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Reviving Woman Power through Ayurveda


“Women are worthy of worship. They are the fate of the household, the lamp of enlightenment for all in the household. They bring solace to the family and are an integral part of dharmic life. Even heaven is under the control of women. The gods reside in those households where women are worshipped and in households where women are slighted all efforts at improvement go in vain.”

This text from Manusmriti (the Vedic book that serves as a lawful statement on dharma) aptly highlights the importance of women in the society.

Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing, too considers women to be the backbone of the society. As ‘creators’ and ‘nurturers’, they are the biggest contributors to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of the human race.

According to Ayurveda, any society or nation can be healthy only if the women living in it are healthy. Men depend on women for their emotional nourishment – a crucial aspect for maintaining health. As a child, they get this nourishment from their mothers; as husbands from their wives; and as fathers from their daughters. It is the mother who brings a child to this world and it is she who becomes his first teacher. She creates permanent impressions upon the heart and mind of the child and plays a key role in shaping his personality. Hence, if we want our children to grow into good, healthy citizens, we have to ensure that the mothers who bear them are healthy.
 

 

   Women Worldwide – Some Startling Facts

• 70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty are females
• Women do more than 67% of the hours of work done in the world
• Women earn only 10% of the world’s income
• Women own only 1% of the world’s property
• The value of unremunerated work was estimated at about $16 billion, from which $11 billion
   represents the invisible contribution of women
• Women are paid 30-40% less than men for comparable work on an average
• 60-80% of the food in most developing countries is produced by women
• Women hold between 10-20% managerial and administrative jobs
• Women make up less than 5% of the world’s heads of state
• 60 % of the 130 million children in the age group of 6-11 years who do not go to school, are 
  girls
• Approximately, 67% of the world’s 875 million illiterate adults are women
• 3 out of 5 women in Southern Asia and an estimated 50% of all women in Africa and in the
  Arab region are still illiterate
• Women account for 50% of all people living with HIV/AIDS globally
• Early and unwanted childbearing, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and
  pregnancy-related illnesses and deaths account for a significant proportion of the burden of
  illness experienced by women – especially in low-income countries

 

 
 

Status of Women – Then vs. Now
Originally, in the Vedic era, this was the way of life. Women of all ages were accorded tremendous respected and treated at par with the men in the society. In fact, there are written accounts of scholars from ancient India who have mentioned that women enjoyed equal status with men in all fields of life. Works by ancient Indian grammarians suggest that women were educated in the early Vedic period; they married at a mature age and were probably free to select their husbands. However, around the middle ages, the society witnessed a lot of changes in its treatment of women. Man’s inflated ego, unyielding quest for power and greed created the need for upstaging his closest ‘rival’ – women. As a result, he started disrespecting and exploiting them for his selfish interests.

The reality of women’s lives remains invisible to men and women alike and this invisibility persists at all levels, beginning with the family to the nation. Although men and women share the same space in a geographical sense, in reality, they live in different worlds. Despite having made great strides in reducing some gender gaps, women still live in an afflicted world that is characterized by deeply unequal sharing of the burden of adversities between women and men. Obvious and clearly visible inequalities persist in their access to education, healthcare, physical and financial resources and opportunities in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres. This change of status and curtailment of her freedom and rights left a huge impact on women’s health at all levels – physical, mental and spiritual.

Women, Relationships & Problems
In today’s society, the situation is getting worse with each passing day. Men and women do not realize the importance of long-term relationships. The numbers of single women, divorcees and single mothers in our society are constantly increasing due to the fact that women want to stay away from relationship-associated problems and would rather stick to their freedom. However, the reality is, these women are inching closer to emotional trauma and stress. The strain over conflicting and overwhelming responsibilities in their life as well as their relative lack of power and status in our society is leading women to feelings of helplessness. As a result, there has been a noted increase in women’s disorders such as menstrual problems, infertility, fibroids, cysts, etc. What most of us fail to understand is that these medical problems are not just caused by a physical imbalance in the body; they are primarily manifested in the woman’s mental condition. For a woman to be healthy then, it is imperative that she learns to address her problems from a holistic point of view.

The Holistic View of Ayurveda
Ayurveda, the oldest healthcare system in the world, offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that balances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components necessary for holistic health. With the help of specific diet and nutrition, hygiene, living habits, exercises and stabilizing techniques, Ayurveda enables individuals to maintain health and increase their life-span. The primary focus of this science is to maintain your health from the outset by giving regular attention to diet and lifestyle, and helping the body and mind to be clean and stable. By doing so, it prevents diseases from finding ground for establishment and growth in the body. A patient being treated with Ayurveda is considered as the total combination of body, mind, senses and soul. The treatment is aimed at achieving complete health for the patient, and not just suppressing or alleviating the physical symptoms. The approach is to diagnose the root cause and eliminate it, allowing genuine healing to take place.

