Ayurveda World

Today was my busiest day yet here … 3 different duties kept me active through the day. At the end of it I was feeling quite exhausted as I’m not up to speed yet with this flu bug hanging on for dear life. However, I’m trying not to let the sickness wear me down too much, finding sleep where I can manage, diligently taking my Ayurvedic medicine suggested by the Ayurvedic clinic (situated at the base of the MMC). The premise behind Ayurveda is that it “uses synergistic blends of herbs and medicinal substances to support the efficient functioning of the body and to address underlying imbalances, based on traditional Ayurvedic principles and processes.” Today I found solace in several ‘prescriptions’ they offered as suggestions in my healing plan:

ayurvedaSitopaldi powder – a traditional expectorant used to dispel coughs and colds (Ingredients: Pippli fruit {HOT like cayenne}, Dalchini bark, Ela seed). Taken 2-3 times per day in the form of a hot tea.

Cough Syrup [beats the horrendous and useless Nyquil I bought the other day] – a traditional lung tonic used to dispel coughs and colds (Ingredients: Ginger, Elecampane & Osha Tincture, Honey). Taken 3-4 times per day followed by warm liquids.

Turmeric Powder – gargle twice a day in hot water. I had to take note: turmeric stains anything that it comes in to contact with. Not just the glass cup used to swirl the mixture in, but the bathroom sink and any clothes that happen to receive any back splash. I’ve resorted to gargling and spitting outside in to the tall grass. Even the grass is turning a bright yellow :).

Anu Thailam – helps to relieve headaches, allergies, sinus pain and rhinitus. (Ingredients: Sesame Oil, Milk, Holostemma tuber, Himalayan cedar heartwood, Nutgrass tuber, Cinnamon stem bark, Indian sarsaparilla root, Licorice root, Sedge tuber, Wild asparagus tuber, Sugarcane plant, Bael tree root, Indian crocus rhizome, Solanum root, Desmodium root, Pseudarthria root, Embelia seed, Cardamom fruit, Chaste tree seed). I was suffering from the beginnings of an ear ache, so I wanted to nip this in the bud. The directions had me place several drops in each ear and 3 drops in each nose. The latter instructions have me saying NEVER again. Why? Well, in putting down the nose, the mixture ran down my throat. I wasn’t expecting the horrendous taste or physical body reaction. I went into a sneezing fit that lasted (no kidding) 1/2 hour. The taste remained in my throat for the rest of the day and I vowed not to repeat despite any benefit that might occur.

I’m excited at the prospect of an alternative health care plan. We’ll see how effective it is as the week goes on.


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