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Nurturing Health: A Conversation with Dr. Sneha, RMO at OASE Ayurveda Hospital


Welcome to our interview with Dr. Sneha, the Resident Medical Officer at OASE Ayurveda Hospital. In this enlightening conversation, Dr. Sneha shares her journey from Alvas Ayurveda Medical College to specializing under the renowned Dr. Suresh in Ayurvedic fracture healing. She also discusses the importance of lifestyle corrections in addressing prevalent health issues.


Q1: Dr. Sneha, could you tell us about your training with Dr. Suresh and the unique approach he had in treating fractures with Ayurveda?

Dr. Sneha: Certainly. Training under Dr. Suresh was an eye-opener. His specialization in Ayurvedic fracture healing, even in complex cases like femoral fractures, without surgical interventions was remarkable. Ayurveda techniques and medicines, both externally and internally, played a crucial role in the healing process.


Q2: In modern medicine, fractures often require surgical interventions. How does Ayurveda, as demonstrated by Dr. Suresh, offer an alternative approach to healing fractures without surgery?

Dr. Sneha: Dr. Suresh showcased the potency of Ayurveda in treating fractures without the need for surgery. Ayurvedic techniques involving medicines, bandages, and internal medications proved highly effective. It challenges the conventional belief that surgical interventions are the only solution for fractures.


Q3: Moving on to lifestyle, you emphasized the role of lifestyle in health issues. Can you share more about how Ayurveda addresses lifestyle diseases, and what role lifestyle corrections play in preventing and managing these conditions?

Dr. Sneha: Lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension are often a result of modern lifestyles. Ayurveda advocates correcting daily routines and habits as a primary treatment. This includes waking up and eating at the right times, avoiding excessive junk food, and fostering a balanced lifestyle.


Q4: What are the key lifestyle adjustments individuals can make to promote better health, especially in relation to waking up, eating habits, and the timing of meals?

Dr. Sneha: Adopting a disciplined lifestyle is crucial. Waking up at the right time sets the tone for the day. Eating at proper intervals, avoiding late-night meals, and steering clear of excessive junk food contribute significantly. These small adjustments form the foundation of a healthier life.


Q5: You mentioned the importance of avoiding food after sunset. Could you elaborate on how this practice contributes to overall well-being?

Dr. Sneha: Digestion tends to slow down in the evening. Consuming food after sunset can disrupt this natural rhythm, leading to indigestion and other health issues. Having dinner before sunset or at least by eight o’clock aligns with our body’s natural processes, promoting better digestion and overall health.


Q6: How does Ayurveda approach the consumption of junk food, and what advice do you have for individuals struggling with occasional indulgences?

Dr. Sneha: Ayurveda recognizes the reality of occasional temptations. While it’s okay to indulge once in a while, moderation is key. Excessive consumption of junk food can have detrimental effects on health. It’s about finding a balance and being mindful of the quantity and frequency of indulgences.


Q7: Can you provide insights into Ayurvedic recommendations for mealtime practices, such as eating in the right quantity, at the right time, and in a conducive environment?

Dr. Sneha: Ayurveda emphasizes mindful eating. Consuming food based on one’s weight and height, having meals at the right times, and eating in a clean and focused environment are essential practices. Eating slowly and calmly allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.


Q8: The three-hour gap between meals is a notable Ayurvedic principle. How does this practice contribute to digestive health, and what advice do you have for maintaining this gap?

Dr. Sneha: The three-hour gap aligns with the time it takes for our bodies to digest food. It’s crucial to allow complete digestion before introducing the next meal. Being mindful of this gap and not eating during the digestion period supports optimal digestion and overall well-being.


Q9: Could you share insights into the impact of food habits, specifically the consumption of spicy, oily, and salty foods, on our mucosal lining and overall gastrointestinal health?

Dr. Sneha: Spicy, oily, and salty foods can disrupt the mucosal lining, leading to various digestive issues. It’s vital to moderate the intake of these elements in our diets. Adjusting spice and salt levels, along with reducing the consumption of oily foods, contributes to a healthier mucosal lining.


Q10: Dr. Sneha, could you elaborate on the impact of lifestyle on the prevalence of diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension, particularly in our aging population?

Dr. Sneha: Certainly. As we age, our susceptibility to conditions like diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension increases. Lifestyle plays a pivotal role in these ailments. By fixing our daily routines and adopting healthy habits, we can significantly mitigate the risk and manage these conditions effectively.



Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Sneha for sharing her profound insights into Ayurveda’s unique approach to fracture healing and the pivotal role of lifestyle corrections in achieving holistic health. This interview serves as an inspiration for those seeking a balanced and natural path to well-being.

