Wednesday, September 14, 2011


In case of hyperacidity, gastric acid secretion from glands of stomach increases. The excess amount of acid causes burning sensation in upper part of the abdomen. According to Ayurveda it is known as amlapitta. In Ayurveda the pitta dosha includes whole enzymatic, hormonal secretions and digestive juices of the body. In amlapitta, pitta dosha which is bitter increases and gets vitiated due to wrong dietary habits and life style. This vitiated pitta dosha becomes sour (amla) in taste, that’s why it is called amlapitta. Normally this pitta helps in digestion of food but in vitiated form it does not complete the digestive process and causes indigestion. This undigested food cause toxin formation.

Causes of Hyperacidity
1)      Excessive physical and mental stress.
2)      Pitta aggravating diet like spicy, salty and fried food.
3)      Excessive intake of citrus fruits.
4)      Excessive exposure to heat like wandering in sun heat.
5)      Prolonged fasting.
6)      Modern medicine considers H. Pylori infection as the most common cause of hyperacidity.

Symptoms of amlapitta
1)      Burning sensation in chest is the cordial feature of amlapitta.
2)      Sour eructation, bloating, abdomen distension especially after meals.
3)      Indigestion of the taken meals.

 Management of Amlapitta at Sukhayurveda
1)      Detoxify
Hyperacidity starts when accumulated toxins begin to disrupt functions of digestive system. We at Sukhayurveda cure underlying root causes like indigestion, constipation, gastritis etc. and provide natural recommendations to remove and help prevent toxin accumulation from:
a)      Hard to digest food
b)      Poor digestion
c)       Poor elimination
d)      Mental and physical stress
Sukhayurveda detoxifying therapies for amlapitta include abhyangam full body massage, therapeutic purgation etc.
2)      Proper Nutrition
As Amlapitta is the disease of digestive system, so, proper diet has a key role in its treatment. We at Sukhayurveda provide proper diet chart to the patients of amlapitta. Pitta pacifying food is recommended. Avoid curd, citrus fruits, tomatoes, excessive salt, tea, coffee, spices and favor foods that are easy-to-digest, nourishing, cleanse the physiology, strengthen digestion and balance your body’s inner intelligence. Sukhayurveda consultant advises:
a)      Proper use of spices and cooking oils
b)      Herbal preparations to improve digestion
c)       Proper spacing between breakfast, lunch and dinner
d)      Favoring foods which stimulate digestion
e)      Reducing consumption of foods that depress digestion
f)       Proper food combinations to avoid indigestion
g)      Non-dietary regiments to improve digestive strength including exercise, specific yoga asanas etc.
3)      Ayurveda Herbs
We at Sukhayurveda also provide proper herbal formulations for hyperacidity and to cure its underlying cause also like constipation, indigestion, excessive stress, gastritis etc. Drugs which are pitta pacifying and improving digestion are used mainly. Amla, mulethi, Draksha, kshar, shankh, shukti are mainly used to cure hyperacidity.
4)      Stress Management
Excessive mental and physical stress also is a causative factor for hyperacidity. We at Sukhayurveda also provide stress relieving programs. Our destress therapies include shirodhara, takradhara, ksheerdhara, aromatherapy, oil massage etc. Stress causes increased gastric acid secretions causing hyperacidity and it also interferes with digestive process causing indigestion. Enhancing body’s ability to recover from stress is an integral part of our approach to health and well-being.
5)    Lifestyle and daily routine
One of the most important factors for maintaining proper health is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb body’s natural rhythms. Sukhayurveda consultant reviews daily routine and creates a daily schedule that will increase balance in physiology and aid in healing of the body. Avoid excess exposure to heat. Never lie down immediately after taking meals.
Strengthening the body’s Natural Healing and Self-Repair Mechanisms
We at Sukhayurveda not only aim to cure the disease but also to cure the underlying causative factors. We boost one’s inner power to fight with diseases naturally. The healing response is one of the most complex and coordinated activity within the human physiology and often cannot be strengthened significantly without a comprehensive natural approach.
Taking together all the Sukhayurveda programs described above, aim to create the ideal mental, physical and behavioral environment for healing.

