Articles on alternative medicine

Is Ayurveda Alternative Medicine?

Dr. Kaustubh Kane, Ayurveda
Ayurveda is part of alternative medicine.As today, there are many people who are vary of harmful side effects of modern medicines (Allopathy), there has been a growing so-called ‘trend’ of ancient holistic medicines such as Ayurveda in western countries. We Indians have a bad habit of accepting things which arise or develop in western countries. For e.g we didn’t accepted ‘Kalripayat’ (form of ancient fighting skillset), until it was converted into ‘Karate’ by Japanese monk and made famous by Hollywood in early 80’s. Same ‘trend’ is being carried with Ayurveda, people doesn’t realize strength of our own system until any outsider tells its worth. Another such example is ‘ghee’. For many years allopathy doctors have been advising to avoid ‘ghee’ for cholesterol problems on basis of their previous study, but recent studies have shown that ‘cow ghee’ contains high density lipids which are necessary for human body and also important factor for reducing harmful cholesterol, which Ayurveda had been advising for so long. Comparatively modern science is very young and developing and is incomplete science. It only believes seen knowledge which in Ayurveda is stated as “Pratyaksha praman”. Modern medical science needs to develop because it is incomplete. Whereas Ayurveda is a complete science, I am not stating that research should not be done or can’t be done in Ayurveda, but like numbers in mathematics (0-9), it is all. All other numbers are permutation and combinations of these. Even basic maths like plus, minus, multiply, divide are researched and proved themselves over period of time, no matter how much research is done now it is not going to change. Same is the case with Ayurveda no matter what you research, it is a science which has been researched and proven (e.g. no one can add even 1 doshas in existing 3 doshsas or substract one).Even the word Ayurveda itself is very meaningful –“Aayu   + ved = Ayurveda (Life) + (Science) = Science of life. As the name suggests Ayurveda has very detailed description of every aspect of not only health but of life.Everyone today refers to Ayurveda as alternative and to some extent lower level or poor science and is frowned upon. Just because western thinking doesn’t accept or know any other science doesn’t make it less important. Many Indian doctors have termed Ayurveda as old, outdated and non-scientific. Worst part, they spread this to patient without any true knowledge about it. YES Ayurveda is old but does that make it non-scientific?"Humans are afraid of the unknown”Just like any other science i.e physics, chemistry etc. Ayurveda has its postulations, assumptions, theories, and then field applications to prove those theories. In fact Ayurveda has been gradually developing science rather than a one person contribution.How can a science of around 5000 years termed ‘Alternative'? If Ayurveda is approached as first choice many regular and bigger health problems can be avoided before it even happens. Why to Cure, when we can Prevent it from happening? So instead of being afraid of it, get to know Ayurveda. Experience the beauty of natural healing.

Cupping for Overall Spine & Pain Management

Dr. Shaik.T, Alternative Medicine
Cupping Therapy  is indicated  for  blood disorders, pain  relief, inflammatory  conditions,  mental and physical relaxation,  varicose veins and  deep  tissue  massage and  quotes up  to  50% improvement in  fertility  levels.   Cupping is  an  ancient  method  of  treatment that has been  used  in the treatment  and cure  of  a  broad range of  conditions;  blood diseases  such  as haemophilia  and hypertension, rheumatic conditions ranging  from  arthritis,  sciatica, back  pain,  migraine, anxiety  and  general physical  and  mental  well-being. The  aim  of  Cupping  is to  extract blood  that  is believed  to  be  harmful  from  the body  which in turn rids  the  body  of  potential  harm  from  symptoms leading to  a reduction in  well-being  (Ullah,  2007). Wet-cupping  has been  used as an  alternative treatment  method  throughout  the  world,  especially  in Asia, the Middle  East  and  Europe. The  main  purpose of  this therapy  is to precipitate  the circulation of blood and  to  remove  blood-stasis  and  waste  from  the body(Kim, 2011). Benefits  of  Cupping: By  creating  suction and negative pressure, cupping  has been  found to affect the body  up  to  four  inches  into  the  tissues, which  is used  to treat muscle pain  and  spasms, drain  excess fluids and  toxins,  loosen  adhesions,  connective tissue and stubborn  knots in  soft  tissue,  stimulate  blood circulation  and  bring  blood  flow  to  nourish  stagnant muscles and  skin,  enhance  the  flow  of  energy, stimulate the peripheral  nervous  system, activate the lymphatic system, clear  colon blockages,  help activate and  clear  the arteries,  veins,  and capillaries, and improve  varicose veins. Cupping  draws the inflammation  out,  yet  does  not  add  to  it. Due  to its stimulating and strengthening effects cupping  has been used successfully  to  treat all of  the following: bowel  conditions (IBS, constipation  and  diarrhea), headaches, back  pain, arthritis,  period  pain,  injuries, asthma,  cellulite,  fatigue (ME), anemia, depression and emotional  problems, atrophy, sciatica, common cold and  flu, skin problems, blood  pressure, ladies problems, weight loss, and  more(Baird, 2011).

