Arjun Tree

Arjun Tree

Sanskrit name: Arjuna, Kakubha, Kahu
Botanical name: Terminalia arjuna
Habitat It grows near the river banks or dry river beds in India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-igestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, increases vata

General information
The bark of the Arjun tree has been used by Ayurveda practitioners to prepare Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurveda recommends Arjuna as a cardiac tonic and even modern studies revealed that it helps in improving blood circulation. It also helps in treating kidney disorders.

 

Abuta, Velvet Leaf, Barbasco

Abuta, Velvet Leaf, Barbasco

Sanskrit Name: Patha
Botanical Name: Cissampelos pareira
Habitat: Cissampelos pareira is found in the Asian Subcontinent.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Bitter
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha

General information
Abuta is also called as a midnight herb for its conventional utilization in Women’s afflictions in South America. Tribal folks from India used this herb for treating reproduction related disorders in Women. It is likewise discovered beneficial in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract infections.

African Cabbage, Shona Cabbage

African Cabbage, Shona Cabbage

Sanskrit name: Ajagandha
Botanical name: Cleome gynandra
Habitat: It is native to Africa.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information
Ajagandha plant is native to Africa and the leaves are used for culinary purpose. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in treating joint pain and swelling. African cabbage is anti-bacterial and anti-septic in nature and is used in the treatment of skin ailments and allergies. It also possesses carminative and anthelmintic properties. It is diuretic in nature and helps in the treatment of urinary tract diseases.

Contraindications
No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Aloe Vera, Barbadas Alo

Aloe Vera, Barbadas Alo

Sanskrit name: Ghrita Kumari
Botanical name: Aloe Vera
Habitat: Aloe Vera is found all over in India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances pitta and kapha, increases vata

General information
Aloe Vera has been used traditionally for skin ailments and inflammation. The juice of Aloe Vera acts as a mild laxative and has been found helpful in treating digestion related disorders.

Amla, Indian Gooseberry

Amla, Indian GooseberrySanskrit Name: Amla, Amalaki, Amlaki
Botanical Name: Emblica Officinalis, Phyllanthus Emblica
Habitat: A deciduous tree with exfoliating bark

 

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas, especially pitta

Amla contains the highest amount of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), Phyllembin, Phyllemblic acid, Gallic acid, Ellagic acid in natural form and Cytokin like substance identified as Zeatin, Z riboside, Z nucleotide, Tannins 30%.

General information

Amla is the most concentrated form of Vitamin C in the entire plant kingdom, containing up to 720 mg/100g of fresh pulp and 921 mg/100cc of pressed juice. This is approximately 20 times the vitamin C content of an orange. It is a very potent form of Vitamin C and yet is easily assimilated by the human body. The Vitamin C in the Amalaki fruit is bonded with tannins that protect it from being destroyed by heat or light. Amla promotes and maintains healthy digestion, which in turn regulates the absorption of food by increasing the fire (known as “Agni” in Ayurveda) in the stomach, without creating any excess stomach acids.

Tattva’s Herbs’ Amla combines the wisdom of Mother Nature with the very latest technology known as supercritical extraction. This state of the art technology delivers a very pure extract that is both full spectrum and extremely concentrated at the same time. It is so pure that you can actually smell the qualities of the original herb in the extract, and you are greeted with this aroma when you open a bottle. It is sweet and powerful. There is simply no other extraction method so effective that you can actually smell the purity, fragrance and essence of the herb. This is a testimony to the great care that goes into the selection of the herbs and the supercritical extraction process itself. To give you an idea of the potency and concentration of the extract, we can often use as much as 200 to 250 pounds of fresh herbs to produce just one pound of supercritical extract. All of the herbs are grown on organic farms and selected with the greatest of care. The supercritical process produces an exceptionally broad representation of the herbs’ active constituents, which oftentimes traditional methods of extraction cannot even begin to extract. Furthermore, the supercritical process does not use any chemical solvents at all. Instead, it utilizes safe and environmentally friendly carbon dioxide, the same carbon dioxide that is found in your sparkling water.

Contraindications

As with all dietary or herbal supplements, you should inform your health care professional that you are using this product. Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to consult with a physician prior to use. However, to date, no side effects have been reported with Amla.

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Asian Pigeonwings, Butterfly Pea, Cardofan Pea, Winged Leave Clitoria

Asian Pigeonwings, Butterfly Pea, Cardofan Pea, Winged Leave Clitoria

Sanskrit name: Aparajita
Botanical name: Clitoria ternatea
Habitat: It is native native to Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances Pitta, Vata and Kapha

General information
Clitoria ternatea is a perennial plant with white or blue flowers. It has many therapeutic benefits and is used in Ayurvedic medicine preparation. This herb helps in balancing all the doshas which are vata, pitta and kapha. The oil extracted from this herb has antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is helpful when externally applied to skin allergies, wounds and skin inflammations. Winged Leave Clitoria is a mild laxative and is helpful in gastrointestinal diseases. It helps to pacify kapha and pitta. It helps in purification of blood and in boosting the immune power of the body.

Contraindications
No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Apple of Sodom, Madar Tree

Apple of Sodom, Madar Tree

Sanskrit name: Arka
Botanical name: Calotropis procera
Habitat: It is widely grown in South Africa, South and Western Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects) : Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information

The herb acts as a mild laxative and improves digestive system. It has also found effective in treating respiratory tract infections and liver disorders.

Areca Nut, Betel Nut

Areca nut, Betel nut

Sanskrit name: Puga
Botanical name: Areca catechu
Habitat: Areca catechu is found in the Tropical Pacific, Asia and Eastern parts of Africa.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasac(tatse): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects):Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha

General information

Areca nut or Betel nut contains tannins, phenolics, alkaloids. According to Ayurveda Areca nuts has anti depressant properties and helps in regulating blood pressure. It regulates the metabolic activities which further helps in reducing the risk of digestive system disorders. It also contains high amount of anti-oxidants and increases immunity in the body.

Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry Plant

Ashwagandha, Winter CherrySanskrit name : Ashwagandha
Botanical name: Withania Somnifera

Habitat: Ashwagandha is a small shrub that grows to 1.5 meters tall. It is found in dry areas of India and Africa.

 

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, sweet
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess

Indications: Ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as Indian Ginseng. It has rejuvenative properties that produce energy, which in turn help the body to calm down and sleep.

General information  

Thus it helps the body address a stress-related condition rather than masking it with sedatives. Recent research points out that Ashwagandha may be the best herb to take to maintain normal adrenal levels. Many people suffer from adrenal exhaustion and are misdiagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or simply leave the doctors office without a clear understanding as to why they constantly feel so exhausted and stressed. Caffeine, nicotine, processed foods and processed sugar all take their toll on the adrenal glands and leave the victim fatigued, depressed and often bewildered as to what to do with themselves. Ashwagandha helps the adrenals recover quickly to a balanced state, assuming the offending habits are discontinued. One of the special properties of Ashwagandha is that it will enhance Ojas. In Sanskrit, Ojas literally means “vigor” and according to Ayurvedic theory, is the most subtle, refined level of the physical body and, in fact, is its essential energy. Ojas is the sap of one’s life energy and is the end result of healthy food which is properly digested. It is responsible for a healthy immune system, reproductive processes, physical strength, lustrous complexion, clarity of mind and sense of well-being. It allows consciousness to flow within the body. With decreased ojas, we are less in touch with ourselves and more prone to weakness, fatigue, disease and to experiencing a sense of disharmony

Contraindications 

Safe for human and animal use. This herb has been used safely by children in India and even by pregnant women. When taken in small quantities as a tonic. During lactation it increases the flow of mother’s milk.

No side effects have been reported with Ashwagandha.

According to Ayurveda herbs are best taken in combination with other herbs or vitamins or minerals in order to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of other and to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the that of the other.

Reference

  • J. Ethnopharmacol 1994 Dec., 44(3):131-5
  • A comparative pharmacological investigation of Ashwagandha and Ginseng.
  • Grandhi A, Mujumdar AM, Patwardhan B.
  • Indian Drugs Research Association, Pune.

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Asian Palmyra Palm, Toddy Palm, Sugar Palm

Asian Palmyra Palm, Toddy Palm, Sugar Palm

Sanskrit name: Tala, Tari
Botanical name: Borassus flabellifer
Habitat: Borassus flabellifer is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia and is majorly grown in the coastal areas of South India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and pitta, aggravates kapha

General information
Asian Palmyra Palm tree is rich in gums, saponin and carbohydrates. The whole plant is used for medicinal purpose. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants. It improves digestion and helps in the metabolism of glucose.

 

Asok Tree

Asok Tree

Sanskrit name: Asoka
Botanical name: Saraca asoca
Habitat: Asoka Tree is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha

General information
In Sanskrit, Asoka means ‘remover of sorrows’. It is beneficial in treating reproductive system related disorders in women. Asoka has been found useful in treating urinary tract disorders.

 

Bacopa, Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi

Bacopa

Sanskrit name: Brahmi
Botanical name: Bacopa Monnieri
Habitat: Bacopa is an aquarium plant due to its ability to grow in water and that is why it is majorly grown on the wetlands of Southern India, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Southern Region of North America.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances Pitta and Kapha

Essential constituents found in Bacopa are Alkaloids, amino acid precursors like brahmine and herpestine, Saponins such as d-mannitol, herpsaponin, acid A and monnierin, water-soluble flavanoids (luteolin and apigenin), Bacosides A, Beta-sitosterol. Each of the above constituents are of vital importance and found helpful in treating some diseases.

General information
Ancient Indian Vedic text Atharvaved Samhita nearly 3000 years old talks about Bramhi being used as a herb to enhance the memory power and in the treatment of neurological disorders. Bacopa’s stem and leaves are used as medicine and for the extraction of essential constituents.

Bacopa is best known for its medicinal application while treating many neurological disorders. Saponins and Bacoside A and B found in Bacopa have been proved helpful in nerve impulse transmission by increasing Kinase activity and eventually stimulating neuronal synthesis. Bacosides is helpful in increasing the antioxidant activity in Hippocampus, thus increasing the cholinergic activity in Hippocampus. Alzhiemer patients suffers a major loss of Cholinergic Activity and intake of Bacopa may help in recovering those losses. Few enzymes from the Bacopa extract generates the free radicals in the brain empowering the cognitive properties of brain and improving memory, stability and concentration. Bacosides also help in Hypothyroid by directly stimulating the thyroid gland.

Being a natural antioxidant, Bacopa helps in preventing the oxidization of fats which further restricts them to bind and create a long chain that clog arteries and blood vessels.

Beta-sitosterol a waxy substance found in Bacopa resembles cholesterol, helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Bacopa monniera has been administered to infants in the form of brahmi tea for centuries in the belief that the tea will increase the children’s cognitive powers. Clinical testing comparing normal children who took bacopa against normal children who took placebos showed that the children given bacopa improved their performance maze-solving more so than the control group after the 3 month trial.

Bacopa Monnieri extract has shown effective results while treating Bronchial Asthma and also in managing the stress.

Contraindications
Clinical trials on human volunteers that began in 1993 in India have not found any adverse effects. The herb is safe for use by healthy people of all ages. In India, Brahmi tea is given to infants starting in their first month of the life to encourage optimal mental development. Brahmi, like Gingko, is also used by adults who seek better mental functioning.

Reference

  • Perrig WJ, et al. The relation between antioxidants and memory performance in the old and very old. J. Am Geriatr Soc 1997; 45:718-24.
  • Lohr JB, Browning JA. Free radical involvement in Neuropsychiatric Illnesses. Psychopharmacol Bull 1995; 31: 159-65.
  • 009; Socci DJ, et al. Chronic antioxidant treatment improves the cognitive performance of aged rats. Brain Res 1995; 693:88-94.
  • Kamat JP, et al. Tocotrienols from palm oil as potent inhibitors of lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation in rat brain mitochondria. Neurosci Lett 1995; 195:179-82.
  • De Deyn PP, et al. Superoxide dismutase activity in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with dementia and some other neurological disorders. Alzheimer Dis. Assoc disord 1998; 12:26-32.
  • Noroozi M, et al. Effects of flavonoids and vitamin C on oxidative DNA damage to human lymphocytes. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;67:1210-8.
  • Singh HK, Dhawan BN. Effect of Bacopa monniera Linn. (Grahmi) extract on avoidance responses in the rat. J. Ethnopharmacol 1982;5:205-14
  • Tripathi YB, et al. Bacopa monniera Linn. as an antioxidant: Mechanism of action.
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Barberry

Barberry

Sanskrit name: Daruharidra, Darvi, Darurajani, Darhald
Botanical name: Berberis Aristata
Habitat:

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): bitter
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha,

General information

Barberry has been used over 2500 years in the Asian continent for treating diarrhea, fever, gastrointestinal diseases, skin inflammation. Also, it has shown positive effects in treating cardiovascular diseases and neuronal disorders like epilepsy and convulsion. Recent studies have shown that barberry may possess some antioxidant properties also.

Contraindications
Avoid during pregnancy.

Beleric Myrobalan

Beleric Myrobalan

Sanskrit name: Bibhitaki
Botanical name: Terminalia bellirica
Habitat: This herb, which is an important Ayurvedic herb, is a tree found throughout the Indian forests and plains.

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and kapha, increases vata

General information

Beleric Myrobalan acts as an astringent and is helping in treating digestion related diseases. It is one of the ingredients of the Triphala of Ayurveda and is useful in the treatment of diseases related to eyes, nose, heart and bladder.

Bengal Kino, Palash, Flames of the Forest

Bengal Kino, Palash, Flames of the Forest

Sanskrit name: Kinsuka
Botanical name: Butea Frondosa
Habitat: Bengal Kino is native to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (Post-digestive Effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (Constitution): Balances Pitta and Vata but may aggravate Kapha

General information

Palash or Bengal Kino is a deciduous tree whose flowers, seeds, bark and gum are used for medicinal purpose. It possesses some important astringent qualities, and is considered valuable by the druggists. Its flowers are used to prepare natural color which is used to celebrate Indian Festival Holi and the tree is worshipped as God of Fire.

Bengal Quince, Bael fruit

Bengal Quince, Bael fruit

Sanskrit name: Bilva
Botanical name: Aegle marmelos
Habitat: It is found all over In India
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, pungent, bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information
Bael fruit pulp is used to make various medicines in Ayurveda. In India Bael fruit is used to make a refreshing drink to counter the heat waves in summer. It is beneficial in the treatment of constipation and other digestive related diseases. It also possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties and is found useful in treating skin ailments. This plant is sacred to Hindus.

Bermuda Grass, Bahama Grass, Dhub Grass

Bermuda Grass, Bahama Grass, Dhub GrassSanskrit name: Durva, Dhub, Haritali
Botanical name: Cynodon dactylon
Habitat: It is widely found all over the World.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Bahama Grass is sacred to Hindus and has many medicinal properties. It is one of the important herb in Ayurveda and has been used in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations. It has the highest amount of chlorophyll, which helps in regulating blood circulation. It helps in revitalizing and improves the immune power of the body. It improves sugar metabolism and helps in treating gastrointestinal diseases. Paste of Bahama grass helps in the treatment of skin ailments when applied externally.

