Benefits of Ayurvedic Guggulus


guggulGuggulu is one of the best known herbal anti inflammatory herbs of Ayurveda.

Four of the most popular forms are Yogaraj guggulu, Kaishore guggulu, Kanchanar guggulu, and Triphala guggulu.

Yogaraj guggulu is used to treat enlargement of the abdomen, peritonitis, rheumatism, neurasthenia, sciatica, and, most importantly, degenerative nervous system diseases (Vata derangements). It also has significant anti-inflammatory properties.

Kaishore guggulu is used to treat weak digestion, constipation, arthritis, boils, diabetic ulcers, abdominal tumors, leprosy, leukemia, cancer, psoriasis, and most inflammatory conditions associated with an imbalance of pitta or fire humour.

Kanchanar guggulu is useful in treating tumors, goitre and extra growths, wound healing, skin diseases, sinuses and fistula.

Triphala guggulu is well-known for its wound healing quality. It soothes the inflammed mucous layer and helps in checking the further infection.

None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. Before taking any herbal products, please consult with your practitioner.

Dinacharya Ayurvedic Morning Routine


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Daily routine is known as DINACHARYA in Ayurveda. It is the collective information of all the practices for promoting health and preventing disease that the ancient Sages followed. DINA = Day, Sun, Flow and CHARYA = Practice, perform, Conduct. Therefore, Dinacharya is achieving perfect health by observing every day health and hygiene practices.

15 Steps to the Morning Routine!

1.Wake up
2.Nature calls
3.Washing the face
4.Teeth and Gum care
5.Tongue scraping
6.Chewing Sesame seeds
7.Mouth gargle
8.Mouth rinse
9.Drinking water
10.Ear care
11.Nasal care
12.Abhyanga (oil massage)
13.Shower
14.Meditation
15.Breakfast


 

1. Wake up

Any time after 3 am is waking time.

Based on body types

  • KAPHA 3:00 – 4:30 am
  • PITTA 4:00 – 5:30 am
  • VATA 5:00 – 6:30 am

Exceptions…

People that need little more sleep are: Children, Pregnant women , Elderly persons, and the sick.

Benefits…

  • Increases life span
  • Prevents disease
  • Waking up 2 hours before sunrise is optimal. If not, try waking up at least 30 minutes before. Upon waking, do not get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body and feel connected.

It may help to look around at certain positive things:

  • One’s own palms
  • Person one respects
  • Nature
  • Deity
  • Parents
  • Animals

 


2. Nature calls

  • Going to the bathroom upon waking will help clear your digestive system.

Elimination of waste is done:

Only after a proper urge

After giving thought to previous day diet

Giving enough time for evacuation

Proper posture – Practice “MALAASANA” (ask your Yoga instructor)


3. Washing the face

  • Wash your face. Healthy Face Wash is an ayurvedic face cleanser that removes dirt and oil, and cleanses the face for fresh, healthy skin. To use, mix 1/4 teaspoon with 4 tablespoons of whole milk, preferably organic goat milk. The result should be liquid. Massage over the face and rinse with lukewarm water. Be careful to put enough milk in your mixture and rinse well, as the powder is partly composed of Turmeric and it may turn your face slightly yellow for the day and it may stain your clothing and bed sheets. Even though turmeric is excellent for the skin, you must use it sparingly.

Benefits…

Gives lustrous skin – prevents skin eruptions – puts off early wrinkling – Heals dry skin


4. Teeth and Gum Care

Gently massaging the gums and the teeth is recommended two times a day, morning and night.

  • Herbs with Bitter, Astringent and Pungent taste are optimal.
  • Massage gums with Healthy gums (Gum tone is specifically designed to clean the gums and draw out toxins). To use, wet your toothbrush and dip it in the gum tone powder. Apply to your gums and repeat until all gums are covered. Massage the gum tone onto your gums and let sit for 5 or 10 minutes. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and spit out all the gum tone.

Benefits…

Improves oral hygiene – Prevents bad odor and halitosis – Increases circulation to gums – Controls bleeding gums – Maintains strong healthy teeth.

(Please consult your physician if you have any pre-existing dental or gum conditions)


5. Tongue scraping

  • The tongue represents the whole digestive system and its health. Use a stainless steel or silver tongue scraper to remove excess toxins from the tongue. Toxins and metabolic waste can accumulate there during the night. Scrape your tongue from base to tip.

