LEARN TO LIVE – IN YOUR OWN SPECIAL STYLE!

BLOG BY DR. SONICA KRISHAN

“To live is the rarest thing in this world, most people just exist” – Oscar Wilde.

I totally concur with these words. We seem to have un-necessarily complicated our lives today. Although, we are breathing , yet we have somehow elapsed the simple principles of living. Here are some simple and realistic ways I could think of that we need to bring into our lives to make our stay on this planet worth living !

Nine Ways To Live Your Life, Not Simply Exist!

  1. Just Be

Looking outwards in Nature, I could contemplate with this simple and yet highly essential wisdom of just being. Not only does it make sense to enjoy your life in your own blissful realm, but also it is so much relieving that you do not need to act, talk , work and be the person who you are actually not.

How This Came To Mind?

  • A rose would lovingly develop and bloom in its own proximity, and would never want to become a lotus flower and in the consequence lose its legitimacy for always.
  • When I water the plants in my backyard, I am simply awed by the fragrance of wet mud that these plants seem to confer immediately.
  • Also, when the kids rushing off to their school spare a moment to kiss me goodbye uttering, Bye Ma! I find my reward!
  • All this is rewarding by ‘Just being” and I am able to receive the reward by ‘Just being’.
  • As the maxim goes..’ Be the moon, or be the star. But be the best wherever you are!’
  • You can be your best, only if you allow yourself to ‘just be’!

2. Live In Abundance

Are you a compulsory miser? Being a miser can be circumstantial, and also it can be rather habitual. Think of this, when you are restricting yourself from all the joys that you seek, are you being just to your own self?

Give It A Thought

  • Why be scared to present yourself with all that you have desired.
  • As time goes by, these desires do not last, but mostly leave a small breach in your perception of fulfillment.
  • Spending on yourself and your loved ones not only helps them to bask in the glory of abundance, but also flourishes on your being the gratitude you are here to render.

Story

  • I was actually a little surprised when a rickshaw puller boasted of purchasing IPL cricket match tickets worth Rs. 5000.
  • He would say – ‘At least me and my family will cheerfully get pleasure from those hours in the stadium and I can always work again to recover the amount.
  • He  mused further that Allah is great and he is there to take care.’
  • So, you don’t need to be a spendthrift, but as much you can allow yourself to –
  1. Live in abundance,
  2. Breath in gratitude
  3. And attract His grace!

3. Be Carefree And Be Liberated

Life is too short to be tied in shackles. We tend to surrender to worldly bindings physically, mentally as well as spiritually; and then suddenly one day the unconventional essence of our being simply escapes.

  • It has to be kept in mind more often that we are not a body which is having a soul, rather we are soul having a body. The soul is always free and versatile, it has been and always will be.
  • Only it is changing clothes as entering new bodies, but its basic love is liberation.
  • Life is temporary, then we try to bind ourselves with permanent obsessions.
  • We need to learn to allow ourselves to be a little carefree, a little liberated.

4. Keep Regular Watch

Heard the story about the two wolves? One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

  • He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “
  • One wolf is Evil –  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
  • The other is Good –  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
  • The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
  • The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed !”

My Thoughts

Thus, you need to always keep a regular watch on your thoughts. Practicing meditation has been highly supportive for me to keep the watch on my mind’s projections. This is as I could realize that our worst enemies are our own thoughts.

5. Listen To Silence More Often

Silence and serenity are synonyms. This means if we want peace and composure in our lives, we need to value silence.

What An Experience!

Recently, we went to beautiful, natural spots on our vacation. Although, it was pure nature , away from the hustle and bustle of life. But was it?

Rather, there was so much noise of tourists shouting due to rush, the horse-walas trying to persuade customers, the shrieking horns of vehicles, the screaming of vendors selling their stuff.

We were naturally perplexed.

The beautiful and serene place seemed to be crying for silence.

Then A Thought

  • I thought then, if I am so much confounded and affected, what about Mother Nature?
  • Whom we have virtually made pathetic by snatching away her right and magnitude of quietness.
  • I felt really apologetic and helpless.
  • On returning back, there has been news of Natural fury.
  • Be silent, and reflect on this for a while – who is to be  blamed?

6. Be Enduring And Always Grateful

This is an interesting story.

  • One day a construction supervisor from sixth floor of building was calling a worker working on the ground floor.
  • But because of construction noise, the worker on ground floor did not hear his supervisor calling.
  • Then, to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor threw a ten rupee note from up which fell right around in front of the worker.
  • The worker picked up the note, put it in his pocket & continued with his work.
  • Again to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor now threw five hundred rupee note.
  • The worker did the same, picked the five hundred rupee note, put it in his pocket & started doing his job.
  • Finally, Now to draw attention of the worker, the supervisor picked a small stone and threw it on worker.
  • The stone hit exactly the worker’s head. This time the worker looked up and the supervisor could finally communicate with the worker.

It Is So Similar

This story goes similarly in our lives. God wants to communicate with us, his children,  but we are too occupied with worldly jobs. Then God gives us small gifts and also sometimes bigger ones, but we take these for granted , only thinking that we have been lucky. We hardly take time to understand how and why we have been blessed with the rewards and more often we do not even spare time to be thanking the Almighty. Then when we are hit with some stone, which we call as problems, we look up to Him and try to communicate with God through our prayers and offerings.

