The Best Ayurvedic Herbs for Liver Health
In our previous post on How to Holistically Care for Your Liver, we talked to Sarah Teeple, an Ayurvedic wellness counselor, holistic nutritionist, and founder of Teeple Holistic and Wellness Minneapolis Ayurvedic practitioner Vanashree Belgamwar about important diet, and even meditation and emotionally healthy practices that are important for keeping your liver in top shape.
At UMA, we continuously work to bring you with products and advice that make caring for your body, mind, and spirit effortless and enjoyable. This was the goal of our UMA Ultimate Ayurveda Kit. We designed this starter box to be a gateway for your journey with the ancient science. Each of these ancient practices, recipes, botanical elixirs and rituals will envelop you in a self-care practice that will lead to an awakening and reconnection with yourself.
One component of our kit is our essential liver cleanser, Love Thy Liver. A daily supplement, it contains many Ayurvedic herbs that help to support the natural elimination of toxins. Here we spotlight some of our favorite Ayurvedic herbs for liver function, and how they help support this important organ.
- Andrographis paniculata: A medicinal plant native to India, Andrographis paniculate—also known as green chireta or creat—is an essential botanical immune booster. Western and eastern medicine have long studied and used creat for its phytochemicals that are known to effectively manage various diseases and illnesses including malaria, certain cancers, ulcers, bronchitis, and the common cold.
- Eclipta alba: Long considered a weed, eclipta alba, or false daisy, is a medicinal plant used for its abilities to help with liver disorders, gastrointestinal issues, hair loss, and skin issues.
- Fumaria officinalis: Various traditional and alternative systems of medicine have used fumaria officinalis, also called earth smoke. The plant is lauded for its suggested abilities to rid the body of parasites, purify the blood, and aid in eradicating obstructions to the liver.
- Phyllanthus niruri: This is a tropical plant, also referred to as gale of the wind, that has been known to help detoxify and revitalize the liver. Some studies have found gale of the wind to have a diuretic effect which may help to relieve fluid build-up.
- Tinospora cordifolia: Also known as guduchi or giloy, this herbaceous vine has beautiful heart-shaped leaves. Guduchi has been incorporated in Ayurveda and other systems of medicine for its abilities to help ease inflammation, treat gout, bolster the immune system, and efficient liver function.
- Picrorhiza kurroa: An ancient medicinal plant from the Himalayas, Picrorhiza kurroa, also known as kutki, can help with balancing excess pitta, assisting with proper bile function, and supporting overall liver health.
- Cichorium intybus: Generally referred to as chicory or chicory root, Cichorium intybus comes from the dandelion family. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it has been studied and used for its abilities to help protect against oxidative stress and to thwart the build-up of toxins.
- Boerhavia diffusa: A flowering plant, boerhavia diffusa, also called punarnava, is an ancient remedy for promoting healthy liver and kidney function and maintaining and efficient flow of fluids in the body. Studies show punarnava can also support a healthy heart.
- Embelia ribes: In accordance with its common, false black pepper, embelia ribes resembles the look of pepper. Ayurveda incorporates false black pepper as a remedy for intestinal worms, colitis, and liver issues.
- Cuminum cyminum: The botanical source of both caraway seeds and cumin, cuminum cyminum is used to manage various illnesses and to support a healthy digestive system. Cumin, which is naturally rich in essential oils, also helps with essential, efficient elimination.
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