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  • HOLISTIC AND HEALING PHYSIOLOGY Can we conceive physiology in a holistic way so that it becomes a healing physiology? Lack of holistic study, conceptualization and application of everything in life; is a major cause of STRESS; and holistic study, conceptualization and application of not only physiology; but everything in life; makes it healing; and is the key to Total Stress Management (the core of which is NAMASMARAN). The original meaning of the Greek word Physiology is study of nature. In the course of time it came to be identified with the functioning of the living beings. Thus today we have Plant Physiology, Bacterial Physiology, Animal Physiology, Human Physiology etc. In Human Physiology we have; Molecular Physiology, Cell Physiology, Endocrine Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Respiratory Physiology and so on. In Applied Human Physiology we have Space Physiology, Sports Physiology, Exercise Physiology, High Altitude
  • Physiology, Environmental Physiology, Clinical Physiology; and hitherto undescribed; Healing physiology i.e. application of holistic physiology in healing and health promotion! The concept of Human Physiology has to be evolved holistically and closer to its original meaning, in view of the interactions of everything in the external and internal environments and also the effects of what happened in the past; on human life!! It has to embody comprehension and experience of the subtle interrelationships between human consciousness and rest of the nature and expressing or applying this wisdom in the individual and social life; through the insights of Psychology, Parapsychology; Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Yoga. Development Holistic Physiology requires; that we study and apply Physiology and everything in life; while simultaneously practicing NAMASMARAN; and evolving and blossoming objective consciousness; which promotes our holistic health; and endows healing qualities also; to us! One need not believe, but verify this!
  • PHYSIOLOGY OF RELIGIONS Is it not important to study the religions from physiological point of view; and vice versa; so that it would be possible to comprehend how the religious concepts and precepts such as sins and virtuous deeds; harm or promote holistic health? The religions embody the study and practice of the concepts and precepts of for promoting holistic health; i.e. blossoming of one and all! The Hindu ritual of pooja i.e. worshiping God in morning at home; includes taking bath, practicing pranayama, reciting or chanting Gayatri Mantra, lighting ghee lamp, offering medicinal flowers and leaves to the deities etc., promote holistic health! PHYSIOLOGY OF LAUGHTER Is it not necessary to study; the stimulus, the receptors, the afferent nerves, the center in the brain, the efferent nerves, the effector organs, the effect, the significance of this effect in life, the correlation of this effect or phenomenon with evolution i.e. comparative physiology
  • and application of all this understanding in day to day life for the promotion of holistic health and therapeutic application in prevention, alleviation or cure of ailments; of such information? APPLIED HOLISTIC PHYSIOLOGY Can we conceive Applied Holistic Physiology; by including in it; the hitherto undescribed application of holistic physiology; in healing and promoting holistic health? Applied Holistic Physiology means; application of the knowledge of Physiology (i.e. the study of the interactions between “us” and the environment inside and outside the body) for “our” blossoming! It is like the fragrance of the flower if physiology is conceived as a flower! It is the continuation or culmination of physiology. (Some physiologists may like a new term viz. “post physiology” for signifying the culmination of physiology). Applied holistic physiology actually embodies perspective of universal life and its blossoming; and insight to analyze human life in a variety of circumstances and provide solutions where ever necessary e.g. in different
  • physiological states such as infancy, adolescence, aging, exercise, meditation, pregnancy, delivery, different pathological states including preventive and curative aspects of the diseases. Applied physiology is also useful in comprehension of the effects of different environments such as space, desert, water, high altitude, and so on. It also deals with the effects of actual culinary and cuisine, with respect several factors described such as caloric content, vitamin content, fiber content, protein, fat and carbohydrate content and their use in different situations. An applied holistic physiologist can utilize the concepts from various traditional systems also so as to enhance the conceptual insights and therapeutic versatility of applied physiology. It opens our eyes to the effects of morning time called Brahmamuhurta. It tells us about the importance of rubbing the gums. It hints at the role of drinking water in morning called ushahpana. It also tells us about how much water to drink and the effects of cold and warm water! It teaches us what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat and how to eat also. It guides us about how much to sleep, when to sleep and even about the effects of
  • direction of sleeping, type of bed and so on! It advises us about when and how to defecate; (e.g. squatting position has preventive role in piles) and when and how to urinate. It instructs us about what clothes to wear and how they influence our life. It informs us about which exercise, how much exercise and when and how to take it; and its benefits or side effects on body and mind. It also tells us about effects of cold bath, warm bath, sponging, Jacuzzi etc. It enlightens us about yoga and pranayama principles and their judicious use to benefit us. It clarifies the importance of us Sun Light, its effects in general; and benefits with respect to our health. It also guides us about the effects of climate such as temperature, pressure, winds, humidity, aging; other conditions such pregnancy and the care to be taken for better health. It also informs us about the effects of fragrance, colors, music, dance, massage and so on; on life. It helps us prevent diseases through applying the knowledge of immunity. It also involves the study of the effects of soil status, chemical and organic fertilizers, pesticide and such factors on crop and its effects on the human life. It aims to guide us; about the effects of various types of human - human, human - animal and human - plant interactions so that we can improve upon socialization, pets and home gardening also!
