miércoles, 25 de enero de 2012

Early Diagnosis – The Key to Treating Arthritis



Early Diagnosis –
The Key to Treating Arthritis

Forty-year-old Mr. Sharma could not believe his ears when his doctor told him he had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. “How could he have Arthritis? He just turned forty!” asked his wife, flabbergasted. “After all, isn’t it supposed to be a joints-related problem seen in very old people?”

Like most people, Mr. Sharma’s wife too, in her ignorance, believes Arthritis is only about joint pains and that it affects the elderly. Well, she could not be far from the reality. Arthritis can affect people of any age. It is most common in people over 60 years old, although some types of Arthritis can also affect younger people. Unfortunately, there are over 200 types of Arthritis-related conditions and on an average, most people are aware of only about two of them!

What does Ayurveda say?
According to Ayurveda, Arthritis is caused by impaired digestion, due to improper dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as aggravated Vata Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Air). Impaired digestion and irregular bowel movements lead to accumulation of toxins (ama) in the body. This ama, along with the aggravated Vata, gets stored in various joints and leads to stiffness or inflammation and pain.

Am I at Risk?

To figure out if you are at a risk of Arthritis, take the following factors under consideration:

  • Family history – You are more likely to develop this condition if someone in your family has Arthritis or related problems

  • Age – If you are above 50, it becomes easier to get this disease

  • Obesity – If you are overweight, you will end up putting added pressure on your joints, thereby making them susceptible to one or the other form of joint pain

  • Injury or trauma – If you have had an injury or trauma to a joint, it can lead to Arthritis later in life

  • Gender – Research says, women are more prone to Arthritis and often experience worse symptoms than men

In addition, certain infections or factors in the environment might also trigger the symptoms in susceptible individuals. The growing incidences of Arthritis among the youth can be attributed to erratic eating schedules and sedentary lifestyles, which are a common feature of their lives.

Arthritis can manifest itself in the form of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and Ankylosing Spondylosis, among other forms. Its symptoms can develop suddenly or slowly, with the most common ones being inflammation of joints, swelling, difficulty and pain in movement, loss of appetite and energy, fever, etc.



Move to Improve

‘Exercise’ is probably the last thing that comes to your mind when you think of Arthritis. How is it possible to exercise where there is excruciating pain in the joints and muscles; when even the slightest of movements become difficult? Well, the irony is, exercise is a very crucial part of treatment in cases of Arthritis.

For most patients, pain can be a major reason why they are put off exercising. However, with the help of regular and appropriate exercise, they can reap enormous benefits, including:

  • Better joint mobility

  • Enhanced range of movement

  • Improved pain management

  • Enhanced muscle and bone strength

  • Improved energy levels

  • Weight control or even loss of weight

  • Improved self-esteem and a positive attitude towards life

Getting Started

If you do not have access to suitable facilities for exercising, here are few tips that will help you get started at home.

  • Start gently and slowly and build up gradually. Do not rush up with the exercises. In fact, if you have stopped exercising for some time, it is advisable to start with simpler, basic exercises. You can build up eventually.

  • Warm up your muscles to get the best out of your exercise session. Start with movements that help increase the blood circulation to your muscles. Marching on the spot with gentle swinging of alternate arms backwards and forwards is a good start.



Suffering from Joint Pains?
Try Panchakarma for Relief

Panchakarma, the specialized line of Ayurvedic therapies, is one of the most effective means of treating chronic pains. A collection of holistic rejuvenation therapies, Panchakarma aims to detoxify the body and revitalize the entire system, thereby providing sustainable relief to the patient.

In Arthritis Patients…

The detoxification effect of Panchakarma treatments can be effectively used to manage pain. Because Arthritis is a degenerative disease, rejuvenation should be an important part of the treatment process. A combination of various mind-body healing techniques will help cleanse toxins from the body and clear the blockage in channels. This will lead to proper movement of Vata (which is the prime cause of Arthritic pains), thereby bringing the patient’s condition closer to curability.

Benefits of Panchakarma:

  • Eliminates toxins from the body

  • Relieves body pains and aches

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Restores constitutional balance, improving health and wellness

  • Reverses the negative effects of stress on the body and mind

  • Improves strength, vitality and mental clarity

  • Enhances the potency of medicines



Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Jiva Case Study

Monika Singh (name changed) had been a star sportsperson all her life. A state-level hockey champion, she was the apple of her family’s eye. Kids looked up to her and adults adored her dedication and stamina.

But, ten years back, her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. What started as regular joint pains – which she attributed to her daily schedule of sports activities – went on to take enormous proportions when she started experiencing difficulty in walking. The joints involving her knees, wrists and back initially became painful, and eventually, stiff and inflamed. In addition, she was also troubled by indigestion and flatulence.

