Ayurveda has a substantial pharmacology and is a time-proven system full of beautiful herbs and medicines. Being around for thousands of years, Ayurveda pharmacology, is an evidentially proven system of herbal medicine that is still effective to this day. According to Ayurveda, the animal and plant kingdom have similar constituent factors as the human body. The five elements that are found in people and foods are also found in herbs and herbal formulation.
In Ayurveda, the action of the herb is first considered by using the sensory organs. The sense experience the qualities of the shape, color, aroma, flavor, and fracture of the plant. These classifications relate to specific pharmacological actions that the herbs may have on the body. The qualities provide the basis for the theory behind the energetics of the herbs. The best way to learn about herbs is to become intimately acquainted with them; a herbalist must know a plant’s natural habitat, growing tendencies, climatic preferences and dislikes, shape, color, taste, smell and harvest times, and more importantly the herbs must be experienced personally.
“There is nothing in the world which does not have therapeutic utility when applied in appropriate conditions and situations. Drugs act by virtue of their nature and qualities at the proper time, in a given place, in the appropriate conditions and situations; the effect produced is considered to be their action (karma); the factor responsible for the effect is their energy (virya); where they at is the place (adhisthana); when they act is the time (kala); how they act is the mode of action (upaya); what they accomplish is the achievement (phala)." -Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana 26.12,13
The Ayurvedic pharmacy has developed many excellent herbal preparations. As not all herbs are not readily assimilable in their ‘raw’ state, these herbs are usually processed to enhance absorption. The form in which the herb is taken can significantly affect its potency and effect. Much medicinal substance requires a different mode of preparation according to the specific causes and symptoms of the disease being treated. There are also particular preparations that are indicated for certain illness or particular plants. Along with their therapeutic effects the medicated ghees, medicated wines, guggul's and pills retain their potency longer than fresh herbs or powders. An Ayurvedic practitioner can also develop specific custom formulas based upon any imbalances of the doshas. It is best to advise an Ayurvedic practitioner when using these traditional Ayurvedic herbs or formulas.
According to Ayurveda, our bodies are woven from food. The nutrients we ingest are metabolized into the energy and information that form our cells, tissues, and organs. Every day our bodies need essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to maintain our body’s delicate balance. Taking Ayurvedic herbs as supplements can be a highly efficient way to create that balance.
Every herb in Ayurvedic herbology has a multitude of benefits, for the mind, body, and spirit. Herbs can be used internally or externally (through the skin) - or even used as aromatherapy. These herbs can be useful for weight loss to beautifying skin to overall vitality; Ayurvedic herbs can transform your health in so many ways. Plants and herbs carry in their cells the wisdom of cosmic intelligence and the healing vibrations of nature.
Since ancient times, humans and plants have had a profound spiritual connection - we have grown with plants and have adapted and learned from them. Also, plants capture solar energy and convert it into nutrients that humans can digest. Plants do this by transforming sunlight into chlorophyll, which can then be assimilated by the human body, along with many other attributes creates a beautiful relationship that when used correctly holds the key to our bodies homeostasis.
On a daily basis, some Ayurvedic herbs and formulas are safe to use and can be our allies. Using herbs to manage your constitution compliments the changes you make in your diet and lifestyle. For example, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, and Vidari Kanda are some of the main herbs to help support moving excess Vata from the body and maintain balance. Brahmi, Bhringaraja, Neem, and Guduchi are the principal herbs used to remove excess pitta from the body and maintain balance. Bibhitaki, Chitrak, and Punarnava are three of the fundamental herbs used to remove excess Kapha from the body and keep balance.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.