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A Combo of Ancient Herb, Ashwagandha, Cows' Milk Boosts Immunity
Ashwagandha, an herb used in the 5,000-year old practice of Ayurvedic medicine, along with whole cows' milk can help boost immunity, says a group of US researchers.

The first-of-its-kind study was led by Heather Zwickey of the National College of Natural Medicine's Helfgott Research Institute, Portland, OR, and her colleagues Jeremy Mikolai, Andrew Erlandsen, Andrew Murison, Will Gregory, Padma Raman-Caplan and Kimberly Brown. Mikolai, Erlandsen and Murison have presented the team's findings during the 23rd annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which is being held August 13-16, 2008 in Phoenix.

While many consumers today may consume the herb with water or no liquid at all, researchers know that Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera (WS)) has typically been taken with an anupana substance. Anupana may be derived from many different substances, from olive oil, to beer, to ghee. To determine if an anupana substance would help enhance Ashwagandha's immune properties, the research team used milk in a co-administered intervention along with the herb extract.

Cows' milk was chosen over goats' milk and other potential substances because Ayurvedic medicine considers it to be a strengthening, nutritive driver for medicines. This made it an appropriate choice for an immunological study.

To measure the effects of the herb in humans, the researchers examined the impact the herb had on cell activation in lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell and come in four forms: (1) Natural Killer cells, which are a major component of the immune system and best known for their ability to respond to virally-infected cells and tumors; (2) B-cells, which make antibodies that bind to a virus or microorganism and then destroy it; (3) CD4+ T cells (also known as helper cells), which coordinate the immune system's response; and (4) CD8+ T cells, which kill cells that become infected.

The research team took blood samples from five healthy volunteers (three female; two male; average age 27) to set a baseline for immune cell levels. They administered an alcohol and water extract of Ashwagandha totaling approximately two teaspoons (6mL) in eight ounces of cows' milk. The liquids were consumed twice a day for four days. Load work was drawn again at 24 and 96 hours post-baseline to look for differences in the cells.

Consuming Ashwagandha with cows' milk had the following effects on the human immune system - there was a statistically significant overall increase in the level of white blood cell activation. Cell activation was most pronounced in the CD56+ Natural Killer cells. This is important, since these cells play a critical role in the body's response to the flu, the mumps or tumors.

Also, there was a statistically significant increase in the number of CD4+ T helper cells. While both CD8+ T helper cells and B cells also increased, the amount was not significant.

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A new study has revealed that Ayurvedic Drugs may be safer, and just as effective, as Glucosamine and Celecoxib in treating patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis, or OA as it is commonly called, is the most common joint disease affecting middle-age and older people. It is characterized by progressive damage to the joint cartilage, the slippery material at the end of long bones, and causes changes in the structures around the joint. These changes can include Fluid Accumulation, Bony Overgrowth, and Loosening and Weakness of Muscles and Tendons, all of which may Limit Movement and Cause Pain and Swelling.

Ayurvedic Therapy is rooted in ancient Indian civilization and is considered to be the precursor to many other forms of Asian medicine. It is practiced popularly in India to treat several chronic disorders.

Researchers recently spent five years studying the safety and effectiveness of ayurvedic herbal drugs, in comparison to glucosamine and celecoxib, two commonly used treatments for OA.

In this randomized, double-blind study, researchers followed 440 with painful knee OA.

After dividing patients into one of four groups (two groups were placed on different types of ayurvedic therapy, one group was placed on Glucosamine, and one group on Celecoxib), researchers compared the effectiveness and safety of each therapy over a 24-week period by looking at active pain, difficulty and function, and side effects in the patients.

Researchers found that none of the groups experienced serious side effects - those taking Ayurvedic Therapy showed even fewer side effects overall.

The results showed Ayurvedic Treatments to be relatively Safe and as Effective as Glucosamine and Celecoxib for improving Pain and Function in patients with OA.

The Study has been presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, California.

