February 2014

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Vasant Panchmi
Home Remedies
Doctor of the month
Recipe of the month
Ask VAID:
Milestones

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Vasant Panchami, referred to as Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites, is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha (in early February) marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day, Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.

Vasant Panchami is the first of the two spring-themed festivals inn Hindu culture. Though not major as Holi, it initiates the spring festive cycle which continues till Holi. The seasonal aspects of the festival are more significant in Northern India due to the sharper contrast between the winter and the spring, however the festival's religious and cultural significance are emphasized across all celebrating regions. In ancient Indian literature,Vasant Panchami is associated with Shringara Rasam and the festival was celebrated in this tradition. Celebrations today still honor Kamadeva, his wife Rati, and his friend Vasant (the personification of Spring).
Seasons in Ayurveda

A season is a division of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather, temperature, etc. Seasons result from the yearly revolution of the earth around the sun and the tilt of the earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution.

According to Ayurveda a year is divided into two parts (kaala) according to the position of the sun:

Aadaan kaal (Uttarayan): When sun takes North way course. Aadaan means taking away. During Aadaan kaal which is considered Hot (Aagneya) the sun and wind are powerful. The sun takes away the strength of the people and the cooling qualities of the earth. It is the period when body strength is weakened. This period consists of three seasons - Shishir(Dewy),Vasanta(Spring) and Grishma (Summer)

Visarga kaal (Dakshinayaan) : When sun takes South way course. Visarga means giving. During Visarga kaal which is considered Soumya (Cool), the sun releases the strength to the people. The moon is more powerful, the earth becomes cool due to the clouds, rain and cold wind. This period consists of three seasons – Varsha (Rainy), Sharad(Autumn) and Hemant(Winter).

Dos and Don’ts for this month of Uttarayana

  • Ahara (Food) - Heavy, sweet, snigdha; For example: Urad vada or sweet pongal.
  • Vihara (Life Style) - Abhyangam (Medicated oil massage), Utsadanam(dry massage), wearing warm clothes/woollens, footwear etc. Avoid direct exposure to cold winds and mist.

All these dos and don’ts are to be followed by person in balanced health status. Diseased persons should follow the ahara-vihara recommended for them by the physician.

Seasons have a lot of effect on aggravation, accumulation, and pacification of doshas. Hence a strict diet and lifestyle is to be followed with change in each season. Ayurveda has described in detail the guidelines to be followed during each season.

Home Remedies

Constipation

(Hardstools,incomplete evacuation)

Ayurveda classifies constipation as a vatic disorder, because vata(air element) governs movement and elimination. Therefore, anything that aggravates vata dosha —stress, tension, excessive travel, dehydration, night shifts, cold wind, exhaustion, or dry, cold, rough foods—can make your constipation worse.

Some simple do it yourself remedies to check constipation -

Exercise often as physical activity can help in relieving constipation.

  • Add more fruits to the diet like pears, grapes, orange juice and papaya.
  • Add a little extra sugar or some honey to a glass of milk. Drink twice a day.
  • Apply 3- 5 drops of lukewarm castor oil over the navel at night.
  • Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. When cool, crush well and strain.When routinely administered to children, it helps to regulate their bowel movement.
  • Drink plenty of fluids like warm water, fresh juices, buttermilk etc. to prevent constipation
Doctor of the Month
Dr. Radhika Varma, B.A.M.S., M.D.(Ay),Ph.D
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospitals, Bangalore

Dr Radhika, a Senior Physician at AyurVAID Hospital, brings 20 years of experience to the field of Ayurveda. She holds a Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from Government Ayurveda College, Thripunithura, Kerala and is a Gold medalist. She is a Post Graduate from Bangalore University and specialized in Shalakya Tantra. She is a PhD holder in Shalakya Tantra, from IPGT & RA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

She specializes in Ophthalmology, ENT, Migraine and other headache, Spine disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Asthma, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Oedema, Psoriasis, Obesity, PCOS and Stress.

Prior to joining AyurVAID she has worked as a Professor and Head of the Department for Shalakya Tantra in Ayurveda College, Sulur, Coimbatore. She also worked as an Assistant Professor in SDM College of Ayurveda as well as in Sri Ramakrishna Ayurvedic Medical College, Bangalore.

