(Top 10 herbs for a long life-I)
Siddha system is not just a medical science but a way of life which has brought unity, peace and harmony on earth. It originates from the Saivite philosophy and is the oldest medicine system prevalent in India. Out of the five branches in which Siddha System of Medicine claims to have expertise in, Kayakalpam is the most sought after.
Kayakalpam is the rejuvenation therapy in Siddha system. The literal meaning of Sanskrit word Kayakalpam is making the body competent for a long life. Kayakalpam, one of the most sought after feature of Siddha medicine is a therapy which not only rejuvenates life but also prolongs it. The five steps of this medicine system are;
- Pranayama and Yoga which help in the preservation of energy by controlling breathing.
- Conservation of male semen and female secretions
- Utilization of muppu
- Use of calcinated powders prepared with the help of metals and minerals
- Use of drugs prepared from different herbs
This religio-medical form of therapy is the cornerstone of Siddha traditional medicine system and the herbs recommended here have modern bearings compounded with traditional knowledge. Lists of the top 10 herbs used in Kayakalpam are;
- The Indian Gooseberry: Phyllanthus emblica is a very well-known fruit and used commonly in the form of pickles and jams. It is rich in Vitamin C and a well-known antioxidant. It provides many health benefits in rejuvenating and prolonging life;
- Provides cure from increased body heat, gastritis and digestive problems.
- It is an excellent liver tonic.
- It purifies blood, cures acidity, wounds and ulcers.
- It reduces cholesterol, improves hemoglobin content and enhances immunity.
- It improves eyesight
- It controls the amount of blood sugar in diabetic patients.
- It is a wonderful hair tonic
- It provides relaxation by inducing sleep
It is a cure for Pitta ailments in Siddha therapy.
2. Guduchi: Tinospora cordifolia is considered an Amrutham in being a complete body tonic. It contains a bitter chemical constituent known as berberine which makes it an anti-diabetic drug, aphrodisiac and a general body tonic. It is known to be helpful in;
- The treatment of Diabetes in controlling blood sugar.
- Baked leaves are used in the treatment of ulcers.
- An effective remedy for venereal diseases, diabetes, skin diseases, splenomegaly, jaundice and cough.
- It enhances immunity and increases the life span of the patient.
- It is an excellent remedy in chronic skin ailments, disorders of bone and infertility.
- It is also helpful in the treatment of rheumatism.
3. Karisalai: Eclipta alba is known as an excellent natural remedy for hair loss. It is a very well-known liver tonic since ages. In short it provides protection for liver, karpam for body and tonic for hair!
- It is helpful in treating hair loss, body pain and improving vision.
- It is a remedy for jaundice and hepatomegaly.
- It is helpful in the diseases of liver, spleen and skin.
- It can also be given to infants for common cold.
- It is an effective remedy for anemia, and dropsy.
4. Flowers and leaves of Neem: Azadirachta indica has been used since the days of Indus Valley Civilization. It is a very well-known antimicrobial herb.
- It reduces fever.
- It removes intestinal worms, and a remedy for eczema, scabies, fungal infection and even insect bites.
- It is used to clean skin and treat burns.
- Flowers are helpful in abdominal disorders.
- Leaves are also used in pox infection and diabetic patients.
5. Black Pepper: Piper longum is a must in every single meal of the Tamils. A well-known carminative, expectorant, stomachic and stimulant, pepper is known to affect Pitta humor. It is very useful in;
- The treatment of faintness and giddiness.
- It is a very effective remedy for cough and bronchial disorders.
- It is a very good digestive aid and helpful in flatulence.
- It is also used in the treatment of diarrhea.
- It is used in Muppini-the imbalance of the three humors.
One word of caution: Please refer a Doctor or Siddha practitioner before using any of these herbs for self-medication.