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 action governed by the elements of … Continue reading “Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha”

Sweet Potato with Kale & Ginger

Sweet potato with kale and ginger is the perfect ayurvedic simple tridoshic (that suits most of the people) recipe that satisfies your appetite while providing the nourishment and energy you need. Ginger enhances digestion, while sweet potato aids in improving elimination and helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Ultimately, this healthy recipe balances your body’s doshas and assists in maintaining proper health. The ingredients and the steps to prepare this recipe are as follows. Ingredients 3/4 inch ginger 250 grams kale 2 pinch salt 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 2 cups sweet potato How To Prepare Boil the kale leaves until it turns to a vibrant green shade. Subsequently, strain the water. Add the cut sweet potatoes to a separate vessel with water. Make sure the water covers the content. Add salt and boil until it becomes soft. Fry grated ginger in sunflower oil for about thirty seconds. Add the cooked … Continue reading “Sweet Potato with Kale & Ginger”

Cumin Tea

Cumin tea is widely used the Indians and becoming more and more popular around the world. Cumin treats sore throats, colds, arthritis, and also aids in digestion and is even known as the natural detoxifier. The benefits of cumin can be enjoyed by simply making a cup of cumin tea. Ingredients – 1 teaspoon cumin seeds – 250 ml drinking water Preparation Step 1: Take a vessel and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds to it. Step 2: Heat it under a low flame for until nice aroma comes out. Step 3: Pour 250 ml drinking water into it and boil for 1-2 minutes. Step 4: Strain it into your teacup and enjoy it warm. Tips: You can add honey or a pinch of salt into it according to your taste. Therapeutic value: Warm cumin tea helps in bloating, stomach cramps and gas. It also gives a quick relief from dry … Continue reading “Cumin Tea”


Kitchdi means mixture, usually of one grain and a lentil. This is a recipe that’s nourishing and easy to digest and a good choice for autumn. Ingredients – Basmati rice: 1/2 cup – Mung bean lentils/ mung dal (split yellow beans) 3/4 cup – Water: 6 cups (approximately) – Fresh ginger: (chopped or grated): 1/2-1 inch – Himalayan Oink salt: As per taste (1/4 tsp. or so) – Ghee: 1 tablespoon – Coriander powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Cumin powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Whole cumin seeds: 1/2 teaspoon – Mustard seeds: 1/2 teaspoon – Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon – Fresh cilantro leaves: a handful – 1 and 1/2 cups assorted vegetables (optional) Preparation Step 1: Separately wash rice and lentils in 2 changes of water. Cook the rice and dal in 6 cups of water, covered for 20 minutes. Step 2: While it cooks, prepare some vegetables you prefer, cut them … Continue reading “Kitchdi”

Recipe for autumn: Spiced buttermilk

Traditionally spiced buttermilk is an essential for Kerala lunch, which when loose can be used as a drink and when thick, used as a curry. Vegetables like harry melon, cucumber can be added when used as a curry. During autumn, the nature goes through drastic changes from hot to cold. That makes body difficult to adjust and can easily imbalance vata. Spiced buttermilk is a good recipe during this season. It supports vata, pitta and Kapha; helps to improve digestion and supports with mineral and calcium balance. This recipe has medicinal values in acidity, ulcer, fissure in ano, haemorrhoids, IBS, indigestion and many more disorders. Serves: 4-5 persons Ingredients – Buttermilk – 500 ml/ 2 cups (At room temperature) – Shallots – 4-5 (optional) – Chopped fresh Ginger – 2 teaspoons (chopped) – Garlic: 3 cloves (chopped) – Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon – Mustard – ¼ teaspoon – Fenugreek … Continue reading “Recipe for autumn: Spiced buttermilk”

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”