  • This perspective is extremely important to avoid getting carried away by the generally held misconception; "Applied Physiology is synonymous with Clinical Physiology"! Clinical Physiology is a part of Applied Physiology, where there is application of Physiology in diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutics. Development Applied Holistic Physiology requires; that we study and apply Physiology and everything in life; while simultaneously practicing NAMASMARAN and evolving and blossoming objective consciousness; which promotes our holistic health; and endows healing qualities also; to us! One need not believe, but verify this! PHYSIOLGY OF HICCUPS The teleological explanation tries to see beneficial purpose in a given phenomenon. This jerky inspiratory effort associated with closure of glottis, is opposite of jerky expiratory effort such as sneeze or cough, which are aimed at throwing out foreign material from the lungs. The hiccups therefore appear to be the efforts to jerkily bring in outside air to prevent imminent collapse,; in
  • response to any signal that mimics the information of a sudden collapse. So it appears that, any inflammation, stimulation, or irritation of vagus or phrenic nerves or diaphragm itself; due to any pathology, produce an input akin to an impending sudden collapse, the hiccups are generated. Experimental verification may be done by simulating impending collapse of various degrees and studying qualitative and quantitative the response of body; in terms of hiccups. PHYSIOLOGY & NAMASMARAN Should we not study physiology with respect to all the important activities (functions) in our life such as NAMASMARAN? “Why should we not while reciting or remembering and counting the name of God; pass over or cross over; the Meru-mani; the big bead in the japamala i.e. rosary?” Meru means Tartar range of mountains north of Himalaya. Meru also means; a golden mountain that supports the heaven, earth and hell and three levels of
  • consciousness. This description befits brain, which supports all the aspects of individual life. Meru (Sanskrit) seems to mean brain; vertebral column Meru danda (danda means a column or Rod). (We find descriptions in Hindu scriptures which corroborating the terrestrial and celestial regions and objects; with body parts e.g. moon and Ganga corresponding to Ida nadi and sun and Yamuna to Pingala nadi). Since NAMASMARAN; is aimed at reaching the controlling center of the inner and outer universe or highest level of consciousness; we mimic the Physiological process of flow impulses to and fro the cerebral cortex on either side; that enables progress in consciousness. Since the impulses flow from right brain to the left body and back; we mimic it by going from Meru-mani to the entire japamala and back. In the next counting we mimic going from left brain to right body and back; i.e. by reversing the position of the Meru-mani and direction of counting! PHYSIOLOGY OF ORAL HEALTH AND HYGIENCE Oral hygiene is well known but its practice and advantages can be improved if it is conceptualized from
  • physiological point of view. Hence some well experienced steps are given to improve oral hygiene. • Oral hygiene is not merely meant for dental health. If practiced in a way given below it can improve health of brain, salivary glands, sinuses, taste buds, gums and teeth. • After getting up in morning gargle mouth with plain water or slightly salted water. Salt makes it antimicrobial. Rub the palate with thumb. This may appear clumsy. But rubbing of the whole palate stimulates the undersurface and floors of the sinuses and presumably helps improve the circulation in the sinuses and prevent congestion and stagnation of blood; and infection. It can aid in cure of infection; because mere antibiotics may not be able to penetrate (even if they are powerful); the sites of infection. • Rub your upper gums from inside and outside with either your thumb or fingers. This would be useful to improve the blood supply to your upper gums and upper teeth. Rub the inner and outer aspects of your lower gums also. This would improve the circulation of lower gums and lower teeth.
