Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Cannot sleep ? Try these to sleep well

12 Tips for Insomnia
1. Regular exercises, oil massage, or relaxed walking helps one fall asleep easily.
2. Consuming coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking, thinking constantly of the opposite sex, should be avoided.
3. To relax and disengage the mind before bed any number of ideas may work: Walking in nature sometime during the day; meditating, Yoga stretches, prayers, singing soulful music, listening to meditative music (including waterfalls, rain falling), reading scriptures, place a small water fountain in your bedroom to hear the relaxing water fall.
4. Just before bedtime places your feet in a warm water bath while covering the head with a wet, lukewarm cloth for about ten minutes, after which the feet are to be wiped dry and the wet cloth removed –this not only helps get better sleep but also helps relax mind and body
5. Meditation is preferred than medication to achieve better sleep.
6. Massage warm sesame oil to the soles of the feet.
7. Try always to be cheerful and replace all negative thoughts with positive
8. In the evening, eating easily digested food in small quantities is advisable. Wait 1-2 hours after the night meal before going to sleep.
9. Constipation could disturb sleep so it is essential to be relieved of it. Regular bowel habits help you sleep better.
10. Include dairy products, whole grains, and fruits in your diet helps you sleep better.
11. Viewing horror movies, reading literature, which makes the mind overactive, prevents the mind from sleeping.
12. The night meal should be light and an hour after that the person should drink half a cup of milk mixed with 4 spoons of onion juice and 1 spoon of powdered crystal sugar.
12 Tips for Hypertension
1) People fear this condition much and this could cause a lot of stress so it is advisable not to be worried about the condition but to regulate life style to lead a very simple stress free life. (Don't hurry too much; try to take life as it comes.)
2) Anger and irritation, lust, greed (in excess) being unsatisfied with regard to simple things also cause imbalance and in the long run are very harmful and in case you are already predisposed to hypertension you are inviting trouble.
3) “Eat less keep fit” holds good for all people but especially for people suffering from hypertension Remember to leave the table when you feel you could take a little bit more.
4) Fasting once a fortnight not only cleanses all your systems but helps rest your digestive system and makes it more efficient. Proper metabolism is a positive step towards better health in this condition. But remember to take fruits or fruit if you feel a lot of hunger - proper fasting not complete starving is suggested
5) All fried, frozen food, lot of spices, salt in excess is best avoided.
6) Taking two tablespoons of raw onion juice with equal honey twice a day is found to be beneficial.
7) If you are addicted to smoking, drinking coffee, tea, aerated drinks (cokes) in excess –reduce the intake and if possible give up to improve your health faster.
8) Regular walks in relaxed atmosphere, relaxation techniques (Yoga asana, pranayama etc. which are suitable are to be learnt from a qualified teacher and practiced regularly).
9) Maintain normal weight by regular exercises, sensible diet and stop worrying about everything. (Enjoy nature, relax with family and friends more often, and cultivate a creative hobby)
10) If you suffer from sleeplessness/constipation get rid of them too (please read tips for both) as they could lead to increase in your blood pressure reading.
11) Just taking your medication , check your blood pressure reading regularly but remember your health is in your hands. Eating less, sleeping in time, not being a workaholic all help a lot, mental exhaustion should be avoided at all costs.
12) One whole garlic (without separating the pods) to be put into a cup of milk and a handful of raisins are to be added and boiled on low fire until 20-25% of the milk evaporates, then the garlic is thrown away. A handful of raisins are added to the milk to balance Pitta. But please remember all these are to be continued with your regular medication.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Does your teen aged son eat well ?

Adequate nutrition is vital for ensuring your son's overall emotional and physical health. Good eating habits help prevent chronic illness in the future, including obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Ayurveda considers this a very important part in a person's life and also what habits are formed now are usaully for a life time.Eat right,think straight.
The more common teen eating habits include skipping meals, routine fast food consumption, frequent snacking and dieting.
Teens skip meals for a variety of reasons, including irregular schedules, convenience, work and social activities. Up to 50% of teens skip breakfast at one point or another. Breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day!What can you do? With regard to breakfast, let your teen know that skipping breakfast can slow their metabolism contributing to weight gain and poor performance. A busy lifestyle or running late are often reasons teens skip meals. Drinking milk is very essential for healthy bones and helps in many ways so get your teen aged son to drink a cup of milk daily and a good nutritous breakfast too.
Snacking: A survival Technique for Teens Snacking doesn't have to be a bad thing. It can help maintain energy levels particularly in active and growing teens. Because of the 'skipping meal' factor, many teens fail to eat three regular meals per day, thus snacking can actually be beneficial to ensure adequate caloric intake. The key however is encouraging teens to consume snacks that are nutrient dense rather than junk foods low in nutrients. Again, the key here is having snack items readily available including yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables with dips, snack cheeses and healthy snack bars or trail mixes.
No parent no matter how well meaning will be able to avoid fast food altogether. Teens are more apt to eat fast food because it is convenient and typically a social affair. Fast food is often jam packed full of fat and empty calories however. What can you do? Educate your teen as much as possible. Help them make smart food choices even when at fast food restaurants. Gradually wean them off this habit.
Dieting: The Evil Opposite of Healthy Eating Teens often diet because of the perception that 'thin is in'. Dieting can lead to dangerous habits including eating disorders in teens. Some signs that your teen may be dieting include: skipping meals, 'binge' eating, fasting or use of laxatives or diet pills. One thing you can do for your teen is encourage a healthy self esteem and body image. Engage your teen in extracurricular activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. Remember that your teen will also model the behaviors that they see at home. If you are constantly obsessing about your weight, your teen is likely too. Always aspire to maintain a healthy and balanced approach to eating and your teen is more likely to do the same. One approach is to attempt to eliminate the term 'diet' and replace it with 'healthy eating.' If you regularly incorporate healthy lifestyle and dietary practices into your life your teen is less likely to diet on a consistent basis. Recognizing teen eating habits is the first step toward encouraging healthy eating practices. Work with your teen to encourage a healthy lifestyle that incorporates sound eating habits and regular exercise. You might both benefit in the process!
Family is the best school to teach youngsters b etter eating habits.Goodluck-itis never too late to change.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ayurveda -homa therapy

