Monday, January 15, 2018

Film on First Indian American Ayurvedic Doctor in the U.S.

A feature-length documentary about Indian American Dr. Vasant Lad, the first person to bring Ayurveda from India to the U.S., has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber.
Under the companies’ deal, Zeitgeist will market and release the film theatrically and Kino Lorber will handle home entertainment, adds the report.
According to Zeitgeist Films, “The Doctor From India” will premiere at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Directed by Jeremy Frindel, the film, titled, “The Doctor From India,” is the fascinating story of Lad’s mission to bring the ancient healthcare system of wellness from India to the West in the late ‘70s.
In this meditative, immersive portrait, with interviewees, including Indian American author and Ayurvedic practitioner Deepak Chopra, Frindel documents the life and work of Lad who, fulfilling his destiny as foretold by his family guru, became a holistic health pioneer, helping to bring Ayurveda, which was almost unknown when he first arrived in the West, to become one of the most prominent alternative health systems in the world today.
A native of India, Lad was a professor of clinical medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery from the University of Pune and a master’s degree in Ayurvedic science from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda.
In 1984, Lad founded The Ayurvedic Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1986, the institute has been based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lad serves as the director of the institute.
Lad has written 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the U.S., his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
(By- India-West Staff Reporter Jan 12, 2018 )

Friday, January 05, 2018

Losing Weight

There's really only one way to lose weight and keep it off, and that's to adopt a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating nutritious meals and exercising daily.
But there are plenty of marketers out there would vehemently disagree – because magic pills make money.
you will learn:
  -- Why Diets Don't work and what does?
 --  Sample Diet Plan helpful to lose weight -- based on the principles of Ayurveda.
 --  A diet can only take you up a certain extent of weight loss, the defective metabolism must be corrected, which is done by Ayurvedic medicines.
  -- Stress is a major factor that drives unhealthy eating habits . How Yoga helps in reducing stress.
  -- How can we control hunger and thirst by Yogasanas?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

India has the Highest number of Diabetes patients in the world

Diabetes is not something the government can fight with a few policies because it is a lifestyle disease which is a result of one’s ignorance towards his eating habits and physical activity. Getting regular exercise, eating a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding increased fat intake and avoiding tobacco, are basic prevention methods.

With simple lifestyle changes , including healthier diets and physical activity , one can decrease his risk of developing diabetes by more than 50%.

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

In fact this is the theme of our Best seller e-book "Ayurvedic Cure of Diabetes"

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ayurvedic remedies for weight gain

Losing weight is a difficult task, but so is gaining weight. Many people who are born with a hyperactive metabolism  struggle to put on muscle and weight and are cursed to stay skinny all their lives.
Being underweight also has its share of health issues like decreased stamina, low tolerance to cold and a weakened immune system.
Ayurveda offers a range of remedies for weight gain. According to the ancient Indian system of medicine, skinny or underweight people have the Vata type composition, which makes weight gain very difficult. However, Ayurveda also offers treatment for low body weight.

Read more about Recommended Ayurvedic preparations.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Ayurvedic herbs to strengthen Immunity in HIV patients

The HIV virus attacks your immune system; and over time, it weakens your defences against opportunistic infections.  Apart from following a good lifestyle, it is important to fortify your diet with immune-strengthening herbs and medicines. Ayurveda offers an effective adjunct to conventional HIV treatment through powerful herbs that are safe and free of side effects.
Ayurveda recommends some powerful herbs and remedies to keep your immune system healthy.

1 Aloe vera
Aloe vera or kumari  is an anti-inflammatory herb and has a healing effect on the immune system of the HIV-infected person if taken regularly.

2 Garlic
Garlic is a known immunomodulator and an anti-inflammatory agent. The compound allicin found in garlic has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Those diagnosed with HIV can either eat whole cloves of garlic as part of their daily diet or use garlic supplements.

3 Turmeric
Curcumin, a yellow pigment present in turmeric, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antimicrobial qualities, which makes it a potentially powerful herb against HIV-AIDS. It is also said to inhibit HIV from progressing into full-blown AIDS. Always combine turmeric with pepper for better results.

4 Amlaki
Indian gooseberry, amla or amlaki is a rich source of vitamin C and other beneficial antioxidants, which keeps the immune system strong. The nutritious fruit is also a part of many Ayurvedic preparations like Chyavanprash which is good for immune health for those with an HIV load.

5 Shatavari
Indian asparagus or shatavari is a potent herb which strengthens the immune system and improves its functions by stimulating immune cells. Regular intake of this herb will help the HIV-infected person’s body ward off external infections.

