How To Chose Your Best Option From Unending List of Herbal Remedies


How to choose the best option for yourself from a multitude of herbal remedies ?

There are so many herbal remedies available online that probably one cannot try everything in one lifetime. Besides, there are contradictory suggestions about many things. Some say one should have fruits after food, some advice taking fruits before food.

Also we see a lot of everyday examples of violations of health habits, but some people survive them for decades yet they stay healthy. At the same time, there might be health freaks who suffer from multiple disorders. So, to decide what is good for you, might look very complicated sometimes. Therefore, many people skip health planning completely on this excuse. But actually it is very simple to choose your best options. Only problem is that we love complications! Anything complicated only is capable to drug our intellect/ ego and command respect.

So let’s take the first step – appreciate simplicity.

Know Your Prakrati

Second step is to know your Prakruti. Everything starts with “know thyself”. You should know about the person you are trying to treat or keep healthy – yourself. Sometimes, people have over expectations from their bodies; sometimes they subject their bodies to countless hit and trials and sometimes they just don’t care about their bodies. All extremes are wrong. Knowing your body is like knowing your car. You cannot expect a sedan to suddenly develop features of a sports car. You should know your possibilities and assets, know your prakrati.

Prakrati calculation is very easy. There are many websites that provide with online prakrati calculation tools.

After using the prakrati calculation tools, you would know the most probable tridosha combination of your prakrati. In normal body conditions, this calculation is correct. However, there might be some variations due to any physical or mental disease. Therefore it is always good to refer to a learned Ayurveda physician. According to Ayurveda ethics, no physician should charge for inspection or advice. Fee should be charged only for medicine. So ideally a learned physician might be freely available.

One of the major problems that comes with self prakrati calculation is that we might be biased towards results or have preconceived ideas about our body conditions. Here a physician will be definitely helpful.

Here is a link of my personal questionnaire for your ease. The responses to this questionnaire are not automated. They are examined by Ayurvedic physicians free of cost.

Prakrati Parikshana Questionnaire

After this questionnaire, you would know whether you own a sedan or a racing car!

Choosing Right Herbal Remedy For Yourself

Third step is to appreciate our uniqueness. We should love ourselves because we are unique in all senses. Everything from our eye color to the finger prints is absolutely unique. Therefore our health solutions cannot be same for all.

Nature has provided us with such a fabulous variety of edibles which helps us to choose the best options for ourselves. Every food item is beneficial, harmful or neutral towards each one of the 3 dosha. After knowing your prakrati, you should know which food items are best suited to your tridosha combination. It is just like different requirement for each car.

The easiest way, to know whether a food item is good for you or not, is to check presence of different pacifying qualities for each dosha in it. If the relevant qualities are present in the food item, then it is good for you.

Rasa (taste)

Rasa is the taste of the substance. There are 6 types of rasa – Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent.

If you have a vata dominant prakrati – sweet, sour and salty are the best rasa for you.

If you have a pitta dominant prakrati – sweet, bitter, astringent will be better than rest.

If you have a kapha dominant praktati – go for bitter, pungent and astringent rasa

Guna (qualities)

For vata prakrati go for hot(tendency and not necessarily temperature), oily substances.

For pitta go for cool temperament substances.

For kapha, go for hot, rough, dry, light substances.

So if you have long list of herbal remedies for indigestion, for example

Apple cidar vinegar

Fennel seeds

Ginger

Baking Soda

Carom seeds (Ajwain)

 

For vata prakrati choose ginger because it is hot and opposes main guna of vata that is cold.

For Pitta prakrati choose fennel seeds because they have a cooling sweet temperament. However for other prakrati types they will not be as effective because they are not compatible.

For kapha prakrati choose carom seeds for their astringent taste and dry temperament.

Please find an indicative list of beneficial herbs for each dosha.

Ideal Herbs According To Prakrati

Satmya ( Compatibility)

Satmya means something that is naturally favourable or comfortable for the body.  It is said that even if something is not compatible to the human body in general, after exposure for a long time, starting with small quantities; the body makes physiological changes to adapt itself to that particular substance. It can be anything, from excessive salt in food to poison.

Curd is absolutely forbidden at night according to Ayurveda because it is believed to increase susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections. But south Indian meal is never complete without curd, whether it be lunch or dinner. And still most of them have no chronic cough and cold.  It is because after long repeated exposure to habit of eating curd at night, body adjust itself to it and stays healthy with it.

So if a health habit or a food item is compatible to you, there is no need to change it just because others are doing something else.

