HEALTH CARE

Karkidaka Chikitsa- Best Ayurvedic Treatments to Take During Monsoons

August 10, 2018

 

Are you falling sick every now and then during the monsoon season? It’s quite natural, as your body becomes more vulnerable and low on immunity power during this month. This is why most people rely on Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments during the ‘Karkidaka’ month. The Karkidaka month lies between July 17- August 16 in 2018 and is primarily followed in Kerala as a very important month due to several reasons.

Primarily, this is the time when the monsoons hit the final phase in almost all parts of the country, and heavy rainfall and strong, cold winds do their rounds in the state. During this time, one can observe a drastic transition from the scorching heat of the summers to heavy rainfalls. This, would naturally take a toll on your health as this is time your immunity goes down and your body becomes an easy target for diseases. And, this is also the time your body becomes most receptive to Ayurvedic treatments. Hence, it is ideal that you get some Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatments done as your body would respond the best to them during this period.

The landscape and other environmental uniqueness of the state of Kerala support healing of the body through these Ayurvedic treatments in a much more effective manner than any other place in our country. The geography of this state enables the human body to respond positively to the treatments and enables speedier recovery.

Another significant fact that makes this month even more special is that this is also the Ramayana month. The sacred scripture of Ramayana is recited during the entire month. The Karkidaka is the last month of the Malayalam Year and the Ramayana scriptures are recited till the very last day of the month in order to welcome the new year with a refreshing spiritual approach.

As mentioned above, the onset of this particular month could result in throwing the 3 ‘doshas’ (Vatha, Pitha, Kapha) off balance, and this could result in illnesses. Hence, it is advisable that you take care of your diet and also get some Ayurvedic treatments done during this month. The Dhathri hospital makes numerous Ayurvedic treatments available to you, under the supervision of expert Ayurveda doctors. You have the comfort of staying within the premises of the hospital, as we have beautiful cottages and deluxe rooms built in that allow unrestricted passage of air and give an excellent view of beautiful gardens and clear backwater in the surrounding. Some of the very effective treatments that we provide during the Karkidaka month include the following:

Panchakarma treatment: This fabled Ayurvedic treatment, gives the ultimate mind-body healing experience. It is best for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one of the most effective healing treatments in Ayurvedic medicine and promotes detoxification & rejuvenation. It is highly recommended during Karkidaka month.

Abhyangam: Abhyangam consists of a 7-day long treatment with oil smeared on the pate, the ears and bottom part of the feet. Once oiling is done by the experts, the patient is made to take bath in warm water in order to draw out the benefits of the treatment. This one is done in order to improve stamina of the body and maintain youth.

Svedanam: This particular treatment is very effective for those suffering from overweight or obesity. It also helps to improve stamina and keeps you energetic. As part of this treatment, water that is mixed with various medicinal Ayurvedic herbs is boiled and the patient is subjected to the steam that emanates from the boiling water. The patient is made to perspire under the effect of this steam, and later bath in warm water.

Dhara: Dhara is a very famous treatment in Ayurveda. People all over the world take it in order to do away with tension, mental stress, headaches and to improve memory power. This treatment consists of pouring medicinal oils on to the forehead of the patient for as long as half an hour. This has a profound effect on the person.

Pizhichil: This is also a very fabled Ayurvedic treatment. It consist of smearing medicinal oil all over the body. The oils are made warm and are poured continuously on the body parts below the hip and above the hip, and simultaneously these oils are applied to effectively penetrate the body. This treatment aids in improving blood flow to the heart and blood vessels, and also to remove unwanted substances that may cause harm to the body.

The aforementioned Ayurvedic treatments are very effective, and must be ideally done during the Karkidaka month as the body is very receptive of their benefits. Hence, in order to ensure that your body can endure any stress during this month and the months to come, take these treatments, and experience the positive physical and mental changes they bring about.

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Detoxify Mind & Body with the Right Karkidaka Diet

August 10, 2018

The Karkidaka month, which lasts between July 16th – August 17th, 2018 is when the monsoon season enters its final phase in our country. This is the time the strength and immunity of the body drops and you become really weak. The general health and digestive power will be reduced, and hence, it is very important for you to make sure you have a controlled diet. We often overlook the impact of a good diet, but this can actually go a long way in helping us fight diseases during this time of drastic climate change.

As per Ayurvedic principles, the root cause of each disease is a condition called ‘Agnimandya’, wherein the food is not properly digested due to the diminished power of digestive juices. This leads to the formation of ‘Ama’. ‘Ama’ is a toxic matter that is formed in the intestines due to impaired digestion and is the causative factor of many diseases

How does ‘Ama’ form in our system? It forms primarily due to improper eating practices like intake of excess food, irregular eating habits, eating foods which are heavy, unhealthy, etc. It can lead to very serious diseases. Hence, here are a few dietary patterns you must take care of, and follow this Karkidaka month.

