Vikruti

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
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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.

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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 …

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Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician), Shruti Kulkarni ( Clinical Nutritionist)

 

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Aarogyarahasya Lekhmala – 1

Teeth Cleaning (Danta Dhavana)

Readers today we will discuss about the topic called “Danta Dhavana”
i.e. “Teeth Cleaning”.

Desiding the stick for a Danta Dhavana :-
The stick used for Danta Dhavana should be 12 Angula in length. It’s thickness should be like a little finger. It should be soft & devoid of any spike or perforations.
Danta Dhavana Process :-
Tip of the medicinal stick should be crushed by teeth and it should be used for cleaning purpose. It should be followed by rubbing of teeth by Danta Manjana Churna.

Benefits of Danta Dhavana :-

  • It provides oral freshness.
  • The waste present at tongue, teeth & mouth are cleaned & taste sensation is improved.
  • You should do Danta Dhavana by facing towards East or North.
  • You should be quite & stable while doing Danta Dhavana.
  • Medicinal sticks of Astringent, Bitter or Pungent taste should be used for Danta Dhavana

Herbal sticks used for Danta Dhavana are as follows :-
वड – Vad (Banyan tree), विजयसार – Vijaysaar (Malbar Kino / Pterocarpus marsupium),खदिर – Khadir (Senegalia Catechu), करंज – Karanj (Pongamia Pinnata), सर्ज – Sarja (White Dammer Tree / Vateria Indica ), ईरीमेद – Irimed (Sweet Acasia / Acasia Farnesiana), आघाडा – Aaghada (Acharanthes Aspera), मालती – Malati (Aganosma Heynei), अर्जुन – Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna),कडूनिंब – Kadunimba (Indian Lilac / Azadiracta Indica), आंबा – Aamba (Mangifera Indica),जांभूळ – Jambhul (Indian Blackberry / Syzigium Cumini) & मोह – moha (Madhuka Indica)

The best herbs to be used according to their taste are as follows :-

  • Sweet :- मोह – Moha (Madhuka Indica)
  • Pungent :- करंज – Karanja (Indian Beech / Pngamia tree / Pongamia Pinnata)
  • Astringent :- खदिर – Khadir ( Khair) (Senegalia Catechu)

Dantadhavan herbs should be chosen according to the Vitiated Dosha and Prakruti (Constituent) of the individual. Using Different herbs for Danta Dhavana provides specific health benefits as follows.

रुई – Rui (calotropis gigantea) :- Increases sperm count.
वड – vad (Banyan tree) :- Helpful for Glowing skin.
बोर – bora (Indian Jujube) :- Voice quality improves.
खैर – khair (Senegalia Catechu) :- Freshens the Oral Cavity.
आंबा – Mango (Mangifera Indica) :- Health is achieved.
कळंब – Kalamba (Ipomoea Aquatica-Water Spinach) :- Dhruti (Contentment) &
Medha (Intelligence) is enhanced.
चंपक (Magnolia champaka) :- Voice and Memory is improved.
शिरस – Shiras :- Quality and quantity of life improves.
आघाडा – Aaghada (Acharanthes aspera) :- Dhruti, Medha & Pradnya improves. Voice is also strengthened.
डाळिंब – Dalimba (Pomogranate), Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) & कुडा – Kuda (Holarrhena Antidysentrica) :- Beauty is enriched.
जाई – Jaai (Jasminum Officinale), तगर – Tagar (Valeriana Wallichii) & मंदार – Mandar (Calotropis Gigantea) :- Bad dreams are relieved.

Best Time for Danta Dhavana :-
It should be practised early morning & after every food consumption.

Contra-indications for Danta Dhavana are as follows :-
The one who is suffering with Headache, Thirst, Facial Paralysis, Earache, Eye diseases, New fever & Heart disease should avoid Danta Dhavana.
It should not be practised for few days in severe stage of oral diseases, oedema, cough, asthma, hiccups, fainting & alcoholism.
It is also not recommended in General debility and Indigestion.