Priya (Liking )

Now if your prakrati is pitta dominant, sweet and cool things are best for you, but what if you don’t like sweets. Should you try to eat sweets just because they might be healthy for you ? Actually no, have mint instead if you like it better. This is the most important thing is the third step – love you choices.

Respect your desires and our mind. There is a huge amount of religious literature telling us that the mind should be kept under strict restrictions to be healthy. But to be successfully healthy, we need to become more sensitive towards the rightful desires of mind. Instead of restriction, guided control is the real effective measure. When you are hungry you should eat food. In fact you should always eat something that makes you happy. I am not advicing you to get addicted to junk food, but even if you follow the same rule for junk food, after a time you would start loving more healthy food because of the unhealthy results of junk food. But that is a long twisted way to health, might take more than a lifetime to reach your destination.

There is such fabulous variety of edibles and their preparations that definitely there must be something healthy that tickles your taste buds too. You should try to find that and eat the Healthy food you love! The sense of satisfaction derived after eating a tasty meal is the key to proper digestion and assimilation of food. What is the benefit if you have something very healthy but is not absorbed by the body.

So eat what you love and love what you eat !

Dosage

According to ayurvedic medicine, all organs of one body are different from another body. Therefore there should not be an exact standardization of food or Medicine intake according to age or weight or other factors. Our body is the best measuring tool for the right amount of food or Medicine for us. For example , if a person should have a handful of rice, than the his hand is the best measuring tool because everyone’s size of hand will be different from the other, but in proportion to his body and thus his needs. One pinch will contain slightly different amount of salt for different people but in exact proportion as is required by their individual bodies. Therefore if I were to tell you to have 100 gms of rice in a meal, probably I will not be as precise as when I would tell you to have one handful of rice for a meal.

The idea is to appreciate that our body is the best reference point for its needs.

Therefore if you have indigestion with vata dominant prakrati, take a pinch of salt and a finger full of carom seeds with water precisely.

Causes and Treatments Available For Osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Also called degenerative joint disease, it is caused due to wear and tear of the joints resulting in cartilage breakdown. Cartilage is an important structural component that is a firm yet flexible tissue that covers the ends of the bones at a joint. The major function of the cartilage is to prevent friction in the joints and also to act as a shock absorber.

The cartilage tends to become stiff and lose its flexibility due to osteoarthritis and more prone to damage. When the cartilage breaks down, the ability to act as shock absorber also diminishes resulting in ligament and tendon stretch, which causes pain. As time progresses, there is complete breakdown of the cartilage and bones tend to rub against each other causing severe pain.

Osteoarthritis mostly affects middle-aged and older people, and women are more prone than men. The joints most prone to osteoarthritis are the joints of the hands as well as the weight-bearing joints such as hips, knees, and ankles, and spine, but it can affect any joint. The pain gets worse with activity and gets better with rest.

CAUSES

Obesity: Being overweight puts immense pressure on the weight-bearing joints such as spine, knees, and hips, which results in breakdown of cartilage and rubbing of bones against each other resulting in pain.

Old age: As you age, the joints undergo normal wear and tear resulting in osteoarthritic pain.

Injury: Injury to the joint due to accident or sports injury can lead to osteoarthritis.

Overuse of joints: When certain joints are overused, osteoarthritis tends to develop in those joints.

Genetics: Genes responsible for formation of cartilage may be defective in some resulting in osteoarthritis.

Bone deformities: Any deformity in the bone, joint malformation, or deformity in the cartilage can result in osteoarthritis.

TREATMENT

Osteoarthritis cannot be cured and the effects cannot be reversed, but symptoms can be effectively managed with medications, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy and other therapies, and surgery. The following are the available treatments:

Medications:

  • Over-the-counter medications: Multiple pain relieving medications are available over-the-counter such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These have been effective in management of pain but they all come with several side effects.
  • Topical medications: Medications are also available in the form of rubs, sprays, and creams that can be applied in the area of pain for relief of pain and inflammation.

