A healthy immune system isn’t always in high gear: it has the ability to go up and down in intensity in order to properly respond to an immune event. The balanced production of natural immunostimulants and immunosuppressants is called immunomodulation in Western medicine.
How does Ayurveda think about viruses? According to Ayurveda, viruses fall into the category of krimi. Krimi are further categorized as raktaja krimi, which are carried in the circulatory system (lymph, veins, arteries), and purisaja krimi, which reside in the lower gut.1 So how did Ayurveda deal with krimi? Strategies aimed at addressing infestations of
Does Brahmi Cause Liver Damage? I have received numerous emails about the safety of an herb called brahmi (Centella asiatica), aka gotu kola. This herb is not to be confused with the south Indian herb bacopa (Bacopa monnieri), also sometimes called brahmi. Let me assure you that brahmi (Centella asiatica) is perfectly safe. Read on
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Leaky gut syndrome is not a diagnosis taught in medical schools or recognized as a disease by the FDA. That said, a leaky gut has become associated with a handful of health concerns, including digestive gas, bloat, fatigue, food sensitivities, aches, brain fog, indigestion, and much more.1 Our intestinal tract
Don’t Be Shy Do you have occasional digestive discomfort? Did you know that Ayurveda has been using a superherb blend of five common spices, which not only help in the moment, but actually heal the problem at the root? Many people are embarrassed to discuss digestive symptoms, even with their doctor, so often, these important
Amalaki > Wheatgrass + Spirulina You’ve probably heard of the antioxidant power of wheatgrass and spirulina, right? But did you know that amalaki beats them both many times over in terms of vitamin C and E, both known antioxidants? A 2009 study compared vitamin C and E content of amalaki (aka Emblica officinalis or Phyllanthus
The Dark Side of CurcuminFacebook Live November 13, 2019 Whole Herb or Extract? Once again, science tells us the risks of using the turmeric extract curcumin, rather than whole turmeric root. Curcumin is just one of some 300 constituents in turmeric root. It makes sense that when you isolate one of turmeric root’s constituents, it
While researchers and scientists are not known for taking herbal or nutritional supplements, a group of journalists from Inverse queried six scientists to see what supplements, if any, they take on a regular basis.1 Five very important supplements were on top of their lists. TURMERIC The most common supplement taken by scientists is the Ayurvedic
Turmeric + Stem Cells If you follow LifeSpa, you probably know some of the amazing benefits of turmeric, one of Ayurveda’s favorite herbs. But there is some new research indicating that, alongside its other benefits, turmeric can also increase production of stem cells! Turmeric has been well documented to increase production of a brain and
When shopping for herbal supplements, few people realize the differences from one brand to the next. New evidence provides deep insight into the differences between herbal extracts and naturally dried whole-herb products. In fact, while extracts have been considered a more concentrated, and therefore more potent, bang for your buck, it has now been shown
We’ve all been there . . . one of the most irritating things to deal with is a cough that just won’t quit. Nagging coughs tend to make their appearance during the seasonal change from winter to spring.