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Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and oils

Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and oils
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Ayurveda can cure every single disease 

The medicines used in Ayurveda are numerous and varied in appearance. They are vegetable oils and herbs, minerals. In certain cases, small amounts of heavy metals, purified in a specific way, can also be used, mainly to enhance the impact of other components.

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During the thousands of years of its existence, this medicine has found natural medicines and treatments for every disease.

Herbs, for example, can be applied alone or in combinations. Already before the New Age for the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines, over 50,000 recipes have been used with formulas to combine herbs at certain ratios according to the disease. They have survived to date in writing in ancient treatises, which appear as encyclopedias in general medicine, surgery, and education.

In them, a vast knowledge is summarized which even before their appearance was transmitted orally between the generations from a wise man to a student. It has been systematized into a detailed medical science.

Ayurvedic medicines are described, for example, in Charaka-samhita where general therapies are included and some of the eight sections in 120 chapters are specifically dedicated to diseases, symptoms, healing remedies, and their properties. The same applies to Sushurta-samhita but specialized in surgery – types of operations, including complicated ones – say, eyes, tools, cures, accompanying surgery and post-operative treatment. There are also medicinal upavedas– guidelines for conducting of the treatments.

These recipes and rules apply strictly unchanged even today, as in India there are numerous universities for classic Ayurveda. This science is complex, with many sections. For herbs as Ayurveda medicines, for example, they are specifically studied not only to recognize, but also when is time the optimal period for each one to be picked up, how it is stored, how it is prepared.

It is also the study of their properties, the purpose of each herb and how to combine with other Ayurvedic medicines and in which diseases.

How and what for are herbs used as Ayurvedic medicines?

In the treatment of a given disease, Ayurveda does not focus only on it to eliminate its symptoms – for example, painkillers for some pain. The purpose of this ancient medicine is to restore the overall health of the body, to eliminate the causes of the diseases.

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Therefore, herbs as Ayurvedic medicines are not only numerous, they are also used in different ways, with different goals in the treatment of the disease.

For Ayurveda, imbalances in the body are caused mainly by inappropriate food and the wrong way of eating. They slow down digestion and with the incomplete degradation and absorption of food, toxins are produced and accumulated in the body. They poison the body at all levels – cells, organs, interconnected systems. This is how natural activities deteriorate, resulting in disorders.

Therefore, herbs as Ayurveda medicines are used both according to their effects on certain organs and for improving digestive activity. Their combinations as a specific drug can be dozens of different forms: tablets, powders, potions, jams. In different ways, they are taken by drinking, rubbing in the body, through the nose, in the ears, for inhalations, steam baths.

In practice, for each organ there is a specialized herb or in the judgment of the Ayurvedic doctor – a combination of herbs: for the heart (e.g. saffron, lotus seeds); for the brain (basil, sweet flag); for the lungs (ginger, hogweed); for the liver (chamomile, male fern); glands, kidneys, bile, stomach, intestines, reproductive system in both women and men, etc.

Among the herbal remedies among the most powerful and with versatile effect, such as Ayurveda medicines, are Manjishta, Vidanga and Guducci:

  • Manjishta is used for problems with the spleen, liver, bile; even for blood purification. It is especially useful in the treatment of scabies, acne and allergies.
  • Vidanga is used against parasites – tapeworms, intestinal worms, herpes, bacterial infections.
  • Guducci tones and rejuvenates, cleanses the blood and liver, heals arthritis and various inflammations.

The oils in Ayurveda treatment

Together with herbs, a variety of oils are used in Ayurveda treatment. They are warming or cooling, applied by pouring or rubbing in, often accompanied by specialized massages.

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These therapies should not be confused with spa treatments because both oils and massages purposefully trigger certain processes in the body, desired reactions for treatment purposes.

They can act on the bones, the nervous system, the various tissues and organs inside the body, the blood, to make compresses, to treat wounds. Depending on their type, their impact can be very varied and are used in practice in all kinds of diseases.

