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IC and 5 Rejuvenatives for the Mind and Memory

Mind and body are intimately spliced  We cannot separate them physically  What happens in the mind happens in the body and vice versa   But we do separate them because the symptoms of mental stress seem different than physical stress  But anyone with a painful bladder flare will tell that it’s intimately associated with mental duress Chronic disease such as the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystistis, vulvodynia IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic prostatitis, and GERD) no matter how minor the symptoms takes a toll on mental function

Also as our population ages, declining mental faculties can take first place on the list of one’s health concerns. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senile dementia affect some 25 percent of all people over 80.1 Research, though, is revealing Ayurvedic approaches in helping to support the natural strength of the mental faculties.

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Mental Rejuvenation with Ayurveda

Medhya is an Ayurvedic concept that implies intellect, or wisdom. Medhya remedies promote mental development and act as mental rejuvenatives, and they also suggest a mind that is mighty, vigorous and pure.

There are many ways to bring medhya into play in the mind. Anything that promotes the sattva guna can help in our quest, and the yamas and niyamas of Patanjali are aimed at this. Ayurvedic herbal medicines also play a role. They engender and summon intelligence, memory and mental perception. They make the mind worthy of sacrifice to higher consciousness.

Bitter taste is made from air and space energies, and these forces predominate in the mind. Bitter foods and herbs open the mind, increase sensitivity, awareness and mental functioning. Since bitter herbs are cooling and calming they combat mental dullness, allowing us to reach our full potential, becoming radiant and elevated.

Mind supplements include a large array of herbs and foods recommended to rebuild body tissues and restore lubricating juices.2 Five of these mind-nourishing herbs stand out as pillars of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, sometimes named “winter cherry” or “Withania”, is a top mental rejuvenator.  Ayurvedic herbalists use the herb to reestablish long-term sleep rhythms. Ayurvedic herbalism also uses ashwagandha for general strength for support in times of occasional fatigue and exhaustion; and to support healthy memory and a strong nervous system.

This tonic herb, a relative of tomatoes and potatoes, is not stimulating, but rather relaxing. That allows one to use this in larger amounts on a regular basis without concern for overstimulation, so this root is a superb remedy for nervous system support.

Study after study continues to confirm the benefits of this herb on stress tolerance, performance and endurance.3,4,5 One study indicated that the herb supported the brain in times of stress.6 In another, ashwagandha was shown to support strength and physical working capacity.7,8

Ayurveda considers it a “grounding” herb, one that nourishes and regulates metabolic processes and supports a naturally balanced mood. Ashwagandha also supports memory, helping those such as students for whom learning and testing are priorities.9 One recent study looked at sleep and stress. Ashwagandha was effective in supporting naturally healthy sleep patterns.10

As well as being a slow-acting tonic herb, ashwagandha is a superb herb for balancing elevated vata, a common problem as age advances and in chronic disease. It takes about a week to work up to an appropriate amount, and about another week for the herb to reach maximum effectiveness. Since ashwagandha is a slow-acting herb, you may take your daily serving at any time during the day.

A typical serving of ashwagandha is about a gram per day, taken over long periods, up to many years, as a rejuvenator, but, since ashwaganda is very safe, larger quantities are often used short term. In India, Withania is given with pungent, heating herbs (ginger, pepper, etc.) to ensure that it gets sufficiently digested.

 

Calamus

Conscious communication is the essence of yoga. From your chakras to your nervous system to the words you speak, your very molecules are vibrating with the energy of your being, and transmitting that energy to all the other parts of our bodies and to people in your life.

Yoga exercises, pranayama and lifestyle practices all support conscious communication, and there is one special herb that yoga reveres above all others for clarifying and expanding that special spiritual voice we all share.

Calamus root is a major herb for the mind. Though it is not clearly allowed for internal consumption in the US, it can be used topically, either as a dry powder, paste, or as part of an herbalized oil. As a historical and international perspective, ancient yogis and seers used this herb, and it was said to stimulate the power of self-expression and to enhance intelligence.

