A diseased body is the biggest enemy of good health. A healthy body looks beautiful, attractive and remains active. Yogasanas and pranayama have a lot of significance in our life. Let us find out as to how can we cure different diseases through nature therapy and Yoga.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Asthma:
Practice jala neti, sutra neti and vastra neti daily followed by surya namaskar, tadasana, katichakrasana, sarvangasana, bhujangasana, vajrasana, ushtrasana, gomukhasana, and shavasana, etc.
Practice kapalbhati, bhastrika and suryabhedi pranayama.
Uddiyan bandh and agnisar kriya are also beneficial in cases of asthma.
Eat roasted grams and drink hot milk at bedtime. It cleans the windpipe and helps overcome asthma.
Take 250 grams of Myrobalan marmalade; 50 grams of pipal churna and 125 ml of honey to cure serious cases of asthma.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Tonsil Problems:
Practice ardhamatsyendrasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, sinhasana, makarasana, halasana, sarvangasana, and matsyasana for problems of the tonsils.
Ujjayi and brahmari pranayama should also be practiced twice daily.
Food containing iodine and vitamin E is beneficial in this case. Wheat and sprouts are good sources of this vitamin. Banana, grapes, raisins, dry dates, tomato and carrot are also good sources of this vitamin.
Mix Jalkumbhi bhasma in rapeseed oil and apply the paste on the throat to reduce swelling caused due to chronic tonsil problems.
Boil dry figs in water and crush them nicely. Apply the paste on the throat to reduce swelling. Barley, Moong, Sespedula and other dry and bitter foods are beneficial in cases of this disease.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Jaundice:
Do not do yogasanas in case of fever or jaundice and instead practice only pranayama. Regular practice of shitali, brahmari, nadi shodhan and agnisar kriya are beneficial. Begin the practice of chakrasana, janushirasana, yogmudrasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, vajrasana, ushtrasana, and makarasana after regaining strength. Practice halasana, paschimottanasana and sarvangasana after recovering completely. Do shavasana for five minutes after yoga asanas.
Take one-gram of pipal bark ash and drink two glasses of diluted curd (yoghurt). This removes paleness from the body. Sugarcane is the best remedy for jaundice. Sucking on sugarcane or drinking its juice cures jaundice. Roasted green barley or gram or its powder along with sugarcane juice is beneficial for curing jaundice. Drink orange juice twice daily.
Take sweet lime, grapes, raddish, cucumber, tomato, carrot, papaya, and bitter gourd to cure this problem.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetes:
Practice surya namaskar, katichakrasana, paschimottanasana, yogmudrasana, vajrasana, pavanmuktasana, ardhamatsyendrasana,
and hastapodottanasana two times a day. Begin the practice of ushtrasana, suptavajrasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, makarasana, halasana, and sarvangasana after three weeks. Practice at slow pace to prevent pain. Do shavasana for five to ten minutes after yoga asanas. Kapalbhati pranayama, nadi shodhan, bhastrika and uddiyan bandha along with agnisar kriya should be done to control diabetes.
The above mentioned yogic kriyas can be divided into two sections and practiced in the morning and evening. Practice yoga nidra for 10 to 15 minutes in the evening. Increase the intake of vegetables, salad, bitter gourd juice, fenugreek, bathua, cholai juice, lemon juice, myrobalan, whole wheat, pulses, orange, sweet lime, pineapple, black plum, guava etc.
Take bitter gourd juice, vegetable, gourd juice, coconut water, carrot, ginger and cucumber juice in the morning. Take sweet lime, orange, pineapple juice or vegetable soup in the evening.
Chew five to seven neem leaves on an empty stomach, or wood apple leaves (bilva/bael), ever green leaves during summer season and drink water.
Add salt, cumin seeds, and black pepper in curd (yoghurt) and eat chapattis with vegetable for breakfast during summers. Take porridge in winters. Eat sprouted Moong or gram, steam cooked and add tomato, onion, cucumber and ginger. Take vegetable soup or one chapatti, salad, vegetable and dal for dinner.
Mix two parts of wheat and one part gram or barley or soybean and make a flour. Eat two chapattis in the morning and two in the evening made with this flour. Take salad, vegetable and little bit of curd (yoghurt).
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Obesity:
Practice kunjal and shankh prakshalan for the first three months. Begin the practice of tadasana, katichakrasana, padhastasana, sarvangasana, halasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, matsyasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, and ushtrasana along with surya namaskar for better results.
Suryabhedi and bhastrika pranayama and agnisar kriya are also beneficial to reduce weight. Avoid heavy food and sweets like halva, jalebi, puri, pakoras, samosas, ice-cream, coca cola, etc. Increase the consumption of salad, vegetables to reduce calorie count. Take lukewarm water mixed with lemon juice and honey in the morning. This is the best way to cut fat and shed extra kilos.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Cough:
Practice Kunjal kriya on an empty stomach in the morning followed by vastra dhouti and jalneti, which remove kapha accumulated in the respiratory pipes. Surya namaskar, tadasana, katichakrasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, ushtrasana, gomukhasana, matsyasana are also beneficial in this case.
