All posts by Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

About Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

Hi, I am Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan. I am a Family Physician with a deep interest in Diabetes and Alternative Medicine. I live and practice in Mumbai, India. My aim is to make the world a better place by introducing Alternative medicine with the main stream, so as to have an Integrative System of Medicine, that is both gentle and holistic.

Raw Potato Juice and its benefits.


Potato juice is among the most alkaline foods and helps neutralize stomach acid and can soothe stomach pain.  When consumed in their raw state, they preserve a type of resistant starch that is beneficial in gastrointestinal disturbances. It has benefits on the skin, detoxifying the body and it useful in kidney, cardiovascular, cancer and digestive diseases.  Potato juice is filled with key vitamins, phyto-chemicals, and nutrients.

Vitamin C:

Potatoes contain just over 100 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron and form collagen in blood vessels, muscle, cartilage, and bone. Its antioxidant properties can also improve overall skin health by helping relieve puffiness, reduce irritation, and create a youthful glow.

Vitamin B complex:

A one-cup serving of potatoes contains around 40 percent of your daily thiamine) and niacin.  It also has small amounts of riboflavin, and vitamin B-6.

B vitamins are vital for helping the body convert carbohydrates into glucose, generating energy. B complex vitamins also support the brain and nervous system function, promote healthy hair and skin, and help maintain liver health.

Potato juice is rich in Iron:

Iron helps fighting fatigue. It also keeps red blood cells healthy and helps move oxygen throughout your body. A serving of potatoes can supply around 14 percent of your daily recommended intake.

Rich in Zinc:

Zinc keeps the immune system healthy and helps speed wound healing.  A one-cup serving of potatoes contains around 1 milligram of zinc. This is about 10% of the recommended daily serving for human beings.

It has Vitamin K

Vitamin, K is a fat soluble vitamin and is vital for blood clotting and for preventing bone loss. It also supports the transport of calcium throughout the body. Raw potatoes contain about 5 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Potato juice has antioxidants:

Potato juice has antioxidants and phyto-chemicals that are key to preventing disease, controlling inflammation, and reducing early aging. Raw potatoes contain a variety of antioxidants in their colored flesh and skin, namely those from the carotenoid family. This includes lutein, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin.


Potato juice can also be one of many ingredients in a power-packed green concoction of spinach, kale, beet, basil and cucumber. Potato juice can ward off inflammation, produce good health that result in a glow of the skin. It is said to boost the immune system and reduce the pain in arthritis. It heals peptic ulcer disease and detoxifies the liver. It is said to reduce lipids and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Perk your immunity and heal faster.


The human body is fully capable of healing itself in optimum conditions. This because of an intelligent system in the body called as the Immune defence, which has the uncanny ability to fight a cold and also end-stage cancer. To be healthy, one has to build up one’s immune defence.

How to build up the immune system:

Focus on vitamin D
This mineral has always been related to strengthening bones but its benefits are many. It’s vital to understand that an appropriate level of vitamin D can heal diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, even cancer. A good vitamin D level is a forerunner to a strong immunity. One of the best sources for vitamin D is the morning sun.  Best edibles sources of natural vitamin D are: mushroom, egg yolk, fatty fish; just to name a few.

Garlic reinforces the immune system

Garlic is an age-old super-food that boosts the immune system and is an effective solution for the treatment of various ailments.

Green tea and Chamomile tea
these are the best options to strengthen the body’s immunity level. Green tea and Chamomile tea are full of antioxidants; these herbal infusions enhance the level of immunity and help in the speedy recovery from illness.

Significance of antioxidants
The health benefits of antioxidants are immeasurable. They greatly support the immune system. Some naturally occurring antioxidants in nature are sunflower seeds, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. These pack in a wealth of essential nutrients and provide life saving antioxidants.

Light exercises
When you aren’t keeping well, refrain from any rigorous workout regimen. During such times, it’s great to perform exercises that don’t exert too much pressure on your body. These can include getting out and deeply breathing fresh air, walking, and yoga exercises.

Avoid greasy, processed foods
If you want to stay healthy please keep away from fatty and unhealthy treats.

