Archive for January, 2014


Thursday, January 30th, 2014


The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. This system may get infected by bacteria (usually E – coli) and produce following signs and symptoms


  • Increased urge to pass urine
  • Pain during micturition in bladder region and urethra.
  • Burning sensation during micturition
  • Fever with chills
  • On laboratory analysis one may find large amount of pus cells and a small quantity of blood may also occur.
  • Since the length of the female urethra is smaller as compared to the male, and also since urethra is wider in females than males, they are more prone to urinary tract infection.


  • Drink at least 8 – 10 glasses of water as it helps to wash out the infection.
  • Drink ½ cup of onion juice along with 1 tea spoon sugar twice a day. This helps relieve burning sensation.
  • Mix ½ tea spoon of cumin seed powder and 1 tea spoon of sugar. Take the mixture twice a day.
  • Take 25 ml of radish juice twice a day.



  • Take enough water. One may also take coconut water, barley water, lemon sherbet, etc if desired.
  • Avoid spicy, oily food, coffee, chilli etc in diet.
  • Bacteria that affect urinary system often pass through stools. Hence it is important to clean the anus front to back after defacecating rather than cleaning it the other way round.
  • The other mode of transmission of bacteria is through intercourse. Hence pass urine before and after a sexual intercourse and keep the gentiles clean.



  • Take 2 tabs of Gokshuradi guggulu, thrice a day with 15 ml of punarnavasava mixed in equal quantity of water. Take the mixture after food as it may trigger acidity.
  • Take chandraprabhavati taken in dose of 1 tab thrice a day is also effective.
  • To relieve the burning sensation one may take 20 ml of usheerasava or chandanasava with equal quantity of warm water after food.



The inability to control  the bladder is known as urinary incontinence. Dribbling of urine and bed wetting are also forms of urinary inconvenience. The people who are affected by this disorder are two extremes of the age group i.e. small children and elderly people.



  • Have a mixture of 1 teaspoon of dry powdered of jamun mixed with water. Take this mixture twice a day.
  • Give walnut and around 20 raisins each night after dinner for 15 – 20 days.
  • 2 teaspoons of honey can be given before bedtime. If it is administered to be a child below 6 years of age, a dosage of 1 teaspoon would be sufficient.
  • Take a mixture of ½ teaspoon of Sarshapa and milk at bedtime.



  • In case of elders who have lost control over urine, Kegel’s exercises to strengthen pelvic muscles are beneficial. Alternatively ask the patient to practice and stop urinating mid stream for a couple of moments and then resume urinating again. These exercises strengthen the sphincter muscles.
  • Use hot and cold bags and apply them alternatively on lower abdomen.
  • Avoid taking tea, coffee, or chocolates
  • Relax and do not brood over the fact that you can not control the bladder.
  • Incase of children, do not punish, rebuke or ridicule them for bedwetting. Understand that it is not done deliberately. Encourage your child to pass urine just before going to bed. Children could be more anxious and stressed out that we can anticipate so help them to distress.
  • Massage the patient regularly with bala ashwaghandhadi taila.




Deworming is important before starting the treatment as worm infestation can lead to bed wetting which could not respond to other remedies.


  • For adults
  • Tab chandraprabha vati – 1 tab to be given daily with warm water.
  • In case of muscular debility administer 1 tab of vishtinduk vati thrice daily with ghee and sugar.
  • For children
  • Tab chandraprabha vati – ½ tab to be given twice a day with warm water.
  • Tab Neo (Charak) – 1 tab can be administered twice daily.







Thursday, January 30th, 2014



Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic practice performed in India for over 2,000 years. It is the application of warmed sesame oil (infused with herbs) gently poured on to the forehead for the extended period of time. Herbal oils are gently placed into the nose, as rare Ayurvedic essential oils are placed onto the hands. It is performed with the client lying face up on a massage table in a relaxing environment.

Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. In ayurvedic medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, and many other conditions commonly affecting people in today’s active lifestyle.




Most people will commonly notice many of the following after shirodhara: reduction in excessive thinking, calming of the emotions, and release of negative emotions, improved sleep, and improvement in insomnia, vivid dreaming, and muscle relaxation, improvement in mood, centeredness, and reduction in anxiety, alleviation of mental anguish, and a temporary blissful state. Many people experienced profound levels of insight and emotional healing after shirodhara. In essence, it calms the body, mind and spirit.


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Excruciating and agonizing, disorienting and nightmarish: this is how those who suffer from migraine often describe their condition. And there are plenty of them in the US nearly one out of ten people, about twenty – three million, suffer from this disorder. To complicate matters, many “treatments” may often make the condition worse. Some very extreme treatments have included nasal surgery jaw reconstruction, hysterectomy, neck surgery, allergy shots, hormonal therapies, and various muscular and physical therapies. In some cases, radical approaches have led to the following serious complications, post – surgical difficulties, addictive diseases, drug toxicity or liver or gastrointestinal damage. This has resulted in despair among patients, who often feel rejected by physicians as well as by society, but there is reason, as we shall see, for hope.