Psychiatry and Siddha Medicine

Dr. Jerome Xavier, Siddha
சித்த மருத்துவமும் மன நோய்களும் psychiatry and siddha medicine           சித்த மருத்துவமும் மன நோய்களும்சித்த மருத்துவத்தில் மன நோய்களுக்கான முழுமையான சிகிச்சை முறைகள் உள்ளன என்பதை அறிமுகப்படுத்தவே இந்தக் கட்டுரை.பொதுவாக மன நோயாளிகள் தொடர்ந்து மருந்துகள் சாப்பிட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கும்வரை சரியாக இருப்பார்கள். மருந்தை இடையில் கொஞ்சம் நிறுத்தினாலும் மீண்டும் பிரச்சனைகள் உருவாக ஆரம்பிக்கும்.அப்படியானால் மன நோயாளிகள் அனைவரும் வாழ்நாள் முழுவதும் மருந்துகள் எடுத்துக் கொண்டேதான் இருக்க வேண்டுமா?இல்லை.அப்படியானால் ஏன் பெரும்பாலானவர்களுக்கு மன நோய் முற்றிலுமாக குணமாவதில்லை?சித்த மருத்துவத்தில் மன நோய்கள்:சித்த மருத்துவம் மன நோய்களை பல்வேறு விதமாக வகைப்படுத்துகிறது.மன நோய்கள் ஒரு தனி பிரிவாக(Psychiatry) சித்த மருத்துவத்தில் உள்ளது. கிரிகை நோய்கள் என இவை வகைப்படுத்தப்படுகின்றன.யூகி, அகத்தியர் போன்ற சித்த மருத்துவ அறிஞர்களின் நூல்கள் மன நோய்களைப் பற்றி விளக்குகின்றன.சித்த மருத்துவத்தில் மன நோய்கள்:-               கிரிகை-               பிரமை-               உன்மத்தம்-               மதஅழிவுஎன பலவிதமாக வகைப்படுத்தப்படுகின்றன.மன நோய்களுக்கான அடிப்படை காரணங்கள்:மரபணு ரீதியாக வருபவை(Genetic)உடலில் இயங்கும் இயக்கங்களை வாதம், பித்தம், கபம் போன்றவற்றில் மாறுபாடுகளால் ஏற்படும் மன கோளாறுகள்.உடல் தாதுக்களான சாரம் (fluid part of all tissues), இரத்தம், தசை, எலும்பு, கொழுப்பு, நரம்பு, விந்து அல்லது அண்டம் ஆகிய ஏழு உடல் தாதுக்களில் ஏற்படும் பாதிப்பினால் உண்டாகும் மன நோய்கள்.நச்சுக்கள் மற்றும் மருந்துகளால் ஏற்படும் பாதிப்புகள்(Toxins).புற காரணிகள் (Social factors).மன நோய்களுக்கான சிகிச்சை:நான்கு நிலைகளாக மன நோயாளிகளுக்கு சிகிச்சை அளிக்கப்படும் போதுதான் முழுமையான விடுதலை கிடைக்கும்.முதல் கட்ட சிகிச்சை:உடலில் மாறுபாடடைந்த இயக்கங்களான வாதம், பித்தம், கபம் என்பவைகளை சரியான அளவுக்கு கொண்டுவர வேண்டும்.இதற்கு முதலில் நோயாளியின் நாடிநிலையை (Pulse reading) கணித்து அதற்குரிய சிகிச்சையை செய்ய வேண்டும்.இரண்டாம் கட்ட சிகிச்சை:பலவீனமடைந்த உடல் தாதுக்களை பலப்படுத்தும் விதத்தில் மருந்துகளையும், உணவுகளையும் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.மூன்றாம் கட்ட சிகிச்சை:என்ன நோயினால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறார் என கண்டறிந்த அதற்குரிய மருந்துகளைக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.இதில் உள் மருந்து மற்றும் புற மருந்துகளைக் கொடுத்து சிகிச்சை அளிக்கப்படுகிறது.நான்காம் கட்ட சிகிச்சை:மேற்கண்ட மூன்றும் உடலை சரிசெய்வதற்கான சிகிச்சைகள். இதனை அடுத்து மனதை சரிசெய்வதற்காக சில பயிற்சிகளை கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.இதற்கு அட்டாங்க யோகம் எனும் எட்டுவித பயிற்சிகள் உள்ளன.இயமம்நியமம்ஆசனம் – யோகாசனம்பிரணாயாமம் – மூச்சுப்பயிற்சிபிரத்தியாகாரம்தாரணைதியானம் – Meditationசமாதிபோன்ற மனதை நிலைப்படுத்தும் பயிற்சிகள் உள்ளன. இவைகள் நோயின் தன்மைக்கும் நோயாளியின் தன்மைக்கும் ஏற்றவாறு பரிந்துரைக்கப்படுகின்றன.ஆற்றுப்படுத்துதல் (Counseling):மேற்கண்ட நிலைகளின் நோயாளியின் உடலையும் மனதையும் சரிசெய்த பிறகு அவர்களின் பிரச்சனைகளுக்குத் தக்கவாறு அவர்களை ஆற்றுப்படுத்துவது அவசியம்.இவ்வாறான படி நிலைகளில் மன நோய்களை சரிசெய்யும் போது முற்றிலுமாக அந்நோயிலிருந்து விடுபட முடியும்.மருத்துவ ஆலோசனைக்கு:Dr. ஜெரோம் சேவியர் B.S.M.S., M.Dசித்தமருத்துவ மையம்,டாக்டர்ஸ் பிளாசா,சரவணா ஸ்டோர் எதிரில்,வேளச்சேரி பேருந்து நிலையம் அருகில்,வேளச்சேரி, சென்னை.அலைபேசி எண்: 9444317293

