Hyperthyroidism

 

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The thyroid gland produces hormones that controls a person’s metabolism. When too much of these hormones are produced, hyper-metabolism occurs, wherein the metabolism rate shoots up. The signs of the symptoms can be increased appetite, weight loss, increased blood pressure and insomnia, among a few others.

Causes

The causes of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Inflammation of thyroid
  • Tumours of the thyroid
  • Excessive tetraiodothyronine

Symptoms

The symptoms of this condition are:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Hand tremors
  • Excessive heating
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

Natural remedies and lifestyle to adopt

  • Avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages
  • Limit intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Have plenty of non-starchy foods
  • Include protein rich foods in the diet
  • Opt for healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and olive oil
  • Consume more of garlic, broccoli and spinach
  • Try not to get over stressed
  • Drinking lemon balm tea can help calm overactive thyroid

Home Remedies For Anaemia

home-remedies-for-anemiaAnaemia is the condition when body lacks red blood cells. This condition would cause the patient to feel dizzy, faint, suffer from fatigue, chest pain and headache. Adopting certain tweaks to your lifestyle can ensure your body getting enough oxygen and prevent anaemia.

Here are some easy tips:

  • Eat more B12 – Incorporate B12 rich foods such as yogurt or milk, as it helps the body to sustain good metabolism and promote optimum body function.
  • Figs – Figs are an excellent remedy against anaemia. Try to consume 3-4 figs at least weekly for you to have better chances against anaemia.
  • Caffeine – Cut off caffeine as it is often responsible for sending the body to some adverse conditions. Moderate your coffee consumption, or change to decaf as an alternative.
  • Lemon juice and honey – Mix a teaspoonful of lemon juice, honey and apple cider vinegar, and consume it. It is a good remedy for anaemia.
  • Fruit – Consume citrus foods as they keep the body healthy by the rich vitamin C content, and also provides enough iron for the body.
  • Massage – Massage the hands, arms and legs to keep the blood flowing.

Be conscious about what you eat daily.  Always incorporate more of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Always remember that a conscious healthy choice provides a person with the feeling of being healthy and whole.

Neem Tree – The many benefit tree

IMG-20160905-WA0009The ‘miracle tree’, Neem can be rightly hailed as the ‘drug cabinet of mother nature’ as it bestows countless benefits. All parts of the neem tree are widely used in many Ayurvedic medicinal preparations and revered for its complete lack of side-effects.

Here are some amazing health wonders of neem tree:

  1. Chewing on neem twigs and lightly brushing them on the gums and teeth can protect oral health. They help in preventing prevents oral infections, bleeding and soothes tender gums.
  2. Neem has an active antimicrobial property. By its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral features, neem assists in safe-guarding from numerous microbes that attack the human body.
  3. Neem oil extract helps in reducing wrinkles as it assists the creation of collagen, which maintains the skin’s elasticity delays signs of aging. Neem oil also cures acne and rashes.
  4. Neem assists in instantly healing wounds by activating the collagen fibers to seal the damaged tissues. The oil extorted from its leaves can assist in curing sores, abrasions, scratches and infections.
  5. Applying neem paste topically assists in curing eczema and psoriasis.
  6. Neem oil extract relieves joint pains, and helps in the building of tough and resilient bones.
  7. Neem tea soothes stressed nerves, calms the mind and provides instant relief. Bathing in warm bath infused with drops of neem oil can expel muscle stress and soreness.
  8. Applying the paste made of Neem leaves on the scalp helps in preventing hair loss, premature graying and dandruff.
  9. Neem tea helps to improve blood circulation and boost the creation of healthy blood cells.
  10. Those suffering from diabetics can drink neem tea, as it has curative properties that reduce blood sugar levels.

In short, the ‘miracle tree’ has everything in it, from its leaf tip to the roots, that helps keep a person in holistic health, organically and naturally, right from the crown of his head to his feet.

Home Remedies with Ginger

Home Remedies with GingerPlump and filled with essential nutriments & rejuvenating compounds, according to Ayurveda, Ginger root harnesses an incredible healing power proven for a host of ailments and diseases.

Here are some effective home remedies with the spice:-

1. To cure backpain, add a spoonful of ginger juice to some olive oil and massage it into the skin. Leave it overnight and wash off in the morning.

2. For migraine, have two tablespoons of dry ginger powder mixed with warm water, before the pain intensifies.

3. To cure cold, mix 30 grams of Ginger juice and 30 grams of Honey. Warm this mixture and take 3 times a day.

4. For relief from joint pains, mix 3 drops essential oil of ginger root and 1 teaspoon of almond oil. Rub on inflamed or painful joints and cover with a dry cloth to hold in the heat.

