Peptic Ulcer in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda peptic ulcer is known as “Parinam shool” which is a disorder caused by the Agni bhootha. It is also caused by Helicobacter pylori which is a Gram- Negative, micro aerophilic bacterium that can inhabit various areas of the stomach, particularly the antrum. These are very common in middle-aged men and women, who are ‘acidity’ patients for a long time. These ulcers are formed when a small area of the stomach or duodenal lining loses its natural resistance to the acids and other juices involved in digestion.

When this happens, the digestive juices and acids erode that weak point of lining and create a sore patch, which ultimately leads to ulcer formation.

Causes

  • Irregular, and bad eating habits.
  • Regular intake of aspirin or non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs.
  • Gutkha is more dangerous.
  • Excessive hot, spicy fried food. Heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Excessive tea, coffee, and pan chewing.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Some times the pain is felt after eating, but it can also be releived by eating.
  • Some sufferers may feel nauseous.
  • Burning pain or sensation in the upper abdomen or below the ribs.
  • The pain may come and go over long periods of time.

Ayurvedic Remedies

  1. Ayurveda offers a wide range of drugs for this condition. One of the safest drugs that can be used regularly is Avipattikara Churna available in powder form. It is digestive, anti-flatulent and antacid. Regular use promotes ulcer healing by arresting excessive secretions of irritating acid and juices in the digestive system and throws out the unwanted toxins from the GI Tract through Virechana i.e., purgation.
  2. There are other herbo-mineral and gold compounds like Swarna Sutha Sekhara Rasa etc., which are specifically indicated for this disorder. But they should be tried under the care of an Ayurvedic physician.
  3. Vomitab tablet (charak), 1 tablet thrice daily before meals for 3 months cures ulcers completely.
  4. Alsarex tablet (charak) in the dose of 1 to 21 tablets thrice daily is very good in curing acidity and peptic ulcer.
  5. Kamdudha Ras (with pearls) taken 125mg thrice daily is another useful remedy.
  6. Besides these, Leelavilas Ras, Chanderkala Ras, Amalpithantak Loh are other useful medicines.
  7. Daily intake of 10 to 20gms of pure ghee with rice or meal is rewarding.
  8. Banana fruit contains some ulcer healing properties. One to three bananas are to be taken along with a cup of milk. This provides a protective cover to the ulcer by neutralising the excessive acidity of gastric juices. However, the small yellow bananas are to be avoided and the larger greener ones preferred.
  9. Amlaki – Botanically known as Emblica Officinalis, Indian gooseberry is highly useful and the fresh juice extracted from the fruit along with some sugar, if consumed daily on empty stomach, works wonderfully in this condition.
  10. Certain plants which have astringent properties like Patol Patar, Brahmi, Aloe etc., are very useful in the treatment of peptic ulcer.
  11. The decoction of barley, pipal, parval along with honey, can be taken for ulcers and acidity twice daily in the dose of 25 to 50ml.
  12. The powder of Harar (2.5gm to 5gm) mixed with honey and gur has proved very effective for controlling peptic ulcer.
  13. Avoid aspirin-based medicines, as they may induce stomach bleeding.
  14. Stop alcohol, tea, coffee, smoking, pan and gutkha chewing.
  15. Take regular, timely and balanced meals containing high-fibre food.
  16. Above all one should be free from every day worries and tensions.
  17. Pure ghee is a good ulcer healer; one should take it with meals daily.

 

Ayurveda to Cure AIDS

A  Ludhiana based herbal company in Punjab, Nixon Biotech Private Limited, has claimed to have found a herbal cure for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

They say that, An HIV positive person has to undergo extreme physical trauma,during the later stages of infection.HIV doesn’t strike immediately,but lies dormant in the body for a considerably long time.During this period,it continuosly weakens the immune system.Once the immune system is weak,it strkes in the form of AIDS.NATURAL AID is the solution to all these problems.It improves the immune system helps fight off other infections and deal with the side effects of anti-viral medication.It releives the symptoms of AIDS within 15 days.

Dr.Parveen Jain who invented the medicine said that natural aid immunity enhancer, a one of the kind product helps controlling the HIV infection by offering a unique formula designed to boost the immune system. The recent testing by National AIDS research Institute Pune report show positive results in inactivating above 80 percent of virus stain from the infected blood samples.