I Witnessed

The other day when my son recovered from his seasonal fever, I asked him did he remember to thank God for this. He seemed a little surprised saying to me, but mom I am healthy again because of you. ( I being a doctor and had been giving him medicine). I told him then, even as a doctor, all I can do is treat a patient, but to cure is in His hands. We must always bear in mind to thank him for all the troubles that we do not have  and also stop complaining for the troubles we have.

7. Rejoice In Your Purpose

Do you have a purpose in life, or are you unknowingly simply treading your way on earth? I believe it is rather mandatory for each one of us to ascertain our purpose of life, and then rejoice in the same. And let this be our own individual take. We cannot compare with and try to familiarize with the ‘purpose of life’ of other fellow-humans. It has to dwell from your own being, and it has to be self-designed. You will more easily discover your purpose, once you are sure about your passion. Discover your passion..and let it unfold into the purpose of your life. As the adage goes – ‘ What I am is God’s gift to me. What I become, is my gift to God’. Discover the purpose of your life, dwell in it sincerely and rejoice. This is your gift back to the Almighty, who has gifted you with the paramount excellence of human birth!

8. Welcome Tough Times

‘Tough Times never last, but Tough people always do!’ Do tough times scare you or are you prepared to face head-on, whatever big or small intricacies life brings forth?

2 Examples

  1. Remember how when the nail paint tends to dry up, we pour in a little nail-paint remover into the same and it starts working again. Although the nail-paint remover would otherwise remove the nail paint, but at this time, it is providing solution for the nail paint and sets it working.
  2. Similarly, when the arrow has to move forward, it is first pulled back by the bow; which provides it with forward thrust. When we are occasionally bewildered by tough times, we must understand that these are the precious moments in life, which would in some way sooner or later lead us to emerge as successful entity.

9. Now Or Never

Recently when I had this bad toothache which tormented me through the night, I told my son in the morning that the pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep the whole night. He thought for a while and reverted back – In that case mom, you should have used the time sitting in meditation as you’re always keen to spare enough time for your prayer schedules (His understanding). I told him to understand the basic need and magnitude of health and fitness.

Make Yourself Strong

This is because as and when you are unwell, you are not physically capable even to sit in meditation / prayer.  And thus when we peep into our everyday erroneous diets and lifestyles, every now and then losing stability of our emotional mental frame becomes rather understandable. Apparently, we cannot constantly hold onto our mental peace and thus sooner or later our physical health is at stake.

Therefore, you need to make yourself internally strong and efficient, so as to take charge of your mental state now. Expand the ‘Spiritual‘ you, irrespective to the age you belong. It has to be now, or it could be never.

 

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Ayurveda Herb Support For Respiratory System

 

One of the most irksome and inescapable ailment of the respiratory system is bronchitis. It might either be a meek, irritating cough; allergic cough; dry or productive cough – Bronchitis is generally aggravating for the patient.

Why Be Aware?

You actually need to be aware about this physical respiratory health issue. This is because although you might try to ignore the symptoms of cough at first, yet at times when the simple signs of cough are ignored or even suppressed, it may take the form of a more grave disease like Asthma or even Tuberculosis.

 

Check For These Symptoms of Bronchitis

  • In case you could be suffering from Bronchitis, you need to know that this particular disease is characterized by the inflammation of the bronchi of the lungs.
  • Initially all you could experience is an irritating but frequent, dry cough along with retro-sternal pain or discomfort in the chest region.
  • Then, later on, the cough become all the more persistent and productive and you could have lot of mucous and even sometimes blood-streaked sputum along with cough.
  • You might also feel a sensation of tightness in the chest.
  • There is difficulty in breathing and wheezing sound become apparent.
  • A person experiencing these symptoms, might also suffer from mild to moderate fever, malaise, and also sore throat.

    Ayurveda’s View of Bronchitis

    Ayurveda, the ancient Science of Life, conveys that there are mainly five types of bronchitis or “Kasa Roga” and this is mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts.

    1. Born out of vitiation of Vata dosha or the air humor.
    2. When there is vitiation of Pitta dosha or the fire body humor.
    3. Also, the ailment could result from vitiation of Kapha dosha or the phlegm body humor.
    4. Sometimes the disease of bronchitis might result from an injury or infection.
    5. When this respiratory affliction is caused as a consequence of tuberculosis.

      Ayurvedic Herbs as Respiratory Healers

      There are a number of Ayurvedic herbs to encounter the malady of cough. Herbs like –

      • Tulsi or the Holy Basil
      • Paan or Betel leaf
      • Adrak or Ginger
      • Kali Mirch or the Black Pepper
      • Haridra / Haldi or Turmeric
      • Choti Elaychi or the Cardamom.

      These natural herbs and kitchen spices come handy when dealing with the symptoms of respiratory ailments. Most of these herbs are part and parcel of home remedies. One herb that I would definitely want to highlight for relieving the ailment of Bronchitis is the Holy Basil.

      Holy Basil – Herb for Bronchitis

      Holy Basil (Tulsi) is one of the prime Ayurveda herbs that bestow incredible support in strengthening and curing the ailments relating to the respiratory system.

      What Ayurveda Conveys?

      According to Ayurveda texts, Tulsi or the Holy Basil tends to decrease the aggravated Vata dosha or air humor, as well as the Kapha dosha or the phlegm body humor. This makes this herb highly beneficial for preventing as well as curing respiratory ailments.

