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Kutki

Kutki

Kutki, Kutki Benefits

Kutki is a very bitter root that has wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It grows in the freezing climate of the Himalayas and evidently absorbs some of this ‘cooling’ property from its surrounding environment. Kat.uka- literally means ‘pungent’ which is strange as it is a very bitter tasting herb.

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Kalmegh

Kalmegh

kalmeghhKalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) is annual herb which occurs throughout India. Kalmegh is bitter tonic and is useful in treating fever, liver disorders, worms, abdominal gas and constipation.Kalmegh has antipyretic (lowers fevers), anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiparasitic and hepatoprotective (liver proteccting) activities.

Arjuna

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Arjuna

arjunaArjuna or Terminalia arjuna is a unique herb that helps maintain a healthy heart and reduces the effects of stress and nervousness. Arjuna promotes effective cardiac functioning and has been the herb of choice in Ayurveda for cardiovascular health. Arjuna supports normal heart function, heart muscle energy, platelet function, and blood pressure levels.

Gurmar

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Gurmar

gurmarGymnema comes to us from mainland India and several parts of Africa and has a deep history rooted in Ayurvedic medicine. Currently it is one of the major botanicals being administered for those suffering from diabetes, in boosting insulin levels and controlling healthy blood sugar levels.

Amla

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Amla

amlaAmla is one of the most often used herb in Indian ayurveda. It has a reputation as a powerful rejuvenating herb. The Amla fruit is reputed to have the highest content of vitamin C of any natural occurring substances in nature. Organic amla is almost good for everyone on a regular basis.

Gurmar (Gymnema)

Gurmar (Gymnema)

Gymnema

Gymnema

  • Botanical Name : Gymnema Sylvestre
  • Family : Asclepiadaceae
  • Hindi: Gurmar booti
  • English name : Gymnema Sylvestre ‘Sugar Destroyer’
  • Ayurvedic Name : Gurmar (Gumar)
  • Parts used : Leaves
  • Habitat and Botany : A climbing plant common in Central and Southern India.
  • Kingdom : Plantae
  • Order : Gentianales
  • Genus: Gymnema
  • Product Offered : Root and Leaves

History

Although gymnema has recently attracted the attention of health professionals in the West, it has been used in India for 2,000 years to treat diabetes.

Effects:

According to herbalprovider.com, the sugar-lowering action of gymnema leaves is gradual, quite different from the rapid effect of prescription hypoglycemic drugs.

Benefits:

Gymnemic leaves contain acids that reduce intestinal absorption of glucose, stimulate the pancreas to increase insulin production, and decrease sugar craving by causing sugar to taste like grit or sandpaper.

Treatment of Diabetes.

As discussed above, one of the most popular ways in which gymnema sylvestre has been used is for the treatment of diabetes. One study that examined the effects of gymnema sylvestre on type I diabetics found a significant improvement in blood sugar levels and insulin requirements. These results were mirrored in another study which evaluated the effect of this herb on type II diabetics. It is important to note that in this study, the patients received an extract from the leaf of the gymnema sylvestre herb.

Decreased Sugar Cravings.

Another great dietary benefit associated with gymnema sylvestre is a decrease in sugar cravings. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who struggle against an affinity for sweets in their goal to lose weight. Research has found that when the leaves of the gymnema sylvestre plant are applied directly to the tongue or are chewed, there is a decrease in the ability of the subject to taste sweet foods. This may limit cravings and binges, thereby helping to achieve significant weight loss results.

Other Benefits.

Finally, gymnema sylvestre has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of high triglyceride levels. Lowering your blood triglycerides can help in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

Possible Risks of Gymnema Sylvestre.

As discussed above, one of the primary used of gymnema sylvestre is for the treatment of high blood sugar levels. While these high sugar levels can be very dangerous, having a blood sugar that is too low can also result in serious health conditions, including lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, nausea, and even coma. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking gymnema sylvestre to find out whether or not this herbal supplement is right for you. Always remember that is it better to be safe than sorry.

