APAMARGA

The plant APAMARGA is a plant that has found a very profuse use in Ayurveda. The ash that results from completely burning the plant is a good source of Potash which is also useful as a Kshara (Alkali) in the treatments or formulations in Ayurveda. The plant finds its place as one of the important Shirovirechaneeya (Nasal errhine or snuff) substance. The leaves are taken as food in place of Spinach at Tanzania while the………CONTINUE READING

AMALAKI

The plant AMALAKI is a tree which has a diversified use not only in Ayurveda but as a nutraceutical also. The fruits of the tree is used in varied formulations and food preparations that it is considered as the step mother of humanity. Hence it is called by the name “DHATRI” in the Ayurvedic texts. The most famous formulation of Ayurveda that has the fruits of Amalaki as the major ingredient is the CHYAVANAPRASHA. Moreover,………CONTINUE READING

AHIPHENA

The plant AHIPHENA or GASGASE as it is commonly known in Kannada is an annual plant from which the exudate are obtained from the raw fruit. This exudate is known as OPIUM or Aphim. This is classified as a narcotic drug as it has the capacity to produce hallucinations along with addictions. In Ayurveda, this plant is only employed after its mention in the later Nighantus especially the Madanapala Nighantu. But this has been used………CONTINUE READING

INTRODUCTION TO DRAVYAGUNA – AYURVEDIC PHARMACOLOGY

The Dravya are the substances that have the utility as a medicine or food or even used for the purpose of tying around the body parts. It can be from any origin like plant, animal or even the mineral origins. The substances of any origin do have certain characteristics which we say as Properties. These properties are the inherent characters that give the address or identification of the substance. Not only this these properties are infact………CONTINUE READING

AGNIMANTHA

The plant Agnimantha or Arani as it is commonly known in Kannada is a tree that is commonly used in many preparations of Ayurveda. It is known as Wind Killer in English. The interesting part here is that the woods of the plant were used for to generate fire by rubbing against each other in the past. This is procedure is also in practice even today in certain rituals of Hindus. Medicinally, it is the………CONTINUE READING

AGURU

The plant Aguru or Agaru commonly known as Eagle wood or Agar wood is a very important plant that has great medicinal and commercial value. Especially, the volatile oil which is present in the heart wood and is of great commercial value. They are commonly seen in the cosmetic and perfumery industry. The heart wood is the usable part for medicinal purposes including in Ayurveda. This has made it to deplete considerably in its natural………CONTINUE READING

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF MEDICINAL PLANTS

Plants are the indispensable part of our lives right from the dawn of our existence on earth. They play a vital role in the management of all our needs right from our birth and even after our death. Among the various needs, the food, clothing, and shelter form the basic needs. These needs are commonly derived from plants in many places even today. Everyone is aware of the fact that the plants give sufficient materials………CONTINUE READING

ASTHAPANOPAGA

Asthapana Basti or an enema which involves the use of decoction as a major ingredient. It is the most important treatment modality in Ayurveda. It is one among the Panchakarma (5 Bio-purification) methods but still is said to be producing the major effects of any treatment in Ayurveda. The procedure is said to produce predominantly a purificatory action but is also has the ability to provide nourishment. It depends on what the composition of the………CONTINUE READING

ASTANGA AYURVEDA – 8 BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA

A traditional Medical Science of India, ‘AYURVEDA’ has been a major field catering the health needs of the nation for centuries. Its fame was widespread and had influenced many thinkers of the time. Even today, it is having a considerable influence on the health system of India. Do you know, that the writer of the book SUSHRUTA SAMHITA is regarded as the Father of Surgery by medical sciences? Yes, you read it right. He is………CONTINUE READING

ANULOMANA

Among the different pharmacological actions, Virechana is among the most prominent one. This activity is again classified into 4 types namely Anulomana, Sramsana, Bhedana and Rechana by Sharangadhara. The classification is mainly done on the basis of the intensity with which it acts. Among the four Anulomana is the mildest one. It is considered as mild laxatives.  The present video is a summary of how a substance performs the action of “ANULOMANA” as per Ayurveda……….CONTINUE READING

ARSHAGHNA

Arsha a medical condition that is equated to the condition known as piles and haemorrhoids mentioned in Allopathic medicine. It is one of the most disturbing conditions with intense pain and suffering. To counter this problem, Ayurveda has a very methodical approach. This approach is a very successful one and is currently one of the most preferred one also. There are many approaches in Ayurveda where the category of medicaments known as ARSHOGHNA is being………CONTINUE READING

ANUVASANOPAGA

Every medical science is only complete with the inclusion of medicaments. Infact the medicaments are the weapons of the Physician which when equipped will give a large capability to fight against the diseases. But simply possessing a medicament doesn’t increase the capability of the physician, it should be properly understood as how it acts, where it acts, when it acts, etc along with what is the best way to use it. In short he should………CONTINUE READING

ANGAMARDAPRASHAMANA

Design vector created by macrovector – www.freepik.com Every medical science is only complete with the inclusion of medicaments. Infact the medicaments are the weapons of the Physician which when equipped will give a large capability to fight against the diseases. But simply possessing a medicament doesn’t increase the capability of the physician, it should be properly understood as how it acts, where it acts, when it acts, etc along with what is the best way………CONTINUE READING

ABHISHYANDI

Every medical science is only complete with the inclusion of medicaments. Infact the medicaments are the weapons of the Physician which when equipped will give a large capability to fight against the diseases. But simply possessing a medicament doesn’t increase the capability of the physician, it should be properly understood as how it acts, where it acts, when it acts, etc along with what is the best way to use it. In short he should………CONTINUE READING

HEALTH IN AYURVEDA

Health is one of the basic necessity of every living organism on earth. Plants, animals and all others device their own different ways to device different methods to remain healthy. Humans being the most intelligent among the lot also do have formulated methods too to remain healthy and also to ward off diseases. This methods are known as the medical systems and the components of this is the physician, medicine, patient’s attendant and patient himself……….CONTINUE READING

AYURVEDA AVATARANA – ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA

Ayurveda the science that originated with the dawn of creation of living organisms on earth. It is believed that it was present but eventually only remembered for the betterment of human lives when it was actually needed by Lord Brahma who then taught his son Daksha Prajapati. He in turn passed on to Ashwini Kumaras who turned out to be Celestial physicians. There are many stories regarding their skills and treatments done to different people………CONTINUE READING

IMMUNITY IN AYURVEDA

Immunity or Vyadhikshamatva as told in Ayurveda is one of the important concept that is being of wider interest today. Basically, immunity is the ability of the body to resist any infection or allergen or toxin by the help of specific cells like WBC or components of the body like antibodies. This concept is not new as it had been mentioned in the science of Ayurveda long ago.  This is termed as ‘VYADHIKSHAMATVA’ in Ayurveda………CONTINUE READING

INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA

Living in good health has been a most desired life by every living being on earth may it be plants, animals and even human beings. To achieve this goal we human beings have tried our level best in formulating various means and methods that are unique to the region, environment, needs, diseases and even cultural requirements. Such means and methodologies that were adopted by us to cater the needs of health came to be known………CONTINUE READING