Contraindications

No such Information on side effects is available on Bermuda Grass.

Bitter Gourdin, Bitter melon

Bitter Gourdin, Bitter melon

Sanskrit name: karavella
Botanical name: Momordica Charantia
Habitat: This climbing plant is cultivated everywhere in India for its fruit.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta, vata and kapha

General information

Bitter melon has anti diabetic properties that help in controlling blood and urine sugar level and in reducing insulin resistance. It also has anti inflammatory properties and can be beneficial in treating skin inflammation

Reference

  • Dhalla, N.S. Gupta, K.C. Sastry, M.S. and Malhotra, C.L. 1961. Chemical composition of the fruit of Momordica charantia Linn. Indian J Pharm 23, 128.
  • Lotlikar, M.M. and Rajarama Rao, M.R. 1966. Pharmacology of a hypoglycaemic principle isolated from the fruits of Momordica charantia Linn. Indian J Pharm 28, 129.
  • Vasistha, S.K., vasistha, S.C. and Rao, V.R.K. 1961-1962. Chemical examination of Momordica charantia. Part III. Preparation of D-galacturonic acid and some new salts of it. J Sci Res Banaras Hindu Univ 12(2), 228.
  • Vasistha, S.K., Antony, T.C. and Vasistha S.C. 1960-61. Chemical examination of Momordica charantia. Part I. AStudy in the pectinous substances. J Sci Res Banaras Hindu Univ 12(2), 228.
  • Vimala Devi, M. Venkateswarlu, M. and Krishna Rao, R.V. 1977. Hypoglycaemic activity of the leaves of Momordica Charantia. Abstr of the paper presented at XXIX Indian Pharmaceut Cong., Waltair, 28-31 Dec., 1977. Indian J Pharm 39, 167.

Boswellia, Indian Frankincense

Boswellia, Indian FrankincenseSanskrit name: Shallaki
Botanical name: Boswellia Serrata
Habitat: Boswellia found in the deciduous forest of western and central India and Saudi Arabia. It is moderate to large branching trees found in India, strips of bark peeled away yielding gummy oleoresin, contains Oil, Terpenoids and Gum. Boswellic acid is isolated from Gumresin of Boswellia Serrata and identifies as active principle.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent, Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling and Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions):Balances all the doshas, may aggravate vata and pitta

Boswellic acid constitutes of a group of active enzymes out of which 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) is potential enzyme which influence the synthesis of Leukotrines which tends to mediate inflammation. Leukotrines is useful in the treatment of asthma as it induce brochoconstriction and increased mucous secretion, and helps in the production of eosinophil-rich inflammatory cellular infiltrate.

General information
Boswellic acid has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which also depend upon the grade of the Boswellia resin from which this acid is extracted. The highest quality boswellia is said to be that which is harvested in October, when a section of tree bark is scraped away and the sap is collected. Boswellia potency and grades also depend on the variety of boswellia used in the preparation of the extract. Boswellia from Ethiopia, boswellia papyrifera, has been considered a high-grade version, but is unobtainable in the western world. This article will focus on the high-grade boswellia serrata variety, which has been refined and used in both the East and the West for hundreds of years

Contraindications
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. Toxicity studies of Boswellia in rats and primates showed no pathological changes in Heamotological parameters at doses of up to 1000 mg/Kg. The LD50 was established more than 2 gm/kg.

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Black Oil Plant, Climbing Staff Tree

Black Oil Plant, Climbing Staff Tree

Sanskrit name: Jyotishmati
Botanical name: Celastrus paniculatus
Habitat: It is native to India.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Ancient scriptures have reported the use of Woody Liana as a Brain tonic and for memory loss. Scientists have researched on the seeds of this herb and found essential fatty acids and alkaloids. Oil extracted from the seeds of the Climbing Staff tree has been found useful in treating various skin ailments.

Black Pepper

Black PepperSanskrit name: Krishna, Vellaja, Maricha
Botanical name: Piper Nigrum
Habitat:

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta

General information
Black pepper’s aromatic, slightly musty odor comes from the volatile oils found largely in the flesh and skin; Black Pepper’s pungent bite comes from the Alkaloids-piperine and Piperidine-and resins found mostly in the seeds. The oils go into perfumes and flavorings.

 

Black Salt

Black SaltSanskrit name: Saindhava
Botanical name: Black Salt
Habitat: Rock salt or Black salt is found in the Northern Region of India

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Salt, Sweet
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): salt
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta, vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess

General information
Black salt is very helpful in improving taste, digestion system. It acts as an aphrodisiac and is also good for the heart. Ayurveda recommends a daily consumption of black salt.

Hing, Asafoetida

Asafoetida

Sanskrit name: Hing
Botanical name: Ferula Asafoetida Linn
Habitat: It is native to deserts of Iran, Afghanistan and India

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha

* Doshas (constitutions): Balances Vata and Kapha

General information
Asafetida can help greatly in controlling cholesterol and triglyceride level in the blood, which helps immensely in cardiovascular diseases.

Contraindications
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.

Shatavari, Asparagus

Asparagus, ShatavariSanskrit name: Shatavari
Botanical name: Asparagus racemosus
Habitat: Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, is a climbing plant which grows in low forest areas throughout India. A much branched spinus under-shrub with tuberous, short rootstock bearing numerous fusiform, succulent roots.

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent,sour, pungent, sweet
  • Virya (action): Neutral
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances all the doshas

The majorConstituents of Asparagus plant are Shatavarins I-IV, Sistosterol, Asparagamine.

General information
Shatavari is also known as Asparagus racemosus. SHATAVARI is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb which has a special affinity with women though it is also excellent for men. SHATAVARI is known to maintain and nourish the female reproductive organs. For men it is a nutritive tonic similar to ginseng. Because Shatavari is a gentle herb which regulates growth, is a systemic tonic, and is calming, it is considered, along with Ashwagandha and Bhrami, to be excellent for people of all ages. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion.

The name Shatavari comes from an Indian word meaning “a woman possessing a hundred husbands. It is used to maintain and nourish the female reproductive organs and is the main herb, and highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine for issues connected to women’s fertility, menstrual irregularity and controlling blood loss, menopausal issues, and loss of libido. It acts as a womens’ rejuvenative, helping to balance estrogen, stimulate lactation and prevent miscarriage. For men it is a nutritive tonic similar to ginseng. Because Shatavari is a gentle herb, acting as a systemic tonic and is calming, it is considered, along with Ashwagandha and Brahmi, (or Bacopa) to be excellent for people of all ages.

Shatavari has also been used as a tonic for circulatory, digestive and respiratory organs, ulcers, bronchial infections, diarrhea, rheumatism, diabetes, bleeding ulcers, gastritis, dysentery, dry cough, sore throat, inflammation in the lungs due to dryness and heat, male fertility and impotence, building body mass and muscle tissue, nourishing the blood, the immune system, calming the nerves, and insomnia.

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Banyan Tree, Indian Banyan

Banyan Tree, Indian Banyan

Sanskrit name: Vata
Botanical name: Ficus benghalensis
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Banyan Tree is widely found in India and is sacred to Indian People. It has mythological importance and hence it is being worshipped all over India. Banyan tree also has therapeutic benefits and is one of the important herbs in Ayurveda. The fruit of this tree acts as a mild purgative and is used in gastrointestinal diseases. It is also beneficial in skin ailments. The banyan tree extract is used in treating teeth amd mouth diseases. It helps in regulating blood sugar level. It pacifies Pitta with its cooling effect and help with pitta related diseases.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available with this herb.

Bindweed, Morning glory, English speedwheel

Bindweed, Morning glory, English speedwheel

Sanskrit name: Shankhapushpi, Shankhava
Botanical name: Convolvulus pluricaulis, Convolvulus
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, may aggravates vatta

General information

Shankhapushpi has been used for many years by the Ayurveda practitioners as Brain tonic to enhance their memory abilities and for treating brain related disorders. Bindweed acts as a purgative helps in digestion related diseases. It helps in the regulation of metabolism and glucose digestion, thus helping in regulating blood sugar levels. It also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties and helps in the treatment of skin ailments. It is rich in antioxidants and can be helpful in treating stress, anxiety, depression.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Avoid during pregnancy and lactation.

Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd

Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd

Sanskrit name: Karavella, Karela, Sushavi
Botanical name: Momordica charantia
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Ayurveda recommends Bitter Gourd as a general health tonic. It helps in maintaining blood sugar level and helps in purifying the blood. It a natural laxative and helps in regulating the bowel movements. It is also possesses antibacterial properties and helps in skin ailments. It also possesses anti inflammatory properties and helps to control the pain in joints. The juice of bitter Gourd helps in treating respiratory tract diseases.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Bread Flower

Bread Flower

Sanskrit name: Apshota, Bhadravalli
Botanical name: Vallaris Solanacea
Habitat: It is native to China, Southeast Asia and India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Vallaris solanacea or Bread Flower is a climber and grows up to 10m. It has many therapeutic benefits and the flowers of this herb are used as a flavoring agent for culinary purpose. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in relieving pain. This herb is a natural stimulant an analgesic and helps to regulate the digestive system. It is a natural source of anti-oxidants and is beneficial in purifying and regulating the blood circulation. The root and bark of this herb are used by Ayurveda practitioners for making Ayurvedic medicines.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Bitter Aple, Colocynth, Bitter Cucumber, Wild Gourd

Bitter Aple, Colocynth, Bitter Cucumber, Wild Gourd

Sanskrit name: Indravalli
Botanical name: Citrullus colocynthis
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances pitta and Kapha, may aggravate Vata

General information

The fruit is nutritious and is called as Bitter Apple. The fruit is highly rich in Colocynthin. It is very hot in nature, hence not recommended for people with Pitta Dosha. It is a very potent purgative and should be consumed under medical guidance. It helps in pacifying Kapha and hence beneficial in treating respiratory tract disease. It is diuretic and anti inflammatory in nature. Its antibacterial properties help in treating wounds and skin allergies. It helps in regulating the liver functionality.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Chanca Piedra, Quebra Pedra

Chanca Piedra, Quebra Pedra

Sanskrit name: Bhumyamalaki
Botanical name: Phyllanthus Niruri
Habitat: Chanca piedra is a small erect annual herb growing up to 30 to 40 centimeters in height and is indigenous to the rainforests in the Amazon and other tropical areas including the Bahamas, southern India and China.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, sweet
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta and kapha, may aggravate vata in excess

General information

Bhumyamalaki is an ancient ayurvedic herb. It helps in the regulation of blood sugar level and kidney related disorders.

Centratherum Anthelminticum

Centratherum Anthelminticum

Sanskrit name: vanya jiraka, agnibija, aranyajiraka, aranyajirakah, atavijiraka, avalguja, braka,
Botanical name: Centratherum Anthelminticum
Habitat: Throughout India up to 5500 feet. In the Himalayas and often cultivated in villages.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess

General information

Centratherum Anthelminticum has antiviral properties. It is also beneficial in the treatment of Urinary tract disorders and gastrointestinal diseases.

Cumin seed

Cumin seed

Sanskrit name: Jeerak
Botanical name: Cuminum cyminum
Habitat: Cultivated throughout India except Bengal and Assam. Main areas are the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta, vata and kapha

General information

Cumin seeds play an important role in balancing vata dosha. It helps in metabolism and in digestion related disorders. It also helps in pacifying pitta dosha and increases the immune power of the body.

Castor

Castor

Sanskrit name: Eranda
Botanical name: Ricinus Communis
Habitat: It grows Wild on the waste land.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information

Castor has a soothing effect on the body, which helps in balancing Pitta dosha. Oil extracted from this herb possesses laxative properties and helps in treating digestive system diseases. Castor seeds are also used in treating ailments.

Clove

Clove

Sanskrit name: Lavanga
Botanical name: Syzygium aromaticum
Habitat: It is widely found in India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, increases vata

General information

Clove oil is useful in digestive system related disorders. Oil is also used as a Rasayna for rejuvenation. It increases immunity in the body. It helps in treating dental infections.

Cluster Fig Tree, Indian Fig Tree

Cluster Fig Tree, Indian Fig Tree

Sanskrit name: Udumber
Botanical name: Ficus racemosa
Habitat: It is found all over India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action) : cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Indian Fig Tree is one of the important herb in Ayurveda. It helps in the treatment of liver disorders, inflammatory conditions, respiratory and urinary tract disorders. It also has mythological importance in India.

Coconut

Coconut

Sanskrit name: Narikel
Botanical name: Cocos nucifera
Habitat: It is widely grown along the coastal region of South India

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances all the three Dosha vata, pitta and kapha.

General information

Coconut is used in many culinary preparations. It is rich in mineral and proteins. Coconut water is used as a summer drink, as it keeps the body hydrated in extreme climatic conditions. It has therapeutic benefits and is one of the important herb used in treating illness by Ayurveda practitioners. Coconut water is helpful in kidney and urinary tract diseases. It speeds up the healing process and the oil extracted from this fruit is beneficial in curing wounds and cuts. Coconut Oil is also used in Aromatherapy and skin ailments. Coconut also possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Contraindications

Coconut is safe for most of the Individual if consumed in sustainable amount.

Centella, Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort

Centella, Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort

Sanskrit name: Mandukaparni
Botanical name: Centella asiatica
Habitat: It is widely found in the wetlands of Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, astringent, bitter, sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates kapha

General information 

Ayurveda describes Gotu Kola as one of the Rasayna and is used for rejuvenation. It has anti-aging properties and helps in slowing down the aging process. Indian Pennywort helps in improving the immune power of the body and revitalizes the body. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is also found useful in treating urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract diseases. It regulates the blood circulation and helps in heart related diseases. This herb possesses anti-bacterial properties and is helpful in treating wounds and skin ailments. Also, it is rich in anti-oxidants and Ayurvedic practitioners refers it as a Brain Tonic.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available with this herb.

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Caraway, Black Caraway

Caraway, Black Caraway

Sanskrit name: Jiraka, Shaijeera, Kala Jira, Jira, Krishna jeeraka
Botanical name: Carum carvi
Habitat: Caraway is native to western Asia, Europe and Africa.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Caraway is rich in proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and essential oils. Essential oils extracted from this precious herb is used for treating skin ailments. The essential oils possess carminative, antiseptic, diuretic and expectorant properties. The oil is also used in aromatherapies and massages. It is used as a spice in India. It acts as a stimulant is beneficial in gastrointestinal tract diseases. Its astringent properties help in digestion and bowel movements.

Contraindications

Essential oil extracted from this herb needs to dilute before using and a patch test is recommended before the usage. Avoid excessive consumption during pregnancy.

Catechu, Cachou, Cutch tree, Black Cutch, Black Catechu.

 Catechu, Cachou, Cutch tree, Black Cutch, Black Catechu.

