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Seven Important Spices, Ten Important Herbs

Seven Important Spices, Ten Important Herbs

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) | Related dhatu – rasa

Action – diuretic, carminative, stimulant, astringent, antispasmodic.

Uses – valuable in dyspepsia, diarrhea, hoarseness, flatulence and colic.

Effect on dosha – V hP hK iEnergetics – pungent/hot/pungent


Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) | Related dhatu – mamsa

Action – carminative, digestive stimulating, tonic.

Uses – headache and swelling; essential oil in colic, rheumatism and neuralgia;

the seeds as a paste for mouth ulceration and a poultice for other ulcers.

Effect on dosha – V iP iK iEnergetics – bitter/pungent-cold-pungent


Turmeric (Curcuma domestica) | Related dhatu – rakta

Action – mild digestive, aromatic, stimulant, carminative.

Uses – anemia, blood purifier, circulation, indigestion, skin disorders,

all inflammatory conditions.

Effect on dosha – V hP hK iEnergetics – bitter/astringent/pungent-hot-pungent


Mustard (Brassica alba) | Related dhatu – meda

Action – stimulant, demulcent, emetic (induce vomiting).

Uses – epilepsy, toothache, bruises, stiff neck, rheumatism, colic, and

respiratory troubles.

Effect on dosha – V iP iK hEnergetics – pungent/hot/pungent


Asafoetida / Hing (Ferula assafoetida) | Related dhatu – majja

Action – digestive, analgesic, stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic.

Uses – flatulence, respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough.

Effect on dosha – V iP hK iEnergetics – pungent/heating/pungent


Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) | Related dhatu – ashti

Action – diuretic, tonic, stimulant.

Uses – digestive aid, boils, cysts, lowers blood pressure.

Effect on dosha – V hP hK iEnergetics – pungent/hot/pungent


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) | Related dhatu – shukra

Action – aphrodisiac, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, stimulant.

Uses – colic, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, colds, cough, asthma,

congestive conditions.

Effect on dosha – V iP hK iEnergetics – pungent/sweet-hot-sweet

Important Herbs


Ten important Herbs


Amalaki (Embilica officinalis)

Action – rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, laxative, hemostatic, tonic.

Uses – all Pitta diseases, arthritis, asthma, fever, gastritis, hemorrhoids, insomnia,

Effect on dosha – V i  P iK hEnergetics – all tastes except salty-cold-sweet


Ashwagandha (Withenia somnifera)

Action – rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, nervine, analgesic, sedative.

Uses – anxiety, brain tonic, age preventive, blood pressure, fatigue, urinary diseases.

Effect on dosha – V iP hK iEnergetics – astringent/bitter-hot-sweet


Brahmi | Gotu Kola (Bacopa moniera) | Tridoshic

Action – diuretic, nervine, rejuvenative.

Uses – asthma, cough, blood purifier, immune system booster; brain, and nerves.

Effect on dosha – V iP iK iEnergetics – bitter-cold-sweet


Guduchi (Tinosphora cardifolia) | Tridoshic

Action – alterative, anti-aging, anti-pyretic, diuretic.

Uses – immune booster, digestion, constipation, skin disease, blood purifier.

Effect on dosha – V iP iK iEnergetics – bitter/sweet-hot-sweet


Haritaki (Terminelia chebula)

Action – rejuvenative, laxative, nervine, expectorant, tonic.

Uses – cough, asthma, gas, vomiting, nervous disorders, indigestion, memory.

Effect on dosha – V iP iK iEnergetics – all except salty-hot-sweet


Kumari | Aloe Vera(Aloe barbadensis)

Action – rejuvenative, alterative, digestive, purgative, tonic.

Uses – colds, lung diseases, intestinal worms, hemorrhoids, blood tonic, burns,
herpes, skin diseases.

Effect on dosha – V i P i K i     Energetics – sweet/cold/sweet


Manjishta(Rubia cordifolia)

Action – alterative, astringent, diuretic, hemostatic.

Uses – blood circulation, cleanses liver, edema, hepatitis, menstruation, menopause, skin problems.

Effect on dosha – V h P i K i     Energetics – pungent/ bitter/astringent-cold-pungent


Musta | Nutgrass(Cyperus rotundus)

Action – alterative, antifungal, carminative, diuretic, stimulant.

Uses – menstrual disorders, gastritis, indigestion, malabsorption, vomiting,

Effect on dosha – V i P i K h     Energetics – pungent/ bitter/astringent-cold-pungent


Neem(Azadirecta indica)

Action – alterative, bitter tonic, antiseptic, anti-emetic, antibiotic.

Uses – blood purifier, inflammation of muscles and joints, cleanses liver, parasites,
skin disorders.

Effect on dosha – V h P i K i     Energetics – bitter/astringent-cold-pungent


Shatavari(Asperagus recemosus)

Action – nutritive, diuretic, tonic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic.

Uses – cough, diarrhea, immune system, female reproductive system, menopause, ulcers, fevers.

Effect on dosha – V i P i K h     Energetics – sweet/bitter-cold-sweet

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