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  1. Dry skin leads to wrinkles and makes a person look aged. Dry skin can be kept soft and smooth by increasing moisture level of skin. Air conditioned rooms, sun, harsh soaps worsen the condition. Face packs for dry skin 1. Take ripe papaya and scoop its pulp. Mash it well and mix with honey, milk and rose water. Apply this mask and wash it off after an hour. 2. Mash a ripe banana and mix it with rose water. Apply this pack and wash it off with water after 1 hour. 3. Take few almonds and soak it over night. Mix it well with little milk and apply this pack. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Few dos and donts for dry skin 1. Take steam to face before applying face pack. 2. Always wash off face packs with warm water. 3. Avoid air conditioned rooms and refrigerated foods and drinks. 4. Drink plenty of water, fresh fruit juice and vegetables. 5. Do not take long showers
  2. Vajikaranamanvichhet satatam vishayee puman | Tushtihi pushtirapatyam cha gunavattatra samshritam | Apatyasantaanakaram yatsadhyaha sampraharshanam || Vaajeevatibalo yena yaatyaapratihatoanganaha | Bhavatyatipriyaha sthreenam yena yenopachiyate | Tadvaajikaranam taddi dehasyaujaskaram param || According to ayurveda texts - men who are very active in sex are at a greater risk of losing energy and nutrients. Loss of energy and nutrients may lead to erectile dysfunction, low libido and poor semen quality and quantity. (Low sperm count and motility). These men need preparations which can replenish the lost nutrients. Such preparations which increase hardness, duration of hard erection, libido, sexual energy and semen of excellent quality are called vajikarana preparations. The treatment method is called as “vajikarana therapy”. “Vajikarana Therapy” increases sexual energy and strength like a horse. The person who undergoes vajikarana therapy becomes dearer to women as he performs like a strong horse. His energy never gets reduced even with repeated sexual acts. He will be able to produce healthy sperms which will help in procreation of healthy offspring. Vajikarana therapy also boosts general health and strength.
  3. The testes are two glandular organs, which produce sperms and semen. They are suspended in the scrotum by the spermatic cords. Testes are suspended outside the abdominal cavity in the scrotum because the internal body temperature is too high for the sperms to survive. The normal temperature in the scrotum is 2-3°F below normal body temperature. Prolonged or repeated exposure to heat damages sperm count and sperm motility. In all quality of semen gets affected due to heat. According to ayurveda the constitution of testes is explained as " Maamsa asruk kapha medaha prasaadaadwavrushanaha" which means The two testes are made up of muscles, blood , fat and their derivatives .Kapha is dominant dosha of testes. Kapha dosha helps in production of healthy sperms with good motility. Increased heat reduces kapha . Reduction in kapha affects the production of healthy sperms. Because of this, it has been advised by Ayurveda acharyas to avoid exposure of testes to heat. It has been recommended to wear cold loose cloth over groin and testes during steam bath and wash testes with cold water after a long hot water bath. This process help to protect the dominant dosha (kapha) of testes and help in normal production of sperms. For this reason stay away from wearing tight briefs, tight pants and avoid hot tubs and saunas to improve sperm count and sperm motility.
  4. Honey face pack: Apply two tea spoons of honey all over face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash this off with cold water. This increases glow and fairness of skin.