Sanskrit name: Khadir, Khair
Botanical name: Senegalia catechu, acacia catechu
Habitat: It is native to India.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Catechu is highly rich in tannins and flavonoid. Sap from the bark is extracted for various purposes. This extract has antimicrobial properties and is helpful in treating various digestive system related disorders. Ayurveda practitioners use this extract in treating liver disorders. The therapeutic benefits of Catechu are used in treating skin ailments. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic properties and helps in relieving the pain. It helps in pitta and vata balancing.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon Bark

Sanskrit name: Tvak, darusita, Dalchini
Botanical name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum blume
Habitat: It is native to Tropical and Sub-tropical areas.

 
Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Cinnamon is a Greek word and has been known to mankind for its therapeutic benefits. The bark of the tree is highly rich in tannins, essential oils and mucilage. Cinnamon is used in treating throat infections and common cold. It helps in regulating blood sugar levels, It acts as a stimulant and helps in bowel movements and gastrointestinal tract diseases. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in relieving muscle spasms and joint pains. Oil extracted from this herb is an essential oil, used for aromatherapy and in the treatment of skin ailments. This essential oil is also used in perfumes and body sprays to neutralize the odor. It is highly rich in anti-oxidants.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Chir Pine

Chir Pine

Sanskrit name: Sarala, Srivasah
Botanical name: Pinus roxburghii
Habitat: It is widely found in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Resin obtained from Chir Pine tree have many therapeutic benefits. It is antiseptic in nature and hence is beneficial in treating wounds and skin allergies. It is diuretic in nature and is very useful in treating urinary tract diseases. It acts as a stimulant and helps in the treatment of Gastrointestinal diseases. It has cooling effect on the body and helps to regulate the body temperature and in feverish conditions. Anti-inflammatory properties of this herb helps to control the pain in joints.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Camphor Tree

Camphor Tree

Sanskrit name: Karpoor, Ghansara
Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Camphor has a strong odor and a pungent taste and is widely known and used in day to day life. Essential oil extracted from camphor tree have many therapeutic benefits. Camphor oil is a very effective stimulant and helps to boost the circulatory system, digestion, metabolism, and bowel movements. The oil is a good disinfectant, antiseptic, and germicidal properties. It is carminative in nature. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an aphrodisiac.

Contraindications

Camphor Oil can harm seriously if ingested in excess. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Champak, Golden Champa

Champak, Golden Champa

Sanskrit name: Campaka, Campeya
Botanical name: Magnolia champaca
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia and China.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Golden Champa has been used for ornamental, medicinal and commercial purpose. The bark and the flower render it its therapeutic benefits. An extract from the flowers has been used to make the Joy perfume. Also, this extract is found helpful in treating cough and other respiratory diseases. It is a mild laxative and helps to regulate the bowel movements, indigestion and other digestive system disorders. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in controlling joint pain and skin inflammation. It is also diuretic in nature which helps to treat the urinary tract diseases and keeps the body hydrated.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Cubeba, Tailed Pepper, African Pepper

Cubeba, Tailed Pepper, African Pepper

Sanskrit name: Cavya
Botanical name: Piper Cubeba
Habitat: It is native to Africa

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta

General information

Cubeb is native to Africa and was first introduced In Europe as a pepper with tail. Portugal King forbade import of tailed pepper fearing it would spoil the sail of Long Pepper. It is antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, laxative, purgative and aromatic in nature. It is also used as a spice in various Culinary purposes. Cubeb oil is helpful in treating urinary tract disorders. It is chewed in bad mouth odor conditions and other dental conditions. Oil is also helpful in treating common cold and cough.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Dragon’s Blood

Dragon’s Blood

Sanskrit name: Raktaniryaasa
Botanical name: Daemomorops draco
Habitat: Dragon’s Blood is native to South America.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): salty, sweet
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): neutral
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for pitta, vata and kapha

General information

Dragon’s Blood bark and resin have been used by Ayurveda practitioners for a long period. It has antibacterial and is helpful in treating skin ailments. It is rich in anti-oxidants and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

Devils Trumpet, Metel, Thorn Apple

 Devils Trumpet, Metel, Thorn Apple

Sanskrit name: Dhatura, kanaka, Unmatta
Botanical name: Datura metel
Habitat: It is widely grown all over the World for its medicinal and ornamental use.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Astringent, Sweet, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, aggravates pitta and vata

General information

Dhatura has been used for centuries by Ayurveda practitioners for medicinal purpose. It is highly rich in Scopolamine, which makes it a potent sedative. It is beneficial in treating respiratory tract diseases, common cold, feverish conditions. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating skin ailments and allergies and controlling the joint pain. It also possesses analgesic properties and is useful in digestive system related diseases.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Drumstick Tree

Drumstick Tree

Sanskrit name: Shigru, Munaga
Botanical name: Moringa oleifera
Habitat: It is native to India.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Drumstick is used as a vegetable and is highly nutritious. It is a rich source of Vitamin A and C, calcium and iron. This herb helps to strengthen the bones and its anti-inflammatory activity helps to treat joint pains. It boosts the immune power of the body with its rich source of vitamins and minerals. It also possesses antifungal properties and is beneficial in treating allergies and infections. It promotes proper digestion and regulates the metabolic activities and bowel movements.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Dita Tree, Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, White CheeseWood

Dita Tree, Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, White CheeseWood

Sanskrit name: Saptaparna, Satawana
Botanical name: Alstonia scholaris
Habitat: It is native to Indian Subcontinent.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata and pitta

General information

Dita Tree has been used to make paper in ancient time in India and South Asia. The wood of this tree is soft and lightweight and the tree can be easily cultivated hence recommended for making pencil and paper. Tribal people from India avoid usage of the Dita Tree as they believe it is evil in nature. Ayurveda practitioners used extracts from the bark of Dita trees to treat fever, common cold and cough like conditions. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and hence the leaves and bark are applied externally for treating skin ailments and allergies. The dried leaves of this herb are used as an expectorant. It also helps to regulate the metabolism and bowel movements.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Date Palm, Dried Dates,

Date Palm, Dried Dates,

Sanskrit name: Kharjura, Khajur
Botanical name: Phoenix dactylifera
Habitat: It is native to Africa and Asia.

 

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata and pitta

General information

Date Palm is highly rich in carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. It is highly rich in glucose, fructose and is a rich source of energy. It is a natural resource of anti-oxidants and boosts the immune power of the body. Dates have a higher content of dietary fibers which helps in regulating the metabolic activities and the bowel movements. High vitamin content in Date helps to maintain healthy skin, hair and muscle tone. It is recommended to eat dates for those who wants to gain weight.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

East Indian Globe Thistle

East Indian Globe ThistleSanskrit name: Mundi
Botanical name: Sphaeranthus Indicus
Habitat: It is widely found in Southeast Asia.

 

 

 


Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta, vata and kapha

General information

East Indian Globe Thistle helps in the treatment of ailments related to blood, and regulates the kidney function.

 

Egyptian Clover, Berseem Clover

Egyptian Clover, Berseem CloverSanskrit name: Tripatra
Botanical name: Trifolium alexandrinum
Habitat: Native to north Atlantic and central Europe, the Mediterranean region, Balkans, Asia Minor, Iran, India, Himalayas, Russia from Arctic south to east Siberia, Caucasus, and the Far East. It spread to England ca 1650 and was carried to America by British colonists (Taylor and Smith, 1981). Widely introduced and cultivated.

 

 
General information

Berseem has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic properties. It is beneficial in the treatment of liver related disorders.

Eagle Wood, Agarwood

Eagle Wood, Agarwood

Sanskrit name: Agaru
Botanical name Aquilaria agallocha
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent,bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

The resin extracted from Agarwood is used in perfume and the Agarwood itself is used as an incense in many cultures. Apart from this Agarawoord has many medicinal properties and has been used by Ayurveda practitioners in the medicinal preparation. It possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is helpful in treating joint pain. It is also useful in treating skin ailments, ulcers and wounds. It acts as a stimulant and helps in regulating blood circulation in the body. It is vata pacifying in nature and is recommended in Vata diseases. Essential Oil extracted from this herb is used in Aromatherapy and rejuvenation. The bark of this tree is used for making writing material in the Assam region of India.

Contraindications

People with pitta dosha should avoid this herb in Summer. Avoid during pregnancy and lactation.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Sanskrit name: Nilgiri, Tailapatra, Sugandhapatra, Tailaparuah
Botanical name: Eucalyptus globulus Labill
Habitat: It is native to Australia.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Eucalyptus has a been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for its therapeutic benefits. Essential oil extracted from this herb has been used for medicinal preparations and aromatherapy. Ointments and lotions which are traditionally used has eucalyptus oil as an important ingredient. Eucalyptus oil acts as an expectorant and is used for treating respiratory tract disorders. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help in relieving the pain in joints and muscle spasms. It has anti-septic properties and is used in treating skin ailments and wounds.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Egyptian Rattle Pod, Common Sesban

Egyptian Rattle Pod, Common Sesban

Sanskrit name: Jayanti, Jayata
Botanical name: Sesbania sesban
Habitat: It is native to tropical Africa and Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata and pitta

General information:

Common Sesban is a potent astringent. Ayurveda practitioners used this herb for its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. It helps to treat skin ailments and allergies and hence it is one of the ingredients of many skin care products. It helps in purifying blood and regulates the circulation. It is tridoshahara that is balancing of all the doshas.

Contraindications:

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Fumitory, Earth Smoke

Fumitory, Earth SmokeSanskrit name: Parpat
Botanical name: Fumaria officinalis
Habitat: This plant was not indigenous to India but it was imported from Persia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter
  • Virya (action): Sheet (Cold)
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for all doshas

General information

The most prominent Constituents of fumitory are an alkaloid fumarine, fumaric acid, and considerable amounts of inorganic matter, especially potassium salts. It helps greatly in balancing Kapha and Pitta related disorders.

Fenugreek

FenugreekSanskrit name: Methika
Botanical name Trigonella Foenum Graecum
Habitat: This all-season herb is found in wild and extensively cultivated in India. It has triplets or oval leaflets. It blooms yellow white flowers in the summer and has aromatic seeds. Used through the ages by Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, astringent, bitter, sweet
  • Virya (action): Hot
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances Vata and Kapha

General information

The scented seeds of Fenugreek contain Vitamin A, B1, C, Iron and Minerals which are helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome, cataract, kidney stonesand also helps in relieving pain and swelling, however, it is best known for its antidiabetic activity.

Contraindications

No significant side effects information is available so far.

False Daisy

False Daisy

Sanskrit name: BHRINGRAJA
Botanical name: Eclipta Alba
Habitat: It widely found in the India, China, Thailand and Brazil.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information

Oil extracted from Eclipta Alba contains therapeutic properties and has been discovered valuable in treating different illnesses. It has antimicrobial properties and is helpful in treating infections. It is used as one of the Rasayna in Ayurveda in rejuvenation. It helps in improving the immune power of the body.

Five-leaved chaste tree

Five-leaved chaste treeSanskrit name: Nirgundi
Botanical name: Vitex negundo
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia.

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances Vata and Kapha, increases Pitta

General information

The Sanskrit word Nirgundi means protects the body from diseases. It possesses antibacterial, antiinflammatory and analgesic properties. It improves blood circulation and digestive system. Oil extracted from this is used in treating skin related allergies and infections. Nirgundi oil also used for aromatherapy as it is mentioned as one of the Rasayna in Ayurveda.

False Black Pepper

False Black PepperSanskrit name: Vidanga
Botanical name: Embelia ribes
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action) : Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution) : Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta.

General information

Embelia ribes or False Pepper contains embelin and therefore has antibacterial properties. It also has soothing effects on cough and chest congestion and helps in treating respiratory tract disorders. Ayurveda has recommended this herb in the treatment of skin ailments.

Fire Flame Bush

Fire Flame BushSanskrit name: Dhataki
Botanical name: Woodfordia fruticosa
Habitat: It is found throughout India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Astringent, Pungent
  • Virya (action) : Coolin
  • Vipaka (Post-digestive effects) : Pungent
  • Doshas (Constitution) : Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha

General information
Astringent properties of Fire Flame Bush is useful in treating skin ailments and wounds. It is rich in nutrients like Tannins, Polyphenols, Flavonoids and hence used for pharmaceuticals purpose.

Frog Fruit, Sawtooth fogfruit, Turkey Trangle

Frog Fruit, Sawtooth fogfruit, Turkey Trangle

Sanskrit name: Vasir, Vasuka, Jalapippali, Matsyagandha
Botanical name: Phyla nodiflora
Habitat: It is native to South America and the United States.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Frog Fruit or Texas Fruit is used as a grass substitute and ground cover in the lawns, but it also has many therapeutic benefits. The whole plant is used in medicinal preparation. It acts as an anodyne and helps in relieving the pain. It is found useful in treating skin ailments and allergies, as it possesses antibacterial properties. It is a good stimulant and carminative in nature, helps in gastrointestinal diseases. It is diuretic and helps in the treatment of urinary tract disease. This herb helps in boosting immune power of the body.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Ginger Ardraka

Ginger

Sanskrit name: Ardraka
Botanical name: Zingiber Officinale
Habitat: Ginger is a perennial plant that grows in India, China, Mexico, and several other countries.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta

The dried rhizome of ginger contains approximately 1-4% volatile oils. These are the medically active. The aromatic principles include Zingiberene and Bisabolene, while the pungent principles are known as Ginerols and Shogaols.

General information

Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger has been used to add zest and pizzazz to cuisines all over the world. This knobby and humble looking root has so much more to offer than just seasoning and spicing up a meal. It is, in fact, one of the world’s oldest and most recognized healing herbs. Ginger is most commonly known as a remedy for digestive discomfort.

For centuries, ancient Chinese practitioners have used ginger for treating upset stomachs, nausea, diarrhea, and for easing congestion In India, which is the world’s #1 producer of ginger, this wonderful root has been used to treat many additional symptoms such as muscle pain, menstrual cramps, and inflammation of the joints from arthritis and rheumatism. With its seductive scent and stimulating powers, ginger is even mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an aphrodisiac- beneficial in improving circulation, therefore helping to increase sexual desires and powers.

Whether used as a cooking ingredient, an aphrodisiac, or a home remedy, Ginger has so many benefits and healing properties, it should be kept readily available in every household. It is literally a buried treasure!

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Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre

Sanskrit name: Meshasringa
Botanical name: Gymnema Sylvestre
Habitat: A climbing plant common in Central and Southern India.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha

Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Gymnema may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas, which is the place in the body where insulin is made.”

General information
Gymnema Sylvestre is one of the most famous Ayurvedic herbs for promoting and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. It is called the Gurmar or the “sugar destroyer” in Ayurveda, because of its ability to block sweet taste.

Action (pharmacology: Gymnema Sylvestre has been used in India for more than 2000 years to control the presence of carbohydrates in urine. The Indian name Gumar or Gurmar literally means “Sugar Killer”.

Gymnema Sylvestre is a woody, wine-like plant which climbs on bushes and trees in the Western Ghats in South India, and to the west of those mountains in the territory around the coastal city of Goa. The medicinally active parts of the plant are the leaves and the roots. It came to be known as a “destroyer of sugar” because, in ancient times, Ayurvedic physicians observed that chewing a few leaves of Gymnema Sylvestre suppressed the taste of sugar. That is, sweet foods no longer tasted sweet, but rather became almost completely tasteless.

