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Bellytone

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

Bramhi

Medical Researchers Find Evidence of Add-On Therapeutic Effects of Brahmi in Management of Schizophrenia

schizophreniaResearchers at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi suggest in a paper published in the Journal of Ayurveda Integrative Medicine, the therapeutic efficacy of Brahmi (Bacopa Monneri) in the management of Schizophrenia (for further details refer to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3545244/). This research finding opens a new area for research and a possible role for alternative medicine in the management of brain-related disorders.

The researchers cite a case of an adult male who suffered from disorganised behaviour, unprovoked aggression and aimless wandering and was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. He was put on olanzapine tablet (10 mg) regimen, however, the improvement did not sustain beyond 3 weeks. The patient was put on add-on trial of Brahmi (250 mg of Brahmi extract) at a dose of two tablets a day for a period of one month along with olanzapine. At the end of four weeks, there was a reduction in psychotic symptoms and marked improvement in psychopathology scores.

The exact mechanism through which Brahmi produces improvement in positive symptoms of schizophrenia is not yet known. The researchers’ conjecture that the improvement produced by Brahmi in positive symptoms and general psychopathology in schizophrenia could possibly be mediated through the dopaminergic mechanism and its neurotransmission enhancing properties.

Further researches are required to establish the therapeutic effects of Brahmi in various dimensions of schizophrenia and also explore the neurophysiological and neurochemical mechanisms behind the same.

In summary, add-on Brahmi to olanzapine in a case of paranoid schizophrenia resulted in improvement in psychopathology, without any treatment-emergent adverse effect. This opens up an area for further research to establish conclusively the role of alternative medicine in brain-related disorders.

Branolia Chemical Works manufactures Branolia which contains Brahmi extract along with other essential herbs for general well being of the brain and the body.

Reference: Sarkar S, Mishra BS, Praharaj SM, Nizamie SM. Add-on effect of Brahmi in the management of schizophrenia, J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 223–225.

Brahmi Shows Positive Effect on Schizophernia Patients
Brahmi(Bacopa monnieri), an Ayurvedic herb has primarily been used to enhance cognitive ability, memory and learning skills. The researchers provide an assessment of a case study of schizophrenia in which add-on Brahmi extracts 500 mg/day for a period of one month resulted in reduction in psychopathology without any treatment-emergent adverse effect. Although preliminary, the case study suggests therapeutic efficacy of add-on Brahmi in schizophrenia, thus providing a new dimension of alternative medicines in managing Schizophernia.

Source: Add-on effect of Brahmi in the management of schizophrenia Sukanto Sarkar, Biswa Ranjan Mishra, Samir Kumar Praharaj, and S. Haque Nizamie J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 223–225.

Study Shows Brahmi Helps Brain Retain New Information
Researchers have reported significant improvement in retention of new information in subjects who were part of a randomized placebo control study in which brain memory functions were studied after intake of Brahmi herbal preparation in a three month trial. The results show a significant effect of the Brahmi on a test for the retention of new information. Follow-up tests showed that the rate of learning was unaffected, suggesting that Brahmi decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information. One of the sections who would benefit the most are the students studying for an upcoming examination. Since they are in the process of acquiring new information towards an impending examination, the retention of such information can be expected to be aided by intake of Brahmi.

    Refn: Chronic Effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on Human Memory (Roodernrys S., Booth D., Bulzomis , etal. , Neuropsychopharmacology, Vol 27 (pg279-281), 2002

The Clinical Study of Brahmi
Bacopa monniera Linn. (Brahmi) has been known as the brain tonic in Ayurveda. Study done by HK Singh etal. And published in Symposium (Vol 29, Issue 5, Pg 359-365) corroborates the claim of Ayurveda that Brahmi is a cerebral herb. The clinical study on healthy male volunteers indicates that Brahmi serves in improving cognitive function and mental retention capacity. The chemical constituent which gives this quality to Brahmi was identified to be mixture of two saponins – Bacosides A and B. The study claims that these Bacosides help recede amnesia due to stress. It also improved protein kinase activity and increased protein hippocampus. Bacosides were also found to be safe in regulatory pharmacological and toxicological studies.

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Medical Researchers Find Evidence of Add-On Therapeutic Effects of Brahmi in Management of Schizophrenia

schizophreniaResearchers at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi suggest in a paper published in the Journal of Ayurveda Integrative Medicine, the therapeutic efficacy of Brahmi (Bacopa Monneri) in the management of Schizophrenia (for further details refer to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3545244/). This research finding opens a new area for research and a possible role for alternative medicine in the management of brain-related disorders.

