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Chirata (Kalmegh): Health Benefits, Uses

chirayta (Kalmegh) according to ayurveda At one time many Swertia spp. (Indian name chirayta) were well esteemed as bitter tonics. These herbs grew in the temperate Himalayas, but because of over-exploitation these plants became scarce and hence expensive. Andrographis which has widespread distribution in India, was found to be a good substitute for Swertia, and …

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Guggal Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

guggal according to ayurveda Guggal has been mentioned in Atheraveda and in most of the other ancient Ayurvedic works. It is considered dry, pungent, aromatic, a Rasayana, anti-tridosha, nutritive, Guggal lubricant for the body systems, stimulant and digestant. This gum is so important in Ayurveda that it constitutes a separate group of preparations under the …

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keshar(seffron)

keshar according to ayurveda In Ayurveda, saffron is considered bitter and anodyne. It vitiates the three doshas and helps diseases of the head. In the Greco-Arabic system (Unani medicine) saffron is used for slimming, enlarged livers, urinary, bladder and kidney infections, menstrual disorders, for strengthening the heart and cooling the brain. With ghee, it is …

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punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

punarnava according to ayurveda punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) is a species of flowering plant that has a host of medicinal benefits. As per Ayurveda, punarnava is a plant that acts on six Ayurvedic dhatus (tissues) including blood, muscles, nerves, reproductive organs, plasma and fat. It possesses significant antihypertensive properties that help keep high blood pressure in …

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anantmul

anantmul according to ayurveda according to Ayurveda, it is cooling, sweet, anabolic, heavy, oily, bitter, aromatic laxative, sudorific and a blood purifier. It stimulates the flow of bile and is antidote to tridosha and body toxins. It helps in leucoderma, malodour from the body and bronchial problems, leucorrhoea, gastroenteritis, inflammation, physical weakness, fatigue, weight loss, …

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sonth

sonth according to ayurveda As per Ayurveda, it is pleasant anti-ama, anti-vata, digestant, pungent, light, oily, hot in effect, laxative and anti-inflammatory. It makes food tasty and increases vital fluids. It helps bronchial troubles, nausea, vomiting and heart diseases. Throughout the whole of Asia, from China to Turkey, ginger has a reputation of being a …

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arjun

Arjuna in Vedic compendium In Rigveda, this word means “white” but in later samhitas and other texts it denotes a small herb also known as “Phalguna” and used as a substitute for soma. In Kathuka samhita, it is mentioned as two types–Lohita tula (having red spikes) and Babhru tula (white grey spikes). Arjuna has been …

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mulethi(licuorice)

mulethi according to ayurveda Licorice or Mulethi is a medicinal herb which is used in various Ayurvedic medicines. Its underground stems and roots are used for medicinal purpose. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties. Mulethi is useful in cough, sore throat, bronchitis, sexual weakness, skin problems, jaundice, hoarseness, vata dosha, ulcers etc. It …

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tulsi(holy basil)

Tulsi in Ayurveda Tulsi, also known as ‘holy basil’, is probably the most widely known and common household herb in the Indian sub-continent. It is considered sacred, and rightly so, owing to its diverse healing properties. Known in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life”, it is believed to promote longevity. Tulsi is considered …

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turmeric(haldi)

Turmeric and Ayurveda Turmeric is used in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, though in excess, it can aggravate pitta and vata. It has a particular beneficial effect for rasa and rakta dhatus (the blood and plasma of the circulatory system). It also kindles agni (digestive fire), helping reduce kapha and ama (toxins). As …

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brahmi

Brahmi and Ayurveda In India, Brahmi is largely treasured as a revitalizing herb used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for almost 3000 years. The herb has been mentioned in several Ayurvedic treatises including Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita in the 3rd century AD 11. In addition to being a well-known Nootropic herb for centuries, it has …

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sankhapuspi

TRADITIONAL USES oF SANKHAPUSPI Shankhpushpi is used for its action on the central nervous system, especially for boosting memory and improving intellect. Shankpushpi is a perennial herb that looks like the common morning glory. The plant is used locally in Indian and Chinese medicine to cure various diseases. It is used in the Ayurvedic formulation …

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giloy

giloy according to ayurveda “Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) is an ayurvedic herb that has been used and advocated in Indian medicine for ages”, says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. In Sanskrit, Giloy is known as ‘Amrita’, which literally translates to ‘the root of immortality’, because of its abundan medicinal properties. “The stem of Giloy is of maximum …

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dalchini

what is dalchini? Cinnamon is known as Twak in sanskrit and Dalchini in Hindi. Cinnamon stick is a bit thick, it is dry and brown in color. Cinnamon powder is available in brown and coarsely ground powder form. The cinnamon used as a spice and medicine has a distinct fragrance and sweetness to it. It …

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Ashwagandha

what is ashwagandha?  The Sanskrit term Ashwagandha translates to “smell of horse”, and rightly so. Traditionally, it is believed that a person who consumes this herbal medicine will gain horse-like strength and vitality. It is a small shrub with yellow flowers and a red fruit, native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East. The extract …

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aloe vera

What is aloe vera? Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. In the early days, the plant was known for being a “plant of immortality” and was presented to Egyptian pharaohs as a funeral gift. These days, aloe has an entire industry behind it. Its juices are used …

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