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NATURAL AND YOGIC MANAGEMENT OF CANCER

yoga for cancer

This is a guest post by Dr.A U Rahman JNI

NATURAL AND YOGIC MANAGEMENT OF CANCER
Dr. A U Rahman, JNI
Extensive scientific research has proved that cancer cannot only be treated but can also be cured if diagnosed at an early stage. 
A healthy lifestyle and eating habits can go a long way in preventing all types of cancers.  Due importance should be given to cancer awareness and early detection programs.  Cancer risk factors should not be ignored or taken lightly.  Screening and necessary clinical check-up must be done periodically and if necessary promptly. In India, every year more than 25 lakh patients suffer from various types of cancer.  Cancer has slowly taken the form of an epidemic.  As there is a rapid spread of the factors that cause cancer through food, water, air including the environment, it is presumed that every third person may suffer from this dreadful disease.
Cancer is a serious condition but is not always fatal.  Every cancer has a genetic route, but these genetic changes are influenced by the external and internal environment and behavior of the body.  Cancer cells are always being created in the body.   It is an ongoing process.  Poor and insufficient cellular oxygenation system damages the cellular respiration enzymes.
Normally, the cells that make up all the parts of our bodies go through a predictable life cycle – old cells die and new cells arise to take their place.  Occasionally this process goes away and cells begin to multiply out of control.  The end result is a mass of cells, called a tumor.  A benign tumor is one that does not spread, or metastasis to other parts of the body.  It is considered noncancerous.  A malignant tumor, on the other hand, can spread throughout the body and is considered cancerous.  When malignant cells break away from the primary tumor and settle into another part of the body, the resulting new tumor is called either a metastasis or a secondary tumor.
The poor immune system leads to cancer whereas a strong and protective immune system can prevent cancers.  Many cancers can be prevented by adopting discipline and Indian system of life because positive health practices change the internal environment and create health.
About 50% of cancer are tobacco related; for example oral cancer (cancer of mouth),  cancer of voice box,  lung cancer,  cancer of food pipe etc.  They can be prevented to a large extent by avoiding intake of tobacco.  In India about 70% cancers present in an advanced stage and hence are difficult to treat.
Research data collected from various countries with the involvement of the World Bank shows that more than 40% of all cancer deaths are due to individual lifestyle habits and activities such as diet low in fruits and vegetables, rich intake of fat, junk food, regular intake of aerated soft drinks, tobacco, smoking, drug abuse, alcohol, lack of physical activities, urban and indoor air pollution etc.
The philosophy of Naturopathy believes that disease is caused due to the accumulation of toxins, oxidants/morbid matter in the body and if chance is given for its removal, it provides a part of cure and relief.  Holistic healing therapy ensures active elimination process through eliminative channels.
Diet and yogic management and essential nature cure treatment to the cancer patient to be given after thorough case study and as per the severity of disease, vitality and actual requirement of the fight against cancerous growth. A diet based on high fiber,  phytochemical,  lycopene, cruciferous,  alpha and beta carotene, anthocyanins, citrus fruits,  vitamin A, B  & E are advised.  Also, patients are advised to just have a brisk walk for 30 minutes and drink adequate water and liquid which helps to dilute the carcinogens and helps elimination.  Seasonal and dark green leafy vegetables, tulsi, turmeric, soya, lemon, orange, amla, garlic are a huge source of dietary fiber.  Vitamin C, K folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, revitalizing tannins, antimicrobial Omega-3 Fatty acids and potassium guards our heart and memory.  Nuts are an excellent source of protein, magnesium, Vitamin B & E and whole grain which have more than 96% fiber magnesium, zinc, and vitamins.  All these help to build immunity and they fight the war against cancer and protect the entire system.

 

Simple Nature cure treatments and yogic practices including Pranayama and relaxation techniques can be easily learned.  The purpose of holistic healing therapy is to establish harmony among various organs and systems in the body which has to carry out their functions with complete coordination. It boosts up the spirit and immunity of the patients and effectively deals with stress. It leads to increased activity in the area of the brain which is linked to a good mood.  Biological changes in the brain and body can be measured.  We have noticed that this complementary alternative therapy builds up willpower and helps in maintaining physical and mental balance.  Negative thoughts disappear, slowly positive attitude and approach towards life start emerging.  A fruitful result always depends upon the determination and efforts taken by the individual.


