Monday, December 24, 2007

Deuba calls for protecting rare medicinal herbs
Nepalgunj, Dec. 20: The second national herbs, herbal products and spices exhibition fair and seminar began here from today. The theme of the fair is- Let's publicise Nepali herbs in the world and make it the backbone of national economy.'

Sunday, November 04, 2007

In Ayurveda, there are many herbs that may help with obesity.
OBESITY is a global public health problem2. The health consequences of obesity range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life.
Being obese can also put you at increased risk of non-fatal, but debilitating health problems, such as respiratory difficulties, chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems, and infertility.
Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin resistance.
In many cultures, traditional herbs may have more acceptance than prescription drugs in trying to alleviate the problems caused by obesity3. Various herbs such as Vrikshamla (Garcinia cambogia), Guggulu (Commiphora wightii), Meshashringi (Gymnema sylvestre), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Medhika (Trigonella foenum-graecum) are recommended for obesity in Ayurveda.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

EU likely to revise guidelines for imports of Indian herbal drugs - livemint
Local manufacturers currently face a barrier in the form of a 15-year usage criterion; hopeful of speedy resolution

Monday, October 22, 2007

Triphala – Herbal Colon Cleanser and Constipation Cure
Dr. John AnneOctober 22, 2007
Triphala is an amazing contribution of Ayurveda, the ancient study of natural medications. Triphala is a preparation that is essentially formulated with three myrobalans, known as Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. These three myrobalans refer emblic myrobalans (Emblica officinalis), belliric myrobalans (Terminalia bellirica) and chebulic myrobalans (Terminalia chebula) respectively.
Benefits of Triphala
Triphala is used to enhance appetite and digestion process. It increases red blood cell counts. It is used to remove extra fat from the body system. If it is used internally, it helps clear digestion process and alleviate the symptoms of headaches. However, there are other claimed benefits associated with the usage of Triphala such as enhancing skin complexion and skin texture.
Since ancient times, Indian continent is rich with the blessings of various useful herbs that not only aid in treating various health hazards, but also in promoting overall healthy balance, both physically and psychologically. In India, people usually take Triphala on a regular basis, no wonder the diseases are far away from that individual.
Each of the fruit components of Triphala takes a great care of the body system by promoting gentle purification of all toxic elements of the body, while improving the digestive system throughout. Due to its ability to nourish internal organ of the body, it resembles the care of the mother to her child. With its high nutritional value, it cleanses the body at the deepest organic level without running down the reserves of the body system. That makes this preparation one of the best among all herbal medications in the world.
Triphala reduces the serum cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It significantly improves function of the liver as well as blood circulation. It has the ability to exert a remarkable protection against cardiovascular diseases.
Ayurvedic Significance
As stated in the study of Ayurveda, the body system is composed of three humors or tridosha. These three humors are known as vata, pitta and kapha. Vata interprets ‘wind’, relating to mind and nervous system. Pitta is interpreted as ‘fire’, relating to metabolic transformation inclusive of digestion and absorption of food. Kapha interprets ‘water’, relating to anabolic or development processes in the body system. Now the three constituents that is, Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki represent these three humors. Amalaki is related with pitta humor, so it helps treating inflammatory complications, liver problems, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, infections and many others.
Apart from that, Amalaki offers its significant role as antibacterial and antiviral substance, pronounced expectorant and cardiovascular nourishment tonic. Bibhitaki corresponds to kapha humor. It helps treating asthma, allergies, coughs and bronchiole complications. Haritaki is linked with vata humor. It is helpful in treating chronic constipation, nervousness and anxiety.
Triphala is a well-balanced formulation of these three constituents. All of these three constituents have been studied scientifically and the result confirms the traditional benefits of the same. In total, it is one of the best Ayurvedic rasayana or preparation that offers an excellent solution for lowering cholesterol level, reducing high blood pressure, enhancing blood circulation, improving digestive system and managing eradication without being dependent on laxatives.
Form of availability
You can avail it typically in either of two forms. Either you may have powder or you may have it in the tablet form. Traditional studies suggest taking this medication in the form of powder or churna. You may mix 2 to 3 grams of the powder along with lukewarm water and mix it very well. You can have it either in the evening time every day or you may have it divided into three parts and have it throughout the day following a particular time. Both adults and children can take benefit from it; however the dosages will be varied.
If the dosage is taken in larger quantity, it works as a laxative, whereas if the dosage is low, it functions like an effective blood purifier.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Increasing Americans learning Yoga, Ayurveda

New York, Oct 7: The ancient Hindu healing methods of Yoga and Ayurveda have found an increasing number of Americans learning the Indian practices.

Numerous Yoga and Ayurveda centres now dot New York City, which offer meditation and exercise sessions.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ayurvedic Cooking Makes a Comeback!
( - Bangkok,Bangkok,Thailand)
Ayurveda literally means ‘the science of life’. This ancient but highly advanced science stresses on correct food habits, appropriate exercise, specific breathing techniques and a peaceful meditative mind as the pathways to a long and healthy life.
Ayurvedic cooking is based on the ancient texts of the Ayurveda where the food prepared is not just flavourful but is also believed to cleanse the body of toxins and rejuvenate the system.
The basic principals of Ayurvedic cooking places equal importance on the cooking technique as of the ingredients themselves. Freshness is a vital factor (so think twice before reaching out for those tinned chickpeas!) The right food taken at the right time in the right combination based on individual body types is believed to be the key to good health.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Eat your way to hair health - ayurvedic tips for lovely tresses
Ayurvedic recommendations for your hair are not only effective at maintaining hair strength, color and luster, they also steer you away from chemicals-based hair care that can create health problems in the long term.
Healthy lifestyle habits lowers heart risk even with late-starters
Published September 6th, 2007 in Heart Care, Immune Strength, Exercise Guide, News and Researches.

