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सौंदर्य ,मीडिया आणि बळजबरीचा आयुर्वेद!
आज सगळ्यात जास्त एनकॅश जो विषय होतो ते सौंदर्य, जनमानसावर सर्वात जास्त प्रभाव टाकणारे माध्यम मीडिया आणि ज्याच्या नुसत्या नावाने काहीही खपू शकते असा बिचारा आयुर्वेद हे तीन वर वर काहीच संबंध नसणारे टोकाचे विषय आज जाणून बुजून ,ठरवून एकत्र आणले गेले आहेत. मिलियन डॉलर मार्केट आणि कोर्पोरेट स्ट्रॅटेजी ची माया!
कमीत कमी शब्दात हा विषय पोचवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतेय,लिहत गेले तर पुस्तक सहज होईल यावर!
सौंदर्य म्हणजे काय ? गोरी त्वचा (मुलींची आणि हल्ली मुलांची देखील) हि सर्रास व्याख्या आज सौंदर्याची झालीये, नव्हे ती जाणूनबुजून करण्यात आलीये आणि आज आपल्याला पटायला देखील लागलीये.आज नव्हे तर पिढ्यानपिढ्या समाजमत असे होत गेलेय. समाजातील याच चुकीच्या रुजलेल्या रुढीची परिणती सौंदर्य निर्मिती क्षेत्रातील अफाट वाढीत होतेय नव्हे झालीये. माणसाला वाटणारे ‘शॉर्ट कट’ चे आकर्षण हा एक शापच म्हणायला हवा.काही आठवडे क्रीम लावा नि गोरे व्हा ,आयुष्य इतके सोपे असते का?परंतु मिनिटं मिनिटाला लागणाऱ्या TV वरील जाहिराती, पानं च्या पानं भरून गोरीपान कांती दाखवणारी गोरेपणाच्या क्रीम ची मॉडेल यासारख्या गोष्टींचा इतका भडीमार सतत होतो कि ते पटायला लागते, खरे वाटायला लागते.कारण जाहिरात करणारे कुठेतरी आपलेच आदर्श असतात,हिरो आणि हिरोईन! सौंदर्यवर्धक उत्पादकांचा टार्गेट ऑडियन्स सहज या फसव्या जगाला बळी पडतो.
खरे सौंदर्य काय? मुलींमध्ये वयानुसार सहज होणारी शारीरिक मानसिक वाढ, स्त्रीसुलभ भाव व जबाबदारी, निकोप शरीर आणि मन ,आत्मविश्वास आणि सर्वात महत्वाचे स्वतःला स्वतःच्या गुण दोषांसकट स्वीकारून स्वतःमध्ये एक माणूस म्हणून बदल घडवणे, हे खरे सौंदर्य होय. तसेच मुलांमध्ये व्यायाम करून कमावलेले उत्तम शरीर, वाढत्या वयानुसार एक व्यक्ती म्हणून असलेले समाजभान, जबाबदारी,साहसी खेळ,समाजाला उपद्रव नाही तर अभिमान वाटेल असे वागणे म्हणजे खरे सौंदर्य होय.क्रीम फासून गोरे होण्यासाठी केलेला केविलवाणा प्रयत्न म्हणजे तारुण्याचा अपमान च होय.
या सगळ्यात मीडिया चा काय रोल?