Migraine is called “benign” by physicians simply because it is no direct threat to life. This does not mean, however, the condition is not extremely painful for it is. It is also regularly exhausting, frustrating, and life – robbing. It is characterized by severe headache, accompanied by nausea and weakness. The pain is so intense that it has been said to be worse than child birth, and it has been described by sufferers as a kind of death.

Still, ignorant people try to make migraine sufferers feel guilty and ashamed, by blaming them. They often are causally dismisses with some brilliant observation such as, “It’s all in your head. “But migraine is not something that you do yourself. It is a genuine biochemical imbalance or dysfunction. It is what physicians call a “primary disorder”, and is not simply a symptom.

Migraine has been with human beings for quite some time. References go back, in fact to the Mesopotamian Empire of about 3000 BC, and probably preceded even that. The average migraine attack comes from one to three times per month. The pain is often localized to one side of the head. An attack may last from four to seventy – two hours. Since the sufferer is not responsible, he or she should not feel guilty when his or her body reacts in this manner. Migraine is not due to any mental or emotional weakness. However, many misunderstand this, and their guilt and depression often result needlessly in a loss of self – esteem.

Nor are migraine sufferers alone, by any means. Headache – treatment in the U.S alone costs fifty billion dollars per year. Eleven billion dollars may be lost annually due to lost work – days.



Migraine is a biological, not a physiological, disorder. There is no known “migraine profile” of certain personality types. It is not caused by being uptight, perfectionist, etc. It is not due to clear, simple states such as anger, which might, however, exacerbate it, as might tension.

Further, migraine can be controlled, migraine does not usually lead to worse conditions, and it is not their precursor. It is not caused by sinus problems. Migrainers are not lazy people, who seek to avoid responsibility, migraine has nothing to do with T.M.J. migraines cannot be traced to allergies, excessive medication does not increase relief.

Migraine may begin in infancy, and does occur among children. It is not caused by stress or anxiety. Men also suffer from migraine; it is not a symptom of PMS. Migrainers are not unusually sensitive to pain. It is not a sign intelligence, or lack thereof. Migraine usually is not hard to diagnose and Migrainers not difficult to work with.


Migraine is a fairly democratic disease and all kinds of people get it. Beginning with puberty, however far more women than men experience it. (Estrogen, a female hormone, it is considered to be a significant contributing factor). Most people suffer from between ages twenty and forty – five, after which the condition begins to evaporate. It presence decreases with age – with men, in their thirties, and women in their forties. Most cases begin with in childhood or adolescence. When they begin in childhood, they often end at adolescence. It appears to less common among African Americans. In some cases, an attack might occur only once in a lifetime, but the frequency varies to more than once a week. A new generation of “designer drugs” has been designed for the treatment of migraine. Many of these are among the “tryptan” family.



Migraine used to be thought to be caused exclusively by a increase of blood circulation to the brain. Today, however, it is believed to be the result of a cascade of biochemical events that usually are set into motion by an environmental “trigger”. There seems to be a genetic predeposition to the disorder, involving the CNS (central nervous system). Common migraine – triggers include foods, beverages, chemicals, sunlight, fatigue/stress and hormone – level fluctuations.



The headache of migraine is really the end point of a cascade of biochemical events which have various effects on the body. It is highly bio specific, in that it has different people. But essentially there are two types: 1) migraine with aura, which used to be called “classical migraine”, and 2) migraine without aura, which used to be called “common migraine”. “Migraine is also commonly called a “sick headache”, because it is accompanied by nausea. It usually produces throbbing pain. Migraine with aura is preceded by a series of visual and neurologic distortations; migraine without aura lacks this preceding warning signal. Migrainers are not histrionic or over sensitive. They are responding to a disorder that creates fierce, violent pain that can be excruciating.

A pre – headache phase known as a “prodrome” might occur. It can precede an actual headache by days or hours. Its symptoms can include mood changes, irratibility, fluid retention, increased thirst, frequent urination, food carvings, gastro intestinal symptoms, bloating etc. Energy – level changes, also occur some feel very lethargic; while others become almost manic.

The post headache phase or “postdrome” may occur twenty – four hours after the headache; it is marked with fatigue; sometimes feelings of euphoria or well being also marked this period.

Three common migraines are: 1) menstrual 2) week end, and 3) let down. The first, as indicated, ties in with the flow and changes in hormones, and is related to the onset of menstruaration. The “let down” variety occurs after the accomplishment of a major task, when it is all over, stress – levels plummet, and you begin to relax.



