Ayurvedic Chikitsa for Gastritis (Amlapitta)

A common digestive disorder originating in the stomach (amasaya) resulting in burning, or hot pains in the region of the stomach and chest.

When the condition remains in the stomach, it is known as gastritis in the west.

Many causes of Hyperacidity

Symptoms

Hyperacidity presents with acidic belching and burning pains in the abdomen and chest. This may accompanied by diarrhea, borborygmi, and headaches.

Vataja-type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with greater pain.

Pittaja type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with greater burning.

Kaphaja type amlapitta (hyperacidity) presents with a greater sense of heaviness in the abdomen

Western interpretation

Inflammation of the stomach

Many Causes of Gastritis

  • Ingestion of an irritant(i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Alcohol (Alcohol inhibits the secretion of the protective prostaglandin, thereby causing gastritis)
  • Acute stress (i.e. burns)
  • Chronic stress
  • Irritation due to gastric secretions
  • Bacterial infection with H. Pylori bacteria
  • Excess or deficient gastric secretions
  • Compromised stomach protective mucous membrane.
  • Thinning of the lining of the stomach due to aging
  • Taking food before the previous meal has been digested
  • irregular or excessive eating
  • Indigestion
  • Ama(toxin)
  • Uncooked milk
  • Wine
  • Foods that are too heavy or moist
  • Excessive use of any spicy(hot), sour or dry foods
  • Taking too much liquid
  • Repeated daytime sleeping
  • Eating stale food
·      Worry, anxiety, grief, and prolonged tension.

Symptoms

  • Burning pain in the upper abdomen
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Dull or gnawing pain in the upper abdomenThe symptoms of gastritis depend on how acute it is and how long it has been there Ayurvedic treatment (Chikista)
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  • Light diet
  • Mung soup for the first 24 hours(has antacid quality)
  • Fasting in accordance with the patients strength 1-3 days
  • Rest
  • Samsarjanakrama( food slowly reintroduced while carefully stocking the Agni and rebuild strength)
  • Regulating Agni(metabolic fire that governs the digestion)
  • De stress
  • Vata patients should cultivate faith
  • Pitta patients should cultivate non-judgment and compassion.
 

Some herbs helpful for treatment of Gastritis

·         Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Ginger appears to reduce inflammation. The extract of ginger is effective in treating the acid dyspepsia that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

·         Amla (Indian Goosbery) is found useful in dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and haemorrhage.

·         Slippery Elm helps rebuild the plasma element of the body and help restore the mucous membrane of the stomach.

·         Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Licorice root has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation and injury in the stomach. It also stalls the growth of H. Pylori.

·         Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a refrigerant and antispasmodic. It allays internal heat. Several studies have demonstrated that the root of this plant is an effective drug in hyperacidity. Mineral contents, which are biochemically important for the human system, were found in significant concentration in different parts of the herb

·         Chamomile is a popular beverage tea with many therapeutic values. It helps relieve bilious, digestive headaches.

·         Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare) Fennel is used as a digestive traditionally by Indians. After each meal, there is a tradition of chewing some seeds of fennel. Fennel soothes the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

·         Rhubarb (Rheum emodi) Rhubarb is a mild agent; so it is effectively used in treating gastritis problems in children. It can reduce the acidity in the stomach.

Prevention of a recurrence of amlapitta requires that the rules of proper food combining be adhered to and that constitutionally appropriate foods be taken in the proper quantity.

If this condition is not treated properly, it can progress to stomach ulcers. In addition, chronic inflammation of the stomach increases the risk of stomach cancer.

