acharya on January 29th, 2016

Well, who wouldn’t like to be tall? But, not all of us are born with a tall gene, and no modern surgical correction or other methods are likely to give what you are looking for, at least in this case.

A recent study revealed that good height not only helps build confidence, but is also related to higher IQs and better job prospects. Apart from our eating and lifestyle habits, although the height of our parents is a determining factor, it is not always dependent on gene alone. In any case, achieving a good height has never been easy, and it is here that you may need the help of the ancient Indian technique ‘Yoga’.

Yoga is the union of body and mind. While it detoxifies the body, it also helps in attaining a calm mind. Once the mind is relaxed and stress-free, the body easily produces the Growth Hormone, which is responsible for increase in height. Also, attaining a good posture is vital for body growth, and can be achieved through practice of yoga.

In general the body growth of individuals varies from one individual to another, depending on lot of factors.

Although yoga can help in making your body more supple and help in increasing height, it is also necessary that you pay attention to the type of nutrition your body receives. While regular yoga practice helps ensure a sound body and mind, it is good nutritious food that helps in maintaining vigour.

Yoga postures bear the credit of making a person more aware of his/her body, mind and environment. Yoga exercises helps improve the suppleness and health of all organs, and can have an overall effect of cleansing the body of toxins, which in turn, promotes the growth of healthy cells and hormones, that will more than directly increase the height of a person.

yoga pose for getting tall

Some of the yoga postures that can aid increase in height are:

Bhujangasana

Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominal region, and helps increase the height.

Tadasana

It is the ideal posture to lengthen and straighten the spine to increase your height.

Hastapadasana

This asana is ideal for those whose upper part of the body is shorter than the lower part. Practising this asana regularly is known to work on each and every section of the body starting from head to toe.

Sukhasana

This is a basic yoga posture that helps tone the lower back and hip regions, eventually boosting height by decompressing the cartilage.

Chakrasana

This is an extremely helpful posture that helps in increasing body height, irrespective of your age. This is because, the elasticity of spinal cord increases through this practice, and body becomes more flexible. This contributes to considerable increase in height.

Talasana

This is one of the easiest yoga postures to practice for increasing height. It has been found that this asana helps in making the spinal cord and limbs stronger, and helps in making the whole body agile, which is beneficial for height gain.

Surya Namaskar

The cyclic practice of yogic postures helps in loosening up joints and muscles within a short span of time. Abdominal organs are stretched and compressed to ensure their proper functioning and this also helps improve spinal flexibility and improves immunity.

Yoga can do wonders when practised regularly. On consulting a trained practitioner, you can chalk out a customized yoga routine that best suits your body and lifestyle.

acharya on January 19th, 2016

Yoga and Ayurveda are like two sides of a coin. The origins of both are from a greater system of Vedic knowledge. While yoga has its origins from Yajurveda, Ayurveda originated from Atharva Veda and Rig Veda. Both of these are based on the principles of Trigunas (Satva, Rajas and Tamas) and Panchamahabhutas (fire, earth, space and water). Both advocate regular practice of pranayama, meditation and use of herbs for physical and mental health.

While Ayurveda emphasizes on how your body works through doshas and the impact of food and medicines on the body, knowing your doshas in the first place, will help in customizing your yoga practice to obtain maximum benefits from it, says Jyoti Agarwal, Art of Living Teacher.

Yoga balances all three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, as various poses have different effects. While all forward bending postures help in cooling Pitta dosha, the twisting poses are good for people of kapha constitution, as it aids digestion. On the other hand, backward bending postures are considered to be heat producing, and hence help in balancing vata types, as long as the person has the strength to continue them.
Here are some specific yoga asanas recommended for people of various constitutions:

Vata: People with vata dosha are usually quick and creative, but they may experience some signs of imbalance due to insomnia and anxiety. For people of this constitution, slow and steady yoga postures like the below said, will be of help, as they cultivate peace and helps beat anxiety.

  • Mountain pose or ‘Tadasana’
  • ‘Ardha Matsyendrasana’
  • Inverted poses like ‘Sirsana’ and ‘Sarvangasana’.

