Loose, watery and soft stools are symptoms of Diarrhoea. Stomach cramps, pressure and abdominal bloating are seen in Diarrhoea patients. It can be diagnosed by the symptoms itself and no tests are prescribed. However, in severe conditions, few blood tests and stool culture may be prescribed. The patient needs to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids to ease the symptoms. Electrolyte solutions are very helpful in Diarrhoea. Eating banana, rice, toast are good.
Diarrhoea occurs when the digestive system is weakened. According to Ayurveda its usually by excess pitta. To get rid of this we need to pacify pitta and kindle Agni.
The diet should include simple and nourishing foods. Also, drinks which have cooling effects such as, cilantro, mint, fennel, coconut should be consumed. Avoid spicy food, salty food caffeine, alcohol, sour food items, fermented food.
Home remedies for Diarrhoea:
· Take 1tsp of isabgol powder(psyllium husk) in one cup of fresh yogurt and mix well. Take this after food at bedtime.
· Take 1/4tsp of ginger powder and mix it in 1tsp of pure ghee. Add 1/2tsp of sugar and take this three times a day for 3-4 days.
· Mix 1/2tsp of fennel powder with 1/2tsp of ginger powder and take this 2-3 times a day.
Below are a few specific food preparations to treat Diarrhoea:
· Banana: Take 1-2 bananas and slice them in small pieces. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and add a teaspoon of warm ghee to it. Take this twice a day.
· Buttermilk: Blend ½ cup of curd with 1cup of water in mixer also add grated ginger and drink this twice a day.
· Rice and Yogurt: Mix 1 cup of cooked rice in yogurt and add a tsp of ghee to it and eat this.
· Apple: Chop 1 apple and add 2 cups of water. Add a pinch of cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, salt, and some warm ghee. Cover and cook till mushy. Take this every day once.
Bed wetting means urinating in bed at night unknowingly. Few children gain control over the bladder at the age of 3-4 years and stop urination in bed. But, for few this mechanism is weak, and they pass urine in bed. For few it continues till 15-20 years and creates embarrassing situation in teenagers.
- Physical factors like, shyness, fear, conflicts between parents, problems in school, feel insecure.
- Emotional factors can also cause bedwetting.
- Infection in the urinary system.
- Structural defect in the tract.
- Thread worms in the stool
- Mix sarso powder(sarshapa) in a cup of milk and give at night before going to bed.
- A teaspoon of honey should be given before going to bed.
Below medicines are recommended by Ayurveda practitioners to treat Bedwetting. Although most of the ayurvedic medicines are safe, we highly recommend taking advise from a qualified practitioner before trying below mentioned medicines.
- 1-2 tablets of Neo can be given twice a day for 2-3 months.
- ½ tablet of Chandraprabha vati can be given twice a day.
- ½ tablet of Shilajitvadi vati can be given with some warm milk.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- Go for evening walks.
- No oral liquids should be taken after 4pm.
- Urinate before going to bed.
- Spicy and fried food items should be not given as these cause gas.
- Do not scold the children before going to bed.
Piles or hemorrhoids are small painful swellings comprising of enlarged blood vessels. It is just inside or outside the anus and is commonly known as internal or external piles. Piles are common during pregnancy.
- Constipation and other bowel disorders
- Poor diet habits
- Sitting on hard seats for long time
- Lack of exercise
- Mental tension
It causes severe pain during passing stools. Pain while sitting, discomfort and itches.
Home remedies to treat Piles:
- Make juice of ripe Bael fruit adding sugar, black pepper and cardamom powder. Take this juice twice a day.
- Take out the juice of radish. Add some salt and drink it twice a day for about a month.
- Take 30-50 ml of decoction of sonth once a day.
- Take buttermilk twice a day after food.
- Soak 2-3 dry figs in water and take this on empty stomach in the morning. Take this in the evening also. Continue it for 3-4 weeks.
- Make onion juice and add some sugar as per taste. Take this juice for about a month daily.
