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Vinca Rosea Roots/Leaves

Anti-cancer

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Rattanjot, Sadabahar.

Vinca rosea alkaloids are Hypotensive, sedative and have tranquilising properties and are anti cancerous. Vinca rosea helps in relieving muscle pain, depression of central nervous system and wasps stings. Vinca rosea is used in case of nosebleed, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and sore throats. Vinca rosea is also used internally for loss of memory, hypertension, cystitis, gastritis and enteritis, diarrhea and raised blood sugar levels. Vinca rosea is the chief source of alkaloids Vincrstine and vinblastine.

Vitex Neugudo Leaves

Anti-parasitic

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Common name: Five leaved chaste tree, Gattilier incise, Nirgundi.

Vitex neugudo roots, fruits, flowers, leaves and bark have great medicinal value and are used for medicinal purpose externally as well as internally. Externally, Vitex neugudo decoction is used for steam bath for arthritis, joint pains and sciatica. Particularly, Vitex neugudo is very effective in alleviating the low back pain. Vitex neugudo leaves when smoked are said to relieve catarrh and headache. Oil prepared with Vitex neugudo juice is applied to sinuses and scrofulous sores. Oil is used also as bathing oil for rubbing on the head and in cervical lymphadenitis. The oil is also found to be salutary for sloughing wounds and ulcers. In premature graying of hair and scalp infections like pediculosis and lice, the oil is applied with great benefit. Decoction of Vitex neugudo leaves is an effective gargle in stomatitis and sore throat. The poultice of hot leaves applied on swollen and painful joints, effectively mitigates the pains. Medicated oil is beneficial in suppurative otitis. The tub-bath of the decoction of its leaves is rewarding in sciatica, epididymo-orchitis and uterine inflammations. Internally, Vitex neugudo is salubrious in vast range of diseases. Vitex neugudo is used in vitiated conditions of vata like sciatica, arthritis, headache, spondylosis as a pain killer. Vitex neugudo juice is given along with cow’s urine, as a panacea for splenic pathology, associated with ascites. Vitex neugudo is extremely beneficial in cough, asthma, bronchitis and inflammatory conditions of pleura. Being diuretic, it is valusble in strangury to facilitate the micturition. The skin affections associated with pruritus are effectively ameliorated with Vitex neugudo. The juice of Vitex neugudo combined with honey, alleviates fever. Vitex neugudo is an influencial herb in vitiated conditions of vata, like hysteria, epilepsy, insomnia, vertigo etc. and works well as a brain tonic as well. Vitex neugudo is a good rejuvenating plant in general debility. Vitex neugudo works well as a rasayana with silajita (Black Bitumen).

Withania Somnifera Roots

Tonic, alterative, astringent, aphrodisiac, deobstruent, nervine, sedative, adaptogenic

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Common names: Winter Cherry, Ashwagandha, Asgandh.

The shoots of the (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera shrub are used in food and in India seeds of the (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera are used to thicken milk. African tribes also use (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera to treat fevers, and other inflammations. (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera is usually crushed and used in a traditional Ayurvedic formula called Shilajit or shilajatu. (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera has comparable properties as Chinese ginseng. (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera is heat neutral which means it has no warming or cooling properties. Unlike ginseng which is a warming herb. The active components in (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera are alkaloids and withanoloids which provides it with the properties it possesses. Withanoloids within (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera provides it all its medicinal character. Withanoloids consist of steroidal molecules which act to fight inflammation. (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera is frequently compared to Chinese ginsengs which contain molecules like withanoloids called ginsenosides. For this reason Withania somnifera is frequently called Indian ginseng. Therefore, both ginseng and (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera kindle the immune system, stop inflammation, increase memory, and helps maintain general healthy and wellness. Also it is known to augment the production of bone marrow, semen, and inhibits the aging process. The modern medical uses of (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera are diverse. One area in which it has been helpful is in the treatment of mental health issues. One study in particular gave thirty anxiety sufferers forty ml doses two times a day of a solution with its major ingredient of Withania Somnifera. After one month, all anxiety symptoms including panic attacks and paranoia had virtually disappeared. American counselors have also found the herb useful in treating depression, alcohol addiction and schizophrenia. Also, when (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera is taken frequently memory and learning skills augment noticeably. A lot of studies have been conducted to see the effects of (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera on tumors, arthritis, and other forms of inflammation. The studies proved that (Ashwagandha) Withania Somnifera acts as an anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory agent. It's naturally occurring steroidal content is much higher than that of hydrocortisone which is a common treatment in cancer cases.

Zingeber Officinalis Roots

Joint care and digestive aid

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Common names: Ginger, Gingembre, Ingwer, Sunta, Shunti.

Zingeber officinalis is used for relief from colds and coughs, Zingeber officinalis is applied on the forehead or chest as a paste. To alleviate pain and swelling, Zingeber officinalis paste is applied preferable with oil in rheumatic conditions. In excessive perspiration, the massage with dry Zingeber officinalis powder is beneficial. Internally, Zingeber officinalis is one of the distinguished medicines in diseases of vata. A decoction of Zingeber officinalis, tila and jaggery is the best panacea for rheumatic disorders – amavata and peptic ulcer – parinama sula (Sharngadhara). Zingeber officinalis combines well with honey as a therapy for cough and asthma. The juice of Zingeber officinalis and lemon with equal quantity of hony is licked with pippali in cough and colds. Zingeber officinalis works well with vidanga given with honey in intestinal worms and loss of appetite. Zingeber officinalis tea is of special benefit in bringing on a delayed menstrual period and in relieving menstrual cramps. The juice of Zingeber officinalis and onion alleviates vomiting. To combat chronic colds, the decoction of Zingeber officinalis, cinnamon and rock candy is extremely helpful. For treating colds, cough, loss of appetite and distaste, candied ardraka is commonly used. Zingeber officinalis is prepared by cutting ardraka into bite-sized spices. Simmer these in honey or sugar. Add saffron, cloves, cardamom to it. Eat a piece of Zingeber officinalis after meals. Zingeber officinalis is traditionally used in women as a general tonic in post-partum debility. Zingeber officinalis is used as an adjuvant in aphrodisiac preparations in male sexual debility.