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9 Effective Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is basically any pain that has a duration of 3-6 months and could extend much further. A popular alternative definition for chronic pain states: involving no arbitrarily fixed duration. It is “pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing”.

Epidemiological studies have found that 10.1% to 55.2% of people in various countries live their lives trying to manage their chronic pain.

I’ve recently dealt with a 2 year battle of sciatic nerve pain stemming from a pinched nerve caused by my L5/S1 disc herniating out onto my sciatic nerve, sending shooting, searing hot, cripplingly demoralizing pain from my lower back all the way down my right leg, leaving me all but bedridden.

Obviously, there are different levels, degrees, and types of pain. Out of all the different types that I’ve experienced in my life, including birthing labor pains, this was the worst!

Unfortunately, western medicine usually treats the symptoms of the issue but rarely delves into dealing with the root of the issue.

There is a common practice in western medicine to treat pain with opiates, which has caused an opiate epidemic. Opiates are highly addictive, causing internal damage to otherwise healthy organs and they don’t actually fix the root issue. In my experience, I have found one medical professional after the next that wanted to prescribe pain meds but did not have a lot to offer in the way of getting to the root of my issue. While you’re experiencing chronic pain, it can be a daunting and painful challenge just getting to and from doctors offices, having imaging done and getting little to no answers, only to leave with yet another prescription that can only barely alleviate the pain.

This journey took me on an in-depth discovery of myself, the medical community, and ways to effectively manage chronic pain. I’m going to share with you a recipe of practices that I created for myself to manage my pain.

1. Stay Away from Opiates

I myself chose not to take opiates to relieve my pain. I did not want to add insult to injury and create yet even more illness from taking addictive pain meds.

Opiates include a variety of drugs ranging from legal drugs such as fentanyl, codeine, and morphine, to illegal drugs such as heroin. The one thing they all have in common is the ability to depress or slow down the body’s central nervous system.

There are three classifications of opiates:

The first group contains naturally occurring opium derivatives including morphine.

The second group contains partially synthetic derivatives of morphine, called opioid drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

The third group contains synthetic compounds like Fentanyl, alfentanil, levorphanol, Meperidine, methadone, codeine, and Propoxyphene.

These drugs only mask the root of the issue, they have harmful side effects, and will NOT cure the root cause.

Pain is your bodies way of communicating with you and where you need to focus your attention. It’s an alarm to get you to the root of the problem.

Opiate usage can dull and numb the senses, keep you unaware of your true pain levels and how to manage it.

If you do have to take them, moderate and minimize: use only when the pain is unbearable.

Instead, I chose pharmaceutical grade THC and CBD oils and tinctures that do not have addictive qualities. Thankfully there has been a surge of new information surrounding medical cannabis, CBD oils, and tinctures along with passionate individuals and companies that are creating effective and safe ratios to treat and relieve chronic pain and inflammation.

2. Meditation and Affirmations

Meditation is one of the most important practices that you can learn to assist you in bringing the intensity of your pain down, to calm the nervous system, and to center yourself.

A calm mind is a powerful pain reliever.

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For more in-depth information on how to begin your practice of meditation read Katya’s article “Meditations For Beginners: Best Ways To Start Your Practice”

Learning to breathe into your pain, to let go and surrender, will be one of your best tools.

It takes presence, courage, commitment, and consistency to evolve your practice, but you will notice a big difference in your ability to manage your pain.

Daily affirmations of healing are a must.

Visualize and verbalize your vibrant health. Only speak healing words into yourself, speak as if you are already healed. See yourself doing the things you want to do, and adopt a belief that it’s on the way.

Discouragement will come up a lot when you’re feeling awful and experiencing debilitating pain, so you have to be disciplined in your desire to heal.

Allow yourself to feel discouraged as you should, considering the pain, but don’t wallow in it. Be willing to pick yourself back up and move forward.

A wonderful book on healing is “You can Heal your Life” by Louise Hay.

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3. Take the Initiative

What exactly does this mean? It means not leaving the responsibility of your healing and health in the hands of medical practitioners. You have to take control of your destiny, of your healing, of your well being. No one is going to come and wave a magic wand and end the misery. You have to dig yourself out.

You are alone with your pain, people can love and be supportive in your journey but it’s you who has to endure and manage your pain. You have to will yourself healthy, you have to do the “work” if that means physical therapy, show up EVERY single time, even when you don’t feel like it. Even if that means minimizing your activity and resting, do it. If that means eating healthy foods to assist your body in healing, give up the junk. And if that means asking and allowing others to care for you, be vulnerable and ask. It’s about balancing your inner will to heal and your outer practical steps towards that healing.

