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Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Common Ailments

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Although Ayurveda has existed in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years, the world is only now waking up to its benefits. Recognized by Congressman Shashi Tharoor as one of the finest ‘gentle powers’ that India has to offer the world, Ayurveda or the ‘science of life’ presents us with ancient wisdom that is becoming increasingly relevant in the modern world.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine practiced in India that has its origins in the Vedic period. Today it is considered a form of alternative therapy aimed at achieving a balance between the three “doshas” or elemental substances – vata, pitta and kapha.

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When does Ayurveda work best?

Qualified Ayurveda practitioners generally use eight methods to diagnose diseases, including Nadi (pulse), Mutra (urine), Mala (stool), Jihva (tongue), Shabda (speech), Sparsha (touch), Druk (vision) and Aakruti (appearance). Once the diagnosis is made, treatment can be plant-based with an emphasis on gaining vitality through a healthy metabolic system and proper digestion.

“People should realize that if they want to take alternative medicine, they should only go to those who are authorized to prescribe it,” said Dr. Vishal Rao of the Institute of Public Health told the Deccan Chronicle. “Unfortunately, all of these stores don’t give out a bill or prescription.” It is important to understand that Ayurveda is not magic – it only works when the disease is diagnosed and the right medication is prescribed.

Although Ayurvedic preparations should only be taken on prescription, the discipline also offers a range of “home remedies” for laypeople. These remedies are often simple and involve plants and herbs commonly found in Indian cooking. Through the wisdom of centuries, Ayurveda teaches us that everyday ingredients are true reservoirs of healing power. It advocates the inclusion of potent herbs in our daily diet.

Top Ayurvedic home remedies for common ailments

Allergic rhinitis: Tulsi or Holy Basil is highly recommended for treating allergic rhinitis. It is known for its strong aroma and high anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger, amla (Indian gooseberry) and turmeric are also recommended for relieving congestion and boosting immunity.

Tip: Boil half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a cup of milk. Add a pinch of turmeric to this concoction and take once or twice a day to relieve allergic rhinitis.

hyperacidity: Ayurveda recommends the use of tender coconut water to cure heartburn and other herbal ingredients such as cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Chewing spices such as cardamom and cloves is also recommended

Tip: Mix 25 grams each of roasted and powdered cumin and coriander seeds with 50 grams of sugar. Take half a teaspoon three times a day to relieve hyperacidity.

headache: While chronic headaches require professional diagnosis and treatment, immediate relief from discomfort in and around the head is possible.

Tip: Make a fine paste from cinnamon powder and water and apply to the forehead and temples. This should help temporarily relieve headaches. A paste made from ground clay or sandalwood powder mixed with rose water can also achieve the desired effect.

burns: Superficial first degree burns can be effectively treated with Ayurvedic home remedies.

Tip: Applying aloe vera gel to the affected area for at least 30 minutes should help reduce the burning sensation. Adding a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the gel can make it more effective in treating burns. The affected area can also be washed with rose water.

Tired eyes: Increased screen time and lack of sleep can lead to tired, itchy, burning, and watery eyes. The condition may require medical attention For persistent irritation but mild stress, Ayurvedic remedies can work wonders.

Tip: Put a cold milk compress on your eyes for five to 10 minutes to relieve stress. You can also try putting a few drops of rose water on the eyelids. Rose water has a cooling effect that reduces eye fatigue.

back pain: The most effective Ayurvedic treatments for back pain include massage with medicated oils. Consuming cumin and ginger tea once or twice a day will also provide relief.

Tip: Heat mustard or sesame oil until warm. To do this, add a few pods of crushed garlic and roasted garlic. Massage the oil into the affected area, followed by a warm compress.

What needs to be done:

  • Diagnose

  • Apply

  • Heal

  • Alleviate

  • Alleviate

  • To reduce

  • Treat

Thanks to Archana Chettiar

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