Monday, August 28, 2017

Where science stands on - Cinnamon

Diabetes and cholesterol

Biochemist Amy Stockert, who studies cinnamon at Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University co-authored a small study of 18 people with type 2 diabetes that showed the cassia species of cinnamon was more effective than diet alone in lowering blood glucose levels. In fact, her study found that it was comparable to oral diabetes medications.

Another study of 60 people with type 2 diabetes found that small doses of cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels and improved LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.

Still, if you want to see whether cinnamon works for you, people with type 2 diabetes are advised to do a self-test.

Do some paired blood glucose testing. Use a half a teaspoon in the morning, on fruit or oatmeal or in coffee, and see what happens to your blood sugar levels before and after you eat. Check again two to three hours later and see if there's a difference.

Dementia, HIV, cancer and more

The antioxidant properties of cinnamon are also being studied for their impact on the formation of the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Cinnamaldehyde, a compound responsible for the spice's sweet smell, and epicatechin, a powerful antioxidant that's also in blueberries, red wine and chocolate, seem to offer some protection against the oxidative stress that damages tau, a key player in the development of dementia.

Another study found a component of Ceylon cinnamon to have the same effect. However, research has occurred only in mice, rats and laboratory Petri dishes.

"It appears to work as an anti-inflammatory or antioxidant, protecting the body on a cellular level from bad things that happen," Wright said, "by getting rid of waste products and keeping the cells healthy."

Cinnamon and other traditional Indian medicinal plants are also being tested in the fight against HIV. One study found that green tea, elderberry and some extracts of cinnamon rich in flavonoids blocked the virus from entering and infecting certain cells.


The research on cinnamon doesn't stop there. Ceylon cinnamon has also been associated with cancer-fighting properties in rodents, anti-parasitic effects, improved diabetic neuropathy, lower blood pressure and wound healing, including liver damage. Studies have shown that solutions of cinnamon oil can kill a number of common bacteria, such as streptococcus and E. coli. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is investigating cinnamon's impact on multiple sclerosis.

Using a computer model, biochemist Stockert found that cinnamon was as effective as resveratrol, an antioxidant in red wine known for anti-aging and disease-fighting properties, in activating SIRT-1 -- also known as the longevity gene because of its role in repairing DNA.

Read More about Ayurvedic properties and uses of cinnamon Here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ayurveda's Healthy eating guidelines

Here are Ayurvedic recommendations -

1.Chew your food until it is an even consistency before swallowing your food.

2.Do not eat while you’re being distracted due to television, conversation or reading.

3.Avoid drinking cold water before eating. This can hamper the process of digestion.

4.Do not drink cold drinks during meals, as it can weaken the digestive fire. A half cup of normal water is fine. Dry meals require more water. Sipping wine during meals is fine.

5.It is said that food prepared with love and care is known to pass on an energy to us. It is said that we must avoid food prepared with resentment. We not only take in the food but also the emotions of the maker, as per ayurveda.

6.You need to consider eating as a sacred thing. You need to pause, relax and be calm before starting to consume your food.

7.After your meal, you need to give yourself a break. You need to pause for a moment and relax before heading to the next activity.

8.You need to eat at a moderate pace until your stomach is three quarters full.

9.You need to give a time period of three hours between each meal to allow your food to be digested properly.

10.Digestion is known to be the strongest when the sun is at its peak. The rhythm of the body mirrors that of the universe. Hence, it is recommended to eat your largest meal at noon and a lighter on at night and in the morning.

11.You need to take all your drinks and water when it is at room temperature. This is because cold drinks can weaken the digestive fire and hence weaken your digestion process.

12.Those people with the Vata nature or imbalance should eat four to five times per day. Again you need to keep in mind the gap of three-four hours between the meals and have meals in smaller quantities.

13.Eat a fresh piece of ginger and lemon or pomegranate chutney before a full meal to balance the Pitta in your body.

14.Drinking lassi with or after lunch is effective for digestion. This is one of the rules of healthy eating as recommended in Ayurveda.

15.As per ayurveda, it is said that dinner must be completed before 8 PM and must always be lighter in quantity.

These are the healthy eating guidelines to follow according to Ayurveda.

