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Desmostachya bipinnata

Botanical Name :Desmostachya bipinnata
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Chloridoideae
Tribe: Eragrostideae
Genus: Eragrostis
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales

Synonyms:Eragrostis cynosuriodes

Common Names:Kusha, Sacred Creeping Grass, Kusa, Durba, Durva, Dab, Lovegrass, Canegrass

Habitat :Desmostachya bipinnata is native to northeast and west tropical, and northern Africa (in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia); and countries in the Middle East, and temperate and tropical Asia (in Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand).
Description:
Leaf blade width: 1–3 mm
Inflorescence branches: the flowers are attached to branches rather than to the main axis of the inflorescence
Spikelet length: 4–10 mm
Glume relative length: neither glume is quite as long as all of the florets
Awn on glume: the glume has no awn. One or more florets there is more than one floret per spikelet
Lemma awn length: 0 mm
Leaf ligule length: 0.6–1.5 mm
Anther length: 0.6–1.2 mm

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Medicinal Uses:
In folk medicine, Desmostachya bipinnata has been used variously to treat dysentery and menorrhagia, and as a diuretic.

Ayurvedic Applications: Root-dysentery, menorrhagia, other bleeding disorders like hemorrhoids, purpura, etc. Used as an infusion.

Religious.
Desmostachya bipinnata has long been used in various traditions as a sacred plant. According to early Buddhist accounts, it was the material used by Buddha for his meditation seat when he attained enlightenment.The plant was mentioned in the Rig Veda for use in sacred ceremonies and also as a seat for priests and the gods. Kusha grass is specifically recommended by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita as part of the ideal seat for meditation.
Other Uses: It has been planted widely to reclaim eroded soils. Birds and small mammals feast on its ripe seeds, and livestock graze young plants. This grass also supports a diverse insect fauna including cinch bugs, seed bugs, leafhoppers, and turtle bugs.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.oshims.com/herb-directory/s/sacred-creeping-grass
http://www.homeopathicupchar.com/tag/sacred-creeping-grass/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eragrostis
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/eragrostis/curvula/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmostachya_bipinnata

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Desmostachya bipinnata

Botanical Name : Desmostachya bipinnata
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Desmostachya
Species: D. bipinnata
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales

Common Names: Halfa grass, Big cordgrass, and Salt reed-grass.  In India it is known by many names, including: Daabh, Dharba, Kusha, etc

Habitat : Desmostachya bipinnata is native to northeast and west tropical, and northern Africa (in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia); and countries in the Middle East, and temperate and tropical Asia (in Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand

Description:
A perennial grass grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves many, long, acute, linear, with hispid margins, panicle erect, clothed with sessile spikelets; grains small, ovoid, trigonos and laterally compressed.
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Medicinal Uses:
In Ayurveda  Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, menorrhagia, jaundice, skin diseases, burning sensation and excessive perspiration

Ayurvedic Applications: Root-dysentery, menorrhagia, other bleeding disorders like hemorrhoids, purpura, etc.  Used as an infusion

In folk medicine, Desmostachya bipinnata has been used variously to treat dysentery and menorrhagia, and as a diuretic.

Other Uses:
Religious Uses:
Desmostachya bipinnata has long been used in various traditions as a sacred plant. According to early Buddhist accounts, it was the material used by Buddha for his meditation seat when he attained enlightenment.[8] The plant was mentioned in the Rig Veda for use in sacred ceremonies and also as a seat for priests and the Gods.[9] Kusha grass is specifically recommended by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita as part of the ideal seat for meditation.[10]

OtherIn arid regions, Desmostachya bipinnata has been used as fodder for domesticed livestock

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://enchantingkerala.org/ayurveda/ayurvedic-medicinal-plants/darbha.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmostachya_bipinnata
http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/plant.asp?ID=664
http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Desmostachyabipinnata_page.htm
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm?Voucher2=Connect+to+Internet

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Yoga

Most people, specially from western worlds, think of yoga as merely an eastern exercise program. Nothing could be further from the truth. The underlying purpose behind the practice of yoga – the literal meaning of yoga is `joining’ – is to reunite the individual self (Jiva) with the absolute or pure consciousness (Brahma).

