At Jeeva Health Melbourne, we believe the concept of prevention in early stages is better than waiting till the symptoms worsen and difficult to control.

In normal menstruation, the endometrial tissue (the inner layer of the uterus) is going to shed once in 28 to 30 day as a cyclic manner. Whereas, in Endometriosis the endometrial tissue will also found in other than the uterus, such as fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterine ligaments, urinary bladder, pelvis and rarely on intestinal lining.

All the extra uterine endometrial tissue will also respond to regular hormonal changes and try to shed cyclically, similarly like the regular endometrial tissue in the uterus. Often leads to the formation of cysts, adhesions, inflammation and scar tissue.

Rarely or in some critical cases, it may even blocks the fallopian tubes and cause the infertility and severe inflammatory symptoms, such as pain, intermittent bleeding, spotting etc.

What is Ayurvedic Medicine View?

According to Ayurveda, this condition is due to disturbed or altered Vata dosha. Mainly “ Apana vayu vikara”. Apana vata is a subtype of Vata dosha which is responsible for the downward elimination of urine, faces, flatus, child birth and menstruation blood.

Ayurvedic Pathophysilogy

Apana vata Obstruction causes retrograde menstruation and leads to the accumulation or movement of endometrial tissue to settle in the extra uterine surfaces like fallopian tubes and pelvic cavity. Often associated with severe pain and scanty menstruation are due to aggravated vata, bleeding and burning sensation due to associated pitta dosha and heaviness, lethargy and slimy mucus bleeding is due to associated aggravated Kapha dosha.

Ayurvedic Aetiology

Both physical and mental factors are responsible for the Vata aggravation, mental stress is one among the major responsible factors for the Apana Vata Vikara.

The factors such as consuming too much cold, dry, rough, uncotus, pungent, astringent and bitter substances, excess consumption of raw foods, excessive travelling, substance abuse, excess physical activity, travelling and suppression of 13 different Vegas (Involuntary functions such as hunger, tears, urination, sneezing, farting etc. are factors causing aggravation of Vata in the body.

However, it is very important to avoid the mental stress and over physical activity during the time of menstruation. Mental stress, over work, emotional stress, fear, grief and anger are the prime reasons for the stimulation Apana vata.

Ayurvedic Treatment

The first line of treatment is (Nidana Parimarjanam), removal of the root cause. In the treatment of Endometriosis the root causes are Vata aggravating factors, one should identify the factors that are causing Vata aggravation and eliminate them accordingly. If not, at least able to manage them effectively to be able to free from all the symptoms.

Secondly, reduce the stress levels by doing medication and gentle yoga. Techniques like Tai Chi, QiGong and other techniques of meditation are highly beneficial in managing stress levels.  The best way of reducing the mental stress or physical stress is by taking REST.

Finally, proper elimination procedures such as Pancha karma procedures include Vrechana Karma and vasti Karma need to undertaken to evacuate AMA and dosha aggravation.

Virechana karma means medicated purgation for the elimination of AMA and pitta accumulated in the middle part of the body.

Vasti means medicated enema to pacify the Vata in the lower part of the body.

All the above procedures are strictly accompanied by individualised diet and lifestyle recommendations. Each procedure starts with internal Oleation and external Oleation to move the toxins from the distal branches to core part of the body for the proper elimination.

Appropriate rejuvenation follows the main procedure according to the condition and constitution of an individual will be selected by the qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Which will ensure the balanced digestive fire, with balanced vata to move in the downwards direction.

As already mentioned earlier it is better to avoid the physical activity during the menstruation, taking regular Ayurvedic Abhyangam (Ayurvedic Massage) with suitable oils, regularity in the day to day regimen and taking Specific Ayurvedic formulations to reduce the pain, inflammation, reduce the scar tissue formation and ensure proper menstruation

If you have any doubts about your health or for complete health assessment please contact Dr Kumar on 03 99399474 / 0402282745 or info@jeevahealth.com.au.

