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History Of Ayurveda: A Brief Overview

Ayurveda, one of the oldest traditional systems of medicine, originated in the Indian subcontinent. With a rich history that dates back to more than 5000 years, Ayurveda was mainly practised by the sages during the Vedic civilisation. It is said that the main source of knowledge for Ayurveda was derived from the Vedas, the holy books of knowledge.

History and Evolution of Ayurveda
The origin of Ayurveda has both historical and mythological references. Ayurveda is being practised by the Indians since 2nd Century BC and its origin can be traced back to Vaisheshika, an ancient school of Hindu philosophical teachings and the Nyaya, the school of logic.  Vaisheshika spoke about perceptions and inferences. This school of thought characterised the attributes of any object into 6 types. These are:

•    Substance or Dravya
•    Quality or Guna
•    Activity or Karma
•    Generality or Samanya
•    Particularity or Vishesha
•   Inherence or Samavaya

Nyaya advocated its teaching on the grounds that one needs to have a thorough knowledge about the condition of the patient and the disease before starting the treatment. The two school of thoughts later worked together to form the Nyaya–Vaisesika school.  This new school of thought is believed to propagate the knowledge of Ayurveda throughout the country.

Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411016000250#bib2

Also, there is a mythological aspect of the origin and development of Ayurveda. It is said that Ayurveda owes its origin to Brahma, the God who created the universe as per the Hindu Mythology. It was Brahma who passed this knowledge of Ayurveda to the sages for the well-being of the humans. The sages then passed this knowledge to their disciples and then to the common man. They composed all the information about the herbs and medicines in form of Shlokas or hymns. It is believed that all the compilations related to healing and medicines were contained in the four Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda.

It was around 1500 to 1000 BC when Ayurveda in India developed. It followed a same developmental phase as the Chinese and the Western medicine (evolving from religious and mythological discipline and then moving into the medical system). The two schools of medicine that was found during this period were the Atreya (school of the physicians) and Dhanvantari (school of the surgeons). It was Agnivesha who systematised all the knowledge of Ayurveda from the Vedas which was the edited by Charaka and other scholars, it’s currently known as Charaka Samhita and contains all the knowledge pertaining to the different aspects of Ayurvedic medicines.

Another important compilation is Sushruta Samhita, which is all about the science of surgery. Sushruta compiled the teachings of Dhanvantari in Sushruta Samhita. These 2 legendary books are being followed by Ayurvedic practitioners till this date.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336651/pdf/ASL-1-1.pdf

The Ashtanga Sangraha and the Ashtanga Hrudayam
These works make frequent references to Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita. Ashtanga refers to 8 sections of Ayurveda :

•    Internal Medicine – Kaya Chikitsa
•    Paediatrics – Bala Chikitsa
•    Psychiatry – Graha Chikitsa
•   ENT & Ophthalmology – Salakya Thantra
•    Surgery – Salya Thantra
•    Toxicology – Agada Thantra
•    Geriatrics – Jara Chikitsa
•    Aphrodisiac therapy – Vajeekarana Chikitsa

Ashtanga Sangraha was written by Vridha Vagbhata,  a disciple of Charaka, and the work explores both the medical and the surgical aspects of treating diseases through Ayurveda. Ashtanga Hrudayam is also believed to be written by Vagbhata as both the books are very much similar. The only difference is that in Ashtanga Sangraha, the writer has used more verse than prose while Ashtanga Hrudayam is concise.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336651/pdf/ASL-1-1.pdf

Sushruta, Charaka, and Vagbhata are considered to be “The Trinity” of Ayurvedic knowledge.

Further Proliferation of Ayurveda
The period between 800 BCE and 1000CE was the Golden Age of Indian medicines. This was the time when all the important books on Ayurveda were produced and circulated throughout the world. Ayurveda not only gained popularity among the Indians but the information on the traditional systems of Indian medicine became popular amongst Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Roman, Persians, Arabs, and Tibetans who travelled to India during that time. They studied Ayurveda in India and the carried this valuable knowledge to their respective countries.

Between 1000 CE and 1200 CE, physicians such as Avicenna and Razes translated a great part of the Ayurvedic knowledge into Arabic.

Another important medical book was written around 1100 CE by Madhavacharya. The book was called Madhava Nidana. The book contained all information regarding diseases of women, children, diseases of the ear, nose, and throat, and toxicology. The Madhava Nidana was one of the first and most important books of what is called the “Junior Triad” of Ayurveda. The Junior Triad texts include Madhava Nidana, Sarangdhar Samhita, and the Bhavaprakasham. On the other hand, Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Ashtanga Hrudayam constitute the Senior Triad.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11253415

The Sharangdhar Samhita, the second book of the Junior Triad was written by Acharya Sharangdhara in around 1300 CE. This book contained information on new diseases and syndromes along with their treatments, pharmacological and herbal formulas. This book contains details about Pulse examination also.

Bhavaprakasham is the final book of the Junior Triad, written by Bhava Mishra in around 1500 CE. This book discussed different medicinal characteristics of minerals, plants, and food.

Source: https://www.themindfulword.org/2014/history-of-ayurvedic-medicine/

Bhava Mishra was the first author who discussed a disease called Phiranga rog which was probably the name given to Syphilis.  Another new addition to his book was introducing chapters on the enlargement of spleen and liver. He also mentioned about some new medicines such as Chop Cheeni (Madhusnuhi) and the method of preparing Opium (Ahiphena), Camphor, and Parasika Yavani. He was also the first one to write about the use of mercurial elements for treating Phiranga rog.

It was also during this time that the Swiss Renaissance Physician Paracelsus was also influenced by the knowledge of Ayurveda.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3336651/pdf/ASL-1-1.pdf

Bhava Mishra demonstrated through his writings that Ayurveda is not against embracing new ideas and theories.  The only criterion for selecting any drug or a treatment methodology was for the patient’s benefit. With the changes in the environment, new diseases and symptoms will arrive and to treat them, new remedies are also required.

With British rule, Western culture, medicine, and science began to spread its influence. Since these practices were supported by the then Government, it thwarted the further evolution of Indian Sciences. However, Ayurveda was still followed by over 80% of the Indian population. In the latter half of British rule, Ayurveda again drew the attention of scholars throughout the world. With the growth of nationalist spirit during the Indian independence struggle, Ayurveda started growing, though at a slow but steady pace. New institutes were established and now, there are hundreds of Ayurvedic institutes all over the country.

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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Stewed Apples

In Ayurveda, waking up early in the morning is considered as beneficial for health, as the morning is the purest time of the day, when the air is fresh and the mind is at ease. It also states that eating at least half an hour after waking stimulates digestive fire and keeps metabolism rates up. Skipping breakfast is one of the bad habits that we often succumb to due to busy work schedules and it does not contribute to good health in the long run. Therefore, it is important to at least have a piece of fruit and some milk before leaving for work.

Stewed apples is an Ayurvedic dish that is one of the best ways to enhance digestion and vitality. Apples contain pectin and polyphenols which help the body to cleanse itself of toxins and metabolize fat effectively. It maintains proper balance in the functions of the body also.

You can also drink freshly made fruit or vegetable juice, as in Ayurveda, it is believed that having raw fruits and vegetables in the morning is extremely beneficial for health. In fact, it is best to have fruit the first thing in the morning, even before you have cereal or anything else.

Here is how one can prepare the Ayurvedic recipe for stewed apples:

Ingredients:

1-2 organic apples

5 whole cloves

1 cup water

Cinnamon or cardamom

Handful of raisins

Peel the apples and cut them finely into pieces, and boil them in water. Add in the spices and raisins so that they combine with the apples to give it a flavour. Once they start boiling, cover the vessel with a lid and keep cooking till they turn soft. After they are cooked well, drain the extra water and remove the cloves from the mixture. Allow the fruit to cool.

This is the best breakfast prescribed by Ayurvedic principles, and is especially great to have during the Spring season. Your system will be cleansed of toxins and excess ama. This dish also helps in creating ojas, the by-product of digestion that contributes to strength, well-being, immunity and vitality. In addition, consuming this wholesome Ayurvedic recipe dish overtime will also lead to a reduction in your cholesterol levels over time. Not only this, it also eases digestion and promoted the elimination of body waste to keep your digestive tract healthy and clean.

Ayurveda’s primary focus is on maintaining a healthy life through a balanced, nutritious diet. Fresh fruits like apple when cooked appropriately and tempered with the right spices can truly enhance your overall well-being. The morning time is the purest time of the day and eating something that is fresh and a product of nature will keep your energy levels up and going through the rest of the day.

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Eco-Friendly Festival Celebrations

The Navratri season just concluded recently, and so did Eid – soon the Diwali season will be upon us, bringing forth more cause for celebration and fun with friends and loved ones. It is a time for indulgence, but also for inner reflections. The essence of every one of these festivals is to thank the Creator for His abundance, and to spread joy and festivity to everyone. Our celebrations therefore, need to also be such that we do not promote wastage or harm to nature. Here are some of the best ways to have an eco-friendly celebration:

  1. Light up your home the natural way: While electrical lights do add colour and brightness to your home, one must ensure that they do not consume a huge amount of electricity. In this case, for Diwali, one can light up one’s home with lots of beautiful and ornate earthen lamps or diyas and put up just a few strings of coloured lights instead of many. In addition you could also use glass lanterns and hang them in your garden with a small candle or earthen lamp to brighten it up.
  2. Buy clothes made of organic fabrics: All festivals involve a lot of colourful outfits and dressing up, so one way to have a sustainable, eco-friendly celebration is to wear fabrics that are created by local artisans, or through organically grown natural fibres like silk.
  3. Use natural rangoli colours: Rangoli is a lovely form of art during festivals, created in so many striking colours. Traditionally, they were created using rice flour, and organic colours made from spices like turmeric, or crushed flowers. Today, organic colours are easily available and are a much better option than using chemical colours. You can also create beautiful rangolis using flower petals.
  4. Prepare sweets at home: It is common today to find that sweets bought from shops have a lot of additives in terms of colour, excessive sugar and sometimes harmful silver foil decorations. Preparing sweets at home is a much better option – there are lots of easy and healthy recipes to make festive sweets at home, and it’s a good opportunity to let the kids help and have fun in the process.
  5. Gifts with value: Gifting during festivals can sometimes get extravagant. Add a personal touch to your gifts by making candles, homemade chocolates or sweets, a decoupage gift box with dry fruits, potted plants decorated with paints and coloured paper and so on. In addition, generosity is a wonderful virtue. Donate to a charity that you believe in, or sponsor a Diwali celebration for an orphan child. It is these small deeds that really add great value to your celebrations, and it will be appreciated a whole lot more.

These are some ways in which your festive celebrations can be fun, while at the same time eco-friendly. Ayurveda always promotes respect towards nature and sustainable practices for healthy living. Make a difference to your festive celebrations today!

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5 natural ways to improve eyesight

Eyes are one of the most important sense organs we have, and caring for them is just as important as caring for other parts of the body. In Ayurveda, there are several natural ways to improve eyesight and maintain good vision. In today’s corporate world we spend hours together at the computer, and this causes a lot of strain to our eyes. There are some healthy habits to inculcate that will help you maintain good eyesight. Here are some of them:

  1. Natural eye tonic: Take 250g each of almonds, fennel (saunf), and mishri (crystallized sugar). Soak the almonds overnight, and make a powder of it after peeling. Fry fennel with a few drops of ghee and powder it as well. Mix the three together and store in a glass bottle. Mix two spoons of this in milk and drink to improve eyesight within three to six months.
  2. Diet for good eyesight: Diet plays a very important role in Ayurveda, for your overall health. For better eyesight, your diet should include fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, oranges etc. You can also include cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, soya beans, dates and green peas in addition to fresh milk and cheese. Almonds are great for eyesight as well.
  3. Herbs that improve eyesight: In Ayurveda there are certain herbs that have many intrinsic benefits. Triphala is one of these, and bhringraj or amla oil when applied over the eyes helps in enhancing eyesight. A teaspoon of powdered asparagus, and half a teaspoon of honey mixed together with milk is a wonderful natural tonic to help improve eyesight.
  4. Easy exercises for eyesight: There are a few simple exercises that you can do every day that will benefit your eyes. Close both your eyes by shutting them firmly, and then open them suddenly. After you open them, stretch your face and arch your brows – practice this every day a few times. You can also rotate your eyes in different directions and slowly concentrate on one eye at a time. Try doing this a dozen times in a day. You can also rub your palms together and then place your hand over your eyes without touching the eyelids to reduce strain on the eyes and improve eyesight.
  5. Triphala Rasayana: Triphala Rasayana is made by combining 100g of yellow myrobalan, 200g of bahera myrobalan, 400g of amla, and 700g of liquorice. Combine these ingredients after powdering them and store them in a glass bottle. Half a spoon of this mixed with ghee and a spoon of honey should be taken twice a day. This is a wonderful herbal mixture that is proven to enhance eyesight over time.

The above tips will help you improve your eyesight and maintain healthy eyes over time. Incorporating these good habits for the eyes into your routine is a great way to ensure that no issues arise for you when it concerns your eyes. In addition, whenever you use technology, do not forget to blink at regular intervals. If you have been working for a very long time, take a break and focus on another object or close your eyes for sometime – it helps your eyes take a break from being focused on the computer or smartphone screen.

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Ayurvedic Tips for Navratri fasting for working professionals

Navratri is a time for spiritual reflection and physical and mental detoxification. However, for those who are working professionals, it can be very difficult to manage a proper schedule and work efficiently while fasting. Ayurveda focuses on a Sattvic diet consisting mainly of fruits, milk and preparations made from vegetables to cleanse and detoxify the body and focus the mind. Here are some great tips to keep your energy levels up at work while you fast during Navratri:

  1.       Don’t overwork yourself: Set a clear schedule for your work, and don’t let fatigue overcome you. Navratri fasts are supposed to help your body rest and detoxify, and burdening yourself too much will have a detrimental effect on your health over the 9 auspicious nights. Make sure that eating too little doesn’t affect your performance at work.
  2.       Make healthy food choices: Fasting is not an excuse to make up for not having your regular food by snacking on potato chips or other unhealthy snacks. Opt for fruits like bananas, apples, guavas and oranges that will keep your energy levels in check. Bananas provide instant energy so keep some handy at your desk.
  3.       Maintain fluid levels: Avoid getting dehydrated – drink lots of herbal teas, vegetable juices and fruit juices during Navratri fasting to replenish your body fluids and salt levels. During the fast, food devoid of spices and salt is usually taken, so you can replace salt with rock salt so that your body does not become weakened during the fast.
  4.       Prevent acidity: Not eating for extended periods of time can cause acidity. Keep acidity in check by always having a handful of fruits or nuts handy to snack on through the day when avoiding regular meals during the fast. It will provide you with energy and tide you through till the evening when you break the fast.
  5.       Keep energy levels in check: Your energy levels can experience a dip during the Navratri due to fasting and reducing your daily food intake. Always ensure that you take adequate measures to avoid sapping your energy levels. When you break your fast, take protein and whole carb-rich food so that you will have ample energy to begin work the next day.
  6.       Avoid stress: Stress can harm your health and weaken you further during the Navratri fast. Try not to stay hungry for hours together and drink lots of fluids to keep stress levels in check. You can take a breather for 5-10 minutes when work gets too overwhelming. In addition, make sure that you carry adequate Navratri fasting food with you when you are at work to reduce any stressful situations.

Navratri is a time for celebration, inner reflection and spiritual awakening, and fasting is one of the most common ways of channelizing one’s energies towards the divine, in most religions. In Ayurveda, fasting is seen as important to do periodically so that your body and mind keep getting rejuvenated. As working professionals, we often forget to take a break, and Navratri fasting reminds us of just that.

Happy Navratri from Team Pankajakasthuri!

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Inculcate an Ayurvedic Routine in Your Kids

Children are the future, and letting them imbibe the right values and setting a good example for them is the way to ensure they grow up as healthy individuals in body and mind. Ayurveda believes that every person has their own unique constitution that determines their preferences, traits and personality. It prescribes certain kinds of advice for each type that is the Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. For your children, discovering their Ayurvedic constitution can help guide them towards healthy habits right from the start. Here are a few basic ways to inculcate an Ayurvedic routine in your kids:

  1. Early waking: According to Ayurveda, the purest time of the morning is in between 4:30 to 6:00 a.m. It is when energy levels are high, and the mind is in a state of calm and awakening. Teach your children to set a clear routine, waking up early in the morning so that they have ample time to get ready for school. On waking, let them spend 2-3 minutes saying a short prayer to welcome the day, and then wash their face and eyes well with cold water. Encourage them to use the toilet the first thing after this to regulate bowel movements over time. They should also drink a glass of water first thing in the morning as this flushes toxins from the body.
  2. Healthy eating: All bodily ailments, according to Ayurveda, arise from imbalances in the doshas. These imbalances increase the buildup of amas or toxins in the body, and cause issues with digestion. According to Ayurveda, processed foods lack the energy and life force of fresh, natural foods and so are not ideal for consumption in large quantities. Encourage your child to reach for a fresh fruit the next time he/she tries to grab a pack of chips. Be creative with presenting raw foods and natural foods to them to make them appealing for them to eat – you could create food in interesting shapes and colours to make it more fun. Some of the healthiest fruits and vegetables you can get your kids to have include asparagus, bell pepper, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, lettuce, mushroom, peas, parsnip, potato, squash, zucchini, salads, apples, banana, dates, coconut and grapes.
  3. Healthy minds: Children today have to face a lot of pressures very early on, including school admission tests, increased academic expectations and a lot of extra-curriculars on top of that. In addition, there are the added stresses of bullying and peer pressure that can really demotivate and demoralize a child. Make your child emotionally strong and stable through regular exercise. Exercise is known to release endorphins that enhance energy and mood. In addition, encourage your kids to spend a few minutes everyday focusing on an object to meditate. Meditation slows down the breathing process, normalises blood pressure, relaxes muscles and helps to

reduce anxiety and stress.

These are the 3 basic steps you can take to inculcate an Ayurvedic routine in your kids. You will see how much of a difference it can make for them during their formative years. Raising physically and emotionally strong and confident children will help us contribute to a better society.

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Preventing allergic reactions through Ayurveda

Our cities today are very polluted, and in addition to this, there are also certain natural elements such as pollen, animal fur and dust that can potentially trigger allergies. Most people tend to take anti-hystamines or over-the-counter allopathic medication for their allergies. While they may control the symptoms, they do not actually treat the cause of the allergies and over time your body may also become resistant to them. Ayurveda seeks more to explore ways to prevent illness than to merely cure it after one gets infected. Here are some proven, natural ways to prevent allergic reactions to pollution:

  1.       Keep doors and windows closed: Springtime and autumn are two seasons where pollen and dust-triggered allergies run high. Make sure that you don’t leave your windows and doors open for long periods of time – the wind can carry dust and pollen into your home and bring on allergic reactions.
  2.       Consider Ayurvedic medicine: A herbal formulation like Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy helps clear your lungs and enhance immunity in order to prevent allergies and also strengthen you internally, improving your body’s ability to fight off allergens. Taking it regularly 3 times a day after your meals will, overtime, make you more resistant to catching allergic infections.
  3.       Make changes to your diet: Research has shown that a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts like grapes, apples, tomatoes and oranges have fewer allergy symptoms. Make sure that your diet comprises a lot of fresh produce to provide your body with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to fight allergic reactions.
  4.       Drink lots of fluids: Water, juice or soup and tea can help ease congestion. The accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract often occurs due to allergy, and beverages like these can help thin the mucus and eventually drain it out to provide relief.
  5.       Inhale steam: Take a bowl of hot water, sit in front of it and put a towel over your head to trap the steam. Inhale it to ease chest or throat congestion, and also to clear sinuses. You can also take a hot shower, and use this method twice or thrice a day for respite.
  6.       Wash frequently: When you come back home at the end of the day, your clothes are often covered with dust and pollen particles that would not be visible to the naked eye. Ensure that you wash your eyes and face thoroughly and also take a shower once you are back. Leaving shoes outside the door will also help in keeping unnecessary dust and other potential allergens out.

Allergies often hamper one’s ability to go about daily life with ease, and following these tips will definitely go a long way in helping you stay protected from allergies.

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Why Regular Massage Promotes Health

One of the principles of Ayurveda is that regular massage promotes good health, better blood circulation, and enhanced muscular health. Ayurvedic principles mention that the body has seven layers of tissue or dhatus. The Sanskrit word sneha refers to love as well as oil, and it is believed that performing regular massage promotes warmth, stability and nourishment to the body.

Abhyanga refers to a thorough body massage with natural oil like sesame, coconut or mustard. Sesame oil is considered as the ‘king of oils’ and is great for those with a Vata constitution. Ashwagandha oil and almond oil are also good options. Take some oil in your palm and gently massage into your body all over, with firm but gentle strokes. It is even better if the oil is a bit heated. Regular Abhyanga imparts firmness, tone and vigour to your limbs and muscles. Over time, it also reduces the effects of ageing, and helps you to sleep better. A warm bath after a good Abhyanga massage once or twice a week is very beneficial for the skin, and nourishes it. It also enhances circulation and stimulates the internal organs.

Here are some tips to be kept in mind while performing Abhyanga:

  1. Keep a towel beneath you when you apply the oil and use a separate towel to dry yourself off after the bath.
  2. It is ideal to perform Abhyangae early in the morning. However, with the busy modern lifestyle it can be difficult to make time for it. In case you can do it only in the evening, wear light cotton or linen clothes after you finish and after taking bath. It will absorb any remaining oil from your body. You can also put a towel on your hair to prevent oil from getting on to your pillow when you sleep.
  3. Use about ¼ to ½ a cup of oil and place it in a pan of hot water to heat it slightly.
  4. At first apply the oil all over your body and then massage it into your body, beginning at the extremities moving to the middle.
  5. It is better to use longer strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints while massaging. Massage for at least five to twenty minutes.
  6. Take some time to massage the soles of your feet, your scalp and your ears. For clean ears, you can take an earbud, put a few drops of warm oil on it and clean the opening of the ear canal with it.
  7. Be careful not to slip when in the bathroom for taking bath after massaging. Make sure you hold on to something stable to maintain your balance and prevent slipping on the bathroom floor.

Abhyanga should not be performed during the menstrual cycle, or during pregnancy. It should also not be performed on inflamed, swollen or painful areas of the body or if you are suffering from any kind of illness.

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The Secret of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling or Nithya Thaila Kriya is an ancient Ayurvedic regimen that greatly enhances both your physical and overall well-being. It has gained popularity in recent times due to greater awareness about it, as well as celebrity endorsements of this age-old practice. Two ancient texts dating back to 800 BC and 700 BC mention the benefits of oil pulling including oral hygiene among other things.

Here’s how it works:

The most common way to practice oil pulling is to take pure coconut oil or sesame oil, and swish it in your mouth like mouthwash. This technique ‘pulls’ out the toxins that may be present in the mouth and also helps soothe mouth ulcers, and is known as kavala. Another way to do this is just to keep the oil in your mouth, without swallowing it, for 3-5 minutes and then repeating the process, known as gandusa.

A little-known fact however is that it does not always have to be oil – different concoctions such as milk, hot water with herbs soaked in it and honey are also used. This depends on your individual condition and health – so before you try any oil pulling methods, it is always advisable to consult an Ayurveda practitioner.

Benefits:

The benefits of oil pulling can be seen within a few months, with reduced plaque, improved dental health, strengthened jaws and a lot more. Oil pulling also cleanses the body of harmful toxins, and can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This is one of the secrets of Ayurveda that is truly beneficial for the health and youthfulness of your body.

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How to prepare tridoshic dal

Dal or lentils are one of the easiest dishes to prepare. It is light on the stomach and enriched with proteins. Tridoshic dal is an Ayurvedic preparation that is beneficial for all doshas and keeps them in check. It cleanses the body of ama or toxins, and is very good for digestion, as well as a light food to be taken if one is suffering from diarrhoea. It pacifies Kapha and Pitta doshas and increases Vata. Here’s how you can prepare this Tridoshic dal at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup split moong dal
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups summer squash, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • 1 cup carrots, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil or ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon of haldi or turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 small hot green capsicum, chopped finely (If you have pitta dosha don’t add this)
  •  ½ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
  • ½ teaspoon to 1 table spoon black mustard seeds (Add only a little for  pitta, and greater amount for vata and kapha)

Method:

  • Heat one tablespoon oil or ghee.
  • Add hing and cumin seeds. Then add all the spices and two teaspoonfuls of water. Sauté for 30 seconds over low heat but don’t let the spices burn.
  • Add the beans and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped vegetables and stir it for another minute or two.
  • Add water, salt, ginger and pepper, bring to a boil on high heat. Then cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Let the dal simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Take another remaining tablespoon of oil or ghee, add cumin and mustard seeds, and let them pop. Add it to the dal finally.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.

We hope you will benefit from this nutritious, healthy and easy-to-make Tridoshic dal which is well-suited for all dosha types.

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