  5. Black musli (Curculigo orchioides) is a herb that belongs to the family Hypoxidaceae. It is a native of temperate regions such as Chota-Nagapur plateau and Deccan plateau in India. The medicinal properties of this herb are elucidated in several texts of ayurveda. It is also a major ingredient of several medicinal preparations in the Unani system of medicine. The ancient inhabitants of China were well aware of the medicinal properties of Black Musli and extensively used it in herbal preparations. The rhizome of this plant is utilized extensively for medicinal purposes. Ayurveda describes the medicinal properties of black musli as follows: Mushali madhuraa vrishyaa veeryoshna brimhanee guruhu Tiktaa rasaayanee hanthi gudajanya anilam tatha || According to Ayurveda , Black Musli is bitter-sweet to taste with a peculiarly sweet after-taste that remains even after digestion. The tuber is heavy to digest and has the property of ‘stickiness’ (snighdha, picchila). Owing to these properties, Black Musli increases kapha and reduces vata and pitta.. The Ayurveda preparations of this herb are used in the treatment of several health conditions. The major uses can be classified as follows:- In Respiratory Problems : Black Musli is used along with other herbs to treat bronchitis, chronic cough and asthma. In Digestive Problems: Black Musli is effective in the treatment of hepatitis. It rejuvenates the liver and normalizes its function. It acts as a good appetite- stimulant and stabilizes digestion. The preparations of this herb are useful in treating piles and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In Reproductive Problems: Ayurveda also elaborates upon this herb’s aphrodisiac properties. Black Musli preparations are widely used in treating erectile dysfunction, low libido, low sperm count and low sperm motility. Ayurvedic texts immensely praise its properties of enhancing quality and quantity of semen. In Urinary problems: Black Musli acts as diuretic and boosts the resistance of urinary system against infections. In Skin Problems: The tuber of Black Musli is ground into paste and applied externally as an effective cure for several skin diseases. In addition to such specific medicinal uses, Black Musli is also used as a general systemic health enhancer (rasayana). It strengthens the body and boosts immunity levels. Contemporary research has resulted in the discovery of new medicinal properties of Black Musli. The most noteworthy of these are: • It is effective in prevention of post menopausal osteoporosis. • It is a very good anti-oxidant. • Its rhizomes have antibacterial properties. In the light of the above facts, it is evident that the Black Musli is a herb that must be protected and preserved for medicinal use. But it is also a fact that this precious herb is facing imminent threat of extinction due to over-grazing by livestock and unsustainable rates of exploitation by over-zealous pharmacists. Thus, the need of the hour is comprehensive training and education in sustainable means of farming and preserving this priceless gem of the plant kingdom.
  6. Skin problems caused due to increased Medho dhatu (obesity) Obesity causes harmonal imbalance. Imbalanced harmones cause dark patches(acanthosis nigricans) on neck and skin folds.Skin stretches due to increased body fat. This leads to stretch marks.Over weight causes vericose veins and ulcers which take a very long time to heal.Due to obesity moisture get trapped in skin folds. This becomes a habitat for microbes and thus leads to bacterial or fungal infection. Corns will develop in foot due to over weight.Diets which cause obesity also cause acne and pimples. Oily foods and sugar leads to excess secretion of sebum and formation of acne.Imbalanced harmones also cause oily skin.
  7. Safed Musali or Shweta musali (Asperagus Adscendens) Uses of musali: • Its very effective in diseases which arise due to vitiation of vata and pitta . • Ayurvedic texts commend this herb as “Shukrala”, which means the herb which increases quality and quantity of semen. • It is recommended for men who suffer from low sperm count and low sperm motility. • This plant is widely used in preparations to rectify impotence and erectile dysfunction. • As it has cooling properties, it is widely used in urinary tract infections . • The preparations of musali strengthen the body and increase body weight.
  8. How can we say that a person's skin is beautiful and healthy ? Ayurveda explains the looks of a person, who has healthy and beautiful skin, as follows: "Tatra snigdha slakshna mridu prasann sukumara gambheera loma saprabhevacha twakvarnanam. Saa saaratha sukha sowbhagya aiswarya buddhi vidya aarogya aishwarya pra harshani ayushtwamcha aachashtey" The skin is soft and looks shiny with a coat of oil- The skin will be not too oily or not too dry skin The hairs on skin are soft, delicate and sparsly distributed - The hairs on body are almost invisible The skin will have smooth texture and soft to touch - The skin is even toned without any marks, scars, acne or pimples The skin is attractive with a glow - It will not be dull or dead skin. The skin will be without wrinkles A person who has a skin with above mentioned qualities is called as "twak sara purusha". Such persons always enjoy comforts, wealth and live in luxury.They are intelligent, educated and healthy and enjoy long life with immense sexual energy.
