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Most commonly used Herbs in Ayurveda
Most commonly used Herbs in Ayurveda

Kongkan Nag
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Hi all I want to know about which are the herbs that are used most commonly for curing various ailments in Indian traditional medicine Ayurveda Why are they used most frequently

Posted On : 04/16/09 5:01:31 AM

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Some of the plants that are used in Ayurveda:- Aloe vera has traditionally been used for the healing of burns and wounds. A systematic review from 1999 states that the efficacy of aloe vera in promoting wound healing is unclear, while a later review from 2007 concludes that the cumulative evidence supports the use of aloe vera for the healing of first to second degree burns. Agaricus blazei mushrooms: may prevent some types of cancer. Artichoke Cynara cardunculus : may reduce production cholesterol levels according to in vitro studies and a small clinical study. Blackberry Rubus fruticosus : leaf has drawn the attention of the cosmetology community because it interferes with the metalloproteinases that contribute to skin wrinkling. Black raspberry Rubus occidentalis : may have a role in preventing oral cancer. Butterbur Petasites hybridus : Calendula Calendula officinalis : has been used traditionally for abdominal cramps and constipation. In animal research an aqueous-ethanol extract of Calendula officinalis flowers was shown to have both spasmolytic and spasmogenic effects, thus providing a scientific rationale for this traditional use. There is limited evidence that calendula cream or ointment is effective in treating radiation dermatitis.. Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos : may be effective in treating urinary tract infections in women with recurrent symptoms. Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, Echinacea purpurea : extracts may limit the length and severity of rhinovirus colds however, the appropriate dosage levels, which might be higher than is available over-the-counter, require further research. Elderberry Sambucus nigra : may speed the recovery from type A and B influenza. However it is possibly risky in the case of avian influenza because the immunostimulatory effects may aggravate the cytokine cascade. Feverfew Chrysanthemum parthenium : is sometimes used to treat migraine headaches. Although many reviews of Feverfew studies show no or unclear efficacy, a more recent RTC showed favorable results. Feverfew is not recommended for pregnant women as it may be dangerous to the fetus. Gawo Faidherbia albida : a traditional herbal medicine in West Africa, has shown promise in animal tests Garlic Allium sativum :may lower total cholesterol levels. German Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla : has demonstrated antispasmodic, anxiolytic, antiinflammatory and some antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering effects in animal research. In vitro chamomile has demonstrated moderate antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and significant antiplatelet activity, as well as preliminary results against cancer. Essential oil of chamomile was shown to be a promising antiviral agent against herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2 in vitro. Ginger Zingiber officinale : administered in 250 mg capsules for four days, effectively decreased nausea and vomiting of pregancy in a human clinical trial. Green tea Camelia sinensis :components may inhibit growth of breast cancer cells 108 and may heal scars faster. Purified extracts of the seeds of Hibiscus sabdariffa may have some antihypertensive, antifungal and antibacterial effect. Toxicity tested low except for an isolated case of damage to the testes of a rat after prolonged and excessive consumption. Lemon grass Cymbopogon citratus : administered daily as an aqueous extract of the fresh leaf, has lowered total cholesterol and fasting plasma glucose levels in rats, as well as increasing HDL cholesterol levels. Lemon grass administration had no effect on triglyceride levels. Magnolia Milk thistle extracts :have been recognized for many centuries as liver tonics. . Research suggests that milk thistle extracts both prevent and repair damage to the liver from toxic chemicals and medications. Nigella sativa Black cumin : has demonstrated analgesic properties in mice. The mechanism for this effect, however, is unclear. In vitro studies support antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and immune modulating effects. However few randomized double blind studies have been published. Ocimum gratissimum:and tea tree oil can be used to treat acne. Oregano: may be effective against multi-drug resistant bacteria. Pawpaw: can be used as insecticide killing lice, worms . Peppermint oil may have benefits for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. Pomegranate: contains the highest percentage of ellagitannins of any commonly consumed juice. Punicalagin, an ellagitannin unique to pomegranate, is the highest molecular weight polyphenol known. Ellagitannins are metabolized into urolithins by gut flora, and have been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth in mice. Rauvolfia Serpentina: high risk of toxicity if improperly used citation needed , used extensively in India for sleeplessness, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Aspalathus linearis contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, flavonols, and dihydrochalcones. Rooibos has traditionally been used for skin ailments, allergies, asthma and colic in infants. In an animal study with diabetic mice, aspalathin, a rooibos constituent improved glucose homeostasis by stimulating insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells and glucose uptake in muscle tissue. Rose hips Small scale studies indicate that hips from Rosa Canina may provide benefits in the treatment of osteoarthritis.Rose hips show anti COX activity. Salvia lavandulaefolia: may improve memory Saw Palmetto: can be used for BPH. Supported in some studies, failed to confirm in otherrs. Shiitake mushrooms Lentinus edodes :are edible mushrooms that have been reported to have health benefits, including cancer-preventing properties. In laboratory research a shiitake extract has inhibited the growth of tumor cells through induction of apoptosis. Both a water extract and fresh juice of shiitake have demonstrated antimicrobial activity against pathogenic bacteria and fungi in vitro. Soy and other plants that contain phytoestrogens plant molecules with estrogen activity black cohosh :probably has serotonin activity have some benefits for treatment of symptoms resulting from menopause. St. John s wort:, has yielded positive results, proving more effective than a placebo for the treatment of mild to moderate depression in some clinical trials A subsequent, large, controlled trial, however, found St. John s wort to be no better than a placebo in treating depression However, more recent trials have shown positive results or positive trends that failed significance. A 2004 meta-analysis concluded that the positive results can be explained by publication biasbut later analyses have been more favorable.62 The Cochrane Database cautions that the data on St. John s wort for depression are conflicting and ambiguous. Stinging nettle: In some clinical studies effective for enign prostatic hyperplasia and the pain associated with osteoarthritis. In-vitro tests show antiinflammatory action. In a rodent model, stinging nettle reduced LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. In another rodent study it reduced platelet aggregation. Valerian root: can be used to treat insomnia. Clinical studies show mixed results and researchers note that many trials are of poor quality.