 मीडिया मध्ये प्रिंट मीडिया(म्हणजे वृत्तपत्र,मासिक,साहित्य इत्यादी),audiovisual मीडिया ज्यात TV ,चित्रपट इत्यादी येतात या गोष्टींचा youth ,तरुण वर्गावर सर्वात जास्त प्रभाव असतो. एखाद्या समाजाचे मत तयार करणे ,थोडक्यात समाजावर संस्कार करण्याचे काम मीडिया करत असतो. त्यामुळेच मीडिया चा ह्या सर्वात खूप महत्वाचा रोल आहे.
स्त्रीवर्गाची स्वतःबद्दलची मानसिकता आणि पुरुषांची स्त्रियांबद्दलची मानसिकता घडवण्याचे दुर्दैवाने बिघडवण्याकडेच आज मीडियाचा  कल दिसतोय.गोरा रंग या एकाच निकषावर स्त्रीचे सौंदर्य मोजून तिचे स्वत्व,कर्तृत्व,गुण,शारीरिक मानसिक बौद्धिक क्षमता या सगळ्या गोष्टी फुटकळ ठरवण्याचे काम आज मीडिया करताना दिसते.तुमचा रंग सावळा, निमगोरा ,गव्हाळ किंवा काळा असूच शकत नाही का?. क्रीम लावून गोरे झाला नाहीत तर नोकरी मिळणार नाही, नवरा मुलगा नकार देणार, गर्लफ्रेंड दुसऱ्याबरोबर गाडीवर निघून जाणार इतक्या खालच्या दर्जाच्या जाहिराती आज आपण रोज शांतपणे बघतोय. कारण आपण या गोष्टीचा स्वीकार केलाय.किशोरवयीन बदलांना सामोरे जाणारी तरुण पिढी,भविष्यकाळाची अनिश्चितता,सारासार विचार करण्याइतपत न आलेली maturityविरुद्ध लिंगी व्यक्तीबद्दलचे वाटणारे आकर्षण, व्यसनाधीनता याबरोबरच गोरेपणा चा दबाव यामुळे सहज या विचारांना बळी पडते.
एखाद्या अतिशय संवेदनशील चित्रपटातील आवश्यक आणि अतिसंवेदनशील सीन सेन्सॉरच्या नावाखाली कापला जातो आणि या अतिसुमार दर्जाच्या जाहिराती ज्या आज समाजातील स्त्रीचे इतके बीभत्स चित्रण, प्रतिमा तयार करताय ते आपण रोज कुटुंबासोबत बसून बघतोय. का ?कॉर्पोरेट स्ट्रॅटजी आणि मिलियन डॉलर मार्केट! या जायंट इंडस्ट्रीचा मीडियावरील आर्थिक होल्ड इतका आहे कि समाजाच्या मनाचे,सारासार बुद्धीचे,नैतिकतेचे स्वास्थ्य जपणे ,वाढवणे हा उद्देष असलेले वृत्तपत्र, दूरचित्रवाणी, चित्रपट,साहित्य आज कस्टमर base  तयार करताय. समाजप्रबोधन हे मीडिया चे ध्येय मीडिया साफ विसरत चाललीये.मीडिया ने रुजवेलेले सौंदर्याचे निकष आणि स्त्रीची चुकीची इमेज हि आज तरुण पुरुष वर्गाची स्त्रीबद्दलची अतिशय भयानक आणि चुकीची मानसिकता, त्यातून होणारे  परिणाम, गुन्हे इतपत गंभीर आहे, याचा आपण कधी विचार करतो का? एक गोरेपणाची जाहिरात वेगवगेळ्या समाजातील घटकांवर किती विपरीत परिणाम करू शकते. सावळा, काळा रंग असलेल्या मुलींना  स्वतःला स्वीकारून ह्या सगळ्या चुकीच्या रूढ प्रवाहाविरुद्ध जायला किती त्रास होत असेल ह्याची कल्पना न केलेलीच बरी. तर सौंदर्य क्षेत्र आणि मीडिया यांचा हा असा संबंध आहे.
आता या सगळ्यात आयुर्वेद कसा आला ?
सर्वप्रथम काही गोष्टी स्पष्ट करूयात. आयुर्वेदात गोरा रंग इत्यादी ला अजिबात महत्व दिले नाही. गोरा रंग होण्याचे नुसखे हे आयुर्वेद नाही सांगत. ते आयुर्वेदाच्या नावाखाली चुकीच्या पद्धतीने व्यवसाय करणारे सांगत असावेत.आयुर्वेदात वर्ण म्हणजे रंग याचा उल्लेख प्राकृत म्हणजे नॉर्मल आणि अप्राकृत म्हणजे ऍबनॉर्मल असा आलाय. त्वचेच्या आरोग्याचे आणि काळ्या गोऱ्या व इतर रंगाचे वर्णन प्रकृती, वेगवेगळ्या धांतूंची सारता किंवा एखाद्या व्याधीत मनुष्याच्या रंग कसा फिकट, पांढरा, पिवळा इत्यादी होतो असे काही उल्लेख आहेत.आणि त्या अनुषंगाने काय उपाय करावे म्हणजे मनुष्याचा पूर्वीचा रंग व्याधी जाऊन परत येईल असे होय. त्वचेचे विकार आणि आरोग्य हा विषय आयुर्वेद उत्तमपणे निश्चित हाताळतो परंतु त्वचेला गोरे करणे असा कुठेही उल्लेख नाही. त्वचेच्या आरोग्याकरिता आहार, विहार आणि औषधी अशी योजना वर्णन केली आहे. सहा आठवड्यांचे fairness क्रीम हि आयुर्वेदाची नीती नव्हे .
परंतु सौदर्य वर्धक उत्पादनांमध्ये वापरलेल्या रसायनांचे जसजसे गंभीर side effects दिसायला लागले तसतसे अपायरहित आयुर्वेदाची मदत किंबहुना कुबडी या कंपन्याना घ्यावी लागली. आणि मग सुरु झाला हर्बल क्रीम चा प्रवास.आधी काय कुंकुमादी तेल युक्त, मग काय केसर,आता काय मोती युक्त ,मग काय सोने युक्त आणि तो वाढतोय आणि आपण खऱ्या अर्थाने व्हिक्टिम बनतोय.हर्बल बिरबल हा माझा हर्बल उत्पादनांवर प्रकाश टाकणारा लेख मी मागेच सविस्तर लिहलाय तेंव्हा इथे विस्तृत लिहीत नाही.वर्डप्रेस वर अवश्य वाचा.
तर गोरा रंग म्हणजे सौंदर्य अशी ठरवून केली गेलेली चुकीची व्याख्या ,मीडियाला हाताशी धरून तिला अजून खतपाणी आणि त्यामुळे स्त्रीवर्गाचे झालेले कायमचे न भरून येणारे नुकसान आणि या सगळ्यात सोयीस्कर वापरलेले गेलेले आयुर्वेद शास्त्र हे सगळं फक्त आणि फक्त व्यवसाय आणि त्याच्याशी संबंधित खेळींचा भाग आहे.
माझा वाचकवर्ग सौंदर्याची अशी चुकीची व्याख्या यापुढे कधीच स्वीकारणार आणि अशी मला खात्री आहे. हा लेख समाजात एक लहानसा का होईना पण चांगला बदल घडवेल अशी प्रामाणिक इच्छा!

Panchkarma?..Doubts and myths? The answers you must know !

With highest of hope and expectation on face this young new patient excitedly started as, “Doctor,I want get Vamana therapy done. I also want Basti for my Vata dosha,but we will start Vamana first.My friend got done from you last year and she is very satisfied with the results”. The case paper which i was about to fill , i kept aside.

I am so amazed to see such patients which enter the clinic with self diagnosis and now a days even ready with the treatment protocol in their mind,especially Panchkarma.

Lets see some myths and doubts that patient carry about Panchkarma.

  1. Panchkarma is for all.                                                                                                       No,the doctor needs to categorize the patient whether the patient is suitable for the Panchkarma or not.Age,sex, strength, season, disease, need are some of the criteria for the indication.The Ayurveda text clearly narrated who and when are suitable for specific therapy and who are not.We cant offer it as per the choice or want of the patient.
  2. Panchkarma needs total rest.                                                                                         Most of the times the routine of patient is not disturbed though very small changes in routine are advised as the body undergoes significant changes in terms of Dosha. Vamana and Virechana needs at least one day full rest.Other indications depends on patient’s strength,nature of disease etc.
  3. All of five treatments are must in Panchkarma.                                                        Most of the times we choose the therapy according to body type, dosha and present illness.So it is not mandatory to go for all. The patient who wants to do Panchkarma for just well being ,are also advised to go for selected therapies by Ayurveda doctor.
  4. The dos and don’t s advised during Panchkarma is just a precaution.        Never think so.The dos and don’t s  are supposed to follow strictly during the course of Panchkarma.Many times patients take it very causally and the therapy goes wrong or unsatisfied for both the patient and doctor too. The dos and don’t s are very simple still ,why reluctant to follow them?
  5. Panchkarma once done is done for lifetime.                                                             Panchkarma is done to eradicate the vitiated dosha causing diseases in body when only the medicine is not enough.Once Panchkarma done if the diet ,lifestyle is followed properly the doshas stay normal in the body doing their normal functions.But the doshas can get vitiated by the various internal and external factors which when treated earliest don’t need Panchkarma again.
  6. Panchkarma is massage and Shirodhara.                                                           Panchkarma is the term which means five types of revetments.Massage and Shirodhara is not Panchkarma.
  7. Panchkarma can be done at home.
    No.Panchkarma needs well equipped set up and qualified therapist and doctor.It needs checkups,followups and observation.Don’t play with health and the reputation of Ayurveda by following some wrong self experimenting regarding Panchkarma.
  8. Panchkarma is the solution for only old/chronic or major diseases.
    No. many acute conditions are relieved by Panchkarma like osteoarthritis, hyper acidity, some skin diseases etc.
  9. Panchkarma can cure anything
    Never see a doctor as God and his treatments as magic. Everything has its own limitations.The efficacy of Panchkarma depends upon the age,disease type,chronic or acute nature of Dosha, bad prognosis etc. Get the facts clear with your doctor before u expect something magic with some really non curable disease.
  10. Kerala Panchkarma is different therapy
    No.Panchkarma is same everywhere,Kerala Ayurveda follows some sub types of massage and other therapies which are not Panchkarma.Basic Panchkarma is same.
  11. Panchkarma is costly.
    Not at all. If you compare it with the exaggerated charges that other streams of medicine charges for consultation and even for small procedure, it is always less in Panchkarma. Choose a doctor and not the five star set up of the clinic.You have all of the rights to check and compare the various available doctors and their charges for Panchkarma.The doctor should be registered as Ayurveda doctor and should be trustworthy are the most important things the patient should consider. Panchkarma is a treatment which need skills in the Ayurveda ,involves the team and equipment,continuous observation and care that nothing goes wrong during the Panchkarma.The medicine cost being herbal and quality is maintained most of the times in authentic clinics is considerable. Its your choice to go in proper hands.

Panchkarma is the very unique treatment protocol in Ayurveda which is globally accepted and appreciated.Gain maximum of health from it. But first get the doubts and myths cleared. Doubts and queries welcome in comment section.

Kaleidoscope:Look in to self!

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मनुष्याचे अंतरंग,मन हा एक अजब कॅलिडोस्कोप च आहे.विविध भावना रूप यांचे एक अजब रसायन च जणू!

तहान भूक ,स्वसंरक्षण,भीती,आक्रमकता ह्या संवेदना आणि त्या व्यक्त करणे या क्रिया प्रत्येक सजीवात म्हणजे प्राणी आणि मनुष्य प्राणी सगळ्यात दिसतात. परंतु मनुष्यप्राण्यात याखेरीज प्रेम,आश्वासन,अधिकार,राग,चीड, अपमान, विरोध,न्यूनगंड,आत्मविश्वास,किळस,दबाव,असुरक्षितता,अपराधीपणा हे आणि असे अनेक सहजभाव कमी अधिक प्रमाणात निर्माण होत असतात. हे मनातील भाव प्रकट होणे अथवा कृतीद्वारे व्यक्त केले जाणे खूप आवश्यक असते. त्यांचा वेळोवेळी निचरा झाला नाही तर हे भाव त्या त्या प्रसंगासकटच्या आठवणी आणि व्यक्तीची त्यावेळेची मानसिक स्थिती यासकट मनात साठवल्या जातात. यालाच भावनिक बंध किंवा इमोशनल ब्लॉक म्हणतात.

हे भावनिक बंध किंवा गुंता व्यक्ती ला ते ते प्रसंग अथवा त्या विशिष्ट परिरिस्थितीच बांधून ठेवतात ज्याचे परिणाम त्या व्यक्तीच्या व्यक्तिमत्वावर, त्याबरोबरच शरीरावरहि दिसतात.वेगवेगळ्या प्रसंगाना व्यक्त होतांनाच्या प्रतिक्रिया आणि निर्णय हे बरेचदा त्या भावनिक बंधाच्या आधारे घेतले जातात. उदा.भीती, दबाव , न्यूनगंड या भावनिक बंधामुळे व्यक्ती हि बुजरी होत जाते आणि कुठलीही जबाबदारी घेण्यास हि व्यक्ती घाबरते. नवीन काम , नवीन नातेसंबंध,नवीन नोकरी यासारख्या जीवनातील बदलांना सामोरे जाणे टाळते अथवा त्यात अयशस्वी होते. आक्रमकपणा, दुसऱ्यावर हुकूमत गाजवणे हे हि कुठल्याश्या भावनिक बंधामुळे केलेले मनाचे बंड च असते बरेचदा. बराच काळ मनात ठिय्या देऊन बसलेले हे भावनिक बंध व्यक्ती मध्ये विविध वर्तन दोष निर्माण करतात ज्यामुळे वेगवेगळ्या व्यसनांच्या आहारी जाणे, दुसऱ्याला शारीरिक अथवा मानसिक नुकसान पोचवणे ,क्वचित गुन्हेगारी कडे वळणे असे अधिकाधिक गंभीर परिणाम होत जातात.

