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That Arrow that is not yet shot

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Once you shoot arrow, there’s no going back. Similarly, when Purusha(Jiva/Self) within is afflicted,hurt, there is no going back. Sooner or later, now or in next birth, symptoms will appear on Kaya surface. That’s where it is important to learn Kaya-Chikitsa. Care before open fire. If you can not due to ignorance or Ahmakara or bodily-passions or mental-passions, seek and surrender to advice of Kaya-chikitsa and reduce possible pain.

Kaya-Chikitsa is God’s love for his ignorant children. Treatment of diseases pertaining to Kaya. Kaya takes in food(different layers of Kaya takes in food of their plane[1].), digests,absorbs and metabolize it. When this is disturbed, purusha within is afflicted.

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(1) The physical Consciousness (Annamaya Kos) which is manifested in the activities of hormones and enzymes etc.
(2) The Awakened Consciousness (Pranmaya Kos) which is active in the form of bioelectricity
(3) The Psychic Consciousness (Manomaya Kos) which gives rise to biomagnetism.
(4) The intuitive Consciousness (Vigyanmaya Kos)
(5) The beatitudinous consciousness (Anandmaya Kos) which subtly exists in the reticular Activating System in the Cortical Nuclei.Arrow

Superiority of Ayurvedic Nephrology & Kidney regeneration

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Superiority of Ayurveda & Nephrology
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Many modern doctor friends consider my posts bigoted and fanatic as I am firm on my stand that Ayurveda in its purest form is the supreme science of life. 🙂
 
Contrary to long-held beliefs, a new study shows that kidneys have the capacity to regenerate themselves.

One more example from Nephrology (The branch of medicine concerned with the kidney) .
 
May 16, 2014 : One year old news from Standford’s Stem cell institute says that adult kidneys constantly grow and remodel themselves, and how they do it. 
 
“The kidney, incredibly, rejuvenates itself and continues to generate specialized kidney cells all the time.”
 
What they call this? “These are basic findings that have direct implications for kidney disease and kidney regeneration”
 
So this is just a basic from modern science.
 
On the other hand, vivid description of Kidney regeneration is well documented in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Not only that, there are herbs and procedures mentioned to accelerate Kidney regeneration in acute conditions. Without side effects :). It is popularly known as PUNARNAVA. (Unlike modern nephrologists who will prescribe you all unnecessary side effects!)
 
For more details, you can read below paper where sample drug is discussed.
 
1) Mishra J, Singh R. The effect of indigenous drug Boerhaavia diffusa on kidney regeneration. Indian J Pharmacol.
 
2) Book : The Kidney & Its Regeneration Singh, R.H. & Udupa, K.N.
 
All those who doubt Ayurveda and its efficacy, must read this book too:
 
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=-q45EZEfz0sC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Research
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Adult kidneys constantly grow, remodel themselves, study finds

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2014/06/adult-kidneys-constantly-grow.html

“These are basic findings that have direct implications for kidney disease and kidney regeneration,” said Yuval Rinkevich, PhD, the lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral scholar at the institute.

The findings were published online May 15 in Cell Reports.

It has long been thought that kidney cells didn’t reproduce much once the organ was fully formed. The new research shows that the kidneys are regenerating and repairing themselves throughout life.

“This research tells us that the kidney is in no way a static organ,” said Benjamin Dekel, MD, PhD, a senior author of the paper and associate professor of pediatrics at Sackler, as well as head of the Pediatric Stem Cell Research Institute at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel. “The kidney, incredibly, rejuvenates itself and continues to generate specialized kidney cells all the time.”

Clinical efficacy of Gokshura-Punarnava Basti in the management of microalbuminuria in diabetes mellitus