Read more - Eat right for a Healthy life

Monday, August 07, 2017

Punarnava - Herbal remedy for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus spreads through blood-to-blood contact, and is usually associated with the use of intravenous drug use, blood donations and other unhygienic use of medical equipment leading to exchange of blood. Once infected, a patient can go years without facing severe symptoms, like liver failure and cirrhosis, only to feel it’s accumulated effects after a long period. HCV affects over 8 million people in the country and has been a cause of major cause for concern.Now, a new class of drug resistant strand of HCV have emerged making the situation worse.

A group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have now come up with a possible deterrent to the virus, derived from a common herb used to relieve pain. Boerhavia diffusa is a flowering plant and a common ingredient in many ayurvedic medicine, with the plant commonly referred to as a Punarnava, something that rejuvenates the body. Now, with their new study, the scientists have identified dehydrorotenoid boeravinone H, a compound found in the plant, as a possible inhibitor of the HCV virus. The study showed that the presence of the compound inhibiting the entry and binding of particles like HCV, with no noticeable side-effects. Although researchers are still studying as to how exactly the compound inhibits HCV growth, the result could be used to develop a new class of drugs to fight the drug resistant HCV’s. The herbs that were prescribed by our elders may have had some truth after all.

Learn more about Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs

Sunday, July 30, 2017

World Hepatitis Day 2017: Ayurvedic herbs helpful in jaundice treatment

Herbal treatment of jaundice caused by hepatitis A is increasingly gaining popularity, especially since allopathy doesn’t have an definate treatment for it.
Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to balance the tridoshas by prescribing a strict diet regimen and potent Ayurvedic herbs. Here are some of the common herbs that can help in the effective treatment of jaundice resulting from hepatitis A.

Kutki: This herb is known by its scientific name picrorhiza kurroa and is a common Ayurvedic medicine. Although it has many health benefits such as antioxidant, inflammatory and immunomodulatory qualities, it is prized mostly for its liver-protecting properties. It is one of the best remedies for jaundice.

Giloy: Also known as tinospora cordifolia, giloy is valued for its hepatoprotective ie. liver-protecting properties. Ayurveda recommends this humble herb for the effective treatment of jaundice.

Nishottar: It is one of the two best Ayurvedic herbs for jaundice, the other being kutki. The herb is taken in a powdered form or mixed with water.

Vasaka: Vasaka is also known by its scientific name Justicia adhatoda, the leaves of which have been used to cure jaundice in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It acts by healing the liver from the inflammatory damaged caused by hepatitis.

Kakamachi: This herb is known by its scientific name solanum nigru. The fruits of the plant protect against liver toxicity. Long before science validated its liver-protecting power, Ayurveda had already discovered its healing powers.

Triphala: Technically, triphala is not a herb but a combination of three powerful herbs that have detoxing powers: amlaki or gooseberry, bibhitaki or terminalia bellirica and haridraki or terminalia chebula. The herb is administered in a powdered form to the patients for quick recovery from jaundice.

Aloe vera: The plant is used in Ayurveda to cure jaundice, mainly due to its liver-friendly properties.

Bhumi amalaki: The plant is used not only in Ayurveda but also in Siddha school of medicine for liver protection. It is known by its scientific name Phyllanthus Niruri.

Read more about Ayurvedic Treatment of Liver Disorders.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fight Cold, Flu and Infections With This Ayurvedic Wonder

The monsoons are finally here. We know you can't wait to drench yourself in the rain, but watch out for the wave of cold and flu bouts that are common during this season. Changing weather conditions could mean a dip in our immunity levels. Moreover, the humidity in the air is known to adversely affect metabolism, slow down digestion and cause problems like constipation or diarrhoea. Kadha is an Ayurvedic home remedy that could protect you, make you stronger from within and also help in fighting seasonal infections.

What is a Kadha?
Kadha is essentially an Ayurvedic drink made with a number of herbs and spices that are boiled usually in water to extract their benefits. With a variety of whole spices, ingredients and herbs easily found in an Indian household, the decoction is the most inexpensive home remedy to strengthen your immunity and fight infections.

