Today, let’s take a tour of the world, not in seven days, but in seven simple, natural, do at home beauty tips from across the globe
Drink It, Eat It, Apply It?
Ever felt envious of the smooth, porcelain skin of a Geisha? In Japan, Geishas have traditionally used rice water as a skin care treatment, to tighten and brighten the skin.
Rice water, i.e. the water in which rice has been soaked is chock full of goodies for your skin including Vitamin E, a variety of minerals and antioxidants. You can use it regardless it of your skin type. It’s super simple to use, and the best part is, we all have rice at home, and it’s always good to soak rice before cooking, so nothing goes to waste!
Just simply soak 4-5 tablespoons of plain white rice in room temperature or cold water.
Give it a shake and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or for however long it takes for the water to turn nice and milky. And that’s about it. Use a cotton pad and dab the water on your face, allowing it to dry. You can repeat if desired. Not only does this help reduce hyperpigmentation, sun spots and signs of aging, it acts as a great foundation for make-up.
Sand, Surf, and Gorgeous Hair
Australians are known for their tanned and lean physiques, love of cold brews, and their blonde hair.
And they’re got some nifty tricks to keep their hair looking gorgeous.
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil, added to your shampoo, will nourish and hydrate your scalp, getting rid of dandruff. It’s very effective as Tea Tree Oil has anti-bacterial properties.
It’s a low involvement, fire and forget tip. Give it a try
Secrets Of The Ancients
Grecian women are known universally as some of the most beautiful. Through the ages, they have sworn by the restorative and cosmetic properties of honey and olive oil. So just like them, you can use a mixture of the two as a face mask or body wash, as this combination has antibacterial properties, cleanses the skin and gives it a nice honeyed glow, just like the one Helen of Troy had. Just try and not start a war!
It’s Red, It’s From Chile
And it’s grapes.
Red Grapes contain large quantities of anti-oxidants and these work wonders even when they’re applied topically. Chilean women use crushed red grapes as a face pack. It rejuvenates the skin and slows the visible effects of skin aging. Crush, apply and wash off after ten minutes, to leave your skin feeling refreshed.
From Red, To Green
Green tea, is one of those magical things, that are just simply good for you, period. Drinking it, is as we all know, really good for us. The Chinese and Japanese both can easily attribute their gorgeous skin and longevity, in part, to Tea.
Since green tea is rich in antioxidants, you can use it on your skin as well. After you’re done brewing, let the leaves, or the tea bag cool, and use the leaves as a scrub.
It’s still Green, and it’s Neem
Let’s travel all the way back to India, and have a look at Neem. Neem or Margosa is known for it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Neem extract or paste used on the skin helps fight pimples. Neem oil, diluted with water will also help you get rid of blackheads.
Don’t eat the Guacamole!
I mean go ahead, and eat it, it’s delicious, and so are avocados, but they aren’t only good for eating.
A staple in almost all of Latin America, Avocados are rich in essential minerals, healthy fats, and fatty acids. These do wonders for the body but not only when eaten. You can make a simple face mask with avocados and milk. It refreshes and rehydrates the skin, leaving it happy and healthy.
Diabetes, both of types I and II, have become an increasingly common affliction today. This disease, which is usually associated with people of advanced age, is also found in the young. While rarely a debilitating disease, it does complicate daily life and needs medical intervention to be treated.
Pharmaceuticals are not the only recourse when it comes to managing diabetes, there are a handful of herbal alternatives that I shall share with you, which can help you manage this condition if not treat it completely.
The disease commonly known as diabetes is a term for one of two main disorders.Type I Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin. This leads to high blood sugar levels in the body. It is caused by an autoimmune response that kills the cells present in the Pancreas that produce insulin. Type II Diabetes, is a long onset disorder, caused by obesity and lack of exercise. It is characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance and generally low levels of insulin present in the system.
Type I diabetes has no cure and medical intervention is required for survival, but for patients with Type II there are a few herbal remedies worth trying out.
7 Indian Herbs That Help Combat Diabetes
This super root features in so many herbal remedies because it is jam packed with compounds that are beneficial to our systems. Ginger has been shown to help control blood sugar levels by stimulating sugar absorption by muscle tissue. It is recommended to regulate intake to about four grams every day, as it can upset your stomach in large amounts. Other than that, it is completely safe. Ginger does make its way into almost every Indian’s diet, but if it isn’t, try making a pot of ginger tea instead of plain green tea. Ginger lemonade is another option one can try.
