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January 2020



Homeopathy for Winter


ALLERGIES :  A Temporary Solution or a Permanent Cure……


In the recent past there has been an increase in the number of patients who come with itchy rashes on their body or with complaints of a lot of sneezing and blocked nose. The local doctor generally prescribes few medicines which potentially vanish the symptoms in a jiffy. As time passes the frequency of these attacks increase and so does the visit to doctors. In subsequent months or years the complaints of rash or sneezing or nasal congestion more or less tends to become permanent as a result of which the patient usually becomes habituated or dependent on the allopathic medications. Stopping the medication leads to relapse of these complaints. The doctors arrive at a conclusion of it being an allergy because of which he would need to live with this condition and continue taking medicines for the same.

Allergy has more or less become a common name in most of the household’s today. What is allergy, lets understand-

It is in simple terms the disease of your immune system. When a normal human being is exposed to something harmful from the surrounding, then the immune system reacts with these damaging invaders and helps to maintain a harmonious functioning of the body. This is a healthy response of the body. However an allergy starts when the immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a dangerous invader. This misjudgement on the part of immune system to identify the harmless substance as harmful and the consequent reaction of immunity is called allergy.  The manifestation of allergy in the body is seen mainly on the skin, the digestive system and the respiratory system. Most commonly occurrence of allergies is seen in children and women.

The most common triggers are-

  • Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold
  • Certain foods- in particular peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk
  • Insect stings; such as bee stings or wasp stings
  • Medications- such as penicillin or penicillin-based antibiotics
  • Latex or other substances- when touched can lead to allergic reaction in some

The symptoms of allergy are as follows

  • Nose: itchy or running nose
  • Skin: small reddish rashes which itch
  • Digestive system: tingling in the mouth, swelling of lips, tongue, face and throat.
  • Chest: Cough tightness in chest, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Homeopathy has a huge potential to tackle this illness. It is arguably the only therapy with no negative side effects or after effects. It not only addresses the symptom, the disease, the cause thereof but the whole totality of the patient. It touches not only the body, the function of the body, the mind but also the aura of the spirit which animates the entire individuality.

Case of a 50-year-old lady coming with allergic complaints


This is a case of a 50-year-old lady coming with allergic complaints she had been suffering with for nearly 25 years. Every year in the month of March up to May she used to develop severe nasal and chest congestion along with difficulty in breathing. When she consulted me, her condition was progressively getting worse and the modern medicine doctor advised her to take steroids. Along with this at the emotional level she was going through a lot of interpersonal problems with her in-laws. She was forced to take charge of one branch of her husband’s business. This issue got tough for her and created a lot of stress. She felt incapable, under confident and incompetent. After studying her case thoroughly she was given a suitable homeopathic remedy that covered all her complaints overall. Since the disease was of a long standing duration she was explained the need to take the treatment for at least a year. She showed her reluctance in the beginning, however after 3-4 months of treatment she was surprised to see that her confidence in dealing with her business improved substantially. This change was highly appreciated by her as well as her relatives. After 1 year of treatment her allergies vanished, the need for anti-allergic medications was zero and the question of inhaler did not remain. She was asked to stop homeopathy too and report if necessary. It has been over 4 years that she is enjoying good health and harmony.

Homoeopathy has a large potential to treat many if not all diseases in this busy stressful world of ours.

-Continue to ignore your symptoms, and experience a slow increase in discomfort, which will correspond to a decrease in your overall health.

-Treat your symptoms with the latest drugs or painkillers and creating short term relief and long term damage to the rest of your body or

-Listen to your body and begin applying a holistic approach to wellness. Treat the whole being, not just the symptoms.

So choice is yours………

DR DEVANG SHAH MD (HOM.) – Senior resident at ‘the other song’

Dr. Devang Shah graduated from D.S. Homoeopathic Medical College and has been practicing homeopathy for the last 5 years. He feels blessed to have studied under Dr. Rajan Sankaran, Dr. Jayesh Shah, Dr. Sunil Anand, Dr. Dinesh Chauhan, Dr. Sujit Chatterjee and Dr Mahesh Gandhi. His goal in each case is to reach to the depth of it and locate the root from where the branches of disease originate. He has been known among his colleagues and clients to have immense ability to be patient and unearth the disturbance within each suffering soul. “Silence is the opening of an infinite world within each of us. May we reach the depth so that the spirit arises.”

Winter Super Foods


Winter brings along a  good appetite  and  an array of foods to nibble on.  it is advisable to make the most of this season as it is the best time to build immunity with plenty of choices . One can stuff themselves with a variety of organic fresh fruits and vegetables which are excellent source of nutrients.


The winter season has a good produce of oranges , sweet limes, lemons, pineapples which are all excellent source of Vitamin C . Consumption of vitamin C rich foods help in combating disease, increasing immunity thereby reducing the risk of chronic disease.

A popular fruit during winters are the  berries, which are rich in antioxidants and fibre and possess anti cancer properties and  extremely helpful in digestion.  A few servings of berries can help keep the mind sharper, lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure too.

Avocado is another large berry with a nut. It is a very healthy fruit which consists of monounsaturated fatty acid which is the good fat and is heart friendly. They are also a rich source of potassium and folate .


For instance , this season eat broccoli and carrots.

Broccoli is exceptionally high in antioxidants and carrots  are a  rich source of beta carotene , vitamin A and provide excellent immunity and great skin and eye care.

Bell peppers are a rich source of Vitamin C and consist of anti-inflammatory properties. The content capsician is known to soothe pain and provide relief from common colds and lower respiratory tract infections.

Carrots should also be consumed , which are sweeter in the winter season and alos a rich source of beta carotene , vitamin K and are weightloss friendly. Carrots are known to reduce cholesterol levels and also maintain good eye health as they are a rich source of vitamin A.