A kadha can be made in many ways and it can be a combination of many ingredients.
There are 3 ways to make kadha at home to boost your immunity and battle monsoon woes.

1] Grind Tulsi leaves, black pepper and Ginger together and then boil them in water. To sweeten the concoction you can add some honey. This kadha works wonders for cold and cough.
2] Mix half teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water and bring it to boil. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink up for strength and energy.

3] Grind about half teaspoon of giloy (guduchi -- Indian Tinospora ), add it to a cup of water and boil. This decoction aids digestion, boosts your immunity and fights symptoms of flu.

Stay strong with these natural immunity boosters that act as precautionary measures and may help in faster recovery. However, if you're suffering from a prolonged infection or one that keeps coming back, you must consult a doctor.
-courtesy NDTV.com

Read more about recommendations to follow about diet and lifestyle schedule in Rainy season.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ashwagandha: Ayurvedic Herb to Treat Insomnia

A recent study suggests the ancient Indian herb,Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), can promote sound sleep. The study is especially important in the times when so many people across the globe are battling insomnia and other sleeping disorders such as restless leg syndrome which are common cause of concern among the middle-aged population.

Insomnia currently has 10-15 per cent in general population under its prey out of which 30-60 percent are from the middle aged strata, as per the recent estimates. Insomnia has also been linked with other diseases like obesity, cardiovascular diseases, depression, anxiety, mania deficits, etc.

The team of researchers led by Mahesh K. Kaushik, from the University of Tsukuba in Japan , found that the active component that an active component of Ashwagandha leaves -- triethylene glycol (TEG) – works wonders to induce sleep, and could be seen transforming the realm of  natural plant-based therapies for insomnia and sleep related disorders.

The synthetic drugs available in the market comes with its own side effects, in such times the emergence of ashwagandha’s increased amount of  sleep inducing component TEG can be seen as a welcome relief for those looking for a sound sleep without side effects.

Read more abour Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb Ashwagandha here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reduce Diabetes with this home made Ayurvedic remedy

Diabetes is just naturally a lifestyle disorder. So, people suffering from diabetes have to make some change in their lifestyle. Major changes in diet are diabetes diet. Diabetes is the body’s metabolic rate, decrease the production of insulin in the body that influence individual

Diabetes is the situation where the body’s metabolic rate decreases with this change the production of insulin in the body usually varies. As insulin is not properly absorbed by the body it causes fluctuations in the blood sugar levels.

To reduce the Diabetes in one month, you need to follow this simple Homemade Ayurveda Remedy.

Materials needed:

Lady’s Finger – ½ a cup (chopped)
Ginger juice – 2 Tbsp
How to make remedy:

Add the ingredients above mentioned in a mixer grinder. Grind them until it forms a liquid mixture. Add water until required. Filter the liquid with a strainer. It is recommended to take this remedy before breakfast.

This home remedy can be great, also if this remedy is taken daily,  the results will be more effective.

Apart from taking this remedy, follow the fat-free and sugar-free diet. Also, regular exercise will give better results.

The lady’s finger has high fibre, vitamin content which regulates the excess blood sugar levels
Ginger has high poly-phenyls content. It reduces the Body glucose levels. With this, diabetes will get reduced in one month.
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Read More about Ayurvedic management of Diabetes HERE.

Ayurvedic drugs for chronic kidney disease

As the world celebrates World Kidney Day on Thursday, there is good news for patients suffering from critical kidney disorders as an ayurvedic medicines have proved beneficial in treatment of the life taking disease.

According to a latest research, ayurvedic drug prepared of punarnava plant (Boerhavia diffusa) and other established kidney protective herbs in ayurvedic formulations have shown promising results in preventing and reducing the increased levels of kidney function parameters – serum creatinine. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2015 ranked chronic kidney disease 17th among the causes of deaths globally. In India, GBD 2015 ranked chronic kidney disease as the eighth leading cause of death. Deaths due to renal failure in the country have rose to 36,000 in 2015 from 86,000 in 2003. According to research paper published in The Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, the Neeri KFT, which is a blend of punarnava plant, leaves of lotus, patharchur and other key herbs, has proved to be a life saving drug for all those kidney patients who are under the regular dialysis. The drug has also helped in maintaining histological parameter of kidneys apart from reducing increased levels of uric acid and electrolytes.

