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How to Balance your Health through Ayurveda

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Ayurveda literally means the science or the knowledge of life. But, in practical terms, it has a meaning much beyond words. It is the glory of Ayurveda that an ancient science that flourished over thousands of years ago still holds a crucial part in governing the health of even the most modern generations. Ayurveda gives primary importance to diet, lifestyle, moral values etc along with natural medicines. More than being a health-care system, it shows us a way of life and urges to follow a middle path by avoiding the extremes. The core of Ayurveda emphasizes a customised approach due to the unique constitution of each individual. However, the fundamental rules for a healthy life are mentioned in general to be followed by everyone. Acharya Susrutha holds the view that you are considered to be healthy if the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues) and malas (waste products) are in the balanced state along with spiritual, mental and sensory well-being. So, to keep these in order, we need to follow a certain age-appropriate food regimen and routine daily and seasonally. Let us go for some general rules to balance our health.
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For healthy living, food and water have to be taken only when hunger and thirst strike. That is, listen to nature’s call. Frequent eating habits are not at all to be encouraged. It hampers the digestive process and eventually leads to diseases. A minimum of 3 hours and maximum of 6 hours is necessary to be kept in between the meals for proper balance. Digestive fire (Agni) is given utmost importance in Ayurveda and once it is on the right track, rest everything gets corrected automatically. Each one of us would be possessing a different range of digesting capacity and should learn to eat and drink accordingly. For that, the golden rule of “50% solid, 25% liquid and 25% empty space” has to be followed during the meal times. Moreover, eatables should be chewed well before swallowing which initiates proper digestion from the mouth itself. For a well- balanced diet, all tastes should be included regularly, as single taste usage disturbs the dosha balance in the long run. As per Ayurveda, the order of consumption of tastes in a particular meal should be in the order of sweet, sour, salt, bitter and astringent successively. This helps in stabilizing the Doshas and easing the digestion. Moreover, seasonal variations have also been explained in terms of taste predominance, say, for example, excess salt, sour and pungent tastes should be avoided in summer and intake of sweet taste should predominate. Similarly, season-specific changes should be made in the diet.

Food items like red rice, green gram, pomegranate, raisins, rock salt, cow ghee, ginger etc can be used regularly in the right amount whereas black gram, mustard, curd, beef etc are not meant for regular use. A list of incompatible food items (Viruddhahara) has been mentioned clearly by various scholars whose regular intake may act as a slow poison and destroy their health gradually. Some among them are milk and jaggery, milk and fruits, chicken and curd, plantain and buttermilk, wheat preparations in sesame oil etc.

There are so many misconceptions revolving around drinking water while having food. The fact is, Ayurveda advises obese people to drink some water before food and for lean persons, it is suggested after food. Although, little amount of water, buttermilk or rice gruel can also be taken along with food for aiding proper digestion.

Apart from these, filling the tummies just before taking bath hinders the digestion which in turn affects the body balance. Hence, better to enjoy the food after the shower, with a calm mind leaving behind all hurry buries.

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Talking about sleep habits, even though ‘brahma muhurtha’ (one and a half hours before sunrise) is suggested to be the best time to wake up, it would be beneficial to be awake at least by sunrise or as early as possible. This routine upgrades the health of healthy people and is for those who sleep on time (by around 9 or 10 pm), as 7-8 hours of sleep is mandatory. Those people can deviate from this, who are debilitated from any disease or who need to be awake at night (though not advisable). For them, day-sleep is advocated for almost half the duration of deprived sleep at night. Except for those exhausted from illness, extremely tired, old-age people and children, day-sleep has been contraindicated for all others as it may result in obesity and diseases due to over-nourishment.

Don’t ever think that following the rules of food is enough for health. Any kind of physical activity or exercise should be executed according to one’s strength. Since over-exercise and no exercise are equally harmful, following a mild exercise would be adequate for proper blood circulation and maintaining the equilibrium.

Further to this, Ayurveda mentions about the suppressible and non – suppressible urges whose violation leads to disturbances in body functions. Urges of flatus, urine, stools, sneeze, thirst, yawning, hunger, sleep, cough, panting, tears, vomit and semen should never be suppressed. Similarly, forceful action of un-manifested urges too results in diseases. Meanwhile, it directs us to overcome the urges of anger, ego, greed, fear, grief, jealousy, over-exertion, violence, stealing, speaking harsh words, lying etc for physical as well as mental well being.

Different varieties of herbs can be made use in our day-to-day life for supporting our health. Twigs from Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Madhuka (Glycyrriza globra) and Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) can be used for brushing the teeth which should be changed after every use. It helps in pacifying the kapha dosha and clears the mouth. Similarly, Gandusha and Kavala can be done with suitable liquids like milk, honey, water, rice gruel etc which gives nourishment and strength to the facial muscles and teeth. It also enhances taste, prevents throat dryness and cracking of lips. Herbs like Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Khadira (Acacia catechu), cumin (Cuminum cyminum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Ela (Elettaria cardomomum), coriander etc can be used wisely, according to seasons and diseases, in boiling water for drinking.

