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Deer, Horse or Bull … Health at Every Size

Deer, Horse or Bull … Health at Every Size

Deer, Horse or Bull…Health at Every Size by Shanti Gowans

The beauty-obsessed world perpetuates the idea that happiness, health, and the ability to be loved are dependent upon how we look. Body insecurity is rampant, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to challenge the poisonous beliefs about food, weight, self-image and self-worth, show every body respect, and get real about inequalities and health.

Weight loss is not the be-all or the end-all keys to health. In the mad dash to shrink our bodies, many of us get so caught up in searching for the perfect diet, exercise program, treatments or surgical techniques that we lose sight of our original goal: improved health and well-being.

Popular methods for weight loss don’t get all of us there, and lead many people to feel like failures when they can’t match unattainable body standards. It’s time for a cease-fire in the war around body image issues, so that we can overcome our culture’s shame and distress. The epidemic is not obesity. Poverty and oppression, including racism, sexism, ageism, transgenderism, homophobia, and classism affect our life’s opportunity, our feelings of self-worth, and even influence our metabolism. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma attached to certain body types and the impact of living with these inequalities, and not the numbers shown on the bathroom scales.

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that comes only once we hit our target weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. So many people spend their entire lives chasing thinness by dieting, binging, purging themselves either by vomiting or taking laxatives with their weight yo-yoing out of control, spiralling into anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal tendencies before they reach some even more serious illnesses.

The body is not the problem. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem. We need a new way of seeing the truth about ourselves, to shift our perception around food, our bodies and life in general, to live in a world where every body is celebrated.

It is time for all of us to stop believing the lies we’ve been fed, and start demystifying the common, damaging myths and misinformation about what it means to be beautiful that we are bombarded with every day, and that many of us believe without questioning. It isn’t about believing that your body looks good, it is knowing that your body is good, regardless of how it looks. We are all good enough as we are. Take your power back. Hating the way you look, or being at war with your body cannot be your solution. Perhaps the best way to win the war against your body, is to give up the fight.

Ayurvedic health isn’t about promoting weight gain. It’s simply about understanding your body type, accepting all body types, loving yourself by taking care of your physical and mental health, and enjoying life. If you are new to this science, be warned, it is mind altering and challenges even the most self aware person to look deeper into the social conditioning that we are ALL a part of. To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. Human beings are a varied and divergent group of people, with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive on our inability to make peace with our differences and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

In this connection,

I invite you to question your current belief system around the diet culture and unrealistic perceptions about beauty.

  • How do you feel about your body?
  • Have you ever stayed home from a social activity, or not taken other opportunities because of concern about how you have looked?
  • Have you ever judged someone because of how they looked or dressed?
  • Have you ever had difficulty concentrating on a task because you were self-conscious about your appearance?

Dieting doesn’t work. Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. It’s time we called a spade a spade: constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So ditch it.

Ayurveda offers a simple path, away from the inherent flaws of dieting and the diet culture, and shares powerful and practical advice about how to heal our physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. Move away from the empty promises around image sold by the media, advertisers, the fitness, beauty and weight-loss industries, towards one of self-reflection and self-compassion, which offer an alternative vision for redefining beauty.

Losing weight is not your life’s purpose. It is empowering to see the world through the lens of more than just a body. Escape the cult around thinness, the diet trap, the arguments from presumed authorities, disinformation campaigns, half-baked lies, information that is left out, and misdirections, and understand it for what it is; bad health advice masquerading in pseudo-scientific jargon, that has been formulated by a food advertising industry that is intentionally trying to confuse consumers. Every one of us deserves to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and with our bodies. We need to see and accept that the distortions we have around our self-image and our weight-stigma as being the prejudice and hatred that it really is, and promulgate the lies from the diet culture and give ourselves permission to eat all foods.

What is the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. And don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself.

Ayurveda endorses health and self-esteem for people of every size. The body is not an apology. Tune into your body’s expert guidance. Find the joy in movement. Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you feel good. You can feel great in your body right now

Food is a major determining factor for your health, and is one of the main tools you have at your disposal. Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes tantalise the taste buds. The qualities and potencies within food help metabolise it, converting it into what ultimately transforms into you. We can’t ignore the post digestive effects and special qualities that food imparts on the body either. To live on rice, beans, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit and so on, doesn’t cost any more than living on pre-packaged garbage. In fact, it costs less. Nobody is saying that eating like this is good, or that this food will cure diseases, but it sure has a good track record of reversing many diet related diseases. Furthermore, if you are concerned about your health and want a healthier body, it is a good way to start to know what your body runs well on, and why.

Most importantly, with this renewed understanding about health and wellbeing for your unique constitution, Ayurveda lays out an action plan that arms you with the skills you need to reconnect with your whole self, and to free yourself from the constraints of self-objectification. It also gives you the permission to embrace all that you are, right now; and that is perfect.

Your body is an instrument, not an ornament.
Ayurveda invites you to reconnect with the radical origins of your mind and body and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own universal majesty and shake off the indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others too and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we start acting from this truth on a global scale, we will usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world – for us all.

As our invaluable guide and teacher, the body is an indispensable resource for us, at any age, to help us connect with ourselves better, value ourselves, love ourselves, and ultimately, be ourselves.

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Chawanaprash

Chawanaprash

Chawanaprash is the most well-known revitalisers (Rasayanas) of Ayurveda. It is one of Ayurveda’s anti-aging supplements, which is purely herbal in nature. Its main ingredient is ‘Amla’, which is a powerful antioxidant, and very rich in Vitamin C. This ancient Ayurvedic multi-vitamin formulation is a powerful tonic and will act as safeguard and rejuvenation for the entire family.

Charaka on Chawanaprash

“This is that very Chyawan Prasawaleh, the highest Rasayana. It is especially recommended for the cure of cough, dyspnea, as a bodybuilder for the emaciated, for those suffering from pectoral lesions, for the old and for children. It also subdues such disorders as loss of voice, diseases of the chest and heart, thirst and disorders of rheumatic type. It should be used in such doses as will not interfere with the normal meals. Intelligence, memory, luster, immunity from disease, longevity, increased sense power, amative delights, the heightened activity of the gastric fire, clearness of complexion, the regularity of peristalsis – all these human beings obtain from the use of this Rasayana. By retiring into a retreat and resorting to this medicine, a person will shed their infirmities and emerge with fresh youth.” Charak Samhita

History

Mythology states that Ashwini Kumaras, the divine twin doctors, made Chawanaprash bring back youth in the old and fragile body of Sage Chyawana. As it was used for the first time for the rejuvenation of Chayawana Maharishi, it has been named after him.

The story tells of Puloma and Sage Bhrigu who were happily married. Puloma conceived and was preparing herself for motherhood, but she was attacked by a demon during her pregnancy, by which premature delivery, Garbha Chyuti, happened. This led to the birth of a baby boy, who they named Chyawana (the name derives from the word Chyuti). Chyawana was interested in the spiritual path but was afflicted with early aging and many disorders. In answer to his prayers, the divine twin doctors came to his help. They administered Prasha – herbal jam (linctus), by which Chyawana Maharishi got rid of all of his diseases and early aging. He became young again and continued life successfully. The Prasha (herbal jam) that revived the health of Sage Chyawana is called Chyawanaprash. It is recommended for treating early aging.