      Natural Properties Of Tulsi (Holy Basil)

      • Ayurveda counsels the herb of Tulsi as a perfect effective respiratory aid.
      • Not only this, Tulsi is believed to have anti-toxic properties.
      • Also, it is nice to know that the seeds of the herb of Holy Basil are energy giving
      • And therefore Ayurveda supports to use the Tulsi seeds also to overcome general weakness.

        Which Part Of Tulsi Should Be Used?

        The leaf part of the herb is commonly used.

        Other than this, flowers, seeds and the root of Tulsi are also used for medicinal purposes.

        Properties of Holy Basil

        The herb of Tulsi or the Holy Basil is rough and light by nature. The taste of the herb is bitter and pungent and the aftertaste is pungent. It is hot in potency.

         

        How To Use Tulsi (Holy Basil) For Bronchitis?

        • You need to mix about five to ten ml of the freshly extracted juice by pounding Basil leaves with a little Honey. Take this mixture twice a day to relieve cough and  also the related symptoms of bronchitis.
        • Research has proved this particular herb of Tulsi to possess unique anti-asthmatic and anti-tubercular properties.

         

        Make This Basil Tea

        When bronchitis is accompanied by fever, you can make some tea made with fresh leaves of this herb of Tulsi. This is how it could help –

        • This herbal tea would bring about a mild perspiration lowering the elevated body temperature and relieve you from fever.
        • Also, the phlegm combating nature of the herb would work as a good aid in relieving productive cough.
        • You may also supplement Basil tea with a pinch of ground Cloves, Pepper and Cinnamon.

        Try This Home Remedy

        You can easily prepare this herb remedy at home. Tulsi leaves may also be crushed lightly and taken in along with some Black Pepper corns. In case you find it very pungent, best is add some Honey or Mishri (Crystalline Sugar) in moderate quantities. This makes it easy to extract phlegm, thus making Holy Basil a good expectorant herb for you.

         

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KNOW HOW FOLIC ACID BENEFITS AS NERVE TONIC

BLOG BY: DR. SONICA KRISHAN

An important member of the vitamin B family, folic acid is essential for the production of Red Blood  Cells or the RBCs in your blood. In fact, folic acid, together with Vitamin B-12, allows a healthy production, functioning and growth of RBCs.

More Healthcare Benefits

  • Folic acid could also prevent you from suffering from certain types of anemia.
  • Besides, folic acid plays a crucial role in nerve function and the building of nucleic acid.
  • This is important for the synthesis and repair of the genetic material in your body, including the DNA.
  • In fact, sufficient presence of folic acid in your body prevents DNA from undergoing any changes.
  • Thus significantly reducing the chances of suffering from cancer.
  • The same also makes way for rapid division and growth of cells.
  • Also known as vitamin B-9, this water soluble vitamin also plays various other crucial roles in the functioning of our body.
  • This includes maintaining the brain health, and preventing the onset of hearing loss as you would age.

Nerve Tonic

However, one of the most useful benefits of this micro-nutrient is the fact that it serves as an effective nerve tonic for the muscles and provides great amount of relief in case of leg cramps.

How Does It Help?

  • We know that the growth of muscles is associated with damaged cells getting replaced by new muscle cells.
  • Now, since folic acid is primarily known for supporting the growth of muscle fibers,
  • an extra dose of folic acid is usually recommended to those who have damaged muscle,
  • or else in case you have been suffering from leg or muscle cramps.
  • Folic acid, for that very reason, is also known to be an effective body-building supplement.

Enduring Benefits

  • It is understood that physically active adults should include more of folic acid in their everyday diet, and also supplement the same if required.
  • This is because when an otherwise physically active person is deficient in this particular vitamin, there is a chance he or she could be suffering from higher serum concentration of homocysteine.
  • Homocysteine is an amino acid, a bi-product of the metabolism of methionine in the body.
  • This homocysteine is often associated with inflammation, and its excessive presence of would make our bones vulnerable and more prone to fractures and injuries.
  • The same also raises the chances of suffering from osteoporosis, a much debilitating bone disorder.
  • Folic acid helps in the detoxification of this very compound and is therefore; also one of the key vitamins as far as our overall bone and muscle health is concerned.

Boost for Muscles

Apart from that, folic acid increases the very size and strength of your muscles by converting arginine, an important constituent of most proteins to nitric oxide in the body. Besides, it also helps maintain normal homocysteine levels, which are required for those who indulge in strenuous everyday activities.

Deficiency Is No-Good

  • Please note that other than affecting the muscles, a deficiency of folic acid could also lead to a long – term reduced bone deficiency, which can seriously impact the mobility.
  • Moreover, it may also affect your memory and a healthy functioning of brain.
  • Those of us who are low on folic acid are also relatively more prone to allergic reactions.
  • Mental fatigue is another common problem that has been linked to people with fairly low levels of this vitamin.

Natural Sources

  • The naturally occurring variety of folic acid is known as ‘folate’.
  • Yet, this is one vitamin which our body is unable to make on its own, and hence the need to lookout for external sources.
  • Some naturally available vitamin B-9 rich foods include dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc.
  • Besides, milk, oranges, egg yolk, lentils and beans are also good sources of folic acid.

Sometimes Extra Source Is Needed

  • However, those who are deficient in this vitamin or need an extra dose of the same.
  • This is owing to some reason like frequent muscle spasms, are recommended to look out for fortified sources or even dietary supplements.
  • This synthesized version is what we call folic acid.
  • Also, in case of pregnancy, the woman usually needs an especially extra dose of folic acid, also known as a prenatal vitamin.
  • It is since a deficiency could affect the growth of the foetus and lead to serious birth defects.
  • Yet, it is always better to go natural as far and possible, and include ample amount of folic in your diet.