Agnihotra homa aspects from Ayurveda

Can these healing methods really work? Are they scientifically provable? Do these practices help only in treating psychological disorders or do they mean much more? Why did our seers give these rituals so much of importance? What could these Vedic rituals mean today — in this scientific era of CT scan, atomic energy, exploration & expedition to Mars? From ancient times, Ayurveda & Vedic sciences have made significant contributions to the world civilization, culture and knowledge in all areas of human pursuits. These contributions, mostly unknown to the wider world, are often un-acknowledged and this wisdom often distorted. Their ideas require attention for better understanding and appreciation of the human past. Homa is a collective term for the various Vedic techniques used in the purification of the atmosphere: (yainas, yvharutis and Agnihotra.) The healing and purifying effect of Homa was used in the ancient Vedic system of knowledge, in spheres such as bioenergetics, psychotherapy, medicine, agriculture, including biogenetics, climate technology and interplanetary communication.
Today it is obvious that we live in an age of massive ecological and psycho-spiritual pollution. The ancients called this Kalki age. (Kalki is Sanskrit for pollution). Without human intervention, the Earth is no longer able to recover from the disturbance of the ecosystem. ‘Agnihotra's (also a type of Homa) meaning is derived from two words; ‘agni' or ‘fire', and ‘hotra' or ‘healing'. All factors in the ritual play an important role.
At both sunrise and sunset dried cow dung, ghee, and rice are burnt in a pyramid-shaped copper receptacle of a prescribed size, along with the chanting of a mantra. During the burning the pyramid shape and the copper act like a generator to produce negative ions which have a harmonizing effect on both the environment and human well being. The healing energies and substances which come into being during the combustion of the initial organic material are released into the atmosphere though some also remain in the ash. a) Cow dung contains a substance similar to penicillin, which has a disinfecting effect and reduces bacteria that cause disease. In all ancient cultures cow dung was used to combat a whole series of illnesses its property of reducing radioactive radiation is described in Vedic writings. After the Chernobyl catastrophe (refer to author's article-"Answers from Ayurveda to the problems of Chernobyl-published) a group of scientists experimented in Yugoslavia with Agnihotra and after discovering that there was no longer any sign of radioactivity in the immediate vicinity, following the combustion of the required ingredients in the copper pyramid.
In the area bordering the Soviet Union people threatened by radioactive fallout sealed their huts with cow dung and was thus able to protect them from radiation. It is also known that NASA's manned space capsules are coated with a thin layer of cow dung to protect them against radiation. b) Ghee also has properties of detoxification. During combustion, nutrients for plants are released in both fine and coarse forms Ghee undergoes many chemical combinations and dissolves toxic compounds. It is the only substance known to modern science, which defies certain laws of chemistry: when ghee is burned under ideal conditions its weight does not alter. c) Rice has a balancing yin and yang effect. Many ethereal oils are released during the process of combustion and chemical reactions are set off. d) The mantra sung at sunrise and sunset stands, as mentioned, in resonance with the biorhythm. The notes, which are chanted, activate special vibrations, which create a specific atmosphere aimed at achieving the desired results. Such vibrations exist for everything, and everything can be activated, controlled and transformed by mantras.
The atoms structure themselves anew. When mantras are chanted during Homa, the vibrations of the mantras are enclosed in the ash, and the ash as the medium for these vibrations is even more effective in achieving the aspired goal. The purification of the atmosphere through Homa leads to an intensification of the life energy (prana); not only does it influence the physical health of all living things, but also the human psychic constitution.
The state of the psyche is directly dependent on the quantity and quality of the prana available; thus the intensified absorption of prana has a positive effect on the psyche. In the Homa atmosphere psychic tensions are set aside. Those who regularly practice Agnihotra soon experience a decrease in anger and greed; mood changes are less vehement and one feels calmer altogether. Why does Agnihotra have a positive effect on the deplorable ecological situation? As well as enriching the surroundings of the Agnihotra pyramid with nutrients, the fire technique induces a powerful energy field, which neutralizes negative energy types and strengthens positive ones. The Agnihotra smoke binds detrimental bits of radiation in the atmosphere and neutralizes their radioactive effect.
In Agnihotra nothing is destroyed, only transformed. In a polluted environment the elements of the earth begin to change: the structure of the chemical elements and their connection to molecules are restructured. These fine material changes during Agnihotra can be seen with the help of Kirlian photography.The entire ecosystem benefits from the use of Homa. Plants in the Homa atmosphere develop cylindrical veins (vascular tissue or bundles) with an above average diameter. Through these optimized "pipes" water and nutrients can reach all parts of the plant more easily, which supports their growth and reproduction. The Homa atmosphere also fosters both the photosynthesis in the leaves and the respiration of the plant, thereby fostering the entire oxygen cycle. The Agnihotra smoke works as a catalyst for the production of chlorophyll. The roots of the plants remain small due to their optimal absorbency and the excellent nutrients in the ground.As a result the vegetables and fruits grown in a Homa atmosphere are of an outstanding quality with respect to texture, taste, color and size of kernel or seed. The energy field produced in the process of Agnihotra, which can be proved with Kirlian photography, stimulates the plants to maximum growth and maximum yield. Fruit trees bear fruit, which is twice as big, with twice as much fruit; the fruit of pear trees is sweeter. When Agnihotra is carried out nearby, some fruits begin to accelerate their cycle of reproduction and yield more seeds, which also germinate more easily. Oranges are ideal for experimentation with Agnihotra as, like mandarins, they show rapid and good results. It is clear that pests don't have much of a chance with such healthy plants, which are able to protect themselves in natural ways. If harmful insects do persist in the garden or the fields, a mixture of Agnihotra ash, dry cow dung and water sprayed on both the ground and the plants helps.An important part of the work in the garden or on the field is the introduction of air and Homa ash into the ground. Not only does this enrich the ground with life-fostering vibrations, it also helps to stabilize the amount of potassium, nitrogen and trace elements in the ground. Earthworms also multiply faster due to a rise in the hormone production, guaranteeing more humidity and humus. Bees too are attracted by Homa energies, and with their help achieve their pollination even more efficiently. Bees produce a particular hormone in the Homa atmosphere, which, if consumed in honey, strengthens the human immune system. In the area of Alto Huallaga, an organic and ecological technique called Homa Therapy is being applied in the rejuvenation of the crops of the region, substantially reducing the existence of different pathogenic agents. As a consequence, plagues and sicknesses were eradicated, the yield of the harvest was increased, the fruit grew healthy with better color, taste, weight, texture, etc. Since many years ago efforts have been made to try to get out of the situation of emergency concerning the health of plants with methods such as: cultural control, chemical control, biological control, legal control, etc., without having achieved any success. The main idea is: "Heal the atmosphere and it will heal you". Agnihotra is a scientific process of purification of the atmosphere with the agency of cosmic element -fire, it creates pure nutritional and medicinal atmosphere and prevents growth of pathogenic bacteria. The subtle vibrations emanating from it creates and fills the surroundings with love, peace and purity. The atmosphere improves family relationship, health of children by causing a soothing calming effect on them.
Agnihotra can be performed daily by anyone who wishes to be happy and prosperous irrespective of religion, caste, creed, class, color, nationality, age, sex etc. as it's a savior for it's a answer all problems posed universally by present day stress and strain. So Agnihotra could be utilized with much more benefits in following conditions – 1) Labor rooms before and after conducting deliveries 2) Operation theatres -before and after surgeries 3) In intensive care units before admission and after discharge of a patient 4) In wards where patients are treated with compromised states of immunity. 5) In-patient wards where chronic respiratory conditions, terminal stages of cancer, all stages of AIDS, are being treated.
These methods have been proven to create sterile, hygienic atmospheres, conducive to faster recovery of all sorts of ailments and at a very miniscule cost. In epidemics, poor hygienic conditions polluted environment etc, by suitably adopting Agnihotra Homa. One could prevent many ills as this is very cost effective, natural and is a locally available alternative. Regularly practice or being present in the atmosphere of Agnihotra has been found to have very soothing and therapeutic effect on alcoholic and drug addicts.
The practice of Agnihotra gives a strong push to the mind in the positive direction, promotes pure thoughts, bestows mental peace, stability, tranquility prevails in the atmosphere, imparts power of wisdom, increases intelligence, devotion to attain higher goals and also physical strength. Should we not readopt the last principles into Ayurveda to make it as meaningful as in the original?
This article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe. It in no way is intended to substitute for care from duly licensed health professionals.
First published at the below link

