How to Overcome Food Intolerances

Almonds, a very common food intolerance
Food intolerances have become common currency these days.
Some surveys even suggest that a stunning 25% of the Australian population believes they have at least one food intolerance.
I personally have worked in my clinic with many patients who believed they were intolerant to some type of food, and have now managed - with proper care and the mindful implementation of very simple & straight-forward Ayurvedic principles - to reintroduce said foods in their lives, allowing them to enjoy the treats they had already sworn off a long time ago.
Overcoming food intolerances is possible when you have the proper tools and the right understanding of how digestion & nutrition work.

Factors that increase your susceptivity and reactivity to food intolerances and allergies

Food Quality and Food Transformation (samskara):
For example, one may experience inflammatory reactions after drinking cold homogenised milk extracted from stressed cows. But non-homogenised cows milk, diluted with water, then boiled… this “lightens up” the milk: reduces kapha (mucous creating, congesting qualities), and makes milk more compatible for one to tolerate and enjoy.
Especially if a food item is hard to digest for you or triggers any health implications - those who are wondering how to overcome food intolerances need to obtain quality food and “transform it” the right way, then try & reintroduce.
Poor digestion (low digestive agni):
This is a key factor when it comes to food intolerances.
The agni is the digestive fire in your gut. If the agni is not enlivened enough, you won't be able to digest properly the foods that you eat, especially the ones that your body is "intolerant" to.
In a lot of cases, it is not so much the food you are eating, but the poor function of your metabolic pathways and digestive health that impedes you to properly digest food.
I have worked with coeliacs and many managed to eat wheat again. They don’t eat it every day, but they enjoy this nourishing grain weekly in moderation with the right tools, knowledge and intuition of their own body. They enjoy high-quality wheat cooked fresh, reaction-free.
Those who eat even a tiny amount of onion and garlic and bloat like a balloon…
Those who can’t eat oxalates (e.g. almonds, spinach, peanuts, soy, beetroot, swisschard, rhubarb, cashews, sesame seeds, etc.) without swelling up, getting a runny nose, abdominal discomfort, or itchy skin…
A lot of it can be healed. And from what I have seen, it can be easy as organic ancient grain pie.
The Mind
Another key point.
It’s amusing and fascinating how many times I see patients that only after they get their “allergy prick test”, do they get reactions after eating the foods for which they tested “positive”.

When one unquestionably “accepts” the laundry list of foods they were told to avoid (in some cases, for the rest of their life!) their mind and body accept these “allergies” and reject the food whenever it comes.

Allergy Skin-Prick Tests

For the best part, as a study in the Journal of Paediatrics showed, allergy skin-prick tests are incredibly inaccurate.

One of the problems with them is that, according to another study, patients show skin reactions to allergenic foods in 50-60% of the tests- even if the person is not allergic to that food.

Food sensitivities can be complex, however, they can be healed.
Food Intolerance Skin Prick Test

How to Conquer Food Intolerances & Allergies

There are many variables & possibilities for those wondering how to overcome food intolerances.
My general principle for healing food intolerances is - first fix the digestive fire (agni), then slowly introduce the foods in a methodical way.
Also take into consideration the nervous system, gut-brain connection, toxic exposure & more.
Just eliminating the food is not the solution. You need to fix the underlying imbalance. Because if you cannot digest wheat or milk, how are you going to digest the carcinogenic glyphosate that is being spread across the air and rain onto your organic kale? Or the vaccines and spike proteins that are being passed around. Or the external stressors, electro-magnetic fields & any toxin your body has to metabolise.
It's not a matter of avoidance, but rather of applying the proper principles to reintroduce those foods that you have labeled yourself as "intolerant" or "allergic" to.

If you want to work towards superseding food restrictions and optimise your digestion health, check out my recent online offering: “The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition”, and/or book an online consultation.
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Surya Tarpana: Remedies (Upāyas) to Enliven Sun Energy

Dylan Smith doing Surya Namaskar (salute to the Sun)
Here are some techniques to enliven Sūrya (sun) energy.
You may have been prescribed these “remedies” (Upayas) by a Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer) for your unique birth chart.
The following techniques help strengthen Surya energy and connect to the sun.
Although a lot of these are generic ways to honor the sun that is good for many people, we recommend consulting a quality jyotishi to refine how you personally should be engaging deeply in communion with celestial planetary bodies.

Surya Energy

Surya is the cosmic energy that correlates with:
  • The Self. The Soul
  • Ego, power
  • Consciousness
  • Dignity
  • Organising power
  • Leadership, Government, King - the sun governs the solar system.
Further Jyotish details:
  • Exaltation: Aries (Meesha)
  • Debilitation: Libra (Tūla)
  • Moolatrikona: Leo (Siṃha)
  • Father - relationship with one’s father
  • Education
  • Pitta dosha
  • Cakra: Ajña cakra (third eye)
  • Direction: East
  • Sun in Balance: “Atma Śatki”

Practices / Remedies to Strengthen Surya Energy:

Surya Tarpaṇa

Lord Surya, or Sūrya सूर्य is the cosmic sun.
Tarpaṇa तर्पण has many meanings:
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Satiating
  • Refreshing
  • Gladdening
  • Saturation
Sūrya Tarpaṇa is the process of imbuing Lord Surya with refreshing nourishment and energetic attention.
Surya Tarpaṇa (Offering Water to Lord Surya) Procedure:
1. Fill a cup or vessel with pure water.
2. Face the sun (sunrise and/or sunset time is ideal).
3. Pour the water in front of the sun and look through the “waterfall” at the sun.
Dylan Smith Doing Tarpana for Lord Surya
4. If you are not performing this in or at a body of water (e.g. riverside, in a river, ocean shore or in the ocean), such as an urban setting, you can pour the water into a pot plant or garden.
5. This practice is best done after taking bath (snān). Traditionally one would bathe in a river first and then offer Tarpana to Surya. This way you are purified and energised before subtly connecting with the sun.
6. Practicing Sūrya Tarpana on Sundays should be prioritised if it is not able to be done daily.
Profound Qualities:
  • The waterfall in between your eyes and the sun is not only a protecting buffer to potentially harmful direct sunlight, but also provides a “healing filter” so the sunlight can invigorate the body and eyes that it hits. Safe and effective “sun-gazing.”
  • This is a form of Surya Namaskar: “honoring the sun” - this creates a reciprocal exchange of energy that absolutely uplifts and energies both our individual self and the essential life-giving aspect of nature.
  • Offering water to the sun cools the sun and invokes Gayatri: the feminine principle of the sun, (in you and in the environment).

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

Surya Namaskar has been described as the most complete mental and physical exercise available.
It involves a sequence of twelve physical yoga postures or asanas that are so much more than just an exercise.
Surya Namaskar generates prana (life-force) and charges us up like a battery through solar vitalisation.
It is a medium to enhance the energising quality of the sun in us and in the environment.
Procedure:
Dylan Smith with a Group, doing Surya Namaskar
  1. Learn Surya Namaskar from a quality yoga teacher (consider potential adjustments for your unique physiology).
  2. Perform 1 - 13 rounds of Surya Namaskar while facing the sun. This can be done at anytime, but when done at sunrise and/or sunset, there is greater power.
  3. Star with 1 round daily, and can increase to 3, 7, 9, 12 and 13 as is comfortable.
  4. Avoid Surya Namaskar when yoga asanas are contra-indicated, such as when feeling ill, during menstruation and certain medical conditions etc.

