10 Ways in which Ayurveda can De-Stress your Mind and Body

According to Ayurvedic theory, good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe

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November 23, 2016: Ayurveda is a medicine system said to be originated in India. It is believed that God himself taught these techniques to the humans. Ayurveda, what it is today, has been formed after years of development and evolution, dating back to 5000 years. The ancient Vedic literature, Adharva Veda has well-laid instructions to a healthy life using herbal medicines, massages and diet control.

Today, Ayurveda has been integrated with modern medicine system for some general applications as well as in some other medical uses.

According to the theory of Ayurveda, the body construction or the prakriti of every human being is constructed from a combination of basic elements of the universe including Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

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The above elements combine to form life forces or energies, also known as Doshas. Doshas are responsible for the proper functioning of the body. Each individual has his own combination of Doshas.

  1. Vata (air and space)
  2. Pitta (water and fire)
  3. Kapha (earth and water)

Following are the ten benefits of incorporating Ayurveda in your daily life:

  1. Low stress and anxiety

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    A woman meditating. Pixabay

Stress has become an inevitable part of our life. It affects every aspect of our health.

Maharishi transcendental meditation helps in decreasing the stress with regular exercise. It reduces stress, decreases cortisol and re-balances the hormones of the body. Pranayama helps in reducing anxiety and depression. It is a series of breathing exercises that helps in sleeping restfully and proper hormonal functioning.

  1. Low Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
A burger. VOA
A burger. VOA

Ayurveda relaxation techniques and diet reduces the build-up of plaque and inflammation. It even reverses the thickening of artery walls that increases the risk of heart diseases. Thickening of artery walls is known as Atherosclerosis. It is a complex disease in which fats, carbohydrates and other harmful substances slowly build up in the inner lining of the artery.

Ayurveda naturally lowers the carbohydrates level in the body thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.

3.   Recovery from Injuries

Ayurvedic medicines target the root of most diseases, inflammation. It helps in lowering pain and swelling in the body. It also fights inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.

With the help of various herbs, teas and healthy foods, Ayurveda detoxifies the body. Abhyanga, the practice of massaging the skin with oils increase blood flow and draws out the toxins.

  1. Nutrient and antioxidant-rich diet

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    Fruits and vegetables. VOA

Mostly a plant-based diet; Ayurveda diets include high-antioxidant foods including herbs, vegetables, spices and healthy fats and proteins. It emphasises on eating fresh and easy to digest food depending on their ancestry and traditions. Ayurveda practitioners consider all the social, climatic and geographical variables while prescribing the required medicine.

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  1. Weight loss and maintenance

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    Woman standing on a weighing machine. VOA

NutriHealth conducted a survey in 2009 in New Delhi. They found that people who adjusted their healthy diet taking into account have lost weight effectively. Ayurveda believes that a diet should be easy to flow, practical and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine can help reduce excess weight using a naturally healthy diet.

  1. Lower Inflammation
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Herbs. Pixabay

Oxidative stress and inflammation is caused by poor diet, insufficient inhalation of air, not enough sleep and bad digestion. This causes an imbalance in metabolism, or in the Doshas. Ayurveda suggests a combination of herbs, antioxidants and exercises to boost metabolism. This not only reduces inflammation but also regulates the heart, circulatory system and digestive tract.

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  1. Hormonal Balance

Many women have turned to Ayurveda for having a natural and healthy pregnancy. Ayurveda helps in regulating the menstrual cycle. Researchers have proved that Ayurveda is helpful in treating infertility due to PCOS. It is an endocrine disorder, occurring at the reproductive age, resulting from hormonal imbalances.

  1. Treating Asthma

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    Woman using an asthma inhaler. VOA

According to Ayurveda, Asthma begins in the digestive system, not in the lungs. Undigested food leads to the formation of toxins that are carried into the chest. The accumulation of toxins imbalances the airway tissues and lungs. Ayurveda suggests Transcendental meditation along with easily digestible food and herbal oil massage to tackle it.

  1. Preventing Cancer

Ayurveda believes that cancer cells are always present but when the body is in Dosha balance, the cells do not cause any harm. Everyone needs to balance the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. Ayurveda believes prevention is the key to the cure of cancer. One needs to change their lifestyle. Our diet should have more live foods, organic grass-fed meat and less processed food. Reducing stress and getting the proper amount of sleep can prove very beneficial as it reduces the toxic burden.

