Herbal Ingredients: A new dimension in the era of modern medicine

At present, the concept of health awareness in urban and rural areas is increasingly gaining momentum. In context to the health effects of modern medicine, people have been using traditional medicine alone or in combination with other products to achieve this state of health. For centuries, cultures around the world have relied on traditional medicine to meet their health needs. Despite modern medical and technological advances, the global demand for herbal remedies is growing every day. There is no doubt that modern medicine has a history of giving fast results as compared to ayurvedic treatment. Modern medicines concentrate on treating symptoms only without knowing the origin of the diseases. It doesn’t focus on the overall health of the patient. For instance, doctors suggest having antibiotics to treat any infection. There is no attention paid to handle the imbalance in the human body caused by such potent drugs. On the other hand, an Ayurvedic doctor checks the overall body of the patient. Then, he examines the balance of doshas and gunas to give a complete cure and restore balance in the patient body.The practice of herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare which has been used for decades in developing and developed countries. Herbal medicine has its origins in ancient cultures. It involves the medicinal use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and wellbeing. Some herbs have powerful ingredients and should be taken with the same level of caution as pharmaceutical medications. Although there are many uses of herbal medicines, the primary use of it lies in maintaining or improving human health. The advantages of this type of medicine include good availability, local cultural aspects, individual preferences, the increasing demand for natural and organic products, and the already validated cooperative effects of herbal medicines.

The National Institutes of Health provides a good guide that shows how specific herbs and supplements may be used. For example, Chamomile is taken to improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and reduces aging and helps in fighting other skin problems, cinnamon is taken to treat gastrointestinal problems, loss of appetite, and diabetes, etc. Similarly, there are many herbal products and supplements that promise to treat a range of symptoms. Herbal products hold important percentages in the pharmaceutical market. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 80 percent of people worldwide use herbal remedies, which themselves talk about the role of these natural ingredients. Out of the 177 drugs used to treat cancer, more than 70 percent are based on drug products or their chemical reactions.

Herbal products are rich with magical properties that improve well-being without causing any harmful effect. Here are some health problems a person can fight with natural remedies like spicy herbs treats respiratory problems, cold and improve blood circulation, sweet herbs gives relieve to pain and improves functioning of spleen and boost immunity, bitter herbs treat asthma, constipation and aid the cardiovascular system, sour herbs cures liver disorders and better the digestive process and salty herbs are good for health of kidneys and bland herbs have effective healing properties and so on. Herbal products are the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. It is an important source for pharmaceutical manufacturing which includes medicines, cosmetics, and spices. They have various advantages and disadvantages, but one should use those herbal products which are suitable and might be helpful to solve their problems.

With so many claimed health benefits, herbs may be a worthwhile natural remedy to adapt to your routine. With the growing recognition and awareness of the value of herbs it is certainly time to explore the therapeutic use of these plants. Plant medicine does not just improve symptoms; it approaches the healing of the whole body as opposed to western medicine, which may just approach the symptom. There are profound changes in traditional medicine or herbal medicine that play a growing role in the human experience of this change.

Bed time ideas for a restful sleep

Bed time ideas for a restful sleep

1 in 2 adults don’t sleep enough. We all know that sleep is vital for overall health. Some of the strategies to improve sleep are reducing caffeine consumption, use of specialized bedding amongst others. Unfortunately a considerable proportion of the population also stress themselves by taking work to their bed and using mobile phones.

It has been widely reported that our work efficiency improves after a good night’s sleep so also does our concentration and memory. Unfortunately, sleep eludes many. Here are some bed time ideas that will help you sleep better.

  • Fix a time for going to bed
  • Do not take electronic gadgets with you to bed
  • Have light meals at night or bed time tea
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Read a good book
  • Stretch, breathe and relax
  • Write the day’s happening in a diary & make a to-do list for the next day

Scientifically speaking, there is a neurotransmitter called GABA that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Low levels of GABA may be linked to poor sleep, anxiety or mood disorders. SAVA Herbals markets GudselpTM which is an innovative blend of ayurvedic herbs like Tagara, Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shankapushpi, Jatiphala and Jatamansi. These herbs have the potential to enhance quality of sleep, treat insomnia, and improve fatigue, mood, concentration & memory.

