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Everhealth Probiotics & Benefits  


Health is the real wealth and to manage this wealth Naturopathy can play important role in our life. Lady of the house is considered the pillar of a family and to make her family healthy she herself has to be healthy and happy. To help womenfolk to achieve excellence in health Women Lines is committed to creating awareness. It is such a pleasure to have  Saravanan Naturopathic Physician as an Influencer for Naturopathy on Womenlines panel. This month Dr. Saravanan Naturopath is shaing information regarding Probiotics-


 Microbial cultures have been used for centuries to ferment food and alcohol. In the 1900s many scientific research and observations were done on these cultures and they were recognized that they can prevent and may even cure some diseases. These microbial cultures were then named probiotics or “pro-life”. (Antibiotics means “against-life”)

Dairy products like milk and yogurt contain probiotics. The most frequently used bacteria in these products include the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species.

Nutritional Benefits

 Intestinal Tract Health 

A large number of studies indicate that probiotics are useful in the treatment of diarrhea, including diarrhea induced by antibiotics in adults. It helps with diarrhea during travels and diarrhea due to rotaviruses in children.

Diarrhea is the major cause of infant death and it is very debilitating thus Lactobacillus GG, L. casei, B. bifidum and S. thermophilus have been researched extensively. The widespread availability of probiotics will help prevent these diseases. Probiotic bacteria have also proven to help to maintain gut integrity and mediate the effects of inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and alcoholic liver disease[iv]. Probiotics may help improve intestinal mobility and relieve constipation in the elderly. Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis produced a bacteriocin named UO004. the finding suggest that the bacteriocin may resist to the acidic conditions of fermented milk and of the stomach and small intestine as well as to more neutral conditions like in large intestine.

Better Absorption of Nutrients from Food.

Probiotics may aid in the improved digestibility of some dietary nutrients like protein and fat. Short-chain fatty acids such as lactic acid, propionic acid and butyric acid produced by probiotics may help maintain a balanced pH and protect against pathological changes in the colonic mucosa.

Improved Immune Response.

In vitro studies conducted on animals and humans indicate that probiotics can improve specific and nonspecific immune responses. This is possible through active macrophages, increased levels of cytokines, increased natural killer cell activity and increased levels of immunoglobulin when probiotics are consumed.

Manage Lactose Intolerances

Studies also show that strains of probiotic flora, like S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus and other lactobacilli in fermented milk products, can alleviate symptoms of lactose intolerance by providing bacterial lactase to the intestine and stomach. Many people suffer from lactose intolerance, thus consuming these probiotics may aid in the digestion of dairy and dairy products.

Manage Allergies

Probiotics may be beneficial in the prevention of allergic reaction by improving mucosal barrier function. Children benefit as their immune responses are increased. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus GG may be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of food allergies associated with milk protein. A Finnish study indicated that consuming probiotics helped overcome respiratory illness in children.

Cancer Management

In vitro and animal studies show that probiotics may reduce colon cancer risk by reducing the occurrence and number of tumors. Lactobacillus species and Eubacterium aerofaciens, both producers of lactic acid, were associated with the populations with the lower risk of colon cancer, while Bacteroides and Bifidobacterium species were associated with higher risk of colon cancer. Another study showed a reduced incidence of relapse in bladder cancer patients.

How long do we take probiotics for?

Probiotics do not remain in the intestine permanently. They are effective when they are metabolized and grown during intestinal colonization. Therefore daily consumption of probiotics is the best way to attain maximum health benefits.

When is the best time and how much to consume of the probiotics?

If you are healthy, it is recommended that you take your probiotics first thing in the morning of the recommended dosage. Speak to our naturopath if you have any specific health challenge as dosage and frequency may vary.

Commercially used probiotic species.

Lactobacillus species – L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. fermentum, L. gasseri, L. johnsonii, L. lactis, L. paracasei, L. plantarum, L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius,

 Bifidobacterium species B. bifidum, B. breve, B. lactis, B. longum,

 Streptococcus species – S. thermophilus


Article written by Saravanan ND – Naturopathic Physician and transformational coach. At Naturopathic Therapies Clinic.

Kundalini Yoga

Womenlines takes pleasure to share a guest post on Kundalini Yoga by Pamela Akasha Kaur who is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor in Singapore-

Kundalini Yoga, or the “yoga of awareness” was brought to the West in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric. Before this time Kundalini Yoga was practiced in India and Tibet but was a secret practice only passed down selectively and verbally from a master to a chosen disciple.

Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation, your glandular and nervous systems are stimulated, and your capacity for creative potential is heightened. You gain inner vitality to compensate for the adverse effects of stress so you can excel in life. Kundalini Yoga classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayama, mantra, music, and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. There are practices (“kriyas”) that support the liver, balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, stimulate the pituitary, increase the flexibility of the spine, increase your radiance, and much more. Each kriya has a different effect but still works on all levels of your being. Kundalini Yoga is for anyone – householders, people who need to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses.  Balancing body and mind enable you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul. No previous experience in yoga is required for you to achieve results with your very first class. You can heal yourself no matter what mental and physical stage of life you are currently experiencing. By using classic Kundalini Yoga postures, breathwork, meditation, and chanting, you can transform from the inside out.

I did not know that I was looking for Kundalini Yoga. I knew that I was looking for a foundation for a life with meaning and purpose. I knew that service to others was a core value in my life, and I believed that each person can change the path of their own life. My path as a teacher is what I understand and hopefully allow people to have a similar experience of that. This connection with the divine and to be on the path is so much fulfilling.  Try to find that space inside of us. For me, it was that door opened and all the pieces came together.  I learned to surrender and connect to the divine feminine and to learn to become a vessel.  Once I accepted that all that has happened to me was for me to learn and grow. It took courage to acknowledge and accept that I am not the victim and have never been a victim but a powerful creator of all my experiences. Through willingness and courage to face directly what is/was unpleasant or painful, through this embrace, I realized that the dormant power can begin to emerge and flower. It is like taking the lid off and be free.

My yoga practice is a way for me to connect mind, body, and spirit and find inner peace. Through yoga, I experience a feeling of finding ’home’ – home meaning the place where I find is the essence of who I really am. The place from where I feel, what important and what isn’t. The place from where inspiration, ideas, passion, love, and answers arise. Yoga gives me tools to handle and embrace the experiences that life offers and gives me the courage to dare to go after my dreams. Influenced by my teachers, peers, environment and my travels I aim to bring a sense of empowerment to each of my classes through yoga, pranayama, meditation and sacred dance.

Pamela Akasha Kaur

KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor

KRI Certified Conscious Pregnancy Instructor

Sacred Dance Facilitator – The Alchemy of Dance

Reiki Level 2 Practitioner/ Certified from Siam Reiki Thailand. (The Institute of Applied Holistic Health Sciences)


Obesity and Ayurveda!


Womenlines takes pleasure to welcome Dr. Rupali Gondhalekar from OmVedic Heritage Centre as a guest writer in Women Lines panel. In this write up she is sharing about how Ayurveda can help to reduce obesity-

Obesity is one of the most common lifestyle disorders. It causes physical ailments and many psychological disorders as well. In the management of obesity, Ayurveda gives utmost importance to Lifestyle and Diet changes with ayurvedic medicines and a combination of Panchkarma treatment (Udwartanam, Abhyanga, Swedana) that helps to tackle this problem very effectively.

Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat. In Ayurveda, it is called as “Medoroga” or “Sthoulya” which is caused by the aggravation of kapha dosha.

Body is made of 7 body tissues (Dhatus )- They are Rasa (Lymph), Rakta(Blood), Maans (Muscle), Meda( Fat), Asthi (Bones), Majja (Nervous System) Shukra (Reproductive System).
Meda Dhatu is governed by kapha dosha. When Meda gets excessively nourished and other Dhatus get malnourished. Kapha dosha increases in an abnormal fashion, Fat metabolism gets hampered and the person becomes obese.
In a balanced state, kapha dosha gives nourishment to Meda Dhatu.(Fat tissue). However, when it is aggravated, Kapha leads to the production of toxins in the body. These toxins are heavy and dense in nature and accumulate in Medovaha Srotas (fat channels), causing their blockage. This leads to an increase in the production of fat tissue (Meda Dhatu). When the body produces more fat tissues, it causes an increase in weight.

We all know how obesity is measured by BMI and waist-hip ratio. But Here are some very simple signs of obesity explained in ayurvedic texts.

Symptoms of Obesity-

• Increased body fat (Excessive body fat is accumulated on the belly, buttocks, breasts, and thighs.)
• Breathlessness on exertion
• Lethargy, Fatigue
• Excessive appetite & thirst
• Excessive sweating with bad odor

Causes of Obesity-

• Lack of physical exercise
• Sleep during day time
• Excess intake of oily, sweet, carbohydrates and heavy to digest food.
• In diseases like- Hypothyroidism, PCOS, Cushing Syndrome, depression, stress
• In ladies- During pregnancy, lactation period, menopause, after hysterectomy surgery.
• Hereditary

Management- Diet and lifestyle changes are very important in the management of obesity.
Avoid causes of obesity.

