Monday, December 27, 2004
thing you associate with tobacco is smoking or chewing it. Unfortunately,
people haven't been told the whole story about tobacco, there is another
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
- By Dr.Partap Chauhan
It is well documented in Ayurvedic texts that
metals are used in some Ayurvedic formulations. As in Modern Medicine
they describe the adverse effects a medicine can cause to various body
systems, similarly harmful effects of metallic medicines are also well
documented. For example in "Purva Khand of Bhava Prakash
Nighantu" (Dhatu-upadhatu Prakaran: verse 13) it is written,
"Consumption of Impure gold 'bhasm' (ashes) or pure gold 'bhasm'
consumed improperly may destroy strength, shukra dhatu (reproductive
tissue), cause diseases and even death". The antidotes of toxicity or
management of symptoms caused due to consumption of metallic medicines
are also vastly described.
There is a section in Ayurveda called "Rasa shastra" which describes the
use of metals, gems, minerals and poisons for manufacturing special
formulations to combat chronic and difficult diseases. Rasa Shastra can
be called "Vedic Chemistry". As the modern laboratory chemicals were not
invented in the Vedic era (3000 years ago), herbal juices were used
instead. Although the methods, of testing these metallic medicines
described in Rasa Shastra, sound outdated or unscientific, they seem be
based on some chemical principles. Because medicines declared non-toxic
through these methods do not create any harmful effects in the body. Not
only they are harmless, they work like 'steroids' used in modern
medicine and can do miracles in difficult disease conditions or even the
These Ayurvedic metallic medicines pass through extensive processing
before they are declared fit for internal use. The metals, gems and
minerals are first purified and then burnt several times and converted
to 'bhasm' (ash). Each time before burning, the metallic powders are
processed with fresh herb juices to neutralize their toxicity. Some of
the metals are burnt up to one hundred times to make sure the heaviness
or toxic effect of the metal is nullified. Once the 'bhasm' is ready it
is tested for toxicity. One of the numerous tests the "bhasm" has to
pass through is called 'varitar' which means the 'bhasm', once ready for
internal use, floats on water indicating non-existence of heavy metal in
it. The 'bhasms' are then transformed to compound formulas by mixing
herbal powders. Special herbal juices are used for processing the
compound formula. Thus these are no more toxic metals but non-toxic
herbo-metallic compounds. The modern chemical testing might still
indicate the presence of that metal in these compounds but according to
Ayurveda, these metals have been transformed to non- toxic form, which
is safe for internal use.
These lighter forms of metals (bhasm) contained in herbo-metallic
compounds work as carriers (yogavahi). This means they are able to carry
the herbs (mixed with them) faster to the desired site and start the
action immediately. They increase the bioavailability of the herbs to
the cell. They act as catalysts. After performing the desired action
these harmless light metals (bhasm) are eliminated out of body through
our waste excretory systems (urine and stool).
The multi ingredient compounds are formulated in a way that the
ingredients are capable of counter balancing any toxic effects, if any,
present in the herbs or metals (bhasm). Besides, the use of these
metallic preparations is discontinued after every 12 weeks for a couple
of weeks, so that the body can eliminate or neutralize any traces of the
metals left in the body. The period after which the use of metallic
medicines should be discontinued may differ from metal to metal. In some
metals like iron it is not even necessary to discontinue, while in more
toxic ones like Arsenic, it is advised to skip one day after every six
days. The proper dose of these metallic medicines is very important.
Such medicines therefore should always be taken under the supervision of
an expert who knows all methods to ensure zero toxicity and management
of complications, if any.
When purified/processed properly and used under an expert's guidance,
these metallic medicines are quite safe for internal use. If these
medicines were fatal, it would have been evident in thousands of years
of their use. Historically, Rasa Shastra an offshoot of Ayurveda
developed around the period when Buddha existed (more than 2500 years
ago). Ever since, it has been widely used by Ayurvedic doctors in India
to treat millions of patients. If the metallic preparations were not
safe, more than half of India would have died as a result of taking
these medicines in all these years and this could not have gone
unnoticed. However the findings are totally opposite. These metallic
medicines have been used as wonderful life saving drugs for thousands of
years without any adverse effects.