Pitta: People with pitta constitution are said to be passionate, courageous and enthusiastic. When an imbalance is experienced, people of Pitta constitution may suffer from anger and competitive mentality. They require some cooling and relaxing postures that help release heat and tension from the body, and promote patience and compassion. Recommended asanas for people of Pitta constitution are:

  • Dhanurasana
  • Utrasana

meditation for diabetesKapha: People with kapha constitution are strong, consistent, devoted, and stable. Some of the signs of imbalance in them include dullness, procrastination, and congestion. Such people require yoga movements like deep breathing exercises that foster enthusiasm and focus. Some of these are:

  • Kapalbhati
    Surya Namaskar
    Ujjayi Pranayam

A verse from Yoga Sutra states yoga as a settled state of the mind. Similarly, a verse from ayurvedic texts states that the one who always remain united with the Self, is a healthy person. Both these verses suggest that yoga and Ayurveda have the same goal, i.e., attaining union with self, the most settled state of the mind.

In another instance, a verse from Sushruta Samhita states that if an individual’s doshas are in balance, appetite is good, dhatus are functioning normally, malas are in balance, and if his self, mind and senses are full of bliss, he can be considered as being ‘healthy’.

Ayurvedic texts like ‘Charaka Samhita’, makes mention of yoga, as being vital for dissolving physical stress and calming the mind before meditation. It states that yoga practice is vital for maintaining an ayurvedic routine. Yoga is also considered as the ideal ayurvedic exercise, as it rejuvenates the body, improves digestion and eliminates stress.

Yoga postures tone all areas of the body, helps in cleansing the internal organs of toxins, which is one of the primary goals of Ayurveda. Meanwhile, yoga practitioners can benefit from incorporating an ayurvedic routine into their daily lives, as part of yoga practice, as Ayurvedic massages help remove toxins from the body and relaxes muscles, which again, is essential for yoga practice. So, as you can see Ayurveda and Yoga are part of one another and are inter-dependent.

Saffron, a naturally derived plant product has been found to prevent or protect against Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma), according to latest study conducted by the professors in UAE, and published in the journal Recent Patents on Anticancer Drug Discovery.

The research revealed that the wonder spice comprises of a bio-moclecule that is beneficial for liver. The study was aimed at examining the chemo-preventive action of saffron’s main bio-molecule, ‘Crocetin’ or ‘crocin’, against chemically-induced liver cancer in rats and also to study the mechanisms by which crocin employs its anti-tumour effects.

“Our findings suggest that saffron provides an anti-cancer protective effect, promoting cell death, and inhibiting proliferation of cancerous cells and blocking inflammations,” the researchers said.

At the end of the study, the authors, based on their findings, concluded that crocin can be a potential chemo-preventive agent against Hepatocellular Carcinoma or Liver Cancer.

Several previous studies have also shown that saffron possess antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Spices like saffron, and turmeric in particular, have in-built medicinal properties, which, when incorporated into our diet from an early state, helps strengthen our bodies against invasion of toxins, viruses and bacteria.

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of saffron crocus, a plant native to Southwest Asia. The natural carotenoid in the spice, namely, “Crocin” is the primary cancer-fighting element in Saffron. Apart from inhibiting the progression of the disease, it also decreases the size of the tumour by half, thereby ensuring complete prevention of the disease.

Saffron is among the most expensive spices in the world, derived from about 250,000 flower stigmas. There is plenty of such information that points to the ability of saffron in inhibiting cancer.

Some of the previous studies dating back to the year 2004, has shown that aqueous saffron preparations can inhibit chemically induced skin carcinogenesis, wherein both changes in carcinogen bioactivation and tumour proliferation may occur. Later, studies in 2007, and 2009, have shown that similar to other spices, Saffron suppresses cell growth in neoplastic cells to a large extent than in normal cells, and the ability of crocin to decrease cell viability occurs in a concentration and time-dependent manner.

saffron

Ayurvedic texts reveal that the herb ‘Crocus Sativus’, also known by names ‘kumkuma’ or ‘saffron’, is grouped under “Varnya” gana, which means the one which imparts fairness or glow to skin. Saffron is considerably used in Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicinal preparations.

Ayurveda pharmacology shows that saffron is ‘bitter’ to taste, increases body fire, and balances tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha). In Ayurveda, saffron is also often referred to as the golden spice, and used as an important medicinal ingredient in large number of Ayurvedic medicines due to its strong antipoisonous, cardiotonic, carminative, diuretic, aphrodisiac, stimulant, febrifuge, nervine tonic, sedative and styptic properties, and is highly valued in Ayurveda.