Sun Bathing (Responsibly)

Sunbathing with gratitude for the energy and life force Sūrya gives to you.
Responsible sun-bathing considers the three principles of Ayurveda:
1. Desa (habitat) - Where are you in the world. Are you in Scandinavian summer or the Australian summer?
2. Kala (time period) - What time of the day are you sunbathing? In what season of the year? For how long?
Man sunbathing at the beach
3. Patra (unique individual) - What is your skin type? Are you fair or dark-skinned? How is your tan? How used to the sun are you?
These will determine the amount of sun you should expose yourself to and when to get it.
Start with a little sun and gradually increase day-by-day. Getting a little pink is good but you do not want to burn.
Putting oil on and/or the practice self-abhyanga can help protect you from the sun and metabolise the healing properties.
Ayurveda prizes the time periods near sunrise and sunset to be exposed to the sun.
Do not fear the sun, but connect with this Divine Sentient Being.

Listen to Āditya Hṛdayam (Aditya Hrudayam)

Ādityā Hṛdayam is a Sanskrit devotional hymn dedicated to Lord Surya.
It was recited by the sage Agastya to Rāma (the “perfect” expression of the dharma) on the battlefield before fighting with the demon king Rāvaṇa.
This hymn teaches one to ascend to “defeat” the ultimate “enemy”: the darkest negativity or ignorance in one’s own life.
Āditya आदित्य is one of the names of the sun that expresses the infinite cosmic mother, the divine maternal nurturing aspects of the sun.
Aditi is one of the many names given to the cosmic Mother, Mahaśakti. She is the mother of all expressions of consciousness and the source of creative power.
Hṛdayam ह्र्दयम् has a range of meanings:
  • heart, core, essence, best or dearest part of anything
  • true or divine knowledge
  • science / veda
  • going to the heart
Āditya Hṛdayam is the sounds that sequentially enliven the true divine knowledge which is the heart of Sun energy within the heart of the beneficiary (who chants it).
Best to find Āditya Hṛdayam chanted without music or minimal music.
Procedure:
Simply listen to the Āditya Hṛdayam being chanted while you are in a de-excited state (e.g. after meditation, while resting, while sun-bathing).
Listening to Āditya Hṛdayam on Sundays and on Sūrya Jayanti (Sūryas annual birthday) should be prioritised if it is not able to be done daily.

Fasting on Sundays

Fasting the day when Surya energy is strongest makes one “less heavy” (tamasic), thus more pure (sattvic), therefore increasing our capacity to connect with the subtle energies available on Sunday (Sun energy).
There is a diverse range of approaches to fasting, and it is best to consult your health practitioner on how it is best for you. In our online course, The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition, we go through the variety of ways you can fast so you can choose the one that is biblically right for you.

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri mantra is the most commonly used mantra in Yoga.
It consists of primordial sounds that invoke the aspect of the sun that governs transformation and potential illuminating intelligence, called “Savitri”.
Savitri, represents the transformational power inherent in the Sun.
Savitri is the force of nature that changes night into day.
Savitri is dominant in the moments before sunrise, when the environment shifts from darkness (of the ego) into the infinite light of the higher Self.
Chanting inwardly or listening to Gayatri mantra enhances the impulse of Divine Savitri, which activates our power to move into the realm of Divine light.
It is particularly chanted at sunrise, midday and sunset.

These are general recommendations and it is always best to consult a Jyotishi for specific advice.
We also advise you be barefoot during the practice of these upayas.

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The Ayurvedic View on Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods in Jars
As with most dietary fads, they may not only be unsustainable but also potentially do more harm than good, and as usual, Ayurveda will have a say on it (since Ayurveda has a say on everything - It is the "science of life” after all).
Fermented foods certainly have the potential to be highly medicinal, but they have their time and place. Literally.
Fermented food is traditionally a winter food.
Fermenting folk would preserve fruits and vegetables to feed them in long winter months, which typically was only required in colder countries.

Pitta (Fire) 🔥 Aggravation

Ayurveda teaches that fermented foods are heating. The acids that are present increase pitta (fire element) in the body, which may create inflammation.
This has its time and place - like Northern and Eastern Europe who could use that pitta increase in the winter-time. But in warmer climates, like Australia and India, it can trigger imbalance.

Not only do fermented foods have their time and place, they also have their unique “person”

Consider the person eating the fermented foods.
If they have a pitta imbalance - ie. they are prone to inflammation or fire in the body, presenting conditions like acne, skin inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, anger, frustration, hyperacidity, gastric ulcers, hemorrhoids and other “hot” conditions - perhaps they should proceed with caution and moderation.

The Ayurvedic View on Fermented Foods

There is a slight dogma in Ayurveda that fermented foods are bad. This was perhaps developed because most of people in India don't need to preserve foods for the cold months since they experience warm weather year-round.
And those parts of India (and Australia) that do experience cold climates, it is for a short period of time.
On top of that, these warmer climates mostly experience an abundance of produce in summer and the months surrounding.
Fermenting foods for too long can be over-heating and even a bit dulling (tamasic) or rajasic (stimulating).
However, Ayurveda certainly utilises fermented foods:
Thin lassi, a drink of yoghurt + water or buttermilk, is a highly prized simple but powerful food-as-medicine drink in Ayurveda, which actually reduces pitta and supports gut health.
Foods fermenting in Glass jars
There are many pickles and even medicinal wines, known as ariṣṭas and āsavas.
Paneer, a fermented cheese advised having in small amounts.
But note the ways these are taken. They are taken as condiments. Don’t fill a quarter of your plate with kimchi or organic herbalised fermented veggies, or a fermented organic super berry. It should be a small condiment size.
The role here is to give that right amount of acid, that digestive stimulant, that inoculation of microbiome richness.

Benefits of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have a wonderful ability to inoculate the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria.
Lactic acid, which commonly oozes out of fermented foods as beneficial strains of bacteria and food particles mingle, not only preserves the veggies or fruit, but also slowly releases sugars from the cellulose to feed the good bacteria in your body!
This supports a healthy microbiome, and your microbiome has a plethora of roles in your body, supporting immunity being one key component.

Do Fermented Foods Have a Place at All for Hot Climates or Pitta Types? 🔥

That being said, even in summer, fermented foods in small amounts can be utilised to support digestion and a healthy microbiome.

That is why Ayurveda recommends mixing a small amount of fermented pickle with the first morsel of food, to boost digestive strength (dīpana) for bon-appetit.

A good tridoshic fermented dish you can try is my Amla Pickle Recipe. Amla is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda due to to its many powerful benefits. It pacifies pitta, vata & kapha. Check it out!

