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How To Take Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an important medicinal plant due to its pharmacodynamic properties. It has several beneficial effects but despite its therapeutic value, Ashwagandha sometimes is difficult to be consumed in its raw form. It has a very bitter taste. To overcome this, here are 21 effective formulations prepared with Ashwagandha powder, including snacks, drinks and sweets as well as remedies. These may be more acceptable and palatable to you then the raw powder alone.

Ashwagandha Remedies + Ashwagandha Recipes

Before taking any herbal supplement consult with your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you.

1. Ashwagandha Roasted In Ghee to Reduce Sweet Cravings.

An ounce of Ashwagandha roasted in ghee and mixed with a tablespoon of date sugar is delicious. You may find it effective to eat this in the morning about twenty minutes before breakfast, in the mid-afternoon and at bedtime with a cup of hot milk.

Ashwagandha Powder ( Asgandh )

2. Ashwagandha With Honey [Aphrodisiac]

One teaspoon of Ashwagandha with ghee, sugar and honey is a very good aphrodisiac. It increases semen quantity, sperm count and mobility. It is effectively used in erectile dysfunction, low libido and premature ejaculation.

3. Ashwagandha & Vidari [Low Sex Drive]

For a strengthening drink for men with low sex drive, take 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder with ½ teaspoon of the herb Vidari mixed in warm milk. Drink this at bedtime.

4. Ashwagandha To Increase Breast Milk

Ashwagandha acts as galactogogue. It thickens and increases the nutritive value of breast milk when given to nursing mothers.

5. Ashwagandha Tea

Ashwagandha Tea can be prepared by boiling the powder in milk. This is referred to in Ayurveda as the Kshirpaka method of extracting the active principle of the herb in milk.

Kshirpaka Method Of Ashwagandha Tea

Take half a glass of water and half a glass of milk in a pan. Add 1 gram of Ashwagandha powder and bring to a boil. When reduced to half, remove from the heat. Once cool, add sugar.

6. Rich Ashwagandha Sweet And Salty Cookies

You will need….
1/2 cup refined wheat flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
1/4 cup butter
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk


Sift the flour, salt and ashwagandha powder together 3-4 times with a sieve and set aside. Melt the butter in a pan. Add sugar to the melted butter and mix well. Next add the milk and mix together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix together and knead into a dough. Form the dough into cookies on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 375 F for 2-3 minutes.

7. Healthy Low Cost Ashwagandha Cookies.

Here’s another way of preparing cookies with Ashwagandha.

These are low cost nutritive biscuits made of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha and Licorice (Yashtimadhu, Glycyrrhiza glabra) powder. They are rich in carbohydrates, energy, protein and fat. They have medicinal importance in particular for malnourished populations.

1 cup refined wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp dried coconut
1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Shatavari powder
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
1/2 tsp Licorice root powder
2 drops Vanilla essence
3 1/4 tsp baking powder
1-2 tbsp water

Mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Shape into cookies on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

8. No-Bake Ashwagandha Balls (Churan)

1 1/2 tsp jaggery
2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
pinch black salt
pinch black pepper

First, powder the jaggery. Then add the Ashwagandha powder to it. Rub these together well. Add black salt and black pepper and mix together. Shape into balls. This is easy to make and no cooking is required. Store in an airtight container. Ashwagandha Powder (Churan) Balls are highly nutritious.

9. Ashwagandha Laddus (Sweets)

1 tsp white Musali (Asparagus adscendens)
1 tsp black Musli (Kali Musli)
1 tsp Nutmeg (jaiphal)
1 tsp Cardamom (elaichi)
2 tsp Cinnamon (dalchini)
1 tsp Ashwagandha
3 tsp Tragacanth gum
6 tsp coconut flakes
8 cups ghee
2 cups jaggery
1/2 cup wheat flour

1. Mix and grind all ingredients together except the wheat flour, ghee and coconut.
2. Now thoroughly mix the wheat flour in the ghee.
3. Break the jaggery into pieces and then heat it with a little ghee. Then mix it with the flour mixture.
4. Now mix the wheat flour mixture with the jaggery mixture.
5. Add the coconut.
6. You can also mix in almonds, cashews or raisins.
7. Now bind the laddu with your hands. Keep the size appropriate, not too big and not too small (approximately one ounce each).

