Article Writing Contest

April 2017

Announcement

PARTICIPATE IN ARTICLE WRITING CONTEST AND WIN EXCITING CASH PRIZES

Dear Students,

Thank you for registering with www.student.charak.com and being part of a Charak family.

You have been participating in many of Charak students’ online activities – Monthly Online Quiz and CMEs. To extend our association and engagement with all ayurvedic students, we are coming up with article writing competition. Students will get a chance to have their writing skills reviewed by Charak’s senior editor and published in our eagerly awaited Charak Times, a quarterly newsletter, circulated across all the Ayurvedic colleges, senior practitioners and consultants.

Winners will be awarded as follows:

First prize winner – will receive cash prize of Rs. 7000/-

Second prize winner – will receive cash prize of Rs. 3000/-

And 2 consultation prizes – will recieve cash prize of Rs. 1000/- each.

Best article selected will be uploaded on the student site and on our blog page om www.charak.com.

Contest begins on 01st April 2017. Last date of submitting the article is 30th April 2017.

Topics for the article of the month (select any one) –

1) Role and relevance of Dinacharya in health promotion
OR

2) Prevention and management of PCOS through Ayurveda in context of modern lifestyle
OR

3) Role of Rasayan Churna in immunity building – modern and ayurvedic perspective
OR

4) Menstrual disorders vis-à-vis yonivyapad and natural remedies to best manage the problem

Terms and conditions –

  1. Students have to register onstudent.charak.com and like our facebook page ‘CharakPharma’ as the winner will be announced on our Facebook page
  2. Article format:

    Word count – minimum 500 and maximum 800 words.

    Content – should be relevant to the topic selected

    Language – English

    File format – word doc

  3. Tips to write an article
    • For this contest, we are looking for health related articles based on the topics suggested. Writers have to express his/her ideas and expertise on the subject. The article should be original work and not a copy paste. The article should be in simple, easy to understand language for common people.
    • The article must begin with an intro paragraph with definition, statistics, prevalence, facts, focus and attention – grabbing points. (approx. 200 words)
    • The next paragraph (section) must elaborately include findings, causes, risk factors and the core reason of the relevant condition/title of the topic/indication
    • The third section must include current treatment options for the given condition/title of the topic/indication
    • In the final section, enlist/mention the useful herbs and minerals for the management of the given condition/title of the topic/indication.
    • Finally, conclude with your opinion, analysis, and comments on the topic.

Before posting the article please proof read your article.

Submission of the articles – Submit your article at [email protected] before 30th April 2017

Regards,

Team Charak

Award Winning Articles

Dinacarya – a science of wellbeing

Author: Dr. Pushya A. Gautama,

IInd year PG scholar,

Dept. of DravyaGuna,

Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Hassan

‘He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.’

Arabian proverb

Ayurveda has always understood the importance of healthy living. Some understand this as a prevention of disease, while others understand this as the protection of all that is inherently healthy. While the latter understanding is in itself unique to and forms the basis of Ayurveda, perhaps the most vital aspect of Ayurveda is its understanding of health and its relationship to harmony in nature and peace within oneself. Thus, Dinacharya – the daily regimen- and Ritucharya – seasonal regimen – do not merely promote bodily health, but aim to establish a holistic harmony between the body, mind, and cosmos.

A Critical look at some of the Dinacharyas:

The Brahma Muhurta – the time during which attunement to Brahma, the highest knowledge, is maximum – has been referred to as the second last Muhurta of the night, exactly 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise. Interestingly, a lot of research in recent times corroborates the benefits of waking up well before sunrise.

A study published in ‘Emotion’, a journal of the American Psychological Association showed that people who woke up early (‘morning people’) tended to be happier than late risers (‘night owls’) as assessed by the Brief Mood Introspection Scale of Mayer and Gaschke. Professor Christopher Randler stated, in his article in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, that early risers tended to be more proactive than late risers, as assessed by the Proactive Attitude Scale (Schwarzer, 1997), which assesses traits such as whether the subject feels driven by personal values, is driven by purpose, feels responsible for his/her life, is used to taking initiative in situations, etc. While concerted efforts to study the human physiology/and mind-body fluctuations which take place at the Brahma Muhurta are yet to be done, the above articles serve to establish scientifically, certain tangible benefits of rising early.

