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Joint Support

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The joints in the human body are remarkable pieces of engineering. From hinge joints like the elbows and knees, to ball and socket joint at the shoulders and hips, they allow us to perform a wide range of movements and activities. However, without proper care, these joints can slowly deteriorate from the wear and tear of daily life, leading to stiffness, tightness and pain.

 

That is why Dr Ajit, Australasia’s most experienced ayurvedic practitioner recommends the following products to support healthy and flexible joints:

 

Arthplus is an effective natural formulation used to support healthy, flexible joints and ease of movement

 

Yograja Guggul and Singhnad Guggul are herbo-mineral preparations that have been used for centuries to support healthy joints. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo) aid normal joint function. Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum) supports the body’s natural elimination processes to remove toxins from deep tissues.

 

Specially formulated by Dr. S Ajit (BAMS) Australasia’s most experienced ayurvedic practitioner, this herbal formula can be used to support healthy joints and bones.

Herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum) and Suranjana (Colchicum luteum) are best known ayurvedic herbs to treat Arthritis, Gout, Joint Pain, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatic arthritis and have been used by ayurvedic practitioners for centuries.

 

Trikatu means “three pungents,” a herbal compound of Long Pepper (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale). 


The powerful heating quality of this combination is traditionally used to support the proper function of the lungs and sinuses by “melting” excess mucous and promoting healthy expectoration.

 

Ayurveda has identified a number of herbs that can relieve inflammation from soft tissue damage. These herbs have been brought together to create this safe and natural topical formulation.

Gandapura (Gaultheria Fragrantissima) is an important Ayurvedic herb for relieving joint pain, muscular spasms, sprains and rheumatism while the cold energy of Kapoor (Cinnamomum camphora) helps relieve inflammation from affected areas.

Infused with over 40 ayurvedic herbs, this sesame based massage oil is used to:


     * improve blood circulation,  

     * tone the body, 

     * counter dry skin and 

     * help lubricate stiff joints.

 

Tips for Winter

Dr Ajit - Friday, June 08, 2018

Once again, winter is upon us and I am sure you are all ready of enjoy the season balanced. Some of us are already feeling the cold, damp, moist, cloudy and rainy days and wondered how to cope with them. As we all know, in this part of the world we experience four seasons and year after year these seasons keep coming and arrive in the most rhythm/cycles and time frame. This is what’s known as nature’s intelligence.

As long as nature’s intelligence is intact these seasons will keep coming in this rhythmic time frame and bring the same qualities for what they known for. In the same way, everyone of us has our bodily intelligence and as long as our bodily intelligence is in balance state we can enjoy every weather to its optimum.

It is important to keep our bodily intelligence in a balanced state all the time so the body can flush out all the toxins that get built up in our body on a daily basis due to wear and tear and impact of physical, mental and emotional factors. The ancient science of Ayurveda advises us to follow certain daily and seasonal routines so was can keep ourselves in an optimum state.

One can suffer naturally in this season from problems such as common cold and sinus congestion, cough, sore throat and runny nose. If you follow these regimes I can assure you most of your problems will be taken care of and you won’t need to become a slave to anti-histamine and flu shots.

  • Brush teeth and scrape tongue
  • Within 5 minutes of getting up, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth and scrape your tongue with a copper tongue scraper to remove the toxins that have accumulated there overnight. Anyone suffering from anxiety will always have light white or brownish coating on their tongues. This is nothing but toxins produced by the body.

  •  Morning De-tox drink
  • Immediately after brushing and scrapping make a drink:

         ¼ tsp of grated ginger

         ½ tsp of lemon juice

         ½ tsp of honey

         ½ tsp of fenugreek powder

 Fenugreek is good to take excess mucous from body’s tissue as well it works with fat metabolism and counters sluggishness from lymph.

