Ashwagandha: Indian Ginseng or Winter cherry

Ashwagandha: Indian Ginseng or Winter cherry

Traditionally known as ‘Ajagandha’ , ‘Amangura’ , ‘Amukkirag’ , ‘Asan’ in various parts of the country.

 

It is an evergreen shrub that grows in India and other regions of the middle east, and has been used since hundreds of years for its medicinal purposes.

The name itself describes its orgin , Ashwagandha , because ‘its roots smells like a horse’ and has the abilities to increase strength.

 

Ashwagandha is considered as one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic system of medicine due to its actions against various ailments. It has been in use for centuries and it is considered safe for most people.

 

The uses and benefits of Ashwagandha:

 

  1. It is popularly known as an adaptogen because it helps the body manage stress. It does so by preventing high levels of cortisol or the ‘stress hormone’. Hence, it is used as tranquillizers, in antidepressant drugs, etc.

 

  1. Studies have found that, it lowers blood sugar levels in both diabetic and normal patients. It improves the insulin secretion and improves insulin sensitivity in muscle cells.

 

  1. It might have anticancer properties, studies have shown that it induces apoptosis of cancerous cells and it impedes the growth of new cancer cells via various mechanisms.

 

  1. It has been in use for centuries for its anti-inflammatory action. It reduces swelling and can be used for skin sores as well.

 

  1. According to Ayurveda, Ashwagandha also helps in boosting memory and studies have proven this fact to be true.

 

  1. Ashwagandha is also used as an aphrodisiac as it has powerful effects on testosterone levels and the reproductive health.

 

  1. As seen above that it helps in increasing testosterone levels, it also helps in increasing strength and body composition, it is used to increase muscle mass and strength and it is used as a health tonic.

 

  1. In today’s time, where we are living through a pandemic , it is essential for everyone to build their immunity , Ashwagandha has been used since ages as a body tonic because it is known to boost immunity , make the person stronger and healthier .

 

One of its greatest benefits is its stress relieving property which is perfect for battling through these stressful times.

 

 

DOSE: 1 capsule per day with water or warm milk for at least 2-4 months for best results.

 

(Consult physician if patient is pregnant or suffering from autoimmune diseases.

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Brahmi : The brain booster

Also known as Bacopa Monnieri , water hyssop, herb of grace. This plant is one of the most popular Ayurvedic medicines and it has been in use since long before its benefits were known in literature today . Centuries ago , people believed that Brahmi had a great effect on the brain as its leaves were cerebellum shaped , they used it for its resemblance and effect on the brain and were proved to be very successful .

Situations of stress and anxiety have been a common issue since ages and are observed more rampantly today even in much younger age groups.

Research has shown that, ‘Brahmi’ has the ability to boost brain function which relieves the person from stress and anxiety.

This therapeutic herb has been used for centuries to enhance memory and as a health tonic, it was also used as an aphrodisiac.

Reasons to take Brahmi today:

  1. It has significant “amyloid” content which is proven to reduce or ease off the Alzheimer’s symptoms. This herb works on all aspects of memory such as Long term memory, Short term memory and the retaining capacity of the brain.
  2. It reduces the cortisol levels or the “stress hormone”, which in turn helps in reducing the stress and anxiety.
  3. It has shown great activity on the hippocampus region of the brain that plays an important role in the memory, intelligence, cognitive learning and concentration.
  4. This Herb is packed with antioxidants, which are very useful in scavenging the free radicals which can mutate into cancerous cells if allowed. They also prevent free radical interaction with fat molecules.
  5. It stimulates the release of nitric oxide which is an added benefit as it helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and blood pressure and hence , can be taken by diabetic patients as well .
  6. Brahmi reduces inflammation by suppressing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines due to this property it can be used as anti-inflammatory and even in cases of arthritis.
  7. It may help in reducing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms such as hyperactivity , impulsiveness , inattentiveness .

Chemical constituents due to which it shows its action :

Hersaponin , apigenin , D-mannitol , monnierasides , cucurbitacin , herpestine and nicotine etc. these are few of the chemical constituents due to which action of Brahmi is observed .

How to take:

Dr. Palep’s House of Health Brahmi capsules

One capsule twice daily

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Why is Triphala the perfect health supplement?

Triphala, an ancient herbal blend, is one of the most commonly used herbal remedies in the Ayurvedic system of healing. It originated in ancient India, and has developed over the years.

Triphala (the three fruits) is an Ayurvedic, polyherbal preparation comprising of a mixture of three ingredients. The ingredients all native to India are fruits: Bibhitaki, Amalaki, and Haritaki.

Each fruit positively impacts the body’s three doshas. In Ayurvedic medicine, doshas are elemental forces believed to permeate body, mind, and spirit.

Triphala has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It’s thought to support bowel health and aid digestion. As an antioxidant, it’s also thought to detoxify the body and support the immune system.

