Jun 2010
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TOP 10 HERBS FOR HAIR CARE Print
Written by Dr. Sanjeev Sood   

Due to aging, physical stress, mental stress and environmental stress hair health is adversely affected and a lot of care is needed if you want your hair to be healthy, silky and lustrous. These ten herbs are best solution for care of your Hair. These herbs stimulate the hair follicles, enable blood circulation and leaves a soothing effect on the scalp.
1. Emblica officinalis–Amala: Stimulates hair growth (Romasanjana in ayurvedic terminology), nourishes the hair and scalp. Vit-c content and antioxidant activity of the fruit prevents premature graying of hair. It is an accepted hair tonic in traditional recipes for enriching hair growth and pigmentation. It helps hair to retain natural color and texture of hair and makes the hair strong and healthy.
 

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WATER MELON A Boon For Summers Print
Written by Dr. Archana Rai   

Watermelon, a fruit that helps to remain well hydrated during summer, is a drought tolerant crop. Researches show that along with thirst quenching and coolant effect, its great medicinal and nutritional values place it first and foremost among fruit category.
Its scientific name is Citrullis lanatus vulgaris in sanskrit it is known as Kalinda its hindi name is Tarbuj.
It grows as vines on the ground. Watermelons can be round, oblong or spherical in shape and feature thick green rinds that are often spotted or striped. They range in size from a few pounds to upward of ninety pounds. It has an extremely high water content giving its flesh a crumbly and subtly curnchy texture.
Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated in Egypt from where followed that spread to the Mediterranean areas and in an eastern direction to India.
Watermelon is of five types named sweet, Ice-Box, Seedless, Crimson and yellow flesh.
Ayurvedic Energetic: Guru (Heavy to digest), Shita (cool), Kapha increasing and Pitta pacifying.
Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the carotenoid and lycopene. The antioxidant function of lycopene impart ability to protect cell and other structures in the body from oxygen damage and to prevention of heart disease. Protection of DNA (our genetic material) inside of white blood cells has also been shown to be an antioxidant role of lycopene.
 

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Aloe Vera Home Remedies Print
Written by Dr. Pamil Sharma   

There are many benefits of Aloe Vera juice, When Aloe Vera juice is taken  daily, it  helps a person to maintain good health, Aloe Vera juice is known to detoxify the body and cleanse the colon. Aloe Vera juice benefits a person with intestinal or stomach problems. It improves circulation, dilate the capillaries which result in cell growth . It acts as a antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent, which prevents illness. Aloe is popular as a topical remedy for skin conditions like acne, burns, herpes and wounds. When consumed internally, it also provides relief against constipation and diabetes. Aloe (especially aloe vera) has many uses & benefits.
• helps to heal minor burns, cuts & rashes.
• helps to alleviate the pain of sunburn while speeding healing.
 • helps as a skin moisturizer
• helps to reduce inflammation.
 

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HYPOTHYROIDISM A Silent Disease Print
Written by Dr. Amit Kumar Rai   

Hypothyroidism is a condition caused by under-active thyroid gland leading to decreased amount of thyroid hormones. Thyroid gland is one of the most important & sensitive endocrine gland. As it easily responds to stress, anxiety & other stimuli, the global incidence of hypothyroidism is increasing day by day.
Hypothyroidism is much more common in females with prevalence 2-8 times higher than males.
Hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions taking place in human body. It is sometimes referred to as a “silent disease” because early symptoms may be not so specific that no one realizes anything is wrong, but over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems such as obesity, arthritis, heart disease, infertility, etc.
These factors lead to aggravation of kapha. The increased amount of kapha impairs the digestion. As dhatvagni depends on Jathragni bala, so impairment of dhatvagni takes place in due course of time. This dhatvagni vitiation causes improper formation of sapta dhatu starting from rasa to sukra. It leads to improper nourishment to the body leading to symptoms of hypothyroidism.
 