The Fact and Facets of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Dr. Chandrasekaran. C
What is CAM?Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is to describe a diverse group of healing systems that are not presently considered to be part of mainstream medicine.Health and disease involve a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors.What are the basic principles of CAM?The focus is on the whole person -- physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Prevention of illness is a primary concern. Treatments are highly individualised.Treatments are aimed at the causes of illness rather than at its symptoms. Treatments are designed to support the natural healing processes of the body. What are the major types of CAM?Alternative Medical Systems: built upon complete systems of theory and practice. Examples include homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Siddha and Ayurveda. Biological Medicine: use of substances found in nature, such as herbs, animals, foods, and vitamins to promote health.Energy Medicine: involves the use of energy fields to promote health. Examples of biofield therapies include qi gong, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.Other forms of energy medicine involve the use of electromagnetic fields, such as electroacupuncture. Manual Medicine: based on manipulation and/or movement of one or more parts of the body. Examples include osteopathy, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic and reflexology.Mind-Body Medicine: uses a range of techniques that help boost the mind's ability to influence bodily functions and symptoms. Examples include biofeedback, deep relaxation, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, meditation, prayer, support groups, and yoga. Beautiful stages in the healing of disease: there are Seven beautiful stages such as Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainly, Wisdom and Love.There are some time-honoured Bach flower remedies of England as stated below-MIND AND HEALTH ELIXER OF LIFE: KAYAKALPATiredness of body-OliveBrain tired, Boredom -WalnutDread-Hornbeam God’s grace –Sweet chestnutHealth depends on being in harmony with our soul- Dr Edward BachHealth Insurance: Water violet + Red chest nutDoctor’s Tonic: Red chest nut + Vine + Chestnutbud + cereto.I.C.UNIT: Water violet for patientRed chest nut + Rock water + Gorse + Sweet chestnut for relativesMIND AND WEALTH Prayer pills “Prayer made in faith”-Holy Bible.Sweet chestnut for abject despairGorse for settled despair.To buy own house:Crab apple + Aspen +Sweet chestnut +Gorse +Chicory.For Family Problems: Mustard + Vine+ Chest nutbud.For the settlement of children’s marriage: Parents: Sweet chestnut +Walnut/Surabha Bride/Bridegrooms: Elm.To earn lot of money/respect: Agrimony + Oak. To get more gold/golden jewels: Agrimony +Wild rose +Water violet.For settling down in life: Mustard +Gentian + Wild rose would help youMIND AND EDUCATION Memory Complex:Slowness in Learning& Escapist mentality - Chestnutbud Unsteadiness of mind- ScleranthusLack of self-confidence-LarchBlames others for our own mistakes-WillowRegret over missed chances-Honeysuckle.Teacher/Lecturer/Professor : Elm +Chestnutbud +Walnut.Scientist/Researcher: Estare-de-colonge. (Exploration)Written exam/ Interview: Rock rose,pine,oak (+Elm).Buisness executives: Elm + Water violet + Impatiens + Walnut + Chest nutbud /Red chestnut.MIND AND RELATIONSFamily problems: Chestnutbud + Vine + Mustard.Life/Lifetime problems- Mustard.In-Laws Problems: Elm.Maharaja yogam: Chestnutbud +Gentian +Honeysuckle for men.Mahalaximi yogam;Elm/ Mustard +Rockrose for women.De-addiction remedyClear case of addiction indeed -WalnutUnsteadiness of mind- ScleranthusTo forget worries- AgrimonyThe status monger- VineIrresistible temptation- Cherry plum Celebrative mongers- Wild roseTonic monger- HornbeamNervous fellow- MimulusMiser- Chicory.What is spirituality?Faith. A person's most deeply held beliefs strongly influence his or her health. Faith increases the body's resistance to stress.Hope. Without hope—a positive attitude that a person assumes in the face of difficulty—many people become depressed and are more prone to illness. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a release of hostility and resentment from past hurts.Love and Social Support. A close network of family and friends that lends help and emotional support has been found to offer protection against many diseases. What is the future of spirituality in medical practice?Prayer. The act of putting oneself in the presence of or conversing with a higher power has been used as a means of healing across all cultures throughout the ages. There is also interesting research emerging that evaluates the impact of religion and spirituality

