Q&A: Ayurveda: Is is safe to take Shilajit, Triphala-Guggul and Ashwagandha together on a daily basis?

Ayurveda: Is is safe to take Shilajit, Triphala-Guggul and Ashwagandha together on a daily basis? I started taking these three herbs (the dosage sold by tattvasherbs.com) daily and nightly three weeks ago. This week, I notice that I have gained something like 8lbs and that I am bloated. I am active and eat a low-fat diet. Could this be related? I also take Alma and Bacopa regularly. My energy levels are great since taking the herbs and I'm pleased with what they have done for my mental clarity, stress levels, and ability to be motivated. I am just confused by this side effect. I know … [Read more...]

Ashwagandha gets US patent for vaccine adjuvant

Mumbai, Aug. 13:   A group of researchers from Pune University and Serum Institute have received a patent on the use of Ashwagandha as a vaccine adjuvant, or component that helps improve its efficacy. A medicinal herb, Ashwagandha is also referred to as Indian Gensing. In a project supported by the Department of Science and Technology, the research was part of a project to develop “botanical immunomodulators” as adjuvants to improve vaccine efficacy, said a researcher from Serum. In the past, the industry used aluminium salts as an adjuvant, but as newer vaccines are developed, industry is … [Read more...]

Most useful Ayurvedic plants


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. This plant has endless benefits, read more about it here. Andrographis (King of the bitters;  Andrographis paniculata): It stimulates the immune system and is good for influenza, sore throat, gastrointestinal parasites and infections, … [Read more...]