Category: Ayurveda

How Helpful is Ayurvedic Remedies in Kidney Stones?

Introduction

Kidney stone is not a stone exactly, but in fact is the crystallization of minerals and waste materials, which is found in urine, when they all get assembled in the kidney blocking the canal that passes urine, thus causing pain. Sometimes it is too small to be noticed, but can expand its size with time, up to the size of a grapefruit. It is only then that it begins blocking the flow of urine, causing extreme pain and bleeding. In Ayurvedic language it means Vrukka Ashmari ( Vrukka means kidney and Ashmari means the stone). The treatment is different for every person in Ayurveda, as every individual body has its own features.

Causes of kidney stones

What are the Causes of Kidney Stones

  • The reason why the kidney stone gets created is improper and unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, without much physical activity, doing physical work excessively, working for too long under the sun, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, coffee and tea and eating oily, heavy and Junk food. All these leave no space for consumption of fresh vegetables, water and alkaline producing foods. When you ignore & suppress the urge to pass stool or urine can also cause the formation of kidney stone

Natural Ways to Treat Kidney Stones

Ayurveda treats all patients with natural herbal medicines that you have access to. Ayurveda recommends:

Coconut Water:

  • Drink lots of coconut water, as it is considered to be the best drink for the kidney stone to get mixed with urine and be flushed out. It is cool and healthy drink that helps to dissolve the kidney stone with urine. The burning sensation you get during urination, it heals that too.

Lemon juice with Honey:

  • Mix raw honey in your glass of lemon juice cum warm or normal water. You can either add honey or rock salt, depending on your taste. This lemon juice is a safe bet for removal of kidney stones.

Water:

  • The first & foremost remedy for the removal of kidney stone is to drink lots & lots of water. It is the cheapest and best remedy to make the kidney stone flush out. The more you drink water, the more you need to urinate and the urine will let the stone to dissolve itself in it and will get flushed out. Along with the stone it will keep you hydrated and lets out all the toxins and waste products which are responsible for creating a kidney stone. Drink water a little more than necessary, at least 8 to 10 glasses a day.

Tulsi or (Basil):

  • Tulsi, a holy plant according to Hindu mythology, is a plant that enhances the balance between minerals, fluid and uric acid. Its leaves can be used to make tea, juice can be taken raw with honey to make it a little tasty, and had it for 2- 3 times a day. Tulsi is also responsible for enhancing kidney health, so it will be a lot better if we make it a habit to drink Tulsi tea, but the Tulsi plant should be organic.

Kollu or (Horse Gram):

  • Kollu or Kulti is also helpful in prevention, if a kidney stone does get formed, it peters it out. It also removes the stones that get formed in the gall bladder. It helps in scattering the kidney stones into small tiny pieces, which makes the urine very easy to carry along. All the blockages in the urinary tract are flushed out easily.

Vendakkai (Lady’s Finger/ Okra/ Bhindi in Hindi):

  • This is a green vegetable that has magnesium, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thus it prevents the crystallization of chemicals that gets accumulated in the kidney to form a kidney stone. When it stops their assembly, it reduces the chances of formation of kidney stone. So it is a safe remedy for kidney stone.

Phyllanthus Niruri,

  • Phyllanthus Niruri also famous as Bhumyamalaki, is a green plant which is mostly used in Ayurveda to treat  kidney stone. It is recognized due to its herbal and medicinal qualities. According to a review, it is found that it prevents the birth of a kidney stone. So it is considered a safe bet for your kidney.
  • It is a widely spread tropical plant, which is found in the coastal areas, which is popularly known as stone-breaker, seed under leaf and gale of the wind. It is a relative of herbaceous plant, which belongs to the genus Phyllanthus, which comes from the family of Phyllanthaceae.

What are the Prevention and Tips

You can also take some other preventive steps for not letting the kidney stone to get created like:

  • You should limit the consumption of too much salt, as ‘excess of everything is bad’ so is of salt. Drink lots of water, make sure it is clean, and drink lots of fluids that are good for your health, like fruit juices, soups and nutritious drinks, not the ones that contain alcohol, tea or coffee.
  • If you still feel the urge to consume it, better restrict and put a limit on them and have them occasionally. Don’t make it a habit to consume them daily.
  • Daily exercise is a necessity, the heat generated while exercising makes the stone fizzle out.
  • Try to avoid unhealthy foods like sugar, junk foods, sugary drinks, processed foods, black tea, soft drinks, sodas, alcoholic drinks and chocolate.
  • Reduce or just quit having non-vegetarian food items like meat, eggs and poultry products, which are responsible for enhancing the uric acid level in urine.
  • If you do need some healthy foods for your body to function normally, better opt for vegetable proteins, sprouted grains, whole grain bread, pulses and various different lentils. All these don’t let the kidney stone to create its structure.
  • It is easy to treat such renal stones via Ayurveda, without any surgery. If you ignore it, it might pass on to the bladder and kidneys. If its size expands, it can cause havoc inside your body and damage many other organs. If you are slightly doubtful, better go to an Ayurvedic doctor and get a test done. You can contact Planet Ayurveda too. It is just a click away at planetayurveda.com

How can Ayurveda kick allergy out of the body naturally?

Allergy and Ayurveda:Overview

ALLERGY’ is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to certain substances which it misidentifies as harmful. This overreaction of the immune system is called an ‘allergic reaction,’ and the substances which trigger such a reaction are called ‘allergens.’

