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The twentieth century has indeed had a western beginning, with great strides in Science and technology, but with the urbanization and over crowding, we have created a stressful and a non-spiritual environment around ourselves and are paying a very heavy price.

Mental stress is today incriminated in several diseases. To enumerate a few;

A)  Endocrine organs

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Menstrual disorders.

B)  Skin and Connective tissue disorders

  • Warts
  • Neuro- dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Eczema

C)  Lungs

  • Allergic bronchitis
  • Bronchial Asthma

D)  Gastro intestinal tract

  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Non ulcer dyspepsia
  • Aerophagia
  • Bulimia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Aggravation of Ulcerative Colitis

E)  Heart diseases

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac Neurosis
  • Dysrhythmias
  • Tachycardia
  • Can precipitate a Myocardial Infarction in a patient with Ischemic Heart Disease

F)  Psychological

  • Lack of confidence
  • Phobias
  • Hysteria
  • Insomnia
  • Addiction to tobacco, alcohol and drugs
  • Psychosomatic disorders.

How Stress harms the body:

Stress causes an accumulation of Carbon Dioxide within the body rendering it low in the oxygen content.  It can make the brain dull, through a neurotransmitter pathway and result in mental depression, emotional conflict and fear.  Stress makes the breathing shallow and the heart rate faster.  Prolonged Mental stress enhances the aging process and possibly shortens the life span.  Stress definitely elevates the blood pressure.  Stress has an adverse metabolic effect on the Blood sugar and lipid profile levels. Stress promotes the increase in lactic acid and enhances fatigue.  Prolonged Mental Stress definitely reduces the body immunity.  Stress is also seen to derange the normal healthy body aura. (Kirlian photography can see as).


Controversial as it may seem. The solution to this problem lies in changing the entire world order of greed and materialism. This is possible only, if we incorporated spiritual values in our lives and live a life or truth, love, peace and non-violence.



The world is getting complicated and technical and many persons are looking outside the world of Orthodox Medicine for ways of making their lives simpler and healthier. In recent times, many Chinese traditions have become popular in the west and one of them is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system that has been popular in China for over 2,500 years.

The idea of a Chinese system of medicine, evokes mixed reactions, one of disgust and one of sheer curiosity. Many people are disgusted at the thought of eating powdered extracts of insects, crocodile’s teeth or a hippo’s horn and so forth.  But Chinese medicine is different from Orthodox Medicine, which tends to view human beings like machines – different organs made of lots of tiny pieces and it is believed that sickness results from a breakages of any of the organs and Orthodox Medicine specialists treat sickness by specifically targeting the broken pieces with medication or surgery.  Conventional Medicine works at a smaller and a specific level, it sometimes forgets that sickness affects the whole person.

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine work?

TCM has a very different approach. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe in treating the whole person. They see the whole body as a structure made of energy (‘qi’) that flows through the body in distinct pathways or meridians.  Whenever this energy is blocked or goes out of balance, sickness is the result.  A TCM practitioner looks at many more factors than conventional doctors. For example, they differentiate the pulse of the right arm and the left arm and take the pulse in three different positions on each arm.  Once, they have assessed all the symptoms, they prescribe a treatment that restores the energy balance across the body, rather than treating one specific area.

Famous TCM treatments:

Acupuncture is one method of affecting the flow of ‘qi’. The idea is that the needles can make contact with the meridians running through the body and restore the ‘qi’ or the energy balance. TCM practitioners believe that they can remove blocks in the energy flow or even drain out the negative energy flow and strengthen the positive energy flow.

Herbal medicine is another aspect of TCM and a typical prescription consists of a combination of ten herbs and minerals brewed as tea.

The famous Chinese philosophy is, “One disease, many formulas, one formula, may diseases”. A single illness can be treated with different prescription, while any single prescription can treat lots of different illness because they contain so many herbs and minerals.


TCM is extremely popular in the west and it is being extensively being researched. In India, we are familiar with Acupuncture, but we hardly know anything about the wonderful Chinese Herbs.

