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Balance the mental states of your brain, rajas and tamas, by consuming brain nurturing herbs in powder form or with milk. Shankpushpi improves intellect and cures insomnia, anxiety, and loss of memory. Brahmi relieves stress by pacifying the pitta dosha (fire). Jatamansi targets the nervous system and can treat epislepy, hysteria, etc. Shatavari improves eyesight, induces sleep, and fights fatigue.
Sciatica, is caused by an imbalance in “Vata Dosha” resulting from strain to the back or structural damages. Babunah, Guggulu, Rasna, Juniper, Jaiphal, Kumari, Nirgundi and Clove oil are Ayurvedic herbs used to treat Sciatica. Ayurvedic treatments include: Panchakarma, External Therapies (Abhyanga and Kati Basti), Vatanulomana and Rasayana.
Ayurveda suggests freshly cooked food with spices like fennel, turmeric, black pepper, cumin and coriander, consumed at the same time every day. Food should be pleasing, tasty and eaten in an agreeable ambiance. Raw vegetables are heavy, sweet, drying, obstructive, difficult to digest and cold in potency. Therefore they need to be cooked or steamed prior intake.
Ayurveda aims at eradicating the disease from its basic roots and emphasizes on providing holistic well being to an individual. It is a non-detrimental mode of treatment with least or no side effects and is a Pranic system of medicine, which works to balance the body’s life energy. It is also devoid of any side effects and calm the mind.
An imbalanced vata will have rough, dry and peeling skin. Consume radish juice and apply butter on the face. Pitta imbalance causes acne, pigmentation and rosacea, so avoid sun and heat and wear loose cotton clothes. Kapha imbalance can cause large pores and black heads so apply a mix of neem leaves, turmeric, rose water on the face.
Ayurveda suggests Marma Therapy with essential oils of sandalwood, rose, Jatamansi and Mimosa Piduca. A vibrational cleansing massage every morning is also recommended. The most effective way is include Satvik foods like fresh organic greens, fresh fruit juice, yogurt, homemade cottage cheese, cow ghee and okra to your diet. Cook these foods with turmeric, black pepper and cumin for best results.
Honey can help prevent and cure ailments. It can be used to aid weight loss, void throat pain, blemishes, habitual constipation, respiratory difficulties, as a brain tonic and more. But according to Ayurveda, it should never be heated or mixed with ghee and should not be taken in large quantities for longer periods of time.
For physical and mental states of imbalance due to Jet Lag which mainly result from Vata aggravation, Ayurvedic treatment of Shirodhara is a boon, where warm medicated herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘Ajna Marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. It is performed for 30-40 mins, giving you a deep peace.