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Introduction

Almost more than 5000 years history in the practice of medicine, since then a wide range of medical systems in the world, mainly in India, China, Greek and Egypt are practicing traditional medicine.  Ancient traditional medicine derived from Atharvana Veda period (1500 BC), updated through Buddhist centuries, Ayurvedic Medicine flourished as a fist kind of reason based, statistical approach to disease when Charaka scripted Charaka Samhita during the first century. Since then the concepts of Ayurveda have become universal and eternal.  The process of modern research on Ayurvedic Herbs stared during the 21st century by Sir RN Chopra with taxonomical based pharmaceutical research (Patwardhan et al 2009).

Ayurvedic medicine in India and its subcontinents

As a fact, India have got more than half a million registered Ayurveda and other natural health modalities,  most of them widely practice Ayurvedic medicine, which provides the back bone of a preventive health care system in India. Moreover, the practice ayurvedic medicine has significant impact in reducing the overall health care burden on government. Currently, more than 20,000 graduates are coming out each year from Ayurvedic medical colleges around India to meet the increased demand (Valiathan & Urmila 2010).

Recently Indian government made Ayurveda as a main stream in the health care system, which is a drastic change for the system and people looking for alternative methods for their healthcare. In Ayurveda, most popular Panchkarma is being widely practiced in most of the ayurvedic hospitals and Ayurvedic institutions around India, is often flooded with patients, and regularly reporting the waiting list for the patients is being increasing with a patient list from India and other foreign countries.  (Valianthan & Urmila 2010)

In Australia, according to news report that was published on March 2014 on ABC, indicated there is a huge increase in the popularity and practice of Ayurveda in The West. During the ABC survey a client from London mentioned that “There are no side effects and it’s very good, very good for your body. Best thing to use Ayurveda treatment than English medicine. Look – now I am fit and getting day by day younger,” she laughs. (ABC NEWS 2014)

Ayurvedic Education system in India

Ayurveda is being taught at the university level, at present there are 240 -320 colleges that offer university level education BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in India. Central Council of Indian medicine (CCIM) governs the entire programs conducted at university level about their quality, clinical skills and outcome. (Patwardhan. K, et al 2011)

CCIM controls the entire curriculum and implementation of Ayurvedic education across all levels in India, which has its own central governing body headed by an independent central minister. The department undertakes the responsibility of governing 340 colleges 2420 hospitals with a capacity of 42271 beds, 15017 public dispensaries, 429246 ayurvedic registered medical practitioners, more than 320 educational organisations, and 7699 Ayurvedic pharmacies ensure the promotions of Ayurveda into direct health care service in the country. Indian Pharmacopeia is an official document which contains the information of 540 monographs of Ayurvedic single herbs and 152 monographs of classical / composite ayurvedic formulations (Mukharjee PK et al 2012)
Way of Ayurvedic Education in Australia

Currently, Ayurvedic education in Australia is still in VET level. The courses that are available in Australia across the VET sector are only Certificate IV in life style education in Ayurveda and Advanced diploma in Ayurveda. Usually take 1.5 to 2 years for certificate IV and 2 to 3 years for advanced diploma to complete (Training.gov.au).

In order to complete the BAMS degree in India takes almost 5.5 to 6 years to complete with compulsory rotatory internship both in Ayurvedic and modern hospitals across all branches of Ayurveda and biomedical science subjects. (Patwardhan K et al 2011).

Conclusion

Education for Ayurveda in Australia is facing a lot of challenges. Those are not just limited to course development, unit design include core and elective units. Moreover, there is a significant setback in the clinical ability to diagnose and treat for the students who comes out of their course, as in Australia most of the natural health courses not integrated with western medical systems.

A simple scenario, in order to learn usually ayurvedic diagnostic skills takes more than two to three years with face to face education system. In the current situation the unit code HLTAYV007 Diagnose conditions within an Ayurvedic framework takes less than six months to complete.