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How To Keep Our Body In Balance - AyurWisdom Talks - Dr Ajith - WellnessLoka

A Healing Journey: Dr. Ajith Jose on Ayurvedic Triumphs


In the realm of Ayurveda, Dr. Ajith Jose stands as a seasoned physician at OASE Ayurveda Hospital. With a graduation in 2002 and a traditional Guru Kulam training under Guru Vaidya Bhushanam Sri Raghavan Thirumulpad, Dr. Jose has seamlessly merged ancient wisdom with a modern scientific approach. In this interview, Dr. Ajith Jose shares insights into his journey, transformative cases, and the timeless relevance of Ayurveda in contemporary healthcare. 


Q1: Can you share more about your Guru Kulam training and how it has influenced your approach to practicing Ayurveda?

Dr Ajith:    My Guru Kulam training, particularly under the guidance of Guru Vaidya Bhushanam Sri Raghavan Thirumulpad, provided a strong foundation. It allowed me to blend the traditional teachings with a more scientific and modern perspective, making Ayurveda accessible and effective in contemporary practice.


Q2: You mentioned a remarkable case involving a patient with a rudimentary disc issue. Could you elaborate on the Ayurvedic approach you took and the transformative results witnessed in this case?

Dr Ajith:   Certainly. The patient had been recommended for emergency surgery, which he couldn’t afford. After a week of Ayurvedic treatment, he started walking independently, contrary to the predicted paralysis. Witnessing such remarkable results reaffirmed the potency of Ayurveda in critical medical conditions.


Q3: The patient’s recovery within a short span is truly remarkable. Could you provide more details on the progression and the duration of the Ayurvedic treatment?

Dr Ajith:   After the initial week of treatment, the patient showed remarkable progress, gaining the ability to walk without support. The positive momentum continued, and by the end of approximately 17 or 18 days—I don’t recall the exact duration—he could walk independently. Following an additional month of rest, he not only regained his mobility but also returned to his job.


Q4: In situations where surgeons deemed surgery necessary, witnessing such a transformative recovery must have been extraordinary. How did this case impact you personally and professionally?

Dr Ajith:    It was indeed a miracle, both for the patient and myself. Given the critical nature of his condition and the surgeons’ warnings of potential leg paralysis without surgery, the positive outcome was nothing short of extraordinary. Professionally, it reaffirmed the potency of Ayurveda in addressing severe medical conditions.


Q5: Dr. Ajith Jose, you’ve highlighted the prevalence of stress in modern life. How do you see stress contributing to psychosomatic diseases, particularly in cases where the body appears physically healthy?

Dr Ajith: Stress has become a silent contributor to various psychosomatic diseases. Even when the body seems physically healthy, the impact of stress can manifest in conditions like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, acidity, and gas problems. It’s crucial to recognize the connection between mental well-being and physical health.


Q6: In the face of these challenges, you advocate maintaining a medium level in daily activities. Could you elaborate on how Ayurveda recommends finding this balance, especially in terms of diet and lifestyle?

Dr Ajith:    Ayurveda places great emphasis on balance. It suggests avoiding extremes, whether in diet or daily activities. A medium level is key to maintaining equilibrium. This involves steering clear of overly spicy, too cold, or too hot foods. Ayurveda encourages a holistic approach, ensuring the body is in a perfect state of equilibrium.


Q7: You’ve mentioned your personal practices, such as yoga, relaxing exercises, and listening to music before bed. How do these practices contribute to stress relief, and how can individuals incorporate such habits into their routines?

Dr Ajith:  Personal practices like yoga, relaxing exercises, and listening to music are powerful stress-relief tools. They help in unwinding and creating a sense of calm. I encourage individuals to find activities that bring relaxation, whether it’s through exercise, mindfulness practices, or soothing rituals before bedtime.


Q8: Could you share specific Ayurvedic recommendations for individuals aiming to strike a balance in their lives amidst the stresses of the modern world?

Dr Ajith:    Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach. Beyond diet and exercise, it suggests incorporating calming practices into daily life. This might include mindful eating, regular exercise like yoga, and adopting relaxation techniques. The key is to prioritize activities that contribute to mental and physical well-being.



Dr. Ajith Jose’s journey through Ayurveda reflects not only a deep-rooted connection with tradition but also a forward-looking approach that aligns with the contemporary world. His commitment to making Ayurveda accessible through science is a testament to the adaptability and timeless relevance of this ancient healing system. As we conclude our conversation, we are left with a profound appreciation for the seamless integration of tradition and modernity in Dr. Ajith Jose’s practice, paving the way for a harmonious coexistence of Ayurveda in today’s healthcare landscape.

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Wellness and Health

Wellness and Health!

