GUWAHATI, Nov 17 – Vaccination followed by screening is essential if the incidence of cervical cancer has to be lowered. This strategy adopted in countries such as US, UK and the Netherlands has shown encouraging outcome, and should be implemented in the developing countries as well.
This was emphasised by Dr Brigitte FM Slangen of Maastricht University Medical Center, who is conducting a training programme in Gynaecologic Oncology at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, here.
Speaking exclusively to The Assam Tribune, the senior consultant gynaecologic oncologist said that cervical cancer poses risks to a large number of women around the world, and it strikes when the women are in the prime of their lives.
In most cases the disease afflicts a woman between the age of 30 and 40, a stage in life when she is likely to have young children. Her disease, therefore, affects her family and close ones, too.
The issue of cervical cancer, in her view, needs serious attention as it is a form of cancer that is actually preventable to a very great extent.
“Through vaccination women can be protected, but vaccination should be done at a stage when the person is young,” she noted.
Screening is equally important to respond to the challenge of cervical cancer, she stated and underlined the need for a highly structured mechanism that would encourage women to come in for tests. Later, a follow-up action would ensure that they continued to have protective cover.
On the role and importance of having gynaecologic oncologists in cancer treatment facilities, the Dutch doctor mentioned that doctors with such a background are better equipped to handle specific cases than other doctors. In the US and England, gynaecologic oncologists have been able to offer proper treatment to patients in need, and their roles are considered critical in reducing patient deaths.
Appreciating the work of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, she said that doctors here have high skills and knowledge about cancer care and treatment. She said that she has also enhanced her knowledge through interactions with the doctors of the institute.
Dr Slangen will also participate in the foundation day celebration of BBCI tomorrow in which she will deliver the keynote address on ‘Need of Gynaec Oncology as sub-speciality in the developing world’.
Dr AC Kataki, Director of BBCI revealed that the Dutch School of Gynaecologic Oncology and Pelvic Surgery is keen to continue training programmes here at the institute twice a year.
Source: The Assam Tribune
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: A seven days free Yoga training and natureo therapy camp was held at Arunachal Pradesh Charitable Trust (APCT), Lekhi village and Rajiv Gandhi University from October 22 organized by APCT in collaboration with Seva Bharati, Arunachal Pradesh.
Himadri Purokayastha, North East Yoga Pramukha, Yoga Bibhaga, Seva Bharati Purbanchal, Guwahati has given free natureo treatment to local patients and trained the participants.
About 80 patients were treated freely and 45 persons participated in the Yoga training.
Source: The Arunachal Times
ITANAGAR, Oct 29: Lower Subansiri District Health Society in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb (India Private Limited) organized 2 days School Health Programme on Hepatitis- B under NRHM at Govt Hr. Sec. School, Ziro on Oct 28 and 29.
11 cases of Hepatitis B were detected out of total 520 tested during the programme.
DC Sadhana Deori monitored the day-long programme and interacted with the students and teachers regarding the testing and counseling of the positive cases. She also directed the school authority to maintain confidentiality regarding the outcome of the tests.
Dr. J Khopey, MD (Pathology) briefed on Hepatitis B infection through power point presentation on Oct 28.
On the second day of the programme DFWO Dr. Nani Rika highlighted the aims and objectives of the School Health Programme and requested the students and teachers to take opportunity of free testing of Hepatitis- B.
DMO, Dr. Hage Tam, briefly highlighted the dangerous nature of Hepatitis -B, mode of transmission and its prevention. He requested all the students to be disciplined in all respect for a healthy life. He further informed the students that Hepatitis- B is one of the most dangerous infection and a silent killer.
The Hepatitis-B test kits were provided free of cost by Bristol-Myers Squibb which was was represented by Pranab Sharma.
Source: The Arunachal Times
Vienna, Jul 19 (AFP) The UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) today issued the first overhaul of its guidelines on HIV drugs in four years, saying the therapy now saving more than five million lives should be initiated at an earlier stage of infection.
A phonebook-sized volume issued at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna confirmed and amplified a key recommendation made by the UN agency last year about earlier use of antiretroviral therapy (ART).
The 156-page report highlighted the leading role played by the famous drug “cocktail” in fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS.
The combination therapy, which was first introduced in 1996 but initially restricted to rich countries because of its then high cost, reached 5.2 million people in 2009, an increase of 1.2 million over 2008, the report said.
