Ayurveda the Science of Life

The Ayurveda Experience

The Ayurveda Experience is a three-step process to becoming more calm, healthy, and happy with a carefully researched 3-step process described in this eBook guide. You will identify your unique personality type and all of the problems and struggles that your personality type faces, and way to live your life so that you will become more satisfied and happier. Most of your problems in life stem from the fact that people do not realize that you are different from them. Since everyone is unique, everyone needs special treatment for their individual problems. There is no such thing as a one size fits all treatment plan for depression or weight or anything else. The Ayurveda Experience takes ancient Indian religion and medicine into account, and your unique person to come up with the perfect plan for you to become as healthy as you could possibly be. Learn your personality and what makes you tick, and then follow the plan to become the best person that you can be, treated the way that you were intended to be treated! Continue reading...

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Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic medicine A complementary, holistic approach to health based on ancient Hindu texts. It is traced back to the sages of ancient India. These rishis are believed to have discovered the principles of Ayurveda during deep meditation. These principles were codified in the Vedas (knowledge) that form the religious texts of Hinduism. The Atharva-Veda is the source of Ayurveda. The basis of Ayurveda is understanding a person's dosha. There are three doshas or types that can be initially viewed as being similar to the common body types Ectomorph (light and slim), endomorph (heavy and big boned), and mesomorph (muscular and medium build). On top of these physical characteristics are layered information about learning styles, emotional tendencies, and spiritual inclinations. The three doshas are termed Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. One is usually dominant and one secondary. These not only describe people but also determine what foods they should eat and what lifestyles are appropriate for...

Clinical research in Ayurveda

Ayurvedic sciences are expected to play a significant role in the future healthcare system. With the onset of research and development activities in Ayurveda and the herbal system of medicine, there is an acute need for conducting clinical trials with traditional drugs. Most of the work reported in literature is based on pre-clinical studies. Some drugs like Terminalia arjuna (for hearts aliments) and Commiphora mukul (for obesity and arthritis) have been scientifically validated for ancient claims. The need of the hour is documentation of clinical knowledge on herbs available with us. At the same time clinical trials on ancient formulations are also warranted. Table 7.5 Clinical research on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. Table 7.5 Clinical research on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda.

Asian Herbal Medicine

Asian herbal medicine involves therapy using herbal preparations that are often complex mixtures of many different herbs. Asian herbal medicine frequently is used in combination with acupuncture, but it also may be used on its own. Asian herbal medicine may be administered in several different ways, including as tablets, pills, powders, capsules, or tinctures. Raw herbs or extracts of herbs also may be used. When considering the use of Asian herbal medicine, it is essential to know which specific herbs are being used and to recognize that the full range of effectiveness and toxicity has not been fully established for any of these herbal preparations. These issues and other important factors related to herbal medicine in general are discussed in more detail in the section on herbs. In addition, the section on herbs has information on some Asian herbs, including Asian ginseng, astragalus, dong-quai, ephedra (ma huang), Ginkgo biloba, and licorice (see Herbs). Limited information is...

Ashwagandha

Sometimes referred to as the Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family, along with potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants. Effects According to traditional Indian medicine, it is said to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve vitality, learning, and memory. It has been used to treat arthritis and help heal broken bones, and may inhibit cancer, as well. There have been few studies, but those conducted have yielded encouraging results it enhanced mood and improved hemoglobin and blood plasma protein levels in a 1993 study, was shown to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in morphine addiction in a 1995 study, and showed positive results for patients with anxiety neurosis in a 1997 study.

Keeping up appearances

To do this, you need to be aware of your back all the time. You also need to be aware of your shoulders and make sure they are relaxed and not tense. Be aware of your head, and make sure it is not dropped or leaning forward. Try and use both sides of the body as equally as possible, not just using your right hand but your left. This is not only good for helping to balance your body but also your brain. If you always have good posture, you may even be giving yourself an extra 10 or 20 years of healthy living. Some people will refer to these points by numbers but actually you should try to remember their names and what the names mean. This will tell you the essence of the kind of energy that is generated by these points. Below are the points you will use in your practise of Healthy Living Gong and also in meditation. These points are very common and will be used in many of the Qigong forms that I teach.

Chapter Ten things to do for better health

I will start with a very simplified list of 10 things to do to improve your health with diet. (Each of these ten topics will be covered in more detail later in this book. You can also find more on http Diabetic-Diet-Secrets.com) Many of us are trying to be healthier. It really is possible and much easier than you would imagine. Better health now means a better diet and proper exercise. You do not need a lot of pills and magic cures. Most of the highly advertised pills and quick fixes are ineffective at best and many are potentially dangerous. The best prescription for better health is a better diet. I found out the hard way. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and had gotten to a point where death was imminent. By changing my diet, my health greatly improved and I now have labs comparable to non-diabetics without using medications. I was told to adopt a low fat, low carb, and low sodium diet. I thought my days of enjoying food were over. Much to my surprise,...

Fish and Heart Health

If good health is your wish, get hooked on fish. Research indicates that fish may guard against not only heart disease but also hypertension, cancer, arthritis, asthma, and who knows what else. The omega-3 fatty acids, the special polyunsaturated fat found in fish oil, block many harmful biochemical reactions that can cause blood to clot (predisposing you to heart attack and stroke) and the heart to beat irregularly (as occurs during a heart attack). Some researchers believe that fish oils can prevent heart disease from beginning rather than merely having a beneficial effect after the onset of the disease. Eating to Stay Healthy for the Long Run

Are there different kinds of omega fatty acids

National Library of medicine has this to say about omega 3 Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food. Omega-3s (and omega-6s) are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are important for good health. The body cannot make these fatty acids on its own so omega-3s must be obtained from food. These different types of acids can be obtained in foods such as cold-water fish including tuna, salmon, and mackerel. Other important omega 3 fatty acids are found in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oils, and certain vegetable oils. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be beneficial for the heart. Positive effects include anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting actions, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reducing blood pressure. These fatty acids may also reduce the risks and symptoms for other disorders including diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid

Essential fatty acids

Vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids are all among these substances, which we must eat constantly in order to maintain good health. Various plants produce polyunsaturated fatty acids. We get them through our diet, either directly through fruits and vegetables or indirectly through the meat or eggs of animals, birds or fish that have eaten plants containing polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Cycle of Nature MotherNature

This means that by following the natural Laws of Nature we are rewarded with a body and mind that function as nature intended. Nothing really new about that. If you follow the laws of Mother-Nature (e.g. eat natural whole foods such fruit, vegetables, raw milk, meat from healthy animals, get plenty of fresh air, sunshine and vigorous physical activity etc.) you will be rewarded with a sleek, athletic, healthy body and a clear, well-balanced mind. A lot of people think Mother-Nature rewards you with good health or punishes you with bad health. I don't think like that. I have a different theory about how Mother-Nature works.

When Does Tai Chi Not Work

Another point concerning T'ai Chi is related to its healing abilities. Just as Western medicine and surgery is not 100-percent effective in all cases, so too with T'ai Chi. For a small percentage of people, T'ai Chi will be either impossible to perform, even with adaptations, because of the severity of their afflictions, or it will have no observable healing effects. This could be due to improper practice techniques or not incorporating breathing into the movements. Regardless of the reasons, it is vitally important to remember that Western and Eastern modalities should be combined to create the perfect health regimen.

Why should I practice Yoga

Yoga provides a balanced and wholesome approach to achieving good physical and mental health. To begin with, yoga is easier on your body than many other fitness activities, such as high-impact aerobics. Also, unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga addresses all aspects of your health and well-being. Breathing exercises can help you learn to breathe more efficiently. Meditation can clear your mind and help you stay calm. Yoga poses can provide many physical benefits, such as increasing your flexibility and improving your circulation.

Fluoride What Have They Done to Us

Most of us have been led to believe by a powerful propaganda network that fluoridation of drinking water, regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and regular fluoride treatments are not only a good way to prevent cavities, but that the practice of fluoridation itself is very safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those who promote this viewpoint have an ulterior motive and, as we shall see, it is not your health.

Pain From Toe To Head

You will also notice something, as you keep testing and watching over your health. Your body is very good at killing bacteria and viruses. Your body kills them faster than a wave of a magic wand The only ones that get away are those that are stuck in doorways and 'channels with pollutants in them This seems like evidence that pollutants do the gate-opening. But it isn't proof and we must keep all possibilities in mind.

Chi Chinese Character

Zhan Zhuang Dragon Posture

It is rare to find an authentic master of an ancient art. Since the age of 12, Lam Kam Chuen has devoted himself to the internal strengthening and healing of the human body. Since those early days he has studied under masters in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, embracing a traditional range of studies that includes herbal medicine, the martial arts, the great religious philosophies of Chinese culture, and classical Chinese opera. He is one of the most highly trained and deeply knowledgeable experts in the art of healing and the study of internal strength currently practising and teaching in the Western world. Master Lam is the founder of the first and only clinic of its type in Europe for treating people on the basis of this powerful yet profoundly natural system. The clinic, opened in 1991, can be found near the heart of London's Chinatown. China's most famous physicians and philosophers have contributed extensively to the analysis and practical application of the body's energy systems....

Chapter The Origins of Qigong

Chinese Emperor Surgeons

In the West, people take medicines or drugs, vitamins and high nutrition foods in an attempt to make themselves healthy. Gradually the body becomes saturated with these substances -which are already present in a healthy body -and after a while the body becomes reliant on them. As a result, if people forget to take their pills or 'health food' or other props, they become weak and tired. The body starts to lose its normal functions and can no longer produce its own energy. The search for different or stronger medicines and specialist doctors continues until there is nothing and no one left who can offer any help. What a very depressing way to try to become healthy and to treat our ailments Once when my mother came over to England, I took her to a fish and chip shop to try some English food. While eating she asked, 'Whydoesn't the fish have any bones ' A good question Fish in their natural state obviously have bones, so why don't the fish served up in fish and chip shops have any The...

Chapter The Benefits of Qigong Practice

Some very tall people adopt a stooping posture which makes them tired and weak. They lack confidence, so they look smaller. In contrast, someone who is small but has a healthy posture, the right skeleton and the correct balance between body and limbs looks taller and more confident. A healthy body means that the internal organs are healthy. You will not become bad-tempered, angry, over-excited or depressed all these emotions are affected by your internal balance. A good, healthy body brings a good attitude, while a bad, unhealthy body brings a bad attitude. The mind and body are undeniably connected. Through practising Qigong you do not just become physically healthy, but your mind and your emotions also become more stable. The Chinese say, 'Anything that happens on the inside shows on the outside.' We cannot hide ourselves by acting healthy and positive, because our real condition will always reveal itself. So the best thing to do is improve your health and achieve balance with...

Secret of the Inner Smile

Inner Smile Front Line

On the other hand, the guitar that is polished and played has its strings changed regularly, the bow adjusted and is kept safely in a case. A well-loved and tended guitar brings life and light to the musician, and often outlives its owner. The smiler, too, brings joy to people's lives, and leads a happy healthy life that may be soundly remembered long after his or her physical passing away. smiling energy to help heal their patients Perhaps our hospitals should hire clowns and jesters to make their patients smile. More important, why hasn't smiling been used as preventive medicine In smiling at our friends, families and loved ones, why have we not learned to smile to ourselves Proof of our ignorance of the connection between body and mind is seen in the fact that most of us don't even know where our bodily organs are, much less their size, shape or functions. And if we happen to know intellectually, we still don't experience our organs in a tangible way because we ignore their...

Kidney Yang Vacuity Shen Yang Xu

Lowing thorough diagnosis, treatment should include acupuncture and moxibustion, nutritional therapy, Chinese herbs, and movement therapy (qi gong, tai chi). Acupuncture treatments should be appropriately supplemented with nutritional therapy. Strengthening and warming foods for the kidneys, prepared using appropriate cooking methods, accelerate treatment success. In conjunction with supplementing kidney energy, nutritional therapy needs to also supplement and sustain the stomach and spleen. Serious disorders such as kidney yang vacuity or kidney yin vacuity might require Chinese herbal remedies. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, treatment may require weeks to months of consistent therapy. Profound disorders of the kidney network may even require treatment for a number of years. With correct diagnosis and therapy, good to very good results can be achieved. The prognosis is not so good for constitutional kidney qi vacuity, essence vacuity, or jing vacuity, perhaps caused...

P Saxifraga And P Major

The use of burnet saxifrage in herbal medicine is not widespread, but a few examples are found (Ody, 1996), such as Bioforce Bronchosan and Ricola Swiss Herb Lozenges. Burnet saxifrage root or extracts made from it are components of bronchial remedies, such as Melrosum arthritis remedies and remedies such as Befelka Tinctur for the circulation (Wichtl, 1994).

Arthritis Or Rheumatism

Pranic Healing

Orange and red pranas are used in treating mild arthritis or rheumatism. For simple muscle pain or mild arthritis in the joints, apply localized sweeping and energize with light whitish-orange prana for 5 breathing cycles a nd then with l ight whitish-red prana for 5 breathing cycles. In most cases, the relief is immediate. 2) T he affected pa rts in s evere a rthritis or r heumatism are v ery i nflamed a nd depleted. Apply localized sweeping on the entire affected arm or leg. Clean and energize the painful joints with greenish-blue prana for 10 breathing cycles and after with light violet prana, also for 10 breathing cycles. The use of too much orange and red prana is not advisable for it may aggravate the condition. Thorough cleansing or sweeping is very important. 3) To strengthen and improve circulation, energize the affected part with light whitish-red prana for two breathing cycles. 4) If t he a rms or fingers are affected, apply lo calized s weeping a nd e nergizing wi th l...

Seeking Social Support

Another common way of coping with stress is to seek some form of social support. The social support sought may be informational support (e.g., an individual recently diagnosed with HIV contacting a support group to find out more about the virus), tangible support (e.g., a grieving widow asking a friend to help baby-sit her children for an afternoon), or emotional support (e.g., a recently laid-off worker accepting sympathy and understanding from a friend). In general, higher levels of social support are associated with better psychological and physical well-being. However, the quality of available social support is more important to well-being than the absolute amount of available social support. To illustrate, an individual who has a few constructively supportive friends and family members may receive better social support and experience greater health benefits than an individual who has many friends and family members but who do not provide constructive social support. In this...

Doctors Dilemma

The shifting age distribution of the population with its increasing proportion of those in the older age groups has introduced innumerable problems of the most practical and significant character. The situation is without precedent. The millions of elderly are here. There will be more. Many are well and capable of continued productive and creative effort if given opportunity to work within their capacities. Others, and there are many, are prematurely disabled by the insidious chronic and progressive disorders so frequent during the senescent period and become heavy burdens upon the family and society by reason of the long course of their disablement. Gerontology, the science of ageing, is divided into three major categories (a) the problems of the biology of senescence, (b) the clinical problems of ageing man, and (c) the socio-economic problems of ageing mankind. These three categories are intimately and inseparably related progress in one field us dependent upon progress in the...

Chen Hunyuan Tai Ji Quan

In other situations, people practising Taijiquan slow the movements down as much as they can, claiming to be able to sense the Qi, to make it flow and smooth the channels. They only consider the Yin in Taijiquan and by the end of the form they will feel sleepy. In the beginning you started Taijiquan to improve your health, but now that you have done it, your health has still not improved. You still feel tired and sleepy. Of course when people practise they say they feel better. But what they have actually done

Thirty Six Exercises Of Ba Tao Chi Kung

A great Yoga Master said the qualifications of a true Master are not physical but spiritual. A healthy body does not indicate higher use of energy, nor does a weak body indicate an enlightened mind. These exercises awaken the chi energy that will be used to strengthen the body, still the mind, and gain awareness. All of these methods are to be employed as written in the schedule, with the purpose of conserving and transforming the essence to postnatal chi energy. The term chi is used as breath and when beginning the chi circulation exercises, one only imagines the energy circulation until the inner heat current develops. One should then use his willpower to circulate the heat through the micro and macro-cosmic orbits. These orbits represent the basic foundation for a healthy body, a calm mind, and increased awareness.

