The Benefits Of Ayurvedic Herbs – Ayurveda Herbology 101
Ayurveda has recently been recognized by the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) as an effective complementary health system.
Thus, an important aspect of Ayurveda is using and integrating specific Ayurvedic herbs and formulas to support balance, health and well-being.
The vast field of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbology is gaining more importance and popularity across the planet because of its amazing therapeutic effects.
Ayurvedic herbs are known to give a solution for all kinds of diseases and conditions where it is often considered impossible by other fields of medical science.
Each herb has unique medicinal properties with various aromas and flavors. They act as synergistic mechanisms to bring balance & harmony between the mind, body, emotions and spirit.
In ancient times man lived very close to nature and whenever he got ill or out of balance, he used the resources and materials provided by mother nature, which usually consisted of herbs and natural foods.
The sages in ancient times were mainly involved in meditating on and experimenting with different kinds of herbs thus then being able to prepare various Ayurvedic medicines from them.
Study of each herb in-depth, along with its effects on the doshas was and still is considered for designing Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Each herb with its own characteristics are then used for specific diseases and its treatment.
An Ayurvedic herb is a plant or root source which is used in the preparation of specific Ayurvedic medicines. The plant as a whole with its leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots, bark, and resin has medicinal values apart from its flavor and fragrance.
Using the plants or roots as a whole is considered to be more efficacious than the separate substances. Ayurvedic formulas can however be blended with extracts of certain parts to enhance strength and concentrations.
Ayurvedic herbs work effectively to fight various infections and diseases, thereby gaining quick recovery. They are also used for health purposes as daily tonics and rejuvenates.
Most importantly, Ayurvedic herbs work holistically on both the external and internal functions rather than simply focusing on curing a diseases. They address the root cause.
They also promote an internal harmony of various body parts and rejuvenate the whole bodily system rather than focusing on a specific organ of the body.
Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and formulas are now produced and sold all over the world. There are also a medical doctors, councils and organizations whose role is to create authentic herbal formulas based on the ancient Ayurvedic texts from the Rishis.
With so many supplements and herbs on the market now, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right ones that will be beneficial for each unique individual.
In the next series of blog post on PlanetWell.com I will be describing various types of Ayurvedic herbs; what there functions are and what benefits they offer.
In addition I will describe which herbs are best for certain conditions and specific individual constitutions. For now, here are some general benefits of Ayurvedic Herbs
Benefits of Ayurvedic Herbs
- Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulas aid in proper absorption and thereby promote good digestion.
- Ayurvedic herbs are considered to be a source of rejuvenating energy for both the mind and the emotions
- Ayurvedic herbs are self-contained, non-invasive and non-toxic, so it can be used safely as an alternative therapy or alongside conventional therapies.
- Ayurvedic herbs are said to have no side effects when consumed in the proper dosage.
- Ayurvedic herbs help support and restore the entire immune system of the body.
- Ayurvedic herbs can help treat many acute and chronic conditions.
Treating common health conditions with Ayurvedic herbs
- Infections – both internally and externally
- Autoimmune disorders
- Digestive conditions – including IBS, Colitis and Chron’s
- Cognitive disorders
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic conditions
- Hormonal disorders
Although Ayurvedic herbs can be extremely effective as part of a treatment protocol, they can and should also be used as a preventative for many common health conditions.
Ayurvedic herbs and herbal remedies varies for each individual as they are based on various factors like age, gender, strength of bodily tissues, digestive fires, amounts of ama (toxins) in the body and individual constitution types (dosha type).
Always consult with an Ayurvedic health practitioner to determine the right types and amounts of Ayurvedic herbal medicines that are right for you.