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October 19, 2018 Uncategorized

As Ayurveda Melbourne practitioners we know that skin conditions are something that many of us suffer with. The causes are not always known and have been linked to a number of triggers such as stress and genetics. While medicines are commonly prescribed, these often fail to tackle the underlying causes of the complaint and rarely go further than skin deep. Ayurvedic medicine believes that the skin has seven layers. It therefore extends deeper into the body, meaning that an Ayurvedic treatment may be more effective in tackling skin issues such as Lichen Planus. Here we examine the more holistic approaches to dealing with this particular skin condition.  

What is Lichen Planus?

Lichen Planus is a type of recurring skin rash that is triggered by the immune system.

It occurs when your body starts to attack your skin or mucous membrane cells for no reason. Although uncomfortable, it’s not usually a serious condition nor is it contagious. The condition can affect anyone although it’s most likely to present itself in those who are middle aged: It’s rare in children and older adults.

What are the symptoms of Lichen Planus?

The condition can manifest itself on skin, genitalia, mucas lining, scalp and nails.

Some common symptoms of the condition include:

-Purplish coloured lesions or bumps

-These may develop and spread over body in the course of several weeks to a few months

-When it affects the muscal lining it may produce symptoms on the mouth. Some symptoms include bluish white spots that may be on the inside of the cheek, on the sides of the tongue or on the gums. These may be painful and cause a burning sensation.

-If the skin is affected then lesions may be itchy and either single or clustered. Skin will be itchy at the site of the rash and lesions may be shiny or scaly in appearance with a sharp border.

What causes Lichen Planus?

Some cases of Lichen Planus cure themselves after a few weeks but if symptoms persists then you may want to consider one of our homeopathic treatments. As Naturopath Melbourne specialists we believe that most health problems can be cured naturally, without the need for a lot of modern medications.

The Ayurvedic approach sees this particular skin condition as a variety of the Kushta (Skin disease) that results from an accumulation of toxins in the body, something our Naturopath Melbourne practitioners believe is the basic cause of most disease.

Initially these toxins develop as a response to the environment that we live in, both inwardly and outside our body and our mind. These can include regular exposure to unwholesome food, activities, chemicals. It can also include other toxins may affect proper functioning of digestive fibre.

A build up of toxic Ama

Exposure to these elements results in the production of toxic Ama which accumulates and is transported through the body.

In the case of Lichen Planus we believe that this toxic Ama gets deposited in the skin or the mucous membrane. These toxins then get covered in Kapha, one of the three Doshas or biological energies found in the human body and mind. This means that they are able to resist digestion or excretion. This affects the Vatha, Pitha and Kaptha components of the skin, with Pitha and Kaptha being the primary ones involved in this case

Exposure to the previously mentioned triggers can then result in starting the whole cycle over again. Therefore, a holistic approach to dealing with this can be effective as it aims to tackle the underlying cause of the problem.

The Ayurvedic approach to treating Lichen Planus

According to Ayurveda, the skin has seven layers and so extends itself to the deeper levels of the body.  Due to this skin conditions such as Lichen Planus have deep rooted causes. Ayurvedic treatments have to be penetrative, aiming for the purification of the body and overall regeneration.

Common approaches to dealing with Lichen Planus include prescribed medications such as retinoids and antihistamines. However, as Ayurveda Melbourne practitioners we believe that there are plenty of Ayurvedic approaches that you can take in order to treat the condition.

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Ayurvedic treatments for Lichen Planus

1.Detoxing the system by Sodhana or Panchakarma:  Detoxing the body is an important stage of most Ayurvedic treatments, in order to remove toxins that have accumulated in the body.

After assessing the particulars of the patient’s condition the first treatment may involve prescribing Vamana (medicated vomiting) or Virechana (medicated purgation).

2.Correcting functioning of Agni and preventing further generation of Ama

At this stage the Agni, or the body’s ‘inner fire’, may have been weakened by the detoxifying stage. The next step involves using light to help digest food and help the Agni to recover.

