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Queen of Herbs – Shatavari

Asparagus racemosus Willd (Liliaceae) known as ‘Shatavari’ in Ayurveda has the earliest mention of the use of plant in medicine is found in the Rigveda which was written between 4500 and 1600 BC. Shatavari means “who possesses a hundred husbands or acceptable to many”. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion. [36]. Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic remunerative tonic for the female, as is Withania (Aswagandha) for the male. Shatavari is however, used for sexual debility and infertility in both sexes. It is also used for menopausal symptoms and to increase lactation [37].

Shatavari is a medicine for long time invited by the western population as food, produces odorous urine from asparagus was a universal human characteristic. White asparagus, known asspargel, is cultivated by denying the plants light while they are being grown. Less bitter than the green variety, it is very popular in the Netherlands, France, Belgiumand Germany where 57,000 tones (61% of consumer demands) are produced annually.[23] Purple asparagus differs from its green and white counterparts, having high sugar and low fiber levels. Purple asparagus was originally developed inItalyand commercialized under the variety name Violetto d’Albenga [24]. Asparagus is grown extensively prefers a loose, light, deep, sandy soil; the depth should be 3 ft, the plants are grown in equidistant rows 3 to 4 ft. apart. It is used even in veterinary medicine. A trial on broilers express, Hb, total serum protein, albumin and globulin revealed significant (P< 0.01) with the use of SRP (shatavari root powder) [32]. Asparagus gonoclados Baker, an important medicinal plant belonging to the family Liliaceae (sensu lato) is a substitute of Shatavari. Presence of Shatavarin IV in the alcohol and aqueous extracts is reported in this species for the first time. [35].

Asparagus racemosus (Asparagaceae) is an important medicinal plant of tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. It is a well known Ayurvedic Rasayana which prevents ageing, increase longevity, impart immunity, improve mental function, vigor and add vitality to the body. It is also used in nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumors, inflammation, neuropathy and hepatopathy. [1] The plant finds use in about 64 Ayurvedic formulations  . . . . [Read more]

Green Tea

Helen Mckinley, Mark Jamieson, “Handbook of Green Tea and Health Research”  N.va Sci.nce Publishers | 2009 | ISBN: 1607410451 | 499 pages | PDF | 16,4 MB

After water, tea signifies the second most frequently consumed beverage world-wide. Teas are not all the same; among the many areas of research that are included in this book are the effects of selenium-containing green tea on food consumption and body weight gain. Research shows that tea consumption may have its strongest effect among patients with cardiovascular disease.

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Fitness & Workout

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Fitness may mean: The state of being physically active on a regular basis to maintain good physical condition.

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. It is performed for various reasons. These include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the “diseases of affluence” such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.[1][2] It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem, and can even augment an individual’s sex appeal or body image, which again is also linked with higher levels of self-esteem.[3] Childhood obesity is a growing global concern[4] and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries. [wiki]

Best Abdominal Exercises

Best Abdominal Exercises

There are too many Ab Exercises out there.  Many are not effective.  So I have taken the time to narrow these down to the 12 most effective ab exercises.

Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging For Dummies: Stay Fit And Vigorous, Feel Great, And Look Great As You Grow Older
Publisher: For Dummies | 2008 | ISBN: 0470149752 | 384 Pages | PDF | 3 MB

Look to this book for advice, techniques, and strategies to help people stay vigorous and healthy as they grow older.People are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about managing their health as they age. Healthy Aging For Dummies explains how people can embark on a healthy lifestyle that will enable them to feel young, both mentally and physically, even as they’re getting older. It covers tips and advice on choosing the ideal physician; starting an exercise program; learning to meditate; taking the right vitamins and herbs; dealing with or preventing heart disease, cancer, and dementia; replacing negative thinking with positive thinking; and building memory and learning skills.

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Healthy Eyes

Victoria Francis and Boateng Wiafe, Healthy Eyes Activity Book for Primary Schools (2nd Edition)
International Center For Eye Health | 2007 | ISBN: 1902541219 | PDF | Pages: 64 | 2.5MB

Like the 1st edition, this 2nd edition encourages users to adapt the book to the local setting. However, we now know that the book has a more international appeal, and so the authors have tried to reflect this by modestly ‘internationalising’ it. Furthermore, this 2nd edition expands on some areas that were not covered in detail in the 1st edition; there is a chapter devoted to nutrition and a chapter devoted to refractive errors. The section on ‘How to adapt and translate this book’ has been expanded to further promote adaptation of the material so that the stories reflect children’s’ reality, and also to incorporate SIGHT AND LIFE’s experiences in overseeing translations of the book. Children in Bangladesh and the UK contributed additional drawings for the 2nd edition.
How to use this book

To the pupil

This book is about how to look after your eyes. There are stories and drawings written by other children. You can tell your own stories and draw pictures in the book in the empty spaces. You can colour the other drawings to make the book look nice. This book is to help you to know how to look after your eyes and what to do if you or your family has a problem with your eyes. There are things you can do at school and there are things you can do at home to learn about eyes and to help keep your and your family’s eyes healthy. At the end of the book there are ideas on what you can do with your friends to prevent blindness in your community.

To the teacher

This book is an activity book. This means that the children should be active as they use it. The book does not tell them all the answers; it encourages them to think and to do things at school and at home. The book should be used to encourage the children to learn by doing, not by telling. It should also be used to encourage children to take the messages home – they can do much to inform their elders about preventable blindness. Let them take their books home. If there are not enough copies, photocopy relevant pages.

Try to keep the simple tone of the book – it is meant to entertain and engage children, it is not a medical textbook!

To the health educator

The 1st edition of The Healthy Eyes Activity Book was also used by health educators in the community. The stories written by children can easily be adapted to make street plays or other performances within the school or in the wider community. The health messages at the end of each section can be used in other teaching materials, or to give to media professionals to publicise in radio spots, TV or print media.

How to adapt the book

The causes of eye problems differ in different countries and different settings. For example, children living in rural areas might be in danger from snake spit in the eyes; children living in a town might be more likely to damage their eyes by playing with firecrackers. This book is designed in a way that you can adapt all or parts of it to show the situation and problems of where you live. You might want to change a picture, a story, a page, or make more changes such as adding a chapter.

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Western and Ayurvedic Perspectives

Herbal Treatment of Children: Western and Ayurvedic Perspectives
Butterworth-Heinemann | 2005-10-18 | ISBN: 0750651741 | 320 pages | PDF | 2 MB

A comprehensive and authoritative text providing information on the usefulness, effectiveness and appropriateness of the use of herbal remedies in childhood.
* A practical guide to the safe and effective use of herbal medicines in pediatric primary care, written by a respected and internationally known expert
* Easily accessible information ensures quick reference in practice
* Case histories and practical tips make this an essential companion for all professionals in primary care