 

Modern Medical co-relation and Health benefits

In modern medical terms, Chyawanprash, a herbal paste that has been used as a tonic in Ayurveda for over 3000 years is an immune-supporting, vitamin C-rich, antioxidant.

This powerful antiageing herbal product is made from a complex and precise traditional recipe that includes over 40 powerful Ayurvedic herbs. its final formula has been sealed by the masters and it is better to prefer the original Chawanprash over any of its variants, which are nothing more than a business ploy. There is no classical reference to Chawanprash for specific body types. The herbal combination of Chawanprash is suitable for all body types. The base and key ingredient of this formula is called Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free-radical scavenging properties. This is the beauty of Amla.

There are many benefits of Chawanaprash. It is effectively used in the treatment of throat infections, cough, cold, chest infections, and is especially used in pulmonary tuberculosis. It helps in the rejuvenation of the aged and also with proper nourishment of the young. Research shows that Chyawanprash supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar, improves intelligence (Medha), memory power, skin lustre, age, the strength of the sense organs, boosts immunity power, and appetite. It is used effectively in gout, and disease conditions involving urine

 

Qualities of Chawanaprash

Smell – Smell of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Long pepper.
Taste – Spicy taste, with more sourness and less sweetness.
Consistency – Pulpy, semisolid paste. Neither too solid nor too watery.
Water test – When a piece of Chawanaprash is placed in water, it should sink immediately. The particles should not spread in water.

 

The uses and efficacy of Chawanprash

• Eases constipation.
• Strengthens the immune system.
• It improves memory and concentration.
• It calms the nervous system.
• Slows down the effects of the aging process.
• It enhances fertility and keeps menstruation regular.
• Purifies the blood, eliminates toxins and is beneficial to the liver.
• It improves the complexion and helps the body fight against bacterial infections.
• Acts as an antidepressant and tranquiliser for people suffering from depression.
• Promotes absorption of calcium, leading to stronger bones and teeth.
• It improves muscle tone by enhancing protein synthesis.
• Highly recommended for children (from 5 years upwards) and old people.
• Its regular consumption will protect you from diseases of the respiratory system.

 

Chawanprash’s Effect on the Doshas

Vata Dosha

Chawyanprash benefits the body by acting as a rejuvenating and anti-aging substance. It helps reduce the degenerative activity of the body. Its main ingredient is Amla, which, together with Ghee, sugar and another herbs balance Vata dosha.

Pitta Dosha

Except for a few substances such as raisins, ghee, and sugar, Chawanprash does not contain many herbs targeted towards Pitta balance. Additionally, overall, Chawanprash is slightly heating in nature. Hence it does not balance Pitta to a great extent.

Kapha Dosha

Chawanaprash is mainly targeted towards strengthening the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, which are mainly influenced by Kapha. It has many herbs targeted towards Kapha balance, such as Dashamoola (the group of ten roots), long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and so on. Because of the hot potency of these herbs, it is not heavy to digest. These heating substances negate the cold effect of Amla in this formula.

 

Immunity

Chawayanaprash does not exclude any tissue (dhatu) and has a rejuvenating effect on all the seven body tissues.
A good immune system is a combination of well-nourished Dhatus, good digestive strength, and good mental health.
For nourishment values, Chawayanaprash has herbs such as Mudgaparni, Mahaparni, Jivika, Rishabhaka, Amala, and so on.
For good digestive health – long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
For good mental health, it has Kamala, Vidari, Jivanti, Guduchi, Ghee and so on.

 

Respiratory Immunity

Chawanaprash mainly improves respiratory immunity. Thus, for a person with early morning allergies, who suffer from air pollution and pollen allergies throughout the day, or who has asthma attacks during the day, taking Chawanaprash in the morning is very helpful.

Most respiratory disorders involve Kapha imbalance. When we divide the daytime into three equal parts, the morning one third is dominated by Kapha Dosha, which is why Chawanaprash in the morning is very useful.

However, some people, thanks to a busy schedule, may forget to take it in the morning. And a few people get respiratory symptoms during the night. They can take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Chawanaprash at night, preferably with a cup of milk, before dinner.

However, it is not necessary to take Chawanaprash both morning and night. Once a day is more than good to take maximum advantage from it.

Some people experience a postnasal drip with Chawanaprash, which is due to Kapha liquefying, a stage before Kapha is pacified or expelled out. This can be compared to the melting down of Kapha during Spring. During winter, Kapha gets chaya – increases in its own place. It solidifies and stays in its own home. But, during Spring, because of an increase in temperature, it liquefies and moves to other places.

 

Rasayana: anti-aging and longevity

Out of eight branches of Ayurveda, Rasayana, anti-aging, is one the most important.

As age advances, there is slowing of growth in the body, and circulation is hindered. To counter this, or at least slow down the process, the treatment called Rasayana is provided to the patient.

Rasa means ‘the juice from food’, and Ayana means ‘movement or ‘circulation’.

Movement of the rasa throughout the body, day and night, and the consequent nourishment and maintenances of the growth of new cells, the expulsion of damaged cells and full nourishment to the entire body, is the main purpose of a Rasayana treatment.

In the chapter from Charaka Samhita on treatment, known as Chikista Stana, Charaka explains: “There are two types of treatments, one is the promotion of vigour in the healthy, and the other is destructive of disease in the ailing.”

Rasayana is that substance that gives health to the healthy. It increases the Ojas (immunity), the complexion, the glow and the essence of the seven body nutrients, or tissues (food juice, blood, flesh, fat, bone, bone marrow, brain, and the vital essence). Rasayana substances are considered vitalisers because they replenish the vital fluids of the body. Charaka says “ long life, heightened memory and intelligence, freedom from disease, youth, excellence of lustre, complexion, and voice, optimum strength of body and senses, utterances that always get fulfilled, the reverence of people, body glow – all these does a person obtain by the use of Rasayanas or vitalisers.”

The aim of a Rasayana is not merely to increase longevity, but also simultaneously to increase the patient’s energy and stamina so that they will be able to enjoy the long life they have.

Wrinkles, grey hair and so on can be signs of early aging. Chawanaprash, being rich in antioxidants and rejuvenating herbs is rejuvenating and anti-aging and can even get rid of wrinkles. From a physiological perspective, the mode of action of Chawanaprash can be understood as follows. It:

– delays the aging of cells.
– improves the nutritional levels of body tissues.
– improves digestive power.
– Improves oxygen supply to the deeper tissues.

In the traditional Rasayana anti-aging therapy, the patient is made to replace breakfast with Chawayanaprash and is asked to consume milk to quench their thirst. Please note: I do not suggest you follow this method on your own, as it may produce excess heat. There are several other rules and regulations to be followed in this method, which is why it should only be done under strict medical supervision.