Here is a list of Dos and Dont’s-

Dont’s – Avoid excessive intake of –

• Sweets, oily, fried and salty food
• Carbohydrates and fatty food ( pizza, pasta, noodles, cheese, butter, paneer, meat)
• Junk food, fast food, canned-packed food with preservatives
• Tea, coffee, carbonated cold drinks, ice cold water, cold food
• Yoghurt, chocolates, ice creams, cakes, pastries
• Bakery items (bread, biscuits, cookies), Snacks( chips, Maggi, kurkure etc)
• Drinking alcohol and smoking
• Overeating and high-calorie diet /heavy to digest food in large quantities
• Excessive water intake after meals
• Sleeping in daytime
• Sedentary lifestyle- “Seating is the new smoking”


• Drink plenty of warm water throughout the day, drink water before meals, take honey with warm water on empty stomach in the morning
• Limit intake of salt, sugar, and oil
• Increase intake of pungent, bitter and astringent tasting food in diet
• Replace refined flour with whole-wheat flour and rice with brown rice or parboiled rice.
• Increase intake of salads, sprouts, seasonal fruits (like watermelon, oranges, papaya, peach, pear), seasonal vegetables (like bitter gourd, cabbage, cauliflower, ladies finger, cucumber, carrot, pumpkin)
• Eat freshly cooked warm food
• Do not eat food with wrong combination (Incompatible food) E.g. Mixing sour fruits and milk, fruit yogurts, honey and ghee in equal quantity.
• Eat three meals a day and avoid snacking and overeating. Take light dinner and eat only when you are hungry.
• Eating sequence: First eat carbohydrates or sweet taste, next eat salty, sour, pungent and bitter foods. Finally, eat astringent food
• Fasting or fruit diet at least once a week.
• Adequate rest and mental balance
• Exercise- Regular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming along with yoga and Pranayam should include in our daily routine.

Ayurvedic Panchakarma Therapies –

Udwartanam – It is special therapeutic deep tissue massage specially mentioned for obesity in ayurvedic texts. The massage stimulates hair follicles and fat tissues to break down fat storage. It reduces blood cholesterol, obesity and reduces skin problems.
Abhyanga – It is ayurvedic warm oil body massage. It pacifies the doshas, improves blood circulation, eliminates body impurities and helps in reducing weight by fat burning.
Swedan /steam– It is a process to induce sweating artificially in a patient after Udwartanam or Abhyanga. It helps to reduce water retention, removes toxins from the body and relieves heaviness of the body.

To know more about Weight management and Ayurvedic therapies contact our Drs at

Ayurveda Pharmacy @8, Belilios Lane, Tel-63415020
Ayurveda Pharmacy @ 55, Siglap Centre, B1-18, Tel-66528464
Om Vedic Heritage Centre@43, Tessensohn Road, Tel-62972670

Dr. Rupali Gondhalekar
M.D. (A.M.), B.A.M.S.
H/P- 81800984
Ayurvedic Consultant
Ayurveda Pharmacy
OmVedic Heritage Centre.


Your Child’s First Step to Confidence & Resilience

IMG_20170504_183821I came across the concept of SoulKids® and felt so exhilarated!

The first time I heard about this unique program was from Shivani, Co-founder of SoulKids® Academy East Coast at an event where we met for the very first time. In those brief moments, Shivani shared with me about the work she does with children and how significant are life-skills in their upbringing.

Her passion and niche had always been to work with children and help them to broaden their mindsets, and this is exactly what she has achieved through her work as a life-skills coach since 2014 at her own academy where she offers coaching and group workshops using the SoulKids® platform, originally founded by Vikas Malkani.

We as adults are aware that most of the issues that we face in life are stemmed from our childhood beliefs. With this in mind, SoulKids® was created, especially for kids, to bring essential life skills to them from a very young age and to inspire them to change the beliefs they carry about themselves and to learn what is possible and what they can potentially achieve.

In today’s busy world, parents are not able to take the time to teach such life skills to their kids. Good news is that these can be taught and children definitely benefit from that additional guidance and respond very well.

Women Lines managed to have a catch up with Shivani and know a bit more about her everyday passion. Shivani is a mom of 2 lovely children 12 & 6, who she jokingly says, still manage to have their little fights and arguments despite a 6-year gap! But what makes her say this in a very calm tone is because this is what she helps others in – parents and children in their attitude and beliefs.

It is pleasure for Women Lines to share what, Shivani has to say about parenting, something she often shares with the parents during her interactions with them-

“Children are our most prized and precious assets!

We as parents, are constantly evolving and learning about our children as well as ourselves from the moment we embark on our parenting journey!

However, as much as being a parent is a paramount feeling of completion, parenting our children through the different phases of their lives can be a challenging and daunting ride, be it an infant, a toddler, a tween, a teen or a young adult!

Along with this continual ride of parenting, we experience countless accomplishments and failures, engage in agreements and conflicts, embrace ups and downs and at times simply give in to circumstances which are a result of external factors out of our control!