This herb was often combined with gotu kola, which is cooling and mild. The complementary energetics made the combination suitable for a wide variety of people. To support attention and focus, it was combined with gotu kola, shankpushpi and licorice. Over the long term, calamus warms the body and pacifies the mind. Vacha was also combined with triphala as a general rejuvenative that bestows intelligence, longevity and good memory.11

Vacha has a long and very special history in Ayurveda.

 

Brahmi (Gotu Kola)

Thinking about thinking? Feel like you’re about to max out your personal hard drive? Gotu kola is an herb with a long history of brain support. Gotu kola, also called Mandukaparni, is a mainstay of herbal medicine in Ayurveda. Widely considered a superior herb for the nervous system, gotu kola has a host of benefits.12

Gotu kola supports healthy memory, concentration and intelligence, as well as the voice, physical strength and the complexion.

Gotu kola is a jungle creeper that grows in hot moist climates. After all, it’s the food of the elephants, and we all know about their memories! Fresh, it’s a delicious salad vegetable. The juice of the fresh leaves is available at some juice bars.

More recently, a study out of Korea shows that components in gotu kola show potential for supporting healthy memory, a very promising direction.13

Since gotu kola is basically a mild salad vegetable, the serving can be a larger quantity. Try one to four teaspoonfuls of fresh juice every morning. Many people use a modest amount of 1 gram per day in capsules or tablets for daily rejuvenation. Try a cup of gotu kola tea with honey.

 

Brahmi (Bacopa)

Water hyssop (Bacopa monniera), also refered to as brahmi in certain parts of India, is a steadfast mainstay of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. An indication of the respect for this herb is the name: “brahmi” means “god-like”. It’s used in Asia for support of the nervous system, mental energy, and healthy memory—it’s a powerful brain food. Use it to increase comprehension, concentration and recollection. Because it traditionally supports a person’s natural ability to solve problems effectively, it is often found in Ayurvedic formulas to cope with stress.

With nearly 300 studies in the scientific literature, it has built up a solid base of scientific support for its many functions.

In support of the traditional use for promoting healthy memory, Australian researchers recently gave Bacopa to seventy-six adults, aged 40 to 65 years, in a double-blind randomized, placebo control study in which various memory functions were tested. Numerous memory tests before and after taking the brahmi showed that the herb significantly supported the learning process.14

Brahmi has traditionally been used for children as well. Indian schoolchildren take it at home. In 1987, Indian scientists gave brahmi to 40 schoolchildren aged 6-8 in a single-blind trial. The study showed support of learning, memory and perception. The dose was 1 gram per day for three months, of the dried plant extracted into a syrup form, and no side effects were recorded.15

The traditional serving can be up to two grams of the whole herb, in capsules, tablets or tea, twice a day with warm water.

 

Shankhapushpi

When we need mental peace and sleep, we may call upon shankhapushi to help restore clear quality of the mind and relaxation. Its flowers resemble the shankha or conch shell, thus the name. It usually is a foot tall plant, with dome of flowers, in open fields in North India.

This herb is an outstanding rejuvenative tonic for the mind and nerve tissue. The plant is said to have profound mystical properties, with an affinity for the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras.

The herb is especially effective for mental peace and tranquility. Often taken with or prepared in ghee, it promotes serenity without dulling the mind. As it is balancing, its effect can be both uplifting and calming. Students traditionally use it to support a calm mind during exams. For support of focus and attention, it combines well with brahmi and licorice. For support of healthy sleep patterns, use shankpushpi at bedtime (traditional use allows for up to 6 grams). According to the Astanga Hridyam, ghee, cooked three times with shankpushpi juice and milk, makes even the dullest mind sharp.

Ayurveda places special attention on the health of the mind, and fundamentally teaches that, ultimately, all physical imbalances start in the mind, so a healthy mind is at the forefront of Ayurvedic practices. These five herbs form the core of a superb mental rejuvenative chest. They are waiting to help us stay calm, centered, intelligent and exalted, so now might just be the time to give this collection of herbs a try.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa is the lead instructor of the nutritional therapy and professional herbalist training programs at Portland Community College, where students pursue their credential online or in classrooms study, and on the founding faculty of Bastyr University Department of Ayurvedic Sciences. Khalsa is the President of the American Herbalists Guild and on the board of directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He is the first person to be board certified in herbalism and Ayurveda.

