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Sallaki (BOSWELLIA SERRATA)

Sallaki (BOSWELLIA SERRATA)

Description:

Boswellia is the gummy resin of the boswellia tree. It is native to India and used for centuries by Ayurvedic doctors. It is an Ayurvedic plant that contains anti-inflammatory terpenoids called boswellic acids.

  • Botanical Name – BOSWELLIA SERRATA
  • Family Name – BURSERACEAE
  • Common (Indian) Names:
  • Hindi: Guggal, Salai Guggal, Sallaki
  • English: INDIAN OLIBANUM TREE, OLIBANUM, LUBAN, GOND
  • Part Used -BARK, GUM RESIN The most important derivative of Boswellia Serrata tree is the Boswellia Gum Resin.
  • Product Offered – stems
  • Active Compounds – alkaloids and with anoloids
  • Habitat – Terminalia Arjuna is a deciduous tree (about 60-70 feet height), is abundantly found in India and Ceylon, also in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Modern medical sciences have progressed a lot in its fight against aliments concerning heart. Day by day, the numbers of heart patients are increasing. A number of medications starting from Aspirin to sophisticated open heart surgeries are now a days common in developed countries. In spite of the ultramodern technologies and the awareness programs, heart diseases like Angina pectoris and Myocardial Infraction are till today creating alarming situations in the society.

If we consider the traditional herbal system of medicine in India- Ayurveda, we will come to know that Ancient medical scientists have mentioned the remarkable cardio protective, heart muscle strengthening properties of Arjuna herb.

History:

Boswellin (Boswellia Serrata) is an ayurvedic herb that has been traditionally used in India in folk medicine as a remedy for several inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and bursitis.

Active Constituents:

The gum oleoresin consists of essential oils, gum, and terpenoids. The terpenoid portion contains the boswellic acids that have been shown to be the active constituents in boswellia. Today, extracts are typically standardized to contain 37.5–65% boswellic acids.

Benefits of Boswellia Serrata in the treatment of Arthritis:

When it comes to the cure of any ailment there is a variety of expertise available, when it comes to the wondrous tree of boswellia. Interestingly boswellia is a large branching tree which is found in the Northern Africa and the Middle East; the strips of Boswellia are peeled away, which is known as the gummy oleo-resin.its extracts have been traditionally used in the system of Ayurveda. Used as an anti arthritic, an astringent, a stimulant an antiseptic, you name it and the need is fulfilled. Known for the variety of purposes it fulfills, boswellia serrata contains oils sugars, as well as volatile oils.

It is also known to inhibit human leukocyte elastase involved in the pathogenesis of emphysema. One of the major cures this wonder drug is known to have is the beneficial effect on knee osteoarthritis. Several studies have been carried out to confirm the effects of boswellia serrata, a comparative study was undertaken to study its effects when the same was in combination of several drugs was studied in the patients suffering from the inflicting osteoarthritis patients. there were certainly reports of reduction in pain of the joints at the severity of pain had altered, in the fortunate ones who took the combination of few other Ayurvedic drugs in combination with boswellia serrata. The researches almost concluded that it showed positive effects, even the ones from pathology.

The effects were evident from the reduction of pain as well as swelling in the joints, not only in humans; in fact some animal studies performed in India also showed ingestion of a defatted alcoholic extract of boswellia serrata ingested in animals seemed to reduce the primary antibody synthesis totally inhibiting the classical complement pathway. When researches were conducted on the effects of boswellia serrata, an extract boswellic acid, had also been studied for the anti-neoplastic activity, more or less in the primary and the secondary brain tumors, , which is also undergoing an early-stage clinical trial at several clinical levels. No wonder, apart from the cure of arthritis, it has been further studied for the anti-neoplastic activity, more or less in the experimental and the secondary brain tumors that indicate potential efficacy. . Boswellia serrata is also known to be a promising alternative, no wonder it is when one sees the ancient use of the same widely known among the herbalists as a treatment for arthritis.

Many studies conducted since the original study has confirmed that Boswellia Serrata has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activity. Boswellia was found to improve blood supply to the joints and restore integrity of vessels weakened by spasm. Boswellia Serrata may also be useful for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with no side effects as those seen with traditional drugs of choice.

Potential for anti-cancer activity

Boswellic acid, an extract from Boswellia serrata, has been studied for anti-neoplastic activity, especially in experimental primary and secondary brain tumors, indicating potential efficacy from in vitro and limited clinical research. Boswellic acid is also undergoing an early-stage clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dosage:

  • For arthritis:

    300mg of boswellic acids three times a day has been used.

