First read this…
From the article….
Yes, it’s imaginative….. yet it is actually still practiced and actually deals with the root cause from the fundamental basis looked at through a lens that is of ayurveda and yoga knowledge instead of a western science lens looking only at symptoms. What is really imaginative is to take something out of its context (yoga) without its foundation and then apply it to the conceptional world that it is not from.
The simple question remains, where was Western science back in the days of yoga? What was known back then because the entirety of yoga as well as the basis and paradigm of Indian knowledge was not Western/Modern knowledge? Simply put, the Western paradigm of knowledge did not even exist. Why do we believe that we are far advanced in our knowledge today comparatively? Or that we can just apply our own conceptual knowledge onto something without actually knowing it as it is? Maybe that should be looked at and that a thorough study of something should be done to understand it properly? Maybe this is the limit to the writers knowledge or maybe this is because it is being written to the general public as an audience which cannot comprehend this without the actual study of it. Maybe the second thing one should question is why would you not educate and create a growing awareness of the real fundamentals rather than sell magazines to the naive masses of the same old same old Western science concepts? Or is the purpose to destroy completely what has already been very much destroyed? And what is the reason why?
There is a host of other research studies on the effects of “imaginative remedies” still practiced in Ayurveda and works in its own scientific paradigm and hardly understood or even worse when it is invalidated by Western (noneducated in the paradigm) science. This is also the paradigm in which Yoga is in and from. Not Western science.
Please try to understand that most of the above links are also an attempt to do Western-based research in Ayurveda to try to make it validated to the Western/Modern scientific world thru their own lens which is not really possible as it is an entirely different paradigm and does not work in the paradigm of the West as explained in other posts I have written on this blog. It is even how thesi in Ayurveda are written today. Easiest is to try to write articles of what is the basis of the concepts of Ayurveda being used in different diseases and giving the basis of the disease and how to be treated or doing a case study like some of the ones above.
But first, for the point of this blog post, we would have to understand sciatica from the foundational knowledge of what yoga comes from, this is the same knowledge that Ayurveda is from. It is not different in any way or form.
You are not going to find this in Yoga International or anything being taught by “experts” in the West because everything in that article linked at the beginning of Yoga Journal is solely a Western exercise and Western science view put onto ‘yoga’ which asana actually has no basis in and also completely falls apart if we do that much like I just explained about researching Ayurveda thru the lens of Western research templates. If one was to have the actual knowledge it would also show the massive limitations of Western thought and that causes a lot of other problems which is the conversation to have in a different post.
From a Yoga and Ayurveda basis:
The differential diagnosis of sciatic is important with its treatment. Sciatica falls under the disease catagory that is called a vata vyadhi or a disease of vata. Categorically there are 20 of these vata vyadhis. There is no “sciatica’ in this paradigm. Vata Vyadhi is an umbrella of 20 different kinds of diseases of vata. One of which is gridhasi. The modern concept of sciatica would then fit into gridhasi but grdhasi is a larger container and it does not fit into the container of sciatica. This is another understanding that has to be had with this and points out a major flaw which maybe written about in a following article about the differences of the paradigms and the limitations of trying to understand one thru the others lens without ever trying to actually know that other paradigm. Within Gridhasi then there is different types.
There are two types, vata/kapha and purely vata.
There is also the deeper differential in the diagnosis that would be possible with the addition of ama or the addition of pitta.
Each of these are treated differently.
If ama is there it needs to be dealt with first before anything can be done. Like in every disease. Do anything with oil and you are going to create more disease.
In Gridhasi, Vyana and Apana Vata are especially vitiated out of five types of Vata. Gait, extension, flexion, lifting etc. are part of the functions of vyana vata. The hampered movements indicates Vyana imbalance. Causes and site of sciatica show apana imbalance. Though Vata is a prominent dosha, sometimes Kapha is the primary dosha imbalanced, but independently cannot produce sciatica without vata involvement. Pitta is the least involved dosha. Sometime when burning sensation is present pitta may be involved as the primary dosha. More-so, tendons are the secondary tissues of the blood tissue. Ligaments are also the mulasthana of muscle tissue and the secondary tissue of fat. Blood, muscle, and fat can be seen as imbalanced in sciatica as well. Agnikarma or that burning by coals is actually one of the treatments that is done in imbalances of ligaments which is further to show why agnikarma is used in sciatica and does work… as per actual knowledge of Ayurveda and proper details in the actual treatment, not just burning yourself with hot coals (ha ha ha ha how absurd those old ancient people were). And yes, this same knowledge is in the basic knowledge of Yoga because it is all based in understanding of Prana and the imbalance of it. Not at all impingement of the sciatic nerve which will be cured by opening the hip joint in stretching postures that we are calling yoga.
Agnikarma has been mentioned for disorders of Snayu (ligaments and tendons), Asthi (bone), Sandhi (joints).
Yoga knows of 10 pranas, ayurveda uses 5 of them. And this is the very fundamental basis in all asana. It is not Western science based, there is nothing in Western science that understands prana and no context for it. None. We try to make a correlation but it is once again taking something from its context and applying a different lens to it that has no context for it. Where is this taught in modern Yoga? It is not.
If modern yoga wants to use texts to validate itself, we would have to look at Hatha Yoga Pradeepika. In it, throughout it, there is mention of the doshas. There are the shatkarmas also which are dealing with those same doshas within that same context that it shares with Ayurveda. Kunjal Kriya is nothing less than the very lightest Vamana treatment done in Ayurveda, and explained in Ayurveda texts. There is no difference in the knowledge base. Only naive and uneducated Western ideas have created such things.
The pathogenesis of sciatic is first and foremost low or variable digestive fire and vata aggravation and/or kapha aggravation with a weakness of the seat of apana. Vitiated dosha(s) with the weakness of blood, muscle, fat tissues, nerve, tendons, ligaments, veins, they are all involved.
Since the agni (both jathara and bhutaagni) are disturbed. This also can have ama involved.
For vata type, first the stage of the disease needs to be diagnosed. Without knowing this one might create a deeper complication of the disease. The first line of treatment is langhana or fasting but it must be light because of vata being the main cause. Fasting does not mean to go without food, that also is a Western interpretation. Langhana actually means to lighten. So just eating less quantity or lightening up the qualities of the food is done based upon the individual (as everything is). Oiling, steaming/sweating, light purgation, basti (which does not correlate to enema but it is all we can translate it to), agni karma, and bloodletting are the following treatments depending upon the diagnosis of the INDIVIDUAL.
But first the aggravating factors must be taken out of the picture for if this is not done no treatment will work. If there is ama present then oiling is totally contraindicated as ama and oil have the same qualities and oiling when there is ama will create a deeper complication of the disease as stated earlier. The causative factors, besides what is the pathogenesis written above, is the excessive intake of vata provoking substances (also in the season like eating a whole bunch of kale excessively in the summer time when vata is aggravated because it is popular and sold as a superfood), excessive exertion (can even be too long of walks or hikes and not just exercise, too much sex) to one’s capacity (which is different for each individual), improperly sitting or lying in weird positions (or even your modern asana practice can be the very cause of your sciatica), vega dharana or the suppression of the natural urges (which I have written a post on here but the science behind this needs to be understood), and lastly….. improper treatment of Ayurveda practices like telling everyone to do sesame oil enema without any sort of knowledge of the details as to when it is contraindicated or doing that sesame oil enema when there is ama present, or improper purgation in the same manner and a host of other things in improper treatments…. yes, they will cause disease when done without the proper knowledge).
For kapha type added onto the vata signs of problems with gait, pain, stiffness, and the pulsations in the hip, back and leg there is also lethargy, indigestion, nausea, indifference to food, paralysis, and heaviness.
So I ask you, what is doing a bunch of postures going to actually do if someone has improper digestion and possible ama with aggravation of vata without proper look and attention to diet that is not further aggravating to vata and lifestyle of the same, which excessive focus on asanas to open the hip can also aggravate vata even more? No knowledge of the foundations of seeing the disease thru the lens of Yoga or the “concepts” of ancient Indian knowledge, just one applied idea of opening the hips and trying to relieve the nerve being pinched through Western anatomy and exercise science.
What is being taught? What is being spread? And what happens to the real knowledge when this happens? And what is a “mindfully targeted yoga practice” when there is no real knowledge behind it? Just using foo foo spiritual flowery language.
In addition, in my 30 years of education and working with people with their bodies I know for a fact that a long hold stretches aggravate nerves and causing much more pain and problems rather than any solutions. Nerve impingement and adhesions and all sorts of other problems can be at the basis from a western standpoint but pushing into a joint that does not have the range of motion will cause more damage than anything else. Vata is aggravated with movement because one of the qualities of vata is mobile. Much like water, the body will find the range of motion in a path of least resistance or in English that means you will stretch where the weakness is (the chain breaks at the weakest link) and not what is causing the weakness or pain without having detailed kinesthetic ability and then the knowledge of it all to guide you.
Another way of explaining this by using western biomechanical example is that the right median nerve shortens when you move your right ear toward your right shoulder and bend your right elbow; it gets longer when you tip your head toward the left shoulder and straighten your elbow. What would be the cause of that nerve being in a shortened position with all the tissues surrounding being tight as well might actually not have anything to do with a focus on that median nerve but rather the position of the rib cage being posteriorly tilted (upper cross syndrome) and the shoulder due to the weight of the arm and its position to the ribcage in gravity and the effects that this has on movement of the upper part of the body. This is solely from a Western lens. Past the Western lens actually because just from the link for upper cross syndrome and anything you can see on the web you will find that there is nothing out there that would see the position you stand on your feet, and how you sit is going to create that upper cross syndrome… just exercises to try to fix it via neck exercises and such.
But to see this deeper, one with sciatica is going to have the results in their posture of imbalanced apana.
But let us review for a second to make it super super clear…..
1. Sciatic is first and foremost due to improper digestion to create it in the first place. If one is eating the prescribed diet as per yoga (whats that??? Paleo? Vegan? Look on the web about what a yoga diet is, see what you find in the disinformation for yourself), then this is not likely to occur.
Secondarily, the laws of exertion/capacity in yoga are not known in modern yoga because it is all based in Western exercise theory only, over exertion is key to most modern yoga. In Yogasana, when you break a sweat, your done. Opposite to Western exercise theory where you wanna sweat because that is what is healthy and after you break a sweat you are warmed up and now ready to really go for it. This has been explained in tedium here in other posts so I am not going to repeat it in greater detail than this. Except to say, to go past this point of breaking a sweat imbalances prana (vata) which will vitiate the agni as well.
2. The food intake and lifestyle that is vata provoking such as dry foods and rough foods as well as staying up late and other vata provoking things are at the cause as well.
A modern yoga practice with in most cases is over exertion constantly and especially in the summertime it is contraindicated, in general to health. Just saying. More so on this point… asana is not yoga and never will be.
3. The causative factors MUST be corrected or no herbs or treatment or stretching your butt as much as you want will actually help.
4. You can see the two types of sciatica generally as 1. vata type which is just a frazzled and fried dried out system and the second would be 2. kapha blocking vata type. Each needs to be treated appropriately as per this.
