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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Saffron (.375 Gram) (CROCUS SATIVUS)

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Cooling Blood Purifier


Saffron is a nourishing purifier that invigorates and moves the blood while cooling it. Saffron breaks up blood clots and clears liver stagnation. While most blood movers are heating, saffron is unique among blood movers for its cooling properties. This makes saffron a useful herb for Pitta disorders with blood stagnation, including inflammation, arthritis, acne, and hepatitis.

Skin Tonic


Saffron's ability to dilate the blood vessels encourage sweating and opening the pores (diaphoretic), effectively cleansing the skin and restoring a healthy glow. Saffron is also a cardiotonic that destroys phlegm. A paste is used topically in bruises and sores. Its blood moving qualities enhance digestion.

Cools the mind


Saffron is a refrigerant for the mind. It's Pitta pacifying qualities have been used to restore eyesight and to lower fevers.

Reproductive Organs


Saffron with milk and ghee is a nourishing reproductive tonic for both men and women. Saffron's blood moving qualities are particularly desirable among herbs that stimulate the release of oxytocin, the "tend and befriend" hormone, supporting saffron's use to encourage mother's milk flow (galactogogue), and to contract and restore the uterus after giving birth. Like most oxytocic herbs, saffron is an abortifascient and should not be used during pregnancy. Its blood moving qualities can stimulate the menses (emmenogogue).

Urinary Tract


Saffron is also a purifying diuretic for urinary disorders. Saffron is mixed with honey for urinary stones. The recommended dosage of saffron is 1.5 to 3 grams of dried herb, usually taken as a decoction.


SUGGESTED USE

Please follow label or as directed by your practitioner.

Biocharacteristics of Saffron (.375 gram)

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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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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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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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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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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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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or 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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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
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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Family: Iridaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Saffron (.375 gram)
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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.

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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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Anxiolytic

ANXIOLYTIC

Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Neuroprotective

NEUROPROTECTIVE

Repairs / restores damaged nerves. Protects nerve health.

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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

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

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Skin Tonic

SKIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.

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Antipoisonous

ANTIPOISONOUS

An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.

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Antipyretic

ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Blood Thinner

BLOOD-THINNER

Herbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.

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Cardiac Tonic

CARDIAC-TONIC

Strengthens and tones the heart (heart-tonic). Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues from arrhythmia, to cardiac insufficiency.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.

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Blood Tonic

MILD BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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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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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Aphrodisiac

APHRODISIAC

Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.

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Emmenagogue

EMMENAGOGUE

Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Constituents:
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Saffron (.375 gram)

Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Skin-tonic, Stomachic, Antipoisonous, Aphrodisiac, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Livotonic, Nutritive, Spleen-tonic, Styptic, Antipyretic, Blood-thinner, Cardiac-tonic, Digestive, Galactagogue, Nervine, Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic, Blood-tonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Neuroprotective

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Nutritive, Stomachic, Antipyretic, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Diuretic, Nervine, Stomachic

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-tonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Styptic, Aphrodisiac, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Spleen-tonic

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-tonic, Emmenagogue, Neuroprotective, Stomachic, Antidepressant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic

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Chamomile

Chamomile has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner, Digestive, Sedative, Stomachic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Skin-tonic

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Blood-thinner, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Styptic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antipyretic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-tonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antidepressant, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Nervine, Stomachic

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antidepressant, Carminative, Diuretic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Saffron (.375 gram)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Stomachic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Antidepressant, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Sedative

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Styptic, Cardiac-tonic, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nutritive, Antipyretic, Skin-tonic

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Aphrodisiac, Blood-tonic, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Nervine, Antidepressant, Neuroprotective, Antipyretic, Nutritive, Anxiolytic, Sedative

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Hops

Hops has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Antipyretic, Sedative, Anxiolytic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Livotonic, Stomachic, Antipyretic, Styptic, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea

Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Spleen-tonic

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Rhodiola

Rhodiola has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Cardiac-tonic, Emmenagogue, Neuroprotective, Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Antidepressant, Anxiolytic

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Emmenagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner, Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Antipoisonous, Antipyretic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Styptic, Antipoisonous, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Neuroprotective

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Saffron (.375 gram) 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.
  • Antidepressant: Do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Blood-thinner: Patients on warfarin (coumadin) and other anticoagulants, or who have clotting difficulties, should take special caution to only use blood thinners under the supervision of a medical doctor.
  • Cardiac-tonic: Caution when taking alongside cardiac pharmaceuticals. Inotropic herbs (that affect heart contractile strength) may interact with digoxin.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Livotonic: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Sedative: Do not combine nerve suppressing sedatives with nerve stimulants, pharmaceutical sedatives, most anxiolyitcs, or antihistamines.

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