Means student completed this unit can able to diagnose the wide range of conditions that are explained in Ayurveda within 6 months. The question is whether the student got the enough skills to diagnose the condition? With this kind of inadequate skills training in the hands there is a possibility that they can do harm to the community than good. Moreover, Ayurveda gets the liability for the inadequate training for the adverse reactions.

Finally, it is our responsibility to ensure the quality ayurvedic practitioners with a quality education, so that the health outcome of the customer or patient who ever seeks for ayurvedic help can be secure and safe in Australia. We need to compare with place of Chinese medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, osteopathy and naturopathy in Australia. Ayurveda is much older than most of the systems of practice in today’s modern world, with proven effectiveness and a strong evidence base.

As mentioned earlier, not just Indians, people from all over the world looking for Ayurveda for some chronic diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, paraplegia, fistula in anoand other autoimmune disease, where the conventional system is of no use, Ayurveda has proven to be effective.

As a traditional medical system, WHO (world Health organisation) established a benchmarks for the training in Ayurveda as a global standard, which we need to follow to ensure the quality Ayurveda can be practiced and taught in Australia.

References

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  2. Valiathan M.S and Urmila Thatte 2010: International Journal of Ayurveda Research | January-March 2010 | Vol 1 | Issue 1
  3. ABC news report from:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-03/an-india-ayurveda-popularity-murali-krishnan/5234090
  4. Patwardhan K, Sangeeta G, Girish S aand Rathose H.C.S The Ayurveda Education in India: How Well Are the Graduates Exposed to Basic Clinical Skills? Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 197391
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At Jeeva Health Ayurveda Clinic in Melbourne, we believe in the concept of keeping healthy is highly important than treating disease, which is also a prime goal of Ayurvedic Medicine.

In the constipation, the affected channels include large intestine or “Purishvaha srotas”. Predominant Vata dosha (Apana vata vikaram) in the large intestine causes the disruption of the regular function of the muscular layer of the intestine and cause constipation “Malabhdhata”.

The main cause of constipation involves physical and mental factors. Physical factors mainly constitutes dietary. Eating food, which is GURU (difficult to digest), example red meat, cheese etc. eating  fast foods or junk food, irregular eating habits, eating foods with less fibre or less roughage, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night. All these physical level factors aggravate VATA in the large intestine and cause constipation. Moreover, it is quite often, we see mental factors such as chronic depression, insomnia, stress, grief and fear are mainly responsible for the disruption of day to day digestive process and leads to constipation.

Other factors such as medicines, old age or other chronic diseases and long term consumption of medicines, laxatives or drugs may also cause constipation.

Ayurvedic Treatment

As it all depends on whether it is acute or chronic type.

It requires a diet and lifestyle recommendations, which mainly includes Vata reducing diet.

In acute constipation, it is better to get Anuvasana Vasti or Oil enema followed by decoction (Asthapana) enema. For better progress it is important to make necessary diet changes and take Ayurvedic herbal treatment which suits to the constitution.

In chronic type of constipation, it is better to start with proper Panchakarma regimen, which includes internal Oleation and external Oleation (Abhyangam = Ayurvedic whole body massage) with viechana and vasti karma. Taking fruits such as pomegranate, prunes, pear and fully ripened banana will be highly beneficial in promoting the softness and reduce the dryness.

You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email drkumar@jeevahealth.com.au or by phone 040 282 745 / 03 99399474 or 02 6156 0618 regarding any of your health problems. You will be offered authentic Ayurvedic information and an opinion, as to what best can be done pertaining to your ailment.

Ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga and meditation related appointments in Melbourne / Canberra Ayurveda Clinics, please ring 03 99399474.

IBD term given to a group of different conditions, most widely Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis sufferers are major among the group. According to the conventional system there is no known cause for this condition. (ABC 2012) In Australia almost 60,000 people are suffering from above both conditions with almost no solution left other than using some corticosteroids and immunosuppressant drugs. It affects both the males and females equally, and tends to develop most commonly between the ages of 15 to 30.

