About Stimulates-energy (Jeevaneeya, shramahara) in Ayurveda
This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON STIMULATES-ENERGYA person who is truly Kidney Yang Deficient is likely going to feel cold, look pale or gray, and will crave warmth through fire, clothing, and warm drinks. This is a person who is intolerant of cold conditions and has cold feet and hands, even in the summer. Benefits of Yang energy in the body: Yang warms the body. Yang energy allows for growth and development. Yang Qi allows for successful reproduction including sexual functions and fertility. Yang energy regulates the adrenal cortex. Yang energy allows for transformation in the body. Yang energy reinforces the Defensive Qi or Wei Qi of the body, thus reinforcing the immune system. Yang Qi moves blood and body fluids in the body and prevents stagnation. Yang holds blood and organs in their proper places Qi is a Yang substance and provides vital energy and vitality generally. Yang deficient patterns will present with slowed metabolic processes such as hypo thryroidism, and even shallow breath. It is common to experience a dull ache lower back, soreness of the knees, and weak lower limbs. Social withdrawal, a tendency to catch colds easily, impotence, infertility, and loose morning stools are also indications of Yang Deficiency. Frequent urination and edema are also common signs of Kidney Yang Deficiency. Common Yang Tonic herbs include cordyceps, cistanche, epimidium, cuscuta, cynomorium, fenugreek, drynaria, morinda, alpinia, psoralia, cardamon, eucommia, dispacus, and astragalus seed. There are a few Western and Native American herbs that would serve as Yang tonics; Examples of herbs that are commonly used in Western herbalism (although from throughout the world) that have Yang characteristics would include damiana, cinnamon, saw palmetto, calamus root, fennel seed, rosemary, bayberry, sassafras, juniper berry, sarsparilla, horseradish and garlic.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Stimulates-energy:
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
MOBILEMobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
AROMATICHerbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
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CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
EMMENAGOGUEHerbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
BRAIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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TONICA tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
HELPFUL FOR*'Stimulates-energy' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.