1A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND	  Take	  your	  health	  into	  your	  own	  hands	  with	  these	  simple	  Ayurvedic	...
2A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND	  grapes,	  dates,	  peaches,	  honey,	  apples,	                     supplementation	 ...
3A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND	  stressed	  mind	  is	  like	  a	  choppy	  ocean,	  too	  distracted	  to	  register	...
4A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND	  sarsaparilla,	  liquorice,	  false	  unicorn	  root,	                   28	  herbs,	 ...
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  1. 1. 1A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND  Take  your  health  into  your  own  hands  with  these  simple  Ayurvedic  approaches  to  common  complaints.    In  Part  3  of  her  A-­Z  of  Ayurvedic  Remedies,  Ayurvedic  consultant  Caroline  Robertson  offers  natural  self-­help  strategies  so  we  can  regain  health  and  balance  in  our  lives.    Liver  disorders   Lifestyle  When  the  liver  is  weak  the  whole  body   Release  any  suppressed  anger  through  suffers,  as  unwanted  toxins  are  retained   exercise  and  creative  expression.  and  essential  nutrients  remain   Transform  anger  and  frustration  into  unabsorbed.  Although  often  the  bane  of   forgiveness  and  acceptance  by  visualising  pitta-­‐predominant  constitutions,  liver   a  forest-­‐green  colour  in  the  liver  and  disease  can  strike  anyone  who  contracts   making  a  “shhh”  sound  as  you  exhale.  an  infection  such  as  hepatitis,  or  neglects   before  the  beginning  of  a  liberating  new  their  diet,  takes  drugs  or  is  exposed  to   phase.  A  time  where  a  woman’s  wisdom  environmental  pollutants.  Ayurveda   comes  to  fruition  so  she  can  share  the  restores  liver  function  through  a  threestep   wealth  of  her  experience.  Many  women  approach.  First,  toxins  must  be   make  a  smooth  transition  into  removed  from  the  diet  and  environment.   menopause,  happy  to  say  goodbye  to  the  The  second  strategy  is  to  flush   cramps,  bleeding  and  mood  fluctuations  accumulated  toxins  from  the  deeper   associated  with  the  hormonal  cycle.  This  tissues.  The  final  phase  is  liver   is  especially  the  case  with  healthy,  fit  regeneration  with  herbs.   women  and  those  from  cultures  where     age  is  valued.  Menopause  can  also  cause  Nutrition   fibroids  to  shrink  and  relieve  Relieving  the  liver  of  its  load  enables  it  to   endometriosis.  For  others,  however,  channel  more  energy  into  removing   challenges  arise  at  this  time  due  to  accumulated  toxins  and  restoring   doshic  imbalances.  Hot  flushes,  tiredness,  moodiness,  cellular  function.  This  is  best  achieved   dryness  and  weight  gain  are  some  by  going  on  a  fruit  or  vegetable  fast   common  symptoms.  The  risk  of  for  three  to  seven  days.  Specific   osteoporosis,  heart  disease  and  high  foods  for  the  liver  include  daikon   cholesterol  also  increases  after  (white  radish),  beetroot,  carrot,  celery,   menopause.  If  this  were  solely  due  to  low  dandelion  root,  aloe  vera,  chlorophyll,   oestrogen  all  women  would  get  these  bitter  melon,  bitter  lettuces,  ginger  and   symptoms,  which  isn’t  the  case.  Women  ash  gourd.  After  the  purification  diet,   with  pre-­‐existing  doshic  imbalances  and  avoid  fats,  oils,  processed  foods,   an  accumulation  of  metabolic  toxins  refined  flour,  caffeine,  nicotine,  alcohol,   (ama)  are  the  ones  who  experience  drugs,  sugar,  salt,  red  meat  and  food  that   menopausal  difficulties.  Ayurveda  then  isn’t  organic.  Essential  vitamins,   takes  an  individualised  approach  to  minerals  and  protein  are  poorly   menopause  according  to  the  elemental  absorbed  with  liver  dysfunction  so   imbalance  responsible.  Regular  supplementation  is  often  advisable.   