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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

[www.keralites.net] 10 HOME REMEDIES TO TREAT NAUSEA

 





    
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10 Home Remedies To Treat Nausea

Nausea is that unpleasant feeling of discomfort inside your stomach, often times leading to vomiting. The most common causes for nausea can stem from food poisoning, side effects of certain medications, pregnancy, ulcers, motion sickness, and acid reflux digestion problems. 

You don't need to head out to the doctor's office when you hear a rumbling in your stomach. There are plenty of natural remedies that can be found at home, which can treat nausea. Here are 10 natural cures for nausea that will help soothe your stomach: 
 
 
1) Vomit - The longer the nausea stays inside your stomach, the more damage it can cause to your esophagus. If you feel like you're about to vomit, it's best to let it out. You should feel much better after you've thrown up. 

2) Get Some Air - It's crucial to step outside and breathe some fresh air. You can also open the windows to air out the house or sit on the balcony if you're too ill to walk far. If you're feeling a bit flushed, you can turn the fan on. Just make sure you keep it on a low speed. 

3) Go To Bed - Go to the bedroom, and pull the shades down, so that it's dark and cool in the room. Lay down with your head on a single flat pillow, and keep your knees bent to prevent any pressure to your stomach area. Regularly breathe to avoid any stress, which could worsen the nausea.  

4) Use A Cold Compress On Your Neck - Grab an ice pack from the freezer, but make sure it stays out for a few minutes before applying it on your neck. Apply the cool compress to the back of your neck to help reduce the nausea levels. If you don't have any ice pack, you can simply take a cold washcloth dipped in cool water and follow the same protocol. 
 
 
5) Ginger Cures Everything! - Ginger is the magical ingredient used to help treat many illnesses. Adding ginger to a cup of hot tea can work wonders for an upset stomach. You can also drink Ginger Ale if you have any in your fridge, or make it from scratch (recipe listed below). Ginger promotes the secretion of various digestive juices and enzymes, which neutralizes stomach acid.
 
Directions For Making Ginger Tea:
  • 1 ginger root
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • Honey is optional but recommended 
  • Wax paper
  • A cutting board 
How To Prepare It: 

Make sure you thoroughly wash the ginger to get all the bacteria out. You will then want to slice the ginger into tiny pieces.. Place a cover with wax paper over the sliced ginger and crush it. Boil 2-3 cups of water over a medium-high flame, before adding the ginger. Allow the ginger to boil between 3-5 minutes. 

Remove the concoction from the heat and pour everything into a tea cup. You can also strain it before pouring it into the cup. Honey can increase the flavor, and help keep the nausea at bay. Find a comfortable chair, sit down, sip slowly and relax.
 
Directions For Making Ginger Ale:
  • Add 2 cups of chopped ginger roots
  • Add 3-4 strips of lemon or lime peels
  • Add 3 quarts of chilled club soda 
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Add several ice cubes 
How To Prepare It:

Add 2 cups of freshly peeled and chopped gingerroot with lemon or lime peel, and 4 cups of water. Let the mix boil over a high flame, and then at an active simmer. Let the Ginger Ale remain uncovered for 10 minutes. 

Add some sugar while stirring, and continue to boil the mixture for about 15 minutes or so. Strain the ginger syrup over a large bowl, separating the ginger roots from the liquid mixture. Use a glass container to chill the syrup until cold, or up to a week. Mix ¼ cup of the syrup with 1 cup of the cold club soda and pour over ice. 

6) Smell A Sliced Lemon or Peppermint Oil- You would never think that the scents of peppermint oil and lemons could help cure nausea, but they actually do! The strong citrus scents in the lemon helps to soothe your stomach, while the peppermint oil can be gently rubbed onto your gums with your fingertips.

The lemon should be sliced in half before inhaling the citrus aromas. Lemon juice can also be extracted into your ginger tea for a great taste. You can keep a few wedges of lemon or lime in a Ziploc Bag in the freezer, and suck on the frozen cirtrus fruits to reduce nausea. 

7) Eat Some Milk Toast - Toast is an ideal food to digest for treating stomach disorders. Bread helps absorb excess stomach acid, which can trigger nausea and vomiting. The milk helps coat your stomach. Milk toast is very easy to make and very effective once consumed. DO NOT consume if you have gastroenteritis. 

Directions For Making Milk Toast:
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 piece of toast
  • Some unsalted butter
How To Prepare It:

Heat a cup of milk up, but make sure the milk is not boiling. Pour the milk into a small cereal bowl, and let it cool off for a few moments. Put the bread into the toaster, and spread a tiny bit of unsalted butter on it. Crush the toast into the milk, and eat slowly. Drink the tea with ginger after you've eaten the toast to soothe the stomach acids. 