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Backache Home Remedies Print
Written by Dr. Ashok Kumari, Dr. C.R. Yadav & Prof. M.S. Meena   

Backache is very common disease which mars the charm of life. It is a common symptom of many diseases, as well. Those who carry weight on one side, such as postmen, or children with their school books usually over one shoulder may have considerable backache and may develop definite spinal curvature. High heels are very prolific causes of backache.  The natural foot is constructed to walk best in a horizontal position, with the heel no higher than the sole of the foot.
Most back pain, especially lower back pain is caused by simple muscle strains. Back Pain, especially in the lower back (lumbar spine), is a problem that most people experience at some time in their lives. Sleeping on a bed with very relaxed springs, may produce similar conditions.
Constipation is a very frequent cause of backache. Sedentary living habits, hazardous work patterns and psychological conditions associated with emotional stress, which bring about spasm of the muscles, cause backaches.   Most of the back pains are caused by muscle or ligament strain. There are other causes such as damage or injury to spinal nerves, bones, or discs. The causes of acute backache include a fall, heavy weight lifting, back injury / trauma, fracture etc.
 

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Floral Remedies Print
Written by Mr. Krishan Mohindra   

Lotus
There is a strong relationship between the lotus and Goddess Lakshmi (signifying richness and wealth). The lotus represents growth in nature. The honeybee makes honey with its pollens and the flower is used to prepare Gulkand. Gulkand is used as a medicine to cure constipation and other diseases. One can see green colored seeds inside the lotus flower, which are roasted to make makhana. If the raw seeds are peeled and taken as a medicine, it increases strength and vigor. It is cold in nature. It is used as eyeliner along with honey to improve the eyesight. The lotus leaves can be used as a cosmetic as well. Grind the lotus leaves and mix them with the ubatan (a pack made out of gram flour, raw milk, curd and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder) and apply on the face. Rub it gently on the face, the skin glows and the face looks beautiful.
 

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Ayurvedic Gem Therapy Print
Written by Dr. Madhurima Bhrgava   

Ratnas are known as precious stones.  Everybody  is passionate towards precious stones for earning money. Gems help to maintain the body as well as over powering the senility and disease ‘mani’ is used as a synonym of ratna. Refined stones which attract the people; a symbol of royalty. In Ayurveda text ratnas are used to wear , to donate or  worship and to consume in the form of medicine to treat the disease. Gems make us beautiful by wearing stones in necklace, earrings, and bangles for both males and females. The precious stones can create an aura of cosmic rays around our body and give many benefits of health and impression on other people it has been felt. Donation of gems also creates an impression of royalty in the society and create self confidence which is very important for mental disorders. In ayurvedic  texts  specially of Ras Shastra the internal use of gem stones is recommended. There is a specific procedure for the purification and making its powder in the form of pisti and bhasam.

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The Source of Life Water Print
Written by Pammy Bhatia   

Water is one of the most important factor for staying healthy and vibrant. Our bodies are 70% water, it composes 70% of muscle, 25% of fats, 75% of our brain, and aprox 94% of our blood - if we follow the recommendation to drink at least two litres of water per day and this water is acid and polluted - imagine what this will do to our bodies?
As the majority of the foods we eat, the stress and other pollutants create acid wastes in our system, which converts the water of the body as acidic ( less than pH 7) which  is a hotbed of microorganisms, bacteria and viruses which dumps into the bloodstream and lymph, and then are transported to the liver and kidneys for the detoxification processing and elimination. The pH level of our internal fluids affects every living cell in our bodies and the effect that over-acidification can have upon the health of our bodies is immense, with a chronically over acidic pH creating an extremely negative environment which affects all cellular functions from the beatings of the heart to the neural workings of the brain.
 

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12 Simple ways to tone up your brain Print
Written by Dr. Chirjeev Singh   

Have you ever felt exasperated when you bumped into someone at the store but absolutely couldn't remember their name? Sure, it happens to all of us.
Despite being the strongest computer on the planet, our brains do lapse. It's hard to blame them really. As humans, we spend much of or existence stuffing our brains. Some stuff is worthless, some of it's meaningful, some of it, well, it's just stuff and there is an endless amount of it.
No matter how powerful our brains are, they need recuperation time, to be kept in shape, and even an occasional charge. Think of it as a tune up for your brain. Skipping brain maintenance is as silly as the person wandering the parking garage because they forgot where they parked. Is that you? Are you that person? Sure. We all are at some point. No worries, there is hope.
Now I am not a brain surgeon and I am not going to suggest you do anything surgical or dangerous. I am however an astute student of human behavior, so I always look for simple ways to super charge my brain.
Here are some things you can begin doing as soon as today to begin the great brain tune up.
 

