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An Introduction to Ayurveda-Ayurvedic Resort Goa

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Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.

The word Ayurveda is from the Sanskrit language and composed of two parts:

“Ayus” means Life,

“Veda” means Knowledge, Wisdom, Science.

Thus the term meaning can be translated as a “Science/Wisdom of Life”.

More than a mere system of treating illness, this is a science of life (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential.

Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

Main Concepts

  • Individualized approach to the person – each person has unique physical and psychic (mind-body) constitution. Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies (dosha) that govern our inner and outer environments.

  • This is an integral study, considering and using all aspects of the human being – gross physical body and subtle mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.

  • Personal responsibility and active deliberate participation of the individual in recovery and health maintenance.

  • Methods are natural, understanding that besides gross components and actions there are subtle vital energies behind food, herbs, and other therapies that bring subtle, but significant effects and properties.

  • It is cost-effective. As soon as you learn your own unique being and comprehend the concepts of Ayurveda you can use its methods to maintain the healthy balance though your whole life free of charge.

This “Science of Life” teaches us how to preserve health in wide sense and bring happiness and satisfaction in our lives.

Which tools does Ayurveda most rely on to restore balance and preserve health?

Appropriate changes in lifestyle, routines, diet, Ayurvedic herbs, exercises, meditation, and natural procedures like oil massage, and sweating are all used. Panchakarma and rasayana therapies are employed for deeper detoxification and rejuvenation.

Having a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner will help you recognize your current constitution (Prakruti) and current state of imbalance (Vikruti). You will understand the behavioral causes of current imbalances and get advice on how to change your lifestyle, diet, and herbs to restore balance.


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Spiritual Background

The ancient seers of India perceived a dual principle behind existence: Spirit (Purusha) and Nature (Prakruti). The union of Spirit and Matter produces everything. Together they are consciousness and creativity.

From the coming together of these two forces a Cosmic Intelligence (Mahat) emerges, which contains within it the seeds and laws of nature. It also exists within the human being as intelligence (Buddhi), our capacity for perception, discernment, and the developing vehicle for enlightenment.

This intelligence takes on a material form as the ego, a separate sense of self (Ahamkara). This is the principle of division that gives us the experience of being divided from the unity of all creation.

The ego gives rise to a conditioned mind or consciousness (Manas) that create our protective layers of thought that bind us to our own prison. This links up with the collective unconscious (Chitta) so that we remain under the influence of compulsions and drives from the animal realm and before.

Ayurvedic Resorts Goa's spiritual goal is to live a life in harmony with Cosmic Intelligence, perfecting our own intelligence and revealing our oneness with Nature and Spirit. This requires going beyond the ego and unnecessary self-consciousness.

The Three Gunas

Nature consists of 3 basic qualities:

  • Light, perception, intelligence, and harmony (Sattva)

  • Energy, activity, emotion, and turbulence (Rajas)

  • Inertia, darkness, dullness, and resistance (Tamas)

Each of these qualities is necessary in Nature, but Sattva is the proper quality of the mind. Rajas and Tamas in the mind become impurities that weaken perception. When Sattva is predominant, we uncover our capacities for truth, honesty, humility and interest in the good of the whole. A predominance of Rajas generates value for power, prestige, authority and control. Tamas traps us in fear, servility, ignorance, and the forces of decay.

Ayurvedic Resort Goa recommends a lifestyle that is predominantly Sattvic, including foods and herbs with this quality. Rajasic and Tamasic actions, foods and herbs may be used to help counter each other and promote balance and harmony as well.


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The Various Diseases And their cure according to Ayurveda


1. Obesity

The accumulation of excess amount of fat in our body is what we call obesity –Medoroga in Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, both underweight and overweight highlights the imbalance of Doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Overweight or obesity in most people results predominantly due to kapha-type dosha. However, other two doshas can also cause obesity in some people.

An imbalance between food intake and proper digestion/metabolism rather than the food intake alone is the main culprit for obesity or overweight problem. Ayurvedic treatment for obesity targets the root cause and focuses on improving metabolism and cutting down on unhealthy foods.

Causes

When the amount of calories consumed exceeds the amount of calories burnt, the excess calories get accumulated in the body in the form of fat causing obesity.