 

Side Effects and Precautions

• Some patients may experience increased heat, heartburn and burning sensations as Chawayanaprash can increase heat. However, if taken with milk in the Kapha dominant period of the day (morning), the burning sensation can be minimised, if not nullified.
• Some patients complain of loose stools.
• Because it contains sugar, it is best avoided by diabetic patients with uncontrolled sugar. (Note: The purpose of sweetening it is to make it tasty, have the added benefits of candy, and to counter the excess heating effects of spices and herbs used in Chwanprash, such as Dashamoola (a group of 10 inflammatory roots), long pepper, cinnamon etc. which cause heat).
• Some people have high Pitta naturally. They have excess body heat, sweating, oral ulcers, etc. In such people, taking Chawanaprash even with milk may cause boils, excessive heat, and skin rashes.
• A patient with ulcerative colitis may not tolerate Chawanaprasha that well. S/he may get loose stools.
• If a woman’s periods are normal, with moderate bleeding, Chawayanaprash may be continued during her periods. However, if the periods are heavy, then it is better to avoid it only during periods.
• Since it is recommended for rejuvenation purposes, and not indicated for pregnancy as such, it makes sense not to take it during pregnancy.

 

Dosage

It looks like jam and tastes like dried fruit. Some people apply it to the bread they eat.

Chawanaprash is safe up to 5gm/kg of body weight. The dose should be such that it does not disturb the quantity of the food. In a normal adult, one 500g jar of Chawanprash will last about a month.

The dose can be increased in accordance with a Rasayana procedure, up to 50gm, depending upon the health of the patient and other factors.

Children from five years old can safely take Chawanaprash. The dose largely depends upon their digestive strength.

Have a big spoonful (a teaspoon to a tablespoon) of Chawanaprash together with a glass of milk, every morning, 15 minutes before breakfast. When you take it before food, the digestion strength is heightened, and a maximum amount of phytonutrients from Chavanaprash will be absorbed into your body, making its immunity stronger.

Warm milk is preferable to cold milk with Chawanaprash, as it further quickens digestion, but this is not a mandatory rule. You can just eat one or two spoonfuls of Chawanprash with water if you are unaccustomed to milk. Do not mix it with water to dilute it, though. If you want a milder effect, simply reduce the dosage.

As it contains many spices, its recipe includes ghee. Ghee is used in very small quantities, compared with other ingredients. It is added to dissolve fat-soluble ingredients and to add those benefits to the herbal jam. Ghee, oils, candy sugar are present as a medium to carry the herbal principles, which are the lead actors in the product, to the right organs and systems, and to counter the possible side effects. Nevertheless, this is why it is advisable not to take extra ghee also with it. Milk or water are better vehicle agents for Chawanprash.

It is not Ayurvedically wise to continue any medicine throughout the year. It is beneficial to have a gap here and there. Chawanaprash being hot, can be avoided during summer.

Here is a list of disease indications for Chawanaprash:
Kasa – the common cold, cough
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kshataksheena – chest injury
Svarakshaya – voice problems
Uroroga – Chest disorders
Vatashonita – Gout
Pipasa – excessive thirst
Mutradosha – Urinary tract disorders
Shukra Dosha – semen, sperm anomalies

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Deep Wisdom and True Healing by Shanti Gowans

Discover incredible possibilities for your life

If you’re seeking ways to explore and expand your wellness in any way, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or all of these possibilities, plus more, here are some useful thoughts about wisdom healing.

1. Start with the basics

Immerse yourself in exploring and cultivating the energy within your body simultaneously with the outer universal source energy.

To come home to your body, and for the many healing experiences, which will build your awareness, confidence, belief, and trust in something greater than yourself (the profound power of the energetic field), begin with foundational practices to establish a strong grounding and framework.

Focus on learning and mastering awareness of the fundamental body and mind movements as well as the flow of energy, breathing practices and postures to release energetic blockages that can become the source of dis-ease, discomfort, pain, and emotional challenges. These building blocks will provide you with a solid foundation for your future exploration.

2. Embrace consistency

Commitment to yourself is powerful. Go beyond your limitations and address the deepest causes and limiting patterns of your suffering. Make a powerful new pledge to yourself to connect with and emphasise your deepest. intention. Your answer, your truth, carries a certain energetic signature. It is the intention beyond what you do that determines the results of your actions.

Consistency is key to your practice. Set aside a dedicated time each day to engage in your exercises and meditation. Even a few minutes of daily practice can yield significant benefits over time. Give yourself your life back. By doing the practices, bit by bit, you will come home to yourself. Regular practice builds a pathway to access the wisdom of your body, heal emotional imbalances and traumas, and nurture your overall well-being.

3. Cultivate and deepen the mind-body connection

Recognise and honour the interconnectedness of your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is not just about physical postures, it is more about cultivating mindfulness and awareness within its physical modalities. Healing goes far deeper than the physical body. You must cultivate your own life-energy through accessing nature’s great store of life energy (called prana/chi/ki). Yet, cultivating your prana is not the most fundamental thing you need to do; cultivating your spirit is. Yoga is the refinement of mind-states to enhance the state of energy in the body. You will be able to see the deeper cause of your issues and the resultant energy contractions will become apparent to you. You enable healing of the physical body when you correct the energy patterns and unblock the constricted energies and their pathways. This leads to vibrant health, a harmonious body and mind, and an awakened spiritual life.

4.  Authenticity

A broader look at the landscape of medicine indicates the wonderful inroads that Western medicine has made in many fields. However, with our epidemic of chronic disease, people struggling with deteriorating health, ineffective medical treatments and limited resources for so many people, even first world economies with their enormous health expenditure per capita, need authentic and practical health wisdom now. Bring nature’s medicine back to the forefront of human wellness. With proven solutions for healing, preventing disease and illness, reversing ageing, and embracing a life of greater wellness, joy and connection, nature can actually be used today in our modern world to help heal us all.

5. Learn from authentic teachers

An authentic lineage and proper mentorship and training are crucial to ensure you receive accurate instruction and guidance. Experienced teachers who have a deep understanding of the wisdom healing practices of yoga, meditation and ayurveda don’t just ‘do’ the practices. They live it. Many of them are ideally living, learning, and working at a wisdom healing life. Having a skilled, experienced and patient master teacher and mentor on your journey is one of the most healing gifts you can give yourself during this lifetime.

6. Attend live classes

Attending live (face-to-face, on-campus) classes led by an experienced teacher are regular, immersive, experiential learning opportunities that will deepen your understanding, provide personalised guidance, and connect you with a supportive community of fellow practitioners.

Shanti Yoga combines the wisdom healing from meditative movement, vibrational energy and stillness, sound, visualisation and awakening practices. Shanti Yoga movements are adaptable for accessibility, are gentle, and free up the flow of energy. Accompanying visualisation and meditation can be done in any comfortable position: sitting, standing, or lying down. It is complementary to all other forms of energy work, movement, bodywork, spiritual practices, medicine, healing, and therapies, and is adaptable to all mobility and fitness levels. It is a whole system of practice for upgrading your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing, by using your connection with and cultivation of, the vital, universal life-force energy.

7. Healing Retreats 

The true essence of wisdom and healing arises from direct experience.

A retreat at Nirvana will enable you to be guided directly by a world-renowned teacher and healer in the wisdom of yoga, meditation and ayurveda, in order for you to explore life with an open heart and mind, to allow the practice to unfold its wisdom and healing power within you.