The researchers cite a case of an adult male who suffered from disorganised behaviour, unprovoked aggression and aimless wandering and was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. He was put on olanzapine tablet (10 mg) regimen, however, the improvement did not sustain beyond 3 weeks. The patient was put on add-on trial of Brahmi (250 mg of Brahmi extract) at a dose of two tablets a day for a period of one month along with olanzapine. At the end of four weeks, there was a reduction in psychotic symptoms and marked improvement in psychopathology scores.

The exact mechanism through which Brahmi produces improvement in positive symptoms of schizophrenia is not yet known. The researchers’ conjecture that the improvement produced by Brahmi in positive symptoms and general psychopathology in schizophrenia could possibly be mediated through the dopaminergic mechanism and its neurotransmission enhancing properties.

Further researches are required to establish the therapeutic effects of Brahmi in various dimensions of schizophrenia and also explore the neurophysiological and neurochemical mechanisms behind the same.

In summary, add-on Brahmi to olanzapine in a case of paranoid schizophrenia resulted in improvement in psychopathology, without any treatment-emergent adverse effect. This opens up an area for further research to establish conclusively the role of alternative medicine in brain-related disorders.

Branolia Chemical Works manufactures Branolia which contains Brahmi extract along with other essential herbs for general well being of the brain and the body.

Reference: Sarkar S, Mishra BS, Praharaj SM, Nizamie SM. Add-on effect of Brahmi in the management of schizophrenia, J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 223–225.

An Ayurvedic Memory Tonic to Boost Mental Health

branolia-healthNature has the best answer to all the disease affecting human body from time immemorial. The species of plant distributed across the world environment has some pharmacological action on the body. Ayurvedic medicine and herbs are now back to the forefront as synthetic medicines are known to have side - effects. The American Heart Association in the year 2016 published a research paper citing facts that synthetic drugs used to treat hypertension leads to mood disorders. (Source:  http://news.heart.org/common-high-blood-pressure-meds-affect-mood-disorders/). India with a rich traditional knowledge of Ayurveda and herbal medicine has always believed in the goodness of herbs to treat diseases. The impact of Ayurveda on Indian people is so deep rooted that Ayurvedic medicine is easily available for common masses and various pharma companies like Branolia Chemical Works have developed a potpourri of herbal therapeutics to nurture people naturally. Branolia, an Ayurvedic memory tonic enriched with herbs like Brahmi is one of the few Ayurvedic memory tonics available to help in increasing the overall functioning of the brain.

As per the estimate pointed out by WHO, the second major cause of disability and morbidity by 2020 will be depression, the first being cardiac disease. (Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/evidence/atlas/profiles/ind_mh_profile.pdf?ua=1). According to a more recent report by National Mental Health Survey (NMHS) commissioned by Government of India and implemented and coordinated by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, about 150 million Indians aged 18 and above and 7.3% of those aged 13 to 17 years of the total population are suffering from various mental disputes and are in need of mental care service. In this present scenario, Branolia, an Ayurvedic memory tonic has been fortified with Brahmi and various other herbs like Jasthimadhu, Berala, Ashwagandha which acts as a powerful memory tonic to improve brain functioning. In this scenario, Branolia, an Ayurvedic memory tonic is a tool in the hands of the common mass to enhance their mental health.

Branolia, an Ayurvedic memory tonic comprises of a potpourri of herbs.

Some of the important herbs are -

a)Brahmi: Also referred to as (Bacopa monnieri) has positive implications for improved neurotransmission and repair of damaged neurons via enhanced regeneration of nerve synapses via changes in the hippocampus, cerebral cortex (areas critical to memory function) and hypothalamus regions of the brain. It also acts in Memory enhancement, cognitive function, Reduces amyloid levels in PSAPP mice, the effect on the cholinergic system, prevents aluminium neurotoxicity i.e., protect the brain from oxidative damage resulting from aluminium toxicity.(Source: https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/medhya-rasayanas-in-brain-function-and-disease-2161-0444-1000309.php?aid=64517).

b) Yashtimadhu: The chemical name for this herb is Glycyrrhiza glabraThis herb helps in spatial learning and passive avoidance, preliminary free radical scavenging, cerebral ischemia and antioxidant capacity towards LDL oxidation. (Source: Chowdhury B, Bhattamisra SK, Das MC (2013) Anticonvulsant action and amelioration of oxidative stress by Glycyrrhiza glabra root extract in pentylenetetrazole- induced seizure in albino rats. Indian J Pharmacol 45: 40-43.)

c) Ashwagandha (withania somniferous): Ashwagandha helps in neurotic regeneration, synaptic reconstruction, axon extension dendrite extension synaptogenesis memory improvement.

