Ayurvedic scope of health is holistic, encompassing a balanced body, mind, and spirit. In Ayurveda, every person has their unique physical and mental configuration of the body and it is defined by the Doshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
Toxin build up in the body can lead to an unbalanced state of the functioning of our body, hence opening doorways to multiple diseases and weight gain. Regular cleansing through dietary changes, lifestyle practices, and through consumption of herbal formulations is essential to flush the toxins out of the system. Detoxification is especially important during seasonal changes such as spring and fall as environmental transition can easily push the delicate balance of our healthy state off. Apart from seasonal variations, modern lifestyle also commands regular cleansing of body as we are constantly exposed to innumerable chemicals, pollutants, and health damaging substances through our environment or food.
Here is a list of herbs that would help you to effectively cleanse and build a robust body defence system to fight diseases:
Amalaki is recommended to cleanse excess toxins from the GI tract and help keep the colon clean. It has cardio-protective effects, and reduces serum cholesterol levels as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This gentle detoxifying herb supports regular bowel function and is also rich in antioxidants, supporting immune function.
Neem is one of the most powerful herbs for eliminating toxins in the blood. Traditionally Neem is used for inflammation of the skin and cooling fevers. It is detoxifying, antiparasitic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Neem is indicated whenever a cooling, reducing therapy is needed.
Shatavari root is an excellent rejuvenator and it has immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties, enhancing resilience to physical and mental stress. It is used for general debility, hyperacidity, urinary problems, and more frequently to balance female hormones, for PMS and menopausal problems.
Pippali has a pungent taste and heating effect, which further supports the digestive fire and cleanses the body inside out. It is excellent for catarrhal congestion and increases circulation, particularly to the lungs. Pippali supports iummune system.
Ashwagandha is a nervine tonic, an excellent adaptogen, and a powerful rejuvenator. It supports stamina, vitality and strengthens both the muscle and reproductive tissues. It is helpful for insomnia, poor memory, lethargy, and anxiety. Ashwagandha has immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.