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Benefits of Lions Mane

Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus):

The white, round, mane like mushroom/fungi is one of the most popular mushrooms in today’s date, even more than Reishi and Chaga due to its ability to regenerate nerve and carrying high antioxidant levels. Lion’s mane is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Interestingly it is also known as “Monkey’s Head” mushroom. The long, white, dangling spines look like teeth rather than having a cap.

Other Names:  Yamabushitake (mountain priest mushroom), sheep’s head, bear’s head, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, and pom pom blanc.

Herbal Profile: Anti-anxiety, antibiotic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, immune stimulating and neuroprotective.

Location: China, Japan, Europe and North America.

Unique Compounds:  Two unique compounds found in Lion’s Mane are hericenones and erinacines which are small enough to easily cross the blood-brain barrier, which allows them to boost NGF level       in the brain.

Health Conditions: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, IBD, ulcer, post-surgery nerve repair. May also be used in bipolar disorder, dementia, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

Benefits:

  1. The most popular benefit of Lion’s mane is that it stimulates the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF – a protein that assists in regenerations of neurons).
  2. Lion’s Mane has also known to be effective reducing anxiety and depression.
  3. Lion’s Mane is also known to improve memory, enhance brain function, benefits the nervous system, improve cognition and focus.
  4. In a study it was shown that Lion’s Mane improved sleep, in menopausal women.
  5. By reducing oxidative stress and inflammation Lion’s Mane can boost the immune system.
  6. Lion’s Mane also have a cholesterol lowering effect which in turn improves heart health.
  7. The high antioxidant properties in Lion’s Mane can be cancer protective. Studies have shown that Lion’s Mane have impact on leukemia, liver, lung, breast, cervical, colon and gastric cancer.
  8. Lion’s Mane is also known to support the growth of gut-friendly good bacteria or probiotics, hence is beneficial for inflammatory bowel conditions. Also known to be useful in gastric ulcer due to its anti-bacterial effect on Helicobacter pylori(H. pylori) which is type of bacteria.
  9. Lion’s Mane extract has shown positive impact on skin wound for fast healing.
  10. Lion’s mane rebuilds myelin sheath(a protective coating surrounding nerve fibers) that is known to speed up communication between brain cells. Therefore, may be beneficial for “multiple sclerosis.”
  11. Lion’s Mane is also known to lower blood sugar levels and can be used for diabetes.
  12. Lion’s Mane provide cerebral nervous system support and can be used headaches, dizziness and memory loss after a head injury and concussion. 

 

Nutritional and Ayurvedic Treatment for Malabsorption

Malabsorption is faulty absorption of fat, protein, sugar (natural forms) and/or vitamins. Malabsorption occurs when there is a fault in absorbing nutrients through food from the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). There is a difficulty in both digestion and absorption of the nutrients. Malabsorption typically impacts growth, development, weight loss or other health conditions. Typically, significant loss of fat-soluble vitamins is seen in malabsorption.

What causes Malabsorption

  1. Poor diet/malnutrition
  2. Low stomach acid
  3. Excessive stomach acid/Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  4. Deficiency in enzyme production
  5. Food allergies & intolerances – usually protein in a food
  6. Autoimmune conditions
  7. Damage to the intestine – injury, infection, inflammation
  8. Stomach flu
  9. Prolonged use for antibiotics (creates imbalance in the healthy gut flora)
  10. Certain drugs such as, laxatives, mineral oils, tetracycline, colchicine, or cholestyramine, which may lead to harm the intestinal lining.
  11. Congenital
  12. Radiation and chemotherapy
  13. Alcohol abuse
  14. Excessive smoking
  15. Intestinal Surgery
  16. Stress
  17. Insomnia
  18. Excessive exercise

Signs and Symptoms of Malabsorption

  1. Sudden and/or unintentional weight loss despite eating a balanced diet
  2. Lethargy or fatigue
  3. Lack of focus, poor memory, and lack of mental clarify
  4. Digestive challenges include, diarrhea or constipation, bulky-fatty-mucus stools (that sticks to the toilet), excessive gas, bloating, abdominal distension, nausea-vomiting and cramping in the abdominal area.
  5. Growth failure in children

Common diseases linked to Malabsorption

Lactose intolerance (lack of lactase enzyme in the body), Celiac disease, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, SIBO, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic pancreatitis, liver disease, Whipple’s disease are often seen to be a reason for malabsorption.

There are also rare conditions such as, Schwachman-Diamond syndrome (a genetic disease affecting the pancreas and bone marrow), short bowel syndrome, and Biliary atresia (a blockage in the tubes (ducts) that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder) that can cause malabsorption. infectious diseases, parasites and toxins in food can also cause malabsorption.

Types of Malabsorption and their Impact on Health:

Fat Malabsorption:

When fats from food is not absorbed properly it passes through the small intestine to colon causing fatty, foul smelling, mucus high stools (steatorrhea). This will lead to malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as, Vitamin A, D, E and K. All symptoms of deficiencies of these vitamins will show up such as, dry skin or skin lesions, frequent infections, and growth delays in children.

Fat malabsorption can also result from a lack of bile from diseases of the gallbladder, surgical gallbladder removal, bile ducts or liver.