Cleansing and Energizing

Inner And Outer Aura Pranic Healing

IN PRANIC HEALING, there are two basic principles cleansing and energizing the patient's bioplasmic body with prana or vital energy. It is by cleansing or removing the diseased bioplasmic matter from the affected chakra and the diseased organ, and by energizing them with sufficient prana or vital energy, that healing is accomplished. These two basic principles are the very foundation of pranic healing. (See figure 4.) Figure 4. Pranic healing is accomplished by removing the diseased energy and by energizing the affected parts with prana or vital energy. Figure 4. Pranic healing is accomplished by removing the diseased energy and by energizing the affected parts with prana or vital energy. One such case is that of a patient who suffered from chronic abdominal pain, loose bowel movements and vomiting due to emotional factors. There was pranic congestion around her abdominal area. Energizing with prana was applied without cleansing the affected part. Although she was relieved, within...

Contraindications Precautions And Interactions

Ginger is a pungent herb used primarily for GI problems such as motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, and digestion. In addition, it is recommended for the pain and inflammation of arthritis and may help lower cholesterol. The dosage of the dried form of ginger is 1 g (1000 mg) per day. Adverse reactions are rare, although heartburn has been reported by some individuals. The herb should be used cautiously in patients with hypertension or gallstones and during pregnancy or lactation. As with all herbs, a primary care provider should be consulted before any herbal remedy is taken. Ginger, like many herbs, has been used safely as a food by millions of individuals for hundreds of years.

Complementary therapies

Patients with arthritis commonly use such treatments, possibly partly as a reflection of the perceived inadequacies of orthodox medical treatments for the condition, but also because it enables them to regain a greater level of control over their treatment choices. Commonly used therapies include homeopathy, manipulation, including chiropractic and osteopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicines some patients also use less 'medical' treatments such as aromatherapy or massage. There is little evidence for any of these in inflammatory arthritis. A recent systematic review of herbal medicines in RA suggested moderate support for gamma linolenic acid (found in some herbal medicines) in terms of reducing pain, stiffness and joint tenderness. The review also identified controlled trials of other agents, including capsaicin, curcumin, feverfew, flaxseed oil, Boswellia serrata and other traditional ayurvedic medicines, reumalex and Tripterygium wilfodii. However, because these were only single...

Hazards and Opportunities

Immortality is not the panacea but only a step in the direction of endless, healthy life. Many of the problems associated with mortal life will be exaggerated by immortality rather than solved by it, but the same ingenuity and creativity currently brought to bear against these problems by mortals will

Further Along the Yoga Path Suggested Reading

The Breathing Book Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work. New York Henry Holt and Company, 1996. apana, manifestation of prana, 76 aparigraha (greediness), yama mukha shvanasana), 162 wheel (cakrasana), 166-167 chakra-releasing poses, 233 open, 234-235 prana arch, 233 corpse pose (shavasana), 220-221 body relaxation, 222-224 challenge of, 222 mental relaxation, 225-227 quest for peace, 227 Eightfold Path, 68 forward bends 117-118 modes, 117 vinyasa, 182 exercises (pranayama) chakra-releasing poses, 233 open pose, 234-235 prana arch, 233 color representations, 232 healing powers, 235 guidelines, 64-65 controlling breath (pranayama), 76-77 actions), 66 tapas (self-discipline), 65 pranayama (breathing exercises), 67-68 pratyahara (detachment of chakra, 232 Venus chakra, 232 prana, 74 cleansing), 94 kapalabhati (skull shining breathing technique), 94 neti (nasal passage cleansing), 95 sthala basti (colon cleansing), 94 trataka (eye cleansing), 95 prana and...

Step 10 Treat Gout and Uric Acid Problems

The victim goes to bed and sleeps in good health. About two o'clock in the morning, he is awakened by pain in the great toe more rarely in the heel, ankle or instep. The pain is like that of a dislocation, and yet the parts feel as if cold water were poured over them. Then follows chills and shivers and a little fever. The pain, which was at first moderate, becomes more intense. With its intensity the chills and shivers increase. After a time this comes to its full height. Now it is a violent stretching and tearing of the ligaments now it is a gnawing pain and now a pressure and tightness. So exquisite and lively meanwhile is the feeling of the part affected, that it cannot bear the weight of bedclothes nor the jar of person walking in the room. The night is passed in torture, sleeplessness, turning of the part affected, and perpetual change of posture.

Personal Health Problems You May Encounter

The healer may become too tired or depleted after treating a patient or several patients. This could happen because the healer energizes intensely and at a very fast rate. The amount of prana projected is much more than the amount of prana drawn in, or the rate of projecting prana is much faster than the rate of drawing in prana. This results in general pranic depletion. This can be avoided by being patient and by not being in a hurry. Heal your patients slowly and gradually. Some healers have very high energy levels. The inner aura is about six feet or more in thickness and very dense. They can absorb a tremendous amount of prana at a very fast rate. But these are exceptional cases, not the general rule. Some healers are born with a very high energy level while others attain this through disciplined esoteric training. A certain type of lifestyle may also result in a very high energy level in the long run. By being a vegetarian most of the time, having a moderate sex life, living a...

Signs and Houses and Disease

TAURUS governs the face, the upper neck to the larynx and the back of the neck to the shoulders, including the cerebellum. It reflects the Venus, watery or Kapha energy in the face and neck. The second house governs the same regions, particularly the vocal cords and the faculty of speech. 3. GEMINI governs the shoulders, the upper arms and upper chest, including the lungs. It reflects the Mercury, airy or Vata energy of movement and expression in the upper region of the body. The third house governs the same regions, particularly the arms. 4. CANCER governs the front part of the chest to the border of the ribs and the elbows, including the stomach and the breasts. It reflects the lunar, Kapha or watery energy in the chest, heart, lungs and stomach. The stomach, which is like the mother, is the main site of Kapha in Ayurveda. The fourth house governs the same regions, particularly the emotional aspect of the heart. 6. VIRGO governs the middle and lower abdomen, including the colon. It...

Five Basic Techniques

4) Energizing with prana (Hand Chakras Technique) to draw in prana and to project prana 5) Stabilizing the projected prana. The affected part is depleted of prana or there is insufficient prana in the affected area. The surrounding fine meridians are partially or severely blocked, preventing fresh prana from ot her parts to flow freely a nd vitalize the affected part. In p ranic d epletion, the affected chakra is depleted and filled with dirty diseased bioplasmic matter. And usually it is partially under activated. When t he ar ea is p rotruding, t his is c aused by p ranic c ongestion or bioplasmic congestion. It means that there is too much prana and bioplasmic matter on the affected area and the surrounding fine meridians are partially or severely blocked. The excess p rana and b ioplasmic m atter c annot flow ou t freely. This congested prana and bioplasmic matter becomes devitalized and diseased after a certain period of time since fresh prana cannot flow in freely, or its inflow...

The General Health Policy Model and the Quality of Well Being Scale QWB

Utility studies looking at how people value health have been conducted to place the observable states of health and functioning onto a preference continuum for the desirability of various conditions, giving a quality rating between 0 for death and 1.0 for completely well. A Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) is defined as the equivalent of a completely well year of life, or a year of life free of any symptoms, problems, or health-related disabilities. Consider, for example, a person who has a set of symptoms and is in a state of functioning that is rated by community peers as 0.5 on a 0.0 to 1.0 scale. If the person remains in that state for one year, he or she would have lost the equivalent of 1 2 of one year of life. Thus, a person limited in activities who requires a cane or walker to get around the community would be hypothetically rated at 0.50. If he or she remained in that state for an entire year, the individual would lose the equivalent of one-half year of life. However, a...

