Man has made an immense amount of progress in the field of technology and medicine such that even the deadliest of diseases are said to have a cure today. The healthcare industry is at an all-time high, and we often turn to doctors and their prescribed drugs for even the smallest of health issues that we face. While one can’t ignore the validity and worth of modern medicine towards nurturing human life, the fact of the matter remains that these services are very expensive and aren’t free from side-effects! What fills the gap here is a century-old discipline known for its magical restorative and healing benefits that contribute to the overall quality of life. In a world where the rate of diseases is rising faster than the pace of technological innovations, relying solely on modern medicine can do more bad than good. Here are five natural Ayurvedic remedies that can help cure common ailments:
1. For Obesity – Obesity is one of the most common health hazards that has caught us under its wrath today. Did you know that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since the year 1980 with over 13% of the world’s adult population obese? Obesity also increases susceptibility to more serious health conditions like cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Though the trend of liposuction and other weight-loss surgeries is fast catching up, these mediums are highly unsafe. Ayurveda is a natural and healthy approach to treating this health condition that addresses the root of the problem along with the help of physical exercise and a good diet. In Ayurveda, honey is considered to be one of the best weight-loss stimulating ingredients owing to its natural fat burning properties. Contrary to popular belief, honey should not be mixed with hot water and should be taken in its purest, unprocessed form.
- You can mix a teaspoon of honey with lime water and drink it the first thing it the morning.
- You could also mix 2 grams of Trikatu Churna (black pepper, long pepper fruit, ginger) with honey and water. This concoction will improve your metabolic function and lower cholesterol levels.
2. For Common Cold – Though common cold may not be fatal to human health, it can come in the way of your daily activities by hindering productivity and making you feel fatigued and irritable. Ayurvedic remedies like ginger can help strengthen your immune system (and balance Kapha) and fight the viruses that can make you susceptible to cold and flu.
- Trikatu, the combination of the three spices namely ginger, black pepper, long pepper fruit help keep the mucous in the lungs moist, and lower respiratory tract inflammation. Mix half a teaspoon of trikatu powder with honey.
- You can also mix tulsi leaves with dried ginger powder in warm milk or tea and have it 2-3 times a day.
3. For Migraines – Many people complain of migraine headaches that are characterized by piercing pain on one side of the head, nausea, blurred vision, and light sensitivity. When triggered, these excruciating migraines can even make a person go unconscious. Conventional therapy for migraine comes with a fair share of side effects and may not work for everyone. Ayurvedic medicines, however, along with good sleep and a healthy diet can reduce migraine frequency and pain intensity reports a study conducted by the International Journal of Ayurveda Research.
- Mix one teaspoon of castor oil with warm water and drink it before sleeping
- Hot oil massage or Shirodhara also provides relief from migraine headaches
4. For Diabetes – The incidence of diabetes, like obesity is increasing greatly among people, given their poor lifestyle and dietary habits, also known as Apathyanimittaja prameha in Ayurveda. Ayurveda recommends that along with a healthy diet comprising of vegetables and bitter herbs, and exercises like yoga and breathing techniques, herbal remedies like turmeric can also help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s not just Ayurveda that touts the benefits of turmeric. Modern studies also report its benefits in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Turmeric helps tackle major diabetes-associated aspects like insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and islet apoptosis and necrosis, reports an Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine study.
- Take between 2-3 grams (or as prescribed by your doctor) of turmeric daily in curries, tea or the form of capsules.
5. For Acid Reflux – Given the unhealthy diets that people enjoy today, digestive issues are an everyday business! Acid reflux can lead to gut-related problems like heartburns and indigestion. Though antacids provide relief, when taken too often, they can put you at an increased risk for bone fractures. The following Ayurvedic remedies are free from side effects and are sure to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux.
- Drinking fresh aloe vera juice before meals helps prevent acid reflux symptoms and heals the stomach and esophageal lining.
- Chew some fresh basil leaves after your meal. While chewing helps create extra saliva, thereby aiding the digestive process, the cooling properties of basil soothe the digestive tract.
Before you rummage through your medicine cabinet to treat every health concern, go search your kitchen cabinets for these natural health boosters. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, the best way to prevent falling prey to diseases is maintaining an active lifestyle and eating a healthy, balanced diet. Sleep at least for eight hours in a day and enjoy a stress-free life!