purification  regimes  (panchakarma),  Fat-­‐soluble  vitamin  B  complex,  A,  D,  E   exercise  and  a  whole  food  diet  before  and  K  and  amino  acids  are  the  most   menopause  are  the  best  safeguard  against  common  deficiencies.   later  menopausal  discomfort.      Herbs   Nutrition  Prime  herbs  for  liver  problems  include   Foods  and  supplements  which  can  aid  dandelion  root,  St.  Mary’s  Thistle,   menopause  include  vitamins  A,  B,  C,  E  senna,  gentian,  piccrorhiza,  burdock,   and  calcium,  magnesium  and  zinc.  The  red  clover,  barberry,  garlic,  bhringaraja,   mineral  boron  boosts  oestrogen  levels  turmeric  and  guduchi.   and  is  present  in  almonds,  hazelnuts,  Web: www.ayurvedaelements.com • Email: ayurvedaelements@gmail.com17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067Phone- 0011 61 2 9904 7754 • Texts 0425 233 426  
  2. 2. 2A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND  grapes,  dates,  peaches,  honey,  apples,   supplementation  for  some  includes  pears  and  soybeans.  Greens  such  as   vitamins  A,  C,  E,  B  complex,  cabbage,  brussel  sprouts  and  broccoli   bioflavonoids  and  minerals  iron  and  zinc.  are  also  oestrogenic  and  antioxidant.       Herbs  Herbs   Effective  herbs  for  cramps  include  Herbs  to  balance  hormones  include  rose   cramp  bark,  asafoetida,  wild  yam,  kava  flowers,  shatavari,  fennel,  licorice,  lotus   kava,  valerian,  raspberry  leaf,  aloe  vera  seeds,  cumin,  wild  yam,  red  clover,   gel  and  ginger.  Castor  oil  taken  before  punarnava,  alfalfa,  flax  seed  oil,  Dong  quai   periods  can  help  to  ease  congestive  pain.  and  Siberian  ginseng,  sage  and  castor  root.   This  information  is  not  intended  to  replace  medical  Supervised  vaginal  douches  (uttara  vasti)   support.  Please  seek  with  oil  or  infusions  of  neem,  triphala,  aloe   professional  help  for  serious  or  persistent  problems.  vera  can  help  to  cleanse  the  uterus.      Lifestyle   Memory  Loss  Effective  menopause  strategies  depend   Ayurveda  explains  that  memory  on  whether  there  is  a  vata,  pitta  or  kapha   retention  is  governed  by  kapha,  imbalance.  Vata  menopausal  symptoms   information  assimilation  is  ruled  by  pitta  include  dryness,  insomnia,  osteoporosis   and  memory  retrieval  is  connected  with  and  anxiety.  Pitta  problems  are  heavy   vata.  Vata  body  types  grasp  concepts  bleeding,  impatience,  hot  flushes  and   quickly  and  forget  them  just  as  rapidly;  acne  rosacea.  Kapha  symptoms  may   pitta  is  fast  to  comprehend  and  involve  weight  gain,  water  retention,   remembers  well;  kapha  is  slow  to  depression,  raised  cholesterol  and   understand  but  retains  knowledge  for  a  fatigue.  These  can  be  tackled  by   long  time.  Ayurveda  uses  herbs,  diet,  following  the  appropriate  diet  for  the   meditation  and  body  therapies  to  affected  dosha.  Following  Ayurvedic   nourish  and  stabilise  brain  activity.  daily  regimes  such  as  self-­‐massage,  yoga    and  meditation  can  help  the  body  to   Nutrition  maintain  a  natural  homeostasis.   Brain  foods  include  tapioca,  spinach,     almonds,  pure  ghee  and  cow’s  milk.   Toxic  and  oxidising  substances  such  as  Menstrual  problems   aluminium,  mercury,  alcohol,  drugs,  Ayurveda  offers  some  practical  tips  to   cigarettes,  rancid  fats  and  environmental  handle  the  monthly  menses  so  it  doesn’t   pollutants  can  damage  brain  function  and  cramp  one’s  style.  The  average   destroy  brain  cells.  Nutrients  shown  to  450  periods  a  woman  experiences  in  a   aid  the  memory  are  coenzyme  Q10,  lifetime  are  seen  as  a  valuable   essential  fatty  acids,  vitamin  B12  and  purification  of  the  blood  and  the  uterus.   iron.  A  healthy  menstrual  cycle  is  dependent    on  the  proper  function  of  the  endocrine   Herbs  glands  to  stimulate  hormone  secretion,   Time-­‐tested  brain  boosters  include  and  on  the  liver  and  gastrointestinal  tract   ashwagandha,  ginseng,  cayenne,  brahmi,  to  break  down  and  eliminate  secretions.   