Friday, October 11, 2013

Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal Receives the Prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award

Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, President, Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, has received the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award for his commitments to the field of Yoga and Naturopathy. The Award was presented by the All India Social Congress Organization (Established by Late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi) at the Constitution Club, New Delhi on the occasion of 144th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Father of Nation) on 2nd October, 2013.
The annual awards, administered by the All India Social Congress Organization are given to world leaders for their role in promoting peace. The award indicates the courage, commitment and selflessness of the recipients as distinguished peacemakers andhonours people who have risen above religious and ethnic divides to promote democracy, peace and justice using the Gandhian principles of non-violence. This is one of the many feathers in the cap of Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal having won several prestigious awards and positions of honour over the last two decades. Full News Available On:

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman 2013 Awarded to Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal

Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal, President, Indian Board of Alternative Medicines was awarded the “Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman 2013” Award in the field of Homeopathy and Alternative Medicines by NRI Welfare Society at the House of Commerce, London, U.K. on the Occasion of 144th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Father of Nation) on 4th October, 2013. The Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award is given to recognize the people of Indian origin for their significant contributions in their respective field in the country of their residence and in the service of the wider global community. Prof. Dr. Suresh Kumar Agarwal was one of the few awardees this year and was recognized for his outstanding services, achievements and contributions in the field of Homeopathy and Alternative Medicines. This is one of the many feathers in his cap having won several prestigious awards and positions of honour over the last two decades including the Knighthood of Malta, Indira Gandhi Memorial Award, Michael Madhusadan Memorial Award, Vijay Ratan Award among many others. Full News Available On:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Prime Minister Office's Acknowledgement for Indian Board of Alternative Medicines Contribution to the National Relief Fund towards Uttarakhand

Indian Board of Alternative Medicine receiving Letter from the Prime Minister's Office in acknowledgement for its contribution to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for relief and rehabilitation of those affected by the disaster in Uttarakhand.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines has been conferred with the ISO 9001:2008 Certificate of Registration for Providing Alternative Medicine, Holistic Medicine and Allied Health Sciences Courses Through Regular and Distance Education.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines: Dr. Shernaz Baji Avari, Practicing Naturopath Registered with IBAM Felicitated by the Bombay Parsee Association

Indian Board of Alternative Medicines: Dr. Shernaz Baji Avari, Practicing Naturopath Registered with IBAM Felicitated by the Bombay Parsee Association

Dr. Shernaz Baji Avari, Practicing Naturopath Registered with IBAM Felicitated by the Bombay Parsee Association

Reference: In the annual day function of the Bombay Parsee Association (BPA), Dr. Shernaz Baji Avari, a practicing Naturopath registered with the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines and a columnist working with this newspaper was awarded the Navaz Jimi Kathawalla memorial prize for her contribution to social work for the community. The function was held at Albless Baug in Charni Road last Sunday. Dr. Avari is a registered Medical Practitioner of the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine and also a patron member of the World Society for Clinical Yoga and Alternative Medicine. She was felicitated for treating her patients using natural therapies like dietary advice, herb therapy,breathing techniques, yoga, weight reduction techniques, acupressure, Su JOK therapy, helio and hydro therapy. Dr. Avari appreciated the services rendered by the BPA for the last 92 years in various walks of life. She said that the association encouraged the youth by felicitating them for their achievements in education, sports and social service. She added that the association inspired the youth to be more religiously inclined and help them preserve the traditions of the community. The award was also given to Neville Wadia (Sports), Jehangir Chaina (Social Work and Journalism), Zubin Patel (Sports), Sanaya Patel and Kayanush Patel (Academics).
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Diabetes and its Management

Diabetes Mellitus is ailment of modern era, which is creating havoc, and its prevalence is on rise with prompt pace, because of unhealthy food habits, lack of exercises and stress. Diabetes mellitus (DM) comprises a group of common metabolic disorders where hyperglycemia is the chief symptom. It is also called protean [widespread] disease because it affects every system and organ in body. Pathologically different sort of DM prevails depending upon complex interaction of genetics, environmental factors, and life-style choices. Etiological, factors contributing to hyperglycemia may include reduced insulin secretion, decreased glucose utilization, and increased glucose production.