Take one laddu every morning at breakfast.

These laddus are effective in headache, back pain, weak bones, anemia, swelling, infections and vaginal discharge in women. It is very beneficial to males as it helps in building stamina and strength along with muscle, enhances youthfulness and is an aphrodisiac. This laddu strengthens the body and also provides vigor and vitality.

Ashwagandha Capsule

10. Ashwagandha Banana Smoothie

Peel 3-4 bananas and cut into pieces. Grind the pieces, along with 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder in a blender. Add 1 cup chilled plant-based milk. Dairy fruit should not be eaten together according to Ayurveda. Mix this again until smooth. This is a tasty and healthy alternative way to take Ashwagandha. It is most beneficial during hot weather.

11. Semisolid Ashwagandha Sweets (Avaleha)

This is a semi-solid preparation prepared with the addition of jaggery or sugar-candy and boiled with prescribed juice of the Ashwagandha or its decoction. It is useful for proper digestion, to control cholesterol levels and maintain blood pressure.

Ashwagandha Powder (Churna)
Jaggery or sugar
Ashwagandha decoction (Kashaya)

The ratio of ingredients used in this recipe is 1:4:4 (Ashwagandha powder:sugar:Ashwagandha decotion). If jaggery is used in place of sugar the ratio would be 1:2:4 in quantity.

1. Make the Ashwagandha Decoction. Add Ashwagandha coarse powder to 16 times water and soak it for at least 2-3 hours (12 hours maximum). Then heat it on a mild to moderate flame, stirring constantly. Continue to heat this until the amount of water is reduced to 1/8. Once warm, filter it gently through a cotton cloth and your Ashwagandha Decoction is ready to use.
2. Dissolve the jaggery or sugar into the Ashwagandha decoction and strain it to remove any foreign particles.
3. Boil this solution over a moderate flame until a Paka is formed. A Paka, also called inspissated juice, has a semisolid consistency. The way to make sure that the Paka is perfectly formed is to press a few drops of it between the thumb and the index finger and then, move the fingers apart. If the liquid draws into a string, the Paka can be said to be perfectly formed. Another way to tell if the Paka is perfectly formed is if it sinks down in a glass of water without getting easily dissolve. It should then be removed from the heat.
4. Fine powder of Ashwagandha is then added and stirred continuously and vigorously to form a homogenous mixture.

Ashwagandha Avleha is ready. This can be easily made at home. When commercially made, well known preservatives like Sodium Propyl and Sodium Methyl Parabens as well as Sodium Benzoate are added to increase its shelf life appreciably.

Store these in a plastic container and use within three years.

You may find this effective: 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha Avaleha with 1 cup of milk on an empty stomach daily. It is useful for proper digestion, to control cholesterol levels and maintain blood pressure.

12. Ashwagandha Ghrita Or Ghee

Ashwagandha ghrita is a medicinal preparation, especially beneficial for children as it increases their inner strength, body weight, lung capacity and improves muscle tone, reducing weakness of the muscles. It is also effective in problems related to male and female infertility. It is made with ¼ part fine paste (kalka) of Ashwagandha and 4 times decoction (kashaya) of Ashwagandha.

13. Indian Ashwagandha Dessert (Shrikhand).

Shrikhand is a popular dessert particularly in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and some parts of South India. Shrikhand is a semi solid, sweetish-sour fermented milk product prepared from dahi or yogurt.

4 1/4 cups curd
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tbsp Ashwagandha powder
charoli nuts
almond leaves to garnish

The whey is drained off from the curd to yield hung curd (chakka), a curd whose whey has been drained completely. Sugar, flavor and color are mixed into the hung curd to form a soft homogenous mass that resembles sweetened quark, a soft German cheese.

