It would not be an exaggeration to say that at the moment at least 80% of the New Zealand population is suffering from flu and influenza or cough. Everyone is in panic mode as doctors are running out of flu shots. But have we ever thought for a moment as to why is it so? Why in this season do we all have to suffer from cold and flu symptoms, which can lead to other seasonal ailments like asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. Those who are a bit conscious or aware about their health and wellbeing go to the health store to pick up various antioxidants and immune boosters to fight these ailments but without much success. Why do we waste so much money and still end up with so many sick days?
Let’s take a deep breath and understand how we can break this vicious cycle. Today, everyone can win against this monster issue and experience a totally healthy state as long as they are able to follow the principles and advice of the ancient science known as Ayurveda. It has a very logical explanation as to why we suffer from various ailments in winder, with its wet, cold, damp and moist qualities. Ayurvedic science tells us that our bodies are governed by three bodily intelligences and each of them has specific functions, specific areas of dominance and specific qualities.
In Winter, the intelligences known as Kapha is dominant in the environment, as well as in our bodies. Kapha means water/mucous, coldness, dampness, heaviness, sluggishness. So what does this mean? It means our body tells us that we should not eat cold, damp, moist, heavy and sticky foods during this season as this will cause these qualities to accumulate in our bodies. But if you look at the 21 meals we eat in a week, you will find most of the time we eat bread, cheese, banana, yoghurt, cereals, pasta, cold water, cold drinks, burgers, pizza every day. It means we are adding to our bodies lot of thick, mucous quality foods and inviting trouble. If we observe whenever we have flus and cold or congestion, we get lots of mucous congestion and this get built up easily with all the above food items.
Hence to get better what should we do?
•Remove all such items from our daily eating habits;
•Eat only warm, cooked foods such as Porridge, pancakes, boiled eggs;
•In addition, do steam inhalation every day (2 litres of hot water with 10 drops of eucalyptus oil);
•Gargle with Himalayan salt at least twice a day (1glass of warm water and 1 teaspoon of salt);
•Only use warm milk;
•Never mix yoghurt and fruit, fruit and milk or milk and yoghurt;
•Make a mix and have it x3 times a day:
oX1 teaspoon of honey oX ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder oX ½ teaspoon of ginger powder oX ½ teaspoon of black pepper oX ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder oMix and lick on tongue, x3 times a day
These routines can minimise your chances of suffering from these winter ailments by 80% but if you are still suffering then you can use the following ayurvedic supplements to give you some relief:
Now days everyone talks about the
need to take antioxidants to keep themselves going as they struggle to cope due
to the type of lifestyle they live and the diet they take. As a result of our hectic
or erratic lifestyle and incompatible food intake such as fast foods, processed
and tinned foods as well as living in an environment of jealousy, anger, hatred,
fear or feeling anxious as well as indulgence of excessive sexual activities,
one feels these anti-oxidants will compensate for what is being lost in my
However, the concept of taking
antioxidants is not new. In the ancient science of Ayurveda this aspect has
been explained under a special branch of study known as Rasayana, meaning
rejuvenation. Ayurvedic science has given it so much importance that the subject
is taught at great depth. The unique difference between our present day use of antioxidant
as compared to Rasyana in Ayurveda is that the present day use of anti-oxidants
is with a focus that if your body is lacking nourishment and you are feeling
run down or fatigued or tired and have some long term serious ailment you need
some so called natural anti-oxidants, which will substitute for the deficiency
your body is having. However, this is purely a symptomatic solution and defeats
the purpose and focus of the antioxidant strategy.
Antioxidants or Rasayana in
Ayurveda are used to revive our body’s intelligence by expelling the
accumulation of ama or free radical substances from the body as it is this
accumulation of waste that prevents the tissue, cells and organs from
performing their function properly. The definition of Rasayana in Ayurveda is
very simple and clearly give us understanding that the product and procedures
that help to build Rasa Dhatu to the optimum quality and will allow it to flow
all over the body so that all seven dhatus (tissues) get proper nourishment is
known as Rasayana or antioxidant therapy.
Every antioxidant or Rasyana
product should perform the following functions:
helps to burn ama and other waste products which are responsible for the ageing
process or affect one immune system;
the Agni (digestive fire);
proper nutrients for each tissue;
cleansing all channels (Srotas);
all three doshas;
to maintain Sattvic quality so the mind, sense organs and motor organs can be
of optimum quality and able to perform their function at an optimum level.
No antioxidant supplement is of any
use if it is only fixing your present deficiency and not returning your bodily
Rasayana should improve our physical,
mental, emotional qualities but reviving the bodily intelligence at each level.
In the study of Rasyana in Ayurveda there has been so many antioxidant
supplements and procedure for the revitalisation of specific tissues, organs
and systems. But two of the best know antioxidant preparations which are known
to revitalise everyone from young children to 80 to 90 year-old individuals and
should be used on a regular basis are Chyawanprash and Kesri Kalp.
