Gudmar which is also called Madhunashini in Sanskrit has innumerable health benefits. It helps to lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol.
It is an herb widely found in dry deciduous forests of both central and southern Indian and as well as Sri Lanka. It usually grows as a woody climber and has its roots at the nodes. Both leaves and roots are medicinal, and it has significant effects on sugar; hence, it is popularly referred to as “insulin plant.”
Kiratatikta which is also known as Chiretta, Swertia Chirata or Chirayata is a bitter Indian herb that is equipped with many health benefits. Chirata Health benefits in diabetes and pcos or pcod are very well explained in Ayurveda. It is found in abundance in Nepal and is called Nepali Neem in the region. It is widely referred to as tridosha balancing in Ayurvedic medicine.
Durva grass known as Bermuda or Devil grass or Couch grass or Bahama Grass is considered as one of the most sacred plants and traditional herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It belongs to the family of Graminae and it is religious to Hindus because of their worship for Lord Ganesha.
Ashoka which is also known as SaracaIndica is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic herbs. It is mostly found in Indian west coast, Deccan plateau of the Western Ghats to be precise. This tree is thought-out to be a sacred in both Sri Lanka and India. Ashoka is characterized by orange coloured and fragrant flowers with clustered beautiful green leaves.
Over the years now, castor oil has been widely used in various preparations of medicinal concoctions in the Ayurvedic treatments of many health conditions such as arthritis, cerebral palsy, rheumatism, skin diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, multiple sclerosis, and much more. Castor oil is broadly extracted from seeds of Ricinus Communis plant. The plant is known as Haralenne and Arandi in Kannada and Hindi respectively.
Castor oil is equipped with essential medicinal properties to offer many health benefits. Ayurvedic texts recommend this oil to be used both internally and externally. However, care must be taken when used orally and it is advised to be used under a close supervision of experienced Ayurvedic doctors.
Raisins are dried grapes fruits which come from the Vitis vinifera plant and commercially prepared to be used for many medicinal purposes. They are prepared by drying grapes in either dryer or sun to turn the fruits into black, golden, or green gems. According to Ayurvedic principles, they are equipped with many medicinal properties to offer so much herbal treatment of the body.
Jaggery or gur is prepared from unrefined sugar and mainly made by boiling concentrated and raw sugar cane juice for a long time till it solidifies. Jaggery can also be prepared by extracting it from coconut sap and date palm; however, gur made from sugar cane is widely used. In many Indian traditional dishes, jaggery is widely used as healthy sweetening agent as it contains numerous nutrients and not completely refined like common sugar substance.
Neem which has its botanical name as Azadirachta indica is a famous tree which is equipped with numerous medicinal properties, beneficial to treat many diseases and serves as ingredients in many home remedy. It is usually grown in the Indian subcontinent and now in some parts of the Middle East. It belongs to a mahogany family named Meliaceae.
The trees of neem grow faster and spread leaves broadly to bring out white and fragrant flowers and small drupe fruits which are characterized by bittersweet pulp. Neem leaves are the most important parts of the neem tree, and they are widely used in many subcontinent industries for many medicinal products such as oil, herb, pest repellent, and much more. Due to its many medicinal properties and benefits, Ayurvedic acharyas have named neem with different names such as Nimba (health booster), Pichumarda (destroys skin diseases), and Arishta (body evil power fighter). The properties of neem, as well as its benefits, will be discussed in this content.
Grape vines are in the category of fruit berries that are found clustered together in 50 to 300. In Ayurveda, it is known as Draksha with its scientific name “Vitis Vinifera” and widely grown in many parts of the world such as Western India, Turkey, Portugal, Kashmir, Morocco, and Central Europe.
The trees of grape have long, and deciduous woody stems deepened to the ground. The tree has the tendency to live longer to reach up to 35m if properly managed. It is characterized by long and palmate green leaves, about 5 to 7 lobed arranged in an alternate pattern on the woody stem. The fruit is almost globular with 6mm in diameter housing the seeds and turned dark purple when it ripens.
Vidarikanda (as it is referred to in Sanskrit) or Puerariatuberosa is also known as Indian Kudzu and is a perennial woody climber belonging to Fabaceae family.
It is characterized by robust tuberous roots with the full height of 5 to 6 meter when maturely grown up. It has white flowers with a shadow of pink.
Puerariatuberosa is commonly grown in India, Pakistan, and Nepal. It consists of many medicinal properties that are useful in the Ayurveda medicinal system. Most importantly are the Puerariatuberosa’s roots, which are used for many medicinal benefits. The roots of Vidarikanda are equipped with sterols, amino acids, sugars, and steroids. The plant has been researched to contain antimicrobial properties.