Prajakta, one of our most experienced and educated Ayurvedic affiliates, shares her top 5 herbs (and their corresponding Kottakkal products) that practitioners should have in their clinic for the autumn and winter season! Read more for herb and product information and links, along with tons of Sanskrit vocabulary! What Kottakkal products do you absolutely have to have for autumn?
Ayurveda recognizes four types of fats; ghrita (ghee), oil (sesame), vasa (muscle), and majjā (marrow). The unique properties of ghrita stay intact, even when combined with herbs of differing qualities does not lose its own qualities. Ghrita alleviates pitta and vata and is beneficial for rasa, shukra, and oja. It provides relief from burning sensation, softens the tissues, improves voice and complexion.
Narasimha Rasayana is a classically-formulated Ayurvedic jam with butter, honey, and milk as the base. This product balances all three dosas restores energy and is especially rejuvenating for pitta.
Churnams are single dravyas that are finely ground and strained through a fine sieve. The result is a fine light powder that easily absorbs. Single churnams are combined to make traditional formulations. Churnams are the main components for kashayas, kwathams, arishtams, lehams, oils, and ghritams. Some churnams are produced for internal use while others are for external use only. There are five aqueous extracts known as the pañca kaṣāya.
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AYURVEDIC KWATHAM V/S KASHAYAM
Kashayam is the most widely used Ayurvedic herbal remedy and commonly prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors. These are herbal decoctions; the herbs water-soluble active ingredients are extracted into simmering water. Water-soluble herbs are more easily absorbed by the intestines, this allows for quick action bringing about the desired effect.
Manasamitra Vatakam (also known as Manasamitra Gulika) is an Ayurvedic medicine in tablet form made from 73 different ingredients. It is an effective remedy because of its ability to balance all 3 Doshas, and especially Pitta Dosha. Read more about this incredible classical formulation!