May 2012
Cure Acidity with Ayurveda Print
Written by Dr. Akash Kumar Agrawal, Dr.Rajkumar Dhaked & Dr. Anupam Pathak   

Acidity is the commonest disease in our busy lifestyle. Because of the busy routine there is no time left for proper eating or exercises as a result people are suffering from acidity. If we ignore, it causes several other complications in the body. Acidity is a psycho-somatic disease
Due to excessive fasting, improper diet, eating while indigestion, improper seasonal diet indigestion ensues and food eaten later on becomes poisonous or toxic. This toxic juice combines with Pitta and creates a variety of pitta dominant diseases, Amlapitta is one of them and the symptoms in amlapitta resemble with the symptoms in hyperacidity and gastritis.
Some incompatible combinations of food like salt and milk, many salad dressings and cheeses; milk and cereals; milk and fruits (especially sour); fish and milk; cooked or heated yogurt; sprouts, honey, and milk mixed and consumed with meat and/or fish; cold and hot drinks one after the other; clarified butter (ghee) and honey in equal portions; heated honey etc. Sour food and all fermented food items such as cheeses, idli, dosa, tomato ketchups, pizza, chips, pickles, deep fried food, difficult to digest food, reheated food, all spicy foods, papad etc. Other factors related to food, behavior and seasonal changes cause this disease.

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Ayurvedic management of common mental illnesses Print
Written by Dr. Kousik Das Mahapatra   

The present mankind has always tried to attain peace and happiness through all means. There are so many external and internal stressors which let us to arrive into acute and chronic mental stress. These disorders can affect persons of any age, race, sex, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are the result of a personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. Mental illness is a physical condition just like asthma or arthritis. It is also like telling a person who has an amputated leg to run across the room. But a person who has mental health issue has a “broken brain”. Mental illness is caused by bad parenting. Because of the fact that most diagnosed individuals come from supportive homes. The mentally ill are violent and dangerous. People with a mental disorder are not smart. Common mental Illnesses in our community are Depression, Mania, Schizophrenia.
Depression: It is a medical issue that affects a persons mood to be down, blue and fed up. In Ayurveda it is called as Avasad or Vishad. The other symptoms are Fatigue or loss of energy, Thoughts of death or suicide, including suicide attempts, Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless, difficulty in concentrating, remembering or making decisions. Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood, Sleeping too much or too little; odd time of waking, Reduced or increased appetite which results in weight gain or loss, Irritability or restlessness. There is no single cause of depression. But here are some factors that may contribute to it’s development:-Psychological,Biological, Environment.
Mania: It is part of a condition called bipolar disorder, also known as manic- depression.Bipolar disorder usually causes a person’s mood to alternate between symptoms of depression and mania, a heightened energetic state. In Ayurveda it is called as Vatik Unmad. The neurotransmitters: Norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin are the causes of mania and depression. During a manic episode, patients with bipolar disorder have a significantly higher Norepinephrine and epinephrine levels than a depressed or euthymic (normal mood) person.

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Bleeding Gums Print
Written by Dr. Sugandha Sharma & Dr. Surabhi Sharma   

Blood streaks while brushing teeth may sometimes be there on spitting foam of toothpaste, ignorance towards this significant symptom may lead to development of a dental problem known as swollen gums. Swollen gums are medically termed as gingivitis. This problem can appear at any age and its most significant cause is poor oral hygiene. Some of the common symptoms of this problem includes painful gums, irritation and itching in gum, appearance of stony chalky yellow deposit termed as tartar on tooth surface. On finding swollen gum or gingivitis then a natural question comes in mind how it occurred or what could be reason for the problem? Dental scientists have found that it is because of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria after combining with saliva produces adherent and colorless layer on teeth medically known as plaque.
Reasons for this problem are improper food habits which includes soft sticky diet such as pizza, burger, jellies, chocolates, cake. Medical conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy increases incidence of this problem. Habit of smoking and certain drugs such as steroids, antidepressants and oral contraceptives can cause gingivitis. Stress is also a contributing factor for bleeding gums. Still some rare causes are forceful tooth brushing, vitamin K deficiency and leukemia.