http://www.pcc.edu/climb/health/
http://www.kpkhalsa.com/
http://www.internationalintegrative.com/

 

References

  1. Jill Stansbury, N.D., Sustain the Brain, Nutrition Science News, February, 2001, http://www.healthwellexchange.com/
  2. Sharma, Ram, and Dash, Bhagwan, Caraka Samhita, Chowkhamba, Varanasi, 1992
  3. Archana R, Namasivayam A. Antistressor effect of Withania somnifera. J Ethnopharmacol 1999 Jan;64(1):91-3
  4. Singh B, Saxena AK, Chandan BK, Gupta DK, Bhutani KK, Anand KK. Adaptogenic activity of a novel, withanolide-free aqueous fraction from the roots of Withania somnifera Dun. Phytother Res 2001 Jun;15(4):311-318
  5. Venkatraghavan S, et al, J Res Ayu Sid, 1, 1980:370. [from: Bone K, “Withania somnifera”, Clinical Applications of Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs, (Queensland, Australia: Phytotherapy Press), 1996:137-41.]
  6. Jain S, Shukla SD, Sharma K, Bhatnagar M. Neuroprotective Effects of Withania somnifera Dunn. in Hippocampal Sub-regions of Female Albino Rat. Phytother Res 2001 Sep;15(6):544-548
  7. Dhuley JN. Adaptogenic and cardioprotective action of ashwagandha in rats and frogs. J Ethnopharmacol 2000 Apr;70(1):57-63
  8. Bhattacharya SK, Bhattacharya A, Chakrabarti A. Adaptogenic activity of Siotone, a polyherbal formulation of Ayurvedic rasayanas. Indian J Exp Biol 2000 Feb;38(2):119-28
  9. Dhuley JN. Nootropic-like effect of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera L.) in mice. Phytother Res 2001 Sep;15(6):524-528
  10. Kumar A, Kalonia H. Effect of Withania somnifera on Sleep-Wake Cycle in Sleep-Disturbed Rats: Possible GABAergic Mechanism. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Nov;70(6):806-10.
  11. Srikantha Murthy, K.R.  Vagbhata’s Astanga Hrdayam. vol. 3.  Varanasi: Krishnadas Academy. 1995. p. 387
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  14. Roodenrys S1, Booth D, Bulzomi S, Phipps A, Micallef C, Smoker J . Chronic effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on human memory. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2002 Aug;27(2):279-81
  15. Sharma R, Chaturvedi C, Tewari PV. Efficacy of Bacopa monniera in revitalizing intellectual functions in children. J Res Edu Indian Med. 1987;1:12

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

read more

IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

read more

IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

read more

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

read more

IC and the Tip of the Iceberg: Use of 5 Techniques

From an energy science view symptoms that occur in the physical body such as those with the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, IBS, and GERD) are expressions of physiologic imbalance in the energy body  In the energy science world of healing it’s all about balance or harmony in the mindbody  When there is no disease or imbalance then there is no expression of qualities  Everything is good

These imbalances are expressed in a qualitative way, that is, too much hot or too much mobility or movement in the physiology  This imbalance of quality leads to expression either in the GIT(gastrointestinal tract) or peripherally  In IC the imbalances of these qualities lead to the symptoms of burning in the bladder vulvar area, prostate in men, and frequency of urination, most notable during flares

The Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of icebergBut the qualities expressed in the body as disease such as the IC bladder pain syndrome are merely the tip of the iceberg because they represent the imbalance that is occurring throughout the mindbody…..but oh by the way they are showing up in the pelvic area specifically the pelvic plexus of nerves

So when you undergo techniques and methods to reduce the imbalance of these qualities you are actually reducing the imbalance of the qualities throughout the mindbody not just in the pelvis

The Result:  Real Healing Using 5 Techniques

A bandaid is something that covers up a problem  There are many drugs that serve as bandaids  Yes they take away symptoms but don’t get to the heart of the matter which is being caused from the qualities being expressed  At least that’s the way the energy science views the disease process

It’s important to understand that methods such as nutritional formats and supplements such as aloe are energy science bandaids  They like pharmaceuticals make life reasonably comfortable because they prevent further loading up of the qualities that brought about the disease in the first place

