Friday, December 2, 2016

INDIGESTION –A COMMON AILMENT



           

       Indigestion  is another common ailment in our country. It is commonest in children. According to  Ayurveda indigestion in children is divided into two categories. Indigestion in infants, children not weaned ,and indigestion in children who are weaned. The medicine and method of treatment also differs. Infants who are bottle fed suffer from indigestion more often than those who are breast fed.

 The ancient post natal care helped the mother’s health and produced enough milk for the baby. The bath given with five kinds  of herbal leaves, the fermentation of the breasts and the spin with these boiled leaves helped to preserve the mother’s health. The “Thambun Hodda”  or “Kayam Hodda” helped the mother region a healthy womb. The lactating mothers were careful in the selection of food they ate so that no stomach disorders occurred. If the mother has irregular bowel movements, the baby generally contracts it. So when treating  such babies we already  consider the mother’s health too.

     The symptoms of indigestion in infants are often that the stools are of a mixture of water and loose stools. At times they pass mucus. Sometimes even a trace of blood. Infants at time strain even when passing mucus. The stool are usually strong smelling and they also appear green in colour.  

The Remedies

 At the start when the infant ‘s stool are loose the following can be administered:

(1) Karapincha stem(murraya koenigii), Venivalgata(coscinium fenestratum), Asamodagam(Trachyspermum involucratum), Walangasal( Embelia ribes). Take(1/4 oz. of each) and boild with four teacupfuls of water. Boil it down to half a cup . Strain and give thris a day. Dosage: two table spoon ful.


(2) Take cloves, Asamodagam , dry ginger, and Walangasal (1/4 oz.of each) roast and powder. Dosage: one teaspoonful in 11/4 cup boild water.

(3) About ½ oz. of Asamodagam slightly rosted and poured like coffe could be given. The dosage is 1 teaspoonful with ¼ teaspoon of bee’ s honey.

 The second stage of children ‘s diarrhoea  is when children are about one year old.

(1) Take Garlic, Sadhikka, Iriweriya, Asamodagam, Gotukola and raw  ginger in equal quantities of 1 oz. Pound them together and steam them. Squeeze the juice and administer three tablespoonfuls at a time, twice a day.

(2) Gotukola stems, Walangasal , dry Ginger, Garlic, Kalanduruala, Elabatumul in equal quantities of 1 oz. should be boiled and simmered in six cups of water bringing it down to ½ a cup. The dosage to be given is three tablespoonfuls at a time, twice a day.

(3) If the diarrhoea is not strong, Gotukola and Kalanduruala in equal quantities of two oz. should be pounded together and the juice (two table spoonsful) with one tablespoonful of bee’s honey should be given twice a day. This is very effective.

If the child vomits give him or her one teaspoonful of lime juice, one teaspoonful ginger juice. Mix all together and administer twice a day.

The food is as important as these medicines. The infant’s milk if it is not breast fed must be diluted or stopped altogether and parboiled rice roasted (Badihal) prepared in canjee from (very thin water), could be give as a feed. Sometimes arrowroot powder in canjee from could be given.

If the infant is breast fed there is no problem. The mother must be careful to avoid indigestion. Children who are weaned must stop solids until the diarrheoa is reduced. Instead, a light diet of rusks with beef bone soup, strong tea, rice canjee water could be given.

These are very effective medicines in native treatment for this kind of condition. These medicines or decoctions have been administered for many years and have been passed down from father to son for several generations.     


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Flowers that heal


                                                          Flowers that heal
                             
 Flowers look beautiful in the garden. They are pretty in vases in the house as decoration. We think that flowers only help to please the eye, but they are also god healers.

Ixora coccinea /Rathmal


A large variety of flowers are used as medicine in the treatment of infants and children. The “Malkasaya”  for Rthagaya in the infants is one example. Ratmal or Vitch( in tamil ) is widely used in medicine for infants’ diseases. Ixora coccinea is the botanical name for Rathmal.
   Sometime ago, Dr. V.P.P. Willis, a well-known Western practitioner brought the root of this tree to the notice of the profession as a remedy For Dysentery. He further stated that it was a good tonic for week stomachs. A very useful domestic remedy , composed of Rathmal , is given for catarrh in children.

  A large variety of flowers are used as medicine in the treatment of infants and children. The “Malkasaya”  for Rthagaya in the infants is one example. Ratmal or Vitch( in tamil ) is widely used in medicine for infants’ diseases. Ixora coccinea is the botanical name for Rathmal.

   Sometime ago, Dr. V.P.P. Willis, a well-known Western practitioner brought the root of this tree to the notice of the profession as a remedy For Dysentery. He further stated that it was a good tonic for week stomachs. A very useful domestic remedy , composed of Rathmal , is given for catarrh in children.
                           