Ayurveda-Mysore RSI-CVS

RSI--simple ways to get rid of it.
THe following simple things u could start doing.(1)sit like a muslim (while doing his prayers) and try lifting yourhands clasped.Your head is on the ground and u are seated on yourknees and heels.And slowly start breathing deeply and in a veryrelaxed way.do it for few minutes and slowly increase the duration.(2)Sit i nthe same posture or any posture u r comfortable ,clasp yourfingers and put it behind your neck (nape)and slowly try moving yourneck-up-down,clockwise and anti clockwise,don't over do it ,do it 2-3times then increase after a week(3)If u know meditation do it regularly,it helps.(4)Stretch your legs in front of u while u r seated and slowly moveyour feet-side ways,in and out,rotate feet slowly.(5)Put your fingers on to your shoulders (ur arm folded at the elbow)and slowly move your arms--up-down,do rotate.More after u practise these.do it slowly and calmly.
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Computer vision syndrome managed by Ayurveda

Computer vision syndrome managed by Ayurveda
Are you like millions of people who spend hours working in front of the computer?
You may have computer vision syndrome, a term used to describe eye strain and tiredness, temporary weak vision, dry, irritated eyes, light sensitivity, headaches,and other eyes, vision, and muscular problems that stem from using a computer.
Some simple remedies that you could adopt
: Make sure you take adequate rest breaks. Eye doctors generally recommend flowing the 20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break. During the breaks, make sure not to do the same kind of work you were doing before; that is, if you were copying information from a report, don't take a break to read a magazine! Look far away if doing near work, and close-up if doing far work. Eye exercises can help to increase your ability to focus, but consult your doctor if you're over 40.
Correct your posture! However, people who wear glasses often sit in an awkward posture to see properly, so make sure that your eyesight isn't causing you to sit poorly. (Also note that uncorrected eye conditions can cause this same type of problem, so make sure to get regular eye exams.)
Close your eyes and splash cool water or triphala decoction (freshly made and cooled)once or twice a day.
Do gaze at the moon at night for a few minutes or sit in mild sunlight while at home.
Do adopt some physical activity outdoors -may be 3-4 times aweek.
Make it a point to get head massage 2-3 times a week.
Calm your mind before and after your work.
You have a variety of herbal therapies and tonics to improve vison and say goodbye to CVS

