“Plants bring us the love, the nourishing power of the sun, which is the same energy of all the stars, of all light. These cosmic energies emanated by plants thus nourish, sustain and make grow our own astral body. In this way the existence of plants is a great offering, a sacrifice.”
-Dr. Vasant Lad – The Yoga of Herbs



ASHWAGHANDA | withania somnifera

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kasaya), sweet (madhura)
Virya: heating (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava: aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, increases ojas
VK-P+ (in excess)
Dosage: 2-8 grams per day with warm milk, 10 grams as protection from radiation.

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, rejuvenative, tonic, nervine, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Adaptogen, nerve exhaustion, emaciation
for general debility and sexual debility (mixed with shatavari for sexual impotence)

Rejuvenating to the vata sites in the body, bone marrow and B/T production.

Superb for treating chronic anxiety.


MACA | Lepidium meyenii

Rasa: sweet
Virya: warm, moist

Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 1-2 tsp. And up to 2 tbsp per day, break for two months, use a different adaptogen return.
Andean root and tuber crop.

Medicinal Uses: Increases the production of estrogen, testosterone,& progesterone, improves quality and motility of sperm, helps with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, fatigue, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, irregular menses, memory loss, adrenal fatigue. Maca is an immune tonic and a nutritive, used by theIncans for centuries. Red maca treats prostatic hyperplasia. Black maca higher in sugars, riboflavin & iron. Amino acids, saponins, alkaloids.


TULSI | HOLY BASIL | Ocimum sanctum

Rasa: pungent (katu), sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm

Prabhava: rasayana insure personal health, spiritual clarity & well being
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops 3 x per day, daily use is okay!

Medicinal Uses: used to treat situational depression, such as depression caused by a traumatic event. Adaptogen, antibacterial, carminative, diuretic, antidepressant, expectorant, galactagogue, antioxidant. In other words, it treats gas, ulcers, cramps, colds, influenza, coughs, sinusitis and protects from radiation and ADD/ADHD.


REISHI | Ganoderma lucidum

Rasa: bitter (tikta)
Virya: warming (usna)

Prabhava: ‘spirit plant’, good for people with disturbances to sleep and with anxiety, 6 types (blue/green, red, yellow, white, black& purple) each having a unique quality.
VK-P
Dosage: 80-100 drops, decoct: 1-2 oz. 32 oz. H2O, caps: 3 500-100 mg 3x daily
Medicinal Uses: adaptogenic, nervine, sedative, deficient qi, weakness, fatigue. Studied extensively, reishi is known to be an immunomodulating mushroom, that helps patients with immune dysregulation. It also assists with allergies. Stimulate 5 fold cancer fighting compounds. Treats altitude sickness. Lowers LDL & VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treats asthma caused by allergies, inhibits platelet clumping, hepatoprotective, and antiviral.


SHATAVARI | Asparagus racemosus

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava: “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, a female reproductive rasayan (rejuvenative).
V-KP or ama in excess
Dosage: 250 mg -1 gram

Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, antibacterial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, anti-inflammatory. Used to treat debility of the female organs: infertility, impotence, menopause, diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, dehydration. A rasayan for Pitta and should be prepared with milk and ghee. Thirst relieving, fluid protecting powers. Soothes and calms Vata, with stiff joints & neck, muscle spasms. Lung tonic, galactagogue, immune tonic.
Used to treat anemia, vaginal dryness, dry skin and lack of libido (low estrogen).



AMERICAN GINSENG | Panax quinquefolius

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: slightly cool, moist

Prabhava: endocrine amphoteric and adaptogen (both immune stimulating & anti-inflammatory effects)
V-KP
Dosage: 3-9 gms

Medicinal Uses: adaptogen, antioxidant, bitter tonic, mild central nervous system, mild demulcent, hypoglycemic agent, immune amphoteric, corrects the dysfunction of the immune system (people who constantly catch colds). Chi tonic, demulcent, expectorant. Enhances erections. Stimulates stomach acids.



LICORICE | Glycyrrhiza glabra; Leguminosae

Rasa: sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta)
Virya: cooling
Vipaka: sweet
Prabhava:
VK+P-
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: demulcent, expectorant, tonic, rejuvenative, laxative, sedative, emetic.
Licorice works as an effective expectorant. It has a synergistic quality when mixed with other herbs and is sattvic when added with ginger and cardamom. It is very nourishing to the adrenals glands!

You should use precaution if you have hypertension, edema or high Kapha. It can inhibit absorption of calcium and magnesium, and therefore should not be used often by women in perimenopause, menopause or people with osteoporosis/osteopenia.


ASTRAGALUS | Astragalus membranaceus

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: warm, moist
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
V-KP
Dosage:

Medicinal Uses: Spleen Qi tonic, wasting and thirsting caused by tuberculosis or diabetes, treats asthma, coughing with phlegm, cures 5 kinds of hemorrhoids, used to stop excessive sweating and nights sweats. Enhancing immune system function, wei qi deficiency the protective energy that prevents illnesses in Ayurveda is known as ojas. Illnesses like, mono, pneumonia, coxsackie B. Combined with milk thistle, schisandra, turmeric for hepatoprotective qualities. Improves cardiac flow.

Precautions: theoretical concern about using astragalus as an immune potentiator along w/ immunosuppressive medications. Use cautiously together


GUDUCHI | Tinospora cordifolia

Rasa: bitter (tikta), astringent (kashaya)
Virya: hot (usna)
Vipaka: sweet (madhura)
Prabhava:
VKP=
Dosage: 250-500 mg.

Medicinal Uses: Useful during recovery period after infectious diseases. Rejuvenative for Pitta (taken w/sugar), taken w/ ghee reduces Vata. Overall reduces ama which is a build up of toxins and oxidative stress that over time creates sluggishness and a suppressed immune system. Febrifuge, alternative (blood cleanser), diuretic, aphrodisiac, bitter tonic, antirheumatic. Best herb for enhancing immune function, used for Chronic Fatigue and A.I.D.S.!!

Precautions: use w/ care during pregnancy


RHODIOLA | Rhodiola rosea

Rasa: sweet (madhura), slightly bitter (tikta), spicy/pungent (katu)
Virya: cool, dry
Vipaka:
Prabhava:
VKP
Dosage: 40-60 drops, 1-2 tsp. Dried sifted root decoct 8-10 oz water steep 15 mins 3x daily, 2-4 capsules per day.

No drug interactions known*

Medicinal Uses: Cooling adaptogen (good for Pitta), unlikely to cause overstimulation, enhances alertness. Combined with cordyceps, reishi and holy basil for ADD. Treats amenorrhea & infertility caused by hormonal imbalances or stress. Because of its broad reaching effects it can be used for Alzheimer’s, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes and congestive heart failure


CORDYCEPS | cordyceps sinesis

Rasa: sweet (madhura)
Virya: slightly warm, moist
Properties: adaptogenic, antiasthmatic, hepatoprotective, hypocholesterolemic, immune system amphoteric, nephroprotective, sedative
Vipaka: usna slightly warming
Prabhava: immunostimulating polysaccharides
V-KP
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x daily

Medicinal Uses: Used to treat deficient Yin and Yang in the kidneys from either excess physical exertion or debilitating disease. Infertility and healthy sexual functioning. Helps to improve lung function and lowers cholesterol.



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