Ayurvedic Herbs make up one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Known as Ayurvedic or Ayurveda Medicine, the system originated in India some 3,000 years ago. Founded on the belief that maintaining a state of ideal health in the body wards off disease, Ayurvedic herbs aim to strengthen the whole body allowing for natural healing. Modern day synthetic medicines largely treat symptomatically, whereas Ayurvedic herbs are meant to work holistically. In fact, Ayurvedic doctors regard physical existence, mental existence and personality as one unit.
Considered pseudoscience by many, the research backing up Ayurvedic Medicine is still slim and many of its original tenets are now outdated. However, there's recently been a resurgence of interest in the medicinal potential of some of these herbs and there are some useful and effective herbs to be found in the Ayurvedic arsenal yet.
Turmeric: The main spice found in curry, turmeric is widely considered one of the most, if not the most powerful herb on the planet for fighting and preventing disease. Thousands of studies have shown that the herb is packed with health benefits that include anti-inflammatory properties, cholesterol regulation and depression mitigation.
Cumin: Another tasty herb, cumin is also packed full of healthy perks. Known to aid digestion, treat insomnia, quicken common cold recovery and more. Try sprinkling some powdered cumin onto your next batch of grilled chicken.
Licorice: No, it's not time to load up on Twizzlers and Jäger. We’re talking about straight unadulterated licorice root. Used primarily to aid digestion the herb works well for soothing heartburn, ulcers and stomach inflammation.
Ajwain: Also known as carom seed, ajwain is known for improving digestion in addition to aiding weight loss with its laxative like properties. It’s even been known help dissolve kidney stones.
Brahmi (Bacopa): One of the most common herbs used in Ayurvedic Medicine, brahmi is considered to be therapeutic with benefits that include cognitive enhancement, stress reduction and some claim aphrodisiac properties (don’t hold your breath big boy).
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Ayurvedic Medicine is not without its detractors and there’s plenty of other more scientifically sound health enhancers out there. However with some trial and error you might just find some herbs that work for your lifestyle. At the very least treat yourself to some delicious Indian food from time to time.