Needless to say that not one way of parenting is more superior or perfect than the other. Every parent and his or her family define their own rules and values.

What is important is, to create a strong foundation for your child, which is where the role of life-skills plays a part! The best part is that children can be given that extra support and guidance on such life-skills from as young as 6 years old!”

Shivani offers individual coaching and group life-skills workshops for children aged 6 to 15 years old using the SoulKids® programs of Self-Confidence™, Creative Mind-set™, and SoulKids One-on-One coaching™.

Why SoulKids® One-on-One coaching? How can it support your child?

A highly effective and beneficial tool for children to help them in the emotional, social & intellectual skills is the SoulKids individual coaching for children.

SoulKids® Coaching is a unique process by which, your child receives practical tools that enable them to develop greater self-confidence, enhance their sense of responsibility, become happier, expand their creative thinking, release stress, and expand their mindset and belief systems.

It is a great option to help children deal with:

  • Exam stress and fear
  • Lack of motivation in their academics
  • Not able to identify their unique talents or skills
  • Bullying and rejection at school as well as other situations
  • Peer pressure and dealing with their expectations
  • Image and body issues especially with teens
  • Communication problems with peers, teachers, and family.
  • Separation of parents or other family problems
  • Dealing with sickness or loss of a loved one

Children who have taken up one-on-one coaching, have benefited immensely by overcoming their limitations, anxieties, and fears & blooming into happy and successful individuals. Very convenient as you can mutually work out the day & time of the sessions with your coach. Packages are also available to give your child a continued support channel he/she needs.

Group Life-skills workshops:

Life-skills can be taught in a very fun and engaging manner. Children are trained on life skills not taught in schools such as leadership skills, teamwork, self-confidence, creativity, focus and other positive qualities.

The entire SoulKids® training is geared to raise a child’s level of self-esteem, to see his natural strengths, talents, and abilities and to strengthen his sense of self-belief.

  • Children are taught the importance of:
  • Having a vision, creating goals and then taking action to achieve them.
  • Working together with teams to achieve a goal is encouraged
  • Staying positive during negative events
  • Embracing change with an open mind
  • Never giving up and finish what they started

The result is that children experience an increased sense of self-awareness and self-esteem.

The program is loved by children, who want to keep coming back for more! It is taught by way of stories, games, role-plays and activities and the fun element is at its peak. It helps children step into the world as happy, confident and successful individuals as they are able to relate to the wisdom and life lessons very well.

To know more or sign-up your child connect with Shivani at +6581808094. Check out parent reviews and their schedule for May 2017 at




Is your child lacking the skills needed to survive and thrive?

Singer kid boy 5 6 7 8 years old singing on a stage performance performing communicating microphone mike concert rehearsal feeliWomen Lines proudly welcomes Sindu Sreebhavan , the founder of Zettabyte Minds Pte. Ltd. and the editor of The Kidz Parade Edutainment magazine, as guest writer for this article  Sindu is  reflecting upon the importance of empowering kids with strong communication skills  to succeed in life-

The world has changed and it continues to change. We have moved from Industrial economy to information economy to knowledge economy to now the data economy.

A recent study of over 1500 CEOs by IBM reveals that companies look for candidates who are communicative, creative, collaborative and flexible. Is the current education system preparing today’s children for these needs? Not enough.

In our classrooms, kids do learn a lot, but they do not master what employers are looking for. It is disappointing to see that effective communication, creativity and collaboration are not integral parts of the curriculum.

For instance, consider the case of communication.
Is our education system focused on building this essential skill in our children?
If communication skills are essential for landing a career, why is it not given the systematic approach that it deserves?
How can you ensure that your child is not left behind?

When it comes to communication, there is verbal communication, non-verbal communication and written communication. This article aims to highlight the top 3 myths, some insights and actionable suggestions on verbal communication.

Top 3 Myths of verbal communication

There are several myths about verbal communication most parents are not aware of.

1. “That child is a good communicator” just because he/she talks a lot.

Nothing can be farther from the truth. Talking a lot doesn’t mean effective communication.

2. “My child is a horrible communicator” since he/she doesn’t talk much.

The first rule of communication is that ‘lot’ does not mean ‘effective’. In this knowledge economy, people do not have the time and patience to listen and understand. Our busy lives have significantly reduced our attention spans. As a whole, we listen less than we used to. So, if your child is able to speak effectively and concisely within a short time, he/she is a winner. The important words here are ‘effective’, ‘effective’ and ‘effective’.

