Ayurvedic treatment in kerala, Panchakarma treatment

August 27, 2008

Ayurveda medicines and toxicity – More reports

Ayurveda is a way of life and is a time tested way of healthy living. At a time when Ayurveda is trying to reach out to all over the world and spread its wings there is bound to be resistance and negative news reports. Moreover there are opportunists who try to make a quick buck or two riding on Ayurveda’s increasing popularity. Ayurveda is not a few over the counter herbal medications, it’s a way of life. This message need to be amplified.

There is another barrage of news reports in western media about presence of heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicines. It’s high time that Government of India step in and create a FDA like body to regulate the Ayurvedic medicine market. If positive steps are not taken now Ayurveda medicines will be stigmatized and an opportunity to reach out to newer markets and serve will be squandered.

Below is report on one such study which claims that 21% of Ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals.

Traditional herbal supplements used by thousands of Americans may contain dangerously high levels of lead and other toxins, a study shows. Nearly 21% of Ayurvedic medicines — plant-based products used in India for thousands of years to promote health — actually contain lead, mercury or arsenic,according to a study in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.[Study finds toxins in …]

Interestingly enough, the researchers say that they bought all the medicines used for the study over the internet. Would that give the researchers the authority to claim that 21% of all the Ayurvedic medicines, used by millions of Indians, contain heavy metals?

Saper and his colleagues purchased all of the medicines on the Internet. In a 2004 study, he also found lead, mercury and arsenic in 20% of Ayurvedic supplements sold in Boston-area stores.[Study finds toxins…]

Having said that, it’s easy to lay blame on such narrow studies. The actual blame lies on the makers of Ayurveda supplements who has the eye only on the quick profits. Unless a strict quality regime is imposed, there will be more such researches and more skepticism towards Ayurveda.

PS: If ayurveda was that toxic, indian population would have been extinct by now.


August 26, 2008

Intellectual property rights, Ayurveda and curriculum

Filed under: Ayurveda, Other — Tags: , — ayurvedam @ 5:06 pm

To increase the awareness of intellectual property rights and to protect Kerala’s traditional knowledge in areas like Ayurveda Kerala Government is planning to introduce intellectual property rights as part of curriculum.  In long term, this step should help raise awareness and protect Kerala’s knowledge in areas like Ayurveda.

After becoming the first in the country to introduce a state-level policy on intellectual property rights (IPR), the Kerala government is moving to introduce IPR as a compulsory subject in schools and universities.
The government has already directed universities to include IPR law and implementation in the syllabus at the degree level from the next academic year. The move is aimed at motivating students to take up a career in patents and their protection.

“The state will initially start five or six centres of excellence to provide degree-level classes to students in all five universities, and faculty will be provided in the universities and its affiliated institutions over a period of time,” said a senior official in the state education ministry who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Kerala introduced the IPR policy this year mainly to prevent misappropriation of traditional knowledge such as Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, and knowledge associated with bio-diversity.

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August 21, 2008

An interesting Article on Ayurveda

Filed under: Ayurveda — Tags: — ayurvedam @ 5:35 pm

The following is an excerpt from a very informative article written by Dr. S.P. SREEJIT B.A.M.S, MD[Ayu] in his blog. Article gives an insight into Ayurveda as a science, lifestyle and way of life.

Ayurveda implies the science of life. It recommends the measures that have to be adopted in routine life style as well as the treatment procedures for diseases. It is a science with its base on the Tridosha principle. Doshas are the representation/generalisation of the biological functions of human body.Both health and disease are based on the balance or imbalance of these doshas.

These variations in the doshas are brought about by various factors of food and other regimen, environment, climate etc. Its a common day experience to find the role of food , food pattern in the formation or mitigation of ailment . How this can be elicited will be detailed further. It can be thought about to a good extent that we are what we eat . There are clear cut and vivid detailing of the remedial measures to bring vitiated dosha to normality / balance by Sodhana (purifying therapy) and samana (curative therapy).

The uniqueness of Ayurveda is Rasayana (Rejuvenation therapy) which aims at increasing the longevity of a person by improving the functions of the Saptadhatus (the seven structural units of the body). This has profound importance in immunity status enhancement of a person and also in the cure of severely ill patients generally incurable diseases. Kerala Ayurveda doctors specialise in this aspect .

The theoratical and practical framework of Ayurveda is wide enough to include all that is essential to make a man healthy and happy. It includes the study of right conduct (dharma), which is necessary for the healthy growth of society in which the man lives. Further it deals with the philosophical aspect of life, the knowledge of which contributes greatly to the comfort and happiness of all human beings. Ayurveda philosophically understands the limitation of human efforts. Still it talks about the means of prolonging life and the methods of invigorating it.