World is busy with hustling lifestyle, improper diet and careless way of living. It’s being completely disordered and hence nobody is interested to make this messy lifestyle into a healthy and proper one. People are busy running behind jobs, money and luxuries but from the health point of view, it’s nothing. So make sure that “Health is Wealth”. It’s our responsibility to take care of our own health. So it’s of prime importance to have a balanced diet, to practice yoga & exercise, to take necessary precautions against diseases and to focus on hygienic ways for building a healthy lifestyle.
When we are healthy we will be active, confident & happy as well. As a result of this, Endorphins (happy hormones) will be produced in our body.

Sick people definitely will have elevated stress hormones which makes them more lethargic stressed and anxious. Therefore all the things go well organized only when we are physically and mentally fit.

It’s also important to balance work and life in this present scenario. So healthify yourself with

1. Balanced diet

2. Good Sleep

3. Yoga & Exercise

4. Adequate water

5. Good sleep routine

Yogic Management of Stress

“Stress, Anxiety, Worry”

These words are very common to people now a days. When your job demands an overtime hectic works or scheduled high pressured targets or deadlines: all these causes unwanted stress in a man’s life. When we are busy making money, we forgets or want fully rejects the impacts that these pressure makes on our mental and physical health.

It is high time that we pause and look inwards to see ourselves and our inner sense for a betterment so that all our hard works for a better future are not in vein.

Yogic Management of Stress

Stress is not something which we can totally wipe out, but through proper techniques, we can progressively manage and peacefully live with it. So let’s see how we can manage stress through various techniques. Yoga and meditation is one of the best technique for managing stress. Bringing yoga and meditation to our daily life eases our mind and soul and make us free from all our trauma and anxiety. Everyday practice of yoga therapy helps to release endorphins – happy hormones from the body thereby which gives a symptomatic relief. Let’s see how we can manage stress through yogic management.

Below are some of the benefits of yogic Management:

  • Relaxation to mind and body
  • Relaxation to muscles and joints
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves sleep
  • Promotes self-esteem and self confidence
Stress-Relief Techniques Involved in Yoga

Yoga has its own ways and techniques for managing physical well-being. It include

  1. Relaxation techniques 
  2. Asanas (postures).
  3. Pranayama

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra defines as yogic sleep. It is a state of consciousness from waking and sleeping which is induced by a guided meditation. It is powerful meditation technique which can be well maintained and practiced under a expert guidance. It is practiced to get higher level of consciousness. It can be done from children to seniour citizen.Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions.

Yoga Nidra place a very important role for stress management. They can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and thereby reduce anxiety and stress.It includes 8 steps. Should do under expert guidance. 

Benefits of yoga nidra

  • Improves self esteem and self confidence
  • Relaxation to mind and body
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Improves sleep

1. Relaxation techniques

            Relaxation techniques are procedure or techniques which helps one to relax mentally and physically.

Benefits of relaxation techniques

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes good sleep
  • Reduces stress, anger and frustration
  • Facilitates a soothing effect

Relaxation techniques include:

  • Deep relaxation techniques 
  • Quick relaxation technique
  • Instant relaxation technique


Deep relaxation techniques 

   It’s a 45 mins to 1 hr practice by relaxating the entire muscles and joints. It is practiced by lying down at savasana. Should do under exepert guidance

Quick relaxation technique

  It’s a 15 mins to 30 mins relaxation technique.

Relaxation of the whole body in 15 mins .

Should do under expert guidance

Instant relaxation technique.

It’s a 5 mins practice . Relaxation done in 5 mins which is said to be instant relaxation technique .

Should do under expert guidance


2. Asanas/ postures.

 Asana is defined as steady and comfortable postures.

Benefits of asanas in stress management

  • Promotes good sleep
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps in lowering blood pressure

Asnas include :

  • Savasana

    Savasana otherwise called as corpse pose which is a relaxative asana helps in relaxation at the end of sessions.


Benefits of savasana for stress management

    • Calms central nervous system, aiding the digestive and immune systems.
    • Calms the mind and reduces stress.
    • Reduces headache, fatigue and anxiety.
    • Helps lower blood pressure.


  •     Sukhasana 

Sukhasana or simple yogic pose helps in relaxation and meditative pose.


Benefits of sukhasana for stress management

  • Being a meditative pose sukhasana helps in relaxation of body and mind
  • Builds physical and mental balance
  • Helps in reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improves blood circulation 


  •     Balasana

Balasana otherwise called as child relaxative pose.


Benefits of Balasana for stress management

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue.
  • Relieves back and neck pain 
  • Promotes soothing effect to the body.


  •     Makrasana

Makrasana is otherwise called as crocodile pose which is the relaxative pose at the end of each session.


Benefits of makarasna for stress management

  • Reduces anger and tension
  • Calms the body and mind
  • Rejuvenate the whole body and mind
  • Improves sleep
  1. Pranayama

Pranayama is defined as prana means breath ayama means to control . Controlling of breath is pranayama. 

