Happy New Year 2020

सर्वस्तरतु दुर्गाणि,
सर्वो भद्राणि पश्यतु ।
सर्वः सद्बुद्धिमाप्नोतु
सर्वः सर्वत्र नन्दतु ।।

May everyone overcome obstacles
May everything be auspicious
May everyone have good intellect (Let the good sense prevail)
May everyone be happy and cheerful

Santwanam wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous new year

Water and health

“ajeernne bheshajam vaari
jeernne vaari balapradam
bhojane chaamritam vaari
bhojanaante vishapradam”

When you have indigestion, water could be a medicine. After digestion, water gives strength. Taking water alongwith food is like nectar (amrit). But taking water immediately after food is like poison (has adverse effect)

Seek professional help when you need

There is a famous sloka in Sanskrit which reads as follows:

“amantramaksharam naasti
naasti moolamanaushadham 
ayogyah purusho naasti
yojakahstatra durlabhah’

This can be translated as ‘there is no letter which is not a mantra, there is no root (or herb) which is not a medicine, there is no person who is not suitable (good). What is missing, often, is the person who knows to apply properly in the context

Everything and everyone in the world exist for a reason. It could be used for benefit of one another. But there  should be someone which has the knowledge, experience and willingness to venture into it and help

It is equally applicable in healthcare as well. Now a days, information is available on fingertips for everyone. eg. what causes a disease, what could be the medicines/treatments etc. However, if it is not applied with the help and advice from a well qualified, experienced physician these may  lead to unwanted consequences.

This is true irrespective of whether one is following allopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy etc.