Diseases and Conditions

According to Ayurveda, the body comprises of three primary life forces or humors. In Ayurvedic terminology, they are called doshas. The state of balance or equilibrium between these three doshas in the body is called health and the state of imbalance or disequilibrium is disease. The imbalance may be in one, two or all the three doshas. For example, excess of vata causes arthritis and excess of pitta causes acidity, ulcer and liver disorders.

All causative factors of disease internal or external, directly or indirectly, create an imbalance in these doshas first and only then do the symptoms of the disease manifest. The causative factors can be the food, life style or other activities. All these factors are affecting one, two or all the three doshas.

So if you want to stay healthy, you must know what are these factors which create an imbalance of doshas. As said earlier, these factors could be your diet, life style or daily activities. You will soon discover that majority of foods and activities we practice in the modern world are increasing one or more doshas.

The following are some of the conditions we have treated at our centres. However, this is not a comprehensive list. For any condition, you will need to consult our doctors who will prescribe a course of treatment that would be unique to you.

Acid Reflux or GERD

Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease) is a digestive disorder that is caused when the valve between the esophagus and stomach becomes weak. Normally, this valve opens to allow food in and then it shuts tightly. With GERD, the valve stays open, allowing stomach acids to flow back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and many other symptoms. It leads to a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) which results in the mucosal damage.

Symptoms

  • Regurgitation
  • Heart burn
  • Pain while swallowing food
  • Water brash
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Belching
  • Head ache

Ayurvedic Perspective

According to Ayurveda Acid Reflux or GERD is a result of aggravation of pitta dosha. Intake of hot spicy food and foods of incompatible nature vitiates all the doshas, predominantly and this leads to acidity.

Main procedure

  • Snehapanam, Abhyangam, Virechanam, Lepanam, Sirodhara
  • Internal administration of medicines with modification in diet habits and lifestyle will help this condition.

Duration of Stay

The treatments for 2 to 3 weeks will be needed for an effective management.

Expected Outcome

Acid Reflux can be cured completely.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid tea, coffee, and carbonated or alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid processed and fermented foods.
  • Avoid using garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and vinegar in cooking.
  • Also avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods.
  • Curd should be strictly avoided.
  • Take meals in a relaxed atmosphere at regular intervals.
  • Do exercise regularly.
  • Try to finish your dinner by 7.30 pm and instead of taking three big meals, take 4-6 smaller portions
  • Avoid physical activities just after eating
  • Raise the head end of your bed or sleep on extra pillows so that your head is higher than your feet
  • Avoid mental stress & worries
  • Practice Yoga (Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana) and Pranayama (Bhastrika Pranayama, Shitali Pranayama and Shitkari Pranayama)

Simple Home Remedies

  • Mix together equal parts of powdered fennel, licorice root, basil leaves, and coriander seeds. Have ½ teaspoon of this mixture with ½ teaspoon of powdered rock candy 15 minutes before lunch and dinner.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

ARDS is a condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs. It leads to low oxygen level in the blood. The condition results from sepsis, pneumonia, trauma, injuries, lung contusions, massive transfusion, drug overdose, acute pancreatitis etc.

Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing
  • Low blood pressure & fever – in ARDS resulted from sepsis
  • Persons with pneumonia may have cough, chest pain etc.
  • Hypoxemia(low oxygen levels in the blood)
  • Rapid heart rate

According to Ayurveda, we can correlate this condition to shwasa roga/ Pranavaha sroto vikaram. It is due to the aggravation of both vata & kapha doshas.

The symptoms are fast & audible breath, cough, dryness of mouth, dyspnoea, etc.

IP treatments will be better in these kinds of diseases. Treatments are tailored according to the needs of each individual patient.

The general principle is to initially control the vata & kapha dosha, along with internal administration of medicines.

  • Treatments includes, oleation(snehana) & fomentation(swedana) procedures both internally & externally.
  • Panchakarma procedures like vamana (emesis) and virechana (purgation) are needful.
  • Other treatments like naleeswedam, urovasthy, nasyam etc. can do good.
  • 2-3 weeks of treatments will be beneficial that helps with easiness of breath, lightness of chest & head.

Diet restrictions

  • Avoid cold food items, refrigerated foods and carbonated drinks
  • Avoid too much of salt & sodium in diet which causes water retention and effects the breathing
  • Fried and fatty foods

Activity restrictions

  • Avoid exposure to cold and wind.
  • Dusty and smoky atmosphere should be avoided.
  • Avoid strenuous exercises.

Addictions

Now a days, more and more people are addicted to different substances like tobacco, alcohol, drugs etc. This indicates a decline in people's mental health and outlook about life and values. Most of them start using them for seeking momentary pleasure and joy. And also influence of friends. In parties, it is really difficult to stay away from Alcohol, because that is the main item serving around.

People are more prone to stress and strain from competitive world. Even a small problem is big for them. So they want a relief from these problems. Naturally they start to use the substances more frequently and ended up in addiction. After a period it will change into chemical depending more psychological satisfaction. Gradually it will start to affect his personal and social relationships.

To handle this problem effectively cleansing through Panchakarma is essential. For this an in house treatment upto one month is required. After that also the person need to continue some herbs to improve his mental faculties. Also some rasayanas for improving physical and mental health.

Yoga and meditation can help a lot to improve mental state and keep away from addictions.

Allergic Rhinitis/Hay fever

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is a type of inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or tiny flecks of skin and saliva shed by cats, dogs and other animals with fur or feathers.

Besides making you miserable, hay fever can affect your performance at work or school and generally interfere with your life. But you don't have to put up with annoying symptoms. You can learn to avoid triggers and find the right treatment.

Symptoms

  • Tickling sensation and irritation in the nostrils
  • Sneezing
  • Body ache
  • Watery eyes
  • Running nose
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Headache and heaviness in the head

Ayurvedic Perspective

  • Allergic Rhinitis from an Ayurvedic perspective is caused due to the ama (toxins) present in the body and due to low immunity. Accumulated ama aggravates the levels of Kapha in the body, giving rise to different symptoms of allergies. In Ayurveda, such allergies are thought of being caused due to hypersensitivity of the nervous system. Thus vitiation of all the three doshas are found in this condition.

Main procedure

Ayurveda believes in balancing the three doshas present in the human body, thus treating the disease on the whole. Treatment involves clearing the sinuses and expelling phlegm, alleviating the relevant dosha and detoxification.

  • Deepanam/Pachanam
  • Abhyanga, Choornapindaswedam, Thalam
  • Nalee swedam/ Bashpa swedam
  • Virechanam
  • Nasyam
  • Thakradhara
  • Rasayana therapy

To permanently resolve this disorder, dietary and lifestyle adjustments may be necessary in addition to the strengthening of the immune system.

Duration of Stay

2 to 3 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

Treatment is mainly for boosting immune mechanism and to reduce hyper activity of immune system & to relieve symptoms.

Diet & Lifestyle advises

  • Have freshly-prepared, warm food and avoid stale and junk food.
  • Kapha-aggravating foods like dairy, sugar, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, bananas, oranges and grapefruits should be avoided.
  • Reduce sweet, sour and salty food
  • Cover your nose in dusty or cold surroundings.
  • Whenever you feel slight congestion, take a steam inhalation treatment.
  • Avoid sleeping in the open and cover yourself properly before going to sleep.

Simple Home Remedies

Boil ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in milk. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Take 2-3 times a day. Turmeric is a natural immune booster and very effective in allergic rhinitis.

Allergy

Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system to specific substances that it misidentifies as harmful. This strong and abnormal response of the body to foreign substances is known as an allergic reaction and the substances that cause it are called allergens. Allergic reactions manifest themselves in the form of commonly seen skin and respiratory disorders such as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma and food allergies.

Symptoms

  • Itchy, red, watering eyes
  • A raised, itchy, red rash over skin
  • Sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose
  • Recurring headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma

Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda regards allergy as a disorder caused by impaired digestion, which is why preliminary symptoms may include indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. This dysfunction in the digestive process is the cause of the hypersensitivity to certain substances, such as dust and pollen that triggers the allergic attacks. Deposits of ama (toxins in the form of mucus) in the lungs and respiratory tract create obstruction in breathing and cause wheezing, coughing or sneezing.