हे असे भावनिक बंध वर्षानुवर्षे निचरा न होता राहिले आणि कृतीतूनही व्यक्त नाही झाले तर शरीरातील त्रिदोषांवर त्यांचा दुष्परिणाम दिसतो. मुख्यतः पित्त दोष ,वातदोष असंतुलन होऊन रक्तधातूवर परिणाम होतो. असंतुलित त्रिदोष हे आचार विचार नियंत्रण करणाऱ्या धी, धृती आणि स्मृती या तीन प्रकारच्या बुध्दीलाही विपरीत बनवतात .असे असंतुलित बुद्धी,मन आणि त्रिदोष शरीरात व्याधी निर्माण करावयास लागतात.

त्याचे कारण शरीर,मेंदू आणि मन यांचा असलेला परस्पर संबंध होय ,जो आपण मागील लेखात पहिला होता. काहीही कौटुंबिक इतिहास नसलेले , विशेष कारण न सापडणारे अनेक दम्याचे, त्वचारोग,ऍलर्जी,मायग्रिन(अर्धशिशी) व कोलायटिसचे रुग्ण असतात कि ज्यांच्या मध्ये असे एक अथवा अनेक भावनिक बंध आढळतात. अर्थात पहिल्या ३ ते ४ भेटीत रुग्णही काही सांगत नाही तसेच वैद्यालाही निदान करायला अवधी आणि संभाषण आवश्यक असते. परंतु योग्य ती मदत घेऊन रुग्णाच्या मनाची तपासणी केली असता मन बोलू लागते .समुदेशन,आयुर्वेदिक औषधी ,गरज पडल्यास मानसोपचारतज्ञाचा सल्ला, वर्तनचिकित्सा या सगळ्यांचा उत्तम परिणाम मनावर तसेच शारीरिक व्याधींवरही दिसून येतो.

रुग्णाला फक्त एक शरीर म्हणून न बघता अथांग मनाच्या हजारो लहरी लाटा लीलया पेलण्याचा प्रयत्न करणारी एक व्यक्ती म्हणून पहिले तरच वैद्याच्या चे कसब पणाला लागून योग्य निदान आणि अचूक चिकित्सा होऊ शकते.आपल्या भावना दाबून न ठेवता योग्य पद्धीतीने त्या व्यक्त करणे अथवा त्यांचा मनातून निचरा करणे हेही महत्वाचे होय . याविषयी अधिक पुढील लेखात पाहूच.

 

 

 

Spread it the healthy way

“Every alternate day i give chapati role with cheese spread with various flavors in tiff in.”A regular patient’s mother .

“This much frequent use of cheese spreads and other ready to use spread isn’t good for your 5 year old son” i was trying to explain .”Once in a while you can treat him with it but it shouldn’t be the regular tiff-in stuff, Dear”

“What you are saying ,i understand but then what should i give him , any alternative?

Sometimes we are so busy in understanding unwinding the complex , far things that we overlook the simple things close or in front of us that blow us with their wonders. When i say try to avoid ready to eat food its my duty to give access to some good alternative to my patients , that too not complicated and easy to make and yes most important tasty too.

“I can give you a big list of good alternate item , lets take simple chutney e.g” i said.

“A chutney !! how can it replace the tasty spreads ? “She was asking with eyes wide open. I said “Make simple chutney of roasted seasome seeds , dried curry leaves and garlic adding red chili powder and salt to taste. 3 min job right ? Now keep this dry powder air tight . whenever you want some kind of spread add fresh sweet curd into the chutney a pinch of chat masala and your fresh seasome garlic spread is ready. You can add this dry chutney in various curries, salads , daal etc . It will add the nutritional benefit as well as the taste . If you will see the benefits of such a simple,3minutes recipe you will forget the processed,salty,preservative loaded market spreads . I can give you the list of such spreads but try this simple one first. But again variety is the key.Everyday chutney spread is not recommendable. Instill an good food habit in him with all kind of regular good food.”

She was quite happy and her son had reduced consuming the market spreads thankfully.

We should also see the health facts of this chutney to understand why we doctors stress on these herbs in diet.

 Garlic and sesame curry leaves chutney:

  • Dry roast sesame seeds and let cool.
  • shadow dried and slight dry roasted curry leaves.
  • Garlic , rock salt and chili powder
  • Mix and grind well all ingredients in mixer and your chutney is ready.
  • Store is a dry airtight container .
  • Shelf life : 1 week
  • The quantity of this chutney should be not more than 2 or 3 tsp daily as the ingredients are hot in property .

