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Ayurveda - The Therapeutic Use Of Ayurvedic Plants And Herbs




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USE OF PLANTS IN AYURVEDA
Bioavailability
Synergy



USE OF PLANTS IN AYURVEDA


In Ayurveda, a vast variety of herbs are utilized to preserve balance and harmony so that excellent health may be achieved. 


  • Plants were often mixed to enhance bioavailability, decrease toxicity, and produce synergy. 
  • Although a significant variety of single medicines were utilized, multiplant formulations were and still are favored. 
  • However, few studies have been conducted to offer scientific evidence for these pairings, not least because to the difficulties in developing a proper technique to do so. 




Bioavailability 


When either the traditional three-spice or pungent mixture known as trikatu (tri: “three”; katu: “pungent”), consisting of Piper longum (long pepper), Piper nigrum (pepper), and Zingiber officinale (ginger), or the major alkaloid piperine of P. longum and P. nigrum, is added to for- mulations, it has been possible to show an increase in bioavailability. 


  • This idea has also been used to lowering the necessary dose of anti-TB medicines like rifampicin and other antibiotics like ciprofloxacin. 
  • Controlled studies have also shown that by adding small amounts of piperine to nutraceuticals like -carotene and curcumin, absorption of nutraceuticals like -carotene and curcumin can be increased severalfold in healthy volunteers—by 60 percent in the case of -carotene and 2000 percent in the case of 20 mg piperine to 2 g curcumin. 




Synergy


Combining medications has been proven to be helpful in a few clinical trials. 


  • In osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, and sciatica, combination treatment with Semecarpus anacardium (bhallatak), Dalbergia lanceolaria (gourakh), and Commiphora mukul (guggul) produced greater benefits than the individual medicines alone. 
  • Other examples include adding Bacopa monnieri to the combination of Inula racemosa and Commiphora mukul for heart disease treatment (“Cardiovascular drugs”), the combination of Gymnema sylvestre and Eugenia jambolana for diabetes (“Antidiabetic agents”), and the combination of Zingiber officinale and Commiphora mukul for arthritis treatment ( “Antirheumatic agents”). 



Any scientific research of Ayurvedic herbs would benefit tremendously from a review of early Ayurvedic writings' ideas, conceptions, and pronouncements on plant collecting, processing, combination, selection, and usage to determine how they align with modern scientific knowledge. 


  • Even a cursory glance into the history of Ayurveda and medication creation in ancient India, as well as some of the ideas employed in drug formulation, reveals that the ancient writings may teach us a lot. 





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Ayurveda - AYURVEDIC DRUG EVALUATION HISTORY.



Table Of Contents
Ayurveda's Use Of Medicinal Plants
Harvesting Ayurvedic Herbs
Processing Of Ayurvedic Herbs



Ayurveda's Use Of Medicinal Plants


The Ayurvedic formulary relies heavily on medicinal plants and herbs. 


Ayurveda describes the usage of over 1,700 different plants. 


  • It's worth reviewing the history of plant use—drug collection, selection, and evaluation—at this point. 
  • In ancient times, great care was taken to ensure the purity, safety, and effectiveness of the plants utilized. 


Plant chemical composition varies depending on soil, location, season, time of day, year, harvesting method, and subsequent processing. 


  • It's amazing how these elements were criminalized hundreds of years ago. 

  • The steps to be followed before a plant can be used as medicine are enumerated in the Kasyapa Samhita: 

    • plants must be cultivated on suitable soil in the appropriate season; 
    • they must be collected at the appropriate time, 
    • ensuring the absence of damage from heat, water, insects, stools, urine, and time; 
    • and they must be collected or grown in areas away from roadsides, cemeteries, and other such places where pollution and contamination may occur. 




Harvesting Ayurvedic Herbs 


The Caraka Samhita specifies that leaves should be gathered in the spring (March-April) and the rainy season (June-August) (July-September). 



This is supported by scientific data. Coughs, colds, asthma, and bronchitis are all treated by Adhatoda vasica leaves. 


  • The content of the major alkaloid, active principle, and bronchodilator vasicine was analyzed throughout the year and plotted, yielding a curve with two major peaks in March-April and July-September, corresponding to periods when the vasicine content was highest, demonstrating good correlation with Caraka's guidelines. 
  • Scholars debated the effectiveness of herbs and their actions often, with different viewpoints settled via observations on humans. 
  • Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the exact experimental procedures that were used. 




Processing Of Ayurvedic Herbs


The names of the plants to be utilized in different circumstances and the treatment to be followed have been set down as the final findings of debate and testing. 


Any concerns were addressed by testing on domestic animals due to the high respect for the safety of the medicines employed and the way in which they were to be handled. 


  • Processing was thought to be necessary to decrease or eliminate toxicity while simultaneously increasing bioavailability. 
  • Many hazardous or poisonous herbs are used in Ayurveda after they have been purified, or shodana. 
  • Aconitum tubers, for example, are often utilized in Ayurveda despite containing the poisonous alkaloid aconitine. 


Because the medication is treated or de-toxified before usage, this is feasible. 


  • When you boil Aconitum tubers in water, the poisonous aconitine is converted to aconine, which is less dangerous. 
  • Commiphora mukul gum resin is extensively used in Ayurveda for the treatment of arthritis, and it is typically prepared by boiling the resin in water or a triphala (or "three fruits") decoction before use (a mixture of Terminalia chebula, T. belerica, and Emblica officinalis). 
  • The crude material caused mild adverse effects such as skin rashes, diarrhea, and irregular menstruation during the development of Commiphora mukul as a hypolipidemic drug. 
  • The substance no longer produced skin rashes when it was cleansed in the conventional way by boiling and skimming.




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Ayurveda - What Are AYURVEDA'S ORIGINS?



Table Of Contents
Plants As Medicine
Ayurvedic System Of Medicine
Ayurveda Is An Upveda
Selection Of Ayurvedic Medicine



Plants As Medicine 


Plants have been utilized as medicines all throughout the globe since the dawn of humanity, and plant-based remedies have long been the basis of traditional cultures in dealing with health issues. 