Each time a person comes in contact with an allergen, the doshas are imbalanced, and toxins are released according to the imbalanced doshas, leading to specific symptoms.

Main procedure

Ayurvedic treatment of allergy focuses on pacifying the imbalanced dosha, restoring digestion with herbal preparations, and advising supporting diet and lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic tonics are also administered to build up the strength of the lungs.

  • Deepanam/Pachanam
  • Abhyanga, choornapindaswedam, Thalam
  • Nalee swedam/ Bashpa swedam
  • Virechanam
  • Nasyam
  • Thakradhara
  • Rasayana therapy

Duration of Stay

2 to 3 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

Treatment is mainly for boosting immune mechanism and to reduce hyper activity of immune system & to relieve symptoms.

Diet & Lifestyle advises

  • Eat at least 2 hours before going to bed.
  • Drinking warm water or herbal teas throughout the day is beneficial.
  • Heavy foods including dairy products, fried foods, cold foods, rice, beans and legumes should be avoided.
  • The use of spices, pickles and chilies in cooking should also be minimized. Honey, nuts and seeds can be taken in moderate amount.
  • Avoid excessive or physically demanding exercise.
  • Yoga and breathing exercises (Pranayama) can be helpful.

Simple Home Remedies

Mix turmeric (1 teaspoon) juice and honey (2 tablespoons) in a bowl. Consume a spoonful of this mixture regularly until the allergy has gone.

Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which decreased amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or lowered ability of the cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues. Normal level of hemoglobin in adult females is between 12 to 16 g/dl while in adult males it is between 14 to 18 g/dl. When hemoglobin level falls below the minimum parameter, anemia ensues.

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Giddiness
  • Swelling around eyes
  • Paleness of skin, nails & eyes
  • Palpitation
  • Sleeplessness

Ayurvedic Perspective

As per Ayurveda anemia is caused by production of ama (toxins) in stomach which eventually blocks the channels of rasa dhatu. This results in paleness and other symptoms. Depending upon which particular dosha vitiated, anemia is further classified.

Main procedure

  • Deepana-Pachana therapy
  • External treatments such as Abhyangam, Navarakizhi & Sirodhara
  • Panchakarma therapy such as Virechanam, Nasyam

Duration of Stay

3 to 4 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

Outcome of the treatment depends on the underlying factors

Diet & Lifestyle advises

  • Avoid heavy, spicy, fried food.
  • Light meals, rice, lentils, soups, vegetables, fruits like pomegranate, grapes, dates, melons, cereals, nuts, green leafy vegetables, beans, pulses, dried fruit, egg, milk and milk products are particularly recommended.
  • Problems like bleeding piles and excessive menstruation should be attended immediately as they often lead to anemia.

Home Remedies

Take one teaspoon of black sesame seeds, milk (1 cup), Honey or jaggery (1-2 tsp) and warm water. Soak sesame seeds in warm water for 2 hours. Grind it to get a paste. Strain and mix it with a cup of milk. Add honey or jaggery and mix well. Have this sesame flavored milk daily.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammation of the spine and sacroiliac joints, which can cause some of the vertebrae to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. If ribs are affected, it may be difficult to breathe deeply. Although it can occur at any age, Ankylosing spondylitis most often strikes men in their teens and twenties.

Symptoms

Early signs and symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Over time, symptoms may worsen, improve or stop completely at irregular intervals.

The area's most commonly affected are:

  • The joint between the base of your spine and your pelvis
  • The vertebrae in your lower back
  • The places where your tendons and ligaments attach to bones, mainly in your spine, but sometimes along the back of your heel
  • The cartilage between your breastbone and ribs
  • Your hip and shoulder joints

Ayurvedic Perspective

According to Ayurveda, Ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata dosha. This imbalance causes degeneration & inflammation of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder the disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement.

Main procedure

  • Ayurvedic treatment aims at digesting the ama by giving herbs and balancing aggravated vata.
  • External Therapy such as Lepanam, Pichu, Kati vasti, Sarvangadhara and Patrapinda Svedana are beneficial in this disorder.
  • Panchakarma Therapy such as Virechanam, Nasyam, Snehavasthy, Vaitharana vasthy, Kashayavasthy.

Duration of Stay

3 to 4 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

Ankylosing spondylitis treatment is most successful during the initial stages before the disease causes irreversible damage to your joints.

Diet and Lifestyle advises

  • Vatha and pitha pacifying food
  • Include ghee in your diet.
  • Take light foods and avoid excess oily foods and curds.
  • Ensuring proper evacuation of bowels, constipation should be avoided
  • Applying heat on affected areas will help to relieve pain and stiffness.
  • Avoid sleeping during daytime
  • Yoga asanas such as Pawana muktasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimottasana, are beneficial for this disease.
  • Practice Pranayama such as Nadi shodhana, Chandrabhedi Sheethali & Bhramari.

Simple Home Remedies

Chew 2-3 raw garlic buds on an empty stomach in the morning with water to alleviate lumbar pain in Ankylosing spondylitis.

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa — often simply called anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by the loss of desire to have food even when one is hungry. This condition can arise due to a sedentary lifestyle, stress and wrong eating patterns. In this condition a person has no appetite for food due to indigestion or psychological causes. In some cases the patient gets a bad taste in the mouth and has no desire to swallow the food.

Note that anorexia (simple loss of appetite) is not the same as anorexia nervosa (commonly known as anorexia), which refers to serious psychological and physiological conditions usually seen in women where they develop and aversion to eating and have a distorted body image and a fear of being obese. A person with anorexia nervosa often has severe and even life-threatening weight-loss. In contrast, anorexia (the simple loss of appetite) is usually temporary and does not develop into anorexia nervosa.

Symptoms

  • Dieting despite being underweight
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Absence of menstruation (amenorrhea)
  • Constipation
  • Obsessed about calories & fats
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Secretly vomiting after meals
  • Over exercising

Ayurvedic Perspective

Anorexia is known as ARUCHI in Ayurveda. It is caused by an aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha doshas, and psychological factors such as fear, anger and stress, leading to incomplete digestion of food. This leads to the formation of ama (mucus). This ama with a type of kapha, known as bodhak kapha blocks the gastrointestinal channels of the body and thus disturbs the sense of taste.

Main procedure

The Ayurvedic line of treatment pacifies the bodhak kapha and relaxes the mind. This ensures that neither physical nor psychological factors affect appetite.

  • Upavasam (langhanam)
  • Deepana/Pachana therapy

External therapy such as Abhyangam, Navarakizhi, Sirodhara, Thalam, Thala pothichil, Kabalam etc.

Panchakarma Therapy such as Vamanam, Virechanam, Nasyam

Duration of Stay

2 to 3 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

As Ayurveda treats the root cause of the disease instead of treating the symptoms. It is a completely curable disease.

Diet

  • Light and easily digestible food.
  • Have freshly prepared warm food.
  • Meals should be taken at regular intervals, so that the previous meal gets digested

The following contribute to this condition: inactive lifestyle; oily, sweet and heavy foods; snacking between meals; and having meals in a disturbed atmosphere, such as eating while watching television.

Activity restrictions

  • When psychological factors are involved, creating a happy and calm atmosphere helps to improve the condition.
  • Being in the company of good friends and relatives relieves stress and improves digestive power.
  • Yoga postures such as pawanmuktasan and bhramari pranayama is also beneficial for people with anorexia.

Home Remedies

  • Prepare a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of ginger juice, ¼ teaspoon of lime juice and a pinch of rock salt. Have this preparation in separate doses 15 minutes before meals, twice a day.
  • To remove mucus and improve the functioning of taste receptors, clean your tongue after brushing the teeth. This helps in preventing tastelessness in the mouth and improving appetite.
  • Put 5 tbsp of small chopped, fresh ginger in a glass jar. Cover ginger with lemon juice, add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of cumin seed powder. Put jar in the sun for 2 days in summer, or 3 days in winter. Eat half tsp before meals.
  • Mix the following in powdered form: 10g dried ginger root, 3g black pepper, 2g long pepper, 5g celery seeds, 10g cumin seeds and 10g rock salt. Store it in an airtight vessel. Take 1 teaspoon with the first bite of food during meals twice a day daily.

Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) patients suffer from excessive, unrealistic worry that lasts through six months or more; the issues could be health, money, career problems, or just about anything. The various biological, psychological, and social factors that may cause Anxiety Disorder include: Heredity, Brain chemistry, Personality and Life experiences.

Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Breathlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling of panic, fear & uneasiness
  • Cold or sweaty extremities
  • Irritability and poor concentration.

Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda, which takes a comprehensive view of an individual's physical, emotional and spiritual conditions, attributes anxiety disorder symptoms to aggravated prana vata, a subsidiary of vata dosha which is associated with worry, anxiety and depression. Prana vata weakens the nervous system and triggers mental imbalance. It also weakens the neuro-hormonal system and nerve impulses. Ayurvedic treatment of anxiety disorder would involve curbing aggravated prana vata and increasing sattva guna, which envisages a stable and peaceful mind through self-realization and self-control, and appropriate changes in diet and lifestyle.

Main procedure

Ayurveda is known for philosophical basis, and its approach to psychological ailments is quite different from conventional system of management. Satvavajaya Chikitsa (Ayurvedic psychotherapy) is a nonpharmacological approach aimed at control of mind and restraining it from unwholesome objects or stress causing factors. It is a treatment by Self Control.

Vata pacifying therapy such as Snehapanam, Abhyangam, Sirodhara, Sirovasthy, Nasyam, Snehavasthy, Kashayavasthy, Thalam, Thalapothichil.

Meditation can play a major role in improving mental health and will help to cultivate a positive mentality.

Duration of Stay

3 to 4 weeks as per the condition.

Expected Outcome

Anxiety Disorder can be managed effectively.

Diet & Lifestyle advise

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, nuts, dry fruits, honey, milk, ghee, fresh butter, and buttermilk are the best to increase Sattva and enrich the mind.
  • Avoid use of black tea, coffee, white flour products, chocolates, white sugar products, deep fried foods, hot spices, meat, fish, and eggs. Such restrictions benefit in anxiety disorders.
  • A relaxing massage, Foot massage and warm bath can make a good change in your anxious state of mind.
  • Engage your mind in hobbies and relaxation.
  • Breathing exercises: Mind has a very close relation with breathing. While you are under stress. Take a relaxed position and breathe deep using the abdomen muscles. Let the diaphragm expand while breathing in, and contract while breathing out. This will immediately relax you and reduce anxiety attacks.
  • Meditation, relaxation techniques and Yoga postures are also recommended.

Simple Home Remedies

Have 1 teaspoonful of licorice root powder with water empty stomach in the morning.

Ascitis

Ascitis is accumulation of excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Although most commonly due to cirrhosis of liver, severe liver disease or metastatic cancer, its presence can be a sign of other significant medical problems, such as Budd–Chiari syndrome.

Symptoms

  • Mild ascitis is hard to notice, but severe ascites leads to abdominal distension. Patients with ascitis generally will complain of progressive abdominal heaviness and pressure as well as shortness of breath due to mechanical impingement on the diaphragm.
  • Other signs of ascitis may be present due to its underlying cause.

Ayurvedic perspective

From Ayurvedic perspective, liver cirrhosis reflects extreme aggravation of pitta dosha. Since liver is a seat of pitta, aggravated pitta affects the liver function and later vitiates other doshas as well. Rasa and rakta dhatus are particularly affected while other dhatus too become weak. Almost all functions of pitta such as digestion of food, complexion of skin, appetite, production of blood etc. get considerably hampered.

Main procedure

The aim of treatment will be

  • To bring Pitta dosha in balance
  • To pacify the symptoms
  • Nourishment of the body and tissues
  • Detoxification through Panchakarma

Diet and Lifestyle advises

  • Avoid hot, spicy, oily, and heavy foods; follow vegetarian diet.
  • Avoid refined flour, polished rice (white rice), mustard oil, mustard seeds, canned and preserved foods, cakes, pastries, chocolates, and aerated drinks.
  • Increase intake of whole-wheat flour, brown rice or parboiled rice, mangoes, bananas, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, Indian gooseberries, grapes, radish, dried dates, raisins, almonds, and cardamom.
  • Avoid unnecessary exercise and stressful conditions such as anxiety or anger.
  • Take complete rest.
  • Alcohol consumption should be stopped completely.

Simple Home Remedies

Add half teaspoon of garlic juice to a glass of water and drink this on an empty stomach. Do this for a few days to reduce the pain and swelling.

Asthma

Asthma is a common long term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. It is characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Chronic asthma can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening attack.

Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Tightness in breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda regards Asthma as a disorder caused by impaired digestion. Aggravated Kapha accumulates in the airways, leading to their narrowing and obstruction. This causes an interruption in the flow of the air in the lungs, causing shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. The vitiated 'Pranvayu' combines with deranged 'Kapha dosha’ and deposits ama (mucus) in the lungs causing obstruction in the 'Pranavaha srotas' (Respiratory passage). This results in gasping and labored breathing which is known as 'Swasa Roga'

Main procedure

Ayurvedic treatment of asthma focuses on restoring digestion with herbal preparations and the right diet and lifestyle changes.

  • Abhyangam, Choornapindaswedam & Urovasthy
  • Vamanam
  • Nasyam
  • Naleeswedam
  • Dhoomapanam
  • Rasayanam -chikitsa is also advocated in certain conditions.

Duration of Stay

3 to 4 weeks as per the condition

Expected Outcome

Asthma can be managed effectively in Ayurveda.

Diet & Lifestyle advises

  • Pulses like wheat, barley, horse gram, green gram, can be taken.
  • Honey, warm drinks like herbal teas, spice teas are good.
  • Sprouts, nuts and seeds can be taken in moderate amount.
  • White flour, white sugar products, heavy and oily foods like cheese, curd, butter, creams should be avoided. In addition, try to avoid the refrigerated foods.
  • Avoid excessive or physically demanding exercise. Yoga and Pranayama can be helpful.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to dust, smoke wind, cold bath or excessive heat, sun bath
  • Avoid suppression of natural urges
  • Avoid over eating. Take light dinner, 3-4 hours before going to bed.
  • Avoid perfumes, incense sticks, mosquito repellents
  • Drink boiled water in plenty

Simple Home Remedies

Take ½ tablespoon of licorice and dried ginger powder (equal quantity) in 1 cup of water, boil it and drink afterwards for relief from asthma.

Atopic Dermatitis/Contact Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis: Skin disease characterized by areas of severe itching, redness, scaling, and loss of the surface of the skin.

Contact dermatitis: Skin condition caused by contact between skin and some substance

Symptoms:

Atopic dermatitis: often have dry and scaly skin that spans the entire body, except perhaps the diaper area, and intensely itchy red, splotchy, raised lesions to form in the bends of the arms or legs, face, and neck. These lesions then weep, crack, swell, and crust over. These lesions are at a heightened risk for bacterial, fungal, or viral colonization.

Contact dermatitis: Red rash or bumps. Itching, which may be severe. Dry, cracked, scaly skin, if your condition is chronic. Blisters, draining fluid and crusting, if your reaction is severe. Swelling, burning or tenderness.

Internal Medicines: Aragwadhadi kashayam, Nimbadi kashayam, Patolakaturohinyadi kashayam

Valiya madhusnuhi rasayanam, Kaisora guggulu, etc.

External therapies : Abhyangam, Virechanam, Thakradhara, Local dhara, Lepanam, Jalookavacharanam etc.

Duration of Stay : 14 days minimum

Diet : Avoid sea foods, Black gram, Red meat, Brinjal, Yoghurt, sour food items etc.

Addictions

Now a days, more and more people are addicted to different substances like tobacco, alcohol, drugs etc. This indicates a decline in people's mental health and out look about life and values. Most of them start using them for seeking momentary pleasure and joy. And also influence of friends. In parties, it is really difficult to stay away from Alcohol, because that is the main item serving around.

