Strong as a Diamond! Vajrasana

Ever wondered why zen masters sit on their knees? Karate and other martial arts masters also to sit in that “uncomfortable” position- the ‘vajrasana’. Vajrasana is a kneeling pose; vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning diamond or thunderbolt. Asana means pose. This diamond pose is also called Adamintine Pose.
Usually, breathing exercises like Pranayama, Kapalabhati, and Anulon Vilom are done sitting in this position. Many masters also prefer this position for meditation.

This is how you do it..

  1. Kneel down, stretching your lower legs backward and keeping them together. Your big toes should touch each other.
  2. Gently lower your body such that your buttocks are resting on your heels and your thighs on your calf muscles.
  3. Place your hands on your knees, and set your gaze forward with your head absolutely straight.
  4. Turn your attention to your breathing. Be fully aware of how you breathe and carefully observe as you inhale and exhale.
  5. You could close your eyes to concentrate on your breathing and to calm your mind.

Vajrasana-benefits
As a beginner, when you assume this position, it is likely that your legs will pain. If this happens, all you need to do is undo the asana, and stretch your legs forward. You can try to stay in vajrasana for a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes and extend the time as per your comfort.
Work slowly and gradually on bettering the strength of the lower back muscles before you go deeper into the pose or increasing the duration. Once the lower back is strengthened, the strain on the breath is decreased. Also, do not push yourself more than your body can take, the benefits of the pose are minimized.
This asana is one of the few asana which can and should be be practised post a meal since it promotes proper digestion.
While this is one of the easiest and safest asanas to practise, however, keep the following in mind:

  1. Do not practise this asana if you have a knee problem or have undergone surgery in your knees recently; Or if you have intestinal ulcers, hernia, or any other problems related to the large or small intestine. If you are very keen, seek advice from your doctor/ yoga practitioner.
  2. If you are pregnant, keep your knees slightly apart to avoid putting pressure on your abdomen.
  3. If you are suffering from any spinal column ailments on the lower vertebrae, it is best to avoid this pose.

Practice this asana because

  1. It improves digestion. It regulates blood circulation in the lower pelvic region. Sitting on your legs reduces the blood flow in the legs and increases it in the digestive area, therefore increasing the efficiency of the digestive system. Better digestion prevents GERD- Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and acidity.
  2. With the regular practice of vajrasan one can get relief from constipation and flatulence.
  3. It strengthens the back and relieves patients suffering from lower back problems and sciatica.
  4. It strengthens the pelvic muscles too. It positively impacts the urinary and reproductive systems.

According to Ayurveda, one of the major nerve in human body is also named Vajra Nadi (Nadi means nerve). Vajra nadi is connected with genito urinary system which is responsible for regulating sexual energy in human body. Hence practicing this yoga pose for extended duration of time may make a person control his/her sexual energy for spiritual aims.

  1. It strengthens muscles and nerves almost curing varicose pains.
  2. It helps to ease out labor pains and also reduces menstrual cramps. It is a safe asana to perform during pregnancy.
  3. This asana is one of the best ones to assume when you wish to go into a meditative state since it is an upright pose.
  4. According to Ayurvedic Sciences there are marm points in our body. These points impact different parts of the body when we assume different positions. While sitting in vajrasana, katikatarun marm is stimulated. This impacts the spine and stomach releasing the pain in spine and improves digestion.

Make a habit to practise this asana atleast post your meals and become ‘diamond’ strong!

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Hair loss

Hair loss

Everyone loves a beautiful mane, be it men or women. You could be having hairfall due to androgenic or non androgenic causes. Androgenic causes are genetic in nature. Take Andre Agassi for instance, who start losing his hair as early as when he was 19 and soon after, endorsed the ‘baldness’ proudly! If the causes of your harfall is androgenic, it is best to accept your hair as they are! In case if your hair fall is due to a disease, it might continue with the disease or even after the disease is cured. A lot depends on the the way you have treated the disease and the capacity of your body to jump back to a healthy state. Some of the diseases which lead to hair loss are Lupus, thyroid problems, cancer, muscular dystrophy or any severe chronic illness.

Prevent Hair Loss

1. Nothing beats the intake of nutritious foods & regular exercise– Make sure you are consuming enough proteins in your diet as these are the building blocks of tissues and hair. You can include milk, egg whites, pulses and fish; use Omega-3 fatty acids—such as salmon and mackerel— or sprinkle a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flaxseed on to salads or cereal each day.