  1.Always drink boiled water in order to avoid water-borne diseases during the monsoon season. You could boil   water with Dhathri Dahasamani, which is a mixture of Indian herbs like Chandanam, Pathimugam, Karingali & Ramacham, that helps to cool your body and aid in good digestion.

  1. The monsoon season is when you get cold and fever. Drink warm milk with turmeric powder to get rid of a sore throat, throat pain and cold.
  2. Avoid eating raw vegetables. Prepare a seasoned vegetable soup and drink everyday.
  3. Avoid spicy, oily, fried foods.
  4. Include more liquids, and lower the amount of solids in your diet.
  5. Include vegetables that are easily digestible, like bottle gourd, ladies finger, etc.
  6. Include ginger in your preparations as it aids in digestion.
  7. Eat fruits like dates, grapes, coconut, etc.
  8. Include honey in the diet as is it aids in digestion as well.
  9. Prepare the fabled Karkidaka Kanji, which is a rice porridge made of several herbs. It is highly nutritious and helps boost your immunity.
  10. Avoid all non-vegetarian foods, smoking, alcohol, etc.

You must also follow good habits like going to bed early and waking up early, drinking 2 litres of water every day in order to make sure you are building enough immunity power and strength that your body needs for the rest of the year.

Apart from the diet, the Karkidaka month is also the time where Ayurvedic treatments work the best for your body. At Dhathri Hospital, we provide various treatments like the Panchakarma treatment, Abhyangam, Dhara, etc. which will help to boost your immunity power further, and help you stay fit. Dhathri hospital is situated in Kerala, which has a unique geography and landscape that aids in bringing about positive response to these treatments and also supports speedier recovery.

PROBLEMS, SKIN CARE, TIPS

Got a Dark Neck? These are the Best Solutions

February 3, 2018

Over time, dirt and pollutants accumulate and damage the skin around your neck! Most of us forget to take care of our neck while running behind the facial beauty! But, we all have to realize that a glowing face and a black neck never turn to a good combo. On the other side, dark patches, wrinkles, and other blemishes over the neck really make your confidence down. So, here are some natural remedies to get rid of a dark neck:

Aloe Vera Gel: It’s very simple! Cut open the leaf and extract the gel. Scrub your neck for a few minutes with this gel. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse with water. Aloe Vera keeps the skin hydrated and nourished as it contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Almond Oil: Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, which smoothens and rejuvenates the skin. It is also a mild bleaching agent, which can improve the complexion of the skin. Just clean your neck with soap and water. Pat it dry. Now, massage your neck with almond oil or coconut oil and Keep massaging in a circular motion for 10-15 minute. Now rinse with lukewarm water.

Turmeric Powder: We all know that Turmeric brightens the skin tone and also repairs the damaged skin cells with its healing properties. Add the turmeric powder to a tb of yogurt and mix well. Apply this paste on your neck and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Potato Juice: Potato juice is very helpful to get rid of dark skin! Grate the potato and squeeze well to extract the juice. Apply it to the neck and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. The bleaching properties of potato juice lighten and brighten the skin on your neck. The dark patches and spots will start fading away soon with this remedy.

Yogurt: Yogurt contains natural enzymes that work in conjunction with the acids present in lemon juice to lighten the dark skin on the neck. So, Mix these two and apply the mixture on the neck. Now, leave the pack on for 20 minutes. You can see the changes!

Apple Cider Vinegar: It balances the pH of the skin and gives it a natural glow. It can also remove the dead skin cells that have accumulated on the skin. All you have to do is dilute this solution with water and apply it with a cotton ball on the neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with water.

Following good hygiene practices, along with the right skin care routine will keep our face and neck healthy and glowing.

HEALTH CARE, PROBLEMS, TIPS

Here are some tips to get a quick relief from a backache naturally!

January 27, 2018

Back pain is a common health problem among middle-aged and elderly people, but nowadays the young people also suffer from it. Backaches can occur for many reasons such as muscle tension, improper diet, lack of physical activity, arthritis, excessive physical labour, poor sitting posture and pregnancy. Natural treatments can provide quick relief from the pain and allow you to enjoy life again. Here are some tips you can try right at your home to get rid of back pain.

Ginger Drink: Ginger tea is effective for relief from all kinds of pain. Cut 4 to 6 thin slices of fresh ginger root and put them in a cup of water. Simmer and boil it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Add honey and drink it two-three times a day for a few days or until you see improvement.

Basil Leaves: Basil leaves can also come to your rescue when suffering from a backache. Add 8 to 10 basil leaves to one cup of water and boil it until the water evaporates to half. Let it cool to room temperature and then add a pinch of salt. For mild pain, drink this concoction once daily; for severe pain, drink it twice daily.

Poppy Seed: Poppy seeds work wonders as a remedy for a backache. Grind together 1 cup each of poppy seeds and rock candy. Consume two teaspoons of this mixture twice daily, followed by a glass of milk.

