Chitrak

Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a digestive herb that balances the microbe colonies in your gut and protects the stomach lining by suppressing corrosive stomach acids. It helps your heart by halting the modification of free cholesterol into the harmful versions, LDL and VLDL. Chitrak can also keep your blood glucose levels normal by making cellsContinue reading “Chitrak”

Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)

Chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) stores all its goodness in its drupe-like fruits. A strong digestive and laxative, it hurries food down the stomach, stalls it in the intestine to remove excess water, and then stimulates strong contractions. At the same time, it protects the stomach lining from corrosive stomach acids. It helps maintain blood glucoseContinue reading “Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)”

Chamomile

Well known for its sedative effects, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) could help you fall asleep by making you less responsive to external stimuli. It has apigenin which behaves like GABA, a sleep-favoring chemical, and could make you feel calm and relaxed. Another chemical mimics a pleasure-inducing hormone called dopamine, toning down anxiety. That apart, chamomile helpsContinue reading “Chamomile”

Boerhavia (Punarnava)

Immunity is a tricky business, but Boerhavia diffusa can run it right. In the face of a threat, it boosts several types of immune cells like macrophages and antibodies and lowers cortisol which can dampen the immune response. But at other times, when a high-strung immunity does more harm than good, it puts a lidContinue reading “Boerhavia (Punarnava)”

Bhumiamalaki

Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is good news for your liver, which faces potential damage almost on a daily basis. It boosts the levels of glutathione in the liver, an antioxidant that protects the liver from free radical damage and hastens DNA repair, and activates a supporting antioxidant called superoxide dismutase. The herb also helps maintain steadyContinue reading “Bhumiamalaki”

Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)

The mature, dried fruit of belleric myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) controls contractions in the smooth muscles of the stomach, firms up stools, and protects the mucous layer of the stomach against corrosive acids by releasing more mucin, improving your digestive function on the whole. It also maintains blood glucose balance by helping store away glucose inContinue reading “Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)”

Ashwagandha

True to its adaptogenic status, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps you cope with stress, by reducing the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and then by preventing it from sitting on cell surfaces and triggering a stress response. It could make you feel more energetic too, thanks to the antioxidant withanolides that boost blood circulation asContinue reading “Ashwagandha”

Andrographis (Bhunimba)

The “king of the bitters,” andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) contains diterpenoid lactones and flavonoids that assist your immune system in fighting invading microbes. The herb helps produce more white blood cells and antibodies. It also activates more macrophages which literally gobble up the invaders. At the same time, it checks the immune system from going overboardContinue reading “Andrographis (Bhunimba)”

Amla (Amalaki)

There‚Äôs more to amla (Phyllanthus emblica) than a rich reserve of vitamin C. It helps your body balance its blood glucose levels by blocking the breakdown of carbs and by releasing more insulin so that the extra glucose is removed from the blood. It maintains your cholesterol balance by preventing cholesterol synthesis in the body.Continue reading “Amla (Amalaki)”