Thursday, August 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Pepper, turmeric can work wonders
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — A household kitchen can provide cure for 50 per cent of the common ailments, says Mr D.C. Sharma, an ayurved, maintaining that cardamom, black pepper and turmeric are common spices which have tremendous curative value.

“Urine is like nectar. Garlic is a pearl. Their proper use can cure human beings of various serious ailments, including cancer,” says Mr Sharma, for whom ayurveda is a passion. With no formal education in this Indian system of medicine, Mr Sharma inherited most of his expertise and knowledge from his father and grandfather, whom he attentively observed while they diagnosed patients . He also used to “grind medicines” at home and is well versed in the use of “ashes of metals”.

“These ashes-based formulations, prepared according to astrology of the patient, work wonders,” says Mr Sharma referring to the cases of both Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi, head of the US-based Sikh dharma organisation, and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, a former chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. In fact, Mr Sharma has just returned from the USA after a month-long tour. The invitation had come from Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi.

Talking about “urine therapy”, he says it has shown wonderful results. He quotes the case of a city resident who had cancer of the mouth but was cured with “urine therapy”. People, he says, show initial reluctance but once they start, they get relief quickly. “Even otherwise, we carry urine inside our body for most of the time,” he adds.

Mr Sharma, an Assistant Manager in Reserve Bank of India, says that the best cure for blood pressure is “juice of cabbage”.

“If you take 200 ml of cabbage juice every morning with empty stomach, the problem of blood pressure disappears within a fortnight. Recently, I learnt from Baba Nand Kishore of Mathura that guarantees cure from scorpion bite is the repeated application of crushed radish on the wound. In eight to 10 minutes, one is relieved of pain and the poisonous effects of the bite. Scorpions of Arizona in the USA States are very poisonous. So I am going to tell them how to take care of scorpion bites,” says Mr Sharma.

Mr Sharma has a remedy for every common ailment , be it pain of the neck or migraine, stone in the kidney or gall bladder, or even acidity.

For those who are obese, he says, the best cure is that they must drink their food i.e. must masticate all eatables so as not to pass on the job of teeth to the intestines. Such people should not drink water an hour before and after the meals.

“When I visited the USA, some of the doctors, including those with M.D. degrees, were highly impressed. They wanted to master this art of Indian medicine. I examined about 400 patients during my month-long stay in the USA. Mr Harbhajan Singh Yogi’s organisation was so impressed that now we want to spread this message all over the world. He plans to take me on a world tour to talk about ayurveda in October this year,” adds Mr Sharma.

He takes out a long list of ailments which can be cured by using some of the common household or kitchen items. He advises against excessive use of lemon, especially by men and says that honey is the most effective item for curing diabetes, sinus problems and even for obesity.

“Phatkari” (alum) works wonderfully well for bleeding gums or tooth pain. Cardamom is the best cure for acidity. If one take cardamom 10 minutes after meals, he or she will have no problem of acidity.

Mr Sharma is against use of synthetic fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides. The side-effects of these chemicals are serious. In the USA, he says, the common ailments are slightly different from those in India.

“These are mostly stress-related ailments in the USA and generally include low back pain, pain in the neck, migraine, hypertension or even stone in uterus (in case of women). This is where knowledge of astrology comes in very handy in curing these ailments. The ayurvedic formulations I prepare and give to my patients are in accordance with their astrological configurations,” adds Mr Sharma. 


Nursing conference on August 5
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — The Trained Nurses Association of India, Chandigarh branch, will organise a conference on "Nursing and communication skills" at the conference hall of Government College and Hospital, Sector 32, on August 5 at 8.30 am.

Prof V.K. Kak, Director-cum-Principal of the GMCH, will be the chief guest, according to Mrs Baljeet Kaur, organising secretary of the association.


Ramanpreet, Puneet win titles
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — Ramanpreet Lamba and Puneet Lamba won boys' and girls' titles, respectively, on the penultimate day of the 10th Chandigarh state carrom championship at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, here today.

