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An Ayurvedic Spa: Five Important Ayurvedic Herbs

Everything you need to know about an Ayurvedic spa
By Robyn Griggs Lawrence
November/December 1999
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 Ashwaganda (Withania somni­­fera): With a name that means “the strength of ten horses,” this herb rejuvenates the nervous system and is said to provide the vitality and sexual energy of a horse. It is considered to be the best rejuvenating herb for the muscles, marrow, and semen, and is also used in treating immune disorders.

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): One of the strongest rejuvenating herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, amalaki is given to strengthen the blood, bones, liver, and heart and is the highest natural source of vitamin C, with 3,000 mg per fruit. Also called Indian gooseberry.

Bala (Sida cordifolia): This herb is used as a heart and nerve tonic. It contains alkaloids common to the ephedra plant but is a weaker stimulant on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Consult a qualified practitioner before use.

Guggul (Commiphora mukul): The most important resin used in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb purifies, rejuvenates, and is said to lower cholesterol and tricygleride levels. Pregnant women shouldn’t use it without medical supervision.

Neem (Azadirachta indica): A powerful blood purifier and detoxifier, it is used in skin disorders, arthritis, and in convalescence after a fever. Consult a qualified practitioner before use.

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