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1.  EFFECT OF CERTAIN YOGIC ASANAS ON THE PELVIC CONGESTION AND IT'S ANATOMY 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):127-128.
20 patient including 6 females and 14 males, between 20 years to 30 years of age, with complaints of chronic constipation refractory to various treatments by medicines, belching, sense of heaviness in the lower abdomen or pelvic region, offensive discharge from vagina (leucorrhoea) and bleeding per rectum with discomfort in the region of perineum were observed under instructions and supervision to practice certain yogic exercises for a period of three years. Viparitakarani, Goraksa asana, Uddyana Bandha and Mula Bandha (Nauli, Perineal Shrug) when practiced, relieved these patients were asked not to take any purgatives or laxatives. It was concluded from the present study that these complaints which can be ascribed to poor hemodynamics in the region of pelvis and perineum disappeared and patients showed obvious improvement after practicing these Asanas which reduced pelvic congestion and increased blood flow to the pelvic viscera i.e rectum, anal canal, prostate, uterus, vagina and levator ani and perineal muscles
PMCID: PMC3331493  PMID: 22557465
2.  IS IT A WEED? 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):114-115.
PMCID: PMC3331494  PMID: 22557462
3.  BOTANICAL NOTES ON THE IDENTITY OF CERTAIN HERBS USED IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINES IN KERALA -1-THAMALAKI 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):103-105.
In this paper the authors attempt to clarify the botanical identity of Tamalaki, a controversial herb used in Kerala, in Ayurvedic medicine.
PMCID: PMC3331495  PMID: 22557459
4.  VRIKSHAYURVEDA (Arboreal Medicine in Ancient India) 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):110-111.
This paper discusses the special branch of the Ancient Indian science on plant life as depicted by Vrikshayurveda, and the obvious relevance of the insights these provide to enrich our knowledge and practice in this field
PMCID: PMC3331496  PMID: 22557461
5.  ANTI-OVULAYOR EFFECT OF DIFFERENT CRUDE DRUG COMBINATIONS IN FEMALE ALBINO RATS 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):132-134.
Three different crude drug combinations viz; the extracts of bark, leaf and stem of A. indica; fruits of P. longum and berries of E. ribes prepared using different solvents were tested for their anti-ovulatory effect in female albino rats. The first and third combinations have shown promising results in terms of prolongation of disastrous phase of estrous cycle
PMCID: PMC3331497  PMID: 22557467
6.  NEED FOR AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF MEDICINE-A PROPOSAL FOR ITS ATTAINMENT 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):79-82.
Integration of various systems of medicine is in the best interest of all concerned. It enables the physician to provide the best available therapeutic care to the patient without undue delay, making way for a better prognosis. It also makes available to him a greater variety of treatment measures hitherto restricted to one or the other system. Integration must be achieved at the theoretical level first by pooling together the facts available in the existing systems. From this pooled data must be formulated newer integrated concepts of human being, illness, etiology and treatment. It is not difficult to achieve such integrations for their already exist certain similarities among the prevalent systems of medicine. This will help to translate ancient wisdom into practice and find proper orientation to modern discoveries. Therefore the adherents of various systems must sink their differences and strive to develop an integrated system of medicine
The entire world is the teacher to the intelligent and the foe to the unintelligent. Caraka Vimana 8/14.
PMCID: PMC3331498  PMID: 22557454
7.  ELA AS DEPICTED IN BRHATRAYI 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):129-131.
The types of Ela as accounted in the Brhatrayi is analysed. It is clarified that only Ela proper and Suksmela are mentioned in the Brhatrayi and Brhat ela is the inclusion of Nighantu scholars. The correct botanical identity. Details of Ayurvedic synonyms and their interpretation are presented
PMCID: PMC3331499  PMID: 22557466
8.  CHEMICAL, MICROBIOLOGICAL AND COMPARATIVE FERMENTATION STUDIES ON DASAMULARISHTA 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):123-126.
Dasamularista was prepared as per the national formulary to study the effect of container on the production of alcohol and the presence of microorganisms during the process of fermentation. Citraka (Plumbago rosea Linn.) which was one of the ingredient in the drug and subjected to “Sodhana” was also studied. The Citraka was impoverished by 50% with respect to plumbagin as a result of sodhana-purification. The drug prepared in glass vessel showed higher amount of alcohol than the earthen pot product. During the process of fermentation two yeasts and one bacteria, Micrococcus luteus wee observed in the media, the bacterium being a non-alcohol producing organism.
