We live in a period when manufactured medicines are the go to remedy for all human ailments, modern medicines are just over a century old but man has been here for many millennia. How did our predecessors still lead a healthy and long life without the pills? ‘Plants & Herbs’ are the answer, they have been the primary form of medicine and treatment in various Asian cultures. Below are some herbs that have been used since time immemorial to maintain overall health.
Turmeric - Turmeric is an essential part of the Indian diet due to its miraculous properties. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic properties make it an essential on this list as it combats major human ailments without any side effects and is easily available. Curcumin an active compound in turmeric relieves joint pain, depression, high cholesterol, chronic inflammation and ensures longevity for the human body.
Ashwagandha - (Withania somnifera) is a plant native to India and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Its fruit (a small red berry) and roots are primarily used to make various Ayurvedic medicines. Research shows that it helps the body in effectively managing stress as it reduces the levels of cortisol in our body. It also is believed to enhance memory, male fertility and muscle growth.
Brahmi (Water hyssop) - This herb contains powerful antioxidants, that protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals in the body, it is anti-inflammatory and helps boost brain functions related to memory and learning. Research shows that it may reduce the levels of cortisol in the body thereby managing stress and anxiety.
Herbal remedies have the ability to heal, nourish and boost physical and mental well-being, along with adding nutrients to the body, hence providing for a long, healthy life.