At Jiva Ayurveda, we provide women with authentic Ayurvedic treatment to help them find their own body rhythm, which is closely linked with nature and its changes, resulting in lasting solutions to their health problems – both physical and mental. Through herbal medicines, Panchakarma massage therapies and spiritual counseling, we help women ward off common and ever-increasing medical problems of cysts, thyroid, obesity and depression, etc.

Respect Women for a Better World
There is a saying in Sanskrit, ‘Janani Janmabhoomishcha Swargadapi Gariyasi’, which means, ’mother and the motherland are superior to the heaven’. Everyone keeps talking about establishing peace, love and harmony in the world through eradication of social evils such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, corruption, racism, etc. But, Ayurveda says, this will not be possible until we take care of the women in our society. And, for this to happen, women have to learn to speak up for their rights and not take their deteriorating status for granted. This especially holds true for developing countries like India, where most women feel they do not have the right to take decisions, even for their own selves. It is believed that the man is the head of the family, as a father or as a husband. For women to find happiness and mental peace, this belief needs to change. And, this can be made possible only by increasing their awareness of their rights and ensuring dignity and equal opportunities in all walks of life.

Contact Jiva Today!
If you are a woman suffering from any kind of physical disorder or if you wish to get counseling for an emotional or mental problem you are facing, call the Jiva TeleMedicine Center  at 0129-4088152 (only for patients in India) or write to us at info@jiva.com to get a free consultation from a Jiva doctor.
 

 
 Five Ayurvedic Tips for Women


 


Health

Most of today’s working women have to juggle responsibilities at work and home. As a result, they need extra energy to deal with additional tasks. Ayurveda recommends the consumption of handful of nuts such as almonds and walnuts on a daily basis. Nuts help in lowering cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, losing weight and boosting body energy.

Rejuvenation
In between all their daily chores, most women often forget to take care of themselves. To pamper their skin, women should indulge in herbal body massage at least thrice a week. Massage not only eliminates toxins from the body, but also gives nourishment, enhances sleep, improves skin texture, and provides better physical stability. The use of warm Sesame Oil or Coconut Oil is recommended for most skin types.

Beauty
It is important for women to regulate their beauty regime in order to keep their skin healthy and glowing. Instead of spending hours and huge amounts of money in beauty parlors, you can achieve the same results using simple Ayurvedic tips. Mix equal quantities of lime juice, glycerin and rose water. This lotion if applied to the face regularly at bed time is very useful in removing pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin. It makes the skin soft, and can also be applied to other parts of the body (hands, feet, etc.)

Pregnancy
Ayurveda insists on good ahara (food), vihara (daily routine & lifestyle) and vichara (thoughts) for a pregnant woman, as all the three have an effect on the unborn child. A pregnant woman must take sattvic (pure) diet including fresh natural, organic, and vegetarian foods; she must also be careful about the be the kind of music she hears, television shows she watches, and thoughts that she bring into her mind.

Menopause
To help women through this difficult phase of life, Ayurveda recommends the use of certain herbs – such as shatavari (asparagus), saffron and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – that can strengthen and rejuvenate the female reproductive system, regulate hormones and calm emotions. 


 
Ayurveda – The Right Future of Healthcare

What’s common in High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Thyroid, High Cholesterol, Asthma and Cancer? All of these diseases (and many others of their ilk) are mainly characterized by their chronicity and standardized treatment in conventional medicine. Chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. Their treatment in modern medicine focuses on suppression of symptoms through the continued use of antibiotics and other powerful chemical medicines.

By and large, the world we live in today is dependent on antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. In cases of chronic diseases, patients are usually advised to take medicines on a regular basis for the rest of their lives, or for really long periods of time. While prescribed medication helps your body inhibit the symptoms, it also makes your body dependant because of the lifelong dependency on the drugs. Eventually, in many cases, such a situation can lead to drug resistance – a stage where the medicine loses its effectiveness and starts having a negative impact on your body.

On the occasion of World Health Day, we urge our readers to refrain from getting used to strong medication which ultimately decays their body from within. The most viable solution lies in adapting the principles of Ayurveda – the world’s oldest science of healing.


Healthcare vs. Disease Care
Even though Ayurveda is the best solution to the growing numbers of drug resistance cases, we actually need to address a much bigger problem first – our healthcare system itself. Unfortunately, our ‘healthcare system’ happens to be primarily a ‘disease-care’ system. We believe in first contracting a disease and then treating it. Why don’t we try to prevent disease instead of laying emphasis on the cure? This is because our entire approach to a health problem is wrong.