calamus,  shankapuspi,  gingko  biloba,     holy  basil,  bhringaraja,  gotu  cola,  Nutrition   gooseberry,  milk  and  ghee,  nasya,  Avoid  the  following  foods:  animal  fats,   brahmi  oil  applied  to  the  head  and  alcohol,  eggs,  sugar,  salt,  yellow  cheese,   saraswatam  powder  (a  combination  of  tea,  coffee,  soft  drinks,  fried  foods,   ten  memory  enhancing  herbs.)  chocolate,  cold  foods  and  drinks  and    recreational  drugs.  Helpful  foods  include   Lifestyle  monounsaturated  cold  pressed  oils,   A  serene  mind  is  like  a  still  lake:  drop  seeds,  fresh  fruit,  vegetables,  split  mung   something  in  and  it  creates  a  deep  dal  and  whole  grains.  Helpful   rippling  impression.  In  contrast,  a  Web: www.ayurvedaelements.com • Email: ayurvedaelements@gmail.com17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067Phone- 0011 61 2 9904 7754 • Texts 0425 233 426  
  3. 3. 3A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND  stressed  mind  is  like  a  choppy  ocean,  too  distracted  to  register  extra  activity.  This  is   Osteoporosis  why  we  often  forget  vital  information   From  an  ayurvedic  perspective,  when  under  stress  as  the  brain  is   osteoporosis  is  a  vata  condition  with  the  overloaded  and  preoccupied.  Ayurveda   bones  becoming  porous  due  to  an  excess  recommends  meditation  or  guided   of  air  and  ether  and  a  decrease  in  earth.  relaxation  to  still  the  hyperactive  mind.   Although  this  can  occur  at  any  age  for  Brain  function  is  also  impaired  by  poor   both  males  and  females,  it  is  most  cerebrovascular  circulation.  This  can  be   common  in  vata  constitution  women  improved  with  aerobic  exercise  and  a   after  menopause.  Other  things  that  daily  cranial  massage  with  coconut  or   increase  the  likelihood  of  osteoporosis  brahmi  oil.   include  eating  disorders,  malnutrition,     poor  digestion,  lack  of  exercise,  alcohol,  Menopause   aluminium,  cigarettes,  carbonated   drinks,  high  salt,  protein  and  sugar  With  a  positive  perspective  menopause   intake  and  steroid  use.  Prevention  is  can  be  welcomed  as  a  natural   better  than  cure  in  this  case  as  once  bone  metamorphosis  rather  than  a  disease.   degeneration  has  occurred,  regaining  it  While  some  view  it  as  a  dreaded  ending,   can  be  a  slow  and  gradual  progress.  In  Ayurveda  sees  it  as  a  ‘meaningful  pause’   the  meantime  the  body  is  more  Heavy  periods  are  reduced  with  antipitta   vulnerable  to  fractures  and  joint  diseases.  liver  and  uterine  tonics  like    shatavari,  liquorice,  coriander,   Nutrition  punarnava,  musta  and  ashwagandha.  To   As  boron  prevents  calcium  and  regulate  periods  Sukumara  ghee  and   magnesium  loss,  foods  high  in  boron  St  Vitex  Agnus  Castus  are  excellent.   assist  in  osteoporosis  prevention.  High     boron  foods  include  apples,  grapes,  Lifestyle   pears,  peaches,  soybeans,  molasses  and  Riding  nature’s  rhythms  allows  one  to   honey.  Fresh  fruit,  vegetables  and  beans  ride  the  monthly  red  wave  with  ease.  Try   rich  in  vitamins  A,  D,  E,  K,  B  complex  to  go  with  the  flow  by  cultivating  healthy   are  also  important  for  bone  integrity.  habits  throughout  the  month.  Adequate   Vegetarians  have  a  lower  incidence  of  sleep,  daily  self-­‐massage,  regular   osteoporosis  as  meat  is  high  in  protein  exercise  and  a  positive  attitude  all  help.   and  acid  which  promotes  the  excretion  Try  to  reduce  activity  and  stress  for  the   of  calcium.  Milk  and  milk  products  may  first  three  days,  enjoy  a  light  and  liquid   not  be  a  reliable  source  of  bone  calcium  diet,  avoid  strenuous  exercise,  abstain   as  the  calcium,  magnesium  and  from  sex  and  prefer  sanitary  pads  to   phosphorus  ratio  increases  serum  tampons  as  this  facilitates  a  more   calcium  yet  decreases  bone  calcium  via  a  complete  flow.  