Quote from Web MD: “Today, gymnema is used for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, weight loss, and cough. It is also used for malaria and as a snake bite antidote, digestive stimulant, laxative, appetite suppressant, and diuretic.

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Gum of silk cotton tree

Gum of silk cotton tree

Sanskrit name: Shalmali
Botanical name: Bombax Malabaricum
Habitat: Throughout the hottest forest regions of India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): astringent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Guna (Qualities): light to digest

General information

Bombax Malabaricum is rich in steroids, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenoids, saponins, cholesterol and hydrocarbons. It possesses anti inflammatory properties which helps in treating skin diseases. In the ancient time people used it as an Aphrodisiac and a Rejuvenator.

Reference

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Guggul, Indian Bedellium Tree

Guggul Indian Bedellium Tree

Sanskrit name: Bhadramishra
Botanical name: Commiphora Mukul
Habitat: Guggul is spiny shrub or small tree with many branches, usually growing two or three meter high, and found in the arid, rocky tracts of Rajasthan, Gujrat and Karnataka in India. A healthy tree yields 250-500 grams of resin in one season, and Guggul plants typically begin yielding resin after five years. Commiphora Mukul ranges from a woody shrub to a small tree, with spirally ascending branches. Leaves 1-3 foliate, rhomboid to avate in shape, irregularly toothed edges. Flowers are small, from brown to pink in color and are unisexual. It’s fruit is red and oval in shape. The tree grows in rocky and rough terrain in warm and semiarid areas of India. It is found on the slopes of hills and foothills. The oleoresin from Commiphora Mukul has been mentioned in the ancient Indian texts Athavaveda, and in the early medical texts of Charaka, Sushuta, the Samhitas and Nighantus which are over a thousand years old. Textbooks of Ayurvedic Medicine distinguish between fresh and old varieties of Guggul.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent, Sweet, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas( constitution): Balances all the doshas.

Guggul is a well known Ayurvedic herb which normailizes lipid metabolism, and regulates healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition, it maintains the body’s ability to burn excess fat. It does this safely, effectively, and without the serious side effects that often accompany western drugs

General information:

Guggul or guggulu (commiphora mukul, also commiphora wightii) is derived from the gummy resinous exudate of a plant closely related to myrrh that is found in arid to semi-arid areas of Northern India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and Ayurvedic texts dating back to 600 BC recommend it for treatment of atherosclerosis and digestive disorders.

The Sanskrit definition of the term “guggul” is “one that protects against diseases.” This attests to the wide respect and therapeutic Ayurvedic applications for this botanical, considered to be the most important herb for the removal of “ama,” or toxic substances which accumulate as a result of sluggish digestion and circulation associated with a slowing of metabolism.

Similar to another important Ayurvedic preparation called triphala, guggul is considered tridoshic, or balancing to all three doshas in the body. The three doshas, or bodily constitutions represent the foundation of traditional Ayurveda. These are: kapha or the anabolic humour, watery humour; pitta or the catabolic, fiery humour; and vata, the air or nervous system humour. When all three humours are in balance, the result is health and wellness. When one or more are in excess or deficient this represents imbalance or disease. Guggul stimulates pitta and thus enhances warmth, digestion, circulatory and reproductive processes. It also regulates vata (nerve force) and kapha (fluidic aspects).

As an “ama”-resolving herb, guggul has a wide range of applications beginning with rheumatic and arthritic pains, lowering high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and obesity. Guggul is warming and stimulates metabolism that is why it is one of the few botanicals that has been used to treat hypothyroid conditions. In addition, it is used to treat a sluggish liver, malaria, to stimulate libido, nervous diseases, bronchial congestion, cardiac and circulatory problems, weak digestion, gynecological problems, leucorrhea, sterility, impotence, and various skin diseases including acne and psoriasis. (One of the substances contained in Guggul which is known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides is also noted for its ability to decrease the redness and swelling that occurs in some types of acne) Guggul, as with other resins, is excreted through the skin, mucus membranes and the kidneys. This is what makes it particularly useful for the urinary tract and for a wide number of skin diseases.

Guggul has been used for over 3,000 years and is described in all of the classical Ayurvedic texts including the Sushruta Samhita (3rd to 4th centuries) where it is especially recommended for the treatment of rheumatic pains and obesity, as mentioned above. It is one of the most important rasayanas (herbal tonics) of Ayurveda where it is described as warm, dry, pungent-flavored, and aromatic with nutritive, lubricant, stimulant and digestion-enhancing properties. Current research substantiates its benefit for the treatment of elevated blood lipids and coronary and arterial plaque known as atherosclerosis. As a result, today in India standardized guggul extracts are being approved for lowering elevated serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Contraindications

Purified Guggul may be taken for a long time without ill effect.

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Garlic

Garlic

Sanskrit name: Lasuna
Botanical name: Allium Sativum
Habitat: Cultivated all over India, garlic is closely related to onion and chives. The largest commercial garlic production is in Central California.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Hot
  • Vipak (Post Digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (Constitution): Balances vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta.

General information

Most people enjoy garlic. However, some individuals who are sensitive to it may experience heartburn and flatulence. Because of garlic.s Anticlotting properties, persons taking anticoagulant drugs should check with their nutritionally oriented doctor before taking garlic. Those scheduled for surgery should inform their surgeon if they are taking garlic supplements.

Contraindications

There are no known contra-indications to the use of garlic during pregnancy and lactation.

Garcinia

Garcinia

Sanskrit name: Kankusta, Vrikshamla
Botanical name: Garcinia Cambogia
Habitat: A Fruiting tree grows in evergreen forests in Southern India and Pattani Southern Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sour
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): Sour
  • Doshas (Constitution): Balances Pitta.

The fruit of the tree contain H.C.A. (Hydroxy Citric Acid) which comes in extract is the active constituent/principal.

General information

When the bodys energy needs are less than the daily calorie intake, the body produces excess glucose. This glucose is then converted into glycogen, which is stored for future conversion into energy in both the liver and muscles. People gain weight, or store energy as fat, after the bodys capacity for glycogen storage is reached. At this point, the excessive calories become stored in fat cells. In traditional Ayurveda, Garcinia Cambogia is used to maintain healthy weight, appetite, and fat storage levels in the body. In conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise program, Citrin can help promote a healthy synthesis of energy and carbohydrates.

Guduchi, Indian Tinospora

Guduchi, Indian Tinospora

Sanskrit name: Giloe
Botanical name: Tinospora Cordifolia
Habitat: A large, glabrous deciduous climbing shrub. The stems are rather succulent with long filiform fleshy aerial roots form the branches. The bark is gray brown and watery. The leaves are membranous and cordate. The flowers small and greenish yellow. This herb is found throughout tropical India ascending to a height of 300 mts.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vapaka (post digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas(constitution): Balnces Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

General information

Indian Tinospora is referred as Amrut in Ayurveda. This herb has rejuvenative properties and is often used in the treatment of indigestion, diarrhea, skin diseases. It also helps in the treatment of diabetes, urinary tract disorder, arthritis, jaundice.

Guduchi has the ability to heal the wound faster.

Golden shower

Golden shower

Sanskrit name: aragvadha, chaturangula, kritamala, suvarnaka
Botanical name: Cassia Fistula
Habitat: Common throughout India and Burma.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste)
  • virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post digestive effect): sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Pitta, Vata and Kapha

General information

Aragvadha as called in Sanskrit constitute of glycosides, Anthraquinones Fistulic acid, sennosides, Sugars Saccharose and sterols which plays a significant role as laxative alterative, febrifuge.

It is a gentle laxative and is used to pacify Pitta. By pacifying pita, it helps in the purification of blood and help cure skin diseases.

Gum Acacia

Gum AcaciaSanskrit name: Babbula
Botanical name: Acacia Arabica
Habitat: Acacia Arabica is commonly found in the dry forest areas of Northern region of India

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and kapha

General information

Acacia constitutes mainly of arabin which is a mixture of calcium, magnesium, potassium. Its bark is used for medicinal purpose. It is beneficial in digestive system related disorders like Diarrhea and Dysentery. Powder of acacia arabica helps in healing skin ailments. It helps in the healing of bones damaged due to fracture and weak bones, as it is a natural supplement of calcium.

Green cardamom

Green cardamomSanskrit name: Ela, Elachi
Botanical name: Elettaria cardamomum
Habitat: It is found in the southern region of India.

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances pitta, vata and kapha

General information

Ayurveda confirms Cardamom as Tridoshic, which is known to balance all the three doshas. It acts as a mild laxative and is helpful in stomach cramps and other digestion related disorders. It is used as a spice in India for cooking purpose, but can help greatly in respiratory allergies and nausea.

Ganikarika

Ganikarika

Sanskrit name: Agnimantha, Jaya, Jayanthi, Nadeyi
Botanical name: Clerodendrum phlomidis, Clerodendrum multiflorum
Habitat: It is native to India and Sri Lanka
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Agnimantha is an important herb in Ayurveda with many therapeutic properties. The leaves and roots are used for medicinal prepartion. It possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is found helpful in lowering the pain in joints. It helps in regulating metabolism and bowel movements and is benefitial in treating gastrointestinal diseaeses. It pacifies kapha and therefore helps in the treatment of respiratory tract diseases.

Contraindications

No such information is available on this herb but avoid use in pregnancy and lactation.

Greater Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Nepal Cardamom

Greater Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Nepal Cardamom

Sanskrit name: Aindri
Botanical name: Amomum subulatum
Habitat: It is widely found in India, Nepal and China.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Greater Cardamom is often used as a spice and a mouth freshners for its strong fragrance and sweet taste. This herb is also blessed with therapeutic properties and is used in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations. It acts as a stimulant and hence used as an appetizer and for stomach ailments by common folks. Oil extracted from the seed pods of this herb is often used for aromatherapy and skin ailments. It is also beneficial in balancing Kapha Dosha and is therefore helpful in treating respiratory tract infections.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this herb.

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

Sanskrit name: Draksha
Botanical name: Vitis vinifera
Habitat: It is native to Europe and southwestern Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Coolung
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

The Fruit of Vitis vinifera is a rich source of vitamin C, antioxidants and flavonoids. An extraction from the seeds of Grapes are rich in bioflavonoids, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and helps in treating pain in the joints. This extraction is also rich in anti-oxidants which helps to regulate blood circulation in the body. It is also beneficial in skin ailments and allergies, hair growth, muscle stiffness. It is a natural source of sugar.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Grewia

Grewia

Sanskrit name: Gangeru
Botanical name: Grewia tenax
Habitat: It is native to Africa and Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Astringent, Sweet, Bitter, Sour
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances pitta, vata and kapha

General information

Grewia leaves are used for culinary purpose. Its ripened fruit is eaten as fresh or dried. It has astringent properties. It is also an effective aphrodisiac. It acts as a cardio tonic and helps in keeping the heart healthy. It is tridoshara that is helping in balancing Pitta, Vata and Kapha. It is diuretic in nature and helps in treating gastrointestinal diseases. It is also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and helps in skin ailments and inflammatory conditions.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Holy basil, Sweet Basil

Holy basil, Sweet Basil

Sanskrit name: Tulsi
Botanical name: Ocimum Basilicum
Habitat: Indigenous to India.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha

General information

Tulasi, or Holy Basil is an herbal remedy used that has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurveda. Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to maintain healthy mucus levels. Its oil is rich in vitamin C, carotene, calcium and phosphorus.

Reference

  • Characteristics of essential oil from basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) grown in Australia. J. Agric. Food Chem. 44: 877-881.
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Horse gram

Horse gram

Sanskrit name: Kulath
Botanical name: Macrotyloma uniflorum
Habitat: It is grown all over India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste): bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (Pst digestive action): bitter
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances Vata and Kapha but may aggravate pitta.

General information

Horse Gram is rich in B-complex vitamin and proteins. It is helpful in digestion related problem, kidney stone, liver related problems, hypertension.

The plant has some antioxidant properties as well which can be used in pregnancy related complication.

Himalayan Cedar

Himalayan CedarSanskrit name: Devdaru
Botanical name: Cedrus deodara
Habitat: It is widely found in the Himalayan Region of India.

 

 

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter
  • Virya (acttion): Heating
  • Vipaka (pst-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, aggravates pitta

General information

Deodar possesses anti inflammatory properties and is found useful in alleviating joint pains. It is a mild laxative and improves bowel movement. It is also beneficial in the treatment of skin ailments.

Hog Plums, Spanish Plums, Libas, Golden Apples

Spondias Pinnata

Sanskrit name: Amrataka, Markatamra
Botanical name: Spondias pinnata
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sour
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Spondias pinnata also known as Golden Apple is related to the Cashew Family. Its fruit is sour in taste and are edible along with its Flowers and young leaves. Bark possesses antibacterial properties and has been used by the common folks to cure wounds, burns and sores. In India, unripe fruits are traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. An extract from the bark acts as a laxative and helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract disorders. The bark is a potential source of natural antioxidants. It also possesses antimicrobial properties and is beneficial in treating skin ailments and wounds.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, Garden Angelica

Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, Garden Angelica

Sanskrit name: Laghu Coraka
Botanical name: Angelica Archangelica
Habitat: It is widely found in Germany, France and Thailand.

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

The roots and leaves of Garden Angelica are used for medicinal purpose. The leaves are dried and are used for aromatic purpose. The root stalks possess carminative properties and acts as a stimulant, which helps in digestion related disorders. It helps in regulating blood sugar level. This herb also acts as a diaphoretic and can be helpful in commom cold and feverish conditions. Angelica also possesses expectorant properties.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Himalayan Birch, Birch Tree

Himalayan Birch, Birch Tree

Sanskrit name: Bhurjah, Bhojpatra
Botanical name: Betula utilis
Habitat: It is native to Himalaya, norther region in India

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata and pitta

General information

Centuries ago, Indian folks used the bark of Birch Tree for writing scriptures, the Vedas and other texts. The wood of this tree is used for construction and packaging for good. Birch tree also possesses therapeutic benefits and is used by Ayurveda Practition in various medicinal preparations. The main constituent found in this herb is Betulinic acid, which renders its medicinal benefits. Betulinic acid is beneficial in skin ailments and allergies, and it also has an anti-inflammatory properties which help in controlling the pain in joints and muscles. It is antimicrobial in nature and is rich in anti-oxidants.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Henbane, Sinking nightshade, Black henbane

Henbane, Sinking nightshade, Black henbane

Sanskrit name: Yavani
Botanical name: Hyoscyamus niger
Habitat: It is found in Central Europe and western Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Henbane’s leaves are used for medicinal preparation. It is one of the important herb and is in the danger of extinction. The important constituent of henbane is Hyoscyamine, which is one of the important alkaloid in medicinal preparation. It is antispasmodic and mildly diuretic in nature. Its anti-inflammatory activities help to control the pain in joints and muscles.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Indian sarsaparilla

 Indian sarsaparillaSanskrit name: Kshirini
Botanical name: Hemidesmus indicus
Habitat: It is native to South Asia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances Pitta, Vata and Kapha

General information

Indian sarsaparilla is known to be used by tribal people to treat common cold, headaches and fever. Ayurveda recommends this herb can help in treating rheumatism, skin ailments, physical weakness.

