Baby massage is a trend in India for ages. Ayurveda massage is very soothing and relaxing even for adults; however, for kids of different age groups, different patterns are followed.

Skin of a new born baby is tender, that’s why hands cannot be used during the initial days. A soft wheat dough ball is used for the first six days for a new born infant. Almond oil and little bit of turmeric is also used. Almond oil is appropriately used before wheat dough ball is rubbed on baby’s body. This pattern is followed for 6 days after the birth. Always remember that massage is given to the baby before the bath. Massage with hands shouldn’t be given to the baby, unless it turns a month old. Neck, hands, waist, back, legs should be massaged daily for the first 3 months as these body parts need to gain enough strength to bear weight of the body.

Benefits of baby massage

  • Babies who are given regular ayurvedic massage get sound sleep. They remain active and happy the entire day. It improves digestion as well.
  • Massage enhances blood circulation and removed dead skin cells which improves skin texture. It will increase resistance to skin related diseases.
  • Ayurveda massage helps bones to gain strength and bone density as well. It also helps babies gain weight.
  • It makes immunity and nervous system better.

Let's go through some popular myths about baby massage

  • Many people believe that shape of face and other features can be changed through baby massage which is a big myth because it might result in injuries and irritability
  • Ayurvedic massage can give side effects to babies is another myth. Always ensure that oil is pure and refrain from applying too much pressure. Massage doesn’t leave any side effects.

Massage will not only keep your baby hale and hearty, but also help you bond with him. Ayurveda massage is consider to be a form of ayurvedic treatment which is very effective and has no side effects on body and hence it is preffered for babies.

Sleeplessness, also known as insomnia is a big problem for many people. According to researchers of ayurveda in Melbourne, new age lifestyle, social obligations, work and stress etc. are major root causes behind sleepnlessness. Acccording to ayurvedic doctors, sleeplessness contributes to blood pressure, anxiety and other problems that have a major impact on your life. “You need to understand what sleep does to your body and the impact its deprivation can leave.”, says a doctor of ayurveda from Melbourne.   Ayurveda doctors say that it is not only the quantity of sleep that matters, but quality is even more important. A proverb goes, “All are not asleep who have their eyes shut.” How true. Experts of Ayurveda in Melbourne have confirmed that round the clock lifestyle, professional  targets are major reasons why people sacrifice their sleep.

Let’s go through the impact of sleeplessness on your life as per Ayurvedic doctors:-

  • Loss of appetite can be observed. As per ayurvedic doctors for some it works the other way round. They start eating a lot which results in undesired weight gain.
  • Loss of concentration. Ayurvedic doctors believe that majority of accidents that take place, are due to lack of concentration due to bad sleep. As per ayurveda doctors memory loss is highly observed in insomniacs.
  • Sleep deprivation takes a toll on one’s mental strength and performance. Ayurveda doctors  believe that people suffering from bad or fitful sleep are unable to carry out their tasks due to decreased ability to think. Irritability is also majorly found.

 

So, now when we are aware of how sleeplessness can impact your health, professional and social life; let’s also go through some valuable and easy tips from Ayurveda doctors. Some of them are ayurveda experts from Melbourne, who have years of experience in researching on the subject and treating insomniacs.

  • The most precious lesson according to ayurveda doctors all over the world and experts of ayurveda in Melbourne is to understand that human beings are diurnal creatures (creatures that are active during the daytime). It infers that naturally and biologically human body needs sleep between 10 pm- 6 am. That’s the best time to sleep that is good for health. Ayurveda doctors say that for some people, it is quite difficult to sleep early and rise early. If root cause of your problem is sleeplessness at night, you need to make yourself resolute to sleep at night. Ayurvedic doctors believe that taking sleeping pills won’t do any good unto you, because they have side effects. Putting conscious efforts to sleep early for a few days will help you get into the habit.
  • Exercising in the morning will help you keep fit. Ayurveda doctors believe that morning is the best time to work out.  Not to say that you need to go for a rigorous exercise regime. Going jogging or morning walk will also keep you active, say experts of Ayurveda in Melbourne. Taking advice from ayurveda doctors can be a good idea. Many people often ask Dr. C.R.S. Kumar, one of the best ayurvedic doctors, whether working out in the evening is bad for health. He advises that is advised by experienced ayurveda doctors. According to Ayurvedic doctors, exercising in the evening stimulates your body and increases energy levels which might obstruct in falling asleep early.
  • Ayurvedic doctors say that alcohol and smoking are big enemies of sleep. It is advised to keep alcohol and smoking away. It will help you regulate your daily routine in a better and healthy way say researchers of ayurveda from Melbourne.
  • Drink as much water as possible throughout the day. Ayurveda doctors say that it will help  you better your digestion system through purification process. To know more about purification- click here

People are so different from each other in nature, body type, preferences, strength, weaknesses etc. Has this thought ever crossed your mind? Whether you are a businessman or employed in an organization, you meet many people in a day. Their natures, perspectives, thinking ability, energy levels, eating habits, preferences everything is different. Even your family members are quite different in nature. One prefers to eat spicy food while the other prefers salad. One is cool, calm and composed while the other is short tempered. One is go getter and energetic while the other is laid back. Every idiosyncratic mannerism and preference is a signature of individual personality. Ayurveda doctors attribute these differences to ‘Doshas’.

