kaknaafaa, Kakatundi , Blood Flower

  Sanskrit: Kákná¤há kaknaafaa H i n d i: Kakatundi English: B l o o d Flower Latin: As- clepias Curassavica, Linn. Part Used: Lea v es, root, flowers Habitat: Bengal and throughout South India; West Indies, Jamaica Energetics: Astringent Tissues: Plasma, blood, muscle, reproductive Systems: Circulatory, respiratory, excretory, repro- ductive Action: Root—purgative, emetic, styptic Uses: Organic muscular system (especially heart and blood vessels), dysentery  hemorrhoids, gon- orrhea. Preparation: Juice, powder Precaution: Difficult breathing, vomiting

Pippalí, Pipal, Long Pepper, Dried Catkins

  Sanskrit: Paßhana Bheda paSana  Baed   Hindi: Pippalí, Pipal English: Long Pepper, Dried Catkins Latin: Piper longum Linn. Part Used: Fruit Habitat: Indigenous to North-Eastern and South- ern India; Sri Lanka, cultivated in Eastern Bengal Energetics: Pungent-hot-sweet VK- P+ Tissues: All but bone Systems: Digestive, reproductive, respiratory Action: Analgesic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, car– minative, expectorant Uses: Abdominal tumors and distention, to improve the digestive fire, Kapha disorders, asthma, bron- chitis, colds, coughs, epilepsy, flatulence, gout, laryngitis, paralysis, rheumatic pain, sciatica, worms, immune system, for áma. Spiritual Uses: Sattwic Precautions: Causes … Continue reading

Arka, Gigantic Swallowort

Sanskrit: Arka •kà   Hindi: Aka English: Gigantic Swallowort Latin: Caltropis gigantea R. Br. Part Used: Root, root bark, leaves, juice, and flow- ers [two varieties; purple/red flowered or white flowered (C. procera)]

Isapghul, Ispaghula or Spogel Seeds, Plantago ispagula

  Sanskrit: ͤhabgol, Snigdhajírá [fabgaaela, isngDajaIra     Hindi: Isapghul English: Ispaghula or Spogel Seeds Latin: Plantago ispagula; P. ovata Forsk. Part Used: Seeds Habitat: Throughout India Energetics: Cold, astringent VPK= Systems: Digestive/Excretory Action: Demulcent, emollient, laxative, diuretic Uses: Excellent for constipation (with warm wa- ter) and diarrhea (with cold water). Seed swell and thicken (mucilage) when soaked in water. It passes through the small intestine undigested, lin- ing the mucus membrane (demulcifying and lu- bricating). May inhibit intestinal organism growth. The thickened jelly absorbs toxins (áma) and bac- teria. … Continue reading

Patha, Velvet Leaf, Harjori, laGau paaoa, jala jamanaI,

  Sanskrit: Laghu Páþá, Jal Jamní laGau paaoa,   jala jamanaI Hindi: Patha, Harjori English: Velvet Leaf Latin: Cissampelos pareira Linn. Part Used: Root, bark, leaves   Habitat: Tropical and subtropical India (From Sind and Punjab to South India and Sri Lanka) Energetics: Very pungent, astringent-hot VK- P+ Tissues: Plasma, fat, reproductive Systems: Urinary, digestive, excretory, female re- productive Action: Mild stomachic, bitter tonic, diuretic, lithotriptic Uses: Fever, diarrhea, dysentery, acid indigestion, edema, kidney inflammation, Bright’s Disease, chronic cystitis, urethral discharge, urinary and bladder diseases, later stages of bowel complaints (taken … Continue reading

Arjuna, Terminalia arjuna W. & A., Pentaptera

  Sanskrit: Arjuna Ajauána   Hindi: Arjun   Latin: Terminalia arjuna W.  & A., Pentaptera glabra; P. angustifolia   English :   Arjuna   Myrobalan   Part Used: Bark Energetics: Astrin- gent-cold-pungent VPK= V+ arrhyth- mia   Tissues: Reproductive, plasma, blood Systems: Digestive, circulatory, reproductive Action: Cardiac stimulant, rejuvenative, astringent, hemostatic, alterative   Uses: Best herb for heart disease (prevents and helps in the recovery of), angina, heals heart tis- sue scars after surgery, bile, edema, fractures, con- tusions, broken bones, diarrhea, malabsorption, venereal disease, heals tissues. Externally —ulcers, acne, skin … Continue reading

Kapikachhú, Átmaguptá, Cowitch or Cowhage Plant

  Sanskrit: Kapikachhú, Átmaguptá kipakcCU, •atmagauptaa   Hindi: Kavach E n g l i s h : Cowitch or    Cowhage Plant Latin: Mucuna pruriens  Bak. M.prutita   (Carpopogon p  r u i e n s ; D o l i c h o s  pruiens) Part Used:Seeds, root, legumes Habitat: Annual climbing shrub common in the tropics of India; legumes are eaten as vegetable Energetics: Sweet-cold- sweet VP- K+ Tissues: Reproductive Systems: Nervous, reproductive Action: Anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, astringent, nervine, tonic, rejuvenative, (root is nervine/tonic) Uses: Seeds—Main herb for Parkinson’s. One … Continue reading

