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Texts of ayurveda explain the causes of psoriasis. These causes are explained below.

1.    Consumption of few vegetables and herbs may cause psoriasis. Increased intake of radish, honey, fish and garlic may increase incidences of psoriasis. Radish should never be consumed with jaggery.

2.    Few herbs when taken in combination with other foods can become the cause. Long pepper and Solanum Nigrum should not be consumed with curd and ghee

3.    Consuming Green leafy vegetables and milk with alcohol should be avoided.

4.    Meat and honey when used with hot and spicy food may cause psoriasis and other skin diseases.

5.    The combination of Sea foods, meat of aquatic animals and milk is very detrimental to skin health.

6.    Food has to be eaten only when we feel hungry. When foods are consumed disregarding the  hunger signals, it leads to psoriasis.

7.    Consumption of opposite foods is also a causative factor for psoriasis.

8.    Suppression of natural urges like vomiting, urinating, emptying bowel etc can also become a reason for this skin disease.

9.    Increased intake of sour and salty food vitiates rakta and pitta. These in turn affect skin health.

10.    Not but least the fruits of our Karma can also cause psoriasis.

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The drinks which are consumed after food or after medications are known as “anupana” in ayurveda.  These drinks help in healthy digestion of food and also enhance the therapeutic value of medications. Ayurveda acharyas describe the qualities of anupana or after food drink as

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This means an ideal after food drink must have opposite properties of the food consumed and also it must be compatible with the food or medication.

List of healthy after drinks

Cold water – This should be consumed after a meal prepared with barley, wheat, curd , honey and wine.

Warm water – When foods are loaded with carbohydrates, starch, cream, etc, this drink is ideal.

Buttermilk – When lots of vegetables and pulses are present in food, butter milk is an ideal after drink.

Beer  -  Beer made from barley helps lean persons to gain weight.

Honey and water – Honey and water is the best after food drink for those who want to lose weight.

Meat soup – this drink is ultimate for persons who have lost weight due to diseases and for people who have poor digestion.

Milk – This is the best after food drink for those who are emaciated, walk long distances and sing or speak for long hours. It is like nectar for those who are recovering from diseases. Milk provides full nourishment for children and aged. Acharyas recommend consumption of milk after sexual activities.

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According to ayurveda daytime sleep is not recommended to every one. A good sleep in night always keeps body healthy. But in few unavoidable health conditions and in condition where doshas are imbalanced daytime sleep is advised by ayurveda vaidyas. Here is a list of health conditions in which the daytime sleep is advised according to principles of ayurveda.

  1. A person who exercises well and exerts physically can sleep in daytime. He needs this rest to balance his energy level and allow his strained tissues to recover.
  2. People who indulge in increased sexual activities can sleep in daytime. Lot of energy is spent in sexual activities. This leads to loss of shukra dhatu or shukra kshaya.  During daytime sleep the lost energy and shukra dhatu get replenished.  Or else he or she may land into conditions like low libido and fatigue. If men who indulge in increased sexual activities do not take a nap in daytime, they may land into conditions like erectile dysfunction, decreased semen volume, low sperm count and low sperm motility.
  3. Persons who walk for a very long distances have to sleep in daytime. This allows them to recover lost energy and also rejuvenate injured tissues.
  4. Individuals who have been afflicted by diseases like diarrhea, indigestion, stomach pain, wheezing and diseases of vata can take a daytime nap.
  5. Children, elderly, night shift workers and people  who fast, have to sleep in day time

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Acharya charaka explains the causes of erectile dysfunction or klaibya in chikitsa sthana. Imbalance and Vitiation of shukradhatu causes erectile dysfunction or Klaibya. When we go through texts of ayurveda , we can conclude that Shukra dhatu is a collective word which represents both testosterone and semen. Based on vitiation of shukra dhatu , the condition erectile dysfunction is explained as follows. Continue Reading

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Oil and Ghee are widely used in Indian cuisine. Milk is commonly used to prepare sweets and puddings. Texts of ayurveda enumerate benefits of cooking with these ingredients.

  • Benefits of cooking food with ghee: The foods which are cooked using ghee help to increase body energy and alleviate vata and pitta. Hence ghee is predominantly used in diseases which arise due to vata and pitta.
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Texts of ayurveda recommend certain diet for people who suffer from skin diseases like dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, acne pimples etc. By following this diet regimen flaring and exaggeration of symptoms can be prevented.

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The herb Manduka Parni (Centella Asiatica) or gotu kola also known as Indian pennywort is a small herb which grows in tropical swampy areas. This herb is known as gotu kola in Hindi.It is an annual herb with slender, green soft stalk. The roots consist of rhizomes and root hairs. The plants are connected to each other . The leaves are round, smooth and reddish green in colour.. The flowers are small and pinkish red in colour. They occur in bunches. The plant matures in three months.

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The food which we prepare should fulfill many criterion.  The food has to be tasty, nourishing and should not harm body. Texts of ayurveda say a strict no to few combinations of ingredients. They describe these combinations as opposite foods. Opposite food combinations lead to accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins act like slow poisons which can become root cause for other diseases. These food combinations are described as “viruddhahara“ or opposite foods in ayurveda.

What are opposite foods?

