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14% of Indians Suffer from Constipation
A large number of Indians are facing the Piku syndrome. “Motion Se Hi Emotion” which Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) repeats every time when his effort and outcome in the toilet do not match rings a bell for at least 14% of Indians who suffer from chronic constipation. The incidence of chronic constipation is pervasive in India as revealed by the study by the Pharma major Abbot. Doctors define chronic constipation as a condition where there is the inability to pass stools more than three times a week, and for more than three months at a stretch. Other symptoms experienced are abnormally hard stools, the need to strain very hard to pass motions, feeling of incomplete evacuation or a feeling of bowel obstruction. The Abbot survey titled “Gut Health Survey” revealed the following:
  • Chronic Constipation in India is higher than the international average: While globally chronic constipation afflicts 10% of the population, in India this figure stand at 14%.
  • Older people report a higher incidence of chronic constipation: 20% of the people in higher age group (45-65) experience constipation as compared to the overall average of 14%.
  • Causes of constipation directly linked to the type of food intake: Non- vegetarian food, low water intake, snacking and eating fried food frequently leads to constipation.
  • Chronic constipation adversely impacts the quality of life: Lack of sleep, stress, physical discomfort (gas, acidity, stomach aches, loss of appetite etc), irritability, mood swings, lack of interest in work are some of the frequently mentioned conditions emanating out of constipation.
  • Serious impacts of constipation are known to the majority of patients: 75% of the respondents reported that they knew that prolonged constipation can lead to other medical problems, with piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures being the leading issues.
  • Medical attention is rarely sought in preliminary stages for constipation: Seeking prompt medical attention for constipation is not a norm in India. 80% of the respondents with chronic constipation looked for a solution only after they faced the issue multiple times. The average time taken to visit a doctor was 80 days from the time the respondents first faced symptoms of chronic constipation. About 30% of the patients approached a doctor only after 3 -5 months or more of continuous symptoms. 60% of people with chronic constipation opted for home remedies as the most preferred treatment option for relief. However, half the people who self-medicated eventually visited a doctor for a cure.
We at Branolia understand the debilitating conditions that constipation can lead to and would advise taking corrective measures at the advent of constipation symptoms. Branolia’s Bellytone brings the knowledge of Ayurveda to help chronic constipation patients to deal with their situation. Made from herbal ingredients like Sonapata, Haritaki, Teori & Ajowan blended perfectly, this extremely effective preparation keeps stomach problem at bay. Sonapata is useful as a purgative in habitual constipation, while Hartaki is a good laxative and fights flatulence. Teori acts as a carminative and prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract thereby combating flatulence. Branolia’s Bellytone is the natural way of fighting chronic constipation and its timely use helps prevent serious medical problems associated with prolonged constipation to set in like piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures. On a lighter note, we sometimes wonder that if Mr. Bhashkor Banerjee (in Piku movie) had taken Bellytone in time, then the movie Piku would have had a different storyline.

Bellytone

14% of Indians Suffer from Constipation
A large number of Indians are facing the Piku syndrome. “Motion Se Hi Emotion” which Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) repeats every time when his effort and outcome in the toilet do not match rings a bell for at least 14% of Indians who suffer from chronic constipation. The incidence of chronic constipation is pervasive in India as revealed by the study by the Pharma major Abbot. Doctors define chronic constipation as a condition where there is the inability to pass stools more than three times a week, and for more than three months at a stretch. Other symptoms experienced are abnormally hard stools, the need to strain very hard to pass motions, feeling of incomplete evacuation or a feeling of bowel obstruction. The Abbot survey titled “Gut Health Survey” revealed the following:
  • Chronic Constipation in India is higher than the international average: While globally chronic constipation afflicts 10% of the population, in India this figure stand at 14%.
  • Older people report a higher incidence of chronic constipation: 20% of the people in higher age group (45-65) experience constipation as compared to the overall average of 14%.
  • Causes of constipation directly linked to the type of food intake: Non- vegetarian food, low water intake, snacking and eating fried food frequently leads to constipation.
  • Chronic constipation adversely impacts the quality of life: Lack of sleep, stress, physical discomfort (gas, acidity, stomach aches, loss of appetite etc), irritability, mood swings, lack of interest in work are some of the frequently mentioned conditions emanating out of constipation.
  • Serious impacts of constipation are known to the majority of patients: 75% of the respondents reported that they knew that prolonged constipation can lead to other medical problems, with piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures being the leading issues.
  • Medical attention is rarely sought in preliminary stages for constipation: Seeking prompt medical attention for constipation is not a norm in India. 80% of the respondents with chronic constipation looked for a solution only after they faced the issue multiple times. The average time taken to visit a doctor was 80 days from the time the respondents first faced symptoms of chronic constipation. About 30% of the patients approached a doctor only after 3 -5 months or more of continuous symptoms. 60% of people with chronic constipation opted for home remedies as the most preferred treatment option for relief. However, half the people who self-medicated eventually visited a doctor for a cure.
We at Branolia understand the debilitating conditions that constipation can lead to and would advise taking corrective measures at the advent of constipation symptoms. Branolia’s Bellytone brings the knowledge of Ayurveda to help chronic constipation patients to deal with their situation. Made from herbal ingredients like Sonapata, Haritaki, Teori & Ajowan blended perfectly, this extremely effective preparation keeps stomach problem at bay. Sonapata is useful as a purgative in habitual constipation, while Hartaki is a good laxative and fights flatulence. Teori acts as a carminative and prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract thereby combating flatulence. Branolia’s Bellytone is the natural way of fighting chronic constipation and its timely use helps prevent serious medical problems associated with prolonged constipation to set in like piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures. On a lighter note, we sometimes wonder that if Mr. Bhashkor Banerjee (in Piku movie) had taken Bellytone in time, then the movie Piku would have had a different storyline.
Bellytone and Gastrointestinal Diseases
Unhealthy digestion leads to an unhealthy life. Healthy digestion assures that all the nutrients that person intakes through the way of food are assimilated in a healthy manner into the cells for the proper functioning of the human body. In other words, if you digest properly, your body functions effectively. If the digestive process of a person is weak, it affects the tissues of the body, such as the muscles, the nerves, and more often the body becomes susceptible to diseases. The symptoms of poor digestion are constipation, diarrhoea, burping, burning, vomiting, indigestion, bloating and pain in the abdomen. According to Ayurveda, Vata, Pitta and Kapha control the functioning of the human body. A proper balance between these three elements of the human body leads to good health. Bellytone from Branolia helps in the proper functioning of the digestive system. People suffering from constipation and other gastroenterological problems are often recommended Bellytone from the house of Branolia. The main function of the gastrointestinal system is to extract and process nutrients from the food that a person consumes. The main causes of gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome are:
  1. Mal-absorption disorders
  2. inflammation of the stomach and small intestine due to viral or bacterial infection from contaminated food, a bad reaction to something you ate or a side effect of a medication
  3. inflammation of the large intestine that may be triggered by certain foods or bacterial infections
  4. other inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn's disease)
  5. ulcers in the stomach
  6. cancer of the digestive system
  7. diseases such as depression, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, underactive or overactive thyroid gland
Bellytone from Branolia is an ayurvedic formulation that addresses the issues pertaining to gastrointestinal problems and helps in enhancing the overall well – being of the entire digestive system. The most important herbs used in Bellytone are, Haritaki, Sonapata Teori, and Ajowan. In Ayurveda:
  1. Haritaki - Terminalia Chebulais considered as one of the most important drugs to treat gastrointestinal diseases. Haritaki helps in easing the bowel movement and it helps in having a balancing effect on Pitta, Vata and Kapha. The benefits of Haritaki can be listed as
  • Chewing the Haritaki fruit causes an increase in digestion power.
  • If it is made into a paste and eaten, it clears and cleanses bowels.
  • If it is steamed or boiled, it becomes absorbent, useful in malabsorption syndrome.
  • If it is fried and used, it is useful in Tridosha imbalance conditions.
  • If Haritaki is taken after food, it helps to eliminate all the toxic effects due to food poisoning.
  • If it is taken along with salt, it balances Kapha
  • If taken with sugar, it balances Pitta and if taken with ghee, it balances Vata disorders.
  • Sonapata - Shyonaka (Oroxylum Indicum) is an effective Ayurvedic medicinal herb against gastrointestinal disease. Sonapata fruit is known to balance Vata and Kapha. It not only strengthens digestion but is also used in gynaecological disorders and childhood psychological diseases.
Bellytone from Branolia is fortified with these herbs to fight gastrointestinal diseases.
How Bellytone Can Ease Your Pain
Ayurveda believes that human beings are all a part of nature. Just as animals and plants are interdependent on each other to create balance within their beings, there is an inherent connection between the universe and human beings. Unlike the animal kingdom, human beings live in a more complex, natural world where they are continuously exposed to environmental changes. Any kind of change in weather, society, economy, lifestyle, diet, work, financial status, emotions, and relationships can easily tip the balance and negatively influence an individual's state of mind, body, and soul. With the increase in pollution and lifestyle changes, human beings have become more prone to diseases. Ayurveda tends to balance out all the elements present in a human body to enhance overall well-being. Branolia Chemicals with a legacy of over ninety years constantly endeavors to bring together a potpourri of ayurvedic medicines to help humans adjust to the changing environments. Millions of people around the globe suffer from indigestion and constipation. In ayurvedic language, indigestion is called ‘Agnimandya’. Indigestion is also a root cause of various other diseases like constipation. Keeping the stomach clean is essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system. Malfunctioning of the digestive system may lead to various other ailments. Bellytone from the house of Branolia Chemicals is formulated to fight problems related to indigestion and constipation. Bellytone is prepared after extensive research and the key ingredients are Haritaki, Sonapata Teori, and Ajowan. In Ayurveda, Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) is considered as a wonder herb.Haritaki is also one of the prime ingredients in Triphala. Haritaki has great nutritional values as it contains essential vitamins, calcium, and proteins. Some of the key benefits of Haritaki are:
  1. Reduction in constipation
  2. Smooth functioning of the digestive system
  3. Helps in improving the nervous system
The other important herb in Bellytone is Sonapata or Oroxylum indicum. This herbal plant is known to possess anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. The roots of this plant are used to fight diarrhea and dysentery. However, the seeds of this plant are an extremely effective remedy for constipation. At Branolia Chemicals, research is given a priority. Indeed, it is this emphasis on Research &Development that allows Branolia to produce safe, efficacious and consistent remedies using ayurvedic principles. The Research &Development department in Branolia Chemicals is focused on product development, quality control, and standardization. All the products are derived from rigorous research and produced in state-of-the-art facilities. They represent our commitment to continuous investment in the best people, practices, and technology. Each product undergoes years of primary research before it reaches the market. Bellytone from Branolia Chemicals is perfected after years of research and is one of the most effective ayurvedic remedies against Constipation and indigestion.
Dr. Deepak Chopra Endorses Triphala

Dr.Deepak Chopra and TriphalaWhen Dr. Deepak Chopra talks about alternative medicine, the world listens. An alumnus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, Dr. Chopra is the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and formerly a faculty at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University, and Harvard University. Considered a new age Guru and a celebrity globally, Dr. Chopra has been a votary of alternative medicine and holistic living and taken on single handed the established medical hegemony and termed the current medical community as legalized ‘drug pushers’. His argument is that though not all prescriptions are useless, but  80 percent of all drugs prescribed today are of optional or marginal benefit.

In a recent article published by the Chopra Centre, Triphala has been highlighted as the queen in the Ayurveda treasure chest. Comprising of three fruits namely Amalaka, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, Triphala has been known for thousands of years to the Indian medical science of Ayurveda as a potent weapon against a number of illnesses.

In a recent article published by the Chopra Centre, Triphala has been highlighted as the queen in the Ayurveda treasure chest. Comprising of three fruits namely Amalaka, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, Triphala has been known for thousands of years to the Indian medical science of Ayurveda as a potent weapon against a number of illnesses.

The Chopra Centre article highlights the benefits of Triphala related to digestion. Triphala is known to churn out the toxic residue from the digestive tract and increase the colon’s absorption functions. The article states that Triphala’s ability to promote digestive regularity is incredible and helps in almost all type of bowel disease. Branolia Chemical Works have formulated Livonia, an ayurvedic liver tonic and Branolia’s Bellytone with Triphala as the central ingredient which makes them a potent prescription for regulating and correcting any imbalance in the digestive system.

The Chopra Centre article highlights the benefits of Triphala related to digestion. Triphala is known to churn out the toxic residue from the digestive tract and increase the colon’s absorption functions. The article states that Triphala’s ability to promote digestive regularity is incredible and helps in almost all type of bowel disease. Branolia Chemical Works have formulated Livonia, an ayurvedic liver tonic and Branolia’s Bellytone with Triphala as the central ingredient which makes them a potent prescription for regulating and correcting any imbalance in the digestive system.

Ayurveda’ treatise on taste and Triphala

The Chopra Centre highlights one interesting aspect of Triphala, Drawing on the Ayurveda’s exposition on how the taste of food has inputs for ensuring that our body will be in a balanced state. The article highlights how Triphala helps the body achieve equilibrium. The science behind taste as an indicator of well being is that our plasma cells are the first recipients of nourishment as our food digests. According to Ayurveda, the plasma holds all six tastes (or the nourishment associated with each taste) within it. In order to have healthy, nourishing plasma to feed other body tissues, one must try to get a steady supply of all six tastes. Triphala contains the following tastes: Sour, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent, Sweet and the associated nourishment needed by the body. It is this dynamic that allows the taste-holding Triphala to have its unique effect.

Triphala is an active ingredient in Branolia Chemical Work’s ayurvedic liver tonic Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone. As claimed by the Chopra center on the effects of Triphala on the digestive system remains central in the effects of both Branolia’s Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone on the digestive tract and in addition for the overall health and well being.

Constipation and Its Cure

ConstipationConstipation is a condition faced by human beings because of infrequent bowel movements. The common symptoms of constipation are abdominal pain, bloating of the stomach, and a constant feeling of uneasiness, hard or small stools often accompanied by rectal bleeding due to anal fissures.

Why does it happen?

Some causes of constipation are related to poor diet and an inactive lifestyle. Eating too much of junk food and sitting for long duration also lead to constipation. Excessive diet-related factors that lead to constipation are:

a) Dairy products b) Consuming too much of food which is high in sugar and fat c) Non- consumption of high-fiber food d) Not consuming water and fluids of any kind e) Excessive use of caffeine and alcohol. f) Putting of defecating and using the bathroom is often also a leading cause

Constipation is also a side effect of using too much of antacid medicines containing or aluminum. Some other reasons for constipation are the continuous usage of narcotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and blood pressure treatments.

Some endocrine problems may also lead to constipation that includes hypercalcemia, hypothyroidism, hyper para thyroidism, chronic kidney disease, panhypopituitarism, diabetes mellitus, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease.

Constipation is also caused by the growth of lesions inside the colon that prevents the stool from flowing freely. These may also because of colorectal cancer, strictures and might also be due to post- surgical changes. Some neurological causes like Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord lesions, and pelvic floor dysfunction will also lead to constipation. Constipation can also be the reason because of some disease present during birth. Sometimes structural anomalies by birth may also give rise to constipation.

Types of Constipation

There are broadly two types of constipation. They are:

a) Chronic Constipation: This type of constipation is the result of poor lifestyle. Eating too much of junk food, consuming less water and; lack of exercise are the prime causes of this kind of constipation. b) Acute Constipation: This kind of constipation is more severe and the patient will need to consult a doctor. This kind of constipation is often a result of some serious kind of disease.

Treatment and Remedy

Severe or acute constipation may require immediate medical intervention. On the other hand, chronic constipation can easily be treated by bringing about some basic lifestyle changes like consuming fiber- rich food, drinking enough water and exercising regularly.

Bellytone, manufactured by Branolia Chemical Works, assist in keeping stomach clean and improves digestion. Bellytone has been developed by combining various herbs which are beneficial for the proper functioning of the entire digestive system. Hartaki, a well-known laxative is one of the key ingredients. It has been researched that Constipation can be easily treated with the right combination of natural herbs. (Herbal Remedies for Management of Constipation and its Ayurvedic Perspectives by AKS Rawat, Sharad Srivastava, Sanjeev Kumar Ojha of Pharmacognosy & Ethnopharmacology Division, National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India).

A report published by the World Health Organisation5 also highlights the fact that Hartaki is a simple herb which can be safely used as a laxative to cure constipation.

References:

1) Billore KV, Yelne MB, Dennis TJ, Chaudhari BG. Database on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. Vol. 3. New Delhi: Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, 2005. p. 283. (2) India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India. Part I. Vol. I. New Delhi: Department of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy, 2001. p. 47. (3) Billore KV, Yelne MB, Dennis TJ, Chaudhari BG. Database on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. Vol. 3. New Delhi: Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, 2005. p. 284. (4) Billore KV, Yelne MB, Dennis TJ, Chaudhari BG. Database on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. Vol. 3. New Delhi, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, 2005. p. 283-284. (5) http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/documents/s22298en/s22298en.pdf (6) http://medind.nic.in/jav/t12/i1/javt12i1p27.pdf

Bitocough

Bitocough Helps to Fight Autumn and Winter Diseases

ayurvedic-medicineCoughs and sneezes spread diseases, so the saying goes. If they spread rapidly enough and cause sufficient damage to working populations and other parts of society, they could also devastate economies. A healthier workforce has both improved physical and mental ability and can produce more from the same inputs. Economies with better health conditions enjoy a positive and direct impact on economic growth, largely through increased worker productivity. As autumn and winter sets in common cold, cough, and flu are diseases which afflict a very large number of people. The seasonal cold is one of the most common respiratory sicknesses in humans. The symptoms of the common cold are caused by the body's response to the virus rather than the virus itself. Most cases of the common cold are spread through sneezing, coughing, and people touching contaminated surfaces.

The treatment of coughs is one area where the use of certain ayurvedic remedies remains common today. Ayurvedic drugs play an important role in the management of various types of coughs. Currently, available therapies for coughs include cough suppressants. Bitocough from the house of Branolia is one of the most effective ayurvedic antidotes to fight coughs and cold.