The prime causes of Obesity include:

  • Aggravation of Kapha – According of Ayurveda, Obesity or Medarog is a result of aggravation of Kapha. Kapha is responsible for lubrication in the mind and body; controlling weight; and synthesis of seven tissues –muscles, bones, marrow, nutritive fluids, blood, fat and reproductive tissues.

  • Aggravation of Kapha leads to secretion of toxins in the body, which accumulate in Medovahi Srotas (fat channels), thus increasing production of fat tissue (Meda Dhatu). Production of these excess fat tissues results in increase in weight.

  • Genetic factors – Obesity is a genetic disorder that tends to run in families. The offspring of obese parents can develop Obesity. Sometimes, the dietary and lifestyle habits practiced in family also lead to obesity.

  • Psychological disturbances – Some people start overeating in response to negative emotions such as anger or boredom leading to obesity.

  • Environment – Uncontrolled eating habits, inactive lifestyle and less physical activities contribute towards excess accumulation of fat in the body.

  • Consumption of high calorific foods like saturated and trans fats and sugars.

  • Addiction to television and other hand-held devices that cause a sedentary lifestyle.

  • Mid-life weight gain; Older people are at a greater risk of weight gain compared to younger individuals; especially older women who are in their menopausal age.

  • Illnesses like hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), Cushing's syndrome (increase in the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol) and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) (occurring in 5-10% of women of child-bearing age) have been linked to obesity.

  • Usage of Drugs like steroids, oral contraceptives, antidepressants, antiepileptics, antihypertensives and insulin is commonly followed by weight gain.

Symptoms

Obesity can be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Reduction of longevity

  • Premature ageing

  • Bad odor and excessive sweating

  • Breathlessness on exertion, difficulty in breathing

  • Uncontrollable hunger, thirst, tiredness

  • Loss of vitality

  • Irritability and mental confusion

Cure according to Ayurveda

Natural Ayurvedic remedies for obesity

  • strong>Lemon juice and honey: The best and simple way to reduces weight is drinking one cup of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in empty stomach.

  • Triphala powder: Mixing two teaspoon of triphala powders a natural herb easily available at homes with 500ml of water and allow it to boil for 5mins. Strain the liquid and drink it regularly to burn the excessive fat stored in the body.

  • Make cabbage as your best friend: Take one cup of cabbage daily. Cabbage contains tartaric acid and this helps to convert the sugar and other carbohydrates into fat.

  • Vyaayaama: Simple exercises are also much essential to be done alone with other remedial measures to reduce the body weight

  • Avoid Sugar: Avoid white sugar and starch from diet. Prefer brown rice and other cereals in the diet.

  • Control your excessive eating habit: excessive eating of junk and fast foods is the most important cause of obesity. This should be avoided and learn to eat healthy and right food at regular interval. Have only three meals per day. Diet controlling does not mean fasting so it is best advised to have small meal at regular interval.

  • Herbs: Herbs like Bibhitaka (Terminalia belericia), amla (Emblica officinalis), Guggul , Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) are effective for reducing the body weight.

There are many other naturally occurring items that feature prominently in Ayurvedic treatment for obesity. The key aspect to understand here is that Ayurveda stresses on the natural and easy ways in which one can lose weight without having to undergo mental or physical stress and strain.

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2. Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Causes

  • Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue in your joints. It protects the joints by absorbing the pressure and shock created when you move and put stress on them. A reduction in the normal amount of this cartilage tissue cause some forms of arthritis.

  • Normal wear and tear causes OA, one of the most common forms of arthritis. An infection or injury to the joints can exacerbate this natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. Your risk of developing OA may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

  • Another common form of arthritis, RA, is an autoimmune disorder. It occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the synovium, a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints.

  • RA is a disease of the synovium that will invade and destroy a joint. It can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint.

  • The exact cause of the immune system’s attacks is unknown. But scientists have discovered genetic markers that increase your risk of developing RA fivefold.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease, and you may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.

  • In the case of RA, you may feel tired or experience a loss of appetite due to the inflammation the immune system’s activity causes. You may also become anemic — meaning your red blood cell count decreases — or have a slight fever. Severe RA can cause joint deformity if left untreated.

  • Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present. Loss of range of motion and deformity can result. Certain forms of arthritis can also be associated with pain and inflammation of tendons surrounding joints. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the knees, hips, fingers, wrists, ankles, feet, back, and neck. The pain may be intermittent or constant. Some types of arthritis cause acute episodes of symptoms (flare-ups).

