Healing Power and Curative Properties of Black Pepper


Black pepper is stimulant, pungent, aromatic, digestive and nervine tonic. Its pungency is mainly because of a resin known as chavicine, which is most plentiful in the mesocarp. Black Pepper is very-very useful in providing relief from flatulence.
an image showing raw and dry black pepperDigestive Disorders
Black pepper or extract from this herb is known for having a stimulating effect on the human body's digestive organs. It prompts production of an increased flow of saliva as well as gastric juices that help in easy digestion. Being an appetizer, black pepper is an easily available, easy-to-use home remedy for various digestive disorders. you can ground black pepper to turn this herb into a powder, and use it mixed with malted jaggery to treat conditions like digestiive disorders.
Common cold
Black pepper  is beneficial in the  treatment  of cold  and fever. Six pepper  seeds  finely  ground  and mixed  in a glass  of warm water along with 6 pieces of batasha (a kind of sugar candy), can  be taken  for a few nights for good results .
Amnesia
A pinch  of finely ground black pepper or a couple of drops of black pepper oil mixed with honey taken twice a day is very effective in treating amnesia or dullness of intellect.
Coughs
Pepper  is an effective  remedy for coughs  caused due to throat irritation . Three peppers sucked with a pinch of caraway seeds  and a crystal of common salt provides relief.
Impotency
Eating six black peppers with a few almonds once a day with milk serves as a nerve tonic and acts as an aphrodisiac, particularly in an impotent person.
Muscular Pains
As an external application, black pepper oil dilates the superficial vessels and acts as a counter-irritant. A tablespoon of black pepper powder fried in sesame oil until it is charred can be applied beneficially as analgesic liniment for mylagia and rheumatic pains. One can also use black pepper oil for the purpose.
Teeth Disorders
Black pepper powder and common salt  mixture is an excellent dentifrice  . Its daily use prevents dental caries, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, toothaches and cures the increased  sensitiveness  of the teeth . A pinch  of pepper  powder  mixed  with clove oil can  be put  in the caries to alleviate toothache.
Pyorrhoea

Black pepper oil is very useful in treating pyorrhea or pus in the gums. A mixture of finely powdered pepper and salt can be massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation. Black pepper oil can also be used for the same purpose.
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What Is Insomnia? Causes Of Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia or sleeplessness, which is called "anidra" in Ayurveda, is a poor health condition that deprives the patient of his natural rest, resulting in annoyance and interference with his/her routine activity during the day. When it becomes common, it may pose really serious risk or menace to the person's health.

What Causes Insomnia: 


Insomnia might occur because of various causes that keep the person awake altogether, resulting in sleeplessness or in disturbing dreams and un-refreshing slumber. In temporary cases of sleeplessness or dreaming in which the patient often complaints that he or she often suffers from uneasy, disturbed nights.

The cause is typically sought in some external source of irritation. Pain in some part of the body, such as toothache; uncomfortable surroundings, such as inadequate covering in harsh winter night or lack of a fan, cooler or AC in a hot, summer night; an overloaded stomach resulting in or causing uneasiness; or a niggling concern or some kind of worry or anxiety may also prevent the brain from achieving or attaining the required degree of relaxation that is essential to get a sound sleep. 

Many other factors like extreme worry, overwork, limitation of the hours of sleep, and constant grief may lead to a habitual lack of sleep. Presence of poisonous substances in the blood, as in the case of an infection, neurasthenia, or nervous weakness also causes sleeplessness or insomnia.


Read more »

Kerala Pancha Karma


What is Pancha Karma? The term Pancha Karma comprises two words -- pancha, which means five; and karma, which means methods or measures. Pancha Karma plays a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine, both in maintaining good health and avoiding disease.

The five karmas are: Vamana (emesis); Virecana (purgation); Niruha (non-oily enema); Annuvasana (oily enema); and Nasya or Sirovirecana (head evacuation). Some individuals take niruha and annuvasana under vasti or enema and add the finishing touch to Pancha karma by adding rakta moksana—blood-letting. These five eliminative measures evacuate or expel the toxic matter from the body.

The vital importance of Pancha Karma is Ayurvedic medicine is borne out by the fact that it is applicable to all cases covering a broad range of preventive, curative, as well as health-promoting conditions. Just as dyeing a cloth is not properly effected if the cloth is not properly washed and cleaned; no therapy or medicine can work effectively if the body is not purified beforehand. Ayurveda emphasizes that the body's vitiated doshas and malas must be eliminated before any specific measure is taken to cure an ailment or disease.