Cinnamon has recently come under study for its properties that help in controlling blood sugar levels in Type II Diabetics. So much so, that it is also been researched as a part of treatment for Alzheimer’s, which is now being Type III diabetes by some researchers. You can include a gram of cinnamon in your daily diet very easily. One option is to simply brew tea with cinnamon. I do this quite often as I love the flavor it imparts, in addition to all its health benefits.
Tulsi, or holy basil, is a constant household presence in almost all homes in India. It is revered for its numerous medicinal properties, and not surprisingly, has a part to play in the management of type II diabetes. Tulsi, consumed either whole as leaves or in the form of juice, helps lower blood sugar levels and raise insulin sensitivity by a small margin. Tulsi juice is very easy to prepare. Simply collect leaves, soft branches, roots, seeds, and flower of the plant, chop them up and grind them down to a paste in a mortar and pestle. Squeezing this paste through a muslin cloth will give you the juice. Or you can always brew tea!
One remedy my grandmother used to swear by, for her own diabetes, was Garlic. She used to use garlic steeped oil to massage her calves and feet, which used to be inflamed. Though a rather odorous recourse, recent studies have shown that garlic may not only help regulate blood sugar but helps reduce the chances of heart disease. This is of importance, as almost 80% of Diabetics develop heart disease. Studies also suggest that garlic may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis-related inflammation or swelling is a common presence in patients with Diabetes. Hence, my Grandma’s garlic oil massages.
There was a reason why I suggested you brew tea so many times, and that’s because Green Tea itself does the body a lot of good. It is packed full of Antioxidants. It also helps sensitize the body to insulin, thus helping the body metabolize sugar better. So, have a cup of Green Tea every day, and you can give it a boost with either ginger or cinnamon, whichever you prefer.
Karela (Bitter Gourd)
The Karela or Bitter Gourd isn’t a particularly popular vegetable. This is mostly due to the fact, that it lives up to its name, and is quite bitter in taste. As a child, I was extremely resistant to eating it and it took me a very long time to develop a taste for it. One thing I do recall very clearly is my grandma insisting I eat it as it purifies the blood. She wasn’t wrong about that. Karela juice is a potent blood purifier and as a hypoglycemic substance, it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Karela juice can be easily made at home. Cut the karela with the skin and the seeds, soak in water with salt for 15 minutes. This will help reduce the bitter taste. Now take out the pieces from the water and grind it with the water and a few drops of lemon. The juice should ideally be consumed on an empty stomach, early in the morning.
Bitter things to make the best medicine, as Neem is another bitter plant that helps in the management of Diabetes. Extracts from the leaves of the Neem have been shown to lower blood sugar levels. One teaspoon of Neem juice, early in the morning, is all that’s needed.
Jamun (Indian Blackberry)
Jamuns have been used as a treatment for Diabetes in India for ages. Both the fruit and the leaves of the plant have shown to not only help regulate blood sugar levels but also stimulate insulin production. The kernels of the seeds of the fruit, provide the best results. Dried and powdered seeds, taken three times a day will help. You can also always just eat the fruit as a snack, with a little salt.
Managing The Migraine Monster
One of the more mysterious conditions that affect people are Migraines.
Intense, almost debilitating headaches, which start at the base of the neck, travel across the top of your head to finally settle behind your eyes. The pain doesn’t come alone though, with it comes nausea, photosensitivity, hearing becomes super sensitive. With me, even moving my head sends bolts of agony shooting through my brain.
Migraines are mysterious because researchers have not been able to concretely point to any one cause. There are studies that indicate genetic predispositions, some say they are associated with conditions like depression, bipolar disorder etc. One thing that is agreed on, is that they have “triggers” that set them off.
So as a fellow sufferer, I am going to give you all a few tips and tricks to manage migraines.
Before going ahead, I would like to say that there are pharmaceutical alternatives, and I did give medication a try for a good eight months, but there were way too many counter-indications for my liking.
