Ayurvedic Remedies

All about Bilva (Bael)- From its significance in worshipping Lord Shiva to its medicinal values

The Bael tree or Bilva (in Sanskrit) is known for its spiritual and medicinal importance from years. Worshipping Lord Shiva cannot be completed without Bael patra. Its ternate leaves are called “Tripatra” (3 leaves) also commonly known as “Shiva Dhruma”. Hindus are known to offer these leaves in prayers to Lord Shiva and Parvathi.
The Bilva tree is said to possess the essence of celestial light. Also, each part of the tree is highly potent. In Skanda Purana (the largest Mahapurana, the Bilva is considered as one among Kalpavruksha, that emerged during Ksheera Sagara Manthana. Being highly potent, it is used in worshipping Lord Shiva and linked with many mythologies.
Let’s understand it’s health benefits mentioned by Ayurved.
Bilva (botanical name: Aegel mermelos) belongs to the Rutaceae family.
The Bilva tree is a native of India and is found widely in Asia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand.

Medicinal uses:

It is one of the Dashamoola (group of ten roots) herbs.
1. The unripe Bael fruit helps to cure disorders caused due to impaired gut health. Due to its astringent, bitter and pungent taste and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in balancing gut health and enhances digestive power and other metabolic activities significantly.
It is useful in peptic Ulcer, diarrhoea, gastritis, IBS and indigestion.

2. Being from the Dashmul family, it reduces inflammatory changes within joints and bones. The Bael stem bark also helps to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis etc.

Unripe Bael fruit
Bael stem

3. Bael leaves are known to effectively control blood sugar levels in one’s body. The juice from crushed Bael leaves is rich in laxatives, which helps in producing the required insulin to control the sugar levels.

4. Baelpatra is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied on any inflamed region for quick relief. Bael is said to have antifungal and anti-viral properties, due to which it is used in treating a number of infections in our body.

Bael leaves
Lord Shiva with bael leaves

5. Bael leaves are also used to control cholesterol levels.
6. The oil that is extracted from the bael is known to be helpful in curing respiratory problems including asthma and cold.

This Shivratri let’s worship Lord Shiva with bael leaves, also try to enhance and embrace your health by adding medicinal benefits of bael tree.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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The Covid19 outbreak caused by the corona virus has spread like wildfire across the globe and managed to put the entire world under lockdown. The past few months have been filled with nothing but news of this unprecedented crisis. The emphasis has constantly been on safety, precaution and prevention to flatten the rising curve of infected cases and fatalities. Let’s understand how we can avoid contamination at a personal level and protect ourselves by improving our hygiene, health and immunity.

A Women wearing a mask corona virus Covid 19

What is Corona Virus

The corona virus disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by a novel virus that had not been previously identified in humans.

How Does Corona virus spread?

The new corona virus is transmitted through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

What are the symptoms of Corona virus?

The corona virus causes flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough, shortness of breath and fever.

Who are at high risk for Corona virus?

The following people at risk have to take utmost care and the correct precautionary measures to prevent infection:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children
  • The elderly
  • People with chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer patients
Covid 19 preventive measures

How can we stay safe and prevent further spread?

Here at the 5 preventive measures you need to follow to stay safe and healthy at home:

Maintain Personal Hygiene

It’s important to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Sanitize your hands after coming in contact with commonly touched surfaces like a countertop or doorknob. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth as these are the first entry-points for the virus. Keep your nails clean and cut. Avoid handshakes or hugs with outsiders. A Namaskar is the most hygienic, contactless gesture to greet your loved ones.

Eat Fresh, Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals

Enjoy freshly prepared, home-cooked meals. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of green and colourful vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and protein. Do not consume raw salads and opt for lightly steamed vegetable salads instead. Have clear soups or rich soups with beetroot, carrot, pumpkin and herbs. Stay hydrated with lots of fluids such as coconut water, kokum, lemonade or turmeric milk. Add immunity-boosting and healing spices and herbs like mint, coriander, pepper, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and black salt to your preparations.

Exercise & Practise Deep Breathing

Stay active, dance, run, take up yoga, meditate and practise breathing exercises (pranayam) to strengthen your immune system, improve your physical fitness, boost your blood circulation and de-stress your mind. Stay positive and do not panic or overthink.

Keep Your Home & Surroundings Clean

You may have heard the adage, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. A clean home is a reflection of great health and wealth. Keep your home, surroundings, society, community and country beautiful and clean.

Boost Your Immunity Naturally

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, the best way to prevent any disease is by building one’s immunity! Some of the Ayurvedic medicinal preparations to boost your immune system naturally are Mahasudarshan kadha, Suvarna kalpa, Pippali kalp, Chyavanprash, Tribhuvan Kirti rasa and Laxmi Vilas rasa. Follow the dosage as per your age and the vaidya’s advice only.
It’s easy to lead a healthy and happy life, even in times of the covid19 pandemic, with a prevention-oriented, personalised wellness approach. MiBoSo is the first-of-its-kind preventive and curative wellness platform for your mind, body and soul. The app brings you the power of Ayurveda and modern technology for personalised consultation from vaidyas, nutritionists and yoga coaches in the comfort of your home. You can get a guided daily routine focusing on your diet, exercise, stress management, Ayurvedic medicines and sleep schedule to boost your immunity and keep your mind and body healthy and fit.

Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Monsoon Pain Management: Don’t Let Your Pain Stop You From Dancing in the Rain!

Increased pain with the changing season

Results from the research done by Project on Osteo-Arthritis ( joint pain ) say that 67.2% of the patients with osteoarthritis have perceived an increased pain with the changing season. The results also conclude that women are more prone to seasonal change sensitivity when compared to men.


lower back pain, neck pain and stiffness

An IT professional, Age 40 years, WFH, sitting continuously for more than 10 hrs in front of laptop came to the clinic with complaints of lower back pain, neck pain and stiffness. The neck pain is seen to be associated with dizziness and headache. All the complaints are seen to be aggravated from the start of Monsoon.

Weight gain, sleep disturbances and stress are another set of problems along with above.


Back pain

A 10 year old school-going girl is facing a problem of back pain due to online schooling during the pandemic. Incorrect posture, sitting for long duration, excess screen usage is the root cause of the above problem and its correction is the only way to avoid irreversible complications.


Pain in fingers and wrist joint

A housewife, Age 68 years, came with complaints of sudden stiffness, pain in fingers and wrist joint that she was unable to roll chapatis. Pain and swelling is acute and has started suddenly with change in season. Along with this she is also experiencing severe pain associated with piles and general body ache.


knee joint pain

A female athlete, Age 27 years, preparing for a state level event rushed to the clinic with complaints of severe knee joint pain. She was recovering from a knee injury recently but the sudden onset of the pain since the start of monsoon is hampering her work out routine.

In the above situations what is largely seen is that “Pain” is typically aggravated by provoked Vata, during Monsoon. Taking care of this Vata dosha or maintaining the balance is the key for acute and chronic pain management.

chronic pain management

Aggravation of pain related complaints are seen to be increased drastically during Monsoon. Difficulty in completing daily activities, keeping up with the work and personal life tasks also gets impossible to do with this constant pain sensation affecting a person both physically as well as psychologically. Thus hampering the Quality of Life.

Always keep an eye on your metabolic and stress quotient (Turyaa) in Monsoon.
In such times, having a 24/7 companion who understands you and your inner health needs can prove beneficial. Turyaa device and app comes out as a winner to help you “believe you are not alone when in pain”.

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

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Stay Pain-Free this Monsoon Season

We always prefer to do house maintenance work before Monsoon to avoid extra trouble due to rain. Similarly, taking special care of our body before or during Monsoon is very essential because Monsoon is always associated with different spectra of diseases.
Especially complaints related to diseases of bone, joints increase manifold with sudden surge in pain, stiffness etc.

Monsoon Protection
Knee Pain

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of bones and joints and is very common all over India. Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints.
The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

According to Ayurveda, vitiated Vata dosha and low digestive fire or impaired metabolic health is responsible for pathophysiological changes in bones and joints. Monsoon, being season of predominant Vata dosha with low digestive fire, the symptoms often seen to be aggravated.

  • I am exercising daily, and all was good. Suddenly, with the changing rainy weather, my both knees started hurting. It was a specific complaint of a 62 years old man.
  • Last year, I was unable to roll chapatis due to stiffness and pain in my figure joints. After medicine, it was good for the whole year but now with the rain, it started again. This was complained of by a 56-year-old woman diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients suffering from different types of Arthritis often complain about weather-related joint aches, stiffness, tingling sensation etc. Changes in humidity and pressure of the atmosphere are always associated with impacting factors for arthritis patients.

Different Types of Body Pain

Knowing all the above information, we can take care of our bones and joints to avoid season related surge in pain, stiffness etc.

Maintaining good metabolic health, balancing Vata dosha and taking external care of joints and bones is essential during Monsoon.

These above three cofactors can be taken care of very appropriately by connecting with Turyaa.

Turyaa @Home NadiVaidya can analyze your predominant dosha by Nadi pariksha digitally. Also, Turyaa will also assess your metabolic quotient, causative dietary and lifestyle related factors. Putting all together, Turyaa will suggest a daily regime including diet, exercise, yoga, water intake to balance all above factors. These individual specific suggestions will help you in best preventive care.

Some Turyaa tips for Arthritis patients –

1. Always drink warm water – It is helpful for maintaining good metabolic health. It prevents accumulation of Aam (dietary toxins).

2. Avoid Vatakar Aahar – Some food items increase the Vata dosha of the body. Try to avoid or minimize the quantity of Vatakara food items. Some examples are Potato, bringle, sprouted items,Split Bengal gram etc.

3. Avoid Vatakar Vihar – Irregular sleeping patterns, late night sleeping, excess traveling is Vatakar. Such a lifestyle will aggravate arthritis. Try to minimize these causative factors as possible.

4. Daily massage and steam – Massage with medicated oil and steam is helpful to maintain good health of bones and joints. It increases lubrication of joints and balances local Vata dosha.

5. Regular exercise – Regular low impact exercise, stretching and yoga are helpful for strengthening bones and joints.

Last but very important is always take care of your appetite, digestion, and excretion related problems. Many times, correcting metabolic health is extremely important in cases of Arthritis.
So, this Monsoon, let’s keep yourself far away from pain related to joints by connecting with Turyaa.

Let’s have Pain Free Monsoon with Turyaa!!

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician)

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