Shiro Abhyanga (Head Massage)

The Head is the most important part of the body, carrying five sense organs, eight of the body’s ten gates or apertures, most auspicious point called Brahma randhra. Abhyanga (massage) always begins with the head. Massaging the head and scalp increases the supply of oxygen to the brain and strengthens the nervous system. Stimulations on the marma point encourage the flow of vital energy (prana) through the head region.

Ask the patient to sit comfortably on a chair and apply oil on the head at anterior fontanelle (Brahma randra), part of the head where high ponytail would go (shikha) and atlanto occipital area (krikatika). Make small partitions all over the scalp and apply oil. Massage can be done in a wave-like, circular, and spider like manner. Then do massage on the forehead in circular movements. Later press on pressure points using your index finger and thumb. Massage back of the ear followed by front ear. Then do massage the neck alternatively with one hand and then the other. Later we can massage shoulders with strokes, circular movements, and pressing. Brush at the base of the scalp with the palm heel alternatively with both the hands, moving the palm heel over the hair and scalp. Do plucking step on the scalp like a bird pecking. At last press the marma points, where we hold prana the vital energy.

• Head massage improves intellect, memory, and concentration.
• It provides deep relaxation to the head and scalp and helps awaken creativity centers in the brain.
• Head massage relaxes eyes, improves face complexion and is good for ears.
• It promotes good sleep and relieves restlessness.
• It relieves anxiety, stress and depression and promotes relaxation.
• Daily head massage strengthens and rejuvenates the nervous system. Increases blood circulation to the brain.
• Head and scalp massages help to prevent migraine, tension headache and cluster headache.
• Heart, eyes, lungs, the stomach also become toned as a result of head massage.
• Helps prevent backache, neck pain and shoulder joint pain.
• It is recommended in conditions like dry hair and scalp.
• Scalp massage prevents hair fall and promotes hair growth.

Nervous diseases, Anxiety, Headache, Migraine, Depression, Restlessness insomnia, cervical spondylosis, Dandruff, Hair loss, Dry split hair, etc.

Vashpa Sweda – Herbal Steam Bath

Vashpa Swedana or Sudation therapy is one among the Shada Upkramas (six treatment modalities) mentioned in Ayurveda. It is also one of the important and mandatory preparatory procedures after Snehana (Oleation therapy) for Panchakarma treatments. In addition, it is an independent therapeutic measure for the management of many diseases, particularly of Vata and Kapha dominance. The properties attributed to Svedana are Ushna (hot), Tikshna (sharp), Sara (mobile), Drava (fluidity), Snigdha (soothing or oleating), Ruksha (dry), Sukshma (minute), Sthira (immobile), and Guru (heavy).

Swedana therapy is prescribed as a preparatory measure for Shodhana as well as an independent therapy for many disorders where it is indicated.

Vashpa Swedana
Vashpa Sweda is one of the most common types of Swedana being practiced. It means a steam bath of the whole body. It is a type of fomentation (swedana) in which the client is exposed (whole body except head and neck) to steam. For this purpose, a special wooden cabin of 7 feet X 2 feet x 2 feet size is prepared to lie in the supine position or for sitting position 5 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet cabin is needed. It is covered from all the sides except one window, which is kept on one side for keeping the heating stove. The wooden top of this cabin for the supine position must have small holes of about one square inch, so that the vapor may pass through it. At the one end of the table, a protrusion is made so that the patient may keep his head on it comfortably. It is covered with a cotton bed sheet.

Through the side window, a hot plate is kept on which a vessel of about 10 liters capacity is placed in which the coarse powder of the herbs with water is put. Then it is heated and when steam starts coming out, the patient who has already taken oil massage is asked to lie down on the table. The body should be covered by a cotton bed sheet. The patient’s head is kept on the protruded part of the table so that it may be saved from the heat.

The sweating of the patient occurs by the steam coming through the holes in the top of the table. The patient remains on the top of the cabin till he gets the symptoms of proper Svedana. This type of Sudation is very suitable where the whole-body sweating is indicated or as Purvakarma (preparatory procedure) in Panchakarma.

Benefits of Vashpa sweda
• Excretes out the metabolic waste and harmful substances (Mala) situated in the subtle channels by dissolving them in the sweat.
• Improves appetite and digestion
• Helps in softening of skin, improvement in complexion as well as functions of the skin.
• Aids in opening and cleansing of the microchannels.
• Helps in disorders like excessive sleep, laziness, drowsiness, stiffness of the joints, heaviness and cold.
• Restores the normal function of the joints and excretes out the harmful toxins (Ama) and metabolites along with sweat reducing the heaviness, body ache and fatigue
• Provides lightness in the body by opening all microchannels
• Normalizes the aggravated Vata and Kapha dosha in the body
• Stimulates sense organs
• Provides relaxation to body and mind and rejuvenates the body.

Indications of Vashpa Swedana
• This procedure is indicated where full-body Swedana or sweating is needed.
• In all types of Vata disorders
• In all cases where massage is done
• Before all Shodhana (Panchakarma) procedures
• Multiple joint Arthritis
• Sciatica
• Hemiplegia
• Insomnia
• Skin diseases

Contraindications of Vashpa Sweda
• Immediately after meal
• Open wounds
• Persons suffering from indigestion, fever, and diarrhea
• Persons suffering from Pitta diseases like bleeding disorders (Raktapitta)

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Anupana (After Drink) : An Ayurvedic View

Have your doctor advised you to take medicines along with some specific liquids?  What could be the reason for that special advice? Have you ever noticed this is different for each person? Let’s have a look!

Anu means ‘after/later’ and panam means ‘to drink’. Anupana – After drink is a substance taken along with or after the intake of meal (ahara) or medicine (aushadha). As the basic concept of Ayurveda, which is promotion of health and curing the disease, anupana also can make use of with that intention. Simply it can be used for diet in healthy state as well as in diseased condition.

When appropriate anupana is taken with the food, it provides better digestion and absorption. Food provides best nourishment when consumed with the suitable anupana and enhances strength and span of life. In the management of diseases anupana plays a major role as it enhances the potency, digestion, absorption and assimilation of drugs. There is disease specific as well as medicine specific anupana explained in Ayurveda classics. Anupana carries the essential substances of the herbs/drugs to the targeted area.

Some of the synonyms used for describe anupana indicates its various function. It is called as ‘Vaahan’, which means the ‘vehicle’. The word ‘Sahayogi’ used to denote anupana which means ‘the one which brings together’. Another synonym ‘Maadhyama’ means ‘one which acts as media’. ‘Anutarsha’ means ‘which quenches thirst’ also signifies the importance of anupanaadjuvant/vehicle.

Anupana – After drink is advocated according to different conditions such as honey for obese individual, meat soup for emaciated, milk for one who exhausted due to various diseases etc. According to Ayurveda jala (water – preferably warm water) is considered as the best Anupana for healthy and diseased persons. Some acharyas of Ayurveda opines that mahendra jala (purified rain water) as a good Anupana for common usage.

As per Ayurveda the qualities of anupana should be opposite to the predominant dosha (vata, pitta, or kapha). In condition occurred due to Vata dosha vitiation, unctuous and hot anupana are ideal. In case of Pitta, sweet and cold types of anupana should be preferred. In Kapha vitiated condition anupana which is hot and light quality does its function perfectly.  

The concept of anupana is unique and it contribute through the most ideal and healthy way. The multidimensional usage of anupana gives us the liberty to use it during the healthy as well as disease condition. Therefore choosing the appropriate anupana is very important to receive the entire beneficiary from its intake. As the oil dropped on the surface of still water spreads fast, the medicine taken with appropriate anupana reaches the target organ quickly.

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Do you know suppression of Adhovata (Flatus) is harmful ?

Vegas (Natural urges) are created naturally to eliminate the toxins which are produced in our body. Evacuation of natural urges in the proper time is essential for the maintenance of health and for the homeostasis of body.  The suppression gives rise various type of diseases. Flatus is a mixture of many gases including methane, carbon-dioxide etc. and sulphides.

As per Ayurveda, Suppression of adhovata causes –

•  Gulma (flatulence): Gaseous abdominal lump which is caused due to aggravation of vata dosha.
•  Udavrta(retrograde intestinal movements): It means the upward or backward or reverse movement of vata dosha usually due to obstruction in normal pathway of vata dosha.
•  Ruk (pain)
•  Klama (fatigue) : Klama is defined as feeling of tiredness without exertion.
•  Obstruction of the normal passage of vata (flatus), mutra (urine), shakrut (faeces)
•  Drustivadha (blurring of vision)
•  Agnivadha (causes indigestion)
•  Hridya roga (heart diseases) and other vata disorders may arise like stiffness of joints, numbness, depletion of tissue, hard stool etc.

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What is Ama & How to eliminate it from your system?

In common language, Ama means unripe or uncooked food. Various components of the food and body tissues are the fuel of various types of Agni (Digestive fire). In any circumstances where Agni cannot digest or combust the fuel, the results are an undigested, toxic and obstructive kind of substance called Ama. Ama from food may be physically evident, but Ama from Dhatu (tissues) and Mahabhuta (5 elements) metabolism is physiological in nature and is evident through its functions in the body.

