Author Archives: Dr. Shweta Labde

  • Dry Eye Syndrome and Ayurveda.

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    Dry eye or Keratitis Sicca is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. There is generalised decrease in production of tears qualitatively and quantitatively. Our Tears are composed of three layers oily lipid layer, watery layer and mucous layer, problem in any of these layers results in dryness of eyes. Symptoms of Dry eyes : Those with Dry Eyes commonly experience persistent dryness, scratching and burning sensation of eyes, it may sometimes also be accompanied by pain, redness of eyes and irritation. Patient usually have a feeling of a foreign body sensation in the eyes. Some people may even experience sensitivity towards light and blurred vision. Causes of Dry Eyes Syndrome : According to Ayurvedic point of view Dry Eyes is nothing but Vata Prakop in the eyes and related anatomical structure of eyes, along with lack of nourishment to the tissues of the eyes. Diminished flow of tears is the prime cause. It is a natural ageing process especially due to menopause. Also it can be an adverse effect
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  • Introduction to Panchakarma

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    Panchakarma is an effective and miraculous Ayurvedic method of treatment which detoxifies the body. Body undergoes metabolism continuously through which waste products (toxins) are formed, these toxins are known as ‘Aam’ . This aam is the root cause of various diseases. Panchakarma procedure removes Aam from our body in efficient way without any adverse effects on body. ‘Pancha’ – means Five and  ‘Karma’ – means Actions/Therapies.  These are all shodhan (cleansing of vitiated doshas and bringing them to normalcy) therapies. Panchakarma consists of five major therapies namely : Vaman Virechan Basti Nasya Raktamokshan These therapies are known as Pradhan Karma , meaning main procedures. Snehan (oleation/massage) and Swedan (steam) are associated procedures which should be done before pradhan karmas and are so called Purva karma. Purva karma is a preparatory stage for the main procedures, it brings the aggravated doshas in koshtha for their elimination. Pre-purification Therapies : Snehan (Massage /Oleation therapy) and Swedan (Sudation) are the two Purva karmas. Snehan : Snehan or Oleation therapy helps in loosening the body toxins which are stuck up into
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  • Diet and menopause

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    Menopause – the phase of life which no woman can escape from. As mentioned in the previous article menopause brings with it a great deal of irritation and annoyance which is mainly due to hormonal imbalance. The  intensity of menopausal symptoms experienced by every woman varies, depending upon her tolerance level and her other health and nutritional issues. Instead of surrendering to the situation, incorporating few changes in regular lifestyle and diet, can work wonders and keep the phase in control. Few simple tips : Follow regular meal timings. Avoid too much of spicy, oily, fermented and stale foods. Avoid frequent eating of food products with saturated fats like cheese, paneer, khoya,etc. Bring into practice of having milk, ghee regularly in diet, it replenishes wear and tear of the body. Also eat butter at times. Such as Ashwagandha powder + ghee + sugar + milk builds up muscle strength. Generally most of the females experience mood swings and irritation, in this case milk medicated with gold, or Shatavari, Ashwagandha or Brahmi is more effective. Roasted
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  • Tackling Menopause the Ayurveda way.

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    Menopause is defined as the time of ceassation of ovarian function resulting in permanent amennorhoea. Every woman in age group of 45 – 55 yrs goes through menopausal stage. Along with menopause comes its associated physical and mental symptoms due to associated hormonal disturbance.     Some of the common symptoms experienced during menopausal phase are : Hot flushes. Excessive sweating which may even cause disruption of sleep. Insomnia. Headache. Mood swings and palpitations. Irritability, depression, and other psychological complaints. Cancer phobia. Lack of concentration. Arthritis, backache. Osteoporosis and fracture. Skin changes. Heart diseases, hypertension. Urinary complaints (frequent urination especially at night). Dysuria and recurrent urinary tract infections. Loss of libidio due to dry vagina. Sudden weight gain or weight loss. All these symptoms results in tremendous mental disturbance. Hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) is the only answer for this in allopathy , which brings along with it few other risks like breast or uterine cancer which one cannot afford to tame. It is also not recommended in women with hypertension, migrane, and myocardial infarction. Ayurveda
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  • Ashwagandha (Winter cherry)

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    Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is one of the immensely used herb in Ayurvedic practice due to its various beneficial uses and high rejuvinating potential. It is a small shrub 1-2mtrs high and bears small, round, red coloured fruit enclosed in a pod. It is named Ashwagandha in sanskrit because the roots smell like horse and the other reason is that it generates strength in the body equivalent to horse. The roots of Ashwagandha, also called “Indian Ginseng” helps in boosting immunity power of the body. Ashwagandha due to its hot potency pacifies kapha and vata dosha, and so is used in vata vyadhi, it is a good anti-inflammatory drug and also provides nourishment to adjoining tissues and other organs. It reduces pain and swelling in vata disorders. One of its active principle somniferin induces sleep and thus helps in mental relaxation. It is a good nervine tonic, it strengthens and nourishes nerve tissues and serves physical and mental relaxation. Improves mental ability, helps in gaining and retaining memory and improves mental concentration. Due to its anti-stress
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