Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dietary Supplement to Gain Weight Naturally

Individual who are underweight are at risk of poor health. Too little weight can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.

A person is considered to be underweight in case their body weight is 10-20% less than the average expected for one’s height, age and sex. If the body weight is less by 20 % or more than ideal body weight, the individual is utterly underweight and is an issue of high concern.

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People who are underweight typically are not getting sufficient calories to fuel their bodies and also suffering from malnutrition, because of unavailability of enough vitamins and minerals from their food.

What are the causes of being underweight?

Insufficient food intake both in quantity and quality is a very common cause for being underweight and other being psychological and physiological reasons.

  • Psychological factors like mental illness or Depression.
  • Anorexia nervosa where a person refuses to eat adequately.
  • Irregular eating habits.
  • More physical activity compared to increased food intake
  • Vomiting and diarrhea leading to mal-absorption
  • Conditions like fever in which appetite is poor
  • Hormonal imbalance as in hypo or hyperthyroidism causing underweight

Ayurvedic View in Weight Gain

According to Ayurveda View, vitiation of vata dosha is responsible factor for underweight condition.

Health issues linked to underweight

  • Hampered growth and development.
  • Fragile bones because of vitamin D deficiency and calcium along with low body weight can result in weak bones and osteoporosis.
  • Weak Immune system.
  • Anemic conditions may develop.
  • Low body weight in women may resultin irregular periods, lack of periods and infertility.
  • Hair loss, dry, thin skin and teeth health issues may also result.

Herbal Treatment for Weight Gain

WEIGHT GAIN FORMULA

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An effective herbal formulation for people with underweight problem. This Herbal formulation is natural way to gain weight without any side effects. This weight gain capsules help to increase weight by regulating the metabolism of the body along with that it improves endurance, stamina and increases weight.

This herbal remedy for underweight shows the good results in the people. This product is prepared with use of differentsuitable herbs that work in combination to provide strength to body, improve the muscle tone, muscle weight and size and convert extra fats into muscles and this way help in weight gain.

Various Herbs Used in the Formulation of Weight Gain Formula

1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):- Ashwagandha is rejuvenative in nature that maintains appropriate nourishment of the tissues, predominantly of muscle and bone.This herb is a way to gain weight naturally because of its property to strengthen the nervous system as stress is also the cause of thinness. Ashwagandha is an herb that is effective torevitalize body tissues and decreases body fatigue and increases muscular endurance, thereby enhances body’s ability to maintain physical as well as mental stamina.

2. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula):– Haritaki is effective in balancing the vata dosha the foremost cause of underweight according to Ayurveda. Haritaki is quite effective to improve the digestive fire and this way supportive in absorption of nutrients in the body. It has properties to recover the digestion and enhances appetite and therefore resulting in a healthy body and muscle mass. It even upgradesbody energy and immunity.

3. Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica):- Bhibhitaki is very nutritious herb that is enriched with essential vitamins like Vitamin C, minerals like selenium, manganese, potassium, iron and copper, and protein which is beneficial in weight gain. It also cures loss of appetite and improves immunity.

4. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis):- Amalaki is nutritional herb which is a part of Weight Gain Formula, holds rejuvenating and anti-oxidant properties and also rich in Vitamin C, which provides proper nutrient to the body and helps in weight gain. It is efficient in boosting immunity and metabolism. Its complete action on body brings gain in weight in healthy way.

5. Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare):- Saunf is efficient herb for various problems like loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and worms in abdomen and eating disorder (anorexia) which are linked to underweight condition. It improves theses conditions and bring about increase in body weight.

6. Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum):- Jeerak is an herb having useful properties like it helps to boost up the immunity,improves digestion and help in enhancing appetite which further results in weight gain.

7. Vidanga (Embelia ribes):- Vidanga is rejuvenating herb that helps to maintain good health and provides energy to body.

8. Pippali (Piper longum):- Pippali is very beneficial in keeping the digestion and metabolism healthy as well. It helps in transportation of nutrients and removes wastes from body. It has property to enhance immunity of the body. It also improves the appetite by increasing basic metabolic rate (BMR), thereby helps in weight gain.

DOSE: – 1 capsule, two times in a day with plain water after meals.

Natural Products in Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis-Herbal remedies

Oh goshǃǃ this abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, bloody stools make the condition worst. Yes we are talking about the ulcerative colitis. One more health issue haunting the mankind these days.Herbal remedies for ulcerative colitis work like a wonder to cope up with this disease. But if you are going for the herbal treatment then be patient as the herbs take time to uproot the disease.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis

Ayurvedic treatment for ulcerative colitis

In Ayurveda Ulcerative colitis is known as pittaj grahani.  It is mainly due to the imbalance of pitta dosha with further involvement of imbalanced vata dosha in some cases. Aggaravation of pitta doshas occurs due to the consumption of pitta aggravating foods which result in the impairment of rakta dhatu (blood tissues) and mamsa dhatu (muscle tissues). This condition result in formation of ama (toxins) in the intestine. Whereas aggravation of vata dosha in the lower colon region result in the mucous accumulation and inflammation. So the inappropriate eating habits are the major cause of this disease.

