What causes your skin disease?
Most skin diseases are due to a toxic overflow from a dysfunctional gut or an organ.
Skin, being an excretory organ, may be forced to deal with these overflowing toxins in some cases.
When the skin attacks these toxins, it is called inflammation, 'itis' - and here on the skin, it's called Dermatitis. When the immune system shuts down on this affected area, it's called an autoimmune dermatitis or in some cases "psoriasis".
If you treat the psoriasis as a skin condition, it can become an endless struggle.
But, If you treat it as an overflowing toxin, we may be able to prevent the formation and introduction of the toxins, and may avoid the toxins reaching the skin.
This should stop the inflammation.
This will help your body rebuild the immune system.
Do you suffer from any acute or Chronic gut issues?
Digestive or bowel irregularities?
Reduced or excess appetite?
Constipation or diarrhoea?
Haemorrhoids or fissures?
Mouth ulcers or sore throat?
Heart burn or sore tummy?
Burping, Gas or Bloating?
Any one of these could indicate that you might have a gut issue, that might be behind your skin condition!
Knowing the exact cause may help you address it, give you overall better health, and smoother skin!
Do you want to address the cause, rather than going on attacking the skin with endless pile of prescriptions?
Read more here!
Every disease is just a sign of your tissues struggling to normalise and come back to healthy.
"There is only one disease,
it is manifested in different ways"
Disease is a word used meaningfully. When your income is fully used to renovate your house, you will find it hard to enjoy normal day-today activties. Your weekend trip might need to be cancelled, your shopping might need to be budgeted, your outing might need to be postponed. It's not easy. Not easy = lack of ease = disease.
This is exactly what happens in a normal "disease". Most of the energy is allocated in dealing with the toxicity. Your immune system is fully engaged in removing the toxins and re-normalising the body. So, your day-today movements such as getting up and morning walks might be too hard, going to office and picking up the phone will be not easy. Not easy = lack of ease = disease.
What are the types of manifestations of disease? Here, inflammation is body's attack on the toxins/pathogen. Infection is when body is too weak to attack the toxins completely. Autoimmune conditions are when our immune system stops protecting these tissues and the affected tissues are too weak to fight against the toxins. Degenerative conditions are when toxins overpower the immune system and turns off normal functions.
Most diseases start with the formation or introduction of toxins. And, these toxins form or start in the gut and migrates to the weakest tissues.
Unless it's an emergency, a holistic treatment is to eliminate the toxins and repair the tissues. This usually starts with optimising the gut. Then dissolving the toxins, moving them into the gut and flushing it. It's last stage is to repair the damaged tissues and re-empowering the weakness.When we get diagnosed with a name such as sinusitis or arthritis, it simply says body is reporting about some thing is not suitable for it. It could be related to anything like environmental, psychological, nutritional, movement or the like.
A diagnosis or illness is like 'being wet' while you are walking in the rain. Would you heat up the body somehow, use an umbrella or get out of the rain?
Ayurveda works with the cause and process of an illness so that we can take you out of the "rain" and keep you warm and dry. Ayurveda aims at keeping you whole and buzzing with full energy.
Addressing the case uplifts you. It upgrades your life. Working only with symptoms and diagnosis keeps the quality of life, very low.
This is applicable to any disease. Chronic or acute. We address the superficial symptoms along with deep pathology based on the necessity.
Instead of taking innumerable medicines for multiple conditions, Ayurveda identifies the causative factors and take you out of the trouble!
Why do I need a coffee?
When you are sluggish, you will need a stimulant. The demand for the number and strength of the coffee depends on the nature of your sluggishness.
Why do I need a snack?
When your previous meal is inadequate.
Why do I need sugar?
When you are low in energy.
Why do I need a biscuit?
When you feel fragmented, low in energy and didn't eat your previous meal adequately.
Why do I need a big dinner?
Mostly, because your breakfast and lunch were inadequate.
Why do I need more salt these days?
Your electricity, sodium-potassium pump is not working that well.
Why do I need savories?
Your hydrochloric acid is too weak.
Ayurveda suggests a Power Routine.
But, fine-tuned for each individual.
A power routine is simply to keep the inner and outer worlds in perfect sync. Keeping these two worlds in sync is just like keeping your computer firmly connected to the power.
The routine is the quality cable!
Staying healthy and getting better may become a lot easier with this approach.
When I sleep better, I can think better.
When I exercise, my sleep is better.
When I eat a light dinner, I'm motivated in the morning.
When I chew more, my acidity is under control.
Whats body type?
Body type is the concept genetic skills. It's assessed based on your body shape while you are healthy and fit. Body shape is linked to the five geometrical shapes and four universal forces (based on modern science) such as gravitational force, electromagnetic force, strong force and weak force.
Whats the benefit of knowing your body type?
