Cure Depression Naturally

The depression is not a very common issue in non-urban world, but is very near to all in urban surroundings. The prescription drugs for the depression has raised several unhealthy incidents from severe withdrawal symptoms to sexual weakness. So the quest for alternatives has started from the very beginning of urbanization and still going on. Several herbs, rituals, practices, exercises, habits were reported from time to time to combat depression and has attained the world’s eye.

This issue of Ayurvedaforall discusses on one poly herbal supplement – ManasamitraVatakam tablet related to Depression.

The great scholar and founder  of AryaVaidyasalaKottakkal, Vaidyaratnam PS Varier comments on the efficacy of this product in his book Chikitsasangraham- this is very effecticacious in lunacy and other ailments; alcoholism, toxicity and helps to improve mental faculties and in overcoming fits, convulsions and epilepsy. Sages say those taking this daily will be immune to snakebites, lightning, cholera, small pox and contagious diseases. In addition anyone taking this daily will develop a happy trend of mind, poetic taste, mastery of expression and other qualities. This may be taken twice daily on empty stomach in warm cow’s milk or Brahmi ghritham, Mahakalyanakaghritham, Saraswathaghritham or other vehicles prescribed for mental ailments.

 Indication of MMV in classical reference.

Manodoshahara: pranjamedham cha prathibhamapi ||

SahasraYogaGutikaPrakarana/ 40

The drug is having the effect of pacifying manodosha and it is capable of acting on brain to augment prajna, medha and pratibha. Most of the ingredients of the drug have medhya property (brain booster), vrishya property ( sex stimulant)and a meager number of ingredients have sukrasthambana ( delaying ejaculation) property.

Contents of Manasamitravatakam

Bala – – Sidacordifolia, Nagabala –  SidaVeronicaefolia, Vilva –  Aegle marmelos, Prishniparni – Urariapicta, Pravala – Coral, Shankhapushpi – Clitoreaternatea, Tamrabhasma, SwarnaBhasma, Pushkaramoola – Inula racemose, Mrigashringa – Deer horn, Vacha – Acoruscalamus, Tapya  – Copper, MakshikaBhasma-Iron Pyrite, Chandana – Santalum album, Raktachandana – Pterocarpussantalinus, Mukta  –  Pearl, LohaBhasma – Iron, Madhuka –  Glycyrrhizaglabra, Twak – Cinnamomumzeylanicum,Magadhi – Piper longum, Ghanasara –  Cinnamomumcamphora, Aileya – Prunuscerasus, Vishala – Citrulluscholocynthis, Arkaraga- Lodoiceaseychellarum, Nirgundi – Vitexnegundo, Plava – Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, Rasna – Alpinia galangal, RajataBhasma – Silver, Shilajatu – Asphaltum, Gojihva – Onosmabracteatum, Padmakeshara –Nelumbonucifera, Jivaka –  Malaxismuscifrea, Rishabhaka – Malaxis acuminate, Kakoli – Rosacea procera, KshiraKakoli – Roscoeapurpurea, Brihati –  Solanumindicum, Kantakari – Solanumxanthocarpum, Shravani- Sphaeranthusindicus, Mahashravani – Sphaeranthusindicus, Bhunimba – Andrographispaniculata, Kritamala – Cassia fistula, Parushaka – Phoenix pussila, Haritaki – Terminalia chebula, Vibhitaki –  Terminalia bellirica, Amalaki –Emblicaofficinalis, Amrit –  Tinosporacordifolia, Shweta Sariba- Hemidesmusindicus, Krishna sariba –Ichnocarpusfrutescens, Jeevanti – Leptadeniareticulate, Somavalli – Sarcostemmaacidum, Ashwagandha –  Withaniasomnifera, Nisha –  Curcuma longa, Usheera – Vetiveriazizanioides, Draksha – Vitisvinifera, Yashti –  Glycyrrhizaglabra, Riddhi – Vignacylindrical, Durva –  Cynodondactylon, Hamsapadi – Adiantumphilippense, Bhadra – Aervalanata, Lavanga  – Syzigiumaromaticum, Tulasi – Ocimum sanctum, Kasturi – Musk, Kumkuma-   Crocus sativus, Juice extract of Trayanti – Bacopamonnieri

Water decoction ofShankhapushpi – Clitoreaternatea, Vacha – Acoruscalamus, Sariba – Hemidesmusindicus, Lakshmana – Ipomoea sepiaria, Vilva –  Aegle marmelos, Bala – Sidacordifolia, Goksheera – Cow milk, Jiraka – Cuminumcyminum, Somavalli – Sarcostemmaacidum, Stanya – breast milk.

