Ayurveda Q&A: Carrot and cucumber juice reduces acne

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Sir
Does the medicine of Ayurveda cures PCOS problem ?
Felina Mary S

Hi Mary,

yes, Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, Personalized Yoga and diet for complete cure. In my experience PCOD is very much connected with Vitamin D deficiency. Please check your Vitamin D levels before taking any medical treatment. Most of the times below 30 years correcting the Vitamin D levels heals the condition completely. Ayurveda recommends a 28 day detoxification therapies with Yoga and diet. This not only helps to shell out the extra weight gained and also brings back the feeling of well- being. Skin and hair changes, psychological changes, Physical changes etc are well addressed with the PCOD. I have conducted many clinical studies about PCOD, the data is available in my web site rvita.com. Drink 3 liters of water, walk for 45 minutes, avoid Non veg, salty, spicy foods and drinks. Curry leaves, cilantro leaves and Drum stick leaves – all equal amounts boil in water and take it as a soup as a good home remedy for PCOD.

I have pimples in my face past 6months.. i took al kind of treatments lik homeopathy,ayurveda,allopathy.. it dint get reduced.. my skin is very sensitive it seems.. i tried kukumadhi ointment, etc.. it dint work.. pls suggest me some home remedies for pimples.pls
Anu hemanth

Hi Anu,

Pimples are most of the times related to hormonal imbalances. Check your thyroid, vitamin D levels. Check your diet, avoid Non veg foods and drinks, Green chili, Potato, Curd, Pickles, Modern day foods like Pizza etc. Drink at least 3 liters of water, sleep for 7-8 hours a day, walk or Jag for 45 minutes a day, eat as much as green watery vegetables and greens. These food habits improves the anti oxidants and corrects the hormonal imbalances in the system there by reduces the pimples and marks. External applications alone can heal this condition.

Home remedies

1. Regular intake as well as external application of fresh juice of carrot and cucumber.
2. Regular application of paste made from tea leaves and sweet basil leaves.
3. Regular application of paste made from cucumber, sandal wood powder, and neem powder.
4. External application of crushed garlic cloves with honey.
5. Internal Medication with Guggulu (Commiphora mukul): Boil 50 gm of Guggulu gum in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.
6. Internal medications with Jackal berry (Diospyros mespiliformis): Boil 50 gm of finely pulverized Jackal berry root in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.
7. Internal medications Achyranthes Root: Boil 50 gm of finely pulverized Achyranthes Root in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.
8. Internal medications using Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris): Boil 1 tsp of dried leaf powder of Mugwort in a cup of water for about 10 min. Then strain and cool it. Drink this tea thrice daily for a week.
9. Using Aloe vera: Cut open a small piece from a large aloe leaf and squeeze out the gel. You can also keep an aloe plant in your home for easy and immediate access. Use the gel twice a day – morning and night, for one week.

Dear sir, I am 30 years old. I had a premature greying since the age of 26. my beard is almost white & some chest hair is white. i have almost 40 % grey hairs on my head.
you can suggest some remedies to control further greying & falling of hair.
Thanks and regards
arjun gill

Hi Arjun,

Please check your Vitamin D and thyroid levels, as in my experience it is very much connected with these deficiencies. Ayurveda therapies, medicines, Personalized life style changes can bring back normalcy in the system.

