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Haritaki : Seasonal Indigestion Remedy

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Indigestion

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

Solution?

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 :).

Vaidhya, Cure and Prana Relation

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1) All Ayurvedic Samhitas aimed at the increase of the vital energy i.e. ओजस. Or in other words, they prefer to increase prana Shakti by various means.
2) It is Prana that heals magically.
3) Complete healing is possible when doctor touches all layers of पञ्चकोषीय शरीर. It is impossible for all doctors to heal completely. Majority doctors work on स्थूल शरीर only. Only few know to connect with प्राणमय शरीर. And handful of gems can create impact on मनोमय & आनंदमय and beyond.
4) If you are a doctor, you must do Sadhana regularly. You must follow rituals to cleanse your पञ्चकोषीय शरीर.

Part 1 of 4) If you are a doctor, you must do Sadhana regularly.

-> This is necessary to refine doctor’s own senses. Without razor sharp senses and intellect, it is not possible to detect right cause of disease. Even after so many modern diagnosis tools, doctors fail. Why? Answer lies in here.
-> To reach out to patient’s all layers of पञ्चकोषीय शरीर is not a kid’s job. It requires God’s blessing and intense tapas.

Part 2 of 4)

-> Karmic debts does not vanish. Modern doctors use hand sanitizers after treating patients so that they remain safe from physical toxic waste of the patient. The real doctor ( who is capable of uprooting diseases from all layers) does get affected by patient’s different layers of body. To serve the community for long, doctor must cleanse his/her own पञ्चकोषीय शरीर too. There is reference to this in Aghora book.

Teeth Cleaning, Mental Development And Autism

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कदम्बे तु धृतिर्मेधा चम्पके च दृढा मतिः |
अपामार्गे धृतिर्मेधा प्रज्ञाशक्तिस्तथाऽसने ||
– भावप्रकाश संहिता
कदम्बकी दातौनसे धृति एवं मेधा , चंपासे वाणी सुननेकी शक्ति ,अपामार्गसे धैर्य और बुद्धि और विजयसारसे बुद्धि शक्ति बढ़ती है ।

CAN your modern toothpaste provide you these benefits? This verse can work very well with children suffering from Autism type disorders. Harmless and effective.

In form of modern day toothpaste, we actually take first dose of daily poison. 🙂 In the long run, randomly, it is toxic disaster for many.

Nadi Shashtra : Lost Knowledge, Forgotten Skill

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Popularity of any book/subject in our times can be judged by how many editions are published for that books. How much content is revised as per current state of knowledge in the field. And common man’s trust on expert is based on study of these books. Go to any medical fraternity and you will hear discussions about updates in latest edition of their text book.

What if I give you list of books published over several centuries on one subject? Will your trust the branch of knowledge? It was trusted by many generations. Will you? Or you will consider them humbug due to your ignorance and arrogance?

Trust your legacy. Love your legacy. Embrace your legacy. Enhance your legacy.

Here is the list of 30 books available on the subject of pulse/नाडी विज्ञान, published over the period of time immemorial.

१) नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र – ऋषि वशिष्ठ
२) पारस्कर कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
३) मार्कंड कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
४) मांडव्य कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
५) गौतम कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
६) रावण कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
७) कणाद कृत नाडी विज्ञान
८) शिव-पार्वती संवाद / शिव स्वरोदय
९) दत्तात्रेय कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
१०) अष्ट स्थान परीक्षा
११) सिध्ध नागार्जुनकृत अष्टविध परीक्षा
१२) भीमकृत वैध भूषण
१३) नाडी ग्रन्थ
१४) नाडी ज्ञान
१५) नाडीज्ञानतरंगिनी
१६) आत्रेय कृत नाडी परीक्षा शाश्त्र
१७) प्रयोग चिंतामणि
१८) नाडी प्रबोध
१९) नाडी सम्मुच
२०) भोजराज कृत नाडी प्रकाश
२१) गोविन्दकृत नाडी प्रकाश
२२) रामराजकृत नाडी परीक्षा
२३) नाडी विज्ञानिय
२४) शंकरसेन कृत नाडी प्रकाश
२५) गोविन्दरामसेन कृत नाडी प्रकाश
२६) नाडी शाश्त्र
२७) नाडी ज्ञान दीपिका
२८) नाडी निदान
२९) नाडी प्रकरण
३०) रत्नपाणी कृत नाडी चिकित्सा

Common Precious Herbs: Ignorance Induced Devaluation

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Organic food is a new growing obsession in super rich ( Side note: It is an indication that, humans last resort is Nature, at mother’s lap.) .Since it is rich man’s obsession, there are many businessmen tapping this opportunity 🙂 and selling anything with ‘Organic Label’ (Beware! 😉 ). You will see more events like Organic Food Festival, fair and alike at your urban centers.