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Ayurvedic helpline for your health problem Print
Written by Professor Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma   

Q.1: I have a pain in my knee joints and had menopause 10 years back at the age of 46, my doctor got my bone density checked and informed that I am suffering from early stage of Osteoporosis. Can Ayurveda treatment held me?
— S. K. Munjal, New Delhi.

 Answer: Osteoporosis is derived from two roots i.e. Osteo means bones and porosis means turning porous. So your bones are going to become porous i.e. they are going to lose hardness. There are various causes for bones turning porous or losing hardness like low intake of calcium in diet and deficiency of vitamin D3. Our bones become stronger with calcium depositing in them and this takes place only in the presence of vitamin D3 in our body. We get calcium and vitamin D3 from milk, vegetables, fruits etc. when sunlight falls on our skin vitamin D3 gets synthesized. Ayurveda  terms this disease as Asthi kshaya (bones loss) and is considered as a metabolic disorder related to formation of bones.
 

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Flatten your Belly Fast Print
Written by Dr. Shiply Jetly   

Looking for the simplest way to a flat belly? Go for this creative 20-minute fat-blasting workout and you'll begin to see a toned tummy in just three weeks and drop up to two inches from your belly in just four weeks. These four crunch-free moves are the best way to hit all your ab muscles, sculpting your belly into its best shape ever. Do them four times a week, with a day of rest in between.
Work outs
Straight-leg scissors: Lie on your back with arms by your sides, legs raised, and toes pointing toward the sky. Flatten your lower back, engaging lower tummy muscles.
Inhale while lowering your right leg, so your toes are in line with your nose. Exhale, switching your legs scissor-like, so your right leg lifts back up and your left comes down. (Don't touch the ground with your foot.) Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.
 

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Laughter is a Medicine Print
Written by Shagufta Malhotra & Divya Chandel   

"The art of medicine consists of keeping the patient amused while nature heals the disease."
                                             (Voltaire)
We were born with the gift of laughter. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter is a natural medicine.
Humor is a universal language. Best of all, it is free and has no known side reactions. Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.
The Healing Power of Laughter
Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.
Immune System Enhancement: The emotions and moods we experience directly affect our immune system. These positive emotions can create neurochemical changes that will buffer the immunosuppressive effects of stress. Clinical studies have shown that humor strengthens the immune system.
 

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7 Ways to Cope up with Stress Print
Written by Dr. Gurpreet Kaur   

Life is full of pressures, but stress is how you handle those pressures. Therefore keep pressures at bay and try eliminating stress. Stress up to some level can be good for you as it can increase your potential of work but if this level is crossed it creates a lot of problems in our daily life. Health and social life starts deteriorating day by day. You may take work related stress in business, job and even in student life. Some people show much stress related issues, even show stress symptoms but others have lesser signs of stress. That shows that they are efficiently managing their work pressures, with good stress management techniques. If they can learn it why can’t you? First of all you should analyze where the problem lies. Stress is a normal reaction of the body to prepare it for various threats which it perceives. Adrenaline and cortisol hormones are produced whenever a stress related problem arises. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.

 

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Mother's Milk First Source of Life Print
Written by Dr. Bharat Bhoyar & Dr. Hema Kolhe   

Breast Feeding is a natural activity for a mother It requires patience, experimenting and sometimes asking for help. The best way to begin is having an experienced person guiding the mother. Breast milk is a optimal form of infant nutrition and is recommended for the first six months to one year. Breast feeding has got many added benefits for both mother and baby. The composition of mother’s milk is tailor made for baby and changes to adopt to the emerging needs of the baby. No infant formula need can boost to this.
              The milk secreted on the first day is called ‘COLOSTRUM’.This milk must be given to the baby as it has various protective factors that increase the resistance against infections and allergies.
 

