Greeva Basti

Greeva Basti is a hot oil therapy that is used in the treatment of neck pain and related ailments of the neck. Greeva refers to the neck, and Basti means ‘to hold or contain’ something inside. It is a procedure that involves oleation and sudation over the posterior neck region. It addresses problems related to the spine, muscles and skeletal tissues of the neck and shoulders.

Indications:

  • Cervical spondylosis; Ankylosing spondylitis; Cervical disc lesions; Disk prolapse
  • Whiplash
  • Sprains and strains
  • Chronic pain in the neck
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Torticollis (Wry neck)
  • Vertigo
  • Tingling, numbness of the hands
  • Compression fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Paget’s disease of the bone

Procedure:

  • The patient lies face down on the massage table
  • A leak-proof dough-ring (made of black gram or whole wheat flour) is securely placed over the cervical region of the neck, including 2-3 thoracic vertebrae
  • Heated and specially medicated oil is slowly poured into the dough-ring. This oil is recycled throughout the procedure in order to maintain a warm temperature for the duration of the treatment – usually between 15-30mins.

Benefits:

  • Calms, rejuvenates, and nourishes the nerves, bones and muscle tissue around the neck and shoulders
  • Relieves pain and discomfort
  • Stimulates nerves and blood supply, which improves circulation around the neck and shoulder region
  • Improves flexibility and enhances ease of movement

*Pre and post-treatment Procedures:

Abhyanga and pinda sweda is performed from the neck to the waist before Greeva Basti is applied. Following Greeva Basti, fomentation is used (herbal steam applied over the neck region to help the oil further absorb into the tissues). It is also recommended to administer Nasya (medicated nasal oil) in combination with Greeva Basti.

Oils and Ghee recommended for Greeva Basti:

  • Ksheerabala tailam
  • Mahamasha tailam – popular for many neurological disorders
  • Kottamchukkadi tailam
  • Balashwaghandhadi tailam
  • Ashwaghandabalalakshadi tailam
  • Sahacharadi tailam
  • Murivenna
  • Pinda tailam
  • Tiktaka ghritam
  • Guggulutiktaka ghritam
  • Tila tailam
  • Etc.
Netra tarpana treatment

Importance:

The Head (Siraha or Uttamanga) is one among the prime organ of the body, where brain is seated along with all the sense organs (Indriyas), which perceives all the sensory information and interpreted. Among them eyes (NAYANA) considered to be most vital and useful for the perception of visual information, as per AYURVEDIC MEDICINE it is predominated by alochaka Pitta (A sub type of pitta), often subjected to strained due the increased screen times like watching computer, televisions and phones. Due to which the burden on the vision is greatly increased and caused enormous amount of the damage.

Certain conditions associated along with aging, repetitive eye strain through years of work and so forth can irritate or strain the eye/s to the extent they need further intervention to be able to maintain the healthy function.

Netra Tarpana is the Ayurvedic treatment in such cases.

It is used in cases where the patient is:

  • Suffering eye strain
  • There is a stiffness/rigidity within the eye movements
  • The eyes are excessively dry
  • Suffering eye injury
  • Certain Vata Pittaja diseases are causing problems within the eyes
  • Has abnormal deviations of the eye
  • Eye lashes falling often into the eyes
  • Cellulitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dirtiness within the eyes, possibly from work conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyperaemia of the conjunctiva
  • Atrophy of the cranial nerves
  • To pacify irritation, soreness, redness or tearing within the eyes themselves.

What is Netra Tarpana?

Netra (eye) and Tarpana (nourishment) is directly treating the eye with nourishing therapy. A dough is made that is appropriate (sticky enough but gentle enough) for the face and gently made into a bowl like shape around the eye. Ghrita (medicated Ghee) is then warmed and then placed over the eyes contained within the dough bowl and the patient is to preform eye movements and blinking.

