Hemp oil is a perfectly natural solution for immaculate pain management. A gift of nature, perfected by human efforts. It offers multiple side health benefits instead of irreparable side effects caused by the Allopathic pain killers.
Natural Alternative for Vicodin
Vicodin is the most frequently used medicine for severe pain relief. Vicodin tablets are used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. It contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Misuse of narcotic medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or even death. It is habit-forming, even at regular doses.
Overdose symptoms may also include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, fainting, weak pulse, slow heart rate, coma, blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing.
Therefore more and more physicians are turning towards the new natural alternative of Vicodin and similar medicines – The Hemp oil.
Natural Cure for Chronic Insomnia
Insomnia is often stress-related, and also raises the risk of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
Allopathic sleeping pills, such as the benzodiazepine class (e.g. Valium) add only 11 minutes to the overall sleep and shorten the time to fall asleep by 13 minutes. But they have serious side effects, even death in the cases of overdose. Even when in normal use, they are highly addictive.
A new natural alternative for insomnia is discovered to be extremely effective – Hemp CBD oil. Cannabinoids present in Hemp CBD oil increased alpha brain waves, which boost alertness, and suppressed delta waves, which are needed for deep sleep.
Natural Pain Management in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease. It causes inflammation in joints. It causes immobility and painful deformity in feet, wrists, fingers, and ankles. Severe progressive knee pain is one of the key features of this disease.
Normally patients use Allopathic pain killers. But unfortunately, frequent use of pain killers can have severe side effects like liver damage and increased risk of a heart attack.
A new natural product CBD oil has shown lots of improvement in the treatment of arthritis. It is scientifically proven now that cannabidiol present in CBD oil helps reduce pain and inflammation. And it helps in arthritis of all types like Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, and other types of inflammatory joint conditions.
2006 scientific study concluded that arthritis patients experienced an improvement in less pain and inflammation after using CBD oil for a five-week period. It also slowed down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis considerably. Patients who are fed up with drugs and want to go for natural treatment of this disease can use CBD oil according to the instructions given by experts.
Natural prevention for Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive type of dementia. It destroys memory, behavior, and thinking. The disease causes brain cells degeneration and death, leading to a steady decline in memory.
New research suggests that CBD could be beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
There is a system in the brain called the endocannabinoid system. Cannabis works on this system. This system contains 2 receptors called CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptor resides in the brain including in the memory and learning center – the hippocampus. The CB2 receptor is found mainly on specialized immune cells called microglia.
The endocannabinoid system controls memory, appetite regulation, and stress management. The brain naturally produces endocannabinoids, which affect CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Research has shown that CBD can control microglial function and neuro-inflammation. Also, CBD can improve the survival rate of cells through a combination of neuroprotective, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects against the toxicity caused by beta-amyloid, therefore showing potential as a therapeutic option for Alzheimer’s. One study that found CBD’s neuroprotective effects and its ability to promote the regeneration of brain cells was effective for reversing the cognitive deficits caused by Alzheimer’s.
A lack of glucose uptake has been linked to a worsening of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, and findings in a 2016 animal trial suggest that cannabis could promote increased glucose uptake in the brain, suggesting that cannabis could be beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease through multiple methods.
Pain Preventive Therapy in Cancer
According to some studies, marijuana has proven effective in treating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.
These studies also indicate that it can be successfully used to reduce neuropathic pain in cancer.
It effectively prevents the accelerated growth of tumors and reduces the body).
Natural prevention in Seizure
According to a study on the use of CBD on Seizures, 84% of the patients, suffering from adolescent epilepsy reported a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of seizures. Besides, they received side benefits in the form of better sleep, alertness
According to another study, CBD had significant 50% seizure reduction in the cases of treatment resistant-epilepsy.
The scientific research with the title “Efficacy and Safety of Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) in Children and Young Adults With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy” – was unveiled at the AES’s 70th annual meeting last month. The study confirms the therapeutic effects of CBD oil in seizures.
Striking a balance with stress and anxiety
Endogenous cannabinoids have an important role in the stress responses. The cannabinoid system functions effectively to decrease fear, stress, and panic,
A number of recent studies have demonstrated role of CB2 receptors classically associated with the immune system in anxiety and depression-related behavior in animal models and human clinical studies.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 15 humans established that up to 600 mg of CBD (cannabidiol) intake can significantly reduce anxiety compared to increased levels with a 10 mg dose of Δ9-THC. CBD activates other receptors outside CB2, including 5HT1A and TRPV1, both of which are involved in the anxiolytic and mitigating panic/fear responses to stress.
As with other neurological disorders, the ability to “calm the brain” with CBD may be key in the treatment of anxiety in all its’ forms.
For depression treatment, CBD oil is a natural and inexpensive option for branded antidepressant medicines.