Method Of Preparation
Curd which is well developed is tied with a muslin cloth. It is then placed in a hanging position for draining of whey for 8 hours. Hung curd (Chakka) is removed from the muslin cloth and stored under refrigeration. Then it is divided into 4 portions and Shrikhand is prepared by adding sugar and Ashwagandha powder.

It is mixed and kneaded to a smooth paste and stored in the refrigerator. Charoli nuts, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron and almond are added to it to improve the taste and nutritional quality. This product is enjoyed by many and has a great nutritional and therapeutic value.

14. Crunchy Ashwagandha Snacks

Maize flour, ghee, guar gum and Ashwagandha powder can be mixed together and used in making noodles, pasta and snacks.

For preparation of pasta, weigh out 250g of milled maize flour. Add one per cent salt and water to the flour along with 2 tsp of ghee, 2-6% Ashwagandha powder and guar gum (0.5-1.5%). Hardness of the raw pasta noodles, water uptake, swelling index and cooking time increases as the level of Ashwagandha powder and guar gum increases.

Ashwagandha powder can be incorporated up to 4% in pasta, snacks and 6% in noodles. It’s a healthy alternative for snacks.

15. Ashwagandha Tincture

Ashwagandha tinctures are highly concentrated alcoholic extracts. They are highly absorbable and easy to carry. It is prepared by macerating (soaking) Ashwagandha leaves and root in alcohol (usually vodka or organic grain alcohol) at a ratio typically ranging from 1:1 (herb to alcohol) to 1:10, depending on the desired strength.

Ashwagandha does not taste very pleasant so a tincture is an easily digestible way to take it. In this form, it absorbs quickly into circulation, and gives its effects faster than tablets and powders.

In acute manifestations of conditions like inflammation, anxiety or insomnia, when immediate relief is necessary, a tincture is highly effective.

16. Ashwagandha Calm Mind Tea (Medhya Kwath)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) along with Brahmi (Centella asiatica), Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Vacha (Acorus calamus) in equal amounts are boiled in 2 cups of water. Reduce to half. This is used as a mind relaxing tea.

17. Tonifying Ashwagandha Milk

In 1 cup warm milk or almond milk, add 1 teaspoon ghee, 1 teaspoon grated coconut, 1 teaspoon chopped dates, 2 teaspoons chopped almonds, ½ teaspoon saffron, 1/8 teaspoon cardamom seed or fennel seed, 1 teaspoon raw honey, 1 teaspoon Ashwaganda root powder and 1 teaspoon of Shatavari root powder. Stir and your tnic milk is ready.

18. Therapeutic Ashwagandha Enema

In Ayurvedic medicine, an enema with extract of Ashwagandha is effective in treating colitis.28 Consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for proper use of Ayurvedic supplements and therapies.

A study observed that methanolic extracts of W. somnifera roots turns-on the synthesis of inducible nitric oxide synthase expression by acting at transcriptional level resulting in increased production of NO by macrophage. This was attributed to immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activity. Roots of W. somnifera can potentially be utilized for the effective treatment of various inflammatory conditions.29

19. Ashwagandha Facial Tonic

For glowing skin, Ashwagandha with dried ginger and lemon acts as a toner. Take 1/2 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder, mix it in lemon juice and apply over your face for 15 minutes. Wash with water.

Its potent antioxidant properties help protect the skin against free radical damage and slows down the aging process by firming the skin for a more youthful look.

Ashwagandha stimulates DHEA, which is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and stimulates the production of natural skin oils. It also promotes the production of vital compounds and proteins for healthy skin such as hyaluronan for skin hydration, elastin to keep the skin supple and collagen for skin strength.30

20. Ashwagandha Anti Acne Cream

An anti-acne cream containing Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.31

A homemade face pack containing Ashwagandha can be very useful for acne. Take 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera pulp or gel, add a half teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder, 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric, and ¼ teaspoon Neem powder. Mix and apply it to the face.

