Heartburn and Stress

“Hi,

From past few days I have been suffering with heart burning sensation, its getting severe after brushing in the morning, so immediately after brushing am unable to take anything. Even if I drink water its not coming down. And one more thing, when I eat burps are not coming when they are supposed to. After I finish my meal they are coming and that too with acid reflux. with this reflux my heart is burning like a fire. Please please please…suggest me a solution.
Thanks in advance
Shravan K.”
Dear Shravan K: based on the detail you give us, you should not delay consulting with a professional medical doctor at your earliest convenience, but there are a few ayurvedic tips you can try which may help you. Ayurveda identifies this problem of acid reflux and heart-burn, and calls it “amla-pitta” or “sour- pitta.” According to ayurvedic physiology, the stomach is the moe of “pachak pitta.” You can understand “pachak pitta” as being the “fuel” for “pachakagni, the flame in your stomach, which helps digest your food through cooking it. Due to different reasons depending on each individual, that pachak pitta becomes imbalance and highly acidic. Many factors can make packak pitta acidic: in addition to diet, stress can be a major factor in making the stomach sour. th
Stress increases “prana vata.” Prana vata mainly governs the mind. When Prana Vata  becomes aggravated, all other four vata subdosha-s may also get affected: udana (in the chest), samana (in the stomach), apana (in the lower abdomen), vyana vata (overal circulation).
When Prana vata gets aggravated, udana vata goes high and starts to flow too much upwards or goes downwards instead of going upwards – that’s when you may experience no burping after a meal.  Then this imbalances samana vata, which resides in the stomach. Samana Vata is a key vata subdosha that maintains the balance between udana vata and apana vata. When it gets imbalances, then both vata-s also go off. When samana vata is aggravated by prana-vata, acidic pitta crosses the barriers of its home and starts to flow up. That’s when one experiences the heartburn, the acidity in the oesophagus, in the upper area of the stomach.
In SV Ayurveda, the first thing we do is identify the “hetu,” or etiological factor, as the Charak Samitha teaches us: “hetu linga aushadi gyanam, swasthathur parayanam.” When we identify the root cause of an imbalance, instead of just trying to address or suppress the symptoms, then our treatment is already half way done. That’s why, in your case, we need to identify the root cause of your imbalance. In order to take care of the symptom of heartburn, we have to see what is causing it, what is the “hetu” or your problem. Here are some factors that could be at the root of your problem. You can take a look and see which ones apply to you.
Pachak pitta aggravating factors:
Skipping or delaying meals
Consuming acidic food and drink on empty stomach like coffee, sour cream, vinegar.
Consuming lots of acidic food (food that contains too much lemon, vinegar, or soy sauce, etc)
Eating too spicy food like red chillies, pickles, etc
Drinking alcohol
Going to bed late
Waking up late
Drinking soft drinks with your meals
Eating leftovers
Overeating
Prana vata aggravating factors:
Eating dry food like chips, crackers, popcorn
Eating less protein
Eating less good fat in your diet
Going to bed late
Too much EMF exposure – too much TV or computers for extended hours
Lack or proper rest: not following a good rest and work routine
What you can do:
Among all these listed etiological factors, see which one(s) apply to you and try to avoid those hetu-s or root causes.
Then, to pacify pachak pitta, start eating your meals on time. Start your day with some stewed pears. Eat this as soon as you wake up. An hour or so later, you can make some quinoa flakes with homemade almond milk for breakfast. Have lunch – on time – around 12 o’clock. Make sure your lunch is all homemade. Choose a grain – rice, millet, quinoa. Have some small lentils (mung or masoor). Have some summer squashes (zucchini or yellow crookneck squash) cooked with SVA Pitta Masala. Loki will also be very good. Have some sweet protein between lunch and dinner, such as homemade paneer cooked with pitta masala, around 3 pm.
Then make a tea with ½ teaspoon of SVA Pitta Tea, boil it in 6 oz of water. Have this after lunch.
Or you can make your own tea with the following ingredients:
Assemble:
2 pinches of DGL powder (available at www.chandika.com)
2 Rose buds
½ teaspoon of dry toasted fennelrose-buds1
Make and have this tea twice a day. Make fresh batches daily. Do not make and store and drink overnight.  Also, carry some dry toasted fennel with you and chew after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Apply DGL Transdermal cream (available at www.chandika.com ) on the abdominal area after lunch and dinner.
For prana vata pacification, apply Super-Sport roll-on or cream on the lower spine. This will open your “shushumna nadi” – the vibrational channels in your spine, and then the aggravated prana vata will receive more support to flow in and flow properly instead of getting blocked.  When prana vata is balanced, udana vata will also get balanced, and then samana will ground udana and apana, ensuring proper bowel movements as well. Otherwise, if apana is blocked nothing will work.
To support your bowel movement, “Triphala for High Pitta” will be your best choice. 1-2 capsules at night. Also, Pitta Massage Oil, which contains all pitta pacifying herbs, in addition to magnesium. This will cool-off the cellular pitta and open the whole body channels, pacifying as well the vyana vata.
As you can see, this is holistic protocol for amla pitta – you have to address your sour stomach from all possible ayurvedic angles. Refer to article on bowel movements (prakrit…) But again I would like to request for you to see a medical doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, if alma pitta is too imbalanced and building up too much acidity, it burns off the balancing factor in the stomach, the “kledak kapha,” and that will create local inflammation, and potentially eventually ulcers. So you must see and check with a medical doctor who will be able to scan things out, and see what s/he tells you about the current state of your stomach, and follow their recommendations for immediate help. Then you can start to slowly incorporate ayurvedic changes in your diet and lifestyle by identifying the ones that apply to you. Hope this helps.

