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Guide to Healthy Herbs

Guide to Healthy Herbs

Herbs are nutritional foundation nutrients and good alternative medicine to nourish the body’s deepest and most basic elements. Medicinal herbs have been used safely and effectively since the time of recorded history for an endless list of reasons from health, healing, weight loss/gain/maintenance, to survival and more. Herbs can offer the body nutrients it does not always receive, either from a poor diet, or environmental deficiencies in the soil and air. They are great body balancers that help regulate body functions.

The benefits of herbs are many and varied. Even the once skeptical traditional medical community is starting to embrace alternative medicine practices using herbal remedies and healing philosophies and practices incorporating herbal medicine and medicinal herbs. Chinese herbs have been used by the Chinese for over 4,000 years to promote health and as healing agents.

Chinese Herbs are taken as tonics to enhance physical and mental well being. Since the dawn of man, herbs have been used for healing purposes and to promote wellness. Today, herbs are still the alternative medicine and primary source of health care for 80% of the world.

Here are some of the more well-known herbs and plant products and their modern uses.

Herbs Modern Uses
Bilberry Fruit Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus Various microcirculatory conditions. Night blindness and poor ability to adapt to bright light.

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Cascara Sagrada Aged Bark, Rhamnus purshiana Constipation.

Cayenne Pepper Fruit, Capsicum annuum Carminative, diaphoretic, counter-irritant.

Cranberry Fruit, Vaccinium macrocarpon Prevention of urinary tract infections.

Dong Quai Root, Angelica sinensis Various menstrual disorders.

Echinacea Herb, Echinacea purpurea As supportive therapy for colds and chronic infections of the respiratory tract.

Evening Primrose Oil, Oenothera biennis Conditions related to deficiency of essential fatty acids (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome) and alcoholism.

Feverfew Leaf, Tanacetum parthenium Treatment of migraines, fever, menstrual disorders..

Garlic Cloves, Allium sativum Elevated levels of cholesterol in blood and as a preventative measure for age dependent vascular changes.

Ginger Root, Zingiber officinale Modern Use: Prevention of the nausea and vomiting of motion sickness, dyspepsia, stomachic.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Ginkgo biloba Memory deficits, dementia syndromes. Improvement of distance and pain-free walking in peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Vertigo and tinnitus.

Asian Ginseng Root, Panax ginseng Tonic for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue and debility, physical or mental exhaustion, stress, inadequate resistance to infections.

Siberian Ginseng Root, Eleutherococcus senticosus Tonic for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue and debility, also during convalescence.

Goldenseal Root, Hydrastis canadensis Catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract associated with colds and flus. Mucosal inflammations.

Gotu Kola Herb, Centella asiatica Improved memory. Venous insufficiency.

Grape Seed Extract, Vitis vinifera Microcirculatory maldistribution of blood flow. Altered capillary fragility and permeability. Anti-inflammatory.

Green Tea Leaf Extract, Camellia sinensis Chemopreventative. Hypercholesterolemia.

Kava Kava Root Extract, Piper methysticum Conditions of nervous anxiety, stress, and restlessness. Sedative and sleep enhancement.

Licorice Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra For catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract and gastric/duodenal ulcers. Bronchitis. Adrenocorticoid insufficiency.

Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Silybum marianum Toxic liver damage, and for supportive treatment in chronic inflammatory liver disease and hepatic cirrhosis.

Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, Serenoa repens Urination problems in benign prostate hyperplasia stages 1 and 2.

St. John’s Wort Herb Extract, Hypericum perforatum Mild to moderate depressive states.

Valerian Root, Valeriana officinalis Restlessness, sleeping disorders based on nervous conditions.

Jennifer Moore is researching the most healthiest diets and weight loss plans. Also she’s running Healthy Eating Diets website where you’ll find healthy diets, product reviews and video recipes.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - September 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Pregnancy

Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Pregnancy

The nine month tenure of Pregnancy is the most vital period for both Mother and the Child (present in the womb of the mother). Thus to attain a healthy Pregnancy, Ayurveda has mentioned many useful information to overcome the obstacles which the pregnant lady may have to face during this period.

