How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?

Sinuses are eight hollow cavities in our skull around the nose. Sinuses lighten the skull, acts as a shock absorbers for skull, improve our voices and moistens nasal cavity. The mucus layer shields the nose from micro-organisms, pollutants, dirt and dust. Sinuses drain the mucus produced by them into the nasal cavity but get themselves blocked due to excess mucus production or due to a blockage in the mucus outflow. Eventually, they get attacked by bacteria which causes pain, inflammation and purulent mucus leading to sinusitis. People who have asthma, allergies, structural blockages in the nose or people with weak immune systems or sinuses are at a greater risk of forming sinusitis. Sinusitis involves the manifestation of viruses, bacteria and fungus in the sinuses causing inflammation, infection and related symptoms. There could be symptoms of acute rhinitis (common cold) followed by involvement of the sinuses marked by the appearance of … Continue reading “How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda

How can Probiotics and Prebiotics Help? Plaguing innumerable people around the world, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder identified by abdominal pain connected with a change in stool consistency or frequency. What Causes an IBS? Stress, anxiety, diarrhoea, excessive alcohol consumption, caffeine, carbonated beverages, soft drinks and continued intolerance to lactose/gluten are often reasons for IBS. Microbiomes of the gut play an important part in bowel health, and hence issues in the microbiomes lead to Inflammatory bowel diseases. Symptoms of IBS -Headache and tiredness – Nausea – Abdominal pain – Bloating – Anorexia – Chronic constipation – Diarrhoea – Mucus/blood in stools Ayurvedic Treatment for IBS According to Ayurveda, IBS would fit into the category of loss/ imbalance of digestive fire in small called ‘ grahani’. Toxins are normally present and any of the doshas (Doshas are the functional particles categorised into three as Vata/air factors, Pitta/ fire … Continue reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda”

Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda

A skin disease is often rooted deeply in various underlying tissues like fat, blood and muscles. Most skin therapies are only external applications like creams or oils and addressing the localised inflammation and/ or irritation. However, these never touch the root of the problem and thereby, the traits vanish temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently. Ayurveda says that the skin has six layers, from epidermis to subcutaneous tissue and identifies 18 types of pathologies for skin disease (known as Kushta) according to the doshas involved and the layers and regions of the skin affected. What Causes a Skin Problem? Poor metabolism and accumulation of toxins: Poor metabolism failing to eliminate waste from the system timely result in the accumulation of unwanted materials in the body. As the skin provides a lot of space of for the sedimentation of toxins from blood, gets irritated and loses it’s health … Continue reading “Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda”

Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha

As we embrace our passions and drill into the mystery of life, we unite with the noble complexity of nature with us. Ayurveda provides a lot of great tools to bring balance and make life more sustainable. Autumn is the season when Vata dosha – which is the subtle energy that directs movement- becomes powerful. Literally translated as “wind”, Vata is dry. It moves, bursts in and is often cold. Vata rises mainly in autumn, and when it does, it can leave you feeling worn out, fragile and susceptible to illness. Symptoms of Excess Vata: – Dry skin, achy joints and restlessness – Fitful sleep, irregular bowels – Constipation – Gastric problems – Lower back aches – Anxiety, insecurity and loneliness – Hiccups How to Balance Vata in Autumn? Vata dosha is normally provoked by the increase of cold, windy and dry weather. Vata relates to wind, the principle of … Continue reading “Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha”

Five Reasons to Choose Alternative Healing Therapies

Alternative therapies also known as Complementary medicine is any form of therapies or system of medicine other than Conventional Western Medicine. Naturopathy, Traditional medicine and other systems of medicine based on its own principles contribute Alternative therapies. Now let’s go through some points on why to choose alternative healing therapies. 1. Contemporary world is leading a lifestyle which is causing various diseases and ill- health conditions. This sedentary lifestyle is involved with eating a lot of junk food and much more stress. The results are always taxing ranging from tiredness, fogginess, increased irritability, irregular sleep to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, skin diseases, mental health issues, etc. Alternative therapies generally provide guidelines on diet and lifestyle to support healing which can be used solely or complementing the conventional medicine. 2. Many of the Alternative therapies are time tested. The history of Alternative therapies spans from hundreds to thousands of years. For example … Continue reading “Five Reasons to Choose Alternative Healing Therapies”

