Benefits of Jaggery : Dr. Amita Abrol

1) Detox and Breathe easy:


With the menace of air pollution taking over our cities and towns, the cases of breathing disorder have grown manifold in their numbers. In this situation, eating a piece of jaggery could very well be akin to a breath of fresh air ! With its anti allergic properties, jaggery is a highly recommended addition to your daily diet. Jaggery’s detoxifying and anti carcinogenic quality is an effective remedy for issues like bronchitis, wheezing, asthma and such breathing related disorders, as it relaxes the respiratory muscles. It also clears excessive mucus from the system and clears the body of toxins.
Industrial Toxicology Research revealed that jaggery provided protection to the workers working in a smoky and dusty environment. As people suffering from respiratory illnesses also face lack of immunity and a poor digestive system, eating a small piece of jaggery every day supplements one’s body with nutrients as well. Great things do come in small packages

benefits of jaggery


2) Natural source of micro nutrients:


Unlike its processed counterpart, white sugar, Jaggery is unrefined, which is why it retains all its natural goodness, keeping all the micronutrients intact! Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, which is usually removed when making refined sugar, something which is retained in the case of jaggery.Being a great source of iron, it keeps anaemia at bay as well. When we eat white sugar, our digestive system works extra hard to digest it, using up precious reserves of calcium and potassium reserves to assimilate the sugar into our system. On the other hand, jaggery is easily digested by the body, without having to deplete these reserves.
3) Power packed with minerals:
With its rich potassium content, together with calcium, manganese and zinc, jaggery pacs a powerful punch when it comes to fulfilling your body’s mineral requirements. A high potassium content means your body’s acidity levels stays balanced, and reduced hypertension. In today’s stressful times, this destressing quality is much welcomed ! Its antioxidant properties combats the harmful free radicals that roam in the body, protecting your cells from damage and signs of early ageing.

Benefits of jaggery


3) Healer of common flu:


This flu season, protect yourself by adding a little bit of jaggery to your daily diet ! By boosting your immune system, jaggery helps create a shield against diseases such as the common cold, cough flu.Herbal medicine has long since stumbled upon the curative effects of jaggery. It’s decongestant properties helps clear out phlegm from your system, leading to quicker recovery from cough and it has high level of phosphorus too. Add it to some honey, ginger powder and warm water, and you have a homemade solution to cough!


4) Keeps you going through the day:


Because of having a longer chain of sucrose, digesting jaggery is a slow process, which means it releases energy in a sustained manner in your body. This makes it a good fit for people who are active through the day, such as athletes, since it keeps you going through the day, instead of highly processed sugar, which creates a spike of energy, and then quickly causes a glucose crash, leaving you feeling fatigued and drained soon afterwards!
All these properties have us convinced that this rich, delicious ingredient is also a treasure of health benefits. So go ahead, replace that sugar in your coffee with a spoonful of jaggery powder, or eat a small piece after your meal, and add some more of good health into your daily routine!

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THERAPEUTIC PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINE: Dr. Amita Abrol

THERAPEUTIC PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINE: Dr. Amita Abrol

The Article, Dr, Amita Abrol: Chances are you’ve heard the term “ayurvedic” during a visit to your spa or in an advertisement, but you may not know what it means. Ayurvedic medicine began in India and combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), which literally means “the science of life.” Many Ayurvedic therapies predate written records and were handed down by word of mouth. Practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years, Ayurveda has recently become more popular in Western culture.

 PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINE

The basic principle of Ayurvedic medicine is to prevent and treat illness—rather than respond to indicators of disease—by maintaining balance in and harmony between your body, mind and environment. This is done through a personally tailored combination of healthy nutrition, daily movement, aromatherapy and herbal remedies.

Ayurveda supports the revitalizing and empowering idea that we have the ability to heal ourselves. Once you realize your own potential imbalances, you can take control of your own health and start incorporating Ayurvedic therapies to feel healthier, improve your fitness and become happier and rejuvenated. Ayurveda honors lifestyle from morning to night and throughout our years.

Today, integrative medicine is evolving as practitioners of the many healing approaches around the world are seeking to collaborate. There are growing opportunities to blend and complement more mainstream health approaches with Ayurveda and other healing therapies. You can integrate Ayurveda into your wellness routine by seeing a doctor who practices its techniques or by visiting a spa that offers such services.
UNDERSTANDING THE DOSHAS

Ayurvedic treatment is tailored to each person’s unique constitution (prakriti) and life forces (dosha), so your experience may not be the same as that of a friend.