Amla Pickle Dish

If you are interested in learning about Ayurveda and how to properly optimize your food intake to enliven health in your body check out my course "The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition".
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Foraging and Curing Olives

Olive tree

Season (Kala)

As we exit the northern solstice, “Uttarayana,” which is heat dominant (Agneya)  , and transition into the southern solstice, Daksinayana, cooling and moon dominate (Saumya), here in Australia, the earth moves a little more away from the sun in the southward direction.
Seasonal transition (RtuSandhi ऋतुसन्धि) is a significant event in Ayurveda. Not adapting to the outer environment and supporting your biological changes which vulnerably occur at this sandhi (transition) time is considered one of the significant causes of disease.
So that is why in the Vedic culture, 9 nights are designated at these times of transition. These nine nights (Navratri) are provided to go more inward (opportunity for enhanced spiritual connection), eating less or some types of fasting so your cellular energy can be utilised on other biological functions than predominately digestion, and eating certain foods and herbs to assist with this transition.
Here in Australia at this time of year (around late April), nature provides olives. Ripe and ready on the tree to be brined and cured.
Olives being fermented and rich in Lactrobacillus bacteria have the action of sparking up the digestive fire (deepena karma).
This naturally aligns with nature because by the time these olives are cured and ready to eat, it’s winter, and the digestive fire is stronger as it huddles in to keep the body warm and digest higher protein and fatty foods to keep us insulated as we hibernate through winter.
Olives have a delicious abundance of monounsaturated fat. This coupled with biophenol anti-oxidants, helps regulate cholesterol by preventing the bad cholesterol in the arterial walls and supporting the good cholesterol for heart, brain and hormonal health.
Dylan Smith harvesting wild olives
Overall inflammation is reduced in the body by the phenolic compounds in olives when they are had in moderation
However, olives are quite salty and heating. So make sure to consume them in condiment sizes and eat them seasonally - in winter. Pitta types   should eat less of them as they can increase this fire which may manifest as skin diseases, acne, irritable bowel syndrome, hyperacidity and anger/irritability.  
So my fellow Australians and those around the world who are reading this or saving it for when your season comes, look for some wild or generous olive trees and have a go at curing them…

Brine and Cure Method

Brine cured olives are absolutely delicious!
The basic principle of curing olives is that you are using water and salt to extract the glycoside from them - the chemical which makes olives very bitter when picked. Then you are left with sweeter, bitter, salty tasty fruits.
  1. Soak olives in water - Put your olives in a bowl or esky or drum of pure room temperature water. (It is good to have a tap as you will be draining the water and refilling regularly). Or you can sit your olives in a strainer in a bowl of water for easy removal and water change.
  2. Cover the vessel and leave for two days.
  3. After two days, empty the water and refill with new water.
  4. Repeat this process for about 14 days total. (If you forget about your olives for an extra day or two, that is fine).
Brine Cured Olives
Now it’s time to brine…
  1. In a big jar mix 1L of pure warm-hot water with 100gm of salt non-idolised good quality salt. Warm-hot water is used so that the salt can dissolve evenly throughout the water.
  2. Note you can make 5L or 20L of brine (highly concentrated salty water). Whatever you want. Just ensure the water to salt ratio is 10:1 (10% salt). So if you are doing 5L of water, add 500gm salt.
  3. Once the jar of salt water is cooled to room temperate, add your olives in until they reach the top of the jar. It is good to squish them down tightly in. They should be fully submerged under the brine. To achieve this, add a small plate or some big flat rocks to weigh the olives down.
  4. Keep your jar of olives in a dark place with a stable temperature (like a pantry).
  5. How much time to brine? -  This depends on the size of olives, the ripeness, how long you did the water stage for (if at all, you don’t have to do this stage but it makes the olives tastier and smoother), how salty you like your olives .
  6. Taste your olives after they’ve been in the brine for 2 months and get to know the taste of brining olives. This can take 4-12 months for them to be ready.
  7. After the brine stage - When they are ready, you should strain the brine (this will be very bitter).
  8. Then store your olives by adding them into a new brine (this lasts for up to 6 months), in olive oil or in 50:50 vinegar and water solution.
  9. Add herbs and spices like rosemary, fennel and lemon slices is good to add at this into the jar for the storage phase until you eat them all.
  10. Enjoy your very own brine cured olives!
Have you ever brine cured olives? How do you use olives in your cooking? Comment below 👇
Olive brining recipe adopted from @milkwood

Related Reading: Foraging & Eating Seaweed ~ Australian Golden Kelp


Haemorrhoids: An Ayurvedic Approach for Holistic Care

A Peach, symbolizing the bum

Haemorrhoids are no doubt uncomfortable.

Also known as piles, haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum.
They can develop quickly from ordinary lifestyle and diet factors causing pain and severe discomfort.

Haemorrhoids are actually quite common in both men and women.
They affect about 1 in 20 Americans and half of adults older than age 50 have haemorrhoids.
You don't hear about these commonalities since it is typically an embarrassing disease for people to share about.

In Ayurveda, haemorrhoids are known as arśa अर्श, and are actually one of the "eight major diseases" ("Astha Maha Gadas") that have to be be approached with great care.

Due to this, Ayurveda has a lot to say about haemorrhoids, from its various types (beyond just internal and external), as well as extensive knowledge of various ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Two Types of Piles (The Roots)

In Ayurveda, it starts with two types of piles:

1.Hereditary (congenital)

When piles are caused by the vitiation of the "seeds" (sperm and ovum / "bija dośa"), especially the part of the seed responsible for the formation of the anal-sphincter.

Vitiation of the seed is caused by two main factors according to Ayurveda:
- Incompatible diet and regimen of father and mother.
- Performing actions that oppose natural law or "sinful" acts in past lives (karma).(1)

2. Acquired from lifestyle

Piles are manifested after birth due to diet and lifestyle choices.

Pathology (Samprapti) - Features and Stages of Haemorrhoids

Doshas involved:

In general, piles are caused by all three doshas, but especially pitta (fire, heat) and vata dosha (air element, whose site is in the rectum and anal sphincter).

Tissues (Dhatus) involved:

Mostly,piles are characterised by morbid growth in the masma dhatu (muscle tissue).(1)

However, medas (fat), māmsa (muscle) and tvak (skin)– are all adhisthānas (involved morbid tissue elements) for all the types of arśas.(1)

Causes of Haemorrhoids (Rupa)

When someone's agni (digestive fire) is afflicted, mala (waste products, ie. stool) gets accumulated in excess (constipation), leading to piles.

This can occur because of the following:

  1. Intake of sweet and cold foods.
  2. Intake of foods which block channels (abhisyandi), e.g. yoghurt and cheese.
  3. Intake of foods which causes burning sensation (vidāhi), e.g. chilli.
  4. Intake of mutually contradictory foods / ie. incompatible food combinations (viruddha).
  5. Intake of food before the previous meal is digested.
  6. In take of small quantity of food;
  7. Intake of unwholesome food;
  8. Intake of meat in excess.
  9. Intake of urad dahl (black gram / māsa), sugarcane juice, raw and dry vegetables, vinegar, garlic, freshly harvested corns and cereals and tender radish;
  10. Intake of heavy fruits, vegetables and pickles.
  11. Intake of mandaka (immature curds) and wrongly (excessively) fermented wines;
  12. Drinking of polluted and heavy water;
  13. Intake of oil (Sneha) in excess;
  14. Not purifying the body regularly with specific therpaies (non-use of shodana therpaies):
  15. Wrong applications of enemas or bastis;
  16. Lack of exercise;
  17. Lack of sex or excess sex (Avyavāya or adhivyavāya);
  18. Sleeping during the day tine;
  19. Excess sitting;(1)
  20. Pregnancy - very common cause.