Mysore to New York

Mysore To Newyork

Charaka Club in New York completes a century.
By Dr. T.R. Shantala Priyadarshini
There are various medical societies, clubs and associations in different parts of the world, each having special objectives in view. Charaka Club was one such formed with select gathering in November 1898 and was simply known as medico-historico-social club that discussed a range of subjects involving fields like medical, medical history, literature and poetry even. This club was founded by a group of four doctors-Charles. L. Dana, Joseph Colleirs, Fedrick Petterson and Barnad Sachs .In the eighth meeting of the club held in January 1900 at the residence of Atpad Gerster, Barnad Sachs presented a paper on Hindu medicine in which he said that Charaka was the oldest medicine man and priest whose works were still extant. Immediately after this statement was made there was a whisper in the group "we have a name for the club ". Since then the nameless happy group began functioning under the name "The Charaka Club". In the meeting of April 1900 the name was officially adopted and in the seal in1901. The Charaka club started in 1900 at New York is a sure way to respect our ancient seer but it would be much better if we could really understand the principles and practices and adopt some of them today. Do we need to explore Charka's contributions? Is it worth diving into the depths of this bottomless ocean today as conventional medical system is still groping to find answers? Could we find some questions answered here?
Among the various papers presented in this club by the members few papers read up till April 1944 have been listed below-
Volume 1
Name of the paper Author Date
Hindoo Medicine Dr.Sachs 1900
The Hippocratic doctrine of Dr.Gerster 1899
The ophthalmology of Ancient Greeks Dr.Holden 1899
Charaka and his times Dr.Jelliffe April 6th 1904
Some professional reminiscences Dr.Sharady 1905
Volume 4
Medicine in England in Chaucer's time Dr.Collins 1907
Volume 5
Military and civil surgery among the Romans Dr.Dana _
Eminent physicians statistical study Dr.Dana
Volume 7
The history of the signet ring Bearing the seal of Charaka Club Dr.Camac Feb 18th 1925
Volume 8
Diseases as shown in the dairy of a country parson Dr.Thomas MeCrae Apri1 1932
The first surgical case book of Pennsylvania hospital Dr.Francis Packard Jan 1933
Volume 9
The water hammer pulse Dr.George Dock Jan17th 1934
The manuscript of John Mitchell Dr.Francis Packard April 18th 1934
Volume 10
The Morgue Dr.Samuel W.Lambert Nov17th 1937
A Physician ‘s experience In sanitary commission
during civil war Dr.Walter R.Steiner Feb 16th 1938
Volume 11
The past, present and future
Of the Charaka Club Dr.Josephs Collins Nov21th 1941
What happened to this club - is it still extant? What occurred to the seal and the official ring? You may find answers to these questions but today we need to ponder over—Is Charaka so important that we need to think of him again? Is he just a historical figure or mythological deity created by the fancies of the Hindus? Who is this Charaka? In which era was he living? Should we study Charaka samhita today only as history?
Being a selfless seer Charaka bestowed great boons to alleviate the sufferings of human beings, to free them from the fear of death and diseases. Charka –this term means "one who is on the move " –a mobile holistic medical service, maybe latter people named their children Charaka –to instill, inspire in them the exemplary qualities which are thought provoking, or may be universities gave this as a title for excellence in the field of medicine. Unfortunately not much is known about this versatile genius or about the exact time he lived but fortunately we today have the original textbook written by Ateya redacted by charakaacharya.
But Charaka is legendary –let us just catch a glimpse of some of his great contributions taken from the classical treatise " Charaka samhita. " Charaka samhita to me is an ocean, –knowledge yet to be fathomed, explored and like the exploration of the deep depths is mysterious and fascinating but worth all the trouble- one who dares would be felicitated undoubtedly. Here are some treasures selected –but remember this is only the tip of the iceberg.
1) Charaka first described Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinson’s diseases etc conditions in great precision including the pathology, prognosis and management and even today the medical Science could surely benefit from this classical treatise. These neurological disorders have increased and now the medical fraternity has started research and I would like to state that it is time we seriously considered the contributions of this wizard, which would make the life of many patients better in many ways. Many common chronic conditions like diabetes, tuberculosis, leprosy, heart /kidney problems and prevalent viral diseases, eye/ear/nose/throat diseases have all been explained.
(2) He has described microorganisms as causative factors for leprosy, tuberculosis, influenza, dental caries and some types of fevers and also mentions that microorganisms are present in the intestines, the whole of the alimentary tract and cardiovascular system and diseases manifest when the immunity lowers. Great importance is given to enhance immunity than administering antibiotics.
