Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Heliotherapy or Treatment by Sunlight

The Sun has been considered as a source of energy since ancient times. This source of infinite energy has the properties by which several diseases could be cured.
The Soothing Sun
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The Solar treatment to cure the diseases is called heliotherapy. It is completely a natural way of treatment in which no medicine or herb is used. In heliotherapy, the color band within the rays of the sun is used to treat the diseases.

It has been found that each of the seven colors of the sunlight has their peculiar characters.
It is on the basis of the use of the characteristic properties of these colors that the different maladies are treated.
The seven colors in the sunlight are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. This is commonly defined as VIBGYOR.

In heliotherapy, these seven colors are divided into three groups.
1. The first group consists of yellow, orange, and red colors i.e., YOR.  
2. The second group consists of only the green color i.e., G.
3. The violet, indigo, and blue i.e., VIB, are put in the third category.

Medicines in Heliotherapy
It is very easy to prepare the medicines in heliography. These medicines are essentially and actually just a pure and ordinary water.
The ordinary water is put in the bottle of the desired color and placed in sunlight for 6 to 8 hours and the medicine is prepared.  

Doses and Types of Medicines
According to the judgment and experience, the practitioner of heliotherapy could use the combination of different colors as per the needs of the patients. He studies several factors related to the patient like physiology, age, etc. before determining the specific assortment for a particular ailment in the solar treatment.
As an example, if a patient is to be given the blue medicine, he could also be administered indigo or violet medicine 2-3 hours after the first one.

Nature and Effect of Different Colors
It is necessary to know about the nature and the properties of primary colors of the sunlight before starting heliographic treatment. Otherwise, the desired results could not be achieved or the problem may aggravate.

The Effect of Different Colors
The properties of different colors divided into three groups are as follows.

1. Orange is the chief color of the first group consisting of three colors i.e., YOR. This color is a mixture of its adjacent colors, which are Red and Yellow. The nature of orange color is warm and it is very useful in the diseases due to cold and phlegm (or Kapha or the watery element as explained in Ayurveda). It increases the blood circulation.
In combination with yellow color, it strengthens the functions of stomach, kidneys, and intestines. This color improves the digestion too.
The most surprising effect of orange color is that it replenishes the deficiency of Iodine.
When administered with red color, it helps in cough, influenza, pneumonia, fever, gastric, diseases of the lungs, nervous disorders, arthritis, deficiency of red blood cells and tuberculosis.

2. Green is the only color in the second category. The nature of green color is cool and it purifies the blood. It destroys the toxic elements and removes them from the body through sweat, urine, cough, and stool.
It is very effective to destroy the effects of Vata (or the airy element as explained in Ayurveda).  It helps to build and strengthen the muscles in the body.
This color inhibits the growth of infection-causing germs. It keeps the mind cool due to its cool character and strengthens the functions of the brain.
The green color is used to treat all problems of the eyes.
The green medicine is very useful in the treatment of heart diseases. It controls the high blood pressure.
The green medicine is taken on an empty stomach or half an hour before eating anything.

3. The primary color of the third group in VIB is blue even though the indigo and the violet colors are also present in the group.
The property of the color is cool and is used as an antibacterial and antivirus medicine. The bacteria do not survive long in the environment of blue color.
It is used to treat the diseases of the mouth and the upper part of the throat.
The swelling in the body due to Pitta (or the fiery element as explained in Ayurveda), is also treated by green color. The green medicine is very effective in case the pus is formed in any part of the body. It is also effective in a headache, sunstroke, high blood pressure, toothache, swollen gums, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, pyorrhea, and cholera.

What is Vata, Pitta, and Kapha     
According to Indian Ayurveda, the diseases are caused due to the imbalance of three constituents in the body. These three constituents are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

i) Vata is an airy element characterized by dry, cold, and light properties including all types of minute movements in the body. The derangement of this element causes pain, windy humor, flatulence, gout, rheumatism, etc.

ii) Pitta or bile is the fiery element secreted by the stomach and the bowels. It flows through the liver and permeates to spleen, heart, eyes, and skin. It is characterized by heat or hotness and is a sharp and sour moist liquid. It uses the bile to improve the metabolism and digestion. The body heat, burning sensation, and redness of the skin are its chief characteristics.

iii) Kapha or phlegm is the watery element. It is characterized by heaviness, coldness, tenderness, softness, and slowness. It nourishes the body as a carrier of nutrients. All the soft organs are made by Kapha. It gives the sense of taste and perception. It nurtures and lubricates the joints.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Colored Vegetables Reduce Cancer Risks

Garnishing the food with colored fruits and vegetables not only makes the food attractive but also provides several nutrients to the body. It helps to reduce the risks of cancer and control aging and heart problems.
Colored Fruits and Vegetables

The attractive looking colored fruits and vegetables act as an antioxidant in the body and several other health benefits. Antioxidants reduce the oxidative stress and flush out the toxins from the body. As a result, several new cells are formed in the body.

