Are you prone to a problem with 'Ear pain/infection'?
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Ear infections are generally from due to Kapha. Much of the inner ear is fluid filled. You might notice additional pressure in your ear after eating sugar or rich fatty meal, as this fluid becomes congested. Sinus congestion may also travel up the Eustachian tube, preventing drainage, eventually leading to an ear infection. Dairy, wheat and empty carbs create water pressure in the ear. Red meat causes wazy buildup. Avoided whenever congestion, ear infection, or excess ear wax is noted. Children are especially vulnerable to ear infections.
Here are some Ayurvedic and western formulas and tips that are traditionally used for ear infections. Experiment with caution - not all these formulas have been verified.
- The ears love warmth. Keep your head warm. Wear a hat and scarf. Keep clothing with a hood nearby.
- Gargling - The act of chewing and swallowing assists with the disposal of earwax and clearing the middle ear, and is beneficial for ear infections.
- Massage around ear. Place hands on your cheeks where jaw joint is. Open and close mouth while massaging area. Stick fingers into your neck behind ear lobe. Open and close your jaw. Massage joint. Massage cheek near tragus while opening and closing the mouth. Pull ear up, down and sideways. Experiment.
- See a chiropractor to realign neck, shoulders. Masseuse to move lymphatic system of upper body.
- See a yoga therapist for good posture. Great posture opens up lymphatic system of upper body.
- Sour and salty foods / poultices increase water in the ear.
- Spicy, warm poutlices and foods can help dry up the ear. Heat poultices.
- Neti pot to clear sinus congestion and Eustachian tube
- Flush ear with ear Syringe using mixture of 1 pint water + 1/2 tsp baking soda or Hydrogen peroxide
- Ear candle to clean wax.
- Place half a raw onion outside the ear. The intensity of the onion may be lessened by roasting for thirty seconds.
- Sautee 1 clove garlic in 1 oz olive or sesame oil. Strain and cool until it is lukewarm. Pour this oil into the ear.
- Pound two slices of fresh ginger with a mortar and pestle. Place in 4oz water for thirty minutes. Strain and fill ear.
- Pound 1 clove or garlic or slice of onion. Mix into 4oz water. Use to flush ear canal.
- 1 tsp fresh onion juice + 1/2 tsp honey in ear
- Honey alone
- Few drops of licorice tincture in ear canal.
- 10-20 drops tea tree oil + 10-20 drops neem extra + 1oz sesame oil. Fill ear with oil.
- Fill ear with mustard oil
- Nasya oil in the nose to clear the Eustachian tube
- Wedge of lemon in 4oz water. Fill ear canal.
- Fill ear canal with urine or breast-milk.
- Mullein infused oil couple drops each ear.
- Drink tea with goldenseal, pokeroot (pokeroot preferred for upper lymphatic problems, cleavers for lower lymphatic), chamomile for taste
- Anti-catarrhal like goldenrod
- Garlic infused sesame oil with lavender essential oil
- Perforated ear drum have to be careful what you put in it
- Licorice root paste around ear.
- Vidanga infused oil
If ear drum is perforated you have to be careful what you put in it. Doctors will often perforate the ear drum to drain infection. Sometimes pain that radiates out to the ears is from a problem in the neck specifically the C1 joint.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Ear pain/infection' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
STAGE OF DISEASE 3 -
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are becoming stronger and weakening your body's resistance.
Most people have a weakness in one or more organs.
These areas of weakness are the 'weak link in the chain.'
They are first to succumb when an imbalance reaches a tipping point.
Repairing imbalances in this category often represent your last opportunity to prevent disease.
At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into a disease.
You may feel pain or discomfort in the weakened area.
At this stage you will need to support the weakened tissue with specialized foods and herbs for the weakened tissue.
ARE YOU NEW TO AYURVEDA?
Are you wondering what Ayurveda is and how to use it for 'Ear pain/infection' and health in general?
FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Ingredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body.
Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which
foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal
properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients
and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon
the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Ear pain/infection'.
You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Ear pain/infection.
Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be
fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The best way to do
this is with a one on one consultation.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'EAR PAIN/INFECTION'
Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Ear pain/infection'.
Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution.
Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
PRODUCTS REMEDIES FOR 'EAR PAIN/INFECTION'
With Ear pain/infection, one or more of the following
may be aggravated.
If you have an imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda recommends avoiding foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate that quality and/or dosha.
These imbalanced doshas and qualities may need to be brought back into balance before this condition can be healed.
Click on the quality to learn what foods and
should be avoided.
If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities,
Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.
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EAR PAIN/INFECTION USUALLY MEANS THESE
DOSHAS & QUALITIES ARE AGGRAVATED
Symptoms Tell A Story
The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms.
Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak.
Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated.
If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms,
it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
ABOUT TOXIC GUNA
A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.
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to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Toxic' guna
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to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Oily' guna
ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEAVY
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to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Heavy' guna
ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
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to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Gooey' guna
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SWEET
Take these quizzes
to find out if you have an imbalance of 'Sweet' taste
To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS
The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Ear pain/infection'.
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WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?
Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic,
systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda
shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't
take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you.
Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an
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HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?
Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas).
By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened
and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease
are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies -
such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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