Archive for May, 2015

Ashwagandha – Benefits And Uses Of Ashwagandha

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) has a long medicinal history dating back 5000 years. Ashwagandha is a very significant herbal drug in Ayurveda or Indian System of medication. This meticulous herb was used to treat a variety of infectious diseases as well as tremors and inflammation especially arthritis.
Historically these Diseases include:Tremors, Inflammation, Infectious Diseases,Longevity,Sexual Enhancing
Ashwagandha is usually crushed and used in a traditional Ayurvedic formula called Shilajit or shilajatu. Ashwagandha has comparable properties as Chinese ginseng. Ashwagandha is heat neutral which means it has no warming or cooling properties. Unlike ginseng which is a warming herb. Ashwagandha is frequently called Indian ginseng. Therefore, both ginseng and Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera kindle the immune system, stop inflammation, increase memory, and helps maintain general healthy and wellness. Also it is known to augment the production of bone marrow, semen, and inhibits the aging process. The modern medical uses of Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera are diverse.
One area in which it has been helpful is in the treatment of mental health issues. One study in particular gave thirty anxiety sufferers forty ml doses two times a day of a solution with its major ingredient of Withania Somnifera. After one month, all anxiety symptoms including panic attacks and paranoia had virtually disappeared. American counselors have also found the herb useful in treating depression, alcohol addiction and schizophrenia. Also, when Ashwagandha is taken frequently memory and learning skills augment noticeably.

by-Peter Rodrick

‘Constipation – Simple ways to cure’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Constipation is a common symptom where a person has difficulty passing faeces or unusually dry stool. In simple language it is irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels. Constipation is determined in the colon (large intestine), which is responsible for packaging and eliminating stool….
Age wise effect: Constipation is more common in children and older age, but can affect anyone. The reason for this is that children prefer junk foods and a diet low in fibre and elder people due to absence of teeth prefer soft foods which are again low in fibre due to which constipation occurs.
Types:
• Common constipation – occasional constipation
• Chronic constipation
• Travel-related constipation
• Age-related constipation
• Pregnancy-related constipation
• Chronic idiopathic constipation
• Functional constipation
Causes:
• Diet: The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fibre found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and high in fats found in cheese, eggs, and meats.
• Not enough liquids: Liquids like water and juice add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. Other liquids, like coffee and soft drinks that contain caffeine seem to have a dehydrating effect.
• Lack of Exercise: Lack of exercise can also lead to constipation. For example, constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise.
• Medications: Pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, and anticonvulsants for epilepsy can slow passage of bowel movements.
Symptoms:
Difficult bowel movement , Dry bowel movement ,
Painful bowel movement
Abdominal pain , Feeling uncomfortable…
TREATMENT OF CONSTIPATION
A] Home Remedies:
• Ginger tea is a great home remedy for constipation. It helps in starting bowel movements.
• Exercise often a simple stroll in the park can relieve constipation.
• Guava when eaten with seeds provides roughage to diet can give relief from constipation.
• Take 1 – 2 tablets of Lashunadi Vati with warm water after meals.
B] Ayurvedic Remedies:
• Take 3 -4 teaspoons of Abhyarishta with equal quantity of water twice a day after meals.
• Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of Panchasakar churna with lukewarm water.
• Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of Avipattikar Churna (powder) with water or milk twice a day.
• Take 1 tablet of Gandhak Vati with hot water after meals.
C] Yoga asanas:
* Pawan mukta asana
* Vajra asana
* Yog mudra
* Dhanur asana

