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In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a “spice”, a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

Herbs for High Blood Pressure

Herbs for High Blood Pressure — High blood pressure is usually a lifestyle disease. Risk factors for high blood pressure include smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, high salt intake, lack of exercise and stress. High blood pressure is also genetic. Family history of hypertension and stroke may lead to high blood pressure. If left untreated high blood pressure may lead to …

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Herbs for Diabetes

Herbs for Diabetes — Diabetes is a medical disorder characterized by persistent variable high blood sugar levels resulting either from inadequate secretion of the hormone insulin, an inadequate response by the body’s cells to insulin, or a combination of these factors. The most common forms of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Since insulin is the principal …

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Herbs for Depression

Herbs for Depression — Depression is a state of sadness or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual’s social functioning and daily activities. It is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other factors. Symptoms of depression include feelings of overwhelming sadness, a decrease in the amount of interest or pleasure in …

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Herbs for Arthritis

Herbs for Arthritis — Arthritis means joint inflammation. Any part of body can become inflamed or painful from arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease resulting from the wear and tear of life. Osteoarthritis leads to pain, tenderness, swelling, and decreased function of joints. The joints most often …

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Herbs for Anxiety

Herbs for Anxiety — People are increasingly taking the help of herbs to tackle anxiety and stress. Herb Kava kava is used for treating anxiety and promoting sleep. Some herbs such as Valerian are helpful in preventing panic attacks at night. Other herbs such as Ashwagandha, Bugleweed, and California Poppy are useful in soothing nerves. Some of the important anti-anxiety herbs …

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Herbs for Acne

Herbs for Acne — Acne is an extremely common skin condition characterized by occasional flare-ups of blackheads, pimples, and pustules. Most often, pimples develop on the face, neck, upper chest, and/or the back. When the liver becomes congested or sluggish, toxins are not filtered out of the body but instead get into the bloodstream which can show up as a …

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Hedychium (Hedichium, Sandharlika, Kapur Kachri, Takhellei)

Hedychium (Hedichium, Sandharlika, Kapur kachri, Takhellei) — Family Name: Zingiberaceae Botanical Name: Hedychium Spicatum Common Name: Hedichium, Kapur Kachri Part Used: Rhizomes Habitat: Grows in Sub Tropical Himalayas. Uses: Used in Nausea, Bronchial Asthama, Halitosis and Vomiting. Also useful in diminished appetite, hiccups, local inflammation etc. Introduction Hedychium spicatum is a smallish hardy ginger that grows to around 1 m, …

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Gymnema Sylvestre (Meshasringi, Madhinasini or Madhoolika, Gurmar, Sirukurinchaan, Amudhapushpam, Chakkarakkolli)

Gymnema Sylvestre (Meshasringi, Madhinasini or Madhoolika, Gurmar, Sirukurinchaan, Amudhapushpam, Chakkarakkolli) — Family Name: Asclepiadaceae Botanical Name: Gymnema Sylvestre Common Name: Periploca of the Woods, Gudmar Part Used: Whole Plant, Leaves Uses: The plant is acrid, antiinflammatory, anodyne, liver tonic, emetic, diuretic. It is useful in hepatosplenomegaly, dypepsia, constipation, jaundice, halminthiasis, cardiopathy, amenorrhoea. The fresh leaves when chewed have the remarkable …

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