BY DR. PARLA JAYAGOPAL
My doctor told me I might have Rayn-aud's syndrome, which means I experience a decrease in blood flow to my fingers, especially during cold weather. My
fingers first turn pale, then blue from this
decrease of blood flow. Then, they turn
red as more blood is pumped through
my narrow capillaries. When I practice
Hatha Yoga or Tai Chi, my hands feel
tingly. Is there anything I can do to increase circulation to my hands?
– Deep Abdominal breathing
– Bastrika pranayama (bellows breath)
– Kapalabhati pranayama
(breath of fire variation)
– Ujjayi (victorious breath)
– Deep Abdominal breathing
Practice these regularly in the morning
and evening to regulate the flow of prana
and calm the mind.*
Chyavanprah is a traditional Ayurvedic
formula that rejuvenates the body and
is highly. This formulation made from
amalaki fruit and a variety of medicinal
herbs is a tonic for the entire body. Take
one tablespoon in the morning along with
the aforementioned herbs and hot water.
It is important to know if your situation is primarily a Raynaud’s or if it secondary to some other pathology as the
approach can vary based on the cause.
Please make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any underlying conditions.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, Raynaud’s phenomenon can be considered to
be an imbalance of the vata dosha, the air
and space elements, with a contribution
of distressed manas (the mind or psychological state). Manas is dependent on the
vital breath, or prana vata, which is responsible for oxygenation of the tissues
and for regulating the body’s primary
The aspect of prana that controls circulation is called vyana vata. This movement of vata controls the actions of the
smooth, skeletal, and cardiac muscles.
When prana vata and vyana vata are
negatively affected by unwholesome diet
or lifestyle, circulatory disruptions such
as Raynaud’s can be aggravated.
Since vata is related to the breath, techniques of breath control, or pranayama,
are important practices. It is advisable to
learn and practice pranayama in combination with Yoga and/or Tai Chi.
Useful warming spices that can stimulate
– Cinnamon powder – ½ teaspoon
– Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
– Ginger powder – ¼ teaspoon
– Nutmeg powder – ¼ teaspoon
Mix these all together with one teaspoon raw honey and little water to make
a paste. Eat this paste in the morning just
At night just before bed:
– Punarnava powder (Boerhavia diffusa)
– Haritaki powder (Terminalia chebula)
Mix these herbs with 1/4 hot water and
drink when warm.
Daily meditation practices ( 20 minutes)
on a regular basis is beneficial for creating balance in the nervous system and in
the movement of prana.
– Pippali fruit powder (Piper longum)
– Manjista stem powder
– Guduchi stem powder
Add this mixture to ½ cup boiling
hot water, drink when lukewarm on an
empty stomach in the morning and again
2 hours after dinner. These can benefit
the flow of vyana vata.
What to avoid:
– Dry food like chips and crackers
– Cold food and drinks
– Irregular food habits
– Irregular sleep patterns
– Red meat at night
– Too much raw food
– Wheat, corn, and millet
– Soda, chocolate, and coffee
* Learn pranayama techniques from a qualified teacher.
**Before using any of the above Ayurvedic remedies, consult
with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare provider.
The information given here represents the opinions and recommendations of the author and does not necessarily reflect
the views of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine.
Dr. Parla Jayagopal has an M.D. degree in Ayurveda and
works as an Associate Professor at American University of
Complementary Medicine; he teaches clinical doctorate
courses and schedules consultations at the university clinic
in Beverly Hills. (310) 550-7445; www.aucm.org
Ayurveda has been practiced in the U.S. for only about 30 years, yet it is a 5,000 year old Indian system of medicine and yoga’s sister science.
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