Now get health insurance even under Ayurveda

July 28th, 2011 No comments »

If until a while ago health insurance policies would cover only allopathy treatment, now its good news for those who opt for alternate medicines and want policies to cover them for their expenses. Under limited conditions, some companies have started providing insurance cover for those seeking ayurvedic  treatments too. However according to New India India Assurance only to the extent of 25 per cent will be covered under ayurvedic, unani or homeopathy provided they avail the treatment at a government hospital.

Likewise even Star Health covers non allopathic treatments except naturopathy under its Unique Health Insurance policy. Again under Cholamandalam MS General Insurance the company has decided to design a product to cover treatments under Ayurvedic hospitalization as it is the most popular of the alternate treatments.

It is important to note that no one cover is large enough to completely cover alternative treatments. One has to buy a standard health insurance from select insurance companies and others that offer coverage for Nonallopathic treatments.

Yet to be on the safer side before going for an alternative and make a claim, do check if treatment is indicated in the document of insurance


Effective digestion through Ayurveda

July 14th, 2011 No comments »

According to ayurvedic principles diet constitutes an important part of life. Ayurveda really does not recommend fasting very often as it puts the digestive system out of track and it advocates light breakfast, substantiate lunch and a light dinner for a healthy living. This should be of course coupled with adequate exercise to the body and required amount of sleep. Simple ways that can be adopted for a healthy lifestyle are like drinking at least two glasses of warm water in the morning. This is right before even your morning tea or coffee routine. Also if you can do replace milk beverages with black teas or a better option would be to avoid any drink in the morning, as conscious and healthy eaters would know effective digestion stems from good eating habits.

The modern culture of junk food, eating food very fast is not suited for human bodies. Again the concept of fast food joints or ‘darshinis’ like in a city like Bangalore may be the order of the day as it becomes convenient for modern day lifestyle. However this is against ayurvedic principles where it does not recommend humans to stand and eat and advocates eating in sitting position and be in a relaxed frame of mind. As Maharishi Ayurveda propagates the individual needs to concentrate on taste, texture and smell of food to aid in digestion.

Stimulating the digestive fire or agni is very important in Ayurveda. For those who complain of poor hunger, Ayurveda recommends the intake of ginger and lemon juice. However please note that if you have the body type that has too much internal heat then alternatives like pomegranate chutney in small quantities may be more suited for you. Other healthy suggestions are avoiding caffeinated drinks or ice cold drinks including water. Water should be at room temperature and should accompany meals to help in good digestion rather than cause a hindrance.

Warm foods are preferred for breakfast in comparison to cold foods like cold milk, cold cereal as they become harder on digestion. Do note that fruit is better digested if had in the morning as part of breakfast or had as mid morning snack. As health practitioners recommend drink enough water. Even if it is cumbersome make it a habit to have at least eight glasses of water.

According to ancient principles of Ayurveda eating at regular meal times whether it is breakfast or other meals of the day, digestion is going to be easier for the human body. Also foods that are cooked fresh are good for digestion so avoid packaged foods or consuming reheated leftover foods that are not in principles of good eating habits.

Lunch should be in good sizeable portion as this will be the main meal. Indian foods are the best in terms of nutritional value and hence posses the quality of getting easily digested. Wherever you are staying in southern or northern part of India choose food that suit the climate.

Also make sure to eat a few salads like cucumber, tomatoes, onions and home grown sprouts. If this is made as a daily routine it will be slowly imbibed as part of the meal. For dinner try and have a vegetable soup every alternate day. Have a light dinner like dal, rotis and vegetable dish or rice dal and side dish comprising of boiled vegetables.


  1. Eat food slowly by chewing properly each morsel in the mouth. Do not gulp food down just because you are in a hurry.
  2. Do not engage in any other activity like watching television or working on computer or laptop while eating as the process of eating gets diverted and you will really not be able to concentrate on eating.
  3. Make sure to leave some space in your stomach just before you complete your meal. This will ensure better digestion rather than eating until heavily full.

Please note: Use the information above mentioned for reference only and not as a substitute for doctor’s advice.


July 11th, 2011 No comments »

Ayurveda undoubtedly has acquired great importance in today’s world. Although this stream of medicine is getting popular there are many who want to refer good books on this form of medicine.

Listed are a few books written by well known authors. Please note these are the recommended books in English. There are many other books that are popular written in Sanskrit or Hindi (Indian languages). Meanwhile you can definitely have a look at these titles the next time you are a book store as AyurShop is recommending these books.

