Sunday, May 01, 2016

Heavy metals in Ayurvedic herbs and traditional Ayurvedic formulations

The heavy metal contamination of ayurvedic medicines is a much talked - about subject these days. The controversy began with the publication of Saper et al in Journal of American Medical Association Volume 292: pages 2868-2873 in 2004. They collected some herbo-mineral preparations from Boston area and analyzed the heavy metal content.  These products were prepared with inorganic substances like arsenic, mercury etc and therefore, their presence was not at all surprising.  However, Saper et al misconstrued  the data and asserted that all ayurvedic medicines are toxic. This paper was followed by many others reporting that Ayurvedic medicines are loaded with heavy metals. These reports were given global publicity through Western print media, TV channels, radio stations and the internet.
The publicity campaign was so successful that now even Ayurvedic physicians believe that ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals!

Almost all these studies were based on information obtained from ayurvedic medicines prepared from calcined metals and inorganic substances like mercury, arsenic sulphide, antimony and so on. No information is available on the content of heavy metals in traditional ayurvedic medicines prepared exclusively from herbs. Twelve years have elapsed and not even one CSIR institute or the Bureau of Indian Standards had the thoughtfulness to carry out a dispassionate enquiry into the so-called presence of lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury in traditional ayurvedic formulations prepared exclusively using herbs. A small band of researchers in CARe Keralam Ltd,  an Ayurveda consortium in Chalakudi, Kerala, India has finally published a research paper in Aryavaidyan (Volume 28, No.2, published by Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal) demonstrating that 126 ayurvedic formulations produced by 32 companies and 34 common ayurvedic herbs collected from all geographical regions of India contained these heavy metals in quantities well below the limits set by Government of India.

Interestingly, this pro-Ayurveda study was conducted by these non-Ayurveda persons.

Read complete Article and research paper here -
http://ayurveda-foryou.com/heavy_metals/heavymetals-in-ayurvedicmedicines.html 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bottle Gourd for Weight Reduction

This humble vegetable is often ignored and not given its due in our culinary diary. It is also known as calabash or opo squash. It is an amazing vegetable with high water content. It can be taken as a cooked vegetable or as juice.
Popularly known as Lauki in India, it is easily digestible and has amazing medicinal properties too. It cools the body and acts as a hydrating agent. Taken first thing in the morning, a glass of bottle gourd juice aids in weight loss, keeping us satiated, thus reducing hunger pangs. It has high-fibre content and it is this that helps in keeping us full.

It helps in the smooth functioning of the digestive system. This helps in regulating the metabolism of the body. Due to a high rate of metabolism, food gets digested quickly and there is no accumulation of fat in the body. Thus, it aids in weight loss indirectly. Bottle gourd juice should not be filtered, as it will result in the loss of fibre and valuable nutrients. Before extracting the juice, a small piece of the vegetable should be tasted, as some vegetables tend to have a bitter taste. Also, never mix bottle gourd juice with the juice of any other vegetable.

Read more about Bottle Gourd here.

Herbal Medicine to Heal your Thyroid

There are many herbal thyroid boosters that can help regulate the thyroid gland. There are also some herbs that may not directly balance the thyroid but may help alleviate symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

The following herbs are regarded as good natural support for the thyroid.

1. Bladderwrack: also known as the seaweed fucus, is a form of kelp that has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism.

2. Guggul: This Ayurvedic herb has been studied for decades for its pro-thyroid properties. It enhances enzymatic activity in the thyroid and helps the gland to use iodine. In addition, it helps convert thyroid hormone T4 to its more bio-active partner T3.

3. Ashwagandha: Chronic stress puts strain on the all-important HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) system, which results in suppressed thyroid function. Ashwagandha takes strain off the pituitary and hypothalamus, thereby stimulating thyroid activity.

Read more about Ayurvedic Management of Thyroid Disorders.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

MORE THAN HALF ALLOPATHIC DOCS PRESCRIBE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES!

If you are dependent on Ayurvedic medicines prescribed by your allopath, then you better think again before taking your next dose. Your doctor is as ignorant about Ayurvedic medicines as you are.