Chyawanprash has several ayurvedic
herbs such as Amla (best known for its high quality of Vitamin C), Vidari,
Guduchi, Haritaki, Shatavari, Kutki and Prasarini to name a few that are known
to build all tissues. These herbs best known for their antioxidant and
rejuvenating qualities and naturally build all seven tissues. Kesri Kalp also
has all these herbs but includes several precious minerals such as gold, silver
and mica that have been specifically purified to extract their medicinal
qualities. Chyawanprash is best for all ages, while Kesri Kalp is very effective
for adults (35-90 years).
When is the best time to use
antioxidants or Rasyana? Winter is the best time to use such products as in
Winter our Agni is naturally strong and able to metabolise all ingredients so
antioxidants or Rasyana are more effective way to receive nourishment.
Everyone who feels their hectic,
busy and stressful lifestyle and erratic diet have impacted their body’s immune
system should use antioxidants but only those products that treat the problem
at its root by burning and expelling toxic waste products and returning the
body’s natural intelligence to its natural, balanced state.
Prana is our life force. The key to keeping Prana in
an optimum state in our body is regular breathing. However, breathing is such
an automatic, natural function that we are often not aware we are doing it.
One can live without food but not without prana. To
maintain Prana, regular rhythmic breathing is very important. To preserve the
balance of Prana one should take deep, long, slow breaths, in through the nose
and out through the nose. This process of deep breathing should be repeated at
least 3 -4 times a day, taking at least 10—15 deep, long breaths each time.
Our breathing is affected with every action, every
activity of the day; the way we act, react, walk, talk.
Many of us feel that our breathing is good because we live
with awareness or do regular exercise or yoga in the morning and Pranaynam
(specific yogic breathing) in the evening so don't need to focus on breathing
during the day. Unfortunately, we forget that our breathing can be affected by
various circumstances and situations during the day. For example, watch people
working on computers and you will see that at least 80% of them have shallow
breathing as we forget to breath while focussed on our computers. Also,
whenever people are working on an important project or have to attend an
important meeting, the stress and anxiety that creates will impact on the
When people are made aware about this, their first
reaction is to think there is no problem. "I am practicing yoga or going
to the gym after work so should be fine," they say. Unfortunately, this is
not always the case. When one is stressed, anxious or nervous this impacts on
our inner tissues as well. This stress or anxiety causes a loss of Prana in the
cells. When Prana is depleted in our tissues, it makes us fatigued, tired,
unstable and foggy minded. If one does not act to revive the situation on a
regular basis, then many of those cells will die. This will untimely affect
one's immune strength so it is very important to do regular deep breathing throughout
How does anxiety take Prana from cells? Whenever one
is anxious or nervous the bodily systems naturally go into constriction mode,
which hampers the normal flow of Prana in the blood stream. Also, due to the
constriction in the cells, Prana will move out of cell and they become more
fragile as the oxidation process is compromised. When this happens, cells
become dry, rough and cold, which accelerates the damage.
How does stress take Prana out of cells? When one is
overworked and unable to handle work pressure and deadlines, one can start
feeling frustrated and angry. Anger and frustration will increase the hot
quality in the blood and this will affect our cells too. This excess heat
impacts on the Prana in the cells and can lead to quicker cell destruction. The
only regime that can prevent damage to our cells and tissue is deep, long slow
breathing on a regular basis.
Why do I need to do breathing throughout the day when
I am doing Pranaynam in the early morning?
It is always wise to perform such routines that keep our Prana more
stable and it is true that regular Pranaynam practice will put us in a much
better position than others. Unfortunately, our activities during the day also
impact on our wellbeing so if someone experiences a higher level of anxiety or
frustration, it will impact on our systems, not only at a superficial level but
also at a deeper cellular level. Due to these activities, Prana will leave our
cells and they become prone to imbalances. Therefore, regular breathing during
the day is advised to re-vitalise the cells, as they can't wait for you to get
home to perform you Pranaynam practice. By the time damage is done hence
breathing is required within 2-3 hours after the activity that affects one's
The joints in the human body are remarkable pieces of engineering. From hinge joints like the elbows and knees, to ball and socket joint at the shoulders and hips, they allow us to perform a wide range of movements and activities. However, without proper care, these joints can slowly deteriorate from the wear and tear of daily life, leading to stiffness, tightness and pain.
That is why Dr Ajit, Australasia’s most experienced ayurvedic practitioner recommends the following products to support healthy and flexible joints:
Arthplus is an effective natural formulation used to support healthy, flexible joints and ease of movement
Yograja Guggul and Singhnad Guggul are herbo-mineral preparations that have been used for centuries to support healthy joints. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo) aid normal joint function. Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum) supports the body’s natural elimination processes to remove toxins from deep tissues.
Specially formulated by Dr. S Ajit (BAMS) Australasia’s most experienced ayurvedic practitioner, this herbal formula can be used to support healthy joints and bones.
Herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum) and Suranjana (Colchicum luteum) are best known ayurvedic herbs to treat Arthritis, Gout, Joint Pain, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatic arthritis and have been used by ayurvedic practitioners for centuries.
Trikatu means “three pungents,” a herbal compound of Long Pepper (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale).
The powerful heating quality of this combination is traditionally used to support the proper function of the lungs and sinuses by “melting” excess mucous and promoting healthy expectoration.
Ayurveda has identified a number of herbs that can relieve inflammation from soft tissue damage. These herbs have been brought together to create this safe and natural topical formulation.
Gandapura (Gaultheria Fragrantissima) is an important Ayurvedic herb for relieving joint pain, muscular spasms, sprains and rheumatism while the cold energy of Kapoor (Cinnamomum camphora) helps relieve inflammation from affected areas.
Infused with over 40 ayurvedic herbs, this sesame based massage oil is used to:
Once again, winter is upon us and I am sure you are all ready of enjoy the season balanced. Some of us are already feeling the cold, damp, moist, cloudy and rainy days and wondered how to cope with them. As we all know, in this part of the world we experience four seasons and year after year these seasons keep coming and arrive in the most rhythm/cycles and time frame. This is what’s known as nature’s intelligence.
As long as nature’s intelligence is intact these seasons will keep coming in this rhythmic time frame and bring the same qualities for what they known for. In the same way, everyone of us has our bodily intelligence and as long as our bodily intelligence is in balance state we can enjoy every weather to its optimum.
It is important to keep our bodily intelligence in a balanced state all the time so the body can flush out all the toxins that get built up in our body on a daily basis due to wear and tear and impact of physical, mental and emotional factors. The ancient science of Ayurveda advises us to follow certain daily and seasonal routines so was can keep ourselves in an optimum state.
One can suffer naturally in this season from problems such as common cold and sinus congestion, cough, sore throat and runny nose. If you follow these regimes I can assure you most of your problems will be taken care of and you won’t need to become a slave to anti-histamine and flu shots.
Brush teeth and scrape tongue
Within 5 minutes of getting up, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth and scrape your tongue with a copper tongue scraper to remove the toxins that have accumulated there overnight. Anyone suffering from anxiety will always have light white or brownish coating on their tongues. This is nothing but toxins produced by the body.
Morning De-tox drink
Immediately after brushing and scrapping make a drink:
¼ tsp of grated ginger
½ tsp of lemon juice
½ tsp of honey
½ tsp of fenugreek powder
Fenugreek is good to take excess mucous from body’s tissue as well it works with fat metabolism and counters sluggishness from lymph.
In winter, naturally the lungs, sinus and nasal passage can get congested with mucous. This regime helps to clear the congestion and also us to breathe easier. Boil water in a container, add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Lean over the container, covering your head with a big towel or blanket and take deep long breaths. Do this for 7 minutes. Dry your face and go to bed. This helps to melt the mucous accumulation in the lungs and sinus areas and helps to breath. This should be done every night before bed.
At least three times a week, put three drops of warm sesame oil in each nostril and massage the area x3 times. This will help counter congestion from deep seated mucous in sinus areas as well as heaviness in head.
One should gargle at least once a day by adding 1tsp of black salt in warm water. This helps to clear excess mucous in the mouth as well as in the back of the throat. This is a very effective daily regime for those who suffer from post nasal drip or have a sore throat in winter.
One should eat warm nourishing food and avoid foods that are naturally heavy, sticky, damp, cold and thick such as yoghurt, ice cream, cream, butter, muffin, cakes, bread, cheese, cold drink, juice, white flour, cold meats, cold homongenised milk and oily foods such as chips, noodles and pasta. As all these foods have such qualities, regular use can build mucous in the body and that much can start accumulating in areas such as nose, lungs, sinus area, throat, lymphatic system as these areas are naturally weak due to winter season. The reason to avoid such foods is that regular use allows more mucous production and the body is not in a position to easily flush them out so his mucous slowly starts accumulating in the bodily tissues and organs and resultant ailments will come.
Eat almonds and raisins as a snack instead of muffin and cake.
Despite our best efforts to live a healthy life, we still find ourselves suffering from health problems, particularly stress and anxiety. It leaves many of us to ask if is ever possible to be happy and healthy? The answer to this is simple. Even though we focus on many physical factors to maintain our health, we give little attention to the most important component of our body, the mind.
From the day we are born we are provided with all the means of life and taught how to fulfil these daily needs ourselves, whether it is shelter, food, warmth, or clothing. However, no one tells us how to deal with the mind or how to nourish and support it. When we live our daily lives by ignoring the needs of the mind a disharmony between the mind and body takes place, which hampers our ability to attain optimum balance.
Unfortunately, western medicine doesn't talk much about this important component of our body and doesn't put much emphasis on the impact mind has on our wellbeing. Thankfully, Ayurveda talks in great depth about the importance of the mind and role it plays in the disease process. Ayurveda tells us that the mind has specific qualities and characteristics and just as we have specific daily routines to eliminate toxins from our body, we have specific routines to eliminate toxins from the mind to keep it in a balanced state and maintain harmony between mind and body.
