In the Indian medical system of Ayurveda it goes by the name of Anantamool or Sariva. It is administered in the form of powder, infusion or decoction as syrup. It is one of the Rasayana (Ayana {path}, Rasa {essence}). It is a term that, in Ayurvedic medicine means the science of lengthening lifespan) plants of Ayurveda. It has been revered for its medicinal properties for thousands of years not only by the practitioners of Ayurveda but also in the folk and tribal medicine. Traditionally it…Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Anantamool – Hemidesmus Indicus”

It is commonly known as Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng. It is used as an herb in Ayurvedic medicine. The name Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means “horse’s odour,” originating from the odour of its root which is akin to that of a sweaty horse. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is considered a rasayana, (Ayana {path}, Rasa {essence}) herb. As per Ayurveda it is considered as an herb that helps in normalizing the physiological functions and strengthens the entire neuroendocrine system (mechanism by which the hypothalamus maintains homeostasis, regulating reproduction,…Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Ashwagandha – Withania Somnifera”

It is also known as Water Hyssop, Herb of Grace, and Indian Pennywort. It is one of the most important medicinal herbs used in Ayurveda, where it is also known as “Brahmi,” after Brahma, the God of creation in the Hindu pantheon. Brahmi finds mentions in Atharva Veda and in texts like the Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita as a Medhya Rasayana class of herb, taken to sharpen intellect and attenuate mental deficits. This was used by ancient Vedic scholars to memorize lengthy sacred hymns…Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Brahmi – Bacopa Monnieri”

Haridra or Haldi is also known as turmeric which is a commonly found spice in India and is one of the best blood purifier in the traditional Indian pharmacopeia. The use of turmeric for flavoring food, for religious purposes, for cosmetic purposes and for its medicinal properties dates back to the Vedic era. Haldi is used in almost all Indian curries as a flavouring agent; this spice has almost no calories and zero cholesterol. It is full of fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6….Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Haridra – Curcuma Longa”

The name comes from its appearance- ‘Jata’ means dreadlocks and ‘Mansi’ means human. The underground stem is a source of a fragrant amber colored essential oil. This oil has been used since ancient times, as a perfume, as a medicine and in religious rites. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine Jatamansi has been effectively used to treat Vata dosha. As per Ayurveda, Vata is responsible for all the mental functioning and emotions in the humans. The oil has been used as a perfume, as incense, a sedative,…Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Jatamansi – Nardostachys Jatamansi”

Methi or Methika also known Fenugreek is one of the best Vata dosha pacifiers among the Ayurvedic herbs which make it a very useful as a tonic for the aged. It minimizes the age related wear and tear in the body. Methi can be taken in routine without any problem. Vata pacifying characteristic makes Methi a useful herb for general weakness and debility. Methi Powder is mixed in dietary supplements for a diabetic person. Medicinal uses of Methi seeds Methi seeds are rich source of minerals,…Continue Reading “Medicinal Herbs: Methi – Trigonella Foenum-graecum”

The name comes from its appearance- ‘Jata’ means dreadlocks and ‘Mansi’ means human. The underground stem is a source of a fragrant amber colored essential oil. This oil has been used since ancient times, as a perfume, as a medicine and in religious rites. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine Jatamansi has been effectively used to treat Vata dosha. As per Ayurveda, Vata is responsible for all the mental functioning and emotions in the humans. The oil has been used as a perfume, as incense, a sedative, and…Continue Reading “Benefits of Jatamansi – Nardostachys Jatamansi”

Rudraksha is a rare gift of nature to mankind. It is a link between heaven and earth, between man and God. It is for this reason that Rudraksha is the object of reverence and adoration and a source to reach the higher self too. ORIGIN OF RUDRAKSHA In Shrimad Devibhagwat, the following description is given with regard to origin of Rudraksha on Earth, as narrated by Lord Shiva Himself to his son Kartikeya: “In olden times, a demon named Tripurasur won over all Devtas and killed many of them. Lord Brahma…Continue Reading “RUDRAKSHA – A MEDICINE”

ETYMOLOGY: Rudraksha is a genus of large evergreen trees with more than 360 species found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It belongs to the family of Elaeocarpus. Its scientific classification is as under: Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Mangoliopsida Family: Elaeocarpaceae Genus: Elaeocarpus Type: E, Serratus Linn, Eganitus, Roxb, etc. In the late nineteenth century, a botanist, Dr. William Roxburgh had classified the most popular variety of these trees found in Nepal while studying the flora of India and Nepal in his capacity as Director, Indian Botanical Garden, Kolkata. He is…Continue Reading “RUDRAKSHA – A MEDICINE : ETYMOLOGY”

According to Ayurveda, a person’s health can be maintained by balancing Vat (wind), Pitta (bile), and Kapha (phlegm). As Rudraksha influences the mind through its subtle electro-magnetic properties, many diseases can be cured using it. Vat, Pitta and Kapha gets regulated when a person’s thought process is streamlined. This is possible as one becomes fearless and calms down and maintain stable mind. A stable and calm mind makes the body strong and strengthens the immune system, which in turn wards off diseases. Rudraksha is Vaataghna; meaning Rudraksha is vital in treating chest…Continue Reading “RUDRAKSHA AND AYURVEDA”