The use of metals, gems or poisons in medicines as described in
Ayurveda, should not sound scary as the use of dangerous/poisonous
ingredients is involved in all major medical systems including modern
medicine. The contents of antibiotics, steroids, painkillers,
tranquilizers and other chemical medicines are well known to everyone.
Their adverse effects are well documented exactly as of the metallic
medicines documented in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Hundreds of thousand
people die every year or suffer from complications resulting from drug
reactions and surgeries. But we have lots of benefits of modern medicine
and surgery especially during emergency and critical conditions. In
order to get these benefits, we need to take modern medicines even
though we know that they may contain ingredients that can be toxic or
It has been noted that metallic Ayurvedic medicines can help patients
who have tried all other medical system and have lost all hope to
recover. That is why they are sometimes called as 'life saving' or
'miracle' medicines. But there can be complications and adverse effects
of these medicines too, especially when these metallic Ayurvedic
medicines are labeled as 'herbal medicine' or supplements and sold
through grocery stores or prescribed by spiritual gurus, yoga teachers,
energy healers and unqualified Ayurvedic practitioners. It is like a
barber performing a 'heart transplant' surgery. That could be really
dangerous as well as scary. Ayurveda is a serious medical system and has
well developed systems of diagnosis and treatments. It is the only
medical system in the world, which has apparatus to deal with complete
human being, which comprises of mind, body and soul.
Ayurveda considers each person to be unique and offers unique
personalized Ayurvedic treatment. Two persons suffering from same
symptoms may receive different treatment. The treatment is personalized
according to the patients physical nature (prakriti), age, immunity,
mind power, habitat etc. A customized diet, life style, exercise,
emotional support, spiritual treatments, breathing and meditations
techniques also form the part of the treatment. Ayurvedic treatments aim
to eradicate the root cause of the disease, which could be located in
the body, mind, environment, family or profession. It needs a proper
qualification and experience for someone to understand and practice
Ayurveda. The only way Ayurvedic medicines can be 'fatal' is when not
taken under the guidance of a qualified doctor. Like modern medicine,
Ayurvedic medicines should not be sold over the counter specially those
containing toxic metals.
To conclude, the presence of toxic metals in Ayurvedic medicines and
their effects have been well documented in various Ayurvedic texts. It
would be interesting to do a research on what do these metallic
medicines do when taken internally. Clinical studies should be done on
people taking metallic medicines by checking their liver, blood and
kidney functions on regular basis. Facts described in Ayurveda texts
like "Bhasms' are just carriers and are eliminated through excretory
systems" should confirmed by doing regular urine and stool analysis for
the person consuming metallic medicines.
If no adverse effects are found, these metallic medicines should be
declared safe and used worldwide for the benefit of millions of those
suffering from incurable diseases.
If medicines are found to have toxic or damaging effects, the
manufacturing processes or the consuming processes have to be checked.
According to facts documented in Ayurvedic texts these are the only two
situations when metallic medicines can cause toxic effects in the body.
It is not Ayurveda, but the manufacturing unit or the doctor/patient
(not following instructions), which is at fault. Every Ayurvedic
principle, treatment, medicine is pro-biotic- supports life and
longevity. Ayurveda is safe, effective and holistic approach to achieve
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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Caiapo (Ipomoea batatas) is a type of white sweet potato, native to the Brazilian Amazon that is traditionally eaten raw as a treatment for anemia, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Japanese immigrants in Brazil have popularized the remedy, and extracts of the root are now sold without prescription in Japan as a food additive for the prevention and care of type 2 diabetes.
Results of a study published in the February 2004 issue of the journal Diabetes Care suggest that Caiapo may, indeed, be a natural way to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. In a study from the University of Vienna Medical School in Austria, a team of researchers randomly assigned a group of 61 patients to receive either a daily dose of 4 grams of Caiapo or a placebo. During the 12-week duration of the study, blood-sugar levels (both fasting and following a glucose tolerance test) decreased significantly among the patients taking the Caiapo. No such changes were seen in the patients taking the placebo. The researchers also found that at the end of treatment, the cholesterol levels among the patients who took Caiapo were lower than those in patients receiving the placebo. A small number of patients reported some mild gastrointestinal distress during the study that might have been a side-effect of the Caiapo, although two of the patients in the placebo group reported similar symptoms.
