The Mahamritunjaya Yantra
(Dispels fear of the evil, death and
Shiva does not normally have Yantras
designed round him as he is to be worshipped only in the Lingam
form, not in his bodily form. The Mahamritunjaya Yantra is
however a Yantra embodying a Mantra as well as Shiva in his
Vedic form as Rudra, healer and victor over death.
The Yantra is very unusual in that
it has a pentacle inscribed in the center, instead of the
standard six-pointed star. The pentacle has always been the
mystical symbol for the secret of life even in the European
mystical tradition. The apple is a sacred fruit because if
sliced transversally there is a pentacle found at its heart. The
Yantra has three groups of eight petals with inscribed mantras,
which are further separated by concentric triple bands. This is
easily one of the most powerful Yantras ever made, and of great
utility in healing as well as the spiritual discipline of
dissolving accumulated karma. It is also the Yantra par
excellence for ensuring longevity in good health.
Utilizing the Yantra along with the
Mahamritunjaya mantra is the best combination that works.
Sufficient to say that almost every god with any stature in
India is represented in most Yantras so worshipping or
meditating with a Yantra is to worship all the gods at once. Any
worship or meditation or affirmation directed towards it finds
the desired outcome being easily manifested in the larger
physical reality. The Yantra is a machine too, apart from being
the symbolic energy body of the god, a machine to bring about
transformation by focusing your intent.
Dhanvantari - the Physician of
Dhanvantari (also Dhanwantari, Dhanvanthari) is an avatar
of Vishnu from the Hindu tradition. He appears in the Vedas and
Puranas as the physician of the Gods (devas), and the God of
Ayurvedic medicine. It is common practice in Hinduism for
worshipers to pray to Lord Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for
sound health for themselves and/or others.
Dhanvantari was an early Indian medical practitioner and
one of the world’s first surgeons. Based on Hindu traditions, he
is regarded as the source of Ayurveda. He perfected many herbal
based cures and natural remedies and was credited with the
discovery of the antiseptic properties of turmeric and the
preservative properties of salt which he incorporated in his
Being a very skilled surgeon according to the standards
of his time, he is widely believed to be the pioneer of modern
medical practices like plastic surgery. Albeit his methods
were a lot cruder and more painful and were used only in
emergencies, such as on the injuries of war victims.
All his surgeries were performed without anesthetic,
however in spite of his crude methods he was reported to have
had a very high success rate. As a result of the brilliance and
achievements he displayed in the field of medicine he was chosen
as one of the Nine Gems in early Indian ruler Vikramaditya’s
court. According to traditions, he taught surgery methods and
procedures to Susrutha, the Father of Ayurvedic Surgeon.
Susruta – Surgeon of Old India
Among the many distinguished names
in Hindu medicine, that of Susruta stands out in particular.
There can be no doubt that Susruta flourished prior to the
fourth century A.D. Susruta’s fame rests for the most part on
the famous compilation known in Sanskrit as the Susruta- Samhita,
or, “The Collection of Susruta.” Though this work is mainly
devoted to surgery, it also includes medicine, pathology,
anatomy, midwifery, biology, ophthalmology, hygiene, and not a
little psychology and understanding of what would today be
called the “bedside manner.” Susruta attempted to arrange
systematically experiences of older surgeons, and to collect
scattered facts about medicine into a workable series of
lectures or manuscripts.
The accuracy of Susruta’s descriptions and classification
of diseases is really remarkable. Much of his great compendium
has a modern feeling about it. Of course, the original
autographic manuscript of the Susruta-samhita has not survived.
Extant only are copies of copies and revisions of revisions, so
that the original work for Susruta has been much obscured by
centuries of emendation, supplementation, and various kinds of
alteration. However, from beneath the layers of all the
incrustations of later men’s ideas the original luster of
Susruta still shines forth.
Susruta begins his Samhita with an allegorical
description of the beginning of medical teaching, but he quickly
gets into some very practical suggestions about how a medial
student should be selected, how he should be initiated, and the
oath he should take (which is strikingly like the Oath of
Hippocrates). He also sets forth quite plainly the
qualifications of a physician about to enter practice- rules of
personal and of professional conduct singularly parallel to
those of today. Susruta also urged upon his students continual
practice, and outlined many ways for them to perfect their
skills before using instruments on patients.
Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine has
more than 2,000 years of history. It is a rational system of
medicine based on a humoral interpretation of disease and
health. It’s prehistory goes back to Vedic and Buddhist
cultures. Although the religious hymns of the Atharvaveda and
the Rig-Veda mention some herbal medicines, protective amulets,
and healing prayers that recur in later ayurvedic treatises, the
earliest historical mention of the main structural and
theoretical categories of ayurvedic medicine occurs in the
Buddhist Pali Tripitaka, or Canon.
Ayurveda literally, the “knowledge of life”, can be
defined as the system of medicine described in the great medical
encyclopedias associated with the names Caraka, Sushruta, and
Bhela, compiled and re-edited over several centuries from about
200BC to about AD500 and written in Sanskrit. These discursive
writings were gathered and systematized in about AD600 by
Vagbhata, to produce the Astangahrdayasamhita(’Heart of Medicine
Compendium’) that became the most popular and widely used
textbook of ayurvedic medicine in history. Vagbhata’s work was
translated into many other languages and became influential
The intent of acupuncture therapy
is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The
method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange
and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of
years and continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health
and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy," "energetic
balance" and "energetic imbalance." Just as the Western medical
doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the
messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist
assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within
its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".
The acupuncturist is able to influence health and
sickness by stimulating certain areas along these "meridians".
Traditionally these areas or "acupoints" were stimulated by
fine, slender needles. Today, many additional forms of
stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity,
magnets and lasers. Still, the aim remains the same - adjust the
"vital energy" so the proper amount reaches the proper place at
the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.
Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the
coherent system of healing known as Oriental Medicine. Oriental
Medicine includes herbology, physical therapy, dietetics and
special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and is a
complete medical system unto itself and is not another branch of
modern Western medicine. Acupuncture evolved from principles and
philosophies unique to Oriental thinking and Oriental Medicine,
and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with
'Yoga' - the very word radiates
peace and tranquility. This feeling probably stems from the
etymology of the word.
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj'
which essentially means to join or unite. The union referred to
is that of the individual self uniting with Cosmic Consciousness
or the Universal Spirit. Yoga is a means to achieving this goal.
Born in India, almost 26,000 years ago, Yoga is believed
to have evolved during the period of the ‘Sat Yuga’, also called
the Golden age. This period became known as a time of
everlasting peace and abundant blessings, filled with seekers of
the Eternal Truth. That is why, probably, even today we
associate yoga with sages and hermits.
It was not until the discovery of the Indus- valley
civilization, the largest civilization, that knowledge about the
origin of Yoga surfaced. Excavations give evidence of yoga’s
existence during this period; yogi -like figures engraved on
soapstone seals have been unearthed. In fact, it was the Aryans,
migrating from the north- west, who were instrumental in
Complementary and Alternative
There are many terms used to
describe approaches to health care that are outside the realm of
conventional medicine i.e. medicine as practiced by holders of M.D.
(medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by
their allied health professionals such as physical therapists,
psychologists, and registered nurses. as practiced in the United
States. Complementary medicine is used together with
conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place
of conventional medicine.
CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care
systems, practices, and products that are not presently
considered to be part of conventional medicine. Conventional
medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. or D.O.
degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as
physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.
The list of what is considered to be CAM changes
continually, as those therapies that are proven to be safe and
effective become adopted into conventional health care and as
new approaches to health care emerge.
Complementary medicine is used together with conventional
medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using
aromatherapy, a therapy in which the scent of essential oils
from flowers, herbs, and trees is inhaled to promote health and
well-being. to help lessen a patient's discomfort following
Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional
medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a
special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery,
radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a
Integrative medicine combines treatments from
conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some
high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. It is also
called integrated medicine. An approach to medicine that
combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which
there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and
Acupressure is an ancient practice
that began roughly 5,000 years ago. Acupressure focuses on
stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. It can be
self-taught or administered by a trained Acupressure therapist.
Acupressure Points are intervals along a meridian
(channel) that runs through the body. There are several
meridians that map the human body, these meridians are similar
to a river as they all have a beginning, an end and can converge
with other meridians. A meridian acts as a route connecting the
organs of the body.
It is believed that the human body is charged by energy,
often referenced as Qi, Chi or Ki. It is this energy that has
the ability to fuel the body in a self healing manner. The
meridians act as an intercessor between the external and
internal elements of the body, when one is out of balance
disease and illness can occur. By stimulating the pressure
points along the meridian the body’s energy flow is pumped
through the organs and systems of the body to relieve physical
Pressure is applied on the specific Acupressure points
along the meridians to increase the flow of energy; it is wise
to consider these Acupressure points as valves. When the
external or internal environments have been disturbed the valve
(acupressure point) closes preventing a flow of energy, by
applying pressure to the acupressure point the valve opens
releasing the flow of energy to the bodies organs. Endorphins
are released when the valves are stimulated, endorphin is a
natural painkiller that can reduce pain and increase relaxation.
Jyotish - Indian
Jyotisha is the
Hindu system of astrology, one of the six disciplines of Vedanga.
The Sanskrit word derives from jyotis which means "light,
brightness", but in the plural also "the heavenly bodies,
planets and stars". Jyotisha thus signifies the "science of
Jyotish is often
discussed as the instructional element of the Rig Veda, and as
such is a Vedanga, or "body part" of the Vedas. Jyotish is
called the Eye of the Veda, for its believed ability to view
both phenomenal reality and wisdom itself. Part of a larger
Vedic curriculum including mathematics, architecture, medical
and military applications, it superficially has much in common
with ancient and modern Western astrology (and the early traces
of the descent of various schools of astrology from the Harappan
and Egyptian cultures, Chinese and the Chaldean, through the
Arabs, Greeks, and early Romans show complex interweavings that
are assessed variously by diverse camps of scholars -- who,
however, currently find little common ground as to the exact
historical development). Jyotish has many facets, and some of
its basics are clearly also cornerstones of Western astrology,
such as symbolically endowed signs, houses and planets. But
Jyotish has its own sophisticated reference to the noumenal: the
planets are "grahas", semi-divine consciousnesses or forces that
seize or act upon created beings and influence their actions and
historically been part of a continuous "holistic" approach to
living and to spiritual practice within the life of Hindus
predominant in India.
(Traditional Chinese Medicine)
The history of Chinese medicine is said to go back as far as
5000 years to the time of Shen Nung, the Chinese God of medicine
and patron deity of chinese physicians. TCM has formed a unique
system to diagnose and cure illness. Like Ayurveda, the TCM
approach is fundamentally different from that of Western
medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based
on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in
Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the
diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
approach treats zang-fu organs as the core of the human body.
Tissue and organs are connected through a network of channels
and blood vessels inside human body. Qi (or Chi) acts as some
kind of carrier of information that is expressed externally
through jingluo system. Traditional Chinese medicine treatment
starts with the analysis of the entire system, then focuses on
the correction of pathological changes through readjusting the
functions of the zang-fu organs.
of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location,
and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between
the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not
based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes.
Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in
different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may
result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways.
diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are
mainly based on the yin-yang and five elements theories. These
theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of
the physiological activities and pathological changes of the
human body and its interrelationships. The typical TCM therapies
include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong exercises. With
acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain
areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu
organs internally, while qigong tries to restore the orderly
information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi.
Oath of Hippocrates
and all the gods and
goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will
keep this Oath and this stipulation- to reckon him who taught me
this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance
with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon
his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to
teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee
or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other
mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my
own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a
stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to
none others. will I follow that system of regimen which,
according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit
of my patients ,and abstain from whatever is deleterious
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest
any such counsel; and in like manner. I will not give to a woman
a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness. I
will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons
laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men
who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I
enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will
abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption;
and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen
Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in
connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which
ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as
reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue
to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy
life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all
times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the
reverse be my lot!
Cam Therapy Institute India, run under the aegis of the
International Himalayan Institute of Acupuncture and
Complementary Medicines, is located at Dehradun in
Uttaranchal - Uttarakhand, India. Its acupuncturists and doctors
conduct medical sciences courses in Ayurveda, acupuncture
healing, acupressure, Vedic astrology, yoga therapies,
alternative medicine and also do research and development (R &
D) in complementary medicine, alternative medicines, herbal
medicine and ayurvedic cancer cure treatment.
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