21. Ashwagandha Gentle Face Cleanser

Mix 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha Powder and 1 teaspoon chickpea flour in lime juice. Gently massage it on the face for 2 minutes and then rinse with water. This is an effective cleanser. It cleanses the skin of impurities and pollutants very gently. It also revitalizes, rejuvenates and nourishes the skin.

Along with traditional Ayurvedic classical preparations of Ashwagandha, try these Ashwagandha remedies and recipes. Ashwagandha, a magical herb, is truly nature’s gift to mankind.

Herbal Remedy for Allergies

According to Ayurvedic samprapti (pathogenesis), allergies are a doshic reaction to a specific allergen, such as pollen, dust, chemicals on a rug, ragweed, or any strong chemical smell. These allergic reactions are classified as vata type, pitta type, and kapha type.
• Vata-type allergies are characterized by bloating of the stomach, gastric discomfort, or even intestinal colic. A vata allergy may lead to sudden wheezing, sneezing, headache, ringing in the ears, or insomnia.

For example, some individuals, when exposed to dust or pollen,
suddenly start wheezing. The wheezing is due to narrowing of the bronchial tree due to vata dosha. That person may also experience insomnia and other vata-type symptoms.
• In a pitta type of allergy, pitta dosha is already present under the skin. If the person comes in contact with an allergen, such as chemicals, ragweed, or certain synthetic fibers, then the pitta penetrates through the capillaries due to its hot and sharp qualities and creates a rash, itching, hives, urticaria, allergic dermatitis, or eczema—all pitta-type allergic reactions.
• Kapha allergies are often experienced during spring season, when plants and trees shed their pollens into the atmosphere. When the pollens, such as juniper or any other flower pollen, are inhaled, they enter the nasal-respiratory passage, and in some people they irritate the delicate mucous membrane, leading to hay fever, colds, congestion, a cough, sinus infection, and even asthma. In order to treat allergies effectively, first we have to find out whether it is vata, pitta, or kapha type. Then we can determine the specific line of treatment.
In most cases, perhaps 80 percent, your prakruti (constitution) predicts your allergy proneness. That is, there is usually a correspondence between a person’s constitution and the type of allergic reaction. A person of pitta prakruti is more likely to have a pitta allergic reaction, especially when the vikruti or current status of the system shows a pitta imbalance. But it may also happen that due to diet, environmental
conditions, emotional factors, or other causes, a kapha person may have a vata imbalance, and so forth.


BASTI. One of the most effective remedies for vata-type allergies is a dashamoola tea basti (enema). Boil 1 tablespoon of the herbal compound dashamoola in 1 pint of water for 5 minutes to make a tea. Cool it, strain it, and use the liquid as an enema. (See appendix 3 for complete directions.) Vata symptoms, such as wheezing, sneezing, dryness of the
throat, dryness of the colon leading to distension, constipation, and abdominal discomfort, can be immediately corrected by this dashamoola tea basti.


Use this herbal formula:
Ashwagandha 1 part
Bala 1 part
Vidari 1 part
Mix these herbs in equal proportion, and take ¼ teaspoon of the powder 3 times a day, washed down with warm water, to relieve vata allergies.
• To soothe an extreme wheezing condition, make one cup of either ginger or licorice tea, boiling 1 teaspoon of the herb for about 3 minutes in 1 cup of water. Then add 5 to 10 drops of mahanarayan oil, mix thoroughly, and take 1 sip every 10 to 15 minutes. (If you do not have mahanarayan oil, you can substitute ½ teaspoon of plain ghee.)


HERBAL REMEDIES. This herbal formula is effective to pacify pitta:
Shatavari 8 parts
Kama dudha ½ part
Guduchi 1 part
Shanka bhasma ¼ part
Take ½ teaspoon of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day after meals,
with a little warm water.
• For hives, rash, urticaria, dermatitis, or eczema, apply neem oil or tikta ghrita (bitter ghee) on the skin.

