Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Government hospitals in UP introduce music therapy

Two government hospitals in Lucknow have introduced music therapy to cure patients suffering from mental and lifestyle disorders. The doctors in these hospitals have introduced classical music for specific disorders, including depression, dementia and other related problems.

According to Dr Ashutosh Dubey of Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, a number of patients have started responding favourably to the therapy.
“A patient , Aarav Kumar, from Barabanki district was suffering from moderate depression and instead of prescribing medicine, we asked him to listen to a particular ‘raga’ in classical music. Two weeks later, he admitted he was feeling better and said he did not require any medication,” the doctor said.
Another patient, Mr Suhail Khan, in the same hospital, was suffering from severe depression and could not even recall his own name and address. Along with basic medicines, the patient was asked to listen to classical music and he also showed a marked improvement on his next visit. “In my own cabin, I make sure that the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ is played continuously because patients are required to wait for their turn. Majority of them say that they feel better sitting in the cabin,” Dr Dubey said.

Explaining the phenomenon, Dr Devashish Shukl, a senior consultant at the RML hospital said that the vibrations that emanate from music activate the glands and improve the blood circulation in the body, which soothes the nerves and bring a sense of relief to the patients.

The civil hospital also has found a positive impact of music, both vocal and instrumental, on patients.
“Some patients feel better listening to film songs on their radio and we allow them to play music with earphones so that others are not disturbed.
Doctors in Lucknow, in consultation with senior faculty members of the Bhatkhande Music College, have shortlisted the ragas that help in curing people.
For instance, Raag Darbari and Raag Sarang are beneficial in treating cardiac patients. Sitar recital also helps in improving the cardiac functioning. Insomnia can be cured to an extent by listening to Raag Bhairavi and Raag Sohni . Flute recital is also known to lull one to sleep. Raag Khamaj helps in relieving a patient from acidity, especially if one listen to this while eating.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Turmeric with Omega-3 Prevents Onset of Diabetes

An Indian origin scientist from the University of Newcastle’s Nutraceuticals Research Group has found that curcumin in turmeric in combinatin with Omega-3 can delay type-2 diabetes and even prevent it effectively, if taken regularly.

Professor Manohar Garg says the cause of the type 2 diabetes is due to systemic inflammation that affects secretion fuction of pancreas glands and Turmeric can act on it effectively.

Curcumin, present in Turmeric, which is part of the ginger family, has several healing properties and is a key component in ancient Hindu Ayurvedic treatment for many ailments including diabetes combinations. It is used in traditional medicine to heal bruises, sprains, wounds and inflammation.
Since the modern food habits have dropped down the in-take of Turmeric in Indian traditional food items, “it parallels with a significant rise in type 2 diabetes cases. In fact the disease is now an epidemic in India and may soon be the number one health burden,” said Garg.

Diabetes is taking the status of a potential epidemic in India with more than 62 million diabetic individuals currently diagnosed with the disease. In 2000, India with 31.7 million diabetics topped the world with the highest number of people with diabetes mellitus followed by China (20.8 million) with the United States (17.7 million) in second and third place respectively.
According to WHO, the prevalence of diabetes is predicted to double globally with a maximum increase in India. It is predicted that by 2030 diabetes mellitus may afflict up to 79.4 million individuals in India.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Becoming Ayurvedic practitioner in the US

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to personal wellbeing and medical healing which has its foundations in India, but has pervaded to other parts of the world over time, including the United States. Alternative medicine has gained popularity among the population over the last few years, perhaps owing to the negative effects of manufactured therapies, and the fact that natural remedies are less intrusive and have fewer side effects than their counterparts.

The following is the most basic information for those interested in setting up a career in any field of Ayurveda:

Education – a degree is not required in the United States in order to practice Ayurveda. However, medical practitioners looking to add alternative medicine to their skill set must first pursue the required education. Degree programs are available in India, right up to Doctorate levels. In US however, you can get approved professional courses lasting a few months for each level.

Main practice areas – Ayurveda is concerned with the application of holistic treatments and specialized alternative medical/health plans to treat patients with various ailments

Licensing – the practice itself requires no licensing as yet, but any medical professional must be appropriately vetted and licensed in their chosen field

Certification– Full-fledged degree programs are currently only available in India, and these may take five years to complete, even more, depending on the specifics of the course. Medical practitioners in other fields in the US can complete NAMA-approved educational programs, which include short-term, seminar/workshop-style courses, distance learning programs and 500-hour programs. On successful completion, the practitioner will be duly certified.

The US has no instituted standards on Ayurvedic practice, since it is fairly new to the market. You can easily add Ayurveda to your existing repertoire of medical expertise, which is the most common way practitioners in the US are using to venture into the field.

For Additional Information read - EMERGING CAREER IN AYURVEDA

Thursday, December 24, 2015


--Take about 1 tablespoon of triphala powder and add it to 2 cups of water.

-- Boil this water on medium flame till it reduces to half.

-- Let it cool for some time.

--Apply this pack on your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.

-- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo, preferably a herbal one made of shikakai.

-- Repeat this process once or twice every week to see results.

Triphala will also enhance the volume of your hair and add a nice sheen to it.
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Katuki--a rare Ayurvedic herb

Katuki is a goldmine of good health.
A rare herb found only in the high Himalayan region, Katuki is popular in the world of alternative medicine, especially in Ayurveda for its liver-protecting and healing properties. "Its botanical name is Picrorhiza kuroa, and it is a major ingredient in the well-known medicine 'Arogyavardhini'--a herbal formulation prescribed for skin disorders and hepatic (liver) conditions.
A study in the Indian Journal of Traditional Drugs talks of the hepato-protective effect of katuki on lipid-lowering drugs (statins). Another has also found that katuki can reverse hepatotoxic (liver-damaging) effects of drugs like Paracetamol.

The highly-valued herb is used in many Ayurvedic medicines to treat asthma by helping in reducing allergen-induced bronchial obstructions. Katuki works on preventing asthmatic attacks by inhibiting the release of histamine in the lungs.
It is also beneficial for curing headaches, and intestinal worms.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

For Reviving Ayurveda

Ayurveda is gradually reviving again and getting popular since it has negligible side effect and is totally natural treatment. But the biggest hurdle in this process of rejuvenation of Ayurveda is getting the right herb at the right time as due to the shrinking of the forest and climate change there is a constant threat of the herbs gradually getting extinct. To overcome such hindrances some 55 traditional Ayurveda practitioners of remote Kanchanchanpur subdivision in north Tripura have come together under the banner of Vaidyaraj Herbal Growers Society (VHGS) and set up 10 herbal gardens at various places.
Know more about commonly used Herbs in Ayurvedic Treatment