|Eye sight :
Eye are the greatest gift from God! To keep them healthy take action on some of the following suggestions:
- In the mornings, after cleaning your mouth and the eyes, fill your mouth with water so that the cheeks get puffed up and then splash your eyes with cold water 10-15 times. Now throw out water from the mouth. Keep the eyes closed for sometime, and dry them with the palms of your hands. Your eyes will feel cool and fresh. Repeat this procedure once during the day and before going to bed.
- Occasionally walk barefoot on green grass. Walking on grass which has dew on it is even more beneficial.
- Many times a day, close your eyes for short intervals. When the upper eyelid is downwards, the eye gets relief and the sight improves.
- While reading do not keep your eyes fixed but take your eyes from one end of the line to the other. Similar while writing, keep your eyes fixed on the tip of the pen and move it with the movement of the pen. While sewing, move the eyes with the needle.
- While reading or writing at night, the light should come from the back over the left shoulder. The book and the writing paper should be about 30 centimeters ( 12 inches) distance from the eyes.
- While seeing a movie or a T.V. programme, keep your chin up so that while looking at the picture your upper eyelids are pointed downwards. TV should be viewed from a distance of 3 meters (10ft.) at least.
- At night look towards the moon for long intervals and absorb its coolness in your eyes. Do not work in hot sun. Bright light also destroys vitamin A. And vitamin A has a special importance for eye sight. By continuing to look at the moon and the stars not only you absorb their cool but also the horizons and parameters of your thoughts and knowledge expand.
- Vitamins A, B,C and E all improve your eye sight. Eat all such foods which have abundance of these vitamins. Potassium and lecithin are also useful in this regard. Take all such foods which have these minerals in abundance.
- Eat the whole carrot without peeling. Boil carrots, drink the water and eat the boiled carrots. Eat Amla, sunflower seeds, seeds of melon, water melon, gourd, cucumber and sprouted cereals. Eat green peas and beans, onions, beets, broccoli, turnip tops, wheat germs, brewer’s yeast, nuts for improving eye sight.
- Practise jalneti, hip bath and massage of the whole body. Massage lightly the eyes also. Do neck exercise. Turn your neck in various directions. These movements will help your eyes. Practise Pran mudra!
- Wash your eyes with rose water. Take it is the eye cup and apply the cups to your eyes and keep moving your eyes therein so that all the nooks and corners of your eyes benefit.
- Sometimes at night while going to bed, put a small quantity of pure honey in your eyes and then see your sight improves!
- Wash your eyes with triphala water as mentioned earlier under Amla in the chapter on nutrition.
- Gandhiji used to make a poultice of mud with a bandage of very fine cotton clothe and tie it on the eyes for sometimes. Not only will this impart coolness and freshness to the eyes but also improve eye sight.
- For improved flow of the life force and body electricity to the eyes take following action.
i. Massage the pads at the base of the second and third fingers of the hands.
ii. With your middle fingers massage the pressure points underneath both eyes. Do not over stimulate.
iii. Massage the bones on top of the eyes with your thumbs. Work across those muscles - then to the muscles on the forehead just above the eyebrows.
- Some eye exercises are suggested below to keep the eyes healthy:
i. Sit erect. Rub your palms, cover the eyes with them, and think of pitch darkness. Then keeping the eyes closed, put slantingly the left palm over the left eye and thereupon the right palm over the right eye in such a manner that the eyes are covered by the pads of the hands out there is no pressure against the eyes. Now think of some black article or of a black point. Relax the muscles of your face and of the eyes. Take deep breath and give auto suggestion that your muscles and limbs are relaxed and in ecstacy. In four or five minutes all tension would be gone from the eyes. Practise this occasionally at sunrise and before going to bed.
ii. Keep both your eyes open. Hold one pencil in a standing position in your right hand. Take that pencil to a distance of about 60 -80 cms. (24 to 32 inches). Keep your eyesight fixed on the tip of that pencil and keep it in full focus. Now slowly bring that pencil nearer, always keeping the tip of the pencil in focus. When inspite of your best efforts the tip of that approaching pencil get blurred, immediately take the pencil back to the original distance and again start bringing it close as above. Repeat ten times.
iii. Focus the sight at the centre of the eyebrows for sometimes. Then focus it on the tip of the nose for about one minute. Then turn the eyeballs right and left and ritht for one minute. Thereafter keep on closing and opening the eyelids quickly for another minute. At the end, with the left eye see aside down and then up, followed by the right eye seeing aside down and then up. Repeat this for 5 to 10 times.
iv. While standing, or sitting on a chair let your head move like the pendulum of a wall clock from right to left and then from left to right. Gradually let the movement be also with the speed of the pendulum. On reaching left extremity wink once and similarly at the right extremity also wink once. Only wink but do not close your eyelids. Do so for about a minute. Then close your eyes. Continue the pendulum like movement for another minute.
If you practise the above exercises once a week, your eyesight must improve.
Use a footrest while sitting on a chair. It helps considerably. While sitting, sit forwards, with your back erect and the abdominal muscles stiff. If possible, keep the vertebral column from the lower back upto the neck straight. While sitting, the natural pose requires the knees to be somewhat higher than your lips. Keep the chin in, head up and back straight. While bending, bend at the hip level.
While standing also, if possible, keep one foot on a foot rest or somewhat higher than the ground level. You will like it. While bending either bend at the knees or bend from the hips. Do not bend the back.
Do not sit on a chair with a very soft cushion. Whenever you have to sit for a long time sit with your feet crossed. This will give support to your lower back.
If your back is tired or is paining, you must rest. If you have to lie on your back then keep a pillow or something like that under your knees.
Good posture means an upright spine. Bad posture basically consists of any standing or sitting position of the spinal column and the head that deviates more than a few degrees from the verticle. That puts extra pressure on the back muscles. Chest and shoulders should not be stopped. It is a great energy drawing posture.
If there is a foot imbalance i.e. there is too much weight placed on the inner edges of the feet, it can cause spinal tension and consequently great fatigue. Always be careful how you wit or walk!
While lifting loads, first stand facing that load - keeping one foot forwards lift that weight very close to your body. Never lift it above your lips. Never lift a weight which is beyond your capacity. Heavy furniture must generally be slided or raised by using a lever.
While carrying loads or a child in arms, do not carry on one side only. Keep the spine as straight as possible.