BLOOD PURIFICATION. Traditionally, Ayurveda has suggested that individuals with high pitta, who are prone to developing pitta-type problems such as sunburn in the summer season, do rakta moksha, or bloodletting, before the onset of the summer. Although this practice is currently not very
well respected in the West, it is still used widely in India, as it has proven to be an effective preventive and healing measure. To make use of it today, you might consider donating about ½ pint or 100 cc. of blood to a blood bank. That will help to defuse pitta conditions such as allergic dermatitis and allergic eczema.
• To produce a similar effect, you can use a blood-cleansing herbal combination. For example, mix the herbs manjistha and neem in equal amounts.
Manjistha 1 part
Neem 1 part
Take ½ teaspoon of this mixture 3 times a day with warm water
after meals. It will cleanse the blood and help to heal pitta-type
• The common Western herb burdock is also an effective blood
purifier; you can make a tea from ½ teaspoon burdock per cup of boiling water and drink it 2 or 3 times a day.


HERBAL REMEDIES. Kapha allergies generally take the form of respiratorypulmonary congestion, cough, cold, asthma, or hay fever. For relief from these conditions, use the following herbal formula:
Sitopaladi 4 parts
Yashti madhu 4 parts
Abrak bhasma ⅛ part
Take about ¼ teaspoon of this mixture 3 times a day with honey.

PURGATION THERAPY. Kapha-type allergies occur when excess kapha collects in the stomach and lungs. One way to relieve this congestion is purgation therapy (virechana). Use flaxseed oil (available in most natural food stores), and take 1 teaspoon 2 or 3 times a day for 2 or 3 days. This will
be quite effective. Or you can use triphala (see below).

VOMITING THERAPY. The Ayurvedic therapy that is particularly effective for removing excess kapha from the stomach and respiratory tract is vamana, or vomiting therapy. I have noticed, however, that people in the West have a strong cultural bias against vomiting, and many seem particularly uncomfortable with this procedure. It not only seems
physically repugnant but may be emotionally difficult as well, as some emotional purification may arise as a result of the physical purification.
So if you tend to have strong emotions or have trouble dealing with them, it might be better for you not to try vamana.
If you want to try it—and I want to emphasize that it is very effective for eliminating excess kapha—the procedure is to drink a stomach full of licorice tea and salt water and then to regurgitate it, emptying the stomach. Start by drinking several cups of licorice tea, followed by a pint of water with about 1 teaspoon of salt mixed in. Drink enough to fill your stomach, then rub the back of the tongue and vomit it out.


If you have high blood pressure, low blood pressure, hiatal hernia, or a history of heart problems, do not do vaman therapy.


For all three types of allergies, one can take ½ to 1 teaspoon
of triphala at night. (See appendix 2 for instructions for preparing triphala.) Triphala acts as both a laxative and a purgative. It consists of three herbs: amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. Haritaki works on vata dosha, amalaki on pitta dosha, and bibhitaki on kapha dosha.


For vata allergy, follow a vata-soothing diet; for pitta type
of allergy, the pitta-pacifying diet; and for kapha allergy, the kaphareducingdiet. (Diet guidelines may be found in chapter 8.)


It is important for individuals with allergies not
to eat incompatible food combinations, such as milk and yogurt, meat and dairy, poultry and dairy, melon and grains, or fruits and grains. Avoid such things as banana milk shakes and “fruit smoothies” made with milk. For a more complete list of food incompatibilities, please turn to this page.


For most allergies, one should try to avoid the immediate
cause: the allergen. People who are allergic to cats, dogs, hair, pollen, mold, and so on should simply try to avoid them. Also try to stay away from synthetic fibers such as polyester and rayon, which can cause pittatype skin allergies. It is best to wear cotton clothing. Because of the large quantity of pesticides routinely sprayed on cotton, you might consider
using only organic cotton products, though they tend to be more expensive.


Generally, the respiratory passage is open to dust and
other allergens. One way to minimize the effect of allergens that you can’t avoid is to lubricate the nasal mucous membrane with ghee. This prevents direct contact of the allergen with the mucous membrane.


Another way to reduce or avoid the effect of environmental
allergens is to apply neem oil to the exposed part of the body. The presence of the oil on the skin, as well as the disinfectant properties of neem, will minimize contact with the allergen.