Ayurvedic View

In Ayurveda this condition is denoted as “Grahani”. Grahani is the term given to Duodenum structurally and functionally given to entire intestine. The most import function is to digest and absorb the food.

Term Grahani is widely used in the Ayurvedic literature, with the three different types, goes according with the Ayurvedic constitutions of VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. It can also be the combinations of them or it can be caused by the “tridhoshas” (Sannipathaja).

Most of the symptoms according to Ayurvedic Grahani are increased frequency of loose motions with lots of mucus, pain and bad odour, bloating, twisting feeling, if it is aggravated with Pitta, the symptoms may associated with bleeding which is quite common in Ulcerative colitis.

Grahani is a syndrome in which AGNI, the digestive power is presumed to be the culprit. In which the Agni is suppressed, which inturns aggravate the AMA (Toxins)( Undigested or left over waste material in Gastro intestinal tract), which accumulated will pass along with the stools. So even the line of treatment should also focus on the improving the individual AGNI.

Conclusion

Ayurveda explains the Nidana (causative factors) and Samprapti ( pathophysiology)of the most of the conditions comes under IBD ( Grahani) with significant treatment methods which may be helpful in balancing the AGNI and other symptoms related. Ayurvedic Diet and lifestyle recommendations along with Ayurvedic Treatments can have combined positive impact on the GIT to get the symptoms under control. You may also combine the both conventional medicine with few ayurvedic herbs along with diet and lifestyle modification to get the better health out come.

Ayurveda is indeed world’s oldest method of medicine and curing, which dates back to around 5000 years. However, the principles of it are still applicable and valid in this modern world. Ayurveda in Australia is believed to form holistic and innate healing.

Ayurveda in Australia makes use of essential oils depending upon their therapeutic properties, which is further used according to the need and body type of an individual. As per this branch of science, every person is born with his own unique constitution, which in the Ayurvedic terminology is known as “dosha”. And the specific oils used for the three different doshas are: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Today we will be learning about the healing properties of Eucalyptus oil which is beneficial to the kapha types. Here check out some of its benefits as per Ayurveda in Australia:

  1. Those who suffer from nasal congestion must place 2-5 drops of the eucalyptus oil in a bowl containing steaming water. Now lean over it covering the head with a towel and inhale deeply. You will get instant relief.
  2. Placing 10-20 drops of it in a diffuser or the humidifier in the bedroom or kid’s room reduces clogging and promotes clear breathing.
  3. If you wish to experience a deluxe spa-bath at your home, you just have to add around 12 drops of this oil to 1/2 cup of sea salts. Just fill the tub with water and enjoy the bath.
  4. It is even good for chest congestion. Just add 2-3 drops to sesame oil and rub on the chest covering with a towel.
  5. This oil can even provide quick relief to those who have stiff and achy muscles.

Ayurveda experts in Australia highly recommends the use of this oil and check with your ayurvedic doctor and see if this oil is suitable for your body type!

Ayurveda is among the primeval form of meditation which makes use of natural herbs for health care. The treatment includes the amalgamation of assorted natural ingredients capable enough of curing different types of diseases.

However, in order to avail the full benefits of Ayurveda, it is very important that you get through the right and skilled Ayurveda doctors. This medical form is more of an art and it requires immense skill and understanding of nature and human body. They stand expert in preparing the herbal mixture for diverse health conditions that can heal the disease. The person who gets treated by Ayurveda turns to be more vigorous, lively and also gets an improved immune system.

Ayurveda Doctors: What skills to look for?

As said, doctors studying Ayurveda are trained and skilled in preparing different herbal formulations. The Ayurveda doctors acquire knowledge from the old Vedas and pursue the accurate principles in the itinerary of training and meditation. They exist globally and need to be fully aware of the global rank of the different Ayurveda medicines.