For ten years, Monika was managing her disease with the help of anti-rheumatic drugs, pain killers and physiotherapy. Even though the pain was sporadically ‘under control’, her condition aggravated when she was not able to walk short distances without pain. Her problem kept getting worse and eventually her doctor recommended joint replacement surgery. However, on the insistence of her mother, she decided to give Ayurveda a try.

At the Jiva TeleMedicine Center…
When Monika called our center, she was all set to go under the knife as nothing was really working for her. One of our expert Ayurvedic doctors took up her case and conducted a detailed analysis of her condition. We found out that her mother was an Arthritis patient too. Also, given her lifestyle as a sportsperson, she had lived in different kinds of environments and resorted to improper eating habits and sleeping hours.

It was clear that the patient’s problem was due to impairment of digestion. Her symptoms of indigestion and flatulence indicated that her digestive fire was impaired and had led to accumulation of ama or toxins in the body. This ama combines with Vata Dosha (which governs the musculoskeletal system) and gets accumulated in various joints and muscles. In an aggravated state, it leads to stiffness or inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles, causing Ama Vata – the Ayurvedic name of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Stiffness and inflammation are signs of ama and pain is a sign of Vata Dosha.

We suggested…
Monika was recommended an Ayurvedic line of treatment that aimed at enhancing her digestion, so that toxins are not produced. We gave her detoxifying herbs to cleanse the accumulated ama. She was also advised Panchakarma treatment to provide relief from the excruciating pain that she was experiencing.

In one year’s time…
Monika followed our treatment for 12 months and also underwent a series of Panchakarma procedures for treating her pain. Even though she has accepted the fact that her condition cannot be completely cured, she is relieved that the pain and stiffness in her joints have improved considerably. She is also able to move more comfortably and the problem of indigestion has been cured in its entirety.

Monika might never be the star sportsperson again, but thanks to Ayurveda, her activities won’t be confined to the four walls of her house – something she dreaded would have happened after the surgery. The future surely looks positive!

Want Ayurvedic treatment for Arthritis? Contact Jiva Today!
If you are looking for a solution for your problem of Arthritis, write to us at info@jiva.com for a free health consultation from a Jiva Ayurveda doctor.


Food includes anything that enters the body through the mouth, skin, ears, nose and eyes. So, be careful of the kind of music you hear, television shows you watch, and thoughts that you bring into your mind. Choose music that is soothing (classical, spiritual), watch programs that relax you (history, culture, humor, etc.), use soothing aromas and think positive. These will increase Sattva (purity), relax the mind and ensure optimum use of intellect.

Introducing… The Super
Herbs in your Kitchen

Have you ever wondered why we use herbs like Haldi (Turmeric), Ilaichi (Cardamom), Dhania (Coriander), Hing (Asafetida), Laung (Cloves), Dalchini (Cinnamon), etc. in our cooking? Is it because we were simply ‘taught’ to use them?

If you are among those people who have absolutely no idea of how important and potent these common herbs are, it’s time you got introduced to the Super Herbs in your Kitchen!

Starting from this issue, we will chronicle one herb in every newsletter. so that you find out about the uses and benefits of these simple yet effective herbs.  

This Month’s Super Herb:

We know, you don’t even want to talk about that foul smelling thing that’s stored away in an airtight container! But then Asafetida is just any herb found in your kitchen.

It not only adds zing to your food, also has a plethora of medicinal properties to its credit. In Ayurveda, Asafetida is considered to be one of the best spices for balancing the Vata Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Air).


When used in culinary preparations, it aids digestion and prevents constipation

Add a pinch of hing to buttermilk and drink it after meals to treat gas and flatulence

A paste of a little hing dissolved in water can be applied to the navel in case of stomach ache

Placing a piece of hing on an aching tooth helps in reducing pain

It is useful in menstrual disorders such as dysmenorrheal and amenorrhea

When applied to an itching skin, hing gives a lot of relief

It gives relief in breathing disorders like asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough  


This Month's Recipe
Drumstick Soup

Indian Name:
Sahijan Soup

Medicinal properties of Drumstick:
It is useful for paralysis, facial paralysis and weakness related to nerves. It helps in increasing digestive fire and is very effective in cold and cough.

This soup is also useful for Amenorrhoea and Dysmenorrhea patients. People who want to reduce weight should have more of this soup.

Dosha Analysis: This soup is light, dry and pungent in nature. Its taste is katu and tikat. It is warming in nature. It pacifies Vata and Kapha Dosha. People who are Pitta in nature should consume this in lesser quantity.