Therapy:

  • Ayurveda: Ayurveda treatment for Osteoarthritis recommends a holistic approach in treating this degenerative condition that includes changes in the diet and lifestyle, administering internal medicines that are completely natural and herbal and also using therapies for addressing degenerative joint conditions. There are many medicines in Ayurveda that help to strengthen the joints and reduce the degeneration. A professional Ayurvedic physician can customize and formulate an effective treatment plan that works for each individual. Therapies like Tailadhara (pouring of medicated oils), Nhavarakkizhi (massage with bolus of rice boiled in medicated milk) and Ksheeravasthi are among the most effective therapies for preventing degeneration and to strengthening the joints. It is very important to note that if there is associated inflammation, the anti-degenerative therapy is advised only after the inflammation is brought under control.
  • Physical therapy: A personalized exercise program to strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints and also increase range of motion and reduction of pain can be created with the help of a physical therapist or regular gentle exercises such as swimming, walking, jogging that can be done on our own have been effective in management of osteoarthritis.
  • Occupational therapy: Occupational therapists can help in discovering ways to perform day-to-day activities as well as do the job without straining the already painful joints such as suggest the use of a stool when in shower to relieve from pain caused by standing when affected by osteoarthritis of the knees.
  • Yoga: Yoga has been proven to be very effective in reducing osteoarthritis pain and stiffness. Also yoga involves breathing techniques as well which helps in reducing stress in life.However it is very important to get the help of an instructor before doing yoga to prevent injury and further pain.

Surgery and other procedures: In case conservative therapies fail.

  • Cortisone injections: Injections of cortisone can relieve pain but it must be limited to three to four as it can worsen the damage to the joint over time.
  • Hyaluronic injections: This injection provides lubrication between the joints, which helps in relief of pain.
  • Bone realignment: When one side is more damaged than the other side, osteotomy procedure might be performed to remove or add a wedge of bone, which helps in shifting of body weight away from the worn out part.
  • Joint replacement: Plastic or metal parts are used in place of the damaged joints in severe cases of osteoarthritis.

The Most Effective Motion Sickness Remedies


Motion sickness always occurs to people who are car-sick with many symptoms, such as, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting. This even becomes the horror when they prepare to take a long trip by car, plane, ship, bus or coach. For more enjoyable outing, here are the most effective motion sickness remedies that help you to get rid of car-sick.

Eat Before You Go

You should eat your fill before setting off and avoid foods that are too fat, alcoholic, and contain stimulants such as tea or coffee. However there are many people who ignore the natural remedies  because they think that it is not useful, so you should try and you will see its good results.

Get Enough Sleep

If you do not get enough sleep, you will have headaches, dizziness, tired, making you easier get carsick.

Sit In The Front Seat

If you travel by car or coach, you should sit in the upper seat. On the plane, choose a seat near the window. Also, you should not read, write, or move your muscles during your journey because it will make you nauseous. The tip is one of the effective motion sickness remedies that is considered the priority selection for women and children.

No Smoking

Do not smoke because cigarette smoke will make you easier to get car-sick, so you should suggest everybody in the car should not smoke. However, despite being very effective, the motion sickness remedy will be more difficult to apply if there are so many smokers in your outing. In that case, you can also turn on the air- conditioner towards yourself and open windows regularly so that the air in car or coach is convective.

Avoid Sitting Next To People Who Are Carsick

Sitting next to someone who is carsick will be a cause for getting carsick immediately. Therefore, you should avoid sitting next to people who are as carsick as you are.

Cereals

Before your departure, you should eat cereals. They help support your digestion system easily so it can help prevent motion sickness.

Ginger

Cut a slice of fresh ginger and put in your hand, while sitting you can chew it. This spicy flavor will keep you from vomiting due to the increase of stomach. If you do not eat fresh ginger, you can sip ginger tea or ginger candy. Keeping a ginger candy in your mouth is good because ginger sweet candy also helps you to increase brain circulation and decrease dizziness, headache.  This tip is always one of the effective motion sickness remedies recommended by doctors.

Lemons, Oranges, Or Pomelos

Before getting in the car or coach, take some lemon, orange, or pomelo peel, and then put it between the nostrils and squeeze out the fragrant oil. The aroma of lemon, orange, or pomelo peel will prevent you from being carsick immediately.

Prepare Sugary Drink Or Food

You should prepare some kinds of sugary drink, some cakes, or chewing-gum that you sip on the journey.

Try Not To Think About Motion Sickness

If you feel car-sick or dizzy, you should close your eyes, take a deep breath. You should not dependent on feelings. This is one of the important motion sicknesses because a lot of people suffer. The focus lets you get away from  bad feeling, so you try to look at a picture ahead on the road or try to think of some funny or happy things you watched before to forget what you feel at that time.

Wearing Your Comforter

This is very small but good for you. A good and soft comforter help to keep you away from the smell of gasoline or bad odor, accordingly helps you to decrease the uncomfortable and nauseous feelings.

