Spring and Ayurvedic medicine

April 7, 2014

Spring and Ayurvedic medicine

Many centuries ago the ancient Vedic medicine was used to purify the human body in the spring, after the long winters: the season in which the intake of fatty foods and high-protein had the task of creating body fat stores to be used in the absence of food.

The crucial moment of body purification in Ayurvedic medicine is Panchakarma, in the spring; it is a sequence of five acts precise and targeted physicians dedicated to the profound and radical removal of toxins from the body, depending on the imbalance of the patient’s constitution (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).

Panchakarma means a set based on five therapeutic actions. These are classically described in:

  • Vamana – therapeutic emesis,
  • Virechana – use of laxatives, or Vashti Basti – enema with decoctions and medicated oils,
  • Nasya – instillation of medication into the nostrils,
  • Rakta Mokshana – bloodletting.

Together with the complex action of Panchakarma, which must be evaluated and carried out under close medical observation for a period appropriate to each individual patient, we always recommend the use of Triphala.

It is considered a tridoshica preparation of herbs that work on the three doshas.

There are three fruits: Emblica officinalis (Amla or Amalaki), Terminalia Chebula (Haritaki), Terminalia Bellerica (Bibhitaki).

Emblica officinalis is a powerful antiaging plant and has the highest concentration of vitamin C found in nature: it has about 20 times the vitamin C content in a common orange. Helps naturally longevity and preserves the nutritional quality of the cell. Many studies show that the fruit acts as a radical scavenger.

The natural Amalaki Vitamin C is easily absorbed than the synthetic vitamin C.  Amla vitamin C has a stability at the time and to heat, due to the presence of some tannins that bind to it inhibiting its dissipation. Reacts to the suffering caused by prolonged exposure to toxic heavy metals, such as lead, aluminium and nickel. Increases the number of red blood cells and the percentage of haemoglobin, and reinforces the anabolic phase. Reduces cholesterol levels, too.

Terminalia Chebula has a bitter taste and cleans and detoxifies the organic levels deeper than a laxative: it’s due to the presence of anthraquinones, similar to those found in cascara and rhubarb.

Haritaki, traditionally taken in the spring, is a resource rich in tannins, amino acids, fructose, succinic acid and beta-sitosterol. Terminalia Chebula has anti-spasmodic, astringent, tonic and digestive properties. Its taste is astringent primary, the secondary is sweet, bitter and pungent. The fruit has antibacterial properties. It’s used in case of dropsy, haemorrhoids, diarrhoea and as a potent laxative. It can excrete mucus accumulation in the digestive tract or renal, urinary, circulatory and respiratory. It ‘also considered a strong antiaging for the body, especially for the voice, vision and hair.

Recent studies show that Terminalia Bellerica can reduce the levels of lipids through the body, specifically in the liver and heart. This shows that it has a strong action in preventing the accumulation of fat in the heart or liver, so it can reduce the risk of diseases associated with these organs. Also purifies and balances excess mucus, treats asthma, bronchial disorders, allergies, and hiccups.

The Triphala recommended dose for acute action is 2-3 tablets 3 times a day.

You can use the tablet as a poultice for wounds and to soothe the eye disorders, putting the tablets dissolved in a gauze and apply on the eyes at least three times a day.

In ayurvedic manuals is recommended for cataract prevention.