Introspection

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop’ ~ Rumi.

Ayurveda, Yoga, and all Indian sciences view the body as a vessel for the soul, an instrument through which it is possible to attain the highest state – Nirvana. Shareerachinta, as mentioned by Acharya Vagbhatta thus refers to a period of intense introspection, a surrender and deep exploration of oneself in the quiet and mystical beauty of the Brahma Muhurta.

Dental care:

Arka (Calotropis giantea), Nyagrodha (Ficusbenghalensis), Khadira (Acacia catechu) etc. – all the drugs which have been mentioned by Vagbhat Acharya in the use of Dantadhavana have Kashaya, Katu, Tikta rasa. Generally, twigs of these plants are gently crushed at one end and chewed slowly – a practice common in many villages across India today.

Interestingly, comparative studies done between contemporary bristle toothbrushes and medicinal twigs (called ‘miswak’) prove that miswak does indeed have higher dental benefit as compared to the bristle toothbrush. A study conducted by Danielsen B et al. showed that miswak use was associated with a significant reduction of dental plaques and gingival inflammation along with comparable or superior oral hygiene benefits.

These findings were corroborated by Gazi et al., who also found that miswak use was associated with lowered gingival bleeding. Such research serves to prove the scientific validity of age-old tenets of Ayurveda and plays a vital role in establishing a much needed scientific evidence base.

Medicated Kohl:

Anjana application is said to make the eyes lustrous and healthy, and improve eyesight. Despite the various methods of Anjana preparation, numerous studies are found on kohl, from different parts of the world. Studies over the years have shown that kohl protects the eyes from harmful UV radiations in sunlight. Other authors have also reported the photo-resistant, solar radiation absorption, and humidity and temperature sensory actions of kohl. A number of studies have been done and are currently ongoing regarding herbs which are beneficial to the eyes – such as Chakshushya, Mamira, Nimba, etc- and efforts being made to develop finished drugs.

Keeping the Dinacharyas alive:

The torchbearers of this ancient science of Ayurveda, are the physicians, health seekers and students of this science. But more important than them all are those who have been responsible for keeping this ancient science alive in this land – the people themselves. It remains alive in every home that incorporates healthy practices whether they are aware they are practicing Dinacharya or not.

Many households today, both rural and urban, in India – have oil baths regularly. It is not uncommon to find a grandmother applying oil on the heads of the family’s young children on a Sunday. This is indeed ShiroAbhyanga. A significant section of India’s rural population uses twigs to brush their teeth. A number of women across this country apply healthy kohl to their eyes every day. Tamboola is consumed after a satisfying meal in many households. Each of these has well-documented health benefits, some of which have been described above.

This is its greatest success – Dinacharya ensures health for the common man, the poor man. Irrespective of financial status, or social status, Dinacharya can be practiced. It is not elitist – not restricted by gender, religion, race or age – it is an integral part of the socio-cultural framework of this country. It has and continues to be a way of life. Dinacharya remains alive not because of our texts, or the preachings of physicians, but because it is alive in the lives of the people. They will protect it and take it forward, as they have done these 3000 years past.

Conclusion:

Due to the current developmental paradigm, many Indians are moving away from these traditions, and adopting lifestyles filled with unhealthy food (junk food, microwaved food etc), and unconducive lifestyle practices (spending hours in air-conditioned spaces etc. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Ayurvedic community to reintroduce Dinacharya to the public of today – introduce practices that can be incorporated into busy work lives; that can be incorporated into the lives of construction workers, coolies, and ragpickers. Then, truly, Dinacharya, the mystic science of health and well-being, will blossom once again in this land.

True health fundamentally means to be in tune with nature – both inner and outer.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Role of Rasayna Churna in Immunity Building

Role of Rasayna Churna in Immunity Building – Modern and Ayurvedic Perspective

Author- Dr. Sheetal Suryakant Chavan

Ph.D Student- Rognidan

A.S.S Ayurved College, Nashik

Ayurveda describes two type of diseases viz. Nij (Doshaj) and Agantuj. While Nij vyadhis comprise of metabolic and non-communicable diseases, the agantuj vyadhis include traumatic conditions.