Holiday Health Hazards and How to Avert Them – with SVA Tips, Recipes, and much more!

 

Let’s face it – the holidays can be mentally and emotionally stressful! In addition to our ongoing daily professional or familial obligations, we may find ourselves carried away by the whirlwind of back-to-back parties; endless shopping lists; painfully crowded malls and supermarkets; under-the-gun baking, cleaning and entertaining; family obligations and traditions that may involve challenging emotional settings. So it’s very easy to lose sight of ourselves and get caught in dizzying activity, compromising our own health. By the time it’s finally time to celebrate, you’re probably already exhausted having tried to make things perfect for everybody, but your diet is off, your can’t seem to get a full night’s sleep, and you are mentally tense, emotionally fragile – in a word: you’re a wreck! True, you may not be able to change how things are going to unfold and how stressful they are going to be, but you can manage how you are going to go through and respond to the stress.

 

Do you know what happens in your body when you get stressed? Your brain and body release specific chemical toxins, such as cortisol, that create metabolic imbalances that trigger inflammatory conditions. Stress compromises your body’s acid-alkaline balance, bringing down your immunity and making you prone to ill-health, weight-gain, depression, and more. Did you know that you can correct your body’s response to stress? This involves more than a mind-over-matter trick – when stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup no matter what you tell yourself to do. However, with Ayurveda, and specifically SV Ayurveda, we learn that there are herbs and ingredients that can naturally boost our bliss, or “correct” our behavior by increasing the “happy chemicals” in our brain: serotonin; dopamine; endorphins. With Ayurveda, you can also help curb those undue holiday errings of the senses: the overeating; the hang-overs; unruly sleep, etc.

How can SV Ayurveda help us address the typical holiday hazards?

Emotionally Down?: it’s unsettling how holidays can magnify pain. They will highlight everything that may have recently changed in your lives — a divorce, a death in the family, estranged family members, etc. If you are missing someone special this holiday season, if someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, first thing is to tell yourself it’s ok to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry and express your feelings, to give yourself the space to work through your emotions instead of suppressing them. You should not force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season! But do not dwell on the sadness longer than you need to. Acknowledge it and release it. But isn’t that the tricky part?! How do you release sadness?

If you are feeling sad it means your sadhak pitta is off and needs to be balanced. You can  cool off and balance your sadhak pitta by eating seasonal sweet juicy fruits – apples and pears are great this time of year. In addition, add more protein your diet, cooked with a nice pitta pacifying masala.

Herb-wise, add Ashoka Transdermal cream or roll-on your tala-hridiya  marma points. You can also do the full Samadhi Set protocol 3-5 times a day.

Add Ashoka and Brahmi Nectar drops: 3 drops of each to a glass of water.

Drink “Bliss and Bliss tea”

Drink “Vaidya’s Cup!” Treat yourself with Chyawanprash, – it’s the best tridoshic dessert you can have and 1 tsp will be worth 10 slices of cake or 5 chocolate bars!

 

Listen to or chant the Heart Lotus Mantra.

Don’t skip or delay meals.

Use pitta masala. Use the soothing aroma essential oils of Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, and Sandalwood.

Add the non-alcoholic Celebration Nectar Drops to your celebrations! Formulated by Vaidya Mishra 3 years ago, the nectar drop “celebration drink” is a hit with SVA clients. You can add 5-10 drops to your glass of water during lunch or dinner.