When the ingredients of recipes are opposite in their qualities, then those recipes may act like a slow poison which cause accumulation of toxins in body. The opposite foods vitiate doshas and cause discomfort to body. These foods enhance the process of accumulation of toxins in body instead of nourishing it.

Here is the list of opposite foods listed in texts of ayurveda which should not be mixed together.

1.Sea foods or fresh water foods like fish, crab, oysters, prawns etc should not be mixed with honey/ black gram/ milk/ germinated seeds / jaggery.

2.Any sour fruits or foods which are sour in taste, when consumed with milk can imbalance doshas.

3.Milk and horse gram are opposite in qualities. Hence consuming these together have to be avoided.

4.Refrain from drinking milk after consuming green leafy vegetables.

5.Chicken cooked with curd vitiates the dosha balance. It is better to avoid recipes which insist on cooking chicken with curd.

6.Never store ghee in bronze vessel for more than ten days.

7.Consuming the following mixtures in equal quantities can prove harmful to body- Honey +ghee / honey + animal fat / honey + oil/ honey +water/ghee +animal  fat/ ghee +oil/ghee +water / animal fat + oil/ animal fat +water /oil +water

8.It is certainly not advisable to boil curd. Boiled Curd initiates the formation of “ama” a sticky toxin.

9.The combination of turmeric and mustard oil is not recommended.

10.Separate vessels have to be used to cook different foods. Avoid cooking vegetables in a vessel which was previously used for cooking fish or other non vegetarian food.

11.Do not fry any spices in the residual oil which is left after a fish fry.

12.Do not consume pork and chicken on the same day or in combination.

13.Radish and black gram have opposite qualities. Never combine them in any recipe.

Apart from vitiating doshas opposite foods also flare up the symptoms of pre existing health conditions like herpes, arthritis, psoriasis, hair loss etc. Hence follow these food combination rules for a healthy “YOU”.

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Drumstick is known as “shobhanjana” or “shigru” in  ayurveda. The texts of ayurveda explain many medicinal properties of this plant. The verses quoted in ayurvedic texts are given here.

Shigruhu saraha katuhu paake teekshnoushno madhuro laghuhu |
Deepanaha rochano rookshaha ksharastiktho vidahakrut ||

According to principles of ayurveda the shigru or drumstick is hot in potency. It increases appetite and reduces moistness of tissues.  Hence the drumstick plant vitiates pitta and alleviates vata and kapha.

Chakshushyama shigrujam beejam teekshnoshnam vishanashanam |
Avrishyam kapahavataghnam tannasyena shiroarthihatam ||

Chakshushyam : The seeds of this plant help to boost health of eye. Kajal is popular in India. It is applied like eye liner to enhance beauty of eyes and also used for medicinal purpose. Kajal prepared from the seeds of shigru or drumstick is used in many diseases of eye. Studies show that drumstick has excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Hence application of this helps to reduce swelling of eyes and prevent eye infections.

Vishanashanm: Texts of ayurveda recommend use of drumstick seeds when a person is poisoned. Botonists appreciate the antioxidant properties of drumstick seeds and leaves. Hence they detoxify body and expel toxins.

Avrishyam: Seeds of drumstick can reduce potency of men. Ayurveda acharyas do not recommend this in conditions like erectile dysfunction and low sperm count and low sperm motility.

Kaphavataghnam : Drumstick seeds  alleviates vata and kapha. Hence oil prepared from these seeds is used in ayurvedic treatments for paralysis and nervine disorders.

Shiroarthihatam: Dried and finely powdered seeds of drumstick are very effective in headaches. They have to be inhaled during nasyakarma.

Caution:
1.    Never use roots and extracts of drumstick plant. This can cause paralysis and death.
2.    Drumstick plant parts should not be consumed during pregnancy as they may cause uterine contractions.
3.    Use of drumstick fruits and leaves are not advisable in lactating mothers.
4.    Persons suffering from kidney problems should not include drumstick in their diet.
5.    If you are using drumstick for the first time, eat in small quantities. Some people may develop severe allergic reactions after consuming fruit and leaves of this plant.
6.    Consult a qualified ayurvedic physician before using this plant’s parts as medicine.

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Most of the pains in body are generally caused by Vata dosha. One of two major reasons for vitiation of Vata is the diet and lifestyle which causes loss of dhatus. The Vata takes the space created by leaving dhatus..

Second reason is the traffic jam. When naturally moving  Vata encounters blockages caused by undigested ama and Kapha. This excites Vata and causes pains. This is similar to situation in which pus entrapped in the boil causes pain, which disappears when boil breaks. Both these forces are weakened by boiled water.

Mothers all over world know the efficacy of boiled water in Vatic disorders, joint pains, cold, cough, fever, disorders related to excretory systems, etc.

The `Deepana’ property of warm water causes expansion of strotas (microchannels) of digestive juices. The increased hunger as a result of increased flow of digestive juices causes proper digestion of food resulting into increase of dhatus. When these increased dhatus take their usual seats, Vata is driven away and pains reduce (this also explains why arthritis treatment sometimes contains rasayanas.) Of course, warm water as a medicine must be reduced and stopped when Agni has increased sufficiently and pains reduced.

-Dr.Shirish Bhate

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