So when you engage in specific techniques in energy science healing you are participating in real healing….not a bandaid but healing that gets to the heart of the problem  This is because qualities are REMOVED rather than simply preventing more qualities to accumulate

These specific techniques fall into 5 broad categories  The first we heard about last week called oleation, either internal or external as in shirodhara  The second is basti which we have discussed in previous blogs  Thirdly nasal therapies remove excess qualities particularly in the central nervous system but is a great technique to help remove the excess qualities of Kapha the energy pattern of stability  The fourth technique is removing excess mucous from the stomach and lastly removing excess Pitta by blood donation(women do this on a monthly basis when menstruating)

So real healing requires very specific energy science techniques to clear the IC bladder pain syndrome  Or there’s always bandaids

To health as a Skill  DB

 

 

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

3 Therapies to Heal IC

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 0 comments

3 Therapies to Heal IC

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) produces not only bladder pain that can be intermittent(as in flares) but also often involves the vaginal canal(vulvodynia),  pelvic floor muscles, and often the rectum   And as is common with all people with IC there are some forms of bowel involvement with symptoms since from an energy science point of view the disease arises from the GI tract The Rectum and the Pelvic Nerves? IC is a systemic disease  Many matter science medical...

read more

IC and Botox Injections

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

The Good News About IC

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

The Good News About IC

The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

read more

IC and Cooling Drink

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

IC and Cooling Drink

The inflammation that occurs with your IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, and fibromyalgia) as we’ve talked about in the past is from the hot and mobile qualities from an energy science viewpoint As you know this pain can be excruciating and unrelenting causing undue stress on relationships and plans And there are things that we have discussed that can help with temporary relief of symptoms  But what would it be like it you lived a life without any bladder symptoms at all  This...

read more

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

IC and Vulvodynia/Chronic Prostatitis

As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, CPPS, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 11 comments

IC and 3 Things to Deal with Food Allergies

Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

read more

IC and Calming the Mind: An Energy Science Therapy

ShirodharaWhen I first heard about how shirodhara can induce maximum relaxation when I was just a budding Ayurvedic student, I skeptically thought to myself, “Who wouldn’t find warm oil slowly being poured onto their forehead relaxing?” But what seemed to me at the time as simply a luxurious pampering has amazed me both in its broadness in application as well as the beauty behind the mechanism of how it works.

What It Is

For those who are not so familiar with shirodhara, it is a therapy wherein a liquid substance, usually a warm oil or herbal oil, is slowly and steadily poured onto the third eye and then allowed to percolate through the hair. The name itself comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow).

Shirodhara falls into the category of snehana of the shodhana (purifying) therapies in Ayurveda. While snehana means the application of oil, sneha means love and compassion. As such, oil has been glorified in the scriptures for providing the qualities of nurturing and nourishment.1 When the skin absorbs the oil, it also takes in these qualities into the body.

One of the great beauties of shirodhara lies in the fact that the forehead and scalp, of all parts of the body, has greater absorption than any other part of the body, aside from the pubic areas. 2 The skin absorbs many substances, including oil, as well as any herb that may be infused into the oil, such that they directly pass through the epidermis and dermis, into the blood stream and tissues that lie beneath. Since the brain and the main sense organs are in such close proximity to the scalp, shirodhara has its greatest and most direct effects there. For this reason, great care is taken to ensure that the highest type and quality of herbs and oils are used in the therapy.

Why It Works

Marmani. A marma is a “vital energy point on the surface of the body.” 3 The oil first pours directly onto ajna marma. Synonymous with the third eye, this marma is central to all brain function, hormone glands, and above all, consciousness. The oil then spreads over a number of other marmani. By doing so, we are powering these energetic hot spots with vata and pitta calming qualities through the qualities of the oil and therapy, itself. The qualities access the mano vaha srotas, the channel for the mind and senses, directly through the marmas, sending the same soothing and nurturing qualities throughout the channels. 3

Sensory Nerves. Not only is the head and face one of the greatest areas of absorption, but they also have the greatest number of sensory nerves. In fact, over half of the sensory cortex in the brain is dedicated to just the face and the head! There are a variety of sensory nerves- some that sense position, some sense temperature and pain, some sense pressure. The interesting connection here is that the pain and temperature nerves, specifically, course through the brain not only to the cortex, but also to the limbic portions of the brain, which are centers for processing emotions and managing conflict, motivation, learning, and attention, amongst other important functions. 4 Thus, by stimulating these nerves with anti-vata and anti-pitta qualities, we are bringing those same qualities to the limbic centers of the brain, unfolding a sense of ease and peace to an often disturbed part of our consciousness.

