In This Issue
Seasons in Ayurveda
Doctor of the month
Recipe of the month
Republic Day Wishes
13th Feb 2014
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Makara Sankranti / Pongal / Sankranti is an auspicious festival for India indicating the arrival of the spring season and is dedicated to Lord Surya/Sun. It is also called Pongal as it celebrates harvesting rice in various parts of India.Uttarāyana (उत्तरायन) is the six month period between Makara Sankranti around (January 14) and Karka Sankranti around (July 14), when the Sun travels towards north on the cosmic sphere. The period from July 14 to January 14 is known is Dakshināyana (दक्षिणायन). The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makara in Sanskrit, this occasion is named as Makara Sankranti in the Indian context.
A season is a division of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather, temperature, etc. Seasons result from the yearly revolution of the earth around the sun and the tilt of the earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution.
According to Ayurveda a year is divided into two parts (kaala) according to the position of the sun:
Aadaan kaal (Uttarayan): When sun takes North way course. Aadaan means taking away. During Aadaan kaal which is considered Hot (Aagneya) the sun and wind are powerful. The sun takes away the strength of the people and the cooling qualities of the earth. It is the period when body strength is weakened. This period consists of three seasons - Shishir(Dewy),Vasanta(Spring) and Grishma (Summer)
Visarga kaal (Dakshinayaan) : When sun takes South way course. Visarga means giving. During Visarga kaal which is considered Soumya (Cool), the sun releases the strength to the people. The moon is more powerful, the earth becomes cool due to the clouds, rain and cold wind. This period consists of three seasons – Varsha (Rainy), Sharad(Autumn) and Hemant(Winter).
Dos and Don’ts for this month of Uttarayana
- Ahara (Food) - Heavy, sweet, snigdha; For example: Urad vada or sweet pongal.
- Vihara (Life Style) - Abhyangam (Medicated oil massage), Utsadanam(dry massage), wearing warm clothes/woollens, footwear etc. Avoid direct exposure to cold winds and mist.
All these dos and don’ts are to be followed by person in balanced health status. Diseased persons should follow the ahara-vihara recommended for them by the physician.
Seasons have a lot of effect on aggravation, accumulation, and pacification of doshas. Hence a strict diet and lifestyle is to be followed with change in each season. Ayurveda has described in detail the guidelines to be followed during each season.
Amlapitta (Acidity, Heartburn, Sour-belching)
Amlapitta is a well known disorder widely experienced by people from all walks of life irrespective of their eating habits and lifestyle. Here are a few simple remedies (one or more may be used depending on severity) which can be tried at home to manage Amlapitta.
1. Abstinence from smoking and alcohol is a must.
2. Avoid stress.
3. Drink a large glass of water at the first sign of heartburn, if the symptoms are not too strong this will help.
4. Chew a few Tulsi leaves to get relief from the symptoms.
5. Keep a small piece of gur/jaggery in your mouth and suck it slowly. Repeat it every hour till the symptoms subside.
6. Drink Coconut water 4 – 5 times a day.
7. Drink a glass of cold milk for fast relief.
Pratishyaya (Common Cold)
Common cold is one ailment which affects the young and old alike. Here are a few home remedies to manage common cold
1. To 10 gms of horse gram(Kulatha), add around 500ml of water, boil and reduce it to half of the original quantity of water.
2. Strain it and have the warm decoction, twice a day.
3. Take about 1/2 inch of fresh ginger, crush and boil it with a glass of milk and reduce it to half. Strain the mixture and have it twice a day.
4. Mix 1/2 teaspoon each of ginger,lemon juice and honey. Have it 3 or 4 times in a day .
5. Take equal quantity of black pepper powder, turmeric and ginger powder. Mix it with honey and it can be taken 3 or 4 times a day.
Doctor of the Month
Dr. Rasmi Johnson, B.A.M.S., M.S.(Ay)
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthy Nagar, Bangalore
Dr. Rasmi Johnson, Sr. Physician at AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthynagar, Bangalore brings 11 years of experience in the highly specialised field of Shalyatantra or Ayurveda para-surgery. She holds a Bachelor in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from the Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Thaikkattussery, Thrissur, Kerala. (Calicut University) and Master in Surgery in Ayurveda from S.D.M College of Ayurveda, Hassan. She has also trained in Kayachikitsa (General Medicine) and Balachikitsa (Paediatrics) under the renowned (late) Vaidyabhooshanam Raghavan Thirumulpad, Chalakudy, Kerala.
