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A small material on Janosia Ashoka


REMEDY NAME: JONOSIA ASOCA/ JANOSIA ASHOKA

(Bark of an Indian Tree, introduced by Dr. N. D. Ray, Calcutta)

Preparation:-

Mother Tincture (F)

Drug Strength 1/10

Janosia Ashoka in moderatelycoarse powder             100 g

Purified Water            125 ml

Strong Alcohol            900 ml

  • In Sanskrit Ashoka or Raktapallava; Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Telegu Ashok; Gujrati Ashupani; Tamil and Malayalam Ashogam; Latin Sacara Ind. or Jenosia Ashoka.
  • This drug has been accepted by the therapies of Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Hekimi etc. with the names of Ashoka cordiel; Tin Ashoka; vibro Ashoka; Ashoka compound.
  • It is used in disorder related to menstural cycle and axis.
  • According to Ayurveda, intake of bark of Ashoka with boiled milk is a remedy for menstrual disorders. It is also helpful in dysmenorrhoea.
  • It is also known as a nourishing tonic for uterus.

Various clinical conditions in which Ashoka is used:-

  1. Leucorrhoea
  2. Amenorrhoea
  3. Metorrhagia
  4. Menorrhagia
  5. Uterine colic
  6. UTIs
  7. Haemorrhoides
  8. Relflex headaches arising due to uterine pathology

Dosage: Tincture to low potencies

References:

  1. Varma P. N., Indu V., Encyclopedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia
  2. P. Banerjee, Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
  3. Boericke W., Pocket manual of Materia Medica
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A small material on Janosia Ashoka


REMEDY NAME: JONOSIA ASOCA/ JANOSIA ASHOKA

(Bark of an Indian Tree, introduced by Dr. N. D. Ray, Calcutta)

 

Preparation:-

Mother Tincture (F)

Drug Strength 1/10

Janosia Ashoka in moderatelycoarse powder             100 g

Purified Water            125 ml

Strong Alcohol            900 ml

 

  • In Sanskrit Ashoka or Raktapallava; Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Telegu Ashok; Gujrati Ashupani; Tamil and Malayalam Ashogam; Latin Sacara Ind. or Jenosia Ashoka.
  • This drug has been accepted by the therapies of Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Hekimi etc. with the names of Ashoka cordiel; Tin Ashoka; vibro Ashoka; Ashoka compound.
  • It is used in disorder related to menstural cycle and axis.
  • According to Ayurveda, intake of bark of Ashoka with boiled milk is a remedy for menstrual disorders. It is also helpful in dysmenorrhoea.
  • It is also known as a nourishing tonic for uterus.

Various clinical conditions in which Ashoka is used:-

  1. Leucorrhoea
  2. Amenorrhoea
  3. Metorrhagia
  4. Menorrhagia
  5. Uterine colic
  6. UTIs
  7. Haemorrhoides
  8. Relflex headaches arising due to uterine pathology

Dosage: Tincture to low potencies

References:

  1. Varma P. N., Indu V., Encyclopedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia
  2. P. Banerjee, Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
  3. Boericke W., Pocket manual of Materia Medica

Diet Soda May Heighten Risk for Vascular Events


February 9, 2011 (Los Angeles, California) — Diet soda may not be the healthier alternative many had hoped. A new study suggests that the popular drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death.

“People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda,” lead investigator Hannah Gardener, ScD, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, told reporters attending a news conference here at the International Stroke Conference.

The risk persisted after controlling for metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiac disease history (relative risk, 1.48; 95% confidence interval, 1.03 – 2.12).

“This is the first report of this association,” said American Stroke Association national spokesperson Larry Goldstein, MD. “I think that it’s always good to do things in moderation. People should look at this information and consider it in the context of their other risk factors.”

The researchers looked at more than 2500 people from the multiethnic Northern Manhattan Study. Participants were asked to report how much and what kind of soda they drank.

During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

The researchers also observed a marginally significant increased risk for vascular events among those who consumed diet soda daily and regular soda once or more a month (adjusted relative risk, 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 0.96 – 3.16).