Benefits …

Prevents diseases of oral cavity – Improves sensation of taste – Removes food debris – Prevents bad odor of the mouth.


6. Chewing Sesame seeds

This is recommended for the general health of teeth and gums. Chew 2 to 4 teaspoons of black sesame seeds (the black ones are raw, as opposed to the light ones) and spread the paste to all parts of the mouth. The paste is then spit out and the mouth is rinsed.

Benefits…

Improves the enamel of the teeth


7. Mouth gargle

Take 2 teaspoons of sesame oil and swish around the mouth for 1 to 2 minutes. This is also known as oil pulling. A thick liquid is formed. Spit it out entirely, as it is toxic from all the unwanted secretions of the oral cavity.

Benefits…

Strengthens Jaw muscles – Vibrant voice – Wrinkles on cheeks – Good sense of taste – Prevents cracking of the lips


8. Mouth rinse

Add 1 teaspoon of Triphala powder to ¼ cup warm or hot water and hold the liquid in your mouth for 45 seconds to 90 seconds.

Benefits…

Cleanses the oral cavity and heals the lining of the mouth


9. Drinking water

Water is the best choice among the healing substances according to ayurveda. Drink a glass of warm or room temperature water on an empty stomach (12 to 14 oz)

Benefits…

Prevents and corrects malabsorbtion, constipation, piles,a distention, urinary diseases, eye and skin diseases.


10. Ear care

Dip a q-tip in lukewarm Sesame or Mahanarayana oil and smear it gently in the ear (Please consult your physician if you have any pre-existing ear conditions).

Benefits…

Prevents tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and other old age diseases – Improves audibility – Softens ear wax and smoothens dry ear- Helps lubricate tempero-mandibular joint and prevents lock jaw.


11. Nasal care

Cleaning your nose with Anu Thailam(oil) should be performed for 7 days, 3 times a year. The rest of the time, you may use neti (warm water mixed with
rock salt
). Never use both methods on the same day. To use Anu thailam, lie down with the head tilted back as much as possible wihtout straining your neck (you may prop a pillow under your head). Put two drops of oil in each nostril and stay lying down for a few minutes. The oil will decongest your nasal passages and cause the excess mucus to move down toward your throat. Go to the sink and spit out any secretions, as they are toxic. Keep spitting until all the mucus has been eliminated. Rinse your mouth with warm water.

Benefits…

Improved sense of smell – Clears sinuses – Vibrant voice – Strengthens muscles and joints of face and neck also improves circulation – Helps relieve stiff neck – Prevents diseases like Facial palsy, Baldness, early gray hair and headaches.


12. Abhyanga (oil massage)

Generally sesame oil is used, but benefits are more pronounced if any herbalized oil is used, such as Dhanwantharam thailam. Oil should always be warm before application.Technique of self massage Apply the oil all over the body from head to toes. Add a few drops of oil to the top of your head, massage ears, nose, eyes, temples and work your way down the body to the hands and feet. Use just enough oil for your hands to move freely on your skin. Use long strokes on limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Keep massaging until each part of your body has warmed up. For best results stay in a warm place and leave the oil on your body for 20 minutes.Short version If you are pressed for time, you may just focus on the head, face, ears, and feet. It will improve the efficiency of your sense organs.

Benefits….

Promotes health and prevents premature aging – Addresses to fatigue – Prevents joint diseases and circulation – Improves vision – Provides compact body – Induces normal sleep – Increases complexion and luster of the skinWhile the oil is puryfying and moisturizing your body, you may do your morning excercises and stretching. This will also help the oil to penetrate more deeply.


13. Shower

Step into the shower and apply Bathing Powder before running the water. Healthy Bath is an Ayurvedic bathing powder used to cleanse the body after the oil body massage. To use, slightly spinkle the powder on your body and gently scrub in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water.


14. Meditation

After your shower, once your have dried off and gotten dressed, this is the best time to meditate.


15. Breakfast

Eat breakfast according to your dosha. A list of appropriate foods can be found here. Only those with a Kapha dosha may choose to skip breakfast.


Don’t feel discouraged by this list of morning practices. You may add them to your morning routine at your own pace. Making even one little change is highly beneficial for the body and mind in ayurveda.