According to Ayurveda, ‘health is a complete state of balance at the levels of body, mind and soul’. This ancient science of healing offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that balances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components necessary for holistic health.

Ayurveda says, the root cause of most diseases is improper food and sedentary lifestyles. Maintaining health is therefore based on understanding the characteristics of your body and mind, and personalizing your diet and lifestyle accordingly. As a complete healthcare system, Ayurveda emphasizes on identifying the root cause of disease, and then fixing it through personalized treatment (comprising natural herbs, minerals, diet & lifestyle advice, exercises and meditation), thereby allowing genuine healing to take place.


The Ayurvedic Solution
The following Ayurvedic principles, if adapted into our lives, can be highly effective in preventing chronic disease and consequent cases of drug resistance:

  • From early childhood onwards, parents should use herbs/home remedies to treat children’s common health conditions such as cough, cold, acidity, and urinary tract infection, among others. Herbs/home remedies such as ginger, honey, licorice, chamomile, etc. are known to be effective in boosting health in kids and do not show any side-effects despite prolonged use.

  • Elders too should inculcate herb usage habits and stay away from increased use of antibiotics. Irrespective of the chronicity of disease, they should use traditional medication and focus on making the right diet and lifestyle choices.

  • We should work on strengthening our body immunity so that chances of infection are reduced. Increase intake of foods that enhance ojas (energy) such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh milk, nuts, pulses, etc. These foods not only enhance sattva (purity) in the mind, but are also easily digestible and help in decreasing the production of ama (toxins). When you are high on ojas and not bogged down by ama, you will automatically have more strength to avoid the onset of disease.

  • If you live in an area/region that has been affected by an epidemic, the best way to stay safe is by undergoing Panchakarma treatment – Ayurvedic therapies that are highly beneficial for detoxification and rejuvenation of the body.


The Right Future of Healthcare

Ayurveda has proven its capability to explain and treat a number of chronic physical or psychological ailments including obesity, diabetes, stress, thyroid, migraine, liver cirrhosis, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and more. There are no side effects or negative environmental impacts from the treatments, and rather than just the symptoms, the root cause of illness is treated. All Ayurvedic medicinal preparations are derived from the natural environment and are inexpensive. It is therefore a highly recommended form of treatment, as opposed to continuous use of costly and chemical-laden medicines that have an adverse impact on the body.  


 

 

Don’t let Asthma slow you down;
Regain pace with Ayurveda


Asthma is a common disease today; everybody has heard of it and probably knows a few people who have it. According to the World Health Organization, Asthma is affecting more than 300 million people worldwide and the number of patients suffering from this disease has doubled in the last 10 years. Research has proved that the rate of Asthma increases as communities adopt western lifestyles and become urbanized. With the projected increase in the world's urban population from 45% to 59% in 2025, it is estimated that there may be an additional 100 million persons with Asthma by 2025!

Asthma accounts for about 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide. Many of these deaths are preventable, being due to suboptimal, long-term medical care or delay in obtaining help during the final attack. Asthma is also the most common chronic disease in children, and the leading cause of school absences, medical emergencies and hospitalizations.

Despite the growing incidences of Asthma cases, medical researchers and scientists don’t know why the prevalence of this disease is increasing, or how it can be prevented. However, Ayurveda – the world’s oldest science of healing – offers a viable solution for this growing problem. With proper Ayurvedic treatment, Asthmatics can achieve good control of their disease (few to no symptoms), no limitations on their activities, and a low risk of serious attacks.

Modern Medicine – Supportive, but not Curative
In modern medicine, the treatment of Asthma is focused on suppression of symptoms with the help of regular doses of antibiotics, steroids, inhaler pumps, etc. These medications provide short-term relief to the patient by expanding the lungs for some time and allowing for easier passage of air. As soon as the effect of the medicine wears off, the lung is back to their imbalanced shape, causing breathing problems. Even though modern medicine offers reliable supportive treatment for Asthmatics, a sustainable cure is still far from reach.

However, all is not lost. Asthmatics can get a solution to their pressing problem by adopting the natural principles of Ayurveda.

Treat Asthma with Ayurveda
Ayurveda’s effectiveness in providing long-term relief in Asthma stems from its ability to offer a personalized cure for each patient. Be it medicines, dietary and lifestyle guidelines, or Panchakarma therapies, everything can be tailored to suit the patient’s unique mind-body constitution. Moreover, Ayurveda also focuses on the root cause of disease in each person, thereby ensuring complete wellbeing.

In cases of Asthma, Ayurvedic treatment is focused on liquefying the Kapha present in the respiratory channels, allowing proper movement of Vata and fostering proper and easy respiration. Herbal medicines are then administered to eliminate mucus (ama) from the body and restore the elasticity of the lungs. Additionally, immune-booster herbal combinations are given to the patient in order to provide both physical and psychological strength, as the patient becomes weak due to repeated attacks of Asthma.

