Monday, June 25, 2012

Things you need to know....

Written by Divya Sawhney   
Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a BANANA in the same way again!!
Bananas which contain three natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) and fiber gives an instant, sustained, and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous, 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Reducing Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: Two-hundred students at a Twickenham (Middlesex, UK) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at Work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood-sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every 2 hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in chronic cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature Control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
Smoking Cessation: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress Relief: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. They can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Stroke Risk: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Wart Removal: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
Splinter Removal: For those hard-to-remove wood splinters, rather than poking and prodding with tweezer and needle, take a small piece of banana skin, large enough to cover the splinter wholly, yellow side out, and carefully tape it over the splinter with a band-aid or tape. Overnight the banana and its enzymes will work the splinter out, dissolving it and sealing the wound. So in the morning, when you remove the band-aid, the pad will be yucky brown mush and no more splinter!
Conclusion: So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around!
So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say: "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
1. It relieves gas and heart-burn caused by onion & garlic.
2. It increases appetite & soothes the mucous membrane.
3. Tea made from cardamom is useful in headache caused by indigestion.
4. Ground cardamom seeds mined with ginger cloves & coriander is an effective remedy for indigestion.
5. Cardamom is a breath freshener.
6. The herb is used in several dysfunctions like impotency & premature ejaculation.
7. The powdered seeds of cardamom mixed with a table spoon full of banana leaf & amla juice taken thrice a day serves as an excellent diuretic for the treatment of gonorrhea, cystitis & nephritis.
8. A pinch of powdered cardamom seeds boiled in milk & sweetened with homey every night gives good results but its excessive use should be avoided.
9. Cardamom oil stimulates the mind & heart & brings joy.
10. It detoxifies caffeine if used in coffee.
11. When feeling week & mentally fatigued, cardamom oil can help with its refreshing & uplifting effect.
12. Cardamom's expectorant property helps to clear cough.
13. Cardamom is good for Pitta because it kindles Agni.
14. Current research has revealed cardamom's potential therapeutic value as an inhibitior of human platelet aggregation.

Dhania: (Coriander stivum): It is rich in various elements. It has mineral & vitamin contents like calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C. It is also having sodium, potassium & oxalic acid. Here are some of the medicinal properties of coriander:
1. The leaves of coriander are stimulant & tonic.
2. It strengthens the stomach & promotes its action, relieves flatulence, increase secretion & discharge of urine & reduces fever.
3. It also act as aphrodisiac & help in the removal of phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
4. The leaves can be used by making chutney or by putting in curries & soups.
5. For digestive disorders of all sorts one or two teaspoon full of coriander juice is added to fresh buttermilk & taken twice a day.
6. A chutney made of dry coriander, green chilies, grated coconut, ginger & black grapes without seeds are a remedy for abdominal pains due to indigestion.
7. Regular drinking of coriander water helps lower blood cholesterol because it stimulates the kidney.
8. A decoction prepared from freshly dried coriander is an excellent eye wash in conjunctivitis.
If these herbs are used along with taking proper rest, sleep, sex, exercise, meditation & a regulated dincharya & ritucharya all the three dosha remained balanced & perfect health prevails.

Tulsi Sacred & Medicinal HerbPrint
Written by Dr. Parveen Kumar   
Considered as lord Krishna’s wife, it has a mythological background and therefore is the most worshipped plant in Hindu culture. It is a strong belief that those who implant Tulsi in there houses never get sick, as it is very lovable to lord Krishna and lord Krishna has blessed this herb with this property. Tulsi contains such a chemical composition that no mosquitoes and flies can come near the plant because of it s peculiar odor. This herb is found everywhere in India. Plant height varies from 2 - 4 ft. It flowers in winter season i.e. from December to February
Ayurvedic energetics : Tulsi is bitter and pungent in taste & hot in potency. It has light and dry properties with vata and kapha pacifying properties.
Varieties of Tulsi are Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Rama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) & Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) Tulsi finds great importance in respiratory tract disease. It gives marvelous results in upper respiratory tract infection. It acts rigorously on kapha hence it works as good expectorant relieving from wet cough. It is also very useful in bronchitis, asthmatic conditions and allergic conditions. Tulsi acts as antibacterial and antiparasitic and is thus widely used in infectious diseases. It acts on nervous, relieves stress and is also helpful in relieving pain, as it is vata suppressant. It is a good appetizer and promotes digestion by helping in secretion of digestive enzymes. It is also heipful in preventing any infection that might invade our digestive system. It also helps to eliminate any toxins that might be circulating in the blood. Tulsi finds great use in fever as it act as antipyretic, pain reliever, and provides strength to our body.

