Friday, December 7, 2007

Hidden secrets about nature

1.Sweet potato:-

Rich source of vitamin B6,C,E, beta-Carotene,iron,potasium,fibers

Variety of vegetable:

Some facts about this tuber-
The orange variety is better than the white as it contains more beta-carotene than the white. Beta -carotene is a carotinoid with anti- viral,anti-cancer,anti-oxidant properties. Hence go for the orange variety
This is a carotene which our body converts into vitamin A which helps to fight against cancer.
The vitamin E here helps to maintain good health of skin and hair.
The skin is full of fibres
This vegetable can help to lower the cholesterol and enhances the digestive function naturally.


Carrot is a vegetable which is rich in nutrients essential for the eyes,improves vision.


Vitamin K, beta carotene, Folate, Calcium, Iron Zinc, lots of essential fibres.

- Carrots are the richest sources of beta carotene which is further converted by our body to vitamin A which is an anti -oxidant.
- This helps to fight against virus,cancer cells and prevents heart diseases by streanthening the cells in natural way.
- Its rich in Vitamin K which is useful in blood clotting and quick healing of wounds
- As its rich in fibres it helps in proper digestion of intaken food articles and expulsion of wastes.Thus renders a healthy heart condition.
- It contains chromium which helps in regulating blood sugar level and meets sugar cravings in case of diabetic patients.


root vegetable

Vitamin B1 , beta carotene, Fibers.

Types of yams:-
White , yellow and purple

- Yellow variety is rich in beta carotene.
- Helps in boosting immune system as it strengthens the cells due to vitamin A [Conversion].
- Assists the body to deal with pollutants.
- vitamin B1 is used to increase the energy levels and eases depression,stress thus inturn helps in boosting immune system
- As they are rich in fibres it helps in keeping the digestive system in good condition.



- Vitamin B1,bB3, B6, C,folate, copper, iron, potassium, fibres.

Cheap and rich starchy vegetable.
- Rich in vitamin C which is very essential to keep the immune system healthy.
- New potatoes are much better compared to old as they are rich in antioxidants.
- The fibres here aid the process of digestion and lowers cholesterol .Thus heart healthy.
- Vitamin B6 again boosts the immune system by by boosting amino acids which are essential for good health.B6 is very essential for the phagocytes to engulf or eat up the waste materials and dead cells.



Vitamin B1, B6, Sulfur compounds,flavonoids.

-Good and helps in building up immunity
-the strong odour helps in tingling the nerve endings,thus helps to regain conscious in sizures.
-It has a higher level of flavonoid quercetin,which is a strong anti oxidant which can check or block the growth of cancerous cells.
- Quercetin is anti -inflamatory,anti biotic & anti viraland like beta carotene its not destroyed by cooking.
- Its found that onion helps in supressing the activity of halico bacter pylori bacterium ,which is resposible for the food poisoning and ulcers in the gastrium.
- It helps to lower the cholesterol,thinning the blood and prevents clot formation . Thus heart friendly.
- Good when taken during running nose and dry cough whith a piece of jaggery.It must be taken raw.
- It may cause indigestion in people with gastro-intestinal problems ,especially when consumed in raw condition.


Immunity is the natural way by which our body protects us from natural ailments or diseases. Our body has immune system by the help of which our body can fight against antigens which was previously recognized by the defense mechanism. This is mainly done by the antibodies. There are certain primary detector cells which recognizes the antigens just when they enter into our body and produces antibodies to protect our body against them. The bodies immune system thus acts like a key in the maintenance of good physical health.
A nutritious balanced diet ,healthy life style,clean and clear healthy environment,genetics all of these factors directly helps in building up the immune system.
The immune system which is like an army protecting and guarding our body is based on the lymphatic system and the white blood cells of the body[blood stream]. There are many other organs which also contribute like spleen,skin,respiratory,digestive etc. The lymphatic system comprises of the various regions where in lymph nodes are located i.e, network of lymph nodes and vessels which helps in returning fluids from inter cellular spaces to the actual blood stream which then circulates all over the body. The lymph node,thymus gland and spleen are the constituents of lymphatic system. This lymphatic system produces lymphocytes it further engulfs or kills the foreign particles,cancerous cells or microbes. Thus their presence in the blood stream is as special indication.
There are 2 types of lymphocytes-
1.T- lymphocytes [produces by thymus glands]
2.B- lymphocytes [ produces by the spleen ]

The white blood cells found in the blood stream like phagocytes and and lymphocytes destroys the invading bacterias and removes the dead or unwanted cells and tissues which cause damage.

Signs of low immunity :-
The person becomes vulnerable to cold ,flue ,throat pain,head ache,fever , allergies etc more frequently

Auto immune diseases:-
Connective tissue disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis,Rheumatic fever,Scleroses,SLA etc

The food articles and habits which helps in boosting the body's immune system are-
1. Food rich in vitamin A,B -complex,C and E.
2. Food comprising of high calcium,selenium and zinc.
3. Omega-3 and 6- fatty acids which are usually found in nuts,seeds and oily fishes.
4. The proteins which are found in lean meat, fish and pulses.
5. Fibers found in fruits ,veggies,grains and pulses.
6. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, pranayama and such other breathing exercises,yoga,meditation
7. Clean environment.
8. Bright ventilation .

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Quick and easy remidies for mouth ulcers

My todays topic is all bout mouth ulcers.This is one amoungst the most comman problem which everyone experience .There are certain things to know a bout the causes and how to prevent them what are the remidies.

Mouth or the so called oral cavity is said to be the mirror of the digestive system mainly the stomach and the interstine.
The mouth ulcers are called as stomatitis.Its a reddish small ulcer which occurs in the inner area of the mouth.They are of different varities like tromatic ulcer,Chronic ulcers,Acute,Malignant,Benign.....

1.Troma - This means any sort of injury .this is most commanest cause .Mainly while brushing or eating and sharp and hard objects ,or mainly while consuming any meat with intact bones , somethimes it might occur by your own teeth itself..

2.Constipation - This is the main cause.Mostly the person suffering from constipation problem will have oral ulcers too.So the root cause here is to get rid of constipation which it self will act as a cure.

3.Indigestion- This is also the most comman reason .Any problem with digestion shows of in form of stomatitis.

