Why Ayurveda Approach is Vital for Western Herbalism
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Australian Traditional Medicine Society’s Hall of Fame (2012) Denis Stewart has the rare combination of having run a long and established practice in herbal medicine, while also excelling in the ability to articulate and eloquently present his clinical insights. He constructed the course of studies for the National Herbalists’ Association of Australia, established the first three-year course in Herbal Medicine at the NSW College of Naturopathic Sciences, and in the late 1970s he founded the Southern Cross Herbal School where he taught at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He was appointed a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle University in 2002. Denis Stewart has been referred to as the “Godfather of Australian Herbalism” and as spearheading the “Herbal Renaissance” in Australia in the early 1970s. He has a teaching career in herbal medicine spanning 30 years during which time he constructed the professional examination, curriculum and course of studies for the National Herbalists’ Association of Australia. He established and taught the first three-year, full-time course in Herbal Medicine at the NSW College of Naturopathic Sciences. More recently, he helped construct the Bachelor of Herbal Therapies course at the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle and was appointed a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University since 2002 to 2007. Denis Stewart has been in continuous herbal medicine practice for 30 years and presently conducts busy herbal medicine practices in Newcastle, Gosford and Cessnock, NSW. He is a Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and a Fellow and Life Member of the National Herbalists’ Association of Australia.
Phytochemistry in Ayurveda
Chair of Ayurveda at UNHI (Universitas Hindu Indonesia) | BAMS at Alva's Ayurveda Medical College | MD from Alva's Ayurveda Medical College | Ph.D at I.P.G.T. & R.A, Jamnagar | Doctor at Purnayoo Arogya Nikethanam | Abhishesk has completed a Doctorate in Ayurveda after his Post-graduation (M.D) and graduation BAMS. Currently he is a Honorary clinical registrar for two years at Institute for Post Graduate Training & Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
Dr. Abhishek Joshi is a qualified Ayurveda doctor from India. He did Ayurveda graduation (B.A.M.S) and post-graduation (M.D) from Karnataka, India. He was awarded Ph.D. in Ayurveda from the most esteemed Gujarat Ayurveda University, India. His research on protein energy malnutrition and recurrent upper respiratory infections was highly applauded. He is academically trained in Ayurveda paediatrics and his area of interest includes autistic spectral disorders, ADHD etc. He participated and presented research papers in many national and international Ayurveda seminars. He practises and conducts evidence based research in the field of Ayurveda by combining the complementary methods of healing. He is passionate about teaching Ayurveda and is very popular among his students. He has taught and practised Ayurveda in India and Indonesia. An avid speaker, he has delivered awareness classes on Ayurveda diet and life style on various platforms. He believes in integrating the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga to heal his patients. He is a trained yoga teacher since 8 years and conducts workshops under NGO Art of Living. He is at present working as Chair of Ayurveda in a university in Bali, Indonesia since 2014. He is working on introducing Ayurveda education and clinical practice in Bali, Indonesia. He is integrating the Ayurveda and the knowledge of ancient Balinese healing “Usada Bali”. He is instrumental in showcasing the real potential of Ayurveda in treating various diseases and is setting up an Ayurveda hospital in the university campus he is employed.
PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH ARTICLES PUBLISHED
1. “Comparative standardization of different market samples of Ayurvedic formulation - Balachaturbhadra Churna” in International Journal of Green Pharmacy, Jan-Mar 2016 (Suppl), 10 (1). Page. 65-71. Pubmed indexed journal 2. “Evaluation of immunomodulatory activity of Balachaturbhadra Churna- An Ayurvedic formulation. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, vol. 7(4), december 2016, pp. 293-300. NISCAIR (National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources) listed journal. 3. “Adverse reaction of Parasika Yavani (Hyoscyamus niger Linn): Two case study reports. Ayu, 2015;36:174-6. Pubmed indexed journal 4. “Pharmacognostical and pharmaceutical assay of balachaturbhadrachurna - a compound Ayurvedic formulation” in International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives Vol 4, no.1, 2013 Page no. 170-174. 5. “Tackling stress the holistic way” in International Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biological Archives 2013; 4(4), july-Aug 2013, Vol.4, issue 4. Page.585 – 590 6. Article entitled “A preliminary pharmacognostical and physicochemical evaluation of Balachaturbhadra Avaleha” is published in Annals of Ayurvedic Medicine Vol-3 Issue-1-2, Jan.-June, 2014. Page no. 20-28. 7. “Phyto-chemical and pharmacological profiles of hyoscyamus niger linn (parasika yavani) – a review” in Pharma Science Monitor 6(1), Jan-Mar 2015, 153-158
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Herbs have been healing mankind since ages unknown. Ayurveda the most ancient organized science of medicine is well practised and documented. Ayurveda explains an elaborate drug delivery system. It identifies herb through taste, quality, potency, post digestive phase and special action (known as Rasadi Panchaka). These principles are always considered before formulating any herbal combinations. Ayurveda gives fundamental importance to phytochemistry and various pharmacological activities of drugs. It unravels multiple attributes of a single drug through different dosage forms and different processing techniques. Depending on the active principles present, herbs are administered in various therapeutic forms like juice, decoction, infusions, linctus, powder, pills, confections, ghee, oils, fermentation etc. Various dosage forms will make it compatible, palatable, easily absorbed into the human system and even enhancing the action of combination. Herb or formulation is prescribed after considering aspects like body constitution, status of digestive capacity, strength of the patient, time factor etc. The present paper aims at exploring these principles of phytochemistry and the varieties of herbal forms administered in Ayurveda.