  • Nadishuddhi paranayam
  • Seetkari
  • Brahmari
  • Hand in and out streching exercise
  • Hand up and down streching exercise


APMB book


Yoga and Healthy Lifestyle

Daily Yoga     

  “Yogah citta vrtti nirodhah” Pathanjali yoga sutras

 Yogah citta vrtti nirodhah denotes the Sanskrit definition of yoga which means cessation of modification of mind.

Yoga defines a life style modification. Yoga leads to a healthy lifestyle. In the current scenario or in this contemporary era it’s a sedentary lifestyle. Busy schedule of the people without any physical activity leads chronic lifestyle disorders like diabetes mellites, hypertension , hyperlipidemia , CVD ( cardiovascular diseases) etc. So it’s mandatory to keep a healthy regimen for the everyday life.

Healthy Lifestyle

What is healthy lifestyle? Healthy lifestyle is something which we create our-self.  This includes

  • Waking early morning
  • Drinking water
  • Exercise/Yoga
  • Balanced diet
  • Avoiding unhealthy food
  • Eat on time
  • Avoid overeating
  • Good sleep

These are considered as the fundamentals for a healthy lifestyle. Here we can discuss about the principles of yoga and also the yogic management for a healthy style.

Yogic Management

“It is health that is real wealth not pieces of gold & silver”  – Mahatma Gandhi

Yoga is one such exercise that does not have any age restrictions. It is simple yet effective. Yoga derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to unite or to integrate’. It is a 5000-year-old Indian ancient and ascetic discipline. Yoga is an art which works on physical & mental health. It’s the only technique which concentrates on breathing. So yogic way of life is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

Physiological Benefits of yoga 

  • Improves the lung capacity
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Enhance endorphins and reduce   Stress hormones.
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Helps in lowering blood glucose level
  • Helps in boosting immunity

Yoga is a simple and accurate way to improve or modify the lifestyle.Just spend half an hour to on hour session everyday. Make it as a daily routine. Feel the changes within our body .

Yogic techniques for the daily routine

Let’s see some of the yogic techniques for the daily routine.

  1. Sukshma Vyayama / Loosening Exercise

Sukshma Vyayama otherwise called as loosening exercise mainly done to loose down or reduce the siffness of each joints.

Benefits of loosening exercise

  • Relaxes the joints and muscles
  • Increases flexibility
  • Reduces muscle stiffness

2. Pranayama / Breathing exercise           


Benefits of Pranayama

  • Improves lung capacity
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Promotes mental stability
  • Improves blood circulation

3. Surya Namaskar

Benefits of Surya Namaskara

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Facilitates good metabolism
  • Detox the body
  • Increase the energy level
  • Reduce weight gain


  • Asana mudra banda pranayama( APMB book)



One of the important concepts in Ayurveda is Rasa or taste. You might think what impact, the tastes have on us. Let us see in detail.


There are six types of tastes:-

  1. Swadu or sweet
  2. Amla or sour
  3. Lavana or salt
  4. Tikta or bitter
  5. Ushana or pungent
  6. Kashaya or astringent

These rasas or tastes are dependent on the substance.


Yes, the tastes have a great influence on the doshas. 

  • Vata:- 

The tastes that alleviate or decrease the Vata are Sweet, Sour and Salt. Whereas those result in the aggravation or increase of the dosha are Bitter, Pungent and Astringent.

  • Pitta:-

Astringent, Bitter and Sweet are the tastes that result in the alleviation of the doshas. At the same time, Sour, Salt and Pungent tastes cause the aggravation of the dosha.

  • Kapha:-

Kapha gets increased by Bitter, Pungent and Astringent tastes and gets decreased by Sweet, Sour and Salt.


Along with a primary taste, a secondary taste may also be present and that taste is called as Anurasa.

Along with Anurasas, various combinations of tastes can be found in different substances.

This is the wonder of nature and this is why we say food should be the medicine and not the other way. According to your body condition you can decide, the type of food you should take, thus can make an equilibrium among the doshas.


According to Ayurveda, each and every individual’s body constitution is decided by the predominant dosha in them. The predominance of doshas is determined during the fertilization. Many factors influence this.

  • Whichever dosha is predominant in the ovum and sperm helps to form the body constitution.
  • The food that is taken by the mother during the pregnancy also has a great influence in this.
  • The behaviour of the mother during pregnancy and the emotions during the time period also affects a lot.
  • The nature of the uterus, even the season also determines the prakrithi of an individual.

There are mainly seven types of prakrithi or body constitution, according to the combination of doshas.

  1. Vataja:- This constitution is formed from the predominance of Vata.
  2. Pittaja:- The predominance of Pitta makes this constitution.
  3. Kaphaja:- Kapha’s predominance helps in the formation of this constitution.
  4. Vata Pittaja:- Vata and Pitta combines to form this body constitution.
  5. Vata Kaphaja:- When Kapha along with Vata become predominant, they forms this constitution.
  6. Pitta Kaphaja:- Pitta and Kapha constitutes this prakrtri.
  7. Tridoshaja:- When all the three doshas are predominant, they constitute tridoshaja prakrithi

A person’s appearance, nature, character, hair, body, strength, span, health etc. are all influenced by the prakrithi of the person. A physician can help you to assess your prakrithi.