3) The contributions of Charaka in genetics are worth exploring. Genetic engineering to change the sex of the fetus has also been described. The microscopic structures like genes; chromosomes; DNA and RNA have all been described. What factors other than genes are responsible for unique characteristics have also been expounded. Least explored section in Ayurveda known as Arista lakshana and shareera sthana have statements, which are based on genetics. Charaka has explained many procedures like panchakarma, rasayana, sadvrtha etc, which undoubtedly transform the genes to behave beneficially. Charaka states that Alzheimer’s is passed on to the off spring by the father’s genes.
4) Many hereditary conditions have been discussed; con- sanguine marriages have been discouraged and stated to be the cause for many disorders. Diabetes is among many other conditions listed as hereditary.
5) Preventive aspects have been given so much of importance that Ayurveda has also been thought to be more preventive than curative. Diet and other habits have been analyzed in great detail and categorically stated as to what are to be followed and what are to be avoided and today conventional medical Science has time and again proved all these to be true.
6) Anti aging has been researched very well and many scientific aspects of it have been described in totality-which has today caught the medical world’s fancy and the research in this field has started.
7) Charaka was fully aware of the impact of the environment on the health of living beings so he advises how & why the environment should be maintained in perfect order. (Read article Homa –how scientific?)
8)We find references, which show that referring surgical cases to surgeons was in vogue even during Charka’s time. Dhanwantari was the well-known surgical school of the day then.
9) Statistical approach in Charaka samhita is based on keen observation, scientific analysis conducted for many years on many thousands of individuals, irrespective of religion, region, time, age, stage of diseases, etc factors. Charaka like all other ancient seers believed strongly that –one man’s food is another man’s poison .No two individuals, nor two siblings, or identical twins share similar qualities, similar upbringing or environment or similar genetic pattern nor likes, dislikes, equal appetite, physical features or emotions and how then can one single drug be suitable and how can similar responses be expected? Many factors are considered before planning a treatment strategy for each individual and the present day research, which treats a disease, not an individual fails in the long run and seems very unscientific and immature.
10) Vranagandhagna- vranachintaka,(Vrana is a term for all types of wounds and ulcers and a doctor who contemplates on it, who is proficient in identifying the type, severity etc and decide a suitable management by it’s smell) Shastrakarmagna (a surgeon) Rasveta bhishak, ras chintaka, (a specialist who thought of all aspects of rasa) Ksharatantravidhu, (seems to be a super specialization .A surgeon was to learn the different types of applications of kshara, it’s utility ,advantages ,etc from an experienced surgeon who was also a specialist in the above & after learning ,working under his guidance & then permitted by the ruler of the province-he could be a kshara tantra vidhu.)are some of the specializations mentioned as in vogue during Charka’s period Though Ayurveda is known to be holistic the concept of referring to specialists was prevalent.
11) This ancient seer encouraged unique methods of research, scientific outlook and critical observation before any theory could be accepted by a vaidya (clinician) who is essentially a researcher too and has also given guidelines as to how, when and why it is essential to develop a holistic scientific medical system.
12) Let me quote from Charaka samhita -" The Science of life shall never attain finality. Therefore humility and relentless industry should characterize your endeavor and your approach to knowledge .The entire world consists of teachers for the wise and enemies for the fools. Therefore, knowledge, conducive to health, longevity, fame and excellence, coming from even an unknown source, should be received, assimilated and utilized with earnestness".
And the intention of this article is to draw the attention of scientists to look at the original text book of Charaka not only to appreciate but also to adopt some contributions and that is the best way to honor this seer, who’s life mission was to show us the path to achieve perfect health for all. Let all people be healthy is the motto of our culture.
Einstein said, "Science without religion is lame and religion without Science is blind " Here I would like to say that Ayurveda is a scientific religion and a religious science and can be called the medical system or healthy life style of the new millennium. Ayurveda is for all and forever.
Bulletin of the Indian Institute of History of Medicine Vol: 6,No4,
P.P240to 258(1976)
Genesis of Charaka Club, New York and gleanings related to Hindu Medicine from the proceedings-by K.Raghunathan
Charaka Samhita with Chakrapani & Gayadas commentary.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

