For thousands of years plants have been used as medicine. It has not been until recently that the scientific community has begun to study and isolate certain compounds in plants and utilize them as medicine. This strategy of isolation and reductionism has proven useful to develop new drugs that treat many diseases. Unfortunately in conjunction with these advances in treatment there has been an explosion of unwanted side effects normally mitigated by the synergistic nature of the whole plant. Ayurveda has long since seen the strength of using whole plants and combining them in artful way to create personalized cures. Just like any effective team or group when herbs are combined together they become more powerful than their individual parts.
Manjistha, Indian Madder, Rubia Cordifolia
Character: The Blood Cleanser
Manjistha’s spreading red vines are symbolic of its effect on the circulatory system. It is an excellent herb for the skin and has been used to treat eczema, skin lesions, psoriasis, acne and herpes that are characterized by hot, red symptoms. As it is an excellent herb for the blood it can be helpful in internal and external bleeding conditions as well as uncomfortable menses where there is clotting and pain.
Character: The Cleanser
This resin is remarkable in that it scrapes toxins and undigested material from the channels in the body. It has a long history of use as a tonic for longevity. It is often combined with Triphala or other herbal formulas in the treatment of specific conditions.Read More