People are more prone to stress and strain from competitive world. Even a small problem is big for them. So they want a relief from these problems. Naturally they start to use the substances more frequently and ended up in addiction. After a period it will change into chemical depending more psychological satisfaction. Gradually it will start to affect his personal and social relationships.

To handle this problem effectively cleansing through Panchakarma is essential. For this a in house treatment upto one month is required. After that also the person need to continue some herbs to improve his mental faculties. Also some rasayanas for improving physical and mental health.

Yoga and meditation can help a lot to improve mental state and keep away from addictions.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Most people have back pain at least once.

Pain felt in the lower or upper back, caused by injury, over stress or other diseases, conditions affecting bony spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal inflammation, inflammation of spinal cord and nerves, muscles, internal organs of pelvis, chest and abdomen.

Symptoms

  • Muscle ache
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Radiating pain to the legs
  • Limited flexibility or range of movement of the back

Ayurvedic Perspective

Back Pain is known as Kateegraham in Ayurveda, It is considered to be caused due to impaired digestion and aggravation of Vata. A faulty digestive system causes the buildup of toxins (ama) that combine with vata and accumulate in the minute channels of the body. Finally leads to the back ache.

Main Procedure

The Ayurvedic treatment of Kateegraham consists of cleansing herbs that eliminate the toxic build up, followed by digestive herbs that restore proper digestion. Toning and demulcent herbs are also prescribed to nourish the nervous system and alleviate imbalanced body energies.

External Therapy such as Abhyangam, Podikkizhi, Elakkizhi, Pizhichil, Nhavarakkizhi, Lepanam, Kateevasthy, Avagaham etc.

Panchakarma therapy such as Virechanam, Snehavasthy, Vaitharana vasthy, Kashaya vasthy.

Duration of stay

2 to 4 weeks according to the condition

Expected Outcome

Most acute back pain gets better with a few weeks of treatment.

Diet

  • A large proportion of the diet must be carbohydrates, which facilitate proper movement of bowels, thereby bettering the body’s digestion.
  • Green leafy vegetables should be incorporated in the diet as they provide fiber which improves digestion and elimination of wastes.
  • Fruits such as bananas and apples are recommended.
  • Heavy meals must be avoided as they take a long time to digest. This may exert undue pressure on the lower back region.

Activity restrictions

  • Try light activity, such as walking and activities of daily living.
  • Stop activity that increases pain, but don't avoid activity out of fear of pain
  • While sleeping, lie straight on your back or with bent knees supported by a pillow.
  • Continue your activities as much as you can tolerate.

Simple Home Remedies

Apply a paste made of crushed garlic cloves and water to the affected part, or rub a cut clove directly onto the area. Eat 1-3 buds of fresh cloves daily.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year or as often as several times a week.

Rapid cycling — having four or more mood swing episodes within a single year, with full or partial remission of symptoms in between manic, hypomanic or major depressive episodes

Psychosis — severe episode of either mania or depression (but not hypomania) that results in a detachment from reality and includes symptoms of false but strongly held beliefs (delusions) and hearing or seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations)

Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Mania
  • Mood swings

Ayurvedic Perspective

Bipolar disorder manifests due to imbalance of the physical doshas vata, pitta, and kapha and the mental properties satva, rajas and tamas.

Ayurvedic herbs used for bipolar disorder are adaptogenic in nature. They are equally valuable for mania or depression. The intent is not to force the brain out of a depressive or a manic episode by providing herbal uppers or downers but to balance the doshas and to normalize the production of neurotransmitters.

Main Procedure

  • Snehapanam
  • Abhyangam, Swedanam, Thalam, Siropichu, Sirovasthy, Thalapothichil, Nhavarakkizhi etc
  • Panchakarma therapy such as Vamanam, Virechanam, Kashaya vasthy as per the condition.
  • Rasayana therapy.

Duration of stay

3 to 5 weeks according to the condition

Expected Outcome

Ayurvedic treatment at the earliest sign of a mental health disorder can prevent bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions from worsening. Early treatment is highly effective to prevent episodes from getting worse.

Diet

Fresh fruits, fruit juices, vegetables (raw or cooked or boiled), vegetable juices, sprouts, nuts, dry fruits, honey, milk, ghee, fresh butter, and buttermilk are the best to increase sattva and enrich the mind.

Try to cut down, or if possible stop, the use of black tea, coffee, white flour products, chocolates, white sugar products, deep fried foods, hot spices, meat, fish, and eggs.

Activity restrictions

Breathing exercises: Mind has a very close relation with breathing. A person has short and shallow breathing when anxious or stressed and has deep breathing when relaxed and happy. Let the diaphragm expand while breathing in, and contract while breathing out. This will immediately relax you.

Exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques and Yoga postures are also recommended.

Using alcohol or street drugs can worsen your symptoms and make them more likely to come back.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest.

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors.

There's no single test to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may need a variety of medical tests to rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle pain
  • Pain that moves from one joint to another without swelling or redness
  • Headache of a new type, pattern or severity
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise

Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda attributes the disease to aggravated vata dosha and decreased agni which leads to deprivation of strength. Aggravated vata generates negative effects at the physical and mental levels. Feelings of intense fatigue, muscle cramps and pains are signs of aggravated vata dosha, as also are weakness of nervous system, disturbed sleep patterns, mental fogginess and forgetfulness.

Main Procedure

The Ayurvedic line of CFS treatment envisages the balancing of vata dosha and enhancing agni.

Treatments includes Deepana pachana therapy, Srotho sodhanam and Balyakara therapy.

Abhyangam, Navarakkizhi, Siropichu, Thalam, Thala pothichil etc.

Panchakarma therapy such as Mathravasthy, Nasyam as per the conditions.

Rasayana therapy.

Duration of stay

3 to 4 weeks according to the condition.

Expected Outcome

Because chronic fatigue syndrome affects people in many different ways, our treatment will be tailored to the specific set of symptoms and to improve the quality of life.

Diet

  • Vata pacifying diet such as warm, moisturous, sweet, sour and salty food
  • Include enough quantity of milk, pure ghee and milk products in food.
  • Eat fresh fruits like banana and melons, and dry fruits like dates and walnuts, which reduce aggravated vata.

Activity restrictions

  • Reduce stress.
  • Develop a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. That may mean learning how to say no without guilt.
  • Improve sleep habits.
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Limit daytime napping and avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Keep your activity on an even level. If you do too much on your good days, you may have more bad
  • Yoga, Pranayama and meditation also help in reigning over aggravated vata and combat the fatigue.

Simple Home Remedies

Soak 5 gm of fenugreek seeds in 250 ml of water. Leave it overnight or at least for 4 hours. Boil and reduce it to 150 ml. Filter and drink warm. Drink it once or twice a day.

Make a combination of amla powder and ashwagandha powder in equal amounts. Give one teaspoon of this twice daily.

Cyst/Ovarian Cysts/PCOD

Cyst - Abnormal lump or sac that forms in or on the body.

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets within or on the surface of an ovary. Many women have ovarian cysts at some time during their lives. Most ovarian cysts present little or no discomfort and are harmless. The majority of ovarian cysts disappear without treatment within a few months.

However, ovarian cysts — especially those that have ruptured — sometimes produce serious symptoms. The best ways to protect your health are to know the symptoms that may signal a more significant problem and to schedule regular pelvic examination.

PCOD – A sex hormone imbalance often associated with multiple, small fluid filled cyst in the ovaries.

Symptoms

Ovarian cyst

(i) Discomfort in the abdomen.

(ii) Irregular menstruation, heavy bleeding.

(iii) Post menopausal bleeding.

(iv) Painful sexual intercourse.

(v) Large cysts leads to urinary retention or frequent urge to urinate.