Bhastrika, kapalbhati pranayama and ujjayi pranayama should be practiced to overcome cough generated due to kapha and shitali and sitkari pranayama in case of dry cough. Dhritaneti should be practiced for complete benefit. Avoid consumption of heavy foods and also food items that increase kapha, for example, milk, milk products, sweets, etc. Take simple and light food that is easily digestible. Drink lukewarm water. Add a little bit of honey in ginger juice and lick for relief of cough.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for High Blood Pressure:
Practice relaxation asanas to control high blood pressure. Instead of deep breathing and kumbhak, practice rechak and poorak. Do shavasana in between to relax. Practice inhaling and exhaling from left nostril, like vam bhastrika or chandrabhedi pranayama to reduce high blood pressure. Sit in sukhasana, close the eyes and try to feel the air going in and coming out while breathing. This is very beneficial for high blood pressure.
Do tadasana, bhujangasana, shalabhasana, dhanurasana, yoga mudra, pavanmuktasana, gomukhasana, ushtrasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, and shavasana when blood pressure is normal. This gives positive results within a few days. Begin the practice of kumbhak after six months of practice of rechak and poorak. Remember that bahya kumbhak reduces high blood pressure.
Purification of the body is necessary to control bloodpressure, practice neti, kunjal and enema. Take food that helps in proper bowel movement. Follow a fruit diet for some days.
Reduce the intake of salt. Practice yog nidra for 20 minutes to control high blood pressure. Consult your physician and yoga teacher before beginning kunjal kriya.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Gastric Problems:
Practice kunjal kriya on empty stomach in the morning. Then practice uttanapadasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana and matsyasana followed by katichakrasana, padhastasana, suptavajrasana, bhujangasana, vajrasana, mandookasana, kurmasana, mayurasana and ardhamatsyendrasana.
Bhastrika and suryabhedi pranayama are very beneficial in curing gastric problems. Besides this, agnisar and naouli kriya are sure shot ways to cure this disease.
Change in eating habits is the best way to overcome wind disorders. Mix two grams of ajowan and half a gram of salt in diluted curd (yoghurt) and drink it after meals to overcome windy complaints. Chew your food properly, do not swallow it in a hurry. Follow regular timings for meals. Do not talk while eating and do not drink water except in case of necessity. Avoid very spicy, hot and heavy foods and also very hot or very cold food. Try to keep the mind calm.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Insomnia:
Practice kunjal and jalneti on an empty stomach in the morning. Practice surya namaskar, tadasana, katichakrasana, suptapavanamuktasana, sarvangasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, vajrasana, mandookasana, matsyasana, paschimottanasana and shavasana. Practice dhritaneti before going to bed and massage the head and soles with clarified butter (ghee). Nadi shodhan pranayama, kapalbhati and suryabhedi pranayama are beneficial in winters and shitali and chandrabhedi pranayama are beneficial in summers.
Walk bare foot on grass wet with dew drops. Stop taking tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks for getting quick results. Take a fruit diet for a few days. Drink lukewarm milk at bedtime and do not overeat.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles:
Practice kunjal and jalneti on empty stomach and then do vajrasana, siddhasana, guptasana, gomukhasana, padangushtasana, paschimottanasana, sarvangasana and halasana followed by utkatasana. Ashvini mudra, moolbandh, nadi shodhan and shitali pranayama are also beneficial in this case. Ganesh kriya is very effective in overcoming constipation and activates the intestines.
The stomach should be cleared with mild purgatives or cold-water enema. Try to stand in between instead of sitting continuously for hours. It is beneficial to walk after sitting for long time. Piles patients should take lemon, water and honey for a few days and take a fruit diet for two or three days. Take cold water enema during fasting times. It strengthens the intestines and makes them active. Take papaya and cheekoo (sapotha), etc. Chapatti made with whole wheat flour and green vegetables are beneficial. Avoid sweets and hot spicy food.
Yogic & Ayurvedic Treatment for Acidity:
Practice kunjal kriya with salted water in the first week and without salt in the second week. This removes acidity to a great extent.
Take enema and clean the stomach or take one tablespoon triphala churna with water at night and drink hot milk. This is also a good way to clean the stomach. Rub the body nicely while taking bath. Use lukewarm water during winters and wipe the body with a thick dry towel. Take rest for 15 minutes afterwards.
Practice surya namaskar, katichakrasana, paschimottanasana, yogmudrasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, vajrasana, suptavajrasana, dhanurasana, pavanmuktasana and sarvangasana everyday. Bhastrika, ujjayi and agnisar kriya are beneficial in this case. Take citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime, lemon, etc., because these fruits help in overcoming acidity as sour fruits increase salinity in the body. The patient suffering from acidity should take only lemon, hot water with honey or fruit juice. Vegetable soup can be added in the afternoons and fruits once or twice a day. Drink lukewarm water instead of drinking cold water.
Dr. Sanjiv Kumar
Asst. Director (Ayurveda)
National Medicinal Plant Board, Ayush Bhawan,