And lastly, for clarity, all the asanas that would be given for sciatica would be based on treatment to balance vata with a focus on apana and not a Western Physical therapy, opening up the hip to relieve a nerve. A focus on restoring agni would have to be part of it as well. If there is ama, what is stretching your hips and back going to do? Nothing. This shows the fundamental knowledge base that yoga is being taught as today. Even yoga therapy is only based in Western exercise theory.
So here is the thing…. to share the truth, the likelihood of retaliation is high. One becomes the hunted and will not come out unscathed.
A place I went to school in my earlier years of trying to get an education in Ayurveda, the person who opened the school, which will remain nameless here because of that risk of retaliation, I recently and randomly saw a link to the school on the net and followed it then to the bio of this teacher.
There is a whole new persons bio there. Literally now a whole new made up story has and this person is now basically being shown as next to saintly and fully selected handpicked as a child and trained vedic scholar from a full lineage and so much more….. when none of that existed when I went to school there when the school was just being started.
I thought it was funny, pathetic, and sad, because this is actually the truth of India too. I then shared it with one of the students from back then that I still have contact with every once a year maybe.
They replied in the text message to the bio….
Westerners are prime targets for this as they do not know what they do not know. I was also sucked in in the beginning of my time at that school as was everyone else.
But the truth, the truth is something else.
Westerners also fall prey to this so easily, then they also do not want their beliefs to be broken as I asked in the text message to the the past student who was at the school with me, “What do you think one of the students there today would respond with if you were to say anything about the fraud?”
This is why there is so much darkness in the spiritual world.
Lots of victims. Many do not even know they are a victim and are trying to spiritualize it. The biggest problem with the entire scenario is that there is no place for the victim to heal. In our modern world pseudo spiritual movement that is going on, the victim remains with no ears to hear them and no eyes to see them which is where the healing would come from. And the truth is buried, deeply.
Where is there a place for truth?
Are their ears to hear it or just vicious talons and sharp teeth ready to annihilate anyone that would shine light?
I share this because it is pertinent to todays world as well as this has been my experience with many Indian teachers (of ayurveda and indian astrology) and their cults (of foreigners and Indians) over my years of study, experience and travels.
Where is the light?
Here is a good breakfast item for Autumn when pitta is aggravated
1tbsp urad dahl
1tbsp chana dahl
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
Heat pan and after warm put ghee in.
When warm and melted put in mustard seeds, chana and urad dahls to cook until brownish in color.
When browned add the onion and saute for a little while to cook the onion thoroughly
Then add the rest of the veggies and up to the curry leaves.
Saute for a 4 minutes
Add the coconut, and the water and cook for several minutes
Here is the trick, stir while adding the rava/semolina to keep it from clumping
Cover pan with lid
Wait for a minute then turn the heat all the way to its lowest setting to simmer about 5 minutes then shut off.
Wait 3 more minutes and its done.
Add the corianderleaves and mix
When an individual is born, the universe is lined up in its position to the location and time of that birth. This is the natal chart or rasi chart in indian astrology. The planets are in the placement in each sign as they are in reality out there or up there. There are only 9 planets (navagraha, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, including Rahu/Ketu as well which are the shadow planets or points of eclipse of the Sun and Moon) used due to the light from these planets are seen by the naked eye from earth up to Saturn. Planets further distanced are not visible. Indian astrology is based in the sidereal zodiac but also uses tropical zodiac in situations that apply to the karma of the planet like predicting weather and earthquakes ect but not seeing a human birth. Tropical is based in the seasons which only really further makes logical sense to the previous statement.
The placement of the planets are individual to that birth and there are further smaller amounts of time that are unfolded into charts mathematically to show further details into different areas of that individuals life. Kinda of a smaller more focused sight into the details of that larger natal chart. These charts are smaller amounts of time which change more rapidly, especially when we get into higher levels of the beings birth. In the natal chart the ascendant is the focus of the chart. The ascendent changes every two hours basically. The ascendant is the sign that is rising on the eastern horizon at the time of the birth. A person will be born into a certain degree of that sign that has risen already on that horizon. You can see how this then is just a map of what is said to be the heavens at the time of the birth. When two people are born, the higher charts (the lesser amounts of time) show the difference between these individuals as well as there are many other details in the natal chart that change besides the planets and signs which also give the individual-ness of one persons karma although the main natal charts might look the same.
There are then what are called dashas, which are time cycles, that show the impending karma that the person is experiencing during their life. The main dasha that is used is based on the moon. The moon is manas or s we translate to english, the mind, and it shows the perception of what the person is experiencing during these cycles. This is all the impending karma as said above.
There is then the transiting planets as to what is the heavens alignment at whatever time is seen, like for example what is the transits of the planets at this very moment. This transit with each planet is overlaid on the persons natal chart and is the activation of the karmas that are seen based in then the dasha that is happening in that persons life.
Just for clarity’s sake, this brings into view what is done in the general masses as horoscopes, what is said about mercury retrograde for example. When the people out there (like people making astrological forecast videos on Youtube) creating the monthly horoscopes on the net for the entertainment of individuals, when they make there statements like your forecast for the month of ________, it is based solely on a blank chart with no identification as to your own individual chart. If we all did not have any planets or any chart of our own, these ‘readings’ would be true but the simple fact is that you have your own chart and the planets in your chart are interactive with the transits. Infact, what is in your chart can completely counteract and even be completely opposite to what is said in those readings. What is even more to this is that when reading the transits they are read from a persons moon and then secondarily taken from their ascendant. This further invalidates what is made to be a ‘reading’ of these transits in a general way and alone.
Everyone is looking out of their face thru their own lens, their own filter of everything that is mentioned above and actually much much more that I am not getting into in this superficial explanation. This is what causes the individual being. Simply put into a perspective, if there were only 12 signs and your taking everyone and putting them into these 12 signs, everything would be only in twelve possibility of ways and this is hardly individual or truth.
It all is even more complicated and vast than what I have mentioned. What bring the beauty of life is the individual-ness. Nature is diversity, obviously. We make statements about how no two snowflakes are the same. It is the same in human beings. We may all be generally made up of the same substances and the general make up of what is a human being vs the many yoni that are possible but we are at the very same time completely different in so many many many ways. The knowledge of this diversity allows one to see the play and liberation from many of its pitfalls while the simplification of it brings bondage and affliction.
Just an example of the above, when a Youtube astrologer talks about the mercury retrograde happening (or anything actually), this actually has very little to do with you individually. That transiting mercury in retrogression is going to be happening in some sign, say it is cancer as it just was, and this transit of mercury is based from your moon and then your ascendant as well. Your moon can be in 12 different signs as well as your ascendant can be one of those 12 signs. You can get the variations of this. It also has many other factors such as if your natal mercury is retrograde, the effect is greater or what the dasha is that your are in as the transit is also going to be looked at from that dasha lording planet.
When reading charts, one will also read the chart from the sun being the lagna or first house in the chart (solar chart), as well as the moon (lunar chart) is also read.
You can easily see some of the depth of Indian astrology from this and some of the details that make you and individual as well as how what is out there in the masses is purely mind fodder.
1/4 cup wheat flour
1.5 Tbsp bell pepper
2 tsp coriander leaves
1.5 Tbsp carrots
2 tsp beans
1.5 Tbsp Mung dahl
2 tsp onions
2 tsp cabbage
1/2 tsp ghee
Make the dough with the flour by adding the flour to a bowl and then slowly drizzling in water as you mix it with your fingers to make a just slightly sticky dough then set it aside for ½ hour
Cook the mung dahl and blend it is a mixer
Grate the vegetables saute in ghee for 5 minutes
Mix the dahl and veggies
Roll out 2 very thin chapattis
Stuff the chapatti with some vegetables
Cover this layer with the second thin chapatti
Cook on a pre-heated pan on both sides till golden brown
make dough and set aside as above
cook mung and saute the veggies
put dahl and veggies in mixer and mix for a moment
pour into dough and mix well, might need to add a tiny bit more flour
roll into chapattis and cook on each side until golden
If agni is strong you can add a touch of ghee on the chapatti after cooking on both sides
I just finished speaking to someone about their Bowel Movements. This is ordinary in my work as well as speaking about many other intimate and unsightly discussed things. there seems to be a lot of controversy out there or lack of comprehension.
Should your BM float or sink?
I am not going to take the time to post links to all the contrived ideas but if you were to search you will find them and that there is no consensus of what anything should be. This is health in today’s modern world. Some say it should sink. Other say it should float. To many, this is a totally new concept to even be thinking about what your BM’s should do or even notice.
In the modern world, we do not really understand health at much depth. A normal healthy person is said to have 3 bowel movements a day to 3 bowel movements per week. This states a lot on that lack of knowledge in Western science. Here is the depth to our modern knowledge.
Health is not just that you feel good. That’s nonsense and shows how someone can be feeling perfectly fine and then they are diagnosed with stage 4 cancer the next day (personal experience of this). Health is seen from many vantage points. Even if you eat well (whatever that is believed today at this moment and subject to change), it does not mean you are going to be healthy. First, there is a multitude of posts here on how to eat. It is not a simple thing. I could write volumes just on that. It is not even in its infancy of being understood at all in the Western world, yet even with that lack of knowledge and all the nonsense diets that are followed that come and go (like Paleo is now on its way out (debunked) and the next will be coming soon) humans still are living. Notice that no diet coming out in the West has any comprehension of looking at the stool as an indicator much of anything. Additionally, Western medicine’s comprehension can simply be seen with what is given to a patient to eat in hospitals. Anyone that has experienced this knows what I am talking about. Packaged jello and pudding is normal to be given to a patient right after surgery or whenever and is not even in the view of being questioned.
You can eat clean fresh food but yet how it is prepared and how it is combined as well as the seasonal effect is taken in all has an effect on its results.
Go to any Ayurvedic Spa, they will lead you into a room and give you shirodhara. Regardless.
During Shirodhara there is a lifestyle to follow as well or complications will develop:
Laghu ahara – Following a light and easily digestible intake. A diet of light mostly liquid like diet of easy digested and properly spiced food for deepana and pachana.
One is to refrain from eating too hot or too cold foods or drink, refrain from sex, exercise***, long walking, being in the sun, excessive sleeping, staying up late at night, taking of alchohol or drugs, being in wind or draft, excessive speaking, being emotional, being in stress, not working while taking treatments, withholding natural urges of the body
These are the contraindications to giving Shirodhara:
Having just eaten or full stomach
Aversion to oil
Fever in ama stage
Beginning stages of fever
Low blood pressure
People with severe anxiety and combined control issues.
Toxic conditions like sepsis (blood poisoning)
Open wounds / cuts / abrasions on head
Not cooperative individuals like children
Recent neck injury
*** yes, this means yoga classes as well for all those Ashtangis that are undergoing improper panchakarma in Mysore at the same time as doing practice with their ‘Guru’ because the doctors there would rather be making money and taking advantage of naive foreigners than caring about your health. This is very dangerous.
