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Ayurveda - The Therapeutic Use Of Ayurvedic Plants And Herbs




Table Of Contents
USE OF PLANTS IN AYURVEDA
Bioavailability
Synergy



USE OF PLANTS IN AYURVEDA


In Ayurveda, a vast variety of herbs are utilized to preserve balance and harmony so that excellent health may be achieved. 


  • Plants were often mixed to enhance bioavailability, decrease toxicity, and produce synergy. 
  • Although a significant variety of single medicines were utilized, multiplant formulations were and still are favored. 
  • However, few studies have been conducted to offer scientific evidence for these pairings, not least because to the difficulties in developing a proper technique to do so. 




Bioavailability 


When either the traditional three-spice or pungent mixture known as trikatu (tri: “three”; katu: “pungent”), consisting of Piper longum (long pepper), Piper nigrum (pepper), and Zingiber officinale (ginger), or the major alkaloid piperine of P. longum and P. nigrum, is added to for- mulations, it has been possible to show an increase in bioavailability. 


  • This idea has also been used to lowering the necessary dose of anti-TB medicines like rifampicin and other antibiotics like ciprofloxacin. 
  • Controlled studies have also shown that by adding small amounts of piperine to nutraceuticals like -carotene and curcumin, absorption of nutraceuticals like -carotene and curcumin can be increased severalfold in healthy volunteers—by 60 percent in the case of -carotene and 2000 percent in the case of 20 mg piperine to 2 g curcumin. 




Synergy


Combining medications has been proven to be helpful in a few clinical trials. 


  • In osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, and sciatica, combination treatment with Semecarpus anacardium (bhallatak), Dalbergia lanceolaria (gourakh), and Commiphora mukul (guggul) produced greater benefits than the individual medicines alone. 
  • Other examples include adding Bacopa monnieri to the combination of Inula racemosa and Commiphora mukul for heart disease treatment (“Cardiovascular drugs”), the combination of Gymnema sylvestre and Eugenia jambolana for diabetes (“Antidiabetic agents”), and the combination of Zingiber officinale and Commiphora mukul for arthritis treatment ( “Antirheumatic agents”). 



Any scientific research of Ayurvedic herbs would benefit tremendously from a review of early Ayurvedic writings' ideas, conceptions, and pronouncements on plant collecting, processing, combination, selection, and usage to determine how they align with modern scientific knowledge. 


  • Even a cursory glance into the history of Ayurveda and medication creation in ancient India, as well as some of the ideas employed in drug formulation, reveals that the ancient writings may teach us a lot. 





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Ayurveda - AYURVEDIC DRUG EVALUATION HISTORY.



Table Of Contents
Ayurveda's Use Of Medicinal Plants
Harvesting Ayurvedic Herbs
Processing Of Ayurvedic Herbs



Ayurveda's Use Of Medicinal Plants


The Ayurvedic formulary relies heavily on medicinal plants and herbs. 


Ayurveda describes the usage of over 1,700 different plants. 


  • It's worth reviewing the history of plant use—drug collection, selection, and evaluation—at this point. 
  • In ancient times, great care was taken to ensure the purity, safety, and effectiveness of the plants utilized. 


Plant chemical composition varies depending on soil, location, season, time of day, year, harvesting method, and subsequent processing. 


  • It's amazing how these elements were criminalized hundreds of years ago. 

  • The steps to be followed before a plant can be used as medicine are enumerated in the Kasyapa Samhita: 

    • plants must be cultivated on suitable soil in the appropriate season; 
    • they must be collected at the appropriate time, 
    • ensuring the absence of damage from heat, water, insects, stools, urine, and time; 
    • and they must be collected or grown in areas away from roadsides, cemeteries, and other such places where pollution and contamination may occur. 




Harvesting Ayurvedic Herbs 


The Caraka Samhita specifies that leaves should be gathered in the spring (March-April) and the rainy season (June-August) (July-September). 



This is supported by scientific data. Coughs, colds, asthma, and bronchitis are all treated by Adhatoda vasica leaves. 


  • The content of the major alkaloid, active principle, and bronchodilator vasicine was analyzed throughout the year and plotted, yielding a curve with two major peaks in March-April and July-September, corresponding to periods when the vasicine content was highest, demonstrating good correlation with Caraka's guidelines. 
  • Scholars debated the effectiveness of herbs and their actions often, with different viewpoints settled via observations on humans. 
  • Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the exact experimental procedures that were used. 




Processing Of Ayurvedic Herbs


The names of the plants to be utilized in different circumstances and the treatment to be followed have been set down as the final findings of debate and testing. 


Any concerns were addressed by testing on domestic animals due to the high respect for the safety of the medicines employed and the way in which they were to be handled. 