By Dr.Upneet Kaur

Boost Your Brain Power with Powerful “Smart” Foods

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Memory decline is a common complaint as we move through the aging process. The typical 60-year-old is not as sharp mentally as they were in their 40s. That said, some people do age slower than others. There are 80 year olds with the mind and body of people decades their minor. There are 70 year olds who can easily match wits with 40 year olds.
Would you like to put the brakes on brain rot? You can, simply by adding a handful of “Super Brain Foods” to your daily diet. The “You are what you eat” adage most definately applies to mental function. To slow the aging process and provide continued brain strength, an anti- oxidant, nutrient rich diet will keep your body and brain functioning at more youthful levels…….
“Oxidative damage” is the most common blame for brain decline. The brain is highly sensitive to oxidative, free radical damage. Foods high in antioxidants counter that damage and protect the brain. “Brain starvation” is another common cause of mental decline……..
If you want to slow down the hands of time and boost your brain’s ability to retain and recall information, grab a handful of blueberries and read on. The following list of foods are shown to boost brain power;
The following list of foods are shown to boost brain power:
Blueberries: – Studies show that diets rich in berries, and most specifically blueberries, greatly improves motor skills and learning capacity. Research also shows that blueberries help reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and protect the brain from oxidative stress………..
Wild Salmon: – Salmon and other deep,cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential for brain function and also contain anti- inflammatory substances………
Citrus Fruits and Colorful Vegetables: – Because of their antioxidant properties, citrus fruits and colorful vegetables are high on the list of “brainy” foods . The more colorful the better. Brightly colored yellow, orange, red, purple and green fruits and vegetables are antioxidant rich. Go for orange with carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, papaya and oranges. Blueberries, blackberries, prunes, red grapes and eggplant add a blue/purple hue to your plate……….
Avocados: – In promoting brain health, avocados are almost as powerful as blueberries . It is true that the avocado is a fatty fruit, but it’s a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow equates to a healthier brain………

By – Jeannine Virtue

Protect Your Kidney with Ayurveda

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The kidneys have important tasks to perform in the human system. These are (i) regulation of the volume of the body fluids, (ii) elimination of inorganic ions both cations (e.g. Na+, K+) or anions (e.g. Cl’, phosphate, SO4) from the body, (iii) maintenance of appropriate plasma concentration of non-electrolytes such as glucose and urea, (iv) maintaining electrolyte balance by H+ and OH- ions and thus adidity or alkalinity of the blood, (v) elimination of waste products especially the nitrogen and sulphur containing substances as well as the toxic substances (e.g. drugs) which have entered the body, and (vi) retention of substances vital to body economy. These also have some more functions….
A simple Urine test for Albumin and a Blood test for Serum Creatinine. The increased level of Albumin and Serum Creatinine will tell if the kidneys are getting effected. Other symptoms which show kidney problems are: High Blood Pressure, Decr eased Hoemoglobin and High Blood Urea.
Causes of Kidney Damage :
Basically human health miseries could be attributed to
• (i) abnormalities in anatomical and physiological level,
• (ii) interaction or stress of biotic factors (various in fections),
• (iii) Abiotic stress which includes Ahar, Vihar and Achar….
Ayurvedic Care & Cure – Ayurveda provides the best treatments. Ayurveda adopts three approaches to tackle a human malady. These are (i) toning up the weak bodily system, (ii) prevention of disorder, and (iii) treating the disorder or disease through medicines or surgery.
Useful herbs are:
A. Fruits:
• (i) Dry fruits : Pistachio, almonds and chilgoja are useful to tone up weak kidneys,
• (ii) fresh fruits: Mango is beneficial to remove weakness of Kidneys. Fresh pine apple 60 g daily is useful for the cure of Kidney stone….
B. Vegetables:
o (i) Leafy : Punarnava (Borhavia diffusa), Palak (Spinacia oleracea L), Corchorus capsularis L., (calsak), Patua sak (Corchorus olitorius L.), Portulacar oleracea L. (Kulfa or Lona Sag), chuka (Rumex vesicarius L.), Ramdana (Amaranthus caudatus L.).
o (ii) Fruits: Sanke cucumber (Cucumis utilissimus Roxb.) Seeds are efficacious in curing urinary and kidney diseases. Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschaxa L.) : Pulp is slightly warmed after crushing and then applied to relieve painful kidney problems. Similarly seeds of Cucumis melo Linn. (Muskmelon or Kharbuja) and Kheera (Cucumis sativus Linn.) are efficacious in urinary troubles. Water melon (Tarbuj) fruit juice with kalmisora and sugar placed overnight in glass tumbler in the moonlit night and taken first in the morning for about 7 days. It is very beneficial in urinary problems. Lauki (water gourd): Juice & pulp with Kalmisora very efficacious in relieving kidney and urinary troubles….