 

The Benefits of the Tongue scraper


tongueAccording to Ayurveda, all diseases stem from the digestive system. This is the reason why food is considered to be nourishment to ensure our bodies proper functioning, as well as medicine to help our bodies heal. In fact, according to Ayurveda, the tongue absorbs prana from food. So that’s reason enough to keep a clean tongue.
During the night, our digestive systems work full force to digest food, selecting the good stuff and trying to get rid of the bad stuff. Over time, Ama, which is the body’s toxicity, will accumulate in the weakest areas of our bodies and cause disease there. But during the night, Ama will also accumulate on the tongue. The tongue, by the way, is always a good indicator of the body’s current health or lack thereof. So, when you wake up in the morning and you have a coated pasty tongue, that’s Ama.

The problem is that when we drink or eat without washing our mouths, we just re-ingest the toxic substance and it’s impossible for the body to digest it properly. Brushing your teeth is good, but brushing your tongue will just move the Ama back and forth around your mouth. However, with a tongue cleaner, we’re able to extract the toxins and and remove them correctly. Tongue scrapers are as old as time. They come in a variety of different materials. Most of the tongue scrapers you find in regular store will be plastic, but it’s best to get one that is made of metal such as steel, brass, tin, sterling, copper, or gold. I like a copper tongue scraper, as the metal itself helps destroy bacteria. You won’t have to replace it like you would a plastic one.

Using a tongue scraper is simple. You start as far back as you can, place the curved edge of your utensil on the tongue, fingers holding the stems and make a few short movements dragging the scraper down. Every few drags, you rinse the scraper off and repeat. Little by little you move the curved part down until you’re scraping the tip of your tongue. The first few times it may make your tongue a bit raw, but your tongue will adapt.

Scraping the tongue helps remove disease, mucus, bad breath and it will help with lethargy and all those kapha-related problems. And get this: Scraping the tongue of the toxins will also help release repressed emotions.
A lot of the information online will talk about tongue scraping as a method to get rid of halitosis or bad breath. While this is true, it’s only a minor advantage compared all the benefits tongue scraper does.

The tongue is really interesting: The back of the tongue is Vata territory, the middle is Pitta and the tip is Kapha. There are different types of coating that refer to each dosha-related problem. For example, thick white coating is Kapha imbalance. And the way the tongue looks can give you an idea about which part of the body is diseased. For example, marks around the edges of the tongue that look like slits means that nutrients are not being absorbed properly. A line down the middle suggests immune problems (source: The Ayurveda Encyclopedia by Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha).

On a side note, it’s really important to taste food in Ayurveda, notably when you take medicinal herbs. Tasting even the most bitter herb will send messages to your body to prepare itself for what is to come. So if your practitioner asks you to take herbs with hot water or honey instead of swallowing capsules, it’s not to torture you. You body will better prepare itself to be healed and will absorb them more effectively.

The Benefits of Ginger


benefits-of-gingerGinger is a tonic and stimulant. It is known to help reduce fever and cleanse the body of toxins. It also has blood thinning properties, inhibits cell-clotting enzymes in your blood stream, lowers cholesterol, and reduces migraine headaches. And, it does a better job at preventing and treating these dis-eases than aspirin (which is said to cause stomach problems and bleeding). Ginger is also a great detoxifier and alkalizer (as opposed to acidic, diseases such as cancer cannot survive in an alkaline body). And finally, ginger helps with nausea, morning sickness, cramping, and sea sickness.

Ginger comes in two main types: fresh or dry.

Fresh ginger is a root which, when sliced open, reveals a fresh, tangy and spicy flesh.

Dry ginger is basically a dried up ginger root that has been ground into a thin powder. Fresh powder tends to be yellowish, while it whitens as it gets older. The two are assimilated differently into the body. In Ayurveda, fresh ginger is used for digestion and nausea, while powder ginger is used for colds and respiratory illnesses.

Whether I boil fresh ginger to make a soothing tea or whether I make a cold-killing concoction with ginger powder, I know I won’t be sick over the holidays. This is my personal remedy to avoid getting sick when I feel something coming on:

Fill a large glass of boiling water. Add one heaping teaspoon of organic ginger powder (or as much as you can handle). Squeeze half a lemon, stir and drink up! You may also add some raw honey to taste (do not cook the honey, or it will become toxic to the body). It may make your throat tingle, but it’s worth it! This power tea will help reinforce your immune system and help clear your lung and chest area. And, since ginger is a sweat-inducing spice, it can help reduce a fever and expel toxins from the body.

