What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.

It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems.

In the United States and Australia, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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Ayurveda and Your Life Energy

Students of CAM therapy believe that everything in the universe – dead or alive – is connected. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe, you have good health. When something disrupts this balance, you get sick. Among the things that can upset this balance are genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate and seasonal change, age, and your emotions.

Those who practice Ayurveda believe every person is made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth.

These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. They control how your body works. They are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth).

Everyone inherits a unique mix of the three doshas. But one is usually stronger than the others. Each one controls a different body function. It’s believed that your chances of getting sick — and the health issues you develop — are linked to the balance of your doshas.

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Vata Dosha

Those who practice Ayurveda believe this is the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, like how cells divide. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and ability to get rid of waste through your intestines. Things that can disrupt it include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late.

If vata dosha is your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Pitta Dosha

This energy controls your digestion, metabolism (how well you break down foods), and certain hormones that are linked to your appetite.

Things that can disrupt it are eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun.

If it’s your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.

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Kapha Dosha

This life force controls muscle growth, body strength and stability, weight, and your immune system.

You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water.

If it’s your main life energy, you may develop asthma and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.

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Ayurvedic Treatment

An Ayurvedic practitioner will create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. They’ll take into account your unique physical and emotional makeup, your primary life force, and the balance between all three of these elements.

The goal of treatment is to cleanse your body of undigested food, which can stay in your body and lead to illness. The cleansing process—called “panchakarma”— is designed to reduce your symptoms and restore harmony and balance.

To achieve this, an Ayurvedic practitioner might rely on blood purification, massage, medical oils, herbs, and enemas or laxatives.

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Does It Work?

There are a few state-approved Ayurvedic schools in the U.S. and Australia, but there’s no national standard training or certification program for those who practice this alternative therapy in either country.

The FDA in the USA doesn’t review or approve Ayurvedic products, nor does the TGA in Australia. In fact, certain treatments are banned from the US since 2007. What’s more, the agency has warned that 1 in 5 Ayurvedic medicines contain toxic metals, like lead, mercury, and arsenic. These heavy metals can cause life-threatening illness, especially in children. So it is imperative that any ‘medicines’ obtained provide guarantees as to purity and efficacy.

Always talk to your doctor before you try Ayurveda or any other alternative medical treatment.

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Turmeric – The Miracle Spice

Dr Cabot is the Medical and Executive Director of the Australian Women’s Health Advisory Service. This service was established in 1982 and since that time has provided free help to people all over the world via phone and the Internet.

Dr Cabot graduated with Honours in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Adelaide in South Australia in 1975.

During the early 1980s she spent 6 months working as a volunteer doctor at the Leyman hospital, which was the largest missionary hospital in Northern India.

Dr Cabot is a pilot and uses her Beechcraft Baron aircraft to do regular work for the Angel Flight Charity, which provides free transport for patients with severe disabilities in remote Australian areas. Dr Cabot’s aircraft has done nearly 200 flights since January 2007 for the Angel Flight Charity.

Dr Cabot has conducted health seminars all over the world and has been asked to lecture for numerous health organisations such as The American Liver Foundation and the Annual Hepatitis Symposium. Dr Cabot continues to do many health seminars, most of which raise thousands of dollars for local charities.

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Turmeric is a plant which is part of the ginger family. This orange coloured spice is considered by many in the know to be one of the best foods (or supplements) that you can consume for good health. Common in Middle Eastern and South Asia, turmeric has been used as a staple in many recipes for thousands of years.

It is the rhizome (underground stem) of the plant that has therapeutic benefits. The rhizomes are boiled for several hours, and then dried in hot ovens and ground into a bright yellow powder – it is the key ingredient in curry powder.

For centuries, Indian and Chinese medicines have used turmeric as a natural remedy to clear inflammation and infection both inside and outside the body. Thankfully, Western medical practitioners are now coming on board and recognising the benefits of this amazing plant. The holistic health community has known of the benefits of turmeric for many years and now, thanks to more scientific research being conducted, the use of this powerful spice is becoming more common in other areas of medicine.

Turmeric is extremely effective at naturally detoxifing the liver. It is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available and shares similar liver protectant compounds that St Mary’s Thistle and globe artichoke leaves contain.  Said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, turmeric can be useful to treat liver conditions such as cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice.

Liver formulas are available which combine turmeric with St Mary’s Thistle, B vitamins and sulphur bearing amino acids. This combination is a superb support for liver function, gall bladder and digestion.

Another extremely impressive health benefit of turmeric, is the repeated research which shows that turmeric is a powerful cancer fighter. In more than nine studies, it has been shown to decrease brain tumour size in animals by over 80%.

Recently, doctors at UCLA found that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, is a natural anticancer compound and is able to block cancer growth.

Curcumin has also been found to have astonishing properties which help prevent breast cancer by reducing the expression of deadly molecules within cancer cells – this means that it can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer. Curcumin has the ability to attach itself to breast cell receptors and prevent oestrogenic chemicals like DDT and dioxin from binding there.

This amazing spice is a natural painkiller which helps with joint pain as well as auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. A 2006 study which examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis showed that pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. This study also showed that when turmeric was used for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis, there was a significant reduction in symptoms.

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make turmeric idea for use as an antiseptic in home remedies for wounds. Turmeric may also be beneficial in treating skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Research is continuing into this amazing spice and, thus far, is beginning to show that turmeric may be effective at protecting against diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Health benefits of Turmeric and its active ingredient – Curcumin

As the big pharmaceutical companies continually face the issues of drug therapies no longer working as effectively (such as antibiotics), people are looking to natural medicines to not just find a cure for their ills, but also to strengthen their immune systems and live healthier lives using gentler and more comfortable source materials.

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Turmeric is probably nature’s greatest cure-all. It provides a protection against some of the greatest diseases on the planet. It is both preventative and curative. Considering what ‘Big Pharma’ would charge us if the full realisation of its value was understood. It would be viewed as a ‘magic pill’, but actually as we now know it, it is far more practical than that.

Since 2000 over 50 clinical trials have tested the active ingredient of Turmeric – Curcumin (the pigment in Turmeric giving it the bright yellow colouring) – against a spectrum of diseases.

They have shown that the spice may play a significant role in preventing lung disease, brain disease and a variety of cancers – including multiple myeloma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

In the latest trial for ulcerative colitis a randomised double blind study concluded that over 50% of patients achieved remission within a month of being provided Curcumin – compared with none of the patients receiving the placebo. Consuming Turmeric with soya potentially offers a double benefit for osteoarthritis sufferers.

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So how should you consume it? How much do you eat and in what manner should it be prepared?

The recommendation is to take a quarter teaspoon full a day, with a little black pepper. Black pepper contains a compound called Piperine. One of the effects of this substance is in preventing your liver from actively attempting to rid your body of the Curcumin you have just ingested! (Piperine makes up about only 5% of black pepper). So even the tiniest amount of pepper will significantly increase the Curcumin levels in your blood.

Curcumin will cause your Gall Bladder to contract, squeezing out half of its contents and this is believed to prevent Gallstones forming (if you already have Gallstones, be warned this may be painful!)

Turmeric has been trialled for people suffering from breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, multiple myeloma, chronic myeloid leukaemia and other chronic diseases. Turmeric worked very well, better than Curcumin in its isolated state.

Pure Cinnamon™ is now in the process of finalising a range of Turmeric products – Powder, Beverage, Capsules and we are excited to be bringing you these new products in the very near future. Stay tuned to our latest news for information on quantities, pricing and availability.

Reference: “How Not to Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease.”, Michael Greger, MD