One thing about being in long extended periods of pain with limited mobility, you will have to become comfortable being vulnerable.

Don’t expect anyone to make it better for you, make it better for yourself!

4. Diet, Mobility, and Exercise

Our bodies are divinely created to endure immense levels of trauma and injury. With that being said, it’s vital to feed yourself the proper nutrition to aid in your healing. Hydration is number one, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the cause for the majority of health issues today. Drink at least an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. Make sure you are choosy about your water quality and the container that holds your water. Glass being the ideal receptacle and make sure you are praying into your water. Water has consciousness and responds to your positive intentions. Positive intentions spoken into your food and water changes the molecular makeup.

For more education on this see Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work. Here’s a snippet of an experiment where he proves this.

Eat live, fresh, organically sourced food. Lots of green foods, which are filled with chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in plants which facilitates the absorbtion of light from the sun. Consuming chlorophyll from vegetal sources can help with blood detoxification, boosts energy naturally, fights fatigue and assists in the prevention of cancer.

Eat foods that will support your vital life force energy: veggies, fruits, live, whole organic foods.

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Try to avoid dairy products, which increase inflammation in the body.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine exhausts the nervous system and can decrease your pain threshold, making the nervous system more alert to pain.

Take supplements!

Do the research, expand your knowledge, seek alternative methods and be consistent.

A few really good ones to mention are Curamin: a combination of curcumin (It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family) and boswellia (also known as Indian Frankincense. Resin made from boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. It’s believed to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as a number of other health conditions). When curcumin and boswellia are combined, the boswellia increases the absorption rate of the anti-inflammatory compounds in the curcumin.

Most illness and pain is derived from inflammation in the body.

Magnesium is vital even if you are not suffering from chronic pain, but especially when you are experiencing high levels of inflammation. Magnesium is a powerful pain-relieving mineral. In fact, some researchers believe this mineral holds the key to resolving many types of chronic pain and most people are deficient in magnesium.

In the body, magnesium converts vitamin D, which the body needs to take advantage of bone-strengthening calcium – into a form that it can use efficiently.

Be as active as you can be, without adding extra pain to yourself. Movement will be your friend. Even if it’s difficult and painful, movement is a huge step forward from staying stagnant and sedentary.

Even small attempts towards keeping active will be beneficial.

5. Salt Bath’s

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I can’t say enough about this wonderful, easy practice. During my intense period of chronic pain, I literally took 2-3 hot, Epsom salt baths a day! First off it takes the weight of gravity off and allows you to relax your muscles. The salt pulls out toxins and the heat aides in pure relaxation and lightens muscle tension. My baths meant everything to me. They help soothe tremendously.

6. Use Alternative, Holistic Pain Therapies

We are so fortunate to have access to alternative health practitioners: massage, essential oils, acupuncture, reiki, sound healing, network spinal analysis (Gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies).

Create a cocktail of alternative and conventional care that is personalized and geared toward your health condition. Be open to researching and seeking out qualified practitioners that can assist in your journey to healing.

Conventional medicine is a wonderful and life-saving resource, not to be discounted by any means. Using discernment when to move forward in exploring alternative options is key. Or vice versa knowing when to seek conventional medicine when alternative options you’ve sought aren’t providing long-term relief.

We’ve created so much resistance around the word “alternative” because somehow that translates to negating traditional medical practices. I found that it’s vital to be open, educated and willing to explore and experiment with newer therapies available. When you are suffering debilitating chronic pain and illness you have to be willing to try. When you’ve exhausted traditional western medicine and it isn’t helping, you have to be willing to expand your own practice, remove resistances and actively seek those who are truly informed about “alternative” therapy and healing modalities.

There is most certainly a need to use discernment, same thing in the case of exhausting alternative therapies you need to know when it’s time to seek conventional medicine.

I tried to heal myself naturally first through noninvasive practices, but as time went on I sought out a neurosurgeon and turns out I did indeed need surgery to fix my injury. I don’t regret the path I took at all, the organic, alternative therapies I did in the interim were not in vain. It kept me physically strong and prepared me for surgery and allowed me a speedy recovery. I believe surgery should always be a last resort.

7. Be your own Cheerleader

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When experiencing day in and day out extreme pain you have to become your own best friend, your own cheerleader and your own voice of encouragement.