We all understand that during our daily activities we come across various situations. Some might be good, some bad. Some can be stressful. Some can bring happiness or sorrow and many can bring anxiety and frustration. These are all known as our emotions. Each emotion relates to one's own specific causes. It is important to process these emotions on a daily basis because if we don't process them, they can go to the inner part of the mind and sit there. When one goes to sleep and enters a sub-conscious state, these emotions become active. According to the qualities of these emotions, an imprint is left on our body and nervous system. For example, if one has emotions of anxiety and worry, they can impact on the body in that form.
The resultant impact of this situation is that despite a person having 8 -10 hours' sleep, rather than being in a state of relaxation our body and nervous system remain in an active mode so we wake up feeling exhausted and fatigued rather than rested and calm. We all are aware that sleep is when the body repairs itself from the wear and tear of daily living. If our body is in an active state during this time, the repair work does not take place and slowly the body's immune system can get affected.
To prevent this process, it is very important that we process our thoughts on a daily basis. Before going to bed, no matter how busy you are, sit for 10 minutes to review the day. Close your eyes and review the whole day, pausing on each event that has arisen, good and bad and reflect on your role. Were your pleased with your actions during the day, responding appropriately or did you respond to a situation in a reactive or hurtful way. If you identify that you have reacted the wrong way in a particular situation, identify it and make a commitment to amend your behaviour for next time. Also make a commitment to apologise to anyone you may have hurt next time you see them.
For example, you are an employer and you come out of your office and see one of your employees sitting and doing nothing. You get upset and say a few nasty words to the employee and continue with your day's work. But when you get home and sit and review the day you realise that you weren't really upset with the employee but were upset and angry from an earlier phone call. When you came out of the office you let your frustration out on the employee, who had just finished a job and was getting ready for the next.
In his situation it becomes clear that it was not the employee's fault. It was you who made an error in judgement. In this situation what will be my action/ I will make sure I will make myself aware that I must be careful in the future that such situation does not a rise and must learn to analyse the situation carefully so I don't repeat my mistake and secondly make a commitment that next morning when I see my employee I will say sorry to him.
By this process one is able to take pressure on your chest and on your consciousness of doing something wrong. The natural principle is that when one has done something wrong no matter how much one can pretend to oneself. Person will be very much aware that something has been done wrong by me and if that is not dealt with it will hound that person as a bad emotion. On the other hand, when one is able to recognise this reaction and be ready to face it or accept it that things will be better to him/her and they live in peace and harmony.
The principle of this routine is that whatever we do during the day we are always aware that my action is correct or not. One can't hide anything from our consciousness. If one does not follow this daily routine the wrong doings of the day can have a negative impact on one's consciousness or it can manifest in the form of deep emotions and result in ailments at the physical level as high blood pressure, anxiety, stress, sleep disturbances, insomnia and depression, panic attacks or in mental disturbances.
As a result of my 38 years of clinical practice, I have developed a range of therapeutic herbal formulations to help my clients. I have carefully selected the herbs in each formulation based on their ability to restore balance to the body but also assist in flushing out the toxins that can be the core cause of many diseases. I have also tested them in my own clinic and have seen the results so have no hesitation in recommending them.
For the practitioner, here is a product range that will save you having to blend your own and give you access to some hard to get herbs that target specific channels to remove ama and balance the Doshas.
Herbs as Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Khadir (Acacia catechu), Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) and Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) have been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners, who recognised their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, blood purifier and cleansing action.
Herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Suranjana (Colchicum luteum) are very effective in the treatment of Arthritis, Gout, Joint Pain, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatic arthritis. They act as an anti-inflammatory, best pain relief and repair damaged tissue.
The astringent quality of herbs like Ashoka (Saraca indica) and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) are used traditionally in cases of leucorrhoea and excessive & painful menstruation, while Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) strengthens the complete reproductive system as well as regulates hormonal imbalance.
Ayurvedic Herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), Long pepper (Piper longum) and Nagarmotha (Cyperus scariosus) are known for their immune boosting qualities. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and Chirayata (Swertia chirata) are known for their anti-oxidant properties. These herbs have been used for centuries in Ayurveda as important rasayana herbs.
Herbs like Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Bilva (Aegle marmelos) and Mochras (Salmalia malabarica) are known for their restorative effect on the gut, while Pippali (Piper longum) and Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) are the best ama burning herbs as well as anti-oxidants. An excellent formulation for problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, gastritis and indigestion.
This formulation is unique as it contains Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus), a herb that has been used for centuries to provide emotional balance and protect the heart from the stresses of our erratic and busy lives.
Herbs such as Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum) are best known for their scraping action on fat tissue while Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Hing (Ferula asafoetida) and Garlic (Allium sativum) are considered in Ayurveda to be the most effective support to the metabolism of fats.
