The middle three months of pregnancy is known as 2nd trimester of pregnancy. In this period, you may not have symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue and anxiety. However, some women may continue to experience these symptoms. In your developing baby, the formation of vital organs starts from 4th month. According to ayurveda, you should honor your cravings but stay within a limit. Your physical, mental and emotional condition also affects the developing baby. So, you need to be more calm, happy and stress-free. In this article, we will discuss dietary and lifestyle guidelines during the second trimester of pregnancy according to ayurvedic perspectives.
If you are trying to conceive or newly pregnant, this article is exclusively for you. This article will help you to be a smarter mom and prepare you for a better diet and lifestyle during pregnancy. We will cover ayurvedic aspects of diet and lifestyle that should be followed when you start trying to conceive and for the first trimester of pregnancy.
Ayurvedic medicine system includes various therapies for purification, detoxification, rejuvenation, preventative and healing. Virechana is an ayurvedic purgation therapy which is used to eliminate body toxins. The meaning of word virechana is the evacuation or expulsion of waste out of the body. This therapy is basically designed for elimination of the accumulated pitta from the lower gastrointestinal tract. It is one of the best cures of health problems arising due to pitta dosha. The medications given during this therapy tend to produce heat in the body for countering vitiated doshas. In some sites, there is co-existence of pitta along with kapha. Thus, it not only cures excessive pitta but also kapha simultaneously.
Basti Karma is also called ayurvedic medicated enema. In ayurvedic medicine system, Basti Karma refers to the introduction of oil and decoction into the rectum of a person. Basti karma is often called ‘king of all treatment’ due to its unique benefits. The term ‘basti’ means ‘bladder or bag’ and karma means therapeutic procedure. This treatment helps in cleaning the accumulated toxins, which is the result of all the three doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. However, it is primarily indicated in vata disorders.
Patra Pinda Sweda is an ayurvedic sweat therapy used for relieving pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. Patra Pinda Sweda is also known as Elakizhi or leaf bundle massage. Here patra means leaves, pinda means a bolus and sweda means sweat. A bolus is a small bundle or potli made by wrapping the cloth around the leaves of medicinal plants.
Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda is an ayurvedic therapy that is used for the purpose of strengthening muscles and to get relief from pain. The therapy is also known as Navarakizhi. Here shastika means sixty, shali means rice, pinda means a bolus and sweda means sweat. A bolus is a small pocket or potli made by wrapping the cloth around the medicinal rice.
This treatment includes body massage with preparation of milk and rice in order to obtain sweating. It also provides strength to the body tissues, bones and muscle. The use of various medicinal herbs in the mixture help in rejuvenating the muscles and relieving pain and stiffness. The excessive sweating during this treatment helps in the elimination of toxins from the body.
Among all the sense organs our eyes are considered most important. All our day to day activities are dependent on our eyes. Therefore, taking special care of them is necessary. Our eyes are responsible for sending visual information to the brain and thus it is under constant pressure. Ancient ayurvedic medicine system has many therapies for our senses, specific body parts and the body as a whole. Akshi Tarpana is an efficient ayurvedic treatment for eye care.
What is Akshi Tarpana?
The human body has five major senses which are related to five major elements namely ether, air, water, fire and earth. These five senses play a great role in the survival of a person. Life would have been different without the senses. Therefore, special care should be taken when it comes to your sense organs.
There are many therapies in ancient ayurvedic medicine system which ensure proper care of these senses. Ayurvedic system gives special preference to panchakarma detoxification and cleansing of the body and its various parts. Thus, there are a variety of therapies which help in cleaning our sense organs and maintain their efficiency.
What is Karna Purana?
Massage therapy is used in all ancient medicine systems for various benefits as a therapeutic procedure. Massages are extensively used in traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda, Chinese traditional medicine, Unani medicine and others. These procedures are gaining popularity because it is risk-free therapy and can prevent various diseases. Massages can be classified into two types depending upon the area of action. They can be full body massages, specific areas or a body part like a head massage, back massage, etc.
Ayurveda offers a variety of massage procedure. One of such massage is Udvartana (also called Lymphatic Ayurvedic Powder Massage or Herbal Powder Massage). This massage has various benefits but is mostly used in cases of Kapha Dosha.