NOTE: Use neem herbalized oil—that is, neem leaves cooked in a base of sesame or another oil. Pure neem extract will be too strong. If you find that even this herbalized neem oil is too strong and creates an itching or burning sensation, mix it half and half with coconut oil.

Herbal remedy for Anemia

Modern medicine has delineated several types of anemia: iron-deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia, sickle-cell anemia, and hypoproteinemic anemia (lack of protein in the blood), as well as certain vitamindeficiency anemias, such as B-12 and folic acid-deficiency anemia.
Certain bleeding disorders, such as profuse menstrual bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, or bleeding gums, can lead to anemia because of blood loss. Whenever modern medicine deals with the problem of anemia, it considers all these etiological factors. Ayurveda looks at anemia quite differently. Ayurvedic classification of anemia falls under three basic doshic conditions: vata type, pitta type, and kapha type. It doesn’t matter whether a person has iron deficiency
or folic acid deficiency; what is important is how the anemia is
expressing itself through a particular individual. As it turns out, there is also a correspondence between the Ayurvedic
interpretation and the understanding according to modern medicine.


• In vata-type anemia, the person looks thin, with dry, rough, scaly skin, and has cracking of the joints. He or she looks emaciated and pale, may suffer from breathlessness and constipation, and may pass tarry black stool.
• In pitta-type anemia, the eyes are slightly yellowish, the person may get high-colored urine, and the stools are dark brown or have a slightly yellowish tinge. There may be nausea or pain in the liver and/or spleen area. Dizziness or vertigo may be experienced, and the person may become easily irritated by light.
• In kapha-type anemia, there is often swelling (edema), and the person’s skin feels cold and clammy and looks shiny. Because of the edema, the skin gets stretched so much that you can often see the reflection of the window on it.
By careful observation one can tell whether the anemia is vata, pitta, or kapha type. By treating that dosha, one treats the root cause and can alleviate the anemia.


FOR VATA-TYPE ANEMIA. For vata anemia, Ayurveda suggests taking tikta ghrita, which is bitter ghee (see appendix 2). One teaspoon of tikta ghrita 5 to 10 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner will help to improve the blood volume.
• One can also use a mixture of kaishore guggulu 2 parts
abrak bhasma ⅛ part ashwagandha 5 parts dashamoola 5 parts Take ½ teaspoon of this mixture 3 times a day with warm milk to help correct vata-type anemia.
• A specific formula is given in Vedic literature for a cleansing,
detoxifying herbal remedy for vata-type anemia. It is called gandharva haritaki, which is haritaki powder roasted in castor oil in an iron pan.
Place 1 tablespoon castor oil in an iron pan and heat on the stove; when the oil is warm enough, sauté 1 ounce of the herb haritaki. The haritaki will become thick and will turn slightly brown. (You have to stir it.)
Take ½ teaspoon of gandharva haritaki at bedtime, washed down with warm water. Take it for 2 months or until the blood returns to normal.

NOTE: This mixture may cause loose stools; if this happens, reduce your dosage until comfortable.

FOR PITTA-TYPE ANEMIA. For pitta anemia, Ayurveda suggests shatavari ghee.
(The shatavari and the ghee are cooked together. Directions for preparing
herbalized and medicated ghees and oils appear in appendix 2.) Take 1 teaspoon of shatavari ghee 3 times a day, before breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
• One can also use this herbal formula:
Shatavari 5 parts
Brahmi 3 parts
Neem 2 parts
Loha bhasma ⅛ part
Mix these herbs, and take ½ teaspoon of the mixture 3 times a
day with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. This combination will be quite effective in treating pitta-type anemia.

FOR KAPHA-TYPE ANEMIA. Where there is swelling, use:
Punarnava 5 parts
Gokshura 3 parts
Kutki 2 parts
Take ½ teaspoon of this herbal mixture twice a day with a few
sips of warm water. Or you can mix it with a little honey and
then wash it down with water.

