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Resolving healthcare issues in India a crucial need: Experts

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Sonipat: In a two-day conference here on universal health coverage, the experts suggested that India urgently needs to resolve issues pertaining to its healthcare sector in the light of the gross neglect the sector has witnessed over the years.

Participating in the conference, experts on Sunday surmised that the country’s healthcare sector has suffered monumental neglect due to politics steering the policy making decisions even as the crumbling healthcare system failed to deliver quality services to people.

“The 12th Five Year Plan said it will be the health plan but soon after funds dried up,” said T Sundararaman, dean, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences at the international conference on ‘Delivering On the Promise of Universal Health Coverage in India: Policy Options and Challenges’.

Speaking at a session to discuss the current bills and legislation aiming at fulfilling the promise of universal health coverage, Sundararaman said the fund crunch for the healthcare sector started much before the present government.

He highlighted some of the key issues adversely affecting the growth of healthcare sector including “re-positioning the role of states, contradictory assessment of the National Rural Health Mission, contradictions in human resource policy and a gap between expectations and reality in private sector engagement”.

Anjali Chikersal, senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research, highlighted some of the key human resource problems faced by the healthcare sector.

“The first thing we need is the availability of data,” she said, adding India has a critical shortage of manpower in the sector “but we also have imbalances”.

She said the World Health Organisation recommends one doctor per 1,000 people but India has a doctor to population ratio of 1: 1,428. “74 percent doctors are in urban areas where they cater to only 31 percent of the population.”

Chikersal said the National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill, which sought to regulate health education by bringing it under a single umbrella council, had to be abandoned due to stiff opposition from different bodies.

Ravinder Singh Duggal, country coordinator, International Budget Partnership, discussed the prospects for the ‘National Health Rights Bill’ and said: “We are producing an adequate number of doctors but we do not capitalise on that.”

He said India needs to have a consolidated health bill as “our approach to health is very fragmented”.

Speaking on the way forward, Richard Cash, senior lecturer on global health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, said India needs to “learn from others, especially from those who share experiences”.

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment to arrive,” he said.

Ajith M Sharan, secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said: “We need to look at different kind of paradigm” with more focus on paramedics, given the challenges faced by the healthcare sector in India.

“There are 700,000 trained AYUSH practitioners in India today and we need to integrate them officially into the system,” he said, adding, “but there is a fear that many of the AYUSH doctors won’t be able to impart quality services after a bridge course. (IANS)

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Know What Supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee Has to Say about Hair Styling During Monsoon Weather and More

Worrying that the rainy season will ruin your hair? Read what supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee has to say!

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Balancing between the delicate care that hair needs and sporting a trendy hairstyle can be challenging during monsoons. Pixabay

August 21, 2017: Falling asleep to the sound of raindrops and waking up to watch them trickle down your car window; long drives in the monsoon surely are magical. But once you’re out of the car, the same monsoon turns into a nightmare for your beautiful tresses. To survive these monsoon blues, supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee gives primary importance to the true texture of her hair and asserts that that should be of primary importance when styling them during the rainy season.

Monsoon weather is synonymous with lots of frizz, hair fall and dandruff. The monsoon also brings with it dullness to your hair.

“It’s very important to keep the true texture of your hair in mind when styling your hair in the monsoon, as maintenance during this period is tough” believes Noyonika. According to her, the best way to manage hair during this time of the year is to use products that suit one’s hair texture. “I use a bit of extra conditioner, or use a leave-in conditioner, to keep the frizz at bay,” she added.

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Noyonika started modelling at the age of 13. With her unconventional looks, she rode high in the modelling industry for a considerable time, with many people identifying her as the Naomi Campbell of India. More recently, she got associated with luxury hair styling brand TIGI as an image consultant to train and impart soft skills to candidates of TIGI Backstage Heroes platform. “Grooming in any job and industry is necessary. But in a field like hair styling, it holds even greater importance,” she said.

Asserting the principle of ‘By Hairdressers; For Hairdressers’, TIGI is a luxury hair care and styling brand which recently expanded their curriculum to help budding hair stylists finesse their personalities, and brought Noyonika on board to impart soft skills knowledge and help the candidates develop the right attitude and confidence that is needed to emerge as winners in the industry.