Fresh mornings are possible after a good night’s sleep!

Liver Detox

A Healthy Liver requires a Super-Hero 

Liver is an important organ of our body that performs a wide range of functions from removing toxins to producing and excreting bile to activating enzymes. Some signs that indicate a damaged liver include frequent allergies, malnutrition, poor appetite, fatigue, irregular digestion, skin discoloration, acid reflux and heartburns. Some of the most important reasons for liver disorders are

  1. Consumption of alcohol
  2. Eating diet high in carbs may increase fat deposition in liver.
  3. Being over-weight
  4. Diabetes

A liver detox can help in alleviating many of these problems. Fortunately, India’s ayurvedic tradition provides herbs that can help to keep liver healthy.

  • Punarnava is a magical remedy during jaundice and other liver anomalies
  • Pippali can be used in hepatic disorders due to its hepato-protective action. Has anti-hyperlipidemic activity
  • Guduchi has anti-oxidant, hepato-protective and cholesterol-lowering properties.
  • Daruharidra has hepatoprotective properties and fights against liver toxicity and helps to treat jaundice
  • Musta has lipid lowering property & counters high cholesterol levels
  • Kalmegha has hepatoprotective action and helps to stimulate multiple liver enzymes
  • Himsra protects the liver by reducing oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties
  • Kutaki ensures good liver function, cleanse out the toxins and limit your exposure to the bad germs which can impact liver functions
  • Bhumyamalaki reverses any damage caused to the liver

A healthy liver requires a vast array of nutrients and herbs to support the endless functions it must perform. Being the largest organ in the body, the liver requires the support of a super-hero. The superiority of LivstarTM (SAVA Healthcare Limited) lies in its unique composition of ayurvedic herbs that help in normalizing the function of liver.

The Spicy Gold Rush

It’s not about the California Gold Rush, It’s about turmeric! The entire world appreciates the health benefits of turmeric today. From turmeric-laced tea to face packs to cold-pressed juice, our obsession with the color of turmeric has contributed to the transformation of turmeric into a superfood.
Officially, India is the world’s largest manufacturer, exporter and consumer of Turmeric. It is from the Indian subcontinent that turmeric found its way into Europe and beyond. More than 30 different varieties of turmeric grow in India, each unique in its own way. Some of the varieties have received GI status too like Erode manjal (Tamil Nadu), Lakadong turmeric (Meghalaya), Waigaon turmeric (Maharashtra), Kandhamal haldi (Odisha), and Sangli turmeric (Maharashtra). The bright yellow colour of turmeric is an integral part of the Indian cuisine, no matter from which part of the subcontinent. Every home in India has turmeric in its shelves.
While turmeric is a flavorsome spice that is nutritious to consume, it has also traditionally been used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine to treat inflammatory conditions, skin diseases, wounds, digestive ailments, and liver conditions. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric has powerful biological properties. This golden spice supports immune health, helps relieve pain, and can aid in digestion, among other things. Many vouch for the immune boosting properties of having hot milk with a tablespoon of turmeric along with pepper.

Health benefits of turmeric includes:

  • Fights free radicals to protect cells from damage
  • Lessens pain & inflammation
  • Lowers risk of heart disease

Numerous studies have established the health benefits of Turmeric. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed interest in this spice. A sudden spurt in the production and sale of turmeric has been seen. People have become more aware of turmeric’s health properties during the pandemic since everyone was looking to boost their immunity. For all its health benefits, turmeric is worth its weight in gold.

What’s on your plate?