Infection means entry of micro organisms in the human body which attacks the human cells for their own reproduction and thus destroys them. If not controlled in time, this may turn fatal. The micro-organisms including bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasites attack the human body. The gold standard of controlling the infections is the antimicrobials i.e. antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic drugs. But one should not forget that all these agents have been discovered just in the recent past and it has to be recognized that even before the discovery of antimicrobials, the human body was capable to fight with microbes. This inherent power and unique defense system of the human is called as “Immunity”.

The modern medical science became very popular since ‘Alexander Fleming’ discovered ‘Penicillin’ in 1928. Initially it proved to be a boon for the entire human kind and suddenly there was hope that all the infectious diseases would be eradicated.

But as it is evident, the microbes survived and became more powerful and resistant to the antimicrobial agents, giving rise to newer infectious diseases. It is believed that in near future most of the antibiotics will become ineffective because of resistance. Thus, it is a need of time to focus on ‘Immunity’ and not rely on new molecules to counter the micro-organisms. The whole medical faculty has now realized the importance of immunity. There is a huge research going on to develop some molecules which enhance or boost the natural defense system i.e. Immunity.

Ayurveda the oldest medical science holds a completely different view. The microbial existence and their role in infectious diseases were known to Ayurveda. Obviously, the minute details of their morphology, types and there things were not known, due to lack of high tech gadgets. Ayurveda has compiled the diseases caused by microbes under the category- Grahabadha. All the classical texts of Ayurved have mentioned Grahabadha and also its management. Ayurved differs from modern science here. It emphasizes more on prevention of diseases than its cure. Ayurved called this defense system Vyadhikshamatva.

This Vyadhikshamatva resists the progression of disease and also prevents the formation of disease.It in turn depends on many factors out of their the equilibrium of Tridosha ( Bioenergies), Dhatu bala(Health of tissues), the Samyak Agni (Digestive Fire), the Oaj(Vital Energy), and the Bala.

Ayurveda focuses on 3 plans for acquiring or enhancing immunity.

  1. Rasayan (Rejuvenation therapy)
  2. Vyayama (Exercise)
  3. Saatmya

Rasayan i.e. regeneration deals with medications that boost the immunity. Rasayanas are special medicines that enhance the overall strength of the tissues and thereby help to fight the infections. Many Rasayan formulations have been described in the texts. Out of these the Rasayan Churna described in “Ashtang Hriday Uttartantra 39/160” has been widely used and has very good results.

Gokshura, Amalki and Guduchi are the constituents of this churna . Each of these is itself a Rasayana. This churna acts as a Vrishya, prevents diseases and graying of hair, increasing the lifespan. Here is a short summary of the herbs.

Guduchi supports the functioning of the healthy immune and the natural response of the body to the stress. It is a mental rejuvenative or a Medhyarasayana as per Charak Samhita. It helps in increasing the effectiveness of WBC and it helps in building up body’s defense mechanism. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and also enhances the function of protective cells and macrophages. It is useful in many diseases like gout, psoriasis, diabetes, urinary disorders (UTI), fever, URTI, cancer, etc.

Gokshura is an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti hypertensive, anti gout and a muscle relaxant. It is also effective in urinary tract infections, bladder infection by flushing toxins out of urinary system. Gokshura helps in improving the immune system by producing healthy red blood cells.

Amalaki directly promotes detoxification with its rich in antioxidant content on a systemic level, detoxification begins with healthy agni digestive fire, not only GI tract but also in all the tissues and amla helps to balance agni throughout the body. It also has a particular affinity for the blood, liver and spleen and is therefore able to support the elimination of natural toxins while nourishing and protecting the body’s natural defense system.

Regular use of this churna can enhance the total strength and vitality of the body. The 3 drugs act in coordination to detoxify the body. This results in cleansing of the body and equilibrium of Tridosha, Pravar Saptadhatu, trimala, 13 srotasas and Oaj.

Thus regular practice of Rasayana churna helps not only to prevent infections but also other diseases like Prameha, Mutrakruccha, Mutrashmari, Mutraghat, Hypertension, Shotha, Medorog, Pandu, Kastartava, Andavruddhi, Psoriases, disorders of hair etc.

Thus, the Rasayan Churna if used in combination with modern medicine can help to fight off chronic, life threatening diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, swine flu, cancer, etc. Also it helps to counter balance the side effects of modern drugs used to treat these diseases.

