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Goitre (aka goiter): Ayurvedic Management and Home Remedies

Have you seen people with the swollen neck? It is because of the abnormal enlargement of a very important endocrine gland known as Thyroid. It is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck which helps in regulating the body metabolism and thereby ensures general health. The condition in which the thyroid gland becomes abnormally enlarged is known as Goitre. In Ayurveda, it is explained under the kantagata rogas as Galaganda.

In the ayurvedic view, Galaganda is a swelling formed by the localization of the vitiated Vata and Kapha dosha along with medho dhatu in the manya( neck) region and has a shape like that of the enlarged scrotum(mushkavat) .

Causes of goiter:

  • Iodine deficient diet is found to be the primary cause of goitre and is seen especially in people living in the hilly areas than in the coastal belt.
  • Graves’s disease or hyperthyroidism in which there is an overproduction of thyroid hormones may cause the gland to enlarge.
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland is damaged leading to hyposecretion of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism). To counterbalance, the pituitary sends more thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and as a result of this overstimulation, in the long run, may cause the gland to enlarge.
  • Benign or cancerous nodules in the thyroid gland. Sometimes, there may be multinodular goitre in which many benign nodules develop in the thyroid leading to swelling of the gland.
  • Pregnancy, often the HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) hormone may cause the thyroid gland to swell slightly.
  • Other inflammations affecting the gland.

Types of Goitre

  1. Simple goitre– due to deficiency of iodine
  2. Toxic goitre– hypersecretion of hormones is seen, mainly because of goitrogenic substances. (E.g. Goitrin in cabbage).

Ayurvedic acharyas have classified it based on the predominance of the Prakupita dosha as

  1. Vataja Galaganda
  2. Kaphaja Galaganda
  3. Medoja Galaganda

Clinical manifestations:

Usually people won’t experience any signs and symptoms, manifestations mainly depend on the root cause involved, and in general people may have

  • Swollen neck, with a tight feeling in the neck.
  • Coughing or hoarseness of voice
  • In severe cases there may be difficulty in breathing as well as swallowing.

Other common problems are menstrual abnormalities, hot and cold intolerance, excessive or lack of appetite, weight gain or weight loss depending upon the hypo or hyper secretion of thyroid hormone.(Have to monitor your thyroid levels if you have any of them).

Goitre is usually diagnosed by the doctor while doing the physical examination, or may require a thyroid function test (TFT), ultrasonography (USG), or rarely a biopsy.

Is it manageable?

Of course, in the initial period one can try iodine rich diet and if there is thyroid hormone variation medications should be taken to normalize the hormone level. If it disturbs you much like breathing difficulties and problems with swallowing, your doctor may advice to have a thyroidectomy (total or partial) depending on the severity.

Can Ayurveda help?

In the ayurvedic perspective, the hypothyroid state is considered as srothodushti in the form of apravrutti, or goitre as nija shotham with Kapha predominance. Thus basically, correction of Agni, Kaphamedhohara, and shophahara chikitsa is to be followed.

Classical medications:

  • Amrutotaram kashayam
  • Varanadi kashayam
  • Guggulutiktaka kashayam
  • Guggulu panchapalam choornam
  • Shaddharanam choornam
  • Vyoshadi choornam
  • Kanchanara Guggulu
  • Amrita Guggulu
  • Navaka Guggulu
  • Amritarishtam and ayaskriti are found to be effective.

Marsha nasyam with sarshapa taila (mustard oil) or with any shiro virechana gana dravya like Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), or Shigru (Moringa oliefera).

Ayurveda also advocates Raktamokshana (bloodletting) by siravyadha (venesection) at urumula (the root of the thigh) for effective cure.

Along with medications, you can try some of the home remedies for faster action,

  • Give mild fomentation of the throat with kashaya prepared from tender leaves of eranda (Ricinus communis), or with milk or kanchi (a fermented ayurvedic preparation).
  • Lepa prepared out of Shigru (Moringa oliefera), Punarnava ( Boerrhavia diffusa) and root of Arka (Calotropis gigantea).
  • Fomenting around the neck by a hot towel will give some relief.
  • Applying a paste prepared with flax seeds and water over the neck is a common practice.
  • Practising Pranayama like Bhramari is found to be very effective.
  • Gunja (Abrus precatorius) lepa over the neck.