Dietary Changes

You can take almost all foods in moderation except chilies, spices, and sour food. Avoid chilies, meat soups, tamarind and unripe citrus fruits such as orange, sweet-lime, etc. Restrict the use of garlic, ginger, coriander (dhania), and cumin seeds (jeera). Avoid papad, chutney, or pickles. You can use ghee in cooking as it pacifies pitta. However, restrict the fried food and recycled cooking oil, as they are difficult to digest. Restrict the intake of salt as it irritates the stomach lining. Bland diet such as khichdi, that contains cooked rice and dal, is perhaps the best diet in gastritis. Always prefer the old rice that has been preserved for one year. A snack or small meal every three hours does the trick in most of the cases.
Milk has always been known to relieve pain in the peptic ulcer. Always choose milk instead of coffee or tea.
Caffeine found in coffee and tea, some soft drinks, chocolate and many medications increase stomach acid. Avoiding these substances can, therefore, aid in the healing of gastritis.
In some individuals, food allergies or intolerance may cause gastritis. If you are suspecting food sensitivity or allergy, you should consider discussing an allergy elimination programme with your physician.
When helicobacter causes gastritis, free radical levels rise in the stomach lining. These unstable molecules contribute to inflammation and gastric damage.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps squelch free radical molecules, is low in the stomach juice of people with chronic gastritis. This is the reason, some of the vitamin C rich fruits, such as amla, are found to be helpful in gastritis. There is some evidence that the antioxidant beta carotene may also reduce free radical damage in the stomach, and eating foods such as carrots, that are high in carotene, has been linked to a decreased risk of developing chronic atrophic gastritis.
Moreover, people with active gastritis have been reported to have low levels of beta-carotene in their stomach. Combining vitamin C rich foods and carotene food lead to improvement in most people with chronic atrophic gastritis.

RIMA SINANI

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Forever wellness Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Health practitioner

Consultations are held at:

412 W. Broadway suite 214

Glendale CA 91204

Contact info: (818) 482-6694

E-mail: rimasinani@yahoo.com

 

DISCLAIMER: This is strictly for educational use only. Not to be considered medical advice

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How Can Ayurveda Help Me?

 

 Whether you are looking to alleviate occasional

Digestive issues, losing weight or get relief from a chronic condition Ayurveda can help.

From an Ayurvedic perspective they’re likely related to one root cause, which is an imbalance in one or more of the three doshas, or bodily humors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

An Ayurvedic Practitioner treats you as a whole person – not just your disease.

By understanding your unique mind-body constitution, and how it is best balanced through healthy digestion and lifestyle, the practitioner may recommend foods, herbs, meditation, yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), bodywork, detoxification and other therapies that promote healing.

Witnessing the shift that occurs through the Ayurvedic healing process is a profound experience.

Symptoms, patterns and habits begin to heal. You become more centered, vital, confident and content as you learn about your true nature, your true needs, and how to nourish and heal yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.

What is an Ayurvedic Consultation?

An established relationship with an Ayurvedic Practitioner is integral to being supported on the journey toward optimal health. The Practitioner takes the role of teacher, healer and guide. Together, practitioner and patient will facilitate successful and sustained implementation of Ayurveda into one’s daily life.

Initial Consultation: 2 hour session

 Your first appointment will be a one-on-one session involving a complete review of your chief symptoms, daily routines, eating habits, physical/mental/emotional tendencies, a physical assessment, and pulse/tongue diagnosis.

Please note: All Initial Consultation patients are required to submit a detailed intake form prior to his/her visit. At least 48hrs prior to your visit.

 Report of Findings: 1 hour session

Based on information gathered at the Initial Consultation, an Ayurvedic interpretation of findings is presented including one’s constitution. You’ll receive an initial set of recommendations, which will entail some of the therapies mentioned below. 

Using the following classical forms of Ayurvedic treatment, your consultations will result in a personalized healing program that may include:

 

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mindful eating practices
  • Mind counseling (for mental and emotional health)
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Herbal formulas
  • Massage and bodywork
  • Panchakarma
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Sound therapy and mantra
  • Aromatherapy
  • Color therapy

 

Follow-up Consultations: 1 hour session

Follow-up visits are incredibly important to your long-term deep healing Each session will offer wisdom and Ayurvedic tools for health including dietary and lifestyle recommendations, herbs, oils, body therapies aromatherapy yoga, breathing techniques and more.

The effectiveness of Ayurveda is dependent upon the individual’s dedication to making healthful life decisions and changes.

