A NEW APPROACH
HEALTH & LIFE
Nearly 5000 thousand years ago in India, there were several books written for curing disease and eventually complied in one head called ‘Ayurved’. In the Sanskrit language, Ved or Veda means knowledge and Ayur means the span of life or age. There are four Vedic ‘Samhita’ like Rig Ved, Yajur Ved, Saam Ved, and Atharva Ved. Ayurved or Ayurveda is a branch of Atharva Veda. It states:
- Surgical and Medical treatment
- Hymns against fever and diseases
- Remedy from medical herbs
Diagnosis in Ayurved is done by:
- Mootra (urine),
- Jiva (tongue),
- Shabd (speech),
- Sparsh (touch),
- Druk (vision) and
- Aakruti (appearance).
For being healthy, it is very important to maintain the acidic and alkaline levels in the human body. Such levels may differ from country to country. The illness starts from the nose and mouth where foreign bodies like bacteria and viruses enter our body and the problems start once the body is weak in fighting or short of immunity. Ayurvedic medicines come from plants, metals, and animals. It may be derived from flowers, seeds, nuts, fruits, roots, stems, leaves, bones, Kasturi (deer musk), milk, arsenic, gold, copper, lead, sulfur etc. Alcoholic items, fermented items, and refined opium are also used.
Every being on earth is attached to the universe through five fundamental elements, those are Fire, Earth, Water, Air, and Ether. These elements whenever out of proportion cause disease. The proportions in which each of these elements are existing in the human body and the level of the benefits that these elements give, vary from body to body depending upon their compositions. The climatic conditions, cultural habits, and other domicile factors influence the proportion of these elements in the body irrespective of a human being.
The concept of Ayurved is that good health exists with the proper proportion of three vital forces called ‘dosh or dosha’ like Vaat (वात wind), Pitta (पित्त bile) and Cuff (कफ Phlegm – mucous or mix of earth and water elements). Vaat is related to pain, rheumatism, gastric, etc., Pitta is related to body heat, acidity, digestion, etc. and Cuff is related to a combination of earth and water elements which form mucous, cold, cough, sore throat, etc.
Ayurveda states that a balance of these dosh results in health, while imbalance results in disease. Every human body has a particular proportion of the three doshas that work in tandem on the mind and body. These doshas are non-static and change throughout the life of a person according to age, environment, physical activities, or external factors such as climate, food, or pollution.
Thus, health is dependent on the good balance between the doshas stated above. It advocates practicing ‘Yog or Yoga’, fasting and meditation from time to time, and a vegetarian diet.
Following are the few important items used in our daily life as a remedy to illness and building immunity:
Turmeric has a powerful medicinal property and has been used as medicinal herb for thousands of years in India. Curcumin is the main active ingredients in turmeric which is very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is mostly used in powder form. It is also used as antiseptic. It can be applied on the open wound like cut, bleeding etc. It should be consumed with black pepper so that it helps curcumin get absorbed in bloodstream. Turmeric mixed with honey helps in treating sore throat and cough. It reduces heart disease risk and good for brain development. It is also effective for osteoarthritis (joint pain). Growth in some of the cancer cells may be prevented by turmeric. It should be consumed after mixing with lukewarm milk which is good for liver function. Turmeric also helps in lowering triglycerides. It has the maximum characteristics and use for treatment, in comparison to all the herbs used in Ayurved.
The main purpose of using neem powder is to control blood sugar levels. Neem leaves are useful for reducing blood sugar levels, heal ulcers in the digestive tract, kill bacteria, prevent conception, and prevent plaque in the mouth. It is also a natural pesticide used in farms and storage places. It acts as a repellent and egg-laying deterrent for insects so it controls the growth of insects. Neem oil is eco-friendly for protection from termite and it prevents the hatching of pest insects from their eggs. Children and pregnant women should not consume neem. It may bring down sugar levels too low. It is commonly used by diabetic patients in India.
Clove oil is used for the treatment of toothache and gum pain. It is good for removing bad breath. Chewing clove just before sleeping gives a good result. It stops running nose and reduces allergic sore throat. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It gives very good results for bad respiratory conditions like cough, cold, and asthma.
Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
Ajwain seeds have a small amount of oil which is used to treat digestive problems like indigestion, bloating, and gas. It has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which is even used for treating food poisoning. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in reducing toothache.