Neuroprotective effect of Manasamitra Vatakam

MMV is a neuro protective and has proven effect in controlling premature ejaculation. The studies are going on to prove its efficacy in insomnia.

A study conducted by NIMHANS recorded a favourable effect of MMV in Insomnia. “While the Clonazepam group show a 67 % improved disposition, The Manasamitravataka group experienced an avergae improvement of 73%. The group who also received ShirodharaTherpay show the most dramatic change, with a 91% improvement in symptoms.”

Totally the formula contains sixty three ingredients, mostly from plant origin and few from animal and mineral origin. All drugs are in equal quantity except the minerals used are only 1/10th of the quantity of the remaining drugs. The liquid ingredients mentioned have been impregnated in to the other contents under bhavana process prescribed in the texts.

A wonderful percentage of 61% of total drugs are proven Aphrodisiac, 47 % works on brain and intelligence. 60 % has Madhura- Sweet  vipaka, 34 % Thikta Rasa, 60 % seetha- cold veerya .This high percentage of Thikta rasa, MadhuraVipaka and Seetha Veeryaconsolidately augment the ability of mind and intelligence.

The double blind study conducted by Dr Ravi Shankaran ,K,  on the etiopathogenesis of male sexual dysfunction and its management with Manasamitravataka has proved Manasamitravatakam’s efficacy in managing Premature ejaculation.

ManasamitraVatakam tablet dosage: 1 – 2 tablets once or twice a day, as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally given along with milk.

Manufacturers:

Arya Vaidyasala, Kottakkal, VaidyaratnamOushadhasala.

 

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Dhathri Fairness Pack

Dhathri Fairness PackA fair skin is a much sought after dream in the Indian concept of beauty. The average Indian woman spends thousands of rupees on commercial fairness creams that make dubious claims of ‘miraculous transformation’! These products invariably contain synthetic chemicals, animal hormones and parabens, which result in more harm than benefits for the unsuspecting user.

Ayurveda defines true beauty as “Subhanga karanam” ; which signifies the holistic transformation of body and mind to the level of perfection. Ayurveda believes that there is more to beauty than external good looks, it is interlinked with your daily routine, and the state of your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

The ayurvedic approach to beauty is to diagnose your skin type and condition, and analyze the dosha that affects your skin. Based on your specific skin concerns, ‘Udvartana’ – a skin cleansing therapy is prescribed.

Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies are time proven cures for clear , soft and glowing skin and complexion.

Therapy guidelines:

  • Hydrate: Drink a glass of warm water mixed with honey, first thing in the morning. Drink plenty of water in the course of the day, to flush out the toxins in your system.
  • Healthy diet: Fruits like banana, papaya, apple and watermelon and vegetables like spinach, carrot, tomato, etc nourish the skin with vital minerals
  • Skin massage : Massages with ayurvedic preparations improve blood circulation and strengthens facial muscles.
  • Svedana – Herbal steaming clears pores
  • Mint leaves : Add mint leaves to bath water to keep skin fresh.
  • Nuts and seeds : Sunflower seeds, almonds, flaxseed are a good source of Omega-3 which counteracts the Vata dosha
  • Mind control: Restlessness aggravates the dosha imbalance. Stress busters like yoga, meditation etc gives positive energy to the body, mind and skin.

Dhathri fairness pack is a versatile ayurvedic cream that provides a complete skin care regimen. It penetrates into the pores to cleanse it, it nourishes the skin with nutrients, erases blemishes like pimples, scars , acne etc and unifies the skin tone.