 Steam inhalation 

In winter, naturally the lungs, sinus and nasal passage can get congested with mucous. This regime helps to clear the congestion and also us to breathe easier. Boil water in a container, add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Lean over the container, covering your head with a big towel or blanket and take deep long breaths. Do this for 7 minutes. Dry your face and go to bed. This helps to melt the mucous accumulation in the lungs and sinus areas and helps to breath. This should be done every night before bed.

 Nasal drops

At least three times a week, put three drops of warm sesame oil in each nostril and massage the area x3 times. This will help counter congestion from deep seated mucous in sinus areas as well as heaviness in head.

Gargles

One should gargle at least once a day by adding 1tsp of black salt in warm water. This helps to clear excess mucous in the mouth as well as in the back of the throat. This is a very effective daily regime for those who suffer from post nasal drip or have a sore throat in winter.

Diet

One should eat warm nourishing food and avoid foods that are naturally heavy, sticky, damp, cold and thick such as yoghurt, ice cream, cream, butter, muffin, cakes, bread, cheese, cold drink, juice, white flour, cold meats, cold homongenised milk and oily foods such as chips, noodles and pasta. As all these foods have such qualities, regular use can build mucous in the body and that much can start accumulating in areas such as nose, lungs, sinus area, throat, lymphatic system as these areas are naturally weak due to winter season. The reason to avoid such foods is that regular use allows more mucous production and the body is not in a position to easily flush them out so his mucous slowly starts accumulating in the bodily tissues and organs and resultant ailments will come.

Eat almonds and raisins as a snack instead of muffin and cake.

Process your thoughts

Dr Ajit - Friday, April 27, 2018

Despite our best efforts to live a healthy life, we still find ourselves suffering from health problems, particularly stress and anxiety. It leaves many of us to ask if is ever possible to be happy and healthy? The answer to this is simple. Even though we focus on many physical factors to maintain our health, we give little attention to the most important component of our body, the mind.

From the day we are born we are provided with all the means of life and taught how to fulfil these daily needs ourselves, whether it is shelter, food, warmth, or clothing. However, no one tells us how to deal with the mind or how to nourish and support it. When we live our daily lives by ignoring the needs of the mind a disharmony between the mind and body takes place, which hampers our ability to attain optimum balance.

Unfortunately, western medicine doesn't talk much about this important component of our body and doesn't put much emphasis on the impact mind has on our wellbeing. Thankfully, Ayurveda talks in great depth about the importance of the mind and role it plays in the disease process. Ayurveda tells us that the mind has specific qualities and characteristics and just as we have specific daily routines to eliminate toxins from our body, we have specific routines to eliminate toxins from the mind to keep it in a balanced state and maintain harmony between mind and body.

We all understand that during our daily activities we come across various situations. Some might be good, some bad. Some can be stressful. Some can bring happiness or sorrow and many can bring anxiety and frustration. These are all known as our emotions. Each emotion relates to one's own specific causes. It is important to process these emotions on a daily basis because if we don't process them, they can go to the inner part of the mind and sit there. When one goes to sleep and enters a sub-conscious state, these emotions become active. According to the qualities of these emotions, an imprint is left on our body and nervous system. For example, if one has emotions of anxiety and worry, they can impact on the body in that form. The resultant impact of this situation is that despite a person having 8 -10 hours' sleep, rather than being in a state of relaxation our body and nervous system remain in an active mode so we wake up feeling exhausted and fatigued rather than rested and calm. We all are aware that sleep is when the body repairs itself from the wear and tear of daily living. If our body is in an active state during this time, the repair work does not take place and slowly the body's immune system can get affected.

To prevent this process, it is very important that we process our thoughts on a daily basis. Before going to bed, no matter how busy you are, sit for 10 minutes to review the day. Close your eyes and review the whole day, pausing on each event that has arisen, good and bad and reflect on your role. Were your pleased with your actions during the day, responding appropriately or did you respond to a situation in a reactive or hurtful way. If you identify that you have reacted the wrong way in a particular situation, identify it and make a commitment to amend your behaviour for next time. Also make a commitment to apologise to anyone you may have hurt next time you see them.