Lemon grass, Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha

Sanskrit: Bhút^iò BaUta^ó    Hindi: Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha English: Lemon grass Latin: Andropogon citratus DC. (A. Shoenanthus) Part Used: Essential oil, herb Habitat: Grows wild in gardens in India, Sri Lanka and other tropics, in cultivated areas Energetics: Pungent, bitter-cold-pungent PK- (V+ excess)

Maricha, Gulmirch, Black Pepper, Piper nigrum Linn.

  Sanskrit: Maricha (meaning: sun due to its large amounts of solar energy) mairca Hindi: Gulmirch English :  Black  Pepper Latin:  Piper nigrum Linn. Part Used: Dried unripe fruit Habitat: Peren- nial    climbing shrub  is  found throughout India Energetics: Pun- gent-hot-pungent VK- P+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, marrow, nerve Systems: Digestive, circulatory, respiratory Action: Stimulant, expectorant, carminative, anti- pyretic, anthelmintic, antiperiodic; externally — rubefacient, stimulant, resolvent Uses: Asthma, chronic indigestion, colon toxins, obesity, sinus congestion, fever, intermittent fever, cold extremities, colic, cooking spice, cholera, gastric ailments, gas, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, worms, … Continue reading

Dáruharidrá, Dáruhaldí, Barberry, Berberis vul- garis Linn, Kingor.

  Sanskrit: Dáruharidrá, Dáruhaldí daüHir]a, daüHldI Hindi: Kingor English: Barberry Latin: Berberis vul- garis Linn. Part Used: Berries Habitat:         Found throughout the Himalayas, Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan Energetics: Bitter, astringent-hot-pungent PK- V+ Tissues: Blood, fat, plasma Systems: Circulatory, digestive Action: Diuretic, antibilious, refrigerant, sto- machic, bitter tonic, antiperiodic, alterative, anti- pyretic Uses: For bile and urinary conditions, Pitta detoxi- fication, and congestion of abdomen and pelvic cavities; rheumatism, scarlet fever, brain disorders, heat, thirst, nausea; small amounts— tonic; large doses—purgative; excellent herb for jaundice, dur– ing pregnancy, mild laxative, periodic neuralgia, … Continue reading

Bola, Myrrh, Balasmodendron myrrha Nees.

Sanskrit: Bola baaela Hindi: Bol English: Myrrh Latin:     Balasmodendron     myrrha     Nees. (Commiphora Myrrha) Part Used: Resin

kaMokarI, Choti Katheri,Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad and Wendil

  Sanskrit: Káòþkárí kaMokarI Hindi: Choti Katheri English: None Latin: Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad and Wendil Part Used: Stems, roots, flowers, fruit Habitat: Grows abundantly throughout India Energetics: Pungent, bitter VP- K+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow, reproductive Systems: Respiratory, reproductive Action: Aperient, digestive, alterative, astringent; stems, fruits, flowers—bitter, carminative; root— diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge. Uses: One of the da¤hmúl roots; fever, asthma, TB and other lung diseases; kidney disorders, cough, constipation, fumigation for toothache; juice with whey for diuretic; root with chiráyatá and ginger as a febrifuge, berry juice for sore throat, … Continue reading

Kala Tulasí, Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil,

  Sanskrit: Tulsí (Tulasí), K^ißhòamul taulasaI,  kìS—maula Hindi: Kala Tulasí English: Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil Latin: O c i m u m Spp.  or  O. Sanctum or O. basilicum Part Used: Herb Habitat: Small  herb found throughout India and cultivated near Hindu houses and temples Energetics: Pungent-hot-pungent VK- (P+ in ex– cess) Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow/nerves, reproduc- tive Systems: Digestive, nervous, respiratory Action: Antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, antis- pasmodic, diaphoretic, febrifuge, nervine, vermi- fuge Uses: Coughs (including TB-caused), colds, ex– cellent for fevers, lung/respiratory problems (práòavaha srotas)—liquefies phlegm, allergic bronchitis, … Continue reading

kufaa, Dúrba, Sacred Creeping Grass

  Sanskrit: Ku¤há kufaa   Hindi: Dúrba English: Sacred Creeping Grass Latin: Eragrostis cynosuriodes Beauv. Part Used: Grass, root Habitat: Grows wild throughout the Himalayas Energetics: Astringent Tissues: Plasma, reproductive Systems: Reproductive, urinary Action: Grass—hemostatic, coagulant, diuretic; [note: even local grasses (without chemicals sprayed on them) are useful] Uses: Root—dysentery, menorrhagia, other bleed- ing disorders like hemorrhoids, purpura, etc. Preparation: Infusion