Garlic: Garlic is another ingredient that can help treat a backache. Simply eat two to three cloves of garlic every morning on an empty stomach. You can also massage your back with garlic oil. To make garlic oil, heat some coconut oil and mustard oil on low heat and then add 8 to 10 cloves of garlic to it. Fry the garlic until it is brown. Strain the oil and let it cool. Massage your back gently with the oil. Leave it on for some time and then take a bath in warm water.

Wheat: Wheat has compounds that produce an analgesic effect that can help minimize pain. Soak a handful of wheat in water overnight. In the morning, mix in cuscus grass powder and coriander. Then add one cup of milk and boil it for a few minutes until it thickens. Drink the mixture twice daily.

If you are suffering from severe back pain, try the above tips. So, whenever you feel so, just walk into your kitchen and look for the above!

PROBLEMS, SKIN CARE, TIPS

Mind-blowing natural tips to cure loose skin after pregnancy

January 23, 2018

It’s an occasion of immense joy when you become a mother. Along with the joys of giving birth to a new life, there are many things that new mothers are concerned about, especially the body. Loose skin after delivery is something that every mother face. The sagging skin can be very frustrating for women who want their bodies to go back to their pre-pregnancy shape. With some lifestyle changes and tips, you can easily get back your beautiful body and skin.

Start Walking: For weight loss, exercise is very important. But with a newborn baby to take care of, finding time to go to a gym or do an intense workout at home may not be possible for many new mothers. Start with 20 minutes of walking, three to five days a week. Gradually increase the duration and pace of walking.

Choose to Breastfeed Your Baby: Breastfeeding is a good source of nutrition for your baby, and health experts recommend breastfeeding over bottle-feeding to help your baby grow healthy both physically and mentally. When you breastfeed your baby, the calories get converted into milk, which in turn helps you lose the extra pregnancy pounds gradually.

Drink More Water: Staying well-hydrated will improve your skin’s appearance and help get rid of the loose skin.  Without water, your skin will certainly not look its best. In fact, lack of hydration can make your skin dry, tight and flaky. Drink an ample amount of water throughout the day to improve your skin’s texture and make it more elastic. Water intake can help your body burn fat more easily and reduce water retention in your belly.

Massage the Problem Area with Oil: Massaging the problematic area, the saggy abdomen can help tighten the skin. For massaging, try to use olive oil or coconut oil.  Put some lukewarm olive or coconut oil onto your palms. Rub your palms over your abdomen in an upward motion. Massage gently for about 15 minutes to increase blood flow and stimulate cell repair. Do this 2 or 3 times a day.

Exfoliate Your Skin: Another excellent way to get firm and tight skin is exfoliating from time to time. Exfoliating plays a vital role in improving the flow of blood in the area. It also helps slough off dead skin cells and aids regeneration of new, healthy and more elastic skin. You can exfoliate your skin when you bathe by just using a loofah for a couple of minutes daily.

 

So, you can get back to your pre-pregnancy beauty with ease!

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Girls, Here are the Essential Tips to Grow Thick Eyebrows Naturally

December 30, 2017

Eyebrows with a perfect arch that is sharper than a blade! It’s a dream for most of the girls. The fact is that thick eyebrows do enhance your facial features and give your face a new look. Not many of us are blessed with such perfect eyebrows, but there are a few natural ways or home remedies that can give desired thickness to your eyebrows.

Egg Yolk: Our eyebrow hair is made up of keratin protein. Ass egg is being a great source of protein, it can do wonders for eyebrows. Break one egg and separate the yolk from the white. Beat the yolk till you have a creamy consistency and apply it on your eyebrows with the help of a cotton swab. Let it stay for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Practice this for a week, you can witness a miraculous change!

Castor Oil: Castor oil is known to have properties that increase the blood circulation and nourish the hair follicles, increasing the hair growth. All you have to do is soak a cotton swab in castor oil and apply it on your eyebrows. Massage the oil with your fingers for 2-3 minutes and let it stay for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Next morning, you can wash it off with a deep cleansing milk and lukewarm water. Repeat this process once a day till you see the results.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil is a great source of proteins and vitamin E. It helps in increasing the hair growth of your eyebrows. Warm half a teaspoon of coconut oil and use your fingers to apply and massage it to your eyebrows. Keep the oil overnight and in the next morning, wash it off with warm water.

Onion Juice: Onion juice is known to have Sulphur in it, which fastens eyebrow growth. It improves the production of collagen tissues and nourishes the hair follicles. Extract juice from a small onion and massage it on your eyebrows for about 5 minutes. Let it dry and then wash it with a mild cleanser and cold water.

Boost circulation: Stimulating the skin in the eyebrow area may help the hair grow faster. Use a clean toothbrush and brush in a circular motion through your eyebrows to exfoliate and stimulate growth (you can also use a facial scrub). Don’t scrub too hard! Using too much pressure may loosen the hairs that are still in place.

 

So, let’s say goodbye to wrestling eyebrows with a pencil! These simple, homely tips are enough to have thick eyebrows.  Try them!