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FILE – A biotechnician demonstrates the loading of a genome sequencing machine relative to their ability to pay, cancer patients in China and India face much higher prices than wealthier U.S. patients. VOA

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  1. Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Alzheimer’s Disease, VOA

Ayurveda preparations from rice have been proven highly beneficial in the Alzheimer treatment. It provides necessary nutrients to the patient. A Recent study suggested that Ashwagandha can be used to improve memory. Ashwagandha slowdowns the formation of beta-amyloid plaques that are toxic to brain cells. The test was conducted in test tubes.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced for at least 5000 years

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The word “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Pixabay

Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in the Indian subcontinent for at least 5000 years. The word “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine was documented in Vedas thousands of years ago. It has evolved over the years and is now integrated with other traditional practices, including yoga.

Suśruta Samhita

Suśruta Samhita is an important book in Ayurveda. Originally written in the Sanskrit language by Sushruta about 5000 years ago. Sushruta (Suśruta) is regarded to be the Father of Surgery for inventing and developing surgical procedures in ancient India. According to legend,  Lord Dhanvantari passed the medical insight to his follower Divodasa, who then instructed Sushruta.

Charak Samhita

During 300 BCE, Charaka, an Ayurveda Physician compiled his knowledge of medicine and called it Agnivesa Samhita, later re-named it as Charak Samhita. This consists of eight books and one hundred twenty chapters. Charak Samhita describes the facts of diseases, diagnosis, treatments, and medicines which are necessary for the well being of human. It also includes sections on the importance of diet, hygiene, prevention, medical education, the teamwork of a physician, nurse, and patient necessary for recovery to health. Charaka Samhita mentions 84 types of alcoholic preparations and their medicinal value. Cannabis (Bhang) and Papaver somniferum (Afu) were used as potential pain relievers due to unavailability of analgesics. Use of cannabis is also mentioned in texts for sedation and anesthetization during surgeries.

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Appearances of people

According to Ayurvedic principles, everyone has a specific constitution or prakruti that determines his/her character and disease vulnerability. Health care is highly individualized practice under Ayurvedic principles. Appearances of people are categorized into 3 groups VataPitta, and Kapha.

  1. Vata – Thin and slim figured persons – It is associated with air and space. Vata energy is liked to a bodily movement that includes blood circulation and breathing. People who are creative and thinkers are of this category.
  2. Pitta – People of medium build and sharp features – Pitta energy is linked to fire and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People of this category are fiery in temperament and intelligent.
  3. Kapha – People with a stout figure and well-developed body and calm in Nature – Kapha energy is linked to earth and water. It is believed to control strength and growth and is associated with the back, torso, and chest.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines are prepared according to the Prakruthi of a person and the therapeutic effect needed. Milk, ghee, honey, molasses, ashes of pearls or diamonds, rock salts, several types of herbs- these are ingredients of Ayurvedic medicines.

In Ayurvedic preparations, the part of an herb is chosen and used depending on where its medicinal value lies and its curative effects on the body. Some examples are listed below:

  • Turmeric, Ginger, Velvet Leaf, Rhubarb: Roots
  • Chaste Tree, Coriander, Aloe Vera: Leaves
  • Black Pepper, Gooseberry, Indian Gall Nut: Fruit
  • Neem Tree, Ashoka Tree, Sandalwood: Bark
  • Cardamom, Coriander, Cowhage Plant: Seeds

Different herbs have different healing powers.

  • Aloe Vera, Sandalwood, Turmeric, Shatavari- Antiseptic (Protects against infections)
  • Turmeric, Echinacea – Antibiotic (Fights against viral and bacterial infections)
  • Cinnamon, Yarrow, Jasmine, Sandalwood – Astringent (heals tissues)
  • Cardamom, Coriander – Appetizer (Induces appetite)
  • Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Basil, Ginger – Carminative (Helps in proper digestion)
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Health care is highly individualized practice under Ayurvedic principles. Pixabay

Bhasma

Bhasma literally means ashes. The medicated ashes of various metals and non-metals are administered as medicines. The effect of this bhasma is so instantaneous that it seems no less than a miracle. There are various researches on where the properties of these bhasmas are being evaluated. Bhasma is nothing but nanoparticles it is said.

Ayurveda for Animals

There is a specific branch in Ayurveda named as Pashu Ayurveda, where treatment protocols for diseases occurring to horses, elephants, and dogs are also mentioned.

