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Friday, September 13, 2013

WHAT IS REIKI?

From the Chennai desk of Reiki Master, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Homeopath and Naturopath Dr. (Mrs.) Vasantha Krishnaswamy, ND (Dr. Vasantha Krishnaswamy, Shiromani Awardee is a renowned Alternative Medicine Consultant with 22 years of expertise in over 20 different therapies, is one of IBAM's 500 top holistic practitioners and is also the guiding light of Indian Holistic Health Association):

Contrary to a lot of hype on Reiki, shrouded in a mystic halo of its definition than in its purported orb of divine light, it is simply a very useful Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. This simple definition comes from my Reiki Master Mr. William Rand of the International Center for Reiki Training. He must know well, because he has over 30 years of Reiki experience.

The Reiki technique was developed in Japan in 1920 by Dr. Mikao Usui. Even today the traditional form of Reiki is called Usui Reiki in honor of his name. Dr. Usui is said to have obtained the Reiki symbol (see inset) during his 21 day fast atop Mt. Koriyama in Japan. Along with it he is supposed to have received other symbols that are currently used in Reiki initiation. Dr. Usui taught this technique to two others -  Dr. Chujiro Hayashi and Kan`ichi Taketomi. Hawayo Takata (a student of Dr. Hayashi), brought Reiki to USA in 1937, from when it has gradually gained in popularity.

Reiki requires special initiation for anyone wishing to be a practitioner. Consider this example. If you wished to receive a particular FM/AM station on your radio, you would use the tuner knob to adjust until you receive a strong signal. You would also try to have a clean and stretched antenna for better reception. The same applies to our body as well. A physically, mentally and spiritually clean body is an excellent receptor of the healing signals. But in order to receive it strongly a procedure called attunement is required at the time of initiation. Usually, only a Reiki Master is qualified to provide the initiation.

After a student becomes a full-fledged Reiki practitioner, they can call themselves as a healer (it does take a lot of practical healing experience before one becomes a master). A Reiki healer is qualified to treat clients who may require healing energy in the form of Reiki. During what is termed a Reiki session, a fully clothed client is either seated or made to lie on a bed, and the practitioner’s hands are placed near or lightly touching various parts of the body including areas around the head, shoulders, stomach, legs, and feet. Most patients report feelings of relaxation, and patients often fall asleep during a session. Sessions can last from ten minutes to more than an hour.

Reiki programs are being offered in many hospitals these days. The popularity of Reiki in hospitals has been largely driven by requests from patients and by nurses and doctors who have experienced its value. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, more than 1.2 million adults—0.5 percent of the U.S. general adult population—had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The key benefits they reported are - reduced stress, decrease in the amount of pain medication required, improved sleep and appetite, and accelerated healing process. Reiki has been reported to reduce many of the unwanted side effects of radiation and drugs, including chemotherapy. I have personally received Reiki healing from my students on many occasions such as in a dentist's office, when ill, or emotionally unwell.

I hope this Reiki appetizer has excited you enough to seek me for training courses and further details about Reiki and healing sessions. In the words of William Rand, let us pray together Guide me and heal me so that I might be of greater service to others.”

Sunday, September 8, 2013

(UN)CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE

Hello, my name is Dilipan. I am Dr. Vasantha Krishnaswamy's elder son. I have been nurturing the desire to post an article on the maverick health crusader Dr. Patch Adams. For those who are not familiar with the name, maybe the hollywood film by the same name may ring a bell. This film starred the award winning actor Robin Williams in the lead role as Patch. For the Indians however, either Munnabhai MBBS or Vasool Raja MBBS might refresh their memory of an irreverent ruffian character, posing as a medical doctor only to end up becoming one. But the real Dr. Patch Adams is far removed from any of the conjured up images of him on any silver screen.

Patch Adams was born Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams on May 28, 1945, in Washington, D.C. He is an American physician, social activist, clown and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to over 70 countries dressed as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people. Adams is currently based in Urbana, Illinois. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes an alternative health care model, not funded by insurance policies.

Adams had a difficult childhood. His father, an officer in the United States Army, had fought in Korea, and died while stationed in Germany when Adams was still a teenager. After his father's death, Adams returned to the United States with his mother and brother, for whom his love and respect still shines through his words. Adams has stated that, upon his return, he encountered institutional injustice which made him a target for bullies at school. As a result, Adams was unhappy and became actively suicidal. After being hospitalized three times in one year for wanting to end his life, he decided "you don't kill yourself, stupid; you make revolution."

