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Understanding The 6 Tastes In Food As Taught in Ayurveda

Understanding The 6 Tastes In Food As Taught in Ayurveda

Written by Dr Chathurika Harischandra, Resident Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

A key consideration when it comes to Ayurvedic diet and nutrition is taste. Ayurveda identifies six tastes and notes the need for all six tastes or shad rasa in food, which when consumed in proper quantity and time have the right effect on the body and mind. The six tastes are: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. According to Ayurveda, the taste of the food is not just to satisfy sense perception. Taste plays crucial role in maintaining the constitutional makeup of the body. 


See below for a summary of each taste and its impact on the body and mind. 


  • Sweet Taste


Sweet taste is the flavor of rice, milk, sugar etc. It gives energy and strengthen the body. 

  • It increases blood, muscle, fat, bone marrow and Ojas (immunity), semen and breast milk.
  • Improve vision, hair growth, complexion, strengthen the heart, affiliate body tissues, empower old, emaciated and young bodies.
  • Good for thirst, syncope, burning sensation of the body and helps to maintain pleasant sensory organs.
  • Sweet taste is associated with love, compassion, happiness, joy, sharing etc. Most of sweet taste food have calming qualities.


Over consumption may cause:

  • It can increase worm infestation, phlegm, cause cough, dyspnea, lassitude, goiter, tumor, elephantiasis, thrush and increase emotions like greed, possessiveness, attachments etc.


Food items dominant on Sweet taste:

  • Banana, dates, figs, melons are examples of sweet taste dominant fruits. 
  • Beet root, pumpkin and potatoes are sweet taste dominant vegetables. 
  • Corn, rice, wheat are examples of sweet taste dominant grain. 
  • Red lentils, mung beans, black gram are sweet taste dominant legumes. 
  • Cashew nuts, almonds, coconut are examples for sweet taste dominant nuts. 
  • Chicken and turkey are for meats. 
  • Milk, ghee and honey for animal products.


  1. Sour taste

Sour is the taste of citrus fruits. 

  • It improves appetite, digestion, stimulate the secretions of digestive juice, promotes the flow of bile flow, stimulate foods to descend through digestive tract.
  • Cleanses the channels and promote the clarity of sense organs. 
  • It is associated with positive emotions such as appreciation, understanding, discrimination, comprehension etc.


Over consumption may cause:

  • Increased acidity in the stomach and small intestine, itchiness and burning sensation in body, edema, impotency, hemorrhage from different orifices, ulcers in mouth and eyes, and belching. 
  • Emotionally it can create criticism, jealousy, rejection, hate, agitation, selfishness, hyperactivity etc.


Food items:

  • Lime, lemon, tamarind, star fruit and grapefruit are examples for sour taste dominant fruits. 
  • Tomatoes, june plums or ambarella, unripen mango, are sour taste dominant raw fruits examples.
  • Butter, cheese, yogurt, cream are dairy products examples. 
  • Pickles, vinegar and fermented foods also have sour taste as the dominant taste.
  • Indian gooseberry (amla), pomegranate and lime do not increase acidity. They can reduce heat and inflammation due to their cooling effect.


  1. Salty taste

Salty is the taste of salt. 

  • It cleanses all the channels.
  • Promote appetite, digestion and absorption.
  • Strengthen muscles, supports to moisten the body, and nourishes plasma. 
  • Maintain water-electrolyte balance. 
  • Mild laxative.
  • Bring down the intensity of all other tastes.  
  • Promotes courage, confidence, enthusiasm and interest.


Over consumption may cause:

  • Depletes semen and leads to impotency, reduce the clarity of sense organs. Emotionally it may cause irritability, greed, attachment, possessiveness, addiction and temptation.


Food items:

    • Celery and seaweed are examples for salty taste dominant vegetables. 
  • Cottage cheese and tuna for animal products.


  • Pungent taste


Pungent taste is sharp and strong. Ginger is a good example.

  • It cleanses mouth, improve the clarity of the sense organs.
  • Enhance digestive fire, digestion and absorption. 
  • Eliminates toxins.
  • Increases circulation and remove congestion. 
  • Associated with enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, and concentration.


Over consumption may cause:

  • Depleted breast milk and semen. Gives burning sensation, fatigue, giddiness, dryness in mouth, and emaciation. It is associated with irritability, anger, aggressiveness, envy, competitiveness etc. 


Food items:

  • Chilly, garlic, leek, onion, kohlrabi, radish, raw spinach are pungent taste dominant vegetables.
  • Buckwheat and spelt are examples for grains. 
  • Pungent taste dominant spices are mustard seeds, black pepper, cardamom, ginger, coriander, cloves, and paprika etc. (most of the spices).
  • Ginger and cooked garlic do not deplete tissues, but actually help digestion. Cloves, coriander, cumin and fennel do not increase body heat though they are pungent taste dominant.


  • Bitter taste


  • Bitter taste cleanses the body by eliminating toxins and excess fat from the body. 
  • Cleanses breast milk and purify blood.
  • Promote emotions of self-awareness, introspection, improve the clarity of mind, detach from worldly desires.


Over consumption may cause:

  • Various kinds of pains in the body, distaste in the mouth and constipation. Over consumption associates with emotions such as loneliness, isolation, separation etc. 


Food items:

  • Bitter gourd, kale, broccoli, endives, spinach, gotu kola (Centella asiatica), Lunuwila (Bacopa moneri) are examples for bitter taste dominant vegetables. 
  • Coffee, cocoa, fenugreek, saffron, turmeric are also examples for bitter taste dominant foods.


  • Astringent taste


Astringent is the taste of tannins. It gives a feeling of dryness and contraction of the oral mucosa and mouth.

  • It improves absorption and helps to form stools. Astringent taste absorbs excess moisture in the body.
  • Promotes wound healing, helps to inhibit bleeding and promotes clotting. 
  • Helps to prevent from excessive discharges from all orifices (diarrhea, menorrhagia, leucorrhea and also prevent excessive sweating). 
  • Eliminate excess of fat tissues.  
  • Promotes stable, grounded, unified emotions. 


Over consumption causes:

  • Dry mouth, bloating, gases, thirsty, malaise, loss of libido, low sperm counts, palpitation, blood clotting and emotionally depression, anger, insanity etc.


Food items:

  • Apples, unripe bananas, cranberries, pomegranates are fruit examples for dominant astringent taste.
  • Green beans, cauliflower, avocado, peas, brussels sprouts and most of the raw vegetables are examples.
  • Rye grain, nutmeg, oregano, saffron are other examples.  
  • Harithaki (Terminalia chebula) is highly astringent, it supports healthy bowel movements.