During the day, when you are not doing anything special or whenever you are free, take special benefit of that leisure time in doing some light exercises, which are imperceptible, which reduce tension, which strengthen the muscles and which take only a few seconds each. Example:-
- While standing or sitting, draw the abdominal muscles in, tense them, keep that way for some time, even hold the breath for one or two seconds and then slowly and greedily relax them.
- Slowly lower the left ear so as to touch the left shoulder. The lower the right ear slowly so as to touch the right shoulder. Then raise both the shoulder slowly so as to touch both the ears. Thereafter slowly take the shoulders down as far as be possible.
- Turn the head slowly from one side to the other.
- Move the shoulders forwards, backwards, upward, downward, and at times in a circular motion. Sometimes slowly an sometimes quickly.
You can give similar exercise to your other limbs also. All possible variables need not be described here.
Nearly all your body is covered with hair. Some hair are too fine to be visible. Chief concern of everybody is, however, with the hair on the head.
Each hair is serviced by four body organs - very tiny, of course! There is a separate blood vessel to nourish each hair, several pouches of oil linked to tiny oil glands to lubricate each hair, a nerve connected with its pulling and a little muscle to draw it up. There are about two million such units on your body. Imagine!
Basically, health of your hair is directly related to the condition of your blood circulation. Hair, in way, is a barometer of your health. Skin gets from your blood whatever is "left-over" from the vital organs. Whenever there is a nutritional deficiency, the hair are the first to show the effects of this shortage and appear like grass produced by unfertilised soil.
You should first think of such food which will provide to your blood stream elements needed most by the hair. Vitamins B, Vitamin E and zinc intake is especially valuable. Eat more carrots, onions, garlic, wheat germs and food which carries iodine. Iodised salts would also help. Keep up the general nutritional standard!
You can increase the rate of circulation to your scalp through massage, exercise and by proper brushing. Massage may be done by ordinary rubbing and then pounding the head with loose fists and knuckles of the fingers. Rub a small quantity of oil into the scalp once or twice a month. It would be much better if the oil is hot when rubbed in. The heat will open up the oil supply thereof. Application of heated oil in massage of the head is quite common in India. In rural India, massage of the scalp is occasionally done with a mixture of mustard oil and yogurt.
Exercise to the scalp could be provided by grabbing handful of hair and pulling it up lightly all over the head. The hair roots will be energized. You could also push up the blood with your fingers from near the ears, forehead, and the upper part of the neck on to the roots of the hair.
Brushing the hair is done best in the mornings soon on getting up. At that time blood is concentrated towards the head. Never brush your hair when it is wet. The hair are then elastic and will stretch. Use a wide toothed comb. Brushing produces electricity in the hair and thus energies them.
Shampooing the scalp with wheat germ oil or liquid vitamin E is very helpful. Dry shampoo with cornmeal or bran is useful in case of dandruff. In case of dandruff, pour warm cider vinegar on the head and wrap a towel round the head for about fifteen minutes. Repeat every week for six to eight weeks to get results! Alternatively, massage the scalp every night with the finger tips after dipping them in lemon juice.
Once a cold has you in its grip, you can only take steps to make it more bearable. The main question, therefore, is how to avoid catching a cold!
- The body should be maintained in an alkaline condition. It will then be resistant to cold causing germs which prosper in an acid environment. Excess of alkilinity should also be avoided. Diet consisting of all kinds of meat, eggs, cereals, fats, oils, sugar is acid forming. So are plums, prunes, dried peas, beans and pulses. All other fruits and vegetables and milk products are alkaline forming foods. Fatigue, worry, stress and all emotional upsets produce acid condition. A good alkalizer is baking soda. Sip a few glasses of water with a tea spoon of baking soda added to it. This will help prevent a cold.
- In cold weather dress appropriately. Do not carry wet clothing on your body. Take off heavy clothing soon on arrival back home.
- On the very first sign of a coming cold, take mega doses of vitamin C. Some scientists Swear by its efficacy in preventing cold.
- Cleanse your nasal system with Jal - Neti and practise Nadi - Shodhak pranayam every day as explained in detail elsewhere in this book. Yoga experts claim that if you act on these procedures every day, you will not catch ever! Practise Ujjayi pranayam also.
- Complete elimination also helps in fighting a cold. Take enema, if necessary.
- Cold and flu generally start with a sore throat. To avoid a sore throat situation, gargle with saline water once or twice a day regularly during the dangerous period. Take honey with a tea spoonful of juice of fresh ginger. It improves throat condition. Beat white of an egg, if you are a non-veg, add to it lemon juice, honey and 2-3 drops of glycerine. It is a good expectorant for cough and cold. Take a tea spoonful of this two or three times a day. Take garlic, raw onion, vinegar, honey and lemon. Put a small piece of (Kalphi misri) crystal sugar in one side of your mouth and let its juice go in. The throat will be lubricated and coughing will not be that uncomfortable. Press the middle phalange of the middle finger to set body electricity to work on the improvement of the throat. At night apply warm oil to the throat and a bandage around the neck. It will help the throat condition considerably. Look for knots on the arm bone in line with the thumb, within 25cm (10 inches) of its base. At night apply a little oil and rub hard that portion of the arm three on four times. Knots will be reduced and the throat condition will improve. Repeat two or three times.
- Rest is important for preventing and even treating a cold. During rest, balance is restored to the nervous system. Fasting will also help. Drink lot of liquids.
- Practise ling mudra as detailed in the first chapter. It will produce warmth and will help in fighting cold and cough.
- Practise sarvangasana (whole body pose), Paschimottanasana (back of the body pose), Ardha Matsyendrasana (half spine twist pose) and Bhujangasana (serpent pose).
- With reference to the pressure points, press the joints near the ends of the middle fingers. This is likely to help you with your cough. Pressing the lower parts of the thumbs and the webs between the thumbs and the index fingers will also help in fighting the cold. Also press the points for lung, throat and pituitory glands.
- To stop water, flow, apply lightly coconut oil or any other light oil with the finger inside both the nostrils upto one or two centimeters. The flow likely to stop immediately.
High Blood Pressure:
Improper food and environment are the two main causes of high blood pressure. Lack of exercise, stress, obesity, smoking, diabetes and kidney malfunction can also cause blood pressure to rise. In body chemistry terms, imbalance in acid-alkaline ratio causes high blood pressure. Blood pressure is higher in cold weather and lower in cold weather. When you go to higher altitudes, your blood pressure is likely to rise. Some of the common symptoms of high blood pressure are pounding headache, tension, insomnia, raised temple arteries, flushing of the skin, ringing in the ears, ankle swelling, heart palpitation and some times, even pain in heart region. What actually happens is that arteries becomes narrow and hardened and the heart has to exert greater pressure to pump the same quantity of blood within the same time. Heart pumps the entire quantity of the blood through the circulatory system once every seven minutes approximately. To maintain normal blood pressure, follow suggestions made by hereunder:
- Reduce salt intake. Refer to the para in salt in Chapter 2. Salt increases the water retentive capacity of the body and that causes higher blood pressure. It can even cause edema. Do not, however delete salt absolutely out of your diet.