4.Many ulcers mainly related too intestines or stomach in such a condition this can also be seen.But here that will remain for a long time.

5.In innumo compramise condition like AIDS and others.

6.Vitamin difficiancy like difficiancy of vitamin B- complex or vitamin-C.

7.Calcium difficiancy.

8.Indulgence in excessive of spicy food.

9.Reduced intake of water.

1.Water is a very good remidy for this problem.As it is a liquid when taken i good amount removes or washe s away the toxins,Relieves one from constipation problem.Not only this there are certain vitamins which are water soluble.Body requires adequate amount of water.Hence its really good way to prevent the onset of mouth ulcers.

2.Keep your body cool if you are of pitta prakrithi of tend to increase up the heat in your body eary.


Take substances which cool your body like tender coconut water.


Prepare a drink/kashaya by adding coarsely powdered coriander seeds and cumin about 1 tsp each to milk and add 1 tsp of powdered cane sugar or jaggery and boil and reduced to half .Consume this twice a day.This will help you in constipation and gastritis problem too.

5.If this problem of ulcer is due to constipation make a habbit of drinking large amount of water in a day and consume more of fibrous vegetable and fruits in your diet like leafy vegetables,oranges ,sweetlimes etc.

6.Application of honey with the help of tip of your finger to the spot where there is a ulcer daily about 3-4 times helps to get immediate relief from the pain and also cures the ulcers early.This will lead to a bit for burning sensation but then subsides after 1 mins of application.


Ghee application is also beneficial like honey.


Consume more of milk mainly in the night before bedtime.

9.Take B-Complex tablets for atleast 3 days,twice daily with milk

10.Chewing tender leaaves of mango or guava and then swallow the liquid and keep the leaf at the site for about ten minutes.this also will show wonderful results.

11.Tender leaves of Jaaji mallige is the best remidy amounst all.It gives quick results.It makes the area numb.Used the way as tender leaves of guava and mango.This helps in bad breath problem also,cleanses the touch and improves taste perceptions.Increases appitite.

12.Oil pulling is an ancients method used to prevent anu oral diseases like related to gums teeth and even for ulcers.Helps to restore the helath of oral cavity.


Simply chewing about haqlf trp of cumin and then drink a cup of water this also shows wonderful results.this also helps when you feel blotting sensation in your stomach.

Ayurvedic remidies:-
1.Gandusha dharana with thriphala kwatha, i.e- gargling or holding the water or thriphala kwatha in the mouth of 10 mins twice daily.

2.Application of triphala churna mixed with honey over the small ulcers also gives good results.

3.Intake of a tablet by name-'' Khadiradhi Vati'' is really a good remidy.I always make it a point to have a strip of this tablet in my purse.This also helps in dry cough and bad breath.

4.Oil pulling with neem oil.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Calcium rich food

Todays topic is about calcium, its role,food contents which are rich in calcium and ways to prevent reduced calcium count and protect the health of bones.As this was requested by one of the regular visitor here i am with this topic.

To begin with calcium is the essential component of the body.Its a mineral which helps in building the skeletal frame of the body.Bones and the teeth in our body mainly contains calcim with phoshorus that is in the form of calcium phosphate.
Calcium is one such mineral which is produced in our body to a little extent .It is absorbed from the blood and store in bones to a little extent.

Generally the growth of the body takes place from 0-25 yrs of age.It various in each indivisual.Noramally at an average -
Femals its from 0-19 yrs
Males its 0-22 yrs at an average.
This is mainly carried out by the growth harmaone which is released from pitutory glands located in the brain.But the body continues to built up the bone mass and the density up till 30 yrs of ageHEnece one must indulge in food habbits which is rich in calcium,magnesiun,potassium and vitamin-D and K2 throughout childhood and adolescence for a healthy and strong bone.

Reasons for reduce calcium levels-
1.Poor absorbtion of calcium by the system
2.Reduced intake of calcium
3.Some thyroid gland malfunctioning[As its responsible for the maintanace of calcium level in the body.
4.During the menopausal period.
5.unkown causes
6.Improper assimilation of calcium .

Reduced calcium level in the body leads to :-
-frequent fractures of the bone
-delayed clotting of blood if there is some injury
-cavities in tooth.
-reduced body weight
-problems related to heart as it helps in pumping actions of the heart.
-pain in multiple joints etc

Causes of osteo porosis:
-Reduced calcium intake
-sedentory life style
-improper care during menopause
-cigarette smoking
-excessive alcohol intake
-intake of immuno suppressive drugs
-harmonal imbalance
-improper fuctioning of thyroid glands

Food items which are rich in calcium :-
Animal product:
-Curds/yogurt [contains much calcium than milk also]
-Cheese [note ricotta cheese is rich in calcium than any other cheese]
-fish [salmon with bone is really a good source of calcium]
-meat with bones are much beneficial

Plant product:
-Soya milk,and even curds etc.
-Soya bean
-Turnip leaves
-All leafy vegetables
-corn bread

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Simple methods to gain weight

My todays topic is a request by a friend.Feel free to ask for the topics of your choice and i'll be happy to post them.Well many of the indivisuals are facing the problem of underweight.due to many reasons one may not gain weight and by eating or following same procedures the other may easily gain weight.There are various reason for this.

It may be due to the genes.Parents or one of the parent has the nature of not gaining weight even though the person involves in any type of food habbits or regimen.So this will be inherited by the offspring also.

There may be some problem because of which the persons intestine may not be able to absorb the essential materials or end products of digestion which inturn results in malnurishment thus leading to underweight.

3.Digestive problems:
The indivisual may not be in the state of having enough food due to some causes like for eg- some get indigestion if they have even a little extra food,or may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome,or colonitis or something like that.The person may not be involving with correct habbits or exercises to get the food digested well , assimilated and the good part of the end product of digestion to be absorbed to meet the body needs.


The person may be unaware about the proper quantity or proportion of various component of food what he has to consume.
Like the vegetables which he has to take about half the portion of his meal,then fats and carbs together about 1/4 part odf his diet,protiens and vitamins to 1/4 th part of his meal.thus it goes on.We generally say this as stomach may be divided to 3 parts and - 1/3rd of it must be filled with solid food particals ,
- another 1/3 rd must be filled with liquid particals
- last 1/3 rd must be left vacant for the air to circulate and aid the digestion.