3. “Let them focus on academics now, communication can come later.”
It is true that your child can pick up communication skills at any stage in his/her life. However, the longer you procrastinate it, your child is losing out on opportunities. Many people lose out on opportunities at school, at internships, at university admission interviews, job interviews and many other important junctions in their lives just because they lack the power to persuade and convince others. Communication is a life skill that requires regular practice. When you procrastinate it, your child is losing the window of opportunity to make it a second nature. Lack of ability to communicate effectively invariably affects the confidence of the child. Imagine the boost in confidence and the increase in opportunities your child would get when he/she could convey their ideas better and persuade others.

How do you know whether your child needs help in effective communication?

As a parent, you are the best person to decide whether your child is in need of help in communication skills. You can figure out the need by observing the following areas.

1. Does your child find it difficult to convey ideas and persuade others?
2. Do people often ask your child to repeat what he/she says?
3. Do you notice your child losing out on opportunities since he/she is not expressing their viewpoints persuasively?
4. Does your child feel nervous when he/she speaks to others?

What can you do to help your child communicate effectively?

The first lessons of life skills often start at home. These are some tips you can use to cultivate your child’s communication skills at home.

1. Let your child know the importance of effective communication. Create awareness in your child that effective communication is an essential stimulator for his/her overall success in the future.
2. Let your child know when it comes to communication it is not the quantity but it is the quality that matters. It is not about how long they communicate, but how effectively they communicate.
3. How we communicate is as important as what topic we are communicating. Show real life examples and encourage your child to observe other people’s conversation styles to help him/her understand this.
4. Effective communication is a package of verbal and non-verbal communication. The listeners accept your child’s points based on how he/she connects with them using this package. Body language, gestures, movements, eye contact, tone, pace, voice projection etc. play a major part in this.
5. Encourage and provide opportunities for your child to communicate both inside and outside your home environment.

If you can equip your child with the ability to communicate effectively, that is probably the best gift you can give him/her.

About the author

Sindu Sreebhavan is the founder of Zettabyte Minds Pte. Ltd. and the editor of The Kidz Parade Edutainment magazine.  She is passionate about providing opportunities for children to bring out their creative, innovative and academic confidence.The Kidz Parade organizes its highly successful workshops on public speaking, leadership, Design Thinking, creativity and innovation for children on a regular basis. The Kidz Parade also has a leadership-mentoring program called The Confidence Hub for children. You can find out more information on this at

5 Animals Your Kids Can Create with LEGO Bricks

Womenlines proudly welcomes Carlo Pandian as guest writer for womenlines. Carlo will take your kids in amazing world of Lego bricks and boost their creativity through guided tutorials-

Animals come in all shapes and sizes.  This means you can either spend a lot of money trying to find rare animals for your kids or you can let them build them with some simple to find pieces. lego


This gives your kids the advantage of being able to get more out of the pieces they have in their collection.  It also means they have the ability to make modifications to these creations which gives them more flexibility in what they want.  The following are some simple designs you and your kids can watch to start building your own menagerie




There’s nothing quite like having the king of the jungle in a display.  It sits at the top of the food chain and makes an obvious centerpiece.  This design comes from David Howard, the Master Model Builder from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.  He covers the pieces you need along with instructions on how to build this ferocious beast.


Simple Animals


If you are going to have a king, you may want some subjects.  Therefore Lunazd1 provides you with a wild assortment of animals.  Each is built using some very basic bricks and colors.  Each is rendered in a program so that the designs are crisp and easy to see.  If you have trouble with any part of the design simply pause the video and watch the model come together frame by frame.  Each animal’s design is set up like standard LEGO instructions, so it shouldn’t be a foreign experience for your child.


Zoo Animals


Continuing this parade of animals is Thesmiler37.  They have categorized their animals into those found in a zoo.  These creations also follow the use of simple elements.  This makes it possible to make with some of the most basic brick buckets.  Each part is highly recognizable to any child that is familiar with their LEGO bricks.  This is important since many of their loose pieces are typically these standard elements.




It is time to slow things down.  Fun Toy Den brings you their brick built turtle.  Not only is this a fabulous display piece on its own, but it scales extremely well with minifigures.  There are enormous turtles in real life and even bigger ones found in children’s story books.  Whatever your child wants, this turtle will fit right in.




There is one creature that often needs a herd to look right.  Large farms don’t survive on a single cow.  The problem is, if you’re going to populate a farm, you need a simple design that looks good.  Brickitect gives you this on both fronts.  He tells you how to make a nice cow as well as what set he used to make it from.  From here just cut, copy, and repeat.  In no time you’ll need to build a bigger farm.


Carlo Pandian is an adult fan of LEGO and freelance writer, and has previously published on The Brick Blogger, Bricks of The Death, and The Rock Father. He loves babysitting his nephew and getting him to build LEGO creations!



LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester Lion by David Howard


How to build simple LEGO animals  by Lunazd1


How to make LEGO zoo animals  by The smiler37


How to build a LEGO turtle  by Fun Toy Den


LEGO Cow (How to Build)  by brickitect

Charu Mehrotra

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The Fabulous World of Reiki!

