Sweetened rice flakes (Aval vilayiccatu)

Sweetened rice flakes are so easy to prepare and so delicious. It is a favourite tea time snack of Kerala.

Rice flakes are called prthuka in Sanskrit.
Rice flakes or also known as flattened rice it has very nourishing but also light qualities. In Hindi it is known as poha.

Rice flakes are made by parboiling rice to make it soft, it is then rolled out flat and dried out to make flakes. It has very little cooking time and is so fast to prepare.

The Ayurvedic properties are madhura (sweet) in taste and it has sheeta (cooling) and snighda (unctuous) qualities. It is also balya (strengthening) and brmhana (nourishing). It a great snack and best suited for Vata and Pitta.

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After having a wonderful journey to mother India, Lakshmi Ayurveda is open again to provide authentic Ayurvedic treatments for everyone looking to improve or promote their health.
While in India I have sourced more certified organic products such as bath powders, gum oil, copper vessels, neti pots as well as beautiful handcrafted bangles made in Jaipur and other parts of India.
The Panchakarma workshop was very informative and the Ayurveda congress in Bangalore was very well attended by Ayurveda physicians from India, Sri Lanka and across the globe.
I was very fortunate to have met Dr Mahadevan a BAMS Ayurvedic physician from Chennai who conducts intensive research in Vedic Neurology and Panchakarma. He is the author of several books for practitioners, students as well as beginners in Ayurveda. He writes with a timeless and uncomplicated clarity on the clinical medicine and imparts a simple yet profound message.
He has just published a new book this month about basti treatment and I was very humbled to have received his first copy.
All of Dr Mahadevan’s book are now available at Lakshmi Ayurveda. For any information please contact
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and blessed 2011!

Lakshmi Ayurveda is attending a Panchakarma workshop and the 4th World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya Expo in Bangalore, India –
During the period from the 3/12 – 22/12 there will be no treatments or consultations availabe.
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In Ayurveda rheumatoid arthritis is known as amavata and was described in great detail by Madhava.
Amavata is named after the two involving pathological factors – Ama and Vata and is the condition where stiffness of the body occurs due to lodgement of Ama and Vata in the joints.
When Ama combines with the Vayu it then gives rise to vibandha/ constipation, mandagni/ impaired digestion, stambha/ stiffness, antra kujana/ gurgling sound, vedana/ pain, shopha/ oedema and a pin prick sensation which gradually affects the body parts one after the other.
The etiological factors are considered to be incompatible diet, erroneous habits, diminished digestive fire, sedentary lifestyle and exercising soon after having a meal.
Treatments are langhana/ fasting, swedana/ sweating, virechana (Panchakarma), agni chikitsa and patra pinda sveda. Castor oil is used for the purgation. Ayurvedic preparations such as Simhananda guggulu has shown positive results in reducing inflammation and pain.

Health is the condition of wisdom and the signs of happiness
Charaka Samhita

Massage is the first friend which serves the human organism from the time of birth. In India it is a tradition to massage the body from one’s very first day. The word Abhyanga is literally derived from the Sanskrit root -abhyani (abhi + anj), that means to anoint or smear.
Out of all sense the sense organ of touch is the most pervasive and it has in inseparable association with the mind. Hence the effect of massage is not only for controlling Vata dosha but it has its effect on the mind also. The Vata dosha is located in sparshnendriya (sense organ of touch), and this is located in the skin.
Massage has an overall effect on the immune system of the body and helps to maintain optimum health. If done regularly, massages helps to regulate body functions physically, mentally and spiritually.
Examples of oils used for Abhyanga are Ksheerabala taila, Vata/Pitta/Kapha taila and Mahanarayan taila.
The oils are carefully chosen after a consultation prior to the treatment.

A sweating therapy, in which fresh eranda leaves are fried with other herbal ingredients, tied into boluses, dipped into warm medicated oil and applied over the whole body or affected body part. The herbal bags are padded over joints, thus draining toxins and giving wonderful relief to muscular tension. It is applied after Abhyanga / oil massage.
Indication: Chronic back pain, joint stiffness, muscular pain, sciatica, spondylosis, sprain, cramps, anti-aging and rejuvenation