For example, you are an employer and you come out of your office and see one of your employees sitting and doing nothing. You get upset and say a few nasty words to the employee and continue with your day's work. But when you get home and sit and review the day you realise that you weren't really upset with the employee but were upset and angry from an earlier phone call. When you came out of the office you let your frustration out on the employee, who had just finished a job and was getting ready for the next.

In his situation it becomes clear that it was not the employee's fault. It was you who made an error in judgement. In this situation what will be my action/ I will make sure I will make myself aware that I must be careful in the future that such situation does not a rise and must learn to analyse the situation carefully so I don't repeat my mistake and secondly make a commitment that next morning when I see my employee I will say sorry to him.
By this process one is able to take pressure on your chest and on your consciousness of doing something wrong. The natural principle is that when one has done something wrong no matter how much one can pretend to oneself. Person will be very much aware that something has been done wrong by me and if that is not dealt with it will hound that person as a bad emotion. On the other hand, when one is able to recognise this reaction and be ready to face it or accept it that things will be better to him/her and they live in peace and harmony.

The principle of this routine is that whatever we do during the day we are always aware that my action is correct or not. One can't hide anything from our consciousness. If one does not follow this daily routine the wrong doings of the day can have a negative impact on one's consciousness or it can manifest in the form of deep emotions and result in ailments at the physical level as high blood pressure, anxiety, stress, sleep disturbances, insomnia and depression, panic attacks or in mental disturbances.

New range of therapeutic products

Dr Ajit - Friday, April 06, 2018
As a result of my 38 years of clinical practice, I have developed a range of therapeutic herbal formulations to help my clients. I have carefully selected the herbs in each formulation based on their ability to restore balance to the body but also assist in flushing out the toxins that can be the core cause of many diseases. I have also tested them in my own clinic and have seen the results so have no hesitation in recommending them. For the practitioner, here is a product range that will save you having to blend your own and give you access to some hard to get herbs that target specific channels to remove ama and balance the Doshas. 
B-Pure
(Blood purifier)
Herbs as Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Khadir (Acacia catechu), Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) and Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) have been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners, who recognised their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, blood purifier and cleansing action.
Bon-Ton
(Joint support)
Herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Suranjana (Colchicum luteum) are very effective in the treatment of Arthritis, Gout, Joint Pain, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatic arthritis. They act as an anti-inflammatory, best pain relief and repair damaged tissue.
Fem-power
(Women’s support)
The astringent quality of herbs like Ashoka (Saraca indica) and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) are used traditionally in cases of leucorrhoea and excessive & painful menstruation, while Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) strengthens the complete reproductive system as well as regulates hormonal imbalance.
G-Defence
(Immune support)
Ayurvedic Herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), Long pepper (Piper longum) and Nagarmotha (Cyperus scariosus) are known for their immune boosting qualities. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and Chirayata (Swertia chirata) are known for their anti-oxidant properties. These herbs have been used for centuries in Ayurveda as important rasayana herbs.
G-Tone
(Digestive support)
Herbs like Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Bilva (Aegle marmelos) and Mochras (Salmalia malabarica) are known for their restorative effect on the gut, while Pippali (Piper longum) and Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) are the best ama burning herbs as well as anti-oxidants. An excellent formulation for problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis and indigestion.
Hridyajit
(Cardiac support)
This formulation is unique as it contains Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus), a herb that has been used for centuries to provide emotional balance and protect the heart from the stresses of our erratic and busy lives.
Lip-Nil
(Cholesterol support)
Herbs such as Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum) are best known for their scraping action on fat tissue while Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Hing (Ferula asafoetida) and Garlic (Allium sativum) are considered in Ayurveda to be the most effective support to the metabolism of fats.
Liv-Power
(Liver support)
A Herb like Bhumiamlaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is a potent hepato-protectant, which promotes normal functions of liver while Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) is a valuable bitter tonic, stomachic, mild laxative and potential hepato protectant.
M-Power
(Energy support)
Herbs such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) have been used for centuries by ayurvedic practitioners for their immune boosting quality. Herbs such as Akarkarabha (Anacyclus pyrethrum) and Safed Musali (Cholorophytum borivilianum) are best to enhance vigor and vitality and act as best aphrodisiac.
Prana Care
(Respiratory support)
The heating qualities of herbs like Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Kantakari (Solanum surrattense), Karkatshringi (Pistacia integerrima) and Yashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) help to remove excess mucous from the lungs, thus becoming the most effective support for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders..
Pro-Ton
(Prostate support)
The diuretic quality of herbs like Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) and Chopchini (Smilax china) help maintain a smooth flow of urine and for their deep action in cases of prostate enlargement.
Re-Nil
(Kidney support)
Herbs such as Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Yavakshara (Hordeum vulgare) are known for their diuretic effect to treat such conditions as kidney stones, urinary tract infection, dysuria, and kidney dysfunction.
Shanti-Ton
(Stress support)
Herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica) are known adaptogens and have been used for centuries by ayurvedic practitioners to treat physical exhaustion, fatigue, stress and anxiety.