3. Pacifying the symptoms

In  order to then pacify and soothe the symptoms gargling (Kabbalah) or washing (dhara) with herbal devotion may be useful. Medicines for external application may also be used in some cases.

4. Rasayana or rejuvenating medicines

The rejuvenation process occurs after the treatment procedures to rejuvenate and restore the body tissues.

At this stage rejuvenating medicines that are specifically useful to the skin are used. These provide strong immunity power to prevent any further vitiation of the three Dosha.

Diet and Lichen Planus

Do’s

Spices such a Turmeric, Ginger, Cumin, Tulsi, Cardamon and Curry Leaves are all effective at dealing with Lichen Planus.

Dont’s

Heavy to digest food should be avoided as this can impair the Agni.

-Regular use of sweet, oily and heavy milk products should be avoided as well as consumption of fast foods, refined sugars, fermented and sour foods.

Lifestyle Factors

Mental health

Reducing stress and aiming for good mental health is important in tackling this condition. Examples include practicing yoga and meditation.

Sleep

-Good sleep is important in order to ensure normal functioning of digestive fire and immunity to toxins.

Hygiene and Clothing

It’s important to keep skin dry in warm and humid climates as well as wearing cotton clothing and cotton bed clothes.

Useful Herbs

Ayurveda believes that certain herbs can also be effective in treating the different conditions of Lichen Planus,

  • Predominant Vatha ( dry skin lesions) conditions herbs of Dasamoola, Tuvaraka, Pata, Bala and Ashwagandha may be used.
  • In Pitha predominant conditions (with inflammatory changes and burning sensations) herbs such as Brahmi, Mandukaparni, Manjistha and Liquorice are effective.
  • In Kapha predominant conditions where itching and white patches are present herbs that may be effective include: Vacha, Triphala, Musta, Bitter Gourd, Patola, Arka, Guluchi, Neem, Aragwadha, Turmeric and Katuki.

If you are suffering from Lichen Planus or any other skin conditions, contact our Ayurveda Melbourne partitioners today. We can provide you with further information on our Ayurvedic treatments and how they might be beneficial for you.


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Every day, we are living with continuous process of repeated daily activities, interactions, gaining and analyzing information, encounter social influences, changing lifestyle to find a fulfilled and balanced life. Mindfulness and meditation are the perfect tool to live with true purpose and meaning with best values by practicing self-awareness and building the attention muscle. If you are looking for Ayurvedic treatment, consider mindfulness and meditation for your health needs.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a process of having awareness of your thinking, feeling, doing and identifying your environment and each moment of different aspect of your life by building more attention and focus. Whereas meditation is a pathway to inner self and consciousness through steady awareness by stilling the mind. Mindfulness and meditation is the bridge to the inner and universal consciousness.

Mindfulness has invaded every corner of life and movement of being in present moment bring more harmony and better perception of who we are and environment around us.

Presently mindfulness is practiced by top class athletes, alternative to medications for diseases and even taught in some of the most powerful corporations in the world. You don’t have to be in Himalayas to do meditation, you just have to be a person with a functioning mind.

Mindfulness is a type of meditation where we focus our attention on the present moment on the body and mind activities with self-awareness and self-acceptance without any judgements. Mindfulness meditation is the most well researched type of meditation. We take few moments to check in to notice the state that your body is in and your mind. The ancient science of meditation has moved out of the temple and simplified into our daily lives in our present innovative and stressful life.

Meditation

Meditation has 3 stages according to Sage Patanjali who bring science of pathway to enlightment to the world through Patanjali Yoga Sutras. They are 3 internal mental process called Dharana (initial concentration /focus) Dhyana (one pointed contemplation) and Samadhi (Aligning and absorption with the universal energy/consciousness). Yoga Sutras of Patanjali   says that meditation is the progressive quietening of the mind till it reaches the source in pure silence.