It’s wonderful to have family and friends encouraging you and sending beautiful blessings and intentions, but unfortunately, when you’re dealing with chronic pain specifically, you will find that most of your time is spent alone. You’re going to have to find that inner voice that speaks loudly to your healing and well being.

You will cry, you will ache, you will feel like giving up, you will be confused, you will be exhausted, you will be discouraged, you will be in agony and you will be enraged and every single expression is worthy of being felt and heard.

You mustn’t suppress any of it. When you’re done feeling it, let it pass and move into being proactive about healing.

Look at others powerful testimonies of healing to encourage you. Surround yourself with pleasant things, stay as active as you can, fill your time with positive reading, and reflections. Get to know yourself, enjoy your own company. Find healthy outlets to keep your mind occupied: writing, reading, researching, crafts, arts, music, whatever your personal interests are.

8. Practice Gratitude and Compassion towards yourself

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Practicing daily gratitude is essential. When you are experiencing intense pain, it’s not going be easy to practice. Even on your worst days it’s more important than ever to stay mindful, and saturate yourself in gratitude, this is going to lift your mood, remind you of all the blessings you still have and that you will eventually heal and it keeps your heart open and content.

Taking a huge dose of gratitude the moment you wake up every morning will affirm your vibration and transmute victim mentality. Be gentle, loving, soft, nurturing and compassionate with yourself, don’t wait for others to give you this, do it for yourself.

9. Get as much quality sleep as possible

Sleeping is essential to healing. When you’re in extreme pain, it’s very difficult to sleep. Drink chamomile tea before bed, take a hot bath with lavender oil, take melatonin, make sure your bedding is always clean and that you have proper pillows and body alignment for sleeping.

Wear comfortable sleepwear or sleep nude for optimal sleep. Do breathing exercises before bed to calm the nervous system. Make sure your room is dark, light can be disruptive. Turn off all gadgets ie: tv, phones, computers, and tablets. Hope for a better tomorrow and be grateful you got through your day.

The Bottom Line

Healing is not linear, some days will be better than others. Try not to get discouraged on the tougher days, know that better days are ahead of you.

You can heal, you can manage your pain without becoming addicted to harmful drugs and you can be your own advocate, it’s all about not giving over your power solely to the medical community. Your healing is your responsibility and that should empower you.

Happy healing, I hope these tips encourage you to start an optimistic approach to overcoming your chronic pain. Remember that information is just information, concepts floating around until you actually put things into practice. No one can do it for you but you!

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this article are for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Angela is an Empowerment Ambassador, Health and Wellness Advocate. She is a student and an example of holistic, spiritually enhanced and youthful living. Angela empowers people to live the heart's path and to believe that life doesn't require one to age quickly and live a life of illness. Writing articles for SOLANCHA Magazine is one of the ways she expresses her passion for inspiring people to become a happier and healthier version of themselves.

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Crystals For Chakras: Discovering the Power of the Chakra Stones

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Crystals have certain vibrations and a unique configuration of subtle energies. There are crystals that resonate with our energy centers that are able to harmonize and balance our chakras. The proper interaction with these stones and crystals can change the vibration of our cells and energy fields and improve our mental and physical health. In this article, we will share with you the most powerful crystals for chakras that can help you to balance and harmonize them.

Crystals and Chakras

Life is the circulation of energy. Energy flows through our bodies along the energy meridians and is concentrated in the energy centers – the chakras. Chakras are a kind of accumulator and at the same time generator of vital energy – Qi. Each chakra corresponds to the energy of its own frequency and of certain vibrations, such as color (wavelength) or the sound of a special mantra (frequency of sound vibrations).

The lower chakras (Muladhara, Svadhisthana, and Manipura) resonate with the lower frequencies of the earth, and the upper chakras (Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara) respond to the high-frequency vibrations of the Cosmos. Thus, the human body is considered as an open system that is part of the general energy system “Earth-Human-Space”.

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There are seven main chakras. Each of them is responsible for a certain sphere of human activity. Each chakra has its own color and is associated with a certain part of our body, as well as certain characteristics and aspects of our life.

Our chakras respond to the energy of the colors that we see during the day in nature, in food, and clothing. And when the chakras get into contact with the energy of stones, minerals, and crystals, they perceive it very actively. Therefore, so many healers use crystals for chakra balancing.

If you have a weak chakra and you feel a lack of energy in it, wear crystals that resonate with it as jewelry for its gentle healing and balancing. This is a gentle and safe method of chakra healing, which you can safely do on your own.

