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A well-being revolution is sweeping across our planet; and over 40% of Americans are now using alternative healing methods to complement or replace modern medicine. Ayurveda is one of these methods, and its holistic approach to wellbeing has endured for 6,000 years.
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Turmeric: Better than Drugs
Curcumin, the main component of turmeric—a medicinal polyphenol isolated from the rhizome of the plant, has been used for centuries in preparation of medicine. In recent years, extensive in vitro and in vivo studies suggested that this curcuminoid from the ginger family has anticancer, antidepressant, antiviral, antiarthritic, anti-amyloid, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory properties.
We read some awesome research showing that curcumin encourages the immune system to send macrophages— those large, specialized cells constantly roaming around, searching for, engulfing, and destroying dead cells and foreign particles that don’t belong in the body—to the brain.
A clinical trial involving people with severe cognitive decline measured the effects of curcumin.
Astoundingly, the participants taking curcumin had significantly higher levels of dissolved abnormal proteins in their blood compared to those in the placebo group.
The study also showed that the polyphenol of turmeric has the capability to enter into the cerebrum, bind to beta-amyloid plaques, and support the brain in their breakdown. Once active in the system, curcumin begins to decimate free radicals that damage healthy cells.
It’s official: curcumin may have a super favorable effect on an aging brain. And ingesting turmeric each day, may keep Alzheimer’s away.
A clinical trial confirmed that curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression. The research was performed by the Department of Pharmacology at Government Medical College in India. It involved patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and provides clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective treatment in patients with MDD that do not have suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders.
Turmeric & the Rest of the Body
People don’t always pay attention to symptoms such as muscle aches and joint discomfort; unless of course, the pain gets really bad. And by that time, the initial reaction is often to go see a medical doctor, who is more than likely to prescribe drugs that provide short-term, dulling benefits that are not at all helpful long term. If pain is left masked and untreated, it can lead to chronic inflammation—which can do some serious damage to the body and leave you totally incapacitated.
If you have a lingering health problem that no doctor can resolve with drugs or surgery, you may be suffering from chronic inflammation. Inflammation is vastly becoming recognized as the root cause of an amplitude of serious health problems, including the development of cognitive decline.
In a study involving Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology, scientists discovered inflammatory components related to AD include brain cells that generate beta-amyloid protein (Abeta), one of the main pathologic features of AD. Abeta itself has been shown to act as a pro-inflammatory agent.
The studies demonstrated patients who took non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicine, such as curcumin, had a lower risk of AD than those who did not.
The possibility of curcumin eradicating arthritis (another serious form of inflammation) was first reported in a shortterm, double-blind, crossover clinical trial involving 18 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Further studies by Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal report patients assigned to receive either curcumin for two weeks shown by improvement in joint swelling, morning stiffness, and walking time. In addition, remarkable decreases in gastrointestinal complications, distal edema, and the use of painkillers by the patients were also noted after curcumin treatment. The need for hospital admissions, consultations, and tests by the patients was also decreased after curcumin treatment. The authors of this study concluded that curcumin is worth considering for the longterm management of osteoarthritis.
Ashwagandha: Restore, Energize, Strengthen Your Mind & Body
Ashwagandha is well known for its ability to release stress and anxiety from the mind and body. It is an adaptogen capable of relieving insomnia and stress-induced depression. This ancient Indian root has been used for generations as a medicine to maintain overall immune support and optimal health. In today’s world, ashwagandha is used by Ayurvedic doctors in supplement form to reduce immunosuppression and ease the pain of chemotherapy treatment by helping to reduce stress and fatigue.
In addition to its ability to ward off stress, ashwagandha is a neuro protector that defends the central nervous system from degeneration. It also provides benefits to those suffering from inflammation, liver disorders, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Clinical research performed in patients with cognitive impairment showed that ashwagandha slowed, stopped, reversed, or removed neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss. It was concluded that ashwagandha could be used to ease Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. The clinical trial also stated that ashwagandha can block and be used as a preventative measure to these types of diseases even before a person is diagnosed by a medical doctor.
The scientists saw increased vitality and energy in some patients along with significantly reduced inflammation in others. All those involved with this study indicated that their clinical experience showed the benefits of ashwagandha in many areas of health and wellness.
Triphala: The OG Way to Cleanse
Traditionally used as a bowel tonic, Triphala is most commonly ingested as a mild laxative. However, it is multi-faceted herb that has other profound benefits definitely worth mentioning. other benefits of this herb are perhaps even more noteworthy. The name Triphala translates to “the three fruits” and is made up of the lovely Indian fruits: Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki.
The fruit trio, Triphala, can be prescribed singly or adjunctively whenever there are symptoms of inflammation, heat, infection, obesity, and other conditions of excess. Because of its combined tonic and eliminative properties, it is generally quite safe to give even for deficiency diseases including anemia, fatigue, candida, and poor digestion.
According to a clinical study from the Iranian Journal of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Triphala can be used effectively in the treatment of constipation and other gastric problems. Triphala was found to have good laxative property, help in management of hyperacidity, and improve appetite.
There are numerous reports of individuals with chronic constipation who were able to regulate their bowels with the use of Triphala.
Triphala is known to be effective when the colon needs to be cleared of excess waste. It keeps the liver healthy and flushes away ama (toxins). It effectively regulates the functions of the digestive system—while enhancing the strength of the immune system, lungs, urinary tract, and the muscles.
The fruits of Triphala are a super way to generate and restore energy to the body.
Bacopa: Better Memory, Clearer Focus, Less Stress
You may have heard of Bacopa monnieri, a.k.a. Brahmi (named after one of the highest states of consciousness / Brahman / God consciousness), a.k.a. water hyssop; but did you know this herb restores mind, body, and soul? Bacopa has been used in plant-based medicine since time immemorial, and it sure has made some central nervous systems happy along the way to present day.
Recent research has focused primarily on Bacopa’s cognitive-enhancing effects. This medicinal perennial is used to enhance memory development, learning, and concentration. This medicinal plant can upgrade your command center!
A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled design was utilized with healthy elderly people;
they received either a standardized extract of Bacopa monnieri (300 and 600 mg) or placebo once daily for 12 weeks. The results from the study suggest that Bacopa can improve attention, cognitive processing, and working memory partly via the suppression of AChE activity.
Bacopa has been known to provide relief to patients with anxiety or epileptic disorders as well. It has been used in India and Pakistan as a cardiac tonic, digestive aid, and to improve respiratory function in cases of bronchoconstriction.
Research on anxiety, epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastric ulcers also supports the Ayurvedic uses of Bacopa. Bacopa’s antioxidant properties may offer protection from free radical damage in cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.
Bacopa is an awesome multi-tasker that benefits body, mind, and soul.
Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). This ancient wisdom has been around, but only now is Western medicine beginning to recognize Ayurveda as a holistic medical science built on solid theoretical and experiential foundations which provide a deep-seated understanding of the physical and biological laws that govern human physiology. Modern science is finally catching up with the profound wisdom of early Indian teachings.
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