Ayur Shield is a collaborative effort of all entities in Ayurveda to enhance immunity and improve overall health. Improved immunity is the greatest weapon to fight contagious diseases. The Ayur Shield service is facilitated through thousands of Ayurveda Immunity Clinics across Kerala.
ആയുര് ഷീൽഡ് ആയുർവേദരംഗത്തെ എല്ലാ മേഖലകളുടേയും ഒരു സംയോജിത പരിശ്രമമാണ്. രോഗപ്രതിരോധശേഷി വർദ്ധിപ്പിക്കുകയും ആരോഗ്യം മെച്ചപ്പെടുത്തുകയുമാണ് ഇതിന്റെ ലക്ഷ്യം. മികച്ച രോഗപ്രതിരോധശേഷിയാണ് സാംക്രമികരോഗങ്ങൾക്ക് എതിരെയുള്ള ഏറ്റവും ശക്തമായ ആയുധം. കേരളത്തിലുടനീളമുള്ള ആയുർവേദ ഇമ്മ്യൂണിറ്റി ക്ലിനിക്കുകളിലൂടെ ആയുര് ഷീൽഡ് സേവനം ലഭ്യമാണ്.
There are some conditions that are quite a nuisance. Mouth Ulcers are one among them. It keeps tempting you to poke it with your tongue. The more you poke it, further delayed the healing process is. The you forget about it and one fine day it vanishes. Well, there are some types of ulcers that keep on recurring or is awfully delayed in healing. What exactly are these mouth ulcers? What are its types? How can you prevent it and how can you manage it? This article explains it all! (Malayalam)
Have you ever wondered what is the ayurvedic view on cataract? Is it the same ‘timira’ that we have heard so often? This article deals with the ayurvedic perspective of cataract, its causes and preventive as well as curative aspects. (Malayalam)
Chloroquine gained the limelight as it was propagated as the drug of choice against the impending COVID 19 infection by the USA. This article details the history of the drug, how it evolved and how it influenced colonization and the fate of many empires. Read the article by Dr Jyotsna Nair to know more.
The term ‘Vaidya’ is definitely one of the most misunderstood usage in today's world. In fact it can be attributed to some famous vaidya who made a mockery of the usage. Does the usage simply mean a Doctor or does it mean much more? On this day of Doctors Day being celebrated all over, Dr Sreedarshan writes more about who is eligible to be termed as Vaidya.
A person undergoes rigorous training and endures an ordeal to qualify as a Vaidya- An Ayurveda Doctor. Such is the importance of human lives. But quackery is a disease that is not only tormenting this glorious medical system, but also is a potential threat to every one of us. As a beneficiary of Ayurveda, you too can play a pivotal role in eradicating this plague that has afflicted Ayurveda. This article helps you in testing your physician to see if that person is genuine or not
Lifestyle diseases are undoubtedly the biggest threat of the modern era. Obesity is the first among all the milestones in the long pathophysiology of all lifestyle diseases. Obviously, people are concerned about this health issue. Besides the health threat posed by obesity, it is a massive concern due to the cosmetic background of the condition. There is so much confusion regarding the treatment of obesity. Dr Sarika Vipin writes more about the need for individualised approach of an obese individual. (Malayalam)
We all use earbuds very often. Many times we use anything that comes handy to clean the ear wax. But is this a healthy habit to do? If not so, then what can we do to clean our ears? All these are explained very well in this article. (Malayalam)
Hair has always been considered as a measurement of beauty in males and females. But there are several problems that affect our hair in the present era. Ranging from split hairs to dandruff and hair loss, hair problems are manifold. This article explains the dandruff and its remedies in detail. (Malayalam)
If a viable female vomits, the Indian Film Industry confirms the diagnosis as Pregnancy. Now, depending on the marital status of the character, the movie plot can either turn into a festive song or a tragic scene. But this article is exclusively about what exactly are the causes, what all are the things to be taken care of and how well vomiting during pregnancy, be it simple vomiting or hyperemesis gravidarum, can be managed in Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
Peptic ulcer is a very common presentation in OPD affliciting more than 1 million people every year in our country. Clinical features of peptic ulcer vary according to its site. Dr Tony Thomas details clinical features of peptic ulcer and its remedies from an Ayurvedic perspective. The article also clarifies regarding the common notion of ulcer evolving into cancer.
"Brahma recollected Ayurveda and passed this knowledge to Daksha Prajaapati. Daksha then gave it to the Ashvini Kumaras. Indra learned Ayurveda from them. Eventually it was from Indra that the Sages learned it and started practicing for the welfare of Humanity." This is the evolution story as mentioned in the Classical Textbooks of Ayurveda. This article is a thought exercise to decode this mythology and bring out a hidden meaning in this evolution story..
Migraine is one of the commonest causes of headache. It inflicts more than 10 million people in India every year. The disease is so much linked with lifestyle, food habits and mental stress of the individual. Ayurveda is found to be very effective in managing migraine. Dr Praveen writes more about migraine and its Ayurveda management.
Here is a common scenario: "Go to a nearby laboratory..get the blood tested..compare the reference values..find out that the thyroid levels are low..start medication..continue the same lifestyle." How can this be the way to manage a lifestyle disease? The way of Ayurveda starts at the very cause of the condition. To understand how Ayurveda works in Hypothyroidism, first we need to see hypothyroidism through the eyes of Ayurveda. This is exactly what this Article does. And, as a bonus, it even covers some basic early management of hypothyroidism as well. (Malayalam)
The contemporary and globally recognized Yoga Sastra or the science of Yoga is misunderstood and only Asanas or Body positions are being marketed in its commercial version. It is a science lot more than just physical exercises. The Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Prathyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. The Yama and Niyama are the Do's and Don'ts that we need to apply in our day to day life which has prime importance in the present pandemic situation. Let us have a brief overview of the Science that is Yoga..(Malayalam)
Eyes accentuates Beauty. But it has a reverse effect too. All beauty of a face is lost if . When there are dark circles around the eyes, they look dark, tired, sunken and lifeless. Along with that dark circles may also mean that there is a greater attention that you need to give to your overall health. This article explores the causes behind dark circles and the simple Ayurveda solutions for it..(Malayalam)
Indian Mint is known as panikoorkka in Malayalam. From the very name, it is evident that this herb is quite beneficial for fever. But most often, panikoorkka is considered as a therapeutic herb. But this simple recipe explores the culinary side of panikoorkka. Do check it out and make one..
To date, the world is still looking for a viable solution for the COVID 19 crisis. Scientists the world over are desperately trying to find a cure. It was when Hydroxychloroquine- an anti-malarial drug, was suggested as a remedy for COVID 19, that the Government of India sought the possibility of the Ayurveda alternative to this drug, the AYUSH-64, for being a good choice. Introduced in the early 1980s, AYUSH-64 is yet to get sufficient backing of research data. However, the Government of India has given a go signal for initiating clinical trials and application of this Ayurveda anti-malarial medicine towards the management of COVID 19. So, what exactly is AYUSH-64? What all are its ingredients? So far, what are the studies telling about it? ..Read on..to find out..
It is after potty training and stopping the use of diapers that the problem of bed-wetting slowly comes to the parents' attention. The first few months are spent in hope that it would stop on its own one day. Most often it does. For many some slight adjustments of their water intake, toileting and sleep timing does the trick..but if it persists, then it soon turns into a nightmare, both for the parents and the child as well. Ayurveda has a very systematic yet simple approach to bed-wetting. Read about it in this article..
What is the purpose of life? To pass on the knowledge acquired to the next generation. Some are coded into our genes, some are written down or uploaded into the 'cloud'. Some become proverbs- the old sayings that codify wisdom of the bygone generations. Some proverbs are so deep that many universities have dedicated departments for the study of Proverbs. In this article, the author does a brief intro to some of the most common proverbs that breathe the very foundational principles of Ayurveda. Let us try and search for more and interpret them so that the knowledge hidden in them can actually aid in our wellbeing and better understanding of us and our surroundings..(Malayalam)
It is a our nature to undervalue people or things that appear to be doing nothing. We also tend to value expendable items less. It is observed that we are increasingly showing the same attitude to our own body. Are there any useless organs in our body? Is it wise to simple chop off a part of your body for the simplest of health problems? Is there an alternative solution to manage such conditions?
The monsoon has arrived. So is the season of diseases too. Dengue fever is one among the deadly diseases that have been troubling us for so long. It is better that we should be prepared and have adopted precautions against this. In this article the author clearly describes the dengue fever, it’s causative agents, it’s type, it’s clinical features, diagnostic methods and it’s ayurvedic view and management. The preventive measures that can be done against dengue fever is meticulously explained. By following these simple steps we can definitely prevent dengue fever.
It’s high time that we should start thinking whether it is the phone getting smarter or people getting smarter. Smartphones have now evolved into a human body organ rather than just being an electronic device. It’s now become one of the most precious possessions of all. The smartphones have a great negative impact on our health. Whether we are aware of this or are we pretending that we don’t. In this article the author has explained these effects on our eyes and sleep. Under the current scenario of lockdown, where we are available 24*7 online, this issue must be looked into seriously.
Heel pain is one of the common yet most inflicting pain. Pain may vary slightly in their exact location. Heel pain is in fact a presenting symptom of a variety of pathologies affecting various tissues of the region. Fascia, bone, tendon, bursa may all be affected and cause pain of various degrees. What is the scope of Ayurveda treatments and internal medications in curing this ailment. Read on..to know more
Today, 20th June, is World Blood Donation Day! What does Ayurveda have to tell us about blood? What are the health conditions that may arise when the normal aspects of blood is deranged? How can they be managed? What exactly is 'bad blood' or 'raktha-dooshyam' that everyone is talking about? This articles answers all these questions and many more..Read on to Find Out..(Malayalam)
Drink only boiled water. But is it enough to just boil the water? Are there any drugs with which water can be boiled? Does boiling with certain drugs increase our immunity? Is it wise to drink water boiled with the same drug in all seasons? Do the drugs prescribed for boiling the water have any side effects? What are the possible adulterants used in the market? Can we control our diseases by drinking water boiled with drugs which are used in these diseases? Well all the answers are provided beautifully in this article. By practicing the measures listed below we can lead a healthy life. (Malayalam)
How often do we scrutinize the food we eat? What is our prime concern when we select a food to eat? Very often we choose ones that please our senses and discard its effect on the whole body and eventually pay the price. Ayurveda sets a flexible yet strict set of rules for selecting what we eat. In the midst of rising concerns over lifestyle diseases, Ayurveda's thoughts on this topic are gaining global popularity..When the world is looking for good food solutions in Ayurveda, shouldn't we too?
During this lockdown due to lack of exercise or work, many of us are gaining weight and thus we have to deal with pot belly. In this era, where everyone tries to be fit and healthy, many people may find it difficult to reduce this excess fat or may have failed miserably in doing so. This article is for all of them.
Most of us tend to go on with our lives and manage our health only when it is not keeping well. Periods or menstruation is not an illness. It is a normal bodily process. Like all other phenomena in our body, this too may go out of balance. But did you know that many things that we do on regular days have a big say on how our periods can be? Well, here is an article which has plenty of take home messages to not just manage your health during periods but also prepare well on regular days to have periods totally devoid of health issues as it normally should be. (Malayalam)
They say childhood is the most beautiful phase of our life. So the problems of childhood also need special attention. In this article the author has beautifully and boldly addressed this issue. This work deals mainly on the physiological changes in adolescence period, influence of alcohol and other drugs during childhood and all the psychological behaviour and changes happening in this period. It also deals with the much talked and discussed mobile usage among the children and the solutions for all these. This article is a must read for children and as well as their parents. (Malayalam)
Colas and aerated drinks occupy an inevitable space in each of our refrigerators. Weekend parties are incomplete without the fizz of an aerated drink. But, what if you come to know that 1,84,000 of deaths every year around the globe is attributed to aerated drinks. That is the bitter reality of the sweet bubbly drinks. To know more about the topic, read Dr Jithin Paul’s article on it.
June 8 is observed as World Brain Tumour Day. This article throws light on the brain tumours, its types, diagnosis and fatality. The author elucidates its ayurvedic view. How well can ayurveda manage this deadly disease and how can we prevent it.
If something is hurled even at your general direction, the first instinct is to cover your eyes. Not your nose, mouth or ears..your body's priority is the eyes! But how much care are we giving our eyes? Collyriums or the practice of applying kaajal or soot over the eyelid ridges are not just beauty practices. They double up as a protective and health improving practice as well. So here is an article detailing on the Ayurveda practice of anjana. This will not only enhance your eyes' beauty but will also help your eyes so for a long time to come.
"Oh! Everyone is talking about Ayurveda and its efficacy in pandemics now! Well, if Ayurveda was around for so long, then why has it not stopped all the pandemics in the past? Is pandemic even mentioned in Ayurveda? Is Ayurveda capable in this modern world to manage pandemics?" Well, here is an article that will answer not just these doubts but will also give a good perspective on how well Ayurveda can manage a pandemic today.
"Ashtaanga". You might have seen this term in Ayurveda articles or clinics or pamphlets. If you go to a Ayurveda Hospital, you may have observed that the departments are having strange names and that too in Sanskrit. Well here is a decryption. This article details on the concept of the eight clinical branches in Ayurveda, why are they named so and how does each one of them work.
Infertility is not a new condition. Irrespective of the gender, couples have been tormented with infertility, a stressful condition since dawn of history. Today, it is a prevalent problem affecting about 10-12% of couple worldwide. But have you ever thought about the reason behind the rapid escalation of infertility cases lately? Is age a factor that influences fertility? While the medical discourse of infertility is dominant, its mental-emotional, socio-cultural aspects are still a part of this condition. This article is a revelation on the modern day challenges to fertility and how a confident and patient mind supported by Ayurveda can plant new seeds of joy in our fertile lives..(Malayalam)
Normally, monsoon breaks like clockwork in Kerala. Most often, it coincides with the very day when schools reopen after the summer holidays. The sudden rise in fevers and illnesses also come up during this time, again, like a clockwork. We all want the rains, but certainly not the sickness that may come along with it. Did you know that preparing yourself for an upcoming season can safeguard you from seasonal illnesses? This is exactly what seasonal regimen or 'rithucharya' in Ayurveda is all about. Want to know how to prepare for the rains after a scorching summer? Read this article..(Malayalam)
Taking medicines is important. But even more crucial is the right time of taking them. Your doctor may have given very precise instructions on when to take them. But out of ignorance, forgetfulness or even nonchalance, many of us overlook them. This article throws light on what are the specific times for taking Ayurveda medicines and why are they so important.
Ragi is full of surprises. It is not just a rich source of iron but also has Vitamin B12 in it which helps iron absorption as well! There are things that make it even more surprising and wholesome..Also, Ragi Iddali is a great way to take these surprises all the way into the body..Go on and make some! (Malayalam)
Yes, castor oil..its taste is disgusting and the smell is nauseating. People often cringe when it is prescribed. On the flip side, many people take it without any consideration believing that it is a safe purgative. This article will prove you all wrong. Castor oil is much more powerful that we think and we ought to have it when prescribed and should also stop using it without the advise of an Ayurveda Physician. (Malayalam)
June 1st is celebrated as World Milk Day. This year it is the 20th Anniversary and in the light of pandemic, COVID 19, Government of India had announced this year's milk day with the theme "Fight COVID-19! Maintain a Healthy Perfect Lifestyle, Improve the Immune System by Drinking Milk." Milk which is a super food has multiple benefits. Let's have an Ayurvedic view of these benefits especially in bone health appeasement of milk.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. Yet, more than half of the adult population of India fall prey to its use in either of its forms. Though various steps have been taken by Governments, all seem to be in vain as tobacco use seems to be growing unhindered each passing day. Dr Daya writes about this deadly issue on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.
Urinary Tract Infections abbreviated as UTI, is a common infection affecting the Urinary System of your body. Women are more prone to UTI and can become severe at times. Ayurveda expounds this condition in a broader aspect. It is well explained in the context of 'Mutravahasroto rogas'. Let's have an understanding of the disease and how we can get relief from it as advised by Ayurveda..
Motherhood is amazing, magical, tough, hard, incredible and is in between everything. There is eternal influence and power in Motherhood. Every Soothika or new mom's undergo certain stress called as 'Baby Blues' or 'Post Partum Blues' which is a physiological condition and is normal in all new mom's. When it slips from you, it will lead to Post Partum Depression and Psychosis and that needs medical attention. So hold on to the good, breathe through the bad and Welcome the wildest and most wonderful ride of your life….
Confederation of Indian Industry is setting up a Town Hall exclusively for Ayurveda! But What Exactly is a Town Hall Session? Who are the Ambassadors of Ayurveda that are going to speak? What makes the CII Town Hall Sessions unique? Read on, to find out..
Everyone is going gaga over this image of pages from a moth-eaten book. It is still making rounds in social media. Now, people are even adding footnotes to it claiming that Ayurveda had knowledge of 'corona' and this formulation is the cure for it. But have you checked the facts? Have you taken opinion from an expert of Ayurveda? Well, here it is for you..(Malayalam)
Did you know that smoking and fumigation are used as treatment procedures to detoxify you body as well as your environment. Fumigation and smoking are either done as simple steps for basic cleansing or disease management or even as an elaborate procedure used as preparation or as a post therapy while administering Panchakarma. Please have a good read of this article. There is much more to medicated smoke inhalation and fumigation than what meets the eye. (Malayalam)
2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses by The Food and Agricultural Organisation Department of the United Nations. Pulses or Legumes are the dried variety of beans and peas. It is rich in proteins, fibre and vitamins and is much affordable than other protein sources, and hence called as Poor Man's Meat. A breif detailing of variety of these Pulses is seen in the Ayurvedic text trios "Brihatrayees". Generally, a wrong notion seen in our day to day practice is that these pulses causes Gas troubles. On the contrary, it's Judicious usage will give you healthier days ahead. (Malayalam)
Many of us have come to hate ghee. They are now unable to bear its taste or fragrance. The have come to believe that ghee is fattening, kills the appetite and causes cholesterol. Seriously?! Have we really checked whether the popular media is not influencing us to dislike ghee? Well, here is an attempt to mend your relationship with ghee. We are almost sure that after reading this, everyone will be friends with ghee, for their own good!
Refrigerators are an essential part of kitchen accessories. It has revolutionized the way we eat, our cooking habits, our choice of food and thereby our health. Rise of lifestyle disease as a major concern in the health of our society roughly coincides with the introduction of refrigerators at our homes. Does this have any significant relationship? Dr. Tony Thomas writes about this and more..
COVID 19 has changed our lives dramatically. Washing hands, wearing masks, using sanitizers are all part of our daily routine today to combat this global pandemic. Parents are often finding it challenging to convince kids to wear masks. This article sheds light on the creative the need for children to wear masks and some creative tips for parents to make this healthy practice part of their childrens’ lives. (Malayalam)
Current health sector gives prime focus on disease and its management, which is unfortunately mostly based on medications. Overall impact of non communicable diseases while approaching the scenario through this point of view is quite evident. COVID-19 and its impact has brought more thoughts on how to approach the concept of social health. Isn't it high time that this is to be revised to a better alternative? Ayurveda suggests a perfect alternative to a disease oriented health system. Here is an article that may help you choose the better path that is Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
It is one thing to talk endlessly about the benefits of gooseberry and totally another on finding the best ways of using it. As many nutrients are lost while processing or cooking, we may not be able to enjoy the full goodness of gooseberries.This simple recipe will not only give you a refreshing drink but will also bestow the health benefits of gooseberries, almost in full..Go ahead and try it out! (Malayalam)
"Now hold on right there! What did I just read? URINE? Oh, isn't it disgusting?" Yes, you are right about what you read. But you may want to rethink on what you think of it. Freshly collected and processed cow urine is considered as a miraculous healing medicine in Ayurveda. But for many of us, urine is a waste material and hazardous to use. This has sparked controversies and flaming debates. But let us not jump into conclusions. Instead, let us break this controversy forever. This article is a thorough evaluation of Cow Urine, converging on points from Mythology, Ayurveda and Modern research. This article may very well, reform your perspective on cow urine.
Ramzan is meant for physical, mental and spiritual cleansing. But if not practiced in the proper way, it is bound to bring misery to one’s health. Women are particularly prone for such health issues. Dr Jayasree points out the points women should consider while fasting to maintain their health and well being.
Your appearance is your confidence and self-esteem. Do you see few whites while combing your hair and are you below 30? This is nothing but Canities or Premature Greying of Hair. In Ayurveda its called as 'Paalithyam'. This happens due to variable factors and the solution is finding out the real reason and treatment done accordingly. It cannot be healed with mere oil application alone. Let's explore the possibilities to constitute a good impression. (Malayalam)
"You are what you digest and not what you eat". What you eat has to be digested and well assimilated into your body to be a healthy individual. Indigestion, though a simple disorder that you must have experienced a few times in your lifetime, has to be taken care with keen observations, if persistent may lead to other diseases like Hyperacidity, Stomatitis etc. Digestion is a complex process and here are some Ayurvedic advises for proper digestion for healthy well being. (Malayalam)
Tempering or seasoning has been a unique tradition of our food culture since ages. Variations in the process are immense. Undoubtedly, this process modifies the dish in its taste, smell and overall appeal. In fact it is a skill by itself. Dr Susha analyses this age old tradition so that the reader gains an in depth perspective regarding the practice as well as realize the hidden health benefits behind tempering
It is a common practice of Vaidyas to ask patients to add certain stuffs to the prescribed Ayurveda medicine. This could be ginger powder, honey, salt, buttermilk, sesame oil..the list goes on. These adjuvants are classically termed 'prakshepa' or 'anupana'. But, what is the purpose of such add ons? Does it influence the potency of the medication in any way? Is there any added benefit in taking medicine along with anupana? This article explains these adjuvants in detail. So, from next time on, you will know why you have to take that jaggery powder with that Ayurveda decoction..(Malayalam)
Kerala is a global hub of lifestyle disorders and Hypertension is one among our leading health challenge. A vast majority of the geriatric population are under regular medication for this silent killer. Hypertension is very often a symptom that requires a total correction in lifestyle and just popping a tablet will not complete its management. How does an Ayurvedic physician view this condition? Dr Sreedharsan writes about this and more
Hypertension, termed silent killer, is one of the leading causes of human morbidity and mortality. Is hypertension a preventable disease? Who are at risk of developing this disease? Once it is diagnosed, is it essential to take anti hypertensive drugs lifelong? Is there effective treatment for hypertension in Ayurveda? In the context of ‘World Hypertension Day’ on May 17th, Dr Yadu Gopan clarifies common doubts regarding this deadly disease.
Miliaria Rubra or Heat Rash (Prickly Heat) is common in Summer, a condition generally developed by clogging of sweat glands, called as Pittaja Masoorika in Ayurveda. All age groups are borne to heat rash especially children. Are you still Itching? Is it irritating you so much? Well Ayurveda has a few simple homely tips to free your hands.
Glowing skin, silky hair are all integral part of a common man’s beauty concept. What about body odour? Is it not a vital part in personal identity and attractiveness? The fact is that body odour catches our attention only when it becomes offensive. It is infact one of the most degrading factors of one's self confidence. Dr Tintu writes about this issue and its simple remedies.
When talking about beauty care, hands and feet are often found neglected. Whenever we do take care of them, very intense and sharp chemicals are often used. Did you know that palms and feet are some of the most sensitive areas of our bodies? Ayurveda, in the context of eye-care, mentions to do "sadaa paada pooja"- worship of your feet at all times. Here are some simple natural and safe methods to keep your hands and feet healthy and beautiful.
Pumpkin is a treasure trove of nutrients. It is a tricky job to introduce pumpkin into a dish without losing many of its nutritive value. Here is a simple and delicious recipe snack recipe which gift-wraps all the goodness of pumpkin within a plantain leaf.
There are strict regimens on time, diet and lifestyle while taking Ayurveda medicines. So, during the holy month of Ramadan, those who are under regular Ayurveda medication are in a dilemma- "Should I take Ayurveda medicines or treatments while fasting? What is the best way for me to take it? Will this Ayurveda medicine trouble me if I take it while fasting?" This article is the answer to all such queries. (Malayalam)
Chemotherapy is like carpet bombing. It does not specifically target on malignant cells or spare healthy tissues in its vicinity. Moreover, chemotherapy shuts down our immune system and its modulation. The innate power of our body to heal by itself is forced to retire. The approach of Ayurveda in this scenario is polar opposite to that of Chemotherapy. It works more like stealth attackers, diligently sniping down morbid elements while still keeping the body in full command. This methodology is increasingly proving to be a better way. The complications are much lesser, the chances for relapse is minimal and the recovery is astounding. Perhaps, it is time we give more attention to the solution that Ayurveda has to offer in this regard. This article is all about the solutions from Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
Piles is one of the most common afflictions affecting our health. Studies show as much as 40% of the general population have experienced symptoms of piles in their lifetime. Yet, even today, tons of misconceptions surround this disease due to various reasons. Here are some of the most common queries regarding this disease, all answered by a senior expert physician.
"When is the expiry?" The first thing we look for, while buying food or medicine, is the expiry date. It is always said that food and medicines should be made fresh and consumed fresh. But there are some consumables whose potency increases with the elapse of time. 'Old is Gold', right? This article gives a sneak peak on some of those items that do not have a shelf life as per Ayurveda and becomes increasingly potent and priceless with ageing. (Malayalam)
Food makes us. But did you know that food can break us too? Ayurveda gives so much attention to food that it is considered as one of the weight bearing pillars of life itself. In the textbook Kaasyapa Samhitaa, there is a saying 'there is no medicine equivalent to food and it is possible to remain disease free and healthy with just food alone'. How we eat is as important as what we eat. In this article, Dr. Shilpa Thengil elicits in detail, the art of 'Mindful Eating'.
We are one with the world. There is no denying it. There is no escaping it. No matter how advanced we become or how isolated we become, we simply cannot insulate ourselves from nature.This is precisely why Ayurveda has crafted the three support pillars of life..Food, Sleep and Sex..in perfect synchronization with the rhythm of nature. This article is an excerpt from that ideology. Ayurveda lays down a strict restriction for sex in summer. Why is it so? What happens when we over-indulge in sex during summers? What all should we do to minimize the impact? Is this still relevant when we can "cheat nature with air-conditioners and stuffs? Read on to find out..(Malayalam)
Of all the medical systems prevalent today, Ayurvedic medicine arguably has the widest array of modes of formulations for introducing medicine into a patient's body. How does each formulation differ from each other? What is the need for so many different types of formulations? How does an Ayurvedic practitioner use all these preparations judiciously? Dr Parvathy describes more about it.
Alarmingly, the rate of GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus- Diabetes during pregnancy) is over 26% in India, which is the highest in the world. Researches point towards alteration of traditional culture and lifestyle owing to rapid economic growth which has led to urbanization and sedentary lifestyle. Quite frankly, it is such a shame that we are looking at such high numbers when our own medical system, Ayurveda can not only prevent the incidence of GDM but manage it efficiently as well. Dr. Shamna Mole C. E. explains how Ayurveda is handling this condition and helping thousands of mothers with their own and their own's health and happiness.
In Ayurveda, you are an integral part of healing. You are not a 'subject'. You have to actively contribute to your wellness or cure. Very often, people seek the help of Ayurveda when everything else have failed and by that time, the condition may have become extremely complex to manage. Yet, the results that Ayurveda delivers even at those stages are astounding. So imagine how fast it can work when you make Ayurveda your primary healthcare system. Ayurveda has very clear projections on how quick and effectively a disease can get cured. Do you want to know about it? Dr. Sreedarshan K. S. lays it out in this article..
Ayurveda is not an easy science to learn. This is especially so when the people who take up Ayurveda as an academic path come from the background of modern sciences. This article by Dr. Sharika Vipin is instilling confidence in the confused minds and is reminding those who are already in the track of Ayurveda, that they are in the right path.
It is human nature to undervalue things that come by easily to us. Has this happened to Buttermilk as well? Until a few decades back, palm-leaf sheds giving free buttermilk to travelers was a common sight along the roads in summer time. They were not merely quenching thirst with a couple of gulps of buttermilk.It was literally an elixir to them. After reading this observations on buttermilk by Dr. Vineetha Manoj, at least some of us will rush back and make buttermilk a part of our lives.(Malayalam)
There is a force within you that is constantly trying to keep you healthy. It is incessantly involved in 'mending walls and cleaning floors' or 'settling a dispute or fighting a threat' within the body. Most often, a mild flu, a sore throat and simple cough are part of this force's working. In that case all you have to do is just give your innate force a chance to make things right by itself. Do not pamper it nor ignore it. Just observe it and support it. Ayurveda has a wonderful method in place to detect the slightest deviation from health and manage it as early as possible. A lot of complicated illnesses start from negligible conditions. So managing it as early as possible is key. Surprisingly, the remedies in the early stages are quite simple as well! Here are some simple and short suggestions on this angle by Dr. Shamla Cheriyath.
The holy month of Ramadan is here, the month of complete surrender to God by abstaining from food and drinks during daylight. What is expected to attain by fasting is complete cleansing of body and mind. Unfortunately, Ramadan is not being followed in a healthy way off late, at least by some of us. Could this be due to the lack of awareness on how it should be done? If so, perhaps it is the time for us to revisit the original concepts of fasting. Dr Thanseeha Narghese is giving you this revisit through her article..
Are you aware that the Vessels in which you cook your food also plays a prominent role in keeping you healthier? Yes of course, Ayurveda has kept an eye on the utensils suitable for cooking and serving different kinds of dishes as always. Utensils made of clay, different metals, alloys, leaves of plants etc. serve different purposes. The uses and therapeutic value of different kind of utensils is elicited briefly here by Dr. Sreelakshmi V. S.
"Kozhukatta" is a very popular South Indian dumpling. We all might have had several versions of it already. Just when we thought we have tried them all, here comes Dr. Shamna Mole C.E. with another extremely simple yet very healthy version of kozhukatta. The key ingredient is sesame seeds. Along with the recipe she has also detailed some benefits of sesame as well. Do check it out and try it out as well..
Asthma, a respiratory tract disease is very common in children. Breathing difficulty is the main symptom which may lead to life threatening attacks. Ayurveda expounds the disease in the context of 'Svaasa roga'. Ayurveda treatment gives exemplary results, liberate you from the use of an inhaler and complete cure is possible with certain regulations in our habitual day to day life. The regulations that we have to look upon is elicited in brief here by Dr. Aadith V. (Malayalam)
"Ayurveda medicines? I do not want to take them because I will have to follow pathyam naa?" "An Ayurveda physician once asked me to reduce salt and spice in my food. But I love my food to be spicy!" "Doctor, I hope I can continue with my late night work while having these Ayurveda medicines for my headache." Ayurveda physicians are bombarded by these types of questions everyday. People believe that Ayurveda medicines come with strict dietary and lifestyle restrictions. Are these restrictions actually for the medicines? Why is it so important to follow these restrictions? Dr. Veena P. Reghunathan explains..
Dhyaana is the 7th step in Ashtaanga Yoga, just before samaadhi!. This itself calls for a lot of attention and focused learning of dhyaana. Even though dhyaana is translated as 'meditation' in English, a lot of deep meanings and methods of dhyaana is lost in translation. In this article, Dr. Rahul R. presents the various stages the mind goes through before entering absolute dhyaana and emphasizes the need of a disciplined approach to the concept of dhyaana. (Malayalam)
The desperate attempts by toothpaste companies to add salt and charcoal and herbs and what not into their products make us wonder.."Why did we ditch the good old methods of cleaning our teeth and gums?" Have we gone too far with artificial toothpastes? Is there an all-Ayurveda way to brush our teeth? Yes, not one but many. Dr. Aadith V, in this article lists the most convenient of them. Read on and try and make this a habit..(Malayalam)
Recently, The Ministry of AYUSH published a 12 point immunity boosting guideline in which "Rasaayana" as a therapeutic method and "Chyavanapraasha" as a formulation have very high relevance. Chyavanapraasha is already a household name in India. But, did you know that Chyavanapraasha is a Rasaayana? So what exactly is this "Rasaayana"? Why is it important to know about it? For starters, "Rasaayana" is unique branch of Ayurveda which has methods to expand lifespan, regain youthfulness and strengthen your immunity, memory and intelligence. In short, Rasayana therapy can give you 'Superpowers'! Thrilled?! So, lets dive into this article on Rasaayana by Dr. Soumya K. R.
Would you believe that there is a treasure hidden in your home. Something that will help you boost your immunity in this time of need. Where is it you ask? Just look closer. You will find it in your kitchen. Here is how a few simple spices from your kitchen can be used to make 'kaadha' and how it can strengthen the immune system. Dr. Parvathy S. Nair details on the benefits of kaadha and the method of preparing it, in this article.
The sun has been revered for centuries, but did you know that the therapeutic effects of sunlight were used to treat even potent diseases like tuberculosis and smallpox? If it is so beneficial then why is sunlight also linked to skin cancer? Does Ayurveda use sunlight in its therapies? Read on to find out how sunlight can both heal and burn; how we can tap the therapeutic effects of sunlight and and how it is used in Ayurveda. Dr. Jyotsna Nair writes..
Golden Milk or Haldi Doodh is the trending traditional health drink suitable for all ages. The recipe of Turmeric with Milk is a healthy habit and is best in preventing one from multiple diseases and for those who are suffering, it is a elixir which gives them a remarkable relief. The preparation as per Ayurveda is quite simple as well. In this article, Dr. Nair Ashwati Unnikrishnan is sharing with you the benefits of Golden Milk and know-how of making it.
Steam Inhalation, or svedana karma as called in Ayurveda, is a fomentation process. It is one of the best natural methods for cleansing and clearing the upper respiratory tract. We all might have done it at least once in our lifetime, perhaps when our nose was obstructed or was having a flu. Though pretty simple and easy, Ayurveda enlists a set of Do's and Don'ts for it. This is because, if done in the wrong way, it can actually worsen the condition or even harm you than doing any good. Do you want to find out more about it? Do you want to know how it should be done or whether it should be done or not in the first place? Dr. Vineetha Manoj is here to help you on this..
Green Gram, also known as Moong dal, is one of the most wholesome and health promoting pulses there is. Ayurveda considers it as the King of pulses. It is the most important pulse crop in India. It can impart its health benefits starting from skin all the way to the liver. Come, let us all pay our gratitude to Green Gram and make this delicious recipe out of it.
Nasya (nasal instillation of Ayurveda medicines) is one of the five major treatment procedures in Ayurveda (panchakarma). As a daily practice, a type of nasya, called pratimarsha nasya, can act as a procedure that defend us against infections. This procedure is extremely effective yet quite simple and easy to do. Dr. Sharika Vipin, in her article, talks about this Pratimarsha nasya and explains its relevance and method of practice. (Also translated in Malayalam)
Did you know that March 30 of every year is celebrated as WORLD IDLI DAY? IDLI, a very popular and mouth watering dish, is usually taken as breakfast. Sambar and/ or Chutney often accompany it. Idli is a delicious and a healthy Indian delicacy. The goodness and richness of the diet is also recognized by the World Health Organisation. Recently "Space Idlies" were developed by Indian Defense Food Research Laboratory as part of upcoming Gaganyan space project. Dr. Susha O. V. give a thorough look at Idli from the stand point of Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
Yoga the divine healing system has been recognized as one of the mainstream systems of healthcare by the Ministry of AYUSH. Our PM Shri Narendra Modi himself is an ambassador of Yoga to the world. Yoga has a very high potential in improving our immunity, physical and mental wellbeing. But, it needs to be imbibed into our day to day lifestyle. This article by Dr. Sarika Menon will help you find ways to improve your immunity through very simple practices.
Although Ayurveda is often linked to vegetarianism, the reality is entirely different. Many ayurvedic classical textbooks include descriptions of using meat as food and in several ayurvedic preparations. However use of these ingredients for treatment is based on several variables and is often customized to the individual’s body constitution and several other factors. So in the wake of this epidemic, what does ayurveda suggest? Should the diet be vegetarian only or is meat still on the menu? Dr. Shabeel Ibrahim explains..
The availability of Liquor has gone to Zero in this lockdown period of Covid 19. Its is been observed that majority of Alcoholics are presented with withdrawal symptoms which can become life taking with its worst sign of suicidal tendency. The solution for the problem is not prescribing alcohol for the patient by a registered medical practitioner but a proper de-addiction treatment where Ayurveda has expounded possibilities. Dr. Shinas B. S. gives an overview on how one can start walking towards an addiction free life and how Ayurveda can come to aid for them.
Oil-Pulling was one of the 12 procedures in the guideline published by the AYUSH Ministry to maintain your health and improve immunity. What exactly is oil-pulling? How is it done? What benefits do you get out of it? Dr. Sreedevi N. V. gives you a clear picture in this article.
Today April 25 is Observed as World Malaria Day globally. WHO has announced WORLD MALARIA DAY 2020 with the banner "Zero Malaria Starts with me". Malaria, a deadly vector borne disease, is the oldest known killer disease. The disease is spread by the Vector Female Anopheles Mosquitoes. The world has been fighting effectively against the life taking disease, African mainland having the highest death rates have been brought down successfully in the last few years. The term Malaria as such is not seen in Ayurvedic Literatures, but the disease has been well elaborated in the Vishamajwara context. Let us have thought of Malaria in Ayurveda..(Malayalam)
Music is truly a miraculous healer. It has the potential to augment our emotion. Music can smile with us, cry with us and even motivate us. So, when a song is penned by a vaidya, sung by another vaidya and is depicting a theme to boost our confidence against this spreading pandemic, it becomes a powerful message and also doubles up as a healing touch by itself. Go ahead and listen to this ode to health by Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
Man can never be separated from his environment. They complement each other. All principles of Ayurveda are crafted on the foundation of this understanding. Even the subtlest influences of the environment on us are catalogued elaborately. Ayurveda teaches us to identify such changes and make adaptations to preserve our health and manage illnesses occurring during natural changes in the environment. Unfortunately we have increasingly become obstinate to think that we are in control of our environment and not the other way round. Will that be without consequences? Dr. Shamna Mole C. E. explores the role of Ayurveda in Environmental Health.
What an innovation! When the world is looking up to Ayurveda for the effective management of communicable diseases, an Ayurveda doctor from Kerala steps in with a simple solution- Medicated Masks. These Ayur Masks not only prevent pathogens entering your body, but also condition and disinfect the air. The medicines used also have properties to improve immunity and strengthen the respiratory tract. Here are the highlights of an interview conducted by Dr. Adith V. with the innovator of Ayur Mask, Dr. Anand S.
Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare system that is still thriving today. During its course of evolution, Ayurveda has witnessed innumerable epidemics and even pandemics. But the socio-cultural limitations, non-standardized approach and tedious communication systems of those times may not have helped the optimal implementation of Ayurvedic management of Epidemics. But the world today seems matured enough for Ayurveda. Dr. Valsaladevi's article gives you a glimpse of how epidemics are documented and managed in Ayurveda. (Malayalam)
Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare system that is still thriving today. During its course of evolution, Ayurveda has witnessed innumerable epidemics and even pandemics. But the socio-cultural limitations, non-standardized approach and tedious communication systems of those times may not have helped the optimal implementation of Ayurvedic management of Epidemics. But the world today seems matured enough for Ayurveda. Dr. Valsaladevi's article gives you a glimpse of how epidemics are documented and managed in Ayurveda.
We have experience on practicing Social Distancing in a small scale at locations of epidemics. But thanks to the absence of a global pandemic of this magnitude in recent times, we had forgotten how it has to be implemented on a global level. Owing to the COVID 19 outbreak, 'Social Distancing' is now a buzzword. But the right measures and scientific background of social distancing is still not clearly understood. This article by Dr. Ashwathi attempts on unraveling the nuances of 'Social Distancing'.
Immunity is not a wonder drug discovered by the modern medicine. Nor is it any manifestation of the power of herbs. It grew along with life itself, ever since life began to exist on earth. Ayurveda has its own viewpoint of this ability of ours to defend us from a disease or to fight against it. Dr. Dinesh K. S. has been a crusader of Authentic Ayurveda. His philosophy of keeping Ayurveda free from inappropriate interpretations is reflected in this article too, in which he explains immunity the way it should be explained. (Malayalam)
We have compiled the numbers of Ayurveda physicians and institutes offering telephonic support and counselling in Kerala. Ayurveda sector is taking all measure to ensure the continued support to our beneficiaries. If you have any queries related to Ayurveda during this lockdown period, these contact can be of help to you.This is a state-wide list.
Ayurveda advocates daily regimen for everyone. But like every other advise of Ayurveda, daily regimen is also person-centric. This means the health maintaining activities that we do on a daily basis should also be customized based on your prakrti- the body type. In this article, Dr. Shamla gives you a sneak peak into the three primary prakrti and the modifications they have to make based on it. (Malayalam)
When there is a fast spreading communicable disease around, every preventive measure counts. As Ayurveda has witnessed several epidemics during the thousands of years of its evolution, we find plenty of references on management of communicable diseases. One of the most effective methods that can be administered quickly and conveniently is fumigation (dhoopanam in Sanskrit). Dr. Aadith Nair gives an introduction to Ayurveda fumigation in this article. (Malayalam)
There is nothing more refreshing than an ice-chilled water on a sunny day! Or is it? Well, It may feel good but chilled water may do you more harm than what it makes you feel. In this article, Dr. Vineetha explores the advantages of warm water and points out why Ayurveda recommends warm water to drink. (Malayalam)
Ayurveda has been serving mankind for so long that the boundaries of medicine and lifestyles are indistinguishable. We can see a lot of Ayurvedic principles imbibed into our daily living, customs, dining and even religion. Hear is a example of how Ayurveda has taken shape of a 'prasaad' from temple. Dr. Aadith has also shared a recipe of paanakam with us. (Malayalam)
Dr. Rahul R. is a Medical Officer at Kozhikode where he is actively involved with the 'Spandanam Project' that caters to the health needs of our specially abled children. He is incorporating Ayurveda to manage the health needs of children with autism, ADHD etc. There are things that we may simply not understand or overlook. This article sheds light on the need of diligent care for them. (Malayalam)
When forced to be indoors, we tend to get lazy. Our routine physical activities too come to a halt. In this juncture, Dr. Shamna Mole gives us a valuable insight into the relevance of daily exercise and some benefits of it to usher us into a healthier life, even during the lock-down period. (Malayalam)
Padma Bhushan Shri P. K. Warrier has been the Managing Trustee of Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakal for more than six decades. For even more a time period, he has been an acclaimed physician of Ayurveda. His insights on cure and wellness are always found to have deep connections with the core wisdom of Ayurveda. The beauty of his advises is that while remaining authentic, they are of convenient practical utility as well. Here is a snippet on what Shri P. K. Warrier is suggesting to all of us to modulate our immunity and keep our defenses strong against pathogens.
In Ayurveda, food and medicine go hand in hand. There is no point in doing one well and the other wrong. In this third article of the series, Dr. Shamna Mole introduces an easy to prepare kanji with cumin as a key ingredient. This too will enhance immunity. (Malayalam)
It is summer! And what is the best thing about summer in India? Mangoes! Yes, it is lockdown period and there are no many fruits that are coming to the market. But what you will find are plenty of mango trees all around, that are literally finding it hard to bear the weight of all those mangoes it has borne. So let us pluck some unripe mangoes and make a nice juice out of it. Here is how to do it. (Malayalam)
These are no easy times. There is a lot of anxiety and stress. Staying idle during this lockdown only escalates this stress and our blood pressure may shoot up. One good way to come out of this stress is to stay engaged in some activities. Why not try and make a juice. And, while you are at it, try this cool beetroot juice recipe. It is a fun activity. But more than that, it is a stress-buster in its action as well! (Malayalam)
Truckloads of jackfruit hauled towards the airport was a common sight in Kerala during summers. This lockdown surely has hit this export but they are still available in plenty in our locale. Here is one wholesome way of putting jacfruit to some good use. (Malayalam)
Ain't Jackfruit awesome? You can enjoy it in many ways. It can be had as a dish when unripe. When ripe, the flesh sweet and juicy. But the seeds, what to do with them? It is common in Kerala to dry it and then use it in dishes. It is very nutritious. Interestingly, it tastes a lot like almonds. Now, have you ever thought of making a milkshake out of this? This recipe has already gotton so popular during the lockdown period. But here is a verified point-of-view from an expert Ayurveda physician. (Malayalam)
Ayurveda says that 'there is nothing in this world that is not a medicine'. Fortunately or unfortunately it is not the case with food. But there are some herbs that make good food as well. One such herb is Horse purslene (tazhutaama in Malayalam). The make great dishes that tastes like spinach. Quite often it is used to make stir-fried curries in Kerala. Now, here is a different take on this leafy herb. A cutlet. A cutlet that benefits our renal system. (Malayalam)
Some herbs are mostly used for culinary purposes, some are remedial. Then, there are some that are good as both. The leaves of Malabar nut tree (ATaloTakaM in Malayalam) is crossing over from being primarily a remedial herb and is foraying into the culinary area. In this recipe, Dr. Shamna Mole presents a good and tasty way of using this remedial herb in a dish. (Malayalam)
The literature on the health benefits of Indian gooseberry are unending. Being a wonder fruit by itself, we have figured out pleanty of means to further potentiate it with more nutrients and immunity enhancing combinations. In this recipe, Indian gooseberry is prepared in an iron vessel. This process is believed to impart iron into the preparation and thus it has some very good benefits in managing anemia. Let's find out how 'Karinellikka' is prepared. (Malayalam)
Nethranethi is much beyond a simple eye wash. This can not only freshen you up but can also protect your precious eyes from a wide range of potential problems. What more, it even can help in management of some eye conditions as well! Read on to find out..(Malayalam)
We all are heard about the importance of Ayurveda in post natal care and management.Adequate care and precautions along with prescribed regimen ensures that mother regains her physical charm and maintains a beautiful figure and retains health akin.But most often people are unaware of faults and problems faced by doing unprofessional prasava raksha, especially getting advices from local herbal shops. Here we can go through cetain facts about the purpose of prasava raksha, problems that we faced as a result of improper post natal care and things that to be noticed to avoid these consequence. (Malayalam)
The Projects introduced by the Indian Systems of Medicine and AYUSH departments in Kerala is gaining widespread popularity as people under quarantine who have undergone Ayurveda preventive measures are not turning positive despite prolonged exposure to infected individuals. This article is a brief introduction to various projects to Prevent and Manage Covid 19, by the Government of Kerala.