Stones and Crystals For Chakras

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

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For Muladhara healing and balancing, use black, brown, and red stones:

  • Red Jasper
  • Red Aventurine
  • Red Pyrope Garnet
  • Red Calcite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Carnelian
  • Black Jasper
  • Hawkeye Stone
  • Dravite Tourmaline
  • Pyrope
  • Black Obsidian
  • Rhodochrosite
  • Hematite
  • Jet
  • Eudialyte
  • Chiastolite (Cross Stone)
  • Hematite
  • Tektite
  • Lava
  • Black Onyx
  • Black Jade

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

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For Svadhisthana chakra healing and balancing, use orange, peach, and brown stones:

  • Orange Spinel
  • Carnelian
  • Imperial Topaz
  • Sunstone
  • Amber
  • Citrine
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Sardonyx
  • Fire Opal
  • Apricot Botswana Agate
  • Spessartine Garnet
  • Peach Moonstone
  • Orange Calcite
  • Peach Selenite

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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For Manipura chakra healing and balancing, use yellow and gold stones:

  • Jasper
  • Citrine
  • Yellow Onyx
  • Yellow Topaz
  • Golden Calcite
  • Golden Tiger’s Eye
  • Yellow Tourmaline
  • Pineapple Calcite
  • Yellow Sapphire
  • Golden Quartz
  • Yellow Selenite
  • Heliodor
  • Pyrite
  • Golden Fluorite

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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For Anahata chakra healing and balancing, use green and pink stones:

  • Green Aventurine
  • Moss Agate
  • Rose Quartz
  • Alexandrite
  • Emerald
  • Amazonite
  • Peridot
  • Heliotrope
  • Malachite
  • Grossular
  • Rhodochrosite
  • Diopside
  • Pink Calcite
  • Unakite
  • Uvarovite
  • Watermelon Tourmaline
  • Morganite
  • Rhodonite

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

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For Vishuddha chakra healing and balancing, use light blue, blue, and teal stones:

  • Larimar
  • Aquamarine
  • Celestine
  • Amazonite
  • Angelite
  • Blue Topaz
  • Kyanite
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Ajoite Quartz
  • Blue Tourmaline
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Turquoise
  • Chrysocolla
  • Blue Quartz

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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For Ajna chakra healing and balancing, use indigo and violet stones:

  • Blue Aventurine
  • Tanzanite
  • Indigolite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Sodalite
  • Labradorite
  • Azurite
  • Iolite
  • Tanzan Aura Quartz
  • Fluorite
  • Shattuckite
  • Blue Apatite
  • Sapphire
  • Blue Kyanite

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

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For Sahasrara chakra healing and balancing, use violet, gold, white, and clear stones:

  • Charoite
  • Clear Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Sugilite
  • Fluorite
  • Rhinestone
  • Clear Calcite
  • Selenite
  • Apophyllite
  • Ametrine
  • Ulexite
  • Spirit Quartz
  • Stichtite

How to Use Crystals for Chakras?

If the chakra is not sufficiently supplied with energy, it always leads to physiological and psychological problems. The energy balance in the body is disturbed, general malaise is felt, diseases appear. Crystals can help to restore the energy level of the chakras, heal, and balance them.

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Here are different ways you can use crystals for chakras:

#1: Crystal Meditation

Direct contact with the crystal allows you to raise the vibrations of body cells and energy fields. Meditation is the most profound form of communication with the crystal. Therefore, the best way to use the healing power of the crystals for chakras is to meditate with them. You can hold the crystal in your palms in front of a specific chakra or, if you prefer to meditate in Savasana, you can just place the crystal on the chakra.

#2: Crystal Jewelry

To restore the work of the chakras, you can wear talismans and jewelry with chakra crystals. For balancing your Root chakra wear crystal pendants. For your Solar plexus chakra wear a crystal belt. For your Heart chakra balancing, wear pendants with crystals. For the Throat chakra, wear crystal necklaces. Bracelets on the wrists affect all the chakras, so you can always wear them. If you wear a bracelet on your left hand – the main effect of the stone will be directed at you and if you wear it on the right hand – on the people around you.

#3: Massage

To activate the chakra and remove the blockage, a massage with healing stones or crystals for chakras is a perfect way to get a quick result. Just make sure that the massage of the energy centers is performed gently and safely.

#4: Crystal Charged Water

Healing water, charged with crystals, helps to purify the chakras. To charge the water with healing crystals, use a glass, ceramic, or porcelain jug or bowl.

