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Book tells how honey and tea help

Did you know that honey diluted with water helps the brain function more effectively? Dr HK Chopra's book packs many other facts.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 13:46 IST

Did you know that honey diluted with water diffuses into the blood in seven minutes and helps the brain function more effectively? Or that three cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of stroke by over 50 per cent?

These and many other fascinating facts are packed into a new book by HK Chopra, which combines lifestyle management techniques with health tips to help people cope with the pressures of modern life.

Chopra, a doctor who did his fellowship in cardiology from the University of California, describes his Programme on Lifestyle and Health - A Mind-Body Capsule (Sterling Paperbacks) as a "guide on how to achieve a balance between mind and body and prevent the occurrence of stress-related diseases".

After dealing in the initial chapters with the management of stress and anger and the "magic of laughter", which he describes as a tonic akin to "internal jogging or exercise" with great potential for happiness, Chopra packs subsequent chapters with useful information on the benefits of honey, tea and water as well as healthcare for women over 45.

The section on honey highlights the healing properties of the amber liquid that have given it the status of the "elixir of life" over the ages.

Chopra notes that doctors have been using honey in healing for centuries and says research conducted in New Zealand had shown that a type of honey was found to kill the bacteria that formed ulcers in the stomach.

There are also chapters on massage therapy and on how to "invoke leadership in yourself". The latter lists the qualities and functions of a leader and has a "60-point programme for enhancing the qualities of ideal leadership".

"The key to perfect health lies in maintaining an ideal lifestyle right from the time we are born, with appropriate integration of the physical, mental, social, spiritual and environmental components," Chopra, who has been in the medical practice for over 26 years, writes in the preface.

"One of my goals in writing this book is to integrate ancient wisdom with modern science and strengthen the communication between you and your doctor," he adds.