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Susruta’s Classification of Drugs to 37 groups

Susruta’s Classification of Drugs to 37 groups

1. Vidaarigandhaadi gana
Vidaarigandhaa (Saalparnee), Vodaaree, Viswadevaa (Gaangarukee), Sahadevaa (a variety of Bala), Swadamshtraa (Gokshura), Prithakparnee (Prisniparnee), Sataavaree, Saaribaa, Krishna Saaribaa, Jeevaka and Rishabhaka, Mahaasa haa (Maashaparnee), Kshudrasahaa (Mudgaparnee), Brihatee, Kantakaaree, Punarnavaa, Eranda, Hamsapaadi, Vrischikaalee and Rishabhee.
The Vidaarigandhaadigana counteracts Vaata and Pitta; it is useful in Sosha (emaciation), Gulma (tumour), Angamarda (bodily soreness), Oordhwaswaasa (a kind of Swaasa) and Kaasa (cough).

2. Aaragwadhaadi gana
Aaragwadha, Madana, Gopaghonta (Karkotee), Kantakee (Vikamkata), Kutaja, Paathaa, Paatalaa, Moorvaa, Indrayava, Saptaparna, Nimba, Kurantaka, Daaseekurantaka, Gudoochee, Chitraka, Saarngeshtaa (Kaakajanghaa), Karanja and Vitapakaranja, Patola, Kiraatatiktaka and Sushavee (Kaaravella).
The Aaragwadhaadigana checks Kapha and Poison; it is also useful in Prameha, Kushta, Jwara, Vami (vomiting), Kandu (itching) and it purifies Vrana (Dushta).

3. Varunaadi gana
Varuna, Aartagala (Kakubha), Sigru, Madhu Sigru, Tarkaaree, Mesha Sringee (karkatasringee), Pooteeka (Chirabilva), Naktamaala (Brihat Karanja), Morata (Ankolapushpa), Agnimandha, two kinds of Saireyaka 9of red and blue flowers), Bimbee, Vasuka (Buka), Vasira (Markatapippalee), Chitraka, Sataavari, Bilwa, Ajasringee (Chagalavishanikaa), Darbha (Kusa), Brihatee and Kantakaari.
This Varunaadigana checks Kapha and Medas; it is also useful in headache, Gulma, and Aabhyantara vidradhi (internal abscess).

4. Veeratarwaadigana
Veerataru (Savara), two kinds of Sahachara, Darbha, Vrikshaadanee, Gundraa (Paadaraka bhedah), Nala, Kusa, Kaasa, Asmabhedaka, Agnimandha, Morataa (Ankollapushpa), Vasuka, Vasira, Bhallooka, Kurantaka, Indeevara, Kapotavankaa, and Swadamshtra (Gokshura).

5. Saalasaaraadi gana
Saalasaara, Ajakarna (Sarja), Khadira Kadara (Swetasaara), Kaalaskandha, Kramuka (Pooga), Bhoorja, Meshasringa (Karkatasringi), Tinisa (Syandana), Chandana, Kuchandana, Simsapaa, Sireesha, Asana (Beejaka). Dhava (Sakata), Arjuna (Kakubha), Taala, Saaka, Naktamaala, Pooteeka, Aswakarna, Agaru and Kaaleeyakam (Malendree chandanam).
This gana is very helpful in Kushta. It also acts as a curative in Prameha, Paandu (anaemia) and lessens Kapha and Medas.

6. Rodhraadigana
Rodhra, Saavaralodhra, Palaasa, Kutannata, Asoka, Phanjee (Bhaarngee), Katphala, Elaavaalukam, Sallakee, Jinginee, Kadamba, Saala and Kadalee.
The Rodhraadigana lessens Medas and Kapha; it is curative of Yoni Dosha (disorders of Yoni); it is astringent (Stambhee), develops complexion (Varnya), and mitigates the poisons (Vishavinaasana).

7. Arkaadigana
Arka, Alarka (Sweta Arka), Karanja, Vitapakaranja, Naagadantee, Mayooraka (Apaamaarga), Bhaargee, Raasnaa, Indrapushpee, Kshudra Swetaa (Sephanda), Mahaaswetaa, Vrischikaalee, Alavanaa (Jyotishmatee), and Taapasa Vriksha (Induda).
The Arkaadigana checks Kapha, Medas and Visha; it is helpful also in Krimi, Kushta and is chiefly a purificator of Vranas (Viseshaat Vrana Sodhanah).

