Dried fruits of Emblica officinalis Gaertn.(Syn. Phyllanthus emblica Linn.)., are found both in the wild and cultivated state; all over India.
Health Benefits:Emblica officinalis is very rich in Vitamin C. Studies indicate that it does not loose its Vitamin C content on storage. Vitamin C is highly important in the body mainly due its ability to remove free radicals which are harmful to body mainly due to its ability to remove free radicals. The descriptive role of free radicals in the body is a major challenge for cosmetologist, hence in most antiaging products, Vitamin C is added. Emblica being a natural source of vitamin C serves great purpose. Emblica officinalis is effective in the treatment of amlapitta (peptic ulcer) and in dyspepsia. The fruit exhibit hypolipidaemic and antiatherosclerotic effects in rabbits and rats. The fruit extract has antimutagenic activity on certain directly acting mutagens in some strains of Salmonella typhimurium. The extract of amla also has antimicrobial properties. Amlaki is an antioxidant with free radical scavenging properties which may be due to presence of high levels of super oxide dismutase. Amla extract is one of the constituent in several herbal preparation like Chywanprash
Indian Names:Sans. : Amalaka Beng. : Amlaki Guj. : Ambala, Amala Hindi : Amla, Aonla Mal. : Nelli Mar. : Avala Kan. : Amalaka, Nelli Tam. : Nelli Tel. : Usirikai, Usirika
Dried juice of leaves of Aloes (Aloevera) arbadensis Mill.(Syn. A.vera(Linn).Burm.f., A.indica Royle); Fam.Liliaceae. The plant is distributed throughout India.
Health Benefits: Cathartic action of the drug, limited to large intestine, is attributed to anthraquinone glycosides, chiefly aloin. Latter is not absorbed in the upper gut but hydrolysed to the active aglycone at the site of action in the colon and rectum by intestinal bacteria.The anthrones irritate the mucus membrane, leading to an increase in the secretion of mucus, thus stimulating peristalsis. Also they induce an active secretion of water and electrolytes into the lumen of the gut and inhibit the absorption of electrolytes and water by the colon. Burn and Wound Healing: Typically the wound healing requires regeneration of skin and closing of the wound. Aloe Vera is soothing in nature due to its moisture content. Studies show that Aloe Vera when applied to a wound increases the rate of wound closure and enhances the proliferation of cells, whereby the healing is enhanced. Arthritis, Joint and Muscle Pain: Aloe Vera is believed to reduce severe joint and muscle pain associated with arthritis, tendinitis and other injuries. When applied directly to the area of pain, Aloe Vera penetrates the skin to soothe the pain.
Relieve Gastrointestinal Problems.
Coronary Heart Disease Studies suggest that the ingestion of Aloe Vera gel may have a beneficial effect to the accumulation of blood fat lipids associated with the disease.
Blood circulation - a number of constituents have beneficial effects on blood pressure and coagulation.
Digestion - One of its most popular use.
Indian NamesSanskrit : Kumarirasasambhava, Ghrita- Kumari Bengali : Ghrita kumari Gujarati : Kunwar Hindi : Musabhar, Ghikanwar Kannada : Kolasoare, Komarika, Maulisara Malayalam : Kattavazha Marathi : Korphad Orissa : Kumari, Mushabora Tamil : Chirukattalai, Kattalai Telugu : Kalabanda
Aegle marmelos is generally called as Bael. It is a species of tree native to India. It is present throughout Southeast Asia as a naturalized species. It belongs to the family Rutaceae and subfamily Aurantioideae. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Aegle. It is a mid-sized, slender, aromatic, armed, gum-bearing tree growing up to 18 meters tall.
