Are you going to Paris? Trekking in Nepal? Cruising the Caribbean?  Yes, you want to go and to spend some time enjoying the wonderful weather, view and just have a rest from everyday routine.

Whether you tramp through the rain forest or bask on a love boat–travel presents new and different health concerns mostly unknown at home.

We do not want to set on you with our lectures just, please, keep in mind some facts – that will be useful for you.
Preparing before you go is the best way to stay healthy while you’re traveling. See a doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave so that you’ll have time for immunizations that may need to be done in advance. Check with your doctor to see if there are medications or extra precautions that you should take. For example, people who have heart failure may need to take shorter flights with more stops to avoid long periods of sitting or they may need to adjust their medications.

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Before you go, research local sanitation and other conditions so that you can take appropriate measures while you are traveling:

Is the water safe to drink?
Do insects, such as mosquitoes or ticks, carry disease?
Is there air pollution?
Will the altitude make you sick?
Is it safe to swim in pools, lakes, or the ocean?
Could you get heat exhaustion, sun stroke, or a sunburn?

Basic precautions, such as drinking bottled water or using insect repellent, can prevent some illnesses, ranging from an inconvenient bout of diarrhea to life-threatening malaria.

Preparing for a journey takes planning and time. Proper planning is the best way to stay healthy during your trip. See a doctor at least 6 weeks before you go so that you’ll have time for immunizations and other health precautions you may need to take in advance. There are several factors to consider in preparing for a trip.

Enjoy your trip.

Author: Dr. Elizabeth Robinson; healthcare.st.

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About Ayurveda > Classification of tastes or Rasas as explained in ayurveda

Taste is one of the attributes of food. According to ayurvedic text books and principles of ayurveda, tastes are of six types. We all know there are 5 fundamental elements or panchamahabhutas. Each taste has combination of two fundamental elements. The combination of fundamental elements determines the qualities of respective taste or rasa.

Here is the list of tastes and their combination.

Madhura (sweet) = Prithvi  ( earth element)  +  Ambu (water element)

Amla (Sour) = Agni (Fire Element)  +  Prithvi ( Earth Element)

Lavana (Salt) = Ambu (Water element)  +  Agni (Fire Element)

Tikta (Bitter) =Akasha (space element ) + Vayu (air element)

Katu (ungent or spicy) = Agni (Fire element) +  Anila (Air element)

Kashaya (Astringent) =  Prithvi (earth element) + Anila (air element)

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Acharya charaka has explained various treatment methods to treat Impotence or Erectile dysfunction which arise due to different causes. These treatment methods have been elaborated in “Chikitsa sthana”.

When impotence occurs due to reduction in quality and quantity of semen it is known as “Bhijopaghataja Klaibya”. When man suffers from undernourishment or malnourishment, the lack of nutrients in body, cause this type of sexual dysfunction. Ayurveda acharyas recommend replenishing these nutrients through ayurvedic herbal preparations.

When man suffers from sexually transmitted diseases, trauma etc the tissues of his reproductive organs may suffer injury.  These injuries may lead to erectile dysfunction. This is known as “dhwajabhanga klaibya”. In this condition the injured part has to be treated with herbal pastes, herbal oils and the chronic diseases have to be addressed.

When erectile dysfunction is age related (“jaraja klaibya”), and then remedial measures have to be undertaken with rejuvenating herbs and herbal preparations.

Excessive indulgence in sexual activities like masturbation, repeated intercourses etc can also cause erectile dysfunction. Increased ejaculation of semen or shukra leads to ED. This is known as “shukra kshyaja klaibya”. In this condition herbs which increase quality and quantity of semen have to be incorporated in treatment.

The herbs like ashwagandha (withania somnifera) , shatavari, bala(Sida cardifolia), atibala, amalaki (emblica officinalis), draksha (grapes), kapikacchu (mucuna pruriens), shweta musli, etc are useful in these types of erectile dysfunctions. These herbs can be processed with sugar, ghee or milk to make the preparations more palatable and fortified. Honey is liberally added to enhance the medicinal properties of these preparations.  Various herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction like “Ashwagandha ksheerapaka”, “vaajikarana milk” etc can be prepared at home using the herbs which are easily available.