- Juice of bitter gourd juice is also very helpful. Mix this juice with a glass of butter milk and drink in the morning.
- Sprinkle some salt on Jambul fruit and eat this every morning for 2-3 months.
- Mango seed powder can be taken with honey.
- Isabgol or Psyllium husk are very good for getting rid of constipation. That helps in preventive measure of piles. Many ayurvedic piles medicines are also based on isabgol.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Piles:
Ayurveda practitioners generally prescribe below medicines to treat Piles. Although most of the ayurvedic medicines are safe, we highly recommend taking advice from a qualified practitioner before trying below mentioned medicines as medicine recommendation can change based on type of ‘dosha‘ body the patient has.
- 30 ml of Abhayarishta syrup should be taken with lukewarm water before going to bed.
- 2 pills of Arsha Harivati can be taken twice a day with butter milk or warm water for 40 days.
- Triphalachurnam should be taken regularly to cure constipation. Take 2 tsp of this powder with warm water before going to bed.
Avoid spicy food. Eat easily digestible food. Drink enough water. Adopt fruit diet for few days as fruits are rich in fibre.
Jaundice is very common in new born babies. But it can also happen to people of all age groups. It forms yellow tinge in the skin and whitens the eyes. Body fluids may also be yellow. Jaundice is a sign of disorders of the liver and gall bladder. The patient may feel extremely weak and sudden loss of appetite.
Below are few reasons which cause jaundice.
- Gallstones can cause jaundice.
- It also happens when large amount of bilirubin is produced by the breakdown of red cells.
- Hepatitis or chronic malaria due to liver damage may result to jaundice.
Home remedies for Jaundice:
- Barley water can be given to patients with diabetes to cure jaundice.
- 20gms of Triphala powder mixed in a glass of water can be given twice a day.
- Mix 20ml of fresh neem juice with 20ml of pure honey. Add 3gms of pepper powder to this. This can be taken twice day.
- Plenty of sugarcane juice can be taken.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Jaundice:
Below medicines are generally recommended by Ayurveda practitioners to treat Jaundice. Although most of the ayurvedic medicines are safe, as many times medicines differe based on body ‘dosha’ type, we highly recommend taking advice from a qualified practitioner before trying taking below mentioned medicines.
- Take Livpar 1-2 tab twice a day.
- 1 tab of Punarnava Mandoor can be taken thrice a day for 2-3 weeks.
- 125g of Navaras Loh can be given thrice a day.
- 10ml of jaundex syrup can be given thrice a day along with one tab of Nirocil.
The patient should be hydrated which is most important. Drink plenty of water. You can mix lime juice or grapefruit juice to water. Eat lot of fruits and vegetables. Grapes, lemon, papaya, melons, yam, pumpkin, tomatoes, spinach are good to eat during jaundice. Avoid high calorie food.
Hiccups are very common and not a disease. It irritates a lot when lasts for longer time. It is a repeated noisy intake of air. It generally lasts for more than a few minutes sometimes.
- While smoking and eating chewing gum also a person can swallow air and end up with hiccups.
- Acid reflux caused due to side effects of medicines can also lead to hiccups.
- Eating and drinking too much.
- When eating too fast a person can swallow air and it causes hiccups.
- Stress, worry, anxiety are also some reasons.
- Swelling, infection, or masses in liver can cause irritation of the diaphragm, which leads to hiccups.
- Crying and coughing can cause hiccups for babies.
Home remedies for Hiccups:
- Sit quietly and hold the breath.
- Place a paper bag over the mouth and breath in and out for some time.
- Kulatha in form of soup or dal is very effective.
- If it persists for longer time, seek medical aid.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Hiccups:
Below medicines are recommended by Ayurveda practitioners to treat hiccups. Although most of the ayurvedic medicines are safe, we highly recommend taking advise from a qualified practitioner before trying below mentioned medicines.
- Mayura Chandrika Bhasma should be taken 5gms, six times a day with honey.
- Sukumar Ghritham can be taken 1 tsp thrice a day with milk.
