Ayurvedic Herbs

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 18:09

Agrimony

Scientific name: Agrimonia eupatoria
Common names: Liverwort, cockleburr, sticklewort

Medicinal Application

• Used as a gastro-intestinal tonic
• Tannins content in the plant tones the mucus membranes making it is useful for alleviating symptoms of coughs, bronchitis and asthma
• Helps staunch bleeding
• When used as skin wash helps cure minor injures, chronic skin conditions
• Used as a mild astringent, it is effective against diarrhea, especially in kids
• Stops irritation of urinary tract, and is helpful in treating bladder leakage, bed-wetting and adult incontinence
• Useful against certain bacterial and viral infections, tumor growth inhibition, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure)

Arnica

Scientific name: Arnica Montana
Common names: Leopard`s bane, Mountain tobacco, Common Arnica, Mountain Arnica, Mountain Daisy and Wolfsbane

Medicinal Applications

• External application of tincture content of arnica helps cure sprains, bruises, and wounds, and as paint for chilblains
• Treats low fever, physical injuries and paralytic affections
• Effective against painful sensation during exodontia (dental extraction/removal of tooth)
• Useful in treating baldness
• Acts as an effective pain reliever for those suffering from rheumatic arthritis
• Used in the topical treatment of painful and swollen feet
• When used internally it helps treat heart complaints and a boosts functioning of immune system
• Increases local blood supply and accelerates healing
• Increases the rate of absorption of internal bleeding
• Is also effective in treatment of epilepsy and seasickness

Blue-bottle

Scientific name: Centaurea cyanus
Common names:
Bachelor`s button, bluebottle ,knapweed.A`Nber, Aciano, Blue Cap, Bluebow, Cornflour, Cornflower, Garden Cornflower, Hurtsickle, Korenbloem, Mawi Pighember Chichegi, Peygamber Cicegi and Sentoria

Medicinal Applications

• Is an astringent herb that has tonic, antibacterial, antioxidant and diuretic properties
• Is an antidote against the poison of scorpion and resistant all venoms and poison, when taken with water of plantain, Horsetail or the Greater Comfrey
• Improves digestion, regulates the gall bladder, liver and kidneys, menstrual disorders
• Increases resistance to infections and reduces inflammation
• Seeds or leaves when taken with wine are good against plague and pestilential fevers
• Heals ulcers and sores in the mouth conjunctivitis and minor wounds
• Bluebottle flowers may be helpful in preventing the recurrence of urinary tract stones


Dandelion

Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale
Common names:
Priest`s crown, Swine’s Snout, Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Puffball, White Endive and Wild Endive Piss-a-bed
Medicinal Applications
• It is a good source of Vitamin A, C, potassium, calcium, lethicin, iron magnesium, niacin, phosphorous
• Is a natural diuretic which is helpful in the treatment of chronic disorders like rheumatisrn, gout and eczema
• When used internally it helps treat gall bladder and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, dyspepsia with constipation, edema associated with high blood pressure and heart disease, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema, and acne. Helps soothe effect of bee stings, sores, etc.
• Increase biles production and cleanses the bloodstream
• Helpful in reducing stiffness in the joints in arthritis patients
• Helps in procuring rest and good sleep in those with fever
• Distilled water of Dandelion can be drunk in pestilential fever and used as a wash for the sores
• Is a powerful remedy for hypertension, cardiac oedema, hepatogenic dropsy and water retention
• Helps increase the appetite and promote digestion
• Dandelion decoction administered three or four times a day helps in treating stomach irritation
Elecampane
Scientific name: Inula helenium
Common names: Wild sunflower, Horseheal, Yellow Starwort, Scabwort, Elf Dock and Velvet Dock
Medicinal Applications
• Elecampane is traditionally used as digestive tonic. It stimulates appetite, relieves dyspepsia and helps treat worms
• Treats certain diseases in women, phthisis, dropsy and skin infection
• Is a good remedy for bronchitis asthma, coughs, consumption and other pulmonary and chronic respiratory complaints. It is a good liver stimulate.
• Is employed as an embrocating in the treatment of sciatica, facial and other neuralgia.
• The root is eaten as a sweetmeat
Eye Bright
Scientific name: Euphrasia officinalis
Common names: Meadow Eyebright and Red Eyebright
Medicinal Applications
• When used internally it helps treat eye disorders like blepharitis and conjunctivitis, reduce inflammation in eye
• Used in the treatment of infectious and allergic reactions
• Treats disorders in the sinuses, and mucous accumulations in nasal passages
• Dried herb when smoked treats chronic bronchial colds
• When used externally as a poultice it aids healing of wounds
• Cleanses and purifies blood and stimulates healthy liver functions