The peaceful, natural surroundings of Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat provide the perfect environment for you to relax, recharge, focus on your practice, and connect with other like-minded individuals, while senior teachers provide you with additional support.

Journey back to wellness by embracing a new life aligned with nature’s intelligence, to gain a new lease of life. In nature, we find the source of healing, and our deeper inspiration to finding ourselves.

At a time where humanity is sicker, more exhausted, and more disconnected than ever before, our dedication and commitment to support you in your journey of self-healing and self-realisation remains stronger than ever. Together we can shape and evolve the consciousness of humanity.

Now is the time to awaken to your essence, open your energy flow, and heal your mind-body-heart.

May your journey be filled with joy, expansion, and profound transformation!

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Ayurveda – Wellness Naturally by Shanti Gowans

A revolution is shaking up the healthcare industry, and if you are concerned about your own health and the health of your family, it’s time you jump on board too. Ayurveda, the science of life, is the revolution now shaking up the world of powerlessness and dependence on drugs and medication and their severe side effects. Not only does Ayurveda give you natural and powerful solutions to problems, Ayurveda also prescribes the most effective ways to proactively prevent ill-health and build immunity.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, literally the ‘science or knowledge of life’, is a 5000 year old Indian medical practice that encompasses a range of treatments, including Herbal Medicine, appropriate diet and lifestyle changes, meditation, massage and Yoga, tailored towards one’s specific unique constitution, or body type, to maintain or restore health.

This system of natural healing that originated in India, has a rich history of oral and written traditions which have been passed down for thousands of years. It is the oldest documented system of medicine in the world.

The word Ayurveda is derived from the words Ayus meaning life and longevity and Veda meaning science or knowledge. Originating in India, founded by ancient ‘seers’ or rishis, it then spread to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Tibet, China, Russia, Japan, and is the cornerstone of many other traditional systems of medicine. But more than just a system of medicine, it is a way to promote longevity and the harmonious integration of body, mind, senses and spirit. Ayurveda is the most senior, continuously practised, complete healing and health care system on the planet.

Ayurveda is wellness naturally.

Ayurvedic principles are based upon the unchanging laws of Nature. As we are part of nature, so the treatments that correct our weaknesses will be found in nature. We are all part of a greater whole. Everything in nature is reflected in each organism and is reflected in ourselves. For instance, according to Ayurveda every person contains a combination of the universe’s five building blocks, the basic elements of space, air, fire, water and earth, which in each individual functions as three biological and metabolic types, or doshas. Ayurveda uses the terms Vata (air/space), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth/water) to describe unique psycho-biological make-up which are the components of your body type. Illness arises by an imbalance in one or more of the doshas, which disturbs the tissues and wastes in the body, resulting in toxicity in the body and mind.

Ayurveda itself is a complete, holistic science, encompassing preventative health, health maintenance, health improvement and the treatment of disease. It not only addresses specific health concerns, but also offers explanations as to why one person responds differently to another, both physically and psychologically, in similar circumstances. It can be applied to every activity in life, and for some, becomes a complete way of life. Research has shown that individuals who practice Ayurvedic health are at decreased risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and all factors for heart disease, and stress. Herbal remedies within the treatment are considered to help allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue, menstrual cramps, Parkinson’s disease and digestive disorders, including constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

Ayurvedic principles are natural. Amongst its basic principles, Ayurveda proposes:

  • The microcosm and macrocosm reflect each other
  • Every cause has an effect…and every effect has a cause
  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
  • Like increases like
  • A quality is decreased by its opposite quality.
  • There is no pain in the body without vata, no inflammation in the body without pitta and no oedema in the body without kapha.
  • Balance and health for each individual is unique – one size/treatment/medicine/regime etc. does not fit all.

By applying these and other Ayuredic principles to everyday life, Ayurveda helps you create harmony in the body, mind and spirit, thereby prolonging life and eliminating the causes of disease and dysfunction.

Ayurvedic medicines and treatments

Ayurveda is the medicine of nature and the medicine of life. The treatments of Ayurveda are found in the natural world, and most are simply diet and lifestyle. Plant-based herbs help the body get balanced and then the body heals itself. Eating foods that are most beneficial for your body type will keep you healthy. Regular regime is important.

This magnificent system of holistic medicine and living reveals knowledge about life and health after careful observation of hundreds of thousands of individuals, animals, plants, trees and nature in general, over thousands of years. Ayurvedic sages recorded in encyclopaedic writings the strategies that worked and those that didn’t for every aspect of health and way of living. Being over 5,000 years old and having stood the test of time, this science proven true from the time that the early India sages shared their wisdom and knowledge of this science to today.

Ayurveda recommends specific lifestyle routines, foods and diet, medicines and procedures based upon your unique psycho-biological make-up (your body-type, prakruti, which was determined at birth). Ayurvedic diets and treatments are body type specific.

Does Ayurveda complement conventional medicine?

Ayurveda is a safe system of medicine, with an extensive history of traditional use and depending upon the ailment, can be used as a complete alternative to conventional medicine or alongside it as a complementary or integrated medicine for good health and well-being.

The World Health Organisation recognises Ayurveda as a holistic system of healthcare. Ayurveda can be used whilst undergoing conventional medicine treatments. Ayurveda can help restore balance to your body, and may reduce the need for many conventional medicines. Your Ayurvedic practitioner and doctor can work together to maximise your treatment result. Its speciality and strength lie in its individualised approach to your unique requirements.

While orthodox medicine helps to manage the symptoms through prescribed medications, often the cause of the condition is left untreated, and the patient remains dependent upon the medication. On the contrary, Ayurvedic remedies, while managing the presenting symptom, will also aim at treating the root cause of the illness.

What can Ayurveda treat?

Ayurveda is often referred to as Ashtanga Ayurveda, because it has 8 branches.

The eight brances are:

  1. Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, kayachikitsa.
    The word ‘kaya’ represents the digestive fire in the body, agni, which is responsible for the metabolism in the body. Imbalance to ‘agni’ is the cause for many diseases. Kaya chikitsa deals with the treatment of general ailments, such as fever, diarrhea and cough, by treating your agni.
  2. Gynaecology, Pediatrics and Treatment of Children, kaumara bhritya or baala chikitsa.
    There are three aspects that must be remembered while treating children:Children cannot explain their complaintsThe dosage of medicine is different for childrenThe medicines given to children must be palatable to them.Because of these conditions, treating children is addressed in a different manner. Hence a separate study is devoted for them.
  3. Psychology and psychosomatic diseases, graha chikitsa or bhuta vidya.
    This branch of Ayurveda provides treatment for diseases of psychosomatic disorders, including insanity, and also epilepsy and diseases caused by affliction of external factors.
  4. Treatment of disease of the organs above the clavicle, urdhvanga chikitsa, or shalakya tantra.
    This branch of Ayurveda addresses the head, opthalmology, oro-dental, E,N.T., and thus includes the treatment of eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth, teeth and head.
  5. Surgery, shalya chikitsa.
    This branch of Ayurveda deals with treatment of diseases caused by foreign bodies and diseases that need surgical therapies. It is carried out only for diseases, which cannot be cured by medicines.
  6. Toxicology, damstra chikitsa or visha chikitsa or agada tantra.
    This form of treatment specialises with the treatment of poisoning from animals, such as snakes, insects, spiders, scorpions and also of plants, metals and minerals.
  7. Geriatrics, rejuvenation and anti-aging, jara chikitsa or rasayana chikitsa.
    Treatment for rejuvenation and restoring the youthfulness of an individual, and prescribes various therapies and herbs that have to be taken to restore your youth and vitality.
  8. Aphrodisiac therapy, vrsha chikitsa or vajikarana chikitsa.
    This branch of Ayurveda deals with treatment of reproduction that helps to get good progeny and provides various medicines and therapies to improve the virility and the sexual prowess of a person to help towards this end.

