WHEN TO WORRY ABOUT BURPING YOUR BABY? HOW TO BURP YOUR BABY?

Burping is an important part of baby feeding. New born babies swallow air during feeding and the air in their tummies make them uncomfortable and gassy.  Burping can also helps if the baby often spits up a little amount of milk, vomiting and crying after feeding etc.  Some babies burp a lot but for some others need to be burped frequently.

When to burp?

You should only burp your baby if he/she needs it. There is no need to burp if your baby falls asleep during or after a feed. If your baby seems uncomfortable while feeding, colicky or pulls away and starts crying, give burping a try. It is a good opportunity to burp your baby when you switches breasts or in between a bottle feed (after each ounces of liquid).

It is important to burp before 4 -5months of age because there will be more chance to swallow air. Later most babies will outgrow the need to be burped by 4-6 months of age.If you’re burping a newborn after breastfeeding, the baby will typically burp less because they swallow less air than bottle feeding.

How to burp your baby?

You can try these three methods of burping

  1. On your shoulder: hold your baby against your chest so that the upper belly is  resting on your collar bone and chin is resting on your shoulder. Support baby’s neck and shoulders with one hand and gently pat on the back side with the other hand.
  2. On your knee: place your baby on your knee in stomach down position and gently rub/pat over his back by supporting his head. Make sure that baby’s head is higher than his/her chest.
  3. Over the lap: Sit the baby on your lap and, while placing the heel of your hand under his chest region, apply slight pressure and pat his back with your free hand.

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AGEING – SIMPLEST AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR MANAGING IT

Though it is known that ageing itself is a physiological phenomenon, nobody accepts to look old. As per fundamental principles of Ayurveda, vata dosha is predominant during old age and which is responsible for the manifestation of ageing. With advancing age kapha gets gradually depleted and depletion of sapta dhatus occurs.

As per Ayurveda old age is defined as the period between sixth decades of life till 10th decade. The signs and symptoms of ageing (aggravated vata )are leanness, darkening of skin, want of warmth, tremors, flatulence, constipation, insomnia, loss of body strength, decreases function of organs, giddiness, loss of confidence, stress, memory loss, body pain, irrelevant speech etc.

With the help of Ayurvedic measures, it is possible to at least delay the ageing in general, and specifically of the skin. It will be possible to prevent and treat aggravated vata by taking care of the body, mind and the spirit.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMNET OF AGEING

  • Aggravated vata due to malnutrition is treated by brimhana or nourishing therapy.
  • Take food which is rich in oils, ghee, milk and dairy products.
  • Take more sweet, sour and salty tastes.
  • Advise to take digestion promoting herbs like ginger or black pepper.
  • Herbal wines should be taken before food to increases appetite, or after food as a tonic.
  • Try to do sitting type of yoga postures with silent meditation.
  • Light oil massage should be given with warm oils like Sesame oil and fomentation with anti vata herbs like Dashamula.
  • Oil massages will soothen the skin, reduces the cracks and wrinkles and also will improve blood circulation.
  • Internal administration of ghee will augment digestive fire (agni), relieve constipation, improves memory and pacify the brain.
  • Nasal administration of 2 drops of Anu taila, in each nostril, daily.
  • Mild laxatives and decoction enemas should be taken.
  • Application or light massage with warm sesame oil, daily, alleviates the dryness and cold sensation of the skin.

     

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VRIKSHASANA-THE TREE POSE

Vrikshasana or pose like a tree on the ground is mentioned in Gheranda samhita. It is a simple balancing posture and it can be done anytime, anywhere for any duration.

HOW TO DO VRIKSHASANA

It is ideal to perform this yogasana in the morning (when your mind is clear of thoughts and worries).

  • Stand erect, keep your spine straight and relax.
  • Slightly bend your right knee and place the right foot on the inner side of the left thigh.
  • Maintain your left leg absolutely erect and concentrate on your breath.
  • Look straight and focus on a distant object while maintaining balance.
  • Inhale and extend the arms to join the palms in Namaste mudra.
  • Take deep breaths and maintain this posture as long as you can.
  • With deep exhalation gently bring your arms down then leg down.
  • Repeat the same steps with the left leg. Do this for 3-4 rounds

HEALTH BENEFITS OF VRIKSHASANA

  • Improves concentration, memory and calms and relaxes mind.
  • It is beneficial for one who is suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Develops and improves self esteem and confidence.
  • It stretches the body and increases flexibility of legs, back and chest muscles.
  • It makes your hip, ankle and knees strong.
  • It strengthens the thighs and calf.
  • Vrikshasana is good for the pelvic region so it is beneficial for one who is suffering from sciatica.
  • Vrikshasana relaxes central nervous system and improves body balance.

CONTRA INDICATIONS OF VRIKSHASANA

  • Low blood pressure/high blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Vertigo
  • Hip injury
  • Knee injury

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HAPPY SUMMER! 6 AYURVEDIC TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

Grishma ritu or summer is intensively hot and environment is prevalent with unhealthy dry wind. Fiery hot sun decreases kapha dosha, accumulates of vata dosha, diminishes rasa dhatu and dries up moisture contents in the environment. As a result of this digestive power decreases, body strength of an individual decreases and skin problems such as acne, rashes, hives etc. arises.

As per Ayurvda, the summer protocol, called grishma ritucharya advises specialized dietary and lifestyle measures to counteracting dry heat of summer. Here are 6 Ayurvedic tips to help you keep in balance this summer.

Ayurvedic tips to beat the heat

  • Diet: food which are light to digest, sweet oily cold food items, mung lentil, rice, wheat, oats, milk, ghee, coconut, mango, pomegranate, dates, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, sweet potato and cauliflower. Avoid hot spices, salty sour food items, alcoholic preparations, tea, coffee and non vegetarian foods.
    Fluids: drinking plenty of water and other liquids, coconut water, lassi, butter milk, fruit juices, milk shakes, Amalaki juice (Indian gooseberry juice) and stirred curd with pepper
  • Lifestyle: stay in cool places and wear light clothes, sleep during day time is recommended, avoid extreme exercises and try to do meditation, lepana of the body with coolant and aromatic herbs like sandal, avoid sun exposure and excessive physical activities, use sun creams
  • Massage: daily body massage with coconut oil, almond oil or medicated oil (vata pacifying) is good for your skin.
  • Therapies: Head massage, full body massage (abhyang), shirodhara, takra dhara, ksheeradhara, tarpana, shiro basti, shiro pichu
  • Ayurvedic medicines: Triphala, Neem, Turmeric, Musta, Usheera, Candana, Aloevera gel, Neem face wash, Rasayanaprash, Chandanadi asava etc.

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Sandal for staying cool in summer !!!!

Its summer!! It’s a great time for fun and relaxation. But summer is characterized with intense heat and dry wind. So it brings with a lot of problems related to your skin, hair, digestion etc. A little bit of care can keep you safe in summer.

Indian sandal wood or Santalum album is a well known Ayurvedic herbal medicine works effectively in various skin conditions due to its cooling soothing and healing properties. In Ayurveda, chandan or sandal is used in vitiated conditions of pitta. So it can be used in summer season to control excessive sweat and oil from skin. It has both medicinal and spiritual properties; has cooling effect on mind and body.

Chandan is considered with bitter and sweet tastes, dry and light properties, cool potency and pungent vipaka. The heart wood of sandal with a sweet aroma is available as a powdered form. Chandan powder is extensively used for cosmetic purpose. Sandal wood yields an essential oil and it has a soothing effect on the skin.

Tips and tricks to use sandal

  • Paste of sandal wood is applied over excessively sweaty areas like armpit, forehead, back etc.
  • Paste of sandal wood can be applied to avoid prickly heat and keeping the body cool during summer season.
  • For excessive thirst sandal powder is taken with coconut water internally.
  • Sandal wood powder is mixed with water and applied locally to relieve sun burn, burning sensation, inflammation, rashes, fever, ulcers, infective sores etc.
  • Sandal wood oil is applied locally to treat dryness, itching, eczema etc.
  • Sandal wood powder mixed with rose water and applied locally for skin smoothening, lightening and for improving skin brightness.
  • Sandal wood powder mixed with turmeric and milk can be applied on face to reduce dryness.
  • For skin exfoliation, sandal powder and orange peel powder are mixed in equal amount and scrubbed on face.
  • Paste of sandal wood can be applied on temples and forehead to relieve head ache and high body temperature.

     

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ANANTAMOOL : BEST COOL DRINK FOR A HOT DAY!

Anantamool (Botanical Name: Hemidismus indicus) is a medicinal plant commonly found in India. ‘Anantamool’ is a Hindi word literally means endless root. Root is the useful part. It is widely used as a rasayana plant in Ayurveda and administered in the form of syrup, powder or decoction.