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Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 16 (PTI) A team from the Union Health Ministry is here to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the spread of swine flu in the state where the virus has claimed 16 lives in the last one month.
Kerala government had asked the Centre to send an expert team to conduct a study after a spurt in cases.
The Central team comprises Sunil Gupta, Joint Director (microbiology), National Centre for Disease Control and Dr Pradeep of Emergency Medical Services and Relief Division of the Directorate General of Health Services.
Scientist from National Institute of Virology B V Thandale is also expected to join the team today.
After holding discussions with Health department officials, the team would visit swine flu-hit areas, official sources said.
The sources said the Centre would provide 31,000 doses of Tamiflu preventive vaccine to the state as requested by the government.
Press Trust of India Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (London)
Hollywood beauty Kristen Stewart is troubled by fans who pose as her on the Internet and send messages to her friends and family.
The Twilight star’s friends complain to her that they are plagued by fans, who clutter their social networking pages, in a bid to contact their idol, reported Contactmusic online.
“My friends all have Facebook pages and stuff because they are normal people. But they are constantly being plagued because they somehow find out I’m friends with them and then the impostors try to go on and message my brother pretending they are me. My brother and my friends always complain to me about it,” said the actress.
The 20-year-old shot to global fame after appearing alongside Robert Pattinson in the vampire film franchise and the fame brought along hordes of fans.
She recently admitted she felt lucky to have been supported by her family during her rise to fame. Stewart cites her loved-ones as the reason why she didn’t go off the rails like some of her famous peers.
“My family are amazing. I had, like, the perfect upbringing. It sucks for people like Lindsay Lohan, but it’s not her fault that she’s so off the rails and she’s smart, very smart,” said Stewart. Source: NDTV
By Dr. Akshyakumar (Herbalist)
Contd. from last Wednesday
Diabetic diet: Eye problems: Vitamin A in very young children, 60,000 mcg of retinol can be administered orally in a single dose with beneficial results. The dose can be repeated every six months without any ill effects.
Other skin disorders: It is believed that intake of vitamin A in large doses helps relieve warts and other growths in the skin such as boils, rashes, and carbuncles of diabetic persons. Depending upon the condition of the skin, the intake may vary from 7,500-15,000 mcg per day for one month. Vitamin A therapy is considered especially effective for corns
Precautions: More than 30,000 mcg of vitamin A taken daily can produce toxic effects in adults if continued for many months. In infants, toxic effects can be produced by the intake of more than 5,550 mcg per day. Toxicity symptoms include hair loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, scaly skin, blurred vision, rashes, pain in the bones, irregular menstruation, fatigue, headache, and liver enlargement.
Acute toxicity from a single massive close manifests itself as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and sluggishness. Chronic toxicity may occur following ingestion of 12,000 mcg or more daily for prolonged periods. It is characterized by joint pains-more especially of the feet hair loss, dryness and fissures of the lips, loss of appetite, low grade fever, and weight loss.
Vitamin A deficiency: Common suggestive signs. Bilot’s spots, conjuctival xerosis, corneal serosis, kerotomalacia xerosis of skin, folliculcular hyperkeratosis (without perifollicular hemorr hage).
Laboratory test: Plasma vitamin A, plasma carotene: reflects dietary intake of carotenoids, dark adaptation tests, electroretinogram, electronystagmogram. Common suggestive signs. Healed rickets (in older children or adults): Frontal or parietal bossing, knock knees or bowlegs, deformities in thorax, ostromalacia (in adults).
Absorption of cholesterol and fat soluble vitamins A. In addition to contributing significantly to the total body synthesis of cholesterol, the intestine also plays an active role in the absorption of cholesterol and its esters. Within the hemen, cholesterol esters from the bile and diet are hydrolysed by a pancreatic esterase. There is also a separate cholesterol esterase in the intestinal microvilli, which completes this hydrolysis. As a result only free cholesterol appears to enter the intestinal cell. However just as in the case of long-chain fatty acids, much of the cholesterol is reesterified and is then secreted primariry into lymph.
The absorption mechanisms of the fat-soluble vitamins A is not well understood. The intestine is able to convert beta-carotene into vitamin A. The vitamin A thus formed or absorbed from the lumen is esterified in the mucosa primarily with palmitic acid, transported in the chylomicrous of the lymp, and stored as relinyl palmitate in the liver. The other lipid-soluble vitamins also appear in lymph chylomicrons, but esterification with fatty acids does not appear to be necessary for their transport.