A Herb like Bhumiamlaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is a potent hepato-protectant, which promotes normal functions of liver while Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) is a valuable bitter tonic, stomachic, mild laxative and potential hepato protectant.
Herbs such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) have been used for centuries by ayurvedic practitioners for their immune boosting quality. Herbs such as Akarkarabha (Anacyclus pyrethrum) and Safed Musali (Cholorophytum borivilianum) are best to enhance vigor and vitality and act as best aphrodisiac.
The heating qualities of herbs like Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Kantakari (Solanum surrattense), Karkatshringi (Pistacia integerrima) and Yashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) help to remove excess mucous from the lungs, thus becoming the most effective support for asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders..
The diuretic quality of herbs like Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) and Chopchini (Smilax china) help maintain a smooth flow of urine and for their deep action in cases of prostate enlargement.
Herbs such as Shilajeet (Purified Asphaltum), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Yavakshara (Hordeum vulgare) are known for their diuretic effect to treat such conditions as kidney stones, urinary tract infection, dysuria, and kidney dysfunction.
Herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica) are known adaptogens and have been used for centuries by ayurvedic practitioners to treat physical exhaustion, fatigue, stress and anxiety.
These days, all of us are living hectic and busy
lives, juggling our commitments between work, leisure and family. With so many
demands on our time, none of us can afford to get sick so we constantly search
for various ways to keep ourselves and our families fit and healthy. While we
all approach this challenge in different way, something we all agree on is the
need to make healthy choices in the foods we eat.
Whenever the question of healthy food come up,
everyone thinks about specific amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in
their diet. Some will consider eating only organic foods while others might
choose to eat only raw salads as a healthy alternative. However, in spite of
all these efforts, people still suffer from various digestive problems such as
constipation, indigestion, hyper-acidity and IBS which, if not treated, can
lead to more serious health problems.
In Ayurveda, the ancient health science of India, the
focus of a healthy diet is not just considering what we eat but also looking at
how the food is metabolised in one’s digestive system and whether the food
selected by an individual is compatible with them or not.
these principles in mind I have developed a range of pre-packed meals under the
“Prana Foods” label. Prana means “life
force” and everything in nature is imbued with this Prana, including the food
we eat. These meals are quick to
prepare, easy to digest and nourish both the body and mind. They include:
is a traditional recipe used in Ayurveda as a simple but regular de-tox andsupporting those suffering from digestive
problems such as IBS, Chron’s or colitis.It
is one of the most nourishing and easily digestible foods available and acts tode-toxify and rejuvenate our bodies.
Porridge: Besan (or Kala Channa) is
a variant of the chickpea but is dark brown in colour and smaller in size. It
is high in protein but has a low glycaemic index so is a good protein option
for people with Diabetes or those who want to burn fat. It makes a nourishing
porridge, particularly for those looking for a gluten free option for
breakfast. Best during Winter.
Porridge: Semolina has been known
for centuries as a nourishing food for everyone but especially for those with
digestive issues. In Ayurveda it is also recognised as the first food for
babies. Its key strength is its ability to make us feel full quickly and for
longer, preventing over eating and snacking between meals. An ideal family
breakfast that no one can resist which will leave everyone feeling nourished and
·Besan Pancakes: Besan is made from a legume known as Black Gram (or
kala channa). This legume is rich in iron and is well known for its action to
assist in fat metabolism, as well as strengthening muscles and bones which is
why it has been used for centuries to support diabetic patients. Besan Pancakes
are the best food for those who have a gluten allergy or looking for a protein
rich meal either for breakfast or lunch option.
Ayurveda recommends that as soon as you get up, the first thing you should do is brush your teeth and then scrape your tongue with a metal scrapper. Many of my clients ask why it's necessary to do this straight away rather than waiting until after breakfast.
My reply is simple. If you look at your tongue in the mirror first thing in the morning, you will see a coating on the back part of the tongue. This coating is metabolic waste produced during the night's digestive processes and that the body is trying to excrete. In Ayurveda it is called ama and, if not removed, this waste will get re-absorbed by the body. Scraping the tongue helps the body to remove it.
If left on the tongue, this ama will be re-absorbed into the system where it will accumulate in different organs and tissues. As it slowly builds up in the body, it can affect the immune system and make us prone to certain health conditions and ailments.
Regardless of how well you supplement, eat or exercise, if this ama is continually re-absorbed, it will continue to impact your health and immune system, making you prone to other ailments.
This helps to explain the cause of ailments such as coughs, arthritis and other joint problems, or depression and anxiety. The answer is simple. Once the ama starts moving through the circulatory system, it makes its way to the areas and organs in your body that are already weak because of certain activities, lifestyle habits or pre-existing ailments. For example, if you smoke, your lungs are weak areas and the ama moving in this channel can have easy access to the lungs in this case.