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14 Dietary Tips To Prevent Cancer Print
Written by Prof. (Dr.) R. D. Gupta & Dr. Naveen Mahajan   

It has been postulated that 80 percent of cancers may be due to environmental factors, and among them dietary factors may be of much more importance. For example, a strong positive correlation has been worked out between cancer of colon and dietary intake of fat. Similarly, a positive correlation between consumption of dietary fat and breast cancer has been noticed. However, a number of studies indicated that consumption of dietary fibre, may protect aginst intestinal carcinogens or precursors by dilutional or through other effects.
Although the available epidemiological data with regard to prevent cancer through foods, are not entirely consistent yet a few evidences generally support that use of certain foods protect against some of the cancers.
 

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Healing with Fragrance Print
Written by Dr. Amrita Sharma   

Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils for psychological and physical well-being. A form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials known as essential oils and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mood, cognitive function or health
Essential oils, the pure essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely.
Aromatherapy may have origins in antiquity with the use of infused aromatic oils, made by macerating dried plant material in fatty oil, heating and then filtering. Many such oils are described by Dioscorides, along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties in his De Materia Medica written in the first century. Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the invention of distillation in the eleventh century when Avicenna isolated essential oils using steam distillation. The concept of aromatherapy was first mooted by a small number of European scientists and doctors, in about1907.
A French surgeon, Jean Valnet, pioneered the medicinal uses of essential oils, which he used as antiseptics in the treatment of wounded soldiers during World War II.
Modes of Aromatherapy

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10 Tips For Long & Shining Hair Print
Written by Angelica Mitrea   

Due to stress, pollution, incorrect dietunhealthy habits like smoking, drinking coffee, etc. more and more people are affected by hair loss which decreases the self-confidence of an individual and gives a negative impact on his personality. If you want to have beautiful, long, healthy and strong hair, follow the practical recommendations given below.
1. Give up using shampoo and conditioner. After extended use, it affects hair. People who now enjoy possessing a healthy and beautiful hair, should know that they can keep it until very old age. It is wrong the view that aging degrades the hair. A well cared hair retains its appearance, even in old ages.
2. When the hair loss is caused by dry eczema or other dermatological conditions use the following treatment: once a week wash the head with warm water, massage with raw salt for 15 minutes, and then rinse well the scalp. After six such procedures, the eczema will be completely healed. You can continue if you wish, but not more than once a month. The practitioners of the traditional medicine from Urals say: "If everyone would use this method even occasionally, the balding process would be completely eradicated worldwide."

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Black Pepper Print
Written by Dr. R. Vatsyayan   

The western world knows black pepper only as a condiment but in India it is also one of the foremost indigenous medicines, known as Marich in Sanskrit and Piper nigrum scientifically. Its popular name is Kali Marich. Black pepper is a native of the western ghats. In the medieval era, its fame as a spice attracted traders from all part of the world. Nowadays, it is cultivated in other tropical countries also.
Right from the writing of Charaka and Sushruta to the later day work of other acharyas, black pepper has been amply described in almost every ayurvedic text. It is pungent in taste and light, sharp and hot in effect. It placates vata and kapha but aggravates pitta. The modern analysis of black pepper shows it as consisting of a volatile oil, a few alkaloids besides moisture, protein, minerals, fibre and carbohydrates. Rich in vitamin B-complex, it contains traces of calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Carminative, stimulant, aromatics, digestive, diuretic, tonic and anti-coagulating agent that is how the curative properties of black pepper have been described in ayurveda. it excites salivary and sweat glands besides killing intestinal worms and propelling downward movement of abdominal wind. Black pepper is also one of the few herbs which ayurveda describes as pramathi (helping to open obstruction in different channels of body).