Dhathri face pack is an effective blend of major ayurvedic skin care elements like saffron, turmeric , lotus blossom, sandal, kesar, Nagapoovu, , Irattimadhuram, etc. Turmeric boost the natural glow of the skin by cleansing, and clearing it of blemishes, while sandalwood is a natural sunscreen , it protects the skin from ultraviolet rays. Kesar has been used as a skin-lightening agent for ages. The organic ingredients also protect against skin infections.

An ayurvedic beauty regimen helps you develop a sense of beauty that radiates from within. It provides long term remedies and infuses positive energy to your body, mind and spirit.

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Kumkumadi Oil

Kumkumadi OilEvery day our face takes a beating. Sun, wind, smoke, dust and dry weather relentlessly lash on our face, sapping the softness, complexion, and vitality out of it. Dark circles, tanned skin, pimples, and blemishes on the face are the effects of these elements on the skin. Mainstream cosmetics that promise to repair the skin are doused with harsh chemicals, and damages the skin with unintended side effects.

From the Augean stables of Ayurveda, comes kumkumadi oil , the herbal oil which works like a charm in removing facial blemishes and bestowing radiance to the skin! Formulated with 16 herbs prescribed in Ayurveda , kumkumadi oil is a potent serum that provides cosmetic and therapeutic benefits to the face.

This oil is proven to cure dark circles, pimples, and blemishes; clear sun tan and lip pigmentation; and adds radiance to the face. In short , it works as a cleanser, toner , moisturizer and sunscreen all rolled into one.

This potion is created with exotic ingredients like kumkum (saffron), chandan (sandalwood), kamal (lotus pollen), Padmaka, Manjistha, etc, blended in a coconut oil base .

  • Saffron has anti-bacterial as well as antioxidant properties, which gives the skin a brighter skin tone, and radiance.
  • Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent and a good astringent: it protects from skin infections and reduces blemishes like acne, blackheads etc,
  • Jasad bhasam (natural zinc) is an effective sunscreen.
  • Sandalwood cools the blood and skin, and cleans the pores.
  • Coconut oil tones the skin and increases blood circulation.
  • Lotus pollen has anti-ageing properties, it protects the face from premature wrinkles

Combined, these herbs work like magic on the skin, replenishing the skin with vital nutrients, softening the facial muscles and texture of skin. It cleans pores and, evens skin tone, bestowing the face with a healthy glow.

Kumkumadi oil does not promise quick-fix solutions. Based on Ayurvedic concepts, it heals the body in a slow and sustained manner, clearing the impurities from within and outside the body.

For best results, massage two or three drops of this oil into your face, and leave it on for twenty minutes. In a few weeks, you will begin to notice a remarkable improvement in the texture and complexion of your skin. It is safe to use for all skin types and skin tones.

Kumkumadi oil is produced using only the finest raw ingredients, sourced organically. . It is free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives and parabens, so you can rest assured of no tell-tale side effects. This oil is manufactured humanely, no animal testing is involved.

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Vaji Oil

Vaji OilSexual frustrations and lack of intimacy is a secret source of worry in more than 60% of Indian marriages. The lack of communication, guidance, and the stigma associated in seeking professional help, forces unfortunate couples to suffer in silence.

Ayurveda ,one of the oldest organized medical systems in the world, uses innate natural therapy to keep a person’s body, mind, and spirit in perfect balance with nature. More than 5000 years ago, Ayurvedic tenets stated,

‘The healthy life has three main pillars-a balanced diet, proper sleep and a healthy sex and marital life.’

In Ashthanga Ayurveda, a branch of Ayurvedic science is devoted solely to the study and treatment of sexual malfunctions.

Vajikarana ( Vrishya chikitsa) is the ayurvedic treatment modality that deals with virility , health of offspring, and aphrodisiacs. It is beneficial in healing common sexual dysfunctions, including Infertility, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction

Nowadays erectile dysfunction is widely prevalent even among seemingly healthy men. ED is caused due to a number of factors; neurological, hormonal or psychological. Ayurveda explains these causes as “shoka chintaa, bhaya, traasaat … translated , they mean grief, fear, anxiety and terror.

