Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

How to Maintain Oral Hygiene in Ayurvedic Way

Abstract

Before starting the article on oral health firstly we have to understand what oral cavity is. Oral cavity refers to the mouth which is an oval shaped cavity inside the skull. Mouth is the important part for eating, drinking and speaking. Oral cavities include the lips, vestibule, gums, teeth, hard and soft palate, tongue and salivary glands. This cavity represents the first part of the digestive system. This cavity is also known as buccal cavity and it initiates the process of digestion by secreting the saliva and propulsion of the bolus into the pharynx. In Ayurveda they have explained 65 diseases of the oral cavity which includes diseases of mukha (mouth), diseases of austha (lips), diseases of danta (teeth), diseases of jihva (tongue) etc. But in this article we will only discuss how to maintain oral health by Ayurveda.

Introduction

We have to maintain good hygiene to live a healthy life. For that we have to take care or our oral hygiene or health. Oral health means health of gums, teeth, lips and tongue. Any defect or any disease which affects our oral cavity makes a person uncomfortable to talk or to smile or even eat. Also if there is any problem in the oral cavity then it becomes difficult for a person to take any kind of food articles. So it is most important to take care of your oral cavity because this is the first part of our digestive system.

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Maintenance of Oral Cavity or Maintenance of Oral Hygiene

Ayurveda has a solution for every problem. This is the vast ancient science which has been treating patients for 5000 years for maintaining oral health or treating oral cavity related conditions, then we have to follow following regimens

1. Brushing of Teeth (Dant Dhawan)1

One should brush their teeth two times a day i.e. in the morning or at night before going to sleep. Brushing should be done with twigs of Arka (Calotropis procera), khadira (Senegalia catechu), karanja (Millettia pinnata) and arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). The breadth of the twig is about our little finger and length is about 12 angula (12 fingers). The taste selection for the brushing of teeth is tikta (bitter), katu (pungent), kashaya (astringent). In absence of twigs we should use Triphala powder, trikatu and trijataka. It clears all the toxins from the mouth because the mouth is the main source of infection.

Brushing of Teeth

Technique  of  Brushing Teeth

Brushing of teeth in the vertical direction from bottom to top.

Benefits  of  Brushing  of  Teeth

Brushing brings freshness, takes away the bad odour from the mouth and removes coating on teeth. Brushing also removes the remaining food pieces from teeth.

Technique of brushing teeth

Contraindications2

Don’t brush when you are suffering from fever, indigestion, vomiting, dyspnea, cough, thirst, eyes problems etc.

2. Tongue cleaning (jihva nirlekhan)3

After brushing our teeth, we should take care of our tongue too. Tongue cleaning should be done with a soft and smooth instrument which is made of svarna (gold), rajat (silver) and loha (iron). The length must be 10 angula.

Brushing of teeth

Benefits of Tongue Cleaning

Tongue cleaning removes bad taste, bad odour, stiffness of the tongue and gives good taste to the tongue

3. Gandush (gundusha)4

Gandusha means mouth is completely filled with dravya and kept for about 5 minutes without any movement inside mouth.

Benefits of Gandusha

Benefits of Gandusha

Practice of Gandusha enhances resonance of voice, gives strength to the mandible, nourishment of face, gives good taste and increases appetite. It prevents dryness of mouth, throat, prevents cracking of lips, prevents decaying of teeth and makes the teeth strong.

4. Kavala (Mouth Wash)

kavala means medicated liquid which easily moves in the mouth. Method and benefits are the same as Gandusha, but the only difference is that in kavala the amount of liquid is less.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene in Ayurvedic Way

If oral cavity health is affected then it also affects our digestive system. So to enhance or to take care of oral hygiene Planet Ayurveda provides an effective oral thrush care pack for maintaining oral hygiene. Planet Ayurveda is a leading manufacturing company which manufactures various herbal products. These products are made from the standardized extracts of potential herbs. The products offered by Planet Ayurveda are totally herbal and have no side-effects.

Oral Thrush Care Pack

Prevention of Teeth

This Pack Includes

  1. Arjun saar
  2. Gum care powder
  3. Gandhak rasayan
  4. Acido plan syrup
  5. Manjishtha capsules

1. Arjun Saar

This is an Ayurvedic formulation. This is made from the standardized extracts of Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) and amla (Emblica officinalis). It provides freshness to the mouth and takes away the bad odour.

Dosage: 2 teaspoonful with equal amount of water two time a day

2. Gum Care Powder

This is a herbal formulation. The ingredients in this formulation such as Sunthi(Zingiber officinale),haritaki (Terminalia chebula),is helpful in cleansing oral cavity and provides good taste to the mouth and also reduces the inflammation of the gums.

How to use: use this powder over gums twice a day.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are prepared from pure Gandhak (purified sulphur) with proven anti-inflammatory properties and anti-bacterial properties. It removes the toxins from the mouth and gives freshness to the mouth.

