Monday, August 04, 2014

AYURVEDA WORKS -– even Western science now says so

Conventional studies are revealing that this ancient Indian medicinal system can truly address a slew of ills, from diabetes to depression.
Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, is currently under the scrutiny of the Western scientific community. So far, the results are encouraging.

A study in The Netherlands proves that Ayurveda significantly lowers the level of toxins in the body after only two weeks of treatment.
Patrick Eyquem, the Frenchman from Bordeaux, France, who runs Arogya Ayurvedic Center says “We did blood tests on chemicals accumulated in the body that one acquires from food, such as from fertilizers and pesticides, and the reduction of chemicals after two weeks was from 48-50 percent.”

Another research team, this time led by Dr. Rainer Waldsch├╝tz,  at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, conducted a study on a group of 130 subjects.
After 14 days on panchakarma, an Ayurvedic detoxification treatment, the average level of cholesterol dropped from 203.5 mg to 179.5 mg. LDL levels dropped by about 8.7 percent. This, in turn, reduced the risk of heart attack by about 17.8 percent.

Other findings of the study included: decreased levels of 17 toxic and cancer-causing chemicals from the body tissues, including heavy metals and pesticides; decreased cholesterol by lowering toxic lipid peroxide levels; decreased the rate of platelet clumping; raised the good, HDL cholesterol; lowered diastolic blood pressure; reduced free radicals; reduced bodily complaints, irritability, strain and psychological inhibitions; decreased anxiety and aging.
During the study, Ayurveda has been proven successful in treating chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis (88 percent effective), bronchial asthma (78 percent), chronic bronchitis (71 percent), eczema (68 percent), psoriasis (60 percent), chronic constipation (88 percent), headache (85 percent), chronic sinusitis (100 percent), diabetes mellitus (75 percent) and hypertension (56 percent).

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Turmeric Steadies Blood Sugar

Turmeric is a flavorful yellow spice used in rice and meat dishes and even deserts, but it also has outstanding medicinal properties. Use turmeric to treat high blood sugar levels, a practice that has been scientifically confirmed by research at Gujarat University. They confirmed that the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, switches on the genes that keep blood glucose levels stable. The compound can also help the pancreas make insulin when it is low. In order to see the benefits of turmeric, start taking about half a teaspoon daily either directly or in your cooking.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ayurveda medicinal plants with anti-diabetic and other beneficial properties



Plant Name
Ayurvedic/common name/
Anti-diabetic and other beneficial effects proved scientifically
References
Acacia arabica:
Babbul
Hypoglycemic effect by initiating release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells
( Wadood A., et all, 1989 )
Aegle marmelos
Bael or Bilva
Hypoglycemic activity
(Karunanayake E.H. et all, 1984)
Aloe vera
and
Aloe barbadensis
Gwarpatha
or Ghritkumari
Hypoglycemic activity

Azadirachta indica:
Neem
Anti-diabetic activity, apart from this plant also has anti-bacterial, antimalarial, antifertility, hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects
(Biswas K., et all, 2002 )
Annona squamosa
Sitaphal
Hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic activities of ethanolic leaf-extract, Increased plasma insulin level

(Kaleem M. et all, 2006 & Gupta R K, et all, 2005)
Artemisia pallens
Davana
Hypoglycemic, increases peripheral glucose utilization or inhibits glucose reabsorption
(Subramonium A., et all, 1996 )
Areca catechu
Pugi/Supari
Hypoglycemic
(Chempakam B. 1993 )
Boerhavia diffusa
Punarnava
Increase in hexokinase activity,decrease in glucose-6-phosphatase and fructose bis-phosphatase activity, increase plasma insulin level, antioxidant
(Pari L.,2004 & Sateesh M A 2004)
Bombax ceiba
Semul or Shalmali

Palasha
Hypoglycemic

Hypoglycemic
(Somani R., et all, 2006 )
(Saleem R.,et all, 1999 )
Butea monosperma
Cassia auriculata Linn
Avartaki
Antihyperglycemic
(S. J. Surana, et all, 2008 )
Capparis decidua
Karir or Kair
Hypoglycemic, antioxidant, hypolipidaemic
(Agarwal V., Chauhan B.M. 1988 )

Coccinia indica
Bimbi
Hypoglycemic
(Kamble S.M.,et all, 1998)

Emblica officinalis
Amla, Dhatriphala, a constituent of herbal formulation, “Triphala”
Decreases lipid peroxidation, antioxidant, Hypoglycemic
  1. Bhattacharya A, et all 1999,b. Kumar K C S , et all, 1999, c. Bhattacharya A, et all, 1995)

