(Top 10 herbs for a long life-II)
In continuation of our list of the top 10 herbs for long life, here is the next five of the series.
6. Pomegranate: Punica gratum is one of the most nutritious and tasty fruits available. It is rich in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Protein, Dietary fibers, Flavonoids and Anti-oxidants.
It provides numerous health benefits which can be enumerated as;
- Improve the blood flow and protect the blood vessels.
- It reduces cholesterol and manages blood pressure to healthy limits.
- It is known to be effective in preventing breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia.
- It strengthens immunity.
- It helps in weight loss
- It prevents osteoarthritis.
- It prevents kidney stones.
- It is very good in pregnancy and child birth being beneficial for both the mother and the child.
7. Nut Meg: Myristica fragrans has been claimed to be the best Siddha medicine to treat abdominal problems.
It has been used as a remedy of different ailments;
- It is given in many abdominal and gastric disorders such as flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.
- It is helpful in case of insomnia or disturbed sleep.
- It is helpful in the treatment of inflammation and pain in the joints, arthritis and headaches.
- It can be used to treat cold and rhinitis.
8. Almonds: Prunus amygdalus are called the nutritional powerhouse and rightfully so! You need to add just 5-10 almonds to daily diet to feel the medicinal benefits. It contains Vitamin E, fibers, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and folic acid. Various health benefits of almonds as a Kayakalpam herb are;
- It lowers the level of cholesterol and thus helps in reducing the risk of heart attack. It also protects the walls of the blood vessels.
- It prevents osteoporosis.
- It is considered very good for teeth and bones.
- It enhances intellect, improves the function of brain. It is also known to prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. It nourishes the nervous system.
- It is a wonderful skin tonic.
- It helps in reducing weight.
- It prolongs life.
9. Garlic: Allium sativum has proven to be even better than antibiotics in combating microbes and infections. The enzyme alliinase in garlic provides manifold health benefits. Garlic has been jokingly referred to as the stinking rose thanks to its many medicinal benefits. A few of the medicinal benefits of garlic making it a Kayakalpam herb are;
- It lowers total blood cholesterol, and reduces the glycerides. It protects the heart by promoting protection of blood vessels and blood cells from inflammatory and oxidative stress.
- It prevents the clotting of blood and reduces blood pressure in hypertension.
- It is almost legendary in combating bacterial and viral infections. it is very good in preventing the symptoms of cold.
- It reduces the risk towards all types of cancer.
- It increases the availability of iron to the body.
10. Indian liquorice: Glycyrhiza glabra is popularly known as the wonder drug. Awarded the ‘medicinal plant of the year, 2012’ liquorice has been a very effective remedy for cough.
It has been widely used in the treatment of cough, congestion and other chest complaints. The different medicinal properties of Liquorice in Siddha medicine system are;
- It is used to cure abdominal pain and discomfort.
- It provides relief from dry cough and is a soothing remedy for sore, inflamed throat.
- It brings down the pain due to ulcers in the stomach.
- Liquorice also provides benefit from the chronic joint pains and muscular problems.
- It is a useful remedy in healing cuts, wounds and in scalds of the body and head.
- It is considered good for eyes and can also provide cure for myopic eyes.
- It softens the skin, helps in removing the corn.
- Liqourice is a good remedy for treating alopecia (baldness). It promotes hair growth and works well against dandruff and excessive hair loss.
This list is not limiting and there are many more herbs which form the paraphernalia of rejuvenation therapy in Siddha Medicine.
One word of caution: Please refer a Doctor or Siddha practitioner before using any of these herbs for self-medication.