Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is often considered the most venerable of all herbs. It is said to be the mother medicine of nature. Holy Basil has great medicinal benefits and in Ayurveda, It is considered to have spiritual properties too. The such a varied range of medicinal value makes this herb highly significant.
A sacred plant with many medicinal properties
The botanical name of Holy Basil is Ocimum Tenuiflorum or Ocimum Sanctum. It is an aromatic perennial plant that is common in the Indian subcontinent. Holy Basil is different than the sweet Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) and the latter is mostly used for culinary purpose. In sanskrit, Holy Basil has different names, such as Surasa, Bhutagni, and Tulasi. In hinduism, tulsi is a highly religious plant and worshipped as a goddess. Not just leaves, but its seeds, stems, flowers, and oil too are considered to be sacred. Holy Basil is believed to effectively clean the air of its pollutants, repel mosquitoes and flies, etc.
Pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas
Holy Basil provides many health benefits according to Ayurveda. It placates Kapha and Vata Doshas. For Pitta constitution, it may however, can cause aggravation. It has two variants, light green to green one called Rama Tulsi, and blackish green one called Krishna Tulsi. They both have similar herbal properties.
The many health benefits of Holy Basil you should know about
Holy Basil is an effective Kapha pacifier since it checks the mucous release. It has antiviral properties, which makes it an important herb in Ayurveda for treatment of microbial infections. Owing to its hot potency and appetizing taste, holy basil can stimulate the digestive system, thus helping recover the lost or reduced appetite.
The Kapha-relieving property of Holy Basil is also beneficial for the heart. It tends to decrease cholesterol accumulation in the arteries, toning the cardiac system in the process. Its properties as an adaptogen come instrumental in curing anxiety and stress problems, cold and cough, even hiccups can be contained or treated with Holy Basil.
Holy Basil balances Vata and hence it is beneficial in case of quelling the excess gas formed in the stomach and helps relieve the pain caused by that. The herb has antiemetic properties too and helps relieve the vomiting tendency too. In many skin diseases, the discomfort of itching is quite usual. Tulsi can help subside such an irritation. It is also a great detoxifier and helps the body get rid of of the toxins.
Holy Basil is also used to treat kidney stone condition and eye infections. The herb is significantly curative for treating asthma patients as well as those who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. The leaves, seeds, and roots of the Holy Basil plant are used for such medicinal usage. Holy Basil is also used to treat headache, bad breath (halitosis), wheals, sinusitis, and fever.
The Tulsi Chai as the perfect immunity drink
A Tulsi tea made with Holy Basil leaves, clove, and ginger is believed to be very effective against cold and cough as it boosts immunity. It should be noted that the tea should not contain any milk, since Ayurveda does not prescribe taking milk with Tulsi as they are not compatible together.
Many scientific studies have found that Holy Basil is full of medicinal benefits. It is considered to be antimicrobial (bacteria and virii eliminating), anxiolytic(stress reducing), antilipidemic (lipid lowering), antidiabetic (glucose lowering), and antihepatotoxic (liver protective).
Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal science is the most natural and effective treatment system for any disease. It also helps prevent the occurence of illnesses and helps you maintain a healthy living. Consult an ayurveda doctor today and stay well.
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Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb full of health benefits. In Ayurveda, it is considered one of the most powerful herbs due to its restorative properties.
Botanically called Withania somnifera, it is also known as winter cherry and Indian ginseng. Ashwagandha naturally grows in an arid climate which is typical to India, the middle east, and Africa. The names Ashwagandha is derived from Sanskrit and means the smell of a horse, owing to the strong odor that the plant has. Extracts from the roots and leaves are used as the herb. It is known to boost immunity and provide rejuvenation against a number of health problems.
Here’re the six Benefits of Ashwagandha as an Ayurvedic Herb:
1. It is a natural adaptogen that relieves stress and anxiety
Ashwagandha helps the body processes normalize and adapt to the stress level effectively. The herb has been a part of the Ayurveda medicine for over 3,000 years. Studies have shown that a medical prescription of the herb helps regulate the chemical signals and prohibits stress to take a course through the nervous system(1). Clinical trials to have shown that ashwagandha is helpful in reducing the symptoms in people suffering from chronic stress or anxiety disorders(2), (3), (4). The trials concluded that only 11% of the people registered an improvement in the placebo group, while 69% of people in the group that took Ashwagandha showed alleviation in their stress levels. The herb also reduced the cortisol levels effectively.
2. It reduces Blood Sugar levels
Ashwagandha is beneficial in diabetes too. It is known to bring down the glucose level. Test-tube research observed that the herb tends to increase insulin sensitivity in muscle cells which results in better insulin secretion(5). Other studies concluded that the herb can reduce the blood sugar levels in both the diabetic and non-diabetic people as well as in patients suffering from schizophrenia (6), (7), (8). In some smaller studies, the result with Ashwagandha was as good as that of the oral medication of Diabetes.
3. It helps in depression too
The health advantages of Ashwagandha as a medicinal herb are well known in Ayurveda. This herb is effective against illnesses like chronic depression too. A study done a few years back showed a 79% decrease in severe depression in patients who took ashwagandha as per the prescription(9). In the same study, the people in the placebo group with no Ashwagandha medication reported a 10% increase in depression levels.
4. It can help fight Cancer
Studies on animals as well as test tube research have concluded that ashwagandha can uniquely help fight cancer. It not only slows down the growth of new cancer cells but also effectuates apoptosis( programmed death) in cancer cells(10). The herb helps in the formation of reactive oxygen species (ros) which are hostile to the cancer cells but do not harm the healthy cells and at the same time decrease the ability of the cancer cells to resist(11). further research and human trials would possibly reveal the miraculous working mechanism of ashwagandha, the great benefits of which have always been known to ayurveda since the beginning.
5. It can lower Triglyceride and Cholesterol levels
Ashwagandha is good for the heart too as it is known to bring down the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. Studies done on animals (rats) reported a blood fat reduction of 53% which is remarkable in itself(12). Human studies to have yielded significant results(13).
6. It improves memory and brain functions
Various studies have shown that Ashwagandha is beneficial in improving brain functions and memory too. It can help the neural system recover from brain-related injury or illnesses and increases antioxidant activity as well. From neurocognitive disorders to insomnia to epilepsy and memory issues, the herb has immense healing properties against all such problems too(14), (15), (16), (17).
Ashwagandha is a herb full of medicinal value. It’s use and intake, however, should always be under the guidance of an expert Ayurveda practitioner. It is would be the best way to address your health woes without making it worse by not knowing the appropriate dosage and combination, as well as some other aspects of taking this herb in the right manner.
Ayurveda is an ancient and holistic science of health and medicine. The Ayurvedic herbs and therapies have the potential to revive healthcare in significant ways. Modern medicine is increasingly becoming helpless against the epidemic rise of many non-communicable diseases. It is time to adopt Ayurveda as your immediate choice of treatment for an integral health resolution. Stay well with this centuries-old medicinal science.
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