आयुष मंत्रालय के अधीन राष्ट्रीय औषधीय पादप बोर्ड (नेशनल मेडीसिनल प्लांट्स बोर्ड-एनएमपीबी) ने आजादी के अमृत महोत्सव के क्रम में देशभर में जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती को प्रोत्साहन देने के लिये एक राष्ट्रीय अभियान की शुरूआत की है। इस कदम से किसानों की आय में बढ़ोतरी होगी और हरित भारत का सपना पूरा होगा। अभियान के तहत, देशभर में अगले एक वर्ष में 75 हजार हेक्टेयर रकबे में जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती की जायेगी। कार्यक्रम की शुरूआत उत्तर प्रदेश के सहारनपुर और महाराष्ट्र के पुणे से की गई है। यह ‘आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव’ के अंतर्गत आयुष मंत्रालय द्वारा आयोजित कार्यक्रमों की श्रृंखला का दूसरा कार्यक्रम है।
पुणे में औषधीय पौधे किसानों को बांटे गये। जो लोग पहले से जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती कर रहे हैं, उन्हें सम्मानित किया गया। अहमदनगर जिले के पारनेर से विधायक नीलेश लंके, केंद्रीय यूनानी चिकित्सा अनुसंधान परिषद (सीसीआरयूएम) के महानिदेशक डॉ. आसिम अली ख़ान और एनएमपीबी के उप मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी डॉ. चंद्रशेखर सांवल ने भिन्न-भिन्न स्थानों से कार्यक्रमों की अगुवाई की।
डॉ. सांवल ने कहा, “इस प्रयास से देश में औषधीय पौधों की आपूर्ति में और तेजी आयेगी।” इस अवसर पर 75 किसानों को कुल मिलाकर 7500 औषधीय पौधे वितरित किये गये। इसके अलावा 75 हजार पौधे वितरित करने का लक्ष्य भी तय किया गया।
सहारनपुर में उत्तर प्रदेश के आयुष राज्य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) डॉ. धर्म सिंह सैनी, एनएमपीबी के अनुसंधान अधिकारी श्री सुनील दत्त और आयुष मंत्रालय के अधिकारियों ने सम्बंधित कार्यक्रम में हिस्सा लिया। उत्तर प्रदेश के आयुष राज्य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) डॉ. धर्म सिंह सैनी ने जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती करने वाले किसानों को सम्मानित किया। आसपास के कई जिलों से आये 150 किसानों को औषधीय पौधे निशुल्क वितरित किये गये। पौधों की पांच प्रजातियां वितरित की गईं, जिनमें पारिजात, बेल, नीम, अश्वगंधा और जामुन के पौधे शामिल थे। किसानों को जामुन के 750 पौधे अलग से निशुल्क बांटे गये।
केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री श्री सर्बानन्द सोनोवाल ने कहा कि औषधीय पौधों के सिलसिले में देश की अपार क्षमता है और 75,000 हेक्टेयर रकबे में जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती से देश में दवाओं की उपलब्धता सुनिश्चित होगी। इस कदम से जड़ी-बूटियों की खेती किसानों की आय का बड़ा स्रोत बनेगी। दवाओं की उपलब्धता के मामले में देश भी आत्मनिर्भर होगा। उल्लेखनीय है कि पिछले डेढ़ वर्षों में न सिर्फ भारत में, बल्कि पूरी दुनिया में औषधीय पौधों की मांग में बड़े पैमाने पर बढ़ोतरी देखने में आई है। यही कारण है कि अमेरिका में अश्वगंधा तीसरा सबसे ज्यादा बिकने वाला उत्पाद बन गया है।
इसके अलावा ‘आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव’ कार्यक्रमों के तहत वाई-ब्रेक एप्प की शुरूआत, रोगों का उपचार करने वाली आयुष दवाओं का वितरण, ‘आयुष आपके द्वार’ तथा स्कूलों-कॉलेजों के छात्रों के लिये व्याख्यानमालाओं का आयोजन शामिल है। वाई-ब्रेक एप्प पर वेबीनार और व्याख्यानमाला का आयोजन पांच सितंबर को किया जायेगा।
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The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH has launched a national campaign to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants in the country as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. This will help in increasing the income of farmers and realize the dream of Green India. Under this campaign, cultivation of medicinal plants will be done on 75,000 hectares of land in the next one year across the country. The program has been started from Saharanpur in UP and Pune in Maharashtra. This program is second in the series of programs being organized by the Ministry of Ayush under the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.
