acharya on July 24th, 2014

Ayurveda has advocated certain diets and detoxifying recipes for specific problems including weight loss. There are plenty of drinks that help in maintaining good health. Herbal tea is an important and inevitable part of Ayurveda, and is prepared with various herbs and spices, aimed at treating specific illness and to keep up overall health and immunity.

Here are few such tea recipes. Have them based on your specific needs and body conditions:

For Digestion: Boil three cups of water and add a teaspoon each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Remove from flame and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink.

For sore throat: The leaves of tulsi (basil) help to fight off germs and natural ingredients like tulsi and lemon are a good combination for soothing the throat. Add 10-15 tulsi leaves (Indian basil) to one-and-a-half cups of water and boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add a tablespoon of lemon juice and drink warm. Add honey for sweetening, if required.

For allergies: A warm ginger tea can give you relief from allergies. Boil a cup of water in a teapot, by adding 1/8 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger and half freshly squeezed lemon. Stir well, strain. Pour into a cup, and when warm, add a tablespoon of honey and drink. This tea can be had at least three times a day for relief from allergies.

For cold and cough: Boil a cup of water, add a bit of clove powder, one-half teaspoon each of fennel seeds, ginger powder and cinnamon. Allow to steep for about five minutes after removing from flame. Drink through the day.

For Asthma (wheezing): Prepare Licorice tea by boiling the licorice root in a cup of water for about 2 minutes. Add 5 to 10 drops of mahanarayan oil into this before use, and drink this once every five to 10 minutes during an attack of asthma. Sometime, this may induce vomiting, but it is beneficial as it removes excess kapha and reduces bronchial spasm, and the well-being improves immediately.

For kidney stone: Boil 26gm Hauber, 24gm Gokshru, 25gm Varun and 25gm Punernava (all in powdered form) in water. Strain and drink. Being a diuretic, this increases volume of urine excreted, prevents stone formation and dissolves the kidney stone.

For relief from constipation: Grind together 90gm herb senna and 10gm corriander seeds, boil the mixture in water and drink regular. This relieves constipation.

Tea for vata dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoon each of freshly grated ginger, ground cardamom, cinnamon, ajwan seeds in a cup of water. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve. This balances vata dosha.

Tea for pitta dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoons each of cumin seeds, corriander seeds, fennel, fresh cilantro, and rose petals in a cup of water. Strain and add the herb mixture to it. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve.

Tea for Kapha dosha: Boil ¼ teaspoon each of dry ginger, fenugreek seed, dil seed, one clove, and a cup of water. Steep for five minutes, strain and serve.

For detoxification: Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in the morning. Continue to boil for five minutes with lid on by adding half-a-teaspoon each of whole cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Strain the seeds and pour the tea into a thermos. The tea has to be made fresh every morning, and it is best to drink it warm.

Ayurvedic / herbal teas, apart from their cleansing and purifying effects, also help your body to recover from several maladies. Drinking ayurvedic tea is a great way to make you feel more energetic and healthier.

acharya on July 15th, 2014

Irregularity in menstruation can be due to various causes, including anaemia, constitutional diseases, tuberculosis, or underdevelopment or congestion of genital organs. Many other factors like endocrinal disorders including hypothyroidism, toxic goiter, Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and other hormonal disturbances, could be some of the reasons. The best way out is to consult a gynaecologist and find out the root cause of the problem after a thorough check-up.

Ayurveda believes that one of main reasons for menstrual imbalances is bad diet and lifestyle habits, which leads to inefficient digestion. Improperly digested food could lead to formation of toxins in the body, which are then circulated by the blood to the deep tissues and channels causing blockages and stagnation.

Ayurveda recommends various types of treatment for menstrual disorders including herbs, rejuvenation therapies, incorporation of massages, meditation and yoga for permanent cure to the problem.

When talking about food intake, some of the factors that are responsible for this condition are increased intake of salty, sour, hot, pungent, heavy and fermented food, excess intake of non-vegetarian food, alcoholic beverages, eating before the previous meal is digested, psychological conditions such as anger, grief, lust and anxiety all aggravate menstrual problems.

Ayurvedic medicines

Some ayurvedic medicines generally recommended for menstrual disorders are Shudha Tankana (250mg), Rajapravartini Vati (500mg), Kumaryasava (20ml to 25ml after meals), Praval Pishti (75mg four times a day), Ashoka and Lodhra, Pradarantaka Lauha (240mg), Chandraprabha (500mg) etc. The medicines are prescribed depending on the general condition of the patient, and the nature of menstruation, which varies from one patient to another.