Indian Kino Tree, Malabar Kino Tree

Indian Kino Tree, Malabar Kino TreeSanskrit name: Asana, Beejak, Peetshal, Vijaysar
Botanical name: Pterocarpus marsupium
Habitat: Indian Kino Tree, found commonly in hilly regions of central and southern India & Ceylon. A moderate to large deciduous tree with a stout crooked stem and widely spreading branches, thick bark, yellowish gray and scaly. The older trees exude a blood red gum resin. The leaves are 15-23 cms. Long, bipinnately compound, leaflets are oblong, the flowers occur in large panicles, fruit pods 2.5-5 cms., orbicular, flat winged.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Coolig
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances Pitta and Kapha.

General information

Indian Kino Tree helps in regulating blood sugar level and in the functioning of the pancreas. Thus helping in the treatment of Diabetes. As per Ayurveda it is beneficial for infants and women. Also, it is one of the herb used in Rasayna (Science of Rejuvenation).

Contraindications

No significant side effects information is available so far.

Indian Valerian

Indian ValerianSanskrit name: Tagar
Botanical name: Valeriana wallichii
Habitat: It is native to India, China and Nepal.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha.

General information

Indian Valerian is used as one of the Rasayna in Ayurveda due to its aromatic and sedative properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Indian Beech

 Indian BeechSanskrit name: Karanja
Botanical name: Pongamia Pinnata
Habitat: It is native to India.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution) : Balances Kapha and Vata, increases pitta

General information

Oil Extracted from this herb possesses antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and helps in treating skin ailments.

Indian Trumpet Flower

Indian Trumpet Flower

Sanskrit name: Shyonak, Sonpatha
Botanical name: Oroxylum indicum
Habitat: Oroxylum indicum is native to Indian subcontinent.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action) : Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects) : Pugent
  • Doshas (constitution) : Balances kapha and pitta, increases vata

General information

Indian Trumpet Flower is one of the very important herb in Ayurveda. It helps in the metabolism in glucose and thereby helping in the treatment of diabetes. It helps in blood circulation and improves digestion.

Indian Abutilon, Indian Mallow

Indian Abutilon, Indian MallowSanskrit name: Atibala
Botanical name: Abutilon indicum
Habitat: It is found widely in Topical and subtropical regions.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and pitta, aggravates kapha

General information

The roots of this herb are used in Ayurvedic medicine preparation. It improves immunity and physical strength. It is a natural aphrodisiac and has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Indian Kudzu, Kudzu, Nepalese Kudzu

 Indian Kudzu, Kudzu, Nepalese Kudzu

Sanskrit name: Vidarikanda
Botanical name: Pueraria tuberosa
Habitat: It is widely found in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

 

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Indian Kudza is a flowering herb and its Tubers are used for medicinal purpose. In Ayurveda. Kudzu is used as one of the Rasayna because of its anti-aging properties. It improves immune power and reduces dryness of the body. It regulates bowel movement and helps in treating digestive system disorders. It rejuvenates the body and helps in increasing muscle strength. It is also beneficial in skin ailments and helps in improving male reproductive systems.

Contraindications

Research on this herb have shown side effects like nausea and skin irritation.

Avoid use in pregnancy, lactation. Heart related and diabetic conditions.

Indigo, True Indigo

Indigo, True IndigoSanskrit name: Nili
Botanical name: Indigofera tinctoria
Habitat: Its native habitat is unknown, but it is widely grown in Asia and Africa.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Indigo as we all know has been cultivated by the Humans for preparing natural dyes, but it has been mentioned in Ayurveda for its therapeutic benefits. The roots of this herb are used for medicinal preparation by Ayurveda practitioners. Indigo acts as a stimulant and purgative which helps in treating digestive system disorders. It helps in pacifying Vata Dosha. It also possesses antiseptic properties.

Contraindications

No such information is available on side effects on this herb. Avoid use in pregnancy and lactation.

Indian Snakeroot

Indian SnakerootSanskrit name: Sarpagandha
Botanical name: Rauvolfia serpentina
Habitat: Rauvolfia is native to Indian Subcontinent and East Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

In India Rauvolfia serpentina has been used on poisonous snake bite for centuries among the common folks. This herb is a potent sedative and is used in Brain related disorders. It acts as a stimulant and regulates the bowel movements. It also helps in regulating the blood circulation and in Heart conditions. It is beneficial in the female reproductive system related disorders. Anti-inflammatory properties of this herb helps in controlling the pain in the joints.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy and lactation.

Indian Madder, Common Madder

Indian Madder, Common MadderSanskrit name: Manjistha
Botanical name: Rubia cordifolia
Habitat: Manjistha is native to india.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Manjistha is highly rich in munjistin, purpurin, peudopurpurin and glycosides which impart it properties like antibacterial, expectorant and diuretic. These properties help in the treatment of skin ailments and infections, gastrointestinal and urinary tract diseases. This herb helps to boost the immune power of the body. It helps in the purification of the blood and regulates the blood flow.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Indian Bay Leaf, Malabar leaf,

Indian Bay Leaf, Malabar leaf,Sanskrit name: Tamalpatra, Varanga
Botanical name: Cinnamomum tamala
Habitat: It is native to Himalayan region in India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Bay leaf is used for culinary purpose in India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is one of the important spices in India. It is aromatic and hence used for flavoring food. Bay leaves are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which helps in immunity building and faster wound healing. Essential oil extracted from the leaves is aromatic and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in gastrointestinal diseases and is good for digestive health. Bay leaf helps in the treatment of common cold and sore throat.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Jambul, Black Plum

Jambul, Black PlumSanskrit name: Jambu
Botanical name: Syzygium cumini
Habitat: A tree 20-30 ft. high with long, narrow, peach-like Leaves. Flowers, green-yellow in terminal bunches, blooming in July. Fruit red to black. Seeds oval 0.25-0.5 inches long and 1/5 inch round. It is found throughout the planes from the Himalayas to South India.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sour, Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances Vata but may aggravate Pitta and Kapha

General information

Jamun or Black Plum seeds contain a Glucoside Jamboline, a Phenolic substance called ellagic acid, a trace of pale yellow essential oil, chlorophyll, fat, resin, gallic acid, albumen, etc. The berrylike fruit and the sun dried seed powder intake helps in glucose metabolism and regulates the sugar level in the blood. Black Plum may help in stimulating liver function, thus improving the digestive system of the body.

Japanese Bloodgrass, Cogon Grass, Kunai Grass, Thatch Grass

Japanese Bloodgrass, Cogon Grass, Kunai Grass, Thatch GrassSanskrit name: Kutuka, Darbha
Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Cogon Grass which is also known as Darbha in India, has an ancient history and religious importance. It is said that Buddha used a seat made of Cogon Grass for his meditation and attained an enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Vedas has given this grass a sacred importance. Ayurveda also mentions this herb and its therapeutic benefits. The flowers and roots are used for medicinal preparation. It has antibacterial and is used in skin ailments and wounds. Astringent properties of this herb are found beneficial in treating gastrointestinal and urinary tract diseases.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Jatropha, Physic Nut, Buddha Belly Plant, Purging Nut

Jatropha, Physic Nut, Buddha Belly Plant, Purging NutSanskrit name: Dravanti
Botanical name: Jatropha glandulifera
Habitat: It is native to America but is grown all over the World for its therapeutic benefits.

 

 

 

Energetics:

Rasa (taste): Pungent
Virya (action): Heating
Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Jatropha is a flowering plant is used for ornamental purpose in the household. It has many therapeutic benefits used in the holistic approach of curing diseases. The plum sized fruit is mainly used for preparing medicines. Essential oils extracted from the seeds of the fruit have antiseptic properties and is helpful in healing wounds and skin inflammation when applied externally. Jatropha is purgative in nature and is helpful in treating gastrointestinal diseases. Tender twigs of jatropha can be helpful in tooth ache and bad breath problem. Chewing tender twigs of this herb helps in strenghting the gums and bleeding gums.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Kutki

KutkiSanskrit name: Anjani, Arishta
Botanical name: Picrorrhiza Kurroa
Habitat: This Ayurvedic herb is found in the western Himalayas from Kashmir in India to Sikkim.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and kapha but may aggravate vata

General information

Kutki has an antioxidant properties which makes it beneficial in supporting healthy immune system. Its a mild laxative, hence regulates digestive system and purifies blood. Kutki is beneficial for the liver and helps in maintaining healthy skin.

Kumkum Tree, Red Kamala

Kumkum Tree, Red KamalaSanskrit name: Kampilla, Rajanaka, Kampillaka
Botanical name: Mallotus philippensis
Habitat: It is found in southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Australia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Kumkum Tree or Red Kamala has been used to make red colored natural dye in the ancient times. Indian folks use this powdered dye in sacred rituals. It has been used in various Ayurvedic medicinal preparations. It is purgative in nature and helps in digestion related diseases. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is useful in treating skin ailments and wound healing. It helps in purifying blood and regulates blood circulation. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in relieving joint pain.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Liquorice

Liquorice

Sanskrit name: Yashti-madhu, Mulhathi, Jetihi-madh
Botanical name: Glycyrrhiza Glabra
Habitat: Liquorice is native to Balauchistan, Sub Himalayan tracts.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Pacifies vata and pitta but increases kapha

General information

Liquorice roots are used as a medicine. It maintains stomach acid levels and thus helps in healing stomach ulcers. It has anti inflammatory and laxative properties which help in keeping the digestive system healthy. Because it contains adrenal cortical hormones, it is useful for adrenal insufficiency.

Long pepper

Long pepper

Sanskrit name Pippali
Botanical name: Piper Longum
Habitat: 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.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Pacifies vata and kapha but increases pitta

General information

Pippali is beneficial in respiratory tract disorders and therefore helps in balancing kapha. It regulates the digestion and help improve digestive system, thus balancing vata. Pippali helps in burning unwanted fats in the body and control obesity.

Lemon

LemonSanskrit name: Nimbaka, Nimbu
Botanical name: Citrus limon
Habitat: Lemon is a subtropical plant and is native to Asia.

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sour
  • Virya (action):Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sour
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information 

Lemon is rich in Citric Acid and Vitamin C and is beneficial in the treatment of Scurvy as it is caused by the deficiency of Vitamin C. Lemons helps in the treatment of dental ailments. It acts as a good stimulant and improves appetite and bowel movements. Lemon is a good cleanser and is used in skin cleansing and nourishment.

Leadwort, Ceylon Leadwort, Doctor Bush

Leadwort, Ceylon Leadwort, Doctor BushSanskrit name: Chitraka
Botanical name: Plumbago zeylanica
Habitat: It s found widely in the tropical region of Asia and Africa

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Leadwort is rich in Plumbagin and therefore is used in various medicinal preparations. It speeds up the process of healing wounds. It regulates metabolism and helps in treating gastrointestinal diseases.

Lodh Tree, Symplocos

Lodh Tree, SymplocosSanskrit name: Lodhra
Botanical name: Symplocos racemosa
Habitat: It is widely found in Asia and Australia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Bark of Lodha Tree possesses medicinal properties and is used in Ayurvedic medicine preparation. It is rich in glycoside and has astringent properties. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and is helpful in treating inflammation. It is also beneficial in the treatment of skin ailments and helps in speeding up the healing process. It acts as a stimulant. Also it is beneficial in female reproductive system disorders.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available with this herb. Avoid during pregnancy and lactation

Lotus, Indian lotus

 Lotus, Indian lotusSanskrit name: Kamala, Abja, Padma, Pankaja
Botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera
Habitat: It is native to Tropical Asia, India, Australia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet. Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Lotus is sacred to Indian and is offered to their Gods and Goddesses while performing prayers and rituals. Ayurveda describes Lotus as an important herb and has many therapeutic benefits. It is very beneficial for people with Pitta disorders, due to its cold potency. It is diuretic and helps to treat urine related diseases. The leaf paste when applied externally helps in skin inflammatory conditions. An extract from the leaves has also found benefits in regulating the digestive system and bowel movement. Lotus flower, stem and roots are edible and are used in various culinary preparations.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Mango

MangoSanskrit name: Amra, Chuta
Botanical name: Mangifera Indica
Habitat: Mango is native to India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha

General information

Mango is said to be the “King of Fruits”. It is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin C. They are rich in bioflavonoids, which helps to capture the energy from the sun into the body through the skin. It supplies potassium and fibers and are low in calories.

Muskroot

MuskrootSanskrit name: Jatamansi
Botanical name: Nardostachys jatamansi
Habitat: This Ayurvedic herb is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. It grows in Himalayas at altitudes from 9,000-17,000feet.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Biitter, Astringent, Sweet
  • Virrya (action): HEating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha

General information

It is best known in Ayurveda for its application on the skin and blood ailments. It improves immunity and digestion system. Ayurveda recommends it as a Medhya, which means it improves brain functions.

Marsh parsely, Fir-Leafed celery

Marsh parsely, Fir-Leafed celerySanskrit name: Ajmoda
Botanical name: Ciclospermum leptophyllum
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action) : Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, aggravates pitta.

General information

Celery powder acts as a stimulant and has antispasmodic activities. It has found useful in treating gastrointestinal diseases. It improves blood circulation and physical strength of the body. It helps in treating urinary tract disorders.

Mountain Ebony, Orchid Tree

Mountain Ebony, Orchid TreeSanskrit name: Kanchanar
Botanical name: Bauhinia Variegata
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) ; Astringent
  • Virya (action) : Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects) : Pungent
  • Doshas (Constitution) : Balances vata, pitta and kapha

General information

Mountain Ebony is also known as Buddhist Bauhinia and widely found in the Northern part of India. It is used to treat skin ailments and ulcers. It also helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

Malabar Nut, Vasaka, Adulsa

Malabar Nut, Vasaka, AdulsaSanskrit name: Vasa, Vasaka, Shwetavasa, Arusa
Botanical name: Adhatoda vasica
Habitat: The plant is widely found in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Malabar Nuts is rich in alkaloids like Vasicine, Vasicol, Vasinone giving therapeutic benefit to this herb. The herb helps in pacifying Kapha and hence found useful in treating respiratory tract disorders. Malabar Nut’s leaves act as an Expectorant and hydrates the body. It is an important herb in Ayurveda and had been used in India as Folk Medicine for curing intestinal infections.