What to take and what not to?

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Foods prepared with iodized salt, seafood, milk, oats, egg yolk, onion, citrus fruits, banana, tomatoes, legumes, flax seeds.Cabbage, Spinach, broccoli, Soya bean, Peanuts, coffee, cigarettes and alcoholic drinks, sweet potato and carbonated drinks.

It’s always the root cause that needs to be treated rather than controlling the symptoms. Always be aware of the needs of your body and mind, eat healthy, do regular exercise #Stay healthy # Stay happy.

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Dr Arya Raveendran, BAMS,
With experience in treating skin disorders, pain management, lifestyle disorders, hair and cosmetic problems.

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Hair fall and greying of hair: Ayurvedic management and home remedies

Hair is kind of our confidence factor and there won’t be a single human who is not bothered about their hair. Earlier girls were the more concerned, but now irrespective of the sex and age, hair issues have become a common problem. Let’s have a short glance into the Ayurvedic view of basic trichological conditions.

Hair fall

Ayurveda acharyas consider hair or kesha as upadhatu of Asthi dhatu or as mala of shukra dhatu. Keshachyuti or hair fall can be because of vaigunya (irregularities) in the Asthi dhatu or it may be due to change in quality of any of the sapta dhatu. Moreover, it is due to the change in the doshic balance of the body.

Some of the common causes of hair fall are:

  • Stress and Sleeplessness
  • Nutritional deficiencies like anaemia
  • Gynaecological issues like PCOS
  • Thyroid dysfunctions
  • Due to other skin problems or any scalp infections
  • Faulty or excess hairstyling techniques and treatments
  • Psychological issues like depression
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • The side effect of any medications as in chemotherapy.

Types of hair fall

  1. Patchy hair loss or Indralupta(Alopecia arieta)
  2. Complete hair loss or Alopecia totalis
  3. Male pattern or androgenic hair loss ( Khalitya) and Female pattern hair loss
  4. Telogen effluvium( temporary hair loss due to stress, shock, trauma etc)

Premature Greying of hair

 Who doesn’t want to look young? A single strand of grey hair is enough for all of us to get depressed and if it is worsening then there is no other tension than hair loss!! Age-related greying of hair is a natural process, but premature greying is due to deterioration of melanin content due to various factors.  Ayurveda explains, Palitya or premature greying as a pathological condition due to the imbalance of mainly Pitta dosha. Prakupita or vitiated Pitta does kesha pachana or due to the heat of the Pitta hair follicles get burnt and as a result, hair becomes grey.

Causes:

In general, anything that aggravates Pitta like

  • excess spicy, sour and salty foods
  • Anger, overthinking, stress and work pressure.
  • exposure to hot conditions including standing in the scorching sun

Genetic factors, overuse of chemical dyes, shampoos, excessive straining of eyes is also found to be a cause of grey hairs.

How to manage?

Before treatment aspects, the most important thing is to know the exact cause as well the nature of our hair. Kesha, in the Ayurvedic view, is a key factor in identifying the Prakriti of an individual.

Doshic typeColor and lusterHealthy hairIn vitiated dosha
 VATABlack, lusterlessThin, grows fastly,difficult to styleDry, brittle, falls in clumps, very thin with split ends
PITTABrownish black, with lusterMostly straight , medium thicknessPremature greying and baldness is more common
KAPHAJet black , greasy and lustrousThick and strong, mostly wavy hairVery greasy, Thick and heavy, generally have dandruff and other scalp issues like itching.

Instead of vague trials with different hair products, it’s always better to have a clear idea of the exact cause and dosha involved. Based on the cause, like any other systemic diseases hair also require internal medication along with external applications. But if you feel your system is completely ok and you want to improve your hair, Ayurveda offers innumerable keshya drugs and medications like Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Reetha (Sapindus mukorossi), Shikakai (Acacia concinna), Kumari (Aloe vera), coconut milk etc.

  • Chemparatyadi kerataila
  • Nirgundi taila
  • Bhringamalaka taila
  • Neelibringadi taila
  • Neelinyadi taila
  • Himasagara taila ( especially for Pitta persons)
  • Malatyadi taila are some of the keshya taila mentioned in Ayurvedic classics.

