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  • Ginger

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    Ginger or Zinziber officinale belonging to Zinziberaceae family commonly known as Adrak is a daily used spice for a small symptom like indigestion, dysmennorhoea to motion sickness. Its name ‘ vishwabheshaj ‘ or ‘ vishwaaushadha ‘ in sanskrit explains its usefullness, meaning medicine which is helpful in almost all diseases. Ginger is mainly used in two forms fresh form and dry form; the prior is commonly known as ‘Adrak’ in hindi and the later is called ‘ Sounth ‘ in hindi and ‘ Suntha ‘ in marathi. Here we shall discuss medicinal uses of both the forms of ginger. Part used : The rhizome of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Fresh ginger : A piece of fresh ginger is either chewed or just held in mouth,or taken with sugar in cases of nausea or vomitting. In agnimandya, anorexia & indigestion small piece of ginger with salt & lime is chewed just before meals. Motion sickness, a common symptom during travelling can be treated with a ginger piece & lime juice or a preparation
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  • Amlapitta (Acidity)

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    Modern era’s changing lifestyle along with changing food culture and also depending upon ones body constitution Amlapitta is one of the most common symptom (disease) seen in the society. ‘Hurry’, ‘Worry’, and ‘Curry’ are the three main reasons for the disease. Etiological factors: Stressful daily routine.  Insufficient sleep at night.  Irregular meal times or skipping meals.  Eating too late at night.  Spicy food habits like pizza, burger, chinese food.  Oily foods, pickles. Salty and sour foods like chips . Over eating of stale, fermented foods(bakery foods, idli, dosa, etc). Sleeping immediately after meals. Lack of rest , fast moving lifestyle. Suppression of urges. Too much of worries. Walking for long hours in hot sun very often, or working near hot areas . All these above factors result in excessive increase of ‘Pitta dosha’ which tries to find its way out of the body either through oral or rectal pathway and along with it exhibits symptoms of amlapitta. Symptoms: Weakening of digestive fire (agnimandya), Heart & chestburn (retrosternal burning), & nausea are the three initial symptoms
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  • Ajirna (Indigestion)

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    The word  ‘Ajirna’ in its of itself signifies the state of incomplete process  of digestion on ingested food. The main reason for indigestion is agnimandya (weakened digestive fire). Incomplete metabolism due to weakened digestive fire leads to unprocessed state of food causing ajirna.                                         “Najirayet sukhenannam vikaran kuruteapi cha|                                 tadajirnamiti prahustanmula vividha ruja|” The above said verse explains that this ajirna due to agnimandya is the root cause of many diseases. Types of Ajirna : According to predominance of vitiated doshas Ajirna is classified in three types; Amajirna – vitiated kapha dosha . Vidagdhajirna – vitiated pitta dosha . Vishtabdhajirna – vitiated vata dosha . Etiology (Causative factors) : Disobeying the dietary rules is the prime cause. suppression of urges. Irregular meals. Over eating. Sleeping during day time. Drinking excessive water unnecessarily. Not sleeping at night. Eating heavy food (i.e. food which are heavy to digest). Eating too much of spicy food. Symptoms : Aversion towards food.
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  • Constipation (Malaavshtambha)

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    Constipation is defined as infrequent passage of hard stools, there may also be complaints of straining, sensation of incomplete evacuation and perianal or abdominal discomfort. Causes of constipation: Vishamaashan – Irregular habit of having meals. Adhyaashan – Over eating. Langhan – Fasting. Excessive intake of fermented food, dry food (food with no roughage), food which is heavy to digest. Lack of fluid intake. Excessive day sleep. No sleep at night. Suppression of natural urges. Stress. Agnimandya (weakening of digestive fire). Symptoms : Passage of hard stools. Heaviness in lower abdomen. Incomplete evacuation of stools & straining. Abdominal distention. Frequent painful passage of stools. Indigestion, nausea, bad breathe. Heart burn, pain in abdomen. Headache. Lack of sleep. Excessive passage of flatus with bad odour. Irritation, aversion towards food. It can also result in dysmennorhoea in females. Chronic condition of constipation and straining can cause insomnia, headache, piles, fissures, and even rectal prolapse. Treatment: Never use strong purgative medicines. Fluid intake like soups, warm water, fruit juices should be increased.  warm milk with spoonful of ghee should
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  • Vegadharan and its adverse effects

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    What  is vegadharan? The word ‘vegadharan’ has two components Vega + Dharan ; Vega means natural urge & Dharan is suppression,thus Vegadharan means suppression of natural urges. Initiation of vega are normal body activities through which unwanted body materials are excreted ,this is a process timely carried out by body at regular intervals & controlled by nervous system, suppression of which not only stops the elimination of waste products but also brings strain and disorders of nervous system causing many diseases .This developes in those who have regular habit of suppressing urges over long period and not immediately .So it is very important to respond to these urges and not to suppress them, cause its suppression may result in causing various diseases affecting the body.Ayurveda explains  that there are different natural urges exerted by human body,and for well-being of the human body some urges are to be suppressed and the rest should never be suppressed. Granthakaras describes thirteen urges which should never be suppressed. Here we shall know about these 13 Adharniya vegas (non-suppressable urges).
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