Microalbuminuria is the strong predictor of diabetic nephropathy, which is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Microalbuminuria is also characterized by increased prevalence of arterial hypertension, proliferative retinopathy, and peripheral neuropathy. The study was planned to evaluate the effect of Gokshura-Punarnava Basti in the management of microalbuminuria in DM (Madhumeha). Eligible diabetic patients with urine albumin excretion between 30 and 300 mg in 24 h were randomly divided into two groups. Asthapana Basti (decoction enema) of Gokshura and Punarnava Kwatha (decoction), Kalka (paste), Taila (medicated oil), Madhu (honey), and Saindhava (rock salt) for 6 consecutive days and Anuvasana (unctuous enema) of Gokshura-Punarnava Taila on 1st and 8th day by traditional Basti Putaka method was given in study group. Tablet Enalapril 5 mg, twice daily for 30 days was given to the patients in control group. The primary outcome measures were percentage change in the presenting complaints of diabetes, urine microalbumin, Blood Sugar Level (BSL), and Blood Pressure (BP). Enalapril showed 33.33% improvement, where as Gokshura-Punarnava Basti showed 79.59% improvement in the presenting complaints of diabetes, urine microalbumin, BSL and BP. Gokshura-Punarnava Basti has shown superior results in the management of microalbuminuria in DM as compared to control drug.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665195/

Role of प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण – Direct visible evidences in Ayurveda

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प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण – Direct visible evidences are more trusted by Ayurveda. What microscope can decipher, Man’s mighty brain too can process and decipher, more precisely.

For example:

Do you really need a scientific calculator to calculate parabolic path of the ball hit by a batsman, for a caught and bowled wicket?

No. With practice, we fine-tune our judgement and it become rock solid one day.

Same is the case of clinical observations. Due to over-use of technology, doctors are losing this vital skill.

Genuine Ayurvedic Doctor still rely on own intuition. He or she will follow standard 8 point examination carefully. Those are:
1) pulse,
2) feces,
3) urine,
4) various auscultatory findings,
5) palpation,
6) skin,
7) eyes, and
8) body strength.

Try it. Out of all doctors you know, observe who examines above 8 points. Irrespective of their branch. Be it Allopath or Homeopath or Ayurvedic or any local healthcare system of the world. Those doctors treatment will be more precise who trust their own senses and conclude.

In fact, with practice, everyone can become own doctor. That is real open source system.

Myth Busting: Ayurveda is Evidence Based

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Every time I talk about superiority of Ayurveda, friends from other branches of healthcare start talking and asking for EBM in Ayurveda! 😀

Ha! EBM or Evidence-based medicine! 🙂 Ayurveda is actually real EBM if you consider textbook definition. Follow the post for detail.

I am thinking to write entire series of posts based on it to make them realize that how really western science is slowly learning Ayurvedic principles of EBM. Stay tuned. (Y)

This is post#1 #EBM #AyurVedaEBM #Ayurveda

EBM, which has become a buzz word concerning medical decision making, refers to a three aspects of information that the physician should use to determine the best treatment for a particular patient:
1. Best available relevant scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness and efficacy of the proposed treatment
2. Physician knowledge based on practice experience
3. Patient’s own preferences for treatment modalities if they do not contradict 1 or 2 above

Now, if you compare modern medicine and Ayurveda (As a layman, I have exposure to both medicine and their practitioners.) , Modern medicine is coming closer to a holistic treatment approach, closer to the parameters of treatment in Ayurvedic practice. What is considered as EBM, is already followed by
Ayurveda for 5000+ years!

We will explore this subject in subsequent posts. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, read this pdf to know what exactly is EBM:

“Good doctors use both individual clinical expertise and the best available external evidence, and neither alone is enough. Without clinical expertise, practice risks becoming tyrannised by evidence, for even excellent external evidence may be inapplicable to or inappropriate for an individual patient. Without current best evidence, practice risks becoming rapidly out of date, to the detriment of patients.”

Do we really have such good doctors?Introspection needed for doctor community. Most modern medicine doctors consider patients dumb. Forget about considering patient’s values and preferences! So high ego! (this is very well taken care by Ayurvedic doctors! So humble they are!)


Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t

It’s about integrating individual clinical expertise and the best external evidence

Evidence based medicine, whose philosophical origins extend back to mid-19th century Paris and earlier, remains a hot topic for clinicians, public health practitioners, purchasers, planners, and the public. There are now frequent workshops in how to practice and teach it (one sponsored by the BMJ will be held in London on 24 April); undergraduate1 and postgraduate2 training programmes are incorporating it3 (or pondering how to do so); British centres for evidence based practice have been established or planned in adult medicine, child health, surgery, pathology, pharmacotherapy, nursing, general practice, and dentistry; the Cochrane Collaboration and Britain’s Centre for Review and Dissemination in York are providing systematic reviews of the effects of health care; new evidence based practice journals are being launched; and it has become a common topic in the lay media. But enthusiasm has been mixed with some negative reaction.4 5 6 Criticism has ranged from evidence based medicine being old hat to it being a dangerous innovation, perpetrated by the arrogant to serve cost cutters and suppress clinical freedom. As evidence based medicine continues to evolve and adapt, now is a useful time to refine the discussion of what it is and what it is not.

http://www.bmj.com/content/312/7023/71

Death Management(Illusion) vs Pain Management (Reality)

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All cultures develop their own individual capacity to manage death, pain and sickness.