Always keep in mind:

  • Avoid frequent head bath as it may alter the pH of hair ( normal pH is 4.5-5.5)
  • Always keep the scalp and hair clean, try to cover hair while going out.
  • Do proper brushing from scalp to tip; this will increase blood circulation in the scalp. Never brush and tie wet hair.
  • Only use a personal comb, bath towel etc
  • If you are using chlorinated or salt or hard water for the head bath, it’s better to store this water for around 8 hrs and then wash the hair.

Home remedies for hair fall

  • Have one spoon full of black sesame (til) seeds either alone or with a small piece of jaggery twice daily
  • One Amla (Indian gooseberry) a day is good for hair. This should be taken continuously for about 6 months
  • Oil prepared from hibiscus flowers, curry leaves, Bhringaraj and aloe vera is good for strong hair.
  • Oil prepared from leaf juice of gunja (Abrus precatorius) with the same amount of gingelly oil is found to be effective.
  • Hot oil massage is very good for strong and healthy hair. Take any keshya taila or the usual hair oil that you use and double boil it, when it is warm apply over the scalp and give a good massage.
  • Applying aloe vera gel over scalp will act as a rooting agent for hair.
  • Applying egg white is a very good source of protein for hair follicles.
  • For strong and long hair, soak triphala or hareetaki (Terminalia chebula) overnight in water and wash hair with the same.
  • Hairwash with previous day’s rice water is a good cleanser and nourisher.

Grey hair management

It’s impossible to have a complete reversal of this condition, in early stages ayurvedic medicines can prevent the progress by tackling the Pitta dosha. Internal medication along with a good virechana (purgation) is very necessary in this condition.

  • Thalapothichil or present-day henna is very effective. Henna prepared out of amla, triphala, curry leaves, aragwada (Cassia fistula) leaves, neem leaves, yashti choorna and Krishna jeeraka (Nigella sativa) can be tried.
  • Shiro dhara or takra dhara
  • Pranayama like naadi shudhi, sheetali, sheetkari.
  • Prepare homemade dyes by adding indigo powder and coffee powder in henna.
  • Giving a head massage with coconut milk is both nourishing and stress releasing.

# for internal medication always consults a qualified doctor. # Stay happy-stay healthy

Author:

Dr Arya Raveendran, BAMS,
With experience in treating skin disorders, pain management, lifestyle disorders, hair and cosmetic problems.

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Filariasis or Filaria: Ayurvedic management and Home Remedies

Filariasis or Filaria (known as Shlipada in Ayurveda) is caused by Culex mosquitoes. The bite of infected mosquitos spread the microfilariae and once bitten by the infected mosquito it injects it to the healthy individual. Usually, the parasite circulates at night in the blood and reaches different parts of the body. The microfilariae develop into adult worms and start to affect the carrier body. 

When the mosquito bites the infected person, it carries the parasites. When it bites another healthy person, it spreads the infection to him as well.

Symptoms:

Usually, the early symptoms are fever and sometimes fever accompanied by pain & redness along the affected lymphatic vessels is observed. 

In later stages, all the lymphatic channels in the lower Limbs are affected and legs become Swollen giving rise to elephantiasis (Hathi Paon).

Some patients develop urticaria and pneumonia.

Home remedies: 

Bel Leaves: The leaves of the Bel tree are very useful in the treatment of this condition. Taking three leaves everyday helps in treating Filaria. Also note, Bel tree leaves help in preventing this disease. If you stay in an area where mosquito issue is prevalent, it is advised to take Bel leaves to strengthen immunity.

Garlic: Garlic is a well known natural germicide. Take 10 cloves of garlic everyday to get rid of Filaria.

 Dried Ginger: Ginger is another very helpful herb which is also available in each household. Take dried Ginger and boil it in water. Take the water regularly to fight Filaria.

Ayurvedic Treatment: 

Nityananda Rasa is commonly recommended to Filaria patients. Take 1/2 tab to 1 tab,  two times a day on an empty stomach for two months. As per Rasendra Sara Sangraha and Bhaisajya Ratnavali, Nityananda Rasa is considered a very useful medicine to treat Shlipada or Filiria.

Saptanga Guggulu: This medicine is prescribed 500mg twice a day. Saptanga Guggulu has anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing swelling caused by filaria. 