  • Some forms of arthritis are more of an annoyance than a serious medical problem. However, millions of people suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications. Moreover, many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints. Therefore, signs and symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell (malaise), and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

Cure according to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is just the right thing for you if you are looking for home remedies for arthritis. Ayurveda allows you to use several ingredients from your home for treatment of this condition.

  • Begin your day by drinking a large glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice in it.

  • Fenugreek is an excellent natural inhibitor of ama and corrector of the vata dosha. It is a natural remedy for arthritis. Use fenugreek seeds in your food. They are slightly bitter in taste, so use them sparingly. Another great way to use Fenugreek seeds is by grinding them and mixing them with mustard oil. Apply this paste on your joints – both on your knees and hands. This will bring warmth and comfort to your joints.

  • A hot oil massage of your joints can be really helpful, especially in the winter months. Castor oil and sesame seed oil, both are great for a hot massage of your joints. If your joints are very painful, massage them lightly. Therapists discourage the use of pressure in joint massages in any Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis.

  • Meditate for bringing down your stress levels and dealing with anxiety. Stress and anxiety are a major reason for the development of ama in your body. The more relaxed you are, the more efficient your body will be. Yoga has many breathing exercises which initiate you into meditation. When you have control over your breath, meditation comes more easily to you.

  • Go to bed on time and wake up early in the morning. Disrupting the natural sleep cycle can aggravate all the doshas in the body and can also result in worry, stress, anxiety and fear. Taking control of your life and your daily schedule will not only help you get rid of arthritis, but also many other ailments that may have been plaguing you. A healthy, natural sleep cycle also prevents obesity, further improving the health of your load bearing joints.


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3. Diabetes

Diabetes or Madhumeha is one of the 5 major diseases described in Ayurveda and the number of diabetics in India is rapidly rising. This metabolic disorder causes tissue damage, so even if the blood sugar levels are kept under control with medicines, it can damage eyes, kidneys or other vital organs later on.

Causes

  • Chemical toxins in foods items.

  • Infection (viral or bacterial).

  • Unidentified component causing autoimmune reaction.

  • Ageing

  • Obesity

  • Sedentary Lifestyle

  • Junk Food

  • Insulin resistance

  • Cushing’s syndrome: This syndrome increases cortisol hormones which lead to increased blood sugar levels. So, an abundance of cortisol hormone can cause diabetes.

  • Steroid diabetes: It’s a rare form of diabetes which occurs due to prolonged use of glucocorticoid therapy.


Symptoms

Sometimes Diabetes can develop without any warnings signs. In fact, about a third of all people who have Diabetes don't know they have it; most of them have Type 2 Diabetes. That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about your risk for Diabetes and determine if you should be tested, even if you have none of the warning signs.

  • Fatigue
    As your cells are deprived of sugar you may feel tired.

  • Frequent infections and slow healing sores
    Type 2 diabetes decreases your ability to heal and resist infections.

  • Increased thirst
    The extra sugar build up in your body causes fluids to be pulled out from tissues. This may make you feel thirsty frequently.

  • Frequent urination
    As a result of having more water, you will urinate more.

  • Hunger pangs
    Your body is not able to convert food into energy due to lack of insulin, which carries sugar to the cells and produces energy. When we are low on energy we feel hungry more often.

  • Blurred vision
    Just like in the case of other cells when the blood sugar level is high then fluid may be pulled out from lenses of your eyes, leading to blurry vision.

  • Unexplained weight loss
    Despite eating more than usual, you may experience unexplained weight loss. Being unable to metabolize glucose, the body uses alternative fuels stored in muscles and fat leading to weight loss. Calories are depleted as extra glucose go out with the urine.

  • 8. Darkened skin areas
    People with type 2 diabetes sometimes have velvety dark patches on their skin, usually on neck and armpits. This condition is known as acanthosis nigricans and may be a sign of insulin resistance.

  • diabetes may also include symptoms like leg pain and dry mouth

  • Common symptoms of diabetes in women:Yeast infection, Vaginal infection, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), Depression.

Cure according to Ayurveda

  • Diet planning- is the cornerstone of managing diabetes.The diabetic diet is an otherwise normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper spacing between food intakes. Avoid diet increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice. Avoid alcohol

  • Daily exercise- One of the methods to heal prameha include strenuous exercises. Regular exercise in any form is a must. In 'Yogasanas' -Forward bending asanas like 'Paschimottanasan','Halasan' etc. are effective.