6 Guduchi
One of the best immunomodulators in Ayurveda is guduchi, known also by its scientific name tinospora cordifolia. It helps in the smooth functioning of the immune system by maintaining sufficient levels of white blood cells in the HIV-infected person’s blood.

7 Kalmegh
Kalmegh (andrographis paniculata) is herb known for its immunomodulatory properties. Clinical studies have been conducted to explore the role of the herb in treating HIV infections. Regular intake of kalmegh also ensures liver-protection from the harmful toxic effects of HIV drugs.

Read more about Ayurvedic management of HIV/AIDS here - https://ayurveda-foryou.com/treat/aids.html

Monday, November 27, 2017

Queen of Herbs-Tulsi

'Queen of Herbs' Tulsi is known for its healing powers.
This medicinal plant is a virtual tonic for your body, is extremely beneficial and an inexpensive herb. It is a herb that is seen in every house across the Indian subcontinent, and as per Acharya Bal Krishan of the Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurvedic group, it is a natural remedy for a majority of diseases.

"Tulsi with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is used as a natural remedy for viral infections, strengthening immunity, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and combatting and treating various hair and skin disorders, common health and lifestyle-related issues," Acharya Bal Krishan said.

Read more about Ayurvedic Properties and Uses of Tulsi here -
https://ayurveda-foryou.com/ayurveda_herb/tulsi.html

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Ayurvedic Treatment of Fibromyalgia

The aggravation of Vata Dosha or accumulation of Ama (toxins) are the primary causes . There is associated weak digestion, constipation, and effects of chronic stress also and that should also be tackled.

The treatment of fibromyalgia, which is primarily a Vātavyadhi disease, focuses on both Vāta Shamana (re-balance) and Samshodhana (purification) along with management of Ama.

Panchakarma therapy: This is the main line of treatment in this disorder and ideally is the initial intervention in fibromyalgia if the patient has no contraindications. Purification measures namely 'Snehan' and 'Swedan' are very effective to balance 'Vata' and helps to dissolve toxins. Medicated oil is applied to the entire body followed by fomentation therapy with herbal decoction. This Snehana and Swedana therapy provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to Vata. The friction and movements massage creates heat which enhances circulation and helps cleanse the Ama or other impurities that could be aggravating and hypersensitizing nerve tissues. For these purpose –Bala Taila / Ksheerbala Taila / Mahanarayana Taila / Kottamchukadi Taila / Dhanvantara Taila etc can be used. Patients with predominance of Kapha can undergo Vamana by using Madanphala Yoga. Similarly with Pitta aggravation, Virechana can be planned with Trivritta Avaleha, Avipattikara Churna, Eranda oil or Triphala Churna depending on Koshtha. In stress prone individuals who have sleep and mood disturbances, Sirovirechana or Nasya can be planned.
Patients with constipation, debility and other Vata predominant features may undergo Matra Basti or a schedule of Kala or Yoga Basti.

Ayurvedic palliative medicines: If there is pain or stiffness or tenderness-Dashamula Kwath / Dashamularishtam, Rasnadi Guggulu, Yograj Guggulu, Simhanad Guggulu can be prescribed. If pain is associated with fatigue – Rasayana Churna, Chayvanaprasha, Bala Churna, Ashvagandha Churna or Gokshura Churna can be given with milk or water twice or thrice daily. If there is mood swing / sleep disturbances then Mansyadi Kwath with Brahmi Churna + Sankhapusphi Churna + Jatamansi Churna can be prescribed along with other medicines as per requirement.

Yoga Practice:  It is documented that fibromyalgia is often worsened by excessive stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system, and the immune response and affects quality of sleep pattern which in turn aggravates the fibromyalgia syndrome. Various stretching exercises are known to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia. Regular practicing of different yogic postures are helpful. Shavasana (Corpse posture) brings about a relaxed state of mind, Pranayama (Yogic breathing practices) create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.

Diet and nutrition: The diet normally advised for patients of fibromyalgia is a modified Vata-pacifying diet (Pathyam). It should include:
• Vegetable juices and soups prepared  from Guard, bottle guard, carrot, tomato, pumpkin, spinach, beet root.
• Coconut water.
• Kichadi (recipe made by cooking red/bran rice and mung dal.)
• Warm milk with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove
Fibromyalgia patients should avoid the following food articles (Apathyam) and behaviors:
• Hot (spicy) and fried foods; processed, excessive salt or sugar; very bitter and astringent foods, cauliflower, brinjal, potatoes.
• Excessive tea, coffee, alcohol, curd, chocolate, cocoa, milk.
• Sleeping during the day and staying up late at night.
• Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.

Read more about Ayurvedic Management of Fibromyalgia here - https://ayurveda-foryou.com/treat/fibromyalgia.html