Best herbs to battle arthritis

Best herbs to battle arthritis

Sobiya N. Moghul,Health Me Up | Apr 22, 2015, 12.00 AM IST


Best herbs to battle arthritis
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Arthritis relates to joint pain in the body, and can be in one or multiple locations like the fingers, knees, elbows, hips or jaw.

It can be quite painful as a result of the nerves that surround these joints. A lot of arthritis patients rely on organic foods to treat arthritis instead of relying solely on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Dr. Jaishree Bhattacharjee, Ayurvedic consultant with tells us which herbs work best for Arthritis…

Regulates vata dosh (humor) due to its sweet , heavy, heating and oily nature. It alleviates pain and swelling of the joints and have good effect on constipated bowels and functioning of liver.
Dosage: powder of roots 3-6 gm

Hot potency and madhur vipak makes it excellent pacifier of vata dosha. It has positive effect on the whole body especially vata locations as nerves, joints, ligaments, muscles etc. It helps in relieving pain and inflammation of the joints and alleviate fluid retention
Dosage: powder of roots3 – 6gms

As the name it gives bala (strength) to the body. Has excellent vata balancing properties. It is a rasayan herb which repairs wear and tear of joints due to aggravation of vata. It relieves pain and inflammation in arthritis. It has positive affect on nervous system and aids in expelling toxic gases from indigestion.
Dosage: root powder/ whole plant powder is 3-6 gm juice of whole plant 10-20 ml seed powder is 2-4 gm

It has calcium and phosphorus in abundance which help in repair of wear and tear of bone tissues. It is an effective analgesic and helps to relieve pain (where pitta is not involved)
Dosage: clove of fresh fruit- 1-2

It reduces inflammation and pain in joints. Due to carminative activity it helps in alleviating toxins due to indigestion and relieves constipation. It also detoxify liver and corrects metabolism.
Dosage: roots powder-3gm, seeds powder- 3gm,whole plant powder- 2-4 gm,juice of fresh roots – 5-10 ml

It nourishes asthi dhatu and strengthens cartilage and ligaments. It has calcium oxalate in its chemical composition which gives it a unique property of regeneration of bones tissues.
Dosage: powder of dried seeds and leaves – 3-6 gm.

It regulates vata dosha( humor) due to its pungent, sweet, bitter and astringent taste , sharp and unctuous nature, which is the primary cause of arthritis. it is equally beneficial in extenal and internal use. All the above properties makes it good analgesic and anti – inflammatory. It also regulate metabolism due to itshot potency. it increases strength of asthi dhatu and whole body in general.
Dosage: purified and dried guggul- 500mg -1gm

Haridra balances vata which is the primary dosha involved in arthritis,antiseptic properties of haridra makes it useful in relieving the pain and inflammation of the joints due to two active chemicals – curcumin and curcuminioids.
Dosage: Powder of dried rhizome of Haridra – 2-4 gm , juice of fresh Haridra rhizome is 10-20 ml.

It is laxative, analgesic and antipyretic in nature. It alleviates inflammation of the joints and have positive effect on the neural system. It improves digestion and alleviate abdominal gases which is one of the main feature of vata dosha
Dosage: Powder of dried rhizome of Haridra – 2-4 gm , juice of fresh Haridra rhizome is 10-20 ml.

Courtesy Times of India

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Anugraha Bhashanam by HH Balaperiyava on “Sri Adi Sankara & National Integration” 

Sage of Kanchi

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English Translation of speech delivered by His Holiness Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamiji, at Siri Fort, New Delhi, India, on the occasion of “Symposium on Adi Sankara and National Integration”

For the last 3 or 4 days right from the time our Acharya set His foot on the soil of Delhi, the citizens of Delhi have been very fortunate in having spiritual awakening and indeed a spiritual feast in the form of discourses, satsang, etc.

The subject of today’s seminar is the Advaita philosophy of Sri Adi Sankara and the current challenges in the context of globalization. In reality, it centers around the relevance of Adi Sankara’s upadesa to National Integration and indeed the integration of the whole world. The discussion has been going on and many distinguished speakers have contributed their valuable thoughts on this matter and have spoken about Sankara’s teachings in…

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These Hero Dogs are Braver than Most Humans

Little AngelsDespite being descendants of wolves, dogs have truly become “Man’s Best Friend”. These four-legged canines become loving companions, brave protectors, and playful pets. Once in a while, though, these little angels risk life and limb to save their humans, proving that they are true family members. When he saw his owner being threatened with a knife during a domestic dispute, Cheko didn’t hesitate and jumped in front of his mom, saving her life. Here’s Cheko, recovering from 13 stab wounds. During a home invasion, four robbers threatened to shoot the father if he doesn’t open the safe. When the father did not comply, the robber fired a shot at him. Luckily for him, brave Lefty jumped in front of the bullet, saving his owner’s life. After that, the wounded Lefty attacked the armed robber, giving the family and himself time to escape. When 10-year-old Baby woke up in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, she hurried and woke up her family, saving them from the blaze. After all of her humans were safe, she then ran back into the burning house and saved the family’s five other dogs, one of whom was blind, so she had to drag him by the scruff of the neck. While the home was burnt down to the ground, no one got hurt, thanks to Baby. One evening, when Cara was walking her dog Creature, she noticed that Creature took an odd interest in a bush. Assuming it was a cat or a squirrel, she tried to pull Creature away but he refused to move. Deciding to trust her dog’s instincts, Cara looked into the bush to discover an elderly woman in her pajamas, shivering from the cold. The poor 89-year-old lady had Alzheimer’s and got lost after wandering from home. When pedestrians noticed that Bella was running at them and barking, they assumed this mixed pit bull was a stray and ignored her. Luckily, Teri was not one of them and followed Bella home, where he found her wheelchair-bound owner on the floor with stab wounds to his neck. Thanks to Bella’s quick thinking and Teri’s kindness, Bella’s owner survived.


Adi Shankara Jayanthi Special

Sage of Kanchi


This shloka was composed by Mahaperiyava on Adi Shankara:

குருர் – நாம்நா மஹிம்நா ச சங்கரோ யோ விராஜதே |
ததீயாங்க்ரி – கலத் – ரேணு – கணாயாஸ்து நமோ மம ||

பெயரிலும் சங்கரராக, (‘சம்’ எனும் பேரின்பத்தை விளைவிக்கும் ‘கர்த்தா’ என்பதான) மகிமையிலும் சங்கரராக, எவர் பிரகாசிக்கின்றாரோ, அவரது திருவடி சிந்தும் நுண்பொடிகளுக்கு என் வந்தனங்கள் உரித்தாகட்டும்.

Following text is from dheivathin Kural volume 1, under topic “சம்பு சங்கரரானார்!

வைசாக சுக்கிலபக்ஷ பஞ்சமி ஸ்ரீ சங்கராசாரிய ஸ்வாமிகளின் அவதார தினம். அப்பொழுது நக்ஷத்திரம் சிவபெருமானுக்குறிய திருவாதிரையாகவோ, அல்லது ஸ்ரீ ராமனுக்குறிய புனர்வஸுவாகவோ அமையும்.

ஸ்ரீ ஆதிசங்கர ஜயந்தியானது மற்ற ஜயந்திகளைவிடப் பெரிய புண்ணியகாலம் என்று நான் நினைப்பது வழக்கம். இப்படி நான் சொல்லுவதற்கு உங்களுக்கு இரண்டு காரணங்கள் தோன்றலாம். ‘நம்முடையது’ என்ற அபிமானத்தால் சொல்கிறேனோ என்பது ஒன்று. இப்போது பேசப்படும் விஷயம் ஸ்ரீ சங்கர ஜயந்தியாதலால், அதைச் சற்று உயர்த்திப் பேசுகிறேனோ என்பது இரண்டாவது. இந்த இரண்டும் இல்லாமல், வேறு ஒரு முக்கியமான காரணத்தாலேயே ஸ்ரீ சங்கர ஜயந்தியை ஸர்வ உத்கிருஷ்டமான புண்ய காலம் என்கிறேன்.