By – Dr. Avnish Upadhyay

‘Shirodhara’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Modern lifestyles lead to poor health in many ways. However, the use of simple and natural methods can significantly improve health and vitality. Purification therapy is a unique feature of Ayurveda involving the complete cleansing of body and thereby eliminating vitiated doshas. The technique effectively treats doshic balances in their advanced stages. Vitiated doshas causing blocked channels in a system, which needs purification, approach. Shirodhara is one of the great purification and rejuvenating therapy.
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice performed in India for over 5,000 years. The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: “shiro,” meaning head, and “dhara,” which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a client’s forehead for an extended period of time.
There are specialized forms of shirodhara called tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara.
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “manomaya kosha” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. 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, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today’s active lifestyle.
Benifits of Shirodhara:
Regular shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes hair and scalp, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension.
• Ultimate mental and emotional relaxation therapy
• Beneficial for many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat
• Beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis and ptosis (drooping) of the eyelids.
• Beneficial for curing long standing insomnia and schizophrenia
• Beneficial for fits in epilepsy when used in conjunction with other medicines
• Prevents hair lose, premature graying and cracking of hair
• Relieves headache and burning sensation of the head
• Nourishes and rejuvenates the body
• Stimulates the nervous system giving sturdiness to the body
• Improves digestion
• Sharpens the sense organs
• Improves the quality of voice
• Gives strength to the neck and head
• Improves the health of the skin
• Cools the body and relieves pain.
• Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories
• Increases intuition
• It improves concentration, intelligence, confidence and self-esteem
Contraindications for Shirodhara therapy
• Full stomach
• Severe Vata disorder
• People with severe anxity and combined control issues
• Low Blood pressure
• Pregnancy
• Rashes on forehead or scalp
• Aversion to oil
Blending Old and New : Automatic Shirodhara Unit
To make this Shirodhara realy effective the medicated oil or decoction have to be poured on the forehead from constant hight, with continuous amd constant flow in stream. The medicated oil or decoction must have a constant temperature throughout the proedure. The procedure has to be continued for an extended period of time.
This tedious job has been automatized. Now we can use Automatic Shirodhara Unit: An integration of tradition with modern technology
Benefits of ASU for professionals and patients
• ASU gives the constant rhythm
• ASU sets the proper flow & speed
• ASU provides the constant temperature through out the procedure
• ASU sets the desirable time perfectly
• ASU user friendly
• ASU is noise free machine
• ASU enhance the efficacy of treatment
• ASU makes Shirodhara more enjoyable in more relaxed way.

Agnisar Pranayama: Methods and benefits

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Agnisar is the 4th step of pranayama package reintroduced by PP Swami Ramdev ji Maharaj. It is necessary part of pranayama along with other six types of pranayama i.e. Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Bahya, Anulom-Vilom, Bhramri and Udgeeth.
Method of Practice:
• 1. Sit in Padmasana and keep the hands on the knees in a comfortable position. Close the eyes slightly and concentrate on the mind with normal breathing.
• 2. Exhale slow, deep and stable breathe. Stop the breathe outside, i.e., do Bahirmukh. Stretch both the hands straight and keep them on the knees with slight pressure. Contract and expand the stomach. Try to touch the navel deep inside the stomach.
• 3. Keep the stomach and hands normal before doing poorak i.e., inhale. Now take deep, stable and slow breathe.
• 4. This is one cycle of Agnisar pranayama. In one cycle contract and expand the stomach at least ten times. Increase the number to 30. In the beginning practice it for 5 times and then slowly increase is it up to 15 cycles. During winters you can practice it for 25 cycles. Breathe normally, rest for sometime and then do shavasana.
Precautions during Agnisar Pranayama:-
• 1. This pranayama should be done in the morning hours after passing bowels and getting releaved from the morning chores. Those who want to practice it in the evening should do after four hours of having meals.
• 2. During winters, Agnisar pranayama should be done as per the procedures. This is the best time for this pranayam. During summers after doing this pranayama ten rounds of Shitali pranayama should be definitely practiced.
• 3. During the practice period the person should eat simple, pure food. Avoid eating heavy, oily, fried and non- vegetarian food. Smoking and alcohol should be completely avoided. ………….
Benefits of Agnisar Pranayama:
Agnisar pranayama increases the internal energy and gives vitality. Those who are suffering with constipation, indigestion and loss of appetite they should get good benefits with its regular practice. People with excessive fat on the stomach should practice it regularly to reduce the fat. This pranayama overcomes laziness, disinterest and strengthens the internal organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels………

