Celiac Sprue | Grahani Roga, Part One

Celiac disease (CD) is an auto-immune gluten sensitive enteropathy and is an important cause of grahani roga or sprue in all parts of the world and among people of all ages. Continuing our discussion of anna vaha srotas, in part one of this article we will consider the epidemiology, pathology and diagnosis of celiac sprue and in part two, next month, we will look at case histories and treatment.

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Heart Disease

Throughout the developed world, coronary artery disease is the foremost cause of morbidity and mortality, causing over half a million deaths a year in the US alone. To a great extent, the disease is lifestyle-related, and results from a kapha-provoking sedentary lifestyle, coupled with excess consumption of fatty foods, especially trans-fats, and insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables. Pitta factors such as stress and overwork are also known to play a major role.

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Acid Indigestion | Amlapitta

Amlapitta, known as acid indigestion or dyspepsia, is a common and widespread condition of painful or difficult digestion, often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, bloating, belching and stomach discomfort. Madhava describes amlapitta as, "The disease in which the patient has indigestion, exhaustion without any exertion, nausea, belching with bitter or sour taste, feeling of heaviness in the body, burning sensation in the chest and throat and loss of appetite.”

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Optimal Blood Sugar Levels

With an array of proven herbal remedies as well as deep knowledge of dietary issues and yoga therapy, Ayurveda can have a huge impact on the longevity and wellbeing of anyone with elevated blood sugar. Above all, by noting the different needs of the doshic types in terms of suitable chikitsa, we are able to tailor the regimen to the person rather than simply to the condition.

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