  • For asthma:

    300mg three times daily has been used.

  • For back pain and other areas of aching or stiffness:

    Take 300 mg boswellic acids three times a day. Or rub a pea-sized amount of cream into the area where the pain is concentrated every four to six hours. Continue as long as needed.

  • For Crohn is disease and ulcerative colitis:

    300 mg of Boswellia gum resin three times daily has been used.

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Pipali (Piper longum)

Pipali (Piper longum)

  • Botanical Name: Piper longum
  • Family Name: Piperaceae
  • Common Name: Long Pepper, Dried Catkins, Pippali, Pipal
  • Part Used: Fruit
  • Active Compounds: Fruits contain volatile oil, resin, piperine and a terpenoid substance
  • Habitat and Botany: It is a slender aromatic climber with perennial woody roots occurring in the hotter parts of India western coasts, central Himalayas to Assam and lower hills of Bengal. This is one of the rarest spices in the west. From a cousin of the familiar peppercorn, these are two inch long bud heads made up of about one hundred tiny seeds, gray in color, and tightly bunched together. Used for its peppery-gingerish flavor in ancient times

 

Description

This climbing shrub is Indigenous to India and Sri Lanka. It is cultivated in other parts

Actions:

analgesic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, carminative, expectorant.

Uses :

  • Abdominal tumors
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Digestion
  • Epilepsy
  • Flatulence
  • Gout
  • Laryngitis
  • Paralysis
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Worms

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Neem (Azadiracta indica)

Neem (Azadiracta indica)

Neem

  • Botanical Name: Azadiracta indica
  • Family Name : meliaceae
  • Common Name: Neem, Nimba, Indian Lilac
  • Part Used: leaf, bark, seed
  • Product Offered: Roots
  • Active Compounds: azadirachtin, nimbidin and nimbidol
  • Ayurvedic concepts: ras tikat, virya sheet, vipak katu, gun laghu

 

Description

Neem is a fast-growing tree with a height of 15-20 m (about 50-65 feet), rarely to 35-40 m (115-131 feet). It is evergreen. The neem tree is known fro its drought resistance property

Pharmacological actions

alterative, antipyretic, antihelmintic, expectorant, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, pesticidal, heals wounds blood cleanser, regulates blood sugar, ant allergic, antipruritic, antiseptic, bitter, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, delays clotting, insecticidal and insect repellant.

Ayurvedic concepts :

kapha pitta samaka, vrana sodhana putihara, daha prasamana, kustaghana, vedana sthapana, grahi, krmighana, dahasamaka, rakta sodhaka, ama pacana, jvaraghana,

Uses :

  • Diabetic mellitus, Diabetes insipidus, diabetic ulcer
  • All type of skin problem like dermatitis, psoriases, scabies, acne vulgaris, eczema, skin ulcers, skin wounds, chicken pox
  • All type of infections like bacterial infection( due to the active oil nimbidin and nimbidol bitter principals), fungal infection, yeast infection, worm infection, protozoa infection, inflammation
  • Many types of fevers like malaria, intermittent fever
  • Dental problems like gingivitis, tartar
  • Gynecological problems like cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory diseases
  • Others like breast tumor, lipomas, basal cell carcinoma
  • Neem derivatives neutralize nearly 500 pests worldwide, including insects, mites, ticks, and nematodes, by affecting their behaviour and physiology. Neem does not normally kill pests right away, rather it repels them and affects their growth

Contraindications:

Osteoporosis may result if taken in excess, inhibits spermatogenesis.

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Jamun

Jamun

Jamun(Syzgium cumini)

  • Botanical Name: Syzygium cumini and Eugenia Jambolana
  • Family Name: Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
  • Common Name: Engenia Jambolana, Syzygium Cumini, Java Plum, Syzygium Jambolana, Jaman, Jambu, Zamblam
  • Part Used: Seed’s powder
  • Active Compounds: amboline, ellagic acid.
  • Main Active Constituents:- Saponin

 

Description:

The evergreen Jamun plant is originally from Indonesia, Surinam and India.

