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No one can deny a cup of tea or coffee with fresh air in the morning is indeed refreshing. In ayurveda anything taken in moderate quantity with due respect to ones, prakriti (physical constitution), the kala (season) and desa (land) he resides will always do good to the person. 2-3 cups of tea a day seems to be normal but do you realize in a long term that is for an year that makes it about 1000 cups of tea or coffee. Both tea and coffee has many health ill effects. So beware addicts. 

Did you know that 1 cup of tea have caffeine, little amounts of oxalates and tannin? Caffeine in tea or coffee can cause sleep disorders, anxiety and even irritability. Oxylates have to be feared by tea addicts as it can cause kidney stones. Tannin excess in the body can increase ones susceptibility to oesophageal cancer. Even drinking tea or coffee in steaming temperature makes one susceptible for oesophageal cancer. Drinking tea with milk blocks   tea’s positive health effect in the cardiovascular disease are because of casein in the milk. Casein in the milk has the property of binding hence it binds with molecules in the tea. Plant based milk like Soy milk which has no casein has no such effect like that of tea with cow’s milk.

Coffee is also not backward in health ill effects. It stains our teeth degrades our teeth’s color, and damages ones gastrointestinal system. Excess intake of coffee increases blood pressure, increases low density cholesterol that is called as the bad cholesterol in general and increases the susceptibility to iron deficiency anemia. Studies show that, coffee addicts are prone to coronary artery disease, anxiety, sleep disorders, irritability and increased still births. Don’t be terrified there are always alternatives. Nobody has to throw cup of tea you have taken with you right now to enjoy the read. Allow me to substitute the mere tea or coffee with you to herbal tea and see want it can do. Though it tastes like a tea and named herbal tea it is not prepared from tea leaves or coffee beans.

 

 

 
SANDHIGATHA VATA  (Osteoarthritis) by Dr. Sijay Dav

 

Ayurveda according to the basic principles a human body is composed of humors though the number of humors is still a controversy. The three humors mentioned in ayurvedic classics are vata, pitta and kapha. Any act that is not adjuvant to the Kaalam (time), Deham (physical body), Balam (strength) and Rithu (season) can bring about any ailment. Vyana vata dosha, one of the five types of vata dosha (dosha of air and empty space) governs the entire body and mind movements, that involves blood flow, heart pulsation, breathing and the thoughts in mind. The vitiation of this type of vata causes rheumatism. Osteoarthritis is essentially a vata disorder, with the involvement of pitta and Kapha doshas.

Vata has a Rookshatva (dryness) and Laghutva (lightness) as attributes and the doshas  vitiation leads to imbalance of the Kapha dosha depleting the synovial fluid, that provides cushion and lubrication to the joints. This depletion leads to osteoarthritis in which the cartilage in the joints wears away causing friction, causing pain and limited joint mobility. That affects the large weight-bearing joints, like the hips and knees.

Causes for Sandhigatha Vata:

·         Katinya (hardness) is considered to be a chief property of the bone. Calcium is that which enhances the hardness to it. So a diet with less calcium supplement can cause this ailment. Consuming dry, cold, fried oily or stale food, caffeine, red meat, excess salt, chocolates.

·        A few habits which are not noticed like  not regular in sleeping habits, suppressing natural urges, getting exposed to a severe cold and dry weather and excessive travel all this adds up to causes to the disorder in a long run.

·         Alcohol consumption in excess depletes the body of vitamins and minerals leads to deficiency of calcium even if were are taking it in our diets aggravating the vata dosha.

·         Life style : A main cause to the osteoarthritis is sedentary lifestyle, fast foods, high heels shoes long distance running, but all goes unnoticed in this instantaneous era. Mostly goes unnoticed as they are micro traumatic.

·        Congenital: Deformities like unequal bone length, miss alignments, joint shape, and bone mineral density.

·        Gender: A prime constitutional susceptibility; women are more prone to get this disorder than men because after menopause the hormonal state in a women augments to increase the risk factor.           

