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Abuta
Αγγλικά
Abuta
Λατινικά
Cissampelos pareira
Σανσκριτικά
Patha

Description:

Abuta is commonly referred to as the ‘midwife’s herb’ as it has been traditionally used in South America to combat women’s ailments including preventing miscarriage and treating uterine hemorrhages after childbirth. The herb is widely found in India, Sri Lanka and other countries in the Asian subcontinent.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India attributes the herb’s blood purifying properties to the root and indicates its use in lactal disorders.

Therapeutic Constituents

Hayatine (dl-beberine) is the principal alkaloid of the root. The derivates of the alkaloid, methiodide and methochloride, are potent neuromuscular blocking agents, and give the herb its antispasmodic property.

Therapeutic Benefits

·Traditionally, the herb was used as an antispasmodic, beneficial in relieving menstrual cramps.
·Abuta is helpful in treating women’s ailments, such as preventing miscarriage and uterine hemorrhages. It is also a lacto-stimulator.
·The herb is prescribed in cases of dysentery, piles and urogenital disorders.

Aligator Yam
Αγγλικά
Aligator Yam
Milky Yam
Λατινικά
I.paniculata (Linn.) R.Br.
Ipomoea digitata Linn.
Σανσκριτικά
Vidari

Description:

Aligator Yam has been traditionally used as a medicine in India and parts of Southeast Asia. In the Enthopharmacology of Medicinal Plants: Asia and the Pacific, author Christophe Wiart writes that in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the tubers are used to prevent obesity and regularize menstruation. The author further emphasizes that the plant should be studied for its potential as a nerve stimulator.

In India, Aligator Yam is used as a general tonic, to treat diseases of the spleen and liver and prevent fat accumulation in the body.

Therapeutic Constituents

The rhizome of the herb contains beta-sitosterol which is an antioxidant. Ergonovine, an alkaloid found in the herb, is used to stop menstrual bleeding.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The herb is used to treat the enlargement of the liver and spleen.
·Those suffering of menorrhea, abnormally long and heavy menstrual periods at regular intervals, benefit from taking the herb.
·As a general tonic, Aligator Yam is used in the treatment of cough and gastrointestinal disorders.
·The herb is also known as a lacto-stimulant and libido enhancer.

Almond
Αγγλικά
Almond
Λατινικά
Prunus amygdalus
Σανσκριτικά
Badam
Vatadha

Description:

Originating from North Africa and West Asia, Almonds are considered to be one of the most nutritious nuts. The Greeks were the first to realize the potential benefits of Almond and began its cultivation. Packed with nutrients and beneficial compounds, Almonds help maintain heart and skin health. They are used widely across the globe as a principal ingredient in many healthcare and skincare products.

Therapeutic Constituents

Almond kernel contains demulcent, an agent that forms a soothing film over mucus membranes, relieving minor pain and inflammation. Almond skin is rich in antioxidant flavanoids while the fruit is rich in magnesium, which promotes blood circulation. It also contains the chemical selenium and vitamin E, both of which are known to benefit the skin.

Therapeutic Benefits

·Almonds promote cardiovascular health because of the high levels of monounsaturated fat in the nut, which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease. The high content of potassium in Almonds helps maintain normal blood pressure, as well as heart rate.
·• The vitamin E and selenium in Almonds are useful in fighting the aging process. The oil also prevents the formation of premature wrinkles, pimples and dry skin. Almond oil is recommended for a wide range of hair problems, such as dandruff and hairfall. It also promotes hair growth and combats premature graying.

Ambrette Plant
Αγγλικά
Ambrette Plant
Musk Mallow
Λατινικά
Abelmoschus moschatus Malvaceae
Hibiscus abelmoschus Linn.
Σανσκριτικά
Gandapura
Kasturidana
Kasturilatika
Latakasturi
Muskadana

Description:

The Ambrette Plant is widely used in homes as an ornamental plant. In China, the flowers are eaten raw, and the leaves are used for making tea. The seeds are eaten raw or roasted. The fruit is a rich source of dietary fiber.

The plant, which has many health benefits, is used as an ingredient in medicines for heart ailments and respiratory diseases like asthma. Patients suffering from urinogenital and eye-related ailments benefit from the healing properties of the herb.

Therapeutic Constituents

The oil extracted from the seeds is known as musk seed oil or ambrette seed oil. The characteristic musk-like odor of the seed oil is mainly due to the presence of a ketone, ambrettelide. Because of its strong odor, the herb has one of most unique profiles in aromatherapy, with its ability to treat anxiety, depression, nervousness and stress.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The strong smell of the seeds makes the plant an ideal inhalant to alleviate hoarseness and a dry throat.
·The leaves and roots of the plant are helpful in treating gonorrhea and venereal diseases.
·The Ambrette Plant is used as an ingredient in cosmetics like perfumes, soaps, detergents, creams and lotions.