“If a hairstylist is well groomed, polite and a good conversationalist, it evokes confidence in the client,” said the former supermodel who realized the importance of grooming very early in her career. She believes it is a hairstylist’s job to sell a hairstyle, and that requires a combination of skills and talents.

Extending her support to TIGI’s unique approach of bringing the real heroes working backstage to the front, she believes competitions not only establish hair styling as a justifiable career but also help develop, expand and promote the hair industry in India.

According to the report by ANI, Noyonika swears by TIGI products and calls herself a fan of the brand. “It is always great to associate with a product you truly enjoy,” she said.


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Health Benefits of Almonds attributed by Traditional Hindu Medicine Systems- Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Literature

 A recent review by TDU scholars on published Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani texts gives scientific proof of some already known health benefits of almonds and revealed many other lesser known benefits of almonds.

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  • Almonds have a therapeutic effect on lifestyle conditions such as gastric irritation and debility in diabetes patients.
  • Almonds play a crucial role in promoting skin and hair health in addition to being an aphrodisiac

New Delhi, July 25, 2017: Ayurveda, an ancient and traditional Hindu system of medicine aims for wholesome growth of an individual on a physical, mental and spiritual level. It is primarily based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

This form of medicinal treatment has its roots steeped in Indian culture, as is the tradition of almond consumption, Dr. Padma Venkatasubramanian and Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar of Trans-disciplinary University (TDU) reviewed published Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani texts and documented the usage and health benefits of almonds.

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Dr. Padma is a firm believer that natural foods and traditional practices have the power to treat simple illnesses. “Almonds have been considered beneficial to health for many years now. It is understood that it stems from a strong belief in the nutritional properties of almonds. However, with the progress made by modern medicine, people tend to move towards lab produced medicines even for simple illnesses or conditions that that may be improved, by natural foods and traditional practices like Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani,” said Dr. Padma Venkatasubramanian, Lead author of the review Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU). She added, “For example, according to Siddha, a main function of almonds is to tone up all body tissues, especially the reproductive. According to Siddha practice, almonds are also thought to have a therapeutic effect on lifestyle conditions such as gastric irritation and debility in diabetes patients.”

She adds further, “one of the most fascinating discoveries through this review was that according to both Ayurveda and Unani, almond consumption also has a therapeutic effect on male infertility and decreased sexual performance, a condition growing at a fast pace in today’s world.”

There is an increased awareness of lifestyle diseases today, people are more willing to take steps and are making desired changes in lifestyle to lead a healthier life. Ritika Samaddar, popular Delhi based nutritionist said, “I have been recommending daily snacking on a handful of almonds (30 grams/ 23 almonds) to my patients, to stay energized through the day and for its heart health, weight and diabetes management, benefits that are supported by scientific literature.” Our Indian medical traditions have stressed upon health benefits of almonds since long in addition to those supported by existing scientific evidence.   Samaddar added, “It is interesting to see these texts speak about almonds’ role in promoting skin and hair health in addition to being an aphrodisiac, an area rarely ever spoken about with regards to almonds.”

Namrata Shirodkar, actor and celebrity said, “I have always believed in natural foods and their goodness. Since I have grown up hearing about the multiple benefits of almonds, I ensure my entire family eats a handful of these nuts every day. This review echoes what I have grown up hearing and believing about almonds. What is most satisfying for me as a mother is that the Ayurveda and Unani texts suggest that consumption of almonds nourishes the brain, nerve tissues and promotes intelligence. This is a big reason I include almonds in my child’s daily diet and would continue to do so”.

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The aim of the review was to see how almonds fit into traditional health or medicine practices and belief systems in India by reviewing traditional texts. For this purpose, TDU reviewed texts from the three traditional medical practices, all published texts approved by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy), Government of India.

Texts from the three traditional medical systems referred to almonds frequently and spoke about the varieties, parts used, functional properties, pharmacological actions, therapeutic indications and usage of almonds. In addition, the texts refer to multiple compound formulations using almonds as an ingredient.