Further, through the somato-autonomic reflex, simply the soft and spreading touch of shirodhara and the subtle vibration throughout the cranial cavity sends an inhibitory signal to the sympathetic nervous system. 5 This results in a decrease in heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and induces an overall sense of calmness and rest. 6,7,8 It is no wonder, then, that many clients fall into deep sleep during shirodhara.

A small randomized-controlled study done in Japan studied the above mechanisms amongst others, and proposed the mechanism shown in Figure 1. As demonstrated, numerous pathways have been found, all centering around calming the sympathetic nervous system and balancing the neurochemistry in the brain. 6 In plain Ayurvedic language, the therapy calms vata and pitta rooted in mano and majja vaha srotas, thereby affecting the same doshic imbalances in other srotamsi.

Figure 1.  Kazuo U, et al. Psychoneuroimmunologic Effects of Ayurvedic Oil-Dripping Treatment. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

7 Practical Applications

  1. Marma Therapy. The marmani all along the surface of the forehead and scalp get bathed in warm, nourishing oil. The oil, with its viscous quality, provides a protective barrier, so that extreme temperatures, winds, or other environmental influences, have less of an impact on the marmani, thereby protecting our entire mano vaha srotas. Not only that, the marmani on the scalp are all integrally connected to important brain and hormonal centers. By doing marma therapy with constant pressure and nourishment from the oil, these centers are balanced and rejuvenated, making this a therapy beneficial for just about anyone.
  2. Stress. Enough cannot be said about how our clientele and society, at large, suffers from stress. What shirodhara is able to do is bring softness to the sharpness of stress. By turning the sympathetic nervous system down, cortisol and other stress hormones decrease as do other markers of stress, such as blood pressure and heart rate. 6,7,8
  3. Anxiousness. The prototype of vata in the mano vaha srotas is anxiety. Shirodhara is an excellent way to care for high vata in the mind, as all of its qualities are the opposite of vata. Many experience, for the first time in a long time, that their mind becomes quiet and the unease of anxiousness goes away. 6
  4. Attention and Focus. A milder form of vata in the mano vaha srotas is an inability to focus or pay attention. While not as incapacitating as the feeling of anxiety, attention and focus is crucial for day-to-day living. Shirodhara can effectively improve attention by bringing stability to the sensitivity of the neurons in the brain. 9
  5. Sleep. The National Sleep Foundation 2005 survey found that over 75% of Americans have difficulty sleeping at least a few times per week. While there are numerous recommendations ranging from improving sleep hygiene to medications, why not try a therapy that not only can induce more sound sleep10,11, but can also help with the roots of poor sleep discussed above?
  6. Menopausal symptoms. Many women going through menopause face the same difficulties discussed, in addition to hot flashes and body aches. In India, a small randomized-controlled trial tested shirodhara in menopausal women and found it to be effective for many of their complaints. 12 The mechanism likely lies in calming the sympathetic nervous system and neuronal sensitivity.
  7. Muscle tension and Headaches. Muscle tension and dysfunction of neurons cause headaches and pains throughout the body. Interestingly, migraines are thought to arise because of an abnormal response of the neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem. 13 The forehead’s nerve supply, the trigeminal nerve, is directly connected to this nucleus. It is no surprise, then, that shirodhara can help greatly with headaches and other bodily muscle tension by calming the nerves.

Shirodhara is the king of Ayurvedic therapies for the mind and is a wonderful complement to herbs for achieving optimum mental balance and peace. Watch for our next newsletter with herbal recommendations for supporting the mind.

 

References

  1. Lad, V.  Textbook of Ayurveda Volume 3: General Principles of Management and Treatment.  The Ayurvedic Press. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2012
  2. Baynes, R and Hodgson E. Textbook of modern toxicology. 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004
  3. Lad V, Durve A. Marma Points of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Press. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2008.
  4. Spinothalamic tract. Wikepedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinothalamic_tract. 11 August, 2014.
  5. Uchida S, Budgell B. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg. 2009
  6. Kazuo U, et al. Psychoneuroimmunologic Effects of Ayurvedic Oil-Dripping Treatment. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  2008;14(10):1190-98.
  7. Kundu C, et al. The role of psychic factors in the pathogenesis of essential hypertension and its management by Shirodhara and Sarpagandha Vati. Ayu. 2010 Oct-Dec; 31(4): 436-441.
  8. Dhuri K, et al. Shirodhara: A psycho-physiological profile in healthy volunteers. Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine. 2013 Jan-Mar; 4(1):40-44.
  9. Singhai H, et al. Ayurvedic approach for improving reaction time of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affected children. Ayu. 2010 Jul-Sep; 31(3): 338-342
  10. Pokharel S, Kumar A. Evaluation of Insomrid Tablet and Shirodhara in the management of Anidra (Insomnia). Ayu. 2010 Jan-Mar; 31(1): 40-47.
  11. Vinjaymury S, et al. Ayurvedic Therapy (Shirodhara ) for Insomnia: A Case Series. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2014 Jan; 3(1): 75-80.
  12. Santwani K, et al. An assessment of Manasika Bhavas in menopausal syndrome and its management. Ayu. 2010 Jul-Sep: 31(3);311-318.
  13. Dodick D, Gargus J. Why Migraines strike. Scientific American. 2008 Aug: 299(2);56-63.

Vrinda Devani, M.D.

As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vrinda Devani, M.D. has a passion for women’s health and empowering women towards vibrant health and living.  She is a believer in unfolding the human body’s potential through a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine.  She has studied Ayurveda extensively under Dr. Vasant Lad and furthered her studies in Ayurvedic women’s health with travels in Nepal with Dr. Sarita Shrestha.  In addition to being a physician and certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she also has a love for yoga and is a certified AyurYoga teacher.

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

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read more

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bigstock_Sour_Grimace_1671221When you subscribe to our site, you’re sent a short list of questions in order to get to know your interests  One of the questions specifically asks about whether the topic of sour and pungent tastes interests you  50% of you have responded that you wanted to hear more…so here goes

In the energy science foods play a predominant role in creating imbalances which in turn produce disease such as the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, and fibromyalgia)  Of course not all foods will produce imbalance but HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH FOODS are good and those that are not good for our disease state

The energy science provides the answer in the form of food lists that have foods that you should avoid(NO column), those that can be taken in moderation, and those that can be used all the time  See foodsheal.com or icdiet.com to review these formats

How the Food Lists Are Created Energetically

There are 6 energetic tastes that are recognized:  sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent  Each of these are composed of specific qualities but for our IC bladder pain syndrome interest the ones that stand out are sour, salty, and pungent  These are important because all  3 have the hot quality among others that will produce the imbalance that leads to the disease complex of the IC bladder pain syndrome

This is why the tastes of the sour and pungent can be provoking for those with IC  The sour taste is the acid taste in Nature(bitter being the alkaline taste) and the pungent taste is the sensation we have when we eat a hot chili or horseradish

The importance of the lists is that they have built within them what predominance of tastes are within the food being evaluated, that is what qualities are present that may be provoking  There are two benefits here  1 tells you which foods are imbalancing to you seeing your body as an energy field and 2 tells you which foods will produce disease for you   And included within this construct is whether the foods are heating, that is have the hot quality or the sour and pungent tastes

 3 Ways to Avoid the Sour and Pungent Tastes

1  As discussed we would want to follow the nutritional formats described at foodsheal.com(should take the questionnaire to determine your energy pattern constitution) or simply follow the icdiet format at icdiet.com  The advantage of the former is that it gives you a broader choice range  But both get the job done by cutting out the excessive hot quality

2 Avoid incompatible food combinations that are outlined at either of the above sites  One of the fundamental principles of this list is the avoidance of fresh fruits in combination with other foods  This is because the fruit with other foods can interfere with digestion and create as a byproduct toxic load called ama   Ama is part of most disease processes and has to be cleared as a part of the IC syndrome

