According to the Ayurveda, there are eight types of persons
who are treated as condemned—those who are very short or those who are very
tall; those who are very thin and those who are very obese; those who are
very fair and those who are very dark; those who have no hair at all and
those who have abundant hair. These eight conditions have been described as
Ashta ninditya. Among these conditions, short stature is the one the most
A potted plant never attains its maximum height if the
natural growth promoting factors like water, sun-light, rooting system are
restricted. This is in analogy to human growth, says Ayurveda. Though,
genetically, every person has been preprogrammed to attain a certain height,
most people never reach this height simply because they do not do everything
necessary for their body to maximize growth. Identifying and correcting the
inhibiting factors can achieve growth promotion, in most of the cases.
Tallness is a subjective term, what one person might
consider being tall may be considered short by someone else. How ever, there
are many people that are not comfortable with their height; in fact, most
want to be taller. The reasons may vary but the goal is the same one.
Height is a sensitive issue in our society. Many people
believe that lack of height is not an important issue. Of course, people can
build their happiness and reach their goals regardless of their height,
however it is much harder for us who is shorter then most around us. Most
people who believe height is not important are of average height or taller.
Most short children do not have a serious growth problem
and grow about two inches each year between the ages of three and early
adolescence, when sex hormones contribute to an even faster growth rate.
Most of us reach an adult height that is about the same as our parents. A
child’s rate of growth is an important clue to the presence or absence of a
growth problem. Some diseases can cause poor growth. If you do not have any
problem that could slow down your growth, as most short people have, you
have a great chance to grow taller.
Some children grow very slowly and are considered short
amongst their peers but in one season they can gain enough inches to become
average height and even taller.
There is a certain age at which people usually stop to
grow: men—25, women—21. It occurs shortly after puberty, but these numbers
can be changed. Nevertheless, it is possible to continue growing until 25
years old for women and 27-30 years old for men. It is possible because of
certain exercises, physical activities, eating the right food with the right
nutrients and vitamins, and other things that are important for a human body
to grow such as rasaayana and kaaya-kalpa therapies. Of course, the older
you are the harder it will be for you to gain height. Rasaayana therapy
bestows the strength of all tissues. It helps slowing down the ageing
process, enhances memory, improves the functioning of vital organs, and
nourishes all the tissues. On the other hand, Kaaya kalpa therapy provides
strength to the body as well motor and sensory organs. It provides
nourishment to all tissues. These therapies include internal usage of
medicines such as Shilajit, Aswagandha, Shataavari, Aamlaki etc, food items
such as cow milk, ghee, honey etc, and periodical cleansing procedures such
According to ayurveda, there are three supports of life or
upastambas—Aahaara (diet), nidra (sleep) and brahmacharya (observance of
celibacy). A proper, skillful and optimum use of this triads, leads human
body to maintain its integrity, being enriched with physical and
immunological strength, complexion and growth, till full length of life,
provided the person concerned does not get involved in the regimen
detrimental to health.
Guidelines & Ayurvedic
|A growing individual needs more calories than an adult
because: basal metabolism is highest during infancy, and then steadily
declines throughout life except for a small rise during adolescence and
the physical activity of the child far exceeds that of an adult. During
your growing age, you require relatively more protein than any adult,
because it is needed not only for tissue repair but also for growth. About
14% of the calories should be consumed as protein. The main sources of
protein are milk and milk products, meat, fish, fowl, eggs, nuts, cereals
and pulses. |
|Carbohydrates and fats are intended mainly for their
calorie value. Care should be taken that sweets are not sucked constantly,
as they ferment in the mouth and damage the teeth. Take liberal helpings of
raw and cooked vegetables and fruits at each meal. If the diet is well
balanced, supplements of vitamins and minerals are not necessary. Fluid
intake should be sufficient to ensure a free flow of urine. Children who run
about and sweat profusely need extra fluids. |
|School children usually have a good appetite, but one
should carefully select their food. Their liking for sweets makes the diet
adequate in calories but deficient in proteins. Milk and milk products,
roasted groundnuts, and Bengal-gram are good sources of inexpensive protein
enjoyed by children. |
|Children who are unwilling to go to bed early have
difficulty in waking up in the morning, and may rush their breakfast before
going to school. School lunch may also be hurried to get more time for play
during the lunch interval. In evening when they return from school, children
are generally thirsty and may gulp down a lot of liquid, which dulls their
appetite. All these habits should be corrected to ensure optimum growth.
|Throughout your life, you will constantly generate human
growth hormone (HGH). Maintaining your bodies chemical balance and cell
rejuvenation are two main reasons your body generates HGH. There are a
number of factors that, if manipulated correctly, will substantially
increase growth hormone levels in your body. Focus on eating six or seven
smaller meals during your day instead of three or four larger ones.