Contraindications of Netra Tarpana:

  • On cloudy, excessively hot or cool days
  • A patient who is excessively worrying
  • A patient who is physically exhausted
  • A patient experiencing vertigo or dizziness
  • If the patient’s symptoms worsen or do not improve with the treatment

How was Netra Tarpana performed on the day?

Items Required:

  • A bowl to make the special dough, it needed to be stickier and looked smoother than a standard type of Vasti for the body. The flour of wheat flour/black gram and hot water.
  • Heating device, a double boiler (with water bath in the bottom) and Triphala Ghrita (Ghee medicated with Triphala) to prepare and heat the Ghrita as required.
  • Cloths, towels, tissues: for patient modesty and cleaning as is required
  • Cotton balls: to put the Ghrita into the Basti.
  • A clean spoon: for distribution of the Ghrita.
  • The dough needed special preparations compared with the basti/vasti of the body. It is made from a grain mixture of whole wheat/black gram/pulses and hot water is used to construct the dough. It is then carefully molded around both eyes and across the nose bridge. Water is then used to make a seal on both inner and outer walls by gently bringing down a small amount of the dough onto the patient.
  • When the eye basti are complete, and Ghrita is sufficiently warmed (it is not made too warm/hot) the patient was asked to test with his little finger the temperature. Then a cotton bud was used to wipe a layer of the Ghrita over the patient’s eyes and then slowly, gently cotton balls were used to gently drip the warm Ghrita across the eyes. When a sufficient amount was administered (covering the eyes enough so when the patient’s eyes were opened they were immersed in the Ghrita), the patient was asked to slowly blink, and then move his eyes up and down and side to side. (It was necessary at times to push the Basti towards the patient’s eyes at the top of the bowl to ensure complete immersion at times). When the Ghrita had lost its warmth, the Ghrita was removed slowly by daubing gently with cotton balls and returning it to the upper bowl above the water bath. It was reheated and re-administered the same way three times at 10-minute intervals.
  • After the last of the Ghrita was removed, and cloths and towels were used to help clean the skin of the upper face, the patient was instructed in his own time to sit up. Practitioner then examined the patient and decided to have him lie back down and used saline to flush his eyes as it brought out quite a lot of redness and inflammation. After about 10 minutes the patient was fine to sit up and move around again.

Hay Fever: Homeopathy - Jeeva Health

Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that affects the nose. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, dust mite, molds and animal hair.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • itchy ears, nose and throat
  • red, itchy or watery eyes
  • headaches

Homeopathy is one of the most popular systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat hay fever or allergic rhinitis but to cure its underlying cause.

Hay fever may just occur on its own, but I think the reasons it comes on at dif¬ferent times for different people is inter¬esting and not really easily explained. There was improved quality of life and reduction of conventional drugs in allergic patients treated with homeopathy.

Jeeva health now accepts all the private health insurances.

We have fully installed HICAPS in all the locations to claim the health funds on the spot.

We do offer neuroptherapy and counseling in both the Melbourne CBD and Surrey Hills locations.

For all naturopathy and Ayurvedic services please contact Jeeva Health on 03 99399474

Most of the tips were very helpful during my aunt’s pregnancy. Over here, I have listed a few:

1. Feel Good

Whatever you touch, feel, eat affect your baby as it affects you. If you’re happy, your baby would be too probably. The same goes when you’re sad, hungry, angry…

Nourish your senses with fresh flower every morning and listening to Garbha Sanskar music. Also, listening to soft, country and instrumental music will make your baby happy. Though Avoid loud, disturbing music and movies at all cost.

Touch your baby bump and establish a connection with your new family member.

2. Eat Sattvic Meals

Sattvic diet is a diet based on foods with sattva quality. In Yoga and Ayurveda literature, Sattvic diet restores and maintains sattvic state of living. In Sattvic system of dietary classification, foods and drinks that have destructive influence on the mind or body are considered Tamasic, while those that neither lead to better health nor are destructive are considered Rajasic.

