Showing posts with label health news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health news. Show all posts

Jan 22, 2013

Ayurveda Panchakarma, the Latest Health Trend


First, it was yoga. Then, it was gyms. 'Spinning' as a form of exercise then took over as the new rage. Soon, power yoga, artistic yoga and martial arts infiltrated the fad circles.

And now, it's the time of the AyurvedaPanchakarma to bask in the limelight. Well-known faces of the city's social circuit seem to be quite taken up by the five detoxification processes (Panchakarma). We've heard of quite a few of them giving it a shot — Neerav and Kinnary Panchamia, Ekta Shah Manjrekar, Channda Patil to name a few.That people are weight and fitness conscious is a known fact. And when a fitness regime seems to work, word spreads. Panchakarma is the detoxification of the body and mind, we're told. Fashion designer Kinnary Panchamia says, "I had heard a lot about it from friends. When your body is feeling clogged and heavy, this helps it detoxify." Kinnary and her husband Neerav did one of the Panchakarma processes a couple of weeks back. "You can't imagine the toxins that your body can have!" quips Kinnary. While the processes are different, the result is the same — purification, she points out.

"The doctors rightly advise you about what process suits you better and what you are ready for. It's a seven-nine day process and it purifies your blood and body," she says.Kinnary says the primary result is that one's body feels light and functions better. "You feel energised and all the laziness disappears. I feel very positive. Before the process, you're even put on a light diet." Even restaurateur Kunal Shetty agrees. "It's very cleansing. Your energy levels increase and you don't feel like eating junk," he says.Shubhika Narayan, a marketing manager with a firm, also tried Panchakarma in April this year after her friends did it. "I saw a world of difference in them which is when I realised that it's time to get my act together and focus on my health," she says. It's also more mental than physical, she feels. "You tend to concentrate on what you eat and realise what you're putting your body through. It makes you want to eat right and focus on your self.

Today, we all lead lifestyles wherein we don't sleep enough and don't have that push to work out. This gives you that push to be healthy," she adds.Both Shubhika and Kinnary tried the process in groups. It gets easier when you know your friends are doing it too, they say. "In fact, six of us did it together," Kinnary says.Another common friend of theirs, Channda Patil, entrepreneur and social worker, says Panchakarma is on the cards for her. "Everybody's doing it! We eat so much junk food and meat that it seems like a good idea to go on a 12-day detoxification process," she says. And, an added advantage is that one also tends to lose weight as all the dirt and toxins are pushed out.

"You lose the unnecessary junk stored in the body so it's a win-win situation," she adds. Well, seems like it has quite a grip on the city. nupur.chaudhuri@timesgroup.com

Jan 21, 2013

Semi-Somnia: Newly identified Sleep Disorder

A growing number of people are now suffering from a newly identified sleep disorder called ‘semi-somnia’ triggered by stress and technology use, sleep experts say. 

Rather than totally sleepless nights, sufferers of semi-somnia experience short bouts of sleep disruption, perhaps on particularly busy or stressful days, experts claim. 

An Indian-origin expert has even coined a phrase ‘fizzy sleep’ to explain sleep difficulties faced by sufferers.
“It’s not a scientific term, but clients say that’s what their head feels like. They are asleep but it’s not restful. 

It’s a jangly, information-filled sleep where the brain is still highly active,” said Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep Coach at London’s Capio Nightingale hospital, and author of the book Tired But Wired. 

The condition is being called insomnia’s irritating little sister, but despite not sharing the full agonising symptoms of acute sleeplessness, which has been linked to weakened immune systems, depression, high blood pressure and even heart disease, semi-somnia is far from harmless, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. 
Victims may wake every night for 30 minutes, or find it impossible to sleep for an hour because their minds are racing.
Experts are of the opinion that semi-somnia started plaguing people now because of excessive use of technology. 

“We’ve spent five years researching this with 30,000 sufferers and technology is probably the main cause,” said Jean Gomes, Chairman of The Energy Project, a consultancy to help people counteract tiredness issues. 

“You may have had a stressful day, but your mind could process problems overnight and you’d wake the next day refreshed. Now the ways we relax, shopping online, tweeting while watching television and checking Facebook, means our brains are in a permanent state of arousal. When bedtime comes around, this can cause big problems,” Gomes said. 

For people to sleep, three main things happen, the decline in light triggers the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, our temperature starts to fall and our mind and body relax, allowing our nervous system to switch off. Using technology interferes with each of those steps, experts believe.
Sleep is when the mind processes the information we’ve taken in throughout the day, but the huge amount of material people now consume online can simply be too much to deal with. 

“The part of the brain that deals with information processing is relatively small, and it can’t cope with the sheer amount of input it’s getting now,” said Ramlakhan. 

“Take information “mini-breaks” every 90 minutes through the day to give your mind some space. Drink lots of water.

Your bladder will then force you to take a time out, and don’t take your phone to the bathroom with you,” she suggested.

Apr 26, 2012

Vicks VapoRub Misuse May Harm Toddlers

Vicks® VapoRub®, the popular salve used to relieve symptoms of cough and congestion, may be harmful for infants and toddlers. New research appearing in the January issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed medical industry journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that Vicks® VapoRub® (VVR) may stimulate mucus production and airway inflammation, which can have severe effects on breathing in an infant or toddler. Research findings are consistent with current VVR labeling which indicates the product should not be used on children under 2 years of age.

VVR is not indicated for patients under age 2. However, Dr. Rubin realizes that some parents are still choosing to use VVR to relieve their sick young child's symptoms, usually rubbing the salve on the feet or chest.

"I recommend never putting Vicks in, or under, the nose of anybody—adult or child. I also would follow the directions and never use it at all in children under age 2," said Dr. Rubin.

Dr. Rubin also feels that although the study only tested Vick's VapoRub, similar products, including generic brands, could cause the same adverse reaction in infants and toddlers.

"The best treatments for congestion are a bit of saline (salt water) and gentle rubber bulb suction, warm drinks or chicken soup, and, often, just letting the passage of time heal the child." Dr. Rubin also notes that if a child is struggling to breathe, it is a medical emergency and would require the child to be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible.

"Parents should consult with a physician before administering any over-the-counter medicine to infants and young children," said James A. L. Mathers, Jr., MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "Furthermore, the American College of Chest Physicians and several other health-care organizations have concluded that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines can be harmful for infants and young children and are, therefore, not recommended."

Source: EurekAlert!

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Mar 22, 2012

How to Count Your Calories During Sleep?

Counting your calories is important if your trying lose excess weight, but it's often a pain trying to keep a track of them. However, if scientists are to be believed then they might already have stumbled upon an automatic calorie counting method.


People try many ways to lose weight including dieting, exercise, or weight loss supplements or a combination, but physical exercise seems to be pretty popular. And most of us using treadmills to burn calories know how much we've burned in a session of exercise simply by glancing at the pedometer reading. At the same time it's important to know that we don't just burn calories while we're on the treadmill, but even when we walk, drive, cook, laugh, talk, and even while we sleep. So who'll count all those calories consumed?


The count your calories technology


Apparently, a strap-on device has been invented that allows individuals to continuously track the calories they burn.


Being worked on by a group of Georgia Institute of Technology students and called HappyHR, It's a small, rectangular-shaped instrument, which can be strapped to the wrist or ankle. Once onto the wrist, the instrument begins collecting data pertaining to heart rate and exercise. Next, the information collected is sent to a PC via Bluetooth, where the data is analyzed and calories counted by means of a web-based software.


A subtle device resembling a compact MP3 player more than with an embedded fitness monitoring technology is pretty encouraging. In fact the researchers want to move ahead further and even try to incorporate advanced health applications such as respiratory and glucose monitoring. Which might earn it a place as a valued medical and hospital equipment supply.


According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about 133.6 million or 66 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. And who may want to lose weight for better health. So if technologies such as these keep coming up, maintaining not just a healthy weight, but also fitness, might become a lot easier.

Jan 27, 2012

How Many more Cardiac Arrest Sufferers can be Saved?

Not one or two but 325,000 people die each year in the United States due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). However, when CPR - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is provided immediately after the attack it can double a sufferers chance of survival.