- Reduce sugar intake. Sugar is all calories. It adds to obesity and higher blood pressure.
- Reduce food with higher cholesterol in your diet. Refer to the para on this subject in Chapter 2. Cholesterol adds to the deposits in the arteries, narrowing them still further and thus requiring the heart to pump blood at higher blood pressure. This will mean reduction in the intake of all kinds of meat, eggs, fish, processed cheese, whole milk, butter and other whole milk products.
- Reduce food with higher uric acid content in your diet. If kidneys have more uric acid, the blood is not properly purified. This continues to lower the efficiency of the kidneys. Blood carrying all those impurities has to be pumped at a higher pressure to complete one round within the normal time period. This should mean reduction in the intake of all meat, fish, kidney, beans etc.
- Garlic in both marvelous food and a miracle medicine. Doctors Bordia and Bansal have established that garlic juice reduces the cholesterol level in the human body and significantly reduces the blood pressure in hypertensive persons. Take crushed raw garlic every day. Gulp it down and follow it up with a glass of water. One or two cloves from a bulb should suffice. Fix your own dose on the basis of experience. Garlic normalises the blood pressure, reducing it in case of hypertensive persons and increasing it in case of persons with low blood pressure. If for any reason you are unable to take raw crushed garlic, take garlic pills or garlic capsules. If you have hypertensive tendencies, garlic is the answer to your problem.
- No drug treatment has ever arrested or cured hypertension. It must, however, be admitted that drugs go moderate the intensity of the affliction for the time being. It would be obvious, from the above discussion that for a person with hypertensive tendencies, vegetarian diet is better. With respect to food, attention may be paid to the following points: a) Vitamin B complex and calcium have calming and relaxing effect. Note the use of vitamin E with respect to better circulation of blood. b) Soyabean lecithin lowers cholesterol. This is better than egg lecithin. c) Vitamin C also removes cholesterol from arteries and body organs. d) Potassium helps release the water from the body. It is found in abundance in green leafy vegetables, dried nuts & fruits and tomato juice. Extra zinc in the diet helps lower blood pressure. e) Vitamin B6 lowers blood pressure by controlling the sodium-potassium balance. f) Cucumber, water melon and water melon seeds are good kidney cleaners. Parsley and asparagus also help clean kidneys to remove blood impurities. Blood pressure is thus reduced. g) Apple, grape and cranberry juices, apple cider vinegar in water, as also honey and lemon in water, help reduce blood pressure. h) Whey i.e. the scrum or watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part of curd especially in the process of making cheese, is very good for changing the intestinal flora for the better. It is rich in lactose, minerals and vitamins and acts as a mild laxative. It is good for reducing high blood pressure. In western countries powdered whey is available from health stores. i) Alcohol steals vitamin B from the body and thus goes counter to sub-paras a and e above. j) Avoid smoking. Tobacco constricts the arteries. k) Avoid heavy meals. Heavier the meal, the higher it takes the blood pressure.
- Mud bath once a week helps in such cases. Mud bandage on heart region for about 30 minutes gives instantaneous results.
- In colourtherapy blue, green and yellow are the colours for hypertensives. Blue clothes, blue colour of walls and massage of blue charged oil over forehead neck and heart region helps. Taking green charged water on empty stomach and before meals helps reduce blood pressure.
- Exercise is necessary for regulating blood pressure. Walking is the best exercise. Some times stand relaxed. Then contract all muscles for 5-6 seconds and let go. This instant exercise helps considerably. Brushing massage is a very important exercise which gives disproportionate advantages. Body brush. a small spongy stone or the inside fibrous frame of a dried gourd may be used for rubbing the body. It will open all pores for elimination of toxins and for intake of oxygen. It will provide blood circulation even to the minor blood vessels near the skin and thus directly reduce blood pressure.
- In Yogasanas, Halasana (plough pose), Vajrasana (thunder bolt pose), Padmasana (lotus pose) Sidhasana (semi divine pose), Paschimottanasana (back of the body pose) and Savasana (corpse pose) help control high blood pressure. Meditation with closed eyes has been scientifically proven to be beneficial for hypertensive persons. If the blood pressure rises very high, do Ujjayi pranayam while lying for about 3-4 minutes. The head should be low. Thereafter do Nadi - Shodhak pranayam ten times and then go into Savasana (Corpse pose) for about 10-12 minutes. Results will be obvious.
- Follow suggestion for reducing tension as given in the chapter on Rest and relaxation.
- When blood pressure rises suddenly, take enema. The blood pressure is likely to come down within half an hour. Warm baths lessen the vescority of blood and thus lower blood pressure. Hipbath in cool water also helps.
- Dr. F.M. Hauston of U.S.A. in this book "The healing benefits of Acupressure 1974" says "Put your index fingers straight into your ears. Press firmly then lift slightly forward towards the nose. Hold this contact for several minutes. The blood pressure may be reduced at the first treatment" This merits a trial!
Diabetes is a chronic degenerative diseases. It is caused by disturbance of the metabolism of the whole body and of its hormonic balance. Diabetes mellitus, the commonly known diabetes, is of two types. Insulin dependent juvenile diabetes (Type-I) often occurs in children and young adults when the cells that make insulin stop working. Non insulin dependent diabetes (Type -II) occurs where body makes some insulin but is unable to use it effectively. When glucose is unable to enter the cells, it builds up in the blood stream.
The tendency to develop diabetes is believed to be genetic. Type II non insulin dependent diabetes has an incubation period of 15 to 20 years before it becomes manifest. Besides heredity, diet and obesity are the main causes of diabetes. Pancreatic insufficiency, caused by stress, nervous exhaustion, consumption of refined food, coffee, alcohol and smoking are among the more common causes of diabetes. It is very important that level of sugar in blood stays relatively even. Too little starves the cells of energy and too much disturbs the body’s chemical balance. Hypertension, high cholesterol and kidney dysfunction are risk factors in diabetes.
