KEEP CHILDREN HEALTHY WITH AYURVEDA
When exams are around the corner, it is generally a period of anxiety and worry
for children as well as parents. With more and more competition in all areas of
education, it is common for children to suffer from stress. Stress is one of the
causes for lowered immunity in children, which makes them prone to various disease-causing
pathogens and microorganisms.
The increasing pressure of studies makes children irritable. It affects their sleep
and appetite and makes them generally depressed. Parents need to understand such
signs and help children cope with issues like stress and peer pressure.
Ayurveda offers some of the most effective and unique forms of treatment for children.
Herbal preparations developed for children improve strength and immunity
and enhance overall health and wellbeing. Being healthy in body also ensures that
they are sharp in mind.
Common ailments that affect children include cough, cold, stomach aches, fever and
Let us examine how Ayurveda helps children fight such diseases.
Kaumarbhratya is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda, which is especially
dedicated to the health of children. Certain Ayurvedic tonics and medications are
known to develop immunity in children and sharpen their intelligence as well.
Treatment of specific disease conditions
1. Low immunity
Chawanprash: It is a composition of amla, ashwagandha, asparagus, cardamom, cinnamon
bark, clove, Indian rose chestnut, ghee, honey and raisins. It has anti-oxidant
properties and strengthens the body's immune system, thereby offering protection
from everyday infections, cough, cold and stress. It has been derived from a 2,500-year-old
Ayurvedic formula, and is totally chemical-free, natural and safe. An
immunity booster for all age groups, it is available in various flavours.
It is also safe for diabetics.
Ashwagandha is known to boost the immune system and improve stress tolerance. It
has strong anti-oxidant properties and increases energy and stamina. It is known
to control everyday stress, improve physical strength, mental alertness, immunity
and overall wellbeing.
Badam oil is obtained from ripe kernels of Prunus amygdalus. This 100% pure Badam
Oil, extracted from best quality almonds, nourishes dry skin and prevents allergies.
It can be both consumed and applied on the body.
Aravindasava is a general tonic that prevents digestive disorders in children and
promotes growth. It contains kumuda, ushira mool, gambhari tvak, neelotpala, manjishth,
ela, bala, jatamansi and mustaka.
2.Cough and cold, respiratory diseases
- A cough syrup composed of tulsi, mulethi, banaphsa, kantkari, talispatra, sunthi,
pippali, vasaka, shati, pudina satva and shudha madhu is effective in controlling
cough and relieving throat irritation.
- For instant relief from all
types of cough, a composition of shudh madhu (honey), pudina satva (mint oil),
Nilgiri taila (eucalyptus oil) and karpoor (camphor), is recommended.
- For cough associated with breathlessnessand for allergic cough, a composition of
shirees chaal (Albizzia lebback), kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), gokshur (Tribulus
terrestris), yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), karkatshringi (Pistacia integrima)
and vasaka leaves is beneficial.
- A combination of sitopaladi churna, elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), vanslochan (
Bambusa arundinacia), dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), madhu and sharkara is recommended
for wet, productive and unproductive cough.
- For relief from throat infections, sore throat, hoarseness and cough; a combination
of khadira sar, pushkar mool, karkat shringi, katphala, brahamdandi, haritaki, lavanga,
shunthi, maricha, pippali, ativisha, krishna jeerak, javasaka, guduchi, brihati,
kantakari, vibheetaka, and khadira sar is indicated.
- Vasavaleha is indicated for symptoms associated with tuberculosis-like cough, breathlessness,
chest pain, cardiac pain, vomiting of blood (haemoptysis) and fever.
- Sitopaladi churna is recommended for dry cough and is made from herbs like pippali,
which is one of the best expectorants found in nature.
- Talisadi churna and vasasava are used to treat for wet cough and dyspepsia.
- Agastya haritak avaleha is indicated for bronchitis, breathlessness, hiccups and
other respiratory conditions.
- Chitrak haritaki is advised in the treatment of cough, chronic cold, intestinal
worms, loss of appetite, flatulence, breathlessness and other respiratory conditions.
- Shwaasamrit strengthens the respiratory system and increases immunity. It is an
Ayurvedic formulation for breathlessness, chronic cough, cold and bronchitis. It
increases air flow to the lungs.
- For throat infections, sore throat, hoarseness and cough; a composition of khadira
sar, pushkar mool, karkat shringi, katphala, brahamdandi, haritaki, lavanga, syzigium
aromaticum, shunthi, maricha, pippali, ativisha, krishna jeerak, javasaka alhagi
pseudalhagi, guduchi, brihati, kantakari, vibheetaka, khadira sar and Acacia catechu
is very effective.
- 10 ml of a composition that contains extracts derived from – shirees chaal (Albizzia
lebback) 820 mg, kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) 630 mg, gokshur (Tribulus terrestris)
630 mg, yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 450 mg, karkatshringi (Pistacia integrima)
180 mg and vasaka leaves (Adhatoda vasica) 180 mg – is very effective for cough
associated with breathlessness and/or allergic cough.
- A composition of kumuda, ushira mool, gambhari tvak, neelotpala, manjishth, ela,
bala, jatamansi, mastaka and shweta savira improves digestion in children and promotes
growth. It is recommended as a general tonic for children.
- A composition of anjeer, kishmish, ajwain, palas beej & bidang, vach, aamaltas
and sanai is good to treat digestive problems in children and improve immunity.
Anjeer is good for the liver. It acts as a cooling and soothing agent for the stomach
and has high nutritive value. Draksha or kishmish contains essential minerals like
calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron in an easy-to-assimilate form. It is an expectorant,
laxative and blood purifier, useful in treating fevers and colds arising due to
thrush in children. Ajwain is known to prevent flatulence, indigestion, colic dyspepsia
& diarrhea. Palas beej and bidang expel intestinal worms, while vach prevents
flatulence and loss of appetite. It is useful in treating dyspepsia and choleric
diarrhea. Amaltas acts as a laxative, especially for habitual constipation. Sanai,
containing saunf, unnab and gulab jal, is a mild laxative.
- For symptoms of hyperacidity and gassiness due to stress, it is advisable to take
pudina satva along with lemon fizz that contains sarjikshara, pudina satva and nimbu
satva. A composition of healing ingredients such as trivirt, bhringaraja, guduchi
and yashtimadhu provides quick and effective relief from acidity and gas.
- Sat isabgol contains 100% dietary fibre which helps to reduce cholesterol on regular
use in addition to treating constipation
- Triphala is a combination of three well known herbs - amla, harade and bahera. These
three fruits help produce smooth bowel movements and relieve constipation.
Caution: Any strong herbal based medicine should be used under care of a
professional Ayurvedic practitioner.
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