I have already mentioned about the shad rasa yukta ahara to be consumed and at what stages they have to be consumed in my earlier post.So please follow them if you have missed.

5.Low Hb% in the body:
If a person is aneamic also then wont gain boost up your Hb%

6.Unkown cause:
Here no matter what ever the person does,there is no problems of digestion absorption or malnourishment but the indivisual remains thin but active and helathy.This is ok.That can be called as his inborn constitution which i will be discussing in my future posts.

Now you might have already tried many home remidies or medicine for this problem of under weight or or over lean ...
But here are some easy and simple goahead aand give a try.I will be prescribing some ayurvedic medicines but this is general.It varies from person to person depending upon thier age ,weight and duration,appitite.So one who wanna try ayurvedic medicines which are really promising as i have tried in many patients and have got wonderful results please contact me and i can advice you for proper dosage and pathya, etc.

1.Home remidies direct from your kitchen:-
-you must first record your weight before starting this and record weekly on a perticular day of a week for a month.

A]- Take 1tbsp of ghee and add 1tbsp of sugar to it mix and lick this mixture little by little in empty stomach just before lunch and dinner .and then after 30 mins you can have your meals.
- Continue this for atleast a month to see the benifits.

B]- Make a habbit of consuming one well ripen banana with a cup of warm milk with a tsp of ghee mixed or stirred into itwith little sugar .Here sugar is for taste.

C]- Make a habbit of eating food in little quantity for very 2 hrs.Here i dont mean junks.May be fruits,vegetables,juices,dry fruits etcs.

D]-Always eat well balanced food,Which includes all the essential components including good fats also.

E]-Drink water after you meal atleast 1 cup full.this will help for better digestion and also to gain weight.

F]- Boost up your apittite by working out daily for atleast 30 mins.May be brisk walk,or just alittle bit of walking,dancing etc.

G]-Make a habbit of taking a light nap after a afternoon meal for about 30 mins to 1 hr.This will also help to gain weight.Try to get sound and good amount of sleep at nights too.

H]- Try to remain calm and happy.this contentment is really required because this is always related to mind .Body and mind are interlinked...So well balanced state of body with mind is called as a healthy condition or the man is called helathy.

I]-Eat soaked dry grapes or dates soaked in warm milk over night .this should be taken empty stomach.It will also increase the Hb% .thus acts as two in one.

2] Now comming down to Ayurvedic medicines:-
1.Khushmanda avaleha - 1 tsp twice daily with a cup of warm milk before bed and early in tghe morning empty stomach has a wonderful result.This should be done atleast for a month.this will also increase the heamoglobin percentage in the blood

2.Swamala compound a leha of doothpapeshwar company works wonders over the mal-nourished body.Even this should be taken spoon ful early morning or just before food with a cup of milk for best result.this should be take for atleast 1 month.

3.Ashwagandhavaleha-this one more type of avaleha which helps as a general tonic and given even better reults in men.May be taken with warm water or milk.

4.Chavan prash-This is also a very good leha.Method of intake is same as other.It has many dry fruits,amla[gooseberry and many medicinal roots].Best for emaciation caused as a result of some chronic diseases.

5.Draksharista- 3tsp of this should be taken with equal amount of boiled and cooled water with a drop of honey thrice a day for atleast 1 month.

6.Ashwaganda choorna may be taken with ghee or honey or even milk thrice daily .

Thus there are many more Aushadha /medicines in Ayurveda for this or any other problems.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Simple ways to helathy living

Hello every one.Well today i will be dealing with simple alteration in our daily regimens to be followed which will improve the health and the bestove longivity of life...

-Well most of us will be having the habbit of drinking water.Thi water is a medicine in itself.It has several healing property.According to Ayurveda About a litre of sukhoshan jala which means boiled and cooled water should be consumed early mornings just after you get up from the bed.Clean your mouth and drink atleast 1/2 -1 litre of water at a strech .this will neutralise the increased gastric secretions,also helps in constipation and helps in easy evacuation of the stools.

- People suffering from gastritise and those with the problem of respiratory tract allergies etc should drink stomach full of water and then induce vomiting .This helps in neutralising acid base balance in the stomach mucosa in case of acidity and in case of allegic cough and cold removes the exessive mucosa secretion which might inturn lead to congestion in the chest or reduced appitite .

-Frequent consumption of water in small amount helps in restoring and regulating the water and salt balance in the body ,also heeps the skin hydrated.Skin which covers whole body is responsible for the toch sensation.Hence it maintains the skin moist .Thus acts as a natural moisturiser.

-By consuming adequate amount of watewr it helps in maintaing good appitite by regulating the adequate scretion of digestive juices.

-It also prevents wrinkling of skin.Hence prevents the aging process and even looks.

-Water helps in evacuating the toxins out of the body in form of urine.Hence one with frequent urinary tract infection and ,burning micturation problem ,Piles etc should drink more amount of liquid ,mainly water.

Astringent taste;-[Kashaya Rasa]
This astringent taste as in the tender leaves of mango,guava,bhrami etc is very much required for every one.Its most useful in diabetic patient.
-It cleanses the tough and prevents the bad breath problem,
-cleanses oral cavity,inproves taste perception by clearing the debries from the surface of tongue where in the tastebuds are located..
-Inproves digestion and appitite.
-Helpful in cleansing the blood and keeps it thin
-prevents skin infections and rashes.,pimples etc.
-This is useful in maintaining good quality of teeth and gums .Hence in ancient days people used the twigs of neem tree or mango terr to brush thier teethWhich is rich in kashaya rasa.
-It increases vata if taken in large amount.-When one is suffering from indigestion or feven.He is adviced to take light diet with kashaya rasa in it.This is the patya.
eg-tartiness in neemleaves ,tender mango or gauva leaves etc

Sweet taste:-[Madura Rasa]
-Consuming sweets in limited amount and at appropriate time is very benificial.
It is said in ayurveda that sweet is a taste which shoud be taken at the begining of a meal.this is very true because at that time the blood glucose level wil be very low,the gastic secretions will be high ,acicity is more.So by consuming sweet in a small quantity it reduces the excessive acidity of the stomach mucosa .If you start with spicy food then it may lead to corrosive action over the stomach mucosa[i.e inner layer or lining of stomach walls.]
-Also helps a lot in gastric problems,acidity etc.Sweet does not mean only sweet dishes it could be a tsp of sugar,or even starting a meal with only rice and ghee added...etc.
-Excessive intake of sweets reduces the appitite,delays digestion,increases fat ,leads to intestinal worms etc..
-Eg- as i sugar.jaggery,sweetness of mango atc.