Place a crystal in a jar, jug, or bowl filled with purified water and leave it for the night.

You can drink crystal-charged water in the morning, or use it for chakra ritual baths.

Don’t forget to cleanse your crystals before and after using them.

The Bottom Line

Crystals for chakras is a simple yet very effective way to balance your energy field and harmonize energy circulation in your chakras. By placing crystals on the chakra centers, the healing vibrations given off by the stone will correct imbalances within the chakra and restore your energy flow.

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Rasayana: The Secrets of Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapy

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Rasayana is one of the 8 fundamental disciplines of Ayurveda, which is focused on rejuvenation therapy. This discipline puts the biggest emphasis on the principles of proper nutrition.

It loosely translates to “the path of the essence.” This term was used in early Ayurvedic teachings to refer to techniques, practices, and principles that promote the human body and mind’s longevity and vitality.

Ancient ayurvedic doctors believed that it is important to provide the entire human body with certain substances to nourish every cell, and that is why it is necessary to establish an unhindered movement of fluids in the body. They knew that this would be only possible if all the channels through which nutrients move within the human body are clean. Therefore the description of any ayurvedic treatment begins with a description of cleansing practices.

Research describes Rasayana as a medical and sometimes non-medical technique that creates the right quality and quantity of tissue to ensure you live a disease-free life. 

What Is Aging?

Aging happens due to the degradation of body cells. Each subsequent cell is anatomically and functionally worse than the previous one. We need to make sure that the degradation process takes place as slowly as possible so that the cell is preserved for as long as possible.

The body must be constantly in balance between two processes – anabolism and catabolism. Catabolism is a breakdown with the release of energy, and anabolism means the synthesis of substances. The predominance of anabolism leads to tissue hypertrophy and stagnant processes, and excessive catabolism leads to the disintegration of tissues.

Ayurveda believes that our digestive system plays a key role in our longevity and aging process. It believes that ideal digestive capacity prolongs our life and helps us to rejuvenate our bodies.

Therefore, we can say that the goal of Rasayana is the most ideal work of the gastrointestinal tract so that it performs as best as possible at all stages, starting from the mouth and ending with the anus.

What Is Rasayana?

From the Ayurvedic pharmacology perspective, Rasayana is any herbal formula with antioxidant and rejuvenating qualities, which is used to improve health, protect against diseases, and promote longevity.

However, Rasayana is not only herbal pharmacology; it is also all possible methods of rejuvenation – oil treatment, massage, exercises, and pranayamas.

What Are Rasayana Benefits?

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Many ayurvedic doctors describe Rasayana as the ultimate rejuvenation therapy. It is heavy on preventing aging and ensuring you live a healthy, strong, and long life.
The basics of Rasayana are nourishing the body’s tissues, helping eliminate toxins, and enhancing the body’s immunity. All these collectively restore the youthhood of the body. It is like a way to non-invasively reverse the biological clock. 

Here are some most significant benefits that Rasayana provides:

#1: Great for anti-aging 

Rasayana is excellent for glowing skin. Our skins are exposed to all harmful chemicals and weather. All these together result in untimely aging. With the right kind of Rasayana, you can prevent the untimely aging of your skin.

Other than the skin, Rasayana keeps your hair young for longer. It prevents untimely graying and falling off. With this, the volume of your hair will remain intact even as you age. It can also help prevent a receding hairline, an issue many people in middle-aged face.

Besides, Rayasana can help:

  • Keep all your five senses healthy and strong;
  • Prolong your lifespan;
  • Keep at bay constant body and mind fatigue.

With the practice, it is not just about prolonging your lifespan; Rasayana improves the quality of your life too. If you are looking for anti-aging natural care, we highly recommend looking at Brahma or Chyavanprash Rasayana.

#2: Promotes stronger eyesight 

Many times, old age comes with diminishing eyesight. However, it is common for younger people to have issues with their vision too. Some Ayurveda herbal medicines can help restore poor eyesight. You can also use these to keep your eyes strong from an earlier age.

#3: Enhanced immunity 

It is no secret that Rasayana fortifies the body’s immunity. A long time ago, this practice was a preserve for the royalties. These are people that wanted to live longer and guard their thrones. They, therefore, went out of their way to boost their immune systems and fight all diseases that came their way.  

There are many Rasayana formulated for people with specific diseases. You can take these to restore your health. You can also take the preventive Rayasana that protects your body from infections. One of the most common is the Pippali Rayasana, designed for people with respiratory infections.

