Shankha Marma therapy is a wonderful way to calm the Pitta Dosha.

Did you know: the Shankha (temple) Marma strongly pacifies Pitta? Gently massage your Shankha Marma with Brahmi, Jatamamsi or Sandalwood oil (avoid heavy pressure).

Location: At the temple, slightly posterior to the eye brows. Shankha translated as conch, derives its name from that the temporal bone resembles part of a conch shell.

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Have you done dry brushing before?

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Body brushing helps to remove fatigue, increase muscular tone and flexibility of the joints, improves blood circulation of different organs and skin, eliminates waste products through the skin, stimulates the nervous system, prevents old age and increases longevity. Great for a ‘Kapha’ person. Best to avoid if you are suffering from skin irritations. If you are a Vata constitution you might prefer a softer version called Garshana using silk gloves. Garshana gloves and body brushes are available at Lakshmi’s shop.

https://www.lakshmiayurveda.com.au/produ…/bass-body-brush-2/.

How to Dry Brush

Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions continuing up your legs, to your hands and arms. Brush your entire back (wherever you can reach) and abdomen area, shoulders and neck. Use circular clockwise strokes on the abdomen.

For any questions please email info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au. 

 

A 40-year-old, mother of 2 was diagnosed with Adenomyosis in 2016.

A transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound revealed a bulky anteverted uterus. The myometrium showed adenomyosis and the endometrium measured 10 mm.

Adenomyosis is an ailment where the cells normally lining the uterus grow in the muscular tissue of the uterus. It can cause enlargement of the uterus and often presents as a bulky appearance on an Ultrasound.

It is usually seen in women in their reproductive years when oestrogen is needed in the body and often subsides after menopause. It is a non-malignant growth.

Adenomyosis can be a very debilitating and symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

Our patient experienced these symptoms:
1. Severe menstrual pain and cramps starting 7 days prior to her period
2. Heavy bleeding
3. Fainting due to pain
4. Vomiting
5. Severe Anaemia. She needed an intravenous iron infusion but had an allergic reaction resulting in a hospital admission
6. Unable to go to work and bed bound for nearly 2 weeks at a time

Her obstetrician recommended a Hysterectomy and she booked a date to undergo this procedure.

Our patient conducted her own research and came across positive results from Adenomyosis Ayurvedic treatment, which brought her to Lakshmi Ayurveda.

A tailored treatment programme was recommended during her initial consultation and she decided to postpone the Hysterectomy surgery while undergoing the Ayurvedic treatments for Adenomyosis.

Granthi chikitsa was adopted when establishing the treatment plan. Granthi is a Sanskrit word meaning cyst, swelling, benign growth and we can correlate Adenomyosis to Granthi mentioned in the classical text. Another disease mentioned in the classics is called Arbuda. Arbuda is a disease characterised by a growth of a mass.

Granthi refers to modular or glandular swelling with hard, knotty and rough appearance. C.Chi 12:83

Granthi (cyst, swelling, benign growth) Treatment:
1. Increase the digestive function Deepana/Pachana,
2. Reduce the muscle, blood and fatty tissue this is called Mamsa, rakta and medohara chikitsa
3. The ailment is tridoshic with Vata/Kapha predominance this is why Vata Kapha Hara chikitsa (pacifying treatment for Vata and Kapha is adopted).
4. For reducing Kapha, lekhana treatment is done. Lekhana is a treatment with a scraping effect.

Our patient underwent a 4-week classical Panchakarma programme and the scan was repeated a few months after completing her programme. During this time, she adhered to strict Pathya/Apathy Ahara/Vihara (following a suitable diet and lifestyle) along with her prescribed Ayurvedic medicines.

Symptoms after Panchakarma:
• Period pain for 2 days instead of 7 days, severity decreased
• Menstrual flow normal, heavy bleeding stopped improving her iron levels
• Increased energy and vitality
• Ability to return to work
• No vomiting or fainting

A repeat scan was done and the thickness and bulging of the myometrium has decreased. Scans are available for scientific evidence.

If you suffer from Adenomyosis or if you have any other questions you are welcome to email us on info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

We love to hear from you.
With love the Lakshmi team xx

Vati is a preparation where different medicinal substances are used to make tablets (vati) and pills (gutika). This is done either by cooking the powdered herbs with jaggery or guggulu or without cooking by macerating the powder with any liquid like honey and guggulu and then rolled into pills. They are made of one or more drugs of a plant, animal or mineral origin.

At Lakshmi’s kitchen we have prepared Eladi Vati/ Eladi Gutika

Ingredients:
Ela/cardamon, tejapatra/bay leaves, dalchini/ cinnamon, pippali/ long pepper, sita/sugar, yasthimadhu/ licorice, dried dates, grapes and honey.