 

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IS MILK GOOD FOR YOU?

There no better way to get nutrients to a baby that with mother’s milk. It has the growth hormones that the baby needs and the needed macros. But what when we grow up? Is animal milk the right thing to take? Dairy has been an essential part of civilization earlier than 10000 BC. Whole milk, fermented products are a part of our diet but is it the best thing to take and do we actually need it?

We are told the good side of consuming milk. In this article we are going to see the negative effects of consuming milk. I am going to focus on the health aspect of it and not go into ethical and environmental aspects (one should also consider it).

Lactose – It the sugar present in milk. It is broken down by the lactase enzyme present in the body. But 65% of the world population have a reduced ability to digest lactase resulting in disruption of GI tract resulting in bloating and gas.

Acne – It is a part of being a teenager many suffer, but dairy can be a cause for it. dairy nowadays have lot of growth hormones and steroids pumped into the animals to increase production. Many people have benefited from giving up dairy for this issue.

Cow’s milk is not designed for human consumption; it is for the calf. It has 3 time more protein which creates metabolic disturbances which can lead to bone health problems. Milk has also been linked to the development of arthritis (inflamed joints).

Over consumption of milk has shown to cause kidney stones due to high amount of calcium in it. The calcium from milk isn’t the most efficient way to get you daily calcium as it is found out that the acidic animal protein present in the milk leeches out calcium from bones, bovine growth hormone, antibiotics which could create imbalances in body.

Being of animal origin it has cholesterol and unnecessary fats.

Milk has been shown to have been linked to increase risk of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and possibly for ovarian and breast cancer.

Again it is important to consider that dosage and genetics does matter.

We should understand that cow’s/buffalo’s milk is meant for their young ones and are designed for them. Human and animal genetics are way different and same food doesn’t help.

There are plenty of plant milk available and are great replacement for animal milk, healthier too. The ethical and environmental factors must also be considered.

Two Healing Herbs – Punarnava & Ashwagandha

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Although there are plentiful natural herbs that are immensely valuable as well as supportive so as to enhance the natural and innate wellness, let us here relate to two such Natural Healers – Punarnava and Ashwagandha.

These two herbs are rightly termed as healers as they hold superb remedial properties that have been bestowed upon us by Mother Nature.

  • Of these two valuable herbs, Punarnava tends to renew and revitalize the body systems.
  • The herb of Ashwagandha confers anti-ageing and immunity boosting merits.

Punarnava

Derived from two Hindi words ‘Punar’ which means again and ‘nava’ is new. Therefore a herb that is said to renew the body systems and all the more rejuvenates as well as revives the body is called Punarnava. The Latin name of the herb is Boerhavia diffusa and in English it is called as ‘Spreading hogweed‘.

Appearance of the Herb

The herb of Punarnava is green and leafy, approximately 2 to 3 feet long. The leaves are fleshy, rounded and contain small hair like out growths. It bears flowers during the rainy season which are mostly white or pink in colour. The root is hard, thick and somewhat whitish in colour.

Basic Properties of the Herb

Punarnava is sweet, pungent and astringent in taste and the after taste is also sweet. It is light and rough by nature and hot in action. Chemically, the main component is an alkaloid called Punarnavine.

Part of the Herb Used

The root, seed and the entire herb are used for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal Benefits of Punarnava

1. Boon for The Liver

Did you know that the herb of Punarnava is actually Nature’s splendid gift for you as it is highly advantageous for the liver? This is because the natural herb of Punarnava is a natural toner for the liver. Know how this herb benefits –

  • When the body has to fight an infection of any form, your liver is the vital organ that takes the entire stress.
  • As a consequence, you would be generally fatigued and lethargic most of the time.
  • And when this condition would continue for a long passage of time, the consequences could be more.
  • Not only could you lose hunger and your power of digestion, but also the gentle radiance on your face.
  • At this stage it is advisable to use Punarnava so as to restore your overall health, stamina and vitality.

How Punarnava Helps?

  • The herb helps in a number of disorders of the liver such as hepatitis, jaundice, iron deficiency anaemia, anorexia and sluggish liver etc;
  • Punarnava comes as the drug for liver diseases and is of choice for an Ayurvedic physician.
  • Research has established that this herb reconditions the liver.
  • It also purifies the blood
  • And as well aids in increasing the basic haemoglobin of an individual.
  • You can take the herb  in the form of fresh juice extracted from Punarnava .
  • Or the herb extract which is generally available in tablet or capsule form.

2. Improves Working Of The Kidneys

This herb is diuretic and helps to subside any swelling in the body. Alternatively, there are a number of medicinal preparations, for example Punarnava mandoorPunarnavashtakPunarnava asav etc which may be taken under the supervision of an Ayurveda expert. Other than this, the herb, being a natural diuretic, is quite useful in treating the diseases of the urinary tract like dysurea and formation of urinary stones.

3. Anti-oxidant Herb

Studies have revealed the herb to possess anti-oxidant properties. Not only this, the herb of Punarnava is also recommended as a natural immunity booster.

4. Natural Blood Purifier

Punarnava is believed to be useful in purifying the blood and also the gastric juices.