A increasing discontent with current medications' inadequacies in some disease areas, particularly chronic diseases like arthritis and asthma, as well as their unpleasant iatrogenic consequences, has prompted a worldwide quest for alternative health-care methods. 


  • This dissatisfaction is coupled with a desire to reconnect to nature and adopt a more natural way of relating to the world. 
  • The quest has sparked global interest in the scientific confirmation of traditional plant-based therapies' therapeutic effectiveness. 



Ayurvedic System Of Medicine


Ayurveda, one of the most comprehensive and complete systems of medicine, originated in India approximately 3,000 years ago. 


Its holistic approach goes beyond the simple prescription of medicines. 


  • The goal of Ayurveda is twofold: to live a healthy, vigorous life and, in the case of illness, to recover. 
  • Disease is seen to be the lack of harmony, and Ayurveda is concerned with restoring harmony and therefore health. 
  • This is accomplished via a three-pronged strategy of lifestyle, food, and medication that is tailored to an individual's constitution and season. 


Health is a condition of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being, not only the absence of illness. 


Drugs are utilized in Ayurveda as part of the therapeutic method, and they may be of plant, mineral, or animal origin. 

Herbs, on the other hand, make up about 70% of the Ayurvedic materia medica. 

Ayurveda means "science or knowledge of life," with "life" meaning "Ayur" and "knowledge" or "science" meaning "knowledge" or "science." The Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda are the first four Vedas. 



Ayurveda Is An Upveda


Ayurveda is regarded an auxiliary Veda (upveda) or a fifth Veda at times. 


The Vedas are a corpus of information that is said to have originated from a nonhuman (divine) source. 


  • Early sages and wise men, alarmed by the rising prevalence of illness, prayed to the almighty creator for assistance in reducing human suffering. 
  • The divine creator transmitted the science of Ayurveda to Indra through various intermediaries in the Caraka Samhita, and from Indra to sages such as Bharadwaja, Atri, and others, who then taught Ayurveda to their disciples; however, Dhanvantri received the science from Indra in the Sushruta Samhita. 


The earliest documented book of Ayurveda, known as the Caraka Samhita, which is generally dated to 700 BC, contains a description of the first convocation on preventative health and therapeutic methods to cure illness. 


  • The Sushruta Samhita, which deals with surgery, and Vagbhata's Astanga Hrdayam were the next important books. 
  • The so-called Greater Triad, or Brihattrayi, is made up of three physicians: Caraka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata. 



Selection Of Ayurvedic Medicine 


Ayurvedic medicines were selected via a process that included observation, experimentation, intuition, and scholarly debate. 


The intuitive aspect aided in the selection of the best plants, which were tested on domestic animals including cats, dogs, and cows. 


  • Discussion among academics improved their usage, and disagreements among scholars were settled via frequent meetings. 
  • The Caraka Samhita mentions similar gatherings in the Himalayan foothills. 
  • In each instance, the controversy was also addressed via human experimentation. 
  • A significant number of herbs with established therapeutic value developed from this lengthy period of trial and research on humans. 
  • The fruits of this exploration are currently accessible in the form of sutras, which are very short written texts.


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Ayurveda Dictionary - A Repository of Common Terms and Meanings used in Ayurveda

 


