In This Issue
World Health Day
Recipe of the month
Doctor of the month
Ayurveda Can, AyurVAID Does
6th May 2014
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World Health Day
This summer on 7 April, WHO celebrated World Health Day which discussed on vector-borne diseases. The World Health Day is celebrated every year on the same day, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO). This celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.
World Health Day 2014 will spotlight some of the most commonly known vectors – such as mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks and snails – responsible for transmitting a wide range of parasites and pathogens that can cause many different illnesses. WHO is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan “Small bite, big threat”. The goal of the World Health Day 2014 campaign is to provide better protection from vector -borne diseases, especially........by vectors, and to travellers to countries where vector-borne diseases pose a major health threat. Poor sections of the population, particularlythose with lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as those with weakened.......susceptible to such diseases. WHO is calling for a renewed focus on vector control and better provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene – which sets targets for the period 2012–2020.
Classical Ayurveda texts have dealt with such epidemics, calling them 'Janapadodhvansa', meaning complete erosion or destruction of a 'Janapada'( province) because of disease or unfavourable conditions caused by air, water, soil conditions or season. As Sage Atreya propounded to his disciple Agnivesha:
प्रकृत्यादिभिर्भावेर्मनुष्याणाम येअन्ये भावा:
समानलिंगश्चव्याधेयोअभिनिर्वर्तमाना जनपदमुद्ध्वन्सयन्ति ते तु खल्विमे भावा:
सामान्या जनपदेषु भवन्ती तद्ध्यथा - वायु: उदकम देश: काल इति ! च. वि. 3/6 !
“Even though people differ in terms of various characteristics, there are ….........community. Variations in the season significantly above or below the normal, noxious air with excessive, unusual moisture; and unsuitable smell, vapour, dust, etc.; water having undesirable smell,colour, odour, taste and touch; insalubrious climate with undesirable conditions pertaining to colour, smell, taste or touch, marked by excessive moisture and troubled by mosquitos, locusts, flies, reptiles – significant changes in all these four areas destroy communities. The root cause for the derangement of all 4 factors is unrighteousness of Karma.
In today's day and age, the speed of urbanisation has led to increasingly unlealthy environment and pollution. All these conditions are favourable for growing many vectors responsible for various serious illnesses. Modern world is unable to understand the impact of these factors and takes into account only the visible issues like vectors and their impact on communities. Hence, the vector control remains the most important tool in preventing outbreaks of vector-borne diseases. WHO adopted simple adopt simple, cost-effective interventions like insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying of chemicals under global health agenda and saved millions of lives too. But synthetic chemicals and insecticides used for control of vectors are causing irreversible damage to the eco-system, non-degradable in nature. Moreover, with continuous use, the vectors will develop resistance to these synthetic chemicals and cause devastation of the bio-atmosphere. Some repellents of synthetic origin may cause skin irritation and affect the dermisand these chemical repellents are not safe for public use. Repellents of plant origin do not pose hazards of toxicity to human and domestic animals and are easily biodegradable.
Natural products are safe for human when compared When compared with synthetic compounds. The phytochemicals derived from plant resources can act as larvicides, insect growth regulators, repellents and ovipositional attractants, having deterrent activities. Prickly ash or Tejphala (hindi); Neem and Wild turmeric, Ocimum (Tulasi) were among them and have been reported to possess repellent properties against mosquitoes and land leeches also. Repellent action of Neem oil in the form of matsand Neem cream are very effective against mosquitoes. Lemon grass and eucalyptus plants extracts are commonly used in China against mosquitoes. Lantana flowers are reported to have been used as reprellants against Aedes mosquitoes.
Plants like Tulasi, Neem, Podina (horsemint), Marigolds and Citronella etc, growing at home are certainly useful for repelling mosquitoes, bugs, sand flies, tick etc. Direct burning of Tulasi and Lantana plants is the most common method of repelling these vectors in some parts of the country. Placing branches or whole plants of Caraway, Celery, Fennel, Mullilam and Zedoary (one kind of Curcuma species) Is also useful for repellent action.
Vinegar is powerful mould killer and neutraliser of biting insect toxins. Multani mitti is soother and and is capable of absorbing toxins from the biting site. Application of tea tree oil, clove oil are also good for the same purpose. In emergency situations like going out of town or travelling to such vector prone areas, use of deodorants and baby oil is also useful.
Avoding moisture and water stagnation around housing socities is the best means of controlling causes of vector borne diseases. Maintaining cleanliness, dryness at home should be mandatory for everyone. Dhupan Karma as described in Ayurveda by Karpoora, Guggula etc are also effective.
We can support the WHO and the world in the fight against vector-borne diseases easily and without much stress by following these natural ways.
Recipe of the Month
STRAWBERY AND MINT LEMONADE:
5 cups of water, 1½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 cups of fresh strawberries, 1 cup of sugar, 6-8 fresh mint leaves.
In a vessel, combine 1 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves completely. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set this simple syrup aside to cool
Muddle (mash) the strawberries until they are all mushed and make a thick strawberry paste.
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, the strawberries, and the remaining 4 cups of water. Stir to combine. Add about half of the simple syrup into the mixture and stir to combine. Continue to add the simple syrup, ¼ cup at a time, until the lemonade reaches your desired level of sweetness.
Add the mint leaves and stir to combine.
Serve chilled to beat the heat!
Health Benefits of Strawbery and Mint Lemonade:
Strawberries are packed with nutrition. They are a god source of Vit C, are powerful antioxidants and also have anti inflammatory properties.
Lemon is widely used in Ayurveda.It promotes digestion and helps to get rid of Ama dosha or the toxins resulting from poor digestion.It is also a good source of Vit C
Apart from its refreshing aroma, Mint or Pudina is also an antibacterial and anti septic.
Doctor of the Month
Dr.S.V.Mrithunjaya Prasad, B.A.M.S.
Sr. Physician, AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthy Nagar, Bangalore
, Senior Physician at AyurVAID Hospital, Ramamurthynagar brings 13 years of experience to AyurVAID. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery from Ayurveda College, Coimbatore.
Dr. Prasad is an uncompromising adherent of pure Ayurveda, a quality and tradition that he acquired from his father a respected Ayurveda physician who practiced Ayurveda for more than 50 years.
Prior to AyurVAID, he worked as lecturer and Head of Department of Rasasastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, Ayurveda college, Coimbatore. Thereafter, he worked as Physician in Calicut branch as well as different agencies of The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy(CBE) Ltd in Kozhikode and Wynad Districts of Kerala. Later, Dr. Prasad served in different parts of Sultanate of Oman as Ayurvedic Physician for more than 5 years. He understands Arabian culture and can converse fluently in Arabic.
He has experience in manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines and remedies- a strength that he brings to the benefit of his numerous patients by preparing fresh classical Ayurveda medicines that multiplies the efficacy of the medicines and helps in curing the most chronic and complicated of ailments.
Dr. Prasad is an expert in the classical Ayurveda management of Gastrointestinal Disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Peptic Disorders. He has extensive experience in the treatment of neurological and orthopaedic disorders.
He is known for his essays on classical Ayurveda in various academic fora and is widely respected for his integrity of purpose and commitment to the practice and growth of Ayurveda medical science.
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 Ravi, Bangalore:
My name is Ravi and I am 35 years old. I frequently suffer from lack of appetite, feeling of fullness in the abdomen, lethargy, headaches, heaviness in the body and body ache. Also, I am unable to pass gas and have increased bowel movements with less quantity of stools.
Kindly suggest a remedy.
Vaid: Mahadevan's Response:
Your symptoms are due to Ajeerna or Indigestion. According to Ayurveda, Ajeera happens due to Mandaagni or a sluggish digestive system. A well balanced Agni is a must for proper metabolic activity to take place. The improperly digested food will not be able to nourish the bodily tissues or dhatus properly and it leads to the above symptoms.
Agni can get deranged not only due to wrong eating habits but also due to faulty lifestyle habits. In order to protect the Agni it is important to maintain proper quantity of food. Do not overeat, under eat or stay hungry. Always eat food which is homologous to your system, place and climate.
Avoid eating heavy snacks in between meals. Limit the use of tea and coffee. Avoid excessively spicy, oily foods, sweets, frozen food and junk food. Avoid intake of curd in the night.
Use more of Cumin or Jeera, Hing or Asafoetida, Fennel, Ginger, Pepper, Garlic, Coriander, Green gram, Saindhava lavan or rock salt in cooking. Include Ghee and Buttermilk in the diet.
Avoid sleeping during the daytime and staying up late in the nights. Exercise for about 30 minutes everyday. Do not suppress natural urges of urination and defecation.
Medicines for increased bowel movements with less quantity of stools have been included in your prescription.
After recovery, for long term benefits and to strengthen the digestive system, consider a course of Ayurvedic Panchakarma or detoxifiacation therapies.
Ayurveda Can, AyurVAID Does:
" A 28 year old woman with history of bilateral poly-cystic ovaries, early pregnancy failure, inability to conceive after that, consulted AyurVAID Hospital, Domlur in 2012. She completed classical panchakarma treatments under the expert guidance of Dr.Lavanya Sridharan in May 2013. Patient conceived in August 2013, delivered a baby boy on 19th March 2014. Both mother and child are doing fine. "
Kudos to Dr. Lavanya and the AyurVAID, Domlur team. And Congratulations and very Best Wishes to our patient and her family