Permanent Weight Control

John McDougall, founder of the highly successful McDougall Plan for Healthy Living, offers a low-fat, plant-based diet that promotes a broad range Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, is famous for his 17-year study on reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes alone. One interesting result of the study (which uses a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, and meditation) was that the participants who followed his program also lost an average of 22 pounds in the first year, although the focus of the study was not weight loss. Equally significant, the patients who participated in the program were showing even more improvement after four years. If you wish to succeed at maintaining weight loss, exercise is critical. It is an essential component to any healthy lifestyle. A combination of workout activities will help you achieve a slimmer, firmer, healthier body. Aerobic exercise speeds up the breakdown of fat in the body, while...

Concluding Remarks and Outlook

NSAIDS are revered by many as the most successful drugs ever. They have their origin in herbal medicine. As there is an almost drastic need for new anti-inflammatory drugs, these roots should not be forgotten, and the potential of herbal drugs and Hp in particular demands attention.

The Role of Curcumin in Modern Medicine

Abstract Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is an orange-yellow component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a spice often found in curry powder. Since the time of Ayurveda numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to turmeric for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and thus has a potential against various malignant cancers, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses. These effects are mediated through the regulation of various transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines, protein kinases, and other enzymes. Thus, curcumin, by virtue of its effect on multiple cell signaling pathways, could prove to be a panacea for modern human diseases.

Effect of Specific Medicinal Herbs on Immune System and Immune Cells

Traditional herbal medicine provides several remedies for strengthening the body's resistance to illness through effects on immune system components such as dendritic cells, T cells, macrophages, etc. 18 . Inflammation is the body's protective reaction to controlling infections and promoting tissue repair. However, uncontrolled and excessive inflammation results in tissue damage and diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, cancer, etc. Recently many laboratories have focused on the identification of immunomodulatory phytocompounds from herbal medicines

Herbs Commonly Used in Children

Regarding the important aspect of efficacy of such treatments in young patients, some studies have revealed promising results, while in other cases no clinical evidence of effectiveness has been demonstrated. In one study, herbal teas containing chamomile seemed to have a favourable effect on infantile colic 81 . Two controlled trials involving a limited number of subjects have been performed on the use of cranberry for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections in children with neurogenic bladder 82, 83 both studies suggested that cranberry juice was not effective. Echinacea is commonly used to prevent and treat the common cold and respiratory tract infections, but its usefulness in children has yet to be clearly demonstrated. A randomized placebo-controlled trial involving 524 children 2 to 11 years old assessed the efficacy of this herbal product in reducing the duration and or severity of upper respiratory symptoms 84 . Echinacea was not effective and its use was...

Curcumin The Indian Solid Gold

Abstract Turmeric, derived from the plant Curcuma longa, is a gold-colored spice commonly used in the Indian subcontinent, not only for health care but also for the preservation of food and as a yellow dye for textiles. Curcumin, which gives the yellow color to turmeric, was first isolated almost two centuries ago, and its structure as diferuloylmethane was determined in 1910. Since the time of Ayurveda (1900 bc) numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to turmeric for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. Extensive research within the last half century has proven that most of these activities, once associated with turmeric, are due to cur-cumin. Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes,...

History Physical and Laboratory Evaluation

Medications can influence both bleeding and clotting. Commonly used drugs such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal antiinflamma-tory drugs (NSAIDs) affect platelet function, as do Aggrenox and Plavix. Herbal remedies and various vitamin combinations may also increase bleeding risks (Table 5.2). Furthermore, malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin C deficiency, may contribute to abnormal bleeding tendencies. Estrogen or estrogen-like medications including phytoestrogens predispose to thrombotic episodes. PC-SPES is an herbal preparation with several components used for treatment of prostate carcinoma. It contains phytoestrogens, which may induce thrombosis. However, it also contains Baikal skull cap (Scutellaria baicalensis georgi), which is a coumarin (a naturally occurring group of substances, structurally similar to warfarin). These examples illustrate the importance of querying the use of herbal medications as well as more conventional pharmacotherapies when

Alternative Health As Process

Several informants linked the idea of developing heightened awareness of oneself and one's environment with the ability to avoid stress. According to Richard, You're aware of yourself and you're moving through things in a clear, relaxed and fluid manner, and you're not spending your time, your gut isn't eating you away. Similarly, Randal told me, You need to take time for M E spelling me. You need to slow down. Stop doing for everybody else. You've got to stop burning the candle at both ends. Your body is shutting down and saying take time for me, take time to slow down. And Lucy said this What I have to do is avoid a lot of stress because stress puts even more stress upon your health. So you have to become a lot more aware of your environment, a lot more aware of your own personal reactions, and if you do then you're fine. view. In other words, their understanding of balance in the self includes balance between themselves and their personal environment (physical space, social...

Celastrus paniculatus Willd

Withanolides Mechanisms

Celastrus paniculatus Willd. (Celastraceae) seeds and seed oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate intellect and to sharpen the memory 169, 170 . Many of the studies undertaken to establish any pharmacological basis for the reputed effects of C. paniculatus have focused on the seeds and seed oil. When administered orally to rats, the seed oil decreased levels of noradrenaline, dopamine and 5-HT in the brain, which was correlated with an improvement in learning and Another C. paniculatus extract was evaluated for NMDA and y-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor binding and NGF effects, but did not produce any response 178 . Studies on the flowers from C. paniculatus have shown a methanol extract to be anti-inflammatory 179 , which may also have some relevance in the management of neurodegenerative disorders. A polyherbal formula (Abana) containing C. paniculatus as a component amongst other herbs is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and dose-dependently improved memory in both...

Choose Your Foods Wisely

Earn your food with daily exercise, for regular exercise, walking, etc. improves your health, stamina, go-power, flexibility and endurance, and helps open the cardiovascular system. Only 45 minutes a day can do miracles for your heart, arteries, mind, nerves, soul and body You become revitalized with new zest for living to accomplish your life goals Once you realize the harm caused to your body by unhealthy refined, chemicalized, deficient foods, you'll want to eliminate these killer foods. Also avoid microwaved foods Follow The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle to provide the basic, healthy nourishment to maintain your health.

Insurance Companies Get In On The

While consumer and government sites provide an abundance of information, don't forget your health insurance company. Many insurers, including Aetna, Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Prudential, and others, have excellent sites with a great deal of health information. One of the best is InteliHealth from Aetna (see Figure 5.14). Featuring data from the Harvard Medical School, InteliHealth provides news and information, health-related articles, expert advice, weight loss tools, medical and drug dictionaries, a health directory, message boards, and much more. It's free to everyone, not just Aetna subscribers, and the site takes great pains to assure visitors that it is independent and that content is created by Aetna editors and editors from the Harvard Medical School. Other health insurers are not as ambitious as Aetna, but they do offer resources with information for their customers. Kaiser Permanente, for example, offers HealthMedia, a site that provides basic information about living a...

What does the research say

Most of the studies on Ashwagandha have been performed in rats and mice. In one study, for example, administration of 2.5 mg kg of an isolated Withanolide compound, 1-oxo-5beta, resulted in reduced indices of stress from exposure to cold, hypoxia, and restraint. Another study found that the stress-related responses (glucose intolerance, increase in plasma corticosterone levels, gastric ulcerations, male sexual dysfunction, etc.) of rats exposed to random foot shocks were attenuated by 25 - 50 mg kg doses of Withania, administered 1 hour before. Ashwagandha may also have anti-depressant effects. One study demonstrated that daily doses of 20 and 50 mg kg of the withanolide fraction had similar effects to the benzodiazepine drug lorazepam on rat behavior in elevated plus-maze, social interaction and feeding latency in an unfamiliar environment tests. One of the more interesting properties of Ashwagandha may be its ability to increase levels of thyroid hormones. Mice gavaged with 1.4 g kg...

