables, which Ayurvedic healers believe promote a no-nonsense approach to life.

One common way to get all six tastes in one meal is to serve dal, a simple lentil soup.

To Westerners who think health equals fat-free, an Ayurvedic diet seems rich. Ghee, a stable, clarified butter can be found in most Ayurvedic meals. Ghee is easy to prepare but is just as easily bought at a health-food market.

It is true that weight loss is not the goal of Ayurveda; wellness is. A side effect of following these principles, though, is that detoxifying the body often leads to the loss of unwanted pounds.

By following an Ayurvedic approach to health you can restore your body to its highest level of performance and feel more satisfied after eating and very likely it will help you find you optimum weight.

“In Ayurveda, we use diet to promote health and prevent progression of disease,” Harkey said.

“I am very interested in Ayurvedic treatments of diabetes. A lot of chronic illnesses can be brought back into balance through diet, lifestyle and medicinal herbs.”

As well as an array of therapists on staff, the Wellness Center employs a part-time naturopathic doctor, a medical doctor, as well as an Ayurvedic physician.

While eating the practice advocates a few more simple observations: Don’t sit down to eat while still working, reading or watching TV. Peaceful surroundings will make it easier to listen to your body.

It is the alchemy of food and awareness that awaken you to your inner healer.

 

Publication: American Chronicle

Author: Dr.John Anne

Date: July 26, 2007

Sex is the most essential part of any species to grow. This is the method by which one can reproduce his progeny. Even Mother Nature supports this gesture and this is the reason why opposite sex attract each other. This phenomenon can scientifically be explained as when man and women come near each other certain hormones gets secreted that are helpful in provoking the feeling of mutual indulgence with each other. This is also the key of best relationship a man and woman have. They both feel satisfied with each other and explore the eternal love hidden in heart of both.

But there may occur some factors that may lead to lose the interest among them. They are not satisfied with their love and tensions build up. Constant fights and blaming occurs eventually leading to the end of the relationship. In the opinion of relationship experts most of these stressful relationships are due to unsatisfactory sexual life. Both lose interest in each other and the love section vanishes away from their life. They constantly feel this relation as a burden on them and they always find some way out so that they can get relieved from this burden.

If the root cause is known to you than why not to resolve this issue. Increase your libido to again bloom your love life. Recollect all the petals that you shed off to make that beautiful flower of love bloom again and fill your life with happiness and joy.

Ayurveda has answer to all your sex related problems. There are herbs that will not only increase your libido but also will fill you with enthusiasm like never before. These herabs are time tested and has benefited millions of people world wide.

Below are some of the ayurvedic herbs that will help you in increasing your libido and also treats you up from various sex problems.

Shilajit (asphaltum, mineral pitch) – Shilajit is obtained from the power of Himalaya. It is a natural extract that is generally seen excruding out from the Himalayan Mountains in summer season. It is resinous extract that oozes out of the Himalayan Mountain. It is of black to bark brown in color. It has a power to make us strong just like a rock. It not only increases the immunity of the body but also acts as a wonderful aphrodisiac agent. It increases the libido in the body and gives boost to our sexual life. It improves blood circulation there by helps in better blood supply to the penis and testicular area. It improves the quality of sperms and is also helpful in increasing the vigor in the body. It is commonly known as Indian Viagra.

Safed musli (curculigo orchioides) – it is one of the most effective aphrodisiac agent that is obtained from curculigo ordhioides plant. It is found wildly gowning in India but is now a days cultivated commercially in organic farms to meet the demand of doctors and pharmaceutical companies. This status of safed musli will tell you that how heavy is its demand. This demand is due to excellent result of safed musli in enhancing the sexual life. It is popularly known as alternative Viagra. The plant part used is the roots that has sufficient levels of aphrodisiac agent. It not only increases the sexual power of the man but also increases the physical stamina. As it is of herb origin, it is non toxic for our body and bears no side effects.

Akarakara (Spanish pellitory, anacylus pyrethrum) – one of the best ayurvedic sexual enhancer that not only improves the sexual life but also increases the performance to make your beloved experience the height of your love. Akarakara or commonly known as Spanish pellitory has been used since centuries to treat the sexual related problems like premature ejaculation, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and impotence. The plant part used is roots, which are dried and the is converted in powder. It improves blood circulation in the body and also purifies blood. It increases the sperm count and quality of sperm is also increased.