EAT IRON-RICH FOODS. Iron is a good blood builder, so foods rich in iron, such as beets, carrots, grapes, raisins, and currants, are used in the Ayurvedic treatment of most anemias. Figs, dates, and date sugar are also good sources of iron. Pomegranate juice and cranberry juice can be used as
blood builders, as can a combination of beet and carrot juice. (Add a pinch of cumin to your carrot/beet juice for maximum effect.)
Chlorophyll is also a good source of iron, and many times Ayurveda does suggest using chlorophyll, generally in the form of spinach, chard, and other fresh green vegetables.

YOGURT AND TURMERIC. Eat a cup of plain yogurt with up to 1 teaspoon turmeric on an empty stomach, morning and afternoon. Do not eat this after sunset. If kapha is unbalanced, eat this at noon only.

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE. Blue-green algae can also be effectively used, but primarily for pitta anemia. Because it is a rich source of prana, it is not good for vata individuals, as it will make them quite hyper. Kapha types may also find it beneficial.

COPPER WATER. Vata and kapha individuals may find copper water effective. Fill a genuine copper glass or cup with water and let it stand overnight, then drink it in the morning,
DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES. These choices should follow the general guidelines (diet, exercise, and so on) for each doshic constitutional type. For vata problems, follow the anti-vata guidelines; for pitta anemia follow the pitta-soothing diet and other guidelines; and for kapha-type anemia,
follow the kapha-reducing guidelines. Correlation of Ayurvedic and Western Types of Anemia Clinical observation has shown that the various types of anemia classified by modern medicine can be correlated with the types of anemia delineated by Ayurveda. For example, pitta-type anemia has been associated with mononucleosis and hepatitis and may lead to
problems with the liver. Cobalamine (vitamin B-12)-deficiency
anemia is also associated with pitta. Kapha-type anemia may lead to hypo-proteinemic anemia and swelling, while vata-type anemia may be associated with iron deficiency and folic acid–deficiency anemia. By treating the vata–pitta–kapha types of anemia, Ayurveda can at the same time treat the types of anemia categorized by modern medicine.

Herbal Remedy for Angina

Angina, or to give it its full name, angina pectoris (chest pain), is a condition created by kapha dosha. Accumulated kapha blocks the flow of prana vata into the coronary artery, so that the heart muscles do not receive sufficient blood and oxygen supply. It is a kind of local anemia, resulting in pain that can be severe and frightening. Typically, the pain starts from the breastbone in the center of the chest, goes to the left shoulder, and passes along the inner side of the upper arm to the tip of
the little finger.


To heal angina, the following herbal remedy is effective:
Shringa bhasma ⅛ part
Musta 3 parts
Arjuna 3 parts
Take ½ teaspoon of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day with warm

Another effective remedy is to boil ½ cup each of milk and water, add ½ teaspoon of arjuna and 2 pinches of saffron, and take twice or 3 times a day. You may find this remedy beneficial for both chest pain and heart palpitations.


Angina is often directly dealt with by taking certain powerful herbs sublingually (under the tongue) to produce immediate
relief, as nitroglycerin tablets are often used in modern medicine. Ask your Ayurvedic physician about these herbs.


Topically, one can apply a paste to the chest. Make the
paste of ginger powder (1 teaspoon) and shringa bhasma (just a pinch). Add sufficient warm water, and apply.


Try to get hold of some deer horn. (Indian groceries and
Chinese herb stores are possible sources.) Using a mortar and pestle or another kind of grinding stone, rub the deer horn on the rough stone until a little paste is formed. Applying a little of that paste on the chest can instantaneously relieve angina pain.


The heart is a precious, vital organ. Any symptom related to the
heart could be a sign of heart disease or a signal that heart
disease is developing. So if you have any chest pain that could be due to your heart, please consult your doctor. Especially—but not exclusively—if you get chest pain from less exertion than usual, or if your chest pain lasts longer than a few minutes, treat it as a medical emergency.


Taking 1 teaspoon of gold water 2 or 3 times a day before
food is also effective.

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