Similarly, the following are responsible for the aggravation of apāna vāyu (pelvic floor and recturm area)

  1. Use of rough, irregular and hard seats;
  2. Travelling in vehicles in a "bumpy" rides;
  3. Excessive indulgence in sex;
  4. Improper insertion of enema nozzle and frequent injury in the anal region;
  5. Frequent application of cold water (cold bathing);
  6. Rubbing the anus with rough toilet paper excessively, rags etc.;
  7. By continued excessive strain of trying to "push" to pass a bowel motion;
  8. Forcible attempt for passing flatus, urine and stool;
  9. Suppression of natural manifested urges;
  10. Miscarriage, pressure on the uterus during pregnancy and abnormal delivery (for women).

The apāna vāyu (pelvic floor functions of moving things) aggravated by the above mentioned factors, brings down the accumulated waste products and afflicts the anal sphincters. Because of this, piles are manifested in the sphincters.(1)

Different Shapes of Piles

In general, the characteristic shapes of piles caused by excessive aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha are:(1)

  1. Mustard seed
  2. Masa (black gram lentil)
  3. Mudga (mung lentil),
  4. Yava (barley)
  5. Kalāya (green pea)
  6. Pindi (like a pill)
  7. Tintikera (the fruit of Karira / Capparis decidua)
  8. Gostana (cow’s teet)
  9. (there are more shapes correlated with different substances)

Remove Constipation & Hard Stool

An important consideration is to ensure that the patient is not constipated and they do not have trouble passing bowel motions.

This stool should not be too hard or dry. The patient should not forcefully push to pass bowel motion. This may cause the haemorrhoid to rupture and bleed and not allow it to heal.

Different Types of Piles

Vata Type of Piles (Vātika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Vātika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of astringent (kshaya), pungent (katu), bitter (tikta), dry (ruksa), cold (sheeta) and light (laghu) food;
  2. Habitual intake of food in extremely small quantities (pramitāśana), intake of less of food, intake of alcoholic drinks and indulgence in sex.
  3. Fasting, residing in cold country and cold season and physical exercise;
  4. Grief and exposure to sun and wind (drying).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Vātika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • the mass of piles is dry, wrinkles, hard, rough, dry and greyish in colour;
    • these masses have sharp tips;
    • these are curved and with cracks on the surface;
    • these are spread irregularly.
  2.  The mass of piles is associated with pain, cramps, piercing pain (toda), itches, numbness and tingling sensation in excess;
  3. Oily (snigdha) and hot (usna) things give relief in this condition;
  4. The patient suffers from dysentery, abdominal distention and stiffness of pudendum, testicles, basti (bladder) region, pelvis and cardiac region; he also suffering from malaise and palpitation in excess;
  5. His flatus, urine and stool are constantly obstructed;
  6. He suffers from pain in thighs, lumbar region, back, trika (shoulder blade junction), pārśva (sides of the chest), kuksi (sides of the abdomen) and in the region of basti (bladder)
  7. He gets heating sensation in the heads;
  8. He suffers from sneezing, eructation, coryza, kasa, udāvarta, āyāma (āyāsa according to C.K Sen edition, which means indolence/laziness), consumption, oedema, fainting, anorexia, distate in mouth, timira (impairment of vision), itching, pain in the nose, ears and temporal region, and impairment of voice;
  9. They experience greyish, reddishness and roughness of nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool.(1)

Pitta Type of Piles (Paittika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Paittika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of katu (pungent), usna (hot) and lavana (salty) food;
  2. Vyayama (excess exercise) and exposure to the heat of fire and sun;
  3. Residing in a place and season which are not cold;
  4. Intake of alcohol;
  5. Feeling envy;
  6. Intake of all types of drinks, food and drugs which are vidāhi (burning), tiksna (sharp).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Paittika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is soft, flabby, delicate and tender to touch;
    • The mass of piles is red, yellow, blue or black in colour;
    • The mass of piles is associated with excessive sweating and sticky discharge
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is visra (smelling like raw-meat), thin, yellow or red;
  3. There will be discharge of blood from the piles;
  4. The mass of piles is associated with burning sensation, itching, colic pain, pricking pain and suppuration;
  5. There will be relief by resorting to cold things;
  6. The stool of the patient is loose, yellow or green;
  7. The urine and stool are voided in large quantities, and these are yellow in colour and their smell is like that of raw meat;
  8. The individual suffers from morbid thirst, fever, asthma, fainting and disliking for food;
  9. The nails, eyes, skin, urine and stool of the patient are yellow in colour.(1)

Kapha Type of Piles (Kaphaja Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Kaphaja Type of Piles:

  1. Madhura (sweet), snigdha (oily), sheeta (cold), lavana (salty), amla (sour) and guru (heavy) food;
  2. Lack of exercise, nitya rupana (day-time sleep) and over-indulgence lying and sitting;
  3. Exposure to easterly wind;
  4. Residing in cold place and during a cold season;
  5. Mental inactivity.(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Kaphaja Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is large in size, swollen, smooth, painless to touch, snigdha (oily), pale white, slimy, having stiffness, guru (heavy), rigid, benumbed, having constant oedema and excessive of itching;
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is in large quantity and continuous. This discharge is either reddish, white or red in colour; at times, there is slimy discharge;
  3. Urine and stool are heavy, slimy and white;
  4. The disease gets alleviated by ruksa (dry) and usna (hot) therapies;
  5. The patient has an excessive desire to pass stool with tenesmus (continual inclination to pass bowels);
  6. There is distension in the lower pelvic region;
  7. The patient suffers from sowing pain, nausea, excessive spitting, kasa (cough), arochi (anorexia), cold, heaviness, chardi (vomiting), dysuria, consumption, oedema, anaemia, fever associated with cold, stone and gravels in genito-urinary tract, a feeling as if the heart and sense organs are covered with sticky material, madhura (sweet) taste in the mouth and Prameha (diabetes)
  8. This is a very chronic condition;
  9. Kaphaja Arśas suppresses the power of digestion in excess and cause impotency;
  10. They are associated with acute diseases caused by ama;
  11. The nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool are white in colour.(1)

Arśa Caused by Simultaneous Aggravation Doshas

Of course, piles can caused by combination of two or three dosas.

These types of piles manifest from mixed causative factors and create symptoms from each of the doshas.

