Celebrations !!!

IMG_4850This is certainly a time for celebration!  In our Asian culture, we are about to celebrate Diwali and welcome in a New Year.

As you know I am an intuitive Ayurvedic Healer who connects with and encourages women from Menarche (the start of puberty) to Menopause to help keep their mind, body and spirit in optimum health. Whether you feel anxious, stuck or alone, I help you to unleash the power within to make you feel better. What better time of the year to start releasing the toxins, pain and discomfort and welcome in a healthier, more balanced and energetic lifestyle to celebrate Diwali.

In Asia, Diwali is celebrated for many reasons including the birth of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and also the birthday of Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda which is known as the science of life. At Keyajee we are also celebrating the first anniversary of our Harley Street Clinic by promoting Women’s Empowerment. In fact did you know that Keyajee means “victory of a precious flower” – how apt as that is exactly how we view Women and the work we do to help you create wealthy and wise lives through the foundation of great health and energy.  IMG_0938

During this celebration season, give yourself the Gift of Health with our Anniversary Celebration Promotion of 20% discount on all consultations and treatments at our Harley Street Therapy Centre during the months of November and December 2015.

Celebrations create happiness and we all like to share our happiness with others and also help others to be happy too! So why not spread the word of our Anniversary Celebration Promotion and anybody that also books either a consultation or treatment that mentions your name… you will receive a 15% discount off your next visit to us! (Of course, the initial Anniversary Celebration Promotion of 20% cannot be used at the same time as the additional 15% i.e. it will be applied at your next visit!)

To book your Anniversary Celebration Promotion and start receiving the gift of health and abundance, please call me now on 07588 891 824.

Hormone pills and fertility – Healthy Ayurvedic Alternatives

Many women take oral contraception, either for birth control or for the hormonal benefits for preventing medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system. Yet hormones have a distinct effect on the body, and their side effects are not always favourable. The link between taking hormones and infertility has long been debated. Women who have menstrual pain are often prescribed birth control since this helps to reduce menstruation. Yet the same hormones have been thought to cause structural changes to the endometrium, the inner lining of the womb.

Many western doctors have rubbished the idea that taking long-term birth control reduces women’s fertility in the long term. Some claim that as soon as you go off the pill, you can conceive quite easily. But other admit that this is common but by no means guaranteed. As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology put it: ‘with a few notable exceptions, immediately after you stop using birth control, your fertility will go right back to what it was destined to be’. It is those ‘notable exceptions’ that women want to avoid. Also, to focus exclusively on fertility ignores the other possible harm hormone treatments can do to your body. So what is the alternative? There are Ayurvedic therapies that work in a complementary way with women’s reproductive wellness. In Ayurvedic tradition, internal treatments using herbal preparations that enhance fertility have been used for centuries.

There are also various external treatments that work more with aligning energies and balancing the key elemental life energies of the body, the three ‘doshas’. These elementary energies, named ‘Pitta’, ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata’, must be balanced for good health and menstrual pain is thought to be closely linked to the ‘Vata’ dosha (which governs movement) being out of balance. The verdict might change from year to year on whether or not hormone pills reduce your fertility, but when there are Ayurvedic treatments that will ease menstrual pain and maintain reproductive health, is there any reason to take chances?

Ayurvedic Alternatives to hormones and painkillers for the younger generation

At Keyajee, women’s wellness is our focus. Many younger women suffer from painful periods or ‘dysmenorrhea’ as it is called in the medical community. In fact, this is one of the most common medical ailments affecting women at the peak of their reproductive maturity. Often, mainstream doctors will prescribe hormones or painkillers. Hormonal therapies that induce amenorrhoea (the stopping of menstruation) are sometimes prescribed, or oral contraceptives that inhibit menstruation. Yet filling the body with a cocktail of drugs isn’t the best approach for maintaining young women’s wellness. This is where Ayurvedic therapies provide valuable alternatives.

There are two main types of dysmenorrhoea. The first (‘primary’) type affects women who have normal pelvic anatomy, whereas ‘secondary’ dysmenorrhea occurs due to some or other underlying disorder. Risk factors for menstrual cramps or pain include obesity as well as being underweight, being 20 years old or under, smoking and elevated stress.

Ayurvedic treatment for Menstrual Pain

For many young women, wellness can be found through supplementary, supportive treatments. Ayurvedic medicine understands period pain to be caused by the Vata dosha, the elementary energy type associated with movement in the body.

Because dysmenorrhea is seen as being caused by disturbances in Vata and the resulting effects on the body, a large part of Ayurvedic treatment for menstrual pain consists of balancing Vata.

Treatments for period pain include internal treatments (Uttara Basti) that use Ayurvedic herbal preparations as well as external therapies that realign energies and help balance Vata. There are also dietary changes young women who are afflicted can take. These include increasing water intake (preferably warm water as this helps digestion and balances Vata). To balance Vata, it is also wise to avoid salty, spicy, fried and sour foods.

To conclude: Young women who are frequently absent from school, studies or other obligations due to unbearable menstrual pain can find relief with Ayurveda, without having to resort to using drugs that have harmful side effects.

Ayurvedic Family Nutrition – Create Balance and Wellbeing

In Ayurveda, balancing the three doshas (the elemental energies that form an individual’s physical and mental constitution) is vital. Ailments and unhappy mental states are the product of any of the doshas – pitta, kapha and vata – being in excess or lacking. While there are Ayurvedic therapies that help to bring these elemental energies into harmony, nutrition plays an important role in wellbeing. When you are struggling with poor health or emotional troubles, simple nutritional changes can bring a surprisingly vast improvement.

What you should know about Ayurvedic Family Nutrition

Ayurvedic differs from ‘western’ medicine in that each individual is taken as unique – there is no ‘one size fits all’ nutrition plan or system. Yet certain foods increase certain doshas, while others have a lessening effect. The fiery pitta dosha, for example, is the primary element of many individuals who show classic traits of this dosha, such as a quick temper and argumentative nature. Hot foods such as chilli and pepper increase the Pitta dosha, thus cooling foods are favoured for balancing this type. Once you understand the effects of food on the doshas and how to eat to bring your body and mind into balance, it is easy to work out a health-giving Ayurvedic nutrition plan.

Try Keyjaee’s Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition Classes

By gaining a deeper understanding of Ayurvedic family nutrition, you can easily make each meal nourishing and balancing for the minds and bodies of your family. Learning the fundamentals of Ayurvedic eating is easy with Keyajee’s informal classes. The class includes refreshments, pre-prepared ingredients, the lunch you will make and a tried and trusted recipe you can make a staple in your own home. The course will teach you how to make healthy, wholesome and tasty vegetarian fare. Make Ayurvedic cooking a source of your ‘five a day’ – the fruit and vegetables that are essential for optimal health.

Contact us today to book a one-day, evening, weekend or week-long class.