  9. Ayurveda description of Dhatus ( the tissues which help in nourishing body) There are several definitions for dhatu in ayurveda. Few of them are given below. "Shareera dharanathdhatawaha" - The tissues which nourish the body and support it are called as dhatus. "Poshanadharanayoho" - Those which nourish the successive tissue and support it. "Dadhati datteya vaa shareera manaha praanaan" - these tissues nourish and support the body, mind and life Dhatus are "Shakti yukta dravyas". i.e they supply nutrients to other vital tissues and keep the body healthy. They nourish and support the successive tissues. There are seven dhatus Rasa - Lymph rakta - blood Maamsa- Muscles medas - Fat or adipose tissue asthi - Bone majja - Bone marrow sukra - Semen, sex harmones Pancha maha bhutas in dhatus Rasa (lymph) - Jala + Rakta (blood) - jala + Agni ++ Maamsa (muscle) - Pruthvi ++ Jala Medas (fat) - Jala +++, Pruthvi + Asthi(bone) - Pruthvi ++ , aakasha+ Majja (marrow) - Jala +++ pruthvi + Sukra (semen) - Jala ++ Pruthvi +
  10. Mix 2 spoons of lemon juice and 2 spoons of rose water and apply it on places where acne errupt. Wash it off after 45 mnutes. Eat raw radish, carrot and cucmbers daily. Drink plenty of water. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1/2 spoon lemon juice and two te spoons of honey.This detoxifies body and prevents acne. Cook oatmeal and apply on face for fifteen minutes, then wash. Apply apple sedar vinegar on face to cleanse the skin. Boil tulasi leaves in 1/4 cup of water and dip 2-3 tea bags. Apply this to face with a cotton ball. Boil lettuce leaves in water and wash your face with this water. Mix cooked oat meal, curd and apply it on face. Apply a face pack of sandal wood powder, neem and fuller earth.
  11. Ayurveda explains causes for genital herpes (HSV -2) out breaks as follows 1. Increase intake of spicy, salty, sour foods and foods which irritate digestive system. 2. Consumption of curd, yogurt or liquid portion of curd, 3. Intake of beverages which contain alcohol. 4. Usage of cheese, sesame, bengal gram, horse gram, sesame oil, mustard oil, pasteries . 5. Increased consumption of Non vegetarian food leads to increased severity of genital herpes symptoms. 6. Garlic 7. Consuming opposit foods. 8. Sleeping in day time. Consuming food frequently without allowing digestion of previous meal. 9. Trauma or injury to skin 10.Increased exposure to extreme weather conditions can increase genital herpes out breaks. The above mentioned causes increase the chances of genital hepes out breaks. Hence avoiding these causes help to increase the gap between two consecutive out breaks.
  12. Myth 1 - Blow drying increases hair volume Real fact - The high heat from blow drying damages hair shaft. The hair becomes dry and brittle. The hair should be allowed to dry naturally and hairstyles can be made when the hair is partially dry.This increases hair volume. Myth 2 - As age advanaces the color treatment should be stronger. Real fact- As age advances the hair growth slows down.The hair shaft becomes thin as age advances. Hence any treatment for ageing hair or grey hair should be mild and has to be finished in little time. The chemical should not be allowed to stay on hair for a long time. Myth 3 - Dandruff does not cause hairloss Real fact - A fungus called malazzesia globosa causes Dandruff.It is found floating in air. This fungus causes scaling of scalp skin and hairloss.
  13. 1. Dandruff is a known cause of hair loss. Applying sour curd as a pack to scalp and hair , once in a week prevents formation of dandruff. 2. Mix moong dal (green gram) powder with curd and massage it to scalp and brush it on hair. Wash it off after 1 hour. This helps to prevent hair loss and dandruff. It also helps to increase hair growth. 3. Dry orange peel in summer and powder it. Mix this powder with little curds massage it on face and neck. This acts as an excellent cleanser and cleanses clogged pores thus preventing acne and pimples. 4. Curds when mixed with sugar acts as an excellent body coolant and instant energizer. It also quenches thirst. 5. A mixture of besan (gram flour) is an excellent pack to rejuvenate facial skin and body skin.
