Reduce Sickness with Indian Herbs By Saira Gillani ND Natural Health Atlanta
Author by Saira Gillani, ND
Did you know that Indian herbs have many great health benefits? The ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine promotes a healthy diet. Foods rich in spices are traditionally used for health and flavor. Ayurveda promotes providing the six tastes: astringent, pungent, bitter, sour, salty, and sweet in meals for health benefits. Here are the top five Indian herbs that will help prevent you from getting sick.
Turmeric is a bitter, yellow, culinary spice widely used in Southeast Asia. Medical uses for this spice include anti-inflammatory treatments for digestive disorders and joint inflammation. The active ingredient is curcumin. Studies conducted on turmeric and its cancer connection reveal that turmeric can help to prevent cancerous body cells. Taking a turmeric supplement also increases the production of vital enzymes of the liver, thus increasing the liver function. Recent studies also show turmericas a powerful anti-oxidant, which works to destroy free radicals in your body responsible for damaging body cells.
Ginger is a spice that has been used for a variety of medicinal applications since ancient times. As a warming, stimulating spice, ginger also provides digestive support alleviating symptoms of indigestion, gas, diarrhea and stomachaches. As an anti-inflammatory, ginger root reduces the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Ginger is used as a treatment for inflammation and stiff joints. Ginger has also been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion. It has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu.
Fennel is an astringent Indian spice that has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Its main use is for digestion. Indian restaurants frequently offer the seeds to customers after meals to ease the assimilation of food. Other health benefits include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, eye care, etc.
Cardamom is a sweet Indian spice used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diseases of the stomach and urinary system, cardiovascular and respiratory problems. Cardamom is frequently added to creamy Indian desserts to ease digestion and alleviate flatulence. Scientific studies have also shown that consumption of cardamom offers beneficial properties for the treatment of high blood pressure. Cardamom is also used as a diuretic. A diuretic is a substance that increases urine production and output from the kidneys in order to rid the body of excess fluids and unwanted toxins.
Garlic is used in the treatment of all lung ailments for high and low blood pressure, against parasites and infections, for headaches and for nervous disorders. Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, and has a powerful antioxidant effect.
About the Author
Dr. Saira Gillani, ND, CTN, CNW, MBA, has been Double Board Certified as a Traditional Naturopath and in Nutritional Wellness from the American Naturopathic Certification Board and has her Doctorate of Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her expertise includes diabetes, high blood pressure, weight management, immune support, adrenal support, chronic fatigue, allergies, ADHD and rheumatic conditions. To learn more, call Natural Health Atlanta at (678) 892-6865 or visit www.naturalhealthatlanta.com. Most Major Insurances Accepted.