Enicostema littorale
Krimihrita
Increase hexokinase activity, Decrease glucose 6-phosphatase and fructose 1,6 bisphosphatase activity. Dose dependent hypoglycemic activity
(a) Maroo J., et all, 2003, b. Vijayvargia R. et all, 2000)

Eugenia jambolana
Indian gooseberry, jamun, Jambu
Antihyperglycemic effect, Inhibits insulin activity from liver and kidney
(Acherekar S., et all, 1991)

Ficus bengalenesis

Vat/ Burgad
Hypoglycemic, antioxidant
(Augusti K.T., et all, 1994)


Gymnema sylvestre
Gudmar
or Meshashringi
Anti-hyperglycemic effect, hypolipidemic
  1. Chattopadhyay R.R, 1999, b. Preuss H.G., et all, 1998)

Hemidesmus indicus
Sariva/Anantamul
Anti snake venom activity, anti-inflammatory, Hypoglycemic
(Alam M.I., Gomes A. 1998)

Hibiscus rosa-sinesis
Hollarhena antidisentrica
Gudahal or Japa

Kutaj
Initiates insulin release from pancreatic beta cells
Hypoglycemic activity
(Sachadeva A., Khemani L.D, 1999)
(P. Chandar – 2006)

Momordica cymbalaria
Karela
Hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic
(Rao B.K. et all, 1999)

Murraya koenigii
Curry patta, Meetha Neem
Hypoglycemic, increases glycogenesis and decreases gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis
(Khan B.A.,, et all, 1995)

Swertia chirayita
Chiraita
Stimulates insulin release from islets
(Saxena A.M., et all, 1993)

Syzygium alternifolium
Shaha - jira
Hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic
(Rao B.K., Rao C.H., 2001 )

Terminalia belerica
Behada
Antibacterial, Hypoglycemic
(Sabu M.C., Kuttan R, 2002 )

Terminalia chebula
Haritaki or Harad
Antibacterial, Hypoglycemic
(Sabu M.C., Kuttan R., 2002)

Vinca rosea
Sadabahar
Anti-hyperglycemic
(Chattopadhyay S.R, et all, 1991 )

Withania somnifera
Ashvagandha, Winter cherry
Hypoglycemic, diuretic and hypocholesterolemic
(Adallu B., Radhika B. , 2004 )



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Mercury in Ayurvedic medicines is good

Contrary to the debate on international regulations to ban trade of mercury owing to its toxicity and adverse impact on the environment, an Ayurveda expert at the Banaras Hindu University has advocated the use of mercurial preparations as medicine to treat acute and chronic diseases. However, he has also cautioned against its free use.

"Mercurial preparations in Ayurveda are not toxic in nature if prepared according to classical parameters with guidelines of good manufacturing practices," said head of the department of Rasa Shastra Prof Anand Chaudhary.

"But, classically prepared Ayurvedic medicines are not toxic. Mercury in Ayurveda is processed specifically with very specific pharmaceutical preparation, known as ?Samskar' of mercury and finally converted into medicinal sulphide form, which is not harmful," claimed Chaudhary.

According to him, western countries tried to use mercury as medicine in the 15th-16th century AD, but failed in their attempt. They used mercury to treat diuretic and syphilis in its chloride form and experienced many adverse effects. But Indian Ayurveda developed innovative methods in the 10th century AD to convert elemental mercury into its sulphide medicinal form. Indian knowledge is perfect as it developed technology to produce stable and non toxic form of Mercury as Rasa Sindoor, Rasa Parpati and many other forms of medicines of Ayurveda, he claimed.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Poha — Powerhouse of nutrition



Poha is one of the few Indian dishes that can be had for breakfast, lunch or even as a snack. Made from flattened or beaten rice, it can be prepared in a jiffy and is highly nutritious too. Rice is parboiled, flattened and dried to make the thin flakes that we call poha. All over India, poha is made in many different ways making it a very versatile dish. Here we look at the many nutrition benefits of the humble poha.

Packed with iron: Eating poha regularly can prevent iron deficiency or anaemia as it contains 20 mg of iron in every 100g raw rice flakes. Children as well as pregnant and lactating women can benefit greatly by consuming it. Softened poha is also a great way to add dietary iron when an infant is weaned from breastmilk. Sufficient iron helps the body to form haemoglobin that carries oxygen to body cells and also builds immunity. Squeeze a cut lemon on the poha as it helps improve iron absorption.