As reported by Medscape Medical Newsprevious studies have suggested a link between diet soda consumption and the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But this is the first time diet drinks have been associated with vascular events.

“This is an observational study and not a prospective randomized trial,” Dr. Goldstein, from the Duke Stroke Center, in Durham, North Carolina, pointed out. “This is an association and not yet a proven causal relationship.”

The investigators acknowledge that additional studies are needed. The potential mechanisms for the association between diet soda and vascular events remain unknown.

What should clinicians advise patients on the basis of the information we have today? Steven Greenberg, MD, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, suggests that patients start by concentrating on a healthy diet and regular exercise. “Once the metabolic syndrome is under control and any risk of diabetes, then we can consider cutting back on soda consumption.” Dr. Greenberg is the vice chair of the International Stroke Conference Committee, and during an interview he suggested that patients shouldn’t rush to eliminate diet drinks.

“I do think this is a wake-up call, though,” he said, “and we need to start paying closer attention.”

This study was funded by the Javits award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute. The researchers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference. Abstract # P55. News conference February 9, 2011.

Diet Soda May Heighten Risk for Vascular Events


February 9, 2011 (Los Angeles, California) — Diet soda may not be the healthier alternative many had hoped. A new study suggests that the popular drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death.

“People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda,” lead investigator Hannah Gardener, ScD, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, told reporters attending a news conference here at the International Stroke Conference.

The risk persisted after controlling for metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiac disease history (relative risk, 1.48; 95% confidence interval, 1.03 – 2.12).

“This is the first report of this association,” said American Stroke Association national spokesperson Larry Goldstein, MD. “I think that it’s always good to do things in moderation. People should look at this information and consider it in the context of their other risk factors.”

The researchers looked at more than 2500 people from the multiethnic Northern Manhattan Study. Participants were asked to report how much and what kind of soda they drank.

During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

The researchers also observed a marginally significant increased risk for vascular events among those who consumed diet soda daily and regular soda once or more a month (adjusted relative risk, 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 0.96 – 3.16).

As reported by Medscape Medical Newsprevious studies have suggested a link between diet soda consumption and the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But this is the first time diet drinks have been associated with vascular events.

“This is an observational study and not a prospective randomized trial,” Dr. Goldstein, from the Duke Stroke Center, in Durham, North Carolina, pointed out. “This is an association and not yet a proven causal relationship.”

The investigators acknowledge that additional studies are needed. The potential mechanisms for the association between diet soda and vascular events remain unknown.

What should clinicians advise patients on the basis of the information we have today? Steven Greenberg, MD, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, suggests that patients start by concentrating on a healthy diet and regular exercise. “Once the metabolic syndrome is under control and any risk of diabetes, then we can consider cutting back on soda consumption.” Dr. Greenberg is the vice chair of the International Stroke Conference Committee, and during an interview he suggested that patients shouldn’t rush to eliminate diet drinks.

“I do think this is a wake-up call, though,” he said, “and we need to start paying closer attention.”

This study was funded by the Javits award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Evelyn McKnight Brain Institute. The researchers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference. Abstract # P55. News conference February 9, 2011.

Comparative Efficacy of Two Microdoses of a Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Arsenicum Album, to Ameliorate Toxicity Induced by Repeated Sublethal Injections of Arsenic Trioxide in Mice


