Medically, constipation implies failure to evacuate waste matter from the body, on a regular basis. In ayurveda, it is referred to as Aanaaha. Koshtha baddhata is the other term also in use.
Many a time, intestinal gas is a cause for humor. But for the person who experiences gas in a public place, it is no longer a laughing matter.
Human body plays host to a variety of worms, which cause a variety of diseases. These parasites gain an entry into the body through raw and stale food, polluted water or directly through the skin. The worms can be broadly categorized as flat worms and round worms.
Hemorrhoids are dilated or swollen veins (low pressure blood vessels that return blood to the heart) under the rectum around the anal opening. They can be classified into internal and external hemorrhoids.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the two most severe digestive problems, which are classified under the medical rubric of inflammatory bowl disease. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammation of the lining of the large intestine.
The most common problem associated with the gallbladder is gallstones, most of which are made up of cholesterol. Some gallstones are made up of calcium and bile pigments. Although gallstones are often associated with a higher-than-normal level of cholesterol in the bile, a constant swap between going on a diet and weight gain also leads to this condition in a majority of cases.
Jaundice or icterus, is yellowing of the white portion of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes that is caused by excessive amounts of bile pigments in blood tissues. These pigments, normally present in the blood because of the breakdown of haemoglobin, are filtered through the liver and excreted in faeces. The excessive accumulation of bile pigments is usually due to liver disease or hepatitis, in which case, the yellowing is referred to as Koshtaasrita kaamalaa in Ayurveda.
Mouth ulcers are open sores in the mouth that appear as white or yellow sores surrounded by a bright red area. Usually painful, they appear on non-keratinized mouth tissue including the inner surface of the cheeks, lips, tongue, soft palate, and the base of the gums. They usually begin with a tingling or burning sensation followed by a red spot or bump that ulcerate.
Allergy is a condition present in certain individuals that can be described as a chemical “idiosyncrasy.” Its manifestations such as swelling, itching and bodily discomfort are often brought about by a particular article of food, the most common being fish, eggs, milk and wheat.
Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder among the affluent in our country. At any given time, approximately 40 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men report that they are presently trying to lose weight. Millions of dollars are spent every year on weight loss treatments. Still with the current medical treatment, the failure rate remains high. And in most cases, there is a strong tendency to regain weight; about one-third of lost weight is regained within a year, and almost all within five years.