Piles never occurs without the aggravation of all the three dosas (tribhih).(1)

It is the predominance of one or all the dosas that different type of piles are determined.(1)

Pre-Symptoms (Purva Rupa) of Piles:

  • Vistambha (absence of any movement) of the food,
  • Weakness,
  • Gurgling sound in the lower abdomen,
  • Emaciation,
  • Frequent eructation (belch);
  • Weakness in the thighs,
  • Voiding less of stool,
  • Sprue syndrome,
  • Anaemia,
  • Apprehension of the manifestation of udara roga (obstinate abdominal diseases).(1)

Classification of Piles:

Arśas are broadly classified into two groups according to Ayurveda:

  1. Dry piles / non-bleeding (suska)– caused by aggravated vata and kapha (kaphaja piles has different types of exudation, generally slimy material and no blood exudation).
  2. Exuding or wet piles / bleeding (ardra) – caused by predominance of rakta (blood) and pitta.(1)

Exudation of slimy material takes place even by the combination of causative factors of both dry and wet types of piles.

Ayurveda also acknowledges the two types of piles according to western medicine:

  1. Internal Piles - these are most common. It occurs 2-4cm from the opening of the anus. These are generally painless because there are less pain sensitive nerves in the rectum. These can differ in grades based on how the piles mass "hangs" or bulges from the anus.
  2. External Piles - occurs in the lower part of the anal canal. Painful because there are lots of nerve fibres which are responsible for pain.

One can have both internal and external piles together.

Haemorrhoids Associated with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)

Here are some considerations in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology):

  • Rahu is vayu (air / vata dosha).
  • Shani (Saturn) is compressed vata. This can cause the piles to be prolonged.
  • Ketu is extreme heat. This increases the sensitivity of Pitta. Mangal (mars) is also similar to this heat.
  • Surya is good but may cause imbalance to pitta.
  • 8th house represents Guda marma (anus) and coccyx. If Shani is there, this can cause Vata problems and lead to Arśas. Mangal there can lead to amazing energy but blood related and pitta related disorders.
  • The naksatra and padas have to also be considered.

Treatments (Cikitsa)

Here is a whole list of the many different ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Ways to Promote Complete and Soft Bowel Motion

  1. Go to sleep before 10pm each night and sleep well.
  2. Take Shodana Vati each night before dinner.
  3. Meditate in the morning (and ideally twice a day). If it is uncomfortable to sit up, you can lie down.
  4. Light dinner with good fibre.
  5. Sip hot water in the morning
  6. Abhyaya Arista - a famous classical Ayurvedic herbal wine to soften stools and help with constipation. General dose. 25ml 2x/day after meals.

Sitz Baths

You can make a herbal decoction, mix with water until the temperature is luke warm and add that into a sitz bath.

Firstly, apply some oil to the pile and rectum area (see below).

Sit in the sitz bath with your rectum in it. You can buy online (ebay etc.) little sitz bath apparatuses that fit in your toilet seat.
Otherwise you get a large bucket and sit inside that.
Adding it to a bath tub is okay, however it will be too diluted since the bath tub takes a lot of liquid.

*Sitz bath should be cleaned properly. This is important to prevent any germs infecting the solution*

Piles Sitz Bath Ingredients:

(You can use any of these ingredients which are available).

  • 10-15 crushed shodana vati tablets per litre of water that you boil.
  • 2tsp Triphala powder if shodana vati is not available.
  • Salt - 1-3tsp. Salt is an excellent antibacterial and healing remedy. If you can use epsom salt (magnesium sulfate, not actually salt), that is best.
  • Neem powder or leaves - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Turmeric powder - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Radish leaves - a large handful.
  • Alum powder - 1tsp - Aluminium Potassium Sulphate/ Kalunite or Kalinite. A natural occurring mineral.
  • Moringa seeds - 1 TBSP.

Other herbs that can be utilised but these must be purified a specific way:
*Do not use the herbs below. This is for educational purposes only. Only use these herbs if they have been purified properly. 

  • Touch me not plant / Mimosa pudica / Sensitive plant - harvest a bunch of stems and leaves of this plant if available. Only for internal haemorrhoids.
  • Arka
  • Venu (bamboo)

Oil Application to Piles (Pre-Sitz Bath)

Mostly always in Ayurveda, before we do any form of svedana (sweating treatment), such as Sitz Bath, we need to oileate the area that is going to sweat.

So before going in a sitz bath, it is ideal to apply some oil to that area.
Note, if you don't apply anything topically, it is still beneficial to do the Sitz Bath alone.

Oils to apply piles pre-sitz bath:

  1. Varchas (pictured)

  2. Plain ghee
  3. Butter mixed with tulsi juice.
  4. Vishyandhana tailam
  5. Kasisadi tailam

Diet For Haemorrhoids

It is important to remember that nutrition can also be one of the many effective Ayurvedic remedies for piles. You simply need to understand what are the appropriate dietary choices that you need to make for yourself.
  • Cooling foods - thin lassi, bitter vegetables, coriander, healthy sweet vegetables, ghee.
  • Avoid heating foods - mustard, sesame, chilli, alcohol, coffee, fermented foods.
  • Pitta pacifying diet - to learn about Diet For Doshas, see Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition.
  • Ripe guava fruit - one of the best foods for the rectum in general.
  • Onion - for bleeding piles.
  • Ghee - use as cooking oil and on your food.
  • Vata pacifying diet - to ensure easy flow out the rectum.
  • Pomegranate - a good fruit to include into your diet when in season or if using as medicine, it is indicated to import.

Buttermilk / Thin Lassi: The Best Medicine

"There is no medicine, better than butter-milk, for the cure of piles..."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Note, the above quote is referring to piles caused by the predominance of aggravated vayu and kapha.

However, for all piles, butter milk is so important.

How you take butter milk depends on the doshas involved:

  1. From which fat is completely removed; - kapha, mandagni/low digestion, low strength.
  2. From which half of the fat is removed; - good for pitta, moderate power of agni, and if the patient has moderated strength.
  3. From which fat is not at all removed. – vayu, strong agni, patient has enough strength

"Piles in anus, once cured by the administration of takra, do not recur."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Recipe for Takra (Butter-Milk)

Very simple method:

  • Mix 1-2 tablespoons of plain, natural, regular organic cows yoghurt with 1 cup of water. Mix well with a fork or lightly blend.
  • Now you have plain butter-milk!
  • If you want, you can add extra cooling substances like rose water, fresh mint, fresh coriander. A pinch of salt is also good for piles.

There are other ways to prepare takra which are also valid.

Note, coconut yoghurt does not produce this therapeutic affect.

sweet lassi in a silver cup

The Influence of Emotions and the Mind in Haemorrhoids

Emotions are correlated with the pitta dosha 🔥 .

If one with haemorrhoids is emotional or stressed, that will increase the pitta (inflammation) in the rectum.

Thus, it is important to maintain calm and meditate for those with haemorrhoids.

pic: Alpha Channeling

Illustration of nature elements sprouting from a human being

Herbal Remedies to Help Haemorrhoids

There are several Ayurvedic herbal remedies for piles that will effectively assist your body and enliven its healing:

Pykure

Great herbal formula to help reduce the inflammation in the rectum and help heal and eradicate the haemorrhoids.

Also works to soften the stool for easy passing.

Alternative to surgery for ano-rectal disorders.

Pykure also helps in:

  • Bleeding haemorrhoids (piles).
  • Fissures and Rectal Swelling.
  • Prolapse of rectum (pile mass).
  • Fistula in Ano.

