Most useful Ayurvedic plants

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Aloe Vera (aloe barbadensis): Contains high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and natural sugars. It is good for the digestion, liver, blood, reproductive system and as a laxative. As a gel it is excellent mixed with ghee for burns and piles. Also helps with constipation, obesity, inflammatory skin conditions and conjunctivitis. Andrographis (King of the bitters;  Andrographis paniculata): It stimulates the immune system and is good for influenza, sore throat, gastrointestinal parasites and infections, urinary infections, respiratory infections, inflamed skin … [Read more...]

Classification of ayurvedic plants and herbs

Herbal Tea Assortment

Herbs used in Ayurveda are classified according to their taste (rasa), their energetic effect (virya), their post-digestive effect (vipaka) and their post-digestive effect (prabhava). The initial taste (rasa) indicates the properties it possesses and the therapeutic effects it will have. Thus, a bitter, astringent taste will have a very different action on the body than a sweet, sour taste or a spicy, pungent taste. Sweet taste is composed of earth and water and is represented in sugars and starches. It balances vata and pitta, increases ojas and promotes growth in the body. It nourishes … [Read more...]

Recipe to a balanced Pitta dosha

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Pitta dosha is made up of the elements of fire and water through which it manifests the qualities of pungent, hot, penetrating, oily, sharp, liquid, spreading and sour. Its primary function is transformation and is the force of metabolic activity in  the body associated with  the endocrine function, digestion, body temperature, visual perception, hunger, thirst, and skin quality. In Western terms we can categorise the activities of pitta in terms of amino acids, enzymes, bile, hydrochloric acid and hormones. This explains the seemingly contradictory combination of fire and water to form … [Read more...]

How to balance Vata dosha ?

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Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls the flow of blood, the elimination of waste products, the act of breathing and the movement of thoughts in the mind. It is considered the leader of the three doshas (energies or energetic  principles in the body) as Pitta and Kapha cannot move or exist without it. It is therefore imperative that Vata is brought back into balance whenever it is disturbed.   You need to balance the movement of Vata if many of the following conditions are present: •   Your skin or hair is dry, rough and thin. •   You feel cold easily or … [Read more...]

Postpartum Ayurveda Tips: How to avoid depression?

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According to Ayurvedic medicine, choices made the first 42 days after birth influence a woman’s health and ability to mother and partner for the next 42 years.  India and many older countries, such as China, Columbia, and Japan, all have similar ways of treating a mother postpartum and they recognize the mother’s invisible work that goes on after giving birth.  In the United States the maternal physiological needs during postpartum are often ignored; the focus tends to be more on the external and baby’s needs.  Many women feel it is a sign of accomplishment to get back to ‘normal life’ as soon … [Read more...]

Ayurveda gets the nod from the Swiss government – swissinfo.ch

swissinfo.chAyurveda gets the nod from the Swiss governmentswissinfo.ch“Training institutes and schools offer diplomas but they are not officially recognised," Catherine Goodman Zosso, vice president of the Swiss Professional Association for Ayurveda Practitioners and Therapists (VSAMT), told swissinfo.ch. She believes ...and more » ayurveda - Google News … [Read more...]

Drug rule change: Ayurveda physician rue ‘ambiguities’ – Times of India

Drug rule change: Ayurveda physician rue 'ambiguities'Times of IndiaVARANASI: The state government's resolution to amend Drugs and Cosmetics Rule 1945 to empower Ayurvedic physicians to write prescription of Allopathic medicines was welcomed by them. But, subsequent notification of this amendment has disappointed ...and more » ayurveda - Google News … [Read more...]