Eastern vs. Western Medicine systems

Eastern Vs. Western Medicine Systems

Eastern vs. Western Medicine systems

Many a times Ayurvedic practitioners are asked this simple, yet important question – What is the key difference between Eastern and Western systems of medicine ?  This post attempts to answer the question.

Huang Di, China’s emperor from about 2697 BC to 2597 BC, had this to say on prevention – “To fight a disease after it has occurred is like trying to dig a well when one is thirsty or forging a weapon once war has begun.”

About Ayurveda

First and foremost, the basic premise of Ayurveda is to stay in good health by focusing on prevention.

Ayurveda looks at health from a perspective of staying healthy; rather than waiting to cure sickness. An Ayurvedic doctor (Ayurvedacharya) is trained to observe changes in her patient – by doing pulse reading, looking for physical changes and asking questions.

The Ayurveda outlook visualizes the body as a whole system, and not isolated organs that need to be taken care of independently.

The basic premise of prevention makes sense to almost everyone.  Despite this, most Western health care systems continue to focus on treatment rather than prevention.   Why is the obvious question.   Could the answer lie in simple economic principles – There is a lot more money in treating illness, when compared to preventing it.     This approach has worked for many decades with continuous increases in national health care spending and a parallel growth in the numbers of “ill” citizens.

Have we hit the tipping point on a “Sickness Cure System” vs. a true Health Care system ?  Leading economies of the world (including the United States) have to accept that health care is challenging the basic foundations of their economic stability.   Prevention of sickness and keeping the nation healthy is increasingly looking like the better (perhaps the only) option vs. waiting for illness to strike and then curing it.    American physician Oliver Wendell Holmes summed it well, “To guard is better than to heal – the shield is nobler than the spear!”

Knowing about Ayurveda

There are many who have seen the merits of Ayurveda in staying healthy, rather than waiting to cure illness.  While some nations such as Germany have been the early adopter and supporters of Ayurveda, others are increasingly exploring Ayurveda.   The Internet can largely be credited for the profound empowerment of individuals when it comes to health information.   Being able to know the options available is the first step.  Access

Access to Ayurveda

Accessing the knowledge of Ayurveda and reaching practitioners of Ayurveda has been the next challenge.   With most countries not allowing the practice of Eastern medicine (through direct or indirect restrictions), the only option was to take a flight down to India.   Which in itself is not a very practical or affordable solution by any yardstick.

Ayurveda Group’s Solutions

Ayurveda Group, using technologies like video conferencing, is enabling individuals from around the globe to take advantage of Ayurveda.   Technology has brought the opportunity to consult with a Health doctor, from the comfort of your home.

To book a consultation (short or detailed) with an Ayurveda Doctor,  follow the link below –

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Health Assessment Form

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Hair greying and scaly scalp

As winter arrives slowly and steadily, the dryness in the air is affecting our skin and especially, scalp skin, which is covered by hair. The scalp needs extra moisture and extra care now. One of my patient said, “… in winter, I don’t sweat, so I don’t feel like washing my hair frequently.  And again washing hair frequently dries up the hair. So how should I maintain my hair?”

The statement is true, but partly. Scalp needs extra moisture. But the moisture of hair is combination of oil and water. Applying oil and doing gentle head massage must be more frequent than before now.  This will reduce dryness of whole body. Ayurveda calls it ” Tarpan”. This is excellent remedy for – a. Good night sleep b. Good nourished scalp c. Well nourished hair d. Reducing eye dryness. Scaly scalp is again a sign of severe dryness in entire body system. To protect against heat, body system generates more heat than usual, as a normal phenomena. As per Ayurveda, Pitta dosha increases to protect the immunity. In this case, Vata releases through extremities of the body, such as hands, feet, head and overall body skin. So entire body needs to be moisturized. Additional consumption of ghee and oil helps to accommodate with this heat and reduce Vata and Pitta dosha. Thus, increasing Kapha dosha balances the body moisture. However, local moisturizing process on hands, feet, head and overall body skin must be a regular process in Winter. Scaly dry scalp is sign of poor nutrition in the head. It also indicates lack of tertiary protein and vitamin B 12 in appropriate quantity. So Tarpan on daily basis with appropriate hair oil is important. For some skin, Almond oil and Olive oil are the right choice, whereas in some skin types, coconut oil, mustard oil or sesame oil are most effective. Depending on your skin type, you should choose appropriate hair oil for Tarpan. Lack of nutrition in roots of hair results in greying of hair, breaking of hair, splitting of hair and excess hair fall. So Tarpan is the most important process, one should follow in winter. Adding good amount of Bhasma i.e., Rasaushadhi, in the hair oil with right process helps in wonderful care for hair.

We welcome your comments and concerns by email at doctor@ ayurvedagroup.com.

Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation

Discoloration on skin has been a common problem seen in the ages between 18 to 54 years. Black dark colored patches are signs of Hyperpigmentation and small white spots are signs of Hypopigmentation. Both are different indication of imbalance in blood metabolism with certain enzymes missing in your daily diet.