Herbal remedies

For scanty period, drink a decotion of Manjistha (Indian madder roots) daily to correct anaemia. It is available in Ayurvedic pharmacies.

Make a decoction out of aerial roots of banyan and consume it with half a glass of cow’s milk at bedtime for atleast three menstrual cycles.

Make hot infusion of neem bark and take a cup in the morning, noon and evening until cured.

A piece of fresh ginger can be ground and boiled in a cup of water and the infusion can be taken thrice a day after meals, sweetening with honey, as this even helps painful periods.

Some effective home remedies:

Take ½ a teaspoon of finely ground cinnamon dissolved in a cup of warm milk every night.
Green unripe papaya can help in correcting a late or delayed period. Just eat half a bowl of papaya pieces or make a simple salad from papaya and have it.

Drinking aloevera juice is a very effective home remedy in correcting irregular periods. You can start by having half a glass of pure juice on an empty stomach in the morning and another half a glass in the evening. But, have it regularly for effective results.
A decoction of cumin and sesame seeds, sweetened with jaggery, helps set off menstruation. To prepare the decoction, add a tablespoon each of cumin and sesame seeds in water and boil till the quantity of water reduces to three-fourths. Then add jaggery to taste.

Indian gooseberry (amla) is an effective remedy. Just chew on some fresh, ripe gooseberries early in the morning. If you do not have fresh ones, you can get amla juice or amla powder from any ayurvedic pharmacy or organic store. However, do not eat anything for at least once hour after that.

Fenugreek (methi) can be had regularly on empty stomach. For this, soak one-and-a-half teaspoon of methi seeds in water the previous night and in the morning drink the water on empty stomach. Do this regularly. Else, have fenugreek tea. The tea is particularly beneficial to those who have been diagnosed with PCOD (Poly cystic ovarian disease), as it helps regularise blood sugar levels.

Tips on diet and lifestyle:

Apart from trying to avoid all the causative factors mentioned above, any kind of psychological and physical stress need to be strictly avoided. Additionally, try to incorporate the following in your life:

Avoid tea, coffee and icy cold drinks, and instead have drinks at room temperature and those with cooling properties, like peppermint tea.

Eat plenty of leafy vegetables, raw vegetables, potatoes (only baked not fried), cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, spinach in uncooked form, pineapples, musk melons and mangoes can be the mainstay.

Avoid refined flour products, milled rice and sugar. Substitute sugar with dates, gur, figs or raisins.

Milk and milk products can be taken in plenty.

Walk regularly, exercise to shape-up the abdomen, hot and cold hip baths can help.

Get that 8 hours of sleep, and do not over-strain yourself mentally or physically.

Yoga poses recommended

Some effective yoga poses that helps to rectify the irregularity in menstruation are Shoulder Stand pose, Half wheel, Kapalabhati Pranayama, Agnisara Kriya, Padahastasana, Trikonasana, Shalabhasana, Cobra pose, butterfly pose and surya namaskara.

acharya on July 2nd, 2014

Dysuria treatments in AyurvedaDysuria refers to painful urination. Difficult urination is also sometimes referred to as dysuria. It is the feeling of pain, burning or discomfort on urination.

Although dysuria often indicates the presence of a urinary tract infection, there are several other causes for dysuria. Dysuria is not a disease by itself, and is only an underlying symptom of other health conditions. Therefore, dysuria should always be treated after evaluation and diagnosis by a health-care professional.

Causes

Some common causes of dysuria apart from urinary tract infection are bladder infection, kidney infection, prostate infection, inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), sexually transmitted diseases, venereal diseases like gonorrhoea, genital herpes, vaginitis, excessively acidic urine etc. Sometimes, diabetes, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, pregnancy, depression or advanced age may also cause this condition.

Symptoms

The usual symptoms of dysuria are pain during urination, always feeling the urge to urinate or having the feeling of incomplete urination, scanty urine, pain in sexual organ in men and in lower abdomen in women, presence of blood in urine, feeling of heaviness in the renal region and scrotum, etc.

