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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Spikenard (ARALIA RACEMOSA)

Hot, pungent, aromatic astringent, anti-inflammatory herb. Respiratory decongestant; like American Ginseng root but more warming

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Hot, pungent, aromatic astringent, anti-inflammatory herb. Respiratory decongestant; like American Ginseng root but more warming
Ayurveda Spikenard Whole Plant Large

Ayurveda Spikenard Leaf Large

Ayurveda Spikenard Stem / Bark Large

SUGGESTED USE

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Biocharacteristics of Spikenard

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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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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
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Family: Araliaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Spikenard
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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.

Nervine

STRONG 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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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

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

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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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Lung Tonic

LUNG-TONIC

Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Spikenard

Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine, Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Lung-tonic

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Bronchodilator, Nervine

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Lung-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Nervine, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Lung-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

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Anise

Anise has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

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Celery Seed

Celery Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Nervine

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Caraway Seeds

Caraway Seeds has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Lung-tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Spikenard

Angelica

Angelica has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Nervine, Bronchodilator

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic, Nervine, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Nervine

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

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

Lung-tonic, Nervine, Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic

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Mustard Poultice

Mustard Poultice has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

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Chest Rub with Essential Oils

Chest Rub with Essential Oils has these Actions in Common

Lung-tonic, Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

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Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink

Kanakasava- Breathe Alive Tonic Drink has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Diaphoretic, Lung-tonic

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Osha

Osha has these Actions in Common

Bronchodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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