Oil Massage – Neurological sicknesses


अभ्यंग – तेल मालिश is important preventive care for Polio.

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In Ayurveda, Polio is considered Vata Prakop पक्षाघात. It happens due to irregular food, indigestible food (like nonveg) in early age, irregular sleep, disturbed family environment due to failed marriage of parents or failed relation between parents and grand-parents, lack of sanitation, prolonged polluted air exposure, inborn Vata prkriti due to accidental birth** are some of the many causes that increases Vata in new born/infant/toddler.

अभ्यंग – तेल मालिश can also cure पक्षाघात.

**Accidental birth = produced by lust, sex during Vata prakop season and time.

Engineering hijacks Healing Art



To tackle manifest symptoms and signs without touching the disease itself is like carpeting road for hiding potholes. Temporary solutions. 🙂 That is not science.

-Chemo-, hormono-, radio-and surgical therapies for cancer or coronary artery disease tackle manifest symptoms and signs but hardly helps in touching and correcting root causes.

Science? You are kidding! that is no science! that is at the best engineering patch work 🙂

Science focuses on root causes.

Exercise and Tridosha Prakriti



Natural predominance of Vata over other dosha happen after we crosses 60. (Age 0 to 14 : Kapha, 14 to 60 : Pitta).

However, there are seasonal variations which stays forever with youth due to mindless habits. Hence, we see rapid aging, sudden infant deaths etc.

Vata! Shani Maharaj! Hahuman!

It is mentioned in classical Ayurvedic texts and proven in modern experiments that Vata type individuals will have maximum propensity for chronic diseases.

Natural predominance of Vata over other dosha happen after we crosses 60. (Age 0 to 14 : Kapha, 14 to 60 : Pitta).

Unfortunately, due to life style, Vata becomes predominance in young age. So we see many in early 30s with VP Prakriti i.e. Vata heavy and PItta as secondary.VP Prakriti individuals have greater degree of Vata dosha so the individuals are more reactive to any kind of stimuli and prone to develop chronic stress leading to different kind of psychosomatic disorders.The reason for this could be that Pitta is responsible for intelligence and Vata is responsible for initiation and enthusiasm.
So to save our youth from diabetes, blood pressure and further complications, it is mandatory to engage them in exercise. It is very well defined in Ayurvedic text books that in advanced stage Prameha, exercises like physical exercise, wrestling, sports, riding elephant, horse and chariot, travelling on foot and moving around and also feats of archery are to be practiced. And since high calorie fiet with no exercise is routine for many, they are prone to madhuprameha (Advance stage of prameha).


Effect of walking (aerobic isotonic exercise) on physiological variants with special reference to Prameha (diabetes mellitus) as per Prakriti


Walking is an isotonic aerobic exercise and has been associated with reduced blood sugar level in diabetic patients and other physiological changes in observational studies. A study was conducted to determine the effect of isotonic aerobic exercise (walking) on blood sugar level and other important physiological parameters as per Prakriti. This study was carried out in Department of Kriya Sharira and Kayachikita, S. S. Hospital; Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS, BHU and some cases were enrolled from Kashi Mumukshu Bhawan, Assi, Varanasi. A total 83 (32 diabetic control and 51 diabetic exercise) diabetic cases were included with age ranging from 35 to 65 years during January 2009 to January 2011. Control cases enrolled in this study had not performed any exercise. The results of the study revealed that, there is a strong association in between Prakriti, Blood pressure and certain other Biochemical parameters.


In Praise of Herbs


Challenge to all half baked scientists to design herb in lab. Accept the challenge, to fail.

“When I look at the poor little herbs that arise out of the earth, the lowest of vegetables, and consider the secret spark of life that is in them, that attracts, increases, grows, and geminates itself and its kinds, the various virtues that are in them for the food, medicine, and delight of more perfect creatures, my mind is carried up to the admiration and adoration and praise of that God whose wisdom and power and influence and government is seen in these small footsteps of his goodness : so that, take all the wisest, ablest, and most powerful and knowing men under heaven, they cannot equal that power and wisdom of his that is seen in a blade of grass. “


Ayurveda and Heavy Metal Blame – Part 1 (Mercury)



In December 2004, Dr Robert B. Saper and his team analyzed US and India made Ayurvedic medicines for heavy metal content. His paper [1] concludes that :

“Lead, mercury, and arsenic have been detected in a substantial proportion of Indian-manufactured traditional Ayurvedic medicines. Metals may be present due to the practice of rasa shastra (combining herbs with metals, minerals, and gems).”