State level seminar on piles

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Friday, December 8, 2006

Ayurveda IPR

Let Indian Sciences Flourish IPR Perish
Today we speak of globalization, industrialization, and computerization and a lot about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). So it is natural to wonder if people in ancient India ever thought of issues like patent laws, intellectual property rights. Dwelling in to the pages of history we find very fascinating ideas, which would be of great interest to us now.From ancient times, Ayurveda & the Vedic sciences have made significant contributions to the world civilization, sciences and culture that are extra ordinary knowledge in all areas of human pursuits. These contributions, mostly unknown to the wider world, in many situations unacknowledged and often distorted, need attention not only for better understanding and appreciation of the human past but also to adopt these measures at present, to achieve global harmony which was the motto of our ancient rishis, who aspired to achieve peace, prosperity and perfect health for all. PatentPatent is defined as a statutory grant of right to an inventor in his own invention from which all others are excluded, as long as the grant runs it is granted only to new inventions having novelty and utility, which are capable of industrial application, is granted by the controller of Patents. Application for a patent can be made by any person claiming to be the true and first inventor or by any assignee or a legal representative of such an inventor. Were there no inventors in ancient India? If there were inventions then was the invention not commercially exploited? Did the inventor get any license or recognition or monetary benefit out of it? If patents were granted –who was competent to grant them and how was it done? Can we think of bringing back that system again to achieve universal brotherhood? Further let us see what are the unique contributions from.A frequent comment heard in scientific and lay circles, is that "we should patent all our traditional knowledge and biodiversity."However, neither traditional knowledge nor biodiversity can be patented by indigenous practitioners because for indigenous societies, it is not 'novel', it is ancient, it is a way of life. The reason that the collective and cumulative innovation of millions of people of thousands of years can be 'pirated' and claimed as an 'innovation' of western trained scientists or corporations, is because of two reasons.
The first reason is the colonial hangover of the idea that science is unique to the west, and indigenous knowledge systems cannot be treated as scientific. The second reason is that developed countries, where most pirated indigenous innovations are filed for patenting, do not recognize the existing knowledge of other countries as prior art.
Thus, while patent regimes offer no protection to indigenous communities for their common innovation and resources, they allow the appropriation of this biodiversity and knowledge by scientists and commercial interests of other cultures, including members of the 'modern' scientific culture in their own societies Traditional knowledge Knowledge is considered to be the product of individual creativity today but Knowledge was considered the most precious gift which knew no limitations of space or time, was freely given to the aspirant from the guru and this tradition was known as the guru paramapara .The guru got the knowledge from His guru and after adding his expertise (experience) passed it to his student-this was true with all ancient traditional knowledge.
These residential universities or unique hermitages were given grants, protection and all facilities by the royal not because the seers needed them but as the royal thought it their duty towards the society. In such serene places where wisdom reigned supreme knowledge was handed down in all humility and received with equal or more reverence and gratitude. “Let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere, let all beings live happily, free from the fear of death and diseases," and many more such ideals were the guidelines for the (seers) scientists par excellence who worked for the betterment of every living creature and having inculcated such aims were so selfless that thinking of petty personal benefits was unknown, unheard and unthinkable too. In a conducive atmosphere each individual becomes better, then achieves the best in his chosen field of excellence and such progress of that individual is due to many reasons and also the influence of exemplary personalities.
Expressing gratitude and acknowledging their influences is the true mark of a scientist Indian society has inherited a rule that each individual owed at least three debts (r na)-one was –to his parents, though the teacher was given guru dakshina still this was just a token of sincere gratitude and was inadequate and the guru r NA remained and the third is what we owe our motherland or society for all that has been bestowed upon us most of the time unasked.
When a person is repaying such a debt what can be expected in return except the feeling of intense fulfillment? People in ancient India believed that balance in every way was achieved and maintained by this-fulfillment.
The bliss that a scientist or inventor experiences doing his job is something beyond understanding of a businessman and it could never be marketed, for no money can really bestow such happiness, in fact the selling of such an achievement really undermines the price of the priceless.
So in ancient India the invention of anything and everything useful to the society was offered as a salutation to the God, Guru, parents or the ruler and in turn was blessed further progress Yashasvi bhava, Dergha ayushmanbhava) or the ruler would award him with material benefits or title and engrave the details of such invention either on stone or other inscriptions for the benefit of the whole society.
Inventions and medicinal formulations all would not be for sale, it would be handed down from ancestors to the family as a heir but seers were not controlled by such limitations and knowledge was freely given with only a promise that it be used for the benefit of all living beings
Can we expect people to become so noble today? Do we allow some thing o materialistic as IPR to destroy the ideals of universal brotherhood?
Shall we claim IPR for all these? In many spheres of excellence, we hardly know anything about the person behind the achievement but it is more because our seers were so selfless that they wanted knowledge to reach a larger population and were not really interested about their personal fame, name or any monetary benefits either.
Whether the seer desired to be recognized or not fame came to them and we see the names attached to their contributions, to cite a few examples -Patanjali's Yoga sutras, Pannini's vyakaranashastra, Gautam's nyaya shastra, Bharata's natya shastra, kautilya's artha shastra and many more shastras known by the name of the founder or redactor or commentator.
To quote examples from Ayurveda is easier but it is just a bird's eye view of the vast expanse we know today as Ayurveda – Blood circulation was known to Indians even during the Vedic period and the latter classical text books give a precise and perfect description of circulation, it's disorders and management which has stood the test of time. Neurological disorders like Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's diseases, Myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's diseases, paralysis etc. was all known to Acharya Charaka.
