Ayurvedic medicine is founded on the understanding that illnesses are due to a weakness in the body that allow for a disease to take hold in the first place. Therefore, if one were to stay in perfect health, they would be essentially immune to the sicknesses that might plague others around them. Ayurvedic herbs are designed to help support the body’s natural functioning and healing. In this way, Ayurvedic herbs build strength so that your body can do the natural healing it was made to do.
The difference between an Ayurvedic perspective and many other perspectives is that Ayurveda strengthens the body from within to heal itself, while many drugs – and even natural medicines – treat symptomatically and never heal deeper than the symptoms of a deeper root cause. Ayurvedic herbs are designed by nature to be accepted by your body as natural healing support instead of a foreign intruder likes many synthetic drugs are now found to be. One of the most important aspects in healing Ayurvedically is to take our fun quiz to fully understand your body type.
Top Ayurvedic Herbs
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), sometimes spelled Ashwaganda and also known as Winter Cherry, is becoming a favorite adaptogen with many Western herbalists because of its unique properties. Translated, it means “the sweat or strength of ten horses,” alluding to its deeply nourishing and stabilizing properties.
Triphala (Trifala) is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that tones and supports normal function to the bowel. This formula has three fruits that support the eliminative process: Amalaki is a fruit that supports intestinal repair. Bibhitaki supports the natural balance of intestinal mucus. Haritaki supports the natural strength and function of the intestinal muscles.
Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) is one of Ayurveda’s most popular blood purifiers that has been used for lymphatic support. Manjistha is an herb that supports the natural function of the lymphatic system allowing nutrition to feed the cells and wastes to be removed from the body in an optimal fashion.
Turmeric root is a bright yellow Indian cooking spice that supports digestion and overall health and well-being. It supports optimal digestive function and healthy intestinal flora, as well as supporting comfortable movement of the joints.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a small fruit from the Amla tree. Amalaki may be most well known for its support of antioxidant activity and not only the health of the outer skin, but also the inner skin that lines the gut, respiratory tract, and all the mucous membranes of the body.