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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