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why people buy Ayurvedic herbs?

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by wallygrom

Question by : why people buy Ayurvedic herbs?
i’m planning to buy myself. with the thousand yrs of existence with many of the herbs proven scientifically to be effective and some are even used in commercial medicines. but still, i ned more insights from other buyers…

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Answer by Gary Y
Well, just because something has existed for thousands of years, it doesn’t mean it works. And very few herbs have been actually proved scientifically to be effective; and more importantly, safe. Science actually investigates many promising crude drugs of plant origin, but typically they will isolate the active chemical compounds, and after much testing refine or synthesise them into pure, consistent medicines that then fall under tight regulatory controls.

Herbal drugs are problematic as they are unstandardised; the quality and strength is subject to seasonal and other variations, thus they are untested and uncontrolled. Safety, risks, side effects and interactions are unknown, they are typically handed out by people with little or no medical training, and many have been found to be contaminated with all sorts of toxins including heavy metals.

In fact, Ayurvedic can contain very dangerous quantities of heavy metals, including lead, mercury, thallium and arsenic; not just as contaminants, they are added deliberately in order to supposedly return the body to health by ‘rebalancing’ essential minerals.

From Wikipedia (always read the sources):

“Safety (Ayurvedic)
Rasa shastra, the practice of adding metals, minerals or gems to herbs, is a source of toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic.[77] Adverse reactions to herbs due to their pharmacology are described in traditional ayurvedic texts, but ayurvedic practitioners are reluctant to admit that herbs could be toxic and the reliable information on herbal toxicity is not readily available.[78]

A 2008 study of more than 230 products found that approximately 20% of remedies (and 40% of rasa shastra medicines) purchased over the Internet from both US and Indian suppliers contained lead, mercury or arsenic.[77][80][81]”

Last year, the New South Wales (Australia) government issued a safety warning for Ayurvedic, after a man died from lead poisoning:
“According to the Public Health Unit Director of Sydney South West Area Health Service, Dr Stephen Conaty, testing of a sample of the Ayurvedic medicine showed that it contained high levels of mercury, arsenic and especially high levels of lead. The medicine contained 2.3% lead by weight.”

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The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

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Posted by Herbs For Me - December 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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Q&A: Any one who deals in Indian Ayurvedic herbs ?

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Question by bharat d: Any one who deals in Indian Ayurvedic herbs ?
Please reply any one in this line , I have very good herbs a subsititute for Viagra?

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Answer by eendje1990
nope, it might help to say where you are located for anyone that does

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Pitta balancing herbs (Eg: Shatavari -Asparagus) and vegetables which improves the quality of Asthi dhathu (Eg: bitter vegetables) are effective in treating hair fall. There are a number of other causes for hair fall like acute illness, high stress, …
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The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System

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Posted by Herbs For Me - October 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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The Secret Healing Properties of Ayurvedic Herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine

by dinesh_valke

The use of herbs for medicinal purposes likely dates to the beginning of human civilization, but certainly back nearly 5000 years with the oldest extant records of such use dating to the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE. For millions of year’s plants, herbs in particular, have been developing methods for the manufacture of substances which work to their advantage. Herbs develop such substances to dispel pests and herbivores and to attract those animals and insects which work symbiotically with them. The captivating colors and aromas of flowers are a prime example of the wealth and beauty which is the product of these plant’s years of learning and labor.

Fortunately, many of these products have proven to be useful for the alleviation of pain and the curing of disease in humans. Western pharmaceutical medicine often attempts to imitate these substances and their effects by synthesizing chemicals similar to them, but with such a limited knowledge of the substances, adverse effects often result. Ayurvedic medicine, on the other hand,seeks an intimate knowledge of these herbs themselves which in turn allows it to utilize their many millennia of work for the greatest benefit of the patient.

