Herbs have been used since ages for treatment and prevention from particular health ailments in alternative medicinal practices such as Ayurvedic medicines, Chinese medicines, Homeopathy and Unani medicines. Following are some of the popular herbs, which are popular as herbal supplements for health betterment:
Ginseng is a perennial herb and it is used for medicinal purpose for thousands of years in China, Korea, Japan and America. It is often referred as an adaptogen and restorative tonic for wide range of actions and effects on immunity, physical strength, vitality, longevity and mental capacity.
Milk thistle is a native plant to Europe and has been used for 2000 years as an herbal remedy for variety of liver ailments. Silymarin is the main active components in Milk thistle, which works as an antioxidant for liver, stomach & small intestine. Silymarin has been reported to regenerate injured liver cells and commonly recommended to counteract harmful effects of alcohol on liver cells.
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest living tree species and is one of the best-selling herbal supplements in USA and Europe for helping memory issues. Research studies suggest Ginkgo Biloba improves blood circulation in blood vessels and possibly effective in mild memory loss.
Saw palmetto is a palm-like plant with berries. The berries were a staple food and medicine for the Native Americans of the southeastern United States. It is primarily used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that is very common among males with age.
Evening Primrose is native plant of North America, which is a unique flower that blooms in evening. The evening primrose seed contains active ingredient gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which works as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps deal with pain & depression associated with PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) in women. It is also useful in skin conditions such as dryness, itching and scaling associated with dermatitis and eczema.
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is considered as one of the most popular super fruits in Indian subcontinent. Amla is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicines for treating common health ailments and is considered as richest source of strong antioxidant Vitamin C. Research studies suggest antioxidant capacity of Amla has been found more than popular fruits such as Pomegranate, Blueberries, Strawberries and Acai. Antioxidants have the ability to neutralize free radicals; which damages body’s cells and cause chronic diseases. Amla seems to work by reducing total cholesterol, triglycerides, without affecting the “good cholesterol levels” (high density lipoprotein).
Noni is a small evergreen tree in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India. It is also known as Morinda Citrifolia, Great Morinda and Indian Mulberry. Noni has been extensively used in folk medicine by Polynesians for over 2,000 years. Now Noni is very popular and widely available as Juice, tablet and capsule form globally for health and wellness.
Aloevera (Aloe Barbadensis) is commonly known as Aloevera, which can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, known as the “plant of immortality.” Historically, Aloevera was used topically to heal wounds and for various Skin conditions such as Burns, Sunburns, Psoriasis and orally as a laxative. Aloevera is used as a traditional remedy for Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy and Osteoarthritis. Aloevera leaves contain a clear gel that is often used as a topical ointment. The green part of the Aloevera leaf that surrounds the gel can be used to produce a juice or a dried substance (called latex) that is taken by mouth. Aloevera has been believed to function as Anti-microbial, Antibiotic, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Germicidal, Fungicidal, Diuretic, Antihistamine, Aphrodisiac, Antipyretic and cosmetic.