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Magnesium For You Print
Written by Dr. Mahendra Prasad   

Magnesium ion's high solubility in water helps ensure that it is the third most abundant element dissolved in seawater. Magnesium is the 11th most abundant element by mass in the human body; its ions are essential to all living cells, where they play a major role in manipulating important biological actions. Hundreds of enzymes thus require magnesium ions in order to function. Magnesium compounds are used medicinally as common laxatives, antacids (i.e., milk of magnesia) and in a number of situations where stabilization of abnormal nerve excitation and blood vessel spasm is required (i.e., to treat eclampsia). Magnesium ions are sour in the taste, and in low concentrations help to impart a natural tartness to fresh mineral waters.
Activates over 100 enzymes and helps nerves and muscles function. Helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes and stabilizes the cell electrically Critical for proper heart function.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for human nutrition. Magnesium in the body serves several important metabolic functions. It plays a role in the production and transport of energy. It is also important for the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Magnesium is involved in the synthesis of protein, and it assists in the functioning of certain enzymes in the body. Learn more about the many health benefits of magnesium.
What Foods are High in Magnesium?

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Meditation Print
Written by Dr. A. K. Kakkar   

Yoga was born out of the intent of the mind to seek the universal truth. Our ancient Rishis and Munis, who were men of great intellect, were always possessed by the great desire to know the meaning of our existence. Why are we here? Is it coincidence? Are we part of a game played by God or are we just manifestations of cosmic consciousness? If it is so then what is the purpose of our existence?
This led to the birth of Yoga. In Yoga, meditation is the seventh step on way to salvation, the last being samadhi i.e. continuous meditation. According to Yoga, visible or perceptible existence is just a manifestation of cosmic consciousness. The movement of an electric fan is the manifestation of electric current in a different form. The laws governing the electric current are quite different from those, which govern the circular rotation of the fan.

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Ayurvedic Approach of Understanding Your Body Nature Print
Written by Prof. Raj Kumar Sharma   

Ayurveda the science of life, India’s native wisdom in health and medicine has great contribution in achieving one of the basic persuits of life i.e. holistic health. Which considers state of perfect health not merely balanced body biochemistry but a perfect equilibrium of mental quotient also.
This Vedic health science has described basic human body nature in an interesting manner by initially describing three basic natures Vataj, Pitaj, Khaphaj, and subsequently combination of these three. these basic natures are developed because of bodies fundamental and biochemical constitution. Total body biochemistry divided into three basic groups reflected by various physical & mental characteristics is called TRIDOSHA (Tri- means three and Dosha means factors). Its balancing or equilibrium provides good health and imbalance causes diseases. Dominance of any of these factor or Dosha makes a Specific Ayurvedic body nature or constitution termed as PRAKRITY in Sanskrit or Hindi and TASEER in Urdu.
Information of our basic body nature can help us significantly in remaining free from diseases throughout our life by selecting suitable food and life style, compatible to our body.
Now an obvious question comes in the mind of reader how to determine which body type we own. Here is a basic description of three body types or basic natures or Prakertees or Taseers.

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Music Therapy "For - Mind, Body & Soul" Print
Written by Dr. Gurpreet Kaur   

Music has frequently been used as a therapeutic agent from the ancient times. Music is a kind of yoga system through the medium of sonorous sound, which acts upon the human organism and awakens and develops their proper functions to extent of self-realisation. This is the ultimate goal of Hindu Philosophy and religion. Melody is the keynote of Indian Music. The 'Raga' is the basis of melody. Various 'Ragas', have been found to be very effective in curing many diseases. Music helps in the treatment of actual diseases in the following manners:
• One obvious use of music is that of a sedative. It can replace the administration of tranquilizers, or at least reduce the dosage of tranquillizers.
• Music increases the metabolic activities within the human body. It accelerates the respiration, influences the internal secretion, improves the muscular activities and as such affects the Central Nervous System and Circulatory System of the listener and the performer.