Protein Malabsorption:

Protein Malabsorption will cause dry hair, hair loss, edema/fluid retention, muscle wasting, muscle loss, poor strength and increase in injury risks.

Carbohydrate-Sugar Malabsorption:

Lack of enzymes such as, lactase can cause milk intolerance. Lack of healthy gut flora (probiotics) can also lead to malabsorption of carbohydrate. In people with fructose malabsorption, the cells of the intestine cannot absorb fructose normally, leading to bloating, diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, and stomach pain.

Bile Salt Malabsorption (BAM):

Bile is a liquid substance that the liver produces to aid in food (fat) digestion. The body usually releases bile at the correct amount based on the food is ingested. However, sometimes the body may produce excessive bile which then goes to the small intestine and then passing on to the colon. This results in watery bowel movements, urgency etc. which many may lead to incontinence.  

Vitamin and Mineral Malabsorption:

Fat soluble vitamin deficiency can be due to fat malabsorption. This will lead to night blindness (vitamin A deficiency), weak bones and bone pain (vitamin D deficiency), Bleeding gums and nosebleeds (vitamin K deficiency) and paleness, weakness and dizziness (vitamin deficiency anemia).

Calcium, magnesium, and iron malabsorption can be a result of low stomach acid and medication.

B12 Malabsorption:

Diphyllobothrium latum infestation and Juvenile pernicious anemia can cause B12 malabsorption. Sore, red tongue is a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Protocol for Healing Malabsorption:

For individual protocol you can book me for a consultation. I can design step by step custom plan according to your age, health and life condition to repair your malabsorption.

Ayurvedic Steps to Manage Malabsorption

A protocol to heal malabsorption needs to be maintained for 6 weeks.

DIET

  1. Improve “Agni” by eating ginger tea or ginger capsules. Or add apple cider vinegar in water first thing in the morning.
  2. Meal plan to eat foods rich in fiber, vitamins-minerals, and healthy fats. Remove inflammatory foods.
  3. Do not combine incompatible foods. Check my ebook Eat Right for your Body Type.
  4. Remove liquids such as caffeine, alcohol, juices and high sugar fruits and starchy vegetables.
  5. Remove toxic foods – hydrogenated oil, pop, cookies, baked goods, fried foods, sweets, packaged foods that contain harmful preservative, artificial sweetener, color etc.
  6. Remove Dairy products to reduce mucus.
  7. Add probiotic rich foods or supplements (speak with an Herbalist or Nutritionist for the right supplement).
  8. Add good fats such as, flax oil, evening primrose oil, nuts, seeds and avocado in the diet.
  9. Add hingvastak churna in your diet. See recipe on my blog,
  10. For weakness, fatigue and/or lethargy add Triphala in the diet.
  11. For parasites or infections add Trikatu in the diet.
  12. Reduce amounts of grains and increase fiber rich carbohydrate.

LISESTYLE:

  1. Eat meals in regular hours.
  2. Have 3 main meals without any snacking.
  3. Drink herbal tea that increases absorption. Such as, cumin, fennel, chamomile and peppermint.
  4. Power walk for 15-20 minutes a day.
  5. Pranayama or breathing exercise helps to improve digestion and reduce anxiety.
  6. Drink warm water in between meals, instead of cold water.
  7. Prefer bitter, sour and pungent tasting foods avoid sweet, salt and astringent until gut repair is complete.

 

If you have been diagnosed with IBS, IBD, Celiac, SIBO or Crohn’s disease it would be recommended to seek professional help who can prepare an individualized diet chart and supplement chart for you that includes herbs and protein to reduce malabsorption.

Please share you own experience with us. Have you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above?

Reference:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6416733/#:~:text=Dietary%20therapy%20includes%20a%20high,and%20probably%20should%20be%20prescribed.
  2. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-is-bile-acid-malabsorption

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Benefits of Chaga Mushroom

Ayurveda may treat it as a “tamasic” food but benefits written below will speak for itself. It is considered as an all-in-one kind of a remedy in chaga mushroom. And it’s important to understand that it could take about three weeks of daily use to establish its benefits.

Chaga Mushroom

Chaga has the highest antioxidant content of almost any plant or fungi on earth. With its robust concentration of nutrients, it has been popularly used in Russia and Eastern Europe, Japan and North America as a folk medicine. Chaga has over 200 phyto-nutrients, essential vitamins and minerals that protect our DNA.

Nutrient Profile:

Chaga mushrooms contains natural prebiotic fibers, sterols, amino acids, alpha glucans, Vitamin D, B-complex vitamins including Biotin (hair and beauty) and minerals such as selenium which provides additional immune support. 

Benefits:

  1. Recent research shows that Chaga can restore the body’s defense mechanism against inflammation and fortify the immune system.
  2. Chaga contains higher levels of antioxidants compared to blueberries and acai. Antioxidants identified are – glutathione, ergothioneine, polyphenols, flavonoids and superoxide dismutase.
  3. Chaga reduces the body’s oxidative stress that is caused by free radicals due to it high antioxidant levels.
  4. Chaga protects the liver from any serious damage.
  5. Change is also an anti-aging mushroom.
  6. Change also keeps the blood pressure in check along with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  7. Chaga stabilizes blood sugar.
  8. Chaga has shown topromote the formation of cytokines — the proteins that regulate the immune system by stimulating the body’s white blood cells.
  9. Due to its antioxidant content as well as melanin and a hispidin analogue, chaga mushrooms may help to even pigment and reduce the signs of aging.
  10. Chaga mushrooms – may strengthen hair and nails.

Chaga mushroom may have benefits but it also has side effects.

  • Chaga mushrooms contains oxalate which is a chemical which can damage the kidneys when taken in high doses for a very long time.
  • There isn’t any enough reliable data to know if chaga is safe to use when pregnant or even during breast-feeding. So, always stay on the safe side and avoid use.
  • Chaga might increase the risk of bleeding and might also affect blood sugar control during and after surgery, therefore, it is advised to stop using chaga at least 2 weeks before a scheduling surgery.
  • Because of the above reason, don’t use chaga if you have a bleeding disorder.

 

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Kalmegh – Green Chirayta – King of Bitter Herb in Ayurvedic Medicine

In my journey as an Ayurvedic practitioner and then as an Herbalist, Andrographis came up many times as one of the strongest bitters. In 2019, when I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh – there was an outbreak of Dengue fever. I ensured I had Andrographis with me. In Bangladesh, Andrographis is known as Kalmegh or the Black Cloud. Local vendors also call it Green Chirata. It is widely used in Ayurveda, TCM and Thai herbal medicine.

Kalmegh – Green Chirayta – King of Bitter Herb in Ayurvedic Medicine

Since Andrographis is a very powerful herb, therefore, it is utmost important to speak with your ND or Herbalist before taking the herb, especially if you are taking any medication.

I thought I share the Ayurvedic Profile and the benefits of Andrographis in this month’s blog.

Profile of Herb

Botanical Name: Andrographis Paniculata

Ayurvedic Name: Bhunimba (Neem of the Earth)

English: The Creat

Bangla: Kalmegh (Black Cloud)

Dosha’s: PK-, V+

Taste (Rasa): Bitter

Qualities (Guna): Dry, light

Potency (Virya): Cooling

Post Digestion (Vipaka): Pungent

Tissues (Dhatu): Plasma, Blood, Muscle and Fat

Systems: Digestive and circulatory

Parts Used: Leaf and Root. Herbalists can use the whole plant to make infusion or tincture.

Preparation: tea/infusion, decoction, tincture, fresh leaf juice, dried powder in capsule or tablets.

Dosage: for adults, make tea with 2-3 grams of dried leaf or a few fresh leaves to make 15-30 ml tea. However, therapeutic dosages must be taken after discussed with a Herbalist. Dosage for capsules should be on the bottle. Fresh leaf juice 5-10 ml in enough per day.

Medicine System: Andrographis is widely used in Ayurveda and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is also used in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysian medicine.

Caution: Cannot be used during pregnancy and lactation. In excess Andrographis can cause anorexia, emesis and digestive discomfort.

Constituents: Andrographolide, diterpenoid lactone

Actions: Alterative, anti-bacterial, anticancer, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-periodic, antipyretic, anti viral, bitter, cardiac tonic, cholagogue, diuretic, depurative, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatoprotective, immune-stimulant, stomachic and soporific.

Contraindication: Do not take Andrographis if you are on chemotherapy drugs, blood pressure lowering drugs, anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs. Studies also has shown adverse effect if taken with Aminophylline/Bronchodilators, CYP450 and UGT 2B7 substrate drugs.

 

Benefits of Kalmegh or Andrographis

Immune System: A powerful immunostimulant herb that is used individually or in formulas, to protect from viral and bacterial conditions. It enhances the production of white blood cells, specifically NK cells and T helper cells. Its anti-pyretic and anti viral properties make it useful in malaria or any kind of fever. The herb has been studied for its impact on HIV and cancer. Other diseases Andrographis is used in are, mouth ulcers, herpes zoster etc.

Respiratory System: Andrographis is commonly used in traditional medicine for cold, influenza and upper respiratory infections such as flu, bronchitis. It is a common remedy for headaches cause by cold and flu, tonsil inflammation etc. Depending on the condition, Andrographis, either by itself or in combination with other herbs, can reduce duration and severity and recovery tine for cold, flu and fever. Symptoms such as, coughing, sinus congestion, runny nose, sore throat, high fever has shown to improve when given Andrographis. A compound in Andrographis called, andrographolide may help protect lungs from damage during infection. Andrographolide is known for its anti viral actions. It inhibits some aspects of viral replication and the virus’s ability to use their protein to enter human cells.

Liver & Spleen Protective: In Ayurvedic Medicine, Andrographis is used to eliminate “Ama” or “Toxins”. This King of Bitters improves liver functions, increases bile flow and used in many liver and spleen related conditions such as, fatty liver, jaundice. As a cholagogue it stimulates bile flow and relieves constipation that is due to liver/gallbladder stagnation.

Skin Health: Andrographis can purify blood and improve liver function which leads to better skin health. Andrographis has been used In Herbal Medicine or Ayurveda for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo.

Digestive Health: In Ayurveda the concept of “agni” is extremely important and known to be the gatekeeper of health and vitality. The “Jathara-Agni” is the controller of the digestion and assimilation of food. Andrographis impacts the Jathar Agni by stimulating appetite, relieving flatulence, bloating and by alleviating “Ama” that cause IBS or IBD. Kalmegh also is used in dysentery, ulcerative colitis etc. Andrographis can expel parasites and worms that cause digestive havoc in the body. Since Kalmegh is known to improve fat metabolism (impact Meda Dhatu) as it assists with eliminating excess weight in Kapha’s. In TCM Andrographis is used to treat “leaky gut” syndrome, which if not healed on time, may cause stress on the immune system.

Lymphatic & Urinary System: Andrographis is also known to reduce lymphatic congestion, edema and have a positive impact on the Mutra Vaha Srota (Urinary Tract System).

Reproductive Health: Depending on dosage and duration it has been studied as a male birth control herb.

Hormonal Health: As a bitter tonic, kalmegh has great influence on the pancreas and insulin. Therefore, it has a positive impact on people with diabetes.

Inflammatory Disease: Andrographis improves the anti-inflammatory response. This herb is used for ulcerative colitis and arthritis.

Bone and Joint Health: Andrographis promotes joint health by reducing swelling and pain in the joints and prevents cartilage damage. It also reduces joint stiffness, joint flexibility, and weakness.

In fold medicine, Andrographis was also used as an antidote for snake bite.

 

Andrographis combined with Melatonin:

A combined treatment with melatonin and andrographis promotes autophagy and anticancer activity in colorectal cancer. 

Although Andrographis is a wonderful herb, its best to use it as per the recommendation that comes from your ND or Herbalist. When you drink as tea or tincture, swish around your month and then swallow.

If you have had an personal experience or success story with Andrographis please share with us in the comment section.

If you have any questions with regards to Andrographis you can also write us on the comment section.

 

Reference:

  1. https://ca.iherb.com/blog/andrographis/1496
  2. Singh Khalsa, Karta Purkh and Tierra, Michael, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, Aug 14, 2018
  3. Dass, Vishu, Ayurvedic Herbology. Lotus Press. 2013
  4. Pole, Sebastian, Ayurvedic Medicine. Singing Dragon
  5. Elliotsone, Susan, Advanced Herbal Medicine, Course Materials.
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35089340/#:~:text=in%20colorectal%20cancer-,A%20combined%20treatment%20with%20melatonin%20and%20andrographis%20promotes%20autophagy%20and,Carcinogenesis.

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Best Ayurvedic Remedies and Practices for Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism:

In these days in the United States Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine illness. About 20 millions of people are facing thyroid disorder in America.

But what exactly is hypothyroidism, and how can it be treated?

In Hypothyroidism the thyroid gland may not produce the enough hormones. This leads to fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair, constipation, depression and lethargy.

Hypothyroidism is most common in women after menopause or in older people who have lost their natural source of thyroid hormone. In some cases, it can be caused by an autoimmune disorder or cancerous tumors growing on the gland itself.

Main Cause of Hypothyroidism:

The exact cause of hypothyroidism isn’t known yet, but it may be caused by a genetic predisposition or other factors like stress or diet.

According to Ayurveda, Hypothyroidism can be caused by several factors like excessive heat in the body, toxic metals like lead or mercury in the body etc.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Ø  Exhaustion or lack of energy
  • Ø  Gaining weight or difficulty in losing weight
  • Ø  Muscle weakness or lack of coordination
  • Ø  Dry skin, brittle hair and brittle nails
  • Ø  Difficulty concentrating and remembering thing
  • Ø  Depression or anxiety

Can Hypothyroidism be cured by Ayurveda?

Yes, it is somehow possible to treat Hypothyroidism with ayurvedic medicines and practices. There are many natural remedies for hypothyroidism and they have been used in India for centuries. These remedies help to increase the functioning of the thyroid gland and improve its health condition. Some of these natural remedies are mentioned below:

Ayurvedic Remedies for Hypothyroidism:

Here are few of the best Ayurvedic Remedies for Hypothyroidism

  1. Ø  Get some vitamin D: Many Ayurvedic practitioners recommend getting some vitamin D along with your treatment for hypothyroidism. Vitamin D is considered vigorous for appropriate functioning of the thyroid gland. It can get naturally by exposing skin to sunlight on an empty stomach. But, if you are living in northern climate, it might be hard to get an adequate amount of sunlight during winter. In this case, you can take a supplement or eat fortified foods such as milk and cereal that have been fortified with vitamin D.
  2. Ø  Eat cooked greens: It’s important that you eat cooked greens on a daily basis while following an Ayurvedic treatment plan for hypothyroidism. Cooked greens contain high amounts of minerals including vitamins A and C, folate, iron and calcium which can help in correcting this disease. They also contain trace minerals like selenium, zinc and magnesium.
  3. Ø  Panchakarma: Panchakarma is one of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments for hypothyroidism because it helps cleanse your system from all toxins that affect your thyroid gland and metabolism and improve digestion by increasing its efficiency and supply more energy to working muscles. It also helps in improving blood circulation around the body so that more oxygen gets into the cells and nutrients get absorbed easily by them. This treatment is considered as one of the best alternatives to surgery if your condition doesn’t improve after trying other treatments.
  4. Ø  Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a great natural medicine for the treatment of hypothyroidism. It has anti-oxidant properties that help in fighting free radicals, which are the main cause of damage to cells and tissues in your body. It helps in reinforcement the immune system, refining digestion, and detoxifying the body. Apple cider vinegar can be taken as a supplement or can be drink with the meals.
  5. Ø  Tulsi: This is a good herb for people to use. It is also called the Holy Basil and has been used for centuries in different parts of the world especially in India. Tulsi is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various symptoms such as hypothyroidism, low libido and high cholesterol levels. It contains a lot of antioxidants which help in improving your immune system and also helps in removing toxins from your body. This herb can be taken as supplement in capsule form or you can make Tulsi tea at home.
  6. Ø  Kanchnar Guggulu: It has the potential of antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it really effect for Hypothyroidism. It is an amazing ayurvedic formulation that helps greatly in maintaining the secretion of thyroid hormones.
  7. Ø  Iodized Salt: Our body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. That’s why an iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But, fortunately, deficiency is easy to prevent. Just add a dash of iodized salt to your main means and that should help you meet your requirements.

Ayurvedic Practices for Hypothyroidism:

Here are few of the best Ayurvedic Practices for Hypothyroidism:

  1. Ø  Diet and Lifestyle Changes: You need to change your diet completely for about three months so that your body gets rid of all toxins present in it. You should eat only pure foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains which help in balancing your hormones. Avoid oily food as it may lead to weight gain and other disorders like heart problems and diabetes mellitus. Avoid consuming processed foods as they contain preservatives which can slow down metabolism and make you gain weight rapidly.
  2. Ø  Cut back on sugar: Sugar is one of the main reasons behind hypothyroidism. So try to make it sure that you cut down on sugar as much as possible. Also avoid foods like white bread, pastries, cakes etc. cutting back on sugar is one of the best practices for Hypothyroidism.
  3. Ø  Yoga and Pranayama: Yoga is considered as to improve all health aspects as well as the mental health. It helps in improving blood circulation and oxygen supply which is essential for proper functioning of your brain cells (neurotransmitters). Pranayama is also very useful in improving your overall health by helping to rid you from stress and anxiety. As the stress and anxiety may the cause of Hypothyroidism so yoga helps to some extent to cure the Hypothyroidism.

Understand what is Pranayama is and How to Perform Pranayama

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Fruit Tree Leaves:

For centuries, fruit tree leaves have been used in traditional medicine to treat various diseases including diabetes, cancer, rheumatism and hypertension. Fruit tree leaves are great sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds that have been used for centuries to treat a variety of deceases. While these claims were originally met with skepticism they are increasingly being backed by scientific exploration into their antioxidant and vitamin properties.

For example, the bark of the wild fig tree has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic to strengthen the liver and kidneys while also improving blood circulation.

Some of the leaves and their benefits are as follow:

  • Papaya Leaf:

    This one magical fruit that we can use all of its part as remedy – is most valuable in disease prevention. We can use the leaf, the gum/milk from raw papaya, raw papaya, ripened papaya, seeds and the skin. Here we will be focusing on just the leaf.

    Dosha: VK

    Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent and slightly pungent.

    Energetics (Virya): mild heating

    Attribute (Guna): Dry and light

    Post Digestive (Vipaka): Pungent

 

How to Consume Papaya Leaf?

There are three ways to consume Papaya Leaf – fresh leaf juice, dried/fresh leaf tea, or in capsules. Drinking 60-80 ml as tea form in a day is good. Always confirm dosage with your local Herbalist. In North American apothecary’s I have seen Herbalists make tinctures from the papaya leaf.

The juice has been found to treat symptoms related to dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Juice of one to two leaves is good.

Papaya leaf is used to improves digestion, stimulates appetite, reduces inflammation, improves blood sugar (Diabetes support), promotes skin health (reduces acne and opens clogged pores) and hair health (dandruff & hair fall) health. Traditionally papaya leaf has been used to assist people with gastric ulcers, heartburn, cholesterol, cirrhosis cancer and HPV. Additionally, papaya leaf reduces menstrual cramps and the symptoms of PCOS.

Papaya leaves contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, and B vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, beta-carotene, and fatty acids. It also contains a natural plant chemical called Carpain that is known to reduce parasites in the body and impact the central nervous system.

Papaya also seems to have antibacterial, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-stimulating effects.

During my visit to Bangladesh, I have seen wide use of papaya leaf juice  for dengue fever to prevent blood loss and reduced platelet counts.

How to drink

Bring water to boil and add 1 teaspoon of the dried leaf in the water. Simmer till it’s reduced to about half the quantity. Let cool, strain to discard the leaves, and consume like tea.


Try this delicious and wholesome Green Papaya and Moong Dal Curry by me.

Papaya leaf has unique compounds that established pharmacological potential in test-tube and studies about animal. They contain the properties of minerals and antioxidants. They also contain vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. The leaves are also used to treat various health conditions such as indigestion, vomiting, dysentery etc.

  • Guava Leave: Guava leaves are used in Ayurvedic medicine. Guava leaves are also known to have a cooling effect on the body. The leaf is considered an aphrodisiac and is used to treat impotence, infertility and other sexual disorders. Guava leaves are also used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus.

Additionally, guava leaf extract has been thought as helpful to lower the pressure of blood in body, a drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol, and a rise in “good” HDL. Since high level of LDL cholesterol as well as high blood pressure is considered dangerous for heart conditions and stroke, taking guava leaf extract could lead to precious benefits.

  • Olive Leaf: Olive leaf is a natural remedy for many health conditions, including weight loss. These leaves have been used as an herbal tea to help with the symptoms of asthma, diarrhea and upset stomach. Olive leaf also has mild laxative properties, so it can be used as an alternative treatment for constipation.

Olive Leaf Extract is antibiotic that is helpful to fight against infections caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses (including colds). The main compound in olive leaf extract live oil phenols has been shown to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella and E.

 

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  • Fig Leaf: The fig leaves are the most common and well-known leaves that are being used in traditional medicine from a long period of time. It is cultivating in many countries, like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Spain.

Fig leaves are often used to treat fevers as they contain tannins that lower body temperature when applied externally. They are also believed to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the activity of enzymes which cause inflammation or swelling. They are also considered valuable for the treatment of diarrhea because they help to decrease water content from stools.

  • Avocado Leaf: Avocados are known to be high in antioxidants, but avocado leaves have indeed advanced concentrations than the fruit. Avocado leaves have an emulsion called quercetin that removes free radicals from your body. Free radicals are the product of naturally- being degeneration in our bodies as a result of oxygenation.

In addition the avocado leaf also contains high levels of vitamin C, and it’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium and iron. According to researches, the avocado leaves have the properties of anti-inflammatory.

This salad won’t disappoint you and guess what? It is super easy to make: Sprouts, Baby Kale and Avocado Salad Recipe

  • Sidr Leaf: Sidr is one of the most cultivating trees in the area of Arab. It’s fruits and leaves contain numerous minerals, mariners and vitamins necessary. Sidr leaves are an outstanding source of vitamin C and antioxidants, both vital for our bodies. These properties help prevent aging and keep you looking young.

They can be used in salads, soups and stir-frys. For example, a warm soup made from sidr leaves is perfect for a cold winter day. When you picked your leaves make it sure to wash them before making a meal out of them. Powder of sider leaves are consider ideal for washing your hair naturally. The sidr leaves support the hair roots and offer a healthy and vibrant appearance.

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This is my personal creation that I created for my parents, then my friends, extended family as well as my clients. 

 

All-natural pain relief formula for tired, achy muscle, tendons and headaches. Contains Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils. A nourishing and strengthening ointment with analgesic qualities, it is used to soothe sore muscles and tendons, flexible joints as well as support an active lifestyle. Apply under your feet and effected area.

Conclusion:

We expect that we have provided you much needed awareness about many healthy and medicinal benefits of fruit tree leaves, including their properties. While this traditional knowledge is increasingly backed by scientific research, it’s important to remember that these are still early days in the field of botanical medicine. It would be a best approach to consult with a qualified medical practitioner or herbalist before attempting any treatments by you at home. That said if you’re looking for new ways to boost your health naturally then experimenting with different fruit tree leaves could certainly be an option worth exploring.

Written By: Syeda Saira

 

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Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout

Uric acid is a heterocyclic emulsion of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen. It’s a waste product of protein metabolism produced by the body from purines, which are present in all cells of the body and in numerous foods. Uric acid is excluded by being excreted in urine when it passes through the feathers.

High uric acid known as hyperuicemia occurs when kidneys don’t exclude uric acid efficiently that beget gout. Substantially, the cause of elevated uric acid situations is diet contains too important purine similar as red meat, organ meat, seafood etc.

Gout:

Gout called gouty arthritis occurs in about 20 of people with hyperuricemia. Gout can affect joints in body, but flares first appear in large toe. Bases, ankles, knees, and elbows are also common spots of gout.

Gout attacks occur suddenly, frequently at night. The attacks peak in intensity in about 12-14 hours. Undressed attacks of gout generally subside within two weeks.

 Symptoms of gout:

Following are the main symptoms you should look out for:

  • severe pain in joints
  • common stiffness
  • difficulty moving affected joints
  • redness and swelling
  • Monstrous joints

The pain is excruciating. It can be intermittent and come and go. It can be delicate to walk without pain and putting weight on bases at times. Cases may feel heaviness when walk or stand for long ages of time.

Gout stay:

An acute gout attack will generally reach its peak 12-24 hours after onset, and also will sluggishly begin to resolve indeed without treatment. Full recovery from a gout attack takes 7-14 days.

A Rejuvenating and Anti-Aging Tonic for Gout

One of the best known Ayurvedic Tonics – known as the Elixir of Life is Chyawanprash. According to Ayurveda, Chyawanprash comes under the category of ‘Rasayana’ which aims at maintaining youthfulness, vigor, vitality of the body and keeping away aging process.

Read more about it in this article: 20 Benefits of Chyawanprash

Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout:

High uric acid can treat with natural herbs. Ayurveda treats the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. So it can reduce uric acid levels and also keep them from rising again. Ayurvedic herbs have no side effects because they are natural herbs.

There are a number of Ayurvedic treatments for gout similar as

  • Triphala means “three fruits.” it’s an herbal treatment that consists of three fruits, videlicet bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. It’s an anti-inflammatory, so it reduces the inflammation associated with gout.
  • Giloy is a generally used herb. Juice extract from the stem of giloy is largely effective for treatment of gout as it helps to neutralize the increased uric acid level in the body.
  • Neem is used to reduce inflammation and soothe gout flare-ups. It can be made into paste and applied to the affected area by gout. Neem also comes in oil and capsule form.
  • Bitter gourd is recommended Ayurvedic treatment of gout. Still, there’s no scientific substantiation that suggests that bitter gourd can reduce uric acid level or treat gout.

Check this Bitter Gourd Stir Fry or Karela Bhaji Recipe

  • Cherries and dark berries in diet reduce the level of uric acid. Eating at least 10 cherries per day reduced the circumstance of gout flare-ups by 35.
  • Turmeric generally used as spice. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to have a number of benefits. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, is an effective treatment for gout. Turmeric is fairly safe to add in curries, mists, and more. It’s frequently consumed in haldi doodh, also known as golden milk.

Get my Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Golden Gem which is a detailed e-book on turmeric’s health benefits (with over 100 studies), Ayurvedic information, usage, 70 recipes, DIY healing recipes, supplement guide, and more. A great health resource and cookbook!

  • Ginger most generally used herb in Ayurveda, gusto has a number of benefits. Ginger is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions especially for gout. Ginger can fluently be added to diet. Check out my Ginger & Turmeric Pickle Recipe.

Keep in mind, fasting may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions such as chronic kidney disease, gout, and high uric acid.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

Written By: Syeda Saira

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Metabolism

In every living organism in this world, there is a chemical reaction happening which is known as Metabolism. We use this term to describe every chemical reaction happening in the body’s cells that helps in breaking down food into energy. Every living thing desperately needs this energy to survive. It controls the physical phenomenon as well, which includes:

  • Helps in blood circulation
  • Proper breathing
  • Aids in controlling body temperature

Through our wonderful workings of metabolism, life is sustained in this world.

Few people have a fast metabolism, and it can make you lose weight faster than people who have a slower metabolism. For a healthy life, it is crucial to have a healthy metabolism which helps in giving the energy to fight off diseases and ensure a peaceful life.

Ayurvedic ways to improve your metabolism

In Ayurveda, we happen to see various ways that hold the power to greatly helps in improving our metabolism. Some of the best are mentioned below:

  • Start the day with a lukewarm glass of water or with a warm cup of herbal tea: This helps in removing toxins from your system and improving your digestive system.
  • Use your body temperature as a guide: this means eating hot food when you’re cold and cooling food when you’re hot such as coconut milk.
  • Don’t skip any meals: In Ayurveda, skipping even a single meal is not an option. Make sure to eat wholesome food on time, and in the right portions
  • Use spices like Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a sweet oriental herb that is great for your digestive fire and helps in revving up the metabolism. You can either consume Cinnamon through tea or while eating a meal that is high on carbohydrates.
  • Drink a glass of cumin water daily
  • Use black pepper: Pepper is said to consist of piperine that aids in improving our metabolism. You can add it to your tomato juice and drink it up which will give your body the ability to burn calories faster.
  • Sleep and Metabolism: Having a sound sleep at night does have an impact on having a fast metabolism. Sleeping for too long or having disruptions while sleeping can be a cause of weight gain. Studies show that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night have the tendency to eat more (especially carbohydrates) because they have reduced leptin levels. People who sleep less do not have the energy to exercise which will lead to weight gain. 7-8 hours of sleep is considered adequate.
  • Meditate to reduce stress and anxiety: Dedicating some time in a day to yourself even for 5 minutes can helps in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn greatly improve one’s metabolism.
  • Water and Kapha Dosha: Staying hydrated is a key to a healthy metabolism. Most of us lose 3 – 4 liters of water through urination, sweat, breathing, and bowel movement. Those who exercise also lose a lot of water as well as those who consume dry foods (chips, cookies, bread, etc.). Kapha dosha imbalances happen due to overeating, eating dry foods, high salt foods, and poor water metabolism. The body becomes more dehydrated and struggles with enzymatic activity. 1-2 liters of warm water per day is ideal for Kapha dosha. Sip water throughout the day to keep the body hydrated all day long.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

There are also some recipes on my website that promotes healthy weight loss. Such as Mung Dal SoupAyurvedic Protein BallsMakhana recipeHomemade Curry Paste, and Almond Milk Recipe

Written By: Syeda Saira

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Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness
Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Introduction of Yoga Asana

Asana is a term which came from Sanskrit meaning ‘seat’ which is known to have a meaning as “sitting in a comfortable place” therefore we can say it means “pose” or “posture” which we use while we are meditating. Asana is performed by people as it helps benefit the health, mind, body, and soul. Just like poses, Asana is simply a physical pose you do with your body. So it is a means to practice yoga.

 

Learn more:

What is Ayu-Yog? How to combine Ayurveda and Yoga for Health and Well Being

 

Causes of Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Many people experience back and shoulder stiffness, also known as neck and shoulder pain, or discomfort at least once in their lifetime. It may be due to working for hours long or due to insufficient sleep, but as long as this pain is not continuous, there’s no need to worry.

But if you have been feeling this discomfort for a while now, these may be the causes behind your back and shoulder stiffness:

  • Sitting in a hunched position while using your computer too much
  • Overuse of poor posture
  • Sleeping in an awkward or wrong position
  • Carrying a bag over the shoulder for a long period of time

These are mostly the causes majority of the time. But it could be something serious as genetic, or from injury. In that case, consult the doctor asap.

Symptoms of Back and Shoulder Stiffness

I have written a few of the major symptoms of neck and shoulder pain/stiffness down below, you may have already have noticed some of them:

  • When trying to turn the head to the side, you feel soreness
  • Difficulty in moving the head or even moving the arm properly

Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Yoga asana or yoga poses is one of the best methods that can greatly help relieve pain and keep you pain-free in your back and shoulder. Apart from this, have plenty of rest, hot and cold compressions to fasten the healing process.

  • Neck Rolls

Make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable place. Rest your hands on your knees and sit upright while relaxing your shoulders. Gently roll your head to the left or right sides. While doing so, roll your head back and repeat the opposite side.

 

  • Cross Body Shoulder Stretch

Again, sit in a comfortable position with your back straight, and gently pull your arm across your body until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold this for like 3 breaths, then release and repeat the process with the other shoulder. Super easy to do and very effective.

 

  • Warrior Pose

Have a standing position, bring one foot forward and another back, and then slowly lean into your front foot while bending that knee. During this, slowly lift both your arms and spread out your entire wingspan – one hand facing your front foot and the other towards your back. Hold this yoga asana for 30 seconds and then repeat it with another foot.

 

If you are in Canada or USA – you can order from Conscious Health shop the pain relief ointment that I have made. You can check out product details, availability, price, and reviews here.

This is my personal creation that I created for my parents, then my friends, extended family as well as my clients. 

All-natural pain relief formula for tired, achy muscles, tendons, and headaches. Contains Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils. A nourishing and strengthening ointment with analgesic qualities, it is used to soothe sore muscles and tendons, flexible joints as well as support an active lifestyle. Apply under your feet and affected area.

Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with:

Simple backache – sprains, arthritis, strains, bruises, cramps, and headaches.

Written by: Syeda Saira

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Since this Valentine’s Day is approaching, you may be coming up with gifts ideas, or date night ideas and maybe browsing about it. The best thing to do at the moment is to read everything written in this post, as we have written down about Herbal Aphrodisiac which greatly helps to make this valentine’s day special.

Herbal Aphrodisiac for Valentines Day

In Ayurveda, herbal aphrodisiacs have the benefits of helping the body, and mind to relax and also greatly help in arousing your senses. Herbal aphrodisiac goes way back in centuries and it has made its way into many cultures across the world all because of their potent abilities.

It is true that every one of us responds differently but it’s through trying out things that we find what we prefer.

Read: Ayurvedic Herbs and Pranayama for Respiratory Health

Let us break it down into two categories according to genders

– Female Herbs

  1. Shatavari

This spice is highly beneficial for reproductive system health for women. It helps in supporting immunity but also greatly promotes the production of breast milk.

  1. Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed is an herb that has been used for centuries around the world especially in China to treat symptoms like fatigue, pain, etc. It helps in increasing blood flow. Its leaves are used to make medicine.

  1. Vitex – Nilguri (check the Ayurvedic name)

During the menstrual cycle, herbs like vitex greatly help in establishing the normal balance of progesterone and estrogen which in turn ease breast pain.

  1. Moringa

Moringa is an herbal plant that typically grows in continents like Africa and Asia. It is best used as a remedy for health conditions like Diabetes. The best part is that it can be easily and cheaply grown. A few other names it is called by are miracle tree or the drumstick tree.

  1. Cacao

Cacao contains aphrodisiac qualities. It is bitter in taste but very beneficial. It is said that Cacao decreases the chances of cardiovascular disease.

– Male Herbs

  1. Ashwagadha

Ashwagandha is a herb best for males that is said to offer numerous health benefits which include treating stress and anxiety, improving mood, inflammation, blood sugar, and much more.

  1. Shilajit

Shilajit is usually found in the rocks of the Himalayas and is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine. It leaves a positive effect on your overall health and wellness.

  1. Gokshura

Diseases like urinary tract disorders, kidney diseases, and erectile dysfunction are treated by Gokshura. It helps in treating UTIs as well.

  1. Safed Museli

Safed Museli is a very rare herb and is usually used for obesity, erectile dysfunction (ED), and also for athletic performance.

  1. Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen is believed to have anti-aging properties that have been long used in traditional medicine and also used to treat many health conditions. Pine Pollen also boosts testosterone.

Spices for both Genders

Of course, there are spices that go for both genders. They are mentioned following below:

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is best for both females and males as it’s a source of manganese, a mineral essential that helps in boosting sperm production, and it is known as a natural aphrodisiac. It is also commonly used in infertility treatment.

  1. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is another best aphrodisiac that imitates the effect of serotonin. Its sharp aroma and spicy taste of nutmeg give your body a calming effect.

  1. Saffron

Saffron is an expensive and also well-known aphrodisiac that has been used since ancient times as a natural aphrodisiac.

Read: Top 10 Brain-Boosting Ayurvedic Herbs for Memory & Nervous System

Hope you understand Herbal Aphrodisiac that I listed for both genders in detail.

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