Ayurvedic perception of dysuria

Ayurveda recognizes eight types of dysuria – three of which are caused by vitiation of different doshas of the body, one caused by vitiation of all three doshas, one caused by failure of the system in expelling waste matter, and others due to presence of stones in the bladder.

If dysuria is caused due to the presence of stones in the kidney or bladder, it is of vata origin, as the vitiation of vayu leads to accumulation of biochemical substances around nucleus of urinary salts, which take the shape of stones.

Treatment and medicines

Pashanabeda: It is the drug of choice for treatment of stones in the kidney or bladder, as unless the condition is treated, dysuria cannot be relieved. A teaspoonful of the powder of the root of this drug can be consumed thrice a day. If taking as a decoction, take in 50ml doses thrice a day.

Varuna: The bark of varuna is useful in treating this condition.

Gokshuradi Guggulu: If the urine is obstructed by a stone in the urinary tract Gokshuradi Guggulu is the drug of choice.
Shilajit and Chandraprabha Vati are other important drugs used in treating this condition.

Some other prescriptions for painful or scanty urine are:

Mix 1gm each of Eladi Churna, Shweta Parpati and ½ gm of Yavakshara with decoction of Pashanabhedadi and consume four times a day.

In case dysuria is caused due to vitiation of Pitta or Kapha, some useful drugs may be 240mg of Trinetra Rasa and Chandrakala

Rasa and 2gm Sheetala Parpati to be given thrice with Trinapanchamula Quath.

500mg of Shilajita and 500mg of cardamom seed powder to be mixed together, and given thrice daily with honey.
Diet and other lifestyle modifications

Ayurveda advises patients to desist from eating pulses and beans. However, certain variety of pumpkin and gourds are said to be useful in treating this condition. Vegetables like tomatoes, spinach and lady-finger may be avoided.

Increase intake of liquids particularly water.

The patient should be asked to give up a sedentary lifestyle and take up walking as an exercise daily.

Constipation should be avoided through proper diet and if necessary mild laxatives can be used.

Fomentation of the renal region with hot pack may be helpful in relieving pain associated with dysuria.

acharya on June 26th, 2014

During summer months, skin tanning and excessive sweating can make your hair dull and lifeless. Several easy home remedies with natural ingredients and aromatherapy sessions can help alleviate such troubles.

Talking of aromatherapy, its effect involves around use of Essential Oils (EOs). EOs helps your hair to grow fast, reduce dandruff and hair loss and also minimizes alopecia symptoms.

Aromatherapy shows positive results as it works on your whole system. Usage of essential oils and aromatherapy-based nature derived products, following a proper diet pattern, remaining stress-free, exercising and staying fit all contribute to having healthy hair.

For instance, excess sweating can result in limp, flat and brassy hair. This can be cured by washing with mild shampoo as soon as possible. Over exposure to sun strips hair of moisture. Humidity is one of the main reasons for frizzy uncontrolled hair. Hence, moisturizing it with essential oils is a must.

EOs are useful in homemade hair care products too, majority of them being good to treat scalp conditions such as tea tree oil for dandruff, rosemary that helps hair to grow faster, lavender for dry scalp, peppermint which treats itchy scalp and promotes hair growth.

Essential Oils beneficial to hair:

Lavender Oil

Apart from its gorgeous scent, the lavender oil has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Lavender oil, extracted from flowers of lavender plant helps treat dandruff, resolves itching, helps control hair breakage and stimulates hair growth. Lavender oil blends well with jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile is known to soothe nerves and hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells which have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions, and soothes itchy scalp and dandruff.

Peppermint Oil

Helps stimulate blood flow to root of the hair. This is important for hair as it helps receive proper nourishment. This, in turn, will lead to hair growth.

Rosemary Oil

The oil doubles as a fragrant essential oil. It is useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles, helping them to grow stronger and longer.

Tea-tree oil

This is a great moisturizer for hair. It helps in keeping the scalp free of bacteria, and fungal problems. It unblocks the sebaceous glands and promotes flow of scalp’s own moisturizing oils and clears away dead skin cells. When mixed with other essential oils, it also helps relieve dandruff.

Myrrh Oil

This oil is good for dry hair. It helps with treatment of dry scalp and dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands.

Speaking specifically of dry hair, it tangles easily and is prone to split ends. Hence, essential oils are a must to stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oils. The oils to be used are lavender essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, rosemary essential oil and geranium essential oil. The top base or carrier oils to be used are almond, jojoba, borage, cocoa butter or avocado.

