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Need for online education program in Ayurveda

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The popularity of Ayurveda is growing all over the world. International Academy of Ayurveda which was established hardly decade ago has now affiliated centres all over the world. In USA alone now there are more than 20 Institutions which are imparting Ayurvedic education in various states. Same is the case with other European Countries. IAA is conducting various courses like basic, advanced practical training etc. since last few years and the demand is ever increasing even from far away countries like Brazil, Chile, Argentina etc. also

However not all the interested persons can join these Institutions physically due to lack of time the distance they have to travel and the money they have to spend for learning Ayurveda. Many physicians, scientists, and even house wives have expressed their view that they would like to study Ayurveda from their home and want to increase their knowledge of this great healing system to help themselves as well as others. By learning Ayurvedic principles one can remain healthy, can increase his or her longevity and can even get rid of minor ailments without the help of physicians.
IAA is receiving many inquiries regarding the availability of online Ayurvedic education program for the Basic principles. Myself and my wife we travel more than 100,000 miles every year for the propagation of Ayurveda in several countries and we are doing this job since last 25 years. Many students and enthusiastic persons have repeatedly requested to us that we should start the online education program for Ayurveda. Few years back we had one Pilot from British Airways who came to study Ayurveda with IAA. He also said that there is big demand for online education course in Ayurveda.

Since Ayurveda is professional science ultimately all the students must learn this healing science by examining patients, by observing various practical things. But the basic course in Ayurveda can be taught by the online education method, since it only involves with basic principles of Ayurveda. Hence we are introducing this course through both the websites. (www.ayurveda-int.com and
www.ayurveda-foryou.com).

There is difference between reading online e books and taking online course. After reading the book there is no body to answer your queries. In online Ayurveda course after going through the material of the course, the student has to learn the subject matter properly so that he can answer all the questions given at the end of each chapter. These answers will be evaluated by the knowledgeable person from the faculty of International Academy of Ayurveda. If he has any queries these will be answered by the faculty members. Thus we will make it sure that the student undergoing the online basic course of Ayurveda has understood the subject matter properly. The student will find this course very easy. After completion, IAA will issue certificate, which is pre-requisite for attending all the advance Ayurveda courses like Advanced clinical training in Ayurveda, Herbology, Panchakarma, Massage, Marma Massage etc.

by – Prof. Dr. Subhash Ranade

The Indian Music Therapy

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Long before acoustics came to be understood in Europe as a subject of study, the ancient Arab, Greek and Indian civilizations were already familiar with the therapeutic role of sounds and vibrations and the later day concepts pertaining to them. While music as a whole is well recognized for its entertainment value, the Indian civilization had gone a step forward to attribute the curative aspect to music.
The ancient system of Nada Yoga, which dates back to the time of Tantras, has fully acknowledged the impact of music on body and mind and put into practice the vibrations emanating from sounds to uplift one’s level of consciousness. It is the Indian genius that recognized that ragas are not just mere commodities of entertainment but the vibrations in their resonance could synchronize with one’s moods and health. By stimulating the moods and controlling the brain wave patterns, ragas could work as a complementary medicine (Sairam,2004 a & b).
What is a Raga?
Raga, we all know is the sequence of selected notes (swaras) that lend appropriate ‘mood’ or emotion in a selective combination. Depending on their nature, a raga could induce or intensify joy or sorrow, violence or peace and it is this quality which forms the basis for musical application. Thus, a whole range of emotions and their nuances could be captured and communicated within certain rhythms and melodies. Playing, performing and even listening to appropriate ragas can work as a medicine.(Bagchi, 2003) Various ragas have since been recognized to have definite impact on certain ailments. (Sairam, 2004b)
Historic References on Raga Chikitsa.
The ancient Hindus had relied on music for its curative role: the chanting and toning involved in Veda mantras in praise of God have been used from time immemorial as a cure for several disharmonies in the individual as well as his environment. Several sects of ‘bhakti’ such as Chaitanya sampradaya, Vallabha sampradaya have all accorded priority to music. Historical records too indicate that one Haridas Swami who was the guru of the famous musician in Akbar’s time,Tan Sen is credited with the recovery of one of the queens of the Emperor with a selected raga.
The great composers of classical music in India called the ‘Musical Trinity’, – who were curiously the contemporaries of the ‘Trinity of Western Classical Music, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were quite sensitive to the acoustical energies. Legend has it that Saint Thyagaraja brought a dead person back to life with his Bilahari composition Naa Jiva Dhaara. Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Navagriha kriti is believed to cure stomach ache. Shyama Sastry’s composition Duru Sugu uses music to pray for good health.
Raga Chikitsa: Raga Therapy in India
Living systems show sensitivity to specific radiant energies be it acoustical, magnetic or electro-magnetic. As the impact of music could be easily gauged on emotions and thereby on mind, it can be used as a tool to control the physiological, psychological and even social activities of the patients
Indian classical music can be classified into two forms: kalpita sangita or composition, which is previously conceived, memorized, practised and rendered and manodharma sangita or the music extemporised and performed. The latter can be equated to the honey-mooner’s first night as it conceives both spontaneity and improvisation. It is fresh and natural as it is created almost on the spot and rendered instantly on the spur of the moment.
According to an ancient Indian text, Swara Sastra, the seventy-two melakarta ragas (parent ragas ) control the 72 important nerves in the body. It is believed that if one sings with due devotion, adhering to the raga lakshana (norms) and sruti shuddhi, (pitch purity) the raga could affect the particular nerve in the body in a favourable manner……………

