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The Seven Most Powerful Herbs for Inflammation (and how to use them!)

It is no surprise that inflammation is one of the most common issues that I see as an Ayurvedic practitioner.  Although the cause and the manifestation may look different for each individual, the result is the same.  Inflammation is often revealed as redness, irritation, heat, swelling, and tenderness.  This can be an obvious manifestation such as a rash on the skin, painful swollen joints, or sore muscles, or a not so obvious occurrence such as inflammation in the stomcach, small intestines, liver, or colon.  The location of the inflammation, along with the individual’s specific body type (aka dosha type) and current inflammatory symptoms will all be important factors for which herbal treatment will be the most effective for them. Continue reading »

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Guggulu: An Ayurvedic Resin for Weight Loss, Detoxification and Inflammation

guggulu picGuggulu is a widely used resin in Ayurvedic medicine.  Although the health benefits of guggulu are quite varied, some of its main uses include weight-loss, detoxification, removing obstructions such as tumors and stones, relieving arthritic symptoms, reducing pain and inflammation, stimulating circulation, lowering cholesterol and balancing the thyroid.  Guggulu is mainly used for Kapha and Vata disorders, as it has a strong affinity for stimulating the lipid metabolism (Kapha), while also healing and strengthening the nervous system (Vata).  Its ability to increase the potency of other herbs makes guggulu a top choice for multiple Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Continue reading »

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