Note :- In all above conditions, it should be avoided in severe stage for few days only. In some ailments we can avoid using Danta Dhavana stick but Danta Manjan Churna can be used. One can consult with Ayurveda practitioner for more information.
Waste particles trapped in the teeth should be removed so as to avoid decaying process.
There is nothing like 12 hours protection etc.!
Danta Dhavana is necessary especially after having meal because maximum waste gets trapped in between the teeth at this time and it remains there until next morning Danta Dhavana. In this way, Decaying process gets daily sufficient time. To avoid this we should do Danta Dhavana, after each food intake.
By using few herbs and rest all chemical compounds, no toothpaste can become an ayurvedic.
Actually in Ayurveda only herbal sticks or churnas are mentioned for Danta Dhavana. But if paste is made by avoiding harmful chemical compounds, colours & preservatives, it is always welcome.

Why our previous generations tooth were firm, till the end?
Why we are needing many root canals?
Why we are unable to peel sugar cane?
Why our jaw is dislocated, while eating dried coconut piece?
Why we need to use Artificial Denture between the 50’s & 60’s of our age?
Is tooth cleaning specifically indicated for attracting girlfriends & having kiss?
we should introspect & rethink over all these conditions.
“so to avoid early use of Artificial Denture do Danta Dhavana!”

Important Terminologies :-

  • Dhruti :- Determination, Contentment
  • Medha :- Grasping and understanding power. “It is one of the Satwik Guna and the function of Normal Pitta.”
  • Pradnya :- It is the rational thinking power by considering Past, Present & Future aspects.

Ref :-
Sarth Yoga Ratnakar, Part 1, Page No.91 / Shlok No.12-25
Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 5/71-73
Sushrut Sutrasthan 46/482
Ashtanga Sangraha 3/12-15

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Ayurvedacharya
Yoga & Hypnotherapy Consultant
Pimple Saudagar, Pune.

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Daily Fats and Oils

Rekindle your Inner Agni, in the right way this Monsoon!!

We have learnt about superfoods, their facts and myths till now. But the most important, last but not the least, are fats and oils. Let’s know more about this macromolecule.

Now, the monsoon is going on and the people have cravings for oily & spicy food due to the cool climate. In monsoon season particularly our digestive fire is low (Agni Mandya). One should avoid too much oily, deep-fried and spicy food.

In Ayurveda, sneha means a soft, oily or lubricating substance and snehana is the treatment process of oleation of the body and gut, in this procedure ghee or medicated oils are applied to the body. Snehana can be administered both externally (bahya) and internally (abhyantara), with the main types of sneha: oil (taila), clarified butter oil-ghee (ghritha). Snehana is used to detoxify organs and lubricate or soften tissues in the body.

If you are not undergoing such Ayurvedic methods of oleation then you may add suitable fats and oils to your daily diet according to the season and tridoshas.

Nutritional facts of oils and fats:

Oils and fats suitable for sauteing/shallow frying in monsoon:

The Oils & fat which are rich in monounsaturated fats are beneficial for sauteing and shallow frying. (For example olive oil, groundnut oil and unsalted butter.) For deep frying purposes Sunflower oil and ghee are suitable.

Oil recommendations according to Tridoshas:

Vata Body type:
People with this body type are thin, fast-moving, and quick thinkers. They have a dominance of wind and space in their body, which makes them prone to dryness, poor appetite, and irregular digestion. People with this body type should refrain from consuming cold food items and should consume nourishing food containing healthy fats.
Eating food items which are hot in nature can be beneficial for people with vata body type in monsoon as the vata is aggravated in this season. Hence the best-suited cooking oils for this body type are –

  • Peanut Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Olive Oil

Pitta Body type:
Pitta body type people have the dominance of fire and water. People with this body type have oily skin, a fragile body and an aggressive personality. These people are prone to heat and have good digestion. People with this body type should consume food items that will keep them cool and hydrated. Along with consuming food items that are cool in nature and have high water content, the food for these people should be cooked in either of the following oils –

  • Ghee/ Clarified butter
  • Coconut oil

Kapha Body type:
People with Kapha body type are dominated by the elements of water and earth. People with this body type have a solid body(body structure is broad and bulky musculature), calm nature and are transparent in their behaviour. Due to their bulky body type, they are lazy in nature and have slow digestion. People with this dosha should include foods in their diet which would help to enhance their metabolism. The oils to be avoided by these people in monsoon are cold in nature and should include oils that are hot in nature –

  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Groundnut Oil

To restore your wellbeing by enhancing your metabolism and reducing the aggravated vata, one must follow Rutucharya. i.e. seasonal recommendations as per your body type.
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