·       Post traumatic : Incidents like accidents, fall, and hit. Generally trauma can be divided into macro trauma and micro trauma. Macro trauma are for examples like fracture and micro trauma are noticed later as they are noticeable when they are more chronic . 

 

 

Ayurvedic Approach to Obesity by Rajesh Kotecha

 

Ayurveda according to the basic principles a human body is composed of humors though the number of humors is still a controversy. The three humors mentioned in ayurvedic classics are vata, pitta and kapha. Any act that is not adjuvant to the Kaalam (time), Deham (physical body), Balam (strength) and Rithu (season) can bring about any ailment. Vyana vata dosha, one of the five types of vata dosha (dosha of air and empty space) governs the entire body and mind movements, that involves blood flow, heart pulsation, breathing and the thoughts in mind. The vitiation of this type of vata causes rheumatism. Osteoarthritis is essentially a vata disorder, with the involvement of pitta and Kapha doshas.

Vata has a Rookshatva (dryness) and Laghutva (lightness) as attributes and the doshas  vitiation leads to imbalance of the Kapha dosha depleting the synovial fluid, that provides cushion and lubrication to the joints. This depletion leads to osteoarthritis in which the cartilage in the joints wears away causing friction, causing pain and limited joint mobility. That affects the large weight-bearing joints, like the hips and knees.

Causes for Sandhigatha Vata:

·         Katinya (hardness) is considered to be a chief property of the bone. Calcium is that which enhances the hardness to it. So a diet with less calcium supplement can cause this ailment. Consuming dry, cold, fried oily or stale food, caffeine, red meat, excess salt, chocolates.

·        A few habits which are not noticed like  not regular in sleeping habits, suppressing natural urges, getting exposed to a severe cold and dry weather and excessive travel all this adds up to causes to the disorder in a long run.

·         Alcohol consumption in excess depletes the body of vitamins and minerals leads to deficiency of calcium even if were are taking it in our diets aggravating the vata dosha.

·         Life style : A main cause to the osteoarthritis is sedentary lifestyle, fast foods, high heels shoes long distance running, but all goes unnoticed in this instantaneous era. Mostly goes unnoticed as they are micro traumatic.

·        Congenital: Deformities like unequal bone length, miss alignments, joint shape, and bone mineral density.

·        Gender: A prime constitutional susceptibility; women are more prone to get this disorder than men because after menopause the hormonal state in a women augments to increase the risk factor.           

·       Post traumatic : Incidents like accidents, fall, and hit. Generally trauma can be divided into macro trauma and micro trauma. Macro trauma are for examples like fracture and micro trauma are noticed later as they are noticeable when they are more chronic . 

 

 
Ayurveda out of balance: 93 % of medicinal plants threatened with extinction - By John Platt


Ayurvedic medicine could face an uncertain future as 93 percent of the wild plants used in the practice are threatened with extinction due to overexploitation, the Times of India reports.

The Botanical Survey of India recently prioritized 359 wild medicinal plant species and conducted an assessment throughout the country to determine their health. The news wasn't good. Of the 359 species, 335 were categorized as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened. 

The survey used criteria and categories established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its Red List of Threatened Species.

According to India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, 95 percent of plants used in Ayurvedic medicine are collected from the wild, and about two-thirds of that harvest uses "destructive means" that can damage or kill the plants.

To help keep these plant species from going extinct, the Indian government in 2008 initiated a program (pdf) to relocate species from the wild, study how to domesticate them, and promote sustainable harvest protocols. This survey is the latest step in that program.

Aside from its historical and cultural significance, Ayurvedic medicines could bring profits to India's coffers. The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is currently exploring export opportunities for Ayurvedic medicine through Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited, a company owned by the Indian government. Already, Ayurvedic treatments, vacations and consultants are popular among some alternative health consumers in the U.S.

Of course, other traditional Asian medicines have been attacked for their use of parts from endangered animals, such as tiger bones and rhino horns, but Ayurveda has so far avoided such criticisms.