Meditation takes you to the source of thought, the source of thought is pure awareness on the unconditioned mind. It is a field of possibilities, creativity, unpredictability embedded with intention, and those are the qualities of your consciousness and   it is beyond our cognitive and perceptual mind which is usually conditioned by experience

Our mind operates predominantly with thoughts, feelings and emotions, beliefs, experiences, Higher faculties of mind such as memory, perception, will, imagination, and intuition. We identify our self in the array of past and future with lacking and wanting. Mindfulness and meditation bring our self into present moment and expand that focus to whatever frame you are in action and help to have clarity and boost your productivity in desired direction

Why you should be in mindfulness and Meditation

  • You don’t have to set aside any extra time for meditation, you can simply integrate this meditative practice into your daily activities.
  • You can begin with shorter activities and expand with time.
  • It lays a solid foundation to begin an internal meditative practice.
  • It can be a great way to manage and reduce stress.
  • Build your emotional resilience and adaptability
  • Create clarity and productivity

Outcomes and benefits of meditation

Research on meditation shows that, there is significant changes in our body as well as the mind. There are physiological, psychological, biochemical and neurological changes. This makes it an ideal Ayurvedic treatment.

Psychological and physiological benefits are

  • You feel less threatened, and you’re less reactive,
  • You’re more rested, and you sleep better,
  • Your blood pressure gets lower,
  • your immune function gets a boost,
  • help to boost memory and creativity
  • Treat depression and anxiety.
  • Improve your health and wellbeing.
  • Slows down aging and enhance the longevity

Meditation is the key to change and charge your Brain. 

Meditation bring more clarity and productivity by remarkable changes in the Brain. As we expand our awareness, we are increasing the neural connection and Researchers identified changes in the structure of the brain and genes which enhance our life span and delay aging just by exercising your attention muscle.

Scientific evidence is that when we practice mindfulness for some period, connection in the brain is strengthened and this allows the prefrontal cortex (Executive centre of the brain ) to modulate the impulses from the amygdala (Fear centre) and to recover more quickly modulate  stress and fear .As we control fear centre, important consequence is that emotionally, you don’t react as much , you recover more quickly, and we develop important attribute of resilience and emotional intelligence. ity.

Meditation and mindfulness train our mind by influencing the Default network of the brain and achieve more neuroplasticity with consistent and long-time practices. It is great that we don’t need anything other than our mind and training our minds to do this.

Mindfulness in Workplace and Business  

Mindfulness and meditation play a significant role in workplace and business. Mindfulness practice relate the ability to focus attention and to selectively focus on what we choose to focus on. We are in an environment that have all kinds of competitions, achieving targets and filled with information overload and workload. Ability to selectively focus on certain things and ignore other things is part of our capacity of choice. Basically, mindfulness develop self-awareness as our mind is less prone to wandering and it strengthens the prefrontal ability to say no to those low impacting activities and emotional impulses. It also helps us keep our attention on that one thing that’s so important.

Another factor Scientists has realised is that mindfulness open and strengthen the spectrum of emotional intelligence competence. There are four parts of emotional intelligence self-awareness,

self-management, empathizing and social skill and within each of those domains, there are specific learning abilities that make executives outstanding performers.

Mindfulness help to handling negative emotions, improve adaptability in general and maintaining a positive outlook. In business and work having attitude of keeping your eye on that long-term goal despite setbacks, obstacles and distractions keep you going and succeeding to the next level.

Conclusion

Ultimately the goal of meditation is to experience our core consciousness which is a domain of awareness where we are experiencing our universe and we are connecting to inner awakening by developing qualities and attitudes of love kindness joy compassion empathy and equanimity.

Meditation challenges people who are undergoing personal transformation because of a deeper knowingness of themselves, by self-awareness and ultimately freedom from conditioning. With meditation we touch base to the mass of humanity through personal transformation and bring about social transformation. Finally, we move in the direction of more peace, social and economic justice, health well-being and everything that human life deserves

Well, why wouldn’t anyone want to meditate or practice mindfulness with these given benefits and all the research that has been done on meditation.