Prana Chit Foods

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

These days, all of us are living hectic and busy lives, juggling our commitments between work, leisure and family. With so many demands on our time, none of us can afford to get sick so we constantly search for various ways to keep ourselves and our families fit and healthy. While we all approach this challenge in different way, something we all agree on is the need to make healthy choices in the foods we eat.

Whenever the question of healthy food come up, everyone thinks about specific amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in their diet. Some will consider eating only organic foods while others might choose to eat only raw salads as a healthy alternative. However, in spite of all these efforts, people still suffer from various digestive problems such as constipation, indigestion, hyper-acidity and IBS which, if not treated, can lead to more serious health problems.

In Ayurveda, the ancient health science of India, the focus of a healthy diet is not just considering what we eat but also looking at how the food is metabolised in one’s digestive system and whether the food selected by an individual is compatible with them or not.

With these principles in mind I have developed a range of pre-packed meals under the “Prana Foods” label. Prana means “life force” and everything in nature is imbued with this Prana, including the food we eat. These meals are quick to prepare, easy to digest and nourish both the body and mind. They include:

 

·            Kitchari:   Kitchari is a traditional recipe used in Ayurveda as a simple but regular de-tox and supporting those suffering from digestive problems such as IBS, Chron’s or colitis. It is one of the most nourishing and easily digestible foods available and acts to de-toxify and rejuvenate our bodies.

 

·            Besan Porridge: Besan (or Kala Channa) is a variant of the chickpea but is dark brown in colour and smaller in size. It is high in protein but has a low glycaemic index so is a good protein option for people with Diabetes or those who want to burn fat. It makes a nourishing porridge, particularly for those looking for a gluten free option for breakfast. Best during Winter.

 

·            Semolina Porridge: Semolina has been known for centuries as a nourishing food for everyone but especially for those with digestive issues. In Ayurveda it is also recognised as the first food for babies. Its key strength is its ability to make us feel full quickly and for longer, preventing over eating and snacking between meals. An ideal family breakfast that no one can resist which will leave everyone feeling nourished and wanting seconds.

 

·            Besan Pancakes: Besan is made from a legume known as Black Gram (or kala channa). This legume is rich in iron and is well known for its action to assist in fat metabolism, as well as strengthening muscles and bones which is why it has been used for centuries to support diabetic patients. Besan Pancakes are the best food for those who have a gluten allergy or looking for a protein rich meal either for breakfast or lunch option.

 

Try them out right now.   Watch me cook some of these delicious meals on our You Tube Channel

Tongue Scraping

Dr Ajit - Friday, February 09, 2018

Ayurveda recommends that as soon as you get up, the first thing you should do is brush your teeth and then scrape your tongue with a metal scrapper. Many of my clients ask why it's necessary to do this straight away rather than waiting until after breakfast.