The knowledge of DM syndrome has existed in India since pre-historic age. Its earliest reference [1000 BC] is found in mythological form where it is said that the origin of diabetes take place by eating Havishya [charak samhita nidan sthana 11]. Havishya is a special mixture of grains offered as oblation at the time of yagyna [fire ritual] and this yagyna was organized by daksha Prajapati. DM in Ayurveda is described under the heading Prameha and clinical picture is similar to Madhumeha [one type of 20 type of Prameha]. The word Prameha is derived from the root Miha Sechane means watering, excessive urine passing [quantity and frequency]. The word Prameha means Prabhut Avil Mutrata means excessive and turbid urination. The etiology, pathogenesis symptoms [roopa and proova roopa] and even principles of management described in Ayurvedic classics, got utmost parlance to those of DM. Ayurveda describe DM as Madhumeha ,which means urine like honey or sweet urine, similarly Diabetes Mellitus is a Latin word which also means honey like sweet urine.

Classifications: DM is classified on the basis of the pathogenic process that leads to hyperglycemia, not on the basis of, earlier criteria like type of therapy or age of onset. The two broad categories of DM are type 1 and type 2. Type 1A DM results from autoimmune beta cell destruction, which leads to insulin deficiency. Individuals with type 1B DM lack immunologic markers indicative of an autoimmune destructive process of the beta cells. However, they develop insulin deficiency by unknown pathology and they are usually ketosis prone. Type 2 DM is characterized by variable degrees of insulin resistance, impaired insulin secretion, and increased glucose production. Distinct genetic and metabolic defects in insulin action and/or secretion give rise to the common phenotype of hyperglycemia in type 2 DM.

Two features of the current classification of DM are different from previous classifications. First, the terms insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) are obsolete. Since many individuals with type 2 DM eventually require insulin treatment for control of glycaemia, the use of the term NIDDM generated considerable confusion. A second difference is that age is not a criterion in the classification system. Although type 1 DM most commonly develops before the age of 30, an autoimmune beta cell destructive process can develop at any age. It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of individuals who develop DM after age of 30 have type 1A DM. Likewise, type 2 DM more typically develops with increasing age, but it also occurs in children, particularly in obese adolescents.

According to Ayurvedic classifications DM is classified in Sahaja Prameha and Apthyanimitthaja which can be correlated with type 1 and type 2 DM. Similarly on the basis of management, DM is classified in to two broad categories 1) Lean Diabetic and 2) Obese Diabetic. In ancient text book of surgery Sushruta Samhita, it is described [Chikitsa Adhyaya 11:3 ] that Sahaja Prameha [congenital DM] is of krisha constitution [lean or asthenic constitution] and those of Apathya nimitthija pramehi [due to unhealthy or incorrect eating and living styles] is of sthula constitution [obese constitution], which can be correlated with type 1 and type 2 DM. In Ayurveda DM is described under the head Prameha and; Madhumeha [DM] is one of its 20 subtypes, it is also mentioned that all subtypes if not properly treated and cured eventually terminate in Madhumeha [DM] {Charak samhita Ni 4:3}. As a matter of facts all subtypes of prameha are classified according to the nature and other physical properties of urine and all of them are not similar to DM, and can be kept under different metabolic, Nephrological and other systemic ailments.

Madhumeha has got parlance with DM Syndrome. According to prognosis [sadyaasadhyata] Charak had classified Prameha in three categories 1) Sadhya or curable: this includes Kaphaja Prameha [predominance of Kapha humor], usually due to improper life style and dietary habits, and patient is usually sthula [obese]; 2) Yapya or Palliable: this includes Pittaja Prameha [predominance of pitta humor]; and 3) Asadhya [incurable]: This includes Vattaja Prameha [Predominance of Vata humor], patient is usually asthenic or lean. Charak also said that the congenital case of Prameha or one inheriting the disease from his Diabetic Parents is incurable because of genetic factor [Type 1 DM]; whatever diseases are familial are said to be incurable [ch chi :6:57]

Pathogenesis of Madhumeha [DM]

The Madhumeha can be categorized in to two broad types according to description in classical text of Ayurveda.