Deficiencies of vitamin A. Vitamin A History. One of the first symptoms of vitamin A deficiency is inability to see in subdued light (night blindness). Treatment of the condition has been known empirically for millennia. Hippocrates recommended the use of ox liver. Over a century ago, Bitot called attention to the simultaneous occurrence of night blindness and lesions of the conjunctiva. At the turn of the century, Mori suggested that ocular lesions seen in Japanese children might be related to a lack of fat in the diet. Early in the twentieth century, two groups of investigators in the United States recognized that a fat-soluble factor was essential for growth, survival, and the prevention of xerophthalmia in rats. In 1924, Bloch reported that xerophthalmia in Danish children could be prevented by feding them butterfat or cod-liver oil. Somewhat later, the provitamin A status of B-carotene and certain other carolenoids was established.
Diabetic impotency : This butter, massaged every morning and evening on the penis and the spine will provide the desired effect. It is also used as an oral medicine. Four grams with betel leaf can be taken. The use of this butter both externally and internally in this way will gradually promote health and vigour and restore absolute fitness in the body.
Precautions: The usual dose of datura is about 2 decigrams. In large doses, it may lead to dilation of the pupils and dryness of the mouth and throat.
Garlic : Analysis of garlic shows it to contain moisture 62%, protein 6.3%, fat 0.1 %, minerals 1.0%, fibre 0.8%, and carbohydrates 29.8%, per 100 grams of edible portion.
Ts mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. It also contains traces of iodine, sulphur and chlorine.
The bulbs yield an essential oil containing allyl propyl disulphide, diallyl disulphide and two other sulphur compounds. They also contain antiseptic and hypotensive or causing low blood pressure principles- allicin, allisatin I and allisatin II.
Aphrodisiac effect: Garlic has a pronounced aphrodisiac effect. It is a tonic for the loss of sexual power from any cause. It also treats sexual debility and impotency caused by overindulgence in sex and nervous exhaustion from dissipating habit. It is said to be especially useful to old men with nervous tension and failing libids.
Ginger: An analysis of fresh ginger shows it to contain protein 2.3%, fat 0.9%, minerals 1.2%, fibre 2.4%, and carbohydrates 12.3%, per 100 grams.
Its mineral and vitamin contains are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, reboflanin, niacin and vitamin C.
Ginger juice is aphrodisiac. For better results, half a teaspoon of ginger juice, honey with a half-boiled egg and is taken a night for a month. It tones up the sex organs and cures impotency of diabetic persons
By Dr. Akshyakumar (Herbalist)
Contd. from last Wednesday
Diabetic Diet: The 80% absorbed, about 20 to 50 % either combines with or burns down into products that are excreted within about one week in the faces or urine. The remainder 30 to 60 per cent of the absorbed vitamin A is stored.
Functions in the Body: The best defined function of vitamin A is its role in vision in the retina. In addition, vitamin A is required for growth, reproduction, and the maintenance of life. If builds up resistance to respiratory and other infections, and keeps the mucous linings and membranes of the body, especially those of the eyes, lungs, stomach, and intestines, aids in the secretion of gastric juices, and the digestion of protein. It also plays a vital role in preventing and clearing up infections of the skin, and in promoting healthy hair, teeth, and gums. Vitamin A increases the permeability of blood capillaries, thereby contributing better tissue, oxygenation. It also helps prevent premature ageing and senility, increases life expectancy, and extends youthfulness.
Sources: Foods rich in vitamin A include those of animal origin such as sheep liver, egg yolk, whole milk, butter, and ghee vegetables such as colocasia, turnip greens, drumsticks, beets carrots and spinach contain a lot of carotene. Fruits , like mangoes, apricots, gooseberries, raspberries, and oranges are also rich in carotene.
Deficiency symptoms: Prolonged deficiency of vitamin A may result in inflammation of the eyes, poor vision. And night-blindness. There is an increased susceptibility to infections, especially of the respiratory tract, in the form of frequent and prolonged common colds.
Vitamin A deficiency may lead to lack of appetite and vigour, defective teeth and gums, skin disorders such as pimples, acne, boils and premature wrinkles. When vitamin A is present in insufficient amounts, the mucous membranes of nose, throat, and mouth, the bronchial tubes, lungs, intestinal tract, kidneys and vagina are greatly affected. Eventually the mucous membranes of the entire body lose their ability to secrete the normal quantities of the mucus needed to protect them from irritation, and the body degenerates rapidly. Other deficiency symptoms include retarded growth in children, dry and dull hair, dandruff, excessive hair loss, ridged nails, and a poor sense of taste and smell.