Adams completed his pre-med at the George Washington University, and began his medical school without an undergraduate degree. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia or MCV) in 1971. Convinced about the synergistic connection between environment and wellness, he believes the health of an individual cannot be separated from the health of the family, community, and the world. While working in an adolescent clinic at MCV, in his final year of med school, he met Linda Edquist. After graduation, Linda, Patch and his other friends together founded the Gesundheit! Institute, that ran as a free community hospital for 12 years.

Even at 68 he actively travels around the world, probably the only single real Doctor Without Borders, meeting and healing people, delivering lectures and gathering support and funding for his institute and its programs. He is a caustic critic of the decaying capitalism and with a reassured wisdom of a sage talks of the advent of the age of end of war and love as a universal healer. He treats his patients with what conventional practice would term as "unconventional medicine" - FUN, LOVE, RESPECT, FRIENDSHIP and HUMANITY. External medications and hospice care also play a subsidiary, useful role in his world view of what it means to be a DOCTOR.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NUTRITION DURING MATERNITY


From the Chennai desk of Reiki Master, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Homeopath and Naturopath Dr. (Mrs.) Vasantha Krishnaswamy, ND (Dr. Vasantha Krishnaswamy, Shiromani Awardee is a renowned Alternative Medicine Consultant with 22 years of expertise in over 20 different therapies, is one of IBAM's 500 top holistic practitioners and is also the guiding light of Indian Holistic Health Association):

Pregnancy is an exciting, eagerly awaited event that is also laborious and worrisome to many, especially to first time mothers. No wonder, the process that leads up to the delivery of a child into its strange world is aptly called undergoing the labor pain. Often times, as if in order to empathize with his wife, the husband also willingly undergoes the pain she gives him in the last few hours before the delivery. I suppose there would be many fathers out there agreeing wholeheartedly with me, based on their own personal experience at labor time. This is because of huge hormonal swings in the mother's body that also acts on her brain causing confusion, irritation, consternation and indecision. This lasts until the baby is safely delivered. Now that the baby is in the arms of the mother, we retrace our steps to the first day this intelligent mom decided to provide her baby the essential nutrients required to be born hale and hearty. Congratulations, and welcome to Motherhood!

Nutrition is essential to the human body, more so to prenatal women. Not one, but two lives are dependent on the right balance of nutrition. Often, it is misunderstood that it is a time of indulgence in the food varieties that her tongue demands. The truth behind that thinking is, the body's intelligence drives her taste buds to demand that which is suitable to balance her nutrition in the body. It is also driven by the growing fetus, whose demands also grow by the hour. If the food habits are carefully regulated, this very indulgence could do a world of good to the mother and her baby.

Nutrients are normally understood at a 2-D level by most families. But in ancient India, the wisdom of the sages ensured the baby got body food, mind food and soul food in due measure every day. The fanciful charts below will provide a clue on what would be good body foods. But mind food is provided by the mother developing in herself a positive, cheerful and exuberant disposition. By taking a healthy walk in fresh air or doing yoga, in pleasing sights and sound and the nurturing love of her husband, relatives and friends. The soul food, on the other hand, requires the mother to believe in the power and love of God, meditate constantly on Him, hear mantras and pray as often as she can. Since a soul is being infused into a being endowed already with a sound body and mind, it is essential that the baby gets all the tactical advantages like a Commando to tackle the daily life in this world.

Even in a world far advanced in nursing and pregnancy care, babies are still being delivered by experienced mid wives everywhere. Two clichéd scenarios in India are a mother-in-law enticing her dark skinned daughter-in-law to drink milk mixed with Kungumappoo or Kesar (Saffron) herb so the child would be born with a fair skin, and the unbroken family tradition of administering Marundu (to the lactating mother) and Gorochanai (Cow Bezoar) to the baby which results in clearing any remnant mucous in the vocal passage and enabling a resonant and captivating voice capable of high pitch.

Some helpful charts for an expectant mother on nutrition during her maternity (hover the mouse on image 2 view larger):

Thursday, August 29, 2013

முத்திரையை அகற்றும் முத்திரை

இச்செய்தித்துணுக்கு,  டாக்டர் திருமதி. வசந்தா கிருஷ்ணஸ்வாமி அவர்கள் ஆகஸ்ட் 31-ம் தேதி நடத்தவிருக்கும் முத்ரா பயிற்சி முகாமிற்கு முன்னோட்டம்:
முதன்மையான முத்திரைகள்:
1.சின் முத்திரை அல்லது ஞான முத்திரை: கட்டை விரல் மற்றும் ஆள்காட்டி விரல் நுனிகள் இரண்டும் தொட்டுக்கொண்டு இருக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதை செய்வது மனத்தை ஒருநிலைப்படுத்த உதவும். மூளை செல்கள் புத்துணர்ச்சி பெறும். தலைவலி, தூக்கமின்மை, கவலை, கோபம் ஆகியவை விலகும்.