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NANO-CONCEPT In Indian Tradition Print
Written by Dr Satish K Kapoor   

Although theoretical perspective to Nanotechnology was provided by the Nobel Laureate ,Richard Feynman in 1959, the term itself was coined by Nario Taniguchi about a decade and a half later ,and made popular by K. Eric Drexler in the 1980s. It gradually acquired pre-eminence among scientific concepts and is now being considered revolutionary in every way, as it can impact not only man's living but life itself. The word 'Nano' having Greek origin, came into vogue during the Age of Renaissance in Europe, with the limited meaning of a thing or person much smaller than the usual one of its kind. Yet the concept of Nano-Science goes back to ancient times, and is as old as the Vedas and the Upanishads.

Metaphysics of Nano Metaphysically speaking, one is required to move from gross to subtle states of Being and from subtle to the core of subtlety to gain the Supreme Knowledge (vidya). This corresponds to what Nano-science wants to achieve, though without acosmic implications, and remaining within the spatio-temporal world of name and form. The journey of a scientist is not ‘from error to truth but from lower truth to higher truth’ (to use Swami Vivekananda’s inimitable words) and from there on to the highest of the higher form till one can transcend all distinctions and forms and become truth oneself. While the man of religion explores truth within him, the scientist discovers the same in the world of phenomena. Both the sage and the scientist are on an eternal march to perfection. Both look for nano-keys to unfold the mysteries of objects, – the former using observation and intuition as tools, invoking the elemental forces under an open sky or at a secluded place, the latter under controlled conditions.

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SHATAVARI A multi task herb Print
Written by Dr. Reeva Gupta & Prof. Mahendra Singh Meena   

Shatavari is a climbing plant which grows in low forests throughout India. It is mainly the roots of plants that are sued for medicinal purpose. Its botanical name is asparagus racemosus & family is liliaceae and common names are asparagus, wild asparagus, asparagus root, shatavari.

Padit Hem Raj Sharma in the Kashyap Samhita has clearly stated that shatavari promotes maternal health and noted its particular use as a galactogogue (enhances breast milk secretation in lactating mother ).

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Vanaspati Ghee Vs Heart Diseases Print
Written by Mr. Inder Raj Singh Bains   

Oils and fats are very important for human health and play a vital role in growth and maintenance of our body. Many vitamins and minerals which are vital for human health are also fat soluble and they reach blood system through fats and oils. Punjabis are fond of delicious rich fat diets. Starting from breakfast of desi ghee parathas with butter and rich spicy dishes . In addition to this sarson ka sag fried with desi ghee and then superfatted with makhan or butter for extra taste and makki-ki-roti is their favourate choice. In whole India Punjabis are the super consumer’s of desi-ghee and hydrogenated fats. But now a day life style had changed and lack physically activity in daily routine. As a result of this changing pattern in modern Punjab, heart diseases are increasing at a very high alarming rate. Studies have shown that Punjabis consume relatively high amounts of ghee including trans-fats as compared with people in other parts of India. This increase in consumption of oils and fats and decreased amount of physical activity is giving rise to heart related problems and is of great concern.
There may be many other reasons for heart problems but we see that our kitchen is mainly responsible for heart diseases. We are using hydrogenated oils, saturated fats and trans-fats in huge quantities in our daily diets than required quantity. Recent studies have shown that trans-fats are being considered to be responsible for coronary heart diseases.
All oil and fats are made up of tri-glycerides. Tri-glyderides which are liquid at ordinary temperature are called oils where as triglyderides which are solid at normal temperature are called fats. Fats includes desi-ghee and vanaspati-ghee. Some fats are good for health but some are bad . The good types of fats includes polyunsaturated , monounsaturated fats & omega fats . Good fats help to reduce the “bad” type of cholesterol that causes clogging of arteries. Trans-fats are also called bad fats because they increase risk of coronary heart diseases. Trans-fats are generally found in hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oil. They are more harmful than the saturated fats.