Protect Your Kidney with Ayurveda.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ayurveda On The Rise

Ayurvedic medicine tradition is more than 5,000-years-old, and herbal medicines remain an essential component of its practice. Today, the populations of certain countries still depend on herbal medicines as a panacea to their healthcare needs. With increasing awareness of ill after-effects of allopathic medicines, there is a huge global demand for natural/herbal medicines.

Ayurveda is highly effective in common and complicated ailments, and assures long-term relief with no side effects. Ayurvedic herbs like ashwagandha, brahmi, guggulu and many others, are well-known globally for their medicinal properties. As Ayurveda is recognized to be the foremost life science and describes ways to prevent and manage lifestyle disorders, the world is being attracted towards its potential. Many universities in India and abroad have started diploma courses in Ayurveda and allied subjects. This indicates the growing popularity as well as the acceptance of Ayurveda by the international societies too. The medical community is beginning to lay emphasis on ‘preventive care’ rather than post manifestation of diseases. The management of diseases with modern medicine is getting increasingly difficult owing to the ‘drug resistant’ strains of bacteria. This is a huge area of concern for scientists working in the healthcare arena.

One of the major strengths of Ayurveda is the basket of immuno-modulator herbs with established activity, duly accepted by modern scientists. Similarly, the other category of herbs called ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda, possess rejuvenating properties and are targeted towards different organs to tone up the system and ensure function smoothly.

Ayurvedic drugs have literally stood the test of time. It has been the main stay health care system in India before the advent of modern drugs in early 19th century. Generations have benefited, got cured and passed on the remedies to the next generation with confidence and pride. There cannot be a bigger and better example than the good old Chyawanprash

Monday, February 06, 2017

Simple Ayurvedic Remedy To Reduce Cholesterol

Here is a amazingly simple ayurvedic remedy that can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your body; have a look!

Ingredients Required : Onion Juice - 3 tablespoons Edible Coconut Oil - 1 tablespoon

Method Of Preparation : Add the suggested amounts of ingredients in a cup.  Stir well to form a mixture.

Consume this mixture, every morning, after a light breakfast, for 3 months.

This home remedy to treat high cholesterol can work wonders when taken regularly, using the right amount of ingredients. In addition to taking this remedy, one must also exercise well and stay away from foods rich in unhealthy fats, in order to reduce the cholesterol in the body.
Onion is rich in allium, which is an enzyme that can dissolve the cholesterol accumulation in your body, gradually reducing its levels.
Coconut oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that are also extremely efficient in dislodging the cholesterol accumulation in your blood vessels.  
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Ayurvedic Herbs ideal for Cosmetic Care

Ayurveda has found a prominent place in modern cosmetic care. Treatments that were lost in the midst of time have been revived and viewed in the light of modern scientific techniques. Today the holistic system of Ayurveda has become popular worldwide. Herbal and natural extracts have been formulated into different products for skin, hair and body care, using the latest scientific techniques.

An important advantage is the lack of harmful side-effects. Synthetic preparations and chemical ingredients, on the other hand, can cause allergic and irritation. They can also cause a build-up of toxins in the system, over a period of time.

Herbs have been used in Ayurvedic treatments to cleanse the skin of toxins and wastes. The safety factor makes herbs ideal for cosmetic care. Herbs have powerful healing properties and many benefits for skin and hair care. They have definite protective, preventive and corrective actions.  Herbs help improve the normal functions of the skin and scalp, including that of cell renewal. Thus, they have the power to revitalize and rejuvenate.

Another important benefit of using herbs is that they help to restore the normal balance- that has been disturbed due to air pollutants, chlorinated water, alkaline soaps, and make-up. Synthetic and chemical ingredients in cosmetic preparations disrupt the normal balance. When the normal pH balance is disturbed, it results in skin and hair problems. So, our regular skin and hair care routine should be such that helps to restore the acid-alkaline balance.
Most natural ingredients have properties that help in beauty care, while some are powerful cleansers, others are excellent moisturisers. Some improve blood circulation, and others tighten the skin. By and large, organic ingredients have preserving, preventive and rejuvenating powers and are readily accepted and assimilated by the body.

