Prickly heat( heat rashes) and its management in ayurveda.

Summer has already arrived with mercury levels raising high everyday.The scorching summer heat brings in a lot of skin problems and heat rash is one of the commonly seen skin problem specially in children.

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It is aptly said healthy skin is a reflective index of the ones health.Skin is the first line of defence which protects the internal tissues from the external world.one of the main functions of skin is to regulate the internal body temperature by sweating in order to keep the body cool.This particular mechanism of skin is brought into intense work specially in summer season . Now moving to the mainstream.

what is a heat rash or prickly heat?

A heat rash commonly called as prickly heat is a mild inflamation of blocked sweat ducts.when the ducts are blocked the sweat which is produced in the body is unable to reach the external surface.

Characteristics of the rash:

These rash are basically characterised by small raised bumps which appear as evenly spread patches over the skin.

the common symptoms include itchy rash, burning sensation and has a prickly feeling on touch.It is usually seen to develop in areas such as neck,back and elbow folds. It may also affect areas covered by tight fitting clothessuch as armpits,waist,groin,thigh and areas beneath the breasts.

What are the reasons for occurence of heat rashes?

  • The skin around neck,armpits/groins that rubs against the adjacent skin prevents the evaporation of the sweat.
  • Tight clothings prevent the evaporation of sweat.
  • Application of heavy creams or oily lotions during summer can block the sweat from reaching the surface of the skin
  • specially newborns are affected due to wearing of diapers for longer hours.
  • It is commonly seen in people living in hot and humid climates as well as in those individuals working in hot and confined places
  • small chlidren are frequently prone to heat rashes because their sweat glands are not well developed.

Role of ayurveda in management of heat rashes /prickly heat:

Ayurveda believes in prevention of diseases.Ayurveda believes in treating the root cause rather than just treating the symptoms.In this regard ayurveda has asolution to prevent and cure the heat rashes.Prickly heat iscaused due to the aggravation of pitta dosha with the involvement of kapha dosha .hence the management here is to tackle the pitta dosha by use of medicines which helps to reduce the pitta.The following are a few  herbs which help to manage prickly heat .

  1. Amla: amla

 

-It has a cooling property.

-It is a natural antioxidant.

-It promotes antiinflamatory activity and helps to cool the body .

-Amla is the richest source of vitamin C hence it helps to heal any  infections.

-It specifically reduces the aggravated pitta and helps to regulate the metabolism.

-It can be usually eaten fresh or can be taken in form of juice.

2.Sariva:

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-It is also called as Sarsaparilla.

-It is having sweet taste and has acooling property.

-It helps to relieve burning sensation in the body.

-It has a property to purify the blood.

-It prevents various skin infections.

-It has a property to reduce the pitta thereby reduces the inflamation.

3.Ushira:

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Ushira as it is technically called but it is also called as kuskus grass..It is known for its coolant property ,reduces the agravated pitta,helps in relieving thirstand reduces the body heat.It acts as adiuretic and helful in cleaning the body by removing the toxins in the body.Apart from reducing the body heat it also helps to improve the health of skin.

4.Chandan/sandal:

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This particular herb is used in treating the skin problems.It also helps to improve the glow of skin.The paste of sandal is used as an application for skin in prickly heat.It is a commonly used in skin .

Sabza seeds:

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Sabza seeds  are usually available in the market.These seeds when soaked overnight,swell up  and can be  taken in the morning .These seeds can alsobe added to any juices ,ice creams and salads and consumed.It has a cooling property and hence can be used as a part of diet in summer.

General guidelines to be followed in summer to prevent skin problems:

  • While going out remember to use a sunscreen to prevent the tanning of your skin.
  • Keep yourself hydrated in order to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Avoid using heavy makeups ,oily lotions and excess moisturizers as they may block the pores.
  • avoid excess spicy and  oily foods.
  • Include salads in your diet ,use natural fruit juices and vegetable juices and soups prepared at home.
  • Use buttermilk as it is a natural coolant.

For better management and apt remedies and medicines it is always better to consult an ayurvedic doctor.

 

 

 

Tips for a healthy and clear skin.

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Every one loves having a beautiful healthy skin.Right from teenagers to adults everyone aspires to have a clear skin.Here are a few tips to have healthy skin.

  • Firstly understand your skin type whether it is dry skin ,oily skin or rough skin.
  • For those people having dry and rough skin keeping your skin well hydrated helps to reduce dryness.
  • For those individuals having oily skin prevent using lot of creams and moisturizers as well as heavy makeup
  • Keep your skin hydrated by improving the intake of liquids like water and natural juices.Having good amount of liquids will help your skin to detoxify as well as open up pores.
  • Wash your face twice in a day ,because when you are outside for a long time your skin becomes dull due to the dust and pollutants.
  • Have a healthy snacking .
  • Have a serving of fruit everyday,fruits contain good amount of vitamins and natural antioxidants.
  • Avoid packed foods and oily foods.
  • Use a slice of fresh fruit like papaya,mango or banana to rub over your face leave it for 15 mins and  wash with cold water .
  • As far as possible use natural cleansers for face wash.
  • Use ayurvedic oils suitable for face massage.
  • To get rid of blemishes in a better way take ayurvedic medicines for speedy results.