The physicians advise the people to eat colored vegetables. The cancer patients are advised to eat red colored fruits and vegetables. The deep red and pink colored fruits and vegetables contain lycopene, elegiac acid, and hesperidin, which help to reduce the risk of cancer and save the cells from further damage.

Watermelon, pink grapes, carrot, tomatoes and the products made from them are the best source of lycopene.

Beetroot, strawberry, and gooseberry contain anthocyanin which helps to control high blood pressure and diabetes.

White fruits and vegetables contain beta glucose, and other nutrients which strengthen the immune system of the body and reduce the risks of cancer. Such fruits also contain potassium which helps to reduce the blood pressure.

Onion and garlic help to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the body. The intake of the vegetables of onion family decreases the chances of stroke or heart attack.

Orange and yellow colored fruits and vegetables contain rich amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C, and carotenoids. Yellow apple, yellow pear, mango, orange, lemon etc. is the best source of these nutrients.


Colored fruits and vegetables also improve the memory.

Monday, 19 March 2018

The Health Benefits of Apples

The crunchy, sweet, and satisfying apples boost the immune system and prevent several diseases.  
Apples

The alkalinity of apples quenches the immediate thirst and satiates the dehydration at cellular-levels.

Apples detoxify the body and remove the impurities from the liver and gallbladder due to the presence of malic and tartaric acids in it.
The intake of 2-3 apples a day alleviates the effects and risks of several cancers like that of colon, liver, breast, prostate, and lungs.

It strengthens the heart and decreases the risk of a stroke.

Apples are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants.

They help to alleviate the severity and repair the neuro-degenerative disorders of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Apples are very helpful in respiratory disorders and bronchial problems including asthma.

The anti-inflammatory properties of apples provide relief in autoimmune disorders like Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis etc.

The Wonderful Pectin in Apples
A gel-like fiber known as pectin present in citrus peels, apples and apple pomace removes the waste material from the intestines and colon.  This action of pectin is very beneficial for constipation and indigestion. Always eat the apples with the peels.

Pectin prevents the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract.

Pectin gets attached to radioactive residues and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury inside the body and safely flushes them out.

Blend raw apples with dates, mint, and cinnamon to prepare a nutritious sauce.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Health Benefits of Sweet Apple

Sweet apple is widely cultivated. That is why it is known by different names according to its place of cultivation. 

Sugar Apple or Annona Squamosa
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The English call it sugar apple or sweetsop as well as a custard apple. 

The people of India and Australia call it custard apple. 

It is also known as  Annona Squamosa and its related species is called Annona reticulata, a closely related species).

In India, it is known as Sitaphal or Sharifa in local languages. 

Properties: 
This sweet fruit is rich in calories. It is a rich source of iron and vitamin C.
It is easily digestible and is very helpful in peptic ulcers and helps in the problems of bile.
It is not only a fruit but a medicine too.

For abscess

The application of the paste of the leaves of sweet apple helps to cure the abscess.

Inflammation of Body

Sugar Apples
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The intake of sweet apple or taking the juice of the pulp gives relief in skin inflammation.

Hair Loss:
The application of the paste of the seeds of sweet apple with the milk of goat helps is alopecia and the hair starts growing again.

Hair lice
Grind the seeds of sweet apple and apply the powder on hair. Let it remain overnight after tieing the hair with a piece of cloth. This remedy completely kills the lice. The powder should not get into the eyes as it may cause irritation and other damages. 
Massaging the green leaves of sweet apple on the head also kills lice and nit.

Diarrhea: 
Eating unripe fruit of sweet apple in raw form helps in diarrhea and loose motions. 

Revital: Sweet apple helps in overall weakness and tiredness. It strengthens the weak muscles and helps in the growth of the tissues of the skin. It the best fruit for the strength of the body. 


Heart: It regulates the normal functions of the heart and helps in nervousness. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tips for Pneumonia

The children are more prone to pneumonia. It is better to get acquainted with the ways and means to save the children from the onslaught of pneumonia. The disease could be checked with medicines, nutritious food, clean environment and vaccination.