Get plenty of rest
The most significant step towards achieving great health and immunity, is to get plenty of sleep. Sleeping at a cellular level ensures cellular repair and a great level of immunity.

Other foods to strengthen your immunity levels

Kombucha is a fermented tea that produces good bacteria in your gut.  It is made by adding bacteria and yeast to sugar and black or green tea and allowing the brew to ferment.  Another good source of probiotics is kefir, offers great benefits to your digestive system and increases your immunity level. It is 99% per cent free from lactose. Fermented edibles like yogurt and kimchi boast of probiotic supplements.  Apple cider vinegar acts as a great prebiotic, which is a soluble dietary fibre used to stimulate the growth of probiotics in our digestive tract.


It is obvious that simple home remedies and lifestyle changes can go a long way to keep the immunity high and enjoy positive health.

How useful is Oregano oil?


Oregano is one of the best herbs for holistic medicine. The oil of oregano is rich in natural medicine.

Some medicinal uses of Oregano:

Natural Antibiotic. Research has also shown that oregano oil may be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics. This includes ESBL pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli, both of which are common causes of urinary tract and respiratory tract infections.

Improve Gut Health – Oregano may help improve the health of your gut. Oregano oil help against a leaky gut“(when the gut is so damaged that bacteria and toxins leak into the bloodstream) but it could also help alleviate gut symptoms such as diarrheal, pain and bloating.

Anti-Inflammatory – inflammation is a major cause of many medical problems, and it can be partially attributed to the average diet, which is highly inflammatory!  But oregano oil may be able to help with the inflammation.  One study in particular, found that oregano oil, along with thyme oil, reduced inflammatory markers in the blood.

Pain Relief – Oregano oil has significantly reduced pain in mice.

Help Treat Yeast Infections – Yeast is a type of fungus. And while it can be mostly harmless, an overgrowth can result in gut problems and uncomfortable infections, such as thrush. Oregano oil has been found to be effective against five different types of Candida, such as those that cause infections in the mouth and vagina.


Oregano oil has been found useful as a food supplement and also useful when gargled and has the capacity to pull out toxins for the both. It is a very promising oil of the 21st century.

Milk substitutes.


Animal milk remains a staple beverage in our culture but research suggests that it isn’t an essential part of a healthy diet and may even pose risks. Fortified dairy milk contains calcium, potassium and vitamin D, which when packaged together, are important for bone health. But dairy milk also has a downside, the most common side effect being problems with digestion.  Non-dairy milk has similar or more nutritional properties than animal milk and is often a healthier option.

Some commonly available non- dairy milk:

Soy milk
Soy milk is made from soybean. It’s suitable for those who are lactose intolerant and is a great milk substitute for vegans and vegetarians. It is a protein-rich substitute to cow’s milk It is also richer in vitamin B. It has 10 per cent of your recommended daily intake of folic acid. Soy milk is cholesterol free and full of essential monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids, popularly known as good fats. Using soy milk can help lower cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. Soy milk is a good thing for those who cannot digest animal milk. It’s rich in protein and iron, and is a good source of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. It is low in calories; soy milk helps people looking to lose weight. It has zero sugar content and gives an extra dose of fibre,

According to a study, the dietary sources of estrogens and progesterone that are found in soybean products help women balance their hormone levels when going through menopause.

Almond milk

Almond milk has gained popularity and is touted as a healthier alternative to animal milk. It contains fewer calories, no saturated fat or cholesterol, and 25 per cent and 50 per cent of the daily recommendation for vitamin D and vitamin E, respectively.

Almond milk has the most vitamins and minerals including copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It’s also lactose and gluten free. Almond milk is low in protein, so almond milk lovers should supplement their diet with other sources of protein.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk contains fibre and iron, but is high in saturated fat and calories. So be careful before you decide to pour coconut milk on everything. “Coconut milk is lactose free, so perfect for those with lactose intolerance. The fatty acids found in coconut milk lower the risk of heart diseases,

Cashew milk

Cashew milk is a great alternative to traditional milk.  Cashew milk is lactose-free. Cashew milk is low in calories and sugar. It boosts the feel-good hormone tryptophan, which increases serotonin production in your brain and adds an extra dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help keep your skin look great.