I recently attended one such Organic Mela. Organizer invited many farmers to sell their food items and charged money for stall at mela. Everyone happily paid the rent for stall but not one genuine farmer. He shared his pain with me.

In his words:

“साब..शहरके लोग सचमें मेरे गंवार है…”
“क्यूँ? भाई…मुझे तो यह सब पढ़े लिखे दिख रहे है”
“क्या पढ़े और क्या लिखे? यह लोगोने हम आदिवासी किसानोसे जगहका किराया लिया है| तिन दिन के १५०००| हम किराया वसूल करनेके लिए आपको महंगा बेचते है| हर कोई खरीद नहीं सकता |”
“पर भाई…जगह मुफ्तमें कौन देगा? किराया तो लेना ही पड़ेगा न..१५ लाख किराया कहाँसे लायेंगे?”
“सच बात है…पढ़े लिखे होते तो नहीं लेना पड़ता”
“वो कैसे?”
“यह मैदान जब मेलेके लिए साफ़ हो रहा था तब में यहाँही था| पूरा मैदान शंखपुष्पिसे भरा पड़ा था…उसे कचरेमें केंक दिया…उसे बेचा होता तो कमसे कम १० लाख का माल था…अब बोलो गंवार, है के न? जो लोग ओर्गेनिक ओर्गेनिक करते है…सब दिखावा है…हमसे भी पैसे लिए…आपसे भी..एंट्री फी…”

Urabn fools? What is common sense in villages…it is easily missing in urban centers. Schools, parents and teachers – they are busy generating fools. Sad.

I wished that great farmer best luck and asked him to sell at high price to urban rich morons. They deserve it.

Doctor Grandmother

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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.

Ayurveda and Heavy Metal Blame – Part 1 (Mercury)

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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?

Warning

  • 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.

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http://journals.iucr.org/s/issues/2015/05/00/hf5289/hf5289sup1.pdf

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]

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References
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[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?

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/why-rasasindura-is-not-toxic/article7619239.ece

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

Ayurveda vs Modern Medicine

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Which branch of Health science is Nature friendly and Human friendly?

1) Ayurveda :

Foundation principles of this branch prescribes prevention by in-depth elaboration of life style for place, terrain, age and season.

In case if you still get the sickness after following preventive steps, you don’t suppress the symptoms but boost body for self-healing. There is no intervention in hiding symptoms.

And for self-healing, take help from Mother Nature. Plants, Animals and minerals. Only when needed. There is not consumerism. There is no supplement-mania.

Absolutely ZERO pollution and environmental hazard.

2) Modern Medicine

Prevention is hardly communicated. And when communicated, hardly there is changes suggested by terrain, age and season.

Individual’s Prakriti is not considered. Random trials on all – that is the base of the proof. With plenty of side-effects.

Suppressing symptoms is a major selling point. Patients are treated as consumers and selling medicine is a profit so business interests have higher priority in research.

Medicine production = Environmental hazards

Medicine waste = Environmental hazards

Yes, there are some merits in emergency care. But I don’t consider them as sole reasons for saving lives. And they can be integrated with Ayurveda if needed.

Death is trans-technique event. So if someone claims that modern technology-led medical science saves life, it is delusion.

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Surgery and Bharatiya Superiority

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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

Squatting position : Ancient Wisdom, Modern Necessity

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Laborers/Villagers/Generation before Toilet seat don’t get fat stomach. Officer-goers, armchair-intellectual do get. One strikingly different habit? Squatting.

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Seven Advantages of Squatting
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[1] Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent “fecal stagnation,” a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
[2] Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
[3] Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
[4] Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
[5] Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
[6] A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
[7] For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.

Health Benefits of the Natural Squatting Position

by  JONATHAN ISBIT

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