treatment, knowledge of prakriti is very important.
For e.g., a knowledge of vata prakriti is always
likely to get vatika type of diseases and in him
diseases of other type don't give much trouble or
are easily curable. To prevent the occurrence of
diseases, the individual having vata prakriti should
always avoid such factors as would aggravate vata
and resort to vata-alleviating food,
and regime. Food ingredients which are unctuous
and hot are likely to suit him most whereas to a
pitta prakriti man cold things will be more suitable.
Similarly while administering medicines, other things
being equal, a pitta prakriti patient is to be given
cooling medicine and kapha(cough) prakriti patient
is to be given heating medicine having bitterness,
dryness, roughness etc.
Lumbago is a pain caused by severe and prolonged spasm
of the muscles in the lower back region. It is usually
caused by fibrositis. It is always accompanied by muscle
tenderness and pain either in the centre or the back or
on one side. The onset of this disease is often very sudden
and acute. Sprain or chronic constipation precipitates
this disease.It is usually occurs in old age and is found
more in males than in females.
Prasarani is the drug of choice of the treatment of this
condition. It is used both externally and internally.
The juice of this plant is boiled with gingelly oil by
following a specific process and this oil, when warm is
used for massage over the afflicted part, 2-3 times a
day. The juice of this plant is given to drink in a dose
of 120 ml. three times a day. For relieving constipation
, the patient should be regularly given castor oil in
a suitable dose early in the morning. The refined castor
oil of BP. or. I.P quality may be given to the patient
in the dose which gives him a clear motions. This should
be repeated daily for about two months or till the pain
is over. Prasarani should be taken for about a month.
Sour and fried things and pulses are strictly prohibited
in this condition. Wheat, bjra and jawar are better than
After taking food, the patient should be advised to walk
or lie down. He should not sit for 15 minutes .Morning
walk is useful. Exposure to cold, strain and weightlifting
are strictly prohibited.
This is painful metabolic disease resulting in inflammation
and chalky deposits in the joints due to disturbance of
the purine metabolism in the body. In ayurveda this is
known as vatarakta. The characteristic features of this
disease are the involvement of the big toe in the beginning
which becomes acutely painful and swollen. Gradually other
joints are involved and the patient experiences difficulty
in walking, talking and even moving.
This disease is caused by vata in the beginning
Panchatikta ghrita is given to the patient in a
dose of two teaspoonfuls twice daily, on the empty
stomach mixed with warm milk. This should be continued
for about 1 days. For external application Guduchyadi
taila is to be given. the important ingredient of
this medicated oil is guduchi.
guggulu is the drug of choice for the treatment
of this condition. It is given in a dose of five
tablets three times a day. This should be followed
by 60ml of decoction of manjistha . Bowels of the
patient should be kept clear, and if required the
powder of haritaki should be given to the in a dose
of two teaspoonfuls at bedtime with warm water.
The root bark of ashvattha tree is useful in this
condition. In a decoction form it is given in a
dose of 60ml. daily.
Freshly harvested rice and wheat should not be given to
the patient. Old rice, wheat, moong dal, meat soup, garlic,
onion, bitter gourd, papaya and green banana can be taken
to the patient. Curd and any other sour articles of food
, heavy food articles and fried things are prohibited.
The patient should not perform any violent exercise. He
should not sit idle either. Exposure to cold wind and
rain, and cold water bath are strictly contraindicated.
Rheumatism is a disease marked by inflammation and pain
in joints and muscles, usually recurrent and often caused
due to exposure to cold. It is at time associated with
fever. It is not treated in time it may be affect with
heart. In Ayurveda it is known as amavata. This disease
is caused by production and circulation of a substance
called ama in the body. This ama is produced by improper
digestion as well as metabolism, and it gets lodged in
The suitable medicine for the treatment of this
condition are Simhanada guggulu. The main ingredient
of the medicine for this treatment is guggulu. The
patients having constipative tendency Simhanada
guggulu is more useful. For any other type of patients,
Mahayogaraja guggulu is a better medicine.