News and Events

Dr. Chauhan to deliver lecture on Ayurveda

The Life Positive Foundation is organizing a series of lectures by Dr. Partap Chauhan for Ayurveda enthusiasts in and around New Delhi. The country’s leading Ayurvedacharya will deliver a special talk on ‘Managing Stress through Ayurveda’. In this talk, he will discuss how certain simple Ayurvedic tips can help in enhancing Sattva (purity of mind) and foster better management of stress. According to him, this will lead the way for a healthy and balanced physical and mental state.


The event will serve as a great platform for people to ask everything they always wanted to know about Ayurveda but did not know who to ask. Dr. Chauhan will not only talk about the Ayurvedic perspective of health, but will also answer the questions posed by the audience.

Event Details:
• Date: October 20, 2011
• Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
• Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


IGNOU to Honor Traditional Healers

The Indira Gandhi National Open University is all set to honor traditional healers in a bid to preserve and document knowledge in traditional medicine. The award, to be known as the ‘Gram Vaidya Award’, will give due recognition to healers who have been serving the rural community. Even though they might not be registered or qualified practitioners, these healers have helped villagers through basic home remedies that can cure common illnesses.

The award and certification will not give the practitioners any licence to practice. It will simply facilitate the process of documenting the traditional practices in the village and encouraging people to acquire the knowledge.

Karnataka plans to get an Ayurveda University

Talks are on for Karnataka to become the first state in South India to launch an Ayurveda University. The government land for the university is available in Shimoga District and steps have been initiated to get started with the work.

At present, all Ayurveda colleges in the state function under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in which, other health system lobbies get an upper hand, and therefore the development of Ayurveda academics takes a backseat. The proposed university in Karnataka will give a big boost to Ayurvedic education and practice in the entire South Indian region.

There are 57 Ayurveda colleges in Karnataka, which is second only to Maharashtra. All the three universities of Ayurveda are in North India—Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat.


Ayurveda – The Best
Diabetes Management Aid

346 million 80% 2030

346 million people world-wide have diabetes.

More than 80% of people with diabetes live in low and middle-income countries.

WHO projects that diabetes deaths will double between 2005 and 2030.

The global burden of Diabetes has become a huge cause of worry amongst health administrators the world over. Even though the actual causes are complex, there is good evidence that a large number of cases of diabetes and its complications can be prevented by a healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding tobacco.

Ironically, the unfortunate reality is, not many diabetics actually know this simple fact! In most countries, especially the developing ones, diabetes patients are accustomed to believing that insulin injections and regular pills are their only reprieves – things that will keep them going for a lifetime. And this is far from the truth!

Ayurveda says sugar levels can be kept under control with the help of proper medication and a strict diet-lifestyle plan. Because Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that arises when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, it can only be treated if the body is rejuvenated in its entirety.

Decipher the Warning Signs
Education is of the utmost importance in the prevention of diabetes. Here’s a list of symptoms that you should look out for in your body to make sure you are not suffering from any diabetes-related complication.

  • Frequent urination

  • Excessive thirst

  • Increased hunger

  • Weight loss

  • Tiredness

  • Lack of interest and concentration

  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet

  • Other signs include blurred vision, frequent infections and slow-healing wounds

Don’t ignore basic warning signs as they could be indicative of graver problems. In case you are unsure, consult your doctor immediately.

Remember, you are at the risk of Diabetes if you:

  • are obese or overweight

  • are physically inactive

  • have been previously diagnosed with glucose intolerance

  • have unhealthy dietary habits and meal times

  • are above the age of 40

  • are a patient of high blood pressure and high cholesterol

  • have a family history of diabetes

  • have a history of gestational diabetes

  • are from a particular ethnicity (higher rates of diabetes have been reported in Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans)

Daily Routine for a Diabetic

Wake up Time: Wake up by 6 am in the morning, as you also need ample time to exercise. Have a glass of lukewarm water mixed with two teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice every day.

Exercise: Exercise forms an important part of treatment for diabetic patients. A morning walk is the best form of exercise. Yoga and meditation can also be beneficial, especially to relieve stress and bring clarity to the mind. If your health permits, opt for exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling, etc.

Breakfast: In the morning, take two slices of whole meal bread with butter and fresh milk (boiled and taken warm). Seasonal fresh fruits can be taken occasionally, with or without milk.

At Work: If you are an office-goer, make sure you carry filling snacks with you all the time, as Diabetics are advised not to keep their stomachs empty. Instead of snacking on cheese, chips or crackers, enjoy a handful of nuts or seeds. Go for variety with sunflower, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, and walnuts.

