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Ayurvedic Herbs and their Therapeutic Uses

 


 

Description of a Few Plants Used in Vamana Therapy:



 

Apamarga

The leaves, flowers, seeds, and root of apamarga, also known as the prickly chaff plant, are utilized extensively in pancha karma, with the leaves, flowers, seeds, and root being utilized in emesis treatment. Apamarga, which has a pungent and bitter flavor and a heating effect, is used to treat haemorrhoids, hiccoughs, and stomach ailments.


Arka

This plant, which is also known as sadapushpi and akda in India, and belongs to the caltrops family, is widely employed in pancha karma. Emesis treatment uses the roots, leaves, and flowers of this plant. The plant's "milk" is recognized for its acute strength, and a few drops are occasionally employed as an alkalizer in purgative decoctions. Flowering buds emerge at the base of the leaves and mature into umbrella-shaped blooms. The fruits are white and crimson in hue and have a cottony feel on the inside. Arka is spicy and bitter, with a warming effect. It's used as an emetic and a purgative, as well as to prevent tumors, ulcers, skin illnesses, and stomach problems.

 

Ela

These green or black pods and seeds, often known as cardamom in English, are well-known in both the Vedic cooking and the Ayurvedic medicine. Cardamom is a spice that is fragrant, sweet, pungent, and warming. It's commonly used in pancha karma's nasya, svedana, and vamana treatments, as well as a digestive, heart tonic, and to treat urinary problems.

 

Karanja

This plant, often known as Indian beech in English, is often employed in pancha karma. Karanja has a spicy, bitter flavor and a strong heating effect. Emetic medicine includes the leaves, bark, seeds, and root, which are also used to treat psychological tension, phlegmatic illnesses, parasites from the body, skin illnesses, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.

 

Madana

The fruit of the madana tree, which is native to the Himalayas, is well-known for its wide usage in vamana treatment and has been extensively explored by the renowned Ayurvedic triumvirate of Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhatta. There are as many names for this tree as there are Indian languages. It's also known as the emetic nut or bushy gardenia in English. This thorny tree, which grows to be around fifteen feet tall, has huge white and yellow leaves and blooms. Madana phala are kidney-shaped fruits with a sweet, bitter, and astringent flavor. They are picked before they ripen in the spring and summer seasons, wrapped in kush grass, and buried for eight days beneath cow dung, barley grain, mung or urad legumes until the fruit is soft and ripe. After that, they're left to dry in the sun. One seed of the fruit is extracted and mashed with honey and sesame butter in one of Charaka's formulae, madana pippali. After drying, the paste is utilized as an emetic in vamana treatment. Madana is also used to treat skin ailments, abdominal distension, swellings, tumors, ulcers, and to aid in the evacuation of flatus from the body due to its sweet and bitter taste.

 

Madhuka

This creeper, also known as yastimadhu in Sanskrit and licorice in English, is utilized in a variety of Ayurvedic treatments. Its root and bark are employed as a supplemental element in emesis therapy and as the principal herb in purgation therapy, respectively. Licorice, which has a sweet flavor and a cooling effect, is used to treat thirst, toxicity, weariness, nervous tension, and blood diseases.

 

Musta  

The musta weed, also known as nut grass or coco grass, has a wiry rhizome-root structure that produces tiny tubers. This beneficial plant is mistaken for a weed in many places and is exterminated. Musta is used in Ayurveda to treat fevers, restore circulation and menstrual regularity, and stimulate digestion. It has a bitter, pungent, and astringent flavor with a chilly power. It's also used as a diuretic and to treat skin conditions including eczema, burns, and internal bleeding. Musta can also be used as a complement to antiemetic medications.

 

Nimba

The leaves of this large tree, sometimes known as neem, are renowned for their bitterness. Nimba has a bitter and pungent flavor, as well as a cold potency. Ayurveda makes considerable use of both leaves and roots. Emesis treatment, blood illnesses, skin problems, and agni problems are all treated using the leaves. Nimba tree twigs are still used as disposable toothbrushes in India. Neem is an effective treatment for preventing tooth decay and gum disease due to its inherent antibacterial properties. Neem powder may also be used as a pesticide. The neem plant was just brought from India for cultivation in Florida.