There are various other essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions. Once you find the one that is good for your hair, you can stick to it and you will continue to get good results.

Tip: When using pure essential oils, it is better to dilute it with carrier oils, as the essential oil by itself would be concentrated. Some good carrier oils are jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, vitamin E oil, Avocado oil.

Usage: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp. Or, you can also put few drops on your comb or in your final hair rinse water or in your favourite carrier oil.

Natural home remedy

If you are somebody who believes in natural home remedies, here are a few:

  • Take a cup of coconut milk. Add two tablespoons of gram flour, and one teaspoon of shikakai. Apply on the scalp and hair and massage gently. Rinse it out after five minutes. Doing this every week, can help you keep off the heat.
  • Beat two eggs and add 2tbsp lemon juice, 2tsp olive oil or almond oil, and mix well. Apply on hair and scalp, and gently massage the scalp. Leave it for 15min. Wash hair with mild shampoo.
  • Add few curry leaves to two tablespoon of coconut oil. Heat this for 2-3 minutes and wait until it turns lukewarm. Massage the scalp with lukewarm oil. Immerse a towel in warm water, squeeze out the water. Wrap the towel around your hair for about an hour, before washing off with a mild shampoo.

Finally, our hair reflects our general health. It is the output of what we eat and drink. Eat healthy and drink lot of water, at least ten glasses minimum. Do not forget to cover your hair when going out in the sun for long time.

acharya on June 11th, 2014

Teeth care in AyurvedaTeeth sensitivity is an increasingly common problem faced by one and all these days. Teeth sensitivity causes a feeling of sudden discomfort when teeth comes into contact with hot, cold, sour or sweet food items. The pain can be excruciating and can be felt in the nerves of the teeth.

A recent study in Washington’s School of Dentistry revealed that teeth sensitivity was highest among 18 to 44 year olds, and among those over age of 65. The study also revealed that teeth hypersensitivity is more common among women.

Causes:

Lack of protective enamel of the teeth, lack of calcium, exposure of dentin layer, gum recession, improper dietary habits, are some of the causes of sensitive teeth. Excessive use of sugar, carbohydrates, eating too hot or cold food items, frozen, spicy or fried food, can all lead to teeth sensitivity.

Herbal remedies

Listed here are some natural herbs that may be of help to those with sensitive teeth.

Arnica: Arnica helps reduce inflammation and pain, providing instant relief. It is very effective for sensitive teeth, cures wounds of mouth and soothes gums and inflammation. Hence, apply arnica gel, extracted from the plant, on affected parts.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps kill harmful bacteria in the mouth, and when consumed with cloves, is the best remedy for sensitive teeth. A home remedy would be to boil cinnamon and cloves, and use the water to gargle twice a day. Else, just consume 2gms of the bark daily, to prevent tooth decay and pain.

Onion: If you love chewing raw onion, consume one raw onion daily by chewing it, as it protects one not only from sensitivity, but a host of teeth disorders.

Bay Berry: Make a paste of bark of bay berry with vinegar and apply on the affected tooth. Additionally this also helps strengthen gums.

Pepper: A mixture of pinch of pepper with a quarter teaspoon of common salt makes an excellent dentrifice. When used daily, it prevents dental caries, foul breath, painful gums, toothaches and increased sensitiveness. When prolonged sensitivity takes the form of toothache, apply a pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil on the caries for immediate relief.

Thyme: Thyme, apart from improving immune system, the herb when consumed as tea is also beneficial for teeth disorders. When Thyme is mixed with sage, and brewed to make tea, it kills germs in the mouth and refreshes breath, while also reducing teeth sensitivity.

Indian Propolis: A study from the Department of Public Health Dentistry of India revealed that an extract of Indian Propolis (bee propolis), significantly reduced sensitivity of teeth. So this may be worth considering.

Tips to maintain strong healthy tips:

Ayurveda suggests some simple practices to maintain strong healthy teeth, and thereby prevent onset of teeth sensitivity:

  1. Brushing teeth at least twice a day is a must. Ayurveda suggests use of various herbs to clean the teeth, as special formulas of tooth paste and powders are now available in the pharmacies. You could choose one on discussing with an Ayurvedic expert.
  2. Avoid drinking tea or coffee early in the morning, as this increases pitta dosha, leading to acidity and constipation. Instead drink a glass of warm water with lemon and honey, as honey is very beneficial to the teeth.
  3. Ensure that you gargle 4-5 times after each meal.
  4. Do not mix hot and chilled items together, like having an ice cream just after a cup of hot coffee or teeth, as such habits will surely aggravate sensitivity.
  5. Avoid excess consumption of sweets and foods containing sugar, and rinse mouth immediately after eating such items.
  6. Avoid very hot, spicy and sour fried foods.