Their Specialisation & way of choosing them

These doctors specialise in many ayurvedic areas. There are few consultants who provide various forms of healings including the cure of disease condition for the complete well being of human mind and body. You can choose them as per their work experience and past record in the Ayurvedic field. Some doctors even recommend modern medicines along with the herbal supplements to speed up the recovery. However, this is not safe and can bring in future problems for the patient.

So, be very careful while choosing the Ayurvedic doctor and check for their past record for sure.

Ayurveda, which happens to be the most cultured and precise process in health care, was introduced by some prominent people about 5000 years ago in India. Over the many decades, it continued to be the sole medical option. But now in modern times, it is being largely confronted by Allopathy, which is a 300 year old branch of medical science.

Let us understand what advantages Ayurvedic treatment has over the allopathic treatment.

Ayurveda objects at discovering the origin of a disease and then eliminating it fully from the patient whereas Allopathy believes in giving patient an immediate relief by abolishing the organisms that caused the disease but it is not certain that the disease is forever cured.

The philosophy of Ayurvedic treatment is to avert human beings from needless sufferings and to provide them a stretched and fit life. It consists of natural herbs and is grounded on straight sense awareness, logical implication and hearing from comprehended souls and saints. Allopathy on the other hand treats the illnesses by some remedies which crop completely changed effects from those instigated by the ailment itself. It is done mainly in 3 steps-Hypothesis, Testing & Observation and Conclusion.

Ayurveda basically comprises fruits, vegetables, spices and natural herbs essence which helps in treating the diseases without causing any side effects on the patient. Meanwhile, Allopathy cures the illness in no time but leaves behind a range of side effects like allergies, pain etc.

Despite being the modern medical system, Allopathy has been incapable to find an enduring solution for few of the diseases like Jaundice, Piles, and Biliousness etc. These ailments can be effectively managed by Ayurveda.

Though Ayurveda acts slowly but works effectively and cures the disease from its root. This is the reason, it is now-a-days outshining the Allopathic treatment as people are becoming mindful about their future alongside their present.

Free your body from any sort of disease by switching to Ayurvedic treatment and get to enjoy a healthy life throughout!

Ayurveda has been in existence since ancient times and is a study of traditional medicines to harmonise human mind and body. It stresses on the use of natural herbs to cure all ailments and diseases. There are many herbs which play an important part in Ayurvedic medicine and turmeric is one among them.

Turmeric: The basics of it

Also referred as Curcuma Longa scientifically, turmeric is a relative of ginger. It is a long plant covered by a fibrous brown skin which grows up to 6 feet in height. The orange-yellow colour of its innards gives some mustards and curries their unique hue and flavour. Curcumin is considered to be the active ingredient in turmeric and other than the known anti-inflammatory properties, it also has a strong antioxidant effect.

Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic Medicine!

Use of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory herb is routed back to several thousand years. It is principally associated with India, as maximum of turmeric production happens in the Indian sub-continent. However, China too uses it for the same purpose.

Turmeric is rich in medicinal properties and is helpful in curing several other diseases.

As an Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric can treat several diseases that are said to be inflammatory in nature. Studies also suggest that it can help with osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Benefits of using turmeric

There indeed are many benefits of using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine. Some of them are:

  • Its price; turmeric is quite cheap.
  • Its ease of availability. Being a common spice, it can be manufactured and sold easily.
  • It has very few side effects and thus can be used a long time without any harm to the body.

Major Drawbacks

While there exist no major drawback of using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, it must be avoided in case of diseases like stomach ulcers. Before taking turmeric, you must seek advice from a doctor in case if you have diabetes or gall bladder issues. Pregnant women are also recommended to refrain from taking the supplemental strength turmeric, however, it can be used as a  spice.
Turmeric can react with several drugs so it is always advisable to check with a doctor while taking it with other type of medications.

You can use it as an anti-inflammatory medicine but don’t forget to make a note of all its other properties.