Womenlines is grateful to Ms Pamposh Dhar for guest write up about her experience in field of Reiki-


Sometimes when you least expect it, something utterly fabulous slips quietly into your life. This is how Reiki entered my world. My mother was very ill and someone offered to do “distance Reiki” – no-one in my family had any idea what it was, but Mum said she would like to try it. That was my introduction to Reiki – something I didn’t know about and didn’t believe in; just something Mum had agreed to try out.


But then, a week later, Mum was fully healed! Her doctors had no explanation for it and I began to wonder if there really was something to this “Reiki thing.” I know now that Reiki is a wonderful, positive energy that helps physical and emotional healing, brings mental clarity, and supports spiritual growth.


The Japanese word “Reiki” means universal life-force energy. “Ki” is the equivalent of prana in Sanskrit or qi (pronounced chi) in Chinese. It is the pure energy that pervades the universe – it is not the energy of the Reiki “giver,” as many people seem to think. The Reiki practitioner is merely a channel for universal energy.


There are two ways of doing Reiki – hands on and distance. In hands-on Reiki, the practitioner gently places his or her hands on different parts of the body and uses intention and focus to channel the energy there. The person receiving Reiki may feel powerful energy moving within them or they may just feel very subtle energy shifts. Each person experiences it differently.


In distance Reiki, the Reiki practitioner uses focus and intention to channel the energy to the recipient wherever they may be in the world. One of the most wonderful experiences I have had as a Reiki practitioner was doing distance healing for a 19-month-old boy who had fallen head first onto a concrete surface from a 2nd floor balcony. I met the boy’s aunt in the Philippines just after the boy was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in the United States. That night I did several bouts of Reiki for him.


In the morning I received an email from the boy’s aunt. “Somehow something amazing must have occurred last night/today because Anthony is now out of the ICU,” she wrote. “The doctors are really amazed at his recovery – it is completely beyond their expectations. He is now on the pediatric floor instead of the ICU, and will make a full recovery with time.”


Reiki is done not only to heal from illness or injury, but also for overcoming emotional hurt or supporting one’s growth as an individual. In addition, it works very quickly to release stress or relieve depression.


Reiki was established in the early part of the 20th century by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. Traditionally, there are three levels of Reiki learning in the Usui system: the first level enables you to do hands-on healing, the second to do distance Reiki and a Reiki Master is qualified to teach as well as practise Reiki.



Pamposh Dhar

Pamposh Dhar is a Reiki Master, meditation teacher and counsellor. She runs the Terataii wellness centre in Singapore. Visit the website: or the Facebook page:



My Reiki journey –

Universal energy –


Toys – A luxury or a necessity?

Womenlines proudly shares guest write up on importance of Toys by Charu Swaroop  who  contributes to Toy Tasting, a video review channel on toys by mothers

“The Importance of Play lies in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds”. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gone are the days when toys were considered a luxury and not indulged in by parents because of the price factor. The ‘learning’ angle has managed to change that entire single-handedly and the association of a toy with learning and creativity has reached new levels.

Entertainment has taken a back seat rather reluctantly while ‘learning’ is at the wheel. Motor skills are boosted, role-play and imaginative play enhanced and cognitive skills developed. The possibilities are endless and so are the toys.

Also, today when you see Indian parents buying toys for kids in a toys shop, their focus is mainly on toys that foster imagination and creativity. Parents today prefer more open-ended and educational toys for their kids. But do you think toys are a luxury or a necessity?

Toys are a must for a child when it comes to creative play and so very instrumental to help parents and children bond better. Toys like Lego toys, pretend to play toys and much more are helpful in enhancing the creativity of the child. Looking especially in the Indian market, education is expensive so no wonder that most toys are educative and come with a nice price tag.

Toys have become a necessity simply because they enhance the development of infants. In fact, a play is the most important factor when it comes to personal development. The question: When do you buy developmental toys for babies? The answer: Before they’re born!

There’s a thin line between necessities and luxuries in today’s fast-paced world especially when it comes to children. What might appear to be a luxury for an adult might be a necessity for a child. That’s what makes parenting especially challenging. But toys are more of a necessity rather than a luxury and it’s essential to create a separate family budget for toys so that things get easier in terms of money management.

Consider this- If tiger cubs don’t wrestle and fight with each other in the wild, they’re never going to survive. Similarly, if children don’t play with toys during the early developmental years, they are never going to fit into the learning process where the ‘survival of the fittest’ theory is equally applicable. Unless playtime is free and unstructured, a child will not reach that critical milestone in terms of socializing with others.