The objectives of Ayurveda are mainly two, the first being the maintenance of positive health -that is preventive healthcare and the other – treatment of diseases ie . cuartive healthcare. These clearly defined objectives are achieved through logically developed means in a classical way. On the basis of objectives defined, the sum and substance of Ayurveda can be classified into two parts –

i. Healthy man’s regimen – the science of positive health (svasthavrittam)

ii. Patient’s regimen (aturavrittam).

Healthy man’s regimen

The emphasis on the concept of positive health is a unique feature of Ayurveda. The radical shift that occurred in defining health, encourages the medical fraternity of modern times to look deeply into empirically evolved Ayurvedic techniques for the maintenance of positive health. The recommendations that Ayurveda puts forth in this regard include the observance of systematized daily routine (dinacharya), life in accordance with seasons (ritucharya) and well planned schedules of diet and exercise. Ayurveda stresses on the need of maintaining personal, social and civic hygiene for the orderly upkeep of positive health.

Ayurveda recognizes that mind is very powerful both in the causation and cure of diseases. So, strict mental discipline and adherence to moral values are considered a pre-requisite for health. Therefore, ethical basis of life (sadvrttam) is described as an important health support system.

Regular or periodic use of rejuvenative therapy (rasayanachikitsa) also finds a place in the maintenance of positive health because of its therapeutic potentials to delay the process of ageing and also to improve quality of life.

In a nutshell, Ayurveda recommends socio-economic adjustments, modification of personal habits, protection against trauma, control of infection, control of pollution, and prophylatic medication for the maintenance of positive health.[read rest of the article here …]

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August 8, 2008

Ayurveda rejuvenaton for elephants!

Filed under: Ayurveda — Tags: , , — ayurvedam @ 5:00 pm

Traditionally,  Keralites flock to Ayurveda centers to get Ayurveda rejuvenation(sukachikitsa – Wellness treatment) during Monsoon season.  Monsoon season is believed to be the best season to get rejuvenated. Elephants are part of Kerala life as part of temple festivals, timber mills etc.  They get the much needed rest during monsoon as well.  Elephants too undergo sukachikitsa during monsoon.

During sukachikitsa, the elephants are given a balanced diet which includes the right quantities of fat, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, and enough rest so that they gain enough strength to undertake the duties of next festival season.

The day usually begins with an elaborate bath, including 60 minutes of scrubbing and massage. Then it is plenty of palm leaves and water. The big meal is at 3pm with five kg of rice and two kg of green gram.

This is followed by a cocktail of ayurveda and allopathic medicines, comprising 500 gm Chyavanaprasam (a paste of gooseberry and jaggery), 50 gm ashtachoorna (for appetite), three large spoonfuls of veterinary brand Liv-52 (liver tonic), six tablets of bio-boost and 20 multivitamin capsules.[Kerala elephants take a break with Ayurveda]

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August 7, 2008

Hybrid treatments – Modern medicine and alternative therapy

Filed under: Ayurveda, traditional remedies — Tags: — ayurvedam @ 5:05 pm

These days we see people resorting to alternate therapies as a last resort. But hereis an interesting article from Times of India which pushes the case of combining modern medicine and alternative therapies.

When doctors at the Nephrology department at AIIMS gave a go-ahead to patients wanting to combine Ayurvedic kadhas and Yunani medicines with their regular treatment at the hospital, the decision was eyed with misgivings. But contrary to beliefs, the alternative therapies did wonders when coupled with modern medicine!

One of the patients who was advised an immediate dialysis could avert it for three long years, thanks to the khadhas and pranayam prescribed by a yoga guru. Another patient at Dharamshila Cancer hospital was given a go ahead when she asked her doctor if she could include wheat grass juice as a measure to boost her haemoglobin levels.[Integrated therapy: Future of healing?]

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August 6, 2008

Arthritis treatment – frankincense gaining recognition

Filed under: arthritis, Ayurveda, medicinal plants — Tags: , — ayurvedam @ 4:56 pm

Recent study brings hope for the millions of Arthritis patients…

In a study in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, researchers found that an enriched extract of Indian frankincense, known as 5-Loxin, a product developed by Laila Nutraceuticals, not only reduces the pain of arthritis, but does it quickly.

Researcher Siba Raychaudhuri, professor at UC Davis, recruited 75 patients who had the pain of arthritis in their knees, hips, hands, wrists, feet or spines. One group of 25 people got a placebo. Two other groups of 25 each got the supplement, one taking 100 mg daily for three months, and the other taking 250 mg daily for three months. Both groups that took the supplements reported they could move with less stiffness and pain, and the group that took the higher dose began feeling relief in about a week.[Hey, Wise Man, got anything for my aching back? ]

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