Liver enzymes need the best and pure blood production for shining glowing skin. Usually discoloration is main indication of abnormal digestion due to missing Liver enzymes. Keratinocytes are the cells, which identifies color of the skin.

 

In Simple Ayurvedic terms, Bhrajak Pitta dosha imbalance is the main cause of such discoloration. Bhrajak Pitta dosha can be simply balanced by developing following good habits:

1. Eating vegetable and fruits full of Vitamin C.

2. Doing Ujjayi Pranayam on daily basis.

3. Doing just 5 min of Jogging every morning on flat surface.

4. Taking at least 7-8 hours of peaceful sleep.

5. Applying milk cream with lemon / Yogurt 3 times a week for 10 min on face or on the effected area.

6. Get Blood purifying syrup or tablet that we make exactly as per your constitution, severity of the discoloration and dietary habits.

It is wonderful to share our experiences with you. Recently an 11 year old child had white and brown patches on her face with accompanying Hyper-thyroidism. Diya is an intelligent school going child with innocent face. But this discoloration had made her parents worry about her face complexion. With the help of our customized medications, Diya gained beautiful one colored shiny growing face in just 23 days and her parents have been so thankful!!!

I would love to share with you more of such experiences, as we move ahead…. Please feel free to share your comments with us at doctor @ayurvedagroup.com.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder – COPD Treatment

An interesting case study that I bring to my readers.

58 years old Indian rural woman suffering from COPD comes to me with bunch of papers showing her treatment for past 3 years and not been able to recover at all. Some of the medicines are steroids in various dosages.  The lady lost a lot of weight due to COPD and was at the stage of loosing hopes of her life.  Heavy night time cough, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, headache and chest ache due to coughing and depression were the existing symptoms of COPD that the patient carried at that time. The patient was ready to take any type of strong medicines that I recommend, but reluctant to leave her chronic smoking habits.

As winter is close by, slow and stable herbal broncho-dilators will not be the only treatment for her.

Now, I had no choice but to prescribe the highest and most effective dosage ( An Ayurvedic Steroid preparation with 23 herbs that can effect lungs and liver both). Adulasa, Tulsi, Vanshalochan, Go Mutra are the best ingredients that I find to heal the patient. On the 4th day of her treatment, I got a call from the patient’s son, that she has been able to sleep well last night without coughing . I added to my suggestions to reduce her smoking habits and consume more Tulsi Tea, if possible and to my surprise, the patient accepted the suggestion this time.  Today, on 15th day, the family called to inform that the lady has been feeling better, able to eat and sleep well and is in a mood to do some household work. I was asked can she work in her farm ? I encouraged her to work for a few hours, just to feel refreshed and connected to the nature.  The improvement must go on…

Let us share some more examples with you in next edition.

We welcome your comments at doctor @ayurvedagroup.com

Allergy and Snoring Treatment

Snoring, sneezing due to dust, watering nose, due to wind allergies and perfumes are common to see symptoms in our daily life around. Lack of Vitamin C is one of the factor causing these symptoms. However, fatigue, acidic stomach, lack of Ferrous content in blood, lack of Vitamin A and lack of water content in the body are also accompanying factors for such allergies.  All in all this is caused by poor immunity.

Ayurveda provides wonderful daily routine treatment, which can prevent you from these symptoms slowly and steadily. Follow some rules as below and see the effect:

1. Breathing balance – Pranayaam is one of the very effective process to prevent nasal allergies and snoring.

2. Drink good amount of water during morning hours and before 6 pm daily. ( Always consider your BMI and age before judging the amount of drinking water).

3. Vitamin C consumption by fruits such as Orange, Tangerine, Nectarine, Papaya and Lemon.

4. Nasya treatment for every night before sleeping – Apply Desi Cow ghee 2 drops in each nostril and breath for at least 4-5 minutes only through nose and not through mouth.

5. Avoid late and spicy dinner habbits for smooth and happy mornings.

Good dietary and sleeping habits can help the entire healthy immune system building and effective body growth. Even of you follow the rules for 90 % of the times and make mistakes for 10 % in your lifetime, you will still be able to live a fantastic healthy life.

Good Luck for the coming Winter and wait for new updates!!! Write about yourself to us at doctor @ayurvedagroup.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sunburns – Go for Natural way to prevent it!

Sunburns are common to most of the skins especially in pollution free atmosphere.  Starting from redness on the skin to the actual dark brown itchy burns are the symptoms that occur depending on the sensitivity of the skin. There are simple and natural solutions to prevent these burns. Cucumber juice, tomato pulp, lemon juice and turmeric are home remedies. However, Sandlewood oil, Usheer, Manjishtha, Lodhra and Amla are advanced cures for sunburn solutions. Many different combinations are available in the market with these ingredients.  Depending on the skin sensitivity, you can choose a combination that is applicable for you.