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam is a classical Ayurvedic decoction that helps reduce the inflammation in the rectum and helps heal non-bleeding haemorrhoids.

Helps in constipation.

*Should not be used in bleeding piles.

General dose: 3tsp +10tsp hot water 2x/day before meals. Recommended to take with Pykure for greater effect.*
*Please consult your health care practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.

Panchatikta Ghritam Guggulu

Helpful in kaphaja and paittika arśa.

  • Great anti-inflammatory.
  • Particularly useful for rasa and rakta dhatus (lymph and blood tissues).
  • Good for skin diseases.
  • Good for arthritis.
  • Purifies the blood.

Also help in tumour, fistula-in-Ano, abdominal distension, polyuria, tuberculosis, tastelessness, asthma, cervical lymphadenitis & lymphadenopathy, etc.

Other Ayurvedic Herbs that may be used:

  • Kankayan Vati
  • Pilex (Himalaya brand)
  • DusParsakadi Kashayam
  • Haemostatic Recipes if the piles are full pitta or very hot.

Please consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any Ayurvedic medicines.

Ayurvedic Surgery: Thread Treatment (Ksāra Sūtra Karma)

  • A thread is smeared with herbal caustic alkali.
  • The thread is then tied onto the base of the pile mass and the pile falls out on its own (this can take 7 days).
  • The kshara (alkali) will help cut, curette and heal these conditions (also effective in fistula).
  • There is extensive pre-karma (pre-karma) and post karma to deal with this surgery.

Ayurvedic Consultation for Deeper Healing

We recommend you book in for an Ayurvedic consultation to go deeper and receive a treatment plan more specific to you.


Did you find these ayurvedic remedies for piles helpful? Have you tried any? Comment 👇

References:

  1. Caraka Samhita, Cikitsta Sthana, ch 14, Arśa.

Hemp (Bhañga) in Ayurveda

Dylan Smith surrounded by Cannabis Plants

Cannabis sativa or hemp is commonly referred to Bhañga भङ्ग in Ayurveda, but is also known as Vijaya विजय which means “victorious”, as it is victorious over so many diseases.

It’s bitter taste and heating potency (una virya) mitigates kapha (heaviness, sluggishness) and penetrates sharply to stimulate the digestion. It may be more suitable for those who are more grounded.
On the contrary, what mitigates kapha (earth element, grounded, heavy, oily), aggravates vata (air & space element, ungrounded, light, dry). Vata and Kapha are opposites.
Hence, according to Ayurveda, bhañga / hemp can produce constipation, confusion/delusion, intoxication, low libido, insomnia and make one talk in excess if it’s used in excess or in inappropriate formulas or with lack of wise herbal combinations.
Pitta   types also have to be aware because it is sharp and very heating, especially for those with an inflamed gut (IBS, IBD, Crohn’s etc.).
Ayurveda states that hemp, or Bhañga, is helpful for varieties of inflammation, anti-spasmodic, pain, epilepsy and the results on drop (atonic) seizures that I have seen in my patients are astonishing.
I am increasingly seeing oils being self-prescribed and used inappropriately to treat stress and nervous system disorders, which may weaken the nervous system in the long run.
Related reading - "CBD Oll: Is it really worth the highpe?" click HERE.

Each part of the plant produces various effects

The hemps seeds, more of a food than medicine, are more cooling, have a sweetness to them, and a pretty perfect balance of omega-3, -6 and -9 essential fatty acids. They can help in constipation (vāta anulomana), nutrient deficiency and rejuvenation (rasāyana).
Ayurveda mainly uses the flowering heads (Gañjā गञ्जा) and leaves.
I have been using organic flowers grown rather local to me, cooked into native organic macadamia oil on patients with joint and muscle pains with impressive effects. If you would like a bottle of oil to massage onto your load stricken body, click here.
One last thing to note about cannabis, which my guru commonly says to people who choose to consume it, is only consume it when you are in a happy/positive state of mind, and avoid it when you are depressed, anxious or ungrounded.

Get to know your herbs

I will be teaching about how to come across any plant, food, herb or substance, and be able to determine what it’s properties and qualities are; then be able to utilise that in a therapeutic or nourishing manner to any person or situation in your life.
Acting in the moment with what is available to YOU.
Learning principles for experiential knowledge.
Not needing to memorise theory, but owning the knowledge.
This will be taught in my online course: The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition”.
Do you consume hemp in any form? How does it work for you? Comment below 👇

3 Actual Attributes About Apples to Apprehend

Dylan Smith, practitioner of Ayurveda, foraging apples

1. Apples are a dirty fruit

Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in the world.

Apples are ranked in the top 5 of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2021 "Dirty Dozen" list along with strawberries, spinach, kale, silver-beet/collard greens and nectarines as produce with the highest amount of toxic chemicals.

2. Pervasive synthetic waxes

Apples, even if organic! are coated with multiple edible synthetic waxes to make them look shiny and to seal the moisture to extend shelf life.

Waxed apples may look glossy, shiny and firm, but they could be soggy & tasteless under their skin.
Although these waxes are classified “edible” by government authorities who hardly care about your health or science, they are very hard to digest and chances are they will turn into a toxic sticky substance (“ama”) that leads to disease.
Ironically, apples have their own natural wax which actually supports digestion, but this is scrubbed & washed off during the cleaning process of some farms.
Apples, an excellent fruit according to Ayurveda
Synthetic waxes on apples are hard to wash off, and essentially you got to peel them off to remove them. This is a shame as you miss out on beneficial antioxidants and fibre that was intended to keep the doctor away everyday.

3. Ayurvedic Properties of Apples

Apples in Ayurveda are known as Seva सेव

  • Rasa (taste): madura (sweet)
  • Virya (potency): sheeta (cooling)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): madura (sweet)
  • Doshas: VP - K+
  • Gunas (qualities): guru (heavy)
  • Therapeutic affects: 
    • Apples help improve your taste capacity, hence digestion.
    • Apples provide aphrodisiac effects & increase semen.*

What apples to eat?

Of course organic, but unfortunately you will still get added waxes because national organic certification programs (like USDA) allows waxing of organic fruit if it is a non-synthetic, food grade substance (e.g beeswax, shellac), but these still cause ama.

Go explore and forage wild or feral apples.

The Snowy Mountains of NSW are absolutely flourishing at this time of year! We made apple pies, cakes, crumbles, charoset (a traditional Jewish recipe for passover, consisting of apples, wine and nuts) & apple scrap vinegar with cores & peels.
Wild apples are more common than you think.  If you harvest at the right time of the season before the birds do, you’ll have an abundance of days to keep the doctor away.

*Bhāvaprakāśa Pūrvakhanda

Related Reading: Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

Did you know these attributes about apples & their properties according to Ayurveda? Comment below 👇

Cooked slices of Apple

Rock Salt: The Best Among Salts (Saindhava Lavana)

Himalayan Rock Salt

Amongst the fives types of salt (rock, sea, black, earth, alchemised), rock salt (Saindhava) is "the best" according to Ayurveda due to it's healing properties.

