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In ayurveda all naturally available things are used as medicines. For example water, mud, sand, plants and their parts, animals and their parts, minerals,... and the list becomes infinite. These naturally available things exhibit different medicinal properties when used singly or in combination. Even a single natural thing acts differently in different physical conditions. For example- Plain water exhibits different medicinal properties when it is hot / boiled and cooled / cold.
"Charaka" and "Sushruta" have indicated many herbs which act effectively in some diseases. Some times even a single herb gives the desired effect. This is known as "Eka moolika prayoga" (Single drug therapy). Such simple and effective treatment formulas for many diseases are available through our site.
Action Of Herbs
The herbs which are available abundantly around us have plenty of medicinal properties. But these herbs need proper purification and a good vehicle to act at cellular level. The form (powdered, paste, juice, etc) in which the herbs are administered also plays a very important role in curing diseases. Action of a medicinal herb depends on the part of the plant that is used. Regular use of fresh herbal preparations give effective relief in many chronic diseases
Black cardamom also known as Badi-ilaichi, is praised as “queen of spices”. Its strong flavour has made it chef’s favourite spice. This spice is treasure house of medicinal properties. Naturopaths have found many ways to incorporate this strong spice in their regular treatment.
Ayurveda Acharyas explain properties of cardamom as follows. These are based on ayurvedic principles.
Apples are available in many colours and with various tastes. Always chose apples which are ripe and sweet to taste. Sour apples may cause vitiation of pitta and acidity. Sweet and fully ripen apples are good for health. Hence our ancestors have coined the saying “Apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Sweet apples have little astringent properties and pacify pitta and kapha. Uncooked sweet apples may vitiate vata.
Since ages garlic has been praised for its medicinal properties. This spice is globally used in almost all cuisines. Garlic also has religious value. Garlic is worshipped or used to ward off evil spirits in many traditions. Garlic is known as “lasuna” in Ayurveda.
Coconut is known as Narilkela in Ayurveda. This fruit is eulogised in texts of Ayurveda for its cooling properties. Coconut pacifies different doshas at different stages of its ripening. Usually fully ripe coconut pacifies pitta and vata.
Dates are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and sugar. Texts of Ayurveda eulogize this fruit for its immense nourishing properties. Dates are known as “Kharjura” in Ayurveda. Dates pacify all three doshas. Persons with high kapha and diabetes should use these with caution.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which is affecting people globally. The factors which influence the incidence of this disease may be hidden in genes (genetic factor), race (ethnical), diet, lifestyle, etc.
Tomato is an edible fruit and belongs to nightshade family or Solanaceae. It is almost sour to taste. Tomato is a rich source of vitamins (vitamins A and C), anti oxidants and folic acid. Tomatoes contain an important pigment “lycopene”. This pigment is responsible for red colour of tomatoes.