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Many observe that stress increases frequency of herpes outbreaks.  Weather it is genital herpes or oral herpes, stress kindles outbreak.  Symptoms like radiating pain along affected parts, water filled blisters, itching and burning sensation on skin, ant creeping sensation, indigestion, body pain etc  surface during this period.

What changes in body, during stressful conditions initiate activation of herpes virus ?

During stressful conditions our body secretes stress hormones. When stress continues to exist over a period of time, the stress hormones keep on circulating in body through blood stream. The cells and tissues of our body respond in a negative way for this constant presence of stress hormones. As a result, the aging process of tissues and cells accelerate and the body immunity nose dives.  Plummeted levels of body immunity initiate activation of herpes virus. The dormant herpes virus resurfaces with painful symptoms.

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We all know that stress can cause erectile dysfunction. If stress is temporary, the Ed problem disappears when stress causing factor is tackled. If a person undergoes stress continuously then sexual dysfunction may be a perpetual problem. Ayurveda acharyas mention stress as one of the causative factor for erectile dysfunction. According to texts of ayurveda stress causes undernourishment or drying of male reproductive tissues. This in turn reduces production of shukra dhatu . (shukra dhatu is compared to semen)

Based on principles of ayurveda , Shukra dhatu is one of the seven vital tissues . This helps in normal function of male reproductive system. Healthy shukra dhatu is very essential to carry the process of sexual function in normal manner.  Any imbalance in normal composition of shukra dhatu can lead to erectile dysfunction. Due to chronic stress the shukradhatu diminishes and erectile dysfunction sets in.

Hence as natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, texts of ayurveda recommend daily practice of meditation and Yoga. Meditation and Yoga help in reducing stress level and also one can handle stressful condition very well if they practice these two regimens.

Apart from these walking, aerobic exercises, gardening etc also help to keep the body and mind healthy. The above mentioned activities help to decrease stress. As a herbal ayurveda remedy for erectile dysfunction ayurveda vaidyas recommend many herbs like ashwagandha, shweta musli etc which help in stress reduction. These herbs also act as aphrodisiacs and aid in rejuvenation of male reproductive system.
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About Ayurveda  >> Kshayaja Klaibya

Texts of ayurveda describe the fourth type of impotence called “kshayaja klaibya”. The reduction in quality and quantity of semen is the reason for this type of erectile dysfunction. The following factors harm semen quality and quantity.

•Worrying continuously about everything.
•Repeated experience of grief.
•Uncontrolled anger and anxiety.
•Fear of facing problems.
•Addiction to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.
•Consumption of unhealthy and non nourishing foods.
•Repeated fasting when the body is undernourished.

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Many researches have shown that high cholesterol causes erectile dysfunction. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance. When level of bad cholesterol or LDL increases in blood it forms plaque in arteries and hinder normal blood flow. When the lumen of tiny arteries supplying blood to male organ are blocked by these plaques, the normal flow of blood suffers. Inefficiency in blood supply causes weak erections or no erections. Hence physicians advice ,to follow healthy diet and lifestyle to keep blood cholesterol under control.

Here are tips which help in erectile dysfunction and also aid to reduce cholesterol.

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Texts of ayurveda eulogize aphrodisiac properties of ashwagandha roots. It is said that   “Kando vajikaraha smritaha”- The roots of ashwagandha act as Vajikara or aphrodisiac. The food preparations which include roots of ashwagandha as ingredient always act as best food for erectile dysfunction.  It increases sperm count naturally. Ayurveda acharyas have explained many ashwagandha preparations to increase libido in men naturally. The benefits of ashwagandha powder can be harnessed with good ayurvedic recipes.

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The preparations called “Rasala yoga” has been illustrated in ayurvedic text “Yogaratnakara”. It has been said that king of Mathura had prepared this recipe to keep his sexual energy and stamina at optimum level. It has been said that this recipe calms mind  and cools body.

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Massage therapy is usually recommended for persons who have aches, joint pain and muscular pain. These symptoms are very common in old age. Texts of ayurveda attribute vitiation of vata as causative factor for health problems in elderly.

Vitiated vata causes body ache, pain in joints, dry skin, weakness of muscles etc in old age. Ayurveda acharyas recommend body massage with vata balancing oil like ksheerabala oil to normalize imbalanced vata.

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