Doctor's Thoughts on The Most Common Questions
This is a special post. Where we had the chance to pick our in-house Doctor’s brain—Dr. Dwivedi—on some of the most common questions we get asked on our Doctor Consultation page. This will cover understanding how to best prep for the monsoons, to natural treatments for cough, and skin care routines.
First our doctor had the chance to elaborate on the differences between Ayurvedic and Allopathic medicine. The latter being primarily focused around treating the symptoms rather than the root ailment. Also allopathic medication can often times have harmful side effects.
Now, Ayurveda may have side effects, but in most cases they are negligible to non-existent. Naturally, consulting a medical professional here would be ideal. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to medicine examining four key aspects. These are Ahar (diet), Vihar (lifestyle), Achar (conduct) and Vichar (ideation or ethics, essentially what you think). As such Ayurveda approaches healing in a comprehensive way in contrast to allopathic medication.
In order to completely facilitate an Ayurvedic lifestyle over the monsoons it is best to follow Ritucharya. You can read more about it here. That would be a complete way for Ayurveda in the monsoons. Additionally you can follow simple remedies to avoid getting a cold or cough.
The first is to stay dry. The monsoons, especially rain puddles in the city can have bacteria that may get you very ill with diseases like leptospirosis. So if you do get wet, make sure to rinse thoroughly and clean any open wounds with an antibacterial agent (try aloe vera). Not to mention aloe vera can be a great part of your natural skin care routine.
If you develop a cough, you can treat it with Sitopaladi Churna that you can make yourself by mixing the following together:
Sitopala – Sugar candy powder – 16 parts
Vamsalochana (Inner white part of a bamboo) – 8 parts
Pippali (long pepper) – 4 parts
Ela (Cardamom) – 2 parts
Twak (Cinnamon) – 1 part
Store this in an airtight container.
Or you can buy it directly here.
This is what the good doctor had to say about taking care of your skin during the monsoons.
The last bit of knowledge the doctor talked about with us, is a common fitness question. How to lose weight fast?
Essentially, the doctor suggested that the Ayurvedic cures for weight loss, or any cure for weight loss hinges on one specific thing. You need to consume less calories than you burn naturally. The average person consumes anywhere from 1500 to 2200 calories a day. Going on a 200-calorie deficit will get you weight loss.
That being said there are a few Ayurvedic remedies to help speed up the process.
- Stay away from Kapha foods.
- Do not nap during the day, or sit in front of the tele with food. Specially, if you might be obese.
- Drink honey and cold water daily.
- Have triphala to help your digestive tract and regularize bowel movements.
There are heaps of questions out there, the best way to access our doctors is to give us a call or fill out the doctor consultation form and they will get right back to you!