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Earlier this month, I did a post on Understanding Ayuvedics for Hair Growth where we talked about 12 of these Amazing Herbs that Strengthen, Repair & Nourish hair strands, improve scalp conditions and stimulation….(you can read the latest post here). These traditional Herbs have been proven to benefit more than just our Hair & Scalp. So let’s begin with the basics….
"Ayurvedic Herbalism is not of the east or the west, of ancient or modern time. It is a science of living that encompasses the whole of life, and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. A knowledge that belongs to all living beings." ~ Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, 'The Yoga of Herbs'.
The name Ayurveda originates from two Indian words: AYUR: meaning life, and VEDA: meaning science of knowledge. In Simpler terms it means knowledge concerning the maintenance of life. The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is PREVENTIVE, treating people before a disorder has a chance to manifest itself. The name Ayurveda originates from two Indian words: Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, meaning knowledge or science. In a broad sense it means knowledge concerning the maintenance of life. THE Key concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal connectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha). The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is preventative and treating people before a disorder has a chance to manifest itself.
Ayurveda evolved from the ancient Wisdom of Healers, Prophets & Rishis that lived deep in the Himalayas. Their wisdom was passed down orally from teacher to student, and eventually written down only in the last 5,000 years in Sanskrit and named the Vedas. Ayurvedic Herbal medicine has been refined by over thousands of years of practical application and experience. In about 800 BC, the first medical healing school was founded in India. A well-known scholar, healer and herbalist Charaka in his writings described 1,500 medicinal plants in his book the 'Charaka Samhita'. This valuable herbal book is still used as a major reference text and is still consulted by modern Ayurvedic herbal practitioners.
So in Lamens terms…what is this Knowledge? Well Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine is as old as “life” itself and is a practice that has withstood the test of time…Its Scientifics is simply based on Life’s ability to Maintain, Prevent & Heal itself through its own Knowledge. So let’s begin to discuss some of these Herbs and how they Benefit the Body from the Inside Out.
AMLA (emblic myrobalan): Is a fruit also Known as Gooseberry which is green in color and has a sour/bitter taste. It has about 60 to 100 calories and contains about 80% water.
How to USE: Fresh Amla Fruit (try your local indian store or order from authentic india website), Amla C Capsules (best before meals), Amla Juice, Powdered Amla (best inexpensive option). Make sure you use quality, natural Amla and use the recommended dosage. It is best to start with a small amount to see how your body responds.
ASHWAGANDHA (withania somnifera): The name of this shrub roughly translates as, “Strength of Plant Horse.” Its roots have been medicinally used for thousands of years.
BRAHMI (bacopa monnieri): Known as Indian Pennywort; the leaves are round, coin shaped and grows in groups of twos or threes. It is widely known for Brain Stimulation. It can take 6 – 8 weeks or longer to see results with regular use.
How to USE: Can be taken in Capsules, Oil or Powder (make sure it is pure and all natural). Can also be infused to drink as a Tea.
BHRINGRAJ (eclipta alba): A plant known as the “Ruler or King of Rejuvenation”.
How to USE: Bhringraj Oil or Capsule, Bhringraj Powder (best inexpensive option).
FENUGREEK SEED (trigonella foenum-graecum): Known as Greek hay or Methi leaves which is an herb that contains seed pods that are yellow- to amber-colored.
NEEM (azadirachta indica): Neem is an Evergreen tree known as the Sacred Plant.
NETTLE (urtica dioica): Known as Stinging Nettle due to its stinging burn when the hairs on the leaves and stems are touched.
TRIPHALA: A common element in many Ayurvedic protocols, Triphala is not one plant, but three. The Sanskrit word actually means “three fruits,” (tri = three, phala = fruit), and it represents the combination of (AMLA) Emblica officinalis, (“BAHERA” TREE) Belleric myrobalan and (TERMINALIA CHEBULA TREE) Chebulic myrobalan. This unique combination has existed in Ayurveda for thousands of years and is considered as a SINGLE ENTITY.
PLEASE SEEK A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL HERBAL OR AYURVEDIC PRACTIONER OR DIETICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY HERBAL REGIMEN!
DO NOT USE AYURVEDIC MEDICINE TO REPLACE CONVENTIONAL CARE WITHOUT SEEING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ANY MEDICAL PROBLEM.
WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING OR THINKING OF USING AYURVEDICS TO TREAT CHILDREN SHOULD CONSULT THEIR (OR THEIR CHILD’S) HEALTH CARE PHYSICIAN.
TELL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ABOUT ANY CONVENTIONAL AND/OR HERBAL APPROACHES YOU ARE USING.
•NO STATES IN THE UNITED STATES LICENSE AYURVEDIC PRACTIONERS, ALTHOUGH A FEW HAVE APPROVED AYURVEDIC SCHOOLS AND INTENSIVE TRAINING.
WITH ANY HERBS, IT IS BEST TO START WITH A SMALL DOSAGE OR AMOUNT TO SEE HOW YOUR BODY RESPONDS.
So there you have it!!! There are many, many Ayurvedic Herbs that can be used to prevent many diseases; I just touched on a few to give a generalized idea of how they work and how they can be incorporated to enjoy their benefits. So what do you think? Have you tried or are using Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines? How have they benefited your overall Health?
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