In Pune medicinal plants were distributed to the farmers. Those who were already cultivating medicinal plants were felicitated. Nilesh Lanke, MLA from Parner in Ahmednagar district, Dr. Asim Ali Khan, DG, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), and Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sanwal, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NMPB, led the events from different locations.
Dr. Sanwal said that “this effort will give more impetus to the supply of medicinal plants in the country”. A total of 7500 medicinal plants were distributed to 75 farmers on this occasion. A target has been set to distribute 75 thousand saplings.
In Saharanpur, Minister of State for Ayush, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dharam Singh Saini along with Research Officer of National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Sunil Dutt, and officials of Ministry of Ayush also participated. The farmers cultivating medicinal plants were felicitated by Dharam Singh Saini, Minister of State for AYUSH, UP. Medicinal plants were distributed free of cost to 150 farmers who came from many nearby districts. These included mainly 5 species of plants - Night-flowering Jasmine (Parijat), Golden Apple (Bel), Margosa Tree (Neem), Indian Ginseng (Ashwagandha) and Indian Blackberry (Jamun). 750 Jamun saplings were separately distributed free of cost to the farmers.
Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the country has immense potential in the field of medicinal plants and cultivation of medicinal plants on 75000 hectares of land will ensure availability of medicines in the country and it will be a big source of income for the farmers. This will make the country self-reliant in the field of medicines. Significantly, in the last 1.5 years, the market of medicinal plants has increased in a big way not only in India but all over the world. This is the reason that Ashwagandha has been the third best-selling product in America.
Further programs being held under 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' include launch of Y Break App, distribution of Prophylactic Ayush Drugs, 'Ayush Aapke Dwar' and lecture series for school and college students. The lecture series and webinar on Y Break app are to be organized on 5th September.
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Many factors can contribute to your high stress levels, lack of sleep, and getting sick. But did you know that all three of these actually go hand-in-hand? Here's how stress, sleep, and immunity are linked when considering one's general well-being.
"Stress, sleep and immunity are closely linked. When you miss out on sleep, you miss out on time for your body to recharge and prepare for the next day. In fact, sleep is quite vital for our cardiovascular and immune systems to function properly, as well as our ability to think clearly, learn and retain new information, and manage our emotions.
If an individual continuously deprives themselves of getting enough sleep each night, they create more stress on their bodies physically and mentally, which in turn affects the immune system, and essentially creates a negative downward spiral," says Nora Tobin, performance enhancement and executive coach, nutrition specialist, and CEO of Nora's Naturals Coffee.
How can optimising stress, sleep and immunity improve your professional performance? Here's what she has to say:
"Other than a strong work ethic and a high level of drive, your professional performance too, is connected to your overall health and well-being. Practicing healthy habits such as getting consistent sleep and managing your stress, can help you stay healthy and maintain a strong immune system. When you get into a healthy routine you will feel more productive and ready to produce high-quality results that you wish to see in your professional life."
Here are Tobin's top 3 tips for optimising stress, sleep, and immunity:
Result of Stress: When the body is under chronic mental or physical stress, the production of cortisol becomes unbalanced. This leads to excessive fatigue, brain fog, and the storage of fat in the abdominal region. In order to produce enough cortisol to keep going throughout the day, the body pulls from the thyroid (lowered metabolism).
The Solution to Stress: Guided breathing, vitamin D and adaptogenic herbs balance cortisol (stress hormone) as well as regulates the amygdala part of your brain that controls anxiety. Try to incorporate one or all of the below daily.
1-minute Meditation: take an inhale for 3 counts, hold your breath at the top for 3 and exhale for 3. Repeat for 1-minute.
Vitamin D: The precursor to serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and strong immune defence for the body. Get outside for 10 minutes without sunglasses or try this quality source of Vitamin D daily.