PCOD

1. Difficulty in conceiving

2. Infrequent or absence of menstruation

3. Obesity and difficulty to lose weight

4. Excessive hair growth

5. Blood sugar imbalance

6. Dark patches of thick skin on the neck, arms, breasts or thighs.

Ayurvedic Perspective

According to ayurveda cyst is correlated as Gradnhi which is mainly due to the vitiated Kapha dosha. In the Samprati (pathogenesis) of Granthi, it is mentioned that Mamsa (muscle fibers), Rakta and Medo Dhatu are vitiated. Ayurvedic point of view, PCOD reflects vitiation of rasa and rakta dhatus. When levels of impurities and toxins increase in rasa and rakta dhatus, body stores them in form of cysts around ovaries. So presence of multiple cysts indicate high levels of impurities and toxins in these dhatus. Sign and symptoms in PCOD patients suggest imbalance of all three doshas. Dhatwagnimandya may also exist in some patients. History of improper diet and lifestyle is generally found among majority of PCOD patients. Excessive consumption of hormonal pills and contraceptive pills too is reported by many patients. Mental stress and lack of physical exercise are marked among quite a few ladies with PCOD. From Ayurvedic perspectives, all these things can produce toxins in body and cause diseases like PCOD.

Main Procedure

Grandhi roga can be managed according to the principle of Samprapti Vighatana (to break the pathogenesis).

The main treatments include medicines with kapha medohara drugs, Udwarthanam, Swedanam, Podikkizhi, Avagaham etc.

Panchakarma therapy such as Virechana and Vasti.

Duration of stay

3 to 4 weeks according to the condition.

Expected Outcome

Ovarian cyst or Grandhi can be managed effectively, but an immediate result cannot be expected. The patient has to continue the medicines at home for specific period of time for further improvement.

Diet

  • Diet plays an important role in the treatment of ovarian cyst and PCOD. Sweets, fatty,oily and fried food items should be completely avoided
  • Avoid white bread, pasta, pototo, cereals and snacks.
  • Include more fruits and vegetables, and fiber rich foods in your diet.
  • Low-fat milk is recommended. Boil milk before drinking. Drink it warm. This makes it easier to digest. Add a pinch of turmeric or ginger to the milk before boiling it. This helps to reduce the kapha increasing qualities of the milk.
  • Lighter fruits, such as apples, oranges, grape fruit, pineapple and papaya and pears, are recommended.
  • Sweeteners: Honey is excellent for reducing kapha. Reduce the intake of sugar products, which increase kapha.
  • Beans are recommended. Nuts should be avoided.
  • Grains such as barley, chickpea and millet are recommended. Do not take too much wheat or rice, as they increase kapha.
  • Spices are recommended only in moderate quantities.

Activity restrictions

  • Follow a lifestyle that will not aggravate any dosha.
  • Negative feelings like stress and tension should be avoided. Do not undertake physical or mental work beyond your capacity.
  • Limit the use of contraceptives.
  • Follow an active lifestyle, yet the exercises should be according to one's capacity. Both, excessive fasting and overeating are harmful.
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol and using narcotics aggravates menstrual disorders.
  • Be alert to changes in your monthly cycle, including symptoms that may accompany menstruation that is helpful for early diagnosis & treatment.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in large vein in a muscle. It is caused by the slow blood flow through a vein, an increase in the natural tendency of the blood to clot and damage to the wall of the vein. DVT is noticed after surgery or trauma, with higher oestrogen, contraceptive pills, during pregnancy, obesity, genetic factors, and in blood disorders.

Symptoms

  • Pain, redness and tenderness in the leg mainly calf muscles
  • Swelling of the lower or thighs
  • Enlarged veins beneath the skin.
  • In some cases pulmonary embolism is associated, with symptoms of shortness of breath, chest pain
  • In some conditions it causes permanent damage to the vein and varicose veins may appear later.

Ayurvedic view

The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis can be correlated with siragrandhi and vatharaktham. This is caused due to the imbalance in vata, pithadoshasandrakthadhatu. The treatments includes internal medicines and external therapies like lepanam, abhyangam, medicated dhara, leech therapy, virechana and vasthi.

The patient has to stay for 2-3 weeks for IP treatment. The patient with acute symptoms needs immediate care in allopathic hospitals. Chronic cases have good responds to ayurvedic treatments. The patient needs to continue medicines for 2-3 months as follow up.

Diet:

Include herbs like garlic, ginger, turmeric in your diet which has powerful anti-inflammatory, blood thinning and anti-microbial activities. Avoid too sour, salty, oily and fried food items. Drink plenty of water.

Activities:

Regular exercise is needed to improve the proper blood circulation and health of blood vessels.

Avoid long periods of inactivity. During travelling for long hours stretch your legs and try to walk for few minutes. Wearing elastic stockings helps in blood flow. Bed ridden patients should be given regular stretching exercises. Try to raise the leg while sleeping.

Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia is the condition in which mental ability is deteriorated due to disorders affecting the brain. It describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.

Poor memory alone is not a sign of dementia, because memory loss has different causes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia in older adults, but there are a number of causes of dementia. Depending on the cause, some dementia symptoms can be reversed. Dementia involves damage of nerve cells in the brain, which can occur in several areas of the brain. Dementia affects people differently, depending on the area of the brain affected.

Alzheimer’s disease:- A progressive deterioration in mental ability due to degeneration of brain issue. In this disorder, brain cells gradually degenerate and deposits of an abnormal protein build up in the brain. Due to this brain cells shrinks and results in dementia.

Symptoms

  • Cognitive changes
  • Memory loss, which is usually noticed by a spouse or someone else
  • Difficulty communicating or finding words
  • Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving
  • Difficulty handling complex tasks
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
  • Confusion and disorientation

Psychological changes

  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations

Ayurvedic Perspective

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are correlated as smrithi bhramsa in ayurveda and is developed due to imbalance of vatadosha. Hina satva, rajo predominant prakruthi and the person whose mind is weakened by all the stressful conditions are more prone to develop smruthibhramsa. Early detection of the condition and immediate treatment is required to prevent the progression of the disease. As the dementia involves neurodegeneration, rasayana and panchakarma therapy play very important role in the management of dementia

Main Procedure

External therapy such as Abhyangam, Thalam, Siropichu, Sirovasthy, Dhoomapanam, Thala pothichil etc.

The patient needs 3-4 weeks of inpatient treatment and follow up at regular intervals of 6 months - 1 year. Meanwhile they can continue the medicines at home.

Many ayurvedic herbs are used as tonics for nervous system. Eg;aswangandha; haridra, brahmi, guduchi, sankupushpi, jatamansi, guggulu etc. The medicines are selected according to the prakriti and dosha imbalances.

Diet include: vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins minerals, green leafy vegetables, salmon, cold water fish, berries, virgin olive oil, dairy products, meat

Avoid – excess carbohydrate intake, white bread, white flour, white sugar, pasta, processed food, Cheese, processed meat etc

Activities

Regular exercise and other physical activities play an important role in reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Activities like working, volunteering, reading, playing computer and other games – mentally stimulating activities. Yoga and meditation is most helpful in disorders related to nervous system.

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.

Symptoms

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Ayurvedic Perspective

Depression is correlated as Vishadaroga in ayurveda. Imbalance in psychic energies (sattva, rajas, tamas) supported by imbalance of physical energies (vata, pitta, kapha) are believed to cause various mental disorders. Pranavayu is responsible for proper functioning of the mind. Weakened ojas disturbs the pranavayu which then fails to stimulate the mind. On the other hand sadness, despair, and lack of interest in life indicate heightened rajasik and tamasik influences. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions, such as hatred, anger, etc. are known to cause imbalance in psychic energies which in turn leads to diseases like depression.

Main Procedure

The treatment protocol has different stages including cleansing, pacifying and rejuvenation. Along with this a combination of meditation physiotherapy will help for the healing Mind-body connections

External therapy such as abhyanga, snehanam, Thalam, sirovasthy, dhoomapanam etc.

Panchakarma therapy such as Vamanam, Virechanam, Nasyam etc.

Rasayana therapy.

Duration of stay

For an intense treatment at least 1 month is required.

Expected Outcome

As Depression may require long-term treatment, patients feel better with the treatment, psychological counseling or both.

Diet

Quite a few patients of depression give history of bad life style, improper food habits, addictions, lack of discipline in personal life and unsocial attitude. So maintaining good life style, food habits and discipline acquire lot of significance when it comes to psychiatric disorders such as depression.