These 9 above effective motion sickness remedies are always considered top choices. However, there are also other remedies you should consider because they are also extremely good for you.

Dried Fruit

In case you are suffering from motion sickness, eating dried fruit is proven to be very effective in calming your senses. In addition, dried fruit is high in sodium, which helps to alleviate motion sickness.

Talking With People Around You

If there are friends traveling with you, the funny stories will help you forget the feeling of sitting in the car. You can also bring a few snack foods, a music player, or sing alone… for fun in the car. These things will help you forget the feeling of motion sickness. Remember that psychological factors are very important to you because if you are always pessimistic, or negative, such as you think that you will be car- sick surely, the car-sickness will be more accessible to you. Also, the motion sickness remedy will help your outing more interesting.

Get Some Sleep If Possible

Sleep in the car will help you a lot in the fight against motion sickness. If possible, you should get some sleep to forget the feeling of motion sickness.

In short, the feeling of car sickness makes you uncomfortable for hours. Here are the effective motion sickness remedies but they are extremely simple here, the journeys or the smell of gasoline will be no longer an obsession with you. Wish you a comfortable and safe journey!

Posted by Huyen My, a health and beauty expert at VKool.com and AllRemedies.com

Lumbar Herniated Disc: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Lumbar Herniated Disc: The intervertebral discs are the cushions that act as shock-absorbers between each of the vertebral bones in your spine. There is one disc between each vertebra. Each disc has a strong outer ring of fibers called the annulus, and a soft, jelly-like center called the nucleus pulposus.

The annulus is the disc’s outer layer and the strongest area of the disc. The annulus is attached to two strong ligaments that connects each vertebra together in front and at the back. The mushy nucleus of the disc the nucleus pulposus serves as the main shock absorber.

With aging, as the disc degenerates, the outer layer cracks down allowing the inner core to bulge out through the cracks in the outer portion of the disc, and this condition is known as a disc prolapse or a lumbar herniated disc or slipped disc.

The weak spot in the outer core of the intervertebral disc is directly near the spinal nerve root (the nerve that come out between each vertebra), so a herniation in this area puts direct pressure on the nerve.

The nerve runs through the leg, and any type of pressure in the nerves emerging from the lower spine can cause pain to radiate along the path of the nerve through the buttock and down the leg. This type of pain is also called sciatica or radiculopathy.

Causes Of Lumbar Herniated Disc (Or) Slipped Disc:

 This can occur due to the below causes :
  • The disc tends to lose its water content and integrity with age. This leads to loss of elasticity.
  • Mechanical load can lead to tears on the discs that over time it worsens and tends to rupture.
  • Certain awkward motions can cause the disc to prolapse E.g. while twisting or turning to lift an object.
  • Lifting a very heavy or large object can place great strain on the back causing the disc to herniate.
  • Injuries resulting from a direct, forceful blow to the spine
  • Overweight individuals are at an increased risk of slipped discs since their discs have to support additional weight.
  • Weak muscles and a sedentary lifestyle may also contribute to disc herniation.

Lumbar Herniated Disc Symptoms

 The symptoms of lumbar herniated disc or slipped disc may not include back pain at all! The symptoms of a herniated disc come from pressure on, and irritation of, the nerves. However, many people do have back pain because they have other problems in their back when the disc ruptures.
General symptoms typically include one or a combination of the following:
  • Leg pain (sciatica), which may occur with or without lower back pain. Typically the leg pain is worse than the lower back pain.
  • Numbness, weakness and/or tingling in the leg
  • Lower back pain and/or pain in the buttock
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control (rare), which may be an indication of a serious medical condition called cauda equina syndrome.

Where these symptoms occur depends on which nerve(s) has been affected in the lumbar spine. Therefore, the location of the symptoms helps determine your diagnosis. Knowing where the pain is perceived gives your doctor a better idea of which disc has probably ruptured.

Ayurvedic Treatment  For Lumbar Herniated Disc:

Ayurveda treatment for lumbar herniated disc involves a combination of the following conservative treatment options can be used through at least the first six weeks of discomfort and pain:
  • Physical therapy, exercise and gentle stretching to help relieve pressure on the nerve root
  • Ice and heat therapy for pain relief
  • Manipulation and massage
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or COX-2 inhibitors for pain relief
  • Ayurvedic medicines and Oil application
  • Oral steroids to decrease inflammation for pain relief
  • Epidural injections to decrease inflammation and for pain relief
  • Ayurvedic therapies and medicines to restore normal functioning, getting rid of severe pain and avoiding surgery.