A complete meal: Mixed vegetables can be added to rice flakes to make it rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Add sprouts, soya nuggets, peanuts and even boiled eggs to make a well-balanced and high-protein meal. Poha also makes a tasty and healthy packed lunch for toddlers as well as office goers. Opt for beaten rice made from brown rice for an extra health boost. Here are some more quick breakfast options. 

A good source of carbs: Carbohydrates are the major source of energy in a bowl of poha. This makes it a perfect breakfast option. It can be eaten for snack too in the place of unhealthy options such as chips and biscuits. Carbohydrates are needed to help our body store energy, and perform various other functions. But getting your carb intake from healthy sources is vital and poha is one healthy source. 

Very low on gluten: These days, many people are cutting down on food grains like wheat and barley even if they aren’t sensitive to gluten. These people can opt for poha as it has very low amounts of gluten. People who have celiac disease should consult their doctor if they can eat poha without causing bloating or stomach pain. They can eat khichdi too as it is very healthy. Here are some health benefits of khichdi. 

Good for diabetics: Poha is considered to be a great meal option for diabetics as it promotes slow release of sugar into the bloodstream. It also keeps you full for longer time. A single serving is enough to keep you going without hunger pangs and reach for unhealthy sweets and junk food. Add chunks of soya to increase its nutritive value. You can also try this sample diet plan for diabetics. 

To avoid monotony, make it by incorporating many different ingredients. Each state in India has their own version of this dish. Try this mixed sprouts poha for breakfast. 

Given below is the calorie count in 1 katori of poha: 

Vegetable Poha- 244 Kcal

Peanut Poha- 589 Kcal

Huli Avalakki- 222 Kcal

Content courtesy- http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-poha-k214/

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ayurvedic treatments for male infertility

The rate at which infertility is fast becoming a common phenomenon in today's hectic stressful lives, is rather alarming, all thanks to our current lifestyle taking a toll on our overall health.

Infertility is a medical condition affecting almost one in ten couples trying to conceive. Male fertility problems are the primary diagnosis in approximately 25 % of cases and contribute to a further 15-25% of the remaining cases.

Ayurvedic remedies have long been used to address the problems of fertility. Evidence of the use of herbal remedies for male infertility dates all the way back to 5000 BC.

Mucuna Pruriens (Kawach)
A medicinal plant, which has been mentioned in the treatises of ancient Indian texts such as the 'Charaka Samhita' and the 'Susrutha Samhita'.

Shilajit
An excellent restorative and rejuvenating tonic, it ensures good physical performance for the individual and leads to balanced and harmonious health. Shilajit is also known as sex tonic in India as it increases the core energy responsible for sexual drive or libido. It balances debility, general fatigue and provides strength to muscles and bones.

Safed Musli
The dried roots of Safed Musli (also known as asparagus) are used in Ayurveda as an aphrodisiac. Its tubers are used in Ayurvedic medicine preparations.White Musli or Safed Musli is primarily used as a tonic to rejuvenate the reproductive system. The regular use of this herb is valuable in impotency, premature ejaculation and low sperm count in men. As it is very rich in glycosides, it works very well in curing impotency and low sperm count

Ashwagandha
This is a very effective medicine for male infertility.  It is a tonic for the nerves and helps in neuritis. It is helpful in sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction and Oligospermia.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Prepare Ayurvedic Medicines at your home

Prepare Ayurvedic Medicines at your home – Video by By Prof.Dr.R.R.Deshpande ,Pune,India
Ayurvedic Medicines are very natural to human body systems. If you have little liking of cooking, then preparing Ayurvedic Medicines is a fun. It gives Quality medicines, in a low cost compare to Market Medicines. 

There are 3 parts of this Video .In first part you will see Panchkol Phant ( Hot infusion of 5 pungent plants),Dhanya Hima( Cold infusion of Dry Coriander) ,Arjun Kshir pak( Medicated milk from Arjun as Cardiac Tonic) . 
In Second  part you will see Preparation of Shatavari Kalpa ( Sugar Granules of Asparegus Recemosus). 
In Third  part you will see   Preparation of Bala oil( Medicated oil from Bala) 

For First Part
For Second Part
For Third Part

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Eat right for a Healthy life

Our diet is an essential factor for the formation of our body. It is clearly mentioned in 'Charak Samhita' that consuming improper diet in improper way is the main cause of 'Disease'.

Acording to 'Charak ,"An appropriate and suitable diet in a disease is equivalent to hundred drugs and any quantity of drug hardly compares to good results in disease without following proper dietetic regimen"


 When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need. "

[Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
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