Bitocough from Branolia has been developed after years of research is an ayurvedic solution comprising of Vasak, Tulsi, Pipul and Joshtimadhu. One of the most important ingredients in the preparation of Bitocough is Adhatoda vasica also popularly known as vasaka. The leaves, roots and flowers of Adhatoda vasica also called vasa or vasaka were used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders such as chronic asthma.

Adhatoda vasica is considered useful in curing bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung disorders. Accompanied with Vasaka, another important ingredient is Tulsi, Ocimum Sanctum, also known as a herb for all ailments. Recent research has revealed that Tulsi has an anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal activity that includes activity against many pathogens responsible for human infections. Tulsi has also been shown to boost defences against infective threats by enhancing the immune system.(Source: Vasudevan P, Kashyap S, Sharma S. Bioactive botanicals from basil (Ocimum sp.) J Sci Ind Res (C) 1999;58:332–8.)

Some of the common symptoms that are generally witnessed by people suffering from common cold are a running nose, sore throat, congestion and a persistent feeling of fatigue. Some might also run a mild fever. Bitocough from the house of Branolia can be administered to both children and adults with the above-mentioned symptoms.

Prevention is definitely better than cure; there are ways to prevent it all together:

  1. Cover the head and neck with clothes
  2. Gargle with hot saline water
  3. Take fresh fruits and vegetables to boost immunity
  4. Keep one warm at all times
  5. Not to sleep during the day
  6. Do not share towels and glasses
  7. Avoid deeply fried and processed food

If there is uncontrolled sneezing, excess thirst, foul smell in nose, insomnia, fever of 102F or more, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Ayurvedic remedies from the house of Branolia namely Bitocough, Honeyguard is the best way to fight diseases like common cold and cough.

Ayurvedic Cough Syrup to Fight Respiratory Problems

ayurvedic-cough-syrup-onlineAyurvedic medicine is mainly directed towards regulation of the human immune system for curing various medical disorders without any undesirable side effects. This approach provides a treatment option for a number of immune-related disorders and chronic bacterial infections. Ayurveda understands health as a reflection of a man living in harmony with nature and disease arises when this harmony gets disturbed. In the ancient times, Rishis and sages believed in Ayurvedic herbs as the solution to cure a number of health problems and diseases. They conducted thorough studies and experimented with these herbs before arriving at any conclusion regarding the accuracy of the medicinal values of the herbs tested and their effectiveness in treating various ailments and diseases. Branolia Chemical Works with a legacy of over more than 95 years believes in the efficacy of Ayurveda and herbs to treat diseases. The best known Ayurvedic cough syrup, Bitocough from the house of Branolia is both effective and has been developed after years of research.

Bitocough, an ayurvedic cough syrup has been formulated solely out of herbal ingredients and is safe for both children and adults. Moreover, this ayurvedic cough syrup has no side effects and is effective against a cough and cold.

Essential Ingredients

The essential ingredients used in the formulation of Bitocough, an ayurvedic cough syrup are Vasak, Pipul, Tulsi, and Jastimadh apart from some other herbs. Adhatoda Vasica (Vasaka) has mucolytic, expectorant and bronchodilator action and is greatly used in respiratory troubles. It relieves a cough, fights off respiratory infections and helps in the management of asthma. Adhatoda Vasica (Vasaka) has following medicinal properties which put it as one of the number one ingredients in all ayurvedic cough syrup in fighting cough and cold. These properties are:

  • Antitussive – relieves a cough
  • Expectorant – promotes expectoration
  • Bronchodilator – dilates bronchi
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation of airways
  • Antihemorrhagic (styptic) – checks bleeding
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic – Helps in abdominal spasms and relaxes muscles (its action is confirmed due to the presence of Vasicinone alkaloid in Vasaka)
  • Antifungal – Works against ringworm
  • Mild Sedative – Calms the mind
  • Anti-allergic – Fights off allergies

Bitocough, an ayurvedic cough syrup utilizes the goodness of Vasak which is one of the best-known cough relievers. The other key ingredients in the making of Bitocough, an ayurvedic cough syrup are Tulsi, Pipul, and Jasthimadhu. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a herb which has varied uses. Tulsi tastes hot and bitter and is said to work on the deep tissues and dry tissue secretions. Daily consumption of tulsi is said to prevent disease, promote general health, well-being and longevity and assist in dealing with the stresses of daily life. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/). Pipul and Jasthimadhu are the two important herbs used in the formulation of the ayurvedic cough syrup. Every part of this herb is edible and offers numerous benefits. Pipul is used in the treatment of various infections, healing of wounds, improve fertility and even to treat poisoning. Jasthimadhu also known as Licorice is an excellent remedy for throat disorders, good for improving voice.

Bitocough, an ayurvedic cough syrup is not only safe but can be administered to people of all ages. The much researched herbal ingredients that went into the formulation of this ayurvedic cough syrup is an effective antidote to respiratory problems.

Branolia’s Potpourri of Herbal Therapeutics

herbal-medicineThe monsoons are always a welcoming event for all Indians as they give relief from the immense heat of summer. The happiness of jumping in the puddles, sailing paper boats, the simple joy of a hot cuppa is all so amazing during the rains. The lush green trees are also a welcoming sight.

However, as the rain rejuvenates every living being it also brings along with itself its share of woes. It is often accompanied by health issues related to cough, cold, jaundice, dysentery to name a few. Branolia Chemicals Works have developed a series of best in the class herbal therapeutics to fight the evils of monsoon. Branolia’s Bitocough, Branolia’s Livonia, Branolia’s Bellytone, Branolia’s Honey guard and Branolia’s Kulerron are some of the herbal products which will help tackle the monsoon woes.

Some tips to stay safe during the monsoon

  1. Stop eating from roadside vendors – Street food is something to avoid during the monsoon season. Foods like sandwiches, pakora, and Gol Gappa cause indigestion due to the presence of bacteria. Many times people consume like fruits which have been pre-cut and have been left in the open for a long time often invite germs that lead to food poisoning.Drinking water can also lead to water borne diseases like cholera and dysentery.

Branolia’s Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone are apt herbal therapeutic medicine to fight cholera, dysentery and other stomach related diseases that generally afflicts people during the monsoon. Sixteen different kinds of herbs go into the formulation of Livonia that helps to detoxify the liver and keep the entire digestive system geared up.

  1. Take a shower immediately after getting wet – A shower is a must after one gets wet in the rain. A shower helps to disinfect the body, skin and other fungal infections. Fungal infections mostly attack the feet and nails which are a result from walking in dirty water. Sitting under the AC (air condition) after getting wet can lead to a cough and cold.

Branolia’s Bitocough has been empowered to fight a cough and cold. Enriched with the goodness of Vasak, Pipul, Tulsi, and Jashtimadhu a cough syrup has been formulated to give relief to a sore throat and also in the case of both dry and wet cough.

Branolia’s Honey guard is also a safe medication overall well-being of the body.

  1. Drink enough water – People often tend to drink less water during the monsoon. Herbal drinks with anti-bacterial properties are a great source to increase the overall immunity level to fight germs.

Monsoon is the time when most epidemics break out. As more and more people are moving towards Ayurveda to keep them healthy, taking some general precaution during the monsoon season will help people live a healthy life.

Branolia Chemical Works endeavors to bring best in class ayurvedic products in the ambit of the common man.

Branolia’s Bitocough – an Effective Cough Syrup

A cough is a natural reflex to clear the airways of irritants. Acute coughs that normally last for three weeks are caused by the common cold or other infections such as sinusitis or pneumonia. Branolia Chemical Works believes that herbs are one of the best antidotes to fight these diseases. Branolia’s Bitocough made out of ingredients like Vasak, Pipul, Tulsi, and Jasthimadhu is a cough syrup with no side effects.

Branolia’s Bitocough is developed after an extensive research. One of the vital ingredients that have been used to develop Branolia’s Bitocough is Vasak or Adhatoda vasica.

Vasak or Adhatoda vasica

BitocoughThis important herb is found extensively in India and is popular for treating respiratory tract diseases. All the parts of this plant, the leaves, flowers, roots and even parts of the stem are used for treating cough and cold. It is also used for treating chronic diseases like a whooping cough, chronic bronchitis, and asthma and moreover mostly as an expectorant and antispasmodic. (Source: Pandita K, Bhatia MS, Thappa RK, Agarwal SG, Dhar KL, Atal CK. Seasonal variation of alkaloids of Adhatoda vasica and detection of glycosides and N-oxides of vasicine and vasicinone. Planta Medica 1983; 48:81-82.)

Vasak has been used for centuries in India for healing wounds. After extensive research conducted on buffalo calves, it was found an extract of this herb was highly effective.However, the alcoholic extract of Adhatoda vasica was found to be most effective. ( Source: Bhargava MK, Singh H, Kumar A. Evaluation of Adhatoda vasica as a wound healing agent in buffaloes. Clinical, mechanical and biochemical studies. Indian Veterinary Journal 1988; 65(1):33.)

Pipul or Ficus Religiosa

Pipul, also commonly known as the sacred fig and has been used in traditional herbal medicine for more than 50 years.Mainly the seeds, bark, leaves, fruit,latex, and roots are considered important for therapeutic purposes.Extensive research has proved that it can be used in the treatment of various diseases like diabetes, respiratory disorders, gastric problem etc. (Source: B.Vinutha, D.Prashanth, K.Salma, S.L.Sreeja, D.Pratiti, R.Padmaja, S.Radhika, A.Amit, K.Venkateshwarlu, M.Deepak, “Screening activity of selected Indian medicinal plant for acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 109: 359-363, 2007). It was also found that the leaf extract of F. religiosa has potential anti-inflammatory activity. (Source: R.M.Charde, H.J.Dhongade, M.S.Charde, A.V.Kasture, “Evaluation of antioxidant, wound healing and anti-inflammatory activity of ethanolic extract of leaves of Ficus religiosa”, International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research, 1: 73-82, 2010).

Branolia’s Bitocough has been fortified with tulsi, and Jasthimadhu to give desired results. The herbs have been carefully selected by the Branolia team to work together to give relief during acute respiratory tract infection. Bitocough from Branolia Chemical Work has been found to be effective and with no side – effects.

Flu – Symptoms and Cure

One of the most common disease, the Flu or better known as Influenza is caused by the influenza virus. It is actually a respiratory tract infection which is highly contagious and spreads by the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. This infection lasts for a week and is characterized by a severe headache, muscle and joint pain accompanied by fever. More than 2, 00,000 people are affected by Flu every year globally (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/15107.php)

Flu SymptomsIndia being a populous country has been often affected by the onslaught of the Influenza or the Flu Virus. The year 2009 witnessed the influenza pandemic where the H1N1 influenza virus was involved. In the eastern part of India, the state of West Bengal was the worst hit followed by Assam, Odisha, and Mizoram. Assam was also severely affected by the HN51 or bird flu virus where more than 120 villages were affected.

The influenza virus is seasonal in nature can affect the regions in the tropical climate like India seasonality is not that obvious. As influenza can easily spread from one person to another it can create a serious public health issue.

Influenza or Flu Symptoms

Influenza is often accompanied by fever, cough, headache, and joint pain. A sore throat and running nose are also common symptoms. Generally, a person suffering from influenza will require a week to get back to normal. Influenza can affect populations of all age group but will mostly affect children, pregnant women, and individuals suffering from chronic illness. This kind of virus spreads from person to person; therefore people living in the highly populated area are more prone to this disease.

Prevention of Influenza and Flu

As it is often said that, “Prevention is better than cure”, therefore proper and timely vaccination for people falling in the high-risk category is one of the best ways to control the spread of Influenza or Flu. The WHO suggests annual vaccination for:

• pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy • children aged between 6 months to 5 years • elderly individuals (aged more than 65 years) • individuals with chronic medical conditions • health-care workers

Doctors also prescribe antiviral drugs for influenza to reduce the severity of the disease. However, the good news is that the spread of influenza/flu virus can also be prevented by following certain measures like:

• Better to avoid close contact with sick people. • Advised to stay home if you’re sick, especially if you have a fever. • Always cover your cough to protect others. • Always wash your hands. • Advised to limit how frequently you touch your mouth or nose.

Ayurveda believes that the three energies namely vata, pitta and Kapha should be in a perfect balance to maintain a healthy body. Flu or Influenza is a cause of the imbalance of the Kapha and Vata energies. Herbs like tulsi, pipul, Jostimodhu are effective in providing immediate relief to a person suffering from Influenza or flu. Research reports suggest that Tulsi is an effective herb to fight diseases in humans Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/.

Branolia Chemical Works has formulated Bitocough that can bring relief to a chronic cough and cold. It will also provide relief to a sore throat. Bitocough manufactured with herbs like Vasak, tulsi, pipul and jashtimadhu helps in solving respiratory tract problems without any side effect.

Reference:

1) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/15107.php 2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/) 3) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/ 4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22078723 5) http://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/early-flu-symptoms#protect-yourself11 6) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/15107.php