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Towards Ultimate Happiness Print
Written by Mrs. Pammy Bhatia & Dr. Sanjeev Sood   

It is rightly said that, “Happiness is a state of mind”. Happiness had eluded us. The dictionary defines the word “happy” as having, showing, or causing a feeling of great pleasure, contentment, joy, etc.” When you win or if someone agrees with you, you are happy. Again, if someone disagrees with your view point, you are unhappy. This happiness is a result of something you wanted; a craving that was gratified. Your actually need to adopt a mental attitude which is least likely to get your feelings hurt. If you keep the following points in your mind it will be easy for you to attain happiness.

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7 Simple Remedies to Cure Cholesterol Print
Written by Dr. Ravinder Kaur   

There are 2 types of cholesterol, Low density lipoproteins or LDL (bad cholesterol) and high density lipoproteins HDL (good cholesterol). LDLs are responsible for plaque buildup in the arteries, this blocks the flow of blood to mayor organs like the liver, the kidneys, genitals, brain and is the number one cause of heart disease. HDLs in the other hand are considered good because they carry unused cholesterol back to the liver where it was produced once there the liver brakes it down to be removed from the body. The needed cholesterol plays an important part in the formation of sex hormones and proper nerve and brain function. However if we do not have enough HDLs or too much cholesterol for them to pick up and transport back to the liver, it will stay in our arteries and will block them. But you are probably asking yourself if the cholesterol is produce in the liver, why would I have too much, it seems like the liver would regulate how much cholesterol is needed? That is right, the problem is that cholesterol is also present in our diet and usually we eat too much saturated fats such as, coconuts, white bread, gravies, pork products, etc. all these added to the cholesterol produced by the liver could make us reach an unsafe cholesterol level.

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Yoga & Natural Therapy for Kidney Disorders Print
Written by Dr. Gagan Thakur & Dr. T.C. Thakur   

Kidneys do the work of a sieve. It purifies blood by removing urea, acid & other harmful substances. The human body has two kidneys, which are located at the posterior part of the abdomen, behind the intestines, on left & right sides of the spine, near the ribs. They are purple in colour & bean shaped. A kidney is made up of thousands of tiny tubules. These tubules are very large but their width is very less. Apart from these tubules, there are arteries, veins, nerves, nephrons, collecting ducts. All these are held together by a mass of fibrous tissue.

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I am your Liver, Know me Well Print
Written by Tajinder Johar   

• I store the iron reserves you need, as well as a lot of vitamins and other minerals. Without me, you would not have the strength to carry on!
• I make bile to help digest your food. Without me , you’d waste away to nothing .
• I detoxify poisonous chemicals you give me and that includes alcohol, beer, wine and drugs (Prescribed and over the counter) as well as illegal substances. Without me, your “bad” habits would kill you.
• I store energy, like a battery, by stockpiling, sugar (carbohydrates, glucose and fat) until you need it. Without me the sugar level in your blood could fall dramatically and you’d go into a coma.
 

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Quotable Quotes Print
Written by Mr. Vinod   

1. Believing everybody is dangerous; Believing nobody is very dangerous —Abraham Lincoln

2. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
—Alen strike

3. Winning does not always mean being first, winning means you are doing better than you have done before.
—Bonnie labir
4. Never break four things in your life-Trust, Promise, Relation & Heart because when they break they don’t make noise but pains a lot? —Charless

5. If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they had never tried a new thing in their life. —Eilstein

6. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. —Leo Tolstoy

7. If we cannot love the person whom we see, how can we love god, whom we cannot see? —Mother Teresa

8. If you start judging people you will be having no time to live them. —Mother Teresa

9. In a day, when you do not come across any problems- you can be sure that you are traveling in a wrong path —Swami Vivekananda

10. I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 100 ways that can cause failure.—Thomas Edison
11. Three sentences for getting success:
• Know more than other • Work more than other • Expect less than other.
—William Shakesphere

 
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