Herbs That Control Blood Sugar

Maria HillAyurveda, Herbal Remedies, Physical Health7 Comments

When you put food into your mouth, you are not really eating. Why? Because most food has very little nourishment.. How this came to be is a story for another time.  However it is important for you to realize that what passes for food in the United States is sugar and a bunch of chemicals to give you a taste, but very little actual nourishment. As a result, managing blood sugar levels is something that everyone needs to do.  The quality of much of our food is that bad. And given the amount of sugar in American food, managing blood sugar levels is going to be a challenge for the foreseeable future. The Easiest Way To Manage Blood Sugar Levels By far the easiest way to handle the blood sugar issue is to not have the problem. Depending on where you live and what types of food you have access to, it can be a challenge to put together a diet that is healthy: consisting of mainly vegetables, grains, fruits and legumes. Even those who have access to high quality food often find that having time to cook is difficult and healthy eating habits are difficult to achieve on a consistent basis. Having said that, there is no question that making healthy eating an important long term priority is worth doing.  I would suggest starting with some good reading material: one excellent resource is The Three Season Diet by Dr. John Douillard, which discusses the right way to eat for each season.  His book includes helpful recipes. another is Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  This book is an excellent introduction to Ayurveda health practices including diet.  It includes food lists for each body type and can help you understand what is right for you. While you are learning about and … Read More

Ginger: A High Powered Herb For Great Health

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Ginger is one of the most important spices you can use not only because of its substantial affect on the digestion but also because of its ability to balance the three body-types. Ginger For Balance The three body types in Ayurveda are vata for movement, pitta for metabolism, and kapha for the body’s structure.  Vata, pitta and kapha are  parts of each of us but in different relative strength. That accounts for why some people prefer hot weather and others cool weather, why some love spicy food and others hate it and why some people love physical labor and sports and others do not. If you know your predominant body type (see quiz), then you can choose the best ginger remedy for you. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia, vata needs ginger combined with rock salt pitta needs ginger combines with rock candy kapha requires ginger combined with honey. Power Up Your Digestion With Ginger Ginger has another important function. It helps with the digestion. That may not sound like much, but digestion is one of the most important functions of your body. According to MAPI, ginger: ginger stokes the digestive fire whets the appetite improves assimilation of food improves transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues and clears the microcirculatory channels of the body to facilitate absorption of food and removal of wastes. Ginger acts like a stimulant and a roto-rooter to make the digestive system more effective. Food when it is not properly digested and assimilated in the body clogs the system attaching itself to tissues and organs.  It then reduces the functioning of the body and eventually creates disease. Taking ginger before lunch and dinner is a great way to ensure a healthy digestion. Treating Disease With Ginger Ginger has other benefits: it acts as an analgesic, reducing … Read More

9 Ways Mangistha Destroys Toxins In The Body

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Would you like to know that your immune system is functioning well and able to protect you? Manjistha is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb that does just that. Manjistha known as rubia cordifolia is a climbing medicinal plant found in the Himalayas. It’s roots are used to create the medicinal supplement known as manjistha. Manjistha is a multi purpose healer which addresses many conditions and symptoms. However, its most important role is the reduction of toxic reactions caused by detoxification sometimes called a healing crisis. When toxins are loosened in the body they can enter the blood and other parts of the body causing serious damage. In addition, when detoxification happens too rapidly, various “healing” reactions can take place including psoriasis and ulcers as described by Vaidya Mishra, an Ayurvedic healer. Manjistha is considered the best herb for blood purification since it supports detoxification when toxins can be removed from the liver and enter the bloodstream. Toxins can also be found in the blood when the various channels of the body are closed preventing the normal processing and removal of toxins from the body. Many of the conditions helped by manjistha involve the blood and organs that affected by blood and blood toxicity. These are some important conditions that benefit from using manjistha: skin diseases. Manjistha heals a variety of skin problems including eczema, psoriasis since the skin is a detoxifying organ. menstrual problems. Manjistha treats menstrual conditions since it purifies the blood.  It helps post-natal healing of the uterus. blood resolution. Manjistha regulates blood clots, blood pressure, cleanse the blood and treats heart disease. immune system removes renal and gall stone stones. Manjistha cleans and regulates the pancreas, spleen liver and kidneys which all have a role to play in digestion and toxin removal. urinary system disorders tumors. Manjistha destroys both benign and malignant tumors. some forms … Read More

