Staying well with Ayurveda

Winter is the time when we are most susceptible to common colds and flu, but Ayurvedic medicine provides many ways to safeguard yourself and maintain winter wellness. From adjusting your diet seasonally to taking medicated ghee treatments, you can stay healthy this winter naturally.

3 ways to ward of winter complaints with Ayurveda

The winter season is closely associated with the kapha dosha (one of the three elementary life energies that make up our minds and bodies). Kapha is associated with coolness, heaviness and lethargy. Treatments and foods that abate kapha and bring the doshas into balance will help you to stay healthy this winter. Here are three ways to protect yourself from winter complaints with Ayurveda:

  1. Take medicated ghee treatments

The purity of ghee and the lubrication it provides make it excellent as both a food item and a topical salve during winter. Nasya treatments that are administered nasally can help to keep sinuses lubricated and prevent painful cracking where skin is dry from the cold. Ghee itself contains phenolic antioxidants which boost your immune system. Make sure you stock up this winter on plain, non-medicated ghee too.

  1. Adjust your diet for winter

In winter, when the cold kapha and windy vata doshas are dominant, warming, spicy foods such as chilli can help to keep you in better health. Spices such as cumin and cinnamon are warming, so have a mug of warm spiced chai instead of your usual tea to reap the full benefits. A warming, Ayurvedic winter diet will make sure that your immune system stays strong and ready to tackle common winter ailments.

  1. Book an oil massage

In addition to internal applications of ghee, try an oil massage this winter. Ayurvedic massages using medicated oils help to release tension and toxins. Being stressed makes you more prone to common winter maladies, so take the necessary steps to have a stress free, healthy winter.

Keeping dosed on important vitamins will help to keep your immune system functioning optimally this winter. Natural Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle changes, however, can create the true balance that underlies sturdy health.

How to treat child behavioural problems symptomatically with Ayurveda

If your child displays non-normative behaviour such as heightened irritability or aggression towards other children this can become stressful for both you and your child. Many behavioural problems can be addressed with Ayurvedic changes in lifestyle and diet. You can improve problem behaviour considerably using a holistic Ayurvedic approach:

Ayurveda and aggression

Sometimes children learn destructive behaviour in the playground. Smacking others and other signs of aggression may be learnt behaviour. Yet an underlying imbalance can lower your child’s ability to tolerate external stimuli, making them more reactive.  download (2)

In children as well as adults, a fiery temperament is a sign of a dominant pitta dosha. The doshas are the three life energies that suffuse and affect our minds and bodies. Pitta dosha is aggravated by hot and acidic foods. If your child is showing more irritable or aggressive behaviour, you might need to add more calming foods to his or her diet. Hot and salty food increase pitta, while sweet, bitter and astringent food placates pitta. Above all, avoid any caffeine intake.

Using Ayurveda to change disruptive behaviour

Because our brain chemistry is closely linked to and affected by what we feed our bodies, Ayurvedic diet can help to change disruptive behaviour. Cut refined sugar products out of your child’s diet. Sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of hyperactivity. Instead, use natural, pure sources of sweetness in your child’s food when necessary, such as dates or unprocessed honey. Dates are also a good source of other nutrients, including potassium.

An Ayurvedic diet can be paired with other Ayurvedic interventions to reduce disruptive behaviour. Teach your child Ayurvedic breathing techniques that he or she can use to create calm when the classroom or another environment feels overstimulating.

Using Ayurveda to help nervous children

Many children display high anxiety when they are dropped off at school. While most children acclimatise and this fear diminishes over time, sometimes children need a little extra help. According to Ayurveda, the vatta dosha of lightness and movement is associated with a nervous temperament. Wild oats are a good source of vatta-placating nutrients. Other natural calmatives for nervy children include herbs such as ashwagandha, bala, and Shatavari.

When considering Ayurvedic remedies to address your child’s behaviour, speak to your paediatrician to get the go-ahead on any unfamiliar herbal treatment.

Are you struggling with these or other behavioural problems in your child? Speak to Dr Ashish today to find a natural, holistic way forward.

Fill our dosha questionnaire or consult with Dr Ashish to find out what is in a vatta pacifying diet.

Ashish Paul Ashishveda

5 challenges mothers face that can be eased with Ayurveda

Mothers of all ages face challenges that can take a toll on well-being. Natural changes in the body such as menopause cause great discomfort to mature women, while women of all ages may be affected at some point by physical and/or emotional imbalances that require therapeutic assistance. Traditional Ayurvedic healing takes a holistic approach to common physical and emotional challenges that mothers face. Here are five complaints that may be eased using an Ayurvedic approach:

  1. Mood Swings

Women of all ages experience mood swings, especially those related to the menstrual cycle. A combination of diet and Ayurvedic therapies can reduce mood swings, however. In Ayurvedic practice, purifying the body helps to restore balance, thus purifying panchakarma therapies that detoxify the body help moody mums even out their mood swings.