In the final, Ramanpreet beat Devinderjit Singh 25-14, 9-25, 25-24. In junior girls' section, Puneet Lamba beat Sakshi Bawa 22-7, 24-3 to win the title.

The mens doubles' final was won by Gagandeep and Rozario, who outplayed K.S. Patwal and J.R. Dhir 25-18, 25-10. The womens doubles' title was bagged by Anjali Negi and Veenu Dumra, who downed Saroj Chandel and Inder Kanta 21-2, 25-6.

Results — junior boys singles: semi-finals: Ramanpreet Pahwa b Taranpreet Pahwa 25-12, 25-14; Devinderjit Singh b Paramdeep 13-25, 25-16, 25-8; sub-junior boys doubles: final: Taranpreet Pahwa and Rahul Nanda b Abhinandan and Sumit 25-2, 25-0; girls doubles: Nidhi Patwal and Eveleen b Pallavi Piplani and Mansi 21-8, 23-9.

Badminton meet: The District Badminton Association, Panchkula, will hold an inter-school badminton tournament for schools in Panchkula, Chandigarh and SAS Nagar at Sector 7 Community Centre from August 10 to 12. This was disclosed by Mr T.R. Tuli, Secretary of the association.

Football tourney: The Chandigarh Football Association will hold UT sub-junior football championship for DAV Trophy at Football Stadium, Sector 17, from August 4 to 9. According to Mr Rakesh Bakshi, Secretary of the association, 20 teams had confirmed their participation.

Weightlifters shine: Weightlifters from the UT won two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal at the Northern India weightlifting championship, which concluded at Varanasi on July 30. In 85 kg class, Harminder Singh won gold medal by lifting 267.5 kg (snatch 120 kg, clean and jerk 147.5 kg). In 94 kg class, Shubhkaranjit Singh won bronze medal by lifting 285 kg (snatch 130 kg, clean and jerk 155 kg).

In above-105 kg class, Sharanjit Singh won gold medal by lifting 267.5 kg (snatch 117.5 kg, clean and jerk 150 kg). In women's 48 kg class, Rena won silver medal by lifting 110 kg (snatch 50 kg, clean and jerk 60 kg). In 63 kg class, Madhulika Chandel won silver medal by lifting 132.5 kg (snatch 62.5 kg, clean and jerk 70 kg).Back


Roohi: a hockey player waiting in the wings
By Arvind Katyal

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — Roohi Dhillon, a trainee at the Sports Authority of India Training Centre, Sector 18 is knocking at the door of the Indian women hockey team for the past more than a year. At the age of 14, Roohi was selected for the centre. Today, six years later, she has moulded into a superb centre forward. Earlier, she used to take part in gymnastics when her father, Col J.S. Dhillon, was posted in Delhi.

Roohi is indebted to her mentor and SAI coach Jasvinder Singh, who has taught her the game from the scratch. She said that they used to practice on ground half the size of the regular ground, by playing six a side.

In her very first year of joining the centre, she took part in the Junior National Hockey meet held at Jalandhar in 1995 where they won the bronze medal. The next year, her team won the silver medal in the National School Games. The same year Roohi also played for Rest of India. In the National Games at Bangalore in 1997, Roohi helped her team win the silver medal. Till date, Roohi has attended four junior national camps and one senior national camp.

She was all praise for her senior STC players Sita Gussain, Sandeep Singh, Kamla and Sunita Dalal for valuable guidance.

Following the domestic exposure, her father arranged a six-month advanced training for her in Melbourne (Australia) where she stayed with their family friends. She took coaching from John Mowat, the coach of Victorian Institute of Sports and Melbourne Club grounds. She also got tips from Louis Dobson, captain of the Australian team and full back, and from Michell Richards, another woman coach.

In Australia, she played in various club matches at Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra. She revealed every city there has well-maintained hockey turfs made of polygrass. She further told that every team was accompanied by a physiotherapist and a sports medicine doctor who cared.

Roohi wished if India could also focus on such developments, Indian could also be groomed to become a force to reckon with.

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