5. Combats Joint Pains and Oedema

The herb Punarnava comes to use extensively to combat a swelling anywhere in the body. For this, you can prepare a paste out of grinding the fresh herb. Then simply warm it and this may be applied over the affected parts. This helps to relieve both the oedema and pain, especially in case you are suffering from Arthritis.

6. Aphrodisiac Action

This herb is a good aphrodisiac as well as energy tonic.  For this purpose, the seed powder of the herb may be taken in a dosage of 1 to 3 grams along with a glassful of milk once or twice a day;

7. Natural Detox Agent

Punarnava also has anti-toxicological properties. Therefore the herb may be used both externally, as well as internally, in case of sting by poisonous animals, insects and reptiles like snakes.

What Ayurveda Implies

According to Ayurvedic text, Punarnava is believed to subside all the three doshas or body humours i.e. Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and Kapha or the phlegm. This quality of the herb owes to the specific properties that it contains. Being sweet, pungent and astringent in taste, it decreases an aggravated fire body humour. Also as the herb is hot in potency, it therefore tends to decrease the air and phlegm.

Dosage Recommendations

The juice extracted by crushing the fresh herb can be taken in a dose of 5 to 10 ml twice a day. Also, the powder of the seeds of Punarnava can be taken in a dosage of 1 to 3 grams approximately.

Ashwagandha

Another Ayurveda herb that is extremely beneficial in restoring as well as revitalizing the overall health of an individual is a herb called Ashwagandha. Not only this, this particular herb comes to use effectively for restoring the energy levels of an emaciated person and all the more significantly playing a substantial role in delaying the process of ageing. In the Ayurvedic texts, the herb of Ashwagandha is quite rightly regarded as a Rasayana.

Why Ashwagandha Is A Rasayana?

Evidently, All the natural herbs that help in increasing resistance against disease, enhancing physical as well as mental health and also aid in delaying the debility of ageing; are mainly termed as Rasayanas. The herb of Ashwagandha has the benefit of being entitled as Rasayana, owing to the exceptional properties it holds.

What Is A Rasayana?

  • Rasayana is a particular wellness therapy that occupies a prime position in Ayurveda.
  • It abides as a distinctive branch that deals with maintaining and ameliorating the body functions, including those of the brain.
  • The word Rasayana is made up of two words: ‘Rasa’ which means humour of the body and ‘ayana’ that is a source.
  • Rasayana is therefore regarded as the source of all the body humours.

The Herb Of Ashwagandha

The Latin name of the herb is Withania somnifera and locally in India it is known as Asgandh. The Sanskrit name Ashwagandha is derived from two words ‘Ashwa’ and ‘Gandha’, the combination of the two means that what smells like a horse.

How Does It Look Like?

Ashwagandha, the medicinal herb, which grows 2 to 5 feet tall and bears yellowish-green flowers, is found more extensively in India in the regions of Himalayas. The root which is the part of the herb that is used for medicinal purposes is whitish-brown in colour, thick and sturdy and may extend to about 1 to 2 feet in length.

Part Of Herb Used

The root of Ashwagandha is mainly used for therapeutic purposes.

Medicinal Value

Ashwagandha is light and slimy by nature and hot in potency. The taste is a combination of sweet, bitter and pungent and the after taste is sweet. Chemical composition of the herb includes glycosides, acid, starch, sugars and amino acids. Other than these, approximately thirteen alkaloids like trophine, anapherine, anahygrine etc supplement the composition.

Ayurveda Claims

  • Being slimy and hot by nature, the herb of Ashwagandha tends to cause a decrease in the Vata dosha or air body humor.
  • Also, due to the same reason, it lessens down the Kapha or the phlegm humour of the body.
  • Thus, it is useful in treating the ailments arising from a distortion in either of the two doshas or the body humours.

Therapeutic Benefits Of Ashwagandha

Energy Restorative Conduct

A powder prepared by pounding the roots of Ashwagandha may be taken in a dose of 3 to 6 grams along with a glass of warm and sweetened cow’s milk.

How You Can Take this?

  • You could be taking this energy tonic regularly for some time is sure to boost the energy levels.
  • This herb is also the drug of choice in case of weak and under-weight individuals.
  • Ayurveda practitioners generally prescribe Ayurvedic preparation by the name of ‘Ashwagandharishta’.

Cure for Insomnia

The herb of Ashwagandha is soothing and calming for the brain. It is recommended in a number of ailments that arise due to the mal-functioning of this vital organ. It has proved to be positively beneficial as a ‘brain tonic’ and in the troublesome ailment of loss of sleep.

Try this Home Remedy –

  • Prepare about 5 grams of the powder of Ashwagandha by pounding the roots of the herb.
  • To this, you need to add half glass milk and half glass water.
  • Then cook the mixture on slow fire till the water evaporates.
  • After this, you can remove from fire, add sugar or mishri (crystalline sugar) and make into a tasty and swweetened drink.
  • Take it warm just before retiring to bed.

For Urinary Disorders

Ashwagandha is a natural diuretic. The herb is therefore useful in the malady of diminished urination. An alkaloid formulation of the same is available in the market by the name of ‘Ashwagandha kshar’. 1 to 2 grams is the suggested dosage to be taken along with lots of water.

For Joint Stiffness And Pain

For those suffering from the chronic ailments of joint pains like rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, gout etc, the recommended dose of the powder of the herb is to be taken along with warm water after meals.

In winters or in cold climates, externally a local massage of mustard or sesame seed oil along with the pounded root of Ashwagandha powder added to it proves beneficial.