by – Dr. T V Sairam

Diabetic? Ayurveda To The Rescue!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

If you are one of the many who are looking for a natural, safe, and effective approach to the problem of ‘Diabetes’, welcome to the world of Ayurveda!
Although most forms of treatment for diabetes mellitus regard it largely as a dietary disease, Ayurveda differs widely in its outlook. It does not regard diabetes mellitus as a disease that can be treated by mere medicine or by a dietary regimen……
Ayurvedic practitioners attack diabetes using a multi-pronged approach. First, they address dietary modification, eliminating sugar and simple carbohydrates, and emphasizing complex carbohydrates………
Ayurveda is very closely knit with yoga for the treatment and control of diabetes mellitus. Regular practice of yoga does reduce blood sugar levels, the blood pressure, weight, the rate of progression to the complications, and the severity of the complications as well…….
For example, the ‘Paschimottasana’ (posing like a ‘Sitting crane’ also called as Amarntha kokkuasana), is highly recommended for patients of ‘Madhu Meha’. In this manner, Ayurveda is not restricted in its treatment of diabetes, but takes a much broader perspective.
Exercises like ‘Pranayama’ (breathing exercises), meditation, and poses enhance digestion and help the pancreas and liver function more normally, regulating blood sugar levels which in combination with a healthy diet is one of the best one can do to control this ailment.

The Care of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The various forms of arthritis are each painful and debilitating. Although arthritis is often attributed to aging, certain types of it can occur at any age……….
The type of arthritis known as rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the immune system. It most often affects the hands of the patient. Rheumatoid arthritis causes severe inflammation of the joints, leading to great pain………
Doctors can prescribe various pain relief remedies, depending upon the patient’s medical history, overall profile and other related factors………
No-one should have to live with pain of arthritis, there has to be open communication between the doctor and the patient regarding the pain early in the treatment. So, it is not advisable to suffer quietly…….
Leroy Gastering is the owner of Arthritis Biz, inc. which is a complete resource center for anything and everything related to Arthritis.
Ayurvedic treatment can manage such conditions safely Effectively and Permanently.

From Leroy Gastering

A Restful Night’s Sleep Holds Back Diabetes

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Nearly 36% of Americans are affected by sleep disorders. A restless night does more than make a person feel groggy all day ~ it puts a person at risk for developing diabetes. Many side effects of diabetes also affect a person’s ability to get a rested night’s sleep. Many doctors feel that these sleeping disorders can be overcome naturally, provided that a person arranges his sleeping environment for a good night’s rest and works to change bad sleeping behaviors. Many diabetics find that by using these natural techniques, they get a better night’s rest and help reduce their diabetes.
Diabetes and sleep disturbances go hand in hand, according to studies by National Institute of Mental Health and American Diabetes Association……….
In Type II Diabetes, a person’s poor sleeping habits often trigger diabetes. In these people who are predisposed to diabetes, outside factors such as depression or inactivity can exasperate bad sleep patterns and lead to diabetes. Many Type II diabetics have a hard time falling asleep or wake up too early with little energy. For these diabetics, sleep patterns can be carefully restructured and greatly reduce their diabetes………
Many diabetics find relief from a restless night by using some of the below natural methods:
• Shut off the TV and lights before getting into bed. These bright and active distractions discourage the body from sleeping.
• Avoid certain foods with caffeine or alcohol before bed. These stimulants, including smoking, can keep you awake. Also, in time, many people build up a tolerance to sleeping pills and other prescriptions that actually keep you awake.
Getting a good night’s sleep is more important the number of hours slept, especially for a diabetic. After getting past poor sleep patterns, many diabetics find that their diabetes is greatly lowered.

