Ayurvedic Herbs

The Ayurvedic Approach to Medicinal Herbs and Plants

Ayurveda approaches herbs through their energetic qualities, and not just their chemical constituents. The properties of herbs are classified according to their taste (rasa), energetic action (virya), post-digestive effect (vipaka), their affinity to the different systems, their effect on the doshas, as well as to other special potencies (prabhava) they may possess.

Below is a brief list of Ayurvedic herbs and some of their common indications in non-Ayurvedic terms for the general public. We suggest you consult a trained herbalist before taking any herbs. In Ayurveda, well-balanced constitutional formulas are often more effective to address specific health issues, since herbs are compounded in a holistic and individualized manner. At Blue Lotus Ayurveda we prepare personalized herbal formulas to meet your needs, and adjust them accordingly as your situation changes.

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Common Names, Botanical Names and Indications of Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs

Indian Name
Latin Name
Common Name
Properties – Indications
Ajwan,
Ajowan,
Ajwain,
Yavani
Carum
copticum
Carom,
Bishop’s
weed
Spastic bowel, flatulence, dyspepsia, sluggish digestion, chronic hiccups, belching, sinus congestion, asthma, menstrual cramping, renal calculi, depression.
Amalaki,
Amla,
Dhatri
Emblica officinalis Emblic myrobalan,
Indian gooseberry
Hyperacidity, constipation, ulcers, hepatitis, colitis, high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Argbhada,
Arag-vadha,
Amaltas
Cassia fistula Indian laburnum,
Purging cassia
Ringworm, constipation, fevers, bleeding, hemorrhoids.
Arjuna,
Arjun,
Kakubha
Terminalia arjuna Arjuna myrobalan Heart, lungs, skin, liver, reproductive tissues, anemia, tumors, asthma, cardiac and circulatory problems.
Ashwagandha Withania Somnifera Winter cherry General debility, insomnia, low libido, impotence, infertility, multiple sclerosis, enlarged prostate, skin diseases.
Aswatha Ficus religiosa Peepal Astringent, laxative, cooling, alterative. Boils, ulcers, skin disease, diabetes, constipation.
Avani Hyoscyamus niger Henbane Sedative. Chronic dementia, hysteria, palpitations, asthma.
Badama Prunus amygdalus Almond Laxative, tonic, nervine tonic, mental stimulant.
Bhringaraj Eclipta alba Bhringaraj Alopecia, premature greying, dizziness, hepatitis, cirrhosis, insomnia, bronchitis, asthma, skin.
Bhumyamalaki Phyllanthus amarus; P. niruri; P. fraternus (US) Phyllanthus,
Stonebreaker
Chancra piedra
Jaundice, liver disease, fever, genitourinary disease, edema, gallstones, menorrhagea
Bibhitaki,
Baheda
Terminalia belerica Beleric myrobalan Digestive disorders, bronchitis, asthma, Chron’s disease, colitis, parasites, congestion of eyes, ears and nose, insomnia, bladder stones, cardiac congestion.
Brahmi,
Jalabrahmi
Bacopa
monnieri
Bacopa,
Indian Gotu kola
Memory loss, debility, cystitis, headaches, epilepsy, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, depression, autism.
Champaka Michelia champaca Champaca Emmenagogue, diuretic. Gastritis, chronic arthritis, colic.
Chitrak,
Chitraka,
Agni,
Jvala
Plumbago zeylanica White
leadwort
Digestive problems, non-bleeding hemorrhoids, arthritis, parasites.
Dadima,
Anardana
Punica
granatum
Pomegranate Dysentery, diarrhea, hyperacidity, dyspepsia, menopause, prostate problems, circulation.
Datura,
Dhattura
Datura metel White thorn apple Joint pain, asthma, fevers, lung congestion, dysmenorrhea.
Devadaru Cedrus
deodara