Among the most commonly used oils in the treatment are ghee – purified in a specific way cow’s butter; sesame oil; mustard; jojoba; coconut oil, sunflower oil, etc. In their thermal preparation, in the judgment of the Ayurvedic doctor herbs are added in a certain way to achieve the desired result as combined healing properties.

The specificity of the process is that different herbs have a different sensitivity to heating. For example, jasmine, mint camphor, etc. are added directly to the oil to soak for a certain amount of time, then the mixture is strained. Other herbs – carnation, mustard, etc. can simmer with the oil. In all of this, of course, there are precisely defined ratios and technological periods that must be strictly observed. Besides external, healing oils can be taken by drinking, through the nose, in the ears, also with medicinal enema, etc.

Oils can be heavy which are also called carriers, and light, aromatic which, through the heavy, penetrate deeper. Coconut, sesame, corn, sandalwood, etc. are carriers. Essential /aromatic/ are camphor, musk, cinnamon, rose and many others. Of course, they can also be used on their own.

Spices in Ayurvedic treatment

For Ayurveda, a living force from Nature is drawn through food. Thus, proper nutrition is disease prevention, and its use in treatment speeds up the recovery.

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However, the food should be delicious to be useful, otherwise its charge is lost. It must be complete, with all tastes – salty, sour, bitter, and so on which does not mean to have a separate dish for each of the 6 tastes – the body would not have the need for so much food.

Taste is achieved with spices. And the use of specific spices has a healing effect. Ayurveda has a wide range of spices that affect digestion and, hence, metabolism. Generally, they also have very direct healing properties.

Ginger, for example, contains gingerols – strong anti-inflammatory compounds. This spice helps reduce pain in arthritis; activates blood circulation through which it is beneficial against cardiovascular diseases; it is beneficial against colds, coughs, flu, it is even an anti-cancer remedy. It is used as a spicy dish spice but can also be taken in the form of tea.

Among the other spices with strong and versatile action is turmeric. It is a natural antibiotic and has antiseptic effect. The curcumin compound has an antitumor effect, destroys free radicals, prevents platelets from sticking together, and thus prevents plaque accumulation in blood vessels. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, lowers blood sugar, cleanses blood, slows down aging. It can be taken with ayran (buttermilk), it’s used in the preparation of Indian curry, butter, cheese, mustard.

Coriander improves digestion, helps other ingredients to be absorbed fully. Its grains have an anti-inflammatory property, lower blood sugar and cholesterol. It is used for soups, salads, various dishes.

Of the many medicinal spices, black pepper can also be mentioned. It stimulates digestion, is beneficial for the kidney and heart function. Black pepper, freshly ground and stewed with ghee, is good for nourishing the brain. However, the spice is warming and its use must be moderate.

Applying Ayurveda drugs – one with Nature

Ayurveda’s healing remedies are all natural – they are extracted in pure form directly from nature. And there is no other way, because Ayurveda is a science of man’s unity with nature as a way of life, of existence in the Universe. The wisdom here is that Ayurveda has discovered the resonance of the human organism with the rhythm of Nature, with its periods and cycles: Day/night and seasons/time. Therefore, of course the healing methods of this medicine are entirely natural.

In conclusion

Numerous Ayurvedic medicines are simply included in the natural processes of the body, boosting one or slowing others to restore the disturbed balance that has led to the disease. The interference is, in order to trigger and assist the self-defense functions, that the body regains the healthy “working regime” given to it by Nature and be able to overcome the disease.

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In practice, this is an improvement of the overall condition, with the body basically being cleansed of the toxins. Improves digestion and absorption of food, through which the accumulation of poisons from non-degraded food remains is avoided; metabolism is optimized, resulting in good cell nutrition and slowing down of aging.

The healthy recovery is also emotional and spiritual aspect. A person copes easier with stress, controls the emotions, leading to a calm consciousness. Returning the body to its natural state and rhythm of work, Ayurveda also improves mental activity, memory, perceptions.

Here we have to mention that the Ayurveda remedies are prescribed by the doctor personally for each patient. They cannot be administered to another person as self-medication even with symptoms similar to those for which the prescriptions are given. This is because each body type is strictly individual, unique, and the doctor needs to decide what to apply in order for it to be effective and useful.

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