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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for some people to fall asleep and stay asleep, which often leads to daytime drowsiness. Oftentimes, Insomnia is a side-effect and complicates other health conditions. If a person is over tired, Insomnia will only worsen their conditions, creating a harsh quality of life. If one is dealing with depression, Insomnia may worsen the feelings and condition of their depression.

What are the Symptoms of Insomnia?

Insomnia symptoms may include:
  • Struggling to go to sleep
  • Waking up during sleep
  • Waking up earlier than you wanted
  • Not feeling fulfilled after sleep
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Symptoms of anxiety or depression
  • Struggling to focus on a single task or recalling information
  • More like to make an accident at work
  • Persistent concern about sleep

What are the Causes of Insomnia?

Common causes of chronic insomnia include:
  • Eating Too Late: Eating before your bedtime is OK as long as it is done in moderation. If you have any discomfort after eating late, stop eating so late in the evening.
  • Bad Sleep Habits: Not getting enough sleep often forms from unintentional poor sleep habits. Avoid having an irregular sleep schedule, taking unneeded naps, or consuming drinks that have caffeine in the evening. Try reading before bed or making non-caffeinated tea before going to bed.
  • Sleeping Disorder: Insomnia is often created by sleep disorders like sleep apnea (periodically stop breathing during the night) or restless legs syndrome (legs must constantly be moving while sleeping)
  • Over-stressing: Although it’s essential to stay focused on your activities, over-stressing about your family, finances, health, schoolwork, or work may cause you to overthink, leading you to develop Insomnia.
  • Work Schedule: Some people work during the night, which will likely affect your circadian rhythm (your body’s natural sleep clock). Disrupting your circadian rhythm may lead to insomnia.

When to see a Doctor?

If you begin to notice persistent sleep deprivation or struggle to get a good night’s rest constantly, contact your doctor to get their advice. They may recommend that you see a sleep specialist for testing or prescribe you medicine to help with your drowsiness.

Regular screening: Since insomnia can be genetic, contact your doctor if insomnia runs in your family.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Insomnia

Here are some lifestyle tips to help you overcome your insomnia problems:
  • Try to develop a constant time to go to sleep and wake up every day (including weekends). Although it may be challenging to establish, this sleep schedule will help your body develop a natural circadian rhythm. In addition, avoid taking naps in the day because you may not be as sleepy when it’s time for bed.
  • Try avoiding the screen 30 min before your desired bedtime. The blue light found in screens is known to stimulate the brain, making it difficult for you to sleep.
  • Exercising often will help your body to use its natural energy. Avoid exercising 3-4 hours before bedtime because it may make it more challenging to go to sleep.
  • Let dinner be your last big meal. If necessary, have a light snack in the evening, for this will fill your hunger and not alter your sleep schedule.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Insomnia

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.


What is Dandruff?

Dandruff, scientifically known as Seborrheic dermatitis, is a condition where your body sheds dead scalp cells which then fall out of your hair. It isn’t serious nor contagious; however, it is known to be embarrassing in common culture.

What are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

Typical: Dandruff signs and symptoms tend to flare in the cold and dry seasons, as well as when you are more stressed. Symptoms and signs include:

  • Dead skin flakes (Dandruff) on your shoulder, mustache, bear, eyebrows, or scalp.
  • Irritated scalp
  • Infants show signs of scalp irritations (crusty and scaly)

What are the Causes of Dandruff?

Dandruff is most commonly caused by a lack of blood supply to the scalp. Since there is a lack of oxygen and protein, the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Less commonly, dandruff can be caused by a lack of Vitamin B-6 or an excess Vata Dosha, which makes the skin dry. Dandruff has various causes such as:

  • Dry scalp
  • Oily and Irritated skin
  • Not using enough shampoo
  • Adverse reaction to certain hair products
  • Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

When to see a Doctor?

The majority of dandruff cases don’t require a doctor’s visit. See your dermatologist if your dandruff doesn’t improve after trying over-the-counter dandruff shampoo and trying these Ayurvedic remedies.

Regular screening: Not required because dandruff is self-diagnosable.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Dandruff

  • Wash and clean scalp often
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Use an anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Talk with your dermatologist about a haircare regime.
  • Avoid long sunlight exposure on the scalp
  • Avoid stressful situations or activities

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Dandruff

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Fenugreek | Citrus Lemon | Green Gram | Neem | Aloe Vera | Amla
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.


