Some health anomalies need specialized instruments and care for treatment, but some can be treated with some of the most common dietary items available in our kitchen or backyard. Many of the items which we will list in this section also serve as an important ingredient for many therapeutic materials used by various medicinal systems.
Basic knowledge about these items will not only help you in cure but also in prevention of many diseases by observing the likely symptoms. These items are widely used by traditional and tribal societies for various health benefits. The usage of these items will certainly help you in improving your ayubook (life book).
At the same time, it is equally important to know about the precautions and ills of these items if any. The manifestation of various diseases is not just because of defects in body organs working, but also because of defective diet leading to bodily functions defect.
Precautions in the quantity, quality and the way of intake are equally important to know along with the benefits. Based on the empirical information, traditional medicinal systems, practices prevalent in various societies and our understanding with active support from users we have developed this table to tell you about these items.
This information will also be beneficial for the people who either lack access to modern day medicines (due to infrastructure/financial constraints) or worried about the increasing side effects and resistance against modern day medicines. It may also support the preservation of traditional knowledge and natural vegetation.
The below table will provide you information about these items with respective health benefits and bad impacts with the likely intake in a day.
|Name||Medicinal Value||Harmful For||Daily Intake value / Nutrients inside|
|Common salt is far more effective than toothpastes in protection of teeth decay.||High intake leads to increased blood pressure and increases obesity.||Max of 4-5 gram I.e. 1600-2000mg for sodium and chlorine intake.|
|Ginger||It is a natural anti-oxidant and immunity strengthening herb. It helps in increasing saliva production and treat arthritis, nausea, coughing etc.||Being hot in nature it can cause heartburn, gas problem. It is among the avoidable substances for pregnant women and small children.||Ginger is good source of Vitamin B3, B6, Iron and Manganese apart from some other minerals, but no specific limit is set for daily intake.|
|Rock Salt||Black salt is an effective remedy against mild cough. It also serves as a laxative, coolant for body, aroma agent in food, treat indigestion, heartburn/acidity.||High intake leads to increased blood pressure and obesity like common salt. Also due to less amount of iodine black salt should be used as a supplementary salt, not as replacement of common salt.||Source of sodium and chlorine with traces of iron. To protect its therapeutic value use it only as medicine and avoid regular use of any kind.|
|Tulsi/ Holy Basil||Apart from aromatic value, it serves many medicinal purposes like: Water Purification, Anti-bacterial and Anti-microbial properties, Increase immunity or fight cough, cold or fever, fight harmful effects of radiation.||Is is very safe in use and rare to find any side-effects or harmful effects of it.||No limit, but for good health you can have 1 drop of liquid in water or a leaf in hot water.|
|Turmeric||It is known for anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Apart from its use as fairness agent it can be used to treat throat infections, common cold, liver ailments and indigestion.||It is very safe in use as long as not consumed in very large quantity and as an individual food.||No standard limit is defined for its intake.|
|Honey||Honey is a sweetener with property of being a fat cutter (if taken in warm water), good energy source and blood sugar maintenance (if low). It has antibacterial, anti fungal and antioxidant properties. It can help in treatment of mild forms of cough and an important ingredient of beauty packs.||In pure form honey has no side effects, but it isn't advisable to people with allergy/sensitivity to celery, pollen or other bee related allergies. Diabetic people should avoid it.||No defined limit but it can be used beneficially as a replacement to sugar.|