What you eat is influenced by many social and economic factors like income, individual likings, beliefs, cultural and religious traditions, where you live and various other environmental aspects.
As per The World Health Organization (WHO) consuming a healthy diet throughout the life-course helps to prevent malnutrition in all its forms as well as a range of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and conditions. However, increased production of processed foods, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars and salt/sodium, and many people do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and other dietary fibre such as whole grains.
Obesity has tripled since 1975. Its prevalence had increased to 10.8% amongst adult women & 15% in adult men in 2016. Close to 2 billion adults in the world were overweight equal to 13% of the world’s population! Almost half a billion were obese then!

The time-bomb is clicking closer home! India is home to the third largest obese population in the world. And we are going to grow fatter by 2030. If estimates are to be believed, 28% of our population will be overweight and 5% will be obese. 

Here are some things to keep in mind while eating apart from having a healthy lifestyle.

  • Include at least 400g of fruit and vegetables per day excluding potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and other starchy roots
  • Limit consumption of sugar to 50g per day
  • Limit fats to 30% of energy intake – prefer unsaturated fats like that found in fish, avocado, nuts, soybean, and olive oil. Avoid saturated fats like that in cheese, coconut oil, butter and ghee.
  • Avoid trans fats that which are found in pre-packaged snacks and foods, frozen pizzas
  • Restrict salt to 5g of per day

India has to lose weight – fast and now! You don’t have to eat less! You have to eat right. 

Balance your “self” with Ayurveda

The origin of Ayurveda date back to the Vedic age many thousands of years ago. It is one of the oldest forms of holistic medicine widely used even today. Combining and nurturing the mind, body and soul, Ayurveda bestows spiritual, physical, and mental health respectively.

The core principle of Ayurveda is that the five basic elements or panchabhutas – aakasha or space, vayu or air, teja or fire, jala or water and prithvi or earth form the universe as well as the human body. A unique combination of these elements form the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha which are responsible for a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. In other words, the three doshas form the blueprint for optimal health in every person.

Dosha, loosely translated means “that which can cause problems”. Each dosha, a combination of atleast two basic elements, fluctuate in the body according to the seasons, time of day, process of digestion among other factors and can thus determine changing conditions of growth, aging, health, and disease.

  • Vata is a mix of vayu (air) and aakasha (space). The vata substances are responsible for movements in the body. An imbalance in vata may lead to conditions like asthma, flatulence, dryness of skin, rheumatic disorders and gout, weight loss, restlessness and dizziness.
  • Pitta combines teja (fire) and jala (water). The pitta substances perform functions pertaining to digestion and metabolism. An imbalance in pitta may lead to conditions like digestive problems, heart burn, lose stools or diarrhea, and painful menstrual cramps.
  • Kapha is made up of jala (water) and prithvi (earth). The kapha substances are the nourishing elements of the body. Imbalance in kapha shows as cold, congestion, lack of appetite, water retention, weight gain, and a feeling of tiredness & depression.

Ayurveda addresses imbalances within any of the doshas by proposing an upliftment of physical, mental and spiritual health. Small yet meaningful changes to our daily routines along with a nutritious diet and herbs that can blend into our life’s demands.

Ayurveda is not just about herbs! It is about the balance of mind, body and soul.

Tulsi – The Queen of Herbs

Tulsi is an aromatic shrub native to the Indian subcontinent. An integral part of various Asian cuisines, Tulsi is cultivated and used for religious and medicinal purposes. The Tulsi leaves are packed with goodness that has various health benefits. Rama Tulsi (green leaves) and Krishna or Shyma Tulsi (purple leaves) — have been found to contain very high concentration of medicinally important compounds.

  • Rich in antioxidants, Tulsi helps to fight cold, flu, and fever by boosting the body’s immune defense.
  • Tulsi also effectively acts on respiratory system and helps in clearing congestion associated with conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
  • Tulsi is a natural analgesic and helps control pain and inflammation
  • Tulsi is also used to cure insect bites
  • Tulsi helps to fight infections
  • Tulsi’s distinct clove-like aroma arising from its high eugenol content helps in the anti-inflammatory action as well as in repelling insects.