  • AGNI . The biological re that provides energy for the body to function. Agni regulates body heat and aids digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. It transforms food into energy or consciousness.
  • AHAMKARA. Literally, the “I-former”; the ego; sense of separate self; the feeling of “I am.”
  • AMA. A toxic, morbid substance (both systemic and cellular) produced by undigested food which is the root cause of many diseases.
  • ANUPANA. Substance (such as milk, water, ghee, etc.) that serves as a medium for taking herbs.
  • ARTAVA DHATU. The female reproductive tissue, one of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues.
  • ASTHI DHATU. One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; specifically, the bone tissue that supports the body, giving protection, shape, and longevity.
  • AYURVEDA. The science of life; derived from the Sanskrit words ayur meaning life, and veda, knowledge or science. The Vedas are the authentic, ancient, spiritual scriptures of India.
  • BASMATI RICE. A long-grained scented rice originating in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. Easily digestible and nutritious.
  • BASTI. One of the five important cleansing measures of panchakarma, it eliminates excess vata dosha from the system via medicated herbal tea or oil enemas. Helps greatly to heal all vata disorders. The word basti literally means bladder. In ancient times, the apparatus used for the procedure was made out of leather.
  • BHASMA. A specialized Ayurvedic compound prepared and purified by being burned into ash; bhasmas have a high potency and release prana into the system.
  • BHASTRIKA. A breathing practice (pranayama) in which air is passively drawn in and forcibly pushed out, as in a bellows. Increases heat and improves circulation.
  • BHRAMARI. A type of breathing practice (pranayama) in which a soft humming sound, like a bee, is made during exhalation and/or inhalation. Calms the mind and cools pitta.
  • CARDAMOM. Pungent spice from a tropical plant.
  • CHAI. General word for tea; often refers to a spiced black tea made with milk and sugar.
  • CHAKRAS. The energy centers in the body, related to nerve plexus centers, which govern bodily functions. Each chakra is a reservoir of consciousness.
  • CHICKPEA FLOUR. A finely ground yellow flour. Also called gram.
  • CILANTRO. Fresh coriander leaf. This herb is used extensively in Indian cooking and valued for its zesty and cooling taste. Balances spicy dishes.
  • COCONUT MILK. Made from grating the white flesh of the coconut and mixing with a cup of water.
  • COCONUT WATER. The natural juice inside the coconut.
  • DAL. Any type of dried bean, pea, or lentil is called dal. Most dal is husked and split for quick cooking and greater ease of digestion.
  • DHATU. The structural, building, elemental tissue of the body. There are seven dhatus defined in Ayurveda: rasa (plasma); rakta (blood tissue); mamsa (muscle tissue); meda (adipose tissue); asthi (bone marrow); majja (bone and nerves); shukra and artava (male and female reproductive tissue).
  • DOSHA. The three main psycho-physiological functional principles of the body (vata, pitta, and kapha). They determine everyone’s constitution and maintain the integrity of the human body. The doshas govern the individual’s response to changes. When disturbed, they can initiate the disease process.
  • GHEE. Clarified butter; made from unsalted butter that has been gently cooked and the milk solids removed.
  • GUGGULU. Main ingredient in several herbal preparations (yogaraj guggulu, kaishore guggulu, etc.). A resin from a small tree, it has many useful medical actions, including bene ts for the nervous system, tonification, and anti-in amatory action on muscle tissues. Helps increase white blood count (good for the immune system) and is a nervine, rejuvenating tonic.
  • GUNAS. Three qualities influencing all creation: sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattvic qualities imply essence, reality, consciousness, purity, and clarity of perception. All movement and activity are due to rajas. Tamas brings darkness, inertia, heaviness, and materialistic attitudes. There is a constant interplay among these three gunas in all creation. Also refers to the qualities (hard/soft, hot/cold, etc.) of the three doshas, seven dhatus, and three malas.
  • JAGGERY. An unrefined sugar made from the juice of crushed sugarcane stalks.
  • KAPHA. One of the three doshas, combining the water and earth elements. Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure— bones, muscles, tendons—and provides the “glue” that holds the cells together. It supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems, lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness, and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed, and envy.
  • KHAVAIGUNYA. A weak or defective space within an organ or tissue of the body where a pathological condition is likely to begin.
  • KITCHARI. A cooked mixture of rice and dal and spices that is easy to digest and high in protein. Often used as a nourishing food for a mono-fast.
  • LASSI. A refreshing drink made from yogurt, water, and spices and often served at the end of a meal as a digestive. Can be sweet or salty.
  • MAHAT (or MAHAD). The “great principle,” intelligence, the cosmic aspect of intellect; also contains the individual intellect, called Buddhi.
  • MAJJA DHATU. One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; the bone marrow and nerve tissue. It is unctuous and soft. Its main function is to oleate the body, to fill up the bone, and to nourish the shukra dhatu. It plays an important role in communication.
  • MAMSA DHATU . One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; the muscle tissue. Produced by rasa and rakta, its main functions are to provide physical strength, coordination, movement, covering, form, and protection.
  • MANTRA. A sacred word or phrase of spiritual significance and power that transcends the mind and yields bliss.
  • MARMA. An energy point on the skin that has a door receptor and is connected to the inner pathways of healing.
  • MUNG DAL. A small bean that has been husked and split. Usually a medium yellow color. Easy to digest.
  • NASYA. Method of administering medication through the nose; one of the ve measures of panchakarma.
  • NIGHTSHADE. Common name for a family of plants including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, tobacco, petunias, and belladonna, which have strong medicinal properties. Frequent use may disturb the doshic equilibrium.
  • OJAS. The pure essence of all the bodily tissues (dhatus); the super ne essence of kapha; maintains immunity, strength, and vitality. Ojas creates bliss and awareness in the mental faculties and governs the body’s immune function. If it is depleted, it can lead to death.
  • PANCHAKARMA. Five measures for elimination of excess dosha and/or ama from the body. Used for the purpose of internal puri cation. They are: vomiting (vamana); purgation (virechana); medicated oil or decoction enema (basti); bloodletting (rakta moksha); and nasal administration of specific medication (nasya).
  • PIPPALI. Piper longum; a close relative of black pepper, which has many medicinal applications, especially for digestion and respiration. A rejuvenative tonic (rasayana) for the lungs and liver.
  • PITTA. One of the three doshas; it corresponds to the elements of re and water. Sometimes referred to as the re or bile principle, pitta governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, metabolism, and body temperature. In balance, pitta promotes understanding and intelligence; out of balance pitta arouses anger, hatred, jealousy.
  • PRAKRUTI . Prakruti (spelled with a capital P) is the Cosmic Creativity, the primordial matter.
  • PRAKRUTI. The inherent nature or psychosomatic, biological constitution of the individual, prakruti is the xed constitution of a person, which reflects the proportion of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) established at conception.
  • PRANA. The vital life energy. Without it, life cannot exist. The ow of cellular intelligence from one cell to another. Equivalent to the Oriental Ch’i or Ki.
  • PRANAYAMA. The control of life energy by various techniques which regulate and restrain breath, through which one can control the mind and improve one’s quality of awareness and perception. Helpful with all types of meditation.
  • PURUSHA. Choiceless, passive awareness; the pure Cosmic Being.
  • RAJAS. One of the three universal qualities (gunas) of Prakruti, Cosmic Creativity. Rajas is active, mobile, dynamic.
  • RAKTA DHATU. The second of the seven tissues (dhatus), rakta mainly contains red blood cells, which carry life energy (prana) to all bodily tissues. This oxygenates, or provides the life function, for all the tissues.
  • RASA DHATU. The rest of the seven dhatus, rasa (plasma) is nourished from digested food, and after absorption, it circulates in the entire body via specific channels. Its main function is to provide nutrition to each cell of the body.
  • RASAYANA. Rejuvenation therapy which brings about renewal, regeneration, and restoration of bodily cells, tissues, and organs, giving longevity to the cells and enhancing immunity and stamina. 
  • RISHI. A seer, a Vedic sage. The ancient rishis perceived and/or recorded the Vedic hymns. These enlightened sages shared their knowledge, medicine, philosophy, and spiritual teachings.
  • RUDRAKSHA. The “tears of Shiva”; the dried seeds from the fruit of the rudraksha tree. Said to be good for the heart both physically and spiritually, helpful for meditation and for “opening the heart chakra.”
  • SAFFRON . A golden yellow spice that comes from the stigma of a particular crocus. The best quality saffron is grown in Spain and Kashmir.
  • AMPRAPTI. The pathogenesis of disease; the entire disease process from its cause through its various stages to the complete manifestation of the disease.
  • SANKHYA. One of the schools of Indian philosophy, Sankhya denotes both “discriminative knowledge” and “enumeration.” It gives a systematic account of cosmic evolution from Purusha (Cosmic Spirit) and Prakruti (Primordial Matter) through the stages of creation: Mahad (Cosmic Intelligence); Ahamkara (individuating principle); Mana (mind); Indriyas (the inner doors of perception); Tanmatras (the objects of perception); and Mahat Bhutas ( ve great elements). Sat means truth and khya means to realize; thus Sankhya means to realize the theory of the creation of the universe in order to realize the ultimate truth of human life. Sankhya reveals the journey of consciousness into matter.
  • SATTVA. One of the three gunas of Prakruti, sattva denotes light, clarity, purity of perception; it is the essence of pure awareness.
  • SHITALI. A practice of pranayama (breath control) that cools the system. Inhalation is through the curled tongue; exhalation is slow, steady, and complete.
  • SHUKRA DHATU. The seventh tissue (dhatu); the male reproductive tissue.
  • SROTAS. Bodily channels.
  • SUCANAT. A granulated natural sugar made from pure sugarcane juice.
  • SURYA NAMASKAR. The Sun Salutation, a series of yoga postures done in a owing sequence with coordinated breathing.
  • TAMAS. One of the three gunas of Prakruti or Nature; its characteristics are darkness, inertia, and ignorance; it is responsible for sleep, drowsiness, dullness, unconsciousness.
  • TEJAS. The pure essence of the re element; the super ne essence of pitta dosha, which governs the transformation of matter into energy and of food, water, and air into consciousness.
  • TIKTA GHRITA . “Bitter ghee,” a specific Ayurvedic compound made of clarified butter with various bitter herbs; used for medicinal purposes.
  • TRIDOSHA. The three organizations or codes of intelligence within the body, mind, and consciousness; the three bodily humors: air (vata), re/bile (pitta), and water (kapha).
  • TRIKATU. An Ayurvedic compound of ginger, black pepper, and pippali (piper longum) that burns ama, detoxi es the body, and improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation.
  • TRIPHALA. An important Ayurvedic compound consisting of three herbs: amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. It is the best laxative and bowel tonic and a balanced rasayana that is good for vata, pitta, and kapha.
  • TULSI. Indian holy basil. The sacred plant of Krishna, this herb is said to open the heart and mind, bestowing the energy of love and devotion.
  • TURBINADO. A granulated sugar made from pure sugarcane.
  • TURMERIC ROOT. An underground rhizome from a perennial plant native to southern India and Asia. Comes in a red and yellow form, but only the yellow is eaten. One of the most important herbs for both internal and external use, it is also essential in most Indian cooking.
  • VATA. One of the three doshas, combining the space and air elements; it is the subtle energy associated with bodily movement and governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, vata promotes creativity and exibility; out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.
  • VIKRUTI. The current state of the individual, as opposed to the original constitution (prakruti) at conception. It may also denote disorder.
  • YOGA. In its deeper sense, Yoga is union of the lower self with the higher self, of the inner with the outer, mortality with immortality. Yoga postures (asanas) promote health, exibility, and purity toward achieving the state of Yoga.