According to Ayurveda, if you consume food in a proper way it gives life force, strength, nourishment, comfort, happiness and pleasant sense organs. If food consumption is improper, it is the cause of diseases of the mind and body. Among all good practices of eating foods, having a balanced diet is essential. Although many western approaches identify a balanced diet based on the ideal ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals etc., Ayurveda identifies it as a proper combination of the six tastes in a meal. 


In modern society, we have a complex relationship with foods. We mainly consider emotional satisfaction and taste perception when choosing foods, and we are unaware about effects of different tastes on body and mind. For example, when we get stressed or emotionally imbalanced, we try to eat something which can make us happy. Most of the times sweet taste is the choice. If you consume sweet in excess it can cause diabetes or lead to a even more lethargic mind frame. Most of non-communicable diseases are caused by unhealthy food patterns and sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, use these understandings when you choose foods, and enjoy a healthier and happier life.

Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Patient Details

Age: 28 years old    Sex: Male     From: Portugal

Date of Admission: 11th June 2019

Date of Departure: 2nd August 2019


History of Presenting Illness

Patient presented with COPD and episodes of mild fever. Productive cough which brought chest pain because of constant coughing. Chronic fatigue. Despite being physically active, he was feeling lethargic. 


Consultation Findings & Diagnosis

Digestive functions were regular. Tends to have loose stool. No signs of Ama detected on tongue examination.

The patient was mentally balanced, physically active, and maintaining healthy food habits and daily routine. 

Regular sleep but was disturbed due to cough and sleep fatigue was there. 

Dosha PrakritiPitta Vata

Dosha Vikrti – Aggravated Kapha and Pitta


Treatment Approach

  • Started with Sudarshana Vati and Buddharaja Kalkaya with Makarandan Anupana.
  • Application of BR oil on neck and sinus areas along with steam inhalation on daily basis.
  • Specially made herbal tea Ojoboost was given to reduce phlegmatic condition on the upper respiratory system and empower immune system. After 6 days fever subsided. 
  • Nasya karma with BR oil for 3 days followed by steam inhalation. In the end of the second week cough and chest pain subsided and lethargy was the only remaining symptom. 
  • Vasawalehaya 1 tea spoon with herbal tea was given two times a day for 7 days.


Condition at Departure

The patient was feeling free of respiratory symptoms and was without cough and lethargy. Reduction and elimination of Kapha and respiratory system cleansing through Nasya was quite effective along with steam inhalation. Rejuvenating formulas were prescribed to restore energy and provide nourishment to the tissues and to enhance immunity and Ojoboost Herbal Drink to be taken 2 times a day. Dosha Vikrthi – Balanced.


Post-departure Routine / Maintenance Routine

A diet to follow up was given with full explanation along with continuation of Ojoboost Herbal Drink along with the BR oil. Also Buddharaja Klakaya and Vasavalehaya to be taken two times daily. 


Follow up Findings – Feedback received on the 15th of December: Respiratory symptoms have not recurred and he is being able to gain some weight, with good energy as well.

Improving Your Immunity

Improving Your Immunity

Written by Dr Erandi Gunathilake, Chief Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka


Immunity is a concept which extends beyond the microscopic cellular base known in western science.  A person who is balanced in physical, mental and spiritual aspects is defined as a healthy person according to Ayurveda. Therefore, enhancement of the immune system includes elements that enriches body, mind and spirituality. 

It begins with a balanced daily routine and healthy food habits. This sets the base to the harmony of energy flow, supporting all biological mechanisms in the body to function at its best. Stress and anxiety, which is now an unavoidable part of daily life, has a significant impact on our immune system and health in general. Imbalances of the mind reduces the immunity and make you more vulnerable for sicknesses / imbalances. 

According to Ayurveda, all diseases originate either in the mind, through unwholesome thinking patterns and stress, or in the gut due to poor digestion. If you maintain good digestion by supporting your body with proper cleansing mechanisms and compatible food, you will be rewarded with a strong and healthy body. At the end of the digestion process, the nutritious juices absorbed by the body become the nurturing media of the whole body. 

Immunity in Ayurveda is identified as Ojas, which provides for a healthy body and mind, liveliness / happiness, passion, drive, and good strength, as well as prevention and protection against diseases. The concept of Ojas is described as that which is necessary for natural immunity against ailments and also it is the resistance against degeneration and aging. Put simply, stronger your Ojas the less likely you are to get sick, and slower will be your degenerative mechanisms. According to the Charaka Samhita, as bees collect honey from flowers and fruits, Ojas is collected in the body from diet, qualities of a person, their actions and behavior. Therefore, all factors of physical, mental and spiritual, oneness or humane qualities all contribute to a person’s Ojas. Enriched Ojas will reward you with glowing skin, luxurious hair, peaceful energy and emotions, pleasant body aroma, feeling rested and energized through the day and you will less likely catch diseases. As Ojas is a subtle form of nourishment, when strong it ensures that the person has well-nourished internal tissues, great stamina, sexual potency and will be gifted with great children. If your digestion is not working properly, it will produce Ama (toxins) which will be carried on to all tissues, reduce Ojas and create heaviness in body and mind.  

There are types of Ojas described in Ayurveda: 

  • Sahaja Bala – Inherent state of resistance
  • Kala Bala – Acquired, the immunity you will achieve by age and exposure
  • Yuktikrutha Bala – Immunity induced artificially by external yet rational means


Ayurveda introduces the word Vyadikshamathva, which is the ability to resist disease manifestation. It consists of two mechanisms:

  • Vyadhi bala virodhithva – The act of resistance to the strength of the disease
  • Vyadhi uthpadaka vibandhathva – Capability of inhibition of disease-causing pathogens

This works as a chain of several mechanisms. This strength is unique from person to person and is linked to one`s internal balance and constitution or dosha. Some of the vyadikshamathva you inherit from parents and some you develop later in life.  Fresh air and healthy food are mentioned as two main factors that nourishes vyadikshamatha. The resistance is linked to the current dosha or constitutional imbalance of the person. Any imbalance in the body or mind makes you more vulnerable to diseases. 

