GLOSSARY OF AYURVEDIC HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS

This glossary details some of the most common Ayurvedic herbs, supplements and medicines.

ALOE (Aloe vera)

Ideal for balancing vata and pitta; also used to treat absence of menstruation (amenorrhoea), wounds, ulcers, burns, colic, hepatitis, skin diseases, constipation, tumours, malignancy, lower back pain, fluid retention (oedema), arthritis and general debility.

ASPARAGUS (Asparagus racemosus)

Not to be confused with the vegetable of the same name, this herb enhances lactation and aids general weakness, fatigue, coughs, skin diseases, eczema, fevers, wounds, ulcers, burning sensations, tumours, worms, diabetes, inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.

BIG-CIG (Bottle of 60 tablets)

A combination of herbs and spices that helps create an aversion towardstobacco, this is beneficial to those trying to quit smoking.

BIPASIL PLUS (Bottle of 60 tablets)

Ideal for hypertension and other related symptoms.

BOOR PLANT (Aerva lanata)

A diuretic with anti-inflammatory properties, it’s used in the treatment of kidney stones, coughs, asthma and headaches and as an antidote for rat poisoning. It’s also given to children to treat diarrhoea.

CASTOR PLANT (Ricinus communis)

This is ideal for balancing vata. Externally, it helps with pain and swellings. Internally, it’s used to cure arthritis, facial palsy, paralysis, abdominal discomfort, constipation, inflammation, fever, ascites (abdominal cavity fluid accumulation), bronchitis, coughs, leprosy, skin diseases, colic and lower back pain.

CHUKKUKAPPI (Bottle of 50g powder)

Ideal for use during the monsoon season, this supplement improves general health and immunity and protects against fevers that are common during this period.

CROWN FLOWER PLANT (Calotropis gigantean)

Helpful across all the bio-energies (doshas) – a good remedy for skin diseases, snake poison, inflammation in the joints, chest infections and also a strong purgative drug. Extracts of the root bark and flowers help protect the liver from antibiotic-induced hepatitis and ingesting the flowers helps treat leprosy and elephantiasis.

DEEPANI TABLETS (Bottle of 60 Tablets)

These tablets are particularly useful in treating indigestion, dyspepsia, stomach pain, constipation, flatulence as well as loss of appetite.

EVECARE (Bottle of 30 Tablets)

Particularly effective for pre-menstrual symptoms, e.g. period pain (dysmenorrhea), irregular menstruation, dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) and is also used in assisted conception.

GALANGAL (Alphinia galanga)

Ideal for balancing vata and pitta. Used to treat sciatica, general inflammations and bronchitis, psoriasis, coughs and piles. Highly effective for backaches, muscular sprains and joint pains and used to prevent joint swelling in arthritis, rheumatism and neurological diseases. Also used as an antipyretic, analgesic, laxative and nervine tonic. The roots help alleviate the pain caused by the sting of scorpions.

GARLIC (Allium sativum)

Ideal for balancing kapha and vata. Used to treat bites, tumours, ulcers, snakebites, wounds, headaches, heart disease, cancer, pimples, measles, prevents infections such as the common cold and coughs because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

GINGER (Zingiber officinale)

Ideal for balancing vata and kapha. Used to treat body pain, oedema, asthma, coughs, colic, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, general inflammations and abdominal pains. Dry ginger is a laxative, expectorant, carminative and appetiser.

GOKSHURA PUNARNAVADI (Bottle of 60 tablets)

Good supplement for urinary tract infections, painful urination (dysuria), low urine output (oliguria) and urinary retention.

HARIDRA CAPSULES (Bottle of 60 capsules)

Good for allergic skin disorders and respiratory disorders related to allergies, aids healing of wounds and increases general immunity.

HONEY (Mel Mellis)

Helps balance kapha and treats respiratory illnesses. Is a natural anti-microbial and anti-allergic agent.

INDIAN GOOSEBERRY (Emblica officinalis)

Known in Ayurveda as ‘amla’. Helpful across all three bio-energies (doshas) but particularly good for balancing pitta and hence useful in diseases related to aggravation of this dosha. The fruit and juice reduces the burning sensation on skin and eyes, helps maintain eye health, strengthens hair follicles, reduces inflammation of scalp skin, boosts skin immunity and helps prevent acne and pimples.

CINNAMON (Cinnamomum verum)

Ideal for balancing vata and kapha. Treats pain, arthritis, coughs, asthma, headaches, dental cavities, cardiac disorders, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, flatulence, fever and face discolouration.

MALABAR NUT (Adhatoda vasica)

Ideal for balancing vata and kapha. Used to treat coughs, bronchitis, asthma, inflammation, haemorrhages, haemorrhoids, eye diseases and bleeding diarrhoea.

NEEM (Azadirachta indica)

Helpful in balancing pitta, it improves the body’s internal defence system boosting natural protection. Also aids the treatment of fevers, wounds and ulcers, burning sensations, tumours, coughs, diabetes, inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. A very effective blood purifier and beauty enhancer. Applied externally for boils, ulcers, eczema, ringworm and other parasites.

NIMBARAJANYADI CAPSULES (Bottle of 60 tablets)

Very effective in treating asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, respiratory allergies and conjunctivitis.

PIG WEED (Boerhaavia diffusa)

Ideal for removing excess kapha from the system. Supports optimal weight management and proper function of the heart, liver and kidneys. Also promotes balanced tissue fluid levels and the healthy flow of urine.

RUMALAYA LINIMENT (60 ml bottle)

Apply locally for acute and chronic joint pain, sprains, cervical and lumbar spondylosis (osteoarthritis), sports injuries, sciatica, bursitis (inflammation and swelling of fluid-filled bursa sacs over the joints), synovitis (inflammation of the joint-lining synovial membranes) and frozen shoulder (capsulitis).

SEPTILIN (Bottle of 60 tablets)

This is an effective supplement for infection-prone individuals. It is frequently prescribed for patients with upper and lower respiratory tract infections and allergic disorders of the upper respiratory tract. Also used to treat skin, eye, dental and other infections, tonsillitis and sinusitis.

TAGARA CAPSULE (Bottle of 60 capsules)

Very effective for insomnia and other sleep disorders.

TENTEX FORTE (Blister pack of 100 tablets)

Helpful in managing male sexual dysfunction, increasing libido and alleviates performance-related anxiety.

THAALISAPATHRADI TABLET (Bottle of 60 tablets)

Good for cough and congestion that causes tastelessness and indigestion. Also helpful for anaemia, cardiac conditions, gastro-intestinal upsets, a sluggish liver, general debility and fever.

TRIPHALA CAPSULE (Bottle of 60 capsules)

A natural antioxidant, Triphala prevents premature aging, improves digestive function and relieves chronic constipation.

VARANADI KASHAYAM TABLETS (Bottle of 60 tablets)

Helpful in the management of obesity, indigestion, bloating, chronic rheumatoid conditions, chronic headaches and internal abscesses.