Integrative Medicine - an Evidence Based Approach

Dr. Kshamashree Madle, Yoga and Naturopathy
WHO defines Health as not mere absence of Disease but complete, Social, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual well-being. Thus by definition, a Complete medical solution should encompass all aspects of life of a person. Integrative Medicine emphasizes the relationship between various systems of medicine and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both Conventional (Allopathic Medicine) and Traditional (e.g. Yoga, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Nutrition etc.)National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines Integrative Medicine as – that which combines main stream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. Conventional medicine is often expensive and invasive but a preferred choice in acute care and surgical corrections. To fill the lacunae left by Conventional Medicine there is a need for another type of medicine that is a complete system of medicine in itself and can be complementary to Conventional Medicine. Traditional Medicine systems world over have now been in focus because of active research going on that now has provided enough evidence that it can act as a partner to Conventional Medicine in creating an Integrative Medicine eco-system. These traditional systems of medicines are closer to nature, affordable, less invasive and are proven to be more effective in chronic disease management. The basic criteria for choosing which system of medicine to integrate are:Evidence Backed in treatments for chronic ailmentsPossibility of Functional Integration of therapies based on what best therapies each system can bring rather that taking all therapies from one system aloneNon-Pharmacological, Less Invasive, more natural and use body’s own healing responseFocused on Prevention and Positive Promotion of Health than only curing a diseaseSystems of medicines which can be integrated with Conventional medicineMind body medicine such as YogaEnergy medicine such as AcupunctureHerbal medicine such as Ayurveda

Acupuncture - the Ancient Medicine With Modern Outlook

Dr. Gurudatta H K, Yoga and Naturopathy
Acupuncture is one of the “drug less therapies”, based on the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and recognized by WHO, and is a treatment of choice for several chronic ailments.It involves the inserting of very fine, pre-sterilised, one-time use disposable needles on acu-points skilfully by a qualified Doctor.The “acu-points” are energy points located on the energy meridians, which are imaginary pathways through which the energy called Qi (pronounced as 'chee'), flows all over our bodies to maintain a state of homeostasis.Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes 'blocked' or its supply starts to become inadequate or excess, the body and organ systems become 'stressed out' and our health starts to get compromised.The Qi imbalances are determined by a thorough evaluation by a Doctor, along with Pulse & Tongue diagnosis. Even modern diagnostics are also taken into consideration.By inserting the acupuncture needles on the acu-points and manipulating them, either manually or electrically, causes the energy flow to get normalised once again and there by eliminating the disease condition.This means that, acupuncture treats not only the symptoms but also gets to the root of the disease and holistically addresses our body, breath, mind & intellect.Typically everybody has some apprehensions regarding the pain while inserting the needles. However the extent of such pains depends on the skill of the doctor and the quality of needles used. Generally, the finer & sharper the needles, the lesser are the pains.The science of Acupuncture requires a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology, the underlying pathology and an understanding of Chinese traditional philosophy, to effectively manage ailments.Therefore I would like to recommend that all readers consult qualified & registered practitioners and to also check for the quality of needles used. Thereby the treatment sessions can be much more comfortable, leading to better recovery from your health problems.There are a number of diseases which can be effectively managed by acupuncture therapy. To mention a few:Cervical Spondylitis & SpondylosisLumbar Spondylitis & SpondylosisLow back & Neck painSciaticaOsteo-arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritisMigraine headachesRecurrent Stress Injuries (RSI) Post Herpetic NeuralgiaFacial Palsy (Bell's Palsy), Trigeminal NeuralgiaAnxiety & Depression disordersInsomnia & Sleep disordersMale & Female infertility problemsMenstrual disordersHypertensionStress & Pain managementSide effects of ChemotherapyOver the last 3 - 4 decades, the practice of Acupuncture has grown spectacularly in the Western world and a significant amount of research & development has been promoted & funded by the National Institute of Health (USA). All the modern studies have indicated that Acupuncture therapy results in the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which heal our body & mind. Recent studies on fMRI also have indicated that upon inserting needles on acu-points, several changes in the neurons of the brain are effected, which bring about a balance of our functions & emotions.