Boon For Women

The herb of Ashwagandha may be found favourable in some of the women ailments such as –

  • vaginal itch
  • inflammation
  • swelling in the uterus
  • leucorrhoea or white discharge
  • loss of hunger
  • lethargy.

The medicinal preparations of Ashwagandha may be taken, or simply pound the root and take the same mixed into honey or ghee (Clarified butter).

This also acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

Dosage Recommendations

Powder is prepared by pounding the root may be taken in a dose of 3 to 6 grams approx. along with warm milk or water.

 

Sources of Information

1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India.
2. Dravyaguna vijnana by Prof. PV Sharma.
3. Charaka Samhita of Agnivesh by Vaidya Sri Satya Narayan Shastri.

How to start a fitness journey?

At one point in life, everyone wishes to start their fitness journey. Many people start it but are not able to continue or many people are unaware of where to start. There is no right time or the right age to start fitness. It just has to be your will to start. The main reason people are not able to start or manage the fitness journey is because of lack of motivation and less awareness of what to do. Fitness is no rocket science, you just have to make the right changes in your lifestyle and there are so many sources to guide you out there.

We share with you some tips on how to start your very own fitness journey –

      1. Know why you want to be fit: Before starting your fitness journey, it is very important to know the reason behind starting it because only then you will be able to push yourself every day. When you know why you want to start, it will give you the right path. Remember, there is no right or wrong reason to start.
      2. Select the right workout for yourself: People have different personalities and so does people have different preferences of workout. Selecting the right workout is a very important thing before you start your fitness. A gym is not the only thing you can do, there are plenty of things such as kickboxing, zumba, swimming, running  and a lot more.
      3. Don’t rush yourself: It is good to have very high fitness goals yourself, but when you are just starting, don’t rush yourself. Go slow and steady otherwise you might end up hurting yourself. It is more important to be consistent than giving your all one day and not able to do anything the other day.
      4. Find a workout partner: When you are starting with exercise, having a workout partner can help a lot. It helps to keep the excitement of the workout and also pushes you to perform better at fitness.
      5. Follow some fitness role models on social media: We all are present on social media platforms so why not use them a little productively. Instagram has so many fitness pages that you can follow, you can also follow some of your favourite fitness people on Instagram which will boost you everyday when you will want to give up.
      6. Substitute your snacks with healthy options: We know it won’t be easy to change eating habits suddenly but you can always start by making small changes in your diet. For eg, change your evening snacks with healthier options such as boiled eggs, channa, makhanas or anything healthier. There are plenty of options available on the internet.

Fitness is a journey and cannot be achieved in one day. Be patient and do not give up easily. The benefits will be with you lifelong and you will cherish your decision to start your fitness journey. This is your journey and you have to do it your own way. Fitness is for everyone and everyone is for fitness.

What Makes Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Exceptional Antioxidant?

BLOG BY: DR. SONICA KRISHAN

 

Amla, also known as the good-old Indian gooseberry, happens to be dynamo of antioxidants. And we are not just talking about the quantity, but the absolute variety and complexity of the antioxidants. These belong to many categories including polyphenols, tannins and even flavonoids.

Vitamin C Is Abundant In Amla

However, a principally prominent one among these is Vitamin C, which makes up about most part of this fruit.

  • Vitamin C is definitely a great antioxidant in itself.
  • It is known to aid the regeneration of various other antioxidants in our body.
  • Other than this, Amla also features various health giving vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients.
  • This includes a assortment of  nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin B complex and phosphorous.

The Antioxidant Effect

The fruit of Amla or the Indian Gooseberry is rich in antioxidants which are supposed to be great for consumption. And these are known to offer two main health benefits. Theses are –

  1. Anti-ageing virtues.
  2. and immunity-boosting properties.

Over a period of time, our body tends to lose its natural immunity. This is what happens –

  • The free radicals present in our body damage its cells.
  • These free radicals are nothing but the by-products which are produced when the cells in our body are using up the oxygen.
  • They are greatly reactive and have an ability to cause serious, though periodic, damage to the cells.
  • The antioxidants, on the other hand, are known to find out and fight these free radicals.
  • Our body does have its own share of antioxidants, but often, they are not adequate enough.
  • Hence there is the need for supplementing it with external sources.

How Amla Keeps You Young And Healthy?

Anti-ageing is a great virtue that Amla or the Indian Gooseberry has to offer. Ageing happens when the cells in our body undergo oxidation damage. And this happens over a period of time. That is also when you could start suffering from various diseases associated with ageing.  But, the bad part is that these are often take for granted. Now, understand how Amla takes care of your skin.

  1. Amla, when consumed on a regular basis, helps protect and repair those cells from oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.
  2. At the same time, the antioxidants present in Amla also prevent the occurrence of age-spots, wrinkles and fine lines on our skin.
  3. Also, Loaded with antioxidants, Amla is consequently the best choice to go for when looking to boost immunity.

Amla Supports Many Anti-Oxidant Virtues!

 The in-built characteristics in the natural fruit of Amla or the Indian Gooseberry could work wonders for your well-being. The active antioxidants present in this fruit, are truly extraordinary. Here are the supportive benefits –

  • Boon For The Eyes

The fruit of Amla has high level of antioxidants in comparison to many other fruits like blueberries or pomegranate. Whereas it helps in improving your eye – vision, Amla is furthermore beneficial for your eyes. This natural support works wonderfully well in taking care of the impending eye stress due to age, as well as the macular degeneration. These eye ailments are essentially disregarded by taking Amla which offers less oxidative stress in your eyes.

