Irritable bowel syndrome – The Ayurvedic perspective and the benefits of Takra (medicated buttermilk)

Around one in five Australians experiences the unpleasant symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some time. More women than men are prone to IBS, and symptoms tend to first occur in early adulthood.

IBS or spastic colon is a functional bowel disorder characterised by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. Other symptoms of IBS are

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Have you heard of the Gayatri Mantra before?

The Gayatri Mantra is found in the Rig Veda. It focuses on the spiritual light, chanted specifically to illuminate the mind and the intellect. For true spiritual power, acquisition of the supreme spiritual light and attainment of enlightenment, there is nothing comparable to the Gayatri mantra. Practiced by Hindus and Buddhists of different tendencies, it is recognized as the supreme source for attaining enlightenment.

But what exactly are mantras and how do they work? Read more

Karin has been invited to speak at the 2018 AYUSH International conference! Join the Lakshmi Team in Melbourne on October 6th and 7th.

What an honour it is to be invited as a guest speaker alongside notable Ayurvedic practitioners from around the world!

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Panchakarma and its role in Prevention and Management of lifestyle disease with emphasis on Diabetes.
Karin Gunthor RN, BSc (Hons) Ayurveda, Lakshmi Ayurveda Australia.
Presentation Abstract 

Lifestyle disorder such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, drug and alcohol related disease are one of the main causes of death worldwide.

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Have you tried using Hing in your cooking?

Hing or Hingu is a very calming herb and useful in bloating, distension and digestive disorder having carminative properties. The word Hingu is a Sanskrit synonym meaning – effective in thousand ways.
The English word for Hing is Asafoetida. Read more

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease mainly caused by the wear and tear of the joints resulting in loss of the cartilage, loss of resilience and the lubricating mechanism of the joint is impaired. The weight bearing cartilage is undergoing calcification and bony spurs growing around the edge of the joint.

Osteoarthritis is called Sandhigata Vata . This is comprised out of 3 words.
1. SANDHI meaning junction, connection, combination, union. In Ayurveda, shareera sandhi is a technical word indicating that it is the place where two or more bones meet together. The joint may be a fixed type or with less or more movement. (A place where 2 or more bones meet)
2. GATA is a Sanskrit word used to denote an initiation of movement, carrying something along with to reach a particular site, through any particular pathway.
3. VATA – Involvement of the Vata Dosha. Vata is increased and is settling into the bone (asthi dhatu). Read more

Vata churna is beneficial to balance the Vata Dosha. But what is Vata?

Vata is one of the 3 Doshas (VATA, PITTA and KAPHA).

The five elements (Panchamahabutas/ ether, air, fire, water and earth) combine in pairs and form three dynamic forces called DOSHAS. The entire body functions are explained in terms of these Doshas. As the active or mobile elements, they determine the life processes of growth and decay. When in balance, Doshas are responsible for good health; when out of balance, the Doshas are thecausative forces behind the disease process.

The five elements combine to form the three doshas

  • Ether + Air = Vata
  • Fire + Water = Pitta
  • Water + Earth = Kapha

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