Stress and physical disease
Stress and tiredness are often precursors to sickness, so Ayurvedic doctor Rama Prasad [ayurvedaelements.com] says it's important we let ourselves rest. "Not everyone who is exposed to a virus will catch it – you need to have a bad immune system," he explains. "When you are not giving your body a break, you invite a virus."
One of the first things Dr Prasad does with his patients is restore their agni. "Agni is the metabolic principle," he explains. "It gives our bodies the power to absorb, assimilate and eliminate the foods we're eating. I teach people how to eat according to their ability to digest." Part of that involves eating a big breakfast and lunch, with a smaller dinner. "In our culture, we have our main meal in the evening then we waddle off to bed and sleep," Dr Matthews points out. "That's a recipe for building up ama, which is the Ayurvedic word for toxins, and that can be a pathway towards disease, including coughs and colds." It's also important to get plenty of shut-eye. "I recommend people go to sleep at 9pm, which is the time the body naturally kicks into sleep mode," Dr Prasad says.
You can also introduce heat into the body by using a foot bath. "Simply put your feet in a bucket of hot water with some tea tree oil in it," Dr Prasad says. "Like antennas feet transmits heat from water to blood"
Taking deep breaths over a steam bowl is another great sinus-clearing strategy. "Get a bowl of hot water with a drop of tea tree or eucalyptus oil, cover your head with a towel and inhale for three to five minutes up to four times a day – the steam breaks the cold down," Dr Prasad says.
An Ayurvedic doctor can prescribe herbal remedies for particular ailments and doshas. "There are 30 factors we consider in the clinic before coming to the conclusion about medicine and therapies," Dr Prasad says. "One great treatment is called 'vasaaristam, which is a herbal wine made out of a herb called Justicia bedeomi. It's an anti-bronchitic, antiinflammatory, antibiotic, anti-pneumonic and it's really easy to drink. But you'd need to see an Ayurvedic doctor for this because you can't prescribe it without knowing the inner context of the problem and how much to give."
But the following remedies can be used without prescription, any time you're feeling under the weather with a cold or flu.
Flu-away chai from Dr Rama Prasad
"This is a great remedy for anyone with a cold, flu, sinus issue, sore throat or low energy levels," Dr Prasad says. "Within half a day you feel fantastic and within two days the congestion is gone. It's good for a preventative when the weather is cold and damp, too."
20 basil leaves
1 inch ginger, grated
1 tsp black pepper, crushed
2 tablespoons rice syrup or maple syrup or palm sugar
1 litre boiling water.
+ 5 crushed cardamom pods, 1/2 crushed cinammon quill, 2 inches of crushed lemongrass or 1/2 tsp crushed black cumin
Put all the ingredients in a thermos flask for two hours and drink for three to five days or until flu symptoms have subsided.
Written by: Kimberly Gillan
Always talk to you health professional before self treatment!
Kerala to set up ayurveda village, Malaysia-based firms keen to invest
Laxmi Ajai Prasanna, TNN Sep 14, 2012, 06.00AM IST
KOCHI: The state government has decided to set up a Rs 200-crore Global Ayurveda Village with a well-equipped treatment centre at Ponmudi through public-private partnership. Many companies, including those from Malaysia, have expressed interest in the project featured at the Emerging Kerala summit.
The state government has allotted Rs 5 crore to kickstart the project, to be implemented over three years in three phases. KINFRA, the nodal agency, plans to acquire 200 acres for the same. "About 148 acres will be acquired soon near Ponmudi and this being a project to promote indigenous knowledge, it will not be tough to acquire land," KINFRA officials said.