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The Use of Mirroring In Mind Control

Mirroring is a natural process we use every day in our interaction with other people. However, once its mechanism is dissected and understood, it can become a powerful mind control tool.

Mirroring is the process of becoming as much like the person you are trying to influence, as possible. You can accomplish this by mimicking both their physical (e.g. body language) and non-physical (e.g. values, thoughts, ideas, perception of reality) traits. Mirroring is necessary in influence because in order to influence someone, you must first build rapport with them and mirroring is one of the most effective means of building rapport.

Rapport, according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity. So essentially, by deliberately mirroring or becoming like another person, you are ‘artificially’ establishing the state of rapport that occurs spontaneously in everyday life between people who like each other. You must first build rapport with someone in order to influence them, because people are motivated by emotions, not thoughts; therefore, to get them to do something, you must stir their emotions, appeal to their hearts, not their heads. Don’t try to change peoples minds; change their mood and their mind will follow.

An example of natural, commonly-occurring mirroring is the following: people in normal, everyday conversation, even if they are mere acquaintances with a low level of rapport, tend to adopt similar facial expressions. This is done automatically and is below their level of awareness. That is one reason why people with conditions such as autism, who are not as aware of, or as responsive to social cues, as neurotypical (‘normal’) people, find social interaction so challenging. Moreover, it has been hypothesized that we have specialized neurons in our brain that are responsible for reproducing in us (i.e. mirroring) other people’s feelings, emotions etc and are thought to be part of the neurological basis of phenomena such as empathy, morality etc. I mention all these examples as evidence that we have evolved to mirror one another naturally on many different levels.

Is mirroring immoral? As with any form of mind control, mirroring is neither moral nor immoral, because it is simply a means to an end. If the end is to influence other people positively through mirroring, then it is not immoral. The reverse of course is also true.

In what ways can you mirror a person’s reality? Generally, two; you can mirror both their external as well as their internal reality.

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Autoimmune Disorders – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the immune system of the body attacks normal healthy tissue and produces different symptoms of diseases. Nearly 160 diseases are listed as autoimmune disorders; common ones include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia areata, SLE, thyroiditis, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia, celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Guillain Barre Syndrome.

A genetic predisposition is usually required for the commencement of autoimmune disorders, along with environmental triggers such as infections (bacteria, virus), food allergies, toxins (drugs, smoking, hair dyes, and chemicals) and physical trauma. Common symptoms include joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, rashes, low-grade fever, lack of concentration, weight loss, numbness and tingling, dry eyes, hair loss, breathlessness, and palpitations. The hallmark of autoimmune disorders is inflammation, which can affect the heart, brain, lungs, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, kidneys, glands (thyroid, pancreas etc.) and produce symptoms according to the organ and tissue affected.

The modern system of treatment of autoimmune diseases is by suppressing the immunity with the use of steroids or non steroid medicines such as cyclophosphamide, and vaccines where possible. This treatment can give good results on a short-term basis but it does not cure the autoimmune disease and can result in serious side effects later on. Ayurvedic treatment scores positively in this aspects because it brings about immunomodulation so that the body defence system can gradually take over and help cure the disease completely. This may possibly take more time; immuno-suppressants can bring about improvement of symptoms within a few weeks to a few months, while Ayurvedic treatment may be required from a few months to a few years, depending upon the severity and complexity of the disease.

As mentioned earlier, inflammation is the hallmark of all autoimmune diseases. Steroids can treat inflammation very well; however, the long-term side effects of steroids can be as serious – or probably more serious – than the disease itself. Ayurvedic herbal medicines can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Itching and recurrence of psoriasis can be treated very well with Ayurvedic treatment. Herbs can effectively treat inflammation of glands such as that occurs in thyroiditis, or inflammation and destruction of arteries, nerves, mucosa, muscles, connective tissue and skin such as that occurring in SLE, celiac disease, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome etc.

While steroids and immunosuppressants are common therapy for all autoimmune disorders, the Ayurvedic treatment for each autoimmune disease varies considerably according to the body organs or systems affected. Medical protocol for treatment will also vary considerably according to the severity of symptoms, as well as the treatment response of affected individuals. Most medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’, ‘Mansa’, ‘Med’, and ‘Majja’ tissues are effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders. These include herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), and Patol (Tricosanthe dioica). Immunomodulating herbs are also quite important for treating autoimmune diseases and include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis).

Most affected individuals on immuno-suppressants experience a relapse or flare-up after about 5 to 6 months of therapy. Ayurvedic treatment may bring about improvement within 4 to 6 months; however the slow improvement is worth it since the patient start going into a full remission and the disease can be completely controlled with regular therapy of 12 to 24 months. After this, medicines can be gradually tapered and stopped completely. Further treatment can be given as short courses as and when – or if – required. Ayurvedic treatment can thus be utilized successfully to provide a comprehensive treatment for most of the common autoimmune disorders.

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And1 the Professor, Or How to Increase Vertical Jump

In case you didn’t know – the skinny 5’10” guy from the And1 streetball squad called The Professor who is well known for his outstanding ball handling actually can dunk! And right, he is white!

As many outstanding ball players Grayson Boucher aka The Professor has a fix workout he sticks to.

“Everday I’m in the gym for a minimum of 2 hours. I’ve been getting up at 5am everyday lately knocking my basketball workouts out early in the morning. Then I run 2 miles and lift for about an hour. Too me, whatever you put into working on your game is what you get out of it. Its all about your time investment and dedication. When I go to the gym its not going to ever be some sweet ass workout. You can’t just go to the gym and shoot around casually and expect to improve. I get up at least 500 every time I’m in there and go hard with full court dribbling drills, then end the workout with some free throws. When I run 2 miles I try and keep one hard pace the whole time. Right now I get in 2 miles at 1330, which is tough to get done every morning, but when you start seeing results you begin to like it and go harder. I used to lift for bulk and got heavy at one point and found that quickness is more important for me then bulk weight. This year I’m concentrating on working my legs harder then I ever have before, because my goal for this upcoming season is to dunk on the regular.” – The Professor

In case you ask yourself which exercises will make your legs stronger, here are a couple:

Jump rope:

Almost every NBA player uses this “old” exercise. Jumping rope is a great way to build stamina, and work on your leg strength. In addition, it builds jumping ability (explosiveness, calf strength, etc.).

Wall sits and squats:

These exercises will help you build leg strength, which is a key component of athletic fitness, and therefore jumping ability. Remember to only use a weight that is comfortable for you, and to always have a trainer or training partner work out with you.

But remember that vertical leap is part leg strength and part explosiveness. And the explosiveness part is the more important of the two. Just like The Professor said it, it’s not about the size of your leg muscles, or how much weight you can put up in the gym. It’s about your athletic ability, coordination, and your ability to explode up and off the ground.

If you seriously want to improve your vertical and look for concrete exercises, I highly recommend The Jump Manual:

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Cystic Acne – Is It Causing You Grief? Look No Further, Help Is At Hand

Cystic acne is the severest form of acne and is hard to control. It can have big emotional costs and unpleasant long-term consequences. If there are bumps under your skin, say on your face or shoulders, then you could have cystic acne. If you owe it to yourself to find a cure then read on.

Cystic acne sometimes flares up when blocked oil glands in the skin burst. Bacteria in the pus seep into the surrounding tissue and breed rapidly. More pus is produced as the infection spreads and quickly forms into cysts, which are usually found in the deepest layers of the skin, especially on the face, back, and shoulders.

The accumulated pus can be painful and makes the skin tender and itchy. But you should never scratch or squeeze cysts because the infection will spread into nearby tissue if they rupture. Swollen, pustules and cysts typically appear on the skin of sufferers and are unsightly. The red, inflamed scars may be visible for years before slowly fading away. In some people, they become permanent.

Genetics largely determines whether or not you get cystic acne. For instance, your sebaceous glands may have a genetic tendency to manufacture extra oil if you have a hormonal imbalance. That excess oil clogs up pores in the skin, producing perfect conditions for bacteria. An imbalance of hormones can be caused by:

  • Toxins made by bacteria in the body
  • Stress brought on by things like a lack of sleep or fear (stress causes the adrenal glands to produce a hormone called cortisol that stimulates the sebaceous glands).
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals in various drugs and cosmetics
  • Alcohol, beverages containing caffeine, and foods with lots of histamines (e.g. cheese, red wine, bacon, and yogurt).
  • Life cycle changes such as the onset of puberty when the body starts manufacturing male sex hormones.