- Mix cardamom powder with honey and suck it twice a day.
- Crush 1-2 tablets of Eladivatti, mix it with honey and have 4-6 times a day.
Intestinal worm is very common in children. It is also seen in Adults. This is caused due to poor sanitation, personal hygiene and contamination of food and hygiene. Hook worms, tape worm, round worms, giardia are different types of worm seen in human intestines.
Contaminated food and water.
Improperly cooked food and meat.
Drinking unclean water.
The symptoms occur according to the presence of type of worm. Hook worms suck and blood and further causes Anaemia. Cough, vomit, and loss of appetite are the symptoms of Round worms. Some patients also suffer with fever, urticaria and bronchitis.
Home Remedies for Intestinal worms:
- Mix 1 tsp of honey with coconut water and take this twice a day.
- Mix 5gm ajwain with a pinch of salt. Take this on empty stomach for a week.
- Take 2-3 tomatoes with a pinch of black pepper and salt on empty stomach for about 2 weeks.
- Take an apple a day.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Intestinal worms:
Below medicines are generally recommended by Ayurveda practitioners to treat Intestinal worms. Although most of the ayurvedic medicines are safe, we highly recommend taking advise from a qualified practitioner before trying below mentioned medicines.
- Take Krimi Har Ras tab once a day for about 2 weeks.
- 1 tablet of Krimi Kalanal Ras twice a day for a week.
- 1 tablet of Krimi Mudgar Ras thrice a day.
Avoid food which is difficult to digest. Take food which is bitter in taste. Like, bitter gourd, neem flower, drumstick. Avoid sweets. Avoid sleeping during day time. Do not eat junk food, fast food.
Hair fall, to both man and woman specially, is a big matter of concern when the sight of a hair brush or comb is full with hairs. It can cause mental distress and emotional breakdown.
A person can lose up to 100 strands of hairs per day. But, losing more hair can cause baldness. Anyhow, this is not a life-threatening condition and there are various remedies available to prevent and stop hair loss.
There are many causes for hair loss. The most common reason is Stress. People with vitamin B and folic acid deficiency also lose hair.
However, with proper diagnosis and intake of these vitamins and food containing these vitamins, hair grows normally.
Few diseases like, Thyroid, Typhoid, Chronic cold, Anaemia also cause hair fall.
Unclean scalp also weakens the hair roots and causes hair fall. Dandruff is one of the most common reasons of Hair fall.
Home Remedies for Dandruff:
- Keep your comp clean and sanitized. A host of germs grow in unclean combs. Try to keep separate combs for each members of the family.
- Do not wash hair too often. It removes the healthy oily substance created by body for hair and scalp making it too dy.
- Clean the Hair 2-3 times a week with a mild shampoo. Do not get cheated by advertisements with strong shampoo which can cause adverse effect on your scalp and hair health.
- Take some need bark and boil it in water to prepare a decoction. Apply it half an hour before washing hair.
- Neem oil and camphor are also found to be effective in treating dandruff. Take a mixture of both and apply on hair before washing hair.
- Freshly extracted lemon juice with pure coconut oil can be applied on scalp to get rid of dandruff.
Home Remedies for Hair fall:
Below are few best home remedies which will help you from hair loss.
- Take a handful of fresh neem leaves and boil it will 2 cups of water. Cool it and filter it. Rinse your hair with this water.
- Soak methi(fenugreek) seeds overnight, grind it and make a paste. Apply this paste on hair and wash it after 20 minutes.
- Apply fresh Aloevera juice on scalp and wash it after 30 mins. Repeat twice a week.
- Grind 1-2 Onions and squeeze out the juice. Apply this to scalp and wash after 20 minutes.
- Apply fresh lemon juice in scalp and hair and wash hair after 30 minutes.
- Mix 1tsp honey and 1tsp olive oil in 2 egg white. Apply this from root to tips. And wash after 20 minutes.
- Soak 2-3 tea bags in 1-2 cups of hot water. Gently massage your head and rinse with water after an hour.