Rice milk
Rice milk is a good choice for those who are lactose intolerant and/or suffer from soy or nut allergies. It has high amounts of manganese and selenium compared to the other milk substitutes. They are powerful antioxidants that are proven to help against infections and boost your immune system. Rice milk also has the least amount of fat and is cholesterol free.

Walnut milk
Walnuts contain antioxidants that are found in only a few commonly eaten foods. Phytonutrients like quinone juglone and tannin tellimagrandin or flavonol morin are found only in walnuts. These phytonutrients serve as powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits that can help with diseases like cancer.

Walnuts are also rich in minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, molybdenum and phosphorus. They are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which fight cancer, cardiovascular diseases and inflammation.

Other non-dairy alternatives:

  • Quinoa milk
  • flax milk
  • oat milk
  • potato milk
  • 7-grain milk, from oats, rice, wheat, barley, triticale, spelt, and millet
  • sunflower milk


The market is flooded with many alternatives to cow’s milk and they offer help and hope against milk allergies and mitigate inflammation reactions in the body.

Health benefits of Custard apple.


Custard apples contain anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, which helps to fight free radicals in our body. It is also high in potassium and magnesium that protects our heart from cardiac disease. It is useful in controlling our blood pressure. Custard apples contain Vitamin A, which keeps your skin and hair healthy. This fruit is also known to be great for eyes, and cures indigestion problems. It’s important to include this fruit in your diet, as the copper content helps to cure constipation, and helps to treat diarrhoea and dysentery.

As they are high in magnesium, they equalise the water balance in our body, which helps in removing acids from the joints and reduces the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. If you feel tired and weak more often than usual, then have this fruit in your daily diet, as the potassium present in it will help to fight muscle weakness.

It is also good for people suffering from anaemia. If you want to put on some weight, include this in your daily diet chart. Custard apple contains natural sugar, and hence makes great nutritious snacks and even desserts!

Benefits of Custard apple:

Healthy Weight

If you need to gain weight then this fruit is your best friend because it helps in a health

During Pregnancy

This fruit helps in development of the brain and the immunity system of the fetus. Regular consumption of this fruit reduces the chances of a miscarriage and even eases out the labour pain. This fruit also helps the mother to cope with mood swings, morning sickness, fights nausea and numbness.  

Prevents Asthma

Since the fruit is a good source of vitamin B6, it reportedly helps deal with the bronchial inflammation and therefore helps in preventing asthmatic attacks.

For Hair & Skin

Custard apple has a high amount of vitamin A and is good for anti-ageing, good eyesight and even helps in treating boils.

Prevents Heart Attacks

Custard apple has magnesium which helps our heart in defending it from cardiac attack and can help relax the muscles.  

For Diabetics

It is really good for those with diabetics as they have dietary fibre which helps in slowing down the absorption of sugar and also reduces the risk of having type-2 diabetes.


This is the season of Custard Apple also called as sitaphal by many in India. This fruit actually has a number of health benefits. It helps in preventing acidity, heals ulcers, is good for those who want to put on weight in a healthy way, and is amazing for skin and health and more.



The term nursing immediately conjures up romantic images of Florence Nightingale, who is remembered as the path-breaking founder of nursing and a pioneer who revolutionized hospital sanitation methods during the Crimean war.  What is not known is that Florence Nightingale was also a shrewd statistician who pioneered the collection of medical data and introduced methods in systematic record keeping of patients.

Since Florence Nightingale’s time, nursing has made tremendous strides and has become an allied specialty of hospital medicine and there are many branches in nurses. We have nurses specialized in Operation theatre procedures, we have intensive care nurses; we have nurses well versed in pulmonary medicine and general nurses. In fact nursing is an integral part of Orthodox medicines and one cannot dispense away with nursing personnel anymore.

Over the last few years, many complementary or alternate systems have been integrated into main stream medicine and a new branch of nurses has sprung up and they are called as holistic nurses.