The scientific basis of Ayurveda is laid on strong foundation of holistic genetics, and much more and genetic transformation was in vogue, each individual is treated, not a disease and this concept is slowly gaining importance today. Molecular medicines, concepts of human genome project, which are still in infancy today, were understood and the principles put into practice. Vedas describe amputation, artificial limb and eye transplantation, surgery to change sex, latter Sushruta added many surgical techniques. Among which well known are –reconstructive surgery, cataract surgery, management of fractures, sepsis, wounds, severe bleeding etc.
Surgery developed as battle field causalities demanded it. Surgical instruments were modeled based on requirement of each case Different scopes with multi purpose were all utilized for both visualizing and conducting surgeries. Anti aging, aphrodisiacs, which are just gaining popularity today, were well-developed specializations of medicine in those days. Chyavanaprasha, which is well known for bestowing youth, vigor and vitality, was formulated by Bhrigumaharishi (we find references saying that it was formulated by Bhrigumaharishi) though it was and is one of the best formulations, the Maharishi never would have dreamt of claiming any material benefit, for it was meant for achieving perfect health for all and forever. Doing his part in achieving this would have been the best remuneration he ever thought of.
Dental caries, some types of conjunctivitis, fevers, tuberculosis, skin diseases, leprosy etc. have been described to be caused by microorganisms and management of infections was very well known and a more scientific approach to raise tissue immunity to fight such conditions was outlined and practiced. Environmental pollution and it's prevention was well forecasted and prevented. The world today has started utilizing Homa-dhyana-gem therapy-aromatherapy etc. all got from Ayurveda Ultra sonography which is being used as a diagnostic tool now, had been in vogue as treatment of emergency conditions.
mantra-mani etc. Chikitsa which was suggested for all emergency conditions is only because of the sound energy, the powerful vibrations which could be assessed by action and not by visualizing Highest number of flora and fauna have been experimented and utilized as treatment from times immemorial.The purification of poisonous metals, minerals and animal product has been described. The influence of heavenly bodies on plants, animals, the effect of them on each cell was understood What happens in the macrocosm has an impact on the microcosm been well appreciated then. Forensic medicine, bioweapons etc. –you name a field of specialization, Ayurveda has its own contribution to make which are time tested. Patents of one individual in ancient IndiaThe name of siddha Nagarjuna seems to be given a lot of importance and in many places we find his name attached to some theories, formulations and discoveries-it is as follows-SiddaNagarjuna Rasavada, (theories of the different elements including mercury, tastes, potencies etc.)
Nagarjunaabhra (a medication comprising mica etc. advocated in cardiac diseases), the whole or part of ancient Sushruta Samhita was redacted by Nagarjuna, (this work was given a lot of addition by Nagarjun that made the date of this work questionable).
Today we find inscriptions at Pataliputra which describes the medication invented by Nagarjuna ,which is effective in many eye diseases-it is known as Nagarjuna varti. Arogyavardhini, which enhances health-a herbo mineral formulation used today, was invented by Nagarjuna. The contribution of Nagarjun in the field of alchemy and medicine reveals that poisonous materials like compounds of arsenic, lead, iron, gold, mercury, etc. could be utilized. The title prefixed to this name –siddha tells that he had attained siddhi, and the achievements associated with his name are so many and in so many areas of science that people think that it could have been many individuals with the same name or latter ones could be either tittles conferred to honor the person of achievement. This Nagarjuna is said to have achieved the science and art of turning base metals in to gold, and also attained magical –mystical powers of walking on water, flying in air and also that of becoming invisible etc.
Book entitled “Nagarjuna tantra “ describes tantra which depicts knowledge of physics, chemistry, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, astrology, defense technology etc. .A lot about this versatile genius is shrouded in mystery just as all other ancient achievers who have remained unknown as individuals Agastya is another name which has been associated with many formulations, constellations, plants etc. as-Agastyarasayana, Agastyahareetaki lehya, Agastyarasa, Agastyasootaraja rasa, Agastyapushpa and Agastyanakshatra. Can history bring back lost glory to us?Imagine the fate of the whole world if we Indians claimed royalty for the above and some I quote below—The concept of zero, Branches of mathematics even the technique of calculation, called algorithm, which is today widely used in designing soft ware programs for computers was also derived from Indian mathematics. Navigation was introduced by Indians 6000 years ago. Chess, which is so popular all over the world, was a contribution from India.
Yoga (all religious practices, meditation, yoga asanas) came from the selfless seers so that people all over the world lived like one family. Steel, metal smelting, knowledge of minerals and metals utilized for industrial purposes. The above is just the tip of an iceberg, Indian knowledge compared to an ocean is yet to be explored for its wealth is unfathomable and can never be explored in totality. What constructive steps can be taken? But can we today be so generous as our ancestors? What should be done in this aspect? Do we need to take some constructive steps towards curbing this IPR-which some one rightly expands as-Instrument of Piracy of resources? Or can the contribution of our traditional sciences, art of living so scientifically, each of our cultural resources be patented as Indian, as we Indians are the legal heirs of our Rishis?
Need to unite and formulate certain rules which could be applied universally to safe guard traditional sciences is a much debated issue and an urgency to come to early consensus should be felt at all levels. A good beginning would be to start writing all that our ancient heritage has given us, reformulate unique research methods suitable to present them in the right perspective. It is every patriot's duty to not only to throw light on all related issues but also to claim what rightly belongs to India. We acknowledge that Swadeshi Science movement is a right step in that direction.
It is essential to work united and fast before we lose much more of our rich cultural heritage. Either be passive and lose to the developed world or be positive and patriotic to bring back glory to our ancient Seers-we should make the right choice-is it not? “Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind,” so said Albert Einstein and all Indian sciences are a beautiful blend of both and that is one main reason for it to be so simple, yet so holistic, so ancient in origin yet so adoptable for even centuries to come. ReferencesProtection of Plants, People and Intellectual Rights: Proposed Amendment to the Draft Plant Varieties Act by RFSTE The Enclosure and Recovery of the Commons by V. Shiva, A. H. Jafri, G. Bedi, R. Holla-Bhar Protecting our Biological and Intellectual Heritage in the Age of Biopiracy by Dr Vandana Shiva Future of our Seeds, Future of our Farmers: Agricultural Biodiversity, Intellectual Property Rights and Farmers' Rights by V. Shiva http://www.indiaserver.com/betas/vshiva/ India leads the war against bio-piracy.htm
Dr.Shantala Priyadarshini Email is at present teaching Ayurveda at Mysore and conducting both theoretical and clinical research in Ayurveda.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

