Moringa, also known as the ‘drumstick tree’, is being widely promoted as a “superfood” nowadays because of its rich nutritional profile. Let’s take a look at moringa’s benefits, uses, and its Ayurvedic applications.
Even though moringa has only recently gained popularity as a superfood, it has been a part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine for ages and is still considered a key ingredient in many Ayurvedic preparations.
COMMON USES :
Moringa leaves and immature pods are extensively used in South Indian dishes like sambar and chutney (a type of freshly prepared sauce).
Besides these dishes, moringa leaves, flowers, and immature pods are also used for culinary purposes in different parts of the world. Its roots are also considered edible in some countries.
Moringa can be used in making curries, vegetable soups, lentil soups, and sauces. It can be used as an independent vegetable or mixed with other vegetables. It can also be used for making sandwiches, bakery goods, and bread.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS : A paste made up of the bark and leaves of moringa is useful in relieving burning sensation, inflammatory conditions and abscesses. Its paste is also helpful in wound healing. The seed oil of moringa is helpful in relieving pain and has anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa seed oil is useful in relieving pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The powder made up of moringa seeds is used in nasya (medicine is administered through nasal passage). This nasya is helpful in headache. Moringa increases nervine stimulus, as a result, it can be used as a nervine tonic for a weak nervous system. Moringa is also useful in conditions like paralysis and facial palsy. Moringa improves taste and increases appetite. Moringa improves digestive strength (agni). Moringa is binding in nature and is good for diarrhea. The red variety of moringa promotes proper bowel movements. Moringa is helpful in problems like abdominal pain and abdominal distension. Moringa is helpful in worm infestation. Moringa is good for the heart and acts as a cardiac tonic. Moringa is helpful in various Kapha dosha related problems. Moringa is useful in cough and cold. Moringa acts as a diuretic and has alkaline properties. So it is useful in dysuria (difficulty in passing urine) and if urine is more acidic. Moringa is helpful in problems related to menstruation like amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. Moringa is helpful in managing overweight and obesity. Moringa has detoxifying properties and useful in toxin-related problems. Moringa increases sweating in the body.usefull in fever conditions.
1. Moringa increases Pitta dosha and vitiates blood. Using moringa is contraindicated in bleeding disorders and for people with a Pitta prakriti (prakriti means physical constitution).
2. Also, the excessive intake of moringa may lead to a burning sensation in the body and other symptoms caused by an aggravated Pitta dosha.
Pushkarmool is an Ayurvedic herb that offers path breaking results in chest pain, cough and respiratory discomfort. It is a useful herb that is used for treating bronchitis and heart diseases. The botanical name of this herb is Inula racemosa and it is probably one of the powerful herbs. It is basically an Asian plant belonging to the daisy family. The roots of this plant are used in the form of indigenous medicine and even as an expectorant. It is widely used in various health problems like asthma, chronic cough, sinusitis, cold, emphysema, lung collapse, and COPD. It is probably one of the most versatile herbs that can be used for its multiple medicinal benefits.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS : It possesses antifungal properties and is quite effective in curing pain, swelling and pus formation. The powder of this herb is effective in treating tuberculoid ulcers when sprinkled on them or when the paste is applied on the ulcers
The powder or the paste is used for relieving painful swelling conditions. The herb is helpful in stimulation the nervous system and the brain and therefore it is quite effective in vata and cerebral impairment disorders.
It works in the form of a blood purifier and cardiac supplement. Therefore, it is useful in blood disorders and cardiac debility. Pushkarmool is the most effective drug for treating cardiac asthma. It stimulates the kidneys and helps in increasing the formation of urine. It helps in clearing the airways and in alleviating hiccups, dyspnoea and cough. It strengthens the digestive tract and improves digestion. Pushkarmool improves cardiac circulation, relieves weakness and boosts tissue metabolism. It helps in reducing menstruation pain and facilitates normal flow. It is also used in the form of an aphrodisiac.
Note- any herbal formulation should be under taken under the supervision of a ayush doctor ,self intake is always not adviceable.
Brahmi has been used for centuries in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Either by itself or with a combination of other herbs, brahmi has long been an important medicine in Ayurveda.
In renowned Ayurvedic medical texts like the Dravyaguna Vijnana (herbal pharmacology), brahmi has been categorized under medhya herbs.
Medhya herbs are used in Ayurveda as nootropics i.e. cognition enhancers to improve memory, intelligence, and other neurological functions.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS :
Brahmi reduces stress and anxiety as it decreases the levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. Brahmi counteracts the effects of stress by regulating hormones involved with the stress response.