Interesting facts about this really simple , tasty chutney

Sesame seeds:

  • According to Ayurveda texts sesame a immune booster for skin and hair .
  • No wonder almost every oil in Ayurveda has base of sesames oil.
  • Hot property bearing these are best Vaata dosha pacifying herb.
  • Contains antioxidants like seasamol, seasaminol.
  • Niacin  B-complex vitamin and folic acid  found abundantly in sesame.
  • Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper

Curry leaves:

  • The amazing aroma of this herb is the must add in almost every Sabji , Daal and other spicy dishes in Asia and specially Indian dishes.
  • The bitter taste dominant and a good appetizer.
  • Cool in property, aromatic, anthelmintic, carminative, anti-inflammatory.
  • Curry leaves contain iron, calcium, vitamin C, and phosphorous.

Garlic:

  • Garlic is carmicide in nature with hot property and useful in vaat dosha dominant diseases. There are many herbal preparations in which Garlic is the lead ingredient.
  • Almost must ingredient in Asian dishes it is useful in digestive disorders.
  • Garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. The bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Selenium is a heart-healthy mineral, and is an important cofactor for antioxidant enzymes within the body. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
  • It contains many flavonoid anti-oxidants like carotene beta, zea-xanthin, and vitamins like vitamin-C. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.This simple recipe in deed act as a multi vitamin pill for you that too natural multivitamin no synthetics used.

Trust your traditions and traditional food habits!

Step out, meet surprising new ‘You’ !

This is the last part the blog series which was dedicated to the Menopause and Ayurveda view on it.

We saw how woman to woman symptoms, treatment and diet differs.In this particular blog how the lifestyle can help to relieve many menopausal symptoms is elaborated.Lifestyle is not about only exercise and job profile . The way you spend your day, week, month years by years is your lifestyle.Other than diet sleep, exercise, work, hobby, entertainment and social involvement decide your lifestyle.

For previous parts of the four blogs click the links.

  1. https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/she-left-herwhen-she-was-more-of-a-girl-than-granny/
  2. https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/she-the-woman-of-substance-she-the-unique/
  3. https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/head-up-gorgeous-figure-it-out/
  4. https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/when-your-needs-overcome-your-cravings/

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Lets see how can we do very small positive changes in these and rip tremendous benefits out them for easy menopause .

Sleep : In one of my blog named “ Zzz.. Because sleep solves everything’’ I have described how the sound sleep is important and the health hazards due to the less, more or irregular sleep patterns.Click the link to read more about it.

https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/because-sleeps-solves-everything-zzzzzz/

All major healing process occurs during sleep so ladies go to sleep early , have enough sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours and wake up early at least one hour before sunrise. Everything can wait, do adjustments and follow your sleep pattern religiously.

Following this simple investment in sleep will reduce the symptoms like stress, mental fatigue, mood swings, and heaviness during menopausal years.

Exercise: Exercise is the best doctor for all the changes that happen during menopause. Consult your Ayurveda doctor which exercises suit your body type.

Secretion of antidepressants during exercises relieve the overall laziness, weight, develop confidence, improves the blood supply to the joints and muscles, in fact every  organ is benefited .

Regular walking, simple stretching exercises, Yoga and meditation are must in this phase in all women under the proper guidance of suitable person.

Work : Be it a working woman or a busy home maker, getting involved in work has multiple benefits on the emotional health during the menopause .Try to handle the work stress at office and in home positively and learn to say No where the thing is beyond your physical and mental capacity. Do not take part in any race for career, multitasks at home etc. It’s your life, set your own comfort limits.

Hobby :  Hobby is so important that I have written a separate blog on Hobby . Do read it.

Hobby can be your multivitamins in the phase of Menopause. Trust me following your hobby can make you fall in love with your life. It helps to reduce almost all psychological symptoms like depression, feeling inferior, lowered confidence etc. It also make brain exercise well so the forgetfulness, confusions, hyper reactive moods are controlled.

Entertainment and social involvement:

At this phase of life the kids are grown up ,quite independent and the non working women have much free time . Please invest this time in right things. Choosing the television and the melodrama serials for the entertainment is a very dangerous idea. It pollutes brain, makes one more susceptible for the wrong psychological cognition. Choose what you see, read carefully. Always choose something that makes you laugh, teach a new good virtue and make you care and love for your life. Avoid all those which make you pessimistic, teach to see the world with hate, doubt and make simple little things in family and society complicated and unhappy.