Project report

In the International Journal ‘Deerghayu’, a project report was published titled “ 3- Effect of Rasayana Churna in general health improvement- A clinical study (Vol no. 31-01, Issue no 121, Jan-March 2015)”. In this project, 30 patients were selected irrespective of the disease. They were given 5gms of Rasayana churna two times a day, along with lukewarm water. This regimen was followed for 1 month. Then the patients were evaluated. It was concluded that –

All the vitiated doshas were back to their normal state. Agni, Koshtha, Mala, Mutra, Jivha were found in Prakrutavastha.

Other signs like Amlapitta, Pandu, Gauravta, Daurbalya, Sandhivata, Sthaulya showed a statistically significant decrease.

In brief, the Rasayana Churna acted like a General Health Tonic. In developed countries, antibiotics are not prescribed as the first choice of drug for any illness; instead multivitamins are given to improve general health and immunity. Thus, along the same lines Rasayan Churna can be given in any disease to boost the ‘Active immunity’ of the patient.

The Rasayan Churna acts as an immunity booster. It is easily available and economic, thus benefitting all class of the society. It is also easily consumable.

Millions of deaths are caused by the infectious diseases. To prevent them, a good immune system is required and the Rasayan Churna is the potential health tonic that can be a boon to the entire human kind.

May 2017

Announcement

Participate in article writing contest for the month of May and win exciting cash prizes!

Dear Student,

With an overwhelming response to April’s Article writing contest we are announcing similar contest for the month of May with more exciting prizes. We received more than 100 articles from students across India and the lucky winners are announced for details visit http://bit.ly/winnersonFB

We urge and request you to continue participating in Charak students’ online activities such as Monthly Online Quiz, Article Writing Contents, Liking & sharing our Facebook contents.

Rewards for participating in the Article Writing Competition, May 2017:

2 winners will be announced every week. Out of these weekly winners, 1 mega winner and one mega runner-up will be declared.

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes every week and will get chance to win monthly mega cash rewards as well. The details of cash prizes to be won are as mentioned below:

WEEKLY WINNERS – CASH PRIZE OF RS. 1000/-

MONTHLY RUNNERUP – CASH PRIZE OF RS. 2000/-

MONTHLY MEGA WINNER – CASH PRIZE OF RS. 5000/-

Besides the rewards, the photographs of the winners will also be uploaded on Charak’s facebook page.

The “Article Writing Contest” begins on 08 th May 2017.

You have the liberty of choosing any one of the topic from the list as mentioned below:

1. Taking care of urticaria
OR

2. Managing ‘Abnormal Uterine Bleeding’ naturally
OR

3. Managing chronic back pain
OR

4. Comforting IBS naturally
OR

Modus Operandi &Terms and conditions of participating in the “Article Writing Contest”

  1. “Like” and “Share” the “Article Writing Competition” page
  2. Post your article at [email protected]
  3. Article must consist of the contents and style as mentioned below:
    • Should be in blog format
    • Word count – minimum 500 and maximum 800
    • Content should be relevant to the topic selected
    • The content must be in English
    • The article must be in “Word doc”
    • The article should be original work and not a plagiarism
    • Research articles/Thesis synopsis will not be considered as Articles

Tips on writing the article:

  • For this contest, we are looking for health related articles based on the topics suggested. Writers have to express his/her ideas and expertise on the subject. The article should be original work and not a copy paste. The article should be in simple, easy to understand language for common people.
  • The article must begin with an intro paragraph with definition, statistics, prevalence, facts, focus and attention – grabbing points. (approx. 200 words)
  • The next paragraph (section) must elaborately include findings, causes, risk factors and the core reason of the relevant condition/title of the topic/indication
  • The third section must include current treatment options for the given condition/title of the topic/indication
  • In the final section, enlist/mention the useful herbs and minerals for the management of the given condition/title of the topic/indication.
  • Finally, conclude with your opinion, analysis, and comments on the topic.

Before posting the article please proof read your article.

Submission of the articles – The timeline for submitting the article is 13 th May 2017. Please post/submit your article at [email protected]

Note – Students can participate every week and write on different topics.

