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.”
Jamun fruit which is popularly known as Jamboo is found in abundance in Indian and some other neighboring countries. This fruit belongs to Myrtaceae family, and it is largely employed as the main ingredients in Ayurvedic preparations to treat many health problems.
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.
Mucunapruriens which is also known as kapikacchu is usually grown in India, Caribbean, and Africa. The legume is an annual and climbing shrub which has a height of about 13m to 15m, grown in the listed region. The younger mucunapruriens are characterized with hair as against the older ones which do not have hair and with tripinnate leaves.
It possesses purple, lavender, and white flowers with leguminous fruits. The seed pods of kapikacchu are 10 cm long, and they are enclosed in a hairy husk, seven seeds enclosed together in the pod. The covers are loose with orange hairs that have severe effect on skin by causing itching if the two come in contact. However, the itching chemical compounds are very useful as they contain serotonin, mucunain, and protein which are essential for its power as a shrub.
Ayurveda is the oldest holistic system of medicine. It is the art of healthy living. It mainly guides us through the techniques of healthy life and self-care. The word “Ayurveda”.is made up of two Sanskrit words ‘ayus’ and ‘veda’. Ayus means life and veda means knowledge or science.
Ayurveda principals aim towards treating mind, body and soul. According to ayurveda the delicate balance between these three has to be maintained through out the treatment, diet and lifestyles.