 

Pippali

The unripe peppers, also known as long peppers, are picked, and stored to ripen before use. They are endemic to India and Java. Pippali is a key element in Ayurvedic medicine for treating Kapha imbalances. It has a spicy, volatile, and spicy flavor with a strong heating effect. Pippali is a digestive and carminative herb used in Vedic cookery. It is also widely used in Ayurveda to treat spleen issues, asthma, diabetes, and bronchitis. It's also a natural antispasmodic.

 

Sveta bimba

The fruits, leaves, bark, and root of this plant, sometimes known as the ivy gourd in English, are utilized in pancha karma. In India, the ivy gourd is known as bimbi and comes in two flavors: bitter and sweet. Both plants have a cooling effect. The sweet variety's fruit is used to treat blood problems, swellings, anaemia, fevers, and emesis. The bitter variety's fruit is used to treat Kapha diseases such colds, coughs, mucous, and lethargy.

 

Vacha

This branching rhizome, also known as sweet flag, myrtle flag, or calamus, is a perennial noted for its therapeutic applications in Ayurveda. The roots are reddish-brown in color, hairy, and crowded together. Vacha root has an aromatic scent and a bitter, pungent flavor with a warming effect. "Vacha" is a Sanskrit word that signifies "speaking." Vacha is used as a brain tonic and to boost speaking capability, as its name suggests. Vacha is commonly used in emesis and purgation treatment to treat digestive and mental illnesses, as well as heart illness, constipation, uterine issues, and infections.

 

Vidanga

This creeper, also known as embelia or viranga, has white blooms and black berries. The berries are fragrant and warming and are often utilized in Ayurveda. Vidanga is used to treat obesity and phlegmatic illnesses, as well as to promote digestion, strengthen immunity, and remove internal parasites including fungus, yeast, bacteria, and worms. It is also used as an oral contraceptive when mixed with pippali.

 



A Few Plants Used in Virechana Therapy:



 

Badri

Badri is a small evergreen tree with thin scraggly branches and stinging thorns that produces clusters of tiny star-shaped yellow flowers and red oval leaves. It is also known as the jujube tree in English. In ancient times, a grove of these trees high in the Himalayas was chosen as a sacred spot for the saint Narayana, Lord Vishnu's avatar; now, Badrinath, a Hindu pilgrimage destination, is still secluded in the grandeur of this same badri grove. This tree's berries are used to create sherbet and preserves, and the juice is utilized in purgation treatment.

 

Castor (eranda).

The eranda, or castor plant as it is known in English, is an African plant that is now grown in India and many tropical nations. This strongly purgative plant grows as an annual herb as well as a perennial tree and is used to treat a variety of ailments. The castor plant has a sweet, pungent, and warming flavor to it. The seeds and oil are largely used in Ayurvedic medicine for purgative treatment, as well as to treat neurological problems, pain, and heart disease, as well as to eliminate internal parasites. The castor plant's roots are used to treat inflammatory diseases, fever, asthma, and analgia. The leaves are used to treat Kapha problems including asthma, cough, colds, and phlegm. The blossoms are used to treat glandular cancers, while the fruits are utilized to restore appetite and reignite digestive fire.

 

Lotus (kamala).

Kamala is a Sanskrit word that signifies desired, good, or rosy. The lotus, to borrow the English term, is regarded the birthplace of the cosmos in Hindu mythology. It represents the universe's transformation from formlessness to complete splendor. Lord Vishnu floats on the ocean with a lotus flower sprouting from his navel after the universe has disintegrated. The Creator, Brahma, emerges from the lotus and creates the universe. The goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's spouse, appears standing on a pink lotus, with lotus-eyed eyes and wearing lotus garlands. Lord Vishnu and the goddess Lakshmi, who are often depicted as the sun and the lotus in ancient Vedic mythology, are emblems of the eternal love that binds the entire cosmos together. The lotus plant, which is native to the ponds and lakes of Kashmir, China, and Japan, adorns the waters around India's temples with its magnificent blue, white, pink, and red blossoms. The lotus blossom is regarded as the most beautiful flower on the planet. The lotus bloom is framed by huge waxy leaves that are typically used as disposable plates for meals served at religious events in India. Ayurvedic medicine, particularly pancha karma treatments, uses the roots, flowers, leaves, stamens, and seeds extensively. The lotus is a sweet, astringent, and cooling flower that is used as a nutritional tonic, aphrodisiac, and to soothe nerve illnesses. The seeds can be used as a heart tonic.