Keep your diet rich in everything Rajasic and avoid Tamasic whenever possible. Rajasic foods calm down mind and soul of you as well as the baby. Some of the Rajasic food are:

  • Milk
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Fresh and mostly green vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Multi grains

3. Get an oil massage with an Ayurvedic oil

As per Ayurveda in Australia, oil massage complements the health of the mother and the baby alike. The massage like all Ayurveda elements calms mind and body. In addition, appropriate oils balance “Vata Dosha”. Balancing Vata Dosha is important for the health of the mother and the baby.

4. Balancing Vata Dosha

For balancing out the nervous system and stabilise the mother as well as the baby, balancing “Vata Dosha” is important

5. The tastes

Sweet, sour, and salty are the three tastes that a pregnant can have without worries. Sweet foods like sweet potato, cooked beans, carrots in moderation. Sour foods like citrus fruits as well salty foods can be consumed by the mother, however, salty and spicy foods should be avoided.

Conclusion: Ayurveda is an ancient medical science of living a healthy lifestyle. As a mother, you should make it a part of your life.

Ayurveda is not just about herbal herbs. Ayurveda is acutaklly a Indian way of living life and goverened by what we eat, how we live, in which environment and state of our mental heal;th. Below are ways to live a life governed by Ayurvedic principles.

1. Wake up early

Ayurveda recommends everyone to wake up early in the morning before dawn. As per Ayurveda, this the purest time of a day that gives you energy to spend your rest of the day in cheerfulness. The early morning sunrays are also known to eliminate many common, health issues.

2. Honey to start your day

Honey detoxifies the body as per Ayurveda. If taken first thing in the morning, it helps to subside any bad build up that accumulated during the previous day. Make a habit of taking honey along with a pinch of salt before starting your day and live a healthy life.

Honey is a proved anti-bacterial agent.

3. Sound and adequate sleep

Sleeping sound sleep for couple of hours is important to rejuvenate and cleanse your body. Short, unsound sleep, on the other hand, disturbs the harmony of our body functioning.

Ayurveda recommends taking a warm bath before going to bed for sound sleep. In addition, essential oils like lavender and sandalwood promotes sound sleep.

4. Keep Walking

A morning walk is considered as one of the healthiest regimes under Ayurveda. Walking an hour after waking up another after dinner was the secret of the health of ancient Indian emperors.

Considered as the best form of exercise, walking provides the benefits of workout–mental, physical, and emotional health, without straining your body.

5. Daily Routine

Ayurveda recommends making a schedule of everything you are going to do during the course of a day. Stick to the plan and see the difference yourself. By bringing a healthy routine, you will not only have a better health but also a better mental and emotional state.

6. Detoxify

As per Ayurveda, our body aggregates toxins over the course. These toxins thereby cause various ailments. In order to make our body less susceptible to diseases, there toxins needs to be eliminated from our body, or, in short, our body needs detoxification.

Although those toxins can’t be nullified to zero, by eating healthy food, sticking to a healthy routine, and maintain a healthy bowel movements they can be maintained at the lowest levels in one’s body.

7. Drink Water - a lot

Drink adequate volume of water daily. Water is the best cause to level out toxins from the body and to guarantee smooth running of the digestion system.

What is stress?

Stress is a reaction of the environmental conditions that use to withdraw the liveliness and longevity from our body mind setup because our body’s adjustments to ever changing environment.

Prolonged exposure to stress affect one’s career, love, and relationship. This exposure makes oneself angry, frustrated, and depressed, resulting in various health ailments including headaches, stomach problems, insomnia, mouth ulcers and heart diseases.

Stress and Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, one’s healthy is directly related to his or her mind condition (mana). All doshas: Kapha, Pitta, and Vata are affected by mana. Any misbalance in any of the dohas has direct effect on one’s body, mind and soul, as per Ayurveda.