Effective integration of Western and Eastern Nutrition and Herbalism
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery | Masters of Medical Radiation (Nuclear Medicine)Monash University | Certified Trained teacher in Fertility Management Education (Australia) | 14 years of Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner | Director and Practitioner of Ayurvedian Clinic,Trained teacher in Natural Fertility Management Education | Ayurvedic Practioner, Natural Fertility
When it comes to traditional Indian Medicine, there is no one quite as passionate as Dr. Rani Samant – a doctor of traditional Indian/Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Rani has dedicated her career to Ayurvedic medicine, acquiring formal training in India which she’s turned into hands-on experience for close to ten years.Rani’s love for physiology and patient care has remained constant throughout her years. She possesses a keen mind with a continuous craving to understand how the human body works, both when at ease and going through a time of disease. It is for this reason that she chose to further her training in Australia, completing her Masters in Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine) at Monash University, Melbourne. During her training, she was granted the opportunity to work at several research-based hospitals, including St. Vincent Public Hospital, Austin Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She additionally gained further work experience as a nuclear medicine scientist at Royal Brisbane and the Women’s Hospital (RBWH). This is a quaternary and tertiary referring hospital, participating in world-leading research and education in the pursuit of excellence when it comes to specialised care to deliver the most desirable patient outcomes possible. Her journey has been almost effortless, thanks to her deep-seated understanding of the Australian healthcare systems and patient care approaches. Upon securing strong work experience and training throughout these globally renowned hospitals, her love and passion for Ayurveda only strengthened. She firmly believes that Ayurveda holds the answers to life.Rani believes that, once people are able to learn and understand the basic principles of life science, they can train themselves to follow the right life-path towards optimum health. She gained further training in Natural Fertility Management in Australia, which is another focus of her Ayurvedian clinic, as well as reproductive health care. She incorporates her evidence-based natural fertility training with Ayurvedic practice, in order to help couples in achieving the pregnancy they are hoping for – 100% naturally.Rani adores evidence-based practice. It is the reason her consultations are so thorough, informative and outcome-driven. Rani further possesses a passion for yoga, meditation and all things musical. She loves life and helping people to unlock ultimate health and happiness. Rani firmly believes that by spreading her knowledge and wisdom of Ayurveda, she can make a difference where it matters the most by serving the people who crave her guidance. She believes that this is the reason she was born, and that this is her role in the world. She knows that she is lucky to have the opportunity to learn and teach Ayurveda.
Phytochemistry in Western context
MB, BS, DBM, MNHAA | Integrative and Holistic Medicine | M.B,B.S (UNSW) graduated 1979;
Diploma of Botanic Medicine, Southern Cross Herbal Schools (A/Prof. Denis Stewart) 1982-3 | Ayurveda Metagenics Foundations in Ayurveda Training Program (2 years part-time), 1999-2000.
Currently: PhD Scholar, School of Medicine, University of Sydney 2015-2018.
Sydney based Giselle Cooke has practised wholistic & integrative medicine in Australia since graduating in Medicine and Surgery in 1979. Having already completed training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she pursued studies in Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Ayurveda and mind-body medicine. Giselle founded the multidisciplinary clinic, Pymble Grove Health Centre in1989, she opened The Modern Apothecary, herbal dispensary & teahouse in 2003, adjacent to her complementary medicine practice, Health Alchemy. Giselle currently works as a holistic health consultant Lotus Dental/Lotus Health in Neutral Bay, specializing in wellness medicine, optimal ageing and epigenetic interventions. Giselle is the author of two books and innumerable health articles. She has lectured at universities and naturopathic colleges and has delivered countless papers on complementary medicine at national and international conferences. Giselle has served in an advisory capacity to government committees on complementary and alternative medicine over the past twenty years. She also served on the executive of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association, was convenor of Health Network Australia and spokesperson for the Complementary Health Care Council. Giselle is currently undertaking PhD research at the School of Medicine at The University of Sydney, conjointly with Medlab Pty Ltd, under the supervision of Professors Luis Vitetta and John Sinn. Her area of research is focused on male infertility and its relationship to the microbiome.
Dr. Ranjit Rao
Integrating Ayurveda principles with modern health practice
MBBS, FRACS Urology
Dr Rao graduated as a medical doctor in 1994 and subsequently as a Surgeon and Urologist in 2006. During his third year of medical school he was exposed to meditation and yoga and upon completion of his internship he spent 1 year in India studying and practicing yoga, meditation and Ayurveda (India’s holistic medical system). He subsequently came back to Australia and integrated these fields as a General practitioner for 2 years. Though he now works as a Surgeon, he remains open minded to a Holistic approach, and encourages patients to take control of their lives with proper diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, as well as establishing a sensible and practical way of living. Dr Rao has written several very well received articles on a range of subjects such as men’s health; the busyness epidemic; judgment; and materialism. He is the author of “Meditation and Martini” which outlines how to integrate the spiritual and material lives. The theme of his writing is to encourage people to make conscious choices and live a life of balance, rather than being swept away by the collective sway of society. He has spoken several times on National radio including ABC and SBS. He is a passionate golfer, keen runner, father of 2 children, and enjoys a good drop of red with family and friends!
How Ayurvedic Phytochemistry boosts my use of Western herbs
Naturopath, Ayurveda practitioner, Anthroposophical Medicine
Dipika Delmenico is a registered Naturopathic practitioner and has been practicing traditional medicines for more than 20 years. Since 1999 she has trained extensively in Ayurveda. She has extensive practical clinical experience in Ayurvedic medicine and pulse reading, herbal remedies, diet, Panchakarma therapies and karma chikitsa therapy. Dipika has practiced in India and USA with Dr. Pankaj Naram and Dr Smita Naram. For five years Dipika has been studying Anthroposophical Medicine. She participates in the IPMT (International Post Graduate Medical Training) intensive programs of Anthroposophic medicine in Australia and India. A motivated, engaging speaker Dipika believes that working with women's menstrual health and reestablishing simple routines and rhythms in our lives is key for children and whole family health in all communities. In busy clinical practice in Geelong and Surf Coast, Victoria, she gives ongoing consultation and support to patients of Ayushakti Ayurved in Australasia and globally. Dipika teaches Ayurveda in Yoga teacher training programs as well as Practitioner Mentoring and Training. She is author and teacher on Ayurveda and Women’s Health.
Integrating Science and Natural Health Tradition
Dr, Vicki Kotsirilos AM, MBBS, FRACGP, FACNEM, FASLM Medical Practitioner, Holistic GP
Dr Kotsirilos has a common set of question for her patients. “How often do you see the sun” is one of them. She will also ask about your sleeping patterns, your eating habits and other seemingly trivial questions. However these questions are important because lifestyle factors are seen to be relevant by a new generation of doctors and, paradoxically, complementary medicine is being called upon to treat health problems often associated with our modern way of life. An increasing number of doctors are transcending the “alternative vs conventional” medicine paradigm by incorporating scientifically-proven natural therapies into their practices. Instead of a pill they prescribe a herb or a walk in the park. Integrative medicine has multiple benefits. It allows doctors to use the best of both worlds, traditional and conventional, while affording the freedom of choice to patients. Dr Kotsirilos has embraced this form of medicine as a health practitioner and an educator. Such is her belief in this form of medicine that she had established the Vicki Kotsirilos Integrative Medicine Grant endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Her book A Guide to Evidence - Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine was well received by the medical profession. Only by talking to Dr Kotsirilos do you discover her belief that wisdom can be found within and many places and that truth is not the exclusivity of one field. It was refreshing to hear a medical practitioner talking about the power of the mind, the healing properties of herbs, the importance of food - after all, it was Hippocrates who said “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” - The effectiveness of acupuncture and other forms of complementary therapies can have a place in western medicine. According to Dr Kotsirilos not only is there enough evidence to back up centuries old practices but they are particularly effective in treating fertility problems, menopause, diabetes, skin conditions, breast disease, prostate disease, migraines, headaches and depression. Dr Kotsirilos says that 99% of her patients have chosen her because she practices integrative medicine. “Most people who come to see me love the natural therapies. But most importantly they love the fact that they have a choice” she says. Her approach is so popular she stopped taking new patients long ago. She divides her time between keeping up with the latest research, teaching doctors, working for government, caring for her family and her farm. Dr Kotsirilos came to integrative medicine through her personal and professional experiences. Her journey started when as a young doctor fresh out of university she was confronted with the reality of the medical profession. “As a young doctor I was working long, stressful shifts. I was chronically tired, I wasn’t getting enough sleep. It started damaging my health in many ways. So, yes, I guess you can say that being a doctor in a hospital was making me sick”. Her job was running her life and dictating her lifestyle. She decided to take a year off and spent six months travelling in Europe. Upon her return to Australia she took up yoga and meditation. Meditation was the big breakthrough for her: it allowed her to work more efficiently, she was calmer and her sleep improved markedly. It was at this point that she started having doubts about traditional medicine. When she worked in a hospital for the elderly she observed a doctor treating patients with vitamin injections and getting them off non-essential medication. Their health improved and the results were better than when they were popping pills. Dr Kotsirilos didn’t need any further proof to start researching and enquiring into non conventional ways of treating an illness and improving physical and emotional well-being. She took courses and gained qualifications on acupuncture, nutritional and environmental medicine, herbal medicine and hypnosis and counselling and put them in practice straight away. She joined forces with her dentist husband and together they opened a combined medical and dental clinic where she started practicing integrative medicine. She kept an open mind to her newly acquired knowledge and a close ear to the stories her patients would tell her. She kept everything that worked and discarded anything that didn’t work whether that was a herb or a pharmaceutical product. In 1992 she founded the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) and started to get in contact with other like minded doctors. She was AIMA’s founding president for seven years and held various positions within the organisation for 20 years. She is currently an honorary life member. She has published hundreds of articles on evidence- based integrative therapies and worked with her colleagues from various fields to develop courses for young doctors who, according to Dr Kotsirilos, are very interested in adopting this new wave of medicine. Dr Kotsirilos points out that many therapies are not new. On the contrary they are very old. The difference is that now there is a growing body of evidence that proves their effectiveness. “Take St John’s Wort for example” she says “it has been shown to be beneficial for mild to moderate and recently for major depression equal to antidepressants with less side effects. I believe it should be on the PBS”. She also points out that “the mind is equally important as the physical body, research supports that”. She practices what she preaches: she meditates every day and on her working days she takes a few minutes off during her lunch break to sit in silence. When asked what she believes to be of utmost importance for a doctor she says with unwavering conviction “Listening to people with a kind and caring heart and spending time with patients”
Ayurvedic Herbal Principles for better Naturopathic Results
B.Hlth. Sc. (Nat.) Dip (Ayur. Med) N.Z.
Wayne is a Naturopath and Ayurvedic practitioner with over 15 years experience in clinical practice, His qualification in Ayurvedic medicine was received from one of the leading colleges outside of India under the guidance of Dr Vijay Murthy (BAMS, MS, B.Nat, MPH). He also studied in numerous Ayurvedic clinics and hospitals in India including JSS Ayurvedic University, Mysore. In 2012 Wayne was accepted into the SDM Ayurvedic Hospital and College postgraduate internship program in Hassan, India where he continues his clinical training. Wayne is a co-director and the senior practitioner at Yukti Botanicals on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Yukti clients experience classical Ayurvedic treatments, informed by both Naturopathic and Ayurvedic consultation and supported by traditional formulations personally compounded by Wayne. Yukti Botanicals also offer a complete range of lifestyle and nutritional products to enhance these treatments and reinforce general wellbeing through their natural pharmacy. To achieve successful outcomes for his clients, Wayne combines the wisdoms of Ayurveda, Yoga, western medical science and nutritional medicine. Wayne’s special interests are in Dravya guna, Bhaisajya kalpana and integrating practical Ayurvedic treatment strategies into a western setting. His experience and knowledge is evident in his professional practice and his dedication to developing practical and effective health programs for his clients to take control of their own health and wellbeing.