When you should not use Ayurvedic smoking (dhoomrapaan)

Ayurvedic Dhomrapaan (dhoomra – smoke, paan – inhalation) is an excellent dosha pacifying Ayurvedic procedure. It has excellent effects in all kinds of vata and kapha disorders. It helps to relieve congestion and pain due to its heating effect. All classical Ayurvedic text prescribe daily use of medicated Ayurvedic smoking. However, there are certain conditions, when one must refrain from herbal smoking.

The following contra-indications are applicable to people of all prakrati type and all seasons.

The sutra to understand the contra-indications is that Dhomrapaaan or Ayurvedic smoking heats up the head region. This effect is very beneficial for vata and kapha dosha as both of them are cold in nature. However, smoking can aggravate vitiated pitta dosha. Therefore, smoking is contra-indicated in all conditions that might already have a possible pitta vitiation in the body.

For example, virechana or purgation is done to balance excess pitta dosha. If one is under-going purgation, it means that he must ne suffering from excess pitta dosha or body heat. In such a case, if he further heats up his body by smoking, then it might create complications.

Similarly, intoxicants like alcohol, hemp, etc. , different kinds of poisons, curd and honey increase the heat in the body. And if you smoke on top of that, you are bound to imbalance your pitta dosha or temperature regulation metabolism of the body.

Also, Ayurvedic smoking is prohibited in conditions where other dosha (vata and kapha) are low in proportion to pitta. In such conditions, pitta naturally encroaches on the weaker dosha and causes prakopa (excess heat in the body). For example, vata reduces after basti treatment, also body is in a delicate state of metabolism after any kind of panchkarma treatment. Therefore, here smoking can take away the left-over moisture in the body and increase pitta dosha.

Smoking is also prohibited in all delicate or unstable states of metabolism like pregnancy, physical trauma, fainting, dizziness, intoxication, and even anger!

Contra-indications of Ayurvedic smoking

  • immediately after virechana (Ayurvedic purgative activity)
  • immediately after basti (Ayurvedic enema)
  • patient of hemorrhagic disorders
  • person under the effect of any toxin
  • when sad/miserable
  • pregnant ladies
  • when extremely tired
  • when intoxicated (weed, marijuana, hemp etc.)
  • when suffering from Amadosha (internal toxin formed due to improper digestion)
  • when suffering from pitta vitiation
  • after a sleepless night/ when suffering from chronic insomnia
  • with feeling of fainting, dizziness, thirst
  • when suffering from Tuberculosis or degenerative respiratory disorders
  • physical trauma, lack of breathing
  • after consuming alcohol
  • after consuming milk
  • after drinking fats (snehapaan) like ghee, Ayurvedic oils etc.
  • after eating honey (with a meal)
  • after eating curd (with a meal)
  • person with excessive dryness in the body
  • when angry
  • with dryness/tingling in tongue
  • when suffering from Cataract.
  • with any kind of head injury
  • in Shankhaka (an incurable head disorder)
  • with diabetes
  • with alcoholic liver cirrhosis

Since Ayurvedic smoking is an integral part of Dinacharya( daily Ayurvedic regimen) and many treatment protocols. It is important to note conditions which are contra-indicated for smoking. This information can help you decide when to smoke and when to refrain even in your everyday routine.

I hope that this information brings the best of Ayurvedic smoke to all of you!

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Ayurvedic Lifestyle for Migraine

Before we jump to the migraine specific lifestyle, you must familiarize yourself with

Ideal Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Migraine Special Lifestyle

What to Avoid

A migraine patient should avoid vata vitiation at all costs. And therefore he should avoid the following factors –

  • Excessive exercise
  • Excessive indulgence in sexual activity
  • Heavy manual labor
  • Controlling natural urges like defecation, hunger, sleep, burping etc.
  • Exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations
  • Cold water bath
  • Excessive use of a hairdryer
  • Exposure to harsh sunlight, strong wind, etc. for a long duration.
  • Eating extremely cold/hot food together in a meal – e.g., ice-cream with soup/hot chocolate.
  • Frequent mid-meal snacking
  • Cold food like Ice-creams, soft drinks, etc.
  • Eating excessive amount of dry food
  • Digging nose (if you do)
  • Alcohol intake
  • Any intoxicant – drugs, weed, etc.
  • Sleeping in the day time or daily light transition period (sunrise/sunset)
  • Eating heavy food after sunset or before sunrise
  • Misery/sadness/depression

All these factors disrupt the healthy metabolism of the body. They can trigger excess mucus production and clog the channels (ice creams, soft drinks), create dryness and lose of moisture (manual labour, alcohol etc.) and thus vitiate vata dosha as a result.

You might also have your unique triggers for migraine stimulation. I know a person who gets a migraine attack whenever he consumes Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic medicinal herb). Be careful about your triggers and try to avoid them till the treatment protocol is over.

What to Do

Some of the Lifestyle changes highly recommended for migraine patients are –

Brahma Muhurata Jagarana

Waking up early morning before sunset can solve more than 50% aggrarvation problems in migraine. However, as stated earlier, you should take it easy and go for a gradual change over a few months.

Waking up early

Usha paan

Usha Paan is a traditional morning ritual of drinking water. Ideally, you should store water in the copper vessel overnight and drink it in the morning. You can drink water normal or lukewarm according to your comfort and the external climatic condition.

Ushapaan

The above link for ushapaan is the primary method. The advanced form of Usha paan drinking water in the morning is done not through the mouth but the nasal passage. Before the advanced stage, you must practice neti kriya, which is another important migraine prevention factor. I will have a future post on this procedure.

In this method, you insert the lukewarm water through the nasal cavity(nostrils) instead of the oral cavity (mouth).

After regular use practice of Advanced ushapaan. After daily use of advanced ushapaan, You will notice a definite decrease in the intensity and of Migraine within one month.

After you are comfortable with the basic stage, you can move to drink water through the nose, just like an elephant. Just like yoga, Ayyurvedic procedures also emerge from the nature. And elephants have the most remarkable memory among all animals, even better than humans!

Kill the Pain

Try to avoid pain killers for migraine pain. They don’t kill the pain. Pain killers hide the pain and kill our liver and kidney in exchange. Here are some alternatives that might help you combat the pain in a simple manner –

Nasya (painkiller nasal drops)
According to Ayurveda, the nose is the entrance to the head. And nasal drops are the primary treatment for all kinds of head disorders, right from the common cold to facial paralysis. Nasal drops can also effectively bring down the migraine pain without any side-effects. They have a faster action as compared to the medicines that go through the oral route.

Precaution – all nasal drops should be used at an average temperature, except cow’s Ghee. Solidified cow’s Ghee should be heated to a mildly high temperature to make it liquid again, before using it as a nasal drops.

For use in mild migraine pain or a pre-migraine aura
Almond oil: 5-6 drops
Cow’s Ghee: 5-6 drops

For severe migraine pain
Anu tailam: 5-6 drops
This Ayurvedic preparation might cause pain in the nasal passage. However, it effectively clears the mucus and reduces swelling in the nasal vessels. In fact, initially the pain is so sharp that it will put aside your migraine pain, ha ha ha, just kidding! I have personally used it many times and have found it incredibly useful. But yes, it does pain initially. To get used to the pain, you can start with 1-2 drops and gradually increase the dosage.

It is beneficial in short term pain control as well as long term migraine relief. In fact, Acharya Charak recommends use of Anu Taila everyday as a prevention of all imaginable disorders in head region, right from hair-loss to dementia. If you are fine with the piercing feeling, you can use it even before the migraine starts.

Shat-Bindu Tailam

This is the savior preparation for all migraine patients. Shat-bindu Tailam is a stronger and more effective option than Anu Tailam. And it also pains a little as Anu tailam.

You can safely use these nasal drops SOS in case of migraine pain. In future posts, I will cover their systematic intake for complete relief from migraine.

I sincerely hope that this information brings you the best of Ayurvedic benefits.

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