Irritable Bowel and Inflammatory Bowel? Try Ayurveda, A Success Story...

Monday, July 27, 2009

There are different classifications and names for a group of intestinal diseases / syndromes like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and so on. Of course, pathologically they are different from origin, development, causes, findings etc. However, interestingly, they have some common features as well.

Common features can be indigestion, gas bloating, frequent passing of bowels and general feeling of tiredness and lethargy. Apart from this based on the variety of the intestinal problem, there can be mucus mixed, pus mixed and / or blood mixed stool and abdominal pain. Weight loss and muscle wasting may be observed due to improper digestion and mal-absorption.

What is told in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda considers 'Agni', the digestive fire, to be the prime factor in almost all of the diseases, which is 100% true in case of the above mentioned conditions, let us call them 'Intestinal Disorders (ID)' for our convenience now.

Agni is directly and badly affected in all the above said ID's. It may be the seat of Agni or the functions of Agni. Mal functioning of Agni can result in improper digestion, improper gut movement or improper absorption. It can turn in to a vicious cycle of malfunctioning of Agni and vitiation of the digestive system. Thus, it becomes chronic, deep seated and affects multiple tissues and systems in due course.

This has been explained in Ayurvedic classics under 'Grahani dosha', vitiation of the seat of Agni. Different variations of the same have been explained with various treatment modalities.

Ayurvedic Remedy

Ayurveda believes in treating the person rather than the organ or the disease alone. A combination of proper diet, herbo-mineral formulae, internal and external cleansing procedures (eg: medicated enemas) and certain lifestyle changes will make a big difference by giving wonderful results.

In my experience, I have seen good results in ulcerative colitis and IBS by a suitable combination of above said measures.

Note: Remember to consult a qualified Ayurvedic expert before going for any of the remedies.

Great Ayurvedic Way of Thinking for Better Health !

Viral victory can come naturally

Victoria Mary Clarke
explains how she decided to stop worrying and get some practical advice on how we can beat the bug

Sunday July 26 2009

I have been going out of my mind worrying about swine flu. Unfortunately, I am blessed with a vivid imagination. I only have to think about getting a cold and, sure enough, I get a cold. Obviously I try to imagine myself perfectly healthy, but it just seems that every time I pick up a newspaper or turn on the television, there is more ammunition for the worrying part of my mind.

So rather than just worry, I decided I would ask the advice of a man who is an expert on the prevention of illness, Dr Donn Brennan, Ireland's first GP to also qualify as an Ayurvedic doctor.

"Think of the virus as the seed and your body as the field," Dr Brennan suggests. "Modern medicine focuses on the seed, but Ayurveda focuses on the field. If the field is not suitable for the seed, the seed won't grow. So we have to think about what makes the field suitable for the seed to grow in."
I ask him what we can do to prevent our bodies from becoming suitable environments for a virus to thrive in.

"A toxic environment is perfect for a virus to take hold in. What creates a toxic environment? Eating rubbish foods. Eating at inappropriate times. Rushing the food, and disturbing our digestion. All of this creates a weakened immune system," he says.

What, I ask, should we do instead?

"If we nurture ourselves very well and give ourselves good quality foods and eat at appropriate times, in an appropriate manner, then we will create a strong immune system," he advises.

The appropriate time to eat, he says, is when you are genuinely physically hungry.

"Good digestion is all- important for a strong immune system," he says. "Hunger makes for good digestion. If you eat when you are not hungry, you are asking your body to do something it is not prepared for -- and the outcome of that is a feeling of sluggishness and heaviness."

The second most important thing about eating is to sit down and relax, rather than to eat on the run. I ask him why this is, seeing as I often eat in a hurry and read my emails at the same time.
"Because we have a sympathetic nervous system and a parasympathetic nervous system," he explains. "And, if we are in a rush when we are eating and the body is full of adrenalin, then the blood is all going to the muscles and the brain and none is going to the digestion. Then very little gastric juices or pancreatic juices are flowing. So the fast-food culture is a ripe field for a virus." Apparently if you do sit down and relax at meal times, you switch from the sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system, which means the blood is heading towards your gut and you produce the necessary juices for good digestion.

"But", I argue, "most people are under the most amount of stress in the mornings."

"Maybe they have a few kids, and they have to get them fed and ready and take them to school. So they don't have the time or the opportunity then to sit down and have a relaxed meal."

Dr Brennan agrees that this is probably the case. "I think it is true that we live in a culture which prioritises making money and does not prioritise health, but it would be a marvellous thing if people would take the time out from all that madness -- even if it means getting up 15 minutes earlier -- just so that the family can have a proper breakfast," he says.

He suggests that people who live in a constant state of panic are creating an environment that a virus can thrive in.

"Tearing about the place, always under pressure, is the surest way to leave yourself vulnerable," he says.

The other thing that can either help or harm the immune system is the actual food itself. "If you eat too much heavy food, it takes hours for the digestive system to get on top of it. Beef and pork and very oily meals are not a good idea, especially late at night," Dr Brennan advises.

The ideal foods to eat are fresh, organic vegetables and oily fish that has been freshly prepared, rather than convenience foods that have been microwaved.

"Fresh, organic fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help our immune system so that even if you do get the virus, the immune system can go to work more efficiently," he says.

Dr Brennan understands that most people are overwhelmed by the thought of trying to change their ways.

"You don't need to do everything to perfection," he stresses. "Even if you make small changes, they will leave you feeling more resilient, so that if you do get the bug, it will be a minor thing."
Meditation is another great way to strengthen the immune system. "The profound rest that meditation provides is very healing and it resolves the effects of stress in the body which raises the immunity," he says. "It provides a balance to the crazy life, if you can have sublime serenity for 20 minutes."