There are endless good things happening around good movies, books, dramas, music concerts, speeches, get together, small group trips.Step out and explore those.

Learn something new that you always wanted to but couldn’t. Cooking, swimming, dance, singing, stitching, teaching, small scale business, etc. are the examples. Learn something new that you always think you cannot do. You will find the surprising new you.

Do contribute in small social causes as per your convenience. People out in world need you and your help. Help them and rip the health benefits emotionally and physically too.

Eating healthy and doing exercise is not a perfect lifestyle. Along with this understanding life, respecting life and living it with virtues is a perfect lifestyle.

Take care all sweet ladies and beat Menopause in your style!

When your Needs overcome your Cravings

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“You are what you eat !” may be the most heard, said ,used but less thought and followed phrase by human.

In previous three blogs we had seen the various aspects related to menopause . For reference kindly go through the link for those blogs.

https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/she-left-herwhen-she-was-more-of-a-girl-than-granny/

https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/she-the-woman-of-substance-she-the-unique/

https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/head-up-gorgeous-figure-it-out/

Ayurveda has strong belief in Aahar Chikitsa (using food as medicine).In practice some changes in food habits according to the body type (prakriti) brings very satisfactory results to the patients suffering from menopausal symptoms. Once the patient is categorized in the group whether Vaata Dosha , Pitta Dosha or Kafa Dosha the parameters like patients lifestyle, physical abilities, her geographical , cultural food habits also need to be considered. e.g.A south Indian patient eating fermented Idali Dosa for almost all of her life, cannot immediately leave her food habits. Gradually we have to make her change and adapt some easy and simple changes in her diet in such a way that it will help to reduces the altered Dosha and favors her metabolism.Trust me patient supports the decision. I still cannot forget my followup session with a south Indian patient where i was explaining the recipe of a traditional Marathi delicacy  Thalipith(mix cereal flour Indian bread)to her.She wrote it down so religiously and had followed every minor change i made in her diet as she was in Maharashtra for 6 years and need to be followed the diet suitable to the dry weather in Maharashtra.I felt cruel of myself to see her innocent pleading expression when i told her “No tamarind anymore use Kokum”. But afterwards our efforts paid her and she was free from her chronic skin disorder.

In this blog brief examples of food that i generally suggest to my patients according to their prakriti are mentioned .

The list of food which is good to combat any Dosha in menopausal complaints :

  • Cow ghee: Regular use of plain or medicated cow ghee in  diet is advisable. It reduces the increased dryness in systems and pacifies all three Doshas too.
  • Using sesame oil, coconut oil, flax seeds oil frequently while cooking give the benefits of various fatty acids.
  • Black currents (black munakka / raisins): Reduces the increased pitta Dosha , takes care of hemoglobin, general weakness etc.
  •  Dried fruits (walnuts, figs, dates, almonds,coconut, zardalu apricot etc): Bone and joint health is maintained due to rich fatty acids, proteins and various essential vitamins present in these.
  • Fresh fruits : Fresh fruits mostly the citrus fruits like Amla, Sweet lemon, Pear (Peru), pomegranate and other seasonal as well as fruits belonging to the local geography should be preferred .
  • Using fresh turmeric , dry ginger , basil seeds ( Tulasi bij) , coriander seeds, cumin ,fenugreek seeds are helpful to relieve some of the symptoms in menopause. 
  • Old red rice ( unpolished rice): When rice is to be used it should be old red rice Usually the rice is restricted in menopausal patients as in many patients it increases the unhealthy sticky nature in various micro channels or systems and causes generalized swelling.
  • Green mung(lentil) , yellow mung , lentils are other food that are suitable in menopausal symptoms.
  • Red pumpkin,white pumpkin(Kohla/kheera),Okra,Red spinach, and other green vegetables in moderate portion .
  • Ragi(finger millet), Red rice flakes are best used to control the weight.
  • Shatvari, Shunti Pak (Dry ginger sweet made using various herbs),do wonders when used according to Dosha.
  • Cow milk added with pinch of dry ginger /haldi.

