Arthritis & Musculo-Skeletal Problems





The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, swelling, redness and limited movements. Patients having joint injuries, inactive lifestyle, diabetes, thyroid problems, overweight, smoking; and those females having their uterus removed are at higher risk of developing arthritis. The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries:

Osteoarthritis:

Wear-and-tear damage to cartilage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movements. Knees are common sites.

Rheumatoid arthritis:

The body's immune system wrongly attacks joints and inflame the joint membrane. The disease can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.


Gout:

Occurs when high level of uric acid accumulates in your joint as urate crystals, causing sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness in joints, often on the big toe. Increased intake of liver, sardines, sweetbreads, meats, cauliflower, shell fishes, mushrooms, spinach, alcohol etc are risk factors.

Shoulder Pain:

Frozen Shoulder can occur after an injury or prolonged movement restriction. Frozen shoulder begin gradually (painful stage), worsen over time (frozen stage) and then resolve (thrawing stage), within 1-2 years. Impingement Syndrome occurs when there is impinge of tendons from bones.

Elbow Pain:

Tennis Elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury. You may feel pain on outside of your elbow while shake hands, turn a doorknob, hold a coffee cup, carry weight or while laundry your clothes. Golfer's elbow occurs similar to tennis elbow which occurs on the inside of your elbow.

Wrist / Ankle Pain:

Wrist pain can be caused by repetitive stress, arthritis and due to Carpal tunnel syndrome. Ankle pain is mostly caused by sudden twisting injuries that result in sprains.

Heel Pain:

Over exertion, poorly fitting footwear and excess weight can cause pain and inflammation on the soles – called Plantar Fascitis. Calcaneal Spur is a small bony projection that is formed on the heel bone caused by putting too much pressure on the feet, usually over a long period.

Knee Pain:

Collateral and Cruciate Ligament injuries are very painful and can unstable the knee joint. The meniscus - a tough, rubbery cartilage - can be torn if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it. Running & jumping sports are at risk to develop Patellar tendinitis and other knee injuries.

Fibromyalgia:

Patients experience pain on specific points - Back of the head, between shoulder, top of shoulders, front sides of neck, upper chest, outer elbows, upper & sides of hips, inner knees etc. Pain may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

As per Ayurveda, Vata Imbalance located in your muscles, tendons and ligaments and joints will cause pains and aches. Marma are vital points throughout the body particularly seen at your joints. Injury to these vital points can also cause a sudden onset of significant pain, bruising, severe swelling, and restricted movement.


Malabar Ayurveda therapies & medications can safely and effectively reduce inflammation in your muscles and joints which relieves pain and prevent joint damage. Malabar Ayurveda therapies give clinically significant improvement in arthritis and musculo-skeletal problems with the added advantage of lesser side-effects.

Therapies


Upanaham - Bandage with Ayurvedic oils and Herbal pastes
Lepam – Application of herbal pastes reduce swelling and pains rapidly
Abhyangam – Oil massage
Udgharshanam - Rubdown with herbal powder
Udvarthanam – Oil therapy preceded by rubbing with herbal powder
Kizhi – application of warm herbal compress
Janu vasthy - retention of oil on knees
Pizhichil – drizzling of medicated oil from a particular height
Ekanga Dhara – drizzling of medicated oil from a particular height on the affected area
Nasya – Medicated nasal drops are very effective in Shoulder & Neck pains
Virechanam – purgation or laxative therapy
Vasthy – enema therapy


Tips
Pathya (Favor): Old cereals of barley, wheat, Navara rice, brown rice; Soups of birds, green gram, added with ghee; Asparagus and milk. Stick to gentle exercises, such as walking or swimming.


Apathya (Reduce or Avoid): Salty, sour, pungent, alkaline, uncooked food; meat of aquatic and marshy animals, oil-cakes, radish, horse gram, black gram, sprouts, sesame, sugar cane, curd, vinegars, alcohol, incompatible food, eating during indigestion, day-sleep. Avoid exercising on painful or swollen joints.