Ayurvedic medicine does not seek to outdo the work of nature, but conversely seeks to uncover the power hidden within it. To this end, Ayurveda has thoroughly organized the herbs it utilizes so as to be of the greatest advantage. It approaches this knowledge through an understanding of the universal qualities which the herbs share with the rest of existence. These qualities are 20, being 10 pairs of contraries: hot, cold, dry, moist, hard, soft, rough, smooth, sharp, dull etc.Each herb bears these qualities in various proportions. Through an understanding of these principle qualities and the characteristics of their varied proportions Ayurveda comes to understand the herbs themselves. In this way Ayurvedic herbs have been organized into an extensive body of knowledge stating the qualities inherent in them and their applications to various ailments.

In a world filled with plants which have worked for millions of years to develop substances for the benefit of all and efficient methods for the rendering of these substances it seems not only proud, but perhaps foolish to neglect the fruit of their labor. Where modern pharmaceutical productsrequire millions of dollars for their research and development only to imitate what nature has provided, ayurvedic treatments make the simple and inexpensive choice to recognize this provision. There is a wise old saying,don’t try to reinvent the wheel, perhaps this is one piece of advice which ayurvedic medicine is trying to teach the world by example.

Nature is a vast storehouse of medicinal herbs and panaceas on which we have depended since before history began. Through the nearly four thousand years that Ayurveda has been a living science it has been acquiring knowledge and experience of these herbs, and using this ever growing knowledge to better understand the nature and application of these God given medicines.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - October 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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Hypothyroidism – an Ayurvedic Approach

Hypothyroidism – an Ayurvedic Approach

The narration of hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is same as that in the modern medicines. The condition caused by underactive thyroid gland which produces small amounts of the thyroid hormone and this can be caused by iodine deficiency or a failure of they thyroid gland due to pituitary gland malfunctioning.

The disease is often skipped for long time as the symptoms present in patients are not so dangerous and anyone may ignore it. Depressions, fatigue, hair loss, dry and cold skin are few of them those are ignored many times by the patient.

Hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is well described by the great physician named ‘Charaka’. He said that it does not attack those who consume adequate quantities of milk, old rice, barley, green grams, Bengal grams, sugarcane juice, cucumber and other milk products. These are the foods recommended in present cases also. Ayurveda says one should not consume sour substances as it may aggravate the diseased condition.

There are plenty of Ayurvedic herbs, prescribed for hypothyroidism. They regulate the thyroid hormone and restore its functionality. These herbs are under researches and many of them are proven to be very beneficial for treating thyroid conditions.

Ayurvedic herbs are generally well tolerated and free from side effects and this is the reason, Ayurveda is now one of the most famous health sciences that have drawn everybody’s attention. These herbs can also be considered as daily health supplements. Many of the herbs we can find in kitchen and rest of are readily available in the herbal/Ayurvedic store in various forms such as pills, tablets, capsules, decoctions, powder, extracts and natural juices.

Some of the herbs are described below those are still in practices as an Ayurvedic treatment;

Kaanchanara (Bauhinia veriegata) – This is known as purple mountain ebony and probably most powerful drug in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia for treating any type of thyroid problems. This herb is available in the form of pill or tablet.

Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – This is the drug that is used widely in present Ayurvedic practice. This is well known for its calorie burning properties and therefore used abundantly in reducing weight i.e. obesity. Hypothyroidism is closely related with obesity and therefore, this herb is extremely useful treating the condition. This is available in the form of tablet, pill and capsule.

Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa Linn) – This herb falls in the category of diuretic. This is an excellent remedy for treating swelling or inflammation from all over the body. Since hypothyroidism has one of the symptoms of swelling and numbness all over the body, Punarnava can be very beneficial for treating such conditions. This is very good tonic and it can also be used for general health.

There are many formulas available to treat hypothyroidism Ayurveda always suggest patients to go for internal medication following strict diet as prescribed and advised by Ayurvedic physician. Any of the disease shakes up the three bodily humors called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurvedic medicines and diet will restore these three humors and thus, eliminate the disease.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - May 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

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