The herbal medicine, which is also tested by the WHO (World Health Organisation) is a combination of minerals, antioxidants and herbs optimized to provide body with essential nutrients required for improving the body’s general condition and weakness, by strengthening the immunity system of the patients.

Kanvir Goel, a doctor, said that the medicine holds promise as it is purely herbal, and neutralizes the virus without any toxic effect on the body.

The test certificate shows that their herbal medicines against AIDS has got no toxic efforts and does not contain any steroids, and the report of the National Aids Research Institute (NARI) has shown that in … anti-HIV testing results are quite promising, and they have shown that as per controls, their medicine has been really effective against all the cells associated with HIV, and this shows that this herbal medicine holds good promise,” Dr. Goel said.

Preeti, an AIDS patient, said that after having these medicines her health has shown tremendous improvement within 10 to 15 days.

“In the first stage, I had fever for five six months. After that, my weight reduced to 29 kilograms. I had bought medicines from the HIV center, but they were not effective. I even had ulcer in my throat due to which I had toxic fluid in my mouth. Then I came here to this doctor. The medicine which he gave was very effective and my health improved within 10-15 days,” she said.

AIDS is caused by human immunodeficiency virus, which transmits through HIV positive patient’s blood transfusion, unsafe sex, usage of contaminated hypodermic needles and from HIV positive other to her baby. (ANI)

Ayurveda Herb Abrus precatorius (Gunja)

Abrus precatorius (Gunja) also known as Jequirity, Crab’s Eye, Rosary Pea, John Crow Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee or Jumbie Bead and raati (for seed)

In short:

Parts used – Root, seed and leaves

Uses – The root, seed and leaves of Gunja is used in the form of powder to treat vabahuka (frozen shoulder), gandamala(scrofula), dental caries, baldness, dandruff, for promoting growth of ear lobes, erysipelas and skin diseases.

Dental caries – Root of gunja made into a paste is applied on affected parts (5-10 gms). It relieves the pain caused by dental caries (RM.5.13)

Dandruff –  Oil cooked with gunja seeds along with bhrngaraja(Eclipta alba) in case of itching, dandruff and other diseases of scalp (10-15 ml)(VM.57.70)

 

Abrus precatorius, whose common names are, Jequirity, Crab’s Eye, Rosary Pea, John Crow Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee or Jumbie Bead.

This plant is high-climbing, twining, or trailing woody vine with slender herbaceous branches. Leaves alternate, petioled, 5-13 cm (2-5 in) long, even-pinnately compound with 5-15 pairs of leaflets, these oval to oblong, to 1.8 cm (< 1 in) long, with margins entire. Flowers shaped like pea flowers, white to pink or reddish, small, in shortstalked dense clusters at leaf axils. Fruit a short, oblong pod, splitting before falling to reveal 3-8 shiny hard seeds, 6-7 mm (< 1 in) long, scarlet with black bases.

The plant is considered poisonous, particularly the seeds. Hence a process of detoxification is considered absolutely necessary to remove toxicity of seeds. The process involves boiling of pounded seeds in kanji or cow’s milk for 3 hours. Heat-denatured abrin looses its haemagglutinating toxicity. Research groups has done some outstanding research on retention of the immunomodulatory activity of heatdenatured or tryptic-digested abrin, while loosing toxicity. Once again an ancient insight on Abrus precatorius and its usage has been validated by state – of – the – art relevant science. This has been the path of major advances in pharmacology, by studying the mechanisms of action of poisons egergot, calabar beans, curare etc.

 

Dried Leaf of this plant is Anti-spasmodic, Dried Seed is  Anthelmintic, anti-diarrhoeal, and inhibits intestinal motility. Fresh Root are used as Anti-convulsant and  uses as Anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic, insecticide.

 

In Ayurveda Abrus precatorius is used as following:

Leaf: Alexiteric, astringent, diuretic, emetic, sweet.

Root: Abortifacient, alexiteric, anthelmintic, anti-septic, astringent, diuretic, emetic, sweet.

Seed: Abortifacient, acrid, aphrodisiac, astringent, bitter, febrifuge, purgative, toxic, trichogenous.

 

Traditionally, the seed  of  Abrus precatorius  (ratti) was used to weigh gold, pearls and precious stones.

Vata, Pitta and Kapha,The principle of Ayurveda

Vata, pitta and Khapha are not just the word it describes a single object, it is philosophical word. One who understands Vata, Pitta and Kapha understand the Principal Of Ayurveda. As Principle of “Ayurveda” is based on these three Doshas.