Neither will emotional and cognitive development takes place in the desired manner without toys. Toys and other construction toys can also help children deal with stress and enable them to become resilient to battle the emotional challenges which life will throw at them constantly.

Squeezing a teddy bear might appear silly to some. But it is vital to boost hand-eye coordination as well as to teach how a child should interact with one’s environment. Even chewing on a toy (non-toxic of course) is not inconsequential and must not be discouraged simply because it has a big impact on a baby’s mental and physical growth.

The best part about the best toys is that they don’t come with an instruction manual. Just hand it over to a baby or child and they’ll know exactly what to do with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a comfortable blanket or a toy car or a stuffed animal, the kids will figure it out all right.


About the author:Charu Swaroop contributes to Toy Tasting, video review channel on toys by mothers. When time permits, Charu loves dreaming up and trying new dishes. She has been promising herself to get over her sweet tooth (since 2003), and to trek in Nepal (since 2009).

Charu Swaroop








Womenlines welcome Mrs Ritu Khanna , a Singapore based Homeopathic Practitioner as a guest writer for womenlines.In this article she is sharing about Hyperthyroidism and its cure-

Hyperthyroidism or Overactive Thyroid Gland refers to the over secretion of thyroid hormone by thyroid gland .It  is the opposite of hypothyroidism, as the name suggests. It is a condition where in the thyroid   gland increases   in size with abnormal secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone. It is defined by weight loss, increased BMR and sensitivity to tremors. An overactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, can trigger restlessness, hyperactivity, insomnia and irritability .

The main causes leading to hyperthyroid are  :-     

General Causes

  • Life style today is one of the major cause of thyroid imbalance. Chronic  stress is one of the root cause. Psychological trauma, emotional disturbance or prolonged illness are few reasons.
  • Bad eating habits. Eating too many refined foods and sugars which causes problems with blood sugar levels which affect adrenal gland and also cause malfunctioning of of thyroid gland.
  • Environmental Factors like pollution and toxins all around even at home i.e. toxins present in the form of chemicals in food which our body can not handle. There are many food products for which we do not have awareness of the ingredients before we consume them which act as toxins for our body.

Therapeutic Causes

  • Excess secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone.
  • Other causes could be Grave’s disease, Plummer’s disease
  • Toxic adenoma (Benign non cancerous lump)
  • Post-par tum thyroditis (after birth of a child)
  • Thyrotoxicosis (addiction to thyroid hormones)
  • Problem with the pituitary gland

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism :-

  • Extreme nervousness, fear, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, excitability
  • Speech defects , Speech is rapid ,and temper alternating with weeping in women.
  • Loss of weight despite good appetite
  • Trembling hands while holding cup
  • Palpitations, dyspnea, and angina on slight exertion.
  • Swelling in the neck (Goitre).
  • Bulging of eyeballs and photo phobia.
  • Diminished menstrual flow .
  • Pulse and heart rate are increased.
  • Increased metabolic rate so canine hunger but there is weight loss.
  • Patient looks ill.

Most Common Treatment suggested and  it’s Consequences

Allopathic line of treatment is Beta blockers in mild cases and in some cases the oral intake of Radioactive Iodine, which not only destroys many cells of Thyroid but also have to be taken for rest of life. Taking RAI long term can lead to hypothyroidism . It makes the immune system weak which may lead to other autoimmune diseases in future. When hyperthyroid is detected then intake of RAI should be the last option. A very effective answer to thyroid imbalance is Homeopathy .

Homeopathic Treatment For Hyperthyroidism

For the treatment of hyperthyroidism , the symptoms of the body are always kept in mind as we consider for every other case. The most common homeopathic remedies that play an important role in the treatment of hyperthyroidism are: –


Belledona best acts on  heart and the circulation, nerves , the brain, and the eyes. For Easily excitable , emotional patients. There is throbbing, dilated pupils, dry mucous membrane. The patient is plethoric, aggressive and intellectual  individuals. The patient complains of violent heat, Burning and redness .The patient has a sensation of dryness. The patient has an irritable state of mind affecting the urinary tract.The patient’s symptoms are aggravated from exposure to draft of air , wants to be wrapped up, light and noise aggravates suffering.


Calcarea Flour

Swelling of thyroid , constricted feeling in thyroid region, digestive troubles


Ferrum phos

The remedy ,basically for anaemic and extremely nervous patients.Even the least excitement causes flushing of face. The remedy to be used in first stage of all inflammatory infections.In women, the menses are too frequent and too profuse . The patient is worse at night, early morning , by touch, jar, motion and lying on the right side and feels better by cold applications. The remedy to be taken in acute state of thyroid dysfunction and that has to be followed by a proper constitutional remedy.