Contraindications

According to Ayurveda herbs are best taken in combination with other herbs or vitamins or minerals in order to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of other and to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the that of the other. No side effects have been reported with Adhatoda vasica

Manna, Camel Thorn, Persian Manna Plant

Manna, Camel Thorn, Persian Manna PlantSanskrit name: Yavesaka, Yasa
Botanical name: Alaghi pseudalhagi
Habitat: It is native to Asia and Australia.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

An extraction of this herb is sweet in taste and is called Manna. Manna has been mentioned in the Quran and Bible for its religious Significance. It is a laxative in nature and hence is found useful in treating gastrointestinal diseases. It also acts as an expectorant, and help to keep the body hydrated. It also possesses antibacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Marking nut

Marking nutSanskrit name: Bhallatak
Botanical name: Semecarpus anacardium
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Essential oils extracted from the fruit of this herb is used as a Rasayna in Ayurvedic therapies. It acts as a stimulant and mild laxative in nature, which helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract disorders. It’s also beneficial in treating skin ailments as it passes antiseptic properties. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and helps in controlling the pain and the swelling in the joints. Oil extracted from this herb is used as a herbicide.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Mint

MintSanskrit name: Pudinah, Rocani
Botanical name: Mentha arvensis
Habitat: It is native to Europe, western and central Asia

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Mint has been used in food as a flavoring agent for many centuries. Mint is both carminative and expectorant. It helps in regulating the digestive system and the bowel movements. It is antiseptic and antibacterial in nature, hence can help in regulating blood circulation and purification. It helps with respiratory tract disorders and common cold. Mint leaves help in reliving the pain in toothaches and swollen gums. It helps to keep the body hydrated in summer heat. Common Folks in India applies crushed leaves of Mint on the forehead and temple to cure headaches.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Mastic, Chios Tears

Mastic, Chios Tears

Sanskrit name: Rumi Mastagee
Botanical name: Pistacia lentiscus
Habitat: It is native to a Greek Island called Chios.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

The sap extracted from the Mastic Tree bark is used for medicinal as well as for culinary purpose. It is highly rich in anti-oxidants and hence help to regulate blood circulation in the body. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and helps in controlling the pain in joints and muscles. It also helps to regulate the bowel movements and metabolic activities. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and is therefore helpful in treating skin ailments and allergies.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy

Mistletoe

MistletoeSanskrit name: Vanda, Bandaka
Botanical name: Dendrophthoe falcata
Habitat: It is native to tropical Asia, Africa and Australia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Dendrophthoe falcata or Mistletoe is a Hemiparasitic plant and has many therapeutic benefits. It is highly rich in tannins and the whole plant can be used in medicinal preparations. It possesses astringent properties and is helpful in treating respiratory diseases. It is also rich in flavonoids. It is anti-microbial in nature and helps in treating skin ailments and allergies. This herb is also beneficial in the digestive system and urinary tract disorders.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Neem

NeemSanskrit name: Arishtha
Botanical name: Azadirachta indica
Habitat: An evergreen tree that grows 100 feet tall and stretches up to 50 feet developing a wide canopy over the narrow trunk. It is found everywhere in India and is also called Village Tree. During mid to late spring, the tree blooms small white flowers that give off a honey-like fragrance. Neem can be found growing wild in Burma, India, Nigeria and various other locations throughout Southeast Asia. Neem fruit has thin yellow-green skin, a bittersweet fleshy pulp and seeds that are used in the production of neem oil.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances Pitta and kapha

Active constituents found in Neem are Nimbin, Nimbinin and Nimbidin.

General information

Neem as the “Village Pharmacy”

To the novice, neem bares a striking resemblance to the Chinaberry tree (except that the Chinaberry tree features purple rather than white flowers). Take care to differentiate the two, as every part of the Chinaberry tree is strongly poisonous. Neem, on the other hand, has long been referred as the “village pharmacy” due to the large number of medicines and herbs that can be distilled from it’s various parts.

Neem Use for Oral Health

Today, several manufacturers use neem as the active ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash products. They believe that neem, unlike the highly toxic fluoride, can compliment oral health without the use of poisons. Despite neem’s non-toxicity, it is advisable to rinse the toothpaste out rather than swallowing it.

Neem Oil Extraction

The small olive-like fruit and seeds of the neem tree are pressed to create neem oil. The oil is light to dark brown in color, has a strong garlic and peanut type odor and is very bitter. The trigyceryide compounds it contains cause the odor and bitterness.

While neem oil can be extracted chemically, Ayurvedic and modern medicine practitioners recognize that cold pressing produces the finest and purest oil. During the cold pressing process, raw neem seeds and fruit are pressed mechanically while being kept at very low temperatures, to assure a consistently pure and unsullied product.

Neem Oil and Dermatological Health

Ayurvedic practitioners have used neem oil for thousands of years to maintain healthy skin. Researchers have found that neem oil contains terpenoids, which have antibacterial properties. This may be the reason that people have had success using neem oil to maintain healthy recovery time from burns, cuts and scrapes.

Neem Oil and Pest Control Uses

Neem oil has been show to be an effective deterrent to insects like mosquitoes, both as applied to the skin as an insect repellant and when sprayed on plants and crops as an organic insecticide. Because neem oil is hydrophobic (does not mix with water), when used as an insecticide it must be mixed carefully with an emulsifying agent to achieve good results. This is unnecessary when used as insect repellant–just rub it into your skin to keep mosquitoes from biting.

To create neem insecticide, combine 30 ml of neem oil for every liter of water and stir well. Add an emulsifier to ensure that the mixture does not separate. Spray plants with the mixture during a cool time of day, preferably early morning or dusk for best results, and do not use the mixture after it has been around for about three weeks since it will loose its efficacy.

Related Neem Products

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Nutmeg

NutmegSanskrit name: Jatikosha, Jaipatri, Jatipatri, Jatiphal, Jatiph
Botanical name: Myristica fragrans
Habitat: This plant is native of Moluccas, now cultivated in many tropical countries. In India it is grown in Madras and Southern India State or where the climate is sufficiently hot and moist.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances Vata and Kapha.

General information

Nutmeg is widely used as a spice for cooking purpose. Nutmeg helps in regulating digestive system. Nutmeg has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It also helps in the circulation of blood.

Nut Grass

Nut GrassSanskrit name: Musta
Botanical name: Cyperus rotundus
Habitat: It is native to South Africa

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Astringent, Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects) : Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and kapha, increases vata

General information

Charak Samhita has mentioned Nut Grass as one of the important herb in Ayurveda. It is rich in Cyperine. It is found beneficial in the treatment of liver disorders and gastrointestinal diseases. It is also beneficial in reproductive system disorders in Females.

Oyster

OysterSanskrit name: Sukith
Botanical name: Ostrea Edulis
Habitat: It is a shell found in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean courses. It has a small hollow, ovate excavation in which the animal with a soft fleshy suborbicuilar body is enclosed. The shell has a sort of hinge at one end and opens into two halves. Two halves, one shallow and the other deep, which is found adhering to the rock. The shell is hard, externally gray or dark brown and rough and marked with lateral undulated streaks and internally white, smooth and shining.

Energetics

General information

Oyster contains Calcium Carbonate 85 to 95 %, Phosphate and sulfate of calcium and magnesium, oxide of iron, alumina and silica. It helps in improving the digestive system and purifies blood. It is also known to balance Pitta Dosha.

Oak Galls

Oak GallsSanskrit name: Mayaphala
Botanical name: Quercus Infectoria
Habitat: It is a native of Greece, Asia, Syria and Persia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (actions): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, increases vata

General information

Oak Galls helps in absorption of fluids and nutrients in the digestive system and in the treatment of assimilatory disorders and stimulates appetite and boost metabolism. The principal chemical Constituents of galls is Tannin (Gallo – Tannic acid) 50 to 70% and about 3% of Gallic acid. Action: Galls are powerfully Astringent and Styptic. Though Oak galls contains tannic acid, it would be an error, however, to administer pure tannic acid in place of the entire drug. Tannic acid is absorbed in the small intestine, whereas it is protective by Cellulose in the drugs containing tannic acids so that it reaches the lower intestinal sections unchanged. It unfolds its action only after absorption into the lymp- stream, influencing and contracting the smooth Musculature.

Pomegranate

PomegranateSanskrit name: Dadima
Botanical name: Punica granatum
Habitat: One of the important centers of wild pomegranate in Himachal Pradesh is Darlaghat, which is located about 50 km from Shimla. The word Darlaghat literally means a pass or place of wild pomegranate-trees in India. An erect deciduous spreading shrub or tree can be 8 to 10 meters high; stern, woody and thorny; girth of main stem, 48 to 78 cm; wood, very hard and light yellow; leaves shed in December, new light red leaves appear in the middle of March, new growth, very ornamental. Fruit is globular, crowned by a persistent calyx, possessing a hard outer rind with a red tinge. Seeds are angular, with a fleshy aril which constitutes the edible part. Color varies from red to pinkish white.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Astringent, Sour
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha

General information

Pomegranate is naturally loaded with Sucrose and Glucose, and that’s why its juice works like an energy booster. Pomegranate seeds have a cooling effect on the digestive system and helps in purifying blood. Thus pacifying Pitta Dosha. The fruit contains many essential minerals and nutrients like fats, carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium, iron, sugar, vitamin C, calcium, which renders its healing properties.

Prickly chaff flower, Rough Chaf Tree

Prickly chaff flower, Rough Chaf TreeSanskrit name: Apamarga
Botanical name: Achyranthes aspera
Habitat: Prickly chaff flower and Rough Chaf Tree are found in the tropical region of Asia, Australia and Africa.

 

 

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information

Prickly Chaff flower and Rough Chaff Tree are rich in alkaloids, achyranthine and betaine. It helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, inflammation of internal organs, blood related disorders.

Pearl

PearlSanskrit name: Mukta
Botanical name: Mytilus margaritiferus
Habitat: Pearl mussel has nearly a semicircular shell, greenish with out and omamented with the most beautiful nacre within. The nacre is employed in the arts and the fine pearls are produced from the extravasation of nacre.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects):
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha

General information

Pearl is natural coolant, easily digestible, sweet in nature and taste and helps to pacify pitta. It helps in improving skin complexion, and used in many anti aging medicines.

Persian Walnut, English Walnut

Persian Walnut, English WalnutSanskrit name: Akshota
Botanical name: Juglans regia
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Walnut has derived its popularity from the Egyptian period and is widely used all over the world. Though it is tasty to eat as a nut but it does have some therapeutic benefits because of which Ayurveda has recommened for medicinal preparations. It acts as a mild laxative and helps in regulating bowel movements and gastrointestinal diseases. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is good for Brain functioning and stress. It is also an aphrodisiac and is rich in Vitamin E.

Contraindications

English walnut nut is alright for most individuals in regular sustenance sums. No such information on side effects is available on this herb.

Purging Croton, Tiglium seeds

Purging Croton, Tiglium seedsSanskrit name: Mukula, Jayphala
Botanical name: Croton tiglium
Habitat: it is native to India, China and Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and Pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Croton is described as a Rasayna in Ayurveda and essential oils extracted from this Herb is used in aromatherapy. It is a strong laxative and evacuates the bowels in an hour after and should be taken under medical guidance. It is also beneficial in skin ailments and inflammatory conditions when applied externally. Its cooling properties help to pacify Pitta dosha and its effects.

Contraindications

Avoid use in pregnancy and lactation. It can cause serious side effects, if not taken in appropriate doses. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid administration of this herb in children.

Pigeon Pea

Pigeon PeaSanskrit name: Tuvari, Adhaki
Botanical name: Cajanus cajan
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Pitta, Kapha and Vata

General information

Pigeon Pea has been used for centuries by the Humans for its different biological uses. It is widely grown as a food crop. The dried peas are used for culinary purpose. It’s also known for its therapeutic benefits. It possesses antibacterial and antimicrobial activity and helps in regulating the digestive systems. pigeon peas are proteinaceous in nature and helps in controlling blood cholesterol level levels. It is also a rich source of tannins, Flavonoids.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Palmarosa, Gingergrass, Indian Geranium

Palmarosa, Gingergrass, Indian GeraniumSanskrit name: Rohisa
Botanical name: Cymbopogon martinii
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent,Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Essential oil extracted from this plant has been used in Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicinal preparations and for the household purpose. It contains an active compound Geraniol. The oil has many therapeutic properties like antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, insect repellant. These properties help in treating skin ailment and allergies when applied externally. It helps to regulate the digestive system and bowel movement. It also helps in treating feverish conditions and hydrates the body.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Prostrata Sandmat

Prostrata SandmatSanskrit name: Dugdhika
Botanical name: Euphorbia prostrata
Habitat: It is native to South America and West Indies.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Salty, pungent, Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

An extract from Euphorbia prostrata is highly rich in flavonoids, phenols, and phenolic acid. This herb is helpful in treating respiratory disorders and common cold and cough. It is a pitta pacifying herb and is helpful for those who are suffering from pitta dosha. It also helps in keeping the digestive system healthy.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Red Sandalwood, Red saunders

Red Sandalwood, Red saundersSanskrit name: Chandan
Botanical name: Pterocarpus Santalinus
Habitat: This is a lofty forest tree. The leaves are alternate, stalked, ternate, and rarely pinnate; the leaflets alternate, petiolate, the uppermost larger, ovate-roundish or oblong, entire, emarginate or retuse, smooth above, and hoary beneath; the stipules wanting. The flowers are yellow, with red veins, papilionaceous, and borne in axillary, simple or branched, erect racemes. Bracts none. Calyx brown and 5-cleft. Stamens 10, combined into a sheath, split down to the base on the upper side, and half-way down on the lower. The legume is roundish, long-stalked, and falcate upward, compressed, smooth, and keeled on the lower edge; the keel is membranous and undulated. Seed solitary (L.).

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances pitta and vata, increases kapha

General information

Red sandalwood or Rakta Chandana is considered holy as per Hindu mythology and is used in several religious ceremonies. It is also used as one of the Rasayna, the aroma of sandalwood helps relax the mind and rejuvenates it. Because of its cooling action on virya, it helps in pacifying pitta dosha thus helping in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Psoralea seeds

Psoralea seedsSanskrit name: Bakuchi
Botanical name: Psoralea corylifolia
Habitat: It is widely found in India.

 

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Psoralea seeds are extensively used by Ayurveda practitioners for medicinal purpose. It is found useful in skin ailments and hair loss. It has anti-bacterial properties and helps with infections and wounds when applied externally. It balances kapha and thereby helps in treating respiratory tract diseases. It is also beneficial in treating gastrointestinal diseases. It has anti-aging properties and rejuvenates skin. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this herb.

Red Coral

Red CoralSanskrit name: Parvara, Praval
Botanical name: Coralium Rubrum
Habitat: Red coral is found in the Red Sea, Persian and Arabian Gulfs, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In appearance it is a small shrub in a pendant or reverse position. It occurs in slender, cylindrical and generally branched pieces of brick red color. Coral is made up of numeral minute pieces. It easily breaks with crackling sound. In a raw state the stems and branches are covered with a cortical substance which is the Habitation of soft small Polypi.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances kapha, vata and pitta

General information

Red coral is used in treating Pitta related disorders. It also improves immunity and keeps your heart healthy. It is rich in Iron and contains animal or organic matter. Carbonate of Lime, Magnesium Carbonate and oxide of iron.

Rasna

RasnaSanskrit name: Rasna
Botanical name: Pluchea Lanceolata
Habitat: Rasna is native to India

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances kapha, increases pitta

General information

Rasna is one of the herb used in rasayna to stop the aging process. It has been found useful in treating digestion related disorders, skin diseases, inflammation. It is helpful in pacifying vata and kapha.