Branolia fortified with Brahmi is a formulation with more than ninety-three years of research. An Ayurvedic memory tonic, Branolia helps in the overall functioning of the brain. It is suitable for people of all ages. Branolia, an Ayurvedic memory tonic can be especially used by students to increase their cognitive skills and by people suffering from mental ailment as well. Age related disorder like Alzheimer's can also be done away with Branolia, ayurvedic memory tonic.

Branolia – a Wonder Tonic to Enhance Brain Power

branolia-tonicMemory problems are common problems among both young and old.It is often a problem to remember where one has lost his car keys or appointment with the doctor. Memory is the ability of a human being to record and retain events, information etc. Age, stress, emotional trauma may lead to memory loss or poor memory in some. Memory and learning are directly related and memory enhancers are often used by learners to improve their cognitive skills. Brahmi also was known as Bacopa monnieri, has been known to improve memory and promote alertness. Branolia Chemical Works situated in Kolkata, West Bengal has developed Branolia, enriched with Brahmi is well- known as a potential memory booster. Brahmi as an Ayurvedic drug is known and used by Ayurvedic practitioners for almost 3000 years.

Several ancient Indian texts have mentioned the use of Brahmi to improve memory and the overall functioning of the brain. Some studies on rodents have shown that the use of Brahmi as a drug has enhanced the cognitive functions performed by them.

(Source: http://www.nature.com /npp/journal /v27/n2/full/1395862a.html?foxtrotcallback=true#bib7)

Branolia fortified with Brahmi as developed by Branolia Chemical Works is a formulation with more than ninety-three years of research. The tonic Branolia also contains some other herbs like Satamuli, Berela, Ashwagandha, Jastimodhu, and Alkushi which have high body rejuvenation properties.

The other important ingredients in Branolia are

  1. Satamuli – Also known as Shatavari it is generally used as a herb to calm the mind, induce sleep and stomach ailments. It is also used in treating acne, mostly used by lactating mothers and is often given to epileptic patients, schizophrenics, and patients suffering from neurological disorders.
  2. Ashwagandha – The chemical of this herb is Withania somnifera, is often referred to as a Rasayana used in medicinal herbs. It is often given to small children as tonics, and are also taken by the middle-aged and elderly to increase longevity. Among the Ayurvedic Rasayana herbs, Ashwagandha holds the most prominent place. It is known as “Sattvic Kapha Rasayana” Herb. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/)
  3. Jastimadhu - Glycyrrhiza glabra is one of the most extensively used medicinal herbs from the ancient medical history of Ayurveda. It is also used as a flavoring herb. It is especially known as memory enhancer activity. Jasthimadhu, when tested on rats, was found to immensely increase their memory and learning skills.

Branolia Chemicals has enriched Branolia, one of the oldest memory enhancer tonic which is suitable for all ages. It is useful for students to sharpen their cognitive skills, for the middle aged to relieve them from stress. Branolia can also be administered to senior citizen to manage age related mental degeneration. Branolia is that wonder tonic that can be consumed by all to live a healthy life.

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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.
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).

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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.
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.
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
Medical Researchers Find Evidence of Add-On Therapeutic Effects of Brahmi in Management of Schizophrenia

schizophreniaResearchers at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi suggest in a paper published in the Journal of Ayurveda Integrative Medicine, the therapeutic efficacy of Brahmi (Bacopa Monneri) in the management of Schizophrenia (for further details refer to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3545244/). This research finding opens a new area for research and a possible role for alternative medicine in the management of brain-related disorders.

The researchers cite a case of an adult male who suffered from disorganised behaviour, unprovoked aggression and aimless wandering and was diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia. He was put on olanzapine tablet (10 mg) regimen, however, the improvement did not sustain beyond 3 weeks. The patient was put on add-on trial of Brahmi (250 mg of Brahmi extract) at a dose of two tablets a day for a period of one month along with olanzapine. At the end of four weeks, there was a reduction in psychotic symptoms and marked improvement in psychopathology scores.

The exact mechanism through which Brahmi produces improvement in positive symptoms of schizophrenia is not yet known. The researchers’ conjecture that the improvement produced by Brahmi in positive symptoms and general psychopathology in schizophrenia could possibly be mediated through the dopaminergic mechanism and its neurotransmission enhancing properties.

