7 Utimate Effective Home Remedies for Eczema

Eczema-Home-Remedies

Eczema is a skin disease that makes skin patches inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and rough. It can be of various types and can also have different stages too. Eczema can be very painful too if not treated well. Some foods like nuts
and dairy can trigger symptoms. Its symptoms vary in different age groups, but they often include itchy patches of skin. Eczema do not spread from one person to another. It can also be triggered by various factors smoke and pollen. Its treatment focuses on the healing of damaged skin. However, there is no full cure for eczema discovered yet.

Eczema: Symptoms

Eczema-Symptoms

The symptoms of Eczema can vary according to a person’s age. But basically, its symptoms can be divided into certain age groups like below two years old, from two years old to puberty and in adults. Commonly, Eczema gets developed in infants and half of these cases have this in adulthood too. Eczema can be severe as well as light depending upon time to time. Its symptom gets severe is some time period and after some time it gets clean up. But as mentioned earlier there is no full cure to it. Below is the details about its symptoms.

Symptoms In Below 2 years Old:

  • Rashes start to appear on the scalp and cheeks.
  • These rashes usually bubble up before they start leaking fluid.
  • These can cause extreme itchiness that may disturb the sleeping of the infant. Furthermore, rubbing and scratching of these rashes can lead to skin infections.

Symptoms In Above 2 years Old till Puberty:

  • Rashes start to appear behind the creases of elbows or knees.
  • These rashes can also occur on the neck, wrists, ankles, and the crease between buttock and legs.

With time, these symptoms can get even worse:

  • These rashes start to become bumpy.
  • The color of these rashes can be light or dark with time.
  • These rashes can also become thick with time. Furthermore, they can develop knots and a permanent itch.

Symptoms In Adults:

  • Rashes still appear in the creases of the elbows or knees and also on the neck.
  • Rashes start to cover a large portion of the body.
  • Rashes can also be present on the neck, face, and around the eyes.
  • These rashes can also lead to dryness of the skin.
  • These rashes lead to permanent itchiness.
  • Rashes can be a lot scaly as compared to childhood.
  • Rashes can further lead to some severe skin infection.

Eczema: Causes

Eczema-Symptoms

The main cause of Eczema is not very clear but according to some beliefs, it happens due to some genetic and environmental reasons. If one of the parents have this skin disease then the child is likely to get affected too. Alongside, these factors Eczema is also caused by some environmental variables too.

  • Irritants: Irritants include various things like soaps, detergents, shampoos, and disinfectants, that affects the skin
  • Allergens: Allergens include Dust mites, pets, pollens, mold, and dandruff. All of them can be harmful to your skin
  • Microbes: Various bacteria, viruses, and fungi can attack the skin.
  • Hot and cold temperatures: Drastic variation in temperature i.e very hot to very cold or vice versa can cause Eczema.
  • Foods: As mentioned earlier various foods like milk and nuts can also initiate Eczema.
  • Stress: Stress doesn’t cause Eczema but it makes it worse.
  • Hormones: Hormonal change in women during pregnancy or menstrual cycle can trigger Eczema.

Eczema: Home Remedies

Aloe Vera Gel-Home Remedies

Although there is no cure of Eczema but there are various home remedies you can follow to minimize it.

Remedy I

Aloe Vera Gel is a very effective home remedy for Eczema. It heals the wound and smoothens the Eczema. Aloe Vera acts as a moisturizer and heals the dry and cracked skin. You can get Aloe Vera Gel from the plant itself and also from a medical store in extracted form. It should be applied to the affected area in a small amount because sometimes it can cause irritation too. Although it is completely safe.

Remedy II

You can also apply Apple Cider Vinegar on Eczema affected area. However, it doesn’t cure its symptoms but it can help in many ways too like fighting bacteria and maintaining skin acidity levels.

To use apple cider vinegar in a wet wrap:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 1 cup of warm water
  • Apply this mixture to cotton.
  • Cover the affected area with this cotton.
  • Leave it be for 3 more hours.

Furthermore, you can also use it with bath water.

Remedy III

You can also take a bleach bath to avoid symptoms of Eczema. It might sound dangerous but if you use
 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water then it is perfectly safe. All you need to do is add some bleach in bath water.

Remedy IV

Colloidal Oatmeal can also heal Eczema to some extent. It acts as a skin moisturizer and heals the dry skin. To use it you need to make a powder of Oatmeal and boil it. Add some to your bath water it will help.

Remedy V

Coconut-Oil-Eczema

Coconut Oil is also an effective home remedy for Eczema. It is a fatty acid that moisturizes the skin. Apply Coconut Oil on the affected area before bath and during bedtime.

Remedy VI

Honey is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that avoids the symptoms of Eczema. Just apply it to the affected area it will help.

Remedy VII

Tea tree oil also helps to cure Eczema. It is an oil that is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Remember it must be applied in diluted form i.e mixed with water or with some other oil.

Summary:

Eczema is a non-contagious skin disease that can’t be fully cured. Although it affects mainly infants they still continue to have this till adulthood. It can’t be fully cured but we are sure that these home remedies will give you some relief from it. all of these remedies are easy to apply and all the ingredients are easily available at home. We hope all these remedies will prove to be helpful to you and if you keep a good hygiene then this disease might never affect you.

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14 Effective Home Remedies for High Fever | Ayurvedic Treatment

Fever-Home Remedies

Fever or ‘Jwara’ in Ayurveda is described to be the first symptom and most common medical sign present in every disease (and is the most powerful, strong and chief among all the known diseases). Most fever confronted in public practice is often viral, person limiting and usually require only indicative treatment. And this raised temperature is the prime cause of causing unhappiness in sensory and motor organs as well as in the mind. It is described as both a disease as well as a symptom of a disease in Charaka Samhita as ‘nidanarthkara roga‘ and can occur at any time throughout the life, i.e. from pediatric to geriatric age group or from birth till the death. The benefit of high body temperature is that they harm the invading microorganisms and raises the antibody production, thus reinforces the defense mechanism, but it should be remembered that high fever also raises catabolism, increases heart rate and can cause irreversible damage of brain and death.

CAUSES:

Fever-Causes

Although there are many causes of fever, the bacterial infection is probably the commonest cause. In Ayurveda three groups of infective diseases are described:

  • Janpadodhwamsa [epidemic or endemic causes]
  • Sankramika Rogas [ contagious disease]
  • Graha Rogas [ sporadic causes of infective nature]

Jwara comes under sankramika rogas i.e. which can spread from one person to other simply by direct contact: i.e. the contact can be straightforward relationship [STD’s], touch [skin disease], inhalation of other’s expired air [TB] by oral ingestion [jwara].

PRODROMAL SYMPTOMS:

  • Heaviness in the body due to blockage in channels. [swedavaha srotas blockage]
  • Lassitude.
  • Thirst.
  • Anorexia.
  • An uncertain form of desire-hate for cold/warm/air/water.
  • Indigestion, bitter taste in the mouth

Dietary Regimen:

Fever Dietary regimen

Pathya [wholesome diet]: old brown rice [khichdi], gruel, barley, porridge, bread butter, toast jam, cornflakes, apple, banana, pear, dry fruits and biscuits, rusks, vegetable sandwich, fruit salad, green gram, red lentils, potato, bitter gourd, honey, fruit custard, milk with dates, ginger,  moringa, tinospora cordifolia, black grapes, kapitha, raisins, lukewarm water, light diet, fasting, massage, tepid sponging, rest, soft food (rice ganji, kheer), soft rice with milk/ plain dal, boiled vegetables, little lime pickle, plenty of fluids, boiled water every 2-3 hours, also limewater/coconut/electoral water, soups, and most importantly time-lapse.

Apathya [unwholesome diet]: chickpea, sesame, extra sweets, fast/junk food, distending food, spicy food, impure/unhealthy water, suppression of natural urges, physical exertion, day time sleeping, bath, overeating, alkali, sour, watermelon, curd, sprouted diet, raw vegetables, peanut butter, no chilled- oily-fried food, cold water/cold drinks.

MANAGEMENT:

  • Importance is placed on personal hygiene like the pouring of medicated oil over a person’s head or body, bath, fumigation, isolation and disinfection of the surroundings.
  • Health of the attendants should be safeguard.
  • The attending Physician should first protect himself/herself before treating the infected patient.

Home Remedies:

Betel leaves juice-Home remedy

Remedy I

Take 2-3 drops of betel leaves juice and holy basil leaves juice in honey and lick it. Don’t take water for ½ hour.

Remedy II

Boil equal quantity of holy basil- mint- green tea- turmeric in 4 cups of water, till 1 cup remains: filter and drink, as much as hot you can.

Remedy III

Boil 10 gm lemongrass plus dried ginger plus cinnamon plus sugar in 4 cups of water till 1 cup remains: filter and drink.

Remedy IV

Cover yourself completely in thick blanket or quilt: sweat will come out from the whole body and you will get relief.

Remedy V

Take 21 leaves of holy basil, white cumin seeds 3 gm, small pepper 3: mix them with 50 gm jaggery and drink morning-evening.

Remedy VI

If fever is predominantly associated with cough in children then extract the juice of bael leaves and mix with honey and give them to lick will provide relief from the symptom.

Remedy VII

Regular use of ajmodadi churan in a dose of 4 gm with lukewarm water helps in chronic fever.

Pineapple juice-Home remedy

Remedy VIII

Take 100 gm neem bark and mix in 1kg water and boil to make a decoction, when ¼  water remains then sieve it and mix honey and mishri and it and drink and cover your whole body with blanket and sleep, within few minutes, sweating will be seen and fever will get reduce. [More effective that quinine].