Thus we can see that Ayurveda is effective in treating a wide range of health conditions relating to physical, mental and emotional states. It can be effectively employed in treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. Ayurveda treats the individual by addressing the imbalance in the vitality of a sick person. Thus Ayurveda can help people suffering with any named or unnamed (undiagnosed) illness. Most common, acute and chronic disorders respond well to Ayurveda.

Would you like to deepend your knowledge and study Ayurveda?

Our sister organisation, Health Institute Australasia, runs comprehensive education in Ayurveda. Courses are available at our Gold Coast, Queensland campus. Please visit the Health Institute Australasia website to find out more about Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Wellness Counsellor studies or the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner studies. Regular short courses are also available – please visit healthinstitute.edu.au or shantiyoga.com.au

I am Shanti Gowans, and I welcome you to contact me at my website here if you would like to learn more and travel down this healing journey with us. I believe in wellness naturally. The natural health practices, methods and education of uniting the worlds of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda both in our urban, city lives, and during our Wellness retreats provide the best options to live a healthy life. These paths share the common understanding that all disease is rooted in the mind’s disharmony with one’s heart. This is a special time for the emergence of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda throughout the health and wellness industry. Leveraging the authentic heritage of these disciplines, from my birthplace, India, with the modern voice of Australian leadership, Health Institute Australia hopes to contribute substantially towards preventative, curative and promotive health care through our education and inspirational programs, and our ministry of healing. Through our work at the Institute and through the efforts of our alumni, we can all contribute to the larger sustainability of our planet’s resource, its people. My goal is to share information and knowledge to help us live our best lives and achieve the highest levels of health, wholesomeness and success possible. Please forward this website and our material to any family, friends and business associates who you think will benefit from it.

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LIVING HEALTHIER LONGER The Nirvana Wellbeing Experience

LIVING HEALTHIER LONGER The Nirvana Wellbeing Experience

HEALTH ARISES FROM BEING CENTRED WITHIN ONE’S OWN SELF
by Shanti Gowans

In Sanskrit, the language of Ayurveda and Yoga, the word for health is ‘Swasthya’, which has a profound meaning.

It is made of two root Sanskrit words, namely ‘Swa’, or the Self, and ‘Stha’ meaning stabilised, rooted or centered. Thus Swasthya can be translated as ‘stablised, rooted or centered within one’s own Self’.

Ayurveda is a person-centred medical and health system that has a personalised approach to health care and self care, with detailed guidance about food, nutrition, diet and lifestyle, as per your unique mind-body nature or Prakruti, and in accordance with the seasons.

Ayurveda aims at assisting you in ‘swasthya’ , so that you become a healthy being, ‘swastha’, whereby your physical, mental, and emotional health will enable your body, mind, and spirit to function in perfect harmony.

Human life, in Ayurvedic terms, comprises four basic aspects: the Self, (Atma), the mind (Manas), the senses (Indriyas) and the body (Sharira). All four of these components participate in the creation and maintenance of health and happiness, and all four of them play a role in the generation of disease.

Within each of us lie dormant abilities and extraordinary potential, far beyond what was believed to be possible in the past. New discoveries add to a growing body of evidence confirming that we are a highly advanced, highly sophisticated ‘living’ technology with the ability to self-heal, self-regulate, self-regenerate and rejuvenate every organ, each gland and all of the tissues in our bodies.

We are the technology we’ve been waiting for! Within each of us is our personal code for unlocking our Pure Human technology of neural networks, cell membranes and emotional intelligence, that allows us to excel in everyday life and thrive in times of uncertainty.

Vedic wisdom teachings have provided a blueprint for pure human thinking, and living, that awakens our extraordinary potential. This is currently being validated by the scientific discoveries of today. 

LIVING HEALTHIER LONGER

The Nirvana Wellbeing Experience

22nd September – 1st October 2023

Join us for a compelling 10 day retreat to experience the discoveries that catapult us beyond conventional thinking in relation to ourselves….our origins, limits and, most importantly, the extraordinary capabilities available to us for our everyday lives.

You will learn how to access and program your body’s multiple operating systems, to self-regulate your biology, up-regulate your genes, and awaken a powerful immune response by accessing your innate epigenetic triggers.

A stay at Nirvana immerses you in an experiential curriculum designed to bring vitality to your life from the inside out. You will enjoy optional daily meditation and yoga classes, scrumptious Ayurvedic meals, great lectures, discussions, conversations and extraordinary views.

In between program sessions and other activities, integrate your Nirvana Wellbeing experience with a personalised Ayurvedic consultation with Dr. Manish Patwardhan. Please book your appointments before your arrival to ensure availability

7:30 am                           Meditation and Discourse

8:30 am                           Breakfast 
Personal Time

 10:00 am – 1:00 pm       Ayurvedic Lectures with Dr. Patwardhan

1:15 pm                            Lunch, the main meal of the day

2:30 pm                           Yoga Nidra
Personal Time

6:00 pm                           Gentle, Healing Yoga

7:15 pm                           Light Dinner
Detox medicines (optional)

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Ayurvedic Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season

Ayurvedic Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season

Ayurvedic Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season by Shanti Gowans

 

With the cold and flu season upon us, there are quite a few things in the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit that help, such as:

Tribhuvan kirti – the traditional and effective Ayurvedic formulation that provides immediate relief from coughs, body aches, colds and fevers. It is traditionally administered with honey, fresh ginger and tulsi juice. It addresses the problem at its root and fortifies the system from viruses. Buy it here.

Vasosin cough syrup –  an effective herbal expectorant helpful in treating bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema, and productive coughs. Buy it here.

Shwas Kuthar (shwaskuthar) – is used in the treatment of coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, anorexia, indigestion. Comes in three sizes: 60 tablets, 80 tablets, 100 tablets.

Sitopaladi churna (or choorna) – is helpful in conditions such as fever related to flu, colds, chest congestion, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. Comes in 50g and 100g sizes.

Sukshma Trifala (Sookshma Triphala)-  is useful in the treatment of follicular tonsillitis, septic tonsillitis, uvulitis, stomatitis, painful caries, toothache, conjuctavitis. This herbal preparation may help control respiratory infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.and then to help build immunity.

Praval Pishti – is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of coughs, colds, excessive burning sensations. It is useful in decreasing nausea and dizziness associated with migraines arising from heightened Pitta and Vata doshas in the system. It is also prescribed to help alleviate the side effects (gastritis, excess burning sensations etc) of heating medicines.

