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Eating Right in Monsoons: An Ayurvedic Background

According to Ayurveda, our body responds differently to each season. This reaction is in the form of an imbalance in the doshas. The formation and type of disease that affects the body is dependent on the vitiation and degree of the particular dosha. In fact, the knowledge of the seasons and its impact on the human body is something that is taken into consideration by Ayurvedic practitioners and doctors.

Did you know that as per Ayurveda, there are 6 seasons in total, and not 3 or 4 as is well-recognized in the modern world? Not many have the knowledge or understanding of the 6 season classification. It is because of this detailed classification that Ayurveda succeeds so well in diagnosing and understanding a person’s condition.

The classification of seasons in Ayurveda depends on a number of things like the position of the sun and the moon, the wind, and other factors. The change in the balance of these elements is directly connected to the changes in the dosha balance in the human body. One thing to remember is that, even the continuous change in seasons, helps to impart balance to our dishes. It is the bad habits in our diet and lifestyle, that are the culprits during disease formation. With the proper knowledge on seasonal imbalance and dosha balance, a good doctor can also predict the diseases that will happen to the individual, based on their current diet and lifestyle.

Following is the classification of the seasons w.r.t the months in a year:-

  1. Shishira – Late Winter – mid-January to mid-March
  2. Vasanta – Spring – mid-March to mid-May
  3. Grishma – Summer – mid-May to mid-July
  4. Varsha – Rainy season – mid-July to mid-September
  5. Sharad – Autumn – mid-September to mid-November
  6. Hemanta – Early Winter – mid-November to mid-January

With the right knowledge, an individual can tailor his eating habits to the qualities of this season. Indeed, Ayurveda emphasizes heavily on qualities. A number of Ayurvedic principles are dependent on the combination and quality of the 5 elements, 6 seasons, 3 doshas, 6 tastes, etc. Therefore, one should ensure that their source of Ayurvedic information is from a qualified practitioner/institution like Ayushakti.

Following are some guidelines that can help individuals take care of their health in this season of rains:-

  • Avoid dairy products: Dairy products are often heavy to digest. Drinking cold milk and other products is to be highly avoided. It is tempting to grab a pack of flavored chilled milk and other similar products that are available in stores and supermarket shelves these days. However, Ayurveda has its own guidelines on how milk should be consumed an it is best that you consider talking to an Ayurvedic professional so as to adopt the right practices in your diet.
  • Avoid wheat: Wheat is food that is heavy to digest. It is to be avoided, along with dairy, which is heavy as well. Basically, any type of food that is heavy is to be avoided. During the season of rains, the digestion power decreases. Therefore, incorporating light and healthy food choices would be the best way to stay healthy. After all, digestion is key to good health.
  • Go for hot foods: Food that is hot and steamy, like soups or a well-steamed dish is excellent for your monsoon food choices. Meals like these are pretty easy to digest and don’t produce mucous in the body.

Sip warm ginger water 3-4 glasses or as much as possible during monsoon to keep up the digestion and prevent you from common cold, cough, fever and sinus.

 

 

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments at Ayushakti | Ayushakti Ayurveda

It is said that Rheumatoid Arthritis has no cure! But is this statement true? Is the human body truly incapable of treating Rheumatoid Arthritis? First, let’s get an idea of what Rheumatoid Arthritis actually is. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder. A chronic disorder is when the condition affecting the person, stays for a long time or reoccurs on a regular basis. Inflammation is the rush of the immune response in the body that involves a rush of immune cells, blood vessels and other particles that help fight off foreign influences/particles in the body.  Signs of inflammation are swelling, redness, mild heating and pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment is usually based on reducing inflammation. So what does inflammation exactly look like, in Rheumatoid Arthritis? Initial signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis will not include any redness or swelling, however, the patient may experience tenderness and pain in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis ayurvedic treatment

Following are some symptoms that can point out to Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Morning Stiffness that lasts more than 30 mins
  • Stiffness/Swelling/Tenderness/pain in joints that can last for 45 days or longer
  • Pain affects the same joints on both sides of the body
  • Smaller joints (such as the ones of hands and feet) experiencing pain
  • At a time, more than one joint is affected

Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis will involve reducing the signs of inflammation and eventually reducing the progress of Rheumatoid Arthritis. As per Ayurveda, diet is extremely important to reduce the signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The changes made in the diet have to be long-term since Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition. Just a 3-month or a 6-month diet won’t be of any help as the signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis will eventually reoccur.

A customized Ayurvedic diet will help to do the following things:

  • Prevent imbalance of Kapha and Pitta dosha in the body
  • Avoid the formation of toxins in the body
  • Prevent any more pain and swelling in the joints

Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis will involve the following diet/lifestyle changes:

  • Avoiding direct exposure to cold winds/drafts
  • Avoiding staying awake late up at night
  • Avoiding foods that are oily and heavy
  • Avoiding foods that aren’t compatible with the body
  • Avoiding eating milk with fish, or, milk with jaggery
  • Consuming more of castor oil, Bitter gourd, garlic, dried ginger root powder, cumin seeds, celery seeds, honey, split green gram, horse gram, and barley flour.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious condition. In some patients, Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause wearing of the ligaments, bone, and cartilage, which will then go and affect the joints. This damage can happen in the early stages of Arthritis. The worst part is that these effects might not be noticeable as they won’t show the corresponding symptoms of inflammation. As a result, all of these effects will go unnoticed and it might be too late to repair the damage, once detected. Also, a lot of times, these signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis can show up in flares. Flares refer to an intense rush in these signs in a short span of time. As a result, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be quite painful for the individual.

Rheumatoid arthritis Treatment depends on a lot of factors. For example, age and lack of calcium can also be a causative factor. Although Ayurveda bases it’s treatment methods primarily on body constitutions (Doshas) and not individual nutritional deficiencies, considering all factors is still important to treat a disease effectively.

Ayushakti is an organization that has been helping people get better, for a very long time now. Having been in the market for the past 27 years, Ayushakti knows best when it comes to dealing with different people and their equally unique and specific medical conditions.

Following are some services offered at Ayushakti centers, all over the world:

  • Pulse Reading
  • Expert Diagnosis
  • Panchakarma (Detox Treatments)
  • Dietary & Lifestyle Recommendations
  • Home Remedies For Relief
  • Herbs For Powerful Health Benefits

With all of the above services, a visit to Ayushakti can be the magic potion that can treat Rheumatoid Arthritis or for that matter, any other disease in the body.

Ayurvedic secrets never seemed so easily available!