Leading a healthy lifestyle even if later in life, could lower the risk of developing heart disease and premature death within years of changing habits.
Researchers of Medical University, South Carolina, tried to find out if late-starters could actually gain the rewards of healthy habits like eating fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking, controlling weight gain, and walking thirty minutes a day.
Once the tracking process began, nearly sixteen thousand people in the age group of 45 to 64 years, only about 8.5 percent were following all the four healthy habits mentioned above. Among the other adults, 8.4 percent began practicing the four healthy habits within six years after the beginning of studies.
The middle-aged who began including five or more vegetables and fruits every day, exercising for atleast 2.5 hours a week, keeping tab on their weight gain, and gave up smoking, decreased their risk of heart diseases by thirty five percent and the risk of premature death by fourty percent within four years after they started. Their rate of heart attacks and death rates matched with those who had been following the healthy lifestyle habits all through their lives.
The results indicate that picking up all four habits eventually leads to a sharp decline in heart disease risk, and death from any cause. However, to gain health benefits, it took all four habits to be incorporated, as including only three healthy lifestyle habits, resulted only in a modest decrease in overall risk of death, and in no significant decrease in heart disease. However, the results do not necessarily mean that one can wait until they turn 40 to 50 to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Massage parlours- threat to Ayurveda
Times of India - India
"Even though this shows the growing popularity of Ayurveda, the attempt to dilute the system for purely commercial interests will do great harm to this ...

Unlike other streams of treatment like Allopathy and Homeopathy, Ayurveda has treatments that help rejuvenation and wellness. This trait makes it vulnerable to be excessively commercialised.

"To do an oil massage as per the Ayurvedic texts, we need seven therapists and a systematic method has to be adopted as per the advice of the doctor. The choice of oil, massage, preparations etc are prescribed after evaluating the condition of the patient."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Turmeric moves from the kitchen shelf to the clinic
The researchers state that although turmeric (Curcuma longa; an Indian spice) has been described in Ayurveda, as a treatment for inflammatory diseases and is referred by different names in different cultures, the active principle called curcumin or diferuloylmethane, a yellow pigment present in turmeric (an ingredient in curry powder) has been shown to exhibit numerous activities.

The researchers claim that various preclinical cell-culture and animal studies suggest that curcumin has potential as an antiproliferative, anti-invasive, and antiangiogenic agent; as a mediator of chemoresistance and radioresistance; as a chemopreventive agent; and as a therapeutic agent in wound healing, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and arthritis.

Pilot phase I clinical trials have shown curcumin to be safe even when consumed at a daily dose of 12 g for 3 months. Other clinical trials suggest a potential therapeutic role for curcumin in diseases such as familial adenomatous polyposis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, hypercholesteremia, atherosclerosis, pancreatitis, psoriasis, chronic anterior uveitis and arthritis.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Given the safety, cost-effectiveness and the success rate of Ksharasutra in the treatment of anal fistula, the Department of AYUSH, in collaboration with the ICMR and the CCRAS, is organizing a National Campaign to promote the use of Ksharasutra in ano-rectal diseases. A National Workshop is being organized on 24-25 August 2007 in the auditorium of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Eminent experts in Ksharasutra will be participating in the Workshop. In keeping with the increased interest in Ksharasutra in foreign countries, a renowned Japanese expert Dr. Kenji Tazawa will also be participating in the National Workshop

Friday, August 17, 2007

Ayurvedic Medicine can offer weight loss Tips Tailored to your Body type.

What’s your dosha?

According to Ayurveda each person has a unique mix of three mind/body principles that create specific mental and physical characteristics. The three principles are called “dosha.”

Two people struggling with their weight could have two totally different recommendations based on ayurveda.According to a person’s body type (dosha), that determines what type of exercise they should do and what time of day they should exercise.

People with Kapha body type, which is most prone to being overweight, may need to exercise more than once a day at specific times and for longer periods. Additionally, because that body type often has a hard time absorbing liquids, they need to be careful not to consume to much water with their meals.

Kepha patients need to include a large amount of ginger in their diets to improve their digestive fire. However, patients who do not have a Kapha body type would suffer from heartburn is they consumed too much ginger, making it important to have a correct dosha identified.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Magic shrub Guggul

12 Aug 2007:It's a wonder shrub that is giving India's Rs 5,000 crore-worth ayurveda industry sleepless nights. Guggul, a four-metre shrub, known for its powers of reducing high cholesterol levels besides bringing relief to patients suffering from rheumatic arthritis and thyroid, has started to disappear from India.
National Research Centre for Medical and Aromatic Plants (Gandhinagar), Central Arid Zone Research Institute (Jodhpur), Agricultural Research Institute (Gujarat) and Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Lucknow), have been asked to start research on this plant. Scientists will look at how to make this plant grow across India (at present it only grows in arid zones), how to make it produce the resin at regular intervals (at present, it exudes gum every 10-12 years), how to extend its lifespan (it dies after the gum is extracted) and how to improve its germination.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Promising native plant from Sri Lanka and India lowers type-2 diabetes

Fri, 2007-07-20 05:11 Colombo, 20 July ( A native plant popularly known as "Kothala Himbutu" among Lankan Ayurvedic practioners and "Ponkoranti" by Tamil Ayurvedic practitioners, has now been scientifically proven to "lower acute glycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes."
According to the latest American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, "the extract of Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia and insulinemia in persons with type 2 diabetes after a high-carbohydrate meal." The experiments were conducted by Jennifer A Williams, Yong S Choe, Michael J Noss, Carl J Baumgartner and Vikkie A Mustad. They have concluded "the results from this study suggest that Salacia may be beneficial to this population for postprandial glucose control."
"Kothala Himbutu" / "Ponkoranti", scientifically Salacia oblonga (alternatively Salacia reticulata) is a woody plant found in the forests of Sri Lanka and India. The roots and stems of Salacia Oblonga are used extensively in Aryuveda for the treatment of Diabetes. Its roots too are used for Ayurvedic medicine, but are "acrid and bitter." The study is published in the latest American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 86, No. 1, 124-130, July 2007.
The summary / extract of it given below in full:
Extract of Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes1,2,3,4
Jennifer A Williams, Yong S Choe, Michael J Noss, Carl J Baumgartner and Vikkie A Mustad
1 From the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, OH (JAW, YSC, and VAM); Radiant Research, Cincinnati, OH (MJN), and Radiant Research, Edina, MN (CJB)
Background : Two previous studies tested the efficacy of Salacia oblonga extract in healthy adults.
Objective: This study evaluated the effect of an herbal extract of Salacia oblonga on postprandial glycemia and insulinemia in patients with type 2 diabetes after ingestion of a high-carbohydrate meal.
Design: Sixty-six patients with diabetes were studied in this randomized, double-blinded crossover study. In a fasted state, subjects consumed 1 of the following 3 meals: a standard liquid control meal, a control meal + 240 mg Salacia oblonga extract, and a control meal + 480 mg Salacia oblonga extract. Serum glucose and insulin samples were measured at baseline and at postprandial intervals up to 180 min.
Results: Both doses of the Salacia extract significantly lowered the postprandial positive area under the glucose curve (14% for the 240 mg extract and 22% for the 480 mg extract) and the adjusted peak glucose response (19% for the lower dose and 27% for the higher dose of extract) to the control meal. In addition, both doses of the herbal extract significantly decreased the postprandial insulin response, lowering both the positive area under the insulin curve and the adjusted peak insulin response (14% and 9%, respectively, for the 240 mg extract; 19% and 12%, respectively, for the 480 mg extract) in comparison with the control meal.
Conclusions: The extract of Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia and insulinemia in persons with type 2 diabetes after a high-carbohydrate meal. The results from this study suggest that Salacia may be beneficial to this population for postprandial glucose control.

