Music therapy holds a promise for many of those who are affected by age-related disorders. It is being recommended as an effective cure not only in memory loss but also for working with people who have movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s.
Research conducted at Beth Abraham Hospital shows that Parkinson’s patients regained some ability to organize and perform movements that were lost due to the disease. It was also found that for such results, it is necessary that the music selected for them must evoke a response in each of them. To make them move physically or walk, the rhythm must be powerful and pro-active. While prescribing the music, normally therapists go for such genre, which is familiar to the patients, based on their taste and preference. Normally music therapists study such patients to ascertain their likes and dislikes in music before prescribing an appropriate music dose for them.
However, recent research conducted by Dr. Giovanni Frisoni and his team at National Center for Research and Care of Alzheimer’s Disease, Bersica would reveal that people suffering from dementia could be an exception to this rule, as they sometimes acquire new and even unexpected tastes ? and that too all of a sudden.
Another study by neurologists at the University of California-Los Angeles (1998) reported that dementia can bring out artistic talents in people who never had them before. In that study, it was observed that patients developed artistic talents, including music and drawing, which flourished while the dementia worsened. This indicates that as a part of medical treatment, the dementia-affected can be encouraged to learn or play a musical instrument if necessary with the help of a therapist.
However, in working with people affected by dementia, a caution has to be exercised as certain types of music can cause agitation in them. Music can bring out both positive and negative memories. One should endeavor to play those who bring back positive results in such patients. A close observation by therapists while music is played is, therefore an important requirement in such cases.
by Dr.T V Sairam
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Music therapy holds a promise for many of those who are affected by age-related disorders. It is being recommended as an effective cure not only in memory loss but also for working with people who have movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s.
Because nicotine is so addictive, it is very hard to stop smoking. But you can. The single most important factor for people who successfully quit smoking was the belief and confidence that they could do it. There is no magical quick fix………
AYURVEDIC APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM -
Ayurveda does not rely on one or two techniques. It combines as many as possible and addresses the life of the entire person — body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda views the roots of addictions as mental inertia, which is caused by excess mental activity…….
To deal with nicotine, tar and other toxic compounds in the channels, consider these recommendations:
• Drink plenty of water, better yet if it is kept in a container made of copper, which scrapes away ama (toxic deposits).
• Perform Neti kriya and ‘Bhastrika pranayama’ morning and night ………….
• For nicotine, tar and other toxic compounds already deposited in the dhatus: take three tablets or one tablespoon of triphala every night, before bedtime.
• Take a constitutionally appropriate rasayana every morning, which will help detoxification. Rasayana ‘Chyavanaprash’ is suitable for person of any constitution.
DIET – Take vegetarian low fat diet to increase the Sattvic quality of mind. All fresh foods contains, prana and they increase ojas.
Exercise is an obvious way to help avoid gaining weight after you quit. Studies show that smokers have an easier time quitting when they add exercise to their smoking cessation plan. There are some other benefits of exercise including: stress reduction
HELP FROM YOGA -
Yoga is a form of relaxation and exercise that incorporates stretching, meditation and the knowledge of the body’s full potential.
The corpse pose, or Shavasana in Sanskrit, is the classic relaxation Yoga Pose……
Women trying to get pregnant could boost their chances by adopting a “fertility diet” high in nuts and avocados while cutting down on coffee and alcohol, according to U.S researchers.
The fertility diet is characterized by higher consumption of monounsaturated fat rather than trans fats which is found in natural foods like nuts and avocados, and olive oil. Women should also opt for vegetable protein rather than animal protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates like whole grains, moderate consumption of high-fat dairy, multivitamins, and iron from plants and supplements, Chavarro’s team reports.
Other changes women can make to their lifestyle promote fertility include cutting back on coffee and alcohol, increased physically activity, and staying away from cigarettes. The research was based on 8 years of Chavarro and colleagues tracking the diet and lifestyle patterns of 17,544 women as they tried to get pregnant or became pregnant. According to the team, greater adherence to the fertility diet pattern was associated with a lower risk of infertility due to ovulation disturbances and, to a lesser extent, of infertility due to other causes.
