Saturday, December 31, 2005

Distilled ayurveda- The Times of India: "One thing everyone can do for their health is to improve digestion. If your digestive fire is working properly, then you will extract the maximum nourishment from what you eat without any toxic residual called ama.

Health in Ayurveda means there is a free flow of intelligence throughout the mind/body system. This intelligence flows through the gross channels of the body called shrotas, and through the subtle channels ofthe non-physical body called nadis. "

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The New Indian Express, Dec 12
Ayurvedic ARV drug offers new hope to HIV patients
Monday December 12 2005 11:08 IST
MADURAI: Ayurveda, the traditional stream of Indian medicine, seems to have broken the HIV bastion in the form of an Anti Retroviral (ARV) drug developed by a researcher at Kalyani Hospital, Devakottai. For HIV positive patients, the new drug is a ray of hope that promises relief from pain and suffering.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

India patents Yoga, Ayurveda
... Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), seeks to repel attempts by people abroad to patent traditional Indian knowledge, be it yoga or medicine systems like ayurveda ...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Herbal Remedies Natural Health Newsletter, November 2005, Issue 253: "Now a new study(8) has added a simple spice to the list of possible AD preventatives: Turmeric .
Curcuma longa is a ginger-like plant that grows in tropical regions. The roots contain a bright yellow substance (turmeric) that contains curcumin and other curcuminoids. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, but it's only within the past few years that western medicine has taken note of curcumin?s disease-preventing properties.(9)
In the study, researchers found that curcumin ?significantly reduced? the buildup of beta-amyloid protein in the synapses between the brain cells that are critical for memory. They went on to recommend taking between 400-500 mg of turmeric three times per day, but cautioned that ?individuals prone to bleeding or on blood thinners should not take turmeric?.(10)"

Friday, November 18, 2005

Can Ayurveda cure HIV/AIDS?

If Government will take initiative to establish Ayurveda Research Centre, then India will soon find out the medicine to treat the HIV/Aids, said Dr P Sivarama, noted Ayurveda practitioner.

Speaking to the reporters here on Wednesday, he said the Indian Herbal Therapy used for Cytomegaloviral Esophagitis (HIV patients) had recently proved effective and affordable drug for HIV.

He said CD4 - a part of White Blood Corpuscles - drops in HIV patient due to viruses. This renders the patient weak getting fever and the patient even cannot gulp his saliva, as it causes a pain in the chest, said Dr Sivarama.

He said the Ayurvedic therapy helps in destroying the viruses and the patient can be saved. Dr Sivarama said the Ayurvedic therapy mentioned, was not the complete solution for HIV/Aids patients, but it could certainly increase the life span of the patient.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Now, Ayurveda will make geeks feel better- The Times of India: "Ayurveda is all set to target the IT industry to treat backaches, insomnia and blurring eyesight which many techies are generally prone to.

A detailed treatment protocol for treating software professionals would be outlined at the three-day Global Summit on Ayurveda at Thrissur next month, said eminent ayurveda expert Neelakantan Mooss..

'We have found that they suffer from computer vision syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, lumbago and cervical spondylosis and we are coming out with a treatment protocol,' he told reporters.

According to Mooss, big IT firms like Infosys and the Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore are planning to start ayurveda centres in their campus. "

Monday, November 07, 2005

Honey, Oh! My Honey

The Predigested Natural Food Since ancient times, humans have used honey as a natural food, as a sweetener, for medical use, for beautification and for many other purposes.

Benefits of Honey

Regular use of honey mixed with the carrot juice helps to improve the eyesight. It should be taken one hour before meals in the morning.

Mixture of equal quantities of honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant. It gives immediate relief in symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, congestion of chest and runny nose.

Mix half a gram of black pepper powder with honey and ginger juice mixture (equal quantity). Take this mixture at least three times a day. It helps to cure asthma.

Blood Pressure
Take one teaspoonful of garlic juice mixed with two teaspoonful of honey. It can be taken twice a day in the morning and evening. Regular use of this mixture is beneficial for high blood pressure.

Blood Purification and Fat Reduction
Take one glass of warm water and mix 1-2 teaspoonful of honey and one teaspoonful of lemon juice. Take this preparation daily before evacuation. It helps to purify the blood. It also helps to reduce fat and to clean the bowels.

