Finely grind some bel leaves. Take 1 teaspoon of this paste along with a pinch of black pepper and follow it with 1 cup of buttermilk thrice a day. A fine paste of tender papaya leaves, about ½ teaspoon paste, is taken with some water. Pour over a handful of lime leaves in 1 cup hot water and take the infusion. Make a fine powder of 1 teaspoon each crushed liquorice (mulathi) root, chicory seeds (kaasni) and rock salt (kala namak). Take ½ teaspoon with water twice daily. Joint pains (arthritis, rheumatism, gout) Squeeze half a lime (lemon) in one glass of hot water (as hot as you can drink) and drink it. Have this 8-10 times a day. Having lemon juice might seem like a contradiction to what you have always believed that sour things are bad for joint pains but the action of lemon in the body is alkaline and its rich vitamin C content is valuable in the treatment of joint pains. Initially for a few days you might feel that the pain is increasing but gradually it decreases. A diet of only bananas for 3-4 days is advised. You can have 8-9 bananas a day. Make a tea from papaya seeds and have 6-7 cups a day for at least 2 weeks. Have 1-2 garlic (lasan) cloves or 1 garlic (lasan), which has only 1 clove in a pod, first thing in the morning. Mix 1 teaspoon of dry amla powder with 2 teaspoon of jaggery (gur) and have it twice daily for a month. Regularly massage with neem oil. w Take a handful of fresh neem leaves. Grind them in the mixer. Strain. Add lemon juice and drink 1-2 times a day on an empty stomach (people prone to acidity should not have this). Take equal quantities of asparagus seeds (shatavari), black cumin seeds (shah jeera), fenugreek (methi daana) seeds and carom seeds (ajwain). Powder and take ½ teaspoon every morning. Combine 6 teaspoons each of ginger (adrak) and caraway seed (shah jeera) along with 3 teaspoon of black peppercorns (saboot kali mirch) and grind into a fine powder. Have ½ teaspoon with water twice daily. Soak 1-2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi daana) in a cup of curd overnight. Eat in the morning on an empty stomach or soak 1-2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi daana) in 1 cup water overnight. Drink the water first thing in the morning and also eat the methi seeds. On an empty stomach have 3-4 walnuts (akhrot) or fresh coconut for a few days. Take out 1 tablespoon juice of fresh leaves of bathua and drink every day on an empty stomach for 2-3 months. Do not add anything to the juice and do not eat anything before and after for 2 hours. Dos & Don'ts about the diet Diet should be low in fat, protein and salt. w Avoid milk & buttermilk. Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking & processed foods. Weight reduction is mandatory for overweight people. Take plenty of citrus fruits, fruit juices, fruits, vegetables & salads. A golden rule: To be followed religiously with all types of treatments - exercise the affected joint every day. The exercise goes a long way in helping movement, mobility of the joint and also in reducing pain. Kidney malfunctioning Frequent intake of coriander (dhania) tea: boil or steep 2 teaspoon coriander (dhania) powder in a glass of boiling hot water. Add sugar and milk to taste. Add more almonds to the daily diet. Lactation in mothers w Frequently, cook unripe papayas (kacha papita) and eat. ½ teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) taken every night along with 1 cup milk. Mix together 1 teaspoon each cumin (jeera) powder & sugar and take with warm milk after dinner every day for a few days. Lactation in mothers Frequently, cook unripe papayas (kacha papita) and eat. ½ teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) taken every night along with 1 cup milk. Mix together 1 teaspoon each cumin (jeera) powder & sugar and take with warm milk after dinner every day for a few days. Boil 2 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds in ½ cup water. Filter. Mix in ½ cup milk and 1 teaspoon honey. Drink once a day for a few days. Boil 2 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf) in barley water and take twice or thrice a day. Grind a handful of bitter gourd (karela) leaves into a fine paste and apply on breasts. Lactation, stopping Tie warmed leaves of dhatura on the breasts. Legs, swelling and pain w Mix equal quantities of castor oil and lime juice. Massage the affected area with this mixture. Also drink 1 cup warm water mixed with lime juice and honey. Lice Grind the seeds of neem into a fine powder and mix in some groundnut oil. Apply to the scalp. Allow it to remain overnight. Wash off next morning. Mix 1 teaspoon lime juice with 1 teaspoon garlic (lasan) paste and apply on head. Grind 7 to 8 almond (badam) kernels with 1 to 2 teaspoon lime juice and apply on the hair. Longevity 5 to 10 basil (tulsi) leaves taken along with water every morning on an empty stomach continuously for 108 days. Low blood pressure Have juice of basil (tulsi) leaves (10-15) mixed with 1 teaspoon honey. w Add 3/4 cup crushed liquorice (mulathi) root to 4 cups cold water and allow it to stand for 2 hours. Then bring it quickly to a boil and steep for 5 minutes. Add this to the bathwater in the tub. Memory improvement Take a mixture of 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of finely powdered cinnamon (dalchini) every night regularly. Take ½ teaspoon black cumin (kala jeera) powder and mix it with honey. Eat small quantities of it twice a day. Mix 1 teaspoon each amla root powder and white sesame seed (safed til) powder. Add 1 teaspoon honey and eat every day for a few days. Menstrual pains Boil 1 teaspoon saffron (kesar) in ½ cup water. Let it reduce to become 1 tablespoon. Divide this decoction into three portions and take with equal quantities of water, thrice daily for a couple of days. Menstruation delay Take ½ teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (dalchini) every night along with 1 cup milk. Powder 1 teaspoon dried mint (pudina) leaves and take with 1 teaspoon honey, thrice daily. w 6 to 8 almonds, crushed and mixed in 1 cup milk along with 1 egg yolk (white), ½ teaspoon sesame powder (til ) and 1 teaspoon honey. Take once or twice a day.