In an earlier, smaller pilot study the same research team saw the same results. That study included only 18 men and lasted for only six weeks. On the basis of results from these two studies, the researchers concluded that Caiapo seems to be an effective way to lower blood sugar.
To my knowledge, Caiapo isn't available outside of Japan and South Korea, although I'm told that some Japanese suppliers ship orders to foreign countries.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
This process is called Pancha Karma, meaning 'Five Actions.' The purpose of Pancha Karma in the fall is to remove any excess doshas from our system before we head into winter. "
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Monday, October 11, 2004
Whether we have good health or bad health is largely an "inside job." Sure, there are circumstances outside of us that contribute to the quality of our health (e.g. car accidents, polluted ground water, hurricanes, etc.) but, for the most part, our health comes from within. Obviously, the things we choose to put in or on our bodies have major influences on our health. When we choose to eat ice cream and denatured fast foods instead of organic green beans and broccoli, we are making decisions that drag us towards disease. This is, indeed, an inside job because it comes strictly from our personal decisions.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Naturopathy experts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, particularly in Coimbatore, are expressing concern over the mushrooming of a number of unprofessionally managed herbal massage centres.
Most of them have sprung up around tourist spots with tall claims of providing Ayurvedic treatment for all kinds of physical ailments.
"There are some crude methods of practice done in some picnic spots like Kutralam and Okanakkal. Actually when it is done without any physician's supervision or when it is done by an untrained messeur, it increases the invertebral disprolapse, pain or it also proves very harmful for cervical spondylitis patients," said Dr. Uma, an Ayurvedic specialist based in Coimbatore.
Haunted by the toxic side effects of modern drugs, people from across the world flock to India looking for succour from alternative medicinal therapies. Experts, however, caution that there are only a few selective people who understand Ayurveda and the impact of its treatment.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Saturday, July 03, 2004
CHOLAYIL Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, manufacturer of Ayurvedic soap Medimix, is set to inaugurate a holistic wellness centre, Sanjeevanam, in Chennai, part of a chain of such centres.
Cholayil aimed to open 10 such centres in the next three years. Talks are on to set up franchises in London, Visakhapatnam and Delhi. A smaller centre in Thiruvananthapuram has been operational for a while now and its success spurred the group to expand.
Sanjeevanam will comprise a therapeutic centre combining various treatments from Ayurveda, naturopathy and Yoga, Maya, a yoga academy, Kadalivanam, a health restaurant serving natural food, a conference hall and a natural products store. This is the first time all these facilities are being offered under one roof.
Monday, April 26, 2004
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Public Schools will ban soft drinks, candy and fat-laden snacks from school vending machines, replacing them with healthier offerings, district officials said on Tuesday.
Chicago, the nation's third-largest public school district, joins other major school systems that have already expelled food or drinks seen contributing to a childhood obesity epidemic from their facilities.
"Students spend a large portion of their time at school, and we need to do more to promote healthy eating habits," said Arne Duncan, the school system's chief executive officer, in a statement. "This is an important step toward getting junk food out of our schools."
The Chicago district said it is seeking proposals to replace its exclusive and expiring beverage contract with Coca-Cola with offerings restricted to 100 percent fruit juices in elementary schools and at least 50 percent fruit juice in high schools. Other acceptable beverages will be water and noncarbonated sports drinks.
Representatives for Atlanta-based Coke could not immediately be reached for comment. Under the existing contract, the school system made about $4 million a year or 52 percent of the sales, while Coke got the remaining 48 percent, according to Mike Vaughn, a school district spokesman. On the snack front, products in school vending machines must have not more than 30 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 40 percent sugar by weight. Candy and chewing gum would be banned outright.
Vaughn said the new policy on snacks would taken up by the board of education in May with the aim of having the policy in place by next fall. The district's move comes as public awareness over the obesity crisis heightens. Food and drink makers have also tuned into the problem, in part to defend against litigation blaming their products for making people fat. And some nutritionists have cautioned against many of the juice alternatives to soft drinks, which can be deceptively high in sugars.