Ancient Ayurvedic texts explains the manifestation of diseases by pathogens and small pox, several skin diseases and fevers, conjunctivitis and tuberculosis are also mentioned as contagious. Epidemics and spreading diseases through contaminated food, water and being exposed to sneezing, coughing and human contact are mentioned. Also, the fact that some animals who are carrier agents of diseases that can be transmitted to humans is also discussed in these ancient texts. In a crisis of an epidemic or a pandemic (Janapadaudwamsa), fumigation is highly recommended using ‘Rakshoghna Dravya’ to eliminate ‘bad spirits’. Nowadays we can relate this to the microbial organisms / cause of airborne diseases, virus and bacteria, etc. White Mustard (Sinapis alba), Asafetida (Ferula assa-foetida), Agil (Erythroxylum monogynum), Dead wood (Shorea oblongifolia), Vacha / Sweet flag (Acorus Calamus) and Neem (Azadirachta indica) works effectively in external use for fumigation and cleans / sterilizes the air or objects. A small bundle of these herbs in a powder form or as a paste can be wrapped around the wrist or worn in a pendant to enhance immunity. 

Herbal wash or bath can be used to kill external germs. Washing body, objects, wounds, floor surface using Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Nyagrodha (Ficus bengalensis), Udumbara (Ficus glomerata), Asvattha (Ficus religiosa), Parisa (Thespesia populnea) and Plaksa (Ficus lacor) is recommended. It also includes gargling (kawalagraha) to wash away and kill germs in the oral cavity and throat. Using simple salt and black pepper powder and Holy basil (Ocimum sactum) leaves is recommended. 

Rasayana (rejuvenation) as well as Vajikarana (aphrodisiacs) both will nurture immunity. Ayurveda recommends regular intake of herbs which boost immunity and keep tissue nourishment at optimal level. Indian Gooseberry / Amla (Emblica officinalis) is the best rejuvenating fruit and it is filled with antioxidants, creating a very potent immune booster as well as a metabolic enhancer. Rejuvenating formulas made using these type of herbs, like the compound Chyavanaprashavaleha, can single handedly ensure your tissue nourishment and provide great contribution to immunity. Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is another good option for immune boosting and liver function. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a great immune enhancer and extremely beneficial to enhance Ojas production, promoting complexion, energy and immunity. 

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) has an excellent strengthening effect on the whole hormonal system and is a great aphrodisiac.  Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a commonly used kitchen spice and quite famous for its anti-inflammatory action. It takes part in various immune boosting formulas in Ayurveda as well as traditional Sri Lankan Medicine. It is also commonly used as a disinfectant because of its antiseptic properties. 

Daru Haridra (Coscinium fenestratum) (Weniwel in Sri Lanka) is known as the Ayurvedic equivalent of paracetamol.  It has potent anti-inflammatory properties and anti-pyritic properties. It is a great immune booster and effective for sore throat and common flu up to tetanus. Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine, which is quite similar to Ayurveda, explains that the power of weniwel decoction is transmited through breast milk and whenever an infant has flu-fever related symptoms decoction of weniwel is given to the mother and the infant heals. 

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a star in anti-microbial herbs in Ayurveda. The whole neem tree is used and it is a great antiseptic, speeding healing processes internally and externally. Neem oil is a strong cleanser in Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine and quite commonly used in treatment of cancer to enhance elimination of toxins effectively. 

Considering the nature of unaccountable number and varieties of microbes around us, human race has managed to survive and grow thanks to the immunity that the nature has gifted us. If we be mindful and pay attention, nature have offered many possibilities to keep us safe. 


Patient With Low Immunity, Hormone Imbalance, Constipation, Unexplained Headaches and Weight Gain

Patient With Low Immunity, Hormone Imbalance, Constipation, Unexplained Headaches and Weight Gain

Patient Details-

Age: 42 yr old 

Sex: Female

From: United Kingdom

Date of Admission: 2nd September 2019

Date of Departure: 15th October 2019


History of Presenting Illness

Patient arrived at weight of 82kgs (ideal weight for height = 65kgs) complaining of inability to lose weight through controlled diet and exercise. Additionally, feeling bloated, heavy and tender breasts and constant pre-menstrual symptoms. Patient also complained of a low immune system with constant cold/flu and unexplained headaches for which she could not identify a cause or trigger.


The Patient had a history of Uterine Cancer and had been on high dose Progesterone for a period of 2 years. Have been free of medicine for over 6 years at time of arrival. 


Consultation Findings & Diagnosis

  • Tongue is coated. Signs of Ama present.
  • Constipated often, triggered by consumption of gluten, coconut oil.
  • Sleep is okay, but tired in the morning.
  • Allergies/ intolerances – Coconut, wheat, almond, seafood, red wine, dust, animal fur.
  • Physical strength and sleep are good in general. 


Dosha Prakriti – Kapha Pitta

Dosha Vikrti    – Aggravated Kapha and Vata


  • High Kapha dosha in the whole body especially located in the upper body caused heaviness and phlegmatic problems. 
  • Low immunity is also because of elevated Kapha levels. 


It was diagnosed that the patient has an accumulated severe hormone imbalance caused by the high dose progesterone taken over 6 years ago. Even though the patient is currently not taking progesterone or other hormone tablets, the effect of the medicines taken has created an imbalance which needs to be corrected. All symptoms described by the patient are due to this imbalance.   


The patient was mentally balanced and aware of a potential physical imbalance. She had been practicing Yoga and Meditation for years and was not stressed or emotionally imbalanced. But she was frustrated with not knowing what is happening with her body. 


Treatment Approach

Heavy cleansing was needed to remove all accumulated hormone imbalance and a re-programing of the body’s hormonal system. The treatment approach decided and implemented was: 

  • Repeated nasya treatment program to cleanse phlegm which is blocking the sinuses and causing headaches. Special oil was chosen for the patient followed by daily inhalation of a specially made herbal tea. This was coupled with a medicinal herbal tea to be taken morning and evening.
  • For two weeks a special herbal porridge was given along with a special herbal tea to reduce Kapha. The porridge was to correct the digestive disorders the patient was suffering from. And this works effectively in elimination of Ama, not just from the digestive system but also from the whole body. 
  • Following this, an herbal leaf concoction (dalu thambuma) from Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine (SLTM) with special oil was given to the patient morning and evening for three days. This formula works on deep cleansing especially focusing on hormone balancing and cleansing all the female reproductive organs. It works effectively on cleansing small channels as well as regulating hormone production mechanisms. 
  • This was followed with three days of maha vireka (great purge) using herbal pastes made inhouse. Whilst purgation is done for one day, in consideration to the severe hormonal imbalance and the constitution of the patient, it was decided that she will be able to withstand a three day purge. So it was done 3 days in a row. 
  • Following the purge, the patient was given a special diet and abhyanga (massage) treatments and requested to follow the onsite mindfulness programs of Yoga and Meditation classes. 


Condition at Departure

The patient was feeling light and happy in body and mind. Her body changed after the long purge and she said she felt like a fog had moved away from her mind. She lost 5kg and was more active and happier.


Elevated Kapha increases Tamas Guna and this slows down the mind. Cleansing of the upper body through nasya works in elimination of Kapha from the upper body. Also helps with stimulating brain activities and brings more harmony in both body and mind. so the person feels lighter in both.  

She said her tenderness of body and breasts were gone and her headaches are gone. Deep cleansing formulas used in SLTM work in deep and small channels and help to break the hormone imbalance caused by the prolonged exposure of progesterone. 


Post-departure Routine / Maintenance Routine

Continuation of medicine to boost immunity and to enhance metabolism was given for 6 months along with the special herbal tea and oil to use in case of cold/phlegm aggravation. Special personalized diet plan was given to continue together with the medicine. Workout sequence and a daily routine to continue for 6 months was given expecting to note down monthly feedbacks. 


Summary of 6 Months Feedback

  • Following the given diet, medicine and routine along with exercises.
  • Weight loss continues slow and steady. 
  • Mind is clearer and energy is good. 


Menstruation – Implication of Ancient Ayurvedic Knowledge to The Modern Women

Menstruation – Implication of Ancient Ayurvedic Knowledge to The Modern Women

Written by Dr. Erandi Gunathilake, Chief Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

Menstruation is a major phenomenon in the female body. It is nature’s way of communicating with a woman on her fertility and feminine balance. It is also the major cleansing procedure for women, not just for the body but also for her mind and spirituality.  

Ayurveda, which gives an emphasis to the balance of the body, takes menstruation as one of the most important functions. The appearance of the first menstruation, lifestyle, education towards menstruation and fertility are explained in Ayurveda gynecology. Scientifically, menstruation is periodic vaginal discharge of blood and other tissues, except during pregnancy. This discharging process lasts about 3-5 days. 

According to Ayurveda, Shudhdharthava (healthy menstruation) happens once a month (chandra mas – lunar month), does not give pain or burning sensations, and lasts 5 nights. Flow should be not too little and not too heavy. Sushruta Samhita, one of the two main texts on Ayurveda, says healthy menstrual blood has dark red color (like the blood of a rabbit) and if falls on a cloth it can be easily washed without leaving any stain. Healthy menstrual blood does not have any unpleasant odor. Menstrual pain or discomfort are considered normal if she is capable of performing her daily activities without disturbance (of pain). 

In modern society, young girls consider menstruation as a disturbance or as an obstacle for their lifestyle. Simply it is pushed away until it is time to focus on conceiving. Lots of young girls are on oral contraceptive pills since their teenage years and they keep taking these hormones for years. These pills contain synthetic hormones which helps to prevent conception. It is important to have contraceptive methods to prevent unplanned pregnancies, especially for teenagers. But it is questionable how much is the actual need of the oral contraception in teenage girls and young adults, especially if they are not sexually active on regular basis. On the other hand, hormonal contraception does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases, which is also a major concern for teenage and young adults. In that sense, barrier methods such as condoms may be better suited for young girls which provides them with safety and prevent them from long term synthetic hormone exposure. 

Although the menstruation starts around the age of 12, full maturation of the pituitary gland can take up to the age of 20. So, the full regulation of the hormones can take some years after menace (the first menstruation). Taking contraceptive pills at early age can disturb full regulation and maturation of feminine hormone production. Therefore, it is important to assess the long-term effects of hormonal contraceptive pills.

According to Ayurveda, Artava is produced in the action of the female reproductive system.  There are 3 main types of Artava. It represents ovarian hormones, ovum itself and menstrual flow. Kashyapa Samhita (an ancient ayurvedic text) quotes, “as the fruit that is going to be formed due to transformation is not visible in the present flower and the fire that is going to be aroused in future cannot be felt in wood without efforts, similarly the Shukra (male reproductive hormones, seminal fluid  and sperm) and Artava (female hormones, ovum and menstrual discharge) are visualized after attaining proper time and growth affected by previous deeds.”

The actual importance of healthy Artava (hormonal balance, quality of the ovum and the menstruation) matters later in life, although it may seem like not important at a young age. 

The menstrual cycle in Ayurveda is divided in to 3 parts: Rajas Kala, Rithu Kala and Ritu Vyatitha Kala

Rajas Kala is the menstrual phase. Duration of this phase is 3 to 5 days. In absence of fertilization, shredding of the lining of the uterus happens, leading to the beginning of the vaginal bleeding. Pain and discomfort are brought by Vata dosha. Therefore, activities and food which can aggravate Vata should be avoided in this period. Aggravated Vata can cause interruption of the blood flow and cause complication later. So, when your menstruation starts, from day 1-5, avoid doing heavy exercises. Eat warm and easy to digest foods, slow rhythmic exercises like walking, and breathing approaches like pranayama are beneficial. It is important to avoid stress and sleep deprivation. Associating cold can cause Vata aggravation. Warm or lukewarm water is ideal for body wash and avoid washing of the head. 

Formation of menstrual discharge (Rajas) is linked with dosha and dhatu. There it is linked with nutrition, Rasa dhatu. Nourishment we absorb from food is providing the essence to create Rajas. Rasa is shaumya (soft and nourishing). But in the formation of Rajas, it undergoes Pitta dhathupaka which is fiery and Rajas become fiery in nature. This fiery nature in the Vata phase makes a nice natural balance. It should not be disturbed either by taking cold/Vata aggravating things or by too much heating by Pitta aggravating things. 

Vata plays a very important part in eliminating the menstrual discharge, by its downward motion. If aggravated it might not be facilitated to move downward. If it moves upwards it might obstruct fallopian tubes or even enter pelvic cavity. This might lead to complications like endometriosis or dysmenorrhea.

As exercise is not recommended, this is actually a good time to relax and take proper rest. Sleep on time, take a break from the busy, rushed activities, walk and relax. Reflecting on the mind and doing more meditation would be beneficial. For modern women, having more “me time” and engaging in self-care, reading and journaling is ideal.

Rithu Kala is the proliferative phase. Rithu means season. This is the fertile season of the month where the chance of conception is high. Duration is 12-16 days. Starts from the end of menstruation and continues till the ovulation. Kapha dosha is more dominant and it’s nourishing the uterus and genitals. Water retention also might be noticeable and calm status of the mind because of the influence of Kapha. Women looks more attractive and it is said the best phase for the women. The texts say, “she looks bright and healthy, utters pleasant words, anxious towards sexual relation, flanks and eyes are lax, she has quarrying or twitching over arms, breasts, pelvis, umbilicus, thighs and hips, is happy and excited”. 

As shower is not recommended in the menstrual phase, Rajaskala, it is the opposite in the Ritukala. By the end of Rajaskala, it is advised to take bath and wear fragrances and clean fresh clothes, and prepare for the fertile period of the month. Preparing for the fertile phase is described so gracefully in the authentic texts, it gives the feeling of performing a ritual. This is the time to have contraceptive methods if you are not planning to get pregnant and vice versa. If you are expecting to conceive it is important to avoid alcohol and stay active and eat healthy. This is the time to be adventurous. 

Next phase is Rithuvyathitha Kala. This is the time in between the above two phases. Duration is 9-12 days. It starts with the end of Rithukala and ends with the onset of Rajaskala. It becomes important if you are expecting conception, otherwise daily activities can be done normally. Bitter nourishing green vegetables and healthy fat comes quite helpful in this phase. 

If you are expecting to conceive this phase is important because it is going to be the time of the implantation and the early development of the embryo. Uterus is well nourished and blood supply is high. Chances of conception at this phase are very low, unless delayed ovulation. Ancient texts quotes, “as the lotus flower closes its petals by the sunset, after Rithukala, yoni (opening to the female reproductive system) closes up and does not allow sperms to enter.” This phase Pitta is active and it helps with the maturation of the corpus luteum. If conceived, this phase extends to a minimum of 3 months. Pitta helps with the development of the early stages of the embryo and keeps the uterus warm and well-nourished by the blood flow. If the growing fetus is not healthy and strong enough to survive furthermore it will be flushed out, basically within the first 3 months. Pitta plays a very important role here. For the same reason, if you conceive, in the first three months consumption of Pitta aggravating food is prohibited. Excess Pitta might lead to disturb and elimination of the fetus. 

In general, a Pitta balancing diet can be good. As the strength of the mind comes strongly meditation and focus are very helpful. Balanced Pitta brings clarity. Imbalanced Pitta brings anger like aggressive emotions. Unless balanced mindfully, this phase you might feel a bit irritated and angry. This is the phase where you feel the disturbance of PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) and acne. Implementing cooling activities such as cooling pranayama breathing, eating more fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables are very helpful. Avoiding extreme spicy food and heating foods like cooked tomatoes, vinegar, etc, is also important.

If you focus and try to understand your body rhythms related to the menstruation, you will find the way of communication with your feminine energy. In the beginning you can track your cycle, use a calendar or for the modern you there are so many apps that will help you track your cycle. It all needs simply paying attention and adjusting with diet and lifestyle. And the benefits in return will reward you with a well-balanced mind and longevity. It is scientifically proven that until menopause, the risk of chronic non communicable diseases is less among women than men. Which means your menstrual cycle is a cleansing and balancing mechanism, and nature’s gift to women. Cherish that gift and allocate more self-care to your routine and enjoy the bliss of ultimate femininity.

Optimizing Fertility Using Ayurveda Wisdom

Optimizing Fertility Using Ayurveda Wisdom

Written by Dr Erandi Gunathilake, Chief Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

Ayurveda, an ancient lifestyle science and medicine, has given great importance to reproductive health. Starting from the right age to have children, this ancient wisdom has described how to prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for a healthy reproductive outcome. Creating another human being is considered precious and it was given high priority in social and cultural aspects. It was expected and encouraged as it was necessary for the development of the community. The importance of the pre-conception period is highly emphasised and when a girl or a boy matures to the age where they are capable of being a parent, necessary measures for optimizing fertility were embedded in their dietary and daily regime. 

When a girl reaches menace, a mother or elderly woman in the family would start educating her towards being a mother. This included not just giving necessary guidance on how to take care of her husband and children, but also grooming, hygiene, menstruation and how it leads to conception, sexual education, art of seduction, measures to follow for a proper conception and pregnancy regimen, along with much more. When a young boy reached adolescence, he was also prepared and taught how to maintain his health as well as hygiene and sexual education. Usage of aphrodisiac was also quite popular in both men and women but it was much more encouraged towards men and “Wrushya Sthree”, healthy dark-skinned women were mentioned as the best aphrodisiac. 

When it comes to the point of conception, there are 4 factors that needs to come together: Ṙtu, Kṣethra, Ambu and Beeja

  • Ṙtu (time / phase) – Right age / Right time of the menstrual cycle of a woman
  • Kṣethra (field, where conception and continuation of the pregnancy happens) – Female reproductive system 
  • Ambu (fluids) – Fluids and hormones that nourishes the fetus, essential reproductive hormones and the very essence of immunity and vitality, Ojas
  • Beeja (seeds) – Among these factors that are necessary to create a healthy fetus, beeja stands out. Beeja or seeds refers to sperm in men and ovum in the women. Production of reproductive elements (Shukra Dhatu) is linked with a chain of metabolic transformations and it is the most refined and the most complete human tissue of all. It starts with digestion and is linked with nourishment of the body fluids and other tissues of the body. This brings digestion as the starting point of making a healthy reproductive outcome. The healthier you are, the healthier you eat, the healthier and well-nourished sperm and ovum will be produced.

Mind and Spirituality

It is very important to understand that conception is a natural phenomenon. It is essential to adopt a loving and gentle approach towards yourself and your partner. Taking time to conceive is something that can happen naturally and if you can use that time to embrace the process, it will build up a strong wave of self-love, affection towards your partner, and it will make you stronger to sustain the pregnancy period and parenthood. 

Welcoming a new life in to the world and becoming a parent must be accompanied with love and compassion. Tendencies of pushing too hard, complaining, blaming or getting stressed, need to be replaced with wholesome qualities such as patience, compassion, kindness and understanding. These can be developed through a regular practice of yoga, meditation and prayers. These will make a significant difference in the outcome as well as the time taken to succeed. Ayurveda encourages this mental and spiritual aspect.

Influence of stress and anxiety plays very important role in fertility. Starting from the influences that can occur to hormone production by interrupting pituitary functions, which can create an imbalance of Vata. This can impact negatively by creating imbalances of ovulation, ejaculation and even reduce the quality of the ova and sperm in the long run. Furthermore, it can cause miscarriages and abnormalities of fetus. Hence maintaining the balance of Vata dosha becomes a very important fact in fertility and pregnancy.

Treatment regimen to follow for both men and women in general starts with the preconception period. It will take about 3 months unless another underlying illness of either partners is involved. The first 4 weeks include preparing the body with cleansing and balancing and last 8 weeks with rejuvenation to deliver full nourishment to the tissues. 