An evergreen tropical tree 50 to 100 ft. tall, with oblong opposite leaves that are smooth, glossy; they have a turpentine smell. The bark is scaly gray and the trunk forks into multiple trunks about 3 – 5′ from the ground

Jamun has fragrant white flowers in branched clusters at stem tips and purplish-black oval edible berries.
The juicy fruit-pulp contains resin, gallic acid and tannin; it tastes usually from acid to fairly sweet.
The somewhat astringent, jamun fruit can be utilized for juice. This berry has only one seed. Although a tropical tree, it grows easy in sub-tropical climates and can also be found in Florida, USA.

Ayurvedic concepts :

Jambul has long been used as anti diabetic and carminative, in diarrhea, stomachache, astringent and diuretic. Very useful in leucorrhoea, and dysentery.

Uses:

  • Mainly used as an anti diabetic. It is said to have the power of checking the pathological conversion of starch into sugar in cases of increased production of glucose. It diminishes the quantity of sugar in urine and allays the unquenchable thirst caused by diabetes.
  • All parts of the java plum can be used medicinally and it has a long tradition in alternative medicine.
  • In India the bark is used for anemia, the bark and seed for diabetes which reduce the blood sugar level quickly, the fruit for dysentery, leaves juice for gingivitis (bleeding gums). In the Philippines and Suriname wine is made from the fermented fruit.

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Jatamansi

JatamansiJatamansi(Nardostachys jatamansi)

Jatamansi

  • Biological Name: Nardostachys jatamansi
  • English Name : Musk root
  • Family : Valerianaceae

 

Jatamansi means ‘whose flesh is like a dreadlock’ it is known as Jatamansi because its roots resembles the matted hair of the Himalayan ascetics. It has a superb rejuvenating effect on the mind. It is a sought after nervous relaxant and anti-spasmodic.

Action:

  • Aromatic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Stimulant
  • Diuretic
  • Nervine

Uses:

    • Convulsions
    • digestive diseases
    • epilepsy
    • flatulence
    • gastric disorders
    • heart palpitations
    • jaundice
    • kidney stones
    • respiratory diseases
    • skin conditions
    • typhoid
    • seminal debility
  • In Nervous System Hysteria, nervousness, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and insomnia. It both cools and nourishes a ‘hot’ and ‘exhausted’ nervous system; clears pitta, calms vata, reduces kapha. By virtue of its benefiting majja dhatu-agni it enhances the intellect and induces mental clarity. Its ‘penetrating quality’ is useful in clearing headaches and ‘muzzy’ head syndrome
  • Heart Palpitations, angina, essential hypertension When vata pushes pitta it causes it to rush in the channels and this is especially aggravating to the sites pitta can influence, hence the connection between the heart, the blood and pitta causing palpitations.
  • GIT Digestive cramps, borborygmus, flatulence, bloating and vata constipation with dry, hard and gaseous stool  It relaxes the bowel and encourages peristalsis inhibited by tension. Its aromatic nature ‘dries’ ama and kapha and helps to circulate samana vayu.
  • Lungs Helpful in spasmodic cough, asthma, whooping cough; high vatakapha lung problems
  • Hair It has a special use for promoting hair growth, preventing hair loss and greying hair
  • Skin It is highly valued for skin disorders with a nervous component. It acts on rakta dhatu and via the nervous system, especially beneficial in itching and burning sensations
  • Gynaecology Jatamansi’s penetrating and warm quality is useful in dysmenorrhoea with dragging pain, ovarian discomfort, lower abdominal distension and pain.

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GUGGULU

GUGGULU

Guggulu(Commiphora mukul)

  • Botanical Name:Commiphora Mukul
  • English/Common Name :Indian Bdellium Tree, Gum Gugal
  • Ayurvedic Name :Guggul,Guggal, Guggulu
  • Part Used:Gum Resin
  • Guggul is spiny shrub or small tree with many branches, usually growing two /three mt high, and found in the rocky tracts of Rajasthan, Gujrat and Kamatka in India. A healthy tree yields 250-500 grams of resin in one season, and Guggul plants typically begin yielding resin after five years.
  • The ethyl acetate soluble portion of Guggul was found to posses Hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties. The ethyl acetate insoluble portion was found to be toxic. The neutral portion is responsible for the Hypocholesterolemic activity, while the acid portion showed anti-inflammatory activity. The active ingredients responsible for the use of the plant in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels, are the Guggulsterones, specifically Guggulsterone E and Guggulsterone Z1. Guggul has a complex structure made up of various compounds such as Lignans, lipids, Diterpenoids and steroids. Ten steroids have been isolated from the resin, among these, Z-Guggalsterone and E-Guggalsterone have been found to have Hypolipidemic effects. The other components of the ethyl acetate extract exert a synergistic activity.