McDonald's Corp., last year the target of a well-publicized obesity lawsuit, late last week launched an anti-obesity push that includes the launch of a new healthier version of its kid-oriented Happy Meals for adults.
The largest U.S. school system in New York City has already ousted soft drinks, replacing them with juice and other products from Snapple, a unit of Cadbury Schweppes Plc. Schools in Los Angeles banned soft drinks as of January and will ban the sale of so-called junk food starting in July.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
Are you a qualified, professional Natural Therapist looking for a change? Want to join a group of professionals in a cutting-edge, dynamic Complementary and Alternative Medicine Centre in Larnaca, Cyprus, catering to the needs of local and international clients?
Now that Cyprus is due for EEC accession on May 1st 2004, if your country is a member of Europe then you will not require a work permit, which makes things a lot easier for those wishing to emigrate. Unfortunately it is a lot more difficult for Americans and other countries not part of the EEC.
This is the first such CAM Centre in Cyprus and also covers the Middle East and surrounding countries.
The Centre is presently seeking the following specialties:
Holistic Medical Director
Other specialists can also be considered, but all must be professionals in their own right with adequate training at recognised schools in Europe.
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Centre is a large complex comprising of Natural Medicine specialists such as Naturopaths, Herbalists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Holistic Dentists, Nutritionists, Homeopaths, Colon Hydrotherapists, Psychotherapists, Sexologists, Aromatherapists, Reflexologists, Vodder Lymphatic Drainage Therapists, Physiotherapists, etc.
The Centre is equipped with the latest technology including Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), otherwise known as Thermography, VEGA Allergy testing, BICOM Bioresonance Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber, Infrared sauna, ozone steam cabinet, Iridology, Live Blood Analysis, Biological Terrain Analysis, Heart Rate Variability Testing, Metabolic Typing, Autonomic Response Testing and a lot more.
Therapists work autonomously by simply renting a serviced office on the premises which includes secretarial, appointment booking service for clients, and all other office services such as telephone, ADSL connection, fax, VISA, conference/workshop facilities, etc.
The Centre is in a perfect location in the Larnaca countryside just metres away from the Archangelos River surrounded by calm and tranquility. It is only 10 minutes drive from Larnaca town centre, and about 20 minute drive from the sea.
The Centre is active in serious research and has its own in-house laboratory - main areas of research are in heavy metals and cancer and chronic diseases.
Attached to the Centre is a School of Natural Medicine that will be issuing Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Natural Medicine, with the appropriate clinical experience given by our team of practitioners. All practitioners are welcome to participate in teaching and research if they desire.
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You may get a glimpse of some of the treatment modalities on Dr. Georgiou's web site at www.naturaltherapycenter.com - more treatment modalities and therapists are presently being added.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Monday, March 01, 2004
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Traditional/ Ayurvedic Medicines
Indian Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals will be set on an upward spike on the international sales graph when World Health Organisation's plan to establish the format for standardisation of traditional medicine in health care systems takes shape.
When that happens, the Ayurvedic medicines will also brought under the format of standardisation and validation, which will help Ayurvedic companies sell the medicines in developed markets.
Currently, only Ayurvedic products in food supplements and cosmetics segments are sold in developed markets, while Ayurvedic medicines are yet to enter these highly lucrative markets. Even after getting the validation and standardisation, a prior approval from the US FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) is mandatory for entering these markets.
Already, traditional Chinese medicines have a foothold in the US markets and it is estimated that last year alone Chinese traditional medicines worth over $ 3 billion were sold in the US.
The objective of WHO Strategy for Traditional Medicine for 2002 to 2005 is to discuss the role of traditional medicine in health care systems, current challenges and opportunities and WHO’s role and strategy for traditional medicine.
Though Ayurvedic medicines are widely used in India, there is no valid third party validation here on the properties of these medicines. The WHO format of standardisation will prepare the platform for the initiative.
Saturday, February 21, 2004
"The countries which have shown interest in ayurveda curriculum and research included Russia, US, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Argentina, UK, France, Italy etc, Ms Malti S. Sinha, Secretary, Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy said.