#4: Improved mental health 

Contrary to many people’s beliefs, Rasayana is not just for physical health. It is excellent for mental health too. For example, you can use it to treat anxiety. You can use Brahma Rasayana to manage anxiety symptoms, for it works directly on the nervous system. Besides, it also works on Vata dosha imbalance.

Taking Brahma Rayasana formulas can help:

  • Reduce the symptoms of anxiety and nervousness;
  • Balance your Vata;
  • Improve your intelligence.

Furthermore, Rasayana is excellent for treating chronic fatigue. If you constantly feel like you have no energy, you could use Rasayana to recharge yourself for your day-to-day activities. With the Balya (strength-providing properties of Rasayana), you will have more energy to take on both physical and mental tasks and daily duties.  

#5: Enhanced digestive power

Including certain Ayurvedic spices in your diet can help transform your digestive health.

These include:

  • Cumin: This spice enhances nutrient absorption and cleanses the digestive system. It also enhances the production of pancreatic juices, which are instrumental in the proper digestion process. It also enhances appetite.
  • Coriander: Use coriander if there is increased acidity in your digestive system. It is a sure way to soothe a disturbed digestive system. It is also a good choice if you have no appetite.
  • Fennel: Fennel seeds are filled with vital minerals such as magnesium which is excellent for treating many digestive issues. It is also great for relaxing strained and cramping digestive muscles. You can also use it to improve your appetite without overheating.

These spices will enhance the digestive process from absorption to elimination of wastes. There is no better way to keep your digestive system in check.

Classifications

Rayasana is pretty comprehensive. We look at some of its classifications below. These can help you understand what you specifically need.

Dravaya Rasayana

This classification of Rayasana includes ayurvedic herbs. These are vital in the optimal functioning of the body and mind.

This classification has four categories:

  • Anti-aging Rayasanas
  • Mental activity enhancing Rayasanas
  • Eyesight promoting Rasayanas 
  • Disease combating Rasayanas 

Adravya Rasayana

This Rasayanas help promote the general principles of healthy and respectful living. These will help you live optimally if you strive to live healthily. 

Follow the following techniques for a healthy life:

  • Be slow to anger;
  • Avoid alcohol consumption;
  • Respect your elders and teachers;
  • Be truthful;
  • Your sleep and wake time should be regular;
  • Live spiritually;
  • Avoid reckless sex indulgence. 

Other types of Rasayanas include:

  • Pranayama – for enhancement of vitality and longevity of the body tissues
  • Medhakamya – booster of intelligence and mental capacity
  • Srikamya – promotion of skin luster and complexion

In addition, Rasayanas are classified according to the method of application:

  • Kuti Praveshika Rasayana — treatment is carried out in a special institution, it provides many restrictions, requires strict discipline, and often lasts several months;
  • Vatatapika is almost an independent treatment, which also requires discipline but can take place in normal human conditions.

Stages of Rasayana

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First, it is necessary to diagnose or determine the condition in which a person is in order to choose the correct Rasayana. And, of course, a qualified Ayurvedic specialist will cope with this task best of all.

Secondly, it is necessary to restore the balance of doshas and healthy Agni (the digestive fire) in order to ensure the delivery of medicinal products to all cells of the body.

Thirdly, to carry out a large-scale cleansing. If Ama (toxins) are accumulated in the tissues, then they will not be able to take in all the nutrients, and treatment will not give the expected result. Therefore, it is not surprising that any healing in Ayurveda begins with cleansing practices. The most famous of them is panchakarma.

Panchakarma is translated from Sanskrit as “five actions”:

  1. Vamana (vomiting);
  2. Virechana (cleansing the intestines with laxatives);
  3. Basti (cleansing with enemas);
  4. Nasya (taking medicines through the nose);
  5. Raktamokshana (bloodletting).

A person will not always show all five “actions”, and only the attending Ayurvedic doctor can choose the necessary number of certain procedures. In addition, panchakarma can be used only in cases when “the patient is strong, and the disease is weak.” If “the patient is weak and the disease is strong”, first the doctor needs to balance the doshas in order to weaken the disease and strengthen the patient; otherwise, cleansing procedures can exacerbate the disease, and it will only get worse. When a lot of Ama (toxins) has accumulated in the body, and the excretory systems cannot cope even with a normal load, forcing them to work in an enhanced mode can be really dangerous.

