Hortus Malabaricus

(This article was published in September 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Hortus Malabaricus by Hendrik Van Rheede, the Governor of Dutch Malabar at the time, is a book published in 17th century in 12 volumes. This rare book covers more than 700 natural plants in western ghats region explaining their medicinal properties and uses. This was done with the help of many physicians of that time

It was orginally written in Latin. Later, it was translated into English and Malayalam by K S Manilal. This translation was published by University of Kerala

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Classification of diseases

(This article was published in July 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Revision 11 was released on June 18 by World Health Organization (WHO) has published.

ICD provides a standard for reporting and monitoring diseases. This helps to compare and share data between hospitals, regions and countries.
Ministry of Ayush is developing Morbidity Codes and Standard Terminologies of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine. For this purpose, Ministry of AYUSH has developed a portal named National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP).

Moringo as super food

(This article was published in July 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

As per an article published in World Economic Forum, Moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree is a superfood which has ‘natural defence mechanism against environmental stress and pests’. It is reported to have demonstrated the ‘ability to reduce chronic inflammation, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders in both cellular and animal models.’
Traditionally, leaves and fruits of Moringa are used as food in India. It is said that even other parts of the tree can be consumed as medicine!
We can find Sigru (Moringa) In Ayurvedic texts being mentioned for its medicinal effects. For example:

Sigruteekshnaa laghugraahee
vahnikrit kaphavaatajit

That is, Sigru is sharp, light, constipative and digestive stimulant. It alleviates kapha and vaata.

Sigruvalkalapatraanaam
svarasah paramaartikrit

That is, both the bark and leaves of Moringa helps to reduce pain.

Recent discovery is now bringing this humble plant into limelight for its medicinal effect. Efforts are on to extract and package bioactive compounds in moringa as a medicine

MyHealthRecord!

(This article was published in July 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Government of India has set up a utility for its citizens to store and manage their health related information. This would help maintain prescriptions, lab reports, medical images, etc. in one place.

Information maintained in papers or files are lost over a period of time. However, MyHealthRecord leverages the power of internet to help us maintain our medical history in an easily accessible form. This would also facilitate interaction of multiple health service providers.

Another benefit would be that there would not be a need for frequently repeated diagnostic tests. Also this information would be accessible from any part of the world.

These records can be maintained for 5 years.and are secured by password. The records can be accessed only by specific people or health service providers that you would like to share the information with. For instance, sharing such information would help children staying far way to stay updated with your well-being, or vice versa. This would also help doctors to diagnose and prescribe medicine more effectively, consistent with the patients’ medical history.

MyHealthRecord apps can be installed on mobile phones from Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store. Also, this is available free of cost to Indian citizens.

To know more about this, click here

Ayurveda Achaaryaas

निदाने माधवः श्रेष्ठः
सूत्रस्थानेशु वाग्भटः
शारीरे शुश्रुतः प्रोक्तः
चरकस्तु चिकित्सिते

Madhava is the best in diagnosis, Vagbhata in concepts and principles. Sustruta is known for anatomy and Charaka for treatment

Madhava has authored माधवनिदानं (Madhava Nidaana). Vagbhata is the author of अष्टाङ्गसंग्रह (Ashtaangasamgraha) and अष्टाङ्गहृदयसंहिता (Ashtāngahridayasaṃhita). Susruta is the author of संहिता (Susrutasamhita). Charaka is the author of चरकसंहिता(Charakasamhita).

Santwanam magazine July 2018 issue

The first annual issue of Santwanam magazine, an online Ayurveda magazine for everyone, is released today, July 1st, 2018.

It is available for download here

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for all the support extended. We look forward to extending our reach to an ever widening community.

Happy Doctor’s day!

किं पुनर्यो विजानीयादोषधीः सर्वथा भिषक्
योगमासाम् तु यो विद्याद्देशकालोपपादितं
पुरुषं पुरुषं वीक्ष्य स ज्ञेयो भिषगुत्तमः

A person who knows well about medicines is doctor. A doctor who knows when and where these are appropriate, and also knowing how these can be helpful for each person depending on his/her constitution is a great doctor

Each patient is different, and requires personal attention. Treatment need to be given taking into dooshyah, desah, balah, kaalah, agni, prakriti, vayah, manah, saalmyah, aahaarah and avastah

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Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum

(Published in June 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum is a must -see place in the tourist map of Kerala, not only for practitioners and students of Ayurveda, but also for those who are interested to learn more about it.

It is an initiative of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala. It is situated at Thaikkattussery, near Ollur in Thrissur. It is easily accessible, being very close to National Highway in Thrissur-Kochi route.

There is an audio-visual theatre with presentation tracing the evolution of Ayurveda from Vedic times. Exhibits in this museum effectively complement this showing the Ayurvedic practices as they evolved over a period of time, ancient surgical practices and tools, specimen of hundreds of medicinal plants, and ancient literature, scriptures, manuscripts etc. These take us through bygone times. Then, connects back to modern days explaining how Ayurvedic medicines and manufactured and treatments are administered these days, leveraging technology of modern times. Apart from all this is a digital library providing wealth of information at finger tips

It also presents sculptures of Lord Dhanwatari, Adi Sankaracharya, Lord Buddha, Vagbhata etc

It is, indeed, a commendable effort in helping every one learn about Ayurveda

World Environment Day

Healthy living requires healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul and healthy environment. They are not considered to be watertight compartments in Ayurveda. They interact with one another, and they are affected by mutual influences both in positive and negative ways.

We, as human, are social being. It is, indeed, our responsibility to maintain a good hygienic environment. We should be passing on to the next generation a world better than what we inherited; at least it should not become worse

Let us take pledge to make world a better place to live in on this world environment day