My reply is simple. If you look at your tongue in the mirror first thing in the morning, you will see a coating on the back part of the tongue. This coating is metabolic waste produced during the night's digestive processes and that the body is trying to excrete. In Ayurveda it is called ama and, if not removed, this waste will get re-absorbed by the body. Scraping the tongue helps the body to remove it.

If left on the tongue, this ama will be re-absorbed into the system where it will accumulate in different organs and tissues. As it slowly builds up in the body, it can affect the immune system and make us prone to certain health conditions and ailments.

Regardless of how well you supplement, eat or exercise, if this ama is continually re-absorbed, it will continue to impact your health and immune system, making you prone to other ailments.

This helps to explain the cause of ailments such as coughs, arthritis and other joint problems, or depression and anxiety. The answer is simple. Once the ama starts moving through the circulatory system, it makes its way to the areas and organs in your body that are already weak because of certain activities, lifestyle habits or pre-existing ailments. For example, if you smoke, your lungs are weak areas and the ama moving in this channel can have easy access to the lungs in this case.

For those who drink too much alcohol, the liver is an easy target. If you are experiencing stress or emotional problems, it's your nervous system that will be affected. If you've had past health issues, such as asthma or skin problems, the organs associated with that illness or condition are most likely to be affected. According to Ayurvedic science, this principle is known as Khavagunya or the 'weak spot'.

So why should you brush your teeth first before doing tongue scrapping? During the night, when the ama accumulates on the tongue as a bi-product of the digestion process, some of it also settles between the teeth and accumulates on the gums. If you fail to brush your teeth, that ama will be transported back into the body in once you start eating and drinking.

Always brush your teeth first, then scrape your tongue. Brushing releases those small particles on and between the teeth so that they fall onto the tongue ready to be scraped away.

When you first begin, do it gently. Don't try to scrape too hard and avoid going too far back. Scrape three times in the centre and once along each side of your tongue, you’ll see a thick white residue accumulate in the centre of the scrapper. Wash it with warm water, rinse it and use it again.

I'm often asked whether you can use a spoon or the back of your toothbrush to scrape your tongue. Naturally, anything is better than nothing, but if you want to achieve the best results, a proper tongue scrapper is recommended. This is because the tongue is considered a mirror of our individual organs.

Using a tongue scrapper not only removes toxins in the form of the white coating, but it also massages the tongue, helping to relax each of your internal organs. While a brush or spoon will scrape a small amount of toxins from the tongue, it does not offer the second benefit of helping relax your organs.

Buy x2 tongue scrapers and get free shipping. Just use the discount code TON2018 at checkout. 

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International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness

Dr Ajit - Friday, December 15, 2017

Earlier this month I attended the 1st International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness in New Delhi. Organised by the Ministry of AYUSH, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the four-day event showcased India’s traditional systems of medicines to the world.

Attended by 250 local manufacturers and international delegates from over 70 countries, the objective of the event was to promote the Indian systems of medicine at a global level and create opportunities for strategic partnerships between India and other countries.

The main features of the event were an exhibition of ayurvedic manufacturers from across India, a plenary conference where policy makers, regulators and key international stakeholders met to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the complementary health sector and one on one meeting between local manufacturers and international buyers.

The conference was opened by the Honourable Minister for AYUSH, Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, who welcomed delegates and acknowledged the number of participants as testament to the growing interest in alternative medicine.

He noted that allopathic medicine has failed to effectively address all the health issues of humanity which is why Ayurveda, with its holistic approach to health, has proven so popular.

He urged more cooperation between all countries to continue this growth, with careful attention being given to sustainable development, multi-dimensional policies, and an evidence based approach to research into the benefits of Ayurveda.

