Category Archives: Medicinal plants

  • Ashwagandha (Winter cherry)

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    Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is one of the immensely used herb in Ayurvedic practice due to its various beneficial uses and high rejuvinating potential. It is a small shrub 1-2mtrs high and bears small, round, red coloured fruit enclosed in a pod. It is named Ashwagandha in sanskrit because the roots smell like horse and the other reason is that it generates strength in the body equivalent to horse. The roots of Ashwagandha, also called “Indian Ginseng” helps in boosting immunity power of the body. Ashwagandha due to its hot potency pacifies kapha and vata dosha, and so is used in vata vyadhi, it is a good anti-inflammatory drug and also provides nourishment to adjoining tissues and other organs. It reduces pain and swelling in vata disorders. One of its active principle somniferin induces sleep and thus helps in mental relaxation. It is a good nervine tonic, it strengthens and nourishes nerve tissues and serves physical and mental relaxation. Improves mental ability, helps in gaining and retaining memory and improves mental concentration. Due to its anti-stress
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  • Amalaki (Indian gooseberry)

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    Indian Gooseberry or Embelica Officinelis has derived its name from Sanskrit name, ‘ Amalika’ meaning (sour juice of the fruit) i.e.Embelica and officinalis means – Of service to man. Its synonyms are Dhatri, Amruta, Vayastha. Commonly known as Amla in hindi, Amla is a greenish yellow colored fruit having six longitudinal lines and a hexagonal seed inside. This fruit is available between October to February . It is a rich source of vitamin C and many other nutritional and medicinal properties. It is useful in a simple anorexia, nausea like symptom to diabetes, urinary complaints and rasayan (increasing longevity) purposes. Only ripe fruit is used for medicinal purposes. Family : Amalaki belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. Rasa : Amla is predominantly sour in taste, the secondary rasas (anurasa) are madhur (sweet), kashay (astringent), katu (pungent) and tikta(bitter) ; but inspite of its sour taste its post-digestive effect (vipaka) is madhur and its potency (virya) is shita (cold). Amalaki is tridoshaghna by nature, its sour taste pacifies Vata, madhur rasa, madhur vipaka and shita virya helps to
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  • Ginger

    Posted on by Dr. Shweta Labde

    Ginger or Zinziber officinale belonging to Zinziberaceae family commonly known as Adrak is a daily used spice for a small symptom like indigestion, dysmennorhoea to motion sickness. Its name ‘ vishwabheshaj ‘ or ‘ vishwaaushadha ‘ in sanskrit explains its usefullness, meaning medicine which is helpful in almost all diseases. Ginger is mainly used in two forms fresh form and dry form; the prior is commonly known as ‘Adrak’ in hindi and the later is called ‘ Sounth ‘ in hindi and ‘ Suntha ‘ in marathi. Here we shall discuss medicinal uses of both the forms of ginger. Part used : The rhizome of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Fresh ginger : A piece of fresh ginger is either chewed or just held in mouth,or taken with sugar in cases of nausea or vomitting. In agnimandya, anorexia & indigestion small piece of ginger with salt & lime is chewed just before meals. Motion sickness, a common symptom during travelling can be treated with a ginger piece & lime juice or a preparation
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