Dr.A U Rahman
Jindal Naturecure Institute | Jindal Nagar |   Tumkur Road | Bangalore 560 073 | India
( 080-23717777/ 78/79/80/ 81, Res Ext No – 210 & 211. Fax no.080-23717785 & 080-23717786.  Working days-(Mon. to Sat. from 9:00 am till 5:30 pm). 
 Internet:  www.jindalnaturecure.org

 

 

Upavista Konasana, Benefits, How to do Steps, Precautions

Upavista Konasana is a popular yoga pose that gives enormous benefits for the woman.This yoga poses is beneficial for everyone, but particularly woman’s has more advantage in practicing this simple yoga pose.A woman’s body and their health conditions are entirely different from man.They have to take special care to lead a healthy life.Particularly they have to face too many transformations in their life like pregnancy, menopause, etc.Upavista Konasana or wide-angle seated forward bend is a useful yoga pose to overcome these conditions easily.

upvista konasasana
upvista konasasana

How to do Upavista Konasana:

First of all, sit in dandasana keep the back erect you can take a support of a wall. Sit on your buttock bones place your palms beside your hips pointing towards forward.

Press your palms on the ground to push your torso upward exhale and now spread your legs as far as possible. You may use your hands to push your legs.

Move your hands behind your buttocks, and place both palms on the floor. Lift your waist and the sides of your torso. Rotate your thighs to the front so that the kneecaps face the ceiling. Sit on your buttocks bones, keeping your pelvic bones parallel to them. Stretch each leg from thigh to heel. Hold the pose for 1 minute and gradually increase up to 3 minutes.

After you got expertise in this pose, you may bend forward.

Benefits of Upavista Konasana:

Seated wide-angle pose relaxes stress related tension in the abdominal muscles.

Helps to relieve sciatica and arthritis pains.

This yoga pose prevents and relieves a hernia.

Massages the organs of the reproductive system.

Woman’s health disorders like, Stimulates the ovaries, regulates menstrual flow, and relieves menstrual pain and menstrual disorders,

Also, corrects the prolapsed uterus and bladder.

Precautions:

If you have asthma, then you must take an experts advice before practicing this yoga pose.

Yoga asanas and treatments for Rheumatism

Yoga therapy is the best and natural way of treatment for rheumatism. Here I am sharing few important asanas and selected natural and yogic way of therapy for rheumatism.

Symptoms of Rheumatism

Swelling in the muscles and joints are one of the major symptoms of Rheumatism. Cramps and pain in the area of joints and muscles where swelling is present.Change of natural shape of the joints are the main symptoms of Rheumatism.

Causes of Rheumatism:

The leading causes of rheumatism are toxins in the body, increase in acidic nature with in the body and vitiation of Vata-humor.

Yoga asanas for Rheumatism:

 

Utksepa Mudra (bellow’s pose, Mayura asana, Padahasta asana, Uddiyana mudra, Agnisar mudra or Agnisar pranayam are the best yoga asana for rheumatism.

All the rheumatic patients should drink 4 to 5 liters of water.

Bath therapy and Sun therapy is another effective treatment for rheumatism.

Diet tips for Rheumatism:

All the alkaline foods are beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism.

The term “rheumatism” is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently used in medical or technical literature; there is no longer any recognized disorder simply called “rheumatism.” The traditional term covers such a range of different problems that to ascribe symptoms to “rheumatism” is not to say very much. Nevertheless, sources dealing with rheumatism tend to focus on arthritis. However, “non-articular rheumatism,” also known as “regional pain syndrome” or “soft tissue rheumatism,” can cause significant discomfort and difficulty.[2] Furthermore, arthritis and rheumatism between them cover at least 200 different conditions.