The keynote address at the Conference was delivered by Secretary of the Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha. He also acknowledged the large number of participants and stressed the Indian Government’s commitment to the continued growth of complementary health He said that herbs and herbal formulations are a major export from India but that a large number of Ayurvedic products are yet to be promoted, which is a huge opportunity for the industry. In pursuit of this goal, he announced that AYUSH have signed research agreements with 28 countries, including the U.S and Germany. He also encouraged and welcomed international students to enrol in the AYUSH courses in India.

The inaugural session was wrapped up by Mr. G. Geetha Krishnan, AYUSH expert at the World Health Organisation. He pointed out that 20% of the world population depend on traditional systems of medicine for their primary health care, while in India this increases to almost 80%. This places a great responsibility on AYUSH, both in caring for its own people and providing an effective health care model to the rest of the world.

He said around $207 trillion is spent on healthcare by the U.S. alone and he suggested more of this money should be channelled to traditional medicine, which is proving to be more effective against a number of non-communicable and lifestyle diseases.

I was invited to the event as a panellist at one of the plenary sessions, “International Regulators Meets”, organised to create a constructive dialogue between international regulators and key stakeholders from across the world. Here I had the opportunity to speak about the changes to the regulation of complementary health products in Australia and New Zealand.

I was honoured to have the opportunity to address this conference and meet with Government officials, growers and manufacturers to discuss my concerns. My belief is that the Indian Government is very keen to encourage this local industry into the international marketplace, not just for its economic benefits but for the benefits the world can experience from this ancient healing science.

 

What's the best time to wake up

Dr Ajit - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

According to Ayurveda, to maintain good health, we should strive to live life in harmony with Mother Nature. Living in accordance with the natural laws of the universe is about continually adjusting our bodies to an ever-changing environment. Being in tune with nature also means being in tune with our unique nature or prakriti, as it is called in Ayurveda. The food you eat, the exercise you take, the sleep you need, and the type of climate you live in must all be suited to your constitution.

A daily routine is essential for maintaining good health and elevating our body, mind and one’s consciousness to a higher level of functioning. This not only helps to maintain our good health and act as a preventative. These routines help to correct ailments one suffers from at the root level. These routines will help to fix the root cause and bring the bodily intelligence back, rejuvenate all the tissues affected by that ailment.

We must remember that whatever we are doing has doshic characteristics and, according to Ayurveda, routine plays a key role in health. It’s important to start the day in a way that complements our doshic constitution.

However, there are certain daily rituals that we should all practise.

All these principles if given serious thought have a very deep and authentic reasoning. As we know the time is moving and so are the bodily forces.  There is a definite relation between time and these forces. Either it is day or night time, winter or summer season time or sun and moon time and all these have a definite effect on our body. Once we understand this, we can see the rationale behind this daily routine

Wake up time

The time of day and night play a vital role in one’s wellbeing. It is always wise to rise early because the last third of the night is governed by Vata intelligence and Vata type sleep is characterised by vivid dreams and prevents full rest.  If one wakes up and meditates at this time, disturbance to the mind is minimised.  Also, Prana is more easily controlled during such periods and greater spiritual advancement can be achieved.

Vata, with its quality of movement, encourages excretion when it is balanced, and evacuation of the bladder and bowels easier at this time of day. As urine and stool are two natural wastes and timely expulsion of these helps to cleanse the bodily system naturally.

Some diseases originate at the junction of the Doshas and sunrise is the junction of Vata and Kapha periods.  Arising and moving about at this time helps prevent an increase of Kapha in both the body and mind.  One always feels light, alert and fresh when awaking early, and dull, heavy, slow and lethargic if wakening late in Kapha time, and these qualities remain throughout the day no matter how good exercise actually one does.

One of the most important benefits of waking up during Vata intelligence is to provide more oxygen to the body and mind naturally. As Vata intelligence directs the breath, all inhalation and exhalation as well. Vata intelligence also dominates in the environment all that time one can take more fresh air and revitalise the bodily cells. Waking up early also promotes the mind to be more clearer, calm and alert.