Food to avoid:

  • Too sour, too sweet, too cold , leftovers
  • Ready to eat food, Aerated drinks,high salt preservative added food
  • All the food that are mentioned in the incompatible food mixtures in one of the previous blogs. check the link for the references.https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/be-aware-disaster-chef-busy-in-lab/
  • Too heavy, too greasy ,too spicy ,cheesy food consumed regularly causes bloating, swelling and unnecessary weight gain.
  • All bakery products. Fried chips, fried fish or chicken (steam cooked is OK)
  • Outside Sweets, Deserts, Dougnuts are strictly No No. (occasional and moderate home made Kheer, Halwa, Laddu is accepted)

According to individual need i usually give a customized diet plan to my patients and other people willing to follow diet on Ayurvedic principles. The present condition of one or more Dosha s involved need to design and redesign the food.These are the general guidelines. Every individual needs differ so do the diet change.

Lifestyle change or following suitable lifestyle , excercises according to body type is also very important . In next blog we will see it in detail.

(This write up belongs to Dr.Rupali Panse. Image courtesy Internet.)

 

Head up gorgeous: Figure it out !

Remember the farmer,tiger, grass and goat puzzle? Some puzzles are timeless.They are not forgotten, they are just passed on and cherished endless by many generation. The boat that can carry only two things at a time, the confused farmer and more confused us in our childhood how n whom to carry first so that grass and goat are saved ,was enjoyable. Many times this situation we face in real life too.

Figuring out is important !Figuring out is the key !

Coming to the point when Ayurveda consultants treat the menopausal patients they are in the role of a farmer.Tiger,goat and grass are Tridosha (Vata, Pitta , Kafa resp). If the farmer carries the grass first and sail to the other side of river bank, tiger eats the goat.If tiger is taken, the goat eats the grass. The same thing happen when more than one dosha are involved in the peri menopausal patients that affect her menstruation as well as the other parts of body.

Female reproductive system is under the Vata dosha dominance and her peri menopausal age is Pitta dominant. So if we try to treat the Vata dosha, the Pitta dosha may increase and cause menace as the both dosha need opposite property medicine and therapies from each other. The same thing happen with the other dosha combination too. Its always a skillful and alert doctor that manages this situation well.

The less dominant dosha many times needs food as medicine and is well managed by some dos and donts about food and lifestyle, exercise etc. The most dominant dosha is treated on the basis of medicine, panchkarma and diet.

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What therapies are used to manage the peri menopausal patients?

  1. Basti: Basti is always the treatment of choice almost in every patient as it takes care of female reproductive system and brings the hormonal symptoms in control .Basti had been dedicated a separate blog in past. Kindly go through the link to know more about the Basti.https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/everything-you-must-know-about-basti/
  2. Abhayng and Swedan : In Vata dominant patient as a part of Panchkarma as well as the separate treatment. Abhyang means applying the dosha specific medicated oil as per the patients prakriti and symptoms . It is not mere a body massage . Swedan is medicated steaming of the particular body parts or the whole body. Generalized swelling, joint pain,digestion affected by hormones,sever dryness,sleeplessness, depression,weakness,body ache without reason, are some of the indications for the above mentioned therapy.
  3. Nasya: Nasya takes care of the hormonal axis and pacify the dominant dosha as dosha specific oil or ghee is used. Nasya had been dedicated a separate blog.click the given link to know more about Nasya.https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/nasya-the-way-to-brain-through-skull-base/                                                                                          Psychological symptoms are relived by the regular use of Nasya in menopausal patients. 
  4. Shirodhara: Shirodhara is again a must therapy in almost all the menopausal patients. Almost all the psychological symptoms are relived with the regular interval of Shirodhara therapy. To know more about this wonderful therapy click the link of my blog aboutShirodhara                        https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/shirodhara-a-complete-meditation-of-brain/
  5. In some conditions other therapies like Vaman (induced  emesis i.e.vommitting to remove imbalanced Kafa dosha  ),Virechan (induced purgation to remove imbalanced pitta dosha)are used.
  6. Medicines that are made from various herbs and minerals are used as per the patient and dosha .

Your Ayurveda physician will decide which of the above therapies is required and what medicine is needed.

Where on one side the highly advanced hormone therapy, steroid and other molecules in modern medicine are showing very restricted positive sresults that too with some unavoidable sever adverse effects ,the other side is hopeful and that is alternative medicine.

Apart from the medicine and therapies the food have major role in controlling the menopausal complaints .The dosha and patient specific food advised is the backbone of Ayurveda.In the next part of the blog the various food , diet will be discussed considering the different body types and symptoms in ladies.

Keep reading , Keep sharing !

(Above write up belongs to Dr. Rupali Panse. Sharing the blog with due credit to the author is a welcome!Images taken from internet)