Archive for August, 2010

Ayurveda can counter swine flu, says Ravi Shankar

August 12th, 2010
Asking people not to panic, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today said India has a wealth of knowledge from Ayruveda to counter deadly swine flu which has so far claimed 17 lives in the country.

The spiritual guru said it has been empirically proved by independent researchers at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences that practices such as Pranayama and meditation boost immunity at least three-fold.”If we can integrate these practices in our daily lives along with the simple Ayurvedic remedies, we can quite easily counter swine flu,”Ravi Shankar said.Senior Ayruvedic doctors at the Art of Living Dr Manikantan and Dr Nisha Manikatan said swine flu invades the body because of breakdown in immunity.”Ayurveda offers simple and effective remedies to boost immunity and build resistance,”they said.

August 2nd, 2010
Beside the ayurvedic museum, the establishment of an innovative research lab promises to add another feather to the cap of the Dravyaguna department, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, this year.

The state-of-the-art innovative research lab will become functional at the end of this year. The lab would witness installation of highly sophisticated machines, including the atomic absorption spectro photometer (for detection of heavy metals in herbal preparations) and HPLC (for establishing authenticity of ayurvedic drugs and herbal preparations).
The innovative research lab would not only make the department self-reliant in terms of detection of heavy metals and establishing authenticity of heavy metals, it would also reduce its dependency on other departments including department of Medicinal Chemistry (faculty of Ayurveda) and Pharmaceutics (Institute of Technology) in the university. The museum is open to visitors and students, including foreign nationalsfrom 8 am to 5 pm.
The lab would be a boon for research scholars. It will also help in identifying newer indications in older ayurvedic drugs or herbal preparations besides acting as guidance and reference tool for the research scholars and faculty members.
Ayurvedic museum is the only ayurvedic museum at faculty or departmental-level at an ayurvedic institute in the country with rich collection of around 450 medicinal plants and rare herbs. The museum also witnesses rich collection of herbarium sheets containing parts of plants like flowers and leaves that are preserved under anti-fungal preparations. Parts of traditional medicinal plants, including bulb of garlic and rhizome of turmeric, are also preserved here.It has a wide range collection of rare medicinal plants with anti-viral properties, including kalmegh and ashwagandha.