Hands-Only CPR and Homeopathy Workshop at Sadhu Vaswani Center
(Photos: Geeta Mehrotra)
On April 2, 2017, Sadhu Vaswani Center, Atlanta (SVC Atlanta) presented a workshop, “Hands-Only CPR and Basic Homeopathy” by Yashasvi Jhangiani. SVC Atlanta, located in Global Mall, regularly offers services to benefit the community, e.g. yoga, karate, and gurkul classes for children to learn Hindu culture, an annual Education Drive for students’ tuition, a Blanket Drive for the homeless, and an Eye Drive for cataract surgeries.
Yashasvi believes in helping, so in lieu of consultation fees, she encourages patients to pay forward and make voluntary charitable contributions to IRS-certified nonprofit charities close to her heart. Participants at this workshop donated towards SVC’s Eye Drive for cataract surgeries at the K. K. Eye Institute in Pune, India as part of the celebration of Sindhi New Year or Cheti Chand, and the birth of Jhulelal, the Sindhi’s Ishta Devta, who is worshiped for light and water. What better way to celebrate light then provide sight to the sightless? A donation of $50 pays not only for one cataract surgery for a poor villager but also for pre- and postoperative care for three days as well as for the to and fro transportation for him/her and one helper.
Yashasvi Jhangiani is a volunteer EMT, a homeopath, and recipient of the National Center of Homeopathy's Martha Oleman Community Service Award for 2016. She provides guidance on using over-the-counter nonprescription homeopathic remedies for everyday ailments. Her homeopathic practice is a well-established charitable and social service in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) and beyond.
The first part of the workshop was devoted to basic information on homeopathy, a gentle healing system that originated in Germany. Yashasvi shared from her over two decades of experience and provided tools to build a homeopathic first aid kit. She made it simple and easy, and provided a handout and samples. Participants felt confident and ready to try the homeopathic remedies versus using Tylenol, Zyrtec, Imodium, Tums, and other traditional over-the-counter medications.
Then participants had the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR, i.e. “compressions only” with no breaths or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Yashasvi explained that when an adult or teenager collapses, they have 4-6 minutes of oxygenated blood in their system. Keeping the oxygenated blood circulating to the vital organs by providing nonstop chest compressions till EMS arrives can make the difference between life and death.
After first assessing that the scene is safe, and establishing that the person is unresponsive and not breathing, one should call 911 right away from one’s cell phone if alone, or send someone to “call 911 and get the automated external defibrillator (AED).” Then bare the victim’s chest and immediately start chest compressions by placing the heel of one hand at the center of the victim’s chest, on the lower half of the sternum or breast bone, hard and fast at the rate of a hundred plus per minute.
(Left) Yashasvi Jhangiani teaches about using the Heimlich maneuver for choking; Manoj Punwani and Roma Punwani demonstrate the sign for a person choking.
Attendees also learned to relieve an obstructed airway by doing the abdominal thrust or Heimlich maneuver, and the use of an AED.
They were surprised to hear that AEDS are located at airports, libraries, town halls, and even in schools!
(Right) Training for use of a defibrillator (AED).
Yashasvi has an online Facebook group for families to use as a support system where they can interact with each other under her guidance and use homeopathy with confidence. New families can join this group by making a one-time donation of any amount over $50 to SVC Atlanta to fund cataract surgeries, and by forwarding the receipt to her at homeopathic firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop participants included Jashmi Karla, Geeta Mehrotra, Yashasvi Jhangiani (instructor), Anjali Nagrani, Roma and Manoj Punwani.
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