Getting up early enough in morning, avoiding late nights, doing physical exercises, playing games and outdoor activities help to keep the mind in a positive state.

Eating fresh foods, vegetables, seasonal fruits and avoiding alcohol, non-vegetarian and fast foods, and maintaining regular food timings is good for mental health.

Take meals in a relaxed mental state and atmosphere. Avoid other activities while eating.

Activity restrictions

Making prayers, reading spiritual texts, reading good literature, listening to thought provoking lectures, hearing mantras and music also help to improve mental strength.

Yoga, Pranayama and meditation are well known for enhancing mental and spiritual strength.

One must also look at their social support system and make an effort to improve social ties to enjoy a positive mental state.

Simple Home Remedies

Boil 1 tablespoon rose petal in 1 cup of water for 2 minutes, let it cool. Add 1/2 teaspoon of rock candy (Mishri) to it and drink twice a day to uplift your mood.

Take one teaspoon of asparagus powder with half a teaspoon of honey twice a day along with warm milk, it works as a great brain tonic.

Take one teaspoon of ashwagandha powder with a spoon of pure ghee. It is very effective in depression.

Boil celery seeds, green cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and rose petals in equal amount in a glassful of water for 20-30 minutes. Strain it and add ½ teaspoonful powder of rock candy, let it cool down and drink lukewarm twice a day.

Have 1 teaspoon of licorice root powder with water in an empty stomach in the morning. This is mentioned as a medhyarasayana( a mind rejuvenator) in Ayurveda.

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a chronic metabolic disorder in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:

  • Type 1 DM results from the pancreas's failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "juvenile diabetes".
  • Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as "non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (NIDDM) or "adult-onset diabetes". The primary cause is Lack of exercise, mental stress and strain, excessive sleep, overeating and consequent obesity, excessive intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, Overloading of proteins and fats can also lead to diabetes. Hereditary factors also play role in causing diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes is the third main form which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered.

Symptoms

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Presence of ketones in the urine
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections

Ayurvedic Perspective

In ayurveda diabetes is correlated as Prameha and the ayurvedic concept on the manifestation of the disease is essentially associated with mithyahara vihara-improper dietary habits and physical exertion. There are 20 types of prameha.

(vata-4,Pitta-6, Kapha-10 ) Any of the prameha (urinary disorder) if neglected ultimately it ends up in madhumeha due to nature of the illness. Madhumeha which is categorized as Vataj Meha interpreted as diabetes mellitus.

Deterioration of the body is a characteristic that indicates impairment of Vata. Maximum deterioration of dhatus (body tissues) occurs in this type of disease and this is the reason why all vital organs are affected by Diabetes

Madhumeha is classified as a Maha Roga (Major Disease) because, if not treated in time, it can lead to several complications in the body, including eye problems, joint pains, impotency, kidney failure, sexual and urologic problems, and more. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder and it cannot be merely treated by controlling sugar levels. The treatment recommended in Ayurveda is aimed at rejuvenating the body to not only balance sugar levels, but also ensuring that no further complication is caused.

Main Procedure

Ayurvedic treatments are equally effective for the insulin dependent and non insulin dependent. The aim of the treatment are:-

1. To control the blood sugar level

2. To enable the body for proper use of the sugar by stimulating the pancreas.

To prevent the possible complication of diabetes like diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy.

External therapy such as Abhyangam, Udwarthanam, Navarakkizhi, Thakradhara, Thalam, Padabhyangam etc

Panchakarma therapy such as Virechanam, Nasyam, Sneha vasthy, Kashaya vasthy according to the condition.

Duration of stay

For the ayurvedic cure the patients are treated both in op and IP departments.

IP treatments require 2-3 weeks of treatment.

Expected Outcome

Good control of sugar is attained with in the course of treatment. To maintain the results patient should strictly follow the advices of the doctor regarding medicine, food and exercise.

Diet

  • Include whole grains in the diet, such as whole wheat, ragi and brown rice.
  • Cheese and yogurt prepared with skimmed (nonfat) milk may be taken.
  • Use garlic, onion, bitter gourd, spinach, raw banana, and black plum.
  • Make a flour mixture of 1 part barley, 1 part black chickpeas, and 4 parts whole-wheat flour and use this to form pancakes and bread.
  • Avoid sweet, sour, and salty foods, potatoes, sweet potatoes, colocasia (taro), yams, fresh grains and pulses (legumes), whole yogurt (high in fat), and heavy, oily and spicy foods.
  • Avoid sweet fruits like pineapple, grapes, mangoes, etc.

Activity restrictions

  • Avoid excessive sleep.
  • Avoid excessive indulgence in sexual and other sedentary habits.
  • Avoid Over eating, smoking
  • Do not control the urge to urinate
  • Start doing some light exercise, such as brisk walking. Build up to a brisk walk of 30-40 minutes in the morning and again in the evening.
  • Avoid sleeping in the daytime as it increases Kledaka Kapha.

Simple Home Remedies

  • Dry the leaves of mango tree and grind to a powder. Mix 1 teaspoon dry powder in a glass of water and drink it daily to reduce high blood sugar levels.
  • Take 2 teaspoons of bitter gourd (karela) juice once a day. One can also increase its use as a cooked vegetable.
  • Take Indian gooseberry (amla) juice mixed with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder in empty stomach in the morning.

Dry eyes and dry mouth

In sjogren syndrome the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed.

Ayurvedic treatments with internal and external use of medicated ghee is found to be effective.

Endometriosis

Implantation of uterine mucosa or endometrium in other locations like ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, kidneys, stomach

Symptoms:

Painful menstruation, pain during sexual relation, pain in lower abdomen, irregular and heavy menstruation. This is one of the main reasons for female infertility.

In Ayurveda, it is considered as a problem of Vatha imbalance, so a vatha pacifying treatment line will be suitable

2-3 weeks treatment in hospital is required. Treatments will be for controlling pain and regulate menstruation

Procedures is mainly for balancing apanavatha, by means of avagaha and various Vasthis.

The patient has to continue the medicines for at least 6 months. Regular feed backs and changes in medicines according to condition is needed.

Diet should include a healthy option of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Avoid hormone treated meat and eggs.

Activities may be restricted depending on severity of pain. Stay away from stress and strenuous work.

GuillainBarre Syndrome / acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

Guillainbarre Syndrome, causes progressive muscle weakness & paralysis (the inability to use a particular muscle or muscle group). The cause of weakness is the loss of myelin sheath/ demyelination

GBS causes inflammation & destruction of myelin sheath & it disturbs multiple nerves & hence it is considered as an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

Symptoms

  • muscle weakness (legs first, then arms & face)
  • numbness & tingling sensation in the limbs
  • paralysis of the limbs
  • difficulty in speaking & swallowing
  • breathing difficulties if the muscles of rib cage & diaphragm are affected

It can be correlated mamsagatavata or sannipathajajwara. When the morbid vata afflicts mamsa (muscles) or meda (fat tissue) it causes pricking pain or tingling sensation of the body with heaviness and weakness. 3-4 weeks of IP treatments will be beneficial in such case, brihmanachikitsa (nourishing treatment) are advised.

Procedures like Uzhichil, Pizhichil, Mamsakizhi, Tailadhara, Nasyam, Shirodara, navarakizhi, swedanamEtc can be done.

Vata pacifying & nourishing medicines are given to support the internal treatments advised.

Diet restrictions

  • avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas & sugar
  • doughnuts, pastries, bread, candies, soft, drinks etc. may contribute worsening symptoms of neurological disorders
  • avoid coffee and other stimulants .
  • alcohol and smoking should be avoided
  • avoid processed foods

ACTIVITIES

Maintaining physical fitness is important.

Those who keep active tend to do better with less symptoms with a slower disease progression.

The treatments and medicines will help arresting the progression of the disease. It improves the mobility and weakness of muscles and limbs as treatments nourishes the muscles and nerves.

Infertility

Failure to conceive after one year of unprotected inter course. There are multiple causes which can cause infertility.