Psyllium husk is used as a bulk formation of laxatives in your gut. It soaks up water and makes bowel movements much easier. It is very good for constipation and should be used only till the constipation problem is solved. It is a good treatment for anal fissures.
Gooseberry Fruit Juice (Amla)
Gooseberry is a powerful antioxidant-rich in Vitamin C. It should be consumed in the morning empty stomach for better results. It is a superb form for boosting immunity in the body. It helps in controlling blood sugar levels and good for the digestive system.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
Fennel seeds are used for fighting gas and better digestion. 1 tablespoon or 5 grams of fennel seeds can be heated on the dry pan for 1 minute on medium flame. Once it cools down then crush or grind the whole fennel seeds so the oil can secrete out. Consume it with lukewarm water. It helps in controlling loose motion or diarrhea. It is anti-microbial. It can also be boiled in water just like tea for gas purposes.
Holy Basil Leaves (Tulsi)
Tulsi is a holy plant in India and is even worshipped. Its first use starts from boiling with tea to treat cold, cough, flu, sore throat, and any type of respiratory problems. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial. It eliminates bacteria in the mouth and intestine. It builds immunity. It can be used to manage hay fever due to its antipyretic activity.
Ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng. It is a powerful antioxidant and regulates the immune system. It is used in treating erectile dysfunction, increasing sperm count, and reducing stress. It reduces anxiety and gives sound sleep. 250mg of ashwagandha twice daily after food for 2 months may reduce stress.
Shilajit is a gummy substance black in colour, found in the rocks of Himalayas. It boosts male testosterone which is a sex hormone. It is rich in fulvic acid, a strong antioxidant, which helps in a slower aging process. It reduces iron deficiency anemia and helps in reducing fatigue, high altitude sickness, and lethargy. It helps in increasing sperm count. It is available in liquid and powder form. It should be consumed with milk for better results.
Safed Musli is used popularly for increasing sex power in males and females. It helps in managing erectile dysfunction. It increases libido and testosterone levels. 1 or 2 teaspoons of musli powder with 1 glass of milk in a day are enough to get results in 1 month. It helps in increasing sperm count.
Betel Leaves (Paan)
Traditionally betel leaves are chewed for mouth freshener. Betel leaves are rich in Vitamin C and a good source of calcium. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. It has anti-microbial and anti-diabetic properties. It is used as traditional medicine for digestive problems, oral cavity disorders, and treating wounds.
Giloy Leaves (Amrita)
Giloy is a herb that helps in boosting immunity. It is bitter in taste and helps in reducing blood sugar and can be used to manage hay fever due to its antipyretic activity. It also increases platelet count and might help in dengue fever. 2 teaspoons of Giloy juice or 2 leaves consumed in the morning empty stomach shall be more effective. It is also good for liver.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera is a gel from the leaves of Aloe plants. It is good for skin softening and relieves constipation. It is a natural laxative so it relieves constipation but should not be consumed in case of diarrhoea.
Honey is a good source of antioxidants. It has a natural antiseptic that kills unwanted bacteria and fungus. Manuka honey is used to heal wounds. It is a natural prebiotic which means good for the digestive system and added with turmeric is a treatment for sore throat. It is not recommended for babies.
Ginger has antibacterial power to control mouth or oral bacteria. It may work by getting rid of gas in your intestines. Ginger juice with honey also helps in soothing sore throat. It eases arthritis and osteoarthritis. Ginger powder helps in the pain during menstrual cramps. It calms nausea and seasickness.
The fresh juice of red onion, 10 to 15 ml is good enough to control loose motion or diarrhea and one can increase the quantity depending upon intensity. Research shows that there is one particular antioxidant called quercetin, which fights inflammation, and increases immunity. Eating onion helps as antibacterial action and preventing osteoporosis. It has substances act as prebiotics which help in growing healthy bacteria in the gut.
Garlic has similar qualities to onions and it is a good antioxidant. Taking garlic by mouth in the morning empty stomach helps in reducing blood pressure and blood sugar. A compound in garlic stops the oxidizing LDL, hence reduces cholesterol and improves heart health. Zinc in garlic promotes immunity.
Good source of Vitamin D3 is available in fish liver oil, egg yolks, animal liver and sunlight. It helps in absorbing calcium and boosts immunity. Easy source is sunlight where Vitamin D3 is formed when chemical reaction takes place in human skin. The percentage of absorption can vary widely. What can reduce Vitamin D3 absorption: applying sunscreen, wearing full covered clothes, spending less time in outdoors, climatic conditions etc.