Feverfew

Scientific name: Tanacetum parthenium
Common names: Bride`s Button, Compositae, Featherfew, Featherfoil, Febrifuge Plant, Wild Chamomile and Flirtwort
Medicinal Applications
• Feverfew decoction with sugar or honey helps cure coughs, wheezing, asthma and difficult breathing
• Feverfew tincture when applied locally immediately relieves the pain and swelling caused by bites of insects and vermin
• Relieves pain and inflammation associated with arthritis
• It helps in relief of face-ache or earache of a dyspeptic or rheumatic person
• Useful in treating headache, menstrual irregularities in women, stomach-ache, all types of fevers, allergies and allergic reactions
• Benefits nervous system and promotes sleep

Golden Seal
Scientific name: Hydrastis Canadensis
Common names: Yellow paint root, orange root, yellow puccoon, ground raspberry, eye root, yellow Indian plant, turmeric root, Ohio curcuma, eye balm, yellow eye and jaundice root
Medicinal Applications
• The root of Golden Sealis a highly valued tonic which treats eye, skin inefction and general ulceration
• Is a good remedy for digestion problem, gastritis, loss of appetite, liver troubles, colitis and dyspepsia
• As it has special effect on the mucous membrane it is used to treat various forms of catarrh. It treats irritations and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts.
• Due to its astringent properties it is helpful in cases of excessive menstruation, internal bleeding and is used as an aid in child birth as it has a stimulating effect on the uterine muscles.
• Golden Seal decoction is also effective as a douche to treat trichomonas and thrush. Cures gum infections and sore throats, when used as gargle
• Used for infectious diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infections, and vaginal infections.
• In combination with skullcap and red pepper it will relieve and strengthen the heart
Henbane
Scientific name: Hysocyamus niger
Common names: Black Henbane, Devil`s-eye, Hog Bean, Jupiter’s Bean, Poison Tobacco, Stinking Nightshade, Common Henbane, Hyoscyamus, Cassilata, Cassilago, Deus and Caballinus
Medicinal Applications
• Used in treating asthma, whooping cough and motion sickness
• Leaves of henbane cools inflammation of the eyes, and other parts of the body
• Reduces pain of the gout, sciatica and joints
• Henbane oil is good for deafness, noise and worms in the ears and its decoction kills lice in humans
• Used in treatment of Parkinson`s disease due to its sedative and analgesic nature
• Relieves headache, promotes good sleep when applied with vinegar to the temples and forehead during fever
• Used for urinary tract pain, especially pain due to kidney stones and for abdominal cramping
• External application of mashed henbane leave eases rheumatism pain and neuralgia
• Reduces mucus secretions
• Combined with silver nitrate, helps in treating gastric ulcer and chronic gastric catarrh
• Used is in relief of painful spasmodic affections of the unstriped muscles and cystitis

Hyssop
Scientific name: Hyssopus officinalis
Common name: Hyssop
Medicinal Applications
Recommended for coughs, cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma and chronic catarrh
Leaves are used as medicinal tea to improve stomach problem, relieves gas or intestinal cramping
Brewing the green tops of the herb or boiling it in soup helps treat asthma
Infusion of the leaves is used externally for the relief of muscular rheumatism, bruises, scares discoloured contusions and treatment for dental cavities
Used as a remedy for nervous complaints like anxiety and depression

Knapweed
Scientific name: Centaurea scabiosa
Common names: Black Knapweed, Churls Head, Greater Knapweed, Hardhead, Ironhead, Hard Irons, Lesser Knapweed, Logger Head, Horse Knops, Matte Felon, Mat Fellon, Bottleweed, Bullweed, Cowede and Boltsede
Medicinal Applications
• The roots and seeds are diaphoretic, diuretic, tonic and vulnerary
• It is used as an ointment for treating wounds and skin infections
• The flowers help curing digestive disorders
• Used to soothe sore throats and bleeding gums
• Taken with pepper helps improve appetite
• Helps treat catarrh



First Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 18:09

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