Today’s theme is not quite meant only for the senior citizens who are Porosh’s members but also for all age groups. While discussing among ourselves on a certain issue we realized that if quality (or, one may even say purity) of blood improves then a lot of ailments that we are subjected to, cutting-across various age groups, can be addressed. So, we are reproducing an article published in https://vibrantayurveda.com.au/build-the-quality-of-your-blood-with-ayurveda-2/
On April 2, 2019.
Blood is a bodily fluid in humans and animals that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells and transports metabolic waste products away from the cells. Blood is the fluid of life, as its role is fundamental to the basic process of life.
Ayurvedic view on blood
Blood is known as rakta dhatu in ayurvedic medicine. Interestingly, Ayurveda views blood and plasma as two different tissues.
Rakta Dhatu is influenced by the pitta dosha. If pitta is in good condition, then the quality of the blood tissue will also be good.
The liver and spleen are the principle organs that produce rakta dhatu. The main function of rakta dhatu is to support the body and maintain life.
Qualities of pure blood
Glowing skin and attractive complexion
Sense organs work well
Optimal digestive power
Healthy and happy outlook on life
Body tissues receive good nourishment
Energetic and active
Visarpa – herpes
Vidradhi – abscess
Kushta – skin disorders like acne, pimples, psoriasis, etc
Vata rakta – gout
Rakta pitta – hemorrhagic disorders
Gulma – tumours
Kamala – jaundice
Vyanga – pigmentation of skin
Agni nasha – indigestion
Sammoha – syncope
Raktatwaknetra mootrata – redness of eyes, skin and urine
Signs of poor blood condition
Reduced volume of urine and sweat
Skin loses its lustre; becomes pale, dry, rough, and cracked
Coldness causes the body to hold on to heat, leading to constipation
Craving for hot, spicy, sour, citrus, and iron-rich foods
Becoming mentally dull, having difficulty processing and understanding new information, confusion and misunderstanding.
Causes of blood imbalance Foods
Deficiency of iron or vitamin B12
Excess sugar or salt
Consuming heating oils and fried foods
Toxins such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs & chemicals, pesticides, artificial colors, and preservatives.
Unhealthy food combinations
Eating sour and fermented foods
Eating excess cheese, curds and pickles
Excessive exposure to the sun
Exposure to radiation
Liver & spleen disorders
Working in a hot environment
Excessive or insufficient physical exercise
Repressed aggression or anger
Envy and hate
Ayurvedic management of blood disorders
Purgation therapy (virechana)
Medicated purgation therapy cleanses pitta and purifies blood toxins that have accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It completely cleanses the gastrointestinal tract.
Therapeutic fasting (langhana)
Fasting brings about lightness of the body. It rests the digestive system and provides the body with an opportunity to detoxify itself.
Bloodletting therapy (raktamokshana)
Bloodletting therapy contributes to organ detoxification, immunity boosting and enhanced blood circulation. It supports the elimination of toxins from the body. Traditionally bloodletting was done with the use of leeches, however in modern times, regular blood donation can achieve the same results.
Ayurvedic herbs for blood cleansing
Single herbs possessing bitter, astringent and pungent tastes (tikta-kashaya-katu rasa) are beneficial for purifying the blood. Such herbs possess qualities of lightness, minuteness, and liquidity. They are usually neither too cold nor too hot. Some of the potent herbs in this category are
Neem (Azadiracta indica)
Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia)
Saffron (Crocus Sativus)
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Amla (Emblica Officinalis)
Blood and Emotion
Blood carries emotion and memories. Blood heats up with anger and cools down with depression. As blood carries hormones and genetic codes, it passes to the next generation. So-called blood relationships also mean emotional connections.
Lifestyle to balance rakta dhatu
Eat neutral-tasting foods and reduce spicy foods.
Drink plenty of water, and eat more fruits and vegetables.
Don’t skip meals and maintain regular timings for eating.
Drink 1/4 cup of fresh aloe vera juice daily.
Avoid daytime sleep and go to bed before 10 pm.
Relax and meditate regularly.
Importance of blood circulation
Proper blood circulation is essential for the efficient transportation of nutrients and energy to all parts of the body. Blood circulation disorders can cause many health problems including, in extreme cases, organ failure.
Some tips for good circulation
Keep moving your body every day. Exercise regularly and keep looking for opportunities to do physical activity of any sort.
Manage stress. Pause. Take deep and relaxing breaths. Find healthy relaxation activities that work for you. Receive regular massages.
Align your spine. Stand tall. Shape your spine for proper blood flow.
Eat a balanced diet and find natural sources of vitamins K, C, and E.
Eat oranges, sunflower seeds, garlic, ginger and turmeric.
We hope you have gained useful insights from the article on what, why and how of blood and maintaining its quality.