Important note: As medications prescribed for a longer time, it’s very important to take medicines under a qualified ayurvedic doctor. Based on the various conditions of the patient’s body and Prakriti, dosha, medicines can vary drastically.

Diet: 

  • Take healthy food. 
  • Bitter food like karela, neem flower etc help. 
  • Take enough green vegetables (properly cooked).
  • Horse gram, barley etc should be added to the regular diet.
  • Milk, curd, jaggery etc are discouraged for the patient.

As it spreads in the body through blood, it takes quite some time to treat this condition. Continue the medications till the recommended period even when the patient starts feeling better. Stopping the medication before the recommended period can bring back the infection. 

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Diabetes: Ayurvedic Management and Home Remedies

Diabetes is also known as Blood Sugar. In Ayurveda, it’s called ‘Madhumeh’. This disease is very common these days but should be taken seriously with proper precautions else can lead to severe health issues. It affects the usage of blood sugar(glucose) in the body. Glucose is very important for our health as this helps in making up the muscles and tissues in our body. Being an important source of energy it also provides fuel to the brain.

Diabetes is distinguished by its type, but whatever type it is, it always leads to excessive sugar in the blood, which is very dangerous.

Types of Diabetes

Chronic Diabetes

  • Type 1 – In this type the pancreas cells are attacked and destroyed by the immune system.
  • Type 2 – This is seen when more sugar builds up in the blood and the body becomes resistant to insulin.

Potentially reversible Diabetes

  • Prediabetes – This is the early stage of diabetes, which can be cured if proper precautions and appropriate measures are taken.
  • Gestational – This can be called a temporary stage as this happens during pregnancy and can be resolved after that.

 Symptoms

  • Too much hunger and thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Skin infections
  • Vaginal infections
  • Increased Urination

Precautions to be taken

  • Avoid taking an excess amount of sweets.
  • Take more green and leafy vegetables.
  • Do exercise regularly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid dairy products.

Home Remedies for treating Ayurveda

Treating with Turmeric: Root extract of turmeric is very beneficial for treating diabetes, as it helps in reducing the insulin resistance that leads to increase in the level of blood sugar in the body.

Copper Vessel: Drinking water in a copper vessel is very helpful for the body. In Ayurveda water stored in a copper vessel is called ‘Tamra Jal’. The 3 doshas in the body can be balanced well with this water. Keep water in a copper vessel overnight and drink in the morning.

Methi Seeds: Eating sprouted methi and drinking methi soaked in water overnight is very beneficial.

Bitter foods: Consuming bitter food like, amla, aloe vera, hemp seeds, bitter gourds are very beneficial and helpful in managing diabetes.

Mango Leaves: Powder of dry mango leaves is beneficial. Take 1 tsp of mango leaf powder in a glass of water and drink this daily. This will reduce high blood sugar.

Bitter Gourd: Bitter Gourd juice is very helpful too. Include this in your meal. Also, take 1 tsp of bitter gourd juice, once a day.

Gooseberry: Take 1 tsp of gooseberry juice with turmeric every morning.

Ayurvedic treatment for Diabetes:

Phalatrikadi kwath – Take this with warm water for 7 days (alternate days) – 15-20ml

Ayaskriti – Take this for 3 months – 20 – 30 ml

Shuddha Shilajit – Take this for 3 months with lukewarm water – 500mg – 1g

Triphaladi Churna – Take this for 3 months with lukewarm water or honey – 3g to 6g

Nishamalakaadi Churna – Take this for 3 months with honey – 3g – 6g

Chandraprabha vati – Take this for 3 months with water – 250 – 500mg

Choose Wisely:

Many spices from our kitchen can help you control diabetes. Choose wisely the correct spices. Like, mustard, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, asafoetida, bay leaf and include them in your meal to manage and control diabetes naturally.

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High blood pressure; it’s Ayurvedic management and home remedies

The word Blood Pressure(BP) or hypertension has become a part and parcel of most of our life. We the humans are moreover like pressure cookers that may burst at any time. But what actually hypertension aka BP means in the Ayurvedic perspective is something different and interesting.

