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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Yoga Treatment for Colitis

Meaning of Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disorder which affects the rectum and colon, causing ulceration. Ulcerative colitis, if it persists for many years, can lead to bowel cancer. It can also lead to eye disorders, erythema nodosum and arthritis. The disease affects women to a greater extent.

Signs & Symptoms of Colitis
  • In cases of a mild attack, symptoms include diarrhea (often with mucus and blood), fatigue, abdominal pain and poor appetite.
  • In its severe form, along with diarrhea there is high fever, abdominal pain, swelling and weight loss.
  • A fatal complication of this disease causes swelling and inflammation of the colon, which might lead to bowel perforation.

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Causes of Colitis
  • Genetic factors are often instrumental in causing colitis.
  • Environmental factors too can be responsible and cause ulcerative colitis.
  • Some foods might actually encourage colon inflammation. A diet that is low in fermentable fiber might enhance the incidence of colitis.
  • The chemical Accutane could be the cause for triggering ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease.
  • Toxic effects of the hydrogen sulphide on intestinal cell lining can also be the cause of the disease.

Yogic Management of Colitis
Yoga can be practiced daily for improving circulation and creating flexibility in the body. Yoga breathing practices create a state of restful alertness in the mind and body. The popular yoga poses that help to combat this ailment are:
  • Uddiyana: Forward bending posture
  • Fish pose
  • Shavasana: Corpse pose
  • Gentle inversion poses

Home Remedies of Colitis
  • Patients should consume soups with Panchakola to which black pepper is added.
  • Amla and ginger paste can be useful.
  • Eat old rice, lentil, wood apple, nutmeg, buttermilk, hot water and take complete rest in order to get relief during the condition.

Ayurvedic Management of Colitis
  • Vaiswanara choornam, Dadimadi choornam, Indukantam tablet, Pippalysavam, Kaidaryadi tab and Kaidaryadi qwath can be used to cure colitis.
  • Use Badara, Dadima, Amlavetasa and Vrukshamla in powder form along with Trikatu, five salts added with sugar and with cooked cereals, pulses and vegetables.
  • Use of Caraway, Chamomile, Fennel and Peppermint is safe – when taken in correct dosages.
  • This disease can be treated well by Kapoor ras, Hingwashtak churna, rhkutaj ghan bati, Triphala capsules etc.

This ailment is best treated by Ayurveda and home remedies. Having a healthy lifestyle can also go a long way to combat this ailment.
(All the information in this document is well researched but general. To know more about remedies of these diseases please contact our specialists)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yoga for Anorexia

Meaning of Anorexia
Anorexia nervosa refers to a psychological disorder related to lifestyle. A person who suffers from this problem completely averts food or suffers from appetite loss. This problem is also related to unusual food habit or disturbed digestion. Some patients reported an obsession with weight loss, which could be fatal. This condition is mostly found in females and, generally, surfaces during adolescence. It can also be found in people suffering from ailments such as cancer, hypopituitarism, malabsorption, jaundice, inflammatory bowel disease and depression. Studies have shown that people from upper and middle socioeconomic group are more affected by this problem.