Triphala: Super Herb For Super Health

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If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would consider triphala one of the few essentials to have with me. What is triphala? Triphala is one of the most important herbal preparations in existence. I have been using it for over a decade as a general balancing herb.  It helps with premature graying of the hair because premature graying and balding occur in my family but fortunately not on my head.  I am happy to give triphala the credit. It is such a well-rounded source of healing that I use it every day, and it helps me a lot. Triphala offers healing benefits to the entire human system. It is a special herb used extensively in the ancient healing system of Ayurveda which is over 5000 years old. According to the Ayurveda Encyclopedia, triphala is an herbal mixture of three herbs, amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. The combination of the three herbs in triphala provides an herbal formula that works as a mild laxative that has the ability to rejuvenate the human system. These are the specific conditions that each of the herbs can help heal: Amalaki: it is used for: anemia arthritis asthma bronchitis colitis constipation diabetes duodenal and gastric ulcers eczema eye disorders chronic fever gout premature graying and balding heart attack prevention hepatitis hemorrhoids high blood pressure insomnia jaundice mental disorders menorraghia osteoporosis rebuilds blood bones, cells and tissues rheumatism liver and spleen weakness tuberculosis urinary disorders and difficulties vertigo vomiting Bibhitaki colds, coughs and bronchitis chronic diarrhea dysentery eye disorders headache hemorrhoids gastrointestinal diseases digestive disorders leading to obesity laryngitis liver disorders mucus nausea stones including urinary tract stones vomiting sore throat and voice problems Haritaki anemia cough hemorrhoids diarrhea gas fevers malabsorption of nutrients urinary diseases tumors blood purification spleen and liver disorders ulcerated gums muscular rheumatism heart … Read More

7 Reasons To Use Ashwagandha For Your Health

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One of Ayurveda’s most important herbs is ashwagandha which is known for its ability to relieve stress. According to Wikipedia, ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng, is from the nightshade family – the same family that brings you potatoes, tomatoes, tobacco and petunias. It has been used for centuries for a variety of health benefits. Ashwagandha is important for highly sensitive people because it is a highly effective and non-toxic way to heal the effects of stress. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat all sorts of debilitating illnesses. Ashwaghandha is a restorative herb and adaptogen, which means it helps the body handle stress. making it very helpful for highly sensitive people. It is said to confer the strength of a horse, protecting and enhancing the energy of the body. Ashwagandha is often used as an aphrodisiac and enhancer of sexual energy, but is increasingly seen as a useful herb to protect anyone from the effects of modern stressful living. According to Banyan Botanicals  ashwagandha is also useful in protecting bones and joints and therefore helps with arthritis. It supports the immune system and adrenal functioning. Adrenal fatigue is often a consequence of long term stress and can result in many other physical ailments including allergies and obesity.  Natural Herbs Guide cites a study on ashwagandha which found that this herb offered a lot of antioxidants which explains its support for the immune system, its restorative capabilities and its help with healthy aging. Ashwagandha helps minimize the effects of illness. According to Ashwagandha Benefits, some people use it to minimize the effects of: chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, stress induced ulcers and osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Ashwaghandha helps stabilize blood sugar and supports the liver as well as the adrenals. Highly sensitive people suffer from chronic stress and other illnesses. Although changes to lifestyle can yield many benefits, highly sensitive people often need … Read More

Why Ayurveda Works For Stress Reduction In HSPs

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As a highly sensitive person, I experience a lot of stress. Most highly sensitive people do. It is not a choice. Our nervous systems are sponges for the stimulus around us. We become flooded and overwhelmed. If we are not careful we can drown and become unable to function. Stress Reduction: A Necessity For Highly Sensitive People Stress reduction is as much a necessity for highly sensitive people as air is for everyone. We simply cannot live without it. When the pace of the world was slower, highly sensitive people could manage the stresses of their nervous systems better. Now that there is so much activity in our social space, the challenge of stress reduction for highly sensitive people has become more difficult and even acute. Highly sensitive people require: the opportunity to process whatever they take in rest when their nervous systems are overtaxed a lifestyle that supports their stress reduction requirements work that supports their health and quality of life. How Stress Reduction Problems Become Worse Highly sensitive people can suffer more when their lifestyles do not support their needs or make their health challenges worse. The demands of being highly sensitive require that we commit a certain amount of our energy to it. When our energy is too low or diverted elsewhere, then we will suffer and most likely become sick. The following can make it more difficult for us to handle our sensitive natures: water, air, and noise pollution processes food food with additives GMO foods leftover foods fried and fermented foods meat which is harder to digest than other foods staying up too late lack of exercise an irregular schedule which will upset the nervous system work that is too high pressure or too much drudgery relationships that are unsupportive, competitive or demanding Much of … Read More