Another excellent way to cozy up in the winters is having a bowl of warm refreshing soup. Pumpkin soup, tomato basil soup , beetroot onion soup, broccoli soup are a few interesting recipes to try out. They can provide warmth, nutrition and a full appetite.

It is best to have a rainbow diet this winter season i.e. platter should be filled with all the colours of fruits and vegetables which will provide you with ample nutrition and antioxidants.



Although very tiny, seeds are a packed full of nutrition hence are known as nutrient dense foods. A variety of seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin, sesame ( til ), flax seeds, chia seeds are nutrient dense and can be added in various forms.

In India we celebrate makar sankranti  on 14th January. It  is the harvesting season celebrated  in various forms such as Lohri ( Punjab )/ Pongal ( Tamil Nadu ) / Bhogali Bihu ( Assam ) all across the country .

During the winter days  preceding Sankranti, families prepare delicacies made of til and gur like, gajak, chikki and til ka laddoo. Their longer shelf life makes it possible to store the snacks for a long period of time.

Til or sesame are an excellent source of boosting minerals and help maintaining good hair and skin. Also a rich source of protein they help maintain strong bones. At the same time, jaggery’s iron and vitamin C content has also been used as a traditional remedy for colds and coughs and flus.

This makar sankranti opt for organic jaggery over processed jaggery and for a change you can also try using sunflower seeds , pumpkin seeds ,peanuts, black sesame seeds  to make variety of chikkis. Seeds are the good source of omega three fatty acids, rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Here’s to the spring that awaits, to the colourful kites and all the lovely festive treats.Here’s wishing all of you a happy Makar Sankranti in advance!

Dr Komal Gandhi- Consultant Nutritionist

Dr. Gandhi holds an M.D. in Homoeopathy (Repertory) from the prestigious M. L. Dhawale Homoeopathic Medical College (Mumbai University). Practicing homoeopathy for over a decade, Dr. Gandhi realized that patients benefit immensely when diet and nutrition are taken care of along with medication. Based on her readings on the subject of food and nutrition, she started applying this science in her treatment of patients and saw positive outcomes. Eventually she took up a course in Diet and Nutrition to gain a better understanding of the subject. Dr. Komal Gandhi completed her Diploma in Diet and Nutrition Planning in the year 2013 and has been associated with the other song since September 2015.

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Patient Physician Partnership Workshop (P3W) – Saturday, 18 January 2020

P3W - 18th Jan 2020_finalWhy homeopaths ask so many questions ? Does it puzzle you why homeopaths ask about dreams and fears in addition to your physical ailments? Do you wonder what you can do to help with your treatment? Homeopathic treatment is a cooperative effort between the doctor and patient, like a partnership.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should attend the Patient Physician Partnership Workshop (P3W).

Please contact 022-42616666 to reserve your seat.

Dr. Munjal Thakar B.H.M.S. (BOM), M.D. (HOM).He is a top-ranking graduate from Mumbai University & a postgraduate from Sardar Patel University.He is known both amongst his patients & his students for his scholarly, scientific & yet an intuitive approach towards the science of Homeopathy.

He is Professor & Guide for Post-graduate studies in Homeopathy at the Ahmedabad Homeopathic Medical College; Consultant & Faculty at The Other Song-International Academy of Advanced Homeopathy, Mumbai- a world renowned premier institute in the field of Homeopathy; Mentor at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

Another facet of his personality is a need to be of service to society. This took him to establish Spandan Homeopathic Clinic & Research Center, a branch of Spandan Holistic Institute, Mumbai. The institute is a Non-profit organization working through multidisciplinary approach & Homeopathy as the core therapeutic modality for children with Developmental Disorders- especially Autism, Dyslexia, Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy etc. This institute is actively involved in documentation & clinical research on efficacy of Homeopathy in the Autism.His constant endeavor to create lasting healing results in life-style disorders like hypertension, diabetes & obesity led him to establish SIMILIA LIFE-STYLE DISORDER CLINIC in 2012. Patients with life-style disorders are helped systematically to make shift to healthier lifestyle. His work is based on Dr. Neal Barnard’s whole plant based nutrition as the most important keystone in Reversing Lifestyle disorders.

Dr. Sadaf Ulde is a homoeopathic consultant , holistic healer and counsellor.  She has completed Post graduation in Clinical Counselling and clinical research. She has done Master Gestalt therapy. Homeopathy being her passion she has been working extensively for 9 yrs passionately for Homeopathy and has amazing results in chronic disorders in Female and Children Cases, Psychiatric Cases, Renal Failures, Cancer, Renal and Gallstones, Skin Disorders with Homeopathy. Associated with various colleges and International Institution of Homeopathic Teaching and Research, she has trained thousands of Homeopathic Undergraduates, Graduates and Post Graduates students of Homeopathy.

Invited By Institute of Homeopaths Kerala Perinathalam Unit for Femino 2017 and Chamayam 2017 at Ernakulum District for Case Presentation.She has also been on the coordinating committee for the National Campaign of Homeopathy for Mother and Child Care.

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SHRADHDHA CURES announces  A 4 day residential workshop on AWAKENED RELATIONSHIPS  With Dr Jayesh Shah & Dr Rajul Shah


This is a meditative-interactive workshop designed to recognize the deepest patterns that disturb our relationships. The therapeutic processes will help one to deeply reflect identify and transform certain repetitive patterns that make relating difficult.

Over 35 years of experience with classical homeopathy, transpersonal psychology, regression therapies, inner child work, shamanic journeys, emotional release process and transgenerational healing, will facilitate and help the process of reframing compulsive patterns.

We welcome all those who are seeking to learn, understand and reframe the tensions within a relationship.

Dates: 2020, Jan 30 to Feb 2

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