Friday, August 29, 2008

Alternative Medicines of India

For any ailment, my grandmother always had one or the other natural medicines ready. Rarely had we had to go to an Allopath for minor diseases. The medicines that my grandmother used were generally the many herbs and spices that were sometimes used in cooking as well. Even today these medicines are used widely. The only difference is that they are no more bound to households only. They are now actively used in everyday medical practices as well
Few are the most well known and most used herbs as medicines

1. Basil (Tulsi)
The most common remedy for cold, the common disease. Studies have also proved that compounds in basil oil have potent antioxidants thus can be used as anti-aging, anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-microbial agent.

2. Chives
When used in large quantities, Chives help in reducing blood pressure. The high level of sulfur compounds is what makes it a special medicine.

3. Coriander (Dhaniya)
Though this is a tough medicine, it is a sure shot against many ailments. Fresh seeds and the leaves are chewed raw. They are also good for quick digestion.

4.Dill (Sowa)
Dill is a perfect medicine for intestinal gas. This herb is used in pickeles, salads and fish dishes.

5. Mint (Pudina)
Mint is most known for providing fresh breaths. Chewing on it also is good for digestion

6. Oregano (Ajwaiin)
Known for removing congestion and a great remedy for indigestion.

7. Parsley (Ajmoda)
Parsley has many uses. It can reduce itching by mosquito bites when crushed and rubbed on the skin. Parsley tea is good for lowering high blood pressure and its tonic strengthens bladder.

8. Rosemary (Rusmari)
Rosemary is a symbol for remembrance as it is a good medicine for improving memory. Study shows the presence of Carnosic acid that is known for lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

9. Common Sage (Salvia)
Common Sage is a proved medicine for indigestion, gas, liver complaints and depression. It is also commonly used as a mouth wash as it cures mouth ulcers, sore throat, gum infections and pain.

10. Thyme (Banajwain)
This herb to is a good medicine for cough, bronchitis and other respiratory infections. The antiseptic nature of Thyme also makes it useful for curing wounds and fungal infections.

11. Neem Leaves
This is one herb that is used as a medicine since ancient times. This magic plant is splendid for controlling diabetics and is known to be a wonder blood purifier. Neem Oil is a main ingredient in cosmetic products like soaps, shampoos and creams as it has skin caring characteristics. It is also a great cure for chicken pox, malaria and intestinal problems.


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