Ayurveda Instructor Montevallo AL

All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don't want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods--ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Alabama ENT Associates
(205) 985-7393
4515 South Lake Parkway, Suite 300
Birmingham, AL
Services
Wellness Training, Otolaryngology, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Auriculotherapy, Allergy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

Data Provided by:
Jenny Craig
(205) 980-7671
4612 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL
Alternate Phone Number
(205) 980-7671
Services
Weight Loss, Diet Plans

Healthy Life & Nutrition, Llc
(205) 492-0404
3325 Lorno Rd #2332
Birmingham, AL
 
Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
(256) 246-3696
800 Cox Creek Pkwy S
Florence, AL
Programs & Services
Ayurveda, Detox, Eco-Friendly, Fitness, Mother / Daughter, Nutrition, Pre-post Natal, Spirituality, Weight Loss

Data Provided by:
Living Tree Health Foods
(334) 308-1209
5 N Pointe Pkwy
Enterprise, AL
Industry
Nutritionist

Data Provided by:
Magnolia Creek Treatment Center For Eating Disorders Nicole Siegfried
1-888-7MAGNOLIA or 205-678-4373
PO Box 391
Chelsea, AL
 
Advanced Weight Loss Clinic Pelham
(205) 383-3598
2691 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL

Data Provided by:
American Nutraceutical Association
(205) 980-5710
5120 Selkirk Dr Ste 100
Birmingham, AL
 
Cheaha Nutrition Management
(256) 239-4860
1010 Christine Ave
Anniston, AL
Industry
Nutritionist

Data Provided by:
Diane Brown, RN, MSN
(205) 744-7997
River Oaks Plaza,821-D Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive
Hueytown, AL
Specialty
Biofeedback, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Ear Coning, Light Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Stone Massage
Associated Hospitals
Aqua Healing Solutions

Data Provided by:

Sidestep the Sniffles

Provided by: 

By Matthew Solan

All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don’t want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods—ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine. Their safe and effective remedies can stop a sickness at first sniffle or throat tickle and have you back in action before the Kleenex boxes pile up.

Ayurveda
The centuries-old Indian healing practice of ayurveda views colds and flus as signs of dosha imbalance—in Western terms, when your biological energy or constitution goes haywire. These maladies strike more often in autumn and winter because both seasons increase vata, the dosha associated with wind and cooler weather. Ayurvedic practitioners believe the change from hot to cold weather weakens our digestive fire or agni and, with it, our immune system, leaving our body with an excess of toxins called ama (that filmy, white gunk coating your tongue). This “sticky” environment makes the body more susceptible to illness-causing viruses.

As if that weren’t enough, too much ama can bring on an excess of kapha, the dosha associated with cold and wetness (known in cold-speak as phlegm and mucus). A kapha imbalance will leave you feeling heavy and sluggish with lots of congestion and thick, heavy nasal discharge. A cold caused by a vata dosha imbalance, on the other hand, shows up as fatigue and sleeplessness and is usually accompanied by a dry cough, a sore throat, and a watery, runny nose.

Rx For Prevention: You can counteract the effects of the cold and windy vata season by keeping your body temperature up. At the first sign of a sniffle or cough, begin a morning ritual of abhyanga, a head-to-toe heated sesame oil massage. (Fill a glass jar with oil, and run it under comfortably warm water.) Follow with a warm bath or shower. This added warmth helps stimulate your digestive fire so your body has an easier time “burning off ” phlegm and mucus.

Keep your immunity at its strongest by taking any (or all) of the following herbs: ashwaganda (600 to 1,000 mg daily, divided into two or three capsules); amalaki (250 to 500 mg twice a day); and gotu kola (500 to 1,000 mg daily). “All these build up resistance to stress and other external invaders that can weaken your immune system,” says Mark Toomey, PhD, director of health science at The Raj, a Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

Rx For Treatment: Generally, you can treat both cold types with the following remedies, says Toomey. First, cut back on all dairy, like yogurt, cheese, and milk, and foods made with sugar and oils, all of which tend to increase kapha and mucus. Up your intake of warming herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, pippali (known in the US as long pepper), basil, cloves, and mint to soothe kapha and vata. Toss them...

Author: Matthew Solan

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...