Monthly Archive: August 2015

Cordyceps

What is Cordyceps   Although not actually a mushroom taxonomically, it has been described as an exotic medicinal mushroom in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Cordyceps  is derived from the Greek word kordyle, meaning “club”, and the Latin word  “ceps”,…
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Bromelain

Bromelain is a proteolytic  enzyme  derived from the stems of pineapples. Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus),but the stem is the most common commercial source. The term “bromelain” may refer to either of two…
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Bilberry

Bilberry  Vaccinium myrtillus L.  is a low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium (family Ericaceae), bearing edible, nearly black berries . The dried, ripe fruit and leaves are used to make medicine. A trustworthy food supplement  for  our healthy  eyes– Often…
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Beta Carotene

What is Beta-Carotene- β-Carotene is a strongly colored red-orange and yellow pigments called carotenoids  abundant in plants and fruits. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek beta and Latin carota (carrot) .It is an organic compound and chemically is classified…
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Astragalus Root

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a large genus belonging to the legume family Fabaceae and the subfamily Faboideae. Common names: include Milkvetch, Locoweed and Goat’s-thorn. Parts Used: The dried root ( usually harvested from 4-year-old plants) Matter of interest in medical…
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Dong Quai

Angelica sinensis, commonly known as Dong quai is a herb from the family Apiaceae . The plant’s chemical constituents include of coumarins, phytosterols, polysaccharides, ferulate, and flavonoids Common Names: Dong Quai, Chinese Angelica, Women’s Ginseng, Danggui, Danngui etc. Traditional use…
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Alfalfa

Common names: Lucerne, Alfalfa, Common purple lucerne, Common lucerne, purple alfalfa, purple medick. Sanskrit Name : Aswabala ,Ahittha . Alfalfa Medicago sativa is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae. People use the leaves, sprouts, and seeds to…
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5-HTP

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)/ Oxitriptan a metabolite of tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid. 5-HTP readily crosses the blood–brain barrier and in addition is rapidly decarboxylated to serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT). 5-Hydroxytryptophan is an important building block for the human body…
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Vasaka

Latin name- Justicia adhatoda English name- Malabar Nut Sanskrit name-  Sinhapuri, Vasaka Therapeutic uses – Vasicine, the active compound, has been compared to theophylline –  both in vitro and in vivo.  it has a bronchodilatory  effect, which is why it…
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