A potential Natural cure for Migraine
According to recent studies, it is demonstrated that many headache disorders such as migraines, the endocannabinoid system is intrinsically linked.
This link between lower levels of endocannabinoids in migraine patients has contributed to the formulation of Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. This theory is developed by Neurologist and Cannabinoid Researcher Dr. Ethan Russo. It says that the lack of natural endocannabinoids in the body leads to pain. Inadequate amount of endocannabinoid leads to nausea, lower seizure threshold and multiple other health problems. Cannabidiol is a natural endocannabinoid modulator. It reduces hyperactivity in the body and brings down the pain.
Elixir for Heart!
CBD produces vasorelaxation in arteries and helps them to relax naturally.
CBD has a cardioprotective action against vascular damage It helps to lower vascular hyperpermeability caused by high glucose levels, or inflammation. CBD has shown excellent results in ischemia-reperfusion damage and diabetic cardiomyopathy.
CBD also helps to reduce infarct size and increase blood flow in In case of ischemia-reperfusion. This quality is confirmed in animal models of stroke, sensitive to 5HT 1A receptor antagonism.
CBD also helps to improve the longevity and health of white blood cells and platelet aggregation.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in CBD-rich hemp oil can lower the blood cholesterol levels and can help speed up fat metabolism.
It reduces the risk of developing diabetes and obesity. .
Therefore, we can conclude that CBD can play a very positive role in cardiac problems.
The hemp oil is coming up as a very potential therapeutic option with multiple benefits.
Nature works on the base of different systems. Everything happens systematically, whether it is blooming of a bud, or death of a living being.
According to Ayurveda, the body also runs according to a set of systems. Different systems are working in deep synchrony inside the body, for example, excretory system, reproduction system, digestive system, nervous system, etc. There must be something that unites these systems, probably the nervous system.
In our system, we have two parts of the nervous system autonomic and somatic. The autonomic nervous system handles the involuntary functions of the body where is somatic nervous system processes the voluntary functions.
The autonomic nervous system has further divided into two parts sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. These two systems are opposite to each other and help the body in different conditions. The parasympathetic nervous system is dominant where the body is in a resting position, whereas the sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for Fright-fight-flight response. One single mode cannot help the body to survive in all the conditions, as it’s not complete.
I assume that Ayurveda has three kinds of control systems that govern the body while balancing each other – vata, pitta, and kapha. They have different characteristics and lead the body successfully in different conditions.
For example, vata dosha is mobile, light, and is comparable to the presence of air in the physical world. All kinds of movements, whether it is bating of the eyelids or running, is coordinated by vata dosha.
Pitta dosha is hot and sharp nature. Naturally, it presides over all the digestive processes chemical reactions or any transformational process across the body.
Kapha Dosha offers stability and coolness to the body. It initiates and supervises any creation, formation, or incubation in the body. Kapha dosha provides shape, protection, and structure to the body. For example, the formation of all the body tissues, including bones and fats deposits that form a protective layer around the abdominal organs is a part of kapha metabolism.
Another way we can understand it in the light of political systems. A country or a nation is also a body, and it can run under different systems – democracy, communism, aristocracy, etc. Now, these systems have physical manifestations, functions, and effects, but they are not physical entities themselves. We can see what happens in an aristocracy, but we cannot see aristocracy itself as a physical entity.
Similarly, we can see the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, but we cannot see the nervous system as a physical entity.
Let us take the of an organization. There are some essential functions in all organizations, like sales, finance, and HR. These are also systems. One single function is not adequate can or can have an independent existence. For example, you cannot go selling something without an investment unless you are in a job. So, for a function like sales to exist, there has to be manufacturing/service and some investment (finance). All these functions exist as essential parts of a system and compliment each other.
In Ayurveda, doshas are systems that run the body. They are comparable to different systems in an organization like marketing, HR, finance, operations, etc. These systems are not physical entities; however, no profit-making organization can function without them.
Similarly, vata, pitta, and kapha are three systems that work in perfect harmony to produce a precise balance in body metabolism. These systems become dominant one by one in a natural cycle and run the metabolism; for example, while walking one foot goes ahead, whereas the other seems to go back, but the body as a whole, moves forward.
No human survival can live without air, water, and food. One single resource is not adequate for survival. Similarly, an individual dosha or system cannot run the body in all conditions.
Vata, pitta, and kapha are called dosha – something that maligns the body. All these three systems have a natural tendency to go wrong and produce adverse effects if left to themselves. This tendency is the defining characteristic of dosha.
The effect of these systems is visible everywhere. Consider the example of a bike. The bike runs on the right track because there is a control over it. But if you leave the handles, then the natural tenancy of the bike will be – to fall. And no matter how good the bike is, it will fall. Similarly, in the case of dosha, there is a natural tendency to get vitiated or imbalanced.