Healing and therapeutic properties: When taken in large therapeutic doses of 7,500 mcg to 15,000 mcg a day, for purposes of treating deficiency conditions, Vitamin A is beneficial in the treatment fo common colds, sinus problems, influenza and other infectious diseases. Vitamin A is valuable in curing nightblindness and other eye diseases, as well as asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and kidney disorders.
Eye problems: Nightblindness and the milder conjunctival changed respond well to 9,000 mcg of vitamin A daily for a week. Corneal damage constitute a therapeutic emergency and the usual treatment is 6,000 mcg per kg of body weight, per day, for 5 days.
Large doses of vitamin A have been used for reducing the incidence of vitamin A deficiency in small children. In cases of xerophthalmia, a type of dry conjunctivitis due to lack of vitamin A in very young children, 60,000 mcg of retinol.
Herbal care: Bishop’s weed (Ajwain) : Chemical composition: The ajwain seeds shows them to consist of moisture 7.4 per cent, protein 17.1%, fat 21.8%, minerals 7.9%, fibre 21.2% and carbohydrates 24.6%, per 100 grams, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thamine, riboflavin and niacin are amongst the vitamins and minerals in it.
Aphrodisiac for diabetic persons: Ajwain seeds, combined with the kernel of tamarind seeds are an effective aphrodiasiac. These should be fried in equal quantity of pure ghee, powdered and preserved in airtight containers. A teaspoon of this powder, mixed with a tablespoon of honey, taken daily with milk before retrieving makes an excellent aphrodisiac. It increases virility and cures premature ejaculation.
Cardamom: Chemical composition: An analysis of the cardamom capsule shows it to consist of carbohydrates, moisture, protein, ether extract, volatile oil, crude fibre, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
The seeds contain a volatile oil. The principal constituents of the volatile oil are cineol, terpineol, terpinene, limonene, sabinene, and terpineol in the formic and acetic acids.
The herb is useful in sexual dysfunctions like impotency and premature ejaculation of diabetic persons. A pinch of powdered cardamom seeds boiled in milk and sweetened with honey every night would yield excellent results. Excessive use of cardamom at times may lead to impotency.
Datura: Chemical analysis: The leaves of the plant contain alkaloids. The cultivated plants produce higher percentage of alkaloids. Seeds yield diploid I and tetraploid II besides alkaloids. Some amount of alkaloids are there in dried seeds and fruits.
Datura is useful in impotency. The seeds of 15 ripe fruits should be extracted and boiled in eight kilograms of cow’s milk on gentle fire. This milk should then be made into curd in the usual way and churned the morning to extract butter which is stored in a broad-mouthed bottle.
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The 12 oriental secrets for Healthy-building : 6. All fruits and vegetables should be in season. The oriental health secret is that seasonal fruits and vegetables are in harmony with the digestive assimilative system and thus, they promote better yin-yang precision balance.
7. Unnatural beverages should be eliminated since they cause discord with the yin-yang balance. The Oriental folk healers feel that unnatural beverages (which would include coffee, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, commercial teas) create an antagonistic reaction to the yin-yang balance. This disruption often results in worse than average health.
8. For tea drinking, select all-natural herbs. The commercial teas are usually are usually dyed or chemically treated and this creates a volatile reaction to the delicate internal balance. The Oriental healers have always emphasized the sipping of all-natural, herbal teas, which are said to be soothing to the yin-yang balance.
9. Meats and fish should be organic. Modern folk healers have reported that many of their patients suffered a variety of illness because of excessive consumption of chemically treated mets and fish program, the sensitive yin-yang balance was restored and healing began to take place.
10. For persons troubled with impaired digestion, a folk healer would suggest that there be no liquids taken with meals.
The Oriental folk healers explained that to “down” the yin or the yang secretions in lots of water would dilute their effectiveness, thus impairing the assimilation nutrients. Many folk healers urged their patients to eat their meals without imbibing in water or other copious liquids as a means of enabling the yin-yang secretions to digest foods in a soothing and healthful manner.
11. The problem of indigestion, or stomachache as we call it today, is regarded as a symptom of upset yin-yang balance by the Oriental healer. To alleviate this, it is suggested that you sip tepids-neither too hot nor too cold, since either extreme is antagonistic to the polarized elements after your meal. This is said to help soothe your elements – after your meal. This is said to help soothe your elements and promote internal harmony. A cup of herbal tea, a coffee-substitute or slightly heated vegetable juice is very beneficial to the digestive system and the yin-yang polarized elements.
