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India’s Contribution To Healing Four Systems Of Medicine

In Hinduism on June 12, 2014 at 17:09

 

 

The Vedas, meaning  “to know ‘ is a veritable source of knowledge.

 

 

 

Vedas, as in most findings in modern Science, are Intuitive , revealed and received by the ancient Seers of India.

 

 

 

There is a misconception that he Vedas in particular, Hinduism in general in other worldly and does not address to day to day Living.

 

 

 

Nothing can be further from the truth.

 

 

 

The Vedas , in its main part and through its parts called Vedangas, deal with daily life Sciences.

 

 

 

Botany ,Biology,Basic Physics, Modern Physics, Particle Physics. Quantum Mechanics, Multi verses,

 

 

 

Microbiology,Stem Cell Research,Wireless Genetics,

 

 

 

Astronomy,Environment Sciences,

 

 

 

Chemistry,Metallurgy,

 

 

 

Town Planning,Construction Tanks,

 

 

 

Military Sciences….he list goes on.

 

 

 

The contribution of the Vedas to medicine is not fully realized.

 

 

 

Many think only Ayur Veda as the only one from India.

 

 

 

 

 

There are at least Four systems of Indian origin.

 

 

 

1.Ayurveda.

 

 

2.Siddha.

 

3.Yoga .

 

4.Mantras.

 

 

 

Ayur Veda is believed to have been obtained from the Churning of the Ocean.

 

 

 

Lord Dhanvanthri, an Avatar of Vishnu brought this Science to the Universe.

 

 

 

The Science of Ayur Veda is now popular.

 

 

 

However the  systematic approach to the processes of the Human body as explained by the Vedas is not known to many.

 

 

 

Let me quote an example how the Vedas have analysed the process of Digestion.

 

 

Food that we eat is digested by the Jataraakni, a form of Fire.

 

Fire has Ten Primary Forms.

 

They are.

 

1..Ordinary Fire.

 

2.Lightning

 

3.The Sun.

 

4.Jataraagni(digestive fire).

 

5.Destructive like forest fire.

 

6.Fire that is produced by the rubbing of sticks for performance of Homas.

 

7.Fire that is given to student at the time of his Upanayana

 

8.Fire that has been kept at Home by ancestor for domestic rituals.

 

9.The Southern Fire of ancestors used in certain rituals and

 

10.The Funeral Fire for cremation.

 

Ayurveda lists thirteen fires, some Smritis  refer to Four, some Five.

 

Details provided towards the close of this Post.

 

Jataraagni is the Agni that is involved in Digestion.

 

How the Jataragni Digests Food.

 

Jataraagni, in conjunction with the ten Forms of Air(Vaayu), performs the following functions of Digestion.

 

Along with Jataraagni Rechakam and Paasakam it cooks the food by heating, now explained by Science  Hypochondriac Acid, which incidentally has

 

the property of Heat and corrosion,

 

Dries the Food as  Shobakam( this comes out as waste from the Body),

 

Thaakaham, Burning the Food to create calories, Energy and

 

Plaavakam, Filling the cells with the essence of  Food,

 

With the help of Five Upa Vaayus, spreads the essence through the body.

 

These ten are the Modifications of Agni in the Human Body involved in Digestion.(Bhavanopanishad)

 

Toxins might be present in the food we eat.

 

Toxins are referred to as Ama.

 

“Ama is a word from the Sanskrit language,

the language of the Vedas and early Ayurveda

medical texts. It is a word we might nowadays

translate as ‘toxins’, but it is both more

elaborate and more subtle than the word

toxins might suggest. Literally the word ama

means ‘unripened’ or ‘uncooked’ and refers to

any product that passes through our digestive

system without being completely digested or

‘cooked’. We’ve all heard of environmental

toxins, but ama toxins are of our own making…

 

The fire bio-energy present in the stomach

and upper small intestine (jathara in Sanskrit)

is known as the jatharagni. Ayurveda has

revealed 13 different agnisin the human body,

however jatharagni is the most important, as

the other 12 are dependent upon it.