8. Surasaadigana
Surasaa (Krishna Tulasee), Sweta Surasaa (Sweta Tulasee), Phanijjaka (Maruvaka), Arjaka (Swetakutheraka), Bhoosthrina (Angudaaka), Sugandhaka (Dronapushpa), Sumukha (Raajikaa), Kaalamaala (Krishnamallikaa), Kaasamarda, Kshavaka (‘Chinkine’), Kharapushpaa (Kshavakabhedah), Vidanga, Katphala, Surasee (‘Bilwanasee’), Nirgundee, Kulaahala (Mundikaa), Undurukarnika (mooshika Karnikaa), Phanjee (Bhaargee), Praacheebala (Matsyaakshaka), Kaakamaachee, and Vishnumustika.
Suraasadigana checks Kapha and destroys Krimees (Parasites); it is also useful in cold, loss of appetite, hard breathing and cough; it purifies (Dushta) Vrana.

9. Mushkakaadigana
Mushkaka (Kshaaravriksha), Palaasa (Kinsuka), Dhava, Chitraka, Madana, Vrikshaka (Kutaja), Simsapaa, Vajravriksha and Thriphala (Hareetaki, Vibheetaki and Aamalaki).
Mushkakaadigana reduces Medas and is useful in Sukradosha (impurity of Semen); it also acts as a curative in Prameha, Arsas, Paanduroga and Sarkara.

10. Pippalyaadigana
Pippalee, Pippaleemoola, Chavya, Chitraka, Sringabera (Sunthee), Maricha, Hastipippalee (Gajapippalee), Harenuka, Elaa, Ajamodaa, Indrayava, Paathaa, Jeeraka, Sarshapa, Mahaanimbaphala, Hingu, Bhaarngee, Madhursaa (Moorvaa), Ativisha, Vachaa, Vidanga, and Katurohinee.
Pippalyaadigana reduces Kapha Dosha, cold (Pratisyaaya), Vaata, anorexia, Gulma and pain (Soola); it creates appetite (deepana) and digests (resolves) AamaDosha (Aama Paachana).

11. Elaadigana
Ela, Tagara, Kushta, Maamsee, Dhyaamaka (Kattrina), Twak, Patra (Patrakam), Naagapushpa (Naagakesara), Priyangu, Harenuka, Vyaaghranakha, Sukti, (Vyaaghranakhabheda), Chandaa, Sthouneyaka (Thuneraka), Sreeveshtaka (Saraladruma), Chocha, Charaka, Vaaluka, Guggulu, Sarjarasa Turushka (Sihlaka), Kunduraka (Sallakee (Chopa), Agaru, Sprukkaa, Useera, Bhadradaaru, Kunkumam and Punnagakesara.
Elaadigana checks Vasta and Kapha and Visha (Poison); it creates luster of the skin (Varna prasaada); it destroys itching (Kandoo), Pidakaa (Disease with elevated skin on account fo an abcess etc) and Kotha (eruption on skin).

12. Vachaadigana
Vachaa, Mustaa, Ativishaa, Abhayaa, Bhadradaaru, and Naagakesara constitute Vachaadigana.

13. Haridraadi gana
Haridraa, Daaruharidraa, Kalasee (Prisniparnee), Kutajabeeja and Yastimadhu constitute Haridraadigana.
Both Vachaadigana and Haridraadigana purify the breast-milk, act as amelioratives (Samana) in Aamaateesaara; they are especially digestive of the Doshaas (Viseshaat Doshapaachanou).

14. Syaamaadigana
Syaamaa (Sweta Trivrut), Mahaasyaama (Vriddhadaaraka), Trivrut (having red root), Dantee, Sankhinee (Yavatiktabhedah), Tilvaka (Rodhra), Kampillaka (Rochanikaa), Ramyaka (Mahaanimba), Kramuka, Putrasrence, Gavaakshee, Raajavriksha, Karanja, Vitapakaranja, Gudoochi, Saptala (Snuheebheda), Chagalaantree (Vriddhadaarakabheda), Sudhaa (Sehunda) and Suvarnaksheeri.
Syaamaadigana checks Gulma and Visha (poison), Aanaaha (distension of abdomen), Udara, and Udaavarta; it causes free evacuation of the bowels.

15. Brihatyaadigana
Brihatee, Kantakaarika, Kutajaphala, Paathaa, and Madhukam (Yashtimadhu).
Brihatyaadigana is a digestive (Paachaneeya); it checks Vaata and Pitta. It is also beneficial in Arochaka (Anorexia) due to Kapha, Hridroga, Mootrakrichra (Dysuria) and a kind of pain during urination.

16. Patolaadigana
Patola, Chandana, Kuchandana, (Raktachandana), Moorvaa, Gudooche, Paathaa and Katurohinee.
Patolaadigana cures Pitta, Kapha and Arochaka (anorexia); it allays Jwara; it is beneficial in Vranas, and cures vomiting, itching and Visha (poison).

17. Kaakolyaadigana
Kaakolee, Ksheerakaakolee, Jeevaka, Rishabhaka, Mudgaparnee, Maashaparni, Medaa, Mahaamedaa, Chinnaruhaa (Gudoochee), Karkatasringee, Tugaaksheeree (Vamsalochanaa), Padmaka, Prap0oundareeka, Riddhi, Vriddhi, Mridweeka (Draakshaa), Jeewantee and Madhukam.
Kaakolyaadigana cures Pittasonita (Rakta vitiated by Pitta; or Pitta and Sonita) and Vaayu. It is Jeevana (increases vitality), Brimhana (promotes bodily growth), Vrishya (increases semen), and increases breast-milk and Kapha.

18. Ooshakaadigana
Ooshaka (Kshaaramrittika), Saindhavalavana, Silaajathu. Kaaseesadwaya (Vaalukaaseesam and Pushpukaaseesam), Hingu and Tuththtaka.
Ooshakaadigana allays Kapha and diminishes Medas; it acts as curative in Asmaree (stone), Sarkaraa (sand in urine), Mootrakrichchra and Gulma.

19. Saaribaadigana
Saribaa, Madhuka (Yashtimadhu), Chandana, Kuchandana (Raktachandana), Padmaka, Kaasmareephala, Madhookapushpa and Useeram.
Saaribaadigana all

ays thirst and Raktapitta. It is beneficial in Pittajwara and cures Daaha (burning sensation) especially.

20. Anjanaadi Gana
Anjana (Souveeraanjanam), Rasaanjanam, Naagapushpa (Naagakesaram), Priyangu, Neelotpala, Nalanda (Maamsee), Nalinakesara (Padmakesra) and Madhukam.
This Gana cures Raktapitta; it is beneficial in Visha (poisoning), and it allays internal burning sensation.

21. Parooshakaadi Gana
Parooshakaa, Draakshaa, Katphala, Daadima, Raajadana (Ksheerika), Katakaphala and Saakaphalas (fruits of a tree named Saaka). (Fruits of all the above drugs should be used).
Parooshakaadigana cures Vaata and disordered urine; it is pleasant to take (Hridya); it allays thirst and creates appetite.

22. Priyangwaadi Gana
Priyangu, Samangaa (Anjali-Kaarikaa or Lajjaalu), Dhaatakee, Punnaaga (Tunga), Naagapushpam, Chandanam, Kuchandanam, Mocharasa (Saalmali chupa), Rasaanjana Kumbheeka, Srotonjana, Padmakesara, Yojanavalli (Manjishta) and Deerghamoolaa (Duraalabhaa).

23. Ambashtaadi Gana
Ambashtaa (Maachikaa), Dhaatakikusuma, Samangaa (Lajjalu), Katvanga (Araluka), Madhuka, Bilwapesikaa, (Baala Bhilwagirah), Saavararodhra (Lodhra), Palaasa, Nandeevriksha (Kaasmaree) and Padmakesaram.
Both Priyangwaadi Gana and Ambashtaadi Gana are useful in Pakwaateesara. They cause Sandhaana (union of bones etc), are beneficial in Pitta and heal the ulcers (Vranaanaam chaapi Ropanou).

24. Nyagrodhaadi Gana
Nyagrodha (Vata), Udumbara, Aswaththa, Plaksha, Madhuka, Kapeethana (Aamraataka), Kakubha, Aamra, Kosaamra, Chorakapatra (Laakshaavrikshaa), Jamboodwaya (Raajajamboo and Kaakajamboo – Swalpaphala), Piyaala (Saaradruma), Madhooka (Gudapushpa), Rohinee (Katphala), Vanjula (Vetasa), Kadamba, Badaree, Tindukee (Tinduka Vriksha), Sallakee, Rodhra, Saavararodhra, Bhallaataka, Palaasa and Nandeevriksha.
Nyagrodhaadigana is beneficial in the treatment of Vranas (Vranyah); it is astringent (Sangraahee); it is useful in fractures (Bhagna Saadhaka). Further, it allays Raktapitta (Haemorrhage) and Daaha (burning sensation); it reduces Medas (obesity) and it is useful in Yonidosha (Yonivvaapat).

25. Gudoochyaadi Gana
Gudoochi, Nimba, Kustamburu (Dhaanyakam), Chandanam and Padmakam.
Gudoochyaadi gana checks all Jwaras (fevers and it increases appetite (Deepana). It allays’ Hrillaasa (nausea accompanied with hawking of mucous etc. from the mouth), Arochaka (Anorexia), Vami (Vomiting), thirst and burning sensation.

26. Utpalaadi Gana
Utpala (Neelotpala), Raktotpala, Kumuda (Swetotpala) Sougandhika (a Sweet-scented blue lily different from Neelotphala), Kuvalaya, (Utpala having blue-white colour), Pundareeka (White lotus) and Madhukam (Yashtimadhu).
Utpalaadigana allays Daaha (burning sensation), Pitta and Rakta, thirst, Visha (poisoning), Hridroga, Chardi (Vomiting) and Moorchaa (Syncope).

27. Mustaadi Gana
Mustaa, Haridraa, Daaruharidraa, Hareetakee, Aamalaka, Vibheetaka, Kushta, Haimavatee (Vachaa), Paathaa, Katurohinee, Saarngeshtaa (Yavatiktaa), Ativishaa, Draavidee (Elaa), Bhallaataka and Chitraka.
Mustakadi Gana reduces Kapha; it also cures Yonidosha and purifies breast-milk; it is digestive (Paachana).

28. Triphalaa
Hareetakee, Aamalaka and Vibheetaka. Thriphala reduces Kapha and Pitta; it is useful in Prameha, Kushta; it is beneficial to eyes; it creates appetite and is useful in Vishamajwara.

29. Trikatukam
Pippalee, Maricha and Sringabera (Sunthee).
This is also called Tryooshanam and Vyosha. It reduces Kapha and Medas and is useful in Pramea, Kushta, Twagaamaya (Skin diseases); it creates appetite; it is useful in Gulma, Peenasa and Agnyalpataa (Poor digestion).

30. Aamalakyaadi Gana
Aamalakee, Hareetakee, Pippalee and Chitraka.
This Aamalakyaadigana is useful in all jwaras (fevers) is beneficial to eyes, is an aphrodisiac and cures Kaphaarochaka (Anorexia due to Kapha).

31. Trapwaadi Gana
Trapu (Vangam-Tin), Seesa (Lead), Taamra (Copper) Raata (Silver), Krishna Loha (Steel), Suvarna (Gold), and Lohamala (Mandooram).
Trapwaadigana is useful in gara (poisoning usually through food), worms (Krimi), thirst, Visha, Hridroga Paandu and Prameha.

32. Laakshaadi Gana
Laakshaa, Aarevata (Kiramaalaka), Kutaja, Aswamaaraka (Karaveera), Katphala, Haridraa and Daaruharidraa, Nimba, Saptachchada, Maalatee and Traayamaanaa.
Laakshaadi Gana is Kashaaya (astringent), bitter and sweet in taste; reduces ailments due to Kapha and Pitta; it is useful in Kushta and Krimi (worms); it also purifies Dushta vranas.

33. Kaneeya Panchamoola (or Hraswa Panchamoolam of Laghupanchamoola).
Trikantaka (Gokshura), Brihatee, Kantakaari Prithakparnee and Vidaarigandhaa (Saalaparni).
Kaneeya Panchamoola is Kashaaya, Tikta and Madhura in Rasa (taste); it reduces Vaata and ameliorates Pitta; it is Brimhana (tissue building) and increases strength (Balavardhanah).

34. Mahaa Panchamoola (Brihat Panchamoola)
Bilwa, Agnimandha, Tuntuka (Syonaaka), Paatalaa and Kaasmaree.
Mahaa Panchamoolam is bitter (tikta), checks Kapha and Vaata; it is Laghu in Paaka; it promotes appetite and it is slightly sweet in Rasa (Taste).

35. Dasamoola
Both the above Panchamoolas (i.e.) kaneeya panchamoola and Mahaa Panchamoola mixed are called Dasamoola.
Dasamoola (Gana) reduces Swaasa (hard breathing), it checks Kapha, Pitta and Vaayu; it digests Aama-Dosha and it is curative of all Jwaras (fevers).

