acharya on April 11th, 2014

rose water in ayurvedaThe word ‘Rose’ by itself brings a sense of fresh smell and coolness to our thoughts. According to ayurvedic texts, this is because rose balances ‘Sadhaka Pitta’, the sub-dosha of Pitta, which governs emotions and their effect on the heart and thoughts. Sadhaka Pitta can easily get out of balance during summer, as the humid weather increases all aspects of pitta dosha. Therefore, roses have been ideal to balance the body and mind.

Apart from the cooling properties, roses enhance digestive fire, balance hormones, and are often used in Aromatherapy in the form of essential rose oils, and now they are being investigated for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. Aromatherapy uses tonics made of rose paste, water and spices.
At times, rose and sandalwood paste are blended together and prescribed due to their cooling effect. Roses, when used as local application (in the form of cream or as rose water), helps in cooling, moisturizing and toning the skin.

It is a known fact that roses improve the glow and complexion of the skin, improves inner beauty, and helps skin to radiate the inner glow of the skin. When used for a longer period, roses even pacify the heat in the blood and prevent skin imbalances, thereby preventing the skin from erupting.

According to Ayurveda, roses also help in curing some specific ailments like amenorrhea, eye inflammation, headache due to aggravated pitta, sore throat, enlarged tonsils, skin dullness, and acne.

Rose water, rose milk, and rose oil has been used by ancient civilizations in Babylonia, Rome and in India for royal cuisines and as part of skin care. In fact, it was later proven that use of rose water even helps to beat stress and depression. Today, rosewater is part of every household. Briefed here are the health benefits of rose water:

Skin

Rosewater provides immense benefits to the skin, keeping it radiant, acne-free, and youthful by acting as a gentle skin toner. It also purifies the skin, protects it from bacterial infections, removes make-up and dirt, heals sunburn and wounds, stimulates skin circulation and reduces broken capillaries. It also maintains the pH balance of the skin, and offers calming effect on acne and eczema.
Usage tips:Pour two to three drops of rosewater on a cotton ball and wipe it on the face and neck to remove dirt and grime. Continue to use it every morning and night for a natural glow and refreshing effect. You can also add few drops of rosewater in bathing water to soothe body and mind.

To two teaspoons of rosewater add equal quantity of tomato juice and apply on to face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes. This helps remove sun tan.

Hair

Rosewater promotes hair growth, acts as a good conditioner, revitalizes hair, controls dandruff and inflammation, boost scalp and health of hair adding fragrance, making them strong and flexible with minimum breakage.
Usage tips: After shampooing, pour half a cup of rosewater onto wet hair and gently massage scalp for a few minutes. You could also mix rosewater with glycerin or fenugreek powder and apply it on the scalp to prevent dandruff. Its therapeutic properties can help combat inflammation on the scalp.

Eyes

Rosewater can help remove dark circles under the eyes. It also treats tired eyes and refreshes hem.
Usage tips: Smear rosewater under the eyes. Treat tired and droopy eyes by mixing sandalwood with rosewater and applying on the eye lids and washing it off with cold water after 15 minutes.

Lips

Rosewater can add pink colour to your lips. Rub a little rosewater on your lips every night at bed time. For improved results, take a teaspoon of beetroot juice and add a teaspoon of rosewater to it. Mix well and apply on the lips, to get healthy and beautiful pink lips.

Teeth

Several dental issues can be cured by use of rose water. It provides relief from inflammation and gum problems, fights foul breath, and hence can be used as an effective mouth wash.

Stress-buster

The fragrance of rose is an effective de-stressor and helps to release stress instantly. Rose water and rose oils are used in spas and aromatherapy as stress busters and to lift up the mood. During aromatherapy sessions, rose water and rose oils are used in shower gels, soaps and aromatic incense sticks, as the aroma of roses keeps depression away.

Body coolant

Rosewater can also be used in lemonades to soothe and refresh your body from within during summer months. It cools inflammation, tones tissues including digestive tract. It is also great for just spraying on sun-burned skin or summer rashes, but when used internally, it heals and soothes the lining of your over-heated digestive tract.
On the whole, rosewater is a ‘boon’ to skin, body, mind and soul.