It is also used in treating arthritis, acne, apoplexy, colic, asthma, cough, dyspepsia, liver disorders, mental disorders, insect bites and stings, oedema, painful menstruation, male reproductive issues, sore throat, splenic disorders etc. It contributes largely in improving weak eyesight and is much valued as a complexion builder, as it adds a healthy glow and brightness to the body.

However, Saffron is a potent spice. Excessive intake may be harmful. The dosage of saffron intake is dependent on factors like climatic conditions, health, age of the individual and the manner in which the dosage is taken. When taking saffron for medical reasons, it should always be taken as per proper medical advice.

Turmeric has once again been in news recently, as it has outperformed several modern day medicines. Curcumin, an active component in turmeric has been used in the ancient form of Indian Medicine, Ayurveda, for thousands of years now. The western science is now catching on, with its latest researches having proven the effectiveness of turmeric in treating various ailments. The latest news is that turmeric is as effective as 14 other drugs used in treatment of various major ailments.

Turmeric is one of the most well-researched plants, as its primary components, particularly ‘Curcumin’ has been subjected to several biomedical studies. The long research on this sacred plant has unveiled more than 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, and 175 distinct physiological effects. Growing number of studies have concluded that this wonder spice compares favourably to variety of conventional medications.

turmeric

Studies on turmeric vs. drugs so far revealed the following:

Atorvastatin/Lipitor (cholesterol medication) – A 2008 study published  in the journal ‘Drugs in R&D’ revealed that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids extracted from turmeric compared favorably to the popular cholesterol medication drug ‘atorvastatin’.

Dexamethasone (corticosteroid drug) – Another 2008 study published in ‘Critical Care Medicine’ found that curcumin compared favorably to ‘dexamethasone’, the corticosteroid drug, used for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury.

Prozac/ Impipramine/Fluoxetine (antidepressants) – A 2011 study published in the journal ‘Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica’ revealed that curcumin compares favourably to anti-depressant drugs used for reducing depressive behavior in animal models.

Aspirin (blood thinner) – A study published in the journal ‘Arzneimitte forschung’ in 1986 revealed that curumin has the potential to modulate platelets and prostacyclin, which indicates that it may be effective in patients prone to vascular thrombosis, and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.

Ibuprofen / tamoxifen /sulindac (anti-inflammatory drugs) – A 2004 study published in ‘Oncogene’, a journal, has revealed that curcumin is as effective as the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, naproxen, tamoxifen, and others in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumour cells.

Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug) – Curcumin is said to compare favourably with oxaliplatin, an anti-proliferative agent, in colorectal cell lines, according to a 2007 study published in the ‘International Journal of Cancer’.

Metformin (diabetes drug) – A study published in the journal ‘Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community’ in 2009 explained that curcumin is valuable in treating diabetes, and that it is 500 to 100,000 times more potent than ‘metformin’ in activating AMPK (which increases glucose uptake).

Multi-drug Resistant (Cancers) – About 27 studies has so far proven in the ability to induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.

Use of turmeric in Ayurveda

Ayurveda has been using and advising turmeric-based remedies for several illnesses for ages now. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old natural healing system of India, to balance the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend this herb as medicine taken internally in the form of fresh juice or boiled tea or powder, and topically as creams, lotions, pastes and ointments.

There are several ancient Ayurvedic formulas with turmeric as the main ingredient. Turmeric is added to boiled milk and used as remedy for cold from times immemorial in many households. Ayurvedic treatments use turmeric paste topically on sprains, inflammed joints, wounds, insect stings, and to treat skin diseases. In the earliest Ayurvedic book ‘Charaka Samhita’ a section on Therapeutics states that turmeric, together with black pepper or long pepper makes an effective combination for several illnesses. Curcumin, the active substance in turmeric, is one of the best antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, and when combined with pepper, its effectiveness grows ten-fold.

Ayurveda uses turmeric as a major ingredient in its medications for regulating cholesterol levels and triglycerides, regulating sugar levels, liver detoxification, regulating digestive tract, stabilizing metabolism, weight reduction, boosting immunity, improving brain functioning, reducing blood pressure, treating neurological disorders, reducing triglycerides, and as excellent antiseptic and analgesic.

Now, the latest research on turmeric says its can play a lead role in fighting HIV. A recent study at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore said that when scientists fed curcumin to HIV-infected cells in the laboratory, the virus stopped replicating.