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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Metals



Metals' Healing Properties and How to Use Them


Everything in existence, according to Ayurveda, is filled with the energy and intellect of Universal Consciousness. Because all kinds of matter, both biological and inorganic, are only the outward expressions of this most delicate creative force. 

Matter is the consciousness's imprisoned light. Life's vital energy emanates from the universal source, the essence of all matter, and shows itself in nature's many forms and manifestations. 

All substances in nature possess this cosmic creative intelligence, according to Ayurveda's traditional scriptures, and so have a therapeutic potential when employed properly. Food, breathing, exercise, meditation, relationships, yoga, and massage, as well as structured daily and seasonal routines, are all used by Ayurvedic medicine in its effort to generate and preserve perfect health. 

Thousands of plants and herbal formulations are also used. Ayurveda also makes use of the therapeutic powers of metals, gemstones, colors, and scents. These contain unique, highly effective types of energy that can be used for healing. 

Most of these practices, which are well-documented in ancient texts, have been employed safely and successfully for thousands of years throughout Asia, but they were poorly recognized and recognized in the West until recently. This list will provide you a quick overview of different therapeutic approaches.

 Metals are a type of material that can be Metals are historically processed to be given internally in tiny dosages for medical purposes, after going through a rigorous and thorough purifying process to eliminate any detrimental effects on the body's important organs. The following suggestions are risk-free since they do not require ingesting the metal itself.





COPPER


Copper lowers fat and lowers extra kapha. It is a liver, spleen, and lymphatic system tonic that aids in the treatment of anemia. 

Wash several copper pennies thoroughly and boil them in a quart of water (or boil a quart of water in a copper vessel) until half the water remains to cure obesity and liver and spleen diseases. For a month, take 2 tablespoons of this copper water three times a day. 

It's also beneficial to get a copper drinking glass, fill it with pure water every night, and drink the water in the morning.


GOLD


Gold strengthens the neurological and cardiovascular systems, enhances memory and intellect, and boosts stamina. 

It is also beneficial to those with weakened lungs. Pre-exam stress among students, arthritis, and cardiac arrhythmia can all benefit from gold. Gold's energy may be harnessed by making gold-medicated water. 

Use pure gold, such as a gold band (24 karat is preferable). Boil the gold in 2 cups of water until 1 cup has evaporated. To invigorate the heart, boost mental faculties, and awaken pure consciousness, drink 1 teaspoon of this gold water 2 or 3 times a day. (Your gold will not be harmed as a result of this procedure.) 

It's also possible to manufacture golden rice. Place a piece of gold in the rice cooker and cook as usual while the rice is cooking. Remove the gold before serving the rice after it's done.


NOTE: Because gold has heating capabilities, it should be handled with caution by people who have a pitta constitution.


SILVER


Silver has cooling effects and can help with excessive pitta. Silver helps to balance vata by increasing strength and endurance. 

Silver may aid with emaciation, prolonged fever and weakness after a fever, heartburn, in amatory disorders of the intestines, and excessive menstrual flow. Silver has antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfecting properties. 