Contact AyurClinic today to learn about mindfulness and meditation as an Ayurvedic treatment.


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September 21, 2018 Uncategorized

Depression is a mental health issue that many struggle with for months or even years. Sadly, this disease is killing many people, with suicide rates skyrocketing. Part of the problem is that people don’t have access to the help they need to lead a healthy life again. While there are many effective ways to treat depression such as cognitive and behavioural therapy, they don’t always work for everyone. We examine how you can treat depression with Ayurveda and get back to a better state of mind!

Ayurveda & Depression

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Depression is linked to many factors one experiences in their life such as loss, financial problems, stress at work, abusive relationships and many more. No matter what someone is going through, it’s their perception that is of utmost importance. Two people could be going through the same thing, let’s say a divorce. One person may really struggle with the event, spiralling into a depressed state, while the other could be handling it much better. The difference is how each individual is perceiving the situation and how it will impact their life in the future.

Learn About Your Sadhaka Agni

Ayurveda looks at this difference in perspective from the lens of a weak ‘Sadhaka Agni’. The Sadhaka agni within each person is one’s inner fire that is responsible for dissolving emotions. If your Sadhaka agni is out of balance or weak, it may be impacting your emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has to do with how you control your emotions and how you let it impact your life. It’s not healthy to withhold your emotions, but it’s also not healthy to let them severely impact your everyday life. There needs to be a fine balance between emotional awareness and coping with those emotions.

Sadhaka agni influences the neurohormones which are in your brain, spinal cord and heart. When you experience a traumatic or emotional event, your heart sends a depressive signal to your brain if your sadhaka agni isn’t strong enough. With a strong sadhaka agni, the signal sent will be much more positive. Therefore it will help you deal with the emotional pain in a much healthier manner.

How to Strengthen Your Sadhaka Agni

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There are many ways in which you can strengthen your Sadhaka agni. Below are a few methods Ayurveda takes into consideration when working towards helping you break out of your depression.

  • Learn how to detach yourself from your emotions → Detachment from emotion is key when trying to break free of depression. While it’s a simple concept, it takes practice and consistency to implement into your life.
  • Change your sleeping patterns → Excessive sleep is often a side effect of depression. In order to change your mental state it’s important to rise with the sun and sleep with the moon.
  • Get in tune with your eating habits → The Kapha dosha in Ayurveda has to do with the body-mind connection and gets impacted when you are depressed. You can restore balance by eating the right foods such as plant-based whole foods.
  • Get your yogi on → Yoga is used by many people to restore balance and help with a variety of health concerns. Yoga is good for the body and the mind.
  • Smiling Meditation → This method of meditation at sending positive energy waves throughout the body, through smiling internally. You can learn more about this method of meditation through one of our practitioners.

Becoming aware that you are depressed is the first step towards recovery. Taking action is the second. Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to healing, looking for the root cause of the problem and dealing with it. Learn how you can adjust your mental health through Ayurveda in Melbourne.

If you or someone you know is struggling from depression, one of our licensed Ayurveda practitioners in Melbourne may be able to help you. Contact AyurClinic today to get started with a consultation.


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July 26, 2018 Uncategorized

Nature and Qualities of Kapha Body Type

Kapha is earth and water in its equilibrium. It is the force that maintains the body resistance. It gives lubrication to joints and helps fill the spaces in the body. Those people with kapha predominance express the following physical and emotional characteristics

Physical characteristics :

  • Heavy-build, strong and sturdy physique
  • Slow speech
  • Thick hair and skin
  • Low, soft voice
  • Good health and resistance to disease
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Tendency towards being overweight.
  • Unhurried, steady walk
  • Large and attractive eyes
  • Excellent long term memory
  • Prolonged and sound sleep

Emotional Characteristics:

  • Stable minded, easy going, relaxed, slow to anger and irritation
  • Good savers
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Possessive, greedy and envious when out of balance
  • Hold to people and relationships even when they are no longer necessary
  • Comfortable with routine, an undemanding approach to life

Kapha gets aggravated by excessive rest, excessive sleep and damp chilly weather. It is also imbalanced by overeating and avoiding intellectual challenges.

