New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Rohit Sardana, senior journalist and one of the top anchors of Hindi news channel Aaj Tak passed away on Friday, according to people close to him.Rajdeep Sardesai took to twitter and wrote, "More terrible news friends. Well known Tv news anchor Rohit Sardana has passed away. Had a heart attack this morning. Deep condolences to his family. RIP."Sardana had joined Aaj Tak in 2017 after he left Zee News. He hosted the debate show "Dangal" on Aaj Tak.Sardana was a recipient of the 2018 Ganesh Vidyarthi Puraskar Award. He was among the most popular faces of TV news journalism in India.After the news of death of Sardana, condolences started pouring in.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a tweet said, "Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the demise of Aaj Tak journalist Rohit Sardana. It's simply unbelievable. Rohit had recovered from Covid-19 and was back at work. My heartfelt condolences to the family members and Aaj Tak group."Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also took to twitter and wrote, "Completely shocked on hearing the news about passing away of my dear friend Rohit Sardana - spoke to him last Sunday and he was in great spirits!! Still can't come to terms with this - will forever cherish our after debate conversations, rest in peace "bhaji"."--IANSaks/rt
This current situation of lockdown amidst the pandemic COVID -19 has made us re-thinks, re-analyze, retrospect and restructure our Lifestyle. People of all age-groups are confined at home In Urban scenario, with variety of family set-ups-Joint/Nuclear/Paying Guest homes and other forms of shared accommodations are all at home. There is limited space, the long day of household chores and professional work, as also the pertinent question of keeping younger and older generation engaged, secure and fit.
Perhaps for elderly, there is not a change of routine, but there is drastic change in the lives of all around them thereby causing an alteration in the emotional environment. The long happy holiday has ended, it is now mundane and a change that none of the age groups are enjoying. For the aged, there are issues of slowing down, not being able to take in too much noise &activity around, degeneration, debility, exhaustion due to high-wrung children leading to disturbances in diet and sleep routines.
Immunity may be compromised due to medication for chronic illnesses too. And the fact that they have not really thought about equipping themselves for the changing “RITU” .this time it’s not just the season but the compulsions of the current “kaal” as in the erratic unhealthy situation that has an unforeseen effect and an unrealized stress on them.
So, besides re-iterating certain facts about Ritu charya and dincharya ,which many of my wise colleagues have talked about ,and are imparting awareness about the do’s and don’t’s ,let us take a look at some FAQ’s that I deal with.
What can I do to ensure that my digestion is in order, as I do not feel very hungry/the dishes prepared are not catering to my old-school taste-buds/my bowels are not clear as I am not going for my walks?
People regard a daily bowel movement, eating 3 meals a day and 1-2 cups of tea as a mark of good digestion. Still they encounter difficulty in passing stools or suffer from bloating, acidity, flatulence etc. they are picky about what they eat being unsure of how it will affect.
Simple tips like using spices from the kitchen moderately and correctly can aid this issue. Your-go-to spices are:-
Instead of chat masala, sprinkle zeera and black pepper on all fruits and salads you consume, which should be consumed before Sunset at room temperature.
Lubricate your digestive system while treating yourself with a small serving of sheeera /halwa ,spiced with elaichi, saunf and dalchini as an early evening indulgence.
Always watch your hunger, sip on warm water before lunch and dinner.
Vegetable juices or smoothie of Mint-Coriander-Basil is a good coolant, so are Coconut water ,thin buttermilk, and a not-so sour lemonade. spiced again with the digestion aids like zeera ,black pepper, saunf. You may experiment with your taste-preferences here. Avoid Dahi. Iced drinks not advisable. skip lentils /pulses from Dinner.
Warm spiced milk is a good lubricant –a small cup will suffice. Do not forget elaichi and black pepper. Milk is not an accompaniment with lunch and Dinner.
Cow ghee on chappati or a desi tawa wala toast is a good snack.
How do I use the following? AYUSH is directing the use of Honey/Tulsi/Giloy/Turmeric/Dalchini? Should I take all together in breakfast? Will it Detoxify my body a? Will I improve on my Immunity if I consume only these things?
Honey –Take half a spoon, few drops of ginger juice and a small sprinkle of black peper, keep the breathing channels clear, expectorates and cleans. Honey can be added to herbal teas at a temperature that you want your beverage .Do not Reheat. Honey and lemon in warm water in the morning may not be suitable for everyone. Lemon in allergy season may increase irritation.
Tulsi/cinnamon/black pepper can be added to regular teas and to make masala chai or herbal tea .can even be used for spiced milk, sprinkles are enough ,generous amounts won’t make anyone well faster. These spices very well take care of the body functions, airway , digestion. As all dhatus are nourished well with a good functioning of organ systems, Oj is good, hence the immunity.
Turmeric is good in our cooking, So also in Milk and even in besan or atta sheeras. You may like to check the Turmeric latte version. But do not heat after honey is added.