Dosha action is apparent on an inanimate object like a bike, on a stationary living creature like a plant, an animal as well as a human being.
According to Vedic sutra यथा पिंडे तथा ब्रह्मांडे (universe resembles the particle), principles of nature apply to all the objects entities in existence, whether living or nonliving. For example, a natural cycle of creation, life, aging, and death is applicable for a vehicle, house as well as any living person, even the planets.
Let us extend the example of the bike. The system that causes the forward movement of the bike, as well as the internal movement of the parts in the bike, can be termed as the vata system.
As it is natural for a dosha to create imbalance, the bike can get imbalanced if you lose control of the handles. Also, the parts of the bike face wear and tear as it runs more and more. This over-activity is the effect of excess vata.
The primary quality of vata is dryness. Dryness causes necrosis(death of cells), friction, and deterioration. In the case of a bike, long term use without oiling, constant friction, excess wear, and tear and aging.
According to Ayurveda, oil is the best substance that can be used for all kinds of vata disorders, as the oil prevents dryness and friction.
Therefore regular oiling the bike is imperative to prevent rapid wear and tear.
If we try to replicate this concept in the case of the human body, the primary organs of movement in a person are the Limbs. Let us take the example of joints. According to Ayurveda, joints are considered to be a site of vata dosha, because their primary function is movement.
Now dryness in Synovial sacs and resulting friction is the primary cause of all diseases that happen in joints, whether it is knee joint pain.
Now all doshas work together in all entities to produce a life-sustaining environment in the body. The engine of a bike processes petrol or any other fuel into the form of energy. This energy is the fundamental basis for all kinds of movement. Pitta Dosha governs this kind of chemical transformation and heat production that helps the bike as a system to run.
Fire or heat is the primary characteristic of pitta dosha. If pitta dosha is in excess, the bike will get overheated and might even catch fire.
In the context of the human body, stomach or amashaya is a site of pitta dosha. If the system for pitta gets vitiated, then acidity is one of the primary symptoms. General inflammation, redness, swelling, et cetera are some of the essential heat-borne features of imbalanced pitta dosha.
Cold and mild substances alleviate the fiery effect of pitta dosha and help in pitta imbalance.
Earlier many cars had carburetors with water that used to help in cooling the engine and prevent overheating.
The primary characteristics of kapha dosha are coolness and stability. A lack of activity or transformational heat produces inertia that is naturally cooling in nature. For example, if the bike is stationary, then it will not get heated due to combustion in the engine or change in its position continuously.
However, if the bike remains stationary for a very long time, especially in chilling weather, you might experience a lot of trouble while starting trying to start the engine. This difficulty in starting the engine is a result of excess kapha dosha, where probably the oil in the engine freezes.
In the context of the human body, a lazy person has a higher tendency to develop obesity (mass), as due to lack of activity (vata) and heat (sweating, energy conversion, etc.) the fat consumed by the body is not used. Obesity is a result of excess kapha.
However, regular exercise (vata increase) and fat to glucose metabolism (pitta increase) can help to remove excess fat (kapha decrease).
Any formation creation of stability in the body is related to Kapha dosha. The formation of new tissues comes under kapha dosha.
Pitta dosha governs any heat-based transformation, chemical reactions, or digestive processes. Autophagy or cell suicide is also a process lead by pitta dosha, where a cell digests itself.
Any movement, small or big happens with the help of vata dosha.
The entire body metabolism follows the same dosha sequence. Let us take the example of digestion –
Carbs/sugars are the primary sources of energy and nutrition for the body.
Kapha Dosha governs the first part of digestion – sugar metabolism, as the sweetness is one of its central features. Sugar release in the blood creates a cooling effect and stimulate the satiety centers in the brain. Also, it causes drowsiness(stability-sleep) after meals.
The middle part of the digestive procedure focuses on the digestion of proteins that are reduced to amino acids. Acidity or sourness is one of the primary features of Pitta dosha. Therefore this phase of digestion is governed by pitta dosha.
The last part of digestion focuses on fat digestion. Fat digestion produces bitter or katu rasa(fatty acids and glycerol are bitter) the effect of vata dosha in the body. And the digestion of fatty acids comes under vata dosha.
Digestion is just one example. All the metabolic Processes happen under the same sequence of dosha cycle. Even the incubation and spread of diseases in the body is governed by this same dosa cycle, depending on the range of imbalanced dosha. Dosha and body metabolism
If we come to the concept of body types, there are primarily three kinds of body types vat, pitta, and kapha dominant.
Let us revert to the example of an organization with three functions sales finance and HR.
