Sunday, August 31, 2008

Amla contains

Amla contains Ascorbigen A and Ascorbigen B. Theses have a
gamma lactone and is not same as Ascorbic acid.

Ascorbic acid can be liberated from this. As a convenience theses
are often grouped together as Ascorbic acid. (Although,it is analyzed
as such.

The key point difference is that Ascorbigen are more stable than
Ascorbic acid.

The tannins from Amla help further protect the Ascorbigen just like
shock absorbers. They themselves trap the free radicals before
oxidation of Ascorbigen can occur.

Our ancestors were extremely practical because they used Amla in
presence of FAT (from ghee), this provides an additional layer of
protection to the water soluble moiety of Ascorbigen. Thereby
further enhancing the relative stability. They did not necessarily
know this (chemical stability) but they certainly recognized this
from experience.

In our ancient texts they used Amla fruit, Leaves and bark in the
metallurgy for manufacturing arrow-heads. Here, the powerful
reducing agent (various forms of gallates and Ascorbigen) efficiently
reduced Iron ore.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Common names of this tree include amalaka : amla

Common names of this tree include amalaka in Sanskrit, amla (आँवला) in Hindi, amlaki (আমলকী) in Bengali, and amala in Nepal Bhasa.

Indian gooseberry has undergone preliminary research, demonstrating in vitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  Experimental preparations of leaves, bark or fruit have shown potential efficacy against laboratory models of disease, such as for inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes.

A human pilot study demonstrated reduction of blood cholesterol levels in both normal and hypercholesterolemic men.

Although fruits are reputed to contain high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), 445 mg/100g,  the specific contents are disputed and the overall antioxidant strength of amla may derive instead from its high density of tannins and other polyphenols. The fruit also contains flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid.

Posted By divyang pandya to Herbal Cure herb tips online http:// at 8/30/2008 09:21:00 PM

amla (आँवला)

Common names of this tree include amalaka in Sanskrit, amla (आँवला) in Hindi, amlaki (আমলকী) in Bengali, and amala in Nepal Bhasa.

Indian gooseberry has undergone preliminary research, demonstrating in vitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  Experimental preparations of leaves, bark or fruit have shown potential efficacy against laboratory models of disease, such as for inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes.

A human pilot study demonstrated reduction of blood cholesterol levels in both normal and hypercholesterolemic men.

Although fruits are reputed to contain high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), 445 mg/100g,  the specific contents are disputed and the overall antioxidant strength of amla may derive instead from its high density of tannins and other polyphenols. The fruit also contains flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Amla (Emblica Officinalis)

Amla (Emblica Officinalis)
Offering Amla, a herbal food supplement which is considered to be the richest natural source of Vitamin C. It helps in improving digestion. It has diuretic, carminative and laxative properties.

Therapeutic Uses : Respiratory disorders, diabetes, heart disease, eye disorders, rheumatism, scurvy, prevents ageing, hair tonic, liver functions and more

Neem (Azadirachta Indica) LIMDO IN GUJARATI

Neem (Azadirachta Indica) LIMDO IN GUJARATI
Blood purifier. Anti inflammatory. Antiseptic. Anti fungal. Anti viral. Anti arthritic. Analgesic. Anti-ulcer. Used in all common skin diseases. Lowers levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. Scientific study indicates very effective results of its antiseptic, antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.



Develops real strength in the body and gives protection against stress and common ailments. It clears the aura and strengthens the immune system.
On account of its innumerable time-tested applications, the plant is most revered by Indians and called 'Sacred Basil' which is grown in every
home and used for common ailments and general well-being.


Aloe is useful in eye infections and internal bleeding piles, cough and colds, and as an external application to inflamed and painful parts of the body.
Scientific study indicates that Aloevera is very useful in internal and external inflammations, constipation, dysentery, hysterical fits and flatulence.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TULSI : Ocimum tenuiflorum

Ocimum tenuiflorum (also known as Ocimum sanctum, and Tulasī (तुलसी‌) in Sanskrit and Hindi), (തുളസി) in Malayalam, (துளசி) in Tamil, (ತುಳಸಿ) in Kannada, is a well known aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is known across South Asia as a medicinal plant, and has an important role within the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving Tulasi plants or leaves. Native to India, it is a small herb or shrub, having long lives (some plants are known to have been in the families since 3-4 generations.) The foliage is green or purple, strongly scented. Leaves have petioles, and are ovate, up to 5cm long, usually somewhat toothed. Flowers are white, tinged purple, borne in racemes.