 

This ama is so insidious that even traditional

Sanskrit synonyms for disease, such as

‘amaya’, ring with its name. Ama is described

as being a particularly sticky, heavy, turbid and

foul-smelling substance. It has the tendency

to accumulate in the gastro-intestinal tract

and then overflow into the circulatory system,

to eventually deposit into weak tissues around

the body (for example joints, in the case of

ama-induced arthritis). These tissues may be

genetically weak, nutritionally deprived, have

been damaged through injury or weakened by

negative emotions. Once lodged in these sites,

ama is well-placed to interrupt the

functioning and status of the affected tissue.

At that level of cellular interference, ama

deprives the cells of nourishment and energy,

and that’s how we’ll feel – dull, sluggish and

tired all the time. Also, the body’s waste

products will take on the characteristics of

ama – stools will become sticky strong smelling, urine becomes odorous and

cloudy, and perspiration (considered a waste

product or ‘mala’ in ayurveda) will also

become particularly unpleasant in odour…

 

Why is it important to balance the agni

(the digestive fire)?

• The nutrition required by all living cells is

dependant on a balanced and complete

digestive process.

• Imbalanced agni leaves an unprocessed

residue which accumulates as toxic ama.

• Digestive abilities on all levels (‘digestion’ of

all physical, sensory and mental experiences)

rely on balanced agni.

• Production of ojas will be improved (ojas

supports our immunity, strength and

experience of bliss).

• This helps to maintain normal bodyweight

for your body type.

How can I tell if my agni is balanced?

SIGNS OF BALANCED AGNI

• You will experience normal appetite at

mealtimes

• You will leave the table feeling comfortable,

refreshed and energised with a feeling of

satisfaction and no bloating or digestive

distress

• You will produce well-formed faeces

without strong smell

• You can eat all types of food without

disturbances

• Your complexion will glow.

SIGNS OF IMBALANCED AGNI

• If agni is excessive there may be a raging

appetite outside of mealtimes; if underactive

there may be complete lack of interest in food.

• You might leave the table feeling heavy,

lethargic, bloated, gassy, or with heartburn

and belching

• Faeces will not be well-formed, will have

foul odour, tend to stick to the bowl and

possibly contain undigested food.

• Sensitivity to many foods, food intolerances

and allergies.

• Dull complexion.

Why did my agni become ‘imbalanced’?

• Eating on the run, skipping meals

• Eating while emotionally upset

• Overconsumption of cold, liquid substances

eg ice water”

 

 

Charaka has mentioned about 13 Agnis. Jatharagni – 1, Bhutagni – 5, Dhatvagni – 7 (Ch.Chi.15/38).[13]

According to Acharya Sushruta, five types of Agnis are illustrated, viz. Pachakagni, Ranjakagni, Alochakagni, Sadhakagni and Bhrajakagni. However, there is an indirect reference of fiveBhutagnis underlying in the brief description made to the transformation of food stuff. (Sh.Su.21/10.)[14]

Vagbhata has described different types Agni, viz. – Bhutagnis – 5,– Dhatvagnis – 7, –Dhoshagni – 3 and– Malagni – 3.

Sharangadhara has recognized five pittas only (Pachak, Bhrajak, Ranjak, AlochakaandSadhak) (Sha.Sa.Pu.Kh.-5/32).[15]

Bhavamishra has followed Acharya Charaka and Vagbhata (Bh.Pu.Kh.-3/169,180).[16]

Agni has been divided into 13 types according to the function and site of action. These are:

 

Jatharagni – one Agni present in the stomach and duodenum.

Bhutagni – five Agni from five basic elements.

Dhatwagni – seven Agni present, one in each of the seven dhatus.

Accordingly, they are classified into three groups, namely Jatharagni, Bhutagni andDhatvagni.”

 

 

 

This is but one example.

 

 

 

Now to Siddha system.

 

 

 

The Siddhas are reported to be Beings, who were Humans, attained Kaivalya and are in some other plane of existence even now.

 

 

 

They have developed a system of Medicine.

 

 

 

This is the Siddha system.

 

 

 

Here they take the Vedic principle that ‘Whatever is in the Macrocosm is in the Microcosm’.

 

 

 

The Human body is made of Five elements, Earth, Water, Fire,Air and Ether(Akasa)

 

 

 

So are the things in the Universe including Plants.

 

 

 

Another principle is that any any change in the Universe affects the Human Beings both mentally and physically, reminds one of Butterfly effect and the El Nino effect.

 

 

 

So they use the herbs from nature to cure diseases after finding out the nature of the disease by external symptoms.