Irregular periods a menace to the present generation Women.

In this present competitive world where women are achieving high goals stress has become a part of their profession.It is necessary for women to take care of their health. Stress has a very disrupting cause for the hormonal imbalances in women. Yes today I’m disscussing about one of the women related health issues that is Irregular periods.women worryMost of  the women who come up too me for consultation are worried with their periods.Well let me clarify ,irregular periods is no more a big problem it can be regularized by simple ayurvedic medicines. Change in diet and lifestyle pattern is one of the reasons that is causing irregular periods.

Usually every women would have an episode of irregular period once in a year,which is normal.It is seen that atleast 30% of women in child bearing age have irregular periods.

Now the question arises as when do you call it a irregular periods?

A normal cycle occurs once in 28 days but it may vary from 28-35 days which is also considered normal. Missed periods, frequent or continuous spotting or frequent bleeding with hevy clotting all come under an umbrella of irregular periods.All these are due to hormonal imbalances.

In simple words Irregular cycle can be identified when the number of days between stopping and starting of a period is significantly varying from one month to another.

Now lets see what are the causes ?

Stress : In present era of modernization women are put into lot of stress ,may be at the work place or at home.Chronic stress leads to anxiety which has an impact on the hormones.

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Dieting and overexercising: Diet plays an important role in maintaining a balance of various functions in the body as well as nourishing the body tissue.But when the person does excess dieting without proper planning the food eaten may not be able to nourish the body tissues.Exercise when done in proper way helps to maintain health . When a person does exercise a lot of energy is utilised in the body. So improper dieting and overexercising are both to be avoided .These two factors lead to irregularity in periods. A balanced diet and exercise maintains a normal functions of the hormones in the body.

Pcos: The cysts which are formed in the ovaries as such interfere with the regular ovulation and periods .Patients with PCOS often give a history of irregular periods .So the main concern in treatment of PCOS is to regularise the periods .

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Contraceptive pills:

Women who consume oral contraceptive pills may sometimes face irregular periods ,due to the action of the hormones present in contrceptive pills.pills-1885550_960_720

Age :

It is usually seen in teenagers who have attained menarche would face irregular periods in the first few months ,this may be due to the hormonal actions which take quiet a bit of time to get regularized.

Illness:

women having thyroid disorders,Sexually transmitted diseases,Fibroids ,Endometriosis , etc lead to irregular periods.

when to seek medical advice?

If your periods are usually regular but sometimes an episode of irregular period is seen there is nothing much to worry.But if you have faced with frequent irregularity in your cycle it means there is a necessity for you to have a medical consultation.

It is seen in the present generation atleast one in every ten females are diagnosed with PCOS in their reproductive age.Also screening for thyroid disorders is a necessity since irregular cycles are linked to these two above conditions.It is necessary for you to get screened once and consult your doctor.Because it helps us to find out the underlying cause for your irregular cyclesand treat the cause leading to irregularity.

An irregular cycle is also a worrying cause to those women trying for conception.In these condition it is necessary to undergo various test to look into whether it is an anovulatory cycle or ovulatory cycle.

Ayurveda has a solution for irregular periods:

It is well known ,Ayurveda an ancient science aims at providing  a safe and effective treatment .It is seen in my clinical practice that women with the menstrual problems approach ayurvedic treatment when they are fed up having medicines containing hormonal pills.They usually complain of regular periods once they are treated with pills but they would have not found a promising complete solution to this problem.

In this regard ayurveda medicines have given a wonderful results in women having irregular periods.ayurvedic herbs such as Shatavari,Asoka,Lodhra ,Hingu etc are having properties which regulate the hormonal functions,they rejuvinate the uterine tissues,they have properties to check irregular bleeding,help to improve ovarian functions ,etc. These herbs when given with various combinations in ayurveda are helpful. It is always better to consult an ayurvedic doctor before taking the medicines because each and every condition is different from one person to another.

Diet and lifestyle planning:

  • Avoid junk foods as far as possible.
  • Go for a vegan diet ,include a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid high carb diet and include protein rich diet.
  • avoid packaged foods and aerated  drinks.
  • Eat food which are rich in dietary fibers,include sprouts in your diet.
  • exercise for atleast 30 mins daily.
  • practice yoga and meditation.
  • Take small walks and relax yourself to bring down stress.