 

Saankhya Darsana by Dr. Sangeetha Rajah

 

PRINCIPLES

Saankhya believes that the knowledge that discriminates between the world of causes and the world of effects is a liberating knowledge. Two ultimate eternal realities are recognised in this system, viz.; Purusha, the Spirit and prakriti, the Nature / Maya. Besides these two there are twenty-three other elements that form this universe. These evolve from Prakriti whereas Purusha is non-matter or pure spirit.  These 25 principles are responsible for the structure of the universe on all levels.
 
Creation of this universe begins with Iswara Iccha or the desire /will of God.  Purusha is the soul or spirit and is the witness to anything and everything of this universe. Purusha is the knower, the known and the object of knowledge.  He is manly, omnipresent, omniscient, but does not get involved in any kind of action with regard to creation, sustenance and dissolution of this universe.
 
Prakrti, on the other hand, is the doer of all actions, is feminine, and is involved in creation, sustenance and dissolution of this universe.  Without Purusha, Prakrti becomes incapable of creation. Prakrti is Maya, the cause of all the miseries and actions.
 
THE PROCESS OF CREATION

Purusha is the first principle and Prakrti the second one.  Without the union of Purusha and Prakrti, creation cannot take place.  Purusha and Prakrti combine to form the Avyakta.   From Avyakta is formed the third principle Mahat or Buddhi, the cosmic intelligence. The universe first arises as a meditation of the cosmic intelligence and only later takes on form externally. Mahat is Prakrti molded by the will of God.
 
The fourth principle Ahamkaara arises from Mahat. Ahamkaara is the Ego principle, the power of division inherent in nature and a stage of evolution.  Under the focus of ego, the three basic gunas (qualities) of nature Satva, Rajas and Tamas, diversify into three groups of five – the five senses, the five organs of action, the mind and the subtle forms of the five basic elements.
 
From Saatvika and Raajasika ahamkaara, arise the five senses namely the organs of sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing and the five organs of action the hands, feet, organs of speech, excretion and reproduction.  The mind is also evolved.
 
From Taamasika and Raajasika ahamkaara, evolve the subtle form of the five basic elements called the Pancha Tanmaatras. The five tanmaatras are the Prthivi tanmaatra , Ap tanmaatra, Tejas tanmaatra, Vaayu tanmaatra and Aakaasa tanmaatra.  From these tanmaatras evolve the five basic elements Prthivi, Ap, Tejas, Vaayu and Aakaasa in their gross and subtle forms.  Thus the universe is created.
         
THE PROCESS OF DISSOLUTION

The  cause and effect are the undeveloped and developed states of one and the same substance. There is no such thing as total destruction. In destruction, the effect is absorbed into its cause. That is all.  At the time of destruction or dissolution, the five mahabhutas merge into their respective tanmaatras and the latter into Ahamkaara.  Similarly, the 5 senses, 5 organs of action and the mind merge into Ahamkaara.  The Ahamkaara becomes one with the Mahat and the latter with Avyakta.  Then Purusha and Prakrti separate and that is the end of the universe.
 
Moksha THROUGH SAANKHYA

Iswara Krishna, in his Saankhya Kaarika, states that by mere understanding and the knowledge of the 25 principles of Saankhya, one can attain Moksha, irrespective of his varna and aasrama.  Contemplating on the 25 principles, we understand that everything in the universe and in fact the universe itself is transient.  Only Purusha or God is permanent.  Gradual detachment from worldly affairs and material life takes place, resulting in the absorption into Brahman.

Ayurveda AND SAANKHYA

Ayurveda relies on the Saankhya system  for its principles on creation and dissolution of this universe. Important Ayurvedic texts like the Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita deal with the principles of Saankhya in detail. Understanding Ayurveda and its essence with regard to the herbs and their qualities, diseases and their nature, treatment and its principles becomes easier only when the principles of Saankhya are contemplated upon. In short, the basics of Ayurveda - the tridosha and the Paanchabhautika theories - are may be understood through Saankhya. 

 

 

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