Uses:

  • Hypercholesterolemia/ Hypolipidemic activity
  • Astringent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic.
  • carminative, stimulating the appetite and improving digestion.
  • It causes an increase in leukocytes in the blood and stimulates Phagocytosis.
  • Gum Guggul acts as a diaphoretic, expectorant and diuretic, and is said to be uterine stimulant and Emmenagogue.
  • The resin is used in the form of lotion for indolent ulcers and as a gargle in chronic tonsillitis, Pharyngitis and ulcerated throat.

Ayurvedic concept:

Ayurvedic literature is full of praises for Guggul and its divine actions, from healing bone fractures and inflammations to treating cardiovascular disease, obesity and lipid disorders. Gum Guggul has Carminative, Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, Antisuppurative, Emmenagogue and Aphrodisiac qualities. In Tibetan medicine, the plant is used for skin diseases, Anemia, Edema, Salivation and heaviness of stomach. Guggul is used for Ulcers, Tonsillitis, Sore throat, hay Fever, Nasal catarrh, Laryngitis and Bronchitis. Gum from the Guggul plant is used in the treatment of Rheumatism, Neurological disorders, Obesity, Syphilis, Urinary disorders and thyroid conditions.

 

Guggul has also been proven helpful for regulating cholesterol levels. The plants lipid lowering properties have been noted among practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, and modern scientific research is validating these observations. cholesterol disorders plague millions of Americans and can lead to two of the nations primary life-threatening illnesses which are heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, the drugs most commonly used to treat cholesterol disorders often produce unpleasant side effects. Including liver damage, cancer, and gallstones. Guggul works to balance conditions of both low and high cholesterol whether brought on by diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress, or genetic predilection. Gum Guggul does not create any of the harmful side effects associated with drugs commonly used for cholesterol disorders.

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Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu kola

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)

  • Botanical Name -Centella asiatica
  • Family Name – Mackinlayaceae
  • Common (Indian) Names:
  • Hindi: Brahmi booti
  • Philippines: Yahong yahong
  • Part Used -The entire plant is used medicinally.
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Apiales
  • Genus: Centella
  • Product Offered – Bark
  • Habitat: This ground cover species is weed like especially, in parts of India and Hawaii where it grows prolifically in unusual conditions, such as drainage ditches, gutters and neglected areas. Centella grows along ditches and in low wet areas.

History

Gotu Kola has been used as a medicine in the Ayurvedic tradition of India for thousands of years. It is regarded as one of the most spiritual and rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda and is used to improve meditation. It is said to develop the crown chakra, the energy center at the top of the head, and to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which the leaf is said to resemble. Its fan shaped leaves are about the size of an old British penny – hence its common names Indian pennywort, marsh penny and water pennywort.Gotu Kola is also one of the largest cultivated crops and thrives under organic farming conditions. While popularly used as a food source in the form of leafy greens within Bangladesh, Thailand and Sri Lanka it also has been internationally recognized within many countries pharmacopoeias and has been a valid, recognized, botanical medicine since 1884.Gotu Kola is considered “food for the brain”.

In the nineteenth century, Gotu Kola and its extracts were incorporated into the Indian pharmacopeia,wherein addition to being recommended for wound healing, it was recommended in the treatment of skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, and psoriasis. It was also used to treat diarrhea, fever, amenorrhea, and diseases of the female genitourinary tract.Gotu Kola was first accepted as a drug in France in the 1880’s.Gotu kola has been widely used for a number of conditions, particularly in traditional Eastern health care. In Ayurveda Gotu kola is one of the chief herbs for revitalizing the nerves and brain cells. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it, and to strengthen the adrenals.

Description:

Gotu Kola is a perennial plant native to India and other tropical countries. Its appearance changes, depending on growing conditions. In shallow water, the plant puts forth floating roots and the leaves rest on top of the water. In dry locations, it puts out numerous small roots and the leaves are small and thin. Typically, the constantly growing roots give rise to reddish stolons. The leaves can reach a width of 1 inch and a length of 6 inches. Usually 3 to 6 red flowers arise in a sessile manner or on very short pedicels in auxiliary umbels. The fruit, formed throughout the growing season, is approximately 2 inches long with 7 to 9 ribs and a curved, strongly thickened pericarp.