5 Yoga Poses to Stay Ahead in Life

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Yoga is a way of living; one should try to make use of it in life for a healthy body and mind. So for those who think they cannot stretch, twist and fold their body like professional yogis, we have chosen some of the easiest Yoga techniques or Yoga poses, anyone can do at home or at work, with minimal experience. All you need is a yoga mat, some willingness to stay ahead and change your life. These Yoga poses for beginners are so easy that you can do it at home, on the roof terrace or wherever there is a comfortable place to sit down.Basic meditative Position:These 5 Yoga exercises start with a basic meditative position so it is necessary to get familiar with it. First sit on the Yoga mat relaxed,legs crossed and spine straight as shown in the picture below.1.KAPĀLABHĀTI (Forceful Inhaling and Exhaling exercise.) Sit in the basic meditative position with your eyes closed and body relaxed. Now you have to inhale deeply so that your lungs get filled with air, wait for 1 second and forcefully exhale the air from your lungs by contracting the abdominal muscles. Do this 20-30 times per round and then take rest by deep breathing and slow exhaling.Good for: Sinus problems, Asthma, Fatigue, dust allergies and other respiratory diseases. It increases the blood flow to the lungs and face.People with heart ailments, high blood pressure, nasal bleeding, vertigo, and stroke should avoid this exercise.2. PRĀNẠ̄ YĀMA (Alternative breathing) Sit in a comfortable position ,slowly inhale through the right nostril with blocking the left nostril by the thumb, wait for as much as you can then slowly releasing the thumb and exhaling the air out. Repeat the same process with the right nostril this time. Increase the duration according to your strength.Good for: It provides the oxygen to the deeper parts of the lung and increases the lung capacity to fill the oxygen. It helps in relieving anxiety, stress and refreshes the mind. The best exercise for most respiratory disorders like Asthma, Sinus, Seasonal allergies.3. BHRAMARI (The Humming Bee buzzing sound)Bhramari word comes from the buzzing sound coming from bees. It is a type of Pranayama with focus basically on sound. Sit in the basic meditative position, with the eyes closed and relaxed breathing. Take a deep breath; focus on the area between the eyebrows and humming the (Om or Hmm) sound while exhaling. Make sure your jaws are locked so that the (Om or Hmm) sound creates a vibration in the head.Good for: Stress, Anxiety, Anger, hyperactivity of the mind, boosts concentration, great for attention deficit disorders. It has a tranquilizing effect on the mind.People with Ear and Nose disease should avoid this.4. DHYĀNA (Meditation)DHYĀNA is to dig deep within your soul to find all the answers to the questions asked by life. It is a good way of soul-searching.Sit in any meditative posture, keeping your back straight and body relaxed. First focus on the toe then shifting the focus on the knees, after sometimes shifts your focus on the genital area, next on to the heart area and at last the area between the eyebrows.Try to practice this technique in a peaceful area. Some people recommend soft music, but it can turn your focus to the music itself and here we are trying to dig deep in our soul, so music should be avoided.Good for: Concentration, attention deficit Disorders, Stress, Anxiety, Hyper activity, Soul Searching. Helps in drug abuse, smoking, alcohol or any kind of addiction, self-improvement and temperament.5. SANKALPA (The Vow)Sankalpa is all about determination and will power. I vow to change my life; I will do anything to achieve my Fitness, peace, love and Aim.At the end of the session make a Sankalpa every day stay focus on your goal to do whatever you want to.Good for: DE-addiction-Tremendous Will power is the most important ingredient to conquer any kind of addiction. Sankalpa practice gradually increases the will power,determination and could be used effectively against addiction.