For appointments please contact:

Rima Sinani

At

Forever wellness Ayurveda

Ayurvedic health Practitioner

412 W. Broadway suite 214

Glendale CA 91204

(818) 482-6694

E-mail: rimasinani@yahoo.com

 

Essential Supplements for Menopause

Calcium

Helps prevent osteoporosis and other bone problems, as well as hot flashes.

Sources:  Almond, Amaranth, Chickweed, Comfrey, Dandelion, Greens Dark-green leafy vegetables (broccoli, chard, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens), Horsetail, Nettle, Oatstraw, Seaweed (hizike, kelp, and wakame), Sesame seeds, sesame products, Watercress, Yogurt and other cultured milk products

Dong quai

A wonderful herb for the female system; used in the treatment of almost every gynecological ailment.

A powerful uterine tonic and hormonal regulator. Excellent for the circulatory system and also high in minerals, especially iron.

Sources: Root

Shatavari

It is one of the most revered herbs for the reproductive system. Shatavari tones, cleanses, nourishes, and strengthens the female reproductive organs and traditionally is used to treat premenstrual syndrome, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, leucorrhea, menopause, and pelvic inflammatory diseases such as endometriosis. It improves the health of the ovaries and uterus. Shatavari is a rejuvenating herb that cools the body and strengthens and nourishes the tissues. Traditionally used to maintain the healthy production of female hormones, Shatavari may be translated as “100 spouses.

Sources: Root

Ginseng

An excellent tonic herb. Slowly and surly builds life force; is excellent for long term deficiencies and imbalances. Produces a steady flow of grounded, well-balanced energy and aids in the elimination of mood swings and depression.

Sources: Root

Iron

Essential for robust health and high energy. Keeps the blood oxygen-rich. Iron deficiency leads to exhaustion, fatigue and stress.

Sources: Alfalfa, apricots, beets, and beet greens, blackstrap molasses, bran, cereal grains (especially oat), comfrey, eggs,

Floradix Iron+ herbs (available at most natural food stores), nettle, horsetail, parsley, raisins, seaweeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, tofu, watercress, wheat germ, whole grains, and yellow dock root.

Spirulina

By weight 55 to 70 percent protein. Also contains concentrated amounts of B vitamins (helpful for preventing degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis).

Sources: Powder or tablets

Vitamin E

A wonderful nutrient for the reproductive system and a specific remedy for hot flashes, muscle cramps, and vaginal dryness.

Sources: Whole grains, cold press oils, dark green leafy vegetables, bee pollen, and some nuts. Supplements are often recommended during menopause. Caution: those with diabetes, rheumatic heart or high blood pressure should not exceed 50 I.U. of vitamin E daily without consulting a health care practitioner.

DISCLAIMER: This is strictly for educational use only. Not to be considered medical advice

Rima Sinani 

Forever wellness Ayurveda

Ayurvedic health Practitioner

412 W. Broadway suite 214

Glendale CA 91204

(818) 482-6694

E-mail: rimasinani@yahoo.com

Ayurvedic Management of Diabetes

Diabetes is an insidious disease that can develop due to unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits. Because of its quiet nature, diabetes can go undetected for a long time. Once the disease is discovered, recovering health can be a challenging journey.

A comprehensive Ayurvedic approach is the ideal way to optimize the healing mechanisms of the body, while blocking the pathological patterns.

 Dietary and Lifestyle approaches to balancing blood sugar

It is essential to change one’s relationship with food.

Considering the adverse effect of excessive triglycerides and obesity on diabetic patients, healthy weight management is considered the primary intervention in medicine. Having moderate amount of food that meets caloric needs without raising blood sugar too excessively is ideal for the diabetic patient.

Following are some recommendations that can be easily adopted:

Eating equal amount of protein-to-carbohydrate ratio can help to reduce glucose load as protein breaks down slower than carbs

  • For example, with one ounce of protein (light meat or beans), combine one ounce of vegetables (a healthy source of carbs.)
  • Another way to reduce carbs is to replace white rice with quinoa or buckwheat.