Signs & Symptoms of Anorexia
  • A patient of anorexia refuses to eat. Other symptoms include:
  • Loss of appetite.
  • People with this problem get obsessed with their weight and dieting.
  • Affected people consider themselves fat though they might, in fact, be slim.
  • Ritualistic food habits, vigorous workouts, use of laxatives and under eating leads to excess weight loss.
  • In most cases, anorexic people do not have any history of weight gain.
  • Sleeplessness, irritation, flaky and dry skin, social withdrawal, poor concentration and attention are also common problems of anorexic patients.
Cause of Anorexia
  • Most people with anorexia follow faulty diets and do not practice the physical workouts they need.
  • In some cases, strain, stress or depression leads to this problem.
  • Patients with malabsorption, tuberculosis, jaundice, cancer and Hypopituitarism also have the chances to develop anorexia.
  • Sometimes, inflammatory bowel diseases lead to anorexia.
  • High parental expectations also causes anorexia in some cases.
  • One should have a healthy lifestyle. A poor lifestyle can lead to anorexia as well as several other problems.
Yogic Management of Anorexia
  • Thorough cleansing of the entire digestive tract and yogic counseling can be effective to cure this malaise. By doing this, a person would be able to eliminate all toxins and rejuvenate the digestive tract. Laghu Shankha Prakshalana is the best way to do this. 
  • A person should adopt a Yogic diet. It can help normalize digestion and improves taste. 
  • Some simple yoga practice, such as Agnisaradhauti, Bhastrika Pranayama, Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama, Viparitakarani, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, Parsvakonasana and Trikonasana can effect changes in life style and help to cure this disease.
Home Remedies for Anorexia
  • Treatment with rock salt and ginger can be effective for patients. One should have this at least for fifteen days, early in the morning. It should be consumed on empty stomach. This will work like an appetizer.
  • One can consume two to three oranges each day for the treatment of anorexia. This will help to build the appetite.
  • Apple can stimulate appetite and provide iron to the body.
  • One can add two to three cloves to boiled water and then add half teaspoon lime juice to it. It should be allowed to cool before drinking. A person would crave to eat if he would consume this for a week.
  • One can eat some salad ten minutes before having food. The salad can comprise beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicums and cabbage. Small amount of black pepper and rock salt with juice of half lemon can be sprinkled on top. This helps to increase craving for food.
  • Spicy food can also increase the appetite. To improve appetite, consume spicy food at least two or three times a week.
Ayurvedic Management for Anorexia
  • Madhiphala Rasayana, Amalaki Rasayan, Ardhraka Kanda and Lavangadi Churna can be effective Ayurvedic treatments for anorexia.
  • Medicines like Hingashtak Churna, Shankh Vati, Lashunadi Vati, Chitrakadi Vati, Agnitundi Vati, Kuchla, Chitrak, Amalaki, Pippali, Marich and Vishwa can help in digestion and improve appetite.
  • Psychological causes also lead to anorexia. Khurasani ova, Jayphal, Samudrashosh, Shatavari and Ashwagandha are herbs which improve appetite and treat psychological conditions.
  • For the treatment of psychological causes, a person can also use Sarpagandha, Brahmi, Kushmand, Vacha, Brahmi Shankhpushpi and Jatamansi.  
To treat anorexia one must give importance to weight gain. It involves medical as well as psychological intervention. Holistic management can also help in the treatment of weight loss and malnutrition. 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Yoga Treatment for Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that can affect men as well as women. However, in most cases, people neglect it at the initial stage and get severely affected later. Generally, people in the age group of 45 to 59 suffer from this problem. However, it can affect all people – irrespective of age. A hectic lifestyle or wrong posture is the major cause of back pain

  • Intense pain in lower back and buttocks.
  • Stiffness and problem in bending.
  • Nausea or immobility can take place in severe cases.
  • Researchers have also found that a slipped disc, in some of the cases, caused sciatica. If a person does not treat back pain then he might get digestive problems or sciatica.
  • In most of the cases, damage to the ligaments and back muscles cause the problem of back pain.
  • Sitting or standing in the wrong posture for a considerable period of time can be a cause for pain.
  • Obese people have a greater chance of facing this problem than people who are slim. Arthritis or any other diseases related to the spine can be a cause for this problem.
  • Scoliosis, which refers to irregular curvature of spine, is also a cause of back pain. If a person neglects back pain at the initial stage then it can lead to immobility.
  • Simple back bend Yogasanas, like subird, locust and cat postures can be practiced to get relief.
  • Hero pose practice can help in keeping the spine aligned.
  • Savasana or corpse pose releases tension and provides relief to paining back muscles. Sava in Sanskrit means dead body and this posture is known as relaxation posture.
  • Matsyasana or fish pose is also effective.
  • Chamomile tea is one of the best home remedies that offers relief from back pain. This tea produces a calming effect and helps in soothing the tense muscle tissues. Drinking one to three cups of this tea on a regular basis can be useful.
  • Epsom salt is also a popular home remedy for back pain. It helps in the reduction of swelling. One needs to add two cups of this salt in a full bath tub and soak for 20 minutes.
  • Rice can also be used for this treatment. Fill a thick and clean sock with a cup of uncooked rice. Then, the rice-filled sock needs to be placed for thirty seconds to one minute in the microwave at a medium to low temperature. A person can then check temperature and apply the sock to his back.
  • Ayurvedic treatment aims to restore dosha to equilibrium. To restore dosha and come back to a normal state, it is recommended that a person performs regular purgation.
  • Asthavargam, a herbal preparation, is internally administered.
  • Basti, Abhyanga and Panchakarma treatments of Ayurveda can help in the correction of abnormalities and backache relief.
  • Mahanarayana tailam, Triphala Guggul, Lakshadiguggul and Yogarajaguggul drugs can be useful to treat this condition.
A person can reduce the risk of back pain if he would follow certain simple healthcare tips. It is recommended to adopt a proper posture at the workplace. People can practice exercises like cycling and swimming to get relief from back pain. Yoga has also helped many people to get relief. Golf should be avoided if a person has back pain. A healthy lifestyle with some physical workouts is the best way to avoid back pain.
(All the information in this document is well researched but general. To know more about remedies of these diseases please contact our specialists)