Archives for Sep 16, 2021

Rose Lassi

Lassi is a yogurt-based drink very popular in the northern regions of India. It not only keeps you hydrated but also fuels the digestive fire. This recipe uses rosewater for a rose-flavored yogurt drink. This recipe is very beneficial in quenching thirst and providing coolness on hot summer days.

Good for vata dosha.
Pitta if digestion is weak.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes
Serves: 2 persons


  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup of rose water
  • 1 t honey
  • 1 pinch of cardamom powder
  • Few drops of vanilla essence
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt as per taste (preferably Himalayan salt)


  1. Blend together all ingredients with water until fully blended.
  2. Add pink salt if needed and serve.


Dairy yogurt can be replaced with coconut yogurt.
Jaggery or coconut sugar can be used instead of honey.

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Bottle Gourd/Calabash (Doodhi) Halwa

Halwa is a great way to get vital plant nutrients and can be made from any sweet starchy fruit or root such as Carrots, beets, pumpkin, potatoes, etc. Just cook these vegetables with any milk of your choice to make a thick pudding.
Good for Vata.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4 persons


  • 1 cup of shredded bottle gourd (calabash)
  • 1 T Ghee
  • ½ t cinnamon powder
  • ¼ t clove powder
  • ¼ t cardamom powder
  • 1 T raisins
  • 1 T chopped cashews
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 T sugar or Maple syrup
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a saucepan, melt ghee over medium flame.
  2. Add the spices and saute for a minute.
  3. Stir in the cashews and roast them for 3 minutes.
  4. Add grated bottle gourd, raisins, milk, and water and bring it to a boil.
  5. Lower the flame, cover, and let it cook for 1 hour or until the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Add sugar/maple syrup and mix well. Serve warm.


For pitta, use beets instead of bottle gourd and replace cashews with sliced almonds.

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Rectal Itching (pruritus ani)

What is Rectal Itching?

Rectal itching is a common condition that occurs when you have a strong urge to scratch around your anus. This is also called pruritus ani and may have several causes, such as hemorrhoids, skin problems, not maintaining hygiene, etc.

What are the Symptoms of Rectal Itching?

Rectal itching may be linked with inflammation, burnup, and pain. The itchiness and annoyance may be short-term or more enduring, dependent on the reason.

What are the Causes of Rectal Itching?

The causes of rectal itching may be widespread, however, there are some common factors that may trigger rectal itching, such as Fecal incontinency and persistent diarrhea, elevated blood sugar, thyroid, some sexually transferred diseases, Pinworms & yeast contaminations, Skin disorders for example, psoriasis or contact dermatitis, anal tumour, hemorrhoids, etc.

When to see a Doctor?

This is a very common condition and often can be treated by home remedies or it may stop by itself after a few minutes. However, there are some instances when you may need to seek medical help. For example, if your rectal itching is acute and constant, you have rectal bleeding or stool seepage. If your anal area appears infected. You can’t figure out anything triggering the irritation and discomfort for the persistent itching.

Lifestyle Prevention of Rectal Itching

  • Preventing rectal itching is possible by following some measures. However, identifying the causes of rectal itching is important. Because rectal itching may be caused by various reasons and the measures also depend on the cause of the condition.
  • In case your rectal itching is caused by hemorrhoids, you should follow the measures that can prevent hemorrhoids. Such as taking a bath with baking soda, try to soak hemorrhoids in hot water with half a cup of baking soda, applying neem oil, etc.
  • Diet is very important in preventing this condition. You should always try to avoid spicy foods, fermented foods, and those foods which contain yeast.
  • Staying away from alcohol is very important to prevent any condition.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Rectal Itching

There are some Ayurvedic remedies to treat the causes of rectal itching. Some of the herbs are really effective on hemorrhoids, Anal fissures, worms, etc.
  • For Worms: This herbal formula can eradicate worms entirely. Take 5 parts of Vidanga, 2 parts of Shardunika, half part of Trikatu and mix them well to make it a mixture. Use a quarter tsp of this mixture on your infected area two times daily
  • Triphala: Triphala is also a very effective herb in order to treat a number of conditions. So taking half a tsp of triphala in one cup of hot water daily at night will help you.
  • For Hemorrhoids: You can take 2 teaspoons of Isabgol in a glass of water or buttermilk and consume it before going to bed.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Triphala | Neem | Trikatu | Shardunika | Vidanga
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known


What is Rheumatism?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a medical condition that occurs when your own immune system wrongly attacks your own body’s tissues. This is an autoimmune disorder. This condition is a serious medical disorder as it may harm a large range of body structures, involving the eyes, skin, heart, lungs, and blood vessels. This condition causes a painful swelling that can ultimately cause bone loss and joint distortion.

What are the Symptoms of Rheumatism?

There are some typical symptoms of Rheumatism. The most common symptom is sore, warm, and inflamed joints with stiffness. The stiffness worsens after sleep or any post-inactivity phase such as sitting for a long time. You may also experience tiredness, fever, and even loss of hunger. Other than that, there may be some more symptoms that may affect your other body parts and organs such as skin, eyes, lungs, heart, kidneys, etc.

What are the Causes of Rheumatism?

  • There is no evidence to prove what causes Rheumatism. However, there is a possibility that your genes sometimes may react to some environmental factors such as disease from specific microbes or viruses. These may trigger Rheumatism.
  • Let us understand some risk factors that may make you susceptible to this condition.
  • If you are a woman, you have a greater chance than a man to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  • In case you are a middle-aged person, you are at more risk of developing this disease.
  • If there is a history of rheumatoid arthritis in your family, your chance of getting this disease is much higher than others.
  • Smoking cigarettes increases the possibility of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Individuals who are obese seem to be at a slightly greater chance of improving rheumatoid arthritis.

