Rasa Shastra and use of Mercury in Ayurveda

Rasa Shastra is a branch of Ayurveda Science which deals with the preparation of rasa medicine including different forms of medicine. Rasa here gives the meaning of Mercury (Hg). Parad is Sanskrit name for mercury. Why mercury is called as Rasa is because it has the capacity to form amalgam with other metals. Gold reacts with nothing; however mercury can for an amalgam with gold. Not only with gold, with many other metals on the periodic table, it can form amalgam. Continue reading “Rasa Shastra and use of Mercury in Ayurveda”

Accumulation of Dosha (Stage of Sanchaya)

Accumulation stage is first event of pathogenesis (First Kriya kala). Increase of dosha or doshas in their own site is called sanchaya. Aacharya Dalhana defines this as a samhati rupa bridhi or accumulation increase. In this stage a person developes an aversion against the sanchaya karanass of the vitiated dosha. Suppose we have taken a heavy meal, the heaviness of the abdomen and drowsiness are the result of the heavy meal. Naturally, we dislike to take food anymore and in the same way there will be linking towards sanchaya vyatiraka Karanas, i.e. anti  sanchaya karana. If the physician is clever enough to identify and treat them at this stage only the vitiated dosha will get subside and no further stages like prakopa,  prasara etc. can take place. In short, the identification of Sanchaya is done just by observing the dosha lakshyana in a most primitive manner and slight uneasiness felt by the patient. Continue reading “Accumulation of Dosha (Stage of Sanchaya)”

Ksharsutra Technique in Ayurveda

Fistula in ano is a disease, which has been included by Acharya Sushruta in Ayurveda. Even today when the modern surgery is at its peak, fistula in ano is still a challenge to the surgeons for its incidence of recurrence and postoperative complications. The method devised by ancient acharyas to treat this disease is the only full proof method available to cure fistula in ano. Continue reading “Ksharsutra Technique in Ayurveda”

Ayurveda- An Evidence-Based Medicine

An accurate understanding of what evidence-based medicine (EBM) really means might be helpful in understanding the relative role of science and clinical knowledge. EBM, which has become a buzz word concerning medical decision making, refers to a triangulated set of information that the physician should use to determine the best treatment for a particular patient. Continue reading “Ayurveda- An Evidence-Based Medicine”

Vegetarianism and Ayurveda

Authentic Ayurvedic dietary advices are based on a purely vegetarian diet. Although some Ayurvedic physicians advocate meat intake for people with vata constitution (prakriti) but this concept does not have good base. It is true that sage Charak has mentioned that meat is nourishing when prepared and eaten under certain circumstances (in Ayurveda text). Meat was prescribed by Charak, not as a part of meal for daily intake, but for curing disease. At this time, meat formed a small proportion of food and was obtained using traditional hunting methods and animals lived in their native habitat and natural environment. Continue reading “Vegetarianism and Ayurveda”

Six steps to achieve Balanced Dosha

These days most of the Ayurvedic talks are related with maintaining or balancing the dosha. And yes it is true that if you are able to balance dosha you can have healthy and happy life. The dosha proportion in different individuals are different. So the same lifestyle and diet for two person may have different effect on them. While balancing dosha we must know two terms viz. Prakriti and Vikriti. Prakriti is the state of normalcy whereas vikriti is opposite to that. In vikriti condition your one or more dosha may increase or decrease. So to maintain dosha first Continue reading “Six steps to achieve Balanced Dosha”

Ayurvedic concept of Mudhagarbha (false presentations and difficult labour)

This article is totally the Ayurvedic concept of false presentations and difficult labour and also miscarriage. This was the concept of Acharya Shrusuta, who is also known as father of surgery.So lets start with the cause of Mudha garvha.

The different causes of Mudha Garbha are Sexual intercourse during pregnancy, riding on horseback, etc., or in any sort of conveyance, a long walk, a false step, a fall, pressure on the womb, running, a blow, sitting or lying down on an uneven ground, or in an uneven posture, repression of any natural urging of the body, fasting, voluntary,  partaking of extremely bitter, pungent, Continue reading “Ayurvedic concept of Mudhagarbha (false presentations and difficult labour)”

Importance of Vata among tridosha

Vata is the most important among tridoshas. Pitta and kapha are less important. The vata carries them to different places. Like in nature, clouds are moved by wind, similarly vata maves pitta and kapha to move all over the body.

Vata or Vayu is described as Ayu, or life as bala or strength. Prabhu or master and the entire universe itself is travelling under the control of vata. Acharya Charak described Vayu in Charak sutrasthan in 12th chapter in a symposium as Vata.

The reasons behind its important are given below.

These points can also be reffered as vata sworupa or physiology of Vata

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Abasthapak, Stage of Digestion

The food we ingest , digest in different stages. Changes in the mahashrotas at different levels are called abasthapak. Abasthapak or the stage of digestion are in 3 stages.

  1. Madhura abasthapak- Kapha
  2. Amla abasthapak – Pitta
  3. Katu abasthapak – Vata

Kapha, Pitta and Vata which are situated at different levels of mahashrotas are increased and supported by the above three abaasthapak respectively one after another.

This is also the process of formation of Tridosha from Ahar Continue reading “Abasthapak, Stage of Digestion”

Anatomy of Bhagandar (Piles or Hemorrhoid)

The popular Ayurvedic technique kshar sutra is related with the disease bhagandar. In modern science it is referred as piles or Hemorrhoids. Here in this article I have tried to give concept of different types of piles.

  1. Internal Piles or true piles- In this piles there is a saccular dialation of internal rectal venous plexus which occur above the pectinate line . And this type of Piles are painless.
    a. Primary piles- This occur in 3,7and 11’0 clock position of anal wall which are formed by enlargement of 3 main radicles of superior rectal vein which lie in the anal column which occupy left lateral, right posterior, and right anterior position.
    b. varicosities in other positions of lumen are secondary piles Continue reading “Anatomy of Bhagandar (Piles or Hemorrhoid)”