June 2014

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PRAVAHIKA
Did You Know Facts
Recipe of the month
Doctor of the month
Ask VAID:
"We should take Ayurveda to the world: NaMo's Mantra"

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Events Held in May
International bio-diversity day

Ayurveda in essence recognises the inextricable
and interdependent relationship between all things
that are part of nature. The concept of macrocosm
and microcosm wherein the microcosm
is but a smaller yet complete manifestation
of the macrocosm, and vice versa. What happens
in nature- the cycle of life- precisely the same
happens in the human being. We would notice this
if we were to pause and reflect on our life course
to date, as also that of other people in our lives.

When the United Nations talks about Biological Diversity some may view it as an 'environmental' program, a 'green' initiative, something for NGOs perhaps, and some corporates who make a business out of the environment (no value judgement intended).

When Ayurveda speaks about Biological Diversity it is realising that we, all beings and creatures and things in nature, originate from the same source and we must respect each other and learn to live in harmony. Good Health follows by default!

On the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22nd May,, AyurVAIDans at different centres took a pledge reaffirming their commitment to taking responsibility and to respect the rich biological diversity that makes up our universe.

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PRAVAHIKA

Pravahika

Dysentery is an inflammatory disorder of the colon that results in diarrhea or passing of stools with mucus and is usually preceded by griping abdominal pain. Sometimes blood is also present in the stools. In Ayurveda, it is known as Pravahika which means ‘tenesmus’ (feeling the need to empty the bowels). Nija hetu (internal causes) such as repeated and excess intake of oily, dry (non-fatty), heavy, cold, unaccustomed food, and sprouted grains,as well as Agantuja hetu (external causes) like Amoebic infection and other parasite infestations in modern science) cause vitiation of Vata and Kapha Dosha which destroys the Anala (digestive power) and invades the Koshtha (alimentary tract). Along with above factors Bhaya (fear) and Shoka (sorrow, grief) also play an important role in causing Pravahika.

In today’s modern and busy life people don’t pay enough attention to their diet and eating habits. Hurry, worry and curry causes upsets in digestion frequently and lead to gastrointestinal problems. Pravahika is one of the serious disease occurring in the Annavaha and Pureeshvaha Strotas. Its main cause is Agnimandya.

Pravahamanasya Pravahaka” Su.Ut 40/38

प्रवाहमानस्य प्रवाहिका !!

सु. उ. 40/38

वायु: प्रवृद्धो नीचीतम बलासां नुदत्याधस्तादहिताशनस्या !

प्रवाहतोअल्प बहुशो मलाकतम प्रवाहीकं तम प्रवदन्ती तज्जआ: !!

मा. नि. 3/21

Colon – Large intestine is the Sthana of Vata. The vitiated Vata causes disturbances in the colon with cramps and vitiated Kapha causes Srotoavarodha (blockage of channel) and thereby making the channels weak. The Colon loses its capacity to digest and absorb the food property and produces lot of mucus. This condition is called Pravaahikaa.

Entaemaeba hystolitica is a causative organism. The cysts of E. hystolytica survive well outside the body and are ingestedwith water or uncooked food which has been contaminated by human faeces. In the colon the vegetative forms emerge from the cysts. While they remain free in the colon, the condition is symptomless but under certain circumstances invasion and ulceration of the mucous membrane of the large bowel takes place causing the symptoms of amoebic dysentery.

Clinical Features

  • Frequent loose stools
  • Period of diarrhoea alternating with constipation
  • Passage of mucus, sometimes streaks of blood
  • Offensive odour of stools

Ayurveda treatment

  • Langhana- intake of such foods which are light in digestion.
  • Liquid cooked diet
  • Deepan Pachan Medicines to improve Agni (digestion).
  • Takrapaana, Ksheerpaan, curd
  • Basti

Diet and Lifestyle:

Increase intake of Indian gooseberry (Amla; Amalaki), Bael (Bilwa), garlic, asafoetida, and ginger. Avoid spicy, greasy, fried, stale, canned, and refrigerated food. Take simple and easily digestible foods like boiled rice and porridge. Avoid overeating, eating before the previous meal is digested, late night dinners, and in-between meal snacking. Foods like yam, potato, sweet potatoes etc. should be restricted. Reduce your stress.