In Ayurveda, this condition is mentioned as Vandhyatha. The main doshas involved in the disease progression is Vatha and Pitha. There can be association of Kapha also.

The reasons can be because of problems in structure of organs like pinhole cervix anteverted uterus, blocked fallopian tubes. Pelvic inflammatory diseases, hormonal imbalance, anovulatory cycles with PCOD Endometriosis are common reasons for infertility from female partner.

Treatments will be different depends on basic reason for infertility, correcting the hormonal balance and ensure regular ovulation are the basic steps. For that Ayurveda can help you.

Treatments include mainly Sodhana through Panchakarma. After that Rasayana specific medicines for improve fertility.

The treatment course will be for 6 months to 1 year. As a beginning of treatment one month hospital stay is required. After that internal medicines is needed.

Repeating a second course of treatment in next year, depending on improvements, may needed. Healthy eating and activities are important for getting good results.

Diet will be designed for individual needs. Obese persons may need a diet, for weight loss. In daily activities include time for relaxation, provide enough time for proper sleep. Avoid over exertion and untimely food.

Ivdp

The nuclear tissue located in the center of the disc can be placed under so much pressure that it can cause the annulus to rupture. When a disc herniates or ruptures, it may create pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can cause pain, weakness or numbness in the area of the body served by those nerves.

Internal Medicines: Rasnasapthakam kashayam, Nirgundi swarasam, Gandharvahasthadi kashayam, Sahacharadi kashayam, Sukumaram lehyam etc.

External therapies: Abhyangam, Lepanam, Kateevasthi, Avagaham, Pizhichil, Virechanam, Snehavasthi, Vaitharanavasthi.

Diet: Green leafy vegetables should be incorporated in the diet as they provide fiber which improves digestion and elimination of wastes. Avoid cold spicy food items.

Duration Of stay: 14 days minimum

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Lyme disease was first recognizes in 1975,after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme, Conn., and two neighboring towns

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually appear in stages.

Early signs and symptoms

A small, red bump often appears at the site of a tick bite or tick removal and resolves over a few days. This is normal after a tick bite and does not indicate Lyme disease.

However, these signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you have been infected:

Rash-From 3 to 30 days after an infected tick bite, an expanding red area might appear that sometimes clears in the center, forming a bull’s-eye pattern. The rash (erythema migrans) expands slowly over days and can spread to 12 inches (30 centimeters) across. It is typically not itchy or painful.

Erythema migrans is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies.

Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.

Later signs and symptoms

  • If untreated, new signs and symptoms of Lyme infection might appear in the following weeks to months. These include:
  • Erythema migrans appearing in other areas of your body.
  • Joint pain. Bouts of severe joint pain and swelling are especially likely to affect your knees, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
  • Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after infection, you might develop inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
  • Signs and symptoms caused by the bacterium Borrelia mayonii may also include:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diffuse rashes (rather than a single bull's-eye rash commonly associated with Lyme disease)

Less common signs and symptoms

  • Several weeks after infection, some people develop:
  • Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat. Heart problems rarely last more than a few days or weeks.
  • Eye inflammation.
  • Liver inflammation (hepatitis).
  • Severe fatigue

Treatment

  • Lyme disease can be cured with Ayurveda Treatments. Ayurveda categorizes all the microorganisms such as microbes. Bacteria, virus or parasites as "Krimi" – means worm in Sanskrit.
  • The main aim of treatment will be
  • To eliminate the bacteria
  • To keep checking the growth of the organism
  • To prevent the body from symptoms
  • To boost the individual immune system to make it stronger to fight against the Lyme causing factors and to prevent the relapse as possible
  • An in house course of 3-4 weeks will be ideal.

Tips

  • The foods which are pungent and bitter are good to take.
  • The foods which are having sweet taste, jaggery, curd, fermented products, meals prepared with newly cropped rice, leafy vegetables are to be avoided.

Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)

Menorrhagia is the menstruation at regular cycle intervals but with excessive flow & duration.

The causes menorrhagia are hormonal imbalance, dysfunction of the ovaries, uterine polyps or fibroids, adenomyosis, IUD’s, cancer of uterus/ ovaries/ cervix or certain medications.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Heavy bleeding, needing to change sanitary pads every hour.
  • Prolonged bleeding, lasting for more than 7 days
  • Passing of blood clots with menstrual flow
  • Tiredness & fatigue.
  • Anaemia

Ayurveda considers heavy menstrual bleeding as Asrigdara/Raktapradara. Asrik, means blood & dara refers to excessive flow.

Due to unwholesome diet & habits, vata along with raktadhatu & pitta gets vitiated, which leads to heavy flow, with fatigue, backpain etc. Asrigdara is of 4 types - vataja, pittaja, kaphaja & sannipathaja based on which the treatments can be adopted.

  • Stambhana (blocking therapy) is the first line of treatment, as then treating the underlying cause.
  • Sheetala upachara (cooling treatments & medicines)
  • Sheetala annapana (cooling foods & drinks) are recommended. To arrest the bleeding, the medicines that pacify pitta, with kashaya rasa(astringent taste) are well advised.

The medicine & treatments are not only meant for stopping the bleeding, but also to balance pitta dosha & rakta dhatu.

2-3 weeks of treatments with regular & continued administration of medicines can help the condition.

Treatment modalities include virechanam, vasti, vaginal douches, vaginal tampoons (yoni pichu), avagaham etc.

Diet restrictions

  • Avoid hot and spicy foods
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol
  • Low fat diets will be good
  • High fibre diet is recommended
  • Cakes, cookies & pastries should be avoided

Activities

  • Avoidance of stress.
  • Breathing exercises are advised to calm the body.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.

Mental Disorders

General description about Manas (mind).

The entity which is responsible for contemplation and thinking is defined as manas. Manas has two basic qualities Anutwa and Ekatwa (atomic dimension and unitary nature) Manas is constituted of 3 operational qualities – Satva, Rajas and Tamas. Satva is indicated by Violence, knowledge and discriminating ability and power of exposition. Rajas is indicated by violence, despotic envy, authoritativeness, and self-adoration. Tamas is indicated by dullness, non-action and sleep. These are the functional indicators.

Satva also refers to psydric strength of a person. Manovikara refers to an abnormal condition related to mental functions. It can divide into two categories.

1. Emotional disturbances

2. Psychosomatic conditions

Ayurvedic treatment for the mental disorders has been through holistic approach. This approach can be in different ways. They are mainly Daiva vyapsraya chikithsa - This is actually a measure to prevent psychological problems like incantation, tying herbs, wearing gems, propitiatory rites, oblations, sacrifice, offerings, fasts, pilgrimage etc. Yukthi vyapsraya chikithsa – This includes diet drugs and behavioural activities.

In drug therapy, depending on dosha imbalance srothossudhi or doshasodhana – elimination of deranged dosha is important. This is achieving by means of panchakarma. After that palliative (samand) and tonics for brain (Rasayanas) are given. Along with this Satvavajaya (Psycho behavioral) measures are also needed.

Main procedures will be snehapanam, virechana, vasthi, nasya, sirodhara, sirolepa, anjana and dhoomapana

There are a number of tonics are mentioned for improving mental faculties. So a suitable one will be ideal for getting maximum benefits.

Satavajayachikithsa will help the mind to restrain from desire for unwholesome objects. For this increasing satva is essential. This can achieve through knowledge of self-analytical knowledge, confidence wisdom and concentration.

Preventive measures:

In order to maintain good mental health one should not allow to become a victim of impulses like agreed, grief, fear, anger, jealousy etc. One who speaks truth, refrain from over indulgence of alcohol and meat, hurts none, avoid over strain, fair spoken always compassionate and given to whole some eating, would enjoy the benefits of sound mental health.

Osteo Arthritis

Arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

Treatments

Internal Medicines:- Rasnerandadi kashyam, Punarnavadi kashyam, Yogaraja guggulu, Kaisoraguggulu, Mahayogaraja guggulu etc.

External Therapies:- Lepanam, Upanaham, Pichu, Local Dhara, Different Kizhi, Virechana, Kashaya vasthi etc.

