Arthritis and home remedies

Arthritis is characterized by pain and inflammation in and around the joint. Arthritis may affect people of any age from child to old aged person. The most common symptom of arthritis are pain, tenderness and stiffness around one or multi joints giving result to reduced movement and function, inflammation, redness and muscle weakness of that particular joint. Following are few steps which reduces the pain and uneasiness caused by the disease and to prevent the disease:

  • Quit smoking as it lead to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Do exercise daily, skipping exercise is can cause contractures in joints which aggravate all the symptoms of arthritis. So do not skip exercise.
  • The person who consume Omega-3 faces less swelling and stiffness of joints. Fresh fish e.g. Salmon, trout and mackerel are great source of Omega-3 fatty acid. For vegetarians there are other alternatives such as flax seeds, walnuts etc. Daily intake of one walnut soaked in water whole night and taken empty stomach is very helpful in production of synovial fluid in joints.
  • A diet rich in vitamin C is also beneficial in arthritis. Consume strawberries, cauliflower, oranges, kiwis, broccoli, and kidney beans in daily routine.

    Diagram of a synovial (diarthrosis) joint.
    Diagram of a synovial (diarthrosis) joint. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Take lots of fruits and vegetables can help in improving osteoarthritis.
  • We should take low fat based diet.
  • Take fresh whole foods including all cereals, fruits, vegetables which supply all necessary antioxidants to our body
  • Ginger contains chemicals which are similar to the anti
    inflammatory medicines. We should use ginger in preparing tea, in our
    meals, as salads or by preparing cookies.
  • Turmeric is another home product which prevents arthritis. It should be taken in quantity of 1/3 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp or can be added with dry ginger powder
    and ashwgandha powder (wethania somnifera). Its dose will remain same as was of Turmeric. These both should be taken with leuke warm milk.
  • Aloe vera juice and amla juice (Indian gooseberry juice) is also very much helpful in curing arthritis. 30 ml of each should be taken before one hour of breakfast and dinner with leuke warm water.

Diabetes and yoga

Diabetes is being common problem among people, not only elder but its is mostly affecting youngsters. Diabetes can be controlled and managed by yoga. Here we can learn how with old ancient technique of yoga, diet control, life style changes how our increased blood sugar level comes to normal range.

Yoga and diabetes: yoga help to reduce the blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Doing yoga and exercises daily can reduce the symptoms of diabetes and blood pressure. Type two diabetes is a problem caused by unhealthy lifestyle and poor fitness which leads to complications.

Stress and diabetes: when our body is under stress then glucagon is secreted in body which increases glucose level in our body. So it is important to practice yoga regularly. We can do kapalbhati pranayama, exercises, or meditation to control this high level of glucose.

Yoga and weight loss: obesity is the one of cause of diabetes. By decreasing weight we can control diabetes. For reduce weight kapal bhati and suryanamaskar (sun salutation) are best ways.

Yoga and high blood pressure: increased blood pressure is another cause of diabete by controlling blood pressure we can control the diabetes. The poses to control blood pressure and diabetes are corpse pose, bridge pose (setubandh asna) child pose, dhyan and yognidra.

Yoga poses for diabetes:

  • nadi shodhan pranayam

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  • vajrasna ( kneeling pose)
  • shoulder stand ( sarvangasna)
  • plow pose (halaasana)
  • lying down body twist (chakarasana)
  • bow posture (dhanurasna)
  • two legged forward bend
  • sitting half spinal twist (ardh matsyenderasana)

Tibet Eye Chart

Give your body and your EYES the nutrition they need!

For generations the people of Tibet have used natural methods to correct visual weakness and improve their eyesight. Chief among the methods employed has been the use of certain exercises which have proved useful over long periods of time. The figure on this chart was designed by Tibetan Lama Monks to give the necessary corrective exercises and stimulation to the muscles and nerves of the optical system. The eye Muscles focus similar to a camera shutter. The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the eye muscles to improve vision. A few minutes practice morning and evening will bring immediate effects and over a period of months a most definite improvement will result.

How to Use the Chart

These exercises are to be done without eyeglasses or contacts. Do each movement for 30 seconds while in a sitting position, spine straight and do not move the head side to side. Move only the eyes.