  • Processing was thought to be necessary to decrease or eliminate toxicity while simultaneously increasing bioavailability. 
  • Many hazardous or poisonous herbs are used in Ayurveda after they have been purified, or shodana. 
  • Aconitum tubers, for example, are often utilized in Ayurveda despite containing the poisonous alkaloid aconitine. 


Because the medication is treated or de-toxified before usage, this is feasible. 


  • When you boil Aconitum tubers in water, the poisonous aconitine is converted to aconine, which is less dangerous. 
  • Commiphora mukul gum resin is extensively used in Ayurveda for the treatment of arthritis, and it is typically prepared by boiling the resin in water or a triphala (or "three fruits") decoction before use (a mixture of Terminalia chebula, T. belerica, and Emblica officinalis). 
  • The crude material caused mild adverse effects such as skin rashes, diarrhea, and irregular menstruation during the development of Commiphora mukul as a hypolipidemic drug. 
  • The substance no longer produced skin rashes when it was cleansed in the conventional way by boiling and skimming.




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Ayurveda - What Are AYURVEDA'S ORIGINS?



Table Of Contents
Plants As Medicine
Ayurvedic System Of Medicine
Ayurveda Is An Upveda
Selection Of Ayurvedic Medicine



Plants As Medicine 


Plants have been utilized as medicines all throughout the globe since the dawn of humanity, and plant-based remedies have long been the basis of traditional cultures in dealing with health issues. 


A increasing discontent with current medications' inadequacies in some disease areas, particularly chronic diseases like arthritis and asthma, as well as their unpleasant iatrogenic consequences, has prompted a worldwide quest for alternative health-care methods. 


  • This dissatisfaction is coupled with a desire to reconnect to nature and adopt a more natural way of relating to the world. 
  • The quest has sparked global interest in the scientific confirmation of traditional plant-based therapies' therapeutic effectiveness. 



Ayurvedic System Of Medicine


Ayurveda, one of the most comprehensive and complete systems of medicine, originated in India approximately 3,000 years ago. 


Its holistic approach goes beyond the simple prescription of medicines. 


  • The goal of Ayurveda is twofold: to live a healthy, vigorous life and, in the case of illness, to recover. 
  • Disease is seen to be the lack of harmony, and Ayurveda is concerned with restoring harmony and therefore health. 
  • This is accomplished via a three-pronged strategy of lifestyle, food, and medication that is tailored to an individual's constitution and season. 


Health is a condition of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being, not only the absence of illness. 


Drugs are utilized in Ayurveda as part of the therapeutic method, and they may be of plant, mineral, or animal origin. 

Herbs, on the other hand, make up about 70% of the Ayurvedic materia medica. 

Ayurveda means "science or knowledge of life," with "life" meaning "Ayur" and "knowledge" or "science" meaning "knowledge" or "science." The Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda are the first four Vedas. 



Ayurveda Is An Upveda


Ayurveda is regarded an auxiliary Veda (upveda) or a fifth Veda at times. 


The Vedas are a corpus of information that is said to have originated from a nonhuman (divine) source. 


  • Early sages and wise men, alarmed by the rising prevalence of illness, prayed to the almighty creator for assistance in reducing human suffering. 
  • The divine creator transmitted the science of Ayurveda to Indra through various intermediaries in the Caraka Samhita, and from Indra to sages such as Bharadwaja, Atri, and others, who then taught Ayurveda to their disciples; however, Dhanvantri received the science from Indra in the Sushruta Samhita. 


The earliest documented book of Ayurveda, known as the Caraka Samhita, which is generally dated to 700 BC, contains a description of the first convocation on preventative health and therapeutic methods to cure illness. 


  • The Sushruta Samhita, which deals with surgery, and Vagbhata's Astanga Hrdayam were the next important books. 
  • The so-called Greater Triad, or Brihattrayi, is made up of three physicians: Caraka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata. 



Selection Of Ayurvedic Medicine 


Ayurvedic medicines were selected via a process that included observation, experimentation, intuition, and scholarly debate. 


The intuitive aspect aided in the selection of the best plants, which were tested on domestic animals including cats, dogs, and cows. 


  • Discussion among academics improved their usage, and disagreements among scholars were settled via frequent meetings. 
  • The Caraka Samhita mentions similar gatherings in the Himalayan foothills. 
  • In each instance, the controversy was also addressed via human experimentation. 
  • A significant number of herbs with established therapeutic value developed from this lengthy period of trial and research on humans. 
  • The fruits of this exploration are currently accessible in the form of sutras, which are very short written texts.