Cleansing and Detoxification

Detoxification (preparing for elimination and elimination of toxins) starts with the digestive system. Any digestive problem may lessen nourishment of tissues even if you eat healthy. Therefore, before taking any nourishment therapy, it is important to undergo panchakarma cleansing with an Ayurvedic doctor. Enhancement of Agni (digestive fire) by consumption of digestive herbs and spices, avoiding processed food and regular mealtimes and portions are the starting point of the treatment. Digestive enhancement (Agni Deepana and Pachana) along with oil application (Sneha Karma) and sweating treatments (Sweda Karma) should be combined with necessary panchakarma treatments. 

Nasya Karma (nasal herbal application) with herbal formulas can be used to stimulate pituitary gland and support regulation of reproductive hormones. Purgation (Virechana Karma) is also done as it is the major cleansing procedure for the whole body and cleansing Enemas (Vasthi Karma) might also be done if necessary. 

Accessory cleansing therapies like sits bath / Yoni Sheka (genital-vaginal irrigation with herbal decoctions) to maintain healthy PH value of the vagina and to heal if there’s any microbial influence as candidiasis, and Nadi Sweda (focused steam therapy) and application of herbal pastes for erectly dysfunction are useful in case of need. 

Rejuvenation Phase 

Oil application from head to toe, herbal baths, Shirodhara (relaxing oil treatments), are done along with supportive treatments like sits bath and oil enemas for nourishment and strengthening. Herbal paste application with aromatic and stimulating herbs, herbal scrubs and wraps, along with herbal medicine formulas will provide rejuvenation not just to the reproductive tissue but to the whole body. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shathavari (Asparagus racemosus), Saffron (Crocus sativus), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Kakatikta (Cardiospermum halicacabum), Kapikachchu (Mucuna pruriens), stands out as herbs that strengthens the reproductive system. 


Exercising also supports to enhance Agni, and helps overall progress by lifting up stamina. Exercising must be prescribed according to the strength of the person but slow rhythmic exercises are recommended. Breathing exercises like Bhramari Pranayama, Ujjayi Pranayama, Kapalabhati Pranayama and yoga postures like Bhujangasana, Paschimottanasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Setu Bandhasana, Balasana, Dhanurasana, etc. are beneficial to improve fertility in both men and women. Well balanced Agni (digestive power) will empower Ojas (immunity). These are applicable for both cleansing and rejuvenation phases. 

Healthy dietary regimen

Food is medicine. Eating food with more Prana (life energy) and making more variations without limiting your nutrition intake is highlighted. 


  • Fresh organic vegetables, dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach, broccoli, asparagus, root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beet root, carrots, pumpkin, rubab, asparagus, celery, garlic and onions.
  • Whole grains, urad dhal (black gram), millet.
  • Fresh fruits such as mango, banana, dates, avocado, figs, peaches, plums, pomegranate, grapes, cherries, coconut, oranges, guava, papayas, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries.
  • Nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds.
  • Saffron, ajwain, turmeric, cumin seeds, black cumin seeds, fennel garlic, cinnamon, clove, coriander, basil, ginger, black pepper, red peppers.
  • Non vegan items such as ghee, milk and bee’s honey are also recommended. 
  • Avoid trans-fats, artificial sweeteners and coloring agents, processed foods, and substances like mono sodium glutamate (MSG), refined carbohydrates, excess alcohol, caffeine and tobacco and red meat.

Lifestyle and Daily Routine

Despite the circumstances of a modern busy lifestyle, it is very important to be engaged with a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping is essential and proper sleep plays a very important effect on hormone balance and for the balance of the mind. Both have huge influence on fertility. Regularity of daily events will naturally support to keep your dosha balanced, especially Vata dosha. Daily self-care and self-massage, meditation and yoga activities are essential. Sexual activities also should be regulated. After the fertile phase it is good to conserve your energy (Shukra dhathu and Ojas) by avoiding frequent intercourse until the next fertile phase. 

Other Diseases That Can Influence Fertility 

There are other health conditions that influences fertility. In case of such, it is necessary to treat that condition as well.  Overweight and obesity, malnutrition (including those who follow very low fat and very low carb diets), eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, endocrine disorders (diabetes, thyroid and adrenal dysfunctions) requires the support of herbs and nutrition guidance before approaching fertility concerns. It is the same with sexually transmitted diseases and other infections, acute or chronic.

Uterine fibroids and polyps, hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), imbalances occurred due to excessive use of hormonal birth control methods, and endometriosis, are female health conditions which again can be successfully treated by Ayurveda medicine. 

Available data indicate that at least 50 million couples worldwide experience infertility. WHO has calculated that over 10% of women are inflicted, while the burden in men is unknown. Today, we only focus on reproductive health when we are ready to have children. Most of young adults underestimate reproductive health and do not focus on it. Young women even find menstruation a hassle, and its importance only comes into awareness when they are trying to conceive. 

Taking hormonal contraceptive methods at early adolescence might influence maturation of pituitary gland and that could create hormonal imbalances later in life. Trying unsafe drugs and not taking safety precautions in sexual activities can expose people to certain sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. gonorrhea, mycoplasma genitalium [MG]), if left untreated can cause infertility and/or complications in conception. 

Ayurveda identifies reproductive health as a very important part of a person’s health and wellbeing. Starting from a positive mindset, engaging with a healthy lifestyle with wholesome nutrients and taking essential measures to cleanse the body and mind, providing necessary nourishment together with the support of natural herbs, it is possible to get your fertility to its maximum potential.   

Ayurvedic Guidance on Food and Nutrition

Ayurvedic Guidance on Food and Nutrition

Written by Dr Chathurika Harischandra, Resident Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

Food plays a very crucial role in a person’s physical and mental wellbeing including our emotional wellbeing and happiness. Whilst our choice of food today is largely based on our taste desires and emotional needs, the primary role of food is to sustain life, maintain growth, reproduction and health. Ayurveda recognizes that food gives prana (life-force), varna (good complexion), indriya prasada (pleasant sense organs), sausvarya (good voice), jeewithah (longevity), prathibha (intution), sukha (comfort), thushti (happiness), pushti (nourishment), bala (strength), medha (wisdom)

When explaining about nutrition, Ayurveda refers to Ahara, which in Sanskrit means anything that we intake to nourish our body and mind including food, water, breath and inputs we take in from our senses. Ayurveda notes that when Ahara is consumed in proper quantity, proper time and in proper way, it gives Bala (strength), Varna (good complexion) and Ojas (immunity). It also describes that the origin of most diseases is the intake of wrong Ahara. Therefore it is clear that to ensure right nutrition, one needs to focus and balance all of the above, whereas most modern discussions about nutrition is limited to food. For the purpose of this article we will focus on food from an Ayurvedic perspective. 

There are many distinctions between the Ayurvedic approach to nutrition and traditional Western approaches: 

  1. Western approaches largely tend to focus on a biochemical analysis of food and thus identifying the perfect ratio / quantity of different food groups (e.g.: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, etc) and / or nutritional content in each food item / group and its benefit to all humans. In stark contrast, the Ayurvedic approach is based on the constitutional make-up of food and the person consuming it. Ayurveda focuses on the constitutional make up of each individual, which is largely categorized using the three bodily humors: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. This constitution then determines an individual’s mental and physical tendencies including their digestive strength and careful attention is given to how each individual external interaction (such as intake of food, water, quality of breath and sense inputs) impact their constitutional balance. 
  2. Ayurveda places high emphasis on the digestive capacity whilst western approaches assume the digestive capacity to be the same for all individuals. Therefore, Ayurveda does not have concepts such as identification of a specific food as a ‘super-food’, because a food which could be highly nutritional for one could be the cause of disease for another if their body is unable to fully digest it. Focus is on eating food that is easily digestible for each person and maintaining a strong digestive strength. 
  3. Western modalities are now starting to correlate the impact of food on the mind. Ayurveda describes in detail how food we consume has an important effect on the mind. Ayurveda described Manasika Gunas or qualities the food can create on the mind and the need to consume food that would create a Sattvic, or calmness of the mind. Thus, food is categorized based on the effect on the mind and best would be to eat food which create a Sattvic impact. These foods also need to be eaten in a way that is easily digestible and therefore recommended cooking guidelines and food combinations are given in Ayurveda
  4. There is also a focus on the environment in which we consume food, a concept not present in other approaches. Ayurvedic scriptures notes that “one should eat food alone, in a pleasant, unpolluted and clean place, which is decorated by aromatic flowers”. Eating alone avoids being interrupted by others allowing for mindful eating; a pleasant place keeps the mind happy; unpolluted and clean environment avoids food being contaminated; and a place decorated by aromatic flowers to help one relax and enjoy the meal. 
  5. Ayurveda describes balancing of tastes when planning a meal because of its impact on the mind and body. A meal with all six tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent,  and astringent, is considered ideal and most balanced.
  6. The order in which foods are to be ingested is also important. Sweet items should be eaten first to pacify hunger which is then followed by sour and salty tastes to enhance digestive process and end the meal with pungent, astringent and bitter tasting foods to reduce over eating and lethargy. ( 


In addition to the above principles, Ayurveda describes good practices for the intake of food. These are summarized below:

  1. One should consume food when he / she feels hungry and at proper times. It is important to eat only when the previous meal is digested properly. If you eat before proper digestion, it can result in undigested foods in the digestive tract leading to harmful chemical reactions that will flow through the body impacting one or many bodily organs. Ayurveda introduces the concept of Ama – a harmful substance created / resulting in the body from improper digestion. This Ama is believed to be a sticky and heavy substance which travels throughout the body with the essence of digested foods. It creates blockages of shrotas (body channels) resulting in the origination of diseases. Ayurveda recommends a healthy adult to eat twice or thrice a day, ideally morning, midday and evening. 
  2. Speed of eating is also prescribed: one should not eat food very fast neither very slow (both may cause indigestion). 
  3. Food should be light, warm and unctuous; light being easy to digest, warm and unctuous qualities aiding the improvement of digestive fire. 
  4. Quantity of food is very personal and can change at every meal time. Sufficient amount is described as one which will cause no pain in the abdomen after meal, no pressure in flanks, no gripping sensation in the heart, and no heaviness in the abdomen. It is individualized and easy to measure than prescribing how much of carbohydrates, proteins or fat. 
  5. Ayurveda recommends eating foods close to the form produced by nature. Each food item contains prana or life force which reduces with each stage of processing.
  6. As mentioned above, a key focus on Ayurveda is good digestion. Spices such as black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and coriander seeds, are common examples of the spices which can aid digestion. These spices help to activate the digestive fire and are commonly used in Ayurvedic cooking.
  7. Eating local seasonal food: local foods are wholesome for those living there. Our bodies have specific orientation for the food from our home region. Nature also provides what is needed to survive in that locality. Furthermore nature itself try to maintain the balance of the universe and seasonal growth of food is based on this balance. Therefore Ayurveda recommends eating local seasonal produce. 

Our food habits and selection have changed much from the ancient times. The modern rush to save time has lead to an increase of instant foods and fast foods. Food preparations are minimized as people rely more on processed or semi processed food to save both time and effort. Most of these foods claim to have fortified vitamins and minerals which are meant to increase our strength, vitality and brain power however it is a far cry from the way in which these nutritional requirements are provided by nature. Our food habits are made more complex by the abundance of food availability with supermarkets selling foods from all over the world breaking geographical and seasonal distinctions. Our busy and stressful lives lead us to ‘treat ourselves’ to foods to satisfy our taste buds and cater to our emotional eating regardless of nutritional value and actual physical need. Meals are also rarely eaten mindfully and instead eaten in front of a computer or TV if not in a social environment. Scientific research on food and medicine is at an all time high and yet many people seem to be unwell. Majority of the population of developed countries are on prescription medicine and digestive disorders such as IBS, constipation, heart burn and indigestion are so common that we are learning to accept it as ‘normal’. 

Food plays a very important role in our health and wellbeing. Perhaps time is ripe to return to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda on how and what to eat to bring back physical and mental wellness. In consideration of the above Ayurvedic principles on food, keep focus on these important factors: have awareness about your body constitution; have a good understanding about your digestive capacity; be aware of your capacity to assimilate nutrients; and know how to recognize if food is not digest properly. Then, using this awareness and principles, and the good practice guidelines given above, you can devise your own food choices. Living in harmony with nature, eating right and maintaining a feeling of wellness will provide good health and happiness.

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) From the Ayurveda Perspective

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) From the Ayurveda Perspective

Written by Dr. Chathurika Harischandra, Resident Doctor, Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common functional gastrointestinal disorders worldwide. It is more prevalent among young adults and females. Unhealthy eating patterns, stressful life-style and hormonal changes are the main trigger factors. Western medical science identifies IBS as a chronic condition in the large intestine with alternating constipation and diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, bloating, gases and mucus discharge with stools. These symptoms should be understood properly because it can easily be confused with a colon cancer in the beginning. It is important to note that loss of appetite, weight loss, rectal bleeding and severe abdominal pain may indicate more serious conditions. There are no specific tests to diagnose IBS apart from ruling out other conditions.

Ayurveda identifies this condition as a disease originating due to improper digestion, led by malfunctioning digestive fire. Causes are: too much fasting, over eating, eating during indigestion, irregular eating patterns, intake of unwholesome, heavy, cold, dry, rough, and contaminated foods. The western identification for the cause of IBS is unknown, but most of the patients struggle with certain foods and drinks, like wheat, dairy products, beans, cabbage, onions, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc. 

According to Ayurveda, the starting point of this condition is diarrhea leading to low digestive fire, which generates toxic substance accumulation in the body. This creates imbalance in the physiology of the gastro intestinal tract, with frequent passage of digested or undigested food materials accompanied by cramping pains in the abdomen. The person will experience alternating diarrhea and constipation with mucus or pus discharge in the stools.

Ayurveda provides successful treatment methods for IBS. These include initially improving the patient’s digestive fire, cleansing treatments and herbal medicine. Ginger, black pepper, long pepper, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and nut grass are commonly used in medicinal formulas to increase digestive fire. Cleansing treatments like purgation and cleansing enemas are helpful to eliminate toxic materials accumulated in the body. Once digestion is corrected to a normal level, nourishing enemas and rejuvenating herbal medicines are used to sooth the gastrointestinal tract. 

If you have been diagnosed with IBS, the following Ayurvedic guidelines can be practiced:

  • Change your diet: eat light, warm, unctuous foods. Eat only when you feel hungry and after proper digestion of the previous meal. Avoid over eating or fasting for long periods of time. Avoid heavy foods, polluted / contaminated foods (follow Ayurveda prescribed practices of diet), avoid fast food and processed foods (they are leading factors for hormonal changes).
  • Use spices for cooking: spices help with enhancing taste, appetite and most importantly assist good digestion.
  • Change your lifestyle: stress directly affect digestion and causes hormonal imbalances. Wake up early, drink a glass of warm water on empty stomach, practice yoga and meditation, take a warm water shower and eat mindfully. These simple changes in life will help bring down stress.

The basic nature of the human body goes with the rhythm of universe. The industrial and technical development of the world over the last hundred years have created massive changes in lifestyle which have resulted in a collapse of the natural rhythms we used to follow. We have moved towards saving time and away from what is actually needed for human wellbeing. We are now eating fast foods and process foods. Ayurveda places high emphasis on food, it describes good food practices as essential for prevention and treatment of any condition. You can read more about Ayurveda guidelines on consuming foods in our previous article (“A summary of Ayurvedic Guidance On Food And Nutrition”). As IBS is a disease caused by improper dietary patterns, it is difficult to get a quick relief. We have moved too far away from nature, which has caused huge imbalances within our body and mind. Therefore, relief from these illnesses comes only with a change in lifestyle. 


Patient with Low Immunity, Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Asthma

Patient with Low Immunity, Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Asthma

Patient Details

Age: 42 years Sex: Female

From: United Kingdom

Date of Admission: 4th April 2019

Date of Departure: 6th May 2019


History of Presenting Illness

Patient presented allergic rhinitis. She has been suffering from it for the past 10 years and symptoms keep worsening with time. Usually triggered by polluted air and dust, sometimes mold as well. Starting with sneezing and tightness in the chest within a couple of hours it develops into a wheezing cough. If a ventilator is not used, an asthmatic attack can occur resulting in breathing difficulty and need to be hospitalized. With a ventilator, an asthmatic cough stays for about 2 weeks. There is productive cough and yellowish sputum, breathlessness and inability to perform daily activities due to reduced lung capacity. Mild to moderate headache was associated with the other symptoms throughout the whole period of time. Easily catching flu and viral infections. 


Consultation Findings & Diagnosis

Digestive functions showed lack of Agni and frequent constipation. Coated tongue shows signs of Ama. Consumption of Kapha aggravating food and sweets have been frequent. Occurrence of vaginal thrush after using antibiotics. Face looks a bit puffy and sinuses were tender on palpation. History of asthma since childhood. 


The patient was mentally balanced and aware of a potential physical imbalance. She has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for years and was not stressed or emotionally imbalanced. Physical strength and sleep are good in general unless with asthmatic attacks.


Dosha PrakritiKapha Pitta

Dosha Vikrti – Aggravated Kapha and Vata


Treatment Approach

  • Started with application of BR oil on neck and sinus areas along with steam inhalation on daily basis. Special oil was prepared for the patient to clear out small channels and blockages of sinuses. This also relieves the discomfort related with dyspnea.
  • Repeated Nasya karma to cleanse phlegm which is blocking the sinuses and causing headaches. 
  • Specially made herbal drink Ojoboost to reduce phlegmatic condition on the upper respiratory system and empower immune system. 
  • This was coupled with a medicinal herbal decoction and a paste to be taken morning and evening. Both were to reduce Kapha and provide necessary detoxification actions.
  • For two weeks a special herbal porridge was given along with a special herbal tea to reduce Kapha. The porridge was to correct the digestive disorders and to remove Ama the patient was suffering from. 
  • Patient was requested to follow the onsite mindfulness programs of Yoga and Meditation classes along with mild exercises every morning to improve mind body awareness.


  • Forth week onwards rejuvenating formulas were prescribed to restore energy and provide nourishment to the tissues and to further enhance immunity. 


Condition at Departure

The patient was feeling free of respiratory symptoms which started fading away since the end of first week and by the end of third week she was without cough and with full lung capacity.  Reduction and elimination of Kapha and respiratory system cleansing through Nasya was quite effective along with steam inhalation. Dosha Vikrthi of mild Vata aggravation was remaining till the end of 3rd week and by the departure time she was without any imbalance according to the pulse diagnosis. 


Post-departure Routine / Maintenance Routine

A diet to follow up was given with full explanation of how to avoid Kapha aggravating food. 

A regimen to follow up before, during and after the fall season and whenever she is about to expose herself in polluted air wag given. 

Continuation of the immune boosting herbal drink Ojoboost, which is especially effective on protecting phlegmatic respiratory conditions, was suggested along with the special herbal BR oil. 


Follow up Findings

Feedback received on 30th of January 2020

  • She has been using the Ojoboost Herbal Drink especially after being with someone who has cold/flu and always when she travels to a city with more air pollution. She has not developed a sinus infection or wheezing since her stay at Plantation Villa.
  • She has Ojoboost Herbal Drink during seasonal changes, when most people catch colds and get sick, and used the BR oil soon after feeling a sore throat as directed, finding on the next day that all symptoms are gone.
  • She significantly highlighted the immune boosting activity of Ojoboost Herbal Tea because even her family and friends have noticed her improvement on not catching viral flus anymore. 
  • She ordered a supply of the Ojoboost Herbal Tea and BR oil to use for 2020 which were sent to her with a friend who visited Plantation Villa in February, 2020.