For example, ingredients like sandalwood, basil (tulsi), mint (pudina), neem (margosa) can be used to treat eruptive conditions of the skin, like acne.

Read more about skin care in Ayurveda here - http://ayurveda-foryou.com/women/skincare.html

Monday, January 23, 2017

After India’s Patent Win, US Pharmaceuticals Suddenly Claim that Turmeric has no Medicinal Properties

In 1997 the Indian Government won a major victory to prevent US firms from patenting Turmeric’s medicinal properties.. and now suddenly a “new study” finds that turmeric is not useful for making medicines. This clearly shows that the pharmaceutical industry is out to make money .. not cures.
In 1995 , two American researchers of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, put a claim to the US Patent and Trademark Office, maintaining that they had discovered haldi‘s healing properties. And, surprise, they were granted a patent in March 1995 for something you had known for years and our ayurveda for centuries.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research applied to the US Patent Office for a reexamination. This was after Indian scientists shouted from rooftops about how we are losing our traditional knowledge to marauding foreign companies who have started poaching on our ancient healing techniques. The US Patent Office in 1997 acknowledged it had made a mistake and cancelled the patent on turmeric. This is a major victory because seldom does it fully revoke a patent it has granted.

But now a new study says “In a new review of chemical evidence, scientists write that curcumin is an “unstable, reactive, non-bioavailable compound and, therefore, a highly improbable lead [for drug development].”   The article concludes that “The resources being wasted on difficult curcumin research could instead be spent on thousands of other chemicals lying on shelves waiting to be tested”   (Meaning you could research stuff  off which we can make more money!)

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Ayurvedic anticancer drug showing promise in trials

Research on the effect of an ayurvedic drug on cancer has shown promising results in tests on mice, said pathologist Dr Vinod Shidham, who is currently working in the USA.
Currently, Dr Shidham is part of a unique research for cancer treatment using an ayurvedic medicine called 'Rohitak'. He said, "The medicine has been tested on mice for treating prostate cancer with good results; we plan to perform similar method for pancreatic cancer treatment."
He said, "Any tumour cell requires blood supply, without which it will die. Initially, we took out malignant tissue and allowed the tumour to grow. Then, using an ayurvedic medicine named 'Rohitak' on a tissue, we observed that the medicine does not kill the tumour but it is shrinking the blood vessels that pass through it. With no blood supply, the tumour dies."
Dr Shidham said, "Once we are able to get successful results on pancreatic cancer, we will be looking forward to perform clinical trials to get the treatment into mainstream." He added, "If India starts to perform such clinical trials, the cancer scenario will improve."

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Turmeric-laced ‘Golden milk’ - the newest health drink

A detoxifying drink used in traditional Indian medicine, golden milk owes its name to the bright yellow color of turmeric. Mixed with warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger, this sugar-free and antioxidant drink is a pleasant alternative to coffee, or Christmas season staples mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, turmeric activates the happiness hormone, serotonin. The ochre-coloured root is also a standard ingredient in Indian cuisines.

In combination with pepper and ginger, turmeric is the key ingredient in golden milk, an Ayurvedic-inspired medicinal drink that promotes good digestion and detoxifies the body. It is made by forming a paste of water, turmeric and pepper, which is then combined with coconut, soy or almond milk, along with a dash of coconut oil or cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Honey or cinnamon are added for extra flavor and sweetness.

Easy to prepare, this hot, sweet, milky drink is not only tasty, but also healthy, especially in the winter months when its warming spices give it a Christmassy flavor.

The latest health food trend, the drink is all the rage on Instagram. It has also been hailed as an elixir by “clean eating” celebrities and health bloggers.

A gramme of turmeric every morning could improve the memories of people at risk of cognitive impairment, according to researchers at the Monash Asia Institute in Melbourne, Australia. At the same time, an American study has found that a combination of turmeric and silymarin (milk thistle extract), a traditional remedy for liver complaints, could help prevent colon cancer.

Read more about Turmeric here - http://ayurveda-foryou.com/ayurveda_herb/turmeric.html