Your internal acne environment is clearly a very complicated place. An effective cure for cystic acne therefore has to be comprehensive and versatile. It needs to:

  1. Be capable of neutralizing all the underlying causes of your acne
  2. Quickly restore and permanently maintain your body’s natural internal balance
  3. Work on all parts of the body, especially the face and shoulders where acne can be particularly severe
  4. Be realistic, and easy to incorporate in your current lifestyle
  5. Be straightforward and follow a logical, well-organized format
  6. Be easily customized into a strategy that satisfies your body’s unique requirements.
  7. Provide ongoing counseling and support from knowledgeable health experts

The holistic approach is the best way to get rid of cystic acne. A safe, natural alternative, it has cured many people of stubborn acne. It doesn’t resort to costly drugs or creams, and will make you look better, feel better, and give back your self-esteem and confidence. Most important, you can adapt it to fit your body’s unique requirements. This last characteristic of the holistic approach makes it truly effective against all types of acne on all parts of your body.

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History of the Curling Iron

History of the curling iron. Is there such a thing or is the curling iron just a modern invention? Each generation is the same. We think we have invented something new when perhaps all we have done is to modify “old inventions” by applying modern technology. Let us begin to investigate the history of the curling iron or, as it is also known, the curling tong.

Let us begin with the definition of a curling iron. It is a tool, a cylindrical metal appliance, used to change the structure of the hair by applying heat to a lock of hair that has been curled around it. It is natural to think with a modern mind and assume that the heat is generated by electricity. However, the curling iron goes way back before the introduction of electricity.

We only have to look at carvings from the ancient world to see that people cared about the style of their hair and that a popular style involved creating curls. Babylonian and Assyrian men dyed their hair and square beards black and crimped and curled them with curling irons. Persian nobles also curled their hair and beards, quite often staining them.

Egyptian nobles, men and women, cropped their hair close but later, for coolness and cleanliness in their hot climate, shaved their heads. On ceremonial occasions, for protection from the sun, they wore wigs. The wigs would be short and curly or long and full of curls or braids. The Science Museum has an example of curling tongs used by rich Egyptians to prepare their wigs.

In classical Greece it is known that the upper classes used curling irons.

Through time there have been many methods devised to curl hair and to keep the curl in place. For example, in 1906 Charles L. Nessler, a German hairdresser working in London, applied a borax paste and curled hair with an iron to produce the first permanent waves. This costly process took twelve hours. Eight years later, Eugene Sutter adapted the method by creating a dryer containing twenty heaters to do the job of waving more efficiently. Sutter was followed by Gaston Boudou, who modified Sutter’s dryer and invented an automatic roller. By 1920, Rambaud, a Paris beautician, had perfected a system of curling and drying permed hair for softer, looser curls by using an electric hot-air dryer, an innovation of the period made by the Racine Universal Motor Company of Racine, Wisconsin. A significant breakthrough came in 1945, when French chemist Eugene Schueller of L’Oréal laboratories combined the action of thioglycolic acid with hydrogen peroxide to produce the first cold permanent wave, which was cheaper and faster than the earlier hot processes. To control the amount of curl, varying diameter of rods were used for rolling. Technology to hold hair in place was advanced in 1960 when L’Oréal laboratories introduced a polymer hair spray to serve as an invisible net.

The curling iron has remained a favoured tool in spite of all the chemical inventions. We have moved on from the metal rods heated by insertion into hot coals or heating on gas or electric stoves. With no control of the heat of the iron there must have been many cases of singed hair, not to mention burnt fingers and scalps! Modern day styles demand more control and flexibility of hair style with hair looking loose rather than “glued into place”. Electrically heated and electronically controlled irons and tongs are now available. The barrels come in varying sizes enabling a tight curl or loose falling curl finish. Some have a smooth easy-glide ceramic barrel to create a super smooth finish and you can also purchase drop curl hair tongs with a cone shaped tong to create loose, tumbling waves and tousled curls. The fluctuation in hair styles from curly to straight and back again means manufacturers will continue to dream up new innovations to attract both professional hair stylists and the consumer.

So who “invented” the curling iron? Inevitably you find many references to “invented” and “patented by” or “introduced by”. The original inventor is lost in the mists of time but examples of the previous sentence are:

In1866, Hiram Maxim, who designed the machine gun bearing his name, applied for and obtained the first of many patents at age 26 for a hair-curling iron.

Four years later in 1890 two Frenchmen, Maurice Lentheric and Marcel Grateau, used hot-air drying and heated curling tongs to make deep, long-lasting Marcel waves.

The Straightening comb however, is actually credited as first being invented by the late 19th century French hairdresser, Marcel Grateau, who also, invented the curling iron, the permanent wave and later the Gillette safety razor which became popular in Germany after World War I.

In related developments, Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemoine invented an electric curling iron in 1959.

The pressing/curling iron was patented by Theora Stephens on October 21, 1980.

In August 1987 the Wahl Clipper Corporation introduced to the professional market the ZeeCurl. This flat-barrel curling iron gave stylists a tool to create new hairstyles with Z-shaped curls, adding texture and body to all types of hair. In 1988, FrenZee, the consumer version, was added.

There is little doubt that fashion will demand and dictate new innovations to ensure continuation of the history of the curling iron.

Rodger Cresswell

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BODYBUILDING & "Paralysis Through Over-Analysis" or "Don’t Over-Think Bodybuilding"

Over the past month I have been thinking about the successful people as well as the unsuccessful people in bodybuilding, health and fitness in general. I have a LOT of contact with people locally as well as worldwide and here’s what I have noticed.

“There are many smart trainees who spend way too much time pondering different strategies and ideas regarding training and nutrition. I try and get their mind back to reality. Don’t over-think bodybuilding!”

This type of person is very knowledgeable and reads a lot. They are well informed and have researched all the latest training and diet information. They can discuss all the virtues and drawbacks of the different diets and workout programs on the market. They can also tell you the latest news about various internet muscle building Guru’s, bodybuilding champions and fit movie stars. Unfortunately, despite all of their knowledge about bodybuilding diets and training routines it doesn’t seem to be doing them much good – their physiques are usually subpar. This makes me think: is too much knowledge actually disadvantageous to building a great physique? Or could it be that they spend more time thinking about diet and training than actually doing the diet and training.

So what good is knowledge if the knowledge doesn’t convert into muscular gains? If you cram your brain full of information on diet and training how are you to sort through all of this and determine what you should and should not do? Everyone says their diet, workout, supplement or whatever is effective or the best. The truly best diets and training routines are rare and elusive. The over-thinking bodybuilder is constantly trying to sift through all the information for what is “the best” routine they should be following.

The solution to the problem is less thinking and more action. When you over complicate bodybuilding you actually retard your rate of progress. Too many choices and too many high ideas create “paralysis through over-analysis” where the bodybuilder is actually paralyzed from staying on one routine or diet because they keep thinking that maybe they should be on a different diet or workout routine.

So what should you do? Train hard, heavy and often. Lift lots of weights, do your cardio workouts. A real bodybuilder is pumping iron 3 to 5 times a week and using all kinds of different methods for muscle strength and pump. Don’t miss a workout unless it is for a reason that you really have no control over or an emergency.

Nutrition is the cornerstone. Without a disciplined approach to your daily eating regimen you will never be successful. Hearty and healthy eating is combined with intense workouts and cardio sessions for lowering body-fat down to the single digits. You have to eat clean foods.

Supplementation and YOU! A well thought-out nutritional supplementation program will enhance and accelerate muscle growth and fat loss.

You must have realistic, achievable and exciting goals! A good goal is a realistic, attainable and exciting goal. We all need to generate enthusiasm for the process and drive to attain and maintain what needs to be done in order to obtain real and substantial results.

Set a timeframe for reaching a goal. As an example, if you wanted to lose 15 pounds then give yourself 15 weeks to do this. Set the goal, make the plan and say I can easily lose 15 pounds in 15 weeks. Then make a mini-goal, say to yourself that it is a measly one pound a week weight loss, I can do that.

Over-thinking nutrition. A healthy diet followed over time with consistency is all that is required for building muscle and losing fat. Constantly changing foods, timing and amounts of food will create instability in the metabolism as well as the mind. Constantly changing the diet will never let you know or understand what is or is not working.

Over-thinking training. The biggest mistake you can make in weight training is to continually keep changing the workout program. Train hard, train heavy and safely and on a continual basis and you can make almost any workout program a success. Once progress comes to a halt you take a seven to twelve day rest and start all over on a different workout routine. It’s that simple.

Over-thinking supplementation. Too many people believe that there exists a miraculous, safe, all natural just discovered nutritional supplement that will turn them into a Superman or Supergirl in four or six weeks. They think there exists some safe supplement that delivers steroid like results with none of the steroid risk factors. Let me tell you the truth, that supplement does NOT exist! Yes, we all can get sucked into the alluring advertisements that promise it all but the fact is this. Muscle, strength, fat loss and health are not a product, rather they are a product of consistency in clean eating, exercise and positive mental attitude toward life and living.

Want success? Start doing this today. Set in your mind a fixed goal, a goal that excites you and creates enthusiasm every time you think about it. Set up weekly mini-goals for keeping track of your progress. Establish a sound diet program and eating schedule and follow it every day. Follow a sound, progressive and challenging weight lifting routine and cardio program. Stick to the program for at least eight weeks, no excuses. Take a top of the line Multi Vitamin-Mineral tablet each and every morning and be consistent.

Follow the program for no less than eight weeks and preferably twelve weeks. Each week strive to hit mini-weekly goals. Hold this course for a few short months and I guarantee you’ll realize dramatic gains in muscle size, definition, fat loss and overall great health

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Is Aftershave Needed When Using Electric Razors?

Generally, men use aftershave lotions or creams after shaving their facial hair. Aftershave contains moisturizers that smoothen and soften your face. But, when using mens electric shavers, do you really need to apply aftershave?

Mens electric shavers have been manufactured and sold around the world for quite some time. Both men and women have even moved on from traditional razor blades to electric shavers in removing unwanted facial hair. One of the most important benefits you can get from using an electric razor when shaving is that you get a clean shave without the necessity of using aftershave.

Electric razors are one of the most convenient shaving tools. Though, for those who are always busy or in a hurry, some people do not have the luxury of time to use electric razors, much less the traditional razors which require more shaving time than is comfortable for a busy bee.

By using an electric shave, you don’t really have any need for shaving creams or foams on your face. As a matter of fact, the only thing you need is electricity—plus your electric razor, of course. Applying or lathering your face with an aftershave is an option when you are using an electric razor.

However, using aftershave or pre-shave can benefit you as well. Pre-shave lotions or pre-shave creams can harden your facial hair and make them stand, providing ease when you remove them through electric razors. Consequently, you need to choose a pre-shave that is suited well for electric razors.

Aftershave, on the other hand, can help in closing and tightening your pores after shaving. Also, it helps moisturize your skin. However, if you have a sensitive skin, you ought to avoid using aftershave or other alcohol-based aftershaves. As an alternative, you can use a relaxing aftershave balm—or make one of your own from organic and all-natural ingredients.

In addition, using aftershave can damage your skin specifically if it is sensitive and it has cuts and wounds. Aftershaves are used primarily for desensitizing your skin after shaving. It is much recommended that you wash your face. Also, if your face has small cuts or wounds, you should not use aftershave. It might penetrate into your inner skin, causing irritation.

Applying aftershave on your face after using mens electric shavers is really just your choice. If you want to make your face look softer then you can use aftershave, but really, it’s not a requirement.

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How to Choose the Right NLP Training

Have you been thinking lately to take a NLP Program in order to boost your success or your personal life satisfaction? These are some important facts you should take into account before decided on a particular Program:

– There are many NLP trainings out there and they differ mainly on the depth and solidity of their education. Be aware that there are many short introductory NLP Programs. Unless you want an overview on NLP techniques, you should know that these trainings give you basic tools as for you to “taste” the method, but will not bring you with a whole NLP deep training. Be careful and note if your program has a well qualified trainer and gives you trust.

– All NLP programs usually offer 4 different levels of training according to its emphasis and deepness of its education:

1. Diploma

2. Trainer

3. Practitioner

4. Master Practitioner

Decide which program suites better what you look to achieve.

– Most courses are set to aim at general views of NLP methods and techniques. However, some programs emphasize more on certain matters: business, sports coach, group therapy, personal satisfaction and so on. If you are looking on a specific program, make sure the one that you choose is targeted and works on that particular subject matter that you are looking for. However, most people at first look at a simple and global training to start with.

There are many things to take into account before making a good decision, but generally NLP Programs (if well-chosen) will be worth the time and money.

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Cheerleading Benefits

Cheerleading is a sport which includes all the art and talent of dance, tumbling, cheers, jumps and stunting. Cheerleading always help to lead the spectators of any events to cheer on the teams, especially in the sports. Cheerleading always draw more attention to the event and encourage the concentration, involvement and participation of the audience to a particular event. The people, who do these activities of dancing and cheering, are called cheerleaders. They are the people who are talented and trained with the athletic abilities.

Being a cheerleader always take a lot of practice and dedication. The common and important factor of cheerleaders is that they are hot. Those who do the cheer leading need to get in to shape. Cheerleaders usually will be very flexible. Cheerleaders will be always confident with themselves. With out confidence, no body can survive in the field of cheerleading. Cheerleaders also need to learn the basic hand movements and jumps. They should work on and maintain the dance skills, voice skills and tumbling is always a part of their try-outs. A cheerleader always requires marvelous talent, energetic personality, and the ability to bring smiles to the spectators of the events.