Frequent urination, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, thirst and hunger are symptoms of Type- I diabetes. These and muscle wasting, dry skin, itching, tingling of hands and feet, blurred vision, slow healing of cuts and constant drowsiness are symptoms of Type-II diabetes. Natural approach for control of diabetes consists of activation of pancreas by providing proper nutrition, proper exercise, acupressure, hydrotherapy and colour therapy. Yoga asanas could effectively massage and lubricate pancreas into meaningful action. Internal availability of insulin has to be supplemented by the intake of such foods which contain insulin like substances.
Avoid sugar, honey, sweets, syrups, glucose, jam and molasses. Also avoid ice-cream, cakes, pastries, sweet biscuits, chocolates, soft drinks, condensed milk, cream and fried foods. Roasted peanuts are not good. Raw peanuts could be taken. Salt intake should also be limited. Use of Caffeine and alcohol must also be reduced. Total caloric intake must be controlled. Dr. Charles Wellet believes that "Weight reduction can bring this incurable disease closer to complete remission than any medication."
Dr. J. Anderson found that diets high in fiber lowered insulin requirements. Complex carbohydrates take finger to breakdown into glucose. The fiber slows that breakdown ever more. There is thus a more gradual release of energy into the body.
Fat tends to block the natural action of insulin. Avoid saturated fats. Prefer skimmed milk. Use cottage cheese made at home. Use non-stick cooking utensils to reduce the use of fats.
Bitter gourd (Karela) contains high dosage of "plant insulin". It is the best missile in food therapy for diabetes. Take its juice. Take it as a vegetable with seeds.
Fenugreek (Methi) seeds are commonly used in India for controlling diabetes. Effectiveness of these seeds is mentioned in Greek and Latin pharmacopea and also in Ayurvedic literature. A tea spoonful of these seeds can be gulped daily with a glass of water.
Jambu fruit (Jamun) is very effective in preventing and treating diabetes. Off season, the stone of this fruit is powdered and can be taken 2-3 gms a day.
Garlic, soybeans and foods rich in potassium also invigorate pancreas.
Fresh tart fruits, giloe (tinospora cordifolia), leaves of bael tree (aegle marmelos) and turmeric with milk are some other foods which help considerably in controlling diabetes.
Grapefruit , onion, lemon, neem leaves, black gram (urad), turnips, bengal gram, sauerkraut, parsley tea, almond meal, artichoke, brewer’s yeast, pectin, yogurt and butter milk are some of the other foods which help in controlling diabetes.
Vitamins A, B, C, & E as also chromium help in this behalf. Exercise reduces the triglycerides and LDL in the blood. When you exercise, you send oxygen to pancreas also and thus you stimulate your pancreas to function better. Physical action burns blood sugar as fuel and lowers its body level. Walking is the best exercise. Heel toe walk and other exercise also help.
Paschmotanasana (back of the body pose), sarvagasana (whole body pose), halasana (plough pose), bhujangasana (serpent pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), ardh Mastyendrasana (half spine twist pose), pawanmuktasana (air release pose) and Savasana (corpse pose) help diabetes by invigorating pancreas and in many other ways.
Nadishodhak pranayam. Ujjayi pranayam and bhastrika pranayam also help in controlling diabetes.
Hydrotherapy affords a thoroughly rational method of treating diabetes by increasing the effectiveness of pancreas and increasing circulation to the relevant parts of the body. Warm shower on abdomen, hot baths, heat producing stomach bandage, cold friction, sitz bath, cold friction bath, and hot and cold compress are some of the effective ways of hydrotherapic treatment.
In colour therapy, take green charges water in the morning on an empty stomach and before major meals. Orange colour breathing helps. Rub sun charged orange water on the abdomen and cover it with red colour cellophine paper. Sun charge leaves of jamun tree in green and orange bottles and take a teaspoon of each with orange charged water.
Under acupressure press points in the centre of the palm in alignment with the bottom of the ring finger and on the sloes of the feet, one third from the base of the toe next to the big toe and two thirds up from the heal.
Meditation, yogic nidra and other relaxation techniques assume importance in control of diabetes. To prevent food trouble wash feet occasionally and keep them warm. Diabetics should deep their extremities warm. In case of cut to the skin, do not take it carelessly, proper skin care is very important for diabetics. Use fatted soaps so that the skin remains lubricated. Be specially careful about your eyes because blood vessels in the eyes are likely to show effects of diabetes early.
Arthritis is generally caused by deficiency of calcium, hydrochloric acid or malnutrition, by obesity, physical stress or glandular insufficiency. Osteo arthritis is a wear and tear disease associated with aging. Some call arthritis a disease of toxicity, the remedy lying in fasting to eliminate wastes. Rheumatoid arthritis is generally the result of allergy or hormonal imbalances or lack of raw foods in your diet. Chronic joint disability is caused by the degeneration of the joint tissues due to nutritional deficiency problem and these deficiencies generally arise when one or more glands are not functioning properly. Arthritis in some causes could be hereditary also.
2. Body has great need for calcium and calcium foods. Acid is needed to dissolve calcium so that it does not turn into deposits, Assimilation of calcium will not take place without the presence of acid in some form. Calcification takes place only when hydrochloric acid is low in stomach. Mega doses if vitamin C - ascorbic acid will make an appreciable difference, so will the taking of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). The food should also be rich in calcium and Vitamin D. Bone-meal tablets may be sucked. Other foods which help in protecting you from arthritis are honey with lemon in water, honey and apple cider vinegar in water, bananas, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, pecans, avocados, cherries and cherry juice. Naturopaths have found that taking one tea spoonful of concentrated germ free dietry sea water from health stores also helps fight arthritis. Foods high in vitamin B6 and vitamin E or their supplements are also good for arthritis. So are grapes, grape juice and asparagus. Other nutritionists recommend deletion of tomatoes, egg plant, pepper and tobacco from the diet. Grape fruit juice may also be deleted from the diet, if you feel arthritis coming.
3. Special importance is given to the juice of both stalk and leaves of celery in countries where this is available. It contains such minerals lack of which predisposes a person to arthritis. It has a high and special type of sodium content which breaks down calcium deposits causing the affliction. Celery juice, if unpalatable, could be taken with carrot juice is a good substitute for celery juice in countries where celery is not easily available.
4. Alfalfa is a potent detoxifier. Take alfalfa concentrate. It contains oil soluble vitamins, proteins and chlorophyll. Alfalfa tea made with the seeds, not the leaves, is specially recommended. Cook the seeds in an enamel or glass pan, not metallic, for half hour with the lid on. Let it summer and not boil. After cooking, strain the liquid of a golden colour. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and take 4-5 cups a day. Continue for 2-3 weeks at a time.
