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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Kushta HERBAL POWDER (SAUSSUREA LAPPA)

Hot, pungent digestive. Expectorant and antispasmodic for the lungs.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Hot, pungent digestive. Expectorant and antispasmodic for the lungs.

SUGGESTED USE

Please follow label or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
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Biocharacteristics of Kushta

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Kushta
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Vulnerary

VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Bronchodilator

BRONCHODILATOR

An herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. They are helpful in wheezing and asthma.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An 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.

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Antiseptic

ANTISEPTIC

Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.

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Antiviral

ANTIVIRAL

Herbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.

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Immune Stimulant

IMMUNE-STIMULANT

Stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.

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Hypotensive

HYPOTENSIVE

An herb that lowers blood pressure.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A 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.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs 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.

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Uterine Stimulant

UTERINE-STIMULANT

Causes contractions in the uterus often by stimulating production of oxytocin. These herbs are contraindicated during pregnancy.

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Constituents:
Alkaloids,
Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Kushta

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Bronchodilator

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Bronchodilator, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Immune-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Hypotensive, Vulnerary, Antiviral, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Vasodilator

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Appetizer, Digestive, Hypotensive, Antibacterial, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Immune-stimulant, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Bronchodilator, Expectorant, Uterine-stimulant, Antiseptic

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Bronchodilator, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antiseptic, Diaphoretic

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Appetizer, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Immune-stimulant, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Hypotensive, Vasodilator

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative, Diuretic, Uterine-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Vulnerary

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Kushta

Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Immune-stimulant, Antibacterial, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Digestive, Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Uterine-stimulant

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Uterine-stimulant, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Antiseptic, Vulnerary, Carminative

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Antiseptic, Vulnerary, Bronchodilator, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Uterine-stimulant, Antiseptic, Appetizer

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Anti-inflammatory, Internal-detoxicant, Antibacterial, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Calendula, Marigold

Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Uterine-stimulant, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Bronchodilator, Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Uterine-stimulant

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Kushta may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Hypotensive: Herbs that lower blood pressure can magnify the effect of blood pressure reducing pharmaceuticals.

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