All the organizations have all these three essential functions. The organization is Bank; then the finance will be the primary feature of the organization. Financial activities will dominate this organization.
if this organization is an advertising firm, then the dominant function of the organization will be marketing.
If this organization is an HR consultancy, the dominant feature of the organization will be HR based activities.
All three types of organizations have all three functions. However, one feature dominates all the others. This dominating function gives a unique organizational culture and characteristics of the organization.
Similarly, Prakriti or body constitution is formed by tridosha. Three dosha are present in all the human body’s. However, one of them becomes the dominating feature of the metabolism. This dominant dosha defines the Prakriti or body type of the individual.
Everything, living or non-living has a prakrati or character.
For example, we can say that bike or any vehicle is vata dominant(major characteristics, design, and function is movement), oven or a blast furnace is pitta dominant(primary nature, design, and purpose is around chemical transformation and heat) and lake is kapha dominant (primary features, design function is stability and coolness.
Vata, pitta and kapha dominant people are similar to respectively; a vehicle(always on the move), an oven (high processing capacity), and lake(cool and stable).
Daily Dosha Cycle
The time of the day is also divided according to the dosha dominant in that part of the day. For example, kapha dosha controls first one-third part of the day. Another one-third of the day comes under the control of pitta dosha, and the last one-third of the day comes under vata dosa.
Similarly, the night also has 3 phases.
For this reason, Ayurveda considers morning to be the best time for studies as kapha is the factor for strong memory (stability).
The best time to have the biggest meal of the day is noon (pitta period) as the digestion at this time is at its best.
And you must avoid excess labor or heavy food in the evening, as vata dosha is the factor for tiredness and indigestion.
Also, you will find that most of the breathing and mucous related disorders, numbness, stiffness, etc. occur during the morning time.
Whereas acidity, inflammation, and other pitta related disorders flare-up during the midday.
And vata related disorders like joint pain, muscle cramps, headache, tiredness, etc. happen during the end of the day.
Seasonal Dosha Cycle
Dosha has natural cyclic vitiation throughout the year. For example, kapha Dosha vitiation occurs during the spring. You will find that spring is the season where we can see maximum mucus related disorders.
Sharad or early winter is the time of pitta prakop or vitiation. Therefore early winter is the time where you will see aggravation in pitta related disorders like pimples, acidity, inflammatory diseases like psoriasis, etc.
Varsha or rainy season is the time dominated by vata dosha vitiation. Therefore in the rainy season, we all can observe that all kinds of body pain, headache, migraine, joint pains et cetera get aggravated in this season.
Dosha are everywhere in the body. According to Ayurveda, Lifespan of an individual has three parts – kapha-childhood, pitta-youth, and vata -old age.
Childhood is all about growing up. For any growth, you need nutrition, stability, and peace. Kapha dosha is the spring of all these qualities. Link qualities of kapha dosha
Pitta Dosha governs the young age. Youth is the transformational stage of life. The young person is called Vardhaman in Ayurveda. The word Vardhaman means the one who is growing or advancing. A young person is not growing anymore in structure, but he improves every day in his experience and knowledge. Medha or intellect is a quality bestowed by Pitta dosha. This intellectual growth is the real advancement for a human being.
Young people have excellent digestion, lots of energy and best immunity, thanks to dominating pitta dosha.
Vata dosha governs the last stage of the life old age. A mature person is called vriddha in Ayurveda. This word means the one who has reached complete advancement or growth. An older adult is like a ripened fruit that naturally dries up and breaks away from the branch. In this stage, the physical structure starts deterioration; however, the intellectual level has reached its zenith.
These three dosa are the Trinity of the body they are like Brahma(creator), Vishnu (sustainer), and Shiva (destroyer).
Dosha and Disease Susceptibility
According to the above dosha sequence in the lifecycle, you will find that most of the kapha related disorders like cough cold, etc. occur during childhood. Children are Highly susceptible to mucus are respiratory system associated disorders as compared to youth or older adults.
Similarly, youth are most susceptible to pitta related disorders like pimples, hyperacidity, inflammation.
And in the end, the elderly are most susceptible to vata related disorders like dementia, hair fall, and all kinds of body pains.
Dryness is the primary quality of vata dosha. For this reason, we find that older people have excessively dry and wrinkled skin, dryness related problems like body pain joint pain. They also have weak digestion because of recessive pitta dosha.
Ayurveda focuses on the tridosha concept for body formation, structure, physiology, and pathology. Some classical Ayurvedic texts say that there is nothing else in the body metabolism except dosha. Everything that happens in the body is a function of the cyclic effect of the dosha accumulation, vitiation, and stabilization.
I am trying to understand Ayurveda myself. However, according to my current experience, the curative effects of Ayurveda are absolutely incredible. If you have a query or doubt, please let me know. It will help to improve my knowledge.