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Revival of interest in Ayurveda has provided drift to medical tourism in the country. There has been a phenomenal increase in the demand for specialized therapies of Ayurveda, particularly Pancakarma, not only for treatment of diseases but also for preventive & promotive health care. As a result, many health centers and tourist resorts providing Pancakarma therapy have come up in the country with or without adequate facilities. It has been observed that many health centers being run in the name of Pancakarma centers are actually not providing authentic Pancakarma but in a form that has deviated from original concepts and practices. Many of these centers are manned by unqualified persons without basic knowledge of Ayurveda, thereby perverting the real purpose of these therapies. Many aspects of administration like climatic & constitutional considerations, selection of oils etc. are often neglected. Body relaxation procedures such as massaging, fomentation, steam bath etc. based mainly on western approach are practiced in deviation from the classical form. Even the therapeutic and preventive procedures are wrongly done without observing basic requisites for such procedures. A need has been felt to prevent such deviations or misuse of therapies offered by Ayurveda/Panhcakarma Centers. It is important to ensure that Pancakarma therapy is administered as per standard operating procedures and there should be some minimum pre-requisites of infrastructure that must be complied by every Pancakarma therapy center. 

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A comparative clinical study of Tryoshnadi Guggulu and Lasuna in management of dyslipidemia.

Context: Dyslipidemia is established and modifiable risk factor of coronary artery diseases. Recent researches on Lasuna have proved its antidyslipidemic effect. Tryoshnadi Guggulu is a poly herbal formulation indicated for treatment of Medadosha (Abnormal fat metabolism)   Object: This study was planned to compare the efficacy of Tryoshnadi Guggulu Vati and Lasuna capsule in management of dyslipidemia. Material and methods:   Total 64 patients, diagnosed with dyslipidemia according to guideline of revised national cholesterol education program adult treatment panel III, were screened for present clinical trial, among them 50 patients fulfilled the criteria of inclusion and included in the study. Selected patients were randomly divided into two groups by simple random method. In group A, patients were treated with Tryoshnadi Guggulu Vati, each Vati of 500 mg, while in group B, patients were treated with dehydrated Lasuna powder capsules, each of 400 mg, thrice a day in morning and before lunch and dinner for 8 weeks. 24 patients in group A and 23 patients in group B had completed the course of treatment. At the end of 8 weeks treatment, lipid profile test was done again and assessed the efficacy of both the drugs and results were compared. Students paired “t” test was used to check the significance of results in single group and unpaired “t” test was used to compare results between two groups. Observations and Results: The results of the study revealed that TryoshnadiGuguluVati and Lasuna decreased serum cholesterol by 4.13% and 7.13% respectively, serum triglycerides by 16.42% and 26.95%, serum LDL by 3.54% and 5.96%, serum VLDL by 7.68% and 26.74; serum HDL decreased by 0.33% and 7.91% respectively. Tryoshnadi Guggulu Vati and Lasuna capsule provided significant improvement on raised S.Triglyceride, S.VLDL, BMI. On comparison, both the drugs had provided similar effect. Conclusion: Overall effect of the therapy shows that Tryoshnadi Guggulu Vati was more effective compared to Lasuna capsule.

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Effect of Integrated Yoga Module on Perceived Stress, Verbal Aggression and Satisfaction with Life in Home Guards in Bangalore – A Wait List Randomized Control Trial.

Introduction:  Although the modern medical science and technology is helping us to cope up with the external injuries, the stress created in interaction with individuals and public events is taking toll on us.  This is more prominent in Home Guards(HGs), who have to work in the field to maintain law and order in public events.  This study is to observe the role of Yoga to reduce the stress, verbal aggression and  increase the satisfaction in life,

Objective: To study the efficacy of Integrated Yoga Module (IYM) on PSS, VAS and SWL in HGs.

Methods: Five HGs who attended introductory lectures, 148 HGs of both sexes, who satisfied the inclusion and exclusion criteria were randomly allocated into two groups. The Yoga group(YG) practiced in an IYM that included Asanas, Pranayama, meditation and lectures. The control group(CG)  was not given any Yoga practice but they were performing their routine work. The experimental group had supervised practice sessions for one hour daily, six days a week for eight weeks. Perceived Stress, Verbal Aggression and Satisfaction in Life was assessed before and after 8 weeks using the self-administered PSS, VAS and SWL Scale.


There was a significant decrease in PSS,VAS level in the YG and a significant increase in the CG. PSS, VAS was also found significant in between groups, similarly there was a significant increase in SWL level in YG with a significant decrease in the CG. SWL was also found significant in between groups.

Conclusions: This study has showed that 8 week intervention of IYM reduced Perceived Stress Level, Verbal aggression in the YG and it increased in the CG. Also Satisfaction in Life level increased in YG and decreased in CG.

Posted: 2015-11-19More...

An Outlook of Varna and Varnya in Ayurveda

The colour, appearance and texture of the skin are known as complexion. Varna is attributed to complexion which is important biologically, cosmetically and socially. Varnya dravya are those which are useful for imparting complexion. Varnya as an attribute has been highlighted in   Swastha (healthy) and Atura (diseased). Varnya drugs are useful in external application (lepa) which have its influence on Bhrajaka pitta and when advised internally, stimulates Jatharagni.   A good Jatharagni (digestive fire), Ahara (food), Aharavidhi (dietary regimens), Dinacharya (daily regimens) like Abhyanga (Massage), Anulepana (Unguent), Nidra (Sleep) also contribute in producing and maintaining Varna. It has been mentioned as an outcome of formulations like Gandeeradyarishta, Kamsaharitaki, Takrarishta etc. Charaka has enumerated Varnya drugs exclusively  in “Varnyadashemani” which are a group of ten drugs.

 Key words: Swastha, Atura, Varnyadashemani, Varnya, Varna 

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Canvassing the external applications of Arka: A classical memoir

Classical texts of Ayurveda describe two varieties of Arka i.e Arka and Alarka (i.e Calotropis procera Ait. & Calotropis gigantea Linn.R.Br) and endowed them with enormous therapeutic values. Various parts of the drug have been utilized in multi dosage forms to combat disease conditions. A single handed data is unavailable on the usage of Arka externally in various anomalies. This review portrays the wide usage of Arka in the form of external administration from 46 differentclasical texts consisting of treatise and compendia. A total of 375 formulations have been obtained in the analysis that are used in almost 57 varied diseases.

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Potential of Ayurvedic Panchakarma (Five fold therapeutic purificatory methods) in Prevention and Management of Lifestyle Disorders with Special Reference to Madhumeha (Diabetes Mellitus)-Glimpses from Classical Ayurvedic Literature

Panchakarma (Five fold therapeutic methods of Ayurveda) has immense potential in the context of tackling the lifestyle disorders with special reference to Madhumeha (Diabetes Mellitus). Ayurvedic panchakarma procedures have been becoming popular of late and its usefulness in prevention and management of lifestyle disorders especially the madhumeha may be one of the reason. It is therefore essential to recognize the potential of Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda and convert into mainstream treatment. As a prelude to this, an attempt has been made to present the Ayurvedic textual references describing the multidimensional utility of panchakarma especially the shodhana (Purificatory therapeutic methods of Ayurveda) in the prevention and management of madhumeha. Efforts have been also made to hypothesize the mode of action of this therapeutic plan. It is proposed that prior to pharmacological intervention i.e., either Ayurveda or modern anti-diabetic management, shodhana might be extremely useful in terms of rendering the body highly responsive to the interventional methods. Potential areas of research have also been suggested.

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Cannabis: the forgotten sacred plant of India

The plant Cannabis sativa (Bhang) was cultivated in India since ancient times. Atherveda and Ayurveda hail the plant as sacred and medicinal. It was used as a source of fiber, food, oil and medicine and for recreation & spiritual purposes. Its cultivation and use dwindled since the British Government prohibited its use in 1930s. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most important component of its psychoactive substance. Natural receptors for THC are found throughout the human body called the ‘endocannabinoid system’. There is a lot of excitement the world over since about its potential as a therapeutic agent. The low THC industrial variety is also being cultivated for seed, oil and fiber in many countries. India should also explore the potential of this versatile native plant while the world benefits from it.
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Karnakshweda is a very common disease and due to want of satisfactory allopathic treatment, patients come to Ayurveda as a last resort. The article describes three unique cases of Karnakshweda wherein the author has treated these cases leaving traditional approach aside and as per the hetuskandha and lakshana skandha of the cases. This article also emphasizes the importance of charaka sutra ‘purusham purusham veekshya’.

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A Protocol Based Approach in the Management of Amavata – A Case Report

Amavata is one among the most prevalent disease in the present era claiming the maximum loss of human power. Here is a case report of a patient suffering from amavata, where a systematic treatment protocol, purely based on the principles of ayurveda was adopted. A 62 year old female patient, presented at the O.P.D. of Amrita Ayurveda Hospital, on September 9, 2015. She complained of pain and swelling in all joints of her body. The pain was associated with morning stiffness which lasts more than half an hour. It used to increase on taking rest and also during cold climate. She had a poor appetite and tends to pass motion every time she takes food. She also complained of anxiety and sleep disturbances. The treatment principle of amavata includes langana, svedana, agni deepana, virechana, snehapana, anuvasana basti and kshara basti.She was admitted in the hospital for 20 days and was treated based on the same principles. She was given langhana chikitsa in the beginning which included valuka sveda, choorna pinda sveda and khsara basti followed by virechana with Gandharvahastha eranda thaila. Along with these treatments, internal medications and specific diet plans like pachana kashaya and sthoulyahara yavagu were also given to the patient. There was remarkable improvement in the patient after the treatment.

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Vol 3, No 5 (2015): Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine (JAHM)

Table of Contents


Vasant Patil 1-2

Clinical Study

A comparative clinical study of Tryoshnadi Guggulu and Lasuna in management of dyslipidemia. PDF
Padhar Bharatkumar Chhaganbhai 3-20
Effect of Integrated Yoga Module on Perceived Stress, Verbal Aggression and Satisfaction with Life in Home Guards in Bangalore – A Wait List Randomized Control Trial. PDF
B Amaranath amaranath, Nagendra H.R H.R, Sudheer Deshpande Dr. 21-38

Review Article

An Outlook of Varna and Varnya in Ayurveda PDF
Divya Nagari N 39-53
Canvassing the external applications of Arka: A classical memoir PDF
anagha Vishwas Ranade, Rabinarayan Acharya 54-81
Potential of Ayurvedic Panchakarma (Five fold therapeutic purificatory methods) in Prevention and Management of Lifestyle Disorders with Special Reference to Madhumeha (Diabetes Mellitus)-Glimpses from Classical Ayurvedic Literature PDF
Giri S K 82-91

Short Reviews

Cannabis: the forgotten sacred plant of India PDF
Sharda Narendra Bapat 92-96

Case Report

pranav bhagwat 97-105
A Protocol Based Approach in the Management of Amavata – A Case Report PDF
Aiswarya IV 106-113

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