Although there is no single test for migraine, diagnosis is relatively easy for a knowledgeable physician. Diagnosis should include a fairly thorough headache history, and a personal headache profile. A complete physical exam is recommended, including blood tests to rule out any other causes. Imaging techniques and an electroencephalograph might be used as well. Certain exotic tests are not generally recommended; if they are ask why. You might also under certain circumstances, be referred to a specialist, but if so, ask why. These might include orthopaedists, ophthalmologists, endocrinologist, allergissotol, arnygologists, or oral surgeons. Be cautious, and always ask for a complete thorough, satisfying explanation that answers all your questions.



In Ayurveda various treatments are given for migraine external as well as internal. The main treatment for this is Shirodhara.



Some migraines suffers enormously and needlessly because they fear medications that might bring them comfort and relief. There are two types of medication that are currently used those for acute attacks and those that help prevent attacks. If you find that the medication is ineffective, you might need to change the medication, not simply to increase the dosage.





Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Bout ten thousands years ago LORD DHANWANTARI gifted to mankind the knowledge that has taught human beings how to save their lie from ailments, how to prevent the ailments, and how to understand the ultimate purpose of this human life. Lord Dhanwantari also made mankind aware that how by incorporating certain values in our life one can achieve better balance of physical, mental and spiritual levels.

That knowledge is practised since than by sages/seers and practitioners as science of life Ayurveda. Ayurveda has always played a very active role for the well being of mankind without keeping any consideration of caste, creed and nationality as long as the principles taught by this science are followed in correct sense and prospective.

Presently this science is spreading its roots in various western countries and the reason for this is that people are becoming more interested to follow an approach that can give them complete holistic approach to their well being rather than just fixing their symptoms.

They are also interested in a modality that can show them the ways where they can themselves play an active role in their wellbeing rather than have to wait for someone to help them.

People are nowadays a very much aware that until or unless they follow such an approach that can look towards the root cause of their aliment, and also advice such a programme where they can modify their lifestyle, diet and other physical and mental regimes according to their bodily constitution as well as the season they are living, they won’t be able to get a long lasting impact on their well being.

Ayurveda is the only such science that helps everyone to achieve perfect balance at physical, mental and spiritual level.

Due to this growing interest now a days many westerners visit India with different objectives and interest. Some of them already know and follow Ayurveda and they are visiting India to have some specific Ayurvedic treatments for their problems. Some are just as tourists but they want to experience Ayurveda while being here. Some might be more serious and want to study Ayurveda and to enhance their existing knowledge at whatever level they might be.

Many states in India has also realised the importance of Ayurveda and has incorporated in their state tourism promotion. States such as Kerala is already taking such steps. Due to this, the numbers of Ayurvedic centres have come up all over India especially in Kerala, Pune, Gujarat, Rishikesh and other metro cities are already taking lead in this regard.


Efficacy of LEECH THERAPY In the treatment of KALITYA (ALOPECIA)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Lopecia means loss of hair in area where ordinarily hair would be found. Generally loss of terminal hair on the scalp is called alopecia.




Alopecia can be classified into two major groups, scarring and nonscarring. In scarring alopecia there is associated fibrosis, inflammation, and loss of hair follicles. A smooth scalp with a decreased number of follicular openings is usually observed clinically. In nonscarring alopecia the hair shafts are gone but the hair follicles are preserved. Due to preserved hair follicles the nonscarring alopecia is reversible in nature.



  1. Nonscarring alopecia
    1. Primary cutaneous disorders
    2. Telogen effiuvium
    3. Alopecia areata
    4. Tinea capitis
    5. Androgenetic alopecia
    6. Traumatic alopecia


  1. Systematic disorders
    1. Hypothyroidism
    2. Hyperthyroidism
    3. Hypopitutarism
    4. Secondary syphilis
    5. Lupus erythematous
    6. Defeiency of protein, iron, biotin and zinc.


  1. Drugs


  1. Scarring alopecia
    1. Primary cutanious disorders
      1. Lichen planus
      2. Cutanious lupus
      3. Liniar scleroderma
      4. Folliculitis decalvans
      5. Traumatic alopecia


  1. Systematic disorder
    1. Sarcoidosis
    2. Lupus erythematous
    3. Cutaneous metastasis



It is a common idiopathic disorder in which there is a patchy loss of hair that usually begins on the scalp. Patches are sharply defined and non – inflamed. During the active stage of hair loss broken hair of 3 -4 mm long which taper off towards the scalp are seen. Complete loss of scalp hair is called alopecia totalis. When the hair of whole body is lost, it is called as alopecia universalis.