Fermented foods and their benefits:


Fermented foods are rich in pro-biotic bacteria so by consuming fermented foods you are adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora, increasing the health of your gut micro biome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system.  Fermented foods are bacteria-based i.e.: the “good” bacteria, they can help generate peristalsis and aid in fecal elimination. 

Fermented foods taste delicious; they are incredibly nutritious and healthy.  Fermented foods can reduce bloating, aid digestion; increase the absorption of nutrients, and so much more.

Benefits of Fermented foods:

 Improve Neonatal Health

Mothers who eat fermented foods maintain a healthier balance of “good” bacteria in their bodies. This is beneficial for the fetus and, in fact, can help prevent neonatal infections.

Promote Weight Loss

Many fermented foods are rich in choline, and this helps lower blood pressure and even help metabolize fats more quickly.

Fermented foods have a longer Shelf Life

Fermented foods such as canned pickles, sauerkraut, beets, and more can last months when stored in a cool environment.

Fermented foods are cost effective

You can easily pickle foods at home, which makes fermented foods a cost-effective addition to any diet.

Fermented foods taste great

Fermented foods are very tasty.

Fermented foods relieve constipation and improve digestion

The process of fermentation pre-digests food for you. This means your digestive system has less work to do. .

Fermented foods boost the Immune System

Fermented foods contain good bacteria also called as pro-biotics. Fortunately, fermented foods support the “good” bacteria and the good bugs strengthen the immune system and helps ward off disease and illness.”

Fermented foods improves nutrient absorption and increase vitamin content

Enzyme-rich foods help the body absorb nutrients more easily while improving gut health. Fermented dairy products, specifically, release more of the vitamins in foods that our bodies need to stay healthy. Folic acid, B vitamins, riboflavin, and biotin are but a few nutrients that are increased in fermented foods.


Fermented foods promote positive health, improve the immune system and also help in weight loss.



The Neem tree is also called as the Margosa tree and this tree is almost planted in every home in rural India. The leaves, the bark, wood, roots and fruits of this plant are extremely bitter. The Botanical name of this plant is AZADIRACHTA INDICA or MELIA AZADIRACHTA. There is a well-known proverb about Neem, which goes as follows;

In a land where Neem abounds,

Can Death, disease therein be found?

Medicinal Uses:

Ayurvedic physicians know the medicinal uses of this plant since antiquity.  Charaka found it very useful in Leprosy. Sushrutha also found it useful in Leprosy, gonorrhoea, in fevers with burning sensation all over the body.  Harita found it useful in boils and a blood purifier.  Bagabhata used it in baldness of the head.  Chakradatta found it useful in boils, ulcers, eczema, scabies and other skin diseases.  Bangasena found it to be a sovereign remedy in Sciatica and also in eye diseases in children.  Bhavaprakasha used it in worm and parasitic infestations.

Homoeopathic physicians find that it is useful in persons with loss of memory, vertigo, troublesome cough, constipation, fever with chills and itching all over the body.

Allopathic research has revealed that the Margosa plant contains non-crystalline resinous substances, tannins, sugars, Neem oil, Margosine, catechin gum and salts.

Researchers have further found out that this plant has tonic, astringent, for worm infestation, boils and non-healing ulcers and leprosy.


With the giant strides in Allopathic medicine, Herbal remedies have lost their place in the mainstream therapy.  However, parts of the Neem tree are used for fever, loss of appetite, worm infestation, jaundice, boils, in non-healing ulcers, leprosy and gonorrhoea by Native physicians in rural India.

It is also a good remedy in forgetfulness, where the patient cannot remember anything, forgets important names, forgets to write in examinations.

It is also a grand remedy in Leprosy and counteracts the ill effects of Quinine, which is given in Malaria. It is also used as a poultice or a plaster in many skin diseases, such as abscesses, boils, buboes, carbuncles and non-healing chronic ulcers.