Ayurveda is a treasure trove of many such preventive as well as curative remedies that need to be followed by each and every one of us. From that ocean of knowledge, some simple yet effective rules and techniques have been covered here, in order to live in balance.

How Does Ayurveda Help In Increasing Platelet Count?

ABSTRACT

Blood clotting plays an important role whenever you are injured or cut. It is the cluster of blood that converts liquid to semisolid state at the site of injury. It restricts the excess flow of blood. Platelets are main factors, responsible for Blood clotting. Platelets or Thrombocytes are the small uncolored cells whose function is to stop bleeding in the injury site by forming a plug or clot.

In this article, we will read about the platelets, their role, causes and symptoms of low platelet count, side effects of infusing platelets and how Ayurveda helps in naturally increasing the platelets count.

INTRODUCTION

Platelets are the important component of blood responsible for stopping excess blood loss at the site of injury by forming clusters of blood. Blood Platelets are generated by bone marrow (spongy center inside bones) along with other components of blood. Once Platelets are generated by bone marrow and circulated all over the body, they live in the bloodstream for 8-10 days. 1,50,000 –4,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood is the normal range or count of platelets. If platelets didn’t play its role properly, an excessive loss of blood takes place, which may further lead to death. Many kinds of diseases can occur due to abnormal platelet count and reduction in platelet count is already becoming one of the most common health problems globally. Blood platelet count reduction leads to a disease named, Thrombocytopenia. Platelet count Below 1,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood leads to this disease.

Symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Discoloration of skin
  • Excess flow of blood at the injury
  • Bleeding from Nose and Gums
  • Blood fragments in urine and stool
  • Excess bleeding during menstruation
  • Fatigue

Causes of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common cause of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Rise in the number of White blood cells (Leukemia) and other cancer
  • IDA (Iron deficiency anemia)
  • Some types of viral infections i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C, etc.
  • Chemotherapy or Radiation treatment: drugs used in this treatment or therapy destroys some normal rapidly dividing cells which are responsible for the deformation of platelets.
  • High Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol may impact the shape and function of platelets.

Low Platelet Count or ITP

Some conditions are also there in which destruction of platelets may enhance as compared to the production of platelets. This may lead to shortage of platelets in the bloodstream.

Such conditions are following:

  • Pregnancy: Anemia in pregnancy
  • Some type of severe bacterial infection may lead to destruction of platelets.
  • TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic purpura): Blood disorder in which Blood clots occur throughout the body. It may lead to low platelet count.
  • HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome): Severe Disorder causes sharp reduction in platelet count.
  • Medications: Certain medications also may cause Thrombocytopenia. For example, Sulfa containing Antibiotics, Anticonvulsants, heparin, Quinine, and many others.

PLATELET TRANSFUSION

In modern medicine, there is no specific treatment for reduction of platelets. They only go on with symptomatic treatment and end up with Platelet Transfusion. Platelet transfusion or Platelet concentrate is generally used to treat people with low platelet count or Thrombocytopenia. Transfusion increases the number of platelets in the bloodstream. Platelet Transfusion usually takes 15-30 minutes. This transfusion seems necessary for the patient having Thrombocytopenia to increase the level of platelets, but ends up with many side effects on Patient’s health.

Some of them are:

  • Hemolytic transfusion reactions: These reactions are caused by blood type incompatibilities.
  • Febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reaction: These transfusion reactions are associated with transfusion.
  • Some Allergic reactions such as Hives, Itching, Fever.
  • Septic reactions such as Tachycardia, Hypotension, Generalized pain, Multiorgan failure.
  • Circulatory overload: It includes tightness in chest, cough and rapid increase in blood pressure.
  • Post transfusion purpura: It includes Bleeding (Mucosal and Gastrointestinal).
  • Transfusion associated graft versus host disease: It is usually rare but life threatening.
  • Lung injury

LIFE SPAN OF TRANSFUSED PLATELET

Expected time period of platelets after transfusion is 3-4 days.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT WITH BETTER RESULTS

देहस्यरुधिरंमूलंरुधिरेणैवधार्यते |

  तस्मादःयत्नेनसरंक्षयंरक्तंजीवइतिस्तिथिः || 

(Sushrut, Sutrasthana, 14/45)

Acharya Sushrut in this shloka has explained the importance of blood. This shloka means that blood is the basic root tissue of the body. The whole body and life is based on blood. Thus, one must protect the blood by all means as blood is considered as another name for life.