Remedy IX

If thirst is accompanied with fever, then put a leaf of vasa and drink lukewarm water, this will help in alleviating thirst and fever.

Remedy X

If despite having a fever, sweating is not there then take 20 gm pineapple juice and mix 3 gm honey in it and drink.

Remedy XI

Mash 40 gm giloy [tinospora cordifolia] and soak overnight in an earthen pot, in the morning, after properly sieving the water, take 80 gm twice daily [in chronic fever].

Remedy XII

Take dried giloy – ativisha – dried ginger – kalmegha – nut grass – piper – yavkshar bark and take in equal quantity and make a fine powder and put in airtight container and take about 1-2 gm of this powder, thrice daily with water.

Remedy XIII

Some of the medicine(s) which are available over the counter [OTC] and are beneficial is/are amritarishta, tribhuvan kirti ras, guduchighan vati, kasturi bhairav ras, trishun tablet, tablet chirakin.

SUMMARY:

Fever-Summary

Before classifying a fever as viral, one must compulsory look for pallor, jaundice, neck stiffness, liver & spleen and examine the chest. If there is a known widespread occurrence of infectious disease in the locality or town, then that cause must be thought of first. (like typhoid, malaria, hepatitis, influenza). One should always try to find the cause of the fever by assessing the related symptoms, as such the attending physician/practitioner must be aware of the common causes of fever, their symptoms and warning signals which suggest that this may not be a simple fever. Simple viral fevers do not require antibiotics.

If the fever does not reduce within 3-4 days of conventional treatment, consult a Physician to evaluate the associated symptoms and investigate fully. Even after taking a good history, meticulous physical examination and initial investigation, the fever still remain,  we can categorize it under PUO [pyrexia of unknown origin] or ‘Sannipatika Jwara‘. Some of the result oriented medicines which are prepared by our team of dedicated Professionals and are available as per request.

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8 Effective Home Remedies Treatment for Hypertension | Ayurvedic Treatment

Hypertension-Home-Remedies

Ayurveda considers Hypertension as an ancient disease probably beginning with the earliest known civilizations. ‘Acharya Charaka’ (father of Ayurvedic Medicine) has described this condition as ‘Raktagata Vata‘ (problem in blood circulation) which deserves respect and approval, and has called this condition where the vayu (air) gets aggravated inside the rakta (blood) resulting in distress free pain in the whole body, and if not managed properly leads to one pathological stage to another, i.e. from initial Raktagata Vata to raktavrita Vata (blockage) to raktashonita Vata (complications), resulting in initiation of disease process in the mind and body, as a result it is rightly classified as one of an example of Psychosomatic.

PS:- In present scenario, hypertension is largely asymptomatic and is often diagnosed on routine examination with complaint of early morning headache (localized to occipital region), followed by dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, thus it also goes by the name ‘silent killer‘ since it can go undetected for years.

Hypertension-High-Blood-Pressure

Although there are no accurate/ pinpoint rules or cut off line, but nevertheless it is defined as a condition if on various discrete occasions the systolic blood pressure is above 140 mmHg or the diastolic pressure is above 90 mmHg, thus the patient is considered to have “elevated blood pressure” and one should label it as hypertension only if the reading remains on the higher side after taking blood pressure recordings on different time of the day  (1-2 weeks) in relation to height/weight/waist-hip ratio and physical examination, investigations does go in the favor of hypertension, i.e. presence or absence of target organ damage, any other cardiovascular risk factors and/or contributing factors.

While in majority of the population [95%] the cause of their high blood pressure is not known and is called as ‘essential or primary hypertension’ and although it can’t be permanently cured, but the elevated blood pressure in such individuals can be reduced by certain dietary measures and lifestyle modifications such as reduction of salt, reduction of weight, increase in physical activity, while in 5% of the remaining a definite cause of high blood pressure exists [most often associated with the endocrine system] and is called as ‘secondary hypertension‘ where treatment is directed to remove the associated condition or underlying cause  of hypertension with non pharmacological measures along with Pharmacological treatment.

Dietary Regimen:

Hypertension-Dietary-Regimen

Pathya [wholesome diet]: old brown rice, oats, porridge,  milk, apple, black grapes, papaya, pomegranate, coconut water, banana, oranges, lemons , drumstick, Tulsi, bhui amla, radish, sesame, dates, raisins, cardamom, rice gruel, rock salt, barley, black gram, pigeon pea, spinach, green leafy vegetables, beetroot, wheat grass juice, fish,  celery, carrot, watermelon, wheat bran, black plums, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, dark chocolates, spare diet, fasting, exercise, deep tissue massage [Abhyanga], good conduct [both physical and mental], light diet, drugs/action, losalt, morning walk, yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques, weight reduction, regular aerobic physical activity,

Apathya [unwholesome diet]: salt, salt rich items [chips, popcorn, pickles, chutney, sauce, namkeen, namkeen biscuits], protein rich diet, fatty/oily food, baking powder, milk products, white sugar, refined/fried/junk food, curd, spicy food, dry fruits, egg, meat, tomatoes, nicotine, slimy food, overeating, excess anger – exertion – grief – stress, cold bath, sitting for long hours,  alcohol, smoking, caffeine, kapalbhati, isometric exercise, saturated fats, avoid banana, potatoes- licorice if taking medicine for high blood pressure

Home remedies:

Red-Periwinkle-Home-Remedy

Remedy I

Drink 1 cup juice of red periwinkle [सदाबहार] leaves and flowers for 6 months.

Remedy II

Add 50 grams of dry ginger powder in 250 ml water till 1 cup remains, filter it and add 4 spoons of honey, drink daily for a month.

Remedy III

Mix 4 spoons of onion juice in 2 spoons sugar plus 2 spoons white butter, and eat for 1 month.

Onion-Juice-Home-Remedies

Remedy IV

Add ½ spoon roasted turmeric powder to one coconut water, then add 1 spoon ghee and drink it daily for 1 month.

Remedy V

Mix 1 spoon long pepper powder to 1 spoon jaggery and eat daily for 1 month.

Remedy VI

Add 1 spoon smashed fenugreek seeds and boil in 4 cups of water till 1 cup remains. Filter it and add 4 spoons of honey and drink daily for 1 month.

Remedy VII

Eat 10 garlic pods daily either by frying it in oil or clarified butter or adding sugar to 10 garlic pods paste.

Garlic-Milk-and-Honey

Remedy VIII

Take a piece of garlic in a dose of 50 paisa and mix similar dose of milk and honey, take this mixture everyday as part of breakfast/refreshment/snack.

SUMMARY

The foremost plan of therapy of high blood pressure should be functional and practical control of blood pressure to check, alter the course of complication(s) and thus minimize the comprehensive threat of an individual without disturbing the constitution of life, i.e. drug therapy should bring about a desired result in lowering the elevated blood pressure within normal range, while controlling other adjustable risk factors. Also, cautious reduction of blood pressure to the optimum level over an interval of 2-6  months should be an advisable therapeutic intent since one should be aware , that dangers of hypertension mainly include target organ damage [TOD] such as: left ventricular hypertrophy [LVH], retinopathy, nephropathy, cerebrovascular accidents [CVAs], renal failure [CKDs]: all life threatening and insuperable problems, and for this treatment plan to work  one must encourage hypertensive patients to have regular medical examinations and to follow with the prescribed drug therapy, along with necessary methods to reduce associated risk factors for cardiac diseases, also in order to help prevent and diagnose hypertension one must encourage people to have regular blood pressure checkups, by teaching individuals what their blood pressure reading is and what the numbers mean, and also by encouraging diet and lifestyle changes which may delay or prevent hypertension. Some of the result oriented and evidence based medicine which are highly effective in hypertension and is available locally and can be made at home are: Lashun ksheer pak, Arjun ksheer pak, Ashwagandha, Amla,  apart from arjunarishta, brahmi vati, sarpagandha churna, mukta pishti, garlic pearls.

At last, it is highly recommended to do Yoga Exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind.

10 Effective Home Remedies for PILES with Ayurveda Managment

Piles Home-Remedies

In Ayurveda, Piles is called as ‘Arshai.e. which causes severe physical and psychological distress on the person (just like an enemy tortures his victim to achieve or attain something). Although it is told that mandagni‘  or low metabolism is the prime cause of every disease in Ayurveda but three disease are specifically mentioned to be due to low digestive fire (agni) and ‘Arsha’  is one of them, so apart from treating the patient symptoms one has to specifically take into account the ‘AGNI’ of the affected person so that medicine(s) which are prescribed to the patient also acts in balancing his digestion (AGNI) and thereby correction of liver dysfunction and normalizing the aggravated Doshas with pathogenesis.

In Medicine language – a mass of enlarged, complex veins in the anorectal area involving the blood vessels of that region, which gets swollen inside or around the lower part of anus or rectum, due to causative factors (prolonged sitting, chronic constipation, excess alcohol intake) is called as piles/hemorrhoid and is a very common cause of rectal bleeding, anal discomfort and embarrassment and can either be bleeding or non bleeding.  It is a very common, habitual, typical anorectal condition which affects millions of people around the world [not only in developing countries but developed countries are also affected by the same due to faulty lifestyle and dietary habits], thus constitute an important and significant medical, therapeutic, preventive and social class problem.

Causes:

Prolonged straining and constipation. Suppression of natural urge to defecate. Prolonged sitting on hard surface. Faulty dietary and lifestyle habits. Suffering from chronic diarrhea and/or bowel dysfunction. Complications related to pregnancy. Falsifiable use of Panchkarma procedures.