Benefit 10 Fights Stress and Improves Mood

Worries, depression, and mood swings undermine your health, relationships, and work performance and reduce your sense of being in control. Research has shown that people who make exercise a regular part of their lifestyle experience stress reduction, improvement in moods, and a greater ability to handle the worries of daily life. Studies that compare the body chemistry of joggers and those who do resistance exercise with the body chemistry of sedentary individuals show a greater percentage of mood-

Botanical Medicines

A second botanical option recently reported in the botanical literature is the Ayurvedic herbal combination Maharasnadhi Quathar (MQR). In a three-month study that involved 45 patients with RA treated with this herbal combination and a second group of RA patients treated with another traditional preparation, the patients in the MQR-treated group demonstrated significant increases in the activity of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dis-mutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase, which is important as reactive oxygen species are believed to be one of the mediators of inflammation and responsible for the pathogenesis of tissue destruction in RA.63 Another finding of the study was that lipid peroxidation was reduced by 34 in the MQR-treated group. MQR is a combination of 26 herbs, with the bulk (70 ) of its composition accounted for by alpinia galangal (Alpinia calcarata), but also including a variety of other plants, such as ginger (Zingiber officinale), tropical almond (Ter-minalia...

Tanacetum parthenium L Sch

Feverfew is one of the most commonly used botanicals in Western herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of migraine headaches. Evidence-based reviews suggest it is clinically valuable as a migraine prophylactic, but not as effective for treatment. Historical accounts suggest it is good for treatment. Feverfew is also used as a diaphoretic and for arthritis. Various varieties of Tanacetum are used. The only variety known to be effective is the parthenolide-yielding type.

The Pottenger Cat Study

In contrast, those cats that were given raw food (normal cats) were healthy in all generations. Their internal organs were fully developed, and the immune systems of all four generations of these cats were fully intact, with no signs of infections or allergies. They reproduced one homogeneous generation after another, all in good health.

Wilda and Thomass Story

Although arthritis and hypertension posed additional difficulties, she enjoyed reasonably good health. At age 85, she had outlived two husbands and currently resided with her only child, 57-year-old Thomas, in a second-floor inner-city apartment. The bottom floor housed a grocery of sorts on one side and a small bar on the other. Both offered staples for the household. Wilda could manage the stairs and get food at the grocery Thomas spent most of his day drinking at the bar.

Lesser Evening Primrose

(Oenothera biennis) The tap roots have been used as a vegetable, boiled, which makes them quite nutritious, but they were little used after the introduction of the potato (C P Johnson). The taste is not unlike parsnips (Loewenfeld), or even salsify, so it is claimed (Kearney). There are a few medicinal uses. The American Indians, or at any rate the Ojibwe, used to soak the whole plant in warm water to make a poultice that would heal bruises (H H Smith. 1945). But there are recognized herbal remedies involving the bark and leaves, which are known to be sedative and astringent, so they have been used for gastro-intestinal disorders in particular, and also for asthma and whooping cough (Grieve. 1931). More recently, the seeds have been successfully used to treat eczema (T Walker). Oil of Evening Primrose helps menopausal changes and pre-menstrual problems, and it has been recommended to help arthritis, and even to slow down changes in multiple sclerosis (M Evans).

Classification of CAM

Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, homoeopathy, naturopathic medicine Among patients with peripheral neuropathy, CAM users report using magnets and acupuncture (30 each), herbal remedies (22 ) and chiropractic (22 ) 14 . In this study, CAM use was associated with the presence of diabetic neuropathy and burning pain. Chiropractic and massage are frequently used by patients with chronic low back pain 15 . In a questionnaire study of 170 chronic pain patients attending a pain clinic in Montreal, 96 (56 ) had used a CAM modality in the past month, of which the most common were nutritional supplements (34 ), massage (11 ) and meditation (7 ) (Figure 13.1) 16 .

Clinical Evidence of Safety and Efficacy

Systematic reviews carried out under the Cochrane Collaboration are widely regarded as authoritative and highly respected evidence for treatment effects. Reviews have recently been conducted looking at several CAM modalities. A search of the Cochrane Library group for reviews on (complementary medicine and chronic pain (search date 3 Dec 2007) found 78 published reviews. Reviews for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn- s disease, venous or arterial insufficiency and complications, dysmenorrhea and for therapies described as behavioral interventions were excluded. Eleven reviews were selected, including three on low back pain, two on osteoarthritis, and two on headache (including migraine) herbal remedies were the focus of four reviews, two were on acupuncture and two were on massage. The results are summarized in Table 13.3. Low back pain Herbal medicine 2006 10 Osteoarthritis Herbal medicine 2000 5 Rheumatoid Herbal medicine 2000 11

Conclusions and Future Directions

We offer these additional recommendations for future work. First, standardization of procedures through the use of a treatment manual or its equivalent is required for designation of an EST. Investigators have failed to employ such standardization in many existing studies, making comparison of results across studies extremely problematic. The use of a manual will also allow researchers to monitor therapists and ensure treatment protocol adherence, thus preserving treatment integrity. The failure to standardize techniques and procedures for therapeutic hypnosis, reflected in the profusion of terms employed (e.g., guided imagery, hypnotherapy), appears to be a particularly serious limitation in the literature on this CAM modality. On the other hand, certain CAM therapies (e.g., herbal medicine) do not necessarily require a manual for treatment administration. However, there may be problems of varying potency of preparations with herbal medicines.

Utilization of Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Although certain therapies, such as herbal medicines, massage, megavitamin therapy, self-help groups, folk medicine, energy healing, and homeopathy increased most in the years between Eisenberg's two studies, visits to chiropractors and massage therapists accounted for nearly half of all visits to CAM providers in 1997 (5,6). Roughly 11 of respondents in the study sought out chiropractic care, and visits to chiropractors accounted for 30 of CAM total visits. Notably, less than 50 of the respondents told their medical doctor they were under the care of a CAM provider (5).

Arthritis Human Error

Later, Nancy told Pamela that she believed this herbal remedy would have a beneficial effect on her diabetes. Pamela was frustrated that her parents seem to consistently misunderstand information and translate the misunderstanding into dangerous medical behaviors.

Medicinal Uses Of Merendera Persica

Colchicine containing medicinal herbs is widely used in traditional systems of medicine including Ayurveda and Unani. In Ayurveda, Indian colchicum (Colchicum autumnale Linn. is used in anti-gout prescriptions, suranjana vati (tablet preparation) and suranjanavelha (confection preparation). Colchicine was official in the London Pharmacopoeia until 1639 and was reintroduced in 1778.

Characteristic Types Air Types

Vata-types, those in whom the biological air-humor predominates are usually tall or short, seldom average in height. They are often thin, bony, with muscles not well developed and have prominent veins. The skin is dry, cracked, rough, usually brown or dusky in complexion. The teeth are not always well formed. They may be crooked or have spaces between. The digestion is variable. The appetite may be great at sometimes, totally absent at others. Air types often do not realize they are hungry until they are starving. They must often eat every Kapha-types, those in whom the biological water-humor predominates, are usually short and stocky. Sometimes they are tall but they always possess a large frame. Their skin is thick and flesh well developed. They tend towards corpulence or obesity. They will hold excess weight and water unless they work hard to prevent it. They possess well developed chests. Their eyes are large, white and attractive, with large lashes. Their hair is abundant and...

Functional properties and toxicity

In the Indian System of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used against a wide spectrum of diseases like bronchitis, colds, congestion, diarrhoea, dysentry, oedema, flu, gas, metabolic and heart strengthening, hiccups, indigestion, liver problems, menorrhagia, melancholy, muscle tension, nausea and vomiting. It assists uterine contractions during labour and menstrual pain from low metabolic function. For external applications, it is used against headaches and pain.12 It is now becoming more widely used as a herbal remedy in Europe and the United States. The generally recommended medicinal dosage for cinnamon powder is 0.5-1 g as tea, 0.5-1 ml as fluid extract in 1 1 in 70 alcohol and 0.05-0.2 ml bark oil.14

Protein Pharmaceuticals

Proteins are natural molecules that carry out important cellular functions within our bodies. Their precise role is crucial to the maintenance of good health. Malfunctioning proteins or those not produced optimally result in disease. The foundation of biopharmaceutical drug therapy has therefore been to modulate cellular function by targeting specific proteins expressed on or outside the cell. Because most biopharmaceuticals are natural in origin, they are biologically and chemically very different from conventional medicines. In addition to differences in mechanism of action, biopharmaceuticals differ in the process by which they get manufactured and delivered. Because of their large, complex structure, they must often be produced by culturing cells and then purified from a host of cellular components. This can be time-consuming and cosdy. Also, most biopharmaceuticals are given by injection under the skin or by infusion into the veins. This creates significant limitations to their...