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Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Defied Time
A 21-year-old doctoral student at Cambridge was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease. The student went into a depression, finding no point in continuing his research. Aided by his professor and thesis guide, the student who was barely able to stand and had a slurred speech restarted his work. The student not only survived but became a legend. The student was Stephen Hawking, undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds in theoretical physics in the 20th century and the thesis guide was Prof Dennis William Sciama, one of the founders of modern cosmology. Prof Sciama would often tell his student “Well, you’re not dead yet. So, are you ready to work on that problem I suggested?” The rest, as they say, is history. Much later in an interview, Hawkings would remark, “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first”. Stephen Hawkings died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, not before his insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences. He lived up to the promise he had made to himself “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” Hawking’s first major breakthrough came in 1970 when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the entire universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in space-time, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang. In another seminal work in 1974, Hawkings demonstrated that black holes emit radiation, known today as Hawking radiation. This discovery was initially received with skepticism; however by late 1970s when more research corroborated the findings, Hawkings was credited with one of Physic’s greatest discovery. Hawking was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1974, a few weeks after the announcement of Hawking radiation. At the time, he was one of the youngest scientists to become a Fellow at age 32. However as his discoveries lead to medals and recognition, these did not go a long way in improving his financial condition. His own disease and the bringing up of his family of three kids and wife, he decided to write a popular book about the universe for the general public. The book Brief History of Time was published in 1988 and went on to be a best seller, selling 9 million copies. The book also made him a celebrity. In 1970, Hawking was appointed to the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In 1977 he was appointed a professor with a chair in gravitational physics at Cambridge. Subsequently, Hawking was elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge which he continued till 2009. Since then he held the position of director of research at the Cambridge University Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Other than superb Physics, Prof Hawking redefined what human will achieve. The diagnosis of motor neuron disease came in 1963 when Hawking was 21. At the time, doctors gave him a life expectancy of two years. In the late 1960s he slowly lost his ability to write and had to use crutches to walk. Fiercely independent, Hawking initially refused the use of wheelchair however conceded after much persuasion. By late 1970s his speech began to fail and those only close to him could understand what he spoke. In mid-1985 Hawking contracted pneumonia and a tracheotomy had to be done which meant complete loss of speech. Undefeated by the circumstances, Hawking developed a system wherein he would indicate the letter through raise of his eyebrow and thus help construct words and sentences. In 1986 he received a computer program “Equalizer” from Walter Woltosz. Hawking could now simply press a switch to select phrases, words or letters from a bank of about 2,500–3,000 that are scanned. On successfully using the Equalizer, the ever-positive Hawking commented: “I can communicate better now than before I lost my voice.” Hawking gradually lost the use of his hand, and in 2005 he began to control his communication device with movements of his cheek muscles, with a rate of about one word per minute. Intel sent some of its best computer programmers and scientists to develop a system that could translate his brain patterns or facial expressions into switch activations. After several prototypes, they settled on an adaptive word predictor based on technology developed by London-based startup SwiftKey. By 2009 Hawking could not drive his wheelchair and near the end of his life, he was experiencing increased breathing difficulties.  Since 1990s Hawking was a relentless campaigner on rights of the disabled. In August 2014, Hawking accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote ALS/MND awareness and raise contributions for research. As he had pneumonia in 2013, he was advised not to have ice poured over him, but his children volunteered to accept the challenge on his behalf. He joined Tesla’s Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to warn against an artificial intelligence military arms race and called for a ban on autonomous weapons. One of India’s most celebrated Physicist Dr. Ashoke Sen was nominated for the Royal Society by Stephen Hawking. Another Indian scientist way back in 2004 was perhaps the first to openly challenge Stephen Hawking theories. Dr. Abhas Mitra, at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, demonstrated fallacies in the information loss paradox theory pertaining to Black Holes put forth by Hawking. Another celebrated Indian Physicist, Prof Jayant Narliker, and Prof Hawking during their student days used to share the same office at Cambridge. Hawking publicly challenged the work of Fred Hoyle and his student Jayant Narlikar at a lecture in June 1964. The physicist passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge, leaving behind the world astounded on how much he could achieve. He leaves three children, Robert, Lucy, and Timothy, from his first marriage to Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren. Branolia Chemical Works mourns the death of this brilliant physicist and an extraordinary human being, who taught us how to challenge difficult times.  
AYUSH Ministry Outlay Increased in 2018 Budget
There is some good news from the Finance Minister for the AYUSH community. The outlay for AYUSH Ministry has been increased by more than 13% to Rs. 1,626.37 crore from last year’s allocation or Rs. 1,429 crore. Here is the breakup
Budget Head 2018-19 2017-18
Central Sector Schemes Rs. 71.36 cr Rs. 68.86 cr
Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (Central Council of Homoeopathy and Central Council of Indian Medicine) Rs. 9.60 cr Rs. 7.99 cr
Autonomous Bodies (All India Institute of Ayurveda, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, National Institute of Homoeopathy) Rs. 906.7 cr Rs. 804.3 cr
Medical and public health (Part of AYUSH) Rs 1,041.14 cr Rs 914.85 cr
This augurs well for AYUSH and we at Branolia join the AYUSH community in thanking the Finance Minister for the increased budgets. This surely will go a long way in popularising AYUSH in India on firm footing. With the government’s resources and intent in place, it is now for the AYUSH community to redeem this faith in us. We at Branolia intend to keep on our effort, in step with the AYUSH community. The total expenditure on central sector schemes and projects carried out by the ministry has been estimated at Rs 71.36 crore. For the year, 2017-18, it was Rs 68.86 crore, however in the revised Budget for last fiscal, it was increased to Rs 87.64 crore. The allocation has been increased for statutory and regulatory bodies - Central Council of Homoeopathy and Central Council of Indian Medicine in New Delhi, and autonomous bodies - such as All India Institute of Ayurveda, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata - under the ministry. For statutory and regulatory bodies, the outlay is Rs 9.60 crore vis-a-vis Rs 7.99 crore in the last fiscal; while for autonomous bodies, it is Rs 906.70 crore compared to Rs 804.30 crore in the previous budget. Under medical and public health head, the budget has been increased to Rs 1,041.14 crore compared to Rs 914.85 in the last fiscal. The AYUSH Ministry is purposed with developing, education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy. Thank you! Finance Minister Sir.
Positive Impact of Brahmi in Management of Schizophrenia
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), is known to Ayurveda to improve cognitive ability, memory and learning skills. A case study of a Schizophrenia patient was presented in a scientific paper by Sarkar et al in J Ayurveda Integr Med v.3(4); Oct-Dec 2012 which alluded to positive add-on effect of Brahmi to allopathic medicine for managing Schizophrenia. Mr. A, a 34-year-old single graduate male, presented with suspiciousness and fearfulness, wandering behavior, muttering to self, unprovoked aggression and disorganized behavior for the past 15 years. The patient was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. Initially, the patient was given olanzapine tablets 10 mg/day and increased gradually up to 20 mg over a period of two weeks. There was an initial improvement in psychopathology and subsequently, it plateaued out. Subsequently, the patient was given an add-on trial of Ayurvedic drug Brahmi (500 mg) for a period of one month. During the trial, the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and the Brief Psychiatric Scale (BPRS) scores were tracked, with a reduction in scores indicating desirable impact. The results are summarized below:
Regimen PANSS BPRS
Pre Treatment 108 48
Post Olanzapine(10-20 mg) 2 weeks 92 38
Brahmi add on (500 mg) + Olanzapine (20 mg) 67 27
This does provide evidence of efficacy of Brahmi in the improvement of the positive symptoms of schizophrenia.  The exact mechanism of effect of Brahmi on schizophrenia is not well understood. Research does provide some evidence.
  • Animal researchers have demonstrated the anti-oxidant properties of Bacopa extracts in the brain, which could potentially lead to its positive effect on mental function.
  • Bacopa monnieri has been reported to repair damaged neurons by enhancing kinase activity, restoration of synaptic activity, ultimately enhancing nerve impulse transmission in the brain.
  • The nootropic properties of Brahmi have been reported to be possibly mediated by its constituent saponins, bacosides A and B through the glutaminergic
Branolia is a Brahmi based ayurvedic tonic trusted by millions of households for over last 90 years. Backed by the ancient texts of Ayurveda and corroborated by modern day research, Brahmi has emerged as a leading herb in improving brain functioning. Branolia contains the best quality Brahmi herbs processed at its state of the art production facility. Branolia salutes the medical researchers who give modern scientific validity to ancient Ayurvedic knowledge.
Social Media Addiction – You may be one without even knowing it
There are more than a few billion social media users worldwide, representing a global increase in the all-round increase in the number of digital users. Social network penetration worldwide is ever-increasing. In 2017, 71 percent of internet users were social network users and these figures are expected to grow. ( Data Source: https://www.statista.com). In India, the documented number of social media users approximate to 196.02 million in 2017 which is expected to rise to 226 million in the coming year. Social networking already accounts for the maximum time spent by people online, and users aged between 15 and 19 spend at least three hours per day on average using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram- across the globe. And it is often found that social media users can’t go a few hours without checking different social media platforms before getting up in the morning. This addiction is termed as FOMO or Fear of Missing Out. Social Media is one of the most common forms of addiction afflicting the younger generation who spend too much time on social media. However, there is yet to be any official medical acknowledgment of this kind of addiction as a disorder. Mental health professionals are increasingly researching on internet addiction and they foresee this as a grave condition in the near future. Social Media addiction becomes is a rising trend amongst the millennial and it is often observed that it prevents them from leading a normal life. It also leads them to depression, decreased self- esteem, eating disorder, a feeling of insecurity and a decrease in the level of concentration. Another associated problem is the rising cases of cyberbullying leading to suicides and other ailments. Social media cannot be fully eradicated from our lives keeping in mind its benefits however certain steps can be taken to limit its usage among youngsters.
  • Regular exercising and meditating can strengthen muscles and boost a positive mood.
  • Spreading an awareness among children and youth about the harmful effects of overuse of social media
  • Parents and teachers should regularly monitor internet usage amongst children.
  • Schools can play an active role in advocating the safe use of internet among children
  • Parents should set up boundaries or put a limit on timings as to the use of social media
In these trying times, Branolia Chemicals have developed an ayurvedic tonic, Branolia infused with the goodness of herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Jastimadhu and some other herbs to enhance the overall functioning of the brain. Brahmi, the chief ingredient in the formulation of Branolia, is known to be used in the treatment of insomnia, epilepsy and attention deficit disorders. The fight against social media can be won by trying to focus on the positive aspects instead of the negative and also by trying to reach out to communities for support.  
The Benefits of Brahmi
Ayurveda is exclusively an individualized system of medicine. The tradition of treatment in Ayurveda is rooted in the idea that each of us is born with a completely personal blueprint for optimum health. From birth onward, it is this reference point, the constitution of a human being, in many ways, defines who he is. No two constitutions are exactly alike; therefore, no two human beings can have precisely the same formula for the ideal health. Ayurveda is, in fact, a holistic tradition that reaches out far beyond the realms of physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease. It has a remarkable capacity to help each of us correspond up with our inner nature, develop our strengths, sharpen in on our challenges, redirect disturbing tendencies, and offer real support wherever it is needed—so that every human being can better maintain balance in the face of adversity. At its root, Ayurveda is a way of life that can help each of us to lead a healthy life. In this process, Branolia Chemicals which started its operation in Kolkata in 1922 is committed to make easily available a bouquet of ayurvedic medicines. The flagship product of Branolia Chemicals is Branolia, an ayurvedic tonic enriched with the goodness of Brahmi. This tonic helps in boosting the functionalities of the brain. The main ingredient in this tonic, Brahmi was also known as Bacopa monnieri, has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries. Benefits of using Brahmi:
  •  Brahmi has been found to be very helpful in the treatment of anxiety neurosis and mental fatigue. It has been found to significantly improve IQ levels, general ability, and mental concentration in children. Brahmi used in Branolia is useful for improving mental clarity, confidence and memory. Branolia fortified with Brahmi has been used for centuries.
  • Brahmi is especially used for the treatment of epilepsy, insomnia, asthma and rheumatism.
  • Research has also shown that Brahmi possesses anticancer activity.
  • Brahmi is an effective antidote against diseases like bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, arthritis, rheumatism, backache, constipation, hair loss, fevers, digestive problems etc.
  • In India, Brahmi which has a bitter flavour is used in salads, soups, as a cooked lea vegetable, or pickles.
  • Studies have shown that Brahmi has Antioxidant, Cardiotonic and Anticancer properties.
  • The plant, Bacopa monnieri, is also used for all sorts of skin problems- eczema, psoriasis, abscess, ulcerations- it is said to stimulate the growth of skin, hair and nails.
Branolia, embellished with Brahmi also contains satamuli, ashwagandha, Joshtimadhu which helps in revitalizing the entire body. Bacopa monnieri has a calming effect and is especially useful in addressing concerns related to anxiety, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorders.Some other important uses of Brahmi as an important herb is :
  1. Anti-aging properties: Brahmi has an anti-anxiety property which helps in improving the cognitive functions of the brain.
  2. Antitoxin – Studies show that Brahmi is also utilized in warding off toxic effects of some free radicals.
Brahmi has been extensively used to enhance the mental health since ancient times. Branolia, an ayurvedic tonic with the power of Brahmi is apt for people of all ages to improve their overall functioning of the brain.

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Ayurveda Benchmarking: Step in Right Direction
With Yoga and traditional Indian medicine systems getting popular, the need is to set standards for improving the quality and service delivery of Indian systems of medicine and help in their better acceptability internationally. Ministry of AYUSH and WHO have signed an agreement titled “Co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine. The intent is to develop basic WHO benchmark documents for training and practice of different Indian systems of medicine and Yoga.

Why is Benchmarking Necessary

An essential component of many health systems around the world, traditional medicine reflects practices and products that have evolved over many years. They are usually based on experience rather than conventional scientific evidence. This has lead to an alternative medicine being loosely structured without adequate oversight. E.g. people start practicing yoga by reading books and there are no uniform regulations for ensuring quality, efficacy, and norms for practice in alternative systems of medicine. With Ayurveda and Yoga playing an important role in National Health Service and also it getting popular globally, standardisations, benchmarks, and operating procedures are required to maintain quality, safety, and efficacy of traditional practices and products. Some of the essential protocols required for Ayurveda and Yoga include:
  • Quality and safety of products, including medicines and medical devices
  • Informatics, including terminology and classification
  • Education, training, and practices of practitioners
  • Methodology for obtaining evidence to support practices and products
WHO has been tasked with developing the aforesaid protocols by AYUSH ministry for traditional Indian medicine and Yoga. The project runs till December 2020.

WHO well positioned to get Ayurveda and Yoga international acceptability

The WHO passed a resolution in the 2014 health assembly called WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 to help member states build their knowledge base, promote universal health coverage by integrating Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) into national health policies, regulate products, practices, and practitioners related to such disciplines, among other objectives. India had co-sponsored the resolution. WHO has also established an International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) – a global network of regulatory authorities responsible for the global regulation of herbal medicines. As Ayurveda and Yoga make inroads both nationally and internationally, WHO benchmarks will give momentum to the trend.  
Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Defied Time
A 21-year-old doctoral student at Cambridge was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease. The student went into a depression, finding no point in continuing his research. Aided by his professor and thesis guide, the student who was barely able to stand and had a slurred speech restarted his work. The student not only survived but became a legend. The student was Stephen Hawking, undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds in theoretical physics in the 20th century and the thesis guide was Prof Dennis William Sciama, one of the founders of modern cosmology. Prof Sciama would often tell his student “Well, you’re not dead yet. So, are you ready to work on that problem I suggested?” The rest, as they say, is history. Much later in an interview, Hawkings would remark, “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first”. Stephen Hawkings died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, not before his insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences. He lived up to the promise he had made to himself “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” Hawking’s first major breakthrough came in 1970 when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the entire universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in space-time, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang. In another seminal work in 1974, Hawkings demonstrated that black holes emit radiation, known today as Hawking radiation. This discovery was initially received with skepticism; however by late 1970s when more research corroborated the findings, Hawkings was credited with one of Physic’s greatest discovery. Hawking was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1974, a few weeks after the announcement of Hawking radiation. At the time, he was one of the youngest scientists to become a Fellow at age 32. However as his discoveries lead to medals and recognition, these did not go a long way in improving his financial condition. His own disease and the bringing up of his family of three kids and wife, he decided to write a popular book about the universe for the general public. The book Brief History of Time was published in 1988 and went on to be a best seller, selling 9 million copies. The book also made him a celebrity. In 1970, Hawking was appointed to the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In 1977 he was appointed a professor with a chair in gravitational physics at Cambridge. Subsequently, Hawking was elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge which he continued till 2009. Since then he held the position of director of research at the Cambridge University Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Other than superb Physics, Prof Hawking redefined what human will achieve. The diagnosis of motor neuron disease came in 1963 when Hawking was 21. At the time, doctors gave him a life expectancy of two years. In the late 1960s he slowly lost his ability to write and had to use crutches to walk. Fiercely independent, Hawking initially refused the use of wheelchair however conceded after much persuasion. By late 1970s his speech began to fail and those only close to him could understand what he spoke. In mid-1985 Hawking contracted pneumonia and a tracheotomy had to be done which meant complete loss of speech. Undefeated by the circumstances, Hawking developed a system wherein he would indicate the letter through raise of his eyebrow and thus help construct words and sentences. In 1986 he received a computer program “Equalizer” from Walter Woltosz. Hawking could now simply press a switch to select phrases, words or letters from a bank of about 2,500–3,000 that are scanned. On successfully using the Equalizer, the ever-positive Hawking commented: “I can communicate better now than before I lost my voice.” Hawking gradually lost the use of his hand, and in 2005 he began to control his communication device with movements of his cheek muscles, with a rate of about one word per minute. Intel sent some of its best computer programmers and scientists to develop a system that could translate his brain patterns or facial expressions into switch activations. After several prototypes, they settled on an adaptive word predictor based on technology developed by London-based startup SwiftKey. By 2009 Hawking could not drive his wheelchair and near the end of his life, he was experiencing increased breathing difficulties.  Since 1990s Hawking was a relentless campaigner on rights of the disabled. In August 2014, Hawking accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote ALS/MND awareness and raise contributions for research. As he had pneumonia in 2013, he was advised not to have ice poured over him, but his children volunteered to accept the challenge on his behalf. He joined Tesla’s Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to warn against an artificial intelligence military arms race and called for a ban on autonomous weapons. One of India’s most celebrated Physicist Dr. Ashoke Sen was nominated for the Royal Society by Stephen Hawking. Another Indian scientist way back in 2004 was perhaps the first to openly challenge Stephen Hawking theories. Dr. Abhas Mitra, at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, demonstrated fallacies in the information loss paradox theory pertaining to Black Holes put forth by Hawking. Another celebrated Indian Physicist, Prof Jayant Narliker, and Prof Hawking during their student days used to share the same office at Cambridge. Hawking publicly challenged the work of Fred Hoyle and his student Jayant Narlikar at a lecture in June 1964. The physicist passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge, leaving behind the world astounded on how much he could achieve. He leaves three children, Robert, Lucy, and Timothy, from his first marriage to Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren. Branolia Chemical Works mourns the death of this brilliant physicist and an extraordinary human being, who taught us how to challenge difficult times.  
AYUSH Ministry Outlay Increased in 2018 Budget
There is some good news from the Finance Minister for the AYUSH community. The outlay for AYUSH Ministry has been increased by more than 13% to Rs. 1,626.37 crore from last year’s allocation or Rs. 1,429 crore. Here is the breakup
Budget Head 2018-19 2017-18
Central Sector Schemes Rs. 71.36 cr Rs. 68.86 cr
Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (Central Council of Homoeopathy and Central Council of Indian Medicine) Rs. 9.60 cr Rs. 7.99 cr
Autonomous Bodies (All India Institute of Ayurveda, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, National Institute of Homoeopathy) Rs. 906.7 cr Rs. 804.3 cr
Medical and public health (Part of AYUSH) Rs 1,041.14 cr Rs 914.85 cr
This augurs well for AYUSH and we at Branolia join the AYUSH community in thanking the Finance Minister for the increased budgets. This surely will go a long way in popularising AYUSH in India on firm footing. With the government’s resources and intent in place, it is now for the AYUSH community to redeem this faith in us. We at Branolia intend to keep on our effort, in step with the AYUSH community. The total expenditure on central sector schemes and projects carried out by the ministry has been estimated at Rs 71.36 crore. For the year, 2017-18, it was Rs 68.86 crore, however in the revised Budget for last fiscal, it was increased to Rs 87.64 crore. The allocation has been increased for statutory and regulatory bodies - Central Council of Homoeopathy and Central Council of Indian Medicine in New Delhi, and autonomous bodies - such as All India Institute of Ayurveda, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata - under the ministry. For statutory and regulatory bodies, the outlay is Rs 9.60 crore vis-a-vis Rs 7.99 crore in the last fiscal; while for autonomous bodies, it is Rs 906.70 crore compared to Rs 804.30 crore in the previous budget. Under medical and public health head, the budget has been increased to Rs 1,041.14 crore compared to Rs 914.85 in the last fiscal. The AYUSH Ministry is purposed with developing, education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy. Thank you! Finance Minister Sir.
Positive Impact of Brahmi in Management of Schizophrenia
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), is known to Ayurveda to improve cognitive ability, memory and learning skills. A case study of a Schizophrenia patient was presented in a scientific paper by Sarkar et al in J Ayurveda Integr Med v.3(4); Oct-Dec 2012 which alluded to positive add-on effect of Brahmi to allopathic medicine for managing Schizophrenia. Mr. A, a 34-year-old single graduate male, presented with suspiciousness and fearfulness, wandering behavior, muttering to self, unprovoked aggression and disorganized behavior for the past 15 years. The patient was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. Initially, the patient was given olanzapine tablets 10 mg/day and increased gradually up to 20 mg over a period of two weeks. There was an initial improvement in psychopathology and subsequently, it plateaued out. Subsequently, the patient was given an add-on trial of Ayurvedic drug Brahmi (500 mg) for a period of one month. During the trial, the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and the Brief Psychiatric Scale (BPRS) scores were tracked, with a reduction in scores indicating desirable impact. The results are summarized below:
Regimen PANSS BPRS
Pre Treatment 108 48
Post Olanzapine(10-20 mg) 2 weeks 92 38
Brahmi add on (500 mg) + Olanzapine (20 mg) 67 27
This does provide evidence of efficacy of Brahmi in the improvement of the positive symptoms of schizophrenia.  The exact mechanism of effect of Brahmi on schizophrenia is not well understood. Research does provide some evidence.
  • Animal researchers have demonstrated the anti-oxidant properties of Bacopa extracts in the brain, which could potentially lead to its positive effect on mental function.
  • Bacopa monnieri has been reported to repair damaged neurons by enhancing kinase activity, restoration of synaptic activity, ultimately enhancing nerve impulse transmission in the brain.
  • The nootropic properties of Brahmi have been reported to be possibly mediated by its constituent saponins, bacosides A and B through the glutaminergic
Branolia is a Brahmi based ayurvedic tonic trusted by millions of households for over last 90 years. Backed by the ancient texts of Ayurveda and corroborated by modern day research, Brahmi has emerged as a leading herb in improving brain functioning. Branolia contains the best quality Brahmi herbs processed at its state of the art production facility. Branolia salutes the medical researchers who give modern scientific validity to ancient Ayurvedic knowledge.
Social Media Addiction – You may be one without even knowing it
There are more than a few billion social media users worldwide, representing a global increase in the all-round increase in the number of digital users. Social network penetration worldwide is ever-increasing. In 2017, 71 percent of internet users were social network users and these figures are expected to grow. ( Data Source: https://www.statista.com). In India, the documented number of social media users approximate to 196.02 million in 2017 which is expected to rise to 226 million in the coming year. Social networking already accounts for the maximum time spent by people online, and users aged between 15 and 19 spend at least three hours per day on average using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram- across the globe. And it is often found that social media users can’t go a few hours without checking different social media platforms before getting up in the morning. This addiction is termed as FOMO or Fear of Missing Out. Social Media is one of the most common forms of addiction afflicting the younger generation who spend too much time on social media. However, there is yet to be any official medical acknowledgment of this kind of addiction as a disorder. Mental health professionals are increasingly researching on internet addiction and they foresee this as a grave condition in the near future. Social Media addiction becomes is a rising trend amongst the millennial and it is often observed that it prevents them from leading a normal life. It also leads them to depression, decreased self- esteem, eating disorder, a feeling of insecurity and a decrease in the level of concentration. Another associated problem is the rising cases of cyberbullying leading to suicides and other ailments. Social media cannot be fully eradicated from our lives keeping in mind its benefits however certain steps can be taken to limit its usage among youngsters.
  • Regular exercising and meditating can strengthen muscles and boost a positive mood.
  • Spreading an awareness among children and youth about the harmful effects of overuse of social media
  • Parents and teachers should regularly monitor internet usage amongst children.
  • Schools can play an active role in advocating the safe use of internet among children
  • Parents should set up boundaries or put a limit on timings as to the use of social media
In these trying times, Branolia Chemicals have developed an ayurvedic tonic, Branolia infused with the goodness of herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Jastimadhu and some other herbs to enhance the overall functioning of the brain. Brahmi, the chief ingredient in the formulation of Branolia, is known to be used in the treatment of insomnia, epilepsy and attention deficit disorders. The fight against social media can be won by trying to focus on the positive aspects instead of the negative and also by trying to reach out to communities for support.  

