People use a variety of methods to hydrate and cleanse their skin. While some people look for the best facial cleansers and moisturisers, others use water vapour and face steaming. Although a simple bowl or pot of hot water will suffice, some people add salt, lemon, tea, dried herbs, and oils to the water for added benefits. So, what are the advantages of steaming your face? Improved serum absorption, increased circulation, and a sense of relaxation! Beauty expert Gitanshi Dua highlights more of them:
Helps in Cleansing- Face steaming opens your pores, allowing dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities that clog pores to be released. If you have blackheads, a face steam can soften them and make removal easier. When blackheads and whiteheads remain on the skin for an extended period of time, they can become painful. However, steaming opens up your pores, loosens the gunk inside, and thoroughly cleanses your face.
It Promotes Blood Circulation- Sometimes your skin looks dull and dehydrated even if it has a proper skincare routine. The main reason for this could be poor circulation of blood in the area. But here the steaming of the face is of great benefit to your skin. This helps increase circulation in the area, provides oxygen, and maintains a healthy and young skin appearance.
Hydrates Skin- Facial steaming increases the permeability of the skin to improve absorption. This means that the moisturiser or other skin product that you apply penetrates deeper in the skin after a facial vapour. This helps the skin to hydrate and hydrates your face naturally. The look of dry skin is often tired and dull. Face steaming enhances skin flexibility and prevents dryness. It promotes the production of natural oils that hydrate the skin.
Helps Produce Collagen and Elastin- The increased blood flow is referred to as improved circulation throughout the face and neck area. This helps to produce more collagen and elastin, two important components of firm skin that can make you look younger by years. The skin appears more voluminous and resistant to collagen and elastin. As people get old, their skin appears thin and loose because of the loss of collagen and elastin.
Helps Heal Breakouts- We all despise how a pimple always seems to appear on your face right before a big event. However, one amazing benefit of steaming the face is that it allows you to safely get rid of the breakout without leaving any infection or scar behind. Simply steam your face for three to four minutes, allow the steam to work its magic for about half an hour, and then rub an ice cube on the affected area for about five minutes. This will soothe your skin by calming the inflammation, reducing redness, and drawing out all the pus.
Removes Excess Sebum- Sebum is a natural oil that your skin produces for lubrication. Steam opens the pores and allows trapped sebum to be released.
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Bird flu (Avian influenza) is a viral disease that not only affects birds such as chickens, ducks, and geese but also animals and humans when they come in direct contact with this infected poultry. When infected, humans get symptoms in around 2-8 days ranging from mild to severe.
The mild symptoms of bird flu include fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, and headache while severe symptoms include bleeding from the gums, shortness of breath, diarrhea, blood in the stool, and sleeping difficulties.
Herbal home remedies help defeat the mild symptoms of bird flu. They also help strengthen the immune system, so that the body can fight the infection better. Take a look at a few herbal home remedies that help fight bird flu or avian influenza. Also, remember to consult a medical expert if the symptoms get severe or persist for several days.
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Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid in turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory property. It helps stimulate the immunoprotective agents and reduce the risk of avian flu inflammation. Also, the antiviral properties of turmeric may help combat avian influenza and reduce the symptoms.
What to do: Either add a pinch of turmeric in a glass of warm water and consume or add a pinch of it to honey and consume daily.
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A study has shown that ginger may have anti-avian influenza potential. The compounds such as gingerols and zingerone in ginger prevent the growth of influenza in the body as well as help boost the immunity to fight against the pathogens.
What to do: Consume ginger tea every morning. You can also add honey or lemon to the mixture and consume it for added benefits.
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Astragalus is known as an immune-enhancing herb that supports the bone marrow by increasing the production of interferon. These signaling proteins help fight pathogens and resist their entry into the body. A study shows that astragalus reduces replication of influenza and promotes an early immune response.
What to do: Astragalus roots are either boiled for tea or added to soups. Caution: astragalus should be taken only after proper consultation with a medical expert. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid its consumption.
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Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps in eradicating various influenza viruses. Adequate consumption of vitamin C daily helps enhance immunity and fight multiple pathogens entering the body. A study says that vitamin C may help provide effective containment against avian influenza.
What to do: Boil a few dried or fresh echinacea flowers and prepare a tea. Consume it at least three a day but not on an empty stomach. It is better to consult a medical expert before its consumption.
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Echinacea is known as a blood purifier and a natural immune system booster that helps in strengthening the system against this virus. A study has shown that the ethanol extracts of the herb can be effective against avian strains of influenza.
What to do: Include vitamin C rich foods in your diets such as lemon, orange, broccoli, spinach, tomato, and other leafy greens.
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Inhaling steam helps ease the nasal congestion and loosen the mucous. This is the best way to clear the respiratory passage that gets blocked when a person is suffering from avian influenza symptoms.
What to do: Try to include cayenne pepper every day in your diet.
