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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The 3 Doshas in Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Ancient Indians believed that man is a part of nature, as he evolved from it and ultimately goes back to it. He tried to see the forces of nature as he saw his world in a human body and used it to explain the workings of it. The major forces that he saw and worshiped in nature were the Wind, the Sun and the Moon, and when he incorporated those into the workings of human physiology, he named them the three Doshas, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
It is said in every major ayurveda texts that the three Doshas maintain the body when they exist in harmony and destroys it when the harmony is lost. The Doshas as assessed in normal subjects to find a yardstick to which abnormal subjects are compared. The findings from this is used in the treatment of the human body. Since the harmonious state of Doshas is health, the aim of treatment is maintaining that balance to resume the health.
The Doshas

Vata: Vata is the body factor derived from Wind, thus responsible for the mobile functions in body, in a whole and cellular level. It is responsible for the five senses and all the organ functions. Vata, if increased, causes weakness, loss of weight, constipation, reduced sensory powers etc. In short, Vata is the functional amongst the three Doshas as it propels the body and the other two Doshas.
Pitta: Pitta is the factor which derived from the Sun, thus the source of energy for the body. The functions of Pitta include processing the food, body heat, knowledge, power, appetite, thirst and the complexion. Increased Pitta causes more appetite and thirst, burning sensation, loss of sleep etc and reduced Pitta causes cold body, loss of appetite and loss of complexion. Its easy to estimate from all these that Pitta is the Dosha responsible for the whole metabolism of body.
Kapha: Kapha derives from the Moon, thus represent sustenance. Kapha makes the body strong, well lubricated, strengthen joints and increase the strength of body. Increased Kapha causes tiredness, feeling of cold, looseness of body breathing difficulties and sleepness. Reduced Kapha is evident by looseness of joints, loss of lubricant etc. Kapha can be called the builder of human body, the sustainer, the one which oils the whole machine.

The three Doshas along with seven Dhatus (building blocks) builds the human body. They are the base on which Ayurveda is built, they explain the physiology of human body and the effects of medicine and food on the body. They maintain balance within themselves and with the external factors of Prakruthi (nature) to make a fruitful life for man. They are the force of life which explain the symbiotic existence between man and the nature.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Herbal Remedies for Diabetes Mellitus

Herbal Remedies for Diabetes Mellitus

I have scoured the ancient Ayurveda and folk writing of India to look for some herbal cures for mild cases of Diabetes Mellitus. It seems a shame to be on drugs for the whole of ones life, for any problem of the body. At times there may be no recourse but to be on insulin and drugs to control this problem. However there is no harm in trying these herbs. There are many positive cases and at times the patient’s response to these herbs is excellent. However not all humans respond in the same way. So experiment a bit, check your blood sugar levels regularly and try to keep a track of the benefits of these herbs as applicable to your body. If you can find a continuous positive response, you may, after consultation with your physician or doctor start to reduce your allopathic medicines.

Three very effective measures against Diabetes Mellitus are:

Light Daily Exercise: A brisk walk twice a day for a couple of Kilometers each time is very useful in control of blood sugar levels. This is a must for all patients of Diabetes.

Reduce Obesity: If you are overweight for your height and age, you need to reduce your weight. However for patients of diabetes, it is important to reduce the body weight slowly under doctor supervision. The benefits are immense.

Diet Control : Stop over eating and follow a doctors recommended diet strictly.

Some Herbs are found to be effective against Diabetes. I am giving their local name / Latin names and also the method by which the same have to prepared and ingested.

One well known and ancient remedy is Bitter Gourd. This vegetable is an effective cure against diabetes and has been used for time immemorial against this problem. However it may not be effective in all cases but is worth a try. Squeeze and crush the vegetable in a juicer or by hand to collect one ounce (approximately 6 – 7 tea spoons) in a glass. The juice will be very bitter. Drink this juice on empty stomach in the morning and also once in the evening. Try this therapy for at least 30 days to find improvement in blood sugar levels. This therapy is practiced in many households for effective control of diabetes and has been found to be curative also in some cases. So try it.

Fenugreek is also an effective curative herb for this problem. A tablespoonful of fenugreek leaf juice taken early in the morning for about three months has been found to cure early stages of Diabetes Mellitus. The powder of Fenugreek seeds is also effective in this condition. Crush the seeds in a blender and take 5 grams of this powder twice a day with curds to find positive results.

One teaspoon of cinnamon powder taken twice a day , morning and evening with water has also been found to be effective against Diabetes. This is an easy remedy so all patients of this problem , must try it for two to three weeks to find, if it is effective for them or not.

Some other common herbs found useful in treating Diabetes Mellitus are Jamun and its seeds, Gulair (Ficus Glomerata), Coriander seeds, Lettuce, Red rose flower & Fennel seeds. a mixture of the powders from these herbs taken twice a day , is also found to be effective for this problem.

There are a few herbal powders available in the market, which use a combination of two or more of the above herbs. They may be also tried for treatment of this disease. At times for some body types, they can be very effective.

In conclusion, diabetes patient needs to exercise regularly, cut down on white sugar, reduce weight if obese and try some natural herbs. A combination of the above treatment and lifestyle change can work wonders. Take your pick and experiment to find the best solution to your problem.

Health Benefits of Papaya


Vitamin A : 1,750 I.U
Vitamin B : Thiamine 0.03 mg.
Riboflavin : 0.04 mg.
Niacin : 0.3 mg.
Vitamin C : 56 mg.
Also contains Vitamin E and K.


Calcium : 20 mg.
Iron : 0.3 mg.
Phosphorus : 16 mg.
Potassium : 470 mg.
FAT : 0.1 gm.
PROTEIN : 0.6gm.

Heart disease: Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of vitamin E and beta-carotene, three very powerful antioxidants.

These nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only when cholesterol becomes oxidised is it able to stick to and build up in blood vessel walls, forming dangerous plaques that can eventually cause heart attacks or strokes.

High cholesterol: Papayas are also a very good source of fibre, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.

The folic acid found in papayas is needed for the conversion of a substance called homocysteine into benign amino acids. If unconverted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and is considered a significant risk factor for a heart attackor stroke.

Cancer: Papaya's fibre is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells.

In addition, papaya's folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. These nutrients provide synergistic protection for colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA.

Increasing your intake of these nutrients by enjoying papaya is an especially good idea for individuals at risk of colon cancer.

Inflammation: The enzymes contained in papaya have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns.

In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya are also very good at reducing inflammation. This may explain why people with diseases that are worsened by inflammation, such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, find that the severity of their condition is reduced when they get more of these nutrients.

A July 2004 study indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as papaya, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. The findings, presented in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases were drawn from a study of more than 20,000 subjects who kept diet diaries and were arthritis-free when the study began.

Subjects who consumed the lowest amounts of vitamin C-rich foods were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who consumed the highest amounts.

Other benefits: The fibre found in papayas may also help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

In addition, vitamin C and vitamin A, which is made in the body from the beta-carotene in papaya, are both needed for the proper function of a healthy immune system. Papaya may therefore be a healthy fruit choice for preventing such illnesses asrecurrent ear infections, colds and flu.

The Ayurveda experts have regarded papain as a remedy for abdominal disorders. It is a good medicine for dysentery, hyperacidity, dyspepsia and constipation.

Pimples are removed by rubbing the white pulp of raw papaya on the face. It bringslustre to the face and removes wrinkles.

The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.

Case studies indicate that this food taken alone for two or three days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.

The juice of the papaya aids in relieving infections of the colon and has a tendency to break down pus and mucus reached by the juice.

May help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue (ripe papaya). Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells. In addition, papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer

Prevents nausea (includes morning sickness and motion sickness)

The seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with honey. Chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of seeds after each principal meal (three times a day).

The Ultimate Collection of Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Remedies

21st Century Tea
There are so many ways that our immune systems can be overwhelmed ... it's in our air, our water, our food, our workplace, our stress. This blend of organic and wild herbs is not only helpful but
comforting, strengthening and tasty.
1 part red clover blossoms
1 part nettle leaves
1 part pau d'Arco
1 part alfalfa & sage leaves
1 part St.Johns wort tops
1 part ginger root
Place all herbs in a tea ball or bag, put in your nicest or most favorite
cup or mug, and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
Remove tea ball or bag, and add sugar, honey, sweetener, milk,
cream or whatever, to taste.

ADD/ADHD Remetea
1Teaspoon Hops
1 Teaspoon Gotu Kola
Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Place the herbs inside, place lidon tightly and let it steep for 5 minutes. Drink twice a day.

After Dinner Carminative Tea
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
Bring the water and fennel seeds to a boil with the lid on the pan andlet sit for 15 minutes and enjoy this calming cup of tea. Fennel is a wonderful herb for digestion and can help your body increase its ability to digest a big meal or a meal with lots of fat.