What is so unique about Holistic nurses?

Holistic nurses are specially trained to approach nursing in a medical and psychosocial way.  They are trained to introduce non-traditional and multidisciplinary nursing practice modalities into mainstream nursing.  Holistic nursing programs add training in compassion, self-care, massage, life style counseling, acupuncture, acupressure, healing or therapeutic touch, intuition, spirituality, and the knowledge of herbs and Ayurveda into their care of the patient.  In short they are trained to treat the patient as a whole – MIND, BODY AND SOUL.

Holistic nursing offers an opening to focus on wellness, healing and illness prevention from a more spiritual and naturopathic perspective.

To summarize, holistic nursing uses an all inclusive approach which blends time-honored orthodox western nursing theory and practice with the principles and practices of Holistic health care to help patients attain the best possible health.

Do nurses have to be specially trained to become holistic nurses?

The answer is yes There are certificate courses available in America, Canada and many western countries and a Certification in Holistic Nursing offered by AHNA is well sought after.  But much of holistic nursing is intuitive. Holistic nurses learn all the time and it is better if they have an empathic demeanor and a spiritual bent of mind.  However, in India, most holistic wellness clinics, which mostly use Ayurvedic therapies, used home trained nurses, who are not trained in special schools of nursing. Very often generations of these untrained nurses have a long family lineage in the art and therapeutics of Ayurvedic practices.


Medicine has turned a full circle with the advent of newer stress related diseases, with the explosion of the number of cases of AIDS, with the ever increasing spectrum of Diabetes Mellitus and Coronary vascular diseases. Nursing cannot remain impersonal anymore. More and more medical specialists are integrating mainstream medicine with complementary systems to combat newer diseases. It is just natural that orthodox nursing joins hands with Holistic nursing to take patient care to more spiritual levels.



It’s not uncommon to get indigestion while trying different foods when travelling or due to overeating. . Listed below are some home remedies which. You might want to try out during a bout of indigestion.

Some useful home remedies:

Lotus Seeds – In Vietnam, lotus seeds are used to help lower blood pressure, fight infection and to calm the stomach from nausea and indigestion. They eat them roasted or in a tea.

Ajain – Also known as ajowan caraway or carom. In India, they take lemon juice, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of ajain and drink it warm.

Ginger- Fresh ginger is added to boiling water and then made into a tea with honey and lemon

Fennel Seeds- All over the world fennel seeds help to get rid of stomach aches. They add a teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. They then strain it to remove the seeds and sip the liquid. It’s best to sip the liquid slowly.

Cayenne Pepper- This spice has an anti-inflammatory effect and relieves stomach pain. It can be added to whatever you want including food or liquids. It should be used sparingly in persons who are sensitive to spice.

Coriander Seeds- Coriander seeds are very useful to tackle stomach discomfort.                 It stimulates the body to produce a digestive enzyme that helps food digest faster in the stomach. About a teaspoon of coriander seeds are grounded into a power and added to a cup of boiling water to drink as a tea.

Peppermint Tea- Peppermint tea is useful when you are dealing with some sort of stomach discomfort. Peppermint tea is known in many parts of the world for its calming qualities.

Nutmeg- This spice is used to help stomach pain. It also has a lot of antibacterial properties and can help fight infections. Many add it to boiling water and then drink it.

White rice & lemon –Steam white rice and lemon and eat throughout the day to settle an upset stomach.


Stomach indigestion is a very common problem and are best tackled with home remedies and simple medications rather than taking expensive allopathic medication.


Tremendous strides have been made in Genetics recently.  There has been an explosion of information regarding the D.N.A. & R.N.A. (DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID AND RIBONUCLEIC ACID).  Cloning experiments have conclusively proved that all the necessary information required for the creation of the human body is stored in the Genes.  Now experiments are being done to complete the Genome mapping of the human body and a day is not far away when gene therapy will cure cancers, diabetes, collagen disorders and will identify whether an unborn fetus is likely to be a genius or an idiot and what disease it is likely to suffer from in the future. It will also be possible for creating a human race with perfect bodies.  Genetics has recognized that it is a faulty gene that causes cancers and several incurable crippling diseases and fatal diseases.

