Saturday, December 27, 2003

The kitchen clinic

Cold weather and pollution are a deadly combination for young asthmatics. Since Ayurveda classifies asthma as an acutely kaphic disorder brought on by excessive mucous and phlegm, the best prescription is honey.

Packed with subtle alcohols and ethereal oils, honey drains mucous from the respiratory passages and eliminates it from the lungs.

In fact, the ancient vaids actually believed that when an asthmatic child so much as inhales the air above a pot of honey, his breathing becomes easier. Hot garlic milk with a dash of turmeric, and ajwain tea are also traditional remedies for asthma. Avoid mucous forming foods like rice, wheat, yogurt, bananas, nuts and all dairy products, especially ice-cream and cheese.
[from News Mid-day]

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Master’s course in herbs

With the West putting a credibility crimp on herbal medicines, the interest in herbs and herbal medicines in the country has been on the up for the past few years. From personal care products to medicines for critical diseases, herbs are being used today as never before.

Recognising the trend and taking note of a growing interest in herbs, the Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) has joined hands with Jadavpur University (JU) to offer a one-year post-graduate diploma course in herbalogy, billed as the first in this part of the country. A memorandum of understanding has been inked between the 184-year-old society and the university.

Monday, December 22, 2003

India’s first Child Specialist’ chyawanprash, Sivananda Bal Chyawanprabha has been launched. This special formulation has been designed to address the needs of growing children, keeping in mind the increasing pressures of today's lifestyles. Bal Chyawanprabha has a sweeter and child friendly taste that makes it more palatable than the other standard formulations of Chyawanprash

Bal Chyawanprabha not only provides immunity and addresses the physical needs of the body, but also helps in the child’s mental development. Herbs like Brahmibooti & Shankpushpi that are not present in the standard formulations, help in improving the concentration and mental development of children in their growing years. Apart from this, the formulations contain child specific herbs in optimal quantity, each of which address specific nutritional needs of children in their growing years.

Sivananda Chyawanprash range:
Sivananda has also launched two other variants to cater to the adults and older people in the family. While Amrit Chyawanprabha addresses the needs of older people, Sivananda Chyawanprash is the original formulation as per Ayurved Saar Sangrah, and is best suited for the adults in the family.


Tuesday, December 09, 2003

An Indian medicine for hepatitis B
Are Your Personal and Skin Care Products Safe?

ABC announced a study that was recently conducted on 72 name brand products. Of these 72 products, 52 contained at least one kind of phthalate. What is even more perplexing is that only 1 of the products tested lists it as an ingredient on the label - another cosmetic conspiracy! Did you know that studies conducted on animals show that phthalates can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system?
According to Ayurveda, you should put on your skin only products that are completely natural and chemically free. 100x washed ghruta Cream is made from an organic ghee that is used for gourmet cooking. This ghruta is washed 100 times in a copper bowl while reciting mantras. This process completely transforms the ghruta into cooling, nourishing, silky cream.
100x washed ghruta Cream is very well absorbed by the skin and leaves the skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and glowing.
It is an excellent Astringent, Moisturiser, Anti-wrinkle & Cleansing cream. Can be used as a daily moisturizer on the face (or whole body) or for facial massage. Also, has calming effect on reddish or burned skin, and on eczema and rosacea.
Try it for yourself ! Available on website Ayurveda For You

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Heart and health

EXERCISE and change in dietary habits can keep heart diseases at bay. This was stressed by well known cardiologist Dr Jagdish Hiremath who was participating in a discussion arranged by the Creative foundation at the Lokmanya Sabagriha at Kesariwada on November 30. With heart surgeries being expensive for the common man, the only solution was to lead a healthy life, stressed cardiologist Dr Manoj Naik. Ayurveda practitioner Dr Anthony Joseph talked about treatment of heart diseases through ayurveda.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Tips for Asthama patients -
Rescue diet

Ayurveda classifies asthma as an acutely kaphic disorder brought on by excessive mucous and phlegm.

The remedy: Honey, the best anti-kaphic elixir known to man. Packed with subtle alcohols and ethereal oils, honey drains mucous from the respiratory passages and eliminates it from the lungs.

The ancient vaids actually believed that when an asthmatic patient so much as inhales the air above a pot of honey, his breathing becomes easier.

Apart from this rather romantic tip, avoid mucous forming foods like rice, wheat, yoghurt , bananas, nuts and all dairy products, especially ice cream and cheese.

