Mint Chutney

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Mint Chutney with Tridoshic Yam Kitcheri

The perfect accompaniment to kitcheri is Mint Chutney. This refreshing condiment stimulates digestion, comforts your taste buds and adds to meal satisfaction. As you come off your pancha karma or kitcheri cleanse, begin adding Mint Chutney alongside Cleansing Kitcheri, Tridoshic Yam Kitcheri or Kitcheri with Cauliflower and Peas.

Mint Chutney

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh mint leaves

1 cup water

1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

½ small green chilli, chopped

1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine

1 Tb ghee

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp black mustard seeds

1 pinch hing

4 curry leaves

½ lime

¼ tsp salt

Preparation:

- Wash the mint leaves and discard long stems.

- Put the mint, water, coconut, chilli and ginger into a blender and blend on medium until it is a well mixed and finely ground paste.

- Heat a saucepan on medium and add the ghee, cumin seeds, mustard, hing and curry leaves. Cook until the seeds pop.

- Cool and add to the mint paste.

- Squeeze in the juice from the lime.

- Add salt and stir well.

- Store in refrigerator, keeps for 2-3 days.

Source: Usha & Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing (New Mexico, The Ayurvedic Press, 1994).

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This comforting recipe is ideal for times when you are coming off pancha karma, are on a kitcheri fast, are recovering from flu or have delicate digestion. Warming spices make this a digestible and delicious meal balanced for all three doshas. Serve with Mint Chutney for a perfect combination of tastes.

Tridoshic 'Yam' Kitcheri

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1cup split hulled mung beans

1 cup basmati rice

3 tbsp ghee

1 and half inches minced fresh ginger

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tsp turmeric

1 handful cilantro leaves

8 green cardamom pods

8 whole cloves

11 black peppercorns

3 inch piece cinnamon stick

3 bay leaves

Salt to taste

1 large yam, cubed (actually a golden sweet potato)

Preparation:

  • Rinse mung beans well with cold water and soak for a few hours
  • Rinse rice well and soak while beans are cooking
  • Put ginger, coconut, turmeric, cilantro and some water in a blender or food processor and blend. Use enough water to blend well.
  • In a large pot, melt ghee over medium heat and sauté cardamom pods (split open first), cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and bay leaves for a few minutes. Then add the blended spices and sauté for a few more minutes until lightly cooked.
  • Next add beans and yams; cook for a couple more minutes. Add enough water to cover the beans with at least 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the beans are completely broken down. Then add the rice and cook until the rice is broken apart. Add more water as needed. Salt to taste and enjoy!

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Spring Self Care

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Spring is the time for cleansing! This is an ideal time for a Pancha Karma cleanse to detoxify, rejuvenate and prevent Spring allergies. Visit your Ayurvedic practitioner to plan your cleanse. It doesn't have to be expensive. Many practitioners have a Home Cleanse option that costs very little.

If you can't make it to a Pancha Karma center or Ayurvedic practitioner, try a Kitcheri Fast--a week of Cleansing Kitcheri, castor oil self-massages and ginger baths. Come off your fast carefully, leaving allergenic foods such as wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts and nightshades until a week after your fast, and avoiding alcohol, smoking, sodas, white sugar and junk foods during and for at least ten days after your fast. In Spring, eat plenty of bitter greens, including unsprayed tender dandelion greens from your garden.

Self Oil Massage is a daily brisk massage with warm, castor oil to loosen toxins and excess doshas and begin to bring them into the digestive tract for elimination.

  • Oiling must be done on an empty stomach (at least 3 hrs after last meal), so for most people the morning is the best time.
  • Oil from head to foot, with most attention to head and feet. Continue at least 1/2 hour
  • Warm the oil by putting a small plastic squeeze bottle of it in a sink or bowl of hot water for several minutes.
  • Be sure to have old towels available to sit on and for under your feet (you will also need old towels for drying yourself after the sweating.
  • Let the oil soak in a few minutes while you prepare your bath. Be sure not to become chilled at any time.

