March 2014

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In This Issue

Diabetes Mellitus
Guidelines to monitor your sugar
Diet Guidelines
Recipe of the month
Doctor of the month
Ask VAID:
Milestone

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Upcoming Event -
1. Ayurveda Cooking Workshop –

AyurVAID invites you for a cookery session on 5th March Wednesday 3.30 - 5.30 pm at AyurVAID Hospitals, Domlur.

This session will get you ready to start cooking in the Ayurvedic style as we cover some basic food philosophy. You will learn how to serve, eat and savour the meal the Ayurveda way. We will cover how to view food and eating in a unique way.

This class will introduce you to an entirely new way of thinking about food and illustrate how to use Aharam as one of the tools to improve the quality of your life. Learn new concepts, new viewpoints, a new paradigm towards food.

2. Celebrate Women’s day and Discover – Unique concept of Inner Beauty
-- "Roopam, gunam, vayastyag, iti shubhanga karanam."

According to Ayurveda, there are three mainstays of beauty.
  • Roopam is external beauty -- embodied as shining hair and a glowing complexion.
  • Gunam indicates internal beauty -- the beauty that shines from within, characterized by a warm pleasing personality and innocence of mind and heart
  • And vayastyag means eternal beauty - looking, and feeling younger altogether
  • This Sanskrit phrase translates as follows: “Shubh” – “auspicious” “Anga” – “body part” and “Kaarnam” – “transformation
Real beauty is present when all the parts of the body are transformed to the most auspicious level. This makes you radiant and elegant other than being beautiful. This is the power of Shubh Anga Karanam - shining through your being.

Please reserve the date of 8th March 11 to 12 pm to Discover- Unique concept of inner Beauty at AyurVAID Hospitals Domlur, Bangalore.


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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus is a common lifestyle disorder. Ayurveda lists Madhumeha (Madhu-sweet, Meha- excess urination) as a Mahagada (Dreadful disorder) considering the severity of the disease. In recent years the incidence has increased drastically due to different factors but sedentary life style contributes the most thus providing evidence of the statement of Acharya Charaka dated long years ago

मन्दोत्साहमतिस्थूलमतिस्निग्धम् महाशनम् ।
मृत्युः प्रमेहरुपेण क्षिप्रमादाय गच्छति ॥
( Charaka Samhita Nidaana sthaana 4/51)

The exhibition of the disease is mainly due to accumulation of excess Kapha and medas which in turn disturbs the balance in the body. The symptoms initially start with minor complaints but ends with life threatening complications. Diabetes Mellitus has become an alarming disease which requires a well defined treatment protocol along with constant monitoring. Classical Ayurveda treatments like Panchakarma and medicines help in effective management of diabetes.

Causative factors:
  • Sedentary Life Style
  • Excess and wrong food style
  • Day sleep
  • Genetic Factor
  • Not undergone periodic shodhana karma (Detoxification therapy)

Symptoms:

  • Increased urination
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased Hunger
  • Various Infections

Warning signs:

  • Lethargy (Physical, Mentally)
  • Burning sensation in palms & soles
  • Numbness in palms & soles
  • Increased urination

Management:

Ayurveda explains the management of Diabetes Mellitus with equal importance for food, Medicines & Activities. A well defined treatment approach is not limited to reducing blood sugar levels but also contributes in maintaining healthy life along with preventing the further complication.

Treatments :

  • Shodhana (Detoxification therapy)
  • Rookshana – In form of Udvartana, takradhara etc
  • Snehana- Abhyanga,Shirodhara
  • Shamana (Medicines)
  • Pathyahara & Vihara
Kala (Season) and Vyadhi (Disease)


There are major factors which influence the quality outcome of the treatment like Desha, Kala, Bala, Avastha etc among the kala (Season) also plays major role. Vasantha rutu (Mid March to Mid May) is a second rutu during uttarayana where accumulated kapha starts liquefying ending in most of kaphaja diseases or aggravating the persisted diseases. DM is one such disease (due to excess kapha & Meda) during the season the symptoms may aggravate when rutuacharya (Seasonal regimen) not followed accordingly.

During Vasantha Rutu, the regimen explained to reduce kapha accumulation in the body in form of Ahara, Vihara & Aushadha . Shodhana (Detoxification) in the form of Vamanakarma (Emesis therapy) considered as most ideal for removing excess accumulated kapha in the body. The dual benefits of shodhana help in arresting the disease prognosis and preventing the upcoming seasonal diseases.
Guidelines to monitor your sugar levels

diabetes symptoms
  • Get your blood sugar levels and HBA1C checked in a laboratory every 3 months if you are above 30 years of age.
  • Check your blood sugar with a blood glucose monitor in the morning, after lunch and after dinner, every 2 days if you are a diabetic.
  • Keep a check on blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels as a diabetic generally tends to have high BP and cholesterol.
  • If you are on insulin, check your blood sugar before all the major meals to modulate the food intake.
  • Check your toes and legs for any hurt or wound and don’t delay the treatment.
  • If obese, try to lose weight and maintain it.