  • Restrict and reduce weight.

  • Avoid sleeping during daytime.

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Try to reduce stress by implementing 'Yoga' practice.

  • Drink a glass of bitter gourd juice mixed with amla juice, added with half teaspoon of turmeric powder, daily morning on empty stomach.

  • Mix half teaspoon each of amla powder and turmeric powder in a glass of warm water and consume it n an empty stomach.

  • Include fenugreek seeds in your daily diet.

  • Consumption of Jamun seeds (dried and powdered) has proved to beneficial in case of type 2 diabetes.

  • Jamun seeds are said to be highly beneficial in treating diabetes because of its effect on the pancreas. Dried and powdered seeds should be taken in the dose of 1 tsp twice daily with warm water.

  • Water can be stored in the cups/containers made from the trunk of the jamun tree and that water can be consumed in the morning.

  • The seeds of parslane are useful in diabetes. A teaspoon of the seeds should be taken everyday with half a cup of water for 3-4 months. It will increase the body's own insulin and will help in curing diabetes. The leves can also be cooked and taken as a vegetable.

  • Neem leaves should be ground and made into a paste and a small bolus of this should be added to water. This should be taken on empty stomach in the morning.

Ways to Reduce Insulin Resistance

  • Add 1 tsp of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water and drink it daily for a couple of months.

  • Mix ground flax seeds to a glass of water and drink daily.

  • Consume fish oil which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. It will improve insulin sensitivity. It will also help to reduce body fat.

  • To help balance insulin, consider a diet consisting primarily of lean meats and protein, high-fiber, whole grains, leafy greens, fresh vegetables and legumes, and fresh fruit.

  • Essential fatty acids (EFA) or healthy fats, are important to help insulin resistance. These fats include tuna, salmon, and other cold-water fish; fish oil supplements, eggs, avocado, and flaxseed, which can be taken in as a nutritional supplement.

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle changes for Diabetes Management

Ayurvedic medicine for diabetes alone is not sufficient for a complete cure. Healthy diet and an active lifestyle plays a vital role in the management of diabetes.

  • A diabetic patient should never skip meals.Proper meals on time is a must.

  • Sprouted horse gram, green gram, barley can be taken after boiling or in a soup form.

  • oats, brown rice, flax seed, garlic, onion, cinnamon, fenugreek can be taken regularly.

  • Fruits including berries and apples, vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, all types of gourds and squashes can be taken.

  • Tender coconut water can be taken and the whitish pulp should be avoided as it is high in sugar and fat.Taking coconut water directly improves blood circulation and helps to widen the vessels for smooth blood circulation.Therefore, coconut water provides great relief against fighting the symptoms and side effects of diabetes. It suppresses the appetite and also increases metabolism. Hence it is an ideal drink for obese diabetic patients. Only pure and unflavoured (fresh) coconut water should be taken.

  • Raw honey can be taken that is astringent in taste and will not elevate the blood sugar levels.

A diabetic patient should avoid the following food items in their diet:

  • Fried and grilled (BBQ) food should be completely avoided.

  • Jackfruit, mango, banana, potato, fruit juices, meat should be avoided.

  • Regular consumption of curd

  • Consumption of milk and other dairy products

  • Food rich in high glycemic index like the white rice, white flour, potatoes, white bread, pasta

  • All kinds of junk food, processed and canned foods are to be avoided.

Lifestyle changes that have to be done in the ayurvedic treatment for diabetes are :

  • Brisk walk for atleast 30 mins in a day

  • Resistance exercises like weight lifting

  • Aerobic exercises like Walking, Jogging/Running, Tennis, Basketball, Swimming, Biking

  • Yoga postures like Mandukasana, Soorya namaskara, Pawana muktasana helps a lot in controlling the blood sugar and insulin resistance.

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4. Back Pain

Backache is one of the most common affliction, to which hardly any lady is an exception. But of course with the amount of stress these days, anyone can suffer from this condition including children. This is the most agonizing and incapacitating physical disorders which owes its origin to multiple physical factors. It is merely a symptom and not a disease whose cause lies elsewhere in the body.

Pain in the lower back may be linked to the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles, abdomen and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area. Pain in the upper back may be due to disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spine inflammation.