There have also been tremendous strides in HOLISITIC MEDICINE.  More and more people are taking recourse to Alternative Medicine; like Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation techniques, making diet and life style changes and there is conclusive evidence that these therapies work and scores of patients have had miraculous remissions from cancers and other serious diseases.  Of course, this makes Allopaths very uneasy, and the term spontaneous remission is commonly used to explain these so called ‘miraculous cures’.

Disease according to Holistic Medicine is an unnatural condition of the body, because Holism believes that the body was created by nature to experience bliss and not pain or suffering.  Holistic experts believe that negative emotions and living a life not in tune with nature is the main cause of disease.

The purpose of this human life is to attain liberation and bliss.  To that end both Genetics and Holistic Medicine pursue the same goal.  Although, there are no clear cut answers yet, it is clear that Holistic Medicine somehow corrects the faulty genes and compels the DNA-RNA to make the necessary changes to affect a cure. Time has come for Holistic Medicine to be taken more seriously and be integrated with Orthodox medicine so that it can be researched and practiced objectively.

Household remedies for common ailments.


Natural remedies are often easy to use, effective, and affordable — and they have few known side effects. You can probably find some of them in your kitchen cupboard right now.


Remedy: Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium glycinate is remarkably effective for headaches. It’s a combination of magnesium and glycine, an amino acid that binds to the mineral and carries it to your cells.

Low blood levels of magnesium have been linked to headaches and migraines. “Magnesium is calming for the nervous system and easily tolerated. It also supports serotonin production, a neurotransmitter involved in the onset of migraines.

Nausea and Sickness

Remedy: Ginger

Thousands of years ago, Chinese sailors chewed gingerroot to relieve their seasickness

Ginger naturally increases tone and motility in the GI tract, helping digestion — unlike the conventional bismuth-subsalicylate antacid, which mainly coats the stomach for temporary relief.

Next time you’re nauseated, try sipping ginger tea, or try grating some fresh ginger into a green smoothie.

Acid Reflux

Remedy: Apple-Cider Vinegar and Digestive Bitters

Sometimes it seems there’s little apple-cider vinegar cannot do. Recent studies suggest it can help regulate blood sugar and build good gut bacteria. It is recommended as an effective solution for heartburn, along with another age-old remedy: digestive bitters.

Digestive bitters and apple-cider vinegar help stimulate digestive juices in the gut, making the digestive system function more efficiently, Diet and gut health are often at the root of heartburn, so correcting the gut and removing foods that cause inflammation and heartburn is usually the best way to heal.


Remedy: Magnesium Citrate

The causes of chronic constipation are many, and it’s important to address the root issues — dehydration, food intolerances, lack of dietary fibre, irregular eating and sleeping patterns, and sedentary behaviours.

A combination of magnesium and citric acid, the supplement relaxes your intestines and pulls water into them. “This particular form of magnesium is stimulating on the bowels.

Sore Muscles

Remedy: Arnica

The anti-inflammatory properties of this meadow flower have been easing aches and pains since the middle Ages. Arnica is still used widely in Germany, where researchers have shown it to be an effective remedy for muscle aches, sprains, and joint pain and swelling. Studies in the United States have found it as reliable as NSAIDs at relieving pain from osteoarthritis in the hands.

Arnica gels and creams are considered safe; a mild allergic rash is the only potential side effect. The remedy is also available in the form of sublingual homeopathic pills.

Meanwhile, if you’re often achy, stretching and hydration may be the answer, says Lester. “Our bodies will often course-correct when we get back to the basics, which are highly underrated.”

Joint Pain

Remedy: Curcumin

Turmeric has been used in curries as well as traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the twisty root’s yellow phyto-chemical, has emerged as a popular remedy in recent years after studies revealed its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial qualities.

Curcumin eases joint pain by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory-response mediators.

