Spring 2020 ejournal

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From the Editor’s Desk Spring 2020 – Anusha Sehgal


The current pandemic has put a halt in every-one’s routine. During this time of pause, it has led to much reflection for some, where as the silence may have caused many issues to sur-face for others. In these unique circumstances, there is much that can be observed regarding our current patters of living and the choices or sacrifices that we’ve made to keep up with the demands of a modern lifestyle. The Āyurvedic guidelines to daily routines of Dinacarya is more relevant than ever, if one is focused on preserving health and longevity. These daily self care measures not only support the body but can also provide endurance for what may very well be a long process before discovering our new normal. Let the classical literature of Āyurveda guide you in the measure that can support and sustain you physical and mental health.



Jyoti on Dr Claudia Welch – Anusha Sehgal


(AS): Please share with us your journey from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to the study and practice of Āyurveda.


(CW): First of all, thank you for inviting me to share with you. As I sit down to answer these questions, I immediately feel a portal opening up to connect with our community through this medium. I actually started out with Ayurveda and then— years later— added Chinese Medicine and then, after graduating from a Chinese medicine college, incorporated both systems into a pri-vate practice that I had for about 10 years in New Mexico. I had been…



Recipe-Kusmanda Rasayana - Sangeetha Agara



Kūṣmāṇḍa Rasāyana

Also known as Kūṣmāṇḍa avaleha, this potent jam is one of the many treasured recipes from the Āyurvedic cabinet. Known for its rejuvenating and nourishing health benefits, rasāyanas have been a staple in bṛmhana varga of dravyas i.e., nutrition category of substances. The chief ingredient of this star recipe is known as kūṣmāṇḍa (Benincasa Cerifera). The common names of kūṣmāṇḍa are winter melon, ash gourd, white gourd and white pumpkin in English. This vegetable has been hailed as the best among the fruit-yielding creepers and is mention in classical literature such as Caraka Saṃhita, Susruta Samhita, and Bhāvaprakāśa Nighantu.




A Review of Evidence Behind Antiviral and Immune Supporting Herbs and Supplements and Pharmaceuticals for SARS-CoV-2 – H Wu, C. Subramanyam, J. Maloh, H. Zwickey, R. Sivamani



Objective: The pandemic with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has created great interest in the use of immune supporting and antiviral therapies that span pharmaceuticals, herbs, and supplements that include Ayurvedic herbs as well. However, a summary of the evidence for immune supporting and antiviral activities are missing. We provide an evidence based overview of the current state of knowledge and evidence for antiviral effects and review the evidence that specifically relates to SARS-CoV-2.




Anti-obesity effect of Borago offcinalis extract on Cafeteria Diet Induced Obesity in Wistar Rats – S. Yajamanam, K. Varalaxmi, G. Reddy




Objectives: To evaluate the anti-obesity effect of Borago officinalis extract rats fed with cafeteria diet.

Background: Obesity is a chronic disease resulting from an excessive accumulation of body fat. Imbalance in energy intake and expenditure leads to adiposity that can deteriorate health in children, adolescence and can significantly affect longevity and quality of life. Obesity may lead to several metabolic disorders like hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, endocrinal abnormalities, and dyslipidemia





Healing the Heart in a Cancer Survivor: A Case Study - Philippa Anderson




“The ram, vehicle of the fire god which thrusts forward with great energy, represents the dynamic and cosmic powers of the sun. Pitta is blessed with a powerful solar energy that is reflected in its lofty intellect and noble presence. As with other types, the evolving Pitta personality gradually unfolds toward its true character and as such has varying degrees of self-awareness.”1

This poetic passage from Maya Tiwari struck me as such an excellent description of the client presented in this case study.




Effectiveness of Ayurvedic Management of Chronic Epistaxis (Nasagata Rakapitta), a Case Study





Nose bleeds, also known as epistaxis, occurrence is common and may present at least once in sixty percent of the population. When nose bleeds occur more frequently and for a longer duration, it may indicate other underlying pathologies. This case study presents a 37 years old male with intermittent nose bleeding for more than 10 years. After Āyurvedic assessment, the client was advised the use of herbal blends along with diet and lifestyle recommendations for a duration of six months. Approximately eight months after the initial consultation, the client reported no episodes of nose bleeds and relief of all other associated symptoms. This case provides positive insight into the effectiveness of Āyurvedic management of epistaxis.

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