2 cups Besan/Chana/Chickpea flour
2 pinches Pink Himalayan salt
Roast the chana flour for few minutes in a pan
Put it in a bowl
Add warm water slowly to the flour and knead it
Keep it aside for ½ an hour
Divide the dough into smaller than golf ball size balls and roll them out individually into thin roti with a roller placing some flour down to not have it stick to the table or roller
Roast the rotion a heated pan or tava and make sure to flip it and cook both sides till it is cooked completely.
Dab on a little ghee.
Wheat flour – 2 cups
Rock salt – 1 pinch
Warm water – Sufficient quantity to make a dough that is just barely sticky
Grab a bowl and add the wheat flour. Add a pinch of salt and mix with fingers.
Gradually add warm water in a trickle to the flour and continue to mix with finger until it turns to a dough. The dough should be just a tiny bit sticky when done.
Knead the dough.
Keep it aside for ½ an hour to 2 hours
Divide the dough into small balls smaller than a golf ball
Use dry flour to dust the chapatti while rolling, to prevent the dough from sticking on the surface
Pat them in some extra flour to make a disc or flattened to make a circle
Then roll them out individually to make thin chapattis
Roast the chapatti on a heated pan (Tava is best but pretty much any pan can work)
After it starts to bubble on the first side flip it to the other side till it is completely cooked through. It should separate and blow up like a balloon. It can take some experience to make this happen. Chapatis are thin, not thick and gummi. Naan is not healthy (what you get in normal Western Indian restaurants. They are made from Maida or processed white flour and are much of the time fermented. Chapati is thin and cooked thoroughly.
Smear a little ghee on it
Have with a chutney or have with a meal of veg and and dahl then rice and sambar, or have in many other fashions.
Late summer regime
The late summer is the most challenging season due to: 1. the solstice and it is the longest day of the year indicating that the digestion is at its lowest strength of the entire year. 2. Vata is now going into aggravation from the early summer of accumulation. #. Pitta is now accumulating (not aggravated because summer is hot). The whole surroundings become green due to the development of grass and trees. The flowers are blooming. In the atmosphere, it is cold and damp. There are no thundering clouds, but the rain is more. Some places experience the monsoon. As we move forward, the whole sky is cloudy and there is a gloomy atmosphere. Due to Adana Kala (summer solstice), the strength of the body and power is diminished. The digestive capacity is at its lowest. The damp and cloudy atmosphere, make the appetite and digestion power poor. The cloudy weather is responsible for the increase in Vata due to Shita guna that is increasing from the hottest and dryest time of the year and the change in the direction of the winds.
The new rainwater is fresh, cold and the rivers flow so it is muddy and dirty and so is Amla Vipaki which is the reason for the accumulation of Pitta dosha (Sanchay). During this season the chances of diseases are more so one must keep his Agni as strong as possible.
Cereals: Old Wheat cooked well like in flat bread/chapatis, rice, millet, Barley.
Pulses: Red lentil, Mung
Oils: Coconut or Peanut oil.
Milk Products: Fresh Buttermilk, Butter Ghee and milk (Goat milk).
Vegetables: Karela bitter melon, White onion, Methi fenugreek, snake gourd, broad beans, Sweet Potato, Cucumber etc.
Non-vegetarian: Meat of goat, deer, and rabbit.
Fruits: Mango, Pomegranate, Amalaki Gooseberry, Sweet Grapes.
Drinks: Well water, Lemonade, soups made up from meat broth.
Honey. Honey water is very good in this season.
One should try to avoid being in the sun for longer period.
Exercise is once every 15 days. Very moderate. Low effort.
Sex is a minimum. One in every 15 days. This also means masturbation.
Bath in warm water baths. Massage is good. Perfume with essential oils or scented powders with the cloth after a bath.
Flower garlands are worn.
Stay in a dry place, not in a humid environment. With good ventilation. Day time sleep as well as sleeping outside the house or open air is avoided.
|Drug form||Shelf Life|
|Unprocessed dried plant material||One year|
|Tablet, Pills, Syrups||One year|
|Medicated oil and ghee||Sixteen months|
|Low potency drugs||One year|
|Alcoholic preparations, Mineral and
|More than a year|
As per the Ayurveda text Saarangadhara Samhitaa. Prathama Khanda. Third edition. Vol. 1. Varanasi (India): Choukhambha Orientalia; 1983. pp. 51–52.
All plant material should be utilized within one year of its collection except coriander, ghee, honey, jaggery, pippali, and vidanga because these plants and substances are to be used only after one year after their collection, since till that time they are not ready for therapeutic use.
With abilities of packaging today, these times have been expanded.
The texts of Ayurveda also explain the seasons, location, and collection of herbs influence on the qualities of the herb.
Paarijaata (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis Linn) leaves collected in different seasons (six samples) were subjected to pharmacological evaluation. Samples collected during September produced better antiinflammatory activity in comparison to samples collected during other seasons. Leaves collected during November and July was almost inactive.
Silajatu (a rock exudate) samples obtained from five different places were evaluated for different types of pharmacological activities. Differences in the activity profile were observed. Anti-depressant activity evaluation employing behavioural ‘despair’ test showed that among the five samples studied, only Nepal and Gopeshwar samples showed significant activity while in other samples the activity was not significant.
*Saxena S. 1995. Silajatu Viniscaya. Ph.D. Thesis submitted to Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
*Joshi Sudhir V. 1997. A Comparative Pharmacoclinical study of Churna, Ghrita and Sharkara of Yashti-madhu in Parinama-shool with special reference to duodenal ulcer. M.D. Dissertation submitted to Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.
The formulation type being used is also another differentiation.
Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn) was administered in three formulation forms and subjected to comparative evaluation. Yasti corona, Yasti ghrita and Yasti Sarkara – each containing same quantity of the Yasti were evaluated for anti-ulcer activity against forced swimming induced stress ulcers. Significant decrease in ulcer index was observed in Yasti ghrita administered group; in other two groups only moderate and statistically non-significant decrease was observed.
*Joshi Sudhir V. 1997. A Comparative Pharmaco-clinical study of Churna, Ghrita and Sharkara of Yashti-madhu in Parinama-shool with special reference to duodenal ulcer. M.D. Dissertation submitted to Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.
Truth is hard to swallow. Its easier to not know the truth at all and even pretend it does not exist.
Truth is that most products on the market today sold as Ayurveda are not classical preparations and most do not have the results that the classical preparations do. This is researched and proven. Sorry if this is hard for you to believe. Problems lie in the lack of availability of the real herbs, fakes are sold in the name of the real herb, some herbs are rare so in place of them other fillers are added in replacement of them. An example is dashamula. Truth is that you are not getting all ten roots in Dashamula, guaranteed. But, one would have to have some sort of deeper knowledge/awareness of Ayurveda to even know or have a view of this. Costly herbs are also not even added to many formulations that state they are in the ingredients. Sitopaladi churna is one of these. The bamboo mana in most preparations is actually chemically produced, not collected from bamboo. It does not give the results as the real herb. Avipatikkar also does not give proper results. Trvrit which is supposed to be in it is a threatened plant and Murva is being used instead which does not give satisfactory results and it is not mentioned on any labels by the manufacturer, the labels still just say Trvrit. Same is with Shilijit. think what your buying is what is actually what is on the label?
Another problem is the classical preparation is not being followed. If they are not followed (for whatever reasons) they do not give the proper results. This has also been researched as well.
In Sharandhara Samhita, a Ksheerpaka is a certain quantity of drugs to milk to water, when this is not followed the results are not had.
*Professor Siddhi nandan Mishra. Bhaishjya Ratnavali: Prameha rog adhikar. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbharti Prakashan; 2015. P. 329, 705-706
Excipients have been added to most formulations in the modern world, just inert substances, to increase stability, for preservation and storage, to maintain the bioavailability, for compounding and all of this is for the gross sales of these products. Tablets have magnesium searate, talcum powder, and binding agents. These make the tablets harder and stable for handling and shipping. Coatings like sugar and film coating make the tablets more palatable for consumers and also protect them from oxidation for longer shelf life. Syrups have colouring agents, ph regulators like citric acid and others, dilutants like a glucose solution, preservatives like neprazine, nepasole, sodium benzoate, and flavouring agents. All of this is also just to increase sales. Creams and ointments have stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, bees wax, soft, hard, liquid paraffin, water, coconut oil, triethyllomine, colourant, flavouring agents, and preservatives. Avalehas, the jams and jellies, they too have flavouring agents and preservatives added. This is modern ayurveda in India.
This is not even to mention the outright fraud when jaggary is mixed with other substances and then sold on the market as honey. Labels then say that the honey is contraindicated for diabetic patients when Madhu is one of the main substances for the treatment of diabetes in Ayurveda. Formulations like Nishaamalakadi Churna and Triphaladi churna are taken with honey in line of treatment of diabetes. Guduchi swarasa (Tinospora cordifolia) or Amalaki Curna (Phyllanthus emblica) are also prescribed to be taken with honey for diabetes. Compound T. Vasant Kusumakara Ras is also prescribed to be taken with Honey as an anupan.
* Astanga Hrydaya Ut. 40/48
*Charaka Samhita, Chikitsa Sthana Chapter 6, Chapter on the Management of Prameha (Obstinate Urinary Disorders) [37-40]
When jaggery is taken in diabetes, yeah, your gonna have trouble.
Question what you read on bottles and packaging of what is being sold in the mass market as ‘Ayurveda’ today. Not only in India, but especially in the West.
Classic Ayurvedic texts consider a herb/drug a very important patient management tool in the hands of a physician and also states that needs to be handled very judiciously, if not it is likely to be harmful and even sometimes fatal to the life of who is receiving it. In the West, there is a general idea that everything natural is harmless. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The information related to drugs and formulations along with diagnosis and management of disease accompanied by techniques of health maintenance through the observance of proper daily and seasonal routines are found in the classical texts.
Caraka Samhita – Sutra Sthana 1/126 discusses different aspects of herbs and states ‘even poison is an effective drug if used judiciously, whereas injudicious use of even the best medicine can prove harmful. Similarly, the use of an unknown drug may also prove injurious to the health of the patient.’ In Sutra Sthaana 1/124 it issues a caution in this regard with following words “An unknown drug is just like a poison or a weapon or a fire or the Vajra, the famous weapon of Indra (the king of Gods as per Hindu mythology)”. Drugs usually are known to possess a destructive potential and hence need to be used carefully. Charaka further elaborates the concept by saying that not a single substance in the universe is devoid of the therapeutic potential and hence is a potential source, provided it is used judiciously at appropriate indications. Substances can be hardly used as a drug in their natural form and almost every substance has to undergo specific processing to acquire a form of the palatable healing substance.
During early summer due to the northern course of the sun and the longer days of heat, the sun draws up the moisture of nature and due to the drying up roughness is produced. Sweet, cool, liquid, fatty food and drinks are beneficial. Day sleep is mostly indicated. Wine is indicated in small quantity with plenty of water or should be avoided completely. Excessive salt, sour, pungent, hot things, physical activity and sexual intercourse is nonbeneficial and to be avoided. The food prescribed during early summer thru late summer should be had in the midday when the digestion is the strongest.