For those who drink too much alcohol, the liver is an easy target. If you are experiencing stress or emotional problems, it's your nervous system that will be affected. If you've had past health issues, such as asthma or skin problems, the organs associated with that illness or condition are most likely to be affected. According to Ayurvedic science, this principle is known as Khavagunya or the 'weak spot'.
So why should you brush your teeth first before doing tongue scrapping? During the night, when the ama accumulates on the tongue as a bi-product of the digestion process, some of it also settles between the teeth and accumulates on the gums. If you fail to brush your teeth, that ama will be transported back into the body in once you start eating and drinking.
Always brush your teeth first, then scrape your tongue. Brushing releases those small particles on and between the teeth so that they fall onto the tongue ready to be scraped away.
When you first begin, do it gently. Don't try to scrape too hard and avoid going too far back. Scrape three times in the centre and once along each side of your tongue, you’ll see a thick white residue accumulate in the centre of the scrapper. Wash it with warm water, rinse it and use it again.
I'm often asked whether you can use a spoon or the
back of your toothbrush to scrape your tongue. Naturally, anything is better
than nothing, but if you want to achieve the best results, a proper tongue
scrapper is recommended. This is because the tongue is considered a mirror of
our individual organs.
Using a tongue scrapper not only removes toxins in the
form of the white coating, but it also massages the tongue, helping to relax
each of your internal organs. While a brush or spoon will scrape a small amount
of toxins from the tongue, it does not offer the second benefit of helping
relax your organs.
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Earlier this month I attended the 1st International Exhibition and
Conference on AYUSH and Wellness in New Delhi. Organised by the Ministry of
AYUSH, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the four-day event showcased India’s
traditional systems of medicines to the world.
Attended by 250 local manufacturers and international delegates from
over 70 countries, the objective of the event was to promote the Indian systems
of medicine at a global level and create opportunities for strategic
partnerships between India and other countries.
The main features of the event were an exhibition of ayurvedic manufacturers
from across India, a plenary conference where policy makers, regulators and key
international stakeholders met to discuss the opportunities and challenges in
the complementary health sector and one on one meeting between local
manufacturers and international buyers.
The conference was opened by the Honourable Minister for AYUSH, Mr.
Shripad Yesso Naik, who welcomed delegates and acknowledged the number of participants
as testament to the growing interest in alternative medicine.
He noted that allopathic medicine has failed to effectively address
all the health issues of humanity which is why Ayurveda, with its holistic
approach to health, has proven so popular.
He urged more cooperation between all countries to continue this
growth, with careful attention being given to sustainable development,
multi-dimensional policies, and an evidence based approach to research into the
benefits of Ayurveda.
The keynote address at the Conference was delivered by Secretary of
the Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha. He also acknowledged the large number
of participants and stressed the Indian Government’s commitment to the
continued growth of complementary health He said that herbs and herbal
formulations are a major export from India but that a large number of Ayurvedic
products are yet to be promoted, which is a huge opportunity for the industry. In
pursuit of this goal, he announced that AYUSH have signed research agreements
with 28 countries, including the U.S and Germany. He also encouraged and
welcomed international students to enrol in the AYUSH courses in India.
The inaugural session was wrapped up by Mr. G. Geetha Krishnan,
AYUSH expert at the World Health Organisation. He pointed out that 20% of the
world population depend on traditional systems of medicine for their primary
health care, while in India this increases to almost 80%. This places a great
responsibility on AYUSH, both in caring for its own people and providing an
effective health care model to the rest of the world.
He said around $207 trillion is spent on healthcare by the U.S. alone
and he suggested more of this money should be channelled to traditional
medicine, which is proving to be more effective against a number of
non-communicable and lifestyle diseases.
I was invited to the event as a panellist at one of the plenary
sessions, “International Regulators Meets”, organised to create a constructive
dialogue between international regulators and key stakeholders from across the
world. Here I had the opportunity to speak about the changes to the regulation
of complementary health products in Australia and New Zealand.
I was honoured to
have the opportunity to address this conference and meet with Government
officials, growers and manufacturers to discuss my concerns. My belief is that
the Indian Government is very keen to encourage this local industry into the
international marketplace, not just for its economic benefits but for the
benefits the world can experience from this ancient healing science.
Start your path to perfect health with a consultation with Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician.
During a consultation Dr. Ajit will assess your constitution, identify any imbalances in your body and the causative factors'responsible for them (such as lifestyle, diet & environmental factors at work & home). He is known for his diagnostic skill through the ancient techniques of pulse, tongue examination and'iridology (developed by Dr. Ajit, based on Ayurvedic texts). After this diagnosis, he will structure a six stage program based on changes to lifestyle, diet and environmental factors, therapeutic herbal preparations and Ayurvedic bodywork treatments. The focus of this programme is to enhance awareness, rather than rigidly follow a particular programme. The programme is designed for one month, after which time a follow up consultation is recommended to fine tune its results. Dr. Ajit says that to achieve perfect balance and health, all that is required is a sincere effort to make simple changes in our lives. read more..