Management of Heart Disease

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Heart problem generally begins after the age of 45 years. However presently we are living in polluted atmosphere and following irregular food habits, which are causing this disease even among young people. Initially chest pain begins, which remains till some time. If the pain persists for more than half an hour then it should be taken as an indication for Coronary Thrombosis caused due to the deposition of blood clots in the heart. Before beginning of the pain the person experiences restlessness and heaviness in chest.
Sometimes this pain begins without any kind of warning. This pain begins in heart, left side of heart and left hand and sometimes on the right side. Many times the pain spreads to neck, lower jaw, teeth and waist as well. There are many cases when the patient does not experience any pain at all and gasps for breathe. The patient feels stiffness in the chest. He feels pain while working, walking, climbing up the stairs; the stomach swells after eating food, or due to disorder in digestive system. The heartache begins due to mental anxiety or anger. The patients feel as if somebody had tied his heart with a rope. The stomach feels to be swollen, and the patient thinks it to be simple digestion related problems and tries to cure it. The risk of heart problem grows in winter season…….
Home Remedies:
• Grind equal quantities of Arjuna chaal and Akarkara churna and take half spoon in case of discomfort, palpitation, pain, vibration and weakness.
• Boil 20 to 25 gm each of Kulanjan, dry ginger powder and Akarkara in 400 ml water till it reduces to 100 ml and drink it.
• Grind 10 gm fresh pomegranate leaves in 100 gm water, sieve and drink it twice daily in case of palpitation.
• Things like ghee, butter, coconut oil, processed food, tinned food, milk products like sweets, cream, Rabadi etc should also be avoided……….
Management by Yoyasana and Pranayama :

Heart patients should practice pranayam and yoga asana for benefits. Nature therapy should be followed along with the practice of yoga. Kapalbhati, Anulom-vilom, Brahmari pranayam are very beneficial for heart patients. These are helpful in maintaining the overall health apart from heart.
Yogasana:

Shashakasan: Regular practice of this asana works like gentle massage for the heart. Hence it is
very beneficial for the heart patients. Along with this, it strengthens the intestines, liver, pancreas
and kidneys. It relieves mental diseases, stress, anger, irritability etc, it strengthens the uterus in women and reduces fat from stomach, waist and hips.
Mandookasana is very beneficial for the heart patients. It activates the pancreas and cures stomach disorders.
Shavasana is the best asana in case of mental stress, high blood pressure, heart diseases and insomnia. It relieves nervous weakness, tiredness and negative thinking. It gives complete rest to the body, mind, brain and soul…..

By – Dr. Avnish Upadhyay

‘Effect of Pranayama & Yogasana on HIV/AIDS’