It has sweet, bitter taste, heavy, unctuous properties and cold potency. This herb helps to pacify tridoshas (vata, pitta, kapha). It acts as a good tonic and blood purifier. Anantamoola is widely used in Ayurveda for skin diseases, blood related disorders, arthritis, gout, urinary disorders, diarrhea, ulcers, itching, thirst, menorrhagia, diabetics, fever, and digestive problems.

Formulations: Saribadyasava, Mahamanjishtadi kashaya, Pinda taila, Manasamitra vataka

THERAPETIC USES

· Root is claimed to be useful for cleansing all types of wound.

· In fever decoction of Patola, Anantamoola, Musta, Patha and Katuki is useful.

· In skin diseases Patola, Anantamoola, Katuki, Usira, Brihati is to be given for internal and external use.

COOLANT

Anantamoola can be used to make syrup and sarbath in hot climatic condition. It is used to serve at small refreshment shops in south India.

Recipe

Syrup: Take 50g anantamool root and wash with water. Before crushing it can be soaked in cold water for few hours. Slightly crushed roots can be taken in a vessel and add 7 glass of water into it. Boil in a medium flame and add sugar (1 kg) to the boiling mixture. Stir well. When it becomes a medium thick (oily) consistency add egg white to it. So we could remove the brown dirty portion when draining. Allow this mixture to boil for 2 minutes till you get a string consistency. Then drain the syrup. After getting the syrup kept it in a glass vessel at room temperature.

Sarbath: Take 2-3 spoons full of anantamoola root syrup in a glass and add lemon juice to it. Fill the glass with soda/water. We can add ice cubes and kas kas seeds into it. It is thirst quenching syrup and can be used in summer season. It is a best cool drink for a hot day!

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome : Get your hands back to normal

Those who work for long hours on computer key board are most vulnerable to develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Symptoms of CTS include pain, numbness, tingling sensation in the thumb and fingers that it supplies. Later results in paralysis and atrophy of thenar muscles.

PREVENTION

The primary cause of carpal tunnel syndrome may be continuous, stressful and overuse of hand and wrist joint. This condition is more found in people who are working in IT field, computer users and females in the age of 45-55. We can prevent CTS by following simple remedies.

  • Break: Help your hand muscles to relax during continuous usage by taking rest.
  • Exercise: Do simple wrist exercises and relax your muscles.
  • Reduce force: Using long pen with soft grip.
  • Avoid continuous cold exposure: Maintain warmth environment can reduce muscle stiffness.

Exercise that stretches the flexor retinaculum have been developed and prescribed to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

EXERCISE:

  • Fan out and oppose the fingers of the two palms. Slowly but with firm pressure bring the two palms together. Move the fingers as far as possible especially the thumb and the little finger with firm pressure. Then press the heel (base) of palms against each other. Raise the palms head wards keeping firm pressure. Slowly bring down the palms downwards as far as possible. Repeat it 5 times.
  • Clasp the two palms firmly with firm pressure opposing the heels of the palms. Rub the heels clockwise and anti clockwise keeping the wrist extended. Repeat it 5 times.
  • Extend elbow joint and wrist joint. Grab fingers of affected hand with other hand and extend wrist as much as possible. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat this exercise for 3 times.
  • Place one palm on the table. Try to lift the fingers up. Then place other palm across the knuckles and push down. Bottom hand should try to oppose the force. Continue this exercise for 5 minutes.
  • Squeeze a rubber ball and hold it for few seconds.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CTS

Sastika sali pinda sweda, Patrapottali pinda sweda, massage with warm oil, Pizhichil, Upanaha (external application) with herbal powders etc. are effective in the management of pain and numbness. Yogaraja guggulu, Trayodashanga guggulu, Dasang tablet, Kaisora guggulu, Sallaki capsule etc, can be used to manage carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

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HEAD ACHE? AYURVEDA FOR YOU

Head ache can be a symptom of underlying diseases or it can be a disease itself. The most common causes of head ache are: migraine, tension and stress, viral fever, dengue fever, typhoid, flu, refractory errors, sinusitis etc.

Mild to moderate head ache without any specificity can be managed with Ayurvedic remedies. The most common types of headaches are:

· Tension head ache (vata)

· Migraine head ache(pitta)

· Sinus head ache(kapha)

This is often arising due to the imbalance of tridoshas as the person indulging in improper diet, regimens and lifestyle.