We will be happy to assist in case of any specific concerns for this matter. So please write to us at doctor@ayurvedagroup.com

Diet to be watched in Indian Monsoon season

Monsoon is the season, which brings happiness to the hot dry earth and all vegetation. It brings nice breeze and cooling in the air. Just like earth, human body also feels humidity on skin. However, inner body reflects acidity towards this sudden change. Outside humidity and inner acidity results in lower energy levels and lower immunity levels. As a preventive measures, to balance body metabolism, one needs to settle down on diet. More grains and easily digestible lentils are advisable compared to veggies in the meal.  Cracked wheat, whole moong, moong mogar, boiled sweet corn are the seasonal proteins and carbs to be absorbed with limited spices and lemony touch.

Keeping light in diet and no meal after sunset helps you recover faster against all viral and metabolic ailments in this season. Two bananas in the morning hours along with warm milk with a pinch of dry ginger and turmeric with basil extract keeps you away from all URTIs and hence healthy and active. This way, you will be able to enjoy the monsoon in the most pleasant way…

For any specific questions or comments, please write to us.

5 Data-Driven Ideas To Combat Diabetes

5 Data-Driven Ideas To Combat Diabetes

The Data Design Diabetes Challenge offers $100,000 to startups that are finding innovative ways to combat the diabetes epidemic, from better meals determined by algorithm to predicting which patients won’t take their medication.

No matter how much technology we throw at it, the diabetes epidemic just won’t budge. Today, 8.3% of the U.S. population has the disease–a problem that cost the country $245 billion in 2012 alone. That hasn’t stopped individuals and organizations from imagining solutions.

For the past few years, drugmaker Sanofi US has run the $100,000 Data Design Diabetes challenge, a call for entrants to design data-driven diabetes solutions. This isn’t a challenge for flash in the pan ideas that disappear soon after winning. Past competitions have yielded successful initiatives like Ginger.io, a behavioral health analytics startup that recently raised $6.5 million.

 

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American Epidemic: Rise In Diabetes Rate Is The ‘Main Driver’ Of Increased U.S. Medical Costs

American Epidemic: Rise In Diabetes tarief is het “Main Driver ‘Of Verhoogde Amerikaanse Medische Kosten

American Epidemic

The reality of America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics and their resulting effects on national health care costs have been well-established — and on Thursday, a new report revealed that the public health crisis has gotten even worse in the last decade.

According to the report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), direct and indirect health care costs associated with diabetes rose from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012 — an increase of 41 percent over 5 years. Only a little bit of that can be attributable to general medical inflation, which has actually been slowing down in the last couple of years. The sheer scope of the increase indicates that more and more Americans are falling prey to the disease — and it’s taking a clear toll on U.S. health care spending:

“As the number of people with diabetes grows, so does the economic burden it places on this country,” [said ADA’s Chief Scientific & Medical Officer, Robert Ratner, in a statement.]

The study finds that medical expenditure for people with diabetes is about 2.3 times higher than for people who don’t have the disease and that the main driver of the increased overall financial burden on the country is the rise in proportion of the population that has the disease.

“The cost of diabetes is rising at a rate higher than overall medical costs with more than one in 10 health care dollars in the country being spent directly on diabetes and its complications, and more than one in five health care dollars in the US going to the care of people with diagnosed diabetes,” says Ratner.

Diabetes and obesity-related illnesses tend to disproportionately affect populations that are also on government-subsidized health programs — especially low-income Americans — and made up anywhere between 10 and 12 percent of all health insurance spending back in 2006. Considering the new report’s findings, that number has probably ballooned further. The study found that 64 percent of diabetes-related care, specifically, was funded by Medicare, Medicaid, and military health care programs.

 

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American Epidemic: Rise In Diabetes Rate Is The ‘Main Driver’ Of Increased U.S. Medical Costs

American Epidemic: Rise In Diabetes Rate Is The ‘Main Driver’ Of Increased U.S. Medical Costs

American Epidemic

The reality of America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics and their resulting effects on national health care costs have been well-established — and on Thursday, a new report revealed that the public health crisis has gotten even worse in the last decade.

According to the report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), direct and indirect health care costs associated with diabetes rose from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012 — an increase of 41 percent over 5 years. Only a little bit of that can be attributable to general medical inflation, which has actually been slowing down in the last couple of years. The sheer scope of the increase indicates that more and more Americans are falling prey to the disease — and it’s taking a clear toll on U.S. health care spending:

“As the number of people with diabetes grows, so does the economic burden it places on this country,” [said ADA’s Chief Scientific & Medical Officer, Robert Ratner, in a statement.]

The study finds that medical expenditure for people with diabetes is about 2.3 times higher than for people who don’t have the disease and that the main driver of the increased overall financial burden on the country is the rise in proportion of the population that has the disease.

“The cost of diabetes is rising at a rate higher than overall medical costs with more than one in 10 health care dollars in the country being spent directly on diabetes and its complications, and more than one in five health care dollars in the US going to the care of people with diagnosed diabetes,” says Ratner.

Diabetes and obesity-related illnesses tend to disproportionately affect populations that are also on government-subsidized health programs — especially low-income Americans — and made up anywhere between 10 and 12 percent of all health insurance spending back in 2006. Considering the new report’s findings, that number has probably ballooned further. The study found that 64 percent of diabetes-related care, specifically, was funded by Medicare, Medicaid, and military health care programs.

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