In this technologically advanced world it is understood that more and more diseases are emerging due to people’s neglect of mother nature. In this context it is sad to point out that there has been a drastic negative change in the lifestyle of people. All these factors ultimately have had an adverse impact on human life.
Gone are the days when people used to talk with plants and trees and gained some merits out of it. However, times have changed and now-a-days people fail to find time to be with nature. This has caused drastic changes in the health patterns of human beings.
It was once an undeniable fact that nature could beat almost every disease including cardiac arrest. Together with this, it was identified that several plants have amazing effects as a curative to different diseases. Mushroom is pointed out to have healing effects on cancer, heart disease and allergies.
The fact is that high content of heart- saving substances like sterols, coumarin, mannitol, and polysaccharides that helps in lowering triglyceride and blood pressure are found in mushrooms.
Mushrooms are also known to cure allergies and this effect was considered equivalent to five milligrams of hydrocortisone with minimal side effects. It also has the capacity to reduce stress by reducing the level of stress hormones in the blood. Apart from this, mushroom is known to reverse the aging process due to the presence of a component called melanin in the blood stream. This is an anti-oxidant that protects the skin against age spots, deep wrinkles and skin damage. Nevertheless, one has to be aware of toxic mushrooms as they are extremely harmful and poisonous.
George was a heart patient who lamented very much about his condition. He became hopeless and disgusted of this condition until a friend advised him to start a vegetable garden in his yard. A few months later, he found himself immersed with the gardening activities that he forgot his ill health. Slowly he started cultivating mushrooms as he understood that it was a great immune booster.
Soon, George understood that gardening provides positive energy. Together with other recreations, it can stimulate the brain to produce the happy hormone, serotonin that is capable of alleviating the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ from our body and thereby increasing the immunity.
Today, we can understand that stress is the root cause for heart disease and cancer. Therefore, mid-day gardening exposes the body to enough sunlight that in turn nourishes the body with enough vitamin D that reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and various cancers. Gardening is also known to improve brain health of a person. That is to say, using your non-dominant hand while gardening is one of the many exercises that can keeps your brain functioning.
During gardening one comes in close contact with grass and dirt which contains the “friendly” soil bacteria called Mycobacterium. This is found to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, allergies and asthma. This particular organism has also been shown to alleviate depression. So go ahead and get your hands dirty. In short, horticultural therapy is proved to cure patients with heart disease, cancer, depression and other mental illness. The benefits appear to spring from a combination of physical activity, awareness of natural surroundings, cognitive stimulation and satisfaction of the work. Hence, love and care for nature as it can assure you better physical and mental health. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and know your limits.
Dr.Alphy Thankachan BAMS
Chengamanad – PO,COCHIN – 683 578, INDIA