2.வாயு முத்திரை: ஆள்காட்டி விரலைக் கட்டை விரலின் அடிப்பகுதியில் வைத்து கட்டை விரலால் சிறிது அழுத்தம் கொடுக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதை செய்தால் வாயு தொடர்பான நோய்கள் போகும். ரத்த ஓட்டம் சீராகும்.

3.சூன்ய முத்திரை: நடுவிரலை, கட்டை விரலின் அடிப்பகுதியில் வைத்து கட்டை விரலால் அழுத்த வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதனால் காதில் நீர் வடிதல், காது வலி, காது அடைப்பு போன்றவை சீராகும். எலும்பு தளர்ச்சி மற்றும் இதய நோய் தவிர்க்கப்படும். தசைகள் வலுவடையும். தைராய்டு நோயிலிருந்து நிவாரணம் கிடைக்கும்.

4.பிருதிவி முத்திரை: பெருவிரல் மற்றும் மோதிர விரலின் நுனிப்பாகம் தொட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதை தொடர்ந்து செய்து வந்தால் உடல் மற்றும் மூளை செல்கள் ஊக்கம் பெறும்.

5.சூரிய முத்திரை: மோதிர விரலை கட்டை விரலின் அடிப்பாகத்தில் வைத்து மெதுவாக அழுத்த வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். வயிறு சம்பந்தப்பட்ட பிரச்னைகள் நீங்கும். உடலின் வெப்பம் அதிகரித்து ஜீரண சக்தி பெருகும்.

6.வருண முத்திரை: சுண்டு விரலின் நுனியை கட்டை விரலின் நுனி தொட்டு கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதனால், தோல் சம்பந்தமான நோய்கள் குணமாகும். தோல் வறட்சி, முகப்பருக்கள் வராமல் தடுக்கப்படும்.

7.பிராண முத்திரை: மோதிர விரல், சுண்டு விரல் இரண்டையும் மடக்கி, கட்டை விரலின் நுனியை தொட்டு கொண்டு இருக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இந்த முத்திரையால் கண் கோளாறுகள் நீங்கி ஒளி பெறும். நோய் எதிர்ப்பு சக்தி அதிகரிக்கும்.

8.அபான முத்திரை: மோதிர விரல், நடுவிரல் இரண்டையும் மடக்கி கட்டை விரலின் நுனியை தொட்டு கொண்டிருக்கும்படி வைக்க வேண்டும். மற்ற விரல்கள் நேராக இருக்க வேண்டும். இதை தொடர்ந்து செய்தால் மலச்சிக்கல், மூல நோய், வாயுத் தொல்லை விலகும். உடலிலிருந்து தேவையற்ற கழிவுகள் வெளியேறும்.

9.ம்ருத சஞ்சீவனி முத்திரை: மோதிர விரல், நடுவிரல் இரண்டும் கட்டை விரல் நுனியை தொட்டு கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டும். ஆள்காட்டி விரல் கட்டை விரலின் அடிப்பாகத்தை தொட்டு கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு செய்தால் இதய நோய் சரியாகும். ரத்த ஓட்டம் சீரடையும்.

10.லிங்க முத்திரை: இரண்டு கைகளையும் சேர்த்து பிடித்துக்கொண்டு இடது கட்டை விரலை மட்டும் நிமிர்த்தி வைத்துக் கொள்ள வேண்டும். உடலில் உள்ள அதிக சூட்டை சமன்படுத்தும். கபத்தை அகற்றும். ஜலதோஷம், ஆஸ்துமா பிரச்னைகள் விலகும். வறட்டு இருமல், நீர்க்கட்டு பிரச்னை சரியாகும்

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Oils for Health

Here are some of the essential edible oils, their sources and their remarkable health benefits (click on images below for an expanded view):


Almond oil





Avocado Oil




Castor Oil




Coconut Oil




Flaxseed oil




Mustard Oil




Neem Oil




Olive Oil




Palm Oil




Rice Bran oil




Sage oil




Safflower oil




Sesame/Gingelly oil




Sunflower oil





Walnut Oil




Wheatgerm oil