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Detoxifying Your Body With Ayurvedic Herbs

Author : Dr. Gurnam Saini  

Posted On : 24 March, 2014

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine and natural healing which originated in ancient India. It is among the oldest known forms of healthcare system in the world that aims at revitalizing the body through natural herbs and medications.



Ayurveda, as most people believe is not just about treating diseases, on the contrary, it is about maintaining mental, physical and spiritual health. Ayurveda says that from the food that we eat, to the air we breathe, to the fragrance that we enjoy, to the good sight, etc., everything that affects the human body has a potential medicinal value.


Understanding The Doshas


According to Ayurveda, diseases can occur when there is an imbalance in the Doshas. The three fundamental bodily doshas are known as:


  • Vata: People with dominant vata dosha are energetic generous & spiritual minded. Any imbalance causes problems like restlessness, stress, gout, rheumatism, etc.
  • Pitta: People with predominant constitution tend to be intellectual, have an insatiable appetite, and have a muscular build. When this Dosha gets out of balance, people are prone to high blood pressure, eczema, acne, depression, etc.
  • Kapha: People with Kapha as the dominant Dosha tend to have a thick build & gain weight easily. They are also prone to skin problems like oily skin, acne, etc.




Thus, Ayurvedic treatment is a method of restoring balance in the human body humour through proper application of medicine by drinking, eating and application by massaging.


Classification Of Herbs Used In Ayurvedic Medicine


The herbs used in Ayurveda are classified according to their taste (rasa), energy (virya), post digestive effect (Vipaka) and post-digestive effect (prabhava). The initial taste indicates the properties that these herbs possess and the therapeutic effect they have on the body. What this means is that, a bitter taste will have a different action on the body than sweet, sour, spicy or pungent taste.


  • Astringent: Astringent Herbs are drying and moisture preserving and have a contracting condensing effect on a tissue. These herbs can be classified as hemostatic (stops bleeding), anti-diarrhea and vulnerary (healing wound).
    • Common Hemostatic Herbs include hibiscus, marshmallow, saffron, etc.
    • Common Anti-Diarrhea herbs include blackberry, raspberry, and plantain.
    • Vulnerary Herbs include Aloe Vera, Honey, Chickweed, etc.
  • Bitter Tonic: They are cold, dry, catabolic herbs that stimulate the digestion, reduce heat and remove toxin from the body, especially from blood and liver. They are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitical in nature.
  • Carminative: These herbs reduce bloating and gas, promote peristalsis and aid digestion. They work mainly on Vata. They include leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger etc. Cooling carminatives include chamomile, coriander, peppermint, lime, etc.
  • Demulcent: They are used to alleviate dryness and mucilaginous. They are softening, strengthening, nutritive and anti-inflammatory that feed the mucus membrane and connective tissues to heal wounds, sores and ulcers, dry cough effectively. They include: bamboo, chickweed, flaxseed and comfrey root.




A Small Selection Of Ayurvedic Herbs


  • Asafoetida: Known to balance Vata and Kapha, Asaafoetida is good for digestion and cleanses the digestive tract and intestinal flora.
  • Amalaki: Amalaki is excellent for constipation, ulcer, gastric, colitis and hepatitis etc. It is a great antioxidant that that lowers cholesterol and heals damaged arteries.
  • Bhringaraj: This rejuvenating herb is perfect for premature graying or balding of hair, strengthing of bone, teeth, hair and improving sight, hearing and memory.
  • Echinacea: It cleanses the blood, lymph flow and is good for viral/bacterial infections, etc.
  • Ginseng: It is a great tonic for increasing energy level and promoting weight loss.




When it comes to treating chronic diseases, nothing works better than Ayurvedic Medicines. Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic offers a safe and reliable Ayurvedic Body Treatment in Knox and Alternative Medicine. The clinic offers a wide range of natural healing modalities and remedies to suit the needs of clients. To take control of your health with Ayurveda, book an appointment today.


Dr Gurnam Singh Saini


Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

MD Alternative Medicine

Panchkarma Detox Expert

Member of AAA(Australian Association of Ayurveda)
PH- 0061 430 799 515
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Author Bio:

Dr. Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. In Australia he pursued post graduate degree in mental health from La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia). He has worked as associated Nurse Unit Management in Eastern Healths, Melbourne for 9 years. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

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