Finding it difficult to fall asleep?

One of the main reasons that insomnia (sleeplessness) is on the rise is the high-stress levels and time pressures associated with modern living. The people would gladly get more sleep if they could, but the supersonic age, which was supposed to make everything more efficient, has just made everything busier. It is apparent that people wake up with gadgets and get to bed with gadgets!
The competitive age has pushed us all to the edge to be the best in everything we do, people often go to bed with a huge checklist in their minds.The numbers are scary indeed, with over 30{e0fb0f696686b16337a747ac67dba744e17986229a0d4a47700565830f15b026} people suffering from Insomnia!
Many people complain of insomnia, with stress during the day making them too tense or worried to be able to fall asleep at night. Lack of sleep, in turn, creates more stress on the job and at home. However, it is important to know that, not all people require the same amount of sleep. Sleeping cycles vary among people and throughout a person’s life.

Here are some effective remedies for Insomnia(Anidra):
Panchkarma : Shirobasti, Shirodhara, Nasya.
Abhyangam: A complete rejuvenation and relaxation are achieved when medicated oils are massaged as per classical Ayurveda texts. This, in turn, reduces the Vata vitiation and calms the nervous system, and thus restoring a sound night sleep.
Pada Abhyangam or Foot Massage with Ksheerabala oil provides relaxation to the body and mind helps good sleep.

How to get rid of that post-pregnancy abdominal bulge?

This is one of the many post-pregnancy blues that new mothers experience after having a baby. What is by the way?
Most of you haven’t experienced it, have also never heard of it. Even some who have it, have never heard of it.
It’s a problem that comes most often with pregnancy.
As the uterus expands, the tissue that runs down the middle of your belly muscles gets thin to make room for the baby.
Sometimes it stretches then goes back into shape. Other times the stomach muscles get so stretched that they don’t go back.
In the worst cases the organs behind the muscles can actually bulge out, but most people don’t get it that badly. In most cases, it’s what keeps them from being able to button their jeans months after they’ve lost their baby weight.
In fact, a lot of people don’t even know that they have it.
If you have been trying to lose that belly and aren’t sure whether you have diastasis recti, it is easy enough to find out, and fix it.
How to Know if You Have Diastasis Recti
People who have had more than one pregnancy – or who have more than one baby at a time – are most likely to have diastasis recti.
You are also at risk if you are over 35 or have poor muscle tone. The first sign that you have it is that your stomach isn’t as flat as it used to be.
Exercises to avoid:
1. Abdominal Crunches
2. Back bending exercises.
3. Avoid anything that makes your stomach muscles bulge, including lifting heavyweights.

The best exercise for the bulge is:
PLANKS! This is a proven exercise in fixing the postpartum bulge when done correctly.

Why Is Vitamin B12 Such a Hype Nowadays?

Here’s why –

It has turned out that Vitamin B12 deficiency is a silent epidemic with serious consequences to your health.

Did you know your ability to absorb vitamin B12 gradually decreases with age?

Are you worried about the quality of supplements available in the market? And if they are really effective?
So how do you know if you’re deficient?

The following symptoms are signals and should be brought to your doctor’s IMMEDIATE attention…
1. Unexplained Fatigue
2. Forgetfulness
3. Weakness
4. Pale skin or yellowish discoloration
5. Feeling of numbness in the extremities with pins & needles sensation.
6. Dizzines
7. Anxiety
8. Changes in the Tongue

All healthy people have little bumps across the surface of their tongues, often referred to as papillae. Usually, approximately 50 percent of patients suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency may seem to lose these bumps on their tongues, especially around the edges. Some patients also report that they experience a soreness along the back side of the tongue, end even occasionally a burning sensation. These papillae also contain taste buds, and this may also create problems in the way that some foods may taste, as well. However, this is only temporary, and everything should return to normal once there are enough vitamin B12 in the body.
9. Vision Changes

Sometimes patients who are suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency may also experience vision problems, including seeing fuzzy spots, experiencing blurry vision, seeing what appears to be shadows in the corners of their eyes and even sometimes having double vision. Of course, these symptoms may also be caused from needing new eyeglasses or contact lenses, from working too long on a computer or from watching too much television. However, this can also be directly related to not having enough vitamin B12 in the blood cells. The blood vessels located within the eyes can even become blocked when there is a vitamin B12 deficiency, and this can cause direct and sudden damage to the retina and then to the optic nerve.
10. Weightloss.