36. Vallee Panchmoola
Vidaaree, Saaribaa, Rajanee (Haridraa), Gudoochee, and Ajasringi.

37. Kantakapanchamoola
Karamanda, Trikantaka, (Gokshura), Saireeyaka, Sataavaree and Grindhranakhee.
Both the above ganas (Vallee Panchamoola and Kantaka Panchamoola are beneficial in Raktapitta and are useful in three kinds of Sopha (Aama, Pachyamaana and Pakwa), Prameha and purify Sukra.
Laghupanchamoola and Mahaapanchamoola usually reduce Vaata; Trinapanchamoola reduces Pitta; the other two, namely, Valleepahchamoola and Kantaka Panchamoola, reduce Kapha.
It should be understood that the substances in the groups (Ganas) may be altered, or individually used and variously combined according to the Doshaas, or Dooshyas etc. existing individually or in various combinations in a person.

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Sahacharadi Kashayam an effective Back Pain Remedy

Sahacharadi Kashayam an effective Back Pain Remedy

Sahacharadi Kashayam is a proved formulation time and again as an effective remedy for Back pains especially Low back pains, Lumbar Spondylosis and Sciatica.It is a simple formulation taken and prepared from a reference in Sahasra Yogam…an Ayurvedic text.

Sahacharadi Kashayam is a simple herbal compound in the form of a herb processed decoction or liquid very much prescribed in the pains involving the low back and lower limbs. Its chief ingredients are Sahachara(Strobilanthes_heynianus), Devadaru(Cedrus deodara) and Nagara/Shunti(Zingiber officinale). As a combined effective formulation they help in allievating the back pain and associated complaints.

Sahachara: Botanical name – Strobilanthes_heynianus, Family-Acanthaceae

Properties: Rasa(Taste) : Tikta, Madhura
Guna(Character) : Lakhu, Snigda
Virya(Potency) : Ushna
Vipaka(Post digestion effect) : Katu

Actions and uses: It pacifies the vitiated vata and hence allievates the diseases caused due to the morbid vata, skin diseases, impotency and diabetes. It also purifies and detoxifies the blood.

Useful part : Whole plant.

Devadaru: Botanical name : Cedrus deodara (Roxb.ex.D.Don) G.Don.,Family : Pinaceae

Properties:
Rasa (Taste) : Tikta, Katu
Guna (Character) : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya(Potency) : Ushna
Vipaka(Post digestion effect) : Katu

Action and uses:It pacifies the vitiated vata & kapha. It is highly beneficial invarious types of pain, arthritis, ear ache, inflammation, headache, epilepsy, insomnia, cough, bronchitis, hiccough, diabetes, urinary tract infections, calculi, skin diseases and cardiac disorders.
Useful part : Leaves, Heartwood, Oil.

Nagara/Shunti: Botanical name : Zingiber officinale Rosc, Family : Zingiberaceae

Properties:
Rasa (Taste) : Katu
Guna(Character) : Guru, Rooksha,
Virya(Potency) : Ushna
Vipaka(Post digestion effect) : Madhura

Action and Uses: It pacifies vitiated kapha & vata. It helps in relieving effectively body pains, dropsy, asthma, cough, colic, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, inflammations and abdominal discomforts. Dry ginger is appetizer, laxative, expectorant, and carminative.
Useful part : Rhizomes.

Dose of Kashayam: 15 ml twice daily mixed with 30ml of water, before food or as per the instructions of the physician.

Sahacharadi Kashayam Tablets: It is nothing but the aqueous extract form of the classical kashayam. The kashayam is further condensed to obtain the shape of a tablet. Since Kashayams pose a palatable problem for many due to their bitter taste, the tablet forms are introduced by the pioneers of Kashayam tablets…the Arya Vaidya Nilayam. This form is easy to consume and also to carry.

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Patra Pinda Sweda (Herbal Rejuvenation Of Back And Spine)

Patra Pinda Sweda (Herbal Rejuvenation Of Back And Spine)

Patra Pinda Sweda is a simple and effective therapy in the management of uncomplicated back pain severe.

Patra means leaves of medicinal plants. Pinda means a bolus. Sweda means Fomentation or sudation.

Method of preparation and administration: Leaves of various medicinal plants which have the property of relieving pain, inflammation & stiffness and also which can rejuvenate and strengthen the joints and soft tissues and improve circulation in the afflicted parts are selected as per the condition. They are chopped into fine pieces and are fried with vatahara tailas(oils useful in relieving vata, pain and associated conditions) along with other medicaments like pieces of lemon, gratings of coconut etc. Then they are tied in a cloth in the form of a bolus. On the other side a small quantity of medicated oil is kept in a pan or in a vessel and heated on passive heat keeping the fire in mild flame. The afflicted part having back pain severe is given an Abhyangam(massage) for a few minutes with medicated oils. The bolus consisting of leaves and herbs is dipped in the heated oil and massaged on the afflicted joints or back area. The whole manoeviere is carried out for 45 mts to 1 hour if patra pinda sweda is the main treatment prescribed. If it forms a part of treatment, as after kati vasti..patra pinda sweda is done for about 10 to 15 minutes. In a few conditions it can be used over full body too.