What is Baldness?

Baldness, scientifically known as Alopecia, is a condition when a person has an absence of hair or what is commonly known as hair loss. Baldness is most noticeable on the scalp, but it can happen anywhere hair grows.

What are the Symptoms of Baldness?

  • Gradual Thinning: Gradual thinning is the predominant type of hair loss generally occurring as people age. It is common for men to notice that the hairline at their forehead may recede. Women typically experience a widening in the part of the scalp. Recently, it has become increasingly common for older women to notice their hairline is receding, like men
  • Bald Spots: For some, hair loss occurs as a patchy bald spot or as a circular pattern on the scalp, eyebrows, or beard. Another symptom that suggests balding is that your skin starts to become painful and itchy, which means it may start to thin or gradually fall out.
  • Sudden Hair Loss: If you have recently experienced an emotional or physical shock, be gentle with your hair. The quick change may cause your hair to come out or be loosely attached to your scalp. If your hair does start to come out, remember that hair loss is temporary, so your hair will likely grow back over time.
  • Full-body Hair Loss: Full-body hair loss occurs because of certain diseases or certain treatments like chemotherapy.

What are the Causes of Baldness?

In general, people lose somewhere between 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, which is approximately the same rate at which your body replenishes it. However, hair loss occurs when your body’s ability to replenish hair falls below the amount of hair being lost. In Ayurveda, hair loss is a result of body type and improper balance of dosha. Those that are Pitta or have excess Pitta in their system are more likely to experience balding or find that their hair becomes grey before their peers. Here are some causes for baldness:

  • Genetic: Hair loss occurs most commonly in those that have received the gene that causes hair loss as a person ages, scientifically known as androgenic alopecia. Hair loss in the form usually occurs in predictable patterns and gradually. In women, it means widening of the part on the scalp. For men, that means bald spots and a receding hairline.
  • Medical Conditions and Hormonal Changes: A variety of medical conditions and hormonal changes can cause temporary or permanent hair loss, such as hormonal changes in menopause, thyroid problems, childbirth, or pregnancy. Health conditions such as Alopecia areata occur when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles. Other health conditions include trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), ringworm, and scalp infections.
  • Medication Side-Effect: Hair loss can be a side-effect of various medications used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, cancer, depression, arthritis, heart problems, and gout pressure. Consult your healthcare provider if any of your current supplements or medications may lead to hair loss.
  • Radiation From Chemotherapy: When enrolled in treatment programs like chemotherapy for cancer, the hair may not grow back because chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells. The hair follicles are one of the most quickly dividing cells within the body, so it’s very common for chemotherapy patients to lose their hair. If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, consider using a cooling cap, which can reduce your risk of losing hair during chemotherapy. After treatment, the hair typically grows back with no significant repercussions.
  • Stressful or Traumatic Events: After an extremely emotional or physical shock, the body may show signs of general thinning or hair loss; however, this type of hair loss is almost always temporary.
  • Hairstyles and Treatment: Predominantly in women, those that try hairstyles that pull their hair tight, such as tight pigtails or cornrows, may cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. In addition, hot-oil hair treatments or permanent ones can also cause hair loss. While brushing and combing, use a hair detangler and avoid tugging. Try a wide-toothed comb to get the knots out. Try to limit hair tension from braids, barrettes, and rubber bands. Lastly, avoid permanents, hot-oil treatments, curling irons, or hot rollers because these treatments can be harsh.
  • Avoiding Smoking and Ultraviolet Light: While outside, protect your scalp from direct sunlight and ultraviolet light. Avoid smoking because new studies have shown a correlation between smoking tobacco products and damaged hair follicles.

When to see a Doctor?

Generally, balding is a gradual process that occurs over time and comes with age. If you notice constant hair loss, see your doctor and voice your concerns because they will likely be able to help. Like any health condition, it’s essential to seek help early rather than waiting. For women who struggle with their hairline receding, consult a trusted physician. If you seek help earlier, you are more likely to avoid permanent baldness.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Baldness