A study by the pharmacology department of KEM hospital has revealed that most of the allopaths who prefer prescribing Ayurvedic medicines for ailments like liver disorder, arthritis, cough and cold, kidney stones and piles, have very little knowledge about Ayurvedic medicines.

According to the study, 99% of the resident doctors did not even learn the basics of Ayurveda but 67% of them prescribe Ayurvedic medicines to their patients.

The study states that the commonly prescribed proprietary Ayurvedic medicines were Liv 52 (39%), Shatavari (13%), Cystone (12%) and common ailments for which these medicines prescribed were liver disorders (34%), arthritis (18%), cough and cold (13%), kidney stones (11%), and piles (10%).

However, while allopaths prescribe Ayurvedic medicines, they don’t show any inclination towards learning about the medicines. “At least 90% of these doctors basically rely on the reputation and credibility of the manufacturer, instead of knowing the content of the medicines. This is what needs to be changed.

Here is online course about Basic Principles of Ayurveda.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Buttermilk — a Versatile Drink

There’s is a simile about Buttermilk: What Nectar is for the gods , buttermilk is for human beings.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Buttermilk, or “takra" or "chaas” is used as a medicine to maintain health as well as treat disease. Buttermilk improves digestion, treats digestive disorders and other gastro-intestinal disorders. It treats inflammation, , spleen and liver disorders and is also beneficial in anemia. It can be taken instead of an antacid as it fights acidity in the stomach. It also helps with acid reflex after meals as it cools the stomach and soothes any irritation.

After eating a spicy meal such as curry, buttermilk soothes the stomach lining. It also washes down oil, butter and ghee.So, grab the buttermilk before you grab your antacid.

Generally, in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the use of Buttermilk ( takra) is emphasized. The patient has to be kept on the diet of buttermilk, which is the treatment and nutrition in IBS. Buttermilk is digestive, astringent, and light to digest and helps in improving the consistency of the stool

In a study it has been found that fat molecules in buttermilk contain unique bioactive proteins that lower cholesterol and have antiviral, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic properties. This same study found that drinking buttermilk every day can significantly reduce blood pressure.

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This online course providing in-depth view on Ayurvedic Nutrition;
There is a discussion of basic concepts of Ayurvedic Nutrition and their applications in maintaining health as well as treating diseases.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ayurvedic Herb- Gokshura - an Excellent Aphrodisiac

Gokshura is widely used in Ayurveda to boost libido as it is an aphrodisiac. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine says that Gokshura (gokhru) can improve fertility. It also says that it can improve sperm count and motility. One of the important properties that make gokhru an aphrodisiac is the fact that it boosts testosterone levels and hence improves libido.

The whole plant is full of biologically active compounds, and every part of it has different health benefits.
Its fruit is rich in alkaloids, resins, saponins and certain aromatic oils.
The stem contains phytosterols, alkaloids such as harman, tannins and carbohydrates.
The roots and leaves contain flavonoids, alkaloids, resins and proteins.
All these active compounds are responsible for its different health benefits.

Apart from being used as an aphrodisiac, gokhru can also be used to improve kidney and liver function and treat urinary diseases. It is known to control blood pressure levels as it has cholesterol-lowering properties.
Method of using Gokshura
Various Gokhru supplements are easily available in Ayurvedic medicine shop.

Caution: gokhru should be consumed under medical supervision as its continuous use is known to increase the risk of prostate disorders. One should also avoid using it during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

This Ancient Ayurvedic Plant May Be The World’s Most Important Herb

Sayer Ji from Greenmedinfo explains just why turmeric is so miraculous:

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.

There are over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as Curcumin. These can be viewed on a turmeric research  page

Read more about this Miraculous Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb- Turmeric

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ZIKA virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Symptoms

About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.
Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.

Treatment

-- There is no vaccine to prevent or specific medicine to treat Zika infections.
-- Treat the symptoms:
-- Get plenty of rest.
-- Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
-- Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to relieve fever and pain.
-- Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.