Risk of diabetes increases with lack of sleep

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, wherein the body cannot convert food into energy due to lack of insulin, or in other words, the inability to use insulin. A person with diabetes will have high blood glucose content.
A study conducted by the Boston University, revealed that too little sleep could increase the risk of diabetes. The researchers questioned about 1486 people about their sleeping pattern, and then collected their blood samples to check glucose tolerance.
The results revealed that those who slept for less than five hours were two and a half times at a greater risk for developing diabetes, than those who slept for the regular seven to eight hours.
Daniel Gotten, the study author, suggests that lack of sleep could trigger the production of fatty acids, compelling insulin to work overtime to clear away the acids.
So folks, take care not to miss the eight hours of sleep and put your health at risk.
Ayurveda also has suggested number of simple Lifestyle changes like this for better control of Diabetes. In fact this is the theam of our Best seller e-book “Ayurvedic Cure of Diabetes ”

Medicinal Herb : Guggul

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

BOTANICAL NAME: – Commiphora mukul
OTHER COMMOM NAMES : Indian Bdellium Gum, Guggulipid, Gum Guggul, Salaitree Gugulipid, Moql, Moqle-arzagi
The mukul myrrh (Commiphora mukul) tree is a small, thorny plant distributed throughout India. Guggul and gum guggulu are the names given to a yellowish resin produced by the stem of the plant. This resin has been used historically and is also the source of modern extracts of guggul.
PARTS USED : Guggul is a tree which exudes a resinous sap out of incisions that are made in its bark. This resin has been used for centuries as part of India’s traditional medicine called Ayurveda.
HISTORICAL AND TRADITIONAL USES (may or may not be supported by scientific studies): There are ample references to Guggul and its medicinal properties in ‘Sushruta Samahita’, the classical ancient treatise on Ayurvedic medicine, which describes the use of Guggul for a wide variety of conditions. Some of these are rheumatism, obesity, and atherosclerosis. In the treatment of arteriosclerosis it is useful in reducing existing plaque in arteries. In terms of obesity, Guggul increases body’s metabolic rate, improves thyroid function, increases fat-burning activity of the body, and increases thermogenesis or heat production. Guggul helps to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. It has been shown to reduce total cholesterol up to 30% in 3 months. Guggul’s cholesterol regulating properties are especially important in reducing LDL by 35% and increasing HDL by 20% in 12 weeks. Guggul decreases platelet stickiness and reduces risk of heart disease and stroke.
ENERGETICS:
• Rasa (taste) Bitter, Pungent
• Virya (action) Hot
• Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent
• Prabhav[Special potency] – Rasayana
• Dosha effect VK-, P+
• It is alterative, antiatherogenic, antihypercholesterolemic, anti-inflammatory (powerful), antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antisuppurative, aperient, aphrodisiac, astringent, bitter, carminative, demulcent, diaphoretic, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, enhances phagocytosis, immunostimulant (increases leukocytes), stimulating expectorant, stomachic, thyroid stimulant, uterine stimulant.
ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS: Guggul contains resin, volatile oils, and gum. The extract isolates ketonic steroid compounds known as guggulsterones. These compounds have been shown to provide the cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering actions noted for guggul.1 Guggul significantly lowers serum triglycerides and cholesterol as well as LDL and VLDL cholesterols (the “bad” cholesterols).2 At the same time, it raises levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). As antioxidants, guggulsterones keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, an action which protects against atherosclerosis.3 Guggul has also been shown to reduce the stickiness of platelets?another effect that lowers the risk of coronary artery disease.4 One double-blind trial found guggul extract similar to the drug clofibrate for lowering cholesterol levels.5Other
DOSES: Dosage recommendations for guggul are usually based on guggulsterones concentration in the extract. 9 A typical dosage of guggulsterones is 25 mg three times per day. Most extracts can be taken daily for 12 to 24 weeks for lowering high cholesterol and/or triglycerides.
SIDE EFFECTS AND INTERACTIONS: Known Hazards: Although the use of guggul in therapeutic doses appears to be safe and non-toxic, the following precautions are advised. Guggul is considered an emenogogue (an agent that promotes the menstrual discharge) and a uterine stimulant, and should not be used during pregnancy. Possible diarrhea, hiccups, restlessness, apprehension.
In addition, caution is recommended with patients currently on prescribed medications for cardiovascular disease. Due to the diuretic action of this herb the following drug interactions are possible: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; if hypokalemia occurs possible antagonism with antiarrhythmics and potentiation of muscle relaxants; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may potentiate and/or interfere with antihypertensives; may potentiate lithium therapy; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may potentiate other diuretics and increase the risk of hypokalemia.