Lunch: For lunch, opt for steamed or lightly cooked green vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, turnip, asparagus and mushrooms. Vegetable soup or boiled vegetables can also be taken. In addition, two or three whole wheat bread (chapatis), sprouts, salad, boiled rice, lentils (daal) etc. can be taken according to appetite. A glass of butter milk (salty lassi) is a nice drink to end the lunch. Roasted cumin seeds, black salt, grated ginger and green coriander leaves can be added to the butter milk.

Daytime Sleep: If you are a non-working Diabetic, always remember not to sleep during the daytime, as it increases Kledaka Kapha. A sub-dosha of Kapha, Kledaka Kapha governs the protective mucous lining of the digestive system, thereby facilitating proper digestion. In an increased state, it can lead to impairment of digestion, which can cause additional problems in Diabetes patients.

Evening Snacks: Have a glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice. You can also take Ayurvedic tea with roasted chickpeas.

Dinner: Always remember that your dinner should be light and not have too many items. Boiled vegetables, sprouts, cottage cheese (paneer) or a bowl of salad made from fresh raw vegetables of the season. Also, make it a point to eat at least two hours before you go to bed.

Bedtime: Go to sleep before 10 pm. Have a glass of fresh boiled warm milk before going off to bed.

The Ayurvedic View

In Ayurveda, Diabetes is known as Madhumeha (Madhu means ‘honey’ and Meha means ‘urine’). Medhumeha is categorized as Vataj Meha (a problem caused by aggravation of Vata). Vata is an Ayurvedic humor symbolizing wind and dryness. Deterioration of the body is a characteristic that indicates impairment of Vata. Maximum deterioration of dhatus (body tissues) occurs in this type of disease and this is the reason why all vital organs are affected by Diabetes.



Diabetic dependent on Insulin
for 10 yrs treated in just 15 months

Insulin dependence is one of the most common traits of Diabetic patients. It’s something that starts off as a form of treatment to keep sugar levels balanced, and ultimately ends up becoming an inseparable part of their lives. Such diabetics have to, without fail, carry their insulin injections with them wherever they go; one miss, and you might experience severe side-effects.

At the Jiva TeleMedicine Center, we have treated over 25,000 cases of Diabetes and related disorders in the last year. One such case was of Mrs. Lilavati Devi (name changed) from West Bengal. A 37-year-old housewife, she has been a diabetic for the last ten years. Her situation had deteriorated so much that she had been taking daily doses of insulin (40 units) for over seven years. She also had symptoms of weakness, leg pains, weight loss, indigestion and mental instability.


The Ayurvedic View:
Mrs. Lilavati called Jiva Ayurveda after having exhausted all available options of treatment to no avail. Detailed analysis of her case by one of Jiva’s doctors revealed that her problem of Prameha (a type of Diabetes) was caused by the aggravation of Kapha and Vata (Ayurvedic humors representing Water and Air).


Chief Complaints: Insulin-dependent Diabetes for over 10 years, general weakness, leg pains, weight loss, indigestion and mental instability

Diagnosis: Prameha (a form of Diabetes)

Treatment: Diabetes-control treatment, cleansing of body tissues, rejuvenation therapy to treat weakness and stabilize the mind

Proposed Diet and Exercise: Less sweet foods, more whole grains and bitter foods; regular exercise and Yoga

Results: Leg pains and weakness cured in four months; sugar levels completely normalized and insulin stopped after 1.5 years of treatment

This had become the primary cause of problems like leg pain and mental imbalance. In addition to that, her sporadic problem of indigestion had led to accumulation of ama (toxins), which had blocked critical body tissues and depleted the body’s strength.




Regular eating habits are very important for Diabetics. The body is in a better position to regulate blood sugar levels—and your weight—when you maintain a regular meal schedule. Opt for moderate and consistent portion sizes for each meal or snack. It is recommended to eat three small meals plus three snacks spread out through the day.

The Super Herbs
in your Kitchen

Fenugreek (Methi)

One of the oldest cultivated herbs in the world, Fenugreek (Methi) is widely found in the Mediterranean regions, Argentina, France, India, North Africa and the United States as a medicinal herb, condiment and dye. The seeds of Fenugreek, popularly used in Indian cooking, have been found to lower blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity and reduce high cholesterol.


Take 1 teaspoon of the powder of fenugreek seeds twice a day with water to control high blood sugar levels.

Fenugreek is a recommended remedy for lowering cholesterol. Take 2 ounces of these seeds throughout the day – sprinkle onto prepared food or consume with water.

Fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and gout.

Fenugreek seeds offer natural cure for Heartburn and Acid Reflux by helping sooth gastrointestinal inflammation.

Fenugreek has been known to increase milk production in lactating women.