The interesting part is that while these traditional Indian medical texts already acknowledge the health benefits supported by modern scientific research, many other benefits of almonds which were not known to people earlier have also been mentioned.

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– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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18 Must know facts About Tulsi “Basil” and It’s Health Benefits

Let's take a look at the super herb that can do it all, literally

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  • Tulsi Leaves possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • It also works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
  • It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion

June 22, 2017: Tulsi: Also known as the holy basil or ocimum sanctum, tulsi is a common name in most Indian households and a very important part of it as well. There are many reasons why Tulsi is so popular in India “because of benefits of tulsi”. It is very easy to grow and it can be widely found in the Indian subcontinent. Not only is tulsi considered a revered, holy plant in Hinduism; it has also been mentioned in the ancient science of Ayurveda. There are two common varieties of tulsi widely available – the green hued Lakshmi tulsi and the purple coloured Krishna tulsi. Other than the Indian subcontinent, it can also be spotted in tropical regions of most of the Southeast Asian countries. There are many facts & benefits of tulsi leaves, we are going to talk about.

Tulsi is grown in many Hindu households, worshiped and offered to the gods. Don’t think this is just because of religious superstitions,  this inexpensive and meek inexpensive herb comes loaded with numerous benefits. Tulsi is medically proven to be extremely beneficial for humans.  Just a few leaves of tulsi, when used regularly, can help take care of a host of health and lifestyle related issues- from warding off some of the most common ailments, strengthening immunity to fighting bacterial & viral infections and even combating and treating various hair and skin disorders.

How and when to Grow

Tulsi plant need an atmosphere that offers rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. The sapling should be planted just a few centimetres below the soil with a light cover of dirt. It is better if the plant is allowed to grow indoors till it’s about 6-7 inch tall, after which the plant can be transferred outdoors. The best time for planting tulsi is right before monsoon, under intense heat.

How to Consume It & Get The Benefits of Tulsi

It can be consumed raw, plucked fresh from the plant or it can be added in your morning tea. You can always opt for the healthy tulsi kadha. Other than the conventional ways of consuming the humble, holy basil, you can experiment with tulsi in your cuisines . It guarantees an exquisite, earthy, aromatic flavour to the preparations.

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Home Remedies

It is one of the most commonly and widely used ingredients in many popular Indian home remedies. Tulsi can help heal, or to some extent facilitate, treating most diseases from regular fever to some of the deadliest and most fatal viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Simran Saini from New Delhi believes consuming a drink made by boiling tulsi leaves and adding about 2grams of black pepper to it, helps in building your immunity. It also acts as an antibacterial element and helps in recovery from dengue. Then there is the quintessential kadha – a mix of ginger, tulsi leaves, peppercorn (crushed) in boiling hot water – which is usually seen as a potion that can put most illnesses straight and has been used by Indian mothers for eternity. Don’t think these are all the holy herb has to offer, there is a bundle of other beneficial properties that tulsi comes with. Here’s a list of all benefits of tulsi/basil:

1. It possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
 

2. It works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.

3. Therefore it is good for skin – both when consumed and applied topically.

4. It has been proven to be effective in treating skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms.

 5.It helps in relieving from fever, sore throat, headache, flu, cold cough and chest congestion.
 

6. It can be made into teas or other drinks or can be consumed raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.

 7. It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion.
 

8. It comes loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A  and C.

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9. It is also beneficial in treating respiratory problems like chronic bronchitis, asthma and more.

10. It counters elevated blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for diabetics.

11. It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones.

12. Regular tulsi consumption can also help in balancing various bodily processes.

13. It is proven to be largely beneficial for dental hygiene and healthier gums.

14.  It can ward off the harmful effects of free radicals.

15. According to the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, tulsi is effective in maintaining normal levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

16. In treating conditions like hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu, tTulsi has remarkable benefits to offer.

17. Is an effective insect repellant and can also help in treating insect bite.

18. It is also known as adaptogen.

Isn’t it high time to make the humble holy basil a part of daily life now?

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang