Q&A on ‘Yoga a Medical Therapy’

The topic for the Hindi Satsang on Sunday, 4th August, 2013 was ‘Yoga a Medical Therapy.’

Following is the transcript of the Q & A between the audience and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.

Smt. Hansaji and Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra

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Q. I have tonsillitis, there is pus formation in my throat. Which technique will help me?
Dr. J: I think in the beginning you should have an Allopathy doctor to give you a check-up and simple measures may help like gargling with salt water or even sometimes medicine, but it should be just for a few days.
Smt. H: If there is pus formation, then naturally there is a strong infection and that has to be killed by a proper strong medicine, so Allopathy in the beginning. But then come to right lifestyle, as we say in yoga, gargling, Jalneti, use of hot water bag on the throat, drinking little warm water after eating food, to help wash the throat, if it is dry then keeping lozenges in the mouth as a lubricant, so in all such ways tonsillitis would go away. ‘-Itis’ means inflammation which is due to infection. When the infection goes, the inflammation goes. In the future, make sure you do some friction on the throat region and around the ears with the hands, to keep the region warm. This will help make you aware at the beginning of such conditions and you can take precautions. Ayurveda gives some remedies such as boiling ginger or Holy Basil (Tulsi) in water and drinking it, that works wonders.

Q. How long after a meal should we drink water?
Dr. J: Better around 20 minutes to half an hour.
Smt. H: One tends to naturally feel thirsty around half an hour after meals and can drink water. However, from the therapy point of view, in case of throat problems, etc., having little warm water immediately after a meal is essential for the organs.

Q. Should Jalneti be done by a person who regularly suffers from cold? And should it be done before or after the Asanas and how many times per day?
Dr. J: See, if a person is regularly suffering, it’s better to follow medical advice. But later on, one may begin with Jalneti once every alternate day.
Smt. H: If there is an infection, one first needs to remove it with medicines, which is generally a 5 day course. After that, Jalneti can be done every alternate day, or once every day or twice a day, i.e. once in the morning and once in evening. Your body will guide you as per its needs. If you were in a polluted atmosphere, do Jalneti after returning home. If a person with cold or influenza has visited you, do Jalneti after that. So use it as and when required.

Satsang is an open meeting held every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at The Yoga Institute, Santacruz East, Mumbai. It involves an interesting presentation to the public, made by the students of the Teacher Training Course. Each week, a new presentation of a Yogic concept is made in a simple way through skits and decoration for the general public, followed by a short speech from our Gurus, Dr. Jayadeva and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra.

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