When to see a Doctor?

You need to see your doctor if you are suffering from irritation and pain with swollen joints.

Lifestyle Prevention of Rheumatism

  • Since the exact causes are unknown, preventing Rheumatism is not an easy task. However, it might help you to take some preventive measures in order to live a healthier life and avoid getting this disease.
  • Limiting exposure to environmental contaminants may decrease the risk of developing this disease.
  • Also, opting for a healthier diet can assist you with your treatment and make you strong from within. Sometimes being overweight may cause this condition so try to lose extra fat from your body. If you smoke, quit.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Rheumatism

There are some great herbal remedies to treat the inflammation caused by Rheumatism. Herbs and spices such as Ginger, Thyme, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Garlic, Blak-Pepper, Indian Frankincense, Chamomile tea, etc. are very effective on Rheumatism.
  • Ginger: Ginger is known to be one of the best herbs for treating inflammation. So adding ginger in your diet is very important. You can take ginger supplements or add chopped or grated ginger in your daily recipes. Sipping ginger tea is also very helpful. Make this tea by seething pieces of ginger for 15 minutes in a cup of hot water, and drink two times daily.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that prevent cell loss. So try adding a pinch of cinnamon powder to your smoothies, oatmeals, stews and soups. However, never overuse cinnamon.
  • Chamomile tea: This is also very famous in treating any inflammation related disease for anti-inflammatory properties. Made from 3 g dried flowers in 1 cup of water, two or three times a day.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known

Rectal Bleeding (hematochezia)

What is Rectal Bleeding?

Rectal bleeding is a medical condition that occurs when you see blood on your toilet paper, the water in the commode, or your stool. It means any blood that passes from the anus is rectal bleeding. Rectal bleeding is a symptom of some serious health conditions, such as hemorrhoids, constipation, liver cirrhosis, anal fissures or polyps, etc.

What are the Symptoms of Rectal Bleeding?

  • The most obvious symptom of rectal bleeding is any blood that comes from the anus. When you notice blood in your stool or the toilet paper, you know you have rectal bleeding. The important thing is to keep a check on the stool color and blood color. That indicates different events.
  • If you notice bright red blood, it signals to bleed anywhere in the lower intestinal tract, for instance, the bleeding may be happening from the colon or rectum.
  • In case you see wine-colored blood, it may signal to bleed from your small intestine or the initial section of the colon.
  • Noticing tarry or black stools may be a sign of bleeding from the abdomen or it can be from the higher section of the small intestine.
  • Some more symptoms are associated with rectal bleeding. You may experience symptoms such as confusion, rectal pain, stomach aches, feeling dizzy, etc.

What are the Causes of Rectal Bleeding?

  • Rectal bleeding can be triggered by numerous factors. Some of the most usual factors are discussed below,
  • Anal fissures, which are caused by a tiny scratch in the coating of the anal passage may be the most common cause of rectal bleeding.
  • Constipation can be another main cause of rectal bleeding. When you strain too much to pass the stool, it may cause damage and eventually you end up with rectal bleeding.
  • When you have inflamed and swollen veins in your anus or rectum it is called hemorrhoids. This is also among the leading causes of rectal bleeding.
  • Other than these, there are some less common causes of rectal bleeding that include, Colon polyps, Diarrhea, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Rectal and anal cancer, Colon cancer, Ulcerative colitis, etc.

When to see a Doctor?

Rectal bleeding sometimes may not be a severe condition and can be treated by some home remedies or over-the-counter medications. However, if you are experiencing rectal bleeding with other symptoms, such as loss of consciousness, sore stomach, fast breathing, serious anal pain, etc. then you need to see a doctor immediately.

Lifestyle Prevention of Rectal Bleeding

The best way to prevent rectal bleeding is to prevent its leading causes:
  • To prevent hemorrhoids, it’s essential to maintain supple stools so they can pass effortlessly. To work out this, drink lots of fluids and consume a diet high in fiber. Go to the toilet immediately after you sense the need and avoid straining while passing away stools. Additionally, restrict your time sitting in the bathroom.
  • Anal fissures can be avoided by preventing the irratation of the rectum and wiping with soft tissues, a dampened cloth, or cotton cloth. Don’t use hard or perfumed toilet paper.
  • People at elevated hazard for colorectal cancer should undertake routine inspections, mainly colonoscopy.
  • Colorectal cancer diagnoses can identify precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum to remove before they are turning into cancer. Tests can also detect colorectal cancer in the early stages when therapy is more expected to be effective.
  • Quitting smoking and drinking is also important to prevent rectal bleeding. Also try to maintain a healthy weight by regular physical activities, restricting red meat, and opting for a more plant-based diet.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Rectal Bleeding

Ayurveda has some great remedies for causes of rectal bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fissures, fistula, constipation etc. Some of the natural stool softeners are also very effective in treating rectal bleeding. Herbs and spices such as Triphala, Guggulu, Isabgol, castor oil, etc. work best to treat and prevent rectal bleeding.
  • Triphala: Triphala is very effective on constipation so taking 1/2 – 2 teaspoons once or twice a day will help you.
  • Isabgol:This is also a very effective herb for hemorrhoids, constipation etc. 2-3 tablespoons in a glass of water before bed.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Triphala | Guggulu Tablets | Hingwastak and Dashamoola mix | Isabgol | Sesame Oil | Castor Oil
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known