Healthy Tips

(Published in April 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

A few time-tested practices can make your life healthy and happy.
1. Wake up early, and take some time for a short meditation or prayer.
2. Drink enough water. It helps in free passage of motion and urine.
3. Inculcate habit of passing urine and motion early in the morning. If it is not happening as a routine, it is a cause of concern. Inform your physician as it may indicate some potential illness.
4. Brush your teeth well to remove accumulated dirt with powder/paste having antiseptic properties, at least twice a day. Remember to clean tongue and gum as well. Use device without sharp edges. Gargling with saline water is also good.
5. Massage your body with suitable oil before taking bath. It helps in free movement of joints and muscles. It improves blood circulation, and makes skin soft, supple and shiny.
6. Physical exercise helps to improve vitality, increases blood circulation, builds stamina, and helps to develop natural resistance to diseases.
7. Take bath with clean and warm water
8. Eat balanced diet suitable to your body constitution.
9. Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
10. Avoid going to sleeping late in the night.
11. Bed and bedroom should be neat, clean, and free of dust and bugs.
12. Relax mind with prayer, music or meditation before going to bed.

As the world celebrate today as World Health Day under the patronage of the
World Health Organization with Universal Health Coverage as the theme for this
year, we wish everyone a very healthy and happy life

‘lokaa samastaa sukhino bhavantu’

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prameha (diabetes)

pramehaa vimsatistatra sleshmato dasa, pittatah
shat, chatvaaro/nilaat

There are 20 types of prameha (diabetes) based on its cause. Of that, 10 are due to Kapha imbalance, 6 are due to Pita imbalance, and 4 are due to Vaata imbalance,

Types of Sleep

tamobhavaa sleshmasamudbhavaa ca
manahsareerasramasambhavaa ca
aagantukee vyaadhyanuvartinee cha
raatrisvabhaavaprabhavaa ca nidraa

1. Because of Tamasa guna
2. Because of Kapha dosha
3. Due to physical or mental exhaustion
4. Unexpected or unnatural sleep
5. Because of illness
6. Natural sleep in the night

Types of ayurveda medicines

(Published in December 2017 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Plants and other substances of medicinal value are usually transformed to one form or other, for convenience of storage and use. Most of the traditional ayurvedic preparations are of these types, and it can typically be inferred from its name.

Some of common forms used in Ayurvedic medical practice are listed below.

1. Anjjana
It is made by adding a little water to fine powder of specific drugs/herbs. Typically used for applying in the eyes
Eg. Guladyanjana

2. Arishta
It is made by keeping drugs/herbs along with jaggery or honey in a pot for a period (30 days, 41 days etc.)
Eg. Dasamoolaarishta

3. Choorna (powder)
Choorna refers to powder form of medicine. It is, typically, made by powdering the dried drugs/herbs on the grinding slab or with pestle and mortar
Eg. Ashtachoorna

4. Avaleha
It is also called lehya or rasaayana. Avaleha refers to a form of medicine which is semi-solid. It is prepared by adding jaggery, kvaata etc to drugs/herbs

Eg. Chyavanapraasa

5. Bhasma
This is made from minerals, after removing impurities through a process called Sodhana. Thereafter, the drug/herb is converted to a state in which they can be absorbed in the body through a process called Maarana process.

Eg. Sankhabhasma

6. Lepa
It is a paste for external application. It is prepared by grinding drugs/herbs in oil, water, etc, and is made into a paste to be applied on a part of the body.

Eg. Mahaatiktalepa

7. Kvaata (Kashaaya)
It is essentially a decoction made using drugs. Drugs/herbs are made into small pieces and kept in a pot. Further, water is added and boiled on low flame till significantly reduced in volume. Proportion of water mixed and reduction level depends on the type of drug/herb involved. The liquid is allowed to cool and then strained to a clean vessel.

Eg. Mahaaraasnaadi Kvaata

8. Vati
It is also called Gulika, Gutika, Modaka, Vatikā, Vartika, Varti etc. It is prepared by mixing powdered drugs/herbs with water, kvaata, honey etc into a paste. Then it is changed to a pill by the hand

Eg. Yogarajaguggulu vatika