Diseases like neurological disorders , anemia, depression, arthritis, endocrine disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders also become reasons for erectile dysfunction. Excessive consumption of alcohol,drugs and tobacco and prolonged use of antidepressants, tranquilizers and certain medication inhibit the libido.

Low sperm count

Low sperm count or absence of sperms leads to impotence & infertiity in men. Sometimes, the quantity and quality of sperm decline as men grow older. Certain ayurvedic herbs like, Indian ginseng, Tribulus terrestris etc … are believed to increase sperm production in the body naturally.

Sexual Aversion

Sexual aversion is the dislike or an instinct to actively avoid sex. This is caused due to various physical conditions or mental state. Ignorance, fear, dislike of partner fuels sexual aversion. Low testosterone levels also leads to this. Ayurvedic herbs treat the physical disorders while mental strength can be improved by meditation, yoga and counselling.

“ Vajikarana therapy” –the natural herbal erectile dysfunction remedy – attempts to heal each contributing factor -tissue elements, strength, energy, span of life, physical and mental fatigue . This treatment uses Psychotherapy to decrease anxiety associated with intercourse, , which leads to gradual development of intimacy and stimulation between couples. Numerous Ayurvedic preparations , known as ‘Vajikarma Aushadhis’ are highly beneficial in treating sexual disorders. These herbal tonics replenish nutrients to aid the production of semen, rejuvenate the reproductive organs and increase vigor.

Vaji Tailam ( Vaji massage oil) is a highly effective antidote for various sexual maladies like Premature Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual weakness. This exotic oil enhances the function of male genitalia by stimulating the nerves, strengthening the muscle and improving the blood flow.

Vajikarana Guidelines:

  • High protein diet
  • Abstain from alcohol ,smoking and drugs
  • Avoid spicy food
  • Destress with regular yoga and meditation
  • Herbal massages
  • Add nutmeg in diet
  • Drink a glass of milk mixed with Indian Ginseng

Vajikarana therapy is a holistic therapy that provides long term solutions that leads to happy relationships. This therapy endows men with potency, strength, and realize sexual exhilaration.

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Dhathri Herbal Hair Oil

Dhathri Herbal Hair OilLong before modern medicine caught on to the fact, Ayurvedic saints proved that the human body is an intricately connected machine, and if one part gets afflicted, it affects the body as a whole.

Ayurveda states that the appearance of your skin and hair is an indicator of your general health and vitality. Hair afflictions like premature graying, hair loss and bald spots reflect an underlying imbalance in the body metabolism. Switching to right choices in your diet and lifestyle ( Ayurvedic Ahar-Vihar) can improve the quality of hair and keep future health risks at bay.

Ayurvedic therapy insists on healing the source of the disease, rather than treating the symptoms of the disease. Thus they provide holistic cures with long term results.

The various hair diseases are a result of the ‘Doshas’ present in the body that contribute to the hair ailments.

Dry ,Frizzy hair, Dandruff, Split ends-

Dry, frizzy, coarse hair with split ends or dandruff is a symptom of Vata dosha imbalance. People with this imbalance are prone to insomnia. Irregular sleeping habits can aggravate the vata dosha. Bring back life into dull lusterless hair by adding more moisture into your diet and hair, reduce the consumption of caffeinated drinks, and processed food. Improve your diet with whole foods and grains, ghee, etc. Regular hair and scalp massages with medicated oils soften brittle hair and aids insomniacs to sleep better.

Hair loss, Baldness, greying hair-

People with a Pita imbalance tend to suffer from premature graying, thinning of hair and excessively oily hair. These people trap excessive heat in their body, which results in these various hair disorders. They should refrain from a diet which is high in spicy, acidic, and fried food . Alcohol is not recommended for Pitta people, as it causes premature balding. Green , leafy vegetables, cooling fruits like melons and pears, are beneficial to counter the pita dosha. Coconut oil is a powerful tonic, thanks to its cooling properties. Coconut oil massages cools sown the body considerably and regenerates strong hair.

Oily hair-

People with the kapha constitution are lucky to be blessed with thick lustrous hair, but it tends to be excessivey oily, which traps dirt in the roots. Kapha hair types should cleanse hair regularly with natural cleansers like shikakai and hibiscus. A balanced kapha diet includes food with spices like garlic, onion, chilies and natural condiments. Diary is best avoided for the kapha dosha.

