15 Powerful Ayurvedic Herbs & Spices

From ancient times, Ayurvedic herbs are used to treat all kinds of diseases, some of which were considered tough to treat by modern medical sciences. They are derived from a plant source, where the leaves, fruits, flowers, seeds, bark, roots and resin are used for medicines. Some of the commonly used Ayurvedic herbs and their uses are mentioned as follows:

Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is mainly used in Ayurveda to lower levels of anxiety and improve sleep in people with stress disorders. Moreover it also enhances muscle growth, male fertility and memory.

Velvet Bean
Velvet Bean seeds (Mucuna pruriens) are commonly used to manage Parkinson’s disease and treat erectile dysfunction, oligospermia, and impotence in men. It contains levodopa that increases circulating dopamine levels, which makes it a natural medicine for Parkinson’s disease. It is also known for its effects on hormones. It decreases prolactin level and increases testosterone level in men. Therefore, it is used to treat hyperprolactinemia (high prolactin level) and low testosterone level.

Salam Mishri
Salam Mishri (Orchis mascula) is known to restore the body after diseases, stimulate its proper functionality and activity. The range of conditions in which Salep Orchid is applied includes wasting diseases, sexual or nervous debility, impotence, general weakness.

Badam
Badam (Prunus dulcis) is widely used in Ayurveda for treatment of general debility, nerve disorders, to improve memory power and increase sexual vigor. It’s a good source of antioxidants containing calcium and magnesium. Badam also contains vital nutrients that help improve neurological activity.
They are also recommended in growing children’s diets for intellectual development

Tulsi
Tulsi also called Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) is packed with strong anti-inflammatory properties that cure a variety of diseases and disorders. It contains enzyme-inhibiting oils, including eugenol, citronellol and linalool. The anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi help lower inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Dalchini
Dalchini (Cinnamomum Zeylanicium) is an excellent pacifier of Vata and Kapha doshas but increases the Pitta doshas. It has a sweet-pungent taste (i.e. madhura-katu rasa) and characterizes a hot potency (i.e. ushna virya). Mostly used in the form of a powder of the bark or leaves or as oil, Dalchini is a natural digestive, boosts digestion, relieves flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome and also improves liver function.

Sunthi
In Ayurveda, Sunthi (Zingiber Officinale) has been described as Vishva Bhesaj which means ‘universal medicine’. Research shows that Sunthi has Anti-Inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, anticancer properties and also useful in gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and sexual disorders. it improves voice and relieves constipation, relieves gas and bloating and helpful in abdominal pain.

Krishna Marich
Krishna Marich (Piper Nigrum) is known in Ayurvedic medicine to increase internal heat. It has been traditionally used for respiratory diseases, as well as conditions related to intestinal flora. Marich features cleansing and antioxidant properties, and enhances bioavailability — meaning it helps the body absorb and circulate needed nutrients. Additionally, pepper may help promote the free flow of oxygen to the brain, support digestion and circulation, stimulate the appetite, and support joint health.

Amla
In Ayurveda, Amla also known as Emblica officinalis, is of utmost importance for maintaining optimal health. Amla is digestible, diuretic, and natural blood purifier which aids in skin rejuvenation and proper digestion. It helps in diarrhea, gonorrhea, combustion, jaundice, pyrosis, eruption, paleness, constipation, indigestion, nausea, gout, cough and breath-related diseases.

Guduchi
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) is known in Ayurvedic medicine for the power to detoxify, rejuvenate, boost the immune system, and more. This popular adaptogenic herb is thought to prolong life and was recognized by ancient rishis of the Vedic era in the classic healthcare text. Ayurvedic practitioners down through history have found Guduchi useful for inflammatory conditions, such as eye, urinary, skin, respiratory and digestive disorders

Shatavari
Just like the name suggests, Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is an absolute remedy for almost 100 types of diseased conditions. Be it regularising female hormones, managing menopausal symptoms, enhancing milk production, preventing blood clots, maintaining a healthy heart, treating rheumatism, relieving depression, enhancing mood, and aiding in weight loss, this incredible root powder does it all.

Brahmi
Brahmi is a perennial herb most well known for its memory enhancing property. Brahmi tea that is made by brewing Brahmi leaves helps to manage cold, chest congestion and bronchitis by clearing out the mucus from the air passages which helps ease breathing. It also reduces pain and inflammation in the throat and respiratory tracts due to its anti-inflammatory property.

Bala
Bala which means “strength” is a popular herb in Ayurveda. Bala helps in managing weight by suppressing appetite and decreasing the urge to overeat. It also helps to manage blood glucose levels due to its hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) property. Bala also protects the liver cells against cell damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity.

Pippali
Pippali is well-known for its effectiveness against conditions affecting the respiratory tract like colds, coughs, bronchitis, and asthma, as it acts as a counter-irritant and eases inflammation. It helps fight infections by virtue of its antibacterial properties and also works to help thin phlegm and ease congestion. For normal colds, a pinch of crushed pippali pepper can be combined with some honey or hot water and consumed.

Gokshura
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) is an Ayurvedic herb most commonly known for its immunity boosting, aphrodisiac and rejuvenation properties. It’s name is derived from two sanskrit words; ‘Go’ meaning cow and ‘Aakshura’ meaning hoof, as the fruits of this plant resemble the hooves of cows. Gokhshura when taken along with Ashwagandha helps enhance stamina due to which it is beneficial for body building as well as improving the performance of athletes.
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