Anxiety and ayurveda


Anxiety is the comprehensive term used for psychosomatic disorders which are characterized by excessive worrying, unnatural fears, excessive nervousness and uneasiness. Anxiety is becoming much common in younger age groups now a days, especially younger men and women from multi-national companies and other industrial groups.

Anxiety is involved in most of the diseases and works as a cause for all these diseases. So, if we have ability to control the anxiety, we can almost control most of the diseases. This is the basic thought through which we can achieve “Complete Health”.

The most common symptoms of anxiety are fast pulse, excess sweating, Heart palpitations, headache, INSOMNIA, restlessness, breathlessness, nervousness, imaginary fear, hyperactivity, difficulty in concentration, confusions and tendency to be irritable without an obvious cause.

According to “Ayurveda” Anxiety or manovaha strota vyadhi is caused as a result of vikriti of manovaha strota due to aggravation or vitiated Prana Vata, which weakens the Central Nervous System and triggers the psychological imbalance. It also affects the Neuro-Hormonal functions. The root causes for anxiety are improper diet and life style that leads the distressed state of mind causes the negative feelings.

Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach to manage and heal it through diet, classical herbal medicines and yoga along with meditation.
 
Diet Recommended for Anxiety:-

English: An anxious person
English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  •  Eat a healthy, whole foods diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. All fruits & vegetables have Magnesium, which is essential for managing the blood pressure and psychological health.
  • Keep away from processed foods and eat more natural products, these will lift your moods and calm anxiety.

Foods to avoid:

  • Fizzy drinks, Tea, Coffee, processed food, White bread, Chips, Pastry, Cakes, Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol, Chocolate, Cheese, Fast Food.
  • Pickles, yoghurt and other acid forming foods are not good for you.
  • Minimize consumption of spices. Your food should be calming in nature not too much exciting.

Lifestyle Recommended for Anxiety:-

  • Good sleep:. A proper sleep relaxes both body and the mind. It improves your mood and recovers the ability of mind to deal with daily stress.
  • Take a break from routine work and spend some time with your friends and relatives. It works as a great anxiety barrier.
  • Listen calm music: Listening calm music decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels.

Ayurvedic Herbs Recommended for Anxiety:

               are examples of herbs which are effectively used in Classical Ayurvedic Medicines or as home remedy in anxiety.

Yoga Recommended for Anxiety:

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Mustard oil and its benefits


 Mustard-Oil

Mustered oil is very popular in India. Mostly here in India it is used for cooking, cosmetics and as well beauty purpose. It can be placed with other cooking oils which has low saturated fat. The mustered plant is a useful plant its almost all parts are used in an Indian kitchen. Its seeds are used to extract oil from it and as well as spice. Its leaves, stem and branches are used as vegetable usually called as ‘saag’. It is used as catalyst which enhances taste and nutrient value of food. Mustered and its benefits are described in many of Ayurvedic books. Some of its benefits are as below:

  • Mustered oil lubricates our gastrointestinal tract so that food can easily move forward. It also increases circulation and digestion. It act as a very strong stimulant. If someone is suffering from irregular bowel habit or having constipation he can get much relief by adding mustered oil into his or her diet at regular basis. It improves digestion by producing bile and gastric juices. It stimulates liver and spleen. It improves appetite. As hunger booster it can be used to gain weight.
  • Mustered oil balances the cholesterol level because it has monounsaturated fat. It reduces the triglycerides level.it can also be used in hyperthyroidism and kidney diseases. Because it controls cholesterol, triglycerides and improves circulation, it improves BMR thus reduces obesity.
  • Resent studies shows that it fight against cancer, specially of digestive tract. Mustered oil has anti microbial and anti-fungal properties so it is effective in infections of digestive and urinary tract. If someone is suffering from any skin infection caused by fungus, it completely remove that infection.
  • Mustered oil has anti inflammatory powers so it can be used for treatment of rheumatoid and general arthritis. It removes inflammation of joints due to its warmness. for better results we should massage leuke warm mustered oil to affected joint and should cover the joint with warm bandage. It also nourishes the skin. Mustered oil has high quantity of vitamin E, so it is useful in overall health of skin. It fights against pollution, aging and harmful rays like UV rays. Mustered oil so in this way protect us from fine lines and wrinkles of face.
  • Mustered oil is being used to treat the gums and teeth problems, it is being rubbed on the teeth with salt. It is used in insect bite by applying directly on to bite place.

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How to gain weight


The most effective and simple remedy to gain weight is to consume banana milk shake. It is a fast way to gain weight.


