Five Pillars of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which means ‘knowledge of life’. It is an ancient medicine system that originated in the Indian Subcontinent more than 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is a pseudoscientific medical approach which uses herbs, roots, leaves, flowers and fruits of various medicinal plants and trees to manage the bodily functions and to fight infections. Ayurveda uses a lot of herbs and roots but some of these are of exceptional value. The five pillars of Ayurveda are: Ashwagandha, Amla, Tulsi, Mulethi and Giloy. These five are the honeydew of Ayurveda and are used in almost all Ayurvedic medicines. Their benefits range from boosting immunity to controlling diabetes to fighting infections.
- Ashwagandha: It is the most important ayurvedic herb. It is used as a herbal tonic for both kids and the elderly. It is consumed to boost immunity and increase longevity ; Hence it is also called ‘rasayana’. Ashwagandha has anti-oxidant properties. It also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol which reduces any kind of stress. Ashwagandha is mainly consumed in the powdered form along with ginger and honey to improve its taste. It can be used in combination with other herbs as well.
- Amla: Amla is the fruit of Indian Gooseberry tree. It has high vitamin C content and is also a good source of vitamin B complex and anti-oxidants. Amla juice also helps to support the liver to flush out the toxins and improve the overall health. Moreover, Amla helps prevent infections by lowering the level of inflammation in the body. Amla is a very good immune booster and is therefore normally consumed even by healthy people. It is available in various forms such as candy, murabba, juice, powder etc.
- Tulsi: Tulsi plant has so much importance in Ayurveda that every Indian household has at least one Tulsi plant in its corridor. Tulsi is also called Basil and it is loaded with medicinal properties. It is rich in essential oils beneficial for both the nervous system and the immune system. It has antioxidant properties that prevent all the organs of the body from oxidative damage. It plays a key role in maintaining, improving and boosting the production of antibodies. Tulsi leaves can be eaten raw on empty stomach or can be consumed by boiling in tea.
- Mulethi: Mulethi is known for its rejuvenating properties. Mulethi contains antimicrobial agents which kill all the microbes in the body and thus protect the body from sickness and allergies. The root is dried and powdered and is also used in combination with other herbs.
- Giloy: Giloy is also called Guduchi. It has anti-oxidatory, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Giloy is traditionally used to help support the liver. Giloy juice is generally consumed to expedite the recovery process and helps reduce fever.
These five Ayurvedic medicines are available in various forms and they are used alone or sometimes in combination with each other to boost the immunity of the body and maintain utmost health.
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