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 +======= Clinical States of Agni / Digestion – A Self Assessment and Remedial Guidelines =======
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 +Answer Yes or No to the following:
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 +Appetite changeable
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 +Appetite changes with travel or some disruption of routine
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 +Sometimes can skip a meal with out noticing or without needing to eat
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 +Strong appetite usually but sometimes not
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 +Appetite good and sometimes weak
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 +Coating on tongue
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 +Energy comes and goes
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 +Tendencies for flatulence
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 +Results: If more that one  “Yes” answer in this category then digestion is vishama / variable and vata is affecting it.
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 +Appetite is always strong
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 +Need to eat three meals per day
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 +Can not skip any meal
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 +Need to snack between meals
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 +Excess thirst
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 +Hypoglycemic tendencies
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 +Irritable if meal comes late
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 +Can eat heavy foods any time of day
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 +Can eat large meals any time of day
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 +Can digest anything
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 +Tendency to diarrhea
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 +Raw / undigested food in stool
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 +Can eat much and often and can’t / don’t gain weight
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 +Results: If more than one “Yes” answer in this category then digestion is tikshna / sharp and pitta is affecting it.
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 +Appetite is dull
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 +Digestion takes 5-6 hours per meal
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 +Can skip a meal easily
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 +Don’t eat breakfast or other meal(s) regularly
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 +Heavy foods are hard to digest
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 +Large meals are hard to digest
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 +Heaviness, dullness, lethargy after eating
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 +Tendency to weight gain
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 +Rarely snack
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 +Results: If more than one “Yes” answer in this category then digestion is manda / dull or slow and kapha is affecting it
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 +Results for this survey--circle one:           ​variable ​            ​sharp ​              ​slow/​dull
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 +Remedial Guidelines for Disturbed Digestion
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 +Result from survey Clinical States of Agni / Digestion – A Self Assessment: ​  ​variable ​    ​sharp ​   slow/dull
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 +For the Result: digestion is vishama / variable and vata is affecting it consider the following:
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 +·        Daily Routine Rx: regularity of major features in the daily life is primary
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 +·        Yoga: alternate nostril breathing; forward bend, spinal twist, etc., shavanasana
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 +·        Dietary Rx:  Eat only if hungry; avoid skipping meals when hungry; strictly follow all other Eating Guidelines; favor sweet, sour, salty tastes; favor unctuous, warm, cooked meals
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 +·        Specific Digestive Aids: All pungent spices in moderation (ajvain, allspice, asafoetida—hing,​ basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger (especially fresh), marjoram, mint, mustard seeds, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, parsley, peppermint, pippali, poppy seed, rosemary, saffron, , salt (saindhava),​ savory, spearmint, star anise, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen);​ salt; lemon, lime, orange, pineapple during or after meal as appropriate;​ warm bitter spices such as turmeric, fenugreek; other bitters: Angastora Bitters, etc.; draksha or dasham³larishtha a.c. or p.c.; fresh ginger pickle (slice of ginger, lime juice, salt) 15’ a.c., etc. , hot water with meals.
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 +·        Herbal Teas: ajvain, bancha, chamomile, clove, comfrey, elder flower, eucalyptus, fennel, fenugreek, ginger--fresh,​ Hawthorne, juniper berry, lavender, lemon grass, licorice, marshmallow,​ oat straw, orange peel, pennyroyal, peppermint, rosehips, saffron, sage, sarsaparilla,​ sassafras, spearmint.
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 +For the Result: digestion is tikshna / sharp and pitta is affecting it consider the following:
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 +·        Daily Routine: avoid direct mid-day sun and exercise during this period
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 +·        Yoga: Àitali breath
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 +·        Dietary Rx: favor heavier foods, avoid skipping meals; favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes; cooling foods including some raw foods are beneficial; Bhela’s Rx includes many animal proteins, dairy, sweets, and oily substances (Vi. III.7-9)
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 +·        Specific digestive aids: limited amount of black pepper, cardamom, and cumin; coriander, dill, fennel, mint, peppermint, spearmint, turmeric, saindhava (rock salt), wintergreen;​ special dosing of ghee
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 +·        Herbal Teas: alfalfa, bancha, barley, blackberry, borage, burdock, catnip, chicory, comfrey, dandelion, fennel, hibiscus, hops, jasmine, kukicha, lavender, lemon balm, lemon grass, licorice, marshmallow,​ nettle, oat straw, passion flower, peppermint, raspberry, red clover, sarsaparilla,​ spearmint, strawberry, violet, wintergreen yarrow
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 +For the Result: digestion is manda / dull or slow and kapha is affecting it consider the following:
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 +·        Daily Routine: avoid day sleeping; arise before dawn; one-two day fasting each week
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 +·        Aerobic exercise daily
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 +·        Yoga: breath of Fire; forward bend, spinal twist, etc.
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 +·        Dietary Rx: favor light foods in smaller quantities; favor bitter, pungent, astringent foods
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 +·        Specific digestive aids: all pungent spices—especially fresh ginger
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 +·        Herbal Teas: alfalfa, bancha, barley, blackberry, burdock, chamomile, chicory, cinnamon, clove, comfrey, dandelion, fenugreek, ginger, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, juniper berry, kukicha, lavender, lemon balm lemon grass, Mormon tea, nettle, passion flower, peppermint, raspberry, red clover, sarsaparilla,​ sassafras, spearmint, strawberry, wintergreen,​ yarrow, yerba mate
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 +·        Note Bhela’s Rx: Dhanvantari ghritam (or other ghritams) orally, emesis, purgation to follow; pippali fruits in progressive dose; takram, etc. (Ci. XI.18-20)
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