Source: Yahoogroup: Ayurvedfriends

Read more about Useful Ayurvedic Herbs for Diabetes

Monday, July 02, 2007

Expiration date of ayurvedic medicines

There are a number of half-truths about ayurveda floating around. "Ayurvedic medicines do not have an expiration date" is one such half-truth.
The concept of expiration date for medicines used in modern medicine arises from the fact that after a certain time, the substances undergo a change which makes them either uneffective or toxic.
At the time when the major texts on ayurveda were written the practice was to consume the medication immediately after preparation.
A majority of the medicines were in the form of decoctions, pastes, medicated oils and medicated ghees.
Over a period of time bhasma of metals and other inorganic substances began to be used mainly due to the fact that they were effective in small doses.
This branch was called as Rasa-Shastra and preparation of mercury and sulphur was the base of this science.
Besides the efficacy in small doses these medicines also became widely used as they could be stored for a longer time and hence there was never the question of what to do if a particular substance (plant) was not available.
A majority of medicnes in Rasa-Shastra can be utilised a long time after their preparation and hence can be termed as not having an expiration date.
However in plant based medicine the picture changes. As mentioned before it was never expected that a medicine would be prepared and used even the next day, so there was no question about thinking about expiration both in terms of loss of efficacy or toxicity.
But with change in time the need to prepare and store medicines need to be felt. Those who were uncomfotable with rasa-shastra medicines (there are many ayurvedic practioners even today who never use rasa-shastra medicines, not out of fear of the brouhaha caused over metals in medicines but because they consider it to be inferior to plant based medicines) and used only plant based preparations had to resort to powder form and their variants like mashi (coal preparations), guti (small tablets), vati (medium size tablets), guggul (a medicinal substance which also acts as an adhesive) etc.
Since many of these are plant based it is unlikely that they will turn toxic after a certain period of time, but they will surely loose their efficacy.
So if a person has a doubt whether a one year old choorna will work or not, he is loosely told "dont worry, there is no expiry date for ayurvedic medicine".
While this may be true that it wont cause any harm, it is most certain that a one year old powder will not show the desired result.
There is an entire chapter in Sharangdhara Samhita where the efficacy period of various medicnes is mentioned. This can be taken to mean expiration period for the same.
Having said that, there are only 3 types of ayurvedic medicines which do not have an expiration period.
First is ofcourse the bhasmas as explained above. Second is medicated ghees and third is asava/arishtha preparation (alcholic preparation).
Infact it is said that the older the ghee or asava/arishtha the more efficient it is. This ofcourse takes into account the fact that they are properly and hygenically stored. However many unscrupulous alter this information to say that all ayurvedic medicnes fit the bill.
I have had many ayurvedic medical representatives explaining to me why I should use their dated products using this argument.
So for the record :-
1) Ayurvedic medicines do have an expiration period in the sense that the become ineffective after a certain amount of time. This period may be as short as 4 hours for freshly prepared decoction to around 2 years for properly prepared and stored tablet forms. Even medicated oils should not be used if they emit a stale odour.
2) Only bhasmas, ghees and asava/arishta have no expiration period.
3) Ghees and asava/arishta if prepared and stored properly increase in efficacy over a period of time.
Cybervaidya - AYURVEDA ONLINE Yahoo Group

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Places For Meditation and Yoga
"Rishikesh, which translates as 'Land of Rishis or Yogis,' could be considered the capital of yoga and meditation in India. There are many ashrams along the banks of the holy river Ganga. Most are low-budget, offering no-frills accommodations and a fairly strict daily vegetarian diet (complete avoidance of eggs, meat, garlic, onions, intoxicants, cigarettes, etc.). All have wonderful tranquil locations -- quite and peaceful, perfect for contemplation and meditation. These are excellent places to learn and practice yoga from skilled exponents of the art.

Some of the Ashrams offering yoga and meditation classes in the Rishikesh area are the Yoga Study Centre (91-1364-243-1196), Yoga Niketan Ashram (91-1364-243-0227), Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and Sri Ved Niketan Ashram (91-1364-243-3537). Courses range from a week to a month and include daily yoga and meditation classes, satsangs (devotional gatherings), and bhajans (hymns). There is limited space so you must book in advance. There is an annual event (International Yoga Week) held at Parmarth Niketan Ashram every February/March, which would be an excellent introduction to the various yoga styles.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Total number of overweight adults: (20 through 74 years old) approximately one-third or 58 million Americans. (overweight defined as a BMI value of 27.3 percent or more for women and 27.8 percent or more for men) Nearly 70 percent of the diagnosed cases of cardiovascular disease are related to obesity.

Obesity more than doubles one's chances of developing high blood pressure, which affects approximately 26 percent of obese American men and women.

Every year, 300,000 people in the U.S.A. die from being overweight These are frightening statistics. However, in this day and age, there are some amazing options for those wishing to shed weight, fast!

PUT AN END TO YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PROBLEMS! It's a proven fact that for most people diets don't work. But now you can shed unwanted pounds SAFELY, NATURALLY AND PERMANENTLY!

Welcome to the world of weight loss and total health through Ayurveda and Yoga.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

5 Truths About Ayurveda by Lindsay Fox

#1 Ayurvedic medicine is less effective.
Truth: It is true that this method of treatment calls for more patience and endurance. The effectiveness can be cited by this example.
Whenever there is a tear in a cloth or a hole in a pitcher, we intend to rectify it using the similar material that it is made of. Similarly any fault in human body also calls to be corrected by use of natural resources, as much as possible.

