pH Balance from an Ayurvedic Perspective


by Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra

Merri and I are always looking for ways to improve and maintain our good health so we listen when we stumble across an expert in any heath field.

Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician from a family of Raj Vaidyas whose healing practices date back thousands of years. He is currently based in the US where he offers educational one-on-one Ayurvedic consultations as well as workshops on Ayurveda. His Transdermal Marma System™ is specifically developed for the needs of modern man as a multi-dimensional protocol.

For more information about his upcoming lectures or to book a private educational consultation, visit vaidyamishra.com.

Here is the first of two messages he shares.

Those who seek better health through better diet and herbal supplements can benefit by balancing their pH. pH is the measure of acidity and alkalinity (which has to do with the negative log of the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration). Acidity is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. A reading of 7.0 indicates a neutral pH. The pH in blood ideally stays in a narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45.

Understanding pH balance nowadays is important because the concept has become popular. As the latest “hype” it is sometimes approached in a one-sided manner that misses important aspects of health. An integrated perspective, such as Ayurveda, incorporates this tool more effectively.

In Ayurveda, balancing pH does more than just regulate acidosis. A balanced pH is directly correlated with overall health. The pH balance is an index for total health because when the pH is too high or too low, it disrupts the balancing factor of the life force itself. An incorrect pH balance can actually lead to complications under the guise of various diseases.

Prana (life energy) flows into the body from nature and the environment. The body then turns this energy into itself. Hence, an impaired life force, indicated or created by an imbalanced pH, has far-reaching physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health consequences.

Ayurvedic practices aim at balancing the pH in specific points throughout the body. Ancient Ayurvedic texts explain why there are different pH balance points and give guidance on how to correct and maintain them.

The texts outline concrete external signs that indicate depleted energy from an imbalanced pH that include bad breath; chronic fatigue; allergies and headaches.

If the life energy has been depleted for some time an individual might experience chronic yeast/fungal infections; boils; canker sores; hypoglycemia; osteoporosis; joint problems; fibromyalgia; hot flashes; dryness and/or burning sensation in various parts of the body or PMS.

Mood swings are also a very good indicator when taken into account with other key factors and can be observed to gain clues about how to balance the pH.

Here is a quick and effective way of seeing the correlation between pH balance and emotional health. First determine your pH balance through the urine, the blood, or the saliva. Blood pH is preferred in many cases because urine pH can be affected by several factors immediately after its collection. Saliva’s pH however is close to blood and is easier to monitor on a regular basis.

Begin the process by monitoring the pH through litmus-testing of the saliva in the morning. Measure the result against the strip chart. Note this pH number in the column, then enter a numerical value to characterize your daily mood, etc. “1” is sad, and “5” is very happy, etc. Also monitor the stress you are experiencing: "1" is high, "5" is low.

This Ayurvedic test gives a good guide on how the pH balance and moods are related. This can be a first step to using pH balance to gain better health. The numbers from the litmus paper will correlate with the mood and stress levels, allowing you to start seeing specific relationships and health needs. Our moods and emotional health are often the beginnings of our overall well being. Moods certainly reflect health and this understanding is a valuable health tool.

Here is a sample of the chart. Fill in the chart daily for 15 days, entering your pH number. Circle the mood, stress, pain and irritability levels. Compare the pH numbers to the totals of the other 4 at the end of the test.

Day Date pH Mood              Stress Level     Pain           Irritability

1 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
2 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
3 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
4 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
6 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
7 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
8 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
9 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
10 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
11 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
12 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
13 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
14 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
15 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5

Once you understand what your pH balance is and how various pH balances make you feel, you can begin the next important step which is to control that balance. Look for how to do this in next Thursday’s message.

Until then good health to you!

Gary


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