Red Hogweed

Red HogweedSanskrit name: Punarnava
Botanical name: Boerhavia diffusa
Habitat: This Ayurvedic herb is found throughout India. Growing to 70 centimeters in height. It has a large root system and produces yellow and white flowers. It can be found in many tropical and warm-climate countries.

 

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and pita, increases kapha

General information

Red Hogweed has been used by the Indian Tribal community as a medicine and vegetable. It has many therapeutic uses and helps in the treatment of Urinary Tract disorders, asthma, inflammation.

Radish

RadishSanskrit name: Mulaka, Muli
Botanical name: Raphanus sativus
Habitat: It is native to Europe, but cultivated worldwide as a vegetable.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Radish is one of the easiest and fastest growing vegetable, used worldwide in salads and other culinary purposes. It is highly rich in an enzyme called diates which helps to digest starch. It contains high amount of antioxidants and boost the immune power of the body. Radishes are diuretic in nature and increases urine production in the body which further help in treating urinary tract infections. It helps in increasing the efficiency of metabolic activities and regulates bowel movements. It is highly rich in Vitamin C and vitamin B complex, which helps in treating skin related diseases.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Ragi

RagiSanskrit name: Madhulika
Botanical name: Eleusine corocana
Habitat: It is native to Africa and Asia

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Ragi is a cereal plant of Indian or African origin. Ragi is the principal cereal food in India and has many medicinal values. It is a wholesome food rich in calcium and fiber, which helps in boosting immune power of the body and also provide energy and strength. The seeds have astringent qualities and is useful in keeping the digestive system healthy. It is also diuretic in nature and a mild laxative. Ragi is a rich source of minerals and is suitable for all. It also regulates glucose digestion and helps in maintaining the sugar level in the blood.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Shilajit, Mineral Pitch

Shilajit, Mineral PitchSanskrit name: Shilajit
Botanical name: Asphaltum
Habitat: Shilajit is obtained from rocks in the Himalayan region. It is a form of mineral that drips from the cracks of the rocks during hot weather. It is made up of the decomposition of the plant matter in the rocks centuries before. The bio-transformed plant matter is extruded from the rocks by geothermal pressures. it is collected in raw form for further purification. The use of Shilajit for renewing vitality. As per Ayurveda Shilajit is hot bitter.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, salty, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances vata, may aggravate pitta in excess

General information

In the holistic medicinal system of Ayurveda, mineral extracts play an important role in aiding the body’s natural process of healing and energy production. For centuries in India, Ayurveda experts have relied on the Shilajit herb to combat a variety of impurities and toxins in the body. A mineral found in the Himalayan Mountain region, it is the product of decaying plant life that is thousands, even tens of thousands, of years old.

Shilajit increases your body’s core energy. This means that spiritual and sexual powers are instantly revitalized, and negative external forces can no longer bind the body. This mineral extract is a natural booster of vitality, and it works as an effective antioxidant.

With the help of fulvic acids, Shilajit travels deep into your body and digs out toxins that have found homes in your organs and tissue. The herbs are like empty suitcases, waiting to be filled, so they snatch up free radicals and toxins and carry them through your waste systems.

In Asian societies, Shilajit has long been because of its natural ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Historically, this substance is also known for general physical strengthening, anti-aging effects, promoting healthy brain functioning and bone healing, organ rejuvenation (kidneys and spleen specifically), and lowering hypertension. In Sanskrit, Shilajit is defined as “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” This is significant in that the many benefits of this mineral are well recognized and charted. A “super-supplement” if you will, many Ayurvedic experts believe it can truly help any condition or illness, if not cure it altogether.

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Saffron

Saffron

Sanskrit name: Kumkuma
Botanical name: Crocus Sativus
Habitat: An autumnal dwarf herb cultivated in Kashmir, India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post digestive effects): sweet
  • Doshas (coonstitution): Balances vata, pitta and kapha

General information

Saffron is a potent revitalizer and helps in regulating blood circulation, metabolism, female reproductive system.

Shellac, Lac

Shellac, LacSanskrit name: Laksha
Botanical name: Laccifer Lacca
Habitat: India and Thailand are the main areas in the world where lac is cultivated. Over 90% of Indian lac comes from the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Orissa. Lac insects thrive on certain trees and the principal lac host trees in India are Palas, Kusum and Ber. India exports different grades of handmade and machine made shellac as well as a limited quantity of refuse lac, namely kiri, molamma, etc.

General information

Lac is the resinous protective secretion of the tiny lac insect. The major constituent of sticklac is the resin (70-80%).

Other constituents present are: sugar, proteins, and soluble salts, coloring matter, wax, sand, woody matter, insect bodies and other extraneous matter; a volatile oil is present in traces. Lac resin is composed of mainly hydroxy fatty acids of C14- C18 carbon chains, such as aleuritic, butolic, C14- C16 mono- and di-hydroxy acids along with hydroxy terpenic acids having the rare cedrene skeleton as jalaric, laccijalaric, shellolic, and laksholic acids.

Siberian tea

Siberian teaSanskrit name: Paashaanbhed, Prashanbheda
Botanical name: Bergenia ligulata
Habitat: Bergenia ligulata is mostly found in the northeast region of India and in Bhutan.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta, vata and kapha

General information

According to Ayurveda, Bergenia ligulata improves urinary system, digestive system, helps in the regulation of reproductive organs, metabolic system which further helps in keeping your liver and spleen strong and healthy. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Senna

SennaSanskrit name: Markandika
Botanical name: Senna alexandrina
Habitat: Senna is native to tropical Africa and cultivated in Egypt and the Sudan and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet Bitter, Pungent, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-dogetsive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances vata and pitta

General information

Senna herb stimulates digestive juices in the stomach and regulates the digestive system, and increases appetite. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, helping in the treatment of inflammation of internal organs. Senna helps in pacifying vata dosha and increases immune power.

Sacred Fig, Peepal Tree

Sacred Fig, Peepal TreeSanskrit name: Ashvatha
Botanical name: Ficus religiosa
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Indian Fig Tree or Peepal is a sacred tree for Indians. It is of immense importance in Ayurveda also. The Tree is used for ornamental purpose and in Ayurvedic medicinal preparation. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help in suppressing the pain and inflammation in the joints. It is also an aphrodisiac and helps in treating female reproductive system. It has also been found useful in treating urinary tract infections. The paste of leaves and bark has healing properties and can be applied externally on wounds and cuts

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available for this herb.

Spiked ginger lily

Spiked ginger lilySanskrit name: Karchura
Botanical name: Hedychium spicatum
Habitat: It is native to India and Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Spiked ginger lily is a subtropical tree found in the Himalayas. It has been used for therapeutic benefits and as an ornamental plant. It is rich in glycoside, organic acids, starch and essential oils. It is digestive and vasodilator in nature. It is found beneficial in treating nausea, diminished appetite, local inflammation. The rootstock of ginger lily is carminative, expectorant and stimulant. It also possesses antiseptic properties. It helps in regulating blood circulation and liver disorders.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available with this herb. Avoid in pregnancy and lactation.

Sweet Flag, Beewort, Calamus Root, Sea Sedge, Sweet Cinnamon, Sweet Grass, bitter pepper root

Sweet Flag, Beewort, Calamus Root, Sea Sedge, Sweet Cinnamon, Sweet Grass, bitter pepper rootSanskrit name: Ugragandha, Ugra, SadGrantha, jatila
Botanical name: Acorus calamus
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

In the ancient time, Sweet Flag has been traditionally used by the Indians Egyptians, Romans and the Arabs. Ayurveda mentions Sweet Flag as an Exodus, and the essential oil extracted from this herb has been used to prepare Ayurvedic medicines. It helps in the digestion of sugar and thus regulates blood glucose levels. It is highly rich in antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is found beneficial in relieving the pain in joints. It also possesses anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, and helps in healing the wound faster.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Soap Nuts Tree, Soap Berry

Soap Nuts Tree, Soap Berry

Sanskrit name: Raktabeeja, Arishtaka, Reetha
Botanical name: Sapindus mukorossi
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, BItter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Soap Nuts or Soap Berries are frequently used to prepare various Ayurvedic products which are used in our day to day life. It is highly rich in Saponin, which makes it a potent disinfectant. Common Folks in India used these berries for different washing purpose, as it yields a soapy foam when soaked in water. It has antimicrobial activity and acts as a natural soap, which is helpful in treating skin ailments and allergies. Therefore, it is widely used to make shampoos and soaps. The Soap Nuts liquid can be an organic substitute to all your washing needs.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Solomons Seal, Mahameda, Coiling leaf Polygonatum

Solomons Seal, Mahameda, Coiling leaf Polygonatum

Sanskrit name: Mahameda, Tridanti, Devamani
Botanical name: Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates Kapha

General information

Solomons seal or Coiling leaf Polygonatum is highly rich in natural sugar. It is found in the Himalayas and has been used as an aphrodisiac by Ayurveda Practitioners. It is an expectorant and keeps the body hydrated. This helps in pacifying Pitta Dosha. It acts as a stimulant and helps in treating digestive system related diseases. It can prove beneficial in common cold and cough like conditions.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Sweet Violet, Wood Violet, Garden Violet

Sweet Violet, Wood Violet, Garden VioletSanskrit name: Neelapushpa, Banafshah
Botanical name: Viola odorata
Habitat: It is native to Europe and Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Originated in Europe, Sweet Violet has been used by ancient Greek folks for treating various medical conditions. The flowers are fragrant and has been used for various culinary purposes. Ayurveda also mentions this herb for its medicinal benefits. Essential oil extracted from this herb is used as a Rasayana in Aromatherapy and is helpful in easing stress and anxiety. It is a natural expectorant and is beneficial in treating cough and chest infections. It is helpful for people suffering with excessive Kapha Dosha. It is a gentle laxative and can be useful in digestive system related diseases, heat and inflammation. It is diuretic in nature and increases the immune power of the body.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in Preganancy.

Sandal Wood

Sandal WoodSanskrit name: SvetaChandana, Srikanda, Chandanam
Botanical name: Santalum album
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Sandalwood has been a fragrant herb, often used in perfumes and as a Rasayna. The paste from this wood is applied externally to over the forehead, it helps to relieve the headache and control body temperature during fever. Sandalwood is anti-inflammatory in nature and is found beneficial in the treatment of skin inflammations and allergies. Essential oil extracted from this herb is used as a Rasayna in Ayurveda. This essential oil is also used to make perfumes and for aromatherapy. It is a natural stimulant and helps to regulate the bowel movements and digestive system. It is an expectorant and diuretic in nature.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Spiderwort, Guma

Spiderwort, GumaSanskrit name: Dronpushpi
Botanical name: Leucas cephalotes
Habitat: It is native to Asia.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, aggravates pitta and vata

General information

Dronpushpi or Spiderwort helps to balance Kapha dosha and removes excess sputum. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to control pain and swelling in joints and muscles. It helps in regulating digestion system and strengthen metabolic activities. In ancient time, people from Asia used the paste of leaves as an antiseptic and applied it externally on the wounds and boils. Ayurveda recommends this herb in fever like condition.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Sweet Cherry, Wild Cherry, Bird cherry

Sweet Cherry, Wild Cherry, Bird cherrySanskrit name: Elvalukam, Aileyah
Botanical name: Prunus avium
Habitat: It is native to Europe and Western Asia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata

General information

Sweet Cherry or Wild Cherry has been used for culinary purpose as well as therapeutic benefits. It has astringent properties and is used as a blood tonic by Ayurveda Practitioners. The roots and bark has medicinal properties and has been used by native people for therapeutic purpose. Wild cherry helps in the treatment of the lungs and respiratory disorders. It acts as sedative and an appetite stimulant, which helps to regulate metabolic activities and in keeping the digestive system healthy. It helps in boosting the immune power of the body.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Sesame

SesameSanskrit name: Tila
Botanical name: Sesamum indicum
Habitat: It is native to Africa and India.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet, Astringent, Bitter, Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances Vata and kapha, aggravate Pitta

General information

Seeds and Leaves are used in medicine preparation in Ayurveda. Seeds have high oil content and that is why it is grown as an oil seed crop all over the World. It has antioxidants and laxative properties. Oil extracted from the seeds is used for culinary purpose. The oil is also used for aromatherapy and in preparing skin care and hair care products. It’s also helpful in inflammatory conditions and skin ailments. Phtosterols in Sesame Oil helps in enhancing the immune power of the body.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Turmeric

TurmericSanskrit name: Haridra
Botanical name: Curcuma Longa
Habitat: A native of India and Indonesia, Turmeric is a perennial with pulpy, orange, tuberous roots that grow to about two feet in length. The aerial parts, which reach three feet, include Large, lily-like leaves, a thick, squat, central flower spike, and funnel-shaped yellow flowers.
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, pungent
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances vata and kapha

Curcumin is a key ingredient in the Turmeric extract. It comes from a flowering plant found in the ginger root plant family, and it has been used in Indian Ayurvedic holistic medicine for centuries. Turmeric has long been recognized in Ayurveda for its many healing properties. In Ayurveda, turmeric has been used internally as a tonic and blood purifier, and topically for maintaining and promoting healthy skin. This tropical root delivers a smorgasbord of powerful health benefits. Turmeric powder mixed with oil can have a soothing effect when applied to rough skin. In combination with lime and salt pepper, turmeric can also be applied to bruises, sprains, wounds, and wounds that have become infected.

General information

Turmeric is the yellow powder ground from a ginger family plant that gives curry its vibrant color. Gorgeous in color and actually bland to the taste by itself, this ingredient is popular with mustard and curry powder makers all over the world. It is used in a lot of South Asian food, but not much in the West beyond mustard. To gain the benefits of this widely popular supplement, you must incorporate it into your diet in pill form.

Turmeric Curcumin is a versatile supplement that has far-reaching healing capabilities. New research is surfacing that credits Turmeric Curcumin with benefits to the stomach, the bowels, and the blood system. The main bioactive compound, Turmeric, is said to maintain a healthy inflammation response, and kill infectious microbes in the body. As well, it can promote heart health through this cleansing process.

An all-around healer, Turmeric Curcumin is a powerful external healer for bumps, bruises, wounds, and infections. Applied with mustard oil or lime, this substance can promote a healthy pain and inflammation response.

Contraindications

Turmeric is extremely safe. It has been used in large quantities as a food with no adverse reactions. However, persons with symptoms from gallstones should avoid turmeric. Turmeric.s potential anti-clotting effect might cause problems with those with clotting disorders. Unusually large amount of turmeric consumption may result in stomach upset. Do not take Tumeric if you are pregnant. FDA lists turmeric as an herb that is normally considered safe

Reference

  • C.F.H.Su, R. Horvat and G. Jilani, J. Agric. Food Chem., 1982, 30, 290-292.
  • G. Jilani and R.C. Saxena, Journal of Economic Entomology, 1990, Vol. 83(2), 629-634.
  • Pharmacology of Curcuma Longa: Ammon HP, Wahi MA Department of Pharmacology, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, Federal Republic of Germany.

