होली यानी कि रंगों और खानपान का पर्व है, इस मौके पर आयुर्वेद के जरिए सेहत को भी दुरुस्त करने का अवसर होता है। ऐसा इसलिए क्योंकि एक तरफ जहां जड़ी बूटियों का उपयोग कर वातावरण को संक्रमण रहित किया जा सकता है तो वहीं प्राकृतिक रंग त्वचा के लिए लाभदायक होते हैं, साथ ही पाचन तंत्र के लिए फायदेमंद पदार्थ मौजूद है। शासकीय आयुर्वेद कॉलेज रायपुर के सह-प्राध्यापक डॉ. संजय शुक्ला ने बताया कि चूंकि इस समय वातावरण में अनेक पराग कण मौजूद रहते हैं जो एलर्जिक रोग पैदा करते हैं, इसलिए होलिका दहन में अगरू, आम, साल, नीम इत्यादि के सूखे पेड़ों की टहनियों तथा गूगुल, कपूर इत्यादि आयुर्वेदिक जड़ी-बूटियों का उपयोग हवन के रूप में करना चाहिए ताकि वातावरण संक्रमण रहित हो सके।
डॉ. शुक्ला ने बताया कि टेसू सहित अनेक वनस्पतियों जिससे प्राकृतिक रंग और गुलाल बनाया जाता है, उनमें औषधि गुण भी होते हैं। फलस्वरूप ये त्वचा और आंखों के लिए सुरक्षित होने के साथ ही चर्म रोगों में भी गुणकारी होते हैं। आजकल एरोमा थेरेपी यानि सुगंध से इलाज भी प्रचलन में है इसलिए सुगंध युक्त रंग-गुलाल से मन प्रसन्नचित्त हो जाता है जिससे होली का उमंग दोगुना हो जाता है। इसके अलावा मेहंदी और नीम की पत्तियों, गुड़हल, गेंदा, गुलाब, हरसिंगार फूल और नील पौधे की फलियों को उबालकर रंग व गुलाल बनाया जाता है। होली में हमें प्राकृतिक रंग और गुलाल का ही उपयोग करना चाहिए।
डॉ. संजय शुक्ला ने बताया कि होली के समय एवं बसंत ऋतु में आयुर्वेद पद्धति में पाचन तंत्र के लिए सुरक्षित और सुपाच्य आहार व पेय के विशेष निर्देश हैं। शीत ऋतु में शरीर में जमा कफ इस ऋतु में पिघलता है जिसका प्रभाव यकृत यानि लिवर में पड़ता है जो पाचन तंत्र से जुड़ा महत्वपूर्ण अंग है।
आयुर्वेद चिकित्सा पद्धति के अनुसार इस ऋतु में गेहूं और मिश्रित आटे की रोटी, मूंग की दाल, खिचड़ी, हरी सब्जियां जैसे भिंडी, करेला, मुनगा यानि सहजन, भाजी, पुदीना, लहसुन, अदरक जैसे भोजन, सब्जियों और मसालों को अपने खान-पान में शामिल करना चाहिए। होली और ग्रीष्म ऋतु में छाछ, नीबू, आंवला, बेल, खस का शरबत और गन्ना रस का उपयोग करना चाहिए। लेकिन बाजार में बिकने वाले इन पेय पदार्थों के सेवन से परहेज करना चाहिए क्योंकि साफ-सफाई के अभाव में अनेक रोगों के संक्रमण का खतरा हो सकता है।
आयुर्वेदिक चिकित्सक के मुताबिक ग्रीष्म ऋतु में अंगूर, संतरा, मौसंबी, तरबूज और खरबूज जैसे रसीले व पानीदार फलों का सेवन करना चाहिए जो शरीर को निर्जलीकरण से बचाता है। लोगों को आसन्न गर्मी के लिहाज से होली त्योहार में अधिक वसायुक्त खाद्य पदार्थों, गरिष्ठ भोजन, मांसाहार, भांग इत्यादि मादक पदार्थों तथा शराब के सेवन से बचना चाहिए, अन्यथा अनेक रोगों का खतरा बढ़ सकता है जो रंग में भंग डाल सकता है। आयुर्वेद में बताए गए इन सावधानियों के पालन और खान-पान से होली का उमंग दोगुना हो सकता है।
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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday jointly inaugurated an integrative medicine center at the Department of Integrative Medicine of the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at the Safdarjung hospital along with Union Minister of Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal.
While inaugurating the facility, Mandaviya said, "Integrative medicine is aimed at harnessing the potential of India's rich heritage and medical knowledge, along with using modern advancements in allopathy. Both traditional and modern medical practices would help in providing better avenues of health and wellness. It is thus the need of the hour that different medical systems must not compete but complement each other. Only then we can ensure the well-being of our citizens and further help in achieving health for all."