Kerala Pancha Karma

A very simplified type of the so-called Pancha Karma way of treatment or therapy has long been practised in Kerala, a state in south India. This practice, which is somewhat different from classical or traditional Pancha Karma therapy is widely known as Keraliya Pancha Karma therapy because it originated in Kerala. The five key components/partsof Keraliya Pancha Karma can be described as mentioned below:

  • Dhara Karma
  • Kaya seka
  • Pinda sweda
  • Anna lepa
  • Siro lepa
Dhara Karma: It involves a liquid medicament such as medicated oil, ghee, cow milk, takra/kwatha (a kind of decoction of drugs) is put in a pot (small pitcher) with a small hole at its bottom. The pot is then hung at some height above the patient's forehead, and this special liquid is then let to slowly trickle from the pot onto the patient's forehead. This procedure or way of treatment has been found very efficient in treating patients who suffer from various mental conditions, or ailments/diseases of the ear, eye, nose and even throat. this procedure has also been found very effective to treat patients who might be struggling to get rid of diseases like diminishing memory, facial palsy, sleeplessness/insomnia.

Kaya Seka: This procedure involves medicated liquid like an oil, which is poured all over the patient's body using the procedure mentioned in the above mentioned dhara karma. The medicated material is poured slowly from an appropriate height, and a massage is done simultaneously. It strengthens the patient body's tissues. it also enhances the body's beauty and luster; and the natural sense organs become clearer. the procedure also helps the patient in achieving longevity, regeneration as well as rejuvenation of muscles. this procedure is especially helpful in the good management of vatika conditions or diseases.

Pinda Sweda: It involves a bolus of special paste, made up of coarse rice that is cooked in milk. this special paste is used for fomenting or massaging of patient's body. Ahead of the the starting this procedure, adequate snehana is done by applying oil all over the patient's body. Pinda sweda helps a lot in relieving tiredness, in addition to various irritating diseases like depression, insomnia and drowsiness. In addition, this procedure promotes appetite, and reduces stiffness or hardness of the joints. If employed successfully, it helps patients suffering from various neuromuscular disorders and systemic diseases, to a great extent.

Anna Lepa: An especially processed, medicated "anna" (cereal) is slowly applied on the patient's body in certain conditions when the aforementioned pinda sweda therapy fails to show positive results. The procedure of preparing medicated cereal paste is the same as is aforementioned in the pinda sweda dravya. The person is instructed to lie down on a wooden plank, and the lukewarm lepa or medicated cereal paste is applied all over his/her body excluding the head.

Siro Lepa:
 The procedure of Siro lepa is very helpful in battling mental conditions or ailments related to the brain. It involves applying a paste made of some traditional drugs on the patient's head. all these procedures must be used under the supervision of an expert.





Read more »

Heart Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen


The heart, one of the most important organs in the body, can be described as a hollow, muscular pump with four cavities, each provided at its outlet with a valve, whose function is to maintain the circulation of the blood. The heart beats at the rate of 72 per minute in a healthy adult. The blood is pushed out through the arteries, returns through the veins, and is pumped out and in again. The blood circulation in the body is completed in 15 seconds.

Causes and Symptoms Of Heart Disease: 


Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine science, as well as modern science have recognized the heart as one of the most important organs in the body. 

Ayurveda suggests that the various diseases of the heart are born when vayu is vitiated and disturbs the balance of rasa dhatu in the body. Ayurveda also says that heart disease may be caused by the vitiation of vayu, pitta, kapha or the three doshas taken together, along with certain organisms.

The detailed working of the heart and the diagnostic procedures for pin-pointing the defective part of the heart are the contribution of modern researchers. The classification of the heart disease into congenital or acquired; those of the endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium; various disorders relating to the conduction of electrical impulses and the production of heart beats, is a modern phenomenon. The circulation of blood in the coronary arteries keeps the heart muscles nourished, and its deficiency leads to disorders or diseases like angina pectoris, coronary heart disease, and even deadly heart attacks. Surgical procedures to reverse a heart disease is also modern phenomenon.

Main symptoms produced due to heart malfunctioning include: 

  • Generalized weakness, 
  • Diminished appetite, 
  • Swelling all over the body, 
  • Breathlessness, 
  • Fast respiration, and abnormal pulse rate. 