5. Exercises help considerably in keeping arthritis away. Walking is the best exercise for this purpose also. Swimming comes next. You should do flexibility exercises also including stretching of limbs and gentle movements. Arms may be extended and moved to provide motion to the shoulder joints. Wrists may be moved clockwise and counter clockwise. Similar motions may be provided to other joints also. Squeezing a wet towel or heavy cloth is also good for forearm muscles and elbow joints.
6. Many yoga asanas have curative effects. Sarvanagasana (whole body pose), Gomukhasana (cow face pose) Salabhasana (locust pose), Dhanurasana (bow pose) and Ardh Matsyendrasana (half spine twist pose) which have been recommended for lung conditions may be done for the arthritis of the dorsal region including the lower back. Besides, Padmasana (lotus pose) would also help For arthritis of the shoulder joints, practice of Halasana (plough pose) would also be effective. These could be done for one minute each.
7. Deep muscle massage is recommended in case of arthritis. Crippling problems are in the muscles and not in the nerves. Their degeneration is due to lack of circulation of blood. No muscle is dead as long as you live. These may have become fibrous because of the deprival of the blood as well ad the vital electrical energy. These muscles have to be massaged back to active life. Reach the muscles next to the bones by digging your fingers deep into flesh in the affected part. Work on them and press them into a mass as if you were preparing dough. Work across the muscles and not along them, with a deep motion, pain will be caused but it cannot be helped. You have to being the degenerated muscles into action.
8. Glandular insufficiency and hormonal imbalance are some of the causes of arthritis. Press the reflex buttons of the pituitary, pineal, gonad and the adrenal glands as given towards the end of the first chapter of this book. Apply a steady pressure on those points with your finger. Those points which ere sensitive to the touch may be pressed again and massaged with the fingers. In case of the knees, feel soft spots above the knee, one on each side, where the knees, feel soft above the knee, one on each side, where the knee bone ends. Press and hold with the maximum pressure for about five seconds each time. Now locate two press buttons at the indentation just below the knee bone, one on each side, and press hard for about five seconds with your thumb and middle finger. Repeat thrice. Apply these pressures almost daily in the beginning. As things improve, reduce the frequency gradually to once a week.
9. Hot and cold treatment has great relevance in cases of arthritis. If such a condition seems imminent use wet bandage therapy. First wet the cotton cloth bandage in hot water, rinse and apply round the affected part. Above this bandage tie a woollen dry bandage of that size tightly. After about four minutes remove them. Wet cotton bandage in cold water, rinse and tie round the affected part for two minutes, covered as before with the wollen bandage on top. Repeat hot and cold bandages for four or five times, ending with a cold bandage. Let the last cold bandage with a tight overlap of the wollen bandage remain in position for about half an hour while you go about your normal work within the house. This is a method of shock therapy in an attempt, among other things, to get the uric acid released. In those days take care of your food and take only such foods which are low in uric acid so that the body can take effective care of the uric acid thus released.
10. In the midst of action on all the above suggestions, please do not forget that "Mind Power" is really the main miracle medicine and wonder food for arthritis !
Asthma, Bronchitis and other lung conditions:
Respiratory problems are, these days, being aggravated by air pollution. On the first appearance of the danger signal, preventive action may be taken on the following lines:-
- Ensure diaphragmatic breathing as already discussed under the caption of "Aakash element". It merits repetition here. This system of breathing alone is natural and can be learnt from an infant in deep sleep. With every inhale the abdomen goes up and with every exhale it goes down. This alone will improve your respiratory problems by almost fifty per cent. How simple!
- Do not sleep on the back or on the abdomen. Sleep on the side with knees drawn in i.e. in the pose of the unborn child in the womb of the mother.
- Daily practise : a) Jal - neti kriya, b) Bhastrika pranayam, c) Nadi shodhak pranayam and d) Ujjayi pranayam as detailed in the chapter on elimination. These practise will put the breathing apparatus of your body in good shape.
- The following exercises are recommended : a) Purse your lips as if you going to whistle and exhale inhaling deeply again. Practise for five minutes at a time. b) Blow up baloons. In the beginning blow slowly for four or five minutes at a time. Gradually increase the rate of blowing and the time. c) Lie on a slant board with head downwards for some time. That helps reverse the pull of gravity on the entire body and allows better circulation of blood into upper parts of the lungs. d) Practise the following yoga - asanas:- Sarvangasana (Whole body pose) for two or three minutes every day. Bhujangasana (serpent pose) Salabhasana (locust pose) Dhanurasana (bow pose) Ardh Matsvendrasana (half spine twist pose) for one minute each, ever day. Pause for half a minute between one asana and the other. End up with Savasana, all as detailed in the chapter on exercise.
- Please refer to that part of chapter I which deals with the various pressure points in your body working as off-and-on switches of its electrical system. Human body is energy held together by the pranas i.e. the life force. Pressure at certain points restores the energy flow to a particular body system or function. For improving lung condition, the following reflexes may be pressed: a) Point below the neck where the collar bone turns upwards. Press down and firmly inward trice for five seconds each time. Follow this with a massage of that portion for 15-20 seconds. b) Two points on the temples between the eyes and the ears. c) Eight points on the back, four on each side of the vertebral column, the first two, just above the point where the first rib joins the vertebral column, the second two on the third rib, two centimeters each from the centre of the spine, the next two on the fifth rib about three centimeters each from the centre of the spine and the last two on the seventh rib about four centimeters each from the centre of the spine. The pair of opposites should be pressed at the same time. These pressure centered at one spot each will have to be applied by another person employing both the hands.
- It is important to avoid tension, stress and fatigue. Be relaxed. In this behalf refer to the chapter on Rest and Relaxation. Remove other causes like smoking etc. If certain articles cause allergy, either avoid those or try to develop immunity.
