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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.

The benefits of regular massage or Abhyanga are many, and it will also enhance the body’s capability to fight off infections and cope with stress. To know more about our Ayurvedic treatments, visit us here.

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Mind Types in Ayurveda

The ancient principles of Ayurveda believe that the mind and body both need to be in harmony in order to achieve overall good health. We all have different temperaments, body types, mindsets and interests and the beauty of Ayurveda is that it recognizes this. Treatments and diagnoses are made on the basis of an individual person’s particular body and mind type.

The doshas in Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha represent the body types. In the same way, mind types in Ayurveda are based on the principle of gunas. Gunas are the qualities that constitute our psychological makeup. The three gunas are:

  1. Sattva (peace, tolerance and harmony)
  2. Tamasa (ambition, spontaneity and passion)
  3. Rajasa (sloth, inertia and ignorance)

The ultimate state of mind, as is evident above, is the Sattvic state of mind. In Ayurveda, it is believed that one must always strive to achieve this state of mind. While difficult, it is definitely possible by trying one’s best to channelize Sattvic impulses as opposed to the other two types. Those who have a predominantly Sattvic nature are tolerant, generous, and giving. They are also more spiritually inclined than others. In order to contribute towards emphasizing Sattvic qualities, it is better to consume food that is neither heavily spiced nor too sweet i.e. simple and nutritious food.

The Tamasa guna has the qualities of idleness, fear and lethargy and hence most people should make efforts to reduce this guna as far as possible. The Tamasic state of mind is often depressed, with little or no spirituality or motivation to work and be active. Junk food constitutes a big part of their diet,and also sleep heavily. They tend to avoid any work that taxes the body or brain.

Finally, those who have predominantly the Rajasic guna seek control and are extremely dynamic in nature. They are brave and often very ambitious as well, however they are also prone to being sometimes rude, arrogant or jealous. Their sleeping patterns are usually disturbed, and their diet consists of strong and excessive flavours like spice, caffeine, and stimulants.

The stages of mental healing include moving from mental lethargy to motivation and action through the breaking up of Tamas, and developing Rajas. The next step would be to calm Rajas emotions, and gradually develop Sattvic tendencies through changes in your diet, other daily habits and developing the mind. It is important to remember, however, that all three gunas have their place and so all of us are made of all three gunas. What one must keep in mind though, is that the right balance will help. Our Ayurvedic healing therapies take all three gunas as well as the doshas into consideration in order to provide you the most holistic solution to your health and well-being.

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