  • Assists In Hair loss

The extended benefit of Amla, to avoid the free radicals, is upright to reduce hair loss as it protects your hair follicles; Amla also precludes premature hair loss and hair fall.

  • Anti-aging Benefits

Anti-oxidant qualities contained in Amla also accelerates cell repair. This means that you will have slow signs of wrinkles and blemishes.

  • Amicable For Health Of Skin

Indian Gooseberry can be consumed to retain your skin glow and sustain the health of your skin. Moreover, it is believed to be a good sun protection tonic. Not only this, it also helps in enhancing the production of healthy blood cells.

  • Magnificent Heart Tonic

The fruit of Amla is also good for the well-being of your heart.  While this natural asset moderates the level of bad cholesterol, it also improves your nerve health. Thus ensuring proper blood flow to the organ.

  • Boosts Immunity

Amla is also good for reinforcing the resistance against disease. The anti-oxidant effect existing in Amla upsurges your internal system to fight free radicals all the more enhanced.

  • Prevents Impairment of DNA cells

Another advantage of free radical prevention is to prudently avert the damage to DNA cells. Due to reduced oxidative stress, it prevents the dreaded disease of cancer.  Not only this, it is also believed that this property essentially aids in combating the cancer cells. Also, this natural fruit of Amla does not allow healthy cells to get damaged.

10 COMMON SPICES FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Blog by: DR. SONICA KRISHAN

10 Common Spices For Your Health And Wellness

  • Simple spices and condiments found on your kitchen shelves have been proclaimed medicinal herbs in Ayurveda texts.
  • These spices and condiments include a variety of dried herbs, which are used as everyday food seasoning and flavoring agents.
  • Some of these, such as turmeric, asafoetida, thyme, cumin, coriander etc. are known to be health-promoting and ensure proper digestion and assimilation of food.
  • These spices are easy to use, have no side effects, and put your bodies in harmony with nature.

Here are ten common spices that provide medicinal benefits to augment wellness.

Spice No 1. = Black Pepper

Cough

If you are suffering from cough, take two to three black peppercorns (powdered) with a half teaspoon of cumin seeds and a little black salt. This mixture can be taken with warm water twice a day.

Pyorrhea

When there is a purulent discharge from the gums associated with bleeding, try a gentle massage of pepper powder with some salt added to it, on the gums. You can add glycerin to the mixture in case this hurts.

Fever

Intake of powdered pepper (one-fourth teaspoon) with water and sugar every four hours can help reduce fever.

Common Cold

During the first stage of cold, when the patient suffers from continuous watery discharge from the nose, a half teaspoon of black pepper powder can be boiled in a glass full of milk and given to the patient at bedtime.

Spice No 2. = Cinnamon

Urinary Problems

One to three grams (about a half teaspoon) of cinnamon powder (prepared by pounding cinnamon sticks or bark) can be taken along with a glass of water in case of some urinary ailments like dysurea, insufficient expulsion of the urine, and when there is pus with urination. Cinnamon provides a natural stimulus to the kidneys.

Respiratory Ailments

Cinnamon is a destroyer of phlegm. It is therefore recommended in colds and sore throat. You can take one to three grams (about a half teaspoon) of cinnamon powder mixed with one teaspoon of honey. For better relief, add a pinch of black pepper powder and a few drops of ginger juice.

Toothache

Cinnamon can be chewed to gain strength for your teeth and gums. In case of toothache or dental cavities, put one or two drops of cinnamon oil on a piece of cotton and keep it pressed in the cavity.

Flatulence

You can pound a piece of cinnamon and boil it with one glass of water. This drink is to be taken lukewarm at least half an hour before meals. Other than this, cinnamon is also beneficial in curing diarrhea associated with infections and worm infestations.

Spice No 3. = Turmeric

Allergies

Turmeric can be used in urticaria, when there is severe itching and rash on the skin. Mix turmeric powder with coconut oil and apply this paste locally onto the skin. One to three grams (about a half teaspoon) may be mixed in a glass of warm milk and taken internally twice a day.

Analgesic

Any pain and swelling resulting from an injury can be treated by applying turmeric, warmed with some mustard oil. Turmeric also possesses unique wound-healing properties. It prevents blood loss from the site. It is also advisable to drink hot milk with a half teaspoon of turmeric added to it when there are internal or external wounds.

Congestion Due To Cold

The fumes produced by burning a piece of raw turmeric are to be inhaled. This is an excellent cure for blocked nose. Beauty Therapy Turmeric mixed with gram flour, sandalwood powder and a little coconut oil, when applied to the skin, makes it soft and glowing and helps to remove blemishes.

Spice No 4. = Clove

Toothache

In Ayurveda texts, clove is recommended for relieving toothache. You can either press the clove between the teeth or put a cotton ball dipped in clove oil into the dental crevice. This not only relieves pain, but it also has a germicidal action.

Aches & Pain

The local application of clove oil is also beneficial for relieving pain in maladies like sciatica, arthritis, headache etc. For this, the oil should be warmed and then massaged into the site of the pain.

Lactation

Clove is also approved for lactating mothers. Clove has natural properties to enhance as well as cleanse the milk of the lactating mother. One to two grams of clove powder may be taken mixed in warm milk twice a day.