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Cayenne pepper helps dilate the pores of the body and allows sweating. This encourages the release of toxins which further helps fight against the bird flu virus. Cayenne pepper also strengthens the immune system and consuming the herb every day is considered the best bird flu prevention measure.
What to do: Boil water, cover the head with a towel, and inhale the steam. Repeat the process twice or thrice a day.
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Q1. Does bird flu spread by eating chicken?
A. No, bird flu is not spread by eating chicken or eggs. However, one should cook chicken up to at least 74 degree-Celcius and boil eggs until both the whites and yolk get firm.
Q2. Can bird flu be cured?
A. Mild symptoms of bird flu such as runny nose, cough, headache, sore throat can be cured by herbal or home remedies such as ginger, essential oils, or steam inhalation. Severe symptoms of avian influenza or bird flu need medicinal treatments.
Q 3. What is the fastest way to cure bird flu naturally?
A. By taking vitamin C rich foods, keeping the body hydrated, taking rest, aromatherapy, and including herbs in diets such as ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper, one can treat bird flu symptoms in the fastest way.
A pipe is connected to a pressure cooker which extends into a bathroom where patients are asked to inhale the steam for 30 minutes.
Besides inhaling the steam, the patient is asked to take mud therapy where black soil mixed with lemon juice is applied to his body and he is asked to rub it on his body for smooth blood circulation, says Pukhraj Vohra (65) who is operating a small naturopathy centre on the Rajasthan-MP border in Ratlam district.
Many patients from the neighbouring districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are visiting this centre to deal with their post COVID challenges. The line of treatment is quite different here. As soon as a patient enters this naturopathy centre, he is given juice made of aamla and different herbs after which starts the steam session, a patient told IANS.
Worried about the pandemic and its consequences, Vohra has used his knowledge gathered over the last three decades to help the people. He has been operating this three-storeyed naturopathy centre on his own, running here and there, listening to the stories of patients, bringing them out of depression, giving them Reiky treatment and many other such things.
"We hug our patients with warmth and treat them. Wearing masks and following social distancing doesn't fall in our system of naturopathy as what matters in COVID cases is immunity. We believe in building immunity so that the body can itself kill the coronavirus," he says.
Vohra questions why steam treatment is not given to all patients when it has a proven history of killing this virus. The high dose medicines are affecting the people's vital organs and hence steam sessions should be made mandatory in COVID hospitals, he adds.
Vohra was working in UCO Bank till a few years back. He took VRS to start his own naturopathy centre. He has a big library in his house which has a variety of books on different aspects of naturopathy.
Aniket, 20, who had fever and breathing problems, says, "Hospitals looked like a challenge for me to go as there were negative reports coming in. I isolated myself and contacted Vohra who gave me regular steam sessions at home with mud therapy along with Aloe Vera, Giloa and Aamla juice. The oxygen level which was 84 shot up to 98 in three days and the fever went away too. This centre has a unique feature. It helped me to stand on my own in just three days. They applied mud with Rai on my chest and all the congestion went away in just a week," he says.
Aniket, speaking to IANS, said that "Doctors also doubted if I could be cured as my lung infection was quite severe. Testing was not so smooth in July and hence I did not go for it. But Vohraji helped me get better with each passing day."
Herbal juices, steam session, guava juice and jaggery lemon tea -- this is how the treatment goes at the centre. Many patients are now visiting this centre.
"I had a bad cough, depression, breathing trouble and other such ailments, however, all such symptoms vanished in four to five days after visiting here," says Anita (name changed) who tested negative a month back.
There are many other patients who have found no solace at medical centres and have visited this place to get cured.
"Naturopathy is a science which lost its sheen to allopathy. But COVID it seems has come to remind people of nature and to teach them to value it. They are back to their lost roots which is something quite positive in these testing times," says Vohra adding that each person should know how he should boost his immunity.
In fact, many patients after recovering are adopting this steam therapy in their bathrooms after going back to their homes in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi.
Kalpit, another patient who underwent regular sessions, went back to Gujarat and installed the same steam system in his bathroom. "I had a cough which turned into asthma; after taking regular doses, I am ok now, but I wanted to be regular and hence installed this system," he said. (IANS)
after a series of insightful sessions and addresses by industry leaders, experts, hon’ble ministers, and foreign delegates, international arogya 2017 event co-partnered by nirog street concluded on dec. 7. the event-cum-exhibition on ayush systems of medicine which started on dec. 4 at vigyan bhawan, new delhi, was attended by thousands of practitioners, students, and people in general. it offered significant takeaways on the integral value of traditional systems of medicine and its relevance to overall wellness and health, the future of integrated medicine, and the many ongoing researches and initiatives which would make alternative medicine the most reliable treatment and prevention care for everyone.international arogya 2017 started with an inaugural session headed by the hon’ble ministers mr. suresh prabhu and mr. shripad yesso naik. it highlighted the major reforms in practice and education taking place under the leadership of mr. naik and encouraged by mr. prabhu. dr. sanjaya baru, secretary general of ficci, delivered the welcome address in which he mentioned that more than 250 manufacturers and foreign delegates from over 70 countries took part in the global conference. he said that the acceptance of india’s own indigenous system of medicine, ayurveda, accelerated in the last half a century. the fact that allopathy has failed to address all the health issues of humanity effectively is a major reason behind it. ayush systems are non-toxic as well. government initiatives including the event would bring more organization and hence investment in traditional medicine research. the export of ayurvedic products from india has already increased by 15 percent. more than 45,000 different medicinal plant species grow in india across 16 different climate zones. india and china together export 70% of the total herbal products in the international market.hon’ble minister mr. shripad yesso naik began his inaugural address by aptly describing the warming presence at the conference as a testimony of the huge interest that people have in alternative medicine. he said that the poor people rely on traditional medicine. there are vast resources of medicinal plants in asia, africa, and latin america. it provides an immense scope. he urged for more cooperation from all the countries, emphasized on the need for careful financing and organizational roles. he also pointed out that sustainable development, multi-dimensional policies, and evidence based approaches are the key areas to look into.hon’ble minister mr. suresh prabhu too spoke to the participants, underlining the importance of the concrete plan of action prepared by the ministry of ayush, which would eventually lead to a healthy society. he raised the question of health over wealth and implied that wellness should always be one of the top priorities for people and must not be compromised. he expressed concern at the alarming rate of increase of lifestyle diseases. mr. prabhu briefly elucidated on the indian heritage of civilizational wisdom of thousands of years that ayurveda is and remarked that this should spread beyond all boundaries and benefit the whole world. emphasizing this important point, he rejected the idea of knowledge as a monopoly and stated that the quest of humanity is to be better and healthier. he made the observation that people tend to look for a quick fix for their health problems and forget about the traditional knowledge. he noted that ayush teaches respect and value of nature. harmony with nature is essential for a healthy lifestyle. in fact, biodiversity is highly critical for medicines. further, he added that the blended knowledge of ayush could become highly effective toward living a longer and better life. he said that curing a person before curing the disease is important. he ended his speech by saying that health is important but can be completely attained only if the happiness too is utmost.mr. ravi uday bhaskar, director general of pharmexcil, also addressed the inaugural session at the event. he highlighted that india exports ayurveda and herbal products to more than 100 countries. countries like the u.s., japan, italy, etc. are the major export destinations. herb extracts alone have seen a 10% growth in exports. he stressed at the need to revisit ayurveda education and revive it with the help of modern technology. this can be achieved by introducing standardizations, certifications, and thorough supervision by experts and reputed ayush institutes. he added that the conference would definitely help bring the active wisdom of ayurveda for the better of mankind.another house address was delivered by mr. a. jayakumar, secretary general of vigyan bharti. he lauded the international arogya 2017 as a unique and comprehensive event. he emphasized the significance of participation of students in the event. he said that research has paramount importance in medicine and tie-ups with organizations like csir would benefit industry in many ways. he lamented the neglect of ayurveda in the past years and urged for its revival for the benefit of not only the indian community, but for the people across the world.mr. arvind varchaswi, the managing director of sri sri tattva, too spoke to the attendees. he called for physical and emotional stability and highlighted the advantages of yoga, pranayam, and meditation as integral part of ayurveda. he said it is time that this 5,000 old science gets its due now. top quality standards, health with happiness, and the need for viable ideas were the key inputs from his speech. he called on for the revival of ayurveda in its true form.keynote was delivered by secretary of the ministry of ayush, vaidya rajesh kotecha. remarking on the historic day, he appreciated the large participation and stressed on the commitment of the government of india to bring benefits for the people. he said that extracts, essential oils, psyllium husk, etc. are the major herbal exports from india and the actual ayush products are yet to be promoted, which creates a huge scope for the industry. he said that the traditional system of medicine advocates both health and happiness. he told that agreements have been signed with the u.s., germany, and other countries for research studies and there are 28 ayush cells in 28 countries so far. he also encouraged and welcomed international students to enrol in the ayush courses in india.the inaugural session was wrapped up by mr. g. geetha krishnan, ayush expert at w.h.o. he pointed out that one-fifth of the world population is supported by traditional systems of medicine. in india about 80% people depend on ayurveda and other alternative medicine, which only increases our responsibility as a nation. around 207 trillion is spent by the u.s. on healthcare and he implied that it is required that we too spend more on health in india, especially on traditional medicine which is proving to be more effective against a number of non-communicable and lifestyle diseases. he drew his speech to a close by making a call for revival and advancement of the ayush systems and resources for a better world.among other highlights of the international arogya 2017 event, many sessions and discussions were held with imminent personalities, academicians, and business experts from the industry. a large number of organizations and companies from the ayush industry showcased their products and services in the exhibition. nirog street as a knowledge partner, welcomed the ayurveda practitioners and delegates to arogya 2017 and engaged with them in intuitive discussions on trends, development, education, research, and the scope of future opportunities related to ayurveda.