Make silver water according to the gold water instructions above, and take 1 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day. To increase strength and stamina, drink warm milk prepared in a silver pitcher.


STEEL


Bone marrow, bone tissue, the liver, and the spleen all benefit from this metal. It promotes the synthesis of red blood cells and aids in the treatment of anemia. Iron also rejuvenates and strengthens muscular and nerve structures. 

Cooking in cast iron pots and pans will provide you with more iron. However, too much iron in the body can be dangerous, so use it with caution. 

Although women may be iron-deficient during their menstrual periods and benefit from supplemental iron, very few males in Western civilization require it. Long-term staunch vegans may be an exception.



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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Colors




Colors have therapeutic powers, which are used in Ayurvedic remedies. The vibratory energy of the colors may be employed to help build equilibrium in the mind and body since the primary hues of the rainbow are associated with the physical tissues (dhatus) and the doshas. 

Color is nothing more than light, and light is the radiant energy that each atom emits. The sun is the source of light and color. Sun rays are responsible for all of the colors we see in our solar system. The wavelength, frequency, and vibration of each hue are unique. 

The seven hues of the rainbow may be separated using a prism in the sunshine, but the equal presence of all seven produces white light. Black, or blackness, is the absence of any color. As a result, black is a negative color, whereas white is a positive one. Choosing proper colors for your apparel and surroundings at home and at work can have an impact on your health and happiness. 

Also, if you wrap colored, translucent paper or plastic wrap over a jar or glass of water and leave it in the sun for four hours, the water will absorb the color's vibrations. Drinking the water will then have a positive effect.




YELLOW


Red is a vibrant and comforting color. It eliminates excess kapha and soothes exacerbated vata. Overexposure to this color, however, can worsen pitta and produce amatory diseases like conjunctivitis due to its hot impact. The color red is associated with our blood. It enhances circulation and encourages the development of red blood cells. It also maintains skin color and provides energy to nerve tissue and bone marrow. Pink has a milder influence, fostering love and tranquilly, yet in kapha people, it may promote lethargy.


ORANGE COLOR


Orange, like red, is a comforting color with a healing aura. It's a sexually arousing color that offers the sex organs vigor and vigor. Surprisingly, orange aids renunciation and the transformation of sexual energy into Supreme Consciousness in spiritual aspirants who have chosen to be celibate. Orange is balanced for both vata and kapha, although pitta may find it annoying. It possesses antibacterial and bacteriostatic qualities, which means it prevents germs from growing.


YELLOW


Yellow helps to balance out excess vata and kapha. It helps energy ascend to the crown chakra for spiritual revelation and enhances insight and wisdom. Yellow is a decongestant that aids with kapha congestion relief. It also has antimicrobial properties. Excess bile is produced as a result of overexposure to yellow, which raises pitta dosha.


GREEN 


This hue has a relaxing impact on the mind and body, as well as providing a sense of freshness. It calms the emotions and energizes the heart chakra, bringing sensations of joy to the heart. Green calms and soothes excess pitta, but it might irritate vata and kapha. Green increases the formation of granulation tissue and aids in the healing of ulcers.


BLUE 


Blue is a soothing hue that helps to soothe irritated pitta. It helps to treat liver issues and has a relaxing impact on the body and psyche. Placing a baby under a blue light will help it heal faster if it has jaundice. Pure Consciousness is represented by the color blue. Overexposure to blue can aggravate vata and kapha, as well as induce congestion.


PURPLE 


This is the hue of Cosmic Consciousness, and it promotes enlightenment. It gives the body a sense of lightness and aids with perception opening. Purple helps to balance pitta and kapha, but it can also increase vata.


SILVER AND GOLD


Silver like the Moon and Golden like the sun's hue, is such a warming hue that it is good for both vata and kapha. Colors that are good for different constitutions Certain colors are calming and balanced for each constitutional type, while others are unpleasant. Here's a rundown of healthy color combinations:


• Vata: Dark and cooling hues like blues, browns, and black should be avoided by Vata types. Very bright, brilliant colors, on the other hand, may be overstimulating to vata, which has a propensity to be hyperactive. Warm pastels, cheerful yellows, and green, together with some warming red and orange, are your best options.


• Pitta: Cool, gentle hues are great for your health and mental harmony. Blues and purples/violets, as well as silver (particularly silver jewelry) and bluegreens, are wonderful choices. Reds and oranges should be avoided if you have ame pitta dosha, while yellow and gold should be avoided. Black should be avoided at all costs.


• Kapha: Colors that are bright, energetic, and bold help to counter kapha's predisposition for lethargy and mental and bodily heaviness. The colors red, yellow, orange, and gold are all attractive. Even if you think you look nice in green, dark blue, or white, these colors aren't the healthiest for you. Silver, which is related with the moon, is cooling and calming, and it helps to balance pitta.



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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Aromas


Aromas are smells. Every person has five senses, each of which corresponds to one of the five elements. Sound and hearing are associated with the element of space, colour and sight with the element of re, taste with the element of water, smell and scent with the element of earth, and touch with the element of air. These five senses are the human being's portals of perception, and they can be employed for healing.

Aromatherapy employs incense and essential oils derived from flowers, plants, trees, and grasses to transmit scents to the brain via the olfactory sense, bringing healing energy to the mind and body.

Ayurveda believes that particular fragrances are heating, cooling, or neutral, and that they are intimately tied to doshic balance and imbalance.


  • Deer musk and hina, for example, are warming, calming vata and kapha but provoking pitta.
  • Camphor is soothing and aromatic, but it also has a heating effect; it soothes and pacifies vata and kapha, but it may also promote pitta.
  • Sandalwood has a cooling and antiin amatory scent; it is relaxing and relaxing for pitta, but may elevate kapha or vata. 
  • Grounding, soothing, and cooling, khus (the essence of khus grass) It has a lovely odour and calms pitta, but it can also aggravate kapha and vata. 
  • Jasmine is cooling and pleasant, and it is beneficial for pitta, but it might cause kapha to build up.
  • Rose's impact is influenced by the color of the bloom. White and yellow-colored roses are cooling, while dark red roses are warming. Rose blossoms have an aphrodisiac property and have an antiin amatory and relaxing scent. Rose scent can be utilized to calm pitta, but it can also aggravate vata and kapha.