- Mix 2tsp of yoghurt in 1tsp of honey and 1tsp of lemon and apply this on the scalp. Rinse with cold water after 30 minutes.
Below medicines are recommended by Ayurveda practitioners. We highly recommend to take advise from a qualified practitioner before trying Ayurveda medicines.
- Bhringaraj Tailam is recommended to apply on the scalp.
- Khadirarista which is known as a blood purifier is also recommended to cure dandruff. 20 ml of this mix with water is prescribed to patients.
- Brihat Haridra Khanda is recommended to take with water. Its known as one of the best medicine to control dandruff.
- Often Gandhak Rasayana 60 mg is prescribed to chronic patients of dandruff and fungal infection
- Septilin is recommended in case of scalp infection diagnosis.
Passing air or farting is a natural process and something that everybody does. However, doing it a lot is not a sign of good health. Moreover, what if it happens in public? Embarrassing, right? You sometimes think that it would not make any noise, but it does. Sometimes, you even believe that others will not sense the foul smell, but when you see that people around you become uncomfortable with the foul odor, you feel like hiding your face. Many people reading this can relate to this.
More than 30% of people around the world suffer from problems related to flatulence – and most people choose to ignore. This is because they think it is a natural thing that is bound to happen. It is true to a certain extent, but beyond that point, it is indeed a matter of concern and requires medical help.
Many people feel embarrassed to discuss this with their doctor’s as well. However, it is best to treat this naturally. Ayurveda has effective treatments for people suffering from excessive flatulence.
What Exactly is Flatulence?
Flatulence (Aadhyaman in Sanskrit) is the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. Excessive flatulence can lead to the urge of farting frequently. The gas can be passed from the anus or the mouth, and both are considered to be a breach of etiquette. It may or may not come out with a sound and may or may not have a bad odor. The gas so expelled is called flatus.
Flatulence is natural. If it does not happen, then there is something wrong with your digestion system. However, if it happens all day long, and you have no control over it, it needs to be treated.
Causes of Flatulence
According to Ayurveda, excessive flatulence is the result of the presence of abnormal Agni in your body. Agni, as you probably know, means fire. A healthy person is someone who has normal Agni in this body. When the amount of Agni increases, it makes the person unhealthy.
At times, the Agni gets vitiated, and some of the reasons behind it can be the following:
- Prajnaparadha or any offence against wisdom – one part of your body insists on doing something that is detrimental to the other parts
- Kaaliparinama or unexpected change in weather conditions
Asatmyendriyarthasamayoga or incorrect coordination of the various sense organs and their objects
- Any one of these three factors can damage your Pitta dosha, a situation known as amala pitta.
Humans tend to take in the air while doing a lot of daily activities. For example, you take in a considerable amount of air while drinking water. This air can also lead to flatulence, urging you to pass wind. This wind is always odourless and does not make a sound as well. Certain types of foods are known to produce more gas when consumed like beans, cauliflower, turnips, etc.
Antibiotics and improper placement of dentures can also cause flatulence indirectly. Dentures fitted incorrectly do not let you chew your food properly. Flatulence can be genetic as well.
Symptoms of Flatulence
A healthy individual passes wind at least eight to ten times a day. Excessive flatulence can be due to some deep-rooted gastric or intestinal problems. If that is so, a detailed medical investigation is recommended. If passing air is accompanied by pain, it can be due to ulcer or tumours. Visit a doctor immediately, if you are experiencing something like this.
Symptoms That You Need to be On the Lookout For
Repeated, uncontrolled, and frequent urge to pass wind. This is an urge that the nerve endings of the anus feel and gives you a single.
In case of excessive flatulence, sometimes the person mistakes the signal for defecation as the signal for passing wind leading to accidental defecation, something common when suffering from diarrhoea.
Foul-smelling gas as the gas contains methane, due to undigested food.
Passing the air is accompanied by noises, as the gas creates pressure over the anal sphincter.
Flatulence is accompanied with constipation or diarrhoea.