Dr Radhika is a recipient of many awards such as Vaidyamadham Valiya Narayana Namboodiri Dakshinamoorthy Trust Award - 1993, Nair Service Society Gold Medal , Government Ayurveda College Teachers’ of Kerala Gold Medal, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award – 2005 and many others.
Recipe of the Month

Zafrani meethe chawal:

Ingredients:
A few saffron (kesar) strands· 1 ¼ cups long grained (basmati) rice, 2 tbsp ghee, 25 mm (1”) stick cinnamon (dalchini), Nutmeg powder – ¼ tsp, Cardamoms – 4 or cardamom powder – ¼ tsp,  1 tbsp milk, 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup blanched and sliced almonds and pistachios

Method:
  1. Dry roast the saffron strands in a small pan for 10 seconds. Add the milk and keep aside.
  2. Clean, wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Put 2½ cups of water to boil.
  4. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add the cinnamon, cardamoms and rice and sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the saffron mixture, nutmeg powder, sugar and hot water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  6. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  7. Separate each grain of rice lightly with a fork.
  8. Serve hot garnished with the mixed nuts.

Health Benefits of Zafrani meethe chawal:

These bright yellow sweet rice are not just delicious but offer a host of health benefits too! They are nutritive and provide high amount of energy required for these winter months due to the almonds and pistachios. The saffron provides warmth and helps boost immunity. The recipe helps to keep the Vata in balance which has a tendency to be aggravated in the cold winter months due to dryness.

Ask VAID:

Get your queries answered at AyurMAIL by a reputed Ayurveda physician or VAID:from the AyurVAID team of senior physicians.

VAID: Mahadevan Iyer, Medical Superintendent, AyurVAID hospitals, Domlur Bangalore answers a query:

Query by Ms. Sneha, Bangalore:

I am 25 year old female, slightly overweight, working professional and I am having irregular periods since 1 year. I would like to seek your opinion for restoring regular cycles.

Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:

Ayurveda manages the health of women across her life cycle- from puberty to menopause and beyond.

Typically, weight increase happens due to poor (Mandagni) or impaired (Vishamagini) digestive power. Ayurveda helps to revive the digestive power and ensure that the food consumed is digested completely. However, it is important to be conscious of the food you eat- not just WHAT?, and HOW MUCH?, but WHEN?

Obviously, avoid deep fried and processed, spicy food and cut down your intake of sweets. Cut down urad dal, curds, and other dairy products. Drink hot water regularly and avoid cold food/drinks in general.

Consider Ayurveda therapies like Udvartana (Dry powder massage) to reduce body fat and to make your body compact.

Also irregular periods are mainly due to vitiation of Vata and Pitta (Fire element) dosha hence yoga vasti (Enema Therapy) and virechanam (Purgation Therapy) are sometimes required. Practise Yoga exercises regularly to remain fit.

Specific medicines have additionally been prescribed for you based on your consultation.

Milestone:


AyurVAID Hospitals, proud winner of the 'Most Promising Healthcare Startup' Award at the VCCircle Healthcare Awards, 2013.

An honor and a recognition that we tremendously value since it comes from VC Circle (www.vccircle.com), one of the most credible financial media houses in the country and the leader in a most influential segment- the elite investment community. That the award was given by an eminent award jury of eminent healthcare industry leaders and AyurVAID was chosen from amongst an elite panel of co-nominees shortlisted- Glocal Hospitals and Embrace- indicates the authenticity and value of this award.

We see this award as clear indication of the fact that the potential role of classical Ayurveda to transform healthcare delivery by offering root cause solutions for diseases is finally becoming recognised by mainstream industry. And, that the market and business environment is ready for mainstream acceptance.

Through this award, we also see a clear endorsement for AyurVAID's approach to quality systems driven yet uncompromisingly pure Ayurveda chikitsa. This is another historic milestone set for the Ayurveda sector by AyurVAID.

The award was received by AyurVAID Director, Ms. Karuna Jain, in Mumbai at the Awards function held on 26th September, 2013.