Isolate Your Trigger
First and foremost, try and isolate what sets off your migraines. There are a number of common triggers, though they are not always the same for different people. Fatigue is a common one. One of my triggers is my diet. I can’t space my meals too far apart. Sometimes it can specific be food in your diet that’s the cause, I know of someone who doesn’t eat anything fried as it triggers her migraines. There are a number of environmental factors as well. Keep a track of your diet, and the things you may have come in contact with before an attack. There might be specific dietary triggers or environmental ones. This is the best ways to manage this condition.
Eat Fresh, Eat Healthy
It actually helps a lot. I made very solid efforts to reduce the amount of preservatives/artificial coloring etc that I was ingesting on a daily basis, and it had a big positive impact.
Nausea makes it very difficult to eat, so eat small meals, and intersperse them with fresh fruit. Apples, Oranges, Strawberries, Grapes, pick any one, or all of them.
Chop them up in a bowl, spritz some lemon, and chill them in the fridge. All of these pack antioxidants, which help take the edge off the migraine.
What I personally hate the most, even more than the pain, is the intense nausea that comes with migraines, making it almost impossible to eat, which further worsens the situation. Off the counter, antiemetics are not always effective. Don’t worry though, there are a few things that do actually work, and are easily found at home.
Off the counter antiemetics are not always effective. Don’t worry though, there are a few things that do actually work, and are easily found at home.
Ginger works like magic. I keep candied ginger with me at all times. You can also make a simple ginger-lemon-honey infusion. It’s nice and warm and soothing. Just drop an inch of peeled, and crushed ginger in a cup of boiling water, turn off the burner and let it steep for five minutes After that, squeeze in some lemon juice, and honey to taste. This works really well, especially in winters.
Mint helps both with nausea and with migraines in general. During the summers, I usually pluck a handful of fresh mint from my roof top, bruise the leaves, i.e. gently crush them and throw them in a bottle full of water. This I refrigerate for a few hour. The cold, mint infused water is fantastically refreshing and soothes the system.
Caffeine Or Not?
This again is one of the things that differs from person to person. I noticed no difference in the frequency or intensity of my attacks, regardless of my caffeine intake. Most doctors will ask you to avoid coffee, and it’s worth giving it a try because as much as you might love coffee, I’m sure you’d give it up for a pain-free life.
So, if you’re not a caffeine junkie like me, you should try switching to Green Tea. As with all tea, it does have caffeine but it has a lot more antioxidants. You can turn the Ginger-Honey-Lemon infusion into Ginger-Honey-Lemon-Green Tea.
And in the scorching hot summers, good Green Tea tastes fantastic when cold. I prefer sweetening my Iced Green Tea with honey, but that’s my preference. Moreover, there aren’t any strict recipes for any of these things. They are all simple, basic, ingredients, that all work well together. So make a Mint Iced Green Tea, if it works for you.
What About The Pain?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a solution for the pain, so I do end up having to take a pill if the situations becomes critical, but I can say with confidence, that with these simple little things that I’ve told you about, coupled with finding my trigger, has reduced the frequency of my attacks, by almost three-fourths. So, go ahead and give these a try, and I hope you find something that works for you as well as these did for me.
The liver is to your body, what an RO is to water. It takes out the bad and leaves in the good.
It filters out all the impurities that us careless people put into our systems, keeping our blood clean.
In addition to this, it also produces enzymes essential for digestion and stores a variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s safe to say that the liver is pretty damned important.
The lifestyle’s we lead today, have quite a major impact on our liver. Though alcohol gets most of the bad rap as far as liver problems are concerned, there are many other things that one needs to watch out for.
Foodstuffs with high saturated fat content play a major role in causing fatty liver diseases. Today’s fitness culture, with high amounts of protein and other dietary and metabolic supplements, puts a lot of stress on this organ.
But let’s be honest, it’s not really possible to completely remove these things from our diets, but what you can try and do, is add a few things to even out this equation.
How Do I Make It Up To My Liver?
(Say sorry and nothing else. Repeat as required )
Oxidation is an essential part of our metabolisms, but it also has a negative side to it. Free radicals generated during this process, cause a lot of damage to the body in general, and to the liver too.
So, incorporate antioxidants into your diet. Green Tea is one of the best ways to achieve this.Its anti-oxidant properties are well known. Its anti-oxidant properties are well known.
Vitamin C helps the liver flush itself of toxins, thereby improving its functionality.