- i) Avoid starchy refined foods and cattle mulch. Reduce intake of acidic foods, fats, fried foods and heavy protein diet - Avoid foods rich in potassium also. ii) These conditions may be caused due to nutritional deficiencies. In distress, for short time, high doses of vitamins A and D and of binomial have been found to be effective. Vitamin E helps improve the distribution of oxygen to various parts of the body. Vitamins E and C help to relax the muscle walls of the small bronchii. These two vitamins also help in removal of excess mucus. Vitamins E and C could be taken in high doses even for a few weeks at a time with good results. iii) Use of honey is very effective in such situations due to its moisture absorbing ability. It draws moisture and has thus fatal effect on germs. Vinegar heals serious lung infection and so does apple cider vinegar. Grape juice eliminates effectively the excess mucus and phlegm. iv) Use of garlic is extremely important for such conditions. If fresh raw garlic cannot be taken for certain reason, it may be taken in the form of garlic pills or capsules. Dosage may be fixed by yourself on the basis of your body reaction. A healthy body taking appropriate quantity of garlic will not smell. v) Cut thin slices of raw onion and spread honey on each of those slices. Cover them and let stand overnight. The resultant syrup taken a teaspoonful twice a day is known to help in asthmatic and other similar conditions. vi) Cranberries are also known to be of help in these condition. Cook or mash them into pulp and take with warm water in sips. Asparagus also helps. Use cranberries and asparagus liberally. vii) Turmeric is considered a wonder food for asthma by some ayurvedic practitioners. Take it with honey or warm milk. viii) Sweet yogurt taken in the forenoon inhibits production of histamine which produces the symptoms of allergy. ix) Peppermint helps eliminate hardening mucus. x) Triphala, Arusa (malabar nut) and pipali (long pepper) are useful for asthmatics. xi) Tea made from amla leaves and fenugreek (methi) seeds, raw banana cooked as vegetable, juice of red cabbage made into a syrup, saffron used in various preparations, figs and munaka, soybean milk, juice of bitter gourd all help asthmatics. Pineapple juice dissolves mucus.
- In all cases of bronchial asthma avoid blue and black colours. Green suncharged water is a good eliminator of mucus. Orange suncharged air may be inhaled. Massage with suncharged sesame oil on the chest before going to bed at night wrist or upper forearm and red/pink colour bedsheets help in asthmatic attacks.
- In case of attacks, take a sitting up position leaning forward a bit. Turn off heating. Do not allow smoking in that room. A hot bath followed by a cool shower helps. It is always a good practice to drink a glass of water or a cup of any other liquid almost every hour. Hot beverages are soothing for the system.
- To remove nasal congestion lie on the sides with knees drawn in. Change sides.
- Relaxing of the facial muscles relaxes the airway muscles. So just smile and relax your facial muscles.
- Inhaling certain vapours also helps. A combination of euclyptus oil, pepermint and clove oil is said to be good. A few drops of this combination could be added to a vaporizer to produce a mist for inhaling. Diluted sea salt could also be added to the vaporizer. Sea salt dissolves mucus.
Pain is a distress from nature. On receiving the very first signal look for the cause. It could be either a soft bed, wrong type of chair, uncomfortable shoes or trouble in the feet, bad postures, lifting weights the wrong way, high heels which throw the spine out of alignment, stress, emotional problems or most important of all, poor nutrition or lack of exercise can also cause back ache. Take care of the following points:
- Sleep on a hard bed. The bed should be firm enough so that the spine does not sag as you lie on it. These days you can get hard coir or foam mattresses. In western type beds a firm board can be inserted in between the mattress and the spring to give it the required hardness.
- Sleeping posture should be correct. Please see the chapter on Rest and Relaxation.
- A chair that is too deep or too short in the seat is not good for the back. One should be able to sit with one’s back almost straight and perpendicular to the ground. Change your chair from time to time.
- Check your feet. A minor foot problem such as corn can effect your walk and eventually your back! You should make it a point to shop for shoes late in the day. Your feet expand as much as half a size between morning and evening. Avoid wearing high heel shoes which are not comfortable. Heels should never be so high as will keep the spine off the normal alignment.
- Follow the suggestions made under the caption ‘postures’ in the chapter relating miscellaneous suggestions, particularly in regard to lifting of loads.
- Stress can cause back ache. Follow the suggestions made under caption in the chapter on Rest and relaxation. When under severe stress, break off from whatever you are doing for five to ten minutes and take a walk to stretch your muscles. Long drives are bad for the back. Stop often to relax in between. In case of emotional problems, meditation may help While standing , head may be moved forward and downwards, then interlace your fingers behind the neck and slowly raise your the head till you are looking straight upwards. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat three to four times.
- Even the spine has been resorted to the correct alignment, it may not be able to maintain retain that alignment due to weak and floppy muscles. The weakness the muscles and ligaments you need calcium, vitamin c in 500-100 mg per day and vitamin B complex also help. Take food rich in these vitamins and minerals.
- Most of the back aches are due either to verify stiff or very weak muscles. Exercise is needed to remove the stiffness and also to strengthen the weak muscles. a)Yogasanas are eminently suited for this purpose. Sarvangasan(whole body pose),Bhujangasana (serpent pose), Salabhasana (locust pose), Dhanurasana (bow pose), Ardh Matsyendrasana (half spine twist pose), are recommended in this behalf. b) Another very simple exercise, recommended by consultants both in USA and India, has helped the author personally and is strongly recommended. Lie flat on your back. Bring the feet nearer the thighs, thus raising the knees, the feet remaining flatly on the ground. Now:- I) Attempt Mula Bandha by contracting the region between the anus and the scrotum. Now press the portion between the first and the tenth vertebra against the ground. Keep it like that for about ten seconds. Then let go for five seconds. Repeat this five times. iii) Do as at (I) above, then hold one leg at the knee Not at the calf) with both your hands and bring the knee up with thigh touching your chest. Keep it like that for about ten seconds. Then let it go. Hold the other leg at the knee and bring that knee up to touch the chest. Keep it like that for about ten seconds. Repeat once again for both the legs. iv) Repeat (ii) above five times. Thereafter rest for about 30 seconds before getting up.
- Back pain is mostly caused by tension in the muscles surrounding the spine. For putting on the body electrical system for the spine and its surrounding muscles, you have to press from the base of the first fingers of both the hands, in a straight line passing by the pad of the thumb upto the wrist. On the feet, the press buttons lie from the base of the big toes along the outer edge of the feet up to the heels. The portion near the toe corresponds to the portion of the spine between the shoulders. Tenderness of these press buttons on the feet and the hands shows weakness of the spine at the corresponding place. Massage the hands and the feet along the above mentioned lines and press the tender portions. Stimulated life force will flow to the various portions of the spine bringing it to health.