Lycopus virginicus

It helps to normalise the overactive thyroid.  In goitre also , it is well indicated . A good remedy for overactive thyroid gland and for patients with irritability and mental tiredness. Patients with increased heart rate and palpitation  It’s good for hyper thyroids patients who have ongoing respiratory problems and coughs.The remedy also useful in lowering the blood pressure. Sensation of eye being pushed out.


Pilocarpus  microphyllus

It’s  a powerful remedy for glandular stimulation.It is useful for goitre, with increased heart action and pulsation of arteries; tremors and nervousness; heat and sweating. Excessive salivation and perspiration is a leading symptom of the remedy.


Remedy good for thyroid dysfunction . Patients with lot of emaciation and trembling hands. Nervous Temperament

Lapis Albus

Good for hyperthyroidism where in symptoms include enlargement of the thyroid gland , fatigue , sluggishness , and mental dullness.


The remedy good for hyperthyroidism .Protruding eye with heart symptoms. Other symptoms may be palpitation , contracting pains, faintness , anxiety , worse in warm room .

Magnesium Flouratum

Hyperthyroidism , metabolic complaints , Chronic suppuration, Neuralgia.

Bach Flower Remedies for Hyperthyroidism

In the case of Thyroid dysfunction we could think of giving individual flower remedies or a combination of the remedies depending on the individual patients  requirement . The disease of Hyperthyroidism has been linked with an exaggerated sense of service and suppression of self-centred impulses .

Hyperthyroidism is also linked with the stressful mental state , a stress of higher altitude leading to emotional breakdown. Here in the Bach Remedy ” Vervain “ is of great help as it helps release muscle tension.


Aspen, Cerato, Hornbeam, Olive, Larch Mustard, Mimulus, Star of Bethlehem are some of the remedies which could be thought of considering the mental symptoms of the patient of thyroid disorders.


A combination of Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Pine, Vervain and Willow helps a hyperthyroidism patient  to focus and concentrate better.


Managing Hyperthyroidism


Natural Herbs  and Diet Good for Hyperthyroidism

-Bugleweed ( Homeo Remedy Lycopus is from this herb)

-Vitamin D (Avoid Sunblocks)

-Selenium (Source : nuts)

-Vitamin B (Source : Whole Foods)

-Magnesium (Source : Organic Vegetables)

-Omega 3 Fatty Acids

-Increase Calcium intake

-All those with hyperthyroidism are prone to pernicious enema so intake of Vitamin B along with

other nutrients should be taken good care of.

-Fish contains iodine, omega-3 fats, and vitamin D. Mustard, and other dark leafy greens contain

vitamin A.

Do’s And Don’t

-Avoid tea, coffee,

-No smoking, alcohol and caffeine .

-Avoid Sour and deep fried eatables.

-Never Skip meals as it may lower blood sugar levels which lead to tiredness

-Positive Thinking

-Anger Control

-Control of Anger


Yoga helps in the balances of the neuro hormones and metabolism besides improving the endocrine metabolism.The most effective yoga exercise for thyroid dysfunction is “Ujjayi Pranayam” and “Kappal Bhati Pranayam “.


Home Remedies

-Mixture of Pudina (Mint) paste and Saunf (Fennel Seed) powder .. 1 table spoon to be taken with

water every morning , empty stomach.

-Silver has very good healing powers for treating hyperactive thyroid. Having milk at bedtime

especially when it is heated in a silver container will yield better results.

-Brahmi powder mixed with half teaspoonful of honey should be taken in the morning







Hypnobirthing – A Celebration of Life

Womenlines  is proud to bring Holistic Healing and Therapies under Health Section.Ms Pratima Nagraj, who is a C.Ht(Clinical Hypnotherapist),Holistic Healer in Singapore, will be sharing about various therapies through which Major diseases can be cured.

For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with birth; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension often prevents them from easily performing the normal, physiological function of birth. The result?—exactly what they feared most–long, painful, disappointing birthing.

People who are drawn to HypnoBirthing have long been searching for a way that helps women give birth as calmly, safely, and gently as possible. Until HypnoBirthing® was founded, it seemed almost  unattainable. Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, women learn to release emotions tied to fear-based stories and misinformation, and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.

What is HypnoBirthing all about?

HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. This amazing program teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn how to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen, or even eliminate, discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, Nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all animal mothers in Nature. You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® films, showing laboring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can know when you are free of the fear that causes pain and tension. Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, and visualization, HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.

HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. With HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.


  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and, thus, pain

  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs

  • Shortens the first phase of labour

  • Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy

  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing

  • Reduces the need for an episiotomy

  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor

  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby

  • Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing

  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth  parenting

  • Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing.

You can attend our FREE introduction talk to know more about HypnoBirthing and get your queries answered, on Sunday, Aug 21st ,2011 at ParentLink, 43 Jalan Elok, Singapore. For details contact .

Pratima Nagaraj