Our Local culture does not much believe in death management. As we know that death cannot be managed (stopped, delayed) by mere physical form of medicines.

But we do take care of pain and sickness. This is because we want everyone’s active participation in the ongoing universal यज्ञ. Pain and sickness disturbs Dharma abiding duties performance. And so we have Ayurveda.

On the other hand, modern medicine has created illusion of combating death. Their entire focus is to control death, pain and sickness. And to achieve this illusion, they are killing all local ways to bring sick on track asap. Dharma suffers greatly. And Karmic debt increases manifold (animal trial torture, clinical trial torture, side effects on environment etc)

Modern Ayurveda vs Prescribed Ayurveda

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Modern Ayurveda and Prescribed Ayurveda
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Ayurveda Prescription

Sanskrit Name: Vatsnabh
Hindi Name: MeethaVish
English Name: Monks hood
Latin Name: Aconitum ferox

A deciduous perennial that grows to 1.0 meters (3.3 feet) high by 0.5 meters (1.65 feet) wide and prefers many types of soil with a pH ranging from acid to alkaline and partial to full sun with moderate moisture. This plant has hermaphrodite flowers and is hardy to zone 6 and is pollinated by bees. Habitat: E. Asia – Himalayas. Shrubberies and forest clearings, 2100 – 3600 meters from C. Nepal to Bhutan. This plant might do well located along a dappled edge or in a woodland garden.

Pacifies Vata and Kapha. It is a very famous medication in Ayurveda for fever and all inflammatory conditions. It has a diuretic action, causes bradycardia and reduces sweating. On local application in the form of a paste made out of root powder it reduces swelling and pain and is thus used frequently in Arthritis.

I have given this example to discuss one important point.

I always wondered, despite having such vast knowledge as cultural legacy, why Ayurvedic treatment is not showing results as expected in all cases?

There are several reasons. Two reasons that come to my memory immediately are
1) Lack of lifestyle alternations. Ayurvedic prescribes lifestyle alteration along with medication and we the modern men, don’t like to alter our life for betterment.
2) Lack of authentic Ayurvedic doctors. Those doctors who perform Ayurveda in modern ways (mass production of medicines, lack of purification as per prescription, long shelf life preservation) are not authentic in my view. For example:

Shiv Sharma was great Ayurvedacharya of 19th Century Bharat. He was son of Chief Medical officer of Patiala state. In his book preface (Book: Hindi Translation of Rasratna Samuccaya), he mentioned following incident:

Shiv Sharma mentioned incident of administration of Vatsnabh. Vatsnabh based medicine was purified and prepared by two methods 1) Ayurvedic way 2) Modern way and was injected separately to persons and found that person injected with the one purified by modern methods showing poisonous effects, whereas the one prepared by Ayurvedic method showed no such poisonous effects, thus proving the superiority of the Ayurvedic ways. According to Shiv Sharma, in Ayurvedic way, purification of Vatsnabh should be done by boiling it in the urine of cow which is impure for so called modern men’s chemical sense! From this, it becomes clear that procedures peculiar to Veda, though look crude to our impaired intellect, must not be compromised.[1]

[1] Preface of Hindi Translation of Rasratna Samuccaya

This post was written in 2013.

 

A Siesta in Indian Summer is not Lazinees, it is privilege

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Word ‘आयुर्वेद’, is free from any reference to medicine, cure, therapy. The word has only one meaning i.e. science of life and living.Insult if compared it with any -pathy.

There are number of differences among digestive fire and ability to absorb nutrients at all 7 layers of dhatu by different individuals. Even in same individuals, digestive fire changes rapidly based on environmental factors.