Ashwagandha (withinia somnifera) - it is one of the best aphrodisiac agent that increases the sexual potential and also improves the sexual problem. It improves the blood circulation and promotes sexual growth. It increases the stamina and also enhances the sperm production. It is very helpful in increasing the libido. It famous world wide as Indian ginseng due to its properties very similar to that of ginseng. The plant part used in roots, which is dried and then powder is made out of it.

 

Publication: ayurvedahc.com

Author: Dr.Savitha Suri

Date: July 25, 2007 

Massage has been used as a remedial measure from centuries. Massaging causes various physiological effects which comfort the tissues and body. Manually manipulating or kneading the soft tissues to relieve pain, discomfort, stress and to promote health and wellness is called as “Massage”. The techniques of massage to promote health and wellness are called “Massage Therapy”.  The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) defines Massage therapy as “a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.” 

Massage therapy (abhyanga)  is recommended in Ayurveda while treating diseases. It plays a great role in body detoxification process (Panchakarma) before starting a treatment.

Usually ayurvedic herbal oils or aromatic oils are used during massage. The oils are selected according to the condition and objective of massage.

Types of Body massage

Different kinds of body massage are adopted after analyzing the cause and location of discomfort. The following are the various kinds of body massage .

Face and Head Massage, 
Arms and Hand Massage, 
Legs and Feet Massage, 
Back Massage, 
Neck and Shoulder Massage, 
Chest Massage, 
Abdomen Massage, 
Massage for babies and children and 
Massage during pregnancy.

Techniques of massage:

A massage Therapist uses Strokes and Pressure while massaging.  Effleurage, Petrisage, Percussion, Friction and Vibration are 5 different strokes used while massaging.

Effleurage strokes are long, gliding and soothing .These strokes are made with flat surface of hands. Effleurage strokes increase the circulation and depth of relaxation.

Petrissage strokes resemble kneading. These strokes are recommended to massage children and elderly people. Skin and muscle surface are rolled or squeezed, gently and firmly by grasping them between thumb and fingers.

Percussion is done using both hands. In this stroke both hands move rapidly and alternatively stimulating the muscles. Percussion can be done with finger tips (tapping), chopping movement of stretched fingers (hacking), cupped hands (cupping), flat opened palms (slapping), and using both fists (pounding).

Friction:  These strokes are used to treat joints and surrounding areas. Friction breaks adhesions, remove wastes and clean up congestion. Long, slow, firm strokes or circular movements of hand are used to move superficial tissues over the deep underlying tissues.

Vibrations : These strokes stimulate nerves. Hands or fingers are moved back and forth rapidly on soft tissues to shake them. Vibrations are used on buttocks, thighs, upper back etc.

Mild, moderate or heavy Pressure is applied during massage, depending upon the part to be massaged and the aim of massage.

The texts of ayurveda illustrate different types of massages for different conditions. They are

Udvarthana : Massaging body in opposite direction ( from palm to shoulder or Feet to thighs or hips to neck)  exerting little pressure using dry herbs. This kind of massage exfoliates skin, enhances its glow and gives healthy look. It also helps to reduce bad odor which is caused due to sweat.

Mardana : Massaging the whole body exerting more pressure is called Mardana. This is usually done for persons who work physically more like athletes, sports persons, Wrestlers etc. 

Paadaghata : Padaaghata means massaging using foot, Trampling the body with required pressure is called padaghata.

Benefits of massage Therapy:

1.       Massage increase the circulation in tissues, release muscle spasm and stimulate nervous system or sedates it. Increased circulation pumps more oxygen and nutrients to tissues.

2.       It shortens the recovery period of illness or injury.

3.       A good massage helps to release endorphins (natural pain killers in body) and also stimulate lymphatic system, boosting body immunity.

4.       It helps to relieve muscle tension, stiffness, pain and reduces swelling. Healing process becomes faster and excess formation of scar tissue is reduced.

5.       Increases sportsman’s performance and provides greater joint flexibility.

6.       Massage helps to reduce discomforts caused due to stress related conditions like migraine, tension headaches, body pain, tiredness, anxiety, depression, insomnia (sleeplessness)  etc .It helps to lower the stress hormones like cortisol .

It improves the ability to handle stressful situations calmly and efficiently. Massage also enhances thinking and creative abilities.

Massage therapy promotes the feeling of wellbeing.

According to ayurveda massaging body daily with ayurvedic herbal oil has innumerable benefits. This process is called as “Abhyanga”. In great ayurvedic classic  Ashtanga Hridaya  the benefits of herbal oil massage has been mentioned  as follows.     