Advised to follow

  1. Plan the diet according to the digestive capacity of an individual
  2. Use appropriate protective clothing or measures to avoid the exposure to dust, fumes etc
  3. Deep breathing for 15 to 20minutes for day, especially pranayama (Yogic Breathing) will be highly beneficial.
  4. Early and light dinner (warm) will highly advisable.
  5. Avoid the sudden change of weathers, do not expose to hot weather immediately after staying in an Air-conditioned room etc
  6. Use warm protective clothing in winter.
  7. Take warm and freshly cooked food

Avoid

  1. Over eating without knowing the digestive capacity
  2. Taking dairy or milk at bed time
  3. Guru (Heavy Food) at dinner time
  4. Consuming regular fried, chilli, too cold and sour preparations
  5. Fasting for longer periods
  6. Exposure to heat, dust and fumes for longer periods
  7. Guru (Heavy) and abhishyandhi ( Kapha inducing ) food substances, example Yoghurt etc
  8. Constant contact with the animal hair, dust mites, and smoke
  9. Avoid excess eating of bread, pizza, cheese, ghee, milk and other phlegm inducing food items.

For further information and treatment for Asthama ( Tamaka Swasa), please contact your health practitioner or qualified Ayurveda physicians at Jeeva Health Pty ltd on 03 99399474

Asthma is a syndrome characterised by recurrent and chronic attacks of breathlessness or bronchial spasm. It is a condition of airways; people who suffer from Asthma may have sensitive airways in the upper respiratory tract (URT) or lungs which will trigger to cause asthma attack. It will make very difficult to breathe.

Important three factors which really cause the airways to become narrow or sensitive are

  • Inflammation of the inner lining of the airways or URT, the inner layer becomes red and swollen.
  • Thick mucus plug or secretions, which will block the airways.
  • Muscular spasm of the airways, which becomes tight and cause bronchial spasm or constriction.

In Australia, one in ten people are suffering from Asthma, totally that is approximately 2 million people are suffering from Asthma in Australia. It affects all age groups. Specifically some may get during their childhood and other get when they are older.

According to Ayurveda, the pathogenesis would be, respiratory system is mainly affected but there is also disturbance in gastro intestinal tract with the vitiation of vata and Kapaha.

During which most of the people suffer from recurrent or chronic attacks of bronchial spasm or breathlessness. It is usually variable in the severity and the duration. Often it will be associated with choking of nose, followed by cough. Moreover, it will be very uncomfortable in lying down position, only they feel comfortable in sitting position. In some clients the exhalation is very noisy and the sputum is very sticky.

In proper asthmatic attack according to Ayurvedic Medicine, the common symptoms are sneezing, flatulence, drowsiness, darkness in the front of eyes and irritability will be high. The symptoms mostly aggravate during the night or evening time. In severe attack, it is often associated with anxiety, cyanosis, perspiration and cold extremities.

Ayurvedic Treatment

In Ayurveda most of the treatment for any kind of disease is not just based on the symptoms but it also based on the constitution and other diet and lifestyle factors. The treatments in Asthma differ from patient during the attack and in between the attack.

Once the constitution is diagnosed Ayurvedically, one should select the need for palliative (samana) or purificatory (Sodhana Chikista) treatment options.

Ayurvedic treatments such as Virechana karma (Panchakarma) or vardhma pippali rasayana chhikista will be highly useful to treat the condition effectively without any side effects or complications along with diet and lifestyle recommendations.

Ayurveda doctors say that since Ayurveda looks at each case on its own merit, ayurvedic treatment to cure imbalances of doshas is given accordingly. Unlike any other treatment, ayurvedic treatmentdoesn’t believe in one size fits all. All the information provided in this article is only for informative purpose only, for professional help please contact your health care practitioners are Dr Kumar at Jeeva health Pty Ltd.

You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email drkumar@jeevahealth.com.au or by phone 0402 282 745/ 03 9939 9474 or 02 6156 0618 regarding any of your health problems. You will be offered authentic Ayurvedic information and an opinion, as to what best can be done pertaining to your ailment.

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