It is physiological in men over 20 years old. It also occurs in females most obviously after the menopause. The well known distribution (bitemporal recession and then crown envolvement) is described as “male – pattern” but this type of hair loss in female is often diffused.


Ayurvedic review

In Ayurveda alopecia is called as khalitya. It occurs when bhrajak pitta situated in hair follicles combined with Vata causes fall of hair. After falling of hair the kapha along with rakta causes obliteration of hair follicles. Due to this reason other diseases can not originate at that site.



  1. Indralupt
  2. Khalitya
  3. Ruhya


According to vagbhata indralupt is sudden loss of hair where as inn khalitya there is a slow loss of hair. According to Acharya Kartik loss of hair of beard is called indralupt, loss of hair from scalp is called khalitya, where as loss of hair from whole body is called ruhya.






Rakta moksha


Thursday, January 30th, 2014


“The food which is good for health is very good for hairs”.

I experienced that Iron and Calcium deficiency is the major course of hair fall and greying specially in females. So iron and calcium rich diet is must for healthy hairs.

In Ayurveda says that hairs are ‘Mala of Asthi – dhatu’. We know that Asthi – dhatu means bones are made up of calcium. So calcium very necessary for healthy hairs.

Soyabean is one of the richest sources of protein, so very good for hairs. Vitamin B complex and minerals are also essential for healthy hair. Iodine deficiency also causes hair problems.


Oil (Local Application) for healthy hairs

There are two main base oils for preparation of ayurvedic hair oil. They are Coconut oil and Black Sesamum oil. Many types of ayurvedic hair oils are prepared by adding special herbs at certain temperature.



Introduction of Coconut and Sesamum

Coconut:- it is a tree and its botanical name is cocos nucifera. In Hindi it is called Nariyal. Coconut oil is extracted from its fruit.


Sesamum:- it is a plant of 1 -3 feet height and its botanical name is Sesamum Indicum. In Sanskrit and Hindi it is called Till. There are three types of Sesamum according to colour of its seed. 1) Shwet (white) 2) Rakta (blood red) 3) Krishna (Black). Krishna (black) Sesamum is useful for hair purpose. Sesamum oil is extracted from its seed.



A part of each hair situated below the surface of the skin in a bag like structure called the follicle. The end of the hair is called bulb. Bulb is the only living part of the hair. Each hair stand is made up of three layers.

  1. Cuticle (outermost layer):- it has transparent scales which overlap one another. Use of harmful chemicals on the hair damages the cuticle layer of hair and hair looks lustreless and rough.
  2. Cortex (middle layer) :- this layer is made up of fibre twisted together. This structure gives strength and elasticity to hair.
  3. Medulla (innermost layer):- this layer is made up of keratin.


Some facts about growth of hair

  1. Growth of hair occurs in cycle. In each cycle there is a growth phase and resting phase of a hair follicle. The length of hair depends on the length of the growing phase of the follicle.
  2. Hair grows about 2.5 cm per month.
  3. In female hair growth is maximum between 15 – 40 years when estrogen level is maximum
  4. Important factors which affect the growth of hair are age, health, environment, etc.
  5. Hair grows fosters in summer than any other season.


Hair type

Basically there are three types of hairs

  1. Oily hair:- when oil glands on scalp are overactive, they secretes excess oil and hair becomes oily.
  2. Dry hair:- when oil glands of scalp secrets less oil then hair becomes dry and looks rough.
  3. Normal hair:- when oil secretion from oil glands of scalp is normal hair, hair looks healthy and these are called normal hairs.


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

He management of newborn infants is described in detail in almost all Ayurvedic classics. Susruta specified that four women, who are age old, skilled in obstetrics and with trimmed nails, should assist the process of labour. Charaka mentioned that such women should also have multiple children. Following the birth of the child, some should look after the delivery of the placenta, and simultaneously some others must take care of the management of the new born. Several measures are described for this. The practical usefulness of the order of such measures should be well understood and implemented. Vagbhata in Asthanga Hridaya stated the cleaning of the throat after bathing the child. But reversal is the practical necessity. The measures advised by Charaka, are of good applied sense and Susruta of methodical order. However clinician should decide the order of the measures as per necessity. Those can be classified as follows.

I.            Immediate measures

II.            Protective measures

III.            Feeding measures

IV.            Naming ceremony


Resusciation:-  this is all emergent management required to revive an individual from collapsing stage. In intra uterine life, the phenomena of nutrition and respiration of the foetus are conducted by the placenta. Hence the newborn should immediately be stimulated for the initiation of respiration. Then the atmospheric oxygen enters into the baby for its survival. While the child is born, the amniotic membranes rupture, the phlegm in the throat gets cleared and vayu enter inside. So the child starts crying. The following two, mainly include resuciation.