  14. Butter milk is known as “Takra” in ayurveda. Its properties and medicinal qualities are described in as follows. Takram laghu kashayaamlam deepanam kaphavaatajit || Showphodaraarshowgrahanidoshamootragrahaaruchee | Pleehagulmaghritavyaapadgarpaanduvaamayaan jayeth || Butter milk does not cause heaviness when consumed. Hence it is known to have the quality “laghu”. It gets digested quickly and easily. Butter milk is usually sour in taste and acts as an astringent. (Due to this property butter milk helps in reducing pores caused by acne and pimples. It reduces hyper motility of intestines during diarrhea and IBS. This property also helps to shrink hemorrhoids).Aggravated kapha and vata are mitigated by buttermilk. It is the best appetizer. According to ayurveda it reduces bloating of stomach, eases symptoms of hemorrhoids, soothes intestines in IBS and helps in indigestion. It also reduces effects of poison and is very useful in treating anemia. Butter milk detoxifies body and cleanses the intestines, relieves constipation and helps to replenish intestinal flora. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vit B12. How to prepare butter milk: Thick curd should be whipped to separate butter. The liquid portion which remains after separating butter is called as butter milk or “takra”. When this butter milk is mixed with water , it is called as “sajala takra”. If the buttermilk is used without adding water, it is called as “nirjala takra”. How to make a Tasty drink out of buttermilk: Mix ½ glass of butter milk to ½ glass of water. Churn it well. Add a pinch of salt, ½ tea spoon ginger juice and squeeze ½ lime to it. Garnish with coriander leaves. This quenches thirst, reduces nausea and vomiting. Home remedies using buttermilk: 1. Mix a pinch of salt, ½ tea spoon ginger juice and crushed cumin seeds to a glass of butter milk. This relieves acidity, constipation and symptoms of piles. 2. Add a pinch of salt, a tea spoon of sugar to a glass of butter milk diluted with water. This acts as a very good rehydrating formula in diarrhea and dehydration. It supplies energy instantaneously and reduces frequency of stools. 3. It is a healthy drink for people who suffer from obesity, piles and inflammed colon or ibs. 4. Massage a mixture of butter milk and salt on pores caused by acne and pimples. Then wash it off with warm water and rinse once again with cold water. This helps to reduce the pores. 5. Regular consumption of butter milk strengthens the digestive system and keeps it free from infections.
  15. Medicinal properties of sesame oil - as described in ayurveda Sesame oil brings aggravated vata to normal condition. When it is infused with various herbs, it almost cures all diseases. Sesame oil increases hair growth and enhances volume of hair and its shine. It strengthens the hair roots, kills lice and prevents formation of dandruff. It heals the boils of scalp caused by infections and prevents hair loss. Regular use of sesame oil, infused with hair friendly herbs prevents itching of scalp. Massaging sesame oil on body has immense benefits. It rejuvenates body skin and increases its glow and fairness. It strengthens and tones the muscles and ligaments. Sesame oil massage is very beneficial in body pain, insomnia and dry skin. Sesame oil should not be used in diseases in which pitta and rakta (blood) are vitiated.