Herbs: Adaptogenic Herbs have been utilised in India for thousands of years and help support the body's energy and naturally protect against cellular stress. The top two herbs to utilise to lower stress and anxiety are Reishi and Ashwagandha. Mix into tea or water before bed.
Result of Sleep: During sleep, cerebral spinal fluid runs through the brain to clear toxins and create new neural connections crucial for retaining information and slowing down aging. This process is called glymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system primarily works during sleep so to successfully create new cerebral pathways and clear waste products, it is essential to get at least six hours of sleep.
A solution to Sleep: Legs up the wall, temperature changes and minerals help the body shift into a parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and out of flight or fight mode.
Legs up the Wall: Lying for 5-10 minutes with legs up the wall will reset circadian rhythm and improve the body's ability to drop into deep REM sleep. Simply lie with legs resting on the wall with feet above hips taking deep breaths.
Change Temperatures: Alternating between hot water and cold in the shower (20 seconds hot, 10 cold) for two minutes before bed will greatly improve the body's natural ability to regulate its own production of melatonin.
Result of Low Energy: The body has two forms of energy-burning -- glucose and ketones. When the body is primarily burning glucose, it goes through rapid spikes in blood sugar, leading to cravings, energy crashes and weight gain. When the body is burning ketones, it's receiving steady-state energy while burning its own fat stores.
Solution to Sustained Energy: Interval workouts, whole foods and eating healthy fat allow the body to burn more ketones for energy without feeling deprived. This leads to rapid cellular turnover, efficient weight loss/management, and high energy levels all day long.
High Intensity Interval Training: Raises post workout oxygen consumption, elevating metabolism for 24 hours post-workout. The form of training is suitable for all levels, takes less than 20 minutes, and requires no equipment. This allows the body to burn fat much more efficiently and supply adequate energy to the brain. Alternate with days of low-intensity training like yoga or walking.
Increase Anti Inflammatory Foods: Lowering inflammation in the body will optimise and help sustain energy throughout the day, help fight off pathogens and generate rapid cellular turnover. Pick any foods from the attached list to incorporate daily as well as spices and herbs (the more the better).
Incorporate the 8-Hour Eating Window: Shortening the time window of our meals increases autophagy and allows the body to burn ketones (fat stores) for fuel instead of glucose. Eating in this window a few days per week will rapidly increase cellular turnover, boost irisin and enhance cognitive function.
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An Ayurvedic poly-herbal formulation, NEERI-KFT, has the potential to not only slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease but also restore normalcy in functional parameters of the vital organ, a team of researchers has claimed.
In a review published in the latest edition of Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, they said "phytopharmacological evaluation of NEERI-KFT suggests that it exhibits substantial potential against oxidative and inflammatory stress induced apoptosis by exerting antioxidant, nephroprotective and immunomodulatory effects...in the patients associated with renal dysfunction or chronic kidney disease (CKD)".
The NEERI-KFT, a herbal medicine extracted from plants, has been found to correct oxidative as well as inflammatory stress known for reducing body's immunity, said the authors after drawing data on the formulation for kidney ailments from more than five electronic databases such as Science Direct, Google Scholar, Elsevier, PubMed, Springer, ACS publication from published database between 2000 and 2020.
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The study, 'A systematic review on nephroprotective AYUSH drugs as constituents of NEERI-KFT' not only examined the impact of the herbal extract of NEERI-KFT prepared by the AIMIL Pharma interventions on patients, but also dwelled in detail the adverse events of the modern medicine used for the management of the kidney ailments.
The study also highlighted the herbal drug's efficacy in reducing "serum creatinine, blood urea, and serum uric acid as compared to placebo group" and described "its well-tolerated effect with no adverse hematological or biochemical abnormalities occurred to any subjects during clinical trial".
"It can be suggested that NEERI-KFT can be an alternative and complementary therapy at end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or complete loss of kidney function where frequent dialysis of renal transplant remains only a single option for continued survival CKD patients," researchers said.
K.K. Sharma, AIMIL Pharma Managing Director, attributed this to the "more than 20 different potent herbs like haridra, varuna, shirish, gokhru, punarnava and anantamul to name a few in the formulation which are known for their nephro corrective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and reparative regeneration of kidney cells.
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It was after a string of stringent tests that this formulation has been developed to provide relief to kidney patients, he said.