Regards,

Team Charak

Award Winning Articles

Comforting IBS Naturally

Author – Vd. Pritam C. Vaity, M. D. Scholar, (First prize winner)

Dept. of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana,

YMT Ayurved PG institute,

Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as the name suggests, is a disorder in which the bowel becomes irritable and the life of the patient gets overall disturbed. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized by a group of symptoms including abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of bowel movements without any evidence of underlying structural damage. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The complaints may be continuous or intermittent and chronic by nature. This disorder is not life threatening; however, it may terribly affect the quality of life of people suffering from it. Such people look apparently normal but may feel less capable of taking part in daily activities owing to their discomfort. They even tend to miss out on their work or school more often. Compared to most other countries, the prevalence rate of IBS is low in India (about 4.5 %) but is showing a rising trend. Statistics reveal that IBS is twice as common in women compared to men.

The primary symptoms of IBS are

  1. Abdominal pain or discomfort in association with frequent diarrhoea or constipation and a change in bowel habits.
  2. Urgency for bowel movements
  3. A feeling of incomplete evacuation of stools
  4. Abdominal distension or bloating

Other commonly associated symptoms with IBS include urine related complaints, headache, backache, chronicfatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, reduction in libido (in some cases). IBS can be classified into types depending on whether diarrhoea is more common or constipation is more common.

The causes of IBS are not clearly stated in today’s health science. Similarly there is no specific laboratory or imaging test to diagnose IBS.It is diagnosed on the basis of the symptoms of the patient and by performing various investigations in order to rule out the other diseases having similar symptoms. As per the current health science, there is no cure for IBS. Treatment is given to improve symptoms. This may include dietary changes, medication (laxatives, opioids, anti-depressants etc.), probiotics, and counseling.Ayurveda, however, has a solution to this health issue.

The description of IBS in Ayurveda literature can be found under the title Grahani (particularly vatajagrahani), vishtabdhajeerna and bhayatisara. Symptoms of the patient, a detailed history and examination facilitates in understanding the disease according to ayurveda concepts and providing effective treatment. The general theme of the above mentioned diseases revolves around improper diet and improper eating habits leading to agnivikruti (abnormality in the digestive fire) which is the major cause of this condition. According to Ayurveda, stress and anxiety can be both a cause as well as an effect of IBS.

Classical ayurvedic treatment of IBS depends on the causes of the disease, the status of doshas and dushyas and accordingly includes treatment like srotoshodhana, agnideepana, vatanuloma and manoharshana which can be achieved by various ayurvedic panchakarma therapies, medicinal formulations, dietary advice and yoga exercises. A definite cure for IBS cannot be achieved until the primary cause has not been eliminated which lies in improper eating habits. Eating fresh and healthy food in sufficient quantity at the right time is the key for treatingand preventing IBS. Simple remediesinclude the use of ginger, garlic, cumin seeds (Jeera), fennel seeds (sauf), ajwain seeds, asafoetida (hing) which facilitates agni (digestive fire). In cases of frequent constipation, herbal laxatives like triphalamight help. But avoid taking laxative (or rather purgative) formulations containing croton tiglium (jamalgota), castor oil without consulting an expert as it might help initially but its improper use might worsen the symptoms in the long run. Excessive indulgence in sexual activities and holding or delaying the natural urges (ie. an urge to pass urine and stools)should be avoided. Yogic exercises and pranayama should be done as it works both on the physical as well as the mental aspects thus curing IBS. Appropriate sleep at night time is also extremely essential.

At the end, a sootra from CharakaSamhita to conclude this article.

मात्रयाऽप्यभ्यवहृतं पथ्यं चान्नं न जीर्यति!

चिन्ताशोकभयक्रोधदुःखशय्याप्रजागरैः!!९!!

It means that a fresh, healthy and nutritious meal will not get properly digested and assimilated in the person consuming it, if he is worried, depressed, sad, scared, and angry, sleeps during day time and stays awake at night.

Thus, if one’s aahara (food), vihara (lifestyle), aachara (behavior), and psychological state goes out of tune as mentioned above, on a regular basis, the bowel is bound to get irritable sooner or later thus leading to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: ITS KNOWN & UNKNOWN FACTS

Author – Dr AkshayaGhanshyam Patil

PG Scholar (Panchakarma) ,

YMT Ayuredic Medical College,Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

Since childhood every mom asks her children to have healthy homemadefood, to do regular exercises and disciplined dietary habits. Everyparentis always beeninterested that therechild eatshealthy nutritional diet. Have you ever thought why things must have been like that in earlier days, why grandma used to cook homemade healthy delicious food so that here children never eats junk, unhealthy food?It has been said by Hippocrates that “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Healthy food allows the body to receive the proper nutrients to function well and gives the person energy and vitality.