Sour taste:-[Amla Rasa]
- This is very benificial if taken in small amount and at appropriate time.
-This increases the secretion of saliva in the mouth which aids digestion.A small part of digestion of food starts right in the oral cavity.This is aided by saliva which helps in making bolus that is blends with the food particles during grinding process by the teeth.
A simple eg for this is just by looking at a raw mango or lemon or just tinking about it our mouth starts to water.
-Most of the citrus fruits are rich source of calcium and vitamin -C
-Helps in bone building
-Keeps teeth strong
-Increses digest juice secretion
-helps in fat digestion
-excessive intake of amla rasa that is sour taste vitiates the blood.
-Increases pitta in the body
-Increases burning sensatiions , increases gastic level,acidity etc.
-Should be taken in the niddle of the meals to aid the digestion of fatty food particles
-Hence should be taken in small amount only.
eg- as in raw mango, lemon,tamarind etc.

Bitter taste:-[Katu Rasa]
-This is taste which cuts down and burns the unwanted fat
-Cleanses the toungue
-Helps to kill bad breath
-Increases the appitite
-Helpful in diabetis and even in skin diseses.Mainly when one has fever then he must go for kashaya rasa and katurasa included in thier diet for esay cure and aid digestion and improve the taste in the mouth.
-helpful in indigestion.
-This should not be taken in large quantity.It must be atken in minimal quantity.Daaily inatke of curry leaves and coriander leaves in form of seasoning to curries serves the purpose.Hence i say that Indian way of cooking is the best way which included all the shad rasa's[6 varities of taste]
-If taken in large amount it leads to dryness /rukshatha in the body, Increases Vata dosha in the body,And causes constipation also...
egs- bitter as in bittergaurd,neem leaves

Hot or spicy taste:-[Thiktha rasa]
This is a rasa which should be moderately taken.
-It also helps digestion of havey food
-Increases gastric secretion,and acidic level in the gastrium
-increases the taste perception
-Helps to reduce khapa
-Increases the savila secretion but not as sour taste
-Clears throat
-Should not be taken in greater amount as it harms tha walls of stomach by increasing the acidic levels.
-Harmful in acitidy problems as it further increases..
-VItiates pitta and increases it
-Causes burning sensation in gastrium/stomach and chest region
-Causes constipation
- Eg;-Spicy as in ginger ,pepper[these are good but when taken in right amount]

Salty taste:-[Lavana rasa]
-This is another rasa which sould be taken in minimal quantity
-It aids digestion
-Helps in maintaining acid base balance when taken in right amount
-cleanses toungue and oral cavities.Strenthens the teeth and gums,prevents cavity formation when brushed using salts
-liquifies the khapa,but increases when taken in greater amount.

SO these are about the day to day life indulgence of food and thier tastes.There are many more to come...

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Simple remedies for cold and cough

As this is the winter season and weather keeps fluctuating comman cold and fever are the more commanest ailments what most of us suffer from.So my todays topic of discussion is comman cold.

Most commonest causes for cold coughare:-
-Change or fluctuation in weather conditions which in turn results or favours growth of various varities of virusus.
-Viral infections of throat
-exposure to too cold climate
-sudden exposure to cold then entering a well heated rooms or so
-Change or drinking water which is supposed to be most comman cause
-excessive consuption of frosen or chilled food articles
-exposure to dust and pollans
-working late nights
-exessive exposure with people who are already infected with cold
-here the problems are more because of poor ventilation and extreemes of climate
-staying in an room were there is poor air circulation ,or in a room with heaters or Air conditioner on for whole day
So thus the list goes on.

1.Daily intake of rejuvinating tonics which also enhances the immunity of the body and strengthens it from the core like chyavan prash leham,khushmanda Leham,Ashvagandha avaleham,swamala compound etc depanding on the body constituents can help to inbuilt the immunity within our body and prevent us from most of the diseases.

2.Practising breathing exercises like pranayama sudarshana kriya etc will make our respiratory system strong and prevent us from getting any respiratory illness.

3.There are certain yogas which also gives desired effect.

4.One who suffer from cold and cough very often there is a simple procedure for this.Early morning just immediatly after getting up from bed, gargle your mouth and give a quick rinse and the drink about 1.5-2 litres of water till you feel totally full,then kindle your throat with a finger ,just by tickling with your clean hands and vomit out the entire water till you feel the sourness in your mouth.This will help to expell out the sputum and other debries.This also helps in acidity problems also.


When you have cough and there is severe conjestion and feel difficult to breath ,take a hot vapour of water with ecalyptus oil ,or any vapouriser added to boiling water and take a steam for about 100 coulnt.This will dialate the bronchus and the blocks in the nose.Helps in nasal conjestions too.

6.Simple vapour with only water daily is helpful in sinusitis also.This must be done regularly before going to be .This also relieves head ache and helps to relax.Its even good for skin.It cleanses the pores and removes the debries form the skin pores.Hence helps the skin to breath.Helps in achne problems too..

7.Water with hand full of rock salt should be used to take vapours in severe cough or mild could and heavyness in the head.

8.A concentrated decoction out of peppercorns with cumin and jaggery also helps to expell out all the sputun and gives a pleasent feeling when there is productive cough and thick cough comming out.


Juice of beetle leaf must be extracted about 2 tsp to it add 1 tsp of honey mix well and give daily twice after 30 mins after food in case of cough.Helps a lot and should be done for 4-5 days atleast.


Finely minced ginger mixed with llittle honey is really a good remedy in case of sevre night times cough.


A quater of fresh onion chewed with a piece of jaggery kept in middle helps to relieve the chest congestion and helps in removing the sputum easily.Thus is a good cure for cough.