Brahmi is known to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease due to the presence of the amyloid compound in the neuron that is responsible for damaging the brain. The bio-chemical known as bacosides in Brahmi helps in re-building brain tissues by influencing the brain cells.
Diabetes is a demanding disease, so it can affect your life in many ways. Managing your diabetes can be stressful. The way you feel when your blood glucose levels are low or really high adds to the stress. On top of that, there are the worries that you might develop complications, and the burden of dealing with any complications you may already have. It is no wonder that many people feel that diabetes affects their quality of life.
Why is quality of life important for people with diabetes? Part of the answer is obvious: everyone wants to have the best possible quality of life. It just feels good to be satisfied and happy. But there is another reason, as well. Just as diabetes can affect your quality of life, your quality of life can affect your diabetes. When you are feeling good about your life in general and about your life with diabetes in particular, you have more energy to take good care of your diabetes. And when you take good care of yourself, you are likely to feel better day-to-day and to stay healthier in the long run. Feeling better and staying healthy give a further boost to your quality of life. So good quality of life activates a self-reinforcing positive cycle.
1. Check both feet daily. Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes. Blisters and infections can start between your toes, and with diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they’ve become irritated or infected.
2. Wash with warm — not hot — water. Wash both of your feet briefly each day with warm — not hot — water. You may not be able to feel heat with your feet, so test the water with your hands first. Avoid soaking too long in water, since waterlogged sores have a harder time healing.
3. Make sure your shoes fit well. It’s an investment worth making. Even the slightest rubbing or misfit shoe can cause a blister that turns into a sore that becomes infected and never heals.
While there are many claims that Epsom salt is an effective stress reliever, more research needs to be done to prove it’s an effective antibacterial and antifungal agent. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor before using this remedy.
1. Treating fungal infection Epsom salt has been used to treat wounds and infections. While it doesn’t cure the infection, Epsom salt can be used to draw out the infection and soften the skin to help boost medication effects.
Epsom soaks can be used to support the work of medications your doctor has prescribed. Before using this treatment, discuss your options with a doctor. Some infections, such as staph infection, worsen from hot water or salt mixes.
For foot or toenail fungal infections, soak your feet twice a day for about 20 minutes. Consider adding tea tree oil or other essential diluted oils known to promote healing.
2. Exfoliation Epsom salt can be used as an exfoliant to soften rough, cracked feet. Along with soaking your feet, massage a handful of Epsom salt into your skin for an added boost.
Every one of us has a dominant-negative attitude, a defensive and potentially destructive pattern of thinking, feeling and acting which is known as Ego. It is a constraining factor or a personal stumbling block.
The main reasons are self-destruction, undervaluing oneself, denying responsibility, resisting change, greed, arrogance, and impatience. It can occur when someone is in a leadership position and loses perspective about his/her role in the organization.
A leader tends to garner large amounts of praise and recognition for successes both from those outside an organization and from within the organization. This is particularly problematic in situations where the leader sets up an internal organizational culture that supports communicating about positive things. It is true that some leaders succeed due to being in the right place at the right time with the right skills. But when situations change, the leaders who do not change along with the situations due to ego will tend to self-destruct. In ego-driven leaders, purpose takes a distant backseat to personal success.
Most of us have our food while texting on mobile phones or watching television and don’t really keep a count on how much we eat. Though the stomach might be full, the brain tells that to eat more and eventually end up over-eating. If we focus only on food then we will eat only as much as our body requires.
It is not fun to talk about it, but we have all experienced it before enjoying a nice meal only to regret it later when our stomachs hurt due to indigestion. Some of the symptoms of indigestion include bloating, belching, gas, burning or pain in the stomach or abdomen, and even nausea. We should eat the easiest to digest foods first in each meal and slowly move towards the more complex.
Think of a highway, if the slowest cars are in front they will hold up the faster cars behind them, causing a traffic jam. The same is applicable for food and digestive system also. Eat those fastest to digest first and save the tougher to digest foods for the second half of the meal.
How you think about something ultimately is how you will feel about something. If you want to control your attitude, be aware of your thoughts. Focus on the positive things. Eliminate your negative thoughts by consciously attempting to think with a positive, internal voice.
For example, when you feel frustrated because someone is taking too much space on the subway, think instead about how grateful you are for public transit. Think positively about how happy you are not to have to drive your car through snow and ice to work.
Remind yourself to think positively during tense moments in the day. For example, before starting your commute or before a big meeting, pause and reflect on what has been going well.
Thinking positively takes practice. Do not feel frustrated if your mind sometimes wanders back to negativity.