Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ashtang Ayurveda

Ashtang Ayurveda considers the human body to be composed of five elements - ether, air, fire, water and earth, which are collectively termed as the panchamahabhootas. From these elements originate the three bodily humors or the three doshas - Vata, pitta and kapha. These three administer all the physical and mental functions of the body and thus are necessary for good health, vitality and immunity. Each dosha is an amalgamation of any two of the five bhutas with one predominantly ruling. Since these three doshas coordinate all the physiological and psychological processes within the body and mind, they stand responsible for every physical activity, characteristic, mental capacity, physical energy, thoughts and the emotional tendency of human beings. In short, it can be said that although structurally the human body comprises five elements, its functional potentiality is determined by the three humours, with any one finding a superior place in each human body giving the person the subsequent body type. Moreover, a person is more likely to suffer from ailments related to the dosha that is present in the highest concentration.

Vata, the first of the three doshas is made up of the elements earth and air. It controls every body movement and mind activities including blood circulation, sensation, respiration, speech, hearing, touch, natural urges, excretion, formation of foetus, the sexual act, retention and feeling like fear, anxiety, grief and enthusiasm. In short, most of the physical phenomena associated with the nervous system of human beings are under the dominance of vata. Ashtang Ayurveda claims to have found out the site of existance of the three doshas. Accordingly, vata is said to exist below the naval and the lower part of the body.

People who have vata type of constitution are usually physically active and thin. Their skin and hair are dry and joints are prominent. Under stressful conditions, they tend to lose their decision-making power and become insecure, fearful and anxious. They are light sleepers and prefer warm climate. The vata people are characterised by immense creativity and enthusiasm. Their digestive system, particularly the colon is vulnerable and often give rise to problems. The renowned Ayurvedic text, the Charaka Samhita, precisely lays down the characteristics of vata dosha :dry and rough (rookshaha), light or lacking weight (laghuhu), cool (sheetoha), always moving (chalota); broad, unlimited, unbounded (vishadaha) and rough (kharaha).

There are five types of vata dosha. These are pran vata, apan vata, saman vata, vyan vata and udan vata. In pran vata, the air exists in the oral cavity, head, throat, ear, tongue, chest and heart. It helps in intake of food and water, swallowing, sneezing, spitting, respiration and other related activities. It also helps in the proper functioning of the vital elements like Pitta, Kapha, Satva, Raj, Tam and Maan. The disorders in pran vata may cause pulmonary problems, repiratory disorders, asthama, bronchitis, hoarseness, hiccough, tuberculosis and other lungs disorders. Apan vata exists in sigmoid colon, rectum, testicles, scrotum, urinary bladder, vagina, uterus, navel, loins and groins. This type of vata is concerned with the excretion of the stool, urine, semen, menstrual discharges and with child birth. Abnormalities in this vata may result in frequent urination, urinary stones, polyuria, burning urination, urinary bladder problems, heamorrhoids, prolapsus of rectum, constriction of anus fistula and semen related problems. Saman vata resides in stomach and duodenum thus helping in the digestion of food and the proper formation of rasa dhatu, stool and urine. It regulates the assimilation of the food and food contents and finally helps to supply the assimilated matter to blood stream and heart. This vata also controls sweating. The abnormality of this type of vata causes loss of appetite, indigestion, loose stool, etc. Vyan vata is scattered throughout the body. It is concerned with the transmission of the seven dhatus to the vital parts of the body. The abnormalities of this type of vata may result in complications like spasmodic effects,neuralgia, aches, inflammation, rigidity, paralysis and the like. Other disturbances include fever, diarrhoea, and hemorrhagic conditions in certain part of the body. Udan vata invests the navel, thoracic cavity, and chest. This vata controls the act of speech, act of talking, act of singing, enthusiasm and mental strength. It keeps the body strong, brightens color and the texture of skin. Disorders in udan vata create diseases of eyes, mouth, nose, ear, larynx, pharynx, and head.

Vata is stimulated by pungent, bitter and acidic food products and weakened by sweet, sour and salty tasting foods. Ashtang Ayurveda recommends sweet, sour or salty food to a person with vata personality. These people should refrain from watching too much television or from rushing around doing many things at the same time because these activities stimulate vata. Deficiency of vata in the body leads to uneasiness, langour and loss of consciousness while vata excess is responsible for thinness of the body, dark complexion, roughness of the voice, desire for heat, hard stool, insomnia, throbbing sensation, , and weakness. Apart from these, the vitiation of vata can cause swelling in the abdomen and rumbling sound in the intestines.

Thus it can be concluded that people in whom vata dosha dominates tend to show the characteristics of vata personality. Disorders in vata hamper the normal life of a person. To combat the disorders due to increase, decrease, or vitiation of vata, Ashtang Ayurveda suggests proper diet and various yogic therapies.

Divyang A. Pandya

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Reetha powder is prepared from dried fruit of Reetha. It can be used as a face pack to improve facial complexion. It is used as a hair application to make hair shiny and their beautification. It also removes dandruff and lice in hair. It can also be used to clean jewellery and washing woolen clothes. It is used in Ayurvedic preparations and Herbal Shampoos.




Family Name : LYTHRACEAE




Habitat : Scarcely in dry decidious forests, widely cultivated as a hedge plant.

Uses : The roots are bitter, refrigerant, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, abortifacient and trichogenous and is useful in burning sensation, leprosy skin diseases and amenorrhoea. It is used in pre mature graying of hair. Henna is widely used for drawing tattoos, arts and designs. Leaves are useful in wounds ulcers strangury cough, bronchitis, dysentery etc. The fruit is thought to have emmenagogue properties.

Guggul Indian herb can reduce cholesterol





Commiphora wightii (Guggul or Mukul myrrh tree) is a flowering plant in the family Burseraceae.
The guggul plant may be found from northern Africa to central Asia, but is most common in northern India.
 It prefers arid and semi-arid climates and is tolerant of poor soil.

It is a shrub or small tree, reaching a maximum height of 4 m, with thin papery bark. The branches are thorny. The leaves are simple or trifoliate, the leaflets ovate, 1-5 cm long, 0.5-2.5 cm broad, irregularly toothed. It is gynodioecious, with some plants bearing bisexual and male flowers, and others with female flowers. The individual flowers are red to pink, with four small petals

Habitat : Rocky tracks of Western India and Eastern Himalayas.

Uses : It is Carminative, Antispasmodic, Disphoretic, Ecobolic, Anti Suppurative and Emmenagogue. Gum resin used for treatment of rheumatoid arthiritis. It is a potent drug for cardiac disorders high cholesterol. It is an ingredient for over fifty compounds.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Prakriti: Vata - 12% Pitta - 24% Kapha -64%

Vikriti: Vata - 35% Pitta - 25% Kapha -40%

Planets: Vata - 40% Pitta - 40% Kapha -20%

Pranavahasrota; Respiratory system, lungs and heart:……………
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Vata Shatavari

Annavahasrota: Digestive system, stomach and small intestine:……
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Vata Ginger

Ambuvahasrota; Pancreas, spleen, palate, and tongue: ……………
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Vata Marshmallow

Rasavahasrota: Lymphatic system, lungs, heart, stomach and
skin:..State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Vata Hawthorn

Rasa dhatu
Raktavahasrtoa: Circulatory system, heart, blood cells and
vessels:State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Vata Hawthorn

Rakra dhatu
Mamsavahasrota: Muscular system, liver, and spleen:………………
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Vata Guggul

Mamsa dhatu
Medovahasrota: Adipose system, pancreas, kidney, and omentum: State
and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Kapha Guggul

Medo dhatu
Asthivahasrota: Skeletal system, bones and colon:…………………..
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Kapha Guggul

Asthi dhatu
Majjavahasrota; Nervous system and brain:………………………….
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Kapha Tulsi

Majja dhatu
Shukravahasrota: Reproductive system: includes ovaries:……….. >
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Kapha Shatavari

Shukra dhatu
Svedavahasrota; Sebaceous system: includes lungs:………………..
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Pitta Peppermint

Purishavahasrota: Excretory system: large intestine, appendix: …
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Vata Flax

Mutravahasrota: Urinary system: kidneys and bladder: ………..…
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Excess / Kapha Shatavari

Manovahasrota: Mind:………………………………………………….
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Kapha Gotu Kola
(Was Pitta now Kapha)
Artavahasrota: Menstrual system: includes uterus:…………………..
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Kapha Turmeric

Stanyavahasrota; Lactation system, breasts…………………………. N>
State and condition of the srotas___Herbs
Deficient / Vata Shatavari

Herb formula:

4 Parts Shatavari = 11.00g.
3 Parts Guggul = 8.25g.
2 Parts Hawthorn = 5.50g.
1 Part Ginger = 2.75g.
1 Part Marshmallow Root = 2.75g.
1 Part Tulsi = 2.75g.
1 Part Peppermint = 2.75g.
1 Part Flax = 2.75tg.
1 Part Turmeric = 2.75g.
1 Part Gota Kola = 2.75g.

16 Parts X 2.75g. = 44g.

÷ 14 Days = 3g. Per day


4 / 250mg. Capsules 3 X Per day

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Medohar Guggulu

Medohar Guggulu and Kanchanar Guggulu can be taken together simultaneously. The standard dose is 2 tablets three times a day. The maximum one time dose of each dose can be 4 tablets of each three times in a day. The treatment can be continued for 6 months at a stretch, and then reviewed about its effectivity and continuation.

Divyang A. Pandya

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Allium sativum L., commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. Its close relatives include the onion, the shallot, the leek and the chive. Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.[1].

A bulb of garlic, the most commonly used part of the plant, is divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. The cloves are used as seed, for consumption (raw or cooked), and for medicinal purposes. The leaves, stems (scape) and flowers (bulbils) on the head (spathe) are also edible and most often consumed while immature and still tender. The papery, protective layers of 'skin' over various parts of the plant and the roots attached to the bulb are the only parts not considered palatable.
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the Egyptian pyramids were built. Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer

Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae KADDU

Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae first cultivated in the Americas and now used in many parts of the world . It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds (the squashes, pumpkins and marrows, and the chilacayote), as well as some species grown only as gourds. They have bicollateral vascular bundles. Many North and Central American species are visited by specialist pollinators in the apid group Eucerini, especially the genera Peponapis and Xenoglossa, and these bees can be very important for fruit set.

Cucurbita species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Cabbage Moth, Hypercompe indecisa and Turnip Moth.

Several species of Cucurbita are native to North America, including C. foetidissima (finger-leaved gourd), C. digitata (calabazilla), and C. palmata (coyote melon). These plants produce gourds and form large, fleshy, tuber-like roots.

Divyang A. Pandya