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Importance of Data in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is one of the oldest known medical systems in human history. Prediction and Prevention are the core strengths of Ayurveda which differentiates it from other streams of medical sciences such as Allopathy.
Ayurveda always emphasizes a personalized and holistic approach of diagnosis. Person needs to be benchmarked first (Prakruti). Later the current state of the person (Vikruti) is assessed by capturing various inputs such as Nadi (Pulse), Tongue, Face etc. The properties of these inputs are then linked to various tags (Guna, Dosha, Dhatu etc). The interdependence of these parameters in the context of that person (from benchmarked information) is then derived to conclude on the diagnostic part.

Ayurveda and Data Science .. a Perfect Marriage

Do the above ideas sound familiar? Welcome to the world of Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence!! On the face of it, this sounds bizarre. Why and how do these two uncorrelated fields go hand in hand? If you think carefully, Ayurveda based diagnosis is a data hungry process. 

In fact, I’d say the pioneers of Ayurveda were the best data scientists of all the time. They have monitored, assessed thousands of patients manually and established correlation with respect to the symptoms in their mind. This formed the base template of diagnosis. It got better and better over generations with more and more patient assessments. This is exactly what any machine algorithm does after digesting input data.
Now just imagine what can be achieved if this process of data analytics is implemented with the help of modern-day compute technologies and algorithms.
That’s what we are doing at Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. I am proud to say, we are pioneers and front runners when it comes to modernizing and digitizing the Ayurveda space with the help of data science.

Potential at a Glance …

Ancient knowledge of Ayurveda can be objectified and quantified with this data driven approach. There are great benefits of this step. Let’s have look at some of these,

  1. Technology adaptation of Ayurveda will make last mile delivery possible, thus benefiting the last person in the remotest corner of the world.
  2. Other streams of medical sciences such as allelopathy will become more complimentary and not competitive methods of diagnostics. 
  3. Open new avenues of Research and Innovative product/service ideas.

Exciting Time is Here!!

We have witnessed many technology revolutions brought by Data science in the last decade. It has transformed our life. I strongly feel Ayurveda is just the next natural candidate awaiting for this transformation with the help of data science. Once achieved, the Ayurveda story will be rewritten in modern day language and that will take Ayurveda to the world stage.

We, at Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd are committed to this transformation of Ayurveda and help it achieve the much deserved recognition at the world forum!!

Author- Parag Kulkarni,
M. Tech, IIT Bombay
Co-Founder and CTO,
Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd.

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Importance of understanding Agni in the diagnostic process

Digestive fire is the life of a human being. The process of digestive juices which is called as Pitta in Ayurveda plays an important role in the process of digestion and metabolism. Digestive fire work at the site of duodenum which is exactly behind the umbilicus. Pitta which is hot or ushna in nature with sharp/ tikshna properties and vata which is mobile/ Chala and light/ laghu enhances digestive fire.

In the science of Ayurveda, the root of all diseases is the vitiated digestive fire or Agni. And that is why Agni plays an important role in the diagnosis of any physical, physiological and psychological disorders. The Agni in a balanced state which shows proper hunger, digestion, nourishment of body tissues and mind is called Samagni. When the Agni is vitiated with the influence of Tridosha, Vata, Pitta and kapha it is diagnosed as Vishamagni, Tikshangni, and mandagni

Vishamagani shows a pattern of irregularities in appetite pattern, weak metabolism, poor nourishment of tissues and mind showing symptoms like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, piles, etc.

Tikshnagni provokes Agni with excess heat and sharpness which results in excess hunger, burning in the chest, hyperacidity, acid reflux, headache, etc.
Mandagni is the weak digestive fire that results in indigestion, loss of appetite, laziness, weak metabolism, weakness, dullness, obesity, etc.

Digestive fire differs or predictable as per one’s Prakruti or body type. Vata predominant prakruti has irregular or vishamagni. Pitta predominant prakruti has tikshnagni and kapha predominant prakruti has mandagni.
To analyze and understand the exact state of digestive fire is key to accurate diagnosis of any disease. Once the digestive fire is corrected with proper Ayurveda based medicines, personalized diet, sleep and exercise will help to cure the disease easily.
Everyone should maintain their digestive fire in a balanced state I.e. samagni to gain health and a long life.

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune


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Keep Calm & Eat Aam

Happy Mango Days.

Summer vacations are incomplete without eating Mangoes. Mango, commonly known as Aam, is called the ‘King of Fruits’. It is one of the most consumed fruits during the summer season and has many varieties including Alphanso, Kesar, etc.

Ayurved mentioned the properties of different stages of Mangoes along with their, health benefits. Many recipes having the main ingredient as mango are also described briefly in Ayurved. Here we are enlightening about common rules for eating Mangoes for gaining maximum benefits.

As we all know, Mangoes are an excellent source of nourishment for the body as they are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Due to this, the appropriate daily intake of Mango, alone or along with milk, can help improve appetite and boost energy levels. It also improves immunity and protects from heatstroke.

Generally, we can classify Mangos in the following 3 categories

1. Unripe Mangoes – When mangoes are not properly ripened they are extremely sour and very hot in nature. They vitiate all three doshas as well as rakta or blood. Therefore, always ensure that full-grown mangoes are well ripened and sweet before eating.

2. Naturally ripened Mangoes – The tree-ripened mangoes are heavy in nature as compared to artificially ripened ones. Tree-ripened mango has more of a sour taste than artificially ripened mango, which may lead to pitta provocation, but is superior in terms of calming Vata.

3. Artificially ripened Mangoes –According to Ayurveda, interestingly artificially ripened mangoes are light to digest. They reduce both Vata and Pitta. They are more sweet and ideal for eating.

The way in which Mangoes are consumed and their properties -

1. Squeezed mango – A squeezed mango is considered to be lighter and easier to digest than a sliced mango.

2. Sliced mango is very sweet and tasty, cooling, nourishing, and reduces Vata dosha.

3. Mango juice / Aamras is tonic, heavy, laxative, and pacifies Vata – pitta. It tends to increase Kapha but is nourishing and strength-giving in nature.

4. Mango mixed with milk – you can blend mango and milk or eat a sliced mango and follow it with a cup of warm milk or saffron milk. Mango mixed with milk calms Vata and pitta, is a tasty, nourishing, tonic, aphrodisiac, and improves complexion. It is sweet and cooling.

Dietary rules while eating Mangos

1. Always monitor the number of mangoes while consuming them. 1 to 2 mangoes or 1 bowl of Aamras is recommended for healthy adults with a good appetite.

2. Do not consume mango or Aamras at bedtime because it is very heavy for digestion.

3. Always add a pinch of dried ginger powder in Aamras. It will be beneficial for digestion.

4. You can add cow milk in Aamras which makes it lighter and easily absorbable. Don’t add other than cow milk to it. Otherwise, it will be heavier and will have an additional load on digestion.

5. Add a pinch of black pepper powder if you are prone to Kapha disorders and also recommended for the kid age group because kids are more prone to Kapha disorders.

6. Recommendations for Vata Prakruti – It reduces Vata. It is a good tonic, provides good muscle strength, and is good for immunity also. Adding pure cow ghee or dried ginger powder is best for Vata prakruti people but always keep eye on digestion while consuming it.

7. Recommendation for Pitta Prakruti – Slightly unripe mangoes are Pittakar. Add some cow milk and 1 teaspoon of cow ghee, and a pinch of cardamom powder to it. It will make it easier to digest.

8. Recommendation for kapha Prakriti – Aamaras proves Kaphakar in kapha prakriti people. It will be troublesome if they are already having a low digestive fire. Adding black pepper powder will be helpful. Restrict the quantity of Aamras. Try to avoid a mixture of Aamras and milk and ghee.

Turyaa Blogger- Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician), Shruti Kulkarni ( Clinical Nutritionist)

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Make your Mental Health a priority by connecting with Turyaa

3 idiots, the movie Is a perfect blend of all emotions. On top of it, all the characters from the movie teach us many life lessons in an interesting manner. Most of the lessons are associated with psychology and mental health which are much-neglected health issues.

Raju from the movie attempts suicide after struggling to get good marks, Farhan was seen to be ready to change his career due to peer pressure from his parents. Chatur is always ready for completion without having knowledge and the Virus of the college is like pressure testing equipment for brains that decide who is fit for the education. Rancho, the hero of the movie, is rescuing all the characters with his psychological fundas……All is well.

We all are surrounded by such characters but understanding the situation and standing as a Rancho for yourself is very important. Most of the time psychological and physical problems are interlinked but people often seem to neglect the psychological problems.

Ayurveda always mentioned health is a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual wellness altogether and equally emphasizes mental health also.

Ayurveda describes three Gunas of Mind named Satwa (Balance), Raja (Arrogance), and Tama (Indolence). Ayurveda also describes that a possibility for mental illness is due to an imbalance of the ‘tamas’ or ‘rajas’ in the mind which are the reactive tendencies that vitiate other doshas.

Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, its imbalance, prakruti of individuals, etc are also having an impact on Manas gunas. Diet and lifestyle also play an important role in mental illness according to Ayurveda. Rajas and Tamas aahar are responsible for the vitiation of Manas Doshas and hence mental illness. Various chronic mental disorders like anxiety, neurosis, depression, insomnia, etc. are linked with wrong diet and lifestyle. the

Neglecting the symptoms due to self unawareness or due to social stigma is very common in mental disorders. Approach toward treatment is also improper and neglected due to many reasons. Understanding symptoms at an early stage and seeking help as early as possible is very necessary.

