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Ayurvedic Diet: Easiest Way to Enjoy Robust Health

Posted by Alternative Medicine on September 23, 2011 in Ayurveda with No Comments

Modern life is full of stress which is the main cause of numerous maladies in our life. On top of it, sedentary lifestyle is another factor causing numerous health problems. Seeing at the sheer number of people who are suffering because of lifestyle choices, it becomes all the more important to regulate your life. Ayurveda prescribes a complete way of health. Before embarking on Ayurvedic diet or therapy, it is necessary to get a bit of insight into it. Firstly, you must know your dosha type as it helps in preparing a diet chart for you. It is said that your dosha governs your life on all levels –physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. There are numerous online sites where you can find all about your doshas.

Ayurveda has got remedy for all your problems. However, if you take care of your diet half of your health problems would automatically disappear. Ayurvedic diet differs for different persons decided as it is by what your dosha is. If you have got a Pita type body, a mix of fire and water governs your life. Such people are soft hearted, sensitive and are angered easily. They are susceptible to heart disease, liver disorders, early aging, hyperacidity, skin disease and blood infections. The Pita type people must eat lot of sweets as they are said to keep people calm and happy. They are advised to take various herbs to prevent heart, liver and skin problems.

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Then, there are Vata type people who are considered as energetic and just find it impossible to sit down. They always prefer to remain on the move. Naturally, such people find it tough to focus on specific tasks and suffer from sleep problems. They are vulnerable to digestive problems, joint and bone problems and dry skin. It is important for people of this dosha to choose their Ayurvedic diet with proper consideration. Herbal Vata tea is considered good to ease their nerves.

Last but not the least, persons having Kapha dosha has got lot going for them. It is all the more important for Kapha persons to follow a strict Ayurvedic diet and balanced lifestyle. As kapha persons are more likely to follow bad habits like over-possessiveness, stubbornness, overeating, lethargy, fatty foods, it is important to live a balanced life and avoid sedentary lifestyle. Such persons are prone to diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis and oily skin. They should exercise often and eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods.

Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Panasa or Jackfruit

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 20, 2011 in Ayurveda with No Comments

The jackfruit tree belongs to family moraceae. It is largely found in tropical regions like south Asia, east Africa, Uganda, Brazil and Mauritius. Jackfruit is national fruit of Bangladesh and has local name Kathal.

Jackfruit tree has strong solid trunk and grows upto 50 to 60 feet. The barks, leaves and fruits of this tree contain latex. The leaves are oval in shape, glossy in appearance and leathery to touch. The tree bears both male and female flowers. The fruits (jackfruit) are huge and weigh 5 to 25 kilograms. The huge jackfruit contains many small fleshy fruits inside. These small fruits contain seeds which are hard and starchy. The flesh of these small fruits is either crisp or soft depending on the variety of tree.

Medicinal properties of jackfruit

According to texts of ayurveda the medicinal properties of jackfruit varies in various stages of its development. The raw fruit increases vata and kapha where as ripened fruit alleviates vata and pitta. The fruit is heavy to digest and sticky in nature. It enhances the moistness of tissues. It acts as body coolant.

  • The latex of this tree has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence it is recommended in inflamed abscesses and wounds. Poultice of jackfruit latex helps to reduce pain and swelling in abscesses and wounds.
  • The flesh of smaller fruits is very heavy to digest. It may cause indigestion. Ingestion of raw jackfruit may cause constipation. Hence jackfruit has to be eaten before consuming food. Jackfruit is a strict no for patients who suffer from digestive disorders and ascitis.
  • The bark of jackfruit tree helps to reduce intestinal motility and hence useful in diarrhea and dysentery. The decoction of bark is used for this purpose.
  • Fully ripened fruit is a very helpful in increasing quality and quantity of semen. It helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Weak and skinny people are largely benefited by ripened fruit as it increases body bulk and body energy level.
  • The decoction of leaves and roots are used in diseases of skin. The leaves also help to reduce effects of poison.

The jackfruit is widely used in Chinese folk medicine. They consider it as having cooling and nutritious properties.

− The flesh and seeds are used to reduce influence of alcohol.

− Roasted seeds are regarded as aphrodisiac and given to patients who suffer from low libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

− The ash of bark and leaves are mixed with coconut oil and applied on wounds.