Its close cousin, the Thai Basil, Ocimum basilicum L or Ocimum sanctum, are sometimes wrongly called Hindu Holy Basil in shops and on the internet, but they can be distinguished by their very different aroma and flavour. Hindu Holy Basil is slightly hairy, whereas Thai Basil is smooth and hairless; Hindu Holy Basil does not have the strong aniseed or licorice smell of Thai Basil[1]; and Hindu Holy Basil has a spicy flavor sometimes compared to cloves.

Tulasi in scripture
Tulasi plant and gooseberry plant with enclosure "Katte" .
Tulasi plant and gooseberry plant with enclosure "Katte" .

A number of passages in the Puranas and other scriptures, point to the importance of tulsi within religious worship. Tulasi is regarded as a goddess (an avatar of Lakshmi) and a consort of Vishnu. A garland of tulasi leaves is the first offering to the Lord as part of the daily ritual. Tulsi is accorded the sixth place among the eight objects of worship in the ritual of the consecration of the kalasha, the container of holy water.

According to one story, Tulasi was a gopi who fell in love with Krishna and so had a curse laid on her by His consort Radha. She is very dear to Vishnu. Tulsi is also mentioned in the stories of Mira and Radha immortalised in Jayadeva's Gita Govinda. One story has it that when Krishna was weighed in gold, not even all the ornaments of His consort Satyabhama could outweigh Him. But a single tulsi leaf placed on one side by his consort Rukmini tilted the scale.

Tulsi is ceremonially married to Vishnu annually on the eleventh bright day of the month of Kaartika in the lunisolar calendar. This festival continues for five days and concludes on the full moon day, which falls in mid-October. This ritual, called the "Tulsi Vivaha", inaugurates the annual marriage season in India.

In the Christian tradition it is said that Tulsi grew around the place of Crucifixion(requires source?). Tulasi
Divyang A. Pandya

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cooking Foods According to Ayurveda

Cooking Foods According to Ayurveda

Well cooked grains, beans, and vegetables release their Prana in the colon. This provides long-term tissue building energy. However, these energies cannot be released from complex carbohydrates without the assistance of enzymes. A Clean intestinal tract is also essential for proper absorption.This coincides with two of the modern holistic health theories of colon cleansing and enzyme consumption. But the Ayurvedic approach again is practical and individualized. Which herbs for which constitution will produce the best colon cleansing varies. Therefore, some people find some of the standard colon cleansing products ineffectual or difficult for their bodies to tolerate.

Triphala ("the three fruits"), used in Ayurveda, is one of the best colon cleansers because it strengthens and tones the muscle action of the colon. It does not cause laxative dependency by doing the work for the colon. Similarly, the consumption of enzyme tablets will cause the digestive organs natural ability to produce enzymes for digestion to become suppressed and lazy and possibly lose their ability to function all together. Ayurvedic cooking uses certain herbs and spices to help stimulate the body to produce its own digestive enzymes.


Monday, August 18, 2008


Neem: As a superb blood purifier neem detoxifies our body. Any kind of bodily inflammation can be cured through the proper utilization of neem. Along with blood purifying properties this herb also contains certain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. If raw neem leaves are consumed regularly for a month in summer season then you will be shielded against fever throughout the year. The procedure for taking these leaves is; seven freshly grounded soft neem leaves, seven grounded black pepper seeds, 3-4 tablespoons of water along with a pinch of salt. This mixture is to be taken everyday, in the morning, empty stomach.



To start off with, our stomach can be properly relieved of any trouble through ginger. It is a worthy natural remedy against inflammation, helps adequately to control vomiting and also increases appetite. Ginger can be effectively used in our day to day meal preparations.


