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Articles for Spring 2011, Vol. 9, Issue 3

A Case Study - Using Jānubasti to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee

By Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu.), MAOM and Parla S. Jayagopal, BAMS, MD (Ayu.)

According to WHO, osteoarthritis (OA) is the second most common musculoskeletal problem in the world. An estimated 26.9 million US adults suffered from OA in 2005 up from 21 million in 5 1990. Women had higher rates than men, especially 6 after age 50. OA is most common among adults over 65 years. It is the leading cause of disability in older US adults. In 2003, the cost of arthritis and rheumatic diseases among the US population was estimated to be nearly $128 billion, up from $86.2 billion in 1997.

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What does the Hypothalamus do? The Brain and Ayurveda

By S. SuÖrez-Rubio

The hypothalamus is a brain structure recognized in modern medicine that strongly influences several bodily systems, from the urinary and nervous system, to the endocrine and reproductive systems. This article discusses hypothalamic functioning based on the perspective of Ayurveda and yoga. Whereas there is no such structure directly recognized in ayurvedic medicine, hypothalamic functioning can be understood in the context of ancient principles of energy flow through the three primary energy channels (iķā, piīgalā and suųumnā nāķãs). The appropriate functioning of the hypothalamus and the balanced flow of energy through the nāķãs are key determinants of our overall health, and directly mediate the nasal cycle and bodily rhythms that are essential for homeostasis. To conclude, several illnesses associated in modern medicine with hypothalamic dysfunction are discussed from theAyurvedic perspective.

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Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (A Beautiful Modern Expression of Two Ancient Sister Sciences)

By Rolf Jost

As Ayurveda is becoming increasingly popular in the West, words like ayurvedic massage, ayurvedic wellness, and ayurvedic skincare are slowly appearing in the popular press and mainstream shops. What is still quite new, even to people who have heard of Ayurveda through its various applications, is the term Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. For many, even the term Yoga Therapy is an unknown treatment option. So what exactly is the meaning of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy? This article offers an amalgamation of different perspectives presented through time as well as recent developments. Important contributions to the line of thought set out in this article have been made by leading practitioners in the fields of Ayurveda and Yoga, offering an examination of the close relationship between these two sciences.

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An Ayurvedic Therapy

By Julie Wardwell

Dough bastis are a very effective way to administer warm herbal oils over a specific area of the body. The dough dam provides the ability to apply the herbal oil to an isolated area for a specific therapeutic amount of time. The type of oil, herbs, temperature, and time depends on the doųa and condition that is being treated. This article is intended to give new practitioners an understanding of how a dough basti is administered and how some conditions can be treated. In writing this article an attempt was made to locate classical text references on dough bastis. Although the information may exist, none was located, and only copyrighted material is referenced here.

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Light on Science Discovery

By Diana I. Lurie, PhD

Type of Study: Ayurveda divides the human population into seven constitutional types (prakrti) based on the doųas (vāta, pitta, kapha). A person's constitutional type is determined on physical, physiological, and psychological features and this also determines an individual's predisposition to disease, disease management, and an appropriate lifestyle regime. Vāta individuals are characterized by irregular appetite and bowel habits, rapid physical activities, dry hair and skin, and cold intolerance. Pitta individuals are characterized by intense appetite and thirst, irritability, tendency to perspire, and tolerance of cold; while kapha individuals possess a slowdigestion, are less active, have a good memory and resistance to disease, and a calm temperament. Thus, in a modern biomedical framework, vāta is associated with the nervous system; pitta is associated with endocrine/ metabolism and kapha withimmunefunction.

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The ârtavavāha Srota - A Closer Look

By Dr. Marc Halpern

The ārtavavāha srota is the physical channel through which menses travels. ârtava means ßseasonal or a period of time.û As such, it is a term used to describe the monthly flow of menses. The term ārtava may also be used to describe the ovum or egg, which ripens and is released mid-cycle by the ovary each month.

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Four Questions on Arjuna - The Braveheart Herbal Ally

By Prashanti de Jager

Q. What is your favorite ethnopharmacological clue of arjuna'spower? A: Actually, Arjuna is my favorite ethnopharmacological hint of the power of arjuna. You see, the Bhāva Prakā÷a, Ayurveda's main herbal text compiled over 400 years ago, states that nothing can be said about Arjuna, the great warrior of the Mahābhārata, that cannot be said about arjuna, the great tree of northern India. By looking at some of the names that the two share, it quickly becomes apparent why Braveheartû is my main nickname for this herb.

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