Dhatri Herbal Hair Oil is an excellent massage oil that is effective in controlling hair loss and premature graying. Dhatri is a mixture of highly beneficial Ayurvedic medicines like bhringaraaja, aloe vera, thyme, and amla. This combination neutralizes the negative actions of major doshas in the body. Natural cleansers like hibiscus and shikakai washes away the dirt trapped in the follicles. Dhatri contains natural indigo pigments which prevents premature greying.

Dhatri products are created by a family firm whose Ayurvedic ancestry goes beyond two centuries. Even today, The ingredients used in Dhatri products are sourced organically from pristine mountainside.

Dhatri herbal hair oil is a natural antidote that heals myriad hair ailments without the side effects brought on by harsh chemicals and additives.

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Hair O Max

Hair O MaxFor times immemorial, the beauty of Indian women has been epitomized by long lustrous hair. But, the sad reality today is that, as the standards of healthy living degenerated, our quality of hair has also taken a beating. Few Indian women today can boast of the shiny tresses that adorned the women of yesteryear

Ayurveda states that disturbances in the metabolism and body constitution , affects the health and quality of hair. This theory is justified when we probe closely into our lifestyle…

The major contributing factors that cause hair afflictions are stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, certain medications, and harsh chemicals . Widespread pollution and the bad quality of water also plays a hand in hair diseases like premature graying, baldness, hair-loss, dandruff etc.

The increased stress and anxiety levels in today’s lifestyles, unhealthy diet etc aggravates the pita dosha in the body, which result in hair fall. Excessive consumption of spicy food, high fat food, food containing preservatives and additives damages the hair growth and structure. Hormonal imbalance in men and women causes the breakdown of hair follicles. Mainstream shampoos and hair products contain harsh chemicals and animal hormones that cause long term reactions on not just the hair but your physiology as well. Medications like antidepressants, birth control pills etc have an adverse effect on hair growth.

Ancient ayurvedic tenets reveal that healthy diet and lifestyle (Ayurvedic Ahar-Vihar), is intrinsic to lush and healthy hair.

A diet rich in protein and iron with adequate helping of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables helps promotes the growth of healthy hair. Eating food that cools the body induces hair regeneration.

The frenetic pace of today’s life leaves minimal time for proper hair care. Accumulation of dirt on scalp prevents nutrients from reaching the hair follicle, a root cause of many hair diseases. Ayurveda recommends oiling and massaging the hair and scalp thrice a week. The benefits of a hot oil Ayurvedic massage are manifold.

  • A head massage is the greatest stress buster and it provides immediate relief.
  • The nutrients from the oil are absorbed by the hair follicles directly, nourishing the hair.
  • It cleans the scalp from impurities like dirt and dandruff.
  • It increases the blood circulation, improving memory.

Coconut oil, Amla oil, Brahmi oil, Arnica oil or Mustard oil are tried and tested massage oils with highly therapeutic properties .Honey also stimulates hair growth.

Specialized Ayurvedic preparations like Hair O Max fortifying oil help nourish the hair from the inside and, improving both its texture and structure. Its unique blend of medicated herbs replenishes lost nutrients to the hair follicles and restores the hormonal balance.

  • Bhringaraaja: A highly potent herb, bringaraaja can effectively reverse balding and graying. It promotes hair growth, and is an excellent stimulant.
  • Amla: Gooseberry is a powerhouse of Vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants. It nourishes and conditions the hair.
  • Neem: Neem is a good antidote to dandruff and lice and purifies the blood.
  • Shikakai: Shikakai makes a great cleanser and hairpack
  • Ritha: Ritha is an organic cleanser .It washes the hair without stripping it off its natural oils
  • Ashwagandha: This is a powerful energizer, it rejuvenates the immune system, and restores hair growth

Traditional holistic rituals like Dhara, Abhyangam, Thala pothichil, Nasya etc have excellent therapeutic powers to rejuvenate the scalp and hair . In addition, it is advisable to use Ayurvedic tonics like Chyavanprash, Thikthakam kashayam, and Narasimha rasayanam, to improve the metabolism and enhance the glory of your hair naturally.