K.N. Dwivedi from Banaras Hindu University said the herbal ingredients in NEERI-KFT are loaded with many anti-oxidants besides medicinal values which not only strengthen kidney but liver also.
"This is a very unique drug and we have found it very effective in our study also," he added.
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London, Aug 8 (IANS) UK National Health Service is soon set to roll out immune-boosting drugs to protect 10 per cent patients who fail to respond to the Covid vaccine, the media reported.While Covid jabs have proved effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalisation and death among 90 per cent people, scientists believe between five and ten per cent of the fully vaccinated people, could still become severely unwell with Covid.These are mainly those with weakened immune systems which means their bodies cannot mount a strong defence to the virus.Administering such people with the additional drugs known as monoclonal antibodies can prevent Covid infection -- even if they're living in a house with someone infected, said the report, quoting a recent study published in The New England Journal Of Medicine.The drugs target the spike protein -- the section of the virus that allows it to bind with healthy cells and help reduce the amount of virus that can enter the body and the likelihood of serious symptomatic Covid.The UK Government has entered into discussions with a number of major pharmaceutical companies who have developed Covid-19 monoclonal antibodies. This includes Regen-Cov, developed by American firm Regeneron, a combination of two drugs, casirivimab and imdevimab. The drug reduced the risk of symptomatic infection by 93 per cent, while the risk of symptomatic and asymptomatic infections overall fell by 66 per cent, the report said.US-based Eli Lilly has developed a combination called bamlanivimab and etesevimab, which was able to reduce Covid hospitalisations and deaths by 70 per cent.Meanwhile, British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline's sotrovimab has been proven to reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death in high-risk groups by 79 per cent.Monoclonal antibodies -- used in medicine since the 1990s for conditions ranging from cancer to arthritis -- are already in use in America, Europe and Asia, and significantly enhance the effect of the Covid vaccine in these high-risk groups.--IANSrvt/dpb
New York, Aug 7 (IANS) A group of medications long prescribed to treat tapeworm has inspired a compound that shows two-pronged effectiveness against Covid-19 in laboratory studies, a new study suggests.The study, published in the journal ACS Infectious Disease, indicates that the compound, part of a class of molecules called salicylanilides, was designed in the laboratory by a team of researchers, including Kim Janda from Scripps Research."It has been known for 10 or 15 years that salicylanilides work against certain viruses. However, they tend to be gut-restricted and can have toxicity issues," Janda said.The compound overcomes both issues, in mouse and cell-based tests, acting as both an antiviral and an anti-inflammatory drug-like compound, with properties that auger well for its use in pill form.The modified salicylanilide compound that Janda created was one of about 60 that he built years ago for another project.When the SARS-CoV-2 virus became a global pandemic in early 2020, knowing that they may have antiviral properties, he started screening his old collection, first in cells and later in rodent studies.The study indicated that one compound stood out. Dubbed simply "No 11," it differs from the commercial tapeworm medicines in key ways, including its ability to pass beyond the gut and be absorbed into the bloodstream -- and without the worrisome toxicity.About 80 per cent of salicylanilide 11 passed into the bloodstream, compared to about 10 per cent of the anti-parasitic drug niclosamide, which has recently entered clinical trials as a Covid-19 treatment, the researcher said.The experiments showed that of the many modified salicylanilides he had built in his laboratory, No 11 affected pandemic coronavirus infections in two ways.First, it interfered with how the virus deposited its genetic material into infected cells, a process called endocytosis which requires the virus to form a lipid-based packet around viral genes.The packet enters the infected cell and dissolves, so the infected cell's protein-building machinery can read it and churn out new viral copies. No 11 appears to prevent the packet's dissolution."The compound's antiviral mechanism is the key," Janda said."It blocks the viral material from getting out of the endosome, and it just gets degraded. This process does not allow new viral particles to be made as readily," the researcher added.Importantly, because it acts inside cells rather than on viral spikes, questions about whether it would work in new variants like Delta and Lambda aren't a concern, he adds."This mechanism is not dependent on the virus spike protein, so these new variants coming up aren't going to relegate us to finding new molecules as is the case with vaccines or antibodies," Janda said.--IANSvc/skp/