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Ayurvedic medicine: the multiple benefits of gymnema sylvestre

If you haven’t yet come across the medicinal plant gymnema (Gymnema sylvestris) , you may be surprised by just how many health benefits it offers. Originating from Asia, this perennial climber has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, it is known as gurmar, a Hindi name related...
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The liver: the hepatoprotective effects of curcumin

You’re no doubt familiar with the health benefits of turmeric. In addition to being a cooking ingredient, the plant Curcuma longa L. is widely used in phytotherapy – and with good cause, since it contains a powerful active principle called curcumin. Scientists believe this substance has remarkable therapeutic benefits including...
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Oral health: the protective effects of an Ayurvedic formulation

Have you heard of Triphala, the famous Ayurvedic formulation? Used for thousands of years for its detoxifying benefits, this combination of natural extracts has also revealed protective effects for oral health. Though it may not always ‘grab the headlines’, oral health is nonetheless essential to our general well-being 1 ....
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Ashwagandha: a well-known plant from Ayurvedic medicine improves memory

Do you have trouble remembering the dates of appointments? Do you feel as if you’re not as quick as you used to be? Do you spend ages trying to recall names or words? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’ll definitely be interested in the conclusions of...
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An Ayurvedic remedy: the natural benefits of Amla

Amla is also known as Amalaki rasayana – a powerful Ayurvedic plant with regenerating properties. In India, Amalaki means ‘nurse’ and ‘rasayana’ refers to rejuvenation of the body. Long-used in Ayurvedic medicine for its protective and regenerating effects, Amla is today attracting scientific interest for its cardiovascular health benefits. Here...
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