1) Another effective way would be to have banana thrice a day. This should be followed with curd or milk.

2) Muskmelon is beneficial in treating underweight problem. Have muskmelon three times a day as it helps in gaining weight.

3) Another effective way to cure underweight problem would be to have fruit diet with milk. While fruits nourish the body with sugar, milk provides the proteins.

4) An effective way to gain weight would be consume a glass of hot milk with a tablespoon of honey.

5) Take a cup of milk and put some almonds, date palm and anjeer (fig) in it. Boil this milk and have it when warm. This is helpful in treating underweight problem.

6) Mangoes are useful in gaining weight. Have a mango followed by a glass of milk. The other way would be to have a glass of mango milk shake every day for a month.

7) Raisins are beneficial in solving underweight problems. Have 30 grams of raisins every day for about a month. This would surely cure underweight problems.

8) Take 3-4 dry figs and immerse them in water. Keep them overnight. Have this twice a day to get cured of underweight problem.

9) Combine equal amounts of pomegranate seed powder, white muesli powder and Indian ginseng root powder. Take this mixture, twice a day for about a month, along with a glass of water or milk. Not only does it helps gain weight, but also tones up the body.

10) Intake 100 to 150 grams of bran with fruits. The best deal would be to take it with papaya. It works as an excellent appetizer improving digestion and reducing constipation.

11) Increase in the intake of fatty foods such as flour, rice honey, raisins, figs, dates, butter, germinated wheat etc.

Uses of Tinospora cordifolia (giloy)


Bot. name: Tinospora cordifolia
Hindi name: GILOY

It belongs to the family of Menispermaceae and is a vigorous climber. Its English name is Gulancha Tinospora. There are about 40 species of Giloy which are found throughout the world,comprising parts of Africa, Southern Eastern Asia, and Australia. Out of 40 species only 4 species have been found in India. Nowadays market is full of giloy tablets as well.

MEDICINAL USES

  • It is very beneficial to increase platelet count , so 40-50 ml. of giloy juice promotes platelets cell formation in case of DENGUE  FEVER and other conditions of THROMBOCYTOPENIA.
  • In piles its juice is given with butter milk.
  • Its juice is considered very effective in removing both exogenous and endogenous toxins. It also cleans out the brain toxins that disturbs mental function.
  • Giloy is effective in respiratory troubles particularly in asthma.
  • In Diabetes its juice is taken in high quantity regularly.
  • Steam of its leaves and root can be used in excessive bleeding during menstruation . 5gms of its leaves are crushed together and its juice is extracted. Its juice is taken in 2 to 3ml with half cup of water and is given to the patient till its condition improves.
  • It is used in malaria and other fevers too with honey. The stem of the plant with pippli (piper longum) is taken.
  • During indigestion the juice is taken or the paste of the leaves is given with butter milk.
  • It can be used in chronic fever, gout, vomiting, cardiac debility, skin diseases, anemia, cough, jaundice, seminal weakness and leprosy etc.

Dosage

  • Powder : 1-2 gm. up to maximum 5gm.
  • Decoction :50-100 ml
  • Extract : 1-2 ml

Benifits of Papaya


long papaya
long papaya (Photo credit: miheco)

The papaya (Carica papaya) is native to Central America and Mexico. It is now grown worldwide and in India to. Fruit Papayas are spherical or pear-shaped which can be up to 20 inches. The most common in the market usually average 7 inches. Their flesh is a rich orange color with either yellow or pink hues. Within the inner cavity of the fruit are black, round seeds encased in a gelatinous substance similar. Papaya seeds are edible, although their peppery flavor is a little bitter. Papaya eaten as raw fruit and ripen contain high levels of vitamins A and C and a photochemical called beta-cryptoxanthin as well as promoting health. It also contains papain, a protease enzyme anti-bacterial.


