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Articles for Spring 2012, Vol. 10, Issue 3

Continuity of a Healing Tradition or Contribution to Health Care Needs?

By Vijayendra Murthy

Education in Ayurvedic Medicine (AM),with its long history of tradition and preservationof knowledge through cultural lineage alongwith themore recent institutional delivery from post-colonial India, has hugely influenced the current state of Ayurvedic education in the West. Migration of Ayurveda into geographically, politically and culturally diverse contexts has produced an interesting health education model posing challenges and opening up new opportunities.

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The Evolution of Clinical Ayurvedic Education in the United States of America

By Marc Halpern

Ayurveda emerged into the popular cultue of the United States in 1985 with the publication of Deepak Chopra's book Perfect Health. Prior to this, knowledge of Ayurveda was primarily to be found within Yoga communities, such as the Transcendental Meditation and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centers. Even there, the knowledge of Ayurveda was restricted to a limited number of people. Early teachers from India also began to teach Ayurveda to the public in the late 1970s and 1980s. While most of these teachings did not spawn a large following, one Ayurvedic teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad, built a small but strongly devotional following and his dedicated teachings have influenced many of today's practitioners.

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Effect of Virecana Therapy on Serum Amylase Indicating Internal Radiation Exposure Level

By Hiroo Komine

On 11 March 2011, the northeastern coast of Japan was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on Richter seale and the subsequent tsunami, leaving more than 15,000 people dead and 5,000 missing. The Ayurveda classic, Caraka Sa┌hit└, describes a massive natural disaster that leads to a destruction of a community as janopadodhva┌oea.

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Herbs from West and East for Mother and Baby

By Anne McIntyre

While in practice as a Western medical herbalist for 30 years now and having over the last twenty years, incorporated Ayurveda into my practice, I draw from both traditions in my approach to diagnosis and treatment protocol, and my prescriptions include a combination of the Western and Ayurvedic herbs. I was once consulted by a couple who had an eightmonth- old baby boy covered from head to foot with one of the worse forms of eczema I have ever encountered. The baby's skin was severely inflamed; it had been recently infected and was visibly so hot that there was no need to touch it to feel the heat radiating from it. His eczema had started when he was two weeks old, while his mother was breastfeeding him, which she continued to do until she introduced solids when the baby was around five months old. While talking to the parents, it transpired that the baby's mother also had a history of hot, inflammatory eczema. Since pregnancy, she complained of abnormal heat, which had become so intense that she sweated profusely, was disturbed at night by the heat and had great difficulty holding her new-born baby boy now as she could not tolerate the proximity of his equally hot body.

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Rationality of Ayurvedic Formulations and the Importance of Processing

By Niranjana Murthy

Ayurveda evolved as an organized, scientific, rational and verifiable form of medical knowledge from the Indian sages. After due deliberations for centuries with intense scrutiny, they conceptualized it into the textual form with unique doctrines. The above rationality holds good even for Ayurvedic pharmaceutics, where safety and efficacy are emphasized with supreme importance right from the sourcing of raw materials to administration of medications. The first recorded evidence is seen in the ćgveda and Atharvaveda. The knowledge became much more versatile during the Sa┌hit└ period with the emergence of different schools of thought in the form of documented medical texts with detailed description of every aspect of medical knowledge. The bŽhat-tray┴ (three major texts), namely the Caraka Sa┌hit└, Suoeruta Sa┌hit└ and A╚ă└˘ga HŽdaya, became the most authoritative texts and together represent an authentic thesaurus and source reference for the fundamental principles of Ayurveda. Hence Caraka asserts, "whatever is mentioned in this work is available elsewhere and things not mentioned here are not to be found anywhere else".1 Today, however, many factors are compromised against the tenets of └c└ryas (founders), due to commercial interests and weak state policies, in upholding the spirit behind the oldest medical wisdom. This article, therefore, is a candid attempt to introspect briefly, the genesis, insight and issues arising within Ayurvedic pharmaceutics, and to invite the stake-holders to revisit the science in order to uncover the hidden ethos of Ayurvedic medicines.

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A Wellness-Centric Guide to Memorizing Important Herbs: Part I

By Prashanti de Jager

In this new column, instead of simply sharing herbal information and insights, my intention here is to share it in a form that will be easier to remember and recall. Mantriji, the great Guru of Hart de Fouw, says: Like money lent out, knowledge not memorized is useless in time of need. Therefore, this article is presented in a format to facilitate its easy memorization.

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Growing Your Ayur Ś Business Part 4 Leverage Your Time, Impact, and Income with Group Programs, Products, and Partnerships

By Jacob Griscom

This is the final article in a four-part series that I have contributed to 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 the previous three articles, I discussed everything that is needed to grow a successful Ayurvedic practice with as many committed one-onone clients as you'd like. In this article, I'm going to share valuable strategies that will leverage your time, impact, and income. If you're interested in greater freedom, in both your schedule and your finances, while simultaneously becoming a leader who can reach out and serve more people, then this will be important for you.

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Light on Science Discovery

By Diana I. Lurie

Type of Study: Pancreatic cancer was the cause of death of approximately 18,000 men and women in the US in 2010. It is common for patients with pancreatic cancer to be diagnosed at late stages, resulting in a five-year survival rate of less than 5%. This is due to the fact that there are few early detection methods or biomarkers that are able to identify pancreatic cancer at an early stage, when the response to treatment might be more robust. The standard treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer is gemcitabine, and only 12% of the patients show a partial or complete response to the drug. In addition, gemcitabine is associated with drug resistance and multiple adverse effects. Another drug used to treat pancreatic cancer, Erlotinib, has also been found to have limited effectiveness. Therefore, new therapeutic agents are needed to fight this disease and one potential source of these agents is traditional medicines.

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'What Works' in Treating Back Pain Using Ayurvedic Herbs and Therapies

By Vijayendra Murthy

There have been mixed responses from amongst the general public in choosing conventional treatments and over-the-counter painkillers in managing back pain. This is evident from the wide array of health care services provided by both, the Complementary and Alternative Medicine disciplines in the treatment of back pain.1 Ayurvedic practitioners use herbs, oils and various body therapies in treating back pain. In this context, with the increasing usage of alternative therapies by the public and a high prevalence of back pain, it can be expected that Ayurvedic practitioners will benefit from knowing the evidence for which herbs and therapies have shown to be effective in back pain treatment. This article reviews some selected research studies, published in the last decade from 2001 until 2011, on the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatments in back pain and related joint conditions.

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Ayurveda and Spring

By Thomas Mueller

In order to enjoy a healthy spring, it is good to remember the qualities and principles of kapha do╚a. Kapha do╚a, a combination of the elements of water and earth provides our body with the necessary lubrication of our joints as well as protection of mucus membranes of body parts such as the lungs and sinuses. A balanced kapha do╚a leads to strength and immunity. If out of balance, kapha can cause excess weight, excess production of phlegm, and feelings of lethargy and heaviness.

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