Baths  in  soothing   natural  acid  buffering  mechanism.  essential  oils  such  as  chamomile,   Mineral  rich  foods  should  also  be  geranium,  rosemary,  fennel  and  sweet   included  in  the  diet  such  as  sesame  marjoram  can  reduce  cramps.   seeds,  figs,  mustard  greens,  turnip,  bok  Abdominal  castor  oil  packs  on  the   choy,  kale,  broccoli,  almonds,  brazil  stomach  can  also  relieve  pain.   nuts,  hazelnuts,  figs  and  prunes.     Herbs   Herbs  to  facilitate  mineral  circulation   and  deposition  into  the  bones  are   applied,  such  as  ginger,  long  pepper  and   cinnamon,  provided  they  are  suitable  for   the  body  type.  Phytoestrogenic  herbs   used  to  help  postmenopausal  women   retain  minerals  include  red  clover,   alfalfa,  parsley,  sage,  aniseed,  fennel,  Web: www.ayurvedaelements.com • Email: ayurvedaelements@gmail.com17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067Phone- 0011 61 2 9904 7754 • Texts 0425 233 426  
  4. 4. 4A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND  sarsaparilla,  liquorice,  false  unicorn  root,   28  herbs,  goats  milk  and  sesame  oil.  ladies  slipper,  wild  yam,  peony,  black   Alternatively,  warm  ghee  can  be  smeared  cohosh  and  passionflower.  Herbs  that   in  the  nostrils.  are  high  in  natural  minerals  can  assist.    Some  of  these  are  horsetail  and  Cissus   Nutrition  quadrangularis  (colloquially  known  as   Common  food  allergens  which  trigger  ‘chain  of  bones’).   hay  fever  include  nuts,  dairy,  shellfish,     processed  food,  red  wine  and  refined  Lifestyle   flours.  Foods  that  act  as  natural  The  best  way  to  prevent  osteoporosis  is   antihistamines  and  channel  dilators  can  to  do  weight-­‐bearing  exercise  such  as   be  taken.  These  include  onions,  ginger,  brisk  walking,  yoga,  pump  classes  or  low   garlic,  liquorice,  chilli,  horseradish,  impact  aerobics  forty  minutes  four  times   coriander  leaf  and  parsley.  a  week.  The  vital  time  to  do  this  is  before    the  age  of  30,  when  the  bone  continues   Lifestyle  to  gain  density.  Once  osteoporosis  has   To  overcome  hay  fever  the  irritant  set  in,  exercise  must  be  gentle  at  first  to   should  be  identified  and  eliminated.  prevent  fractures.  Start  with  aquaerobics   However,  sometimes  the  irritant  isnt  before  progressing  to  cycling  then   obvious  or  it  is  impossible  to  avoid  -­‐  walking.  The  regimes  to  regulate  the   unless  you  live  in  a  bubble.  Some  ways  menstrual  cycle  mentioned  in  Menstrual   you  can  reduce  common  household  Problems  should  be  observed  as  women   allergens  are  to  cover  mattresses,  steam  have  a  higher  rate  of  osteoporosis   clean  or  remove  carpets,  avoid  curtains,  when  they  miss  periods  frequently   keep  pets  outside,  don’t  keep  fresh  through  their  life.  Daily  oil  massage   flowers,  clean  mould  from  the  bathroom  with  calcium-­‐rich  sesame  oil  is  essential   regularly  and  use  chemical  free  cleaners.  to  prevent  or  treat  osteoporosis.    Ayurveda  has  devised  several  strengthening  herbalised  oils  for  this   Weight  Gain  purpose  with  herbs  such  as  bala,  ginger,   Ayurveda  believes  that  healthy  weight  is  urad  dal  and  goats’  milk.   achieved  when  a  person  is  healthy.  There     are  no  artificial  standards  for  an  ideal  Sinusitis  or   weight-­‐to-­‐height  ratio.  People  with  a   kapha  constitution  will  naturally  be  a   little  heavier  as  a  result  of  their  slower  Hay  Fever   metabolism,  which  makes  them  gain  The  hay  fever  or  sinusitis  sufferer  has  a   weight  easily  and  lose  it  slowly.  Weight  compromised  immune  system  due  to   gain  may  indicate  water  retention,  toxins  coating  the  channels.  