Food is one of the three pillars of life. It is the major source for serving the nutritional needs of the body. It is termed as the supreme medicine. Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine brings extensive knowledge about the relation between food and health. Ayurvedic texts mention the diversity of food and their use in healthy and diseased conditions. Acharyas have classified food according to cooking methods, season, time, place, origin and constitution of human body.
The name pomegranate comes from Latin word “Pomum” meaning apple and granatum meaning full of seeds. It is one of the seven kinds of fruits mentioned in the Bible. Pomegranate juice improves blood flow and prevents the thickening of coronary arteries. It also slows the growth of plaque and deposition of cholesterol in the arteries. Pomegranate reduces the free radical damage and thus decrease the signs of ageing and wrinkles. Its seed oil protects against skin cancer.
Goats are important milk producers in several parts of the tropics and contribute significantly to human nutrition. Lower percentage of lactose than cow's milk make it favourable for people with lactose intolerance. Further it has higher percentage of prebiotics which helps nourish the beneficial bacteria living in our gut ecosystem. Ayurvedic texts have described the properties of different types of milk with their therapeutic uses. Generally the milk is sweet in taste, unctuous, coolant, increases ojas, nourishes the body, aphrodisiac and mitigates vata and pitta dosha. Goat milk is light and grahi. It is recommended in different diseases like tuberculosis, bleeding piles, diarrhoea, dysentary, leucorrhoea, bronchitis, asthma and nose bleed. It is also an ingredient in many ayurvedic formulations like anu taila for nose, kumkumadi taila for skin, mahatriphala ghrit for eyes, sarswata ghrit for developmental disorders, somnath rasa for urinary infections and pind taila for gout. It is also used for the purification of minerals that are recommended to cure the diseases. Livestock animals have always been the important source of milk. Bovine milk is by far the most commonly consumed milk because of large cattle population. In goat milk, the fat globules are smaller and have a greater surface area than those found in cow's milk. Smaller globules are more easily and nicely worked on by pancreatic lipase, the fat digesting enzyme. Goat milk is lower in lactose than cow's milk about 12% less per cup. People with lactose intolerance may find goat milk and its derivates best alternative.
Leech therapy is considered as unique and most effective method of bloodletting. It is safely indicated in all people including the patients having poor threshold to pain. Medicinal leech is effective in the management of complicated varicose veins. It heals ulcers, decreases the oedema and limb girth and reduces hyperpigmentat-ion. Diabetic ulcer is an open sore wound that occurs in the patients of diabetes and is commonly located in foot. Leech therapy is effective in the management of diabetic foot ulcer. Leech therapy also named as Hirudo therapy has been known from the time of extreme antiquity and is still alive nowadays. This fact testifies its efficiency in healing various kinds of diseases.
Vasa is a common small herbaceous medicinal plant native to Asia. It can be grown in Srilanka, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Its botanical name is Adhatoda vasica. In Ayurveda, it is called Vasaka, Bhishagmata and Atarush (means one that stops the spread of disease in the body). It is also called Malabar nut. Various bio-active chemicals in Vasa leaves make it the versatile herb. In Ayurveda, it is mentioned as antiasthmatic, autitussive, antidiabetic & haemostatic. Vasa bears potent expectorant action which helps loosen phlegm deposits in the airway. The extract of Vasa leaves shows excellent sucrase inhibitory actuvity. Thus, it can be explored as a natural anti-diabetic.
Human heart is a tireless fist sized muscular organ vital for survival. It keeps our blood flowing and life going. It is the world's best pump house that pumps approximately 6,000 to 7,000 liters of blood per day.
The most popular Indian millet is Pearl millet called Bajra in hindi and the second most widely grown millet in India is Foxtail called Kangni. Millets are Gluten free & help in patients suffering from Gluten-sensitive enteropathy and very effective for wheat allergy patients. Millets are a vital part of a well balanced diet. They are low in calories and contain more fiber than wheat which helps to maintain satiety and thus aid in weight loss. Millet is a gluten free whole grain and the good source of fibre. It is having low glycemic index which has a positive effect in fight against diabetes.Millets are rich in iron and folic acid, thus help prevent anemia by supporting the formation of red blood cells and maintaining adequate hemoglobin level.
Asthma is a chronic lung disorder which is caused due to inflammation in the airways which become narrower and are filled with mucus leading to blockage of the airflow. Licorice has anti-inflammatory and mucolytic properties that help in restoring normal breathing in asthmatic patients.
Hadjod increases bone strength. It boosts mineralization in the bones and promotes the formation of mineral modules.
Shatavari is the main rejuvenative tonic for females. It contains estrogenic components extracted from its roots. The word Shatavari means a woman with one hundred husbands signifying the traditional use of this herb to tone up reproductive system. Shatavari nourishes female womb & ovum and prepares the women organ for pregnancy and prevents miscarriage.
Life is not a bed of roses. Thorns play a pivotal role to strengthen our feet which in turn sharpen our mental faculties to make us capable to face challenges on our way upfront with firm determination and unflinching grit. Whatever might our experience be while surpassing the adverse situations, we should never ever forget to embrace everything coming on our way whole-heartedly without mincing any foul words.
1. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up 2. It always seems impossible until it's done 3. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination 4. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear 5. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world