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Home Remedies by Dr. Smita Naram | Mumbai

You’ve all probably heard the famous quote – If your diet is good, medicines are of no need; if your diet is bad, medicines are of no use. It seems that Ayurveda rests on this very principle, that a good diet is the only most important thing to stay healthy. So when we spoke to Dr. Smita Naram, master pulse reader and Ayurvedic Doctor of Ayushakti Ayurved about home remedies for common ailments, she first told us the importance of an appropriate diet, and gave us a few tips on how to maintain a diet that complements your body:

•    First and foremost, don’t eat if you’re not hungry.
•    While cooking your food, don’t use only chilies, as chilies cause stomach gas. Instead use more of ginger, garlic, pepper and cumin. They’ll make your food just as spicy, while at the same time, maintaining body balance.
•    Avoid excess wheat, as it results in mucous deposits. Make your chapattis with jawari, nachni/ragi, corn and bajra instead.
•    Have your dinner at least two hours before sleeping, and keep the meal light.
•    Avoid red meat.
•    Whenever possible, drink hot or warm water instead of cold water. It aids metabolism.

Once your diet balances itself, you will automatically notice the changes in your overall health and energy. But then, there are always those petty ailments that hamper your days and drain the life out of you. But really, Ayurveda has an answer for that too; an answer that lies in your very own kitchen. Dr. Naram believes that there is no cure like a home brewed concoction for all your common colds, weight problems, migraines and stress. Here are a few of Dr. Naram's simple home recipes for common ailments:

Common Cold
½ tsp fresh ginger crushed
12 basil leaves crushed
3 black pepper pods crushed
5 mint leaves crushed
3 cardamoms crushed
½ inch cinnamon
1 and 1/4th cup water
1 tbsp honey

Boil the water. Add all the ingredients except the honey to the boiling water, and simmer for a minute. Turn off the flame, and keep the mixture covered for about five minutes. Filter and add the honey, and have it hot. It works wonders for an ailing throat. Another remedy for common cold is that you roast two teaspoons of Ajwain seeds on a griddle, and inhale the fumes for five whole minutes.

Cough and throat infection
5 fresh basil leaves
2 whole black peppers
1/4th tsp dry ginger powder

It’s going to be a spicy mix, but chew all of these on an empty stomach in the morning. When half chewed, swallow it with a glass of water. Repeat it once more at night before going to bed.

Diarrhea/ loose motions
1/4th cup of fresh curds (make sure it’s not sour)
1 tsp jeera powder
1/4th tsp ginger powder

Mix the above ingredients and have it every two hours. A bout of diarrhea is going to need you to make a few momentary changes in your diet: Avoid wheat, non-vegetarian and sour food; and consume lots of pulses like Moong, Moong dal, Jawari and corn, green vegetables and ½ a cup of pomegranate juice two or three times a day.

Stomach Ache
1 tsp cumin seed powder
1/4th tsp Ginger powder
1/4th tsp Ajwain powder
1 pinch Asafetida
1 pinch black pepper powder
1 tsp Kala Namak (black salt/ rock salt)

Mix all the above ingredients in ½ a glass of water and drink two or three times a day.

Stay healthy! We’ll be back with more homegrown beauty tips soon.

By Divya Nadkarni
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nireshaa's Review on 09-05-2010

Dr Smita Naram my daughter diagnosed with lupus is on immune suppressants and cortisone we want her off these please help desperaate

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