Health benefits of Papaya

  • Papaya contains a high amount of potassium and the flesh of papaya is very high in Vitamin A.  Papaya seeds and leaves are useful in treating intestinal worms found in the body.
  • Papaya helps prevent constipation and also aid in digesting food. Papaya contains the protein   called papain which is a digestive enzyme that helps in natural digestion process.
  • Papaya juice helps in alleviating infections of the colon by clearing away the infection, pus and mucus. Regular consumption will help in improving the problem.
  • The skin of papaya is excellent for treating skin wounds and places that do not heal quickly.
  • Papaya is low in calories and high in nutritive value hence it is an excellent food for those on a diet.
  • Regularly consuming papaya helps to relieve morning sickness and nausea.
  • Papaya has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-cancerous properties. The anti-inflammatory properties in papaya will help reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis, edema and osteoporosis.
  • Papaya is very good for those who frequently suffer from cold, cough or flu because intake of papaya boosts the immune system. The high concentration of Vitamin C and Vitamin A contained in papaya is very beneficial to strengthen the immune system.
  • Papaya is also very good for the hair and helps in controlling dandruff. Papaya shampoos are good for the hair and are available in many health stores.
  • Raw papaya also helps in reducing menstrual irregularities for women. Papaya helps to ease the condition by promoting natural flow of menstruation.
  • Papaya cleans the stomach and studies have shown that papaya alone eaten for 3 to 4 days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.

  • If you are infected with dengue haemorrhagic fever and have low platelet count which is known as Thrombocytopenia, the extracts of raw papaya leaves can help you to increase your platelet count.
  • Leaves from a fruit-bearing tree can be taken, it has to be washed with clean water and then crushed in a wooden pestle without water or salt. The crushed leaves are then to be squeezed by hand to extract the juice and consume it fresh for increasing your platelet count. A quantity of 10 ml is prescribed for adults twice a day and 5ml twice a day for children aged between five and 12 years.

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Nine daily habits for effective weight loss


Losing weight is not a temporary moment of awareness . In order to be healthy, fit and to consistently lose weight we need not make big sacrifices . Here are eight daily habits for effective weight loss.

Eat in moderation : Starving is a bad idea. Eat the food that you like but in keeping the calories count. Try to space your meals over the week. Keep one day reserve in a week for fried and sweet food.

Don’t skip your food: Skipping your meals, specialy when you are working is not the right way to go about it. Mental activities make you very hungry . You might skip your lunch but you will end up eating the wrong things later which is not a good idea.

Avoid midnight binging: Try not to awake late at night; it will only make you hungry. Watching television makes it worse. You will feel like having junk food, pizza, popcorn or fried chips. All of those extra pounds you gain comes from midnight binging.

Stay away from sugary snacks and candies: Have you sweet tooth? There is no good news for you. Stocking up dozens of candies and bars in your refrigerator will only increase your weight and nothing else. Have it only once in a week rather than having desserts after each meals.

Try to eat only home cooked meals: Having street food can only push you further down to road to gain weight. By watching your weight, you need to cook healthy food at your own kitchen. You need not to go to stalls for fried chickens or those egg-rolls in Chinese stalls.

Weight Loss Progress
Weight Loss Progress (Photo credit: Lexinatrix)

Eat more proteins and fewer carbohydrates: Plan out your meals in advance; you would need to reduce the intake of carbohydrates and increase the amount of protein amount. It will help to decrease your weight effectively.

Avoid soda and sweetened beverages: In the summers you are inclined toward ice-cold beer, iced tea and cola drinks which are saturated with sugar. These beverages are responsible for deposition of fat on the wrong places on the body.

Exercise on regular basis: You can eat without nurturing guilt if you are regular with your workout and exercises like aerobics and zumba dance which both are very help full in reducing weight.

Make yoga a good habit of you: Doing yoga and pranayam is the best way to lose the weight. If we do kapalbhati pranayam for 20 to 30 minutes in a stretch every morning it will lose least five kilogram weight in twenty days.

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Ashwgandha “the real power”


Ashwagandha, one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, but is

Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha (Photo credit: Hari Prasad Nadig)

most well known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and it has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. In fact, it’s frequently referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties (although botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated). In addition, ashwagandha is also used to enhance sexual potency for both men and women.

Belonging to the same family as the tomato, ashwagandha (or Withania somnifera in Latin) is a plump shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. It bears red fruit about the size of a raisin. The herb is native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa, and the Middle East, but today is also grown in more mild climates, including in the United States.
Scientific Research
Ashwagandha contains many useful medicinal chemicals, including withanolides, (steroidal lactones), alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids, and a variety of sugars. While the leaves and fruit have valuable therapeutic properties, the root of the ashwagandha plant is the part most commonly used in Western herbal remedies.
Medical researchers have been studying ashwagandha with great interest and as of this date have carried out 216 studies of its healing benefits, summarized below:
• confers immune system protection
• combats the effects of stress
• improves learning, memory, and reaction time
• reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
• stabilizes blood sugar
• lowers cholesterol
• reduces brain-cell degeneration
• contains anti-malarial properties
• offers anti-inflammatory benefits
Some studies have also found that ashwagandha inhibits the growth of cancer cells in in human beings.

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