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Issue #06-0205

Ayurvedic Herbs

Maybe Just What the Doctor Ordered

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This week's issue contains:



A. Urgent Newsflash!

B. 
Featured Article: "Ayurvedic Herbs"



Brought to you by:
Loretta Crosby - Editor

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B. Featured Article: Ayurvedic Herbs
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Dear Friends,

Before the advent of modern medicine as we know it, many
cultures developed natural medicines called herbs. 
These cures usually came from plants and other natural
substances which today can often be found in the
kitchen. 

Ayurvedic Medicine is a tradition of treating people
holistically that has a history of treating disease and
preventing illness through herbs and even some of your
every day spices found in the kitchen. 

A number of Indian plants or herbs and spices have
found their way into the United States. Ginger, Gotu
Kola, Gymnema, Cinnamon, Boswellia or Frankincense and
East Indian Globe Thistle are just a few of the Indian
herbs that can be found in your local herbalist store
or even at the grocery store. 

Ginger 
used as a digestive aid this spice has been recommended
to cure gas, colic and even decrease heart burn. It is
also known as a tonic to increase vigor and as an
anti-depressant. In India this herb is also known as
Sunthi or Adrak 

Gotu Kola 
Listed as a common herb in India this herb should not
be confused with Kola Nut which is a different plant. 
In Ayurvedic herbalism this plant has many uses
including wound healing, skin disorders, sedative
effects and even seems promising as a blood pressure
lowering herb. 

Gymnema 
Gymnema Sylvestre or Gurmar has received a lot of press
because it appears to block sugars. The first
noticeable effect when a small amount is placed on the
tongue is that the person stops being able to taste
sweets. The theory is that it has a similar blocking
effect internally. The actual effect may be that
because you don't "taste" the sugar it doesn't trigger
that "sweet tooth effect". When used with diabetics a
decrease in blood sugar and insulin levels was noted
with this Indian herb. 

Cinnamon 
In addition to being a key ingredient in mom's cinnamon
rolls this spice has been used as a stimulant for
hundreds of years by the Ayurvedic Herbalist. It is
used commonly to alleviate tooth ache, rheumatism and
as an astringent. The essential oil seems to have
marked anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties also. 


Boswellia 
Also known as Frankincense this gummy residue is used
externally for its anti-inflammatory properties and as
an expectorant and immune system booster when taken
internally. This tree is native to India and the Middle
East. 

East India Globe Thistle 
considered a tonic or energizer this herb also seems to
have anti-diabetic qualities and may be found in
compounds that promote anti-oxidant effects or that
reduce blood sugar. 

The list of Ayurvedic herbs is much longer than just
these few. It is noteworthy that many of these herbs
are also spices or foods such as apricot or licorice. 
The Ayurvedic tradition promotes the belief that food
plays an important role in curing disease and promoting
wellness. The precept that "we are what we eat" is not
a new one it seems. 

Taking herbs in place of medications is not without
some risk. Many herbs contain potent substances which
can create side effects as well as interactions with
medications. 

A common example is ginseng. Ginseng interacts with
coumadin (a common blood thinner) and causes your blood
to become even thinner. 

Anytime you are considering taking an herb or
supplement you should research the effects and side
effects and as always if you are taking medications you
should consult with your doctor before starting any
herb or supplement. 



To your health,

Your Partner,
Loretta Crosby
Editor, RecallingHealth's Healthy Servings Ezine

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