1)”Ayurveda – A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes” – By Maya Tiwari

Publisher – Healing Arts Press, Pages – 368

The book has inclusions of a thorough profile of the seven body types and the foods best suited to each. The author is credited to be the first to include a complete discussion of the personality or psycho spiritual attributes of the Ayurvedic body types, as well as food charts, seasonal menus, and recommended daily routines for each type.

2)Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha Lad and Dr. Vasant Lad, Publisher – Motilal Banarasidas

More than 100 delicious ayurvedic recipes are included in this book. Pages- 254

This is a cookbook and much more. In fact Ayurveda teaches that food plays a primary role in maintaining health. Dr. Vasant Lad and Usha Lad present authentic and tasty Ayurvedic recipes designed to promote vitality and well-being. Each recipe carefully balances the three individual constitutions – vata, pitta, and kapha. Everything from the common cold and skin problems to stabilizing blood sugar in diabetes, all using familiar household herbs, fruits and vegetables, the book gives a comprehensive solution in the form of cookbook

3)Principles of Ayurveda by Anne Green, Publisher- Thorsons Publication. Pages- 173

It is said that for a western reader Ayurveda as a science is overwhelming and confusing unless explained in the simplest terms. Anne Green very clearly and systematically introduces Ayurveda; India’s ancient healing system and sister science of yoga and tantra, in a western voice.

4)Yoga and Ayurveda ; Self–Healing and Self- Realization by David Frawley, Publisher – Lotus Press USA, Motilal Banarasidas, India. Pages- 350 pages

David Frawley is an American Hindu author who has published books on topics such as Hinduism Yoga and Ayurveda. This book introduces the different types of energy (such as the five pranas), subtle bodies (koshas), energy centres and pathways (chakras and nadis), energetic nectars (ojas and soma) and discusses the Ayurvedic view on diets, healing, herbs, yoga postures and meditation.

 5)Ayurvedic Healing for Women; A Guide to Vitality and Health– By Dr. Robert E Svoboda. Publisher – Healing Arts Press. Pages – 192

Ayurveda for Women explores in detail the landmark changes associated with the three stages of life–childhood, adulthood, and old age–and provides practical advice on exercise, sleep, diet, beauty care, meditation and massage, sex and relationships, childcare, menopause, and other issues central to women’s lives today. Simple to enact and profound in effect, Ayurveda could be the answer many women are seeking.

New research indicates ayurvedic drugs to have a two-yr expiry

June 27th, 2011 No comments »

A research conducted for the stability of ayurvedic preparations involving medicated ‘ghee’ (grhita) and oil (taila), conducted at the department of Rasa Shastra, BHU, has fixed the shelf-life of such preparations as a maximum of two years.

Consumers need to note that only ‘asavarishta’ (herbal liquid preparation) and ‘bhasma’ (metallic-herbo formulations) have no expiry date and can be used even after two years of manufacturing.

This comes in the light of a number of ayurvedic preparations involving medicated ghee and oil, including Mahanarayana Taila with analgesic properties are used in Panchakarma procedure and most of them have a shelf-life of 18 to 24 months. According to the Pharmacovigilance Centre for North Region, the rule 161 (B) of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1945 has made it mandatory to print the manufacture and expiry date of all ayurvedic, siddha and unani ( ASU) drugs from April 1, 2010 onwards.

India offers scholarship for higher studies in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy

May 31st, 2011 1 comment »

Colombo, 31 May, ( The Government of India has come forward offer ten  scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals under the “Ayush Scholarship Scheme” for UG/PG/Ph.D courses in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy during the forthcoming academic session of 2011 – 2012.

A new release from the Indian High Commission in Colombo revealed, that Meritorious Sri Lankan nationals will be selected for these scholarships by the High Commission of India, in consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Government of Sri Lanka, for pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different universities.

The press release further said that applications are invited from eligible candidates through the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka.
It further says that all scholarships cover full tuition fees and a monthly sustenance allowance for the entire duration of the course. The scholarship also covers accommodation allowance and an annual grant for books, stationary. Besides, all scholars in India are provided full healthcare facilities.