  16. 1. Always wear warm clothes which are made of wool, silk and cotton.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:" /><o:p></o:p> 2. When you are wearing clothes in layers wear cotton clothes next to your skin as they do not cause skin allergy. Moreover they absorb sweat. Where as synthetic clothes fail to do so. Unabsorbed sweat harbors microorganisms which cause skin infections.<o:p></o:p> 3. Avoid long hot showers and bath.<o:p></o:p> 4. Quick three minutes bath is advisable.<o:p></o:p> 5. Twenty to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week can give your skin a healthy glow<o:p></o:p> 6. Avoid repeated washing of face. This washes off natural oils from your skin and makes the skin dry, scaly and wrinkled. Use Luke warm water instead of hot water to wash face.<o:p></o:p> 7. Use an indoor humidifier to place moisture in the air.<o:p></o:p>
  17. 1. Select a correct chair, with a relatively straight back and good lower back support. If the chair doesn't offer lower back support, keep a rolled up towel or cushion to support the back. 2. Correctly position the chair, keyboard, and monitor. Feet should be on the floor, with knees at hip level; forearms should form a right angle with upper arms; and the computer terminal should be at eye level. 3. Adopt a relaxed, upright working posture and allow the chair to support. 4. Avoid slouching forward or leaning back too far. 5. When you are at work stand up, walk around, stretch forward, backward, and side to side once in 30 minutes. 6. Increased stress and strain enhances the chances of back pain. Hence remember to relax! Yoga and meditation are best techniques to relax 7. Eat healthy food which is rich in fiber. Avoid sweets, oil, soft drinks and overeating to reduce the chances of weight gain. 8. Sex should be avoided during acute stage of back pain as it exaggerates the condition.
  18. Consume 1 teaspoon of thriphala powder with a spoon of honey and wash it down with a glass of warm water at night and in morning . This regularly detoxifies body and normalises body elements
  19. Are your reports normal ? You can scan and send the reports to drsavithasuri@gmail.com. There are very effective treatments in ayurveda to increase the fertility of men and women .Continue Baba Ramdev's medicines till you get a perfect solution
  20. I agree with Dr.Venugopal. There are very effective herbs which rejuvenate liver and give new life to such patients. We have treated many of such cases.
  21. Cracked heels are one of the most common beauty problems caused by drying of skin. The desire to wear attractive foot wear will remain just that with cracked heels. Cracked heels are also referred to as heel fissures. When these fissures are deep they may bleed and become painful. Some times they may also get infected. Ayurveda classifies cracked heels under “kshudra rogas” (common diseases without much complecations) and explains the causes and remedies for cracked heels. Cracks or fissures usually appear on outer edges of heels when the skin on these parts is dry and thick. What causes cracked heels? According to ayurveda the cracked heel is caused by vitiation of Vata. Due to vitiation of vata the skin becomes dry, rough and fissured.Walking bare foot for long distances vitiates vata causing cracked heels.Dry and cold weather increases vata in body and may cause cracks on the heels. The same weather conditions worsen the already present cracks or fissures on heels. Usually the process of sweating keeps our skin moist and soft. Absence of or inactive sweat glands cause dryness of skin. Vitiated vata dries up sweat glands. People who have dry skin tend to develop cracked heels easily. Continued pressure on feet causes cracking of skin on heels. This may be due to prolonged standing or over weight. Thin soled shoes, Open backed shoes, heel spurs, Surgery of lower extremities, flat feet, high arched feet and diseases like psoriasis, eczema etc also cause fissured heels. Self care for cracked heels Avoid thin soled shoes or footwear and open backed shoes. Use pumice stone bars to remove thick, dead skin of heels. Apply medicated herbal balm which keeps the skin of heels soft and closes fissures. Liberal application of herbal moisturizing lotion keeps your feet soft and attractive. The skin of feet lacks oil glands. Hence apply herbal moisturizing lotion before going to bed and put on cotton socks. This tip helps to maintain the softness of skin of heels. Reduce body weight and do not stand for a long time. Never cut hard edges of fissures with blade, scissors or razor. Diabetic patients should immediately consult their physician if the fissures persist for a long time and show color changes. A regular foot bath and foot massage helps to keep the skin on heals healthy and soft.