Diet in the early half of summer season:
Cereals: Wheat, Millet, Shashtishali or sixty day harvested rice
Pulses: Mung, Red lentil, and Pigeon Peas
Vegetables: Cucumber, Bitter melon, Sorrel, Fenugreek, White onions, Ivy Gourd, and Snake gourd
Meats: Desert animals broth without spices, goat, deer and rabbits. Soups are to be very much preferred
Milk: Curds, Ghee, and Milk,
Fruits: Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Mangos, Grapes, Gambhool, Sweet Bananas, Amalaki, Pomegranate, Lemon
Drinks: All cool drinks prepared from fruit juices added with sugar and lemon, Sugarcane juice. Alcoholic drinks are contraindicated and are to be massively diluted with water if taken at all.
Miscellaneous: Honey, Cow’s urine, Sweet and cold liquids, Oily, light quality of food is prepared with the absence of salt, sour and pungent tastes.
Lifestyle in early summer
Bathing with cold water and swimming, after bath application of the paste of Sandalwood, Agarwood or Eaglewood, Vetiver etc.
Clothing: Thin, soft, cotton clothes, also wear the garlands of scented flowers, pearls and quartz crystal as jewellery.
Exercise: Minimum exercise
Sex: Undertaken rarely
House: It should be cool, apply curtains of Mango leaves and Vetiver. Artificial ventilation and/or light air conditioning can be tried
Sleep: Naps in the gardens or where there is a thick dense forest where the sun’s rays are blocked. Sleep outdoors maybe on the terrace in the cool moonlight. On a bed which is very soft, smooth, and light and with flowers.
Miscellaneous: Hand fans can be used that are made of peacock feathers or leaves of vetiver
Very very simple…
Prepare shaving cream from soapnuts is as follows:
Pit and remove the shells of a few soapnuts and grind the flesh in a mixer or if you wanna do it old style
If you have dry soap nuts, they can be soaked overnight, then used
After making a paste of the flesh, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 3 tsp of soapnut liquid.
Use this paste as a shaving cream immediately after preparing
Take coconut oil and Castile soap
add some gel from Aloe, fresh
Add some vetiver powder or sandalwood powder
Blend it in a small blender
There are all sorts of recipes dependent upon what is someone’s individual skin
If you want to make a bar of shaving soap…
Grate a bar of natural soap
put it in a pot and heat it
add a tablespoon of oil (coconut, almond)
Can add some aloe vera jelly
add 1 or 2 tablespoons of kaolin (a clay)
if you want you can add a little vetiver or sandalwood powder
melt and mix
pour into a mold (cupcake molds work great)
Let cool and dry
Diet or dieting is a misnomer that says a lot about our culture of the West. We think a diet is something we go on or like the detox diets that are so popular today, it is something we do because the rest of our life is created where we are which then we need to go on a diet or ‘detox’. Says loads doesn’t it? A diet is not this. A diet is the food you intake ‘all the time’. It is not something to ‘go on’ but rather what establishes what you are.
Below, this is a brief history of diet ‘ideas’ of the West. Seriously, this is just some. There are many many more but I got tired of typing. This is the longest list on the net yet it is really only about 2/3rds of the number of diets that have been created.
This list really does not include any sort of real religious diets that have been followed for religious reasons. It doesn’t really have the listings of the categories of diets like vegan, ovo lacto pesca and birds that have flown over 300 miles in jungle environment vegetarian and the like because it gets exhaustive with the insanity of what people have created today with their identification of self with diet.
And to start this all out, the very first one pretty much sets the stage for the following on the list.
Avoiding Swamps Diet
Writer Thomas Short observed that overweight people lived near swamps, so moving away from swamps was the diet he recommended
Vinegar and Water Diet
Made popular by Lord Byron
Low Carbohydrate Diet
First appeared in The Physiology of Taste by Jean Brillat-Savarin, a French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome
A vegetarian eating plan created by Reverend Sylvester Graham (July 5, 1794 – September 11, 1851) was an American Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer known for his emphasis on vegetarianism, the temperance movement, and eating whole-grain bread. The diet strictly avoids alcohol and white bread. As part of his dietary plan, he invented Graham Bread, a kind of additive-free and whole-grain bread that was coarse in texture that has later become known as the modern-day graham cracker.
Banting’s Low Carbohydrate Diet
“Banting” becomes a popular term for dieting
Horace Fletcher promotes “Fletcherizing” Chew food 32 times
1920’s – 1930’s
The classic therapeutic ketogenic diet was developed for the treatment of paediatric epilepsy. It contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. Known to be dangerous because of acidosis.
Divides foods into separate groups, and suggests that proteins and carbohydrates should not be consumed in the same meal created by William Hay, an American physician.
“Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”
Inuit Meat-and-Fat Diet
Caribou, raw fish and whale blubber
Dr. Stoll’s Diet Aid
First of the liquid diet drinks
Bananas and Skim Milk Diet
Backed by the United Fruit Company
Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet
Created by alternative health enthusiast Stanley Burroughs
Cabbage Soup Diet
Flatulence is listed as a main side effect
Also known as the Hollywood Diet
Apple Cider Vinegar Diet reemerged from the 1950s Lord Byrons Diet
Food combining (or trophology)
An approach that advocates specific combinations (or advises against certain combinations) of foods
Zen Macrobiotic Diet
Created by Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa
The Drinking Man’s Diet
Consisted of “manly” foods like steak and fish, along with as much alcohol as desired.
Calories Don’t Count Diet
Dr. Taller’s diet permits the patient an essentially unlimited intake of fat and protein but drastically restricts intake of carbohydrates. Dr. Taller lost 65 pounds in eight months while consuming 5,000 calories per day. Which goes against all Western science (but is true) FDA filed charges regarding diet’s claims.
A “science” driven approach to help participants lose weight by forming healthy habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise, and receiving support. In October 2015, Oprah Winfrey partnered with Weight Watchers after buying 10% stock of the company then promoted the company with her celebrity.
A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet created by physician Irwin Maxwell Stillman
Sleeping Beauty Diet
Individuals heavily sedated with pills for several days (Elvis and reemerged in 2017)
Liquid Protein Diets
Liquid protein drinks were low in vitamins and minerals
A commercial provider of weight loss products and services
Last Chance diet
Low-calorie liquid consumed throughout the day that consisted of a blend of predigested animal byproducts – think hide, horns and tendons which it killed a few people and was then taken off the market
Based on the idea of eating a specific ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks
Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise
Based on the consumption of unprocessed food and eating low-fat, high-fiber foods and getting regular exercise
involves eating only one food item (such as potatoes or apples) or one type of food (such as fruits or meats)
Created in the 80’s with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.
Beverly Hills Diet
An extreme diet which has only fruits in the first days, gradually increasing the selection of foods up to the sixth week.
Inedia or Breatharianism
the belief that it is possible for a person to live without consuming food
This diet, which was accounted in historical texts of saints and hermits has only been debunked by science in the modern world and those claiming to be Breatharians have been found to be frauds
Fit for Life
Dietary principles including eating only fruit in the morning, eating predominantly “live” and “high-water-content” food, and if eating animal then avoid combining protein and carbohydrate foods. Stemming from the principles of orthopathy and food combining by Herbert Shelton.
A calorie control diet in which low-fat cookies are eaten to quell hunger
Rotating number of calories taken in from week to week. Eat certain foods in a 24-hour day, and then you wouldn’t eat those foods until 4 days later.
Low-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet plan
Cabbage Soup Diet
Diet from 1950s resurfaces on the Web
Stop the Insanity diet
Susan Powter was an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase “Stop the Insanity!”, the centerpiece of her weight-loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.
Incorporates a vegetarian diet with the inclusion of fish and/or shellfish, while abstaining from the consumption of red meat, poultry, and the flesh of any other animal.
High Protein, Low Carb Diet
Dr. Atkin’s version
Cut Sugar to Trim Fat , Eliminates refined carbohydrates
The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yoghurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of non-fish meat products.
Based on the misconception that different types of food can have an effect on the pH balance of the body
Juice, Fasting and Detoxification
Perennial dieting favourites reappear in combination
Body for Life
A calorie-control diet as part of a 12-week program
Raw Foods Diet
Focuses on uncooked, unprocessed organic foods
A crash diet in which a person consumes Subway sandwiches in place of higher calorie fast foods. Made famous by former obese student Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds after replacing his meals with Subway sandwiches as part of an effort to lose weight.
High Protein, Low Carb Diet
1994 diet updated
Low salt, low fat and vegetarian, and also involves taking specific supplements. It was developed by Max Gerson, who claimed the therapy could cure cancer and chronic, degenerative diseases. These claims have not been scientifically proven and it can cause serious illness and death.
A starch diet is a high calorie, high fibre, low-fat diet that is based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and beans which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils. John A. McDougall draws on historical observation of how many civilizations around the world throughout time have thrived on starchy foods.
Metabolic Typing Diet
The premise is that there are a set of homeostatic mechanisms which serve to regulate how nutrient intake is used for basic body functioning. And for each one of those mechanisms, each person is somewhere along a spectrum in terms of how their body works. After stating that each individual is different and after doing the questionnaire there are three basic metabolic type categories: The Protein Type, The Carbo Type, and The Mixed Type and you follow a diet based on each.
The Seven Day Color Diet
Suggested eating foods of only one colour each day
South Beach Diet
Eating food with a low glycemic index
low-carbohydrate fad diet devised by Robert Atkins. The diet is marketed with questionable claims that carbohydrate restriction is critical to weight loss. There is no good evidence of the diet’s effectiveness in achieving durable weight loss and it may increase the risk of heart disease and coincidentally Atkin’s died of a heart attack.
Western Pattern Diet (WPD) or Standard American Diet (SAD)
A coined term was created explaining the modern Western dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and High-fructose corn syrup) and high-sugar drinks.
Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet
Helps you find the right eating plan based on your “personality”. Robert Kushner, MD says this plan is more than just what to eat. He says most diets fail because they do not pay attention to the life patterns that can make us gain weight.
Fats replaced with coconut oil
Cheating on the weekend is required
The China Study
Examines the effect of animal protein intake on cancer risk and suggests improving your health by focusing on a plant-based diet
A knock-off of the Mediterranean diet consists of managing portion sizes and eating approved foods centred on 10 items known as the “power foods”. The power foods are whole grains, almonds, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, spinach, blueberries, strawberries and olive oil.
Beat hunger by drinking olive oil about an hour before each meal, created by a psychologist
Best Life Diet
Made famous by Oprah, a talk show star, eat a Best Life-approved breakfast every day, eliminate alcohol, drink six glasses of water per day, and stop eating 2 hours before bedtime. During phase 2, eliminate six unhealthy foods (refined grains, fatty and sugary foods) and monitor your hunger and activity level. Finally, focus on “adding nutrition” by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Calorie counts vary depending on your current weight and activity level.
Juice Fast/Detox and Master Cleanse reemerges
Premises is a “detox” … claiming to eliminate toxins, no actual scientific proof
The Eat-Clean Diet
Focusses on eating foods without preservatives, and on mixing lean proteins with complex carbohydrates.
The GenoType Diet
Classifies people into six distinct genetic body types based on how certain genes and physical characteristics are known to occur in combination. Created by the Blood type diet guy, Peter J. D’Adamo, after he realized there is more to it all than his Blood typing diet and jumped on the genome fad.
Online diet program focusing on a low-carbohydrate diet created by Heidi Diaz under the pseudonym ‘Kimmer’ that became famous in 2007 in the magazine Woman’s World. Turn’s out she had created a fake online facade and that she was really an obese woman and not the face or person that she had created online.
100 Mile Diet
Restricting diet to include only foods grown within 100 miles of residence.
French Women Don’t Get Fat
A self-proclaimed “non-diet book,” French Women Don’t Get Fat is a popular eating plan designed by Mireille Guiliano, a French woman who gained weight after visiting America as an exchange student. Abandon the guilt and deprivation that many dieting Americans feel and instead eat smaller portion sizes with more awareness and appreciation of what you are putting into your body. As an example, if you overindulge at a meal early in the day, you would lighten up on what you eat at later meals
Dr. Siegel’s Cookie Diet
Meal replacement cookies packed with fibre
The Hacker’s Diet
Diet created by the founder of Autodesk, John Walker, a programmer. The diet accurately modelling how calories consumed and calories expended actually impact weight.
The Flexitarian Diet
By eating more plants and less meat, it’s suggested that adherents to the diet will not only lose weight but can improve their overall health
Tongue Patch Diet
Stitching a Marlex plastic patch to the tongue to make eating painful
Brown Fat diet
Created by James R. Lyons, MD, a plastic surgeon says that yellow fat makes you look soft, flabby, and old before your time, while brown fat is the good, healthy fat that keeps your body firm and youthful.. The 4-week diet and exercise program focuses on women and efforts to help develop lean muscle, boost metabolism, and build brown fat.
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat
Jumping on the “Mindfulness” fad it teaches to be an “instinctive” eater rather than an “overeater” or “restrictive” eater. If you are in charge of what you are eating, you eat what you want rather than follow the rules defined by others and you become the expert on meeting your own needs. When you are hungry, you give yourself permission to eat. If you’re not hungry, then it’s not time to eat regardless of what the clock says. It coaches eaters to become more in sync with their bodies, to trust what it is telling them and respond to what it needs. Dr. Michelle May, M.D also reminds us that we were born knowing how much to eat.
A vegetarian diet which excludes meat except for kangaroo
Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Diet
Allows for low-fat dairy, low-fat animal protein, and fish. It also packs in plenty of fibre from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. States that fibre will help keep your cholesterol level down, and it’s good for your digestive system. Also includes about 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days.
The Baby Food Diet
Originally an Internet phenomenon started by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is a gimmick for cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food, jars of which range in calories from about 20 to 100
KE diet or the breathing tube diet
The individual feeds a proprietary mixture through a feeding tube for a specific number of days. KE diet powder – an infusion of proteins, fats and micronutrients with no carbohydrates – mixed with water through the feeding tube
Pierre Dukan is a former French nutritionist that created a low-carbohydrate protein-based fad diet
A way of eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fibre and seafood.
Mayo Clinic Diet
Focuses on eating healthy foods that taste great and increasing physical activity. It emphasizes that the best way to keep weight off for good is to change your lifestyle and adopt new healthy habits.
Eat This, Not That Diet
Recommends food choices with the aim of improving health. Criteria for unhealthy dishes center on high levels of calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and/or sugar content. Healthier alternatives often include higher levels of fibre and/or protein. Created by David Zinczenko who is an American author and businessman also who is known as a leading voice in health and has many books on diets to his name…. his first book was Zero Sugar Diet.
two methods of intermittent fasting: whole-day fasting and time-restricted feeding
An intermittent fasting diet popularized
Cotton Ball Diet
The cotton ball diet is a fad diet that involves consuming up to 5 cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices or smoothies. The cotton is intended to make a person’s stomach feel full without them gaining weight.
At this point, I think everyone knows this diet and I do not have to explain. In my experience, the amount of emotional attachment to peoples beliefs around concepts of this diet is a massive trigger with people today. Fact is that in 1856 celiac disease was named. There is a long history to it. The guy who created the BOOM of the gluten sensitivity which turned into the gluten-free diet went back and with three separate research projects debunked his prior findings in the following years but this does not stop the masses from following a belief and a fad and creating a billion dollar industry around it. There has been much research discovering that people that go on a gluten-free diet create other diseases and we will see more here in the future, mark my words. There is also research showing that placebo vs gluten-free diet had no difference in control groups of celiac patients. Roughly 1/3 of the US reportedly are following this diet fad.
Low-fat, raw vegan diet
Trade high-density foods for low-density foods and choose foods that fight hunger
TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet
a three-part program that uses diet, physical activity, and weight management and sometimes, drug treatment also.
Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Loss Solution
“Seven keys to weight loss freedom” Among these seven steps are reasonable and solid recommendations such as breaking the cycle of emotional eating, choosing better foods, and establishing a regular exercise routine. Dr. Phil is a psychologist, with a very sorted past, that Oprah made famous on her show.
The Fast Diet
Referred to as the 5:2 diet: you eat normally for five days of the week and cut your calories to about 25 per cent of normal intake on two nonconsecutive days of the week. Created by Michael Mosley is a British television journalist, producer and presenter who has worked for the BBC since 1985 and Mimi Spencer who is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for such titles as the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar.
The Chemical Diet, Chemical Breakdown Diet, Chemical Reaction Diet and Three-Day Chemical Diet
A principle of pairing foods that work together to cause a chemical reaction to increase metabolism and create a fat burning effect. Created by Dr. Paul Dawson.
The Bulletproof Diet
Emphasizes foods high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs, while also incorporating intermittent fasting. Created by Dave Asprey who was in the IT and Web company business and the director of product management for a Silicon Valley startup called NetScaler until 2013 when he started the Bullet proof thing.
The Hormone Reset Diet
An elimination diet claims in seven three-day bursts, how to make specific dietary changes, eliminate metabolism-wrecking foods (meat and alcohol, sugar, fruit, caffeine, grain, dairy, and toxins), repair your body and reset your hormones. By Sara Gottfried MD
Includes nutrient-dense plant foods, and avoids processed foods and meats. An anti–inflammatory diet consists of foods that reduce inflammatory responses, supposedly. Created by DOROTHY CALIMERIS, a food writer and blogger and SONDI BRUNER is a holistic nutritionist, writer, food blogger.
A restrictive dietary program that promises to “change your life” in 30 days through some tough-love nutritional changes. These include no dairy, no grains, no added sugar, no alcohol, and no legumes. … Think: Paleo meets an elimination diet—but just for 30 days. Created by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig in 2009. They both became certified sports nutritionists; he worked as a physical therapist, and she was working at an insurance company during the day and doing nutritional consulting in her spare time. She quit her job to run the Whole30 business in 2010.
The 3-Day Military Diet is a low-calorie chemically compatible foods diet plan requires that you eat things like tuna, grapefruit, and saltines for three days. The diet is 3 days on and 4 days off. There is really no knowledge as to who is behind the “Military Diet”. No creator and claims of it being from the US military but a web site with no connection to any person.
A vegan diet based on recipes for people who love tacos and want to experiment with a vegan lifestyle. All of the benefits stated in the book are based on anecdotal evidence of the personal experiences of the four authors who are Vegans.
Wild Man Diet
Abel James, the ABC star and creator of the #1 Fat-Burning Man Show who is educated in Psychological and Brain Sciences then worked as a consultant to the consumer food and beverage industry, shares his revolutionary weight-loss program similar to the Paleo diet but allows for a greater range of foods and more flexibility in your eating style than the caveman program. He experiments on himself then uses that as the basis of his diet. His claim with photos is that he was overweight and living the normal Western life of work then changed and as it is very popular to market ones own triumph over their story.
Monotrophic diet (mono diet)
Makes a come back from the 80’s because of a YouTube star nicknamed “Freelee the Banana Girl” (real name: Leanne Ratcliffe) boasted about her weight loss in 2014. She is a fitness trainer turned Vegan from Australia.
Sweet Potato Diet, same thing, touting how the spud can help you lose 12 pounds in just two weeks. Meanwhile, the hashtag #monomeal on Instagram, which highlights pictures of people’s meals containing a single food, has more than 38,000 posts, and the diet was one of the most searched in 2016, according to Google. Comedian and magician Penn Jillette even wrote a book last year about how he lost 100 pounds by eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks to kick off his diet. Matt Damon revealed he ate only chicken breasts to drop weight for his role in “Courage Under Fire.”
Dissociated Diet (A.K.A. Hay Diet from the 1920’s)
Eat just one type of food each day. Example: one day only poultry; the next day only vegetables without oil or spices; the next day any type of dairy product; etc. Supposedly eating a variety of food groups at each meal taxes the body’s digestive system. He reasoned that the digestive organs have to create and release enough digestive fluids and enzymes to simultaneously break down animal proteins and dairy which are digested in an acidic environment and starches which are digested in an alkaline environment.
An elemental diet is a diet that proposes the ingestion, or in more severe cases use of a gastric feeding tube or intravenous feeding, of liquid nutrients in an easily assimilated form. It is usually composed of amino acids, fats, sugars, vitamins, and minerals. It touts that it is good for Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
The Economists’ Diet
Limiting carbs and eating more fruits and vegetables written by two professional economists
Eat to Live Diet
The 6-week plan shows that if you eat foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories, you can eat more and feel fuller for longer. Cut down on some carbs (bread, pasta), sugar, and oil. You also quit meat and dairy for at least 6 weeks, and eat more whole fruits, vegetables, beans and other legumes, and whole grains.
The Dubrow Diet
Intermittent fasting with a lower-carb eating approach that emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats
Avoidance of specialized proteins (lectins), the root of modern illnesses, ranging from obesity and gastrointestinal issues to autoimmune disorders and allergies. Lectins, according to Gundry, bind to sugar molecules in cells throughout the body, altering their function. Made famous by singer Kelly Clarkson.
As you can see by these, health and diet has become a religion and is belief only at this point. You get to believe whatever you want because that is where all this has come down to. Like religion, it becomes something that you don’t dare talk about because everyone has their ideas. They are not even dogmas because they are not even coming from authority. Diet is either that or a four-lettered-word that means something you go on to lose weight which only means the rest of the time one has no consciousness to what they eat. Diets do not need any science or knowledge behind them. Most of the diets on this list have been already been debunked by Western science itself but that does not stop the masses in what they believe. You can research them if you have that extra week of your life to spend doing so.
We are so lost. Anyone can create a diet, just make it sound good and people will follow it. Literally anyone. If your a celebrity, wow is it easy. This is our level of humanity, our culture. Our awareness goes as deep as “if it worked for them, it will work for me.” How many times was I asked when I was a bodybuilder what I do to stay in such shape?