3 The use of a churan will give you all 6 tastes necessary for having healthy digestion but not giving the excess hot quality that will produce imbalance

Until next week                                                     To Health as a Skill  Love DrBill

Expectations About Healing IC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 2 comments

Expectations About Healing IC

Obviously this is a common question posed by those doing energy science work for clearance of their IC complex of bladder pain and possibly IBS, GERD and fibromyalgia As a child you may have asked, “Are we there yet?” and “Now are we there yet?”  So when will this IC be over?   The short answer is, “It’s over when it’s over.”  But to be more specific, in general it takes 2 months of release for every year of imbalance   So if you have had symptoms of IC for 10 years it will take 20 months of work to clear the...

read more

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read more

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 4 comments

IC and Botox Injections

Over the last 20 years the interstitital cystitis(IC) complex of pelvic and bladder pain has been successfully treated by urologists with botox  Initially used as a way to focally paralyze muscle fibers in the face as a cosmetic application, it quickly crossed many lines of therapy for use in other organ systems in the body to include the bladder The use of the agent in bladder injection therapy is that the bladder and pelvic pain is related to muscle spasm in these respective areas that paralysis of the muscles would reduce the pain Matter...

read more

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 5 comments

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The pain of your IC flare is related to the movement of the qualities of hot, mobile, and dry   These qualities lead to the burning in the pelvis and on urination as well as the frequency and intense urgency you experience(leading to the rusty zipper syndrome) These primordial vibrational frequencies(fancy term for qualities) are moving through a long tube in the mindbody   This tube begins in the kidney and ends where the urine comes out when you urinate   It’s that simple!    Energy in the form of urine moves through this...

read more

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 8 comments

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read more

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 29 comments

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As you know the pelvic pain from IC can be so severe that it precludes having normal sexual activity  In a survey done through the ICA organization 90% of IC patients report problems with intimacy   And the majority of women(50-85%) have associated vulvodynia or pain specifically related to the vagina  For reasons not clear, ICA dropped the reference page to this statistic  The stats come from a response survey of an IC population culled from members of the organization  This numbers have been substantiated by other research The fear of...

read more

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Interstitial cystitis (IC) painvsyndrome(intersitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)  is often associated with other conditions such as  food allergies or sensitivities and GERD which we have written about in the past   This is difficult to understand from a molecular approach to dis-ease since the model looks at the problem within an organ system without taking into consideration the interrelationship of all organ systems This is frustrating to physicians as well as patients seeking to understand the...

read more

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 2 comments

The Upsetting Character of Nuts

The interstitial cystitis(IC) bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, fibromyalgia)with flares can be amplified by the routine use of nuts of any kind and this includes their butters!!  Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter Why? Unlike the matter science(MS) nutritional information that fatty acids are good and bad, the energy science(ES) of Ayurveda states that all nuts are inflammatory due to these molecular fatty acids regardless of the “good or bad nature of them”   The...

read more

IC and the Neti Pot

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, vulvodynia | 5 comments

IC and the Neti Pot

Kapha is the energy pattern of stability in the physiology  It is composed of the qualities of heavy, slow/dull, cool, slimy/smooth, liquid, dense, soft, hard, static, and sticky  Think of the mucous from the common cold and you will have a good understanding of the qualities of Kapha which supports bodily structures When Kapha becomes excessive in the physiology it brings the static and heavy qualities in excess which block the lighter qualities of Vata and Pitta which are the primary instigators of the symptoms of the IC bladder pain...

read more

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in bladder, bladder pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, IC, Interstiial cystitis, Uncategorized, vulvodynia | 3 comments

IC and Detoxifying Antiinflammatory Nutrition

The IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, GERD, IBS, fibromyalgia) is an inflammatory condition associated with serological inflammatory markers  It would make sense then that using an antiinflammatory nutritional format would be key  This also helps heal over time the microbiome that is universally affected in these conditions This unique combination of alkalinizing greens and protein can make a complete meal or as side dish for other foods on the table(can be used with squash, grain, and...

read more
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