About Vulnerary (Sandhaneeya, Kshatahara) in Ayurveda
An herb used for the treatment of wounds.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON VULNERARYPromotes healing of skin lesions and wounds. Here are some of the mechanisms:
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Vulnerary:
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
HEMOSTATICAn herb that stops bleeding.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
SKIN-TONICAn herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
Pitta Reducing (9)
STYPTICA herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used to stop bleeding.
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
Vata Reducing (7)
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
HELPFUL FOR*'Vulnerary' 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.
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