Pathikrit Banerjee, Soumya Sundar Bhattacharyya, Surajit Pathak, Boujedaini Naoual, Philippe Belon, Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh Key Words Arsenic toxicity, Mice, Biomarkers, Homeopathy, Matrix metalloproteinase Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of 2 potentized homeopathic remedies of Arsenicum Album (Ars Alb) – 6C and 30C – in combating chronic arsenic toxicity induced by repeated sublethal injections in mice (Mus musculus) . Methods: Mice were randomized and divided into sets: (1) normal (control 1); (2) normal + succussed alcohol (control 2); (3) As 2 O 3 (0.016%) injected at 1 ml/100 g body weight every 7 days (treated); (4) As 2 O 3 injected + succussed alcohol (positive control); (5) As 2 O 3 injected + Ars Alb 6C (drug-fed); (6) As 2 O 3 injected + Ars Alb 30C (drug-fed). Cytogenetical endpoints like chromosome aberrations, micronuclei, mitotic index, sperm head abnormality and biochemical protocols like acid and alkaline phosphatases, aspartate and alanine aminotransferases, reduced glutathione, lipid peroxidation, catalase and succinate dehydrogenase were studied at 30, 60, 90 and 120 days. Results: Compared to controls, chromosome aberrations, micronuclei, sperm head abnormality frequencies and activities of acid and alkaline phosphatases, aspartate and alanine aminotransferases and lipid peroxi-dation were reduced in both drug-fed series, while mitotic index and activities of glutathione, catalase and succinate dehydrogenase were increased. Ars Alb 30C showed marginally better efficacy than Ars Alb 6C.Conclusion: Both remedies indicated potentials of use against arsenic intoxication.

Comparative Efficacy of Two Microdoses of a Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Arsenicum Album, to Ameliorate Toxicity Induced by Repeated Sublethal Injections of Arsenic Trioxide in Mice


Pathikrit Banerjee, Soumya Sundar Bhattacharyya, Surajit Pathak, Boujedaini Naoual, Philippe Belon, Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh
Key Words Arsenic toxicity, Mice, Biomarkers, Homeopathy, Matrix metalloproteinase

Abstract

Objectives:   To  evaluate  the  efficacy  of  2  potentized  homeopathic remedies of Arsenicum Album (Ars Alb) – 6C and  30C – in combating chronic arsenic toxicity induced by repeated sublethal injections in mice  (Mus musculus) .  Methods:  Mice were randomized and divided into sets: (1) normal  (control 1); (2) normal + succussed alcohol (control 2); (3)  As 2 O 3  (0.016%) injected at 1 ml/100 g body weight every 7  days (treated); (4) As 2 O 3  injected + succussed alcohol (positive control); (5) As 2 O 3  injected + Ars Alb 6C (drug-fed); (6)  As 2 O 3  injected + Ars Alb 30C (drug-fed). Cytogenetical endpoints like chromosome aberrations, micronuclei, mitotic index, sperm head abnormality and biochemical protocols like  acid and alkaline phosphatases, aspartate and alanine aminotransferases, reduced glutathione, lipid peroxidation, catalase and succinate dehydrogenase were studied at 30, 60,  90 and 120 days.  Results:  Compared to controls, chromosome aberrations, micronuclei, sperm head abnormality frequencies and activities of acid and alkaline phosphatases,  aspartate and alanine aminotransferases and lipid peroxi-dation were reduced in both drug-fed series, while mitotic  index and activities of glutathione, catalase and succinate  dehydrogenase were increased. Ars Alb 30C showed marginally better efficacy than Ars Alb 6C.

Conclusion:  Both  remedies indicated potentials of use against arsenic intoxication.

Hemochromatosis-Contributed by Dr Gurjit Kaur


Hemochromatosis

Contributed by: Dr Gurjit Kaur

E-mail id: dr.gurjitkaur@yahoo.com

 

Hemochromatosis is a metabolic disorder that results in excess deposits of iron in the liver, pancreas, and other iron-storing organs.

Symptoms

Hemochromatosis can cause cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, diabetes, enlarged heart, congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. Loss of libido and testicular atrophy result from pituitary failure. Other, less common symptoms include abdominal pain, and arthritis.

 

Treatment

Treatment involves the removal of 500 milliliters (about 15 ounces) of blood weekly until normal plasma iron levels are established. After that, blood is removed every 3 or 4 months to maintain normal iron levels.

Occasionally, anemia results from removal of the blood. When this occurs, the chelating agent deferoxamine is given to prevent anemia. Patients should adhere to a low-iron diet, avoiding foods such as liver, red meats, or iron-enriched breads and cereals.

 

Homoeopathic treatment

Symptomatic treatment is required for the condition.

Some useful homoeopathic medicines for such condition:-

Ars, cal-p, china, chin-a, cupr, ferr, ferr-p, hep, iod, ipecac, merc, nat-m, puls, sulph, Thea, Verrat, zinc.

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