Now-a-days, lifestyle disorders like unhealthy dietary habits, physical habits, disturbed sleep and rest patterns are the principle factors that cause many digestion related disease.Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also one such disease which occurs due to the ingestion of unwholesome diet. According to Ayurvedic science, this disease can be considered as a Grahaniroga.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about 10% of the adult population and 70% are women. It is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. There is no reliable medical treatment for IBS in modern medicine various efforts have been made to overcome this problem by the virtue of Ayurvedic therapy. So, to overcome such disease, Ayurveda has a complete solution.

Faulty dietary habit and faulty life style are main etiological factors responsible for Doshadushti(imbalance of three energies vata,pitta,kapha) resulting in Agnimandhya(weak digestive power). Frequent unhealthy junk food intake, disturbed schedule of meals, stress leads to Mandagni (weaken digestive metabolism) and ultimately person suffers from Grahaniroga. It is said that grahani and agni are interdependent; due to this nature these two are responsible for proper functioning of each other. Mandagni for long period leads to disease called as Grahaniroga. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with defecation or change in bowel habits. Ayurveda characterizes the disease by the passage of stools alternated with constipation or diarrhoea and with undigested food particles. Also lower abdominal pain, abdominal distension, indigestion, tastelessness, nausea, all joint pain are the symptoms often seen.GrahaniDosha is due to functional derangement of Grahani. Grahani roga is considered as the advance stage. According to Ayurveda the chief site for digestion of food is Grahani and is considered as an organ where agni resides. Malfunction of Agni and Grahani, the organs, is responsible for IBS.

People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome are often recommended their diet as they might have intolerance towards certain type of foods. Other common recommendations are inclusion of fiber supplements and use of laxatives. Ayurveda has effective formulations like Panchmuladya churna,Nagkesar churna,Panchamrut parparti,Loha Parpati,Tamra Parpati, Kutaj Parpati, Trikatu Churna, Avipattikar churna, Bilwa Churna,Tikta ghrut, Shunthi ghrut, Lokath Ras recommended to take with Takra or lukewarm water as anupan (those substances which are drunk along with or after medicine or food intake). Dosage of these formulations depends upon the stage of disease, condition of patient. Takra has great importance in treating Grahani dosha. Formulations that strengthen digestive power (deepan-pachan) are given while treating IBS.

Pathya Ahara & Vihar (DOs): Regular intake ofTakra(buttermilk),Sashti-shalivariety of rice, green gram,Fruits,Vegetables..

Benefits of Takra (Buttermilk) – It is an excellent anupan because it stimulates the power of digestion, it is grahi (constipative) and light for digestion. Buttermilk is a good source of protein, Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin B Complex (Riboflavin).Due to its low fat content, it is easily digestible.Moreover, it contains Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria which acts as probiotic thus,facilitates digestion of food and produces vitamins.

Benefits of warm water– warm water stimulate hunger, help digestion, and relieve hiccup and flatulence.

Pathya Vihar: Nidra (sleep well), rest and activities that keep mind happy. Amongst the several remedies available today, one stands out as a time-tested savoir –Pranayam. Unhealthy eating habits are the direct cause of disturbed agni. To promote the healing, disorders of agni, indigestion or other ailments, Pranayam is beneficial for the mind and the body which increases stress resistance. Yoga is an ancient technique that works on the physical as well as psychological level and relieves the body of ailments like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is turn aids in overcoming the disorder and eventually restores the body to an optimum condition. Yoga is also well known as a relaxation and anxiety alleviating tool, thus helping to cope with the emotional stress. Yoga Sutras, defines Pranayama as “regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention. Factors such as stress and depression can lead to initial symptom associated with IBS. Stress and depression disruptmainly the functioning of agni. Pranayam strengthens the body is conductive to the agni and rids the body of stress.

Apathya Ahara & Vihar (DON’Ts): Fermentated, oily, spicy food items, canned food, junk food, leftover food, overeating, irregular timings of meal, starving for long time, stress, irregular sleep.

