Ayurvedic Herb Butea monosperma (Palasa)

This plant is also known as Flame of Forest. It is medium sized around 15 m tall, deciduous tree found in tropical and subtropical regions. It has a religious view; It is said that the tree is a form of Agnidev, God of Fire. It was a punishment given to Him by Goddess Parvati for disturbing her and Lord Shiva’s privacy.

Parts used – Root, leaves, petioles, flowers, seeds and exudate.

Different names- Palash, Dhak, Palah, Flame of the Forest, Bastard Teak, Parrot Tree, Keshu (Punjabi) and Kesudo (Gujurati) Continue reading “Ayurvedic Herb Butea monosperma (Palasa)”

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”

Ayurvedic herb Buchanania lanzan (Priyala)

Buchanania lanzan is popular with its local name Chironji (चिरोंजी). This tree grows about 50  feet tall. It has a dark grey crocodile bark with red blaze.

Parts used – Seed kernel, bark

Ayurvedic properties-
Rasa    : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna   : Lakhu.
Virya   : Ushna

Uses – The seed kernel and bark of Priyala is used in the form of decoction to treat intrinsic haemorrhage, diarrhoea with blood and as tonic. Continue reading “Ayurvedic herb Buchanania lanzan (Priyala)”

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”

Ayurvedic herb Boswellia serrata (Sallaki)

Boswellia serrata plant which is also known as salai, is popularly known for its Anti cancer property .Not only that it has many other medicinal values that has been given in Ayurveda text and also has been approved from research.  Its anti-Inflammatory and anti-arthritic property is still being researched. Also a randomized double blind placebo controlled study by Kimmatkar N, Thawani N, et al. at MS Orthopedics, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Continue reading “Ayurvedic herb Boswellia serrata (Sallaki)”

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)”

Ayurvedic Herb Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava)

In Ayurveda text, Boerhavia diffusa has a lot of medicinal value. Boerhaavia diffusa L. is found as a weed. It is a perennial herb with creeping and spreading structure, also with a stout root-stock and many erect or spreading branches.

Parts used – Root and leaves

Uses – Two varieties of punarnava alleviate kapha and vata, reduce ama and cure durnama (piles), vradhna (inguinal lymphadenitis), sopha (oedema) and udara (obstinate abdo­minal diseases including ascitis.) They are laxative and hot in potency. They are rasayana (rejuvenating). Continue reading “Ayurvedic Herb Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava)”