Family : Euphorbiaceae
Part Used : Dried fruit, Ripe Fruit, Seed, Leaves, Root, Bark, Flowers.
Action and Uses: Emblica Officinalis is Acrid, Cooling, Refrigerant, Diuretic, Laxative. It has Anabolic, Antibacterial, Antidiarrhoeal, Antidysenteric, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Antipyretic, Antioxidative, Antiviral, Antiemetic, Antihepatotoxic, Immunomodulator and Resistance building properties. Its antibacterial, carminative, hypoglycemic, stomachic, Hypotensive and astringent action prevents infection, helps in healing of ulcers, treatment of jaundice, dyspepsia and cough and controls hyperacidity. Alma is a good Cardio Tonic and its mild stimulant action on heart helps to control blood pressure. The use of Indian Gooseberry enhances the antidiabetic action of Karela. Phyllanthus Emblica is a very good hair tonic.
Clinical Research: The Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis/Amla) is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C, containing up to 720 mg/100g of fresh pulp and 921 mg/100cc of pressed juice. This is approximately 20 times the vitamin C content of an Orange. Amalaki fruit has, in fact, been used successfully to treat human scurvy. It is also effective in the treatment of amlapitta (peptic ulcer) as well as in non-ulcer dyspepsia. The alcoholic extract (1gm/kg) given to isoprotenol-pretreated rats resulted in an increase in cardiac glycogen and a decrease in serum LDH, suggesting a cardio-protective action. It also demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in serum cholesterol levels and an antiatherogenic effect in rabbits.
Traditional Uses: Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis/Amla) is commonly used in the treatment of burning sensation anywhere in the body, anorexia, constipation, urinary discharges, inflammatory bowels, cough, hemorrhoids, fever, thirst, and toxicity of the blood. The juice of the fresh bark mixed with honey and turmeric is given in gonorrhea. The leaf infusion with fenugreek seeds is given in chronic diarrhea. Acute bacillary dysentery may be treated with a syrup of Amalaki and lemon juice. The exudation from incisions made into the fruit is used as a collyrium in inflammatory eye conditions; the seeds are powdered and used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and biliousness. It is an ingredient in several important medicinal preparations including Triphala ("three fruits"), a laxative and carminative, and the famous Chywanprash, a general tonic for people of all ages, which improves mental and physical well being.
Caution: According to Ayurveda, herbs are taken in combination with other herbs to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of the other or to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the help of other.
No side effects have been noted so far.
"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."
Aug 8, 2009
Aug 6, 2009
Chand Mohammed converts back to Hinduism
Chandigarh: The Chand-Fiza love saga came full circle today with Haryana's former deputy chief minister, Chander Mohan aka Chand Mohammed converting back to Hinduism and regretting that marrying Fiza was the "biggest mistake" of his life.
Chander Mohan, the elder son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, visited a Bishnoi temple at Hisar today in an ambulance and performed a 'yajna' in the presence of religious leaders to convert back to Hinduism from Islam, a religion he had embraced at the time of marrying Anuradha Bali aka Fiza.
After re-converting, he apologised to the Bishnoi community, saying that marrying Fiza was the "biggest mistake of my life".
The religious leaders imposed on him a fine of donating one hundred quintals of grain and an equal quantity of green fodder to feed birds and cattle respectively.
Aug 5, 2009
Mumbai, India — Children from the Bal Jivan Trust, who were visiting the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station on Carter Road today, had a message for Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America, asking that the world’s biggest climate polluter take responsibility to avert a climate catastrophe. More than 50 children from low lying areas around Vakola, Mumbai, held up post cards of their experience during the city floods, and a banner that said “SOS - Hillary, Stop Climate Change”.
“The people of Mumbai are demanding that Hillary Clinton take personal responsibility to prevent runaway climate change and the massive social and environmental disaster that would ensue. This city is vulnerable to rising sea levels, tidal surges and intense rainfall”, said Vinuta Gopal, climate campaigner, Greenpeace.
The biggest irony of climate change is that the economically weaker sections in the developing world will be worst hit (through floods, droughts, storm surges and disease), even though they have the least contribution to the climate change problem. For this reason, Greenpeace is calling on the US to accept its responsibility and take the urgent steps needed to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
To avoid catastrophic climate change, developed countries must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels and lower them as close to zero as possible by 2050. But, current US climate plans are far from what is required to solve the problem. Currently Washington has planned cuts amounting to only 14 percent of current levels by 2020.
Statement from Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett in response to the US Climate Bill, issued on June 26, 2009:
“The passage of the inadequate ACES bill through the House today is a victory for coal industry lobbyists, oil industry lobbyists, agriculture industry lobbyists, steel and cement industry lobbyists, among many others. But it is a tremendous loss for the American people or for the world in our common fight to avert climate catastrophe.
“To avoid the worst effects of global warming, we must reduce emissions by 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020, and the short term target of this bill is a paltry 4%. The massive offsets in this bill means that we can continue at our current emissions level for years, and huge giveaways mean a new generation of nuclear and coal plants.
“Unless the bill is substantially strengthened in the Senate, we have a lot more work ahead of us. We are calling upon President Obama to use every tool at his disposal, both within and outside Congress, to get us back to the science-based targets he promised.”
Aug 4, 2009
Cattle in Transportation
India has more than 6,00,000 villages, many which do not have asphalted motorable roads. In hilly regions where even a horse cannot tread, oxen can pull their carts with ease.
Superiority of Ox Carts :
- Boasting of the largest rail road network of the world, Indian Railways transported 55.7 crore tons of goods in 2004-05. In the same year, the humble ox carts transported 278.5 crore tons!
- In that year, trains moved 511.2 crore passengers while ox carts had 2044.8 crore customers!
- Oxen have carried up to 14 ton goods non-stop 24 hours, without water and food.
- Most importantly, the carts do not produce air or sound pollution.
Aug 3, 2009
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FOREST
New Delhi, the 26th August, 1998
S.O. 732(E)—Whereas certain draft rules further to amend the Experiments on Animals (Control and Supervision) Rules, 1968, was published as required by sub-section (1) of section 17 of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960) under the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests vide number S.O.44(E) dated, the 15th January, 1998, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby before the expiry of a period of 30 days from the date on which the copies of the Gazette containing the said notification are made available to the public;
And whereas the said Gazette was made available to the public on 15th January, 1998;
And whereas the objections and suggestions received from the public on the said draft rules have been duly considered by the Committee.
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 17 of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960 (59 of 1960), the Committee for control and supervision of experiments on animal hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Experiments on Animals (control and Supervision) Rules, 1968, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Experiments on Animals (controls and Supervision) (Amendment) Rules, 1998.
(2) The Shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Experiments on Animals (controls and Supervision) Rules, 1968,
- in rule 2, after clause (c), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-
- after rule 4, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-
(d) "Animal-control authority", used with reference to an animals, includes any public or private authority, shelter or pound in possession or custody of the animal;
"4A, Restriction on sale, etc., of animals for experiments.
- No officer, employee or agent of any animal-control authority shall sell, give, transfer, trade, supply or otherwise provide any animal coming into his or her possession to nay animal dealer, commercial kennel, pet shop, laboratory, educational institution or other scientific, biomedical or veterinary purposes.
- No hospital, educational institution, laboratory or any person shall purchase or accept any dog or cat not purposely bred for research from any animal-control authority, commercial kennel or animal dealer for use in research product development, testing, education, biologicals production, or other scientific, biomedical, or veterinary purpose."
SARWESHWAR JHA. Jt. Secy.
Note,—The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India vide Number S.O. 2476 dated 13-7–1968 and subsequently amended vide No.5-1/68/INS dated 14-9-1968.1
Aug 2, 2009
|India RGB forms “Varnasrama based – Rural Development Ministry”|
|Saturday, 18 April 2009 07:01|
“No luxuries. Live very simple life and you save time for chanting Hare Krishna… That is my desire. Don’t waste time for bodily comforts…So produce you own food and produce your own cloth… This is success of life. In this way organize as far as possible, whether in Ceylon or in Czechoslovakia, wherever…Save time. Don’t be allured by machine civilization… This is soul killing civilization…I wanted to introduce this. Now I have given you ideas. You can do it. You are all intelligent.”
India Regional Governing Body Commission (IRGB) needs to be lauded for a recent unanimous decision on forming – “Varnasrama – based Rural Development Ministry”. Acting upon the proposal by the Varnasrama Development Committee setup by IRGB in 2007, this historic move will come as very encouraging to all concerned. His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami, who is involved in preaching and implementing various projects all over the world including his authoring few books on Varnasrama – “Make Vrndavana Villages”, “Varnasrama Education” and “Implementing Varnasrama” was recognized as the right leader in the field and was elected as the Minster for the same in India.
The proposal which came in two parts: First the “Proposal to form the Ministry” and second the “Mission, Goals Statement” paper. In the previous year, IRGB had approved a position paper on “Vrndavan Village Development in India” as was proposed by the same Varnasrama Development Committee and this came as a logical progression. The IRGB members observed that “Varnasrama mission is urgent and important” and the recent GBC resolution (1) “310 GBC Participation in Farm Projects” & (2) “311 Purchasing from ISKCON Farms and Farmers” only encourages the awareness and development in fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
The ministry on Varnasrama would now mean a focused attention and effort in creating awareness, preaching, developing various programs connected, getting various individuals and groups of individuals involved in the varnasrama mission and to support, guide and facilitate the implementation of varnasrama projects all over India. Needless to say, this whole angle was not given enough importance, focus and attention and hence this decision was much awaited.
Formation of varnasrama research teams, varnasrama shikshalayas, model villages and many other programs are planned and will be done in consultation with the local authorities as presented in the paper. Srila Prabhupada’s dream of an alternative society will now take deeper roots in India and with this example all over the world.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
“Therefore I am asking so much here and…, “Farm, farm, farm, farm…” That is not my program – Krsna’s program: Annad bhavanti bhutani. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana.”
Srila Prabhupada conversations, May 27, 1977, Vrndavana.
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