I have been using Dadimashtaka Choornam Anar (Pomegranate) for some time now after being recommended the wonder powder (churna) from an Ayurvedic Dr friend in India. I found it particularly helpful with increasing my appetite after a period of chronic illness. As a result, I managed to put on weight and increase my energy levels after being told I may never be active again. When health becomes compromised, the digestive fire (agni) is weak, due to malabsorption. Of course, it’s easy for folks to say, ‘get some food down you lad/lass’ but this is of no use whatsoever in this instance.
Ayurvedic proverb: ‘Over consumption is the King of diseases and the disease of Kings‘. Alongside taking the correct medicinal herbs, there needs to be great emphasis on following a good diet; this includes consumption, food choices and eating habits. A little like throwing logs onto a fire, too much food causes the digestive fire to be dowsed and creates even more digestive/health problems down the line. Better to take smaller portions and get the ‘fire’ strong, so to speak; the food you then take onboard is converted into energy more efficiently. The churna, made from powdered pomegranate skin, has a combination of tastes (sweet, astringent, sour, slightly hot and unctuous) and so pacifies all the Doshas (pitta, kapha,vata). It is not exactly the tastiest drink that will ever pass your lips, but its healing properties are far worth the trade off. Taking this churna 1 hour before meals and at bedtime, on an empty stomach, has reduced all my symptoms completely.
Drink your food and chew your drink
Reducing meat and dairy can have profound positive effects on digestive related illnesses, which, by the way, is recognised to be most health conditions according to Ayurveda – because we become what we eat. However, if one is to irradiate meat and dairy altogether it is best-done gradually using alternative protein sources. Believe it or not, how the food and drink is swallowed is equally as important. The phrase ‘drink your food and chew your drink‘ is my most used mantra. When hungry, it’s easy to gulp down food, in order to stop your hunger pangs, but as a result bloatedness and lethargy soon follows. This way of consuming has no bearing on healthy eating – no matter what quality the food is. Eating quickly and washing your food down with lashings of cold juice, wine or even water also impairs digestion (think of the fire analogy). The goal set by my Doctor was this: one-third food, one-third warm water and one-third empty. This equation gives the gastric juices time to process the contents of your belly and time to rest before the next sitting.