August 2014


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भारतीय संस्कृति - प्रतिचिन्तनीय  - Ancient Indian Traditions –Revisited Part 2

Recipe of the Month

Doctor of the month


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भारतीय संस्कृति - प्रतिचिन्तनीय  - Ancient Indian Traditions –Revisited Part 2

Why do Indian women wear toe rings?

Wearing toe rings is not merely an indication of being married among Hindu women, but there is science behind it. Normally toe rings are worn on the second toe. A particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It will keep it healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and the menstrual cycle will be regularized. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energy from the earth and passes it to the body.

Applying Tilak on the forehead

On the forehead, between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. The Tilakm applied at this point, is believed to prevent the loss of "energy", the red ';kumkum'; between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and to control the levels of concentration. While applying kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are automatically pressed. This also facilitates the blood supply to the facial muscles.
Recipe of the Month

Moong dal soup:


Moong Dal - 1 Cup (Yellow-split), Water - 3 Cups,  Turmeric Powder - ¼ tsp , Oil - 1 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds - ½ tsp, Pinch of Asafoetida, Few strands of thinly sliced Ginger, Lemon Juice - 1 tsp, Coriander Leaves / Cilantro for garnishing,  Salt-As per taste


• Wash the Moong Dal several times until Water becomes clear.

• Now pressure cook the Dal, Salt, Turmeric Powder along with Water on medium heat.

• Once the Dal is cooked turn off the heat. Wait for the steam to escape and then open the pressure cooker.

• Puree the Dal using a hand blender. Add some Water if required and bring it to the desired consistency.

• Now heat Oil in a small pan, add Cumin Seeds and allow it to splutter.

• Then add the Asafoetida and turn off the heat. Pour this on the Soup.

• Also garnish with the Ginger slices, Coriander leaves / Cilantro and Lemon Juice.

Health Benefits of Moong dal soup:

Moong dal is a great source of protein. It is high in fiber and low in fat. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals. Ayurveda considers Moong dal to be one of the healthiest amongst all the lentils and therefore it is an essential part of a balanced diet.

Doctor of the Month
Dr. Byresh Appaiah, B.A.M.S. MD (Kayachikitsa)
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospital, JayaNagar, Bangalore
Dr. Byresh Appaiah, B.A.M.S. MD (Kayachikitsa)

Dr. Byresh Appaiah, Senior Physician, brings over 12 years of experience to AyurVAID Hospital, Domlur, Bangalore.

He holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery from the Government Ayurveda Medical College, Bangalore with a first class and Gold medal. He has a post graduate degree in Kayachikitsa from Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore and a diploma in Hospital & Health Management from IGNOU, New Delhi. Dr. Byresh has also certified by the National Accreditation Board for Hospital & Health Care Providers as an official Assessor for AYUSH Hospitals.

He specializes in Skin disorders (Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Acne, Lichen Planus), Hepato-biliary disorders, Peripheral Vascular Disorders (TAO, Varicose Veins), Respiratory ailments, Arthritis, Renal Calculi, Migraine & other headache, Spine disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders (Ulcerative colitis), Obesity, PCOS, Non-Healing Ulcers, corn, and Occupational stress-related injury

Dr. Byresh’s other special interests include: Neurological disorders, Skin, Arthritis problems.

Prior to joining AyurVAID, Dr. Byresh was a Lecturer in the Department of Kayachikitsa at SDM College of Ayurveda & Hospital, Hassan and jointly guided post graduate scholars in their dissertation works. He also served at Sri Kalabairaveshwara Ayurveda College, Bangalore.

He has participated In many clinical studies and research and has many prestigious publications to his name. He continues to publish and lecture regularly on various aspects of Ayurveda and Health. In 2007, he received an award as one among ‘Top Ten Consultants’ by SDM College of Ayurveda, Hospital, Hassan. He was a regular speaker on “Radio Doctor” of All India Radio, Hassan and guest speaker in “Nitya Sanjeevini” a daily Ayurvedic programme by ETV.

Dr Byresh enjoys reading books, writing articles, teaching, delivering lectures, drawing, listening to music, travelling & adventure activities.

According to Dr. Byresh, “Quality care and Patient safety is the core of AyurVAID. You can experience Evidence Based Ayurveda and evaluate the outcome of treatment for yourself here“.

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 Seema , Bangalore:

My name is Seema and I am 40 years old . Since about a month I have been experiencing pain in the knee joints after sitting for a few hours and also while walking and climbing stairs. I have cramps in the calf muscles, low back ache and fatigue. I have also gained excess weight in the recent past. Kindly advise.

Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:

Your symptoms suggest that there is a decline in bone health. According to Ayurveda this condition is called Sandhigata vata and it is caused due to imbalanced Vata dosha. Advancing age, lack of physical exercises, obesity, deficiency of Vit D and Calcium also trigger this condition.

Have a balanced diet, include whole grains and food which are rich in calcium like Til or sesame, ragi or millet, green leafy vegetables, beans ,ladies finger, low fat milk and buttermilk. Include fruits like apples, oranges and pomegranate in your diet. Regular exercises and adequate exposure to sunlight is a must.

Since this is a progressive disease, it is necessary to undergo Panchakarma therapies like Virechana or Purgation therapy and Basti or enema therapy. Also , Abhyangam or massages and Swedana or fomentation therapies are needed along with a variety of internal medicines under the guidance of expert Ayurveda physicians. Some Ayurvedic supplements which can help are Guggulu, Shalakki, Shatavari,Amalaki and Pravala bhasma which are to be taken as per Ayurvedic physican’s advice.

Patient Speak:

" I first walked into AyurVAID diagnosed with very high diabetic blood sugar. Dr. Byresh’s care was instrumental in giving me a new lifestyle. His patient ear and expert guidance has ensured that I now have normal RBS levels with no diabetic medication .

I am also extremely pleased with the cordial demeanour of the core/treatment team and the RMO (read as Dr Krishnendu) who don't lose a single opportunity to put you at ease and explain the method of the treatment you are undergoing .


Mr Prashanth Menon