  • Aloe Vera: Try drinking ⅓ cup of Aloe Vera Juice or a (1) tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel with a pinch of Cumin about three times a day for about three months.
  • Anti-stress Tea: Eliminating stress will help to reduce the chances of balding. Make a tea with ½ teaspoon of Jatamansi and ½ teaspoon of Brahmi in 1 cup of hot water. Drink 2 or 3 times per day.
  • Food For Your Hair: Your diet dictates the healthiness and strength of your hair. Consider adding dairy products like yogurt, milk, and cheese to your diet. Other foods like daikon, white radish, coconut, cabbage, and cooked apples are all great for you and your hair. Try a handful of white sesame seeds in the morning because it’s rich with 1,200mg of Calcium and Magnesium, which is excellent for your hair.
  • Herbs For Your Hair: Certain herbs can be used to help maintain healthy hair. Try this formula: five parts Dashamoola, four parts Bhringaraj, and three parts Jatamansi. At bedtime, add ½ teaspoon of this mixture to 1 cup of goat’s milk, let it boil, and drink. This formulation will help to maintain your bone health and support your hair health.
  • Massage: Stiffness in your neck and whiplash from a car accident or rollercoaster ride may also contribute to your hair loss. To relieve pain and relax your neck muscles, massage your shoulder and neck muscles before showering.
  • Meditate for Relaxation: Meditation is a great way to reduce tension and stress. Try sitting quietly, taking deep breaths in and out, and observing your breathing. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to focus on your breath.
  • Mineral Supplements: Mineral supplements like calcium, magnesium, and zinc will help to improve your hair health. Try taking supplements with these specifications: Calcium 1,200 mg. Magnesium 600 mg. Zinc 60 mg. (take at bedtime).
  • Oil Massage: Another effective way to pacify pitta is to rub some coconut oil on your scalp and the soles of your feet at bedtime. Wear some old socks to keep the coconut oil from getting all over your sheets. As for the pillow, cover it with a towel so it won’t get damaged by the oil. Try to massage your scalp with Brahmi oil, vitamin E oil, or Bhringraj oil when you’re getting ready for bed to prevent unnecessary hair loss. The massage will aid scalp circulation by targeting the follicle. The combination of the oil and the massage will bring the minerals necessary for healthy hair.
  • Yoga Postures: Yoga postures such as the Cow pose, Cobra pose, Camel pose, and Shoulder stand may help relax any tension in your neck and indirectly support your hair healthy.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Baldness

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Amla I Bhringraj I Shikakai I Reetha I Coconut I Aloe Vera I Fenugreek I Jojoba I Yogurt I Neem
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:

Aloe vera I Coconut Oil I Bhringraj I Jatamansi


What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea, sometimes written as Diarrhoea, is when a person has more frequent, watery, and loose bowel movements. Luckily, diarrhea, unlike other diseases, lasts no longer than a couple days. If diarrhea occurs for a week, it’s likely because the Agni (aka the digestive fire) has become weak. Ayurveda aims to strengthen Agni and calm whatever dosha (generally pitta) is aggravated.

What are the Symptoms of Diarrhea?


  • Stomach cramps and pain
  • Stools with blood
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loose, watery stools
  • Sudden desire for bowel movement

Might Experience:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Nausea

What are the Causes of Diarrhea?

  • Viruses: Many viruses cause diarrhea, such as viral Hepatitis, Cytomegalovirus, and Norwalk virus. Children commonly catch Rotavirus, which then leads to diarrhea. Also, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) includes diarrhea as one of the symptoms.
  • Parasites and Bacteria: Food or water that is contaminated can bring parasites or bacteria to you. When considering traveling and from developing countries, many tourists may get sick because developing countries often have new bacteria in their food that tend to give the traveler diarrhea. This is commonly called “traveler’s diarrhea.” Diarrhea occurs when bacteria, viruses, parasitic organisms such as Campylobacter, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella, Clostridium difficile colitis, and Shigella enter the body.
  • Medications: Medications like antibiotics, cancer drugs, and antacids may lead to diarrhea. If this is one of the possible side-effects of consuming the medicine, do not be alarmed. However, if diarrhea is not a side effect, contact your doctor immediately.

    Lactose Intolerance: For those that are Lactose Intolerant or commonly have diarrhea after consuming dairy-rich products like milk, ice cream, and butter, avoid consuming those products because the enzyme helps to break down lactose drops after childhood.

  • Fructose: Commonly found in honey, fruits, and sweeteners, some people may struggle to digest fructose, which may lead to diarrhea.
  • Surgery: Gallbladder removal or abdominal surgeries can occasionally cause diarrhea.
  • Other digestive disorders: Chronic diarrhea can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, microscopic colitis, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

When to see a Doctor?