To conclude Aharaj-Abhojana (excessive fasting), Atibhojana(excessive food intake),Vishama Bhojana (improper food) Asatmya Bhojana (unwholesome food) etc, are probable causes of IBS. To combat IBS proper dietary habits, daily exercises along with ayurvedic remedies are the ways that can comfort IBS naturally.

June 2017

Dear Student,

Topics for article writing contest –

You have the liberty of choosing any one of the topic from the list as mentioned below:

1. Treat vitiligo naturally
OR

2. Fighting infection with extra immunity
OR

3. PCOS and infertility
OR

4. Winning oversleep naturally
OR

Rewards for participating in the Article Writing Competition:

5 winners will be announced every month.

  1. 1st prize winner will receive cash prize of Rs. 3000/-
  2. 2nd & 3rd prize winners will receive cash prize of Rs. 2000/- each and
  3. 4th and 5th prize winner will receive cash prize of Rs. 1000/- each

We urge and request you to continue participating in Charak students’ online activities. This competition offers a chance to the students have their writing skills reviewed by Charak’s senior editor and if selected, the article will be published in Charak Times, a quarterly newsletter, circulated across all the Ayurvedic colleges, senior practitioners, and consultants. The content will also be uploaded on our website.

Besides the rewards, the photographs of the winners will also be uploaded on Charak’s facebook page.

Terms and conditions of participating in the “Article Writing Contest”

  1. Register on student.charak.com if not registered
  2. Post your article at “[email protected]
  3. The article must consist of the contents and style as mentioned below:
    • Article should be in blog format
    • Word count – minimum 500 and maximum 800
    • Content should be relevant to the topic selected
    • The content must be in English
    • The article must in “Word doc”
    • The article should be original work and not a plagiarism
    • Research articles will not be considered as Articles

Tips on writing the article:

  • For this contest, we are looking for health related articles based on the topics suggested. Writers have to express his/her ideas and expertise on the subject. The article should be original work and not a copy paste. The article should be in simple, easy to understand language for common people.
  • The article must begin with an intro paragraph with definition, statistics, prevalence, facts, focus and attention-grabbing points. (approx. 200 words)
  • The next paragraph (section) must elaborately include findings, causes, risk factors and the core reason of the relevant condition/title of the topic/indication
  • The third section must include current treatment options for the given condition/title of the topic/indication
  • In the final section, enlist/mention the useful herbs and minerals for the management of the given condition/title of the topic/indication.
  • Finally, conclude with your opinion, analysis, and comments on the topic.

Before sending the article please proof read your article.

Submission of the articles – The timeline for submitting the article is 15th July 2017. Please submit your article at [email protected]

Award Winning Articles

Fighting infection with extra immune

Author: Dr. Sahara Shrestha,

MD Final Year,

RS & BK Department,

Institute of Post Graduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar

Health, the utmost priority of mankind, is the sum total of the physical, mental and psychological well-being of an individual. The desire of garnering and promoting health is as old as the existence of life. Any change involving the milieu of a person can lead to infection. The resistance of the body to invasion and subsequent attack by disease causing pathogens is called immunity. Hence immunity is the life guard that saves us from the swarming surge of microbes that are ever ready to deteriorate our health status. Immunity is the sole reason that infects a person to a disease and spares the other, when both are exposed to the same environment. Infections are opportunistic and the rise in infection is the resultant of a decreased defence mechanism of the body. The outbreak of epidemics due to infection in any area causes a magnitude of death toll along with morbidity. Infection may be disguised in the form of cholera, malaria, pneumonia, asthma, AIDS, food poisoning, nosocomial infection or even typhoid. The list of infectious diseases continues but the cure to all undoubtedly is to fortify the immune system of the body.

The polluted air, water and soil and the unhealthy lifestyle and even sedentary lifestyle also play a major role in influencing the immune system of the body. In this modern era, people are constantly under high level of stress and the immense competitive world has deprived them of the basic necessities of life like balanced diet, sleep, optimism etc. The encroachment of our natural habitat by urbanisation and modernisation has led to the narrowing of our interactions with nature and has deprived us from the rich restorative potion that nature offers.

The treatment of infection mainly deals with the usage of antibiotics along with multivitamins. The antibiotics hamper not only the pathogens but also the good bacterial flora that our body needs for proper functioning. In addition to this, the microbes also tend to develop resistance in the long term which is a major concern nowadays. The use of synthetic drugs is eventually harmful and the resistant pathogens pose an even greater threat to science.

