Our minds are continually flooded with nutritional and lifestyle recommendations, recipes, and guidelines each time we log onto social media, read the newspaper, or simply walk down the street. Sometimes the messages are overwhelming, and we give up because it seems too hard and complicated to eat “healthy.”

Ayurveda provides an individual with a tailored approach to diet and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic practitioner will assess your physical and mental constitution to determine which specific foods you should and shouldn’t be eating. Think that apple you munch on each day is a key to achieving perfect health? Well, depending on your constitution, the raw quality of that apple may upset your digestive tract, creating stress on your digestion. In that case, you may benefit more by eating a papaya. The key point: Not all “healthy” foods are created equal. What the media may portray as healthy may do more damage on your body than good.

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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

An Ayurvedic perspective of the Pomegranate fruit and a Pomegranate juice recipe from Lakshmi Ayurveda.

 

 

Pomegranates are called Dadima in Sanskrit or Anar in Hindi. The botanical name is Punica granatum.

This beautiful fruit is popular for its refreshing taste.

For medicinal purpose the fruit, bark of the fruit and the bark of the roots are used in Ayurveda.

It constituents (Fruit) are Vitamin C, Pectin, Sterols, Alkaloids, and Tannins. This could scientifically explain many of the Ayurvedic indications for pomegranate /dadima.

There are numerous benefits of this fruit. Our top 20 indications:

1. Being alkaloid it is is a great anti acid and worthwhile trying if you suffer from Acidity. Try 50 ml of the pure juice, 1 to 2 x daily on an empty stomach. It is also soothing for an inflamed stomach
2. Useful in bleeding piles
3. Pomegranate controls diarrhoea (also good for children)
4. Great digestive aid. Deepana/ increases digestive function
5. Pomegranate strengthen the heart. New research can confirm this!
6. It maintains healthy level of Oestrogen as they contain a small amount of estrone. Best to eat the fresh fruit, juice or seeds during menopause.
7. The fruit also kills parasites, it is specific for tapeworms, pinworms and roundworms. Best to follow this with a colon cleanse to flush out the parasites.
8. Try and roast the seeds this is very beneficial for people with excessive appetite(balance tiksnagni).
9. Pomegranates are also a well known aphrodisiac, they benefit the semen (Shukrala) via the plasma or so called rasa dhatu in Ayurveda.
10. In nose bleed the juice of its flowers is instilled nasally (nasya) to arrest the bleeding.
11. The juice can also be applied on skin rashes, allergic rashes, insect bites. You can also mix it with aloe Vera gel 1:1 ratio.
12. The fruit intake can help to improve haemoglobin level and help in treating anaemia. Vitamin C helps Iron absorption
13. Useful in loss of taste/ tastelessness
14. Prepare a drink with jaggery to alleviate excessive thirst (trishnahara)
15. The rind of the fruit is astringent and can be used to prepare a toothpowder
16. The pomegranate seed oil is wonderful to nourish your skin and hair
17. Pomegranate juice is full of anti oxidants and it may help to reduce cancer, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and nourish the nervous system.
18. It is antiemetic and useful to relive vomiting sensation and nausea (chardinigraha)
19. Combine with the herb Shatavari for menopause
20. Combine with the herb Arjuna, Bala and Ashwagandha for strengthening the heart

Wow this are truly amazing benefits of a fruit.

Try our yummy fresh pomegranate juice recipe.
Best to be enjoyed at room temperature.

Pomegranate juice– Anar juice
1 pomegranate (remove seeds)
1 small slice of ginger
½ lime or 1 small lemon (remove the skin)
½ cup of water (add more if you like)
Pinch of salt
Option 1: add 30 ml of Aloe Vera juice
Option 2: add 3-4 mint leaves. This also looks nice for decoration.
Option 3: if you prefer it more sweet add 1 tsp of powdered jaggery

How to make it:
Combine all the ingredients except the salt and blend in a blender.
Strain the juice. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy.

The Ayurvedic properties of Dadima/ pomegranate are:
Rasa/taste: sweet, astringent and sour taste,
Vipaka/post digestive taste: sweet
Virya/potency: semi hot in potency and it has an effect to balance the Tridosha.
It possesses light and oil attributes.

From a spiritual view point
• It has many seeds and is a symbol of fertility
• 5 Things Lord Ganesha loves and pomegranate is one of it.
• In Jewish tradition pomegranates resembles fruitfulness, knowledge, learning and wisdom.
• According to some beliefs pomegranate are grown in the gardens of paradise.

It might be an idea to plant your own pomegranate tree at home. To have the garden of paradise at your doorstep.

With love the Lakshmi Ayurveda team
We look forward hearing from you Info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

PS: Thank you Vanessa for dropping off some pomegranate fruits at Lakshmi Ayurveda. This was the inspiration to write about this special fruit.

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 🙂

For the ones who have already tried our ready made kitchari packs – We hope you love them as much as we do.
If you would like to have something alongside, try a homemade chapati. This is so easy to make and it tastes so delicious.

All you need is:

1. two cups of flour (wholemeal, spelt, barley or buckwheat). I have used 1/2 wholemeal and 1/2 spelt

2. 3/4 cup of warm water

3. 1-2 tablespoon of ghee or sesame oil (I love it with ghee)

4. Himalayan rock salt to taste

5. Optional roasted cumin and/or fennel seeds

How to make it:

Take all the ingredients and add the warm water. Knead well until it is a soft dough.
Best if you let the dough rest for about 30 minutes and then knead again.
Make large walnut size balls and roll them on a floured board until it becomes very thin. Heat a frying pan until medium hot and cook the chapati on each side for about 30 seconds.

Serve with your Kitchari.

Enjoy your meal
With love from Lakshmi Ayurveda xxx

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