In Ayurveda, Acharya’s has mentioned various bleeding disorders under the heading of raktapitta, where Acharya Charaka has divided raktapitta in three types:

  1. Udharvgat Raktpitt i.e. bleeding disorders related to the upper part of the body that include epistaxis, hemoptysis, etc.
  2. Adhogat Raktapitta i.e. bleeding disorder related to lower body parts that include melena, blood in stool, bleeding fissure etc.
  3. Tiryak Gata raktapitta i.eThe thrombocytopenic conditions such as ITP where bleeding from any part of the body can occur.

Acharya Sushruta has also explained features resulting after excessive blood loss (Sushrut, Sutra, 14/31)

  • Blindness
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Malnutrition
  • Seizures
  • Paraplegia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Anemia
  • Death

HERBAL MEDICINES BEING PROVIDED BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda provides the best combination of 100% safe and pure herbal remedies named as ITP pack (for adults) to increase the number of platelet counts and treat adults suffering from ITP. Planet Ayurveda provides standard quality medicines which are made up of the best and effective quality of herbs. These herbal medicines are free from any kind of preservative and chemicals.

Herbal formulations suggested by our experts for dealing with reduced platelet count are:

ITP Care Pack for Adults

Treatment of Low Platelet Count

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Brahmi Chayawanprash
  3. Giloy Capsules
  4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets
  5. Green Essential Capsules
  6. Immune Booster Capsules
  7. Kumar kalyan Ras
  8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Full Description of above enlisted Herbal Drugs:

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

It is made up of root extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). It is well known for Balancing “Vata” in the body, Ashwagandha is one of the best immunity boosters and improves the production of white and red blood cells along with platelets as well.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily after meals, with plain water

2. Brahmi Chayawanprash

It is made up of the potential herbs’ extract including Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and 28 unique ingredients. Planet Ayurveda’s Brahmi chayawanprash is the herbal formulation in the form of avaleha (jam form). Tridoshas are effectively maintained with this product, also, it balances the nervous and immune system. It prevents viral infections which may be a cause for Thrombocytopenia.;

Dosage: 1 teaspoon twice daily with lukewarm milk or warm water

3. Giloy Capsules

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is the herb with enormous benefits. It is also known as “Guduchi” and “Amrita” and considered as the best immunity booster. Planet Ayurveda’s Giloy capsules is the herbal formulation that contains extract of the stem of giloy. It increases the killing capability of the macrophages (which reduce the chances of infection) that leads to low platelet count. Blood vascular systems are also promoted by these capsules.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after the meals

4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets

Planet Ayurveda’s Gandhak Rasayan tablets are formulated with pure and fully standardized quality of shuddha gandhak (purified sulphur). It pacifies tridoshas, eliminates harmful effects of toxins and improves the immune system.

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

5. Green Essentials Capsules

These Capsules from Planet Ayurveda are made up of the combination of Different types of green high quality, nutrient enriched herbs such as Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis), Amla (Embellica officinalis) and WheatGrass (Triticum aestivum), etc. It is a beneficial dietary supplement that helps to maintain a healthy body.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily after meals, with plain water

6. Immune Booster Capsules

Immune Booster Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are totally pure and vegetarian filled with the extracts of some potential and high quality herbs such as Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Cow Colostrum (Bovine Colostrum) and Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri). It mainly aids in boosting the immune system and promoting a healthy digestion, respiration, along with positive effects on all the body functions.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals

7. Kumar Kalyan Ras

As the name specifies that it is especially formulated to be used by kumars (children). Kumar Kalyan Ras of Planet Ayurveda is prepared using different types of minerals or their ashes such as Swarna Bhasma (Ash of Gold),  Loha Bhasama (Iron Ash), Makshika Bhasama (Ash of copper-iron pyrite), Shuddha Parada (Purified Mercury), Ghritkumari Rasa (Extract of  Aloe Vera juice), etc. It helps to sustain the healthy cardiovascular system of the children. Also, it assists in treating the symptoms of low platelet count such as fever, etc.

Dosage: 1 twice daily with plain water, after meals.

8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Planet Ayurveda’s Suvarna Basant Malti Ras is high quality herbo-mineral formulation that contains the blend some effective natural ingredients as mentioned in the nacient ayurvedic texts. The extracts of Shuddha Hingula (Cinnabar in a purified form), Marich (Piper Nigrum), Mukta Bhasma (Pearl Ash) and Nimbu Swarasa (Lemon juice) as Bhavna Dravya, etc. are mixed together in this classical formulation. It is useful to reduce Thrombocytopenia symptoms such as Fatigue, weakness, etc.

CONCLUSION

As we have clearly seen in the above article, modern medicine has no specific mode of treatment for the reduction of platelets. They give the symptomatic treatment and finally end up relying on platelet transfusion for the whole life, which keeps on causing adverse effects on life. But, Ayurveda works on the root cause, eliminates it and treats the symptoms as well, which in turn relieves the patient from this health disorder. Thus, it has a better scope for treating a patient with Thrombocytopenia. For more details, stay connected through www.planetayurveda.com.