The best time to wake up is between 4.30 – 5.30 am but those who cannot do this must try to be up by at least 6.30am.

Seasonal Routines for Winter

Dr Ajit - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Winter season has the qualities such as coldness, wetness, dampness, moistness, heaviness, slow, dark and thick. It means in this season one can feel cold, damp, heavy, sluggish, slow and dull (the impact of these qualities) Bodily organs that get affected in this season in everyone’s body irrespective of one’s unique body constitution are lungs, nose, tongue, lymphatic system and circulatory system.

Winter season is dominated by water and earth elements. In this season one of the body’s intelligences that govern our body naturally aggravates. It is known as Kapha. Common problems that one can experience in this season such as cough, cold, runny nose, sinus congestion, sore throat, asthma, cold hands and feet, fluid accumulations, weight gain and migraine. These problems can affect those who do not follow any seasonal routines and live incompatible lifestyle and diet in this season.

To keep one’s body in optimum state one should follow certain specific regimes to eliminate all the toxins as well to keep those organs in optimums state.

1.        Brush teeth and scrape tongue

Within three minutes of waking up one should brush teeth, scrape tongue. When you look at your tongue in the mirror you will find that coating on your tongue in winter season is thick and white. If this coating is not removed is responsible to build more mucous in nose, throat, lungs and throat or can make you lymph fluid more thick and sluggish. Try to scrape at least 4 times in the centre and 3 times in the sides.

2.        Morning De-tox drink

Immediately after brushing and scrapping make a drink:

·         ¼ tsp of grated ginger

·         ½ tsp of lemon juice

·         ½ tsp of honey

·         ½ tsp of fenugreek powder

Fenugreek is good to take excess mucous from body’s tissue as well it works with fat metabolism and counters sluggishness from lymph.

3.        Nasal drops

Put three drops of warm oil in each nostril and massage the area x3 times. To be more specific one should use:

·         2 days – sesame oil

·         2 days – medicated nasal oil.

Medicated nasal oil has specific Ayurvedic herbs and preparations according to Ayurvedic traditional principles and has specific qualities to counter congestion from deep seated mucous in sinus areas as well as heaviness in head area.

4.        Self-Massage

One should do daily massage before shower with:

·         warm sesame oil – 3 days

·         Mustard oil – 2 days (Mustard oil is known for its warming, dry qualities and helps to take excess mucous out of the body. Mustard oil being warm is good for improving circulation, lymphatic flow)

·         Kapha oil – 2 days (This is a medicated herbal oil which has at least 45 Ayurvedic herbs that help to expel extra water from bodily tissue thus helps to counter water accumulation and sluggish lymphatic)

The massage should be vigorous, strong pressure and quick. This helps to improve circulation thus counters cold hand problems

5.        Gargles

One should gargle at least once a day by adding 1tsp of black salt in warm water. This helps to clear excess mucous in the mouth as well as in the back of the throat. This is a very effective daily regime for those who suffer from post nasal drip or have a sore throat in winter.

6.        Care of gums: Gandoosh at least once a week – Take one tablespoon of sesame oil and add ½ teaspoon of black pepper, ½ teaspoon of black salt, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon of honey and hold in the mouth. Move around in the mouth for 3 minutes and spit out and rinse your mouth with warm water. (This is the best antiseptic and anti-viral treatment available to take effective care of the gums). Every second day use the same mix and gently rub onto your gums with your finger for 2 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes  and then rinse. (very effective to reduce bleeding gums).

 

7.        Steam inhalation

In winter, naturally the lungs, sinus and nasal passage can get congested with mucous. This regime helps to clear the congestion and also us to breathe easier. Boil water in a container, add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Lean over the container, covering your head with a big towel or blanket and take deep long breaths. Do this for 7 minutes. Dry your face and go to bed. This helps to melt the mucous accumulation in the lungs and sinus areas and helps to breath. This should be done every night before bed.