To make Rose Water at home: Pick only fresh rose petals early in the morning after sunrise and wash them thoroughly with clean water. Place the petals in large pot of distilled water and pour enough water to cover the petals. Cover the pot with a lid and boil on low flame. Allow the water to steam until the water has turned into the colour of a rose petal. Strain the water and allow it to cool down and store it in a clean container.

acharya on March 28th, 2014

quit smokingAromatherapy has long been associated with various health benefits and healing therapies, but, the latest news is that a whiff of these essential oils may help remove nicotine addiction, and its cravings.

According to a small pilot study conducted recently wherein 20 people who used nicotine products regularly were encouraged to use aromatherapy, it was found that their frequency of using nicotine reduced considerably.

The researchers divided the people into two groups and instructed that whenever they felt the desire to smoke, they can place a drop of essential oil (Angelica or black pepper) on tissue paper and inhale it for about two minutes. They had to report back their experience.

It was found that the group that inhaled angelica delayed their next fix of nicotine for a longer time, in comparison to those who inhaled black pepper. Researchers concluded that it would be better for smokers to use both essential oils.

Special blends for smoking cessation

There are specially formulated smoking cessation blends that can actually help a person struggling to relieve nicotine addiction. A particular blend known as ‘Smoke Out’ containing black pepper, clary sage, patchouli and spikenard essential oils, is believed to help in removing nicotine addiction, as the person who created this blend was able to quit smoking with this.

It is said that you can make your own blend of essential oils to suit your particular withdrawal symptoms. For instance, you will first have to identify withdrawal symptoms, such as anger or anxiousness, or irritability, or lethargy. Citrus oils can have an uplifting aroma due to their clear smell, and can make one feel smoke-free quicker. Roman Chamomile on the other hand, is calming, and can help a person overcome nicotine craving.

Rosemary helps respiratory and nervous systems, treats headaches, nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, stress and hypertension. Rosewood is great as it strengthens immune system, treats nervous system and helps nausea.

Another good aspect about essential oils is that they do not produce the side effects that a nicotine replacement product can have, such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, dyspepsia, hiccups, muscle pain, poor concentration and skin irritation.
There are several other blends that help smokers quit smoking, but, using them sensibly is what makes all the difference.

About Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from the bark, stems, leaves, roots, flowers or other parts of a plant to improve psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these ‘essential’ oils is believed to stimulate brain functioning. Essential oils may also be absorbed through the skin, and they travel through the bloodstream and promote healing.

Aromatherapy is fast gaining momentum as a form of alternative medicine. It is used in variety of applications such as mood enhancements, pain relief, and improved cognitive functioning.

There are now several essential oils available, each with its own healing properties.

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wheat grassMuch to the relief of thousands of Thalassemia patients, a team of researchers in India have found that the active ingredients in ‘Wheatgrass’ can actually help drain-out excess iron from the system of ‘Thalassaemia’ and ‘Leukaemia’ patients. This has been confirmed after a successful animal trial, now being put through human trial, and is likely to be turned into a drug soon for treatment purposes.

The study, published in the science journal ‘Nature’, was actually conducted by researchers from Netaji Subhas Cancer Research Institute (NSCRI), the National Research Institute for Ayurvedic Drug Development (NRIADD) and NRS Medical College.
According to NSCRI Director, Ashish Mukhopadhyay, a member of the research team, the ingredients promise to reduce frequency of transfusions. The transfusions are generally expensive, and are usually used to expand the lifespan of thalassemia patients, whose lifespan is a maximum of 20 years.

Animal trials have proved that the ingredients are non-toxic. Wheatgrass is readily available and have no side-effects, researchers said.

According to experts, this could be a major step in thalassemia treatment, and would be ‘godsend’ to several patients who survive on transfusion.

Scientists from NRS Medical College, NSCRI and NRIADD got together in 2006 to analyse the properties of wheat grass. After a study of the juice, they identified a compound that absorbed iron. The team further examined the compound, and the results were all positive.

The wheat plants to be used for the purpose need to be eight to ten days old. It is far cheaper and will benefit thalassemia patients who have had to discontinue treatment due to cost factors, said a researcher.

This herbal remedy not only reduces the iron deposits in organs, but will also cut down on cost of treatment. The drug can be administered without pain and will allow patients to lead a more hassle-free life. The deposits left behind by the transfusion damages vital organs like liver, lungs, spleen and heart.

A paper on this work has also been published in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants.

About Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a group of inherited blood disorders that affect the body’s ability to produce haemoglobin and red blood cells. Patients with this condition have lower-than-normal number of red blood cells in their bodies and little haemoglobin. The bone marrow of Thalassemia patients, do not produce enough haemoglobin or red blood cells, leading to anaemia and fatigue, leaving the body organs short of oxygen. In severe cases, there may be organ damage resulting in fatality. In patients with severe forms of the disease, regular blood transfusions may be necessary. For people with very mild thalassemia, transfusions are not required, but, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise cannot be ruled out.

Thalassemia and Ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicines are prescribed cautiously, as majority of the patients diagnosed with this illness are children, and the dosage of the drugs need to be adjusted carefully and should not be administered without consulting an Ayurvedic physican.
Some of the drugs used for curing thalassemia are Abhrak-Bhasma, Suvarna-Sutshekhar-Ras, Suvarna-Bhasma, all of which are taken in combination of other herbal medicines such as Punarnavadi-Qadha, Daadimadi-Ghrut, Arogya-Vardhini, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Amalaki, Hartaki (Terminalia chebula), Marich, Pippali (Piper longum), Laxa (Purified wax), Kumari (Aloe vera) and Manuka (Vitis vinifera).

To improve formation of blood in the body, herbal medicines such as Manjistha, Haridra, Daruharidra, Nimba, Bhrungraj, Tulsi are prescribed.

Other diseases successfully treated with Wheatgrass juice

Several diseases can be successfully treated by regularly drinking wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass is used in treating arthritis, psoriasis, premature greying, general weakness, falling of hair, kidney stones, debility, weak eyesight, abdominal pain, constipation, asthma and insomnia.

Several physicians have confirmed the miraculous effectiveness of wheatgrass therapy, and have referred to Wheatgrass chlorophyll as ‘New Age Food’, capable of alleviating several sicknesses in humans.

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acharya on February 18th, 2014

Vitiligo treatment in AyurvedaVitiligo, also known as Leucoderma is a non-infectious skin disorder, which literally means white skin. Medical statistics have shown that this is a common condition across the world, affecting children and adults alike.

The disorder starts as a small white or pale coloured patch on the skin, which grows into larger patch in course of time. Although the exact cause of this condition cannot be pointed out, it could be due to failure to sustain melanin in the skin, wherein, the white blood cells, instead of protecting the pigment cells, destroy it, leading to pale or white skin.

Ayurvedic texts refer to this condition as ‘Swithra Roga’ or ‘Shveta Kusth’. Ayurveda considers Vitiligo to be also caused due to factors such as improper hygiene, wrong food combination, excess exposure to chemicals/insecticide, history of jaundice/typhoid, misuse of detoxification therapies, suppression of natural urges, excessive exposure to heat, stress and trauma, intake of fatty and spicy food, and hereditary factors.

The common affected areas are face, hand, feet, groins, axilla and trunk, although any part of the body may be affected too. Generally, the areas which are subjected to friction and trauma are involved, and any damage to skin would leave a white de-pigmented scar. The lesions of vitiligo are usually painless, but, remain sensory, unlike Leprosy. Vitiligo is otherwise a harmless disease, except for the cosmetic defects.

Ayurvedic treatment methods

Treatment can help in achieving re-pigmentation, and its spread can be arrested, provided, the patient follows appropriate treatment for requisite period. Ayurveda adopts three kinds of therapy for Vitiligo, based on health condition and age of the patient:

  • Pacification therapy (use of herbs and mineral medications).
  • Detoxification therapy (involves two-fold purification therapies like purgation and Leech therapy).
  • Nasal Drops (involves administration of medicated oil through nose to cleanse accumulated toxins)
  • External applications (smaller patches are usually treated with herbal powder or oil applications…usually for children below the age of 7).

Ayurvedic/herbal medicines

Some of the single and compound herbal combinations for Vitiligo used in Ayurveda, such as Acacia catechu bark extract,Bakuchi / Vakuchi (used as internal medication / external application) are all well documented by scientific research. These herbal medications act on melanoblasic cells and successfully stimulate it.