Heart Tonic
One teaspoonful of anise powder mixed with one or two teaspoonful of honey acts a very nice tonic for the heart. It strengthens the heart muscles and improves its functions.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Central directive may cripple ayurveda industry
- T Ramavarman
Ayurveda needs different protocols

THRISSUR: The latest notification of the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) of the Centre insisting that the herbal medicines to be exported should be free of heavy metals, will cripple the ayurvedic industry in the country, fear the leaders of the Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers' Organisation of India (AMMOI).

As per the AYUSH notification, the herbal medicines manufactured in the country will have to be tested for the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium, and it will have to be ensured that they contain these metals only below the permissible levels, before they are exported.

The AMMOI leaders feel that the notification appeared to be a knee-jerk reaction to a report in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) which claimed that tests conducted in the U.S. in some of the ayurvedic formulations exported from India indicated the presence of high levels of heavy metals in them. Coming as it does at a time when the interest in the Indian traditional medical system is on the ascend globally, the report and the subsequent campaign against ayurveda both in India and abroad could even be part of a design to dampen the prospects of this one of the oldest health care systems in the world, the AMMOI leaders apprehend.

General secretary of the AMMOI D. Ramanathan told The Hindu here that instead of taking such a step detrimental to the promising ayurvedic industry, the Government of India and AYUSH should have tried to convince the West as to how the Indian herbal medicines are safe and effective.

Medical purification

Dr. Ramanathan explained that no heavy metals are directly used in ayurvedic medicines. They are used only after the intense medical purification process called `Sodhana.' Medical purification is different from chemical purification - the former has multiple aims like eliminating harmful matter from the drug, modification of undesirable physical properties of the drug and conversion of some of the characteristics of the drugs, whereas the latter aims at only eliminating foreign matters.

The `Bhasma-based' ayurvedic formulations may have traces of heavy metals if they are subjected to conventional chemical tests. But we will have to evolve new protocols for testing the ayurvedic medicines in which the chemicals are used in compounds and not in isolation, Dr. Ramanathan said. Similarly new protocols for establishing the efficacy of ayurvedic medicines should be evolved instead of the Randomised Clinical Trials (RCT) used for modern medicine. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that traditional medicines which have a long lineage need not undergo RCT. They can be sold as medicines in the global market provided they have a stamp of approval from a recognised office in their country, said treasurer of the AMMOI E. T. Neelakandan Moos. The AMMOI leaders demanded that the Governments at the Centre and States should make more budgetary provisions for research in ayurveda so that they can be presented in a format acceptable to the global community.

Friday, October 28, 2005

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Testing for heavy metals to be made compulsory

NEW DELHI: Testing for heavy metals in herbal medicines will be made compulsory from January 1, 2006. Licensed manufacturers of ayurvedic, unani and siddha medicines will have to carry "heavy metals within permissible limits" label on the containers meant for export. Such labelling will also become mandatory from next year, an official spokesperson said here on Monday. The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has issued a notification in this regard under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, making testing for heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium mandatory.

The permissible limits recommended by the World Health Organisation on "quality control methods for medicinal plants and materials" would be followed. In the case of mercury, the permissible limit will be one part per million (PPM).

Manufacturers who do not have in-house laboratory facilities would have to get their drugs tested by any approved laboratory, the spokesperson said.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Yoga, ayurveda being documented to stop patent misuse
Webindia123 - India

... turmeric, India doesn't want to be caught off guard again by the West, certainly not when it comes to its ancient healing systems of yoga, ayurveda, unani and ...

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Disease a Mistake of Intellect
In Ayurveda the origin of all disease is traced to "pragyapradh" a term which means "mistake of the intellect". This term comprises ...

Friday, September 30, 2005

Love herbs
Malaysia Star - Malaysia
... Sexual health has a unique position in Ayurveda. While describing ... body. There are several herbs used in Ayurveda to promote virility. Almonds ...

Friday, September 23, 2005

Ayurveda for a stress free arthritis treatment
... In this gloomy situation, there exits a silver lining and that is ‘Ayurveda.' Ayurveda is a unique, indispensable branch of medicine. ...
Our ebook "Arthritis Ayurveda and You" is also a perfect guide to Arthritis problem.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Golden jubilee plans for University of Pune’s ayurveda faculty

Programme aims to create awareness about IPR
Express News Service

Pune, September 15: THE ayurveda faculty at the University of Pune, will celebrate its golden-jubilee this year, starting with a seminar on ‘Ayurveda and intellectual property rights’, on Sunday. Announcing the beginning of the year-long celebrations, Dr VV Doiphode, dean, faculty of ayurveda, University of Pune, stated that it was the first university in the country to have an ayurveda faculty and after 50 momentous years, new challenges lay before the teachers of this ancient alternative healing system. Throughout the year, seminars on research projects which establish the efficacy and safety of ayurveda will be held.