Health Benefits:Aegle marmelos, commonly known as bael, is a spiny tree belonging to the family Rutaceae. The leaves, roots, bark, seeds and fruits of A. marmelos are edible. The medicinal properties of this plant have been described in the Ayurveda. In fact, as per Charaka, no drug has been longer or better known or appreciated by the inhabitants of India than the bael. The leaves of bael are useful in ophthalmia, deafness, and catarrh, diabetes. The unripe fruits are bitter, acrid, sour, astringent, a digestive and stomachic and are useful in diarrhea and dysentery. The roots of A. marmelos are one of the ingredients of dashamula, a medicine commonly used by Ayurvedic practitioners. Fresh aqueous and alcoholic leaf extracts of A. marmelos are reported to have a cardiotonic effect, like digitalis, and to decrease the requirement for circulatory stimulants. An aqueous decoction of the leaves has been shown to possess a significant hypoglycemic effect (7, 8). Bael leaves are also antibacterial and antifungal in action. The antifungal activity of essential oil isolated from the leaves of bael (Aegle marmelos (L.) has been evaluated using spore germination assay.
Indian Names:Sanskrit : Bilva, Shivaphala, Adhararuha, Sivadrumah, Tripatra Hindi : Bel Marathi : Bel Tamil : Vilvam Malayalam : Vilvam Telugu : Sandiliyamu Kannada : Bilvapatre Bengali : Bel Gujarati : Bili
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of cinnamon trees from the species Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It is used in both sweet and savory foods. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small Southeast -Asian evergreen tree, and trees grow in a number of tropical areas, including parts of India, China, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts as far back as four thousand years.
Health Benefits:The German health authorities recognize cinnamon as treatment for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, bloating, and flatulence. In vitro and animal data demonstrate that cinnamon increases insulin receptor sensitivity and/or directly stimulates insulin-producing cells (10). Cinnamon also reduces cholesterol and triglycerides levels. The results showed that the essential oil of Cinnamomum oil possess great antimicrobial properties than aqueous decoction and infusion because of cinnamaldehyde is major volatile and divers constituent present in it and also has variety of active components (11). It has also been used to treat diarrhea and other problems of the digestive system. Cinnamon is high in antioxidant activity. The essential oil of cinnamon also has antimicrobial properties, which can aid in the preservation of certain foods. Cinnamon could have some pharmacological effects in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance. Cinnamon has traditionally been used to treat toothache and fight bad breath and its regular use is believed to stave off common cold and aid digestion. Pharmacological experiments suggest that the cinnamon-derived dietary factor cinnamic aldehyde (cinnamaldehyde) represent an experimental chemo preventive dietary factor targeting colorectal carcinogenesis .
Indian Names:Sanskrit : Chadana, Pattra, Sthula tvak, Tamaala patra, Tamaalaka Marathi : Dalchini Hindi : Dalchini Gujarati : Tuj, Dalchini Bengali : Darchini Telugu : Dalchini
Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. It belongs to subfamily Allioideae and family Amaryllidaceae. Garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It has been used throughout its history for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits:Allium sativum is one of the most popular herbs used worldwide to reduce various risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases. It is one of the herbs most commonly used in modern folkloric medicine. It is an effective remedy for many aliments such as heart problems, headache, bites, worms and tumours. Garlic is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels and act as antidiabetic agent. Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts has been shown to prevent some complications of diabetes mellitus (6). Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections especially chest problems, digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush. Garlic has been used successfully in AIDS patients to treat Cryptosporidium in an uncontrolled study in China. It has also been used by at least one AIDS patient to treat toxoplasmosis, another protozoal disease (7). Allixin, a phytoalexin isolated from garlic, was examined for its effects on aflatoxin B1(AFB1)-induced mutagenesis using Salmonella typhimurium TA100 as the bacterial tester strain and rat liver S9 fraction as the metabolic activation system. The data indicate that the effect of allixin on AFB1-induced mutagenesis and binding of metabolites to DNA may be mediated through an inhibition of microsomal P-450 enzymes. Allixin may thus be useful in the chemoprevention of cancer .
Indian Names:Sanskrit : Lashuna Hindi : Lasun, Lessan, Lahsun Bengali : Rashun Gujarati : Lasan Kannada : Bellulli Malayalam: Vellulli Marathi : Lusson Oriya : Rasuna