Articles in Category: AYURVEDA

Vajikarana Rasayana for sexual dysfunction

VAJIKARANA RASAYANA HERBS IN AYURVEDA TO CURE SEXUAL DISORDER

VAJIKARANA RASAYANA

More and more, stress-related illnesses as coronary heart disease have forced doctors to increasingly recommend the use of stress reduction techniques in its prevention and treatment, as transcendental meditation.

A direct consequence of this is an increase of sexual dysfunction occurrences in male population overdeveloped the world, an affection that years ago was less frequent and nowadays is becoming more and more often experienced.

Ayurveda, a traditional medicine originated in India but nowadays extended around the world, seems to have in Vajikarana herbs a solution for this.

Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa is one of eight major specialities of the Ashtanga Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, Vaji means horse, a symbol traditionally associated with sexual potency and performance, thus, Vajikaran means producing a horse's vigor [11,12]. Image: See credits under ref. [13] below.

 

Curcumin and prostate cancer

LMU MUNICH DISCOVERS HOW CURCUMIN FIGHTS METASTASIS

 TURMERIC ROOT

Curcuma longa, a bitter taste tropical plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family cultivated extensively in Asia, India, China and many other countries [1], has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat multiple symptoms and as a natural remedy for many other ailments and affections.

Curcuma longa resembles a lot other Zingiberaceae family plants as Zingiber officinale (Ginger), and as this one has many known properties and health benefits.

The powder obtained from the dried rhizome of Curcuma longa (turmeric), known as curry, is used in many traditional Indian dishes and is part of the Indian diet since centuries ago. Image: See credits under ref. [18] below.


CURCUMA LONGA

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Curcuma

Common name: Turmeric, Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica Valeton.


 

Shilajit, an Ayurvedic miracle from the Himalayas

SHILAJIT, AN AYURVEDIC REMEDY THAT TOOK CENTURIES TO GET READY

SHILAJIT STYRAX

Since the first snows reached the ground until the moment one of the most famous mineral waters is bottled, 15 years elapsed. During this time, the melted snow went through the heart of the mountains acquiring its most valued content, minerals and other pure elements from the mountains that give mineral water its characteristic properties and health benefits.

The same way, centuries ago, the firsts flowers of Styrax Officinalis, an shrub that grows in the Himalayas, but also in some other parts of Asia and South America, died and dried with the first signs of fall, becoming over hundreds of years a sticky dark substance known as Shilajit, a Sanskrit word meaning "rock invincible" [5]. Image left: Styrax Officinalis ''Styrax Officinalis'' Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, USA, Styrax Officinalis.


STYRAX OFFICINALIS

Family: Styraceae

Genus: Styrax

Common name: Styrax


 

Curcumin and type 2 diabetes

CURCUMIN EFFECTS ON DIABETES

CURCUMA

Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), is one of the most active chemical constituents found in Turmeric or Curcuma longa. Traditionally used in herbal preparations and as a dye and flavouring agent, Curcumin is a polyphenol compound from the group of curcuminoids that is known for its characteristic yellow color, the color we can see in curry powder.

It is extracted from Turmeric root and used in many traditional culinary Indian recipes, In a recent study done on the effects and efficacy of Curcumin in delaying the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus, 240 pre-diabetic population were given either placebo or curcumin during 9 months. After the test period the participants were subject to analysis with the following results:

  1. 16.4% of the subjects in the placebo group were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
  2. None (0%) in the Curcumin-treated group acquired Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

But that's not all, the curcumin-treated group showed a better overall function of β-cells and lower C-peptide. Image: See credits under ref. [2] below.


CURCUMA LONGA

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Curcuma

Common name: Turmeric, Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica Valeton


 

Bitter melon juice prevents pancreatic cancer in mouse

BITTER MELON

Since Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), also known as bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash, Pavakai in Tamil, Karela in Urdu [1] that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, a family that also includes squashes, melons and gourds, arrived to America some 500 years ago, brought by African slaves without even knowing what cancer was, it has been with us exerting many health benefits and properties every time we used it as part of our diets. Image: Bitter melon by Leslie Seaton under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


MOMORDICA CHARANTIA

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Momordica

Common name: Bitter melon, bitter gourd or bitter squash, Pavakai in Tamil, Karela (करेला) in Urdu and Hindi.