#2 Ayurvedic medicines are slow in showing results.
Truth: The irony lies with the delay from patient’s side. Most patients visiting holistic practitioners take their time in trying other systems of medicine so as to derive a faster result. This not only delays the effect of medicine, it also hampers the working of the drug. This is because the patient has either tried much more complicated and powerful combination of drugs, the effect of which needs to be neutralized first. Or in the mean time, his malady has substantially become deep rooted and taken chronic form. It may at times show to work slowly, but as the fable goes slow and steady wins the race.

# 3 Ayurvedic medicine has side effects.
Truth: Any side effect from medicine, of any therapy, may result from the misuse of drug, either in processing or in prescribing. As far as side effect or after effect is concerned, I believe time tested medicines are safer provided the former two factors are precise. The safety of Ayurvedic medicine and mode of treatment may be advocated in 3 points.
1. In Ayurveda the very first principle in treating a disease is to do away with the basic cause, and also to see that no new ailment emerges as a consequence. A disease is eradicated from its roots.
2. Ayurveda insists that medicine be centered at the patient, than on the disease. The mind, body and soul are considered a tripod and medicine is prescribed for overall health augmentation.
3. Since Ayurveda deals with preparations mainly from herbs and natural resources, it is a harmless therapy with least or no side effects.

#4 Ayurvedic medicines are for older patients.
Truth: There is no known limitation in this form of treatment. It is equally suited to all age groups. Ayurveda could be considered a boon for children when their body system is yet tender and in process of immunity building. The natural products do not interfere with their body resistance and at the same time tends to be more safe and comforting.

#5 Ayurvedic medicines are just an alternative.
Truth: Ayurvedic system of medicine is incorrectly quoted as an alternate therapy as this has always been the most ancient and complete system of medicine. It’s been existing before the birth of other medical therapies. The word Ayurveda is itself derived from ‘Ayush’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means science. There fore, Ayurveda is the complete science of life. It is a treasure to provide every individual a life full of health, vigor and vitality.
source--- INTERNET

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Carrer options after BAMS
There are so many avenues that I have decided to open discussion on each course separately. Here is a general outline.
Practice options
Plain G.P.
G.P. with Panchakarma/ Yoga
Consulting practice
Consulting practice with Panchakarma / Yoga
Day care indoor facility with or without Panchakarma /Yoga
Indoor hospital with or without Panchakarma / Yoga
Health resort or spa with or without Panchakarma / Yoga
Old age home / Rasaayana chikitsa kendra
Specialist resorts like cancer resort / rheumatology resort /skin care resort
Specialized practice
Prasuti- strirog
Shalaakya & Netra
Sports medicine
Beauty treatment
YogaJobs in India
Teaching hospitalsZPPHC & RH
Research projectsHealth resorts
Other fields
Medicinal Plantation
Translation Services
Trading in Ayurvedic drugs
Jobs abroad
Health spas
TeachingImport export
Courses after BAMSIn Ayurved fieldUniversity of Pune
PGPP (TAMV Pune)Ayu.
Beauty treatment
MBA Ayu Pharma
Analytical techniques
Health sector Other than Ayurved
M.Sc. Health Sciences
M.Sc. Pharmaceutical sciences
Clinical ResearchFields other than health
MBA any branch
MBA Biotechnology
Database management
Content provider for databases

Monday, June 04, 2007

Skin Care

Herbs for the management of acne.
THE skin is the largest organ of the human body, both in terms of surface area and weight. It accounts for 15% of total body weight.
Skin is essential in many ways. It acts as a physical barrier and prevents harmful substances and microorganisms from entering the body. It protects body tissues and the network of muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels against injury. It also controls the loss of fluids like blood and water, helps regulate body temperature through perspiration, and protects from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.
The skin consists of three layers (outer – epidermis; middle – dermis; and lower – subcutaneous tissue). It also contains structures like sweat glands, sebaceous glands, hair and hair follicles.
Sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance called sebum and are found over the entire surface of the body except for the palms, soles, and dorsum of the feet. They are largest and most concentrated in the face and scalp – the sites of origin of acne. Sebum protects hair and skin, and keeps them from becoming dry, brittle, and cracked. It also inhibits the growth of microorganisms on skin.
Acne is a common skin disorder, affecting virtually all adolescents and adults at some time in their lives. Although overall health is not impaired, acne is not a trivial disease, as it can produce cutaneous and emotional scars that last a lifetime1,2,3. Numerous psychological problems stem from acne, some even resulting in decreased employability in adulthood4.
Acne is characterised by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples. Acne commonly appears on the face and shoulders, but may also occur on the trunk, arms, legs, and buttocks.
This condition is most common in teenagers; three out of four teenagers have acne to some extent, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate oil (sebum) production.
People in their 30s and 40s may also have acne. Young women are more likely to have intermittent acne due to hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycle.
Each skin pore is an opening of a hair follicle, which contains a hair and a sebaceous gland. When skin pores are blocked due to excessive sebum secretion and accumulation of dirt, debris and bacteria, acne is produced.
This blockage further leads to inflammation and painful cysts. Severe acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Although the exact cause of acne is not known, certain factors such as greasy and fried foods, greasy cosmetic products, drugs, birth control pills, stress, and humidity can trigger acne.
Skin care regime
Good skin care calls for a mix of internal and external cleansing. Internal cleansing refers to removal of toxins in the blood and other inflammatory mediators that can give rise to various skin problems.
Regular skin regimes include the use of the right cleansers, toners, lotions and moisturisers for a healthy and clean skin. An unhygienic, poorly protected and undernourished skin is susceptible to acne.
Maintain good skin hygiene; clean your skin and remove dirt, grime and make-up by using mild soap, lemon or honey. Lemon removes grime and oil, while honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and prevents scar formation.
Avoid excessive or repeated washing of skin. Use non-greasy and water-based cosmetics. Avoid squeezing, pressing or pricking pimples. Be relaxed, and avoid tension, stress and excessive worry.
A number of herbs are used in Ayurveda for the treatment of acne and pimples.
Masura/Lens culinaris/lentil
Lentil has been cultivated and valued as an article of food since ancient times. It has also been used medicinally in many European countries.
Lentil is valued for its high protein content. It is astringent, nourishing, blood-enriching and effective in skin diseases. It is used as a natural cleanser for clarifying and enhancing skin complexion. The astringent, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of L. culinaris help in reducing the inflammation due to acne.
Kumari/Aloe barbadensis/Barbados Aloe
Aloe barbadensis is a perennial plant with long, erect leaves that contain a sticky juice. The leaf juice forms the main source of this herb.
Aloes have been used for a host of diseases, particularly those connected with the digestive system. A. barbadensis possesses emollient, astringent, cooling and healing properties and is widely used in various creams, lotions and shampoos.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of A. barbadensis have also been well documented5,6,7. It is beneficial in various skin disorders such as acne, sunburn, bruises, and dermatitis.
Nirgundi/Vitex negundo/five-leaved chaste tree
Vitex negundo is a large, aromatic shrub. It has astringent, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, membrane stabilising and antioxidant properties8. These properties make V. negundo an excellent and effective herb in the treatment of skin disorders.
Shalmali/Salmalia malabarica/silk cotton tree
Salmalia malabarica is a large and tall, deciduous tree. It is astringent, cooling, styptic and anti-inflammatory. Hence, it is beneficial in acne and skin eruptions. S. malabarica also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, which are attributed to “shamimin”, one of its active constitiuents9,10.
Acne involves both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The presence of inflammation-causing substances and toxins in the blood and the damage brought about by factors such as pollution and free radicals work together to cause acne, pimples and other skin problems. Ayurveda prescribes various herbs, such as Neem, Haridra and Manjistha, for internal cleansing and to keep the skin healthy and glowing.
Nimba/Azadirachta indica/neem
Neem is a useful tree that is indigenous to India and is cultivated all over the country for its bark, leaves and fruits. Since time immemorial, all parts of the neem tree – the leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and bark – have been used for the treatment of inflammation, infections, fever, skin diseases and dental disorders.
Nimbidin is a major active principle of Azadirachta indica that helps in inflammation. Neem leaves and their constituents exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic effects11. These properties are of immense value in skin conditions like acne and pimples, eczema, and dermatitis. It is also useful in preventing free radical-induced skin damage.
Haridra/Curcuma longa/turmeric
Turmeric has been used traditionally as a spice in Asian cuisines for its powerful antiseptic properties. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent antiseptic. It possesses antioxidant, tonic, blood purifying, anthelmintic, and digestive properties.
Studies have demonstrated the potent antioxidant activity of curcuminoids, active compounds found in Curcuma longa, and their ability to prevent skin damage caused by free radicals12.
Ayurveda believes inner toxicity to be a key factor behind many skin disorders. Therefore, skin problems, including acne, can be better managed by attending to overall health, not just skin. Healthy, glowing skin is, in fact, a reflection of a healthy body.