The term “Rheumatic Diseases” is used in MeSH to refer to connective tissue disorders.[3]

Palindromic rheumatism has been theorized to be a form of rheumatoid arthritis.[4]

A vast number of traditional herbal remedies were recommended for “rheumatism”.[7] Modern medicine, both conventional and alternative, recognises that the different rheumatic disorders have different causes (and several of them have multiple causes) and require different kinds of treatment.

Nevertheless, initial therapy of the major rheumatological diseases is with analgesics, such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), members of which are ibuprofen and naproxen. Often, stronger analgesics are required.

The ancient Greeks recorded that bee venom had some beneficial effects on some types of rheumatism. Bee and ant stings were known as a folk remedy in the late 19th century, and at least one physician developed a treatment consisting of repeated formic acid injections.[8] Certain Amazonian tribes, including the Zo’é use fire ant stings as a remedy for aches and pains.[9]

Cod liver oil has also been used as a remedy.

Food for patients is similar to that given for as asthmatic patients.

One or two chapaties having brawn and leafy vegetable, boiled vegetable and salad should form the meal. Take lime warm water with honey, soaked raisins . Tea of cardamom, ginger& pepper or, tulasi leaves and may also replace tea etc.

Yoga asanas for Rheumatic diseases or gout:

Yoga asanas like yoga mudra,vajrasana, Suptavjrasana, Uttanpad-asana, Bhujangasana, Makarasana, pawanamuktasana, sarvangasana & matsyasana should be performed up to individual capacity Bhastrika pranayama. Sunbath and massage followed by warm water bath will be very useful.

 

 

Vajrasana(The Ankle Pose)
image of diamond pose
Vajrasana

 

 

 

The asana causes the contraction of legs muscles, stimulates and restores the subcutaneous nerves, rejuvenates the small blood vessels in the hips, knees and pelvis, removes toxins from them. Supta vajrasana increases the blood pressure in the trunk, especially in the abdominal area strengthening and rejuvenating the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen and pancreas. It rejuvenates the genitalia and has a stimulating effect on the nervous system.

 

Yogic management of Diabetes

 

Diabetes is a disease of the prosperous and in wealthy countries. It is one of the major health problems. Dietary sugars and starch are broken down to glucose by the process of digestion, and this glucose is the major fuel for the various processes, organs, and cells of the body. Glucose metabolism is under the control of the hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. When this gland becomes stressed or exhausted, the hormone insulin becomes deficient in quantity or sensitivity. As a result, the blood sugar level becomes high and uncontrolled; then patient suffers from Diabetes.

Type I: Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) or Juvenile onset

In this type of diabetes, the hormone insulin is entirely or almost completely absent from the islets of langerhans and plasma, and insulin treatment is essential. It is called insulin-dependent diabetes because of compulsory periodic insulin administration, to control the rise of blood- glucose level. It can 122 occur at any age, though it most commonly occurs during the younger age.

Type II: Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) or Maturity Onset

This type of diabetes is much more common than juvenile onset and most often occurs in people who are over 40 and weight. Since it occurs in the later stage in life, it is termed as maturity onset diabetes. In this condition of diabetes, the hormone insulin is often present in plasma at near-normal or even above the normal level, and additional insulin is not required to sustain life and to maintain normal blood glucose level. Patient with this type of diabetes produces little or excessive insulin in their pancreas, it either is not enough for proper function or is not being produced quickly enough to influence glucose levels in the blood effectively. This happens probably due to defects in molecular machinery that mediate the action of insulin on its target cells. That is why this diabetes is called non- insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

Causes for diabetes

Yogic science recognizes two interrelated causes of diabetes. Firstly long term devitalization and sluggishness of the digestive process due to dietary abuse, overeating, obesity and lack of exercise. High intake of sugar and carbohydrate rich diet is 123 especially implicated. If a person takes a large amount of sugar, sweets or chocolates, etc. then his pancreas is ready to respond by pouring out a large amount of insulin to rapidly manage the rocketing blood sugar level without incident.However, if such a sugar-rich diet is eaten every day, the pancreas is being called upon constantly to secrete enormous amounts of insulin, and it begins to get tired and become depleted. Insulin production in response to sugar stimulation becomes increasingly inadequate. As a result, the blood remains saturated with sugar for long periods of time; it is then only a matter of time before diabetes is diagnosed. This usually occurs when the patient attends the doctor for investigation of one of the symptoms of high blood sugar e.g. an excessive thirst or urination, a resistant skin or urinary infection or failing eyesight.

