The basic forces in the
Universe - visible and invisible - are butdifferent manifestations of that
Unitary Power which the Vedistscall Prana. Using this Vital Energy to heal
is called Pranic Therapy.
This article is a continuation of the earlier
article Pranic Therapy PartIII.
The system of Indian Holisitc medicine, Ayurveda postulates a
differentview of the human personality. Based on the Sankhya school of Indian
philosophy, Ayurveda conceives life as the interplay of three
Life-principles called humours ( which correspond to the three attributes of Nature - Sattwa, Rajas and thamas ).These are Vata ( wind),
Pitta( bile) & kapha ( phlegm). In the healthy person these three
doshasare in a state of perfect equilibrium. Illness arises when this
balanceis lost. Ayurveda holds that every person has in him a tendency to
haveone of the three humours dominate his psychophysical system &
thispredominance of one humour makesAyurveda classify the body
underthree types: Vata type, Pitta type & Kapha type. ( This is parallel to theVedantic
Modelwhich classifies individual minds as Sattwa
dominant,Tamas dominant and Rajas dominant ). Taking this predominance
of one of the humours into consideration & identifying the body
Ayurvedic doctors prescribe medicine & diet.
Nature are these!
Know then that Being and Nature both
Hath no beginning;
that all qualities
2. Regulation of Food, Sleep and
Exercise" Food is medicine; Medicine is food " said Hippocrates. "Food
Brahman. Food was verily born before all creatures: therefore it
iscalled the medicine for all" declares the Upanishads. By stating
thatfood is the root cause of all ills & illnesses Vedanta have
formulatedone of the foundational principles of holistic health. At least
half theailments of man can be traced directly or indirectly to the
Regulation of food is not easy, because it is an
addiction like alcohol.Problems like obesity, higher cholesterol level &
irritable bowel syndromecrop up if food is not controlled. By controlling
food, the whole bodycomes under control. "When taste is conquered everything
is conquered "averrs Vedanta. What really matters is not how much we eat but
howmuch of what we eat is transformed into bioenergy & the building
materials of life. Sir William Osler pointed out many years ago " Only a small percentage of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes
to waste and loss of energy".In holistic health, food should be
revered & a proper attitude towardsfood should be developed. " Be
thankful for all food, for food is Brahman " said Vivekananda.
hours have been prescribed for all even though requirement ofsleep varies
from person to person
Research studies have indicated that even moderate
levels of exercisebolster the immune system.
No amount of sleep is
sufficient for unwinding the mind for it is alaystense state under the
stressful conditions of modern life. Antidotes tostress include yogic
techniques like Meditation, prayer, cultivationof the Witness attitude &
practice of absolute self-surrender to the Divine,which enable us to avoid a
lot of unnecessary stress.
Acid-Alkaline Balance - Key Indicator of
Foods either leave an acid ash or an alkaline ash. Maximum health
is inan alkaline body. The average 20th century diet, stress,
pace,lifestyle & environment produce far more acid than is healthy. The
body is alkaline by design & acidic by function, which means that
yourbody's health is dependent upon it being alkaline.
source of stress is known as a stressor. Most of the stressorsin todays'
society ( cigarette smoke, alcohol, stress itself, bad diet,coffee, sodas,
pharmaceuticals) all produce an acid state in the body.All cancerous states
are acid states of long duration.
Research indicates that 90% of our
general population is far too acidic,which leads to a variety of negative
health effects. Over time, beingacidic is the main cause of degenerative
diseases & aging. If you havean acidic body, you become energyless,
exhausted physically & mentallyand you lose the radiance and shine of
skin & hair.
Grains,sugar, dairy, animal or vegetarian protein &
oils yield an acidash while fruits, sea vegetables, vegetables quality water
& herbsyield an alkaline ash You should consume 20% of your food
daily,by weight from the acid ash-forming foods & 80% , from the alkaline ash-forming foods.
pH ( standing for 'potential of
Hydrogen' ) is a measure of the relativeacidity or alkalinity of a solution.
The scale of pH ranges from 1 to 14.14 is totally alkaline and zero is
acidic. The middle of this line is 7,neutral. Quality water has a Ph of 7
and you should maintain this level.
It is ideal to incorporate 2 glasses
of lime juice along with the 8-12glasses of water which is taken daily . A
diet of 80% alkaline ashfoods is ideal. We have to maintain this ratio - 80
% alkalinity & 20%acidity for optimum health.
The effects of
having an alkaline body
1) we are calm & collected
2) we have high
3) our sleep patterns are deep
4) we have less colds and flus
5) the immune system is fortified
6) the body has good
Yoga Physical Exercises for
Doing nothing or simply lying down is not relaxation. The
muscles whenstretched bring in relaxation as it frees them from the tense
condition.Some of the yogic Asanas are highly effective because they can
There will be focal point in the body which
reflects the mental tensionwhich one finds oneself in. That focal point of
mental tension shouldbe identified and you can choose that type of yogic
exercise whichwill relax the muscles & tendons of the specific focal
point of tension
Regulation of Breath
"Breathlessness is deathlessness " averrs
Yoga. Regulation of breath givestremendous relaxation.Pranayama, without the
help of a bona fide Master,can lead to serious complications. What is needed
is the practice of
breathing deeply ( as deeply as possible ) through both
the nostrils & thenslowly breathing out ( without breath retention ).
This kind of regulateddeep breathing can be done at any time, even in your
Psychosomatic pain can be alleviated by these simple yogic
techniquesmore effectively than allopathic pills or tablets. Here we employ
theinternal pharmacy of Skill power in lieu of the external pharmacy of