This  creates  a   hypothyroidism  or  ama  accumulation.  fertile  field  for  allergens  to  flourish  in.  The   Whatever  the  cause,  the  focus  should  be  Ayurvedic  approach  is  to  cleanse  the   on  losing  waste  rather  than  weight.  An  membranes,  balance  the  immune  response   ideal  weight  is  where  a  person  can  access  and  strengthen  the  membranes’  resistance.   their  optimal  stamina,  fitness  and  health.  Cleansing  is  done  with  practices  such  as    supervised  vomiting  (vamana),  nasal   Nutrition  irrigation  with  warm  salty  water  (jala  neti),   The  commonest  cause  of  weight  gain  is  overeating  and  eye  baths  and  eye  drops.  Colon  cleansing   underexercising.  Food  can  be  used  to  push  down  is  also  important  using  herbs  such  as   uncomfortable  emotions.  Pitta  body  types  tend  to  triphala,  castor  oil  or  senna.  The  immune   overeat  to  suppress  feelings  of  stress  or  frustration.  response  can  be  pacified  with  herbs  such   Vata  constitutions  use  food  as  a  diversion  from  anxiety  as  gooseberry,  coriander  leaves,  shirisha,   and  fear.  Kapha  types  commonly  eat  for  comfort  or  as  turmeric,  black  cumin,  fenugreek,  holy   a  love  substitute  when  lonely,  depressed  or  bored.  The  basil,  golden  seal  and  echinacea.  To  fortify   best  way  to  overcome  this  automatic  behaviour  is  to  membranes  there  are  excellent  Ayurvedic   be  conscious  of  the  underlying  emotional  hunger  that  nasal  drops  called  Anu  thailam,  containing   is  being  masked  by  physical  hunger.  Awareness  before  Web: www.ayurvedaelements.com • Email: ayurvedaelements@gmail.com17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067Phone- 0011 61 2 9904 7754 • Texts 0425 233 426  
  5. 5. 5A-Z HerbsBy Caroline Robertson ND  and  during  eating  by  chewing  well,  breathing,  remaining  silent  and  eating  away  from  diversions  such  as  television  help  one  to  focus  on  the  body  and  mind’s  response  to  the  process.  If  you  avoiding  snacking  and  eat  a  regular  light  breakfast,  a  substantial  lunch  and  an  early  dinner  you  assist  the  body  to  digest  food  efficiently.  A  liquid  juice  or  vegetable  fast  one  day  a  week  can  aid  the  liquefaction  and  elimination  of  toxins  from  the  system.  It  can  also  help  to  normalise  the  metabolism  and  appetite.    A  kapha  diet  is  suitable  for  simple  cases  of  weight  gain.  This  suggests  avoidance  of  animal  fat,  deep  fried  foods,  sugar,  dairy,  alcohol,  nuts  and  eating  out.  Items  that  support  weight  loss  include  light,  warm,  bitter,  pungent  and  astringent  foods.  Some  examples  of  these  are  apples,  pears,  pomegranates,  cranberries,  honey,  beans,  barley,  corn,  millet,  buckwheat,  rye,  spices  (except  salt),  asparagus,  eggplant,  green  leafy  vegetables,  celery  and  sprouts.  Drinking  warm  herbal  teas  with  honey  can  help  to  cleanse  the  channels  and  allay  hunger.  Pranayama  breathing  also  stimulates  proper  digestion,  assimilation  and  elimination  of  meals.    Herbs  Along  with  diet,  exercise  and  mental  attitude,  Ayurveda  has  some  powerful  fat  and  toxin  reducing  herbs  to  facilitate  weight  loss.  These  include  triphala  (amalaki,  bhibitaki  and  haritaki),  Indian  myrhh  (guggulu),  vidanga,  turmeric,  fenugreek  and  ginger.    Lifestyle  Seeking  alternative  sources  of  energy  and  pleasure  helps  one  to  cultivate  a  taste  for  life  rather  than  trying  to  get  it  solely  from  food.  Walking  on  the  earth,  soaking  up  the  sun,  breathing  in  the  ocean  air  and  pursuing  an  engrossing  hobby  can  all  help  one  to  reduce  the  dependence  on  food  for  vitality  and  stimulation.  Web: www.ayurvedaelements.com • Email: ayurvedaelements@gmail.com17 Orchard Road, Chatswood NSW Australia 2067Phone- 0011 61 2 9904 7754 • Texts 0425 233 426  

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