 Eat small and regular meals

  • Having 4-5 small meals spread throughout the day can be helpful to minimize glucose load with each meal.
  • Balance each of the main meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner with equal amount of protein-to-carb.
  • Also, reduce the overall portion size of each meal.
  •  Add in 2 snack meals between breakfast—lunch—dinner. One snack may be a 1-2 servings of fruits. The second snack can be protein-rich, like 1-2 handfuls of raw tree nuts, 1-2 tablespoons of hummus or 1oz meat or 1 tablespoon cheese.

Alternate between a variety of foods

  • Tree nuts: almond, cashews, walnuts, pistachio, pecans, Brazil nuts, etc.
  • Seeds: flax seeds, sunflowers seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
  • Eat seasonal vegetables and fruits.
  • Exercise is one of the best ways of revving up body’s capacity to deal with excessive sugar.
  • Weight bearing exercise help to increase the mass of insulin receptor in muscles. Sugar that is driven into muscle tissue is stored as glycogen and released overtime, helping control sugar crash. Weight bearing exercise also increases general exercising capacity.
  • Yoga has been shown to improve outcome in patients with diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular disease. In addition to muscles, yoga also causes contraction and relaxation of internal organs, thus improving circulation in and activity of these organs.
  • Walking has been shown to reduce risk complications and death related to diabetes. Research shows, up to 57% reduction risk of cardiovascular disease and 46% reduction in death related to cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients.
  • Deep breathing is a thermo-genic activity, meaning it increases metabolism. This is indicated by an enhanced digestive fire on every tissue level. In order to further enhance this effect to optimize metabolism, Ayurveda recommends incorporating fire breath into daily practice.

Herbal Support for Diabetes

 Gurmar, Gymnema sylvestre:

This plant has been proven to have healing effects on the pancreas. It helps to regenerate β-cells in the pancreas, which secrete insulin into the body. Increased insulin contributes to blood sugar control from using Gurmar. Among insulin dependent patients, Gymnema has been shown to reduce insulin requirement while reducing overall blood sugar, compared to insulin-dependent controls.

Gymnema has been the subject of considerable research since the 1930s, which revealed its effectiveness in treating both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes…Another anti-diabetic effect of Gymnema is that it negates the taste of sugar, which has the effect of suppressing and neutralizing the craving for sweets.

Neem, Azadiratcha indica:

Anti-diabetic effects of this versatile herb have proven in animal and human studies alike. Neem is a bitter herb that has the capacity to stimulate the pancreas, improving its digestive and insulin-producing activity. Neem has proven effective in individual with insulin-dependent diabetes to reduce dosage by 30-50%. This herb is also quite safe and effect when combined with oral hypoglycemic drugs. Therefore, it is useful to provide more effective glucose control without need to add on drugs.

Holy basil, Ocimum sanctum: This plant is central to many ceremonial and religious activities in Indian culture. In additional to the Spiritual significance, the value of holy basil comes from its versatile medicinal activities. For the diabetic patient, holy basil has been shown to contribute toward blood glucose control. It also has an anti-oxidant effect that protects all organs of the body from gluco-toxic oxidative damage. Holy basil helps to replenish anti-oxidant enzyme in the body, while putting a cap on inflammation. In this way, holy basil helps in preventing complications related to diabetes.

 

Bitter melon, Mormordica charantia

Research has shown this herb to be effective for promoting insulin release, as well as insulin sensitivity. Thus, it is helpful in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Bitter melon carries insulin-like peptides that mimic the activity of physiological insulin to promote additional blood sugar control.

An unusual-looking fruit, bitter melon resembles a cucumber covered with hard bumps. Its firm fruit covers bright red seeds, which are inedible. When steeped in salt water, the fruit loses its bitter taste. The fruit also may be pickled and used as a relish. Bitter melon is highly recommended for treating diabetes, both as part of the general diet and in the form of an extract or as an herbal tea made from the leaf.
As it is true with all chronic diseases, the Ayurvedic approach provides the greatest chance of restoring normal function to the digestive system. Effective healing requires a great deal of work from the patients. The rewards of health, vitality, and longevity are the fruit of such hard work.

DISCLAIMER:
This is strictly for educational use only.
Not to be considered medical advice