Posts Tagged ‘Ayurveda’

Ayurveda Q&A: Detoxification therapies for diabetes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

DrGowthaman240111Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda.

Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

My mother is suffering from sleeplessness stress and anxiety. She is being treated for this with ayurvedic medicines. She has been prescribed following medicines
A.B rasa
Dadimastaka choorna
Panchamrita PRT
Pravala bhasma DDP
Sarpaganda churna
Shankapushpi churna
Gokshura churna
But the problem is she is facing dysentery, shivering and weakness. Please recommend the remedy for this.

Hi, All these above medicines are good for dysentery and diarrhoea related problems. She is suffering for mal absorption syndrome; please stop all the medications except the Dadimashtaka choornam. This powder please give 3 gm mixed with warm water or Diluted buttermilk, thrice daily 30 minutes after food.


Include colored fruit and vegetables in salad: Nisha Singh

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Nutritionist, Nisha Singh has over 10 years of independent experience of managing various ailments through lifestyle and dietary modifications, counselling of patients, diet and meal planning.

She specialises in weight loss diets, pregnancy and post pregnancy diet plans, cardiac and lipid management, dealing with everyday diseases through dietary modification and health management of the athletes.

Nisha Singh answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

Which is better for health: a tsp of ghee or a tsp of butter in our daily diet?
Ghee is healthier than butter. Cow ghee being the healthiest. Butter contains saturated fats.


All you need to know about acupuncture

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Discover all about how the ancient healing technique of acupuncture can work wonders with your health. Read on…

Being a popular branch of complementary medicine, acupuncture techniques are now being used worldwide to alleviate pain, reduce stiffness and promote flexibility, strengthen the organs, boost immunity, reduce cosmetic problems and to bring about a balance in your body as a whole.

Noble needles

The science behind acupuncture healing methods dates back to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The roots of these practices are based on the principle that most of the ailments are a result of imbalances in the body’s vital energy (Qi) flow. Unlike the normal presumption, acupuncture is nothing to be scared of. The needles used in acupuncture are tiny, thin needles that are hardly painful when inserted in your skin. In fact, many patients become so relaxed that they often fall asleep during their session.


Six ways to avoid back pain

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Ram is one of the healthiest guys I know. He eats well, runs regularly, and takes good care of himself in general. However, over the last three years, Ram has thrown out his back four or five times. Each time, he is crippled with pain that keeps him on the couch gulping pain killers like they were candy. It seems like every time he injures himself, Ram can’t remember doing anything strenuous. One time he was turning to reach for soap in the shower, and another, he was picking up a slip of paper from the floor—neither activities that would seem to trigger the kind of back pain he was experiencing. Visits to the doctor haven’t revealed anything dramatically wrong with Ram’s back; it just seems to go out from time to time.

If you’re like Ram, or if you’ve ever injured your back, you’re not alone. At one time or another 80 percent of Indians will experience some kind of back pain, and chances are that at one time or another, you will be among them. Whether your pain is a nagging ache in your low back or stabbing pain and spasms that make even the slightest movement painful, there are some things that you can do to prevent the pain from occurring in the first place. Among them:


Ayurveda Q&A: Ayurvedic herbs for insomnia

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Dr.Gowthaman,

I am 45 years old and have been undergoing medicine for past couple of years for Diabetes. Preently I having Semi Glynase (1-0-1) and Glycomet 500 (1-0-1)

I am following fairly good diet restrictions along with around 30 mins walk daily. When I started the above medicines the PPBS reading were around 120 but now it has shot up to around 180.

I have read articles about Diabecon DS from Himalaya that it has some good effects.


Ayurvedic medicinal properties of amla or Indian gooseberry

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Amalaki or Amla is also known as Indian goose berry. It is a deciduous tree which reaches a height of 5 meters. The bark of this tree is light brown in colour. Leaves which are 10 mm long and 3 mm wide are closely set in pinnate fashion giving a feathery appearance. Flowers are pale green and occur in cluster of 6 to 10. Fruits are fleshy, globe shaped and depressed at poles. They weight 6-8 gms.Fruits of amla tree are used in ayurvedic preparations. Amla fruit is praised as DHATRI (god of health) in Ayurveda.The ayurvedic medicinal properties of amla are as follows

Effects on Tridoshas: It alleviate tridoshas and specially normalizes pitta. Hence it is very useful in diseases which arise due to aggravation of pitta.

Effects on skin: The juice of amla fruit reduces burning sensation of skin. It strengthens the hair follicles and reduces the inflammation of scalp skin. Amla boosts immunity of skin and helps to prevent acne and pimples.


5 herbal supplements for diabetes and cholesterol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Are you one of those who are exhausted of all the medical treatments and looking out for a more natural cure? If yes, then herbal remedies may be one of the best solutions.

Here is a list of 5 herbs and supplements that promise to lower your blood sugar levels, boost your insulin sensitivity and abate the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.


This plant is believed as one of the most powerful herbs to cut down blood-sugar level. In Hindi, the plant’s name is translated as the “sugar destroyer” and has the ability to detect any form of sweetness. The herb works in such a way that, the activity of certain enzymes that help in stimulating the production of insulin, is elevated. Although it hasn’t been researched extensively, it is not known to cause any serious side effects.


Ayurveda Q&A: Treating bronchitis allergy

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Sir,

I have a one year old daughter. For the past two months she was suffering from cold and congestion and noisy breathing. The doctor says that she is suffering from prolonged bronchitis allergy as her father also has the same problem. This problem shall even more increase in the rainy season. He has suggested pump for her but i am not interested in giving her the pump. Her weight is around 9 kgs. She is very active and playful and good in all other parameters as per her age. But as become little weak in the past one month. Although she walks, but her legs seem weak.


An ayurvedic approach towards water

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

75% of earth’s area is covered by water. Water is the major component of all living beings and it is the

major constituent of human cells. Ayurveda considers water (aap or jala) as one of panchamahabhutas. ( Panchamahabhutas constitute human body). Water provides a good medium for most of the biological processes that happen in living beings. Dehydration or loss of water from body causes dry skin, lowered energy, muscle cramps, reduced alertness and affects vital organs.

Potable water:

Water which is not harmful to health and has all qualities to serve as drinking water is called as potable water. The potable water must be free from heavy metals, suspended particles and pathogens like bacteria.

Ayurveda recommends rain water which is devoid of impurities, microbes as pure potable water. This is called as “Gangambu”. Such rain water is healthy, refreshing, cools body, increases alertness and satiates taste buds. The properties of pure Gangabu or rain water are narrated as follows.


Keeping well when monsoon dwells

Monday, May 13th, 2013

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.

The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, gastro intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt.

Puddles of water formed due to rain become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. As a precautionary measure against mosquito bite born diseases one can use mosquito net around the bed which is better choice to mosquito repellants like mats and coils.


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