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Do you want to Suicide? Read it first Print
Written by Dr. Kousik Das Mahapatra   

Suicide never only affects the person that committed it. It also affects the other person around the victim. It is mostly found in between age group of 20 to 40years of middle class family persons including students as well. In last 20 years nearly 1lakh 30 thousand persons committed suicide in India as reported by govt. gazettes. But the actual number is much more than the reported figure. In every 40 minutes one person commits suicide. So by the time you finish this article, will lose a person. But according to psychiatrists many suicides can be prevented if the warning signs are recognized, and proper action is taken.


 

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10 Reasons for not losing weight Print
Written by Dr. Isha Bhalla   

Why air conditioning, unreasonable goals, and ignoring potassium keep you from attaining your goals.
Dieting is complicated and we often unwittingly sabotage our best intentions. For instance, who would ever think that working out in the a.m. or cranking the AC might be the reason you're not slimming down? Luckily, once you've identified these flubs, fixing them is nowhere near as hard as pulling on a pair of control-top hose.
Roadblock number 1: Always a go-getter, you skip sleep to work out at 6 a.m.
What's wrong with that? Morning workouts are great—if you go to bed at 10 p.m. In a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who slept seven or more hours a night were less likely to put on weight than women who didn't. Those who slept only 6 hours a night were 12 percent more likely to gain substantial weight—33 pounds on average over the course of 16 years! (Women who slept a measly five hours had a 32 percent chance of gaining 30 or more pounds.) Other studies have linked lack of sleep to a higher BMI and have found that it negatively affects levels of the appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin.
Detour: Don't sacrifice your snooze time—not even for an extra-long run. And quality matters more than quantity, so taking a siesta later won't help. "In a 20-minute power nap you don't get into the deep-sleep stage. You need to go through the cycles of sleep over a few hours to get the restorative rest that allows your body to work properly." Bottom line: You're better off sleeping through your workout every other day than stumbling to a sunrise Pilates class on too few zzz's.
Roadblock number 2: Your favorite vegetable is a french fry. What's wrong with that?
Without adequate plant foods in your diet, you rob your body of the phytochemicals you need. They protect you against things like jiggly thighs, deteriorating arteries, and chronic disease. Phytochemicals are found only in plant foods. So if you’re among the 75 percent of who eat fewer than three servings of veggies a day, you’re at higher risk for obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. The good news: When it comes to weight loss, most fruits and vegetables are so low in calories they hardly make a dent in your daily intake. Plus, they're high in fiber. To maintain optimal health and lose weight, the scientist recommends you shoot for two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of veggies every day. By the way, even though they're made of potatoes, high-fat, high-cal french fries don’t count!
 

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DAV KERALITE PANCHKARMA CENTER Print
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Gandhi Said Print
Written by Manager S   

1. Action expresses priorities.
2. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
3. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
4. A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
5. A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
6. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
 

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7 Habits for Longer Life Print
Written by Mr. Vinod Kumar   

Most experts agree that increases in lifespan are due to better nutrition, health care, and disease prevention and treatment. Here are some things you can do to stay young.
1. Rest Up: Getting the right amount of sleep is important to health and life span. The problem is figuring out what that right amount really is. In a 2002 study based on the self-reported sleep habits of more than a million people, about seven hours a night produced optimal longevity. Those reporting more than eight hours or less than five hours had, on average, shorter life spans.
2. Eat Right: In a study of 20,000 British participants, eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, drinking alcohol moderately, exercising, and not smoking were habits associated with a potential 14 extra years of life.
3. Make Friends: When it comes to longevity, having a network of close pals may be even more important than family. A 10-year study in Australia found that people with large social networks were 22% less likely to die over the following decade than those who having fewer friends.
 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine Print
Written by Manager S   

 

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

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

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

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Asst. Director, Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
Jalandhar.
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Principal, Dayanand Ayurvedic College,
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