Chronic fatigue syndrome and diagnosed psychiatric disorder

ME represents a syndrome of various organic causes it is no more psychological than any other chronic disease. Although it has mercifully not happened to me, I know many patients who have had to argue their way out of an all too vague psychological diagnosis before less understood physical entities, especially tentative 'ME', can even be considered. This burden of proof is very stressful. We are already struggling just to think straight, to understand what is happening to us and to cope Emotional and cognitive problems result directly from the disease, but also from the disintegration of a healthy life. There is a traumatic assault on self-hood as we lose things by which we defined ourselves relationships, careers, study, leisure.

Arthritis Pain Returns After Ending Prednisone Treatment

Typically an older individual in good health develops a low-grade fever and loses some weight. Transient aches and pains may be present for weeks or months. The pain and stiffness settles in a shoulder and then moves to both the hip and the shoulder region within a few weeks. Less commonly a patient wakes up one morning unable to get out of bed because of the pain and stiffness. Lethargy and depression are common. Severe stiffness on rising in the morning is characteristic, and it several hours may pass before the patient is able to move about reasonably normally. This characteristic stiffness often returns when the individual sits down to rest during the day. pain and waking at night are common. Although movement makes the pain worse, the pain usually described as being in the muscles rather than the joints. Muscle strength is normal, although pain may make it difficult for the patient to be sure of this.

Iridoid and secoiridoid glycosides

Picrorhiza (Picrorhiza kurroa) Picrorhiza kurroa is a small perennial herb that grows in hilly parts of India, particularly in the Himalayas between 3000 and 5000 m. The bitter rhizomes of this plant have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditional medicine to treat indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation, liver dysfunction, bronchial problems and fever. It is, in combination with various metals, useful in the treatment of acute viral hepatitis. The active constituents of picrorhiza are a group of iridoid glycosides known as picrosides I-IV and kutkoside.

The Rise of Mental Healing Practices

A popular philosophy known as the mind-cure or New Thought movement grew out of the mesmerists' healing practices. Mind-cure writers in the United States published books and pamphlets describing how thought controls the extent to which we are able to become inwardly receptive to spiritual energies. From Phineas P. Quimby and Warren Felt Evans in the late 1800s to Norman Vincent Peale, Norman Cousins, and Bernie Siegel in the late 1900s, Americans have displayed a remarkable enthusiasm for this power of positive thinking literature. The mind-cure movement gave rise to a novel form of religious piety based on the belief that the deeper powers of our mind control our access to a metaphysical power that can instantly help us to achieve peace of mind, improved health, and a never-ceasing flow of energy. The holistic health movement of the 1960s and 1970s relied heavily upon this cluster of metaphysical ideas. Both Christian Science and the holistic health...

Muscarinic Receptor Stimulation

A mixture of plants is commonly prescribed in some practices of traditional medicine including Ayurveda and TCM. The plant constituents may not only act synergistically with other constituents from the same plant, but they may also enhance the activity of compounds from other plants in a particular remedy or herbal formula. For example, the interaction of a compound at a target receptor may affect the activity of another compound at that receptor, possibly due to allosteric effects, which can occur at some types of receptor 114 . An ethnopharmacological approach can assist with the search for plants and, eventually, potential new drugs that could be relevant for the treatment of cognitive disorders, including AD. 15.4 Plants Used in Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine Ayurvedic medicine is the oldest medical system in the world with written records in Sanskrit dating back at least 5000 years. It originates from the Indian subcontinent and has also influenced the traditional medical system...

The Status and Use of HpContaining Products

In Germany and some other European countries, Hp-containing products are fully-licensed drugs on the basis of their well-established use. Such products have, in general, been authorised for the supportive treatment of painful degenerative joint and muscle conditions. The UK drug authorities issued in January 2007 a traditional-use registration for a proprietary drug containing, as sole active ingredient, an aqueous extract of Hp. This over-the-counter product was issued the therapeutic indication of A traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints, based on evidence of traditional use only. The licensing and registration of Hp products requires that the extracts of the herb be standardised. This a basic principle in herbal medicine and aims to ensure the quality of herbal products, and to ensure that a single medicinal plant exists in the market in the form of one or more extracts...

The Publichealth Relevance Of Mental Disorders

In 1948 Britain, as already mentioned, replaced its mostly private health insurance system, which left a large proportion of the mostly poorer section of the population unprotected against the financial risk, by the National Health Service. Previously, New Zealand had introduced a similar system in 1938. The 1944 British government's White Paper stated the policy as follows Everybody irrespective of means, age, sex or occupation shall have equal opportunity to benefit from the best and most up to date medical and allied services available . . . those services should be comprehensive and free of charge and should promote good health as well as treating sickness and disease'' 1 . Many other countries, such as the Scandinavian, followed suit.

Epidemiology and Medical Anthropology in Collaboration

Other South Africans associated with the IFCH went to Uganda and Kenya, where they founded health programs emphasizing preventive medicine much as was practiced at the IFCH. Still others came to the United States to apply their IFCH experiences to work in community health centers and major universities. For example, Mervyn Susser and Zena Stein, health center physicians deeply influenced by their work in the IFCH in the late 1950s (Oppenheimer and Rosner 2002, Susser 1993), came to the United States via Britain and became central figures in the development of epidemiology and public health in the United States (Davey Smith and Susser 2002). Susser was editor of the American

Anticancer and Immunomodulatory Properties of Tinospora

Abstract There has been an upsurge in the discovery of bioactive phytochemicals having a chemopreventive ability against various diseases including immunological disorders and cancer. Based on their uses in Ayurveda or herbal medicine, many plants have been the subject of experimental evaluation to provide a scientific rationale for their medicinal values. In this regard, Tinospora has a long history of use against various ailments including spasms, inflammation, arthritis, allergy, diabetes, cardiotoxicity, and immunosuppression. However, scientific evidences for its biological activities are limited. Recently, many studies have been carried out to support the acclaimed as well as to discover the novel potential of Tinospora which have also revealed its anticancer and radioprotective activities. Overall, the anticancer and immunomodulatory activities of Tinospora and its bioactive components could be further explored in relevant experimental model systems for its potential clinical...

Endocoids and their Importance in Psychopharmacology

Many of the related compounds are obtained, has a long history in medicine. Thus over the centuries the cannabinoids have been used for the treatment of pain, asthma, dysentery, as sedatives, for the suppression of nausea and vomiting and as anticonvulsants. Although the clinical uses of the cannabinoids declined in the 20th century there has been a renewed interest in these natural compounds in recent years for the control of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and in the treatment of chronic pain. Such renewed interest coincided with greater attention being paid by the medical profession and society at large to herbal remedies.

The Gravity of the Situation

Healthy Lifestyle Regimen for Reducing healthy lifestyle, establishing a regular regimen of diet A thorough explanation of how to lose weight and maintain it at a normal level is given in three Bragg Books, The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, The Miracle of Fasting, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Many top Hollywood Stars and champion athletes, as well as millions of health students around the world, have successfully followed the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle teachings. If you are ten pounds or more overweight, or developing a tendency in this direction, these Bragg Books will be valuable additions to your health library. Another wise piece of advice from Dr. Lewin, which my dad also preached and practiced throughout his long, healthy lifetime, is A good reducing diet, one recommended by a health professional, gives the reducer all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary to maintain his body's health. If there is a chance that you are not getting enough essential food elements, it's...

Antiinflammatory Activity

Ocimum sancium L., popularly known as Tulsi in Hindi and Holy Basil in English, is a widely known sacred plant of Hindus. Different parts of the plant have been claimed to be valuable in a wide spectrum of diseases (Singh ei al., 1996a). For instance, it is used for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, pain and fever in the Ayurvedic system of medicine (Godhwani ei al., 1987). Ocimum sancium is now intensively studied in order to prove these activities by pharmacological evidence.