12.Cane sugar itself is a good medicine for dry cough which troubles a lot during night times.


Just keeping a clove in your toung also helps in dry cough.


Tulsi leaves about 6-8 leaves also helps in cough and cold.


Dhooma paan that is the smoke of turmeric has an antiseptic action in case of cold and cough.Burn a dried root of turmeric and inhale the smoke for about 5-6 times.This relieves the congestion.It can also be done in another way.Take a small mud vessel and place a cup of water below.Then add red hot charcoal to the clay or mud vessel and add little dried leaves to it.Then heap up a spoon full of turmeric cover it and give a gentle blow so that it catches fire then inhale it.This will act as a good antiseptic to your lungs and respiratory tract.

16.Dhouthi and nethi are the 2 procedures of yoga which are very beneficial.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hidden secrets of fruits

There are varities of fruits available in different parts of the world with different tastes,shapes colour and sizes.Some belong to melon types,some are berries,some are drupe and so on.Today i will deal with the nutrition and the benifits of eating right amount of fruits and what are its effects on the systems.


Botanical name-Malus sylveslris
Family- Rosaceae
-it make be used as a fruit or juice may even be extracted for medicinal purposes.
-It has got the hydrating affect on the body.Good while travelling also because quite comman that people avoid drinking water while by eating apples it keeps oneself hydrates and also gives intstant glucose in form of fructose.
-has got diuretic effect.That is increases urine output.
-rich sources of vitamins and minerals
-it contains malic acid which is easily absorbed by the body
-the peal of the apple contains /is rich in vitamin -c
-pulp is a rich source of vitamin -A
-the inner pulp of an apple contains 'pectin' in itwhich helps in detoxification as it provides galacturonic acid
-prevents decomposition and elimination of protiens from the interstine during the course of digestion
-Helps in anemia to increase the Heamoglobin level to a little extent as ita a rich source of iron
-In constipation and diarrhoea also its helpful.Raw apples - 1-2 full helps in constipation problem.the same if baked or cooked helps in diarrhoea[as cooking process softens cellulose in the apples]
-Helps in dyscentry both acute and chronic
-in all stomach disorders
-Very helpful in case of headaches.take apple with little salt early mornings for 7 days continously to get good benefits
-best in heart diseases -as its rich in potassium and sodium and has less amount od sodium in it ,its even helpful in Bloodpressure also.
-apple should be take with honey for good functioning of the heart muscles and heaalthy conditions of heart
-Dry cough,take an apple which is sweet necessoryly for atleast 7 days continously .this will help a lot.
-also beneficial in kidney stones
-as it containd a special acid in it its very helpful in tooth decay also
-promotes vigour and vitality


-its rich in protien,carbohydrates,calcium,sulphur,megnesium.phosporus,many other minerals like copper etc.
-rich source of vitamin-A
-dried ones are more potent than fresh
-dried apricot are helpful in constipation for the evacualtion of stools[6-12 should be taken]
-helps in anemia as rich in iron and calcium also.good if soaked over night and consumed in empty stomach early morning before taking any this . do not consume anything for another 1/2 hr.


-rich sources of vitamins
-contains vitamin A,Band E
-good for skin and hair
-acta as a natural conditioner
-studies have proven that it can even help in early stages of cancer.
-helps in detoxification
-good for body and skin
-increases memory power also
-rich soure of iron and minerals .hence helps in aneamia.
-conatains good fat that is helps in reducing cholestrol level in the blood.


-rich sources of salta and minerals,vitamins , protiens,salts and carbohydrates.
-rich in potassium and zinc
-act as general body tonic
-helpful in constipation and diarrhoea also
-help ful in weight gaining
-complete source of nutrition for small kids
-when eaten after food helps or aid the process of digestion
-rich in Vit-A,C,D,E even contains vitamin B to a little extent
-it has 75% of water in it.
-in case of reduced appitite ,banana's are adviced with tamarind waterand salt
-helps in banana i.e 1 should be mashed thoroughly and must be made as a paste and given to the kid
-helps in gastric ulcer ,gastritis and ulcerative collitis also.
-as banana is rich in calcuim and other minerals and salts helps in building up strong bones in young ones
-rich in iron so helps in anemia and even jaundice
-helps in heart pain.mash banan's and blend it with honey and give to the patient having chest pain at times may even save life too.[rich in potassium megnessium...]


-god for skin as it contains natural oil.
-keeps skin moist and glowing
- rich sources of protiens
-good in any form like tender coconut water and the inner skin or pulp .all these help in gastritis and helps in nuetralising the acid levels in the stomach
-rich in vitamin B and plenty of m,inerals
-acts as rejuvinator
-helps in cleansing the intestines
-oil out of this is helpful to apply externally in sunburn
- good for dark thick hairs[helps to develop]
-oil is used in form of oil pulling this heals many gum diseases and cure mouth ulcers also.
-applied to skin acts as moisturiser.renders back smoothness of teh skin
-applied to the soles and massaged in case of reduced sleep.
-may be applied in cracked heals for execelent effects


-rich source of iron.helps in boosting heamoglobin levels in case odf anemia.should be soaked in water or milk overnight and then taken in empty stomach daily for 1 wek to see exelant results.
-helps in dry cough
- helps to increase body weight
-it increases vigour and vitality.also increases semen .
-acts as tonic
-5-6 dates evry day followed by 2 glass of milk,then a bit of exercise helps or acts as a rejuvinator.this should be done for atleast 1 month to see the proper effect.
-dates with milk acts as general tonic and gives stamina.
-In case of constpation, drink milk boiled with 4-5 dates every day at bed time.this will help to getrid of this problem
-increases resisitance power ,mainly against virus and bacteria
-rich in vit-A,B,protiens,calcium,phosphorus
acts as a rejuvinator as it contains pectin in it.
-provides strength to heart,liver ,kidney and pancreas.
-has effect over central nervous system
-increases appitite
-if taken in excess causes throat and chestas it increases mucus
-they maintain alkali balance inthe body[intestine]
-it purifies and even strenghten's the blood by increasing hb level.
they also keep body warm in winters


-helps digestion
-purifies blood
-rich sources of protien and minerals[calcium,sodium,potassium,copper, magnesium,sulphur,chlorine....]
-helps in constipation and some chest disorders.
-good for heard disorders
-good for old cough which is there from many days
-good tonic,increases strencht and appitite even in youngchildren also
-it helps in replacement of certain minerals and compounds in all age group women and dialy intake of fig is advicable
-helps in anemia
-helps in fast recovery from a chronic illness and fetigue.
-if taken for a long duration and in good amount soaked in milk helps in weight gain in thin people.
-figs soaked in milk help in the problem of hard stools and hence even helps in curing of piles also.