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in humans, Although treatments for AIDS and HIV exist to slow the virus’ progression, there is no known cure………
AIDS is the most severe acceleration of infection with HIV. HIV is a retrovirus that primarily infects vital organs of the human immune system such as CD4+ T cells (a subset of T cells), macrophages and dendritic cells. It directly and indirectly destroys CD4+ T cells. CD4+ T cells are required for the proper functioning of the immune system. When HIV kills CD4+ T cells so that there are fewer than 200 CD4+ T cells per microliter (L) of blood, cellular immunity is lost, leading to the condition known as AIDS. Acute HIV infection progresses over time to clinical latent HIV infection and then to early symptomatic HIV infection and later to AIDS, which is identified on the basis of the amount of CD4+ T cells in the blood and the presence of certain infections.
In the absence of antiretroviral therapy, the median time of progression from HIV infection to AIDS is nine to ten years, and the median survival time after developing AIDS is only 9.2 months. However, the rate of clinical disease progression varies widely between individuals, from two weeks up to 20 years. Many factors affect the rate of progression. These include factors that influence the body’s ability to defend against HIV such as the infected person’s general immune function. Older people have weaker immune systems, and therefore have a greater risk of rapid disease progression than younger people. Poor access to health care and the existence of coexisting infections such as tuberculosis also may predispose people to faster disease progression…….
According to ancient traditional Indian texts, AIDS is primarily a disease of low ojas (immunity), the vital sap of the body. Ojas provides the physical and mental strength to resist disease. With a lowered immune system the body is susceptible to a host of opportune infections and disorders. There are millions of bacteria and viruses in our environment, many of which are contagious, that the body successfully fights off everyday. But in a condition of low ojas or immunity level, these organisms are allowed to remain in the body, reproduce and cause disease. Most of the symptoms associated with AIDS are similar to a disease known in Ayurveda as ojaskshaya and detailed etiology and treatment methods are available.
Ineffective metabolism of food produces toxins that pollute the system and reduce body immunity (ojas). Stress, worry, overwork and excessive sexual indulgence also decrease ojas. If this diminished state of vitality is allowed to continue, coupled with high-risk exposure to infection, the body stands no chance of resisting disease. When all seven dhatus or body tissues are deteriorated and ojas is reduced-disorders symptomatic of AIDS can occur.
The disease is caused by the dominant kapha dosha along with the other doshas tends to block the path for the flow of rasadi dhatus in their respective locations thus resulting in the deterioration of saptha dhatu Rasa(plasma), Rakta (blood cells),Mansa ( muscular tissue), Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi (bony tissue), Majja (bone marrow) and the Shukra (reproductive tissue) thus resulting into the disease.[16]
The symptoms of AIDS are primarily the result of conditions that do not normally develop in individuals with healthy immune systems. Most of these conditions are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that are normally controlled by the elements of the immune system that HIV damages. Opportunistic infections are common in people with AIDS.
Scientific Review:
Spirituality is an important though often neglected aspect of pain in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or cancer, for both patients and nurses. The spiritual domain involves: meaning, hope and love and relatedness. The author examines spiritual aspects of pain in persons with HIV and/or cancer, as supported by the literature. Understanding spiritual aspects of pain carries implications for nursing. One of these implications is that it is important for the nurse to be closer to his/her own spirit in order to be there for the patient in pain. Other nursing implications include spiritual assessment and interventions, such as presence, attentive listening, acceptance and judicious self-disclosure, for promoting comfort and diminishing pain.
Few studies have investigated the role that spiritual activities play in the adaptational outcomes of women with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease. Objectiveof this study was to examine the role of spiritual activities as a resource that may reduce the negative effects of disease-related stressors on the adaptational outcomes in HIV-infected women. A theoretically based causal model was tested to examine the role of spiritual activities as a moderator of the impact of HIV-related stressors (functional impairment, work impairment, and HIV-related symptoms) on two stress-related adaptational outcomes (emotional distress and quality of life), using a clinic-based sample of 184 HIV-positive women. Findings indicated that as spiritual activities increased, emotional distress decreased even when adjustments were made for HIV-related stressors. A positive relationship between spiritual activities and quality of life was found, which approached significance.
The practice of meditation, specifically Qigong, was hypothesized as being potentially helpful to HIV-infected individual. The intervention was assumed to be stress-reducing. Anxiety, depression and T-cell counts were measured. A statistically significant increase in T-cells and a statistically significant decrease in anxiety and depression were found. A control group was not included in this pilot study.
Various forms of distant healing (DH), including prayer and “psychic healing,” are widely practiced, but insufficient formal research has been done to indicate whether such efforts actually affect health. We report on a double-blind randomized trial of DH in 40 patients with advanced AIDS. Subjects were pair-matched for age, CD4+ count and number of AIDS-defining illnesses and randomly selected to either 10 weeks of DH treatment or a control group. DH treatment was performed by self- identified healers representing many different healing and spiritual traditions. At 6 months, a blind medical chart review found that treatment subjects acquired significantly fewer new AIDs-defining illnesses. These data support the possibility of a DH effect in AIDS and suggest the value of further research.

