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Ayurvedic Measures To Combat Sports Injury Related Emotional Stress- A Review

Abstract: Sports performance is not only simply product of physiological & biochemical factors but psychological factors also play crucial role in determining performance Developing coping techniques is most important in balancing stress level so that they optimize instead of inhibit the performance level.Psychological factors have been shown to be important antecedent to the onset of athletic injuries and also play important role in injury rehabilitation. Sports injury recovery typically focuses on physical rehab but it is also important to include sports psychology and emotional reaction, however rehabilitation may be affected by problematic emotional reaction such as, anxiety,  loss of confidence, lack of motivation, frustration, irritation, feeling disengaged etc., stress has been shown to to cause increased muscle tension, and coordination difficulties.

Ayurveda is inherently a psychological as much as it is physical system of medicine.  Ayurveda can provide a good alternative to sports psychology through the psychological components such as drugs, diet, Panchakarma, lifestyle changes and meditation and yoga etc. In fact the integrated approach of modern technological development and incorporation of ayurvedic measures both in fitness as well as in therapeutic level would be highly beneficial in sports psychology.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

Ideal blood donation: An ayurvedic prospective (pre and post dietetic management)

Besides testing blood groups, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infections certain other factors should also be considered before blood donation. Laws of Ayurveda can be implicated for collecting and providing quality blood to the recipient and assuring good health of donors so that multiple episodes of blood donation can be done to cope increasing needs of blood.

Pre and post blood donation activities including diet and disciplinary habits to be followed are discussed. Ayu (age), sex, Matra (quantity) of blood for donation, Kala (time/ number of donation a year), ideal donor-Raktasara Purusha (individual having excellence of blood), indications to blood collector etc. are discussed according to ayurvedic view. Blood-letting in Ayurveda is followed by depletion of Dhatus (tissues) which further leads to a depression of the Agni (digestive power) and excessive aggravation of Vayu. Donor’s dietary habits including food items viz. vegetables, non vegetarian items, other consumables items, in disciplinary habits, mental condition, disease, symptoms and complaints of donors are considered before ideal blood donation. Pre dietetic management includes having Yavagu (gruel) and post dietetic management including Manda (rice water) is recommended. Post disciplinary management for blood donor is also discussed. Diet recommendation for regular blood donors is given.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

A quadrangular approach towards prevention and management of diabetes mellitus through ayurveda

Over the last century human life style and food habits have drastically changed which lead to various diseases. Sedentary life style and stress, in today’s life, is the reason for development of metabolic disorders like diabetes mellitus.  In Ayurveda, Diabetes mellitus can be correlated with Madhumeha which is described under the heading of Vataja Prameha. Ayurveda literatures vividly describe about the etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis, complications, and its management and also scientifically attributed the causal relationship of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors. In the present review, provides an insight about the description of disease; Samprapti (pathogenesis); Updrava (compilactions) and then management. Nidana parivarjana; Pathya Aahara i.e Katu (spicy), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent) Rasa, Ushna (hot), Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry) Guna pradhana Aahara dravyas; Vihara (Exercise, Yoga, Mediation); Aushadhi (Medicinal herbs) have been described for the prevention and management of Madhumeha. Fifteen medicinal plants, described in different Ayurvedic classical texts for their efficacy in the management of diabetes mellitus on different animal experimental models and through clinical studies. The observed result may be helpful in planning further scientific studies about the efficacy of these plants on prevention as well as management of diabetes.