What are 'Doshas'?

As per Ayurveda these idiosyncratic characteristics can be attributed to ‘Doshas’. Doshas are biological energies made up of five elements Water, Air, Space, Fire, Earth. Human body is made up of these five elements as well. A person is considered healthy, happy, composed with a sharp brain and intellect when these doshas are in balance.

Types of Doshas

There are 3 types of Doshas:

  1. Vata (Space and Air)
  2. Pitta (Fire and Water)
  3. Kapha (Earth and water)

Vata Dosha:- Vata dosha shows characteristics of elements space and air. They are quick thinkers and tend to move fast. Like wind, when uncontrolled negative qualities overcome positive qualities. Vata constitution rules communication, quick thought process and creative zeal.

Pitta Dosha:- Biologically, pitta governs small intestine, spleen, stomach, liver etc. As you can understand it is related to digestion. It automatically rules enzymes, acids and hormones. Psychologically, it rules perception, joy, anger, jealousy etc. Like Vata, uncontrolled pitta can make a person behave rash and egoistical. It is due to the fiery element of pitta.

Kapha Dosha:- Kapha Individual will demonstrate qualities of Earth and Water. Biologically it rules fluids of the body and psychologically it rules patience, tolerance, compassion etc. Like catastrophic flood, unruly water in body is dangerous. It can make a person lazy, depressed like too much of moist or dampness left in the air after a heavy rainfall.

As aforesaid, a person who has all these three doshas in balanced state is considered perfectly in balance. In every person, one dosha is dominant while secondary dosha influences the person. Lifestyle, eating patterns, sleeping patterns are responded to by body and mind. When a person start living or doing that doesn’t suit his body, mind and body respond. Ayurveda doctors confirm that going against the natural way of a constitution is known as Vikruti.

Three state of doshas according to ayurveda doctors

  1. Balanced
  2. Increased
  3. Decreased
While balanced state refers to the state when all the elements are in equilibrium, imbalanced state can be of 2 types. When a dosha increases more than it is required for the equilibrium state, it is called increased or aggravated state. When a dosha decreases and reduces to the level which is less for equilibrium state, it is called depleted state.
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.

Ayurveda, the science of life, originated 5000 years back in India. The main focus of Ayurveda is on establishing and maintaining the proper balance of three doshas (Life energies) within the body, rather than simply focusing on the individual symptoms. In the books of Ayurveda, such as Charka Samhitha, Susrutha Samhitha and Astanga Hridyam it was well explained about the Urinary Tract Infections under Mutruvaha Sroto Dusti Vikaras.

WHAT IS UTI?

Accroding to the Conventional medical system, UTI is an infection of urinary tract. The origin of the channel begins at the kidneys, the bladder is the container, the ureters are the passageways, and the end or opening is the urethra. The infection in above mentioned parts is denoted as Urinary Tract Infection. This is mainly caused by microbes – which includes fungi, viruses and bacteria. Among these Bacteria are the most common causative organisms.

Generally, body’s self defence mechanism (immunity) regularly protects the body or urinary tract from micorbs. When the body’s immunity is low or when the bacteria or microbes overcome the body’s natural defence mechanism, then it turns as infection. Infection in urinary tract may be localised or generalised. Infection of urinary bladder is called as Cystitis, kidneys called as pyelonephritis etc.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

According to Ayurvedic medicine, UTIs are due to an imbalance within ‘pitta dosha’. This is mainly dominated by the fire. Causative factors (Nidana) for the aggravation of ‘pitta dosha’ and contribute to UTIs are: *Eating foods that are too hot, sour, or spicy. *Drinking alcohol. *Suppressing the urge to urinate. (Vega Dharana) *Habitually retaining urine in the bladder for long periods of time. *Exposure to extreme heat, and overexposure to sunlight. *Emotions of anger, impatience, jealousy. *Environmental factors such as working with fire, chemicals, or toxic fumes. *Not drinking enough water

MANAGEMENT

Conventional medicine, believes most of the UTI’s are caused by bacteria, so the management will by administrating bacteria fighting medication (antibiotics) and antimicrobials. The choice and length of the medication depend on the complaints and type of the invading pathogen or microbes.