Prodromal Symptoms:

Piles-Symptoms-Home-Remedies
  • Constipation.
  • Anorexia with difficulty in digestion of food.
  • Anal pain.
  • Suspect or suspicion of having any stomach and/or intestinal problem. [very common]
  • Weight loss.
  • Anemia.
  • A weakness of sensory/motor organs.
  • Insomnia, somnolence or deep sleep.

General Features:

  • Presence of blood in stool.
  • Pain during and after act of defecation.
  • Constipation.
  • Area of redness around anal region.
  • Exhausted/emaciated/pale looking body.

DIETARY REGIMEN:

Piles-Dietary-Regimen

PATHYA [Wholesome DIET]:  legumes, whole grain, brown bread,  oatmeal, old brown rice, barley, horse gram, green gram, green peas,  bottle gourd, turnip, green vegetables, tomatoes, papaya, apple, cucumber, grapes, mango, amla, ghee, rock salt, buttermilk, sugar candy, goat’s milk, elephant yam, pistachio, almonds, pears, raw radish, celery, watermelon, figs, apricots, dates, sitz bath.

APATHYA: [ Unwholesome diet]: black gram, chickpea, pickle, daytime sleeping, suppression of natural urges, excess and untimely food, haste/irregular eating, sweet/heavy food which are difficult to digest and cause indigestion, take less of strong spices, oily-fried-fatty and flatus producing foods (peas ,beans ,dals ), tea/coffee, dry food, spicy and fried stuff, garlic, onion, fish, meat, black pepper,  utkatasan [chair pose], halwa-poori, taro root, white bread, cheese, processed food, iron supplements, too much salt.

HOME REMEDIES:

Butttermilk-With-Ginger

Remedy I

Drink 1 glass lukewarm water every early morning and before retiring to bed at night.

Remedy II

Beat trifla( a mixture of the three fruits, Bhibitaki, Haritaki, and Amlaki ) [but do not make powder], and soak in water, next morning after properly mashing and sieving, drink the mixture. [empty stomach]

Remedy III

Whenever one goes to the washroom, make sure to take your urine in your hands and wash your hemorrhoids.

Remedy IV

3 pinch dried ginger plus 2 cup butter milk: take for 1 month [after lunch and dinner].

Remedy V

4 tablespoon sugar plus 4 tablespoon bitter gourd juice for 1 month.

Coconut Water-Home Remedies

Remedy VI

In cases of chronic piles: eat 2 tablespoon makhan [butter] with 1 tablespoon sesame powder: before lunch and dinner and drink 2 cup butter milk with 3-4 pinch of black salt: after lunch and dinner.

Remedy VII

In cases of bleeding piles: drink coconut water with 2 tablespoon sugar.

Remedy VIII

For any kind of piles: drink 1 cup potato juice daily.

Remedy IX

Take 4-6 bulbs of radish, remove leaves and fibers from it and extract juice from the rest, to this add 6 gm ghee and consume every morning. [for bleeding and dry piles].

Remedy X

Ask for pili ral [gond katira] from local grocery store, take 50 gm and make fine powder, consume 6 gm powder everyday with 125 gm curd. [For bleeding piles].

MANAGEMENT

Potato-Juice

Ayurveda management of Arsha is grouped under four subsection depending upon the type, stage and prognosis of hemorrhoid(s), and accordingly the Ayurveda Physician can decide and consider the risks and benefits of the medicine and/or procedure, but make sure that it is an individual choice whether they want medical intervention or conventional treatment.

  1. Medicine.
  2. Application of Alkali.
  3. Use of heat cauterization.
  4. Operative.

SUMMARY:

If your Profession/ Job is such that you require sitting for long hours, then make sure to get up every half hourly to relax for 5 minutes and then continue. Or on best interest, one can make a sponge cushion for your chair. Piles and constipation has a vicious cycle: i.e. when piles develop one is afraid of passing stool with fear of pain ayogand bleeding  resulting in constipation and because of constipation next time he has to strain hard to pass stool resulting in piles and cycle continues, and if at the same time patient is suffering from an abdominal problem with constipation and diarrhea as main symptom [like IBS], this further aggravates the problem, thus as told earlier in Ayurveda we hold that Arsha (piles) – atisaar (diarrhea) – grahani (IBS) are interrelated with each other and if one soften other starts to recede itself. Make sure to exclude any endocrine cause of low metabolisms like thyroid, blood sugar or any other hormonal problem, or medications (use of steroids, anti-depressants). Make a habit not to strain while passing stool, and use Indian seat instead of western, avoid cold tap/jet water instead use warm water to clean your anus after each motion. (One can also use wet toilet paper). Some of the result oriented medicines which are prepared by our team of dedicated Professionals and are available as per request.

Lastly, you can do some Yoga Exercise for Healing Piles and for good digestion.

7 Effective Home Remedies for Asthma in Children

Asthma-Home-Remedies

Asthma (or Bronchial Asthma) simply is basically an inflammatory lung disease, that makes breathing difficult. Thus restrict one from doing many physical activities. Over the years it has become a very common disease, especially in children. Asthma is a respiratory disease and is happens when the lining of lungs that passes the air swell and the muscles around these linings become stiff. When Asthma becomes more severe then it also causes ‘attacks‘ which are very dangerous and life-threatening. In this article, we will cover all the details you need to know about Asthma in children and will also go through the home remedies that can cure it and can help at the times of attacks.

But what causes it and how it’s becoming so common?

Asthma-Causes

There are various reasons which can cause Asthma but mainly they are genetics and pollution. Ask your child not to play in the dust if he/she is allergic. Alongside, these Asthma is also caused by viral infections that occur during childhood and contact with allergens.

Asthma targets a lot of children these days as pollution has grown to a large extent. Polluted particles in the air enter the lungs and cause asthma. Furthermore, if predecessors in the family had asthma then their children are likely to get affected too. Asthma can also occur if someone was affected by a viral infection during childhood as the infection might have affected the lungs. Also, obesity is another reason behind asthma.

You can detect Asthma before it gets severe, all you need to do is look for some signs. These include coughing a lot at night, shortness in breath as you do physical tasks and thus its causing fatigue. If you have these symptoms from a long time you must consult your doctor. Asthma can be treated but it is a very long term process. Its treatment includes various respiratory exercises and medication that also includes the inhaling pump that you see wherever anything is related to asthma. But all of these are long term methods that are supported by various home remedies that we are mentioning here.

Remedy I

Mustard Oil-Home Remedy

Rub a mixture of camphor and mustard oil over your chest, it will give relief to Asthma. Use warm oil it will be more effective for the cure.

Remedy II

Eucalyptus oil can be used as a home remedy for Asthma. This is very strong oil and aal you have to do is take its steam with boiling water. Inhaling its steam will help you clear nasal blockages and will make breathing easy.

Remedy III

Figs-Home Remedy

Figs are also very effective against asthma. All you have to do is take dry figs and keep them in water overnight. In the morning drink that water and consume the figs. Figs are good for your health and will also help you in the treatment of Asthma.

Remedy IV

Ginger is very good for a person’s health. Take ginger and honey and consume them two or three times a day. It will help you fight from cough and it is a home remedy for asthma.

Remedy V

Introduce some coffee into your diet. Coffee can be used to treat asthma too. But do not exceed your dosage more than 2 cups a day it can be very harmful too.

Remedy VI

Omega 3-Home remedy

Omega-3 fatty acid serves various good purposes in your body. Omega-3 can cure heart diseases, depression, and asthma. Omega-3 is usually found in fish and chia seeds. But you can also consume them using supplements too.

Remedy VII

Always sit in upright position, try not to bend your back too much. Sitting in a well-postured position enables one to maintain the air flow through the lungs and thus one can avoid Asthma.

You can use these home remedies to keep asthma at its bay. All of them will surely help in the management of disease and will go with medication to cure it. Alongside these, there are some breathing exercises that you can do to cure it.

  1. Belly Breathing technique: Inhale from your nose and expand your stomach as you breathe and then exhale slowly with your belly pushing inward. It maximizes air distribution through the lungs.
  2. Pursed Lips Technique: This technique is used during attacks. Inhale by your nose very slowly and exhale through pursed lips. This helps a patient to breath during attacks.

DIETARY REGIME

Here is list of items that an asthma patient should or should not take.

WHOLESOME DIET: old brown rice, horse gram, rice gruel, garlic, tomato, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, Terminalia chebula, goat’s milk, honey, black pepper, lukewarm water, day time sleeping, carrots, idli, corn flakes, biscuits, warm drinks like tea-coffee-soup, bread sandwich, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, spinach,  methi, salad, avocado, apple, mango, papaya, banana, turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, breathing exercises, walking, use of humidifier, eat frequent and small meals and take early dinner.

UNWHOLESOME DIET: deep fried, sour food/fruitschickpea flour, curd, potato, sweet potato, okra, mustard leaves, buffalo milk, ghee, fish, cold water/season, suppression of natural urges, excess physical/mental exertion,  avoid sleep for at least 2 hours after meal, jaggery, red chili, eggs, chickpea, bottled lemon/lime juice, dry fruits, peanuts, acidic fruits, carbonated beverages, salt.

Summary

Asthma is becoming common and more common every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 American child out of 12 has asthma and approximately 27 million Americans have asthma. This is happening because of increasing pollution. But there are many ways to avoid it too. You should stay out smoggy areas and if you are going their ensure that you are wearing a mask. Furthermore, do regular exercises and keep your body in motion because obesity is one of the major reason behind Asthma. But once one gets affected by it becomes really hard to cure it completely, these home remedies will surely help your child to keep it at bay. But we recommend to avoid it in any way possible. A child should get proper treatment for it because this disease necessarily needs medication and all of the above home remedies are supplementary. These remedies will definitely help but one should take precautions before this life-threatening disease catches him/her.