According to Ayurvedic tradition, it’s also advisable to make dietary adjustments and focus on light, easily-digested food at times when mood swings are most volatile.

  1. Hormonal Imbalance

In Ayurvedic tradition, imbalance is viewed as state of body and mind. The three doshas or life energies affect our bodies as well as minds, and if any is in severe excess or lack hormonal imbalance can result. Hormonal imbalance also occurs naturally with life changes such as menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a non-Ayurvedic approach to this type of imbalance, but there are also herbal remedies (such as the Ayurvedic herb shatavari) that alleviate the most frustrating symptoms of imbalance (such as hot flashes).

  1. Depression

Often hormonal imbalance goes hand in hand with depression. Feeling low and listless is also a sign of imbalance. Ayurvedic tradition offers multiple ways to alleviate depression. Mothers who have post-natal depression or another source of these feelings can learn Ayurvedic breathing techniques that promote calm and psychological wellbeing.

Besides lifestyle changes and practices, there are also foods and home remedies that help fight depression. Ashwagandha or winter cherry is one Ayurvedic herbal remedy that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression.

  1. Weight gain

Many women do not have sufficient time to exercise, juggling careers and family life. Weight gain is most often a result of imbalanced eating, too. An Ayurvedic eating plan that helps to create balance helps mothers restore wellbeing and a trimmer figure.

  1. Tired skin

Overworked mums often show their tiredness in their skin. A dull complexion can easily be improved and the skin can be rehydrated through an Ayurvedic hot steam treatment. Steam treatments detoxify the body, leaving skin brighter and healthier.

If you suffer any of the above complaints, start finding your way to wellness with the help of Ayurvedic nutrition and supportive, healing therapies.

 

Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Finding Mental Calm

One of the foundational principles of Ayurveda is finding or restoring balance. It is easy to spiral into a state of high stress when overwhelmed by personal or professional challenges. Practicing Ayurvedic methods for relaxing and reducing stress should become part of your daily routine if you want to find calm and build the energy reserves you need for overcoming every obstacle.

Here are eight Ayurvedic tips for finding mental calm and balance:

Follow an Ayurvedic diet.  In Ayurveda, there are three primary energies or doshas that make up each person’s mind and body. The vata dosha, the element of air and movement, is thought to contribute to having a restless mind and a nervous temperament when it is in excess. Grains that balance vata include brown rice and oats, while vegetables including okra, carrots, beets and green beans are also recommended.

Use Ayurvedic therapies.  Ayurvedic tradition prescribes a number of treatments for easing physical as well as mental discomfort. These include hot oil treatments that use herbal infusions to rebalance the doshas. Speak to your practitioner about which massage or other treatment will be best for you, according to your dosha combination.

Take Ayurvedic Supplements.  Besides having a soothing massage, you can take Ayurvedic herbal supplements that combine all of the best natural ingredients for relieving an over-active, anxious and stressed mind. Make sure that your supplements are obtained from a knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner. This will ensure purity and effectiveness

Learn a calming breathing technique.  The breath is seen as especially important in Ayurveda. How we breathe directly affects our emotional and mental state. One of the first signs of elevated stress is shallow breathing. Learning a deep-breathing technique will help you use the most basic tool you have, your body, to find mental balance.

Practice Abhyanga (Self-massage).  It is best to obtain massage from an experienced Ayurvedic professional who can provide a full, balancing therapy, but you can start each day in a balanced frame of mind by practicing Ayurvedic self-massage techniques.

Meditate. Mindfulness is central to the Ayurvedic tradition. Being focused on the present moment helps to reduce anxiety about the future. Meditation entails reaching a state of purified consciousness that makes banishing stress-causing thoughts easier.

Join a yoga class. The ancient movement form of yoga has long been practiced as a means for finding and maintaining mental balance. The added health benefits of keeping your body supple and your breathing and posture optimal make doing yoga all the more rewarding.

Improve your quality of sleep.  Besides helping to balance the doshas, following an Ayurvedic diet and undergoing Ayurvedic therapies will help to increase your relaxation and quality of sleep. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. This helps to keep doshas balanced and gives you optimum energy.

Take our Dosha Quiz.  Contact me for your copy or more information on attending one of our courses.