Palasha

The palasha tree, also known as the "Flame of the Forest," is considered sacred in India. The dye powders that worshippers of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva apply on their foreheads are made from its vivid red and orange parrot-shaped blossoms. Butea monosperma is the Latin name for this tree, named for the Earl of Bute, a patron of botany, and palasha is the Sanskrit word for both beauty and leaf. Many unique and esoteric myths have been told about the palasha tree. According to legend, the palasha tree was born on Earth when a falcon's feather soaked in Soma, the gods' nectar formed from the characteristics of the moon, fell to the ground, and formed the seed for the tree. Pancha karma treatments employ wood, fruit, leaves, flowers, seeds, and bark, whereas earth sveda therapies employ wood, bark, and leaves, and purgation uses fruit, leaves, and seeds. The palasha tree offers the basic material for tanning leathers, which is a red, astringent gum. Lacquer is created by the lac insects that live on the tree and is used in colours and as a sealing wax. In India, its leaves are still used to produce disposable plates and animal feed, and its roots are used to manufacture rope.


Pomegranate (dadima).

Pomegranate, the English name for dadima, is derived from the French term Pomegranate, which means seeded apple. The pomegranate is a sign of fertility and wealth in the Vedas. The Prophet Mohammad is claimed to have encouraged his students to consume this fruit to cleanse their jealousy because of its astringent, sweet, and cooling properties. Pomegranates have long been used to fend off bad spirits, according to legend. Pomegranate trees have reddish orange blossoms with crumpled petals that bloom at the end of their stiff, narrow limbs. Pomegranates are a small bushy tree that comes in both evergreen and deciduous forms. The fruit is the size of giant Macintosh apples and has a hard skin that cracks apart or "laughing" once mature, revealing a cluster of carmine red fleshy seeds, which are the fruit's edible section. Every component of the pomegranate tree is utilized medicinally in Ayurveda. The root bark is used to remove internal parasites, while the fruit is utilized as a blood cleanser and tonic. Pomegranate juice is used for purgation and digestion, while the fruit rind is utilized as an anti-inflammatory for mucous membranes.

  

Sesame seeds (tila).

The Sanskrit term "tila" refers to a little particle, but "sesame" is derived from the Arabic word "sesam," which denotes plants. The sesame plant is said to have been initially grown in the Indus Valley, and sesame seed oil was the sole seed oil utilized throughout Vedic times. The sesame seed is reported to have grown from a drop of Lord Vishnu's perspiration that dropped to the ground in Hindu mythology. The sesame plant is a tall, upright annual with gorgeous white trumpet-shaped blooms. The fruit is a two-celled pod with white, buff, or black flat pear-shaped seeds. When the fruits are fully mature, the pods break open, scattering the seeds. The seeds and oil are widely utilized in Ayurvedic treatment, including virechana, vamana, and vasti treatments. The sesame seed is utilized as a basis for a range of herbs and chemicals that are used to treat Vata disorders. Although it is most beneficial to Vata types, it may be taken medicinally by anybody. Sesame is sattvic in nature and creates a serene state of mind, making it one of the original meals of the cosmos. Trikatu (ginger, black pepper, and long pepper) is an old Ayurvedic recipe made up of equal parts of three strong spices: ginger, black pepper, and long pepper, like triphala. Trikatu, unlike triphala, produces a lot of heat. This ancient trio, often known as the three pungent spices, is one hundred times more effective when all three components are mixed. Trikatu is the major formula used to heal digestive issues and eliminate the existence of ama in the body, and it is utilized in both virechana and vamana treatments. Trikatu is an expectorant, decongestant, and stimulant, and as such it is used to treat coldness, mucous, and stagnation in the body. Each of the three spices is energizing and hot in nature. They constitute a strong synergy that helps to restore many Vata and Kapha disorders when taken together.

  

Ginger (ardraka).