Neem or Azadirachta Indica is a large, evergreen tree and has strong health maintaining properties. Its principle constituents are nimbin, nimbinin and nimbidin.

Neem is used as a poultice in boils, is antiseptic, demulcent, a tonic in catarrhal affections, stomachic, stimulant. It is useful in hypoglycemic, rheumatism, as an analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antiviral, anthelmintic and in skin diseases. The tree stem, root and bark possess astringent, tonic, and antiperiodic properties.

Herbs for Health

Herbs that contain elements capable of providing protection against various ailments belong to the herbs for health category.

These herbs when taken as a part of our daily diet help to safeguard our body against different kinds of diseases.In herbal cure the body adequately uses its inner healing powers which are triggered on once favorable conditions are created. The intake of health herbs helps to neutralize the effect of harmful substances that restrict the proper functioning of our body and thereby help us to stay healthy and fit throughout the year. Echinacea, Garlic and Aloe Vera are the herbs which are frequently used in herbal supplements.

Herbal dietary supplements are considerably valuable to our system for supplying nutrients to the body in ample amount, ascertaining the welfare of our immune system and enhancing memory.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Neem oil

Neem oil is well known Indian System of medicine as disinfectant, anti-bacterial, ant-fungal, repellent to keep surroundings free from mosquitoes and flies, treatment of skin diseases and inflammations. In addition several medicinal uses are suggested by well known Research Institutes and Monographs on Neem. Some of the Medicinal uses are listed below:

About 3 to 5 drops of  neem oil taken internally result in gradual reduction of oral antidiabetic drugs, alternatively 2-3 drops of Neem can be taken with betel leaf.
Neem oil 3-5 drops, mixed with 2 tea spoons of sugar taken once a day, for 15 days help to cure tropical eosinophilia
Apply 2-3 drops of neem oil externally for sun burn, chapped lips, minor cuts and bruies, cracked nipples, dry skin, dapper rash and as after shave.
Apply few drops of neem oil soaked in cotton for dental and gum troubles.
For Rheumatic Pains, Inflammation, Swelling, Massage of neem oil mixed with Eucalyptus Oil for Relief.
For ear ache apply 1-2 drops of warm neem oil into ear.
Few drops of neem oil o used Mosquito mats or kerosene lamps containing 1% Neem repel mosquitoes.
To cure piles take 5-10 drops neem oil and gently rub on the hermorrohoids for about a week.
For relief of elephantiasis, liberally massage Neem on the affected leg. Always sleep with affected leg placed at a higher position than your body.
A wick made from neem oil put in fistula helps to heal it wothout operation
Apply few drops of neem oil to cure pimples, black spots on the face.
Neem is mosquito repellent. Rub few drops of oil on the exposed parts of body for overnight protection. Alternatively 5% Neem in coconut oil also may be used. Apply Neem children before going to bed. This treatment is useful since children are prone to japanese encephalities (JE) for which carriers are mosquitoes. Children in Paddy growing areas are prone to J.E since stagnant water in Paddy fields are breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
Mix few drops of neem oil with coconut oil to stop falling hair and to enhance growth. It prevents greying of hair. In case of baldness due to disease,other than hereditary continue the treatment for three months.
To get rid of lice and dandruff massage neem oil on the scalp at night and wash hair in the morning. This may be done for a period of 3 months.
Externally neem oil is applied as antiseptic dressing in Leprosy, Urticaria, Eczema, Scabies, Ring worm, and maggot infected wounds.
Neem oil 3 to 5 drops taken internally for curing Malaria, other than skin diseases.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurvedic Herbs

Basic Elements of Ayurveda
Our ancient ayurveda is supposed to be based on Five basic elements. However if we go in depth to describe these elements, they are found linked to the five human sense organs. Ayurveda is so advanced that in its model of nature it reduces matter to the existence of the smallest part, confirmed by modern science and thus we get the Ayurveda basic elements. These elements are as follows-
» Space or Akasha
» Air or Vayu
» Fire or Agni
» Water or Jal
» Earth or Prithvi
These five elements are need to be understood in both the material as well as a subtle sense. By earth we mean not only the terrain of our planet, but also the strength and determination of one’s moral fiber, one’s slow and quiet advancement towards a targeted goal and the ability to resist the manifestations and evil characterstics of others.