Those who suffer chronic joint pain may find substantial relief by avoiding gluten, dairy, and sugar, as well as making other dietary adjustments. Essential fatty acids can also help.


Remedy: Garlic Mullein Herbal Eardrops

A paediatric study found that natural eardrops containing the herb mullein are just as effective as anaesthetic drops for reducing pain. To help prevent chronic earaches, avoid dairy, gluten, and sugar. Monitor vitamin-D levels, fatty-acid deficiencies, and stress levels — and be sure to keep some garlic mullein drops on hand.


Remedy: Lavender oil

You might associate the smell of this herb with a fragrant backyard garden, but the anxiety and insomnia-relieving effects of lavender essential oil are potent and well-documented. Research has found that it can help induce sleep and help people sleep more deeply.

Bed (while the bulb is still cool), or get an essential-oil diffuser for your bedroom.

You are coming down with an infection

Remedy: Fluids

One of the best ways to chase bugs away is drinking fluids, especially warm ones. Consuming adequate fluids supports all your body’s functions, including the immune system.

In cold weather, we’re more susceptible to dehydration — there are fewer cues to drink than in hot summer weather — and this makes us even more vulnerable to illness. It is good to take soups and broths with fresh vegetables when you begin to feel sick. Herbal teas with immunity-boosting ingredients such as ginger and Echinacea are excellent o prevent feeling run down.

Body aches

Remedy: Sleep

A good long snooze is the best medicine for nearly everything. Sleep restores and heals the body… Without adequate sleep, optimal immune function is next to impossible…  A lack of sleep makes any pain worse, so when body aches set in, hit the hay early.

Ease Neck Pain naturally.


Your neck holds up your head, which weighs 12 pounds on average, and think of all the movements it must make.  The neck, including the cervical spine, is vulnerable to injury.

The most common causes of neck pain are:

  • Muscle strain or tension.
  • Whiplash. This injury commonly associated with vehicular accidents. It occurs when the neck jerks back and forth violently and ligaments holding tiny neck bones together get overly stretched. Other traumatic injuries can cause fractures and even paralysis.
  • Pinched nerve or slipped disk. This neck pain involves the nerves, which may be “pinched” or pressed by a disk bulging between two vertebrae or a muscle spasm. Besides pain, you may feel numbness or weakness in your upper extremities.
  • Osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is associated with aging and can affect your spine. Other age-related ailments that can cause neck pain include spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the bony canal containing the spinal cord and its nerves) and cervical disk degeneration.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. This type of arthritis can ruin joints in the neck and cause pain, stiffness, and aching.

Alternative Medicine for Neck Pain:


 Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery. Chiropractors use various approaches but generally perform adjustments to align the spine. A practitioner adjusts the patient’s neck with his hands to improve mobility, restore range of motion, and sometimes, increase muscle movement. Besides being able to turn and tilt their heads better, patients generally notice less pain, soreness, and stiffness.

Side effects include headaches, fatigue, and pain in the treated area.


A very effective hands-on approach to neck pain is massage therapy.  Massage therapy, which usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes per session, works by relaxing the soft tissues and increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles. Popular types of massage include:

  • Shiatsu (rhythmic massage to get “qi,” or energy, flowing)
  • Deep tissue (deep pressure on muscle layers)
  • Trigger point or pressure point (focuses on specific knots in the muscles)
  • Swedish (kneading the muscles and adjusting the joints)


The most studied technique of acupuncture, an ancient Asian practice, involves inserting thin needles, either manually or electrically manipulated, into the skin. Several studies have shown that acupuncture is helpful for those with chronic neck pain, providing moderate improvements in levels of pain.

Biofeedback and Hypnosis

Biofeedback and hypnosis are types of alternative medicine called mind-body medicine. Both are effective in controlling neck pain.

  • Biofeedback uses visual or auditory cues to help the patient relax and loosen up muscles.
  • Hypnosis involves entering a state of altered consciousness. Learning self-hypnosis may allow patients to temporarily forget about their pain and improve sleep.


There are many solutions to treating chronic neck pain and in some ways alternative medicine offers a gentle and effective solution to this vexing problem.