Balance your excessive kapha with

  • Kapha-pacifying foods
  • Stimulate yourself with new colours, new sounds etc
  • Get regular rigorous exercise till you sweat
  • Do regular housekeeping, cleaning clutter
  • A warming massage
  • Focus on being non-attached towards daily things
  • No daytime naps. Go to bed early and rise early
  • Be receptive to change
  • Avoid sweet, sour and salty foods

It’s better to get a lively and nutrition packed small amount of food to kindle the digestive power and keep yourself energetic.

 


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July 26, 2018 Uncategorized

Regain your physical equilibrium through Rasayana therapy

Rasayana therapy is one among the eight wings of Ayurveda – Astang Ayurveda. Rasayana Chikitsa or rejuvenation therapy brings several benefits such as prevention of diseases, increased physical and mental capability, nourishes the vital tissues and ensures longevity. The term “Rasayana” means “pathway/source of essence”.

Rasa – Vital liquid or essence

Ayan – source

Rasayana is the method by which one gets the excellence of this “rasa”. The vital liquid or the nutrition-filled essence nourishes all the parts of our body with necessary energy.This ‘rasa’ is the nourishing fluid produced immediately after digestion” This body fluid should be of good quality, adequate quantity and proper circulation throughout the body for healthy sustenance of each cell. According to Ayurveda, impairment in these channels cause diseases.

Need:

The need for rejuvenation is becoming greater day by day with increase in stress and compelling duties for all. Eating habits is becoming irregular and lifestyle changes has resulted in less physical and more of mental pressure. This causes vitiation of doshas resulting in ailments.

Purpose of rasayana is to

  • Maintain good health
  • Prevent diseases and aging
  • Recurrence of disease

Rasayana therapy is more a preventive therapy than a curative one. This rejuvenation therapy is aimed at improving

  • the function of seven tissues called dhatus.
  • the quality of Ojas – the eighth dhatu – the byproduct of digestion the essence of all nourishment sent to the body.
  • agni – the digestive fire.

However any rasayana has a wholistic effect on human body, enabling us to flush out our toxins and feel refreshed.

Classification :

The classification of rasayanas is varied.

In accordance with the object focused, it is divided into

  • Kamya rasayana for healthy persons.
  1. Pranakamya – promoting longevity and lifespan
  2. Medhakamya – improves mental facullties
  3. Srikamya – promotes lusture and beauty
  • Nimitiika rasayana for cure of specific diseases
  • Ajasrika rasayana is about using our routine foods for nourishment eg: milk, ghee etc.

In accordance with the method of therapy,

  • Dravya Rasayana : Particular herbs or liquid combinations is given for specific ailments of persons
  • Adravya or Achara Rasayana : No conventional use of medicines. General rules for lifestyle and diet with alignment to nature.

In accordance with mode of administration, it is divided into –

  • Kutipraveshika rasayana (indoor regimen)
  • Vatatapika rasayana (outdoor regimen)

Benefits of Rasayana Therapy :

  • Attains longevity, delays aging.
  • Increases digestive fire
  • Nourishes body tissue, blood, lymph, flesh and semen.
  • Improves endocrine gland function
  • Removes excess wastes or excess tissues
  • Increases strength and immunity
  • Improves intellect, memory,
  • Builds a barrier against stress and infection
  • Freedom from diseases
  • A lustrous complexion
  • A beautiful voice
  • Improves the action of channel system
  • It is anti-toxic and anti-infective

Rasayana therapy is indeed a magical contribution from our ancestors to lead a healthy long life by rejuvenating body, mind and soul.

 


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How To Use Ayurveda For Weight Loss

Many times we wonder about a friend who eats a lot but doesn’t put on weight, but those who eat much lesser can’t drop their weight that easy !

