Ayurveda is a traditional and natural method of healing with its historical origin in the Indian subcontinent. It is based on the idea of balancing bodily systems by using herbal treatment, yogic breathing and diet. Ayurveda uses over 5000 herbs out of which some are versatile and suitable for curing problems that we encounter commonly in our day-to-day life.
Five common medicinal herbs found in India
- BASIL LEAVES :
Commonly known as tulsi and can be found in the courtyard of each and every household. Tulsi is every Indian’s traditional method of curing a common cold and flu. It is also used to relieve asthma, seasonal allergies, bronchitis and loss of appetite.
- PEPPERMINT :
This particular plant leaves are also known as “Pudina” and are popular for their taste and cooling effects. Nevertheless, its medicinal values like aiding in digestion and relieving a sore throat cannot be ignored. It works wonder for almost every digestive woe. Consumption of mint can bring a soothing effect for asthmatic patients as it is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. Mint’s strong and refreshing smell could help rejuvenate mind by beating stress.
- CURCUMIN :
An extract of turmeric is a powerful home remedy for chronic inflammation and helps in relieving arthritic and other pain. Its anti-inflammatory property is used to treat skin conditions, Crohn’s condition, and ulcerative colitis and muscle soreness. It helps in treating digestion problems and may help in relieving symptoms of PMS and depression. Curcumin supports the body’s immune system protective capabilities to keep illness and disease at bay.
- NEEM :
Documented as the most valuable herb by Ayurveda, Neem has an abundance of uses. Every part of this tree has numerous uses as a medicinal herb. Neem leaf is used for treating leprosy, upset stomach, diseases of blood vessels and heart, fever, diabetes and many more. The bark of this tree is used to cure malaria, intestinal ulcers and skin diseases. Flower of neem tree is used for controlling phlegm, treating intestinal worms and reducing bile.
- Triphala :
The finest Ayurvedic combination of three herbs that is haritaki, bahera and amla, Triphala (the three fruits) is used to for wide varieties of ailments. Each fruit of Triphala is thought to impact positively the body’s three doshas. Being very high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties it is prescribed by an Ayurvedic practitioner for an ample variety of diseases. Triphala enhances and regulates digestion by helping flourish good bacteria in the gut.
By: Doctor Sushma Tiwary in Ayushmaanbhavah.com, Ahemdabad