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TULSI

TULSI

Tulsi

  • Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum, Ocimum sanctum
  • Family Name:Lamiaceae
  • Common Name: Sweet Basil, Babui Tulsi/ Bantulsi
  • Part Used: Leaves

Uses :

  • Adaptogenic effect
  • Anti allergic effects
  • Anti diabetic effect
  • Anti spasmodic
  • As a vitalizer
  • In metabolic disorder
  • In general debility
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anti bacterial
  • Antiviral

Ayurvedic concept :

Tulsi has great range of health benefits, mostly for correcting the function of the respiratory system. The dried plant has been used for centuries as a immunity booster along with tea. It is traditionally used to promote optimum respiratory health. Recent investigations have shown that Tulsi has anti-stress, adaptogenic, anti-secretory, histamine-antagonistic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, nervine, anabolic, cardiac-depressant, and anti-fertility properties. In addition it offers a hypoglycemic smooth muscle relaxant to promote smooth muscle contraction.Juice of fresh leaves is antibacterial , Antifungal and antitubercular, antistress , Hypotensive, , anti asthmatic , anti-inflammatory and asthmatic, for peptic ulcer , colitis, liver disorders , adaptogen , expectorant, antipyretic , stimulating expectorant , in stomach and gastric disorders. This is Kapha vatta, shamak.

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Shankhpushpi

Shankhpushpi

  • Botanical Name: Convolvulus pluricaulis
  • Family Name – Convolvulaceae
  • Common Name – Shaknhpushpi
  • Part Used – Panchanga(all five components of plant)
  • Product Offered – Panchanga(all five components of plant)

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties

  • Rasa- Katu (pungent), and Kashya (astringent)
  • Guna – Guru(heavy),Sara(unstable),Snigdha(oily),Pichchila (stiky)
  • Virya- Ushna (hot)*
  • Vipaka- Madhura (sweet)
  • Doshakarma – Tridoshahara (alleviate all the three Dosha)

Shankhpushpi(Convolvulus pluricaulis)

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Indication:

Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus pluricaulis is an indigenous plant commonly mentioned in Ayurveda, an ancient system of Indian medicine, as a rasayana which is mainly advocated for use in mental stimulation and rejuvenation therapy. Little human research has been published in the Western medical literature regarding this plant. One study shows Shankhapushpi to have anti-ulcer effects due to augmentation of mucosal defensive factors like mucin secretion and glycoprotein’s. Another study showed that Shankhapushpi may be helpful in improving symptoms of hyperthyroidism by reducing the activity of a liver enzyme.

The whole herb is used medicinally in the form of decoction with cumin and milk in fever, nervous debility, loss of memory, also in syphilis, and scrofula. Shankhapushpi is used as a brain tonic. It is used as a tonic, alterative and febrifuge. It is a sovereign remedy in bowel complaints especially dysentery. The plant is reported to be a prominent memory improving drug. It is used as a psycho stimulant and tranquilizer. It is reported to reduce mental tension. The ethanolic extract of the plant reduces total serum cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids and nonesterfied fatty-acid.

Description:

Shankhapushpi is used traditionally to treat nervous debility, insomnia, fatigue, low energy level. Shankhapushpi is used as a brain tonic

There is a pertinent reference in Ayurvedic literature about the use of the drug as brain tonic in hypotensive syndromes. The pharmacological studies of the herb have shown varying degree of its hypotensive and tranquilizing effects.

Clinical studies have exhibited demonstrable beneficial effects in the patients of anxiety neurosis. The herb induces a feeling of calm and peace, good sleep and a relief in anxiety, stresses, mental fatigue, producing a significant reduction in the level of anxiety, neuroticism arising due to various levels of stresses.

The herb appears to produce its action by modulation of neuro-chemistry of the brain. Further, the herb is non-toxic and its use does not produce any side effects. On the other hand, there is invigorating effect in improvement of health and weight gain.

Ayurvedic classics namely Charak, Sushrita, Astang Sangrah and Astang Harida provide ample reference for management of various diseases. According to Ayurvedic concept, Rasayan therapy simultaneously effects the body and mind and brings about physical and psychic improvement. This therapy prevents the effects, ageing, develops intelligence and increases the body resistance against diseases.