THE DOSHAS AND THE AROMAS


• Sweet, warming, grounding scents like musk, hina, and camphor can help to balance Vata. Orange, clove, cardamom, lavender, pine, angelica, and frankincense are all nice vata scents.


• Cooling, relaxing, sweet scents like sandalwood, khus, jasmine, and rose help to settle Pitta. Rose geranium, lemongrass, fennel, peppermint, gardenia, and mint are some of the herbs that can help.


• Aromas with a warming, somewhat stimulating influence are used to calm and balance Kapha. Musk, hina, and camphor can all be beneficial. 


Aromas that are more pungent are likewise beneficial to kapha. Eucalyptus, cinnamon, myrrh, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage are a few examples.



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Daily Rituals of an Ayurvedic Lifestyle

 


Your health will ultimately be determined by how you conduct your life daily. You have the power to modify and manage your everyday routines and, as a result, your health. You have no control over the weather or your genetic composition, but what you do every day either develops or depletes your health, energy, and illness resistance. 


Your daily decisions—what to eat, how much to consume, how to respond to people, whether or not to exercise, how late to stay up at night, and so on—have a significant impact on your mental and physical health. 

  • However, how can you design your lifestyle, your everyday rhythms? 
  • Is it merely a matter of habit, depending on your upbringing and your parents' lifestyles? 
  • Should when you get up be governed by when you must get to work, and what you eat be governed by what's available at fast-food restaurants? 
  • What principles will guide you if you decide to take charge of your lifestyle and establish new, better habits? 

You can't do better than to seek to live in harmony with Mother Nature, according to Ayurveda. In touch with the natural world. Ayurveda sprang up in a society that was very different from today's, a world where human existence was inextricably linked to the life of nature. The immense rhythms and forces of nature, such as the alternation of day and night, the regular cycle of seasons, and the unavoidable seasons and cycles of human existence, such as birth and growth, ageing, and death, all have an impact on us. 

We are intrinsically linked to nature through the plants we eat for sustenance, the water we drink, and the air we breathe in common with all living things. The sages of calm mind who revealed the wisdom of Ayurveda recognized this, and they recognized that bringing oneself into balance with nature is the master secret to good health. 

As a result, the ideal Ayurvedic daily schedule that follows is based on natural rhythms, as you will see. Being in touch with nature also entails being in touch with one's own nature, or prakruti (which means nature). It entails remaining loyal to your own nature, to way you were created, both mentally and emotionally. 

It implies that your dietary and exercise needs, as well as how much sleep you require, how much sexual activity is good for you, and what type of environment is best for you, are all influenced by your doshic makeup, or individual nature. 

Living in harmony with nature and natural law necessitates a constant rebalancing of our inner ecosystem in response to our ever-changing surroundings. 


Daily Ayurvedic Routine 

Maintaining excellent health and converting our body, mind, and consciousness to a higher level of functioning require a regular regimen. A regular daily schedule allows us to be in tune with the natural rhythms. It restores equilibrium to our bodies and aids in the regulation of our biological clock. It promotes self-esteem, discipline, tranquilly, happiness, and long life by indirectly assisting in food digestion, absorption, and assimilation. 

A few behaviors that might disturb us include waking up too early or too late, uncontrolled eating, staying up too late, job stress, and irregular bowel motions. Sleeping, waking, eating, and eliminating on a regular basis, in other words, maintaining a regular daily schedule, gives discipline to life and aids in the maintenance of the doshas' integrity. 

Our body functions like a clock. Its actually many clocks running at the same time. Every organ, according to Ayurveda, has a finite period of maximal function. The lung time is in the morning. Midday is when our stomachs growl and we begin to feel hungry. The liver works best in the afternoon, and the colon and kidneys work best in the late afternoon. The biological clock and the doshic clock function together. 

The day in sequence of vata is largest in the morning and evening (dawn and dark). Vata causes movement in the early morning, from approximately 2 a.m. to daybreak, and individuals awaken and tend to expel waste. The influence of vata helps one feel light and vibrant again in the late afternoon, from approximately 2 p.m. till dusk. 

The kapha times are early morning and late nighttime. Kapha makes one feel fresh yet a little heavy from sunrise until approximately 10 a.m. Then, from approximately 6 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m., kapha ushers in a time of cooling air, inertia, and falling energy. It's a pitta time between noon and midnight. Kapha gradually transforms into pitta by mid-morning, and by noon, one is hungry and ready for food. 

Pitta is at its highest from 10 p.m. until roughly 2 a.m., and food is digested. As a result, there is a daily vata–pitta–kapha cycle: kapha is from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pitta (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) Vata = 2 p.m.–6 p.m. kapha is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pitta = 10 p.m.–2 a.m. Vata = 2 a.m.–6 a.m. So there's a biological clock and a doshic clock (when a certain dosha is at its height) (when a particular organ is operating at its peak). 



The Ayurvedic sages established the dinacharya, or daily schedule, based on these timepieces. This daily practice is the skill of putting the biological and doshic clocks, as well as chronological time, into harmony. Here are some of its most notable features:


GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING.

Getting up before the sun rises is beneficial. Pure characteristics are alive in nature at this time of day, which can offer freshness to the doors of awareness and serenity of mind. Vata individuals should get up about 6 a.m., pitta people around 5:30 a.m., and kapha individuals around 4:30 a.m. This is the ideal: give it your all. It would be ideal if you could get up at 5:30 a.m. Look at your hands for a few seconds after you wake up, then softly slide them over your face, neck, and chest down to your waist. This will make you more alert.


PRAY

It is beneficial to begin each day by recalling the Divine Reality that is our existence. You are free to accomplish this in your own way, as dictated by your faith or personal experience. You might also say this short prayer: Dear God, you are here in my every breath. Each huge mountain is contained within each bird. Your gentle touch reaches all corners of the room, and I feel well protected. Thank you, God, for this lovely day ahead of me. On this day, may joy, love, peace, and compassion be a part of my life and the lives of those around me. I'm becoming better and better.


