Ayurvedic medicine is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK as more and more people, including doctors and allied health care professionals, come to realise the huge benefits it affords in both the prevention and treatment of disease and illness.
For me, the beauty and effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicine lies, paradoxically, in its simplicity. Rather than focusing on the disease a person is harbouring, it is more concerned with the person harbouring the disease. More specifically, it focuses on restoring balance within the person – physiologically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – in the belief that once balance is restored any illness or disease can be effectively managed.
To facilitate this restoration of balance (either to treat disease or prevent it) Ayurvedic medicine utilises a variety of approaches that include physical therapy, nutrition and herbal medicine. The latter includes the use of medicated herbal teas and as a means of consuming a huge array of powerful herbal concoctions it really is hard to beat, both in terms of its effectiveness and enjoyability!
Almost every herb on the planet has a therapeutic impact if used properly, be that simple culinary herbs grown in the garden here in the UK or the exotic Ayurvedic herbs such as Shatavari, Tulsi or Ashwaghanda from India. Crucially, all of these can be formulated as herbal teas that taste great and offer huge clinical impact. Take for example:
Fennel -- Fennel is excellent at promoting digestive health, and it can be used to treat problems with your stomach and intestines. It aids digestion and elimination and can decrease your appetite. Finally, it can lower your blood pressure, boost your libido, and even improve your respiration.
Cumin -- Cumin is effective at reducing glucose in the blood - making it ideal for diabetics. It can help to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood, lower cortisol in your body, protect your liver, and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. It's a powerful spice that can boost your metabolism and help your body run faster.
Licorice Root -- Licorice root is a powerful herb that has played a central role in Ayurvedic treatments for millennia. It can be used to treat respiratory problems, chronic fatigue, heartburn, gout, psoriasis, yeast infections, arthritis and an enlarged prostate.
Coriander -- Coriander contains cineole and linoleic acid, which can help to reduce swelling in the body. The detoxifying properties of coriander help to treat skin problems, reduce toxins in the liver, and flush out impurities from the blood. It can fight high cholesterol, improve your digestive health, lower your blood pressure, deal with ulcers, prevent allergies from causing symptoms, fight anemia, and so much more!
Many medically formulated Ayurvedic herbal teas can be bought in the shops these days and it is also very easy to make you own; for example we routinely prescribe a “Live Ayurvedic Detox” tea to our patients when they need to cleanse their body of accumulated toxins and to increase the metabolism of fat cells to facilitate weight loss.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits and uses of Ayurvedic herbal teas and enjoy a selection of sugar and guilt free cakes and sweets whilst learning how to use Ayurveda for weight loss please come along to our Ayurvedic High Tea on the 23rd April at Hamblin Hall, Bosham. Tickets can be booked here.