1.) With the palm of each hand cup both closed eyes to relax them.

2.) Move the eyes clockwise around the outer circle of dots

3.) Repeat this movement in a counterclockwise rotation

4.) Move the eyes back and forth between the dots at 2 and 8 o’clock

5.) Repeat this movement back and forth between dots at 4 and 10 o’clock

6.) Blink the eyes briefly and finish therapy with the palming same as exercise #1

Repeat exercises as desired being careful to avoid strain. After beginning therapy wear eyeglasses and contacts as little as possible. In time these crutches will become unnecessary.

The process of repair and the reforming of the curvature of the back of the eye require specific exercise and the increase of the nutrients used only by the eye for its repair and maintenance. Like any other muscle the more exercise the more nutrients are needed.

The nutrients will reverse the loss of light processing and by taking extra selenium remove the deposits of ceroid lypofucsin, rancid vegetable oils, stored as cellular and subcelluar lipids in the form of darkened and discolored spots on the urea.

This type of damage is from the vegetable oils in the polyunsaturated configuration of the oils treated with hydrogen, (Trans fatty acids), causes the rancidity (free radical damage) of cellular fats.


Yoga and the heart

The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit term that means union. It aims to join body, mind, and the day-to-day challenges of life into a unified experience rather than keep them separate. There are different forms of yoga, from the gentle, peaceful hatha yoga to the active “power” form called ashtanga. We focus here on hatha yoga because it is a good starting point.

Hatha yoga’s path to balancing the mind and the body involves three interconnected threads: physical postures called “asanas,” controlled breathing, and calming the mind through relaxation and meditation. The three work together.

How could this improve cardiovascular health? Getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles. Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels. Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar. The deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate. Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones. The postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind. Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with cardiovascular disease.

Possible benefits

The words “may,” “might,” “can,” and “could” are liberally scattered throughout this article. That’s because research into the connection between yoga and cardiovascular disease is still in its scientific infancy. Several dozen studies have explored the possible benefits of yoga for people with heart disease, but these trials are mostly small or lack the scientific rigor needed to show cause and effect. This body of work suggests that yoga may

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  • reduce high blood pressure
  • improve symptoms of heart failure
  • ease palpitations
  • enhance cardiac rehabilitation
  • lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones

Several randomized controlled trials under way should help pin down what yoga can — and can’t — do for people with cardiovascular disease. Even if all of the trials provide unequivocal support for yoga, keep in mind that it won’t offer magical protection against heart disease or a cure for it. Instead, yoga could be a useful method for coping with cardiovascular disease.

Trying yoga

People with heart disease often have other health concerns, like arthritis or osteoporosis, that limit their flexibility. A good yoga instructor creates a safe environment for his or her students and helps them modify poses to meet their abilities and limitations,

Rules for Pranayama

Pranayama should be done in healthy, non polluted place .if possible the place should be near the water resource.

Room should be scented with guggul dhoop or inscence sticks.

For Pranayama We should use sidhasana, vajrasana or padamasana to sit. The sitter which we are using to sit during Pranayama should be a bad of light and energy e.g.  Blanket or sitter made up of grass or kusha. 

We should breath through nostrils only during Pranayama, by taking breath through nose helps in the filtration of air and it regulates the body temperature through Ida, Pingla. Foreign particles remain outside in the nose.

Pranayama should be performed after finishing morning habits like passing of stool and urine etc. there should be a gap of 4 to 5 hours between Pranayama and our meals. In the beginning the duration of Pranayama should be kept between 5 to 10 minutes and after few days it should increased slowly. If one can’t pass stool in morning easily he should take any purgative at night like trifla churan with warm water.

Instructor de Kundalini yoga practicando Pranayama
Instructor de Kundalini yoga practicando Pranayama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During Pranayama our mind should be calm, happy and in cool state.

Pranayama should be performed by viewing our prakriti (nature) and according to weather as some Pranayama increases hotness and some increases coldness in the body.

If one feels tiredness during Pranayama then he should take 5 to 6 long breaths and take rest in-between.

Person suffering from fever, hunger and pregnant women should not perform Pranayama.

