Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of healing, uses more than 5,000 herbs. Some of these are
especially versatile and well-matched for resolving common problems we encounter today, and have
become popular remedies and preventive supplements for a variety of conditions.
Ashwagandha enhances vitality. This herb is crucial for people suffering from too much stress, or who
Especially helpful for anxiety, stress, and adrenal dysfunction, ashwagandha can be an alternative to
antianxiety and antidepressant medications. It lowers inflated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and
enhances natural levels of testosterone and DHEA, hormones that help maintain overall strength and
It also calms harmful levels of inflammation.
A classic Ayurvedic combination of three Indian herbs (haritaki, bahera, and amla, sometimes spelled
slightly differently), triphala is used to enhance digestion and regularity, and helps good bacteria to
flourish in the gut.
One of the herbs in triphala, amla is also used on its own for rejuvenation, especially in cases of anemia
or a weak immune system. It can be helpful for frequent colds or flu, ongoing cough, bronchitis, or upper-respiratory tract infections. Amla is also used in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
As a tea, holy basil is a traditional Indian remedy for colds and flu, and is also used to relieve other
respiratory infections, asthma, and seasonal allergies, and to counteract stress and anxiety.
The herb is often found in combination herbal formulas.
A remedy for fungal, bacterial, and viral infections, neem is especially useful in preventing and treating
shingles and the associated nerve pain, as well as ringworm.
It should always be taken with food, as it lowers blood sugar, and can drive levels too low if taken on an empty stomach.
Also called Terminalia arjuna, this herb relieves angina, the chest pain related to heart disease, by
relaxing and widening blood vessels in a similar way to nitroglycerin. It also strengthens blood vessels
and makes them more elastic, and enhances collagen levels. Arjuna can be taken to treat or lower the
risk of developing heart disease.
THE SPICE OF LIFE Turmeric purifies the blood and the channels of the body. It improves the skin’s
complexion, bringing circulation and nutrition to the skin. Relieves arthritis and other pain, cleans
arteries, relieves depression, helps with indigestion, and may relieve symptoms of PMS and many
inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It’s also used to reduce cancer
risk and enhance cancer treatment.
Although it can be used by both men and women to strengthen the reproductive system, shatavari is
best known as a female tonic that balances hormones. The herb enhances fertility, reduces vaginal
dryness when menopausal symptoms begin and after menopause, and reduces hot flashes.
BRAIN TONIC Brahmi is the #1 tonic for the brain and nervous system. Its leaves even look like the
brain! Brahmi also balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and decalcifies the pineal gland.
It is tridoshic, but is especially beneficial for balancing high Pitta conditions. Brahmi removes toxins and
blockages from the nervous system. It helps with depression, enhances intelligence and improves
memory and concentration. Brahmi enhances the overall cellular wisdom in the body. It also happens to
be great for hair growth! Take Brahmi every morning to rejuvenate the body-mind.
Ayurveda has the oldest, most developed herbal system in the world – it has been in continuous use for
at least 5,000 years. The ancient Vedic seers in India compiled and classified the medicinal and healing
properties of hundreds of herbs into an herbal healing system that can be accessed and utilized by
anyone in our contemporary lives.
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