Diet guidelines

Monitoring your diet is very important as the food you eat directly affects your blood sugar levels. In order to make sure you are eating healthy, follow these tips:
  1. Eat in small quantities frequently every 2 to 3 hours rather than eating 3 large meals.
  2. Include complex carbohydrates in every meal – whole wheat, ragi, jowar, brown rice, oats, broken wheat etc.
  3. Avoid refined cereal products like bread, noodles, polished rice, etc. as they can raise blood sugar levels.
  4. Choose fibre-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains, etc. Replace rice with broken wheat (daliya) twice to thrice in a week.
  5. Low-fat milk products like curd, paneer and egg whites, lean chicken and fish are great protein sources which can prove helpful in diabetes management.
  6. If you are a vegetarian, whole pulses and dals can provide little protein and good amounts of fibre.
  7. You can enjoy all vegetables especially green, leafy ones. Limit your intake of potatoes, sweet potatoes, especially the fried ones.
  8. Reduce butter, ghee and oil intake. Also, avoid processed foods like cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat foods as they are loaded with fats, salt and sugar and can aggravate complications like blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  9. Sugary foods are a complete no-no.
  10. Always carry a snack/chocolates or candy with you when travelling to avoid hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and dizziness.
Recipe of the Month

RAGI IDLY:

Ingredients:
Ragi or millet flour- 2 cups, Urad daal-1 cup,
Fenugreek seeds -1 tsp , Salt -as per taste.

Method:
                        
Wash the urad daal well and soak it for half-an-hour along with the fenugreek seeds. Grind the daal into smooth paste with a blender or grinder. When the daal is well done, add the millet flour and blend everything together to a smooth paste until the batter is fluffy. Add salt to the batter and mix everything well. Let it sit overnight or 6-7 hours to allow fermentation to take place. When the batter has risen by 1/3rd of its original size , it is ready to be steamed. Pour it into idli moulds and let it steam for 5-7 minutes. Remove the hot idlis from the moulds and serve the idlis with chutney or sambar.

Health Benefits of Ragi Idly:

This is a totally diabetic-friendly recipe. Ragi or millet flour is a complex carbohydrate grain, which has a low glycaemic index, meaning it raises the blood sugars more slowly compared to simple carbs.

Doctor of the Month
Dr. Melarkode Subramania Iyer Mahadevan, B.A.M.S.
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospitals, Domlur, Bangalore

Dr. Mahadevan Iyer
Dr. Mahadevan Iyer, Sr. Physician, is the Medical Superintendent (MS) of AyurVAID Hospital, Domlur, Bangalore. He is one of the senior most Ayurveda physicians in the country and certainly in the entire AyurVAID team, with over two decades of practice. A fourth generation Ayurveda physician, he holds a Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery from the Ayurveda College, Coimbatore.


He specialises in neurological and spine disorders, orthopaedic disorders, diabetes and diabetic complications, and many other chronic diseases and conditions. His family expertise and speciality in pulse diagnosis has given him a name which is wide-spread across India and different parts of the world.

Prior to joining the AyurVAID team he has worked for the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore for nearly 14 years in their hospitals and treatment centers in India and abroad. He was the Chief Medical Officer at the Taj Ayurveda Centre, Calicut. Over the years he has treated several national and international dignitaries including members of royal families, parliamentarians, high level bureaucrats, businessmen and sports celebrities. With additional MBA qualification, Dr. Mahadevan brings in a blend of administrative skills and core Ayurveda chikitsa expertise to AyurVAID hospitals.

He is the second son of Late M.V.Subramania Iyer, who was a renowned Ayurveda physician as well as an expert astrologer. Dr. Mahadevan has learned Vedas, Poojas and astrolgy from his father and is one of the leading singers of Sampradaya Bhajans of Melarkode Bhajan troup and has performed Bhajans across India and overseas.
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 Mr Mohit, Bangalore:

I am a 45 year old male, working professional suffering from acidity, fullness of stomach and unclear motion. Also Dr I have a lot of fatigue and sleeplessness.

Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:

All of your above symptoms indicate a typical digestive disorder and related problems. According to Ayurveda excess of Pitta dosha leads to burning sensation in upper abdomen and chest, excess of Vata leads to fullness of stomach and leads to hard motions.

Be disciplined in your food habits and set your daily routine.Obviously, avoid deep fried and processed, spicy food and cut down your intake of junk and outside food. Drink warm water regularly and avoid cold food/drinks in general.

Consider Ayurveda therapies like Virechanam (Body detoxification) to eliminate excess pitta and ensure clear motions.

Once the digestion becomes normal, your level of fatigue will come down and you will have a better sleep as proper digestion ensures proper absorption of nutrients in the body.

Practise Yoga exercises regularly to remain fit.

You are advised to to check your blood lipid levels and sugar levels.

Specific medications are enclosed in the prescription based on your consultation.

Milestone:

Pioneering Breakthroughs for Ayurveda

nabh re-accredation

AyurVAID Hospital, Domlur, Bangalore, has become the FIRST Ayurveda hospital to be successfully re-accredited by NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers). The hospital, whichis India's first NABH accredited Ayurveda hospital, was initially accredited for a period of three years, upon completion of which the reaccreditation process was undertaken. The hospital has now been accredited for another period of three years. This is yet another proud and historic moment for the AyurVAID family and for the Ayurveda sector as a whole.

The re-accreditation is a mark of continuous quality improvement in patient care practiced at the hospital, resulting in highest quality of medical results, while ensuring highest level of patient safety. AyurVAID Hospital values patient feedbacks and does regularly assess patient satisfaction with an intent to improve the care processes. AyurVAID team feels proud to receive the accreditation that energizes and continuously inspires us to provide our best to the patients.