 

 

 

The next system is through Yoga where the diseases are cured by the side effects of the spiritual practices as described in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

 

 

 

Then we have the Mantras which cure through Sounds, where the sounds are locked in a Mystical way.

 

 

 

When they are intoned by a specific pattern they cure the diseases.

 

 

 

Such are the  rich legacies of the Vedas and Indian systems .

 

 

 

The ancient texts are to be explored in depth to cure Humanity and this needs the creation of awareness among the people.

 

 

 

http://ashtangayogashala.squarespace.com/storage/documents/ama.pdf

 

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3221079/

 

Diseases Details Explanation Video Tutorials

In Health on April 16, 2014 at 07:24

As more diseases are discovered(?), the treatment becomes more Complex.

 

So are the disciplines of Medicine,

 

Medical Science has the vicarious pleasure using high-sounding names even for simple Diseases,one gets scared on hearing the names.

 

As Medicine gets more specialized, the total picture of the body is often lost, with some of the doctors, not sure enough about other parts of the body other than the part they have specialized in.

 

Then we have the Pharmaceutical Companies use all the guile at their disposal to mislead you, where they keep quiet about the side effects of the medicines you take.

 

And many of us are scared to ask the Doctor in detail about our ailment and the course of treatment he is using, its ramifications and the side effects of the drugs he is prescribing.

 

But one must, notwithstanding the irritation of some Doctors, ask and discuss with the Doctor these issues, after all it is your Body.

 

It would be helpful if one has some information about the disease one has ,its symptoms, possible courses of treatment, in a simple language.

 

National Institute of Medicine,under the aegis of the US Government hs come out with a Medical site that explains the diseases in detail.

 

In a simple language.

 

The information is provided in text/interactive format.

 

Diseases,

Disease and Cure, reduce inflammation. Image from http://1.bp.blogspot.com/

 

Video tutorials are provided.

 

Just click the disease you want to know about, you have the relevant information.

 

The Tutorials require a Flash Plug In version 6 and above,

 

Please check under ‘Health‘ in this site for Drugs, composition  recommended dosage , side effects for additional information .

 

  • Tests and Diagnostic Procedures
  • Surgery and Treatment Procedures

 

 

 Diseases Reference

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Heart Beating In Surgery Live

In Health on February 22, 2014 at 22:54

It is very fascinating to see Heart beating Surgery.

I have a close fiend , who is a Doctor, who believes in God more(mind you , he is top-notch specialist in his field and recognized as such in the World used to say,’We Doctors prescribe medicines, do Surgery, And in almost all cases, I have felt that the data for my Diagnosis or the Science behind the treatment is questionable, the patient gets cured.I Trust in God, He takes care of us’

Many may not agree.

I do.

Now watch a Live heart beating during Surgery.

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Medical Tourism Marred By Middlemen Doctors.

In Health, India on November 21, 2013 at 11:16

As the world has shrunk, people now go out of their country for Treatment .

The treatment outside their country of birth my be cheaper.

The reasons are,

  • Government and private sector investment in healthcare infrastructure
  • Demonstrable commitment to international accreditation, quality assurance, and transparency of outcomes
  • International patient flow
  • Potential for cost savings on medical procedures
  • Political transparency and social stability
  • Excellent tourism infrastructure
  • Sustained reputation for clinical excellence
  • History of healthcare innovation and achievement
  • Successful adoption of best practices and state-of-the-art medical technology
  • Availability of internationally-trained, experienced medical staff.
  • The top destinations are, according to patients without borders,

Top destinations are, according to Patients beyond Borders,

“Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States,

for the reason stated.

The Global Market for Medical Tourism .

Medical Tourism Germany

Sarkis Sargsyan (back) stands at the Klinik rechts der Isar, in Munich, with his wife and brother: Like the Sargsyans, hundreds of thousands of people receive treatment in a foreign country every year. This medical tourism earns German hospitals and doctors roughly €1 billion ($1.35 billion) in annual revenues. In 2011, 82,854 foreign patients were treated in Germany on an inpatient basis and about 123,000 on an outpatient basis.

the market size is USD 24-40 billion, based on approximately eight million cross-border patients worldwide spending an average of USD 3,000-5,000 per visit, including all medically-related costs, cross-border and local transport, inpatient stay and accommodations. We estimate some 900,000 Americans will travel outside the US for medical care this year (2013).”

India is a major destination for Medical Tourism, mainly because of the quality of Doctors ad Treatment and of course, cost.

The cost is low because of the weak rupee against the Dollar and when compared to the cost of treatment in the US, India is cheaper cost-wise.

For the other third world countries the quality of treatment is better .

However even this low-cost Medical Treatment is because of the greedy Corporate Hospitals and some greedy medical professionals and medical Test Centers.

The Doctors prescribe a host of tests not warranted because they get a standard 15% of the cost of the tests.

Surgery cost depends on your purse and is determined whether you are covered under Medical insurance, have a credit and your financial standing.

Please read my posts filed under health on this subject.

In Medical Tourism the touts come into operation.

All Corporate Multi-Specialty  Hospitals have Agents posted abroad like Dubai.

They literally trap patients.

What they are promised as treatment cost is a fraction of what the patient is ultimately charged .

The patient can not protest as the treatment is complete and he/ she will not be discharged unless the Bill is settled.

Added to this is the illegal practice of the Hospitals’s practice of collecting the patient’s passport, which will not be returned unless the Bill is settled in full.

If some one complains about the Passport, it will be conveniently lost, the Hospitals do not issue receipts for the passports.

But the racket in medical Tourism in the world is ramapant and criminal.

Read this from Der Spiegel.

Sargsyan, his wife and brother landed in Munich on Sept. 16, 2012. They had already paid €3,500 to the IMZ agency as an advance for the treatment and visas, the Sargsyans say.

According to their account, soon after their arrival, they went to the IMZ broker’s office at the Sheraton München Arabellapark Hotel.

There, they allege they were greeted by a man in a suit, Arsen B., whose business card listed an exotic combination of titles: “Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. med., neurosurgeon – orthopedics, Director – Senior Physician.” B. allegedly promised to make the necessary arrangements for Sargsyan with a network of private clinics and doctors’ offices. The family felt like they had met their knight in shining armor.

However, IMZ disputes this account, saying that Arsen B. was abroad on this date and that it does not have an office at this location.

Sargsyan is sitting in a furnished, two-room apartment in northern Munich as he describes his first few days in Germany. He has just returned from radiation treatment, and the blue mask is lying in his lap.

He was a karate fighter and strong as lightning, says his wife, Nelly, a petite, friendly woman. The couple has been married for 21 years. Nelly’s description of her husband is a far cry from the person sitting on the sofa. He has dark bags under his eyes, and he looks depressed and exhausted. It’s hard to imagine that this man has ever laughed.

Sargsyan talks about how the first appointment took him to the Arabella Clinic, where another colonoscopy was performed. The diagnosis described “a coarse tumor that is not passable.” A tissue sample revealed that the tumor was malignant. Doctors also found metastases in Sargsyan’s liver and lungs. An interpreter with the agency translated for the patient. “The news was bad,” says Sargsyan, “but I trusted the doctors.” He also trusted Arsen B., who seemed to have a plan for everything.

To prevent intestinal obstruction, Sargsyan was given a colostomy. Local doctors performed the first cycle of chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy. The brother handled financial matters, paying €10,000 to the IMZ office for the initial treatment. Because he paid with a credit card, he was also charged a 5 percent surcharge. “Thank you for your confidence,” the customer receipts read.

Source:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-health-care-system-cashes-in-on-foreign-patients-a-933517.html

http://www.patientsbeyondborders.com/medical-tourism-statistics-facts

 

Understanding Your Health Check Up Results.

In Health on October 23, 2013 at 18:35

Health Tests.

Health Checkup.

People when they do a Master Health Check up, are often stumped when trying to understand the results.

Though the Doctor is the competent person to interpret the Data, it is in our interest to understand what the Health Check Results say.

The reason is many Doctors often willingly misinterpret or distort facts , taking advantage of our ignorance and put you on medication, for which they are being compensated by the the Pharmaceutical Companies(Please read my post on Hoe Doctors have been paid by these companies, filed under ‘Health/Consumer information)

This understanding of the Data gives you a chance to discuss your health issues with the Doctor, and as I have seen’ the Doctors are wary of people who seem to know, not necessarily know,some thing about the subject.

Now to Health Check up Preparation.

1,Fix an appointment for the Health Check Up, preferably in the morning, say around 8 pm.

