Kitchen Pharmacy – Workshop on Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition, 22nd – 24th May, 2017, Freiburg, Germany.
2nd International Conference on Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Traditional Medicine, Sri Lanka, December 2014
Dr. Indunil A. Weerarathne and Dr.Ingrid Naiman, “A Darkfield Perspective of Rasa and Rakta Dhatus with Reference to Ayurvedic Rasayana Herbs” – Abstract and Presentation
Ayurveda recognizes seven tissues, sapta dhatus, that rely one upon the other for perfection. At each level of assimilation, nutrients are refined in a manner that allows them to regenerate each successive level of tissues. The plasma is something like a sea in which erythrocytes and white blood cells swim. Their survival depends on the quality of the first dhatu, rasa dhatu.
The authors have examined blood using darkfield microscopy and observed that the plasma can be riddled with foreign substances, both organic and inorganic in nature. The plasma can be so inhospitable that survival of the blood cells is almost impossible. Since none of the yeast, mold, parasites, spirochetes, bacteria, and inorganic substances belong in the plasma, specific protocols for addressing each toxin and pathogen can be developed as soon as the presence of these foreign objects is identified.
Detoxification takes on an entirely new meaning when the exact nature of the toxins can be determined and when the efficacy of the treatment can be quickly checked by resampling of the blood. If the detoxification were addressed by juice fasting or kicharee and/or Ayurvedic rasayana herbs, it is possible to see within a few hours if the strategies actually result in improvement of the plasma and rakta dhatu. Likewise, if there are parasites, anthelmintics can be added to the basic regime to assure reduction in the burden of parasites on the patient. With yeast and mold, specific herbal protocols are required along with special diets that have lists of recommended and restricted foods.
Dr. Indunil A. Weerarathne was the presentee on the paper “Ayurvedic and Modern perspective of Maw kiri (breast milk) Nasya Treatment Used in Traditional Psychiatry, Sri Lanka”
The traditional branch of medicine that deals with mental or emotional diseases is called “Unmada” which can be correlated with psychiatry in allopathy. According to WHO records, in 2001, 450 million people around the world were suffering from either mental or neurological diseases, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Treatment methods used in traditional psychiatry in Sri Lanka can be divided into two major categories, internal and external. All kinds of oral medicines, including kashaya (decoctions), guli (tablets/pills), churna (powder) and particularly nasya (nasal application of herbal remedies) are used as internal treatments in the traditional system, whereas hisa gallum (head pastes) are used externally. The present study was done to survey Ayurvedic and Allopathic perspective of a particular Nasya remedy called Maw kiri (breast milk) Nasya used in the traditional system in Sri Lanka.
The data of Maw kiri Nasya remedy was collected from a traditional psychiatrist, Dr. Dayananda Uggalla who belongs to a well-known psychiatric tradition called “Neelammahara Weda Parapura” in Sri Lanka. The ingredients, dried madhuka seed (Maduca indica), white pepper seeds (Piper nigrum), should be ground with breast milk and thoroughly blended with breast milk. The mixture is administered nasally, 3 drops to each nostril. Nasya is used to expel the excess Kapha through the nostrils. Both Pepper and madhuka seeds are nervines, expectorants and nerve stimulants. According to Ayurveda, breast milk is also nourishing and consists of Snigdha (oily) properties. The chemical components of breast milk are arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. One of the most common fatty acids in myelin is oleic acid, which is also the most abundant fatty acid in human milk and in our diet. Oleic acid, which is a main component in madhuka seeds, opens the bloodbrain barrier. Linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid are precursors to AA [arachidonic acid] and DHA [docosahexaenoic acid] which are the two most important polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain. Piperadine found in pepper is a strong antiparasitic substance. Piperadine based drugs are used to treat schizophrenia in allopathic medicine. Considering the above facts and the actions, as well as the chemical constituents of the ingredients, we can conclude that the remedy can be used successfully in Unmada.