Practically everyone in the West who is health conscious and wants to look younger know about the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of Gotu Kola and Ginkgo Biloba. In fact, these Chinese herbal supplements are very popular in North America and practically everyone takes benefit of these natural alternatives to traditional medicine.
However not many know in the West know about these 5 Ayurvedic herbal formulations though they are as powerful as Chinese ones!
Triphala is popularly used for detoxification and rejuvenation purposes and is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formulations. It is famous for its ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while replenishing, nourishing and improving the functioning of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and genitourinary systems.
Triphala actually means ‘three fruits’ and is composed of the fruits bibhitaki, amalaki and haritaki. Triphala thus contains five of the six tastes (except for salt), and helps at removing excess kapha, pitta and vata from the body. In doing so, it helps bring about a balance and induce proper functioning to the system. This is why it’s popularly taken every day to help maintain the balance of doshas.
This is a female rejuvenating herb and tonic which helps cool the body while strengthening and nourishing tissues. It is helpful at treating gastric and peptic ulcers, hyperacidity, inflammation, stomach colic and even treats morning sickness.
Shatavari is most popularly used for alleviating menstrual cramps and PMS and in the process, promotes the healthy production of female hormones. The word shatavari means ‘100 spouses’ which implies that the herb helps in promoting a woman’s fertility and vitality by rejuvenating the female reproductive system.
Nutrition wise, it helps lactating women produce milk and is helpful for women during the menopausal transition period. Shatavari also helps the body physically and supports the body’s healthy immune and digestive system. Shatavari is consumed alone, or as part of a formula.
Neem is an ayurvedic herb famous as a skin purifier which is also helpful at naturally controlling blood sugar levels. It is widely used in Ayurveda to treat practically all types of kapha and pitta imbalances. As it is both bitter and cooling, it is usually combined with other herbs to help reduce its vata- aggravating tendencies. Neem is effective, and has always been used for blood purifying, supporting the immune system and for liver cleansing purposes.
It is also useful at supporting healthy skin while maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. Neem is also known to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion as it is blood purifier which removes toxins from the blood, liver and lymph.
This is one of the most famous and commonly used adaptogens in Ayurveda as it helps to maximize the body’s ability at controlling stress. It effectively helps the body reserve and sustain energy through the day and in the process, get a night’s sleep.
Ashwagandha very effectively calms vata and revitalizes the male reproductive system. It is taken by both men and women to maintain the proper nourishment of tissues, bone and muscle while supporting the functioning of adrenals.
It also increases muscular strength and induces comfortable joint movements. It is so effective at maintaining a healthy libido in men that it claims to give the user the strength and vitality of a horse. It is also prescribed to seniors and anyone needing rejuvenation and an energy boost.
It is not surprising that the Brahmi has a special affinity for the brain as its leaf resembles the cerebellum. This is an herb known for its mental rejuvenate properties which helps promote the intellect while enhancing mental performance and supporting the nervous system’s proper functioning.
The leaves are very sattvic or rather pure and harmonious in nature, and has helped yogis in their meditation for ages. Brahmi helps improve mental alertness, concentration and memory, and also helps support clear and healthy skin.
It is not only a natural blood purifier but is also famous for promoting healthy and lustrous hair. This is why it’s popularly used while making hair oil and for hair applications. Brahmi is also very cooling and relaxing, thus a perfect tonic for pitta.
Moreover, it helps calm the mind’s vata while reducing the body’s excess kapha. Looking at all this, brahmi is indeed an amazing herb which lives up to the meaning of its name, ‘the energy of universal consciousness’.