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Ayurveda Dictionary - A Repository of Common Terms and Meanings used in Ayurveda

 


  • AGNI . The biological re that provides energy for the body to function. Agni regulates body heat and aids digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. It transforms food into energy or consciousness.
  • AHAMKARA. Literally, the “I-former”; the ego; sense of separate self; the feeling of “I am.”
  • AMA. A toxic, morbid substance (both systemic and cellular) produced by undigested food which is the root cause of many diseases.
  • ANUPANA. Substance (such as milk, water, ghee, etc.) that serves as a medium for taking herbs.
  • ARTAVA DHATU. The female reproductive tissue, one of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues.
  • ASTHI DHATU. One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; specifically, the bone tissue that supports the body, giving protection, shape, and longevity.
  • AYURVEDA. The science of life; derived from the Sanskrit words ayur meaning life, and veda, knowledge or science. The Vedas are the authentic, ancient, spiritual scriptures of India.
  • BASMATI RICE. A long-grained scented rice originating in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. Easily digestible and nutritious.
  • BASTI. One of the five important cleansing measures of panchakarma, it eliminates excess vata dosha from the system via medicated herbal tea or oil enemas. Helps greatly to heal all vata disorders. The word basti literally means bladder. In ancient times, the apparatus used for the procedure was made out of leather.
  • BHASMA. A specialized Ayurvedic compound prepared and purified by being burned into ash; bhasmas have a high potency and release prana into the system.
  • BHASTRIKA. A breathing practice (pranayama) in which air is passively drawn in and forcibly pushed out, as in a bellows. Increases heat and improves circulation.
  • BHRAMARI. A type of breathing practice (pranayama) in which a soft humming sound, like a bee, is made during exhalation and/or inhalation. Calms the mind and cools pitta.
  • CARDAMOM. Pungent spice from a tropical plant.
  • CHAI. General word for tea; often refers to a spiced black tea made with milk and sugar.
  • CHAKRAS. The energy centers in the body, related to nerve plexus centers, which govern bodily functions. Each chakra is a reservoir of consciousness.
  • CHICKPEA FLOUR. A finely ground yellow flour. Also called gram.
  • CILANTRO. Fresh coriander leaf. This herb is used extensively in Indian cooking and valued for its zesty and cooling taste. Balances spicy dishes.
  • COCONUT MILK. Made from grating the white flesh of the coconut and mixing with a cup of water.
  • COCONUT WATER. The natural juice inside the coconut.
  • DAL. Any type of dried bean, pea, or lentil is called dal. Most dal is husked and split for quick cooking and greater ease of digestion.
  • DHATU. The structural, building, elemental tissue of the body. There are seven dhatus defined in Ayurveda: rasa (plasma); rakta (blood tissue); mamsa (muscle tissue); meda (adipose tissue); asthi (bone marrow); majja (bone and nerves); shukra and artava (male and female reproductive tissue).
  • DOSHA. The three main psycho-physiological functional principles of the body (vata, pitta, and kapha). They determine everyone’s constitution and maintain the integrity of the human body. The doshas govern the individual’s response to changes. When disturbed, they can initiate the disease process.
  • GHEE. Clarified butter; made from unsalted butter that has been gently cooked and the milk solids removed.
  • GUGGULU. Main ingredient in several herbal preparations (yogaraj guggulu, kaishore guggulu, etc.). A resin from a small tree, it has many useful medical actions, including bene ts for the nervous system, tonification, and anti-in amatory action on muscle tissues. Helps increase white blood count (good for the immune system) and is a nervine, rejuvenating tonic.
  • GUNAS. Three qualities influencing all creation: sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattvic qualities imply essence, reality, consciousness, purity, and clarity of perception. All movement and activity are due to rajas. Tamas brings darkness, inertia, heaviness, and materialistic attitudes. There is a constant interplay among these three gunas in all creation. Also refers to the qualities (hard/soft, hot/cold, etc.) of the three doshas, seven dhatus, and three malas.
  • JAGGERY. An unrefined sugar made from the juice of crushed sugarcane stalks.
  • KAPHA. One of the three doshas, combining the water and earth elements. Kapha is the energy that forms the body’s structure— bones, muscles, tendons—and provides the “glue” that holds the cells together. It supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems, lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity. In balance, kapha is expressed as love, calmness, and forgiveness. Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed, and envy.
  • KHAVAIGUNYA. A weak or defective space within an organ or tissue of the body where a pathological condition is likely to begin.
  • KITCHARI. A cooked mixture of rice and dal and spices that is easy to digest and high in protein. Often used as a nourishing food for a mono-fast.
  • LASSI. A refreshing drink made from yogurt, water, and spices and often served at the end of a meal as a digestive. Can be sweet or salty.
  • MAHAT (or MAHAD). The “great principle,” intelligence, the cosmic aspect of intellect; also contains the individual intellect, called Buddhi.
  • MAJJA DHATU. One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; the bone marrow and nerve tissue. It is unctuous and soft. Its main function is to oleate the body, to fill up the bone, and to nourish the shukra dhatu. It plays an important role in communication.
  • MAMSA DHATU . One of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues; the muscle tissue. Produced by rasa and rakta, its main functions are to provide physical strength, coordination, movement, covering, form, and protection.
  • MANTRA. A sacred word or phrase of spiritual significance and power that transcends the mind and yields bliss.
  • MARMA. An energy point on the skin that has a door receptor and is connected to the inner pathways of healing.
  • MUNG DAL. A small bean that has been husked and split. Usually a medium yellow color. Easy to digest.
  • NASYA. Method of administering medication through the nose; one of the ve measures of panchakarma.
  • NIGHTSHADE. Common name for a family of plants including tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, tobacco, petunias, and belladonna, which have strong medicinal properties. Frequent use may disturb the doshic equilibrium.
