Jul 1, 2014


Asaram admitted to hospital after he complained of insomnia, bodyache ON20-03-2014

The controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is facing charges of sexual assault, was admitted to Ayurveda hospital here following complain of insomnia and body ache, on Thursday.

"He has been suffering from 'Anant Vaat' and was finding it difficult to move his body. We have started his treatment through 'Panch Karma' and will keep him in hospital until he recovers," the doctor said.

Asaram had complained to the jail authorities that he had been suffering from insomnia and bodyache for quite some time, following which, the jail administration took him to the hospital at Rajasthan Ayurveda University on Thursday.
Asaram admitted to hospital after he complained of insomnia, bodyache

Asaram admitted to hospital after he complained of insomnia, bodyache

Being admitted at the hospital, Asaram did not appear in the court, where the trial of his sexual assault case had begun on Wednesday and the prosecution witnesses had started deposing before the court.

Now, unani, ayurveda practitioners can prescribe allopathy medicines, perform surgeries

The proposal was put forward by the medical education department, even as the law and judiciary department questioned its validity.

Over a month after its controversial decision to allow homeopathic doctors to prescribe allopathy drugs, the state Cabinet has decided to allow unani and ayurveda practitioners to legally prescribe allopathic drugs and perform minor surgeries. There are more than 70,000 graduate and post-graduate ayurveda and unani practitioners in the state.
The proposal was put forward by the medical education department, even as the law and judiciary department questioned its validity. The medical education department argued that ayurveda and unani doctors were already prescribing allopathy drugs and the proposed move will allow them to do so legally. Additionally, the cabinet also decided to allow post-graduate ayurveda and unani doctors to perform minor surgeries such as cataract, hydrocele, appendix, vasectomy, hysterectomy etc. legally.

A senior official said that following two government notifications in 1992 and 1999, ayurveda and unani practitioners were already prescribing allopathic drugs, albeit with difficulties. “They were facing difficulties in prescribing allopathic drugs as the notifications were not incorporated in the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act, 1961. The Act will now be amended to this effect,” said the official.

The department has argued that the move will improve the reach of medical service in rural areas, where 1,983 of the 8,847 posts of doctors under the public health department are vacant at present.

While 25 per cent of posts of medical officers in the public health department are reserved for ayurveda doctors, unani doctors have been making a demand for 10 per cent reservation.
“Both Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery courses have subjects that cover modern practice of medicine and surgery. Moreover, M.S/M.D (ayurveda) and MS/MD (Unani) will be allowed to perform those surgeries that they have studied,” the official said.

Medical associations have criticised the move. Dr Jayesh Lele, secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra chapter, said, “We will challenge the state government’s decision in court. This is a mere election stunt. The government needs to keep the medical field in mind. This will hamper practice of medicine.”

Dr Kishor Taori, president of Maharashtra Medical council (MMC), said, “As per the Medical Council of India norms, a doctor practising a particular branch of medicine cannot practise any other branch. We will not register doctors who wish to prescribe both allopathic and ayurvedic/unani medicines.”

Shirodhara — an Ayurvedic technique to help beat stress                                                                                        

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing technique that literally translates into Shiras refering to ‘the head’ and dhara meaning ‘unbroken flow’ in sanskrit. 

This ayurvedic therapy involves a stream of oil dropping over your head steadily to bring about an immense feeling of relaxation, calmness and stillness of the mind. Used for the the treatment of conditions such as headaches, nervous disorders, stress, migraines, insomnia and hypertension, shirodhara is based on the principle of invigorating the mind and bringing oneness in the body.

How is it done?

During the shirodhara you will be made to lie down on a wooden table called a Panchakarma table. As you lie down, a copper bowl containing medicated oil will be hung above your forehead. Before the stream of oil is started the practitioner will place a cloth over your eyebrows to prevent the flow of oil from entering the eyes and cotton balls dipped in cold rose water will be placed on your eyes to help you relax. The stream of oil is then started and is allowed to fall on the area of the forehead that corresponds to the particular type of treatment. This treatment is based on an analysis of your doshas and recognising which one is out of sync. The treatment usually lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes and you will be allowed to rest after the process.

Depending on the type of condition you are suffering from, the practitioner may choose to use medicated oil (usually sesame oil), milk or butter milk. Regardless of the presence of an illness, a practitioner may suggest undergoing this therapy once every few months for overall relaxation and relief from deep-seated stress. Read more about Ayurvedic diet plan to keep you fit and healthy

How does it work?

When a constant stream of warm oil is poured over your forehead, it massages your head leading to more blood circulation to the brain and nervous system. The therapy works on the myomaya kosha or the mental sheath and invigorates the mind thereby calming it, the nerves and relieving other neurological conditions.

Benefits of shirodhara

Shirodhara is considered one of the most effective treatments to reduce stress and tension. It also helps to enhance blood circulation to the brain and thereby improve memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, helps beat insomnia and calms the mind and body.

Apart from that, shirodhara treatment is also known to help with:

    nervous system related conditions such as facial palsy, paralysis, ptosis,
    premature greying of hair,
    burning of the eyes,
    poor digestion and metabolism

Who should not undergo the treatment?

Most people can undergo this treatment but there are some cases where it is contraindicated. If you are pregnant, have had a recent neck injury, suffer from a cold, have a rash or an abrasion on your forehead, suffer from severe vata imbalance, anxiety, a brain tumor or are an alcoholic then shirodhara treatment is contraindicated.

Dos and don’ts before the treatment:

    Do not go for the treatment on a full stomach. It is suggested that you wait for a few hours after you have eaten, before you go for the treatment.  