Vata, pitta and Kapha are known as doshas in Ayurveda; they are the underlying principles that govern the nature, transformation and structure of the physical universe. Each dosha is composed of two of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) and it is the specific combination of these elements that determines each doshas characteristic qualities and ultimately their overall effect in nature. Every object in the natural world is composed of the elements of vata, pitta and kapha and it is the relative proportion of each dosha or element that determines its uniqueness and differentiates it from another objects.

Vata is composed of the elements of air and space and its qualities are light, subtle, moving, cold, dry, hard and rough. Vata governs movement in the mind and body. Pitta is composed of the elements of fire and water and its qualities are hot, acidic, sour and sharp. Pitta governs transformation in the mind and body, whether it’s the digestion, assimilation and metabolism of food and water into energy or the digestion and assimilation of thoughts and ideas into actions. Kapha is composed of the elements of earth and water and its qualities are heavy, cold, slow, binding, sticky and smooth. Kapha is responsible for the density and structure of our body.

A person with a predominance of Vata dosha walks more quickly, has a lighter build and has colder and dryer skin than someone with a predominance of Pitta or Kapha dosha in their constitution. Vata-type people also tend to have very quick, agile minds and can be very creative. However, if their constitution goes out of balance through excessive movement or irregularity they can suffer from feelings of restlessness, boredom, fear, stress and anxiety. This may manifest in the body as poor circulation, cold hands and feet, constipation and dry skin.

A person with more Pitta in their constitution has a hotter, fierier, more dynamic personality. They have lots of energy, high ambitions, sharp intellects and good leadership qualities. However, if they go out of balance and their innate ‘fire’ becomes too high they can quickly become angry, stressed and frustrated. They generally have a strong digestive fire and immune system but when they slip out of balance they can develop rashes, ulcers, acid stomachs and heart problems.

A person with a predominance of Kapha dosha in their constitution is generally slower, heavier, calmer and more grounded than either Pitta or Vata. They are caring, loving, forgiving individuals with a placid, easy-going nature. They have strong, solid bodies but can suffer from weight gain, lethargy and heaviness when they are out of balance.

With an understanding of the qualities inherent in the elements that combine to make up the three doshas we are able to keep the doshas in balance in our own bodies and thereby remain healthy, happy and free from dis-ease. Any excessive increase in any of the qualities present in our doshic make-up will tend to aggravate that dosha and will lead to imbalance. To decrease a quality we need to increase its opposite quality. Thus, is we are a predominantly Vata body-type and we become excessively cold or are exposed to noisy, busy environments with excess movement we will soon become imbalanced and un-grounded. If we immediately introduce the opposite qualities of warmth or calmness and quietness we will soon bring ourselves back into a grounded, more balanced state. Similarly, for a Pitta person, who has a predominance of heat, the opposing quality of coldness will bring them back into balance. A Kapha person, who has a predominance of heaviness, will be balanced by the opposing quality of lightness.

 

Cancer in Ayurveda

Ayurveda should be redefined in many problems due to its conventional standard treatments. Likewise in cancer, although the cancer is not mentioned in the great triads “Brihat Trayi”, in ancient time it was referred as orphan illness. Orphan illness refers to that disease which was not studied well in terms of its etio-pathology, therapeutics and prognosis. But now ayurveda too has to develop an oncology – both theoretical and applied.

It is obvious that no one can honestly claim to know the cure for cancer. Many of the questions related to etiopathology of cancer remain unanswered.

As we know cell is the basic structural unit of the human body. It may be rationally presumed that there was some knowledge of the cell boundary and molecular traffic between the extra cellular and intracellular fluids even before the advent of electron microscope. Human body is composed of between 50-100 trillion cells. Charaka says

शरिरावयवास्तुसतु परमाणुभेदेनापरिसंख्येबा भवन्ति अतिबहुत्वादतिसौछ्यम्यादतोन्द्रियत्वाच्च।

It essentially means that the basic body components are structurally atomic, innumerable and microscopic.

Each cell has unique characteristics (either inherited or acquired) to perform certain subset of functions. Integrity of human system is maintained by the synchronization of functions of sub-systems, which are organically interconnected and biologically regulated by the tridoshas, biophysico chemical energies of the body. Of the three forms of energies, vayu acts as the master force. Pitta is responsible for all processess involving enzyme synthesis needed to bring about transformation and Kapha, being responsible for storage can be identified with the cell membrane and cell wall, basic reserves for the cell to call upon in hard times.

