Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is widely used in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India. Ashwagandha herb, also known as ‘Indian winter cherry’ is widely cultivated in India and its roots have been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic physicians. The root contains flavonoids and active ingredients of the withanolide group. It is an ingredient in many herbal formulations prescribed for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism etc. Ashwagandha is widely recognized as a general tonic to increase energy, improve overall health, longevity and prevent disease in athletes as well as old persons. The pregnant women also get benefitted from the regular use of Ashwagandha.
In Ayurvedic medicine, there is a class of herbs, including Ashwagandha, known as adaptogens or vitalizers. Adaptogens are known to cause adaptive reactions to disease and are useful in many unrelated illnesses and even appear to produce a state of non-specific increased disease resistance. The effectiveness of Ashwagandha in a variety of rheumatologic conditions is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The use of Ashwagandha as a general tonic to increase energy and prevent disease may be partially related to its effect on the body’s immune system.
Various scientific studies indicate that Ashwagandha possess a number of qualities; including anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and immune-modulatory properties. It has marked influence on the endocrine, nervous and cardio-pulmonary systems. Reports indicate that Ashwagandha is useful in many ailments; including arthritis, musculo-skeletal disorders, stress-induced nervous exhaustion and high blood pressure. More advanced research is going on the effects of Ashwagandha on the body’s immune system, central nervous system and hemopoetic system.
Historically, Ashwagandha has also been noted to have sex-enhancing properties. Since ancient times, Ashwagandha was used as an aphrodisiac. This herb is mentioned in the ancient Kama Sutra as an herb to be used for heightening sexual experience. This herb has the ability to restore sexual health and improve overall vitality, while promoting a calm state of mind. Many people notice a relaxing effect within hours of taking its prescribed dose.
Ashwagandha capsules capsules from Planet Ayurveda, India are pure and natural. We believe in good quality and we are using 100 % vegetarian capsules made from plant cellulose and not from hard gelatin which are low in cost and are made from chemicals. As an herbal dietary supplement, take one Ashwagandha capsule few times a week or as per prescribed dose. This herb may cause relaxation in majority of people, but no drowsiness. Most herbs are better absorbed on an empty stomach and there are no dietary restrictions with its use.
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HRB338 is an In-Depth Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Study (Diagnosis and Treatment) of Anxiety Disorder and Mental Illnesses (Unmad in Ayurvedic Sanskrit), along with examination of related Vata Anxiety Disorders, Pitta Anger Violence Mania, Suicidal Tendencies (Suicide), Kapha Sadness Depression and Melancholy. Comparison – Contrast of Anxiety Depression classical Diagnosis (Assessment), Etiology (Causes), Pathology (Disease Process – Progress) and Treatment (Therapies) in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M. or Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture) and Ayurveda — both styles Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu Ayurveda with along with Tibetan Medicine (Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine – T.A.M.).
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"One-Earth Therapeutics – Kaya Chikitsa – Integrated Ayurvedic-Chinese-Western Remedies for Anxiety (Atattvabhinivesha), Panic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) and Depression according to 200 B.C. Charaka Samhita – Level I"
Course Codes are: HRB338, HRB538, HRB638, HRB738
These Hi-Def HDTV videos and the MP3 audio files are the first in a 1.5 trimester unit (22.5 class hours long) series of lectures aimed and comparing, contrasting and synthesizing Anxiety Diagnosis and Anxiety Treatment in both the 2500 year old Chinese Medicine (Zhong Yi or TCM) with the 2500 year old Indian Ayurveda and 1300 year old Tibetan Ayurveda systems (TAM). The goal of this lecture program is to assist the student in seeing and understanding their vast commonalities in both theory (concepts) and practice (clinic) of ancient Indo-Sino-Tibetan psychological – psychiatric therapies in order to learn integrated practice modalities.
This rarely presented synthesis of the healing wisdom of these three great cultures (China, India and Tibet) will not only compare-contrast the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology – psychiatry within the framework of these two time-honored healing systems, but more importantly, will examine in detail the clinical practice aspects of manic – depressive bi-polar treatment — both herbal connections (Indian, Tibetan and Chinese herbs and minerals) and acupressure (Marmas in Ayurvedic Sanskrit) with acupuncture in the Chinese system.
We examine the mind and mental illness from the perspective of the Ayurvedic three doshas (Tridosha – Vata-Pitta-Kapha) and look at their relationship to major concepts in Chinese Medicine that are often spoken of by acupuncturists to their patients. Some of these relationship comparisons include:
1. Vata Dosha (Space and Air – Wind, Cold, Qi [Prana in Ayurvedic Sanskrit]),
2. Pitta Dosha (Fire and Water – Spleen Qi [Jathar Agni in Sanskrit], Heat, Damp-Heat, Blood [Rakta Dhatu in Sanskrit], and Yang),
3. Kapha Dosha (Water and Earth – Phlegm-Mucous [Ama in Sanskrit], Damp-Cold, Jing Qi [Ojas in Sanskrit] and Yin).
Commentary on and Lectures from the ancients texts of Indo-Sino-Tibetan Medicine: Chinese Classic of the Yellow Emperor – Huang Di Nei Jing (~200 B.C.), Shang Han Lun (~150 A.D. traditional Chinese Shang Hán Lùn), Divine Farmers Materia Medica (~150 A.D. The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic (traditional Chinese Shénnóng bencao jing) with Charaka of Patanjali (~200 B.C.), Sushruta of Nagarjuna (~200 A.D.), Astanga Hridayam of Vagbhata (~700 A.D.) and the "Four Tibetan Medical Tantras" (~800 A.D. "rGyud – bzhi" in Tibetan, pronounced "Ju Shee" — "Si-Bu-Yi-Dian in Mandarin — in Sanskrit it is called the "Amrta-hrdaya-astanga-guhyopadesa-tantra" or Amrita Hridaya Astanga Guhyopadesha Tantra)
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This class is a basic level yet detailed introduction to diseases of the mind and spirit (Ayurvedic Psychology) focusing on diagnosis of Prakruti (genetic constitution of vata-pitta-kapha) and Vikruti (imbalance of three doshas of vata-space-air-movement, pitta-fire-water-metabolism, kapha-water-earth-phlegm-fat).
Indo – Tibetan medicine — enshrined in the classic medical text called Rgyud bzi which was originally composed in Sanskrit and still available in Tibetan — is a veritable treasure of centuries of accumulated experience with rational fundamentals and scientifically analyzable therapeutic measures meant for the preservation and promotion of positive health, and prevention and cure of obstinate and otherwise incurable diseases.
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