Causes

  • Spinal arthritis, rheumatoid or ankylosing spondylitis

  • Curvature of spine

  • Presence of tumors in the spine

  • Some chronic infection

  • Injury to spine or abnormal stress caused by lifting any heavy object

  • Poor circulation of blood

  • Sitting in a particular position at a stretch, but more so when one is obliged to perform some job where bending of the back becomes a necessity

  • Psychological upsets

  • Loss of bone density and thinning of the bone (osteoporosis)

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)

  • Displacement of one vertebral body onto another (degenerative spondylolisthesis)

  • Loss of nerve function at the lower spinal cord (cauda equine syndrome)

  • Sciatica

Risk Factors for Backache

You are at a greater risk of suffering from back pain if you:

  • Work in a sedentary space

  • Are aged 35+ years

  • Are overweight or obese

  • Are a smoker

  • Participate in high-impact activity without prior warm-up

  • According to studies, your emotional health could also be a contributor to increased risk of back pain. If you work at a stressful job or have depression or anxiety you could start to feel the weight pressing down on your back.

Symptoms

Usually back pain should go away in two weeks. At other times, it could be the indicator or precursor to a more serious health issue. If you have persistent backache and one or more of the following symptoms manifest themselves, it’s time to get a more thorough health checkup to identify the root cause.

  • Constant pain, at times unbearable and severe

  • Difficulty in bending forward and/or sideways

  • Aggravation of pain by least movement, jerk

  • Feeling as if the entire area is sore and sensitive to even slight touch

  • Relief is felt by gentle massage

  • Incapacitation

  • Feeling as if the back muscles were bound and tightened by a binder

  • Fever

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Numbness or a tingling feeling in one or both legs

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

  • Origin following trauma, such as a fall or direct blow or impact to the back

  • Constant pain that grows in intensity at night

Cure according to Ayurveda

Balancing vitiated Vata is the best way to treat chronic backache. One of the best Ayurvedic treatments for back pain is Kati Basti (Back oil dough therapy). It is a form of external oleation (Snehana) therapy in Ayurveda. For this ayurveda spine treatment, the patient is made to lie face down. A 'Dum' made with gram flour dough of four to five inches in diameter is created on the patient's back (lumbar-sacral area). Medicated oil is poured into this dough ring. When cool, the oil is soaked up using cotton gauze and the process is repeated several times. Usually Vata-pacifying oils such as castor oil, bala oil or dashamoola oil work wonderfully well for Kati basti. Brahmi oil is used in case of nerve damage.

  • Garlic (Allium Sativum): Lahsun or garlic is one of the best natural remedies for back pain because of its pain-relieving properties. Fry a couple of cloves of garlic in castor or sesame oil. Cool and use this oil to massage on the affected area. One can also add garlic while cooking to beat chronic inflammation. Drinking garlic milk on a daily basis can be an effective remedy for relieving back pain.

  • Ginger (Zingiber Officinale): The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it a great herb for natural back pain relief. An Ayurvedic recipe for backache calls for equal parts of long pepper (pippali) and dry ginger (saunth). This can be mixed with rock candy and a teaspoon taken daily with warm water. Ginger is also an herb used in Indian kitchen; it tastes delicious in soups, juices and stews. Drinking herbal tea with ginger and honey can be very calming for the nerves and warms the joints.

  • Turmeric (Curcuma Longa): Crush 1-2 cardamom pods and mix in warm milk. Add a pinch or two of turmeric to the milk. Drink this every night at bedtime if you’d like to know how to cure back pain naturally. Turmeric is a wonderful addition to curries and soups as a flavorful spice.

  • Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora): Camphor or karpoor is also one of the potent herbal remedies for back pain. Make a pain-soothing herbal oil for backache by boiling a few pieces of camphor in coconut oil for 3-5 minutes. Cool and store in a bottle. Use this for massage before bedtime.

  • Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera): Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng boosts circulation and relaxes the blood vessels. It is very beneficial in cases of autoimmune issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. Being an adaptogen, it can reverse the ill effects of chronic stress – a likely cause of back pain. Take a teaspoon of ashwagandha in warm milk and consume at bedtime daily.

  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus): Nilgiri or eucalyptus is very warming and can be used for massage. A few drops added to bathwater can also be extremely comforting in case of aches and pains.

  • Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum): Roast about 100 grams of fenugreek seeds. Grind well and mix a third of rock salt. Place two teaspoonfuls of the mixture in hot water and let the fumes wash over the affected area.