Ayurveda defines that being overweight or underweight happens when the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha fall out of balance. Also the digestive fire or Agni should be high to carry out the proper metabolism of the body. Usually overweight is a disorder of kapha. Kapha predominant persons tend to be obese since kapha indicate heaviness. But this condition is common with other two doshas too.

When the food consumed is not processed properly, it can result in weight gain. A basic understanding of our inner system would help us greatly to tone our body in way we wish. Ayurveda is a science of life which teaches human beings to stay in alignment with nature. Changing the lifestyle and following a disciplined routine would guide you to a perfect health. Once you start marching towards perfect health routine, your extra pounds tend to shed automatically.

Eating Habits :

“You are what you eat”. Ayurveda suggests the following –

  • Make the mid day meals as the largest meal of the day since the digestive fire is high at noon.
  • No snacks. Once a meal is taken, the energy that ensues is sufficient averagely for about three hours time. After which our body breaks the fat and utilizes for energy requirements of the body. When we snack, we don’t provide an opportunity to utilize the fat, which starts storing in body.
  • Eat kapha pacifying diet.
  • Increase the intake of foods that enhance your digestion.
  • Include all six tastes in each meal. This gives a satiated feeling for each meal even if the quantity is small. Each taste has its own benefits. Skipping any particular taste for long run causes imbalance in our system.
    1. Sweet – builds muscles and produces energy (sweet foods doesn’t indicate artificial sweeteners. It includes whole grains, nuts, dairy, sweet fruits and legumes
    2. Sour – cleanse the body
    3. Pungent – stimulates metabolism, clears sinuses. Spices fall under this category
    4. Astringent – Reduce heat and pacify inflammation.
    5. Bitter – Detoxifies body
    6. Salty – Stimulates digestion and absorb nutrients.

 

Lifestyle :

  • Physical exertion is a key to weight loss. Exert physically as much as possible. Moderate consistent exercises would also help.
  • Go to bed with sun and rise with sun to get a good sleep and reduce stress.
  • Ayurveda give the guidelines for daily activities called Dhinacharya. Read them here

 

Yoga and meditation:

  • Yoga and meditation would help you connect with your inner self and keep you stay balanced emotionally. Stress plays an important role in weight gain.

 

An ayurvedic treatment is never universal, it is customized for each individual according to their pakrithi. The treatment

  • helps to detoxify the body and regain your active metabolism through therapies.
  • prescribes well planned diet is suggested to stop accumulating heaviness of kapha in body.
  • includes herbal supplements and therapies also aids the pace of weight loss.
  • has stress management functionalities.

 

According to Ayurveda, losing your extra pounds is not an isolated treatment, it is a general holistic method of following a healthy lifestyle. So the changes are permanent if we are consistent. We all know that – If we expect a change, then it is obligatory for us to change ! Let’s change for good.


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Ayurveda To Address Knee Pain

Life becomes miserable to move when there is a chronic knee pain. All basic activities like walking, sitting, bending, standing and folding the legs are performed with the knee joints. Knee joint pain often happen due to following reasons

  • Obesity
  • Weak muscle strength
  • Vigorous physical activities
  • Degeneration – wear and tear due to old age.
  • Inflammation
  • Injury

The symptoms of joint problems include severe pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness, stiffness, inability to move the part sometimes accompanied with fever. Stress, over exertion, improper way of handling joints, diet and irregular lifestyle contribute to increase the pain and problems as we age.

Ayurvedic approach :

Ayurveda divides the joint problems into two –

  • Degenerative (Vata aggravation)
  • Inflammatory (Ama accumulation)

The first type is related to the under-nourished bones, low bone density etc. The joints begin to degenerate since it lacks the nourishment it needs. It starts with mild discomfort, cracking and results in immobilization of joints. The second type of joint problems is caused by the accumulation of toxic substances in body. Ama – is the accumulated fat or waste product that is caused through incomplete digestion. This toxic sticky substance accumulates in joint and causes stiffness which in turn becomes painful and swollen.