1. Webster GF. Inflammation in acne vulgaris. J. Am. Acad. Derm. 1995;33:247-53.
2. Kligman AM. An overview of acne. J. Invest. Derm. 1974;62:268-87.
3. Koo J. The psychosocial impact of acne: Patient’s perceptions. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 1995;32:S26-S30.
4. Cunliffe WJ. Acne and unemployment. Br. J. Derm. 1984;115: 386.
5. Saada HN, Ussama ZS, Mahdy AM. Effectiveness of Aloe vera on the antioxidant status of different tissues in irradiated rats. Pharmazie. 2003;58(12):929-31.
6. Hu Y, Xu J, Hu Q. Evaluation of antioxidant potential of Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) extracts. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2003;51(26):7788-91.
7. Bautista-Perez R, Segura-Cobos D, Vazquez-Cruz B. In vitro antibradykinin activity of Aloe barbadensis gel. J. Ethnopharmacol. 2004;93(1):89-92.
8. Dharmasiri MG, Jayakody JR, Galhena G, Liyanage SS, Ratnasooriya WD. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of mature fresh leaves of Vitex negundo. J. Ethnopharmacol. 2003;87(2-3):199-206.
9. Rani P, Khullar N. Antimicrobial evaluation of some medicinal plants for their anti-enteric potential against multi-drug resistant Salmonella typhi. Phytother. Res. 2004;18(8):670-73.
10. Faizi S, Ali M. Shamimin: A new flavonol C-glycoside from leaves of Bombax ceiba. Planta Med. 1999;65(4):383-85.
11. Subapriya R, Nagini S. Medicinal properties of neem leaves: a review. Curr Med Chem Anti-Canc Agents. 2005;5(2):149-56.
12. Bonte F, Noel-Hudson MS, Wepierre J, Meybeck A.Protective effect of curcuminoids on epidermal skin cells under free oxygen radical stress. Planta Med. 1997;63(3):265-66.

This article is courtesy of Himalaya Healthcare.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Interactive Online Correspondence Course - "Basic course in Ayurveda".

As you know, we at 'Ayurveda For You' are the first to publish Ayurvedic books in e-book format. So far we have published 11 ebooks on various topics in Ayurveda.
We are glad to announce the launch of a new short term Interactive Online Correspondence Course - "Basic course in Ayurveda".

This certificate course will be conducted through our website- in collaboration with 'International Academy of Ayurveda'. International Academy of Ayurveda will issue a certificate after completion of course.

This online "Basic course in Ayurveda," is intended for:
1. Healthcare professionals, who want to upgrade and deepen their knowledge in their fields of specialization or widen their knowledge into the field of Ayurveda.
2. Professionals and lifelong learners interested in taking continuous education courses.
3. This course is also useful for physicians interested in alternative medicine systems, non - medical practitioners, dieticians, dietary assistants, physiotherapists and Yoga teachers, who are interested in widening their professional and personal competence.

For more information about this online course please visit -

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Correlation between Triguna Tridosha and Panchamahabhoota

Triguna correlation with panchamaha bhootha.
Earth - Tamas
Water - Satva, Tamas
Fire - Satva, Rajas
Air - Rajas
Space - Satva

Tridosha and Triguna correlation
Vata – Rajas, Satva
Pitta – Satva, Rajas
Kapha – Tamas, Satva

Tridhosha and bootha correlation
Vata - Space, Air
Pitta – Fire
Kapha – Water and earth

More information in our New online course 'Basic Course in Ayurveda'