So, add a little Lemon to your life. Or, combine the above two, and add a little lemon to your Green Tea for a double impact. Amla, or Gooseberries, are something that I personally developed a fondness for during my childhood. My grandfather used to extol its virtues and would start his day with a serving of “Amle ka Murabba“, Sweet Gooseberry pickle. Amlas are good for the liver too, as they are rich in Vitamin C .
Garlic, a constant presence in our kitchens, has virtues beyond those of a spice and a vampire repellent. It is rich in selenium, which the liver needs in trace amounts to function healthily.
Most people baulk at eating cooked garlic forget eating it raw, but since it’s an essential part of most masalas, you’re good.
Many of us have spent out childhood trying to wriggle out of eating our daily helpings of “Daal”. All Daals, or lentils, together with peas, and soybeans are grouped in the category of Legumes, which are beneficial to the liver. Mint, also falls under that category. So, make sure to include a serving of lentils or any legumes, in your daily diet.
Turmeric Root, is in effect, a panacea, a cure-all. It has numerous benefits, which are being studied.
Every Indian household knows of its antiseptic properties, but new research suggests that it may help fight if not cure certain types of cancer, amongst other things. Turmeric has also been shown to help counteract fatty liver disease. From experience, I can tell you, Turmeric pickle is very tasty, and an easy way to get your daily dose.
Beetroots are a fantastic addition to make to your diet.
Not only do they contain antioxidants, they are also rich in Betaine which keeps the liver and bile ducts healthy.
You can eat it however you wish, raw, boiled, roasted or juiced.
“Honey, does this dress make me look fat?”
Now, we all know, that there is no right answer to that question, but there are a few answers for how to lose weight in a healthy, simple manner. Though I am of the personal belief that weight and the body image attached to it are one’s personal choice, a lack of “wobble” does give a boost to one’s confidence.
Here are 10 habits to form and tricks to use, to lose those extra pounds.
1. Exercise is the most important. That being said, one doesn’t necessarily have to have a rigorous gym routine to lose some weight. It’s more important to assess and manage your metabolism and adjust what you eat and when you eat accordingly. Ginseng is a great metabolic stimulant in addition to its properties as an adaptogen and immune booster.
2. Set The Pace Of The Day with a short brisk walk, some calisthenics or Yoga. This helps switch your system “On” and prepare it for the energy it needs to generate during your day, energy that comes from stored fats, in addition to the food you eat. Follow up your walk with a cup of Green Tea, with Ginger, Lemon and Honey. Green Tea is am anti oxidant, while ginger helps the body cleanse itself and burn stored fat. Vitamin C helps keep the liver healthy and flush it of fats. Honey makes a good healthy sweetener in addition to its many restorative properties.
3. When, What and How Much? Answer these in the context of your diet, When do you eat, what and how much. Mostly, people blame weight gain on the quantity of food but the timing is equally important. Fix the time for your three meals and stick to it. If you find yourself hungry in between, try eating something high in fiber, like a nice oatmeal cookie.
4. Dinner is a very crucial meal of the day. Most of us end up over indulging after a long dayswork. While it is perfectly fine to eat as much as the body demands, one needs to give it time to speak up. Eat with relish, savor each bite, take your time. You must all have noticed, that you always realize that you’ve eaten too much, after the fact. That’s because it takes a little time for the body to signal that it’s full. So give it that time. Server yourself from the kitchen and leave the serving bowls there. The walk back for seconds, rather even thinking about it will give you enough time to figure out what your stomach’s saying.
5. Go For A Stroll. Just like in the mornings, don’t let your metabolism slack off after dinner. All our Grandparents have been sticklers to the post meal “walk”. It’s a simple thing to do, be it on your terrace or your garden. It helps stimulate digestion and more efficient use of the fuel you just ingested.
6. Sometimes after a meal, especially dinner, I’ll end up craving food. Manage those cravings smartly as those are where we end up eating highly calorific and super sweet stuff.
Try Crystallized or Candied Ginger. It’ll give you a nice little sugar boost, and ginger happens to be a natural purifier and it helps the body burn fat better.
7. There are a few other things you can incorporate into your daily diet, which will help you get the svelte look you crave. Most of these already find place in our daily food, but you could knowingly add them to the mix. Cinnamon, helps stimulate your metabolism. It has also been found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels. Frankly, I love how it tastes, and will often chew on a stick. Works as a nice breath sweetener too.