Rock Salt:

  1. Promotes agni (digestion)
  2. is aphrodisiac
  3. conducive for eye sight
  4. good for the heart
  5. alleviates all three doshas (bio-energies).(1)

Rock Salt is Uniquely NOT Heating

All varieties of salt are heating (usna virya), but rock salt is unique as it's not heating and doesn't cause burning sensation. Additionally, this type of salt carries a slightly sweet taste.

This is why rock salt does not aggravate pitta or the eyes.

More Benefits of Salt:

Like all salts, rock salt has several healing properties:

  • produces more moisture inside the body,
  • improves taste,
  • helps digestion,
  • can enter through minute pores (suksma), penetrates deep
  • promotes elimination of wastes.
  • Salt is helpful for vata.(1)

The Unsustainable Truth About Rock Salt

HOWEVER, if you live outside of Asia, I recommend you only use rock salt in small amounts.

Sure this trendy condiment looks good in pink on your kitchen table, but...

Eating Himalayan Rock Salt far from the Himalayas just doesn't make environmental sense, especially when there's locally produced mineral salts you can consume in its place.

Himalayan rock salt is a finite resource that is mined. This means once salt reserves are depleted, they will be gone. For good. Himalayan Rock Salt also has huge! food miles.

Eat Local Salts

In Australia, we have a wonderful range of mineral salts like the Murray River (you can get your flakes in pink to) and lake salt from Western Australia.

From Europe and USA you have lovely local sea salt available (although sea salt should be had in little quantities).

Diversify Your Salt Intake

Overall, consuming all gives types of salt (pancha lavana) is the best to ensure optimum mineral levels and maintain good health.

It is also wise to implement other salt vegetables like seaweed/kelp and saltbush.

Related Reading: Pass the Saltbush – Salt Grown on Land & In Gardens (Australian Bush Tucker)

Dylan Smith foraging seaweed

What is your favourite type of salt? Comment below👇


References:

  1. Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutra Sthana

Aloe Vera: Benefits & Uses of The Hero Herb | Dr. Michael Hayley #047

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Aloe Vera: A juicy medicinal succulent that you can implement into your diet and/or your herbal regimen.


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Dr. Haley’s health principles are based on science, tradition, and in line with the scriptures.

Dr. Haley owns and operates Stockton Aloe 1, makers and distributors of pure aloe vera drinks and personal care products. He also maintains his private chiropractic practice in Florida. 

Dr. Haley is an expert on phyto-nutrition and superfoods and teaches in the area of organic chemistry and nutrition.

He focuses on a deeper understanding of Aloe’s potential use in a variety of health and wellness needs.


In This Episode We Discuss:

Michael using Aloe Vera to mitigate a huge rope burn from sailing

The Ayurvedic Wisdom on Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has several ayurvedic uses & beneifts.

The name for Aloe Vera in Sanskrit is “Kumari” - meaning "young maiden", which reveals its affinity for the female menstrual cycle and its rejuvenating powers for maintaining youthfulness, particularly for women.

Ayurvedic Energetics of Aloe Vera

    • Rasa (taste) - bitter, sweet,
    • Virya (energy) - cold
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - sweet
    • Gunas (qualities) - guru (heavy), snigdha (unctuous), picheela (slimy).
    • Doshas: VPK - (as the gel and juice); dried gum powder (kala bola) aggravates V

It is considered to be a special herb because it has an affinity for all 7 dhatus, and regulates all three doshas.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Female Hormones and Menstrual Health & Aloe Vera

  • The gel and juice are helpful when there is excess bleeding or clots.
  • Kumari purifies the liver which directly affects raktavaha srotas (blood channels) and the flow of pitta in the blood.
  • This blood cleansing effect also affect the artava srotas, the menstrual channel, as it is responsible for regulating the uterus.
  • Helps promote the onset of menstruation (Artavajanana).
  • It is rejuvenate and building for the female reproductive system.
  • Its cooling and unctuous properties make it very effective for treating the hot and dry symptoms of menopause (source: Bhavaprakasa).

Kumāri āsava - A classical Ayurvedic formulations great for gynaecological conditions.

Digestion & Aloe Vera

As it is a cooling and demulcent herb that directly clears pitta and heals mucous membranes it is a specific for hyperacidity, acid reflux, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, IBS, IBD, Chron’s, GERD and any bleeding from the intestines. It reduce the inflammation in the gut.

A lot of people are discovering Aloe Vera because they are on anti-acid medications such as Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which can burden one with with adverse and addictive effects.

Very helpful in conditions with bleeding stools.

Aloe Vera also contains digestive enzymes.

It stimulates peristalsis.

Microbiome & Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can help regulate bacteria levels in the intestines indicates use in Candida albicans and as a remedy for improving gastric and intestinal function. (Source: Bland 1985, Murray 1992, Bone 2003).

Aloe can help cool and accelerate healing in leaky gut.

A certain fibre in Aloe Vera promotes micro-biome health.

Kala Bol (Ayurvedic Laxative Preparation Using Aloe Vera)

The solid gum obtained after boiling the whole aloe leaf juice. It is a strong purgative. Becomes a black thick paste after boiling like guggulu.

Boil on coal for some consistency, then low flame for some consistency, then on heat for some consistency.

Put in thermal in cow dung cakes.

Use short term and always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Aloe Vera for Liver Health

  • Jaundice.
  • Viral hepatitis.
  • Reduces inflammation in the spleen and liver (plihayakrdvrdhhihara).

Aloe Vera for Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Inner part of the gel promotes liver to release bile.

Aloe Vera can help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics and lipid levels in hyper-triglyceridaemia. (Plaskett 1996).

This may be because Aloe Vera Gel promotes the liver to stimulate bile release.

Malose, the sugar molecules in Aloe Vera lowers and stabilises blood sugar levels.

Skin Health and Aloe Vera

Helpful in eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, shingles, acne, and other ailments.

The gel contains polysaccharides that are specifically healing for the skin and mucous membranes (Murray 1992).

It has an affinity for bhrajaka pitta and enhances the quality of the skin;

used topically to treat psoriasis, ulcers, eczema, dermatitis and mouth ulcers.

One of the best Ayurvedic herbs for healing burns, scars, wounds and stretch marks.

Good internally for hot, inflamed condition; eczema, hives, ulcers, acne.

Face-lift action and anti-ageing.

Helpful for dark and white spots.

Granti (helps removes tumours), Cancer and Aloe Vera

Acemannan - acemannan causes macrophages to secrete more tumour necrosis (death to) factor.

Aloe Vera for Eye Health

Netra rogaghana - “destroys” eye diseases according to Ayurveda.

Applied topically it is very soothing for eye inflammation and eyelid swelling.

Vishpota - removes pustules.

Visa hará - reduces and pacifies poison.

Aloe Vera for Animals and Pets

The increased use of Aloe Vera in veterinary clinics.

Horses are using it for digestion - demonstrated by the calmness of the horses and improved bowel motions.

Different Parts of the Aloe Vera Plant

  • The inner gel part of the leaf is different to the rest of the plant.
    • This is a much safer part of the plant to ingest, potentially in your daily diet.
    • This is 95-97% water plus a balance of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, photo-chemicals, acemannan  a D-isomer mucopolysaccharide
  • The outer sap has an irritation and laxative effect.
    • This part of the leaf tastes very bitter.
    • This has a strong laxative effective.
    • You need to be cautious with amounts to take.
    • The is what is used for kala bol Ayurvedic strong laxative preparation.
  • Whole leaf gel is also available, which includes both of those components.

Other Forms of Aloe Vera

  • kala bol.
  • Arogyavarhini vati and kaishore guggulu are two other Ayurvedic preparations that contains Kumari.

How to Take Aloe Vera

  • Honouring your digestive power and fire (agni).
  • Mix with ginger, turmeric, cumin to make easier to digest.
  • Blend (slow speed) to make a drink.
  • Cut it up and use on food.

Various Species of Aloe Vera

There are over 250 species.

Common species to use includes:

  • Aloe indica/vera/barbadensis–Herba/ Succinum
  • Aloe arborescens.
  • Aloe vera barbadensis miller - king of Aloe.

Growing and Harvesting Your Own Aloe Vera + Preparations

  • How to purify Aloe Vera - let it bleed then soak it for a few minutes. The water will turn yellow.
  • Removing the bitter taste and strong laxative affect.
  • How to tell an Aloe Vera plant is healthy.

Preserving Aloe Vera

  • Freezing.
  • Fresh is best.

Aloe Vera Products

  • Additives and natural additives.
  • Preservatives and hidden chemicals.
  • Processing methods.
  • If a product says 100% Aloe Vera with no preservative or additives, that may be true, but they have possibly removed some of the good components.

References:

  • Bhavaprakash
  • Ayurvedic Medicine, Sebastian Pole

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Tattoos, Eating Disorders, Supplements, Breast Implants, Melatonin, Carnivore Diet & More | Coach Jake Carter {Podcast #044)

Get to know the dynamism of your human body, and many of the various relationships that it has with other people, the environment and various activities in the creation that is life.

About Jake Carter

Jake has taken the world by storm educating the masses in functional medicine and nutrition for a decade, marrying both traditional medicines with conventional advances.

Jake has taught in over 10 different countries, up the point of taking 54 flights in 2019 alone, teaching 20 different seminars.

Jake is notorious for breaking down global self-limiting beliefs and paradigms around health and fitness, to innervate individuals to prioritise all aspects of health; ranging from hormonal, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, psychological, environmental and metaphysical factors.

Jake has had the beautiful experience of working with chronically-ill, mothers struggling to conceive, businessmen-women through to professional athletes. 


In this Episode we Discuss:

Jake escaping Victorian borders during lockdown.

Skin Cancer

Pale white skin people increasing their ability to absorb the sun and get a tan. Sun and skin calluses to build resilience burning and harmony with the sun.

Causes of skin cancer

Using viruses to treat cancer and anti-biotic resistant bacteria.

The epidemic of depression and suicide.

The importance of bacteria and viruses for holistic health.

Candida supporting the health of Alezeimers

Bacteria to offset breast cancer.

Jake’s Story

Transitioning from a personal trainer focusing on hot abs, muscles and looks, to a holistic functional health practitioner.

The Potential Dangers of High Amounts of Exercise & Training

Don’t train within 40 hours of getting blood work done - as the inflammatory markers are higher + other changes in the body.

The balance of Working Out and Working In.

“You can only train as hard as you can recover.”

Eating Disorders

Orthorexia

An eating disorder where there is an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.

Anorexia, Eating Bulimia, Binge eating, and more.

Intuitive Eating.

The Epidemic of Body Dissatisfaction

Healing Eating Disorders

Zinc and it’s important role in taste, digestion, eating disorders, anorexia and rehabilitating from eating disorders.

Breaking down the rigidity of counting and eating food.

Sources of eating disorders - past abuse and a loss of elements of control.

Breast Implants

Significantly restoration of health and reduction of a variety of symptoms after getting breast implants removed.

Saline implants more associated with mould toxicology.

Silicon implants more associated with immune dis-regulation.

DNA snips - consider genetics when considering breast implants.

Applications post-surgery

  • Implement binders like Shodana Vati, Chlorella.
  • Glutathione post treatment.
  • Possible stimulating NRF2 pathways.
  • Low dose of EDTA, Vit C.

The deeper yearning and root cause - self-love, comfortable.

Tattoos

  • Used in ancient times and tribes.
  • Now increasing in popularity.
  • Huge element of heavy metals that we can acquire from tattoos.
  • Colour tattoos are more prone to health impacts.
  • Chemicals from tattoos leeching into the lymphatic tissue.
  • Metal - 5G conduction.
  • Those with tattoos are going to have to take binders and detox support for life. Chlorella periodosa and Shodana Vati to therapeutically chelate them.

Clothing to protect from nnEMF

Endometriosis

  • An inflammatory condition and immune dysfunction condition that can be debilitating.
  • Diagnosis is missed in 1 in 5 doctors.
  • Takes on average 7-12 years to get diagnosed.
  • Significantly correlated with sexual and physical abuse.
  • Good news is there is a lot you can do to help combat this.
  • Treatment to help with Endometriosis

Melatonin

  • Jake’s extreme dosage of melatonin.
  • Free radical scavenger.
  • Dramatically reduce the rate of proliferation of some cancer cells.
  • Protects neuronal damage from heavy metals like aluminium and mercury. - Chelates heavy metals.
  • Supports respiration.
  • Mitochondrial supporting agent.
  • Supports mucosa in the gut.
  • Chelating fluoride from the pineal gland.
  • Heightening the senses.
  • 3 different scientific papers showing melatonin helps C19.
  • Enterochromaffin cells in the intestinal mucosa secrete 400% more melatonin than the pineal gland.
  • Helps with mercury toxicity
  • Helps with breast cancer
  • The best anti-oxidant in the body.

Read more about Melatonin in this article: Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Supplements

The problem with probiotics

Plant Medicines

Jakes experience with plant medicines to download information of medicine, learn and evolve.

The Carnivore Diet

Oxalates

  • An anti-nutrient - plant compounds that reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.
  • Absolutely correlated with kidney stones.
  • Related with autism. - Fungal aspects produced in oxalates.
  • Fibromyalgia and CFS - oxalates can bind onto heavy metals.

Foods very high in oxalates: almonds, spinach, okra, peanuts, chocolate, soy, beetroot, swisschard, rhubarb, cashews, sesame seeds.

Foods high in oxalates - eggplant, Jerusalem artichoke, potato, sweet  potato, yam, blackberry, citrus peel, pomegrate, start fruit, brazil seeds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachio, hemps, figs, guava, black tea, green tea, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, turmeric.

Vit B6 is dependant vitamin for oxalates.

Steven Gundry, M.D., says that consuming the lectin in beans and grains is

"like swallowing razor blades that literally cut the lining in our intestines."

Jakes meticulous research into medicine and Covid-19.

Jake’s content getting censored.

Integrity Facing Extinction

  • Due to emotionally fragility in the world.
  • Honouring your calling with courage to continue despite the consequence.
  • Choosing your actions on values, rather than personal gain.
  • The world has never needed integrity as much as it does right now.

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