Key words: Metabolic disorder, prameha, lifestyle disease, medicinal herbs

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

ANUKTA DRAVYA, LET THEM NOT REMAIN ANUKTA (UNDOCUMENTED): A

Medicinal plants are scientifically documented in Ayurvedic literature based on sound fundamentals of rasa (Taste), guna  (Property), virya (Potency), vipaka (Metabolism) and prabhava (Specific action). Vedic to Samhita and Samhita to Nighantu kaal (Lexicon period) evidenced the chronological up gradation of medicinal plants. Inclusion of new dravyas (Drugs) has been the tradition of Ayurveda. Nighantukaras especially played a great role in this respect e.g. Introduction of Chopchini by Bhavmishra for firanga roga (Syphilis) etc. However, many folklore and exotic plants existing in India have yet not been stated in Ayurvedic Samhitas or Nighantus, such are termed as ‘anukta dravya’. These may include dravyas like Balamkheera (Kigellia pinnata), Nagphani, Paniya Gambhara (Trewia nudiflora), Dandotpala (Tridex procumbens Linn.) etc. Day by day important medicinal plants are depleting but fortunately we have dense folklore herbs which should be thoroughly explored, studied and included in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

An Ayurvedic approach to Stargadt's macular degeneration-A special case report

Stargardt’s disease is a most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. It usually affects children & young adults in their 1st and 2nd decade of life, even though visual impairment may not be apparent until 3rd decade. The estimated prevalence is 1 in 10,000 population1.Visual acuity including colour vision testing, visual field analysis,ERG,FFA,Amsler grid charting are the useful diagnostic techniques for this disease.Eventhough significant research is taking place in this area, no treatment is available till date for this disease in contemporary science.In Ayurveda by considering the visual disturbance & field defect , this disease can be included under dristigata rogas explained by Acharya Sushruta, Pitta vidagdha  dusti is one among them, which holds more  appropriate to define this clinical condition. As there is no common line of management following in these types of diseases in Ayurveda, an attempt has been made to explain the case treated as per the Ayurvedic principles.

           This study describes a 25 year old female patient diagnosed as Stargardt’s macular degeneration & underwent Ayurvedic treatment protocol i.e Tailadhara with Balashwagandha taila,Nasya with KB 101,Tarpana with Jeevantyadi ghrita followed by putapaka and internally saptamrita loha was administered. By executing Ayurvedic treatment the quality of the vision distant & near acuity is improved. The treatment adopted in this case can be taken as guidelines to manage the macular degenerative diseases which need extensive management to tackle the pathology.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

Effect of Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment in Asthi Majja Gata Vata (Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis): A Case Study

Multiple sclerosis is condition arising as sequel of demyelination of nervous tissue. It is recurring or chronically progressive leading to loss of sensory and motor functions. With immunosuppressant or cortico-steroids as only available treatment in modern sciences, ayurveda can be ray of hope. A 35 years old female was suffering from pain, burning, stiffness and complete weakness (MPG zero grade) in lumbar region and both lower extremities along with loss of sensation, loss of bowel-bladder control for 18 months. She was diagnosed case of multiple sclerosis (Kurtzke disability grade eight). MRI of brain showed small periventricular focus of demyelination in right corona radiata. Patient was diagnosed as a case of asthi-majja gata vata. Patient received ayurvedic treatment – mahayogaraja guggulu (500 mg) with ashwagandharishta (30 ml) twice daily, powders of shatavari and ashwagandha (each 5 gm) twice daily with milk and chandra-prabha-vati (500 mg) twice daily before food. Patient received sarvanga abhyanga with bala-taila and shali-shashtika-pinda sweda. Patient received matra basti with rasnadi taila (25 sittings), followed by course of bruhatyadi-yapana basti (16 sittings). Patient received treatment from August 2003 to December 2003. Patient showed significant improvement in pain, weakness and power loss. Muscle power improved from zero grade to third grade in both lower extremities. Initially patient could not stand due to weakness while after treatment she could walk with walker. Kurtzke disability scale stage improved from eight to six. Ayurvedic treatment is useful in severely debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

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Ayurvedic Measures To Combat Sports Injury Related Emotional Stress- A Review

Abstract: Sports performance is not only simply product of physiological & biochemical factors but psychological factors also play crucial role in determining performance Developing coping techniques is most important in balancing stress level so that they optimize instead of inhibit the performance level.Psychological factors have been shown to be important antecedent to the onset of athletic injuries and also play important role in injury rehabilitation. Sports injury recovery typically focuses on physical rehab but it is also important to include sports psychology and emotional reaction, however rehabilitation may be affected by problematic emotional reaction such as, anxiety,  loss of confidence, lack of motivation, frustration, irritation, feeling disengaged etc., stress has been shown to to cause increased muscle tension, and coordination difficulties.