How to make it:
1. All of the first six ingredients are made into a a fine powder and kept aside (needs to be fine)
2. The dried dates and grapes are ground into a paste with a mortar and pestle
3. Then the fine powder is added and mixed uniformly
4. Add the honey and again mix well
5. The content is mad into little pills
6. The pills should be dried out (best in sunlight).

Best to prepare at the end of summer to be prepared for the season change (autumn/winter).

Indication:
Relief cough and cold, fever, hiccup, vomiting, fainting, bleeding disorder (nose bleeding), spleen disorder, horse voice, loss of taste and this tablets are nourishing and calming.

Fresh prepared Eladi vati are available at Lakshmi Ayurveda. A natural approach to relief your cough and cold. Prepared with 100% organic ingredients.

For any questions or if you would like to try some please visit us at Lakshmi Ayurveda.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wishing you a cough and cold free season!

Much Love the Lakshmi Ayurveda team 🙂

Medicated ghee and oil preparation – Sneha Kalpana

Sneha means fat or a fatty material. Ghee and oil are boiled with Kalka (herbal paste), Swarasa (juice) or Kwatha (herbal decoction) so the active therapeutic properties of the Dravya (herbs) enter into the ghee.

There are three components of sneha (ghee or oil) preparation:

1. Dravya (juice or other liquid decoction)
2. Kalka – a fine paste of the drugs (kashtausadhi)
3. Sneha – ghee or oil

Generally the rule is:

1 part – Kalka (paste)
4 parts – Sneha (oil or ghee)
16 parts – Dravya (liquid)

The Murchita Taila is heated over a moderate fire. Next add the Dravya and the Kalka. This mixture is stirred continuously to ensure the paste does not stick to the vessel. Once all the liquid has evaporated the mixture begins to evaporate. At this stage it must be stirred very carefully so the paste will not burn. There are 4 stages of Paka (cooking) mentioned in the text: Mridu, Madhyama, Khara and Dagdha Paka. Once the correct cooking stages is achieved the oil is filtered.

The pictures above demonstrate the Sneha Kalpana for Ksheerabala Thaila.
Reference for this oil is found in Astanga Hridaya Vatarakta Chikitsa.

Ingredients:
1. Bala Kashaya 16 parts
2. Bala Kalka 1 part
3. Taila 4 parts
4. Ksheera 4 parts

Ksheerabala is used in:
– Vataroga such as (facial palsy, headaches, hemiplegia, ear pain, cataract, uterine disorder)
– Gout
– Rasayana

This oil can be used internally and externally for Nasya, Abhyanga and .

If you are interested in learning how to prepare Ayurvedic medicated ghee let us know. We look forward hearing from you info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au.

A wide range of classical Ayurvedic oils are available at Lakshmi Ayurveda
Have a beautiful day, the Lakshmi Ayurveda team

Paada – means feet and heels
Dari/Darana – means cracking

Have you looked at your feet recently and thought your heels have had better times?

The Vayu located in the foot soles gets aggravated when one is frequently exposed to causative factors, causing roughness of the skin resulting in cracking. This is known as Padadari.

The Causative factors of Padadari, as mentioned in the Ancient Ayurvedic texts are:

• Intake of Vata aggravating diet
• Dry, rough, sharp, hot and spicy food such as junk food, oily food, deep fried, excess spices and high intake of raw food
• Certain activities like excessive walking, bare foot walking, walking with hard improper footwear, exposure to cold water, standing for a longer duration
• In summer, rainy, autumn and winter seasons
• Obesity
• Middle-aged women
• Diabetes
• Lack of a daily routine (Dinacharya)

Ayurvedic treatment principles:

1. Snehana/Oleation: application of medicated oil. Mix oils such as sesame oil, castor oil, Jatyadi taila mixed with equal part of Ashwagandha taila.
2. Daily foot massage (pada abhyanga): Use Kasa bowl (bronze bowl specifically for foot massage) or Kansa wand.
3. Svedana/Sudation: Soak and wash your feet with warm salt water.
4. Lepana/Paste application: Use herbs such as Manjistha, Neem, Yasthimadhu, Sandalwood and Haritaki. Apply daily for 20 minutes.
5. Moisturize: Use Beeswax (Madhucchistha), honey and Shatadhauta ghrita.
• Shatadhauta ghrita is amazing! This is ghee washed with water 100 times. This makes the ghee silky smooth and more butter like in consistency.
• Shatadhauta ghrita is wonderful to apply on cracked heels. Best mixed with herbs such as turmeric, licorice , neem and sandalwood powder.
• 1 cup of Shatadhauta ghrita with 3 tsp of turmeric is an effective combination.

If you are looking for more information about Padadari you are always welcome to email us on info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to look after your feet

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
Buddha