Ayurveda is an ancient and traditional medicine system. Having its roots in India, it is also considered the oldest Indian healing science. For thousands of years, this all-natural healing system has proven its efficacy in treating various diseases naturally. That is so because Ayurvedic science uses only plant-based roots and herbs which contain medicinal values to formulate medicines that deliver multiple health benefits. Immunity-boosting medicines are most popular among all Ayurvedic medications. They take care of the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha levels of the body. Meaning, Ayurvedic medicines encourage the body’s immunity and overall well-being holistically and naturally with their unlimited health benefits.
Ayurvedic medicines mainly stimulate healthy metabolic activity, balance the hormonal functions, improve digestion and bolster immunity strengthening the body to fight infections. Approved and encouraged by the modern medical sciences, here are some of the most popular and effective Ayurvedic herbs and medicines-
The translation of Ashwagandha is ‘smell of horse’ indicative of its strengthening properties and unique fragrance. Ashwagandha is a shrub widely grown in parts of India and Africa. The plant’s roots and leaves contain immense medicinal properties; hence are used to formulate herbal medicines. Ashwagandha is famous for its cortisol regulating effect on the body, suppressing stress and anxiety. Doing so also improves brain function and helps with inflammation, which also regulates blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha also tones body structure and increases muscle mass.
Tulsi is an Ayurvedic herb commonly grown in almost every Indian household. It has medicinal properties and is a popular herbal remedy to cure minor lung-related health concerns such as congestion, cold, asthma, bronchitis, etc. Tulsi also provides relief in gastrointestinal concerns, skin irritation, diabetes, blood pressure, etc.
Triphala is three medicinal fruits and Ayurvedic remedy, having several health benefits. They are:
- Amla (Also known as Indian Gooseberry)
These fruits are often used in supplements as immunity-boosting ingredients. Triphala also has tremendous inflammation-reducing effects on the body. Because of this element, they are also sought to fight cancer and its growth. The presence of natural laxatives in Triphala helps improve digestion, detoxify organs, prevent bacteria growth, relieve abdominal pain, and bolster immunity.
Neem is an anti-microbial herb that grows on a Neem tree. Neem contains therapeutic properties along with fighting bacteria on the body as well as inside the body. Neem cleanses the body and wards off all the toxins from it. It has the ability to fight infections, viruses, fungus, and bacteria, rejuvenating the body and its health. Neem is a famous Ayurvedic herb for treating skin-related concerns and is used in cosmetics as well. Neem can also treat cardiovascular health concerns, diabetes, loss of appetite, liver problems, etc.
Turmeric is a popular Ayurvedic remedy containing bioactive compounds and rich antioxidants. Due to this reason, turmeric is also famous as an effective herbal treatment in the medical and cosmetic industries. An active compound called curcumin is present in high content within Turmeric. It is mainly responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric, as Ayurvedic medicine, is famous for its fast healing qualities and can improve brain function, help with heart-related health concerns, and even has anti-cancer properties.
Known as Shallaki in Sanskrit, Boswellia is popular as Indian frankincense or Olibanum. Boswellia is made up of resin present in the Boswellia serrata tree. It has a quirky spicy, and woody aroma. It reduces the release of leukotrienes, a chemical compound release in the body responsible for causing inflammation. Hence Boswellia has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific studies show that Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory effect on the body can relieve pain, prevent oral infections, improve mobility, and help people with arthritis. Boswellia as an Ayurvedic treatment can also improve digestion and treat asthma.
Brahmi is another gift of nature found as a staple ingredient in most Ashwagandha medications. Brahmi has effective anti-inflammatory properties and can boost immune function as well. Fatigue and restlessness can be done away with on regular consumption of Brahmi. It can help with several cognitive functions, such as improving memory, attention, and information processing. Not only that, but it can also certainly treat various brain disorders also. Researches prove that Brahmi has adaptogenic attributes present within it. This means that it can contribute to lower stress and anxiety; doing away stress and anxiety through a herbal mode is just magical. However, more extensive studies are needed to be sure of these qualities of Brahmi.
Commonly known as “jeera,” Cumin seeds are a famous spice present in every Indian household. It is a staple spice used in most Indian dishes. Cumin has its roots in the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. Cumin seeds grow on a plant called Cuminum cyminum. It has a unique nutty and spicy flavor which is why it is used in exotic Indian cuisines. Another reason for adding it to the daily diet is its ability to boost digestive enzyme activity, speeding up digestion.
Studies indicate that this Ayurvedic spice can calm symptoms of Irritable Bowel Movement (IBM) and reduce problems such as bloating and abdominal pain. Along with this, there are also revelations that Cumin might help with type 2 diabetes and regulate blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. Another advantage of the tiny seeds is that their microbial action can reduce infections and their chances in the body. This also contributes to improving overall body immunity. Thus Cumin is a wholesome herbal medicine by Ayurveda.
Hence, herbs, spices, and foods by Ayurveda, along with boosting immunity, have countless other health benefits. The best part about these Ayurvedic roushadhis is that they are all-natural and herbal, therefore being safe for consumption for all types of people. Helping with severe health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart risks are striking features of these age-old herbal remedies. People follow the holistic Ayurvedic treatments to cure their illness; however, it is still recommended to seek health expert’s advice in most cases. The traditional medicine system adds glory and prestige to Indian medicines and culture all over the world.
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