For Adults: If there is no severe illness, diarrhea is usually relatively easy to control. However, this condition can also be a symptom of a more serious illness if these home remedies don’t work in 2 or 3 days. Call your doctor if you notice one of the following symptoms occur:

  • Diarrhea persists beyond a few days
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal or rectal pain
  • Bloody or black stools
  • Fever above Fever above 102°F

For child: Contact your child’s doctor if their diarrhea doesn’t improve in a day or if the child has the following symptoms:

  • Dehydrated
  • Fever above 102°F
  • Black or bloody stools

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diarrhea

  • Apple A Day: Often, babies’ experiences can be cured by feeding them cooked apples. By removing the seeds and the skin and cooking the apple in ½ teaspoon ghee, a pinch of cardamom, and a small pinch of ginger. Stir it and cool.
  • Avoid Dehydration: Diarrhea often causes dehydration. Add one (1) teaspoon of natural sugar, 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and a pinch of salt to a pint of room-temperature clean water, and sip throughout the day.
  • Fully cook all foods: Ensure that all foods are fully cooked so that there are no unwanted bacteria remaining.
  • Obtain Hepatitis A and Typhoid Vaccinations: Ensure that you are up-to-date on all of your vaccinations. This will significantly reduce your risk of getting sick to bacteria.
  • Pacify Pitta: Reduce pitta in your diet by avoiding spicy or fermented foods.
  • Wash hands frequently: Lather hands with soap and wash for at least 20 seconds with hot water. When washing isn’t possible, use hand sanitizer.
  • When Traveling: While traveling to developing countries, watch what you eat, drink, check travel warnings, and ask a doctor for antibiotics if necessary.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Diarrhea

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
  • Try ½ teaspoon ginger powder with one (1) teaspoon raw natural sugar. Mix together, and chew the mixture with some warm water. Take 2 or 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days.
  • For acute diarrhea, mix ½ teaspoon of fennel powder with ½ teaspoon of ginger powder, and chew this mixture 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Try drinking a cup of hot black coffee with 10 drops of lime juice and a pinch of cardamom or nutmeg.
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

What is Bad Breath?

Bad breath, scientifically known as Halitosis, is when one person’s breath smells foul, often due to some underlying condition or situation. For some, this is because there is some form of system toxicity, likely residing in the mouth, intestine, or colon. Less commonly, bad breath is a symptom of chronic malabsorption or indigestion. If your digestive system is slow or weak, your food may begin to ferment inside the intestinal tract leading to the creation of ama, which has an unpleasant smell.

Go to a mirror and stick out your tongue. If the back part has a coating, that’s a strong suggestion that ama may have developed. As a result, you may have bad breath. Ayurveda suggests that it’s easiest to target the ama and destroy the root cause of the condition. Continue reading to find out how to destroy the root cause.

What are the Symptoms of Bad Breath?

Typical: Depending on the underlying reason, the strength and smell of bad breath odors tend to vary. Some people worry when their breath actually has no smell and vice versa where some have bad breath and don’t even know. It is difficult to assess your own bad breath, so ask a relative or close friend to check your breath situation.

What are the Causes of Bad Breath?

  • Food: Leftover food from meals can leave small food particles around your teeth, which often attract bacteria. As a result, you may experience bad breath. In addition, certain foods such as but not limited to, spices, garlic, and onions may cause bad breath. Even after you consumed these bad-smelling foods, your body digests them and they enter the bloodstream, which is carried to the lungs and creating bad breath.
  • Tobacco Products: Smoking tobacco products will create a distinct and foul-smelling mouth odor. Oral tobacco users and smokers increase their chances of getting gum disease by smoking, which is another way to have bad breath. Lastly, smoking damages your lungs and leaves a foul smell that can remain for long after one stops smoking.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Those that don’t brush their teeth or floss regularly are more prone to having bad breath because the food particles stay in your mouth leading to the creation of bacteria, and therefore bad breath. Plaque, a colorless sticky film made of bacteria often forms after consuming sugary items or after periods of not brushing your teeth. If not fully brushed away, it can lead to permanent teeth and gum damage. Additionally, your tongue can house bacteria on the top, so be sure to clean it while brushing your teeth.
  • Dry Mouth: Saliva is a vital tool for maintaining oral health and avoiding bad breath. Those that struggle from dry mouth, a condition where one struggles to produce saliva, are more likely to have bad breath because saliva removes the particles and bacteria that create bad breath. Dry mouth, scientifically known as xerostomia, also naturally occurs during rest, leading to some having “morning breath,” which is typically worse for those that sleep with their mouth open. Be sure to brush your teeth every morning to eliminate your “morning breath.” Lastly, some may have a chronic dry mouth which will make long-term saliva production difficult, making bad breath a symptom. Consult your doctor if you think you may have chronic dry mouth.
  • Medications: Some medications have a side-effect of dry mouth which can lead to bad breath. Others have chemicals that, once broken down, are carried to the lungs and then create bad breath. Additionally, bad breath can be a result of tooth decay, gum disease, post-oral surgery, or mouth sores.