அது என்ன காரணம்? ஸ்ரீ சங்கர அவதாரத்துக்கு முன் வைதிக மதம் ஆட்டம் கண்டபோது, அதுவரை வேத புராணங்களால் விதிக்கப்பட்ட புண்ணிய காலங்கள் எல்லாம் தத்தளித்தன. ஒரு மதத்தில்…

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Hari Krishnamurthy

For those who are giving their fiery Indian curries a miss for salads, here’s something to consider -aside from giving food it’s heady , exotic flavours, desi spices have a bunch of healthy tricks up their sleeves. Turmeric for instance, has gained popularity over the ages in Indian and Chinese medicine for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.Cinnamon on the other hand fights bad cholesterol.Though we do not ask you to say no to salads, here’s why you should also add a pinch of one of these nine savoury spices to your everyday meals to keep you healthy .
This golden spice is known for its anti-oxidant and antiinflammatory powers.Several scientific studies have documented the effect of curcumin (found in turmeric) in decreasing blood cholesterol levels. Anti-oxidant properties of curcumin may also help to prevent cardiovascular complications among diabetics.
Cloves are known for their heating, anti-fungal and expectorant properties. Kahdha (herbal drink), which is known to cure cold and cough has a mix of spices including cinnamon, cloves, black pep per, ginger, desi ghee and basil.While clove oil remains a popular remedy to relieve toothache, this strong spice itself has other benefits when taken in limited quantities. It also prevents bad breath and relieves any stomachrelated problems.
Cardamom seeds have aromatic and warming properties, stimulates the appetite and enhances digestion. In a hot infusion they help relieve colic, distension, gas, nausea, vomiting, indigestion and an acid stomach. A popular addition to spiced Indian tea, this fragrant spice is often prescribed for digestion problems such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal gas. Commonly chewed after a meal, it is also used to eradicate bad breath.
Cinnamon is known for its role in the reduction of total and bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase in good cholesterol (HDL). It also helps improve insulin resistance, thereby making it useful in diabetes management.
Mostly used in chutneys and curries, Amchur or dried mango powder boasts high Vitamin A and Vitamin C content. It is popularly recommended to pregnant women due to its high iron content and it also reduces acidity-related issues.
Its infamous lingering odour has given it many names including devil’s dung, and stinking gum.Asafoetida, warm in nature helps to increase digestive enzymes and boost the assimilation of nutrients. It is a popular addition to Indian cuisine as it imparts a pleasant flavour and helps in curing acne, relieving menstrual pain as well as soothing bee stings.
These little seeds are excellent indigestion relievers. They have been used over generations in Indian households to help colicky babies, ward off pregnancy constipation, and even cure hiccups. Carom seeds are also claimed to work well as a natural aphrodisiac. Traditional spice mix, the saunf paani including fennel, cumin, carom seeds help to ease digestion.
Used commonly to prepare biryani and korma, Bay leaves are also added to the quintessential Indian spice mix garam masala.Bay leaves help strengthen immunity , and ward off urinary tract infec tions. An infusion of tej patta also makes a great dandruff antidote. Aside from this, bay leaves are an excellent and non-poisonous method to protect packed clothes from hungry bugs.
Several scientific studies, provide evidence that black pepper has cholesterol lowering properties and may help in cardiac function recovery after heart attacks. Piperine, a major active component in both black and white pepper, can strengthen or modify the effects of numerous other medicines, particularly blood thinning agents. Therefore, it is important to seek advice from a qualified professional before using it in therapeutic doses.