Home Remedies for Diabetes

diabetesDiabetes is a serious disease, if poorly controlled or left untreated, it may lead to blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage, limb amputation & coma.  Here is the list of some home remedies for diabetes.

  • Jambul (Indian Blackberry)- A glycoside present in the seeds of (Indian Blackberry) jambul prevent conversion of starch to sugar.  It also has heart protecting properties.
  • Methi Seeds Methi seeds are also know to reduce blood sugar level. They are soaked in water & should be consumed empty stomach in morning.
  • Flak Seeds Flak seeds can reduce post prandial sugar levels by 28 percent.
  • Basil Leaves Basil leaves have power to lower blood sugar levels. Basil leaves contain potent antioxidants that relieve oxidative stress. It’s the stress that compounds problems in diabetics.
  • Cinnamon- 1 gm cinnamon everyday for a month can lower the blood sugar levels.
  • Amla – Amla juice daily mixed with haldi powder is found to be very effective in reducing blood sugar levels.

 

And the last but most Important

Exercise & Meditation

  • Exercise- Exercise has the potential to control the diabetes by non medical means. It reduces the severity of the disease and significantly reduces the risk of long term complications.
  • Meditation – Meditation lowers the insulin resistance in the body. Transcendental Meditation Technique helps to balance glucose and insulin in the blood.  This helps to normalize metabolic disease and diabetes.

For more information please visit: Online Ayurvedic Store Or Ayurvedic Hospital.

Advertisements

Andropause & Ayurveda – Ayurvedic Treatment of Andropause

What is Andropause?

Andropause is derived from a Greek word “andro” which means man, and “pause” which means to stop.andropause
Andropause is similar to menopause, but it is found in men. As menopause affects the life of the females, Andropause affect the life of the males. Andropause is related with the set of gradual psychological and physical changes among the middle-aged men from 40 to 55.

Usually men suffer from the bodily changes which occur very gradually; accompanied by changes in mood, attitude, fatigue, physical agility, loss of energy, sex drive and other health problems like weak bones, heart disease etc. sometimes it is also confused with Male Midlife- Crisis. It is often called Male Menopause.

Andropause is a Hormone Imbalance due to the lack or absence of Testosterone which is the Male Hormone. Historically, by the age of 55 the amounts of Testosterone secreted by the Testis are significantly lower than it was at the age of 40 years. Unlike women, men do not have a clear-cut signpost such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition. Both, are however, distinguished by a drop in the hormone levels; Estrogen in the females, testosterone in the males. It is a simple Endocrine Imbalance.

Ayurvedic Aspect of Andropause

According to Ayurveda, andropause can be correlated to ageing process which is a part of growth in our body. Rasayana is the best way to treat the ageing process. Ayurveda believes that all seven constituents or dhathus get weakened due to our body’s prolonged structural changes, as we age.

Ageing is an inevitable change for all living organisms. Most people go panic about getting old. It’s not the ageing, but the consequences of ageing which troubles them. By following the principles of Ayurveda it is possible to slow down the process of ageing, restore physical and mental strength and prevent the consequences of ageing up-to a certain extent.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty in Passing Urine
  • Impotency
  • Prostate
  • Inflammation
  • Mood Swings / Depression
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Water retention / Bloating
  • Adult Acne
  • Reduced Muscular Strength
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Blood Sugar Imbalance
  • Leg / Muscle Cramps
  • Swollen feet / ankle
  • Low Sperm Count
  • Lack of Sex Drive
  • Breast Enlargement
  • Rapid Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Anger / Irritability
  • Bone loss (Osteoporosis)
  • Dry & ageing skin
  • Insomnia

 

Andropause & Osteoporosis
In an individual with osteoporosis, more bone tissue is lost than is regenerated. We all have heard of women suffering from weaker bones, or osteoporosis, after menopause. In men, testosterone is thought to play a role in helping to maintain this balance. Between the ages of 40 and 70 years, male bone density falls by up to 15 percent.

The incidence of hip fractures rises exponentially in ageing men, as it does in women, starting about 5 to 10 years later. Wrists, hips, spine and ribs are most commonly affected.

Andropause & Cardiovascular risk
It is now well accepted that women’s risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) increases after menopause. New evidence suggests that a similar phenomenon occurs in men as their testosterone levels diminish with age.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Andropause

In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, the treatment of Andropause involves use of potent herbs like Gokhshura (Tribulus terrestris), Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens ), Methi (fenugreek) and Asphaltum, also known as Shilajit. Other herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Masha (Black gram) and Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) can also provide some benefits in relieving the symptoms, mainly due to their aphrodisiac properties.

In Ayurveda, Gokhshura has been used as a physical rejuvenation tonic since time immemorial. In Ayurveda, it is also called as “Rasayana,” meaning the rejuvenator of health.

Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens) has been found to contain L-dopa, which is an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it is required for proper functioning of the brain. The increased dopamine levels also optimize the production of other hormones, including testosterone. Studies also show L-dopa also helps in the reduction of cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Methi (Fenugreek) contains a high amount of furostanolic saponins, which elevate testosterone levels by increasing in the amount of LH (luteinizing hormone) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) produced by the body. LH and DHEA are hormones that signal the release of testosterone in the body.

Shilajit is a natural concentrate of plants of the regions of the Himalayas, and is found in the Himalayan ranges. Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals in Ionic form as well as humic acid and fulvic acid. The three vital minerals, which play an important role in testosterone production in men, include zinc, copper and selenium. Shilajit contains these minerals in highly bio-available ionic form.

Some Ayurveda Preparations

  • Vigoraoyal-M
  • Energol-MA
  • Amrit Kalash
  • Chandraprabha Vati
  • Ashwagandhadi Avleha
  • Gokshuradi Guggulu
  • Shilajeet Vati
  • Kaunh Paak
  • Mushali Paak

Tips for Andropause

  • Reduce fried foods, tea, coffee and sugar; all these foods deplete the adrenals, add to Andropausal weight gain, and drain male energy.

 

  • An extremely low-fat diet is disastrous for Andropausal health.

 

  • Increase your intake of zinc to renew sexual potency. Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function.

 

  • Avoid alcohol intake. Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections by increasing levels of di-hydro-testosterone (DHT).

 

  • Regular exercise is a vital component of male sexual health. Exercise makes the body function more efficiently and raises strength and endurance.

 

  • Practice Transcendental Meditation twice a day to reduce stress and Mid-life crisis.

Effective Solution for Throat ache and Tonsillitis

tonsillitisThroat ache which leads to the development of tonsils is a huge problem amongst almost everyone, especially children. With changing weather, one falls a victim of throat ache very soon and the discomfort from the pain in the throat makes the patient look everywhere for solutions. Throat ache may be caused by consuming spicy food, oily food or ice cold food. And if untreated, the soreness may become severe and turn into tonsillitis and then, antibiotics becomes compulsory for the patient to take, which may harm the growth in children. A visit of the doctor and medicines will also result in hundreds of rupees in bills.

Kanth Sudha from Maharishi Ayurveda is the most effective solution to throat ache. The soothing properties with all natural and fresh taste provides immediate relief to sore throat and harshness. Kanth Sudha tastes so great that it is loved by children and adults alike.

It could be eaten anytime in the day and is a boon for people who need to speak and communicate all day such as sales people, singers, radio jockeys etc. The pocket sized product can be kept with and taken anywhere. Kanth Sudha can also be used as a mouth freshener.

When symptoms of throat irritation are felt by a person, he or she may take one or two grain sized lozenges and put them in the mouth and may suck on it. Another very effective way use the product is to keep it on top of the tongue before sleeping. Upon waking up, the patient will feel an unbelievable relieve in his/her throat.

Kanth Sudha therefore is not only highly effective, it also treats in the quickest time, saves medicinal bills, tastes great and can be used by all ages. It is a prime example of an authentic and undiluted ayurvedic medicine, which performs its treatment with the highest level of consistency and effectivity.

Managing Hepatitis with Ayurveda – Ayurvedic Treatment of Hepatitis

HepatitisHepatitis is an inflammation of Liver which is a result of Viral Infection. This liver derangement can also be caused due to toxins like alcohol, medications and may be due to auto immune diseases. Hepatitis can be caused by drugs, viruses, bacteria, mushrooms, parasites like amoebas or giardiasis.