PMCID: PMC3331500  PMID: 22557464
9.  IDENTIFICATION OF KEBUKA 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):100-102.
The identification of the plant Kebuka is probed here by interpreting the classical texts in Ayurveda
PMCID: PMC3331501  PMID: 22557458
10.  STANDARDISATION OF DIKAMALI 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):106-109.
The gum Kidamali is an important oleoresin drug in the Indian System of Medicine. The market sample of Madras Crude drug trade has been identified as the gums of Gardenia gummifera Linn. f. of Rubiaceae. The morphology, microscopical structure of the source material, the fluorescence analysis and the chemical studies including thin layer chromatography of the drug are reported.
PMCID: PMC3331502  PMID: 22557460
11.  THE SINO-INDIAN ORIGIN OF CHEMEIA AND CHUMEIA AS SYNONYMS IN GREK, SIGNIFYING ALCHEMY 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):116-122.
In China the antecedent of alchemy is represented by the god of longevity emerging from the peach. The first synthetic drug, Kim-Yeh, red colloidal gold, signified gold-cum -herbal juice. Kim-Yeh=Kimiya (Arabic) =chemeia (Greek). Translated this gave Chrusozomion=Gold Ferment, specifying the drug. Rasayana was translated as Chumeia, herbal juice-incorporate and signified the art alchemy. Chemeia was Chinese and Chumeia, Indian. Originally each signified both, a drug of longevity and the art, alchemy. Finally the art of making red gold was misunderstood as the art of making gold itself
PMCID: PMC3331503  PMID: 22557463
12.  HORTUS MALABARICUS AND THE ETHNOIATRICAL KNOWLEDGE OF ANCIENT MALABAR 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):96-99.
Hortus Malabaricus is the oldest important printed book on Indian medicinal plants. The 1st of its 12 volumes was published in 1678 from Amsterdam this book, written by H.A. Van Rheede is perhaps the only authentic record of the ethnoiatrical knowledge of ancient Malabar, available to us today. Several hundred medicinal plants which were successful used by the Ayurvedic physiclans of 17th century are described in this, along with their medicinal powers and methods of application. The identity of many of the plants described has not yet been accurately established, which would be of considerable interest to ayurveda.
PMCID: PMC3331504  PMID: 22557457
13.  SOME PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIONS OF ‘NIMBIDIN’- A BITTER PRINCIPLE OF AZADIRACHTA INDICA-A JUSS (NEEM) 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):88-95.
Nimbidin the major bitter principle from oil of seeds of Azadirachta indica A. Juss was investigated for various pharmacological actions in a number animal models. On central nervous system it exhibited moderate sedative effect it did not show any significant cardiovascular effects in experimental animals. Autonomic pharmacological studies (in-vitro) revealed pronounced anticholinergic antihistaminic (H1-receptor), anti 5 HT and antinicotinic activities. But in-vivo tests did not show any anticholinergic or anti-histaminic activity. Nimbidin possessed moderate diuretic activity and was found to be devoid of local anaesthetic and antiandrogenic effects in rodents
PMCID: PMC3331505  PMID: 22557456
14.  PLURALISM IN THE AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE* 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(2):83-87.
This paper, tries to establish the pluralism within one particular system of medicine, namely the Ayurvedic system. Herein we find not only a multitude of approaches to medical treatment – originating from it's subtle nosological categories. Rather more, the same subtleness in nosology works effectively into the sector of preservation of health and prevention of diseases. The author would like to call that a kind of vertical pluralism, comprising at least three main spheres: treatment – nosology or diagnosis – and prevention. Beyond that an din comparison with other “alternative” systems of the standard horizontal medical pluralism, one could analyse to which extent individual systems are covering the above mentioned vertical range.
PMCID: PMC3331506  PMID: 22557455
15.  MERCURIAL, METALLIC AND MINERAL PRPARATIONS FOR THE AILMENTS OF ALIMENTARY CANAL THROUGH THE PERSPECTIVE OF “BASAVARAJIYAM” 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):67-74.
Basavarajiyam is one of the authoritative works on Ayurvedic treatment widely used in telugu region of India. The work describes the mercurial preparations and its efficacy vividly. The author scans here the work and highlights various mercurial preparations administered for the ailments of alimentary canal.
PMCID: PMC3331480  PMID: 22557453
16.  AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ARTIFICIAL KIDNEY AND AN ANCIENT PROCEDURE OF KRIYA YOGA 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):6-8.
The ancient procedure of Kriya yoga is compared here to Dr. Tse-kong young's modern alternative to the artificial kidney. Both methods are basically the same and the treatment costs almost nothing.
PMCID: PMC3331481  PMID: 22557442
17.  IDENTIFICATION OF CANDA 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):56-57.
In this paper the author probes the identification of the plant canda and establishes its identity by interpreting the classical texts.
PMCID: PMC3331482  PMID: 22557450
18.  TOXICITY STUDIES ON VANGA BHASMA (Part I – with special reference to G. I. T. Liver and Pancreas) 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):32-35.