An allergy or allergic reaction generally manifests itself in the form of some commonly-occurring disorders of the skin and respiratory system. These disorders include eczema, hives, asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.

AYURVEDA’ is an ancient, holistic (whole body) system of medicine, which is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The core concept of Ayurveda is that an equilibrium of the body’s three fundamental bio-elements or ‘Doshas’ —Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — leads to good health.

The main aim of Ayurvedic medicine system is to prevent the occurrence of diseases and to promote health and well-being. To achieve this aim, Ayurvedic experts mainly depend on the use of herbal formulations to treat diseases naturally, and also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to patients suffering from different disorders.

Herbal Remedies for Allergy

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergies

According to Ayurveda, allergies are generally a result of an excess of the Kapha and Pitta dosha, or the earth and fire elements. Ayurveda believes that the main causes behind the occurrence of allergies are accumulation of toxins and low immunity.

More specifically, the Ayurvedic viewpoint of allergies is that ‘genetics’ is the primary reason that causes an individual to suffer from allergies. These are considered to be a result of the one or all of the following conditions:

  • Weak agni (digestive fire)
  • An individual’s state of vykruti (imbalance)
  • The presence of ama (undigested or poorly digested food which turns toxic and interferes with the bodily processes).

The management of allergies naturally with the help of Ayurveda involves the diagnosis of the root-cause of allergy for every individual patient, and its subsequent treatment.

How Ayurveda can treat allergy naturally?

Ayurveda can effectively kick allergy out of the body naturally with the help of herbal formulations which can cure different types of allergies by:

  • Detoxifying the body by eliminating toxins.
  • Strengthening the immune system.

In addition, Ayurveda practitioners also suggest some necessary modifications in the diet of patients suffering from allergies.

More specifically, Ayurveda is beneficial in treating Vata, Pitta and Kapha types of allergies in the following ways:

Vata allergies

  • According to Ayurveda, Vata allergies are caused because of dryness, and their symptoms mostly include dry cough with, insomnia and anxiety.
  • To cure Vata allergies,Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that patients should drink tea made from ginger root (Zingiber officinale) 4-5 times a day, and also inhale sesame oil.

Pitta Allergies

  • These allergies cause excessive heat in the body, and are associated with symptoms like burning eyes, rashes and loose stools.
  • Ayurvedic cure of these allergies involves the consumption of tea prepared from Neem leaves (Azadirachta Indica), and also a mixture of warm milk and half a teaspoon of turmeric (Curcuma Longa) powder. Moreover, patients are also asked to inhale coconut oil 2-3 times a day.

Kapha allergies

  • These allergies are developed due to moist, humid conditions and their symptoms include slow digestion, and mucus production.

Management and Treatment of Allergies

  • For relief from these allergies, Ayurvedic experts recommend that patients should drink one glass of warm water with half teaspoon of liquorice (Mulethi or Glycyrrhiza glabra), after every meal. Another method of treatment is to take half a teaspoon of ‘Sitopaladi’ churna with honey, three times a day.
  • Other than the above-mentioned Ayurvedic treatments for different types of allergies, there are some excellent herbs which are considered to be extremely beneficial for relief from allergy in general

The widely-known anti-allergy herbs include:

  1. Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome -Curcuma Longa)
  2. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  4. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  5. Shirish (Albezzia lebbock)
  6. Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)
  7. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  8. Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum)
  9. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  10. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
  11. Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  12. Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica)

Ayurveda can effectively treat allergies in a natural manner if the patients follow some strict guidelines with regard to changes in diet and lifestyle habits, along with taking herbal formulations. In specific, patients suffering from allergies can gain benefits from Ayurvedic treatment if they remember that:

  • Heavy foods — like meats, nuts, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods — should be avoided
  • Iced beverages should be avoided
  • Plenty of warm water should be consumed throughout the day
  • Eating habits should be altered, so that the lunch is a hearty meal while the dinner is a light meal
  • Exercise should be made a part of daily routine, for stimulating agni and eliminating ama
  • Yoga breathing practices should be tried in order to relax the body and the mind
  • Adequate sleep should be ensured
  • Intense stress should be avoided because it can aggravate allergies
  • Herbal oil massage should be done to improve blood circulation and eliminate allergy-causing chemical toxins.

In addition to the above-mentioned guidelines for allergy management, there are also some other Ayurvedic approaches to treat allergies. These approaches are listed below:

  • Use a Neti pot once or twice a day, with a weak saline solution and distilled water, to reduce the heaviness of Kapha.
  • Practice ‘Nasya’ (nearly one hour after using Neti pot) by dabbing some sesame oil spiked with eucalyptus/camphor in both nostrils
  • Practice a daily ‘Pranayama’ routine which should include Kapalabhati (skull-polishing breath), Dirgha (three-part breath), Ujjayi (ocean-sounding breath), and Bastrika (bellows breath)
  • Take a Kapha-reducing diet that includes warm, light, natural, and cooked foods which can be easily digested
  • Increase the use of ‘warming’ spices — like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and cumin — in cooking

Conclusion:

  • Ayurveda can kick out allergies from the body in a safe and natural manner. However, it is advisable that people suffering from allergies should have their allergy diagnosed properly, and should consult a  registered Ayurveda practitioner for guidance related to the best diet plan for them, as well as the use of the most suitable herbal formulations to cure the allergy.

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