Tension head ache

This is usually a dull pain around occipital area and forehead. Causes: Stress, Alcohol intake, Sleeplessness, constipation, Usage of certain medications.

Migraine head ache

Pulsating or throbbing type of pain usually on one side of the head associated with nausea, Blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, confusion, fainting and vomiting. Frequency of head ache varies from person to person and lasts from 4-72 hours.

Sinus head ache

Sinus headaches arise when the sinus passages are inflamed and congested. One can feel pain while pressing over the areas of sinuses. Usual symptoms are pressure and pain anywhere in the sinus area, pain increases when you lean forward, nasal discharge, watering from the eyes and fever.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS:

Tension and migraine head ache

Life style modifications: consume vata-pitta pacifying diet, take 3 proper meals per day, drink plenty of water, avoid use of caffeine, take rest, avoid too much stress and work pressure, do head massage daily, try to practice yoga and meditation daily, maintain a regular sleep and wake up cycle.

Sinus head ache

Life style modifications : Consume kapha pacifying diet, avoid exposure to cold and wind, don’t take too much cold water and refrigerated food items, take spices, avoid sweet, sour, salty food items, do nasya daily with medicated oils, steam inhalation is good for sinus passages.

Internal medications:

Pippalimoola powder, Triphala powder, Pathyadi gana vati, Phala trikadi vati, Pathya shadangam kashayam, Nasya with Anu oil, Dhoomapan with nasya stick, Haridra or Guggulu varti

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How to get rid of piles naturally?

Piles, also known as hemorrhoids are the thickening of the blood vessels around the anus. It is one of those diseases which make an individual extremely discomfortable. In Ayurveda, piles has been described as arsha roga and it is of two types i.e., Vatarshas and raktarshas. Vatarshas is painful and causes itching and burning sensation, whereas raktarsas often bleeds.

The main causes of piles are constipation, obesity, pregnancy, fewer intakes of fluids etc.

STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO AVOID CONSTIPATION

• Have a diet which is nutritious, light and full of fiber, softens the stool and helps in better bowels and internal cleaning.
• Drink sufficient amount of luke warm water throughout the day.
• Eat more vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes and grains, dry figs, Radish, Jamun etc.
• Take Barley, Old rice, Brinjal, Onion, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Asparagus, cumin, turmeric etc.
• Avoid intake of spicy, hot, heavy and difficult to digest foods.
• Avoid chilies, pickle, alcohol, caffeine, tea, non vegetarian food, cheese and oily food.
• Use stool softening herbal medicines like Haritaki powder. Prolonged use of laxatives will leads to bowel to lose its ability to function normally.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN

• Avoid lifting heavy objects.
• Avoid continuous sitting or standing by taking breaks and doing stretches.
• Don’t hold the urge for defecation and urination.
• Avoid riding on horseback and continuous sitting on hard surfaces.
• Try to maintain a healthy weight. Do physical exercises daily.

HOME REMEDIES FOR PILES

• Sit regularly in warm water bath tub.
• Apply an ice pack on inflamed hemorrhoids/piles to constrict blood vessels, reduce swelling and pain.
• Massage the area with aloevera gel.
• 20 minutes sitz bath two or three times a day is helpful to reduce pain, irritation and itching.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF PILES

Herbal powder : Avipathikara, Isabgol, Satapathradi, Musta, Dashamool, Bhallathak,  Triphala guggulu, Jatyadi Oil for applying in anal region.

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KSHEERABALA OIL

KSHEERABALA OIL

Ksheerabala oil is herbal oil extensively used in Ayurvedic treatments. The main ingredient of the oil is Bala( Sida cordifolia) and milk. Ksheerabala oil prepared in sesame oil base is mainly used in musculoskeletal conditions. Various forms of Ksheerabala are prepared by repeated processing with milk. It can be used for external and internal medicinal administration.

Therapeutic effect
• Ksheerabala oil is good for arthritis.
• Due to its soothing potency it’s effective in insomnia and anxiety.
• Effective in Bell’s palsy and Paralysis.
• It is good in gout arthritis.
• Ksheerabala oil is used for dryness of mouth and throat.
• Ksheerabala oil is effective in postnatal treatments and gynecological disease.
• It rejuvenates the body as it contains milk.
• Its cooling effect soothes mind.

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