When to see a Doctor?

The cause of the majority of bad breath cases is poor oral hygiene habits. If you are still experiencing bad breath, contact your dentist. If your dentist is worried that a more serious condition is causing your bad breath, they will likely refer you to a physician to find the cause of the odor.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Bad Breath

  • Eating Habits: Avoid eating heavy meals, cold drinks, ice cream, cheese, and yogurt because those foods slow digestion which will likely increase ama.
  • Maintain Healthy Teeth and Gums: Practice good oral habits by brushing your teeth both morning and night for two (2) minutes each and using dental floss. If your bad breath persists, try cleaning your teeth after every meal with an Ayurvedic toothpaste that contains neem.
  • Yoga Postures: For combatting breath, try yoga postures such as the Mudra, the Lion Pose, and the Lotus Posture with a forward bend.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Bad Breath

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
  • After lunch and dinner, chew a single teaspoon of roasted fennel and cumin seeds that are mixed half and half. This will help to detoxify the colon, therefore improving digestion.
  • Drink ½ cup of aloe vera juice twice a day until freshness is restored to the breath.
  • Slowly chewing one or two cardamom seeds also helps to minimize bad breath. Cardamom aids digestion and helps to reduce ama.
  • After eating a meal, try cumincorianderfennel tea (equal proportions) as a digestive aid. Use about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of each Ayurvedic herb in a cup of hot water.
  • Add ginger (which acts as an enzyme to activate your saliva) to lemon juice to create an at-home mouthwash.

Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:


What is Anxiety?

Anxiety refers to a combination of feelings of fear, stress, and being overwhelmed. Often associated with insomnia and feelings of fear, it is due primarily to aggravation of Vata dosha in the nervous system. To properly treat anxiety, one must balance Vata. Anxiety attacks are when a person quickly begins to feel fear for no apparent reason. For the first few times, these panic attacks are difficult to recognize. However, the more anxiety attacks a person has the more aware they become.

What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Typical: Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
  • Avoid people or things that trigger worry
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Feeling impending danger
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Hyperventilating
  • Lack of sleep
  • Nervousness, restlessness, and tension
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Trembling and sweating

What are the Causes of Anxiety?

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems (like hyperthyroidism)
  • Respiratory disorders (like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma)
  • Drug misuse or withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from alcohol, or anti-anxiety medications, or other medications
  • Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rare tumors that produce certain fight-or-flight hormones

When to see a Doctor?

  • Your relationships, work abilities, or daily life is negatively affected by how much you worry
  • You struggle mustering the energy to complete daily tasks, struggle with drug and alcohol usage, or have mental health issues that are overwhelming or controlling your choices
  • Your anxiety can have a connection with your physical health problems
  • If you have made a plan to commit suicide or have considered it, please get treatment immediately
If your worries do not go away on their own, don’t wait to seek help because it’s easier for you to get better if you seek help early. Find a mental health professional and seek treatment before any permanent damage is done because of your anxiety

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Anxiety

  • Get Help Early: Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, will likely be harder to treat if you wait. Please seek help early if you may think you have anxiety.
  • Stay Active: Do activities that you enjoy and make you feel better about yourself. Focus on meaningful relationships, especially those that lessen your worries.
  • Avoid Drugs and Alcohol: Consuming alcohol and drugs may create problems that worsen your anxiety. If you’re addicted to any of these substances, quitting may increase your anxiety. If you can’t stop on your own, see your doctor or find a support group to help you.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Anxiety

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Ginger | Gotu Kola | Chitrak

Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Brahmi | Bhringraj | Ashwagandha | Tulsi