Skin Diseases





The health and appearance of your skin, correlates with the lifestyle and dietary habits that you choose.

Psoriasis

The immune system attack healthy skin by mistake and the entire life cycle of skin cells takes only 3-4 days. As a result, dead skin builds up rapidly, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Caused by the aggression of yeast - Pityrosporum ovale - which lives on our skin. Dandruff like flaky, itchy rashes on our scalp and face results.

Atopic Eczema

Is an allergic reaction. Many factors like environmental pollutants, food additives, and decrease in breast-feeding, indoor dwelling are to blame at. Common culprits are eggs, peanuts, milk, fish, soy products, and wheat and dust exposure.

Contact dermatitis:

Itching, redness, blisters, and scaling develop after touching on an allergic cause. Dish wash items, detergents and chemicals are common culprits.

Urticaria or Hives:

Are groups of raised, red itchy swellings that appear and disappear. A reaction to medication, food, food additives, insects, parasites or infection is identified as causes of hives.

Vitiligo:

Occurs when melanin (pigment in that gives your skin its normal color) is destroyed by the attack of our own immune system. The involved skin then becomes white.

Acne:

Skin pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pores and cause acne.

According to Ayurveda, the common factor of all skin conditions is the impurity or imbalance of Rakta (Blood tissue). Incompatible food, indigestion, excessive and regular intake of fishes, milk, sour & salty foods, yoghurt, horse gram, radishes, shell fishes, jaggery, oily foods are described as causes of Rakta imbalance. Malabar Ayurveda has a classical approach to treat skin problems:

Samana Chikitsa – Pacify any minor problems with medications and external applications
Snehapanam - intake of medicated ghees in heavy dose for 7 days followed by Panchakarma – through Purgation or Enema or Nasya or Emesis in severe & chronic conditions


External therapies –
o Thakra dhara – Drizzling of a medicated buttermilk on the forehead after oil application
o Abhyangam – Traditional oil massage
o Udvarthanam – Herbal powders are used for exfoliation
o Lepanam – Application of herbal pastes; may advise sun exposure after lepanam
• Rasayana chikitsa – Skin tonics to prevent re-occurrence


Pathya (Favor): Bitter and leafy vegetables, thriphala, dry meats, snake gourd, yoga and meditation, water boiled with Khadira (Acacia katechu), oil baths and moisturizers.


Apathya (Avoid): Smoking, alcohol, milk, yoghurt, shell fishes, sesame seeds, black gram, jiggery, hot water baths, smoking, alcohol, stress, harsh soaps, symptom triggering foods.



Neck & Back Pain





The main reason we suffer from back problems is that we are increasingly becoming sedentary creatures.

Muscular Back pain:

Inefficient, weak, back muscles are prone to injury. Poor posture when sitting, standing and lifting can place unnecessary stress on your spine. Sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are very common causes.

Disc Herniation:

spinal disk is like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tough coating. Slipped disk or ruptured disk or herniated disk occurs when the softer jelly pushes out through a crack in the tough case. It can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in arms or legs.

Cervical or Lumbar Spondylosis:

age-related wear and tear affecting the spine in your neck or low back. As the disks dehydrate and shrink, bone spurs and other signs of osteoarthritis develop. Dehydrated disks, herniated discs, bone spurs, and stiff ligaments are the result.

Ankylosing Spondylosis:

May include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. People who have a gene HLA-B27 are at increased risk.

Sciatica: a catching pain starts at the low back and radiates through buttocks - behind the thighs, knees, and calves and to the ankles and toes. Caused by pinching of nerve roots at the spine by a bulged disc or due to a degenerated vertebrae.