You need an Ayurvedic therapeutic massage if you suffer from fatigue, stiffness and tightness or heaviness and sluggishness in your body or mind.
Using massage oil infused with medicinal herbs, Ayurvedic massage helps to flush out toxins that accumulate in our bodies from our hectic lifestyle, which can drain us both physically and mentally. This massage also helps to improve the flow of energy around the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus supporting the body's immune system. read more..
An ideal treatment for suffers of back and neck pain, sciatica and frozen shoulder.
Dough is shaped into a small ring, placed over the affected area and then filled with heated, medicated oil. The warm oil penetrates the stiff muscle tissue, softening and relaxing and allowing the natural movement of the muscle to remove the build up of waste. The warmth also promotes blood flow to the affected area which supports the healing process and prevents atrophy and tightening of the surrounding muscles resulting from inactivity. Once the oil is removed the therapist will massage the whole back, paying particular attention to the affected area, which further softens and relaxes these tight muscles. Finally, the treatment concludes with a jet of herbalised steam over the entire back, which enhances the effect of the treatment and helps to take the oil deeper into the muscle tissue. read more..
A Shirodhara treatment is Ayurveda's unique drug free solution to such problems as stress, panic attacks, insomnia and depression.
A continuous, rhythmic flow of medicated oil is poured at a specific temperature from a specific height onto the third eye area of the forehead, inducing an experience of deep relaxation, helping to relax both mind and body. The warm oil also helps to calm the nervous system, restoring it to balance and overcoming feelings of anxiety, helplessness or that mental dullness we sometimes experience. A feeling of deep calm and mental clarity is experienced from this treatment. The technique, when done correctly and skilfully, is known to accomplish miraculous healing. read more..
Enhance the benefits of your massage with a herbalised steam
This specialised treatment helps to expel toxins released during a massage by opening the channels through a warm steam bath. The treatment begins with an Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage which helps flush out toxins that accumulate in our bodies. After the massage you will sit or lie in steam chamber where your body will be bathed with herbalised stream for approximately 10 minutes. This helps to open the deep channels of the body, helping to flush out the toxins and leaving you feeling fresh, lighter and energetic. read more..
A traditional Ayurvedic treatment for ailments such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint pain and fatigue and tiredness
The therapist prepares a bolus of Ayurvedic herbs which is then soaked in hot medicated oil and used to massage the body. The warm oil carries the herbs deep into the body, allowing deep seated toxins to be dislodged. After this treatment, a herbalised steam massage is given at a specific temperature for a'specific time that helps to open the channels and flush the toxins from the body.
Ayurveda's unique de-toxification and rejuvenation programme
Panchkarma, meaning five (panch) actions (karma), is a unique treatment to Ayurvedic Medicine and is known as one of the most systematic purification and rejuvenation programmes available. In acute stages of disease, the Panchkarma procedure helps to break down the amalgamation of toxins and removes the aggravated Doshas, which are responsible for all disease. In chronic cases, when toxins have reached the deeper body tissues, Panchkarma is the only health programme available that can systematically & safely remove these deep seated toxins & rejuvenate the body, setting it on the path to health & wellbeing. read more..
Double your massage experience with two therapists
Using massage oil infused with medicinal herbs, two therapists will synchronise their massage strokes to help flush out toxins from the body. This massage also helps to improve the flow of energy around the body and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus supporting the body's immune system. read more..
Our most sought'after treatment for weight loss, cellulite & water retention
In this unique' Ayurvedic Massage the body is coated with warm medicated oil and then a herbal powder mix is massaged into the body to break up stagnation & stimulate lymphatic flow. After this treatment, a herbalised steam massage is given at a specific temperature for a' specific time that helps to open the channels and flush the toxins from the body. read more..
A profound treatment that opens the seven chakras in our body.
The therapists and client together create energy by sound, touch & colour. The therapist prepares a special mixture of ground gem stones, precious metal, ashes and herbs mixed with warm ghee. This is massaged into points on the client's hands, feet & body, creating vibrations which help to remove stagnant and blocked energy. Sound is created by the chanting of specific Mantras, a word that has significant meaning and when pronounced correctly creates various vibrations in the universe.' Vibrations created by the chanting mix in the universe and impact on the client, creating balance in the body. At the same time, the client and therapists will visualise specific colours that relate to particular charkas. The visualisation of these colours helps to focus the attention of client on that particular chakra and this helps to regulate energy flow to those particular areas. read more..
A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Our present hectic lifestyle places a great deal of stress on our bodies and mind, leading to such problems as anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue and depression. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician, will help you understand the causative factors of this stress and structure a personalised programe to support and nourish the body, to allow you to cope with the stress of daily living. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance
A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns from stress and anxiety
Our present hectic lifestyle & stressful environment can contribute to disturbed sleep which, if not treated quickly, can lead to insomnia & the reliance on sleeping pills. Let Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician structure a Sleep Management package that can give you a drug free solution to your sleeping problem. It is such an effective programme that Dr. Ajit can confidently state that you will not be charged if you don't sleep during the treatment.' He makes this offer because, out of the hundreds of client who have received the treatment, not one has left without paying! read more..