Symptoms of Pneumonia
The respiratory problem, harsh sound in breathing, chest and stomach pain, bluish nails, nausea, vomiting and tiredness.

Home Remedies
1. Keep the body covered as pneumonia is caused when the body catches cold. The cold enters through feet and head, so keep the entire body covered.
2. Give almonds and munaka or raisin or corinth or currant to the child to increase the immune system to fight the disease.
3. Honey is very beneficial to save the children from pneumonia. Give honey with the oil of kalonji or nigella stevia.
4. The olive oil is of hot characteristic. Massage the head of thechild with olive oil at night before going to bed. It will keep the child warm and save the child from pneumonia.
5. Take care of the diet of the child. Give enough nutrients to increase the immune system.

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Health Benefits of the Juice of Indian Goseberries

It is a fact that health is wealth. The beginning of the day with a glass of the juice of Indian gooseberry keeps fresh and energetic throughout the day. The intake of juice in empty stomach gives relief from several health problems.
Indian Gooseberry or Amla
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1. Acidity and Gastric
The problem of acidity is very common due to the intake of spicy and junk food. The Indian gooseberry juice can provide relief from these problems due to the presence of powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in it. It also helps to reduce the toxic levels of the digestive system to provide relief from stomach pain and other problems. 

2. Cold and Flu
Indian gooseberries have several medicinal properties and it helps in giving relief in cold and flu.

3. Growth of Black Hair
The regular intake of the juice of Indian Gooseberries is a boon for hair. It helps in speedy growth of strong and black hair.

4. Controls Diabetes
Indian gooseberries contain rich amounts of gallic acid, Gallo tannin, Ellagic acid and corilagin which reduce the levels of blood glucose. Therefore don’t forget to take a glass of the juice of Indian gooseberries in the morning.

5. Mouth Ulcers
The Indian gooseberry juice helps to give relief in mouth ulcers.

6. Glowing Skin
The presence of antioxidants in Indian gooseberries helps to retard the effects of growing age and keeps the skin wrinkle free, glowing and supple.

7. Helps in Cancer
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Indian gooseberries together with the presence of vitamin C in it helps to reduce the risks of several types of cancer.

8. Controls Cholesterol
A glass of the juice of Indian gooseberries helps to reduce the levels of increased cholesterol in the body. But the regular intake of juice increases the cholesterol.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

The curry leaves have several health benefits. It is being used in Indian foods since centuries. The curry leaves are generally used for its flavor and display of food items.
Curry Leaves
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The 100 gram of curry leaves contain 66.3 % moisture, 6.1 % proteins, 1% fats, 16% carbohydrates, 6.4 % fiber and 4.2 % minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and rich amounts of vitamin C.
Curry leaves have several benefits.
1. It is very beneficial for the stomach and helps in digestion.
2. The intake of curry leaves with lemon juice and sugar helps in nausea, vomiting and indigestion. 3. Grind the curry leaves and take it in empty stomach with buttermilk to get relief from constipation and other stomach disorders. 
4.  The intake of curry leaves with honey gives relief in dysentery, diarrhea and piles.
5. The roots of curry leaves have several health benefits and are very useful in kidney diseases.
6. The application of the paste of fresh curry leaves on wounds and burns is very helpful for healing.
7. The juice of fresh curry leaves is very beneficial as eye drops. 
8. The hair remains black and do not become prematurely white by the regular intake of curry leaves.
9. Boil the curry leaves in coconut oil till the leaves become black. Filter the extract and apply the oil on the roots of the hair to get soft silky and long hair.
10. Eat 8-10 curry leaves in the morning regularly for 3-4 months to control the diabetes. 

The Health Benefits of Green Chilies

The red chilies have several health benefits but the green chilies are more useful. The proper intake of green chilies acts as a medicine. 
Green Chillies
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The intake of green chilies in summer saves from sunstroke.
The deficiency of hemoglobin in blood could be checked in few days by the regular intake of green chilies.

The green chilies contain amino acids, folic acid, citric acid, glyceric acid, ascorbic acid and maleic acid which are beneficial for the body and the health of the skin.

It helps in obesity as it stops the desire of overeating or eating again and again.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Home Remedies for Back Ache or Waist Pain

The problem of back ache has become very common and equally affects all including the young and the aged. The chief reasons of back ache are haphazard life styles and lack of physical labor. The problem of back ache increases with age and results in the difficulty to do day to day works. 
Lifting Technique
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Most of the people report back ache in the lower or central part of the waist. The pain may spread to both sides of the waist and lower parts of the hips. 
Here are few home remedies and the tips to change the lifestyle in order to get relief from back ache.   