Ayurveda is inherently a psychological as much as it is physical system of medicine.  Ayurveda can provide a good alternative to sports psychology through the psychological components such as drugs, diet, Panchakarma, lifestyle changes and meditation and yoga etc. In fact the integrated approach of modern technological development and incorporation of ayurvedic measures both in fitness as well as in therapeutic level would be highly beneficial in sports psychology.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

Ideal blood donation: An ayurvedic prospective (pre and post dietetic management)

Besides testing blood groups, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infections certain other factors should also be considered before blood donation. Laws of Ayurveda can be implicated for collecting and providing quality blood to the recipient and assuring good health of donors so that multiple episodes of blood donation can be done to cope increasing needs of blood.

Pre and post blood donation activities including diet and disciplinary habits to be followed are discussed. Ayu (age), sex, Matra (quantity) of blood for donation, Kala (time/ number of donation a year), ideal donor-Raktasara Purusha (individual having excellence of blood), indications to blood collector etc. are discussed according to ayurvedic view. Blood-letting in Ayurveda is followed by depletion of Dhatus (tissues) which further leads to a depression of the Agni (digestive power) and excessive aggravation of Vayu. Donor’s dietary habits including food items viz. vegetables, non vegetarian items, other consumables items, in disciplinary habits, mental condition, disease, symptoms and complaints of donors are considered before ideal blood donation. Pre dietetic management includes having Yavagu (gruel) and post dietetic management including Manda (rice water) is recommended. Post disciplinary management for blood donor is also discussed. Diet recommendation for regular blood donors is given.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

A quadrangular approach towards prevention and management of diabetes mellitus through ayurveda

Over the last century human life style and food habits have drastically changed which lead to various diseases. Sedentary life style and stress, in today’s life, is the reason for development of metabolic disorders like diabetes mellitus.  In Ayurveda, Diabetes mellitus can be correlated with Madhumeha which is described under the heading of Vataja Prameha. Ayurveda literatures vividly describe about the etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis, complications, and its management and also scientifically attributed the causal relationship of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors. In the present review, provides an insight about the description of disease; Samprapti (pathogenesis); Updrava (compilactions) and then management. Nidana parivarjana; Pathya Aahara i.e Katu (spicy), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent) Rasa, Ushna (hot), Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry) Guna pradhana Aahara dravyas; Vihara (Exercise, Yoga, Mediation); Aushadhi (Medicinal herbs) have been described for the prevention and management of Madhumeha. Fifteen medicinal plants, described in different Ayurvedic classical texts for their efficacy in the management of diabetes mellitus on different animal experimental models and through clinical studies. The observed result may be helpful in planning further scientific studies about the efficacy of these plants on prevention as well as management of diabetes.

Key words: Metabolic disorder, prameha, lifestyle disease, medicinal herbs

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

ANUKTA DRAVYA, LET THEM NOT REMAIN ANUKTA (UNDOCUMENTED): A

Medicinal plants are scientifically documented in Ayurvedic literature based on sound fundamentals of rasa (Taste), guna  (Property), virya (Potency), vipaka (Metabolism) and prabhava (Specific action). Vedic to Samhita and Samhita to Nighantu kaal (Lexicon period) evidenced the chronological up gradation of medicinal plants. Inclusion of new dravyas (Drugs) has been the tradition of Ayurveda. Nighantukaras especially played a great role in this respect e.g. Introduction of Chopchini by Bhavmishra for firanga roga (Syphilis) etc. However, many folklore and exotic plants existing in India have yet not been stated in Ayurvedic Samhitas or Nighantus, such are termed as ‘anukta dravya’. These may include dravyas like Balamkheera (Kigellia pinnata), Nagphani, Paniya Gambhara (Trewia nudiflora), Dandotpala (Tridex procumbens Linn.) etc. Day by day important medicinal plants are depleting but fortunately we have dense folklore herbs which should be thoroughly explored, studied and included in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

An Ayurvedic approach to Stargadt's macular degeneration-A special case report

Stargardt’s disease is a most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. It usually affects children & young adults in their 1st and 2nd decade of life, even though visual impairment may not be apparent until 3rd decade. The estimated prevalence is 1 in 10,000 population1.Visual acuity including colour vision testing, visual field analysis,ERG,FFA,Amsler grid charting are the useful diagnostic techniques for this disease.Eventhough significant research is taking place in this area, no treatment is available till date for this disease in contemporary science.In Ayurveda by considering the visual disturbance & field defect , this disease can be included under dristigata rogas explained by Acharya Sushruta, Pitta vidagdha  dusti is one among them, which holds more  appropriate to define this clinical condition. As there is no common line of management following in these types of diseases in Ayurveda, an attempt has been made to explain the case treated as per the Ayurvedic principles.

           This study describes a 25 year old female patient diagnosed as Stargardt’s macular degeneration & underwent Ayurvedic treatment protocol i.e Tailadhara with Balashwagandha taila,Nasya with KB 101,Tarpana with Jeevantyadi ghrita followed by putapaka and internally saptamrita loha was administered. By executing Ayurvedic treatment the quality of the vision distant & near acuity is improved. The treatment adopted in this case can be taken as guidelines to manage the macular degenerative diseases which need extensive management to tackle the pathology.

Posted: 2018-01-18More...
 

Effect of Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment in Asthi Majja Gata Vata (Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis): A Case Study

Multiple sclerosis is condition arising as sequel of demyelination of nervous tissue. It is recurring or chronically progressive leading to loss of sensory and motor functions. With immunosuppressant or cortico-steroids as only available treatment in modern sciences, ayurveda can be ray of hope. A 35 years old female was suffering from pain, burning, stiffness and complete weakness (MPG zero grade) in lumbar region and both lower extremities along with loss of sensation, loss of bowel-bladder control for 18 months. She was diagnosed case of multiple sclerosis (Kurtzke disability grade eight). MRI of brain showed small periventricular focus of demyelination in right corona radiata. Patient was diagnosed as a case of asthi-majja gata vata. Patient received ayurvedic treatment – mahayogaraja guggulu (500 mg) with ashwagandharishta (30 ml) twice daily, powders of shatavari and ashwagandha (each 5 gm) twice daily with milk and chandra-prabha-vati (500 mg) twice daily before food. Patient received sarvanga abhyanga with bala-taila and shali-shashtika-pinda sweda. Patient received matra basti with rasnadi taila (25 sittings), followed by course of bruhatyadi-yapana basti (16 sittings). Patient received treatment from August 2003 to December 2003. Patient showed significant improvement in pain, weakness and power loss. Muscle power improved from zero grade to third grade in both lower extremities. Initially patient could not stand due to weakness while after treatment she could walk with walker. Kurtzke disability scale stage improved from eight to six. Ayurvedic treatment is useful in severely debilitating conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
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Table of Contents

Review Article

Ayurvedic Measures To Combat Sports Injury Related Emotional Stress- A Review PDF
Anita K Patel 1-12
Ideal blood donation: An ayurvedic prospective (pre and post dietetic management) PDF
mannat marwaha 13-30
A quadrangular approach towards prevention and management of diabetes mellitus through ayurveda PDF
TARUN SHARMA 31-46
ANUKTA DRAVYA, LET THEM NOT REMAIN ANUKTA (UNDOCUMENTED): A PDF
Monika Agrawal 47-51

Case Report

An Ayurvedic approach to Stargadt's macular degeneration-A special case report PDF
Swati S Suvarna 52-55
Effect of Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment in Asthi Majja Gata Vata (Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis): A Case Study PDF
Shailesh Vinayak Deshpande, Vaishali Shailesh Deshpande, Shashikant S Sakapal, Abhijit Joshi 56-61


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