Cheerleading profession has always got so many benefits other than money. Cheerleading improves the confident in us. Cheer leading makes us learn how to perform in front of a huge audience, under certain pressure. It gives the opportunity to study the proper way to bond with the opposite sex. Cheerleading can help a person to be positive in the attitudes. As cheerleaders know how to root each other and also the team they are cheering for the good and the bad. They will be always optimistic in the life. The cheerleaders will be constantly moving and have some regular schedules in the work outs. This helps them improving the stamina, fitness of the body, coordination and strength. Being more conditioned and coordinated can help them in many other aspects of the life too. Cheerleading also improves the team work skills and also helps to give trust in other people of the team.

When cheering on the home team, the cheerleaders should do all the stunts and maneuvers like flipping, twirling, pyramids, jumps, tossing etc. So as there are a lot of chances to get hurt, cheer leading can be as adventurous as any other sports.

Cheerleading has been a practice or a method over the years. Cheers are not limited to football these days. Now we have the squads at basketball games, softball games, Cricket tournaments and much more games. If there’s a team which demands the support, there’s a set of colorful cheers to provide it. So many constitutions and cheerleading camps provide good coaching and guiding for cheerleading. Some current cheerleaders are also giving the training for the same. Both the gents and ladies who have the talents and sincerity to the job can always make a success in the field of cheerleading.

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Autoimmune Disorders – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the immune system of the body attacks normal healthy tissue and produces different symptoms of diseases. Nearly 160 diseases are listed as autoimmune disorders; common ones include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia areata, SLE, thyroiditis, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia, celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Guillain Barre Syndrome.

A genetic predisposition is usually required for the commencement of autoimmune disorders, along with environmental triggers such as infections (bacteria, virus), food allergies, toxins (drugs, smoking, hair dyes, and chemicals) and physical trauma. Common symptoms include joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, rashes, low-grade fever, lack of concentration, weight loss, numbness and tingling, dry eyes, hair loss, breathlessness, and palpitations. The hallmark of autoimmune disorders is inflammation, which can affect the heart, brain, lungs, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, kidneys, glands (thyroid, pancreas etc.) and produce symptoms according to the organ and tissue affected.

The modern system of treatment of autoimmune diseases is by suppressing the immunity with the use of steroids or non steroid medicines such as cyclophosphamide, and vaccines where possible. This treatment can give good results on a short-term basis but it does not cure the autoimmune disease and can result in serious side effects later on. Ayurvedic treatment scores positively in this aspects because it brings about immunomodulation so that the body defence system can gradually take over and help cure the disease completely. This may possibly take more time; immuno-suppressants can bring about improvement of symptoms within a few weeks to a few months, while Ayurvedic treatment may be required from a few months to a few years, depending upon the severity and complexity of the disease.

As mentioned earlier, inflammation is the hallmark of all autoimmune diseases. Steroids can treat inflammation very well; however, the long-term side effects of steroids can be as serious – or probably more serious – than the disease itself. Ayurvedic herbal medicines can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Itching and recurrence of psoriasis can be treated very well with Ayurvedic treatment. Herbs can effectively treat inflammation of glands such as that occurs in thyroiditis, or inflammation and destruction of arteries, nerves, mucosa, muscles, connective tissue and skin such as that occurring in SLE, celiac disease, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome etc.

While steroids and immunosuppressants are common therapy for all autoimmune disorders, the Ayurvedic treatment for each autoimmune disease varies considerably according to the body organs or systems affected. Medical protocol for treatment will also vary considerably according to the severity of symptoms, as well as the treatment response of affected individuals. Most medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’, ‘Mansa’, ‘Med’, and ‘Majja’ tissues are effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders. These include herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), and Patol (Tricosanthe dioica). Immunomodulating herbs are also quite important for treating autoimmune diseases and include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis).

Most affected individuals on immuno-suppressants experience a relapse or flare-up after about 5 to 6 months of therapy. Ayurvedic treatment may bring about improvement within 4 to 6 months; however the slow improvement is worth it since the patient start going into a full remission and the disease can be completely controlled with regular therapy of 12 to 24 months. After this, medicines can be gradually tapered and stopped completely. Further treatment can be given as short courses as and when – or if – required. Ayurvedic treatment can thus be utilized successfully to provide a comprehensive treatment for most of the common autoimmune disorders.

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