Ten Traditional Herb Mixtures 1. Triphalá– VPK=, for all tridoßhic diseases, con- stipation, diarrhea, eyes, cleansing or detoxing the colon, good for Kapha con- ditions, gas, distention, diabetes, parasites. 2. T^ikatu– VK- P+, for colds, flu, fevers, stimu- lates appetite, cough, congestion, for low agni and áma, thyroid, detoxification.
Herbs represent the most effective Áyurvedic approach to healing illness. Their action is strongest when they are fresh, but they may also be used as decoctions, infusions, teas, powders, and pills. Pills have the least power, but retain their potency the longest. Below are some of the most commonly used Áyurvedic herbs available in America today.
When herbs are mixed or prepared, a bíj (seed) mantra is often recited to empower the herb’s prop- erties by enlivening all five elements : ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Bíj are the essence of all other mantras. Thus of all the mantras they have the most power. One such mantra is