Fresh Ginger powderFresh ginger is great for Kapha types because it is a pungent spice, it stimulates the system and helps decrease Kapha. It is also Vata-pacifying and aids with digestion. An Ayurvedic doctor once told me that drinking ginger tea before eating a meal will help your taste buds naturally select foods that your body needs at that moment.

Take a piece of fresh ginger root and slice it with the skin still on. Then, boil it in water for 10 to 20 minutes (you can add more water as the water level decreases). Sift the tea as to not get ginger chunks in your tea cup and sip away. You can drink this version of the tea every day before meals to help you choose your foods wisely and to open up the appetite, or after meals to help you digest.

Ginger improves and reinforces the healing properties of other herbs. What more could you possibly want? Ginger is your first step to a healthy, balanced body.

Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

In India, we use ginger liberally in our daily life. Ginger-spiked chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu.

On millions of dining tables in India, you’ll see matchsticks of fresh ginger that have turned a soft pink from being soaked in lemon juice and salt: a zingy accompaniment to our favorite dinner, dal-chawal.

Let’s give this knobbly root a closer look.

10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger

  1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite. (Ayurveda recommends that lunch should always be your main meal of the day, because this is when your digestive energy is naturally at its peak).
  2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
  3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
  4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.
  5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
  6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger—for best results, toss it in a little warm ghee before you chew.
  7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
  8. Got a surgery done? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.
  9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
  10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties, too!)

3 Ways to Use Ginger

  1. Ginger & HerbsCook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies and fresh cilantro leaves—the burst of flavor and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire!
  2. Ginger In Your Juice‘Grate’ idea: grate some ginger root and put it in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy, and of course, so good for you!
  3. Gingery DessertEven a smidgen of grated ginger on your vanilla pana cotta or strawberry sorbet can wake up the flavor!

Ginger & Health

Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.

Maintains Normal Blood Circulation.
Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

Heartburn Relief
|Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

Ginger Lemon Honey teaCold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Tea remedies for cold and flu:

1. Ginger
2. Lemon Juice
3. Honey

Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).

Strengthens Immunity.
Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation.
If you want to get all the amazing health benefits of ginger, we recommend New Chapter Ginger force. It is an organic, full-spectrum ginger extract that contains compounds not found in other ginger supplements.

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Ayurvedic Benefits of Honey


HoneyLet’s talk sugar. Today, the most widely accepted sweeteners for the health conscious are raw agave nectar, organic maple syrup, stevia and, of course, raw honey. Honey is Ayurveda’s sweetheart. It has been used for thousands of years as a vital medicine. Honey is actually quite nutritious and packed with minerals, sugars, protein, vitamins, etc.

Honey aggravates Vata, balances Pitta and gets rid of excess Kapha. But there are different types of honey, based on different types of bees, nectar from different plants, etc, which all have a different effect on the body and different medicinal properties. Ayurveda is always very specific like that.Honey is very energizing. It is healing and very good for the skin when taken internally or applied externally. It is said to be very good for healing acne (it has anti-bacterial properties) and works as a gentle exfoliant.

Honey disinfects and heals wounds, but it also help quicken the healing process. It is good for coughing and asthma, eyesight, high blood pressure, open wounds, anemia, heart disease, among others, and it’s safe for diabetics. And, because it is anti-bacterial, it will never spoil. I read somewhere that honey was found in the tomb of King Tut and because it was sealed in containers, it was still edible! How’s that for a superfood?Historically, honey has been used as medicine and food for thousands of years. Honey is mentioned in hieroglyphics and was used as a currency in different parts of the world. According to historical biologists, bees have been producing honey for 150 million years!As i said before, honey decreases Kapha. It may be sweet, but it actually helps reduce body fat. Basically, honey will help you lose weight. The trick is to drink a cup of warm water mixed with raw organic honey before bedtime every night. Not only will it get your body fat to start shifting, but it will also purify your blood, get your bowels moving and essentially cleanse your digestive system. Honey is the easiest food to digest.

The only precaution to take with honey is NOT to cook it. If you heat honey, it becomes toxic to the body. Therefore, i should not be baked into anything, cooked, or mixed with liquid that is too hot. If you want to put honey in hot water or tea, just make sure the liquid is not too hot to drink. If you’re able to drink it, then the liquid is safe to pour honey in.In Ayurvedic medicine, honey is often mixed with herbs and ghee to create what is called “Rasayana”, which is essentially a sort of tonic which has a paste-like consistency. It is absorbed at a deeper level than just herbs alone and can be stored for longer periods of time.