Ayurvedic herbs are a key component of Ayurveda, the traditional practice of medicine in India. Practitioners will generally use ayurvedic herbs to “cleanse” the body, boost defense against disease, and keep the mind, body, and spirit in balance.
The basic principle of Ayurvedic medicine is to prevent and treat illness—rather than respond to disease—by maintaining a balance between your body, mind, and environment. Ayurvedic herbs are rarely used on their own. Instead, they are used as part of a holistic approach to health which may involve nutrition, yoga, massage, aromatherapy, and meditation.
Along with Ayurvedic herbs, practitioners frequently use therapeutic oils and spices to treat illness and promote well-being.
More than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single plant remedies are included in the pharmacy of Ayurvedic treatments. These remedies are typically grouped into categories according to their health effects, such as pain relief or increased vitality. While studies have suggested that some Ayurvedic herbs may be beneficial to human health, more research is needed to back up these claims.