When there is Agnimandya or deranged digestive fire, formation of Ama takes place. Getting absorbed into the body, this Ama vitiates the Dhatu (tissues), slowly affecting the organs. The spectrum of the diseases that occur due to Ama range from acute, like diarrhea, dysentery and fever, to chronic, like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, anaemia and cirrhosis of the liver, etc. The type of disease one gets would of course be governed by several associated factors such as genetic predisposition, encounter with other etiological factors and the basic strength of the tissues. Ama is generated from improperly digested food. Such food does not contribute to the nourishment of tissues but instead exerts a negative effect on immunity. Ama, being an unwanted element for the body, evokes a strong immune response. Prolonged Ama and the interaction of the immune response with Ama, form an immune complex which exerts a destructive effect on healthy tissues. Many conditions like hypersensitivity, auto immune disorders and many diseases thought to be of unknown origin have Ama at its root.

We have to follow the simple rules of nature. Avoid overeating or eating before the last meal has been digested. Thus one should not face-feed your child, let the child demand food. Let children decide how much they want and when they want. Another precaution to take is to give a fairly predictable amount of fuel to the Agni to burn every day.

There is no point in irritating the Agni by gorging on heavy food one day, repenting and compensating by complete fasting the next day. An individual should know what his or her body can tolerate. Even cold items like cold drinks and ice cream can slow down the Agni’s activities. Ayurveda has described certain dietary items that are incompatible with each other (Viruddha Ahara) and if consumed together can lead to the formation of Ama. For example, milk, buttermilk or curds should not be mixed with fruits; milk or curd not to be mixed with meat particularly chicken; Fish should not to be taken with sugar, jaggery or molasses or with milk; condensed milk should not to be taken with alcohol. Honey, although a health promoting substance, should not be taken with hot milk or hot water. Fermented foods as such are not contraindicated. However, if Agni is weak as happens during monsoon or summer or in the elderly or when one is convalescing after a serious illness or during any sickness, fermented foods would burden the Agni and lead to improper digestion and formation of Ama.

Monitored fasting or Langhana is the prescribed method for treatment of Ama. Langhana prevents formation of Ama and can allow for the natural digestion of existing Ama. During this period of fasting, Agni does not have a fresh load of food to digest and therefore can take care of the backlog. Fasting does not mean absolute abstinence of food, but some light food is recommended to keep the Vata pacified. Herbs and spices can also be used to help enkindle the Agni. After a therapeutic fast, when the Agni resumes functioning, a person can immediately sense it. They will feel better, the coating on the tongue will disappear and the pangs of hunger will reappear. But this is the time when control needs to be exercised. One should avoid spicy food or heavy to digest meals.

A fast can be ended with a glass of fruit juice and once the Agni has been kindled, one can slowly move to liquid, semi-solid and solid foods. This is exactly the reason that after an operation or a delivery, when the Agni is weak, one does not eat rich foods. One should avoid cold water and drink lukewarm water. After fasting, the diet should consist of light to digest food, soups, rice, well-cooked lentils (mung or pigeon pea or orange lentils) and boiled vegetables. Spices like dry ginger, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom or cloves should be used while cooking to rekindle Agni. Ghee is a particularly good stimulant of Agni. However it should be consumed in small quantities only. Large amounts of ghee or food items fried in ghee can hamper Agni. One may use unrefined oils too like sesame oil, mustard oil, olive oil, etc. in diet instead of ghee.

So for proper functioning of Agni and prevention of Ama one should follow healthy diet & lifestyle suggested by Ayurveda.

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Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems that we are facing. In Ayurveda it is termed as ‘vibandha’ which formed due to the improper state of agni in the body. Agni or otherwise the digestive fire is the one which is responsible for the proper absorption and assimilation food. If agni is not working properly, the whole digestive functions get affects. Solidified hard stools, painful defecation and feeling of bloating, abdominal discomfort or incomplete elimination are the symptoms of constipation.

Ayurveda suggest many potent herbs and home remedies to correct the agni and there by relieve vibandha.

Try these easy and simple methods to get off from constipation,

1. Take 1tsp Triphala powder daily at night time with warm water after food.
2. One teaspoon of castor oil at night at bed time is highly beneficial.
3. Daily intake of warm milk at night is also good for easy bowel movement.
4. Add more fruits and veggies which are having more fiber contents.
5. At least 2 liters of water per day is very important, preferably warm water.

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PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome) is a very prevalent hormonal disorder in women and the leading cause of female fertility. It is a group of symptoms due to elevated male hormones in females. The hormonal imbalance and metabolism issues linked with PCOS may impact overall health, adversely affect fertility and raise chances for other health problem including diabetes and blood pressure.