Did you know Facts
  • Goldfish can see both infrared and ultraviolet light.When lightning strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees celsius (54,000 degrees fahrenheit)
  • Spiders are arachnids and not insects-all insects have 6 legs only.
  • Each time you see a full moon you always see the same side.
  • The only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia.
Recipe of the Month

Bael (Pathhar bael) ka sherbet:

Yield – 2 glasses

Ingredients:
  • Medium sized bael (woodapple) – 2
  • Powdered jaggery – 2 tablespoons
  • Powdered rock (black or pink) salt – 1/8 teaspoon or to taste
  • Roasted and powdered cumin seeds (jeera) – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 to 2 glasses

Method:   

1. Break open the fruit using a pestle or if you are adventurous, strike it against the floor or a platform till it splits open.

2. Using a spoon scoop the pulp and place in a large bowl. Pour a glass of water and using your palms gather and squish the pulp to separate the seeds and juice the pulp.

3. Press the juice through a soup Sieve to strain the fibers and seeds from the thick pulp. Scoop the pulp remaining in the sieve into a vessel and add more water. Repeat the squishing process and strain till all that remains in the sieve is the fiber.

4. Add jaggery to the strained juice and season with salt and cumin powders as per taste. Run the juice in a mixer. Pour in tall glasses and serve.

Health Benefits of Spinach Salad:

Useful in dysentery, indigestion and malnourishment. A household cure for heat and sun strokes.

Doctor of the Month
Dr. Rekha Varma, B.A.M.S.
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospital, JayaNagar, Bangalore
Dr.S.V.Mrithunjaya Prasad
Dr. Rekha Varma, Sr. Physician & Medical Superintendent, brings more than 20 years of experience to the AyurVAID Hospital at Kadavanthara, Ernakulam and to the AyurVAID Clinic at Jayanagar, Bangalore.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from the prestigious Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Calicut University.

She specializes in spondylosis, sinusitis and secondary amenorrhea. Special interests include supporting patients through Ayurveda to support the body’s healthy balance in relation to gynaecological issues and gastrointestinal diseases.

Dr. Rekha has a passionate involvement with the science of Ayurveda and, in particular, the futuristic domain of integrative medicine where modern medicine and Ayurveda are practised as a collaborative science for the holistic wellness of the patient at AyurVAID. Yet, at the same time, she ensures the highest standards of care based on classical Ayurveda principles.

She focuses on patient care first in an effort to ensure that each patient gets the best treatment Ayurveda can offer them in India.

While she is away from the hospital, she has 2 bubbling boys to keep her busy. She is also an ardent fan of the traditional art forms and revels in the concerts and Kappi during the Marghazhi Festival season of Chennai.
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 , Bangalore:
I am a 22 year old male studying in a college. I have a mouth ulcer from many days. It heals and comes back again. Along with that I have also observed that it gets worsened when my bowels are unclear. I have tried taking Folic acid tablets. As soon as I stop them mouth ulcers come again. Please suggest a remedy for this condition.

Kindly suggest a remedy.

Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:

Mouth or the so called oral cavity is said to be the mirror of the digestive system. Indigestion, constipation, less intake of water, excessive body heat are some of the common causes of mouth ulcers.Keep your body cool if you are of pitta prakrithi by choosing the right food and right lifestyle. Keep yourself hydrated with adequate amount of water. This will also help in clearing your bowels.

Application of honey and turmeric with the help of tip of your finger to the spot where there is a ulcer daily about 3-4 times helps to get immediate relief from the pain and also cures the ulcers early.This will lead to a bit of burning sensation but that subsides after 1 mins of application. Classical Ayurveda medicines for oral conditions like khadiradi vati, saptachadadi kashyam etc are useful. Take them under the supervision of an expert Ayurveda physician.

Consider Ayurveda shodhan therapy like Virechanam to get a permanent cure for recurrent mouth ulcers.

NaMo's Mantra:

Narendra Modi during National Ayurveda Summit 2014 spoke about various benefits of Ayurveda and the health problems common these days. He stressed on the need to bring Ayurveda to the world.

Here are the highlights of his speech:

There have been attempts to forget the nation’s glorious culture. Sadly, sometimes we begin suspecting ourselves.

Doctors of Ayurveda must have complete faith in Ayurveda.

Today holistic healthcare is becoming popular all over the world.

Rs.36 crore was the budget for Ayurveda when I took over now it is Rs. 325 crore.