(a)   Cleaning o throat and body :-

By ensuring hygiene the attendant should wipe off the mucus from the lips, muccal cavity and throat of the new born, with her right index finger, while nail is cut short and veiled by the swab of wet cotton to form a cushion. While cleaning, the finger is crooked so as to comfortably fit in the natural direction of the passage. If the mucus remains to tenacious to remove, ghee mixed with rock salt may be used for cleaning as well as getting the swallowed amniotic fluid vomited. By this baby becomes light and active as the respiratory passage is relieved of obstruction. The same mixture of ghee and rock salt may be used to clean the vernix caseosa adherent on the body of the child. All this influences for the natural cry of the baby to have its first respiration. Later a swab of cotton dipped in to ghee should be kept over the anterior fontanel.

(b)  Stimulation of respiration: – dull sounds should be made in front of the ears of new born with the help of two stones. And for alternate sprinkling of cold and hot water (lukewarm) over the face and body is advised. Yet, if the child does not cry and is devioded of any movements, fanning is suggested by winnowing the baskets made of black potsherd (it is a hand fan but made of the material black – mud). For this purpose, Harita advises five varieties of materials as fans

I.            Cloth (specially red):- it is said to be worst and is contradicted for wounded person.

II.            Black bamboos:- produce dry air and induces sleep.

III.            Bronze vessel:- absorbs sweat, suppresses vata.

IV.            Leaves of palm tree and

V.            Banana leaves:- these have humidity and relieves extra fatigue and control daha and pitta and induces sleep. Even then if the baby  shows only sluggish movements parisechana with Balathaila is advised by Vagbhata and it is said to cause comfort by relieving exhaustion.

Bhela describes pink face, eyes, body and limbs as a sign of perfect health and the child showing cyanosed appearance is said to perish. Vagbhata specified that a child with jerky respiration and movements like a cut snake definite to bite.

As a tradition, soon after the child cries, its father recites mantra in the right ear of the child wherein the father once again remembers the progeny only as an image of himself and prays god for its recovery wholeheartedly.

The initial above two procedures indicate sensory stimulations of the body, which are likely to stimulate the respiratory centre in the posterior superior medulla oblongata as every sensory fibers. While ascending upwards the cerebral cortex gives a relay fiber to the said respiratory centre.

The principle in the Moro’s reflex by labyrinth stimulation stimulates the production of dull sounds at ears whereby sensory impulses of hearing travel up to cerebrum. The above said second measure of sprinkling cold and hot water speaks of exteroceptive sensory impulses of the skin being initiated and general analeptic response too. Stimulation on the highly sensitive plantar area in practice now for the purpose and in the latter conditions of winnowing the atmospheric oxygen (60% in the air) is allowed through nose duly ensuring the required quantity lest excessive concentration oxygen for a few seconds would cause lenticular degeneration. The ancient practices of the said winnowing must be an attempt to utilize the atmospheric oxygen of 60% concentration.

The lungs of the new born are in atelectastic state, which becomes opened up with each successive cry establishing respiration. Finally when every measure fails, modern science advises artificial respiration.

Cutting the unbilical cord: it is the act of clipping and cutting the umbilical cord. Cord should be tied tight with sterile threads at two points by making a point at the length of 4 inches away from the abdomen of the child and should be cut in between the knots with a sharp scalpel or an instrument named ‘ardha dhara sastra’ made of gold, silver or steel which is made hot. The thread form the knot of the child’s side should be tied loosely in the neck of the new born baby and the cut end should be dressed with Kushtha taila.

While creating of the throat and resuscitative measures are being undertaken concurrently. The cord is squeezed so as to push more blood towards the child and clamped when it causes to pulsate. Even if the child does not revive this cutting of the cord should be done so that the child does not bleed through the placenta and measures for revival are continued. Keeping the free end of the cord at the neck of the child aims at avoiding the contamination of the cord by urine and faeces besides the care observed to prevent the umbilical sepsis.

Jatakarma:- in general this term sounds to refer to all the emergent measures, adopted of the neonate. But in Ayurvedic classics the following acts are specially described as Jatakarma

1)      Chanting of the mixture of ghee and honey to the new born while vedic hymns are being recited.

2)      Putting the baby to the right breast of the mother.

3)      Keeping pot full of water near the child’s head.

The religious book like manusmrity advises cutting of the navel cord after the performance of Jatakarma but the Ayurvedic classics advocate cord cutting earlier probably due to practical difficulties.