Ayurveda with practices like Yoga, Pranayama and meditation is well adopted in India as well as west to fight stress and anxiety in today’s lifestyle. History is evident, Ayurveda to its practitioners an ability to control of their mind. An individual in control of his mind automatically controls his body and soul. The individual doesn’t stay slave of his mind, rather he becomes the master and starts enjoying his life.

In Ayurveda considers depression or stress is connected “Ojas” , a rudimentary constituent of the body tissues. Any fluctuation in this element give rise to stress and anxiety. To even “Ojas” fluctuations as way of combating stress, Ayurveda recommends Panchkarma therapies & Rasayana Therapies

Panchkarma therapy

Panchkarma therapy is consist of three procedures: Sirodhara, Thailadahara, and Snehapanam. The therapy essentially consist of removing toxins from one’s body and improving blood circulation.

  • Sirodhara
    This procedure is executed using warm herbal medicinal oil. Kept in a container suspended right above the head, the oil through an opening makes way to the individual’s forehead. The whole procedure is highly relaxing and soother the individual’s mind.
  • Thailadahara
    This procedure help the individual to strengthen the control of his mind, in addition to subsiding stress. The whole body is massages using the essential oil in Ayurveda: sesame oil, essential herbs and cow’s milk. This massage helps the body to get rid of toxins.
  • Snehapanam
    In this procedure, the individual has to conduct the intake of ghee or butter along with a mixture of basic Ayurveda herbs: asparagus, gooseberry, sandalwood, and amla.
  • Rasayana Therapies
    Once the body is using cleansed using Panchkarma therapy, Rasayana Therapy is performed to nourish it. This therapy is mainly about dietary practices.
  • Oral Procedure
    A course of stress and mind management herbs are prescribed to the individual.
  • Dietary Procedure
    A strict diet based on the principles of Ayurveda is followed. This diet is generally consist of rich carbs and protein diet. The intake of fat and oils are reduced. Intake of tobacco, sweets, salt and alcohol is restricted.

In Ayurveda, the quality, type, and frequency of one’s food are primarily responsible for his health. The food affects an individual physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ancient Ayurveda has a well-organised account of various food’s benefits and harms. In this account, foods are bifurcated characteristically. The characterisation clearly indicates which foods are beneficial or harmful for a particular body type, ailment, lifestyle, and behaviour. As such, a good food is generally easy to digest and high on nutrients. Keeping that rich Ayuvedic knowledge in mind, I have curated a list of the 5 most important things prescribed by Ayurveda to keep our digestive system in order.

Mixing food types: When it comes to mixing different food types, Ayurveda is very permissive. However, there are few combinations, which Ayurveda discommends:

  • Avoid eating dairy products including yoghurt with citrus fruits like lemon or orange.
  • Melons should be eaten alone
  • Don’t mix fruits for maximum nutrition
  • A combination of cooked and raw foods should be avoided
  • Don’t mix milk protein with animal proteins: A meat ball after a glass of milk is seriously a bad choice
  • Ayurveda advises against taking milk with sour fruits, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, and fish.

Eat the largest meal at lunchtime

As per Ayurveda, a human body’sdigestion peak during middays. This time our digestive system secretes the highest concentration of “digestive juices”. On the other hand,in the evening, as the body is getting ready for the sleep, the digestive system tends to become softer. A meal at dinner will only make you feel heavy and bloated in the morning and sleeplessness.

Don’t overeat

No doubt, overeating should be avoided. Eating more food than our stomach can accommodate give rises to less room for digestion and more for digestive acids,increasing the chances of anacid reflux, indigestion,Gastrointestinal Disorders, discomfort, and bloating. Ayurveda endorsesto leave one-third to one-quarter of stomach space to give the room and inhibit less acid secretion.

Meal Environment

Ayurveda doesn’t just stick to the type of taken foodfor a healthy digestion, but also the environment where it is taken. As per Ayurveda, a meal should be a taken at a fixed interval in a relaxed and quiet environment. Eating a food while on the move like in a car or while watching T.V. is considered unhealthy. Further, a rich, satisfying meal cuts on snacking.

Sweet “Lassi” or lemon juice after a meal

Make a habit of drinking mildly sweet lassi after a meal. This improves digestion.If you have a inactive digestion, eatginger with lemon juice and a some salt on it before a full meal. For overactive digestion, eat pomegranate chutney.

The word “Ayu” means life and “veda” means knowledge, which is practiced more than 5000 years in India. The prime goal of Ayurveda is to restore the health of a healthy individual and treat the diseased to regain the health. Ayurvedic medicine is designed to promote healthy and happy human life. The simple principles of Ayurveda can be applicable universally and it is an eternal science. Ayurveda mainly speaks each and every element and facet of human life. Ayurveda or Astanga Ayurveda with their eight specialties of Internal medicine or General Medicine, Paediatrics and Gynaecology, Otolaryngology (Ear, nose and Throat), Forensic, psychiatry, geriatrics, Science of Aphrodisiacs and Surgery. Most of the explanations and philosophies are of the principles that are based the theory of five elements (Panchamahabutas: Earth, water, fire, Air and Ether), the three dhosha (Humors) (vata, pitta and kapha), the seven tissues (sapta Dhatau), three mala (excretory products: Urine, faces and Sweat).

Most of the teachings in Ayurveda explain the power of self healing. By restoring and balancing all the energies in the body, the process of physical deterioration and disease can be drastically minimised. This principle is basic core part of Ayurvedic Treatments.

At Jeeva Health, you can experience Ayurveda at its purity by qualified and experienced Ayurvedic doctors. We dedicate to promote longitivity and to maintain all aspects healthy human life.

Human and Ayurvedic five elements

According to Ayurveda the both the living and non living creations in this cosmos are derived from the five basic elements, called “Panchamahabutas”. Each and every cell (Basic functional unit of Human body) possessed with the all the properties of five elements. The only difference between the living and non living creatures is the consciousness, mobility or life spark or spirit or soul.

The five basic elements that constitute the human body are earth, water, fire, air and ether. All these five elements manifest in the form of three basic humors, which are called as “Three- Dosha” or Subtle energies.

Three Humors or Three Subtle energies

The three humors in the human body are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These all three humors manifest in the body by maintaining and controlling the chemical, hormonal and electrical functions of the human body. All these elements are not prevalent by naked eye, but the manifestation can be conceived by the functions and other physical and physiological functions. In simple, the mobility is due to Vata, the vision is due to Pitta, and the rigidity or stability of the body due to Kapha.

In this fast developing modern scientific era, still we don’t have few answers or treatments for few medical conditions; where as through the balances and imbalances of these humors or the manifestations of the three doshas can be a simple basic answer for many uncertain in this modern medical era. Which is been the eternal science, widely practicing in Indian subcontinent since 5000 years.

Seven Tissues (Dhatus)

All the three humors manifest in the human body in three levels physical, mental and physiological levels. The physical part of the manifestation in seven tissues, which are also called as “Sapta Dhatu”, they are Rasa (Plasma/ lymph), Rakta (blood), Mamsa ( Muscle), Medas (Fat), Asti (Bone), Majja (Bone marrow), Sukra (Sperm/ Ovum/ total body energy).  All these tissues constitute the physical body.

Mala (Excretory Products)

According to Ayurveda there are three different types are “malas”.  The word mala means, the material which contaminates the body. In comparison, they are the bi products of all the metabolic functions in the body, which needs to eliminate from the body. The eliminated waste products are Sweat, Urine and faeces.

According to Ayurvedic science, the human body is depending on all three basic constituents of Dosha (Three humors), Dhatu (Seven tissues) and Mala (three excretory products as like a big tree that is surviving solely on the root.