Chavyanprash (or Chyawanprash or Chyavanaprasam)  – holds high significance in bolstering immunity, enhancing heart functioning, treating loss of libido, improves fertility, promotes hair growth and is helpful in various skin conditions. Chyawanprash helps with better absorption of calcium and protein synthesis, thereby strengthening bones and teeth, and improving muscle tone.

Trikatu Churna (Trikatu Choorna) – helps manage coughs and asthma. It is thermogenic, restores cellular metabolism, detoxifies deep tissues, and body composition reconditioning. Helpful in managing sinusitis and chronic rhinitis. In Ayurveda, it is suggested that Trikatu may help manage agni (digestive fire) and may help in the digestion and removal of aama (toxins) from the body. It may help in weight loss and management of obesity. Buy it here.

This information is provided for the use of Ayurvedic practitioners only. These are all currently in stock. Both face-to-face as well as teleconsultations are available. Some of these remedies are very powerful, and self medication and over dosage may prove dangerous. They should only be taken under strict medical supervision, in precise dosage for a limited period of time, as advised. Please consult with your Ayurvedic practitioner before using any Ayurvedic or herbal products, for dosage, appropriateness for your body type, contraindications with current medications, pregnancy, lactation, and children, side effects, and take good care of yourself.

We sincerely wish you the best of health and happiness. Shanti Gowans

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Ayurveda – Wellness Naturally

Ayurveda – Wellness Naturally

Ayurveda – Wellness Naturally
by Shanti Gowans

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, literally the ‘science or knowledge of life’, is a 5000 year old Indian medical practice that encompasses a range of treatments, including Herbal Medicine, appropriate diet and lifestyle changes, meditation, massage and Yoga, tailored towards one’s specific unique constitution, or body type, to maintain or restore health.

This system of natural healing that originated in India, has a rich history of oral and written traditions which have been passed down for thousands of years. It is the oldest documented system of medicine in the world.

The word Ayurveda is derived from the words Ayus meaning life and longevity and Veda meaning science or knowledge. Originating in India, founded by ancient ‘seers’ or rishis, it then spread to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Tibet, China, Russia, Japan, and is the cornerstone of many other traditional systems of medicine. But more than just a system of medicine, it is a way to promote longevity and the harmonious integration of body, mind, senses and spirit. Ayurveda is the most senior, continuously practised, complete healing and health care system on the planet.

Ayurveda is wellness naturally.

Ayurvedic principles are based upon the unchanging laws of Nature. As we are part of nature, so the treatments that correct our weaknesses will be found in nature. We are all part of a greater whole. Everything in nature is reflected in each organism and is reflected in ourselves. For instance, according to Ayurveda every person contains a combination of the universe’s five building blocks, the basic elements of space, air, fire, water and earth, which in each individual functions as three biological and metabolic types, or doshas. Ayurveda uses the terms Vata (air/space), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth/water) to describe unique psycho-biological make-up which are the components of your body type. Illness arises by an imbalance in one or more of the doshas, which disturbs the tissues and wastes in the body, resulting in toxicity in the body and mind.

Ayurveda itself is a complete, holistic science, encompassing preventative health, health maintenance, health improvement and the treatment of disease. It not only addresses specific health concerns, but also offers explanations as to why one person responds differently to another, both physically and psychologically, in similar circumstances. It can be applied to every activity in life, and for some, becomes a complete way of life. Research has shown that individuals who practice Ayurvedic health are at decreased risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and all factors for heart disease, and stress. Herbal remedies within the treatment are considered to help allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue, menstrual cramps, Parkinson’s disease and digestive disorders, including constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

Ayurvedic principles are natural. Amongst its basic principles, Ayurveda proposes:

  • The microcosm and macrocosm reflect each other
  • Every cause has an effect…and every effect has a cause
  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
  • Like increases like
  • A quality is decreased by its opposite quality.
  • There is no pain in the body without vata, no inflammation in the body without pitta and no oedema in the body without kapha.
  • Balance and health for each individual is unique – one size/treatment/medicine/regime etc. does not fit all.

By applying these and other Ayuredic principles to everyday life, Ayurveda helps you create harmony in the body, mind and spirit, thereby prolonging life and eliminating the causes of disease and dysfunction.

Ayurvedic medicines and treatments

Ayurveda is the medicine of nature and the medicine of life. The treatments of Ayurveda are found in the natural world, and most are simply diet and lifestyle. Plant-based herbs help the body get balanced and then the body heals itself. Eating foods that are most beneficial for your body type will keep you healthy. Regular regime is important.

This magnificent system of holistic medicine and living reveals knowledge about life and health after careful observation of hundreds of thousands of individuals, animals, plants, trees and nature in general, over thousands of years. Ayurvedic sages recorded in encyclopaedic writings the strategies that worked and those that didn’t for every aspect of health and way of living. Being over 5,000 years old and having stood the test of time, this science proven true from the time that the early India sages shared their wisdom and knowledge of this science to today.

Ayurveda recommends specific lifestyle routines, foods and diet, medicines and procedures based upon your unique psycho-biological make-up (your body-type, prakruti, which was determined at birth). Ayurvedic diets and treatments are body type specific.

Does Ayurveda complement conventional medicine?

Ayurveda is a safe system of medicine, with an extensive history of traditional use and depending upon the ailment, can be used as a complete alternative to conventional medicine or alongside it as a complementary or integrated medicine for good health and well-being.

The World Health Organisation recognises Ayurveda as a holistic system of healthcare. Ayurveda can be used whilst undergoing conventional medicine treatments. Ayurveda can help restore balance to your body, and may reduce the need for many conventional medicines. Your Ayurvedic practitioner and doctor can work together to maximise your treatment result. Its speciality and strength lie in its individualised approach to your unique requirements.

While orthodox medicine helps to manage the symptoms through prescribed medications, often the cause of the condition is left untreated, and the patient remains dependent upon the medication. On the contrary, Ayurvedic remedies, while managing the presenting symptom, will also aim at treating the root cause of the illness.

What can Ayurveda treat?

Ayurveda is often referred to as Ashtanga Ayurveda, because it has 8 branches.

The eight brances are:

Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, kayachikitsa.
The word ‘kaya’ represents the digestive fire in the body, agni, which is responsible for the metabolism in the body. Imbalance to ‘agni’ is the cause for many diseases. Kaya chikitsa deals with the treatment of general ailments, such as fever, diarrhea and cough, by treating your agni.

Gynaecology, Pediatrics and Treatment of Children, kaumara bhritya or baala chikitsa.
There are three aspects that must be remembered while treating children:Children cannot explain their complaintsThe dosage of medicine is different for childrenThe medicines given to children must be palatable to them.Because of these conditions, treating children is addressed in a different manner. Hence a separate study is devoted for them.

Psychology and psychosomatic diseases, graha chikitsa or bhuta vidya.
This branch of Ayurveda provides treatment for diseases of psychosomatic disorders, including insanity, and also epilepsy and diseases caused by affliction of external factors.