Consuming large meals with a high glycemic index forces the body to release
a high amount of insulin into the system to aid with digestion. This
reaction not only forces your body to store fat, it may also inhibit the
flow of the growth hormone being released throughout your bloodstream.
Instead, make a point of consuming other low-sugar foods that will prevent
the release of insulin. |
|One should not eat a large meal within two hours of going
to sleep. The body releases the greatest amount of growth hormone during the
first two hours of sleep. If a large meal is taken, then excess insulin is
released within the system and this suppresses the output of growth hormone,
preventing the body from taking advantage of it with rest. |
|Sleep is the condition that your mind entrusts to
repair, remove, and replenish your body. It also regulates your body’s
ability to grow. Not getting enough sleep regularly can lower the amount of
growth hormone your body produces daily. Even though excess sleep will not
necessarily increase the amount of growth hormone but having normal sleeping
habits let you tap a certain percentage of growth hormone that your bones
never get a chance to utilise when they are sleep-deprived. |
|During sleep, your spine stretches and lengthens. You can
get half an inch taller after a good night sleep. In addition, the quality
and quantity of air you breathe can have a significant effect on your
growth. The base of your bed should be made of hard surface such as plywood.
Spread the bedding evenly on the bed and always use medium sized pillow—it
should be neither too thick nor too thin. The bed should be spacious enough
so that you can turn both sides freely. |
Posture and exercises
|Over time, gravity will take a toll on the body and
cause spinal disc degeneration, muscle loss, and force the body to slump
or slouch. However, by maintaining proper postural alignment you can
significantly reduce the negative effects of aging as well as promote
growth. In whatever condition you may be whether sitting, standing,
walking or lying, remain erect. |
|The spinal column is one of the most important body parts.
Without it, you could not support yourself upright and perform many complex
functions. A healthy spine will optimize your body’s energy transmission and
allow you to coast through your daily tasks with ease and comfort. Spinal
column is crucial to your growth enhancing success. In order to ensure that
the vertebrae and the cushions function properly, the backbone should be
massaged daily with medicated oils such as Aswagandhadi taila. This will not
only make the vertebral column healthy, but also lead to its development.
Stretching exercises and yoga postures help a lot to strengthen the spine.
|Stretching exercises may help squeeze out a little extra
growth hormone. By utilizing stretches that include several muscle groups to
work collectively, the intensity of the workout subsequently increases as
well, forcing the anterior pituitary gland to issue more growth hormone to
compensate for the extra effort. Oddly enough, participating in intense
aerobic exercise can also cause an increase in growth hormone release.
Clothing and Apparel
|The way you dress can influence, to
an extent, how you will be treated by others. It will also influence how
tall you will look. By manipulating your clothingstyles, you will easily
make yourself appear taller, slimmer, and more attractive. If you are in
the habit of wearing tight clothes, your body cannot grow properly. People
of average stature and physique should put neither on very tight clothes
nor on those very loose. There are certain people whose legs are smaller
than the upper portion of their bodies. On the contrary, there are people
whose legs are taller and the upper portion of their bodies is smaller.
|In case you want to project the upper portion of your
body taller than the lower, you can wear an open shirt or have your shirt
outside your pant. Similarly, those people whose legs are smaller, but who
want to show their lower portion taller can do so by pushing their shirts
inside the pants. Put on clothes having thick and long stripes. You will
look taller. Comb your hair in such a fashion that you look tall.
Sunshine and fresh air
|Sunrays are responsible for
vitamin D synthesis and in turn for the healthy bones. |
|Take sunbath early in
the morning. Suryanamaskaraas (Sun Salutes) are advised for this purpose.
They ensure flexibility, sun exposure, as well as good amount of oxygen
|Your mind is a powerful thing to waste.
Scientists say most people use around fifteen percent of their total mental
capabilities. Learning how to manipulate your mind is easier than you think.
|Guided Imagery will allow you to reach your goals! Meditation, Dhyaanam etc
are some of the good mental exercises can help you a lot.|
As we all are genetically different with
different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many
different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually
formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a
substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic
treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always
consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
Dr. Ch. Murali
Manohar, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Directorate of Women Development,
Main Road (Sarathi Studio Road),
Hyderabad - 500073.,
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