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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Vidanga HERBAL POWDER (EMBELIA RIBES)

Ayurveda's most widely used anti-microbial.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Considered one of the best Ayurvedic herbs for eliminating intestinal worms and other parasites. A warming herb used for managing all skin diseases, alleviating thirst, and rejuvenation. Anti-estrogenic and used as oral contraceptive. It is also given, boiled in milk, to infants as a digestive and against recurrent upper respiratory infections. Studies on diabetic rats found it decreases blood glucose, serum total cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Dosage: Take 1/2 - 1tsp daily in warm water or milk. Considered safe for use up to three months for elimination of parasites.

Latin Name: Embelia ribes- Myrsinaceae

Energetics:


  • Taste - Pungent, Astringent
  • Quality - Light, Rough, Sharp
  • Potency: Warming
  • Post Digestive Effect: Pungent
  • Pacifies Kapha and Vata.

SUGGESTED USE

1/8-1/4 tsp 3x/day before meals or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Vidanga

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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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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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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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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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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 Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity: Digestion
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Vidanga
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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.

Stimulant Laxative

STIMULANT-LAXATIVE

Stimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency. Aka irritant laxativ

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

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

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Antimicrobial

STRONG 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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Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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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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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Antiandrogen

ANTIANDROGEN

Reduces androgen (testosterone), which can reduce excess growth, drive, and libido. Reduces skin oiliness. Helpful for prostate enlargement.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Vidanga

Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant, Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Lowers-blood-sugar, Antiandrogen, Hypolipidemic

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Antimicrobial, Lowers-blood-sugar, Antiandrogen, Hypolipidemic, Alterative, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant

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Aloe Vera Juice / Gel

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Hypolipidemic, Stimulant-laxative, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Hypolipidemic, Stimulant-laxative

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Diuretic, Stimulant-laxative, Antifungal, Hypolipidemic, Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant

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Burdock Root (Gobo)

Burdock Root (Gobo) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Hypolipidemic, Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant

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Garlic

Garlic has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Diuretic, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Stimulant-laxative

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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Anthelminthic, Diuretic, Antiandrogen, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Lowers-blood-sugar, Diuretic, Antifungal, Internal-detoxicant

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Endive

Endive has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant

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Kale

Kale has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Lowers-blood-sugar, Hypolipidemic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Vidanga

Neem Leaf

Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Anthelminthic, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Diuretic

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Diuretic

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anthelminthic, Antiandrogen, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Alterative, Anthelminthic

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Diuretic

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar

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Triphala Guggulu

Triphala Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Lowers-blood-sugar, Stool-softener

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulant-laxative, Stool-softener

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Bhumyamalaki

Bhumyamalaki has these Actions in Common

Antiandrogen, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative

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Calendula, Marigold

Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Vidanga 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.
  • Alterative: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Hypolipidemic: May magnify the effect of cholesterol lowering drugs.

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