  22. It is known to everyone that cigarette smoking is harmful and addictive. But very few know the risks of cigarette addiction. Smoking inflicts body with many irreversible damages and reduces the human life span by 25 years. Effects of Smoking on Body: Heart : Smoking is the biggest risk factor for all heart diseases. It accelerates the process of fat deposition in the inner walls of arteries (atherosclerosis). It increases blood pressure and heart rate. Not only these, smoking increases tendency for the blood to clot. It reduces the capacity of a person to exercise. (Exercises always keep heart healthy). Lungs : Smoking destroys small hairs present in upper parts of airways. In normal persons these hairs protect lungs from germs, dust and other harmful particles. When this natural cleaning system is damaged germs, dust, smoke and other harmful chemicals enter lungs causing infection, cough and lung cancer. The air sacs of lungs (alveoli) get permanently damaged causing difficulty in breathing. Digestive system: Smoking causes heart burn ,delays healing of peptic ulcers, increases risk of crohn’s disease and formation of gall stones. It affects liver and increases chances of stomach cancer. Legs: Smoking affects blood vessels of legs causing chronic pain in legs. This may further progress to cause gangrene of toes or feet. Eyes: The sensitive blood vessels of eye are easily damaged by smoking. This causes blood shot appearance of eyes and itching. In heavy smokers it may lead to degeneration and loss of eyesight. Smokers are at an increased risk of cataracts. Skin : Due to smoking the skin is deprived of oxygen and it loses its texture. An average smoker looks 5 years older than his healthy non smoking counterparts. The skin loses its healthy glow and takes on a yellowish-gray cast. The more cigarettes smoked, the worse skin will look. Wrinkles start appearing very quickly as smoking affects elastic tissues of skin. Bones: It accelerates the process of osteoporosis Cancer: Smoking causes cancer of lungs, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus and bladder. Tobacco smoke contains more than 60 substances which cause cancer. 87% lung cancer death occurs due to smoking. Reproductive system: Smoking reduces fertility in both men and women. In women: Smoking imbalances estrogen hormone in women. It causes dryness of vagina and reduces blood flow to genital organs. Women who smoke can get diseases of fallopian tubes and their egg production is affected. Smoking can cause abortion. It accelerates aging process and can cause early menopause. The growth of baby retards when mother smokes in pregnancy. It affects the brain development of baby and reduces IQ. This happens even when mother is a passive smoker. The chances of miscarriage, premature birth and fetal death increase. In men: Smoking impairs erections and can become a reason for erectile dysfunction. It also reduces sperm count and impairs sperm motility. But these are reversed after stopping smoking. Hence quit smoking. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones
  23. Preventing Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy through Ayurveda Definition: Benign prostatic hypertrophy is swelling of Prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is only present in men. It is located just below the bladder and top of the penis. This gland surrounds the urethra ( the tube through which urine flows from the bladder and out through the penis ). It is a very astonishing fact to know that the condition BPH has been explained in ayurveda long back. The anatomical position of prostate gland, symptoms of BPH and its remedies are explained by Acharya Sushruta. The anatomical position of prostate gland is described in ayurvedic classics as follows In Yogaratnakara it has been described as -- “ NAABHERADHASTHAATSANJAATAHA SANCHAARI YADI VAACHALAHA | ASHTEELAAVAD GHANO GRANTHIROODHWAR MAAYATA UNNATAHA || “ Which means “ Below umbilicus (NAABHI), there is a hard gland which is little bit bulged and changes its place some times and some times stays stationary. This gland is like “Ashteela” (A small stone used to sharpen swords). This gland when affected by vitiated vata causes a disease called “vataashteela” (or benign prostate hypertrophy) Sushruta explains the structure , anatomical position of prostate gland and symptoms of BPH as follows. “SHACRANMAARGASYA BASTHESHCHA VAAYURANTARAMAASHRITAHAI ASHTEELAAVADGHANAM GRANTHIMMOORDHVAMAAYATA MUNNATAM|| “ Which means - the place between rectum and bladder is occupied by vitiated vata it affects the easy flow of urine, stools and semen by enlarging the gland “ Ashteela”. The prostate gland enlarges in all men as age advances. BPH is very common and affects one third of men who are over 50. A person suffering from BPH does not have the increased risk of prostate cancer. Functions of Prostate gland One of the main functions of the prostate is to produce a fluid, which contribute to the liquid portion of semen and this liquid allows the sperm to move freely. The gland is divided into peripheral, transitional and central zone. The overgrowth takes place in central zone which leads to BPH. Effects of BPH Prostate gland surrounds urethra. When prostate gland enlarges, it constricts the urethra reducing the urine flow. The emptying of bladder becomes very difficult because of this. Causes of BPH According to present medical concepts The actual cause of prostate enlargement is unknown. But the causes of BPH are very well explained In ayurveda which is based on tridosha theory. The causes of vataashteela or BPH are explained as follows Causes for vataashteela according to dosha theory: vataashteela is caused by vitiated vayu and apaana vayu ( a subcategory of Vayu) ( APAANA VAYU is located in two testicles, urinary bladder, phallus, umbilicus, thighs, groins, anus and colon. Functions of apana vaayu are Ejaculation of semen, voiding of urine, stools, elimination of menstrual blood and expulsion of fetus. ) . The vitiation of vayu and apaana vayu is caused by 1. Controlling the urge of urination 2. Controlling the urge of defecation 3. Over indulgence in sex. 4. Consuming dry, very cold and less quantity of food 5. Old age 6. General weakness 7. Indigestion 8. Physical and mental overexertion. Symptoms of BPH • Difficulty in starting to pass urine ( hesitancy ), • A weak stream of urine, • Dribbling after urinating • The need to strain to pass urine, • Incomplete emptying of bladder. • Difficulty to control the urination urge. • Having to get up several times in the night to pass urine, • Feeling a burning sensation when passing urine. • Passing urine mixed with blood (indication of infection) Symptoms of vatashteela are described as follows. “ VINMUTRAANILA SANGASCHA TANNAADMAANAMCHA JAAYATE| VEDANAA CHA PARAA BASTOU VAATAASHTEELETI TAAM VIDUHU || “ The vitiated ashteela gland when enlarged is called as “vatashteela”. This enlarged gland causes 1. Obstruction to easy flow of urine. 2. Obstruction to Easy passage of stools and gas 3. Bloating of Stomach. 4. Pain in bladder. When the above mentioned symptoms are noticed then one should seek proper medical advice. Diagnosis A digital rectal examination will be performed to examine the size of prostate by inserting a finger into the rectum. A distended bladder can be felt per abdomen. Ultra sound examination will be done to determine the amount of urine left in the bladder after urination. Routine urine test will be done to rule out infections. A prostate gland tissue may be collected using a needle to check for cancerous cells Ayurveda tips for SELF-CARE If symptoms are mild, the following methods can be tried for relief: 1. Vata gets vitiated when natural urges are controlled. Hence do not control the natural urge of passing urine. Urinate when you first get the urge. 2. Go to the bathroom even if you do not have urge. 3. Alcohol, tobacco, coffee increase vata and vitiate it. Hence avoid alcohol, tobacco and coffee, especially after dinner. 4. Vata gets normalized and vitiation comes down when body is warm. This can be accomplished with regular exercises and keeping the body warm. 5. Mental exertion leads to increase of vata. Avoid mental exertion at work place and at home. 6. Avoid foods which cause constipation as constipation causes vitiation of vata.. Other general tips 1. Avoid drinking fluids from two hours before going to bed. 2. Avoid cold and cough medications that contain decongestants or antihistamines. These medications can increase BPH symptoms. 3. Avoid drinking excess amount of liquids. Distribute the intake of fluids throughout day. Prevention BPH can be prevented by - 1. Consuming low fat diet 2. Including lots of fiber in diet ( fruits and vegetables which are rich in fiber). 3. Visiting your family physician as soon as you notice any symptoms while passing urine. Apart from these many effective herbal remedies have been mentioned in Sushruta samhita and Yogaratnakara.
