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Articles for Fall 2011, Vol. 10, Issue 1

Pancamahabhutas and Natural Remedies of Diseases

By Radhey Shyam Kaushal

With a view to exploring a plausible and common basis for the workings of naturopathy and astrology, the traditional wisdom of Vedic science is examined at its finest possible level. An attempt is made to look for the fundamental processes responsible for the treatment of diseases using pa­camah└bh┬tas (the five cosmic elements of earth, water, air, fire and ether, hereafter referred to as PMs) and for the poor predictions of the science of astrology. For this purpose, a common framework of a philosophical atom-type (called "patomic") model of a human being is employed.

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Triple Sense Organ Deficiency Case Study

By Alakananda Devi

Sarah, a fifty-three-year-old divorced speech pathologist, attended our clinic in October in a state of deep frustration, saying, "This is my last resort." She had traveled by bus from another city because she was unable to drive due to limited vision. Sarah was born with congenital cataracts, receiving eye surgery at the age of three. She wore thick contact lenses and used magnifying reading glasses. As a result of her congenital cataracts, she suffered from irreversible deprivation amblyopia, leading to greatly reduced visual acuity. "This form of amblyopia may occur in one or both eyes as a result of deprivation of normal visual experience early in life by corneal opacities, congenital cataracts, ptosis, or other obstacles to normal retinal stimulation."1 Her mother, brother and nephew also had congenital cataracts and amblyopia.

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Ayurvedic Management of Sj÷gren's Syndrome

By Dr. Sanjeev Sood

In 1929, Dr. Henrik Sj÷gren, a Swedish ophthalmologist, met with a patient who complained of dry eyes, dryness of the mouth, and pain in several joints. His careful observations on a few more patients with similar symptoms led to the discovery of an unknown clinical entity later named after him.1 Sj÷gren did not know the etiology. Today we know that Sj÷gren's disease, more often called Sj÷gren's syndrome, is a complex immunological disorder. Incidence of the disease in the Indian subcontinent is increasing at an alarming rate. In America, four million people suffer from Sj÷gren's syndrome. Women are nine times more likely to develop Sj÷gren's syndrome and many patients go undiagnosed. It occurs in all age groups including children. The sad part of the story is that the exact cause of this complex autoimmune disease is not known, thus no cure is yet available in the conventional system of medicine.

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Therapeutic Application of "Fats"

A Classical Ayurvedic Approach of Snehana for Detoxification, Health Maintenance and Disease Management

By Dr. L. Mahadevan & Dr. Vijayendra S. Murthy

We usually tend to think that our bodies are selfcontained and function independently from the exterior world. Ayurveda takes a unified perspective on life that highlights the connection between human beings and their external environment. Ayurveda utilizes the concept of physical qualities called gu§a,1 such as dry, oily, cool and warm to identify the characteristics of materials including food, medicine and also the human body.Therefore, the concept of gu§a constitutes a framework for explaining the interactions between human beings and their environment. Ayurveda recognizes the homeostasis within the human body as the result of the counter- balancing effect between the 20 gu§as.This article will mainly focus on the importance of one of the 20 gu§as and its role in health maintenance and therapeutic applications. Before discussing the applications of the gu§a snehana we will first explain what snehana is.

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Naturopathic and Yogic Intervention in the Management of Coronary Artery Disease

By Rajiv Rastogi

The number of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients is increasing globally. A recent study reveals that about 25 per cent of deaths, in the age group of 25-69 years, occur because of heart disease. In urban areas, 32.8 per cent deaths occur because of heart ailments, while this percentage in rural areas is 22.9. As per the view of medical experts the hardening of arteries is an inevitable process of aging and unavoidable. But according to the principles of naturopathy and Yoga, the basic cause of this disease is violation of the laws of nature and living in disharmony with the nature. Thus the causative factors may be classified as wrong eating habits, lack of physical exercise, stress, and faulty and artificial style of living. In this paper, the author highlights the importance of lifestyle modifications based on the principles of naturopathy and Yoga that are easy to follow and highly effective in the management of coronary artery disease. By incorporating the naturopathic and yogic lifestyle interventions in daily life the coronary artery diseases can be prevented and managed effectively..

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Grow Your Ayurvedic Practice Series

By Jacob Griscom

This is the second article in a four-part series for Light on Ayurveda Journal that will help you grow your Ayurvedic business. The ideas and strategies are based on my "Grow Your Ayurvedic Business" system that I teach to our Ayurvedic practitioner clients at everyday Ayurveda.

In this article, I'll cover the Integral Ayurveda methodology that will help you organize the health care programs you develop for your clients, and uncover and resolve the hidden obstacles that sabotage their success when it comes to implementing new behaviors. When you use this approach, you'll support your clients to get long-term sustainable results with their health, profound transformations in their consciousness, and evolution in their relationships and communities.

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The Stanyav└ha Srota

By Dr. Marc Halpern

The stanyav└ha srota is the channel through which milk flows. Stanya means "milk" and v└ha means "to carry." Srota means "river, stream or channel." The channel that carries the milk is the lactation system.

The stanyav└ha srota consists of the lactation ducts. It is important to note that the origin of the stanyav└ha srota as stated by the Ž╚is is in the uterus. While naturally there is no structural connection, the ancient Ž╚is of Ayurveda understood that there was another principle that connected these sites together as milk only flows following delivery.

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Light on Science Discovery

By Diana I. Lurie, PhD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term used to describe a number of conditions that result in chronic inflammation of the small and/or large intestine. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease and IBD can be considered together because they all involve inflammation of the gastro-intestinal system and have similar symptoms, characteristics, pathologies, complications, and treatments. The causes of IBD are mostly unknown, but the tissue injury that results during this disease is thought to be due to dysfunctions in the immune system and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

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Three Questions on the Five Senses

By Prashanti de Jager

Q. Why does Ayurveda recommend that you clean the senses?
A. Because Ayurveda knows how energetic you are! Recently I was going through my old journals when I found something I wrote when I was sixteen: Your States of mind and your point of views Will determine whether you win or lose!

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The Sacred Art of Eating

By Arun Deva & Jutta Hecht

Ayurveda places great emphasis on diet and nutrition as the keys to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. When Ayurvedic practitioners Arun Deva and Jutta Hecht decided to teach an Ayurvedic cooking class, they ended up calling it: The Sacred Art of Eating. They began by introducing the basic concepts of Ayurveda and went into the six tastes, the energetics of food, the processes of digestion, absorption and assimilation and the importance of fresh cooked meals.

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Healthy Hazelnut Cake for the Season

By Thomas Mueller B.A., D.A. Med.

Although we can no longer clearly differentiate the characteristics of the various seasons, when we observe the changes that happen around us and analyse these changes in terms of the gu§as, we can easily make out which do╚a is predominant at which phase in nature.

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Ayurvedic Cooking in the Netherlands

By Alena Kesselaar

When I first read about Ayurveda, I was fascinated by its logical look at the nature of man and his work in the health system. The more natural prevention and cure based on creating balance in oneself really appealed to me.

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