In Ayurveda medicine a lot of herbs are used for healing purposes. For centuries, Ayurvedic herbs have been widely-known amongst practitioners of alternative Eastern Medicine to help in providing relief for inflammation and various aches. During ancient times, Ayurvedic health practitioners mixed various types of herbs (each with its own chemical formation) in creating medicines for use in treating daily health problems as well as many types of fatal diseases.
In fact, the word ayurveda is a merger of two Sanskrit words: ayur (life) and veda (science).
Some of the medications are proven to be very effective holistic health elixirs. When taken in accordance with the recommended dosage, they are effective in warding off various ailments with very little or no side effects at all. There are herbs that are used as general health tonics intended to nourish, rebuild, and clean on a cellular level, while other herbs are used to deal with a specific organ or system of the body.
Note: The following information is very generalized and is meant only as a very basic introduction to the benefits of ayurvedic herbs. Holistic ayurvedic medicine is a very broad term and encompasses many different treatment modalities which this article won’t delve in to, probably the most popular of which is ayurvedic massage.
Health Benefits of Ayurvedic Herbs
- Food Absorption and Digestion – Ayurvedic herbs provide a great deal of help in the proper digestion and absorption of food. Sometimes, they also serve as an appetizer.
- Preventive Medicine – Herbs are also used to prevent ailments, and to strengthen and boost the body’s natural immune system.
- Treatment for Infectious Diseases
Ayurvedic practitioners usually prescribe individual or a combination of herbs to remedy ailments such as influenza, viral infections, and other ailments caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.
- Nourishment and Support for the Body
A patient undergoing medication and treatment for most types of chronic diseases can get much needed support and nourishment for the body through supplementation with all-natural organic herbs.
- Treatment for Various Types of Deadly Diseases
Based on medical studies and research, herbs in Ayurveda have the potential to cure various fatal viruses and diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and different types of autoimmune disorders. Research also found that herbal remedies are an effective allopathic medicine alternative.
Our Top 7 Ayurvedic Herbs
- Ashwagandha – So versatile as it is best taken at night. That’s right; a ginseng-like herb that enhances sleep. No wonder it makes the top of our list!
- Haritaki – Enhances all three doshas of ayurveda and has five of the six tastes.
- Amla Berry (Amalaki) – A very powerful antioxidant (maybe the most powerful) and nootropic
- Brahmi, Bacopa, Gotu Kola – Helps mental focus and concentration, a major nootropic
- Aloe Vera (Kumari) – Among other things a blood purifier and especially potent for women
- Guggulu – Helps with weight loss and modulates major health systems in the body
- Guduchi (Giloy) – A major restorative herb with wonderful anti-inflammatory properties
How to Use Ayurvedic Herbs
- Among the most widely-used types of internal herbal medication are flower essences, fresh raw herbs, essential oil dilutions, and in extract powder capsule form.
- Depending on the mode of ingestion, the effects of herbal treatments may vary. For example, some herbs are most effective when taken internally, especially if their medicinal qualities are meant to affect the vital internal body organs such as the liver, heart, and lungs, among others. Other herbals might be taken on the skin, like aloe vera.
- Ayurvedic Herbs used for the treatment of internal organs are taken along with other ingredients that may include honey, oil, water, milk, and ghee. Each medium has a unique effect on the patient’s body.
- External application is used when the herbal medication is intended to address symptoms near or at the outer surface of the body like the skin.
- Ayurvedic herbs that are taken externally typically come in the form of liniments, essential oil blends, massage oils, lotions, body wraps, or pastes.
- External application of the herbs is also done for conditions and ailments like muscular problems, joint problems, dizziness, wounds, and cuts that can be treated effectively by topical application on the affected area.
Please see our Ayuerveda section here for more in-depth information on ayurvedic herbs and their health benefits.
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