At present time, we have more number of nuclear families and so mostly the pregnant lady doesn’t have the proper information regarding diet during pregnancy. Thus, in this regard we are explaining certain Healthy tips for pregnancy care (month wise) which will guide them to for maintaining a healthy pregnancy –

* During First, second and third Month – Most women experience Nausea and Vomiting and thus cannot take proper diet.

So during this period it is very important to pacify the vata dosha otherwise if the vata dosha is not checked then can cause Miscarriage. Thus  licorice should be taken with butter and honey . Similarly in the second month Milk with some herbs like Kakoli (Gymnema balsamicum ) should be taken .

In this period one should consume a sweet, light and liquid diet. Such diet prevents dehydration which may cause due to excessive vomiting and provides nourishment too. Also One can consume Rice cooked with milk (Paayasam), milk with honey, Khichari , fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables.

* During Fourth and Fifth Month – In this period the muscular tissue of the fetus grows and so it requires more proteins.

So during this period powder of Shatavari ( Aspagarus racemosus ) and Yastimadhu ( glycrriza glabera ), 5gm each  if taken with milk twice daily will help a lot .

Again in this period one should contain Protein rich diet and edible food like spinach ,cabbage ,sprouts ,white butter ( extract from milk ) ,broccoli , fresh cheese , eggs ,all kinds of nuts ,banana , papaya , carrot , soyabean, rice with milk ( paayasam) , vegetable soup etc.

* Sixth Month – By the end of the second trimester most of the woman suffers from edema of feet and complication related to water accumulation in the body.

Thus during this period Gokshur ( Tribulus terrestris – is a good diuretic and thus prevents retention of water ) powder 5 gms  can be take with ghee . Also powder of Shatavari , Yasti madhu  and shigru ( moringa oleifera )  should be boiled with milk and taken.

The use of medicated ghee Like Shatavari ghee is also suggested during this period onward.

Apart from this continue with the protein rich diet as been suggested above .Along with this one can consume sweetened yogurt during this period.

* Seventh Month – During this period the women need the food and herbs which suppress the Pitta and the Kapha Doshas , which are Diuretic , Anabolic and relieve emaciation.

The herbs like AShwagandha ( withania Somnifera ) , Bala mool ( Sida cardifolia ) ,Satavari ,Gokshuradi Churan are very useful during this period. Also the tablets like Sapthamrit loha , Dhatri loha and yastimadhu are very useful.

In diet continue with the protein rich diet and foods like cereals, lentils, tofu, peas, fresh cheese , soya ,sugar and rice.

* Eighth Month – During the eighth month most women experience constipation, thus Anulomana that is regulating of vayu (proper bowel movement) and pacifying the vata is also very important.

So, Enema therapy during this period is very good. Firstly the kshaya Enema (With Decoction of herbs) should be administer followed by Medicated oil enema. (This should be done under the guidance of Physician only).Also Yasti madhu and satavari should be consumed regularly. Use of dried Grapes is also beneficial at this time.

Kheer (Rice Gruel ) prepared with milk and some amount of clarified butter may b used along with the diet suggested for the seventh month.

* Ninth Month – Again during this period pacifying the Vata dosha is very important.

In this periods anuwasan Basti with oils ( medicated oil enema ) and also enema with satavari ghee should be administered. Yastimadhu and Satavari should be consumed regularly.

(Use of enema relieves the constipation and also it affects the autonomous nervous system governing the myometrium. Also it regulates the movement of vayu in its right direction, which eases the delivery and ensures a delivery free from complications. )

During this period excess amount of ghee should be taken along with the diet suggested for the seventh and eighth month. Different varieties of cereals should be consumed. Regular use of soups is advised.

Here by we have described in short the month wise pregnancy care as per ayurveda (the herbs and the food.

This is Dr. Arindham Chatterjee an Ayurvedic Physician. Cure porblems through ayurveda, ayurvedic medicine, yoga, panchakarma and ayurvedic therapies.For more information visit our website or read what’s new.

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