Turmeric has obviously stood the test of time. Hence, taking into consideration on how strongly a track record of turmeric has helped in the field of food and medicine, in a range of cultures for thousands of years, it can strongly be argued that curcumin can be used as an alternative drug in several major treatments. It is best to use certified organic turmeric in lower doses on daily basis for nourishing yourself, rather than using huge doses of it later in life as medication

It is your feet that connect the being in you, to the earth that you belong to. It is believed that our body and soul are connected and embodied in our feet. ‘Pada’ or ‘foot’ has been given most importance in Indian customs, tradition and medicine. In fact, in Ayurveda, ‘Pada’ is considered as an important motor organ (Karmendriya).

Our feet are more than just an essential part of our body. Ayurvedic texts explain that human body is in the form of inverted trees, wherein, roots lie at the top (head), the branches (upper and lower limbs), are all attached to the trunk (body), directed downwards. Just as the trees are nurtured at their roots but fruits are obtained in their branches, the human body too if taken good care, we obtain its fruits in the branches (hands and legs). Hence, while enjoying the fruits in the form of daily activities that we do with our hands and limbs, it is also essential to take good care of them.

Foot-care has evolved over a period of time, however, in Ayurveda ‘Padabhyanga’ or ‘foot massage’ is considered the mother of all therapies. ‘Pada’ in Sanskrit means ‘foot’, and ‘Abhyanga’ – means use of medicated oils.

Padabhyanga is a holistic therapy and religious approach and part of traditional Ayurvedic treatment. In fact, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture are likely to have originated from this ancient art of healing.

Benefits of Padabhyanga:

It immediately alleviates roughness, stiffness, dryness, numbness and tingling sensation of foot and leg, tiredness of the foot, strengthening the foot, offering stability in the foot, and it makes the feet more attractive.

Apart from the mentioned immediate effects, Padabhyanga offers several benefits to the body as a whole. It helps in improving and maintaining good eyesight, controls and balances vayu, cures sciatica, prevents cracks in the foot and cures fissures, improves blood circulation, removes contraction of muscles, ligaments and vessels of the feet.

Foot massage also heals the marmas (vital points in the body), soothes the nerves, relieves foot pain, prevents occurrence of various foot ailments, and helps in easy locomotion. It activates our immune system, improves hearing capacity, promotes sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, balances doshas, helps in restless leg syndrome, alleviates diabetic neuropathy, cures headaches, activates metabolism, reduces oedema in expecting mothers, relieves hypertension, prevents onset of degeneration.

It is said that foot massages release any blocks that hold back energy, which should otherwise be flowing freely throughout the body.

Method of Padabhyanga/Foot massage:

ayurvedic foot massage

Actual Padabhyanga should be performed only by an expert after thoroughly examining the patient. The basic constitution and details of morbidity are studied in detail first, after which, the patient will be given instant purgation for detoxification. The treatment is done using ‘tailam’ (medicated oil, medicated ghee, either or both. Sometimes ‘ksheeradhara’ may be required for which milk, along with ‘Dashamula kashayam’ or ‘laksha churna’ are used.

The lukewarm medicated oil/ghee is liberally applied to the feet, including soles, heel, ankle joint and legs. The oil is then rubbed energetically into the whole joint including the bones of the joint and tendon. The massage is done with hands by applying moderate pressure in circular motions. The energy points are massaged with ultimate care to ensure that they are activated. The toxins are eliminated and a path is carved for elimination of negative energy. The whole massage lasts for about half an hour.

The massage MUST be done only by an experienced masseur, and always a single masseur does the massage in both feet so that the synchronicity is maintained. The foot of the person undergoing Padhabhyanga is also exposed to fumes of herbal decoctions, if required.

For general foot health, sesame oil, cow ghee, Ksheerabala tailam and Eranda tailam are used. But for specific conditions like pain, swelling, stiffness etc., other medicated oils like Mahamasha tailam, Ksheerabala tailam, Mahanarayana tailam, Kottamchukkadi tailam, Murivenna, Pinda tailam, Tiktaka ghritam, and Guggulutiktaka ghritam are used.

Points to note during a foot massage:

  • Foot massage can be done at any time of the day and on daily basis too.
  • It is more effective when done in late evenings or at bed time.
  • Foot massage or ‘Padabhyanga’ also form part of ‘Sarva-Abhyanga’ (whole body oil massage)
  • Foot massage should not be done when you have fever, cold, toxin induced coma, lymphatic or blood infections, thrombosis, indigestion, abnormal skin conditions, circulatory disorders of lower limbs, and during acute trauma to foot.