by Avanish & Ruchita Upadhyay

‘Ayurvedic Management of Tinnitus [ Karna nada]‘

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Tinnitus causes perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head, in the absense of any external sound. It is often referred to as “ringing in the ears”, although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. The ringing can be intermittent or constant-with single or multiple tones-and its perceived volume can range from subtle to shattering.
Ayurvedic View
Ayurvedic name for Tinnitus is “Karnanada”. According to Ayurveda, tinnitus in not a disease but a symptom of prana vayu disturbance. Prana vayu is a subdosha of vata which resides in the head and governs all higher cerebral functions.
Causes
The reasons which cause vitiation of Vat dosha are also causing this disease. Thus lack of adequate sleep, tired nerves due to increased worries, incessant talking, excess fasting, excess exercise, sudden shock/grief/fear, excess and difficult to digest cerals in the food, excess bitter medicines/vegetables etc are some of the reasons for tinnitus. Depletition of dhatus as a result of excess indulgence in sex is also another reason.
Samprapti ( Pathogenesis)
Sushruta says when vayu covered with doshas taking faulty passage get located in sound carrying channels,then the patient perceives various types of sound;this disease is known as pranada or Karnanada(ringing in the ears).
Vata principle governs movements in the body like circulation, digestive movements, sensory movement etc. It is made of air and space elements .If vata gets vitiated air and space elements get increased in physiology and disturb all the bodily functions of movements. This leads to pressure in the head , nervous system, dryness in the senses, tinnitus, loss of sleep, dry scalp, dry skin , tendency of unstability, anxiousness, nervousness etc.
Another similar condition is karnasveda(sound in ears).Here Vayu aggravated by exertion, wasting, intake of rough and astringent food and also after head-evacuation and excessive use of cold associating with Pitta, kapha and Rakta gets located in the passage of ear and thus produces sound of bamboo in the ears.
The difference between karnanada and karnaksveda is that the former is caused by single vata with perception of various sounds while the latter is produced by vata associated with other dosha and with flute’s sound.
Ayurvedic Management
As tinnitus is a vata disorder the Vata balancing therapies and herbs are beneficial.
Diet
Vata influences the movement of thoughts, feelings, prana flows, nerve impulses, and fluids in the body. Hence Vata balancing Food Plan is recommended.
Breakfast is usually desirable.Use hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat or any other breakfast that is warm, milky, and sweet.
Take warm food, moderately heavy in texture, add butter and fat. sweet and sour tastes are diserable.
Reduce dry foods and bitter tastes. Use warm or hot water and drinks. Raw nuts and nut butters.
Useful Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves in moderation.

Consumption of caffeine, nicotine, or cocaine can disturb the prana vayu leading to tinnitus hence avoid it.
Panchakarma
• Nasya: Vacha (Acorus calamus) oil nasya, has a powerful effect in calming and balancing the Prana vayu……..
• Abhyanga :( Massage) Shiroabhyanga(head massage) and padabhyanga(Foot massage), wherein the soles of the feet are massaged with warm sesame oil, has a specific effect in calming the prana vayu………..
• Karnapooran:(Ear drops)To calm the vata in the ears, ten drops of warm sesame oil is applied daily to each ear. The oil is allowed to remain in the first ear for five or ten minutes, then that ear is cleaned, and …………………..
• Kawala & Gandush: Gargling of medicated oils or certain liquids/Kwath is Kawala.It strengthens the nerves of eyes and ears and also pacifies aggravated vata.Gandush is Withholding medicated oils or certain liquids in the mouth for a certain period of time

Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Yoga’s postures and meditation may work together to help ease brains plagued by anxiety or depression — June 7 (HealthDay News)
Brain scans of yoga practitioners showed a healthy boost in levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) immediately after a one-hour yoga session. Low brain levels of GABA are associated with anxiety and depression.
In the study, the Boston researchers used high-tech magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging to gauge levels of GABA in the brains of eight long-time yoga practitioners and 11 non-practitioners. The participants were healthy, and none was diagnosed with a major psychiatric condition.
Brain scans were taken before the beginning of the experiment. Then, the yoga group was asked to engage in the meditative practice for 60 minutes, while the non-yoga group simply read. The researchers then re-scanned each participant’s brain, looking specifically at GABA levels.
Study showed a 27 percent increase in the brain GABA levels of those doing yoga — a really significant increase. No such change was noted in the non-practitioners who had just read.
The style or school of yoga practiced didn’t seem to matter. We had hatha, ashtanga, bikram, vinyasa, and kripalu practitioners included in the yoga group, and many had been trained in several different schools