Cháògerí, Amliká,Sorrel, Amrul

  Sanskrit: Cháògerí, Amliká caaMgaerI,   •milak   Hindi: Amrul English: Sorrel Latin: Oxalis corniculata Linn. Part Used: Leaves Habitat: Common weed throughout India Energetics: Astringent-cold-pungent Tissues: Plasma, blood Systems: Digestive, excretory, circulatory Action: Cold, refrigerant, antiscorbutic, appetiz- ing, astringent Uses: Leaves—fever, inflammations, pain, appe- tite, scurvy, digestion, dyspepsia, intoxication, poisoning, difficult urination, bilious headaches, removes fibers over cornea or opacities of the cor– nea; Leaves boiled in yogurt/water (lassi), or mixed with honey or cane sugar for chronic dysentery, rectum prolapse, thirst and enteritis (small intes- tine inflammation), hemorrhoids; as … Continue reading

Alaa, Elachi, Carda- mom, Elatarria cardamomum Maton

Sanskrit: Elá Alaa Hindi: Elachi English: Carda- mom Latin: Elatarria cardamomum Maton (E. repens) Part Used: Seeds Habitat: Found throughout  N o r t h e r n , Western, and Southern India, Sri Lanka, and Burma (Myanmar). Energetics: Pungent, sweet-hot-pungent VK- (P+ in excess – Large elá) In the U.S. only the small or choti elá is available. Choti elá is slightly cold and better for Pitta than for Váyu and Kapha). Tissues: Blood, marrow, nerve, plasma Systems: Circulatory, digestive, nervous, respira- tory Action: Carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, di- gestive … Continue reading

gauzmaar, Gymnemasylvestre, Sarpa-darußhtrika

  Sanskrit: Sarpa-darußhtrika Hindi: Guæmár (meaning: sugar destroying) gauzmaar  (common name)  English: None Latin: Gymnemasylvestre Part Used: Roots, leaves Habitat: Climbing  plant found in the Himalayas, Central and Southern India, and on the Western Ghats in Goa Energetics: Astringent, refrigerant, tonic PK-V+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive Systems: Circulatory, urinary, reproductive Action: Antiperiodic, diuretic, stomachic Uses: A main herbs diabetes mellitus; removes sugar from pancreas, restores pancreatic function; leaves stimulate the circulatory system; increases urine secretion; activates the uterus; swollen glands; cough; fever. Precautions: Leaves stimulate the heart Preparation: Decoction, … Continue reading

Haridrá, Gauri, Turmeric, Haldi

  Sanskrit: Haridrá, Gauri Hir]a, gaaEir Hindi: Haldi English: Turmeric Latin: Curcuma longa Linn. Part Used: Rhi- zome, tubers Habitat: Through- out India Energetics: Bitter, astringent, pun- gent-hot-pungent K– (VP+ in ex – cess) Tissues: All Systems: Circula- tory,  digestive , respiratory, uri- nary Action: Alterative, anthelmintic, anti- bacterial/antibi- otic, aromatic, carminative, stimulant tonic, vul- nerary Uses: Amenorrhea, anemia, arthritis, blood puri- fier, blood tissue formation, circulation, cooking spice, cough, diabetes, worms, jaundice, eye prob- lems, fevers, gas, hemorrhoids, edema, indigestion, ligament stretching, metabolism regulator; mucus relief, and hysteria (from … Continue reading


Grapefruit   Energetics: Sour/hot/sour V– P+ K liquefy/ dis- charge or +   Action: Stimulant, expectorant, astringent Indications: Discharges phlegm when taken in the morning, digests sugars and fats, weight reduction, stimulates liver and pancreas, cardiovascular healing, protects the arteries, cancer preventive, cholesterol, high in vitamin C and potassium. Seeds heal candida and are an antibiotic.

Mídhavis, Aconite, Monk’s Hood, Aconitum felconeri Stapf

  Sanskrit: Vatsnábh vatsanaaBa   Hindi: Mídhavis English: Aconite, Monk’s Hood Latin: Aconitum felconeri Stapf. Part Used: Leaves, seeds, roots Habitat: Throughout India Energetics: VP+ K Tissues: All, mainly blood/nerves Systems: All systems, especially the nervous sys- tem Action: Small doses—Anodyne, antidiabetic, an- tiperiodic, antiphlogistic, antipyretic, diaphoretic, diuretic. Large doses—poison, sedative, narcotic; metabolized quickly. It is related to and acting with Vyán Váyu. Uses: Enhances the properties of herbs, making them work faster (i.e., for emergencies and imme- diate relief). Leaves—indigestion, sedative; Exter– nally—neuralgia (especially facial), tetanus (acute and chronic), … Continue reading