12 tips for better living

12 tips for better living
1) Eat only when hungry. Food that is fresh, prepared with love is said to be the best. Avoid food which has preservatives, permitted colors and those which has been over cooked, burnt, and seasoned with lot of spices and salt. 2) Sleep when sleepy and try to maintain a regular bed time. The duration of sleep changes depending on each individual, season, mental-physical exertion, after surgery, period of convalescence, after child birth etc. But a healthy person should sleep well (quality of sleep is more important than duration) and on waking up next morning should feel fit and fine- is an indication to show that sleep has been sufficient. Sleeping during daytime is not good if one wants to enjoy perfect health. Daytime sleep interferes with digestion and metabolism. Perfect quality sleep energizes a person.
3) Natural urges like passing stools, urge to urinate, sneeze, yawn, cough, cry, vomit, sleep and hunger are not to be controlled. Controlling the above causes many health problems — so it is best voided as soon as the urge is felt.
4) Anger, jealousy, greed, unbridled lust and passion, coveting the wealth and property of others; dishonesty —these types of negative qualities are to be controlled to enjoy peaceful life and is a positive step towards better health. (Health Tips in the coming months will elaborate on the above).
5) Excessive use of sense organs is always to be avoided (eg. watching horror movies daily or looking at lustrous objects always, or hearing jarring sounds or hearing music always with headphones on, etc. constantly are to be avoided, inhaling strong smell frequently is not very good).
6) Prayer should be a part of your daily routine — this helps keep your immunity in tact.
7) Habits (food habits, daily lifestyle) should be practiced regularly and sincerely as per each constitution (eg. Pitta persons should reduce spices, Kapha person needs to keep warm etc.)
8) Doing any thing in excess should be always avoided (excessive sexual indulgence, frequent snacking, over working, consuming lot of alcohol etc.)
9) Adventure sport, doing daring acts (swimming against water current, driving vehicles very fast, fighting wild animals or taking part in bull fights etc. activities) just for fun are to be avoided if one wants to enjoy perfect health.
10) Doing your duty honestly, sincerely for your employer, family and society helps you stay fit and healthy.
11) Spending your weekend in the company of best books, honest people and/or in relaxing activities like being with nature, or taking part in prayers, meditation, reading scriptures, or chanting are beneficial.
12) Think straight –eat right is an axiom that one should adopt in life (positive thinking or counting your blessings should be a part of your life and eating should be as per hunger-less in quantity, according to season and what the body really needs)
This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe or heal any health condition. It is not intended to substitute for care from healthcare professionals.

Diet and Ayurveda

Diet and Ayurveda
Ayurveda emphatically says-that a person who eats sensible will not fall sick and one who listens to the dictates of his tongue should not be treated.
The above statment points towards the importance given to proper diet in Ayurveda.If a person knows what to eat,how ,when,why then it is a sure step towards improving one's health.Here in our classes we do teach all about diet and it's importance.
Globally Ayurveda is gaining popularity so we need to understand food of every part of the world
Let us start a discussion on diet.If u have any questions please do shoot

Monday, December 4, 2006

Ayurvedic health tips

12 Tips to Relieve Constipation
1. Include more fruits in your daily diet helps (grapes-lemon-apples-banana-oranges etc.)
2. Chew each morsel of food 30-40 times before swallowing
3. Eat steamed freshly bought vegetables. Green leafy veggies may be balanced for Vayu doshas by cooking with ginger, cumin, coriander and asafetida.
4. Drink a glass of water upon waking, just after visiting bathroom
5. Dry fruits like raisins, dates or figs to be soaked overnight and eaten in the morning.
6. Eat papaya before or after meals is helpful not only in relieving constipation but also helps you look young.
7. Lemon juice squeezed in a cup of hot water with a pinch of salt to be taken early morning –daily
8. One hour before your wakening time drink 1-2 cups of saline hot water and then go back to bed again –this helps clear your bowels
9. Adding 1-2 spoons of castor oil to milk and drinking it daily at bedtime helps
10. Avoid eating lot of spices, fried food, frozen food and food/drinks with preservatives, don't suppress natural urges.
11. Squat for 10 minutes first thing in morning to relieve gas and stimulate apana Vayu (downward air movement) to induce urge to pass stool. Twist the upper torso from side to side to trigger energy points on the lower belly for the same goal.
12. Then squat on toilet or place feet on small step bench when attempting to pass stool.
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