There are various herbs like Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Kutaj (Holarrhena antidyssentrica), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Dhania (Coriander sativum), Nagarmotha (Cyprus rotundus), Anar (Punica granatum), Choti elaichi (Eletteria cardomum), Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) and Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica) are identified in Ayurveda to treat ulcerative colitis. These herbs possess the carminative, antioxidant, anti inflmmatirty, digestive stimulant properties which help in natural healing of ulcerative colitis. Moreover, these herbs along with the treatment of disease result in the overall health benefits.

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IDB) which is characterized by the inflammation of colon and rectum. This disease comes in the category of auto immune disorders. There are various factors like food allergies, collagen disorders, genetic factors, wrong food consumption like eating hot or spicy food are factors, responsible for ulcerative colitis.

Let’s see the symptoms of ulcerative colitis:

  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhea with pus or blood
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Burning sensation in chest and throat

Note – Don’t take this disease lightly, in some cases it may result in life threatening complications.

Herbal remedies for ulcerative colitis

  • Planet Ayurveda offers the herbal remedies for ulcerative colitis which are procured from the pure extracts of herbs. It offers “ulcerative colitis care pack” which comprises the four herbal products.

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List of products:

  • ARJUNA CAPSULES
  • VATSAKADI CHURNA
  • PITTA BALANCE
  • KUTAZGHAN VATI

Product description:

 1. ARJUNA CAPSULES – Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) herb is packed with   anti-oxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are quite useful to manage the symptoms of ulcerative colitis like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, ulcers, bloody stools etc. Standardized extract of this herb is used to make arjuna capsules. These capsules are effective to heal the ulcerative colitis in a natural way.

Dosage – 2 capsules two times in a day after meals with plain water.

2. VATSAKADI CHURNA – This herbal supplement is an amazing blend of various herbs which are given below

Ingredients:

  • Kutaj (Holarrhena antidyssentrica)
  • Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
  • Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Dhania (Coriander sativum)
  • Nagarmotha (Cyprus rotundus)
  • Anar (Punica granatum)
  • Choti elaichi (Eletteria cardomum)
  • Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans)

Benefits:

  • Herbs given above work in a synergetic way to treat the ulcerative colitis. Herbs used in the formulation of vatsakadi churna are packed with the digestive, astringent, appetizer and anti-dyspeptic properties. Moreover, these herbs balance the imbalanced vata and pitta doshas.
  • These herbs help to pacify the vitiated vata and pitta doshas which is major causes of ulcerative colitis in Ayurveda.  Hence these herbs support the good digestive system. These herbs help to manage the symptoms like rectal bleeding, ulceration, inflammation in the lining of colon, and abdominal cramps in ulcerative colitis. Hence it is an effective Ayurvedic treatment for ulcerative colitis.

Dosage – One teaspoonful, twice in a day with plain water after meals.

3. PITTA BALANCE – As the name of this product suggests that it balances the vitiated pitta dosha.  This herbal product is prepared by the combination of various natural ingredients which are listed below –

Ingredients

  • Praval pishti (Coral calcium)
  • Akik pishti (Agate calcium)
  • Jahar mohra pishti (An ayurvedic calcium compound)
  • Kamdudha ras (An ayurvedic calcium compound)
  • Mukta pishti (Pearl calcium)
  • Giloy satva (Tinopsora corifolia)

Benefits –

Natural ingredients given above possess the immune modulator, digestive stimulant and anti-oxidant properties. Hence this herbal product is also quite good to treat the ulcerative colitis in a natural way.  Moreover these ingredients, help to pacify the pitta dosha which is the main cause of ulcerative colitis.

Dosage – One capsule, two times in a day after meals with plain water.

4. KUTAZGHAN VATI – This is also another wonderful herbal formulation of planet Ayurveda. This herbal product is available in the form of tablets and prepared from the pure extracts of herb, Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica). This herb helps to treat the chronic diarrhea in ulcerative colitis. It also helps to burn the ama (toxins) and also helps to provide the relief in the abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding and inflammation of colon.

Dosage – 2 tablets, two times in a day after meals with plain water.

  • Along with the herbal remedies, it is mandatory for rapidly recovery to take care of few things such as:

Things to be taken:

  • Consume the vegetables like bitter gourd, bottle gourd, pumpkin, and round gourd and ridge gourd.
  • Consume the fruits like, apple, banana, pear and pomegranate (without seeds).
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids daily.
  • Consumption of Coconut water is also good for ulcerative colitis.

Things to be avoided

  • Limit the dairy products
  • Limit the fiber  intake
  • Avoid Spicy and junk food
  • Avoid non vegetarian foods
  • Avoid  carbonated drinks
  • Avoid tea and coffee
  • Avoid ice cream, biscuits, white bread, oats and nuts
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Tips:

  • Keep yourself away from negativity.
  • Do meditation and deep breathing which helps to ease stress and relax your body.