In Sanskrit, ginger is known as sunthi in its dry form and ardraka in its fresh form, and it conveys the powers of the earth's fire. The Vedas refer to it as "vishvabhesaja," or "universal medicine." Ginger is a sattvic or peace-producing food, despite its hot, pungent, and sweet character. Ginger is a perennial creeper with a thick tuberous rhizome that produces an upright annual stem that is native to Southeast Asia. Greenish purple blooms appear towards the end of the stalk. The root works as a heart tonic and a digestive stimulant. It relieves anorexia when combined with lime juice and honey, and it aids digestion when combined with lime juice and rock salt. Colds, flus, indigestion, nausea, laryngitis, arthritis, constipation, hemorrhoids, and migraines are all treated with ginger, as well as purgation treatment. It is ideal for Vata and Kapha diseases, however it may be taken medicinally by people of all kinds.

 

peppercorns (maricha).

Maricha, which means "sun" in Sanskrit, is a powerful source of solar energy. It is a potent digestive stimulant that burns ama and re-ignites agni. Black pepper, like the sun, is rajasic, or energy-producing in nature. The black pepper plant is a perennial climbing shrub with little white blooms and tiny yellow berries that become red as they develop. They are native to South India and prefer to be in the shade. Their tendrils frequently cling to the trunks of coconut trees. Chronic indigestion, obesity, congestion, bodily coldness, bronchitis, sinusitis, intestinal parasites, and toxins in the colon are all treated with black pepper. It is ideal for Vata and Kapha diseases, however it may be taken medicinally by people of all kinds.

 

peppers (pippali).

Pippali, the third ingredient in the trikatu mix, brings out the subtle fire (tejas) in black pepper and ginger. These peppers, which are native to India and Java, are harvested when still green and dried to retain maximum heat strength. The peppers are grey in color when dried, with a modest scent and a spicy flavor. Pippali is used to treat Vata and Kapha problems as a carminative, stimulant, and digestant, as well as an emetic.

 

Triphala (amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki).

Triphala is a mix of three ancient medicinal fruits from the myrobalam family: amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki, which are widely utilized in Ayurveda. These three fruits are ground into a powder known as triphala or used to make a revitalising jam. Triphala is an Ayurvedic remedy that is both old and widely used. The combo of these three strong myrobalam fruits gives an infinitely powerful harmonic treatment for a thousand human ailments. Triphala strengthens the stomach and intestinal tract, restores the immune system, protects the tissues and organs, increases appetite, decreases internal heat and quenches thirst, neutralises ama, alleviates urinary problems such as diabetes, and is a fantastic rejuvenative tonic, among other things. Triphala is a herb that is used in virechana treatment to induce moderate purgation and is beneficial to people of all sorts.

 

Amalaki

The amalaki tree's fruit is made up of five parts, which symbolize the five elements in Hindu mythology. The amalaki tree is thought to be the universe's first tree. Its fruits are huge and pulpy, and when dried, they become black. Although the entire tree is employed, the fruit is considered the most essential portion of the plant in Ayurvedic medicine. Amalaki is a cooling fruit that is sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. It is utilized as a nutritional tonic, blood cleanser, and for restoring tissue normality on its own. Even though amalaki is mostly sour, it is suitable for all palates.

 

Bibhitaki

Bibhitaki is the third sister of the myrobalam tree family, and it grows mostly in the and areas. The fruits of this enormous, prolific tree are huge, spherical, and pulpy, with astringent and sweet flavors. Bibhitaki is used for eye problems, hair loss, bronchial asthma, constipation, skin problems, and as an anti-inflammatory and expectorant because of its heating properties. Bibhitaki can be utilized by people of all kinds.

 

Haritaki

Haritaki fruits are borne on a huge tree with thick leaves and golden blooms, as mentioned in Ayurvedic scriptures. They are brownish black in hue and pear-shaped. Haritaki thrives in both cold and hot climes, and is considered a sister of the amalaki tree. In Ayurveda, the type cultivated in temperate areas is utilized more frequently. The Buddha is frequently shown holding the haritaki fruit in his right hand, which is revered by both Vedic and Buddhist seers. Haritaki improves lifespan, treats heart diseases, opens physiological channels, and boosts prana when administered alone. Grief, depression, cancer, eye ailments, skin ailments, rheumatism, and diabetes are all treated with it. Haritaki, like amalaki, has a warming effect and comprises five of the six flavors; only the salty taste is missing. It can be eaten with a tiny amount of brown sugar in the summer and autumn, a tiny amount of rock salt in the early fall, a small quantity of ginger powder in the early winter, a few pinches of pippali powder in the late winter, and a tiny amount of honey in the spring.

  

Trivrit

The trivrit plant's root is well recognized for its widespread usage in Ayurvedic purgative treatment. Trivrit, like the madana fruit used in emesis treatment, was referenced by Charaka and Sushruta, as well as others.

 

 Vagbhatta

There are two sorts of trivrit plants: one that is black and one that is red. The root of the red trivrit plant is recommended in Ayurvedic treatment. Trivrit is a sweet, astringent, and dry herb used in purgation treatment to treat Pitta and Kapha illnesses such skin illnesses, fever, mental disorders, gynecological disorders, stomatitis, anorexia, and bronchial asthma.




A Few Herbs Used in Vasti Therapy are Described:


Aloe vera (kumari)

This plant, often known as aloe vera, is native to the arid, sunny landscapes of Southeastern and Northern Africa, Spain, Indonesia, India, the Caribbean, and, more recently, Australia and the Southwest United States. The Indians, Chinese, Greeks, and Egyptians have all employed aloe as a medicinal plant for millennia. Aloe vera, which has a bitter, sweet, and astringent flavor, is used to restore normal health by modifying nutritive and excretory processes. This plant is also used as a moderate laxative, a liver and spleen tonic, to control the intestines' peristaltic motions, to stimulate digestion, and to ease abdominal distension by encouraging the downward flow of wind. All three doshas are relieved by aloe vera, which is also beneficial in lowering Pitta problems such fevers, skin infections, burns, ulcers, and oedema. Aloe vera is very beneficial to the pituitary, thyroid, and ovaries. Aloe vera softens and smoothes the complexion and relaxes the tissues and body as a general rejuvenator. Aloe vera is calming to the intestinal and vaginal passageways and is used in douching and enema solutions. It eliminates parasites from the colon and, when combined with other enema treatment substances, treats intestinal TB, convulsions, and epilepsy. Aloe vera may be used externally to treat wounds and burns, as well as as a hair and scalp conditioner.


Ajwan

Ajwan, also known as wild celery seed, is a powerful digestive, respiratory, and nerve stimulant used to treat high Vata diseases such intestinal gas, spasms, and mental problems. Colds, flus, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, oedema, sinus congestion, and renal dysfunction can all be treated with Ajwan. It eliminates deep-seated ama and boosts metabolic activity. Ajwan is a spicy spice with a warming energy that is utilized as one of several substances in vasti treatment.


Asafoetida (hingu).

The resin from the fleshy root of the perennial hingu, or asafoetida plant, is harvested from mature plants that are more than five years old. Asafoetida is one of the strongest digestive stimulants in Ayurveda and is normally used in very tiny quantities. It is sometimes referred to as "devil's dung" due to its exceedingly unpleasant and pervasive sulphurous smell. Constipation, indigestion, flatulence, abdominal distension, intestinal discomfort, arthritis, whooping cough, convulsions, epilepsy, intestinal parasites, hysteria, and palpitations are among the Vata and Kapha illnesses for which it is prescribed. Asafoetida is utilized in vasti treatment even though it is contraindicated for Pitta disorders. Asafoetida helps to break down restricted faecal waste generated through extended ingestion of animal or unwholesome meals, as well as to remove worms in the large intestine, while increasing the intestinal flora. Asafoetida has a lot of heat in it. 