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Importance of Cow's Ghee
Ghee is the essence of Milk (is the essence or Sap of all Plants). The ingestion of Ghee is like offering the finest of fuels into the fires of Digestion- Agni. In accord with this, Ghee builds the Aura, makes all the organs soft, builds up the Internal Juices of the body-Rasa, which are destroyed by Aging and Increases the most refined element of Digestion-Shukra & Ojas, the underlying basis of all Immunity and the “Essence of all Bodily Tissues”. Ghee is the “Single most Ojas Producing food on Earth”. Ghee is known to increase intelligence--Dhi, refine the intellect-Buddhi and improve the memory-Smrti. Cow’s Ghee is used in many ways and in many diseases as told in Ayurveda Shastra.

Although Ghee kindles or increases the digestive fire- Agni, on which all nutrition depends, it does so without aggravating Pitta- the elemental functioning of fire within the body. Use of Ghee in Ayurveda means by default it is Cow’s Ghee.

Ghee causes Secretions and Liquification in the Dhatus-bodily tissues that dissolve Wastes allowing the functional Intelligences of the body-Doshas to carry away Toxins-Ama. The ingestion of Ghee is used in Panchakarma specifically to first penetrate into and then dissolve Ama in the Dhatus, allowing the Wastes to be then carried to the Intestinal Tract and then Expelled.

Qualities of Cow’s Ghee:

“Dhee kaanthismruthikaarakam balakaram medhokaram shuddhikrudvataghnam shramanaashanam swarakaram pittapaham pushtidam!!”

It increases Intelligence; Helps in enhancing Memory Power; Rejuvenates the Skin from inside and increases its Glow; Boosts body Energy; Detoxifies Body; Normalizes Vata; Increases clarity of Voice; Normalises Pitta; Nourishes the Body; Improves Digestion and increases body Fire; Increases Quality and Quantity of Semen; It is very effective in disorders of Eye; Acts as a Good Rasayana; It is the best form of Fat.

Ghee prepared out of cow’s milk is considered to have best Medicinal properties. Freshly prepared Ghee is very Effective and Useful. The Ghee which has been kept for 10 years is called as “Purana Ghrita”. It is widely used in treating Epilepsy and other Neurological disorders.

The Ghee which has been stored for more than 100 years is called as “Kumbha Sarpi”. The Ghee which is stored more than 100 years is called as “Maha Ghrita”. Maha Ghrita is used in Chronic Cough and disorders of the Eye.

Facts about Cow’s Ghee:

Cow’s Ghee has Great power to remove Atomic Radiation from Atmosphere when we do a Yagna, Homa, A Religious Ceremony or a Sacrificial Rite. Hence they are practiced from good olden days in Ayurveda.

If you add 1 Tola (11.66 gm) of Cow’s Ghee into the sacrificial pit of Alter, it can produce 1 Ton of fresh Oxygen in the Atmosphere. That’s the reason why in the Temples in India, Hindus lighten Lamps with Cow’s Ghee.

Cow’s ghee has Good Cholesterol (High Density Lipid HDL), so patients with high cholesterol should eat Cow’s Ghee. It’s a really Good Natural Tonic to the Heart.

If we do Nasyam (Nasal Effusion) with few drops of Cow’s Ghee Three times a day, it balances Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha.

In a Patient with Psoriasis or any other Skin Disorder, instead of rubbing any expensive Ointments, just rub Cow’s Ghee. It will work like Miracle because it has great effect to detoxify your system.

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Menopause embrace gracefully with Ayurveda.
Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in a woman's life. It is a unique experience for every woman. It is the ending of a woman's monthly Menstrual Periods and Ovulation. It also signals other changes to the body and mind, brought on in part because the body begins producing lesser amounts of the hormones Estrogen and Progesterone.

How a woman views this time of her life can have a lot to do with how frequent and severe her symptoms are. If menopause is viewed as the end of youth and sexuality, this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life, a time of greater freedom, liberation from the restrictions of youth. .