This Month's Recipe
Stuffed Bitter Gourd

Bharwa Karela

Indian Name: Bharwa Karela

Ayurvedic Properties:

  • Taste: Tikat, Katu

  • Quality: Laghu, Ruksha

  • Potency: Ushna (warm)

  • Post-digestive Effect: Katu

Medicinal properties:
Bitter Gourd is very good for controlling Diabetes as it aids in decreasing blood sugar levels in the body. It helps in digesting ama (toxins) that are accumulated in the body.

Karela improves the functioning of liver and pancreas and stimulates the secretion of insulin. Additionally, the besan used in our recipe is also recommended for controlling blood sugar.

Dosha Analysis:
Even though Karela is Pitta-pacifying, this recipe could increase Pitta as it can be difficult to digest. Thus, Pitta people and those who have poor digestive fire should eat in lesser amount.

We have added besan in order to calm the effect of Pitta.





News and Events

Jiva hosts Dhanvantri Day Celebrations

Jiva Ayurveda recently hosted Dhanvantri Day celebrations organized by the All India Indian Medicine Graduates Association (AIIMGA). The event was held to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Dhanvantri – the God of Ayurveda, and was attended by over 500 guests, including several dignitaries from the Haryana political circles.


Mr. Rishi Pal Chauhan, Managing Director, Jiva Ayurveda, receives an award for 'promoting Ayurveda through telemedicine' during Dhanvantri Day celebrations organized by AIIMGA at Jiva Institute.

Mr. Mahendra Pratap Singh, State Minister for Revenue & Disaster Management, was the chief guest of the day. During his inaugural message, he heaped praises on Ayurveda, saying, “Ayurveda is the world’s oldest science of healing and is definitely a boon for mankind. The government is quite serious about giving Ayurveda the importance it deserves.”

Pandit Shiv Charan Lal Sharma (State Minister - Information, Public Relations & Cultural Affairs), Ms. Sharda Rathore (Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Haryana) and Dr. Sanjay Attri (Chairman, Medical Board of Ayurveda and Unani) were some of the other guests who graced the event with their presence. On this occasion, AIIMGA also honored several doctors for their contribution to the world of medical practice.


Jiva to launch Magazine on Ayurveda

Jiva Ayurveda recently announced the launch of its new magazine, ParamAyu. To be launched in January 2012, ParamAyu will be an international quality magazine educating people on how they can incorporate the principles of Ayurveda in their daily lives to lead healthier, happier lives.

Please send us an email to paramayu@jiva.com to subscribe to the magazine and get special introductory offers. 

Jiva featured as a Success Story
at International Telemedicine Congress in Mumbai

Jiva Ayurveda presented the JIva TeleMedicine Center (TMC) as a success story at the recently-held Telemedicon 2011, an International Telemedicine Congress held in Mumbai. Dr. Partap Chauhan represented Jiva Ayurveda and gave a talk on how the Jiva TMC - the world's largest Ayurvedic telemedicine center - is helping patients from the remotest corners of the country get access to authentic and affordable Ayurvedic healthcare. Jiva's work was highly appreciated for taking the ancient science of Ayurveda to millions of people through the use of cutting-edge technology.

The conference focused on ‘innovative products and services in the telemedicine arena' and received participation from delegates from over 30 countries. Some of the dignitaries who attended the event included, Mr. Sachn Pilot (Member of Parliament), Mr. Aneesh Chopra (Assistant to the US President and Chief Technology Officer, USA), Dr. Prathap C. Reddy (Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group), and Lord Nigel Chris (Member of House of Lords, UK), among others.   


Does the Perfect
Ayurvedic Meal really exist?

You surely have got scolding from your grandma or mother for all that junk food that you relish (especially if you are an Indian). Go for Ayurvedic food if you want to have a long, healthy life, they say. But, what is this Ayurvedic food, you ask. Some would say it’s anything vegetarian; others would refer to it as boiled food, and many more believe it has got to do with only fruits and vegetables.

Well, according to Ayurveda, the perfect Ayurvedic meal is that which is easily digestible, provides nourishment to all tissues, does not create ama (toxins) and does not create imbalance in the three doshas (body humors). Unlike modern nutritional systems, which recommend ‘universally-applicable guidelines’ for all, Ayurveda has always had an individualized approach to nutrition. In Ayurveda, each person has a unique constitution and therefore food should be customized as per his nature.

Identifying the right foods for your body type
Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humors, known as Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each individual possesses a different ratio of all three doshas; some might be Vata dominant, whereas others could be Pitta or Kapha dominant. Based on the dominance of doshas, the physical nature or Prakriti of an individual is determined. Knowing your dosha helps you tailor a personal diet plan that maintains optimum health. If you haven't found out your dosha already, please take our VPK Test online.