Music therapy :
Pythagoras believed that music and diet could cleanse both body and soul. In many cultures music is used for restoring balance and expanding consciousness. Many artists and music listeners report that time and space become irrelevent when concentration on the music is total. Music has the ability to penetrate different levels of consciousness. It is mainly for this reason that almost all religions give great important to music whether it be in the physical, mental or emotional aspects of devotional singing. Pitch, duration, tone, color and volume of music not only effect your whole person but also are known to effect plants and animals. In many dairy farms wholesome music is known to have increased the milk yield of cows. Music is also known to have increased the rate of growth of plants. In Mexico and Peru the people are known to cut huge stones by producing sound along "precise harmonic lines". Form all this evidence it is clear that music has an important place in restoring our holistic health. Music is generally used for relaxation and for changing one’s level of consciousness. It has a universal appeal. But inspite of this appeal, music therapy is not yet a developed field. It is not known to treat or heal human disease. It has, however, a great potential for accomplishing it. Enjoy music. Get lost in it occasionally!
For students :
In educational institutions during the examination days the students have a general complaint that they feel lazy, they cannot concentrate on studies and they feel lazy, they cannot concentrate on studies and they do not retain whatever they read. Some students even get "examination fever".
It is not difficult to improve and cure such a mental and body condition. Some suggestions in this behalf are given below: While formulating these suggestion due note has been made of the fact that in those days the students want to devote maximum time to their studies. Time spent on any other activity appears to them to be time lost. For this reason, only such suggestion have been given as will give benefit, if acted upon, much greater in comparison to the time spent to that activity.
- Go to bed early and rise early. Do go to sleep before 9.30pm or maximum 10pm and you must rise before 5am in any case. Sleep for about 7 hours at right. It should be neither more nor less. Also have a seista for about half an hour during the day either after lunch or soon after coming from school. These practices will keep your body, mind and intellect fresh.
- On getting up in the morning, drink one or two glasses of water. After movement of bowels, fill your mouth with water and splash cold water on your eyes for 10-15 times. Do Jalneti followed by Nadi Shodhak and Ujjayi pranayams. Start your studies thereafter. In the evenings also do both these pranayams for about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Go out for jogging - 5 minutes before sunrise. Run for about 15 minutes. You will be able to run about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles ) in that time. The first rays of the sun have special beneficial effects on human body during the first 15-20 minutes.
- During the day, sir for meditation, worship (upasna) and for reflection on the soul (Atma Chintan) for at least 25 to 30 minutes. Appropriate time for this is in the morning after pranayam, at dusk or soon before going to bed.
- Take bath in the morning some time after return from your jogging. You will continue to feel fresh for a longer time. Evening bath should be taken only in appropriate season if you are in the habit of taking bath at that time. At night keep your feet in warm water for about 5 or 10 minutes.
- Your food is of great importance during those days. Do not decrease calories in your food but about 80% of your calories should come from fruits, vegetables, juices, milk, yogurt, cheese, sprouted cereals and pulses, honey and lemon. In cooked food, fats and oils should be very little. In those days abstain from taking ‘puris’, ‘pranthas’, ‘samosas’, sweets and other fried things. Eat those things which you relish. Never study while eating or soon after eating. Before and after meals, relax.
- Get your body massaged once a week.
- Twice a week gargle with luke warm saline water. This will keep your ears, nose and throat in good health.
- During the day when you get tired while studying, practise Savasana for about 5-7 minutes.
- Gyan mudra sharpens memory and promotes general mental development. Whenever you remember, practise gyan mudra with one or both the hands while sitting, standing, walking, reading or lying down.
For expectant Mothers :
Mother power is worshipped in many countries of the world. Man only provides the sperm. It is the mother who provides everything else to give birth to that loved creature, your child! The whole process of conceiving and delivering a child is the most natural of all processes. It is, however, so different with every woman that all problem associated with this process must be referred to the doctor or a qualified midwife for advice. This provides only briefly some basic guidelines for pre and post natal care.
Pregnancy can last from 240 to 300 days. At an average, a pregnancy takes about 10 lunar months or 280 days. Only about 4 per cent of the babies are, however, born on the expected due date. Do not be upset so long as your loved one does not arrive before 240 or after 300 days, both extremes being considered normal.
Pregnancy is the period for gaining weight. In the first three months you gain one or two kilograms (about 2 or 4 lbs). Later, the gain could be approximately half a kilogram a week. The total gain should not be less than 7 kgs. (15 lbs) and not more than 14 kgs on account of increased blood and fluids, about 3.5 kgs on account of the weight of the baby and the rest for providing energy to the mother. Generally you get back to normal weight within one year.
Morning sickness often occurs in early pregnancy. It requires some stringent dietary measures. Eat before getting out of bed in the morning. Drink liquids between the meals and not with the meals. Avoid fried and spicy foods. Eating small meals frequently also helps. To some women sipping carbonated water provides relief.
Constipation and "gassiness" is another general complaint. Do not use laxatives. Take plenty of fluids. Eat foods high in fiber i.e. bran, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Gur and molasses could also help. Daily exercise, especially walks, are very necessary for removal of this complaint.
Heart burn in the upper abdomen is common in late pregnancy. Eat small meals. Avoid spices and fat. Go to bed only after three hours of eating. Relaxation will also help.
Iron with vitamin C and calcium are required in larger quantities. Take foods rich in these minerals. Milk and milk products are good, fruit and vegetable juices may also be necessary. Craving for starch and clay should be curbed. Muscle cramps are generally due to insufficient calcium in-take or insufficient exercise. Smoking, alcohol and even strong drugs must be avoided. Bananas are reported to improve the complexion of the child and parched gram and almonds add to its intellect!
During pregnancy you need 9 to 10 hours of sleep. Try to lie down on your left side with your knees bent inwards. Mid-day rest is the answer to fatigue in early pregnancy.
Baby’s feeling during the first few minutes of its life are very important. Upon delivery, place the new born on the mother’s abdomen to reassure it that the environment is warm and friendly. Caressing and touching of its back by the parents will relay the love and affection to the baby. In the first few days rock the baby often. It has lived in a moving environment for nine months. The stillness after birth frightens it. Carry it around in order to soothen its body panic.
And, now, a few words about breast feeding. Breast milk is individualised for each child. Raw materials for the production of that milk are selected from the blood stream of the mother, according to the needs of the child. Breast milk provides protection against respiratory and intestinal infections. It is more easily digestible. It is always ready to drink and incontaminated. Its protein is more nutritious and digestible than cow’s milk protein. When the babe suckles, the hormone oxytocin is released which helps the uterus to contract efficiently and post delivery bleeding decreases. Release of another hormone prolactin gives the feeding mother a feeling of relaxation. Weight control becomes easy because you burn almost a thousand calories for every litre of milk you feed. More important than all the above benefits of breast feeding are the physical and emotional bonds of the most intimate nature created between the mother and the child by that skin to skin eye to eye contact between the two.