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8 Effective Home Remedies for Nausea and Vomiting

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Nausea is basically a condition of stomach discomfort and the sensation of puking. Or Nausea may be referred to as unwell feeling for any reason. Vomiting is more precise and may or may not be associated with nausea. We all know this condition is very uncomfortable and we all want to avoid it in any way possible. Mostly, Nausea and Vomiting may occur due to viral gastroenteritis (mistakenly called stomach flu), pregnancy, emotional stress, gallbladder disease and sensitivity to motion, which is the most common one. Many people face this issue while they are on Merry Go Round, Roller Coaster or any other type of swing and even while traveling through a curvy road.

There are also many other reasons that cause nausea including certain food items, medications, and some other medical conditions. Overeating fatty food can cause Nausea and it can also be caused if you are allergic to some certain food items. It can also be caused by some viruses and bacteria that upsets the stomach. Various medical conditions related to the stomach can also cause Nausea.

Nausea-Remedies

Usually, Nausea is automatically resolved within hours but if you are having it frequently it can be a symptom of ear infection, heart attack, intestinal blockage, liver failure or liver cancer, meningitis, and even migraine headaches. In this scenario, you must consult your doctor immediately. If nausea is making you unable to eat anything from 12 hours or more, then also you must consult your doctor before it get worse. Other than that there is CVS (Cyclic vomiting syndrome) which is related to functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that causes sudden, repeated attacks of severe nausea and vomiting. Even 70% to 80% of women go through Nausea and Vomiting in her Pregnancy cycle. But, besides all this, if it doesn’t occur frequently you can easily treat it and even avoid it using some common household items. So’ here we are with Effective Home Remedies for Nausea.

Remedy I

Ginger-Home Remedy

Ginger is known to be the most popular home remedy for Nausea. Ginger has anti-nausea compounds which suppress nausea. It is also known to give relief to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. All you need is 0.5 to 1.5 grams of ginger a day to treat Nausea at home.

Remedy II

Peppermint is also known to cure nausea. Even smelling it can effectively lower the effects of nausea, which is known as Peppermint Aromatherapy. Other forms of peppermint can also cure nausea, which includes peppermint tea, peppermint oil in capsules and also the inhalers.

Remedy III

Acupuncture-Home remedy

Acupuncture and Acupressure are also known to be very effective to cure nausea. You can do it by your own simply by pressing your thumb 2–3 finger distance down from your inner wrist as you can see in the above image

Remedy IV

Lemon-Home-Remedy

Smelling a slice of lemon or any other citrus fruit can help to cure nausea. Slicing of lemon produces essential oils in the air and it becomes really an effective home remedy for nausea.

Remedy V

This is rather simple cure for nausea, all you have to do is to control your breathing. You can do it just by taking slow, deep breaths.

Remedy VI

Spices like Fennel powder, Cinnamon and Cumin extract can also prove to be effective home remedies in the treatment of nausea. All of them can give relief from stomachache and also treat nausea as well.

Remedy VII

Relaxing your muscles can also treat nausea. You follow a method called progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). In PMR a person continuously contracts and relax muscles in a certain order. You can know more about on the internet.

Tips to avoid Nausea:-

Nausea-Tips

Alongside these remedies you can avoid nausea by following the tips mentioned below:

  1. Avoid spicy or fatty foods: As mentioned earlier spicy and fatty food can upset your stomach and hence can cause nausea too. So they are needed to be avoided.
  2. Add protein to your meals: Protein-rich food such as boiled chicken and eggs are always better than fatty and carbohydrate-rich food. They can also cure nausea too.
  3. Avoid large meals: Nausea can also be avoided by splitting your meals into smaller parts. You can take six small meals in a day rather than three large meals. This enables better digestion and thus help in avoiding nausea too.
  4. Stay upright after you eat: You have probably heard it a thousand times. You should not lie down immediately after consuming a meal, this makes digestion slow and thus cause nausea. All you need to stay upright till 30 minutes from your meal.
  5. Avoid drinking with meals: You should not consume liquids with your meals, as they make your food wet and it gets bloated in the stomach and thus results in nausea.
  6. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can make nausea even worse. Hence one should stay hydrated throughout the day to avoid nausea. You can use electrolyte-rich fluids to avoid nausea.
  7. Avoid strong smells: Strong smells generate a sensation of vomiting and it can increase nausea by a large extent.
  8. Avoid iron supplements: If you have a normal iron level you should not take iron supplements because it can cause nausea, especially in case of pregnant women.
  9. Exercise: If you keep your body in motion by yoga or workout, your food will be digested efficiently and thus nausea will be avoided.

Dietary Regime:

Nausea-Dietary-Regime

Here is the list of food items you should avoid or take at the time of nausea.

Things to avoid: Fatty and spicy food must be avoided and overeating any type of food can cause nausea. So overeating must be avoided. Furthermore, you should avoid cereal, crackers, toast, and gelatin.

Things to take: Ginger, Lemon, Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Baked potatoes, Flat mineral water, Vegetable broth, and Sports drinks. Eat healthy food daily.

Summary:

Nausea can easily be treated by using the above mentioned home remedies. However, if you are facing it frequently we always recommend consulting your doctor. Nausea accompanied by chest pain, an intense headache, jaw pain, sweating, or pain in your left arm is a symptom of a heart attack. In that case, you should consult your doctor immediately before it gets worse. Furthermore, if nausea is combined with headache, stiff neck, and difficulty in breathing then it could be a sign that you have consumed something poisonous or something you are allergic to. This is surely a case of emergency.

However, if nausea doesn’t occur frequently or isn’t accompanied by the aforementioned symptoms then you can use any above-mentioned home remedy to treat nausea. You can avoid nausea before it catches you by avoiding heat and humidity, sea voyages and strong odors.

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10 Effective Home Remedies for Healing Bronchial Asthma| Ayurvedic Treatment

Bronchial-Asthma-Home-Remedies

In Ayurveda, Asthma is known as ‘Swasa rog‘. Any improper or non-uniform irregularity which if occur in the quality, occurrence, and pattern of normal respiration can be termed as Swasa. And it is mainly caused by the Vata and Kapha doshas. Swasa is broadly classified into five types, which is Chinna Swasa (Chyne- stroke respiration), Maha Swasa (Dyspnoea major), Urdhawa Swasa ( Expiratory Dyspnoea), Kshudra Swasa ( Dyspnoea minor), and Tamaka Swasa (Bronchial Asthma).

Out of these 5, Tamaka Swasa, provides a similar picture with Bronchial Asthma and thus management (as well as curative and therapeutic therapy) will be advised according to Tamaka Shwasa. (Tama have different meanings and can either be described as: to choke, or be at unrest, or oppression of chest). Many respiratory diseases have been classified in Ayurveda as Pranavaha Srotas Vyadhi under the term ‘Swasa’

There are several types of Respiratory diseases, which in the present scenario have become important to diagnose. And sometimes need an important medical as well as surgical emergency owing to the combined predisposition of genetic and environmental factors. Although it can range from simple common cold to life-threatening pneumonia, embolism, cancer but one disease which deserve special mention is Bronchial Asthma which can occur during any stage of human development, i.e. from pediatric to geriatric age group and disease prevalence is more in urban areas than rural areas. It is more prevalent in developed countries (city having non-agricultural jobs) than developing countries owing to the higher incidence of air pollution and environmental factors.

The problem with the pathophysiology of this disease is that although symptoms are steady but airway inflammation continues to occur over a prolonged period. The airways of such person are hyper-responsive or hyperreactive to wide nonspecific stimuli such as exercise, cough, cold, dust, pollens, allergy, stress, occupation.

Bronchial-Asthma

CAUSES/निदान:

  • Living in polluted environment
  • Residing in cold places.
  • Intake of dry food and excess exercise.
  • Psychological factors.
  • Food/ Drugs and medications.
  • Family History.

While the last cause is inducing factor all other are provoking factors to an individual’s asthma.

SYMPTOMS/लक्षण:

Bronchial Asthma Symptoms
  1. Due to obstruction in the respiratory system [Pranavaha Srotas] the person finds it difficult to exhale [i.e. the person breathes in air but cannot get it out]
  2. Due to ongoing inflammation, there is continuous need to expel the mucus plugs and sputum from the respiratory tract, failure to expectorate results in more breathlessness and patient feels if he/she is surrounded by darkness and distress.
  3. The person is unable to lie properly, due to obstruction of ‘prana vayu’ and prefers to sit in a hunched forward position in order to get more air.
  4. It is only when the sputum is expelled, he/she feels better momentarily due to easy flow of prana vayu [respiration], moreover, he/she prefer to raise the face upwards to facilitate easy entry of prana vayu.
  5. If the attack goes on increasing it causes the person to use his accessory muscle of respiration causing sweating on forehead, increased respiratory rate along with heart rate causes a feeling of giddiness/ light headedness in the patient.
  6. The condition gets aggravated by presence of clouds, rainy season, cold and Kapha vardhak diet.
  7. The patient has natural tendency for hot beverages/climate since it gives relief to the patient.  

DIETARY REGIME

WHOLESOME DIET [PATHYA]: old brown rice, horse gram, rice gruel, garlic, tomato, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, terminalia chebula, goat’s milk, honey, black pepper, lukewarm water, day time sleeping, carrots, idli, corn flakes, biscuits, warm drinks like tea-coffee-soup, bread sandwich, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, spinach,  methi, salad, avocado, apple, mango, papaya, banana, turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, breathing exercises, walking, use of humidifier, eat frequent and small meals and take early dinner.