- Asian Tribune -

Ayurveda- art of being- The Movie

May 21st, 2011 No comments »

Not many would take interest in watching a movie that did not arise in Hollywood or Bollywood. But if Ramayana and Mahabharata could be made into movies, something that has existed for centuries now and is still made use of can definitely made into a movie as well. This thought was put into action when Pan Nalin made a movie on Ayurveda featuring five elements in visible and invisible form which is 102 minutes long filmed entirely on locations in India, Greece & USA in the year 2001. But how many of us know about this film?

The film travels nearly 15,000 kilometres through landscapes of exceptional beauty and geographical variety in India, Greece and USA. For several months Pan Nalin and his research team constantly searched out people and places almost all over the world; to do total justice to this exceptional subject, to voice the story of Ayurveda through exceptional Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Doctors), patients and experts.

Some of the Vaidyas have revealed their secrets and open their home and clinics to contribute to the film. Plant searching tribes took them into dark corner of jungle where a rare endangered plant still grows wild. Ancient Palm-leaf manuscripts locked away for 3 to 5 centuries were looked for and made use of. Ancient ‘Mud-Scanning’ method of Diagnosis has been considered extinct and lost but their months long efforts managed to track down the last surviving place. A rarely seen lost science of Marma, vital points, and how it can kill or cure; was demonstrated on a goat for the first time revealing vital points which can paralyze.

During the 3 long years while preparing the film Pan Nalin was himself surprised despite being exposed to the science of Ayurveda in his family, to discover how scientific Ayurveda is. “I personally believe that our world of today, into a new millennium, is going to need natural arts of healing like it never did ever before. Spirituality and natural balances will play a vital role in governing our happiness in near future. No single film can do justice to the vast science of Ayurveda but for me the film is just a sharing, but the sharing that inspires, naturally” quotes Pan Nalin.

Visit to read more about the film and to get a sneak peek into what’s in store in the movie.

AyurVAID Hospital, the first hospital in the country to receive the prestigious NABH accreditation

May 21st, 2011 No comments »

Bangalore’s first, and biggest, classical Ayurveda hospital- the AyurVAID Hospital at Domlur Extension- is a multispecialty hospital that offers comprehensive Kerala style Ayurveda medical care for serious chronic ailments. The complete range of purvakarmas, pradhanakarmas, including all panchakarma procedures, are rendered by a team of highly trained Ayurveda nurses under the supervision of a team of senior Ayurveda physicians with a collective experience of over 60 years in Ayurveda based medical management.

This exclusive 24-bed (30 bed capacity) Ayurveda hospital with air-conditioned (optional) premium, private, and semi-private rooms is located off the Intermediate Ring Road connecting Indira Nagar to Koramangala, adjacent to Dell-EGL. The treatment rooms are most hygienically maintained. All rooms are airy, well-lit, with en-suite bathrooms, flat screen televisions and WiFi internet access.

AyurVAID Hospital is the first Ayurveda Hospital in Karnataka to have a dedicated water treatment plant to ensure that all oil and other sediments are separated from treatment water before it is let off into the public drainage system. They also adhere to the Government of India’s Bio-medical Waste guidelines, as well as the Water and Air Acts.

The residents of Bangalore are in for  a world class Ayurveda medical care facility.

Ten reasons why Patchouli Oil is the answer to your problem

May 18th, 2011 No comments »

Herbal oils are a rave in the present day scenario. People are settling for remedies that are not just effective but are harmless in the long run. Herbal oils are of various types depending on what herbs are used to prepare the oil. Amongst the popular oils is the Patchouli oil. The oil is extracted from the pogostemon cablin plant which is a bushy herb that belongs to the mint family. The oil is known not just for its health benefits but also for its fragrance.

Here are the top ten reasons why you should be using Patchouli Oil.

  • Patchouli oil is best known for its anti depressant properties. The oil not only lifts up your mood and relieves your senses of any tension but also reduces your anxiety and depressed feelings.
  • As mentioned earlier, the fragrance of the oil lets it be a part of perfuming your rooms or even in incense sticks for your Pooja room.
  • The oil is a popular massage oil and is also used in Aromatherapy for    The oil has anti fungal, anti septic, anti viral and anti bacterial properties and hence can be used for any above mentioned related allergies or infections.
  • It is a very good skin care oil that prevents skin infections and problems such as acne, drying of skin, scars, etc. It also has anti aging properties that keeps your skin looking young and rejuvenated.
  • The oil’s sweet smell also makes a great perfume. It helps it keeping your body odour at bay.
  • Adding a few drops of the oil into your clothes before washing them will not only give them a fresh smell but also destroys the bacteria and other microbes that could be in the clothes which will cause allergy.
  • Spraying Patchouli oil based liquid in your house will keep away insects, mosquitoes, bugs and other annoying flying creatures.
  • It has also shown increased benefits in weight loss, sex related problems, urinary problems and helps in flushing out the toxins and cholesterol from your body.
  • Last but not the least, it increases the immunity of your body and hence prevents illnesses like cold, cough, fever, headaches, infections and abdominal problems.