Vitamin A is crucial to healthy hair because it works with the fat synthesis. Food products rich in vitamin A include leafy greens, carrots, eggs and cow’s ghee.

Vitamin B12 creates red blood cells, which ultimately provides more oxygen for your body!

Vitamin C and Iron are good for your hair

Vitamin E also encourages circulation in the body and helps grow new blood vessels, which helps hair to grow.

Some of the most important minerals for hair health are — calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc which are found in vegetables and fruits.

Regular exercise allows sweat to clean out and unclog your hair pores. The exercise will also make you healthier overall which will help you grow longer, stronger locks.

2. Stay hydrated. The hair shaft itself is largely made up of water. Drink 7-9 glasses of water everyday, along with fruits and juices.

3. Check if you have a hormonal imbalance. If you do, look into natural supplements for hormone regulation and foods that promote healthy hormone levels.

4. Health conditions which might lead to hair loss, include stress, thyroid disease, anemia, and medications for heart disease. Read the article on basic tests which you must consider.

5. Break your habit of smoking. Apart from a number of diseases, it reduces circulation, and this includes blood flow to the scalp. Drinking alcohol and caffeine hampers the immune system and cause further hair fallout.

6. Oil Scalp Massages stimulate the hair follicles to increase hair growth! Take any natural oil – olive, coconut, almond and massage gently into your scalp. Leave it for ½ hr to 1 hour and wash.

7. Home remedies: Unless sure, avoid the use of chemical treatments on your hair. Use shikakai soap at least once a week instead of shampoo with aloe vera pulp/curd. Instead of hair gels- use a pinch of brihangraj or coconut oil to settle your hair.

If you have dandruff/ itchy scalp, massage neem oil to your scalp, keep it for 1 hour before rinsing with shikakai soap. Repeat every week till you see an improvement. Neem is antibacterial and antifungal and works wonders for your scalp. Above all, listen to what your hair is telling you. All the treatments, even though natural might not suit your skin type. So try and find what suits you best and use it.

Use henna, to colour your hair if it suits your skin. In case if you use hair colours, ensure to hydrate your skin post the treatment. The above remedies would suffice.

8. Yoga and Pranayam: Lazy bums out there should never give up on yoga and pranayam as they promote an overall well being. While the below given asanas aid hair growth, these are also beneficial numerous other body functions.

Adho Mukha Savasana (Downward dog pose)

Utthanasana (Standing forward pose)

Pavanmukthasana (Wind-relieving pose)

Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand)

Vajrasana (Adamintine pose)

Make love: It is fun and beneficial

It cannot be denied, sex if consensual can be a lot of fun and has numerous benefits. In this blog, I will refer to ‘sex’ as ‘making love’, since that is exactly what I mean. The article will take you through the benefits of “making love” and not “sex”! So if you have a partner who is not that much “into it”, get them to read this blog and be ready for some fun!

Psychological Effect:

Making love has numerous psychological benefits. I am not referring to people into extensive meditation and the ones who have been able to channelise this sexual energy. But for us ‘mortals’, sex is healthy. There is a deep energetic connection that bonds two people when they make love & it is not just the intermingling of juices.

Kamasutra describes the different ways to physical intimacy but also speaks about equally involving your partner and developing a synergy for greater fulfillment. The physical bond builds an emotional connect which eventually leads to a happy family life. If you want to feel more connected to your partner, consider that the simple act of saying “yes” to your partner, and see the shift in dynamics. If you’re both honoring each other correctly, sex will most likely help you feel closer to your love.

Suppression of this primal need can distract a person from his routine activities. So might well just do it and be happy!

Physical Effect:

Making love releases endorphins and oxytocin, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centers in the brain that create feelings of intimacy and relaxation, keeps anxiety and depression at bay. You don’t have to climax for the effects, but there is a surge of soothing hormones if you have an orgasm.

The same endorphins that help you de-stress can also relax your mind and body, & makes you sleep well. But if you’re wild in the sack, highly active session can make you feel more energized than sleepy. Let it not be a snooze, but if you are sleeping thereafter, opt for a subdued session.

The endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain. Have a migraine but your partner isn’t around? Medicate by treating yourself with some solo sex!

Use your healthy days as sex days! People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases, enhances immunity & keeps the body safe from colds and flu.

Making love decreases the risk of prostate cancer as well. What better reason than this to slip into sheets with your partner!

Apart from making you feel good, making love makes you young and vital due to the release of testosterone and estrogen. Estrogen also promotes soft skin and shiny hair.

The uterus contracts during orgasms and in the process rids the body of cramp-causing compounds. The increased number of uterine contractions can also help expel blood and tissue more quickly, helping to end your period faster.

Sexual activity = modest workout on a treadmill. A romp can burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the length of the session. Your abs, back muscles, butt & thighs get a good workout.

It is also a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

Slipping into sheets with the one you love lowers your blood pressure & is good for your heart because you are naturally in a relaxed state. It lowers your cholesterol by tipping the high-density lipoprotein (HDL)/ Lower density lipoprotein (LDL). It keeps your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance; unbalance increases risk of osteoporosis and even heart disease.

Remember, the benefits listed above is for “making love” which implies consensual physical intimacy. Ensure when you indulge, it is consensual and preferably with one partner. Multiple partners create a havoc with the body apart from creating the risk of STDs (Many Indian scriptures stress on having one sexual partner because the cells in our body remember every physical touch on a subconscious level. Too many physical interactions lead to psychological & physical issues.).  

So be safe and have a good time!

 

Vitamin B12:  The Energy Nutrient many of you should be thinking about!

As a practitioner in India, I am appalled by the number of patients suffering from B12 deficiency. It is common for patients to complain about fatigue, vague pains, depression. More often than not, many tests are conducted with no results and the one missed is the test for B12.  This Energy Vitamin is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world and a major concern in U.S, India, Mexico, Central America, South America and certain areas in Africa. Even though needed in small quantities, it plays a critical role in the optimal functioning of the human body.

Vitamin B 12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system and the formation of red blood cells. It is one of eight B vitamins. Without negating the importance of other nutrients, I find B12 essential and more important than the rest because of the steady rise in people affected by this deficiency & not being aware of it.

 

B12 is required…

  • For the manufacture of red blood cells; deficiency leads to a characteristic kind of anemia
  • To support the normal function of nerve cells, and to manufacture myelin, the insulating material that surrounds some of our nerve cells and speeds neural transmission. The most serious manifestation of B12 deficiency is impaired brain function, due to the effects of B12 on nerve cells. Advanced B12 deficiency causes dementia resembling Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • For the replication of DNA- the deficiency leads to difficulty in the regeneration of new healthy cells. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency mimics all of the effects of aging.
  • B12 is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis, fatty acid, and amino acid metabolism. 

No fungi, plants, nor animals (including humans) are capable of producing vitamin B12.  Only bacteria and archaea have the enzymes needed for its synthesis. Hence, B12 needs to be taken externally through relevant sources.
Who should be concerned about B12 deficiency?

  1. If you are or were vegetarians or a vegan it is time for you to get yourself tested for this deficiency.
  2. Babies born to mothers who are vegetarians usually have this deficiency
  3. The risk of B12 deficiency increases with age.  So test yourself and fortify your meal in case of a deficiency
  4. Pernicious anemia- is an autoimmune condition that affects your stomach. In your stomach, vitamin B12 is combined with a protein called intrinsic factor. This mix of vitamin B12 and intrinsic factor is then absorbed into the body in part of the gut called the distal ileum. Pernicious anemia causes your immune system to attack the cells in your stomach that produce the intrinsic factor, which means your body is unable to absorb vitamin B12.
  5. Conditions that affect your intestines can also stop you from absorbing the necessary amount of vitamin B12. For example, Crohn’s disease (a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system) can sometimes mean your body doesn’t get enough vitamin B12.
  6. Some types of medicine can lead to a reduction in the amount of vitamin B12 in your body. For example, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)  a medication sometimes used to treat indigestion  can make a vitamin B12 deficiency worse.

 

Move towards a B12 rich diet if you have the following symptoms

  • Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
  • Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
  • Pale skin
  • A smooth tongue
  • Constipation, diarrhea, a loss of appetite, or gas 
  • Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
  • Vision loss
  • Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes 

Sources of B12

Proved sources of B12 are animal products (meat, fish, and dairy products), fortified cereals. One can also have supplements for B12.

The best part of this Energy Nutrient is that the excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B12 can last for up to a year. Unfortunately sometimes catching the B12 deficiency late can result in permanent damage.

Ensure you get enough of this Vitamin for a healthy life

 

 

Vitamin B12: The Energy Nutrient many of you should be thinking about!

As a practitioner in India, I am appalled by the number of patients suffering from B12 deficiency. It is common for patients to complain about fatigue, vague pains, depression. More often than not, many tests are conducted with no results and the one missed is the test for B12.  This Energy Vitamin is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world and a major concern in U.S, India, Mexico, Central America, South America and certain areas in Africa. Even though needed in small quantities, it plays a critical role in the optimal functioning of the human body.

Vitamin B 12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system and the formation of red blood cells. It is one of eight B vitamins. Without negating the importance of other nutrients, I find B12 essential and more important than the rest because of the steady rise in people affected by this deficiency & not being aware of it.

B12 is required…

  • For the manufacture of red blood cells; deficiency leads to a characteristic kind of anemia
  • To support the normal function of nerve cells, and to manufacture myelin, the insulating material that surrounds some of our nerve cells and speeds neural transmission. The most serious manifestation of B12 deficiency is impaired brain function, due to the effects of B12 on nerve cells. Advanced B12 deficiency causes dementia resembling Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • For the replication of DNA- the deficiency leads to difficulty in the regeneration of new healthy cells. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency mimics all of the effects of aging.
  • B12 is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis, fatty acid, and amino acid metabolism. 

No fungi, plants, nor animals (including humans) are capable of producing vitamin B12.  Only bacteria and archaea have the enzymes needed for its synthesis. Hence, B12 needs to be taken externally through relevant sources.
Who should be concerned about B12 deficiency?

  1. If you are or were vegetarians or a vegan it is time for you to get yourself tested for this deficiency.
  2. Babies born to mothers who are vegetarians usually have this deficiency
  3. The risk of B12 deficiency increases with age.  So test yourself and fortify your meal in case of a deficiency
  4. Pernicious anemia- is an autoimmune condition that affects your stomach. In your stomach, vitamin B12 is combined with a protein called intrinsic factor. This mix of vitamin B12 and intrinsic factor is then absorbed into the body in part of the gut called the distal ileum. Pernicious anemia causes your immune system to attack the cells in your stomach that produce the intrinsic factor, which means your body is unable to absorb vitamin B12.
  5. Conditions that affect your intestines can also stop you from absorbing the necessary amount of vitamin B12. For example, Crohn’s disease (a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system) can sometimes mean your body doesn’t get enough vitamin B12.
  6. Some types of medicine can lead to a reduction in the amount of vitamin B12 in your body. For example, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)  a medication sometimes used to treat indigestion  can make a vitamin B12 deficiency worse.

Move towards a B12 rich diet if you have the following symptoms

  • Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
  • Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
  • Pale skin
  • A smooth tongue
  • Constipation, diarrhea, a loss of appetite, or gas 
  • Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
  • Vision loss
  • Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes 

Sources of B12

Proved sources of B12 are animal products (meat, fish, and dairy products), fortified cereals. One can also have supplements for B12.

The best part of this Energy Nutrient is that the excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B12 can last for up to a year. Unfortunately sometimes catching the B12 deficiency late can result in permanent damage.

Ensure you get enough of this Vitamin for a healthy life

Mind Over Matter

It is a pity that the rate of separation amongst couples has increased due to sexual dissatisfaction. I recently got a call from a friend whose wife asked for separation on the basis of the husband’s inability of physical love.

Unfortunately, the stress of ‘sexual performance’ is mostly on men. And one of the common issues faced by men is pre-mature ejaculation. This common problem has a common solution- in one’s mind itself!  Before we delve into that-

Let us understand the anatomy: The penis has two chambers called the corpora cavernosa, which run the length of the organ and contain a maze of blood vessels shaped like cavernous spaces (like a sponge).The urethra, or channel for urine and sperm, which runs along the underside of the corpora cavernosa erectile tissue, which surrounds the urethra, two main arteries and several veins and nerves. The shaft, the longest part of the penis; the head (glans), which is at the end of the shaft, the meatus, or opening at the tip of the head where urine and semen are discharged

The erection happens when the blood vessels of the corpora cavernosa relax and open up, blood rushes in through the cavernosus arteries to fill them. The blood then gets trapped under high pressure, creating an erection.

An erection begins with sensory and mental stimulation. During sexual arousal, nerve messages begin to stimulate the penis. Impulses from the brain and local nerves cause the muscles of the corpora cavernosa to relax, allowing blood to flow in and fill the open spaces. The blood creates pressure in the corpora cavernosa, making the penis expand and creating an erection.

Ejaculation is a reflex action controlled by the central nervous system. Sexual stimulation and friction provide the impulses that are delivered to the spinal cord and into the brain. It is triggered when the sexual act reaches a critical level of excitement. It has two phases.

In the first phase, the vas deferens (the tubes that store and transport sperm from the testes) contract to squeeze the sperm toward the base of the penis and the prostate gland and seminal vesicles release secretions to make semen. At this stage, the ejaculation is unstoppable. In the second phase, muscles at the base of penis contract every 0.8 seconds and force the semen out of the penis in up to spurts.

 

Premature ejaculation mostly happens due to the psychological factors. But, I am describing biological factors also for the readers’ benefit.

 Psychological Factors

  • Anxiety about intercourse,
  • Being in a situation in which you hurry towards a climax,
  • Cultural guilt related to sexual pleasure,
  • Erectile dysfunction,
  • New partner,
  • Problems or lack of understanding between you and your partner,
  • Long time since last ejaculation.
  • Injury or trauma.
  • Sexual abuse
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • One or combination of factors

  Biological Factors

  • Long-standing illness
  • Hormonal problems with the thyroid gland or abnormal levels of sexual hormones in the body,
  • Problems with neurotransmitters in the brain, which therefore fail to carry right signals to the pleasure centers of the brain,
  • Problems with the reflex mechanism of your ejaculatory system,
  • Infection in the urethra or prostate,
  • and
  • Damage to the nervous or sensory system due to either surgery or trauma.
  • Side effects of some drugs.
  • One or combination of factors

There are no physical or biological complications of premature ejaculation. But it might strain your relationships. Many men also find it humiliating due to our social construct. Occasionally, premature ejaculation may cause fertility problems. If you have been ejaculating too often or too prematurely, your sperm count may be low. Ejaculating prematurely may also prevent fertilization from taking place.

What can you do?

Enjoy.. sex is not a race! Premature ejaculation gets better on its own with time and experience. Relax! Look at intercourse as something pleasurable and not a trophy to be won!

 Talk it out- Talk to your partner about your anxieties if it helps. It is ok to not be comfortable and feel stressed. Talking might help you feel ‘lighter’.

You might wish to take therapy from a sex therapist who will undertake a physical examination, talk to you and your partner about your sexual life to understand the root of your sexual problems. You could be prescribed medications along with techniques to delay orgasms. While the therapy ensures that your sexual encounters are stress-free, medications ensure that your hormonal levels are in check and that you are healthy enough to have normal, pleasurable intercourse. While antidepressants and topical anesthetics are used, none of these drugs are medically approved for specifically treating premature ejaculation.

Kick the stress out: One of the best ways is to be happy and stress-free. Keep your “mind” in check. Relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing relieve stress and gradually it settles down anxiety of intercourse.

If you have a lot of stress or if you are depressed as well, your doctor may advise cognitive behavior therapy. This is a psychological treatment for you to be more open and less anxious about sex. Counseling and cognitive therapy are usually used in conjunction with drugs like antidepressants or mood enhancers.

 Try the “Start-Stop” Technique. This is by far the simplest technique and can be done alone or with a partner. The technique involves stimulating the penis and stopping just before you feel you are about to ejaculate. Stop the stimulation for 30-60 seconds and start again once you feel that you have regained control. Repeat this process 4-5 times, stopping and “resting” every time you feel that you are about to have an orgasm. Finally, let the ejaculation occur so that you can identify the “point of no-return”

“Squeeze” Technique- works by squeezing the penis in the area between the shaft and the glans (for about 30 seconds), just before you are about to ejaculate. This stops the ejaculation, but may affect your erection, at least until you are stimulated again. You should then repeat this process 4-5 times until you decide not to delay orgasm anymore. To be effective, this method has to be used for several months and it requires great perseverance from the man and his partner. The idea behind the “squeeze” technique is that, after a while, you are able to recognize the “point of no return” and may be able to delay future ejaculations.

Ayurveda prescribes gentle message of the penis with 1 ounce of sesame oil, 5 to 10 drops of mustard oil 1 hour before intercourse. Wash it off thoroughly before intercourse.  You can also use medicated ghees like brahmi ghee, shatavari or ashwagandha ghee to message the pubic bone and the glans penis before making love.

 

Yoga Asanas as answers!

Matsayasan- Fish pose Helps improve posture, strengthens the upper back and back of the neck muscles, stimulates and stretches belly and front of the neck muscles.                                       

 Vajrasan relieves stress and tones the body.

                                                                                                                       

Bow Pose stimulates the spine, expands the shoulders and chest, strengthens the lower back, hip’s gluteus, hip flexors and hamstrings. It helps strengthen the low back musculature which plays an important role during intercourse. This pose can stimulate organs of the neck and tone the abdominal organs

 

Ustrasana- Camel Pose helps improve the posture, strengthens the back muscles and stretches the hip, groins, ankles, chest, abdomen and the entire front body

 

For optimal results take deep 5 breaths in each asana. These asanas are not only effective in premature ejaculation but are also known to increase the libido.

There are numerous reasons for premature ejaculation and the most common of these being the cluttered mind. The issue is over once you gain confidence. Hopefully, the above-given techniques will be of help to you all.

 

“Haldi” for Health

A number of basic foods available in the Indian kitchen have superb benefits. One such product is the turmeric

Bablu disliked ‘Haldi Dhoodh’ (Turmeric Milk) to no extent. He could endure anything but turmeric powder in his milk. But alas, his mother insisted and as a child he could not do much about it. Bablu’s mother believed that turmeric is a wonder ‘drug’ for numerous ailments. As he got a bit older he also got aware and realised during winters he never succumbed to common ailments like cough and cold. His immune system was stronger than many of his friends. He enjoyed his health! But, always wondered how!

Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa, which is a member of the ginger family. It has the compounds with medicinal properties which is Curcumin. Even though Curcumin is 3% of turmeric, the use of turmeric is not lessened. Curcumin is the most active component of turmeric and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is precisely the reason that Haldi’(turmeric) finds a special place in India (Ayurveda) for many ailments.

Turmeric is Anti- inflammatory

  • Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation).
  • External application of turmeric is beneficial for sprains and swellings because of the Curcumin compound.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving properties, Curcumin and turmeric is used for arthritic pain.
  • Because inflammation is closely linked to tumor promotion, Curcumin with its potent anti-inflammatory property is anticipated to exert chemopreventive effects on carcinogenesis. Hence, the past few decades have witnessed intense research devoted to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin.

Turmeric Prevents

The antibacterial and anti-viral action of curcumin makes it the best remedy to treat cough and cold naturally. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion that develops in people suffering from chronic cough. It is advised to include turmeric in a daily diet during winters to prevent viral and bacterial infection. The dosage could be –one tsp turmeric with a glass of warm milk.One can also have a 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder without mixing it for the same effect.

Turmeric Prevents

Turmeric Heals

  • Curcuma has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be used as an effective disinfectant in-case of cuts and minor burns. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Turmeric with other constituents has a great effect- Having haldi (Turmeric) mixed with mustard oil and onion juice every hour stops rectal bleeding in piles in most of the cases.
  • As a rich source of iron, turmeric is valuable for anaemia.
  • Curcuma has a protective action on intestinal flora. Curcuma is beneficial in Crohn’s disease (an ailment that affects the digestive tract) and ulcerative colitis.

Turmeric Boosts General Health

  • Curcumin Detoxifies the liver- It helps in stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder, which improves the body’s ability to digest fats.
  • It balances cholesterol levels, fights allergies, stimulates digestion, boosts immunity and enhances the complexion.
  • Studies suggest that curcumin has several properties that could make it effective at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is Anti- cancer

  • Curcumin powder mixed with pure cow’s ghee(Clarified Butter) might wade away cancer cells in most cases and also regenerates new cells in the body.
  • Curcuma has been demonstrated to inhibit tumour growth and stimulate apoptosis, an intracellular mechanism for cells of all types to “kill” themselves. It neutralises those substances and conditions which can cause cancer.
  • It directly helps a cell retain its integrity if threatened by carcinogens.

Turmeric is an Effective Cosmetic

  • Turmeric paste mixed with aloe vera, water and milk will clear your skin as well. Turmeric mixed with liitle gram flour (besan) is an effective & a cheap scrub, and is known to clear tan. 

So if you say yes to your health, haldi  (Turmeric) has to find some space in your scheme of affairs!