There is an imperative need for in-depth scientific investigations on the specific ideology of medicines and the procedure of Rasayan Chikitsa discussed in Ayurveda.

The World Health Organisation has laid down that “”Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity””. Rasayana drug in Ayurveda may be equated with modern immunomodulator drugs since they possess similar properties and perform similar functions.

A twining perennial herb, Convolvulus pluricaulis occurs in the plains of Northern Indian and Bihar. The whole plant is one of the most important Medha Rasayana drugs in Ayurveda. Its use improves the balance and vitiation in Kapha-vata-pitta doshas and the herb is astringent and bitter.

Chemical studies of whole plant have shown the presence of glycosides, coumarins, flavonoids and alkaloids. Shankha pushpine, (the alkaloid) has been identified as active principle. B. sitosterol glycoside, Hydroxy Cinnamic acid, Octacosanol tetracosane alongwith glucose, sucrose also have been isolated from the plant drugs.

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Shatavari

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

  • Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus
  • Family Name: Asparagaceae or  Liliaceae
  • Common Name: Shatavari, Indian Asparagus, Hundred Roots, Asparagus roots
  • Part Used: Roots
  • Active Compounds: shatavarins I-IV, Sistosterol, Asparagamine

Introduction:

Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, is a climbing plant which grows in low jungles areas throughout India. This sweet and bitter herb is particularly balancing to Pitta Dosha.

In India, Shatavari is considered the women’s equivalent to Ashwagandha. The name translates to “she who possesses 100 husbands”, referring to the herbs rejuvenative effect upon the female reproductive organs. In Australia the herb is more often used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and as an external wash for wounds.

The healing qualities of Shatavari are useful to a wide array of ailments. It is well known for it effects on the female reproductive system. It is also effective in a number of other systems of the body and is therefore of use to both men and women

Properties:

  • Nutritive tonic
  • Rejuvenative
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Galactogogue
  • Laxative
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antacid
  • Diuretic
  • Ant tumor
  • Demulcent
  • Neuro protective

Indications:

Shatavari is perhaps best known as a female rejuvenative. It is useful for infertility, decreased libido, threatened miscarriage, menopause, leucorrhea and has the ability to balance pH in the cervical area. Dry membranes, such as those on the vaginal wall, are also brought into balance through the herbs demulcent action. Men may benefit from the herb as well in the treatment of impotence and general sexual debility. In addition to it’s applications for reproductive organs, Shatavari is also quite effective for stomach ulcers, hyperacidity and diarrhea. Dry and irritated membranes in the upper respiratory tract are soothed by this herb making it useful in cases of bronchitis and chronic fevers. It is believed to bring into balance all of the body’s fluids

Medicinal Uses:

Many of these benefits abound because Shatavari contains phyto-estrogens, hormones that normalize estrogen levels and also play an important role in preserving women’s long term health. Clinical studies suggest that plant estrogen’s are better than drugs for hormone balancing since they do not produce negative side effects such as uterine cancer. This gentle herb will promote an easier balanced life.

For men it is a nutritive tonic similar to ginseng. Because Shatavari is a gentle herb which regulates growth, is a systemic tonic, and is calming, it is considered, along with Ashwagandha and Brahami, to be excellent for children. It is also recommended for seniors because it soothes the systemic dryness which is part of the natural aging process. For post-menopausal women it is especially good when taken with a cup of saffron milk

Shatavari has a strong rejuvenating, nurturing, and stabilizing effect on excessive air, gas, dryness and agitation in the body and mind. As such it is traditionally used for nervousness, anorexia, insomnia, hyperactive children, and people who are underweight. It promotes positive emotions while calming airy sensitivity and the fiery emotions such as irritability, anger, jealousy, resentment, and hatred. It also helps with pain, agitated sleep, disturbing dreams, and those who have weak emotional and physical heart. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion.

The male reproductive system will also benefit from Shatavari. It may be used in cases of sexual debility, impotence, spermatorrhea, and inflammation of sexual organs.