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dinacharya in Summer:
Ayurveda advises particular regimens to be followed in each season known as 'Ritucharya'.Summer (Greeshmaritu in Ayurveda) is the last season of 'adanakala' where the loss of energy from the earth is the most. Being a part of the cosmos the depletion of vital energy affects the human being in the same manner and leads to severe loss of strength. Since the sunrays become powerful and destructive day after day, there will be excessive evaporation and progressive deterioration of qualities like moist, soft, smooth, slimy and cold which in turn causes more dryness, roughness and heat in the body. In order to protect the individual from the above impact of summer, Ayurveda advises specific foods and lifestyle. Foods which are sweet, easy to digest, nutritious and cold. Preparations of corn flour and arrowroot with sugar are good to have in this season. Milk is very cool and strengthening. Fruits like grapes, watermelon, ripe mango, banana, jackfruit, pomegranate are to be eaten. Tender coconut water, buttermilk and sweet lassi are some of the ideal drinks for the season. Different types of dairy products are advisable. Water boiled with a combination of herbs-Mustha (Cyperus rotendus), Sandal wood, Coleus, Parpataka, Useera (Vetiveria zizanoides)- is an ideal drink for the summer. Water boiled with bark of pathimukha, roots of useera, coriander seeds etc and kept in earthen vessels is also good. Intake of ghee should be more. Take bath in cold water. Wear fine, thin, light cotton apparel. Spend the day in a cold atmosphere. Growing indoor plants and maintaining water fountains are helpful to sustain an ideal temperature. Sleep in spacious rooms with more ventilation. Summer is the only season when daytime sleep is permitted. Application of sandal paste and rose water is good.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Ayurvedic cure for Asthma?
The incidence of Asthma has increased considerably because of todays stressful living and Ayurveda holds the key to its cure.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs, which inflames your airways (Bronchi). It is characterized by*Shortness of Breath or difficulty in breathing*A feeling of tightness or pressure in the chest.*Frequent upper Respiratory infection and wheezing*Coughing - usually dry, light and non-productiveIn today's stressful living, the incidence of asthma has increased considerably. Children suffer more than adults and the disease is more common in boys than in girls.Asthma attacks are not all the same. Some are worse than other. Many people with asthma have problems only occasionally, but others struggle with it every day. It can be life threatening particularly if it is not treated adequately and promptly.

Ayurvedic insight into asthma has a broader perspective. It classifies asthma as an acutely Kaphic disorder with simultaneous accumulation of ama (toxin which is produced by undigested and uneliminated food particles) at respiratory system brought on by excessive mucous and phlegm. Although the human body has a great intelligent, natural healing system that is capable of rejuvenating itself, the formation of toxins reduces this natural capacity. So, the versatile approach of Ayurveda helps in treating asthma as the focus is on the root cause of the disease. Hence, the therapy does not focus on the disease but the cause.

Treatment: Ayurveda emphasizes on treatments to eliminate such toxins and balancing the Dosha. Some such treatments are:
*Vamana ( Therapeutic vomiting)
*Virechana ( Purgation therapy)
Vamana is the procedure in which we eliminate the waste product (kapha toxins) which are collected in the body and respiratory track from its roots (stomach) through the mouth. The course of treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them. After vomiting, the patient feels very comfortable as most of the congestion, wheezing and breathlessness will disappear along with the clearing of sinus. As the process of purification is done from the roots, the chances of sudden asthma attacks is brought under control. After Vamana, the Virechana therapy and internal medicines plays a role to stop further production of toxins and strengthen the immune system, make the respiratory system more resistant, enhance self-reliance, vitality and mental clarity. Treatment for children below 14 years and aged people should be only through internal medicines.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Indian herbal supplement may harbour pancreatic cancer cure
April 18: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute have demonstrated that a commonly used Indian herbal supplement, triphala, has the potential to slow down the growth of human pancreatic tumours grafted onto mice.

The findings offer hope that one day a treatment for the disease may be developed, though the experts have warned that the study is still at a very early stage. Triphala is a herbal preparation used in the traditional Indian medicine system Ayurveda. It contains the dried and powdered fruits of three plants, and it is said to ease intestinal-related disorders and promote good digestion. The current research confirms the findings of previous studies that have shown triphala to have an anti-cancer activity in cell cultures. It also shows that the herb does not damage normal pancreatic cells. During the study, mice grafted with human pancreatic tumours were administered a triphala solution five days per week. When the researchers carried out their comparison with those in control group of mice after four weeks, they found that tumours in triphala-treated mice were half the size of those in the untreated mice. They also noted that the tumour cells in treated mice had higher levels of proteins associated with apoptosis, the process by the which the body normally disposes of damaged, old of unneeded cells. "We discovered that triphala fed orally to mice with human pancreatic tumors was an extremely effective inhibitor of the cancer process, inducing apoptosis in cancer cells," said Sanjay K. Srivastava, Ph.D., lead investigator and assistant professor, department of pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine."Triphala triggered the cancerous cells to die off and significantly reduced the size of the tumors without causing any toxic side effects," he added. The study also revealed that though triphala had activated tumour-suppressor genes, but did not negatively affect normal pancreatic cells. "Our results demonstrate that triphala has strong anti-cancer properties given its ability to induce apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells without damaging normal pancreatic cells," said Dr. Srivastava. "With follow-up studies, we hope to demonstrate its potential use as a novel agent for the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer," he added. The study is being presented in a late-breaking session at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ayurveda enhances immunity
Tuesday April 10 2007 16:50 IST
Dr Remya Krishnan
Infectious diseases continue to be a major health problem today, and still rank very high as a cause of death in India. The major reasons behind them include illhealthy life-style in a polluted environment, development of new drug resistant strains and constant administration of immunosuppressive therapies.
The term ‘infection’ reflects the process of successful invasion and establishment of pathogenesis in the tissues of the host, which are capable of being transmitted to another host. Once established, the pathogenesis will manifest in the form of a disease, often as a minor form or as a typical illness. Sometimes it will not manifest, depending upon various factors of the host. In Ayurveda, the host factor is considered prior to the microbe factor; though the role of several pathogens in the causation of infections is mentioned. Even if a person gets exposed to the chances of infection, he could be or not be a victim of the disease, depending on several factors.Impaired state of digestion and metabolism in the individual, more commonly occur as an outcome of an erroneous diet and lifestyle and by exogenous factors like climatic variations.