Although Menopause is one of the important physical milestones in a woman's life, with a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise and simple lifestyle changes, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimized to a great extent and with this knowledge and preparation you can step forward with grace and embrace Menopause.

Ayurveda links Menopause with Aging. Aging is a ‘Vata’ predominant stage of life. Thus, the symptoms of menopause experienced by some women are similar to the symptoms seen when the Vata dosha rises and upsets the normal balance of the body. Vata-type menopausal symptoms tend to include depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Menopause may also manifest itself as a rise in the other two humors also. Women with Pitta-type symptoms are often angry and suffer hot flashes. Kapha type symptoms include listlessness, weight gain, and feelings of mental and physical heaviness. The type of treatment depends upon the dosha in which the woman's menopausal symptoms are manifesting.

Here it is important to note that health problems at menopause represent imbalances in the body that were already growing in the body and are unmasked by the stress of shifting hormones. Menopause symptoms are Nature's wake-up call to let you know you need to start paying more attention to your health. Taking proper steps in the direction of balancing the imbalance doshas, paying attention to your diet and making lifestyle changes now is critical to ensuring that you age gracefully without the burden of chronic health problems.

Key factors in achieving Graceful Menopause –

A smooth Menopause Transition and Great Health in the years to come can be achieved with the help of –

1. Balancing Doshas - Ascertain the imbalance dosha according to your symptoms and follow the advice by an Ayurvedic Specialist to balance that dosha.

2. Balancing Diet - Diet plays a key role in balancing hormones during and after menopause. It is well known that Japanese women rarely experience hot flashes, probably because their diet contains large amounts of Soy/Soya, a food rich in certain plant estrogens called "Isoflavones." Soya products are not the only source of plant estrogens, however. Another equally healthful source of phytoestrogens are "Lignans," compounds found in a variety of whole foods including grains and cereals, dried beans and lentils, flaxseed, sunflower seeds and peanuts, vegetables such as asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic and broccoli and fruits such as pears, plums and strawberries. Common herbs and spices such as nutmeg, turmeric and licorice also have estrogenic properties.

Eat a varied diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It’s a rich source of phytoestrogen. Variety and moderation are important because just as too much estrogen is unhealthy after menopause, too much phytoestrogen may also be dangerous.

Apana Vata, which governs the genito-urinary tract, elimination, and menstruation, is a key area to attend to when preparing for menopause. Drink plenty of warm water throughout the day. Eat plenty of cooked, leafy greens, as this helps elimination and is also a good source of calcium.

3. Panchakarma - More serious symptoms, such as frequent hot flashes, continual sleep disturbance, and moderate to severe mood swings, are signs of deeper imbalances.
Ayurveda describes that these stubborn symptoms are usually due to the buildup of wastes and toxins, referred to as "ama," in the body's tissues.

In this case, a traditional Ayurvedic Detoxification program "Panchakarma," may be needed to clear the body's channels and gain relief. This internal cleansing approach is also the treatment of choice for more serious problems such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol.

4. Rejuvenation Procedures: Speciality Rasayana Chikitsa or Rejuvenation Procedures are told in Ayurveda to rejuvenate the systems of the body and thus live a healthy, Peaceful and long life.

Ayurveda has excellent solutions for a safe and happy Menopause. There are several single drugs and preparations that can be taken by women who are nearing the age of menopause to remain symptom-free.

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Published in THE DECCAN CHRONICLE News Paper on Thursday 16th June, 2007 Written by Dr. R. KRANTHI VARDHAN, Chief Physician & Managing Director, Dr Kranthi’s Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences & Research, THE KERALA AYURVEDIC CARE, Speciality Panchakarma Centre, Basheerbagh, Hyd-29. Andhra Pradesh. India. Ph:092461 66636 098666 66055.