1 Avrita vaatjanya Madhumeha [Primary DM]

2 Dhatu kshyajanya Madhumeha [secondary DM]

Primary madhumeha [DM] : It is vaataj in nature and seemed to be fulminant from advent and can be compared with type 1 DM and advent is usually early [juvenile], usually patient is lean from the advent of ailment.

Secondary madhumeha [DM] results from the complication of all subtypes of 20 prameha and can be compared with type 2 DM

Etiology: includes excessive intake of Navanna [newly harvested Paddy] which is rich in carbohydrates,Gudavikriti [jaggery and sugar products]; Payamsi, Dahini [milk and curds], Gramya Anupa rasa [meat and flesh of aquatic and land animals] which is rich in trans fats and lipids. Other factors includes Asaya sukham [lack of exercise and sedentary life style]; savapna sukham [excessive sleeping habits]. These improper life style and dietary habits eventually leads in madhumeha ,especially to those who are prone [have family history of DM]

Clinical Features: Poorva rupa [Prodromal symptoms ]: These are the symptoms which occur prior to manifestation of disease. If in this stage we recognize the disease process by these symptoms, than it can be prevented by taking proper care of our routine and diet regimen, these poorva rupa or pre occurring prodromal symptoms are as under and they have been dealt with great details by three principle texts of Ayurveda [Vrahat Tryahi]. Because of the utmost importance in prevention of such a deadly ailment which clings to life forever: excessive sleep, fatigue, apathy, lack of pleasure, excessive growth of nails and hairs, sweet taste in mouth, dryness of palate and throat, thirst, attraction towards cold objects, greasiness and numbness, burning sensations over hand and feet, honey like urine[turbid and sweet ]. As for as modern medical view is concerned type 2 DM is preceded by a state called impaired glucose tolerance [IGT] for long period and by taking proper preventive measures like diet control and exercise can prevent or delay.

DM Symptoms and criterion for Diagnosis: The chief symptoms of DM syndrome according to Ayurveda and modern medicines are given under; although most patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are asymptomatic for years.

1.Polyuria: increased urinary output and increased frequency; in Ayurveda this symptom is termed as prabhootavila mootrata [increased output and frequency of turbid urine]

2.Polydipsia: Excessive and frequent thirst in Ayurveda it is termed as Trishna

3.Unexplained weight loss These three symptoms are called cardinal symptoms of DM, apart from this, following symptoms are also described in Ayurvedic text as valuable for diagnosing DM

4.Maduratwa in mootra [sweet urine]

5.Pani-Pada Daha: Bunning sensation over feet and palms and Lower extremity paresthesias- pins and needle sensation; other most common symptoms encountered are lethargy, fatigue, nocturnal, erectile dysfunction.
Few cases of DM remain undiagnosed and accidentally at time of routine checkups come to notice. The revised criteria for the diagnosis of DM emphasize the FPG as a reliable and convenient test for diagnosing DM in asymptomatic individuals. A random plasma glucose concentration (200 mg/dl) accompanied by classic symptoms of DM (polyuria, polydipsia, weight loss) is sufficient for the diagnosis of DM; Fasting plasma glucose of >125 mg/dl and two hour post glucose load (75g), plasma glucose levels 200 mg/dl, and confirmed by repeat test is sufficient criterion to confirm the diagnosis Treatment. The basic principle or Chikitsa Sutra according to Ayurvedic point of view is Shodhana [purification] and Shamana [suppression]

Shodhana or purification is generally done in obese diabetic with adequate body strength and requires expertise in assessment of vitiated doshas and therapy to be applied. Mismanagement would lead to more harm than any good. Hence in general practice shaman Chikitsa is prevalent and popular.

Shaman Chikitsa: [pacificatory management]: The herbs used in the management of DM syndrome are bitter, astringent, and pungent in Rasa [taste]. All herbs having these tastes are having some anti-diabetic quality. While treating DM herbs are used either individually or with combination of other herbs or mineral [yoga or composite formulae].

