Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body – Part 2

At Turiya Wellness Center, we had 3 day wellness workshops from July 28-30, 2017. The topic on day 1 was Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body. The lecture was delivered by Dr.Sanjay, MBBS MDRD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiodiagnosis, K R Hospital, Mysore medical college and research Institute. We are sharing here the highlights from the talk as written down by one of the participants – Mrs.Geetha Naresh.

The second part of this 3 part blog is about important Vitamins needed for the body and how to make sure we get them.

Vitamin D

The best source of Vitamin D is the morning sunlight. Now we hear more and more Indians living even in South India having Vitamin D deficiency. Earlier it used to be a problem only for people living in cold climate, not having enough exposure to Sunlight. But now in most urban areas, our lifestyle involves being mostly indoors. We don’t make use of the morning sunlight which is natural, free and assured almost every. The blood test to test for Vitamin costs over Rs.1000/-, and most test results will show deficiency. However, the best ways to supplement this deficiency is free. Morning walk, basking in the morning sun, doing Yoga or Surya Namaskar in the morning – all outdoors – helps in eliminating this deficiency. For those with the excuse of time and space to spend time outdoors, there is an alternative available.

Vitamin D sachets which are available in most leading Medical or Organic Stores (60k or 60000 International Units or IU). Take one sachet of this and dissolve in one glass of water and consume once a week for 4 weeks and you will start noticing a stark difference in your energy levels. Anything in excess is toxic so just take it for four weeks @ once a week and this is enough for a whole year.

Vitamin A

Available in carrots and other green vegetables but mainly in Carrots. So include Carrots in your diet once or twice a week and you don’t have to take any artificial supplement.

Vitamin  B – B12

Available in plenty in green leafy vegetables, like spinach, palak, etc. Including in diet once or twice a week will give enough Vitamins B to B12.

However, ensure you wash the vegetables and greens thoroughly in boiled water, or organic liquid cleaner which helps in cleaning the vegetables and fruits thoroughly.

Vitamin C

This is also called a healing vitamin. Vitamin C helps revive/recover quickly from any injury, fracture, etc. While artificial supplements are available in all medical stores, we recommend taking lemon/lime juice, or any citrus fruits. Amla (gooseberry) if natural ones are available, it is recommended. However, it can be supplemented by consuming Amla Powder available in all leading Medical Stores or Organic Stores. Amla has Vitamin C and also is an anti oxidant. It is highly recommended for patients recovering from flu, viral infection, cough, cold, fracture, injury, etc., However people with gastritis and acidity problems need to check with their Physician before taking citrus fruits or Vitamin C supplements.

Vitamin E and K

For non vegetarians it is available in fish. Deep fried fish not recommended as Omega fatty acids are lost. While non-vegetarians can get artificial supplements in the form of fish oil or cod liver oil, for vegetarians it is available in the form of flax seeds which is a natural product.

Multivitamins

Supplement with multivitamin capsules. This covers 100 + vitamins A to K needed for adults.

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Siddha – the ancient healer

Siddha – the ancient healer

ayushThe India Government identified five limbs of Indian traditional healing systems abbreviated as AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopath).

Siddha medicine system, originated several thousand years ago in the area that is now the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. It is practiced as a holistic system of treatment and is an integral part of the culture of society. There is now a lack of popular awareness about the various traditional healing systems, the way it works, and the best option to choose for the condition at hand.

Initiatives are being taken in pockets to revive the Siddha system of healing. J. Jayalalitha, the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, had launched in August this year, a scheme to distribute popular Siddha herbs such as Curry leaf powder, Gooseberry, Pomegranate, to pregnant women in the state.

According to T.V.Sambasivam Pillai, in his book Introduction to Siddha medicine, the agastyaworld ‘siddha’ comes from the word ‘siddhi’ which means ‘an object to be attained’. In Tamil, Siddhar is the one who has attained siddhi and Agasthiya, a foremost Siddhar, is believed to have founded and professed the philosophy of Siddha medicine, and is known as the father of Siddha Medicine.

Very much like Ayurveda, according to the tenets of Siddha, the human body as well as food and drugs, are the replica of the universe. The constituents of the Earth are the same as the constituents of every living organism, including humans, and are same as the constituents of the food we eat or the medicines we take.

With the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether making up everything we know, Siddha medicines too draws strength from these elements. The proportion of these elements vary in each medicinal preparation, which in turn varies their actions and therapeutic results.

siddhaherbsAccording to Siddha, other than the tridoshas of Vata, Pitha and Kapha, there are seven basic tissues and 96 thathvas, that make up our body. The food or the building block converts into tridoshas, tissues and waste. And any disturbance to the delicate balance of tridoshas is considered as an illness.

Siddha medicine considers food as medicine, however a corresponding change in lifestyle, which includes meditation, practice of yoga, pranayama, is necessary to achieve holistic and lasting improvement.

While the basic philosophy sounds very similar to that of Ayurveda, medicines used in Siddha is what sets it apart. The system is unique and rich in ingredients utilizing everything from herbs, metals and minerals among others.

mercury.jpegFor example, nearly 25 varieties of water soluble alkalis and salts, which are inorganic in nature, are used in the making of the medicines. These are called Uppu. About 64 types of minerals – classified as the ones that vaporize in fire – are also utilized. Even metals or alloys such as gold, silver, copper, tin, lead and iron are purified to be added in the medicines. Extracts from conch and corals too are used. However, Mercury, its alloys and Sulphur are the most significant ingredients in Siddha medicine.

The most distinctive feature of Siddha medicine is known as Kayakarpam, which when followed rightly, is the first line of defense against diseases, which is to say is a known immunity booster and also a definitive process to slow aging. Kayakarpam is a unique combination of Karpaviztham (medicines), Karpayogam (lifestyle) and Muppu (universal salts).

Siddha medicine can be effectively used to treat any illness and is proven to heal skin problems, respiratory/ pulmonary diseases, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, gastroenterology-related diseases and fevers.

For appointments in Mysore to consult a senior Siddha doctor and healer, please contact Turiya by Dhatu @ +91-9108046072 , wellness@dhatuorganics.com