EYES, MOUTH, AND FACE SHOULD ALL BE WASHED.

Several times splash your face with cold water. Rinse your mouth and swish it around. After that, rinse your eyes with cool water and gently rub your eyelids. Blink seven times, then swivel your eyes in all directions: side to side, up and down, diagonally, clockwise, and counterclockwise, clockwise and counterclockwise. All of this will make you feel more alert and energized.


A GLASS OF WATER

A glass of room-temperature water, ideally from a pure copper cup or tumbler, should be consumed. (Fill the cup with water the night before and set it aside.) If the water is too cold, kapha illnesses like colds, coughs, and sore throats might occur. Drinking hot water is preferable for kapha and vata people, whereas lukewarm water is ideal for pitta people. This water will not be absorbed, but it will cleanse the intestines and flush the kidneys. It also assists with bowel movement by stimulating peristalsis in the intestines, the descending colon, and the ileocecal valve. Starting the day with coffee or black tea is not a smart idea. These deplete kidney energy, activate the adrenals excessively, and cause constipation. They are also addictive. ELIMINATION. Have a bowel movement while sitting (or better yet, squatting) on the toilet. Even if you don't feel like it, take a few minutes to sit and relax. If you do this every day after drinking a glass of warm water, it will become a habit. Wash the anal orifice with warm water after evacuation, then wash your hands with a soft soap.


CLEAN YOUR TONGUE AND TEETH

 Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and a herbal powder containing astringent, pungent, and bitter plants. Every morning scrape your tongue. This is an essential element of everyday hygiene that may reveal a lot about your health and habits. 

Take note of how your tongue is covered, as well as how your breath smells. If you can smell yesterday night's pizza, it suggests the meal hasn't been completely digested. If the tongue has a lot of coating, it suggests there is a lot of ama or toxicity in the system. Perhaps you ate too late or had a difficult time digesting your meals. 

Don't eat breakfast if you have ama on your tongue and a terrible odor on your breath. If you haven't digested your meal from the night before, you shouldn't eat breakfast. As you can see, this regular routine increases awareness. You get into contact with your body and examine the functioning of your system by following this program. You are aware of the situation. 

This understanding empowers you to change your behavior to improve your health. Use a stainless-steel tongue scraper to scrape your tongue. A spoon can also be used. Scrape gently from the rear or base of the tongue forward until the entire area has been scraped (seven to fourteen strokes). Scraping the tongue not only removes germs but also provides an indirect communication to all the internal organs, stimulating gastric flow and digestive enzymes. 

Gargle with heated sesame oil twice a day to strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw, enhance voice, and eliminate wrinkles from the cheeks. Hold the oil in your mouth and rapidly swirl it around. After that, spit it out and rub your gums lightly with your index finger. 


DROPS INTO THE NOSE (NASYA). 

Fill each nostril with 3 to 5 drops of heated ghee, brahmi ghee, or sesame oil. This enhances speech, eyesight, and mental clarity while also cleaning the sinuses. Nose drops keep the nostrils lubricated in dry climes and during cold winters when the house is heated with dry air. The nose serves as a portal to the brain. The use of nasal drops feeds prana and awakens consciousness and intelligence.


MASSAGE WITH OIL.

4 to 5 ounces warm (not hot) oil, rubbed all over your head and body. Gently massage the scalp with oil can add joy to your day while also preventing headaches and slowing baldness and greying. Before going to bed, re-oiling your body will aid in the induction of sound sleep. Oil massage increases circulation, decreases excess vata, and relaxes the mind. The entire body's skin gets softer, smoother, and brighter. The Best Oils for Your Body Type Use one of the following oils for Ayurvedic oil massage, depending on your constitutional type: Vata is the Sanskrit word for sesame oil. Sunflower oil (Pitta) corn oil Equals kapha.


BATH

Take a bath or shower after your oil massage. Bathing is a rejuvenating and cleaning experience. It relieves exhaustion, boosts energy and alertness, and helps you live longer. Every day bathing adds sanctity into your life.


EXERCISE

Every day, everyone should engage in some form of physical activity. 

For many people, a stroll in the fresh morning air and some yoga stretches are sufficient; but, depending on your prakruti, some additional cardio activity may be useful. Kapha people can undertake the most intense exercise because of their stronger, heavier bodies, and they benefit from it. Kaphas benefit from jogging, biking, tennis, aerobics, trekking, and mountain climbing (albeit they dislike such strenuous activity!). 

Pittas benefit from a modest amount of activity (swimming in particular), whereas vatas benefit from calmer activities such as strolling, simple swimming, or yoga asanas. Ayurveda encourages exercising up to one-half of one's capacity as a general guideline. 

Exercising until perspiration develops on the forehead, beneath the arms, and along the spinal column is a good indicator. Straining should be avoided at all costs. Yoga stretching is beneficial to people of all shapes and sizes. 

The Sun Salutation is a very useful pose for vata people (twelve cycles, done slowly). The pelvic cavity is the most significant seat of vata in the body, and any activity that stretches the pelvic muscles helps to calm vata. 

Forward bends, backward bends, spinal twists, shoulder stands, Plow, Camel, Cobra, Locust, Cat, and Cow positions, as well as Leg Lifts, are among them. Yoga Mudra, Half Wheel, and Headstand are also good. 

The solar plexus is the main seat of pitta, thus exercises that stretch the muscles surrounding the solar plexus are very good for people who have a pitta prakruti and will assist to calm pitta. The Fish, Boat, Camel, Locust, and Bow stances are among them. Pittas should conduct the Moon Salutation as well (sixteen cycles, moderately fast). Headstand, Shoulder Stand, Plow, and other inverted stances should be avoided. 