Functional Nutrition Eat Your Omegas and s

No doubt about it seafood can be good for your health. Overall, it has less total fat and less saturated fat than meat and poultry. For this reason, eating fish regularly may help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Moreover, seafood supplies several vitamins and minerals. Recently there's been interest in the functional food benefits provided by the omega-3 fatty acid content of fish.

Play Ten Questions continued

Fact Everyone does not need a vitamin supplement Most healthy people can get enough nutrients with a varied, balanced eating plan from MyPyramid. Quacks rarely say who does not need a supplement. See MyPyramid Your Healthful Eating Guidein chapter 10. By discrediting traditional approaches, quacks are attempting to funnel your healthcare dollars toward their own financial gain. 10. Fact Quacks are typically salespeople. Rather than offering accurate advice, their bottom line is to sell you something. Be wary when someone tries to diagnose your health status, then offers to sell you a remedy, such as a routine dietary supplement. Be wary of the methods used to assess your health or need for supplements. Many invalid tests may be hard to distinguish from legitimate clinical assessments. Those often used by quacks include hair analysis, iridology, and herbal crystallization analysis, among others. Computerized questionnaires can't supply enough information either to determine your need...

The Cult Of Asclepius God Of Medicine

Among the ruins of the temple at Epidaurus is a shrine dedicated to Hygeia, who may have been the original Greek goddess of health. Like the Chinese sages who would not treat the sick, Hygeia taught people to achieve health and longevity by proper behavior. Her independent cult was eventually subsumed by that of Asclepius and her status was reduced from independent practitioner to physician's assistant. Asclepius also enjoyed the help of holy dogs and sacred snakes. In contrast to the Mesopotamian hero Gilgamesh, who lost the herb of healing to a snake, Asclepius received the precious herb from a sacred serpent. Thus, Asclepius was often portrayed with a snake coiled about his staff. The caduceus, the sign of the modern physician, which contains two snakes intertwined on a winged staff, seems to suggest increased snake-power, but it is actually closer to the magic wand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods and the patron of thieves and merchants.

Whats the likelihood that I will die from osteoporosis

Weight-bearing and activity, you can develop joint pain and osteoarthritis. While you might think that exercising would cause more discomfort, injure the joint, and increase joint degeneration, it does not. It is more damaging to your health to carry around extra weight and to develop weak muscles and bones. In a recent small study, regular moderate exercise (aerobic and weight-bearing activities for one hour three times per week) was associated with improved physical activity and knee joint function as well as improved strength of knee cartilage.

Personal Health Problems You May Have

The healer may become too tired or depleted after treating a patient or several patients. This c ould ha ppen because the h ealer e nergizes in tensely and at a v ery f ast ra te. The amount of prana projected is much more than the amount of prana drawn in. This results in general pranic depletion. This can be avoided by being patient and by not being in a hurry. Heal your patients slowly and gradually. The healer is closely surrounded by patients and they tend to draw in prana from the healer

The Three Humors Their Location And Function

Ayurveda classifies individuals and body types according to the three biological humors. These correspond to the predominant element in the individual. The biological air-humor is called Vata, which means literally what blows, the wind. The air-humor governs all movement in the body from the brain as it The biological fire-humor is called Pitta, which means what cooks. The fire-humor governs all transformations in the body from its primary location in the small intestine as the digestive fire. It is responsible for heat and light, including all chemical reactions and also governs perception, judgement and discrimination. The biological water-humor is called Kapha, what sticks. The water-humor governs all form and substance in the body from its primary location in the stomach and lungs. It is responsible for weight, cohesion and stability in the body and provides for the proper lubrication and easy discharge of secretions. Each humor also possesses a site of accumulation, where its...

What You Need to Know about Yoga Therapy

The therapeutic use of Yoga dates back over thousands of years as a component of ayurveda. Ayurveda (ayusmeaning life and veda meaning related to knowledge or science) is an Indian system of medicine with ancient roots that is becoming well known in the West as well. It has a strong focus on disease prevention and takes a whole-person approach. Yoga therapy came into its own in India in the early part of the 20th century. Sri T. Krishnamacacharya, teacher to T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar, and Pattabhi Jois, used his own blend of Yoga and ayurveda. The Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospitalin Lonovola (www.kdham. com) and the Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai (www.theyogainstitute. org), both started almost a century ago and still operate today. Yoga therapy has continued to develop in the United States, sometimes combined with ayurveda but increasingly utilized as a complement to Western-style integrative medicine. Early pioneers in the field include Dean Ornish, MD Nischala Devi Judith...

Aging and Longevity

The average human life span in the industrialized countries has increased from 40-45 years to nearly 75 years over the past cen-tury.1 This is due to improved living standards, including better nutrition, medical care, and sanitation. The maximum human life span is thought to be 120 years. Although our genetic potential should allow most people to live to 100 and beyond, few survive to 100 and not many make it to 90. Moreover, living longer does not necessarily mean living better. Degenerative disease - arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, cataracts - plague the elderly. There is little sense in striving to extend maximum life span until ways can be found to live out our present-day life span in reasonably good health, with physical and mental vitality. A goal of preventive nutrition is to find ways to compress illness and the degenerative process of aging into a short period preceding death. Rather than dreaming about living to 200, the aim should be to live past 100 and do so in...

Robert Mandell

Finally, when he was around seventy years old, he had to begin injecting insulin. Today, he takes both insulin and oral medication twice daily. The insulin caused him to gain some weight, and he still exercises occasionally by walking and riding a stationary bike, but not as much as I should, he admits. While he eats pasta occasionally, he eats lots of salads because I know what I have to do.31 Mandell had heart surgery a few years ago and has arthritis in his hands. Outside of that, I'm in reasonably good health for my age,32 he says. His biggest challenge is having to take about twelve pills every morning and night, some for diabetes and some for other conditions.

Change Your Diet

During my military service in the Navy1, the pain in my knees spread to other joints my wrists, ankles, shoulders, and hips. From time to time, I had difficulty in walking and I found it harder and harder to run or even walk up stairs. At night, the pain was sometimes so intolerable that I could not stand the weight of the sheets and blankets on my legs. I had, of course, consulted several Parisian doctors during those years, but none had been able to explain or relieve the rheumatism. Examinations, X-rays, anti-inflammatory treatment, more exercise, less exercise, I had tried everything they suggested, but nothing seemed to work. None of these doctors had advised me to change my diet, or had even questioned me about what I ate. The pound of chocolate I ate every day between my heavy and far from raw ecological meals obviously (seen from today) had something to do with my joint pains and a very simple question (What do you eat ) would have soon pinpointed my excessive greed. Although...

Omega Fish Oils

Although you will read more about rheumatoid arthritis and os-teoarthritis in later chapters, these two conditions serve as excellent examples of how fish oils can benefit your health. Numerous studies have documented that diets high in either fish or fish oils improve the balance of fatty acids in tissues, raising levels of anti-inflammatory and lowering amounts of pro-inflammatory substances.

My Way to Qigong

Ping, massage, herbal medicine, acupuncture, injection, and painkillers. But nothing worked. I just lived with the pain and could hardly get around. I was born and grew-up in this culture, and I studied and practiced Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as herbal medicine and acupuncture. The Qigong technique I practiced was very helpful to me during very tumultuous and difficult times in my life. I had even used my skills with acupuncture, herbal medicine and simple Qigong to help others.

Precautions

Remember also not to fixate on perfect form. Often in my classes and demonstrations, a person will comment, I could never be that graceful, or Oh, he makes it look so easy, but I'm a complete klutz. Wrong. The goal is not to look like Fred and Ginger, but to get healthy. Some people have a native elegance to their movements, an elegance that seems to have run out by the time you got to the supply window. Don't worry Work on the movements without thinking how it looks. Many students will comment, I don't want anyone watching me I feel so silly. Rubbish. No one is looking at you they're all trying to figure out how to do their own movements

Major Chakras

Images Back Solar Plexus Chakra

2) The forehead chakra is located at the center of the forehead. It controls and energizes the pineal gland and the nervous system. Malfunctioning of the forehead chakra may manifest as loss of memory, p aralysis and e pilepsy. Energizing this chakra has a similar flannelling effect like the crown chakra, causing the whole body to be flooded with prana. chakra. E nergizing this c hakra c auses the w hole bo dy to be en ergized. The me chanism is different from the crown and forehead chakra. Instead of the usual flinneling effect, energizing the ajna chakra causes the other chakras to light up in a certain rapid sequence thereby energizing the whole body. That is why in charismatic healing or invocative healing, the healers to uch the crown, forehead, o r aj na chakra of the patient with their fi ngers or palms. The sudden intense rushing in of prana in the head area causes some patients to lose consciousness. The mai n p roblem is t hat t he v ital e nergy or p rana t ends to localize...

Shou Gong

Zhanzhuang Pile Standing

OVER THE LAST FEW years, I have heard from many people to say how practising Healthy Living Gong has helped them recover from some illness or generally improve their health and well being. Others have said that they are much more relaxed and can concentrate better at work and sleep better at night. Below are a few of the letters that I have received from students and which I hope will encourage you in your own practising. I began to study Qigong six years ago but it was only two years ago that I finally decided to wholly commit myself to practising Qigong. I can only now appreciate, as I reflect on how Healthy Living Gong (HLG) has impacted on my life, how critical it was in helping me to balance and relax. It feels so good to do Old Tree with Winding Roots. Several years ago my neurologist reviewed the results of an MRI brain scan with me, and it revealed that one very large lesion had virtually disappeared. He did not have a medical explanation, but just commented that such changes...

Eleven Major Chakras

Pranic Healing Chakras

The crown chakra is located on the crown of the head. It controls and energizes the pineal gland, the brain and the entire body. It is one of the major entry points of prana. Energizing the crown chakra has the effect of energizing the whole body. It is similar to pouring water in a funnel, causing the whole body to be flooded with prana. That is why some healers heal by energizing the crown chakra even though the affected part is somewhere else. Malfunctioning of the crown chakra may manifest as a disease related to the pineal gland and brain. These may also manifest as either physical or psychological illnesses. of the forehead chakra may manifest as loss of memory, paralysis and epilepsy. Energizing this chakra has a similar flinneling effect like the crown chakra, causing the whole body to be flooded with prana. the patient with their fingers or palms. The sudden intense rushing in of prana in the head area causes some patients to lose consciousness. Major entry point for air...

Traditional Uses

The ancient Egyptians were acquainted with wormwood and used it as a medicinal plant, as well as in their religious ceremonies (Rodway, 1979). It is a very old herbal remedy, and is frequently grown in herb gardens. The dried leaves, flowering tops and essential oil of wormwood have traditionally been used as an anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, sedative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic (Simon et al., 1984). It was once used for many disorders, but nowadays is usually used on its own, or in tea mixtures, for various digestive disorders. The very bitter essential

Janet L Cummings

Herbal remedies have become such a major factor in American health care in recent decades that the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) has had a companion volume (PDR for Herbal Medicines) updated annually since 1998. In 1997, about 12 of Americans used herbal products, compared to about 3 in 1990. Most consumers who use herbal products do so for the management of chronic conditions, such as psychiatric disorders (particularly anxiety and depression). herbal supplements are exempt from FDA control, many products sold do not contain the amount of active ingredient indicated on the label. Occasionally the products contain more of the active ingredient than indicated, while often the products contain substantially less of the active ingredient than the label indicates. For this reason, research done using standardized dosages of herbal remedies may not be a valid indication of the efficacy of the unstandardized herbs available to the American public. Side effects of St. John's wort are...

Saturn Types

Saturn types are usually the least attractive of the planetary types. They possess typical Vata frames, being overly tall or short, thin and bony. They may have large noses or large teeth. Their hands and feet tend to be large. Their skin is often dry, rough or cracked and tinged brown or black. Their hair is often brittle and their nails may be cracked. However, when Saturn's influence is modified by Venus, they can possess a certain beauty or mystery, though they generally remain on the lean and dry side.

Question

Swimming Dragon Qigong

Anyway, whether you receive western or eastern care Chinese herbal medicine is needed after labour to tonify the Qi and blood in order to strengthen the body and promote blood circulation. Also it will remove blood stasis and stop the bleeding quickly as well as brightening the complexion. Qigong. In Qigong, we are trying to achieve health rather than power and we do this by releasing negative Qi and gathering positive

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A Practising Qigong with nature is good, because the nature gives us natural Qi, which is very good for the body. The second way is to practise with healthy people. Of course in class there will be more healthy people around a nd a ll o f yo u ar e working for good health. This way all the people bring up good Qi. Also because you have the same thinking you will bring up even more good Qi. This way everyone in the class will benefit more. If we practise and there are people around who do not practise Qigong and have all kinds of emotions, then this will also effect our Qi. Thus the improvement will be slower or even disturbed. This is the reason a lot of Qigong Masters will go to a very quiet place, in the country side or up on a mountain to practise by themselves. Today, we cannot just go to a place to practise Qigong all the time, so classes are the best second choice. Teaching in Duncan, Canada is always a treat as it has all that one could want for good health mountains, clear...

Cold Shoulder

After a period of five years, I am again doing Wing Chun. Severe arthritis pain and inflammation stopped me almost completely, but I got sick of being sick and no results from Western medicine. So started practising Taiji for a year and a half, untill I could get enough movement to go to a class. I am also taking a herbal remedy. However, I was wondering if there is any Qigong exercise which would help a frozen right shoulder and help improve my Siu Lim Tao, especially the Bong Sau and generally improve my Wing Chun. I am nearly 53 years old and took Wing Chun after being told I could no longer do martial arts due to injuries from a motorcycle accident and back injury. Wing Chun was the perfect answer. Many thanks for your reply. Your sincerely, LG, New Zealand

Sophora falvescens

Sophora falvescens (Ku shen) contains a variety of matrine alkaloids, such as aloperine, cytosine, lehmannine, matrine, oxymartine, oxysophocarpine, sophocar-pine, sophoramine, and sophoridine, the flavonoid kushenol, and the saponin sophoraflavoside. Ku shen is a Chinese herbal remedy made from the root of S. falves-cens. And Qing luo yin, a Chinese herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, is a combination of extracts of Dioscorea hypoglauca, Phellodendron amurense, Sinomenium acutum, and S. flavescens.

Boswellia

The resin from the boswellia tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammatory and rheumatic conditions for centuries. With a combination of anti-inflammatory, analgesic and immune system-modifying effects, it is particularly relevant for rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune form of arthritis that is both debilitating and difficult to treat. they persist for some time after the herb is stopped. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition that is not well suited to self-treatment - ask your healthcare professional to assess whether boswellia is an appropriate treatment for you, and only take it according to the prescribed dosage.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is common among young people, especially below the age of 40, but the number of older patients is increasing. The circumstances of onset are not known patients usually appear to be in good health. Occasionally, symptoms appear after visits to foreign countries, implicating an enteric infection. Initial thoughts emphasized a microbial infection, and this possibility continues today. Many organisms have been implicated and discarded. Immunologic mechanisms have been implicated and may involve defective immunoregulation.

Ethnopharmacology

The earliest record of the medicinal use of the shrub A. annua (Qing Hao) dates back to 168 b.c. in the Fifty-two prescriptions discovered in one of the Han Dynasty tombs in Mawangdui this advocated the use of A. annua for the treatment of hemorrhoids. It is likely that the plant had been used for some time before this, as it appears in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the foundation text of Chinese herbal medicine. It is considered that this was first written in about 200 a.d., but represents the cumulative knowledge of herbal medicine transmitted orally over many centuries (Shou-zhong, 1997). This text claims that among other properties, Qing Hao relieves lodged heat in the joints, which could be interpreted as treating rheumatoid arthritis, or possibly a number of febrile conditions. Li Shizhen (1596) described the use of Qing Hao for malarial fevers in his Bencao Gangmu.

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