Single drugs [herbs]:

1- Karvellaka or karela, Bitter gourd [Momoradia charantia ] also known as bitter melon, is one herb that has proven beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. Karavella has a long history of use as an herb for diabetes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The plant extract was referred to the as vegetable insulin. Various studies have demonstrated the potent antioxidant activity of karavella. Treatment With karavella resulted in a significant increase in various antioxidant enzyme levels in the liver and kidney of diabetic rats. The extract of karavella exerted rapid protective effects against lipid per oxidation by scavenging free radicals, thereby reducing the risk of diabetic complications. Other studies have demonstrated the blood glucose lowering activity of karavella. The effect of karavella on fasting and post-prandial (two hours after food) blood glucose levels was studied in 100 cases of moderate non-insulin dependent diabetic subjects. Drinking of an aqueous homogenized suspension of the vegetable pulp led to significant reduction of both fasting and postprandial serum glucose levels. This hypoglycemic action was observed in 86 (86%) cases.

The active components in karavella are thought to be an alkaloid memordicine, glycosides charantin and vicine, and polypeptide-p. (Polypeptide-p is an Insulin like protein Karvellaka also reduces increased lipids specially cholesterol

2- Meshshringi [Gymnema sylvestre] also called Gudmar and madhunashini: It controls hyperglycemia and carbohydrate metabolism in in liver and in skeletal muscles. It causes complete obliteration of sweet perception by tongue due to excessive copper content in leaf. The active hypoglycemic agent is gymnemic acid and two crude saponins, gymnemosides-a and gymsemoside

3-Bimbi [coccinia indica] also called Durike bel or kunduru: The root of this herb contains hypoglycemic principle, and fruit contains a bitter glycoside containing cuceubirocin B. The expressed juice of tuberous root stem and leaves is used to control glucose in DM

4-Nimba [Azadirachta indica] also called Neem: Leaves and bark of this plant is used in DM, it is very good detoxifier, Liver stimulant and lowers the glycosuria. It is also good for keeping the blood vessels healthy and thus prevent diabetic vasculopathies.

Similarly different composite drug combination is also described in Ayurvedic texts, a few of them are Abhyadi kashyam, Nyogradhi churna, Nishaamalki kashyam, Asana bilvadi kashyam, Chandra prabha vati, Pramehantak Rasa and Vasant kusumakar rasa. Author of this paper has developed a composite herbal drug combination and found it very much effective in proper management of Type -2 DM.

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Calcutta - 700002

Series - Home Remedy #8 - For Asthma

Mix 1 teaspoon honey with ½ teaspoon cinnamon (dalchini) powder and have at night before going to bed.

Boil carom seeds (ajwain) in water and inhale the steam.

Boil 8 – 10 flakes of garlic (lasan) in ½ cup of milk. Have this every night. Gives excellent results in early stages of asthma.

Add a handful of drumstick leaves (sahijan) to 1 cup water. Boil. Simmer on low flame for 3 – 4 minutes. Cool and strain. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Have every day, once or twice a day.

Mix ¼ teaspoon asafetida (hing), 2 teaspoons honey, ½ teaspoon juice from betel leaf (paan ka patta), ½ teaspoon white onion juice. Have it 2 – 3 times a day. To take out juice from betel leaf, crush to paste and squeeze through a muslin cloth. For onion juice, grate the onion and squeeze through a clean muslin cloth.
An expectorant and a very effective remedy for asthma is prepared by boiling 6 cloves (laung) in 3 tablespoons of water. Take 1 teaspoon of this decoction with a little honey, thrice daily.

Mix equal amounts of fresh ginger (adrak) juice, honey and pomegranate (anaar) juice. Take 1 tablespoon, 1 – 2 times a day.

Figs (anjeer) are known to give relief by draining the phlegm (balgam). Take 3 – 4 dry figs, wash them well with warm water. Soak overnight in a cup of water. Eat them first thing in the morning and also drink the water. Do this at least for 2 months.