“Women trying to become pregnant could consider following these lifestyle practices because they are consistent with an overall healthy lifestyle and may also help them become pregnant,” the researchers said.
From Reuters Life!
Diabetes poses a major health problem globally and is one of the top five leading causes of death in most developed countries. A substantial body of evidence suggests that it could reach epidemic proportions particularly in developing and newly industrialized countries.
Indeed, by the year 2025, three-quarters of the world’s 300 million adults with diabetes will be in developing countries and almost a third in India and China alone.
The prevalence of diabetes in India is showing a sharp upswing as is evident from secular trends from different parts of the subcontinent and studies of migrant Indians.
Diabetes is a complex condition with a multitude of metabolic imbalances involving the regulation and utilization of insulin and glucose (sugar) in the body. Diabetes is currently considered an epidemic disease that is largely preventable and treatable through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. Yoga’s effectiveness at preventing and treating diabetes is due to its emphasis of a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as its ability to balance the endocrine system, massage and tone the abdominal organs, stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, and reduce stress.
Yogasana [Yoga Postures] and Pranayama [Voluntary regulated Yoga Breathing] is a highly effective part of diabetes treatment because it increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar level. Many studies have reported the beneficial effect of the practice of yoga on diabetes, confirming that the practice of Yogasana [Yoga Postures] can stimulate the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. The seven types of Pranayama [Voluntary regulated Yoga Breathing], popularized, reintroduced and reinvented by Pujya Swami Ramdev evolved to exercise and affect various parts of body like lungs, muscles, nerves, glands, circulatory system etc. Stress has been shown to play an important role in diabetes by elevating blood glucose levels and increasing the odds of developing certain complications, such as heart disease, stroke and infections. And having a chronic disease that requires major lifestyle changes and constant monitoring can be very stressful in itself. Research now shows that chronically elevated levels of cortisol (hormone produced by the stress response) can lead to blood sugar problems, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Yogasana [Yoga Postures] and Pranayama [Voluntary regulated Yoga Breathing] are the two best practices to reduce stress and yoga has been shown to dramatically lower cortisol levels in the body.
Stress has long been suspected as having major effects on metabolic activity. The effects of stress on glucose metabolism are mediated by a variety of “counter-regulatory” hormones that are released in response to stress and that result in elevated blood glucose levels and decreased insulin action. This energy mobilizing effect is of adaptive importance in a healthy organism. However, in diabetes, because of a relative or absolute lack of insulin, stress-induced increases in blood glucose cannot be adequately metabolized. Thus, stress is a potential contributor to chronic hyperglycemia in diabetes, although its exact role is unclear.
Some findings suggest that better glycaemic control and stable autonomic functions can be obtained in Type 2 DM cases with Yogasana [Yoga Postures] and Pranayama [Voluntary regulated Yoga Breathing]. The exact mechanism as to how these postures and controlled breathing interact with somato-neuro-endocrine mechanism affecting metabolic and autonomic functions remains to be worked out.
In a study twenty Type 2 diabetic subjects between the age group of 30 to 60 years were studied to see the effect of 40 days of Yogasana [Yoga Postures] on biochemical profile. The duration of diabetes ranged from 0 to 10 years. The study suggests that Yogasana [Yoga Postures] have a beneficial effect on glycaemic control and lipid profile in mild to moderate Type 2 diabetes.
A study done in twenty four NIDDM patients of 30 to 60 year old provides metabolic and clinical evidence of improvement in glycaemic control and pulmonary functions. These middle-aged subjects were type II diabetics on antihyperglycaemic and dietary regimen. Their baseline fasting and postprandial blood glucose and glycosylated Hb were monitored along with pulmonary function studies.
by Avanish & Ruchita Upadhyay
There is a good news for diabetic patients, as they may not have to put their hands-off a pleasing meal of rice.
An Ayurvedic researcher from Narayanvasalam in Tamil Nadu’s Erode District claims to have developed a variety of herbal rice with curative properties, particularly for diabetic patients. After a decade long research, S. Moorthy Satyamraju has developed herbal rice after treating Ponni, a variety of paddy, with a dozen anti-diabetic herbs.
Physicians advise that diabetic patients to check their intake of carbohydrates. Hence, there is either a restriction or a complete ‘no’ to food items such as rice and sugar that raise glucose level in blood. But, the moderate glucose level factor of the herbal rice allows diabetic patients to have as much rice as they desire without worrying about their sugar level.
Reportedly, certified by the National Institute of Ayurvedic Science of Sri Sripadaraja Mutt at Mulubagal in Karnataka’s Kolar District, the herbal rice is being lapped up by diabetes patients.
Retaining all nutrients of normal rice, herbal rice is being relished for its delicious and aromatic premium quality even by non-diabetics.
According to the endocrinologists, people with diabetes are 25 times more prone to develop kidney and heart ailments. Approximately 165 million people across the world are diabetic and India tops the rank of diabetic patients with more than 10.2 percent of the total population being affected by diabetes. This menace is particularly higher in southern India since the staple food here is rice.
Till early eighties, it was widely believed that heart disease was virtually irreversible. This meant that once developed, the disease ran a progressive course until the coronary arteries were completely blocked. But recent studies have proven beyond doubt that not only it is possible to stall the process of artery blockage but also the blockage can be really reversed. This implies that through measures other than angioplasty (ballooning) or bypass surgery, it is quite possible to increase the blood flow to the areas of the heart that receive less than adequate blood supply due to clogging of the coronary arteries.
It is quite disheartening that the highly technological approach of the modern medicine literally bypasses the underlying causes of the heart disease. Ayurveda, on the other hand, aims at striking at the very root of the disease. A real cure for this disease is only possible if we adopt a holistic approach as the one advocated in Ayurveda and address the problem at its very root. Shunning the age-old principles of healing described in the Vedas- the great Indian heritage, as unscientific only just because they are old, is most unfortunate. However, due to the intensive research work of some doctors in the west, people now have come to believe that Heart Disease can be reversed.
There are some very effective natural treatments for regulating and strengthening the heart. Here are some of the recommendations that Ayurveda makes:
Nourishment : Use of Amla fruit as an excellent anti-oxidant that can help to prevent arterial damage from free radicals as well as nourishing the heart tissue. Amla can help boost the immune system and nourish the heart. Chywanaprash is a delicious nutritive herbal jam that contains Amla and is a real boost to the strength of the heart.
Increase circulation: A major cause of heart problems is due to hardening, inflammation or congestion of the arteries which can restrict blood flow as well as putting pressure on the heart muscle and tissue. Arjuna is one of Ayurveda’s wonder herbs for strengthening the cardiac muscle, reducing arterial congestion and lowering blood pressure.
Reduce Blood fats and high cholesterol: If you suffer from high cholesterol try Triphala Guggul which combines a range of herbs known to tackle the causative problems of high cholesterol as well as reduce high levels of blood fats.
Relaxation: If you suffer from excess tension try using Ashwagandha . It is a wonder herb for helping reduce tension in the body and mind as well as strengthen the heart muscle.
Dietary suggestions: Eat a nourishing diet that removes all processed foods, poor quality dairy, poor quality oils, hydrogenated oils. Increase foods that are excellent for the heart. Use garlic, turmeric, ginger and saffron. Include whole grains, pulses and foods high in essential fatty acids such as hemp seed oil. EFAs are renowned for helping to keep arteries clean and the heart strong.
Avoid over-eating and eating frequently. Eat a light breakfast and dinner. Lunch should be the main meal. Milk products, fried foods, cold foods and acidic foods should be taken in small quantities. White flour products and foods that contain chemical preservatives and additives should be avoided. Animal products, especially red meat, are not good as they take a long time to be digested, and create a lot of toxins in the stomach…..
Fried things, pulses and their preparations, and groundnut oil are prohibited. Ayurvedic physicians allow butter or ghee, and not groundnut oil. Cow’s ghee, cow’s milk and cows’ butter are useful for the patient………
Lifestyle: Your heart needs a regular supply of oxygen and it also must not be overstressed. Practice light aerobic exercise and regular relaxation. Ayurveda would recommend some nourishing yoga practices, such as the dynamic ‘Sun Salutation’ as well as daily breathing practices (Pranayama). Ayurveda suggests exercising within your own limitations and does not encourage excessive exercise that leaves you tired. Yoga is exercise that leaves you energised and fitter.