  • OJAS. The pure essence of all the bodily tissues (dhatus); the super ne essence of kapha; maintains immunity, strength, and vitality. Ojas creates bliss and awareness in the mental faculties and governs the body’s immune function. If it is depleted, it can lead to death.
  • PANCHAKARMA. Five measures for elimination of excess dosha and/or ama from the body. Used for the purpose of internal puri cation. They are: vomiting (vamana); purgation (virechana); medicated oil or decoction enema (basti); bloodletting (rakta moksha); and nasal administration of specific medication (nasya).
  • PIPPALI. Piper longum; a close relative of black pepper, which has many medicinal applications, especially for digestion and respiration. A rejuvenative tonic (rasayana) for the lungs and liver.
  • PITTA. One of the three doshas; it corresponds to the elements of re and water. Sometimes referred to as the re or bile principle, pitta governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, metabolism, and body temperature. In balance, pitta promotes understanding and intelligence; out of balance pitta arouses anger, hatred, jealousy.
  • PRAKRUTI . Prakruti (spelled with a capital P) is the Cosmic Creativity, the primordial matter.
  • PRAKRUTI. The inherent nature or psychosomatic, biological constitution of the individual, prakruti is the xed constitution of a person, which reflects the proportion of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) established at conception.
  • PRANA. The vital life energy. Without it, life cannot exist. The ow of cellular intelligence from one cell to another. Equivalent to the Oriental Ch’i or Ki.
  • PRANAYAMA. The control of life energy by various techniques which regulate and restrain breath, through which one can control the mind and improve one’s quality of awareness and perception. Helpful with all types of meditation.
  • PURUSHA. Choiceless, passive awareness; the pure Cosmic Being.
  • RAJAS. One of the three universal qualities (gunas) of Prakruti, Cosmic Creativity. Rajas is active, mobile, dynamic.
  • RAKTA DHATU. The second of the seven tissues (dhatus), rakta mainly contains red blood cells, which carry life energy (prana) to all bodily tissues. This oxygenates, or provides the life function, for all the tissues.
  • RASA DHATU. The rest of the seven dhatus, rasa (plasma) is nourished from digested food, and after absorption, it circulates in the entire body via specific channels. Its main function is to provide nutrition to each cell of the body.
  • RASAYANA. Rejuvenation therapy which brings about renewal, regeneration, and restoration of bodily cells, tissues, and organs, giving longevity to the cells and enhancing immunity and stamina. 
  • RISHI. A seer, a Vedic sage. The ancient rishis perceived and/or recorded the Vedic hymns. These enlightened sages shared their knowledge, medicine, philosophy, and spiritual teachings.
  • RUDRAKSHA. The “tears of Shiva”; the dried seeds from the fruit of the rudraksha tree. Said to be good for the heart both physically and spiritually, helpful for meditation and for “opening the heart chakra.”
  • SAFFRON . A golden yellow spice that comes from the stigma of a particular crocus. The best quality saffron is grown in Spain and Kashmir.
  • AMPRAPTI. The pathogenesis of disease; the entire disease process from its cause through its various stages to the complete manifestation of the disease.
  • SANKHYA. One of the schools of Indian philosophy, Sankhya denotes both “discriminative knowledge” and “enumeration.” It gives a systematic account of cosmic evolution from Purusha (Cosmic Spirit) and Prakruti (Primordial Matter) through the stages of creation: Mahad (Cosmic Intelligence); Ahamkara (individuating principle); Mana (mind); Indriyas (the inner doors of perception); Tanmatras (the objects of perception); and Mahat Bhutas ( ve great elements). Sat means truth and khya means to realize; thus Sankhya means to realize the theory of the creation of the universe in order to realize the ultimate truth of human life. Sankhya reveals the journey of consciousness into matter.
  • SATTVA. One of the three gunas of Prakruti, sattva denotes light, clarity, purity of perception; it is the essence of pure awareness.
  • SHITALI. A practice of pranayama (breath control) that cools the system. Inhalation is through the curled tongue; exhalation is slow, steady, and complete.
  • SHUKRA DHATU. The seventh tissue (dhatu); the male reproductive tissue.
  • SROTAS. Bodily channels.
  • SUCANAT. A granulated natural sugar made from pure sugarcane juice.
  • SURYA NAMASKAR. The Sun Salutation, a series of yoga postures done in a owing sequence with coordinated breathing.
  • TAMAS. One of the three gunas of Prakruti or Nature; its characteristics are darkness, inertia, and ignorance; it is responsible for sleep, drowsiness, dullness, unconsciousness.
  • TEJAS. The pure essence of the re element; the super ne essence of pitta dosha, which governs the transformation of matter into energy and of food, water, and air into consciousness.
  • TIKTA GHRITA . “Bitter ghee,” a specific Ayurvedic compound made of clarified butter with various bitter herbs; used for medicinal purposes.
  • TRIDOSHA. The three organizations or codes of intelligence within the body, mind, and consciousness; the three bodily humors: air (vata), re/bile (pitta), and water (kapha).
  • TRIKATU. An Ayurvedic compound of ginger, black pepper, and pippali (piper longum) that burns ama, detoxi es the body, and improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation.
  • TRIPHALA. An important Ayurvedic compound consisting of three herbs: amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. It is the best laxative and bowel tonic and a balanced rasayana that is good for vata, pitta, and kapha.
  • TULSI. Indian holy basil. The sacred plant of Krishna, this herb is said to open the heart and mind, bestowing the energy of love and devotion.
  • TURBINADO. A granulated sugar made from pure sugarcane.
  • TURMERIC ROOT. An underground rhizome from a perennial plant native to southern India and Asia. Comes in a red and yellow form, but only the yellow is eaten. One of the most important herbs for both internal and external use, it is also essential in most Indian cooking.
  • VATA. One of the three doshas, combining the space and air elements; it is the subtle energy associated with bodily movement and governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, vata promotes creativity and exibility; out of balance, vata produces fear and anxiety.
  • VIKRUTI. The current state of the individual, as opposed to the original constitution (prakruti) at conception. It may also denote disorder.
  • YOGA. In its deeper sense, Yoga is union of the lower self with the higher self, of the inner with the outer, mortality with immortality. Yoga postures (asanas) promote health, exibility, and purity toward achieving the state of Yoga.