Monday, September 05, 2005

JSS sets up Spiritual Centre in US to pool Indian scientific talent
JSS Mahavidyapeeta of Mysore, which runs one of the largest educational institutions in India, is setting up a JSS Spiritual Centre in USA to act as a ‘bridge’ between India and US linking scientific expertise in various fields, especially herbal research and pharmaceuticals.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Cell Phones Can Damage Your Eyes

A recent scientific study identified a link between microwave radiation of the kind emitted by cellular phones and two different kinds of damage to the eye. At least one type of damage apparently never heals.

When the eye is exposed for a prolonged time to microwave radiation, there is large-scale damage to the optical quality of the lens. But there seemed to be a maximum level to this kind of damage, and when the exposure stops, the damage begins to heal.

However, at the same time, a different kind of damage occurs at the microscopic level. Tiny "bubbles" appear on the surface of the lens. This kind of damage reaches no maximum level, but instead accumulates progressively, and it did not heal even after the experiment stopped. It was theorized that the bubbles were caused by friction between cells that were exposed to the radiation.

Bioelectromagnetics July 2005; 26(5):398-405

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Heart-friendly herbs

... In Ayurveda, ischemic heart disease (IHD) is known as Hridroga. ... In Ayurveda, kapha (hardening of arteries) is the major underlying mechanism of heart diseases. ...

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Mashelkar said the “right way” to pursue herbal medicines would be to use traditional knowledge as a starting point to launch scientific investigations to isolate the “active ingredient” of a plant and put it through animal and human clinical trials.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Efforts on to popularise home remediesWith the arrival of the British and popularisation of allopathic medicines, the traditional home remedies, including Ayurveda, suffered a major setback

Friday, July 29, 2005

Ayurveda popular in L America : Legal recognition to Ayurveda in Brazil and Venezuela as an alternative therapy and its growing popularity...............

Monday, July 11, 2005

"We are in the midst of a global paradigm shift in health care:"
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------At the centre of this change is Ayurvedic medicine, a healing system which promotes health using natural, nontoxic substances and which recognizes the important role of the mind and emotions. A paradigm is a model used to explain how and why events happen the way they do, and as mankind's comprehension of the universe evolves, new paradigms emerge. The best example of paradigm shifts is the field of modern physics. The classical Newtonian explanation of the world which for two hundred years was accepted as reality has now been replaced by quantum mechanics, superstrings, and field theory. In the old paradigm, every event had a definite cause and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the new paradigm, we describe events as possibilities instead of certainities and we recognise now the interconnectedness of all phenomena. The new explanation of the universe is, in a word, more holistic than the old reductionist view of explaining events in terms of separate, unrelated

In the same way, the medical paradigm shift which we are experiencing today represents represents a movement towards holism. The old paradigm viewed the human being as a machine, with separate systems, organs and tissues; it separated mind and body into distinct categories. The new paradigm acknowledges the mutual interdependance of the physical body, mind, emotions and the environment in creating health and disease. Neither is there separation in the emerging face of medicine between physician and patient. The new paradigm has removed the absolute authority from the doctor and re-fashioned a model of shared responsibility between patient and physician - much in the same way that an electron forming a bond is shared between the two nuclei."

The author goes on to explain how he completed his Ph.D in Ayurveda in India he returned to the United States, attended regular medical school and earned a conventional MD degree with advanced training in general internal medicine. But he says;

"Today, in my medical practice at the NIAM, I generally do not use toxic pharmaceutical drugs, irritating allopathic medicines, vaccines, or serums."

He also says;

" There is truly only one healing force in this universe and that is Nature herself. Neither the synthetic medicines of the modern allopath nor the botanical medicines of the herbalist can effect healing. Only the inherent and universal forces of Nature can do that and it is the physician's role to facilitate and promote this process with the aid of natural, non-harmful physical, mental, and spiritual therapies."

"Almost all disease is curable. We each just have to discover our own unique path to balance and surrender to the Supreme."
These are excerpts from an article written by;
Dr. Scott Gerson, M.D.
Executive Director
Basic and Clinical Research
Medical Director, Clinical Services
The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Friday, June 17, 2005

Another Reason to Lose Weight: Obesity Now Found to Increase Risk of Dementia

By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, May 3, 2005, abstracted from "Obesity in middle age and future risk of dementia: a 27 year longitudinal population based study" in an early online issue of the British Medical Journal

Despite significant efforts at increasing awareness regarding the health risks of obesity, the number of Americans who are either overweight or obese continues to increase. Although 135 million Americans aged 20 and older are overweight or obese,(1) even more alarming has been the tripling of overweight and obese teenagers since 1976 in the United States.(2)
While an estimated 300,000 U.S. adults die of causes related to obesity, from heart disease to type 2 diabetes,(3) a new study(4) has found that obesity also increases the risk of death from dementia.
Dementia is defined as “a deterioration in cognitive ability.” Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease , the two most common forms of dementia, cost the US Healthcare system $5.6 billion and $100 billion each year, respectively.(5)
In the study, 10,276 men and women underwent a detailed health evaluation from 1964 to 1973 when they were aged 40-45 and were re-examined between January 1994 and April 2003 in an attempt to find any evidence of dementia.
The researchers found that obesity increased the risk of dementia by 74% while overweight people had a 35% greater risk for dementia. Finally, men and women with the lowest body fat levels had a 72% and 60% decreased risk for dementia, respectively, compared to subjects with the highest body fat levels.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

India all set to show yoga power - The Economic Times: "India all set to show yoga power
India's more than 4,000-year-old yoga tradition may witness some high-octane trade disputes sometime from now. The Union government is building its muscles to bust the market monopolies on yoga that Western practitioners have been securing through copyrights, trademarks and patents. Yoga is a flourishing $27bn-a-year business in the US.

To start with, the government is making a digital database of 1,500 yoga postures and their therapeutic properties that can be used to overthrow the 134 patents on yoga accessories, 150 yoga-related copyrights and 2,315 yoga trademarks the US Patent Office has granted so far, sources said.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

When thinking becomes rational, hearts can sing Music has had its origin in Nature. Man has only tried imitating the song of the birds, flutter of the leaves and the sound of the cascading water.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Glowing skin, the ayurvedic way
- Skin health is linked to body health, according to ayurveda, and that means a balanced diet and lifestyle practices. Only then will it show on the skin, which can then be enhanced with ayurvedic cosmetics.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Ayurveda products come to India - from Britain!- Indo-Asian News Service. New Delhi, May 11
IANS) London headquartered Asta Berry Biosciences is planning to launch its ayurvedic beauty care products in India in a technical tie-up with a Delhi-based firm. The British company is collaborating with Murari Brothers, which has been in ayurvedic trade since 1951. Asta Berry would be manufacturing most of the products like almond cream, fruit cream, hair gel, fruit bleach in its plants in the capital to cater to the domestic market as well as overseas in Britain and other European markets, a company statement said Wednesday.
"The company intends to launch new products at regular intervals to match with the shifting fashion and beauty trends of Indian women," said Anil Arya, Asta Berry Biosciences director. Asta Berry has developed 16 acres of agricultural land in Dehradun Valley for production of herbs for its products, which would be tested in its laboratories before being exported to European countries, the company stated.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Naturopathy experts concerned over untrained professionals
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.
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.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Irregular dietary habits cause of diseases, stress-induced anxietyAYURVEDIC approach in the management of nutritional disorders came under the spotlight at the 21st National Conference of Ayurvedic Specialists which began at the Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College today.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Depression and mental disorders can be prevented and treated with simple healing foods:A new study published in the February 15, 2005 issue of Biological Psychiatry shows that certain foods are better at treating depression than antidepressant drugs. The study found that omega-3 fatty acids and foods high in a compound called uridine were able to reduce the symptoms of depression as well as or better than three different antidepressant drugs that were tested.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Turmeric to battle malaria - Deccan Herald - : "
Turmeric, the common kitchen ingredient, used extensively in Indian
food for thousands of years, shows that it has a potential to fight


Monday, March 07, 2005

* Dealing the Deathblow to Supplements *

For over a decade world governments have tried to restrict your access to supplements through something called the Codex Alimentarius. The Codex was set up among 165 nations to govern food standards...supposedly to ensure international food safety.

But like most things governments get their hands on, it turned into something much different.

In the late '90s German drug companies got Codex to start pushing the idea to classify all supplements as DRUGS! Plus, under the German proposal, Codex would create its own list of "approved" supplements. All others become illegal. Two years ago, the European Union accepted this directive and plans to enforce it starting next August. It is a deathblow to supplements in Europe.

I thought the U.S. would never adopt such an extreme restriction but I've had to think again. In 1997, only an 11th-hour blitz by consumer advocates prevented it from happening here. And the matter has come under consideration again.

But Codex isn't the only threat to supplements in the U.S. A recent action in Europe spearheaded by the Germans may still get those restrictions enacted another way: through the World Trade Organization.

When we signed on with the WTO, we agreed to revise our regulations to comply with WTO policies. If we don't, the WTO can bring us before their Dispute Resolution Panel and force us to do so!

If they have their way, you'll lose access to thousands of natural products forever.

It recently happened in Australia. Over 1,300 products were recalled by a government agency. Under very suspicious circumstances. And it devastated health stores there. They had to pull 80% of their inventory off their shelves!

* What You Can Do *

If we want to keep our rights to alternative medicine, we have to stand together. And here's how you can help. Support the case brought by the British Alliance for Natural Health. They've filed suit to overturn the European Food Supplements Directive. You can get more information about it at Write your state and national politicians and tell them to oppose these two acts: S.722, the Dietary Supplement Act, and H.R. 377, the Dietary Supplement Access and Awareness Act.

Time is running out. Promise yourself to do these two things today.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Yoga a cure to cure blood pressure and diabetes --

Mumbai’s renowned yoga centre, Kaivalyadham, has conducted the study to prove that yoga exercises are scientific and therapeutic, according to the findings of the study.
Individuals with a “Type A” personality are prone to heart attacks. India is already one of the most threatened countries by diabetes and heart attacks. Against this backdrop, it has become necessary to popularise the ancient science of yoga. The above study has only reaffirmed this fact. According to it, yoga has a soothing effect on one’s mind, making the individual feel calmer. Basically, yoga is controlling one’s lifestyle not just during the exercise period but over a period of life. By disciplining one’s habits, yoga helps in controlling cholesterol and also reduces the risk of heart disease.
Asthma patients can also benefit from therapeutic breathing exercises, which can increase their lung power. Yoga also serves as a means to clear the breathing passages. Deep breathing yoga exercises and other relaxation techniques help patients recover their mental and physical strength. These help diabetic patients by slowing down their metabolism.
Of course, some medical experts are still unsure about the effectiveness of yoga as a form of cure. They say that yoga doesn’t reduce the level of sugar so it doesn’t help a patient much.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Yoga camp for all
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 15:

A seven-day Yoga camp has been organised by Sri Agarwal Samaj at the Pachaiyappas College from 14-20 February.

Swami Ramdevji Maharaj, a yoga exponent who is also well-versed in Sanskrit grammar, ayurveda and vedic principles, is conducting 'The Yog Sadhana and Yoga Relief Camp'.

Speaking to media persons, Ramdevji Maharaj said by practising yoga, one could overcome ailments such as cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, migraine, gastric disorders and backpain.

He also said one could lose 4 kg to 6 kg of weight without any medication within seven days through yoga.

'All problems related to eyesight could be overcome especially for children in the age group of 2 to 15', he said.

His techniques involved 90 per cent of pranayama, he said, and added that without medicines people could enjoy a disease-free life. He said, within two years, he was able to reach 50 lakh people.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

That turmeric (Haldi) has curative and therapeutic properties is a fact that Indians have known for centuries. This essential ingredient has always been a must-have in Indian kitchens. It was only when the world, specifically the USA, woke up to the benefits of turmeric that the dispute arose.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Raising Hopes Towards Cure For Diabetics Type 1
"A team of doctors in Argentina has pioneered
a new technique for treating diabetes using adult stem cells that
could represent a breakthrough in confronting this chronic disease"
can be viewed through This Link

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Havard report, a conspiracy to defame ayurveda: govt
Harvard Medical School study that some ayurvedic medicines contained dangerous levels of metal compounds, the Indian government and some prominent doctors have dubbed it as a ‘planned conspiracy’ to defame the traditional Indian system of medicine, saying the findings are yet to be supported by trials on humans and animals.

Talking to UNI Dr S K Sharma, the advisor with the Indian system of medicines, ministry of health, said the study was not conducted on human beings or animals to ascertain the toxicity level and the “report was derogatory”.....

Monday, January 17, 2005

New Dietary Guidelines -2005 : "New Dietary Guidelines Will Help Americans Make Better Food Choices, Live Healthier Lives"

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Right foods add appeal to your locks: "As Nutritionist Shikha Sharma puts it, what you put in is what you get
out! So if your hair is your crowning glory, and you want to keep those
tresses glowing, then it's time you begin to think beyond the latest
shampoos and conditioners. And start thinking about what you need to
put in your mouth." - News