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Regarding turmeric as contraceptive, I do not remember

where I read, but same thing was told to me by tribals

we met while on trekking in mountains, and This has

been the personal experience for last 18 years. I

would request you to post the reference on board.

There are many other herbs mentioned in YOga Ratnakar.

The receipe of Turmeric powder is not very popular

since no statistics available and one does not want to

take chances. The receipe is:

>From day 1 to day 8 of menstrual cycle, take 1/2 tsp

turmeric powder along with 1 tsp honey at sun rise and

sun set time (empty stomach). You may take 1/4 cup of

warm water if needed to wash off the taste. Method

works but not during the period between delivery and

appearance of next cycle. is requested to analyse this in terms of

phytochemistry.

Dr. Shirish Bhate

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> Dear Dr Bhate, why does taking 1tsp turmeric with honey decrease

> chances of conception? Is it because it is pitta(which honey is and

> turmeric in excess) aggravating??

 

One must control the pitta and birth canal acidity for conception.

Hence, the ayurvedic medicines for conception aids are produced in

cow ghee. Warming foods and pitta vitiating foods are to be avoided

in pregnancy. Nature tries its level best to protect the embryo. Any

increase in Pitta causes vomiting to mother.

 

Turmeric is best antiseptic, warm and causes increase of pitta and

reduction of Kapha. Honey also reduces Kapha. You need Kapha

environment (Earth+water elements) to cause conception/growth. Hence

plants cant grow without earth+water. Maximum vegetation on wetlands.

 

Incidently, came to know about Turmeric as contraceptive through

tribals. Even 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder with 1 tsp honey twice/thrice a

day from day 1 to 8 of cycle is adequate, according to them. In the

days where oral contraceptive are causing large number of Harmone

Imbalance cases, is this not a better alternative?

 

Dr. Bhate

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Speaking of Turmeric, Dr. Bhate, I received mine along with the rock salt, for a

better term, and am taking it with the aloe. Does this rock salt normally smell

like rotten eggs?? I thought to myself, I'll never get this down. It tastes a

lot better then it smells. Also would this turmeric and honey work to replace

hormone therapy for menopause?

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Dear Members,

Many have posted their views, comments, new suggestions, relevant

research. Few more comments are in order:

 

>turmeric is widely consumed in India as a culinary spice, i am sure,

>up to amounts of 1 tsp for many on a daily basis, and yet India has

>a bit of population control problem!

 

My wife, an excellent cook and biologist, says that Turmeric, if used in excess

of half tsp for a family of four adults, the item becomes bitter and

goes waste, assuming that you have freshly ground and not old

turmeric. This brings us to an estimate of 250 mg per person. In this

case, several other spices, vegetable and water mixes with turmeric.

Hence, efficacy as an antifertility spice need not be even thought.

In most of home remedies Turmeric quantity does not exceed a pinch or

two, ie. 250 mg maximum (One pinch is 125 mg). For contraceptive

action, one should take 1 tsp, ie. Approx. 2.5 gms per dose with only

honey. This is ten times culinary spice dose. That too, only for day

1 to 8, on empty stomach. The actions may be different. What is known

from tribals is that the dose produces intense antiseptic environment

in the reproductive system, that ovum becomes ineffective.

 

>The petroleum ether, alcoholic and aqueous extracts of rhizomes of

>Curcuma longa inhibited fertility when administered by gavage on days

>1-7 of pregnancy at doses of 100 or 200 mg/kg to female albino rats.

>Studies in rabbits indicated doses of up to 200 mg/kg of the extracts

>did not produce anti-ovulatory effects (Garg, 1974).

>If we extrapolate the to humans (based on weight) a minimum effective

>dose would be 11,000 mg, or about 2 tsp.

 

This comparison between rats and humans is not needed, since human

trial results in terms of experience are available. Secondly ayurveda

progressed without any dissections, clinical trials, etc. Ayurveda

does not hurt other species for benifits to humans. Some universal

principles were used by ancients to discover the ayurvedic uses of

plants. (a subject matter requiring diversion from the main theme of

the post). Ayurvedic research, whatever published in India, is to

obtain M.D.s and Ph.Ds or to utilize Govt. funds; but most Indian

practitioners are not even aware of any research. They practice in

small towns and villages, where getting daily newspaper itself is a

luxury. In Western countries on the other hand, now since ayurveda is

being taught, ayurveda may be presented in New Avtara.

 

Nowadays many clinical trial results are written by Ghostwriters on

the payroll of drug companies (drugawareness.com). These trials are

nothing but sales efforts in a disguise. Seconndly, most of the

synthetic medicines are produced by analysing the herbs and trying to

separate the significant chemicals responsible for healing action.

Idea is to prepare the same molecule synthetically to earn a patent.

Herbal medicines cant get one a patent, since they are natures gift,

proven by experience. In many such cases, herbal combination remained

more effective than the separated chemicals. A notable case is the

Parkinson medicine, where a western mutinational carried out trials

in India. The project got abandoned after the above experience.

 

Experience, Medha, cognitive intelligence can not be substituted by

any statistical evidence. If statistical evidence is the test, no

ayurvedic or herbal medicine can survive in the market. It is only

the belief, Bhakti and age old tradition that has kept ayurveda alive

and progressing further against the onslaught of multinational drug

companies.

 

Regards

Dr. Bhate

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>

> This comparison between rats and humans is not needed, since human

> trial results in terms of experience are available. Secondly

ayurveda

> progressed without any dissections, clinical trials, etc. Ayurveda

> does not hurt other species for benifits to humans. Some universal

> principles were used by ancients to discover the ayurvedic uses of

> plants. (a subject matter requiring diversion from the main theme

of

> the post). Ayurvedic research, whatever published in India, is to

> obtain M.D.s and Ph.Ds or to utilize Govt. funds; but most Indian

> practitioners are not even aware of any research. They practice in

> small towns and villages, where getting daily newspaper itself is a

 

Dr. Bhate, I was going through a book by Bhagwan Dash and he provided

a lot of Ayurvedic remedies( based on the classical texts) with meat

(including some aphrodisiacs with testicles of animals). I also

happen to read a portion of the Charaka Samhita, it seemed to me that

Maharshi Charaka was a highly outstanding scientist considering the

thoroughness of the presentation. Based on both of these, I would

conclude that Ayurveda was not as animal-friendly as is presumed

often and that the remedies should work even if faith was not there;

no doubt faith will accelerate the healing.

 

I agree with you that much so called research leaves a lot to be

desired.

 

-yogaman

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