Leaves used for patra pinda sweda: Leaves of medicinal plants like Nirgundi, Shigru, Shireesha, Arka, Eranda etc are used as per the condition and the choice of the physician.

Benefits of Patra Pinda Sweda: It strengthens and rejuvenates the back and spine, strengthens the dhatu shakti(tissue strength and integrity), increases circulation, removes dirt and unwanted tissues, provides color and complexion to the skin, induces good sleep and reduces stress in spite of reducing pain, stiffness and inflammation.

Uses: Patra pinda sweda is effectively prescribed in – Back pain chronic, Back pain chronic, Back pain low, Lumbar and Cervical Spondylosis, Arthritis, Joint stiffness and swelling, Muscular and soft tissue pains, Sciatica, sprains and cramps etc…

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Ishtika Sweda for Calcaneal Spur Treatment

Ishtika Sweda for Calcaneal Spur Treatment

Calcaneal Spur or Heel Spur is one of the chief causes of heel pain.

Calcaneus bone or Calcaneum: It is the largest bone forming the foot and also the largest tarsal(Tarsals are the bones of the foot and are 7 in number). It forms the heel and is also called the heel bone.

Calcaneal spur is an abnormal growth of bone in the form of a hook either underneath the foot(inferior aspect of calcaneus) in relation to the attachment of the plantar fascia or behind the heel(posterior aspect of the calcaneum) at the insertion of the Achilles tendon.

Other conditions which produce heel pain:

*Another condition called Plantar Fascitis is often confused with Calcaneal spur but infact it is a different diagnosis. Plantar fascia is a ligamentaneous tissue which extends from the calcaneum to the ball of the foot. It helps in maintaining the arch of the foot and substantially bears the weight of the body while walking or running. It is thus prone to wear and tears and is thus subjected to trauma. This condition also produces similar type of foot pain. They are often interrelated but not as a rule.

*Retrocalcaneal bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae related to calcaneal bone

*Achilles tendonitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon at its insertion over the calcaneum causing posterior heel pain

*Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the posterior tibial nerve in the bony passages amidst the tarsal bones.

Causes: Constant pressure on the heel due to long standing jobs requiring standing or walking for long periods, Ill fitting foot wears..

Symptoms: Pain in the heel either below or behind. Pain aggravates in the morning after waking up from the sleep or after standing or walking for long periods.

Treatment:

*Rest

*Cold or ice packs

*Analgesics

Ayurvedic approach in healing heel pain:

*Shodana: Virechana with Gandharvahastadi oil is definitely beneficial in this condition.

Matra Vasti with Gulgulutiktaka gritham either singly or in combination with Narayana tailam or Dhanwantara tailam/Mezhupakam provides a long standing relief and also prevents recurrence.

*Shamana: The below mentioned medicaments are prescribed for an effective relief-

Tablet Kaishora Guggulu or Kaishora Guggulu(DS)
Tablet Yogaraja Gulgulu
Gulgulu Tiktakam Kashayam or Gulgulu Tiktakam Kashayam tablets
Sahacharadi Kashayam or Sahacharadi Kashayam Tablets
Dashanga Lepam
*Sthanika(Local): Abhyanga and Ishtika Sweda work out wonders in the treatment of calcaneal spurs.

Raktavasechana(Blood letting) and Suchi Daha(hot needle cauterization) are also advised.

Ishtika Sweda(Brick Fomentation):

CS can be compared to Vata Kantaka in Ayurveda.The easiest form of treatment of CS is Ishtika Sweda. It can be performed by the patient itself at home since it is simple and cost effective.

Method of preparation:

*First of all the painful area of the spur should be given an Abhyangam(massage without force) using any vata hara tailas viz Mahanarayana taila or Ksheerabala taila or Dhanwantara taila. Bricks should be taken and broken into small pieces. They should be heated red hot and dipped in rice washed water i.e tandulodaka or Dashamoola kashaya and immediately tied in a cloth in the form of a bolus. The hot bolus should be placed on the massaged part removing intermittently. Before fomenting the affected part the heat of the bolus should be tested by putting it on the palm by the person doing it to avoid burns. This is not advised in diabetic patients or in conditions where the sensation is disturbed.

*Alternately the brick pieces are heated to tolerable heat and tied in the cloth and sudation is given to the painful part without dipping it in the decoction or rice wash. But abhyanga should be done before the procedure as a rule. Once the bricks lose the heat they are removed from the bolus and heated again. The procedure is repeated.

*In Plantar fascitis without spur, abhyangam with any one of the above said tailas is given and later the patient is advised to keep his foot in the hot decoction of Dashamoola (when it is tolerable) or just in hot water or salted hot water.

Heart Problems And Ayurvedic Treatment

Heart Problems And Ayurvedic Treatment

The term Hridaya used in Ayurveda to denote an organ can be compard to the Heart. As any other systemic diseases Hridroga or the diseases related to the heart are manifested when –

The heart is structurally and functionally disturbed by the vitiated tri-doshas i.e vata pitta and kapha(either individually or in combination). The tri-doshas are the intrinsic factors causing the diseases.
Disturbance of the manasika doshas – Raja and Tama(humoral factors controlling the mind)
The incompatible food(aahara) and activities/lifestyle(vihara) leading to the disturbance of the tridoshas and also weakening of the dhatu’s(tissue’s)
Thus the mainstays of treatment of Hridroga are:

To eliminate the morbid doshas through shodana or panchakarma measures
Cleansing and keeping intact the srotas(channels of transportation of nutrients)
Establishing the normalcy of the agni(metabolism)
Strengthening the dhatus
Taking control over the raja and tama doshas of mind
Providing proper diet
Correction of life style
Appropriate medication
But before all these measures we should not forget that: “Sankshepata kriya yogo nidana parivarjanam” i.e ‘The best form of treatment is avoidance of causative factors’

Shodana: Hridroga is of 5 types depending on the predominant dosha involved. They are Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja, Sannipataja and Krimija. Each condition should be dealt with taking into consideration the doshas involved in excess.
In Vataja Hridroga: After snehana(oleation using medicated ghee or oil) – Vamana(emesis) is administered using Dashamoola Kwatha mixed with sneha(oil, ghee, muscle fat, and marrow) and Saindhava lavana(rock salt) is administered.
In Pittaja Hridroga: After snehapana(madhura gana sidda) – Vamana should be administered with kashaya prepared using Sriparni(Gambhari) and Madhuka admixed with honey, sugar and jaggery. Later Virechana(purgation) should be administered to eliminate the morbid pitta.
In Kaphaja Hridroga: Vamana should be administered with kashaya prepared from vacha and nimba
In Krimija Hridroga: The patient should be fed with food(rice) and flesh mixed with plenty of oil/ghee along with curds and tila choorna for 3 days. When the patient gets saturated – Virechana should be administered.
2. Sroto-Shodana: Cleansing and keeping intact the srotas(channels of transportation of nutrients) – is achieved effectively when the mobid doshas are removed from the body through proper Shodana as said above.

3. Establishing the normalcy of Agni: Each of the dhatu is nourished by the aahara rasa(active by product of the digested food) coming to them through the channels of transportation i.e Srotas. Ahara rasa is formed by the action of Jataragni or the metabolic fire located in the belly (which is responsible for the preliminary digestion) over the food and its active principles required for the body are absorbed into the system by the intestines. This aahara rasa later is carried on to the heart and is pumped to each and every cell.

Each dhatu has a srotas and an agni after its name. When the aahara rasa reaches the dhatu through its srotas, it is transformed into the active components (which inturn nourishes the concerned dhatu) by the action of the fire located in that particular dhatu known as Dhatwagni. Eg: The aahara rasa reaching the rasa dhatu is taken and converted into rasa dhatu by the rasa dhatwagni. This phenomenon can be co-related with tissue metabolism.

The health of the dhatus or tissues depend on the proper functioning of the dhatwagnis and the jataragni. Thus to strengthen the dhatus all these metabolic fires should be strengthened by the medicines and diet regulating the agni. Samsarjana karma after shodana: Planned dietetic regimen to be administered after shodana. It starts from the administration of diet initially in the form of liquids and gradually implementing the semisolids and solid food in that order, because after shodana the agni would have diminished. When the agni comes to normal within 5 to 7 days normal food should or regular diet can be started.

4. Strengthening of Dhatus: stronger tissues can protect themselves and can resist the invasion of the morbid doshas, thus avoiding the initiation of the disease process. Once the morbid doshas have been eliminated by shodana, the disease process starts regressing. But to avoid recurrence the dhatus should be strengthened during the convalescence period. Proper nourishment of all the dhatus is intended with special emphasis to the dhatus forming the hridaya and directly related to it. Those dhatus are:

a)Rasa Dhatu: Lymph and the other nutrients which reach the heart and are again transported to all the cells and tissues for nourishment. Rasa dhatu also nourishes the heart.

b) Rakta Dhatu: The blood which carries the nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body, mean while nourishing the heart too.

c) Mamsa Dhatu: The flesh forming the heart which allows its contraction and relaxation throughout the life. The mechanism is required to go on uninterruptedly for us to live healthy.

d) Meda Dhatu: The adipose tissue or fat which cussions the heart and lubricates it for its easy functioning.

The medicines strengthening the dhatus i.e Hridya Rasayana’s:

*Arjuna Gritha or Ksheerapaka

*Vardhamana Pippali

*Ashwagandha Rasayanam

*Dashamoola Hareetaki Rasayanam

*Chyavanaprasham

*Gudardrakam

*Shatavari Gritham/Gulam

5. Taking control over raja and tama gunas of the mind: Keeping away from the stress is an important aspect which needs to be concentrated in the treatment of cardiac ailments and this concept of taking the mind and senses under control doesn’t seem to be a new concept to Ayurveda. In fact we can tell that Ayurveda was the first science to explain the body mind relation in any systemic disorder.Eg In the treatment of Pittaja Hridroga the author indicates the application of lepa or anointments made of Chandana etc drugs having a cool nature and are pleasant to the mind. Similarly sheeta parishechana or sprinkling of liquids having cold nature is explained.

The other measure which should be followed are: Keeping away from tensions and anger, keeping the mood happy and joyous, regular practice of yoga and meditation, weekend outing with family and friends, getting involved in group activities etc will keep the harmful doshas of mind i.e raja and tama under control.

6. Proper Diet: Foods rich in madhura(sweet)rasa and amla rasa(sour), hot and fresh, admixed with small quantities of oil or ghee, fruit juices, green vegetables and leaves, etc in vataja hridroga. Foods rich in madhura, tikta(bitter) and kashaya(astringent) rasa, cold or warm food, should be given and spicy, oily foods shall be avoided in pittaja hridroga. In kaphaja hridroga foods which are hot and freshly prepared and those which are wholesome to the heart are given. In short any food which is likable for the heart and mind and is not antagonist to the heart shall be the wholesome diet in the management of hridroga. Liquid foods which shall be easily digested shall be preferred. Plenty of water, whole grain cereals and fruits are desired.

7. Correction of life style: Includes a proper approach towards life with an accurate planning of day to day schedules of food and activities. This format includes:

*Regular exercise: Ayurveda advices daily exercise as a preventive measure for all the systemic exercises. It regulates the metabolism and regulates the fat metabolism and mobilizes excessive fat depots, which is essential to avoid heart problems.

*Giving time and space for every activity and avoiding doing in a hurry.

*Dinacharya: Properly following the daily schedules as advocated by A

yurveda in the concept of dinacharya(do’s and donts in a daily schedule from morning to night)

*Rutucharya: Following properly the basics of living as per the rutus or the climatic variations. The hindu calendar shows 6 seasons in a year. We have to learn to adapt ourselves for different seasons so as to keep away from the ill effects caused from them leading to the manifestation of many a diseases.

*Vegan na dhaarayet: There are 13 natural urges initiated by the body in a natural course. These are the urge or reflex for flatus/belching(gas moving in an upward or downward direction), stools, urine, sneeze, thirst, hunger, sleep, cough, exertional breathlessness, yawning, tears, vomiting reflex and the sexual drive or the urge to ejaculate sexual fluids. In a natural process when the above said are initiated by the body we should not withhold them forcibly. Otherwise they will produce untoward health problems. Especially withholding the urges for sleep, exertional breathlessness, tears and sexual drive on a long term may have adverse effect on the heart.

*Following Sadvritta(Path of righteousness)

*Following Achara Rasayana: Deeds which rejuvenate us without even taking the rejuvenators.

8. Appropriate Medication: The below said medicaments are highly effective in combating the heart problems and also in their prevention –

*Partharishtam(Arjunarishtam), Punarnavarishtam, Draksharishtam, Arjuna Ksheerapaka

*Hridyam Kashayam

*Chandraprabha vati

*Chyavanaprasha Rasayanam

*Brahma Rasayanam

*Rasonadi kashayam

*Nayopayam kashayam etc.

All the above articles / blog posts are not the original contribution from author, please consider a opinion of qualified doctor, if you considering this. If you need a advice please contact Dr. Anil Joy email: [email protected]

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