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Ayurveda as a system of medicine is based almost entirely on highly potent herbs. Different parts of these herbs find use in Ayurvedic medicines, Ayurvedic oils, powders and more to provide holistic, natural healing. The herbs are used alone or in combination with other herbs or spices and oils to gradually provide relief from different ailments. Below is a list of a few important herbs in Ayurveda.


Anantmool is also known as Indian sarsaparilla. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, detoxifying properties. According to Ayurveda, Anantmool is believed to have the potency to pacify all 3 doshas. The cooling nature helps calm vata dosha, while the sweet flavor helps with kapha dosha. Anantmool is oily and unctuous in consistency which is soothing for pitta dosha. The root of this herb is used in a variety of ayurvedic remedies. Anantmool has been shown to improve digestion, promote fertility, detoxify blood and even manage arthritis and gout. It also helps in recovery and management of anemia. Anantmool can be used as a cure for fevers, diarrhea and helps the body rejuvenate.


Haritaki is another ayurvedic herb which has a great many medical uses. It is one of the 3 important components of Triphala. The fruit is used in preparing poultices for external application. This is because Haritaki promotes faster healing of wounds and helps kill any microbes which might try to infect the region. It is also used orally to treat many conditions. Haritaki improves cognitive function, promotes better vision and rejuvenates the entire body. It is also a natural laxative which can help ease bowel movements. Haritaki is also a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to possess anticarcinogenic action.


Shankhpushpi is an ayurvedic herb which is known for its mental stimulation properties. The whole plant is used for various simple ayurvedic remedies and treatments. Shankhpushpi helps with cognitive function and is proven to boost mental power and brain activity. It promotes concentration and memory, making it a great way to keep your mind rejuvenated. The entire nervous system is strengthened by regular intake of Shankhpushpi. This herb can also be made into a heart tonic. It also has diuretic properties and can help ease digestive issues as well. It is a vital constituent in many ayurvedic medicines and must be taken as prescribed by an Ayurveda doctor.


The name Ashwagandha means “strength of a stallion”. Ashwagandha is a go to Ayurvedic herb for restoring vitality, balancing of stress hormones, improving energy and banishing fatigue. Ashwagandha may be added to any restorative drink you may have or, take it as a supplement under the supervision/direction of a practicing Ayurvedic doctor.


Ayurveda recognises Brahmi as the ultimate brain tonic. Brahmi can therefore be consumed by both children and adults. It is known to boost brain function by stimulating brain cells and enhancing memory. Plenty of Ayurvedic medicines have Brahmi as one of their core constituents.


A common kitchen ingredient, Turmeric is an all-rounder when it comes to medicinal benefits. Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory. In India, turmeric dissolved in warm milk has been consumed since times immemorial in order to protect the body from infection and, to achieve skin glow. The potent component in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is responsible for the anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant nature of the herb. Turmeric can be added to curries, boiled with water or milk as a drink. A paste of turmeric and water can be applied to palms and feet to keep the body safe from microorganisms. Washing vegetables and fruits in a solution of turmeric powder and rock salt in water is also highly recommended as a disinfecting measure.

Be advised that Ayurvedic medicines and herbs should be consumed based on one’s body type only. Do consult an experienced Ayurvedic doctor before you do.


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