Maintaining the Balance
Once you know what your dosha is, you can maintain your health's balance by learning what foods support you and what foods can further aggravate your dosha. The doshas work on the principle of "like increases like and opposite decreases like”. For example, if you are a Pitta person, consumption of hot and spicy foods will aggravate your condition, and increased intake of water will pacify your condition.

Also, different foods have different effects on the doshas. For an example, hot and spicy food may be good for a Kapha type, but may create problems for a Pitta type. Similarly, lubricating and heavy foods might be recommendable for a Vata type, but could have harmful effects on a Kapha type, and so on.


When you were a young child, about five to seven years of age, your mother held your hands and taught you the basic etiquettes of eating. Wash your hands, chew food properly, eat everything on the plate, and don’t talk while eating, etc. were just some of the ‘eating rules’ that you learnt and religiously adhered to all your life. In fact, if you are a parent now, you might have already taught all of this to your kid! But, have you ever paid heed to why you were taught all those rules? Not just so that you don’t embarrass yourself in public, but also because they are critical to your health.

Ayurveda says, how you eat your food is as important as what you eat. If you eat the correct foods in the wrong way, your digestion will be compromised, leading to formation of ama (toxins), which is the leading cause of diseases in the body.

If you want to maintain optimum health, it is imperative that you follow the right eating guidelines. Here is some very basic advice that will help you deeply understand those rules of eating and ensure that ‘how you eat’ impacts your body in the most positive manner.

  • Always wash your hands before a meal
    We touch numerous things during the course of a day, which makes our hands a breeding ground for toxins. By not washing your hands before eating, you will pave the way for toxins to enter your stomach through the mouth and cause disease in your body.

  • Eat only after the previous meal has been digested
    Make sure you eat only when your body’s digestive fire is ready; that is, when all food previously eaten has been digested and you are hungry. Consuming food before the previous meal has been digested creates ama.

  • Eat the liquids and drink the solids
    When you take liquid, do not rush through. Sip little by little as if you are eating a solid. If you eat the liquid in this manner, it will be digested much better. And, when you take solid food, chew it very, very thoroughly. Mix it with saliva and make it into a kind of liquid and drink it. Remember that food mixed with saliva will be digested well and will keep your stomach full for a longer period of time.

  • Remove all distractions while eating
    Never watch television, talk, laugh, or read while eating your meals. If you are eating and simultaneously doing something else, you might fail to notice what you are eating and how much. This makes it less likely that you will respond to your body's cues to hunger and satiety. In the long run, it prevents you from truly enjoying your food and relishing its flavor, color, and texture.

Dyspepsia – A Jiva Case Study

Stomach problems are the biggest threat posed by faulty dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles – typical characteristics of modern-day working professionals’ lifestyles. At Jiva Ayurveda, we regularly consult and treat patients who are suffering from some or the other digestive problem, including Indigestion, Dyspepsia, Constipation, Acid Reflux, Flatulence, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, among others.

Here’s the case of a 35-year-old Belgium-based Software Engineer, Harjeet Singh (name changed) who had been suffering from severe Functional Dyspepsia for more than a year. His main problems included moderate nausea, abdominal pain, distention, acid reflux, and acid regurgitation while sleeping. His condition was so worse that whenever he overate or ate late by even a few minutes or ate something heavy/hot, his symptoms would get aggravated. On the other hand, when he closely watched his diet patterns, the symptoms subsided.

Harjeet contacted Jiva Ayurveda on the recommendation of his wife, who is an avid fan of Dr. Partap Chauhan’s television shows. As he was coming to India for a month’s vacation, we invited him to visit the Jiva Clinic in Faridabad.

At the clinic, our doctor examined Harjeet’s case history and symptoms in detail. We found out that his work schedules were erratic and he stays out of home 15 days in a month on an average. This meant he ate out in hotels and did not have proper sleep most of the times. These habits eventually had a negative impact on his digestion process, resulting in severe Dyspepsia.

About Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia is one of the most common health problems affecting the community today. Commonly known as indigestion or upset stomach, it is a condition wherein the digestive process of an individual gets impaired. The characteristic symptoms of this problem are abdominal pain, bloating, fullness, nausea, etc. Faulty balance between the right and wrong kinds of food as well as improper dietary habits are known to be the prime causes of this problem.

Understanding Ajirna
Ajirna is the Ayurvedic term for Functional Dyspepsia. It symbolizes negative digestion or indigestion (‘A’ added to Jirna, which means Digestion). In Harjeet’s case, the problem was caused by the vitiation of Pitta, the Ayurvedic humor representing Fire. Pitta is responsible for controlling digestion and metabolism in the body, and in an aggravated state, it leads to improper digestion of food and production of ama (toxins). This ama gets accumulated in the digestive channels and causes Dyspepsia. In this case, the problems of acid reflux and nausea were caused by regurgitation of undigested food from his stomach.