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Triphala, Indian Gall Nut

Triphala, Indian Gall NutSanskrit name: Triphala
Botanical name: Terminalia Chebula, Black Myrobalan, Chebulic Myrobalan
Habitat
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sour, pungent, bitter, astringent, sweet
  • Virya (action): Neutral
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances all the doshas

Active consituents found in triphala are Ascorbic acid, Essential fatty acids, Fiber, Protein, Ellagic acid, linoleic acid and linolenic acid.

General information

Favored as one of India’s most popular natural supplements, Triphala is an organic herb known to be a natural laxative as well as an excellent agent that helps maintain healthy blood circulation and blood pressure. It contains three main herbs, instead of just one, and helps improve overall health in people of all ages. These herbs include Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki, or Amla.

Haritaki is the herb credited with supplying bowel-loosening effects, but it actually acts as a bowel tonifier rather than a laxative. This herb naturally allows the body to move waste without impediment. Bibhitaki removes mucus that has built up in areas where bacteria, yeast, and parasites gather. This can be in locations such as the organs, the sinus cavities, and the reproductive areas.

Lastly, Amla works from the inside out to repair damaged cells in the intestines. The key nutrient in Amla is Vitamin C. It contains 20 times more Vitamin C than an orange, and the other herbs help Amla to be absorbed quickly and thoroughly so it can do its job in your body.

Contraindications

Do not take this herb if you are pregnant or if you are suffering from dehydration, severe exhaustion, and emaciation.

Reference

  • Bhavamisra: Bhavaprakash Nighantu, 4th Edition-Ed. G. S. Pandeya and K. C.
  • Chunekar, Chowkhamba Sanskrit Sanstban, Varanasi (1985).
  • Tripathi, V. N. et. al.: sachitra Ayurveda, 740, (1983).
  • Inamdar, M. C. et. al.: 1,d. J. pharm., 21: 333 (1959).
  • Singh, P,. H. et. al.: j. Res. ind. Med., 92 (1974).
  • Miglani, B. E. et. al.: ind. J. Med. P-es., 59: 281 (1971).
  • Inamdar, M. C. et. al.: Ind. J. Pharn., 24..87 (1962).
  • Abhang, R. Y.: Deerghayu, 2: 3 (1976)

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Tribulus

TribulusSanskrit name: Gokshura
Botanical name: Tribulus Terrestris
Habitat: This herb is a trailing plant common in sandy soil throughout India at 11,000 ft. in Kashmir.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): sweet
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and pitta

General information

Tribulus terrestris has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to promote healthy Gokhru (reproductive system) in both men and women. It is said to have an aphrodisiac action due to the presence of saponins. Tribulus (aslo known as tribulus terrestris, puncture vine, puncturevine, gokshura, tribestan, goksura) also maintains healthy levels of testosterone and hormones in the body, making it a great supplement for athletes and trainers.

In fact, some body builders use tribulus as “PCT”, or post-cycle therapy. After completing an anabolic steroid cycle, they use it under the assumption that it will restore the body’s natural testosterone levels. Tribulus Terrestris is an all natural herb that stimulates the Luteinizing Hormone, the hormone responsible for the body’s testosterone production. It has also been shown to enhance sexual behavior in animal studies. It appears to do so by stimulating androgen receptors in the brain.

Contraindications

Do not take if dehydrated. No other significant information regarding safety is available.

Reference

  • Raghunathan, K. and R. Mittra: Pharmacognosy of Indigenous Drugs, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha, New Delhi (1982).
  • Pendse, G. P. and S. K. Dutt: Ind. J. Med. Res. 20.-653 (1932).
  • Bhide, B. V. et al… J. Univ. Bombay 10: 89 (1941).
  • Kidwai, A. R. et al.: J. Sci. Indus. Res. 813: 115 (1949).
  • Sehgal, S. N. and D. V. Majumdar: J. Proc. Inst. Chem. (India) 31: 12 (1959).
  • Chatterjee, A. and S. Ghosh. Sci. and Cult. (Calcutta) 26. 140 (1960).
  • Bisset, N. G. and J. Nwaiwu: Planta Med. 48: 275 (1983).
  • Pendse, V. K. et al.: Ind. J. Pharmacol. 9: 221 (1977).
  • Pendse, V. K. et al.: Ind. Drugs. Oct: 14 (1981).
  • Sisodia, P. and V. Laxminarayanan: Ind. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 2: 1 (1961).
  • Rai, M. and S. S. Gupta: Ind. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 10: 12 (1966).
  • Gulati, 0. D. et al.: Rheumatism 17: 76 (1982).
  • Raghunathan, K. et al.: J. Res. Ind. Med. 3: 201 (1969).
  • Gupta, S. S. et al.: Ind. J. Physiol, Pharmacol 9. 87 (1965).
  • Gupta, S. S. et al.: Ind. J. Med. Res. (1967).
  • Gupta, S. S.: Ind. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 8: 37 (1964).
  • Singh, K. P. et al.: J. Res. Ind. Med. 10: 9 (1975).
  • Rege, N. et al.: Ind. Drugs Sept. 544 (1984).
  • Kishore, P. et al.: J. Res. Ayur. Siddha 1. 417 (1980).
  • Mhaisker, U. B. et al.: Rheumatism 16: 35 (1980).
  • Babu, S. R.. Rheumatism 18: 24 (1982).
  • Dwivedi, M. L. et al.: Sachitra Ayurveda 37. 39 (1984).
  • Hemadri, K. and S. S. Rao: Ancient Sci. Life 3: 209 (1984).
  • Saley, S. R. and S. H. Nalgirkai: Nagarjun 25: 203 (1982).

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Touch Me Not, Sensitive Plant

Touch Me Not, Sensitive PlantSanskrit name: Lajjalu, Lajwanti
Botanical name: Mimosa Pudica
Habitat: Mimosa Pudica is native to South America and Central America.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, astringent
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances kapha and pitta

General information

The leaves of the Mimosa Pudica tend to close in inward direction when shaken, touched, or blown. It is used in herbal remedies in gynecological disorders. It is also beneficial for treating skin related diseases. The roots are mainly used for medicinal preparation.

Three-leaf caper

Three-leaf caperSanskrit name: Varuna
Botanical name: Crataeva Nurvala ,Crataeva Magna
Habitat: Three-leaf caper is native to India

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (tatse): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances kapha and vata, increases pitta

General information

Three leaf caper’s barks have medicinal properties and is mainly used for herbal preparation of Ayurvedic medicines. The bark has anti-inflammatory activity The extract of varuna displays antibacterial activity against Shigella and Salmonella. It cures Chronic urinary infection and urinary electrolyte excretion. Varuna decoction reduces the urinary excretion of sodium and magnesium. It was also found to increase the ‘spontaneous’ passage of renal and bladder calculi. In patients with prostatic hypertrophy, varuna decoction increases the force of detrussor contrac- tion, reducing the volume of residual urine. This action, through which stagnation of urine is reduced, combined with its anti-inflammatory property, may explain the antiseptic action of varuna on the urinary tract.

In ayurvedic practice, varuna is used as a litholytic agent, in treating ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata’ varieties of ashmari (calculi). It also clears crystalluria (sharkara). It is the drug of choice in all kapha disorders of the urinary tract, and in renal and bladder calculi. It is also used as a cholagogue, anti-helmintic and antiameobic in both intestinal and hepatic infestation. Its action as an anti-inflammatory agent is utilized in its use in deep-seated suppurative inflammations, in small. joint, diseases and in osteomyelitis. It is also used as an antipyretic.

Tamarix

Tamarix

Sanskrit name: Jhavuka
Botanical name: Tamarix articulata
Habitat: In India it is found in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution): Balances pitta and vitta, increases kapha

General information

The wood from this tree has been used for various medicinal preparations. It is rich in tannin and helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. It helps in speeding up the healing process. It also possesses anti-microbial and anti inflammatory properties.

Toothbrush Tree, Mustard Tree

Toothbrush Tree, Mustard Tree

Sanskrit name: Piluh, Peelu, Pilu, Meswak,
Botanical name: Salvadora persica
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Sweet, Pungent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Meswak twigs have been used as a toothbrush for dental hygiene. Tannins present in miswak possess astringent properties which help in treating plaque. It helps with bad breath and toothache. Essential Oils extracted from this herb is used for various therapeutic benefits.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

The Indian Butter Tree

The Indian Butter TreeSanskrit name: Gudapuspa, Mahua
Botanical name: Madhuca longifolia
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances Vata and Pitta, aggravates kapha

General information

Tribal folks of India consider Mahua as a Boon and conserve this tree. It is the largest source of natural hard fat in India. This fat is widely used for in the manufacturing of soap. Oil extracted from the seeds is used as an ointment, as it has antiinflammatory properties and helps in controlling the joint pain. This oil is also used for culinary purpose. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also possesses aphrodisiac properties.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Tamarind

TamarindSanskrit name: Amlika, Imli,
Botanical name: Tamarindus indica
Habitat: It is native to Africa.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Sour, Sweet, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sour
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Tamarind is a household name is a must in each and every kitchen not only for the tastebuds but for its therapeutic benefits also. Native to Africa, Tamarind is grown all over the world. It is used for various culinary purposes. Leaves are anti-microbial in nature and hence a decoction of leaves are used for bathing purpose in feverish conditions by the Tribal people of Africa. The fruit is a mild laxative in nature and is therefore beneficial in gastrointestinal diseases. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is useful in controlling the pain in joints and muscles.

Contraindications

Tamarind is extremely safe. It has been used in large quantities as a food with no adverse reactions. However, persons with allergic symptoms should avoid Tamarind. Unusually large amount of Tamarind consumption may result in stomach upset. Consult your doctor before consuming this herb in Pregnancy.

Uraria

UrariaSanskrit name: Prishnaparni, Dhavani, Dabra
Botanical name: Uraria picta
Habitat: It found in the Himalayan region of India.

 

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sour, Sweet, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Uraria is one of the important herb in Ayurveda and the whole plant is used to prepare different medicines in Ayurveda. Uraria is a Tridoshahara that is balances all the doshas vata, pitta and kapha. It is an aphrodisiac. It is a mild laxative in nature and is beneficial in treating gastrointestinal diseases. It helps in regulating natural movements of the body fluids. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in relieving the burning sensation.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance. Avoid in pregnancy.

Velvet Bean, Cowhage, Cow-itch, Buffalo bean

Velvet Bean, Cowhage, Cow-itch, Buffalo beanSanskrit name: Kaunch, Atmagupta, Kapikacchu
Botanical name: Mucuna Pruriens
Habitat: M. pruriens is an herbaceous twining annual. The leaves are trifoliate; the leaflets, broadly ovate, ellipticor thomboid ovate and unequal at the base; the flowers, purple and in axillary, pendulous racemes, the pods, curved, longitudinally ribbed, turgid and densely clothed with persistent pale brown or gray, irritant bristles; the seeds, black, 4-6 in a pod and avoid. This Ayurvedic herb is an annual climbing shrub common in the tropics of India; legumes are eaten as a vegetable.

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): bitter, sweet
  • Virya (action): heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances Vata and Pitta

General information

Mucuna pruriens, commonly known as velvet bean or cow itch, is a plant indigenous to India, and has been used in Ayurveda for many different conditions. The ayurvedic names are Kaunch, Atmagupta, or Kapikacchu. Scientists and doctors in the west are now beginning to take a serious look at the potential benefits of this potent herb in a number of medical and psychological conditions.

The herb contains L-DOPA which is a neurotransmitter, and a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. The L-DOPA content increases when used as an extract. L-DOPA, or levodopa converts into dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality, and movement. As such, M. pruriens seeds have also been found to have antidepressant properties. It has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for diseases including management and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Recognized as an aphrodisiac in Ayurveda, mucuna pruriens has been shown to maintain and normalize testosterone levels, which may lead to deposition of protein in the muscles and help increase muscle mass and strength.

The plant and its extracts have been long used in tribal communities as a toxin antagonist for various snakebites.

Contraindications

Do not use when congested. Adverse effects were mild and were mainly gastro-intestinal in nature. No adverse effects were seen in clinical laboratory reports (lbid, 1995).

Reference

  • Sihna, J Res Educ Indian med, 1992, 11(1), 15, Goyal, J Econ Taxon Bot, 1991, 15, 677.
  • Manyam, B.V., et al. (1995) J. of alternative and Comp. Med., 1(3) 249-255.
  • Amin, K.M.Y. (1996) Fitoterapia, 67: 53-58.
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  • Singh, R.H. et al. (1989) J. Res. ayur. Siddha, 1(1): 1-6.

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White Leadwort

White LeadwortSanskrit name: Chitraka
Botanical name: Plumbago zeylanica
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste) : Pungent
  • Virya (action) : Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects) : Pungent
  • Doshas (constitution) : Balances kapha and vata, increases pitta

General information

White Leadwort possesses anti-inflammatory properties and helps in relieving joint and muscle pain. It acts as a mild laxative and is found useful in the gastrointestinal tract diseases.

Water Caltrop, Water Chestnut

Water Caltrop, Water ChestnutSanskrit name: Jalphala, Singhada
Botanical name: Trapa natas
Habitat: It is native to India and China.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and pitta, may aggravate kapha

General information

Water Chestnut has been used in Holistic Chinese Treatments and also Ayurveda mentions its uses for medicine preparation. It is a non starchy food and is widely grown and used in culinary purposes. It is highly rich in phenols and antioxidants, which also renders it properties like antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is a mild laxative in nature and is beneficial in treating gastrointestinal disorders. It also helps in purifying blood and regulates the circulation. It contains high water contents and water soluble vitamins. It helps in pacifying Pitta Dosha.

White Bark Acacia, Reonja

White Bark Acacia, ReonjaSanskrit name: Arimeda
Botanical name: Acacia leucophloea, Vachellia leucophloea
Habitat: It is native to Southern India

 
Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balances vata and Kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess

General information

The word Acacia originated from the Greek word Akis meaning Point. It has high fiber content and help in eliminating waste from the body. It also contains a small amount of tannin, resin, gum, starch and cane sugar. The bark is used in the distillation of liquor in some parts of India. Tea made from this herb is helpful in treating cough, sore throat and other respiratory tract disorders. Flowers have antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties and are applied externally on skin ailments and wounds.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

Yellow Fruit Nightshade

Yellow Fruit NightshadeSanskrit name: Kantakari, Kateli
Botanical name: Solanum surattense
Habitat: It is native to India.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (constitution): Balances vata and kapha, increases pitta

General information

Yellow Berried Nightshade is found beneficial in treating respiratory tract disorders. It possesses laxative and carminative properties which helps in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Yam, Air Potato

Yam, Air PotatoSanskrit name: Varahi
Botanical name: Dioscorea bulbifera
Habitat: It is found in Africa and Asia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet, BItter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Varahi is one of the Rasayana in Ayurveda and has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. The fleshy potato like roots are used as a vegetable in Africa. It helps to maintain blood sugar level and regulates glucose metabolism. It is a laxative and stimulates the bowel movements and helps in the treatment of digestion related diseases. Anti-inflammatory activities help in the treatment of joint pains.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.