You might have heard about Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Many are only aware that they cause diseases. But actually they constitute the body and help to function it. When these doshas maintain a normal state, they support the body and when they are deranged, they destroy the body.


Even though, these doshas are present all over the body, they are more concentrated on certain parts of the body. Let us first consider that the body is having three parts:-

  1. The part below the uṁbilicus
  2. The part between the umbilicus and heart
  3. The part above the heart

The Vata can be seen in the first part of the body, the Pitta, in second part and the Kapha in the third part.

These doshas also function at different phases of life, day, night and the digestion. The Vata influences the later stages of life, day, night and digestion, whereas the Pitta is active during the mid stages and Kapha functions during the primary stages.


As we mentioned above, the doshas influence the digestion. Let us see about the results of the action of doshas on the digestive fire:-

  • Vishama:- The unstable digestive activity is due to the action of Vata.
  • Tikshna:- Pitta is the cause of high and intense digestion.
  • Manda:- Poor digestion is the result of Kapha’s action.
  • Sama:- When the three doshas maintain an equilibrium, the digestion will be normal.


Do you have a constipated and irregular bowel? Then, it is the action of Vata. Similarly, a soft bowel is the result of the action of Pitta. Such people may have to eliminate the fecus more than once a day. Kapha makes the bowel movements in a normal way. When all the doshas are in normal and balanced state, the bowel functions normally.



Even the body constitution is decided by the predominance of the doshas. We can discuss this in another article.

The scope of doshas does not limit to what we have discussed in this article.

Milk and Milk Products

From ancient period onwards, milk is considered to be the complete food. It is a best source for various vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats etc. Now let us see what Ayurveda has to say about milk and milk products.

According to Ayurveda, milk is sweet in taste. The milk is invigorating, aphrodisiac and acts as a coolant. It nourishes the tissues.

But the properties may change according to the source. In Ashtanga Hrdaya, various types of milk are discussed, including human milk.

Cow’s milk:- Ayurveda says that a person who consumes cow’s milk will get long life. Cow’s milk is also rejuvenative. It provides strength and increases intelligence.

Buffalo’s Milk:- Since this milk is difficult to digest, this milk can only be given to those with very powerful digestion.

Goat’s Milk:- Goat’s milk is easily digestible. It can be used in the treatment of several conditions like fever, dyspnoea etc.

Camel’s Milk:- Camel’s milk can help in increasing appetite and is easily digestible.

The text also discusses about the properties of ewe, elephant and that of one hoofed animals.


Curd is sour in taste. It is hard to digest. It helps in increasing fat and strength. Having curd will help in improving taste and appetite. But consuming curd may cause oedema in some. Ayurveda advices not to have curd in night and also do not heat the curd.

Traditional Buttermilk:- It is easily digestible and improves the appetite. It is sour in taste.

Butter:- Butter is aphrodisiac in nature and improves strength and digestion. It is cold in potency.

Ghee:- Ghee is considered to be the best among fats. It improves intelligence, memory and digestion. It bestows long life and good eye sight.

Among all these, the milk and milk products of cow is considered to be the best and that of ewe’s is the least


In our day today life, we use a wide variety of sweeteners. Chocolates, breads, desserts… all contain a large amount of sweeteners. In Ayurveda too, the topic is discussed and studied well. Let us take a glimpse.

Sugarcane Juice:- Sugarcane juice many properties. It acts like a laxative. Even though it is hard to digest, it nourishes the body and helps in making the body stout. The juice is diuretic and therefore helps in curing urinary problems. Along with that, it is an aphrodisiac. But spoiled sugarcane juice can cause burning sensation. Different varieties of sugarcane juice are mentioned.

Half Cooked Molasses:- This is said to be heavy and hard to digest. But it is diuretic.

Jaggery:- If purified well, the jaggery is laxative and acts as a diuretic. If not purified well, it can cause worm infestation.

Other varieties like brown sugar, sugar candy and refined sugar are also mentioned in Ayurveda. It says that they all have aphrodisiac property.

The best variety of sweetener is refined sugar and least variety is the half cooked molasses.

Honey:- Honey have a lot of medicinal properties. It is good for eye sight. It alleviates thirst. Along with that it helps to cure hiccup, cough diarrhoea. But it should not be heated. For treatment purposes it can be added with warm medicines.

Oils and Other Types of Fats


Oils are used for cooking, massaging etc. Only some of us know their properties. Ayurveda discusses about the properties of oils from different sources.