8. Black Pepper‘s name gets dropped quite frequently, because it has a lot of positives to offer to the human body. It contains a Piperine, a substance that helps block the formation of new fat cells.
9. Mustard Seeds can give your metabolism a tremendous boost, by almost 25%, that means 25% more calories burnt, regardless of what you’re doing.
10. Turmeric, contains curcumin, which actively reduces the formation of fatty tissues.
Last but not least, the most important thing to remember, is, to Try and Eat Right, Before Trying To Eat Less.
Tulsi, or Holy Basil as it’s known outside India, has always been a centerpiece of almost every Indian household. Be it because of its religious or cultural significance, or because of its plethora of beneficial properties.
Tulsi : The Elixir Of Life
Tulsi has been termed an adaptogen. The meaning of this fancy sounding term is something that every grandma has always know. An adaptogen is a substance which stabilizes the body’s natural processes and help in maintaining that balance when faced with stress.
This is something that I and I’m sure you all must have experienced yourself too. If not, a simply brewed cup of light tea with tulsi steeped in it, is extremely soothing and relaxing. It’s something that I find myself sipping on quite often, after a long days work.
Coughs, Colds and Everything in Between
One of the most effective and common use of Tulsi is to relieve symptoms of Influenza, the common cold. It is a natural expectorant , that means, it helps the body in getting rid of the excess mucous generated when one’s down with a cold.
A simple remedy, combines the power of Tulsi, Honey and Ginger into one heavy hitting cold reliever. Steep a half inch of pounded ginger and a half dozen Tulsi leaves in freshly boiled water, add a teaspoon of honey and consume while it’s still warm. It’s effects are almost instantaneous, and very soothing for a sore throat.
The Superman Of Herbs
Ayurveda extensively uses Tulsi for a variety of purposes. Ingesting juice , extracted from the leaves, seeds and soft stems of the plant, have a very large number of benefits to the human body.
Tulsi juice is very easy to prepare. It is said to be a highly effective blood purifier, helping in purging toxins from the bloodstream. This has an overall positive impact on one’s health, in addition to clearing up the skin, and revitalizing the body as a whole.
It also helps in getting rid of intestinal parasites. It is also said that Tulsi juice can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
No More Bad Breath
Tulsi is also an astringent and a powerful anti bacterial. This property makes it very useful for countering bad breath and maintaining oral hygiene. You can either dry leaves, powder them and use them as a toothpaste, or simply, chew on a few leaves. It kills almost all oral bacteria, helping prevent tooth decay and leaves long lasting freshness. A win- win situation.
Helps recover from Skin woes
These same anti bacterial properties can be used to fight acne and pimples. A smooth paste of Tulsi leaves applied to the affected areas, will give effective results overnight.
Relief During Migraines
I suffer from chronic migraines and have spent time and energy into many solutions for not just countering and managing the pain, but the nausea and general feeling of ill health that precedes and follows an attack. A light tea brewed with Tulsi, ginger and lemon, with a bit of sugar for sweetness, has really helped me with this problem.
So go ahead, and give it a try. If not the paste and the juice or the tea, just chew on a few leaves. The only thing you have to lose, is bad breath.
Ginger: The Miracle Healer
Ginger, one of nature’s many miracles, is loaded with nutrients. For its countless benefits to our health and well-being, it has been given the status of a ‘natural medicine chest’ in ancient Indian medicine.
Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome (underground stem) can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Whatever form you consume it as, it is bound to reap plentiful benefits on your overall health!
In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused ‘chai’ is a household favorite, and every grandma’s antidote for battling cold and flu!
Worldwide too, ginger has gained a lot of repute for its health benefits and is being consciously included by people in their diets to combat several health ailments.
Teaming with Benefits – Truly a Wonder Spice
Read through to check out some of the many healing benefits of ginger here!
Fights Respiratory Disorders:
Don’t suffer through another bad cough this seaon. All you have to do is incorporate more ginger in your diet. Since ginger is a natural expectorant, it helps expand your lungs and even loosens phlegm by breaking down and removing mucus. When you’re feeling a little congested, make some warm ginger tea with lemon three times a day and you’ll feel better in no time.