Range:

Gotu kola is a slender, creeping plant that grows commonly in swampy areas of India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa and the tropics. The gotu kola grows native in most of the tropics, though it is believed to be a native species of India; it also grows in the wild in the southern US states. At the same time, wild populations of the gotu kola herb are also seen growing in the tropical and subtropical parts of Australia, the Southern parts of Africa, as well as the South American tropics.

Cultivation:

The gotu kola herb tends to prefer marshy areas and riverbanks in the tropics. While it is hard to grow, the gotu kola is cultivated from seeds during the spring season, while commercially it is usually gathered from the wild. Although usually gathered wild, gotu kola can be cultivated from seed in spring. Harvesting of the aerial parts of the herb is usually carried out throughout the year in many places.

Pests and Diseases:

In Indian and Southeast Asian centella, the plant frequently suffers from high levels of bacterial contamination, possibly from having been harvested from sewage ditches. Because the plant is aquatic, it is especially sensitive to pollutants in the water, which easily are incorporated into the plant.

Medicinal Applications:

  • Gotu kola is an excellent vasodilator and blood vessel strengthener.
  • Gotu kola is an excellent vasodilator and blood vessel strengthener.
  • Gotu kola is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM to rejuvenate both mind and body.
  • Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, including epilepsy, senility, and premature aging.
  • It aids intelligence and memory. It is used as an aid for meditation that is said to balance the two sides of the brain.
  • It strengthens the adrenal glands while cleansing the blood to treat skin impurities.
  • It is a mild diuretic that can help shrink swollen membranes and aid in the elimination of excess fluids.
  • It reduces scarring when applied during inflammatory period of the wound.
  • The herb has been used successfully to treat phlebitis (inflammation of the veins), varicose veins, as well as leg cramps, swelling of the legs, and “heaviness” or tingling in the legs. In modern health care it has been used for venous insufficiency, localized inflammation and infection, and post-surgery recovery.
  • It works as a blood purifier and in strengthening the heart, as well as with bowel problems, rheumatism, skin problems, and also promotes blood circulation in the lower limbs and reduces the pain and swelling due to phlebitis.
  • When taken over time, gotu kola may also support the endocrine system, which may lead to increased vitality.

Commercial Applications:

  • Centella is used as a leafy green in Sri Lankan cuisine. A variation of the extremely nutritious porridge known as Kola Kenda is also made with Gotukola by the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka. Gotukola Kenda is made with very well boiled redrice, cococnut milk and Gotukola which is liquidised. The porridge is accompanied with Jaggery for sweetness.
  • Centella leaves are also used in the sweet “pennywort drink.”
  • In Vietnam, this leaf is used for drink or can be eaten in raw form.
  • It is one of the constituent of Indian summer drink “thandaayyee”

Gotu Kola benefits and medical uses:

Depression. Effect of total triterpenes from Centella asiatica on the depression behavior and concentration of amino acid in forced swimming mice Zhong Yao Cai. 2003. Mice were randomly divided into control group, model group and treatment group. The effect of total triterpenes from gotu kola on the immobility time in forced swimming mice and concentration of amino acid in mice brain tissue was observed. Imipramine and total triterpenes from gotu kola reduced the immobility time and ameliorated the imbalance of amino acid levels. The total triterpenes from gotu kola had antidepressant activity.

Periodontitis. Adjunctive periodontal treatment with Centella asiatica and Punica granatum extracts. A preliminary study. J Int Acad Periodontol. 2003. he purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the combined extracts from Gotu kola and P. granatum pericarp on periodontal healing following scaling and root planing in adult periodontitis patients. An innovative herbal medicament was formulated in the form of biodegradable chips for subgingival application. Twenty patients with initial pocket depth 5-8 mm were enrolled into the study. After baseline examination, scaling and root planing of non-target teeth, the target teeth received scaling and root planing followed by subgingival delivery of medicated chips in the test group and unmedicated chips in the placebo group. Probing pocket depth, attachment level, bleeding on probing, gingival index, and plaque index were recorded at baseline, 3 and 6 months. The results showed significant improvements of pocket depth and attachment level in the test sites when compared with the placebo sites at 3 months and with the placebo and control sites at 6 months. All treatment sites exhibited a similar trend of decreasing plaque score. However, the test sites seemed to show slightly better percentage of bleeding on probing. The results indicate that local delivery with Gotu kola and P. granatum extracts plus scaling and root planing significantly reduced the clinical signs of chronic periodontitis.