Malfunctioning of different parts of the heart can also cause other specific symptoms, such as constriction in the chest or severe pain in the chest.

Diet and Other Regimen for Heart Disease Patients: 


A person with heart disease should eat fat-free foods that can be digested easily. It would be better if the patient can take a salt-free diet. Liquid diets comprising fresh seasonal vegetables and meat soups; juices of seasonal fruits and vegetables like carrots, should be taken. The best regimen would be a diet of boiled vegetables, free form salt.

A strict regimen must be prescribed for a person suffering from any heart ailments. He should never strain his heart; after an attack, he must be given complete bed rest.

The patient should not be disturbed and no worries or strain should mar his daily routine. Exertion of any type should be prohibited. After the attack has passed, he can be allowed to go for walks. 

Care should also be taken that his bowels remain clear so that no flatulence forms in them because it can depress the diaphragm which, in turn, can pave way for cardiac issues.




Read more »

Constipation - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies

Constipation ( which known as Koshtabadhata in Ayurveda) is perhaps one of the most common disorders. Individuals leading an easy, sedate life in cities and consuming rich food or diet are more prone to suffer constipation than others.

Causes and Symptoms: 

The main symptom of this disorder is the urge to void the stools but the inability to do so. If constipation continues for some time, it leads to a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, and later causes problems like headaches, lethargy, loss of   appetite, and total apathy. The inability of the intestines to expel the waste matter leads to putrefaction and flatulence. Some studies have also proved links between back pain and constipation, and abdominal pain and constipation.

This disorder is also common among babies, and it is called baby constipation, which also has similar symptoms. Constipation continuing over a long period can lead to distension of the stomach in addition to severe discomfort.

Home Remedies: 


In the absence of any organic obstruction, change of eating habits is the ideal way to cope with the disease of constipation rather than the use of expensive drugs of any sort. If constipation disorders are caused by the poor habit of consuming excessively spice, fatty foods and highly  refined cereals, the first step to deal with constipation is to advise the patient to take light foods, such skimmed milk, fruit, juices, and boiled vegetables, as well as totally abstain from fats and refined foods. Consumption of sufficient amount of liquids like water, milk, and juices reduces the dryness of the intestines and ease symptoms of constipation.
Read more »
2/10/2017
Healing Power and Curative Properties of Black Pepper

Black pepper is stimulant, pungent, aromatic, digestive and nervine tonic. Its pungency is mainly because of a resin known as chavicine, which is most plentiful in the mesocarp. Black Pepper is very-very useful in providing relief from flatulence.
an image showing raw and dry black pepperDigestive Disorders
Black pepper or extract from this herb is known for having a stimulating effect on the human body's digestive organs. It prompts production of an increased flow of saliva as well as gastric juices that help in easy digestion. Being an appetizer, black pepper is an easily available, easy-to-use home remedy for various digestive disorders. you can ground black pepper to turn this herb into a powder, and use it mixed with malted jaggery to treat conditions like digestiive disorders.
Common cold
Black pepper  is beneficial in the  treatment  of cold  and fever. Six pepper  seeds  finely  ground  and mixed  in a glass  of warm water along with 6 pieces of batasha (a kind of sugar candy), can  be taken  for a few nights for good results .
Amnesia
A pinch  of finely ground black pepper or a couple of drops of black pepper oil mixed with honey taken twice a day is very effective in treating amnesia or dullness of intellect.
Coughs
Pepper  is an effective  remedy for coughs  caused due to throat irritation . Three peppers sucked with a pinch of caraway seeds  and a crystal of common salt provides relief.
Impotency
Eating six black peppers with a few almonds once a day with milk serves as a nerve tonic and acts as an aphrodisiac, particularly in an impotent person.
Muscular Pains
As an external application, black pepper oil dilates the superficial vessels and acts as a counter-irritant. A tablespoon of black pepper powder fried in sesame oil until it is charred can be applied beneficially as analgesic liniment for mylagia and rheumatic pains. One can also use black pepper oil for the purpose.
Teeth Disorders
Black pepper powder and common salt  mixture is an excellent dentifrice  . Its daily use prevents dental caries, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, toothaches and cures the increased  sensitiveness  of the teeth . A pinch  of pepper  powder  mixed  with clove oil can  be put  in the caries to alleviate toothache.
Pyorrhoea

Black pepper oil is very useful in treating pyorrhea or pus in the gums. A mixture of finely powdered pepper and salt can be massaged over the gums to relieve inflammation. Black pepper oil can also be used for the same purpose.
2/03/2017
What Is Insomnia? Causes Of Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia or sleeplessness, which is called "anidra" in Ayurveda, is a poor health condition that deprives the patient of his natural rest, resulting in annoyance and interference with his/her routine activity during the day. When it becomes common, it may pose really serious risk or menace to the person's health.

