We often see two variations of exercise culture in the west: obsessive or a lack of exercise. Both of these can cause a build-up of toxins, ama, and leave us feeling exhausted and generally unwell. From an Ayurvedic perspective, overexertion can cause as many problems as a lack of exercise.
Have you heard of Tabernaemontana d. before? Tabernaemontana divaricate also known as Nandyavarta in Sanskrit or Crape jasmine in English.
The waxy blossoms are white five petaled pinwheels. The flowers are commonly used for poojas and worshipping gods in India. Nandyarvatam has a magical ability to cure eye disease and the milky juice of the leaves has anti inflammatory action and can be applied directly over the wounds. The juice of the flowers can also be made into eye drops.
So much effort goes into preparing classical Ayurvedic medicines. Planting the herbs, nurturing the crops, harvesting…… the person in the picture is one of those amazing people helping in the preparation of classical Ayurvedic medicines. Lots of ginger to peel 🙏.
Ginger is very commonly used in Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurvedic medicine preparations. Ayurveda uses dry ginger (Nagara) and fresh ginger (Ardraka). Ginger is useful in indigestion, asthma, nausea and many many more ailments.
Have you heard of Aragwadha (Cassia fistula) before?
Aragwadha is a Sanskrit word that literally means that which eliminates or destroys the disease. This is a picture from India but we have this tree also in Australia (a 2 minute stroll from the clinic).
Charaka has categorised it as kusthaghna (anti dermatoses), kandughna (anti pruritic) and also recana (laxative). It’s Ayurvedic properties are rasa (taste) sweet and it has a cold potency (virya). It has Vatapitta (reducing) qualities also Samshramana (bowel cleansing attributes).