 
What is Asthma?
 

Modern View
Asthma is a respiratory disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also from individual to individual.

The causes of Asthma are not completely understood in modern medicine. However, risk factors for developing asthma include inhaling asthma “triggers”, such as allergens, dust, tobacco smoke, chemical irritants, or viral infections. Other triggers can include cold air, extreme emotional arousal such as anger or fear, and physical exercise.

Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda classifies Asthma as Swas Rog (disease of the respiratory system), which is further categorized into five different types. The most common form, Bronchial Asthma, is referred to as Tamak Swas. It is caused when aggravated Kapha (water) accumulates in the airways, leading to their narrowing and obstruction. This causes an interruption in the flow of the air in the lungs, causing shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing.

This happens because of increased intake of Vata (air) and Kapha aggravating foods, internal weakness of lung tissues, and various diseases affecting the lungs. Causal factors such as living in a cold and damp atmosphere, having cold or stale food or drink, eating foods that are not easily digestible, and ama (mucus) formation lead to blocking of respiratory channels, causing difficulty in breathing.

 


HOME REMEDIES:

  • Boil ½ teaspoon of freshly-grated ginger in a glass of milk and add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Have it twice a day, preferably with 1 teaspoon of Jiva Chyawanprash.

  • Take ginger tea mixed with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves.

  • Massaging the chest with warm sesame oil mixed with salt helps to loosen the phlegm deposited in the chest, especially when followed with steam inhalation.

  • Take a mixture of ½ teaspoon ginger juice, ½ teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper three times a day.

 

 

Don’t let Asthma slow you down;
Regain pace with Ayurveda


Asthma is a common disease today; everybody has heard of it and probably knows a few people who have it. According to the World Health Organization, Asthma is affecting more than 300 million people worldwide and the number of patients suffering from this disease has doubled in the last 10 years. Research has proved that the rate of Asthma increases as communities adopt western lifestyles and become urbanized. With the projected increase in the world's urban population from 45% to 59% in 2025, it is estimated that there may be an additional 100 million persons with Asthma by 2025!

Asthma accounts for about 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide. Many of these deaths are preventable, being due to suboptimal, long-term medical care or delay in obtaining help during the final attack. Asthma is also the most common chronic disease in children, and the leading cause of school absences, medical emergencies and hospitalizations.

Despite the growing incidences of Asthma cases, medical researchers and scientists don’t know why the prevalence of this disease is increasing, or how it can be prevented. However, Ayurveda – the world’s oldest science of healing – offers a viable solution for this growing problem. With proper Ayurvedic treatment, Asthmatics can achieve good control of their disease (few to no symptoms), no limitations on their activities, and a low risk of serious attacks.

Modern Medicine – Supportive, but not Curative
In modern medicine, the treatment of Asthma is focused on suppression of symptoms with the help of regular doses of antibiotics, steroids, inhaler pumps, etc. These medications provide short-term relief to the patient by expanding the lungs for some time and allowing for easier passage of air. As soon as the effect of the medicine wears off, the lung is back to their imbalanced shape, causing breathing problems. Even though modern medicine offers reliable supportive treatment for Asthmatics, a sustainable cure is still far from reach.

However, all is not lost. Asthmatics can get a solution to their pressing problem by adopting the natural principles of Ayurveda.

Treat Asthma with Ayurveda
Ayurveda’s effectiveness in providing long-term relief in Asthma stems from its ability to offer a personalized cure for each patient. Be it medicines, dietary and lifestyle guidelines, or Panchakarma therapies, everything can be tailored to suit the patient’s unique mind-body constitution. Moreover, Ayurveda also focuses on the root cause of disease in each person, thereby ensuring complete wellbeing.

In cases of Asthma, Ayurvedic treatment is focused on liquefying the Kapha present in the respiratory channels, allowing proper movement of Vata and fostering proper and easy respiration. Herbal medicines are then administered to eliminate mucus (ama) from the body and restore the elasticity of the lungs. Additionally, immune-booster herbal combinations are given to the patient in order to provide both physical and psychological strength, as the patient becomes weak due to repeated attacks of Asthma.

 
What is Asthma?
 

Modern View
Asthma is a respiratory disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also from individual to individual.

The causes of Asthma are not completely understood in modern medicine. However, risk factors for developing asthma include inhaling asthma “triggers”, such as allergens, dust, tobacco smoke, chemical irritants, or viral infections. Other triggers can include cold air, extreme emotional arousal such as anger or fear, and physical exercise.

Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda classifies Asthma as Swas Rog (disease of the respiratory system), which is further categorized into five different types. The most common form, Bronchial Asthma, is referred to as Tamak Swas. It is caused when aggravated Kapha (water) accumulates in the airways, leading to their narrowing and obstruction. This causes an interruption in the flow of the air in the lungs, causing shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing.

This happens because of increased intake of Vata (air) and Kapha aggravating foods, internal weakness of lung tissues, and various diseases affecting the lungs. Causal factors such as living in a cold and damp atmosphere, having cold or stale food or drink, eating foods that are not easily digestible, and ama (mucus) formation lead to blocking of respiratory channels, causing difficulty in breathing.

 


HOME REMEDIES:

  • Boil ½ teaspoon of freshly-grated ginger in a glass of milk and add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Have it twice a day, preferably with 1 teaspoon of Jiva Chyawanprash.

  • Take ginger tea mixed with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves.

  • Massaging the chest with warm sesame oil mixed with salt helps to loosen the phlegm deposited in the chest, especially when followed with steam inhalation.

  • Take a mixture of ½ teaspoon ginger juice, ½ teaspoon honey, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper three times a day.

 

Troubled with Asthma? Contact Jiva today!
If you or anyone you know is affected by Asthma, call the Jiva TeleMedicine Center at 0129-4088152 (Indian patients only) for a free health consultation from a Jiva Ayurveda doctor. Alternatively, you can also write to us at info@jiva.com


 

Ayurveda – In Sync with Nature


We hear about the need for ‘saving the environment’ all the time. Despite knowing everything, what do we really do about it – plant trees, use non-polluting gases for transportation, and organize campaigns like Save Water or Protect Forests? But is that enough? On this World Environment Day, I urge our readers to follow Ayurveda, the world’s oldest science of healing, which helps individuals get in sync with nature to lead a balanced, happy and productive lives.

According to Ayurveda, everything in this universe is the product of different combinations of the five basic elements: Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu), and Space (Akash). The human body too is physically made up of exactly the same elements that form all of the other entities that inhabit the earth. Ayurveda propounds the principle of natural balance within the body and harmony with the environment. People are seen as an integral part of their habitat – not as a separate entity from the natural world. Obtaining and maintaining balance within the body and mind, and with the external environment, is one of the goals of this knowledge. Living in harmony with nature and according to natural principles ensures complete physical health and peace of mind.

The basic elemental compatibility between the universe and humans tells us why substances found in the natural world (plants, herbs, foods) are usually harmonious with the human system. They can be easily absorbed and cause no adverse reactions or side-effects (if consumed in appropriate quantities) because they are fundamentally the same in character and composition. Foods and herbs are able to repair and restructure humans because they share a common elemental basis.

The nature gives us ample resources to maintain the balance in our bodies and in the environment. However, we seldom make use of them due to our own ignorance. Because we are forever short of time, we prefer to opt for quick-fix solutions instead of giving nature a chance to help us. At Jiva, it is our mission to propagate an Ayurvedic way of life that helps in maintaining health and benefiting the environment. We believe, if every human being adopts Ayurveda as part of his life – eats fresh, natural food, leads an active lifestyle by exercising regularly, practices Yoga and meditation, and uses herbal medicines and products – we can together make a big contribution to the world around us.

To help people adopt an Ayurvedic way of life, I have developed the Jivananda (Jiva means ‘soul’ and Ananda means ‘bliss’) program – a lifestyle regimen that includes simple routines and practices to usher in perpetual happiness into our lives. It uses a balanced and holistic approach that is easy, comfortable and entirely convenient. It teaches people in the busy life of today to lead a natural life. While living a natural life one can experience all the benefits of flowing with the powerfully creative energy force, rather than resisting it, which many do, unconsciously. When one lives a life in accord with natural laws, so much more can be achieved by doing less. This is the supreme style of living.

Let’s take a pledge that we will not just ‘plant trees’ or ‘save water’; we will also do something real and long-lasting to help the environment. Start leading an Ayurvedic way of life with Jivananda and see the difference it makes to the environment you live in.

Wishing you Health and Happiness
Dr. Partap Chauhan


 

Namaste,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Jiva Community for showering their love and blessings upon us. I have always believed that it is your support and encouragement that has played the biggest role in furthering our mission of ‘taking Ayurveda to every home’.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the Jiva Ayurveda
Facebook Page. It is a wonderful network for Ayurveda lovers to connect with each other and with Jiva. Thousands of people from across the world use this platform to get access to health tips, home remedies, videos, case studies, contests, polls, etc. on a regular basis. Not just that, it is also a great place to put up your health-related queries and get the right Ayurvedic solutions to your problems.