Ayurveda – Understanding The Treatment Methods

There are three basic groups of functional factors in every human being, as Ayurveda says. These Doshas, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha, does the proper balancing of our body. They act as the forces helping the body for carrying out metabolism, growth, digestion and all functions in the cells, tissues, organs and the body whole! While Vata involves the internal movement, Pitta takes care of the metabolism including digestion, and Kapha maintains the structuring and lube of the body. According to the subtle dominance of these doshas, Ayurveda understands the individual difference of human beings as Ayurvedic body type. – Vata is a combination of ether and air. In balanced form, it helps to keep a balanced and flexible body and mind. The functions like breathing, locomotion, blinking, internal movements in cells, heartbeat, etc will be normal with a balanced Vata. Once out of balance, Vata initiates fearfulness, agitation, … Continue reading “Ayurveda – Understanding The Treatment Methods”

Pain Treatment with the Ayurveda

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain is of three types; acute, chronic and cancer pains. Acute As the definition says it’s a very unpleasant experience affecting the quality of life and mental health. What Causes Pain? Most of the time pain is a symptom of a disease or a damage happening in the body. Pain happens when your body is hurt by injury or trauma, infection, inflammation and so on. Sometimes it could be coming by the compression of a nerve root and actual cause of pain can be away from the site of the pain. Sometimes some pains – especially chronic pain- stays even after the cause has been removed which is then considered as a disease rather than a symptom. Ayurveda says that always pain is associated with … Continue reading “Pain Treatment with the Ayurveda”

Balancing the Doshas: Ways & Tips

“You must find the place in yourself, where nothing is impossible” Dr Deepak Chopra Doshas: Prakruti and Vikruti There is a basic ratio of these three doshas for every human body, which is fixed from the time of birth. This ratio gives us our uniques body type. Ayurveda calls this ratio as “Prakruti”, which is a Sanskrit term for ‘Nature’. Whenever your doshas are affected by doet, lifestyle, weather or environmental factors, they get imbalanced. Imbalance of doshas is called “Vikruti” which is the Sanskrit for ‘Abnormality’. Let’s go through some aspects of diet and lifestyle to harmonize the doshas to stay balanced. Vata Vata responds quite quickly to stimulation. In balanced form, Vata helps to keep a balanced and flexible body and mind. A proper balance of vata can be attained through these steps: – Meditation, Yoga and sound sleep. – Eat warm, colourful and flavourful diet. – Give … Continue reading “Balancing the Doshas: Ways & Tips”

Ayurvedic Tips For a Healthy Skin

We all suffer some type of skin issues at some stages of life- ranging from itchy dry skin to a full blown dermatitis or eczema or psoriasis. It’s especially common in dry and cold seasons, children and after travel. Here we are discussing how to help your skin. For that first of all we need to know the causes. Common Causes of Skin Diseases:  An infection or a disease of skin, usually it comes from 1. Dry skin is the prime and most common reason for unhealthy skin. It becomes prominent during winter, change of seasons; end of summer and after migration from humid weather to comparatively dry weather. 2. Low immunity plays an important role in infections of skin and recurrences. 3. Poor digestion affects the nourishment of the body including skin and also results in low immunity. 4. Constipation results in the accumulation of waste in the system … Continue reading “Ayurvedic Tips For a Healthy Skin”

How to Prevent Flu?

The change of season from autumn to winter comes with a phase of cold, cough, fever, flu and respiratory infections for a lot. So most of us are wondering how to prevent flu! Some of us have tried vaccines without any big difference. So first of let’s understand why these infections are happening! This cold season is quite favourable for microbes to grow and multiply. When the bacteria or virus are abundant they are strong enough to attack us and result into infection. But if we are healthy and have good immunity, we can prevent the infection and kill the microbes. Saying that, as the change of season itself is demanding for the body-the body has to change different metabolism to different modes to suit the new weather- microbes find it quite easier to attack even a comparatively healthy individual. That is why it is important to boost our immunity … Continue reading “How to Prevent Flu?”