Ayurveda uses photo-sensitizing drugs and herbo-mineral drugs to treat Vitiligo. Certain drugs made with Bavichi, Marking nut and Kakodumbar, are used locally as well as systematically on exposure to sun. It is advised to avoid sun exposure for at least three hours after drug administration. As for blood purifiers, Haridra, Bhringaraj, Guduchi, Sariva, Apamarga and Khadir are used.

The Herbo Mineral Drugs include Ras Manikya, Taal Sindur, Sameer Pannag Ras and Talkeshwar Ras, which act as immune suppressant used in patients where disease spread at a fast rate. Generally, medicines like Khashish bhasm, Tamra bhasma and Subhra bhasm are used to re-induce regimentation.

Not all patients suffering with Vitiligo are treated with same medicines. There are different types of Vitiligo and their nature, are different. However, some common medicines based on ancient Ayurvedic formulae are Gandhak Rasaya, Kishore Guggulu, Somraj Ghrita etc.

Purified Psoralea-corylifolia, Bhringraj leaves extract, Hartal, Ghungchi root, Mainsil, Sandalwood oil, Root of Chitrak, and Somraj oil are used for external application.

Bark of Margosa tree, Dhanvantari, abstract of Amrita, Punarnava, Ashwagandha, Dhanvantari, Purified Somraj are all used as internal medicine.

Home remedies:

  • Application of 5 teaspoons of turmeric power in 250 ml of mustard oil on the white patches of skin, twice a day, usually advised for a period of 12 to 15 months.
  • Soak tamarind seeds and Bakuchi seeds in water, grind into a paste and apply on the patches.
  • Bakuchi seed powder can be mixed with coconut oil and used for external application.
  • Ginger juice with red clay may be used for external application.
  • Application of sweet basil leaves extract with lemon juice advised for 5 to 6 months.

Ayurveda is effective in treatment of Vitiligo, but long time medications and treatment may be required for results. Along with medicine, prescribed diet and stress-free lifestyle play a vital role too. Remarkable re-pigmentation can be achieved in every patient, and its spread can be arrested if appropriate treatment is followed for prescribed duration.

acharya on February 10th, 2014

Eye diseases are on the rise these days, with prolonged work on computers, poor eating habits, long and frequent travel, and inadequate hours of sleep. Eye disorders may also be due to prolonged television viewing or continued reading of small print, inappropriate head position when sleeping or even heavy sneezing. It has been reported that increasing number of people are turning to Ayurveda to resolve eye problems.

Doctors at Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital and Research Centre, Kochi, have asserted that the ancient Indian system of medicine can easily cure several eye diseases without surgery.

Kerala has been drawing in thousands of Indian and foreign tourists each year, who visit in search of ayurvedic treatment, but only few beyond Kerala are aware about the role of Ayurveda in the field of Ophthalmology.

The Chief Physician and Managing Director of Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital, Dr. N.P.P Namboothiri says that early detection of eye ailments help in faster and better recovery, and when treated early, Ayurveda strengthens the nervous system and prevents degeneration of the optic nerve.

Even complicated and rare eye diseases which affect the optic nerve and retina, which can lead to blindness, are being treated with great success through Ayurveda. Ayurvedic remedies treat eye diseases in a holistic way, taking into account the health profile of a patient.

Among the major eye diseases treated at Sreedhareeyam are diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration and detachment of retina.

Ayurvedic ophthalmology has achieved great progress, particularly in treating diseases like diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. There is a steady flow of patients seeking cure for these two ailments, and rising healthcare costs have also prompted people to turn to alternate systems of medicine, says Dr. Namboothiri.

The brand of Ayurveda that deals with all ailments above the neck is called ‘Shalakya Tantra’. Ayurvedic texts describe 76 eye diseases.

The main traditional treatment procedures used for eye diseases in ayurvedic centres are Njavarakizhi, Dhara, Pizhichil, Steam Kizhi, Netrasekam, Tharpanam, Aschotanam, Anjanam, Putapakam, Vitalakam, Pindi and Prathisaranam.

Today all leading ayurvedic ophthalmology centres have eye drops and capsules that retain all values of traditional medicinal formulas.

There are also some para-surgical procedures that are used in ayurvedic ophthalmology, such as lekhanam, Jalakavacharanam, Kharakarmam, and Agnikarmam. These procedures are less complicated, with minimum preparation and after-care required, and produces maximum level of result.

Researchers at India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) have made a dramatic discovery about the effectiveness of ancient Ayurvedic practices in treatment of anxiety disorders.