Ayurveda has effective natural remedies for treating flatulence. It recommends the use of some common kitchen herbs that work like magic when it comes to treating flatulence and its symptoms. Let’s take a look at them in detail.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Flatulence
Ayurveda follows three steps while treating flatulence viz.
Use of carminative for the treatment or Deepana
Use of digestives for the treatment or Paachana
Use of gas expellers for treatment or Vaatanulomana
Carminatives have antispasmodic properties and prevent stomach cramps and pain. It helps to reduce the pain while passing air.
Digestives break down complex foods and make digestion easier. Gas expellers, as the name suggests work by expelling the gas in an enormous quantity at one go.
Ayurveda recommends using a wide variety of herbs for treating flatulence. They are:
- Ajamoda or Celery is excellent for flatulence. A powerful carminative, the oil extracted from the seeds of celery helps in reducing abdominal pain and cramps.
- Dalchini or Cinnamon is another useful carminative. Soak cinnamon sticks in a glass of water for few hours and drink that water to take out the foul smell from your flatus.
- Ajwain or Bishop’s Weed is another choice that you have. One of the most remedies by Ayurvedic doctors, ajwain is an effective carminative.
Dhania or Coriander contains linoloom, a chemical that increases digestive secretion. It is an excellent gas expelled.
- Bahera or Belleric Myrobalan helps in proper bowel movements and helps indigestion.
- Haldi or turmeric is excellent for the stomach and ensures that it’s working correctly.
- Elaichi or cardamom reduces gas formation. Menthol or water extract of cardamom helps in eliminating the offensive odour from flatus.
- Kala jeera or caraway has carminative properties. On steam distillation, caraway gives oil called carvone, and this is what a carminative is.
- Harad or chebulic myrobalan has excellent laxative properties. It is a good carminative and aids in digestion.
- Lavanga or clove reduces the bad odour from flatus.
- Rusmari or rosemary is stomachic and carminative.
- Methi or fenugreek is antispasmodic and helps to expel flatus easily
- Saunf or fennel helps in digestion. It cools your stomach after a heavy meal and acts a mouth freshener as well.
- Sunthi or ginger helps in digestion and has anti-carminative properties. It works by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.
- Sowa or Indian dill is another carminative. It also contains carvone.
Kesar or saffron is stomachic and is mild. So, it is used in treating digestive problems in children.
- Vacha or sweet flag reduces flatulence and helps in digestion. It is also an excellent carminative.
Some of the Ayurvedic preparation that helps in treating flatulence is Madhu YashtayadiChurna, Agastya Rasayana, AbhayadiModaka, and PanchaSakarachurna.
Prevention is better than cure. Let’s look at some effective tips that help prevent the formation of gas in the alimentary canal according to Ayurveda:
Avoid Food That Causes Flatulence: Some of the foods that you definitely need to avoid are beans, whole grain cereals, fatty foods, eggs, potatoes, dairy products, fermented foods like bread and dosa, fruits like prunes, banana, and apples, fried food, pulses like Bengal gram and black gram, sauces, and chutneys. All these increase the formation of gas in your digestive system.
- Chew the Food Properly: It is important to chew the food properly before ingesting. Foods high in carbohydrates get digested with ease, while you are chewing them.
- Say No to Slurp: Slurping while you are drinking tea or coffee results in consuming a lot of air. This air is expelled as gas.
- Do Not Use Straws: Straws also lead to intake of a lot of air with the liquid you are taking in, as it works by building suction pressure.
- Avoid Aerated Drinks: The sugar content is very high in aerated drinks. On top of that, they contain carbon dioxide that you took in and expelled in the form of gas. This is the reason; many people drink soda after a heavy meal to eliminate gas.
- Eat Slowly: Eat slowly and chew your food properly. This would help in digestion and make your stomach acquainted with the food you are taking in.
- Brisk Walk: Take a brisk walk or do some exercise after a heavy meal. This would help in easy digestion and prevent flatulence.
