Herbs and spices are not only packed with medicinal benefits but are also delicious in taste and come with virtually no side effects. Picture: IANS
Herbs and spices are not only packed with medicinal benefits but are also delicious in taste and come with virtually no side effects. Picture: IANS

9 herbs that can do wonders for your health

By IANS Time of article published Nov 30, 2021

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Ayurveda is said to be the science of life. It is not just a set of general suggestions but a way of living life.

It consists of set practices and lifestyle habits that work to make one healthy, physically and mentally.

Additionally, the herbs and medicines as prescribed in Ayurveda, are wholly natural and retain the ability to cure most diseases without any side effects.

Ayush Agrawal, Founder and Director of Rasayanam shares some prominent herbs that are renowned for their use in matters of health and wellness are discussed as follows-

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, by reducing the cortisol levels, helps control anxiety and stress. Its use is significant in calming the body and psyche and also helps in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Ashwagandha is also popularly consumed as a vigour and strength supplement. It aids muscle mass gain and boosts energy levels in people of all ages.

Triphala

This over 1 000-year-old remedy constitutes three principal ingredients of Amla, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki which are some of the most famous medicinal plants native to the country.

Known for its anti-inflammatory and laxative properties, Triphala is also considered particularly helpful in preventing dental diseases and cavities as well as digestive problems.

The many medicinal properties of this herb are what make it so well accepted and preached throughout the country.

Brahmi

Brahmi is used for its significant impact on the brain and its functioning. It is said to improve the brain’s retention and memory power as well as its spatial learning abilities.

Brahmi is commonly utilised to treat and control symptoms of anxiety, stress, and ADHD. Additionally, it is also consumed to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure levels.

Cumin

This wonder spice is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels and thereby aids weight loss.

The rich antioxidant content of cumin acts to protect the skin against free radicals which in turn helps to prevent skin and heart-related diseases.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a famously utilised Indian spice that is best known for its medicinal properties. A prime active ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin. As per the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, curcumin works to balance the three doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in the human body.

It also relieves joint and muscle pain and tightness. Another typical usage of turmeric is to heal wounds and bruises. Lastly, it is used to prevent and alleviate symptoms of colds and sore throats.

Cardamom

Cardamom has been traditionally consumed as a mouth freshener and a remedy for dental problems. It fights off the mouth bacteria and leaves the person consuming it with a minty breath.

This magic spice is also popular for its many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help in lowering blood pressure levels and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer.

Bitter melon

With its rich Vitamin C content, bitter melon is considered helpful in healing wounds, preventing diseases, and assisting bone formation.

It is also believed to regulate the secretion of insulin in humans and thereby aid the balancing of blood sugar levels. Lastly, bitter melon may carry weight loss properties.

Safed Musli

It is a refreshing, regenerating health tonic that is consumed in India for its several beneficial properties.

Safed musli is believed to boost immunity levels, control symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, and aid weight loss and muscle gain in individuals.

Speculations have also been made with regard to the benefits of this useful herb in sexual health.

Valerian root

The Valerian roots are believed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. This they do by increasing the Gaba levels in a person's body. Gaba is a pacifying chemical produced in humans, and as its level increases, a person's mind becomes calmer.

The roots are also packed with antioxidants that relax the body and mind and facilitate quality sleep. The valerian roots are a proven help to people who suffer from problems such as overwhelming stress, worry, or insomnia.

Herbs and spices are not only packed with medicinal benefits but are also delicious in taste and come with virtually no side effects. This quality of these items makes them extremely valuable today where a large number of people suffer from some disease.

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