Sunday, September 28, 2008

Female Reproductive Healthcare

The human race is nurtured in the lap of the mother. An attention towards caring for the one (i.e. mother) who has cared for the universe for centuries is a gesture of gratitude.

The following are the areas where Ayurveda can benefit female reproductive healthcare.

Pre-puberty period- Prevention of undernourishment by Ayurveda food practices (e.g., usage of Black gram, Groundnut, Ashwagandha, vegetables, and greens. (Shigru, Chakramuni). Administration of Herbs in the form of Rasayanas that support the normal physiological changes during puberty- Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Amalaki, bramhi etc).

Menstrual variations- Amenorrhea Usage of herbal emmenagogues, viz. Kumari, Gingly, nutritional supplementation of minerals nutrients by greens, herbo-mineral preparations to combat malnourishment as the cause of this condition.

Dysmenorrhea: when unabated, the normal course of medical care could be managed through Ayurvedic pancha karma maneuvers.

Menorrhagia- Prevention of anemia, and rectifying the found excess flow through – formulations comprising of Shatavari, Lodhra, Ashoka, Japa, Varuna, Bilva etc.

Altered cycles- Aiming at regulation, poly-herbal treatments (e.g. Ashoka, Kumari, Triphala, Panchakola etc. combined with Pancha karma (Virechana, Basti)

Implementation of practices for progeny, as per scheduled Ayurvedic methods will benefit safe and smooth parenthood.

The aspect of immediate goals will encompass the components of Antenatal care.
Continuity of pregnancy and aiding normal fetal growth through-

Monthly dietetic regimen
First month
Plain milk as much as one can consume at intervals
Second month
Kseerapaka prepared with madhura oushadha.
Third month
Milk with Honey and Gritha (ghee/clarified butter)
Fourth month
Milk with Navaneetha (Butter)
Fifth month
Milk with gritha Payasa.
Sixth and seventh month
Gokshura ksheera paka
Eighth month
Milk and ghritha.

Dos and don’ts during pregnancy: VIHARA
1. Exercise; the amount of exercise a pregnant woman can perform can be understood based on occurrence of fatigue.
2. During pregnancy it is not advisable to commence the jogging type of exercises for the first time.
3. Riding on the horseback, riding on two wheelers, long journey by car, on undulated roads, are best avoided.
4. Stand up jobs, working to exhaustion, can be harmful.
5. Exercise with relaxation is more beneficial 
6. Sexual intercourse; is to be avoided during the first and third trimesters especially in high-risk cases. Coital techniques can be modified to satisfy the circumstances. With reduction in number of acts.
7. Adequate rest is very essential with feet up position.
8. Clothing; loose fitting and natural-fabric clothes are to be preferred; synthetic materials, tight fitting dresses are ill advised.
9. During early pregnancy itself, a shift to flat-heeled shoes is advisable.
[Consult doctor before starting any exercise program]

VICHARA; Psychological and emotional activities;
1. A pregnant woman needs to be provided with a pleasing environment.
2. Every individual who meets the pregnant woman needs to show concern, affection, and provide moral support.
3. Any type of mental stress is best avoided.
4. Positive thinking is the best approach.
5. A great deal of psychological comfort is to be provided at all spheres of family and society for an uneventful (safe) pregnancy.
6. Acceptability of the mother for any modality of management is top priority.
7. Use of rasayanas viz. Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Amalaki, Shatavari, Kushmanda, Gritha etc. is beneficial for health and immune strength.
8. Hygiene and fitness during pregnancy are important to maintain health and positive mental attitude.
9. Routine examinations and monitoring are required.

Diseases during pregnancy:
· Prevention of Hyper-emesis gravidarum.
· Nutritional disorders.
· Management of pre-eclampcia.
· Alteration in weight gains.
· Anemia etc. are managed with specific therapeutic modulations (viz. Dhanyaka hima, Kushmanda, Ashwagandha, Pala ghritha, Jatamamshi, Tantupashana. Rajatha bhasma, praval bhasma, Mandoor bhasma, etc.)
Periodic specialized therapies in pancha karma (ex. Mathra basti, Pichu dharana, abhyangaetc.) during the third trimester enhances neuromuscular strength to aid normal delivery.

Perperal care:
Diet and herbs containing galactogogues and body restoratives (e.g. Jeevanthi, Shatavari, Lashuna, ksheera, Kulatta - Abhyanga with Ksheerabala taila). Use of Dashamoolarista, Devadarvyadi quath, Soubhagyashunti, pratapalankeshwara, Shatavari, Medicated ghritha, Ashwagandha, Amalaki etc. and suitable Pancha karma are beneficial.

Care of the newborn:
Abhyanga and Matra basti to enhance weight gain; these are more important for premature babies. Bala rasayana administration and the special pediatric rejuvenators (Vacha, Haritaki, Amalaki, Jatiphala) support normal growth and development and improve immunity.

Weaning foods: Yavagu, Krishara, Vilepi, Kritayoosha.

Management of Pediatric ailments:
¨ Gastric disorders - Vomiting, flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea are helped through safe, non-habit forming remedies (e.g. Chaturbhadra churna, Jatiphala, Triphala, Nagara, Kumari.)
¨ Respiratory infections: Management - Talisadi, Sitophala, Yasti, and Gorochana.
¨ Growth and developmental abnormalities:
¨ Nutritional- Marasmus, Kwashiorkar, - Nutrition supplemented with Rasayanas.
¨ Developmental- Mental retardation, cerebral palsy; are managed with condition-specific pancha karma therapies.

Thus, Ayurveda can provide life cycle approach in women’s health as well can care the children for their common ailments and rehabilitation in mental retardedation, and other diseases.

Identification of raw areas for introducing Ayurvedic modes separately or/and by coordinating with the existing programs.

Lastly, the mission of Ayurveda is that a physician is not just the rescuer of his patient’s illness, but also a caretaker of his total well being needs no special emphasis.

Saturday, September 27, 2008



It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... all before making a human.
He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. ?

We're such slow learners...

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!God's Pharmacy! Amazing!
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. ?Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? ?It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.

There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.