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Ayurveda Benchmarking: Step in Right Direction
With Yoga and traditional Indian medicine systems getting popular, the need is to set standards for improving the quality and service delivery of Indian systems of medicine and help in their better acceptability internationally. Ministry of AYUSH and WHO have signed an agreement titled “Co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine. The intent is to develop basic WHO benchmark documents for training and practice of different Indian systems of medicine and Yoga.

Why is Benchmarking Necessary

An essential component of many health systems around the world, traditional medicine reflects practices and products that have evolved over many years. They are usually based on experience rather than conventional scientific evidence. This has lead to an alternative medicine being loosely structured without adequate oversight. E.g. people start practicing yoga by reading books and there are no uniform regulations for ensuring quality, efficacy, and norms for practice in alternative systems of medicine. With Ayurveda and Yoga playing an important role in National Health Service and also it getting popular globally, standardisations, benchmarks, and operating procedures are required to maintain quality, safety, and efficacy of traditional practices and products. Some of the essential protocols required for Ayurveda and Yoga include:
  • Quality and safety of products, including medicines and medical devices
  • Informatics, including terminology and classification
  • Education, training, and practices of practitioners
  • Methodology for obtaining evidence to support practices and products
WHO has been tasked with developing the aforesaid protocols by AYUSH ministry for traditional Indian medicine and Yoga. The project runs till December 2020.

WHO well positioned to get Ayurveda and Yoga international acceptability

The WHO passed a resolution in the 2014 health assembly called WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 to help member states build their knowledge base, promote universal health coverage by integrating Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) into national health policies, regulate products, practices, and practitioners related to such disciplines, among other objectives. India had co-sponsored the resolution. WHO has also established an International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) – a global network of regulatory authorities responsible for the global regulation of herbal medicines. As Ayurveda and Yoga make inroads both nationally and internationally, WHO benchmarks will give momentum to the trend.  
Garcia D’Orta: The Man Who Took Ayurveda to the Western World
In the heart of Panjim is a beautiful municipal garden named Jardim Garcia de Orta. Built-in 1855 this garden is named after the Portuguese naturalist and physician Garcia de Orta who wrote the first-ever book on Indian tropical medicine by a western writer. His book the Coloquius was published at Goa in April 1563 and introduced Indian medicine to the western world. Garcia de Orta life to say the least was tumultuous. His travails started even before his birth. His parents –Ferano da Orta and Leonor Gomes were part of the 120,000 Jews who moved into Portugal in 1492 from the neighbouring Spain where they faced religious persecution. All the Jews were forced into converting to Christianity and Garcia was born as a new Christian. Garcia de Orta was born in 1501. His siblings were three sisters, Violante, Catarina, and Isabel. As we will see later, the formidable reputation of Garcia as a physician could not prevent his sister from being burnt by the Portuguese authorities in Goa for practicing Judaism. Garcia studied medicine, arts, and philosophy at the Universities of Alcalá de Henares and Salamanca – the top institutions of learning in Spain. Following his father’s death, he graduated and returned to Portugal in 1523. He practiced medicine initially in his hometown and then in 1526 in Lisbon, where he gained a professorship at the university in 1530.

Garcia reaches Goa

At the age of 33, Garcia sailed for Portuguese India as Chief Physician aboard the fleet of Martim Afonso de Sousa, later to be named Governor. Garcia accompanied Sousa on various campaigns and soon had a flourishing medical practice, becoming chief physician concurrently to Burhan Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty of Ahmednagar, and to several successive Portuguese Viceroys and governors of Goa. Garcia would remain in India for next 35 years and died in Goa in 1569. Garcia de Orta married Brianda de Solis, in 1543. The couple had two daughters. In 1549, his mother and two of his sisters, who had been imprisoned as Jews in Lisbon, managed to join him in Goa. Jewish persecution continued to follow Garcia, and his sister was burned at the stake in 1569 for practicing Judaism. In an appalling act, much after Garcia’s death, his remains were removed from his grave and burned in 1580 by the Portuguese authorities on suspicion of being a practicing Jew during his lifetime. One of best medical researchers of his times in India, could not escape the clutches of the Portugal religious police.

Garcia de Orta and Indian Tropical Medicine

Garcia de Orta’s was a maverick. For the purposes of understanding Indian system of medicine, Garcia learned Marathi, Konkani, Sanskrit, and Kannada. He was also fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Persian which gave him access to European and Arabic medical systems. Garcia other than being an accomplished physician was a botanist. He would meet physicians and spice merchants from south Asia and the Indian subcontinent and would also send out agents and correspondents to collect for his seeds and plants. He had a laboratory and botanical garden which was probably the largest repository of medicinal plants at that time. Garcia also travelled to Portuguese Ceylon (Jaffna) to study Sri Lankan medicinal plants. His book contains mention of the botanical treatment of snake bite and medicinal value of Datura. He broke certain myths as well e.g the western perception that Tamarind was procured from a palm tree. He was the first European to describe the symptoms of several Asiatic tropical diseases, notably cholera; he performed an autopsy on a cholera victim, the first recorded autopsy in India.

Garcia de Orta Seminal Work - Coloquius - Book on Medicinal Plants

De Orta was the first European writer on tropical medicine and a pioneer in pharmacognosy. His reputation rests on his book Colóquios dos simples e drogas he cousas medicinais da Índia ("Conversations on the simples, drugs and medicinal substances of India") published at Goa in April 1563, which is a remarkable work. The book consists of 57 chapters and is primarily concerned with the identification and description of medicinal plants, followed by an account of their pharmacological and therapeutic uses. It also includes a treatise on ivory, diamond and Bezoar stone and there uses in traditional Indian medicine. The book is essentially a discussion between de Orta and a fictitious Spanish colleague Dr. Ruano. Ruano is given the role of spokesperson for the classical authorities and de Orta represents himself as relying more on observation and experience than on received tradition. Garcia de Orta's work was accidentally discovered by Clusius in early 1564 and he translated it into Latin, while and this was widely read across Europe and underwent several editions. Garcia's work influenced a number of later herbals and botanical works including those by Juan Fragoso, Nicolas Monardes, Hendrik van Rheedeand Jacobus Bontius. The "Jardim Garcia de Orta", a public garden in Lisbon, as well the "Escola Secundária Garcia de Orta" high school in Portland the "Hospital Garcia de Orta" in Almada, are named in his memory. A postal stamp of Garcia de Orta was released by Portugal in 1963. In 1971, the 20 Escudos banknote carried a picture of Garcia de Orta. It is heartening to note that Garcia de Orta who once considered as a heretic was reinstated by Portugal to the honour and recognition he deserved. We at Branolia Chemical Works salute the work of Garcia de Orta for his pioneering and painstaking work on Indian medicinal plants and bringing this treasure in front of the whole world. The current acceptance of Ayurveda globally started 400 years back with Garcia de Orta.  Branolia urges the Ayurveda community to recognize the contribution of Garcia de Orta and give him the place which he richly deserves.
14% of Indians Suffer from Constipation
A large number of Indians are facing the Piku syndrome. “Motion Se Hi Emotion” which Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) repeats every time when his effort and outcome in the toilet do not match rings a bell for at least 14% of Indians who suffer from chronic constipation. The incidence of chronic constipation is pervasive in India as revealed by the study by the Pharma major Abbot. Doctors define chronic constipation as a condition where there is the inability to pass stools more than three times a week, and for more than three months at a stretch. Other symptoms experienced are abnormally hard stools, the need to strain very hard to pass motions, feeling of incomplete evacuation or a feeling of bowel obstruction. The Abbot survey titled “Gut Health Survey” revealed the following:
  • Chronic Constipation in India is higher than the international average: While globally chronic constipation afflicts 10% of the population, in India this figure stand at 14%.
  • Older people report a higher incidence of chronic constipation: 20% of the people in higher age group (45-65) experience constipation as compared to the overall average of 14%.
  • Causes of constipation directly linked to the type of food intake: Non- vegetarian food, low water intake, snacking and eating fried food frequently leads to constipation.
  • Chronic constipation adversely impacts the quality of life: Lack of sleep, stress, physical discomfort (gas, acidity, stomach aches, loss of appetite etc), irritability, mood swings, lack of interest in work are some of the frequently mentioned conditions emanating out of constipation.
  • Serious impacts of constipation are known to the majority of patients: 75% of the respondents reported that they knew that prolonged constipation can lead to other medical problems, with piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures being the leading issues.
  • Medical attention is rarely sought in preliminary stages for constipation: Seeking prompt medical attention for constipation is not a norm in India. 80% of the respondents with chronic constipation looked for a solution only after they faced the issue multiple times. The average time taken to visit a doctor was 80 days from the time the respondents first faced symptoms of chronic constipation. About 30% of the patients approached a doctor only after 3 -5 months or more of continuous symptoms. 60% of people with chronic constipation opted for home remedies as the most preferred treatment option for relief. However, half the people who self-medicated eventually visited a doctor for a cure.
We at Branolia understand the debilitating conditions that constipation can lead to and would advise taking corrective measures at the advent of constipation symptoms. Branolia’s Bellytone brings the knowledge of Ayurveda to help chronic constipation patients to deal with their situation. Made from herbal ingredients like Sonapata, Haritaki, Teori & Ajowan blended perfectly, this extremely effective preparation keeps stomach problem at bay. Sonapata is useful as a purgative in habitual constipation, while Hartaki is a good laxative and fights flatulence. Teori acts as a carminative and prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract thereby combating flatulence. Branolia’s Bellytone is the natural way of fighting chronic constipation and its timely use helps prevent serious medical problems associated with prolonged constipation to set in like piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures. On a lighter note, we sometimes wonder that if Mr. Bhashkor Banerjee (in Piku movie) had taken Bellytone in time, then the movie Piku would have had a different storyline.
Ayurveda a cornerstone of Ayushman Bharat
The ambitious Ayushman Bharat program also nicknamed by the media as Namocare proposes to give Ayurveda a significant mandate in the making of healthy India. The 1.5 crore wellness centers to be opened under Ayushman Bharat all over the country will stock Ayurvedic medicines. As per the AYUSH ministry along with Ayurveda, medical systems of Unani, Siddha and Yoga will also be introduced in the wellness centers as well. In this year’s budget, the Hon’ble Finance Minister has announced the establishment 1.5 crore wellness centers which will act as neighborhood clinics. These clinics will provide treatment for common diseases free of cost along with some listed medicines being provided free. In addition, Ayurveda is progressively being introduced in the existing Community Health Centres in the country on a pilot basis. Already pilot project is on in 49 CHCs and 3 district hospitals where Ayurvedic medicines are part of the treatment regimen. The pilot is being conducted by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences and Directorate of Health Services. It is indeed laudable that Ayurveda is finding its due place in the country’s health care system. We at Branolia Chemical Works look forward to Ayurveda regaining its lost glory and making a difference in the life of patients.