UNWHOLESOME DIET [APATHYA] :deep fried, sour food/fruits, chick pea flour, curd, potato, sweet potato, okra, mustard leaves, buffalo milk, ghee, fish, cold water/season, suppression of natural urges, excess physical/mental exertion,  avoid sleep for at least 2 hours after meal, jaggery, red chili, eggs, chick pea, bottled lemon/lime juice, dry fruits, peanuts, acidic fruits, carbonated beverages, salt.

HOME REMEDIES AND MANAGEMENT

Potash-Alum

Remedies I

Put 500 – 1 gm dose of potash alum on tongue.

Remedies II

One should eat before sunset and eat less than demanded by the appetite. [if possible].

Remedies III

Indigestion and constipation should be properly treated or should not be present in the patient of Asthma.

Remedies IV

Take 6 gm juice each of bamboo, ginger, and honey plus 50 mg, Amlasar gandhak and black pepper. Make a powder, after sieving, put them in an air tight glass container and take 4-5 gm daily with ghee/honey.

Remedies V

Mix salt and camphor in lukewarm ghee and massage on back. [between scapular region].

Ginger-Honey

Remedies VI

Take 2 tablespoon ginger and 2 tablespoon honey: Drink for 21 days, do not drink water for half an hour.

Remedies VII

Take ½  black pepper powder and 4 tablespoon honey: Good for asthma due to cold cough.

Remedies VIII

1 cup hot water with 1 pinch of asafetida for 1 month.

Remedies IX

Some result oriented medicine(s) and herbs which one can  find over the counter and can be kept in home is/are: talisadi chura, eladi vati, vasavleha, sitopladi churna, bael prash, camphor, pippali, bahmi vati, ssarpagandha ghan vati.

SUMMARY:-

There might be prolonged remissions in patients with Asthma i.e. in between attacks there may be no signs, no symptoms, and no positive laboratory tests. Exercise-induced Asthma [EIA] is particularly troublesome in children. In the acute phase, one should primarily focus on how to relieve the difficulty in breathing, when under control one should try to eradicate the disease with a proper therapeutic approach.

If despite taking inhaled steroids and bronchodilators, asthma attacks are recurring, one can ask for use of mast cell stabilizer drugs [on prescription]. As Asthma is a Psychosomatic [मनोदैहिक विकार] disease thus calmness of mind is essential, as such Medhya Drugs [nootropic herbs] are useful part of treatment. Deep breathing exercises help increase the lung capacity and also create awareness of the lungs and breathing process. Doing Yoga Excercise daily as well is an advantage. Advice holiday in a dry climate [if there are repeated attacks] or one can think of shifting his/her residence.

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12 Effective Home Remedies for Indigestion | Ayurvedic Treatment

Indigestion-home remedies

Indigestion in plain words means a digestive disorder of upper abdomen where the person is unable to digest the food, and/or even when taken in less quantity the food takes hours to get digested (resulting in pain or discomfort) is termed as indigestion/dyspepsia. In Ayurveda, the condition of Indigestion is termed as agnimanda/ mandagni (अग्निमंद/मंदाग्नि) and is said to be caused due to low or weak digestive fire or Agni (in Hindi language it is responsible for good digestion and health of an individual), which if left untreated can result in the formation of AMA’ (undigested food which has not undergone proper digestion causing various other digestive problems, like gastric, acidity, stomach pain, etc.)

Also, it is rightly said in classic texts: ‘Sarve Roga Mandagni(सर्वे रोगा: मंदाग्नि) i.e. whenever there is weak digestion due to any cause it results in formation of AMA which if not treated in given time results in its circulation to different parts of human body thereby causing disease(s) and sometimes even death.

CAUSES:

Indigestion-Causes
  • Drinking excess water.
  • Consuming incompatible food.
  • Lack of blood [anemia] in human body.
  • Excess intake of tea/coffee.
  • Wearing tight garments at/near waist line.
  • Irregular sleep pattern [day time sleeping and night time awakening]: even if the food is balanced and taken in less quantity, but if sleep is irregular leads to AMA formation.
  • Addiction to nicotine/alcohol.
  • Mental causes like: excess of anger/grief/jealousy/anger/greed/enchantment/ anxiety.

SYMPTOMS:

Indigestion-Symptoms
  • Feeling of fullness of abdomen (after meals) or Bloating.
  • Sad/quiet/unhappy mind and face is dark and disappointed.
  • Feeling of nausea/giddiness/dizziness.
  • Either Constipation or Diarrhea (i.e. changes in bowel habits)
  • Burning sensation in chest with sour eructations. (burping/belching)
  • Excess salivation and lethargy.
  • Coating of a thin layer of scum on the tongue.
  • In long-standing cases, this low digestive fire (low metabolism) does cause flatulence and unintentional weight loss problems.

DIETARY REGIME:

WHOLESOME DIET (PATHYA – the things you can take): high fibre diet, coconut water, oatmeal, licorice, coconut, asafetida, laghu ahaar [i.e. food that is easy to digest and increases the Agni], old brown rice, raw papaya, early morning walking, light exercises, green gram, pomegranate, ginger, raisins, black pepper, spinach, radish, methi,  ridge gourd, clove, apple, oranges, pears, cow’s milk, buttermilk, regular brushing and cleansing of tongue, gargles, lukewarm water to drink [after meals], mint, eat fresh and properly cooked food, use of either bitter/astringent/alkaline substance, chew food properly, eat a little less than demanded by appetite, eat slowly, avoid irregular-haste eating, limit sweet/heavy food which is/are difficult to digest and cause indigestion,Yogasanas, meditation, deep breathing exercises, wear loose clothing, maintain ideal body weight by fasting.

UNWHOLESOME DIET (APATHYA – the things you can’t take or should avoid): aerated drinks, dairy products, spicy food or condiments, spices, cucumber, protein-rich diet, ghee, raw fruits, sour substances, smoking, tomato, onions, garlic, citrus fruits, peas, beans, oily food, daytime sleeping, avoiding eating in standing position, incompatible food, pain killers, iron supplements, chewing gum, mental stress, suppression of natural urges, butter, ice cream, cheese, meat, newly harvested rice, black gram, curd, potato, sweet potato, cold water, overeating, green chili, heavy dinner, bakery products, artificial sweeteners.

12 EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES

Indigestion-Remedies

Remedy I

Before meals: take either chutney of vinegar, Amla murabba (fruit preserve of Indian goose berry) or mint chutney.

Remedy II

With meals: one coiled piece of ginger mixed with rock salt.

Remedy III

After meals: 1 tablespoon of brandy mixed with plain water.

Remedy IV

Drink 10 ml holi basil leaves juice daily.

Remedy V

Fry small terminalia chebula (Myrobalan)fruit and add black salt to it and suck.

Jaiphal

Remedy VI

Mix jaiphal [nutmeg] in lemon juice and lick results in proper evacuation of bowels and relieves gas/flatulence.

Remedy VII

Take 3 pinch rock salt with 2 spoon ginger juice and 2 spoon lemon juice: mix them well and drink it before having food, alternatively one can take 1 tablespoon lemon and ginger juice with 2 tablespoon honey.

Remedy VIII

Glass of pineapple juice [after meals].

Remedy IX

Take cinnamon-dried ginger-cardamom in equal quantity and grind them well to make fine powder, use this powder in 1 gm dose with lukewarm water [before meals].

Remedy X

Boil water; add 2-3 cloves in it and ½ lime juice, cool it and drink lukewarm.

Remedy XI

Prepare dough mixed with flour plus sour grape juice, add a pinch of rock salt and make chapattis.

Remedy XII

Some of the common medicines which are safe and available in nearby grocery stores and can also be kept in the home is/are: Hinghvastak churna, draksharishta, gasex, lehsunadi vati, kaumaryassav, liv. 52, caspa drops [for infants/ children] ,himcocid.

SUMMARY

As this is one of the commonest symptoms and most prevalent complaint among the general population thus a simile is given for Indigestion: just like too much of ‘ghee’ if poured on fire results in it being getting extinguished likewise a person indulged in taking/eating too many ‘SNIGDHA’ (which is either oily, sticky, slimy, mucilaginous) diet results in Mandagni and thereafter indigestion. It should be noted that indigestion is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying pathology/condition, thus if it fails to resolve by itself despite with lifestyle/dietary changes it is best to see your Doctor.

As said earlier, sometimes indigestion could be secondary to some other underlying condition like digestive disorder [acid peptic disease, inflammation of the stomach, constipation], so if indigestion as a symptom is persisting for more than two weeks. One should seek an opinion of Medicine Specialist and/or Gastroenterologist for further examination, investigation and evaluation. As Indigestion is a Psychosomatic ‘मनोदैहिक विकार’ disease thus calmness of mind is essential (Medhya – nootropic herbs are useful).

As the age progresses older people do have lower vitamin B12 level and tend to produce less acid [HCl] called as hypochlorhydria resulting in impaired/slower digestion. So it is best to have a dietary regime which does not cause stomach upset, mainly lactose-free diet and maintaining a diet with a low glycemic index. If symptoms persist despite following the dietary regime/lifestyle modifications and remedies, have an appointment with your doctor since it can be symptoms of underlying illness or infection which require medical intervention. And finally, do some physical or Yoga exercise.

10 Easy and Effective Home Remedy For Sunburn

Sunburn-Home-Remedies

Sunburn is a very common skin problem that people living in hot places face during summer. But how actually it occurs? During summer when sun rays are the strongest, sunburn is more likely to happen. Sunburn happens in some degrees that determine its severeness. It can be mild or moderate and can also be very severe too. Sunburn is also known as Erythema which is basically burning of skin due to its overexposure with UV (Ultraviolet) radiations coming from the sun (which is also known as acute cutaneous inflammatory response).

A mild sunburn demands less management and isn’t that painful as compared to the severe one, which requires a lot of management. In the case of mild sunburn, the affected area gets red and after 7-8 days the skin of this area starts to peel off. In the case of severe skin burn, the symptoms are called Sun poisoning and they include immediate skin inflation, skin blisters, dehydration, and electrolysis imbalance.

Sunburn-Home-Remedies

However, the mild skin burn is most the common one and it can be cured easily using home remedies and as far as concern goes for severe sunburn, you should contact a doctor instead of treating it yourself. Furthermore, there are a few things you can follow to avoid sunburn completely. This includes using SPF 30+ cream, keeping yourself hydrated through the day and most obvious staying out from the sun.

Sunburn Symptoms and Causes

Here it’s important to understand that overexposure to Sun ultraviolet radiation can easily harm our living tissue of the skin. A common symptom in humans includes reddish skin with pain, general fatigue or mild dizziness. During high temperature, Sunburn can simply occur (sensitive skin) in less than 15 minutes. And the pain usually occurs 6 to 48 hours after exposure. The burn persists to develop for one to two days (seldom followed by peeling skin in 3 to 8 days and sometimes, shedding and itching may continue for several weeks).

Commonly, people with lighter skin tone (and limited capability to develop a tan after UV radiation exposure) have a greater risk of sunburn. The Fitzpatrick’s Skin phototypes classification describes the normal variations of skin responses to UV radiation. Persons with type I skin have the greatest capacity to sunburn and type VI has the least capacity to burn. Children younger than six and adults older than sixty are more responsive to sunlight. However, all skin types can develop sunburn.

An overindulgence of Ultraviolet radiation can be life-threatening in severe cases. UV radiation can lead to non-malignant skin tumors. Even there is an increased risk of three types of skin cancer: Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Basal-cell Carcinoma.

Sunburn is a provocative retort in the skin triggered by direct DNA damage by UV radiation. When skin cells DNA are overly damaged by UV radiation, type I cell-death is triggered and the skin is changed without any notice. The cause of sunburn is the direct injury that a UVB photon can induce in DNA (left). As it is a reaction of the body to direct DNA damage from UVB light. Sunburn can even cause an inflammation process, including the production of prostanoids and bradykinin. These elements can increase sensitivity to heat by reducing the threshold of heat receptor. Two most common Sun defending measures are applying sunscreen and using sun protective clothing. But still, if you catch the sunburn you can check the following 10 home remedies to cure it.

Remedy I

Shower-Home Remedy

The most immediate thing you can do after a sunburn is to take a cold shower or apply cold water on the affected area. But remember don’t go to a pool because it might contain Chlorine which can cause skin irritation. Furthermore, you should also avoid ice because it can increase the damage of the burn even more.

Remedy II

Oatmeal-Home-Remedy

Apply Oatmeal on the affected area. Yes you read right, this breakfast item can be used as a skin smoothing agent and it reduces sunburn inflation too. If you got a large burn then we recommend bathing with cold water and oats in it. For smaller burns, soak oatmeal in cold water for 20 minutes and apply the solution on the affected area. Let it be air dry and wash it with water afterward.

Remedy III

Baking Soda_Home Remedy

Apply baking soda to the affected area or use in bath water. Baking soda is basic and helps in the neutralization of affected areas. But you shouldn’t rub the affected area with a towel or anything else, it can increase the problem.

Remedy IV

Apply white vinegar on the affected area using a paper towel and let it air dry. White vinegar will reduce itching and pain in the affected area.

Remedy V

Green tea-Home Remedy

Use green tea. Drink a cup of green tea, its antioxidants will help in the internal recovery of the sunburn. Let the tea bag be cool and apply it on the affected area. It has a compound called EGCG, which is very effective on skin burn.

Remedy VI

Plain Yogurt-Home Remedy

Apply plain yogurt on the affected area directly and let it sit there for 5 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Its enzymes will reduce the pain of that area.

Remedy VII

Apply canned milk on the affected area. Use a clean cloth and apply milk but it should not be very cold. Milk locks the moisture insides the skin and heals it. But remember you should avoid more fatty things because they trap heat.

Remedy VIII

Aloe Vera-Home remedy

Aloe Vera is very effective on skin burns. It heals skin burns three times faster as compared to the other methods of treatment. Same goes for sunburns too. Apply Aloe Vera on the sunburn affected area and let it sit for some time. It will surely help in case of burns.

Remedy IX

Coconut oil is a good moisturizer and if you apply it to the sunburn area, it locks in the moisture and allows the burn to heal more easily.

Remedy X

Cucumber-Home Remedy

Apply cucumber on the sunburn, like green tea it also contains antioxidants and it let the burn to heal.

Dietary Regime:-

There are certain food items that you should or should not take in case of sunburn here is a list that contains such items:-

Things You must Take:-

Strawberries, Potatoes, Green tea, Guava, Oatmeal, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Dark Chocolate, Carrots, and Pomegranate. All of these foods are rich in Vitamin C and have large antioxidants, which can prevent sunburn.

Things You must not take Take:-

To avoid sunburn you should avoid caffeine-rich food items, like coffee, tea and caffeine supplement. Furthermore, you should avoid everything that is rich in sodium i.e food which contains a lot of salt.

Precautions:-

There are some things you never do if you have sunburn or you want to avoid it. This includes wearing tight clothes as they can be harsh on skin, use of tanning beds and use of face masks. Furthermore, if you have already got a sunburn you should not avoid touching it, peeling and itching can make it even worse.

Also, you should not apply coconut oil and butter to it as they suffocate your skin and traps the internal heat. You should not go out in pools cause lack of cleanliness and you should not use regular makeup on it because it can make it even worse. The last thing you should avoid is working out and all other exercises because it raises the temperature of your body and make you sweat, both of these increase sunburns.

Key Facts and Figures

  1. Annually in the Middle East alone, over 35,000 people are reported to visit infirmary emergency room due to sunburn.
  2. In Australia, more than 18,500 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in the year 2018. And more than two people die of the disease every day or so (mainly due to Sunburn factor involvement).
  3. 6.4 Million Cases of Non-Melanoma skin cancer were treated in over 4.3 million people in the U.S. alone in the year 2018, and 75% were due to Sunburn.
  4. Sunburn experienced at younger ages has greater chances of future skin cancer (especially melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer).
  5. Regular use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing Melanoma, Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – types of skin cancers by about 40 percent.
  6. More and more people are identified with skin cancer each year in America than all other cancers combined. The diagnosis and treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers in the U.S. increased by 77 percent between 1994 and 2018. Therefore, one in five Americans has greater chances to develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  7. The annual cost of treating skin cancers due to sunburn in the U.S. alone is estimated somewhere at $8.1 billion (and about $4.8 billion for non-melanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma)
  8. Actinic keratosis is the most common type of sunburn (from exposure to ultraviolet radiation) that affects more than 55 million Americans.
  9. Melanoma, Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are most common form of skin cancer due to Sunburn.

Summary:-

Sunburn can be very harmful is it is not treated with care. The aforementioned home remedies will surely give relief to sunburn and will lower the pain. All these remedies are easy and all the ingredients are easily available at home. But there are certain things you must note. Always use a clean cloth to apply the heal and use cold water. Do not rub the affected area and don’t cover it with a tight cloth. Furthermore, ensure to keep yourself hydrated and use moisturizers on your skin to avoid sunburn.

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14 Effective Home Remedies for Headache | Ayurvedic Treatment

Headache-Home Remedies

In Ayurveda, Headache occurs due to the Dosha Imbalance: Pitta (fire/water), Vata (space/air) which is almost a universal symptom and one of the most common human complaint and the reason for consulting a Physician. It is rightly said that the differential diagnosis of a headache is probably one of the longest in all of medicine. Since it can range from a mild head injury to serious brain tumor or could be limited to itself like a migraine. Although most headaches in general practice are ordinary tension headaches. But the character of pain may vary as such the final outcome will, therefore, depend upon the correct diagnosis.

In Ayurveda, “ARDHAVABHEDAKA” is one of the shoola pradhana shiroroga [pain predominant headache] mentioned in the classics and symptoms of Ardhavabhedaka very much correlates to that of Migraine, which is a common throbbing unilateral headache due to multiple factors including diet, environment. Thus present article covers headache with special reference to Migraine.

Signs to Check While Headache

Headache-Signs

The brain contains no pain receptors [i.e. it is anesthetic], but the surrounding structures like meninges, periosteum and the scalp all have pain receptors. As such most headaches are not harmful [unless proved otherwise], even said that one should always check the following signs [ as routine] in every patient of a headache even if they seem to be of less importance or clinically insignificant to the patient. These are:

  • Check and measure blood pressure: and control if hypertension is there.
  • Look for any extracranial pathology like tenderness over paranasal sinuses, acute or chronic infection in teeth, ears, tonsils or involvement of temporomandibular [TMJ] joint.
  • Check for any painful neck movements for cervical spondylitis. [if the headache is associated with fever and stiff neck exclude meningitis ]
  • Check for eyesight in the young patient(s) since they usually have a refractive error, and/or for glaucoma if eye is painful/ red.
  • If the patient is known diabetic, check his/her blood sugar level to exclude hypoglycemia which can give recurrent and chronic headache.
  • If on examination there are associated neurological sign [weakness of limb, convulsions] then refer for Neurologist’s opinion and relevant investigation like X-ray skull, CT scan.

HOME REMEDIES AND INSTRUCTIONS

Dietary Regime:

Headache-Diet
  1. Pathya [wholesome diet]: black gram, brinjal, mango, pomegranate, black grapes, banana, garlic, milk, coconut water, figs, sesame seeds, head massage, rest, homemade butter, kanji [homemade rice gruel/porridge], drumstick, protein-rich diet, dark chocolate, dried apricots, egg, citrus fruits, honey, cooked green vegetables, orange, sweet potato, carrots, spinach, brown rice.
  2. Apathya [unwholesome diet]: millet/buckwheat flour, green gram, pigeon pea, peas, black chickpea, bitter gourd, betel, heavy food, irregular timing of meals, excess physical/mental exertion, stress and anxiety, fasting, change in weather, dehydration, red wine, alcoholic beverages, nicotine, yeast, beef, late night awakening, tomato, onion, cheese, soybean, chocolate, peanut, almond, pickles, Chinese/processed food, hot dogs, any visual [bright lights/glare], auditory [loud noise/music], factory [perfumes and certain odors] STIMULI.

Home Remedies for headache:

Ayurvedic Remedy-headache

Although for treating headaches one might need an analgesic [ which can cause side effects of bleeding/ulceration  in stomach and irreversible damage to the liver, and maybe a tranquilizer, which can cause dry mouth and drowsiness]. Thus Ayurvedic medicine/herbs typically prevents rather than relieve pain, and are often taken for a long period of time to achieve a better homeostasis among mind and body by improving blood flow and reduce stress and also correcting hormonal imbalance in females [menstrual migraine].

Remedy I

Black grapes are an effective home remedy [ crush ripe grapes and drink, do not add water].

Remedy II

Mix spinach and carrot juice in the ratio 2:3 respectively, alternatively mix beetroot juice and carrot juice in the ratio 1:3.

Remedy III

Rub onion paste to opposite feet.

Remedy IV

Put 2-3 drops of coconut water into nose.

Remedy V

Apply garlic pod paste on forehead.

Remedy VI

Put 4-5 drops of lime juice into opposite side nostril.

Remedy VII

Put 2-3 drops of white onion juice in eyes.

Remedy VIII

Intake of ghee [post meal].

Remedy IX

Lepa [topical application] of sariva [hemidesmus indicus] on head.

Remedy X

Lie down in a dark and quiet room.

Remedy XI

If possible apply ice bag over the head.

Remedy XII

Take 280 ml purified sesame oil, 10 ml each camphor – sandalwood – cinnamon oil: put the entire 310 ml oil in a bottle and massage on the forehead or put 4 drops in the ear.

Remedy XIII

Some of the drugs which are worth mentioning and can be available on prescription is/are:  valerian [tagar], brahmi oil, vrihat vata chintamani rasa, tribhuvana kirti ras, vasant malti ras, kamdudha ras, mahalakshmi vilas ras, godanti bhasma, Pathyadi kadha,  dashmoolarishta, cephagraine, anu taila, Panchakarma procedures like Nasya/Takradhara, feverfew, hawthorn, gingko, buckwheat, horsechest nut, lavender, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, lemon balm, ginger, horseradish, sage, black cohosh, wild yam, eucalyptus, peppermint.

SUMMARY

To summarise this whole article that includes home remedies for headaches, we have a few points to mention that you need to note. Headaches due to hunger, sleep deprivation or hangover are physiological [unless proved otherwise]. A headache is a complaint where symptoms are more significant than the signs and investigations [if any] is an exception, not the rule. Eye problems and sinus disease seldom cause headaches. Patients tend to blame their headaches on eye strain or sinusitis, but in fact, these are rare etiologies. To bring relief from headache/migraine one can take medicine either in oral [as tea/tincture/syrup/pills] or as topical remedies [as creams, oils, bath, poultice]. Headaches can be primary under clinical examination and investigations where the patient continues to suffer from the complaint like migraine/a tension-cluster headache and secondary due to some underlying cause like a brain tumor, inflammation of meninges or hemorrhage. Thus you should diagnose a headache as Primary only after excluding any secondary cause of a headache. Orgasm is a rare cause of a headache [coital cephalagia]. Chronic daily headache can be secondary to depression.

Headaches that begin after the age of fifty should always be investigated to rule out organic causes. A tension headache is the commonest headache, it is more towards evening and the patient feels better on pressing over the scalp. If you can eat during your headache, it is probably not a migraine. In Modern medicine, ergotamines still remain the best treatment for migraine headaches. The last tip according to Ayurveda is to daily do neck exercise or Yoga for Headache.

10 Effective Home Remedies for Diabetes (Ayurvedic Treatment)

Diabetes-home-remedies

In Ayurveda, diabetes is referred to as madhumey or madhumeha, which is known to mankind since ages and is a global health problem of clinical medicine and alarming the world as a non-infectious pandemic. Incidence of diabetes mellitus is increasing day by day because not only it has a family background. But at the same time with the advent of automobiles and machines, the physical labor is drastically reduced (especially with the availability of protein-rich diet along with changing lifestyle and increased stress in the society). Type 2 diabetes forms 95% of total diabetes. India alone has more than 35 million diabetes, with many of them being unaware of their condition.

With the discovery of the relation between the pancreas and diabetes mellitus, and with the invention of insulin, it was hoped that the battle of diabetes was solved. But only after few decades it was realized that the problem of this disease had many facets and it is of multifactorial origin, so there had been a keen desire to find out oral hypoglycemic agents which can replace insulin therapy.

In this pursuit, it has always been felt to explore the Ayurvedic resources which provide a promising field of drug research, especially in view of the least side effects of these drugs. Etiological factors of diabetes mellitus are now fairly known and it is almost decided that it is the resultant of the interaction of multiple etiological factors, HENCE THE MULTIFACTORIAL APPROACH will be appropriate.

Diabetes-Home-Remedies

Acharya “CHARAKA” has also emphasized that as one etiological factor may produce different disorder or may be specific for producing one disease only similarly multiple etiological factors may be involved in the causation of one disease:

एको हेतुरनेकस्य तथेकस्यैक एव हि I

व्याधेरेक्स्य चानेको बहूनां बहवोsपिII [ च० नि० 8/24 ]

Thus one pacificatory measure is useful in many disorders, as well as in single disorder, likewise, many measures are required for a single disorder as well as multiple ones:

एका शान्तिरनेकस्य त्थेवेकस्य लक्ष्यते I

व्याधेरेक्स्य चानेका बहूना बहवय एव च II [ च० नि० 8/30 ]

Thus an indigenous drug may not be useful in lowering the blood sugar to the same extent as the insulin and other agents. But we may have some other influences which may be useful for the management of the disease. Keeping in view the poor acceptability of insulin and the troublesome untoward effects and reduced efficacy after the prolonged use of oral hypoglycemic agents [OHAs]. The need for potent and safe oral hypoglycemic drug(s) is always felt. Hence in the following article, an attempt has been made to publish some ayurvedic home remedies and herbs possessing anti-diabetes properties.

EVALUATION: Charaka Samhita has detailed description of diabetes under the disease “PRAMEHA” which deals with etiology, clinical features, classical types, pathology, prognosis, complications, and principles of treatment and management of diabetes [MADHUMEHA] by various streams. Acharya Charaka has described “PRAMEHA” as ‘Anushangi’ which means ‘Punarbhavi’ i.e. the disease is very difficult to cure.

GENERAL ETIOLOGY

Diabetes-home-remedies

The most common factors are hereditary and dietetic which are responsible for causing the disease, thus PRAMEHA can be classified accordingly as:

  1. SAHAJA OR KULAJA PRAMEHI [hereditary]: this can be interpretated as inherited disease due to certain defects in the sperm/ovum before fertilization. The person having Sahaja Prameha is asthenic, may develop this disease without overeating or without consuming excess of fats and without lack of exercise. It can be compared with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
  2. APATHYA NIMITTAJA PRAMEHI [acquired]: this is due to lack of exercise and faulty lifestyle, such persons are obese and habitual of sedentary life and sleep. It can be compared with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

CHIKITSA OF PRAMEHA [MANAGEMENT]

Diabetes Diet-Home Remedies

In Ayurveda, management of Prameha can be divided into:

  1. Chikitsa Sutra [ Principle of Management]
  2. Chikitsa [ Management Proper]
  1. Chikitsa Sutra: Acharya Sushruta and Charaka have strongly emphasized that sole principle of treatment is elimination of etiological factors, which are responsible for the disease production, this is called the principle of ‘Nidana Parivarjana’ i.e. if diet and exercise are regulated. By avoiding the food and behavior which precipitates the disease, and by providing the foods and exercise which antagonize the pathology and the disease, no drug is required: “संक्षेप्त: क्रियायोगो: निदान परिवर्जनम I “ [ सु० सू० 1/25 ]
  2. Chikitsa: which means DIET & LIFESTYLE REGIME: (below are the instructions on what to take and what to avoid)
  1. Pathya [Wholesome] : regularize timings and quantity of meals, green gram, horse gram, bitter gourd, turmeric, Indian gooseberry, black pepper, pumpkin, radish, spinach, bottle/ridge gourd, brinjal, tomato, cauliflower, okra, pomegranate, apple, pears, guava, barley/wheat bran flour/black chickpeas mixed chapattis,  barley porridge, roasted corn flour, preparation of bitter vegetables, pigeon peas, rock salt, fenugreek leaves and seed, cucumber, lemon, melons, papaya, walking/gardening, yoga asana like Mayurasana, Paschimuttana asana.
  2. Apathya [ unwholesome]: newly harvested rice, black gram, curd, jaggery, sugarcane, betel leaves, overeating, , cold water, bloodletting, sweets, ice cream, bakery products, chocolates, biscuits, mango, dates, banana, grapes, potato, sweet potato, carrot, colocacia, fried food, day time sleeping or excessive sleep, smoking, sedentary life style, abstinence from physical and mental activity.