12. The serenity of the Oriental while eating is a picture of healthy digestion. The folk healers urged their patients to chew slowly, chew carefully and savor all that is eaten and swallowed. Careful chewing is soothing to the yin-yang digestive balance.
The preceding 12 health secrets are drawn many fragments and scrolls of folk healing documents that have endured throughout the centuries-and they are surprisingly modern in their benefits. While the ancient Orientals may have lacked our modern scientific laboratories, then possessed wisdom and common sense and were well ahead of their time the restoration of internal balance.
Basic Yin Foods:
These foods are said to posses healing benefits that are soothing to the body organs influenced by the yin principle. Folk healers would suggest increased intake of these foods, with decreased intake of others, to help give the body its needed ‘yin food’. Such foods are :
Organic chicken, organic beef, sole, trout halibut, barley, whole wheat, corn, rye, oats, red cabbage celery, green peas, garlic, mushroom, bamboo shoots, artichoke, spinach, asparagus, cucumber, beans, potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, goat’s milk, margarine, butter, cream cheese, sweet cream, sour cream, orange, fig, banana, grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, lime, molasses, honey, peanut oil, safflower oil, white sesame oil, menthol, thyme, deep well water, fruit juice.
Basic Yang Foods:
These foods are said to possess healing benefits that are soothing to the body organs influenced by the yang principle. Folk healers would suggest increased intake of these foods, with decreased intake of others, to help give the body its needed “Yang food.” Such foods are : Organic eggs.
Bengal gram: Chemical composition: Protein 17.1%, fat 5.3%, minerals fibre 3.0%, carbohydrates 60.9%, calcium 202 mg, phosphorus 312 mg, iron 10.2 mg, vitamin C-3mg.
Bengal gram has many medicinal properties. Soaked in water overnight and chewed in the morning with honey, if whole gram seed acts as a general tonic. The liquid, obtained by soaking the seeds and then mascerating them, also serves as tonic.
Sprouted Bengal gram supply plenty of B complex and vitamins. However, excessive use of Bengal gram causes indigestion and may precipitate urinary calcium due to high concentration of oxalic acid and from urinary stone to calculi.
Sexual dysfunction of diabetic patients: Flour of the puffed Bengal gram is a very nutritive food, and an effective remedy for impotency and premature ejaculation. For better results, two tablespoonful of this flour should be mixed with honey, powdered dates and skim milk powder. It can be packed in airtight tins and used when required.
Almond: Chemical Composition: Protein 20.8%, Fat 58.9%, Minerals 2.9%, Fibre 1.7%, Carbohydrates 10.5%, calcium 230 mg, iron 4.5 mg, niacin 4.4 mg.
Almonds are one of the best nut and seed foods. The best way of using almonds is to soak them in water and grind them into fine paste into fine paste is called almond butter. This butter is of special value to the older people who are generally bothered with the problem of not getting enough protein in their diets.
Impotency of diabetes: Almonds are very useful in case of loss of sexual energy which usually results from nervous debility and brain weakness. Their regular use will strengthen sexual power. Chewing of equal quantity of almond kernels and roasted gram also help in restoring sexual vigour, as a health-giving for the prevention fo various complications that may arise due to malnutrition in diabetics.
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Diabetic Diet: The Secret “Yin-yang method of perpetual youth and health. The Meaning of Yin and Yang. Ancient Oriental healers believed that there was a constant struggle in the human body comparable to the same struggle in Nature between opposing forces. The fluctuations of these two polar forces, Yin and Yang, were said to influence universal energy and regulate the body’s youth and health. The Oriental healers followed the basic principles of fact medicine by treating the cause of an illness through correcting this imbalance. Once the Yin and Yang principles were properly balanced, the cause of the ailment was said to be corrected and the symptoms subsided.
Today, in our modern knowledge, we know that the Oriental folk healers were ahead of their time in making this discovery of perpetual youth and health. We may not call these forces Yin or Yang, we may call them acidity or alkalinity, for example. However, despite cultural differences, the Orientals’ discovery of these forces must be recognized as a significant scientific contribution.
The Health influence of Yin. Yin signifies acid secretions in the digestive system and an expansion of its functions, it is considered a passive, cool, dark and somewhat receptive element. Yin-dominated body parts include the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Orientalists feel that disorders of these emotions or body parts indicate a disturbance in the Yin factor.