Sesame oil:- This oil have the ability to penetrate deeply into skin. It is hot in potency and kills worms. When processed well, the oil acquires the ability to cure many diseases.

Castor Oil:- The castor oil is laxative, hard to digest and is capable of penetrating deep into the skin.

Mustard Oil:- The oil is hot in potency, penetrates deep into skin and easily digestible.

Neem Oil:- This oil is not very hot, destroys worms and other skin disorders.

Linseed Oil and Sunflower Oil:- These oils are hot in potency.

The text also discusses about the Vasa(muscle fat), Majja (Bone marrow) and Medas (fat). They increases the body strength.



Water, is the elixir of life. Can you imagine a life without water? No doubt, earth would have been devoid of life. Let us see what Ayurveda says about water.

In Ashtanga Hrdaya, the water is classified according to the source.

The best type of water is rain water and that water which is exposed to sun and wind.

Dushta Jala or Contaminated Water:- In Ayurveda, it is strictly advised that a person should not consume contaminated water. If the water appears dirty, mixed with slush, algae, weeds or leaves, if not exposed to sunlight and wind, if it appears to be frothy, thick, heavy, or if there are worms or spiders, then the water is said to be contaminated.

River Water:- The water from Himalayan rivers was said to be the purest river water. Since the water gets churned up as it gets churned up while flowing from the mountains, it is said to be good for health. It is also said that water from certain regions can cure certain conditions.

The Ayurveda also discusses about well water.

Ayurveda also mentions the benefits of drinking water while having food. It is said that:-

  • If a person drinks water in the end of his or her meals, then the person’s body will be nourished or stout.
  • If a person drinks water in the beginning of his or her meals, then the person’s body will get emaciated.
  • If a person drinks water in the middle of his or her meals, then the person’s body will remain the same or normal.

The Ayurveda also discusses about the benefits of drinking hot water and cold water:-


  • Hot Water:-  Drinking hot water helps increase hunger and digestion. It helps to cure throat conditions, flatulence, cough, cold, dyspnoea etc.
  • Cold Water:- Drinking cold water helps in decreasing exhaustion, debility, thirst, heat of sun etc.


Coconut Water

Coconut water/ tender coconut water is sweet in taste and easily digestible. It is a coolant that relieves taste and is good for urinary problems.

Hypertension And Ayurveda


Hypertension or High blood pressure has become a common condition. Long term medication is needed to manage the blood pressure. Let us see what results in the increase in blood pressure.


The factors that determine the blood pressure are:-

  • The amount of blood your heart pumps.
  • The amount of resistance in the arteries to blood flow.

Now you may understand what results the high pressure. if your heart pumps more amount of blood or if the arteries become narrow, your blood pressure increases.


A person with high blood pressure may not have any symptoms for many years. Even though there may not be any symptoms, the condition may continue causing damages to blood vessels and heart. Eventually the variation in the pressure can be detected.

A few may develop the following symptoms:-

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nose bleed

If uncontrolled this may result in heart attack or stroke and usually most people only get to know about their condition when they fall sick.


Primary hypertension

The cause is unknown. This type gradually develops over years.

Secondary hypertension

There will be an underlying cause that results in hypertension. The conditions that may cause hypertension are:-

  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid issues
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Congenital defects of arteries
  • Illegal drugs
  • Some medicines etc.


Many factors increase the risk of hypertension. They are:-

  • Age:- The risk of getting hypertension increases with the age.
  • Family History:- high blood pressure tends to run in families
  • Obesity
  • Less physical activity
  • Tobacco usage
  • Including too much salt in your diet and absence of enough potassium.
  • Alcoholism
  • Stress
  • Certain chronic conditions

During pregnancy, some may suffer from high blood pressure.


If uncontrolled for long period of time, the condition may cause:-

  • Heart attack 
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Affects the functioning of kidneys
  • Affects the health of eyes
  • Affects memory etc.


The history of the person is studied to understand the type and cause of hypertension. Internal and external medications can help in the management of the high blood pressure. Rest is an important factor that helps in this condition. Some of the treatments that can help are:-

  • Talam
  • Siro dhara
  • Siro lepa
  • Nasya
  • Raktamoksha
  • Rasayana chikitsa etc.

Yoga and meditation helps in controlling the blood flow and thereby helps in reducing the blood pressure.

The treatment is determined by the qualified physician after determining the root cause



Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects scalp. It is estimated that half of the adults are affected by this condition. The male population is more affected than the female population.

The exact cause is unknown but the environmental and genetic factors have a role in causing dandruff.

The main symptoms a person with dandruff will have to face are:-

  • Itching of the scalp
  • Flaking skin of the scalp

If the condition is associated with redness and itching not only on the scalp but also over the face, the condition is called seborrheic dermatitis.

In scalp psoriasis person may present with large silver scales and bigger lesions.