Treatment of disease of the organs above the clavicle, urdhvanga chikitsa, or shalakya tantra.
This branch of Ayurveda addresses the head, opthalmology, oro-dental, E,N.T., and thus includes the treatment of eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth, teeth and head.

Surgery, shalya chikitsa.
This branch of Ayurveda deals with treatment of diseases caused by foreign bodies and diseases that need surgical therapies. It is carried out only for diseases, which cannot be cured by medicines.

Toxicology, damstra chikitsa or visha chikitsa or agada tantra.
This form of treatment specialises with the treatment of poisoning from animals, such as snakes, insects, spiders, scorpions and also of plants, metals and minerals.

Geriatrics, rejuvenation and anti-aging, jara chikitsa or rasayana chikitsa.
Treatment for rejuvenation and restoring the youthfulness of an individual, and prescribes various therapies and herbs that have to be taken to restore your youth and vitality.

Aphrodisiac therapy, vrsha chikitsa or vajikarana chikitsa.
This branch of Ayurveda deals with treatment of reproduction that helps to get good progeny and provides various medicines and therapies to improve the virility and the sexual prowess of a person to help towards this end.

Thus we can see that Ayurveda is effective in treating a wide range of health conditions relating to physical, mental and emotional states. It can be effectively employed in treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. Ayurveda treats the individual by addressing the imbalance in the vitality of a sick person. Thus Ayurveda can help people suffering with any named or unnamed (undiagnosed) illness. Most common, acute and chronic disorders respond well to Ayurveda.

 

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Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat. July 2023

Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat. July 2023

Live Better Longer.

Friday, 30 June 2023 – Sunday, 9 July 2023

One of the main processes of healing the system in Ayurveda is cleansing. The increase of water and air pollutants, food contamination, pesticides and chemicals in our environment all play their part in depleting and damaging our systems. Our liver, kidneys, colon, skin, and lungs help expel unwanted substances from the body. However, when the amount of toxic substances in our body has overwhelmed its capacity, it’s time for the body to detox.

Our eating habits, lifestyle and environmental conditions can cause toxins to accumulate in the body and result in an imbalance of the tridoshas (the body’s functional aspects). Nirvana’s body purification therapy supports the body’s natural mechanism of excreting these toxins and purifying the whole body so that it regains its natural balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The 10-day detox package is based on panchakarma (purification processes in the narrow sense) and includes herbal medicines, dietary tissue cleansing that results in purgation, various oil applications (snehanakarma) and sweat treatment (swedanakarma).

Being immersed in nature is a wonderful place to focus on healing, wellbeing, peace of mind, and personal growth.

Urban living and contemporary lifestyles are associated with reduced contact with nature. Although not causal, this coincides with increasing rates of mental illness in the world. In addition, mid-pandemic, being cooped up at home, increases the problem.

Forest exposure can be used as part of a holistic and rounded approach to wellbeing. It is one of many ecosystem services that the environment provides for us.

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Trikatu

Trikatu

Trikatu
tri means three.
katu means hot and pungent.

Trikatu is a classic mixture of three Indian spices, namely Black pepper, Piper nigrum, Long pepper fruit, Piper longum and Ginger, Zingiber officinalis, in equal proportions, widely used in Ayurvedic treatments and in Indian households. These herbs work in synergy to stimulate the digestive fire, or agni, allowing for more efficient digestion in the stomach while promoting proper bile flow, healthy detoxification and fat metabolism. It falls under both medicinal and dietary herbs. It is hot in potency, stimulative in nature, good for liver, spleen and pancreas. It stimulates the stomach to produce enzymes, and hence helps in digestion. It is a rejuvenative for kapha and also beneficial for the respiratory system, supporting healthy lungs and clear breathing.

This unique herbal combination when used along with other herbs, enhances the bio-availability of active constituents of the co-herbs in the target area of disease. Trikatu is used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines, for instance in tablets such as Kanchnar Guggul, Gokshuradi Guggulu, Yograj Guggulu; in herbal jams,  herbal ghees, and other medicines, such as Dashamoolakatutraya kashayaAshwagandharishta, and so on.

Trikatu Churna

Churna is a Sanskrit term meaning powder.  The fine, powdered mix of three pungent spice is known as Trikatu Churna.

Trikatu churna is also known as trayushanaUshana means hot and pungent.  It has the following benefits:

  • Deepana – it improves digestive strength.
  • Shleshmaghna – it balances kahpa dosha.
  • Medoghna – it burns fat. Reduces cholesterol levels.
  • Kushta – useful in skin diseases.
  • Peenasa – useful in running nose, allergic rhinitis
  • Jayet Arochakam – relieves anorexia.
  • Ama – useful to relieve ama (a state of indigestion).
  • Meha – useful in diabetes
  • Gulma – useful in abdominal tumour, bloating
  • Galamaya – useful in throat infection and diseases.

Trikatu and Digestion

Digestion is one of the first body functions to suffer in the case of stress and tumultuous emotions, as well as improper self-care, eating on the run, a lack of exercise, and inappropriate or imbalanced diet. Compromised digestion is not a rare case in the modern world. In fact, according to Ayurveda, most imbalances in the body begin with boggy, sluggish, or otherwise inefficient digestion.

The stomach produces an acid called hydrochloric acid (HCL) that is responsible for breaking down many of the hard-to-digest proteins we consume such as wheat, dairy, corn, soy, certain nuts and meats. While excess stomach acid seems to be an increasingly prevalent issue these days, sometimes it is necessary to boost the production of the stomach fire (acid). Trikatu is a wonderful tool for getting the digestion back on track, can play an instrumental role in stoking the digestive fire that is so needed for optimal health. For weak digestion/absorption Trikatu can be taken before lunch. However, before you do, it is important to rule out two possible scenarios that could undermine your success:

Possible Dehydration

The stomach is lined and buffered with a bicarbonate layer of cells that is 80% water and often becomes dehydrated. To remedy this, drink 8-12 oz of water 15-30 minutes before the meal. (Do not drink this water with the meal, as this will dilute the stomach acid.)

Possible Bile Flow Issues

Bile is a buffer for the stomach acid. If the bile is not flowing adequately, then the stomach can either hold onto the acid, which is associated with occasional heartburn, or eventually turn down the production of stomach acid. If the stomach acid has been turned down because of the lack of bile, then resetting the digestive agni will not work. If you have any issues when you challenge your digestion with hard-to-digest fatty or greasy foods, then this may be a bile flow issue. And you may need to cleanse, hydrate and repair your liver before you start taking trikatu.

When your digestive furnace is weakened because of stress or other digestive imbalances, the three heating spices in Trikatu work in synergy to stimulate the digestive fire, helping your stomach increase production of hydrochloric acid (HCL), allowing for more efficient digestion in the stomach while promoting proper bile flow, healthy detoxification and fat metabolism. It primes the digestive tract to digest food, absorb nutrients and efficiently remove wastes. However, with incorrect diagnosis, the treatment of HCL acid production could irritate the stomach and intestinal wall, causing discomfort, reactive mucus production, and malabsorption.

