Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine thought to be over 5,000 years old. Ayurveda is based on the principals of doshas. The three doshas are pitta, kapha, and vata. People have a tendency to naturally be more of one dosha than another. However, at times because of diet or environment our doshas can become unbalanced. An herbal protocol will help balance the doshas.
Ayurveda puts a lot of emphasis on digestion. Many of the traditional Ayurveda herbs aid in digestion, this is why most of the herbs should be part of the daily diet. When it comes to protocols using Ayurvedic herbs much of it has to do with changing dietary habits. For dietary recommendations and information about an herbal consultation visit my Consultation page.
Western herbalism goes back hundreds of years. Many of these traditional remedies go by the term “Old Wives' Tales” or “Folk Remedies” and even begin like this, “My grandma used to say…” I love using western herbs to help with colds, flus, and tummy aches in my children. The traditional methods in western herbalism is a rustic approach to herbalism. Because the recipes were passed down from parent to child, usually mother to daughter in the kitchen there is no exact science. Sure, we have studies for many of the herbs used and we even know dosages, but recipes vary from practitioner to practitioner.
My favorite herbs in the Western Materia Medica are those that are calming, and those that are diaphoretics. These help with sleep as well as getting over a seasonal illness. What is neat about western herbs, is many can be found in your yard or on a long walk-through nature. Some of those common weeds are great for a tea!
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