Top of your meals with a cup of “Vaidya’s Cup.” You will be surprised by the shift in your mood. “Vaidya’s Cup” will boost the serotonin and the dopamine to enhance your bliss. You can have 3-5 cups a day.

Mentally stressed and Physical Drained? During the holiday season, obligations and errands run us down. Due to mental and physical over-activity prana and vyana vata go out of balance, leaving us feeling frazzled, unable to settle down, and constantly haunted by the feeling of “always more to do!”

Take a breather: literally take a few minutes to step out of a scene to sit down and breath. Do a quick alternate nostril pranayam exercise to regulate the flow of prana and keep things even in your Ida and Pingala channels. Clear your mind and restore inner calm by shifting your thoughts to the big picture.

If you are caught in the middle of frenzy, spray 4-5 squirts of Stress-Free Spray, breath, and relax. This water base formulations has been helping countless individuals since Vaidya Mishra launched it this year.

Drink Soma Nidra Tea: this rich blend will calm your mind and sooth your sadhak pitta as well.  

Apply Soma Nidra Roll-on on your wrists, cervical area, and inhale the aroma.

At night, before the big day, or after the party is over, take a bath with the SVA “Relax and Detox Bath Pouches.”

Do a self-mssage with Vata Oil with Vit D and Magnesium – alternately you can treat yourself to a massage parlor, take your oil with you and ask them to use it on you for a richer relaxing experience.

Add Mucuna capsules to your dietary regimen (For Him for men, For Her for women)

Reclaim your vibrant energy with Chyawanprash: 1 tsp morning before or after breakfast, and 1 tsp after lunch daily.

Try to do at least 10-15 minutes of yoga or a brisk walk daily.  

Could not Stop Eating? Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all by abandoning your healthy habits, knowing full well that overindulging will only add to your stress and guilt. But it’s easier said than done, right? Here’s the trick: by consuming food that contains all 6 tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent, you maximize your chance of not getting carried away by temptation. Food that carries all 6 tastes helps us maintain psychological and mental balance – Ayurveda is very clear on this. But science also finds that chilies or the pungent taste, for example, release the endorphins already present in our brains; cumin, which is astringent, releases serotonin; black pepper increases oxygenation calming us down and taking away anxiety. When you eat a meal that contains all 6 possible tastes, the coordination between your stomach, brain, and heart is optimal, minimizing your craving for sweets or larger portions. This means that your pitta dosha stays cool and composed, then your emotions don’t go off. Meals that contain all 6 tastes are tridoshic. Eating all 6 tastes in each meal will help you not abandon healthy habits when you need them most.

No time to cook? Sprinkle Mum’s Masala on your meal – it’s balanced and tridoshic and delicious, giving you all possible 6 tastes.

Add chutneys to your meals – cilantro chutney and/or the Tamarind and Amla preserve, which will give you satiation by enhancing digestion and absorption of food.

In case you overeat and feel bloated, try the Pro-Pachak drops  – 5 drops in a glass of 8oz of water. Drink this after lunch and dinner to support digestion and absorption.

Make and carry a mixture of dry toasted 80% fennel seeds and 20 % ajwain seeds. Chew 1/2 tsp after each meal.

Overdosed on Sugar?: during the holidays it is inevitable not to overdose on sugar. It may be that one time of the time where we allow ourselves to go for it! And it’s great to reward ourselves from time to time… But here’s what you can do to help metabolize that sugar you ate so that after the holidays your immunity is not compromised, and in order to avoid sugar-induced fatigue and post-celebratory depression:

make a tea with 16oz water: add 2 pinches of Gymnema, 2 pinches Indian kino, 2 pinches of Jamun seeds, a tiny cinnamon stick, boil 5-10 minutes, filter and sip. This tea will enhance your sugar metabolism, by converting the sugar molecules into energy.

*Caution: don’t drink this tea if you have not eaten sugar (or consumed carbs), because it will otherwise drive your blood glucose levels low. Do not drink this tea before eating sweets, only AFTER eating sweets, otherwise you will not enjoy the sweet taste.

Can’t Sleep? When our days are overly active, prana vata goes high, and it becomes hard for the mind to unwind and settles down at the end of the day, unable to induce deep restorative sleep. What can help?

Massage with warm Vata oil with Vit D and Magnesium will help balance all of vata dosha.

Take a warm bath with the  “Relax and Detox Bath Pouches,”

Have a cup of Soma Nidra tea, or use the Soma Nidra oral spray, and Soma Nidra roll-on on the back of the neck and the shoulders.

Go to bed with “happy thoughts” – if your day was a mixed bag of events, let go of the ill-fitted episodes, as they were inevitable anyways, and linger on the brighter moments. You will be surprised to see how a conscious choice to prefer the positive over the negative will shift your mood and ease in blissful sleep.

In the end, holidays may be more stressful than fun, but the good thing is it’s predictable! You know it is going to happen, you see it coming, but also when it’s going to end, so you can do something about it. This year,you can be pro-active about it, and with SVA, you have a wide array of ayurvedic tips and stress-survival strategies, along with calming and mood-brightening formulations and recipes.

Happy Holidays!

Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic Rasayini

In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is a “rasayini,” a rejuvenating plant that restores the body to its optimal health and balance through its “prabhava” – ultimate property – of “balya,” – (strength). “Bala” can address mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical strength. The word “ashwagandha” is made up of “ashwa” – Sanskrit for “horse” and “gandha” for “smell.” Vaidya Mishra explains that the word “gandha” can also mean “essence of” or “character.” Ashwagandha is thus named because it is said to bestow the essential character of a horse, in terms of its stamina and ability to easily cope with ever increasing workload. Recent scientific findings confirm the statements of the ancients verses, demonstrating that Ashwagandha can be a wonderful mental, emotional and physical rejuvenator, particularly enhancing one’s ability to handle mental stress.ashwagandha-bsp(1)

Scientists call Ashwgandha an “adaptogenic” herb – this means it helps the body adapt to and cope with daily stress, helping us maintain normal levels of cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced and released in our bodies by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Prolonged cortisol secretion due to repeated daily stress can result in unwanted physiological imbalances such as:
increase in blood sugar levels,
suppression of the immune system,
decrease in bone formation that may result in osteoporosis,
reduction in the absorption of calcium in the intestine,
loss of collagen which is necessary for connective tissue to support the structure of the body and the muscle tissue,
inhibition of protein synthesis,
stimulation of gastric acid secretion,
inhibition of sodium loss,
inhibition of memory functions,
increase in blood pressure,
impairment of the hormonal and reproductive systema,
inhibition of overall metabolism resulting in unduly weight gain
and many more imbalances.
This is why, even though the release of cortisol in our body is a natural way to help us cope with stress, unchecked levels of cortisol can result in serious chronic dis-ease or imbalance. What’s the solution?
Life itself, let alone stressful situations in life, cannot be controlled! The key then, lies in our response to stress. But this cannot just be a mind-over-matter thing. Stress awakens primordial mechanisms of chemical response in our brains and our bodies, so telling yourself you are going to “stay calm and carry on”(!) will not suffice to re-establish chemical balance.
This is when Ayurveda can help the most. This is when the specific properties of specific plants can come in to reset our chemical brain and body balance to help us cope. This is when the use of ashwagandha, or better yet, Ashwagandha along with a few other plants, happily combined in a balanced herbal synergy, can help you stay on top of things, so you can see yourself through a stressful situation and come out on the other end of the tunnel having accomplished what you set out to do.

Vaidya Mishra’s newest formulation is an oral mist or spray that works literally within seconds, as it delivers the intelligence of the herbal synergy through transmucosal delivery, supporting the mind to cope with day-to-day stress. The oral mist contains the “intelligence” of the herbs in homeopathic doses, making the formula even easier to be accepted by the stressed physiology. StressFree

What it contains:
Ashwagandha: the famous adaptogenic plant to help the mind and nervous system settle down and not overreact in response to high stress
Gotu Kola, also called “mandook parni” in ayurveda, is a kind of “brahmi”  (Bacopa monnieri). It shares in the “medhya” properties of “brahmi.” “Medhya” means a plant that supports the mind’s activity in all its aspects, by increasing the coordination amongst the 3 aspects of the mind: dhi, dritti, and smritti.
dhi: increases the power of acquiring knowledge;
dritti: is the power of retaining or storing knowledge;
smritti: is the power of recalling knowledge.  When dhi-dritti-smritti are functioning optimally, the mind is able to cope with stress optimally as well. And the opposite is also true.
Bacopa Monnieri in Ayurveda is called “aindri.” It is another kind of brahmi that is very cooling and has a relaxing effect on the mind. It is also known for supporting the functioning of dhi-dritti-smritti, like Gotu Kola.
Jatamansi (Nardostachys) is a famous ayurvedic herb, similar to Indian Valerian, known for being a great antidote for mental stress.

This unique combination of 4 reputed herbs, along with an easy-to-use fast delivery system will help you relax, as well as give you a more alert and sharp mind, so you can handle the stress that’s coming your way, as Vaidya likes to say, like an expert surfer looks for and rides the big waves, instead of dreading them!