The second causative factor is that diabetes is stress related. The stress and frustrations of the modern sedentary man mostly manifest on the mental and emotional planes, unlike our ancestors who had to wage a physical battle for survival. Nevertheless, the adrenal glands are in a constant state of activation, spilling the“stress hormone” adrenaline into the blood stream. This is a potent stimulus to the body to mobilize glucose into the blood. In this way, a constant heavy burden of worries and anxiety imposes a constant demand for insulin secretion, which can ultimately precipitate especially in conjunction with sugar.

Symptoms of diabetes

The most marked symptoms are polyuria and polydipsia. The patient may pass a lot of urine in 24 hours. The urine is clear and of low specific gravity (1002-2004) and osmolarity. The osmotic effect of increased levels of blood glucose causes more thirst and hunger. These classified symptoms, however, are not the normal presentation.Sometimes the patient suffers a frozen shoulder, and this can be a manifestation of diabetes. Lethargy, weight loss and easy susceptibility to infections, particularly of the skin (like a simple boil or fungal infection) excessive hunger, craving for sweets and sweating are some of the other symptoms.

Normally, the fasting level of blood glucose is less than 90 mg/dl and the postprandial (2 hours) level is less than 120 mg/dl. If the post- prandial sugar level is between 150 and 200 mg, the condition is labeled as an impaired tolerance, and if above 200. It is frank diabetes.

In stress our body take some actions to fight against it. This action is called as fight or flight response. In this process our body releases many hormones and releases the stored glucose and fat to increase energy. This action is benefits for a normal persons to over come stress. But in the case of a diabetes patient it will effect negatively.

Diabetes patient should keep their mind calm and peace to control blood sugar levels.

Yogic Management of Diabetes

Yogasana is ideally suited for both types of Diabetes Mellitus. In Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, asanas help ton prevent an increase in insulin required over the years. In NIDDM, asanas help to normalize blood sugar due to the high-intensity workout. Yogic exercises can either be of high or low intensity, depending on the clinical condition. Young active diabetics can be made to practice very intense asanas in a dynamic manner, which will increase the cellular activity of the muscle, which needs more sugar. The advanced asanas require a lot of energy, and this helps normalize blood sugar but, if the person is obese, asana practice is difficult and it is easier to reduce weight by other means and then take up Yoga.The single advantage of the asana system is that the internal organs, which are directly affected by the geometric shape of the asana itself. Even an elderly diabetic can practice it without any danger.

The force of arterial flow can be increased and directed to any organ, which is of immense use in the diabetic state. In standing poses, the skeletal muscles increase their uptake of sugar. Hence, the tissues retain insulin sensitivity. Capillary changes are easily prevented by Yoga as the action is on the vessel wall.Yoga is microcellular in its action. At the internal organs are massaged, sensitivity to insulin and uptake of sugar are enhanced. Twisting poses squeeze the intestines and massage them. Hence, stagnation of colonic contents due to autonomic dysfunction cannot occur. Asanas also pressurize the pancreas to improve the secretary status. The massage of the pancreas by forwarding bends and twisting helps to release more insulin in response to food Backward bends, being very strenuous, help to reduce blood sugar. Backbends improve blood supply to all abdominal and pelvic organs. This ensures the healthy cellular integrity, and due to the message, no deposit are formed. Forward bends increase the gastric fire and help healthy digestion of food. This prevents fluctuations of sugar levels in a diabetic. Burning up of excess sugar is promoted by the stimulation of gastric fire.

Pranayama increases the natural immunity of the body and vital capacity of lungs. Pranayama is highly valuable for improving oxygen perfusion to tissues. As it also removes stress on the system, the progression of blockage is arrested. Oxygen delivery to the tissue is systematic and sure. Tissue hypoxia never occurs.Sympathetic and parasympathetic stabilization prevent autonomic dysfunction.It is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state particularly cardiac autonomic dysfunction, retinopathy and peripheral arterial occlusive conditions.