Simple Ayurvedic Treatment for Vitamin B12 Deficiency
1. Punarnava Mandoora
2. Kalamegha Capsules.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOD) & Ayurvedic Remedies

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as Polycystic ovarian disease or PCOD is a very common female health complaint. The word “Syndrome” is used to describe the PCOD because, it is a complex manifestation involving many factors and organs such as – obesity, insulin resistance, irregular menstrual bleeding (in most cases, excessive menstrual bleeding), abnormal menstrual periods & cycle, lack of ovum production (anovulation) etc.
PCOS is a common female endocrine disorder affecting approximately 5- 12{e0fb0f696686b16337a747ac67dba744e17986229a0d4a47700565830f15b026} of women.It causes worry as it is commonly found in reproductive age; also it is thought to be one of the leading cause of female infertility.
Organs involved in Polycystic Ovary Disease
1. Ovary – the female gonad organ, present at the either sides of the uterus.
2. adrenal glands – The glands which are placed just above the both the kidneys.
3. Pancreas – Gland that produces insulin in our body.
4. Pituitary gland – the gland just below the brain, which is responsible for all the hormonal control.
What happens in PCOD?
There is increased production of Androgen (a hormone) by the ovaries, which suppresses the maturation of ovarian follicles (ovarian follicles lead to ovum). So, ovum does not get properly formed and released (anovulation). Remember that ovum meets with the sperm during intercourse leading to conception. So, in a case of PCOD, the lady usually will be having a problem with conception.
The signs and symptoms –
Clinically PCOS often manifest itself at menarche with some form of menstrual irregularity, but not essentially.The principal signs and symptoms of PCOS are related to menstrual disturbance and elevated levels of male hormones (androgens).
Also patient approach the physicians with the features like menstrual irregularities, androgenic features such as hirsutism, acne, alopecia etc, obesity and infertility caused by improper ovulation etc.
The patient complains of increasing obesity, menstrual abnormalities in the form of less menstrual bleeding, absence of menstruation, or abnormally high and irregular bleeding and infertility. There may be abnormal growth of hair at different places of the body. The patient may not always be obese.
In some patients, due to insulin resistance, a dark coloured band like skin lesion may be developed at the back of the neck, inner thighs and axilla, called as Acanthosis nigricans.

Ayurvedic herbal remedy for PCOD –
Ayurvedic treatment is by applying a multi-pronged approach towards –
– correcting the hormonal imbalance,
– treatment to obesity and avoiding high cholesterol levels,
– treatment to insulin resistance.
1. Correcting hormonal imbalance:
there are many herbs used in correcting the hormonal imbalance. Ashoka (saraca asoca), Dashamoola (a group of ten herbal roots) a group of herbs used in the preparation of Sukumara Kashaya like Ashwagandha, Eranda, Shatavari etc. are useful in correcting the hormonal imbalance.
2. Treatment for obesity:
Treatment for obesity and specifically against cholesterol can be achieved by using Ayurvedic herbal remedy plus diet and lifestyle changes.
3. Treatment insulin resistance:
Treatment for insulin resistance involves a time-consuming approach with effective Ayurvedic treatment and diet and lifestyle changes including exercise.

Chinese Medicine bags a Nobel Prize!

Surprised??? But our own Ancient Indian System of Medicine…hasn’t yet reached there. Why?

Ayurveda is a profound and sophisticated as traditional Chinese medicine and shares a great deal of wisdom too.

The explanation of Prana – Chi as per TCM are similar, with both viewing the human being as an intricate system of energy patterns, much like modern physics and its views of the universe.

Both are a perfect example of a complete Functional Medicine as opposed to the reductionist approach of the western system of medicine. And the list goes on….

But while the communist government of China supported the TCM as a mainstream medicine system for the betterment of its people and to respect their origins and rich history!

Unfortunately, the Indian Government never considered Ayurveda as a reliable entity. Thankfully the current Modi Government has lifted the marginalized status of Ayurveda and brought some attention. Looking forward to bringing this ancient science on a bigger pedestal and much-needed recognition and adoption

Most Effective Treatment for Weight Loss with Ayurveda

Obesity has been considered one of the main reasons behind weight gain. Along with its other known complications of hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problems etc. Apart from a sedentary lifestyle, stress, heredity, overeating being the major contributing factors for weight gain, distortion of gut flora due to an accumulation of toxins, or antibiotic abuse also result in weight gain!

The treatment which is mentioned in Ayurveda for Obesity consists of daily internal medications, doing fasts in the form of light diet and Shodhan chikitsa which comprises of Panchkarma therapy the most effective one in less time. In the context of Panchakarma, the types which are most commonly employed for the treatment of obesity is Virechan(purgation) and Lekhan Basti (enema for reducing weight).
Lekhan Basti is a type of enema(given through the anorectal route) which contains ayurvedic drugs which cause the excoriation of the excessive fat from the body. The drugs which are used in the preparation of Lekhan Basti are Triphala decoction, Honey, Gomutra, Saindhav salt, Hing, Yavakshar, Kasis, Shilajatu which are all fat-reducing by virtue of their properties etc.

