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SURYA NAMASKAR Print
Written by Andrea Nogva   

“In Hindu mythology, the sun god is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life”.
The sun salutation is a graceful sequence of twelve positions performed as one continuous exercise. It is a combined process of Yoga Asanas and Pranayama (Yogic postures and regulated breathing). These alternating backward and forward bending postures flex and stretch the spinal column, in this way the body becomes flexible and the entire portion of the lungs begins to function which results in correct breathing. Moreover, it improves muscle strength and flexibility as well as ensures good circulation of blood, all this is meant to help remove blockages (disease) in the casual, subtle and physical bodies. Traditionally, it is performed at dawn, facing the rising sun.

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Beehive Glue PROPOLIS A Miraculous Healer Print
Written by Dr. Andreea Dragomirescu   

Bee is one of the oldest species in the world, its age dates longer than 50 million years ago and some scientists believe that propolis is the main factor that has contributed to this longevity. Propolis is a sticky resin collected by the bees from the buds or bark of certain trees like: birch, poplar, eucalyptus, chestnut, willow, pine, elm, oak. These trees produce a special antibiotic sap in order to protect themselves from infection. Bees collect this sap, blend it with was flakes secreted by special glands on their abdomen and use it for their purposes.
 

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Crippled by Cravings Why you are driven to eat junk food? Print
Written by Dr. Shilpy Jetly   

Q: I normally eat healthy foods but sometimes I'm hit by cravings. I end up succumbing to the candy and fattening foods that I know I shouldn't have. Why is this and what can I do about it?
A: We're driven to eat by more than just hunger pangs. And for many people, it's hard to resist the lure of fast food, sweets and snacks.

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VITAMINS-Everything you need to Know Print
Written by Er. Tajinder Johar   

Vitamins are essential nutrients for the normal growth and maintenance of the health, there is a wide spread ignorance about their availability in different food items. An illustrated description is used in this article for the better understanding and usage of different food items.

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GINSENG-A Revitilizing Herb Print
Written by Dr.Rohit Johari   

Ginseng is perhaps the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine and now plays a major role in the herbal health care market. For more than 2000 years, various forms have been used in medicine. The name Panax derives from the Greek word for “all healing” and its properties have been no less touted. Ginseng root's man shaped figure led proponents of the “Doctorine of Signatures” to believe that the root could strengthen any part of the body. Through the ages, the root has been used in the treatment of asthenia, atherosclerosis, blood and bleeding disorders, colitis and to relieve the symptoms of ageing, cancer and senility.
Evidence that the root possesses a general strengthening effect, raises mental and physical capacity and exerts a protectant effect against diabetes, neurosis, and some cancers has been reported. Today, its popularity is because of the proposed “Adaptogenic Effect” (stress-protective).
 

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Save Your Smile With Smart Food & Drink Choices Print
Written by Dr. Prabhjot Singh   

We all know that too much sugar leads to dental cavities. But did you know that researchers are just as concerned about exposure to acid (which could dissolve tooth enamel) from excessive consumption of soft drinks and fruit juice?
Skyrocketing consumption of soft drinks, fruit juice, energy and sports drinks has many health professionals concerned. In addition to the extra calories these drinks provide, they also contain acids that gradually dissolve the enamel of our teeth with long-term exposure. (The enamel is the thin, hard outer layer of our teeth that maintains tooth structure and acts as a barrier to decay. When enamel wears away, teeth become cracked, discolored and more sensitive to hot and cold).
 

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Cobra Pose Bhujangasana Print
Written by Prof. Dr. Rakesh Pawar   

Begin by lying flat on your mat with the forehead on the floor. Breathe here and soften through the neck. Have the legs strongly pressing together with toes pointed. Place your hands flat on the floor so that they are directly underneath your shoulders. Keep the arms bent with elbows tucked into the side of the body. Roll the shoulder blades back down towards the spine, feeling a lovely opening in the chest.
 

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Bacopa is a great Neurotonic Print
Written by Dr. Sanjeev Sood   

Bacopa is a great neurotonic, immuno-modulator, adaptogen, tranquilizing,

memory and learning enhancing, cerebral activator, anti-ulcer, antispasmodic, anti-asthmatic ayurvedic herb. Other benefits are anti-allergic, free radicals scavenging effect and as herbal supplement in Epilepsy, anxiety and depression.
Know its beneficial actions on brain, memory, mental deficiency, Alzheimer's disease, learning skills, anxiety, depression, stress, epileps and ADHD children.