From the above facts, it is clear that Diabetes is lifestyle disease. It decreases the auto Immune system of human body and produces a lot of complication in life. But yogic lifestyle, specific Asanas, Pranayamas will be stimulating auto healing systems of the body as a result of that remove the complications of the diabetic state.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the human being. It is a metabolic disease in which primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body. Pancreas gland produces the hormone insulin, which controls the body’s ability to store and utilize sugar.Insufficient production of insulin results in the inability of the body of use indigestion sugar, causing excessive amounts to be released into the blood and also passed out with the urine. This dangerous and widespread disease is known as diabetes. Specific Yogasana and Pranayama should be done daily. Lifestyle is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state.

Difficult and it is easier to reduce weight by other means and then 5take up Yoga.The single advantage of the asana system is that the internal organs, which are directly affected by the geometric shape of the asana itself. Even an elderly diabetic can practice it without any danger.

The force of arterial flow can be increased and directed to any organ, which is of immense use in the diabetic state. In standing poses, the skeletal muscles increase their uptake of sugar. Hence, the tissues retain insulin sensitivity. Capillary changes are easily prevented by Yoga as the action is on the vessel wall.Yoga is microcellular in its action. At the internal organs are massaged, sensitivity to insulin and uptake of sugar are
enhanced. Twisting poses squeeze the intestines and massage them. Hence, stagnation of colonic contents due to autonomic dysfunction cannot occur. Asanas also pressurize the pancreas to improve the secretary status. It massage of the pancreas by forwarding bends and twisting helps to release more insulin in response to food Backward bends, being very strenuous, contribute to reducing blood sugar. Backbends improve blood supply to all abdominal and pelvic organs. This ensures the healthy cellular integrity, and due to the massage, no deposit are formed. Forward bends increase the gastric fire and help healthy digestion of food. This prevents fluctuations of sugar levels in a person with diabetes. Burning up of excess sugar is promoted by the stimulation of gastric fire.

Pranayama increases the natural immunity of the body and vital capacity of lungs. Pranayama is highly valuable for improving oxygen perfusion to tissues. As it also removes stress on the system, the progression of blockage is arrested. Oxygen delivery to the tissue is systematic and sure. Tissue hypoxia never occurs.
Sympathetic and parasympathetic stabilization prevent autonomic dysfunction.It is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state particularly cardiac autonomic dysfunction, retinopathy, and peripheral arterial occlusive conditions.

From the above facts, it is clear that Diabetes is lifestyle disease. It decreases the auto Immune system of human body and produces a lot of complication in life. But yogic lifestyle, specific Asanas, Pranayamas will be stimulating auto healing systems of body as a result of that remove the complications of the diabetic
state.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the human being. It is a metabolic disease in which primary problem is the defective utilization of sugar by the body. Pancreas gland produces the hormone insulin, which controls the body’s ability to store and utilize sugar.Insufficient production of insulin results in the inability of
the body of use indigestion sugar, causing excessive amounts to be released into the blood and also passed out with the urine. This dangerous and widespread disease is known as diabetes. Specific Yogasana and Pranayama should be done daily. Lifestyle is very useful for all complication of the diabetic state.

 Asanas: Sarvangasana or Viparita karani, Halasana, Matsyasana, Vakrasana or Ardha-matsyendrasana, Naukasana, Pavanmuktasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Vrikshasana, Shavasana

Kriyas: Neti, Vaman or Vastra dhauti, Kapalbhati, Nauli and Agnisara.

Pranayama: Anulom-Vilom, Ujjayi, Bhramari (minimum ten rounds of each).
Meditation: (10 to 20 minutes).

You can find out the sugar levels diabetes by change in color of urine.

1. If your urine is light blue then there is no sugar in urine.

2. If it is in green color then 0.5 %

3. If it is in yellow color then 1%

4. If it is pink color then it is 1 to 1.5 %

5. If it is red color then it is 2 %

6. If it is dark red then it is more than 2 %

This is the color of urine that indicates the sugar level in urine.