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Allowing AYUSH doctors to practice basic modern medicine is a good move
Rural Primary Health Centres in the rural hinterland of our country lie waiting for a doctor. The building is there, medicines are there, beds are there and attendant medical equipment. The absence of a doctor at these PHCs makes the investment on these brick and mortar structures redundant.It has indeed been a bold move on part of the government to launch The Bridge Programs on Certificate in Community Health for Ayurveda Practitioners’ to integrate Ayush practitioners into the fold of modern medicine. They can then man the Primary Health Centres or set up a practice especially in rural areas where none exist.There have been many detractors to this move, however, we feel the move of the government is the most plausible step to take in wake of the curative health crisis in rural areas in absence of doctors. Here are our arguments: We just do not have enough doctors World Health Organisation norms require a doctor-population ratio to be 1:1000. IMA data reveals that this ratio is 1:1674 in India. This shortfall is further accentuated by the reluctance of doctors to take up rural postings, making doctors a rare sight in many rural pockets. The situation is worse in difficult areas like the mountainous regions of Uttarakhand, the jungles of Sunderbans or the far-flung deserts of Barmer. This leaves a huge space for quacks to masquerade as doctors and dispenses medicine, an extremely scary proposition. India has about 6.86 lakh qualified AYUSH doctors, who after the bridge course would be well positioned to provide basic medical care. No one expects them to implant a pacemaker, but surely he/she would know the difference between malaria and dengue and more importantly what is needed to be done. Will Bridge Course be enough to prepare AYUSH doctors for modern medicine An Ayurveda student invests 5.5 years to become a doctor. He/she is trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and herb — pharmacology. They dissect human bodies to learn anatomy and physiology. Learning about allopathic pharmacology is also included in BAMS syllabus. They are well versed in the various minor surgical procedures. The step from AYUSH doctor to modern medicine is much shorter than thought. A bridge course to orient Ayush doctors to modern pharmacology and a list of allopathic medicine should help in him/her to practice basic medical care.  A five-year rural posting has been made mandatory for all those keen to do the bridge course. The ground reality is that AYUSH doctors are already filling in for MBBS doctors in rural areas In remote regions and villages where there is no MBBS doctor in sight, AYUSH practitioners help dispense basic medical services and even help save lives by minimizing fatal effects of easily treatable conditions like diarrhea. Unless and until trained doctors are made available, people will continue to flock to these practitioners anyway in desperate need of medical help. Right training can help reduce the public health challenges of anaemia, malnutrition, pneumonia, diarrhea, and other communicable diseases. Many States have already started the process of getting Ayush doctors ready States like Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka and recently West Bengal which reeled under fake doctor crisis have started putting the processes in place. There is a felt need, the demand for medical care in rural areas is becoming a serious governance issue. More similar initiatives to reach health care to rural areas The Central Government has approved the introduction of a course namely, Bachelor of Science (Community Health). The main objective of the proposed course is to create mid-level health professionals who would possess the necessary public health and ambulatory care competencies to serve the rural population and will primarily be deployed at Sub Centres. While the long-term solution lies in producing more doctors, in the short and medium turn turning to AYUSH doctors to bridge the gap is a commendable move. Indian Medical Association has not been in favour.We at Branolia Chemical Works feel that the best should not become the enemy of the good. Branolia wishes our AYUSH doctors good luck as they step in to bridge the huge shortage of doctors in our rural areas.
Ethical Hacker – A Career with a Difference
The wheels of progress have turned the world digital but it has also opened up new threats in terms of cybersecurity and privacy issues. The digital economy has changed the security concerns for both consumers as well as companies, who are responsible for protecting consumer information. Attacks like social media account breaches, bank or credit card account hacking via WhatsApp or Facebook message, ATM skimming, or identify theft via social engineering fall into the category of old, widespread, known, and unsophisticated cyber attacks. It has also become a full-fledged career option for people who play the role of a savior and are aptly termed as ethical hackers. Although hacking is an offense punishable by law it becomes ethical when there is a contract between the hacker and the organization. Ethical hackers are also referred as ‘white hat’ are actually experts who hack with permission to strengthen systems and also to make them penetration-proof. Ethical hackers are skilled individuals in the field of Information Technology and are wizards in computer and networking algorithms. In today’s digital era, computer security is a major cause for concern and the job of an ethical hacker is to make the cyberspace safe forever. Eligibility Criterion of an Ethical Hacker An individual planning to make a foray into this field needs to have a sound knowledge of computer programming languages. The well-known certifications in Ethical Hacking are CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI ( Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) offered by EC Council; CCNA Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate Security); SCP's SCNS (Security Certified Network Specialist) & SCNP (Security Certified Network Professional); CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) offered by Intelligent  Information System Security Certification Consortium and many more. Apart from the necessary educational skills, an individual should have analytical thinking, initiative, and problem-solving skills. Continuous up gradation of knowledge is also a necessary ingredient to becoming an ‘ethical hacker’. Branolia a tonic to enhance the functionalities of the brain has been developed by the house of Branolia Chemicals which is based on research of over 99 years can add to the thinking skills of ethical hackers. Job prospects for Ethical Hacking Growing incidences of cyber crimes have become an essential part of the IT security industry. Internet security and Networking are the fastest-growing industries where ethical hackers can seek employment. Ethical hackers are mainly hired to find out any vulnerability that might exist in the existing network and to find out how the process to fix them. They can also work for the government as well as private organizations as cybersecurity experts. However, IT firms are the main recruiters of ethical hackers. This day's ethical hackers are not limited to only IT companies but such experts are also required by financial service providers, airlines, retail chains, hotels and several government agencies. UK’s National Health Service is planning to integrate in-house systems of ethical hackers to enhance their cybersecurity. Some of the top(certified) Ethical hacking institutes in Delhi are- 1. Ankit Fadia Certifed Ethical Hacking courses 2 .Net hub institute 3.Kyrion Digital Securities Ethical Hacking Courses The topmost institute in ethical hacking in India is Indian School of Ethical Hacking situated in Kolkata. There is no basic eligibility criterion to get into this program.  
Career Options after BAMS
Ayurveda, the ancient science of life and health, is a unique heritage of India. In spite of its glorious past as a global Medicare system, presently its official practice is limited only to India and certain neighbouring countries. With the changing concepts of health and disease and shifting scenario of health needs of the present times, there has been an amazing arousal of interest which is likely to be accelerated with the growing trends of information technology, economic globalization and industrial activism. As far as career is concerned, students after passing BAMS had only one option that is starting their own practice. However, things have changed as many new avenues have opened up for BAMS graduates. The areas in which ayurvedic graduates can build up a successful career are:
  1. Clinical Practice
  2. Academics
  3. Research
  4. Management and Administration and
  5. Drug Manufacturing
The right career, however, will depend on a person’s own interest, basic and some specific qualities which a particular field may demand. The various career opportunities are:
  • Clinical Practice: A student of Ayurvedic practice needs to have a thorough knowledge of Ayurvedic Samhitas and Sutras. To keep up with the changing times they also need to well aware of modern medical science and familiar with the diagnostic tests in vogue nowadays. Students are also suggested to gather practical experience for at least a year or two under a senior practitioner before setting up his own practice. Students can also add extra elements like Panchakarma, Yoga, Ayurvedic dietetics, Counseling, Physiotherapy, etc., by doing additional diploma/certificate courses available.
  • Academics: A student interested in higher studies can go for a postgraduate degree course in Ayurvedic medicine. All students interested in pursuing an MD in Ayurvedic medicine will have to clear an entrance test to get through. Anyone who has 10 years of clinical experience or 5 years of teaching experience is eligible for PhD. Almost all institutions have facilities for PhD. There are M.Sc programs also available in various science disciplines like Anatomy, Microbiology for BAMS students, which are offered by many universities in various universities like the University of Madras, Kasturba Medical College,Sri Ramachandra Medical College, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, etc. to name a few.
  • Research: Other courses available for students interested in Ayurvedic medicine are MSc or PG Diploma in Clinical Research. These courses are available at various institutions and universities throughout the country. Cranfield University (UK), through its branches in India, offers a masters degree in clinical research. The duration of these courses varies from 6 months to 2 years. The course modules are extensive with more focus on data analysis and management. After completion of this course, students can get a job as Clinical Research Associate in the research unit of pharmaceutical companies.
  • Management:  MPH (Masters in Public Health), MHA (Masters in Health Administration) and MBA (Hospital and Healthcare management) are in great demand nowadays. Some other courses that offer great career enhancement are courses in Sports Medicine, Disaster Management, Industrial Management, Preventive and Promotive healthcare, Masters in Personnel Management.
  • Drug Manufacturing: It is the need of the hour that many Ayurvedic graduates come in this field and use their knowledge and skill. Courses such as BPharm (Ayurveda) in Jamnagar and BHU, MSc (Pharmaceutical Medicine), MBA (Medicinal Marketing) (MUHS, Nasik), Diploma in Herbal Medicinal Manufacturing (Pune University and IPER Pune) help students in this domain.
Pharmaceutical Companies like Branolia Chemicals are constantly into research to produce quality ayurvedic medicine for their clientele.  
History of Ayurvedic Surgery
The most common question often asked is whether an Ayurvedic doctor performs surgery? A group of doctors in Meerut in 2016 have conducted the world’s first Ayurvedic Surgery on Ojaswi Sharma, an 83-year-old man who is allergic to Allopathic drugs. In the process of removing a 240-gram prostate from his body, antibiotics were not used. Instead, Ayurvedic herbs like Amla, guggul, and turmeric were successfully used to reduce the chances of surgical site infection. History of Surgery in Ayurveda In Ayurveda, surgery is commonly known as ‘Shalya Chikitsa’ and was first introduced in Ayurvedic medicine by none other than the ‘Father of Surgery’, Susruta. Surgery was first made known through his book Suśhruta Saṃhitā, in which he describes over 300 surgical procedures, 120 surgical instruments and classifies human surgery into eight different categories. He lived, practised and taught his art way back in the 800 B.C. Charaka, the best-known physician of Ayurvedic medicine, also recommended Shalya Tantra for the treatment of certain diseases, which required immediate attention such as haemorrhoids. The long foreign rule in India and lack of promotion thwarted the progress of Ayurvedic surgery in the middle of the second millennium. A person aspiring to take up Ayurveda as a career needs to get a degree in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery. This degree is awarded after a person puts in five and a half years of study which includes one year of internship. The eligibility criterion for this course of study is that a person has to clear the higher secondary examination after 10+2 years of schooling in physics, chemistry and biology as subjects. A B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) graduate is given the title of ‘ayurvedacharya’ and the course aims at providing basic education in Ayurveda leading to the degree of B.A.M.S. Its objective is to prepare graduates for a profound understanding in the science of Ayurveda backed up by extensive practical training. Graduates in B.A.M.S should aspire to become an efficient teacher, a research scholar and a competent Ayurvedic physician (Kayachikitsaka) and surgeon (Shalyachikitsaka). A B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine & surgery) graduate learns Shalyatantra(surgery) as a subject in the 3rd year of his studies. In fact, for passing shalyatantra examination a BAMS graduate has to read the syllabus of surgery which is the same as that for an MBBS graduate along with principles and practice of shalyatantra (Ayu-surgery). This branch of Ayurveda also provides detailed knowledge of operative procedures, precautions to be taken during a surgery and even detailed information on the types of bandages and instruments to be used. Places to Study B.A.M.S The list of top 10 Ayurvedic colleges in India that offers a B.A.M.S degree are:
  1. Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
  2. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  3. Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
  4. JB Roy State Medical College, Kolkata
  5. Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur
  6. State Ayurvedic College of Lucknow
  7. Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur
  8. Ayurvedic and Unani Tibia College, New Delhi.
Branolia Chemicals located in West Bengal has been conducting research on Ayurvedic herbs for the past 99 years and also have a huge range of ayurvedic medicines to address health issues.

Haritaki

14% of Indians Suffer from Constipation
A large number of Indians are facing the Piku syndrome. “Motion Se Hi Emotion” which Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) repeats every time when his effort and outcome in the toilet do not match rings a bell for at least 14% of Indians who suffer from chronic constipation. The incidence of chronic constipation is pervasive in India as revealed by the study by the Pharma major Abbot. Doctors define chronic constipation as a condition where there is the inability to pass stools more than three times a week, and for more than three months at a stretch. Other symptoms experienced are abnormally hard stools, the need to strain very hard to pass motions, feeling of incomplete evacuation or a feeling of bowel obstruction. The Abbot survey titled “Gut Health Survey” revealed the following:
  • Chronic Constipation in India is higher than the international average: While globally chronic constipation afflicts 10% of the population, in India this figure stand at 14%.
  • Older people report a higher incidence of chronic constipation: 20% of the people in higher age group (45-65) experience constipation as compared to the overall average of 14%.
  • Causes of constipation directly linked to the type of food intake: Non- vegetarian food, low water intake, snacking and eating fried food frequently leads to constipation.
  • Chronic constipation adversely impacts the quality of life: Lack of sleep, stress, physical discomfort (gas, acidity, stomach aches, loss of appetite etc), irritability, mood swings, lack of interest in work are some of the frequently mentioned conditions emanating out of constipation.
  • Serious impacts of constipation are known to the majority of patients: 75% of the respondents reported that they knew that prolonged constipation can lead to other medical problems, with piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures being the leading issues.
  • Medical attention is rarely sought in preliminary stages for constipation: Seeking prompt medical attention for constipation is not a norm in India. 80% of the respondents with chronic constipation looked for a solution only after they faced the issue multiple times. The average time taken to visit a doctor was 80 days from the time the respondents first faced symptoms of chronic constipation. About 30% of the patients approached a doctor only after 3 -5 months or more of continuous symptoms. 60% of people with chronic constipation opted for home remedies as the most preferred treatment option for relief. However, half the people who self-medicated eventually visited a doctor for a cure.
We at Branolia understand the debilitating conditions that constipation can lead to and would advise taking corrective measures at the advent of constipation symptoms. Branolia’s Bellytone brings the knowledge of Ayurveda to help chronic constipation patients to deal with their situation. Made from herbal ingredients like Sonapata, Haritaki, Teori & Ajowan blended perfectly, this extremely effective preparation keeps stomach problem at bay. Sonapata is useful as a purgative in habitual constipation, while Hartaki is a good laxative and fights flatulence. Teori acts as a carminative and prevents the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract thereby combating flatulence. Branolia’s Bellytone is the natural way of fighting chronic constipation and its timely use helps prevent serious medical problems associated with prolonged constipation to set in like piles or haemorrhoids, ulcers, abdominal pain and anal fissures. On a lighter note, we sometimes wonder that if Mr. Bhashkor Banerjee (in Piku movie) had taken Bellytone in time, then the movie Piku would have had a different storyline.

Honey Guard

Researchers Recommend Tulsi to Combat Lifestyle Related Chronic Diseases

Applause for Tulsi(Ocimum sanctum Linn)  from the Ayurveda research community is becoming more and more pronounced with a number of journal papers attesting Tulsi’s ability to battle lifestyle disease resulting from physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions (1).

tulsi

Tulsi has been attested to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals. Lab results and trials show that Tulsi has protected against the toxic effects of industrial chemicals such as butylparaben,[2] carbon tetrachloride,[3] copper sulfate[4] and ethanol,[5] and common pesticides such as rogor,[6] chlorpyrifos[7], endosulfan[8] and lindane[9]. Tulsi has also been shown to protect against the toxic effects of many pharmaceuticals drugs including acetaminophen [10], meloxicam[11], paracetamol[12], haloperidol[13] and anti-tubercular drugs[14].

Tulsi is also credited with giving brightness to the complexion, mellifluousness to the voice and help foster stamina and a calm emotional disposition. In addition, tulsi is recommended as a treatment for a range of conditions including anxiety, cough, asthma, diarrhea, fever, dysentery, arthritis, eye diseases, otalgia, indigestion, hiccups, vomiting, gastric, cardiac and genitourinary disorders, back pain, skin diseases, ringworm, insect, snake and scorpion bites and malaria[15,16,17,18].

Tulsi helps in prevention of cancers caused by toxic compounds by reducing DNA damage[19] and inducing apoptosis in precancerous and cancerous cells, thereby reducing the growth of tumors[20,21].Tulsi also enables the enhancement in liver detoxification enzymes such as the cytochrome P450 enzymes, which deactivates toxic chemicals and enables them to be safely excreted[22].

Tulsi has radioprotective effects by cleaning free radicals and reducing the oxidative cellular and chromosomal damage brought about by radiation,[23,24,25,26] enabling reduction of organ damage and enhancing post-radiation survival in experimental animals[27,28,29].

Numerous animal experiments and human clinical trials have shown that tulsi has anti-diabetic activity. Tulsi can reduce blood glucose, correct abnormal lipid profiles[30,31] and protect the liver and kidneys from the metabolic damage caused by high glucose levels[32]. Tulsi has also been shown to improve lipid profiles[33,34], prevent weight gain, hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and insulin resistance[35,36], and protect the organs and blood vessels from atherosclerosis[32,37] in laboratory animals fed high-fat diets. Similarly, in human clinical trials, tulsi has shown to decrease glucose levels, improve blood pressure and lipid profiles[38,39,40] and reduce many diabetic symptoms in patients with type 2 diabetes.[41]

There are many more benefits from Tulsi which scientific studies have verified which we will be discussed in subsequent Branolia Chemicals blog posts.

At Branolia Chemical Works we stand by Tulsi and it is used extensively in all our Ayurvedic formulations may that be Bitocough , Branolia, Honey Guard, Kulleron and Livonia. We at Branolia prefer the black/purple variety of Tusli in our ayurvedic formulas. This is done since the black/purple tulsi has high content of phenolic compounds and anti-oxidant properties compared to the green/white vana tulsi(42).

References:

  1. Cohen, Marc Maurice, Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons, J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2014 Oct-Dec; 5(4): 251–259.
  2. Shah K, Verma RJ. Protection against butyl p-hydroxybenzoic acid induced oxidative stress by Ocimum sanctum extract in mice liver. Acta Pol Pharm. 2012;69:865–70. 
  3. Enayatallah SA, Shah SN, Bodhankar SL. A study of hepatoprotective activity of Ocimum sanctum (Krishna tulas) extracts in chemically induced liver damage in albino mice. J Ecophysiol Occup Health. 2004;4:89–96.
  4. Shyamala AC, Devaki T. Studies on peroxidation in rats ingesting copper sulphate and effect of subsequent treatment with Ocimum sanctum. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 1996;20:113–9.
  5. Bawankule DU, Pal A, Gupta S, Yadav S, Misra A, Rastogi S, et al. Protective effect of Ocimum sanctumon ethanol-induced oxidative stress in Swiss Albino Mice brain. Toxicol Int. 2008;5:121–5.
  6. Verma P, Kedia DK, Nath A. Protective effect of Ocimum sanctum leaf extracts against rogor induced ovarian toxicity in Clarias batrachus Linn. J Ecophysiology Occup Health. 2007;7:177–84.
  7. Khanna A, Shukla P, Tabassum S. Role of Ocimum sanctum as a genoprotective agent on chlorpyrifos-induced genotoxicity. Toxicol Int. 2011;18:9–13. 
  8. Bharath BK, Anjaneyulu Y, Srilatha C. Imuuno-modulatory effect of Ocimum sanctumagainst endosulfan induced immunotoxicity. Vet World. 2011;4:25–7.
  9. Mediratta PK, Tanwar K, Reeta KH, Mathur R, Benerjee BD, Singh S, et al. Attenuation of the effect of lindane on immune responses and oxidative stress by Ocimum sanctum seed oil (OSSO) in rats. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2008;52:171–7.
  10. Makwana M, Rathore HS. Prevention of hepatorenal toxicity of acetaminophen with Ocimum sanctumin mice. Int J Pharm Technol. 2011;3:1385–96.
  11. Mahaprabhu R, Bhandarkar AG, Jangir BL, Rahangadale SP, Kurkure NV. Ameliorative effect of Ocimum Sanctum on meloxicam induced toxicity in wistar rats. Toxicol Int. 2011;18:130–6.
  12. Lahon K, Das S. Hepatoprotective activity of Ocimum sanctumalcoholic leaf extract against paracetamol-induced liver damage in Albino rats. Pharmacognosy Res. 2011;3:13–8. 
  13. Pemminati S, Nair V, Dorababu P, Gopalakrishna HN, Pai MR. Effect of ethanolic leaf extract of Ocimum sanctumon haloperidol-induced catalepsy in albino mice. Indian J Pharmacol. 2007;39:87–9.
  14. Ubaid RS, Anantrao KM, Jaju JB, Mateenuddin M. Effect of Ocimum sanctum(OS) leaf extract on hepatotoxicity induced by antitubercular drugs in rats. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2003;47:465–70.
  15. Singh N, Hoette Y, Miller R. Tulsi: The Mother Medicine of Nature. 2nd ed. Lucknow: International Institute of Herbal Medicine; 2010. pp. 28–47.
  16. Mohan L, Amberkar MV, Kumari M. Ocimum sanctum linn. (TULSI)-an overview. Int J Pharm Sci Rev Res. 2011;7:51–3.
  17. Pattanayak P, Behera P, Das D, Panda SK. Ocimum sanctum Linn. A reservoir plant for therapeutic applications: An overview. Pharmacogn Rev. 2010;4:95–105. 
  18. Mondal S, Mirdha BR, Mahapatra SC. The science behind sacredness of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.) Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009;53:291–306. 
  19. Siddique YH, Ara G, Beg T, Afzal M. Anti-genotoxic effect of Ocimum sanctumL. extract against cyproterone acetate induced genotoxic damage in cultured mammalian cells. Acta Biol Hung. 2007;58:397–409.
  20. Jha AK, Jha M, Kaur J. Ethanolic extracts of Ocimum sanctum, Azadirachta indicaand Withania somnifera cause apoptosis in SiHa cells. Res J Pharm Biol Chem. 2012;3:557–62.
  21. Manikandan P, Vidjaya Letchoumy P, Prathiba D, Nagini S. Combinatorial chemopreventive effect of Azadirachta indica and Ocimum sanctumon oxidant-antioxidant status, cell proliferation, apoptosis and angiogenesis in a rat forestomach carcinogenesis model. Singapore Med J. 2008;49:814–22. 
  22. Rastogi S, Shukla Y, Paul BN, Chowdhuri DK, Khanna SK, Das M. Protective effect of Ocimum sanctumon 3-methylcholanthrene, 7,12-dimethylbenz (a) anthracene and aflatoxin B1 induced skin tumorigenesis in mice. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2007;224:228–40.
  23. Joseph LJ, Bhartiya US, Raut YS, Hawaldar RW, Nayak Y, Pawar YP, et al. Radioprotective effect of ocimum sanctum and amifostine on the salivary gland of rats after therapeutic radioiodine exposure. Cancer Biother Radiopharm. 2011;26:737–43.
  24. Uma Devi P, Ganasoundari A, Vrinda B, Srinivasan KK, Unnikrishnan MK. Radiation protection by the Ocimum flavonoids orientin and vicenin: Mechanisms of action. Radiat Res. 2000;154:455–60.
  25. Reshma K, Rao AV, Dinesh M, Vasudevan DM. Radioprotective effects of ocimum flavonoids on leukocyte oxidants and antioxidants in oral cancer. Indian J Clin Biochem. 2008;23:171–5.
  26. Bhartiya US, Joseph LJ, Raut YS, Rao BS. Effect of Ocimum sanctum, turmeric extract and vitamin E supplementation on the salivary gland and bone marrow of radioiodine exposed mice. Indian J Exp Biol. 2010;48:566–71. 
  27. Monga J, Sharma M, Tailor N, Ganesh N. Antimelanoma and radioprotective activity of alcoholic aqueous extract of different species of Ocimum in C (57) BL mice. Pharm Biol. 2011;49:428–36.
  28. Uma Devi P, Ganasoundari A, Rao BS, Srinivasan KK. In vivoradioprotection by ocimum flavonoids: Survival of mice. Radiat Res. 1999;151:74–8. 
  29. Nayak V, Devi PU. Protection of mouse bone marrow against radiation-induced chromosome damage and stem cell death by the ocimum flavonoids orientin and vicenin. Radiat Res. 2005;163:165–71.
  30. Ahmad MZ, Ali M, Mir SR. Anti-diabetic activity of Ocimum sanctum L. roots and isolation of new phytoconstituents using two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J Pharmacogn Phytother. 2012;4:75–85.
  31. Singh PK, Baxi D, Banerjee S, Ramachandran AV. Therapy with methanolic extract of Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb and Ocimum sanctum Linn reverses dyslipidemia and oxidative stress in alloxan induced type I diabetic rat model. Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2012;64:441–8. 
  32. Suanarunsawat T, Songsak T. Anti-hyperglycaemic and anti-dyslipidaemic effect of dietary supplement of white Ocimum Sanctum Linnean before and after STZ-induced diabetes mellitus. Int J Diabetes Metab. 2005;13:18–23.
  33. Suanarunsawat T, Ayutthaya WD, Songsak T, Thirawarapan S, Poungshompoo S. Lipid-lowering and antioxidative activities of aqueous extracts of Ocimum sanctum L. leaves in rats fed with a high-cholesterol diet. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2011;2011:962025. 
  34. Dahiya K, Sethi J, Dhankhar R, Singh V, Singh SB, Yadav M, et al. Effect of Ocimum sanctum on homocysteine levels and lipid profile in healthy rabbits. Arch Physiol Biochem. 2011;117:8–11.
  35. Reddy SS, Karuna R, Baskar R, Saralakumari D. Prevention of insulin resistance by ingesting aqueous extract of Ocimum sanctum to fructose-fed rats. Horm Metab Res. 2008;40:44–9.
  36. Suanarunsawat T, Ayutthaya WD, Songsak T, Rattanamahaphoom J. Anti-lipidemic actions of essential oil extracted from Ocimum sanctum L. leaves in rats fed with high cholesterol diet. J Appl Biomed. 2009;7:45–53.
  37. Samak G, Rao MS, Kedlaya R, Vasudevan DM. Hypolipidemic efficacy of Ocimum sanctumin the prevention of atherogenesis in male albino rabbits. Pharmacologyonline. 2007;2:115–27.
  38. Agrawal P, Rai V, Singh RB. Randomized placebo-controlled, single blind trial of holy basil leaves in patients with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1996;34:406–9.
  39. Rai V, Mani UV, Iyer UM. Effect of Ocimum sanctum leaf powder on blood lipoproteins, glycated proteins and total amino acids in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. J Nutr Environ Med. 1997;7:113–8.
  40. Devra DK, Mathur KC, Agrawal RP, Bhadu I, Goyal S, Agarwal V. Effect of tulsi (Ocimum sanctumLinn) on clinical and biochemical parameters of metabolic syndrome. J Nat Remedies. 2012;12:63–7.
  41. Kochhar A, Sharma N, Sachdeva R. Effect of supplementation of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) and Neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf powder on diabetic symptoms, anthropometric parameters and blood pressure of non insulin dependent male diabetics. Ethno-Med. 2009;3:5–9.
  42. 42. Wangcharoen W, Morasuk W. Antioxidant capacity and phenolic content of holy basil. Songklanakarin J Sci Technol. 2007;29:1407–15.
Branolia’s Potpourri of Herbal Therapeutics