-Its generally used as an appitizer and gives a refreshing effect as is the instant souce of glucose
-enhances the activity ob bodies excretory system.
-it acts as a diuretic
-good for skin as it bestows normal clear complextion to the skin
-good laxative and increases appitite
-helps to boost up body's defence mechanism,acts as general tonic also
-helps in skin deaseases and even in helpful in respiratory tract disorders.
-Draksharista helps in increasing blood and hb level,acts as a general tonic,helpful in dry cough,helpd in weight gain also
-rich source of vitamins,minerals salts helps in anemia
-acts as a laxative,helps in constipation,bronkitis and kidney disorder
-rich source of iron and glucose
-grape juice taken daily acyts as a general tonic and keep person fit and energetic
-dried grapes soaked in water when taken early morning before food helps in increasing HB level and also purifies the also helps in contipation and clearing the achenes and leaves the face witha nice natural glow.

9.Grape fruit:

-good appitizer,must be taken before the food generally
-they have same qualities as a fresh orange fruit
-rich source of vitamin-C
-contains minerals
-helps in constipation as its rich source of fibers and because of essential acids,and an alkali forming action of this fruit
-strenghtens interstine.increases appitite,helpful in digestive disorders also
-helpful in liver diseases also and boosts normal liver functions also


-rich source of vitamin -C,thus helps in strong gums,sprevents scurvy and capillary fragility.Helps in preventing most of teh connective tissue disorders.
-conatins VIt-B,many of the important minerals and some salts too.
-they are good appitizers
-helps in digestion and assimilation of useful componets in the body
-very helpful in most of the stomach disorders.
-The peal has an aromatic oil which is helpful in headache
-lemon clears the debries in the tongue thus enhances the taste by activating tastebuds.
-it quenches the thirst,acts as a coolent,gives a soothing effect,
-rich source of citiric acid
-the aroma of lemon helps in naucea,and tarvelling sickness.
-lemon juice is sedative for heart and reduces palpitation
-helps in High blood pressure
-helps in various gastric disorders like acidity,diarhhoea,indigestionand dysentry
-as it stimulates tehsaliva secretion it helps in boosting appitite and even in loss of appititeand excessive thirst[dyspepsia]
-it aids the secretion of bile hence helpful in bile stones and jaundice also to a little extent
-it acts as a organic disinfectant.
-acts as a natural bleaching agent when applied to teh face .Causes no irretation
-helps in dandruff when applied to the scalp
-it cure gas problem in the stomach and acts as a mild laxative.
-lemon juice helps to kill excess unwanted fat and even the mucus
-lemon juice taken with luke warm water every morning helps in constipation
-lemon seeds helps in nausea which is caused by excessive pitta{bile]
-helps in loosing weight

-Natural tonic
-Rejuvinator,helps in gaining wieght
-rich source of vitamins,minerals
-helps in digestion.
-helpful in gastro intestinal disorders.
-provides instant energy,as its rich in glucose

Monday, January 8, 2007


Sinusitis is the most comman problem what most of the people of thiois genetration suffer from.SO i thought of writting about this comman problem today.

Sinus defination:-
Sinuses are nothing but an empty space or a cavity in general.Sinus what we commanly use related to headaches are the cavities in the facial bones .

Now what is sinusitis?
Itis = any infectious condition is reperesented as itis
Sinusitis is the condition where in these airpockects are infected and get inflammed causing pain in that perticular area.
Generally they will show positional head aches.Which means just when you change the position i.e even if you bend your head the headaches aggravates or flares up.

Sinus can be simply described as small aircavities or pockets with a duct and a opening into nasal cavities.
Basically they are paired.There are four pairs of sinuses in the bones of teh face.

1) Frontal Sinus:
-Located just below the eyebrows and at teh starting of the nose.
-When the frontal sinus gets effected there will be head ache in both the sides of the fore head called temples of the head.

2)Maxillary Sinus:
-They are also 2 in number and located just below the cheek and on either sides of the nose.
-Here there will be pain and tenderness in the cheek area and one will feel the headache and that ache will be felt all over the face and upper jaw.

3)Ethamoidal Sinus:
-They are 2 in number
-Located behind the eyes.
-The headche causes by these sinus will mimic those caused due to vision problems[Refractive errors like long or short sightedness]
-Here you can also observe post-nasal drip that is,the mucus will pass through the back of your mouth that is it slides down the throat.

4)Sphenoidal sinus:
-They are also 2 in number.
-Located behind the ethamoidal sinus.Here one will feel the pain deep behind the eys.Heaviness of the eyes.

All the sinuses have a body just like a pouch then neck andduct with a outlet opening to the nasal cavities.They are line with a smooth surface of mucosa[inner most smooth layer] similar to that of the nasal cavity.They also have tiny hair called cilia.This helps in trapping dust and other foreign particals from entering airpassages.The dust and other particles are traped and then pushed with mucous to the nasal cavity and then thrown out.This is the normal diffence mechanism of the body.When they get infected and swollen the outflow of the entrapped particles remains within causing painful condition.

-Head ache which are mainly positional
-Tenderness in the infected sinus are
-occasionally discolouration near the tender sinuses
-applying presuure and massages in those regeions[Increases the blood supply to that area]
-The headaches here subsides by sleeping,taking hot substances,applying hot pads over the tender sinuses
-Usually accompanied with comman cold or other respiratory infections,cough etc.
-Bad breath
-Nasal congestions

-Most of the time DNS[deviated nasal septum=Cruked nose bridge]
-Repeted respiratory tract infection
-Allergic rhinitis
-Allergic conditions.
All of tehse contribute to the occurance of sinusitis.

Tests by which its identified or diagnosed:
-Sinus transillumination tests
-Simple test like tapping over the sinus, there will be tenderness
-CT scans.