It is best not to accumulate Ama (toxins) at all. You can reduce Ama by regularly doing fasting days, eating healthy vegan food, not eating when you’re stressed, giving the body physical activity, and practicing yoga, meditation, and pranayama daily. These simple rules will ensure an active Agni and a balance of doshas.

According to Ayurvedic texts, treatment should take place on three levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. In the Charaka Samhita, it is said that there are three types of therapy: spiritual, rational, and psychotherapy.

Spiritual therapy treats with the help of mantras, mystical properties of plants and gemstones, performing certain rituals, giving alms, and austerities, surrendering oneself to the will of God, and other spiritual practices.

Rational therapy treats with a rational diet, medications, and therapeutic procedures.

Psychotherapy is aimed at distracting the mind from unfavorable internal or external objects.

It has long been proven that a person’s physical condition largely depends on their thoughts and feelings. And no medication, even the strongest one, can cure a patient who is convinced of a fatal outcome or does not see the point of living. So it is quite logical to carry out wellness activities not only for the body but at the same time to clear the mind and strengthen the spirit.

The Use of Ayurvedic Herbs In Rasayana

Ayurveda is rich in universal medicines that will suit both the elderly and children and will work even without prior preparation and if taken incorrectly. However, be mindful of possible allergic reactions and make sure to consult with your physician before taking these herbs.

Here are some of the most popular ayurvedic herbs that are used in Rasayana:

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

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Amla is a very strong antioxidant that is very rich in vitamin C. In addition, different parts of amla contain various acids, oils, minerals, tannins, and pectins. This plant was used by people for treatment centuries ago, and now Ayurveda recommends it as a universal remedy for many ailments.

Brahmi

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Brahmi is a herbaceous plant that has been used since time immemorial to rejuvenate brain and nerve cells. Modern studies have shown that the substances contained in Brahmi support protein synthesis in the brain, and therefore affect brain activity. Therefore, Ayurvedic doctors prescribe this drug to ensure the longevity of your memory, relax the mind, and calm the nervous system.

Neem

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Neem is one of the revered plants in India, and for good reason, because the powder from its leaves is able to purify the blood and remove toxins, cholesterol, and free radicals. It is used both to fight parasites and as a rejuvenating agent in cosmetology. This plant is especially effective in the treatment of skin diseases.

Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha is an herb often called “Indian ginseng” for its properties. It relieves stress and fatigue, treats insomnia, and rejuvenates muscles and bone marrow. Ashwagandha root is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is especially effective in diseases of the joints.

Triphala

Triphala is made out of three plants: amla, bibhitaka, and haritaki, which are able to balance all three doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. A combination of these plants removes accumulated Ama from the body, regulates the work of the intestines, and stimulates the production of bile. It has no negative side effects or contraindications. In the Charaka Samhita, it is said that one who takes Triphala for a year will get rid of all diseases and will live up to 100 years. Of course, this does not mean that you can give up other means of maintaining your health and hope for the wonderful properties of Triphala. In any case, a systematic and reasonable approach is important.

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Chakra Frequencies: 7 Powerful Tones For Sound Healing

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Our chakras play an essential role in how we feel and function mentally, physically, and emotionally. When we align the seven main chakras, we feel whole and fulfilled. You must also be aware that there are over 100 chakras in the human body. However, we need to align the seven main chakras arranged along the spine for a peaceful and harmonious feel in the body.

There are ways you can restore unaligned and blocked chakras in your body. One sure way to do it is to use chakra frequencies. In this article, we look at how you can use Chakra frequencies to regain perfect Chakra alignment.

What are Chakra Frequencies? 

Chakra frequencies are a type of sound therapy that comprises vibrational tones, sound, and music to enhance your emotional and physical well-being.

This kind of sound healing typically entails calm and soothing music and sounds such as:

  • Tuning forks;
  • Indian classical music;
  • Tibetan singing bowls.

To activate Chakras the sound therapists use specific sound frequencies to activate different chakras.

Activating the Chakras and Solfeggio Frequencies 

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Solfeggio frequencies are the sound frequencies associated with chakras. These sound frequencies vibrate at a specific Hz frequency while interacting with your brain to create desired results throughout the body.

Since ancient times, the Gregorian monks of Western Christianity and Eastern Indian religions use Solfeggio frequencies to promote stress relief, body calmness, and relaxation.

Despite being used in ancient times, these frequencies became popular in the 70s. Dr. Joseph Puleo discovered that six vibrational tones could create harmony in the body. He also found that these harmonies could heal the body and mind and eliminate subconscious negative beliefs.

