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Dhanvantari

the Hindu god of Ayurveda

Ayurveda in Practice

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yurveda - Sanskrit:

refers to

the wisdom and awareness for long life. Ayurveydic medicine is a system of traditional medicine
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Ayurveda in Practice native to India and a form of alternative medicine. Ayurveda, as knowledge of life, or Science of Life dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. It is a system of healing that examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe. According to the philosophy, universal life force manifests as three different energies, or doshas, known as vata, pitta, and kapha. We are all made up of a unique combination of these three forces. Though everyone has some of each, most people tend to have an abundance of one or two of the doshas. This unique combination is determined at the moment of conception, and is your own personal blueprint, or prakriti (nature). As you move through life, the proportion of each of the three doshas constantly fluctuates according to your environment, your diet, the seasons, the climate, your age, and many other factors. As they move into and out of balance, the doshas can
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Ayurveda in Practice affect your health, general mood. energy level, and

In Sanskrit, words yus, implies longevity, and veda, means knowledge or science. Thus Ayurveda means all that is known about health. The Wisdom about health is Ayurveda. The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India, i.e., in the mid-second millennium BCE. The Suruta Sahit and the Charaka Sahit are encyclopedias of medicine compiled from various sources from the mid-first millennium BCE to about 500 CE. They are among the foundational works of Ayurveda. Over the following centuries, Ayurveydic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine. However safety concerns have been raised about Ayurveda, with two U.S. studies finding about 20% of Ayurvedic treatments
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Ayurveda in Practice tested contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. Other concerns include the use of herbs that contain toxic compounds and the lack of quality control in Ayurvedic facilities.

Approach
The approach of Ayurveda comes from three doas and the 5 elements that constitute the essence of Ayurveda. At an early period, Ayurveda adopted the physics of the five elements. These are called pc mha -Ut; Pthv (earth), Jala(water), Agni (fire), Vyu (air) and ka (Sky). These elements compose the universe, including the human body. Chyle or plasma - called rasa dhtu; blood - rakta dhtu; flesh - msa dhtu; fat - medha dhtu; bone - asthi dhtu; marrow - majja dhtu; and semen or female reproductive tissue - ukra dhtu are held to be the seven primary constituent elements known as saptadhtu of the body.

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Ayurveda in Practice The science of Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures of healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases. Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humors: Vyu vta - air and space wind; pitta - fire and water bile; and kapha - water and earth phlegm. According to Ayurveydic medical theory, these three substances doas - literally that which deteriorates are called and are important for health, because when they exist in equal quantities creating balance, the body will be healthy, and when they are not in equal amounts, the body will be unhealthy in various ways.

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One Ayurveydic theory asserts that each human possesses a unique combination of doas that define that persons temperament and characteristics. Another view, also present in the ancient literature, asserts that humeral equality is identical to health, and that persons with preponderances of humours are

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Ayurveda in Practice proportionately unhealthy, and that this is not their natural temperament. The term humours derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humors - Latin: humor, body fluid, control human health and emotion. In Ayurveda, unlike the Sankhya philosophical system, there are 20 fundamental qualities, gua , meaning qualities inherent in all substances. Surgery and surgical instruments were employed from a very early period. Ayurveydic theory asserts that building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion and proper excretion leads to vitality. Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, and meditation. The practice of Panchakarma therapeutic way of eliminating elements from the body. is a toxic

As early as the Mahabharata, Ayurveda was called the science of eight


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Ayurveda in Practice components - aga a classification

that became canonical for Ayurveda. They are: 1. Internal medicine (Kaya-cikitsa) 2. Pediatrics (Kaumrabhtyam) 3. Surgery (alya-cikits) 4. Eye and ENT (lkya tantra) 5. Bhuta vidya has been called psychiatry 6. Toxicology (Agadatantram) 7. Prevention of diseases and improving immunity and rejuvenation - rasayana 8. Aphrodisiacs and improving health of progeny - Vajikaranam In Hindu mythology, the origin Ayurveydic medicine is attributed Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. of to

Practices

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Ayurveda in Practice Several philosophers in India combined religion and traditional medicinenotable examples being that of Hinduism and Ayurveda. Shown in the image is the philosopher Nagarjunaknown chiefly for his doctrine of the Madhyamaka (middle path)who wrote medical works The Hundred Prescriptions and The Precious Collection, among others.

Balance
Hinduism and Buddhism have been an influence on the development of many of Ayurvedas central ideas particularly its fascination with balance, known in Buddhism as Madhyamaka . Balance is emphasized; suppressing natural urges is seen to be unhealthy, and doing so claimed lead to illness. However, people are cautioned to stay within the limits of reasonable balance and measure. For example, emphasis is placed on moderation of food intake, sleep, sexual intercourse.

Diagnosis
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Ayurveda in Practice The Charaka Samhita recommends tenfold examination of the patient. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Constitution Abnormality Essence Stability Body Measurements Diet Suitability Psychic Strength Digestive Capacity Physical Fitness Age a

In addition, Deepak Chopra (2003) identifies five influential criteria for diagnosis: 1. Origin Of The Disease 2. Prodrominal (Precursory) Symptoms 3. Typical Symptoms Of The Fully Developed Disease 4. Observing The Effect Of Therapeutic Procedures 5. The Pathological Process'

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Ayurveda in Practice Ayurveydic practitioners approach diagnosis by using all five senses. Hearing is used to observe the condition of breathing and speech. The study of the lethal points or marman marma is of special importance. Ayurveydic doctors regard physical and mental existence together with personality as a unit, each element having the capacity to influence the others. One of the fundamental aspects of Ayurveydic medicine is to take this into account during diagnosis and therapy.

Hygiene
Hygiene is an Indian cultural value and a central practice of Ayurveydic medicine. Hygienic living involves regular bathing, cleansing of teeth, skin care, and eye washing. Daily anointing of the body with oil is also prescribed.

Treatments
Head massage is used to apply oils. Ayurveda stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments. Hundreds of
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Ayurveda in Practice plant-based medicines are used including cardamom and cinnamon. Some animal products may also be used, for example milk, bones, and gallstones. In addition, fats are used both for consumption and for external use. Minerals, including sulfur, arsenic, lead, copper sulfate and gold are also consumed as prescribed. This practice of adding minerals to herbal medicine is known as Rasa Shastra. In some cases, alcohol was used as a narcotic for the patient undergoing an operation. The advent of Islam introduced opium as a narcotic. Both oil and tar were used to stop bleeding. Traumatic bleeding was said to be stopped by four different methods ligation of the blood vessel; cauterization by heat; using different herbal or animal preparations locally which could facilitate clotting; and different medical preparations which could constrict the bleeding or oozing vessels. Various oils could be used in a number of ways, including regular consumption as a part of food, anointing, smearing, head massage, and prescribed application to infected areas.

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Srotas
Ensuring the proper functions of channels srotas aet - source that transport fluids from one point to another is a vital goal of Ayurveydic medicine, because the lack of healthy srotas is thought to cause rheumatism, epilepsy, autism, paralysis, convulsions, and insanity. Practitioners induce sweating and prescribe steambased treatments as a means to open up the channels and dilute the doshas that cause the blockages and lead to disease.

Types of Frames
Kapha Types have strong frames and are naturally athletic as long they are exercising regularly to manage their tendency to gain weight. The influence of the earth and water elements makes them innately stable, compassionate, and loyal. They appreciate doing things in a methodical, step-by-step manner, and prefer a regular routine in their personal
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Ayurveda in Practice and professional lives. When imbalanced they can become unmotivated, stubborn, and complacent even when change is necessary. Their metabolism tends to be slow and their appetite for both food and stimulation is less intense than vata or pitta types. They benefit from exposing themselves to new environments, people, and occasionally fasting. Pitta Types are dominated by the fire element, which makes them innately strong, intense, and irritable. They tend to have a medium build and endurance with powerful musculature. They often have freckled skin that easily reddens in the sun, during exercise, massage, and when blushing. They are strong willed and good at doing what they think is right. They approach work and play with the same intensity and competitiveness. They are natural leaders and quick learners whose ability to easily comprehend and master new skills and concepts can make them judgmental or impatient toward people they feel are slower or less focused than them. They have strong digestion and intense appetites, both for food and challenges.
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If they miss a meal they are likely to become grumpy and may take a bite out of somebody instead. It is common for them to suffer from health conditions such as inflammation, rashes, acne, and loose stool. For balance, pittas need to manage their fiery tendencies, channeling them in productive ways and learning to recognize their destructive power. Vata Types tend to be thin and lanky. They are very mentally and physically active and enjoy creative endeavors, meeting new people, and traveling to new places. When they are balanced, vatas are flexible, have lively imaginations, and are original thinkers. When imbalanced they can get anxious, ungrounded, and can seem flaky about fulfilling commitments, sticking to a routine, and completing projects. They tend to run cold and dry and enjoy warm, humid weather. It is common for vata types to experience cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, and cracking joints. The influence of the air element in their constitution causes their energy, mood, and appetite to fluctuate dramatically. For this reason vata types
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Ayurveda in Practice often fail to eat and sleep regularly, swinging from eating heavy foods to ground and sedate themselves, or ingesting stimulants like coffee and sugar to sustain intense physical or mental activity. Insomnia and low immunity are very common problem for the sensitive vata person. Bi-doshic indicates that you share qualities strongly with two doshic types, and is actually how most of us are. People with dual constitutions - vata-pitta; pitta-kapha; and vata-kapha are, in a sense, split. Under certain conditions, one dosha will predominate and under other circumstances the other dosha will. The best way to manage bi-doshic prakriti is by the season. For example, if you have a vata-pitta or vata-kapha prakriti, during autumn, which is a vata season, you would follow a vata-decreasing regimen. During warm weather, you would follow a pittadecreasing regimen. During the cold and wet season, you would follow kapha. For the 7-Day Ayurvedic Fall Detox, vatapitta and vata-kapha types would follow vata dosha. Pitta-kapha types would follow
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Ayurveda in Practice whichever dosha is stronger constitution or imbalance. in their

Tri-Doshic means having equal amounts of each doshic influence. The tri-doshic person can be very strong, stable, and adaptable when in balance. When they are out of balance, however, they can experience poor health. The key is to preserving your personal balance is to hone your sensitivity for noticing potential imbalances that may arise from your environment or from dietary or emotional imbalances, and to adopt practices that will counter-balance these influences. For example, in autumn, a tri-doshic person would act if they were a person with a vata constitution and follow a vatabalancing lifestyle and diet. The same is true for the other seasons: Employ a pittabalancing regimen when the weather is hot and a kapha-balancing regimen when the weather is cold and damp.

Vata

Pitta

Kapha
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Ayurveda in Practice 1. ELEMENT: Air and Ether 2. QUALITIES: Dry, rough, cool, mobile Hot, Heavy, moist, cool, stable 3. OUT OF BALANCE: Flighty, worried, fearful Irritable, judgmental Lethargic, stubborn, prone to overeating 4. IN BALANCE: Creative, lively Motivated, purposeful Stable, thoughtful, compassionate light Fire Earth and Water

5. PRONE TO: Constipation, lower back pain, anxiety, joint problems Acne, diarrhea Sinus problems, respiratory diseases, inflammation
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vata
ELEMENT Air and Ether

pitta
Fire Hot, light

kapha
Earth and Water Heavy, moist, cool, stable

QUALITIES Dry, rough, cool, mobile OUT OF BALANCE Flighty, worried, fearful Creative, lively

Irritable, Lethargic, judgmental stubborn, prone to overeating Motivated, purposeful Stable, thoughtful, compassionate Sinus problems, respiratory diseases, inflammation

IN BALANCE PRONE TO

Constipation, Acne, lower back diarrhea pain, anxiety, joint problems

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It is amazing how Prakriti - nature has made each of us so unique! Fingerprints, eye images, foot prints and even our DNA are so unique that people can be identified on the basis of many such codes that nature has designed. Humans are made of the same materials as the rest of the Universe, but the composition, the ratio and the complexity of each design is so different that it makes us all unique! So it makes sense for us to treat each Human Being Differently When It Comes To Healing. Most of the analysis and examination by Ayurveydic practitioners are performed by observation and question and answer sessions. Rather than getting input from a blood pressure monitor reading, it is easier for the physician to understand why the person is so nervous or anxious. This helps the doctor get closer to the root cause. 1. Ayurveydic practitioners question their patients on more than where a pain is felt or which part of the body

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Ayurveda in Practice aches. They may ask questions like: a) What makes you happy? b) What makes you sad? c) Are you tired a lot? d) Are you anxious or worried about something? e) Are you eating a well-balanced diet? f) How do you relax? g) Do you know meditate regularly? h) Do you visualize a healthy body always? i) Are you a positive thinker? j) Do you have consistent sleep patterns? k) Do you speak the truth always? l) Are you spiritual? m) Do you play childhood games and have fun when you are with children? n) Do you feel good when helping others? o) Do you laugh often when you hear jokes? p) How do you deal with change? q) Are you happy with family life? r) Are you satisfied with your job? s) Any aches and pains? t) Any breathing problems?
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Ayurveda in Practice u) Any excretory issues? v) What is a day like for you? w) What do you do in your spare time? x) Are you fulfilled? y) Are you looking forward to the holidays/summer/future? Remember, these are just examples of what an Ayurveydic doctor may ask you. Of course, if the diagnosis is simple, such as a common cold, then they do not need to ask you so many questions. The patient is usually sent home and asked to gargle with salt water and take lots of fruits to allow the body to heal and to coax the immune system to get ready to thwart the next attack. Instead of a cough syrup and decongestant, we may be asked to use honey + lemon juice mixture or something similar to soothe the throat and prevent unproductive coughs. Here you see a difference in the way simple conditions are not treated with harsh chemicals. Another way by which an Ayurveydic doctor may decide on the treatment is by looking at our personality - prakriti profiles. As mentioned earlier, there are three major types of personalities among people. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
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Ayurveda in Practice Most people are a combination of two of these three doshas. Rarely, you will find people who have all three doshas combined. Vata is the electric component of our body which creates movements such as breathing, excretion, menstruation, etc. Pitta is the tool of transformation; it controls the physical, mental and emotional elements. Kapha is believed to be responsible for our structure - bones, muscles, joints, etc. Food is our fuel. Just as a gas dependent car splutters and comes to a stop if we pour cooking oil into the gas tank instead of premium gasoline, our bodies get blockages and disease if the food is not of the optimum quality. The Ayurveydic sages knew that food is our medicine. Eating the right foods at the right time in the right quantities makes a person, healthy, wealthy and wise! According to Ayurveda, food is complete only when it has each of the following added to it in the correct proportion.
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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Salt Sweet Sour Hot or Pungent Bitter Astringent

Anyone who has had Indian or Thai food can understand the idea behind the amazing ways in which it is prepared. Most of the dishes in a Thai restaurant usually have a majority of these flavors. The balance of these flavors makes us satisfied with less amounts of food. That is because our body is satiated and we feel content. On the other hand, food in many countries lacks most of these flavors except sweet and salt maybe! and people tend to continue eating without feeling satisfied. This is a major reason for obesity.

Tender coconuts Natures Gatorade


To get rid of addictions and to remove disease from the body, Ayurveda recommends juices and sprouts. Juices are amazing because pure fruit juice not only
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Ayurveda in Practice has the healthiest form of water it also has the purest ingredients that nature makes for us. The body can easily and efficiently absorb natural fruit juices even when the person is in a very weak state. There are cases when the diseased body cannot absorb or retain solid food, and this is the time when fruit juices save lives. One of the best juices that Ayurveda recommends is tender coconut water. Ayurveda lists about 20 healing properties from the simple coconut water. Just imagine how much information the practitioners have gathered over the centuries of practice!

Coconut Water for Health and Healing


by Bruce Fife, N.D. Dr. Bruce Fife is a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician. He is considered the world's leading authority on the health aspects of coconut and related products. He is the author of 20 books including Coconut Water for Health and Healing and
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Ayurveda in Practice serves as the director of the Coconut Research Center. What is the healthiest beverage you can drink Fruit juice, Milk, Sports drinks or Herbal tea? It may come as a surprise to you, but one of the healthiest beverages is coconut water. Most people respond to this statement with, what the heck is coconut water? You have been to the grocery store, picked up a coconut, and shaken it, right? The sloshing sound you hear inside is coconut water. Contrary to popular belief, this liquid is not coconut milk. Coconut milk is made by crushing and squeezing the liquid from coconut meat. What you get is a thick, creamy, white fluid that looks much like dairy milk. Coconut water, on the other hand, looks pretty much like ordinary water, although it may be slightly opaque. The two are completely different in taste, texture, nutrient content, and health benefits. Coconut water is sometimes referred to as coconut juice and is consumed just like any other fruit juice. Coconut water has a slightly sweet, somewhat nutty taste. Surprisingly, it does
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Ayurveda in Practice not taste like coconut. It has a flavor all its own. Coconut water has long been the most popular beverage consumed in the tropics where it is considered not only a refreshing drink but a health tonic as well. Coconut water is a super-food filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and growth factors. It is low in fat and has only a fifth of the sugar found in most fresh fruit juices. Its unique combination of nutrients gives it incredible health-promoting properties. Coconut water has a normalizing effect and gives the body a boost of energy so that it can overcome a number of health-related conditions. It is effective in relieving dehydration, fatigue, constipation, and other digestive disturbances, kidney and bladder disorders, and vision problems such as glaucoma and cataract. It is reported to turn back time so to speak, by reversing or slowing down the aging process. Coconut water also has an alkalizing effect on the body, helping to counteract or balance the effects of acidifying foods which are so common in our diets. Research shows that
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Ayurveda in Practice coconut water can improve blood circulation, lower elevated blood pressure, and reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes. Studies have been so impressive that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States has approved coconut water to carry the claim that it may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. One of the most remarkable characteristics of coconut water is its chemical profile and mineral content. The primary minerals or electrolytes in coconut water are essentially the same as those found in human blood. For this reason, doctors have used it as an intravenous fluid for rehydration, pumping it directly into the patients bloodstream. Numerous studies dating back over 60 years document the successful use of intravenous coconut water in the treatment of malnutrition and dehydration. Since coconut water has a pleasant taste, it has also found use as an effective oral rehydration beverage. Doctors have found it to be highly useful in fighting dehydrating diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and influenza, where it has
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Ayurveda in Practice saved the lives of thousands of children in underdeveloped parts of the world. Coconut waters similarity to body fluids and its usefulness as an intravenous and oral rehydration fluid has spurred interest in the sports community. With properties which are in many ways superior to commercial sports drinks, coconut water is now becoming popular as a natural rehydration beverage among athletes. In fact, it is popularly known as Natures Gatorade. Coconut water is available at most good health food stores and, as its popularity continues to grow, is finding its way into many grocery stores. It comes packaged in easy-to-carry cans, bottles, and tetra packs. Tetra packs are the most convenient because you do not have to worry about them breaking. You can take them with you anywhere, even when you work out, go camping or hiking, or go to the football game. If you freeze them beforehand, they will stay cold for hours, providing you with a cool, refreshing drink later in the day. You can also get coconut water straight from a fresh coconut. You want to make
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Ayurveda in Practice sure you get a young coconut. Young coconuts are those that have not fully matured. The water in the mature brown, hairy coconuts you see in the grocery store is too old and tastes much different. Whole young coconuts are also sold in health food stores. They look different from the mature brown coconuts. When a coconut is harvested from the tree it is covered in a thick fibrous husk. The husk is usually removed before being shipped to market, so you never see the husk, just the brown shell. Young coconuts, however, have only a portion of the husk cut off, leaving about an inch covering the shell. The husk is white and often shaped like a large toy top, with a point on one end and flat on the other. They are perishable, so you will find them in the refrigerated section of the store. Coconut water has been used in tropical regions of the world for centuries for hydration and health and beauty regimens. It comes from fresh coconuts that have been opened up to reveal a clear, dense and sweet fluid. This natural drink is second only to drinking water in terms of purity and contains a myriad of beneficial vitamins and minerals. With its energizing
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Ayurveda in Practice and nutritional properties, coconut water is a healthy addition to a well-balanced diet plan.

Natural Drink
Coconut water is a healthy addition to a diet plan for people trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. This water is low in calories, 99 percent fat free and low in sugars. The sugar content in coconut water is natural and not refined or processed added sugars that increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a 100 g serving of coconut water provides 19 kcal, 0.2 g of fat, 1.1 g of fiber, 0.72 g of protein and 0 mg of cholesterol.

Hydration
Coconut water is a healthy hydrating drink that may be used to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Its high mineral content, including sodium and potassium, helps to restore any salt deficiencies in the
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Ayurveda in Practice body. This is particularly beneficial for athletes or people living in hot climates who sweat a lot. Increased sweating and water loss from intense exercise and heat result in the loss of sodium and other electrolytes in the body and coconut water helps in restoring that. Drinking coconut water is a healthier alternative to replenishing these stores versus commercial sports drinks that are high in added sugars.

B Vitamins
Coconut water is a source of essential B vitamins that are needed from dietary sources for use. B vitamins provide energy to the body, decrease anxiety and depressive symptoms, help with muscle functions, and increase the immune response. Such vitamins include riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and folic acid. Fresh coconut water also contains small amounts of vitamin C, or approximately 4 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is essential for fighting off free radicals that damage the body as well as preventing certain cancers and the risk of heart disease. Ease Digestion
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Coconut water may help ease digestive upsets and nausea. It naturally settles in the stomach and contains saline and albumen, both of which alleviate symptoms of kidney stones, urinary tract infections and dysentery. Despite being touted as a miracle drink, however, coconut water is not a cure for any disease. Speak with a physician if you are suffering from any health conditions or ailments for appropriate medical attention. The dark, fibrous shell breaks, and fragrant coconut liquid begins to ooze out. Using a sharp knife, one can separate the luscious white flesh from its shell, then grates it to make rich, delicious coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used to add delicate flavor to soups, gravies etc. But it is not only for its taste that coconut is valued in India, instead it is considered a divine plant in Vedic tradition. Whenever you perform a sacred ceremony like a yagna, havan or puja, a coconut must grace the occasion. Thus, coconut enjoys the status of a select few herbs and fruits like basil and amlain the traditions of our country.
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What is in a Coconut?
Vaidya Mishra goes on to reflect on the flak that the coconut has received from certain quarters. I know that people accuse coconut of being heavy, toxin-causing, and cholesterol-increasing. In my opinion, they are partially right. A recent research study from the Department of Biochemistry in the University of Kerala states that the fatty acid composition of coconut changes as it grows. This change in composition is being studied by scientists in many places. But Ayurveydic scholars knew many centuries ago that coconut has different properties at different stages of its life. In the Ayurveydic nighantus or classical texts which talk about raw materials or fruits etc., the coconut is divided into three types of coconuts. The Three Coconuts

Baal: tender or baby coconut


Baal or Tender coconut: is 90 to 95 percent water. The liquid from this coconut is at its
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Ayurveda in Practice purest and most healing. It is considered the best for its cooling properties. Unclogging the bodys channels, tender coconut water lubricates the dryness. It repairs the gastrointestinal tract, and its snigdha or sweet quality gives it a liferestoring capacity.

Madhyam: half-mature coconut


Madhyam or Middle aged coconut: in addition to water, the coconut at this stage has some soft pulp or giri. Madhyam coconuts have less water than tender ones, but more water than mature coconuts. The water is slightly milky at this age. In the classical Ayurveydic texts, the middle aged coconut is said to be best because it has more carbohydrate, protein, minerals, phosphorus, vitamins A,B, C than the other two forms.

Pakva: fully mature coconut


Mature or Pakva coconut: is coconut with a hard giri or pulp, and very little water. Ancient Ayurveydic scholar Bhav Mishra
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Ayurveda in Practice wrote that when a coconut becomes mature, it becomes heavy to digest, and it can aggravate pitta. Mature coconuts can also build up toxic ama by interfering with digestion. If large quantities of this variety are consumed daily, then a person can suffer hyperacidity, and worse still, elevated cholesterol levels. Therefore, people who have low agni or digestive power are not advised to eat mature coconut, unless it is combined with ingredients that balance its negative properties. In the South of India, for instance, says vaidya Mishra, a popular way to eat coconut is in the form of chutney. Combined with healthful ingredients like roasted chick pea flour, curry leaves, mustard seeds, and oil; the coconut is used in smaller quantities, and can actually be beneficial.

The Key to Eating Coconuts


Vaidya Mishra points out that if you understand the right ways to choose, combine, process, and prepare them, then you can extract the maximum benefit from this healing fruit.
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In general, tender and middle aged coconuts are good for almost anyone, says but if you are a person dominated by the lethargic, phlegmatic energy of the Kapha dosha and you drink coconut water at night, then it will make you feel so cool and heavy that your Kapha dosha will go out of gear, causing all sorts of health problems. Ayurvedic literature is full of praise for the tender coconut. Ayurvedas revered ancient healer, Susruta, noted that tender coconuts strengthen muscle, cardiovascular system, and the seven tissues. Middle aged coconuts are also said to possess these healing properties. Both kinds help cleanse the urinary tract. Charaka, who is widely credited as being the founding father of Ayurveda, observed that tender and halfmature coconuts increase the quantity and quality of all 7 tissues, they are Vatapacifying in nature because of their unctuous qualities, they cool, strengthen, and are filled with sweetness. That is, the tender coconut helps get rid of any fever related to pitta aggravation, and any pitta-related disease.
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Tender Coconut Water


The water of tender coconut, technically the liquid endosperm, is the most nutritious wholesome beverage that the nature has provided for the people of the tropics to fight the sultry heat. It has caloric value of 17.4 per 100gm. It is unctuous, sweet, increasing semen, promoting digestion and clearing the urinary path, says Ayurveda on tender coconut water (TWC). Medicinal properties water reported are:of tender coconut

1. Good for feeding infants suffering from intestinal disturbances. 2. Oral rehydration medium 3. Contains organic compounds possessing growth promoting properties

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Ayurveda in Practice 4. Keeps the body cool 5. Application on the body prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes caused by small pox, chicken pox, measles, etc. 6. Kills intestinal worm 7. Presence of saline and albumen makes it a good drink in cholera cases 8. Checks urinary infections. 9. Excellent tonic for the old and sick 10. Cures malnourishment. 11. Diuretic 12. Effective in the treatment kidney and urethral stones of

13. Can be injected intravenously in emergency case. 14. Found as blood plasma substitute because it is sterile,
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Ayurveda in Practice does not produce heat, does not destroy red blood cells and is readily accepted by the body. 15. Aids the quick absorption of the drugs and makes their peak concentration in the blood easier by its electrolytic effect. 16. Urinary antiseptic and eliminates poisons in case of mineral poisoning. Also, when there are toxins in our cells, the best way to remove them is with a juice diet. This may be the juice of fruits as well as vegetables. Sprouts also are held in high esteem by Ayurveydic practitioners. Maximum nourishment is attained when we ingest a seed that has begun sprouting since the life giving energy of the seed is beneficial to the body types that can digest it. In addition to fruit juices, Ayurveda uses Moong sprouts, fenugreek sprouts and other lentil sprouts depending on the diagnosis. Ayurveda believes in cleaning the body so that efficient digestion can take place. One of the problems with
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Ayurveda in Practice eating meat is that it is believed to take longer for digestion and it may even decay or get trapped between the intestines. This may lead to toxic conditions even if the meat was pure and fresh. The meat we usually eat contains hormones, preservatives, additives, coloring, curing chemicals and what not; it may just be an impediment to efficient digestion. Although Ayurveda does not encourage eating meat, many of the people in cooler countries get most of their protein from meat. The only way to eat healthy meat is to buy it fresh and prepare it well with spices and herbs to encourage the digestive enzymes to help clean the colon well after digestion. Regardless of the problems a person may have it is important to determine the best type of food they need and also the best way to prepare it. Ayurveda also believes in the transfer of energy between all living things. If we destroy nature, some of the negative energy created during this onslaught will be transferred to us. Similar to the practice of libation that the old pagans had, we
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Ayurveda in Practice should also thank a tree for its fruits, water it to show our gratitude and preserve our environment so that every individual in this world can enjoy this beautiful planet for generations to come. Enough for today!

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