Further researches are required to establish the therapeutic effects of Brahmi in various dimensions of schizophrenia and also explore the neurophysiological and neurochemical mechanisms behind the same.

In summary, add-on Brahmi to olanzapine in a case of paranoid schizophrenia resulted in improvement in psychopathology, without any treatment-emergent adverse effect. This opens up an area for further research to establish conclusively the role of alternative medicine in brain-related disorders.

Branolia Chemical Works manufactures Branolia which contains Brahmi extract along with other essential herbs for general well being of the brain and the body.

Reference: Sarkar S, Mishra BS, Praharaj SM, Nizamie SM. Add-on effect of Brahmi in the management of schizophrenia, J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 223–225.

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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.

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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).

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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/

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Kalmegh

Kulerron

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
Odisha Winning The Anaemia Battle

The results from the recently published NFHS IV data reveal that Anaemia is on the downslide in Odisha. However, the battle is yet to be won, with sizeable numbers still having a low hemoglobin counts.

Incidence of Anaemia NFHS 4 (2015-16) NFHS 3 (2005-06)
Children 6-59 months 44.6% 65%
Non-Pregnant Women (15-49) 51.2% 60.9%
Pregnant Women (15-49) 47.6% 68.1%
All women (15-49) 51% 61.1%
Men (15-49) 28.4% 33.9%

How did Odisha manage to turn around the slide, which is not only for the incidence of Anaemia but also for other key health indicators?

The story of the transformation of the trajectory of the Odisha health indicators is a story of focus, planning, dedication and an honest implementation effort.

1. Enabling Environment:

Odisha has enjoyed political stability since 2003 which has resulted in unhindered policy focus on the development of the state. There has been a significant increase in government spending on health and nutrition with an annual grown rate of more than 20%. The State governments Health Equity Strategy brought in dedicated attention to improving the health of the most disadvantaged people in the State, and recognize the particularly poor health status of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes and the KBK+ districts. The Nutritional Operation Plan launched by the state targets below 6 yr age children in the 15 high burden districts of the State.

2. Geographical focus on the poorest districts (KBK+)

The Health Equity Strategy and the Nutrition Operational Plan prioritization of KBK+ districts resulted in targeted health and development investment in these areas, and service delivery innovations tailored to the KBK+ context. The National Rural Health Mission expenditure saw a spurt by 45% in KBK+ districts between 2008–09 and 2012–13, in comparison to 28% in other districts. The KBK+ districts include Kalahandi, Nabarangpur,  Nuapada,  Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Balangir, Sonepur,  Ganjam, Nayagarh and Jajpur.

3.Improving service delivery

A number of initiatives have been taken including construction and renovation of health facilities, training of community health workers, community-based rapid diagnostic kits and introduction of mobile health units. Mobile health units have been particularly of great help in reaching health care to the remotest villages.

4. Increasing women's access to health services

Odisha has focused on making access to health care and nutrition services more favorable for women and girls. The health facilities are now more gender sensitive including construction of female toilets and partitions in labor rooms for privacy and dignity. Significant strides have been made in strengthening the capacity of female frontline health workers. Adolescent Anaemia Control Program and Village Health and Nutrition Days have contributed in increasing female access. The Janani Suraksha Yojana has made a significant contribution to increasing institutional delivery in the state. Innovative schemes like Mamata and Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram provide cashless deliveries and treatment of sick neonates have helped keep the momentum of health services focus on women going.

While significant strides have been made, the job is not fully done yet. Branolia salutes the political leadership, state bureaucracy, health managers, doctors, paramedics, community health workers and citizens of the state in bringing about this turnaround.

Branolia on its part is playing a small role for a healthy Odisha by increasing access to its herbal formulations across the state. Kulerron a formulation based on Kulekhara plant, the best known Ayurvedic herb to fight against Anaemia for fighting Anaemia is now available in a large number of retail counters in the State and is seeing a big uptake. Our other products like Branolia (for increasing mental alertness and well being), Livonia (for regulating liver function), Bellytone (for keeping digestive system tuned and Bitocough (for cold) are extremely popular in Odisha.

Branolia Chemical Works remains committed to health care of the state and will keep providing high-quality ayurvedic formulation to our customers in Odisha.

Branolia’s Kulerron – an Antidote for Iron Deficiency

kulerronIron deficiency is caused by too few red blood cells as a result of less amount of iron in the body. Lack of iron impedes the red blood cells from carrying enough oxygen to body tissues. Iron deficiency can lead to various diseases. Branolia Chemical Works have introduced a new tonic Kulerron, to fight iron deficiency.

The main ingredient in Branolia’s Kulerron is Hygrophila Spinosa, popularly known as Kulekhara, which has been adjudged as one of the best antidotes to fight iron deficiency in humans. It also is known to enhance the hemoglobin count drastically.

Hygrophila Spinosa (Kulekhara) –

This medicinal herb belongs to the Acanthaceae family and has been used as a valuable therapeutic agent both in traditional and modern medicine. Kulekhara, as it is locally known is a herb found in wet places. It is exclusively found in India, and in some parts of Myanmar, Malaysia, and Nepal.  The parts of this plant are widely used in medicine for the treatment of various disorders, which include diseases of the urinogenital tract, dropsy from chronic Bright's disease, hyperdipsia, vesical calculi, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery, leucorrhea, gonorrhea, asthma, blood diseases, gastric diseases, inflammation, cancer, rheumatism, and anemia.

Branolia’s Kulerron is fortified with other ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Brianga, Pipul, and Nagkesar.

Ashwagandha –

Ashwagandha is also known as the Indian ginseng.Its chemical name is Withania somnifera, is a herb which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. Ashwagandha is grown in many parts of India especially the drier regions. It is mostly cultivated in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sindh, Gujrat, and Rajasthan. It is also a popular herb in China, Nepal, and Yemen.

The herb Kulekhara (Hydrophilia Spinosa), was tested and was found to increase red blood cell count and WBC in rodents. (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”.)

Branolia Chemical’s Kulerron is considered to be an apt antidote for iron deficiency and as it is fortified with other medicinal herbs ashwagandha, biranga and pipul it also removes the general health of the person consuming it.

Reference:

1)    http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/177094/1/9789241564960_eng.pdf 2)    http://ehealth.eletsonline.com/2015/03/59-indian-women-suffer-anemia-says-report/ 3)    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anemia/symptoms-causes/dxc-20183157 4)    http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-anemia-basics#2 5)    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0021987/ 6)    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0062933/ 7)    Gomes, Manika Das an SC Dasgupta, Department of Physiology, 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”.

Iron Deficiency – Cure and Concern

It has been often observed that the deficiency of certain important elements has a considerable effect on the overall working of the human body.Iron is an important element which is required by almost all living organisms to function properly.The function of Iron in our body is multi- dimensional. It helps the red blood cells to transmit oxygen to all parts of the body. It is also necessary for transporting electron and synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid. About 70% of iron present in the body is found in hemoglobin and myoglobin. Moreover, a large number of enzymes in our body requires iron as a cofactor to operate properly. ( www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999603/)

History reveals that even in the ancient time's people had recognized the importance of iron in the proper abcfunctioning of the human body.In the year 1932, it was finally proved that iron was needed for hemoglobin synthesis.It was always regarded as one of the most common causes of anemia.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999603/)

Iron deficiency is a condition that results from too little iron in our body.Iron deficiency is a concern because: • Iron deficiency can lead to delay in normal motor function in infants • Deficiency in iron can cause fatigue, memory and even affect mental functions • Overall fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath • Poor appetite, cold hands, and feet are also common sign of iron deficiency

There are, however, many common reasons for the people to need iron like: • Children in their growing up years need more iron than what is available from their normal diet • Pregnant women are also advised to take iron supplements • Sometimes people lose iron from their body because of some chronic disease and are in need of iron.

How is iron deficiency treated?

To correct the deficiency of iron in the human body, certain strategies need to be adopted. • Food Diversification: Some crucial dietary changes like consuming iron rich fruits and vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables, cereals and bread with extra iron, meat, and pulses should be consumed to increase the intake of iron. • Consuming food reach in Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid helps in the absorption of iron in the intestines. Thus eating foods enriched with vitamin C can help in the prevention of iron deficiency. • There are various herbs available naturally that bring about wonderful results to the human body. • Branolia Chemical Works uses herbs like Kulekhara, Ashwagandha, Nagkesar is few of the best-known antidote available naturally to fight iron deficiency. The herb Kulekhara (Hygrohila Spinosa), was tested and was found to increase red blood cell count and WBC in rodents. (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 Hygrohila Spinosa on experimental rodents”.)