Ayurveda Anatomy and Physiology are based on Three factors— Dosha (Basic Body Constituents), Dhatu (Body Tissues) and Mala (Body Wastes). Ayurveda believes that Dhatu give structure to the body and they are the ones who function for the body under the governance of the Dosha. In all, There are Seven Dhatus: Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medho, Asthi, Majja and Shukra. From Rasa (Life Sap) the body develops Rakta (Blood), from Rakta it develops Mamsa (Muscles), from Mamsa is developed Medho (Fat), from Medho is developed Asthi (Bones), from Asthi the body develops Majja (Nervous System) and from Majja is generated Shukra (Reproductive elements in body).
Shukra is honored as the Supreme body tissue, end product of body metabolism. Therefore, for Sexual Satisfaction, for Strength-Expressing performance and for better Progeny, the Shukra Dhatu should be in good state, and for this, the Dhatu chain should persistently function well. This is where Vajikarana Drugs (Aphrodisiacs) come into play. They help in giving Strength and Vigor to the Shukra Dhatu and in the long run to the body.

Because semen is the visible end product of the functioning of the chain of Dhatu, Practitioners of Ayurveda started believing that semen is very valuable and that it should not be wasted only for the sake of pleasure. The sole purpose of Shukra should be to produce Healthy Progeny, which is the base of Tomorrow’s Healthy Society. Thus, Ayurveda tried to bind sex in rules and regulations. It laid down certain dos and don’ts for sex. Abstinence was recommended so as to produce a mature, powerful Shukra Dhatu. This was believed by society and generations after generations said that if the whole of society followed these guidelines strictly then it would produce Tejaswi (Bright and Brilliant) and Ojaswi (those who have a stronger vital force supporting their life) progeny. A general understanding was to have sex for a better society and not for pleasure and hence, Vajikarana Drugs gained an important place in society.

Vajikaran Chikitsa is that branch of Ashtanga Ayurveda, which deals with all types of Physical, and Psychological Sexual problems like Impotence, Libido, Poor Erection and Early Ejaculation in Males and Sterility, Frigidity in Females. Ayurveda strongly believed that a weak Shukra Dhatu was the culprit behind all Male and Female Sexual Problems. Vajikarana Tantra claims that it has tips for a Normal, Healthy and Mature Shukra Dhatu, which is ultimately essential for satisfying and productive Sex.

Vajikarana thus basically comprises of Three components— A Disciplined Life Style, Conditional Sexual Act basing itself upon the assumption that Sex is for better reproduction and not only for Pleasure, and lastly, The use of Vajikarana Drugs (Aphrodisiac Medicinal Formulations) to achieve these Sexual Goals. This particular branch of Ayurveda has stressed on increasing Will Power and on holding the Shukra Dhatu i.e. Semen for a longer time. Shukra Dhatu is directly linked with good Health and Celibacy is equated with high Morality.
To summarize, Vajikarana Chikitsa (Aphrodisiac Medicines, Anabolic Drugs and Tonics) deals with Sexuality. It talks about Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Diet and Medicines involved in Sex. It states that Sex should be fenced by rules and regulations in order to maintain good Health and produce good Progeny.

"We are aimed at Redefining Ayurveda by propagating the Ancient Traditions of Ayurveda to the Modern World, and practicing the Genuine, Shastroktha & Purest form of AYURVEDA from 1999. Today, we are known for Conceptualizing Ayurvedic Cures to Diseases like Sciatica, Slip Disc, Arthritis, Spondylosis, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc, Skin Problems, Psoriasis, Sexual Problems, Infertility, Parkinsonism, Paralysis, Psycho Somatic Conditions etc. For my work in the field of Ayurveda I was awarded KRRUSHI RATNA AWARD, AYURVEDA TAPASWI AWARD, VAIDYA RATNA AWARD." Says Dr. Kranthi Vardhan Chief Physician & Managing Director, The Kerala Ayurvedic Care, Speciality Panchakarma Centre, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad-29. For details contact Cell: 98666 66055, 92461 66636 & 66101140 on all days from 8am to 8pm strictly with a prior appointment.

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