Malabar Ayurveda offers an extensive list of therapies mentioned as below:

Lepanam: Application of herbal pastes over the affected area which relieves pain and swelling
Bandages: Bandages with herbal oils are effective in Muscular pains
Kadivasthy / Greeva vasthy: retention of warm oil is very effective
Elakkizhi & Podikkizhi: warm herbal bags sweeps pain away and strengthen spinal muscles
Virechanam – purgation therapy
Vasthy – enema therapy
Nasya – Medicated nasal drops are very effective in Shoulder & Neck pains

Self Care


• When pain hits, stop what you are doing and ease gently into a comfortable position.
• Drink plenty of quality water. Rest on a firm bed.
• Try lying face down on the floor, hands by your sides, this takes the pressure off your back.
• Once the acute pain has subsided, muscle strengthening will help to prevent recurrences.
• Don't do any bending, twisting or lifting.
• When sitting, keep your knees a little higher than your hips and keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Always push large objects; never pull them.
• Move around. Do not sit in the same position for long periods of time.
• Practice Yoga postures like Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Pavana muktasana



Respiratory Diseases





Life is in the breath; the respiratory system plays a vital role in delivering oxygen to the body — fuel for all the body's functions. Respiratory diseases can arise from a number of causes, including inhalation of pollutants, allergens, infections, accidents, and harmful lifestyles, such as smoking.

Allergic Rhinitis:

Our immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance – dust, pollen or dander - as something harmful and release chemicals. These chemicals cause runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and sneezing and sinus pressure.

Bronchitis:

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your air tubes, to and from your lungs. Cough, mucous, fatigue, slight fever, chest discomfort are the symptoms.

Asthma:

airways narrow; swell and produce extra mucus. Breathing becomes difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Allergies and GERD commonly cause asthma.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:

Generally non-reversible condition; COPD causes the air tubes and air sacs to lose their elasticity and partially collapse. This leaves some air trapped in your lungs when you exhale. Wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough, mucous, blueness of lips and nails are symptoms. The main cause of COPD is smoking.

Ayurveda says, the above mentioned conditions are caused by imbalances of Prana & Udana Vata – which govern the physiology of normal breathing. Ayurvedic approach is through:

• Deepana & Pachana medicines – Carminatives & Digestives
• Anti Allergy medications – Turmeric, Adathoda vasica, Long pepper are commonly used
• Broncho-dilators – medicines like Kanakasavam, Swasanandam widen the air-tubes
• Oil application and external heat application
• Mild laxatives balance the normal downward movement of Vata. Eg: Agasthya rasayana
• Nasya - Nasal drops
• Tonics to respiratory structure & Pranayama

Pathya (Favor):

light, warm and liquid diet, warm water for drinking and bath, pranayama (breathing exercise), ginger, turmeric, long pepper, black pepper, cumin seeds, fennel, coriander, cardamom.

Apathya (Reduce):

cold food items, late night dinner, all types of fermented food like curd, idli, dosa, fish.



Gastro-Intestinal Diseases





Wellbeing is not a 'medical fix' but a way of living - a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever. Well-being refers to health at planes of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, relationship, career, environment, community. If Ayurveda was a religion, Nature would certainly be its Goddess. According to Malabar Ayurveda, the secret of health is to remain in harmony with the nature. Malabar offers the below to bestow wellbeing:


• Daily regimens
• Seasonal Routines
• Personalized Diet
• Oil Therapies
• Detox Therapies (Panchakarma)
• Rasayana (Tonics)


Merits of Malabar oil therapies are several - Just as an axis of wheel is made strong and durable by applying grease around it, the human body becomes strong and lubricated by oil application. Based upon individual body constitution special oils are used, which will stimulate the lymphatic system. This assists in the flow of nutrients in body and removes toxins from the cells. It prevents aging and has a rejuvenating effect. The body will be able to endure fatigue and physical exertion. Oil therapies induce sleep, improve complexion and strength and prolong life.


“The money that you pay to the physician may as well be paid to the oilman”.




Gynecology & Pregnancy Care





PCOD:

Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess facial hair growth, hair fall, acne, dandruff, and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Enlarged ovaries containing numerous small cysts can be detected by ultrasound.

Uterine Fibroids:

are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Heavy bleeding, prolonged days of bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination, constipation, back pain, leg pain are common symptoms.

Dysmenorrhoea:

Painful periods are common in teenagers and young adults. Periods tend to become less painful as you get older. Certain chemicals produced in the body may cause the uterus to contract too hard. This reduces the blood supply to the womb and leads to pain.

