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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 6

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Medicine Herbs

The following herbs are easily obtainable at most health food stores that sell herbs. Most of these medicinal herbs are not poisonous, but, when some are taken in excessive amounts, it can have negative reactions. It is better for anyone taking herbs to inform his or her physician, of which herbs are being consumed, so the doctor can determine, if there is any incompatibility with drugs the patient is presently taking.

Angelica (Angelca atropurpurea)

According to legend, long ago in Europe an angel appeared to a monk in a dream, telling him that a particular herb was a cure for pestilence. From that time the herb was called angelic and was supposedly the most effective treatment against pestilence.

Common names for the herb are American angelica, archangel, bellyache root, high angelica, masterwort, purple angelica, wild archangel and dead nettle.

The plant is five to eight feet in height, it is said that one gets a feeling of protection and receive guidance from spiritual beings.

The part of the plant used is roots. It contains essential oil with valeric acid, angelic acid, sugar, a bitterl principle and a resin called angelicin. The roots contain the essential oil teberbanelene and other terpenes. Seeds contain methyl ethylacetic acid and hydroxymyristic acid. Angelica is a stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative, aromatic, diuretic, expectorant and emmenagogue. It is good to treat digestive and intestinal difficulties, including ulcers and vomiting with stomach cramps and bronchial problems. It is also good for intermittent fever and nervous headache as well as general weakness. Angelica is a good tonic for women to regulate menstrual cycle, as it nurtures the uterine organs and promotes their regular functioning. It is a rejuvenative tonic for women and works well on vata individuals.

Angelica tea or tincture will stimulate appetite, relieve flatulence and muscle spasms and stimulate kidney action. Angelica salve is useful as a skin lotion and will relieve rheumatic pains. It promotes circulation and can be used externally for wounds, ulcers, itching. Used in a bath the herb is soothing to the nerves. A decoction of the root can be applied to the skin for itching and for wounds. And it may be used as a compress for gout.

People with diabetes should not take it, further large doses are troublesome.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

It is grown from Canada to Georgia and east of the Mississippi River.

Its common names are black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, cimicifuga, rattlerfoot, rattleweek, richweek and squawroot.

Emotionally, it gives one the courage to confront abusive or the reatening conditions.

The part used are roots. It contains various glycosides, an amorphous resinous substance known as cimicifugin or macrotin. Its bitter principle is a crystalline called racemosin. It contains two resins with fat, wax, starch, gum, sugar and an astringent substance.

Black cohosh is an astringent, diuretic, and antispasmodic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant and sedative. It is a potent remedy for hysteria and spasmodic problems e.g., whooping cough, consumption. It has a sedative effect on the nervous system while also acting as a cardiac stimulant. It is helpful in rheumatic and arthritic complaints associated with feeling of heaviness, and to ripen & bring out skin rashes such as measles. It improves blood circulation and used for treatment in delayed and painful menses. It is a cooling diaphoretic. Black cohosh infusions and decoctions are useful for chronic bronchitis.

Black cohosh is also good for female complaints, since it is an excellent source of estrogen.
Note: Large and prolonged doses of olack cohosh can cause symptoms of poisoning, such as vomiting and very painful headaches.


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