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GARLIC-Nectar of Indra Print
Written by Anupam, Kiran & J. Hajra   

Knowledge of Rason or Garlic to mankind is since long back. Rason is said to be “Nectar of Indra” which fell down on earth as a result of fight in between Garuda and Indra. It is a plant of both Medicinal as well as Dietary importance. Its Latin name is Allium sativum and it is placed in family Lilliaceae. It is a perennial herb with height up to 1-2 ft. It is found all over India specially Garhawal, Kumanu, Punjab and Kashmir states.
 

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12 PRINCIPLES-For A Healthy Heart Print
Written by Abha Khetarpal & G.K.Kochar   

A poor diet full of high-fat, sugary and salt-laden foods can contribute to weight gain, raise blood pressure and increase cholesterol levels all of which are risk factors for heart disease. A healthy diet is a balanced diet of protein (lean meat, fish, dairy products and vegetarian alternatives), unsaturated fat, carbohydrates (starchy foods such as bread and pasta), vegetables and fruit. It should be low in saturated fat, salt and sugar. A healthy diet can also increase the chances of survival after a heart attack by relieving pressure on the heart. The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued guidelines for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease by dietary and other lifestyle practices. One of its general principles deals with reducing the risks of coronary disease by reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). The major components that raise LDL are saturated fats and high cholesterol foods. Dietary factors that lower bad cholesterol include vegetable oils rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) and monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and to a lesser extent soluble fiber and soya protein. Vegetable oils like safflower oil are rich in PUFA while oils like canola oil, olive oil and groundnut oil are rich in MUFA. Saturated fat should be minimized. Thus foods can really help have a healthy heart in a healthy body.

 

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EXERCISE A remedy for many evils Print
Written by Dr. Parveen Rajput   

I recall the time when I moved into a new apartment complex soon after my wedding. One of the most peculiar things I noticed was that there were hardly any exercise faddists and very few morning/evening walkers.
But the situation has changed dramatically lately. Almost everyone I know, young or old, is out exercising nowadays.
Awareness that exercise is good for health has increased greatly, but surprisingly, most individuals do not seem to know the more specific benefits that accrue from exercise beyond controlling weight and benefiting the heart.
 

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12 Steps to increase the memory of your child Print
Written by Dr. Anup Thakar   

All memories are recovered memories, and we recover them through associations: We remember a past event because something currently in our awareness -- something we're looking at, hearing, tasting, thinking about, whatever -- reminds us of something, which reminds us of something else and so on back. That's why recent events are easy to remember: The environment is still loaded with cues and the chain of links is short.
 

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12 Therapies from KERALITE PANCHKARMA Print
Written by Dr. Ish Handa   

Kerala Panchakarma is one of the pioneers in uplifting Ayurveda, from decay. Over 8 lakh patients are benefited in a year by the treatments & medicines from Kerala. It extends to all spheres of Ayurveda like manufacturing, treatment, research, education & publication. Kerala. Ayurveda has some specific therapies and that too in some different ways.
Different therapies are as follows:
 

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Behavioral Genetics in Obesity Print
Written by Dr. Kousik Das Mahapatra   

Often, "genetic" causes of obesity are contrasted with those seen as "behavioral," implying that only factors such as metabolic rate or propensity to gain weight as fat are under genetic control. Behavioral genetics refers to the contribution of genetic variability to relevant behaviors (eating and physical activity). Behavioral factors such as dietary preference for fats, choice of interval between meals, degree of caloric compensation in response to food restriction, or even inclination to engage in physical activity can have strong genetic components. Genetically determined preferences may interact with environmental factors to yield conditioned eating patterns.
 

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HEALING THROUGH ASTROLOGY Print
Written by Vaidya Pandit Gauhar Vatsyayan   

ImageThe science of Astrology has fascinated mankind since the times immemorial. The origin of Indian Astrology or Jyotish is said to be when history fades in to myths. The word Jyotish is derived from two words, 'Jyoti' meaning light and 'Ishwar' meaning God. If literarily translated, it means the light of God. Since ages, this light of knowledge has guided the humanity in various chores of life. Its importance in the Vedic period can be acknowledged by the fact that the principles of Jyotish were strewed in all the four Vedas.
In the first chapter of Brihat Parashar Hora, one of the oldest classics of Jyotish, Lord Brahma says that as Sun which is the leader among planets gives light to the world; similarly Jyotish illuminates the treasure of Vedas. This science is said to be eternal and its origin was on the similar lines of Ayurveda. Lord Brahma first gave the knowledge of Jyotish to Sage Narada who passed it to Maharishi Saunaka. Rishi Parashara was the son of Rishi Saunak and the great treatise Brihat Parashar Hora was written in the form of a dialogue between him and his disciple Maitreya. The philosophy of good health which stands at the very root of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha is found in the texts of both Jyotish and Ayurveda. These two sciences were very closely related and it can be judged by the fact that in the olden days every Vaidya had good knowledge of Jyotish as well. Many of the classics of these sister sciences have amalgamated each others principles in various chapters.