Ayurvedic Body constitution (Deha Prakriti)

This is also denoted as primary constitution, which is influenced by the doshic factors of male sperm (Sukra) and female arthava (Seed) at the time of conception. Not just above, the place, time, and environmental factors will also have an influence on the human constitution. The bodily combinations are classified based on their strength as poor or weak, medium or moderate and best or strong. The best probability would be the “samadhathu” Prakriti, which is ideal with blend and proportions of all the three bio humors. The proposition of two bio humors is considered as worst constitution.

What happens during the Ayurvedic consultation?

The personal Ayurvedic consultation involves analysis of an individual “Prakruti ” (Body constitution) based on physical and psychological aspects of an individual, which is determined on the basis of three Doshas and their status.

According to Ayurveda, evaluating the root cause is important in diagnosis and treatment, therefore consultation involves detailed history taking about your health problems, lifestyle and food habits, followed by examination of a patient with the help of Ayurvedic diagnostic methods to evaluate the prime causative factors.

Ayurvedic examination methods mainly include physical examination and psychological assessment, with the help of Nadi (pulse) diagnosis, constitution analysis and eight fold examinations etc. Based on the diagnosis you will be treated with time tested and purified Ayurvedic herbal drugs and necessary Panchakarma therapies followed by some dietary and lifestyle suggestions.

Dr Kumar CRS is an qualified Ayurvedic doctor from India and achieved AYURMEDHA award from Dabur Ayurveda Pharmacy for the outstanding performance at the University level, University also rewards with Gold Medal. He also completed in Masters in Public health and Health Promotion in Australia. He is a principle Ayurvedic Practitioner and Director of Jeeva health pty Ltd based in Melbourne and Canberra.

The information provided in the above article for education purpose only, if symptoms persists please do not hesitate to contact our clinics at 03 99399474 or email us at info@jeevahealth.com.au or contact your local health practitioner for help.

Navar Khizi (Shashtika Pinda Swedam)

Are you stressed? Feeling lethargic? Chronic Fatigue? Do you want have a day with no pain? – Then perfect treatment is Navar Khizi, an Ayurvedic Treatment at Jeeva health.

Jeeva Health is Melbourne based Ayurvedic treatment centre that offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments for wide range of ailments.  Ayurvedic doctors in our clinic are qualified in Ayurvedic Medicine and Registered in Australia with Australasian Association of Ayurveda.

Clinic has both male and female doctors, who can speak in your own language and see things, the way you see it, rather simply treating you symptoms.

What is Navar Khizi ? Ayurvedic Treatment

It is an Ayurvedic treatment that usually goes for 60 to 90 minutes in different (seven) positions.

Initially massage done with suitable Ayurvedic oils followed by an application of warm boluses that are prepared with Navara Rice cooked with Bala moola Kashyam (Herbal decoction) and milk will be gently applied simultaneously by one or two practitioners.

At the end of the procedure, the paste that is made to prepare the boluses will be applied as a coat on the skin. Then the entire application will removed gently and wiped with dry towel.

Once again the warm oil application is done and allowed to take rest before shower or bath.

This Ayurvedic procedure is mainly indicated in muscular weakness, emaciation and general debility, rheumatic complaints, hemiplegia, children with muscular weakness, atrophy and wasting of muscles and neurological disorders.

It should not be done while having infection, fever, swelling, burns or wounds and Ama (lack of proper metabolism or sluggish metabolism.

Maintains healthy skin tone and strengthen the muscles

Ayurveda believes, as skin in the largest organ of the human body, most of the nourishment can be done through it. This treatment in particular improves the muscle tone and keeps the skin glowing and nourished.

Improves circulation and reduce weight

Due to innate methods of preparation of herbs and milk and specific ways of doing will increase the circulation in the body and helps to shred the unwanted fat that is located in certain body parts of the body. It may also help in reducing the cholesterol by inducing sweat.

Pain and Inflammation

Specifically this treatment in Ayurveda is indicated for the pain and stiffness, due to its warm nourishing nature, the pain and degeneration can be addressed and can be able to give good relief for the pain and stiffness by improving circulation locally and systemically.

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