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Medicinal Value of Plants

by Jaininder Garg
Medicinal plants are known to Ayurveda in India since long times. The value of medicinal plants, herbs and spices as herbal remedies is being lost due to lack of awareness, and deforestation.
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  • Ayurveda is based on believe that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and space that are represented in humans by three "doshas" or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
  • Ayurveda or the Ayurvedic medicine system is the traditional healing system of India, which originated over 5,000 years back.
  • It is a holistic healing science that not only deals with treatment of diseases but also is a complete way of life, as it believes that life is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul.
  • Ayurveda helps us to understand our body; our particular nature; and our individual mixture of elements at a deep physical, mental and emotional level.
  • Ayurveda also describes three primary qualities of Nature, or gunas, called Sattva (equilibrium, evolution, intelligence), Rajas (activity, agitation) and Tamas (inertia).
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Ayurveda or the Ayurvedic medicine system is the traditional healing system of India, which originated over 5,000 years back. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas the ancient Indian books of wisdom. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence from which all other systems emerged thats why it is also called The Mother of All Medicines. The term Ayurveda has coined from two Sanskrit words--ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge thus Ayurveda literally means the Knowledge of life or the science of life. It is a holistic healing science that not only deals with treatment of diseases but also is a complete way of life, as it believes that life is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. Hence Ayurveda does not limit itself to body or physical symptoms but also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health. Ayurveda helps us to understand our body; our particular nature; and our individual mixture of elements at a deep physical, mental and emotional level. This knowledge further guide us to identify activities, conditions, herbs and foods that either keep us healthy and in balance, or make us ill and throw us out of balance. In this way Ayurveda help an individual to discover the knowledge of living and health.
Ayurveda is based on believe that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and space that are represented in humans by three "doshas" or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A complete balance of all these doshas is mandatory for health of an individual. Every individual has a distinct balance, and the health and well being of an individual depend on right balance of the three doshas. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Because these five elements exist in us and in nature as well, our doshas can become aggravated or imbalanced due inappropriate or inadequate diet, change of seasons, climate or lifestyle, and result disease in the body. The imbalance of doshas can be determined by examination of ones eyes, nails, tongue, skin, voice, and pulse diagnosis. Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.
Ayurveda also describes three primary qualities of Nature, or gunas, called Sattva (equilibrium, evolution, intelligence), Rajas (activity, agitation) and Tamas (inertia). These inner qualities are considered essential for the creation of all things in the material universe. These are also known as the "mental doshas" as they describe the qualities and activities of the mind. The balance between these gunas - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas is always desirable because if imbalanced they can result in a restless, agitated or dull mind, which can result in imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, leading to various ailments.

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