Urticaria, also known as nettle rash or hives is a red, raised itchy skin rash which could possibly be triggered by some allergic reaction or an allergen.

nettle rash

In Ayurveda, this is called ‘Shita-Pitta’, involving aggravation of kapha and vayu, together with vitiation of pitta. It is considered a vascular reaction of the skin, characterized by transient appearance of elevated patches, which may be red or pale than the surrounding skin, and accompanied by itching.

Causes

Urticaria is thought to be caused due to certain foods, insect bite or sting, contact with irritant such as nettles, chemicals or latex, certain medications, extreme temperatures, sunlight, and water on the skin. However, in most cases, the exact cause of urticaria cannot be found. Urticaria is not contagious, and hence will not pass on to another person.

Ayurveda believes that apart from allergens, taking bath in cold water immediately after exercise when the body is hot, mental excitement, intestinal worms, exposure to cold wind, may also trigger urticaria.

Symptoms

Raised red and white patches occur in parts or all over the body surface and are accompanied by severe itching and irritation. Rarely, the patient may also be constipated, have cold or cough or bronchitis and stomach disorder.

Treatment

‘Haridra (turmeric)’ is a popular household remedy. In India, it is used in curries and is believed to cure urticaria. It can be administered in the form of paste in a dose of two teaspoonfuls twice a day by mixing with water or milk.

‘Kamadugha rasa’ which comprising ‘gairika’ in large quantities are also given at 0.5gm dosage thrice a day, with honey.
Alternatively, ‘Suta Shekhara Rasa’ and ‘Arogyavardhini Rasa’ can be given thrice daily with honey. For constipation that may accompany this condition, a mild laxative may be suggested.

Some particular prescriptions that may be recommended are 80gm Rasa Sindur, with 4gm Haridra Khanda, to be consumed thrice daily with water.

3gm of Arni should be taken with 12 gm of ghee twice a day.

Neem leaves or Neem oil can be taken as supplements during this phase.

Adults can take triphala tablets at night before going to bed to help a clear bowel.

Few other ayurvedic medications recommended are Panch tikt ghrit guggul (500mg twice a day), Giloye (500mg twice a day), Tiktshatapalghrit (twice a day), Swarn Gairic (5grains thrice daily with water or honey), Kaishore guggulu (2tablets twice a day), Khadirarishta (3tsf with equal amount of water twice daily after meals).

For external application, rub the patient with mustard oil, mixed with rock-salt powder.

In case, it has been found that the cause of urticaria is due to intestinal worms, then, they should be treated first, else, the problem recurs.

Home Remedies

As natural home remedy, consider the following:

Crush 20-25 margosa or neem leaves and make paste. Add 300ml of water and a teaspoon of giloy powder to this. Boil till water reduces to half, strain and cool the liquid. Drink this thrice a day.

Else, take half a glass each of pomegranate and Indian gooseberry juices and mix them together. Drink twice a day.

Diet

As far as possible, limit salt intake, and avoid sour food like yogurt, curd, and instead have bitter tasting food like bitter gourd. However, onion and garlic are considered to be good in this condition. Maintain a food diary so that the relationship between a food type and appearance of symptoms can be noted.

In case the above symptoms are accompanied by breathing difficulties, vomiting, variation in heart beat or blood pressure, the patient should be rushed to emergency care in a hospital.

yoga in pregnancyYoga significantly reduces stress, and risk of anxiety and depression in pregnant women, a first-of-its-kind UK study revealed.
Although it has been assumed by medical professionals that yoga can reduce stress levels in mothers, a research on this has never been carried out, scientists said.

Researchers from Manchester and Newcastle Universities found that women who participated in yoga class every week for eight weeks noticed decrease in anxiety levels, in comparison to the control group who received regular antenatal treatment.

A single yoga session has been found to reduce anxiety by one-third and stress hormone levels by 14 percent, researchers found.
Stress during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight, increased behavioural issues in the child as toddler and adolescent, and mental health problems in the mother later.