herbal-medicineThe monsoons are always a welcoming event for all Indians as they give relief from the immense heat of summer. The happiness of jumping in the puddles, sailing paper boats, the simple joy of a hot cuppa is all so amazing during the rains. The lush green trees are also a welcoming sight.

However, as the rain rejuvenates every living being it also brings along with itself its share of woes. It is often accompanied by health issues related to cough, cold, jaundice, dysentery to name a few. Branolia Chemicals Works have developed a series of best in the class herbal therapeutics to fight the evils of monsoon. Branolia’s Bitocough, Branolia’s Livonia, Branolia’s Bellytone, Branolia’s Honey guard and Branolia’s Kulerron are some of the herbal products which will help tackle the monsoon woes.

Some tips to stay safe during the monsoon

  1. Stop eating from roadside vendors – Street food is something to avoid during the monsoon season. Foods like sandwiches, pakora, and Gol Gappa cause indigestion due to the presence of bacteria. Many times people consume like fruits which have been pre-cut and have been left in the open for a long time often invite germs that lead to food poisoning.Drinking water can also lead to water borne diseases like cholera and dysentery.

Branolia’s Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone are apt herbal therapeutic medicine to fight cholera, dysentery and other stomach related diseases that generally afflicts people during the monsoon. Sixteen different kinds of herbs go into the formulation of Livonia that helps to detoxify the liver and keep the entire digestive system geared up.

  1. Take a shower immediately after getting wet – A shower is a must after one gets wet in the rain. A shower helps to disinfect the body, skin and other fungal infections. Fungal infections mostly attack the feet and nails which are a result from walking in dirty water. Sitting under the AC (air condition) after getting wet can lead to a cough and cold.

Branolia’s Bitocough has been empowered to fight a cough and cold. Enriched with the goodness of Vasak, Pipul, Tulsi, and Jashtimadhu a cough syrup has been formulated to give relief to a sore throat and also in the case of both dry and wet cough.

Branolia’s Honey guard is also a safe medication overall well-being of the body.

  1. Drink enough water – People often tend to drink less water during the monsoon. Herbal drinks with anti-bacterial properties are a great source to increase the overall immunity level to fight germs.

Monsoon is the time when most epidemics break out. As more and more people are moving towards Ayurveda to keep them healthy, taking some general precaution during the monsoon season will help people live a healthy life.

Branolia Chemical Works endeavors to bring best in class ayurvedic products in the ambit of the common man.

Branolia’s Honey Guard – An Overall Health Enhancer

honeyguardBranolia’s Honey Guard is one of its kind formulation that has been fortified with the goodness of Tulsi, Sunth, Ashwagandha, and Jasthimadhu. All these ingredients which are famously known as health reviving ayurvedic herbs, Branolia’s Honey Guard is a perfect for people of all ages to enhance their immunity and also as an overall health enhancer. As a medicinal ingredient, Honey as been in use since ages. The world’s oldest literature mentions honey as an antimicrobial agent which has wound healing properties.

Branolia’s Honey Guard has been enhanced with Tulsi and other herbs. Honey Guard developed by Branolia thus has anti-inflammatory effects, ability to soothe coughs and can also reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Honey has been known to act like a natural vaccine. It has the capacity to bring about all round health benefit.

Branolia’s Honey guard has several ayurvedic herbs to bring about therapeutic healing properties.

The herbs apart from honey are:

  1. Tulsi - Tulsi (Ocimum sanctumLinn) has been found to protect organ tissues from stress and industrial pollutants. Tulsi is one of the most effective herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and is also well-known as the elixir of life. Scientific research on Tulsi has reinforces the ancient wisdom of sages about the power of Tulsi to heal and address various health issues. Based on studies conducted on rodents Ocimum sanctum (Sanskrit: Tulasi; family: Labiaceae), acts as an immunity enhancer. Although all the parts of the Tulsi plant are useful in some way or the other but the leaves have anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and is thus used in the treatment of wounds.( Source:  Shetty S, Udupa S, Udupa L. Evaluation of antioxidant and wound healing effects of an alcoholic and aqueous extract of Ocimum sanctum Linn in rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008;5:95–101).
  2. Jastimadhu - Glycyrrhiza glabra or Liquorice is one of the most commonly used drugs in Ayurvedic medication.It has been used in medicine for more than 4000 years. It has been proved that Glycyrrhiza has anti-ulcer activity,anti-asthmatic activity, and anti- diuretic activity. (Source: Glycyrrhiza glabra) is one of the most commonly used drugs in Ayurved medication).
  3. Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera(Ashwagandha) is often referred to Indian Ayurvedic System as a Rasayana tonic.It is known to be of use in various diseases and especially as a nerve tonic. Commonly known as Indian Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng when administered on mice helped in the reduction of leucocytosis.(Source: Singh N. XXXVIth Annual Congress on Medicinal Plant Research (Freiburg) 1988. Effect of Withania somnifera and Panax ginseng on dopaminergic receptors in rat brain during stress; p. 28).

Branolia’s Honey Guard has been known to fight against diseases because of its germicidal, fungicidal, antibacterial and antibiotic properties. Sunth another key ingredient in Branolia’s Honey Guard is effective in fighting indigestion. A natural health protector for all ages Branolia’s Honey Guard helps in the general well-being of people consuming it on a regular basis.

Honey – Its Medicinal Properties
The oldest available medicinal literature in the world, mentions the medicinal importance of honey for its healing properties. Honey has been known to have antimicrobial properties, as well as it is also helpful in healing wounds. Since the origin of mankind, honey has been known to treat infection and honey produced by Apis mellifera (the Western honey bee or European honey bee) was always considered to be an important ingredient in the treatment of several ailments.honey Honey is a sweet liquid made as a by-product of nectar from flowers and the upper aero- digestive tract of the honey bee. The use of honey can be traced back to about 8000 years ago and had been even found on paintings pertaining to the Stone Age. The ancient literature pertaining to the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans have all used honey for its medicinal properties. ( Bansal V, Medhi B, Pandhi P. Honey -A remedy rediscovered and its therapeutic utility. Kathmandu Univ Med J. 2005;3:305–309). The Vedic civilization in India considered honey as one of the most useful medicinal that have been provided to mankind by nature. It has been emphasized that honey is also used to treat an irritating cough. Honey also has been known to improve the eye- sight and prevent cataract.( Honey in history. 23 October 2008, Available at:http://www.mapi.com/newsletters/maharishi_ayurveda/august_2008).

Properties of Honey

Research on honey has revealed that it contains glucose, fructose, and minerals such as iron calcium, phosphate, sodium chlorine, potassium, and magnesium. Depending on the amount of water content, the physical properties of honey vary. The types of flora, temperature also have an effect on the composition of honey. However, almost all natural honey contains a huge amount of flavonoids such as apigenin, pinocembrin to name a few. Honey prepared naturally also contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is used to cure diseases like:
  1. Acid Reflux: Honey has been known to cure acid reflux in humans.( John de Caestecker Oesophagus; heartburn. BMJ.2001; 323, 736- 739( 29 September )).
  2. Infantile gastroenteritis: Extensive tests have revealed that honey has been used to treat bacterial diarrhea in infants.It can also be used to substitute for glucose as an oral rehydration solution.( Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)1985; 290 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.290.6485.1866 (Published 22 June 1985)Cite this as Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1866)
  3. Treat Wounds and Burns: It has been found that in certain cases honey has been known to heal burns and cure wounds.( Jull AB, Rodgers A, Walker N. Honey as a topical treatment for wounds. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2008, Issue 4).
  4. Cold Relief: Honey has been recommended by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics as a natural remedy for a cough.( Estevinho L, Pereira AP, Moreira L G. Dias L, Pereira E. 2008;46:3774–3779).
Branolia’s Honey Guard, enriched with the natural goodness of honey, tulsi, sunth, jostimadhu, ashwagandha contains anti-bacterial properties to fight diseases. It also has antibiotic properties that fight indigestion and prevents a cough and cold. References :
  1. Jagdish T, Joseph I. Quantification of saccharides in multiple floral kinds of honey using fourier transform infrared microattenuated total reflectance spectroscopy.J Agri Food Chem. 2004;52:3237–3243. [PubMed]
  2. Honey – Egypt. [26 June 2012]. Available at:http://www.honey-health.com/honey-34.shtml.
  3. Molan PC. Why honey is effective as a medicine. 1. Its use in modern medicine. Bee World. 1999;80:80–92.
  4. Estevinho L, Pereira AP, Moreira L G. Dias L, Pereira E.Antioxidant and antimicrobial effects of phenolic compounds extracts of Northeast Portugal honey. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008;46:3774–3779
  5. Simon A, Traynor k, Santos k, Blaser G, Bode U, Molan P. Medical honey for wound care—still the ‘latest resort’?eCAM . 2007:1–9. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
A Disease with No Permanent Cure - Common Cold

Common ColdA viral infectious disease related to the upper respiratory tract that initially affects the nose is popularly known as the common cold. This might affect the throat, sinuses and voice box. The symptoms of the common cold are so very familiar to that allergy or the flu that a common man generally mistake one for the other. The common cold is one such disease whose vaccine is yet to be discovered. It is also the most common infectious disease among humans. It has been estimated that an adult will suffer from the common cold at least two to four times in a span of one year whereas a child is likely to be affected by this disease six to eight times. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold)

A cold usually starts with a sore throat and even before one can realize the following symptoms are predominantly visible in the person. These symptoms are:

• Running nose • Sneezing • Fatigue • Cough

Difference between Common Cold, Flu and Allergies

Although the symptoms are similar in all the three ailments but a common cold will not give fever i.e. the body temperature will not rise but in the case of the flu the body temperature will hover around 101 degrees F along with body and headache. Sometimes the same symptoms are manifested when a person is suffering from an allergy which is caused because the body reacts to certain things like dust or pollen but may vary from person to person. The common cold is primary an upper respiratory infection which affects the nose, throat, and lungs.

Common Cold is infectious in nature and may spread from one person to another through air or when one comes in close contact with infected people. The infection may also spread by using the same objects that have been used by an infected person. Common cold can also affect humans who are consistently exposed to rain or cold weather conditions.

Treatments for Common Cold

As there is still no possible cure for common cold, medicines are generally administered to firstly make the person affected feel better and secondly to help fight the common cold virus.

Patients suffering from common cold are advised to take adequate rest in a warm environment. It is also advisable to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This helps reduce congestion in the throat and lungs. Sometimes if there is a body ache then pain killers are also administered to make the person feel better. Cough Syrups are generally given to treat a persistent cough.

How can Ayurveda help in the treatment of Common Cold?

Herbal remedies should be opted for treating common cold the very moment the first signs become visible. The various remedies like gargling with hot water along with salt and intake of ginger juice with tulsi and honey can relief the symptoms to a certain extent.

Branolia Chemical Works has perfected a product Bitocough with selected herbal ingredients like Vasak, Tulsi, Pipul and joshtimadhu that helps in clearing the respiratory tract and gives relief to the patient.

It has been proved that tulsi is capable and is effective against common cold and Bitocough powered with Tulsi is a potent herb to cure a common cold.

Reference:

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/ 2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold 3) https://nicholashallcompany.wordpress.com/tag/cough-cold-allergy/ 4) https://medlineplus.gov/coldandcoughmedicines.html 5) http://svasthaayurveda.com/7-ayurvedic-remedies-for-fighting-the-cold-and-flu-that-really-work/

Jastimadhu

Kalmegh

Kulekhara

AYUSH Industry Taking India to the World
AYUSH Industry Taking India to the World Home to 6,600 medicinal plants, India is the second largest exporter of AYUSH and herbal products in the world. The Indian domestic market for AYUSH is estimated at Rs. 500 crores, and exports are worth Rs. 200 crores. The AYUSH industry is expected to see a double-digit growth and by 2020 provide direct employment to 1 million people directly and indirect jobs to about 25 million persons. In recognition of the potential of AYUSH being a major driver of the Indian economy has allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in AYUSH. It is now for the stakeholders in AYUSH namely the practitioners, pharma companies, AYUSH academia and AYUSH researchers and others to ensure that AYUSH reaches its full potential both in India and abroad. We at Branolia Chemical Works for last 95 years have had consistent faith in AYUSH. A product of the Indian Independence movement, Branolia Chemical Works entered into the foray of Ayurvedic formulations when the overall public sentiment was skewed towards allopathic medicine. We have been a witness to of how slowly but surely the public sentiments and acceptability of AYUSH as an alternative curative approach has found traction. We are also thankful to our farmers who have taken to growing medicinal plants organically. We at Branolia congratulate the AYUSH practitioners, AYUSH academia and the government for bringing up this perceptible change. The setting up of AYUSH ministry by the Government of India was a big step in mainstreaming AYUSH. Further, the present initiative of the Government of mainstreaming AYUSH practitioners into the modern medical system through a bridge course is something we applaud. We at Branolia Chemical Works have constantly tried to bring newer products at very reasonable prices to bring the goodness of Ayurveda to the people and also provide effective formulations in the hands of the practitioners. Our newest formulation Kulleron, based on Kulekhara (H.Spinosa) has proven highly effective to counter anemia. We will always walk with the AYUSH community and do whatever possible to see that AYUSH reaches its full potential as a curative method and as well as the driver of the Indian economy. Branolia Chemical Works stands in solidarity with the AYUSH community. Can we count on you as well!
Kulekhara: The Wonder Herb for Nutritional Security
Kulekhara herb is a missed opportunity for bringing in nutrition security to the poorest and the marginalized. Kulekhara grows in the wild in most parts of the country and is a very hardy plant. However, despite its easy availability and high nutritional value, Kulekhara remains unknown and unheralded to the majority of Indians despite its potential. It’s almost akin to relegating Einstein to teach mathematics in a primary school. Kulekhara or, Hygrophila auriculata is known by local names; In Bengali, it is called kulekhara, In Sanskrit Ikshugandha, Kokilaksha and in Hindi Talimakhana. It is a spiny bush and is common throughout India. Though the whole plant has been used medicinally root & leaves are used more. Ayurveda texts cite its efficacy in skin diseases, dropsy, and sleeplessness. It is found useful against renal stones too. The plant is used as a demulcent, aphrodisiac, diuretic, urinary tonic and hepatoprotective substance. Its biggest claim to fame is using for increasing Haemoglobin in blood. A.Gomes et al. (2001) studied the effect of ethanolic extract of Kulekhara leaves on male albino rats. The result of this study showed the significantly increased of hemoglobin, hematocrit, RBC and total WBC counts and the Total Iron Binding Capacity in male albino anemic rats. Mukherjee and Dutta De (2017) in a seminal piece of work studied the mineral content in Kulekhara leaves. These results confirm Kulekhara’s pre-eminent position as high on nutrition levels. When we compare Kulekhara with other more popular leafy herbs like spinach, Ipomoea, bottle gourd and amaranth leaf, Kulekhara emerges as a clear winner on many counts. A comparison of the mineral nutrient content of Kulekhara as compared to other herbs is given below: Spinach is a household food item with many recipes based on Spinach being available. However, Kulekhara in many of the nutrient content is better than Spinach. For iron, copper and vitamin C, Kulekhara beats Spinach hands down. Unfortunately, Kulekhara has not achieved the required importance in the kitchen of Indian households to the extent Spinach has. We at Branolia strongly believe that including Kulekhara in the midday meals of schools and Anganwadi (ICDS) centers across the country may be seriously considered. It grows everywhere, it is cheap and it is a great source of micronutrients, which is required for brain development in the growing years of children. Branolia’s Kulerron packs the goodness of Kulekhara leaves and root, to bring to you not only micronutrients of the leaves but nutrients found in the Kulekhara root including alkaloid, Phytosterol, Potassium Salt of Oxalic Acid, Diastase, Protease and Essential Oil. Kulerron is the only formulation available in the market which packs the richness of Kulekhara. We remain a committed soldier in the fight of the nation against iron and micronutrient deficiency. Reference: Gomes, Manika Das & S.C Dasgupta “ Haemanitic effect of hydrophilic spinasa T, Anderson on experimental rodents” Indian Journal of Experimental Biology Vol. 39, April 2001, pp. 381-382 Mukherjee C., Datta De S, Estimation of Micronutrients in Fresh Kulekhara Leaves (Hygophilla Auriculata), International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) 2319-7064, 2017

Kulerron

Ayurveda Benchmarking: Step in Right Direction
With Yoga and traditional Indian medicine systems getting popular, the need is to set standards for improving the quality and service delivery of Indian systems of medicine and help in their better acceptability internationally. Ministry of AYUSH and WHO have signed an agreement titled “Co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine. The intent is to develop basic WHO benchmark documents for training and practice of different Indian systems of medicine and Yoga.

Why is Benchmarking Necessary

An essential component of many health systems around the world, traditional medicine reflects practices and products that have evolved over many years. They are usually based on experience rather than conventional scientific evidence. This has lead to an alternative medicine being loosely structured without adequate oversight. E.g. people start practicing yoga by reading books and there are no uniform regulations for ensuring quality, efficacy, and norms for practice in alternative systems of medicine. With Ayurveda and Yoga playing an important role in National Health Service and also it getting popular globally, standardisations, benchmarks, and operating procedures are required to maintain quality, safety, and efficacy of traditional practices and products. Some of the essential protocols required for Ayurveda and Yoga include:
  • Quality and safety of products, including medicines and medical devices
  • Informatics, including terminology and classification
  • Education, training, and practices of practitioners
  • Methodology for obtaining evidence to support practices and products
WHO has been tasked with developing the aforesaid protocols by AYUSH ministry for traditional Indian medicine and Yoga. The project runs till December 2020.

WHO well positioned to get Ayurveda and Yoga international acceptability

The WHO passed a resolution in the 2014 health assembly called WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 to help member states build their knowledge base, promote universal health coverage by integrating Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) into national health policies, regulate products, practices, and practitioners related to such disciplines, among other objectives. India had co-sponsored the resolution. WHO has also established an International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) – a global network of regulatory authorities responsible for the global regulation of herbal medicines. As Ayurveda and Yoga make inroads both nationally and internationally, WHO benchmarks will give momentum to the trend.  
AYUSH Industry Taking India to the World
AYUSH Industry Taking India to the World Home to 6,600 medicinal plants, India is the second largest exporter of AYUSH and herbal products in the world. The Indian domestic market for AYUSH is estimated at Rs. 500 crores, and exports are worth Rs. 200 crores. The AYUSH industry is expected to see a double-digit growth and by 2020 provide direct employment to 1 million people directly and indirect jobs to about 25 million persons. In recognition of the potential of AYUSH being a major driver of the Indian economy has allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in AYUSH. It is now for the stakeholders in AYUSH namely the practitioners, pharma companies, AYUSH academia and AYUSH researchers and others to ensure that AYUSH reaches its full potential both in India and abroad. We at Branolia Chemical Works for last 95 years have had consistent faith in AYUSH. A product of the Indian Independence movement, Branolia Chemical Works entered into the foray of Ayurvedic formulations when the overall public sentiment was skewed towards allopathic medicine. We have been a witness to of how slowly but surely the public sentiments and acceptability of AYUSH as an alternative curative approach has found traction. We are also thankful to our farmers who have taken to growing medicinal plants organically. We at Branolia congratulate the AYUSH practitioners, AYUSH academia and the government for bringing up this perceptible change. The setting up of AYUSH ministry by the Government of India was a big step in mainstreaming AYUSH. Further, the present initiative of the Government of mainstreaming AYUSH practitioners into the modern medical system through a bridge course is something we applaud. We at Branolia Chemical Works have constantly tried to bring newer products at very reasonable prices to bring the goodness of Ayurveda to the people and also provide effective formulations in the hands of the practitioners. Our newest formulation Kulleron, based on Kulekhara (H.Spinosa) has proven highly effective to counter anemia. We will always walk with the AYUSH community and do whatever possible to see that AYUSH reaches its full potential as a curative method and as well as the driver of the Indian economy. Branolia Chemical Works stands in solidarity with the AYUSH community. Can we count on you as well!
Kulekhara: The Wonder Herb for Nutritional Security
Kulekhara herb is a missed opportunity for bringing in nutrition security to the poorest and the marginalized. Kulekhara grows in the wild in most parts of the country and is a very hardy plant. However, despite its easy availability and high nutritional value, Kulekhara remains unknown and unheralded to the majority of Indians despite its potential. It’s almost akin to relegating Einstein to teach mathematics in a primary school. Kulekhara or, Hygrophila auriculata is known by local names; In Bengali, it is called kulekhara, In Sanskrit Ikshugandha, Kokilaksha and in Hindi Talimakhana. It is a spiny bush and is common throughout India. Though the whole plant has been used medicinally root & leaves are used more. Ayurveda texts cite its efficacy in skin diseases, dropsy, and sleeplessness. It is found useful against renal stones too. The plant is used as a demulcent, aphrodisiac, diuretic, urinary tonic and hepatoprotective substance. Its biggest claim to fame is using for increasing Haemoglobin in blood. A.Gomes et al. (2001) studied the effect of ethanolic extract of Kulekhara leaves on male albino rats. The result of this study showed the significantly increased of hemoglobin, hematocrit, RBC and total WBC counts and the Total Iron Binding Capacity in male albino anemic rats. Mukherjee and Dutta De (2017) in a seminal piece of work studied the mineral content in Kulekhara leaves. These results confirm Kulekhara’s pre-eminent position as high on nutrition levels. When we compare Kulekhara with other more popular leafy herbs like spinach, Ipomoea, bottle gourd and amaranth leaf, Kulekhara emerges as a clear winner on many counts. A comparison of the mineral nutrient content of Kulekhara as compared to other herbs is given below: Spinach is a household food item with many recipes based on Spinach being available. However, Kulekhara in many of the nutrient content is better than Spinach. For iron, copper and vitamin C, Kulekhara beats Spinach hands down. Unfortunately, Kulekhara has not achieved the required importance in the kitchen of Indian households to the extent Spinach has. We at Branolia strongly believe that including Kulekhara in the midday meals of schools and Anganwadi (ICDS) centers across the country may be seriously considered. It grows everywhere, it is cheap and it is a great source of micronutrients, which is required for brain development in the growing years of children. Branolia’s Kulerron packs the goodness of Kulekhara leaves and root, to bring to you not only micronutrients of the leaves but nutrients found in the Kulekhara root including alkaloid, Phytosterol, Potassium Salt of Oxalic Acid, Diastase, Protease and Essential Oil. Kulerron is the only formulation available in the market which packs the richness of Kulekhara. We remain a committed soldier in the fight of the nation against iron and micronutrient deficiency. Reference: Gomes, Manika Das & S.C Dasgupta “ Haemanitic effect of hydrophilic spinasa T, Anderson on experimental rodents” Indian Journal of Experimental Biology Vol. 39, April 2001, pp. 381-382 Mukherjee C., Datta De S, Estimation of Micronutrients in Fresh Kulekhara Leaves (Hygophilla Auriculata), International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) 2319-7064, 2017
Kulekhara – A Medicinal Herb
Kulekhara botanically named as Hygrophila spinose T, in English it is called Swampweeds, in Hindi Talimakhana is a flowering plant with medicinal values. It is mentioned in Ayurveda that the plant Kulekhara, is derived from the word Kokilasha, meaning eyes like the Indian cuckoo bird,kokila. This plant is believed to be a native of India and is grown generally in the swamp areas under tropical or subtropical climate. The flowers of this plant are generally purple in colour and are commonly used for medicinal purpose. A well known pharmaceutical company Branolia Chemicals has researched and prepared Kulerron, which harnesses the goodness of the Kulekhara leaf to fight iron deficiency in the blood. Traditional Uses of Kulekhara The leaves of the Kulekhara plant are often used as a part of the daily cuisine especially in eastern India. The leaves are used in salad and also as a regular saag dish with small fish and mustard. Oil extracted from the entire plant has a huge amount of antibacterial properties which is helpful in various kind of illness. The leaf extract from Kulekhara is also used to cure diarrhoea, inflammation, pain abdominal disorders and anaemia. The seeds of this plant also have medicinal values and have been used in the treatment of several blood disorders and urinary problems. Effects of Kulekhara Leaf The various beneficial actions of the Kulekhara plant has been researched and studied in detail. Some of the important benefits are:
  • Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic action – The experiments on animal and isolated cells confirm the anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effect of H- Spinosa / Kulekhara. When it was administered to Brewster’s yeast induced pyrexia rats, the chloroform extract showed most effective in lowering the body temperature at doses 400 mg/kg of body weight.
  • Hematopoietic effect- The leaves and stems of the Kulekhara plant have been used to treat anaemia, which denotes deficiency of iron in the blood is a condition suffered globally by people of all ages. It is known to increase the hemoglobin in the blood. A study was conducted on rodents and it was found to increase their level of red blood cell and WBC count. (Gomes, Manika Das an SC Dasgupta, Department of Physiology, the University of Calcutta, Published in Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, Vol 39, April 2001, pp 381-382, “Haematinic effect of Hydrophilia Spinosa on experimental rodents”.)
  • Antioxidant activity– The herbs shows significant antioxidant properties which are highly beneficial for health.   Antioxidants are also known to protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Experts believe this damage is a factor in the development of blood vessel disease (atherosclerosis), cancer, and other conditions.
  • Antibacterial and anthelmintic action – The leaves and other extracts of the Kulekhara plant is highly antibacterial in nature. Antibiotic-like herbs are also known as astringent—meaning natural blood cleansers. The word anti (against)-biotic (life) refers to a list of pharmaceutical antimicrobials designed to kill harmful bacteria in the host body. They support the immune system and help to protect the body from certain harmful bacteria.
Kulerron from the house of Branolia Chemicals has Kulekhara as its main ingredient and is considered one of the best antidotes to cure the iron deficiency.
Medical Research Corroborates Usefulness of Kulekhara in Combating Anaemia

Kulekhara (H.Spinosa) is considered an all-rounder in the medicine chest of Ayurveda. The parts of this plant are widely used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various disorders, which include anasaraca, diseases of the urinogenital tract, dropsy from chronic Bright's disease, hyperdipsia, vesicle calculi, flatulence, diarrhoea, dysentery, leukorrhea, gonorrhea, asthma, blood diseases, gastric diseases, inflammation, rheumatism, painful micturition and menorrhagea.

kulekhara

In Ayurveda, H. Spinosa(Kulekhara) is described as Ikshura, Ikshugandha, and Kokilasha “having eyes like Kokila or the Indian cuckoo. It is believed to be indigenous to India from the Himalayas to Srilanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Nepal. In Eastern India, it is popularly known as Kulekhara.

In medical science, Haematopoiesis is the process of the formation of blood cellular components. All cellular blood components are derived from hematopoietic stem cells. In a healthy adult person, millions of new blood cells are produced daily in order to maintain steady-state levels in the peripheral circulation.

Hematopoietic activity of H. spinosa was evaluated using cyclophosphamide-induced anaemia in rats. It was found that Chloroform extract of the leaves at both 250 and 500 mg/kg doses significantly improves RBC and haemoglobin counts for 7 days and cyclophosphamide-induced bone marrow suppression after 21 days of treatment. It is also found that it increases bone marrow cellularity. [1]

What was always known to Ayurveda is now being validated by modern science. More research is on the anvil to further confirm the findings of H. Spinosa (Kulekhara) being a potent herb against anaemia. Branolia’s Kulleron brings Kulekhara to help fight anaemia and improve general health. In villages across West Bengal and other eastern Indian States, Kulekhara has been used for ages to increase RBC count in blood. Traditional knowledge validated by modern science is giving Kulekhara a stature of being the foot soldier fighting at the frontline in the nation’s war against anaemia.

Reference:

1. Kshirsagar AD, Ingale KD, Vyawahare NS , Thorve VS, Hygrophila spinosa: A comprehensive review, Indian Journal of Pharmacology, 2012 Sept-Oct 44(5): 639-642

Livonia

The Benefits of Triphala
Ayurveda or the 'science of life' is one of the oldest systems of healthcare in the world. Sometimes referred to as a bioscience, its chief aim is to cleanse the body of substances that cause disease, thus helping to restore harmony and balance. Primarily, Ayurveda focuses on addressing key foundations that pertain to health and disease—the body's constitution (Prakriti) and natural forces (doshas). All herbal formulations at Branolia Chemicals find their roots in classical Ayurvedic texts. A team of Ayurveda experts review these scholarly texts and shortlist suitable herbs for further research. The availability and sustainability of these herbs are first ensured before research is initiated.With an experience of more than a century; Branolia Chemicals has formulated an assortment of ayurvedic medicines to address health-related issues. The legacy of researching nature forms the foundation of all the operations at Branolia Chemicals. One of the most important of all herbs is Triphala, which has existed in the Ayurvedic cache for centuries. The Sanskrit word for Triphala means three fruits, which signifies that Triphala is a combination of 3 fruits from three trees, Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), It is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula used in all Ayurvedic preparations. Triphala is the chief ingredient in Livonia an ayurvedic tonic from the house of Branolia Chemicals to enhance the functioning of the entire digestive system. Triphala’s historical use as a digestive cleanser has been supported by various modern scientific studies. Research performed since ages suggest that Triphala may be antioxidant, antimutagenic, antineoplastic, chemoprotective, radioprotective, and chemopreventive, with a possible role in cancer prevention and treatment. (Source: Baliga MS. Triphala, the Ayurvedic formulation for treating and preventing cancer: a review. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(12):1301-1308. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0633.) General Benefits of Triphala Triphala is used to treat all diseases like constipation, diarrhoea, and eyes cleansing or detoxing the colon, good for Kapha conditions, gas, diabetes, parasites.It gives a general sense of feeling pure, light & revitalized by
  • Removing toxins, accumulations, and gas
  • Nourishing the nervous system, blood & muscle
  • Improving Adrenal function in humans
  • Nourishing the bones and reproductive organs
  • Strengthening the overall immune system
  • Eliminating excess mucous from the body
  • Astringent properties
  • Reducing noise and stress-induced conditions
  • Laxative properties for keeping the colon clean
  • Improves the functioning of the liver.
The three fruits in Triphala are like the three musketeers each comes with its own benefits. Amlaki is a fruit rich in vitamin C that builds immunity and an effective antioxidant that removes harmful toxins from the body. Similarly, the other two herbs, a)  Vibhitaki with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and b) Haritaki that stimulates the functioning of the digestive system and sensory organs. Together they are a potent ingredient to fight stomach disorders. Livonia has fortified the goodness of Triphala which helps in detoxifying the liver to significantly improve the overall digestive system.
Ayurvedic Healthy Liver Tonic to Enhance Liver Functioning

liverAs a culture, we Indians are very much conscious of the importance of a healthy liver. Also known as the engine of the body, the liver plays an important role in digestion, metabolizing and as a manufacturer of certain essential components for the proper functioning of the body. With an increase in pollution and other changes taking place in the environment, liver diseases have become a common health concern in India. As one of the primary organ for detoxification, the liver has the important job of safe guarding the important tissues against certain impurities present in the blood. Livonia, a healthy liver tonic developed by Branolia helps in enhancing the overall functioning of the liver. One of the best Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic Livonia is enriched with the goodness of Triphala and various other herbs.

The basic disorders of the liver are associated with abdominal pain and swelling, fatigue, high fever, Jaundice, nausea and vomiting and even diarrhea in some cases. Regular intake of  Livonia, a healthy liver tonic with sixteen herbs helps in keeping the digestive system and liver functioning smoothly.

Ingredients in Livonia – a healthy liver tonic

The most important ingredient that goes into the preparation of the best ayurvedic liver tonic is Triphala which is a combination of three fruits namely Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki) and Embilica Officinalis (Amlaki). Triphala is known to whisk out the toxic residue from the digestive tract and increase the colon’s function to absorb. In a recent article published by the Chopra Centre, founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra, Triphala has been regarded as the queen amongst all available herbs. The article states that Triphala’s ability to promote digestive regularity is incredible and helps in almost all type of bowel disease. Branolia Chemical Works have formulated Livonia, an Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic with Triphala as the central ingredient which makes them a potent prescription for regulating and correcting any imbalance in the digestive system.

The second most important ingredient that goes into the formulation of Livonia, an Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic is Kalmegh. Chemically known as Andrographis paniculata or Kalmegha, this herb has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal tract and upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, and other chronic diseases. It is widely used in Ayurveda as a popular remedy for the treatment of various liver disorders. Livonia, an Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic uses this herb to boost the overall functioning of the liver.

Various other herbs have also been used in the making of Livonia, an Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic to keep the entire digestive system functioning to the best of its abilities. It is always advisable to eat healthy, freshly cooked food. The best way to safe guard the liver is to avoid toxic food like alcohol, soft drinks, fast foods with lots of cheese, citrus-flavored sodas to name a few.

Regular intake of Livonia, an Ayurvedic healthy liver tonic enriched with 16 Ayurvedic herbs contained in this formula work together in a synergistic manner to create an effect that is far more powerful and also more balanced than the effect created by individual herbs. This is the beauty of Ayurvedic formulas.

Dr. Deepak Chopra Endorses Triphala

Dr.Deepak Chopra and TriphalaWhen Dr. Deepak Chopra talks about alternative medicine, the world listens. An alumnus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, Dr. Chopra is the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and formerly a faculty at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University, and Harvard University. Considered a new age Guru and a celebrity globally, Dr. Chopra has been a votary of alternative medicine and holistic living and taken on single handed the established medical hegemony and termed the current medical community as legalized ‘drug pushers’. His argument is that though not all prescriptions are useless, but  80 percent of all drugs prescribed today are of optional or marginal benefit.

In a recent article published by the Chopra Centre, Triphala has been highlighted as the queen in the Ayurveda treasure chest. Comprising of three fruits namely Amalaka, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, Triphala has been known for thousands of years to the Indian medical science of Ayurveda as a potent weapon against a number of illnesses.

In a recent article published by the Chopra Centre, Triphala has been highlighted as the queen in the Ayurveda treasure chest. Comprising of three fruits namely Amalaka, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, Triphala has been known for thousands of years to the Indian medical science of Ayurveda as a potent weapon against a number of illnesses.

The Chopra Centre article highlights the benefits of Triphala related to digestion. Triphala is known to churn out the toxic residue from the digestive tract and increase the colon’s absorption functions. The article states that Triphala’s ability to promote digestive regularity is incredible and helps in almost all type of bowel disease. Branolia Chemical Works have formulated Livonia, an ayurvedic liver tonic and Branolia’s Bellytone with Triphala as the central ingredient which makes them a potent prescription for regulating and correcting any imbalance in the digestive system.

The Chopra Centre article highlights the benefits of Triphala related to digestion. Triphala is known to churn out the toxic residue from the digestive tract and increase the colon’s absorption functions. The article states that Triphala’s ability to promote digestive regularity is incredible and helps in almost all type of bowel disease. Branolia Chemical Works have formulated Livonia, an ayurvedic liver tonic and Branolia’s Bellytone with Triphala as the central ingredient which makes them a potent prescription for regulating and correcting any imbalance in the digestive system.

Ayurveda’ treatise on taste and Triphala

The Chopra Centre highlights one interesting aspect of Triphala, Drawing on the Ayurveda’s exposition on how the taste of food has inputs for ensuring that our body will be in a balanced state. The article highlights how Triphala helps the body achieve equilibrium. The science behind taste as an indicator of well being is that our plasma cells are the first recipients of nourishment as our food digests. According to Ayurveda, the plasma holds all six tastes (or the nourishment associated with each taste) within it. In order to have healthy, nourishing plasma to feed other body tissues, one must try to get a steady supply of all six tastes. Triphala contains the following tastes: Sour, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent, Sweet and the associated nourishment needed by the body. It is this dynamic that allows the taste-holding Triphala to have its unique effect.

Triphala is an active ingredient in Branolia Chemical Work’s ayurvedic liver tonic Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone. As claimed by the Chopra center on the effects of Triphala on the digestive system remains central in the effects of both Branolia’s Livonia and Branolia’s Bellytone on the digestive tract and in addition for the overall health and well being.

The Goodness of Triphala in Branolia’s Livonia

TriphalaThe science and practice of Ayurveda began in India more than 5,000 years ago, and this traditional system of healing has a worldwide appeal in today’s world. Branolia Chemical Works has been manufacturing herbal medicines for more than 90 years. They are committed to deliver best in business herbal products. Branolia Chemical Work became a household name with their flagship product Branolia. However, over the span of years, different products are continuously being added to Branolia’s portfolio of herbal medicine to enhance overall well-being.

Branolia Chemical Works have developed a unique product, Livonia, which helps in enhancing the functioning of the liver. The liver is a vital organ in the body which helps the overall functioning of the digestive system. The liver is also an important gland that helps in the secretion of chemicals that are used by the different parts of the body. The liver also detoxifies and acts as a storage unit. The most important ingredient utilized by Branolia Chemical Works in the formulation of Livonia is Triphala (Tridoshic Rasayana).

Triphala (Tridoshic Rasayana) is an herbal formulation that has been in use for thousand of years.It is a combination of Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), Terminalia belarica (Bibhitaki) and Emblica Officinalis (Amalaki), in equal proportions. Livonia from Braolia Chemical uses Triphala as a primary ingredient.

Amalaki –

Chemically referred to as Embilica Officinalis, this herb has been known to contain antioxidant properties since ages. Amla, is a rich source of vitamin C, is considered to be effective in slowing down the aging process which occurs mainly because of the presence of oxygen free radicals in cells. Vitamin C is a scavenger of free radicals which break them down; it has an antioxidant that synergises with vitamin E to prevent pre-oxidation of lipids. It is one of the key ingredients in Triphala.

Haritaki –

Also known as terminalia chebula, it is a small tree which is mostly found in India, Bangladesh, China, and Egypt. Various experiments have been conducted using this herb. Traditionally it has been used as a laxative, astringent and even as an expectorant. (Source: Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health. Thai Herbal Pharmacopoeia Volume II. Nonthaburi, Thailand. 2000; 71-89). There is also a research which highlights the fact that it is able to cure blindness and even prevent the growth of tumors. ( Source: Saleem A, Husheem M, Harkonen P and Pihlaja K; Inhibition of cancer cell growth by crude extract and the phenolics of Terminalia chebula Retz fruit. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2002; 81(3): 327- 336 )

Bibhitaki –

Terminalia belerica  is found widely in the Indian sub-continent is often used for its detoxifying qualities. When research was conducted on rabbits, it was observed that this herb relaxed the thoracic aorta. (Source: Arif-Ullah Khan and Anwarl Hassan Gilani. Pharma co-dynamic Evaluation of Terminalia belerica for its Anti-Hypertensive Journal of Food and Drug Analysis .2008;16:6-14).

Triphala has been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, an advocate for alternative medicine. Triphala has been used an important ingredient in Branolia’s Livonia to help in the digestion process. Branolia Chemical Works utilizes the goodness of Triphala along with other herbs to keep the digestive system well-tuned.

Branolia’s Livonia – A Liver Tonic

Herbs LivoniaBranolia’s Livonia is a unique product which helps in detoxifying liver, stimulates the secretion of biles and in the process enhances the overall digestive system. The liver is one of the most important organs responsible for the proper functioning of the body. Various herbs are used to strengthen the Livonia formulation as prepared by Branolia Chemical Works. The most important ingredient infused into Branolia’s Livonia is Trifala (Tridoshic Rasayana) and Kalmega (Andrographis paniculata).

The herb in the making of Branolia’s Livonia assists in the proper functioning of the liver and even cures some chronic liver diseases like cirrhosis of the liver.

The two most important ingredients are:

Triphala (Tridoshic Rasayana)  -

Triphala comprises a combination of three fruit namely Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki) and Embilica Officinalis (Amlaki). These three fruits are commonly used in Ayurvedic preparations.The three herbs are mixed in equal proportions to prepare Triphala. The major properties of the three herbs are:

  • Bibhitaki - Terminalia belerica  is found widely in the Indian sub-continent. In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used often as an expectorant. When research was conducted on rabbits, it was observed that this herb relaxed the thoracic aorta. (Source: Arif-Ullah Khan and Anwarl Hassan Gilani. Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Terminalia belerica for its Anti-Hypertensive Journal of Food and Drug Analysis .2008;16:6-14).
  • Haritaki – It is widely used in Ayurvedic It is a small tree which is mostly found in India, Bangladesh, China, Egypt to name a few places. Various experiments have been conducted using this herb and it has been found effective in some cases of cancer as well. Traditionally it has been used as a laxative, astringent and even as an expectorant. (Source: Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health. Thai Herbal Pharmacopoeia Volume II. Nonthaburi, Thailand. 2000; 71-89). There is also a research which highlights the fact that it is able to cure blindness and even prevent the growth of tumors. ( Source: Saleem A, Husheem M, Harkonen P and Pihlaja K; Inhibition of cancer cell growth by crude extract and the phenolics of Terminalia chebula Retz fruit. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2002; 81(3): 327- 336 )
  • Amalaki - Embilica Officinalis , has been known to contain antioxidant properties since ages. Amla, is a rich source of vitamin C, is considered to be effective in slowing down the aging Aging is a result of damage to various cells and tissues, mainly because of the presence of oxygen free radicals. Vitamin C is a scavenger of free radicals which break them down; it has an antioxidant synergism with vitamin E which prevents pre-oxidation of lipids. It is one of the key ingredients in Triphala.

Branolia Chemical Works fortifies the goodness of these herbs to create Livonia which is effective in enhancing liver functioning by bringing about an overall well-being.

Pipul

Trifala

The Benefits of Triphala
Ayurveda or the 'science of life' is one of the oldest systems of healthcare in the world. Sometimes referred to as a bioscience, its chief aim is to cleanse the body of substances that cause disease, thus helping to restore harmony and balance. Primarily, Ayurveda focuses on addressing key foundations that pertain to health and disease—the body's constitution (Prakriti) and natural forces (doshas). All herbal formulations at Branolia Chemicals find their roots in classical Ayurvedic texts. A team of Ayurveda experts review these scholarly texts and shortlist suitable herbs for further research. The availability and sustainability of these herbs are first ensured before research is initiated.With an experience of more than a century; Branolia Chemicals has formulated an assortment of ayurvedic medicines to address health-related issues. The legacy of researching nature forms the foundation of all the operations at Branolia Chemicals. One of the most important of all herbs is Triphala, which has existed in the Ayurvedic cache for centuries. The Sanskrit word for Triphala means three fruits, which signifies that Triphala is a combination of 3 fruits from three trees, Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), It is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula used in all Ayurvedic preparations. Triphala is the chief ingredient in Livonia an ayurvedic tonic from the house of Branolia Chemicals to enhance the functioning of the entire digestive system. Triphala’s historical use as a digestive cleanser has been supported by various modern scientific studies. Research performed since ages suggest that Triphala may be antioxidant, antimutagenic, antineoplastic, chemoprotective, radioprotective, and chemopreventive, with a possible role in cancer prevention and treatment. (Source: Baliga MS. Triphala, the Ayurvedic formulation for treating and preventing cancer: a review. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(12):1301-1308. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0633.) General Benefits of Triphala Triphala is used to treat all diseases like constipation, diarrhoea, and eyes cleansing or detoxing the colon, good for Kapha conditions, gas, diabetes, parasites.It gives a general sense of feeling pure, light & revitalized by
  • Removing toxins, accumulations, and gas
  • Nourishing the nervous system, blood & muscle
  • Improving Adrenal function in humans
  • Nourishing the bones and reproductive organs
  • Strengthening the overall immune system
  • Eliminating excess mucous from the body
  • Astringent properties
  • Reducing noise and stress-induced conditions
  • Laxative properties for keeping the colon clean
  • Improves the functioning of the liver.
The three fruits in Triphala are like the three musketeers each comes with its own benefits. Amlaki is a fruit rich in vitamin C that builds immunity and an effective antioxidant that removes harmful toxins from the body. Similarly, the other two herbs, a)  Vibhitaki with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and b) Haritaki that stimulates the functioning of the digestive system and sensory organs. Together they are a potent ingredient to fight stomach disorders. Livonia has fortified the goodness of Triphala which helps in detoxifying the liver to significantly improve the overall digestive system.
Research about Triphala on Human Physiology
The study reiterates the beneficial effects of Triphala on human physiology. The study does extensive literature review of academic research done of Triphala and summarizes its beneficial properties. Triphala is prescribed widely in Ayurveda primarily for stimulating digestive capacity. This poly-herbal compound and in Ayurveda preparation has a 1:1:1 mixing of ground dry fruits as myrobalans. Triphala shows immunomodulatory properties and helps in improving body’s defense system. Academic research also provides pointers to Triphala possessing anti-mutagenic, radio protection and antioxidant properties and is beneficial in combating disease conditions.

Source: Bali Chouhan et al / Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm 4(4), Jul-Aug 2013

Tulsi

Bitocough Helps to Fight Autumn and Winter Diseases

ayurvedic-medicineCoughs and sneezes spread diseases, so the saying goes. If they spread rapidly enough and cause sufficient damage to working populations and other parts of society, they could also devastate economies. A healthier workforce has both improved physical and mental ability and can produce more from the same inputs. Economies with better health conditions enjoy a positive and direct impact on economic growth, largely through increased worker productivity. As autumn and winter sets in common cold, cough, and flu are diseases which afflict a very large number of people. The seasonal cold is one of the most common respiratory sicknesses in humans. The symptoms of the common cold are caused by the body's response to the virus rather than the virus itself. Most cases of the common cold are spread through sneezing, coughing, and people touching contaminated surfaces.

The treatment of coughs is one area where the use of certain ayurvedic remedies remains common today. Ayurvedic drugs play an important role in the management of various types of coughs. Currently, available therapies for coughs include cough suppressants. Bitocough from the house of Branolia is one of the most effective ayurvedic antidotes to fight coughs and cold.

Bitocough from Branolia has been developed after years of research is an ayurvedic solution comprising of Vasak, Tulsi, Pipul and Joshtimadhu. One of the most important ingredients in the preparation of Bitocough is Adhatoda vasica also popularly known as vasaka. The leaves, roots and flowers of Adhatoda vasica also called vasa or vasaka were used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders such as chronic asthma.

Adhatoda vasica is considered useful in curing bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung disorders. Accompanied with Vasaka, another important ingredient is Tulsi, Ocimum Sanctum, also known as a herb for all ailments. Recent research has revealed that Tulsi has an anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal activity that includes activity against many pathogens responsible for human infections. Tulsi has also been shown to boost defences against infective threats by enhancing the immune system.(Source: Vasudevan P, Kashyap S, Sharma S. Bioactive botanicals from basil (Ocimum sp.) J Sci Ind Res (C) 1999;58:332–8.)

Some of the common symptoms that are generally witnessed by people suffering from common cold are a running nose, sore throat, congestion and a persistent feeling of fatigue. Some might also run a mild fever. Bitocough from the house of Branolia can be administered to both children and adults with the above-mentioned symptoms.

Prevention is definitely better than cure; there are ways to prevent it all together:

  1. Cover the head and neck with clothes
  2. Gargle with hot saline water
  3. Take fresh fruits and vegetables to boost immunity
  4. Keep one warm at all times
  5. Not to sleep during the day
  6. Do not share towels and glasses
  7. Avoid deeply fried and processed food

If there is uncontrolled sneezing, excess thirst, foul smell in nose, insomnia, fever of 102F or more, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Ayurvedic remedies from the house of Branolia namely Bitocough, Honeyguard is the best way to fight diseases like common cold and cough.

Vasak

Bitocough Helps to Fight Autumn and Winter Diseases

ayurvedic-medicineCoughs and sneezes spread diseases, so the saying goes. If they spread rapidly enough and cause sufficient damage to working populations and other parts of society, they could also devastate economies. A healthier workforce has both improved physical and mental ability and can produce more from the same inputs. Economies with better health conditions enjoy a positive and direct impact on economic growth, largely through increased worker productivity. As autumn and winter sets in common cold, cough, and flu are diseases which afflict a very large number of people. The seasonal cold is one of the most common respiratory sicknesses in humans. The symptoms of the common cold are caused by the body's response to the virus rather than the virus itself. Most cases of the common cold are spread through sneezing, coughing, and people touching contaminated surfaces.

The treatment of coughs is one area where the use of certain ayurvedic remedies remains common today. Ayurvedic drugs play an important role in the management of various types of coughs. Currently, available therapies for coughs include cough suppressants. Bitocough from the house of Branolia is one of the most effective ayurvedic antidotes to fight coughs and cold.

Bitocough from Branolia has been developed after years of research is an ayurvedic solution comprising of Vasak, Tulsi, Pipul and Joshtimadhu. One of the most important ingredients in the preparation of Bitocough is Adhatoda vasica also popularly known as vasaka. The leaves, roots and flowers of Adhatoda vasica also called vasa or vasaka were used extensively in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat respiratory disorders such as chronic asthma.

Adhatoda vasica is considered useful in curing bronchitis, tuberculosis and other lung disorders. Accompanied with Vasaka, another important ingredient is Tulsi, Ocimum Sanctum, also known as a herb for all ailments. Recent research has revealed that Tulsi has an anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal activity that includes activity against many pathogens responsible for human infections. Tulsi has also been shown to boost defences against infective threats by enhancing the immune system.(Source: Vasudevan P, Kashyap S, Sharma S. Bioactive botanicals from basil (Ocimum sp.) J Sci Ind Res (C) 1999;58:332–8.)

Some of the common symptoms that are generally witnessed by people suffering from common cold are a running nose, sore throat, congestion and a persistent feeling of fatigue. Some might also run a mild fever. Bitocough from the house of Branolia can be administered to both children and adults with the above-mentioned symptoms.

Prevention is definitely better than cure; there are ways to prevent it all together:

  1. Cover the head and neck with clothes
  2. Gargle with hot saline water
  3. Take fresh fruits and vegetables to boost immunity
  4. Keep one warm at all times
  5. Not to sleep during the day
  6. Do not share towels and glasses
  7. Avoid deeply fried and processed food

If there is uncontrolled sneezing, excess thirst, foul smell in nose, insomnia, fever of 102F or more, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Ayurvedic remedies from the house of Branolia namely Bitocough, Honeyguard is the best way to fight diseases like common cold and cough.

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