Back 30+ years ago or so, Western medicine/Allopathy was the only game in town and anything else was seen to be written by a crackpot or snake oils salesman. This is because of the power that Western medicine had over people and what the paradigm of our society is, we do not take responsibility or want to. The paradigm is to take a substance or a pill for the relief of a symptom with no deeper knowledge. It is the basis of Western medicine. The doctor was supposed to be all-knowing. The all-powerful healer. Turns out they were not and Western Medicine has been falling out of favour since. The problem lies in the ‘then what?’ that is left after one departs the Western Medicine paradigm. ‘Then what?’ is what one is left with when there is nowhere to turn. Left in the world of ideas and concepts, all sorts of stuff written by all sorts of people… not knowledge. In the timeline, you can see this as well with the number of diets being created in time as the culture starts to step out of the spell of Western Medicine but then the chaos breaks loose. Just think of this for a moment…. how do you think this is going to be in another 25 years from now? Are we really getting any closer to anything? Nope. Not in my 30 years of experience. The very foundational template that we create everything from is limited and greatly flawed. I know, big claims I make right?
My own experience in the health field has been seeing one diet fad come along. Everyone then jumps on the bandwagon. Then it is debunked in 6 or 7 years. The next one comes along and the same thing happens. The next one comes along and the same thing happens. And again. And again. The research changes and changes and we are not in any different place really except that the masses are more and more confused and this only creates a ripe situation for marketing just another ‘diet’. Back 30 years ago there was not the militant ego behind someone doing a diet like it is today, nor was there the trying to push it on others…. like trying to have a conversation with a Vegan about diet. or someone that is on the Gluten Free diet. It isn’t just me that experiences this. Really, the entire health field has become like this now. Everyone is an expert. But are they? Expert in what? back 30 years ago the fitness world was just developing. The bandwagon back then was to become or have a personal trainer just as today it is being a yoga teacher or ‘doing’ yoga.
Truth is that if you change your diet, the body will react. No matter what you do. Is it going to be a healthy change? How do we judge that? ‘Because I feel better?’ Really? That is the level of the judgment that happens when someone has no knowledge, no way to diagnose. It leads to problems down the road. No doubt that every single one of the diets listed above has its cheerleaders and victories that support them. What you do not hear are the voices of the people that had a disaster happen because of them. That’s not to acceptable in the forum today.
Truth is that if you start to do a walk every morning, you are going to get healthier and feel healthier. Truth is if you start a boot camp extreme exercise program, it may whip you into ‘shape’ if you do not get injured in the process but then long term what is it doing to the body? Do we have any awareness or knowledge that even starts to look at this? Not when everything is driven by desires backed by low self-esteem, self-absorption, and ego. Truth is that we really do not know what is healthy and it is all chaos with the commercialism that is our modern world. Try this and try that. Follow this new thing and that new celebrity. Pretty sad when you start to see it from this perspective.
Is it really that difficult to comprehend health? No, it is not… But yes, there are many factors and they cannot be simplified and it takes more than just following a chore list. Living is a 24 hour a day thing, you actually do not get a break. The details that go into life are vast and needs to be understood like a dance. Once you understand the fundamentals you can dance and then in time you get better and better. A human being is complex, Why would we try to simplify our beautiful complexity except only to sell something (one size fits all, or a three template fits all, or etc.) and keep the level of humanity low in awareness? Why not take the time to explore and learn and experience depth? Not enough time? Really? What else is there?
All of those diets in that list above are missing fundamental understanding of life as well as the universe we live in. Notice how many of them even have an idea that you and I are not alike. Not many. Credit to those that created diets seeing this. But those diets fail because they do not have any way to see the factors of diversity that is behind individuality, they just aren’t realized. Then there is another major failing in all of the diets listed that none of them recognizes the environment that has an enormous effect on the being. Nothing we know in the West even comes close to even seeing this yet. Someone living in North Dakota should not be eating the same as someone living in Florida, even if we are speaking about twin siblings.
I will take the Bullet Proof fashionable fad that is going on as an example and not picking on it. Think of this, “after a trek in Tibet in 2004. At 18,000 above sea level and -10°F, his energy was plummeting – until he staggered into a guest house and a local handed him a creamy cup of yak butter tea”, ………From his experience of how revitalized he was………… therefore it is good for everyone no matter where they are and who they are and to boot, he has done the Western science that he has found to back up his international success. his success will be as long as Tony Little’s was because fundamentally it is all just the same. Truth is much deeper in what our Western science and health ideas have no clue to at all….. Everything is based on variables. Lots of them. As I said above, life is 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. No day is the same. No year is the same. You are not the same as you age. So why would your breakfast be the same every day? Another difference is where you are on this planet (the environment). There is a science of understanding all of this that is complete, it just isn’t the Western science as of Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats and Calories as what is the popular comprehension in the modern world. This article starts to give the idea of the break down in the thought that I am speaking of with the Bullet Proof fad. Now, what about all the massive health issues in people that are being created the entire Bullet Proof fad? They cannot correlate anything they will experience because frankly, it does not exist in our paradigm. Just as a whole lot of people that follow the chemical diet will have heat related (and possibly liver, skin, digestive, blood, BP) diseases in the future (possibly near future) but this is unknown because it has no lens to be seen from or why it would be. What happens to someone when they are taking in Yak Butter or Coconut oil because it is the latest fad without the slightest idea that for where they live this is not beneficial and they will suffer the consequence with no way to comprehend it was actually because of that? What about consuming it during the summer? There is no comprehension of the seasons or the effect on our digestive capacity or health. Anything ‘bad’ that does come from it cannot be correlated in the paradigm that we comprehend everything from. This is only examples and it applies across the board with all of these diets.
Maybe there is something else. Just maybe.
Illness and disease are of your own making, it is your responsibility. It falls into the category of not knowing (ignorance, which is a four letter word in the Western culture) what is beneficial or nonbeneficial and how to live life with the environment (and nature) or it is caused due to one’s not following what they do know (whether that knowing is correct or not is another thing). There is a third reason, which is karmic, but that is the topic for a different post. Even when it is karmic it is still your responsibility ultimately. Everything is poison and everything is medicine but really it all depends upon knowledge because the greatest medicine is a poison in the hands of a fool and the greatest poison is a medicine in the hands of the wise. This whole ‘everything is created by you’ is a very hard to swallow pill for most people, especially those of which that have a deeply debilitating disease at an incurable level or those who have lost loved ones to diseases. This also does not go by the Western paradigm of living life oblivious and taking a pill for a symptom. I think that just the existence of the term ‘Standard American Diet (SAD)’ says enough to prove, its the standard.
The fundamentals below are all just the category in which there are subdivisions of the knowledge of what these contain that has to be understood as well to put the whole picture together. Life is an ongoing movement of cycles and cycles within cycles. Birth-Life- Death is the simplest of this.
There is you, you are an individual. That has a lot to comprehend under that umbrella.
You have your own digestive capacity that changes throughout the day and the year as well as as you age. This has to be understood and followed as it is the very root to your health.
You have your own intrinsic individual balance and also the imbalance in which your experience of life has created and you are living in. This needs to be understood and balanced. The human body has its basic functions that are the same in all of us as to how the system works so there is a basis of your own individuality within those parameters. What is good for you is not necessarily good for your brother or sister much less your friend although they also have a body that also is human (most likely). (so stop sharing the latest fad your following) Easily explained that if your brother is insulin resistance you are not going to share your dessert with them. Same sort of idea.
Every substance has its own same intrinsic individual balance and its qualities in the same way as above. One substance will be heavy to digest and another one will be light as well as there are other qualities other than these two. Every quality of the substance will affect and become you when digested properly. Ex. If you only eat kale, it will dry you out because kale is very dry/drying. They also have actions that they will create in your system like a green banana will make you constipated while a yellow ripe banana will be a laxative to your system. (just for fun look out on the internet to see how much controversy over bananas being good for constipation there is and you will see how little we generally know. In this example, a green banana is astringent which has actions of drying and constricting as well as harder for digestion which is constipating whereas a yellow banana is sweet and will help in constipation due to its different qualities. See that even the difference in how ripe a substance also creates a difference in the actions and qualities that it will then have in the body. This is just one of the many reasons why the Western view of calories do not work.)
Some substances do not work being mixed and eaten together. They will not digest and become poison for the system. Just similar to what happens to milk when you put it in a copper vessel?
A meal has the qualities and quantity that will be beneficial or not to you individually. There is method to how a meal is eaten that makes it digest well or hinder your digestion.
The seasons change in the same birth-life-death cycle and within this. The seasons have their effect on the human being as they have on the nature around you. If it is a rainy day this also affects the human being. The different times of day also have their effect on the human being.
Everything in your life has an effect on you. The time you go to sleep as well as the time you wake. How you sleep when you do sleep. It all matters. If you are sedentary, the body responds to it in the same. If you are hyper-active, this is also not beneficial to health.
Psychological health is had simply through detachment. Attachment and meaning-making cause all mental ill health and suffering. The state of the mind is also the state of the body as they are inseparable. Vice versa as well.
All of the above is basically easy to comprehend as general foundation and is simple logic. That is the basics. Then the comprehension of what all of these fundamentals are in detail comes next and how to dance in life rather than be a zombie sheep following in the darkness. There is no magic pill that will make you healthy. Disaster awaits that path. There is no special diet…. as you see from the list above. There is only learning a deep knowledge of what you are, and what is outside of you, and then how all of that fits together to make health. It also makes an experience of life that is a totally different world than being that zombie sheep. All of this and more is Ayurveda. It is complete and timeless. It is the knowledge of life. (and you can find the details of those fundamentals on this blog)
A unique feature of Ayurveda is emphasis on promotion of positive health, physical, mental and social and spiritual. “The wise man should control the impulses of greed, grief, fear, anger, vanity, impudence, jealousy, malice and excessive attachment”. “He alone can remain healthy, who regulates his diet, exercise and recreation, who controls his sensual pleasures, who is just, generous, truthful and forgiving and who can get along with his kins.
What is health? It is already out there and has been for a very long time and has not changed with time. It is just not found in the Western paradigm ideas of health.
Sama dosha sama agnischa sama dhatu mala kriyaaha|
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhidheeyate ||
One is in perfect health when the Three doshas (vata, pitta and Kapha) Digestive fire (digestion, assimilation and metabolism) all the body tissues & components (Dhatus) (the entire physical body) all the excretory functions (the physiological functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order with a pleasantly disposed and contented mind, senses and spirit.
BMI has been used in the West to give an idea about whether people are overweight or underweight for over 100 years. It divides a person’s weight by their height squared. A BMI of between 18.5 and 24.99 is considered healthy, but some people are healthy with other BMIs. And it is a completely flawed tool to use as a diagnosis, but we still do today.
The Western ideas are a hamster wheel no matter how you look at it. New research that creates a fad and the creation of a whole which becomes the old debunked research later down the road as the newest research takes its place on the same conveyor belt. Same old song and dance. The basic foundation of what our science works from is broken. Maybe there is something more than doing the same thing and expecting the result to be different?
There is no real way to share the depth and vastness of knowledge that is within Ayurveda to an average general person. People/western practitioners really do not like it when I say things like… that knowledge is nowhere to be found in Western Ayurveda, but it is true. It is hard to be found in India as well, that’s the truth of it.
To share just a tiny piece of the detail that makes real Ayurveda the wonderous and daily humbling experience that it is, as well as the very reasons why it has no context in the modern world, here is just an example.
In Western Ayurveda, Nasya is a part of the daily regime that is given to everyone. It is considered to be putting a few drops of oil (mainly sesame oil but there is even Western Ayurveda Vata oils, Pitta oils, and Kapha oils to use based on your prakriti for nasya) in each nostril in the AM after cleaning your mouth. In Ayurveda this is actually a langhana (treatment.