Here are the six frequencies that Dr. Joseph Puleo discovered:

  • 396 Hz – This sound resonates with the root chakra. It can help eliminate trauma, fear, and guilt.  
  • 417 Hz – We associate this frequency with the sacral Chakra. It is great for taking your creativity to the next level. It is also instrumental in bringing positive change. 
  • 528 Hz – This Solfeggio frequency is vital in transforming cellular functions. You can use it to create a better neural path to the brain, which is connected to the solar plexus chakra
  • 639 Hz – This Solfeggio frequency is linked to the heart chakra. It is excellent for transforming your love and intimacy in life
  • 741 Hz – This tone is associated with the throat chakra. It is the ideal tone to choose to improve self-confidence, esteem, and communication skills. 
  • 852 Hz – We link this frequency to the third eye Chakra. It is vital for people who would love to improve their mental clarity and brain function.

Using the Solfeggio Frequencies to Heal the Chakras

The resonation of the Solfeggio frequencies has a significant positive impact on the chakras. For instance, the Schuman low-frequency resonance effectively promotes the synchronization of the higher brain. This is effective for your brain health as it matches the different brainwave states.

Here are ways different Solfeggio frequencies heal different chakras:

The Root Chakra

We associate the Muladhara, also called the Root chakra, with stability and security. Having this Chakra aligned guarantees you better success at having all basic needs. The root chakra vibrates at 396 Hz. This smooth vibrational tone is composed of long wavelengths that produce soothing sounds.

You can also listen to 396 Hz music to eliminate fear and guilt. It may also free you from negative emotions and feelings. If you want to eliminate fear and guilt while restoring courage and strength, we recommend sound that vibrates at 396 Hz.

Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is also called the Svadhistahana. This chakra governs our intimacy, sensuality, and sexuality. If you have these qualities right, you can easily connect with your passion in life. You can also achieve high levels of creativity.

The sacral Chakra vibrates at 417 Hz. If you want to drop the creativity block, listen to 417 Hz Chakra music. This frequency is also great for seeking to heal sexual and personal trauma.

When it comes to the physical, this sound can help relieve tension from body parts such as joints and muscles, especially around the hips. With this, you can quickly improve your mobility and flexibility.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The Manipura chakra, or the solar plexus, is associated with how we view ourselves. If the solar plexus chakra is balanced, you will have willpower, high self-confidence, and belief in yourself. You will be more determined to pursue your goals.

This Chakra vibrates at a frequency of 528 Hz. Listening to music at this frequency can make you more resilient while pursuing your goals. With this, you can ease anxiety and physical tension and improve your digestive health.

Heart Chakra

The Anahata chakra, or the heart chakra, is essential in decision-making. It can help you resolve things such as family or relationship disagreements. The correct heart chakra frequencies set you for more gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, joy, and empathy. You also open your heart more to receive and give love.

The heart chakra vibrates at a deep tone of 639 Hz. This frequency will connect your mind to your most vulnerable spots. This makes it practical for you to create and maintain peaceful and healthy platonic and romantic relationships.

Throat Chakra

The Vishuddha chakra, or the throat chakra, is the center of expressing ourselves. It helps us build qualities such as clear communication skills, which include expressing ourselves well while still being able to listen and welcome other people’s opinions.

If you are afraid of expressing or standing up for yourself, you may need to activate your throat chakra, which vibrates at 741 Hz. This vibration will boost your confidence and empower you to speak and stand your truth.

On the physical side, this frequency is effectively eliminating toxins and bacterial and viral infections.

Third Eye Chakra

We associate the third eye chakra, or the Ajna, with spiritual and physical vision. This chakra gives better and stronger eyesight on the worldly and physical levels. On a spiritual level, the third eye chakra opens up our vision to allow us to connect with guidance from our higher beings.

The third eye chakra vibrates at a frequency of 852 Hz. Listening to meditation music on this frequency can help make you more open-minded to view your mind and the world from a different perspective.

Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is the one to focus on if you want to deepen your spiritual roots.

This chakra, otherwise called the Sahasrara, is excellent for:

  • Taking the ego under control;
  • Understanding ourselves better;
  • Re-connecting with our Higher-self;
  • Attuning to a Higher consciousness;
  • Strengthening our connection with God;
  • Creation of deeper connections with nature.

The crown chakra has the highest frequency on the Solfeggio scale; it has a frequency of 963 Hz. These high vibrational tones have short wavelengths that will make you more conscious of the things around you. 

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