8) Avoid Dehydration - You lose a large volume of fluid and electrolytes during a stomach virus or after you vomit. It's essential to replace the lost fluids to prevent dehydration from occurring. Make sure you drink plenty of cold water, but drink it in tiny sips. Alternatively, you can sip on some sports drinks to regain the lost electrolytes and stay fully hydrated. 

9) Stay On A BRAT Diet - B.R.A.T is an acronym for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These bland foods are low in fiber to limit any gastrointestinal disorders. If you're well enough to eat, you can start by consuming any of the above mentioned foods, and eat very slowly. 

10) Stretch - A discomforting feeling in the upper back or neck region can trigger vomiting and nausea. Try doing some simple neck and back stretches in orde to alleviate the tension that is causing the upset stomach. 

A Stretching Exerise For The Back: 

Place a yoga mat or a towel down on the floor, and position your body as if you're about to do a push-up. Lift your upper body up, and arch your back as you tilt the head back as far as possible, the underneath of your chin facing the ceiling. Your body should form a "U" position. 

A Stretching Exercise For The Neck:

Sit on a chair and tip your head forward, while touching your chin to your chest. Hold the stretch for about 10-15 seconds. It's important that you tilt NOT roll the neck to prevent pinched nerves or induce the nausea. Tilt your head to left, as if you're trying to touch your ear to your shoulder. Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds, before repeating to the other side.
 


 

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[www.keralites.net] 10 COMMON FOOD PRODUCTS PRONE TO ADULTERATION

 





    
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10 Common Food Products Prone to Adulteration


Adulteration has taken away the joy of life. Now everything you like may or may not have fallen prey to the locus of adulterants. We see grey but it turns out to be black and white. We are trapped in an illusion where the everyday use items are now all messed up. The most widely used substances are masqueraded as something else. Check the list to see if you know about the food and adulterants used. They not only compromise our nutrition base and diet but also promise to harm our health in a stealthy way. We consume honey assuming it to be healthy however if we could actually see what we did consume, the honey will not stay in the stomach.
 
10.Milk
Milk
 
The morning cup of tea and the kid's healthy dose of calcium. This white potion is turning poisonous to say the least. The package version and the 'Milkma' both have let consumers down. The age old scenario is of added water to milk but when we think of it the water reduces the nutrition value of milk. When this water is itself contaminated the added impurity leads to domino effect. The mixing of water in these age and time seems like innocent child's rebel. Now we have a higher level of adulteration with the likes of starch, caustic soda, sugar, urea, lime and ammonium sulphate, making its way in milk. This makes life tough for our daily source of tea coffee oats cornflakes sweets etc. is now laced with tension of spoiling ones health to say the least. When the freedom of having the healthy drink has a flip side of being poisonous we are lost.  Be careful with your morning cup for instead of refreshing you up and giving you a kick-start for the day it just might get you bed-ridden.
9. Olive oil.
olive oil
This is healthy oil which will not spoil your health with unneeded fats; instead it helps in keeping one healthy. The pride of Italy is the virgin Olive oil and this is more often than not a rip-off. To regulate this we have unions which control the trade and production. 98% of olive oil is grown in the countries approved by International Olive Council. It is one of the biggest frauds played in the world. With less than 10% of the oil actually meeting the set standards the consumers are cheated with mixed versions. The cheaper cracked oil is mixed with this oil and the health is deteriorated instead of improving. Another problem with this oil is that there is never a single test to determine whether the version is real or fake. Olive oil is usually laced with mineral oil. The crowned Italian oil is replaced by Greek olive oil and consumer is cheated.
8.Honey
Honey
The purest form of honey we see these days is probably in cartoons where Winnie the Pooh sticks his hand in the honeycomb to lick out the sweet nectar. The health friend now has minerals, antibiotics not meant for human consumption. The lengths of this adulteration are that some bottles are just filled with colored sugar syrup. The level of infringement of this adulterated syrup is so far spread that today European countries has banned import of honey from India and China. The option we now look at is directly buying honey with the comb, the natural packaging. The Ultra-filtration process is again done on these bottles to hide the added adulteration  These are tough to detect and hence the adulterants win.
7. Saffron
Saffron
From the Biryani to risotto to bouillabaisse, the saffron gives  royalty too many dishes of the world. The down side of being among the most expensive spice of the world, is adulteration. The saffron is heavily adulterated when it is in the grounded form. Saffron is derived from saffron crocus with high grade one with red threads, the lower grade with lesser red threads or yellow threads. When grounded this mixture can have turmeric or other spices which are lot cheaper than saffron. The easiest way to detect is avoid the deep red color ones and cheap ones.
6.Orange juice
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The healthy energy freak people now switch from the sweet tea and caffeine laced coffee to healthy fruit juice. This vitamins treasure is now a substitution with artificial flavors. It has sugar syrup, glucose and cheaper juice with more expensive ones. Other common trick is colored water. Now when you consume orange juice don't be under the impression that you are consuming something healthy for it could be the exact opposite. The stray consumption of glucose, cheap sugar and colored water can lead to serious health problems. The solution is to never buy packed versions instead squeeze out fresh orange juice and stay healthy.
5.Coffee.
Coffee
Do you know your morning cup coffee is now not just coffee? It's a whole package of sawdust, Tamarind seeds and chicory powder. This is needless to say not right for your body. The caffeine content is presumed harmful by some people and now the information about the level of harmful substances in the beans mixture is like the last straw. The solution suggested is to buy the fresh beans and ground them for best coffee experience and also a comparatively healthier one.
4.Seafood
Radioactive seafood
The Mercury content of sea-food is not just a food cycle we learn in school. The movement from the metal to water to plants to fishes to human to cancer is deadly. The smallest content of mercury in your fish will send you fishing for life. Be careful for its not just fish its every seafood. The mercury ridden food enters human body in two ways. One is direct way with straight fish consumption and the second is via the birds that eat this fishes. This is not only for human but every life form.  Each life form which consumes it becomes part of the chain. Many deaths are reported due to mercury poisoning.
3.Flour
Flour
The rice and wheat is a part of our staple food in India. The powdered rice and wheat is usually adulterated with starch. This is done to thicken the cream. This added substance takes away the nutrition intended for the consumer leaving us under the illusion that our diet is perfect. The rotis and chapattis are a part of our diet and this gives us the liberty to have fast food once in a while. However when this power house is faulty in itself the whole diet collapses. The unnecessary mixing of substances to add bulk comes at the cost of life. We have to be careful in the process of getting the rice and wheat grounded. From the cleaning of grains to grinding it the process should be very carefully executed.
2. Fries.
Fries
The Fries may seem far from something that gets adulterated but the fact that we expose it to high temperature like when we fry it. They are pre fried in palm oil which is adulterated with lard. This high temperature leads to development of layer on it. This is harmful for humans and not at all meant for ingestion.. However the counter argument made to this level of temperature is hardly ever reached. The youngsters have to particular take notice of this as the daily intake of this may harm their on-the-go life style.
1.Ice-Cream
Ice-cream
Ice-Cream is cold, i know that is not a genius observation but hear me out. It is made in a cold chamber and this gives a chance to add fatty substances to the ice-cream which are not listed as the added ingredients.  The words like pepperoni, butraldehyde, washing powder, Emil acetate, nitrate, ethyl acetate doesn't sound fun, and they are poison. Along with this we have a special gum, don't mistake it to be healthy neutralizing agent for it is slow melting and sticky and made from melting some animal body-parts. This makes ice-cream not so tempting now does it? I scream you scream for ice-cream has a totally different meaning in this scenario.
The adulteration in everyday item spoils our will to eat but turning a blind eye to these items is not the answer, you may feel it now but the opinion may change if you are unfortunate enough to land in a hospital. With a little planning and proper execution the adulterations can be totally avoided. The health of everyone is important and this becomes an added responsibility of family.' Precaution is always better than cure', Right?
 


 


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The Remarkable Qualities of Triphala - A Famous and Revered Ayurvedic Formula

In this special edition of the Total Health News, world-renowned ayurvedic expert, researcher and educator our ayurvedic expert discusses the popular ayurvedic remedy Triphala.
Q: Triphala, contained in MAPI's Digest Tone and a major ingredient in Cholesterol Protection, is one of the most famous herbal compounds in ayurvedic medicine. Can you tell us what it's made of?
A: Certainly. literally means "three fruits," tri meaning "three" and phala meaning "fruit. The three fruits contained in Triphala are HaritakiAmalaki and Bibhitaki. There is a saying in India that if a vaidya knows how to use Triphala properly, he can heal any disease. It is highly revered in Maharishi Ayurveda. When these three fruits I mentioned are combined as Triphala, they form a very powerful Rasayana. A Rasayana is the most highly refined and powerful herbal and fruit combination in ayurveda, and is known to promote long life and rejuvenation. A Rasayana promotes ojas, the material equivalent of bliss. Ojas is the finest product of digestion, and prevents disease, creates luster in the skin and rejuvenates the whole body.
Besides nourishing the mind and body and promoting longevity, Triphala has many specific effects. It is particularly rejuvenating for the digestive tract, and is a Rasayana for the eyes and the skin.
Triphala balances Apana Vata, the subdosha of Vata that governs the colon, lower abdomen, menstrual flow and elimination. For most people Triphala is a mild laxative, and for that reason it is excellent for clearing toxins from the digestive system. In very rare cases it has a stronger laxative effect, but usually it is an ideal bowel cleanser precisely because of its mildness. In moderate doses it is gentle, and detoxifies the body slowly.
But because it is slow, you can take it for longer periods of time, and then it has a deeply purifying effect. It goes deeper into the physiology and releases the toxins at a much deeper level.
Q: What do you mean by "going deeper" into the physiology?
A: There are seven tissues (dhatus) in the body, and they form in a sequence. Starting with Rasa (the nutrient fluid derived from food), the tissue chain progresses from to Rakta (blood), Mamsa (muscle), Meda (fat), Asthi (bone), Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (reproductive fluid) in a chain of reactions that is sequential and orderly.
Digest Tone cleanses toxins up to and including the fat tissue. You can see that this is a much deeper effect than just cleansing the bowel. It cleanses toxins from the nutrient fluid, the blood, the muscle and the fat tissues if used for a long enough time.
Because it detoxifies the blood, muscle and fat tissues, it is excellent for preventing skin disease. And because it removes ama from the fat tissue, Triphala also helps balance cholesterol.
Triphala can also repair any damage that has occurred in the intelligence of nature that governs the transformation from one tissue to the next. It is in the gap between the tissues that the intelligence of nature operates, and if there is any damage, Triphala can repair and reset the chain to enable proper transformation of one tissue to the next. That's what makes it a very great Rasayana. Also, it has two of the three major herbs contained in Maharishi Amrit Kalash, which is the most highly refined and rejuvenating Rasayana of all.
Q: What are the other benefits one can expect from taking Triphala?
A: Triphala also purifies the urine and prevents urinary tract disease (prameha). It enhances all thirteen agnis (digestive fires), especially the pachagni, the main digestive fire in the stomach. It pacifies Kapha and Pitta, and if taken regularly, is a powerful anti-aging Rasayana.
Q: That's quite a list of benefits that are reported in the classical ayurvedic texts. Does modern research support these benefits?
A: Yes, it certainly does. One study (Food Chemistry Toxicology, 2002) showed that Triphala had an antimutagenic effect in vitro. This is interesting, because as I mentioned earlier, Triphala can repair damage to the sequence of nature's intelligence in the "gaps" in the tissues, in the mechanics of transformation from one tissue to another. In other words, if a type of tissue forgets its connection to nature's intelligence, or is in some way damaged, Triphala can repair that damage before it manifests as a disease. This could have implications for fighting the growth of cancer or other aberrant cells.
Another study (Phytomedicine 2002) showed that Triphala had a radioprotective effect in mice exposed to gamma-radiation. It delayed the onset of mortality and reduced the symptoms of radiation sickness in one group significantly more than the control group, which did not take Triphala. This demonstrates the ability of Triphala to act as a radiation-protective agent when administered in the proper doses.
A third study tested the effect of the three fruits used in Triphala on cholesterol-induced hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis. Although all three fruits used in the Triphala formula were found to reduce serum cholesterol and cholesterol of both the liver and aorta, Haritaki had the greatest effect.
Of course, these studies are limited in their ability to show the true effects of Triphala because they focus on the isolated ingredients. It may take years before modern science understands the importance of testing whole herbs and fruits that are combined in the right proportions according to traditional ayurvedic herbal methods--rather than the raw isolated ingredients or the so-called "active" components. The effects are much more balanced and holistic when the whole herb or fruit is processed properly and combined with other herbs in the traditional manner.
There is a verse in Charaka that explains this principle: "The understanding of the total nature of the subject does not arise from a fragmentary knowledge of it. (Charaka SamhitaVimanasthana 4.5).
But in any case, these studies do point in the right direction.
Q: Yes, that is quite an impressive list of studies. What makes Triphala, contained in MAPI's Digest Tone, this powerful?
A: The ingredients that make up Triphala are powerful individually. When combined correctly, synergy enhances the healing quotient exponentially. The first ingredient is Haritaki--that is the Sanskrit name, pronounced har-ee'-tuck-ee. It's called Terminalia chebula or Chebulic Myrobalans in Latin. This fruit is mentioned in almost all ayurvedic textbooks. Charaka goes so far as to say that Haritaki is as nourishing and useful for everyone as mother's milk. He mentions that it's a Rasayana for the eyes (netra ruja apaharini), and helps prevent eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts.
Haritaki is also a Rasayana for the skin. It's known as a Twagamayagni, which means that it destroys skin disease. Sushruta Samhita, a classical ayurvedic text on surgery, says that Haritaki and Triphala are useful in cleansing wounds and promoting healing and regeneration from the inside. The famous ayurvedic surgeon Sushruta calls it branya, which means having the ability to heal an ulcer or wound.
Charaka also says that Haritaki is good for the digestive system. It helps enhance the absorption of nutrients in food. It is also a cardio-preventive, helping to promote heart health.
Another excellent quality of this fruit is that it cleanses the macro and micro circulatory channels, known as shrotas in Maharishi Ayurveda. In one verse of Charaka Samhita, it says Haritaki is shrotovishodhini, which means that it can clear the channels, both big and small. The Bhavprakash Nigantu, an ayurvedic text on herbal science that is part of my own family tradition, mentions that Haritaki is a yogavahini, which means that it cleanses the channels and is absorbed quickly by the body.
Because of the yogavahini effect, Haritaki also enhances mental clarity and memory. Haritaki is a Medhya fruit, which means that it enhances coordination among the mental functions of dhi (acquisition of knowledge), dhriti (retention of knowledge) and smriti (recall of knowledge or memory). It enhances mental clarity and memory, and the stamina of the mind and senses. The Bavprakash Nigantu also mentions that it is good for the health of the spleen and liver, and is a famous preventive for any liver problems.
In addition, the Charaka Samhita says that Haritaki is sarvah dosha prasamani (all-dosha pacifying). Very few fruits and herbs have this designation. It also supports the body's immune system. On top of everything, Haritaki has an anti-aging value. Charaka Samhita calls it vayasthapani (anti-aging).
Q: You have detailed an extremely impressive list of qualities. Is there research to support these traditional claims?
A: Yes, there is quite an extensive body of research on Haritaki by scientists in universities throughout the world. In support of its bactricidal quality, research shows that Haritaki has anti-bacterial effect (International Journal of Cardiology, 1988). In this study the researchers tested the effect of extracts of Haritaki on a bacteria called Helicobactor Pylori.. The results indicated that water extracts of Haritaki contain a heat stable agent with inhibiting effects and possible therapeutic potential for fighting Helicobactor Pylori and other bacterial species.
As for the reduction of liver disease, one study examined the effect of an herbal formula that contained Haritaki as the main ingredient along with four other herbs. The results showed that this formula enhanced the rate of recovery from hepatic amoebiasis by 73%, reducing the average degree of liver infection substantially (Journal of Ethno Pharmacology, 1996). The extract of this formula also was found to enhance cell-mediated immune response in golden hamsters with amoebic liver abscess.
So you can see that these benefits, which were known by the ayurvedic seers such as Charaka and Sushruta thousands of years ago, are now being recognized by modern science.
Q: That's amazing. Can you tell us about the second ingredient, Amalaki?
A: Yes. This fruit is called Amalaki in Sanskrit and in Latin it's called Emblica Officinalis Gaertn, Phyllanthus Emblica or Terminalia Emblica. Indian Gooseberry is the English name and Amla is what it's called in Hindi. But no matter by what name you call it, Amalaki has many remarkable qualities.
First of all, Amalaki is known as a divine plant in the ayurvedic materia medica. Amalaki is also a Rasayana, which means that it has longevity-enhancing and disease-defying qualities. Usually Rasayanas, which are the cream of ayurvedic herbal compounds, are made of more than one ingredient. It is extraordinary that this fruit all by itself is revered as one of the most powerful Rasayanas. The Charaka Samhita says, "Amalaki is the best among rejuvenative herbs.
Amalaki fruit contains the sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent tastes. The only taste missing is salty. Because it contains five out of the six tastes, it is balancing to all three doshas.
Amalaki has a sour taste initially, but when it mixes with the saliva, its aftertaste (vipaka) is sweet. Both sweet and sour tastes pacify Vata dosha. Amalaki's virya or potency is cool, so along with the sweet aftertaste, this coolness pacifies the hot Pitta. The bitter, astringent and pungent tastes of Amalaki balance Kapha.. So that's how this one fruit pacifies all three doshas.
Q: Can you tell us some of the benefits of Amalaki mentioned in the ayurvedic texts?
A: There are so many excellent qualities in Amalaki that it's hard to know where to begin. Let's start first by saying that Amalaki helps purify toxins from the body. One way Amalaki does this is by enhancing food absorption. When your digestion becomes stronger, the food you eat is converted to nutrition rather than staying undigested and producing impurities. The unique thing about Amalaki is that it heightens digestion yet is not heating. That's why it's traditionally considered one of the best herbs for balancing stomach acid. By enhancing digestion, it helps eliminate toxins from the body. Another way that Amalaki helps purify toxins is by strengthening and stimulating the liver. If someone has accumulated toxins due to eating junk foods, leading an unhealthy lifestyle or being exposed to chemicals, Amalaki helps flush out toxins.
It also helps elimination. Amalaki strengthens and purifies Apana Vata, and thus supports the evacuation of the bowel, urine, and menstrual flow. Amalaki helps relieve constipation, so you can see why Triphala also has that quality.
The urinary system in particular is supported by Amalaki. This fruit is helpful in treating symptoms such as a mild burning sensation while urinating. It also acts as a mild diuretic, helping the body eliminate excess water in a natural way that is not disruptive or harmful to the body. These actions are helpful in purifying the urine of toxins.
Q: Amazing. What are some other benefits of Amalaki?
A: In addition to the overall flushing of toxins I just mentioned, Amalaki cleanses the tissues throughout the body, and also strengthens specific organs.
Amalaki is a powerful tonic for the lungs, which are a seat of Kapha dosha in the body. The Amalaki fruit balances Shleshaka Kapha, which regulates moisture and mucus in the lungs, and helps the body fight respiratory infections. It nurtures and strengthens the lungs overall.
It also enhances fertility in both men and women by balancing Apana Vata. Regular and healthy menstruation, nurturing of the sperm and ovaries, strengthening of the uterus, and overall support for reproductive health are some of the ways Amalaki supports healthy conception, especially for women. It nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and is a Medhya herb, enhancing the coordination between acquisition, retention, and recall. This supports the development of a sharper intellect, stronger mind and heightened sensory awareness.
Amalaki also strengthens the cardiovascular system. It nurtures the heart, blood and circulation. Amalaki improves assimilation of iron, which is one way that it purifies and nourishes the blood.
This fruit is also excellent for the skin. Because it detoxifies the liver, and because it also cleanses the tissues of the skin and protects it from bacterial infection, it is very good for your complexion. It also moisturizes the skin, and is known to improve glow and luster. Muscle tone is also improved by Amalaki. Because it enhances protein synthesis, promotes a positive nitrogen balance and strengthens the muscles, it contributes to lean muscle mass.
The hair, nails, teeth, and bones also benefit from Amalaki, because it helps improve absorption of calcium and other nutrients. It also helps prevent graying and thinning of the hair.
The eyes are another organ that benefit from Amalaki. In fact, Amalaki is called chakshusya, which means "a Rasayana for strengthening the eyes. This is because Amalaki enhances both Ranjaka Pitta (the subdosha of Pitta that governs liver function and the blood plasma) and Alochaka Pitta (the subdosha that governs the eyes and vision). The fact that it enhances all three doshas also helps nourish the eyes and protect them from disease. Amalaki is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and is the most concentrated and absorbable source of the vitamin in the plant kingdom. It also contains other absorbable minerals that nourish the skin, the blood and the whole body.
Because of its high content of Vitamin C, Amalaki is a powerful antioxidant. Scientific research shows that Amalaki is an extremely potent antioxidant, excellent at removing excess free radicals, which are at the basis of much degenerative disease and aging. All of these qualities make Amalaki a powerful immunity-enhancer.
Q: That sounds like a plant having an unsurpassed range of benefits! Is there modern research to support these claims?
A: Yes. There are many research studies on Amalaki. One dramatic study reported its detoxifying effect, showing that Amalaki restored cells of rats who had arsenic poisoning almost to their normal level of toxicity. (Phytotherapy Research 1999). Other studies have shown that it reduces cholesterol (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1988; British Journal of Experimental Pathology 1981; and Journal of Ethnopharmocology 1996). Findings show that it helps protect the liver (Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2000). Research on its antioxidant activity has been most impressive (Phytomedicine 2000; Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 1999; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2000).
Q: What about the third ingredient, Bibhitaki?
A: This also is a famous fruit in Maharishi Ayurveda. Bibhitaki (pronounced Bib hee' tuck ee) is its Sanskrit name, Terminalia Bellirica is the Latin name, and Bahira is the Hindi name. There is not as much scientific research on this fruit, but it is famous in the classical ayurvedic texts for its many good qualities.
Both Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita mention Bibhitaki as a homeostatic, meaning that it helps create balance and pure blood in the body. Sushruta Samhita, a text on surgery, mentions that it is useful to staunch internal hemorrhaging.
Charaka also reports that it is ideal for pacifying both Pitta and Kapha. It is cool to the touch (pacifying Pitta) but is hot when you eat it (and thus pacifies Kapha). Charaka Samhita also says that Bibhitaki cleanses the RasaRaktaMamsa and Meda dhatus, which means the nutritive fluid, the blood, the muscle and the fat tissue. In addition, the Charaka Samhita says Bibhitaki is excellent for balancing and nurturing the vocal chords, is antibacterial, and is chakshushya (a Rasayana for the eyes).
Sushruta Samhita also mentions that Bhibitaki is dry and hot. It's excellent for nourishing the voice and the eyes, and is antibacterial. Sushruta also points out the bhedana effect of this fruit, which means that because of its heating quality it clears the clogged channels almost as if drilling them clear. The Bhavprakash Nigantu also mentions that Bibhitaki is nourishing for the eyes, and says it is netra hitam, meaning that it is beneficial for the eyes. Bibhitaki also nourishes the hair, and strengthens the hair root, color, and stability (and thus prevents thinning).
So now you can see why Digest Tone is so powerful: it's because the three fruits that make up the formula have remarkable abilities to cleanse impurities, nurture the body and restore health.
Q: Truly, these ingredients appear remarkable, and because the whole is more than the sum of the parts, when these three fruits are combined the effect is even more pronounced. Can you tell us how Maharishi Ayurveda Digest Tone is different from other varieties on the market-and there are so many companies that offer Triphala!
A: I'm glad you asked this question, because at Maharishi Ayurveda Products International, we are committed to only using the highest quality ingredients, and to upholding the authenticity of the ayurvedic tradition no matter what the cost. This is the only way the full range of results indicated in the Vedic texts can be realized.
Let me give you one example of this. The Haritaki fruit comes in seven different varieties. While all are beneficial, most of them help with only one of the many benefits that the texts mention for Haritaki. One variety is good for the eyes, for instance, and another variety is good for clearing the bowels.
However, most buyers of Triphala don't realize that there is one variety, called Vijaya, that gives all of the results that we mentioned earlier. Vijaya is mentioned by all the great ayurvedic seers as best variety to use, which in itself is rare, as not many fruits and herbs are universally acclaimed by all the seers.
Vijaya is the only variety that is used in Maharishi Ayurveda's Triphala, because it is, quite simply, the best. But while it is the best, Vijaya is also the most rare. This scarcity makes it more expensive; in fact it is ten times the price of other varieties of Haritaki.
It's not often that people in the U.S. know about the dramatic differences in the quality of various varieties of Haritaki. So you may not realize that the Triphala that is available from various companies for a very low price can also be of a much lower quality. Low-cost Triphala does not contain the Vijaya variety of Haritaki, which is the only variety that brings the wide ranges of benefits mentioned in the ayurvedic texts. Therefore if you take low-quality products, you cannot expect to get the full range of effects as described in this article.
Q: What are some other ways that Maharishi Ayurveda maintains high standards of quality control?
A: Let's talk about the quality of the fruits. First of all, to replicate the classical formulas, the fruits must be gathered from unpolluted areas. If there are environmental toxins in the soil, air or water, or if pesticides and chemical fertilizers were used in the culture, this would destroy the natural intelligence of the fruits and make them unsuitable for medicinal formulas.
For this reason, at Maharishi Ayurveda we only harvest fruits from unpolluted, pristine areas. We guarantee that the fruits are grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or exposure to environmental pollutants..
Secondly, it's important to harvest the fruits only at their peak, when they are ripe on the tree. If they are picked green, they won't have the beneficial properties mentioned in the classical texts. And of course they must not be overripe, fallen on the ground or rancid. At Maharishi Ayurveda we educate the gatherers to collect only the tree-ripened fruits.
Further, once the fruits are collected, at the processing factory they are sorted and tested to make sure the batch is of the right degree of ripeness and the proper quality.
Third, supply is an issue. Haritaki and Bibhitaki take many years to grow and produce fruit. In order to keep an adequate supply of tree-ripened fruit, Maharishi Ayurveda has developed wide resources, so there is always enough ripe fruit to produce our products.
Fourth, once the fruits are ripened, sanitation is an important issue. At Maharishi Ayurveda we hire trained workers, and the standards of cleanliness are extremely high. The sophisticated gathering, sorting, preparation and processing systems that we have developed ensure that no foreign material is included in the formula. The fruits are washed and cleansed of traces of jute (jute bags are used to collect the fruit), dirt and dust. They are tested for foreign material, heavy metals and for bacteria before, during and after processing.
Fifth, the processing method must not destroy the natural properties of the fruits. Most automatic grinding machines create heat, for example, and high heat destroys the medicinal properties of the fruits. At Maharishi Ayurveda we have taken care to use only grinders that do not produce heat during processing.
In conclusion, I want to put out an alert: not every brand of Triphala tablets is of good quality. If you are going to purchase Triphala tablets, it would be wise to ask the manufacturer what their arrangement is with their supplier in India. You should ask them about their gathering, sorting and processing methods. If the gatherers are unskilled, if they are collecting immature fruits or fruit that has already fallen to the ground, then the poor quality of the fruit will reflect on your health. If the company cannot guarantee that the fruits are carefully sorted and the bad fruits thrown out, that the fruits are cleansed of bacteria, dirt, and grime, then obviously you don't want to buy that product. You also want to make sure that they are ISO certified. ISO is an international organization that sets standards for product quality. I recommend Triphala as it is contained in MAPI's Digest Tone.
Q: Are there any lifestyle or dietary tips to help support detoxification and the other benefits of Triphala while you're taking it?
A: Yes, certainly that is a good point. First of all, it's important to avoid building up toxins in your body in the first place. Avoid foods that include chemical preservatives, emulsifiers and additives of any kind. Also try to avoid foods that are grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, as these toxins enter your body and get stuck there, forming the basis for disease. Eat fresh, organic, well-cooked foods whenever possible.
Avoid eating packaged, frozen, canned, "fast" or leftover foods, as these dead foods are hard to digest and create toxins when the body can't digest them properly. Then your body just has to work harder to remove them from the body.
There are other dietary changes you can make to improve your digestion and to avoid building up digestive toxins such as ama and amavisha (toxic matter). Avoid ice-cold drinks, as they reduce the digestive fire. Drink plenty of warm water throughout the day to help flush out toxins. Eat sweet, juicy fruits daily if possible, as these help cleanse the Rasa (nutrient fluid) and the bowels.
Avoid exposure to environmental toxins as much as possible, including air pollution, chemicals in your household cleansers, and chemicals in your drinking water.. Buy chemical-free detergents, use an indoor air purifier if you live in a smoggy area, and purchase a water filter to remove toxins from your drinking and bathing water. Avoid imbibing toxic substances such as cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
Besides eating pure foods, there are many things you can do each day to reduce digestive toxins. For instance, go to bed by 10 p.m. so your body can rest during its natural purification period from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. That will go a long way in purifying your body of toxins.
Eat your main meal at midday, when your digestive fire is high. Eat lighter at breakfast and supper, when your digestion is not as strong. Save the harder-to-digest foods such as yogurt, meats (if you're not vegetarian), and potatoes for the noon meal.
Keeping a regular time for eating meals is best, because your body can prepare itself when the meals are eaten at the same time each day. Eat only when you're hungry, and wait a full 3 hours after a main meal before snacking. This will allow the food to digest properly. Take your time when you eat, and be sure to chew your food. Don't try to watch TV, read or work while you're eating, as that will only be a recipe for indigestion. Savor the flavors, enjoy the colors, aromas and textures of your food. Light, pleasant conversation with people you love is best for digestion. Avoid intense conversations or emotional topics while eating.
Eat only until you are ¾ full. Usually it takes a few minutes for the brain to register that you're full, so if you eat until you're stuffed, you're probably going to feel uncomfortable a while later. Also, the digestive system needs some space to operate in, so stuffing yourself to the maximum will actually inhibit digestion. Allow five minutes to sit after the meal is finished to get your digestion off to the right start.
When you drink milk, boil it first with fresh ginger or cardamom pod, or add a pinch each of the ground ginger and cardamom spices. Let the milk cool to the temperature you like and then drink it. This is the ayurvedic way to make milk more digestible and to avoid the build-up of mucus. Avoid combining milk with salty foods, fish, and foods of mixed taste. It digests well when you drink it alone between meals, or with other sweet tastes such as cereal, desserts, or toast.
Q: Thank you. I think that this in-depth understanding of the benefits of Triphala, contained in MAPI's Digest Tone, could help almost everyone.
A: Yes, Digest Tone can help almost anyone in his or her effort to prevent disease and enjoy a better quality of life. The only people who should not take Triphala are those who are allergic to any of these three fruits.
"The understanding of the total nature of the subject does not arise from a fragmentary knowledge of it. 
(Charaka Samhita, Vimanasthana 4.5).

Research

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These articles provide a great resource from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians on the knowledge, practices, products, and applications of Maharishi Ayurveda.
Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these newsletters is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area.
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