The truth is that Nasya does not mean nasal drops. It means ‘having to do with the nose’ and the treatment of the nose is vast. It is the entryway to the head and diseases of the head, brain, and senses (as well as anything above the collarbones) are treated in this way. It can be liquid, oil, smoke, or powder. Depending upon the details of the diagnosis of why it is being done. That means that there are obvious indications for it to be done which means that there is a list of contraindicated conditions where it is not to be done because it will either complicate a disease into a deeper and more serious disease.
It is never done:
after a meal, this will lead to diseases of the head
when one has indigestion causes diseases of the head like cough, asthma, vomiting
after taking snehapan
after drinking alcohol
after drinking water or when there is a desire to drink water
after bath, that means after shower too (for those daily regime teachers/follower)
when hungry, will cause vata vitiation
when thirsty, will cause emaciation of the mouth
when tired, will cause pain
when semi conscious or unconscious, will cause complete unconsciousness
when there is Injury, will cause severe pain
after sex, will cause pain in chest, head and eyes
if one is weak, will cause ”
after exercise, will cause pain in the limbs
in fever, will cause pain
when there is fear, will cause fever
after virrechana, will cause vata vitiation and trauma to the senses
after basti, will cause kapha vitiation, anemia, heaviness, and worms or parasites
when pregnant, will cause harm to fetus
after pregnancy, will cause depletion of tissues
when head congestion/head cold, will cause complications of head cold
when one has a weak personality, will cause depletion of the tissues
in children, will cause depletion
in aged, will cause depletion
in shwassa, kasa, raktapitta, will cause debility and depletion
when there is Suppression of natural urges
(there are some specific nasya that can be given in certain contraindications as a specific treatment like raktapitta above)
There are various kinds of Nasya. It is generally classified into two categories that one of those categories has 5 different types (one of the 5 types is the daily use) and the other category has 2 types. Then Charaka Samhita also has another classification of Nasya by what the part of the herb that is being used such as the leaves, the roots, the bark, etc.
Nasya is used for elimination of the doshas in the head. It is also used in various vata diseases.
There are different dosages given in the different types of nasya. There are different times of day that it is given for the dosha treatment. There are different times of the day it is also given in the different seasons.
When herbal extracts and juices are used for nasya it is known as Avpedana Nasya, when instilling milk, oils are used it is known as Navana nasya, when smoke of various herbs is used it is Dhuma nasya. Dhuma Nasya is given for mental diseases, epilepsy, parasites in the head, and in poisoning cases. When medicinal powder which are strong and applied with special apparatus they are known as Virechana nasya. Also there are two types of nasya depending upon the quantity of medicines or dose that is used when only 2 drops of medicines are used in each nostril for nasya it is known as pratimarsha nasya which is slow to act and less potent and when 8-32 drops are used it is known as marsha nasya which has its age, seasonal restrictions as well as has possible complication possibly vitiating doshas and is used in high vitiated cases.
Pratimashana or the daily use that is popularized in Western Ayurveda has its own timings that it is done for various reasons, like doing it in the AM is to reduce the kapha that is accumulated at night. Hmmm.
After waking reduces kapha accumulated in the night, after brushing teeth strengthens the teeth and cleanses the mouth, while leaving the house prevents dust and allergy, after exercise sex and being tired after waking removes debility and tiredness, after doing the treatment of holding herbs or oil in the mouth and after applying anjana to the eyes improves the vision, after meals cleanses the channels, after vamana cleanses kapha and improves taste, during the day time it rids heaviness and tiredness and promotes mental peace, in the evening gives good sleep, after urination or defecation it improves the vision, and other timings as well.
This is not a list for you to see what you want and then start to do nasya at this time irrespective of having the proper knowledge. Please do not do that. No self diagnosis and treatment okay?
There are details of age limits, times of it to be done in the different seasons, the strength of the individual is to be gauged for the dosage, the strength of the disease will indicate the preparation being used. There are even things that are to be followed as to what not to be done like being exposed to cold, dust and smoke, heat, drinking alcohol, anger, sleeping, travelling and other usage of oils.
There are signs of when the treatment is done correctly as well as when it is done incorrectly that then need to be corrected. If excessive is given, like in the amount of dosage or even the strength of what is being given, at the least it will give a headache, worse is that it will cause disease that they can be very difficult to treat. Just think of it, we are dealing with the head and the senses. Delerium and fainting would not be unusual in excessive treatment. This is why the dosage and the substance being used is very important.
The beautiful details require that beautiful knowledge and make up all of why it is so deep and why it works. All of this needs to be known. ‘Do no harm’ or ‘primum non nocere’ is the first part of the Hippocratic Oath. Everyone should take this verse to heart. Not just any practitioner of a modality. One should keep this in mind always, even for the idea of treating themselves or sharing ‘information’. Superficial information is the vast majority of what we live with today. Consumerism thrives on it.
There is also, in popular sales of Western Ayurveda detoxing under a very popular name in Western Ayurveda and the top selling herb company, a detox package to buy that has you do jala neti (neti pot) then do drops of oil in the nostrils. Oiliness + coldness is not useful in many conditions. In nasya, we are making the nasal passage oily. Along with it, if jalaneti is done, it will make the area cold. This can lead to worsening of cold, cough, sinusitis etc. anyone that has done the neti pot knows how the water left in the sinuses will drip out hours later if not dried properly. Again, when the details are not followed properly, harm can be done. This is only a warning and proof that you can create disease by not knowing those details of proper treatment.
The Drava guna (liquid) of Kapha increases in this period which results into loss of appetite and poor digestion (Agnimandya). This season is aggravation of Kapha dosha only, which should be controlled by Ritu charya (seasonal lifestyle).
Cereals: Barley, Millet, Old Wheat
Pulses: Masoora (red lentils), Chana (chickpeas), Mung, (mung beans), Dew beans
Oils: Mustard oil, Safflower oil, Sesame oil
Milk Products: Takra (Buttermilk)
Vegetables: Karela (bitter melon), Brinjal, Raddish, Pumpkin, Moringa (Drum Stick) and dry vegetables, Elephant Foot Yam etc.
Non-vegetarian: Roasted Goat and Chicken.
Fruits: Lemon, Betel nut, Pomegranate, Jambul
Drinks: Oil, wine and Hot drinks, Asava and Arista.
Miscellaneous: Plenty of honey (never heated, even in tea)- the Katu Tikta and Kashaya rasas (pungent, bitter, astringent) should be accepted freely.
Smoking: After meals smoking is advised. (dhuma, medicated smoke inhalation, an ayurvedic treatment which has nothing to do with or even like smoking cigarettes or marijuana)
Exercises: Gymnastics, Sun Salutations and hard work as per ones capacity
Massage: Before bath massage the body with dry powder of Chandan (sandalwood), Ushira (Vetiveria zinzanioides) etc.
Hot bath: Hot water bath followed by application of scented plaster (Lepa) to the skin. Hot water is never poured above the collarbones, but the feet are always washed with hot water. The rest of the body warm water is used.
In the afternoon one must/should spend the time with his relations in the gardens surrounded by flowers.
The day time sleep is strictly prohibited.
Miscellaneous: To control the Kapha dosha, Shodhana Karma like Vamana (vomiting) is advised only under the supervision of a properly educated specialist, especially for Kapha dominant Prakriti.
Nasya (nasal drops) and Dhuma (smoking) also help for melting the Kapha, Anjana Kawal (colyrium on eyes) etc. should be practised during this ritu kala (season).
tasya mUlaM sarvopaplavAnAM ca pravRuttiH, nivRuttiruparamaH| pravRuttirduHkhaM, nivRuttiH sukhamiti yajj~jAnamutpadyate tat satyam| tasya hetuH sarvalokasAmAnyaj~jAnam| etatprayojanaM sAmAnyopadeshasyeti||8||
The root cause of universe and all upaplava (advent of miseries) is pravritti (action/attachment/excess). Nivritti (inaction/detachment from worldly affairs/abstinence) leads to its destruction (of all miseries). Attachment leads to miseries and detachment to bliss.
Realization of this fact is truth (pure knowledge).
[excess is a sign of illness, abstinence is control and thus health]
“What is cause of pravritti (attachment) and methods of nivritti (detachment) ?”.
tajjA hyaha~gkArasa~ggasaMshayAbhisamplavAbhyavapAtavipratyayAvisheShAnupAyAstaruNamiva drumamativipulashAkhAstaravo~abhibhUyapuruShamavatatyaivottiShThante; yairabhibhUto na sattAmativartate| tatraiva~jjAtirUpavittavRuttabuddhishIlavidyAbhijanavayovIryaprabhAvasampanno~ahamityaha~gkAraH, yanmanovAkkAyakarma nApavargAya sa sa~ggaH,karmaphalamokShapuruShapretyabhAvAdayaH santi vA neti saMshayaH, sarvAvasthAsvananyo~ahamahaM sraShTA svabhAvasaMsiddho~ahamahaMsharIrendriyabuddhismRutivisheSharAshiriti grahaNamabhisamplavaH, mama mAtRupitRubhrAtRudArApatyabandhumitrabhRutyagaNo gaNasyacAhamityabhyavapAtaH, kAryAkAryahitAhitashubhAshubheShu viparItAbhinivesho vipratyayaH, j~jAj~jayoH prakRutivikArayoH pravRuttinivRuttyoshcasAmAnyadarshanamavisheShaH, prokShaNAnashanAgnihotratriShavaNAbhyukShaNAvAhanayAjanayajanayAcanasalilahutAshanapraveshAdayaH samArambhAHprocyante hyanupAyAH| evamayamadhIdhRutismRutiraha~gkArAbhiniviShTaH saktaH sasaMshayo~abhisamplutabuddhirabhyavapatito~anyathAdRuShTiravisheShagrAhIvimArgagatirnivAsavRukShaH sattvasharIradoShamUlAnAM sarvaduHkhAnAM bhavati| evamaha~gkArAdibhirdoShairbhrAmyamANo nAtivartate pravRuttiM, sA ca mUlamaghasya||10||
“The source of attachment are ignorance, desire, hatred and purposeful action. This in turns give rise to ahamkara (ego), sanga (attachment), samshaya (skepticism), abhisamplava (mistaken self-identity), abhyavapata (false sense of ownership), vipratyaya (sensing opposite of reality), avishesha (inability to distinguish between consciousness/unconsciousness) and anupaya (believing in inefficient traditions) that engulf an individual just like the very long branches of a big tree smother a sapling. A person overwhelmed by these emotions stays trapped in the affairs of the world.
Ahamkara means egoism. E.g., “I belong to a high descent and possess beauty, wealth, conduct, intelligence, character, modesty, learning, fame, age, power and influence.”
Sanga, or attachment, includes the mental, vocal, or physical deeds associated with attachment that are not conducive to the attainment of emancipation or salvation.
Samshaya, or skepticism regarding the existence of the result of the past action, salvation, soul, life after death, etc.