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TOMATO-NUTRIENT POWERHOUSE Print
Written by Dr. Chander Shekhar   

Tomatoes have been domestically grown in many parts of the world for several hundred years. Tomatoes have fleshy internal sequent filled with slippery seeds surrounded by a watery matrix. They are red yellow, orange & green in color. This is a crop of summer season & takes about 5-7 week from blooming to ripening. It is available in market throughout the year.
Although it is a fruit in botanical sense, but don't have the desert quality sweetness like other fruits. Instead they have a subtle sweetness that is complemented by a slightly bitter & acidic taste. Cooking tempers the acid & bitter tastes of tomatoes & brings out their warm, rich, sweetness.
 

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Citrus Fruits Print
Written by Dr. Ramesh Chandra Tewari & Dr. Sumit Nathani   

India grows a large variety of fruits belonging to tropical and temperate region. Morphologically fruit is the seed bearing portion of the plant and consist of ripened ovary and its contents.
Citrus fruits are supposed to be native of eastern and southern Asia. Citrus plants are cultivated in such places where there is sufficient amount of moisture.

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20 Tips for Health Print
Written by Dr. Anup K. Gakkhar   

1. Saindhava lavana is useful for eyes.
2. Food cooked in oil is useful for diabetes.
3. Don't do physical work after eating food.
4. Avoid taking food immediately after exercise.
5. The best thing that makes the food delicious is salt.
6. Extreme dry food destroys complexion.
7. One year old rice immediately helps to gain strength.
8. Don't take food which is dirty and has been served by opponents.
9. Food prepared with butter milk helps in dysentery, anemia and diabetes.
10. Don't take substances of cold potency mixed with those having hot potency.
11. Ghee, amlaki, rain water, rock salt which can be taken regularly.
12. Always wash feet before taking meals, Taking meals with wet feet enhances the longevity.
13. A person accustomed to pungent and hot substances should not take sweet and cold substances.
14. Don't take cold and dry substances in winter. Don't take pungent and hot substances in summer.
15. Except in case of meat, rhizomes, dry vegetables fruits and sweets should be avoided in staled condition.
16. The food of a person whose death is imminent, is sad, unhappy, cruel, impotent post should not be accepted
17. While taking your food ensure that honey, curd, ghee, water barley and milk are consumed completely.
18. Sweet objects should be taken at the start of meal. Salty and sour substances should be taken during mid of the meal.
19. Avoid taking heavy diet when the digestive fire is low. Don't take light diet when the power of digestion is light.
20. Dry vegetables, dried meat should not be taken regularly. Curd, pork, fish etc should not be a part of your daily diet..
 

 
Laughter Print
Written by Jaideep Nagrath   

 

• "We don't stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing.”

— (Anonymous)


• "Laughter is like changing a baby's diaper it doesn't permanently solve a thing, but it does make life more acceptable for a while.”

—(Anonymous)

• "If I were given an opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."

—(Charles Schulz)

• "Enjoy the little things…for one day you may look back and realize…they were the big things."

—(Robert Brault)

• "If I can make people smile, then I have served my purpose for God."

—(Comedian Red Skeleton)

• "Ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.”

— (Norman Cousins)

• "Laughter is a form of internal jogging.”

—(Norman Cousins)

• "It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads your hips.”

—(Comedian Fred Allen)

• "It is pleasing to the dear God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart.”

— (Martin Luther)

 

 
Laughter is the best medicine Print
Written by Administrator   

 

DAV's Ayurveda for Holistic Health
ISSN 2348-6910 Volume - 1 , Issue: 28 , September 2015

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Editorial Board

Chief Patron
Shri Punam Suri
President, DAV College Managing Committee,
New Delhi.

Patron
Dr. Ramesh Arya
Vice President, DAV College Managing Committee,
New Delhi.

Chief Editor
Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma
Asst. Director, Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
Jalandhar.
Ph: +91-9814204443

Editor
Dr. Sanjeev Sood
Principal, Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
Ph. : +91-9814004142

Executive Editor
Dr. Anup K. Gakkhar

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