Since आयुर्वेद is a science, it naturally takes care of factors influencing living. Factors not limited to geographical, climatic, seasonal, racial, familial, behavioral, constitutional, and dietetic.
Take fore example of वामकुक्षी or siesta. It is normal to sleep during summer! Or every day if you are living in a terrain where temperature remains above 40 for most months of the year. Go to western India and you will still find shops closed in afternoon in major Gujarat cities. They need it, they deserve it.
siesta
This part of considering all influencing factors is lacking in modern medicine. Modern medicine uselessly prescribe or rather bombards medicines by ignoring most of these influencing factors.
 

Missing Perspective: Universal Therapeutic Value

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Recently I met one Ayurvedic Vaidhya in his 70s. He spoke Charak’s language and believed in it firmly. In fact, he claimed that he can cure anyone with any medicine.

When I asked him, any medicine for any disease? That actually kills entire pharma industry.

He said, well, our body has different tendencies Kapha, Vayu and Pitta. Our mind has Sattva, Rajas and Tamas tendencies. Each one of us is unique in our physical and mental constitution. So one medicine cannot work for all. At the same time, one medicine can work for all diseases for different persons.

I could not understand so I asked him to explain further.

He explained that like us, all plants, trees, animals, gems carry different tendencies. Their swabhava ( different level of Kapha, Vayu and Pitta and different level of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) is reflected in their color, shape, taste. Sensitive vaidhya does not need to identify them by name and text book reference. He or she mere tastes them, observe shape and color and determine svabhava. He or she act as a bridge and use anything as medicine to reclaim our diseased body back to balanced state. We identify plants, trees and animals based medicine to save time otherwise, there is actually no need if you are sensitive enough to decipher patient’s nature and his/her environmental boons ( mother nature puts our cure hints in plants, trees and animals in our natural environment).

Well, who needs MRI and CT Scan? The ignorants of course.

Pain killer/Antibiotics promotes प्रज्ञा अपराध (Intellectual Errors)

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We noted in this note that प्रज्ञा अपराध – The crime of injecting intellectual errors in day to day decision making – Root cause of all ill-health issues.

Impaired Intellect + Impaired self-control + Impaired memory = High chances of प्रज्ञा अपराध (misuse or no use of human brain/mind)

प्रज्ञापराधो हि मूलं रोगाणाम् |

प्रज्ञापराध कुछ और नहीं, बल्कि प्रकृति के नियमों की अवहेलना है।व्यक्ति जब जीवन के समग्र रूप को भूल खुद को इससे अलग मानने लगता है, तब वह प्रज्ञापराध का दोषी हो जाता है।

अनेक ग्रंथों में कहा गया है कि शरीर की रोगों से रक्षा करना मनुष्य का प्रमुख कर्तव्य है। पर कई बार तमाम कोशिशों के बाद भी बीमारियां हमें अपना शिकार बना ही लेती हैं। आखिर क्यों होते हैं रोग? इस बारे में आयुर्वेद कहता है कि प्रज्ञापराध ही हर रोग की जड़ है। प्रज्ञापराध दो शब्दों से मिल कर बना है: प्रज्ञा और अपराध। प्रज्ञा का अर्थ है ज्ञान और अपराध का अर्थ है गलत कार्य। जानकारी होने के बावजूद गलत काम करना, उपेक्षा या अवहेलना करना ही प्रज्ञापराध है। आयुर्वेद में कहा गया है कि प्रज्ञापराध को महामारियों का प्रमुख कारण माना जा सकता है। जानकारी होने के बावजूद किए जाने वाले इस प्रकार के अपराधों को तीन श्रेणियों में बांटा जाता है। पहले प्रकार का अपराध है किसी नियम की उपेक्षा करना। दूसरे प्रकार के अपराध वे हैं, जिनके नुकसान हम जानते हैं, फिर भी हम वे काम करते हैं। जैसे कि सिगरेट पीना। कोई व्यक्ति कमजोर इच्छा शक्ति के कारण सिगरेट पीना नहीं छोड़ पाता है, तो वह अपने प्रति अपराध करता है। तीसरे प्रकार के अपराध वे हैं, जो हम ज्ञान अथवा स्मृति के अभाव में कर बैठते हैं।

http://hindi.speakingtree.in/article/content-247515

It is state of intellect that cannot decide what is favorable and what is not based on individual’s current state of mind and body.

Our education system does not train us to avoid these crimes. Parenting? They don’t have time. Society? It is no more a live entity.

Only way to improve health of society is to train society to avoid प्रज्ञा अपराध.