Chanting the mixture of honey and ghee could be congruent foreign substances (antigen) to the body. While honey collected from the flowers of various rasas and gunas is likely to possess a variety of substances or allergens in a buffer state, the pollen of flowers is a known allergen; hence this may alarm the baby’s immune mechanism to establish general immunity. The ghee component in the mixture which after digestion, by passes the liver to reach the heart and may preserve the said antigen from being immediately metabolized by liver thus fucitating its existence for the purpose. Secondly keeping the breast in front of the baby’s mouth not only stimulates the involution process of uterus in the mother but also reveals the state of rooting and sucking reflexes. Thirdly a porous earthen pot with a greater evaporating area kept near the child’s head probably gives a cool feeling and maintains humidity in the air just as the modern incubators do.

Feeding – ‘prasanam’ in new born is meant for establishing and promoting longevity, immunity, intelligence, complexion, energy and preventing the child from evil demons. Administration of Gold with vacha continuously for one month further potentiates its medhya effect as well as immunity and its administration for six months make the child grasp and remember the things well on single hearing itself.




Ayurveda in Spas Introducing a complete Approach to wellness

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

pas today are playing a pivotal role in helping people achieve health and wellbeing and are no longer just place where people go to get pampered. As people become more aware of the need to look after themselves and get off the modern day treadmill of working like machines, they are increasingly acknowledging the benefits of taking a natural approach.

People are becoming keen to take a more holistic approach to their health and well being and there is an upsurge of interest in treatments that work not only to beautify the skin but also to relax and nurture the whole body. Slowly but surely spas are looking at incorporating treatments that can help their clients to achieve total wellness.

Ayurveda is a leader in this new wave of wellness consciousness, both with the public and with spa owners.

Ayurveda has always advocated that external beauty is directly related to internal wellbeing. This is because there is no lasting benefit from treatments that only work at superficial levels.

One can only achieve long lasting wellness through treatments that make external and internal levels. And Ayurvedic beauty treatments are particularly focused on these areas.

Integrating true Ayurvedic principles can seem challenging to some people but the time has come for these treatments to be incorporated into spas that offer n authentic and complete holistic approach.

Ayurveda belongs to neither a nation nor a religion but to life itself. Ayurveda was revealed to the seers in India thousands of years ago. In a natural environment when goodness reigned supportive to all our life, these seers or rishis came to understand the principles by which health and wellbeing is both created and destroyed at both external and internal levels.

Ayurveda, the science of longevity, promotes health, natural beauty and long life – something that today’s well ness spas seek to offer and consumers are beginning to demand.

When we talk about beauty in the context of Ayurveda, It should be made clear from the start that we are not talking about the market driven ideals of the moment.

In Ayurveda, beauty treatments and products are very specifically proscribed in ancient Ayurvedic texts and the true benefits of such treatments can only be achieved when they are offered in their unadulterated form and only by therapists who are well trained to incorporate all the principles and ethics of the treatment. This is equally true in today’s spa environment.

According to Ayurveda, inner and outer beauty is intimately related. The more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically and expressively, regardless of our particular body shape or constitution.

Ayurveda has much to offer the wellness spa industry. Spa – style Ayurvedic body care programmes structured by qualified Ayurvedic doctors and spa consultants are both blissful to receive and effective at relieving many of today’s stress – related conditions. In addition, the ambience Ayurvedic concepts inspire in a spa’s interior design creates a calm and peaceful, atmosphere, which spurs customers to come again and again.

Today’s spa goers are demanding a true natural approach to treatments and products and Ayurveda has the tried and tested answers.

The Ayurvedic approach to spa therapy takes the treatment package to a much deeper and long lasting level and can be customised to the needs and imbalances of the client. All Ayurvedic treatments to each individual’s body and skin type.

Ayurvedic understanding is based on the principle that the human body is made up of five elements (such as fire, water, earth, and ether). Each element has specific qualities and these are responsible to maintain either balance or create imbalance in the body. For example, the air element’s qualities includes dry, rough, cold, thin, irregular and empty and the characteristics of the five element are hot, sharp, light and oily. The characteristics of the earth element include dense, heavy, oily, cold, thick, slow and soft.

Ayurvedic therapists are well – trained to access these elements and pinpoint what qualities are out of balance and causing a particular skin condition in their client. Therapists can also identify whether an imbalance due to some physical irregularities or due to a mental cause (which today is the prime cause of skin problems such as wrinkles, blemishes, dark spots or pimples). After the therapist determines the cause they can select skincare products that will be suitable for treating that condition.

It is very important that therapist learn to analyse the skin type and imbalances properly, otherwise the whole treatment can be ruined. For example, skin dryness can be caused by either too much cold or too much heat in skin tissues.) Each type of dryness will bring different manifestations. While dryness caused by cold is more responsible for wrinkles, dryness from heat will lead to blemishes.

One, however, must be cautious about the prognosis of some ‘new age’ Ayurvedic therapists who claim they can tell whether your skin is vata, pitta or kapha just by looking at you.