A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune disorders.
The Immune Booster package will flush deep seated toxins from the body, restoring the bodily intelligence and bring the body back into balance at the physical, mental & emotional levels. This will lead to a build up of Ojas in the body which, according to Ayurveda, governs the strength of the body's immune system. A Wellness Package is'a programme of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements'personally prepared'by Dr. Ajit to bring the body back into balance. read more..
A traditional Ayurvedic treatment for ailments like sinus congestion, chronic headache and migraine.
During this treatment, special medicated oil is inserted in the nostrils which enhances mental and sensory clarity, clears the nose and sinuses of mucous build up and soothes dryness in the nose. The treatment is followed by a herbalised steam compress & massage. read more..
A personally structured treatment programme for suffers of back and neck pain, sciatica and frozen shoulder.
Because of our busy lifestyle we can experience stress on our bodies that can easily affect our lower back, shoulders and neck and cause debilitating pain. Dr. Ajit has designed a Wellness Package for those who suffer from these conditions to give them some relief but also to identify the cause of the problem and to work out a programme for them to achieve a pain free lifestyle. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance read more..
A traditional Ayurvedic eye treatment to enhance eye sight, counter fatigue and heaviness in the eyes & slow retinal deterioration.
The Therapist prepares dough from special grains which is shaped into a small ring and placed over the eyes. This is then filled with warm ghee, either a plain or medicated variety. The ghee is retained within the ring at a specific temperature for a specific time. Once the ghee is removed the therapist will massage specific marma points around the affected area. read more..
A personally structured treatment programme to assist infertile couples
Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician has designed a programme for couples to help them understand what factors are responsible for their infertility and what lifestyle, diet changes and Ayurvedic herbal preparations & treatments can help a couple to successfully conceive. This is very popular program at planet Ayurveda. Many couples have taken advantages of this program and have seen great result. The package can complement those couple's on an IVF programme and can assist in a successful conception. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..
A personally structured treatment programme for those who are overweight, have cellulite and have tried other weight loss programmes without success
Our Weight Management Package has several unique features. Instead of putting you on a high protein diet or making you run 10kms every day, a programme is specifically designed by Dr. Ajit that focuses on the causative factors of your weight gain, particularly on sluggish metabolism & blocked channels in the body. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..
The physical & mental stress of our hectic lifestyle can disturb the function of our hormonal glands.
Hormones play a major role in keeping our body's intelligence in balance but due to the physical & mental stress of our hectic lifestyle, their function can be disturbed, causing a myriad of health problems. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician can identify the factors that are responsible for these imbalances and has designed a programme that can restore the balance to the body's endocrine system. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..
Treatment: Ayurvedic Pre Natal & Post Natal Massage
A nurturing treatment for women to prepare the body for childbirth or to return easily to normal shape & strength after delivery.
These massages are structured personally by Dr. Ajit and are given with specific medicated oil and special massage strokes to achieve the desired result. Special care is given to positioning the body during massage to avoid any discomfort and ensure an uninterrupted flow of energy read more..
A gentle, yet effective de-toxification programme based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda
Our busy lifestyle places a great deal of stress on our bodies, disturbing the ability of each bodily system to work in harmony. When its occurs, metabolic waste can accumulate in the tissues, further impeding the body's ability to both deliver nourishment and remove waste. In such cases, a simple de-toxification treatment can help return the body to balance. Dr. Ajit, Australasia's most experienced Ayurvedic physician has designed a programme based on Ayurveda's ancient wisdom that gently de-toxify the body and restore it to balance. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..
A personally structured treatment programme for a smooth transition through menopause.
Most women approach Menopause with some anxiety, aware their body is undergoing profound changes. Suddenly they start to feel insecure, leading to a loss of confidence & purpose which can develop into health problems at the physical & mental levels. Every generation of women has experienced the cycle of menopause but it is only recently that it has become a major health concern with women experiencing such problems as hot flushes, mood swings, fatigue, depression and panic attacks. Dr. Ajit has structured a menopause packages that allow this transition to happen with minimal impact to the body, returning the body's intelligence to balance. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..
A nurturing treatment programme for women to prepare the body for childbirth or to return easily to normal shape & strength after delivery.
According to Ayurveda, women play an important role in the health & wellbeing of society. This is because women are responsible for bringing new life into the world. For the health of the baby to be balanced at the time of birth, it is essential that the health of the mother is also balanced at the physical, mental & emotional levels. To help mother's achieve this state, Dr. Ajit has structured a special wellness package to prepare the body for childbirth or to return it easily to normal shape & strength after delivery. Wellness Packages consist of daily regimes, body work treatments, dietary guidelines and herbal supplements that will bring the body back into balance. read more..