On the other hand, modern medicines , with a motive to hide the real symptoms, give such medicines that promote intellectual errors!


Research


This popular painkiller may hamper your ability to notice errors, U of T researchers say

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/popular-painkiller-may-hamper-your-ability-notice-errors-u-t-researchers-say

Cognitive control is an important neurological function because people are constantly doing cognitive tasks that flow automatically like reading, walking or talking. These tasks require very little cognitive control because they are well mapped out neurological processes, notes Randles.

“Sometimes you need to interrupt your normal processes or they’ll lead to a mistake, like when you’re talking to a friend while crossing the street, you should still be ready to react to an erratic driver,” explains Randles.

“The task we designed is meant to capture that since most of the stimuli were Go, so you end up getting into a routine of automatically hitting the Go button. When you see a No Go, that requires cognitive control because you need to interrupt the process.”

The study was double blind, so neither the researcher running the study nor the participant knew whether they had been given a placebo or acetaminophen.

An unexpected and surprise finding that Randles plans to explore more closely is that those who received an acetaminophen dose appeared to miss more of the Go stimuli than they should have. He plans on expanding on the error detection aspect of the research to see whether acetaminophen is possibly causing people to “mind wander” and become distracted.

“An obvious question is if people aren’t detecting these errors, are they also making errors more often when taking acetaminophen? This is the first study to address this question, so we need more work and ideally with tasks more closely related to normal daily behaviour.”

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in murine gut microbiota, brain cytokines and behavior

There is increasing concern about potential long-term effects of antibiotics on children’s health. Epidemiological studies have revealed that early-life antibiotic exposure can increase the risk of developing immune and metabolic diseases, and rodent studies have shown that administration of high doses of antibiotics has long-term effects on brain neurochemistry and behaviour. Here we investigate whether low-dose penicillin in late pregnancy and early postnatal life induces long-term effects in the offspring of mice. We find that penicillin has lasting effects in both sexes on gut microbiota, increases cytokine expression in frontal cortex, modifies blood–brain barrier integrity and alters behaviour. The antibiotic-treated mice exhibit impaired anxiety-like and social behaviours, and display aggression. Concurrent supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 prevents some of these alterations. These results warrant further studies on the potential role of early-life antibiotic use in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders, and the possible attenuation of these by beneficial bacteria.

http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15062

Surgery Superiority of Ancient Bharat

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“Now we are beginning to find out that the Hindu Shastras also contain a Sanitary Code no less correct in principal, and that the great law-giver, Manu, was one of the greatest sanitary reformers the world has ever seen.”

-Lord Ampthill, 1905
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“The Ancient Hindus attained as thorough a proficiency in medicine and surgery as any people whose acquisitions are recorded. This might be expected, because their patient attention and natural shrewdness would render them excellent observers, whilst the extent and fertility of their native country would furnish them with many valuable drugs and medicaments. Their diagnosis is said, in consequence, to define and distinguish symptoms with great accuracy, and their Materia Medica is most voluminous.”

– Professor Wilson
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“In surgery, too, the Indians seem to have attained a special proficiency, and in this department, European surgeons might, perhaps, even at the present day still learn something from them, as indeed they have already borrowed from them the operation of rhinoplasty.”

– Mr. Weber
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The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. They conducted amputations, arresting the bleeding by pressure, a cup-shaped bandage and boiling oil; practiced lithotomy ; performed operations in the abdomen and uterus ; cured hernia, fistula, piles ; set broken bones and dislocations ; and were dexterous in the ex-traction of foreign substances from the body. A special branch of surgery was devoted to rhinoplasty, or operation for improving deformed ears and noses and forming new ones, a useful operation which European surgeons have now borrowed. The ancient Indian surgeons also mention a cure for neuralgia, analogous to the modern cutting of the fifth nerve above the eyebrow. They devoted great care to the making of surgical instruments, and to the training of students by means of operations performed on wax spread on a board or on the tissues and cells of the vegetable kingdom, and upon dead animals. They were expert in midwifery, not shrinking from the most critical operations, and in the diseases of women and children. Their practice of physic embraced the classifications, causes, symptoms and treatment of diseases, diagnosis and prognosis. Considerable advances were also made in veterinary science, and monographs exist on the diseases of horses, elephants, etc.”

-William Hunter

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