 

Ayurvedic nutrition: The 5 health benefits of ginger

Following an Ayurvedic diet is one of the most important means for balancing the primary life energies or doshas and creating wellness. The mind-body imbalance that can result when one or more doshas are lacking or in excess can cause or aggravate medical issues. Yet choosing the foods you eat carefully, according to Ayurvedic nutritional principles, can restore balance. Ginger, the pungent root used to season many south Asian dishes, is sometimes called nature’s ‘medicine chest’. Here are 5 reasons for ginger’s medicinal reputation:

  1. Ginger is cleansing.  The build-up of toxins in the body leads to health problems. Ginger helps to cleanse toxins and is also a potent alkalizer.
  2. Ginger helps to thin the bloodIf you are at risk for cardiovascular disease and blood clots, adding ginger to your diet will help as it contains compounds that inhibit the enzymes in the blood that cause clotting.
  3. Ginger is balancing for kapha types.  If your primary dosha is kapha, ginger is particularly useful for balancing your doshas. Kapha- type systems benefit from pungent, warm spices. An excess of kapha can aggravate kapha-associated health problems such as weight gain and sinusitis caused by having too much mucous.
  4. Ginger pacifies vata.  Vata, the dosha associated with movement and air, is closely linked to digestion. Vata types are prone to digestion-related ailments such as bloating and constipation. Ginger helps to pacify vata and keep this dosha in balance. Drinking a cup of fresh ginger tea before eating a meal aids digestion and provides additional health benefits.
  5. Ginger eases nausea.  Ginger is also taken as a natural remedy against nausea. It is thus often recommended to counteract motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea stemming from primary medical treatments such as chemotherapy.

These are just some of the ways this aromatic root can help you find better health and balance. To make a quick health tonic, simply place a few slices of fresh ginger in a mug, add just-boiled water, and leave to stand until the tonic is at drinking temperature.

What we do

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Our treatments here at Ashishveda generally are to aid in the following conditions

Restoring balance
Improving Holistic Healing
helping you to connect your body-mind-spirit
Boosting your immunity
reduction of already prevalent symptoms

we can’t emphasise enough when embarking on one of these treatments it is a Lifestyle change and needs full commitment from you to experience the full benefit.

Your treatment may include one or some of the following:

Herbs, vitamins, minerals
Dietary and Lifestyle advice
Ayurvedic Therapies & Massages
Panchakarma
Marmas (Ayurvedic pressure points)
Breathing exercises (Pranayama)
Yoga
Meditation
Ayurvedic Counselling

Recognising that we too as human beings are a huge part of nature, Ayurveda describes three essential energies that control our inner and outer surroundings: movement, conversion, and our make-up. Known as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the appearance of our mind and body

If Vata is dominant in our system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

For each element, there is a balanced and imbalanced expression. For example When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing.

When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition.

When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

An important objetive of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, aromatherapy, massage treatments, and meditation to re-establish balance.

You will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire called a Dosha, when you arrive for your consultation which can help you and Dr Ashish determine which Ayurveda element is most present in your nature. You can complete the questionnaire here in advance of your consultation, if you’d like to. Please remember to answer as honestly as possible.

Dr Ashish Paul

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I live near London, where I have been living for the past 17 years. I commute frequently to Geneva and India but spend most of my time in London to treat clients at our Harley Street clinic. I have a private office and treatment room in Chigwell, Essex.

Before coming up with the creation of Ashishveda I have been mainly studying and bringing up my two children.    I began my practice using mainly western herbs for treatments rather than Ayurveda whereas now I am totally immersed in Ayurveda, because Ayurveda offers a complete system for the benefit of the patient.

Making the transition began when I began to used my knowledge from having developed a keen interest in health and wellbeing over many years.   I  officially launched in 2004 and I started offering treatments in London a few days a week and have been struggling ever since to keep up with the demand!

This year I made the decision to move the majority of my work to London and travel less to Geneva and India enabling me to have time off with my family.

Ayurvedic medicine has been an evolving adventure with on-going training, development and the testing various of techniques to find what I felt to be of the most beneficial to people who were suffering from either physical or emotional stress.

I continue to fine tune Ashishveda and promote the business here on my new website and with regular social media and PR but a lot of my work is simply via word of mouth, once people come and see me they feel a difference and I have regular clients from all  across Europe including Switzerland and a clinic in India.

I believe in what I do, I am passionate about Ashishveda and I love watching the results and transformations of my clients take place.

I plan to take Ashishveda worldwide and I really hope you will join me!

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