2.Take your last food (the day before the test) around 8 pm(12 hours should be allowed to test Fasting Sugar after taking Food)

3.Do not take anything after the last food, save water.

4.Have a sterilized bottle/container from the Hospital one day earlier to collect your Stools.

5.In the morning, collect your first Stool.

6.At the Hospital, test the Blood first. Pre- prandial for sugar

7.Take a lot of water, not less than one liter.

8.Ensure that your bladder is full and have the ECG and Ultra sound scan done.

9.Have your eyes checked.

10.Take normal breakfast and not the time.

11 Between one and a half hour and two hours from the time of taking breakfast have your Sugar level tested,post -prandial.

12.Give your urine Sample.

The Reports should be ready in about three hours.

Now understanding the Health Check Up Report.

Parameters.

a)Hematology.(about Blood) Male.

Hemoglobin                                                                                              13-18gm%

Total Count .                                                                                              4000-1000/cells/cu

Neutrophils.                                                                                               40-75%

Lymohocytes                                                                                              20-45%

Eosionphils                                                                                                    0-8

Monocytes                                                                                                     1-10%

ESR(one Hour)                                                                                               5-15mm/hr.

Platelet Count                                                                                                1.50-4.50 Lakhs/c

RBC Count                                                                                                       4.50-6.50 Million/c

PCV                                                                                                                    39-55%

Read the note on Peripheral Smear,it can be understood if there is an anomaly.

Bio Chemistry.                                                                                                           Parameters.

Fasting Blood Sugar.                                                                                                  70-99mg/dl.

Urine Sugar                                                                                                                    NIL.

Serum Creatinine.                                                                                                       0 .50-1.40mg/dl.

Uric Acid Male .                                                                                                             3.50-7.20mg/dl.

Blood Urea Nitrogen.                                                                                                    5-21/mg/dl.

Thyroid Profile.

  1. If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a high TSH, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  2. If your doctor ran a test called Total T4 or Total Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 4.5 to 12.5. If you had a low reading, and a low TSH, your doctor might look into a pituitary problem.
  3. If your doctor ran a test called Free T4, or Free Thyroxine, normal range is approximately 0.7 to 2.0. If your result was less than 0.7, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  4. If your doctor ran a test called Total T3, normal range is approximately 80 to 220. If your result was less than 80, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  5. If your doctor ran a test called Free T3, normal range is approximately 2.3 to 4.2. If your result was less than 2.3, your doctor might consider that indicative of hypothyroidism.
  6. If your test results are ‘normal’ but you have many symptoms or risk factors for thyroid disease, ask for an antibodies test. Some doctors treatg thyroid symptoms in the presence of elevated antibodies and normal TSH levels.

 

Alkaline Phosphate.                                                                               120(IU/L.

Cholesterol- Bio Chemistry.

Parameters.

Total Cholesterol.                                                                                    140-200mg/dl.

Triglycerides .                                                                                             35-165 mg/dl.

High Density Lipoprotein. HDL.                                                                30-63mg/dl.

Low Density Lipoprotein LDL.                                                                    15-30mg/dl.

Total Cholesterol. ‘According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should keep your cholesterol ratio at or below 5:1. The ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1.”

Stools Test check out the Link web MD .

Ultra Sound, Heart,Lung X ray results have to be analysed by the Doctor.

Liver Function Test.

  • ALT. 7 to 55 units per liter (U/L)
  • AST. 8 to 48 U/L
  • ALP. 45 to 115 U/L
  • Albumin. 3.5 to 5.0 grams per deciliter (g/dL)
  • Total protein. 6.3 to 7.9 g/dL
  • Bilirubin. 0.1 to 1.0 mg/dL
  • GGT. 9 to 48 U/L
  • LD. 122 to 222 U/L
  • PT. 9.5 to 13.8 second.
  • Urine Analysis.
  • Urine Test.

    Urine Test Analysis. Click on the individual urinalysis parameters (except for volume) in the image for information on the performance and meaning of the test..

     

  • Sources.
  • http://thyroid.about.com/cs/testsforthyroid/ht/interpretresult.htm

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/finding-the-ideal-cholesterol-ratio?page=2

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/liver-function-tests/MY00093/DSECTION=results

https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/clinpath/modules/ua-rout/ua-rout.htm

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