Thursday, August 28, 2008

Boswellia Benefits | Other Benefits of Boswellia

Yesterday we talked about Boswellia's well known benefits in joint care and joint pain relief. However Boswellia or Shallaki as it is known in Sanskrit, is attributed with several other benefits as well.

In Ayurveda, Boswellia is classified as part of the Guggal group all of which are gum resins - an important one being Guggul. In fact Boswellia is also known as salai guggul or guggul's cousin. This group of herbs has a wide range of benefits.

Boswellia benefits

  • Boswellia's most important benefit is its ability to relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation

  • Boswellia also helps to lower cholesterol and tri-glyceride levels.

  • Boswellia in conjuction with Ashwagandha is very useful in osteoarthritis and arthritis pain relief as Ashwagandha helps in stress relief and is a rejuvenator and anti-inflammatory

  • Boswellia is helpful in treating colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Boswellia has also been proven beneficial in Crohn's Disease

  • Studies are also being conducted which shows boswellia's benefits in cancer and leukemia treatments.Pure Boswellia herbal capsulesBoswellia capsules
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2008

    Boswellia for pain relief | Arthritis pain relief with Boswellia

    Boswellia is a tree whose bark and gum resin extracts are used for medical purposes. Its most important use is as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Boswellia's beneficial effects in relieving joint pain and arthritis pain has been the subject of several clinical studies. Not only does boswellia relieve pain but it actually improves joint health.

    The pain relieving properties of Boswellic acids were scientifically proven more than 35 years ago. Animal studies demonstrated the anti-inflammatory activity of Boswellic acids and the prevention of progressive joint collagen destruction.
    In human studies 42 patients with osteoarthritis showed that after taking boswellia they significantly increased the distance they could walk, they had less knee stiffness, less severity of pain in joints distance, less knee stiffness, etc.
    Since then several clinical studies have proved boswellia's benefits in joint support and joint pain relief.

    Boswellia for arthritisBoswellia is a premier ayurvedic herb. Ancient Ayurvedic texts such as the Charaka Samhita and Shushruta Samhita refer to Boswellia (Sanskrit name: Shallaki) as a herb that helps to treat gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Boswellia for arthritis

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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Bacopa and ADHD | Bacopa benefits for ADD and ADHD

    Bacopa herb also known water hyssop and Brahmi in Sanskrit is well known for its beneficial effects on the brain. Bacopa contains saponins that increase brain transmissions and help in manufacturing proteins that are responsible for creating memory. Bacopa not only stimulates brain functions, improving cognition skills, retentive skills and memory but it also pacifies the brain and has a soothing, tranquilizing effect. As a result Bacopa has been the subject of studies that show its beneficial effects on children with ADD and ADHD.

    bacopa for adhdIn a double blind study at BRD Medical College, at Gorakhpur, India, bacopa was administered to children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Positive results were shown after 12 weeks. There was great improvement in sentence repetition, logical memory and paired associated learning tasks. The children were given the test four weeks after the bacopa had been stopped which confirms that bacopa has positive and lasting effects.

    Bacopa is regularly given to school children in India owing to its long known benefits in brain function improvement. In a study, 40 schoolchildren aged 6-8 were administered bacopa in a single-blind trial. The children had improved reaction and performance times and also improved in maze learning, immediate memory and perception. There were no side-effects. bacopa for adhd

    Thursday, August 21, 2008

    Ashwagandha Benefits | Ashwagandha Side Effects

    Ashwagandha Benefits

    Ashwagandha capsulesAshwagandha herb also known as Winter Cherry has several components that are anti-oxidants. Taking ashwagandha leads to a feeling of being refreshed and at the same time more energetic. No wonder it is popular among athletes. Ashwagandha is traditionally well known as an aphrodisiac and rejuvenative. Ashwagandha also is an anti-inflammatory and taken in conjunction with Boswellia herb has shown excellent results in cases of joint and arthritis pain.

    New benefits of ashwagandha are being made known as a result of intensive research. Ashwagandha has been shown to be beneficial in cancer therapy and as a co-therapeutic agent in fighting HIV. Studies have also shown Ashwagandha's beneficial effects in Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease. It has also been shown to be effective in fighting bacteria such as salmonella and as a fungicide.

    Ashwagandha Side Effects and drug interactions

    Ashwagandha taken in the correct dosage produces no side effects. Since it is a relaxant and anti-depressant, it is advisable not to take it in conjunction with prescription anti-depressants, barbiturates and sedatives.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008

    Abana | ayurvedic heart medicine | Himalaya Herbals

    Abana Himalaya Herbals Heart healthAbana from Himalaya Herbals is a herbal ayurvedic formulation designed to be a cardio-protective and maintain overall heart health. Abana can be taken as a daily health supplement to prevent heart attacks and hypertension. Abana has been subjected to several clinical trials and being a completely natural products, Abana has no known side effects.
    The ingredients in Abana are well known in Ayurveda for their heart healthy properties and are as follows:

    • Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) 30mg

    • Ashvagandha (Withania somnifera) 20mg

    • Badranj boya (Nepeta hindostana) 20mg

    • Dashamoola 20mg

    • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) 10mg

    • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) 10mg

    • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) 10mg

    • Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba Syn. E.prostrata) 10mg

    • Yashti-madhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 10mg

    • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) 10mg

    • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) 10mg


    • Guggulu (Balsamodendron mukul Syn. Commiphora
      wightii) (Purified) 30mg

    • Shilajeet (Purified) 20mg

    • Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica) 10mg

    • Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) 10mg

    • Vishnu priya (Ocimum sanctum Syn.
      O.tenuiflorum) 10mg

    • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) 10mg

    • Pippali (Piper longum) 10mg

    • Yavani (Carum copticum Syn. Trachyspermum ammi)

    • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale) 10mg

    • Nagapashana bhasma 10mg

    • Shankh bhasma 10mg

    • Makardhwaj 10mg

    • Musta (Cyperus rotundus) 5mg

    • Vacha (Acorus calamus) 5mg

    • Vidanga (Embelia ribes) 5mg

    • Lavanga (Syzygium aromaticum) 5mg

    • Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) 5mg

    • Chandana (Santalum album) 5mg

    • Ela (Elettaria cardamomum) 5mg

    • Shatapushpa (Foeniculum vulgare) 5mg

    • Satapatrika (Rosa damascena Syn. R.centifolia)

    • Tavak patra (Cinnamomum cassia) 5mg

    • Abhrak bhasma 5mg

    • Mukta pishti (Pearl pishti) 5mg

    • Akik pishti (Agate pishti) 5mg

    • Yeshab pishti (Vyomashma pishti) 5mg

    • Yakut pishti (Manikya pishti) 5mg

    • Praval pishti (Coral pishti) 5mg

    • Kumkuma (Crocus sativus) 2mg