Irregular menstruation, heavy bleeding, excessive hair growths on face and body, obesity, hair thinning, acne, anxiety, dark brown or black patches on skin etc. are the symptoms of PCOS.

As per Ayurveda PCOS is due to the obstruction of rasa, rakta and medovaha channels by excess kapha dosha and body stores them in form of cysts around ovaries.

• Take cinnamon powder, Tulsi, Cumin, Basil, Fenugreek, Neem to manage insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance.
• Take herbal compound – Varuna, Ashoka, pippalimoola, Shatavari, Punarnava, Aswagandha- 1tsp before food twice daily with warm water.
• Panchakarama: Vamana (emesis), Virechana (purgation), Utara basti, Yogabasti (enema)
• Herbal medicines such as Panchakola choorna, Kanchanara Guggulu, Triphala guggulu, Chandraprabha vati, Varanadi kashayam, Lomashatana oil etc. can be used.
• Take 3 timely and regular meals.
• Reduce oily, sweet and spicy food items. Take more leafy vegetables.
• Avoid sleeping after lunch or during daytime.
• Prefer to drink warm water throughout the day.
• Avoid soy and its products and meat.
• Prefer to take herbal tea instead of milk tea or coffee.
• Strictly avoid bakery products, burger and pizza.
• Tress is also a common cause of hormonal disorders. So avoid stress.
• Do some physical exercise daily for 1 hour. Do yoga and pranayama

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Dry eyes

In this modern life era due to the changes in life style, using of mobiles, computer, and excess mental stress provokes tiredness of eye muscles and leads to low secretion of tears. It creates couple of eye irritations such as scratched eyes, redness, foreign body sensation, etc. Mostly young generation is affected with these issues due to the nature of job.

So few life style changes are beneficial to cure dry eyes permanently.

1) Blink over and over Again;- People blinks less than normal while reading, using computer, driving etc. So make an effort to blink more often to provide some relief from dry eyes.
2) Proper sleep of 6-8 hours gives the optimum relief in the symptoms of dry eyes.
3) Use of sun glasses while going outside helps to block exposure to the micro- elements like heat, dust, smoke, wind etc and save from external irritation.
4) Keep air devices such as hair dryers, fans, car heaters, away from direct eye contact.
5) Drink plenty of water and other fluids which can help to restore moisture to eyes.
6) It is important to try pre moistened eye lids cleansers or baby shampoo to keep eye lashes clean.
7) Avoid rubbing your eyes, as they can make dry eyes even worse.
8) Wash eyes with normal water for 3-4 times a day.
9) Avoid fast food, aerated cold drinks, tobacco, alcohol, and non-veg foods.
10) Consume more green vegetables and fruits with all good source of essential elements.

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 skipping your food?

Habitually you skipping your food??

Ayurveda suggest to gives special importance to Ahara (diet). Wholesome healthy and nutritive diet nourishes and strengthens the mind, body and soul.  According to Ayurveda, ahara is one among the three sub pillars of life.  The digestive capacity of different from person to person. Quality and quantity of appropriate of food are necessary for a healthy life. 

Proper quantities of food induces proper digestion, promotes maximum absorption of essential nutrients, gives strength and nourish the tissues of body. Commonalty obese person regularly skip or eat less quantity of food to reduce their weight. Also due to busy day to day schedules most people skips their meals which in turn leads to ailments of digestive system. By strengthening digestion, removing ama (toxic material), improving dietary habits, correction of lifestyle, lowering stress and regular exercise one can break the vicious cycle of obesity.  As per Ayurvedic  texts, when the quantity of food consumed is not enough and proper, the individuals strength, vigor, complexion and development suffer, immunity decrease, body, mind, sense organs are weakened and vitiation of vata dosha takes place. Vitiation of vata dosha may cause various types of diseases in our body like flatulence, hard stool, numbness, body ache, dryness of skin and depletion of tissue etc.

Some Tips if you are skipping your food?

• According to body constitution, one should eat 2 or 3 times meal in a day but avoid sweet, sour, cold and fatty diet in excess.
• Heavy foods has to be taken in half the quantity while light food can be taken in a quantity which shouldn’t bring satisfaction in excess.
• Take meals everyday almost around the same time, like our sleep and other daily activities so as to have a good digestive routine.
• Breakfast can be light in quantity, lunch in substantial quantity and dinner should be always very light.
• Always take fresh and warm meals. Avoid left overs and refrigerated foods and drinks.
• Avoid overeating and eating in between two meals.
• While taking food, concentrate on it. Watching TV, talking, working on computer , eating with a disturbed mind etc will cause less or more intake of food which will in turn affect body metabolism.
• Obese person should include coarse cereal like barley, green gram in their diet as well as food and drinks which neutralize vata, reduce kapha and fat is preferable.

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