Common home remedies for prevention of Hair white hairs

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gentle massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall, dandruff and improves hair growth, hair thickness and improves the black hair growth. After application wash it with lukewarm water.
b. Amla powder is considered and used as one of the best hair rejuvenator across the world. Apply paste of fresh Amla powder mixed with curd and fresh lemon juice as pack. Leave it for 45 minutes and followed by warm water wash. This process is very effective to reduce hair fall and improve hair growth. This process is repeated every alternative day for 90 days for better results.
c. Amla soaked in water for overnight, and the water is a very good hair conditioner. After the regular hair wash, just rinse the hair with this water. One of the primary reasons for premature graying is using excessive conditioners and high chemical shampoo. Avoiding cause may help in bringing back the normalcy swiftly.
d. One of the effective remedy for colder seasons is application of Almond oil with Amla juice. Warm both taken in equal amounts and gentle massage on scalp for 15 minutes. It is one of the fastest ways to arrest the premature graying and improving the general hair health.
e. Many villages in Kerala follow a simple hair remedy. Everyone including men and women does it as cultural practice. Application of equal amounts of buttermilk and curry leaves juice equal amounts and boiled for 5 minutes in mild fire then applied in the scalp in lukewarm condition followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes. This is known preventive remedy for white hairs and hair fall.
f. Ayurveda recommends the following combination as the effective remedy for prevention and improving hair growth, reducing dandruff, for healthy hair. Equal amounts of Amla powder, Thriphala powder, Methi powder, Karisalai powder, Mehanthi Powder, Japa flower and leaves powder, Indian Asparagus powder mixed with fresh curd and fresh lemon juice. This mixture applied as a pack on the scalp followed by warm water wash
g. Simple home remedy to maintain health hair the following remedy is advised. Equal amounts of fresh Amla juice and lemon juice applied on the scalp and hair followed by warm water wash after 10 minutes. This should be done every day for healthy hair.
h. Traditional healers in South India recommend the following remedy for premature hair growth. Equal amounts of sesame oil and Carrot juice mixed with half the amount of Methi seed powder kept under sun for 21 days. Then this oil is applied on the scalp for hair, face for white hairs in mustache and beard areas and body for the white body hairs. Follow this for 90 days for complete color change.
i. Eclipta Alba is the other important herb used in Ayurveda for prevention and reversing the premature hair graying. Most of the Herbal hair oils contain the extract of this herb. Ayurveda recommend the application fresh leave juice or paste as a thick scalp pack followed by warm water wash.
j. Many Ayurveda experts recommend Black pepper ¼ parts mixed with 1 parts of fresh curd and 10 ml of fresh lemon juice as everyday application on scalp helps to improve the premature hair growth condition.

Hello Dr. Gowthaman,
i have hypothyroidism for last 5 years. i’m taking thyronom(75).
besides taking alopathy, i’m taking kanchnar gugglu, tryodashang gugglu and gaytrin for last 2 years.
my ayurveda doctor is not able to reduce my alopathy dose. i have done a 7 day detoxification also on my ayurveda doctors suggestion. my t3 and t4 are under normal level but tsh is 15.04.
i’m 42 years old. i’m 5ft tall and my weight is 62 kg.
please help.
Rashmi Sharma

Hi Rashmi,

Ayurveda can help. For thyroid functions Vitamin D is essential please check your Vitamin D functions. Life style modifications are very much required for Thyronam withdrawal.

My approach to thyroid condition as follows

1. sets out to change the environment around you. On a mental and spiritual note, you must define your health goals, identify obstacles and make a commitment to choices that support your beliefs and desires. This Phase focuses on pure air, food, water, and electromagnetic field protection for your cells. Additionally, you bring into focus the products you use that come in contact with you and affect your environment. You can change your physical environment in your primary work and living area, thus decreasing the cellular stress load in an overall way.

2. identify the cause. Using modern methods and tools to better understand the body and identify potential body burdens is the key to the cure. Modern medicine prides itself with the ability to identify and explain pathology through diagnostic testing.

3. focus on Detoxification, which plays right into the social thought process of “what can I take” or “how should I detoxify?” I encourage you to change your thought processes to a different view. Most people look to support the apparent system that seems to explain their symptoms. Detoxification is a natural process that occurs when your immediate cellular load is less than its stored burdens, and the cell eliminates waste to the best of its ability. Your cells constantly work to remove waste and take in nutrients to support optimal function, within its given environment. If adequate nutrition is present to process the toxin load, the cell will optimize waste excretion. It is that simple. It provides traditional naturopathic techniques to stimulate optimal waste excretion. Some of these include colon cleansing kits, far infrared sauna therapy, constitutional hydrotherapy, and many other techniques with historical success. Additionally, this phase focuses on lifestyle education and habit formation to maintain your health progress.

4. Now check your thyroid levels, naturally you will end up in normal results. Just medicines / therapies/ diet cant help. A dedicated personalized treatment program can bring complete healing in no time.

I am a feeding mother of a 10 month old baby.im detected with 7 gallstones of 2-3 mm in lumen,after the episodes of upper ab pain near chest and area.i have hypothyroid.please help me with some remedy knowing I sm a feeding mother and my baby depends completely on me.

Hi Shraddha,

Simple Olive oil therapy is one of the best ways to heal Gall stones. Take 30 ml of olive oil + 30 ml of fresh lemon juice + 5 gm of Garlic – Mix all together and take it once a day in empty stomach for 90 days. This will completely heal the Gall stones. After 90 days please repeat the ultra sound abdomen and let me know the results.

Dear Sir
I am looking for a good Ayurveda clinic for the treatment of diabetes can you guide me to get the good clinic which have good results for the cure, and also if you can help me find the doctor specilized in the treatment of diabete in any part of India
Thanking you
Harish Singh

Hi Harish,

Try rVita in Chennai, One of the primary offerings of rVita is Diabetes Management. They offer a personalized healing Plan with Ayurveda therapies, Yoga and diet. visit rvita.com for more details.

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