Giloy boiled in water is consumed by many people these days as it is grown in kitchen gardens as well. Giloy stem(6inch) used to make a decoction ,boiled in a glass of water reduced to ¼ th of the water is a normal way to take, You may add honey .Expressed juice of stem in honey is also acceptable. Giloy capsules are also in use ,As Giloy is a very bitter herb. Giloy satva may be prescribed in some way by an Ayurveda Doctor near you. Amritarishta is also to be taken under medical supervision, so is packaged Giloy juice.
Why is oiling of nostrils prescribed in this Pandemic?
Is steam Inhalation also helpful?
Old age is a period of Vata vitiation ,so Vata needs Snehan ie Lubrication for balancing ,it is the simplest way to deal with the degeneration and erosion that Vayu Dosha causes. A little cow ghee on chapatti is always helpful.
Oiling of all our orifices is indeed helpful, Ears, nostrils, navel is the simplest.
For irritations in the eyes even when cataract is there for elderly, application of a drop or two like ANJAN in eyes is very nourishing.
Kanwal /Gandoosh –oil pulling as it is called these days keeps the buccal cavity, gums & teeth nourished too.
In case of feeling of tightness of chest, applying oil there followed by ‘seka’ with a simple potli of salt or of ajwain helps too. Steam with water boiled with Tulsi /ajawain/elaichi/haldi/dashmool will help in case where we have phlegm accumulation due to KAFA vitiation is there in Spring. As we progress towards Summer we need to be careful with steam inhalation and the duration we give it for.
Ano-rectal application is helpful for a smoother bowel movement too.
Snehan on head and body joints helps the elderly sleep better,therby cobating stress that may be induced with change in the environment for them due to more activity and sound and heavier food around them in the lockdown.
Why is Chyawanprash highly recommended? Is it Suitable for elderly or more so for younger age group?
Chyawanprash when prepared in the authentic way as per the textual directions aims to cure the complaints of the Shwasn Sansthan ie Respiratory Tract, hence curing Kas Rog, Trishna, Debility, degeneration, breathing issues, issues of lungs, chest, heart, hoarseness of voice, throat ,larynx in all age groups.
In growing children it aids nourishment by ensuring proper functioning of all body systems and dhatu –poshan.
In no way is Chywanprash a replacement for regular food or ahaar. This is to supplement the normal diet of an individual
Amala/Haritaki/Pippali/Giloy/Aloe Vera/Ghiya juice/Karela juice, will these protect me in old age in any way?
Harad/Haritaki: is a herb that is a holistic herb, not only is it easy to digest, aids digestive power ;it also ensures that all doshas work to aid smooth functioning of the body.It ensures balancing of the vata a & pitta doshas and nourishing for Body & Mind. This as a supplement to normal well balanced nourishing diet ensures that all nutrition is utilized well .It has a warming effect so all flows well in our system.
Amla: Again a holistic cooling herb, that aids body functions at minutest level balancing Vata and kapha ,its sourness and coolness catalyses body reactions and improves absorption & assimilation. These two are the ultimate Rejuvenating Herbs.
Pippali-it is a good rejuvenation herb in current context. To be taken with a lubricating medium like milk/ghee or honey due to its warming effect. It is a wonderful channel clearing herb specifically works on Respiratory system. Can be used like a nutritional supplement to protect breathing disorders in elderly, a piece or 2 is enough ,so is few pinches alongside normal diet.
Aloe vera: It is a great tridosha balancer, having a mild laxative effect to being a great skin nourishes externally. It also heals the soft tissues and internal mucosa of the body. In small quantities alongside a morning healthy routine. Aloe vera keeps degeneration of body cells at bay. Can be used internally and externally.
Giloy- boiled in water is consumed by many people these days as it is grown in kitchen gardens as well. Giloy stem(6inch) used to make a decoction ,boiled in a glass of water reduced to ¼ th of the water is a normal way to take, You may add honey .Expressed juice of stem in honey is also acceptable. Giloy capsules are also in use ,As Giloy is a very bitter herb. Giloy satva may be prescribed in some way by an Ayurveda Doctor near you. Amritarishta is also to be taken under medical supervision, so is packaged Giloy juice.
Ghiya/karela /amla/aloe vera juice: All herbs vegetables etc have a healing ,curing or nourishing effect on the body. the whole herb or parts of it or extracts & juices of the herbs have different properties by virtue of processing. A juice or extract of a herb or vegetable will have a cooler and a more drying effect hence increasing vata as compared to the whole herb in itself. Such properties are to be considered before prescribing to anyone what season, condition, digestive power, age etc. Not every juice, everything raw will essentially heal or strengthen the body. Whole foods and herbs indigenous to an area and usual methods of cooking or processing render such home remedies effective or ineffective
These herbs are supplement and in no way a replacement for a main meal likes breakfast. Our home, kitchen and kitchen garden are a treasure of herbs and herbal foods, knowing and utilizing these well with the principles of Dincharya & Ritucharya is the ultimate Mantra to good Immunity. ( Dr. Ashima Sardana)
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Dr. Ashima Gulati Sardana is well-qualified Ayurveda practitioner. She has a clinical experience of over 17 years, practising general medicine, Panchakarma, and lifestyle management, at her own clinic, polyclinics, as well as charitable & welfare clinics, weight management centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and now Gurgaon. dr. ashima gulati sardana specializes in amalgamating the knowledge of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, and Aromatherapy, acquired by dedicated practice and active experience while attending to patients of all age groups and from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. Read her interview with Nirogstreet below.
