Various herbs are the main healing components in Ayurvedic medicine which is five thousand years old traditional medical system. Many herbs are very useful in resolving day to day common ailments.
Below is a list of some popular Ayurvedic herbs which explains their effectiveness in different ailments.
Top 10 Ayurvedic Herbs
Curcumin is best known as a powerful natural remedy for chronic inflammation. It is an extract of turmeric. It relieves arthritis and other pain, cleans arteries, relieves depression, helps with indigestion, and may relieve symptoms of period pain and many inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It’s also known to reduce cancer risk and enhance in cancer treatment.
2. Triphala: A classic Ayurvedic combination of three Indian herbs haritaki (Terminelia chebula), bahera (Terminelia bellirica), and amla (Phyllanthus emblica ) is used to enhance digestive system and helps good bacteria to flourish in the gut. Commonly used for constipation and detox.
3. Ashwagandha: known as Withania somnifera.It is helpful for anxiety, stress, and adrenal dysfunction. Ashwagandha can assist in conditions like anxiety and depression. It lowers inflated levels of the stress hormone –cortisol. It also enhances natural levels of testosterone hormone that help maintain overall strength and muscle mass. It also reduces harmful levels of inflammation.
4. Sataviry : known as Sataviry recemosa: It can be used by both men and women to strengthen the reproductive system. Shatavary is best known as a female tonic that balances hormones. The herb enhances fertility, helps in menopausal symptoms and reduces hot flashes.
5. Arjuna: known as Terminalia arjuna. This herb help in chest pain related to heart disease by relaxing and widening blood vessels. It also strengthens blood vessels and makes them more elastic and enhances collagen levels. Arjuna can be taken to lower the risk of developing heart disease.
6. Holy Basil: known as Ocimum sanctum. As a tea, holy basil is a traditional Indian remedy for colds, flu and counteracts stress and anxiety. It is also used to relieve other respiratory conditions like infection, asthma, and seasonal allergies. The herb is often found in combination herbal formulas.
7. Brahmi: The scientific name of Brahmi is “Bacopa Munnieri”, a traditional therapeutic herb native to India. Brahmi is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as a memory enhancer, aphrodisiac, and general tonic. Its impact on cognitive performance has prompted a number of investigations into its positive benefits. It reduces stress, anxiety and depression. It is a brain tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.
8. Black pepper: known as Piper Nigrum is regarded as a priceless natural remedy in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used in treating digestive disorders, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal problems, improper blood circulation, parasitic infections and certain other problems associated with the circulatory system.
The popular Ayurvedic preparation “Trikatu” is a combination of black pepper, long pepper and ginger. It is also used in making Indian chai and is taken to reduce headache, cold, sore throat and cough.
9. Cardamom: The scientific name is of cardamom is “Elettaria Cardamomum”. A It is both a spice and a herb originated in India. It can help remove excess Kapha. Having too much kapha can cause problems like mucus, phlegm, weight gain, lethargy, clammy hands, or a sluggish metabolism. Consumption of cardamom in diets helps in reducing the above symptoms. You can cook with whole cardamom pods or use them in your teas, or food.
10. Ginger: The scientific name of ginger is “Zingiber Officinale”. The fresh ginger and dry ginger has different property in Ayurvedic medicine. Fresh ginger root can help stop a fever and reduce cold and cough. Dried ginger has heating effect and promotes the digestive fire, aiding those with sluggish digestion, and can act as a stimulant, clearing out the toxins. Dry ginger helps keep the body healthy through cold and damp conditions, and helps to make many foods more digestible for those with weak digestive system. It is one of three ingredients in the Ayurvedic digestive formula trikatu. Its potency is not for everybody. If you have a tendency toward heat, with loose stools, redness in the skin, and intensity, use caution with dried ginger. Dried gingers pungency can be very drying and could exacerbate disorders of dryness.
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