Dandruff is one of the main causes of hair fall. When left untreated the person may suffer from depression or low self esteem.

Dandruff in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda according to the condition or presentation the dandruff can be treated in many ways.

After assessing the Dosha and the condition the patient can be subjected to:-

  • Shiro lepana:- In this procedure medicated paste is applied on the scalp and left there for a specified time. Later the paste is washed off.
  • Shira kshalana:- medicated decoctions or liquids are used to wash the hair and scalp to cure the condition.
  • Shiro abhyanga:- in this procedure medicated oils are used to massage the scalp and hair.
  • Shodhana chikilsa:- The purification therapies like blood letting, Vamana, virechana and Nasyam are used to eliminate the doshas.

The treatment to be done is decided by the physician after assessing the the vitiated doshas. The treatment should be done under the strict supervision of the physician. A patient should follow the instructions of the physician to get maximum result.



Asthma is a long-term inflammatory disease affecting the airways. the airways become narrow swollen and produce extra mucus that obstruct the passage.

Usually the person suffering from asthma suffer from recurring symptoms like reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm.


  • Wheezing:- high pitch whistling sound produced while breathing. This is caused by the narrowed air passage
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

The symptoms may version at night or in early morning.

Some may suffer from associated conditions like:-

  • GERD:-Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders

What causes asthma?

The factors that cause of asthma can be:-

  • Environmental factors:- increased air pollution is one of the factor that causes asthma. Lower quality of air has raised the number of persons affected by asthma.
  • Over cleanliness:- There is a theory that supports over cleanliness will also increases the chance for asthma. Reduced exposure to bacteria and viruses will have negative effect on the immunity of the body. Now a days the doctors recommend moderate exposure to dirt and dust, in the early stages of life as good for improving the immunity.
  • Smoking:- both active and passive smoking are the causes for asthma.
  • Genetic factors

How can we manage asthma in Ayurveda?

In Ayurveda asthma is considered as swasa. The condition is classified into many types according to the signs and symptoms shown by the patient. Difference Symptoms and signs are caused by the vitiation of different doshas.

After a thorough examination the physician decides the type of treatment to be given to the person. 

According to the type of Swasa, and the condition of patient the mode of treatment is selected.

  • Shodhana chikitsa:- If the patient is strong and is eligible for shodhana chikitsa, then the person can be subjected to purification after the pre operative procedures. This will help in eliminating the vitiated doshas from the body and will help in managing the condition rapidly.
  • Shamana chikitsa:- If the person is not capable of undergoing shodhana chikitsa, then the person can be given Shamana chikitsa. In this type of treatment medicines are given manage the condition.

Along with the treatments or after the treatment if patient should follow a healthy lifestyle and diet according to the instructions of the physician.

Practicing yoga especially pranayama can help in managing asthma.



Allergy has become a common condition. It is the hypersensitivity of the immune system to substances that are usually harmless. A large percentage of the population is suffering from one or the other type of allergy.

Types of allergy

There are many types of allergies. The most common ones are:-

  • Hay fever
  • Food allergy
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Drug allergy etc

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, present with signs and symptoms like running nose and cold.

The common foods that cause allergy are wheat, peanut, shellfish etc. some children are also allergic to cow’s milk, goat’s milk etc. The person main person with vomiting, diarrhoea or skin rashes.

Some drugs like penicillin, can cause a state of anaphylaxis, if left untreated may result in coma or death. Even some food or insect bites can also cause anaphylaxis.

What are the signs and symptoms shown by the person with allergy

Even though each person may have a different type of allergy, some signs and symptoms may be common.

  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Redness of eyes
  • Itching of eyes
  • Dyspnea with wheezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea etc

What are the farctors that cause allergy

A different immune response of the body causes allergy. The body’s immune system may react to harmless substances like pollen grains. The factors that influence are:

  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic factors

The stress and anxiety may worsen the condition.

Over cleanliness may increase the chances of allergy.

Management allergy can be done by minimal exposure to the allergens.

Management of allergy in Ayurveda

As in case of every disease, evaluation of the Dosha predominance is done. The treatment for the condition is determined according to the vitiated dosha.

  • Shodhana chikitsa:- Purificatory therapies helps in eliminating the dosa, and thereby helps in the management of allergy.
  • Shamana chikilsa:- Those ineligible for purificatory therapies can be subjected to Shamana chikilsa.

Yoga and change in lifestyle can help tackle the allergy easily along with treatments.



Insomnia or sleeplessness is a sleep disorder. A person suffering from insomnia find difficulty to fall asleep or stay asleep.

The lack of sleep affects the person in many ways. The after effects of insomnia are:-

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood

The causes of insomnia

Insomnia may be caused by the following reasons:-

  • Psychological Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Heart failure or heart diseases
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Heartburn
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Due to some medications
  • Intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol etc.