Ayurveda believes in curing and preventing disease and promoting health. Besides the treatment of a disease according to the symptoms, much stress has been laid on the increment of immunity. It has introduced a number of ways that can help enhance immunity and subsequently bring longevity of life. It has a treasure of individual herbs, minerals, metals, gems and their different permutations and combinations that can boost our immune system.

Amla (Emblica officinalis), Brahmi (Bacopa Monieri), Madhu (honey), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Pippali (Piper longum), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) etc are the herbal anti-oxidants that can be used for their free radical scavenging activities. Swarna Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma, Pravala Bhasma etc are the examples of minerals and gems that also act as immune modulators and cellular detoxifiers. Besides the individual drugs, Rasayana formulations like Chyawanprash can be used for increasing the immunity power. Similarly, Ritu Haritaki, Medhya Rasayana, Doshaghna Rasayana and Dhatu Rasayana can be used to rejuvenate body. The rational use of Pathya Ahara Vihara can be used to further enhance health. The cleansing of the body through Panchakarma procedures also lend a helping hand in raising the bar of immunity by clearing the Srotas. The practice of Yoga also helps to increase vital capacity and metabolism which strengthens ones immunity and helps to fight infections. These measures to fight infections are natural, cheap and eco-friendly and continuous efforts should be done to sustain and extend these Ayurvedic treatment protocols with increased accessibility and awareness.

The usage of the doctrines of Ayurveda can help to combat infections and bless us with extra immune. Following proper Dincharya, Ratricharya, Ritucharya, Pathya–Apathya and consuming Ayurvedic drugs individuals can foster their defence mechanism. Ayurveda emphasises the physical exercise through Yoga, mental stability via meditation, spiritual bliss through Homa, Dhoopana etc. The combination of these activities boosts the health and brings about a positive framework of mind. The positive attitude and will-power also help in healing the diseased body and mind. So by embracing Ayurveda, we ensure our own life in the best of health and spirits.

Follow Ayurveda for extra immune

To naturally keep health in fine tune

Winning oversleep naturally

Author- Dr. Poonam Sandbhor

M.D. student

R. A. Podar Ayurveda Hospital, Mumbai

Oversleeping? Do we ever hear about it? As we always heard about, read about insomnia a very few people knows about oversleeping. Insomnia is a disease likewise oversleeping is also a mental disorder or sometimes it is symptom of a disease.

In medical language oversleeping is called as “hypersomnia”. This condition causes people to suffer from extreme sleepiness throughout the day, which is not usually relieved by napping. It also causes them to sleep for unusually long periods of time at night.

Hypersomnia affects 4% to 6% of population. It not only affects the personal life but also social life of an individual. In our mechanized societies it may impair work performance and even involved in accidents at work or while driving.

Depression is commonly linked with oversleeping. A study has shown 15% of people with depression sleep too much. The national sleep foundation warns against oversleeping, nothing that can put you at risk for increased morbidity and mortality.

The causes of oversleeping as per modern science are enlisted below-

  • Substance Abuse (Alcohol and Prescription Drug)
  • Stress and Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing periodically throughout the night resulting in the disruption of sleep cycle.

In ayurvedic classical texts oversleeping is described under the heading of Atinidra, Tandra, Glani.

The causes of Atinidra explained in Ayurvedic classical texts are as follows-

The oversleeping not only affects the physical health but also it affects the mental health of an individual. The side effects of oversleeping are –

  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Grogginess
  • Risk of headache
  • Backpain
  • Putting on weight
  • Mental disorders such as depression

Conclusion:

  • Ayurveda gives more important to sleep by considering it one among trayo upasthambha means, 3 pillars of over body, without these healthy life will not be achieved.
  • “निद्रायत्तं सुखं दुःखं पुष्टिः कार्श्यं बलाबलम्|

वृषता क्लीबता ज्ञानमज्ञानं जीवितं न च||३६|| “cha.su.,21

It says that sleep only the responsible thing for all these happiness, strength, weakness, fertility, finally for life and death.

So to have a good healthy life with charming beauty one should maintain their sleep cycle properly by following all daily regime, seasonal regimens, night regimens and good code of conduct.

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