Ayurvedic treatment for joint pains

Ayurvedic treatment for degenerative bones takes a holistic approach. A regular diet, lifestyle and herbal remedies are suggested to strengthen the bones from within. Ability to absorb the nutrition, circulation and is weakened when Vyana Vata is aggravated. This imbalance creates the drying of Shleshaka Kapha which is responsible for lubrication in joints. To settle and balance vata it is necessary to

— eat vata pacifying foods – more of sweet, salty and sour foods, less of astringent, bitter and pungent foods.

— early to bed, early to rise routine.

— avoiding stimulating activity at night

— mild exercise

— main meal at noon

— meditation to relieve from stress.

All the above would integrally contribute to pacified Vata and help to correct vata based joint problems.

The treatment for inflammatory joints in Ayurveda begins with detoxification. Because letting the ama to be in the joints causes the ama to mix with the lubricating fluids in the joints and restricts the natural function of the joints. To reduce Ama –

— A warm, light ama reducing diet is suggested

— Include spices to aid and increase digestion

— Avoid day sleep

— Regular exercise

— Herbal decoctions are suggested to aid digestion and metabolism

— Detoxification therapies

— Panchakarma..

Ayurclinic specializes in Ayurvedic treatments that restore your balance and revitalize your joints. Book your appointment and take care of your joints.


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World Mental Health Day

World Mental health day is celebrated on 10th of October every year. The event is hosted by World federation for mental health with a view to advocate the importance of preserving the mental health of every individual. The theme of World Mental Health Day for 2017 is “Mental Health in the workplace”. 1 in 5 in the work place experience a mental condition. World federation for mental health states that nobody is immune from mental health illness and people find it difficult to disclose that they have mental health difficulties.

Mental health is recognizing their abilities, being productive to individual life and society by coping up with the day-day stresses. Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to individual health. It explores the definition of health with the concept of relating body, mind and soul. A human as a whole is a combination of Manas, Sarira, Atma and Indriya which means Mind, physical body, soul and senses.

 

Ayurvedic concept of mind :

Manas has three constituent qualities – Satva, Rajas and Tamas called Guna. The physical body has three psycho-biological elements, each governing different functions of the human body. As for the mental health is considered, ‘clouding of perception’ and loss of understanding is caused by gunic imbalance. Most of the pitfalls of brain is attributed to the chemical imbalance in the brain. But Ayurved a says the loss of understanding is not the cause but the consequence of the mental disease. The actual cause is ignorance – avidya. According to the Ayurvedic concept,

  • Manas – the outer mind is the collector of the sensory impressions received from the sense organs. It organizes them into categories.
  • Buddhi – It is the organ of intellect. Judges and defines them and brings to an understanding. It differentiates and determines the nature and makes them a concept.
  • Ego (Ahamkara) – perceived impressions is appropriated to the self and brings them to its own agenda.

 

Buddhi and Ego :

So generally it is the buddhi that creates a distinctiveness in knowledge and spurs action. But when buddhi is veiled the ego would direct the actions and things in its own biased wishes. Our perception of things and actions are distorted when buddhi has the remains of past experiences, trauma, judgement etc.

 

Identity of self :

So, how do you identify your’self’?! A mother? A diplomat? A terrible drinker?

This is exactly the mistake of intellect that is the root cause of all mental disturbances. The mistake that intellect do is integrating mere banal thoughts and emotions with the magnificent ‘self’. This is the reason for our ignorance, bondage and suffering. Our true universal SELF is ineffable, but we define our self with the identity of small traits of our personality. We thereby mistake impermanent to permanence, truth to false, giving importance to actually trivial things. This fundamental ignorance is the one which causes the serious mental illness.

Although it might sound a bit of spiritual reasoning, it helps us to detach our self from the past impressions, traumas and insults thereby enabling us to connect with the higher planes of consciousness.

An ayurvedic expert can help you identify true and false, temporary and permanent, real with the fake. With meditation and yogic techniques identify your true self and live with a liberated soul.

 



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