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Top 7 herbs used in Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Atharva Veda. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life. Also, it continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems.

Adaptogenic Herbs of Ayurveda

What is an Adaptogenic herb / plant

An adaptogen can be defined as an agent that:

  • Has a normalizing effect on a wide range of bodily functions.
  • Has a nonspecific action that helps the body overcome stress regardless of the direction of stress.
  • Is nontoxic when used in normal dosage.

Adaptogenic herbs/plants strengthen and support the immune, nervous and glandular systems.

There is a compelling fact about adaptogenic plants; they themselves often live in stressful conditions and have their own adaptation strengths and abilities, which they impart to us.

For example:  Ashwagandha, a popular adaptogen in Ayurveda, is highly drought resistant; which thrives in arid conditions and poor quality. These are conditions in which most plants would suffer from severe stress, but ashwagandha flourishes. 

Top 7 herbs used in Ayurveda

1) Tulsi or Holy basil

Tulsi  has been revered as a goddess incarnated in plant form. This plant is said to increase prana, or life force. It is stimulates the digestive process. Also, it is beneficial for all three doshas.

2) Triphala

It is commonly known that triphala cleanses and detoxifies, but it’s the post-digestive effect that is not as widely recognized. It leaves the tissues cleansed, while nourishing and rejuvenating them. Triphala is a natural antioxidant.

3) Brahmi

It improves focus, intelligence, memory and agility. Brahmi is commonly known to support the brain and help the body deal with stress.

4) Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known and widely used Ayurvedic herbs. And for good reason!

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Raises prana or energy level
  • Helps in dealing with stress
  • Improves muscle strength and joint health

5) Bacopa

Bacopa is used to aid in recovery from exhaustion, stress, and debility with aggravation of vata. It is often paired with brahmi, as benefits of both the herbs are doubled.

6) Mulethi (Licorice root)

Mulethi is known for its ability to nourish the lungs, soothe the throat and revive the adrenals.Also, it is known to improve the physical immunity.

7) Moringa

Moringa’s fruit often referred to as drumsticks, are used in the South Indian cooking. It is highly nutritious and nourishes the heart, kidney, liver, and the pancreas. Moringa supports healthy energy levels and helps in restoration the body’s tissues.

Most herbs have a synergistic effect when taken with other herbs. In Indian households and kitchens, these herbs are used in cooking and healing.  This year, Ayurveda is the leading wellness trend, which has been adapted by the western world too. 

Iti Jain

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