Home remedies:
-Mainly ocurs when one exposes to breezy wind ,cold weather,Consumes chilled food items etc.
-Care must be taken to avoid cold and other respiratory infections.
-Eat or drink evrything which is hot .This will give a bit of releif and prevent from further damage
-Salt water gargling i.e with rock salt dissolevd in luke warm water and gargling must be done atleast 2-3 time per day.This will act as disinfectent,remove fowl smell and open up and cleanse the passage by causing counter irritation
-consuming herbs like rosemarry,thyme then ginger and horseraddish is beneficial.
-Keep yourself warm covered with warm clothes
-Dhooma pana with turmeric is the best ayurvedic treatment for this.Method to be done is as follows:-
Take a burning charcoal and add turmeric dries roots to it and blow wind this will make turmeric to emmit smoke when burnt.Inhake this fumes
Or else Simply burn the turmeric in gas and take the fumes.This can be supplimented with turmeric powder also.

-Instilling one drop of Anuthailam each to each nostril daily early morning or late evenings prevents the occurance of sinusitis.Also a good medicine for all types of head ache.But befor this in hot water for about 30 sec then apply

-Take vapours using eucalyptus oil of about 3-4 drops in a vessel containing boiling hot water and covering yourself and vessel below so that the steam vapours donot escape.This relieves teh nasal congestion and any block, clears teh passage and helps in out flow of trapped particles in sinus.

-Intake of chitrakarista 3tsp 3 times a day with a drop of honey stired each time,Septiline ds[himalaya company]-2 tablets a day

-Avoid fried foods,fat and heavy foods,curds during the process.

-Drink hot water sip by sip very often

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Some hints to control kidney stones or stones related to urinary tract.

This is one of the comman complaint what most of the people face in present days.There are many causes for this problem of stones.There are various varities of stones.They may be uric acid crystals,calcium oxalate crystals,Cystine stones and many more varities of stones.The problem of urinary calculi is more comman in males than in females.The ratio is 3:1.

The urinary stones are of different sizes and shapes.They may be samll as sand or large as a marble.They may have smooth surface or a cutting edge and rough.The small stones of the size of about-4-5 cmm pass of easily and requires no medication.They may even remain unidentified of a long time.But those larger and with irregular surface often causses pain when they dislocate from its position ,and when thrown out of the body.

Causes and measures for thier prevention:
-First and most comman cause is reduced intake of water.Most of us do not take enough amount of water.An healthy indivisual should consume atleast 2-3 litres of water in a day.So this should be the first step to be taken to avoid the reccurance and even as a prevention for urinary stones.One who are already facing the problem i advice them to increase the volume of water intake to atleast 2-3 times from before.

-IF one with holds the urge of urination and retains it in the bladder for long time in due course it will result in the formation of Calculi[stone].This may be due to work or circumstances.This is a bad habbit and causes various other problems like pain in the lower abdomen,infections of urinary tract,headache etc.Hence never try to with hold the urge of micturation for too long.


Next consuming execcive salt and mineral rich diet.Lemme tell you excess of anything is always harmful.So reduce intake of such food articles.Take a balanced diet.

Execive intake of green leafy vegetables which are rich sources of calcium and many otherminerals and salt is not advisable,Cabbage must be avoided as much as possible.Even cucumber should not be taken too much.Once in 10-15 days is ok.


Ask pateint to take excessive fluids in his diet,barley water is a very good medicine.

-Following a sedentary life style is also a cause for the urinary calculi

-The risk increases in those who comsume lots of legumes and pulses and also those who take it very often.


The juice extracted from the stem of banana plant is the best medicine.It crushed the stones and removes it out from the tract and eliminates it out from the body.The reason is its rich in fibers and has got a medicinal property to crush the stones.
The stem of banana plant taken in any form is very helpful in this case..Even the juice from the roots of banana plant is beneficial
- consuming banana daily also acts as a preventive measure.

-Even the atmospheric conditiond contribute to the formation of stones.Eg- living in tropical regions,i.e-where the temperature is very high there the concentration of uric acid increases and exessive sweat leads to reduction of water levels in the body.If the person does'nt take enough water it will leads to stones formation in the urinary tract.

-People working in mines are much prone to such problems.

-People working in office with AC will naturally tend to sweat less and inturn lead to reduced intake of water which also leads to this problem again.

-Exessive intake of spicy food and sodium rich food is also a cause for this

- intake of execess of salt in the diet is also harmful.

-Avoid execcive intake of non vegetarian food ,spicy food and sour tastes in food.
-There is an execellent medicine in ayurveda for this problem.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Veggie Secrets

Today i will write some secrets about the vegetables.These vegetables not only satisfy our hunger but are also rich sources of vitamins ,various minerals and Salts.Adding to it in Ayurveda we say there is not plant which has no medicinal values.Similarly the todays topic.Here i will be saying the medicinal properties of various vegetables and fruits.

Botanical name:-Zingiber officinale

-Helps in cough
-good medicine for indigetion
-helps in abdominal distention and gas problems
-helps to liquify the solid sputum[flem]
-Good for comman cold
-Increases appitite and taste senstion
-Good if taken during fever.
-tea out of ginger root prevents morning sickness in pregnant woman,It also helps in heart burn in pregnants
-when chewed raw prevents the onset of motion sickness
-Produce execcive perspiration.Hence helps in fever condition to regulate and check the body temperature from rising

2.Garlic:[ Botanical name-Allium sativum; Family -Liliaceae]

- Kills cholestrol
-helps in maintaining a healthy heart
-acts as anti-helmentric[worms]
-Acts as analgesic to little extent
-Increases appitite
-Clears tongue and increases taste sensation
-anti microbial
-anti bacterial
-anti parasitic
-increases tones of intestine and helps in problems related to this like loose stools etc
-helps in good digestion of even heavy foods
-helps in all gastro-intestinal disorders
-helps in good functioning of liver,galbladder and stomach
-helps in bronchitis,sinus,comman and viral colds
-helps in reducing increased level of blood sugar
-helps in High blood pressure and is usually recommended
-in athero sclerosis[colestrol related problems
-helpful in most varities of viral infections
-used in migraine and other head aches
-helps in removal of corn[place it over the corn and allow it to stay there by bandaging for 1/2 day/12 hrs]