Once you know what your type is you can engage in appropriate aspects of life - work, hobby, interior and outdoor designs etc. It helps you immensely in designing your nutrition and understanding your relationships.
Which one is the best body type?
Each body type is unique. Each has a large set of skills. So, the answer is, while there is no better body types, understanding your type will most definitely help you have a happier, healthier and most sustainable life.
Can body type change?
Since your genetic make up never changes your body type will also never change.
Is a body type linked to a particular health issue?
No. Not at all. Body type doesn't change. Its constant. It's about your natural, biological or genetic skills. It's not linked to genetic or acquired illness.
Also, body type is different from 1) body, 2) illness, 3) tendencies, 4) preferences, 5) personalities, 6) diseases and so on. Body changes due to time and lifestyle. Tendencies are linked to conditioning and biological issues. Preference and personality can change due to various reasons. Illness can emerge and subside due to specific reasons.
Whats the best time to analyse body type?
Late teens onwards.
How long does it take to diagnose body type?
First of all its not a disease to diagnose! So, it is only analysed or assessed.
Secondly, it takes a minute or less in a face to face consultation,
What is the use of knowing body type?
When you discover your natural (biological) abilities (skills/potentials), you can easily apply them in life. This bring fulfilment, joy and wellness. This will directly reflect in your health. Life becomes more sustainable. Ayurvedic constitution is all about sustainability and total wellness.
Is it another version of dosha-typing?
This system is based on five elements and science. This five-element system is a more advanced, logical and hence extremely useful in all levels of a person - work, relationship, hobbies, business and more. Current dosha-typing is illogical, misleading and often depressing.
I put on weight easily. Am I a Kapha type?
There are other questions as well! I forget things easily. Am I a Vata type? I get angry easily. Am I a Pitta type?
Weight gain, forgetfulness and short temper - all have many reasons. They have actually nothing to do with body type. Nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress, emotional factors, relationship elements, work style etc. may be the culprit! Once you remove the reason, you become centred, relaxed and productive.
Can I follow a dosha based diet and lifestyle for better health?
A specific diet is primarily based on your digestion, metabolism, lifestyle and health issues. For example - a brick-layer needs high protein diet. A full-time meditation teacher doesn't. If you have a sensitivity or intolerance, your diet needs to be modified. If you suffer from an inflammation you need an anti-inflammatory diet. All these can happen to any type!
A question emerges usually soon after a client purchases Ayurveda products. Has it got any side-effect? Side-effect is the secondary, typically undesirable effect of a drug or medical treatment is known as the side effect.
When we know that around 114 people end up in the Australian hospitals with permanent liver damage due to the Panadol (paracetamol) side effects, this question becomes very relevant.
Side-effects became a common and major issue with the introduction of molecule based drugs. Especially, single molecule based drugs. When this type of drugs was introduced they had proven and accepted side effects. When a molecule is removed from its biological environment, it generated a good-effect along with some bad-effects.
Remember a product Vioxx was banned after its side effect started killing people in Australia while it was effectively used for killing the symptoms of arthritis?
But, we are not concerned about the side effect of toast or salad. Ice cream, pies, and other food items are not attacked with the side-effect-question for the same reason. Because they don't have any side effects, as they are natural and nature's own poly-molecular compounds. In other words, none of these food items are based on a man-handled single molecule.
A biochemistry scientist once told me that any given leaf or plant part can have over 5,000 different natural phytochemicals or molecules. So, with your breakfast and dinner, you are eating tens of thousands of different molecules. Of course they are all traditionally processed, still with their natural therapeutic empowering effects. So, we don't think or talk about side-effects, and never suffer from side effects.
Please remember that the effect of overuse, underuse or abuse are different topics here. So are the allergies and sensitivities. They are not side-effects.
What about Ayurvedic products?
Ayurveda uses natural materials such as plant and food ingredients to make potent medicines. It has an extended kitchen to make these ingredients into medicines though drying, grinding, boiling and fermenting. There are exceptions where certain ingredients are heated at 300-800 degree centigrade in air-tight ceramic and clay pots.
Natural products and natural processing methods. Just like food, Ayurvedic products are poly-molecular and containing nature's phyto-molecular integrity. Hence, safe when used according to your practitioner's advise, at the right dose and frequency.
Apart from this, Ayurveda has strict guidelines on purity, safety and efficacy right from the process of herb collection. The final product is tested vigorously to make sure each product is all about 100% wellness.
Visit an Ayurveda pharmacy such as Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala.
Wow - microbiome!
We just found out an organ, that the science failed to see for over a hundred years! Microbiome or Microbiota!
According to wikipedia microbiome or a microbiota is an "ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenicmicroorganisms found in and on all multicellular organisms studied to date from plants to animals. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses.
New name, Old organ!