 

Cancer is a disorder of cellular behaviour, in which the structural/functional integrity is distorted.

We come across descriptions of disease entities in ancient ayurvedic texts that have remarkable similarities with modern interpretations of cancer. However, one can hardly find a single comprehensive word inayurveda denoting a disease entity, which is fully comparable with concept of cancer.

Etymologically the word ‘Arbuda’ represents an enormously growing mass encroaching and destroying the normal structural and functional status of an organ and on a larger scale the entire human body.

On conducting a literature survey, we get a fairly good amount of information with regard to the understanding and interpretations of our predecessors about cancer. In this context, appropriate reference has to be made to a variety of diseases which have this particular feature in onset, growth spread or manifestation. It includes granthi, apachi, gulma, udara, vidhradi and dustavrana. Benign forms of these diseases are likely to become malignant over a period of time where the standard treatments prove ineffective. We may say that sannipathika stage of dosha vitiation of diseases is comparable with malignant conditions.

One of the criteria adopted by the exponents of ayurveda in naming and grouping of diseases was their commonalities in ethiopathogenesis, disease processes, clinical manifestations and terminal stages of the diseases. The following descriptions with its appropriate interpretations provide a sound basis for development of ayurvedic oncology.

Ayurvea herb Abelmoschus moschatus (Latakasturika)

Abelmoschus moschatus (Latakasturika), latin: Hibiscus abelmoschus

In short:

Parts used – Root, seed and leaves

Latakasturika is aphrodisiac, digestive, beneficial for eyes, diuretic, relieves thirst, useful in diseases of mouth, and bladder. (Bp. Su.su.46)

Bad breath:Seeds of latakasturika are chewed in case of tastelessnessand bad breath. (5-10 gms)

Respiratory disorders

In case of excessive phlegm in respiratory disorders,

decoction of the seeds are used. (30 gms for decoction)

 

Abelmoschus moschatus is aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family. The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk.

Its different names are Kasturibenda, kasturidana, kadu kasturi, or Kattukasthuri.

The seeds of this medicinal herb are valued for their demulcent, diuretic and stomachic properties. They are served as well as an antiseptic, a stimulant, a tonic, and an aphrodisiac. They are also served as cooling and carminative agents.

The infusion, decoction or tincture of the seeds are used in cases of nervous debility, nervous disorders, and hysteria. The seeds are used as insect-repellant in sachet powders.

The leaves and roots are used as medication for venereal diseases. The yellow portion of the petals is used in myricetin, flavonoids and cannabiscitrin.

The plant is considered to pacify aggravated kapha, bronchitis, asthma, pitta, nausea, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, flatulence, colic, calculi, burning sensation, vomiting, and nervous system disorders in the Ayurvedic treatments.

Natural hair dye

Using chemical and ammonia based liquid hair dye is dangerous for scalp and hair health.You will lose hair quicker than normal.Using henna based powder hair dye will make hair dull and color will lose soon.Frequent re-coloring will make hair look more duller.So, here is a natural method to make long lasting hair dye using peel of layer over garlic.

PROCEDURE to make natural hair dye :

1. Take garlic peel(outer skin like layer) in large quantity because on making ash it will come to small quantity.

2. Roast the garlic peel on a pan till it becomes black ash.

3. Filter the ash to get fine powder with a cotton cloth.

4. Add olive oil to this ash to make it just like hair die.

5. Preserve it for 7 days(do not store in refrigerator) in glass bottle in darkness.

6. After 7 days apply it to hair in the same way as hair die. Preferably apply it at evening times and have head bath next morning.

7. For still better results don’t do head bath the next day instead keep it like that for 2 to 3 days and then have a bath.

This hair color will give natural black look to hair and will last for long period and also keeps hair healthy because of oilve oil mixture.

Also add biotin, zinc, iron, iodine and protein supplements to your diet to keep hair healthy and in natural color.

 

 

Ayurveic herbs to increase intellectual power

Human beings are considered as the uppermost intellect animal amongst all living being in the nature due to their intellectual power. Everybody wish to be more intellectual. Therefore, to fulfill the dream of being intellectual person here are the list of some ayurvedic natural herbs. Use them and rejuvenate the intellectual power.

1. Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi): Juice of Brahmi, or mandukaparni(Centella asiatica) are be taken with honey and ghee to promote intellect (10-15 ml)

2. Centella asiatica ( Mandukaparni): Regularly intake of mandukarparni fried in ghee for a month keeping on non-cereal acts as rejuvinative (AH.U.36.165)

3. Emblica officinalis (Amalaki): The fruit and seed of Amalaki is used in the form of powder and juice for promoting intellect

4. Withania somnifera (Asvagandha ): Mandukaparni, (Centella asiatica ) sankhapuspi (convolvulus microphylla) , asvagandha and satavari (asparagus racemosus) should be used in order to promote intellect.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra Method

Do exercise as

  1. Lie on your back, in shavasana, the corpse posture. Lie in such a way that your spine is aligned, and your feet and arms are a comfortable distance to your sides. It is best to have a thin pillow under your head and a shawl or blanket over your body so you do not become cold. Systematically move your attention through each of the points below.
  2. Forehead, throat
  3. Right shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, tip of right thumb, tip of right index finger, tip of right middle finger, tip of right ring finger, tip of right little finger, right wrist, right elbow, right shoulder, throat
  4. Left shoulder, left elbow, left wrist, tip of left thumb, tip of left index finger, tip of left middle finger, tip of left ring finger, tip of left little finger, left wrist, left elbow, left shoulder
  5. Throat, space between the breasts, right breast, space between the breasts, left breast, space between the breasts, navel, lower abdomen
  6. Right hip, right knee, right ankle, tip of the right big toe, tip of the right second toe, tip of the right middle toe, tip of the right fourth toe, tip of the right little toe, right ankle, right knee, right hip, lower abdomen
  7. Left hip, left knee, left ankle, tip of the left big toe, tip of the left second toe, tip of the left middle toe, tip of the left fourth toe, tip of the left little toe, left ankle, left knee, left hip
  8. Lower abdomen, navel, space between the breasts, throat, forehead

Next, do Spinal Breath practice

  1. Exhale as though you are breathing from the top of the head down to the perineum at the base of the spine.
  2. Inhale as though you are breathing from the perineum at the base of the spine, up to the top of the head.
  3. Exhale and inhale many times in this way, exhaling down and inhaling up. 
  4. Imagine that the breath is flowing in a thin, milky white stream from top to bottom, and bottom to top. It does not matter whether or not you literally see the stream with your inner eye, but know that this stream of energy is actually there in the subtle body, and will someday be experienced directly.

Next, enter into Yoga Nidra through chakras

  1. Bring your attention to the space between the eyebrows. Remain in that space for several breaths, or up to a couple minutes.
  2. Bring your attention to the throat center and visual there a moon. Remain in that space for up to a couple minutes.
  3. Bring your attention to the space between the breasts, the heart center, and allow your awareness to empty completely of any images, impressions, thoughts, sensations, or other experiences. Just go deep into the stillness and silence.
  4. Remain in that deep stillness and silence for up to 10 minutes, but no more initially. With practice, the length of time may lengthen some, though this is not too important.
  5. After remaining in the stillness and silence for some period, there will likely come a moment when thoughts, impressions, or sensations return. They may return smoothly and gradually, or there may be a sudden jolt. When this happens, it is a natural sign that this session of Yoga Nidra is completed.
  6. Systematically bring your attention back outward from the stillness and silence, through the awareness of the relative quietness of the mind, the awareness of the smoothness of the breath, and this stillness of the physical body.
  7. Bring the deep stillness and silence with you, as you gently wiggle your fingers and toes, then gradually move as you wish, and open your eyes.
  8. After the Yoga Nidra, you might quietly return to your daily activities, or take a few minutes for meditation, contemplation, or prayer.

Brihat trayi (बृहत त्रई)

Three great triads of Ayurveda are:

CHARAKA

The Charaka Samhita is the oldest of the three and was probably first compiled around 1500 BC. It is considered the prime work on the basic concepts of Ayurveda. Charaka represents the Atreya School of physicians. It is a systematic work divided into eight Sthanas or sections, which are further divided into 120 chapters.

SUSHRUTA

Sushruta represents the Dhanwantri School of surgeons, and is considered in Ayurveda to be the father of surgery. Even a great American society of surgeons is named after Sushruta. In the Sushruta Samhita there are sophisticated descriptions of diseases and surgical instruments.

ASHANTANGA HRIDYA

The next important authority in Ayurveda after Charaka and Sushruta is Vagbhatta of Sindh, who flourished about the seventh century AD. His treatise called Ashtanga Hridya.