But administering CPR is easier said than done, here's why? When in a study, thirty-eight doctors and nurses of both genders were evaluated for their ability to perform manual CPR, a considerable loss in their ability to provide sufficient compressions over a time period was found. And that men – supposedly endowed with more muscle power – fared no better than their fairer sex counterparts.

So what if there existed a medical device that was so portable that it didn't need to be transported using a hospital trolley, instead, could simply be strapped around a patient to aid immediate CPR, virtually anywhere and in any situation? Well it seems that the the wait could now be over, as scientists may have struck gold already.

A Life Saving Medical Device

Inventors of the device called, LifeBelt(R) CPR, may be on their way to make life safer with this appliance. This device is designed to overcome the limitation of "hands-only" CPR and is able to help the patient by producing chest compressions for about two minutes. Also, with the use of this device half as much force is needed to administer CPR, enabling the emergency response personnel or anyone providing the CPR to do it more effectively, and not lose steam out of fatigue, too soon. No wonder than this appliance also won a “Create the Future Design Contest” sponsored by NASA Tech Briefs magazine.

When Thomas Jefferson said “Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried,” I'm positive he didn't refer to life support medical devices!

Jun 16, 2010

Palm Sugar - The New Natural Sweetener Making Buzz!

We all know that artificial sweeteners are not good for health. However, people suffering from diabetes need to avoid sugar. Natural sweeteners, made from herbs, are definitely good for them but there were not too many choices in natural sweeteners for them till now.

Natural Sweeteners that were available till now include

Stevia- made from stevia leaves was the topmost choice. After many years of controversy, it has finally been accepted as a safe, natural sweetener. However, many people still do not like the aftertaste of stevia, and some others complain that it doesn't melt or cook like sugar does.

Agave nectar- which is a low-glycemic sugar made from the bulbous roots of agave plants- was also used by many people as natural sweetener. However, the controversy about whether it is truly "natural" or even low glycemic, did not make it an acceptable natural sweetener.

What is Palm Sugar?

Palm sugar is the latest buzz making rounds among people searching for natural sweeteners. Palm sugar is a low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that is similar to sugar in looks and taste. It almost dissolves and melts like sugar. Palm sugar is made from the flowers growing high on coconut trees. Nectar collected from this flower is air-dried to get a crystalline sugar that has a natural brown color. It is naturally rich with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like potassium, zinc, iron, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.

It should be, however, known that palm sugar is not a calorie-free sweetener. It has relatively low glycemic index and its calories are absorbed by the body at a slower rate than the regular refined sugar. Thus, it is helpful for those who are monitoring their blood sugar levels and want to avoid blood sugar spikes.

To know more about palm sugar, read this source article Why Organic Palm Sugar is the next big thing in natural sweeteners

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Jun 7, 2010

What do Fruits Mean to Cultures of World?

Fruits are cherished by almost all cultures of the world. How? Just look at these facts

Apple- In almost every culture, the apple is ripe with symbolic meaning and mythical folklore. They can signify wisdom, joy, fertility, temptation, peace, love, masculinity, and youthfulness.

Cherry- In Japan, the national flower cherry represents beauty, courtesy, and modesty.The ancient Chinese regarded the fruit as a symbol of immortality.

Pomegranate- Pomegranate was often used as a herbal remedy to lengthen life and restore vigor, these qualities often made it a symbolic link between the living and the dead. Pomegranates in China are associated with fertility.

Fig- In the Mediterranean region, natives take fig tree as some images of the Garden of Eden. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with leaves that are usually said to be from the fig tree.The fig tree has a sacred meaning for Buddhists.According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha, achieved enlightenment one day in 528 B.C. while sitting under a Bodhi tree, a kind of fig tree.

Pear- The ancient Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. In Europe, it was customary to plant a fruit tree at a wedding. The longevity and fruitfulness of the trees were thought to give strength to the marriage and children.

Strawberry- It is a member of the rose family and symbolizes rebirth and health. Many cultures believe that strawberries are an aphrodisiac and they make sure that newlyweds are served these magical berries.

Jun 2, 2010

Quitobac- Anti Smoking Herbal Chewable Pill is a Gift for Smokers!

Its very difficult for smokers to accept Quitobac as a gift but its true that this anti smoking herbal chewable pill launched by Birla Veda is an invaluable present for them and for their families! On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Birla Veda (a division of the Yash Birla Group) launched Quitobac- a unique herbal product to help smokers quit their addiction.

What is Quitobac Pill?

Quitobac is a nicotine-free chewable herbal formulation for smokers to help quit smoking. This herbal tablet contains Ayurvedic herbs including Yastimadhu, Khadir, Lavang, Brahmi, Shakapusphi, Amlaki, Ela and Tulsi- each in a standardized potent extract form. The pill aims at suppressing the craving for tobacco through an ingredient called eugenol which is present in Lavang.

How Eugenol in Quitobac Pill Helps Quit Smoking?

Eugenol present in Lavang (clove) helps in converting nicotine into cotinine- a metabolite of nicotine that can be excreted through urine. This leaves very less nicotine in the body that can reach the receptors in the brain. The absence of nicotine- the “feel good” factor after smoking- eliminates the urge to smoke.

Other Benefits of Quitobac Pill

Quitobac Pill not only helps quit smoking, but has many added advantages too.
  • Quitobac is also effective as an anti-aging treatment due to its ingredient “Amla” that contains anti-oxidants such as tannoid and vitamin C.
  • Quitobac also helps in treating depression through its ingredients brahmi and shankapushpi. They help modulate brain activities. Yastimadhu present in this pill also inhibits the monoamine oxide which regulates the norepinephrine and dopomine of the brain.
  • Quitobac also maintains oral health. The ingredients- eugenol, elachi and khadir- in the pill inhibit the growth of anaerobic peridontal oral pathogens that helps in maintaining fresh breath as well as strengthens the gums.
  • Quitobac also cures smokers cough as Amla exerts antitussive activity decreasing the frequency of cough and its intensity.
So now, smokers can well get out of depression along with smokers cough while taking anti aging treatment too (smoking do makes you look old!) just with one pill- the herbal non smoking Quitobac

Quitobac Doses

Quitobac can be taken whenever a smoker craves for a nicotine fix. A maximum of six tablets can be chewed daily. Use of this herbal anti smoking tablet can be adjusted depending on the number of cigarettes or “gutkhas” per day. And what's great is that the results are visible only after 15 to 20 days of recommended usage. Just stick to it for at least a month's time- if you really want to quit smoking.
Quitobac is available at the company’s newly launched retail outlet Rebirth in Mumbai at Phoenix Mills and at all leading chemists and drug stores. A strip of Quitobac containing 10 tablets that costs Rs 33. The company plans to launch the tablet to Tier II and III cities as well as the rural market soon.

Source: DWS Pill Scribe

Jul 15, 2009

Herbal Drinking Water- Soon to be a Reality!

If you are someone who keeps track of new herbal products then you might not have forgotten the successful launch of Laboob Sager- the herbal Viagra, by Tamil Nadu Medicinal Plant Farms and Herbal Medicines Corporation Ltd. (TAMPCOL). Now this state-owned corporation of Tamil Nadu government is set to launch its all new herbal product- Herbal Drinking Water. The corporation claims it to be first of its kind in the country.

Herbal water is already manufactured and marketed in the US by infusing organic culinary herbs in pure water. This herbal water doesn't contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or additives of any other kind. They are made refreshing, aromatic drink by granting flavours such as those of lavender, mint, cinnamon, lemongrass, vanilla, ginger, cloves, cardamom etc.

Herbal drinking water, developed by TAMPCOL contains herbal extracts along with useful bio-active properties that play a major role in maintaining good health as evidenced by Siddha and original scriptures of Ayurveda as well as modern scientific theories.

This herbal water will be sold in 1,000 ml and 500 ml pet bottles and competitively priced in the growing mineral water market. According to G A Rajkumar, the Chairman and Managing Director, TAMPCOL, herbal water is set to be launched in the next two months after getting the ISI certificate and other related licenses.

What remains to be seen is that whether the corporation will follow suit of other nation and make its herbal drinking water flavored or not? Flavored or not, the healthy herbal water is surely a thing to wait for!
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