Home Remedies – to Prevent and Cure Common Ailments

Book Synopsis

Sometimes the best place to look for a remedy to your ailment is in your kitchen. Home remedies or natural cures derived from natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and herbs have been a part of our lives for generations, knowledge that has been passed down through the ages. Over time, however, much of this wisdom has unfortunately been lost. Now, this comprehensive guide brings together simple treatments‚ which involve no chemicals or side effects, and are inexpensive, for a range of ailments, from hair loss to acne, from pains to cuts and burns. In this compilation of home remedies to prevent and treat common ailments, Sonica Krishnan lists one hundred common diseases, a brief description of their symptoms and how they can be cured. It also details how people can use these methods in their everyday lives to stay fit and healthy. Some of them may also prevent more serious diseases in the long run.
It has come to notice that majority of the people today are more concerned about the safety and efficacy of the cures than to simply gulp down complicated drugs and medicinal formulations and later suffer from the after-effects. And all the more, trend towards herbal cures is picking up with the masses in India as well as abroad as these being more available, safe and less expensive.
These are some factors that have motivated me to write on the subject of easy home cures that are actually harmless and time tested. These can be definitely tried right at the knock of an ailment, and also to keep the malady away. The success and response that I have been receiving from my articles and from my previous book has been an added assurance.
I have listed down all the important details regarding one hundred common diseases, brief description of their signs and symptoms in the form of characteristic features. And also I have tried to relate the same to Ayurvedic perspective and recommended various easy and effective home based remedies for each malady. It should be enlightening and reassuring for the readers to know that the simple daily use herbs and condiments are actually a treasure of health promoting and disease fighting virtues. All the more, this book could be an informative and handy health guide for the lay man.

Book Excerpts:

1) Diabetes Ayurvedic Name: Madhumeha

Characteristic Features-

Increased frequency of urination with large amount and low specific gravity of the urine, excessive thirst and general body weakness.
There may be signs of diabetic degeneration, delayed or non-healing of wounds and muscle wasting.

Ayurvedic View –

20 types of ‘Prameha’ have been specified in Ayurvedic texts:
Born out of vitiation of Vatta or air body humor. There are 4 varieties of the same and are considered incurable.
Born out of vitiation of Pitta or fire body humor. There are 6 varieties of the same and are difficult to cure.
Born out of vitiation of Kapha or phlegm body humor. There are 10 varieties of the same and are considered to be curable.

Management by Common Cures –

• Seeds of bitter gourd are to be pounded and the powder to be taken twice with warm water.
• Juice extracted by grinding fresh bitter gourd is an excellent cure. It would work better when taken on an empty stomach.
• Tender leaves of Neem and Bilva are to be taken first time in the morning on an empty stomach.
• Bilva is recommended for diabetes patients. It has the property of declining the blood sugar levels and abates excessive urination. It could be more beneficial to take the juice extracted from the leaves on an empty stomach.

Osteo-Arthritis

Other Names – Osteoarthrosis, Degenerative Joint disease, Arthrosis
Ayurvedic View: Sandhigata vaata

Characteristic Features:
Tenderness and enlargement of the joint with limitation of its movements.
There is pain in the affected joints, which increases on movement and decreases with rest.
Articular stiffness and wasting of the muscles.
Coarse crepitus.
The pain might increase with change in the weather.

Ayurvedic View:

Management by Common Cures –

• Ginger is used as a hot fomentation in the disorder of Arthritis and other forms of joint and muscle pains. For this purpose, a powder of dry ginger is mixed into oil of sesame seeds and massaged into the joint.
• Being slimy and hot, groundnuts cause a decrease in the ‘vatta’ or the air body humor. It is thus useful for those suffering from joint pains. A local massage of groundnut oil, previously warmed, proves helpful.
• Oil massage of the herb provides strength and warmth to the body. It acts as a pain reliever in ailments like joint pains, acts as a rubefacient that relieves muscular pain and stiffness.

Wound

Ayurvedic Name: Vrana
Characteristic Features:
– Pain and bleeding due to cut or opening in the skin.
– Perhaps presence of exposed tissues.

Ayurvedic View –

Vrana is considered in Ayurveda as a conjuncture that tears off the body. As per the predominance of the doshas, the wounds have been categorized as Vattaja, Pittaja, Kaphaja and Raktaja Vrana.

Management by Home Cures –

• Local application of alum powder at the site of the injury arrests blood loss and gives antiseptic cover as well.
• In case of an injury or wound, you could sprinkle some powder of camphor on the site so as to combat inflammation, blood loss and pain and also prevent degeneration of the wound.
• Approx. 50 ml of the juice extracted by crushing the fruit of Aamla is to be taken 2 or 3 times in a day.
• Smoke from the leaves of Margosa tree can be applied onto an open wound, which acts as a natural antiseptic and insecticide.

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