Changes in sleeping patterns, loss of appetite, Impulsive decision-making, Turning to drugs or alcohol in moments of distress, and Suicidal thoughts are early and indicative symptoms for which professional help is a must. All the symptoms of mental health disorders can be incredibly dangerous for both emotional and physical health.

Ayurveda mentioned Sattvavajaya Chikitsa for mental disorders and is very similar to modern psychotherapy. Proper diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications, music, and mantra therapies are suggested along with medicines and panchakarma. Thus, Sattvavajaya plays a significant role in the maintenance of a harmonious state between these three important factors – intellect, memory, and patience, ultimately leading to a happy healthy state of the individual.

Considering all these Ayurvedic principles, Turya will help you in the following manner for balancing psychological health for health harmony.

  1. Proper Monitoring – Daily Nadi pariksha, assessment of emotional quotient always reflects your state of mental health. This approach of Early diagnosis – Early treatment proves very effective in the case of mental illness.
  2. Assessment of day-to-today impact factors associated with mental health – By knowing the daily routine, stress level, etc, Turyaa can keep an eye on your stress level and its impact on Tridoshik balance.
  3. Early diagnosis – Symptoms, and imbalances in Manas Gunas and Tridosha according to individual specific Prakruti can be assessed with the help of Turyaa. So very early-stage changes can be monitored.
  4. Diet and lifestyle modifications – Many chronic mental disorders can be controlled with a good Sattvic diet, proper exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Required lifestyle modifications can be provided with a very individual-specific approach by Turyaa app and Turyaa coaches.
  5. Music therapy – Many types of research show that music therapy, proper ragas, and mantras are having a positive impact on treating mental disorders. This can be provided by Turyaa.
  6. Yoga and Pranayam– Sattvavajaya is the main treatment protocol for mental illness according to Ayurveda. Yoga and Pranayam are having a very positive and recovering impact on mental disorders. Turyaa can help with expert suggestions and support.

Nowadays mental illness is very common and everywhere in all age groups. Turyaa will help you by becoming your Rancho which will keep the harmony of psychological health with all other health domains.

All is well …

Turyaa Blogger- Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician), Shruti Kulkarni ( Clinical Nutritionist)

 

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Basti – AC in Monsoon

The air conditioner has become a need especially in summer and is no more a luxury. AC adjusts the temperature of the surrounding air to make you feel comfortable. Now the questions are Does AC equally essential in once the temperature becomes quietly manageable during Monsoon? Those who are saying ‘NO’ Hang on. We have got something interesting for you.

Ayurveda advocates that human body is a small version of the universe. The universe is made up of five basic elements (Panch Mahabhuta) so as a human body. Vata is considered as representative of Air in a human body. Respiration, Heartbeat, Movements of joints, Excretion of waste material from the body are some of the noteworthy functions of Vata. Even our nervous system is governed by Vata only.This Vata gets disturbed due to atmospheric changes in rainy season.
This disturbed Vata causes various illness of digestive and musculoskeletal system. Following diseases are seen due to disturbed Vata

  • Digestive diseases like Gases, Abdominal bloating, Reduced Appetite, Constipation
  • Bone & joint diseases like
  • Knee pain (Osteoarthritis, RA)
  • Low back pain (Lumbar Spondylosis, PID, Sciatic Pain)
  • Neck pain (Cervical Spondylitis)
  • Irregular menstruation due to PCOD, Dysmenorrhea, Fibroid, Menopausal Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Paralysis
  • Certain heart diseases
  • Anorectal diseases like Piles, Fissure
  • Kidney stone

Monsoon is an ideal time to condition the air inside your body i.e. Vata. The best Air conditioner for Vata is known as Basti. Basti is nothing but a medicated enema. But it is not like an ordinary soap water or glycerin enema to flush out a stool and waste material from a body. Basti is a panchakarma procedure in which medicated oil, ghee or decoction is administered through anal route.
As per Ayurveda large intestine is a head office of Vata which controls the functions of Vata all over the body. So Basti administered in large intestine acts as a corrective measure against the disturbed Vata during monsoon. So Basti is nothing but AC to condition Vata in your body. There are many types of Basti. But generally, two main types are observed.

Anuvasan Basti – Medicated oil enema.
Niruha Basti – Decoction enema.
These Anuvasan and Niruha are administered in an alternate fashion. There are various courses of Basti. Your physician decides the suitable course for you as per your constitution (Prakruti) and nature of the illness.
Yog Basti – It’s an 8 days course with 5 Anuvasan (Oil) enema and 3 Niruha (Decoction) enema.
Kala Basti – 16 days course with 10 Anuvasan (Oil) enema and 6 Niruha ( Decoction) enema.
Karma Basti – 30 days course with 18 Anuvasan and 12 Niruha Basti.

Monsoon is here.
So, guys, it’s time to switch on the AC to condition your VATA.

© Dr. Pushkar Purushottam Wagh
Ayush Ayurveda Clinic
A – 5, Palm view,
RX – 37, MIDC,
Dombivli (E)

 

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