Ayurveda has been found to be more effective than one of the most popular conventional treatments, and has been able to provide relief without side-effects.

The study tested 72 patients who had been diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety disorders for seven or more years, and researchers analyzed their anxiety using Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS).

One group received a standard daily dose of Clonazepam (Klonopin), while the second group received 200mg of ‘Manasamitra Vataka’, an herbal Ayurvedic remedy. The third group was given ‘Manasamitra Vataka’ and ‘Shirodhara therapy’, wherein the forehead is treated with warm Brahmi oil. All three treatment regimens were given for 30 days.

The Clonazepam group saw 67 percent better disposition after the 30-day period, while the Manasamitra Vataka group experienced 73% improvement. However, the third group which received Shirodhara therapy along with Manasamitra Vataka, experienced 91% improvement in symptoms.

The thirty day treatment with Manasamitra Vataka reduced anxiety, severity of the disease and offered better quality of life and improved clinical profile. Also, use of Shirodhara as an add-on therapy decreased daytime sleepiness and improved quality of life in patients.

Manasamitra Vataka is an ancient complex Ayurvedic formula comprising 73 natural ingredients and herbal extracts.
Several of the herbs in Manasamitra Vataka, including Tulsi (tulasidala or the Holy Basil) have the ability to calm and soothe the nerves. For instance, in a clinical trial involving 35 subjects diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, it was found that Tulsi considerably reduced anxiety when 30 days and 60 days of treatment were given with 500mgm of Tulsi twice a day. The researchers are therefore of the opinion that Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) may also be useful in treating General Anxiety Disorder in humans, and may be a promising anxiolytic agent in future.

Anxiety disorders could also be due to high stress levels. Stress and fatigue are two main factors affecting the modern-age population. This could be due to various factors including erratic work hours, taxing environment, lack of sleep etc. However, the ancient practice of yoga, meditation and an ayurvedic lifestyle can help de-stress in an effective manner.

acharya on January 21st, 2014

The word ‘Kapha’ or ‘Shleshama’ means that which is adhesive, tenacious or sticky, or something that generates through water.

In Ayurveda, too much Kapha is said to cause mucuos build-up in sinus and nasal passages, in the lungs and colon. Emotionally, it creates rigidity, fixation of thought, and inflexibility. On the other hand, insufficient kapha leads to a dry respiratory tract, burning stomach and lack of concentration.

Symptoms of vitiated kapha:

Generally, excess Kapha surfaces due to factors such as excess intake of fat, cold, heavy, and sweet food. Some symptoms of vitiated kapha are, fullness of stomach, yawning, indolence, excessive sleep, feeling of heaviness in body parts, general malaise, excessive salivation, loss of strength or energy, accumulation of cough in chest or heart, atherosclerosis, obesity, goitre, poor digestion, boils, thick white tongue coat, sluggish bowel movements, complacent or stubborn in character.

Classification of Kapha:

Different types of kapha are Kaledan, Avalamban, Rasan or Bodhak, Snehan or Tarpak, and Shleshak.
Recommended diet when kapha is predominant:

Some foods generally helpful in reducing kapha dosha are: ginger, bittergourd, amla, mango, carrots, dates, watermelon, pomegranate, maize, puffed rice, honey, lemon, drumstick, turmeric, asafoetida, Indian marrow, and chick-peas. All bitter, dry articles, astringent, maize, barley, old rice, peanut, green gram, praval, gular, mustard, banana flower, ginger, piper longum, betel, are also good.

Foods with bitter, pungent and astringent tastes are best suited for reducing kapha. Avoid sweet, sour and salty food. Light, dry and warm foods are preferred by people with kapha constitution, and certain heating spices are recommended such as cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin and ginger. Have plenty of vegetables, but, have only minimal amount of oil or ghee in your daily diet.

Food to avoid when kapha is vitiated:

All sweet objects, fats, new rice, black gram, fish, meat, sugarcane, milk and milk products, coconut water, kathal, dates, coconut water, ice or cold items, excessive eating are all prohibited.

Note: However, when applying a particular diet, it has to be taken care that the patient’s already existing health problem, if any, does not get aggravated or complicated. Hence it is important to discuss frankly with the physician about the health condition of the patient before starting the diet.