Herbal help

Ginger, garlic and onions are all mucous busters, so keep those ‘tadkas’ going!

Steaming ginger tea or hot garlic milk should be taken in the morning and evening.

Add turmeric (haldi) for a more potent concoction.
‘Ajwain pani’ or caraway seeds boiled in water is also a traditional ayurvedic remedy for asthma.
-From "Mid-Day" November 27, 2003

Monday, November 17, 2003

Cuba Blends Western Medicine with Natural Therapies to Meet Changing Economic Realities

(Nov. 15) HAVANA - Cuba entered a new era referred to as the “Special Period” with everyone tightening their belts and making do without ordinary supplies. There was a dire shortage of drugs, hospital supplies and equipment to serve this island nation of 11 million people. Consequently, the government began encouraging the development and wider use of herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies, as well as acupuncture, yoga and other Asian therapies. And the effort has paid off in readily observable terms:

* Today each of Cuba’s 169 municipalities has a state-run clinic that offers traditional and natural medical services.

* Medical schools here offer specialty training in traditional and natural medicine.

* Many pharmacies, their shelves bare of modern drugs and other medical supplies, are stocked with herbal and homeopathic remedies.

* Acupuncture, brought here by Chinese immigrants, where it merged with traditions conserved by African slaves and their descendants, is routinely used for more than 20 kinds of surgeries instead of general anesthesia.

Officially, Cuban health ministers say that employment of traditional and natural medicine “does not constitute an alternative or complementary therapeutic method to solve problems of an economic nature.” Instead, they maintain, “TNM is a discipline within medical sciences that requires profound study and continued practice in the country, even after current shortages (of medications) are resolved.”

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Ayurveda - religious cults, sects and movements
Ashwagandha can prevent cataract

PTI [ Tuesday, October 28, 2003 ]

HYDERABAD : Progression of age-related cataract can be arrested by intake of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), a plant used in Ayurveda, according a study here.

Geetha Thiagarajan and colleagues at the L V Prasad Eye Institute reported that their experiments in test tubes had shown that water extract of Ashwagandha had excellent antioxidant, cytoprotective and related properties.

They said that it was also able to retard the formation of 'cold cataract' (a phenomenon where the proteins of the eye lens separate) "suggesting that Ashwagandha could well act as a cataract-static agent".

The scientists, who reported their findings in the October 10 issue of Current Science, said the antioxidant and other properties of Ashwagandha make it an attractive drug of choice to be tried on human patients.

Antioxidant vitamins were known to delay cataract formation, but they were very expensive compared to Ashwagandha, they added.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003


Diabetes rate Alarming !
One in Three Children Will Develop Diabetes !!
Here is Global Diabetes epidemic !!!

One in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime,
according to a new U.S. government report.

K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, Chief of the Diabetes Epidemiology Section at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, presented the
findings here on June 14th at the American Diabetes Association 63rd Annual Scientific

The study showed that 33% of boys and 39% of girls born in 2000 will develop diabetes
in their lifetime. Hispanic children face the worse odds of developing the disease:
45% of the boys and 53% of the girls will become diabetic, the model predicted.
Black boys and girls stand a 40 and 45% risk of developing diabetes in their lifetimes,
respectively, while for white boys and girls, the comparable figures are 27% and 31% .....

"We knew that the diabetes rate was increasing, but this finding was dramatic even to us,
" Dr. Narayan said. The projected lifetime risk is about three times higher than the American
Diabetes Association's current estimate, he said...........

"The message to physicians is to stress to their patients that while all of this is frightening,
there is a lot of hope," he said in an interview. "With simple lifestyle changes -- including
healthier diets and physical activity -- patients can decrease their risk of developing diabetes
by more than 50%."

Last year, the Diabetes Prevention Program trial of 3,234 overweight people with pre-diabetes
showed that at 3 years, participants who modified their lifestyles slashed their risk of developing
type 2 diabetes by 58%, compared with those taking placebo.

[Study title: Lifetime Risk for Diabetes Mellitus in the United States. Abstract 967-P]

What these simple changes in lifestyle could be ??
Ayurveda has provided right answer to this.

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Saturday, November 08, 2003

Two New ebook 'Ayurvedic Pathology' & 'Ayurvedic Physiology' are published !
Most of the ebooks published initially were of introductory in nature. This month we are publishing two text-books on Ayurvedic subjects in ebook format.These ebooks will be of great help to the students of Ayurveda as well for enthusiastic readers to satisfy their desire for deeper knowledge of Ayurveda.
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