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Enhance your Reproductive Health the Natural way with Shatavari

ShatavariA healthy reproductive system in any man and woman is required to ensure a healthy offspring. Good reproductive health, especially in women, is of paramount importance as any problems in the reproductive health will not only decrease the chances of conceiving but will also affect the emotional well being of the person suffering. An individual’s lifestyle, diet, genetics, pre-existing health issues, medications, etc. all play a role in affecting the reproductive health of a person.

Failure to conceive has become one of the most common reproductive problems suffered by women. The increasing pressures of daily life have made it nearly impossible to follow a healthy lifestyle and diet contributing immensely to this problem.

According to Ayurveda, reproductive health can be maintained only if the reproductive tissues (shukra dhatu, the seventh and the last dhatu), are well nourished and healthy. This in turn can be achieved only if the other six dhatus (rasa- plasma, rakta-blood, mamsa-muscle, meda-fat, asthi-bone, majja-bone marrow) within the body, functions properly and are healthy. The proper functioning of the dhatus depends on a healthy metabolism. Poor metabolism creates an imbalance in the kapha, vata and pitta dosha, leading to accumulation of toxins (ama) and poor nourishment of the body tissues which affects fertility.

According to Ayurveda, the main causes of infertility and other reproductive problems are:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • A vata – vitiating diet and lifestyle
  • Accumulation of toxins
  • Improper management of sexual energy
  • Damage to the reproductive tissue

Thus, to achieve a healthy reproductive system, it is necessary to follow a lifestyle and diet that is in sync with Ayurvedic principles. To treat infertility and enhance reproductive health in women, Ayurveda recommends herbs and formulations that balances the tridosha and nourishes the shukra dhatu.

Shatavari is one such Ayurvedic herb which contains many properties that helps in bringing about a marked difference in the reproductive health of a woman.

Shatavari – the way to enhance your fertility

Shatavari, an Ayurvedic herb, has been in use for centuries to treat various disorders of the reproductive system. According to Ayurveda, it contains properties that nourish the reproductive tissues (shukra dhatu) of our body, thus enhancing reproductive health. Its vata and pitta dosha pacifying properties make it an ideal herb to use in combating the various ill effects caused by its vitiation. Shatavari’s numerous benefits have made it one of the widely used herbs for rejuvenating and promoting a healthy reproductive system.

Shatavari’s benefits to women

Shatavari, when taken regularly under the prescription of a qualified Ayurvedic physician, is said to increase the chances of successful conception in couples who have trouble conceiving without causing any known side effects. Shatavari’s benefits include:

  • It enhances breast milk production; therefore is given to nursing mothers to increase milk flow.
  • Its adaptogenic property helps to protect the body from stressors and is thus very beneficial for women suffering from stress induced fertility issues.
  • It supports the proper functioning of the immune system.
  • It contains mucilage which protects and lines the mucous membranes of the reproductive tract and uterus.
  • It helps to regulate hormones. Shatavari also stimulates the production of estrogen, the hormone required for regulating the menstrual cycle and for promoting sexual and reproductive development in women.
  • It tones and nourishes the female reproductive organs and creates a hospitable environment for ensuring sperm motility and conception.
  • Its antifungal property helps in fighting yeast infections like Candida.
  • Its aphrodisiac property helps increase sexual desire in people suffering from loss of libido.

Shatavari is an ideal herb for increasing your chances of conceiving. It is available in the capsule as well as the powder form. By taking the prescribed dosage recommended by a qualified physician and following the Ayurvedic principles, you can enhance your reproductive health and give your body the ability to create a new and healthy living being without having to resort to costly and painful procedures. Start with Shatavari today and improve your virility and reproductive health the most natural way possible.

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Get a Sparkling and Problem-Free Skin with Ayurveda

NeemWho wouldn’t want a skin that is clear, radiant and that which glows with health and vitality? Unfortunately, very few people are blessed with skin that is problem free. Skin problems affect both the sexes, irrespective of age. Acne, wrinkles, dry skin, tanning, itching, inflammation, skin pigmentation, etc. are some of the common skin problems faced by many.