Diet for an Asthmatic Person

Avoid milk, milk products as they cause phlegm and lead to congestion in the lungs.
Avoid citrus fruits (sour fruits), cool foods, ice creams and deep fried food.
Take plenty of fruits and vegetables with a high fibre content – papaya, apples, watermelon.

Avoid rice at dinner.

Early dinner is best suited for these people. It ensures complete digestion before retirement.

1 teaspoon honey in a glass of hot water before bed time relaxes the throat by clearing accumulated phlegm in throat.

Stay away from dusty places and avoid pets, particularly dogs.

Water Therapy for Asthmatic Persons

This is a golden, sure shot remedy to cure people who have asthma due to a lot of phlegm collection.

First thing in the morning, heat 3 – 4 glasses of water to which 2 – 3 teaspoon salt (white rock salt) has been added. Make as warm as you can drink. Sit on your haunches (hips) with heels on the floor. Press your navel with your thumb / finger and drink this water. Drink as much as you can – so much that it causes vomiting. Vomit out. If vomiting is not causes, poke your finger in your throat and vomit out. Do this every morning on an empty stomach for 1 – 2 months. Your asthma will surely get cured.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dr. Tesfaye Ayele of Slovakia, Europe was named as the International Student of the Year 2010 - 11 and presented with a Gold Medal and the International Albert Schweitzer Award in recognition of his efforts and dedication to the field of alternative and complementary medicines.

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Calcutta - 700002

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Peru to Odisha: Maria Laura Valdez Usseglio, a Student of IBAM

Source: The Hindu
Date: July 19th, 2012

Ever since Maria Laura Valdez Usseglio, the first and only Odissi dance teacher from Peru, who is in Bhubaneswar for advanced training, emerged as the topper in the young Odissi talent competition held in Odisha, she has been in the limelight performing across India and winning accolades. Friday Review spoke to the dancer in Bhubaneswar.

What made you passionate about of performing arts?
I come from a family of music and arts admirers. I started playing classical piano at the age of five and had my first public performance at seven. As I grew up, I was trained to be a percussionist and a singer.

How did you develop an interest in get hooked to Odissi?
After my schooling, I joined the Faculty of Arts of the San Agustin University in Arequipa where I got many opportunities to perform with the University's Symphony Orchestra and staged a number of piano recitals across my country. Gradually, I got exposed to different arts forms and learnt Afro-Peruvian dance, Belly dance and a bit of Bharatanatyam. But it was Odissi that touched me most. I watched Odissi for the first time on a DVD and the dancer was Sujata Mohapatra, who is now my guru. I fell in love with Odissi. I dreamt to be an Odissi dancer but there were no Odissi dancer and teacher in my country then.

When did you come to Odisha land in the land of Odissi?
I came to India in 2005 when I was invited to join the Sai Symphony Orchestra. Renowned musicians from all over the world were part of the orchestra and the concert was held at Prashanti Nilayam, Puttapurty in, Andhra Pradesh. From there, I headed to Bhubaneswar to meet Sujata Mohapatra. I joined Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s famous Srjan dance institution as a student where I was under guidance of both Sujata and Ratikant Mohapatra. I was so happy to be a student of Odissi. I went back to Peru to obtain a student visa to stay in Bhubaneswar for longer years and Odissi.

When did you have your debut on stage?
After a year of training, I got an opportunity to have my debut dance performance as a soloist at the National Odissi Dance and Music Festival of 2007 organised in Bhubaneswar by Government of Odisha. I received a lot of praise for my performance. After that evening, I never stopped learning and performing as a soloist and in group.

How is the Odissi scene in Peru now?
Two years ago, I returned to Peru following three years of my intensive training in Odissi with the mission to make Odissi known in my country. I have been introducing this beautiful dance form to the children and the adults in my country. I was also invited to teach in Brazil recently.

Dance apart, what else in India did touch you?
I am fascinated by Indian spiritualism. Since I have a diploma in alternative medicine with specialisation in dance therapy, music therapy and aromatherapy from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, I love offering the benefits of these therapies to the people I come across abroad.

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