Triphala benefits include improving oral health, Diabetes, constipation and several skin conditions. Triphala can help to naturally cleanse the colon. Having regular bowel movements are important for removing bacteria, heavy metal detox and eliminating excess fatty acids from the body.

Triphala is usually taken on an empty stomach and can be ingested in a few different ways.

As a digestive tonic and laxative, triphala is best taken in the evening, about two hours after eating, and at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

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Benefits of this miracle tree… Moringa.

They commonly go by the name of “Drumstick Tree” or “Horseradish Tree”. This tree is native to a fairly large portion of North India.
Moringa Olifera proudly boasts its various health benefits since it has been around and used for thousands of years.

India’s ancient tradition of ayurvedic medicine sites 300 diseases that are treated with the leaves of the Moringa tree. The Sanskrit word for Moringa is saubhajnana which means ‘knowledge of the heavens’. Moringa has been used for thousands of years and is very well known in other parts of the world. Health organizations have been promoting Moringa for mal nutrition in many countries for many years. It is widely used for nursing and pregnant women to give them more nutrition, as well as their babies. Children are also given Moringa to improve their chances of surviving the early fragile years of life.

It is rich in healthy antioxidants and many bioactive plant compounds. This plant is still being researched by scientists for its other uses.
Almost all parts of this plant are used especially the leaves and pods, which are also often added in Indian delicacies.

This newly emerging superfood is packed with proteins and nutrients like vitamins A, C and E. It is rich in minerals essential for our bones such as calcium and phosphorous.

Its leaves, seeds and flowers contain a variety of antioxidants like flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acid which help in fighting free radicals that cause oxidative stress, cell damage and inflammation. And thereby prevent the risk of chronic diseases like Type-2 Diabetes, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disorders, arthritis and obesity.

Moringa leaves powder has strong antioxidant properties that have been utilized for the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and is used to improve brain health and cognitive functions.

It reduces liver damage and fibrosis and reverses the oxidation which helps in restoring the normal health of the liver.

It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that are effective against types of fungi that cause skin problems and bacteria that cause UTI and digestive issues.
All these studies show and prove that a healthy dose of Moringa if incorporated in one’s daily diet leads to a healthier life free from several health issues, making the individual stress free and stronger.

How to take:

Dr. Palep’s House of health Moringa leaf capsules

One capsule twice daily

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Health and beauty benefits of Neem.

Neem (Azadirachta Indica) in sanskrit is also known as ‘Nimba’ which means ‘bestower of good health’. This tree had been kept a secret by India for years together due to its various properties and uses and through the history of neem tree it has had many fascinating aspects for the people of India and now all over the world.

Not knowing its full potential, people used this tree for a general purpose of using it as shade, to cool down, and for the safety it provided from bugs and insects due to its natural repellant action. As time passed and the awareness about this tree increased people of India started using every part of this sacred tree-the seeds, leaves, flowers , fruits , oils , bark and roots.

Neem was used for many home remedies used to treat a hundred problems from small scratches, skin rashes to fever, malaria and diabetes.

Due to its varied application and versatility it served as a boon for the pharmaceutical world.

It opened doors to new research and development to treat various diseases with a more natural, organic and healthy approach, hence, acting as a gift to the traditional and modern medicine systems.

The neem plant used to be planted in the vicinity of every house because it kept the houses free from virus, germs and insects; it was used by the ladies of the house for its invaluable source of health, beauty and hygiene. A bath with the decoction of neem leaves left their skin looking glowing, supple and beautiful, the neem leaves were applied on the face to make it younger, radiant and acne free due to its anti-ageing effects and antiseptic properties.

Men used its roots, barks and leaves as fertilizers for their crops and as medicinal potions for their livestock and cattle.

Neem oil was believed to prevent balding and greying hair and it was regularly used to prevent lice and dandruff.

NIMBA, the great medicine for the cure of pitta.

All these practices and uses have been validated by the modern science. And today it is incorporated in various drugs due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-septic properties.

Neem leaf is used to treat leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, upset stomach and loss of appetite, skin ulcers, cardio vascular diseases, gingivitis and liver problems.

Neem oil is widely used in the cosmetic industry for the manufacturing of various products for making the skin better and supple.

Neem oil along with other essential oils like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil is used to give a soothing, calming effect.

Neem tea made with its leaves is had to improve digestion and lower blood sugar.

The neem plant all in all is a very useful tree in several ways and its use has increased in today’s world due to increasing demand of natural product and back to the roots treatment wanted by the majority.

In today’s world the exposure to pathogens and health hazards has increased to prevent any health issues or disease neem should be incorporated in one’s daily life in any small way and it should be used in the formulation of drugs and dosage forms since it has no toxic effect of animals and humans.

How to take:

Dr. Palep’s House of Health Neem capsules

One capsule twice daily

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