Happy Ayurveda!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Gout is a metabolic disorder of uric acid. Levels of uric acid increased in the body either due to its increased production or due to its decreased removal from the body. It results in an excess of uric acid in the tissues or blood. This excess amount of uric acid causes gouty arthritis in joints, kidney stones or deposition of uric acid crystals in skin or tissues forming tophii. In Ayurveda it is called Vatarakta. In this the vitiated vata dosha gets combined with impure blood (rakta dhatu) and travels throughout the body causing symptoms in skin, joints and deep tissues.

1)  Sudden onset of pain in joints. Most commonly the pain starts from great toe of the feet, but any other joint can be affected.
2)    Swelling, redness, tenderness in the joints. Painful movements of joints.
3)    Increased sweating.
4)    Deposition of uric acid crystals in skin forming tophii most commonly on the ear pinna.
Aggravating Factors
1)    Intake of alcohol especially beverages.
2)    Diets rich in red meats, yeast and oily fish.
3)    High protein diet like soya products, pulses, dairy products.
4)    Uric acid levels increase at puberty in men and at menopause in women.
5)    Ayurveda views cold exposure and indigestion also as aggravating factors.

Diseases associated with a higher incidence of gout include hypertension, diabetes, renal insufficiency, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and early menopause.
Management of Gout at Sukhayurveda
1)    SukhAyurveda Detox Therapies for Gout
We at Sukhayurveda provide detoxification therapies for vatarakta (gout). According to Ayurveda Vatarakta is of two types. When the symptoms of gout are present only in the skin (like tophii on ear pinna) then the disease is called superficial or uttan vatarakta. When it involves deep structures and joints it is called gambhir vatarakta. In vatarakta, vitiated vata dosha impurifies the blood i.e rakta dhatu. We give various kinds of lepam for local application which work as blood purifier. For vatarakta we at Sukhayurveda give abhyangam massage, potali massage, oil enema, therapeutic purgation to eliminate toxins from body. These all procedures act as vata pacifying therapies and helps in relieving symptoms.

2)    Proper Nutrition
Proper nutrition is the key to remain healthy. Our body built has a direct relation with food whatever we eat. We at Sukhayurveda give proper nutrition guidance according to different diseases. As Gout is basically a metabolic disorder so diet has a great emphasis on its cause and treatment. Low protein diet and low cholesterol diet help in lowering serum uric acid. So avoid soya and meat products, pulses having higher amount of proteins.

3)    Ayurveda Herbs
Sukhayurveda consultant makes different formulas of herbal preparations for gout which vary from person to person according to one’s own body constitution. Suranjan is the drug of choice in case of vatarakta. Guggul, rasna, giloy are also used to treat vatarakta.
4)    Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for maintaining healthy functioning is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. Sukhayurveda consultant advises you a proper lifestyle which creates a healthy inner environment of the body. Maintaining a high level of hydration with water at-least 8 glasses of liquids per day is helpful in reducing recurrent gouty attacks. Weight reduction in case of obese patients is also helpful. Maintaining good control of sugar levels in diabetics is also helpful.

5)    Yoga
Sukhayurveda considers yoga a non dietary regiment to improve digestive strength, blood circulation, nervous system function, healing response of body. We at Sukhayurveda offer yoga classes every day and teach simple but profound set of postures that you can practice daily. Yoga offers stretching of the joints and muscles to help with flexibility which can also help prevent gout episodes and symptoms. The patient in the beginning phase of disease should go for micro-exercises then move to more challenging movements.

6)    Strengthening the Body's Natural Healing and Self-Repair Mechanisms
Ultimately every treatment approach must depend on the body's natural healing ability for a real cure of the condition. SukhAyurveda approach is not to attack the disorder with something from the outside, but to attempt to enliven the innate healing response of the body. We not only cure disease but also treat the root cause of the disease and also boost one’s inner resistance power for disease.
      Taking together, all the SukhAyurveda programs described above, aim to create the ideal mental, physical and behavioral environment for healing.

Happy Ayurveda!