Also, getting a little bit of exercise clears toxins from the body and invigorates our metabolism, Dr Brennan says.

It is important not to panic about the whole idea of swine flu, he emphasises. If people are getting adequate rest, taking reasonable care of their digestion and getting some exercise, they shouldn't have anything to worry about.

Later, I read in the paper that the new flu pandemic website is getting 9.3m hits per hour. A lot of people are clearly very worried. But after talking to Dr Brennan, I am no longer one of them.

Article posted in on Sunday July 26, 2009

Patent rights over traditional Indian system of therapeutic practices

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lok Sabha:

There is no information with the Department of Ayush about any foreign country having established Ayurveda Universities, which are likely to get patent rights over traditional Indian system of therapeutic practices. The Government has taken the following steps in this regard: Department of AYUSH has identified some of the effective therapies and treatment of Ayurveda in the identified disease conditions.

i. Ksharsutra Therapy for Ano-Rectal disorders like Fistula in Ano and piles. Ksharsutra is minimally invasive para-surgical Ayurvedic procedure for the treatment of Ano-Rectal Disorders. This involves insertion of a special medicated thread i.e. Ksharsutra through the fistula passage with the help of a probe. A National Campaign on Ksharsutra Therapy has been launched and implemented in 16 States. A National Resource Center on Ksharsutra Therapy has been established in the Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi to provide standardized treatment and undertake Research and Development. The treatment has been scientifically standardized and Research and Development is going on to further improve the technique and expand its benefits all over the country.

ii. Panchkarma is another strong area of Ayurveda. Various procedures of Panchkarma are being standardized by Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) and a document prepared by AYUSH has been sent to World Health Organization (WHO) to accept the Panchakarma treatment guidelines on safety and practices.

Aryavaidyashala, Kottakal, a well known institution for Panchakarma treatment, has also been assigned work to standardize Panchakarma treatment procedures.

iii. Under the Golden Triangle Partnership Project (GTP), the Department of AYUSH, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are working together to establish the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment in some identified disease conditions and practices. eg. Dislipeademia Benign prostate Hypertrophy (BPH) etc.

iv. Under the Extra-Mural Research (EMR) Scheme of Department of AYUSH and CCRAS is supporting various research projects to establish the efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines.

v. The Government is funding the institutions like National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur; The institute of post graduate teaching and research in Ayurveda (IPGT&RA), Jamnagar under Gujarat Ayurveda University and Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi to undertake scientific research to establish the efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines.

vi. The Department of Science & Technology and ICMR is also supporting number of research projects on Ayurveda to establish the efficacy as well as safety of Ayurvedic medicines.

vii. Under the National Campaign on Geriatric Health Care through Ayurveda and Siddha, standard Ayurvedic treatment protocols have been prepared by CCRAS which are under publication. Weekly clinics one attracting large Geriatric Patients.

viii. Department of AYUSH has also started a Campaign on Anemia Treatment through Ayurveda. The project has been started in the State of Himachal Pradesh and CCRAS will be expanding this programme in some couple of States also.

ix. Department of AYUSH through Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeial Committee has published various volumes of Ayurvedic Formularies and Pharmacopeias under which the quality standards of 540 single drugs and 101 multiple ingredients formulations has been published. Therefore, the standardized medicines will ensure the efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines and practices.

x. The Department of AYUSH in collaboration with the University of Mississippi, USA, has set up a Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine (CRISM) for promotion, propagation and validation of the AYUSH systems

This information was given by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

Good luck Ayurveda !

Inspiring Video - Ayurveda miracle !

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watch this video of Ayurveda cure....a testimonial (includes a break for commercial of Mr. Singh as well....that is ok...right?)

I am thankful to Mr.Singh for sharing the experience with the world...!

Southern California University of Health Sciences' Health Center Starts Offering Ayurvedic Medicine Services

For more information contact: Len Rosenthal, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 562-947-8755 x305

Southern California University of Health Sciences' Health Center Starts Offering Ayurvedic Medicine Services

WHITTIER, CA (07/20/2009)(readMedia)-- Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is pleased to announce that its University Health Center (UHC) has started offering Ayurvedic medicine services.

Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine, is one of the oldest systems of medicine that has been continuously practiced for thousands of years. It is a holistic medicine, integrating and balancing body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda's main objectives are promoting health through prevention and treating/managing illnesses with a holistic approach. Ayurveda adopts herbs, detoxification therapies, rejuvenation therapies, diet and lifestyle advice, and yoga to treat various ailments.

Conditions that Ayurveda Treats include:
Premenstrual Syndrome
Chronic pain
Rheumatoid arthritis/osteoarthritis
Chronic sinusitis
Immune dysfunction

The initial consultations are generally one hour and follow up sessions are approximately thirty minutes. A typical consultation would include patient history interview, Ayurvedic constitutional analysis, examination from an Ayurvedic point of view (tongue and pulse examination), and Ayurvedic diagnosis. Based on the Ayurvedic diagnosis and assessment, an individualized treatment plan that may include herbs, oil massages, dietary consultation, and lifestyle advice will be given to the patients.

Practitioners at UHC include chiropractic sports practitioners, strength and conditioning specialists, chiropractic radiologists, chiropractic orthopedists, Ayurvedic medicine practitioners, and licensed acupuncturists.

Southern California University of Health Sciences incorporates the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, the School of Professional Studies, and the University Health Center.

Since 1911 Southern California University of Health Sciences has been a leader in preparing practitioners and providing care in complementary and alternative medicine, and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Council on Chiropractic Education.