The person with insomnia may suffer from:-

  • Difficulty in falling asleep
  • Difficulty in finding a comfortable sleeping position
  • Waking during night and unable to return to sleep
  • Waking up early
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty in finding focus on daily task
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How to prevent insomnia

A person can avoid insomnia by limiting or avoiding naps. Avoid taking large meals before going to bed. Decrease the amount of intake of caffeine, nicotine or alcohol. Treatment for any physical ailments that can cause insomnia should be done at correct time.

Management of insomnia in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda insomnia can be managed effectively. The most important thing is to find the exact cause of insomnia. After finding the course the treatment can be decided accordingly.

General methods that can be used for treating insomnia are:-

  • Abhyanga:- massaging the body with oil
  • Padabhyanga:- massaging foot with oil
  • Thalam:- medicated paste is made and is applied on the head
  • Shiro abhyanga:- massaging of head with oil
  • Shirodhara:- pouring of medicated liquids on head.

Apart from the above said procedures, there are internal medicines that help the person to overcome the cause of insomnia

Low back ache

lower back ache

Low back ache is a common disorder that may involve muscles, nerves and bones of back. The pain can be mild to severe.

Causes of low back ache

There are a large number of causes.

Strain, sprain, spasm osteoarthritis, herniation, stenosis and fracture are some of the musculoskeletal causes.

Inflammatory conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, Arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome also cause low back pain.

Some malignancies like breast cancer, prostate cancer, bone cancer and thyroid cancer cause pain in the lower back area.

Osteomyelitis and abscess are infectious conditions that can cause low back pain.

In some conditions like kidney diseases and gallbladder diseases, there can be lower back pain as referred pain.

Osteoarthritis, degeneration of disc etc are the most common conditions of low back pain.

In women conditions like endometriosis, ovarian cyst, ovarian cancer and uterine fibroids also present with low back pain.

Management of low back pain in Ayurveda

First of all the exact cause of the low back pain is to be determined. The physician may use techniques like X-rays, MRI to diagnose the condition. After diagnosing the condition, the physician decide what treatment is to be given.

In low back pain due to ankylosing spondylitis  etc. the treatment may be as follows:-

  • Lepanam:- medicated paste is made and applied on the area and left their for a specified time.
  • Kati abhyanga:- it is the massaging of low back area with oil
  • Kashaya Dhara:- medicated decoctions are made and used to pour over the painful area
  • Different pinda Sweda:- according to the condition of the patient and the disease the physician chooses appropriate type of pinda Sweda. That maybe Patra potali Sweda, jambira pinda Sweda, churna pinda Sweda etc.
  • Sodhana chikilsa:- purification therapies especially basti, can help alleviate the condition.

Along with the treatment appropriate exercises that can help strengthen The structures in the lower back area can also help in overcoming the pain.

The pain caused by other reasons are treated accordingly.



Fissure-in-ano is a break or tear in skin of anal canal. A person with fissure-in-ano mein often complain about bright red coloured bleeding. He or she may also complain about pain after defecation.

The causes of fissure-in-ano

Most of the fissure are caused by the stretching of anal mucosa beyond its capability. Usually the fissure looks like a paper cut and therefore is not visible easily.

In adults the fissure is caused by:-

  • Constipation
  • Passing of large and hard stools
  • Prolonged diarrhoea

In older adults, the blood flow to the anus decreases and therefore can cause fissure-in-ano.

Fissure-in-ano is associated with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome etc.

In sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, herpes and human papillomavirus infection, the anal mucosa becomes unhealthy and may result in fissure-in-ano.

Other common causes that can cause the condition are:-

  • Child birth trauma
  • Anal sex
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

Management of fissure- in-ano in Ayurveda

Medicines are given to smoothen the bowel. After a thorough examination the physician decides the treatment to be done.

The following treatments are effective in fissure in ano:-

  • Avagaha:- douche in medicated water
  • Local application of medicated oil, ghee
  • Basti or enema

Along with the treatments internal medicines are also given to alleviate the condition.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition due to the compression of median nerve at the carpal tunnel in the wrist.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

The person with carpal tunnel syndrome may present with pain, numbness, tingling income, index and middle fingers. The patient may feel weakness while gripping.

The factors that can cause risk 

The condition can cause risk are:-

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Trauma
  • The type of works that may cause stress or strain in the rest

How can we manage carpal tunnel syndrome in Ayurveda

The following treatment qualities can be used for treating carpal tunnel syndrome:-

  • Abhyanga:- massaging the area with oil
  • Applying hot water bag
  • Medicated pastes are used to apply in the area to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Bandaging
  • Local Dhara:- pouring of medicated decoctions locally
  • Agni karna:- cauterization

Along with the treatment, internal medicines are also given to alleviate the condition.

If the pain is caused by work, then the person should change the mode of work along with the treatment.