Apricot
Αγγλικά
Apricot
Λατινικά
Prunus armeniaca
Σανσκριτικά
Urumana

Description:

Apricots originated in China and arrived to Europe via Armenia, which denotes its Latin name Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are eaten worldwide and are also used in pastries and jams. The fruit can be distilled into brandy and liquer. Turkey, Italy, Russia, Spain, Greece, the United States and France are the leading producers of Apricots.

The fruit is rich in nutrients which protects the heart and eyes. Because of its rich vitamin content and nourishing properties, the fruit has become a popular ingredient in skincare products.

Therapeutic Constituents

Apricots contain beta-carotene which help protect low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from oxidation, preventing heart disease. The fruit oil is very healthy as it contains monounsaturated fat and no trans-fatty acids. Apricot oil is also rich in vitamin A, which is known to improve vision.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The beta-carotene found in the fruit is helpful for maintaining heart health.
·The vitamin A in Apricots prevents the formation of cataracts.
·As a rich source of fiber, the fruit relieves constipation and alleviates stomach ailments like constipation.
·Apricot, known for its revitalizing and hydrating properties, is an excellent moisturizer.

Areca Palm
Αγγλικά
Areca Palm
Arecanut Palm
Betelnut Palm
Pinang Palm
Λατινικά
Areca catechu
Σανσκριτικά
Gubak
Poogiphalam
Puga
Supari
Tantusara

Description:

Arecanut or Betelnut refers to the seed of the Areca Palm tree. The seeds mixed with the leaves and are eaten in Asia and the South Pacific.

Arecanut Palm leaves and nuts are known to have a host of medicinal benefits. In Ayurveda, the nut has been used as an aphrodisiac. In addition, Arecanut Palm leaves stimulate the central nervous system, relieve pain, stomach ailments, gynecological disorders and a sore throat.

Therapeutic Constituents

Arecanut contains an alkaloid compound called arecoline. Arecoline produces a warming, invigorating and refreshing effect soon after chewing. This sensation, similar to that of nicotine, lasts for a very short time.

Arecanut tannins are predominantly catechol tannins, which are beneficial in diarrhea and urinary disorders. In combination with other astringent and styptic herbs, Arecanut is used as a major constituent in Ayurvedic remedies for gynecological disorders.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The nut has been traditionally used in treating sore throats.
·The anti-inflammatory properties of Arecanut Palm leaves are beneficial in conditions such as arthritis.
·Arecanut stimulates the central nervous system and serves as tonic for exhaustion and debility.
·The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India documents the use of the nut in leucorrhea and vaginal laxity.

Areca Palm
Αγγλικά
Areca Palm
Arecanut Palm
Betelnut Palm
Pinang Palm
Λατινικά
Areca catechu
Σανσκριτικά
Gubak
Poogiphalam
Puga
Supari
Tantusara

Description:

Arecanut or Betelnut refers to the seed of the Areca Palm tree. The seeds mixed with the leaves and are eaten in Asia and the South Pacific.

Arecanut Palm leaves and nuts are known to have a host of medicinal benefits. In Ayurveda, the nut has been used as an aphrodisiac. In addition, Arecanut Palm leaves stimulate the central nervous system, relieve pain, stomach ailments, gynecological disorders and a sore throat.

Therapeutic Constituents

Arecanut contains an alkaloid compound called arecoline. Arecoline produces a warming, invigorating and refreshing effect soon after chewing. This sensation, similar to that of nicotine, lasts for a very short time.

Arecanut tannins are predominantly catechol tannins, which are beneficial in diarrhea and urinary disorders. In combination with other astringent and styptic herbs, Arecanut is used as a major constituent in Ayurvedic remedies for gynecological disorders.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The nut has been traditionally used in treating sore throats.
·The anti-inflammatory properties of Arecanut Palm leaves are beneficial in conditions such as arthritis.
·Arecanut stimulates the central nervous system and serves as tonic for exhaustion and debility.
·The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India documents the use of the nut in leucorrhea and vaginal laxity.

Arjuna
Αγγλικά
Arjuna
Λατινικά
Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wight & Arn. (Combretaceae)
Σανσκριτικά
Arjun
Arjuna
Kahu
Kakubha

Description:

Arjuna extracts have been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. The bark of the tree has been used for several centuries for treating cardiovascular ailments. It has a host of other therapeutic benefits including treating asthma, hypertension and kidney stones.

In the Health Sciences Institute newsletter, a network of medical experts wrote about Arjuna, "Once in a blue moon, we uncover a supplement that does so many things well; it is hard even for us to believe it is real". The article goes on to state that many clinical studies have been conducted on Arjuna and have confirmed its numerous therapeutic cardiac benefits.

Arjuna, a deciduous tree native to India, can grow up to a height of 27 meters. The tree is also found in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

Therapeutic Constituents

Casuarinin, a hydrolyzable tannin isolated from the bark, exhibits antiherpes virus activity by inhibiting viral attachment and penetration. The ethanolic extracts have properties that help heal wounds. The Arjuna herb also has mild diuretic, blood thinning, prostaglandin E(2) enhancing and blood lipid lowering properties. It dilates blood vessels, even in cigarette smokers.