  24. Dry skin looks dull and life less due to lack of moisture. Well hydrated skin glows and exhibits a healthy look. Wrinkles develop at an early age due to prolonged dryness of skin. Dry, rough and wrinkled skin gives an aged appearance. Dry and cracked skin harbor microbes and cause fungal infections. Excess drying of skin leads to dry eczema. Hence a proper care should be taken to increase the moisture level of skin and prevent drying. Soft, smooth and wrinkle free skin gives young and healthy look.. Causes of dry skin: Our skin is soft and smooth because of oil glands found under our skin. The skin becomes dry when these glands fail to supply sufficient lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth. 1. The cold and dry weather of winter takes its own toll on the skin. The cold, dry weather of winter brings about drying of skin making it scaly. Lack of sufficient humidity out doors also leads to dry skin. Indoor heating further removes the traces of moisture and aggravates dryness of skin. Thus in winter the skin becomes extremely dry. 2.Dry skin condition may occur due to genetic factors. 3. Dry skin condition may arise from nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet. 4. Unhealthy practices like exposure to extreme weather conditions, bathing for long time in very hot water, using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and harsh cosmetics. 5. The skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, as we grow old. The extreme climatic conditions to which we get exposed, as we grow old worsen the condition and skin becomes more dry. 6. Few underlying diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea may also lead to dry skin. 7. Dry skin may arise as an effect of medications like diuretics, antihistamines and anti spasmodics. What ayurveda says about dry skin ? According to texts of ayurveda dry skin is caused by vata dosha. When vata dosha increases in body it reduces kapha and makes skin dry and wrinkled. ( Kapha keeps skin soft and smooth where as vata makes the skin dry and rough. Vata dosha's qualities are opposite to kaphadosha qualities ). The causes which increase vata dosha in body 1.Exposure to cold and dry climate 2.Controlling natural urges like urination, defecation, hunger, thirst, etc. 3.Staying awake at unearthly hours ( late night). 4.Irregular food habits. 5.Excess physical and mental exertion. 6.Consumption of spicy, dry, bitter food. Here are the natural tips to take care of dry skin 1.Do not use hot water to cleanse dry skin. 2.Use a soft cotton cloth and pat dry your skin. Do not rub the skin with harsh, rough textured towels. 3.Instead of washing with water use a clean sprayer to moisten your skin. Use mineral water instead of tap water for spray. 4.Lightly pat dry the skin. 5.Avoid using harsh soaps and face washes as they remove natural oil that protects your skin. 6.Pamper your skin by massaging with moisturizer. Moisturizer increases the moisture of upper layer of skin and makes it soft and smooth. 7.Regularly massage your body with herbal oil. Herbal oil softens and sooth the dry skin and help to trap the moisture between skin pores. 8.Apply a thin layer of coconut oil before finishing the bath and pat dry the skin 9.Avoid alcohol-based cleansers. 10.Consume a balanced diet which includes foods from all groups like vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, cereals, milk and milk products. 11.Include yellow and orange vegetables like carrot which have rich anti oxidants. 12.Avoid junk food like chips, deep fried food etc Ayurveda tips for dry skin condition. 1.Keep yourself warm in dry cold climates. 2.Massage whole body with body massage oil which is infused with vata balancing herbs. 3.Do not sit near fire place. 4.Avoid stale, over fried, dry food. 5.Always consume fresh warm food with little fat like ghee or olive oil. 6.Include sour and salty food in diet. 7.Sweet juicy fruits are recommended. 8.Drink 7-9 glasses of warm water everyday. (Do not drink cold water as it increases vata) Home remedies for dry skin 1.Mix egg yolk, rose water lime juice, olive oil and orange juice (1 tea spoon each) thoroughly. Apply a smooth mixture of this ingredient on your face in morning and wash it off after 20 minutes 2.A face mask of honey, egg, olive oil and rose water works very well for dry skin. 3.Liberally apply gentle herbal moisturizer all over your body. 4.Massage your body with herbal oil infused with vata balancing herbs, twice in a week. 5.Increase the moisture level of skin by applying natural herbal gel which is rich in aloevera and essential oils. 6.Consume herbal tea which contains vata balancing herbs regularly. This article is copy righted. The author Dr.SavithaSuri is an Ayurvedic Physician and web master of ayurhelp.com.
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