What Causes Insomnia: 


Insomnia might occur because of various causes that keep the person awake altogether, resulting in sleeplessness or in disturbing dreams and un-refreshing slumber. In temporary cases of sleeplessness or dreaming in which the patient often complaints that he or she often suffers from uneasy, disturbed nights.

The cause is typically sought in some external source of irritation. Pain in some part of the body, such as toothache; uncomfortable surroundings, such as inadequate covering in harsh winter night or lack of a fan, cooler or AC in a hot, summer night; an overloaded stomach resulting in or causing uneasiness; or a niggling concern or some kind of worry or anxiety may also prevent the brain from achieving or attaining the required degree of relaxation that is essential to get a sound sleep. 

Many other factors like extreme worry, overwork, limitation of the hours of sleep, and constant grief may lead to a habitual lack of sleep. Presence of poisonous substances in the blood, as in the case of an infection, neurasthenia, or nervous weakness also causes sleeplessness or insomnia.


2/02/2017
Kerala Pancha Karma

What is Pancha Karma? The term Pancha Karma comprises two words -- pancha, which means five; and karma, which means methods or measures. Pancha Karma plays a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine, both in maintaining good health and avoiding disease.

The five karmas are: Vamana (emesis); Virecana (purgation); Niruha (non-oily enema); Annuvasana (oily enema); and Nasya or Sirovirecana (head evacuation). Some individuals take niruha and annuvasana under vasti or enema and add the finishing touch to Pancha karma by adding rakta moksana—blood-letting. These five eliminative measures evacuate or expel the toxic matter from the body.

The vital importance of Pancha Karma is Ayurvedic medicine is borne out by the fact that it is applicable to all cases covering a broad range of preventive, curative, as well as health-promoting conditions. Just as dyeing a cloth is not properly effected if the cloth is not properly washed and cleaned; no therapy or medicine can work effectively if the body is not purified beforehand. Ayurveda emphasizes that the body's vitiated doshas and malas must be eliminated before any specific measure is taken to cure an ailment or disease.

Kerala Pancha Karma

A very simplified type of the so-called Pancha Karma way of treatment or therapy has long been practised in Kerala, a state in south India. This practice, which is somewhat different from classical or traditional Pancha Karma therapy is widely known as Keraliya Pancha Karma therapy because it originated in Kerala. The five key components/partsof Keraliya Pancha Karma can be described as mentioned below:

  • Dhara Karma
  • Kaya seka
  • Pinda sweda
  • Anna lepa
  • Siro lepa
Dhara Karma: It involves a liquid medicament such as medicated oil, ghee, cow milk, takra/kwatha (a kind of decoction of drugs) is put in a pot (small pitcher) with a small hole at its bottom. The pot is then hung at some height above the patient's forehead, and this special liquid is then let to slowly trickle from the pot onto the patient's forehead. This procedure or way of treatment has been found very efficient in treating patients who suffer from various mental conditions, or ailments/diseases of the ear, eye, nose and even throat. this procedure has also been found very effective to treat patients who might be struggling to get rid of diseases like diminishing memory, facial palsy, sleeplessness/insomnia.

Kaya Seka: This procedure involves medicated liquid like an oil, which is poured all over the patient's body using the procedure mentioned in the above mentioned dhara karma. The medicated material is poured slowly from an appropriate height, and a massage is done simultaneously. It strengthens the patient body's tissues. it also enhances the body's beauty and luster; and the natural sense organs become clearer. the procedure also helps the patient in achieving longevity, regeneration as well as rejuvenation of muscles. this procedure is especially helpful in the good management of vatika conditions or diseases.

Pinda Sweda: It involves a bolus of special paste, made up of coarse rice that is cooked in milk. this special paste is used for fomenting or massaging of patient's body. Ahead of the the starting this procedure, adequate snehana is done by applying oil all over the patient's body. Pinda sweda helps a lot in relieving tiredness, in addition to various irritating diseases like depression, insomnia and drowsiness. In addition, this procedure promotes appetite, and reduces stiffness or hardness of the joints. If employed successfully, it helps patients suffering from various neuromuscular disorders and systemic diseases, to a great extent.