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Hi....thanks for the lovely question....Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha , Pudina are the common herbs used in India. Aloe Vera is useful for X ray burns, Dermatitis, Cutaneous and disorders of skin. Drug from juice is tonic and is used in jaundice, ameneorrhoea, atonic and piles. Aloe Vera Gel has the remarkable ability to heal wounds, ulcer and burns. Ashwagandha is Tonic, Abortifacient, Astringent, Deobstruent, Nervine, Aphrodisiac and Sedative. It is official Indian Pharmacoepeia. It is popularly known as Indian Ginseng. It gives vitality and vigour and helps in building greater endurance. It has been used in diseases such as rheumatism, leprosy and arthritis. Pudina plant is antibacterial, antifibrile. It yeilds an essential oil and menthol which exert, through their rapid evaporation, aslightly anaesthetic, and anodyne local effect. It is effective in headache, rhinitis, cough sore throat, colic, prurigo and vomiting. Menthol obtained from this is used in balm. It is also used as flavoring agent in culinary preparations.

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Tylophoras as an ayurvedic herb has been traditionally used as a folk remedy in certain regions of India for the treatment of bronchial asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, and dermatitis. Alfalfa herbal supplements primarily use the dried leaves of the plant. The heat-treated seeds of the plant have also been used in ayurveda.

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Ayurveda uses a variety of herbs to cure diseases all based on natural therapies. i would still suggest not to try anything without proper medical guidance. You can always look up for a good ayurveda hospital Personally I would recommend Ayurvaid Hospitals. They are one of teh most well equipped when it comes to ayurveda treatmetns in India.

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