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God of Ayurveda

Dhanvantari is a celebrated figure amongst the practitioners of Ayurveda. He is the progenitor of Ayurveda, and he stands on the top in the hierarchy of medicine in India. They celebrate Dhanvantari’s birthday on Dhanteras every year too. In Srimad Bhagavata Purana, there is a story about Bhagavan Dhanvatari when he revealed Ayurveda to the world. He is worshiped today as the pioneer of medical science in Hindu dharma. (VedicFeed)

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A Blend of Spices May Help in Lowering Inflammation in the Body: Researchers

Researchers suggest that adding a blend of spices to your meal may help in reducing inflammation

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Adding spices to your meal may increase its health benefits. Pixabay

Adding an array of spices to your meal is a surefire way to make it tastier and a part of Healthy Recipes, but it may increase its health benefits as well, say researchers, suggesting that a blend of spices may help in lowering inflammation in the body.

For the findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, the research team used a blend of basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, oregano, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, thyme and turmeric.

In a randomised, controlled feeding study, the researchers found that when participants ate a meal high in fat and carbohydrates with six grams of a spice blend added, the participants had lower inflammation markers compared to when they ate a meal with less or no spices. “If spices are palatable to you, they might be a way to make a high-fat or high-carb meal more healthful,” said study researcher Connie Rogers, Associate Professor at Penn State University in the US.

According to the researchers, previous research has linked a variety of different spices, like ginger and turmeric, with anti-inflammatory properties. For the current study, the researchers recruited 12 men between the ages of 40 and 65, with overweight or obesity, and at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In random order, each participant ate three versions of a meal high in saturated fat and carbohydrates on three separate days: one with no spices, one with two grams of the spice blend, and one with six grams of the spice blend. The researchers drew blood samples before and then after each meal hourly for four hours to measure inflammatory markers.

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the research team used a blend of many spices including oregano. Pixabay

“Additionally, we cultured the white blood cells and stimulated them to get the cells to respond to an inflammatory stimulus, similar to what would happen while your body is fighting an infection,” Rogers said. “We think that’s important because it’s representative of what would happen in the body. Cells would encounter a pathogen and produce inflammatory cytokines,” Rogers added.

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After analysing the data, the findings showed that inflammatory cytokines were reduced following the meal containing six grams of spices compared to the meal containing two grams of spices or no spices.

While the researchers can’t be sure which spice or spices are contributing to the effect, or the precise mechanism in which the effect is created, the results suggest that the spices have anti-inflammatory properties that help offset inflammation caused by the high-carb and high-fat meal. (IANS)

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‘Teleayurveda’: Revisiting Ayurveda in the Pandemic Era

People are looking for Immunity building measures in Ayurveda

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The world is revisiting Ayurveda to find ways to boost immunity in the times coronavirus pandemic. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta 

With the spread of Covid-19 in the country, people are now focusing on immunity building measures and revisiting Ayurveda for prevention.

A technology-led Ayurveda platform, has enabled people to use the facility of ‘teleayurveda’ and stay connected with doctors through online consultations. NirogStreet has 50,000 ayurveda doctors listed on the platform.

Ram N. Kumar, Founder, NirogStreet said:

“Amid the lockdown we are successfully connecting millions of patients with over 50,000 ayurveda doctors on our platform. People are respecting the lockdown and turning to online consultation for all their health needs. This is the right time for Ayurveda to ride on technology and serve the health needs of people across the country. A significant part of the online consultation for both critical and non-critical ailments is coming from tier II cities. We are also maintaining regular supply of immunity medicines and sanitisers to Ayurveda doctors. Through our doctors network we have recently distributed over 75,000 sanitisers.”

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“Through our doctors network we have recently distributed over 75,000 sanitisers.”, said Ram N. Kumar, Founder, NirogStreet. Pixabay

In these unprecedented circumstances that people are going through, ‘teleayurveda’ is great concept for both ayurvedic doctors and patients to stay connected, he added.

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The company claims to have witnessed six times growth in online searches for immunity boosting Ayurveda products, apart from a spike in demand for immunity building medicines and herbal soaps, sanitisers etc.

The platform aims to train and certify over 1,00,000 pure Ayurveda practitioners in the next two years and bring them to the mainstream. It is widening their reach and accessibility through a very user friendly and interactive technology platform. (IANS)