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We Are What We Eat

Foods support us or weaken us

āhāras tv api sarvasya tri-vidho bhavati priyaḥ yajñas tapas tathā dānaṁ teṣhāṁ bhedam imaṁ śhṛiṇu (BV 17-7)

Sanskrit has three very key words that are critically important and must be understood to better support our lives and to know the attributes or Gunas of any phenomenon. Today we briefly overview foods from an enlightened perspective which are classified as Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Satvic:

āyuḥ-sattva-balārogya-sukha-prīti-vivardhanāḥ rasyāḥ snigdhāḥ sthirā hṛidyā āhārāḥ sāttvika-priyāḥ (BV 17-8)

Satvic is Sat, Satya or essence of truth as in the Latin Sativus or noble which is derived from Satya. Sativus or Satvik qualities represent higher self, divine [ilaahi of Farsi that comes

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Menstruation and culture

Menstruation from Cultural Perspectives

The menstrual cycle is a bane in many women’s lives and those few days of bleeding are understood and managed in varied and interesting ways by cultures around the world.

But for those less educated or impoverished, it’s their most dreaded time of the month. Without access to sanitary products, many girls are hidden in shame, forced to miss school and some become susceptible to infections. In places where women’s bodies are viewed with suspicion, damaging social stigmas and myths cast them away from the community, limiting their job options and social interactions, which inevitably takes an incalculable socioeconomic, physical and mental toll on their lives.

Examples of attitudes and practices:

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The Healing Power of Orgasm

Fact or fiction?

There is no general consensus as to the reason we orgasm or any agreement as to what it actually does. We know that it floods the body with some feelgood chemicals and that it’s a deeper sexual experience which helps to facilitate social bonds.

There is some debate as to whether or not the male ejaculation counts as an orgasm or if it is simply a release mechanism for accumulated stress, but there is no doubt that orgasms are very important for women, so much so that in the 1700s and 1800s, masturbation became a commonly used treatment for what men called women’s hysteria.

There is no doubt that life can be very frustrating and good sex

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The Future of Medicine

And a brave new world

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Western allopathic medicine is a new phenomenon when we consider the timespan of human history. No one is quite sure how long human beings have lived on this planet as past knowledge has mostly been lost and what people believe is largely theoretical.

Throughout history, lifespan and health have been dependent on good fortune like food supply and amenable living conditions. As the population grew factors such as human kindness, tolerance or aggression became significant factors.

You throughout history people have wondered why they became unwell, they have wondered why became sick and had such a varied lifespan. They observed that some foods made them strong and some foods made them

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Haemorrhoids

Piles and anal discomfort

Haemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins in the region of the anal cavity, (singular haemorrhoid). This inflammation can happen to anyone and the first symptom is often discomfort.

The blood vessels that swell to become piles surround the anal canal and serve as cushions to help with stool control. They can enlarge and or prolapse to cause discomfort, pain or bleeding so that cleaning your anus becomes a problem due to the discomfort.

The principal causes are thought to be an inadequate consumption of water and fibre rich fresh vegetables along with an excess of processed foods.

Internal haemorrhoids are a prolapse of the veins inside the anal canal and typically they swell and protrude

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Amaryllidaceae

To eat or not to eat Allium vegetables

Allium vegetables are loosely defined as members of the onion family and there are hundreds of species. They have been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years, and include; red and white onions that we are so familiar with as well as scallions or spring onions, shallots, leaks, garlic, chives and others.

All these allium vegetables are considered low in nutrients and are valued more for their taste. As such the use of these vegetables was very widespread. In recent years, these plants have become so heavily used across the Western world that it’s almost impossible to find any commercially prepared foods that don’t contain some allium vegetable flavouring.

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What is Life?

We know we are alive, but:

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Why are we alive and what is life? There was once a time when parents told their children a trivial lie about where they came from and yet today more enlightened parents will tell their children that they were created in their mothers belly.

While this physical aspect of creation happened in that place, the mother had very little to do with the new life growing inside her. As with her male partner, she had a hormonal and instinctive urge for sexual pleasure which can be seen as part of a biological drive for reproduction.

But from the point of conception, beyond adjusting her diet and lifestyle as the

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Mahanarayan Oil

Balancing the Vata (Air) in body

Mahanarayan is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal oil made from numerous Ayurvedic herbs and is used for joint pain and weakness including joint pain, arthritis, backache, headache, rheumatic pain, sciatica, gout, soothing breathing problems and lung congestion, and enhancing sexual desire.

For centuries, Mahanarayan Oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for vata balancing. In Ayurveda, vata controls the breathing, the eyelids, and muscle and tissue movement throughout the whole body, heart pulsation, the movements of cytoplasm and the cell membranes, and single impulses in the nerve cells. Vata controls nervousness, fear, anxiety, pain, tremors, and spasms. It responds to touch. If the body develops an excess of vata it causes an imbalance in

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Medical Systems

The background of medical systems

It’s impossible to prevent all suffering and there are two sides to the problem. About 70% of all suffering including all our health problems begins within our own minds. The remaining 30% are caused by biological factors, pathogens and injuries that have always plagued our existence.

Because it was recognised by our distant ancestors that joy, a state of good health and abundance was our natural and preferred state of existence, they discovered what the world around them contained to help relieve suffering.

The knowledge acquired in times of peace helped to cure a great many diseases and there are different periods in history when the most complex of surgeries were performed. We know this

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Ginger in Ayurveda

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Known in India as zingiber adrak or aale, ginger is a perennial herb. It has irregular, underground, branched stems, which are juicy, shiny, yellowish, with threads inside, unevenly thick and tough. It has a characteristic fragrance when shredded or cut. It can be used in fresh or dried form. Fresh ginger called adrak and dried ginger is soonth.

Ginger is known for its medicinal properties from ages and has being in use as a medicine in India, China and Far East since long. Ayurvedic scholars use ginger in carminative and anti-flatulent mixtures. It is routinely used in Indian recipes as a spice where it serves both flavouring as well as medicinal purposes. It is a common constituent of

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