1. Healing Power: Tulsi leaves promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.
2. Fever & Common Cold: Tulsi leaves are used for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom brings down the temperature. The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever.
3. Sore Throat: Leaves boiled in water or as a herbal tea can be taken as drink in case of sore throat. This water can also be used for gargles.
4. Respiratory Disorder: A decoction of Tulsi leaves, with honey and ginger is an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, influenza, cough and cold. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu. It checks infections of the respiratory tract.
5. Heart Disorder: It reduces the level of blood cholesterol, which prevents various ischaemic heart diseases like angina pectoris and myocardial infections.
6. Stress: Tulsi leaves are 'adaptogen' or anti-stress agent. Recent studies have shown that the leaves provide significant protection against stress. Even healthy persons can use Tulsi to prevent stress.
7. Mouth Infections: The decoction of the leaves as a mouth wash is quit effective for the ulcers and infections of the mouth. Its leaves, dried in the sun and powdered, can be used for brushing teeth. It can also be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and used as toothpaste. This is very good for maintaining dental health, counteracting bad breath and for massaging the gums. It is also useful in pyorrhea and other teeth disorders.
8. Insect Bites: The herb is a preventive and curative for insect stings or bites. Fresh juice should be applied to the affected parts. A paste of fresh leaves and roots is also effective in case of bites of insects.
9. Skin Disorders: Applied locally, juice of the leaves is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and other skin diseases. It is also useful in the treatment of leucoderma.

Written by Dr. Chander Shekhar Sharma & Dr. Amrita Sharma   
Since ancient times, plants have been an exemplary source of medicine. Ayurveda and other Indian literature mention the uses of plants in treatment of various human ailments. Acharyas have written that there is nothing in this world that cannot be used to keep one disease free or to maintain the health.
Meetha Neem (Murraya koenigii) is commonly known as curry patta is a herb which is available in our surrounding, and also used as an ingredient in recipes
Meetha Neem (Murraya koenigii) has not been mentioned in detail in major Ayurvedic classical texts. In ancient texts, this plant has been described by the Neem of Kaidrya and Surbhinimba.
A small spreading shrub, about 2.5 meters high; the main stem, dark green to brownish, with numerous dots on it; its bark can be peeled off longitudinally, exposing the white wood underneath
Flowering starts from the middle of April and ends in the middle of May. The fruiting season was observed to continue from the middle of July to the end of August. The peak fruiting season, however, was found to continue from the last week of July to the 1st week of August.
Pulp of the fruit contains 64.9 per cent moisture. The content of total soluble solids of the fruit juice is 16.8 per cent. The vitamin C content of the fruit is 13.35 mg per 100 gm of the pulp.
The leaves, the bark and the roots of Murraya koenigii (curry leaf) are used as a tonic and a stomachic.
They are bitter, acrid, astringent, cooling, aromatic, demulcent, antihelminthic, febrifuge, stomachic, carminative, appetizing, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, mild purgative. They are useful in vitiated conditions of Kapha and Pitta, burning sensation, pruritis, skin diseases, bruises , dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting The green leaves are stated to be eaten raw for curing dysentery and the infusion of the washed leaves stops vomiting .
Strong odiferous oil occurs in the leaves and seeds of Murraya koenigii. This oil exhibit a strong antibacterial and antifungal activity. The shiny-black fruits are liked both by children and adults. As revealed by the chemical composition of the fruits, they are very nutritious. The leaves are used as a spice in different curries and impart a very good flavor to the preparations. These fruits have also many medicinal properties. Branches of Murraya koenigii are very popular for cleaning the teeth as datun and are said to strengthen the gums and teeth.
How to use
1. An infusion of roasted leaves is used to stop vomiting
2. The bark, root and leaves are crushed and applied externally to cure eruptions.
3. The green leaves are to be eaten raw for the cure of dysentery
4. Crushed leaves may be applied over bruises.
5. The decoction of leaves is given to reduce or eliminate fever.
6. The powder of leaves dried in shadow has shown remarkable results in curing ailments such as hyperacidity, sour eructations, dyspepsia etc.


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