By water we mean the fluid of cohesive aspects of reality that holds things together, perfectly and simply proof its presence in the form of ubiquitous water molecule.

By fire we mean to clear the doubt from heart and replaces it with joy. It is the universal force that produces both heat and radiates light (source of energy). It is our zeal to continue despite any obstacles and delays. It is what burns away the external coat of ignorance and allows character of Truth to shine with a unique brilliance.

Air is a transparent and rarefied part of nature. It is a kinetic force which sets the universe in motion. It allow the blood to move through the vessels, wastes out of the body, thoughts to come into mind and moves all the planets around their sun.

Space is the most hidden of all the elements which is found to be everywhere and touches everything. In the mind it is a kind of vessel which receives all impressions, in the heart an area that accepts love. Space is actually the reception and acceptance of truth.

Ayurvedic effects and usage
Looking at various aspects of Ayurvedic treatment it can be said that compared to other forms of treatment Ayurvedic treatment is more advantageous in various cases as it has lesser side effects than chemical treatment.

According to Ayurveda Herbs maintain the proper functioning of the body systems. As an appetizer many Herbs helps in the digestion and absorption of food. These works by supplying the body with many different essential nutrients required for revitalization. They work naturally and support the body's own healing process. Because of having diverse chemical constitution, they are effective in small doses and produce few side effects. Some herbs work as general tonics that helps in nourishing and rebuilding body tissues. Some of them have good affinity for a specific system and can be used for the treatment of related imbalances or symptoms.

Ayurvedic treatment considered being very gentle and non-invasive form. Ayurvedic treatment proves to be quite effective if used in proper manner. Herbs can be used as a preventive medicine and to strengthen the immune system. For curing serious illnesses like cancer and certain autoimmune diseases. Ayurvedic treatment is a very effective complimentary therapy to allopathy. It provides nourishment and support to the body as it is a more intense form of treatment and may reduce life force. Ayurvedic treatments are of various forms, for both external and internal use. Internal forms include intake of tinctures, flower essences, encapsulated herbs, fresh herbs and essential oil dilutions. External forms of treatment include usage of herbs and essential oil blends, salves, liniments and lotions topically.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aloe Vera plant

The desert succulent Aloe Vera plant has been known and used throughout history for its hydrating, softening and anti-inflammatory qualities. Combining the pure extract from the Aloe Vera leaf with other natural ingredients, this mild, everyday shampoo soothes dry scalp and restores the natural moisture balance of your hair.

The unique blend with Keratin and Vitamin E softens, protects and moisturizes so that you can enjoy the beautiful results every day

Welcome to Herbal Cure ( Herb Cure)

Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual entheogen usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions

Neem (Azadirachta indica, syn. Melia azadirachta L., Antelaea azadirachta is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Other vernacular names include Azad Dirakht (Persian), DogonYaro (Nigerian), Margosa, Neeb (Arabic), Nimtree, Nimba (Sanskrit), Vepu, Vempu, Vepa (Telugu), Bevu in Kannada, Veppam in (Tamil),arya veppu in malayalam and Indian-lilac. In East Africa it is also known as Mwarobaini (Swahili), which means the tree of the 40; it's said to treat 40 different diseases.

Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 15-20 m (about 50-65 feet), rarely to 35-40 m (115-131 ft.). It is evergreen but under severe drought it may shed most or nearly all of its leaves. The branches are wide spread. The fairly dense crown is roundish or oval and may reach the diameter of 15-20 m in old, free-standing specimens.

In India, the tree is variously known as "Divine Tree", "Heal All", "Nature's Drugstore", "Village Pharmacy" and "Panacea for all diseases". Products made from neem have proven medicinal properties, being anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infertility, and sedative. It is considered a major component in Ayurvedic medicine and is particularly prescribed for skin disease

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