As soon as this hit the news stand, there was negative Ayurveda marketing started.

Now doubt, many modern pharma companies producing Ayurvedic drugs are not following standard procedures. And medicines produced by such manufacturers may come with toxic state of heavy metals but that does not mean heavy metal usage is to blamed.

In this series of articles, we will understand heavy metal usage in Ayurveda, both by modern science perspective and Ayurvedic perspective.

Let us explore most famous metal and most effective drug. Rasasindura made by Mercury.

What is Rasasindura?


  • This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • It is to be avoided in children and pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Over-dosage may cause many poisonous side effects.
  • Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.

Ras Sindoor is an Ayurvedic medicine, with herbal and mineral ingredients, in powder / tablet form.  It is used in Ayurvedic treatment to improve immunity, strength etc. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.

Rasasindura (RS) sublimated mercurial preparation often used in diseases like Madhumeha (Diabetus mellitus), Rajayaksma (Tuberculosis), Pandu (Anaemia), Sthoulya (Obesity),Mandagni (Impaired digestive fire) etc.
So, is it Toxic?
Let us explore couple of papers.
Study 1
In Pharmacological study test drugs were subjected for the chronic toxicity study in 40 days duration, in Charles Foster albino rats, administering the dose of 22.5 mg/kg body weight. Also the 4 test drug samples Samaguna RS, Shadguna RS, Vasa Bhavita Samaguna RS  and Vasa Bhavita Shadguna RS  were assessed for their bronchodilating effect in the isolated guinea pig tracheal spirals.  The study concludes that both Samaguna and Sadaguna Balijarita RShave little or no toxic effects.  The tissue responses to drug and its modifying effect on the histamine induced contractile response in guinea pig were  studied.  Shadguna RS  and Samaguna RS  samples without Vasa Bhavana did not affect histamine induced contraction whereas Vasa Bhavita Samaguna RS and Vasa Bhavita Shadguna RS  showed mild and moderate anti-spasmodic effect.  Study concluded that, Shadaguna Balijarita RSdifficult to prepare pharmaceutically and as its qualities are nearly similar to Samaguna Balijarita RS  in terms of efficacy and safety. [2]
Study 2

Researchers have employed state-of-the-art analytical tools and elegant computational methods in a truly multidisciplinary project to prove that Rasasindura, the mercury-containing Ayurvedic drug, is not toxic. Mercury is one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. (WHO Worksheet No 363, Sept 2013). Metallic mercury is highly mobile, soluble in water depending on its chemical form and oxidises relatively easily. Bacteria convert environmental mercury in to methyl mercury. Mercury interacts with human body and turns it into methyl mercury. Methyl mercury is more toxic. As per conventional wisdom, Rasasindura will be toxic. Ayurvedic physicians claim that they have been using this drug for ages without any harm. The study carried out in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology tries to solve the riddle.“…Our work not only helps to understand the non-toxicity of Rasasindura but also establishes the Ayurvedic synthesis method for a well controlled end-product,” Dr. Debdutta Lahiri and her colleagues wrote in the latest issue of Journal of Synchrotron Radiation.

In this study, researchers used virgin samples of Rasasindura prepared as per Ayurvedic protocols. “Bhasmikaran” (making into powder), is simple in theory; it involves repeated, controlled and prolonged heating of metals with suitable ingredients to make metal powders and to remove residual metals and toxic organic molecules. The results obtained by the scientists apply only to the sample they used and not to any commercially available sample of Rasasindura. Regrettably, Ayurvedic formulations do not have any applicable standards.