Dr. Sardana, please tell us about your professional background.
I did my B.A.M.S from Delhi University. I have PGP in Panchakarma from Pune University. I also have PGDMLS from Symbiosis, Pune and advanced diploma in Aromatherapy from Emeralde’, Mumbai.
Currently, I have my private practice in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon as an Ayurvedic consultant at Med Harbour Family Clinic, Sector-45, Gurgaon. Additionally, i give time to the Arya Samaj Charitable Dispensary in Palam Vihar. It feels great to heal people and help them stay healthy.
Why did you choose Ayurvedic practices?
It was as if Ayurveda chose me and not the other way round; it came my way and I happened to pick it up. But just 2 months into the study, I fell in love with Ayurveda wholly. I even enjoyed the fundamental subjects like Padarth Vigyan. By the end of 5-6 years of study, I had built a bond with the Ayurveda way of understanding and healing the body. And hence, working and practicing Ayurveda as a discipline was the only thing I knew or had learnt and I still am learning.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients? Do they trust the treatment?
Patients in north India, at least in Delhi-NCR, are not sure of Ayurveda. Although I see a slight shift now, looking back over the last 17 plus years of my professional life. West and South India are a different story in this context. It is a pleasure and an enriching experience to work in those parts. I can compare these regions because I have studied and worked in both regions. There are 2 categories of patients who come for Ayurveda, first those who have faith or background or previous good experience with Ayurveda and second category is of those who reach you through word of mouth from the healed cases.
But for me, each patient is a body and soul that needs healing and positive vibes; that is why they reach out. I have developed a sort of approach to treating them like small children. After all, a person in pain is vulnerable like a child.
Any challenge that you face as a practitioner?
Google Gyan and Whatsapp forwards are the latest perils. But, even before that the biggest challenge was the belief that all Ayurveda drugs are laced with steroids, and also the belief that one may consume anything natural and it won’t have any bad effect on the body. now, these two statements are so contradictory.
Also, self-medication or trial with herbs or medicines that someone else is consuming for a similar health issue. Patients use such things indiscriminately. The result is that they lose faith, either because of no effect or sometimes there are some unfavorable reactions from their body.
“Under Medical Supervision” is a term that is most difficult to comply with for most, more so because of lack of adherence.
Any out of ordinary situation that you have faced while treating a patient?
Nothing in particular really that I can recall. There have been many "wow” moments I am sure. But, what I feel is Prakriti and Nadi are two extraordinary things in Ayurveda and they make it class apart. If we just listen in closely to these two, we can heal most conditions.
How effective is traditional medicine as a cure?
The traditional medicine is a complete system if followed properly; right from history taking to the examination of the patient, i.e., Rog and Rogi Pariksha followed by Nidan Parivarjan and prescription of treatment is effective in healing and curing. The more you comply with basics, better are the results.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in integrated medicine?
Ayurveda begins with Swasthasya Swaasthya Rakshanam, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and prevention of diseases is the wellness culture I would like to propagate and reinforce through Ayurveda. In fact, understanding an individual, their Prakriti and the Nidan of his Rog is what we need today. This makes all the difference in handling and managing any patient and relieving them of their ailments. Rehabilitation and recuperating after a surgery or accident is definitely far more effective with Ayurveda.
Do you think Nirogstreet is making a difference by striving to connect the Ayurveda practitioners through dedicated knowledge-rich technology platform?
Ayurveda fraternity needs to connect, share and interact more freely without inhibitions and develop a more contemporary approach to grow further and together. We all have to let go of the “Stiffness" that still exists. And there is no room for being unsure of our system; we have to embrace the “contemporizing”. Nirogstreet is an attempt towards that.
Nirogstreet is attempting that ‘hand-holding” for Ayurveda. I sincerely hope that they are successful in their mission with the vision. On a lighter note, i like the brand name - Nirogstreet! Just sounds as it should.
Brilliant remark, Dr. sardana ! We hope to do more for Ayurveda. Please tell us about your hobbies?
I like to create, express and share; write and speak. I write poetry, Gulzar Saab is my god. I speak at public seminars and like to host family and community functions on various occasions. I enjoy writing - weaving words together for anything: my son’s homework to birthday wishes to serious poetry. Pen and paper are my best friends. Music and a bit of singing is also what I like.
What message would you like to convey to the people on Wellbeing?
Ayurveda is literally and actually the science of life. If we understand and imbibe the fundamentals, comply to the guidelines of healthy, disease-free living, we sure will achieve Aarogya & Dirghayu!
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