Consumption of Pitta (fire) aggravating foods and foods of incompatible nature (virudh aahar) plays a major role in vitiating Pitta Dosha. Late night work schedules, irregular eating patterns, and/or drinking alcoholic and carbonated beverages are also known to aggravate Pitta and cause Ajirna.

Jiva’s Treatment Plan
Jiva’s doctor prepared a customized Ayurvedic treatment plan for Harjeet, which consisted of herbal medicines for pacification of Pitta as well as elimination of toxins present inside his digestive channels. For this, he was recommended a strict anti-Pitta diet that contained fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. All kinds of spicy, fermented, processed, and junk foods were strictly prohibited.

In four months of treatment…
After taking Jiva’s medicines for four months, Harjeet felt remarkable relief in his condition. The symptoms have subsided and his digestion has improved considerably. He will be continuing with the medicines for a few more months to ensure he gets long-term relief from his problems.

Want Ayurvedic treatment for Dyspepsia? Contact Jiva Today!
If you are looking for a solution for your problem of Dyspepsia, write to us at info@jiva.com for a free health consultation from a Jiva Ayurveda doctor.


Yoga is the best form of exercise both for body and mind. By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging various organs, yoga ensures optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in flushing out toxins from the body, making it more energetic and flexible. Also, yoga through meditation works remarkably to achieve a harmony between the mind and body, which helps you attain happiness and satisfaction in everything you do.


The Super Herbs
in your Kitchen

Turmeric (Haldi)


Don’t make the mistake of relegating Haldi to a mere symbol of purity and prosperity that has, over the years, been an indispensable part of Indian rites and rituals. It is not without reason that it is referred to as the ‘spice of life’ in Ayurvedic texts. A mild digestive, stimulant and a carminative, this aromatic herb has profound uses. It is highly beneficial for people who have an aggravated Kapha Dosha (Ayurvedic humor representing Water).


When taken in culinary preparations, Haldi stimulates digestion and boosts immunity

When used in cosmetic products, it helps enhance complexion and bring a glow to the skin

It is known as one of the best cancer antidote spices

It is used as an anti-inflammatory remedy for irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders

When taken in warm milk at night before sleep, Haldi for healing infections and reducing pain

It is also used in skin creams as an antiseptic agent for cuts, burns and bruises

This Month's Recipe
Potato Poppy Seeds

Indian Name:
Aloo Khas-Khas ki Sabzi

Ayurvedic Properties:
Madhur (sweet)
Guru (heavy), Vishtambhi (heavy to digest)
Ushna (warm)
Post-digestive Effect:

Medicinal properties:
It increases Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha in the body. It provides strength to body and is heavy to digest.

Dosha Analysis:
This recipe is ruchivardhak. It is filling and provides strength to body. We have added khas khas seeds in this recipe to make it more strengthening.



News and Events

Jiva launches Ayurvedic Courses in Poland

After successfully carrying out Ayurvedic courses in several European countries, the Jiva International Vedic Academy has recently launched a series of courses for Ayurveda lovers in Poland, in collaboration with Ajurweda.pl, Jiva's partners in the country. The first course on Ayurvedic Nutrition, held in Warsaw and Poznan, was attended by practicing healthcare professionals, who want to adapt the principles of Ayurveda in their practice in order to benefit their patients.

World Ayurveda Conference to be held in Pune in January

The International Academy of Ayurved is organizing a three-day world conference on Ayurveda – World Ayu 2012. To be held in Pune from January 5-7, 2012, the event is being organized in association with Shree Dhantary Parivar and BAMS Graduates Association, Pune. The conference will witness participation from Ayurvedic academicians, researchers, students and practitioners from world over. For further details, write to drsuhasjoshi@yahoo.co.in or visit www.ayurworld.org.

Former Australian Footballer is an ardent Ayurveda Fan

He does pranayama twice daily and vata massage every day. And like a zealous vaidya, he gets excited when talking about the benefits of massaging with sesame oil. You’ll be surprised to know that we are not talking about an Ayurveda practitioner here. We're talking about a former Australian professional footballer who's taken it upon himself to spread awareness on Ayurveda.

Forty-year-old Mark Bunn, who played for the Australian Football League, says, "India is the land of the Vedas. And Ayurveda, its traditional health system, can give enormous benefit to people. We need to reconnect with this timeless knowledge." His new book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health, chronicles the principles of Ayurveda and urges people to go back to this 6,000-year-old system of medicine.