Diet

  • The diet of those suffering from backache should consist of raw salad made of vegetables such as tomato, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, radish, lettuce, and at least two steamed or lightly cooked vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrot and plenty of fruits except bananas.

  • The patients should avoid fatty, spicy and fried foods, curd, sweetmeats and sugar, condiments, tea and coffee. Foods that have been processed for preservation have few nutrients and should also be eliminated from the diet.

  • Consuming a Vata-pacifying diet in general can have positive effects on back pain. This is because Vata is a cold humor and eating warming foods can help balance the coldness which creates congestion in the body’s channels. These channels are also responsible for healthy elimination. An internally cleansed body is pain-free.

  • Consume foods that are rich in fiber to avoid constipation. This will reduce strain on the abdomen and back.

  • Intake a lot of dairy (except curd) to ensure that you get your daily dose of calcium and Vitamin D to keep your spinal bones strong.

  • Your diet also needs to include omega-3 fatty acids that have an anti-inflammatory effect. Fish oil is the easiest way to get omega-3s.

Lifestyle

  • Smoking or taking tobacco in any from should be given up completely.

  • Hot fomentation (with rock salt bundle), alternate sponging or application of heat to the back will give immediate relief.

  • Avoid sleeping on a soft mattress as it will not provide adequate support to the spine. If possible, sleep with your back aligned straight against the floor, with the spine touching the ground.

  • Use ergonomic chairs at home and in your workplace. Your spine should make full contact with the chair while sitting. If not, use a pillow to support your back.

  • Shuffle your position from time to time. Do not sit in a cramped position.

  • Massage your back regularly with sesame oil or the medicated oils indicated below to stimulate circulation and boost flexibility. Oiling is also Vata-calming in nature so ensure that you oil your body with warm sesame or mustard oil an hour before taking a bath.

  • Stay warm to counteract the cold qualities of Vata.

  • An Epsom salt bath can be relaxing and relieving for backache.

  • Posture is essential for maintaining spinal health. Poor posture like slouching or slumping can cause back pain as can wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes which strain your back.

Yoga

  • Cobra Pose (Bhujanasana)

  • Locust Pose (Shalabhasana)

  • Plough Pose (Halasana)

  • Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

  • Bharadwaja’s Twist (Bharadwajasana I)

  • Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma)


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5. Stress

Stress, in ayurvedic terms, is intimately related to the balance of our three vital energies, or doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To a very great extent, our daily habits determine how harmoniously these doshas function. Maintaining them in good balance, especially in the face of everyday stresses, is like constantly fine-tuning a radio in bad weather to be able to get a clear signal.

Stress and its related problems crop up when we fail to "tune" our radios. But this "tuning" is easier — and more fun — to do, if we think about the instant and ample benefits it yields. For instance, if you stay warm in cold weather, you will make your Vata dosha feel balanced. If you avoid eating rice every day, you will make your Kapha dosha calmer. If you drink water throughout the day, your Pitta dosha will be happy. If you take the time to eat a good lunch, you will calm down all your doshas.

Causes

"Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another." 2 Stress in everyday life isn't necessarily a bad thing; however, unchecked or negative stress can be a bad thing causing many conditions that we'll look at in this paper. A little stress can be a motivating thing to get your work done on the job for example. It can make you more aware in a situation that requires serious attention. It can also be used as a life saving safety mechanism e.g. in wartime, the soldier runs or just reacts without really thinking.

Common external causes of stress include:

  • Major life changes

  • Work or school

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Financial problems

  • Being too busy

  • Children and family

Common internal causes of stress include:

  • Pessimism

  • Inability to accept uncertainty

  • Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility

  • Negative self-talk

  • Unrealistic expectations / perfectionism

  • All-or-nothing attitude

Top 10 stressful life events

  • Death of a spouse

  • Divorce

  • Marriage separation

  • Imprisonment

  • Death of a close family member

  • Injury or illness

  • Marriage

  • Job loss

  • Marriage reconciliation

  • Retirement

Symptoms

The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar — even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress overload.

Cognitive symptoms

  • Memory problems

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Poor judgment

  • Seeing only the negative

  • Anxious or racing thoughts

  • Constant worrying

Emotional symptoms

  • Depression or general unhappiness

  • Anxiety and agitation

  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Loneliness and isolation

  • Other mental or emotional health problems

Physical symptoms

  • Aches and pains

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Nausea, dizziness

  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate

  • Loss of sex drive

  • Frequent colds or flu

Behavioral symptoms

  • Eating more or less

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities

  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax

  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Cure according to Ayurveda

We must understand that the mind is a very complex system so there is no single magical remedy to cure disorders of the mind. And if there is one, it will probably cause many dangers to the heart, nervous system and internal organs.
Disorders like Stress, tension, depression , nervousness, anxiety, insomnia etc. can be only treated with the help of proper medication, counseling and a healthy life style.
Because ultimately, a healthy body gives a healthy mind!

1. Counseling: Perhaps, it is even more important than medication. Because, counseling teaches the patient to make permanent positive and effective changes from the inside out, helping them to become more independent and self reliant, and therefore more confident. Thus it is less likely to relapse.

2. Ayurvedic medicine for stress and depression :- , the herbs jatamansi, Sarpagandha, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Vacha & shankapushpi are prescribed in conditions of a disturbed mind.
They strengthen the nervous system so that the body can handle added levels of tension and stress and restore normal mental condition.

  • Ashwagandha– It strengthens the brain.

  • Sarpagandha. -Helps to control blood pressure, induces sleep.

  • Jatamansi-gives stability to the brain functioning.

  • Vacha– Memory enhancer. Helps to increase recall ability or recall memory.

  • Brahmi-In Ayurveda it is called medyarasayana.It enhances concentration. Revitalises brain cells and gives soothing effect on the nervous system.

3. Health maintenance & Exercise: Health maintenance by well-balanced diet. Exercise like regular jogging, swimming or cycling helps in controlling the physical symptoms.

4. Relaxation training: A combination of pranayama and yogic exercise induces relaxation and reduces physiological as well as psychological tensions

5. Other remedies: Simple but useful techniques for coping with stress include reading, pursuing hobbies, sharing problems with friends, counting numbers in reverse order immediately relaxes us because it helps to divert the attention from frustrating situation.

A Return to Balance: Five Steps to Renewal

  • Slow Down-One of the most important first steps in balancing stress is to slow down. However, when we’re accustomed to living a fast-paced, busy life, slowing down can feel utterly impossible. It is not. For many of us, though, this can be very challenging—and often frightening. For those of us who can muster the courage to begin to invite a slower, more balanced way of being into our daily routine—one gentle step at a time—the rewards are often felt quite immediately.

  • Indulge in Quality Self-Care-Take a Bath, Practice Oil Pulling, Do Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Oil Massage), Practice Nasya, Massage Your Feet Before Bed, Sit in Nature, Read an Uplifting or Inspiring Book, Lie on the Couch for a While, Foster Supportive, Loving Relationships, Get Balanced and Adequate Rest.

  • Commit to a Daily Routine-There are some very simple first steps to establishing a daily routine—things like waking, eating meals, going to bed at about the same times each day, and if possible, maintaining a consistent work or activity schedule. These steps alone can have a profound effect on the nervous system. Including self-care or mindfulness practices in your daily routine will provide an even deeper level of support.

  • Quiet the Mind-Body Organism-Chronic stress tends to ramp up the sympathetic nervous system so that our bodies react to even benign situations as if they were profoundly threatening.13 Ayurveda recommends a number of subtle therapies like pranayama, yoga, and meditation as an effective means of breaking this cycle, resetting the nervous system, and cultivating a healthier physiological response to stress. A number of Ayurvedic herbs also foster health in the mind and the nervous system and can be incredibly supportive.

  • Eat a Supportive Diet-Committing to eating a balanced diet does not have to be an overwhelming or taxing endeavor. In fact, when we’re dealing with chronic stress, our lives are often rather complicated, and our systems generally respond better to solutions that are comparatively simple. The diet needs to be a wholesome source of nourishment and grounding. While you can certainly study the nuances of eating a vata-pacifying, pitta-pacifying, or kapha-pacifying diet, it is probably best to focus on emphasizing healthy, whole foods, and minimizing processed foods, stimulants, and refined sugars (which we often reach for when time is short and our bodies are craving nourishment). If you don’t have a lot of time to cook your own meals, soups, stews, root vegetables, and other simple, grounding foods are usually good choices. Or, choose prepared foods that are aligned with the healthy, whole food model. Asian restaurants and the prepared foods section of many health food stores often have a good range of options.


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