Steps to control iron-deficiency in Odisha

India is a country where adolescent girls are the most neglected lot as far as their health, nutrition, and overall growth and development are concerned. Odisha as compared to all India figure of 55.8% has a high prevalence of anemia.A recent study by the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), ICMR, Bhubaneswar shows the prevalence of Anaemia among 11-19 years girls in Orissa is as high as 96.5%.With this data in hand, to combat Anaemia amongst Adolescent Girls, the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DH&FW) initiated implementation of Adolescent Anaemia Control Program (AACP) in 9 districts (all the 8 KBK districts viz. Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Bolangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada and 1 Non-KBK district i.e. Mayurbhanj) of Odisha. The initiation of the project has been done but much remains to be achieved. Various other programs have been adopted state-wise to fight iron-deficiency. (http://www.nrhmorissa.gov.in/writereaddata/Upload/Documents/Quick%20Assessment%20of%20AACP.pdf)

Livonia

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.

Jaundice – and Its Cure

Cure of JaundiceThe yellowish and greenish pigmentation of the skin due to a rise and accumulation of bilirubin levels in the body is termed as Jaundice. (Source: Wikipedia). It is also known as icterus, which occurs due to the accumulation of bile pigments in the body. The yellow pigment present in the hemoglobin that provides oxygen to the red blood cells is called bilirubin. As red blood cells break down new cells are formed to replace them. The liver’s basic function is to handle the old cells. If the liver is unable to handle the breaking down of red blood cells then the accumulation of the bilirubin takes place which results in Jaundice.

Causes of Jaundice

Some of the factors that cause jaundice are:

• Inflammation of the liver lowers the ability of the liver to secrete bilirubin • Inflammation of the bile duct stops the bile duct from removing bilirubin resulting in its accumulation • Hemolytic Anemia is a condition when large numbers of red blood cells are broken down resulting in the production of excess bilirubin. • Cholestasis interrupts the flow of bile from the liver resulting in Jaundice

There are some rare conditions which may cause Jaundice are:

• Crigler-Najjar syndrome - This syndrome is generally inherited and the enzyme which is responsible for processing bilirubin is non-functional resulting in Jaundice. • Dubin-Johnson syndrome - This is also an inherited condition which prevents bilirubin from secreting out of the liver cells. • Pseudojaundice- Some people who eat lots of carrots, pumpkins or melon have skin that is yellow in color because of an excess of beta- carotene. This is a harmless form of jaundice.

Symptoms of Jaundice

Some of the symptoms that are commonly visible in all people suffering from jaundice are:

• Yellowish pigmentation of the skin, eyes, and nails • Itchiness in the body • Fatigue and a constant feeling of tiredness • Sudden weight loss • Fever • Vomiting • Abdominal pain • Dark Urine

The three different types of Jaundice are:

• Pre-hepatic/ hemolytic – This kind of Jaundice mainly occurs because of hemolysis, which is a condition which leads to excessive breaking down of red blood cells. • Hepatic/ hepatocellular – This kind of jaundice is generally because of an underlying disease like hepatitis, cirrhosis of liver etc. It may also be a result of an injury. • Post-Hepatic/ cholestatic – This kind of Jaundice is a result of an obstruction or blockage in the bile duct which interferes with the bilirubin from leaving the liver.

Treatment of Jaundice

The treatment of Jaundice varies depending on the basic underlying cause behind the rise in bilirubin in the blood. If jaundice is a result of Anemia then iron supplements to increase iron in the blood is a solution.

Jaundice as a result of hepatitis then anti-viral or steroid medications are administered to the patient.

Jaundice as a cause of obstruction of the bile duct has to be treated with surgery.

How can Ayurveda help in case of Jaundice?

It has been widely said that all the answers to our health are available in nature. Jaundice is actually not a disease but is a cause of some other underlying factor.

Livonia a product from Branolia Chemical Works, with Triphala as a key ingredient is often considered to have therapeutic properties to enhance liver functioning. Triphala, is a combination of Terminalia chebula, Terminalia belarica, and Emblica officinalis, in equal proportions. (see reference - 7 & 8 below)

Livonia has been powered by Kalmegha, ( an important ingredient to fight liver related diseases) and sixteen other herbs which go into its production.

Reference: 1) http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/1074_pdf.pdf 2) http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?pt06008 3) http://www.ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/1074_pdf.pdf 4) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/165749.php 5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaundice 6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK413/ 7) http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/sites/ayurvedacollege.com/files/triphala.pdf 8) http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?pt06008

Pipul

Trifala

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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