Devadar Diaphoretic, diuretic, carminative. Fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders.
Dhanyaka,
Dhaniya
Coriandrum sativum Coriander, Cilantro Bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrom, worms, allergies, cystitis, dysuria, fevers, respiratory problems, heavy metals.
Ela,
Elaichi,
Sukshma ela
Elettaria cardamomum Cardamom Bloating, borborygmus, colic, indigestion, coughs, asthma, nausea, morning sickness, painful urination.
Garijara Daucus carota Carrot seed Jaundice, kidney diseases.
Guduchi,
Giloy,
Amrita
Tinospora cordifolia Tinospora Arthritis, gout, malaria, diabetes, skin diseases.
Haridra,
Haldi
Curcuma longa Turmeric Infections, ulcers, dyspepsia, diabetes, gallstones, skin diseases, conjunctivitis, cysts, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, fevers, septicaemia, high cholesterol.
Haritaki,
Harde,
Hara
Terminalia chebula Chebulic myrobalan Constipation, hemorrhoids, eye disorders, dysentery, parasites, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, coughs, conjunctivitis.
Hing,
Hingu
Ferula
asafoetida
Asafoetida Flatulence, cough, constipation, palpitations, aphrodisiac, whooping cough, sciatica, convulsions, arthritis.
Isaphgul,
Sat Isabgol
Plantago ovata Psyllium husk Constipation, colitis, irritable bowel, cystitis
Jatamansi Nardostachys jatamansi Indian
spikenard
Nervousness, anxiety, dysmenorrhea, insomnia, hair tonic
Jeeraka,
Jeera
Cuminum cyminum Cumin seed Antiseptic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, galactagogue, antispasmodic
Kapikachchu, Atmagupta Mucuna pruriens Kapi kacchu, Cowhage Parkinson’s, paralysis, cramps, low libido, infertility, impotence, hypercholesterolemia.
Karpoor Cinnamomum
camphora
Camphor Diarrhea, nervousness, muscular pain, fever.
Katuka,
Katuki,
Kutki
Picrorhiza kurroa Gentian Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, acidity, allergies, asthma, rhinitis, eczema, autoimmune conditions, dysentery.
Krishnajiraka, Kalika,
Kaljaji
Nigella sativa Black cumin, Love-in-the-mist Carminative, antispasmodic, aromatic, diuretic, vermifuge, expectorant, bronchodilator
Kumari,
Ghee kunvar, Kunvar patha
Aloe indica,
Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis
Aloe vera Cuts, burns, infections, constipation, enlarged liver or spleen, hepatitis, bursitis, cystitis, vaginitis, bronchitis, asthma, tumors.
Kumkuma, Kesar,
Ghusrna
Crocus sativus Saffron Dysmenorrhea, infertility, anemia, liver congestion, cardiac congestion, angina, impotence, low libido, depression, nervous debility, painful urination.
Kutaja,
Kutaj,
Kureya
Holarrhena
antidysenterica
Kutaja Amoebic and bacillary dysentery, diarrhea, colitis, Chron’s disease, hemorrhoids, skin problems, bleeding disorders.
Lasuna,
Rasona
Allium
sativum
Garlic Gastric disturbances, food poisoning, candida albicans, catarrh, myalgia, sluggishness, high cholesterol, clotting, infections, blood pressure.
Mandukaparni Centella
asiatica
Gotu kola (West), Indian pennywort Insomnia, epilepsy, stress, autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, memory loss, inflammatory skin conditions, wounds, hair loss, arthritis, gout.
Manjista,
Manjishta,
Manjith
Rubia
cordifolia
Indian
madder
Female disorders, anorexia, skin diseases, poor appetite.
Maricha Piper
nigrum
Black
pepper
Dyspepsia, cough, pharyngitis, headache, diarrhea
Markandika Cassia angustifolia Cassia angustifolia Constipation, liver disease, joint pain
Mustaka,
Musta
Cyperus rotundus Nut grass Anti-inflammatory, flatulence, fever, estrogenic
Nagadamni Artemisia vulgaris Artemisia vulgaris Anthelminthic, expectorant
