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Medicinal Plants and their Uses

Author:枕头网   Time:2012-9-12 15:11:48

                                Medicinal Plants and their Uses

The goodness and healing properties of herbal plants were explored by people since ages. The study of herbal medicinal plants, known as Ayurveda was practiced in India. Use of plants for medication and treatment dates back to the Vedic period. Today, implementation of traditional methods to treat body ailments has become a profession. This has further boosted its commercial production and the rate of consumption has considerably increased.

List of Medicinal Plants and their Uses

The list of medicinal herbs available across the globe is huge. In the following list we have sorted the species that are commonly used due to their wonderful healing effects and therapeutic value. Have a look at them.

Common Name Scientific Name Uses
Acacia Acacia greggi astringent, demulcent, emollient
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria blood coagulant
Pimenta Pimenta dioica heals wounds, bruises
Ajwain Trachyspermum ammi antibacterial, carminative, digestive
Ashok Trachyspermum ammi relieves menstrual pain, diabetes, uterine disorders
Amla Phyllanthus emblica Cough, diabetes, laxative, acidity
Ashwagandha Withania somnifera relieves stress, nerve disorder, restores normal function of body
Brahmi Bacopa monnieri jaundice, anemia, dropsy
Bael Aegle marmelos constipation, diarrhea, dysentery
Chirata Swertia chirata burn, skin diseases, fever
Guggul Commiphora wightii asthma, hydrocele, diabetes
Guluchi Tinospora cordifolia jaundice, gout, piles, fever
Kalmegh Andrographis paniculata gastritis, fever, weakness
Makoi Solanum nigrum dysentery, diuretic, debility
Pashan Bheda Coleus barbatus calculus, stones in kidney
Sarpa Gandha Ranwolfia serpentina insomnia, hypertension
Tulsi Ocimum tenuiflorum expectorant, cough, cold
Vai Vidanka Embelia ribes skin disease, helminthiasis
Peppermint Mentha piperita pain-killer, digestive
Vringraj Eclipta alba anti-inflammatory, leukemia, stress reliever
Chitrak Plumbargo zeylanica dyspepsia, inflammation, cough, colic
Harada Terminalia chebula leprosy, inflammation, vomiting, insomnia
Neem Azadirachta indica analgesic, astringent, epilepsy
Kantakari Solanum xanthocarpum appetizer, stomach ache, diuretic

List of Medicinal Herbs and their Uses

A plethora of herbs are also utilized for treatment of health disorders. From the table below you shall come to know their medicinal properties and uses. Such herbal medicines are capable of curing health problems completely.

Common Names Scientific Names Uses
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis digestion, stomach spasms, anti-viral
Angelica Angelica sylvestris gastritis, cramps, digestion
Chickweed Stellaria media itching, irritation, rashes
Cleavers Galium aparine skin diseases, diuretic
Couch grass Cynodon dactylon rheumatism, cystitis, gout
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale dissolves kidney and gallstones, diuretics
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis bronchitis, cold, cough
Garlic Allium sativum anti-microbial, cardiovascular treatment
Ginger Zingiber officinale motion sickness, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia stress reliever, boosts spirits, stomach disorders
Red Clover Trifolium pratense rejuvenatory, skin nourishing
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis improves blood supply to brain
Thyme Thymus pulegioides antifungal, anti-bacterial, expectorant
Yarrow Achillea millefolium wound cleansing, blood coagulation, digestive

Indian Medicinal Plants and their Uses

Indian medicinal plants or the herbs in Ayurveda have age-old benefits. Various parts of plants like the leaves, flowers, roots and the bark have proven useful in curing a wide range of health related issues. Sometimes herbal derivatives like gum, resins, metabolites and latex have also been used for treatment purposes. Such products are commercialized today in the form of powders, pills, oils, tablets, creams, etc. The following are some of the most popular Indian plants having medicinal properties.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood finds application in chronic bronchitis. It is one of the most effective herbal remedies for massive sun burns, skin rashes, scars and acne.

Aloe Vera: It is known for its anti-diabetic property. Aloe vera promotes digestive health and is extremely soothing over skin burns and sun tan. It contains all essential amino acids that function as anti-aging factors and is also consumed for nutritional value.

Turmeric: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory property and is also used as an antioxidant. Raw turmeric is very effective in promoting liver health. It shows anti-bacterial action against many skin infections.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the most common herbal medicine for indigestion and gastric problems. It has the power to neutralize harmful toxins released by mold and fungus.

Pennywort: This Indian herbal plant is used as a tonic for nerves. It helps to reduce mental stress and physical fatigue. Pennywort also promotes sleep.

Neem: Neem is an excellent remedy for sprains, flu, skin problems, heart diseases, fever, indigestion, viral infection, etc. Some serious health concerns like cancer, kidney diseases and sexually transmitted diseases are also treated by neem.

Basil: Basil or tulsi acts as a blood purifier and its also an anti bacterial. Tulsi is effective against cough and cold. It enhances digestion and appetite and improves blood circulation. Regular consumption of tulsi leaves boosts immunity of the body.

Ayurvedic doctors have complete trust on the healing properties of medicinal plants as they have proven beneficial for people suffering from different types of health disorders. However, consult your doctor before taking any herb.

 


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