Diet to control Diabetes:


Brawn added atta for Chapatis, methi, Karela and palak, vegetable salad, jamun and fruit juices can control diabetes. Two three flowers of Sadabahar is a useful preventive method.

Mudras: Gyan mudra , Kapha-Kaarak or Pitta-naashak mudra , Apaan mudra

 

The mudras and pranayamas also the kriyas can be found on this site or any other useful yoga sites.

I will be writing some more articles to change the lifestyle of diabetic people in coming days.

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Yoga to relieve stress

Yoga has the power to reduces the impact of stress on the individual. A regular practice of yoga will strengthens the nervous system and helps you to face stressful situation positively.

We all know that unrelieved tension results both mental and physical disorders. Yoga gives internal clam and peace when you have to face stressful situation, you will help you to avoid that situation. Yoga will teach you the inner engineering of your body and when you are aware of the factors that how harmful the stress is, You realize that how important you have to manage stress. When you are aware of the bad effects and mechanism of stress you will easily manage it.

The diaphragm according to yogic science, is the seat of the intelligence of the heart and the window to the soul. During stressful situations, however, when you inhale and exhale, the diaphragm becomes too taught to alter its shape. Yogic exercises address this problem by developing elasticity in the diaphragm, So that, when stretched, it can handle any amount of stress, whether intellectual, emotional,or physical.

The practice of asanas and pranayama helps to integrate the body, breath, mind and intellect slow, effortless exhalation during practice of an asana brings serenity to the body cells, relaxes the facial muscles, and releases all tension from the organs of perception: the eyes, ears,nose, tongue and skin.

When this happens, the brain which is in constant communication with the organs of action, becomes shunga, or void and all thoughts are stilled. Then, invading fears and anxieties cannot penetrate to the brain. When you develop this ability, you perform your daily activities with efficiency and economy. You do not dissipate your valuable bio-energy. You enter the state of true clarity of intellect. Your mind is free of stress and is filled with calm and tranquility
Yoga asanas are very much useful to lead a fulfilling life. In modern world due to run for the material gain we all are become a victim of stress. Yoga will help you to lead a stress-free and peaceful life. Here I am sharing few  simple yoga asanas which are very effective and anyone can do it anywhere. There is no expertise required to do these yoga asanas.

Yoga asanas like, Tadasana( Steady and firm mountain pose), Tadasana Urdhava hast asana ( Mountain pose with arms stretched up), Tadasana Urdhva Baddanguliasana ( Mountain pose with fingers interlocked), Paschima Baddha Hastasana( Mountain pose with the arms folded behind the back) are very much useful to overcome stress. These yoga asanas are very easy and an average person can do it without any expertise.

Tadasana

It is a simple yoga asana. Actually, this pose is a starting pose of all the standing yoga poses.

How To do Tadasana:

Lifts the sternum and stand upright and steady state.

Stand in your bare feet.

stretch your arms with the palms facing thighs.

Finger should be facing the ground.

Keep your head erect and look straight ahead.

This will help to reduce stress and boost your self-confidence, and increases alertness.

Benefits of Tadasana:

Tadasana relieves depression.

Gives strength to knees.

It gives good shapes to your feet and strengthens feet.

It helps to tonnes the pelvis and abdomen.

Also relieves Sciatic pain, Haemorrhoids and strengths bladder.

Precautions:

The persons with, stress related headache, migraine, low blood pressure, eye strain, osteoarthritis of the knees, diarrhoea, insomnia and bulimia should avoid the practice of this yoga asana.

Tadasana Urdhva Hastasana( Mountain pose with arms stretched up)

This yoga pose is a variation of mountain pose with the arms extended upward.

Stand same as above and stretch your hands upwards.

This yoga pose improves self-confidence and fights against depression.

This yoga poses tones pelvis, torso and back

It stimulates  and tones abdomen.

Reduces sciatic pain and relieves arthritis.

Strengthens the hamstring muscle and knee joints.

Also helps the feet to be flat.

Precautions.

All the above precautions of steady and firm mountain pose and don’t hold this yoga pose for more than 15 seconds if you have a slipped disc. Keep the feet apart, if you have a prolapsed uterus, keep the tips of the toes together and heels apart.