Skin problems are generally caused by various external and internal factors which include:

  • Exposure to extreme hot or cold weathers
  • Stress
  • Over consumption of alcohol and excessive smoking
  • Diet which contains more refined and processed foods than natural ones
  • Low water consumption
  • Lack of proper sleep
  • Genetics

Fortunately for us, getting and maintaining a clear and problem-free skin is a totally achievable goal. Controlling our food habits and opting for natural remedies to treat skin disorders can go a long way in gaining a healthy skin without the need for loading your skin with artificial and expensive products.

Ayurveda and skin care

According to Ayurveda, our skin is the by product of plasma, muscles and tissues and consists of seven layers, each layer having a distinct function to perform which keeps our skin healthy. If these functions are affected, due to improper care, our skin gets damaged. This is one of the causes of skin problems in many people.

Another main factor for skin problems according to Ayurveda is when the three dosha (body energy) – the kappa, pitta and vata – that make up our body constitution, are out of balance. An improperly functioning metabolic system and sluggish blood circulation are the main culprits for creating an imbalance. If the metabolic system does not function effectively, it causes toxins (ama) to build up in the body causing a host of problems that affect our well being.

Ayurvedic physicians treat skin problems depending on the person’s constitutional dosha. Ayurvedic herbs and its formulations are prescribed depending on the body type to balance the dominant dosha.

Things that you need to do for a healthy skin

  • Eat food that nourishes the body instead of ones that only fill you up with empty calories
  • Practice regular skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin using only natural products to reduce build up of toxins that are otherwise found in chemical products.
  • Massage skin at least weekly with a good herbal massage oil that suits your body type
  • Use products that are suitable for your body constitution
  • Build up a sweat by working out at least for 20 minutes everyday
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and help flush out the toxins from the body
  • Avoid late nights and get at least eight hours of sleep to give time for the body to replenish its stores
  • Beat stress by practicing relaxation techniques
  • Use herbs which have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties to fight off any skin infections as part of your skin care

Neem – the natural cure for skin problems

The unassuming neem tree provides health benefits to us that are far too innumerable to count. Every part of the tree is beneficial in some way or the other, making it one of the most popular herbs used to treat a variety of ailments that affects us. Its main use is as a beauty aid, used to obtain a healthy and glowing skin. Over the years, extracts of neem have been used in soaps, shampoos and make up products to enhance one’s appearance.

Properties that makes Neem a remedy for skin problems

Neem contains a host of properties that makes it one of the best herbs to fight skin problems and ensure a healthy skin. They include:

  • Its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties make it an ideal herb for treating acne and rosacea (a skin condition characterized by facial redness). Neem leaves boiled in water, strained and applied on affected portions of the skin is an effective remedy for this type of skin problems.
  • It possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that reduces itchiness and soothes inflammation of the skin making it an ideal remedy for psoriasis.
  • Its antioxidant properties helps fight off signs of ageing and lightens and evens the skin tone for people suffering from skin pigmentation.
  • It acts as a moisturizing agent, keeping the skin moisturised and soft.
  • Neem contains antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties that can help in treating pimples. Neem leaf powder made into a paste and applied on the skin is an effective remedy for this.
  • Its regenerative property helps to keep the skin supple and reduces the signs of ageing.

Neem’s versatile benefits make it an ideal herb to treat the many skin problems that we suffer from. Regular use of neem, both externally and internally can bring about a healthy difference to your skin tone. As with all herbal products, it is best to consult an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage, if you are planning to take neem internally. Start using neem today and enjoy a skin that glows with health.

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Boost your Brain Power the Simple way with Ayurveda

Brahmi CapsulesMemory loss, slow reaction time, lack of concentration and mental clarity, anxiety, stress, etc. are some of the problems we face as we get older. This is due to the simple fact that along with our body our brain also ages.