Reduces Muscle Soreness and Inflammation:
When you feel your muscles burn the day after an intense workout, add a little ginger to your whey protein shakes. A study involving 74 volunteers at the University of Georgia found that “daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%”. So if you work out intensely or suffer from muscle aches, consider making ginger a part of your daily routine to decrease the length of time your muscles are sore. You’ll feel better and want to work out harder. Ginger is also known to reduce levels of inflammation in the body and can even ease the pain linked to arthritis.
Gets Rid of the Extra Kilos:
According to a study in Metabolism, participants who drank 2 grams of ginger powder steeped in hot water like a tea, were less hungry three hours later than participants who did not drink the ginger water. This led researchers to believe that ginger offers us feelings of satiety so we don’t binge eat. Not only that, ginger is also one of those great foods that increases the body’s temperature, and in turn speeds up the body’s ability to burn calories on its own without exercise. Can you think of a better way to lose weight?
Ginger is a common folk treatment for an upset stomach. Ginger in food, or ideally as a strong tea, helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. Ginger tea has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve embarrassing gases trapped in a constricted digestive system. Drink a cup of ginger tea before bed or prior to eating meals to sort out your digestive issues!
Relieves Nausea, Motion and Morning Sickness:
If you’re heading out for a long drive on a curvy road and motion sickness is one of your biggest problems, you don’t need to worry anymore as ginger can act as your greatest savior. It helps fight nausea that occurs as a result of motion sickness, thus preparing you for those road trips. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies. In fact, a similar effect has also been observed on patients undergoing chemotherapy. Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment.
What is PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a growing health concern among young women nowadays. It is a condition caused by an imbalance in the sex hormones leading to the formation of cysts (benign masses) on one’s ovaries. The cysts may not be harmful but can cause conditions which can lead to a variety of long term problems.
Characteristic Symptoms of the Disease
The most common characteristic of PCOS is irregular menstrual periods. Other characteristic features that appear in people suffering from PCOS are developing typically male traits (excessive hair on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes, decrease in breast size, deeper voice and hair loss), an appearance of acne, weight gain, pelvic pain and even infertility due to improper ovulation. Weight gain itself can cause concurrent health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Modern Medicine – Does it Work?
Finding the best possible treatment to counter this disease is imperative. Yes, allopathic drugs are available to give the patient quick relief but their treatment mainly focuses on controlling symptoms and managing the condition to prevent complications. Often, they don’t cure the disease. Also, they come with a host of side-effects.
Ayurveda – The Traditional Way
Ayurvedic Medication, on the other hand, provides a more holistic approach. One of the world’s oldest healing systems, it was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda believes that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have good health. When something disrupts this balance, you get sick.
They believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. The doshas control how your body works. They are vata dosha (space and air), pitta dosha (fire and water) and kapha dosha (water and earth). Ayurveda classifies PCOS as a kapha disorder. During this syndrome, kapha blocks the vata and pitta causing an imbalance.
Ayurveda in PCOS – A More Complete Approach
Ayurvedic treatment of PCOS is specific to the individual. The ayurvedic practitioner does a thorough assessment of the client and determines her ayurvedic constitution based on the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Through questioning, observation, tongue observation and pulse diagnosis, the practitioner and the client jointly determine the nature and degree of imbalance.
After the initial consultation, the ayurvedic practitioner designs a program that includes dietary recommendations, lifestyle modification, herbal supplementation, yoga, breathing, meditation, cleansing procedures and hands-on body therapies. There is no one size-fits-all in Ayurveda. It is best for a practitioner to recommend a program that takes into account your constitution, your current state of health, your schedule, your family situation, and causative factors that are individual to you. For example, one woman may have a high level of ama (toxicity) that is causing imbalance in the female reproductive system. For another woman it may be that her digestion, metabolism, absorption or elimination is impaired. For another, it could be high levels of stress, lack of sleep, an unhealthy relationship, a poor diet or a genetic predisposition. Ayurvedic treatments help people pluck out imbalance at its root and create a fertile field with life-promoting conditions.