Anna Lepa: An especially processed, medicated "anna" (cereal) is slowly applied on the patient's body in certain conditions when the aforementioned pinda sweda therapy fails to show positive results. The procedure of preparing medicated cereal paste is the same as is aforementioned in the pinda sweda dravya. The person is instructed to lie down on a wooden plank, and the lukewarm lepa or medicated cereal paste is applied all over his/her body excluding the head.

Siro Lepa:
 The procedure of Siro lepa is very helpful in battling mental conditions or ailments related to the brain. It involves applying a paste made of some traditional drugs on the patient's head. all these procedures must be used under the supervision of an expert.





Heart Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Diet & Other Regimen

The heart, one of the most important organs in the body, can be described as a hollow, muscular pump with four cavities, each provided at its outlet with a valve, whose function is to maintain the circulation of the blood. The heart beats at the rate of 72 per minute in a healthy adult. The blood is pushed out through the arteries, returns through the veins, and is pumped out and in again. The blood circulation in the body is completed in 15 seconds.

Causes and Symptoms Of Heart Disease: 


Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine science, as well as modern science have recognized the heart as one of the most important organs in the body. 

Ayurveda suggests that the various diseases of the heart are born when vayu is vitiated and disturbs the balance of rasa dhatu in the body. Ayurveda also says that heart disease may be caused by the vitiation of vayu, pitta, kapha or the three doshas taken together, along with certain organisms.

The detailed working of the heart and the diagnostic procedures for pin-pointing the defective part of the heart are the contribution of modern researchers. The classification of the heart disease into congenital or acquired; those of the endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium; various disorders relating to the conduction of electrical impulses and the production of heart beats, is a modern phenomenon. The circulation of blood in the coronary arteries keeps the heart muscles nourished, and its deficiency leads to disorders or diseases like angina pectoris, coronary heart disease, and even deadly heart attacks. Surgical procedures to reverse a heart disease is also modern phenomenon.

Main symptoms produced due to heart malfunctioning include: 

  • Generalized weakness, 
  • Diminished appetite, 
  • Swelling all over the body, 
  • Breathlessness, 
  • Fast respiration, and abnormal pulse rate. 

Malfunctioning of different parts of the heart can also cause other specific symptoms, such as constriction in the chest or severe pain in the chest.

Diet and Other Regimen for Heart Disease Patients: 


A person with heart disease should eat fat-free foods that can be digested easily. It would be better if the patient can take a salt-free diet. Liquid diets comprising fresh seasonal vegetables and meat soups; juices of seasonal fruits and vegetables like carrots, should be taken. The best regimen would be a diet of boiled vegetables, free form salt.

A strict regimen must be prescribed for a person suffering from any heart ailments. He should never strain his heart; after an attack, he must be given complete bed rest.

The patient should not be disturbed and no worries or strain should mar his daily routine. Exertion of any type should be prohibited. After the attack has passed, he can be allowed to go for walks. 

Care should also be taken that his bowels remain clear so that no flatulence forms in them because it can depress the diaphragm which, in turn, can pave way for cardiac issues.




2/01/2017
Constipation - Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies
Constipation ( which known as Koshtabadhata in Ayurveda) is perhaps one of the most common disorders. Individuals leading an easy, sedate life in cities and consuming rich food or diet are more prone to suffer constipation than others.

Causes and Symptoms: 

The main symptom of this disorder is the urge to void the stools but the inability to do so. If constipation continues for some time, it leads to a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, and later causes problems like headaches, lethargy, loss of   appetite, and total apathy. The inability of the intestines to expel the waste matter leads to putrefaction and flatulence. Some studies have also proved links between back pain and constipation, and abdominal pain and constipation.

This disorder is also common among babies, and it is called baby constipation, which also has similar symptoms. Constipation continuing over a long period can lead to distension of the stomach in addition to severe discomfort.

Home Remedies: 


In the absence of any organic obstruction, change of eating habits is the ideal way to cope with the disease of constipation rather than the use of expensive drugs of any sort. If constipation disorders are caused by the poor habit of consuming excessively spice, fatty foods and highly  refined cereals, the first step to deal with constipation is to advise the patient to take light foods, such skimmed milk, fruit, juices, and boiled vegetables, as well as totally abstain from fats and refined foods. Consumption of sufficient amount of liquids like water, milk, and juices reduces the dryness of the intestines and ease symptoms of constipation.