Ginger/baking soda bath:

  • 1/3 cup each of dried ginger & baking soda for each bathtubful of tolerable hot water (avoid excessive heat.)
  • Be sure the bathroom is warm. Avoid getting chilled at any time.
  • Have extra "oil" towels available.
  • Soak after oiling and then get out when begin to sweat.
  • Cover with towels and continue to sweat in the warm bathroom until you are beginning to cool down.

Do's & Don'ts for sweating:

  • Don't eat before sweating.
  • Be careful of your slipperiness after the oil massage! don't slip & fall!!
  • Do not overheat in any of the methods, you should just be breaking a mild sweat over your whole body, not getting red. Sweating may start at the top of your body and work its way down. Be sure the bottom is sweating also.
  • After sweating be careful not to get chilled - take a shower (again, careful not to slip on oil in tub!!). One tip to remove excess oil from hair--put shampoo on hair before wetting hair in final shower. You may need to suds more than once. OR just don't worry about oily hair right now. Leaving on a light coating of the oil won't be a problem for the days of the treatment .Better not to use soap on the skin at this time.
  • Be sure that you're not getting dehydrated from the sweating - drink plenty of Fluid Replacement Tea. Recipe: 1 quart of filtered or spring water; 1/4 cup Mint; 1/6 cup Gotu Kola/ Brahmi; 1/4 tsp salt; 1 small squeeze lime
  • Carefully clean the bathroom and tub after oiling and sweating to avoid slipping.

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Fresh snow on the foothills.

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As I mentioned in my last blog, lack of sexual satisfaction is quite a common complaint among women attending our clinic. Yet a rich and fulfilling sex life brings health benefits on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Enhancing sexual satisfaction is an important part of wellbeing. Last week we offered some recipes and remedies to improve libido and ojas. Today, let's take a look at some other resources that can help us fulfill our sexual potential. In the ancient world, female orgasm was believed to be necessary for conception, so the woman's sexual satisfaction was regarded as essential. And sex-ed in ancient times did not consist--as it seems to do today--merely of information on sexually transmitted diseases and how not to get pregnant. Erotic education was seen as important for all women and was imparted to teenage girls by way of instruction by an older aunt and by richly illustrated pillow books that could be helpful even to those who could not read. Today, many wonderful resources are available to women who wish to tap in to some of this ancient sexual wisdom.

Resource list for women's sexual health

  • Understand your anatomy in a new way, to maximize orgasmic potential:

Women's Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston is the must-have book for women who want to increase their sexual pleasure through understanding thier own bodies.

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  • Ayurvedic texts recognize that women can ejaculate--in fact, female ejaculation was considered normal and necessary for sexual health in ancient times. Today it is recognized that 'some' women do ejaculate but often forgotten that all women have this potential.

Female Ejaculation and the G Spot by Deborah Sundahl is a helpful step-by-step guide for women who want to develop the ability to ejaculate.

  • Cultivate your sexual energy through the Healing Tao.

Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Mantak and Maneewan Chia offers guidance in the Taoist techniques that enable women to cultivate and enhance their sexual energy and includes strategies for making menstruation more easeful.

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  • Support sexual and reproductive health with Jade egg practices. Every woman, young or old, sexually active or not, should own and use a jade egg to enhance sexual health and reduce menstrual and menopausal problems.

Emergence of the Sensual Woman: Awakening our erotic innocence by Siada Desilets is the best book I have found for learning and developing this important practice. Ideally, obtain the Jade Egg Essentials triad--the book, the jade egg itself and a CD that is really helpful to talk you through your practice. Do your jade egg practices at least twice a week for optimal wellbeing.

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  • Develop intimacy with your partner by setting aside time each week to get to know yourself and each other better.

The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The path of sacred sexuality for western lovers by Margo Anand offers intimacy-building exercises to do together week by week. Each study session could culminate in lovemaking--but it doesn't have to. Many couples have found this resource helpful in building sexual, sensual and emotional intimacy and enriching their connexion.

  • Learn Taost sexual practices together using a CD set

Sounds True offers a great CD set Taoist Sexual Secrets taught by Rachel Carlton Abrams and Lee Holden. Good not only for women's wellness but also for helping men learn ejaculatory control.

Resources like these listed here can help you enhance your wellbeing through supporting intimacy, ecsasy and reperoductive health!