Few other lifestyle tips for reducing Kapha:

  • Stick to an energetic routine and avoid stagnation.
  • Stimulate your body and mind on a daily basis.
  • Indulge in 10-20 minute self-massage daily with warm sesame oil before bath.
  • Avoid leading a sedentary life. Take up exercise routines like hiking, jogging, biking, and other forms of yoga or martial arts or other challenging forms of exercise minimum five times a week.
  • Avoid heavy breakfast before 9 am, and stick to light meal in the evening.
  • Have regular baths and sauna to promote sweating.
  • Keep yourself warm and dry irrespective of the weather and make time for relaxation by including meditation, music, and yoga in your daily routine.
acharya on January 16th, 2014

In Ayurvedic philosophy, the five elements, namely – earth, water, fire, air and ether, combine together to form three dynamic forces called ‘doshas’. The term ‘dosha’ refers to ‘that which changes’. This is because the doshas are always moving in dynamic balance with each other. Doshas are the primary life forces or humours, and their dynamism is what makes life happen.

The three doshas are – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Here we take a look at the general characteristics of ‘Vata’ predominant constitution individuals, and the type of food and life they should lead.

‘Vata’ is a force made up of the elements ether and air. The proportions of ether (space) and air determine how active vata is. The amount of ether (space) affects the ability of air to gain momentum, and expresses itself in the individual of vata constitution. Vata manifests itself in an individual as the movement of nerve impulses, air, blood, food, waste and thoughts.

General/physical characteristics:

The six characteristics of vata are – cold, light, irregular, dry, mobile and rough. These qualities have their effect on the body. Too much of vata force can result in nerve irritation, high blood pressure, flatulence and confusion. Generally dry climates or cold autumn wind increases vata.

Generally, an individual with vata constitution may have the following characteristic or appearance, although it need not be true in all cases. A Vata-type person is either unusually tall or short, thin, has prominent joints, long tapering fingers and toes, gains weight around the middle, is of dark complexion with scanty body hair, small forehead, small active eyes, has dry skin and hair, dislikes dryness and cold, has dry tongue, tendency to develop nervous disorders if ill, has short concentration span, tends to forget quickly, dislikes routine, anxious, and feelings and emotions change quickly.

Food/Diet for vata types:

Ayurveda suggests different types of food, when a specific dosha predominates. The food to be taken/avoided by Vata types are:

Recommended: All sweet and sweeteners are good for pacifying vata, bitter things, oil, rice, black and green pulses, milk, curd, ghee, wine, sugar, garlic, amla, pomegranate, betel, currants, meat, fish, wheat, oranges, bananas, grapes, cherries, peaches, plums, mango, papayas, cucumbers, asparagus, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, mustard seeds, black pepper and sweet potatoes.

Prohibited: Barley, corn, rye, buckwheat, black gram, peanuts, leafy vegetables, dry food, bitter gourd, lotus root, reduce intake of all beans, except tofu and moong dhal.

Symptoms of vitiated Vata:

Various disorders of human body are attributed to each individual’s humour and an expert physician can determine as to which constitution the patient falls under, after examining the individual’s appearance and feeling the pulse. The expert can find out which of the dosha’s have been vitiated.

General ailments caused by vitiation of vata are:- Brittle nails, pain in feet, numbness and immobility of hands and feet, stiffness in heels, toes, cracking of knee, stiff thighs, pain in pubic region, backache, rapid pulsation, pain due to concussion of chest and lungs, headache, paralysis, vertigo, insomnia, etc., to name a few.

All these pains and aches in the body are caused by vitiated vata, and these are symptoms of air vitiation.

For reducing Vata dosha:

Consume warm foods and drinks, foods with predominantly sweet, sour or salty tastes. Have a good oil massage for body with sesame and essential oils. Avoid excess exposure to cold wind, excess travel, dampness, television, radio, movies, and excess talking. Practice yoga regularly, which helps in calming you down. The exercise adopted should be non-vigorous and non-exhaustive, like brisk walking or swimming. Have fibre-rich diet, and natural laxatives such as flax seeds and psyllium. Strictly avoid cold food and drinks. Have small frequent meals. Ensure that you go to bed before 10pm. Warm and moist climates suit Vata types the best. If living in cold weather conditions, take care to protect head, neck and chest, and to keep yourself warm.