Trikatu and the Liver:

Trikatu is experimentally proven for liver protection activity against liver damage. Its carminative and digestive effect (deepana, pachana) can be understood as it stimulates the liver to produce enzymes. Trikatu increases Pitta. Pitta = digestion capacity = digestive enzymes.  One of its ingredients, namely pippali (long pepper) is especially used in treating hepatomegaly and splenomegaly. Another, black pepper, is an excellent antiviral and antibacterial spice, and hence useful in liver infection. For these reasons, Trikatu is an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines targeted for liver disorders. For example:

  • Parpatakarishtam – used in anemia, chronic liver disorders, hepatomegaly
  • Sarva Jvarahara Lauha – used in hepatomegaly
  • Gudapippali – used in infectious liver conditions
  • Other such examples (including, but not limited to) are – Patoladi Churna, Navayasa churna.

Trikatu for ascites:

Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal (peritoneal) cavity, causing abdominal swelling. The most common cause of ascites is cirrhosis of the liver. Treatment of ascites depends on its underlying cause.

Reference: Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 13th chapter.

For the patient suffering from Kapha type ascites (udara roga with kapha doshadominance), fat-free buttermilk added with Yavani, Rock salt, cumin seeds and Trikatu is administered.

In ascites due to Pitta (pittaja udara), buttermilk prepared of well formed curd along with the powder of Trikatu.

The patient is suffering from ascites with all three dosha imbalance (sannipatika udara), should take buttermilk along with Tryusana, Yavakshara and rock salt.

Trikatu for skin diseases

Intake of Trikatu together with Harad (Haritaki), Jaggery and sesame oil for 1 month cures skin diseases. (reference: Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 7/61).

For pitta issues, such as itching skin, ingest Trikatu just a minute before food, with ghee is best. If you feel any burning sensation, drink a quarter a cup of milk, after taking Trikatu with ghee. Then eat your food.

Trikatu and Respiratory Conditions

Trikatu is useful for asthma, breathing problems as well allergies from dust and pollution. Because of Trikatu’s hot nature, it balances Kapha and Vata doshas,  both of which are imbalanced in asthma. Hence, it is very useful. It is also very useful for dust allergy. But care should be taken in its usage, as it may cause gastric irritation.

Trikatu with honey, taken after a meal can be used to treat hay fever. But in some, it may cause gastric irritation.

Trikatu in Cardiac Conditions

Trikatu helps to improve metabolism, stomach and intestine enzyme levels and to reduce cholesterol levels as well. If a cardiac patient can tolerate the hotness of Trikatu, then they can surely have it.

Trikatu works to lower cholesterol. It helps to improve fat utilisation by the body, hence helping in fat burning.

Trikatu for treating Weightloss and Obesity

Trikatu can be administered along with green tea and guggulu. But the dose of trikatu churna should be very low: only 2 grams per day, either in a single or divided dose.

Trikatu can help with weightloss. Take a very small dose (quarter teaspoon) along with a teaspoon of honey, in the morning, after food, for a period of two months. But care should be taken not to go beyond this dose, or else, it may increase your appetite and may eventually cause weight gain. However, people with a sensitive stomach should exercise precaution.

For overweight people, just mix a pinch (1 gram) of turmeric powder with water, or milk if you like it, and drink. Or you can have weight loss herbal tea, such as Tulsi green tea to substitute a healthier drink instead of coffee on an empty stomach.

Dose:

The decision to take trikatu depends on your health and your needs. As we are all genetically different, with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. The doses of Ayurvedic medicines are not fixed. Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs.

For children, the dose of Trikatu churna should be very minimal: just 2 pinches (one pinch is the amount that you can hold with thumb and index finger), mixed with a teaspoon of honey, in the morning after breakfast, for 7 days can be administered for recurring courg and cold. However, you should consult a doctor before giving this or any other medicine to children.

If you have a sensitive stomach, it may cause a burning sensation. Generally, do not exceed 500 mg to 3 grams in divided doses in a day, preferably after food. Trikatu Churna can be taken along with honey or water. If it is too spicy to taste as such, it can also be added to food and taken along with the food.

In the case of gastritis patients, where Trikatu needs to be administered, it is administered along with Shankha Bhasma.

Trikatu Side Effects:

Because of its hot potency, Trikatu may worsen gastritis. It may cause a burning sensation in higher doses.

Cautions

  • Exercise caution for high pitta
  • – Not to be used by pregnant women.
  • – Trikatu churna should not be taken for acidity. It could worsen it.

Available at shantiyoga.com.au or call (o7) 5531 0511

 

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Reclaim your Life

Reclaim your Life

The most profound thing we can offer the world is our own healing.

Life is about more than work, obligations and to-do lists

Let us show you how to live a happier, richer, more fulfilling Life.

Knowing that we have all that we need to live a healthy, abundant life, at Nirvana Wellbeing Retreats, we help overwhelmed professionals transform the way they approach their well-being and self-care, helping them achieve a better work-life balance and create long-term, sustainable, healthier habits.

We work within an integrated and lifestyle natural medicine framework, where nutrition, stress management, sleep, a sense of purpose and social connections all play a part. We help you reconnect with your mind, body and natural rhythms, with simple, do-able and effective lifestyle changes. This results in you achieving more energy, better health and less stress.

Being healthier is easier than you think, when you work on the foundations for your  health, namely diet, sleep, gut health, toxicity, your mind, to name a few. These are the fundamentals. Without these in place, clinical approaches, supplements, or drugs won’t do anything sustainable. The root imbalance is still present.

It is critical to have a solid foundation if you want real results in your health. And I want you to know that it is NEVER too late to start. It is never too late to start building a stronger health foundation.

We have worked with many types of clients, helping them put their diabetes into remission, reduce their hypertension, lose menopausal weight, manage stress and burnout; all with simple but effective lifestyle changes. We cut through the contradictory health information that is out there, streamline your wellness regime, and find something that you can easily fit into your lifestyle, and most importantly, that you enjoy.

So whether you’re just starting your health journey, or just looking for your next best step, take action NOW while it’s on your mind. This is your opportunity to empower yourself to transform your health and reclaim your life. Don’t let it pass you by.

Nirvana honours you through gentle practices such as yoga breathing and stretching, Ayurveda, Meditation and forest walks in nature, which bring you closer to the simple peace in your heart and mind, together with feeling the peace and sacredness of this ancient hilltop.

This is not just another expense such as a new TV or AirPods. This is an investment in yourself, your future and the stability you deserve, even with the economy heading in such a scary direction. What you will experience from a Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat, is a complete set of tools, tips, and practices for better sleep, relieving stress, restoring vibrancy, boosting energy, strengthening immunity… and much more.

Wishing you health, wealth (well-th) and happiness.

Let’s create a sustainable future.

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Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat
Nirvana is the home for Shanti Yoga Residential Retreats offering accessible mind-body solutions which
boost the individual’s capacity to restore health. Find yourself amidst all that is serene and spiritual.
A tranquil eco haven, set in 70 acres in the hills behind the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, in the beautiful Scenic Rim of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

With the turmoil going on all around us, many of us find our minds brimming with greater uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. Here, at Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat we offer the essentials – helping you get free from debilitating pain, improve your breathing, recover from injuries and dysfunction, and increase your energy, wellbeing and happiness.

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