The lateral force exerted by the flowing blood on the walls of blood vessels is literally known as blood pressure, its increase or decrease is what actually matters. As per Ayurveda, acharyas have considered this as gudalinga avyakta vyadhi (a disease with hidden features or masked symptoms). There is no direct reference of this condition in any of our Ayurvedic texts. It may be due to the difference in chala guna of vata, usna guna of pitta, or the snigda- manda guna of kapha which interferes with the movement of Rakta. Thus in Ayurveda High BP is not just related to blood but more than that it is the dosha imbalance associated with rakta that causes raktaatichapa or hypertension. Some others explained it as raktagata vata or as vyanavruta prana.

In general most of the patients won’t have any symptoms and is incidentally diagnosed with other diseases. A person with a reading of above 140/90mm of Hg BP is considered as hypertensive (age matters!). Headache especially in the backside of head, sweating, nervousness, feeling of uneasiness and often vomiting are some of the basic symptoms and in severe cases, there may be bleeding from the nose, chances of stroke, and other internal organ damage.

 Systolic (mm Hg)Diastolic (mm Hg)
NormalBelow 120Below 80
Elevated (hypertension)120–129Below 80
Stage 1 hypertension130–13980–90
Stage 2 hypertension140 or above90 or above
Hypertensive crisisOver 180Over 120
Table 1: Blood pressure reference table

How to tackle it at home

In the initial period or if you are in the borderline hypertensive category you can definitely try some home remedies like

  • Reduced salt intake with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Have sound sleep.
  • Involve in activities which relieve stress.
  • Yoga & Pranayama practice is highly recommended.
  • Have a refreshing cold water shower when you feel exhausted.
  • When you are aware that your blood pressure is getting high always be in a head high position with good ventilation.
  • Milk added with crushed roots of Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina).
  • If you are having stress related or sleep-deprived hypertension one of the best ways is to make a smooth paste of Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa) with butter and apply it over the soles and great toe.
  • Have at least 6 g of Shigru leaves (Moringa oliefera) in either raw or steamed form for thrice a day.
  • Have a natural decoction of fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds.

Classical Ayurveda Medications:

  • Sarpagandhadi vati
  • Brahmi vati
  • Ashwagandha choorna
  • Hridayarnava rasa
  • Dhanvantaram kashayam
  • Drakshadi kashayam
  • Rasonadi kashayam     

Always it’s better to avoid asava arishtas as it may vitiate the Pitta dosha.

Panchakarma also help in this condition as

  • Thalam with kachooradi choornam and ksheerabala taila or karuthavattu with ksheerabala taila in shigru leaf juice is an emergency remedy.
  • Padabhyanga &  shiro abhyanga with any vatahara taila.
  • Shirodhara with takra or i.

# Its always better to consult a qualified doctor before having any medication.# stay healthy stay happy.

Author:

Dr Arya Raveendran, BAMS,
With experience in treating skin disorders, pain management, lifestyle disorders, hair and cosmetic problems.

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Home remedies and Ayurvedic treatment of Piles

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.

Causes:

  • Constipation and other bowel disorders
  • Poor diet habits
  • Sitting on hard seats for long time
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Mental tension

Symptoms:

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.

Diet:

Avoid spicy food. Eat easily digestible food. Drink enough water. Adopt fruit diet for few days as fruits are rich in fibre.

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Home remedies and Ayurvedic treatment for Jaundice

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.

Causes:

 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.

Diet:

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.

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Ayurvedic and Home Remedies to treat Intestinal worms

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.

Causes:

Contaminated food and water.

Improperly cooked food and meat.

Drinking unclean water.

Symptoms:

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.

Diet:

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.

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Treating Hair fall and Dandruff in ayurveda way

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. 

Causes:

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.

Ayurveda Medicines:

Below medicines are recommended by Ayurveda practitioners. We highly recommend to take advise from a qualified practitioner before trying Ayurveda medicines.

  1. Bhringaraj Tailam is recommended to apply on the scalp.
  2. 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.
  3. Brihat Haridra Khanda is recommended to take with water. Its known as one of the best medicine to control dandruff.
  4. Often Gandhak Rasayana 60 mg is prescribed to chronic patients of dandruff and fungal infection
  5. Septilin is recommended in case of scalp infection diagnosis.
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Ayurved Home Remedies

Ayurvedic and home remedies for Flatulence

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.

Preventing Flatulence

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.