- Meditate: Meditate and keep your stress level down. Overworking can slow down the digestion process and lead to the formation of gas.
Diet You Need to Follow
Following the right diet is one of the most important things that you need to do, if you want to reduce flatulence. Keep the following points in mind:
Refer to the list mentioned above and make sure to avoid all the foods that cause flatulence. Eliminate them one by one. This would ensure that your body is getting all the required nutrients.
- Drink at least 2-3 litres of water in a day. Water helps in converting the gas toxins into liquid toxins, and this gets eliminated with urine or sweat. You can also add a drop of peppermint extract in the water you drink to eliminate the foul odour from flatus.
- Do not overeat. Do not eat to the full that your stomach can take in. This slows down digestion and causes flatulence.
- Eat little amounts several times a day, if you are suffering from excessive flatulence. This would ensure that your system digests appropriately.
Follow these to keep excessive flatulence at bay.
With many people trying to look young and glowing, various companies have come up with an effective line of products which claim to give you younger looking skin and have anti-aging properties. However, those products are usually made of chemicals and are highly harmful to your skin in the long run. Instead of using those products you can try the Ayurvedic way, and herbal anti-aging treatment is accepted worldwide by numerous people. In addition to that, Ayurveda is a very popular way of treating various types of diseases and conditions. There are three areas in a person’s body on which Ayurveda concentrates- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. As per Ayurvedic experts, a perfect balance in three of them is the secret to young looking and staying healthy.
One of the Most Effective Ayurvedic Treatments
Rasayana is one of the most effective Ayurvedic treatments. It has two major faculties Vatatapika and Kutipravesika. The names may sound very strange but are easily understandable. For example, Kutipravesika is a unique methodology where the person getting treated should stay in a small shelter with only one door. The housing will have tiny holes for the air to pass through.
The goal of Ayurveda and the Herbs Used
The goal of Ayurveda is not only slowing down the aging process but also to make the bodywork in the best possible way and to bring peace and vitality to individuals. A total of 12 different types of herbs are used in the Ayurvedic treatment or Ayurveda anti-aging herbs, and they are:
Amla or Emblica Officinalis
This herb is of special attention in the Charak Samhita literature. It is full of natural vitamin C that helps in rejuvenating bodily systems.
Turmeric Rhizomes or Haldi
Turmeric rhizomes are found in the form of curcuminoids, curcumin, and tetrahydrocurcuminoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Ginger Family
The herbs from the ginger family are the rich source of antioxidants and have ingredients that increase the blood flow to the peripheries. It also helps in reducing inflammation at the cellular level.
This herb is also known to fight arthritis. The pure form of this herb is used for anti-aging products.
Galangal (Also Called Chinese Ginger)
This herb contains gingerol, essential oils, and diarylheptanoids. Diarylheptanoid is also known as anti-arthritic. Pure Galanga extract helps in fighting oxidants, inhibit tyrosinase and absorbs UV radiation.
The Clove Family
This herb is used to relieve pain from toothache and muscle aches. It also contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Containing carnosic acid, rosemarinic acid, rocciferone, amyrenones, oleanoic acid, seco-hinokiol, diterpenes ursolic acid and carnasol, this herb exhibits strong antioxidant, tyrosinase-controlling, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Attributed to the grape family, Vitis has anti-aging abilities with antioxidant properties. Resveratrol is concentrated in the grape skin while procyanidins are abundant in the seeds.
This herb is well recognized for its ability to control insects and bacteria. It also has anti-malarial, hypoglycemic and wound healing properties. It has antioxidant properties and radical freeing properties as well.
It helps in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has active ingredients glabrol, liquiritins, glabridins, glycyrrhizin, and glycerrhetinic acid.
It contains ellagic acid, punicalagins, gallagic acid, and punicalins. All of the substances present in pomegranate are proved to be effective in freeing radicals and neutralizing oxidants.
This herb has a strong potential to control the aging of the skin as per research. It is taken from the Adrographis herb and is helpful in giving younger looking and youthful skin.