February 7th, 2013

The Great Indian Spice Turmeric

Traditionally, Indian cuisine uses a lot of spices. It is hard to imagine an Indian dish, which does not have the fragrant aroma of spices and often when we think of these dishes, the aroma that they exude catches our imagination. And  turmeric is one such spice that not only makes our dishes look beautiful and mouthwatering to taste but it also help us fight diseases. We thought to investigate this part a bit and have brought down 4 medicinal properties of this yellow-orange pigment-curcumin spice. Read on: Enriched with iron it is a useful ally in fighting anaemia and this powerful antioxidant is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause

February 7th, 2013

Why Go Cinnamon

A warming spice that has been in use by different populations around the world for thousands of years is Cinnamon. It is not only delicious but it’s healthy, too. Researchers acclaim numerous health benefits of Cinnamon that may make you want to include it in your diet every day. Read here 15 reasons why you should go cinnamon: 1. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 2. It has natural anti-infectious and anti-bacterial properties that are proven effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens. Also, when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food

July 23rd, 2011

Mend Monsoon Maladies with Home Remedies

Come monsoon and viral fever, allergies, asthma, dandruff begin to affect us. However, there is a lot you can do at home to mend these monsoon maladies. My Health Guardian gets in touch with Dr. Preeti Chabbara, Ayurveda expert at Gangaram Hospital to know more about the home remedies. Common Cold From the sniffles and sneezes to a sore throat and annoying cough, the common cold usually catches up with us in one way or other during this weather. The following recipes can keep your cold at bay. • Black pepper (kali mirchi) is readily available in your kitchen. One to two grams of black pepper powder can be mixed with honey, which will be a good option for you to manage common cold. •

April 30th, 2010

Cooling Herb Mint

Legend has it Minthe, Pluto’s beloved and originally a nymph, angered his wife. In a fit of rage she turned Minthe in a lowly plant, on which people will tread. Pluto was unable to undo the spell. In an effort to soften the evil spell, he gave an aroma to mint that refreshes the surroundings, every time you bruise the leaves. Mint belongs to a large family with over 30 species. What distinguishes mint from other herbs is the characteristic cool feeling, which comes from the volatile oil menthol. Mint chutney that we all relish is a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and calcium, vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium and copper. What makes mint unique is

January 7th, 2010

Heal with Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus look alike healing plant. A rich cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and absolutely safe,  Aloe Vera’s worth continues to grow. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects have made it one of nature’s best health products. If taken internally, Aloe Vera enhances circulation, regulates blood pressure, promotes healing of bones and joints, boosts immune system, protects the body against bacteria, heals internal tissue damage, cures ulcers, improves and even ends constipation, controls blood sugar and reduces itchiness in psoriasis helping it to heal. A great detoxifier, it helps to settle the queasy stomach and keep the digestive system on track. It

November 18th, 2009

Brahmi – a nervine tonic

Success needs specific ingredients. Hard work is just one of the components. Sharp memory, intelligence, cool mind and ability to concentrate are some of the specifics that contribute to success. This is more relevant today. Ancient physicians had a clear understanding of this aspect, and they identified a couple of herbs, which helped us to significantly improve memory, intelligence and our ability to concentrate. Brahmi (Centella asiatica), also known as Manduk Parni and Gotukola is one of them. Both Ayurveda and modern studies support this claim. Brahmi improves circulation, particularly venous circulation. Healing properties Through out the ages brahmi has been used as herbal brain

November 17th, 2009

Tame your stomach naturally

We hear a lot of talk about herbs and how they can treat various ailments naturally. This column brings you regular update on herbs and their healing properties. The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of intestinal movement. Smooth and coordinated movements of the intestinal muscles move food from stomach to rectum. IBS disrupts this normal pace and forces food through the intestines more quickly, causing gas, cramps, bloating and diarrhoea. Sometimes the passage of food slows and it results in constipation Isabgol protects mucosal lining of G.I. tract, is useful in ulcer and inflammation, absorbs toxins, supports healthy peristalsis—intestinal movements and facilitates

November 17th, 2009

Shatavari

So many herbs thrive near our surroundings and we do not know their healing qualities. Not any more, keep reading this column and your herbal gyaan is going to benefit. Shatavari Botanical name—Asparagus racemosus Hindi—Shatavari English—Indian Asparagus Shatavari is a climbing plant, which grows in low jungle areas. This herb is equivalent of ashwagandha in men and rejuvenates female reproductive organs. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion. Healing properties Reproductive health. Shatavari tones, cleanses, nourishes, and strengthens the female reproductive organs. It is traditionally used for Premenstrual

November 7th, 2009

Bottle Gourd- Storehouse of Good Health

Extremely low in fat and rich in fiber, iron and vitamin C, bottle Gourd is a wonder food item. Ayurveda has described it as the most nutritious and vital vegetable in one’s diet. Being a rich source of essential minerals, iron, protein and fibre, this most neglected vegetable is full of medicinal values. • Bottle gourd is rich in fibre helps in preventing constipation and other digestive disorders like flatulence and piles. • Cooked Bottle gourd is anti-bilious. It calms and soothes the system after eating. It also acts as a diuretic and eases constipation. • Daily dose of its juice help in treating jaundice and inflammation of kidney. • Full of vitamins and minerals, its

November 7th, 2009

Fortify Your Health with Amla Juice

A nectar for all age groups, amla is a panacea for many a illnesses. It is the richest source of Vitamin C, which has the unique property of being stable even after vigorous processing owing to the presence of tannins. The Charaka Samhita says, “Amalaki is the best among rejuvenative herbs.” It is a wonder fruit, which has positive effects right from toe to top. Improves digestion—Amla fruit enhances food absorption and balances stomach acids. It helps the body digest food better and absorb minerals like iron. Amla does not heat the body, is low in sugar and has a high fibre content, which makes it an ideal daily fruit for almost anyone. Amla syrup is boon in summers, as it

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