Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word loosely translating into ‘The Science of Life’, is a medicinal practice that started and evolved in India. A concept of traditional medicine, Ayurveda is a form of medication that is used to treat several ailments, ranging from heart problems to basic nourishment. As per statistics, at least 80% of Indian people depend on Ayurveda as the sole treatment for bodily problems, with several other overseas users considering it as ‘alternative medicine’.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the concept of 3 doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. These comprise the 5 earth elements of air, water, fire, space and earth. It is largely believed that an imbalance of these doshas leads to disharmony in the body. Here is a list of a few ayurvedic herbs that are used to bring about a balance in the body elements.
Better known as Turmeric, Haldi or Haridra is widely used in India to treat infections, skin diseases and fevers. Taken by itself or mixed with honey and lemon, Turmeric also works wonders in treating wounds, ulcers and acne. It’s rather distasteful to consume by itself, so the best way is to combine it with cooked vegetables or as mentioned, honey or lemon.
The Indian Gooseberry is extremely rich in Vitamin C, and is being used to treat various ailments in India since the ancient times. Known for its ability to cure skin ailments, fever and liver and heart problems, Amla also increases the red blood cell count, fights anemia and eye diseases. The sour fruit can be consumed alone on a daily basis for a specific period of time.
The licorice root, also known as Jethimadh or Yashti Madhu, is a common treatment for skin problems, cold and cough and liver issues. The anti-inflammatory root is known for its cooling properties that keep the body hale and hearty. Almost all conditions involving the liver, lungs, bowels and blood can be cured by this herb. However, large doses must be avoided.
4. Kunvar Patha
The Sanskrit word for Aloe Vera, Kunvar Patha heals infections, asthma, tumours, constipation and wounds. The multi-fold uses of this plant don’t end here. Known to brighten skin and hair, aloe vera comes in the form of juices, gels and washes. With usage methods available via consumption and application, this vastly popular plant can be grown within your own home.
Popularly known as the Winter Cherry, Ashwagandha is popularly used to treat general debility, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, paralysis and lack of stamina. It is believed to induce a reduction in stress, automatically leading to overall health. Small doses of this herb can be taken twice a day for a month to bring about the best results.
Triphala is popular as a rasayana or a rejuvenator. It is the combination of three herbs – Amalaki, Haritaki and Bhibitaki. In Ayurveda, Triphala is often spoken of as a miracle ‘drug’ capable of helping in a wide range of ailments. It is especially seen as providing great support for the entire digestive system.
The ancient practice of using these herbs is well researched over time, and is signified by their usage during times when allopathic medicine was nonexistent. Irrespective of how well these medicinal herbs work, avoid taking large doses. Use regularly but sparingly. Opt for medicines and body products that contain natural products like ones mentioned above and minimize your use of chemicals. Besides this, the basic routine of good eating, sleeping and exercising will only lead to proper absorption of these herbs.