Taking it a Step Further with Panchakarma
While availing of Ayurveda, don’t forget to make use of the miraculous panchakarma, a recommended ayurvedic therapy. Panchakarma means ‘five therapies’. These five therapeutic treatments provide purification and detoxification through the elimination of toxins from the body. It is specially known to reap many benefits in the treatment of PCOS. The panchakarma treatment not only helps to rejuvenate the body by reducing weight but also restores a regular menstruation cycle and ovulation, thus inhibiting infertility. It provides strength to reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina and maintains hormonal imbalance. The strength of ayurvedic medicines doubles after the panchakarma treatment. So, a panchakarma treatment, along with the prescribed medication, is recommended for a permanent recovery from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Benefits of using turmeric as a Spice
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
When combined with cauliflower, turmeric has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
Turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier.
Turmeric may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
Turmeric is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
It speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
Turmeric may help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Here’s how to use turmeric
Spice up your food
Add this spice to anything, besides sweets, for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits. You can use turmeric to add some zest to cooked vegetables, eggs, and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water you’re using to make pasta, rice, soups, and more.
Drink it as a tea
Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
Mix it with castor oil for a skin detox
Castor oil with tumeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For women, it is great to apply to the breast and under arm because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells of the breast.
The pain you do not (k)need.
If you don’t want to suffer with knee pain it is really important to wear sports shoes that offer the correct support.
Some knee braces are specifically designed to provide support in the right place. The choice of the correct knee support should be discussed with your sports specialist as there are a variety of supports and braces for different conditions.
Tip: You should invest in a good pair of trainers or sport specific shoes and boots that fit properly. Consider changing these every six months.
It’s not surprising that carrying extra weight means you are putting undue stress on your joints, particularly your knees.
Experts calculate that one pound of body weight is equal to between three and seven pounds of extra weight on your knees. So even losing a few pounds can make a difference to easing knee pain and preventing it in the first place.
Many of the problems of impingement in the knee joint that lead to later issues come from pinching of a fold of fat in the knee joint. Shrink the fat and you might not get the pinch.
Tip: As well as a low-calorie diet, choose a gentle exercise such as swimming or cycling which doesn’t place any strain on joints.
If you do suffer with knee pain, particularly after working out, an ice pack on the affected area can really help to ease discomfort.
This is part of the old mnemonic RICE which stands for: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Ice is thought to help by reducing blood flow and thereby dampening down inflammation around the joint.
Tip: Keep several ice packs in the freezer so they are ready when you need them. For a more professional approach there are cold therapy systems that deliver continuous cold to the joint such as the Cryo technology.
Many people notice a sudden knee pain without any particular injury. I have come up with something I call the “Hardy shuffle test” which I use as both a diagnostic tool and in some patients it cures the pain of impingement.
Tip: To perform the “Hardy shuffle test” at home, kick flick your knee to see if you can shift the pain.If the pain is coming from under the kneecap sit on the edge of a chair.
Relax your thigh muscle and flick your kneecap from side to side to flick out the small fold of fat that is being pinched.
5.Don’t ignore pain
Many people brush off knee pain when they first start to experience it and believe it will eventually go away.
Early diagnosis is key to preventing more severe and irreversible damage. If you have a sharp, intermittent, localised pain you should get checked out sooner rather than later in order to stop some conditions getting worse.
Tip: If you have a pain you can point to on your knee and it is tender to touch, make an appointment with your GP to check whether you have an unstable meniscus tear.
6.Supplement your diet
Vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and vitamin D support healthy bones, and greens such as spinach, kale and cabbage contain vitamin K, another nutrient that supports bone health.
Tip: Stop smoking. The carbon monoxide from smoking displaces 20 per cent of the oxygen from your haemoglobin. Tissues need this oxygen when trying to heal an injury.
But also get a good night’s sleep. Cycling is a proven way to encourage cartilage to grow and heal. Sleep can also do wonders for joint discomfort. So get some early nights to ensure you get your full eight hours. You will feel better for it.
Tip: Look for ways to incorporate gentle activity into your daily routine such as cycling to work or to the shops. You can even get a cycling machine that sits under your desk.
8.Change the way you exercise
High-impact activities such as running and racket sports don’t do your knees any favours.
If your knees hurt it would be a good idea to take up a gentler exercise such as swimming or yoga, at least for a while to let the inflammation go down. Continuing with high-impact exercise could just make things worse.
Tip: Unless your doctor has told you otherwise, or you are sensitive to them, try a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablet the night before exercise.