Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine
Traditional healing methods range from ginger tea for a cold to an entire medical systems -- such as traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

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    When you go shopping for curry powder, avoid the traditional ones that you see at most grocery stores. These may be too spicy and overpower the other tastes. Instead, you can look online for Ayurvedic churnas. These churnas have an equal blend of the six tastes. Even better, make your own!

    Curry Powder Blend

    In a coffee grinder, grind the following ingredients together:

    5 tsp coriander seeds
    1 tsp fenugreek seeds
    1 large bay leaf
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
    5 cloves

    After you grind the above ingredients together, add:
    2 tsp turmeric powder.

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    In Ayurveda, what are the different types of headaches?
    In Ayurveda, headaches are described based on your dosha and the specific imbalances you are experiencing individually. Watch neurologist and ayurvedic expert Trupti Gokani, MD, explain how your dosha predisposes you to certain types of headaches. 
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    It is common in the West to equate the resolution of a condition--like insomnia--with the various substances (drugs, herbs) that can be taken in response. People with insomnia are likely to take sleeping pills or other remedies as a way to help them to sleep but without ever considering why they are experiencing troubled sleep in the first place. Ayurvedic tradition teaches us to look not just at the symptoms of a patient's condition (in this case, poor sleep), but at its root cause.

    A person may be experiencing poor sleep because their basic constitution is predisposed to lightness and airiness, which will lead to high levels of activity in the mind when it's time for bed. Or, the person may be dried out by too much travel, movement, or the consumption of drying foods; dryness likewise leads to airiness which inhibits sleep.

    To treat insomnia Ayurvedically, it is important to a) determine why the insomnia exists b) ground the body and mind so as to foster more mental and physical peace and bedtime, and c) administer treatment to the body as a whole. This will include providing a diet that fosters moisture and lubrication to better ground the person and reverse dryness, taking herbs that foster restfulness, and avoiding overstimulation of the mind. With a general lifestyle overhaul, insomnia will be a thing of the past
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    How is ayurvedic skincare different than typical skincare regimens?

    In ayurvedic skincare, the regimen is personalized to the individual skin type, and the focus is on treating the underlying causes of skin issues. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain how ayurvedic skincare is unique and special.

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    Most of us in the West know about the statistics regarding people being overweight or obese. The numbers can be quite frightening, such as how recent statistics for Americans states that nearly 70% suffer from one of these two conditions. These statistics are based on assigning each person a certain ideal weight based on their height and placing everyone into a category as a result. But is looking at our weight as based on precise numbers really the best way to consider our peak physical condition?

    To understand how Ayurveda relates to a person's bodyweight, consider how we might look at two paintings next to each other in the museum. On the left-hand side is a precisely rendered portrait of a person, but on the right-hand side is a painting that is completely abstract. It would be difficult to claim that one painting is better than the other, for they are so vastly different in their intended impact: one is realistic and is intended to portray a person's likeness, while the other is completely unrealistic and is intended to challenge the viewer's perception of the world around them. One or both may be successful in their purpose, but those purposes are difficult to relate to the other.

    If two people were to stand next to each other--one with a heavier earth-like nature and one with a thin air-like nature--it might seem like the the heavier one needs to lose weight because they fit into the "overweight" category and the more thin person is fine. But what if the heavier person lives a balanced lifestyle of not eating too much and never gets sick--but the thin person's body is constantly out of balance and they get sick all the time? It is quite possible that the heavier person is exactly the shape they should be for their particular body type. Comparing a heavy person to a thin person may not be productive, just as comparing a realistic portrait to an abstract painting will likely fail to achieve anything, either. Each person--just like each painting--needs to be assessed for eactly what it needs to be.

    When a person follows a balanced Ayurvedic lifestyle of eating appropriate foods that fulfill a person's natural need, they may or may not lose weight--but they will be the exact weight they're supposed to be.

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    What is the vata skin type in ayurveda?

    The vata skin type in ayurveda is typically pale and dry; it needs more nourishment and hydration, so it's predisposed to premature aging. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain what vata types should eat to help nourish their skin.

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    Each one of the following recommendations will help you to shed those extra pounds. Individually, they are helpful, but when you put them all together, you may experience impressive weight-loss results. These fat fighters will help you not only lose weight -- but you’ll be able to keep it off. You can adhere to this plan indefinitely -- consider them life-long “maintenance” recommendations.
    1. The first ayurvedic fat fighter is a special “detox” tea. It includes a combination of ingredients that help to improve digestion, break down fat and “unclog” the channels in our body by removing ama.

    2. The next fat fighter is something called triphala. Triphala is an ancient ayurvedic herb that is composed of three dried Indian superfruits that work synergistically together: amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki.

      Each one of these herbal preparations has tremendous value individually. However, when they are combined in the form of triphala, they work as an even more powerful tool to detoxify and strengthen the body, helping you to achieve your ideal weight.

    3. Eat 50% of your daily calories at lunch.

    4. Add curry powder to each meal.

    5. A raw silk glove massage, called gharshana, is an easy and inexpensive home spa treatment that fights fat. This type of massage helps to energize and detoxify the body. It’s specifically designed to help with weight loss, cellulite and water retention by improving lymphatic drainage and circulation. This helps to move toxins and fat out of your body and stimulates digestion.
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    Ayurveda views diabetes as a dysfunction of the urinary system, and cites twenty different types of diabetes as determined by the quality of the patient’s urine. Each of the three doshas of Kapha, Pitta, and Vata are associated with their own respective portions of these twenty types of disease, and the severity and prognosis of the patient’s affliction is related to whichever of the three doshas defines the basic nature of their imbalance. The different types of diabetes are similar in their treatment but distinguished in their severity and their root cause in the body.

    Given its serious and often incurable nature, diabetes is a disease best treated and managed under the guidance of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner. Those who have continuous and productive contact with such a person can utilize the proper tools to at least control and sometimes resolve the disease, but utilizing the tools that follow without proper guidance can at best reduce the severity of related symptoms. With that said, and regardless of the resources available, it is Ayurveda’s goal to either use elimination therapies like purgation or nourishing therapies like with medicated oils and ghees—depending on the relative strength or weakness of the patient being treated. Ayurveda also manages this disease through different treatments, proper diet, herbal therapy, and exercise.

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    What is the kapha skin type in ayurveda?

    The kapha skin type in ayurveda tends to age the slowest, because there is naturally lots of fat in the skin; however, they need to be more aware of toxins. Watch ayurvedic expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, explain why eating spicy foods are best.

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    Ayurveda teaches us that hypertension as well as other heart-related disorders can be caused by consuming too many indigestible foods, exerting oneself to the point of feeling excessive fatigue, feeling excessive emotions associated with stress like worry and fear, and suppressing one’s natural urges like urination and sneezing.

    Ayurveda places emphasis on resolving dosha aggravation as a key aspect of resolving hypertension. If a sufferer has Pitta-related hypertension, for example, the balancing of their Pitta energy will help to reduce the blood pressure and create other balance in the body as well. Patients are instructed to eat dosha-reducing foods, take herbs, and utilize other remedies that help them balance whatever dosha is triggering the condition. Ayurveda also instructs patients to resolve hypertension by managing stress-related emotions such as worry and anger through relaxation tools like yoga postures and meditation.