8.        Deep long slow breaths

The heavy, damp, slow and thick qualities in the environment in Winter can make breathing difficult. This can make our lungs and sinus are more prone to accumulate toxins. To avoid this happening one should take at least 10-15 deep, long, slow breaths every 2 hours. This will help to provide more oxygen to the lungs, helps to open the bronicoles and eliminate the mucous which can accumulate there.

9.        Exercise

During winter one does not sweat easily so the sweat glands, which eliminate waste from the body, can become blocked. Hence everyone should do vigorous exercise in this season. The best exercise for everyone in this season is a brisk way or run, both morning and evening. Do at least three times a week.

10.     Meditation

Open eye candle meditation and chant meditation are best the techniques to counter dullness, heaviness and darkness from the mind.

 

11.     Diet

One should avoid foods that are naturally heavy, sticky, damp, cold and thick such as yoghurt, ice cream, cream, butter, muffin, cakes, bread, cheese, cold drink, juice, white flour, cold meats, cold homongenised milk and oily foods such as chips, noodles and pasta. As all these foods have such qualities, regular use can build mucous in the body and that much can start accumulating in areas such as nose, lungs, sinus area, throat, lymphatic system as these areas are naturally weak due to winter season. The reason to avoid such foods is that regular use allows more mucous production and the body is not in a position to easily flush them out so his mucous slowly starts accumulating in the bodily tissues and organs and resultant ailments will come.

 

12.     Lung de-tox mix

At least 3 times a week one should take the following mix that helps to eliminate excess mucous from lungs, nose, throat area and keep their functions open:

·         1tbs honey

·         10 drops of fresh ginger juice

·         ½ tsp of black pepper

·         ½ tsp cinnamon

·         ½ tsp cardamom

·         ¼ tsp turmeric

Mix them and lick on your tongue. This mixture can be taken more often if one starts experiencing congestion, runny nose, sore throat or cough and cold

Report from the International Ayurveda Congress, April, 2017

Dr Ajit - Friday, April 07, 2017

I was delighted to attend the 2nd International Ayurveda Congress, held recently in London. Organised by the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, the All India Ayurvedic Congress (New Delhi) and the International Academy of Ayurved in Pune, the subject of the conference was Ayurveda – The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-oriented Health Care

Along with 300 other delegates from across the world, I joined with other internationally renowned scholars in presenting clinical case studies to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda in fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness and long life.

The Congress was opened by the Minister of AYUSH of the Government of India, His Excellency, Minister Shripad Yesso Naik who spoke about the growth of Ayurveda outside its traditional home and the steps proposed by the Indian Government, under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister Shree Narinder Modi-ji, to promote Ayurveda and Yoga in the western world.

The keynote address to the Congress was delivered by Dr. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, Patron of the International Ayurveda Congress, who spoke about "Consciousness – The Foundation of Health, Happiness, and Long Life.

My own address to one of Congress’s plenary sessions was titled Treating Mental Illness: Ayurveda’s integrative approach, where I had the opportunity to discuss the results of a clinical trial undertaken at Planet Ayurveda to investigate the effectiveness of Ayurveda in treating clients with stress, depression and panic attacks.

The trial consisted of a 30 day Ayurvedic programme that included changes to diet, lifestyle and selected Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments, including Massage and Shirodhara, guided meditation and Ayurvedic Counselling and Emotional Healing Programme. Of the 50 patients that completed the study, all reported marked improvements in their mental health, which re-in-forced the power of Ayurveda and its holistic approach to health.

I was humbled by the response to my presentation, with many delegates coming to offer their personal congratulations.

The Congress concluded with a strategy meeting between the conference participants and members of AYUSH to map out a strategy for the promotion of Ayurveda around the world.

I believe the Congress was very successful, both in offering a prestigious platform for scholars from around the world to showcase the latest research in Ayurveda as well as developing a strategy so the world can experience the benefit of this ancient healing science.



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