Tulsi in Hinduism

Hindus regard Tulsi as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi, who is regarded as the avatar of Lakshmi. The offering of its leaves is recommended in ritualistic worship of Vishnu and his avatars like Krishna and Vithoba. Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home.

Silk Road and Tulsi

When the Silk Road opened up trade between the east and west, Tulsi was one of the herbs that went westwards and found a place in the family herb gardens of Europe along with other medicinal plants like mint, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Tulsi in Christianity

Tulsi came to be known as Holy Basil. The name basil in fact comes from the Greek word for ‘kingly’ or ‘royal’ and Tulsi became a sacred herb in orthodox Christianity. Orthodox Christians believed that the herb sprung up where Jesus’s blood fell near his tomb and, ever since, basil has been associated with the worship of the cross, particularly during Great Lent. The priest uses basil to establish and purify the holy water and a bunch of its leaves to sprinkle the water on to the congregation.

Tulsi, the Queen of Herbs, is one of the most valued and holistic herbs used over years in traditional medicine in India and almost every part of the plant has been found to possess numerous therapeutic properties, some proven and some being evaluated by scientists.

Keep your heart young, healthy & happy – Naturally

The incidence of death due to heart diseases has increased significantly in the last 25 years in India. What is more worrying is the fact that young people are affected by it. Youngsters should be aware about various risk factors that may risk their chances of getting heart diseases later in their lives. Heart health has assumed huge significance in COVID era as there is a rising trend of sudden heart attacks and even people aged between 40-50 years are affected by it.

As early as childhood and adolescence, plaque can start accumulating in the arteries and later lead to clogged arteries. Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus Type-2 are several factors which can cause heart diseases even in young and middle-aged people.

Heart is one of the most important organs that delivers oxygen and nutrients to our cells. Any sign of a heart trouble should be taken seriously as it is linked to your longevity and survival. It is important to eat right, exercise, stay away from smoking and alcohol and avoid junk food to avoid getting heart diseases.

It is crucial to maintain a healthy heart since it is one of the most important organs of the body without which we cannot survive. Here are things that you should do

  • Taking antioxidants daily
  • Consuming a healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables
  • Avoid heavy to digest foods
  • Keeping sugars under check
  • If there is family history of heart disease, choose a healthy lifestyle
  • Keep cholesterol under check

Here are some herbs that can keep your heart young & healthy.

  • Cinnamon, to lower unhealthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Garlic, reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke and brings down bad cholesterol levels
  • Lal Mirch, helps keep blood flowing well around your body
  • Turmeric, helps to protect arteries from fat build up
  • Ginger, prevents plaque formation in the arteries
  • Coriander, protect heart by lowering blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol

Bust your stress naturally

Stress is a reaction to everyday pressures. Stressful situations can cause a surge of hormones in your body. Children, teens, adults and elders – all of them face situations of trauma, uncertainty and anxiety. Though some amount of stress is good, repeated exposure to stressful situations can take a toll on the body and can affect multiple body’s systems.

There are however ways, by which stress can be handled. A healthy routine, practicing meditation are some of these ways. Of course, there are herbs that can support you to face stress. And all this naturally!

These are 6 herbs that can help you:

  • Tulsi leaves create a sense of calm and focus. Adding it to tea or making a decoction with water can help you relax and have a positive feeling.
  • Chamomile flowers are proven to be of great help when you feel irritated, restless or tense. The best way to get the benefits is to get a sip of Chamomile tea.
  • Valerian root helps people to calm and have a restful sleep. The best way possibly is to use it as a tincture or in tea.
  • Shankapushpi helps to increase mental strength and improves memory and concentration
  • Brahmi helps to balance emotions and ease anxiety levels
  • Ashwagandha is a tonic for physical and mental health. It helps to adapt to stressful situations