This is my little Gotu Kola plant growing near my pond happily immersed in water. This is a commonly used Ayurvedic herb and I grow it for fresh use when needed. Today let’s talk about Ayurvedic medicine in regards to how the science prepares and administers it’s pharmaceutical products, particularly single herbs. I often say to my clients that while taking Ayurvedic herbs, there should be no side effect. It’s a big statement I understand, but here’s why Ayurvedic medicine can be ingested, heal and nourish without causing imbalance... We use the plant as a WHOLE. The key difference between Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals and that of modern medicine is that active ingredients are utilised differently. Many modern medicines extract the active ingredient or recreate it synthetically from plants or patterns found in nature. In addition, these active ingredients are combined with preservatives, capsules/casings and carriers that can cause minor or even significant side effects. In Ayurveda, the science understands the active ingredients of each herb but takes the plant in its entirety. In doing this, side effects are rare. No extraction process has occurred and the patient receives the medicine and nutrients as nature intended. Very clever isn’t it?
With light and love,