HOME REMEDIES AND INSTRUCTIONS

  • Drink water of vijaysaar [ pterocarpus marsupim] empty stomach: buy the wood of this herb from a local grocery shop and soak it overnight in a vessel or water purifier and next morning drink one glass of this water.
  • Take bark of banyan tree and boil in 450 ml water, when 20 ml remains then remove from boiling and after filtering give it to drink. [morning/evening for 1 month].
  • One can eat Chapatti of black chickpea.
  • 20 ml [dose is important] bitter gourd juice.
  • Eating bael leaves with black pepper helps in regulating blood sugar level.

HERBAL MEDICINE FOR DIABETES

Diabetes Medicine-Home remedies.
  • Ayurvedic herbal drugs for diabetes are selected on the principle of Rasa [taste], Guna [physiochemical properties], Veerya [potency], Vipaka [post digestive effect], and Prabhava [unique action]. These drugs are easily available at your home and each of these principles is felt to have a specific effect on the Doshas and function of the body. Which is how they exert their therapeutic effects, like
  1. Tejpatra [cinnamomum tamala]
    Indian bay leaf : 2-4 gms as leaves powder.
  2. Methi [ Trigonella foenum graecum] Dried Fenugreek: 1-3 gms as seed powder.
  3. Jamun [ Syzygium cumini]
    black plum: Oral intake of boiled seeds and fruits.
  4. Bitter melon [ momordica charantia]: oral intake of boiled fruits.
  5. Hapusha [junipers communis]
    Common juniper: oral intake of boiled berries.
  6. Indian wormwood [Artemisia vulgaris]: oral intake of the filtrate of the boiled leaves, young shoots, and roots.
  7. Garlic [allium sativum]: oral intake of raw bulbs or its juice.
  8. Other drugs available on prescription are: Patoladi ghrita, chandraprabha vati, Punarnavasava, Nishamalaki, Dhanvantra kvatha,  maha prasarani taila, shilajit, yashada bhasma, lauha bhasma, gomutra shilajit, triphala kashaya, chandanasava, vasantmalti rasa, navayasa churna.

SUMMARY

Management of diabetes [madhumeha] may be summarized in with some methods that you can take notes on. Abstinence from etiological factors, i.e. high glycemic diet, and sedentary lifestyle. Drugs having antagonistic properties against the disease. Regular physical exercise to burn maximum calories and for proper oxygenation of tissues and organs.Avoidance of mental stress with meditation, Yogic practices. i.e. progress of the disease has to be thoroughly evaluated.

12 Effective Home Remedies for Constipation | Ayurvedic Treatment

Constipation-Home Remedies

INTRODUCTION

Ayurveda suggests certain home based remedies to alleviate constipation and help make the bowel movement smooth, relax and uninterrupted. Let us first quickly understand what Constipation generally means? Feces or Stool those are infrequent or hard to pass due to any bowel movement problem (like e.g. indigestion or dehydration) creates constipation. In more technical language whenever there is a tendency to suppress the natural urge of defecation (resulting in infrequent and difficult evacuation of feces) because of any faulty dietary habits, wrong lifestyle and mental factors.

As the world is moving fast so are the human beings and with the growing culture of artificial foods [junk/refined food], lack of exercise, increasing mental tension and carefree attitude towards not responding to the natural urge to defecate which is contributing to the pathogenesis of Constipation and development of certain digestive disorders. This article will cover the main causes, dietary regime, prescriptions mentioned in Ayurveda which are not yet known to the intellectuals and/or to the civilization.

EVALUATION

Constipation-Home-Remedies

Constipation is basically not a disease but symptom of a disease, thus with a person/patient presenting with constipation one should always search for the cause behind it. Thus following points should be kept in mind while generally checking someone with constipation as the main complaint:

A.) In Ayurveda it is classified under “Purishvaha Srotas Vyadhi”  (chronic apana vayu vriddhi) where causes are described as follow:

  • Prakriti (constitution): Vata type people are more prone towards developing constipation.
  • Abhyasa of vega dharan (suppression of natural urge) making the stool hard and difficult to move down easily.
  • Ahara/Vihara (dietary habits): people taking more of ruksha [dry], shita [cold], kshaya [astringent], tikta [bitter], food.
  • Antra-Avrodha: (intestinal obstruction): [emergency]
  • Dourbalya (Weakness): due to pandu (anemia), grahani (IBS), vata vyadhi (neurological disorders), jwara (fever).
  • Oushadhis (medicines): ingestion of ahiphen (morphine), lauha (iron), naag (lead), jatiphal (nutmeg), khadir (catechu) and other astringent.
  • Any iron, aluminum, calcium-containing antacids, anticholinergics, laxative abuse.
  • Due to disease with low metabolism: hypothyroidism, piles.
  • Psychological: depression, personality dysfunction, physical inactivity.

DIETARY REGIME

Ayurvedic-Home-remedies-for-Constipation

What to take and what to avoid:

  • Pathya [wholesome diet]: old brown rice, wheat, barley, maize, oatmeal, brown bread, pigeon pea, elephant yam,  green leafy vegetables in form of salad [more roughage], have preparation of sprouted cereals and vegetables with rice and roti, papaya, carrot, radish, cucumber, cabbage, bottle gourd, drink more water, regular walking and abdominal muscle exercises, mango, musk melon, raisins, prunes, dates, orange, pears, guava, honey, fresh fruit juices, spinach, fenugreek [methi], white pumpkin, drumstick, capsicum, tomato, beetroot, broccoli, walnut, almond, sesame/coconut/mustard oil, jaggery or brown sugar, adding garlic-ginger-ghee- asafetida to pulses while cooking makes them less wind forming and constipative.
  • APATHYA [unwholesome diet]: newly harvested rice, black gram, peas, banana, tubers like potato/ sweet potato, yellow pumpkin, okra, colocasia, spices [chillies mainly], onion, beans, oily/fast food, late night awakening, lack of physical exercise, suppression of urge to defecate, mental tension, overeating, aerated drinks, refined foods [which lack roughage like white bread-white sugar-white flour- (PASTRY, MACARONI, PANCAKES, BISCUITS), polished rice], tinned/preserved foods, groundnut oil, meat, fish, eggs, fried foods, addiction [avoid tobacco in any form], less use of tea/coffee, do not sleep immediately after food, have a walk for 15-20 minutes.

HOME REMEDIES AND INSTRUCTIONS

Tomato Juice- Home Remedies

Remedy I

Give purgation with olive oil which is free of side effects and is not habit forming.

Remedy II

Early morning on empty stomach one can try one of the following:

  • Eat 10 cashew nuts with 4 raisins.
  • Drink 100 gm tomato juice.
  • Drink lukewarm water [stored in a copper vessel overnight] after coming out of bed.
  • Take 2 tbsp ghee with warm water early morning.

Remedy III

In children rubbing ‘castor oil’ over abdomen [near navel] also results in the removal of constipation.

Remedy IV

One can give syrup of fig/viola odorata [one teaspoonful in half glass water] to children.

Remedy V

One can take purified gandhak [sulphur] from chemist and consume 60 mg daily.

Remedy VI

Buy or order small haritaki [terminalia chebula] and without crushing or roasting just wash with plain water and suck 2-3 times daily.

PS:-  Never give enema or strong purgatives without first examining/palpating the abdomen, also avoid giving strong purgatives in pregnancy as they may induce contractions.

HERBAL MEDICINES FOR CONSTIPATION

Medicines for Constipation-Home Remedies

Since modern drugs are mainly habit forming and treat symptomatically thus one can safely go for Ayurveda drugs which are free of side effects [but only after proper examination by a qualified physician] which not only acts on the root level [i.e. normalizing the digestive fire] but also improves the functioning of liver and thereby cleanses the colon and cures constipation.

I. Herbs mentioned by Acharya CHARAKA:  Trivrit [ operculina turpethum], amaltas [ cassia fistula], snuhi ksheera [euphorbia neriifolia], amalvetas [ garcinia pedunculata].

PS:- Use laxatives if and when required.

II. Medicine which can be obtained OTC [over the counter] and is/are well versed among Pharmacies: Cap Herbolax, Triphala Churna, Kayam Churna, Panchskar Churna, Nityam Churan, Isabgol , Tablet gasex, Abhyarishta.

III. Single Herbs useful In treatment of constipation is/are:

  • Bael [aegle marmelos] : 5gm three times a day with warm milk/water [as bael powder]
  • Ghritakumari [ aloe vera ]: 10 ml of juice with pinch of salt [as kumaryasava]
  • Draksha [ vitis vinifera] : 6 teaspoonful, twice daily with equal amount of water, after meals [ as draksharishta]
  • Haritaki [terminalia chebula} : 2.5 to 5 gm twice a day with warm water [as haritaki churna]
  • Eranda  taila [ricinus communis] : 5 drops with a cup of milk alongwith sugar and cardamom. [As castor oil]
  • Isabgol [ plantago ovata]: 1-3 tbsp of husk is mixed in half glass water and taken immediately [ as isabgol husk]
  • Yashtimadhu [glycyrrhiza glabra]: one tbsp two or three times a day mixed with honey along with warm water. [ as yashtimadhu churna/saptamrit lauha]
  • Syrup/drops liv. 52: for improvement of liver functioning in children.

IV. Padmasana  [ lotus position], Vajrasana [thunderbolt pose], Paschimottanasana [ forward bend], Halasana [ plough pose], Bhujangasana [ cobra pose] are some of the yogic exercises for constipation which one can practice under the guidance of a yoga trainer which helps to increase the tone of abdominal muscles and stimulate peristalsis.

SUMMARY

Constipation is diagnosed by the patient and not by the Physician. We hope that the aforementioned home remedies and instructions will surely be helpful for you. These simple home remedies can surely make your life much easier.

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