The dose of both of them is , in the beginning ,
two tablets 3 times a day. After the intake of this
medicine , healthy patients should be given a cup
of warm water. For a weak and emaciated patients
a cup of milk is indicated.
Curd, other sour things, pulses and their preparation
are contra-indicated in this condition. Fried things and
exceedingly cold things should be avoided as far as possible.
Sleep during daytime is prohibited. The patient should
resort to only restricted physical exercise. Long walks
at a fast speed and any exercise involving violent movement
should be avoided.
Rheumatoid arthritis a generally progressive disease affecting
primarily the joints which become swollen and painful.
The muscles, ligaments, synovial membrane and the cartilages
get inflamed and therefore movement of the joints becomes
extremely painful. If it goes unchecked and the joint
remains immobilized for long periods, ankylosis occurs.
This leads to deformity and difficulty in movement.
Mahayogaraj guggulu is given to the patient. In winter
season it is given in a dose of two tablets 4 times a
day. In summer season it is given in the dose of two tablets
two times a day. Hot water or milk is given to the patient
after these tablets. They are more effective when taken
on empty stomach. Meditated oil namely Mahanarayana taila
should be used for gentle massage over the joints.
In the beginning the disease is affects the small joints
in fingers. Stiffness of the small muscles of the hands
is generally the next event and the fingers tend to get
curved and ultimately become fixed. The infection then
spread towards the trunk involving the wrist joints, ankle
joints, elbow joints, knee joints, shoulders, hip and
jaw. If the bigger joints are affected then Brihadvata
chintamani is the drug of choice. It is given in the dose
of .250gm 2 or 3 times a day, depending on the intensity
of the pain. The condition of the patient has become chronic,
Mahayogaraj guggulu and Brihadvata chintamani , a decoction
called maharasnadi kwattha should be given to the patient.
Sour things, including curd are strictly prohibited. Pulses
and preparations of pulses, fried things and constipating
food should be shunned. Garlic and ginger are useful for
the patient, it should be given to the patient twice daily
along with food. Rice should be avoided.
Light and gentle exercise are always needed for the patient.
He should not expose himself to cold wind or rain. Taking
bath in cold water is also avoided. He should not drink
During the contraction of the pressure exerted on the
walls of the arteries is called systolic pressure, and
during dilatation of the heart, the pressure exerted is
called diastolic pressure. Blood pressure varies from
person to person depending upon age, sex, physical and
mental work. Blood pressure increases during fear, anger
and excitement. Blood pressure goes up because of the
vitiation of vayu.
Lasuna or garlic is an excellent drug. Garlic produces
a heating effect on the body when taken raw. Garlic
made into paste and mixed with buttermilk is very
effective in the treatment of the condition. Sarpagandha
is commonly used in the treatment of high blood
pressure by Ayurvedic physicians. The drug is also
used very widely in the allopathic system of medicine.
ayurveda the root of the root of this drug is used
in raw state. The powder of the drug is given to
the adult patient half teaspoonful 3 times a day.
The patient suffering from chronic hypertension,
dhara therapy is most effective. Meditated oil boiled
with bala and milk is used in this therapy. The
oil prepared by boiling bala with milk one hundred
times is known as Shatavartita kshirabala taila.
Five drops of this oil should be given to the patient
internally with a cup of milk every day . This is
effective in reducing high blood pressure.
The patient should not be given hot and spicy food and
should avoid salt as far as possible. Hydrogenated oil
should be strictly avoided. Vegetables like bitter gourd,
drumsticks, patola and bimbi are most useful. He can take
all types of dry fruits. Orange, apple, banana and guava
are very useful. Fruits and boiled vegetables are better
than cereals and pulses for these patients.
The patient should not be permitted to remain awake for
a long time at night. Mental strain at any form should
be avoided. He can undertake physical exercise to some