According to Ms Sinha, medical schools in the US wanted to introduce an ayurvedic module and various teaching institutions in India such as Banaras Hindu University and Gujarat Ayurved University had entered into MoU's for collaboration in the field of education and research with institutions in Japan, Australia, Italy and Argentina.....
According to Ms Sinha, medical schools in the US wanted to introduce an ayurvedic module and various teaching institutions in India such as Banaras Hindu University and Gujarat Ayurved University had entered into MoU's for collaboration in the field of education and research with institutions in Japan, Australia, Italy and Argentina. " -- The Hindu:Businessline
Monday, February 02, 2004
Friday, January 30, 2004
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Scientists in Florida have found that just 20 minutes a day of music was enough for patients to report more than a 50% reduction in pain levels. Over the 14-day listening period, the amount of natural pain relief continued to increase.
The research was published in the Journal for Advanced Nursing. It was based on tests on 66 older people with chronic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative disease in humans. Previous studies have shown that music can improve motivation, elevate mood, and increase feelings of control. It is thought to release endorphins, which reduce pain, decrease blood pressure, the heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen consumption.
Read more about Music therapy on our website at - http://ayurveda-foryou.com/music/music.html
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Jeffrey Armstrong's prediction - "In the US alone, over half a dozen universities have been approached to recognise ayurveda as a complimentary therapy and I am hopeful that within a couple of years, this branch of medicine will be as popular as other Indian therapies like yoga and transcendental meditation,’’ he says, adding that the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association (NAMA) has already been set up in Canada and the US to promote the cause.
Monday, January 12, 2004
The first scientifically approved herbal contraceptive pill - based on a 2500-year-old Indian recipe - could be available within three years, according to researchers.
They say the drug, which is about to undergo clinical trials, will provide women with an effective, safe and cheap alternative to existing contraceptive options.
Roy Chaudhury, president of Delhi Medical Council and head of India's herbal contraceptive development taskforce, described early development of the pill as "very promising".
"This would be a great gift from India to the world."
The main ingredients of the herbal contraceptive are two shrubs that grow in the Himalayan foothills - false pepper (Embelia ribes) and long pepper (Piper longum).
NEW DELHI: In a bid to protect traditional knowledge in Ayurveda, scientists have prepared a traditional knowledge digital library (TKDL) that documents information from existing literature in the area.
In the first phase, information has been documented in a digitalised format in five international languages — English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese — according to Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) director general, RA Mashelkar.
About 36,000 Ayurvedic formulations have been transcribed in a patent application format for the benefit of those eager for existing information before applying for a patent, he said. The project involved collaboration between the National Institute of Science Communication and Inform-ation Resources (Niscair), office of controller general of patent designs and trade marks, department of industrial policy and promotion, and the department of Indian systems of medicine and homoeopathy. In the next phase, policies would be worked out depending on the access of the data, Dr Mashelkar said.
Initially, data on around 500 formulations will be made available to those applying for patents as a showcase of the project. The rest is likely to be released in January.
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Thursday, January 08, 2004
(HealthDayNews) -- If you have diabetes, healthy eating should be an integral part of managing your disease. A good diet can help control your weight and blood sugar level.
Use vegetable spray instead of oil, shortening, or butter.
Steam vegetables using a low-fat broth or water.
Season foods with herbs and spices, vinegar, lemon juice, or salsa.
Use low or sugar-free jams instead of butter or margarine.
Use low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese, or nonfat yoghurt.
Eat chicken or turkey without the skin.
Buy only lean meats and broil, roast, stir-fry or grill them.
Use canola or olive oil rather than vegetable oils.
Buy whole-grain breads and cereals
Sunday, January 04, 2004
Dissatisfied with the present day medical practices, more and more people around the globe are in search of a total healing health care systems. This search for a safe and natural health care system has brought into light the uniqueness and importance of Ayurveda. The 5000 years old natural health care system of India, Ayurveda is in great demand globally.
Ayurveda is more than a system of medical treatment. It focuses on maintaining the health of body mind and spirit by proper use of deities, exercises, positive outlook and leading a life in tune with nature. Ayurveda, the safe and effective herbal health care system emphasizes on detoxification and rejuvenation therapies, which making it the most sought after among natural health care systems.