Abhisamplava is the mistaken perception of identifying one’s atman with one’s body, such as “I am second to none in any situation; I am the creator; I am an accomplished person by nature and I am the aggregate of body, sense organs, intelligence and memory.”
Abhyavapata is the sense of ownership, such as ” mother, father, brother, wife, progeny, keen, friend and servants belong to me and I am theirs.”
Vipratyaya, or considering a desirable act as undesirable, a beneficial thing as harmful and an auspicious act/thing as inauspicious (and vice versa).
Avishesha, or the lack of distinction between a consciousness and unconsciousness, nature and its modifications, attachment and detachment.
Anupaya, or inefficient religious rituals such as prokshana (consecration), anashana (fasting), agnihotra (oblation to the fire), trishavana (worship with soma thrice a day while performing sacrifice), abhyukshana (wetting), aavahana (invocation), yajana (leading or guiding sacrificial rituals), yajna (sacrificial rituals), yachana (begging) and entering into water and fire.
Thus, if a person is devoid of intellect, restraint and memory, but is egoistic, skeptic, self-centered, is attached (to objects or actions), and is unable to discern between good or bad, self and the physical body, etc. he is an abode of all miseries. Such feelings are the root cause of vitiation of doshas relating to the mind and body. Such a person is trapped in the cycle of life and death and cannot attain salvation (from miseries).
[Human thinking is dominated by Tisraishaniya (three desires):
Pranaishana (desire for long life), Dhanaisanya (Desire for wealth), and Paralokashana (Desire for other world).
The mind is the substratum of diseases, along with the material body. Diseases are classified as those occuring only in the body, like skin disorders; only in the mind, like anger, lust, hatred, fear, etc.; and those of both body and mind, such as Apasmara (epilepsy) and Unmada (insanity). Diseases that are purely physical or purely psychic are rarely found; most diseases are all psychosomatic. ]
A person with a normal share of strength and combativeness, who is of sound mind and concern for things here and hereafter, is moved by three desires. These are the desire for life, for wealth and for life hereafter. The desire for life comes first, because the loss of life amounts to the loss of everything. To ensure good life and health, the observance of a code of conduct is necessary, just as careful attention needs to be paid for the proper care of illness. The pursuit of wealth comes next, because wealth takes second place only to life. There is scarcely anything more miserable than a long life without the means to live. One should therefore work hard to make a living by engaging in farming, animal care, trade, service and similar occupations. The third desire concerns life in another world after death, which does indeed raise many doubts. (Charaka Samhita Sutra 11:3–8)
The code prescribed by him for a long and healthy life was a far-cry from asceticism. It laid great stress on personal hygiene, nutrition and diet, elegant attire and ornaments, warm social relations, physical activity, pleasant walks in agreeable company, sexual enjoyment and all other aspects of a joyous and happy living. While he upheld the virtues of truthfulness, fearlessness, diligence, modesty, courage, forgiveness, and kinship toward all living beings, he placed no bar on the celebration of life and the use of rejuvenating drugs to enable one to live for a hundred years. Indeed, separate chapters were devoted in Ayurvedic texts to rejuvenating therapies (rasayana) and enhancement of sexual prowess (vajikarana). Vagbhata had a section on the erotic to embellish his chapter on vajikarana! (Ashtanga Hrdaya Uttara 40:35–47)
The detailed account of food and drinks, protocol for dining, lifestyle suited to different seasons, enjoyment of wines and a wine party which are found in Ayurvedic classics give the reader a flavour of the average Indian’s social life in ancient India. In seeking to live for a hundred years in good health and affluence, they were harking back to the Indian sages whose fervent prayer was to live ‘sound in limb and body to enjoy the divinely ordained term of life’. While Ayurvedic sages displayed unalloyed zest for a good and happy life, they never failed to emphasise the pre-eminence of ethics in all forms of human conduct. According to them, a good and happy life was inconceivable in the absence of righteous conduct (Ashtanga Hrdaya Uttara 40:35–47). Therein lies the secret of the uninterrupted practice of Ayurveda for over 25 centuries until its resurgence in recent times.
“23. The Self cannot be known through study of the scriptures, nor through the intellect, nor through hearing learned discourses. The Self can be attained only by those whom the Self chooses. Verily unto them does the Self reveal himself.
24. The Self cannot be known by anyone who desists not from unrighteous ways,
controls not his senses, stills not his mind, and practices not meditation.”
Without controlling the senses there is nothing. This is the first step on the path. This is why Yoga has the yama and niyama as the first step. “Highly ethical in behavior” The mind must be controlled before meditation can even commence or there will be all sorts of fantasy and delusion.
Concepts are nothing, mind filling only. Everything needs to be realized or embodied. Knowledge is only information if it is not actually comprehended and embodied thru ones living or life. Reading a book and gathering thoughts and ideas does not give one advancement or capacity. Taking a training course and then parroting what one has learned is information is not teaching. One cannot teach what one does not have an embodiment of. The vessel teaching others can only teach to a level of which it is.
Gathering information does not give one experience. Neither does knowledge that is not lived. Knowledge is had by experiencing it then that knowledge becomes wisdom. This wisdom is then lived as it would be pragnaaparadha to not and has even more serious karma as a debt of it being not lived in accordance.
This is an easy breakfast for most of the year
2 cups Rice flour
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Water
1/4 tsp Mustard seed
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Crushed Ginger
1 pinch Hing
1/4 tsp Bengal gram
2 tsp sunflower oil
Mix the buttermilk, rice flour, and water together well
Then in a speparate small pot, place the oil, and heat it
Then add mustard and cumin seeds and cook for a minute
Add crushed ginger and the very small pinch of hing and and salt to taste
Mix for 5 minutes
Pour the rice/buttermilk batter in and stir without stopping
When it becomes more solid turn off and cover
Wait 5 or so minutes
Eat and smile
This is an easy recipe for springtime.
1 cup Bajra/Millet Flour
2 cups Buttermilk (see the post on how to make takra)
4 cups Water
3/4 tsp Salt
3 Shallots chopped thinly
3 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
Take the bajra/millet flour and put it in water in a pot
By hand mix it to make sure there are no clumps
Put it on a medium heat and stir for about 15 minutes
Then turn off the heat and let it cool
Then add buttermilk, salt, and water and mix it well
Add the chopped shallots and cilantro. (you can also use an onion instead of shallot)
A second recipe to throw in here is that you can instead let the porridge cool and then roll the millet into balls. You can put these into any curry to enjoy them.
This dish is used in fasting and also is a great springtime breakfast or meal. It is made with potato most of the time but here we are dropping the potato due to the fact that potatoes are not healthy as per Ayurveda and is an unwholesome food. this is due to the fact of the qualities of the potato. It is very dry and heavy. It is hard for digestion. It aggravates kapha and vata both. Since they are opposites this is not a good combination to have.
1 cup sabudana
1 tsp cumin seed
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
A few curry leaves
2 tbsp roasted peanuts crushed
Some shredded coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp sunflower oil
Preroast the peanuts in a toaster over or in a dry fry pan then let them cool and crush them. you can simply put them in a sheet of paper and fold it over. Use something hard to break them up.
Put the1 cup sabudana in 1.5 cups water over night to soak
In the AM break up the sabudana as it will be stuck together
Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the red chili powder, cumin, curry leaves, and then throw in the peanuts
Then throw in a little shredded coconut, stir, and let cook for a minute
Mix the sabudhana into the mixture and stir
then and turmeric
add pinch of salt and mix well
Cook on medium-high flame for only about 2-3 minutes
Need to eat this right away, won’t be a problem once you try your first bite
This recipe is perfect for springtime breakfast
4 cups Puffed rice/murmur
Ghee or mustard oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 big Onion
Some curry leaves
1/4 cup shredded coconut
6 Roasted cashews chopped
2 tablespoons Bengal gram Roasted
Coriander leaves chopped
Pre-toast the cashews in a toaster oven
Take the 4 cups of murmur and put it into a bowl of water for only about 2 minutes then strain it.
Take a little ghee or mustard oil and heat it in a pan
Add the mustard seeds and wait until they start to pop then add the curry leaves and onions. Cook until the onions are clear
Add the roasted cashews and shredded coconut and stir. Cook it for about a minute more then add the turmeric and gram flour. Mix and let cook again for a couple minutes.
Add the salt to your taste.
Add chopped coriander leaves over the top and mix
Add this to the bowl of soaked puffed rice and mix well.
Can squeeze some lime over the top as well.
Simple recipe that takes only moments to make
Here are some pics i took of a man making puffed rice on the street in Kolkata today.
It is made in the heated sand. The middle picture, the puffed rice is the two furthest or in the last picture the furthest right
Throughout India common folk/village knowledge exists that is about Ayurveda. People have grown up in the past reciting and learning simple verses and lines that convey wisdom of the past.
This is one of those….
चैते गुड़ बैसाखे तेल |
जेठ क पंथ असाढ़ क बेल ||
सावन साग न भादों दही |
कार करेला कातिक माहि ||
अगहन जीरा पूसे धना |
माघे मिसरी फागुन चना ||
It is a line about the months that explains what foods to stay away from during that time.
Chaitra – gur (jaggary)
Vaishakha – oil
Jyeshtha – journey (traveling)
Ashadha – bilwa
Shravana – shaaka (leafy vegetables)
Bhadrapada – curd
Ashvina – bitter gourd
Kartika – buttermilk
Agrahayana – cumin
Pausha – coriander
Magha – mishri
Phalguna – chickpeas
Those months are…
Ayurveda understands in vast detail the movement of the environment, seasons, and time of day and its use and effect on the human being. This is just one simple detail which needs to be understood for the comprehension of creating balance and health in life.
This is an interesting research article showing the effect of the moon phase on the constituents of ashwagandha, a herb used in Ayurveda.
This may open the mind a bit more to all of what is as well as how much we do not understand at all in the Western paradigm of health.
You can find on the internet where western science even proves that the moon phases have no effect on the human being. From the comprehension of the paradigm which Ayurveda, yoga and the other sciences of ancient India’s culture come from, one can understand that Western research is using a template that cannot actually research such things.
As an example, there was research was done on the effect of Mercury retrograde on human affairs. The research took the normal myth ideas that are stated in the western masses about the effect. With the lack of depth of knowledge of the mechanisms, they are left to try to see a general “breakdown of communicating” since this is what is stated in the masses and by internet new age ezines. They found that there was no effect. I covered this in another post. Without understanding that just simply mercury retrograde in transit will affect every single person differently as per their own individual chart at birth (and the other details of this) with the transits applied upon it, the research is completely useless.
This can be put into a greater view of the sciences of India and what they state or what is touted by them. Everything needs to be understood from the depth and understood from the paradigm it comes from rather than taking some superficial tidbit and trying to view it through a superficial Western lens or applied into Western life.
Ayurveda cannot be researched through Western research methodology because that methodology is limited in its capacity. It comes from a limited paradigm. The question is there a way to research sciences that do not fit into the Western paradigm of thought? When so many variables are in play and understood, such as just the moon phase and its effect in the first article, how would you research an herb when every person that would be used for a study is their own unique individual (constitution, not just dosha but the rest of the entire system as well) with their own unique set up of the disease that it would be possibly being researched upon.
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