She is an expert in classical Ayurveda para-surgical procedures: Kshara Karma (Caustic Cautery), Kshara Sutra (Caustic thread), Agni karma (Thermal Cautery) and Raktamokshana (Blood letting) preceded and accompanied by classical Ayurveda therapeutic and cleansing procedures for treating conditions including Non-healing wounds/ulcers of various origins(Diabetes, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Varicose Veins, Bed-sores, TIA, Burns, etc.); Ano-rectal conditions such as Piles, Fistula, Fissure, Polyps; Pilonidal Sinus; Tonsillitis. In addition, she has experience in managing and healing serious muscle-bone-joint-ligament conditions.
Prior to AyurVAID, she worked as as Lecturer for the Dept. of Shalya Tantra, Ashwini Ayurveda College, Tumkur and other centres in Kerala in the department of Panchakarma and Ksharasutra. Dr. Rasmi has participated in international seminars and workshops at SDMCA&H, Hassan and presented several papers, including “Ayurvedic approach to the diagnosis of Jalodara” in a Symposium on Udara Chikitsa, and the “Concept of Rasayana Chikitsa” in an international level seminar held at Thrissur, Kerala.
Recipe of the Month
Sesame (Til) and Peanut Sweet (CHIKKI)•
2 cups roasted and ground white sesame seeds • 1 cup roasted and grinded peanuts • 2 cups powdered jaggery • 1 cup dessicated coconut • 1/2 Cup cashewnuts • 1/2 cup Rasins • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder • 1 tablespoon ghee
Prepare Jaggery syrup by boiling in water untill it gets sticky in consistency. Melt the ghee in another pan and roast the sesame and peanut powder once again for flavour. Add coconut, cashews, cardamom powder to this. Add all of this to the jaggery syrup and stir on low flame to a smooth mixture. Pour it on a flat plate or tray lightly smeared with ghee. Pat to get an even surface. Sprinkle raisins and coconut powder (as per preference). Wait till the mixture settles. Cut the mixture into desired shapes. Voila! You have a healthy and tasty snack/dessert.
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
Rich in Antioxidants, vitaminB1 and dietary fibre. Rich source of calcium,manganese,and copper. In Ayurveda sesame is used for both wellness and to treat wide range of medical conditions. Sesame oil is the base for almost all the medicinal oils used in Ayurveda. It is good to pacify Vata and control Kapha and is specifically indicated to be consumed in this season.
Get your queries answered at AyurMAIL by a reputed Ayurveda physician or VAID:from the AyurVAID team of senior physicians.
VAID: Mahadevan Iyer, Medical Superintendent, AyurVAID hospitals, Domlur Bangalore answers a query:Query by Ms. Sneha, Bangalore:
I am 25 year old female, slightly overweight, working professional and I am having irregular periods since 1 year. I would like to seek your opinion for restoring regular cycles.
Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:
Ayurveda manages the health of women across her life cycle- from puberty to menopause and beyond.
Typically, weight increase happens due to poor ( Mandagni) or impaired( Vishamagini) digestive power. Ayurveda helps to revive the digestive power and ensure that the food consumed is digested completely. However, it is important to be conscious of the food you eat- not just WHAT?, and HOW MUCH?, but WHEN?
Obviously, avoid deep fried and processed, spicy food and cut down your intake of sweets. Cut down urad dal, curds, and other dairy products. Drink hot water regularly and avoid cold food/drinks in general.
Consider Ayurveda therapies like Udvartana to reduce body fat and to make your body compact.
Also irregular periods are mainly due to vitiation of Vata and Pitta dosha hence yoga vasti and virechanam are sometimes required. Practise Yoga exercises regularly to remain fit.
Specific medicines have additionally been prescribed for you based on your consultation.
AyurVAID Hospitals, proud Winner of the 'Most Promising Healthcare Startup' Award at the VCCircle Healthcare Awards, 2013.
An honor and a recognition that we tremendously value since it comes from VC Circle (www.vccircle.com), one of the most credible financial media houses in the country and the leader in a most influential segment- the elite investment community. That the award was given by an eminent award jury of eminent healthcare industry leaders and AyurVAID was chosen from amongst an elite panel of co-nominees shortlisted- Glocal Hospitals and Embrace- indicates the authenticity and value of this award.
We see this award as clear indication of the fact that the potential role of classical Ayurveda to transform healthcare delivery by offering root cause solutions for diseases is finally becoming recognised by mainstream industry. And, that the market and business environment is ready for mainstream acceptance.
Through this award, we also see a clear endorsement for AyurVAID's approach to quality systems driven yet uncompromisingly pure Ayurveda chikitsa. This is another historic milestone set for the Ayurveda sector by AyurVAID.
The award was received by AyurVAID Director, Ms. Karuna Jain, in Mumbai at the Awards function held on 26th September, 2013.