Anxiety during pregnancy is linked with postnatal depression, which in-turn is associated with increased risk of developing depression later in life.

The study done at Greater Manchester involved 59 women who were expecting their first child. They were asked to self-report their emotional state. They were then split into several groups, some of whom participated in yoga session for a week or for eight weeks, while others just had normal pre-natal treatment.

James Newham, who carried out research at the University of Manchester, also an associate at Newcastle University, said that there is evidence that yoga reduces the need for pain relief during labour and the chances for delivery by emergency caesarean section.

Further, practice of yoga during pregnancy can help reap health benefits like stress reduction, decrease in woman’s fear of childbirth, researchers said. Apart from its other health benefits such as reduced cortisol (stress hormone) levels, less difficult birth and full-term and healthy weight neonates, practice of yoga is a low-cost intervention too, the study report said.

Some of the yoga poses that could be tried are butterfly pose (Badha Konasana), wide-legged seated (Upivista Konasana), Dandasana, Marjariasana, and Adho Mukha Savasana. However, practice these poses only on consulting your doctor, as certain conditions during pregnancy may warrant complete rest.

acharya on May 22nd, 2014

In Ayurveda, Bronchitis is also known as kasa roga. Ayurveda considers bronchitis to be primarily caused by impaired digestion. Therefore, as treatment for bronchitis, physicians prescribe drugs that have the ability to correct both the lungs and stomach. The impairment of digestive processes and the remedies chosen for its cure are those that help in restoring the digestive balance too.

Bronchitis is characterized by inflammation of bronchial tubes that carry air to the lungs which results in discharge of muco-purulent substance, also known as phlegm. It is a disease endemic to cold, damp climates, but can occur anywhere.

Bronchitis can occur as symptom of several other diseases like tuberculosis. The inflammation attacks the mucous membrane of the bronchi to which phlegm adheres and there is difficulty in expelling it. The phlegm when expelled is found to be viscid and purulent. However, due to tendency of viscid phlegm to stick to bronchi, a difficulty in breathing is felt and the lungs are starved of air.

In acute cases of bronchitis, there will be rise in temperature, constant cough, breathlessness, pain in chest, abdominal pain, nasal congestion due to excess phlegm, hoarse voice and loss of appetite, and in chronic form it results in manifestation of tuberculosis. Therefore, if no proper care is taken the disease gets chronic as it may deteriorate into bronchial asthma.
Chronic bronchitis may also be caused due to airborne allergens like cigarette smoke and environment pollution accompanied by chronic cough.

Ayurvedic treatments
The simplest form of treatment for bronchitis is the administration of a teaspoonful of turmeric powder with a glass of milk twice or thrice a day. It acts best when taken on empty stomach.

A powder made of equal quantities of dried ginger, black pepper and long pepper, mixed with honey can also be administered thrice a day. Due to the anti-pyretic qualities of the powder, these three deal with bronchitis and balances the metabolism of the patient.

Some standard medicines advised by ayurveda for acute and chronic bronchitis are juice of vasa, honey, Rasa Sindur, Pravala Pisthi, Sitopaladi Churna, Kaphachintamani, kaphaketu, Shringyadi churna etc. In case of a congested throat that accompanies bronchitis, Khadiradi Vati gives effective relief, due to the presence of catechu that helps relieve congestion.

In case of an infection, the patient suffers from fever and these medicines cure fever as well, due to their anti-pyretic and stimulant effects.

The herb ‘vasa’ is also useful in curing cough and bronchitis, particularly in chronic cases. The juice of leaves of the herb gets chronic. The leaves of the plant are used in a dose of two teaspoonfuls thrice a day. Adding honey makes it more palatable.
Care should be taken to avoid cold weather conditions. Bath in cold water is contraindicated, particularly when bronchitis is in acute phase. Curds and sour substances need to be avoided, and banana and guava are also fruits that are contraindicated in this disease. Proper care and attention is a ‘must’ for treatment of the disease.

As a home remedy, grind liquorice root into a powder. Take a cup of water, add half-a-teaspoon of the powder to the water and heat for 15 minutes. Filter it and drink twice everyday for a week.

Along with the said remedy, add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk, mix well and drink twice a day.
Vamana and Virechana Therapy are ayurvedic treatments recommended for Bronchitis.