Reference Text: (Sahasrayogam)
Tremor, Convulsions, Wasting, Mental Disorders, Gynaecological Diseases.
About Arimedadi Thailam
Kerala Ayurveda's Arimedadi Thailam is an Ayurvedic medicine for teeth and gums and is one of the products to use in oil pulling, irrespective of prakriti or doshic imbalances. When Vata Dosha is in excess, especially with typical Vata issues like toothache, the oil mixed with warm water before swishing in the mouth.
For oral health issues stemming from a Pitta excess, such as mouth ulcers, mukha pak in Sanskrit, Arimedadi Thailam can be mixed with milk. Arimedadi Thailam can also be mixed with Dasamulan Kashayam when one experiences sensitive teeth and gums and toothaches.
Gargling and oil pulling with Arimedadi Thailam aids in the healing of over 30 systemic diseases ranging from headaches and migraines to diabetes and asthma. It also helps prevent tooth decay and relieve bad breath, bleeding gums, chronic dry throat and cracked and lips. Overall, it strengthens teeth, gums and jaw muscles.
Additionally, some of the benefits of using Arimedadi Thailam are:
- It is used for gargling and helps to strengthen teeth
- It helps to relieve tooth decay and removes stains
- It aids in providing relief from bad breath
- Useful in the treatment of pericoronitis
- Aids in the treatment of burning mouth syndrome
- It is one of the prescriptions that aids in healthy gums
Arimedadi Thailam Ingredients
- Acacia ferruginea
- Acacia catechu
- Red ochre
- Santalum album
- Glycyrrhiza glabra
- Coscinium fenestratum
- Curcuma longa
- Cyperus rotundus
- Rubia cordifolia
- Myristica fragrans
- Eugenia caryophyllata
- Gingelly oil
Oral Health - An Overview
Dental and oral health is an essential part and a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease and has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Good dental or oral care is important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and tongue.
The mouth teems with bacteria which are mostly harmless, but it is the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease. Normally the body's natural defences and good oral health care keep the bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- Certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect the body from microbes that multiply and lead to disease.
- Oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with a severe form of gum disease (periodontitis) might play a role in some diseases.
- And certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body's resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.
Symptoms of poor oral health
- Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that don’t heal after a week or two
- Bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing
- Chronic bad breath
- Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages
- Pain or toothache
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Pain with chewing or biting
- Swelling of the face and cheek
- The clicking of the jaw
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Frequent dry mouth
Causes of dental and oral diseases
- The oral cavity collects all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and fungi and many of them make up the normal flora of the mouth and are harmless in small quantities. But a diet high in sugar creates conditions in which acid-producing bacteria can flourish. This acid dissolves tooth enamel and causes dental cavities.
- Bacteria near the gum-line thrive in a sticky matrix called plaque. Plaque accumulates, hardens, and migrates down the length of the tooth if it isn’t removed regularly. This can inflame the gums and cause the condition known as gingivitis.
- Increased inflammation causes the gums to begin to pull away from the teeth. This process creates pockets in which pus may eventually collect. This more advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis.
There are many factors that contribute to gingivitis and periodontitis, including:
- Poor brushing habits
- Frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks
- The use of medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth
- Family history, or genetics
- Certain infections, such as HIV or AIDS
- Hormonal changes in women
- Acid reflux, or heartburn
- Frequent vomiting, due to the acid
An Ayurvedic Perspective
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of health-care and longevity. It involves a holistic view of an individual, their health and illness. This 5000-year-old system of medicine recommends treatments with specific herbs and minerals to cure various diseases. The botanicals in the Ayurvedic material medica have been proven to be safe and effective, through several hundred to several thousand years of use.
Ayurveda defines health as the equilibrium of the three biological humors (doshas), the seven body tissues (dhatus), proper digestion and a state of pleasure or happiness of the soul, senses and the mind. A balance among the three doshas is necessary for health. Together, the three doshas govern all metabolic activities.
- When their actions in the mind-body constitution are balanced, an individual experiences psychological and physical wellness.
- When they go slightly out of balance, one may feel uneasy, and when they are more obviously unbalanced, symptoms of sickness can be observed and experienced.
According to the Shalyatantra and Shalakyatantra (one of the branches of Ayurveda), 65 varieties of oral diseases can arise in seven anatomic locations-eight on the lips, 15 on the alveolar margin, eight in connection with the teeth, five on the tongue, nine on the palate, 17 in the oropharynx and three in a generalized form.
For the treatment of these diseases, Ayurveda advocates procedures such as oral cleansing, extractions, excisions, flap surgeries and others. Along with the treatment of orofacial diseases, Ayurveda recommends a few daily use therapeutic procedures for the prevention of and maintenance of oral health. These include Dant Dhavani (Brushing), Jivha Lekhana (Tongue scraping), Gandoosha (swishing or oil pulling) and tissue regeneration therapies.
According to Ayurvedic principles, oil pulling or swishing purifies the entire system because each section of the tongue is connected to a different organ: the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestine, stomach, colon and even the spine. Oil pulling activates the salivary enzymes that absorb the chemical, bacterial and environmental toxins from the blood that come out through the tongue.