Keeping Well When Monsoon DwellsWritten by Dr.SavithaSuri
First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.
The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, gastro intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt. Puddles of water formed due to rain become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria and dengue fever. As a precautionary measure against mosquito bite born diseases one can use mosquito net around bed which is better choice to mosquito repellants like mats and coils. A mosquito repellant cream is best choice when you are away from home. Fumigating house with smoke of dried neem leaves in evenings for 1-2 minutes is an excellent ayurvedic method to keep mosquitoes away.
Pollution of drinking water during monsoon is very common. It is very necessary to drink clean and pure water when water borne monsoon diseases like diarrhea and gastro intestinal infections threaten us. Drinking boiled water at home is strongly recommended to tap water. Prefer mineral water of government certified companies when you are away from home.
Walking in dirty water during rainy season leads to numerous fungal infections which affect toes and nails. Diabetic patients have to take a special care about their feet. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Avoid walking in dirty water. Keep your shoes, socks and raincoats dry and clean. Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is recommended in ayurvedic texts.
Precautions have to be taken to prevent dampness and growth of fungus (mold) on and around house where asthmatic patients live. Avoid fumigation in case of asthmatic patients.
Ayurvedic Tips to increase body immunity and preventing diseases of monsoon. 1.The digestive system gets weakened due to dehydration in summer. This leads to low digestive power. This is further weakened by vitiation of doshas and dhatus due to monsoon. Hence following diets which increase power of digestion and strengthen digestive system would be beneficial in rainy season. •Light foods prepared out of old barley, rice and wheat. •Sour and salted soups of vegetables. •Drinking boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey. •Consuming little quantity of wine prepared out of grapes. •Adding ginger and green gram in daily diet. •Eating warm food. 2.Avoid following Sleeping in daytime. Over physical exertion. Over exposure to sun. 3.Always keep surrounding dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around. 4.Keep your body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down. 5.Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths. 6.Dry your feet and webs with soft dry cloth whenever they are wet. 7.Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs. 8.Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads. 9.Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated. 10.Do not allow kids to play in stagnant polluted water filled puddles.
Ayurveda remedies for Erectile dysfunctionWritten by Dr.SavithaSuri
Definition of Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or needs of his partner. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes called as "impotence". The term "erectile dysfunction" can mean inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or ability to achieve only brief erections. Ayurveda defines Erectile dysfunction or ED as follows. Sankalpapravano nityam priyaam vashyaamapi sthreeyam || na yaathi lingashaithilyaath kadaachidyaathi vaa yadi | Shwaasaarthaha swinnagaatrshcha moghasankalpacheshtitaha || mlaanashishnashcha nirbeejaha syodetat klaibyalaxanam | This means even though a man has a strong desire to perform sexual act with a cooperative partner , he can not perform sexual act because of looseness (absence of erection ) of his phallus ( penis). Even if he performs sexual act with his determined efforts he does not get erection and gets afflicted with tiredness, perspiration and frustration to perform sex Physiology of erection The two chambers of penis (corpora cavernosa,) which run throught organ are filled with spongy tissue. The corpora cavernosa are surrounded by a membrane, called tunica albuginea. The spongy tissue contains smooth muscles, fibrous tissues, spaces, veins, and arteries. The urethra, which is channel for urine and semen runs along underside of corpora cavernosa.. Due to sensory or mental stimulation, or both, erection begins. Due to impulses from brain and local nerves muscles of corpora cavernosa relax and allow blood to flow in and fill spaces of spongy tissue. The flow of blood creates pressure in corpora cavernosa, making penis expand. The tunica albuginea helps trap blood in chambers, thereby sustaining erection. When muscles in penis contract to stop inflow of blood and open outflow channels, erection recedes. In ayurveda physiology of erection and ejaculation is described as follows Vrishunow basthimedram cha naabhyuuru vankshnow gudam| Apaanasthaanamantrasthaha shukra mootra shakrunti cha|| The "apaanavayu" one of five types of vayu is located in testicles, urinary bladder, phallus, umbilicus, thighs, groin, anus and colon. Its functions are ejaculation of semen, voiding of urine and stools". Shushruta explains process of erection and ejaculation as " When a man has desire (iccha) to have sex, his response to touch increases ( Vayu located in skin causes flow of signals from skin to brain, thus causing sensation of touch). This causes arousal or "harsha" . Arousal or Harsha intensifies actions of vayu and at this moment highly active vayu liberates "teja "or heat of pitta. Thus tejas and vayu increase body temperature , heart beat and blood flow causing erection. " Causes of ED Erection requires a sequence of events. Erectile dysfunction can occur when any of events is disturbed. Nerve impulses in brain, spinal column, around penis and response in muscles, fibrous tissues, veins, and arteries in and around corpora cavernosa constitute this sequence of events. Injury to any of these parts which are part of this sequence ( nerves, arteries, smooth muscles, fibrous tissue ) can cause ED. Lowered level of testosterone hormone: The primary male hormone is testosterone. After age 40, a man's testosterone level gradually declines. About 5% of men that doctors see for erectile dysfunction have low testosterone levels. In many of these cases, low testosterone causes lower sexual interest, not erectile dysfunction. The whole male body responds to testosterone. Even sushruta has illustrated about this response of body to element "Shukra" . He has said "yatha payasi sarpistu goodashchekshow raso yatha shareereshu tatha shukram nrinaam vidyaadhbishagwara" This means " The shukra ( element which helps in reproduction) is present all over body . This can be explained with following examples. 1.The ghee is present in milk in an invisible form. This is extracted from milk using many processes. 2.The sugar is present all over sugarcane. It is extracted by subjecting sugarcane to number of processes. Same way shukra is present all over body. But cream of shukra (semen) comes out of body only during process of ejaculation. But this process of ejaculation needs a joyful union of mind and body. Decrease in production of "Shukra" causes erectile dysfunction.