Reasons of Back Ache
1. Wrong sitting posture.
2. Extra stress on muscles. 
3. Obesity.
4. Wearing high heeled shoes and sandals. 
5. Lifting heavy loads in wrong position or posture. 
5. Sleeping on soft mattresses. 
6. Prolonged illness. 
7. Surgical delivery.
8. Wearing high heels.
9. Deficiency of estrogen hormone which causes osteoporosis and deficiency of calcium at menopause stage. 
10. Extra fats around waist. 

Home Remedies
One can get rid of back pain with the help of following tips.

1. Put 3-4 fruits of garlic in coconut oil and heat till the garlic become black. Massage the back with this oil on cooling in the morning.
2. Soak the towel in hot salty water and place tit on the affected area. 
3. Heat about 50 to 60 gram of salt in a pan, wrap it in a opiece of cloth and put it on the affected area of the back.
4. Heat the thyme seeds or ajwain in moderate heat and swallow it after chewing. The regular intake of thyme seeds gives relief in waist pain. 
5. Do not sit in the same position for longer durations. Leave the chair after every half and hour and walk for few minutes. 
6. Avoid sleeping of soft mattresses and the hard beds are the best for the peole with waist pain.
7. The yoga postures like cobra posture (Bhujangasana), lotus posture (Shalabhasana), plough posture (Halasana), frog posure (Utanamundakasana) etc. give relief from waist pain.  
8. The deficiency of calcium makes the bones weak. So eat calcium rich foods. 
9. Exercises help in waist pain. So go for walking, swimming, cycling etc. Swimming reduces the weight and is a very good exercise for the waist. Keep the baxk straignt during cycling. These activities strengthen the muscles and help in weight loss. 
10. Instead of back it is better to bend the knees while lifting some heavy weight from the floor. 
11. The driving seat of the car should not be soft. Sit erect in proper posture and use seat belt. 
12. Do not sit in the office or on chair by taking the support of the back. The back should remain erect on the chair. A folded towel could be used behind the neck to maintain the erect position. 

Acidity- The Home and Herbal Remedies

It is necessary that the foods we eat should be properly digested. The stomach releases hydrochloric acid during digestion which helps in the proper digestion of the food. But sometimes this acid is released in excess and causes inflammation in stomach and leads to the pain or irritation in the path between pharynx and stomach. The situation is known as acidity or acid peptic problem.
Cavalry of the Sick
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Reasons for Acidity
The chief reasons of acidity include irregular eating habits, eating food without chewing and insufficient intake of water. The intake of spicy and junk food also causes acidity. Other reasons are hasty eating or eating under stress, smoking, ulcer and the intake of alcohol. The intake of heavy food alleviates the effect of acidity. Remaining hungry for longer durations and skipping the breakfast also causes acidity. 

Symptoms
The symptoms of acidity are dyspepsia, feeling of nausea, belches, stomach and chest inflammation and the loss of interest in eating.

Herbal or Ayurvedic Remedies
1. Take black salt and carom seed or thyme or ajwain in warm water for the swelling of the stomach in gastric problem. 
2. The leaves of fenugreek help in stomach inflammation and dysplasia.
3. The intake of aniseed of saunf is very effective in acidity especially for children.  It and helps in digestion too. 
4. The green cardamom alleviates inflammation of stomach and acidity. 
5. The intake of myrobalan or hurd gives relief from acidity and chest inflammation.
6. The intake of gentiana or swertia chirayita helps in diarrhea and gives relief in several from stomach disorders. 
7. Chamomile or babuna alleviates the inflammation of stomach and acidity. 
8. The intake of sandalwood powder helps in acidity and gastric. It is an age old remedy. 
9. The intake of garlic gives relief in acidity and is very effective in stomach disorders. 
10. The intake of ginger juice with honey gives instant relief in acidity. 
11. The intake of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps to increase the appetite and alleviates the stomach inflammation. 

Home remedies
1. Regularly take mint in any form.
2. Do not drink anything after the meals. 
3. The intake of almonds gives relief from chest inflammation caused due to acidity.
4. Add the vegetables containing vitamin B and vitamin E to the regular diet. 
5 Go for regular exercises and physical labor. 
6. Take cucumber, musk melon and water melon to get relief in acidity. 
7. The basil leaves give relief from acidity and nausea. 
8. Take coconut water. 
9. Add few drops of lemon juice to drinking water to get relief from acidity and chest inflammation.