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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Metals



Metals' Healing Properties and How to Use Them


Everything in existence, according to Ayurveda, is filled with the energy and intellect of Universal Consciousness. Because all kinds of matter, both biological and inorganic, are only the outward expressions of this most delicate creative force. 

Matter is the consciousness's imprisoned light. Life's vital energy emanates from the universal source, the essence of all matter, and shows itself in nature's many forms and manifestations. 

All substances in nature possess this cosmic creative intelligence, according to Ayurveda's traditional scriptures, and so have a therapeutic potential when employed properly. Food, breathing, exercise, meditation, relationships, yoga, and massage, as well as structured daily and seasonal routines, are all used by Ayurvedic medicine in its effort to generate and preserve perfect health. 

Thousands of plants and herbal formulations are also used. Ayurveda also makes use of the therapeutic powers of metals, gemstones, colors, and scents. These contain unique, highly effective types of energy that can be used for healing. 

Most of these practices, which are well-documented in ancient texts, have been employed safely and successfully for thousands of years throughout Asia, but they were poorly recognized and recognized in the West until recently. This list will provide you a quick overview of different therapeutic approaches.

 Metals are a type of material that can be Metals are historically processed to be given internally in tiny dosages for medical purposes, after going through a rigorous and thorough purifying process to eliminate any detrimental effects on the body's important organs. The following suggestions are risk-free since they do not require ingesting the metal itself.





COPPER


Copper lowers fat and lowers extra kapha. It is a liver, spleen, and lymphatic system tonic that aids in the treatment of anemia. 

Wash several copper pennies thoroughly and boil them in a quart of water (or boil a quart of water in a copper vessel) until half the water remains to cure obesity and liver and spleen diseases. For a month, take 2 tablespoons of this copper water three times a day. 

It's also beneficial to get a copper drinking glass, fill it with pure water every night, and drink the water in the morning.


GOLD


Gold strengthens the neurological and cardiovascular systems, enhances memory and intellect, and boosts stamina. 

It is also beneficial to those with weakened lungs. Pre-exam stress among students, arthritis, and cardiac arrhythmia can all benefit from gold. Gold's energy may be harnessed by making gold-medicated water. 

Use pure gold, such as a gold band (24 karat is preferable). Boil the gold in 2 cups of water until 1 cup has evaporated. To invigorate the heart, boost mental faculties, and awaken pure consciousness, drink 1 teaspoon of this gold water 2 or 3 times a day. (Your gold will not be harmed as a result of this procedure.) 

It's also possible to manufacture golden rice. Place a piece of gold in the rice cooker and cook as usual while the rice is cooking. Remove the gold before serving the rice after it's done.


NOTE: Because gold has heating capabilities, it should be handled with caution by people who have a pitta constitution.


SILVER


Silver has cooling effects and can help with excessive pitta. Silver helps to balance vata by increasing strength and endurance. 

Silver may aid with emaciation, prolonged fever and weakness after a fever, heartburn, in amatory disorders of the intestines, and excessive menstrual flow. Silver has antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfecting properties. 

Make silver water according to the gold water instructions above, and take 1 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day. To increase strength and stamina, drink warm milk prepared in a silver pitcher.


STEEL


Bone marrow, bone tissue, the liver, and the spleen all benefit from this metal. It promotes the synthesis of red blood cells and aids in the treatment of anemia. Iron also rejuvenates and strengthens muscular and nerve structures. 

Cooking in cast iron pots and pans will provide you with more iron. However, too much iron in the body can be dangerous, so use it with caution. 

Although women may be iron-deficient during their menstrual periods and benefit from supplemental iron, very few males in Western civilization require it. Long-term staunch vegans may be an exception.



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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Gemstones




Healing Stones and Gems

Healing energies are contained in gems and precious stones, which may be triggered by wearing them as jewelry, such as rings or necklaces, or by soaking them in water overnight and drinking the water the next day. 

Gems stimulate the body's vital energy centers (chakras) and have a direct effect on the vata, pitta, and kapha doshas.

They may be utilized to calm or activate certain organs in the body, as well as to amplify or counteract the effects of various planets in an individual's astrological birth chart. 



Here are a few crucial basic considerations before we get into the impacts of individual gems and stones.


• Gems have a tendency to absorb their owner's traits and energy vibrations. Before utilizing any stone, it is a good idea to clean it. Soaking it in saltwater or milk for two days should suffice. The stone will not be harmed as a result of this.

• When wearing a gemstone, it should make contact with the skin through a small window in the setting, allowing the stone's delicate energies to interact directly with the body's energies.

• It's crucial to wear the stone in the right place. 

Here are a few suggestions: 

  • opal—ring finger 
  • yellow sapphire—index finger 
  • blue sapphire—middle finger 
  • diamond—ring finger 
  • pearl—little finger 
  • red coral—ring finger 
  • emerald—little finger 
  • opal—ring finger 
  • emerald—little finger

Ayurveda suggests that rings be worn on the right hand, however in the West, if someone wishes to follow tradition and wear their wedding band on the left hand, that is ok.

• Stones that have been processed or chemically treated may not have the same therapeutic properties. It's ideal to get genuine, untreated, clean stones that don't have any flaws or cracks. If you're thinking about buying a stone, make sure to inspect it with a magnifying lens for cracks or blemishes.

• If feasible, stones should be 3 to 5 karats, although a 1-karat diamond would suffice. A stone that is too tiny will have a little impact.

• Consult an expert before purchasing a stone unless you are informed with both stones and Vedic astrology (jyotish). A negative in sequence might occur if you choose the incorrect gem for you or wear it on the incorrect portion of your body. Here are some of the primary gems and stones' features.



RUBY 

The sun is represented by the ruby in astrology. It is a life-protecting stone that promotes longevity and wealth, especially for vata and kapha people. This gem improves attention and gives mental strength. It also helps to keep the heart healthy. Rubies balance the vata and kapha doshas, although they can also raise the pitta dosha. Garnets have the same vibration as rubies and are sometimes referred to as the "poor man's ruby." Wear rubies and garnets together as a ring or a necklace on the ring finger. 



PEARL 

Pearls symbolize the moon, much as rubies represent the sun. They offer a relaxing, therapeutic vibration and a cooling impact. Pearls are beneficial to all doshas, although their cooling effect is especially beneficial to pitta. Pearls are said to bring mental serenity and tranquility. Internally, pearl ash is used to cure a variety of diseases. Many of the pearl's strengthening properties may be obtained by creating pearl water. Put 4 or 5 pearls in a glass of water overnight and consume the water the next morning.


SAPPHIRE, YELLOW

This beautiful stone, which is associated with Jupiter, gives stability, grounding, and knowledge. It has a calming effect on both vata and pitta, as well as a modest rise in kapha characteristics. It strengthens the heart as well as the lungs and kidneys. The Jupiter finger, the index finger, should always be adorned with yellow sapphire. Yellow topaz, sometimes known as the poor man's sapphire, shares many of the same characteristics as sapphire and provides similar advantages.


BLUE SAPPHIRE 

Saturn is represented by this lovely precious stone, which bestows the blessings of that spiritual planet. Saturn, the earth and iron god, bestows insight. Vata and kapha are calmed by blue sapphire, although pitta may be stimulated. It strengthens muscles and the skeletal system, as well as aiding arthritic recovery. On the right middle finger, wear a blue sapphire, preferably in a silver setting. It should not be worn with diamonds since it will cause discord.


LAPIS LAZULI

This stone is lofty and sacred, with Saturn-like energy. It strengthens the body, mind, and awareness, as well as making the user more sensitive to higher spiritual vibrations. It strengthens the eyes, soothes the vata and pitta, and relieves worry, fear, and heart weakness. It is also beneficial to the liver and skin ailments. Lapis should be set in gold and worn as a necklace or on the little finger.



EMERALD

This valuable stone is said to bring riches as well as spiritual awareness. Vata and pitta are calmed, the nervous system is settled, and uneasiness is relieved. Emeralds, which are the planet Mercury's symbol, boost writing abilities, verbal power, and intelligence. It's ideal to have them set in gold and wear them on the little finger.


DIAMOND 

This extremely potent gemstone slows down the ageing process, increases life expectancy, and boosts immunity. Its energy vibrates the heart, brain, and deeper physiological tissues with gentle energy vibrations. It is the most rejuvenating stone. It is both financially and spiritually beneficial. Diamonds have different doshic effects depending on their hue. The energy of red diamonds increases pitta, whereas the energy of blue diamonds cools and calms pitta while enhancing kapha. Pitta is calmed by clear, colourless diamonds, while vata and kapha are increased. Diamonds, which are connected with marriage and are symbolic of the planet Venus, really aid to develop a deep link in partnerships. The shukra, the body's reproductive tissue, is stimulated by these stones. This stone is associated with art, music, romance, and sex. Wear your gold-plated diamond as a necklace or a ring on your ring finger. However, low-quality diamonds may have harmful consequences on the health.


CORAL RED

The planet Mars is represented by this marine gemstone. It soothes pitta and aids in the management of wrath, wrath, and jealousy. The liver, spleen, and pericardium receive energy from coral. Wear your red coral as a necklace or as a ring on your ring finger, set in copper (ideally), silver, or white gold. Red coral is a powerful stone that also has an elegant quality about it.


OPAL

The planet Neptune is represented by this semiprecious stone. It strengthens both the majja and shukra dhatus (bone marrow and nerves) (reproductive tissue). It helps with migraine headaches, improves eyesight, reduces fever, and soothes pitta. Opals heighten spiritual sentiments, improve dedication, and assist with the development of intuition. This stone is very good to people who have Neptune in their third, fourth, sixth, tenth, or twelfth astrological house. On the ring finger, it should be set in gold or silver.


CAT'S EYE

Allergies, frequent colds and congestion, and allergic asthma benefit from this stone. It balances kapha and vata while raising pitta somewhat. It assists in the recovery of renal disease. Cat's-eye improves awareness and helps people avoid getting caught up in their emotions. Wear this stone in a gold setting on your ring or little finger if you work in psychological healing; it will shield you from negativity in sequences.


QUARTZ CRYSTAL

These stones have a vibratory frequency that is similar to that of diamonds and is reminiscent of Venus. Vata is calmed, perception is improved, communication is strengthened, and intuition is enhanced. Quartz crystals can be worn as a necklace or as a ring finger ring set in silver or gold.


ONYX 

This stone is beneficial for vata imbalances. It helps with epilepsy, Parkinson's illness, and even schizophrenia. It is beneficial for old age, disabling illnesses, and neurological malfunction. It promotes restful, deep sleep while also combating fatigue. It improves memory and encourages optimistic thinking. Onyx brings happiness and calm into one's life, as well as enhancing love in relationships. Its energetic vibrations are similar to those of the Sun and Jupiter. The ring finger should be adorned with this stone, which should be set in silver. (It's best not to wear this stone if your Sun sign is Sagittarius or Gemini.)


JADE 

Longevity is a benefit of jade. It is said to boost renal vitality and provide success to those who wear it. This stone is also beneficial to one's ability to communicate effectively. It protects against cataracts and strengthens the prostate. On your little finger, wear a silver-plated jade ring.


AMETHYST 

Amethyst is a stone that helps with mental clarity and is associated with the top chakra. It should be set in gold to bring wealth. You may also wear it as a gold necklace around your neck. Wearing amethysts and placing them at the four corners of the bed can benefit a person with neuromuscular weakness. The deeper colour of some amethysts gives them a Saturn-like vibe, akin to blue sapphire. Amethysts bring dignity, love, compassion, and hope to those who wear them. This stone aids in emotional regulation and is beneficial for vata and pitta imbalances.



AQUAMARINE


Aquamarine, a replacement for emerald, which represents Mercury, lowers mental dullness, stimulates cheerfulness and intellect, boosts verbal capacity, and increases memory. Aquamarine has Venus-like traits, so it's an excellent stone to wear if you're married and want to boost your love life. The little finger should be adorned with aquamarine, which should be set in silver. Remember that merely wearing the right stone will not cure a doshic imbalance; you must also watch your food, meditate, exercise properly, and practise yoga postures, as well as actively and carefully look after your day-to-day and moment-to-moment health. 


Low-Cost Stones that Can Assist in Dosha 

Balancing Although some of the gemstones covered  may be purchased for a reasonable price, many of them may be out of your price range right now. If that's the case, here are affordable stones that might help you achieve mental and physical equilibrium. 

Rose quartz can help to balance the vata dosha when it is too strong. Rose quartz's soothing hue and energy can help with vata problems including anxiousness, dry skin, constipation, intestinal gas, and lower back discomfort. 

Use red coral or pearls to help with inflamed pitta. Pitta diseases such as furious emotions, different in amatory ailments and “-itises” such as colitis and conjunctivitis, as well as hyperacidity, can benefit from their cooling energy. 

Garnets can help to balance the Kapha dosha. This stone's rich red hue enlivens the body's vitality and minimizes the symptoms of excess kapha, such as water retention, lethargy, sadness, and obesity.




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Ayurvedic Healing Properties of Colors




Colors have therapeutic powers, which are used in Ayurvedic remedies. The vibratory energy of the colors may be employed to help build equilibrium in the mind and body since the primary hues of the rainbow are associated with the physical tissues (dhatus) and the doshas. 

Color is nothing more than light, and light is the radiant energy that each atom emits. The sun is the source of light and color. Sun rays are responsible for all of the colors we see in our solar system. The wavelength, frequency, and vibration of each hue are unique. 

The seven hues of the rainbow may be separated using a prism in the sunshine, but the equal presence of all seven produces white light. Black, or blackness, is the absence of any color. As a result, black is a negative color, whereas white is a positive one. Choosing proper colors for your apparel and surroundings at home and at work can have an impact on your health and happiness. 

Also, if you wrap colored, translucent paper or plastic wrap over a jar or glass of water and leave it in the sun for four hours, the water will absorb the color's vibrations. Drinking the water will then have a positive effect.




YELLOW


Red is a vibrant and comforting color. It eliminates excess kapha and soothes exacerbated vata. Overexposure to this color, however, can worsen pitta and produce amatory diseases like conjunctivitis due to its hot impact. The color red is associated with our blood. It enhances circulation and encourages the development of red blood cells. It also maintains skin color and provides energy to nerve tissue and bone marrow. Pink has a milder influence, fostering love and tranquilly, yet in kapha people, it may promote lethargy.


ORANGE COLOR


Orange, like red, is a comforting color with a healing aura. It's a sexually arousing color that offers the sex organs vigor and vigor. Surprisingly, orange aids renunciation and the transformation of sexual energy into Supreme Consciousness in spiritual aspirants who have chosen to be celibate. Orange is balanced for both vata and kapha, although pitta may find it annoying. It possesses antibacterial and bacteriostatic qualities, which means it prevents germs from growing.


YELLOW


Yellow helps to balance out excess vata and kapha. It helps energy ascend to the crown chakra for spiritual revelation and enhances insight and wisdom. Yellow is a decongestant that aids with kapha congestion relief. It also has antimicrobial properties. Excess bile is produced as a result of overexposure to yellow, which raises pitta dosha.


GREEN 


This hue has a relaxing impact on the mind and body, as well as providing a sense of freshness. It calms the emotions and energizes the heart chakra, bringing sensations of joy to the heart. Green calms and soothes excess pitta, but it might irritate vata and kapha. Green increases the formation of granulation tissue and aids in the healing of ulcers.


BLUE 


Blue is a soothing hue that helps to soothe irritated pitta. It helps to treat liver issues and has a relaxing impact on the body and psyche. Placing a baby under a blue light will help it heal faster if it has jaundice. Pure Consciousness is represented by the color blue. Overexposure to blue can aggravate vata and kapha, as well as induce congestion.


PURPLE 


This is the hue of Cosmic Consciousness, and it promotes enlightenment. It gives the body a sense of lightness and aids with perception opening. Purple helps to balance pitta and kapha, but it can also increase vata.


SILVER AND GOLD


Silver like the Moon and Golden like the sun's hue, is such a warming hue that it is good for both vata and kapha. Colors that are good for different constitutions Certain colors are calming and balanced for each constitutional type, while others are unpleasant. Here's a rundown of healthy color combinations:


• Vata: Dark and cooling hues like blues, browns, and black should be avoided by Vata types. Very bright, brilliant colors, on the other hand, may be overstimulating to vata, which has a propensity to be hyperactive. Warm pastels, cheerful yellows, and green, together with some warming red and orange, are your best options.


• Pitta: Cool, gentle hues are great for your health and mental harmony. Blues and purples/violets, as well as silver (particularly silver jewelry) and bluegreens, are wonderful choices. Reds and oranges should be avoided if you have ame pitta dosha, while yellow and gold should be avoided. Black should be avoided at all costs.


• Kapha: Colors that are bright, energetic, and bold help to counter kapha's predisposition for lethargy and mental and bodily heaviness. The colors red, yellow, orange, and gold are all attractive. Even if you think you look nice in green, dark blue, or white, these colors aren't the healthiest for you. Silver, which is related with the moon, is cooling and calming, and it helps to balance pitta.



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