Standardized Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs

It is perfectly acceptable to buy what are known as standardized ayurvedic herbs at a health food store or herb shop. In fact, these herbal preparations are gaining popularity so rapidly that there’s a good chance you’ll even be able to find many of them at your local drugstore.

Standardized means that the herbal products have been processed a bit to guarantee a known minimum level of one or more of the major active ingredients. These products are the best quality you can purchase. Standardization largely compensates for the natural variability you find in bulk herbs — the kind available in bins or jars and measured out according to weight — and it takes the uncertainty out of herbal preparations. You know exactly how much of the ingredients you’re getting.

Unfortunately, standardization makes herbs more expensive than the bulk herb would be. Even so, these “expensive” standardized herbal extracts are still only about a tenth as costly, on average, as the pharmaceuticals that treat the same conditions, so you’re still way ahead when you take the standardization green route.

Standardized extracts do vary somewhat, because the longer these herbal medicines are stored, the less potent they become. But then pharmaceuticals are not perfect either.

You can usually find standardized herbal extracts quite easily wherever herbal products are sold. If you don’t see them, ask them. If an herbal product is standardized, it will say so on the label.

James A. Duke, Ph.D., “The Green Pharmacy,” n.d., (accessed 09 Feb 2010)

The Indian Ayurveda natural remedies provide a diverse number of herbal cures for a wide selection of diseases and health disorders, and even has a history of surgical intervention for a number of health problems.


Ayurvedic Herbs are Good Medicine

As medicine companies always say that their drugs are better, stronger, advanced and more effective and safe than herbs. I readily agree to the fact that modern drugs are stronger however, some drugs are too strong that it can have bad side effects that their herbal precursors might not have. Take ginger for instance, in some studies this Ayurvedic herb clearly performs better and has proved itself to be superior than pharmaceutical dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) which is a preventive drug against motion sickness.

I’m not skeptical about pharmaceuticals but sometimes its hard to say if we really are getting the best medicine. What I’m saying is that we need more research on the performance of herbs against medicinal drugs. Until that happens we won’t clearly know which is more effective. That leads to the rather shocking conclusion from the Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke. According to the book, herbal therapies may, in many cases, prove to be more economical, more effective and safer. With fewer bad side effects compared to its medicinal counterparts.

Of course, the government will clearly favor the use of pharmaceutical rather than Ayurvedic herbs thanks to the restrictive drug approval process used by the U.S. authorities. But since the world is suffering from retrogression and monetary crisis, the challenge for us is to think for alternative ways of healing. Medical services are sky rocketing and still increasing in terms of cost. One perfect example of alternative remedy can be found in India, the practice known as Ayurveda from the ancient Indian people that teaches healthy living, healthy eating and doing things the healthy way. Just like what famous scientists suggest, using the living plants around us is the best way to deal common sickness and some other major health disorders.

The challenge brought upon us by Ayurveda is to think green– not the mercenary, monetary green of pharmaceutical firms but the cleansing, empowering green of chlorophyll, the green that fees, fuels and oxygenates and medicates our planet. To know more information on how to naturally rejuvenate your body using herbs and organic treatments, feel free to read more at Natural Health Tips and Ayurvedic Medicine.

Ayurveda Principles

Ayurveda is one of India’s ancient culture that promotes “Alternative Medicine” as cure to various diseases and illness. It was not only used as basis for the discovery of India’s herbal remedies but Ayurveda was also practiced as a way of living for hundreds of years throughout the country’s history. According to research, the original scriptures of Ayurveda have recommended the right ways of doing all the life activities. The concept of Ayurveda revolves around healthy living by eating the right diet combined with constant exercise and daily consumption of essential Indian herbs that strengthens the body’s immune system.

Another important detail of Ayurveda is massage. Aside from famous Ayurvedic alternative medicine, massage is considered as a daily routine and not just a cure for body aches or movement difficulties. In fact, each Indian child receives everyday massage right after birth so on. Ayurvedic massage are also used for various issues like gaining post natal strength for a new mother. Aside from regular massage, the system also recommends many special types of massages such as Abhyanga, Garshana, Shirodhara etc.

Herbs and vegetables are also vital to Ayurveda. The practice stresses the use of vegetable drugs. Fats are used both for consumption and for external use. Hundreds of vegetable drugs are employed, including cardamom and cinnamon. Some animal products may also be used, for example milk, bones, and gallstones. Minerals, including sulfur, arsenic, lead, copper sulfate and gold are also consumed as prescribed. This practice of adding minerals to herbal medicine is known as Rasa Shastra.

Until today, Ayurveda remains an influential system of medicine in South Asia. The earliest literature of Ayurveda appeared during the Vedic period in India. The Sushruta Samhita and the Charaka Samhita were influential works on traditional medicine during this era. Ayurvedic practitioners also identified a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for curing various ailments and diseases.

Ayurveda: India’s Natural Healing

The most natural way is always the safest and most of the time the most effective. In medicine, there are cases when doctors recommend natural healing instead of taking the risk of harsh side effects from drugs to patients who can no longer accept medical treatment. Though traditional and alternative remedies for minor and major diseases were left behind because of the current breakthroughs in medical technology, there are in fact simple yet competent ways of healing which are typically very low and affordable to many. In fact, natural healing remedies can be found in your kitchen or home and you are not even aware of the possible healing qualities of these items that you already have and use.

In India, one of the world’s oldest form of natural healing is becoming renowned for patients who suffer from various kinds of diseases and disorders. In a more scientific view, Ayurveda provides a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. The primary objective of the practice is to give people guidance and knowledge regarding proper diet and lifestyle so that healthy people will stay healthy and those with health disputes can manage to improve and develop their health.

There are some factors about Ayurveda herbal remedies that are quite unique:

1. Ayurveda provides a health regime that varies from one person to another depending on the result of an analysis. There will be recommendations regarding food and lifestyle to be followed in order to reach the healthy state. The process of developing the personal health regimes is made possible by using constitutional models.

2. The principles of Ayurveda are confirmed by observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts. These ideas moves around the concept that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings called Tridoshas. The three doshas are called Vata, Kapha, and Pitta that symbolizes the three elements – Vata is air, Kapha is earth and Pitta is considered to be fire.

3. Ayurveda maintains a strong connection between body and the mind in which a massive amount of information is shared within this relationship.The Indian Ayurveda natural remedies provide a diverse number of herbal cures for a wide selection of diseases and health disorders, and even has a history of surgical intervention for a number of health problems.