Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine in use primarily in India. Ayurveda aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This balance is believed to lead to contentment and health, and to help prevent illness. The term “Ayurveda” combines two Sanskrit words -- ”ayur”, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge. Ayurveda essentially means ”The Science of Life”. Ayurveda believes that various materials of Vegetable, Animal, and Mineral origin have some medicinal value. Ayurvedic practice has been passed down through the generations in India and is now growing more popular in the United States.
The Ayurvedic system of medicine provides guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and those with health challenges can improve their health.
- Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods and which lifestyle they should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to its use of a constitutional model.
- Everything in Ayurveda is validated by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts.
- It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas.
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Below is a list of a few of the herbs often used in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Acacia concinna - Acacia is useful in bilious infections, jaundice, malarial fever, is a preventive to flatulence, and can also be used as a mild laxative.
Acorus calamus – Sweet Flag is a bitter tonic used for habitual constipation, atonic dyspepsia, flatulence, paralytic nervous affections, colic, epilepsy, dropsy, glandular diseases, rheumatic swellings and is also useful for children’s ailments such as teething.
Adhatoda vasica – Malabar Nut is used to support lung function, has immune-boosting properties and is useful for comfort from bronchitis, whooping cough and bronchial asthma.
Aegle marmelos – Bael Tree is useful for intestinal problems such as amoevic dysentery and diarrhea. Is also digestive, anthelmintic and anti-inflammatory, useful in irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Allium sativum - Garlic is used to control excess conversion of lipids and cholesterol.
Aloe Vera – Indian Aloe is useful in ophthalmic disorders, a mild laxative, tonic, increases semen quality, spleen and liver disorders, cystic formation, and anomalies of the blood and skin.
Andrographis paniculata – The Creat is used for enlargement of the liver, chronic and obstinate fever, dropsy, edema, removes constipation, and is also useful in infant’s disorders such as diarrhea, colic, and vomiting.
Anethum sowa – Indian Dill is useful in improving hunger, good appetizer, anti-febric, vermifungal, digestive, abdominal colic, intestinal colic, ophthalmic disorders, pelvic inflammatory disease conditions, analgesic and body pain.
Asparagus racemosus - Asparagus is used to nourish the female reproductive system, and to promote lactation.
Azadirachta indica - Neem more commonly known as Neem, this herb is useful for skin disorders, has blood purifying and immune boosting properties, and is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal agent.
Bacopa monnieri - Brahmi used for improving alertness and as an anti-anxiety agent.
Betula utilis – Himalayan Birch useful in ear disorders, bile disorders, anomalies of the blood, psychological disorders, anti-obesity, and anti-toxin.
Boerhaavia diffusa - Boerhaavia is efficient in kidney and urinary functions and with urinary tract infections.
Capsicum annuum – Red Pepper helps heal obstinate wounds, removes hoarseness, sleepiness and perversion of taste also useful in loss of senses and weak pulse condition.
Cassia fistula – Golden Shower Tree is used as a mild laxative, anti-fever, also useful with cardiac or heart problems, hemorrhages, arthritis , colic, acidity and acidic eructations. The root is a very strong purgative and should not be used alone.
Cinnamomum camphora - Camphor is useful against thirst, obesity, burning sensations, throat problems, intestinal worms, it is also a mouth freshener, analgesic, antitusive and antipyeratic.
Citrus Limon - Lemon is used to increase taste and increase hunger, as a digestive and to help pass abdominal wind.
Cucumis sativus - Cucumber is useful as a diuretic and in heamatamesis, haemorrhages, and bleeding.
Cuminum cyminum - Cumin is useful in increasing the taste of food, abdominal colic, flatulence, wind formation, offensive flatus, vermifugal, dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion, inflammatory conditions of the bowels, gonorrhea, obstruction of urine, nausea and vomiting.
Daucus Carota - Carrot is useful in flatulence, renal disorders, pathophysiology of small and large intestines, impotency, and female genital disorders.
Eclipta alba - Thistles is useful to teeth, skin and hair. Indicated for the treatment of cough, bronchitis, worms, asthma, skin diseases, oedema, mucous disorders, anemia, liver disorders, loss of appetite, indigestion, headache, and weak vision.
Embelia ribes – False Black Pepper is good for skin diseases, also useful as a diuretic, laxative, purgative, anti-dyspeptic, anti-flatulent and stimulant.
Eucalyptus globules - Eucalyptus is useful externally as a deodorant and for skin disorders. Internally used for excessive salivation, digestive, and antipyeretic.
Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel is useful in mental weakness, weakness of eyesight, nausea, vomiting, weak appetite, flatulence, abdominal wind, abdominal colic, dysentery, piles, cardiac disorders, anomaly of the blood, cough, bronchitis, pulmonary disorders, and urine and urination anomalies.
Gaultheria fragrantissima – Indian Wintergreen is used to bring sweats, as a diuretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, joint pain, flatulence and myolitis. Also useful in cardiac disorders.
Hippophae rhamnoides - Seabuckthorn is used in respiratory disorders, hiccough, asthma, cough, cardiac pain, glandular swellings and rheumatism. Also increases sexual desire in both males and females.
Jasminum officinale - Jasmine is useful in burning pain wounds, anomalies of the blood, oral problems, eye disorders, headaches and migraines.
Juglans nigra - Walnut is useful in facial paralysis, cervical lymphadentis, adenitis, ringworm, edema, swelling, opium poisoning, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Also used as a blood purifier.
Mimosa pudica – Sensitive Plant is for gunaecological disorders, skin disorders, bleeding piles, and diarrhea.
Mangifera indica - Mango is used as a wound healer and also increases semen quality, increases taste, and used on blood anomalies.
Melaleuca leucadendra – Tea Tree is useful in hyperpyerexia, gout, uric acid, diarrhea, skin disorders, bronchitis, cough, dermatitis, joint pain and muscular pain.
Mel despumatum - Honey removes constipation, is beneficial to the heart, and useful in obesity. Also useful on frequent urination, hiccough, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst and faintness.
Mentha arvensis/piperita – Mint/Peppermint relives painful muscular conditions, headache, and sinusitis.
Nardostachys jatamansi - Musk is used as a stimulant, antiseptic, insect repellent and for the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, convulsive affections, stomachache, constipation and cholera.
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