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Kindly have a look at our newly launched website http://ayushkar.com. This site is exclusively devoted to organic Ayurveda herbs and spices. So, you have an authentic source of organic Ayurveda supplies from Chakrapani InstituteWe all are aware that Ayurveda is largely a herbal science and its principles are based on Laws of Nature and never separates man from its environment. It delves into the medicinal properties of herbs and studies their effects on the human system. In fact Ayurveda uses more than four thousand herbs for its various methods for healing and prevention, out of which one thousand are very commonly used in regular prescriptions.


  However due to various unfortunate reasons the ecosystem today is going out of balance and vegetation is being most affected. This is leading to extinction of various species of plants all over the globe. In fact lot of herbs that were earlier easily available for treatment in Ayurveda are becoming almost impossible to procure in the present times. In reference to this I came across an article which highlights the fact that 93 percent of medicinal plants are threatened with extinction. We have published this article in this edition of our Newsletter for all our readers, so that all of us are conscious of this loss and take measures to reverse this alarming situation in the best possible way.
We heartily welcome your suggestion on our newsletter how to make it more useful and knowledgeable.
Best Regards and Namaste.

Dr. Rajesh Kotecha 'Vaidya', M.D. (Ayurveda)
Director,
Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center

 

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.

 
Interesting Health News

 

UNITED STATES: Study shows a whopping two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and obesity rates for children are at or above 30 percent in 30 states. 

The percentage of adults classified as obese went up in 23 states, but Mississippi, with 32.5 percent, stayed atop the latest annual rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. The same survey put the state’s adult obesity rate at 31.7 percent in 2008. In addition, 44.4 percent of Mississippi children ages 10 to 17 are classified as overweight or obese, the study found. 

Doctors have linked obesity to increased risks of a variety of conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and heart disease. Wednesday’s study found the current U.S. economic slump could worsen the problem by putting more nutritious food out of the reach of struggling families. 

Dr. Ed Thompson, Mississippi’s state health officer, said the state is taking steps to address what he called “a multifaceted problem,” targeting schoolchildren in particular. “We can’t tell our children to eat wise dietary choices and then provide them with little except for poor dietary choices in their school cafeterias,” Thompson said.
 

 

Recipe from Grandma's Diary : Paranta

 

Ingredients :

1.    Whole Wheat Flour  2 cups

2.    Spinach  (Finely Chopped) 100 gm

3.    Salt    to taste

4.    Chilly Powder  - ½ tea sp.

5.    Turmeric Powder  - ½ tea sp.

6.    Ajwain   - 2 pinch

7.    Edible oil  for frying  

8.   Water ( enough to form a  hard dough)

9.    Iron plate

10. Pastry board & rolling pin

11. Bowl to form dough 

Method
  1. Put the flour in a small bowl and add  all the above mentioned ingredients  from  no. 2 to no. 6.  Add enough water to make a hard dough. Knead lightly with slightly oiled hands.
  2. Divide the dough into golf ball like size or pieces ( or break off small individual amounts as you work)  and roll the dough out as a chapati ( but thicker than chapati ). 
  3. Pre heat the iron pan before keeping the  parantha  on it, be careful in putting the  parantha on the  hot pan  because it may break.
  4. After a few seconds  turn over the parantha  with the help of tongs. Now grease this surface  with oil or ghee and quickly turn over the parantha on to the iron plate.
  5. Grease the other side also with oil or ghee, turn over the parantha again.
  6. Keep it on the hot plate for a fraction of seconds until you observe brown spots over it and then place it on a flat dish or plate. 

Points to remember
  1.   Serve it hot  with either green coriander chutney or tomato chutney  or any vegetable. 2.   The spinach can be finely chopped or you can also steam the spinach for 2 minutes  then drain excess water and blend it in the blender . This spinach puree can be mixed in to the flour along with all the other ingredients and then paranthas can be prepared in the same manner.
  3.   The Paranthas can be stacked one over the other on the serving plate or the warming pot. 
Servings
   : 4 Persons 

 

 
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