Highlighting the importance of holistic healthcare in the growth story of India, Mandaviya said, "The country has finally connected health with its development story and citizens must remain aware about their health which in turn is crucial for wealth creation."
Reiterating the government's dedication to reaching the grassroots level and creating last-mile delivery of healthcare services, Mandaviya said the health and wellness programs are being run in more than 1,56,000 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) across the country.
"India has achieved opening more than 1.56 lakh HWCs before December 31, 2022, which are turning out to be crucial in providing various types of services to our citizens," he said.
Emphasizing the significance of this integrative approach, Mandaviya said, "Stakeholders like health sector experts and the private medical sector are also pushing forward for this integrative medicine approach."
Appreciating the rapid strides made by the institute, Sonowal said, "It is a matter of pride that the country is moving towards holistic healthcare and integrative medicine is a key step in that direction."
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One of the central principles of Ayurveda is that no two people are alike, and no two people have exactly the same nutritional demands. There is no "one-size-fits-all" Ayurvedic diet because of this. The optimum diet is determined by a person's constitution, sometimes referred to as their "dosha type" or "mind-body type", according to Ayurveda. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three types of doshas.
The doshas are mind-body forces that control all aspects of how our bodies operate, including how our bodies seem, how powerful our digestion is, and how our thoughts and words flow.
Eat Unprocessed and Whole Foods
The Ayurvedic diet states that increasing prana is the best way to raise ojas, the source of life force in the body. Foods that are rich in prana come directly from the earth. Their prana is the result of the fusion of the energies of the sun, the water, and the earth. One of the whole foods you can include is almonds. Ayurveda holds almonds in high regard for their nutritional value and ability to balance vata. When used in food preparation, almonds are well known as a rejuvenator, tonic, and nourishing nutraceutical product (functional food). It was also mentioned in many compound medicinal formulations with pharmacological effects in the ancient Indian medical systems. Almonds may be beneficial for prameha conditions. Ayurveda classifies obesity, prediabetes, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome as clinical disorders that together make up the Prameha syndrome. Almonds may be consumed to treat diabetes complications like weakness and frailty.
Make Dinner Your Lightest Meal and Lunch the Heaviest
Your digestive fire is at its peak at midday when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. As a result, according to Ayurveda, you should eat your biggest meal of the day at midday, when your inner fire is blazing and you are more likely to be able to digest and assimilate food. Eat a lighter, well-prepared supper at least three hours prior to going to bed, and aim to get to bed at or before 10:00 p.m. Eating a large, filling meal late at night might tax your body as it goes through its night-time "rest and repair" cycles.
Follow the 70-30 Rule
In our families, we have been taught to finish everything on our plate, but according to Ayurvedic wisdom, one should only eat until you are satisfied. That would be about enough when you start to burp! Be careful not to overeat or consume meager portions that leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied. Always consume between 70 percent and 8 percent of your appetite to allow the food to mix properly and continue to be digested. The 70-30 rule, which states that 70 percent of your stomach should be filled and 30 percent should be empty, should always be followed. (Dr. Nitika Kohli, Ayurveda Expert)
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देश के प्रख्यात शैक्षिक संस्थान जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय के परिसर में एक आयुर्वेदिक ओपीडी का शुभारंभ किया गया है। सेंट्रल काउंसिल फॉर रिसर्च इन आयुर्वेदिक साइंस (Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences) और जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय के सौजन्य से इसे शुरू किया गया है। आयुर्वेद की सुविधा देने के साथ ही यह सेंटर रिसर्च क्षेत्र में भी पहल करेगा।
इसका उद्घाटन आयुष मंत्रालय के सचिव वैद्य राजेश कोटेचा, जेएनयू की कुलपति प्रो. संतश्री धूलिपुदी पंडित के द्वारा किया गया। इस मौके पर विशेष सचिव (एमओए) के प्रमोद कुमार पाठक समेत आयुष और जेएनयू के वरिष्ठ पदाधिकारी के मौजूद रहे।
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Minister of Mental Health and Addictions of Ontario province recently visited the All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi and feels that propagation of Ayurveda in Canada can help ease the burden of hospitals in Canada as Ayurvedic therapies, principles and lifestyle can keep many diseases at bay. The Canadian delegation led by Mr. Michael Tibollo & Canada India Foundation (CIF) visited the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA).
Impressed with the facilities of AIIA, Mr. Michael Tibollo said," The institute helped me to deepen my knowledge and understanding of the importance of East and West medicines and saw here the two can work together for the betterment of mankind. In Canada, we are much more focussed on quick results. Many times, we forget about prevention, education, and doing things that lead us to a better lifestyle. Many doctors over here shared their time with me today. They explained to me how interventions using ancient techniques that are tried and proven and have been around for millions of years can reduce the need for acute medicine and acute care in a hospital setting".
“With the help of the Canada India Foundation, we believe that the day is not far away when an institution propagating the knowledge of Ayurveda will be set up there in Canada. We are happy to share data-based evidence with Mr. Tibollo and wish that he can present it to the government over there", said Director, AIIA Professor (Dr) Tanuja Manoj Nesari during her meeting with the delegation.
The delegation took a round of the institute and hospital as well as laboratories and other facilities to understand the integrative model adopted by AIIA. The official delegation from Canada was also facilitated by the Ministry of Ayush. Director AIIA, New Delhi explained the functioning of different departments including the OPDs, the tertiary care unit, the academic block, and the research center of All India Institute of Ayurveda. A team from the All India Institute of Ayurveda also showcased the facilities around the academic and hospital wing of the institute before the delegation.
Also Read in Hindi► अखिल भारतीय आयुर्वेद संस्थान में कनाडा का प्रतिनिधिमंडल
Winters in India are not the same throughout the country. While the northern parts do have colder winters, the south is usually more tropical and does not see extreme temperature variations. Nowadays, this situation is changing; the extreme climate change that has been gripping the globe has not left the country untouched. On one hand, the winter has become colder, foggier, and more polluted in the northern parts whereas the south is experiencing drastic temperature variations with colder nights and comparatively warmer days. This unbalanced climate outside has led to many health problems in the population. A few such issues are frequent colds, coughs,s, and chest congestion that affect the respiratory system.
These are more common in small babies and school-going children as they have weaker immunity. The symptoms may include a blocked nose, running nose, cough with or without expulsion of sputum, sore throat, hoarseness of voice, wheezing, rhonchi sounds while breathing, chest congestion, and sometimes sinus headaches. The general relief mantra is keeping warm and taking hot potency medicines. Minor cases of cold and related respiratory problems can be effectively managed at home, but if the symptoms are severe consulting a doctor is always advisable.
Gargling repeatedly with hot water added with salt, turmeric, or Triphala Choorna is very beneficial in case of throat pain and hoarseness of voice.
In babies below six months of age, medication is not really advised but the medicines can be given through breast milk by medicating the mother who in most cases may also be suffering from the same symptoms.
A really effective herb that can help in improving immunity, digestion, and intelligence in babies and one that can be given even to newborns is Vacha (Vach)/ Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus). A very small quantity of this dried herb is rubbed on a rough surface and the paste can be given with a little amount of ghee.
Dry ginger is also a very effective herb in cases of cold and congestion. It can be used as an ingredient in masala tea, boiled with drinking water, or chewed in small quantities by both children and adults.
Another very important plant for cold, fever and chest congestion in both children and adults is the Parnayavani (Sanskrit)/ Panikoorka (Malayalam)/ Karpooravalli (Tamil)/ Doddapatre (Kannada)/ Pathar Choor (Hindi)/ Indian borage/Mexican mint. The leaves of this plant are slightly warmed and crushed to extract their juice. This juice can be given along with honey. The leaves can also be used in drinking water.
Tulasi is also a very handy solution for this set of symptoms. Water boiled with Tulasi reduces fever, cold, and congestion and improves immunity. Tulasi leaves can also be eaten directly after washing them.
Trikatu is a combination of three dry spices that is usually given in diseases that occur during the winter. It consists of dry ginger, dry black pepper, and dry long pepper powdered together. This polyherbal is used in many formulations in ayurveda and is the major component of Dashamoolakatutraya Kashaya that is specifically given in conditions of cough, cold, and chest congestion.
The most effective method of unblocking the nose and giving relief to the congested chest is exposure to steam. This process of steaming and induction of sweat is called sudation. Steaming can be done by exposing the chest and face to the vapours coming from hot water. For better liquefaction of the sputum herbs like Tulasi and Parnayavani can be added to the water.
Even though many effective treatments are available for respiratory issues during the winter, it is always better to prevent such symptoms. Here are a few precautionary measures that can keep you healthy during cold spells.
Always try to stay warm with a proper winter wardrobe.
Especially cover the ears during traveling and at night.
Do not drink cold water or eat anything refrigerated.
Drink hot water preferably boiled with beneficial herbs.
In places with high pollution and fog, it is essential to wear a mask for protection.
Do not take a shower in cold water and do not sleep with wet hair.
Children should be taught personal hygiene ethics so that they do not get infected by contact with sick kids at school. (Dr. Lakshmi Varma K is a [BAMS, MD(Ayu)] Consultant & Advisor at LYEF Wellness)
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