Music Therapy

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Since time immemorial, music was a universal language, acting as a medium of communication. Music is a pleasant and therapeutic experience. Modern medical sciences are now rediscovering the curative powers of music. Music has also been a part of the Ayurveda, the holistic science, which endorses a contented and healthy life. Music has been an integral part of the glorious, splendid and composite Indian Culture. Music therapy is useful for maintaining and improving the physical, psychological, and spiritual health and welfare of all. This therapy is one of the most beneficial therapies, undergoing a great resurgence, today. It is believed that music stimulates the pituitary gland, whose secretions affect the nervous system and the flow of blood.
Music plays an effective role in helping us lead better, fruitful lives. Listening to specific kinds of music at specific times of the day has been shown to be helpful in maintaining good health. Indian music, with its many ragas, is known to have a particularly therapeutic value. The curative power of music emanates from the resonance of certain ragas on hormonal and glandular functions, which produce secretions. This keeps the body balanced, and infection free.
Here are some ways of enjoying one’s own preferences of music. To de-stress, one can listen to music of one’s choice, sitting or lying down comfortably, with eyes gently shut.
One can relax if one listens to, concentrates on and focuses attention on a particular music.
A combination of music and work or exercise is a great stress reliever.
Listening to the sounds of nature, such as ocean waves or the calm of a deep forest, can also reduce stress.
Sometimes, playing music in the background while we are seemingly unaware of it has been found to reduce the stress to a considerable extent.

by Dulcet notes

‘Acoustic ecology’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Acoustic ecology is an emerging discipline, which is concerned with the right kind of atmospheric sounds which are healthy to the human and the animal populations.
Also referred to as ‘soundscape ecology’, this budding discipline has emerged with the increase in noise pollution, caused by industrialization, commercialization and urbanization. Significant increase in mass movements of people by road, rail and air has also significantly contributed to increase in noise decibels.
The increased noise-levels are well-recognized for contributing towards mental tension, causing heart-rate variability and social unrest. Thus the concept of ‘acoustic value’ does not remain with our ear-drums; it even touches the brain-stem and neurons which decide our thinking and behaviour! The arrival of a new branch of science, ‘sonic sociology’ promises orderliness in soundscape of our towns and metros.
Acoustic ecology deals with the relationship which is mediated through sound, between living beings on the planet and their surroundings.
From the initial ideas of the pioneering team led by R. Murray Schafer (a musician, composer and former Professor of Communication Studies), the subject has undergone certain healthy divergence in recent years. Thus the sonic impacts of road and airport construction, widespread networks of “phonographers” exploring the world through sound, the broadening of bioacoustics, (the use of sound by animals) to consider the subjective and objective responses of animals to human noise have come to occupy in recent studies on acoustic ecology.

by Dr. T V Sairam

WATER CHESTNUT

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The water chestnut is not just a culinary delight, but has many health benefits, says naini setalvad
Year ago in Calcutta, my aunt made a simple but sublime dish of water chestnuts, by simply sautéeing them with a touch of hing and sea salt. As I gorged on it,my love for this vegetable, knows as paniphal or singhodha, was born.
We often find it at the vegetable market, or on street corners, sold either in its knobby green raw form, or in its steamed black avatar, where it makes a chic contrast to the ivory white flesh. In its raw form it is crisp and crunchy, and in its cooked form, rather dense and starchy, with a mild nutty flavor.
It is a native to south east Asia and India, and grows in marshes. The knobby vegetable with papery brown skin is a staple in Chinese cooking, where it is often combined with bamboo shoots, ginger, and snow peas. The water chestnut is actually not a nut at all ,but an aquatic vegetable. The name “water chestnut” comes from the fact that it resembles a chestnut in shape and colouring.
Water chestnuts are relished most commonly in their raw form, peeled, but can also be steamed or even sauted.
Dried water chestnuts can be powdered into flour. The Chinese use them to make water chestnut cakes, which is common as part of dim sum cuisine, while in India they are often used to make rotis during fasts, when consumption of grains is forbidden.
Quite apart from its culinary feats, the water chestnut has many health benefits.
Medicinal uses
It is a great cure for urinary infections drinking a cup of sweet water chestnut soup can terminate the pain.
The juice of water chestnut can also bring relief to nausea or a feeling of indigestion. Water chestnuts are recommended for those battling jaundice as they are zero in fat and help nausea.
Due to its detoxifying properties and high water base, it is a cleansing food. It is also a good source of energy, and small quantities will keep you satisfied due to its high fibre content.
It has a high potassium content and helps prevent water retention as well as keep blood pressure low in sodium, and fat is virtually non-existent.
The calcium content is also significant, therefore it would be great to include regularly.
Precaution
Water chestnuts have only moderate amounts of antioxidants. They are also extremely laxative in nature.
If not eaten in moderation, water chestnuts could lead to stomach gas problems and bloating.
Buy water chestnuts which are firm and with unwrin-kled skin, especially when raw. Avoid ones which are soft.
Water chestnuts can be stored in the refrigerator for few days.