Normal vaginal discharge – Leucorrhea - is thin, white, milky and mild smelling and nothing for you to worry about. If the vaginal discharge is green or yellowish, strong smelling, and accompanied by redness or itching, you may have a vaginal infection like candidiasis.

Pregnancy Care:

Ayurvedic Pre-Natal, Peri-Natal & Post-Natal Care is designed through below phases:

Preparation for Conception: Before planning for a child, the parents should take for 2 months certain herbs which will ensure the purity of reproductive tissues and will provide favorable uterine conditions for implantation.

Pumsavana Karma: It is a special procedure adopted between 8-11 weeks of pregnancy. The aim of pumsavana karma is to stabilize pregnancy and to ensure the purity of race and sex.

Diet care, oil therapies & treatments for health problems of pregnancy: Herbs like asparagus, ashwagandha (withania somnifera), bala (sida cordifolia) & tonic formulas like Vidaryadi, Dhanwantharam, Chyavanaprasam, Agasthya Rasayanam, Sukumaram, Kalyana gulam etc are recommended at different weeks of pregnancy depending on health status.

• Ayurvedic oil therapies during pregnancy have been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.

Post Natal Care of the mother: is designed to regain the health and beauty of the mother and to ensure the purity and quality of the breast milk. The body, especially pelvic region and legs should be massaged regularly with warm oil, at least for of thirty days along with wrapping around abdomen.

Neonatal and pediatric care: Tonics & Ayurvedic massage for babies also has a long tradition in India. From a cleansing massage after birth, daily body massage should continue for 18 months as per Ayurveda.




Hair & Scalp Problems





Hair fall:

We have an average of 100,000 hairs on our scalp. Most hairs grow 1.25 centimeter per month for up to six years and then they fall out. About 90% of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time and 10% at rest. After 2-3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place. It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, hormonal problems (thyroid, PCOD), nutritional deficiencies, auto immune conditions, complication to certain medications may affect the growth phase and cause abnormal hair loss.

Dandruff:

Dandruff by definition is itchy and flaky scalp. The causes of such flaky skin are: dry skin conditions, seborrheic dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema and sensitivity to hair care products. With psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, the entire life cycle of skin cells takes only days instead of a month. As a result, cells build up rapidly, forming thick scales and itchy, dry, patches.

Premature graying:

Hair color is produced by tiny cells called melanocytes in the hair follicles. In the course of a lifetime, the activity of the melanocytes in each follicle retards, resulting in gray hairs. Each individual's melanocyte-clock is different. Premature graying has also been associated with thyroid disorders, vitiligo, vitamin B12 deficiency, and anemia.

Head Lice:

This itchy infestation, also called pediculosis capitis is spread by coming into contact with either lice or their eggs. The challenge of treating Lice is making sure to get rid of all the nits and avoiding contact with other lice at home or school.

Scalp Odor:

Overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in the scalp may lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast or even an infection. Dietary imbalances, resulting in constipation or a deficiency of magnesium or zinc may be other causes. Some individuals cannot metabolize foods such as eggs, fish, liver and legumes. The result is a "fishy" smell.

Ayurveda consider the imbalance of Pitta as the chief cause of premature hair fall and graying. Dandruff is a Vata Kapha imbalanced disorder. Malabar Ayurveda Therapies:

Siro Abhyanga: Oil massage on scalp
Siro Dhara: Downy stream of medicated oil or butter milk on scalp
Siro Vasthy: Oil retention in a Chef’s cap fitted on head
Nasyam: Nasal drops
Thalapothichil: Application of a herbal paste on scalp


Pathya (Favor):

Dark green vegetables and orange & yellow fruits & vegetables, cauliflower, parsley, wheat, sunflower seeds, apricots, whole grains, soy, green gram, eggs, seafood, curry leaves, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, green beans, bitter gourd, snake gourd, peas, apples, avocados, coconut, pomegranate, grapes, figs, mangoes, raisins, plums, coriander, fennel, turmeric, mint etc in your food.

Apathya (Reduce):

Garlic, onion, radishes, sprouts, tomatoes, berries, sour cherries, apricots, mustard, pickles, salt, sour dressings, spicy condiments, vinegar, black gram, caffeine, curd.




Neurological Diseases





These diseases that affect the brain or other components of the nervous system are among the most devastating and complex conditions plaguing the mankind today.

Migraine:

Ayurveda explains 2 conditions as Ardhavabhedaka (Unilateral headaches - due to Vata imbalance) & Suryavartha (varying degrees of pain according to the solar cycle – due to Vata Pitta imbalance) to describe the Migraine headaches. Favor bedtime milk, green gram, black gram with ghee.

Sleep Disturbance / Lack:

The causes of insomnia include stress, anxiety, depression, medications, aging, noise, light, extreme temperatures, late dinners etc. Pain, breathing difficulty, frequent urination also lead to sleep disorders. Avoid coffee, tea, cola drinks.

Paralysis (Pakshaghata, Ardita):

A stroke occur when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted, depriving brain of oxygen and food. Complications are - trouble with walking, speaking, understanding, paralysis, numbness, headache etc.

Multiple Sclerosis:

Body's immune system eats away at the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves. This may result in – numbness, weakness of limbs, vision difficulties, electric shock sensations, tremor, unsteady gait, slurred speech, fatigue, dizziness etc. Vata & Pitta balancing therapies gives good symptomatic response from our experience.

Depression:

is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. A number of herbal remedies and supplements have been used for depression.

Parkinson’s disease (Kampa Vata, Akshepaka Vata):

It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in one hand. In early stages of Parkinson's disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk.

Diabetic Neuropathy: High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart.

Ayurveda consider the imbalance of Vata as chief cause of neurological problems and has well-researched therapies and medicines. Effective Ayurveda therapies are:

  • Abhyangam – Oil massage
  • Udvarthanam – Oil therapy preceded by rubbing with herbal powder
  • Kizhi – application of warm herbal compress
  • Pizhichil – drizzling of medicated oil from a particular height
  • Siro dhara – oil treatment on the head
  • Siro vasthy – Retention of oil with the aid of a Chef’s cap fitted on head
  • Nasyam – Nasal application of 3 – 10 drops per session
  • Virechanam – purgation or laxative therapy
  • Vasthy – enema therapy




Cardio-Vascular Diseases





Our little heart beats about 100,000 times daily; with each beat, the heart pumps blood through the blood vessels or arteries to all parts of the body. Cardiovascular diseases are a class of diseases that involve the heart, the blood vessels - arteries, capillaries, and veins.


Hypertension: The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. People with early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy spells or nosebleeds. For most adults, there's no identifiable cause; kidney problems, certain medications can also cause high blood pressure.

  • Avoid or Reduce: pickles, egg, canned foods, meats, preservatives, smoking, alcohol, salt, oil
  • Favor: Cereals, fruits, greens & veggies, regular exercise and yoga

Anemia:

A condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues. Having anemia may make you feel exhausted. In anemia, either your body doesn't make enough red blood cells (iron/vitamin deficiency, aplastic anemia, anemia of chornic disease) or your body destroys red blood cells (hemolytic, sickle cell). Favor, amla, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits.

Venous Insufficiency – Varicose vein:

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Dark Veins may appear like cords on your legs. Signs and symptoms include: aching and heavy legs, muscles cramps and swelling, worsened pain after sitting or standing long, itching around veins, ulceration etc.

Ayurveda is not effective at emergency management of heart problems. However, they focus on preventive cardiology, as the background of cardiovascular disease, notably atherosclerosis; begin in early life, making primary prevention efforts very necessary. Malabar Ayurveda offers excellent treatments for varicose veins & Anemia through natural medications. Malabar Ayurveda therapies:


Abhyangam – Oil massage helps in problems of poor blood circulation
Uro vasthy – retention of oil on chest is indicated in certain heart conditions
• Virechanam – purgation or laxative therapy


Pathya (Favor):

Exercise for 30 minutes daily, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, salmon and mackerel, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil, canola oil


Apathya (Avoid or Reduce):

Smoking, lack of physical activity, oily foods, salty food, excess alcohol, red meat, dairy products, deep-fried fast foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods, margarines, crackers




Urinary Diseases





The urinary system includes two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, sphincter muscles and the urethra. Adults eliminate about 1.5 liters of urine each day, depending on the amount of fluid consumed.

Kidney Stones:

are small, hard deposits that form inside your kidneys. Kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or passes into the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. When it moves, it causes, severe waves of pain in the side and back, lower abdomen and groin, frequent urge to urinate, pink, red, cloudy or brown urine also associated with fever. Urinary tract infection, low intake of fluids, high protein diet, high uric acid levels, hereditary factors, high doses of Vitamin D, certain diets increase the risk of kidney stone formation.

  • Favor: Drink water throughout the day, barley, horse gram, old rice, ginger
  • Reduce: Sour & salty, meats, calcium supplements, rhubarbs, beetroot, okra, spinach, sweet potatoes, Nuts, tea, chocolate, soy products

Urinary Tract Infection:

Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Persistent urge to urinate, burning sensation, frequent small amounts of urine, red, pink, cloudy urine, strong smelly urine, pain, fever are common symptoms. Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria from alimentary tract enter the urinary tract through the urethra. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men are. Though most of the UTIs respond to antibiotics several people experience Frequent UTIs, wherein Ayurveda medicines can be of help.

  • Favor: Drink plenty of water, barley, gokshura, cucumber, coconut water
  • Avoid: coffee, alcohol, citrus juice

Prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH):

More than half of men in their sixties exhibit some symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy, an enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate gland enlargement symptoms include, weak urine stream, difficulty starting urination, dribbling at the end of urination, frequent urination, straining while urinating, blood in the urine, urinary tract infection etc. Having an enlarged prostate doesn't reduce or increase the risk of prostate cancer; you still need to continue regular prostate exams. Men with a total PSA level greater than 10ng/ml might be at an increased risk for prostate cancer.

  • Useful herbs are: Boerhavia diffusa (spreading hogweed), Tribulus terrestris (small caltrop), Commiphora mukul, Shilajit (Black Bitumen), Solanam indicum (Indian Nightshade), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Kanchanara (Bauhinia variegate) etc.

Malabar Ayurveda offers authentic treatment, medicines, products, and home remedies for urinary problems. The system is then cleaned and strengthened using toning and rejuvenating medicines. Panchakarma therapy is a very effective means of cleansing the body internally in order to help it regain strength.




Ear, Nose, Throat & Eye Diseases





Tinnitis:

is noise or ringing buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing sounds been continuously heard in the ears. Ageing, exposure to loud noise, ear bone changes, Meniere's disease are cause to tinnitus. Favor: light and easy digestible food, warm food, ghee, wheat, rice, green gram, egg plant, drumstick vegetable, bitter gourd, reduced talking. Reduce – frequent head bath, drinking cold water, exposure to cold wind, over exercise.

Tonsilitis / Adenoids:

Tonsils and adenoids “sample” bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose at the risk of their own infection. Because tonsils and adenoids trap germs, they sometimes temporarily swell. It can cause problems like stuffy nose, mouth breath; snoring and troubled sleep; sore throat and difficulty in swallowing and ear problems.

Sinusitis:

The sinuses are the air-filled cavities inside the skull that make up part of the respiratory system. A sinus infection can commonly result in face pain and headache. Causes of sinus congestion include the cold, flu, hay fever or other allergic reaction.

Vertigo:

The most common causes of vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Meniere's disease. BPPV can be caused by a sudden turning over in bed or getting in and out of bed. Meniere's disease is characterized by deafness, ringing in the ears and occasional vertigo. Favor: sweet taste, milk, ghee, oil application on scalp, meat soups. Reduce: spicy, sour and salty foods, exposure to cold breeze and sunbath, keeping awake at nights, over exertion, stress.

Glaucoma:

is a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage, which may cause loss of vision. High pressure inside your eye usually, but not always, causes this damage. Favor: healthy eating, green leafy vegetables, kale, spinach, broccoli, egg yolks, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, wear sun glasses. Reduce: processed foods, margarine, fried foods, cookies, pastries, crackers, caffeine.

Short-sightedness (Myopia):

A short-sighted person may see quite well without glasses when it comes to close reading and writing, but is blind for long distance. Children, who read less, spend more time outdoors, and those who live in better light, who play sports, are less susceptible to myopia. Favor: Leafy vegetables, fruits, Ghee, Amla, Triphala, honey, green gram, sun exposure, bird’s meat, regular oil application on scalp & feet. Reduce: Spicy and sour foods like spices, pickles and curd, fried items

Diabetic retinopathy:

Too much sugar in your blood can damage the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. It may even block them completely and results in vision loss. In response to the lack of blood supply, the eye attempts to grow new blood vessels. But, these new blood vessels don't develop properly and can leak easily. Leaking blood vessels can cause a loss of vision. Scar tissue may also form, which can pull on the retina. Sometimes, this can cause the retina to detach.

Cataract:

Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it difficult to read, drive a car or see the expression on a friend's face, fading or yellowing of colors, double vision etc. Most cataracts develop along with aging or due to injury changes. Cataracts can also be caused by other medical conditions such as diabetes, trauma or past eye surgery.

Malabar Ayurveda Therapies like Nasya, Virechanam, Sirodhara, Thalam, Tarpanam, Putapakam, Aschyothana, Anjana, Karnapooranam along with medications are effective in ENT & Eye diseases.




Metabolic Syndrome





Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic risk factors that come together in a single individual. These metabolic factors include Diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol abnormalities, and an increased risk for clotting. Metabolic syndrome is present in 60% of obese persons.

Diabetes:

With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. This is mostly a lifestyle disorder and, you can manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise don't control your blood sugar, you may need diabetes medications. Ayurveda offers effective diabetic medications; in mild to moderate cases, they can be alternative and in severe cases they act as excellent complimentary support.

Hyper Cholestremia:

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that's found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. Bad or LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow. Eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Decreased blood flow in the heart results in a heart attack and that to your brain can cause a stroke. High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can be inherited, but it's often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can reduce high cholesterol. Reduce - Ghee, butter, oils, dalda, fried food, ice creams, bakery items, mutton, egg yolk, alcohol, tubers and ground nuts in your foods and favor - fibre rich food, horse gram, garlic, fenugreek, bitter gourd, greens, soya beans, tomato, radish etc.

Obesity:

If you consume more calories than you spend, you gain weight. The factors — Diet, inactivity, certain medications, medical problems (low thyroid function, polycystic ovarian syndrome, arthritis) usually working in combination — can contribute to weight gain and obesity. A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. Eating just 150 calories more a day than you burn in activity can lead to a gain of 5kg a year. You would have to walk for one hour to burn the energy from one cup of cooked white rice; therefore, what you eat is more important. Not getting enough sleep can actually slow your metabolism making weight loss difficult.

Malabar Ayurveda approach to treating metabolic syndrome and obesity is not just about external therapies; it’s rather a holistic & personalised approach. Our approach for losing weight is through the below steps:

1. Doctor consultation to identify the cause; also to plan the targets and time plan
2. Lifestyle modification - Dietetics & Exercise
3. Treat the causes of weight gain (eg. Thyroid problems, PCOD)
4. External therapies for inch lose & cellulite reduction (eg: udvarthanam, dhanyamla dhara)
5. Internal medications to fasten metabolism & deplete fat
6. Therapies to prevent complications associated with overweight & obesity (diabetes, coronary heart disease, sleep breathing disorders, hypertension, high cholesterol, PCOD, hypothyroidism, menstrual disorders, infertility, stroke, osteoarthritis, fatty liver, gall bladder problems, deep vein thrombosis, asthma, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea, depression etc)
7. Rasayana therapies for long term effect (eg: Silajith Rasayana, Bhallathaka rasayana)