Vangabhasma is a popular and effective dosage form prepared from tin metal in Ayurvedic practice. Since modern literature attributes certain toxicity to tin salts, an attempt is made to screen the acute and sub-acute toxicity of Vangabhasma in the form, dose and route as is in the practice or Ayurveda. In this paper, dose-effect relation of Vangabhasma on Digestive system (G.I. T., Liver and Pancreas) has been presented. But for local irritation, no significant toxicity attributable to Vangabhasma has been observed even in eight times higher dose than therapeutic dose, on exposure to the drug for ten days.
PMCID: PMC3331483  PMID: 22557446
19.  EFFECT OF TIME ON THE FERMENTATION AND STORAGE OF CANDANASAVA 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):51-55.
Asavas and aristas are produced by fermentation. The usual fermenting period as per the texts is one month. But the Ayurvedic practitioners believe that prolonged incubation results in increased alcohol content of the products. Candanasava was prepared and studied to examine whether these claims are tenable. Maximum alcohol production (9.8%) in 30 days was reached in the earthen pot. With the progress of time beyond 30 days there was loss of yield, alcohol and sugar. There was rich growth of fungi in the pots.
Candanasava stored in glass bottles did not show any change in any of the measured parameters. There was no increase of alcohol with the prolonged storage contrary to the claims. Chromatographically there was no difference between candanasava as obtained after 30 days fermentation period in earthen pot and the same product stored in glass bottles for three more months
PMCID: PMC3331484  PMID: 22557449
20.  MEDICO-BOTANY OF ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS – III AYURVEDIC DRUGS – I 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):61-66.
Ayurveda is not exploited to the maximum extent in the islands. In order to provide a basic data for establishing Ayurvedic and allied pharmaceutical based industries, information of on fortyfour drugs available in the islands are provided in this first paper of the series
PMCID: PMC3331485  PMID: 22557452
21.  TOTALISTIC AND INTEGRATED APPROACH TO HEALTH - A PROPOSAL 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):1-5.
In an earlier article the authors had traced the defects in medical practice to the flaws in the medical knowledge. In the present paper they propose a plan for the rectification of these defects.
As the current medical research is unsuited for this purpose there is a need to adopt an alternative method of research, consisting of three phases viz.
a) Formulation of hypothesis
b) Development of tools of assessment and
c) Experimental verification of the hypothesis using the instruments of assessment.
This method must be used to revise the concepts of human being, illness, etiology and treatment. The first topic that must be taken up for such consideration is the concept of human being. An outline of the various constituents of human being is given. Also the factors that account for individual difference s among human beings, are enumerated. Subsequent research aimed at revision of concepts of illness, etiology and treatment should be based upon such a totalistic and integrated concept of human being.
PMCID: PMC3331486  PMID: 22557441
22.  ACTION OF SAHACHARADI YODA IN KHANJA AND PANGU 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):20-26.
Pangu. is a disease caused by vitiated Vata. It is described among 80 Vata rogas. Sahacaradi yoga of Astanga Hrdaya was adopted for the study. Sixty patients of either sex selected from the Out Patient Department of the Institute were grouped into two at random. One group was put in Sodhana cum Samana and the other in Samana alone. The result in both blocks was statistically significant.
PMCID: PMC3331487  PMID: 22557444
23.  POTENTIAL OF HERBAL MEDICINES IN MODERN MEDICAL THERAPY 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):36-47.
The author discusses in this paper the potentialities of Herbal medicine in modern therapy. Also he throws some light on the importance of natural drugs which bring about cure without generation side-effects.
PMCID: PMC3331488  PMID: 22557447
24.  CHEMICAL STANDARDIZATION OF ‘KUNDUR’ (Oleo-Gum-Resin of Boswellia serrata Roxb) 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):48-50.
A comparative study of the original and market samples of the KUNDUR (Oleo-Gum-Resin of Boswellia serrata Roxb.) with special reference to its chemical standardization and the qualitative and quantitative studies have been discussed here.
PMCID: PMC3331489  PMID: 22557448
25.  ROLE OF PUSHKARA GUGGULU IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE 
Ancient Science of Life  1984;4(1):9-19.
On the basis of authentic references from the literature of ayurveda and on our own observations, Puskara-Guggulu, a combination of oleoresin of C. mukul and I-recemosa, has been clinically tried on a series of ECG proved 50 patients of ischaemic heart disease. This has been administered in the dose of 6 gms per day, in three divided doses upto a period of four months. Precordial pain, discomfort and dyspnoea on effort have been controlled. Mean Serum cholesterol has been found to be decreased by 17.47%. Apart from that, marked improved in the E. C. G. pattern in 30% cases has been recorded in terms of ST-segment and T wave changes, On the whole the result was cured 10% relieved 60%, improved 20% and unchanged 10%, offering a great hope for the prevention and cure of ischaemic heart disease
PMCID: PMC3331490  PMID: 22557443

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