Ulcer. The healing effects of Centella extract and asiaticoside on acetic acid induced gastric ulcers in rats. Life Sci. 2004. In this study, the healing effects of gotu kola water extract and asiaticoside (AC), an active constituent, on acetic acid induced gastric ulcers (kissing ulcers) in rats were examined. Gotu kola was prepared from Centella asiatica dry plant and the concentration of AC was quantitatively determined with the use of high performance liquid chromatography analysis. Different concentrations of gotu kola and AC were orally administered to rats with kissing ulcers. They were found to reduce the size of the ulcers at day 3 and 7 in a dose-dependent manner, with a concomitant attenuation of myeloperoxidase activity at the ulcer tissues. Epithelial cell proliferation and angiogenesis were on the other hand promoted. The expression of basic fibroblast growth factor, an important angiogenic factor, was also upregulated in the ulcer tissues in rats treated with gotu kola or AC. These results further suggest the potential use of gotu kola and its active ingredient as anti-gastric ulcers drugs.

Venous hypertension. Treatment of edema and increased capillary filtration in venous hypertension with total triterpenic fraction of Centella asiatica (gotu kola): a clinical, prospective, placebo-controlled, randomized, dose-ranging trial. St Mary’s Hospital and Imperial College, London, UK. Angiology. 2001. The variation of capillary filtration rate (CFR), ankle circumference (AC), and ankle edema (AE) was evaluated in three groups of patients with venous hypertension and in a group of normal subjects before and after treatment for 4 weeks with total triterpenic fraction of gotu kola, a venoactive drug acting on the microcirculation and on capillary permeability. The improvement of signs and symptoms by gotu kola observed in patients with venous hypertension was well correlated with the improvement of CFR and ankle edema. Dose ranging showed that 180 mg/day total triterpenic fraction of Centella asiatica (gotu kola) is more effective in improving symptoms and CFR.

Wound healing. Gotu kola is used in the treatment of various skin diseases by Ayurvedic doctors.

Effect of Centella asiatica on normal and dexamethasone-suppressed wound healing in Wistar Albino rats. Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2006. The objective of the study presented in this article was to evaluate the wound-healing potential of the ethanolic extract of gotu kola in both normal and dexamethasone-suppressed wound healing. The study was done on Wistar albino rats using incision, excision, and dead space wounds models. The extract of gotu kola significantly increased the wound breaking strength in incision wound model compared to controls. The extract-treated wounds were found to epithelize faster, and the rate of wound contraction was significantly increased as compared to control wounds. The extract of the leaves had the effect of attenuating the known effects of dexamethasone healing in all wound models. The results indicated that the leaf extract promotes wound healing significantly and is able to overcome the wound-healing suppressing action of dexamethasone in a rat model.

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Gokhru (Gokshura)

Gokhru (Gokshura)

  • English name: Gulancha Tinospora
  • Botanical name: Tribulis Terrestris
  • Ayurvedic name: Gokhru/Gokshura
  • Parts used: Fruit
  • Habitat and Botany: This herb is a commonly found in sandy soil throughout India at 11,000 ft. in Kashmir. Gokhru is the plaint of choice. It has a 5,000 year-old history of medicinal use in India.
  • Main Active Constituents:- Saponin

 

Action (pharmacology)

Cooling, Diuretic, Tonic, Aphrodisiac, It benefits in both male and female Uro-genital system ( Urinary system and Reproductive system) like for impotence, Venereal diseases, Sexual debility, Low sperm count, Dysuria (painful micturation).Its  Aphrodisiac action due to the presence of Saponinn in Gokhru. It is also very beneficial in breaking the calculus especially in kidney stones.  It boosts the hormones in the body. Hormones produced by the body or taken in via Phytosteriodes do not accumulate in tissue and are easily broken down by our bodies. Therefore the body is not going to incorporate/metabolize a large quantity of hormones at any stage. Gokshur stimulates increase in hormone production in the body and also stimulates its effect. Its health benefit of hormone supplement action from anti-aging to anti-oxidants is well known. One group of natural sources for hormones is the plant steroid (i.e. Plant that have been laboratory proven to contain steroid hormones). There it has been used for boosting hormone production in men and women. It can naturally support testosterone productions which in turn build muscle size and strength. It is also very beneficial in Itchy skin and blood purification

Uses:

  • Urinary disorders
  • Impotence and infertility
  • Kidney diseases
  • Diseases of the genito-urinary system
  • Calculus affections
  • Uterine disorders
  • Improving vitality
  • It revitalizes the emaciated human system
  • It strengthens the postpartum woman
  • It is being studied as a potential herbal remedy against AIDS

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GILOY

GILOY

  • Botanical Name: TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA
  • Family Name:  MENINSPERMACEAE
  • Common Name:  GULANSHE TINOSPARA, GULANCHA TINOSPARA, TINOSPARA, GILOY, GILO
  • Part Used: Stem
  • Principal Constituents: Tinsporine, Tinosporide, Tinosporaside, Cordifolide, Cordifol, Heptaconsanol, Clerodane furano diterpene, Diterpenoid furanolactone tinosporidine, columbin and B-Sitosterol
  • Habitat: North and South India.

 

Uses:

  • Adaptogenic effect
  • Anti allergic effects
  • Anti diabetic effect
  • Cholesterol lowering effect
  • Liver protective actions
  • As a vitalizer
  • In metabolic disorder
  • In general debility
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Rheumatism
  • Anti bacterial
  • Anti fungal
  • Antiviral

Caution :

According to Ayurveda, Herbs are taken in combination with other herbs to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of the other or to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the help of other.

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Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum)

Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum)

  • Botanical Name : Chlorophytum Borivilianum
  • Popular Name(s): Safed Moosli, Shaqaqule, Dholi Musli, Khiruva, Shedheveli, Swetha Musli, Taniravi Thang
  • Genus: Chlorophytum
  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Kingdom : Plantae
  • Series: Coronarieae
  • Class: Monocotyledons
  • Species: C. borivilianum
  • Parts Used: Seeds and roots
  • Habitat: Northern and western India
  • Plant Chemicals Safed Musli contains carbohydrates (35-45%), fiber (25-35%), alkaloids (15-25%), saponins (2-20%), and proteins (5-10%).

Description:

Safed Musli is a medicinal plant, with small, usually white flowers, produced on sparse panicles up to 120 cm long. In some species of the plant, the panicle also bears plantlets, which take root on touching the ground. Since times immemorial, the tuber root and rhizome of the plant have been used for the purpose of curing human ailments and infections. Its use as an effective aphrodisiac agent has opened up channels for its commercial cultivation in a number of regions around the world. Its unparalleled therapeutic and medicinal properties have made it a key ingredient in the preparation of a number of Ayuvedic formulations. It is also gaining increased importance as a health-tonic, which boosts the general immune system of the body. The herb grows naturally in the central zones of India, as the temperature and climatic conditions prevailing there are suitable for its growth. Sandy loam soil, with suitable drainage system, is perfect for the growth of Safed Moosli. Due to its diverse medicinal benefits, the plant has been recognized as the sixth most important herb by the Medicinal Plants Board, to be preserved and protected.

History

Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar “strange dish” that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Bircher-Benner himself referred to the dish simply as “d’Spys” (Swiss German for “the dish”, in German “die Speise”). Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets.Traditional muesli was eaten with orange juice and not milk.

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:

Musli has been the nature’s precious gift to mankind that helps in improving the general debility in both men and women. It acts as a powerful health tonic and improves stamina and vitality of the body.

  • Safed Musli is a renowned aphrodisiac that boosts the libido and helps in achieving new heights in lovemaking.
  • It alleviates all sorts of anxiety and stress and helps in building up confidence during lovemaking.
  • It helps in sustaining penile erection to provide more pleasure and enjoyment during lovemaking.
  • It efficiently treats other sexual disorders like premature ejaculation and low sperm count.
  • The various ingredients in the roots of Safed Musli help in revitalizing the endocrine and the reproductive system of the body.
  • As a powerful health tonic, it boosts the body immunity system and reduces fatigue.
  • In combating mental stress and depression, this herb plays a very important role.
  • Musli also improves the insulin activities in the body that helps in treating all sorts of diabetes.
  • It helps in enhancing the levels of good cholesterol and checks the body weight.
  • This herb strengthens and increases the volume of the muscles, which is helpful for the bodybuilders.
  • Musli has anti-inflammatory properties and so is also used in treating various forms of arthritis.
  • In case of jaundice, this herb helps in enhancing the liver functions.
  • In women, this herb helps in reducing the frigidity, vaginal dryness and enhances the sexual desire. It also helps in treating various pre-natal and post natal problems.

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