The Health Influence of Yang. Yang signifies alkaline secretions in the digestive system and a soothing element, it is considered more actively healing, warm, bright and more independent. Yang dominated body parts include the intestinal and bowel tracts, gall bladder stomach and bladder. Orientalists feel that disorders of these emotions or body parts indicate a disturbance in the Yang factor.
How Foods can help regulate the Health building Yin-Yang balance. Orientalists maintain that good health is a reward for regulating the Yin-Yang balance through common-sense eating of special foods. The folk healers, who managed to learn of these secrets used them for correcting disorders among the people. They created this amazingly simple, amaxingly modern guide for helping to regulate the balance with simple eating practices. Today, the Orientalists have blended the ancient with the modern as a means of creating a basic set of 12 steps to a healthful yin-Yang balance through judicious eating.
The 12 Oriental secrets for health building. As you read these 12 steps, note that then draw from thousands of years of folk healing are balanced with our modern knowledge of good health:
1. In a cold (Yin) climate, eat more grains, vegetables, fish and desired meats. In a warm (Yang) climate, eat more fruits and vegetables and less of fish and meats. This helps establish a healthy balance in your digestive system and promotes more favourable assimilation.
2. Your foods should be a natural as possible. The modern Oriental folk healers are aware of chemicalized and industrialized foods and urge their followers to avoid them in order to help maintain the delicate Yin-Yang balance. The suggest eliminating all canned or bottled foods. The belief is that since the body is a child of nature, it should be treated livingly, with foods created by Nature. Any deviation is a disturbance of the Yin-Yang balance and resultant ill health.
3. Your fruits or vegetables should be organic, in so far as these are available. Avoid those foods that have been tainted with chemical fertilizers or harsh insecticides. While the ancient Orientalists were better able to partake of organically grown foods and thus, were free of this problem, modern people need to exercise care in selection of healthful food.
4. If you are tempted to eat spicy foods, select those that are very mild-they will bring less disturbance to this delicate Yin-Yang balance.
5. Your foods should be familiar to your climate and your environment. The Oriental healers feel that the Yin-yang precision balance is best maintained when foods are in harmony with the immediate surroundings. If you must eat something exotic or different, just consume a small portion until you are able to adjust your harmony to this strange food.
6. All fruits and vegetables should be in season.
Pomegranate : Chemical composition: (a) Alkaloids viz., pseudopelletierine, pellatierine, isopelletierine, methylpelletierine (b) Vitamin P activity (c) Mannitol and sorbitol.
The juice from the fresh fruit is an excellent cooling beverage for alleviating thirst in cases of hypertension patient. It acts on the liver, heart and kidneys and tones up their functions. It supplies the required minerals and helps the liver to preserve vitamin. A from the food. It increases the body’s resistance against high blood pressure.
Two teaspoon of the juice mixed with equal quantity of honey can be given with beneficial results in hypertension, can be used twice daily, is very effective in hypertension.
Precautions: The fruit should be eaten immediately after they are cut open as the seeds lose their colour quickly. Pipes should not be swallowed while eating the fruit. This is said to have bad effect in the intestines and may cause appendicitis.
Angur (Grapes): Chemical composition: (a) Acids, viz, oxalic acid, tartaric acid and other racemic acids (b) Sucrose.
Protein 0.7%, minerals 0.2%, carbohydrates 7.0%, calcium 20 mg, phosphorus 20 mg, iron 0.2 mg, vitamin C 31 mg.
The grape is a highly valued fruit mainly for its rich content of sugar which is formed almost entirely by glucose. The quantity of glucose in grapes varies from 15 to 25 pc in different varieties. The glucose is a predigested food and is absorbed in the body soon after its consumption. It supplies heat and energy to the body within a short time.
The therapentic value of grapes is closely linked with its richness in pure glucose. Studies have indicated that the production of energy essential for the proper functioning of the heart and organs of high physiological importance depends on the metabolism of glucose. Grapes, therefore, have a restorative effect by virtue of their easy assimilation. They are thus highly valuable in case of weak digestion, general debility and fever. When fresh grapes are not available, raisins soaked in water can be used.
Grapes are highly beneficial in the treatment of heart disease. They tone up the heart and are effective in cardiac pain and palpitation of the heart. Grape juice will be valuable when one is actually suffering from a heart attack.