Mark BunnAfter his playing career got over in 1996, Bunn worked with an Indian Ayurvedic doctor during a charitable stint in Cambodia and saw how he treated people for skin rashes, nutritional deficiencies, worms, joint pains, etc. Bunn then studied Ayurveda formally and has now taken upon himself to create awareness and knowledge of the system in Australia.

He feels, “It's not enough to look after just physical wellbeing. Spiritual aspects, too, should be watered. And that is what Ayurveda teaches you."

Jiva all set to scale new heights in 2012

Happy New Year to everyone in the Jiva family! Thanks to well-wishers like you, 2011 has been a very fruitful year for us. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our reach to various corners of the country, and the world, because of your unrelenting dedication and support to our endeavors. We wish you a new year filled with good health, peace, joy, and prosperity.

A Quick Glance at the Year gone by:

Jiva TMC is now the largest Ayurvedic telecenter in the world
The Jiva TeleMedicine Center scaled up to 125 Ayurvedic doctors and over 100 customer support professionals, making us the largest Ayurvedic telecenter in the world. We are providing consultations to over 6000 patients daily, from across 1500 cities and towns in India.

Jiva moves into new, environment-friendly facility

Our TMC moved into a new, environment-friendly facility in Faridabad. Spread across 15,000 sq. ft., the center is entirely made of natural materials such as mud, turmeric (haldi), sandalwood (chandan), bamboos, cow dung, etc.

Paramayu – Your Health in your Hands
Paramayu, Jiva’s new magazine for Ayurveda lovers, has been launched with the aim of spreading the benefits of Ayurveda to help people lead healthier, balanced lives. The magazine’s first issue will be out in January 2012; it will be published quarterly and will be available both in India and abroad.

Jiva TMC features as a Success Story at Telemedicon 2011

The Jiva TeleMedicine Center (TMC) was presented as a success story at the recently-held Telemedicon 2011 in Mumbai. Jiva's work was highly appreciated for taking authentic and affordable Ayurvedic healthcare to millions of people through the use of cutting-edge technology.

Reaching out to more people through new TV shows
We are taking authentic Ayurveda to more people through Dr. Partap Chauhan’s new chat shows, which have been launched on TV channels such as News 24, Sahara Samay, Darshan 24 and Disha TV.

Solving the Ice-Cream Dilemma published by Times Books

Jiva Education Director, Steven Paul Rudolph's pathbreaking new book on careers, Solving the Ice Cream Dilemma – Helping your child choose the right career, has been published by Times Books and was launched at Jiva Institute by Mr. S.S. Kapoor, Police Commissioner of Faridabad.

Times of India collaborates with Jiva to promote MN

India’s leading English daily, The Times of India, has collaborated with Jiva Education to spread the ‘Multiple Natures’ concept to students and educators across the country. MN helps students identify their potential and choose the right careers.

Jiva Culture becomes International Study Center for Rutgers Students
Students of Rutgers University will now study Hindu Philosophy at the Jiva Institute of Vedic Sciences in Vrindavan. The course will consist of a historical study of the philosophical and religious traditions of India, with a particular focus on the devotional traditions that typify Hinduism.

Our Plans for 2012:
With your continued support, we hope to touch new heights in our mission in the coming year 2012. Here are some of the plans for the year ahead:

Realizing the dream of Ayurveda at your doorstep
The concept of Ayurveda at your doorstep will reach the next level, as Jiva will roll out its service of Video Consultation. Starting with a pilot in select cities, Jiva's health professionals will enable video-based consultations from the comfort of the patients' homes.

Interactive content to educate people on Ayurveda
To increase the awareness of Ayurveda and demystify several misconceptions that are associated with this ancient science, Jiva will provide simple tips on managing chronic disorders through interactive, rich media content including animations, videos and podcasts. This content will be available free of cost through online, mobile and offline media.

Enhancing patient care through technology
As a front leader that has pioneered technology in Ayurveda, Jiva is making significant use of predictive technology and analytics that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

Research project to standardize Ayurvedic practice
Jiva will undertake comprehensive research on chronic diseases that will involve detailed analysis of its cases, including the recommended treatment plan and medicines, and the results achieved. Through this project, we aim to document and standardize the practice of Ayurveda.

Paramayu to go Multilingual
Our brand new Ayurvedic magazine, Paramayu, will be translated to several international languages – including Japanese, French, Polish and Lithuanian – in a bid to make it easily accessible to Ayurveda enthusiasts world over.

Students to get Career Advice on TV
Jiva Education will start a new TV show for students and parents seeking the right solutions for their career-related problems. The call-in show will feature our Educational Director, Steven Paul Rudolph, and President, Rishi Pal Chauhan, who will guide students on identifying their natures and choosing the right careers.



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