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Union with this unchanging reality liberates the spirit from all sense of separation, freeing it from the illusions of time, space and causation. Since according to yogic philosophy the human body and mind are part of the illusory world of matter, with a limited time span, while the soul /spirit is eternal and passes onto another world when this body wears out. Thus, central to yogic philosophy are the concepts of Karma (cause- effect relationships) and Reincarnation.

Yoga is therefore regarded as a divine science of life, revealed to enlightened sages in meditation. First textual mention in the Vedas was corroborated by oldest archeological evidence of seals from the Indus Valley dating back to around 3000 B.C. The Upanishads that followed the Vedas provide the main foundation of Vedanta philosophy (that espouses the idea of an absolute consciousness called Brahma) and yoga teachings.

Around the sixth century B.C. appeared the massive epic The Mahabharata written by sage Vyasa and containing The Bhagavad Gita. Apparently a set of battlefield instructions on one’s duties in life, they are very allegorical in showing how the challenges of life have to be faced – so much so that it is often considered the best book on management ever written. The Gita contains yoga terms and concepts to enable the reader face life similarly.

The backbone of Raja Yoga is furnished by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, thought to have been written in the third century B.C. The classical text on Hatha Yoga, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika which describes the various asanas and breathing exercises which form the basis of the practice of modern yoga, was compiled much later by a yogi named Svatmarama.



In the modern perspective, Yoga is one of the most effective and wholesome forms of experience to control the waves of thought by converting mental & physical energy into spiritual energy. Yoga eases away pent-up tension, rejuvenates the body & soul, enhances concentration, cures diseases and keeps a hold on the aging process.


Preventive Value

* Yoga helps to bring natural order and balance to the neuro-hormones and metabolism in the body.
* At the same time, these exercises improve endocrine metabolism, thus providing you with a preventive shield.

Curative Value

* Yogic postures activate the energies that have accumulated and stagnated in the energy pockets of the body – since left inert, these energies create various ailments.
* Yogic exercises cleanse your body, mind and consciousness by venting toxins from the body

Principles of Curative Yoga
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Abstinence (yama)
Observance (niyama)
Posture (asana)
Regulation of breath (pranayama)
Withdrawal of Senses (pratyahara)
Concentration (dharana)
Meditation (dhyana)
Super Consciousness (samadhi)


1. Proper relaxation

Releases tension in the muscles
Helps letting go of all worries
Ensures conservation of energy
2. Proper exercise
Yoga postures – to be performed as per body constitution.
Yogic consultation is a must.
Correct postures work systematically on all parts of the body. Stretching and toning the muscles & ligaments. Keeping the spine and joints flexible. Improving the blood circulation.
3. Proper breathing (pranayama)
Brings an extraordinary balance in the consciousness
Teaches you to control your mental state by regulating the flow of the life force.
4. Proper diet
Chart out a well-nourished balanced diet.
Keeps the body light and supple and the mind calm.
Resists ailments.
5. Positive Thinking & Meditation

Removes negative thoughts. Stills the mind.
You attain super-consciousness. A state beyond time, space and causation.

Source:www.allayurveda.com

Happiness

True happiness is a choice You have to make.It is a state of being only you can create withen you.Finding happiness is like finding yourself.Happiness cannot be found , it is to be made, Sorrow and happiness are the two state of mind move side by side.People who are unccessful in life may think that successful people are happy but actually it is not.Success or achievement can give very short lasting Happiness but Peace of mind is a long lasting one. Unless there is peace of mind, achieving success is also very difficult.

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Young people those who are at the threshold of their carrier may think one should have tremendous zeal or desire to reach the goal and then only one can succeeed .But if he is happy with what he has or what he is now,how he can reach the goal. According to me they are wrong …one must have zeal or desire to go high up in life that is 100% true to get success. But that doesnot mean that one should be unhappy with his present. Rather I say, it is the peace of mind and happyness that gives more impetass to achieve the goal.And for this one should exert with full persiverance with a good body,good mind and good sole.

Greedy people are unhappy people. It is to be learned that greed and desire are not the same.GREED leads to unhappiness but DESIRE leads to goal,success and ultimately happiness.

A person who has a good physic(doesnot get ill of and on), who can controle his mind (does not get angry for triffles or gets upset in failure),who can tolerate different situations and have a defenite goal and strong desire will surely suceed in life and will be happy  afterwards.

A GOOD HEALTH IS THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOOD MIND AND GOOD SOLE  AND HAPPINESS RESIDES IN IT.