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Article Writing Contest – June 2017 begins from 15th 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

  1. Fighting infection with extra immunity

OR

  1.   PCOS and infertility

OR

  1.   Winning oversleep naturally

Rewards for participating in the Article Writing Competition:

 

5 winners will be announced every month.

  • 1st prize winner will receive cash prize of Rs. 3000/-
  • 2nd & 3rd prize winners will receive cash prize of Rs. 2000/- each and
  • 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 “drcharak@charak.com”
  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:

  1. 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.
  2. The article must begin with an intro paragraph with definition, statistics, prevalence, facts, focus and attention-grabbing points. (approx. 200 words)
  3. The next paragraph (section) must elaborately include findings, causes, risk factors and the core reason of the relevant condition/title of the topic/indication
  4. The third section must include current treatment options for the given condition/title of the topic/indication
  5. In the final section, enlist/mention the useful herbs and minerals for the management of the given condition/title of the topic/indication.
  6. 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 drcharak@charak.com.

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Fighting infection with extra immune

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, PathyaApathya 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

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

The side effects of oversleeping are disastrous so there is a need of helping hand to come out of it-

So let’s cure oversleeping naturally by making small changes in our day to day practices which will make a huge difference-

  • Avoidance of causative and precipitating factors of disease is the basic principle to avoid the causes of the disease (Nidanparivarjana). So avoid very sweet food stuff, junk food, over anxiety, over fatigue.
  • To conduct Vaman (Therapeutic Emesis) which is a biopurification for kapha dosha
  • Pradhaman Nasya that is blowing of medicinal herbs powder into the nostrils like vidang ( Embelica ribes ) , Shunthi ( Zinziber officinale) , Marich i.e black paper ( Piper nigrum) , Pippali ( Piper longum).
  • Vyayam ( Physical exercise)
  • Use of Vegetables like Bittergourd ( karela) , Ridge gourd (Dodaka), Pumpkin, Bottle Gourd (louki) in diet.
  • Use of Yava (Barley) and Green gram (mung).
  • Use of luke warm water while drinking.
  • Use of Udavartana that is rubbing of medicinal herbs powder over the body like Triphala, Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Vidang ( Embelica ribes), Nimba (Azadiracta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa).
  • Use of herbal medicines internally like Triphala, Khadir, Trikatu (shunthi, marich, pippali), Nimba.
  • Use of Guggul kalpana internally like Triphala guggul, Kanchanar guggul, Panchatiktaka ghruta guggula etc
  • Use of Asava and Arishta like Khadirarishta , Pippalyasava etc

These small changes in our routine can make a big difference. So with the help of nature’s healing hands lets fight with oversleeping.

 

 

Winning oversleep naturally

Winning oversleep naturally

Author- Dr. Parimala B K

BAMS Student

Shri B.M.K. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, Karnataka

Sleep is an important and complex biological process which helps in learning, memory processing, cellular repair and brain development. It also a times for essential housekeeping function to occurs in the brain because brain lacks lymphatic system and depends on the interstitial space and the  to remove waste and toxic metabolites secreted and flushed back into the blood at the meninges. Research said that in the waking mouse brain the interstitial space constitute 14% of total brain volume, during sleep this space increases to 23% (by 60%).This increase in the space is accompanied by a striking increase in CSF flow and consequent clearance of brain metabolites produced b neural activities which leads to restoration of its function. It is also hypothesized that the accumulation of these metabolites in the constricted interstitial space during wakefulness drives the switch to a sleep state. Hormone melatonin plays a important role in circadian regulation and modulating insulin secretion through several secondary messengers and through cell stimulation. So melatonin acts as a mediator between the central circadian regulation and peripheral metabolism. Behavior may over ride physiological control mechanism resulting in alteration of sleep duration and quality especially in these modern era electronic gadgets are affecting sleeping pattern of the people. Experimental and epidemiological data linked insufficient sleep and duration, abnormal sleep timing and poor sleep quality to insulin resistance and increase risk of obesity and diabetes. As over Acharyas said that: स्वप्नाहारसमुत्थे च स्थौल्यकार्श्ये विशेषतः||५१|| cha.su.21

Normal healthy sleep for adults between the ages 18-64 yrs is 7 to 9 hours. Oversleeping is the condition where person sleep more than 10-15hrs and which causes people to suffer from extreme sleepiness whole day. Nearly 2% of our population suffer from oversleep since childhood where as 15% among depressed patient always suffer from oversleep. 21% of oversleeping patient has a risk of developing obesity. Just like a lack of sleep, too much sleep affects the circadian rhythm of our body.

Main causes for oversleep are:-

1) Lack of sleep: It may be due to heavy work load, smart phone etc.

2) Disturbance in sleeping schedule.

3) Mental conditions like anxiety, depression.

4) Physical illness.

5) Hormonal changes due to underline pathology.

Oversleep is now a burning issue mainly in students where they unable to concentrate on lecture and affect learning capacity

Current available treatment modalities are counseling, lifestyle modifications, and medications for underlined pathology.

Win oversleep naturally by adopting following simple principles

1)  Ayurvedic classics says that nidra is induced by tamoguna and wakefulness is due to satva guna. Atinidra is due to increase in tama guna which blocks सञ्ज्ञावहानि स्रोतांसि  leading  to sleepiness in day as well as night. So following satvik Ahaara and vihaara can help to avoid oversleep.

2) When we go through process of nidra according to charaka Acharya:

When मन become निष्क्रिय =) इन्द्रियाणि become क्रियारहिता =) non perception of senses  leading to nidra . So to break this cycle in oversleep one should involve   in

  1. a) कार्य (busy in doing any works) and मनोव्याकुलन (keeping mind always engaged in some tasks) because “कार्यमिति कार्यासक्तो न निद्रां याति” as said by chakrapaani, it means by involving in work will prevent sleepiness.
  2. b) व्यायाम: involving in physical exercises.
  3. c) असुखा शय्या: Sleeping over improper bed.
  4. d) तमोजयः: winning drowsiness etc by involving in stimulant activities like भय, चिन्ता, क्रोध.

Here भय can be taken as developing some fear towards teachers at least during classes.

  1. e) सत्त्वौदार्यं: Developing positive attitude and increasing सत्त्व
  2. f) Avoiding pleasant smells, sounds like songs etc.

3) Doing उपवास: Fasting helps in expelling out toxins accumulated in the body which is main cause for inducing sleep.

4) Avoiding excess body massages, head massage etc.

5) Avoid excess intake of milk, alcohol, Lilly products.

6) Daily practicing yoga.

Conclusion:

1) 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.

2)  निद्रायत्तं सुखं दुःखं पुष्टिः कार्श्यं बलाबलम्|

वृषता क्लीबता ज्ञानमज्ञानं जीवितं ||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.