Here is the ultimate 'fancy rice' for a special event. This delicious recipe uses channa cheese balls, which can be made from either cow or goat milk. Here is a video on how to make chenna cheese. Generally chenna is softer than paneer due to not having been pressed or hung for as long.

Since this is a relatively complex recipe in that it has a number of steps, we decided to take a series of photos to make the process easier. Please give it a try--it's delicious and well worth the effort. Thanks to chef Scott Bears for making this dish and Nicole Herbert for taking the photos!

Scroll down for the recipe.

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Roll the chenna cheese into balls with ragi (or rice flour) as a binder

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Fry the chenna cheese balls.

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Voila! Yummy fried chenna cheese balls!

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Mix the rice with turmeric and ghee.

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Soak the saffron threads in milk (or water).

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Fry the nuts and raisins.

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Gather the spices and then fry them.

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Then stir in the rice.

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Stir fry for a few minutes.Pour in fried nuts, raisins, coconut and saffron milk, stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover and gently simmer 20-25 minutes or until rice is done.Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 Tb ghee and fried chenna balls. Gently fluff rice and mix ingredients. Enjoy!

Royal Rice

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups basmati rice
  • Freshly made Chenna cheese (p. 315) made from 6 cups milk
  • 1 Tb ragi flour or rice flour
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbs blanched raw pistachios, halved
  • 2 Tbsp cashew peices (optional)
  • ¼ cup dried coconut cut into ribbons
  • 3 Tbs raisins or currants
  • 3 Tb melted ghee
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ Tb milk
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads
  • ghee or oil for frying
  • 6 cloves, whole
  • 2" piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 large black or 4 large green cardamom pods
  • 1 whole dried red chili (or as desired)
  • 1 ½ tsps cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp kalonji if available
  • ¼ tsp hing
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2 ¾ - 3 cups water

Preparation:

  1. clean rice
  2. place warm chenna on counter and knead out extra moisture, knead until creamy and knead in flour. Scrape cheese into a ball. With film of oil on hands divide into 5 portions and roll each into 10 round balls - set the 50 balls aside on a plate.
  3. Place nuts, coconut and raisins in individual mounds on a plate and set aside.
  4. Place rice in a bowl and add 1 Tb melted ghee and turmeric. Mix together and set aside.
  5. Heat milk in a serving spoon, transfer to a small cup and soak saffron threads until needed.
  6. Heat ghee/oil to a depth of 2" in a frying pan over moderate low heat. When oil reaches about 325' F fry one by one the mounds of nuts and coconut until each turns golden brown. Fry raisins until they turn plump and a few shades lighter. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and place in a medium sized bowl. Raise heat to moderate and cook cheese balls in two batches. Cook them for ½ minute, then move balls with a chopstick until they rise to surface. Continue frying using a slotted spoon, and fry until rich golden brown on all sides. Remove with slotted spoon and hold aside.
  7. Remove ghee/oil from heat, put 4 Tb in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat until hot (not smoking). Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, chilli, cumin and coriander seeds and kalonji. Fry until cumin seeds turn brown. Stir in hing, then quickly add turmeric-coated rice and salt. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil.
  8. Pour in fried nuts, raisins, coconut and saffron milk, stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover and gently simmer 20-25 minutes or until rice is done.
  9. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 Tb ghee and fried chenna balls. Gently fluff rice and mix ingredients.

Source: Yamuna Devi, Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1987).

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Women are endowed with tremendous sexual capacity, from multiple orgasms to female ejaculation. Yet women who come to our Ayurveda clinic often express dissatisfaction within their sexual lives. There are many factors that may hold women back from attaining their full sexual potential: trauma, physical health problems, unsatisfactory intimate relationship, lack of training on the part of the woman or her partner, to name but a few.

It would take a book rather than a short blog to address all these concerns. So today we'll just look at the most simple scenario. You're happy with your partner and were enjoying a good sex life until something affected your libido. That 'something' could be an illness, a stressor or a hormonal change such as pregnancy, nursing, or your menopausal transition.