A very common cause of heart diseases is mental stress. Regular practice of yoga and Pranayama (breathing exercises) reduces stress levels. Also, meditation has been scientifically proven to prevent as well as cure heart diseases……..
Panchakarma: A gentle head massage with or without oil several times a week is very beneficial. A full-body self-massage with oil once a week is also good.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) has a long medicinal history dating back 5000 years. Ashwagandha is a very significant herbal drug in Ayurveda or Indian System of medication. This meticulous herb was used to treat a variety of infectious diseases as well as tremors and inflammation especially arthritis.
Historically these Diseases include:Tremors, Inflammation, Infectious Diseases,Longevity,Sexual Enhancing
Ashwagandha is usually crushed and used in a traditional Ayurvedic formula called Shilajit or shilajatu. Ashwagandha has comparable properties as Chinese ginseng. Ashwagandha is heat neutral which means it has no warming or cooling properties. Unlike ginseng which is a warming herb. Ashwagandha is frequently called Indian ginseng. Therefore, both ginseng and Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera kindle the immune system, stop inflammation, increase memory, and helps maintain general healthy and wellness. Also it is known to augment the production of bone marrow, semen, and inhibits the aging process. The modern medical uses of Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera are diverse.
One area in which it has been helpful is in the treatment of mental health issues. One study in particular gave thirty anxiety sufferers forty ml doses two times a day of a solution with its major ingredient of Withania Somnifera. After one month, all anxiety symptoms including panic attacks and paranoia had virtually disappeared. American counselors have also found the herb useful in treating depression, alcohol addiction and schizophrenia. Also, when Ashwagandha is taken frequently memory and learning skills augment noticeably.
Constipation is a common symptom where a person has difficulty passing faeces or unusually dry stool. In simple language it is irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels. Constipation is determined in the colon (large intestine), which is responsible for packaging and eliminating stool….
Age wise effect: Constipation is more common in children and older age, but can affect anyone. The reason for this is that children prefer junk foods and a diet low in fibre and elder people due to absence of teeth prefer soft foods which are again low in fibre due to which constipation occurs.
• Common constipation – occasional constipation
• Chronic constipation
• Travel-related constipation
• Age-related constipation
• Pregnancy-related constipation
• Chronic idiopathic constipation
• Functional constipation
• Diet: The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fibre found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and high in fats found in cheese, eggs, and meats.
• Not enough liquids: Liquids like water and juice add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. Other liquids, like coffee and soft drinks that contain caffeine seem to have a dehydrating effect.
• Lack of Exercise: Lack of exercise can also lead to constipation. For example, constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise.
• Medications: Pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, and anticonvulsants for epilepsy can slow passage of bowel movements.
Difficult bowel movement , Dry bowel movement ,
Painful bowel movement
Abdominal pain , Feeling uncomfortable…
TREATMENT OF CONSTIPATION
A] Home Remedies:
• Ginger tea is a great home remedy for constipation. It helps in starting bowel movements.
• Exercise often a simple stroll in the park can relieve constipation.
• Guava when eaten with seeds provides roughage to diet can give relief from constipation.
• Take 1 – 2 tablets of Lashunadi Vati with warm water after meals.
B] Ayurvedic Remedies:
• Take 3 -4 teaspoons of Abhyarishta with equal quantity of water twice a day after meals.
• Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of Panchasakar churna with lukewarm water.
• Take 1 – 2 teaspoons of Avipattikar Churna (powder) with water or milk twice a day.
• Take 1 tablet of Gandhak Vati with hot water after meals.
C] Yoga asanas:
* Pawan mukta asana
* Vajra asana
* Yog mudra
* Dhanur asana
By Dr.Upneet Kaur
Memory decline is a common complaint as we move through the aging process. The typical 60-year-old is not as sharp mentally as they were in their 40s. That said, some people do age slower than others. There are 80 year olds with the mind and body of people decades their minor. There are 70 year olds who can easily match wits with 40 year olds.
Would you like to put the brakes on brain rot? You can, simply by adding a handful of “Super Brain Foods” to your daily diet. The “You are what you eat” adage most definately applies to mental function. To slow the aging process and provide continued brain strength, an anti- oxidant, nutrient rich diet will keep your body and brain functioning at more youthful levels…….
