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

Continue reading “Happy Doctor’s day!”

Article Writing Contest on Theme – ‘Yoga- The Art and Science of Living’

This is article writing contest, by Ministry of Ayush (Government of India), designed to increase awareness of Yoga.

Yoga is yet another major contribution to the world by Indian cultural heritage. It is definitely lot more than some set of physical activities. It is about seamless communication and unification of Self, mind, body and the world at large. It is a holistic approach leading to a healthy, happy and peaceful life.

Last date of submission is 4th July 2018

Please click here to know the details.

Terms and conditions for the contest are available here

Importance of physical activity in treatment of cancer

We have been highlighting the importance of physical activity in many previous issues of Santwanam magazine. Incidentally, a recently published report highlights the importance of physical activity in treatment of cancer.

Historical approach was to advice rest, avoiding physical activity. It is seen that this may be harmful. It is reported that proper exercise can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence as well as the risk of dying from cancer.

Yoga for 9 to 5 contest

This is a contest, by Government of India, designed to stimulate awareness about benefits of Yoga at Workplace for Women

Participants are required to share video (or multiple pictures) demonstrating the Asanas that can be done easily at the workplace, to the address given here.

Last date of submission is 21st June, 2018

Please click here to know the details.

Terms and conditions for the contest are available here

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

Healthy Tips

(Published in April 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

A few time-tested practices can make your life healthy and happy.
1. Wake up early, and take some time for a short meditation or prayer.
2. Drink enough water. It helps in free passage of motion and urine.
3. Inculcate habit of passing urine and motion early in the morning. If it is not happening as a routine, it is a cause of concern. Inform your physician as it may indicate some potential illness.
4. Brush your teeth well to remove accumulated dirt with powder/paste having antiseptic properties, at least twice a day. Remember to clean tongue and gum as well. Use device without sharp edges. Gargling with saline water is also good.
5. Massage your body with suitable oil before taking bath. It helps in free movement of joints and muscles. It improves blood circulation, and makes skin soft, supple and shiny.
6. Physical exercise helps to improve vitality, increases blood circulation, builds stamina, and helps to develop natural resistance to diseases.
7. Take bath with clean and warm water
8. Eat balanced diet suitable to your body constitution.
9. Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
10. Avoid going to sleeping late in the night.
11. Bed and bedroom should be neat, clean, and free of dust and bugs.
12. Relax mind with prayer, music or meditation before going to bed.

As the world celebrate today as World Health Day under the patronage of the
World Health Organization with Universal Health Coverage as the theme for this
year, we wish everyone a very healthy and happy life

‘lokaa samastaa sukhino bhavantu’