    Carry loose fitting and easily removable clothes. This is because most centers will ask you to change into the clothes they give you.

    Do not go for the treatment when you have other things to do after the process. Since you will be asked to rest for a few hours after the treatment, a packed day will most likely undo all the benefits of the treatment.

    Carry a scarf that you don’t mind getting soiled. You will need to tie this scarf around your head as your hair will be extremely oil after a course of shirodhara treatment.

5 desi tips to get gorgeous naturally

When it comes to health, having some kind of exercise routine as a part of your life  is essential. But what people forget is that what you eat is just as important. But have you ever wondered how your kitchen can provide you with more than just nutrition. As a yoga exponent, I often understand that while practicing yoga might be important, my kitchen offers me a number of opportunities to improve my health quotient. Here are five things that you can use from your kitchen to help you become healthier:

Tip#1: Make your own ghee:  This way you know there are no additives, fragrance, artificial colouring or additives in it.  Since it’s home-made, you can rely on the fact that your ghee is free of preservatives and has been made hygienically.

Tip#2: Once you make the ghee, use it to make your own kajal:  Homemade kajal is recommended in Ayurveda.  Most people I know use kajal more than any other cosmetic. The advantage of making it yourself, is that you know it won’t harm your eyes (in fact, according to Ayurveda, will keep your eyes clean, make your eyesight better and make your eye lashes longer) or cause any allergies. Again, you’ll know that there are absolutely no preservatives in the product and that it’s been made hygienically. I started making my own kajal two years ago.  At first I felt it was a cumbersome process, but I soon realized it’s actually very simple. 

Here is how you can make it:
    Soak a medium size piece of cotton in mustard oil overnight. You can also use ghee, camphor or almond oil.

    The next morning make a wick using this cotton ball.  You can choose to put ajwain and neem inside the wick.

    Take a diya (I used an earthenware diya. You can use a silver or copper vessel if you don’t have one handy)

    Cover the flame with a bowl and let the soot on the inside of the bowl.

    Once the wick has burned out, collect the soot in a small box.

    You can apply this powder on the inner surface of your eyes either with your finger or use a small brush to apply it. The best part about this kajal is that it is smudge proof and great for the eyes.

Tip#3: Use besan and haldi once a week to cleanse your skin: If you use it consistently for a few months you’ll start noticing your skin becoming clearer and healthier.  Just remember to go easy on the haldi.  The idea is to cleanse and not to colour. I generally use this mixture over a weekend, when I’m sure I’ll have the time for a leisurely bath.  Put some besan in a cup and add just a pinch of turmeric.  You can choose either rose water or milk to make a paste of this. Mix it well, and apply this on your face. Allow it to stay till it dries out and then wash it off, gently scrubbing as you go.

Tip#4: Massage your face with fresh malai:  Packed with immense potential to moisturise even the most dried out parts of skin, malai  has been known for ages as the best all-natural moisturiser. All you need to do is apply it on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off.  Nothing beats the glow you get after you have used it. While you’re at it, you may want to use the malai on your elbows and heels as well!  Better than any moisturiser in the market and 100% natural!

Tip#5: Look no further than your kitchen for hair products:  Use locally sourced edible oil (like mustard or coconut oil) on your hair.  Cosmetics aisles are filled with great smelling oils in pretty bottles.  These oils promise many benefits as well.  However, look at the ingredients list on these bottles and give a thought to the purity of the product.  When it comes to your body (internal and external) go for the wholesome and pure option.  Is the oil in that pretty bottle good enough to eat?  Probably not.Then it’s not good enough for your luscious tresses.

About the author: After living and studying all over the world, Pragya put her engineering degree to good use by working with some of the best software firms.  7 years later she decided she’d had enough and traded in her coffee for green tea.  Since then she’s constantly on the move teaching and learning yoga.  Her approach is light, fun, fresh and easy.  She spreads the message of making the practice of yoga your own through  explanatory YouTube svideos.  She also contributes to many wellness publications and is currently working on a book about the practice of Yoga

Tamil Nadu: Ayurveda safe, say Vaidyas

Coimbatore: The community of Ayurvedic practitioners here have reacted strongly to a report published by US health researchers a few days ago claiming documented evidence of lead poisoning risks among pregnant women who took Ayurvedic medicine. While they admitted that the Ayurvedic medicines did contain lead compounds - widely criticised by the US health researchers - the Vaidyas said that these compounds were present in miniscule quantities and served medicinal values rather than causing detriments.

“An integral part of Ayurveda is the ‘Rasa Shastra’ or the practice of intentionally adding metals, minerals or gems to the medicine,” said Dr K Murali, senior physician and superintendent of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala. “However, it is not added in the raw form but is clinically and scientifically processed. In particular conditions, it is absolutely necessary to add lead compounds that are used as medicines in prescribed and miniscule doses.”

The promoters of Ayurveda also alleged that it was the half-baked knowledge of Ayurshastra, or the science of Ayurveda, that led to the misconception in the West. Said Dr Manoj Nesari, Joint Adviser (Ayurveda), Department of AYUSH, Government of India, “It is no secret that Ayurvedic medicine is about 20 per cent of mineral and gemstone origin.”
Tamil Nadu: Ayurveda safe, say Vaidyas
They however admitted that Ayurvedic medicines did contain lead compounds as criticised by a US health research.

“The eight formulations that have been alleged as potentially hazardous by the American Medical Association were studied and found safe by us. Ayurvedic medicines are based on a combination of hundreds of diverse molecules. Even turmeric has hundreds of basic formulations that work in hundred different ways. Going by the scope of modern chemistry, even turmeric would be toxic,” he added


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