Allergy Season Blend
Cool minty, citrus flavour to assist you with the discomfort associated
with allergy season.
1 part nettle
1 part peppermint
1 part spearmint
1 part yerba santa
1 part eyebright
1 pat lemongrass leaves
1 part calendula
1 part red clover
1 part lavender flowers
1 part fennel seeds
a pinch of stevia
Place all herbs in a tea ball or bag, put in your nicest or most favorite cup or mug, and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea ball or bag, and add sugar, honey, sweetener, milk, cream or whatever, to taste.

Aphrodite Blend Tea
A sensuous, aromatic blend with just the right tint of zest for your
palate, and sure to kindle flames! A delicate, but dashing combination
makes this one of your most enjoyable cups of tea.
1 part Damiana leaves
1 part rose petals
1 part peppermint leaves
1 part muira puama
1 part gingko leaves
1 part orange peel
1 part cinnamon bark chips
pinch of stevia.
Place all herbs in a tea ball or bag, put in your nicest or most favorite
cup or mug, and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
Remove tea ball or bag, and add sugar, honey, sweetener, milk,
cream or whatever, to taste.

Bladder Infections Tea
1 ½ oz dried Goldenrod
1/4 oz Juniper Berries*
3/4 oz chopped Dandelion root
3/4 oz chopped Rose Hips
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tsp of mixture. Steep 10 minutes &
*can become toxic, so only drink 2 cups of this mixture daily for no more than 3 days*

Blood Builder Tea
1 tsp Rose Hips-crushed
1 Tsp Butcher's Broom
1 Tsp Yellow Dock
Bring 31/2 cups of water to a boil. Remove water from heat and add herbs. Place a tight lid on the pot. Let the mixture steep for five to ten minutes. Drink one cup three times daily. Yields three cups.

Blossoms of Health Tea
Beautiful to look at, nectar to taste and good for you. A popular tea.
Spirited, uplifting and energizing.
1 part ginkgo leaves
1 part red clover tops
1 part nettle leaves
1 part meadowsweet leaves
1 part calendula
2 parts chamomile
2 parts lavender flowers
1 part gotu kola leaves
a pinch of stevia.
Place all herbs in a tea ball or bag, put in your nicest or most favorite cup or mug, and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea ball or bag, and add sugar, honey, sweetener, milk, cream or whatever, to taste.

Blues Tea
1 part Nettle leaves,
1 part St Johns wort tops
2 parts spearmint
1 part damiana leaves
1 part kava kava root
a tiny pinch of stevia to taste
Place all herbs in a tea ball or bag, put in your nicest or most favorite cup or mug, and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea ball or bag, and add sugar, honey, sweetener, milk, cream or whatever, to taste.

Breast Health Tea
2 parts calendula
2 parts red clover
1 part cleavers
1 part lady's mantle
Spearmint or peppermint (optional; for flavor)
Prepare as an infusion, using 1 ounce of herbs per quart of water, and letting steep overnight. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily.

Broncial Congestion Tea
1 ½ oz Aniseed
1 oz Calendula flowers
3/4 oz Marshmallow root
1/3 oz Licorice root
Crush aniseeds and add to herbs. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tsp mixture; cover & steep 10 minutes.

Calming Tea 1
1 oz Lemon balm
1 oz Chamomile flowers
½ oz St Johns Wort
Steep 2 tbs of mixture in 1 cup boiled water. Cover 10 minutes;strain.

Calming Tea 2
1 Part Sage
1 Part Thyme
1 Part Marjorham
1 Part Chamomile
Blend ingredients in a tea ball and put in a mug of hot water

Colds and Flu Tea
1 oz Blackberry leaves
1 oz Elder flowers
1 oz Linden flowers
1 oz Peppermint leaves
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tbs mixture. Cover & steep 10 minutes; strain.

Colds and Hoarseness Tea
2 oz Malva flowers
1 ½ oz Mullein flowers
Use 2 tbs of mixture per 1 cup hot water. Steep 10 minutes; strain. Drink only 2 - 3 cups per day for just a few days.

Winter Tea
Just use equal parts of each, or pre-made tea bags...3 bags, 1 of
boneset,1 of echinacea, and 1 of peppermint.
The echinacea works as an immune system builder, the boneset is
great for congestion, aches and fever (the classic flu symptoms), and
the peppermint aids with any stomach complaints due to drainage
from the sinuses, and just works as a great overall "feel-good".


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