In This Shloka Six Qualities of Vata Dosha are Explained. These are
- Rooksha: Dryness
- Laghu: Lightness
- Sheeta: Cold
- Daruna: Instability
- Khara: Rough
- Vishada: Non-sliminess, clarity.
(Reference: Charak samhita (chikitsa sthan) Chapter-12 and shloka-4)
Yograj guggul is an effective Ayurvedic formulation that has been used in Ayurveda for many ages. In Ayurveda texts, it is mentioned that Vata is the main dosha in the body that causes severe problems. This medicine is mentioned in Ayurvedic texts as an anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic and useful in various problems such as sciatica, arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and PMS. These are Vata related disorders and guggul is the most effective formulation that pacifies the Vata.
This balanced herbal formulation is a combination of 28 herbs that can tackle a variety of health problems. Guggul is the resin from the guggul plant (Commiphora Mukul) which is the prime ingredient in this herbal formulation.
- The others herbs that are used in this herbal formulation are – pippali (Piper longum), citraka (Plumbago zeylanica), yavani (Trachyspermum ammi), ajmoda (Apium graveolens), chavya (Piper chaba), kustha (Saussurea lappa), musta (Cyperus rotundus), usheera (Vetiveria zizaniodis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), shunthi (Zingiber officinale), maricha (Piper nigrum) etc. Ghee or clarified butter also goes into this remedy.
- Vata dosha is the most dominated dosha is one of the three basic elements in nature and the others are pitta and Kapha Dosha. In Ayurveda, Yograj guggul is used to fight against diseases that are caused due to the Vata imbalance.
Benefits and Actions of Yograj Guggul
- Fights against inflammation and works as a pain killer
- Boosts the production of serotonin
- Expels the toxins and provides strength to the musculoskeletal system.
- Pacifies Vata dosha in the body.
1. Fights Arthritis
Yograj guggul is widely used in Ayurveda to treat arthritis and its related symptoms. A study stated that this medicine can inhibit the pain as well as inflammation associated with gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has been used significantly to ease arthritis pain within a few weeks by preventing the breakdown of connective tissues. It boosts up the immune system and improves the overall health of the body. Inflammation is one of the main symptoms of arthritis and it causes the blood vessel to become porous and lead to fluid leakage. Guggul decreases the capillary permeability and the main component present in it improves the condition of patients suffering from osteoarthritis in a few months.
2. Helps in Sciatica
About half of the population suffers from sciatica during their lifetime. This condition occurs when the sciatic nerve gets pinched or irritated which can lead to pain in the lower back region, buttocks, foot, legs, and calf. Massage with medicated oil and fomentation should be done to tackle sciatica. This formulation acts as a pain killer which is the main reason that Yograj is very beneficial for sciatica.
3. Eases Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a group of various symptoms and is a painful condition that results from a pressed or squeezed nerve in the wrist. This may lead to tingling sensation, numbness and pains in the hands and fingers. According to Ayurveda, this disease is caused due to the vitiation of vata dosha and in Ayurveda texts it is mentioned that yograj guggul is used as a treatment which also includes diet and life style changes and yoga to treat it. Guggul also encounters the pain as well as inflammation in this condition.
4. Helps Fibromyalgia:
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which is characterized by the pain and tenderness throughout the body. The causes of this syndrome are not yet clear but the abnormalities of brain chemicals are processed by the central nervous system that could lie at its root. In Ayurvedic texts, fibromyalgia is defined as the disease caused by the vitiation of Vata dosha in the muscles (mamsavrit Vata) and tendons. This formulation is used as a part of treatment for this condition which also includes diet and lifestyle changes.
5. Tackles Premenstrual Syndrome:
As per Ayurvedic classification premenstrual syndrome are of three types i.e., vata, pitta and kapha related. If there is a vitiation of vata dosha then it is characterized by back pain, insomnia, abdominal distension, lower abdominal pain, anxiety and mood swings. Being an analgesic, this formulation may help to ease symptoms such as pains and cramps. This remedy has a soothing effect on the body if anxiety is caused due to PMS.
6. Eases Stomach Related Symptoms:
Yograj guggul helps to boost up the digestive health and tackle other problems related to digestive tract such as loss of appetite, constipation, flatulence and digestion. It may also helpful in other symptoms related to gastrointestinal problems such as peptic ulcers, heart burn, acid reflux, etc. This formulation may help to alleviate the problem with the formation of neurotransmitter serotonin because it plays an important role in the enteric nervous system and boosts up the gastrointestinal health.
7. Tackles Tinnitus and Hearing Loss:
According to Ayurveda, hearing is regulated by prana vayu and this condition mostly occurs in older people which leads to hearing loss. Hearing loss is linked to nerve weakness which is involved in the auditory functioning. This formulation helps to tackle and arrest the hearing loss by providing strength to the nerves and pacifies Vata Dosha. It is a very effective formulation used in Ayurveda for the treatment of tinnitus.
Dosage and Uses:
Dosage and use of yograj guggul depend upon the severity of health problems and its symptoms. Use this formulation only under the supervision of experienced Ayurvedic doctor.
Experts said that it is contraindicated for those who have hyperthyroidism. A person who is suffering from Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome needs to be used it cautiously. It may also interact with medicines used for high blood pressure so take advice from your doctor before consuming it.