Ashwagandha

The Sanskrit word ashwagandha refers to the fragrance or vigor of a horse, or what gives the body its "horse force." The root of the ashwagandha plant, also known as winter cherry in English, is used to treat Vata diseases such as sexual debility, nervous tiredness, emaciation, issues associated with old age, memory loss, spermatorrhea, tissue shortage, insomnia, paralysis, and infertility. Ashwagandha can help with kapha issues include trouble breathing, coughing, and anaemia. Skin problems and glandular swellings are also treated with ashwagandha when Pitta is low in the body. Ashwagandha, which is similar to ginseng in nature, is a good herb for enhancing semen and fertility. Ashwagandha is also utilized in vasti treatment, which is delivered through the vaginal or penis, to treat urinary tract and bladder problems, as well as infertility and sperm inadequacy. During pregnancy, ashwagandha is a good balancer for the baby. It also promotes tissue repair while regenerating the hormonal system. Ashwagandha is a warming herb with a sweet, astringent, and bitter flavor.


Bala

The country mallow, or bala as it is known in Sanskrit, is a plant that provides vigor and vigor. Bala is a sweet and cooling tonic that is beneficial to all three doshas. It affects all dhatus, particularly the marrow and nerves. Bala, atibala, and mahabala are the three principal mallow kinds utilized in Ayurveda. Bala is a rejuvenating tonic that is particularly beneficial in the treatment of Vata diseases. Bala feeds the nerves, calms the muscular system, and soothes nerve tissue irritation, making it good for the heart. Bala oil is applied topically to relieve nerve discomfort, numbness, and muscle spasms. Bala is also utilized in vasti treatment as one of the moderate substances to tone the colon while improving intestinal flora and controlling correct peristaltic movement.




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Ayurvedic Plants - The Spiritual and Magickal Nature of Herbs

 



Plants, which are deeply embedded in the earth's vitality, hold the memories of all time. In Ayurveda, the therapeutic virtues of plants have been extracted from the wisdom passed down from the ancient sages.

The ancient seers energetically examined an infinite number of plants and herbs, defining their therapeutic potential and rendering them into dried herbs, powders, tinctures, oils, and other forms.

Elephants carry the cosmic memory of all plants, with Gaja being the most ultimate elephant. While elephants are still living, they continue to benefit us by "saving" the part of our brain that remembers plant knowledge.

The widespread vibrations of the elephants' natural understanding of plant life and medicines are delicately conveyed into the memory processes of all other species, resulting in this so-called preservation.

This transmission occurs in the same manner as the moon reflects on a lake's surface, with the moon symbolizing the elephant's memory and the lake symbolizing the human memory receptor. 

There would be no reflection of the moon in the lake if it were removed. Similarly, if elephants were to vanish from the face of the world, humans would no longer be able to maintain their knowledge of plant medicine in their memory banks. Plants, like all other members of their species, have mental characteristics.


The holy and magical origins of plants and animals abound in Hindu mythology. 


The lotus plant, considered the cradle of the cosmos, emerging from formlessness into glorious splendor, is abundantly employed in Ayurvedic medicine, to name a few instances.

The lotus plant is claimed to have cosmic memory of the universe's origins in the primordial seas. Its bloom is claimed to have blossomed from Lord Vishnu's navel. 

Imbibing lotus medication allows every cell and tissue in the body to bask in the radiance of the lotus.


When ingested, Ashwagandha, a herb called after the horse's strength and odor, is supposed to convey its inherent essence of vigor and prowess to the human body. 

Ashwagandha, which is known for its virility, is supposed to awaken the memory of potency in every cell of the body. 


Similarly, the pomegranate plant and its fruit are associated with prosperity and fertility in the cosmos.

 This fruit is traditionally used to cleanse the body of jealously, jealously, and other unpleasant vibrations, letting it to flourish and bathe in the abundant light of the self. 


A sweat droplet from Lord Vishnu's body is claimed to have fallen to the ground and grown into the sesame plant, giving rise to the sesame seed. 

The shrub soon produced lovely white trumpet-shaped blooms. 

Sesame seeds are thought to evoke the memory of renewal when consumed, bestowing "sneha," or profuse affection, to cells and tissues. 


Ginger transports the power of the earth's fire deep into the body's tissues.

Ginger, also known as the universal medicine, is said to awaken the body's recollection of the universe's primordial fire, when all manifestation changed into life, along with this hot memory. 


Similarly, black pepper, which gets its name from the sun, transmits solar vibrations throughout the body, allowing the body to respond to light and heat. 


Plants, in this sense, are thought to hold considerably more than their immobile look would imply; they transmit the important memories that keep all life going. 



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