This is a chronic disorder which could be fatal. There are five types of Hepatitis i.e A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of direct contact with infected body fluids.

According to Ayurveda, the liver is called Yakrit. Pitta is the predominant energy in liver. Most liver disorders are aggravated conditions of Pitta. Aggravation of the Pitta causes the liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and fatty liver. Kamala is the term mentioned in Ayurveda to describe the wide range of liver diseases including Hepatitis. Hepatitis of any types is a serious liver condition and should not be ignored.

There are certain herbs which are used to

  • Improve liver functions
  • Balance Bilirubin Levels
  • Reduce the elevated enzyme levels
  • Rejuvenate and heal the hepatic cells
  • Improve appetite and digestion

Management of Hepatitis in Ayurveda 

hepatitis_bAyurvedic treatment of Hepatitis is based on the concept of “Rejuvenation. Ayurveda believes to help liver to restore and rejuvenate to the normal level.
Ayurveda treatments not only help to clear the jaundice but can also help to clear the virus from the body. Basically in case of Liver diseases, the treatment is aimed on the concept of Agni in Ayurveda. As per Ayurveda Agni is the main part of the digestion and all the digestive processes are controlled and regulated by Agni. The main seat for Agni is told as Liver, so the treatment is aimed totally on the rejuvenation of the liver cells so that all the actions of Liver will be optimized.

Commonly used herbs are:

  • Kutraki – Picrorhiza Kurroa
  • Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegh)
  • Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava)
  • Swertia Chirata(Chirayata)
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
  • Haridra – Curcuma longa
  • Aloe Vera
  • Sugar cane

Some herbal formulations are as follows:

  • Arogyavardhani Vati
  • Praval Panchamrit Ras
  • Amalki rasayana
  • Yakrut plihari Lauh
  • Punarnava Mandoor

Diet & Lifestyle recommendations for Hepatitis:

  • Eat regular, balanced meals
  • Eat whole-grain cereals and grains
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Avoid fatty food and junk food.
  • Eat slowly and not in front of the TV.
  • Maintain normal weight and do exercise regularly.
  • Do not eat when you are angry, frustrated, or bored.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking. Avoid recreational drug use.
  • Practice Transcendental Meditation regularly

Dr. Saurabh Sharma

Medical Superintendent

Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital

Vyayama – Benefit Of Physical Exercise

VyayamaExercise is a type of physical work which produces exertion in the body. It has a great role in maintaining a healthy & balanced life. In earlier times people use to do their work by without being dependent on any instrument so there was no requirement for additional exercise. Due to development of electronic instruments in today’s’ time, most of our physical exercise has been reduced.

Physical exercise brings about lightness in the body, increases the ability to do work & tolerance, power, and reduces the increased Dosha of the body. It increases Agni (digestive power) of body and thus helps to digest every type of diet including an incompatible diet also (viruddha ahara) which produces slow poison in the body.

According to Ayurveda improper digestion is the main cause of maximum number of diseases. Unknowingly we are taking many incompatible diets in our day-to-day life, which are so habituated in our life , that it is quiet difficult to avoid them. So exercise is a good solution for this; it is the best method of reducing obesity, which is a burning problem of present era and the root-cause of several diseases.

So, proper exercise is essential as it reduces the laziness, strengthens the immune system and produces a harmonic & balanced physique.

Vyayama1As the weaker animals like deer never come in front of lion, disease never come to a person who does regular exercise. It is very essential to excerscise in winter and autumn seasons, as even heavy exercise does not hamper with the functioning of the body. In all other seasons’ one should exercise only up-to half strength i.e. till the approach of exertive respiration (Shrama Swasa) from heart.

One should exercise according to age, strength, physique and diet and in moderation. Excessive exercise is also dangerous for the body. It may produce extreme tiredness, excess thirst, dizziness, loss of appetite, bleeding from nose etc.

Seeing the benefit of exercise we should include it accordingly in our daily routine, to maintain a healthy life.

 

About Author:

Dr. Anupama Patra

Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital