— Before Sunrise movie
purni345 asked: Hi.... had written earlier ... I ma taking iron tablets in the morning and cod liver caps at noon and calcium at night ... looks like my liver needs some detoxification ,, I am a lite eater but dont eat on time or nutritiously tho I avoid junk
Triphala and Punarnava are the best known herbs for liver detoxification. Triphala is commonly available in powder and tablet form. You can take one teaspoon of Triphala powder with warm water in the morning. It will improve the overall body function and will help cleanse your liver.
smna1777 asked: Thank you for the response and nice suggestions. Can i do Apana mudra, prana mudra, akaash mudra and mushti mudra? Are there any restrictions?
Our body has a natural intelligence. It conveys the state of depletion or fullness through natural biorhythms. Mudras can be used depending on the state of the body. Apana mudra works best in the morning, as it helps in excretion of waste through intestine, lungs and nasal cavities. You can do Prana mudra as when you feel depleted, lethargic and drowsy. Mushti mudra can be used for five minutes after any meal. It helps in digestion and removes feeling of bloating and heaviness. Akaash mudra is a therapeutic mudra. I won’t recommend it to you as you previously mentioned about your condition related to Blood Pressure. Akaash mudra helps but you need to know the limit of doing it. Doing it too much will make you feel empty and bewildered. You can experiment with it once you are completely cured of your current ailment.
gem77 asked: Hi, I was wondering if you had any ideas on the Mudras and/or yoga positions that would be helpful for Fibroids? Also any other information that would be helpful. Thank you. Gem
Fibroids are caused by imbalance of Kapha and Pitta in the body. The slow moving Kapha in the pelvic region along with hormonal imbalance causes repeated occurrence of fibroids. Yoga as a rescuer can help a fibroid patient. The patient must learn Yoga under the guidance of a qualified Yoga teacher. All the asanas involving pelvic stretching and twisting are helpful in this condition. To be specific, Surya Namaskar, bhujangasana, shalabhasana and dhanurasana will be immensely helpful. Sarvangasana and halasana will cure any hormonal imbalance. Apana mudra must be practiced to purify the body of toxins in this condition.
On medicine part, any Ayurvedic formulation with tridosha shamak (balancing of vata, pitta and kapha) effect will be appropriate. The patient must take 1 teaspoon of Triphala Churna with warm water once a day. Triphala can also be taken in tablet form. Chandraprabha Vati again if taken daily (2 tablets once a day with hot water) will help in removal of toxins from uterus.
iswarimadurai asked: hello sir i want to practise surya mudra for weight loss as i am short tempered person i will get angry quickly can i practise surya mudra
Surya mudra is fine if you have a specific weight reduction target. Restrict the practice to 10 minutes in a day. As you mentioned about your temper, Sheetali and Sheetkari pranayama must be part of your daily practice. Both these pranayamas will help you. These are very easy to practice. Along with this, you must change your diet. Avoid tea, coffee, spicy and pungent food. Take cooling fluids like fresh sweet grape juice, pomegranate juice, coconut water and wood apple squash. Pure ghee or olive oil or coconut oil should be the preferred cooking medium.
satishranade asked: Dear Himanshu, I am 62 years old vegetarian India with constitution of Kaf and Wat . I have moderate BP. I am overweight by 8-10 kgs . I have read your advice to smna1777 on the issue and I am very much impressed. I seek your advice on two issues : 1) Your advice about Mudras and Ayurvedic medicines to be followed by me (2) For weight reduction have been doing kapalbhati for months together (900 to 1200 breaths) no satisfactory reduction in size of stomach has taken place. Thanks
Ayurveda has a specific branch called as Rasayana Chikitsa. This branch deals with rejuvenation and maintenance of good health. There is a recommendation of Rasaynas for specific age groups. As you are in your early 60s, I would recommend you to take Triphala. You can take 1 teaspoon of Triphala Churna with warm water early in the morning or you can take 1 tablet of Triphala thrice during the day. Triphala will keep your Blood Pressure in control and it will act as anti-aging agent. Further, it will help you in cutting the belly fat. The next Rasayana that you have to take is Saptamrit Lauh. Take 1 tablet with hot water once a day. Saptamrit Lauh will take care of your eyes, ears, nose, nerves and throat.
Kapalbhaati is a Shatkarma kriya and the prime purpose of this kriya is to clear nasal passages. It helps in dislodging mucous from nasal tract. It should be stopped as soon as you feel that the passages are clear. This happens in maximum of 200 expulsions. Further, each set of say 50 expulsions should be followed by Tribandha (Bahya Kumbhaka). This helps in channelizing energy inside the nadis. Kapalbhaati is never recommended for fat reduction, though it helps in fat reduction. I would recommend that you should restrict Kapalbhaati to 200 expulsions. Reduction in Belly fat is an integrated program where you have to follow certain asanas and some high energy pranayamas like Bhastrika and Surya Bhedi. These pranayamas are not recommended for you as you have issues with Blood Pressure. Triphala as I suggested, will help in cutting the fat. Moreover, you can go for long brisk walks for keeping fit. You can do Gyan/Chin mudra while meditating. Apana Vayu mudra will also help you in maintaining cardiovascular health.
rajat2805 asked: Hi himanshu I have been suffering from chronic Sinusites for almost a year now. I feel pressure behind my eyes and always have heavy eyelids. I consulted a doctor few months back who says its due to allergies after conducting some blood tests and X-ray scans. I have been on anti allergic medicines for the past 2 months. Please advice how to get rid of this problem in a more natural way. I have desk job in an MNC. Thanks Rajat
Sinusitis is inflammation of nasal cavities due to excessive release of histamines produced as a result of allergic reaction to dust, pollen and gastric gases. Doctors usually prescribe anti-allergic medication to counter production of histamines. This includes tablets, nasal sprays and syrups containing levocetirizine, Fexofenadine HCl or Montelukast. These medications have side effects that can wreck your body in long run. Even on day to day basis, medicines containing levocitrizine simply saps your energy. You feel lethargic and depressed.
Sinusitis is curable provided you change your lifestyle and take necessary precautions. Here is how you should approach.
- Stop any anti-allergic medication which has levocitrizine or citrizine as a constituent. You can take Allegra 120mg (Fexofenadine HCl) as SOS. A single tablet once a day is what is prescribed. You can take it during change of season or when you are exposed to excessive dust or pollution. Allegra is much safer than other medications and it doesn’t rob you of energy.
- I have mentioned the effects of over consumption of salt on body in my last post on High Blood Pressure. Do read that. The advice applies to people suffering from Sinusitis. High salt consumption acts upon the mucus membranes of the breathing tracts. High salt consumption causes repeated sneezing, frequent colds and loss of the related senses of taste and smell. When over consumption continues for long periods, these symptoms actualize into chronic Coryza, swelling of the nasal mucus membranes, catarrh of the breathing tracts, nervous coughs and asthma.
- The next thing you have to do is regular lubrication of nasal cavities. Read my post of nasal lubrication (Refer link)
- Now the mudras. Do Apana mudra for 30 minutes in the morning (Refer link). This will detoxify your body and improve bowel movement. Clean intestine will reduce heat in the digestive system thereby curing sinusitis by up to 50%.
- Start a fitness routine. The minimum you can do is 15 minute walk in the morning and playing badminton for 20-30 minutes.
- I would recommend that you should start learning Yoga. Surya Namaskara, Bhujangasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana will cure your problem. You can join a Yoga class for couple of months and then continue the practice by yourself.
- Try to have your evening meal before 7pm. Eat roughage and fresh fruits for preventing constipation.
- Take 1 tablet of Cod Liver Oil with your breakfast meal and chew 1 tablet of Vitamin C 500 mg daily. This will build your immunity in long run.
Do write back once you start getting better. I will prescribe some Bio Chemic and Ayurvedic remedies that will strengthen your system against allergens.
smna1777 asked: Hello Sir, Went through your blog about mudras. Very nice information. I'm a high BP patient, get regular headaches and digestive problems. I'm taking high dose of BP medicine(tazloc H 40mg) but BP is not in control. Due to this i'm a bit in depression. Could you please suggest me mudras or some remedies? I'm pitta person.
Medicines for High Blood Pressure were nonexistent till 1960s. Doctors before that found the linkage between salt and arterial pressure. By significantly reducing salt from the diet, a patient can drastically control the blood pressure. Patients adhere to this advice since discovery of this important fact. However, they unknowingly consume salt in forms that they are not aware. Along with reducing salt in home cooked food, the High BP patient must shun taking it in other passive forms. This means total abstinence from packaged biscuits, breads, cookies, potato chips (Lays, Pringles), tomato ketchup, sauces and fried snacks like potato patties, French fries, fried kebabs etc.
This is how salt wrecks your system. The body through its natural intelligence balances the salt and water in the body. As the quantity of salt increases in the body, we tend to become thirsty, though we are not dehydrated. You have to consume 1 liter of water to dilute 10 grams of salt. This extra water in the body is not readily eliminated by kidneys. This increases the volume of blood in the system thereby raising the blood pressure. Kidneys now have to work harder. This again pumps up the blood pressure as it is filtering large quantity of blood. Further, too much salt disturbs the digestive system by increasing acidity, creating the swelling in salivary glands and irritation in mucosa.
I hope I have provided enough scientific facts for you to take the requisite action.
Now, here is the treatment part. Massage middle finger of your hand several times during the day. The movement of massage will be from root to the tip of the finger. Low Blood Pressure patients can do the same in reverse order; from tip towards the root. Practice Gyan Mudra and Chin Mudra as prescribed in this post (Refer link).
As you are Pitta type, I will prescribe Punarnawadi Mandur for you. Take 2 tablets, twice a day with hot water. It is an Ayurvedic formulation manufactured by all major Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies. Punarnawadi Mandur will correct the secretion of bile and will restore your digestive system. Take this medicine at least for 3 months. You will feel the difference within 3-4 days. Finally, lie on your right side while sleeping or lying down. This will open your left nostril. Inhaling through left nostril reduces heat in the body and helps calm the symptoms of high blood pressure.