These reasons should cover the most important aspects of your daily life and hence the reason why Patchouli Oil should be a part of your health regime.

Parsley keeps bad breath at bay

May 14th, 2011 No comments »

Deccan Chronicle: Parsley or Petroselinum crispum is a native of the Middle East. But it is now grown widely for its medicinal properties and health value. This herb is used in Ayurveda, Unani and even in the modern medicine.

Though it is generally recommended for its ability to fight bad breath, parsley is used for the treatment of a number of health issues like stones and calculi in the kidney, infection of the gall bladder, boils, stings and bites by insects, flatulence and indigestion. It is also recommended as a natural blood purifier and a general health tonic.

The leaves of parsley, both fresh and dried, as also its tap root, are used in herbal formulations. The leaves can be chewed raw or consumed as herbal tea, a decoction or tincture. An ointment, poultice or leaf paste of parsley can be applied externally for skin problems including inflammation. Some herbal doctors prescribe a head wash using a paste of parsley leaves to kill head lice.

Parsley leaves are rich in vitamin C and they thus help in purifying the blood and keeping the circulatory system in good condition. Pregnant women should avoid parsley as it could create health problems for them.

Others should use it in prescribed quantities as heavy dosages could lead to complications.


  • Take a few leaves of parsley, wash them in water and chew them. This prevents bad breath. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll and other natural substances that prevent harmful bacteria from growing in the mouth and causing bad breath. You can also prepare a mouth gargle using parsley leaves. Take a few washed leaves and put them in a glass of water. Boil the water, filter the solution and use it for gargling twice a day. Prepare the solution fresh everyday.
  • Some herbal doctors prescribe Parsley tea for problems like stones and calculi in the kidneys. Parsley is also recommended for those with jaundice.
  • Chewing a few parsley leaves daily will help in fighting flatulence and indigestion.
  • Take a few leaves, crush them and apply this on painful boils, insect bites or insect stings for relief.
  • Inflammation or swelling can also be reduced by applying a parsley leaf paste or ointment on the affected area.

Those allergic to certain herbs should avoid them.

Disclaimer: Consult a professional before trying herbal formulations
at home.

Cure migraine the natural way

May 14th, 2011 No comments »

Migraine has become more than just a pain in the head; it affects your daily functioning and makes every day a painful experience. Summer just adds on to the pain due to exposure to the harsh sun rays.

Ayurveda looks at migraine as mostly a pitta dosha, which is an imbalance in the body heat. Migraine could also be caused as part of the vata dosha or kapha dosha as well but pitta dosha is looked into as the main cause.

Ayurveda looks at balancing the doshas so as to bring about not just a bodily balance but also solve the root cause of the problem.

Herbal cures include the use of chyavanprash, ashwagandha, shatavari, brahmi, jatamamsi and gudachi amongst others. Herbal hot oil massage also known as Shirodhara is used to relieve headaches.

Other than that, some basic things can one can incorporate to relieve oneself of migraine can be done on a daily basis. Since it is summer, avoiding the Sun as much as possible would help to a large extent since the heat from the Sun also increases the pitta levels in the body. If staying out in the Sun is unavoidable, protect yourself from the Sun by taking an umbrella or putting on a wide hat.

Nature has answers to everything. And to relieve you of a migraine, a walk amongst greenery is your answer. A regular walk in the evening in a park or a garden or any other scenic place will not only make you feel good and relaxed but will also keep your headache away.

Pranayama is another solution that will give permanent results when followed with punctuality. Shitali pranayama is also known as the cooling breathing exercise. This involves rolling your tongue like a tube and breathing in air through your mouth. You will feel your saliva and your tongue cooling while you inhale. Exhaling is done from the nose. Following this breathing technique regularly not only keeps you healthy but will be a sure solution to bring your headaches down and also keep your body cool and the pitta in check.

Following these simple techniques will help you keep your migraine at check.