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Dosage:

1 to 2 capsules one time or two times per day.

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Contra indication ::

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Shilajit

Shilajit

Description :

Shilajit is obtained from rocks in the Himalayan region. It is a form of mineral that drips from the cracks of the rocks during hot weather. It is the decomposition of plant matter in the rocks from thousands and ten of thousands of years in the past. The bio transformed plant matter is extruded from the rocks by geothermal pressures. It is collected in raw form for further purification. Walking high in the Himalayan Mountains, a thick rich paste oozing out from the rocks in the towering cliffs is Shilajit. It increases the core energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power, the same force that is withered by stress and anxiety. Shilajit is well known for renewing vitality.

Formation:

Shilajit is exudates that is pressed out from layers of rock in sacred mountains in Nepal and other high mountains. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. Humus is formed when soil microorganisms decompose animal and plant material into elements usable by plants. Plants are the source of all our food and humus is the source of plant food. Unlike other soil humus, Shilajit humus consists of 60 – 80% organic mass. About 200 million years ago, India was a large island off the Australian coast separated from the Eurasian continent by the Tethys Sea. The Indian continent drifted north at a rate of about 9 meters a century. This movement lead to the eventual disappearance of the Tethys sea. 40 to 50 million years ago the Indian continent collided with the Asian continent. This caused the sea bed of the Tethys sea to be pushed up and keep moving up to eventually form the Himalayan mountains. The Himalayan mountains continue to rise more than 1 Centimeter a year. During this transition the mineral rich and fertile soil of the sea bed gave rise to a lush and dense tropical jungle. As the ground continued to be pushed up to become mountains a lot of the plants became trapped by layers of rock and soil and remained preserved for thousands of years. These plants had never been exposed to any chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. They are gradually transformed into Humus, a rich organic mass that is food for new plant life. Due to microbial action and the tremendous pressure from the weight of the mountains the Humus was transformed into a dense, viscous, mineral rich mass. This is Shilajit. The trapped layers of Shilajit become exposed due to the freezing winters, hot summer sun and erosion from monsoon rains. Shilajit will “flow” out from between the cracks in the layers of rock during the summer when the temperature of the mountains gets warm enough and the Shilajit becomes less viscous. The native Nepali people them climb the mountains, repel down cliffs to collect the Shilajit

Contents:

Our health is more dependent on minerals than on protein, carbohydrates or vitamins. Minerals are on every cell of the body and are vital for our overall mental and physical well being. The body cannot manufacture any minerals. They must be obtained via diet. Due to depletion of minerals in the soil and in order to get enough minerals from the typical diet, we would have to eat more than we could possibly want to. The majority of the population is deficient in the 84 minerals required by the body and mind. The inevitable result is reduced health and longevity.

Indications:

  • It is known as the Conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness
  • It is used for general physical strengthening
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidant : it is able to cross the blood brain barrier
  • Blood sugar stabilization. Use for the prevention and stabilization of Diabetes

Libido enhancement:

Shilajit in India is an aphrodisiac. It is well known that Shilajit would return the libido of people to a level of teenagers. It will keep your Vigor, Vitality and Energy at optimum levels. Shilajit works like Viagra to enhance the effect of nitric oxide to produce an erection. It is also called as “Indian Viagra”.

  • Injury healing
  • Urinary tract rejuvenation
  • Enhanced brain function
  • Bone healing
  • Kidney rejuvenation
  • Immune system strengthening-, it will keep your Vigor, Vitality and Energy at optimum levels
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity and many other applications for numerous conditions
  • Traditionally Shilajit was designed for countering Diabetes, regulating the blood sugar level, improving pancreas function, purifying the blood, improving spleen function, strengthening digestion, improving metabolism, reducing fat, dissolving tumors, reducing tiredness, counteracting thirst, as a powerful rejuvenator, and as a sexual enhancer

Chemistry:

The porous Fulvic acid and Humic acids in Shilajit carry herbal compounds deeply into the tissues of the body. These porous carrying cavities also hook toxins and escort them out of the body.

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