By incorporating the Ayurvedic wellness approach, a spa can become a one – stop shop where owners can make their clients feel more satisfied and happy by giving them something that will have a long – term effect on their wellness.

The treatments and services an Ayurvedic spa offers include:

  • Lifestyle conditions.
  • Ayurvedic body work such as Ayurvedic therapeutic marma massage.
  • Synchronised Ayurvedic massage.
  • Ayurvedic stone therapy massage
  • Ayurvedic Navarakhizi massage
  • Udwartanam massage ( a unique massage treating cellulite and fat metabolism)
  • Ayurvedic body wraps.
  • Ayurvedic ubtans.
  • Ayurvedic facials
  • Shirodhara treatment
  • Bridal packages lasting from seven to 14 days.
  • Pre and post natal massage.
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

During lifestyle consultations, clients receive advice about health practices, diet and home remedies to look after their long – term external and internal wellbeing in a sustainable way. Clients appreciate this approach because they can see the emphasis is being placed on their total well being and are happy to return for follow – ups.

Among the many Ayurvedic spa programmes available, therapeutic Marma energy massage remains the most important. In this treatment, a therapist uses traditional Ayurvedic warm massage oils (totally different from essential oils or other massage oils). Along with specific hand strokes to stimulate the subtle energy flows of the body. While this massage makes the muscles more supple it also brings a glow and tone to skin tissues.

Ubtans, another treatment that has the stamp of all Ayurvedic concepts, uses body pastes that are vigorously rubbed into the skin in rhythmic clockwise motions. The paste is made from a concoction of therapeutic herbs, grains and lentils and is totally different from conventional applications used in modern – day spas. The paste nourishes the skin, tones, muscles and promotes metabolism – therefore helping to reduce deposits of fat.

No Ayurvedic beauty experience is complete without experinceing an Ayurvedic facial, where specific strokes with various fingers and pressure are applied to the skin bringing a long – lasting youthful and radiant glow by relieving the tension in face muscles. When combined with the truly profound Ayurvedic treatment known as Shirodhara, (where a fine stream of special medicated warm oil is poured on the third eye) it generates a total blissful state at both physical and mental levels.

Even though traditionally Shirodhara is an integral part of Ayurvedic treatments for major mental and emotional imbalances. It can also play a role in enhancing external beauty as long as the treatment protocol and procedures are followed correctly.

One must ensure that while giving Shirodhara treatment only medicated oil is used, the temperature of the oil is correct and the flow of the oil is kept consistent and rhythmic.

Some so – called ayurvedic spas use sesame oil for Shirodhara treatments, which can be harmful to clients who have deep mental and emotional imbalances because standard sesame oil is not strong enough to counter those imbalances.

In many modern spas Shirodhara posts are used with a tap and have no string inside them to control the rate of flow, which again can aggravate a client’s condition. This is because the whole purpose of the process is to balance vata in the nervous system but when oil is falling on the forehead with speed and force, it can aggravate vata instead of balancing it.

The same thing happens when the oil temperature is not kept constant and the oil used is either too cold or too hot. Again this can be counter – productive rather than giving any benefit.

There are just some of the reasons why Ayurvedic experts insist that therapists must be well – trained by qualified Ayurvedic doctors.

Udwartanam is a unique and sought after Ayurvedic treatment for treating cellulite and excess fat deposits in the body.

Ayurvedic pre and post natal care offers many benefits to pregnant women because it helps them to get their bodies back into balance, not only get them back into sharp but also revitalise and rejuvenate their bodily tissues.

No Ayurvedic spa can be complete without offering a yoga and meditation programme. Again there is a danger of such programmes becoming another ‘new age’ fad but when offered in their true and authentic versions they have a much more beneficial impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

Another key contribution the Ayurvedic approach to spas makes is the special ambience that is created by following Ayurvedic principle and philosophy. By using the services of an Ayurvedic spa consultant, spa owners can bring ancient knowledge of vastu shastra and vedic astrology and the presence of five elements to bear in their spa interiors and to structure the placement and selection of spa environment. The use of specific mantra chanting music can also create a deeply peaceful atmosphere for visitors who will find it hard to leave it for the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Another important contribution that Ayurveda can bring to the spa environment is the healing power of hands. Therapists who are trained in traditional Ayurvedic knowledge provide all Ayurvedic beauty treatments such as facials, body wraps or paste using only the bare hands and no machinery is used during the therapy. This provides another element of the healing touch and contacting the energy.

Ayurveda also emphasises treatments that look after your hands and feet. there are specific age – old treatments for taking care of both, such as Pada – shubkari (a traditional pedicure) and Hasta – shubkari (manicure) and traditional head massage brings a fresh concept to the spa industry’s efforts to provide a rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing and welcoming experience to its valued clients.

Finally, the most important component that Ayurveda brings to spas is the use of totally natural products. It is very importamt to note that all authentic Ayurvedic skin care products will have specific therapeutic herbs used as Ingrid nets rather than just simple essential oils or orange and lemon powders.

Authentic Ayurvedic skin care products use traditional preparation methods rather than machines and modern techniques and still meet the needs and demands of today’s customers.

I can share some of my knowledge of Ayurvedic products here by providing some brief examples. When rose petals are used for toners or astringent lotions they are always sun – dried and never treated with artificial heat. When specific mud treatments are made for body packs they are fortified with separate decoctions of various herbs, milk or honey and then sun – dried to get the end product. At the same time, while procuring Ayurvedic herbs for products their potency will be checked in labs to get the best results rather using commercially – made products.

So the time has come for the spa owners that are keen to bring an authentic holistic experience to their spas to incorporate Ayurvedic programmes. However, i will share one word of caution here: that if they wish to offer such treatments they must use the services of well – trained Ayurvedic therapists operating under the guidance of qualified Ayurvedic doctors who are well versed with the needs of the spa industry and not got lured by fly – by – night so – called Ayurvedic experts.

It is also very important to use only Ayurvedic beauty products that are based on traditional formulations are not influenced by the ‘new age’ concept of beauty.

Spa owners wanting to offer Ayurvedic treatments must be aware that their reputation and business needs to be protected. While the spa brings business to them it should also bring peace, harmony, blessings in their life and this will only come when we don’t just think of it as a business but as a service to mankind.


Natural products as bio-available enhancers – Curcuma longa

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


Curcuma longa native to south India is a member of the ginger family. The Indian curry spice “turmeric “ is derived from  the tuberous rhizomes (root like structures) of curcuma longa.. the bright yellow colour of curcuma longa comes mainly from polyphenolic pigments, known as curcuminiods. Curcumin is the principal curcuminiod found in turmeric, and is generally considered its most active constituent. In addition to its use as a spice and a pigment, turmeric has been used in India for medicinal purposes for centuries. More recently evidence that curcumin may have anti – inflammatory and anti cancer activities has renewed scientific interest in its potential to prevent and treat disease. Extensive scientific research on curcumin has demonstrated its potent antioxidant properties. Though its antioxidant mechanisms curcumin supports colon health, exerts neuro – protective activity and helps maintain a healty cardiovascular system. Curcumin also has been to show to enhance the effectiveness of certain anti – cancer drugs, and, amazingly, to potentially improve the effectiveness of anti cancer radiation treatment by preventing tumour cells from developing radiation resistance. Curcuminoids are derived form turmeric by extraction with ethanol. Curcumin is the most studied of the curcuminoids. In pure form, it is an orange – yellow crystal line powder that is insoluble in water. It is also known as diferuloylmethane and turmeric yellow.

Curcumin and the other curcuminoids have been found to have antioxidant and anti inflammatory activities have been entered into phase 1 clinical trials for cancer chemo preventive by the National Cancer Institute.


Several approaches have been adopted in the past to maximize oral bio availability, such as

v  Particle size reduction

v  Polymorphic or crystal size and form selection

v  Solubilisation of lesser soluble drugs by way of chemical modifications, complexation and use of co – solvents/ surfactants.

v  Targeted delivery of drug at the site of action

v  Controlled drug delivery by film coating or use of polymeric matrices for sustained release of drugs.

v  Prodrug approach

v  Microencapsulation using liposomes.

However, based on clues from Ayurvedic literature, a new approach of increasing the bioavailability of drugs including poorly bio available drugs had been conceptualized. There is a great interest and medical need for the improvement of bio – availability of a large number of drugs, which are


v  Poorly bio – available

v  Administered for long periods

v  Toxic

v  Expensive

Maximizing oral bio availability is therapeutically important because the extent of bio availability directly influences plasma concentrations and consequently therapeutic efficacy and dose related toxic effects resulting after oral drug administration. Poorly bio available drugs remain sub therapeutic because a major portion of a dose never reaches the plasma or exerts its pharmalogical effect unless and until very large doses are given which may lead to serious side effects. Any significant improvement in bio availability will result in lowering the dose or the dose frequency of that particular drug. Remember the natural products are always natural.

Natural products as bio-available enhancers

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


Use of Ayurvedic preparation “trikatu” dates pack to the period between the seventh century B.C and the sixth century AD which is a Sanskrit word meaning three acrid. It refers to a combination of three elements namely black pepper, long pepper and ginger. It is believed that the use of “trikatu” and is constituents individually as well as collectively, enhances the bioavailability of a number of drugs.