By Syed Akbar Kumkum or saffron has been hailed as a natural remedy for
hyperpigmentation. But more than its beauty enhancing properties, saffron also called kesar is a harmless painkiller and analgesic. It gives quick relief from headache, abdominal discomfort and pain caused due to injuries. Kesar finds its use in Ayurveda, Unani and homeopathy, besides in traditional Indian cuisine. Though Kesar has a number of health benefits, it should be consumed in limited quantities. The daily intake in no case should exceed 5 grams, caution practitioners of natural medicine. Ayurveda and Unani doctors prescribe kesar tea as a general health tonic and for gynaecological problems. It is also used for increasing the power of vision, for treatment of fevers and hypertension. While buying kesar one should check its purity. Kesar is used both internally and externally. Its external uses include dermatological applications for problems like blemishes, wounds, cuts and abrasions. Internally kesar is used for colouring food items, and as kesar milk and saffron tea. Ancient Indian texts regard saffron as a natural rejuvenator and appetiser. ----------------------- Home remedies ----------------------- Just a "tilak" of saffron paste, prepared by mixing kesar with milk, on the forehead provides relief from headache. For problems like hyperpigmentation, take four or five kesar pistils and soak them in a little quantity of milk. Apply it gently on the face and massage the affected portion. Saffron tea is recommended for common cold, sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections. It is also good for heart. Kesar is said to be a good natural remedy for insomnia. Drink kesar milk before going to bed for sound and peaceful sleep.
2010 By Syed Akbar Hyderabad, Sept 2: Sleep budgeting is just a meditation away. Those who want to cut down their daily sleeping hours to work more can do so through meditation. Sleep can be budgeted up to three hours a day without the usual associated side-effects by doing meditation,according to senior biologist Dr Prashant Kaul of the University of Kenucky, USA. Humanbeings need seven to nine hours of sleep for the body to perform its physiological functions properly, butthis can be brought down to four to six hours through meditation. Meditation will also remove the problem of "sleep debt"caused due to irregular sleep. While regular meditators achieve sleep budging for up to three hours, even novicemeditators show positive results. A team of biologists led by Dr Prashant, studied the effect of meditation on sleep budgeting as practised by yogis. People, who are new to meditation, were picked up and they were tested for psychomotorvigilance task before each meditation session, 10 minutes after each activity and one hour later. Even in novice meditators sleep duration was lower than non-meditators and generalpopulation norms. "In long term meditators, multiple hours spent in meditation are associated with asignificant decrease in total sleep time when compared with age and sex matched controls, who did not meditate. We arefurther investigating whether meditation can actually replace a portion of sleep or pay-off sleep debt," he said. The team noted that meditators have deeper or more intense sleep, and thus may be able to achieve the restorative benefits of sleep in less time. The team enrolled seven yogis for the study. They allslept between four and six hours a day. Meditation may also provide a longer term reduction in sleep need roughly equal to the time spent in meditation.