First of all, check with your doctor. Specifically, ask about your thyroid. If your thyroid is under-functioning, that will flatten your libido. And many stressors do lower thyroid function. All your hormones--sex hormones, thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones--are controlled by a multi-tiered system. The higher centres of your brain talk to your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus talks to your pituitary and your pituitary talks to each endocrine gland (the glands that produce hormones). The glands in turn talk to the pituitary. It's a finely orchestrated system, but if one instrument is out of tune, the whole symphony goes wrong. And so if stress throws your higher brain centres out of tune, the end result could be problems with your thyroid and or your sex hormones.

From an Ayurvedic standpoint, we're dealing with ojas, that mysterious core energy that governs your general wellbeing. So we could try some simple recipes that enhance your ojas and tone your nervous system and endocrine glands. It's also a good idea to see an Ayurvedic practitioner for a holistic look at your overall wellness and balance.

Special Ojas-building recipes:

  • Shatavari Kalpa: Roast an ounce of Shatavari with one or two tablespoons ghee in a cast iron pan until light brown and add two tablespoons turbinado sugar, two pinches saffron and a pinch of cardamom. A teaspoon of this recipe can be taken in the morning or at bedtime with a cup of warm cow's milk or almond milk.
  • Shatavari Ghee: This is a special ghee medicated with shatavari. Take a teaspoon twice daily followed by warm cow's milk, warm almond milk or warm water.
  • Ashwagandha milk: Drink a cup of warm milk at bedtime. Stir in a teaspoon of Ashwagandha and two pinches of nutmeg. Ideal for vata women or in winter.
  • Almond Restorative Drink

Ingredients

10 raw almonds

1 cup pure water

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon organic rose petals

1 tsp ghee

1/32 tsp saffron

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

pinch of black pepper ½ tsp of sweetener

Directions

Soak almonds and water together overnight.In the morning, drain off the water and rub the skins off the almonds. Bring the milk to a boil. Pour the milk in the blender with the peeled almonds. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper, and sweetener. Blend until smooth. Drink 3-4 times a week.

  • Non-dairy Almond drink

Ingredients

10 raw almonds

2 cups pure water

20 raisins

1 Tablespoon organic rose petals

1 tsp ghee

1/32 tsp saffron

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

1 pinch of black pepper

Directions

Soak almonds in 1 cup of water overnight, and soak raisins in 1 cup of water either overnight or for several hours. In the morning, drain off the almond water and rub the skins off the almonds.In a blender, add the raisins AND their soaking water with the drained and peeled almonds. Add rose petals, ghee, saffron, cardamom, black pepper. Blend until smooth. Drink 3-4 times a week.

  • Date Milk Shake

Ingredients

4-5 whole dates

1 cup whole organic milk

2 pinches cinnamon powder

Instructions

Boil milk until it foams once. Turn off heat. Put milk, cinnamon and dates in automatic blender. Blend until dates are ground fine. Serve warm in winter, room temperature or slightly cool (not cold) in summer or if a strong Pitta imbalance exists.

  • Vegan Fig shake

1/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 c. filtered water
2 large or 3 small figs cut in small pieces;
use dried figs if fresh are unavailable
1 date, pitted and finely chopped
dash of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in blender and puree at high speed until
smooth and frothy. Yum.

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Vijikarana is that which produces lineage of progeny, quick sexual stimulation, enables one to perform the sexual act with women uninterruptedly and vigorously like a horse, makes one charming for women, promotes indestructible and infallible semen even in old persons. Charak Samhita.

If I had thought ahead, this blog could have been ready for Valentine's. But I'm sure the topic is of year-round interest and especially as we head into spring! There are really three key aspects of male sexual rejuvenation:

  • Good diet and lifestyle
  • Ejaculatory control
  • Special Ayurvedic recipes known as vajikarana or aphrodisiacs.

Good Diet and Lifestyle

Young men: Burning the candle at both ends is not good for your sexual energy. Sleep and rest are needed to make semen. And Shakespeare's famous quote, "It promotes the desire but takes away the performance," applies to both alcohol and marijuana. These substances have both immediate and long term effects on your sexual functioning. Smoking cigarettes, which used to be seen as sexy, not only makes your mouth, skin and breath smell bad, it also constricts the blood vessels which need to dilate to give you an erection. And--eat real food! The only sexually rejuvenating thing about pizza is garlic.

Older men: Diet and lifestyle are crucial for your sexual health. Obesity, diabetes, pre-diabetes and high cholesterol are all bad news for sexual potency. These kapha conditions can gum up the blood vessels that supply your penis and even damage the nerves as well. So stay low-carb, have plenty of fruits and veggies, and exercise daily for sexual health just as much as for heart health. Job stress can wear away at libido--keep your priorities in place. Some blood pressure or cholesterol medications may harm virility. Depending on your individual health situation, an Ayurvedic practitioner might be able to help you avoid the need of such medications. Prevention is better than cure!

Ejaculatory Control

Typically, we in the West think of male orgasm and ejaculation as more or less synonymous. But men, like women, can experience different kinds of orgasm, which don't have to involve ejaculation. Developing ejaculatory control helps you conserve your sexual energy as well as please your partner more--especially a female partner. Learn ejaculatory control with the help of an excellent book, Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy.

Special Vajikarana Recipes

  • Ashwagandha milk: Drink a cup of warm milk at bedtime. Stir in a teaspoon of Ashwagandha and two pinches of nutmeg. The aphrodisiac effect comes on first and the soporific effect an hour later. Ideal for vata men or in winter.
  • Rose milk: Stir of spoonful of rose petal jam into a cup of warm milk and drink at bedtime. Rose petal jam (gulkund) is avaiable from Indian grocery stores or Maharishi Ayurveda outlets. Use the ashwagandha recipe in cold weather and the rose recipe in summer.
  • Shatavari milk: Drink a cup of warm milk at bedtime. Stir in a teaspoon of shatavari. This recipe is good year-round for pitta men.
  • Triphala vajikarana: Leave triphala paste left overnight in an iron vessel. Next day, mix it with licorice tea and take with ghee and honey. This is the best one for kapha men.
  • Almond and rice dessert is a delicious vajiakarana and can be eaten prior to or after lovemaking.
  • If you're feeling adventurous, try making urad dal kheer (payasam). This traditional recipe is found in the Ananga Ranga Sutra, a classical manual on the erotic arts.
  • Your personal vajikarana formula: Visit your Ayurvedic practitioner to receive a personal vajikarana formula tailored to your needs.

Various kinds of nutritious and palatable food, sweet, luscious and refreshing liquid cordials, speech that gladdens the ears and touch that seems delicious to the skin, clear nights mellowed by the beams of the full moon and damsels young, beautiful and gay, dulcet songs that charm the soul and captivate the mind, use of betel-leaves, wine and wreaths of flowers and a merry, careless heart; these are the best aphrodisiacs in life. Sushruta Samhita

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Next time--sexual rejuvenation for women!

Chayote Curry

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Chayote, sechium edule, is a member of the curcubitacae family native to Mexico. But this vegetable has found its way into the homes and on to the thalis of South India as chowchow. There are many recipes to prepare chowchow in line with traditional South Indian cuisine. Studies show chayote to contain as many as eight anti-oxidant flavonoids. it shows antimicrobial activity against multi-resistant staph. and enterococci, as well as against gram negative food poisoning bacteria like e. coli, salmonella and shigella. It has anti-ulcer, laxative and diuretic properties. It is anticonvulsant (can prevent seizures), and hepatoprotective (protects the liver). It also protects the kidneys from toxic damage as well. Here's a chayote recipe we prepared recently.

Chayote Curry

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

• 3 chayotes, chopped (discard the seed from chayote)

• ¼ cauliflower broken into florets

• 1 carrot, cubed to bite sized pieces

• 1 Tb of fresh grated coconut

• 6 small green chilli

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp turmeric

• 1 tsp oil

• 1 tsp cumin

• 1 tsp mustard seeds

• 4-6 curry leaves

Preparation:

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add curry leaves, cumin and then mustard seeds.

2. When they start to splutter add the chayote, cauliflower and carrot cubes. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Grind green chillies and coconut finely to paste.

4. When the vegetables are almost tender, stir in the green chilli and coconut paste, salt and turmeric. Mix thoroughly and cook for few more minutes, covered until the vegetables reach the tenderness you desire.

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As spring approaches you might be thinking about cleaning out closets and drawers or scrubbing paintwork. According to the ancient texts of Ayurveda, in spring we also need to clean out kapha from our bodies. During the winter months, kapha has accumulated in the form of excess slime, mucus and phlegm. We might be noticing post nasal drip, stuffy sinuses, cough, breathlessness, sluggishness, lethargy, weight gain or a tendency to fall asleep after eating. These are all symptoms of kapha buildup. As spring comes and the snows melt, kapha liquifies. This could result in spring colds or allergies. So during the spring season we need to expell excess kapha.

The time from mid March to early May is ideal for pancha karma, a special Ayurvedic cleasing program tailored to individual needs. You might have heard about pancha karma but imagine that it is an expensive process done in a resort or spa, or something you need to travel to India to experience. But while these are possible ways to go though pancha karma, you can also do PK (as we like to call pancha karma) in your own home at minimal expense, or receive some treatments from a local PK therapist, who will provide therapies as indicated by your Ayurvedic practitioner. However, you will need to get a few days off work, just one reason why it's important to plan ahead!

Before starting your week of pancha karma, you will need to prepare your body with a month of cleansing herbs. So this is the time to visit your Ayurvedic practitioner to discuss pancha karma. During your pre-PK visit, your practitioner will:

  • Asses your overall health history to see if PK is appropriate for you this spring
  • Give attention to any habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol (more than a glass a week), bingeing or drinking coffee. If you have an active habit, there's a danger you will slip back into it right after PK and do yorself more harm than good.
  • Give suggestions for cleaning up your diet in preparation for PK
  • Create a personalized cleansing formula to prepare you for PK
  • Create your personal PK plan and co-ordinate with other care providers such as PK therapist
  • Ensure that you have all the needed products for your cleanse, such as specialized oils etc.

Even if you're not doing PK, spring is still a good time to re-evaluate your diet and habits and take some cleansing herbs. After all, it's Lent, a tradtional time to give up bad habits! Enjoy some special recipes such as Cleansing Kitcheri, Liver Cleanse Sabji or Daikon and Mustard Greens. And check in with your practitioner for a spring tune up.

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Teething is a difficult time for both you and your baby. In fact in a study shows that health professionals in Victoria, Australia believed that parents experience as much distress as the infants themselves during teething.

General Care

  • Teething is a vata experience, both because of the pain involved and because it is a transition. Take care of your baby's vata with daily oil massage and avoiding cold droughts.
  • Teething is a natural process. But because it disturbs vata--and hence the other doshas--your baby may suffer from various disorders like fever, headache, thirst, vertigo, pinkeye, vomiting, respiratory troubles, diarrhea and rashes. For the most part, these manifestations will subside naturally with home remedies. But of course, more important conditions requiring medical attention could come on co-incidentally with teething.
  • Teething is a vata time for you as well. Give yourself a daily oil massage too!

Specific Remedies

  • Massage your baby's gums with pippali ghee. This will not only ease the pain, it will also support healthy teething.
  • Dilute one drop of clove oil in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or sunflower oil, dip your clean forefinger in this mix and gently massage the affected area to relieve sore gums
  • Rub vanilla extract on your baby's gums to soothe inflammation. (Buy alcohol free vanilla extract).
  • Rub diluted almond extract over baby's gums to soothe pain and inflammation
  • Teething Necklace: Traditionally, the root of vitex negundo or chaste tree was used as an anti-inflammatory teething amulet (necklace). Nowadays amber teething necklaces are used for similar effect.

If there are dental concerns beyond normal teething, pippali and amlaki may be mixed in ghee and given both on the gums and internally. (The traditional remedy calls for honey, now not used for babies because of botulism concerns).

References

  1. Wake M, Hesketh K. Teething symptoms: cross sectional survey of five groups of child health professionals. BMJ 2002; 325:814.
  2. Teething from the Ayurvedic point of view BMJ 2002;325:814
  3. http://ayurveda.iloveindia.com
  4. http://www.ayurveddoctor.com
  5. Kumara Tantram of Ravana remedies 106, 107

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