In Ayurvedic terms, every person is made up of one predominant life force, or dosha, and consists of a unique combination of all three forces: vata, pitta and kapha. Determining your dosha is a complex process that explores your personal imbalances and takes many things into consideration to help you achieve optimum health. The mission of the practice over a lifetime is to balance all three:
VATA (ETHER AND AIR)

Frame: thin and lanky

Skin: dry, cool, maybe rough

Sleep: has a hard time falling and/or staying asleep

Temperament: enthusiastic, nervous and/or jumpy
PITTA (FIRE AND WATER)

Frame: average build, apple shape

Skin: warm, smooth and/or oily

Sleep: prefers coolness; is a deep sleeper

Temperament: assertive, outgoing and/or bossy
KAPHA (WATER AND EARTH)

Frame: stocky; is either very tall or very short

Skin: pale, moist and/or cold

Sleep: pleasant, but has difficulty waking up

Temperament: accommodating, pleasant but cautious
WHAT HAPPENS IN AN AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

When you begin your appointment, your practitioner will assess your dosha and your imbalances. To do this, he or she may:

Ask about your cravings, eating behaviors and recent illnesses (including reasons, if known, and symptoms)

Question your personal resilience (your ability to recover quickly from illness or setbacks)

Observe your physical characteristics, such as your teeth and tongue, skin, eyes, weight and overall appearance

Check your urine, stool, speech/voice and pulse (each dosha is associated with a specific and unique kind of pulse)

Based on this, a personal prescription will be recommended.
COMMON AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS

*Panchkarma therapies

Essential oils and other aromatherapies

Yoga

Daily meditation practice

Self-massage, regular professional massageor reflexology

Breathwork (“pranayama”) and chanting to reduce stress

Specific fruits, vegetables, spices and teas as part of your daily diet
Ayurveda doesn’t simply look at symptoms, but peels the layers like an onion to reach the core of what makes each of us a vital human being. Everyone has a different balance and everyone is unique.

Dr. Amita Abrol
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Health Benefits Of Asafoetida (Hing): Dr. Amita Abrol

Health Benefits, Medicinal Uses, Side Effects – Ayurveda

The Article, Dr: Amita Abrol: Asafoetida is an ancient Indian culinary ingredient, loaded with immense health benefits. Its powder with buttermilk is a very famous Indian home remedy for bloating. It is called as Hingu in Sanskrit and also in many other languages.

Hing, Asafoetida

Sanskrit Synonyms and meaning:
Hingu, Sahasravedhi – effective in thousands of ways
Jatuka – similar to Laksha herb, having exudate
Bahleeka, Ramatha – Available in places like Bahlika and Ramatha
Ugragandha – has offensive smell

Classical categorization:
Charaka samita:
Deepaneeya – herbs that improve digestion power
Svasahara – herbs that are useful in asthma and other respiratory disorders
Sanjnasthapana – herbs that are useful to restore consciousness
Katuskandha – pungent tasting group of herbs

Sushruta: Pippalyadi and Ushakadi
Vagbhata: Pippalyadi

Asafoetida medicinal qualities:
Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities): Laghu (light to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily), Teekshna (piercing, enters deep tissues)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion): Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency): Ushna (hot)
Effect on Tridosha: Balances Kapha and Vata. Increases Pitta.

Asafoetida benefits:

हिङ्गु वातकफानाह शूलघ्नं पित्त कोपनम्॥१५२॥
कटुपाकरसं रुच्यं दीपनं पाचनं लघु । – Astanga Hridaya Sutrasthana 6th chapter / 152

Hingu is
Chedaneeya – scrapes channels
Deepaneeya – carminative
Anulomana – restores normal movement of Vata, useful in bloating
Pachana – digestive
Teekshna (piercing, enters deep tissues)
Hrudya – good for heart, cardiac tonic. It is a very good natural blood thinning agent. It is also seen to be useful in high blood pressure.
Pittavardhana – increases Pitta.
Chakshushya – good for eyes, improves vision power
Useful in
Shula – abdominal colic pain
Gulma – Abdominal tumor, bloating
Udara – ascites
Anaha – bloating
Krumi – worm infestation
Vibandha – constipation
Adhmana – bloating, gaseous distension of abdomen
Gulma – Abdominal tumor, bloating

हिङ्गु शूलप्रशमनं विद्यात् पाचनरोचनम्||२९९||
vātaśleṣmavibandhaghnaṃ kaṭūṣṇaṃ dīpanaṃ laghu|
hiṅgu śūlapraśamanaṃ vidyāt pācanarocanam||299||  – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27
The gum resin of Hingu – Asa foetida( Ferula narthex Boiss) is balances colic pain, carminative and palatable.

Part used: Resin
Dosage: Asafoetida powder – 125 – 500 mg per day, or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
Asafoetida side effects
Overdosage may cause Pitta increase, burning sensation, worsening of gastritis.
It is not indicated in conditions with Pitta dominance, like gastritis.
It is best to avoid its use during menstrual periods.
It is best to avoid this in bleeding disorders. It has blood thinning effect, hence it may delay clotting.
It is best to avoid this in children, pregnancy and lactation period.
People taking medicine for high blood pressure should take care while using Heeng, since it reduces blood pressure..

Treatment measures for over-dosage of Heeng:
In case of the poisoning caused due to hingu, tamarind which is dissolved in water is given. Sheetopachara is given i.e. food and drinks prepared from the cold potency drugs are given. Even by administering ghee, the poisoning caused due to hingu will be cured. – Vaidya Sara Sangraha

Why heeng -mixed with Maida or wheat flour and sold in the market?

Because, the original heeng might not be stable for long due to its semi solid consistency.
It is highly aromatic and judging how much to be added to dishes can be difficult. Hence, it is sold mixed with Maida or wheat flour.

Dr. Amita Abrol
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