An Ode to Olena – Turmeric Poem

Articles – by David McConaghay

There is hysteria in America over Tumeric.

Also known as turmeric; have you heard of it?

It is a rhizome, or horizontal root forming lateral shoots.

Native to the most ancient of India, the Vedic sages there named her Haridra.

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Ebola and Ayurveda

Articles – by Dr. Bharat Vaidya (M.D., B.A.M.S.)

Ysha and some others ask me yesterday about Ebola Virus and hope this will interest you.

Key factor in Ebola is preventive measures with healthy eating – especially Satwik (pure) food like Khichari with Mung beans and meditation. Few days of Khichari (rice and dal preparation) with cow’s milk, few apple slices thinly cut after lunch; and at dinner Khichari with some thinly fresh cut ginger with little bit of turmeric will be very useful to keep nervous system healthy.

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The Revival of Ayurveda in Modern Times – Through the Eyes of Charles M. Leslie, Ph.D.   (1924 – 2009)

Articles – by Ceci Kramer

Dr. Charles Leslie was a highly respected medical anthropologist who spent much of his influential career researching and teaching about the history, current use, and future possibilities of indigenous systems of medicine. During his career he taught anthropology at various prestigious colleges; wrote and edited books, articles and journals; served on various boards and panels for the advancement of cultural medical traditions; and won many awards for excellence and dedication the subfield of anthropology he helped forge.

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Prabhuram Jivanram Vaidya (1832 – 1902)

Prabhuram Jivanram was born into a family of Ayurvedic doctors. His father was a well respected Vaidya in Porbundar, his home town in Gujarat, India. His family belonged to the Nagar Brahman, and was considered wealthy at the time of his birth. Things were just what one would wish up until the age of 3 when his father died. The financial situation became critical for his family. Therefore he and his brother were brought up by their uncle.

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History of Ayurveda:  The British Medical Act of 1938

Articles – by Annalise Ozols

It is commonly thought that the influx of the British into India was the downfall of ayurveda.  Unfortunately, ayurveda was already in disrepair at the time of the British Raj.  In 1750, Britain came to India as a trading partner under the “East India Company” name and quickly took control of India as their colony.  Under this control, the British started injecting European medicine (allopathy) into the Indian culture.  Allopathy didn’t catch on with the Indian population immediately; however with the spread of epidemics in India, the people found allopathy to be more effective in treating diseases like cholera.

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Jivaka – The Physician

Articles – by Heather Baines

This retelling of the life story of Jivaka, great physician to the Buddha, was unearthed in the archive library of Dr. Bharat Vaidya. Originally published in the Pali journal “Health, a Publication of Prabhuram Anant Pharmacy for the Upheaval of Ayurved,” this account was written in 1929 by Raj Vaidya Harjivan Ratnaji Bhatt (pictured right). This story is based on an original script of Jivaka’s life, along with a record of Jivaka’s prescriptions, preserved and presented by Rev Ch. Damodar Swami, a Sanskrit Professor from Sri Lanka.

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