5. For cases of asthma, drink a spice tea made from a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and honey.

6. For sinus congestion take 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice with 1 teaspoon honey 2-3 times a day.

7. Having three grams of dry ginger daily, can help in the significant reduction in blood glucose, triglyceride, and in total and LDL cholesterol levels.

8. For cramps mix 1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped ginger root to 1 cup of boiled water. Cover, steep the mixture for 10 minutes and then strain. Drink one cup of this brew 3 or 4 times a day.

9. For having clear throat, drink ½ teaspoon of Ginger juice every half an hour.

10. Eating slices of ginger sprinkled with salt before meals can increase saliva flow to aid digestion and prevent stomach issues.

11. To cure headache caused by mucus, take 2 spoons of Ginger juice everyday in the morning on empty stomach.

12. To stop vomiting drink a spoonful of Ginger and Onion extract.

13. To remove bad breath, add 1 spoon of Ginger juice to 1 glass of hot water and gargle for a few minutes.

7 Foods that Improve Digestion

7 Foods that improve digestion
Digestion, one the vital processes of the body, needs extra care. Here are top 7 foods recommended by Ayurveda that help improve digestion –

1. Ginger
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in ginger can curb digestive spasms, gas, indigestion, nausea and bloating.
You can extract the juice of a small piece of ginger and take it with a spoon of honey before meals to improve your digestion.

2. Peppermint
This popular herb is known to work wonders in aiding digestive processes due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The cooling properties that peppermint possesses can calm an upset digestive system and accelerate healing.
Sprinkle some fresh peppermint leaves over your dishes or add it to your salads.

3. Bananas
Bananas are highly recommended for those suffering from diarrhea, as it helps restore electrolytes and potassium that are lost when experiencing diarrhea. They are also high in fiber, which helps the digestion process by absorbing toxins, bulking up stool matter and stimulating bowel movements. Have one banana daily to enjoy its health benefits.

4. Papaya
This tropical fruit is excellent for digestive health. Presence of papain helps in easy breakdown of proteins in the stomach, and this helps in good absorption of the nutrients and facilitates proper bowel functioning.

5. Avocados
This tiny fruit is loaded with fiber, and is one of the most fiber-rich fruits available. This fruit is easy to digest and contains loads of healthy monounsaturated fats. This helps in maintaining the health of the digestive tract, and proper functioning of pancreas and gall bladder.

6. Apples
Apples have both soluble and insoluble fiber and are an excellent choice for those experiencing trouble with bowel movements. When eaten with the skin on, apples are a good source of insoluble fiber known as cellulose. This fiber adds bulk to the stool, which helps relieve constipation and keep things moving quickly through your digestive system.

7. Oats
Oats support healthy digestion due to the high fiber content. The fiber in oats scrubs through the intestines, moving food along to maintain bowel regularity and prevent constipation. Oats also help reduce symptoms like heartburn associated with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). You can try oat flour, oatmeal, and oatmeal cookies to improve your digestion.

Abhayangam Treatment – Punarnava Ayurveda

Abhayangam
Abhayangam is a popular Ayurvedic treatment in which the whole body is therapeutically massaged with medicated herbal oils, so as to prevent ageing and degeneration. The meaning of ‘Abhyanga,’ itself is application of oil to the body. The massage, if advised along with steam bath, produces great results. The effects are compounded since the heat and steam allow the medicated oils to seep into the body and nourish them from the inside. This magical relaxing therapy benefits the whole body physically, mentally & emotionally and balances the doshas.
 
Indications:
• Arthritic problems
• Backaches
• Obesity
• Fatigue
• Headaches
• Hemiplegia
• Paraplegia
• Sciatica
 
Procedure of Abhayangam:
The patient is laid on the massaging table and warmed medicated oil, prescribed by the Ayurvedic Doctor, is applied. The strokes are given according to the circulatory channels, i.e., expert circular movements are done over the joints, abdomen & chest and downward movements are done over the hands & legs for a period of 45 minutes. After the treatment, the person is made to lay down for 10 to 15 minutes until the oil is properly absorbed by skin. During this time you may also choose to meditate. It is then followed by a steam or hot water bath. This treatment is very useful for obesity, loss of skin texture, sleeplessness, fatigue, and other Vata predominant diseases. It rejuvenates and relaxes the body, induces sleep and helps in the overall health of the body.
Benefits of Abhayangam
  • Reduces fatty tissues
  • Rejuvenates body
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Treats spondylosis
  • Reduces Joint pain and increases flexibility
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Increases physical strength
  • Prevents sleep disorders
  • Delays Ageing
  • Relieves fatigue and stress
  • Improves eyesight
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Increases blood circulation

To conclude, the therapeutic Abhayangam massage is a protector, preserver, healer and a rejuvenator with multitude of miraculous health benefits.

