Lotus is a perennial flowering aquatic herb found in fresh water. The flower is regarded as a symbol of purity and eternity. It has always been in folklore, religion and art in one or other form. It is many petalled flower which rises above several centimeters on thick stems above water. Lotus plant is among few species of plants that regulate the temperature of their flowers with in an optimal range to attract cold blooded insects for pollination. The leaves are water repellant. The stems are thick which bear flowers. The fruits are like pods containing ovoid seeds. Seeds are sweet edible commonly known as makhana in India. The rhizome is the source of lotus meal which is rich in starch. The flower comes from India and Vietnam and become the icon of these two countries. Every part of lotus plant offers many health benefits and has been used as a medicinal plant for 1500 years.
Diabetes is a common lifestyle health condition that majorly affects the blood sugar levels and insulin in the body. The pancreas is either not able to produce enough insulin or the body is unresponsive to it and can not use it properly. Many factors that cause diabetes, especially type-2 may include stress, heredity, excess weight sedentary lifestyle & inactivity. While this disease is incurable, one can manage it by following a healthy and balanced diet and engaging in exercises.
Since times immemorial Jeera has been an inseparable part of the Indian kitchen. Early ayurvedic literature gives ample importance to its medicinal value and even today it continues to benefit the mankind whichever way we use it, whether as a spice or as a herb. It is called 'jeeraka' in sanskrit & Cuminum cyminum scientifically and is commercially grown mostly in all parts of tropical India.
A spice is a seed, fruit, root bark or other plant substance primarily used for flavouring, coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are the leaves, flowers or stem of plant. Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates when there more infectious diseases. Spices are used in many forms like as medicine, in religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production or as a vegetable.
Bronchial asthma is a medical condition in which there is narrowing of lower airways resulting in difficulty in breathing and excess mucus production which adds to the problem and patient suffers from wheezing, cough chest tightness. The disease is chronic and interferes with daily working. It can affect any age or gender. As per recent survey more than 1 million cases of bronchial asthma are reported every year in India.
Skin and hair contribute immensely in human communication. Hair length colour and style play an important role in one's physical appearance and self perception. Premature graying of hair has significant adverse effects on the appearance & self esteem of an affected individual. It is often demarcated as the sign of old age and loss of health and vigor. It is a growing concern that today even kids as young as ten years old suffer from graying of hair and the percentage is increasing day by day.
Hyperacidity simply means an increased level of acid in the stomach. It is referred as Amla Pitta in Ayurveda. The aggravated Pitta impairs the digestive fire, leading to improper digestion of food and production of ama (toxins). This ama gets accumulated in the digestive channels and causes hyperacidity. It is one of the most common gastric problems faced by people.
Bowel movement is one of the most important activities in order to remove the unnecessary products from the body. However, in some cases bowel movement happens with more difficulty and people have to struggle with it. A lot of attempts turn out to be disastrous when the anus is torn and then it is called as Fissure in Ano . This affects the daily life seriously.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead him to engage in repetitive behaviours (compulsions). A person affected by OCD may realize that his obsessions are not reasonable and may try to ignore or stop them but he is driven to that behaviour that ultimately affects his life.
Woman is the most important part of the family and society. Besides, doing household chores, she is taking responsibility of society also and she is ever ready to do all the activities with complete dedication. But while struggling with her duties, she oftenly ignores her health and becomes prone to different diseases like hormonal imbalances, low back pain, cervical pain, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and many more. Therefore she must take care of her health and be aware about health issues. For that she has to be cautious about her diet. Here we bring some female friendly food that will take care of her health.
Lemon is a versatile common fruit which keeps our body & mind fresh and healthy. In ancient times, lemons were commonly used during summer season to quench the thirst of hot summer. But in modern times, people have started using many types of artificially prepared cold drinks ignoring nature's valuable gift of lemons. Aroma of lemon is relaxing in nature. It is commonly used in many perfumes and agarbatis.
Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that is indigenous to many Asian countries. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor. Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.
Daruharidra is a very useful herb in children diseases. It is also known as Bal Bhaishajya, the plant with a long history of medicinal use in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a shrub and usually found in Himalayas. Rasaunt is one of the very important and useful preparation obtained from this plant and is used in curing many human ailments.
All foods contain natural oils to varying degrees. True to the sanskrit term ‘sneha’ which means oleation and love, oils provide nourishment and strength to the body tissues. Ayurveda has dealt with vegetable oils under the heading of aharopyogi varga and the taila varga. Let us briefly discuss the therapeutic qualities of the few edible oils mentioned in ayurveda and also of some of those which were invented later.
Spinach, commonly known as Paalak in India, is a dark green leafy vegetable. It is native to Central and South-western Asia. It is an annual plant, which grows as tall as 30 cm (1 ft). Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions. Its Latin name is Spinacia oleracea. It is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae. The fresh leaves of the plant are eaten as vegetable.
Panchkarma is a sanskrit word which means “five treatments”. These are a group of treatments used either alone or in combinations to clean the body by removing the vitiated doshas from the body.
Gokshru is an important herb with great health benefits and is widely used in Ayurveda and Chinese system of medicine. It grows wild in Mediterranean, subtropical and semi arid climatic ones of Central Asia, South Europe, Ceylone, Australia, Bulgaria and few more countries as a weed. Botanists call it Tribulus Terrestris. It belongs to family Zygophyllaceae and genus Tribulus, around 20 species of it have been identified.
In ayurveda just as there is art of eating, there is the art of drinking water in form of indispensable guidelines for something we always have overlooked. Very often we hear the advice to drink more water. We read everywhere the benefits of drinking at least eight glasses of water per day for losing weight, for boosting energy, for glowing skin, shining hair, in fewer headaches and many more.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. However 80% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only 20% is green. Green tea is one of the types of tea that is entirely made out of leaves. It was very popular in ancient times and people living in India, China, Japan and Thailand used green tea for prevention of various diseases and for long and healthy life.
According to Ayurveda, the year is divided into two kaals i.e. Uttaryan (Aaadaan Kaal) and Dakshinyaan (Visarga Kaal). This division is done according to the position of the sun. The word aadaan kaal means taking away and visarga means giving. In Aadaan Kala, the sun and the wind are powerful. The sun takes away the strength of the people and cooling qualities of the earth. During this kaal all living beings are weakened and the kapha in the body,