-Good source of iron,helps in increasing heamoglobin
-Helps in indigestion
-Helps in cough and comman cold


-Helps in mild hypertention
-rich source of sodium leaves:

-helps in bad breath
-Helps in abdominal discomforts
-gas disturbance in the stomach
_Pain abdomen
-Activates the appitite
-Kills unwanted bacterial growth


-helps in bad breath
-Increasing appitite
-Helps in weight reduction
-Helps in indigetion
-Helps in fluid rebalance
-Helps in muscle cramps

7.Coriander leaves:

-Good for eye sight
-Helps fast hairgrowth when applied to scalp
-Rich source of iron
coriander seeds-
-helps in abdomial discomfort due to gaseous distention
-relieves pain
-increases appitite
-anti spasmodic
-helps in indigestion.increases digestion
-increases urin out put
-helpful in burning sensation during the process of urination[burning micturation]
-also a wormicidal action
-gives a very good relief in joint disorders including rhematism when applied to the painful joints
-used in eye disorders
-used for washing the skin in skin disorders like eczema
-cosmetic purpose

8.Curry leaves:

-Helps in killing cholestrol
_kills fat when taken in empty stomach
_Helps in diebetes
-Increases Heamoglobin percentage in blood


-helps in urinary tract infections
-Good when taken during jaundice
-cooling effect
-kidney and bladder diseases
-diseases related to stomach and intestine
-in conditions like cold,cough,bronchitis its very helpful
-its also used as anthelmintics i.e in different ttypes of worm trobles
-helpful in skin problems
-gives a clean glow to the face
helps in pimples and various other raktha pradoshaja vikara.
-its very light for digestion,hence best diet during conditions like fever and cold also.
-kidney stone [urinary calculus]
-used in daibetes
-also helps to relieve diarrhoea and the pain which is caused as a side effect.


-used in worms{anti-helmentic]
-helps in spasmodic pain to a little extent
-helps in heart problems to a little extent
-increases out put of urine
-increases the milk secretion in a lactating mother{galactogauge]
-helps in eliminating stools out properly as its rich fibrous vegetable
-helps in liver conditions
-helps to increase heamoglobin which inturn treats aneamia
-increases the appitite
-rich source of glucose hence helps in relieving fatigue
-helps in boosting immune system
-acts as tonic when consumed with honey
-very beneficial when taken with milk in case of comman cold.
-beneficial in problems related to gastro intestinal tract i.e- all stomach and intestine related cases
-acts as a tonic and helps the liver,pancreas and kidney to performthier function properly
-anti helmentic
-improves and corrects visionary errors and ,helps in good eye sight
-Helps in constipation as its a rich source of fibres
-recommended in cases of hemorroids


-used in urinary tract infection
-increases urine out put
-used in worms
-helps in releiving pain to a little extent
-it stimulates the secretions of digestive juices,hence helps in easy digestion
-good dietory suppliment in weight watchers diets
-rich source of potasium hence helps in swelling and other cases of water retention
-rich source of water hence helps in dehyration cases
-its cool by nature and suppose to produce calming effect over the nervous system.
-helps in cough which is dry and reccurant in nature
-helps in stones in urinary system
-helps in eye irritations


-helps in releivingspasmodic type of pain
-calms down mental tentions and worries,helps in reduces sleep condition and favours sound sleep
-diuretics[increases urine out put]
-increases milk secreations in a lactating mother
-reduces the gastric secretions and helps in acidity of stomach/gastritis
-used as eye wash in eye discomforts ,conjunctivitis

13.Parsley:[Botanical name-petroselinum;family-Umbilliferae]

-helps in relieving pain as it has anesthetic action
-anti spasmodic
-increases the hunger and appetite
-increases urine out put
-increases digestion
-helful in urinary tract diseases
-hepful in hear realted diseases
-helps in bad breath
-helps in gum inflamatins and cleanses mouth and renders freshness
-helpful in stomach and digestive tract disorders
-relieves thirst
-as it stimulates the utrine musclesw helps in menstuation and regulates the menstrual cycle
-helpful in diabetis to a little extent
-imroves vision
-juice of parsley with lemon juice helps in removing freklesand various other skin pigmentations
-helpful in skin disorders

14.Rasberry:[botanical name-Rubus strigosus;family-Rosaceae]

-anti bacterial
-good tonic
-increases appitite
-tea of rasberry helps in comman cold,fever
-it helps in quick recovery of diseases of stomach and intestine
-helps in diarrhoea
-increases hb%
-helps in respiratory disorders
-acne problems[both internally and externally]
-prevents baldness and premature greying of hair
-rasberry leaves act as a tonic when taken during the course of pregnancy


-Fennel seeds are used to prepare tea which helps to reduce morning sickness in pregnant ladies

16.Sage:[Botanical name-Salvia officinalis;family- Labiatae]

-used for sore throat [decoction form]
-anti septic action,hence helps in wound healing
-anti spasmodic
-helps in productive cough as an expectorant.
-used in female sterility
-usually in diseases of upper respiratory tract and oral problems
-in tonsillitis,laryngitis,gum infection
-bad breath
- in skin diseases
-in conditions of hair loss exeternal application of sage is beneficial
-its used to decrease the milk secretion in nursing mothers.
- helps in digestion
-gastric problems
-inflamation of gastero intestinal tracts
-should be AVOIDED during pregnancy


Botanical name:- Thymus serpellum/T.vulgaris
part used for medicinal purpose- Arial.[everything above the ground]

-whooping cough
-tooth pain
-for joint pains[used in bath]
-Infungal and other skin diseases its quite useful
-used in cough,bronchitis,asthama[as expectorant]
-stomach pain,indigestion,stomach infections
-most commanly used for bedwetting and diarrhoea in kids
-In condition like dandruff [externally]

19.Bay leaves:

Botanical name:- Cocculus indicus

-used for travel sickness

20.Okra [ladies finger]

-This ia vegetable rich in vitamin B and C
-Rich in folic acid
-Rich source of iron
-Increases the Memory power
-Helps in good memory and brain development in kids
-It helps in easy delivery if taken during the course of pregnancy
-Rich source of fibres,and starch