Connection between nature and a living body is well documented in Ayurveda. Conversion of nutrients into body is also well studied in Ayurveda. Grahani, Pittadharakala, Paachakapittam, Jatharagni, Udaanavata etc are major topics or terminology when it comes to digestion and absorption of nutrient that involves the concept of microbiome. Ayurvedic recommendation of the use of small dose of traditionally fermented food preparations explains the vital role of microbes in this area!
This sudden discovery of the "new" organ suggest that the modern science is following the Ayurvedic understanding that health is based on a happy gut and any "cure" or "effective management" of disease must start with gut correction! But, it might take another 1000 years before they can actually do it as the scientists are still thinking in terms of molecules than "synergy".
I will give you an example. Ayurveda uses plant parts to speed up the healing. A plant part can have 5000+ phytochemical molecules. Its easy to prove or disprove the effect of a single molecule (most pharmaceutical drugs are single molecules) but, how to you prove the effect of a spinach leaf or ginger root in the lab! Its impossible!
Ayurveda has a simple mechanism to understand and use plant parts in a health issue effectively. It has the precise methodology to study the healing progress so that they can prescribe the appropriate plant parts in each stage of healing. Modern science is nowhere near.
I am trying to say that Ayurveda has a different, unique and precise approach. Both sciences are different in their angles and methodologies. So, assessing one with the other is not going to draw a clear conclusion.
Gut and psychology syndrome
Recently, our modern researchers found out there is "some" strong connection between gut and brain, as they unexpectedly found a chemical pathway! Ayurvedic healing is always based on Gut and Tissue connection.
In every treatment, we cleanse, correct and upgrade the gut functions along with a holistic Ayurveda treatment.
Even when the so-called incurable genetic conditions are treated effectively with Ayurveda, the first step is to work with gut functions - microbiome!
Great time to renovate your immune system!
Lets celebrate it.
Ayurveda text books are written in a "crack these nuts" or "catch me if you can" style, when it comes to advanced principles. Here is one of those. Ayurvedic Seasonology explains how to link seasons to dosha, bhuta, agni, ama, vimshati gunas, shad rasa, physiology and pathology. Once mastered, you will be able to calculate the exact health effects and ill effects of sequential activities we perform on a daily basis.
Why warm spring is linked to cold astringent, while all other flavours are linked to appropriate seasons?
Just like the daily and monthly metabolism, there is yearly one as well. It starts with the nourishing winter. This will explain why we get a bad year, when we have a bad winter. And a good year, if we do the winter well. Lets explore the above question.
Early and late winters are energy conserving time, hence the raised appetite and also need to eat well. This energy is saved and stocked in late winter. This sock, even though its astringent, not active in late winter.
Spring activates this astringent, summer spreads it, monsoon steams it and autumn assimilates it if we follow the regimen in each season. Early winter starts it again.
Unwholesome lifestyle in winter causes ama accumulation, stagnation or sedimentation. This sedimentation, even though its astringent, not active in late winter. Warm spring activates it, resulting in hay fever like symptoms. Summer cooks it, monsoon steams it and autumn removes the left overs if we follow the regimen in each season. Hence winter is linked to Astringent, even though astringent is cold and spring is warm.
Ayurvedic Seasonology gives a practitioner a lot more insight into the person and their lifestyle. Your treatment becomes a lot more precise, result will be a lot faster. Lets talk about how to apply Ayurvedic Seasonology to your clinic....
What is dementia
Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is a brain and memory condition with various symptoms. It includes issues with thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Who gets dementia
Most people with dementia are older. But, there are cases reported where the suffer is in their 40s. So, it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is definitely not a normal part of ageing. While it is more common after the age of 65 years, dementia can happen to anybody.
What causes dementia
Ayurveda finds two reasons. 1) Lifestyle reasons that includes inappropriate routines, nutrition and exercise. 2) Metabolic and vascular insufficiencies. And, 3) The sufferer "realises" his experiences are of no use any more.
Types of dementia
Modern researches have found that there are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.
Is it dementia?
There are a number of conditions that produce symptoms similar to dementia. These include some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, depression, medication clashes or overmedication, infections and brain tumours. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear, to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly. If the symptoms are caused by dementia, an early diagnosis will mean early access to support, information, and medication should it be available.
Can dementia be inherited?
This will depend on the cause of the dementia, so it is important to have a firm medical diagnosis. If you are concerned about the risk of inheriting dementia, consult your doctor or contact Dementia Australia to speak to a counsellor. Most cases of dementia are not inherited.
What are the early signs of dementia?
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Some common symptoms may include:
What is the treatment for dementia
Restoring a personal wellness routine, correcting digestive and metabolic issues, optimising nutrient circulation and engaging the sufferer meaningfully into family, friends or community.
74 year old female with 3 years of severe dementia was totally incapable of looking after herself. She was given the following for 4 weeks: