Friday, 10 June 2011


Revitalizing your mind and body

'Rasayana'  - or rejuvenation therapy - is the third and final step in the healing of any disease and is also used preventative  to build our natural immunity or 'ojas'..It is a powerful anti-aging therapy that speeds up the process of cellular renewal, helping to promote longevity, fertility, a healthy state of mind and a youthful complexion.

Certain types of food, herbal and mineral remedies, as well as wholesome mental and physical practices are considered to be rasayanas because of the revitalizing effect they have on the mind and body. Physical activities that are rejuvenating include therapeutic massage, linking with nature, rest and sleep, as well as eating naturally revitalizing foods such as rice, milk and ghee. Mental activities that are rejuvenating include positive methods of mind control, yoga, pranayama and meditation, as well as ethical conduct.

How Rasayanas Work

In conventional medical term, the effect of rasayanas that are consumed is explained by the fact that these rejuvenating are consumed is explained by the fact that these rejuvenating natural substances are able to penetrate deep into the cells of the body, halting the continuous process of bodily decay by nourishing our tissues at a micro-cellular level and speeding up cellular renewal. This explains why they are potent anti-aging solutions.

Rasayanas also normalize our sensitivity of white blood cells, making them an effective treatment for allergic diseases - such as eczema, urticaria and allergic dermatitis - caused by the hypersensitivity of these cells to certain antigens rather than a breakdown in immunity.

Many rasayana substances - such as the fruit Amalaki are also rich in antioxidants and adaptogenic in effect, so helping the body to adjust and fight disease.

Amalaki actually has the highest concentration of Vitamin C of any natural substance known to man, equivalent to the juice of 20 lemons.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is another adaptogenic herb and natural rejuvenator. By speeding up cellular regeneration, it reduces the signs of ageing and act as a powerful nervine tonic and aphrodisiac.

Organic milk and ghee are good examples of natural food rasayanas, while honey and onions are also said to have an immediate revitalizing effect on the tissues of the body.

Common Ayurvedic remedies with a rejuvenating effect include Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha, Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) and Triphala.

Ashwagandha(Winter cherry, Withania somnifera)
Rasa              :                Sweet
Virya             :                Heating
Vipaka          :                Sweet,astringent,bitter
Gunas           :                 Heavy,oily,slimy
Doshic effect :                 Pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha
Typical Use   :                 Nervine tonic,aphrodisiac,rejuvenator,useful in rheumatoid arthritis and other
                                     degenerative conditions

A potent remedy for many health problems caused by the frenetic pace of modern living, Ashwagandha is a rejuvenating herbs said to give you a strength of a horse and have powerful anti-aging properties. It works by nourishing the nervous system and building immunity. Useful in all forms of stress-related disorders, particularly insomnia and anxiety, this herb is also a natural aphrodisiac that promotes semen production and strengthens the uterus.

Recent clinical studies have found that Ashwagandha actually slows the ageing process by building hemoglobin and strengthening the tissues of the body while reducing levels of serum cholesterol.

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