Health benefits of Brinjal

Brinjal Health Benefits Known as the King of Vegetables, Brinjal or Eggplant is extremely high on essential nutrients that helps boost your holistic health. The superfood, being rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients like flavonoids, help lowers the risk of heart diseases and also the presence of vital antioxidants keeps your arteries healthy and prevents heart attack.

Therapeutic Benefits and Nutritional Values

1. Keep Diabetes in Control
The eggplants are a very rich source of fiber and low soluble carbohydrates. Thus they are highly beneficial for regulation of blood sugar levels and also to control the absorption of glucose.

2. Weight loss
The superfood is considered to be high in water content and low in calories(Just 25 calories per 100g).

3. Good for Heart
Eggplants helps in stabilizing the blood pressure levels and also brings down cholesterol levels. And also, being rich in Vitamin B-6, fiber, Potassium, and Phytonutrients like flavonoids, Brinjal helps lower the risk of heart diseases.

4. Good for Brain
Containing rich amounts of phytonutrients, Brinjals can help protect your cell membranes. They are also known to boost memory function.

5. Promotes Bone Health
Eggplants contain good amounts of calcium, iron and phenolic compounds that help in making the bones stronger, increasing bone mineral density.

6. Brinjal boosts Immunity

Being rich in Vitamin C and various anti-oxidants the superfood help in boosting up the immunity thus safeguarding you against harmful ailments and infections.

7. Good for Scalp

The vegetable is rich in vitamins and other nutrients that is good in giving a proper nourishment to your scalp.

> Having a soft brinjal regularly (along with some honey) after baking it directly over fire, may completely cure insomnia and your sleeping problems. Also, people suffering from chronic constipation can get relief by consuming brinjal in their daily diet.

#Ayurveda recommends #Brinjal as a highly nutritional super food that should be inevitably encompassed in our diets and daily regime.

Greeva Vasti – Ayurvedic Treatment for Spondylosis & Neck pain

Greeva Vasti One of the major therapies in Ayurveda, Greeva vasti is the most specialized treatment for neck pain and diseases related to cervical region. The procedure involves retention of warm medicated oil over the neck region for a stipulated period of time. The treatment gives an amazing relief from the pain and stiffness associated with the neck pain or cervical spondylosis.

Indications
This treatment is recommended when there are indications of:

• Pain and stiffness in neck
• Cervical spondylitis
• Sore neck muscles
• Headache and giddiness
• Referred pain in hands
• Shoulder pain
• Upper backaches

Procedure:

The patient is made to lie face down on the treatment table (Droni). A leak-proof reservoir made of black gram dough is built up on the neck. Medicated lukewarm oil that alleviates pain and strengthens the bone and joint tissues is poured into the space inside the reservoir in a slow constant and continuous stream. It is retained there for a particular period of time depending upon the condition of the patient. When the oil cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton gauze and the procedure is repeated few times. After removing them, the affected area may be gently massaged with the same oil. The patient is then made to take rest for a short while. The therapy improves circulation, muscle and connective tissue strength, lubricates the joints and promotes its flexibility. The treatment alleviates cervical spondylitis, stiff neck, sore muscles, upper back aches etc.

Health Benefits

  1. Reduces pain and inflammation
  2. Lubricates the cervical joints
  3. Stops the degeneration of cervical joints
  4. Nourishes the muscles, bones and nerves of cervical area
  5. Improves blood circulation
  6. Removes muscle spasm and rigidity
  7. Reduces the numbness caused due to nerve compression

With multitude of healing benefits, Greeva Vasti is one of the most effective Ayurvedic treatment for diseases related to the Cervical region!

Natural Home Remedies for Neck Pain and Stiff Neck

Home Remedies - Neck PainHere are some effective natural home remedies recommended by Ayurveda for Neck pain and Stiff neck –

1. Turmeric
You can use turmeric to treat neck pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk and heat it over low heat for five minutes. Remove from heat, add little honey and allow it to cool. Drink this twice a day until your pain is gone completely.

2. Ginger
Ginger, a perfect home remedy for neck pain, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that also improves circulation and blood flow to the affected area.
• Cut a small piece of ginger root into small slices. Boil the ginger slices in two cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and drink the tea. You can drink up to three cups of ginger tea daily for a few days.
• You can also make a ginger compress. Wrap three tablespoons of freshly grated ginger in a piece of cheesecloth. Put the cheesecloth in hot water for 30 seconds. Allow it to cool and then place it on the neck area for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat a few
times daily until you get relief.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a paper napkin in some apple cider vinegar and place it on your neck. Leave it for few hours. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent home remedy for stiff neck muscles and neck pain as it gives great relief in just one application.

4. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains some substances that are good for the treatment of neck pain, such as capsaicin.
Mix two Cayenne pepper powder(1 spoon) and Olive oil (2 spoons). Cover your neck with the mixture to relieve the pain.

5. Ice Packs
Crush some ice and wrap it in a poly bag. Now, cover the stiff part of neck with a small cloth or towel, then place the wrapped ice over it. Ice is really useful for stiff neck pain relief. It also reduces the inflammation caused due to the soreness.

6. Hot Water Shower
Keep your neck under a shower of warm to little hot water for about 4-5 minutes. Don’t turn or move your neck while doing this. This is one of the best cures for stiff neck muscles.

7. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil can be used to relieve neck pain. It is one of the most effective home remedies around when used along with a gentle massage therapy. Massage can help ease tense muscles and may help you sleep better. However, don’t massage the neck area if it causes more pain.
• Take a hot bath or shower to relax your sore neck muscles. Rub some lavender oil on your neck and shoulders. Apply gentle pressure in small circular motions to massage the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat daily as needed.

The above given home remedies can be practiced regularly for relief from the neck pain and stiff neck condition, however, if the pain persists it is advisable to consult an Ayurvedic doctor immediately.

Yoga Poses for Treating Cervical Spondylosis and Neck Pain

Yoga poses for Neck Pain

Yoga reduces the stiffness and strain in the muscles around the cervical spine and also helps in strengthening the cervical muscles which will go a long way in help treating cervical spondylosis or neck pain.

Here are few postures that may be beneficial to relieve and prevent neck pain –

1. Bhujangasana
One of the best yoga asanas for preventing as well as curing neck pain, Bhujangasana strengthens the neck muscles as well as the shoulder muscles and reduces the strain in the cervical muscles.
Steps
1. Lie down on the abdomen and place your hands on both sides along the shoulders.
2. Stretch out the toes of the feet and let your forehead touch the ground.
3. Then slowly raise your head from the ground till the torso is completely raised from the ground, while the legs and the pubis are touching the ground.
4. Maintain this position as long as possible and then slowly return to the original position on the ground.
5. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat the entire exercise about three to four times.

2. Matsyasana or Fish pose
Matysasana or the fish pose is effective for treating neck pain. It relaxes the muscles in the shoulders and neck area and makes them stronger.
Steps to do it:
1. Lie on your back on floor mat.
2. Place your hands under your hips with palms resting on the floor.
3. While inhaling, lift your head and chest off the ground.
4. Keeping the chest pulled up, slowly bend your head back till it softly touches the floor.
5. Rest your elbows on the floor and keep the weight of your body on elbows (not on head).
6. Keep the legs and thighs on the floor and lift your chest up.
7. Take deep breaths in this pose for 40 to 60 seconds.
8. To release the pose – lift your head up, bring your chest down and rest your head on the floor.
9. Rest your hands beside your body and relax.

3. Naukasana or boat pose
The pose strengthens the muscles of the neck, shoulders and legs.
Steps
1. Lie straight on back, resting on the floor.
2. Place the feet together and keep the arms on the thighs.
3. Taking deep breath first raise the head, neck, shoulder, then raise the legs slowly. Hands, head and legs should be raised parallel in shape of a boat.
4. Do it without bending the knees and elbows.
5. Raise the head and legs as high as possible.
6. Remain in this posture motionlessly, hold breath as long as possible.
7. Return to the starting point while exhaling.

4. Dhanurasana or Bow pose
This miraculous posture stretches the whole spine right from the neck to the lower back and strengthens the muscles of arms, shoulders and neck.
Steps
1. Lie down on your abdomen and keep the arms alongside your body with palms facing upward.
2. Place your chin on the floor. Exhale, bend your knees, and grasp the right ankle with the right hand and the left ankle with the left hand.
3. While inhaling, slowly raise your legs by pulling the ankles up and raising the knees off the floor while simultaneously lifting your torso off the floor. Hold your breath. The weight of the body should be resting on the abdomen.
4. Tilt the head as far back as possible. Hold the posture as long as you can comfortably hold your breath.
5. Slowly exhale bringing your knees to the floor, release your ankles, and slowly bring your legs and arms straight down on the floor. Turn your head to one side, assuming the prone posture you began with.

5. Ushtrasana or Camel pose
The pose strengthens the muscles of the neck, shoulder and lower back and improves the flexibility of the neck region.
Steps
1. Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your buttocks against your feet
2. Now stand on your knees, bend backwards at the waist and hold your left ankle with the left hand and the right ankle with the right hand
3. Push your chest and abdomen outwards as much as you can.
4. Hold this position for as long as you can and then come back to the starting pose.
5. Rest for sometime and repeat the whole cycle for at least 3-4 times.

It is advised to perform all the above cited asanas under the expert guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor or a skilled Yoga professional.