” Abhyanga aachare nityam sa jara- shrama – vataha | Drushtihi prasada pushtyaahu swapna sutwak daadarya krit ||”  

·         The aging symptoms appear very late in life.  

·         Balances Vata and reduces vata related problems

·         Skin becomes fresh, soft, glowing and healthy.

·         Skin becomes resistant to diseases.  

·         Sharp eyesight and attractive eyes.  

·         Body becomes stronger and well nourished.  

·         The body and mind gets relaxed.  

·         Undisturbed sleep.

·         Increases Libido.

·         Rejuvenates the body.

Acharya Charaka indicates foot massage (Padabhyanga) to get rid of cracked feet, dry skin on foot, to relieve tiredness and foot pain. The flexibility of foot increases.

When massage should not be done

According to ayurvedic texts the massage should not be done for those who suffer from fever, diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion and in pregnancy.

Usually therapists do not massage a person when he/she has fever, skin eruptions, large bruises, inflamed joints, sensitive veins, varicose, tumors, contact lenses, alcohol, period, eaten a lot, nut allergy, appendix:2yr/6m, dislocated shoulder, vertebrae problems.

One more precaution to be taken before going for a massage therapy is to check weather the  massage therapist  is qualified or not. A non qualified massage therapist may cause more harm than relieving you of discomforts.

 

Publication: ayurvedahc.com

Author: Shailesh Jain

Date: July 24, 2007

We all know that for healthy living we require a balanced diet constituted of protein, carbohydrates and fats, minerals, vitamins etc.  Ayurveda has expounded about the diet in detail. The Ayurvedic diet is one that not only nourishes the body, but also restores balance of ‘tridoshas’ which is very much essential for maintaining Health. Depending on our dosha, or constitutional type, some foods can be beneficial, and others should be reduced or avoided. These same foods may have the opposite effect on another dosha. The science of Ayurveda teaches that right diet is the foundation of healing. For maximum health and vitality, the ideal diet is one that balances our doshas.  Here we Ayurvedic food recommendations to balance each of the three doshas.

You will find some individual foods contradicted in different articles and books. The suggestions below are from an author living in India. Geographical location must also be considered. In the end, it is up to your intuition and personal experience choosing foods that balance your dosha. This article is for educational purposes and not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe, or cure any illness. Readers are advised to seek professional care for health issues 

VATA DOSHA:

The qualities of Vata are cold, dry, light, hard, and rough.

VATA PACIFYING FOODS:

General: excess Vata can be counterbalanced with nutritive and tissue-building foods that are warm, moist, heavy, soft and oily, as well as foods with a sweet, sour and salty taste. For example, Vata pacifying foods include ghee, soft dairy products, wheat, rice, and bananas. A person with a Vata constitution should favor foods like hot cereal with ghee, hearty soups and vegetables, and whole cooked grains and chapatis. Spicy foods are generally okay for Vata.

Vegetables: Asparagus, beets, carrots, cucumber, green beans, okra (bhindi), onions and garlic, radishes, sweet potatoes, turnips.

Fruits: Bananas, coconuts, dates, mangoes, melons, peaches, all sweet fruits in general.
Grains: Oats, (basmati) rice and wheat

VATA AGGRAVATING FOODS:

General: Foods with the Vata qualities, such as crackers, frozen desserts, and large amounts of raw vegetables and salads, will aggravate Vata. Also, refined foods such as white flour and white sugar have light and dry qualities (and nutrition has been striped from the food) and would be best avoided by people with Vata constitutions. Pungent, bitter, astringent; light, dry, cold foods, stimulants like smoking, alcohol, junk food, sugar, tea (esp. long leaf teas and green tea), and brown rice.      
Vegetables: Cabbage, cauliflower, celery, brinjal, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, peas, peppers (simla mirch) potatoes, sprouts, tomatoes, and zucchini (tori). If you do have these vegetables cook them in pure desi ghee or unrefined til oil. Tomatoes are best avoided except as a small addition to salads.

Fruits: Apples, pears, pomegranates.

Spices: Vatas can have almost all spices and herbs in moderation when there is aggravated Vata, the following are to be taken with caution: coriander seeds (dhaniya powder), fenugreek (methi seeds), saffron, turmeric, parsley. Avoid too much hot and dry spices such as dried chili, which will aggravate dryness.

 

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