Ayurvedic Treatment mainly includes root cause elimination. First understanding and removing the cause begins the healing process in Ayurveda. First we need to eliminate the all the factors above mentioned that are responsible for the UTI’s.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

Ayurveda mainly recommends pitta pacifying diet, to eliminate the excessive heat to the body. Drink plenty of water or coconut water or pomegranate juice to flush the bacteria out of the urinary tract and to reduce the excess or imbalanced pitta in the body.

Avoid excess consumption of alcohol, coffee, carbonated drinks and spicy food. Bacteria can flourish when conditions are warm and moist. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool and dry.

*Empty bladder regularly.

*Try to avoid tight clothing and wear cool, loose fitting cotton underwear and clothing.

*Dry thoroughly after shower or bath. Change into dry clothes as soon as possible after swimming.

*Women should consider sanitary pads for their menstrual cycle, avoiding tampons.

*Meditation and pranayam will reduce excess stress and will keep you emotionally balanced.

There are Ayurvedic herbs and classical formulations which will help you to prevent and cure the recurrent UTI’s. The information provided is strictly education purpose only. If symptoms persist, please seek your health care provider help.

You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email drkumar@jeevahealth.com.au or by phone 0402 282 745/ 03 9440 5091 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.

WHAT IS PROSTRATE: FACTS ABOUT “BPH”

The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is present in men just below the bladder and top of the penis. This gland surrounds the urethra (the tube through which urine flows from the bladder and out through the penis.  Enlargement of this gland is called as Benign prostatic hyperplasia or (Hypertophy), which is common in elderly men.

It is a very astonishing fact to know that the condition BPH has been explained in Ayurvedic Medicinelong back.  Acharya  Susrutha explained in detail about the anatomical position of  the prostate gland, symptoms of BPH and its remedies.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common ailment affecting one third of men over fifty, half of all men over sixty and ninety percent of all men over the age of eighty five. As the contemporary medical system has no significant treatment for this condition, moreover, the incidence of BPH is increasing and so is awareness of the value of CAM (complementary and alternative medical systems such as Ayurveda, naturopathy and yoga etc) disciplines in its management is equally increasing.

According to Ayurveda this condition is consider as “Gulma”. The enlargement of prostate gland will cause pressure symptoms on the urinary tract, which will we be consider as obstruction to “mutrvah srotas” (Channels which is carrying urine) and leading to significant symptoms related to urinary tract.

AYURVEDIC TYPES: SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Although BPH can occur in men of all prakruti (Constitution: Vata, Pitta and Kapha) types, Kapha individuals have a special tendency to develop benign swellings. Perhaps this is why the number of men over fifty with BPH is exactly one third of the number of men in that age group, potentially corresponding to the kapha segment of that population. A kapha provoked man over fifty is likely to complain of abdominal obesity, hypertension, sluggishness, low grade depression, nocturnal urination and low libido. Usually, medical tests may also show elevated blood sugar, raised cholesterol and hypothyroid as well as an enlarged prostate.

Ultimately, BPH must be seen in the context of generalized kapha syndrome. Symptoms that specifically indicate enlargement of the prostate include nocturnal urination, sensation of incomplete emptying, frequency of urination, slow or interrupted stream, dribbling, and straining to pass urine. Although the benign swelling is a predominantly kapha condition, there is a secondary pitta effect of inflammation and irritation of the bladder, giving rise to symptoms such as urgency of urination. Due to incomplete emptying of the bladder, additional symptoms of bladder infection may arise, including burning sensations and a greater increase in frequency. People with vata predominance will mainly shows symptoms mainly predominant in Vata such as, intermittent urination, often associated with pain, frothy urine and foul smelling urination.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT

Ayurvedic management of BPH includes herbal therapies as well as dietary changes, yoga and specific prostate care practices. All men over fifty can benefit from the yoga and prostate care practices on a preventative basis. Supportive herbs can also be used on a preventative basis

You may ask your personal query to Dr Kumar via Email drkumar@jeevahealth.com.au or by phone 0402 282 745/ 03 9440 5091 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.

Dr. Shilpa Kalra is a competent Ayurvedic professional with extensive qualifications in the field of Ayurveda, food & nutrition and management. Shilpa holds Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Punjab University, Punjab, India and Diploma in Food & Nutrition from IGNOU, India. Her experience across a broad range of ayurvedic therapies and procedures backed with excellent knowledge of food and nutrition makes her an expert along the entire spectrum of the Ayurvedic medicine. Dr Shilpa has 5 years of experience working with Shree Dhanwantry Ayurvedic Hospital one of the renowned institute in India delivering health care services in this field for over 50 years. Dr Shilpa is known for her specialisation in Panchakarma, Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition Counselling, Obesity and Shirorog treatment. She has a proven track record of successful treatment in majority of the chronic ailments.

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