Homeopathy the Deep Resonances

Dr. S Bahl, Homeopath
In HealthIn the healthy condition of a person, the vital force, the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, mind can freely employ this living healthy instrument for the higher purpose( Organon Aphorism 9)SpiritualitySpirit is unique to each individual. Our “spirit” usually refers to the deepest part of us, the part that lets us make meaning of our world. Our spirit provide us with the revealing sense of who we are, why we are here and what our purpose for living is. It is that innermost part of us that allow us to gain strength and hope.Finding MeaningSpiritual wellness may not be something that we think much of, yet its impact on our life is unavoidable. The basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in our life and coming to know that we have a purpose to fulfill.For some, spirituality may be equated with traditional religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam or Buddhism. For others, it may mean growing in your personal relationships with others, or through being at peace with nature. Spirituality is the way you find meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in your life. Many people find spirituality through religion. Some find it through music, art or a connection with nature. Others find it in their values and principles.Body, Mind, SpiritNo one really knows for sure how spirituality is related to health. However, it seems that the body, mind and spirit are connected. The health of any one of these elements seems to affect the health of the others. In Homeopathy, we understand that:“DISEASE IS NOTHING BUT A DYNAMIC DERANGEMENT OF THE SPIRITUAL, SELF ACTING (automatic) ALL PERVADING VITAL FORCE.”HomeopathyIf we focus on the fundamental peculiarities of homeopathy and its differences from conventional, allopathic medicine, then homeopathy differs in it's understanding as to the goal of treatment. Homeopathy does not address or seek to eliminate physical signs and symptoms but instead understands them to be expressions of the vital force.In homeopathy we are not trying to manipulate physiology, change high fever to low, eliminate pain, swelling or redness. We are not even trying to eliminate anger, anxiety or sadness. Our ideal is "to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently." Therefore, to achieve complete health harmony, we don’t have any other alternative, except Homeopathy.

Holistic Approach for a Healthy Heart!!

Ms. Anu Priya, Alternative Medicine
This World Heart Day, our focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play. World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.RISK FACTORS:There are many risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and stroke. Common risk factors that can be treated or changed include tobacco exposure, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, stress, unhealthy diets, and harmful use of alcohol. Currently the society is having high incidence of heart attacks in the younger age, thus by working on these risk factors we can create a healthy heart environment.KNEIPP SYSTEM OF HOLISTIC APPROACHAccording to the nature of all diseases by which they originate in a disordered circulation of the blood, or in corrupted and heterogeneous ingredients mixed with the blood, and in morbid matters, thus during 19th century, Father Sebastian Kneipp from Germany, recognized the value of water and thus structured “Kneipp System of Holistic Approach”. Father Kneipp insisted that the human body had to be treated as a whole. One can’t just treat the symptom; but must look at the whole body for true healing to take place. Generally disease starts in the mind, due to stress. Inner conflicts and unhappiness cause dis-ease. Dis-ease is the beginning of disease. Thus Kneipp System comprises of 5 Pillar – Hydrotherapy, Kinesiotherapy, Phytotherapy, Nutrition and Order Therapy.  Let’s review Kneipp Holistic approach for a healthy heart on this world heart day.HYDROTHERAPY (WATER)If there is magic in this world, then it is contained in water…  Hydrotherapy is the use of water for positive health benefits. These health benefits come from the mechanical and thermal effects of water interacting with the body. It includes the use of physical water properties, specifically temperature and pressure, and sometimes the delivery of minerals or herbal treatments to manipulate the body’s flow of blood, the endocrine system and associated neural systems in order to treat the symptoms of certain diseases. The term “Hydrotherapy” is derived from the Greek words “Hydro” meaning water, and “Therapia” meaning healing.The Physical Effects of Hydrotherapy on the BodyHydrotherapy uses water to deliver temperature and pressure changes to the body. These changes are sensed by the body via nerve endings in the skin and muscle, and result in neural “reflex effects” that are controlled by the brain and spinal chord. The most important of these reflex effects are vasodilatation and vasoconstriction, which are the terms used to describe the relaxation and tensing of the blood vessels in the body. These physical changes in the blood vessels cause changes in the rate of blood flow and in the metabolic functions that are linked to the rate of blood flow.Which changes happen in the body are dependent on the outside stimuli it receives; whether the water is hot or cold, the motion of the pressure, and the strength of the pressure, too. Hot and cold water act in different ways on the body. Besides the obvious tactile sensory effect, there are other “hidden” changes that take place in your body as a result of its interaction with hot or cold water.Contrast Hydrotherapy for Cardiovascular HealthContrast hydrotherapy involves the immersion of a limb or body part in alternating hot and cold water. In this way, you are exercising your circulatory and lymphatic systems, stimulating movement of nutrients into the area and waste away from the area.Hydrotherapy can “tweak” homeostatic mechanisms pertaining to body temperature regulation by affecting the autonomic nervous system and tonifying blood vessels. It also stimulates the release of nitric oxide from your artery walls, which dilates your vessels by relaxing the muscles in the vasculature, thereby reducing stress on the vessels and improving blood flow. Contrast hydrotherapy also supports the immune system by increasing lymph movement.KINESIOTHERAPY (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY)He Who Rests, Rusts!  The concept of therapeutic exercise is based on the well-balanced contrast between tension and relaxation. This is not about occasionally achieving a peak performance, but rather about doing some light exercise regularly. Today, we see an unprecedented increase in body awareness and we know how important exercise and movement are. It seems like everybody is into it. Exercise and movement keep all the parts of the body functioning through improved oxygen supply via increased circulation. As said earlier, diseases can begin in blood. If we clean up the blood, we can prevent and cure disease.If you don’t think you have time for an exercise class, walk everywhere. Walk up the stairs, even if you don’t make all of them. Turn all your daily work into exercise; stretch when you reach into your cupboard, some desktop stretches at work, bend over when you make your bed. Work both sides of the body when you vacuum, wash your car and your windows, even if it takes longer. Walk back and forth in your house often, get up during breaks. Don’t sit for extended periods at a desk. You’ve heard the phrase “use it or lose it”. Use your body! For Physical activity is not only good for the muscles, but also and in particular for the soul. It is a proven fact that movement makes us happier, more resistant to stress and more self-confident. In one word: HEALTHIER HEART.NUTRITIONYou are what you eat! Heart disease may be the leading killer of men and women, but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself. In addition to exercise, being careful about what you eat—and what you don’t eat—can help you lower cholesterol, control blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and maintain a healthy weight. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease or have high cholesterol or blood pressure, a heart-smart food habit can help you better manage these conditions, lowering your risk for heart attack.Improving your diet is an important step toward preventing heart disease and boost heart health, but you may feel unsure where to begin. Here are simple 6 steps to start your healthy nutrition at home.Control your portion size: How much you eat is just as important as what you eat.Eat more vegetables and fruits: Vegetables and fruits contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease.Select whole grain: Whole grains are good sources of fiber and other nutrients that play a role in regulating blood pressure and heart health.Limit unhealthy fat and cholesterol: Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease.Choose low fat protein sources: Substituting plant protein for animal protein will reduce your fat and cholesterol intake.Reduce the sodium in your food: Reducing sodium is an important part of a heart-healthy diet.PHYTOTHERAPY (HERBS)Nature’s Apothecary! The practice of herbal medicine dates back to the very earliest periods of known human history. Intake of herbs everyday helps to interact directly with our body system. Upon intake they are absorbed in the blood stream; they circulate to influence our whole system. Herbs that help heart health are given below which can be taken after consulting physician-Arjuna (Botanical Name: Terminalia Arjuna) –Vagbhatta, an eminent physician of ancient India was the first to prescribe bark of Arjuna tree for heart disease. Chakradatta, another great Indian physician described it as a tonic and astringent and used it in heart diseases. Known as Marutham Pattai in Tamil.Garlic (Botanical Name: Allium Sativum)– Garlic is one of the most effective remedy to lower blood pressure. Pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm. Garlic also helps to breakup cholesterol in the blood vessels, thereby preventing any hardening of arteries which leads to high blood pressure and heart attack.Holy Basil ( Botanical Name: Ocimum Sanctum)– Basil has a beneficial effect in cardiac disease and the weakness resulting from them. It reduces the level of blood cholesterol. They are also regarded as an adaptogen or anti-stress agent. It purifies blood and helps prevent several other common ailment.Coriander (Botanical Name: Coriandrum Sativum)– Regular drinking of coriander water helps lower blood cholesterol as it is a good diuretic and stimulates the kidneys. It is prepared by boiling dry seeds of coriander and straining the decoction after cooling.Indian Goose Berry ( Botanical Name: Emblica Officinalis)– Indian goose berry is considered as an effective remedy for heart diseases. It tones up the functions of all the organs of the body and builds up health by destroying the heterogeneous or harmful and disease causing elements. It also renews energy.Onion (Botanical Name: Allium Cepa)– Presence of essential oil, aliypropyl disulphide, catechol, protocatechuic acid, thiopropiono aldehyde, thiocynate, minerals and vitamins in onion prevents from heart attack. It assists the functioning of the heart by correcting thrombosis besides reducing blood cholesterol.Fenugreek (Botanical Name: Trigonella Foenum Graecum) – Fenugreek seeds are considered a cholesterol lowering food. Israeli scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown that fenugreek seeds can lower blood sugar and cholesterol in both diabetic and healthy person.Parsley ( Botanical Name: Petroselinum Crispum)– The elements in parsley helps to maintain the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterial system, in a healthy condition. It is thus very useful in high blood pressure.Snake Guard (Botanical Name: Trichosanthes Anguina) – The juice of the fresh leaves is useful in heart disorders like palpitation and pain in the heart due to physical exertion. It should be taken in doses of 1 or 2 tablespoon thrice daily.ORDER THERAPY (INNER BALANCE or INNER HARMONY)The order in life… According to Kneipp’s philosophy, a natural rhythm of life and absolute harmony of the soul lead to maximum vitality, productivity and pleasure. If you have found out how to balance your soul and create an inner order, you are well on the way towards restoring your health. It is the art of relaxation and rejuvenation. Take a pause of relaxation in your hectic lifestyle in order to perform your duties at an optimum level and yet not losing awareness of your inner state of well being. “ He who has no time to care for his health daily will have to have time when he is sick for weeks and months, and will finally be seriously ill”We all know that good health is not simply for sale, but require a lot of efforts for us each and every day. In this, a healthy way of living is just as important as pleasant compensation for stress and tension. Reading, music, painting or breathing exercises help you let go and gather new strength. Or just take a walk outside and enjoy nature. Just try out new things- that is the only way to really get to know yourself and your needs. If you are open to new things and always ready to learn, you can do more for your inner balance than you think. After all, the task of living an active and positive life is yours alone.