On the whole, Padabhyanga may be just the option to choose if you wish to rejuvenate and fortify your health, and keep diseases at bay.

acharya on October 30th, 2015

The third edition of Global Ayurveda Festival and Arogya Expo (GAF) will be unveiled on 29th January 2016, and the festival will continue until 2nd February 2016, in Kozhikode, Kerala.

About 5000 delegates from over 50 countries are likely to participate in the event, which include practitioners, students, hospitals, manufacturers, government and non-government agencies, working in the sector, who will all gather in this largest biennial event of the Ayurveda fraternity, which is being held for the first time in Kozhikode.

Organized by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), the GAF 2016 is held in association with the Government of Kerala, native Ayurveda fraternity and department of AYUSH, Government of India.

The state department of AYUSH, Department of Tourism and Department of Industry are all partnering with GAF in a big way.

GAF is positioned as the destination festival on Ayurveda in Kerala, which bridges the great native medicinal tradition with global community.

The earlier conferences of GAF were organized at Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, and have grown into internationally recognized event on Ayurveda, with participation of delegates showing consistent growth from 1 800 to 2012.

GAF 2015 will include an international seminar on the theme Women’s Health, a mega exhibition of 500 stalls involving participation of ayurveda hospitals, drug manufacturing industry, government and non-government agencies, all showcasing their products and services.

The GAF 2016 is a fortnight long ‘Grand Kerala Ayurveda Fair’, to be held in 14 districts of the state on 14 days, during 15th to 28th January to ensure participation of local ayurveda institutions.

Several organizations from Germany, US, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Brazil and Russia are likely to participate in GAF 2016.

acharya on October 19th, 2015

Low back pain is one of the common pain disorders caused due to spinal degeneration, inflammation, or other health conditions. Spinal degeneration is a part of ageing process, but, the rate and degree of degeneration is a lot influenced by our lifestyle choices such as smoking, injury, excessive sitting, wrong posture, diabetes, and even the food we eat has a direct impact on our spine.

Here are some useful effective cures for back pain and spinal degeneration from the books of Ayurveda.

low back pain remedies

Try to stay warm, eat warm

You would have noticed that any pain increases during cold weather. So try to keep yourself warm when outdoors during cold weather to reduces instances of intense pain. Apart from staying warm, stick to eating fresh warm foods, as consuming cold food and drinks leads to increase in vata dosha, thereby leading to pain.

Avoid pungent spices

Extreme pungent spices in your food may also have a drying effect on the body, and dryness is one of the main qualities of vata dosha. This can lead to constipation and low back pain.

Oil massage

It has been noticed that intensity of low back pain increases during periods of stress, exertion and depletion, and due to too much accumulated vata build-up in the body. The skin is the primary organ of vata dosha, and will be highly impacted. Hence, giving your body an oil massage with warm sesame oil before a warm shower can reduce lower back pain, apart from warding off aging.

Ayurvedic herbs

Herbs like turmeric and ginger are effective in reducing inflammatory pain, while valerian, kava kava, skullcap, chamomile, hops, passionflower and jatamansi help in combating tension-related pain, as these herbs are sold in combination formulas.

Also called Ajwain seeds, Bishop’s weed seeds are easily available in health food stores. This Ayurvedic spice helps immensely for pain, constipation, and can be safely taken by all suffering from vata dosha. You may boil Ajwain seeds in water and drink this tea for instant pain relief.

Aromatherapy

Studies show that essential oils such as Thyme and Rosemary improve blood flow to muscles, while peppermint and myrtle are considered temporary painkillers. A few drops of these can be added to an aromatherapy diffuser, or massage oil.

Ayurvedic treatments

Herbal preparations like ‘Asthavargam’ are administered internally. Daily purgation is done to restore the vitiated dosha to state of normalcy. Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments like Abhyanga, Basti, etc., are helpful in relieving backache and in correcting abnormalities. Other useful medications for this condition are Lakshadiguggul, Yogarajaguggul, Triphala Guggul, and Mahanarayan Tailam.

Practice yoga – Padahastasana, Anuloma viloma

Padahastasana is a great yoga pose for low back pain, particularly, as it allows vata dosha to flow optimally through the body, avoiding constriction which usually is the cause of constipation and low back pain.

Another effective yoga technique is Anuloma Viloma, and this beneficial breathing practise helps balance vata dosha. It is essential in lowering back pain and other vata dosha conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
Shavasana (corpse pose) is also effective practice to reduce muscle spasms, relieve tension and calm the mind naturally.

Two main objectives of Ayurveda are to maintain health and cure diseases. Rasayana Chikitsa or Rasayana Therapy, also known as Rejuvenation Therapy aims to restore body’s vitality to its fullest. In other words, Rasayana Chikitsa aims to retain the youthfulness of body and mind.

Basically, Rasayana Chikitsa can rekindle the lively radiance, and can contribute immensely in keeping away the old-age decline in life.

Who can benefit from Rasayana Chikitsa?

People suffering from stress, insomnia, shallow breath, weak senses, rough and dry skin, weak appetite, weak memory, chronic digestive problems, migraine, obesity, constipation, weak memory can all benefit from this treatment. However, this does not imply that only individuals with such health problems should resort to Rasayana Chikitsa. If you are planning to improve your vitality, and wish to have a fresh and energetic body, this therapy can be of help.

Rasayana Chikitsa

Types of Rasayana Chikitsa

The two types of Rasayana therapies are – Kudipraveshikam and Vatatapikam

The Kudipraveshikam therapy is done with utmost diligence on strict measures and diet, under expert guidance. This is also known as kayakalpam. The major treatments will be carried out in a specially built hut, surrounded by walls that shut off wind and light.

The duration can range from two months to four months. However, this treatment is only performed if you are free of any major illness. Generally, anyone in the age group 25 to 70 years can undergo this procedure.

The Vatatapikam procedure is less rigorous and places less restriction on diet in comparison to the Kutipravesha procedure. This is particularly prescribed for individuals who find it difficult to follow a strict diet, and for people who are weak with some illness. The medicines to be used for this procedure are generally decided by the physician based on the condition of patient’s health.

Duration of this procedure is 21 to 60 days.

Herbs/medicines used for the procedure

Among the herbs used for the procedure are:

Bala, Kashmari, Varahi – dietary adjuvants that increase tissue and organ strength

Pippali, Lasuna – For respiratory and tissue strength

Haritaki – eliminates waste products and boosts digestion

Brahmi, Vacha, Shankhapushpi, Madukaparni – increase intellect and memory

Guggulu – helps in further digestion of waste products

Amlaki – decreases catabolic process and postpones ageing.

Bhallataka – have a powerful immune promoting substance which overcomes rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of malignancies.

Punarnava – promotes kidney functioning

Shatavari – Useful for infertility, increases libido, helps deal with menopause, promotes lactation in lactating mothers.

The other herbs included are Pravala, Kapichacchu, Suvarna, Chyavanprasha and Vardhaman pippali rasayana.

Method of treatment

The treatment method apart from therapy sessions on consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor, oral herbal medications, and an ayurvedic diet, may include yoga and breathing sessions, and meditation.

The therapy begins with cleansing of oral cavity, nose, eyes and ears, prior to application of oil on the whole body for the first week. A one hour full-body massage is done with hands or with foot. A 15 minute full body massage is followed by 45 minutes of sudation with boluses of medicated powder for next three days. Enemas may be given with appropriate medicated oils or decoctions on alternate days after the first week.

The full body massage is followed by continuous synchronized pouring of warm oil on the body in a specific manner, or a body scrub using a coarse herbal medicated powder for 50 minutes on the 8th, 9th and 10th days.

The next two days, fifteen minutes steam chamber treatment may follow the full body massage. Thereafter, a full body massage is followed by Shirodhara, wherein constantly warm medicated oil is poured on the forehead for the last three days of the treatment.

All this is done apart from regular oral herbal medications and an ayurvedic diet. This is the general treatment plan followed in a Rasayana Therapy in case of a normal healthy person. But, doctors usually check and diagnose the patient’s health condition before finalizing the treatment plan.

Benefits of Rasayana Therapy

The benefits of rejuvenation therapy are manifold. Apart from improving overall health of the person undergoing treatment, the therapy promotes good health, is beneficial in increasing concentration and memory power, renders a youthful skin with a natural glow, calms and de-stresses the mind, relieves anxiety, depression and stress issues. Builds better immunity, and offers optimum strength to the body by improving the capacity of all sense organs.