We should not use heavy food during Pranayama period. Milk and fruits are advisable.

During Pranayama we should not take breath forcefully. When we take air in side is called “poorak” when we stop air in lungs is called “kumbhak” and when we expel air out is called “rechak” and when we hold air out side is called “bahya kumbhak”.

Pranayama is not only these poorak,  kumbhak , rechak but it is to control breathing, and stabilize the mind.

Before Pranayama we should say “Om” for 5 to 10 times in long version. Om stabilizes the mind. During Pranayama there should be no extra thinking. During Pranayama use of Om and Gayatri mantra are much beneficial spiritually.

Pranayama yields great results if we keep our vertebral column and our pelvis straight.

Pranayama should not be practiced in hurry.

Pranayama should be done after taking bath. If somebody missed that and want to take bath, there should be a gap of 15-20 minutes in between.

One should not practice Pranayama by reading books or copying someone. All aspects of Yoga, Pranayama and asanas should be practiced under a well trained teacher called ‘Yoga teacher’.

Ease old age with Ayurveda

It is difficult to keep our health fit and to keep our daily routine fit on the edge of old age. If our health is not perfect then our family members may also don’t look after properly.  So here are some useful ayurvedic steps to ease complications of old age.

Morning and evening walk:  old people who can walk should go out for a morning walk up to one or two miles before one or two hours sunrise. If possible, should go for a brisk evening walk too. Walk improves blood circulation in the body and gives energy to body. it is the best way to avoid complications of old age. This process of walk increases the age of a person. Person who cannot go out for the walk out in street should take walk on the roof of their home.

Chew the food properly:  it is most important to keep our stomach smooth and empty in the old age. Medicines are not good choice to keep it so, because medicines make our intestines weak and it reduces the adsorption of our intestines. To avoid these complications the best way is to increase the intake of fibrous food in our food in the shape of more vegetables or fruits and eat our food by properly chewing that. If person doesn’t have teeth or teeth are less then he should take light or food, so that should be easy to digest. This helps food to digest easily in the intestines, intestines remains healthy, intestines cleans properly and easily and person feels hunger at time. Early in the morning should take fruits instead of tea or coffee. We should not take our meals up to neck.

Drink slowly:  occasionally peoples drink water and milk etc. rapidly, which is the wrong process according to Ayurveda. One should drink tea , milk and juice etc. in long process as of tea or coffee by sip and sip. It helps in mixing the saliva with each sip Which helps in the digestion. One should drink five to seven glasses of water in whole day.

Body massage: massage improves the circulation in the body and it also increases the age of a person. So it is important to take a massage of full body or any part of body at least for half an hour.

Deep breathing:  every person breaths 13-14 times in a minute and we should try to reduce it up to 10 – 12 breathes per minute by taking long and deep breathing. We should try to breathe as we breathe in deep sleep. As said according to Vedas the age depends on our breaths its our will to finish it by taking rapidly in 60-70 years or finish it in 100 years by taking them deep and long. As yogies do the pranayama and lives for 100s of years. One should take deep breath up to throat and breath out up to  the umbilicus . this is not the process which can be practiced in one day but it takes few months to be habitual. This process increases the age of a person and it filters our respiration and resulting increase of immunity of the body.if any person gets tiered while working he should sit on the chair in straight position and take 10-15 deep breathes, it helps in reducing his physical and mental tiredness and give feeling of peace. This process is very heopfull to the persons suffering with sleeplessness. For this purpose this long breathing exercise should be practiced before going to bed for 15-20 times. The person who take deep and long breathes has less chances to suffer from tuberculosis. This process of breathing  is also known as ‘bharsrika pranayama’. Very weak, and loose herted person should not perform this exercise.

 Asanas:  All asanas has also good role in increasing age but main asanas usefull are – sidhasana, padamasana, paschimotnasana and sheershasana. These all re the simple asanas which is easily to perform by any age person. Asanas should be performed up to 2- 3 minutes in the begning and should be increased up to 5- 10 minutes as one get use to them. These should be performed under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher. Very old person and weak person should not perform sheershasana. These asanas should be practiced in the morning empty stomach yielding marvelous changes in the health in next few days.