Therapeutic Benefits

·Symptomatic complaints of hypertension such as dizziness, insomnia, lassitude, occipital headache and poor concentration ability can be relieved by Arjuna.
·Arjuna flushes out small stones inside the kidneys. The stones break into pieces and are removed completely through administered dosages of the herb.
·The herb raises coronary artery flow and protects cardiac tissue against ischemic damage.
·It alleviates symptoms of asthma and helps patients breathe more easily.

Ash Gourd
Αγγλικά
Ash Gourd
Wax Gourd
White Gourd
White Pumpkin
Λατινικά
Benincasa hispida Thunb. cogn., B. cerifera
Σανσκριτικά
Kushmanda

Description:

Ash Gourd is believed to have originated in Java, Indonesia. The Chinese have been cultivating it for over 2,000 years. Its medicinal uses first appeared in 659 AD in the Materia medica of the Tang dynasty. In Chinese medicine, the rind is used to treat urinary dysfunction and the seeds for vaginal discharge. The fruit is used to treat summer fevers.

In Ayurveda, the fruit is used to treat a host of medical problems, epilepsy, lung diseases, asthma, cough, urine retention and internal hemorrhage. It is also an excellent remedy for tapeworms.

Therapeutic Constituents

Amino acids, mucins, mineral salts, starch and calcium are present in Ash Gourd. Phyto-chemical studies on the fruit indicated two triterpenes, alunsenol and mutiflorenol, which have cell stabilizing effects. The pulp of Ash Gourd is a rich source of vitamins B and C.

Therapeutic Benefits

·Ash Gourd is ideal for diabetics and patients suffering from obesity.
·It combats general debility by stabilizing nerve cells.
·The cooling properties of its juice are helpful in treating peptic ulcers and for relieving acidity.
·Ash Gourd provides relief from constipation and tones the gastrointestinal tract.
·The seeds of Ash Gourd are anabolic and encourage tissue growth.

Ashoka Tree
Αγγλικά
Ashoka Tree
Λατινικά
Saraca asoca (Roxb.) De Wilde
Saraca indica auct. non linn.
Σανσκριτικά
Ashok
Ashoka
Gandhapushpa

Description:

The Ashoka Tree is one of the most sacred and legendary trees in India. Several Ayurvedic scriptures have inscribed its medicinal importance. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends the bark in cases of heavy and prolonged menstrual periods, infection of the lymph nodes and inflammation.

Therapeutic Constituents

The powdered bark of the tree consists of silica, sodium, potassium phosphate, magnesium, iron, calcium, strontium and aluminum. The seeds contain oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic acids, which makes it an excellent uterine tonic.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The bark of the tree helps in controlling uterine fibroid bleeding and leukorrhoea.
·Ashoka Tree extracts are effective in treating dysentery.
·Ashoka Tree lowers blood sugar, which in turn helps in treating diabetes.

Asparagus
Αγγλικά
Asparagus
Λατινικά
Asparagus racemosus Willd (Liliaceae)
Σανσκριτικά
Satavar
Satmuli
Shatavari

Description:

In Sanskrit, Asparagus means "she who possesses a hundred husbands", implying its ability to help support fertility and vitality. It regulates hormonal secretion and acts as a galactagogue, which promotes lactation in nursing women.

Asparagus has been used in a variety of ways through the centuries. The tubers were once candied and eaten as a sweetmeat. Nursing mothers ate Asparagus because it supported the production of breast milk. In some cultures, people drank the fresh juice of the root mixed with honey. Others used it topically in medical oils for its soothing and cooling properties.

Therapeutic Constituents

Its principal constituents include saponins, alkaloids, proteins and tannins. The plant contains triterpene saponins called Shatavarin I-IV, which support the body's own natural production of estrogen.

The dried root contains a large amount of saccharine, mucilage and minerals, which heal gastritis, hyperacidity and stomach ulcers.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The herb helps in digestion and alleviates ulcers and other inflammatory stomach ailments.
·Asparagus can restore hormonal balance in women who have fluctuating hormonal levels due to menstruation and menopause. It enhances fertility and regulates the menstrual cycle.
·It is a natural diuretic that reduces water retention.

Asparagus
Αγγλικά
Asparagus
Λατινικά
Asparagus adscendens Roxb. (Asparagaceae/Liliaceae)
Σανσκριτικά
Khairuva
Safed musli
Shreta musli
Sufed musli

Description:

The tuber root and rhizomes of Asparagus are beneficial in the treatment of infections. Recently, Asparagus has become revered as an aphrodisiac, which has increased its popularity and cultivation in a number of regions around the world. The plant has also been used in Ayurveda as an immunity booster and as a general health tonic.

Therapeutic Constituents

The roots contain asparagin. One of the sapogenins, isolated from the root, was identified as stigmasterol, which is known to reduce inflammation. The protein content is significantly high in the roots, which strengthens the body.

Therapeutic Benefits

·The rhizomes of the herb are powerful aphrodisiacs.
·Asparagus is known to increase sperm count.
·Traditionally, it has been used as a rejuvenation remedy.
·The roots of the herb are used to treat diarrhea and dysentery.