Scientists used five analytical tools and procedures with Rasasindura and nanoparticles of lab-based red á-HgS to prove that the structure of Rasasindura is indeed the very stable, á-HgS. Surface organic groups or organic groups were absent in both .The drug has thus the following attributes: because of the special affinity of Hg to Sulphur, Hg-S bonds are very strong. Other workers have shown that accumulation of á-HgS in the human body is very low. Absorption of á-HgS by the gastro-intestinal tract is only 0.2 per cent; the fraction reaching the kidney is much lower at only 0.02 per cent. HgS is 10,000 times less toxic than methyl mercury.

The researchers showed that complete oxidation occurred in Rasasindura and free mercury or organic mercury was absent in it. They used synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) method to prove 100 per cent HgS formation in Rasasindura.

They found that that Rasasindura contains nanocrystals of about 20 nm size. Particle distribution is better controlled in Rasasindura than in á-HgS, made in laboratories. The paper proves that toxicity cannot be decided by elemental analysis alone. [3][4]



[1] Lead, Mercury, and Arsenic in US- and Indian-Manufactured Ayurvedic Medicines Sold via the Internet

[2] A Comparative Pharmaceutico-Chemical Study on Samaguna and Shadguna Balijarita Rasasindura With Special Reference to its Toxicity and Bronchodilating effect.

(MD Dissertation) I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University; 2002

[3] Why Rasasindura is not toxic?


[4] Investigating structural aspects to understand the putative/claimed non-toxicity of the Hg-based Ayurvedic drug Rasasindura using XAFS

Haritaki : Seasonal Indigestion Remedy



Season change is very tricky time. Variation and hunger confusions. This lead to indigestion related ailments.


1) Eat light food. There is a range of festivals that suggest eating sweet light food during this season (Month Sept to Nov). From Kheer to Barfi, step by step.
2) And if at all, stuck up by indigestion/diarrhea? Use Harde(हरडे).

(Diarrhea is an illness with severe pain, take हरडे(Terminalia chebula) + lump sugar (गांठ चीनी) 5 times (5 days) )

This is how preventive health was part of local culture. But since now our children are trained under western language, they developed alien mindset. They never get to know really healthful knowledge. And so for minor sickness too, we have to rely on expert advise which costs a lot :).

Season and Tridosha

Seasonal change
Seasonal change

Few days back, I shared that in वर्षा ऋतू, we observe वात प्रकोप.
One friend had doubt: How come in Sun southern solstice season when Pitta is increasing, we observe वात प्रकोप?

One analogy: You eat mangoes in 2015 summer because mango trees prepared for it since late 2014.

Similarly, we experience fruition period of वात प्रकोप in monsoon because entire ग्रीष्म ऋतू, it was slowly getting aggravated. Indeed, during Sun’s southern solstice movement, पित्त is rising slowly but it is not at its best during monsoon. Body is still under the effects of वात प्रकोप started in ग्रीष्म.


So during monsoon, it is time of detoxification (Shiva Bhakti) by fasting.

By the end of monsoon, वात will reduce and पित्त will gain its ground enough. That’s when festivals will indicate change in food. Final fasting season ends with Navratri and with Dushehra (Vijaya Dashmi), food changes.

When पित्त reaches its pinnacle, you can eat anything and everything and it will get digested smile emoticon. Come winter (it is season of Kapha but you experience पित्त प्रकोप) and eat copiously. Come monsoon and eat frugally.

Doctor Grandmother



Vrudhvaidya Parmpara (Traditional health knowledge) is not an treatise or books but information passed down through traditions about Ayurveda formulations, diagnosis and treatments. Various healers as per their clinical experiences have modified classical formulations to treat disorders of various etiologies. Certain formulations have been so good that many healers in India prefer these altered formulations as compared to its original counterparts. Our grandparents were equipped with these traditional knowledge. Let us continue with this tradition.

With this tradition’s revival in Society, we can reduce healthcare cost significantly. It can act as strong weapon against negatively virile pharma industries.

Modern Ayurveda vs Prescribed Ayurveda


Modern Ayurveda and Prescribed Ayurveda

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.


Role of प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण – Direct visible evidences in Ayurveda



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.

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