Ayurvedic approachThe mode of approach of management in Ayurveda is two-folded - prevention and cure. The following principles are adopted.Promoting digestion and metabolism of cellular toxins and metabolites by appropriate medication and specific food habits.Increasing the efficiency of natural drainage mechanism of the body by medicines and often purifactory therapies which will check the chances of a further infection.Enhancement of patient’s own immune power to combat infections by administering immunomodulatory drug formulations and a specific diet regimen.Combating infections with mere symptom alleviators like antipyretics in the case of raised body temperature and antibiotics never fight against the exact cause of pathogenesis. Irrational and prolonged use of antibiotics which include bactericidal and bacteriostatic drugs, which are used to inhibit the growth of bacteria, may often cause gradual alarming resistance against these pathogens.
Impaired drainage mechanism of the body and declined immunity combined with the neglected diet and lifestyle congenial to the disease makes the individual susceptible to a more severe form of infection, even if the present one seems to be suppressed for a while.
Prevent infections
Maintenance of proper hygiene by taking daily shower in luke warm water in an empty stomach.Adoption of healthy lifestyle and food habits. Consumption of bakery foods, canned foods, drinks, too much fatty and spicy food are to be reduced to the minimum.A person most prone to a microbial attack is the person with worst digestion and excretion.Getting aware of one’s own gut and switching over to foods which favour the digestive power with moderate intake of fats and spices in normal conditions is ideal for health.Drinking warm water boiled with crushed dried ginger and coriander seeds are excellent to drain off the cellular wastes and toxins from the circulation. These drugs are immunomodulatory as well.Frequent medication fumigation with neem leaves, guggulu or asafoetida maintains the purity of atmosphere and checks the spread of infections.
Ayurveda stresses the importance of having a balanced mind in preventing and combating infection.The patient should seek medical help at the earliest and should stick on to the medications and wholesome regimen advised by the doctor for a healthy and speedy recovery.
Interesting reading- AIDS & Ayurveda

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Now, Gomutra in powder form
Saturday April 7 2007 12:56 IST
BELGAUM: ’Gomutra’ -urine of cow in powder form? Seems to be impossible? A doctor from Kittur village in the district has made this possible. He claims that the powder can cure several chronic ailments. Gomutra has a special place in Ayurveda. However S P Hiremath, who has ‘transformed’ Gomutra in to powder says that though Gomutra was a ‘Ram Baana’ for several diseases, nobody succeeded in transforming it in the form of powder.The 56 year doctor, who lives in village, says that he has been doing research on Gomutra since three decades and now the research has paid him expected results. Hiremath earlier served in Army and returned to his hometown after his retirement and took up farming.However he developed interest in Gomutra as each and every villager considers Gomutra as holy and at the same time it can cure diseases.He started his research on Gomutra and he found that Gomutra has enormous power to cure several diseases including skin diseases. Hiremath told this website's newspaper that the powder can cure cancer and is a best medicine for heart disease. It can also cure kidney stones, liver stones. It is best to increase potency too, he said. He also claimed that he had cured epilepsy with Gomuthra. Hiremath said the powder can increase the memory power of the children if it was given regularly along with the milk. He said he experimented on himself before prescribing it to others. Hiremath said only Gomutra of usual cows - seen in the country side is useful to prepare the powder. The Gomutra of Jersy cow has no medicinal value he added. Food habits like non-vegetarian, alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing gutkha and other habits have to quit to see results of the powder.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yoga camp by Swami Ramdev in Chicago
India Post News Service
CHICAGO: Swami Ramdev, world renowned Yogi well versed in Sanskrit, Ayurveda and Vedic philosophy, will be holding his Yoga Camps for the first time in Chicagoland this July.
The man whose name has become synonymous with Yoga in India and elsewhere will be here from July 11 thru July 15 at Max-McCook Athletic & Exposition located in Mc-Cook, Illinois, to teach the ancient yogic science of Pranayama to thousands. Swami Ramdev started efforts to popularize Yoga in 1995 with the establishment of Divya Yoga Mandir Trust along with Acharya Balkrishna. The mission of the trust is to spread yoga to the masses and heal as many patients as possible. Now thousands of people are attending his yoga camps or shibirs. Millions watch his television programs all across the globe and read his books and learn from DVDs. To him goes the credit of starting a yoga revolution in India and overseas.
Swamiji has envisioned a Rs 100 crores dream project entitled Patanjali Yog Peeth at Bahadrabad, about 20km from Haridwar. According to him, it is expected to catapult Yoga and Ayurveda to its zenith, and lead to mental, spiritual and physical development of people. To be completed in three years, it is an ambitious project with a Yoga university, a naturopathy department which can handle 1,000 patients at a time, a residential complex of patients, a hall for 5,000 people to practice Yoga and the world's largest hospital ward to treat 5,000 patients a day.
All the proceeds received from Swamiji's July Chicago Camp will go to this Rs 100 crores Patanjali Yog Peeth project. The yoga sessions will be morning and evening 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm. This five-day camp is being organized by Anu and Bharat Malhotra. Anu Malhotra has been teaching free pranayama classes for the past five years at American Physical therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ayurvedic Cuisine
Pakoras are an Indian snack that's usually deep-fried, but Sondhi has taken the guilt out of eating these delicious treats by baking them instead.
Baked Pakoras (Bhajias)
11/2 cups gram (chickpea) flour
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/2 tsp. garlic, crushed or minced
1 tsp. fresh green chilies, minced'
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 cup plain yogurt
1 bunch spinach, chopped, about 4-5 cups
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Olive oil spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine flour, cumin, ginger, garlic chilies, salt and yogurt and beat with wooden spoon until well mixed. Stir in spinach and baking powder. Pour mixture into lightly oiled 9-inch loaf pan. Cover with foil and bake for about 70 minutes. Test with toothpick; if it comes out clean, it's done. Cut into slices, lightly cover with olive oil spray, and place on a baking sheet. Increase oven heat to broil and place in oven for 4 minutes, flipping once, until slightly crisp and brown Watch carefully to ensure they do not burn. Serve with a favourite chutney.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Consider one of the commonest and cheapest of Ayurvedic medical formulations -
Triphala Emerging as Potent Cancer and Cholesterol Fighter

Triphala (a combination of three tropical dried fruits, Haritaki (Terminalia Belerica), Amalaki (Phyllanthus Emblica) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Chebula) - which is now emerging as one of the most potent anticancer agents.

Last year I wrote about research being done on Triphala which was subsequently incorporated in Wikipedia entries on Triphala and on Research and innovations in Ayurveda.

Forthcoming research in 2007 is even more exciting. Triphala is active against HIV and against cholesterol related risk for Coronary Artery Disease.

Phytotherapy Research reported Feb 1 on the use of Triphala against common bacterial isolates from HIV infected patients. That report from scientists at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. ALM PG Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Taramani Campus, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India 600 113, revealed that both individual and combined aqueous and ethanol extracts of Triphala have antibacterial activity against the bacterial isolates tested from HIV patients.