So, if you are on Facebook, and want to join Jiva Ayurveda, all you need to do is click here
. And, if you are not on Facebook as yet, trust me it is a great platform to stay connected with me and the entire Jiva community. Sign up today and ‘Like’ the Jiva Ayurveda page.

Looking forward to meeting you on Facebook!

Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Partap Chauhan
 

 

    Facebook Fan Speak


“Dr. Chauhan has played a key role in spreading the Indian tradition and culture across the globe. We are forever with him in his mission of taking Ayurveda to every home.”

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“The Jiva Ayurveda Facebook Page is really very informative. I especially like reading the daily tips and watching Dr. Chauhan’s videos. Keep up the good work!”

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“Dr. Chauhan is doing a great job for mankind. We feel very proud of him!”

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“Here in the US, I know of many people who eat well and exercise, but are crippled by negative thoughts. Thanks to Jiva and people like Dr. Chauhan, we can stay connected to positivity and spread so much health and happiness in the world.”

 Susana Peters


 

Better Immunity – The Biggest Asset for your Liver

Hepatitis is one of the most dangerous diseases plaguing the world today. With more than 500 million people worldwide suffering from this liver disease, it has become imperative to tackle the root cause of the problem, which according to Ayurveda, lies in the body’s immunity.

On this World Hepatitis Day, Jiva Ayurveda strives to increase awareness about the importance of the liver and the ways to keep it safe and strong.


Liver – The Busiest Organ of the Body
Liver, the largest glandular organ in the body, performs more functions than any other human organ. It plays a pivotal role in human metabolism and is responsible for the following functions:

  • Production and secretion of bile that is used to break down and digest fatty acids

  • Production of blood protein and hundreds of enzymes for digestion and other functions of the body

  • Converting toxins and wastes into less harmful substances and then eliminating them from the body, etc.

Because of the significant role the liver plays in maintaining our health, we must do all we can to keep it functioning properly.

The Liver’s Worst Enemy
Considered to be the liver’s ‘worst enemy’, Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver – a condition characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. Some common symptoms of Hepatitis include excessive weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, digestive problems, nausea, yellowish tinge in the eyes, tongue, skin and urine, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, allergies, etc. The disease may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice and anorexia (poor appetite).


Ayurvedic View of Hepatitis
According to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest science of healing, Hepatitis is caused due to weak immunity or ojas. The resistive power of the body, known as Immunity, depends upon the maintenance of the equilibrium of body energies (doshas) and the healthiness of tissues (dhatus) and channels (srotas). If your immune function is weakened, your body is subject to illness and cannot ward off infections. People who suffer from liver infections are usually victims of weakened body immunity, and therefore more susceptible to the Hepatitis virus that carries itself through common transmissible sources like blood, sexual contact and food, among others.

In Ayurveda, Pitta (Ayurvedic humor representing Fire) aggravation is also considered as a primary causative factor of Hepatitis and other liver disorders. Increased intake of oily, spicy, sour, salty, penetrating and very hot foods; alcohol, tobacco, meat, etc. cause aggravation of Pitta in the body. The aggravated Pitta then impairs the blood and the muscle tissue of the liver, causing inflammation. This results in blockage of bile channels and thus, the aggravated Pitta (in the form of bile) is thrown back into the blood, leading to discoloration of the eyes and skin. Sleeping in the daytime, excessive physical work, overindulgence in sexual activity, suppressing the natural urges of the body, and psychological factors like lust, fear, anger, and stress can also be causative factors in cases of liver problems.

 

 
Jaundice –
A Jiva Case Study

Jaundice is one of the most common forms of liver infection. If not treated in time, it can lead to more complex problems like Cirrhosis and Hepatitis. At the Jiva TeleMedicine Center, we have successfully treated hundreds of liver infection cases. In this case study, we are presenting a case of Jaundice and how our Ayurvedic medicines helped the patient recover in three months’ time.

The Case
Ravi Kumar (name changed), a 23-year-old laborer from Faridabad, India, had the problem of yellowish urine and yellowish discoloration of the eyes for over a month. He also felt extreme weakness in his body, but being a daily wage worker, he had no choice but to go to work. He called the Jiva TeleMedicine Center when his condition started deteriorating further.

Read Complete Case Study

 
Global Statistics on Hepatitis

Approximately 500 million people worldwide have either hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

Every year 1.5 million people die from either hepatitis B or C. About 10-30 million will become infected each year.

Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than the AIDS virus, yet it can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine.

For the 400 million people worldwide who are already chronically infected with Hepatitis B, the vaccine is of no use.

Source: Internet

   Detoxify and Rejuvenate
 

In the first stage, the Ayurvedic treatment of Hepatitis involves detoxifying the body of toxins that block the liver’s channels. This is done by pacifying aggravated Pitta using herbs that stimulate the function of the liver and increase the flow of bile in the bile duct. The second stage involves rejuvenation of the body by providing the right nourishment that can enhance immunity. Digestion is also restored with the help of a customized diet plan to ensure efficient metabolism.