Nagbala Grewia hirsute Grewia hirsute Diarrhea, wounds, heart disease, fever
Narikela Cocos
nucifera
Cocos
nucifera
Fever, pharyngitis, skin disorders, alterative
Neem,
Nimba
Azadirachta indica Neem, Margosa, Indian lilac Skin disease, antibacterial, antifungal, blood purifier, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiemetic
Punarnava Boerhavia diffusa Indian hogweed Diuretic, expectorant, laxative
Rakta Chandan Pterocarpus santalinus Red sandalwood Skin tonic, liver disorders, fever
Sariva,
Sugandhi
Hemidesmus indicus Indian sarsaparilla Alterative. Poor appetite, cough, skin problems
Sarpagandha Rauwolfia serpentina Rauwolfia, Indian snake root Hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, colic
Satapushpi Peucedanum graveolens Peucedanum graveolens Flatulence, colic, abscesses, digestive
Satupuspa Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare Cough, flatulence, dysmenorrhea, hookworm, edema
Shallaki Boswellia serrata Boswellia serrata Antiarthritic, analgesic, anti inflammatory
Shankapushpi,
Shankhahuli
Evolvulus alsinoides Bindweed,
Aloe weed
Anxiety, diarrhea, bronchitis, memory loss, fever, liver problems, skin diseases.
Shardunika
Gurmar,
Meshasringa
Gymnema sylvestre Gymnema Diuretic, astringent, hypoglycemic, refrigerant, stomachic
Shatavari Asparagus racemosus Wild
asparagus
Galactogogic, antispasmodic, anti diarrhetic, demulcent.
Shati Curcuma zedoaria White
turmeric
Cough, asthma, leukorrhea, tonsillitis.
Shleshmataka Cordia myxa (obliqua) Cordia myxa (obliqua) Expectorant, colic, dyspepsia, ulcers, cough
Shunti,
Ardraka
Zinginber officinale Ginger Stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antiemetic
Sigru,
Shigru
Moringa
oleifera
Horseradish, Drumstick Antifungal, antiviral, flocculating agent, stimulant, abortifacient, source of vitamin C, colds, boils, fever, joint pain, gout
Sudarshan Crinum deflexum
(asiaticum)
Crinum deflexum
(asiaticum)
Emetic, inflammatory conditions.
Talamulika Curculigo orchiodes Curculigo orchiodes Hemmorrhoids, asthma, kidney stones, skin
Tulsi,
Tulasi,
Divya,
Vishnu-priya
Ocimum sanctum Holy basil Demulcent, expectorant, anticatarrhal, antispasmodic, anthelminthic, nervine, tonic, diaphoretic, digestive stimulant, antiparasitic, antibacterial
Twak,
Daru-sita,
Dalchini
Cinnamomum
zeylanicum
Cinnamon Antispasmodic, carminative, aromatic, astringent, expectorant, stimulant, diaphoretic
Udumbara Ficus
racemosa
Ficus
racemosa
Diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bleeding disorders, antiseptic
Uma Linum usitatissimum Linum usitatissimum Cystitis, bronchitis, boils, expectorant, demulcent
Vacha,
Ugragandha
Acorus
calamus
Calamus,
Sweet flag
Nervine, antispasmatic, sedative, stomachic, expectorant, emetic, laxative, diuretic
Vasaka,
Vasa
Justicia
adhatoda
Malabar nut Bronchitis, asthma, jaundice, antispasmodic
Vidari,
Vidarikand
Pueraria tuberosa Vidarikanda Cough, hoarseness, respiratory stimulant, tonic
Yashti madhu,
Jethimadh
Glycyrrhiza glabra Licorice root Wounds, sore throat, colds, coughs, nervous exhaustion, liver, skin conditions,ulcers, cystitis, chronic fatigue.
Zupha Hyssopus officinalis Hyssop Cough, asthma, bronchitis, amenorrhea
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Ayurvedic Approach to Medicinal Herbs and Plants
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It is written in the Vedic Scriptures that, The essence of all beings is Earth. The essence of the Earth is Water. The essence of Water is plants. The essence of plants is the human being.
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