AYURVEDIC HERBAL REMEDIES
The use of medicinal herbs is as old as humankind. In Ayurveda an estimated 80,000 species of plants are utilized as medicine. The extensive knowledge about plants and plant products is called Dravya Guna Shashtra. Ancient Vedic texts list many of the healing herbal remedies that are still used today in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Medicinal properties of plants are categorized according to their qualities. The natural intelligence of plants is preserved in Ayurvedic herbology by using them in their whole form. In contrast, drugs are created by extracting the active constituencies of plant material, which can create side effects.
Among the many effective, powerful healing herbs and compounds unique to Ayurveda are:
Rejuvenating Herbs (Rasayanas)
Rasayanas are tonics that nourish the tissues (dhatus) of the body. Rasayanas alleviate disease and and slow down the aging process. Some examples of these rejuvenating herbs and compounds are:
Formulating Herbal Remedies
The following are considered when treating with Ayurvedic herbs:
Methods of Herbal Preparation
Ayurvedic herbs are blended into synergistic formulas that treat imbalances with the opposite qualities. For example a Pitta condition such as a skin rash (hot) is treated with cooling herbs such as Neem. Individual Prakruti (constitution) and Vikruti (current imbalance) as well as season are always taken into consideration. This complex knowledge about plants and their interactions is at the heart of Ayurvedic herbal medicine. Much of this knowledge has been lost in the west due to persecution and repression.
Ayurvedic healing remedies have withstood the test of time and still act effectively as preventive medicines and as treatments for health imbalances. Many herbs are also scientifically validated by subjecting them to double blind studies. Over twenty thousand trials on Ayurvedic products conducted in India and the West are listed in a British medicinal herbal medicine database.
In Ayurveda, herbs are part of the overall approach to health and wellness. Diet, lifestyle including yoga, meditation, Panchakarma (detoxification) and rejuvenating therapies all play an important role in a personalized treatment plan.
Elke Savala utilizes the highest quality organic Ayurvedic and Western herbs in her practice. Elke will assist you with expert herbal support and customized formulas in your personalized health program.
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