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Circulatory System

Healthy Sugar Metabolism

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Mar 30, 2016

A 38-year-old female comes to see you because of fatigue and trouble sleeping at night. On taking a further history, you find out that she is waking 2–3 times at night to urinate, and this is not allowing her to get restful sleep. She also reports constantly feeling thirsty throughout the day. She is a real estate agent working long hours, so she spends a lot of time in her car, and often gets fast food meals on the run. On examination, you find her to be a pitta-kapha individual, overweight, with no other significant findings. Her family history includes a father with diabetes and a mother with arthritis. Which of the following recommendations would you be least likely to give at this time?

  1. A brisk 30 minute walk at least 4–5 times a week.
  2. Counseling on kapha pacifying lunch items that she could carry with her in the car.
  3. Drink less water so she doesn’t have to wake up to urinate.
  4. Kapalabhati Pranayama
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to her diet daily
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Circulatory System

Ayurveda Heart Health: Cleansing Circulatory Pitta

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jan 27, 2015

A 59 year-old (prakriti vata-pitta) corporate executive male comes to you seeking optimal health. On your evaluation, you notice he has a reddened complexion, his skin is warm to touch, and his waist circumference is increased at 111 cm. He mentions a very stressful job, with demanding hours, which leads to a poor diet. He also shares that lying on his back and taking deep breaths helps when his stress is very high. What herb are you most likely to incorporate in the formula?

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Circulatory System

Ayurveda Heart Health: the Pitta Factor

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Jan 20, 2015

The western medical community is slowly reawakening to the idea that the root of heart imbalance begins with pitta as opposed to kapha. The Ayurvedic seers, thousands of years ago, described that the sharp and penetrating nature of pitta damages blood vessel walls. Kapha then comes to seal and soothe over the damage, and as such, kapha’s intention is to protect and not clog channels. 

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Circulatory System

Rakta Shodhan - Blood Cleansing

  • By Alakananda Devi, M.B., B.S. (Lond.)
  • Sep 10, 2013
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Circulatory System

Nourishing Rakta Part 2

  • By Alakananda Devi, M.B., B.S. (Lond.)
  • Sep 14, 2011
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Circulatory System

Nourishing Rakta Part 1

  • By Alakananda Devi, M.B., B.S. (Lond.)
  • Aug 08, 2011
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