Dengue, Chickungunya and Homeopathy.

Dr. Manu Gupta, Homeopath
DENGUE, CHICKUNGUNYA AND HOMEOPATHY.Dengue fever and chickungunya is a virus-caused disease that is spread by the bite of mosquitoes (Aedes-aegypti). This is also known as Break bone fever. the severity of symptoms like bodyaches, joints pain are more in chickenguinya .WHO currently estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue and chickungunya infections worldwide every year. Symptoms: Dengue and chickungunya are not transmitted directly from person-to-person. Its symptoms range from mild fever to fatigue, headache, joint and muscle aches, nausea or vomiting, swollen lymph nodes. In severe cases hemorrhage dengue fever which is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding and breathing difficulty; can be fetal due to blood loss.Treatment: There is no specific treatment available in Orthodox medicine for such conditions. You will need Intravenous fluids and electrolytes if there are signs of dehydration. In case of dengue hemorrhagic fever a transfusion of fresh blood or platelets can be helpful.Prevention: Clothing, mosquito repellent, and netting can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Traveling during periods of minimal mosquito activity can also be helpful.Homeopathic management: Homeopathy has been used successfully in the others countries such as India to tackle this epidemic. The selection of homoeopathic remedies depends upon the individual response to infection. In repertory there are about 25 homoeopathic remedies are mention for the treatment of dengue and chickungunya fever. Above all of them Eupatorium perfoliatum and Echinacea angustifolia were found most effective remedies for dengue fever and it has been widely used in 1996 during epidemic of dengue in Delhi.Prevention and Treatment with HomeopathyNormal Dengue and chickungunya Fever: Eupatorium perf 200 or 1M can be taken once daily for three days and subsequently at least two doses a week at the interval of three to four day till the epidemic persist for the prevention of dengue fever. Furthermore Arsenic alb + Bryonia + Echinacea angustifolia + Ledum pal + Rhus tox in 30 potency should be taken once in a day for at least 2 weeks.In case of high Fever: Take Aconite 1M and Eupatorium 1M alternatively, after every 30 minutes immediately on start fever. Just take 3 doses of each remedy. If the symptoms persist then contact your homeopath or your physician. Above mention formula can also be use in case of normal dengue fever with more frequent intervals.Dengue haemorrhagic fever: Ipecac + Eupatorium + Crotalis-hor + Hamamelis + Dengue fever 30 can be given five times a day and two doses a week in all the patients those who have already suffered with the dengue fever and are prone for dengue hemorrhagic fever.There are very good preventive medicines also available which are helpful in immunity booster and help to prevent such complications. you can contact your Homeopathy physician regarding that also.