Our brain comprises of around a hundred billion neurons that communicate with each other and other parts of our body by sending and receiving messages through a system of nerve pathways. As we age, the connectivity between the neurons decreases which in turn results in decrease in brain functions. Fortunately for us, the decline in brain function can be arrested by making a few simple changes in our daily routine that will not only fend off mental ageing but also enable our brain to function at its peak throughout our life. The modifications in your daily routine that can be can be implemented to help you maximize your brain’s cognitive potential include:

  • Engage your mind by learning and performing new activities – Constant exposure to new activities like taking up a new hobby, learning to play an instrument, etc can stimulate the production of new neurons which in turn results in increased memory and learning ability.
  • Do tasks the hard way – we live in a time where things can be done without much effort with the help of multitudes of gadgets. Their efficiency in doing our work has lessened the need for us to use our brain’s cognitive skills, thus resulting in decline in our brain’s cognitive functions. By doing tasks the hard way instead of relying on gadgets can help our brain to stay fit throughout our lifetime.
  • Practice relaxation techniques everyday – it could be anything from listening to music to reading a good book. Spending a little time doing the things you love can help to make you more resilient to stress and reduce anxiety levels in our body.
  • Eat healthy – incorporate foods that are rich in antioxidants found in fruits, selenium found in Brazil nuts, omega -3 found in salmon, carotenoids and flavonoids found in dark green leafy vegetables in your diet to slow mental aging
  • Have herbal supplements that help in promoting brain health – consuming herbal supplements can provide protection against disorders like parkinson’s, alzeimers, etc. and help make a remarkably notable difference in your learning abilities, mental clarity, mood and memory power.

Brahmi – the effective Ayurvedic way to enhance your brain power

Ayurvedic herbs have been used to treat various disorders and ailments since time immemorial. Each Ayurvedic herb possesses a host of benefits that not only helps in treating the ailment without causing any adverse side effects but also, in most cases, help rejuvenate the body and provide nourishment.

Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) is one such Ayurvedic herb that has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for almost 3000 years to enhance the cognitive functions of the brain which include memory, recall, attention, comprehension, problem solving, planning, etc. and other mental disorders like alzheimer’s, dementia, insomnia, depression, etc. Found in abundance in the Indian Subcontinent, this unassuming herb is used as itself or in formulations to treat various disorders, particularly that which affects the mental health of an individual.

Derived from the Sanskrit word “Brahman” meaning the “totality of life”, Brahmi contains various properties that strengthens the mind while soothing and relaxing it. It has been used as a brain and nervine tonic since ancient times. According to Ayurveda, Brahmi is said to enhance the three basic components of the mind, the Dhi – the power of learning, the Dhirti – the power of retention and the Smriti – the power to recall. It pacifies the pitta dosha, one of the three dosha that constitutes our prakirti (bodily constitution) and has sattvic qualities.

Five reasons why taking Brahmi capsules can make a healthy difference for your brain

Brahmi’s effectiveness as an herbal remedy for curing debilitating mental conditions generally brought by declining age has made it a popular herb of choice. Below are a few of the reasons why Brahmi has become one of the most sought-after herbs for enhancing brain power and treating various disorders.

  • It creates a balance in the amounts of the essential chemicals gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate within the brain thus producing a noticeable improvement in the intellectual capability of an individual.
  • Two active compounds – Bacosides A and B – found in Brahmi are said to improve the transmission of impulses between the nerve cells found in the brain, helping in long and short term learning and memory.
  • It contains properties that modulate levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in regulating moods, among other things. This is said to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
  • It contains antioxidant properties, which is one of the main reasons for its ability to enhance cognitive functions of the brain and also stall mental decline once a person grows old.
  • Its ability to stimulate dopamine receptors in the brain has made it a valuable tool in treating depression and disorders like Parkinson’s.
  • It is known to significantly improve reasoning abilities when taken in the prescribed dosage.

Brahmi comes in various forms, namely in the tablet, capsule, and powder forms. Consuming Brahmi in the capsule form is preferred by most as there is no bitter taste to it. Brahmi is best taken in the morning in a dosage prescribed by an Ayurvedic physician. Though Brahmi does not cause any known side effects, it should be only consumed after checking with a qualified physician.

Start with Brahmi capsules today and give your brain the power to function at its best throughout your life.

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