Another group of scientists from the same instituion report in the Feb 1 issue of Yakugaku Zasshi highlights the efficacy of Triphala on total cholesterol, Low density lipoprotein (LDL), Very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), High density lipoprotein (HDL) and free fatty acid in rats with high levels of cholesterol. ‘The data demonstrated that Triphala formulation was associated with hypolipidemic effects on the experimentally induced hypercholesteremic rats.’

And last October, scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center confirmed that Triphala has the ability to develop into a novel herbal protector against radiation induced damage to the DNA of mice exposed to whole body irradiation.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Turmeric wards off Alzheimer's, cancer
As people live longer than ever before, age-related diseases like Alzheimer's are also on the rise.

With no known cure, Alzheimer's is a massive burden.

A study conducted in the University of California shows that one of the reasons why the rate of Alzheimer's in India is four times lower than in the USA is because turmeric is used in Indian cooking.

Turmeric contains a powerful substance called curcumin, which shields the brain from the damage that leads to Alzheimer's.

In 1989, Bharat Aggarwal, a leading researchers on turmeric, threw some turmeric onto cancer cells. The results were unbelievable. He found that turmeric cut down inflammation, preventing the replication of cancer cells.

It was this anti-inflammatory character of turmeric that led researchers to experiment with brain cells in rats, proving curcumin effective in Alzheimer's disease.

Healing properties

The research fits in with Ayurvedic knowledge, which uses turmeric to treat cancer and memory related disorders because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

The difference is Ayurveda uses turmeric in combination with other herbs or with milk while modern research aims at isolating curcumin and using it as a drug.

Aggarwal prescribes a daily dose of 8 gms of turmeric, about 40 times the amount of turmeric used in Indian cooking.

Experts in India say such a dose could be less safe than Ayurvedic prescriptions.

"It can react in cases of gastric ulcers. We also advise people to take it with milk. So it's absorbed by the fat in the milk, not otherwise," said Dr Joshi, Ayurvedic expert, BHU.

"Ayurveda says use the herb in its full form. It balances the side effects," added Ajay Sharma, President, Baidyanath.

Trials underway

Clinical trials on humans are on in the US to test curcumin's safety and efficacy in treating pancreatic cancer and preventing lung and colon cancer.

If successful, the future could see curcumin being developed into a drug much less toxic than existing anti-cancer drugs.

In India too, scientists are combining turmeric in anti-cancer drugs to reduce both dosage and toxic side effects.

Trials combining turmeric with malaria drug chloroquin to fight chloroquin resistance are also on. If this works, it can prevent many malaria deaths in India.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yoga a panacea for AIDS, cancer: Ramdev :
BRUSHING ASIDE all the charges in his piquant style, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev once again claimed that Pranayam could cure cancer and raise CD4 cell count in AIDS patients. "But the irony is that instead of giving me funds for further research on cancer and other genetic diseases, the Health Ministry has slapped a notice on me," he said.

Talking to media persons at Mahamandaleshwar Swami Hansdas camp in Ardh Kumbh Mela area on Wednesday, Baba Ramdev said Pranayam was not a medicine. It regulates body metabolism and reduces stress hormones. "The government spends over Rs 250 crore on the research of single salt of an allopathy medicine. But we don't get a single rupee help for reviving the ancient science of Yoga and Ayurveda," he said.

"But we are quite excited over the results we got on patients suffering from blood cancer, prostate cancer, brain tumour, high BP and heart diseases. All the clinical evidences are available with us. We have now planned to invest Rs 250 for research on genetic diseases at Patanjali Peeth Hardwar," he added.

Baba Ramdev said as many as 1.15 crore people had benefited from Pranayam.

It reduces cholesterol within nine days and balances different chemicals in the body. "Still, I don't want people to trust me blindly. Neither I want them to disbelieve my claims. I only want people to experience the benefits of Pranayam and Yoga. The Pranayam also leads to spiritual awakening. The seven Paranayams taught in the Yoga camps were discovered by our seers thousands of years ago. I did some research on Pranayams and found that it has magical effect on the body," he said. Replying to the allegations that he charged excess money for Yoga camps and Ayurveda treatment, Ramdev said, "This is not true.

We are running four centres in Hardwar, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar, where Ayurveda medicines are distributed free to poor patients. We are also planning to open these centres in other states."

Baba Ramdev said he charged fees for Yoga camps to fund research activity.

"We need funds to develop Yoga and Ayurveda as holistic science. I also want to put an end to all controversy on Pranayam and Yoga," he said. With a touch of humour, Ramdev said he would take a dip in the holy Ganga but only in the company of media persons.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Now Vedic mantras to cure diseases
Now look forward to new age healing through mantras! Sanskrit scholars of Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University have initiated a research project, said to be the first of its kind, to treat various diseases through Vedic chants.

A state-of-the-art astrological lab costing Rs.8 million ($1.5 million) will be set up in the university premises. The city-based National Ayurveda Institute is also participating in the research.

The lab would involve modern scientific gadgets and instruments like high-capacity binoculars, telescope, cameras etc to enable scholars to observe the planetary and other solar activities.

Different teams would be constituted on the basis of the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda, the Vedas and astrology to diagnose about 100 general and incurable diseases and their treatment.

In a two-year period, the scholars would analyse and study the impact of rays of various planets and other celestial bodies through various perspectives, bringing into practice traditional Indian treatment and therapies mentioned in Vedic literature.

Experts claim that solar therapy, radiotherapy and several other present-day treatments are actually based on Ayurveda. They also said that if the research proves to be successful, the treatment would be cheaper.

"If the project is successful then people would certainly get a better and cheaper treatment facility without any side-effects", said Ramdev Sharma, an Ayurvedic doctor.

"The project is in a preliminary stage and will only take off in the next couple of months. We expect good results", Vinod Shastri of the University of Rajasthan, told IANS.

"Each letter of Vedic mantra has immense power. After knowing the symptoms, diseases can be treated effectively through a combination herbs and mantras," said Shastri, who is also an eminent astrologer.
Read about Music Therapy and Ayurveda

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Use coriander juice to improve weak eyesight
According to the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, if a small quantity of Dhanyaka leaf (or, coriander) juice is taken with honey it can have positive effect on eyesight.

Two to three teaspoons (7-14 milliliter ml.) coriander juice with 5-10 gram honey can help in improving eyesight