The seat of kapha is located in the chest. For kaphas, exercises that expand the lung cavity and promote chest circulation can help alleviate and avoid bronchial congestion, cough, and other kapha ailments. The Sun Salutation (twelve cycles, done quickly) and the Shoulder Stand, Plow, Locust, Bridge, Peacock, Palm Tree, and Lion poses are all beneficial.


PRANAYAMA

After you've completed your exercises, sit quietly and practice deep breathing: twelve Alternate Nostril breaths for vata, sixteen Cooling (shitali) breaths for pitta, and one hundred Breath of Fire (bhastrika) breaths for kapha.

 

THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

After you've completed your pranayama, immediately begin your meditation. Do it now, whatever meditation method or technique you choose. If you haven't tried meditation before, start with the Empty Bowl meditation. You will, and meditation will help you achieve serenity and harmony in your life. 


BREAKFAST IS THE FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY. 

It's now time for you to start eating your breakfast! In the summer, your supper should be light, but in the winter, it should be heartier. Vata and pitta people should have breakfast; kaphas, on the other hand, are better off not eating since eating during kapha time would enhance kapha in the body. Follow the dietary recommendations for the three doshas. 


IT'S TIME TO GET TO WORK. 

After breakfast, head to work or, if you're a student, to your studies. Be conscious of every step you take on your way to work (or to and from your vehicle, rail, or bus). Carry your meditation mind with you everywhere you go. When you look at your boss or a coworker, look within yourself as well. Your task will then become a form of meditation. You'll notice that you're looking at people with more compassion and awareness. It is preferable to refrain from drinking tea or coffee at work. If you're thirsty, drink some warm water or, if you want, fruit juice.


LUNCHTIME

You'll start to feel hungry about lunchtime. Follow the rules for your constitution and eat a bowl of soup with salad or rice and veggies. Also, don't overdrink throughout your dinner. Take a drink of water between two mouthfuls of food from a cup. Digestion is improved by drinking a small amount of water. A cup of water can be had an hour before or after lunch, but not soon thereafter, as this delays digestion and causes ama.


WALK STRAIGHT AND SIT STRAIGHT

 Maintain a straight vertebral column. When you keep your backbone straight, you keep your energy up and your awareness steady. When the spine is compressed, it's difficult to notice.


GO FOR A WALK. 

When you've done your work for the day, go home and take a walk in the woods, park, or along the riverbank, alone and quiet. Listen to the sound of water, birds, leaves rustling, and a dog barking. The contemplative mind is reclaimed via such listening. Every day becomes lovely in this way. Every day becomes a fresh occasion to celebrate. That is why it is crucial to stick to a regimen. The routine's rigor allows for alertness, openness, and freshness.


TIME FOR SUPPER

Have your supper at 6 p.m. (see “Mealtimes for Each Dosha” box). If you enjoy cooking, you can use the Ayurvedic Cookbook for Self-Healing, which I co-authored with my wife, Usha Lad (see the Reading List). While eating, avoid watching television. Keep an eye on the food. Eating mindfully transforms into meditation. And when you eat with awareness, you won't eat too much; instead, you'll eat just enough. It is preferable to eat while the sun is shining. When you eat late at night, your body chemistry changes, your sleep is disrupted, and you don't feel refreshed in the morning. If you eat dinner about 6 p.m., your stomach will be empty by 9 p.m., and you will be able to sleep peacefully.


RIGHT AFTER DINNER

While you're doing the dishes, sing some tunes. Be content. Maintain a positive attitude. If you're taking triphala (an herbal ingredient that's both strengthening and detoxifying), take 12 teaspoon with some warm water around an hour after supper. Then, if you'd like, you may turn on the television and catch up on some news. You should be aware of what is going on in our globe. Alternatively, you may read a magazine or a book.


PRIOR TO GOING TO BED

Even if it's only for a few minutes, some spiritual reading before bed is essential. Remember to drink a cup of hot milk flavored with ginger, cardamom, and turmeric. Drinking milk before bedtime might help you have a good night's sleep. Milk also feeds shukra dhatu, the body's highly refined reproductive tissue, according to Ayurveda. 

Rubbing a little oil on the soles of your feet and on your scalp can also help you sleep better. Finally, meditate for a few minutes before going to bed. Sit calmly and keep an eye on your breath. You'll encounter emptiness in the spaces between breaths, and emptiness is energy and intellect. Allow that intellect to take care of your issues. You'll start and finish your day with meditation this way, and meditation will continue with you even while you're sleeping.


TIME TO GO TO BED

Vatas should retire to their beds around 10 p.m. and sleep on their left side. Pittas should sleep on their right side and go to bed between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m. For kapha people, the optimal time to go to bed is between 11 and midnight, and they should sleep on their left side. Kapha people prefer to sleep for around nine hours and believe it is beneficial to their health. This, however, is a ruse. 

Sleeping for this long will cause their metabolism to slow down, causing them to gain weight and become obese. For them, the optimal routine is to stay up until 11 p.m. or midnight, then get up early, around 4:30 or 5:00 a.m., and go for a walk. Their bodies will get lighter as a result of the shorter sleep, and they will begin to lose weight.


SEXUALITY

Ayurveda contains certain recommendations on how sex should be used in our life. Sex is a powerful creative force that allows individuals to express their love and compassion while also providing immense pleasure. 

The constitutional type is also linked to a person's gender. The recommended frequency of sexual activity varies greatly depending on the kind. With their robust constitutions, kaphas can make love two or three times a week, but vatas should only make love once or twice a month. Pitta people are in the center; they should cleanse every two weeks. Too much lovemaking depletes ojas, the body's essential vitality, leaving the person vulnerable to sickness. It aggravates the vata dosha as well. 

A massage, as well as nutritious liquids like almond milk, can help restore vigor and refill oils after each time you make love. Between 10 and 11 p.m. is the perfect time to make love. It is not advisable to have sex in the morning or during the day. This is a crucial part of your everyday routine. 

I place a higher value on a regular routine that keeps my humors in check and allows me to get a decent night's sleep. Drink hot when it's cold outside, cool when it's hot outside; don't drink too much or too little of anything; digest, sleep, enjoy yourself, and snap your fingers at the rest.





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