A simple formula:- Kiss your spouse with a broad smile at night before going to sleep. Also kiss your spouse with a broad smile when you get up in the morning.
This should ensure conjugal amity and happiness!
For senior citizens:- Disruption of the joint family brought loneliness and fear to the senior citizens in the west. Same thing is happening in India now. Mental insecurity affect physical health. Stress management, nutrition and exercise are the basis of longevity and optimum health. If these three things are properly taken care of, you can age with grace and sing with Robert Browning :
Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be:
Health and vitality depend as much on your state of mind as on the state of body. You are growing up, not growing old! As years add to your life, you add life to your years. To instil confidence, self-respect and dignity into your life, do not "retire" but only change activities at a particular age, even if you do not get paid for those activities.
- Enrich your social support system. I) Join neighbourhood activities, be an active member of the neighbourhood association, visit neighbours, help them in their hour of need. ii) Join groups and clubs, participate in their activities, play some games and if for nothing else, visit clubs for reading papers or for general exchange of views with others. iii) Have closer connections with relatives and friends, visit them, participate actively in their moments of happiness and sorrow, talk to their children, play with them and they will appreciate this new intimacy.
- Join one or more professional support system. (I) According to your earlier profession, join societies or associations of those professionals, offer gratis services to those in need, and if nothing else, meet with those following the same profession, and keep abreast with the latest professional developments. (ii) Choose your new profession to be aimed at a good mental health and spiritual development, seek out people who are following the same path, talk about what you are reading and what guidance you are seeking. Join some satsang or religious group. Be an active colleague with others in following the chapter on Mental health and spiritual development.
- Intimacy of some sort is important through-out life. Develop this intimacy with your spouse, if you have one living, in fields other than family and sex. Develop intimacy with some chosen friends in a very conscious manner. Develop friendships and more so with persons of younger generations. They will look upto you and that will be your reward.
- Introduce growth into your life. Turn music on and dance. Write essays, poems and even letters to editors on topical subjects on which you have clear views. Memorize a poem, recite couplets or tell jokes. Go sight-seeing with some friends or even alone. Visit beautiful parks in your neighbourhood, watch a sunrise or a sunset. Visit theatres or musical and dance recitals. Visit restaurants which are a little above your means, with some friends or even alone. Introduce growth and sit down and feel that you are growing. Howsoever great or howsoever lowly you are, you can introduce growth in your life at a very low cost, if your finances are limited. That will make life worth living !
Thus giving and receiving friendship, having motivation for useful living, disciplining yourself emotionally and striking a balance between physical activities and mental health and spiritual development you will be able to manage your stress factor effectively.
- Let us now talk of nutrition. i. Start the day, soon on rising, with a glass of water. This may be followed by a glass of water with lemon and honey in it. Your breakfast may consist of one or two fruits and a drink of hot milk, lassi made from yogurt, herbal tea or even a cup of ordinary tea with milk or lemon. No buttered toast or eggs are indicated and of course no "pranthas". Lunch should be your case fat used should be sunflower oil, corn oil or soya oil. Salt should be minimal. Sugar (sucrose) should generally by the minimum if not altogether absent from the meal. Salads should be prominent. Try to have sprouts of green mung beans or alfalfa in most of the meals. Let the meals be not over cooked. Do not over eat. No water or any other liquid be taken with the meal, half hour before the meal or two hours after the meal. Enjoy your lunch!
ii. In the afternoon have a drink of honey and lemon juice or herbal tea or any other of your choice. No snack is indicated.
iii In the evening, not late at night, have a good snack made of fruits, salads or whatever you wish. It should not be a meal but only a snack. A cup of hot milk is indicated at bed time. It may have a flavouring or nutrition thrown in, if necessary.
iv Supplements of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, E, calcium, lecithin and iron may be necessary, if the lunch and the dinner snack are not rich in those minerals and vitamins. Vitamins C & E prevent premature aging.
v Obesity is a serious threat to longevity. Remember that in an experiment by underfeeding rats, their life span was increased by 33 per cent because they matured at a slower pace and late age. Alcohol steals vitamin B from the body. Avoid taking alcohol.
vi A diet of milk, honey and amla (gooseberry) while resting and meditating for six weeks has rejuvenated persons in their late seventies. Diet of garlic, yogurt and honey as the main components has increased life expectancy in many countries. Olive oil, onions and fresh garlic have worked in some other countries . butter milk, leavened foods, Royal Jelly, almonds, apple cider vinegar, barley water and raw vegetables especially of cruciferous family have anti aging effects.
- i. Exercise is the closest thing to an anti aging pill. It is a mus for a reasonable living. Walk for about one hour in the morning and for at least half an hour in the evening. Try to time these walks with sunrise and sunset. At those times the rays of the sun strike you at a low angle and it is then that your body assimilate some beneficial rays from that great source of energy.
ii For preventive maintenance of the body functions, select som yogasanas and some stretch exercise. If you think you have danger of back ache, asthma, some other pulmonary ailments arthritis, hypertension etc, select these exercise out of the list exercises useful for preventing and reducing the effect of those ailments. Try to spend half an hour in the morning and atleast fifteen minutes in the evening on such exercises. Speed and strength are not necessary to be displayed at these exercises. These exercises should be regular, and continued throughout life.
iii Life force or prana is intimately connected with breathing Practise Ujjayi and Nadi shodhak pranayams (described in chapter III) as one of the first things in the morning and the last thing at night. These will hardly take three or four minutes each time.
iv Have body massage (as described at the end of chapter III) once a week.
v The well known mystic and naturopath Edger Cayce of Virginia Beach U.S.A. says " He who takes a Colonic (enema) every month would never have trouble common to aging persons". Have enema once a month. Another favourite Cayce Saying is, "After breakfast, work a while. After lunch rest a while. After dinner walk a mile." Get dressed for breakfast and after breakfast, you must do some work of your choice.
- By following a reasonable regimen, leave the biblical age of "three score and ten far behind. There is an authentic and official confirmation about the age of one Li Chung Yun who died in China in 1933 at the age of 256 years. The head of Chang - Tu University had led the investigations into his age. He was a herbalist and attributed his longevity to the herb Fo-ti-Tieng - elixir of life. Another herb - gotu Kola - grown principally in India and Sri Lanka, is said to be equally effective. Get back to nature for healthy, disease free living!