Just like how the water which is sprinkled on the roots of a tree nourishes the whole tree, in the same way, the enema or the Lekhan Basti given through the anal route goes into the intestine and from there the active properties of the Basti spread into the whole body.

How does the Lekhana Basti work in reducing fat in the body?

The rectum has the richest blood supply and venous plexuses provide a good absorbing surface and many soluble substances produce their effect more quickly without passing the liver where they may be destroyed. Additionally, this soothing concoction administered in the form of an enema(basti) positively enhances the bacterial flora, thus bringing about balanced hormonal activity and an enhanced basal metabolic rate.

Panchakarma’s efficacy as explained by Dr.Deepak Chopra

Panchakarma a proven treatment for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders:

A study co-authored by well-known alternative health guru, Deepak Chopra, has shown that a short Ayurvedic Panchakarma intervention can lower the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
In the experimental group, 65 healthy male and female subjects participated in a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic intervention which included herbs, vegetarian diet, meditation, yoga, and massage. A control group of 54 did simple relaxation.
The researchers found that those who were on the Ayurvedic program showed a measurable decrease in blood-based metabolites associated with inflammation, cardiovascular disease risk and cholesterol regulation, compared to the control group.
Senior author of the study Deepak Chopra explained, “These phospholipids exert broad effects on pathways related to inflammation and cholesterol metabolism … Plasma and serum levels of the metabolites of phosphatidylcholine are highly predictive of cardiovascular disease risk.”

The study notes that further studies are necessary in order to fully understand these links, however, “It appears that a one-week Panchakarma program can significantly alter the metabolic profile of the person undergoing it,” says Chopra. “As part of our strategy to create a framework for whole systems biology research, our next step will be to correlate these changes with both gene expression and psychological health.”
“Identification of Altered Metabolomic Profiles Following a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic Intervention in Healthy Subjects” has been published in Scientific Reports

Are your children at risk of inheriting thyroid disease?

Many thyroid sufferers don’t realize that thyroid disease can also affect children — even in utero, and as newborns. It’s also important to know that there are certain types of thyroid disease that have a genetic or hereditary component that can put children at greater risk of developing a thyroid condition.
For example, a small percentage of newborns suffer from congenital hypothyroidism at birth. Congenital hypothyroidism results from either an improperly formed gland, or as a result of antithyroid medications ingested by the mother during pregnancy. These infants require early testing — and thyroid testing is included in the standard heel stick test for various health issues that most newborns undergo. Infants with congenital hypothyroidism require rapid and proper treatment to avoid lifelong complications and cognitive impairment due to hypothyroidism and lack of sufficient thyroid hormone.

According to modern Ayurvedic therapeutic science, a decrease or increase in the normal working of thyroid gland results in the ailments of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, respectively. Like all nija rogas (internally caused diseases), the root cause of hypothyroidism is a disequilibrium of the doshas.

Reviewing some of the common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can help you to know when to get thyroid function tests ordered for your child and when to look for another cause for your child’s symptoms.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

Hypothyroidism most commonly occurs when the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone, either because it can’t (primary hypothyroidism) or because it isn’t being stimulated properly (secondary hypothyroidism).
Kids with primary hypothyroidism will usually have a low free thyroxine level (free T4) and an elevated level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and associated symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as:
1.) Short stature or deceleration of growth, Rough, dry skin,
2.) ColdConstipation, intolerance Fatigue, Delayed bone age on Xray,
3.) Delayed puberty (teens), Galactorrhea (white breast discharge)
4.) Pseudoprecocious puberty (early puberty)
5.) Headaches, Vision problems
Newborns with congenital hypothyroidism are usually identified on their newborn screening test, which routinely tests for hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

Hyperthyroidism also called thyrotoxicosis, there is an excess of thyroid hormones. These children will usually have a high T4, T3, and a low TSH.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include:
1.) Emotional lability, with your child being more likely to cry easily, be irritable and excitable, etc.
2.) Short attention span
3.) Finger tremor
4.) Increased appetite
5.) Weight loss, failure to thrive
6.) Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
7.) Exophthalmos (protruding eyes)
8.) Upper eyelid lag
9.) Infrequent blinking
10.) Flushed skin
11.) Excessive sweating
12.) Muscle weakness
13.) Tachycardia and palpitation
14.) High blood pressure