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Powerful Plant-Based Herbs

A variety of ayurvedic herbs.

Ayurvedic herbs are one of the oldest systems of alternative medicine, with rich texts dating back to almost 5000 years. It is only in recent years that it has started to gain popularity in western culture. These are some of the Ayurvedic herbs which have been studied and come with science-backed health benefits. Unlike synthetic drugs, these plant-based natural herbs make your body stronger from within while improving the condition as well. The list for herbs is endless but we have discussed a few common ones here:

1. Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng or Withania somnifera, is one of the most important herbs used in traditional healing. It is often described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health. It has gained popularity in the western culture due to its adaptogenic properties to combat stress and anxiety. This ancient herb also has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties, making it extremely valuable for our health. There are 2 common ways of taking Ashwagandha, either in tablet form or as a powder. Ashwagandha has a unique smell of an "ashwa" meaning horse. It is also great to be used for general debility and weakness but some people find the odour too strong to take it in plain powder form. They can either have it mixed with smoothies, juice etc or take a caplet.

2. Triphala
Triphala is a mixture of three fruits mainly called Amla (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). It is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs for improving GUT health. Considered a safe drug, almost anyone can use it to improve the general health of your digestive system. It has an action of a mild laxative in lower doses and acts as a purgative in higher doses. Triphala has been used since ancient times as a natural treatment for digestive issues like constipation. It can be taken with warm water at bedtime if using in powder form or as a tablet or liquid.

3. Shatavari
Shatavari powder, also known as Asparagus Racemosus, is one of the best known herbs in ayurvedic medicine to improve reproductive health of women and men. Shatavari  translates into “she who possesses a hundred husbands'' and helps women in every stage of life. The benefits of Shatavari include reducing the symptoms of PMS to symptoms of menopause, Controlling hot flashes, aiding in the path towards conception and postpartum disease and even regulating hormonal imbalances and other hormonal issues.

4. Amla (Indian gooseberry)
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberries, is one of the most potent sources of vitamin C. High concentrations of vitamin C in amla provide immune support, keeping common colds away. This superfruit with high vitamin C content also aids in eye health. It is an uncommon balance of sweet, sour, pungent, and bitter flavors. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic Medicine as a rejuvenating tonic beneficial for balancing the body and for aiding in daily, gentle cleansing and detoxification.

5. Gotu kola
Gotu kola, also known as Centella Asiatica, is an ancient herb known for longevity. Widely popular in regions of India and China, used by ancient people to live up to 100 years. Gotu kola is used in Ayurvedic healing to balance all three doshas — Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. It is  relaxing for pitta, calming vata in the mind, and beneficial in reducing excess kapha in the body. Scientific studies have proved Gotu kola to have an anti aging effect on the mind and memory enhancing effects as well. Powerful adaptogens are known to improve memory, concentration and alertness.

 

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