“Oxidative damage” is the most common blame for brain decline. The brain is highly sensitive to oxidative, free radical damage. Foods high in antioxidants counter that damage and protect the brain. “Brain starvation” is another common cause of mental decline……..
If you want to slow down the hands of time and boost your brain’s ability to retain and recall information, grab a handful of blueberries and read on. The following list of foods are shown to boost brain power;
The following list of foods are shown to boost brain power:
Blueberries: – Studies show that diets rich in berries, and most specifically blueberries, greatly improves motor skills and learning capacity. Research also shows that blueberries help reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and protect the brain from oxidative stress………..
Wild Salmon: – Salmon and other deep,cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s are essential for brain function and also contain anti- inflammatory substances………
Citrus Fruits and Colorful Vegetables: – Because of their antioxidant properties, citrus fruits and colorful vegetables are high on the list of “brainy” foods . The more colorful the better. Brightly colored yellow, orange, red, purple and green fruits and vegetables are antioxidant rich. Go for orange with carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, papaya and oranges. Blueberries, blackberries, prunes, red grapes and eggplant add a blue/purple hue to your plate……….
Avocados: – In promoting brain health, avocados are almost as powerful as blueberries . It is true that the avocado is a fatty fruit, but it’s a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow equates to a healthier brain………
By – Jeannine Virtue
The kidneys have important tasks to perform in the human system. These are (i) regulation of the volume of the body fluids, (ii) elimination of inorganic ions both cations (e.g. Na+, K+) or anions (e.g. Cl’, phosphate, SO4) from the body, (iii) maintenance of appropriate plasma concentration of non-electrolytes such as glucose and urea, (iv) maintaining electrolyte balance by H+ and OH- ions and thus adidity or alkalinity of the blood, (v) elimination of waste products especially the nitrogen and sulphur containing substances as well as the toxic substances (e.g. drugs) which have entered the body, and (vi) retention of substances vital to body economy. These also have some more functions….
A simple Urine test for Albumin and a Blood test for Serum Creatinine. The increased level of Albumin and Serum Creatinine will tell if the kidneys are getting effected. Other symptoms which show kidney problems are: High Blood Pressure, Decr eased Hoemoglobin and High Blood Urea.
Causes of Kidney Damage :
Basically human health miseries could be attributed to
• (i) abnormalities in anatomical and physiological level,
• (ii) interaction or stress of biotic factors (various in fections),
• (iii) Abiotic stress which includes Ahar, Vihar and Achar….
Ayurvedic Care & Cure – Ayurveda provides the best treatments. Ayurveda adopts three approaches to tackle a human malady. These are (i) toning up the weak bodily system, (ii) prevention of disorder, and (iii) treating the disorder or disease through medicines or surgery.
Useful herbs are:
• (i) Dry fruits : Pistachio, almonds and chilgoja are useful to tone up weak kidneys,
• (ii) fresh fruits: Mango is beneficial to remove weakness of Kidneys. Fresh pine apple 60 g daily is useful for the cure of Kidney stone….
o (i) Leafy : Punarnava (Borhavia diffusa), Palak (Spinacia oleracea L), Corchorus capsularis L., (calsak), Patua sak (Corchorus olitorius L.), Portulacar oleracea L. (Kulfa or Lona Sag), chuka (Rumex vesicarius L.), Ramdana (Amaranthus caudatus L.).
o (ii) Fruits: Sanke cucumber (Cucumis utilissimus Roxb.) Seeds are efficacious in curing urinary and kidney diseases. Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschaxa L.) : Pulp is slightly warmed after crushing and then applied to relieve painful kidney problems. Similarly seeds of Cucumis melo Linn. (Muskmelon or Kharbuja) and Kheera (Cucumis sativus Linn.) are efficacious in urinary troubles. Water melon (Tarbuj) fruit juice with kalmisora and sugar placed overnight in glass tumbler in the moonlit night and taken first in the morning for about 7 days. It is very beneficial in urinary problems. Lauki (water gourd): Juice & pulp with Kalmisora very efficacious in relieving kidney and urinary troubles….
By – Dr. Avnish Upadhyay