Here are some tips to pacify Pitta and aid liver function:

  • Avoid acidic, sour, spicy and oily foods as well as carbonated drinks, coffee, tea and alcohol.
  • The three tastes that help balance Pitta are sweet, bitter and astringent, so include more of these tastes in your daily diet. Buttermilk, fully ripe sweet fruits, and soaked and blanched almonds make good snack choices.
  • Carrots, asparagus, bitter leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, bitter gourd, squash and zucchini are good vegetable choices.
  • Choose spices that are not too heating or pungent. Small quantities of turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel are recommended.
  • Consume lots of sugarcane juice, barley water, and coconut water to flush out the bile pigments from the blood.
  • Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins from your system.
  • Proper and sound sleep is very necessary for a healthy immune system. Make sure to have at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day.
  • Integrate exercise such as yoga and walking into your daily routine. Regular exercise enhances circulation and consistently moves toxins out of the body.
  • Panchakarma therapies are also highly effective in detoxifying the body and enhancing liver function.
 

Get an Ayurvedic consultation today!
Even though it may not be possible to completely treat all forms of Hepatitis, the use of Ayurvedic medicines is highly recommended for strengthening the liver. They can be taken along with other kinds of medicines to boost your liver function and enhance body immunity.

If you are suffering from Hepatitis or any other form of liver disorder, call the Jiva TeleMedicine Center at 0129-4088152 (only for patients in India) or write to us at info@jiva.com to get a free health consultation from an Ayurvedic doctor. 


World Heart Day
 

Understanding your Heart and its Diseases

Heart diseases are the world’s largest killers,
claiming 17.3 million lives a year. Governments all over the world are leaving no stone unturned in controlling the spread of these diseases. Billions are being spent on research and development of medicines and surgical procedures that can help heart patients. Despite all this, heart disease and its many manifestations continue to attack the global populace with ease. This just proves that there’s something amiss somewhere.

So, where are we going wrong? What can we do to protect ourselves from this growing threat? The answer can be found in Ayurveda – the world’s oldest science of healing.

According to Ayurveda, the heart is located in the Heart Chakra (known as the Anahata Chakra). This Chakra is the seat of the Physical Heart, the Mind, Emotions, and the Soul. Like the central girder of a house, the heart holds all these aspects of the body together. So, if any of these elements is out of balance or in an unhealthy state, it affects the other parts, leading to heart disease.

Caring for the Physical Heart
The health of the physical heart is most stressed upon when it comes to heart-related diseases. Faulty dietary habits, sedentary lifestyles, continued tobacco usage, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol are some of the well-known risk factors for heart disease.

Following the simple measures given below will help you keep your physical heart healthy:

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Eat fresh, home cooked food
  • Keep away from tobacco
  • Cut down on body fat; lose weight if you are overweight
  • Reduce intake of salt
  • Eat whole grains
  • Reduce intake of saturated fats
  • Be physically active; exercise at least 30 minutes daily

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The Hearty Meal

Think you're too old to change your diet habits to help your heart health? Or, are you too set in your ways? Or, do you believe it’s too early to start thinking about your heart?

If your answer to any of these questions is a ‘yes’, well, it’s time to think again!

Most people don’t realize that the heart does not have to work as hard if you can make some simple changes in your diet. To give an example, if you eat too much salt or drink too much fluid, your body's water content may increase and make your heart work harder, thereby increasing your risk of heart disease.

On this World Heart Day, we introduce you to the Hearty Meal – the perfect, day-long diet chart to help keep your heart fit and healthy!

Here’s the Perfect Meal for a Healthy Heart:

Breakfast
Start your day with a cup of Ayurvedic tea. Then, for the first meal, take your pick from oats, porridge, sooji (semolina), upma, idli, or poha (flattened rice).

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Tips to become Heart-Healthy

 

The huge number of deaths caused by heart disease is quite unfortunate, since simple steps such as eating a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding tobacco can help in preventing them.

On this World Heart Day, let us take a look at some basic tips on how to become heart-healthy:

Eat Right
The food we eat has a huge influence on our heart in an indirect way. Not eating right leads to formation of ama (toxins) that can get accumulated in the circulatory system causing blockage. This blockage impacts the heart’s ability to circulate Rasa (oxygenated blood) within the body. Therefore, you should choose foods that can improve heart health, such as fruits (apples, avocados, dried fruits, grapefruit, oranges, strawberries), vegetables (broccoli, carrots, corn, onions), soy, nuts and whole-grain breads and cereals.

