Ayurvedic Recommendations For Ramadan Fasting

Anyone who wants to detoxify the body should observe Ramadan. In fact, the festival coincides with Nirjala Ekadeshi of Hindus, which is a full day fast without food and water. The festival of Ramazan is ideal way to detoxify the body and coincides with the most crucial sandhikal  of the year, the time of seasonal change between summer and rainy season. This is the most drastic change of the year, besides the strength of body is low during this time because of summer’s effect on the It. Lack of internal cleansing at this time is an invitation to a hound of diseases or their aggravation in the rainy season. Comparatively, the transition from winter to summer is easier because the strength of the body is at its peak.

Ramazan gives body ample time to detoxify body because of full day fasting and the long duration.

But unfortunately, the  important body Cleansing function of Ramazan is rendered ineffective because of heavy food consumption by the fasting crowd at the end of the day. The body gets a physiological shock, of digestion of a heavy meal when the body metabolism is slowing down after the sunset.

Prophet Muhammad has observed that the worst thing a man can fill is his stomach. Ideally, the fasting should start with the day break with a light meal called suhoor. And at the end of the day, the fast should end with water and light food.  The fast can be broken with fruit juice, dates, light food like plain rice with soup or curry. Heavy use of oil and spices in the food only eliminates the detoxification effect of the fast. Also the amount of food should be minimal, just enough to satisfy the hunger. One should not try to consume the amount of 3 meals to compensate for the missed meals.

In totality, Ramadan should be observed with a sense of abstinence and moderation, not only during the day fasting but also during the meal times.

Ascending and descending phase of fasting

Total days of fasting are approx. 30 days.  Ideally every fast should have a ascending and a descending period to prevent any blow to the normal body physiology. If I am eating full meal today, which I stop suddenly tomorrow, my body will have to drastically change its metabolism to adjust to this change. Therefore any dietary change should be gradual to bring expected detoxification benefits to the body.

During Ramadan, breakfast and dinner are the only meals.  Lunch is the one missed meal. The most important meal of the day is the breakfast because the body is fresh, clean and hungry (ready to digest) after the night.

The meals should be changed gradually. The first change is the lunch , therefore there should be no other change on the first day.

Gradually the dinner should be reduced to minimum, approx. 50% of the normal diet by the mid of Ramadan month. Same should be done with breakfast gradually, by reducing some amount each day.

From the 15th day , the amount of food should be increased in both meals gradually to reach the original amount in next 15 days.

This gradual phasing  is like slowing down your vehicle while taking a sharp turn, and then regaining the speed. A car trying to take a sharp turn with full speed is highly vulnerable to accident. Same goes for the body.

Have a Happy and Healthy Ramadan Fasting !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use of Cloth during Periods : An Effective Diagnostic Tool

In earlier times, cloth was used for sanitary protection during the periods. But it serves as more than a sanitary protection; it is also a tool for prognosis of female reproduction and hormonal system disorders.

There is a simple diagnostic test for the reproductive health of a lady, based on the type of blood stains on cloth used during the periods.

This blood stained cloth when washed with water should not retain the blood spots. Almost all the blood should be washed away, without leaving any stain. It is important that blood stained cloth should be washed with only plain water. No soap or detergent should be used to clean the stains. Even dry blood stains should be washed away easily. If the blood sticks or leaves large spots, like regular blood, then it is an early prognosis of a disease.

Most women believe that the blood always sticks and form clots because clotting is its normal function. So there should be nothing wrong if the menstrual blood also forms stains on the cloth. But normal menstrual blood is different from the regular blood.

Menstrual blood does not comprise of elements responsible for coagulation. That is the reason that it does not coagulate neither in the body nor outside, thus ensuring smooth liquid flow. There are 3 components necessary for coagulation: prothrombin, thrombin and fibrinogen. They ideally should be absent in the menstrual blood. Instead menstrual blood contains many constituents which keep the blood thin. A large amount of anticoagulants are normally released during the flow of menstrual blood to prevent the clotting.

Stains formed on the cloth register the abnormal presence of coagulants in the menstrual blood, which if unchecked, set the stage for formation of clots later. They also indicate low supply of anticoagulants during the menstrual flow, inadequate to check the formation of the clots.

What are the diseases possibilities if the stains are formed on the cloth during menstruation?

  • The next stage after stains is the clots, which grow in size and number if unchecked.
  • Anaemia is another possible outcome.
  • The stains also indicate an environment inviting for the uterine fibroids to be formed. Stains and clots indicate the excess of Kapha metabolism in the body, which encourages abnormal solid formations like tumours (fibroids) in the body.
  • The stains are also an indication of the start of hormonal misbalance, which creates disharmony in entire reproductory system. It can lead to miscarriages also.

The value of prognosis is for early prevention of the disease. Therefore if you are finding major stains on the cloth used during the menstrual period, please use the following general blood cleansing treatment.

  • 10 ml of Dashmooladi Kwath empty stomach early morning.
    • If you practice drinking large amount of water early morning, take the medicine after ½ hour after drinking water for best results.
    • There should be no food intake for next ½ hour after taking the medicine for best results. However kindly continue the medicine with food if the above rule is inconvenient.
  • 10 ml of Ashokarishta after lunch.
  • 1 Tsp of Triphala with water before bed. ( Triphala is a renowned medicine for constipation, but it works even better as a blood cleanser.)

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  • Shavasan
  • Bhujangasana
  • Balasana
  • Pachimottanasana
  • Baddha Konasana

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