Strengthening exercises

Paget’s Disease

Paget's disease of bone interferes with your body's normal recycling process, in which new bone tissue gradually replaces old bone tissue. Over time, the disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget's disease of bone most commonly occurs in the pelvis, skull, spine and legs. The risk of Paget's disease of bone increases with age. Your risk also increases if any family members have the disorder.

Symptoms

Most people who have Paget's disease of bone have no symptoms. When symptoms occur, the most common complaint is bone pain.

Because this disease causes your body to generate new bone faster than normal, the rapid remodeling produces bone that's softer and weaker than normal bone, which can lead to bone pain, deformities and fractures.

The disease might affect only one or two areas of your body or might be widespread. Your signs and symptoms, if any, will depend on the affected part of your body.

  • Pelvis. Paget's disease of bone in the pelvis can cause hip pain.
  • Skull. An overgrowth of bone in the skull can cause hearing loss or headaches.
  • Spine. If your spine is affected, nerve roots can become compressed. This can cause pain, tingling and numbness in an arm or leg.
  • Leg. As the bones weaken, they may bend — causing you to become bowlegged. Enlarged and misshapen bones in your legs can put extra stress on nearby joints, which may cause osteoarthritis in your knee or hip.

Treatment

Ayurveda considers the disease as Asthikshaya and more associated with Vatha dosha

The main aim of the treatment will be

  • To regularize the deposition and breakdown of bone tissue
  • Medicines will helps in healthy bone tissue
  • Symptomatic treatments for bone pain and neurological issues
  • Focus on protecting vital organs and prevent long term complications of joints, sensory organs, heart and kidney

An in-house course of 3-4 weeks will be ideal. Tips Do appropriate physiotherapy Maintain weight according to the Body Mass Index Avoid dry and cold foods Milk, ghee, sesame, millets, gingerly oil are good for the body.

Restless leg Syndrome

This condition is characterized by unpleasant or uncomfortable sensation in legs mainly below knees. This will be more prominent during rest and patient tries to relieve this feeling by moving legs. This can disturb the sleep and can make the person in ability to relax

According to Ayurveda, it is a pure Vatha disorder. Patients with Dhathukshaya (depletion in Sapthadhatus) are prone to this condition.

Along with Vatha pacifying diet and activities, certain therapies are also essential. The treatments will be mainly different kinds of massages and local treatments like poultices. Depending on severity of problems 2- 3 weeks treatments in hospital, is needed. The patient may needs to continue some medicines and oils some more time up to 3 months.

With this programme, you can expect a good recovery. In day to day life, it is important to provide physical and mental relaxation. And try to stay away from stress. These things can worsen the situation.

Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a systemic immune process, which is a sequel to beta hemolytic streptococcal infection of pharynx. It involves many tissues including heart, joints, skin and central nervous system.

Symptoms

Fever, Painful and tender joints — most often the ankles, knees, elbows or wrists; less often the shoulders, hips, hands and feet. Pain in one joint that migrates to another joint. Red, hot or swollen joints. Small, painless nodules beneath the skin. Chest pain, Heart murmur, Fatigue. Flat or slightly raised, painless rash with a ragged edge. Jerky, uncontrollable body movements, most often in the hands, feet and face.

In Ayurveda it can be correlated as Amavatha.

Internal Medicines: Amruthotharamkashayam, Rasnapanchakamkashayam, Rasnasapthakamkasahayam, Shaddharanamchoornam, Sudarsanamvgulika, Yogarajaguggulu, Amrutharishtam, Panchakolachoornam, Gandharvahasthadiavanakkenna, etc.

External therapies: According to the condition, in the initial stage of treatment, oil application is not advisable. Dhanyamladhara, Different bundle massages, lepanam, pichu, Virechanam, Vasthi etc.

Duration of stay: Minimum 3 weeks

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Ayurvedic treatments will helps to reduce the pain and inflammation of affected joints and to improve general health.

Follow up: Internal medicines and repeated treatment course after 6 months/One year.

Diet: Avoid intake of curd, black gram, heavy & cold food items, incompatible food items etc. Include barley, horsegram, bitter gourd, snake gourd, ginger, hot water, medicated butter milk, etc.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

A chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints and resulting in painful deformity and immobility, especially in the fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles. The condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

Symptoms

An auto immune disease

Tender, warm, swollen joints. Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity. Fatigue, fever and weight loss.

Internal Medicines: Kokilakshakam kashayam, Rasnasapthakam kashayam, Shaddharanam choornam, Kaisora guggulu, Rasnerandadi kashayam, etc.

External therapies: Abhayangam, Bundle treatments, Lepanam, Virechanam, Vasthi, etc.

Diet: Avoid Pungent, Sour, Salty, food items. Avoid much spicy oily food.

Duration of Stay: 14 days minimum.

Scabies

Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptesscabiei. The presence of the mite leads to intense itching in the area of its burrows. The urge to scratch may be especially strong at night.

Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact

Symptoms

  • Scabies signs and symptoms include:
  • Itching, often severe and usually worse at night

Thin, irregular burrow tracks made up of tiny blisters or bumps on your skin

The burrows or tracks typically appear in folds of your skin. Though almost any part of your body may be involved, in adults and older children scabies is most often found:

  • Between fingers
  • In armpits
  • Around your waist
  • Along the insides of wrists
  • On your inner elbow
  • On the soles of your feet
  • Around breasts
  • Around the male genital area
  • On buttocks
  • On knees
  • On shoulder blades
In infants and young children, common sites of infestation include the:
    Scalp Face Neck Palms of the hands Soles of the feet

If you have had scabies before, signs and symptoms may develop within a few days of exposure. However, if you've never had scabies, it could take as long as six weeks for signs and symptoms to begin. It's important to remember that you can still spread scabies even if you don't have any signs or symptoms yet

Treatment

According to Ayurveda Scabies can be correlated to Pama, which is caused by vitiation of Kaphadosha and Pitta dosha. The main aim of treatment will be

To purify the blood and bring out the toxins from the blood stream locally to pacify the symptoms like itching and blisters

Tips

  • Maintain the personal hygiene. Clothes, bed linen, towels should be boiled and changed frequently.
  • Sweet and sour taste foods have to be avoided. Similarly milk, yoghurt, pickles are not recommended.
  • Mustard oil and sesame oil are good for application.
  • While bathing put few leaves of neem in the hot water.

Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.

Symptoms: Pain that radiates from lower spine to buttock and down the back of leg.

Internal Medicines: Rasnasapthakam kashayam, Nirgundi swarasam, Gandharvahasthadi kashayam, Sahacharadi kashayam, Sukumaram lehyam etc.

External therapies: Abhyangam, Lepanam,Kateevasthi, Avagaham, Pizhichil, Virechanam, Snehavasthi, Vaitharanavasthi.

Duration Of stay: 14 days minimum

Diet: Green leafy vegetables should be incorporated in the diet as they provide fiber which improves digestion and elimination of wastes. Avoid cold spicy food items.

Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve; giddiness. Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes include:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Occurs when tiny calcium particles (canaliths) clump up in canals of the inner ear. The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. It helps you keep your balance. BPPV can occur for no known reason and may be associated with age.

Meniere's disease. This is an inner ear disorder thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause episodes of vertigo along with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.

Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis. This is an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). The infection causes inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that are important for helping the body sense balance

Symptoms

Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head. People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling

like they are

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction

Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go. Less often vertigo may be associated with:

  • Head or neck injury
  • Brain problems such as stroke or tumor
  • Certain medications that cause ear damage
  • Migraine headaches

Treatment

  • Ayurvedic treatment is generally planned, based on careful evaluation of the causative factors for Vertigo. Vertigo can be correlated to Bhrama in Ayurveda where there is involvement of Pitta dosha and Vathadosha.
  • The aim of the treatment will be
  • To treat the cause of vertigo
  • To bring the balance of Vathadosha as it is vital in movements and balance

Tips

  • Movements of neck should be gentle and with care
  • Follow light diet and avoid spicy oily and half cooked foods
  • Practice regularly the vertigo exercises for neck to improve the balance once giddiness subsides
  • Frequent attacks of cold and sinusitis to be avoided
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