 
Fruits
     

Tobacco Kills
When you inhale tobacco or nicotine, the amount of carbon-dioxide in the body increases. The heart has to then produce extra oxygen to counter the effects of carbon-dioxide. This excess pressure causes heart diseases. So, don’t start smoking; and if you are already a smoker, give up. Research says, long-term smokers can cut their risk of heart attack to equal that of non-smokers within just two short years of stopping.

Keep the Big Four in check
In nine out of ten people, cardiovascular diseases are caused due to one or more of the Big Four risk factors – High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Obesity, and Diabetes. So, as a precautionary measure, get your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and body mass index (BMI) checked to identify the warning signs before it gets too late.

 
Tobacco Kills
     

Exercise moderately and regularly
The heart gets badly affected by our sedentary lifestyles. You don't need to do strenuous workouts every day of the week; the key is regularity. According to Ayurveda, if you exercise to half your capacity, you can exercise every single day without straining your muscles. Walking is an excellent exercise for everyone. If you walk for 30 minutes early morning, it will not only help your heart, but also prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism.

Meditate for your emotional heart
Ayurveda says you need to nourish your emotional heart to keep your physical heart in the right state. Mental and emotional stress can disrupt the emotional heart. Practicing medication techniques will help in enhancing your body’s resistance to all types of stress.

Cultivate the positive
According to Ayurveda, ojas (body’s vital energy) keeps the heart happy and maintains life. The master coordinator of all activities of mind and body, ojas leads to bliss, contentment, vitality and longevity. If you want to enhance your ojas, you should cultivate a positive attitude and spend time on activities that give you contentment and happiness. Listen to soothing music, enjoy natural beauty and sip relaxing herbal teas. Keep away from situations that lead to anger or distress.

 

 

   
 
   Nurturing the Emotional Heart
 
 

 By Dr. Partap Chauhan

In my 20 years as an Ayurvedic doctor, I have met all kinds of heart patients; some are forever depressed by their condition, some have accepted the problem and are ready to fight against it, and many others have no idea how they landed up in this situation.

On this special day, I would like to share the special story of a heart patient, who came to us to find a cure for her heart problem, but went back with a lot more!

Radhika Verma (name changed) had a roller-coaster daily schedule. No, she was not a globe-trotting business woman and neither was she an avid traveler. She was just a middle-class housewife from Faridabad, India. Like most married-with-kids women of her age (35 years), she lived for her family, which had her husband, their two children, and her parents-in-law.

Radhika got up early in the morning, prepared breakfast, got the kids ready for school, packed the tiffin, attended to her parents-in-law, carried out basic household chores, shopped for groceries, got kids back from school, helped kids with homework, prepared dinner, and slept only when everyone else had gone off to sleep! Now, that was some routine!

Like most homemakers, she was used to this routine and carried on her tasks without fail. Everything was going smoothly for her, when one day, she was just not able to get up from her bed. She took this to be general ‘weakness’ until it eventually started taking a toll on her daily life. On consulting a doctor, she found out that she had the problem of heart palpitations, high blood pressure and tachycardia (increased heart rate). As a dutiful patient, she started taking daily medicines to keep her condition under control.

Three years went by, but there was no improvement in her condition. She did feel better on certain days; but, most of the time, she felt the illness was draining all her energy. It was then that she decided to consult Jiva Ayurveda, having avidly followed my health shows on television. 


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Namaste!

It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce you to Paramayu – an Ayurvedic magazine by Jiva Ayurveda, that focuses on propagating the benefits of Ayurveda to the common man.

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. The magazine will bring to you the benefits of Ayurveda with the help of articles, case studies, interviews, expert columns, recipes, home remedies, tips, yoga, meditation, herbs, and more. Not just that, it will also be a great place to put up your health-related queries and get the right Ayurvedic solutions to your problems from our Ayurvedic doctors.

The pages of Paramayu will serve as a great platform for you to stay connected with me and the entire Jiva family. The magazine will be published quarterly and will be available both in India and internationally.

Subscribe to Paramayu today and become a part of our global network of Ayurveda lovers.

 

Visit www.jiva.com/paramayu to fill out our subscription form today! If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to write to us at editor@jiva.com.


Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Partap Chauhan
 


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Paramayu will be launched in January 2012 for both Indian and international readers. It will be an international quality magazine that educates people on how they can incorporate the principles of Ayurveda in their daily lives to lead healthier, happier lives.

The magazine will bring to you the benefits of Ayurveda with the help of articles, case studies, interviews, expert columns, recipes, home remedies, tips, yoga, meditation, herbs, and more. Not just that, Paramayu will also serve as a great platform for you to stay connected with Dr. Partap Chauhan and the entire Jiva family. The magazine will be published quarterly and will have articles in both Hindi and English.

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