Hibiscus rosainensis/Sapattumal

Sapattumal or Vadamal (Shoe Flower), (Hibiscus rosainensis) is not an endemic plant here but has been introduced from China or the Phillipine, many years ago. This flower is prescribed  for uterine haemorrhage.Shoe flowers are fried in ghee and given in case of excessive menstruation. The buds are mostly used in children’s diseases like  Rathagaya. A stimulating application for the hair is made by mixing the juice of the patales and olive oil in equal portion and boiling in til all the water has evaporated.



Saraca indica/Asoka


Asoka (or Hopalu)  is botanically known as Saraca indica. The Asoka tree when in flower is glorious sight. It is connected largely with the mythology of the Hindus. There are many names in Sanskrit for this tree.Angana priya is one, which means dear to woman. Asoka , as a medicine , is very frequently used by Ayurvedic physicians as a astringent, especially for uterine haemorrhage. Afluid extracted from the flowers is given for haemorrhagic dysentery. The dried flowers are given in diabetes.

  

Michelia champaca/ Sapu
 Champa or Sapu (Michelia champaca) is cultivated mostly for the sake of its flowers. These flowers are astringent and diuretic. It is not an endemic plant here , but for ages these flowers have been used as a herb. When people were not educated in the prevention and care of social diseases, the indigenous herbs were very useful. Sapu flowers are carminative , antispasmodic, diuretic and are used for stomach ailments. An infusion of the Sapu flowers is given in cases of gonorrohea, for prevention against and also in kidney dises. An ointment of the sapu flowers made with some mild oils is useful as a dressing for rheumatism, headache, vettigo, and inflammation. The oil extracted from sapu flowers is used locally in the case of headaches . This oil rubbed on the abdomen relieves flatulence.

  
Puncia granatum/Delum
The flowers of the Delum tree (Puncia granatum) , mostly known as Pomegranate are used as treatment for sore eyes. The buds are boiled and the infusion is given for chronic diarrhea especially in children and even in the case of bronchitis.The infusion of the powder of these flower is given in doses of four to five grains of for round worms. The powder is used as a substance that checks bleeding from the nose.



Jasminum grandiflorium/DesamanDesaman of Pichchamal (Jasminum grandiflorium) is another well known flower used in medicine. These flowers can be crushed and applied to the breasts of nursing mothers to check the secretion of milk if an abscess is developing. The essential oil extracted from flowers is a deodorant.It is used when discharges from nose and years foul smell. The Spanish Jasmine (or the Saman pichchamal) is widely used in medicine. These flowers are mainly used for eye diseases. It is used to ferment the eyes when they are swollen. The juice is put into the eye for redness. Dried flowers are used as a pillow for headaches and catarrh. 


Cassia Fistula/Ehela

Ehela or Cassia Fistula , is known in English as Golden Shower or Purging Cassis. In Sanskrit it is called Suwarnaka or Raja taru , which means Roayal Tree. When blooming it is beautiful with its long springs of yellow flowers. The Ehela flowers are boiled and give as a safe purgative for children and expectant mothers. The flowers are made into pulp and applied round the navel of a child suffering from flatulence. This causes evacuation.


coconut flower



The coconut flower, which is very common in this country, is a very effective medicine in haemorrhage and dysentery. 12 Kalaadas of the coconut flower boiled ib 8 cups of water and reduced to one , is highly recommended in Sassaneepa(the Ayurvedic medical book ) for dysentery. 



Source: HERBAL FOOD and MEDICINES in SRI LANKA   

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Herbal plant Sri Lanka






Many of the herbal plant s growing in Sri Lanka are used to control and heal Since ancient times , these herbal plants have been used to produce many Ayurvedic madicines.

Beauticulture, Curing of cancers, Controlling Diabetes ,Reducing Hypertension ,Control of Blood pressure ,Prevention of constipation are some of the important use of these herbal plants .Apart from these many ointment and medicines have been produced by ancient Sri Lankans using herbal plants for the diseases. That’ s being seen in day to day life. They haven’t also forgotten to write and conserve their knowledge on Ayuravedic medicine and herbal plants in Scriptures.

In addition, Sri Lankans since ancient times is used to consume many different parts of herbal plant such as barks, roots flowers, leaves, and fruits as food. So they have a resistance to some diseases within body itself .

Artificial drinks are unfavorable to the body. The flavor of these drinks are carcinogenic. Ancient Sri Lankans have made different drinks from these herbal plants or dried them to preserve for a long time . Then they boiled it when necessary and drink it just like tea. But today , people are used to soft drinks for their convenience . There ‘s also high publicity given for such artificial beverages through a advertisements. We should avoid these. Then , diseases such as high blood pressure, cancers and hypertension can be minimized.