Spice No 5. = Fennel

Mouth Odour

Fennel seeds can be used daily for enhancing the taste of a meal, or for the purpose of fighting mouth odor after meals. It is a natural breath freshener.

Mouth Ulcers

To relieve mouth ulcers, you can prepare this mouthwash: Boil two teaspoons of fennel with a glassful of water. To this add a piece of roasted alum. This can be used to gargle.

Skin Maladies

If you are suffering from a skin malady like pruritis, burning of hands and feet, recurrent boils then try this simple cure. Prepare a powder of equal parts of fennel and dry coriander. To this mix add double the quantity of powdered crystalline sugar. Take a half teaspoon of this powder twice daily for a few days.

Lactation

For lactating mothers, fennel comes as a boon as it has a tendency to increase milk formation. Even during pregnancyregular use is beneficial. Fennel seeds can be chewed, or powdered and boiled in sweetened milk. This concoction provides relief from pregnancy-related ailments like acidity, flatulence, nausea and vomiting.

Spice No 6. = Liquorice

Chronic Cough

Liquorice has been found to be quite useful in treating both dry as well as productive cough. Take approximately one teaspoon of liquorice powder mixed with honey. It cures chronic cough or when blood comes along with cough.

ENT

A medicinal formulation of liquorice called Saptamrit loha is extremely beneficial for the ears, nose and throat. It is to be taken mixed with honey and/or ghee and warm milk. Saptamrit loha is an Ayurvedic medicinal formulation and you can take two tablets twice a day. These may be powdered and mixed into honey.

Mouth Ulcers

Prepare a decoction of liquorice by pounding the condiment coarsely. Add a glass of water and boil the mixture till it is reduced to one-fourth the quantity. This can be used for gargling or can be swallowed. This is a remedy not only for mouth ulcers, but it is also good for throat pain and inflammation of the vocal cords.

Tonic

A number of liquorice formulations are available which can be taken for strengthening the body system and to increase immunity. One simple formulation is to mix the powder of this root with honey and ghee. It will act as a general as well as brain tonic; helps fight diseases; and is good for anti-aging.

Spice No 7. = Greater Cardamom

Digestive Ailments

Those suffering from digestive maladies like loss of appetite, indigestion, dyspepsia, occasional nausea, feelings of discomfort after a meal, excessive thirst, excessive wind formation and stomachache can benefit by taking greater cardamom. The seeds of the herb are to be pounded and take a half teaspoon of the powder with some warm water.

Dental Care

Another virtue of this herb is that it can prove quite helpful in dental problems. A decoction is prepared by adding a glass of water to one or two cardamoms and boiling the mixture till about one-fourth of the quantity remains. Rinse your teeth and gums with this regularly and feel the relief. It also acts as a mouth freshener and relieves the problem of mouth odor.

Expectorant

Cardamom combats phlegm. In case of recurrent bouts of cold and cough, try taking cardamom powder mixed with honey. When there is a headache in addition to nasal congestion, you could also add some powdered cardamom to warming oils like mustard or sesame and massage it on the forehead.

Spice No 8. = Acacia Catechu

Skin Infections

Acacia Catechu, or Khadir Saar in Ayurveda, is believed to be an excellent blood purifier and also provides relief in a wide range of skin diseases. Local application of a paste made from mixing catechu powder in water can be used to heal ulcers, boils, and itchy lesions on the skin as it has antiseptic and anti-pruritic properties.

Dental Care

A local massage of catechu powder is an effective cure for spongy and bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and gingivitis.

Hoarseness of Voice

Catechu is helpful for those suffering from hoarseness of voice or recurrent sore throat maladies.

Spice No 9. = Saffron

Brain Tonic

Saffron is believed to be a boon for the brain as well as the entire nervous system. You can use it by adding a pinch of saffron to your milk, preferably at bedtime.

Urinary Disorders

Being a diuretic, saffron tends to cause free passage of urine. It thus finds an important place in treating urinary disorders in which there is diminished flow. As a home remedy, you can soak saffron in water at night and the next day, take it mixed with honey or sugar.

Skin Blemishes

Since olden times, saffron has been regarded as highly beneficial for the skin. Not only does it add glow to the skin and cure blemishes, it also acts as a blood purifier. The oil of saffron called Kumkumaadi tail is to be applied to the face. As an easy remedy, make a paste by mixing saffron in water and apply it to blemishes.

Spice No 10. = Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Heart Tonic

According to Ayurvedic texts, the use of carom seeds, popularly known as ajwain in India, is good for the heart. In disorders like weakness of the heart, ajwain being hot, is stimulating in action.

Fever with Shivering

Another specific effect of ajwain is that it combats fever and at the same time, provides warmth to the body. Thus it is used in reducing fever accompanied by shivering. Take a half teaspoon of ajwain powder with warm water.

Respiratory Ailments

Ajwain can be taken when there is chronic cough associated with excessive formation of phlegm (productive cough); and also when there is a bad odor due to persistent phlegm. In bronchial asthma, when phlegm remains stuck in the bronchioles, ajwain helps the excessive phlegm to subside. Take about a half teaspoon of powdered ajwain, preferably with warm (or hot) water twice a day.

Digestive Problems

Ajwain is naturally carminative, digestive and invigorates the gastric fire. It tends to relieve and settle down aggravated abdominal gas. It also relieves stomach pain. Take about a half teaspoon of powdered ajwain, preferably with warm (or hot) water twice a day.

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