Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng): The Powerful Health Benefits and Beauty Benefits

Ashwagandha.jpgAshwagandha has a wide range of health benefits, including its ability to fight against cancer and diabetes, as well as reduce inflammation, arthritis, asthma, hypertension, stress, and rheumatism. It also has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties.                   

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

1.Anti-Carcinogenic Properties: it has anti caricino genic properties in association with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It is also of interest because it is known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy without interfering with the tumor cell-killing activity.

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2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Ashwagandha has been found to be effective in dealing with a variety of joint disorders. It has anti-inflammatory properties

3.Managing weight – Ashwagandha leaves are used to reduce weight.

4.Cardio-Protective Properties: Ashwagandha, with its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antistressor properties, is good for cardiovascular health problems. It strengthens the heart muscles and can also control cholesterol.

5.Anti-Depressant Properties:  Ashwagandha has been used  to improve both physical and mental health

6.Stimulates the Thyroid Gland: In cases of hypothyroidism, Ashwagandha can be used to stimulate the thyroid gland.

7.Relieves Stress: Ashwagandha is also believed to possess anti-stress properties.

8.Antioxidant Properties: Ashwagandha is a very good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are very effective in scavenging and neutralizing free radicals produced during the process of metabolism.

9. Immunomodulatory Properties: Ashwagandha leads to significant modulation of immune system re activity and prevented immune suppression.

10.Aphrodisiac Properties: It has been widely believed that Ashwagandha had aphrodisiac properties and people used it as a medication to improve vitality and fertility. It improves semen quality. It also reduces oxidative stress throughout the body.

11.Prevents Seizures: Ashwagandha has been a widely used remedy for seizures and convulsions

12.Good Health: Ashwagandha has been found to be useful in improving muscular strength of the limbs and weakness. It also has a positive impact on neuro-muscular coordination.

Treating Depression  with use full Ayurveda Herbs

pranayamIn this running lifestyle, most of the people are suffering from a disease which is Stress. And unmanaged stress leads to depression. With the stresses and strains of modern life, most people are suffering some form of tension at the mental level.

According to Ayurveda this disease is called as AVSAAD (Manoavsad). Ayurveda mentions Depression as ‘Vishada’. This is also described as “most disease aggravating factor”. Depression is a mental disease going along with body processes – or vice versa.  Ayurveda principles say that avsaad is because of suppression of Prana Vata.Pranava Vata is responsible for the proper functioning of mind. Imbalanced Prana vata not only affects the quality of sleep but also effects ability of perception, memory and level of consciousness. The causes vary from mental, environmental, social or personal but in all the ways it lead to severe complications to the patient and to the families. In Ayurveda, imbalance in psychic energies (sattva, rajas, tamas) supported by imbalance of physical energies (vata, pitta, kapha) are believed to cause various mental disorders. This applies to depression as well. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions, such as hatred, anger, etc. are known to cause imbalance in psychic energies which in turn leads to diseases like depression. Improper life style, bad habits, addictions and lack of personal hygiene are also underlying factors behind depression.

Every disease we come across has its link with negative stress, such as heart attack, High BP, stroke, IBS, Colitis, Acidity, asthma, Impotency, Addictions, Cancer etc are directly linked to negative stress. It is therefore, necessary to manage stress by a good lifestyle and remain healthy. In modern times, depression has been identified as the single biggest contributor to depression.

Ayurveda advises therapies, lifestyle adjustments and herbal preparations that clear and strengthen the mind allowing us to cope with life’s challenges more effectively and also bring

Ayurveda advises therapies, lifestyle adjustments and herbal preparations that clear and strengthen the mind allowing us to cope with life’s challenges more effectively and also bring positivity to our lives at all levels.

-Diet-LifestyleDetoxification and Rejuvenation therapies help the body release toxins and impurities. Its effects are Therapeutic and Restorative. At Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital, we have authentic Ayurveda Therapies which rejuvenate the mind and body, through oil application and fomentation. Transcendental Meditation and yoga also helps in management of depression.

Shirodhara-It is a procedure in which Luke warm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead followed with a gentle massage on the head.
It rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind. This therapy relieves stress, depression, Hypertension and strain related problems, slows the aging process and improves memory.

Common Herbs used: Some commonly safe herbs used to treat depression in Ayurveda are:

  • Brahmi
  • Ashwagandha
  • Jatamansi
  • Vacha
  • Shakhpuspi
  • Giloya
  • Turmeric

 

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

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  • 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.

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

Origin of Anti-Aging Therapy – maharishi ayurveda hospital

Anti-Aging TherapyAnti aging mainly means reversal of aging. It is mainly rejuvenation and different types of rasayana therapy are prescribed in Ayurveda which increase immunity power. Ayurveda says by taking rasayans we can overcome aging and be free from disease. Rasayana means Nectar of Life.

The best way to understand aging is to look at the biological markers of aging. These include blood pressure, body fat, muscle strength, auditory and visual thresholds, hormonal levels, immune function, metabolic rate, temperature regulation, bone density, skin thickness, skin wrinkles, cholesterol levels, aerobic capacity, antioxidant levels, sex hormone levels, sugar tolerance, muscle mass, muscle strength, immune functions, etc. It is well documented that these biological markers of aging are reversible. It is possible to reverse biological aging by at least 15 to 20 years as compared to chronological age.

It is believed that the ancient sage Maharishi Chyavana first propounded the idea of anti-aging therapy. When the Maharshi was bogged down by old age, and low energy levels, and married a young lady, he started taking chyavanaprasha, an astonishing tonic and anti-aging medicine known as a rasayana. He soon found himself on the road to complete recovery and the rasayana also helped him to rediscover his youthful vitality and vigour.

Gooseberry [Phyllaanthus emblica or amla] is the main constituent of this rasayana. The herb, thanks to its anti-aging attributes, holds a pre-eminent place in the treatment of dementia, or loss of memory – medhakshaya – which afflicts the elderly in all climes.

Gooseberry is a useful medicine for old age diseases, thanks to its memory-boosting properties, improved results in vision. Also, when taken with honey, it makes a refreshing combination, and improves energy levels in all age groups.

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Rasayana is a special ayurvedic treatment. It has two modules – kutipravesika and vatatapika. The first ascribes itself to confining the patient in a small shelter and follows a rigid routine. The length of stay for the patient is subject to the nature of the illness and its severity. During the treatment, the patient is evaluated and given suitable rasayana, following which there is total restoration of health and freedom from illness.

Vatatapika form of treatment is less rigid and the patient is given appropriate rasayanas and routine.

Whatever the treatment procedure of either rasayana treatment, the objective, however, is the same – to cure the patient from disease and promote youthful longevity.