Dosage: 2 tablet twice a day after meal

4. Acido Plan Syrup

This herbal syrup is effective in digestive problems. It contains herbs like

  • Patola (Trichosanthes dioica)
  • Ghritkumari(Aloe barbadensis)
  • Saunf(Foeniculum vulgare)etc.

They are beneficial in improving digestion

Dosage: 2 teaspoonful twice a day after meals

5. Manjishtha Capsules

This is a single herbal Ayurvedic formulation. It purifies blood naturally. It treats all skin ailments and allergies. It is made from the standardized extracts of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). It maintains the skin lusture

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals

Conclusion

We concluded that oral health is very important for our health as it is the first part of the digestive system. By following the Ayurvedic regimen and taking these herbal products of Planet Ayurveda we can take care of our oral hygiene

References

  1. Ashtanga Hridaya sutrasthana 2/2-3
  2. Ashtanga Hridaya sutra sthana 2/4
  3. Sushruta chikitsa sthana 24/13-14
  4. Charaka sutra sthana 5/78-80

Ayurvedic Treatment of Stomach Cancer

Abstract

Stomach is present at the upper side of abdomen and plays a crucial role in the digestion of food. All the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are digested and absorbed in our stomach. Unhealthy stomach leads to an unhealthy body because various diseases arise from our stomach when we eat bad foods. But sometimes, our stomach got attacked by some undesirable diseases which disturbs its normal functioning. One of those life-threatening diseases is Stomach cancer. In this article, we will discuss stomach cancer and its various aspects. Let’s go.

Stomach Cancer

Introduction

Stomach cancer can be defined as a condition in which growth of cancerous cells takes place within the stomach. It is a rare type of cancer as compared with other cancers. One of the dangerous things associated with this cancer is to diagnose this and the time at which it gets diagnosed, cancer cells get spread to other body parts. Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. It occurs mostly in people over 55 years of age and more common in males in comparison with females.

Causes

It is exactly not known what causes stomach cancer. Research and studies show that many factors are responsible for increasing the risk of cancer. Usually stomach cancer begins with changes in the DNA of the cell present in the stomach. The DNA of the cell contains the instructions for the cell to do functions. The change in these instructions tell the cell to develop quickly and to continue living when healthy cells are no more. Thus, the tumor is formed by accumulation of unhealthy cells which can destroy and invade all healthy cells and tissue. With ongoing time, these cells can multiply into many numbers and spread into other body parts also.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer are difficult to be observed by an individual at early stages. Some common symptoms of stomach cancer includes:

  1. Heartburn
  2. Nausea
  3. Difficulty swallowing
  4. Excess bloating after eating
  5. Intermittent vomiting
  6. Pain in abdominal area
  7. Unintentional weight loss
  8. Feeling full even with small food amount
  9. Indigestion

Risk Factor

Here are some factors which can trigger the cancer of stomach:

  1. Being overweight
  2. Consuming excess smoked and salty foods
  3. Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  4. Consuming diet low in vegetables and fruits
  5. Family history of stomach cancer
  6. Smoking habits
  7. Gastritis (long term inflammation in stomach)
  8. Stomach polyps
  9. Infection with Helicobacter pylori virus bacteria

Diagnosis

Your doctor may recommend some tests and procedures to detect or diagnose the stomach cancer. These methods are:

  1. Endoscopic Ultrasound: In this, a thin tube is inserted into your throat and passed down to the stomach. Video of the inside stomach is seen by your doctor with the help of a camera fitted on the tube. Pictures are also taken to create images of the stomach with a special ultrasound tool. This test helps the doctors to understand how deeply the cancer penetrates into the wall of the stomach.
  2. Biopsy: It is a technique of removing a tissue sample for the testing from the stomach area. Then this sample is sent to the laboratory technician for analysis.
  3. Imaging Tests: Imaging tests such as CT scan, X-ray, PET (positron emission tomography) are used by the doctor to check for stomach cancer.
  4. Blood Tests: Blood tests are prescribed by the doctor to check others organs normal functioning or whether they are affected by stomach cancer. These organs include liver, kidney, heart, lungs.

Treatment

Ayurvedic medicines are very good for getting relief in the condition of cancer. These medicines are made with herbs obtained from nature and don’t show any side effect in the patient’s body. Planet Ayurveda’s medicines are totally pure and free from preservatives, chemicals, additives, binders, or synthetic materials. So, Planet Ayurveda’s medicines are 100 percent safe for consumption and support stomach cancer patients in getting relief. Here are some medicines prepared by Planet Ayurveda to get relief from stomach cancer. Take a look at these wonderful ayurvedic formulations.

Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda

  1. Kanchnaar Guggul
  2. Curcumin Capsules
  3. Tulsi Capsules
  4. Guggul Capsules
  5. Graviola Capsules
  6. Gotu Kola Capsules
  7. Ashwagandha Capsules
  8. Mahashankh Vati
  9. Avipattikar Churna
  10. Chanderprabha Vati

Herbal Supplements for Stomach Cancer

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Product description

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

Planet Ayurveda prepared Kanchnaar guggul tablets by using some wonderful herbs like Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Pippali (Piper longum), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata), etc, These tablets are very supportive in cancer conditions and treat lymph nodes swelling, leprosy, glandular swelling, thyroid disorders, fistula and other abnormal growth of cells in the body. These tablets excretes harmful toxins from the body and enhance the functioning of the lymphatic system.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice in a day with lukewarm water after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules are formulated by Haridra extract (Curcuma longa). Curcimun is the main active constituent found in Turmeric which is a traditional indian spice available in almost every kitchen of india. Curcumin is well known for its multiple health benefits since ancient time. Consuming these capsules will reduce inflammation in the whole body, prevent diabetes, asthma, allergy, digestion problems, diarrhea, and various other diseases. Daily intake of these capsules as a health supplement will delay your ageing process.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with normal water after meals.

3. Tulsi Capsules

Each tulsi capsule consists of high quality standard extract of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) herb. Tulsi has its own importance in Ayurvedic literature for its various health benefits such as improving immune power, pacifying Kapha and Vata doshas, supporting the function of the digestive system, and improving overall health.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with normal water after meals.

4. Guggul Capsules

Planet Ayurveda made guggul capsules by Guggul (Commiphora mukul) herb which is very supportive in cancer as well as balancing Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), maintaining health of joints and bones, improving blood of oxygen and blood in the body, enhancing body metabolism and prevent numerous diseases.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice in a day with normal water after meals.

5. Graviola Capsules

Best quality extract of Graviola (Annona muricata) herb is formulated in Graviola capsules. These capsules will provide you protection against infections by killing bacteria and parasites and graviola is very good for the cancer patient as it consists of anti-cancer properties.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice in a day with normal water after meals.

6. Gotu Kola Capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s Gotu kola capsules will regulate body metabolism, healthy blood circulation, and protect your body from numerous diseases. These capsules contain extract of Gotukola (Mandookparni) herb which makes these capsules to enhance the whole body health of the cancer patient.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times daily with normal water after meals.

7. Ashwagandha Capsules

Pure extract of Ashwagandha herb (Withania somnifera) is utilised in preparing ashwagandha capsules which are very advantageous to enhance the function of digestive system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive system, excretory system and improve the health of skin.

Dosage: 1 capsule two times during the day with normal water after meals.

8. Mahashankh Vati

Planet Ayurveda has processed mahashankh vati capsules by using several herbs such as Maricha (Piper nigrum), Chincha (Tamarindus indica), Hingu (Ferula asafoetida), Pippali (Piper longum) etc. All these herbs work in a synergistic and effective manner to control the normal blood pressure, give healthy skin, decrease stress, provide health to the liver, treat microbial and parasitic infections, improve digestive functions, provide relief from abdominal pain, and inflammation, treat piles etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice in a day with normal water after meals.

9. Avipattikar Churna

Avipattikar churna is a wonderful classical formulation containing a blend mixture of some herbs which are rich in health beneficial properties. Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Nagarmotha (Cyperus scariosus), Vaividang (Embelia ribes) and eleven more herbs are used in formulating this churna and used for numerous problems such as hyperacidity, loss of appetite, indigestion, gastritis, heartburn, urinary tracts infections, piles, kidney stones etc.

Dosage: 1/2 teaspoon twice in day with lukewarm water after meals.

10. Chanderprabha Vati

Shilajit (Asphaltum), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Mustak (Cyperus rotundus), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis) and seventeen more herbs are used in preparing chanderprabha vati. These tablets are very effective in reducing inflammation, calming the whole body, preventing disorders associated with the reproductive system and decreasing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with normal water after meals.

Other Preventable Measures

Follow given steps to reduce the risk of stomach cancer:

  1. Get Proper Body Weight: If you are overweight, go and get some advice from your physician about the strategies of reducing weight. Obese person is more prone to cancer, thereby maintaining a proper body weight is essential.
  2. Consume Healthy Diet: Consume a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, milk. Try to eat a sufficient amount of vegetables and fruits every day. This will help you to protect yourself from cancer as well as many life-threatening diseases.
  3. Avoid Salty and Smoked Foods: Avoid salty, smoked, packed, and fried foods as much as you can because these types of foods are not friends of your health.
  4. Quit Smoking: If you have a habit of smoking, quit as early as possible. Smoking increases the chances of several types of cancer to a great extent. Also avoid sitting near to a person who is smoking a cigarette.
  5. Daily Exercise: Be physically active by doing exercise, yoga, cycling, swimming, aerobics, gym, running or jogging. It helps you to improve flow of blood and oxygen in the body and prevents numerous diseases.

Conclusion

By using the above given herbal remedies and prevention methods, you can reduce the risk of stomach cancer to a great extent in a natural way and without disturbing any other body function. Try to add these remedies and lifestyle modification in your daily routine to maintain health of your stomach.