  • • Rubbing of inner and outer aspects of upper and lower gums can improve the health of salivary ducts and their openings from parotid and submandibular and sublingual glands. • Rub the undersurface of your tongue. This will improve the health of sublingual salivary ducts and their openings. • Rub the upper surface of your tongue. This would improve the health of taste buds and taste receptors. • Oral cavity, oral structures and tongue have large representation in sensory homunculus (Representation of the body in the brain) and hence rubbing of oral cavity would stimulate these parts of brain. This is a unique and desirable stimulation not possible by any other means! • Using tooth powders containing ayurvedic herbs have added advantages. Hence you can use Kaat (catechu), Tirfal (tomar seeds), Halad (turmeric), Amala (emblica officinalis), Harada (terminalia chebulia), Neem (azadiracta indica) etc. You may use tooth
  • brush and tooth paste of your choice in addition to the steps described above. • In view of psychosomatic influences the Hindu culture has evolved prayers for different physical activities; such as bath, eating, and even maintenance of oral hygiene. Following is a Sanskrit prayer offered to the herbs used in the tooth powder. • AYURBALAM YASHO VARCHAS PRAJA PASHUNWASU NI CHA BRAHMA PRAJNAN CHA MEDHA CHA TVAN NO DEHI VANASPATE • This prayer is a request for long life, physical strength, success, sharp intelligence, good progeny and above all creativity and universal perspective. The details of the meaning can be searched with the help of “Sanskrut into English” dictionary. Prayerful attitude makes every activity sublime and oriented towards holistic health; one's own and global welfare. • There are no clinical trials known to the author, regarding the authenticity of these steps. Hence these steps have to be if at all, followed by one's own choice, and at one's own risk.
  • • One should be careful if there are ulcers, lesions etc., though by using fingers you are safer than while using brush; as you can feel and judge small boils, abscesses etc with fingers, but NOT by any brush! Hence, in such cases; brushing in fact; can be far more damaging than using fingers. • You need nothing if you want to only rub your oral cavity; but you can use a tooth powder if you aim at additional oral health promotion and hygiene. • The steps described are totally harmless. But; it is better not to believe or disbelieve or vacillate; blindly. It is better to provisionally accept the steps, try out, study; and then develop insight and conviction about their utility or otherwise. OBJECTIVE STUDY OF PHYSIOLOGY Sincere involvement in one’s specific field with every effort to go to the roots; study of relevant references, asking relevant questions wherever feasible; and practice of NAMASMARAN on top priority basis; integrate (YOGA) us completely; and usher in; the evolution and
  • blossoming of objective consciousness; i.e. holistic health and healing qualities i.e. Total Stress Management; in individual and global life! This way; we can appreciate facts; without any kind of vested interest, bias and prejudice; and in absence of this; even the best of talents amongst us; are vulnerable to the adverse influences of their personal instincts, feelings, background, surroundings, worries about future; in short their own and others’ petty self! The languages such as Sanskrut form the basis of vast ocean of wisdom conducive to blossoming of individual and global life for, as described in Vedas, Upanishads, Ayurveda, Siddha and Yoga, besides several other systems of healing! It is in the best interest of everyone that one heeds the presence of this wisdom and respectfully studies it! Many words in Sanskrit can be shown to be the roots of English words by virtue of their close similarity e.g. Manas = mind Pitru = Pita = paternal = Father Matru = Mata = maternal = Mother
  • Sharkara = sugar Bhrata = brother Soot = son Nisarg = nature Taru = Tree Phul = flower Soo = Sru = delivery, formation janma = Genesis mruta = Martyr urja = orgao = excitement There are many more fitting examples, which a Sanskrit scholar can provide. The basic humble suggestion is: Let us search the truth to the best of our satisfaction as objectively as possible! NEEM (AZADIRECTA INDICA) KADULIMB IN MARATHI Neem (AZADIRECTA INDICA or kadulimb in Marathi) is said to be antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti- malarial, antacid, anti-ischemic, anti-glycaemic etc. So we ought to study and promote; plantation, cultivation, care, consumption and its use in different ways; of for better
  • health, pest control, agriculture, horticulture, preservation of grains and so on!