Blood is a connective tissue that consists of cells surrounded by a liquid extracellular matrix known as blood plasma. Blood transports different materials throughout the body. The blood in the body does have a way of purifying itself. The kidney, liver and lymphatic system work together to expel unwanted toxins and impurities from the body but presence of too much toxins can affect the blood tissue in a negative way.
The impure blood can lead to various disorders such as scabies, boils, ulcers, acne, allergies and other infections. Impurity of blood can cause severe complications as well. In order to fight with all these issues, certain Ayurvedic herbs are useful as these herbs promote regular blood cleansing and detoxification
Vitiation of Blood according to Ayurveda:
In Ayurveda, impure blood or vitiation of blood is known as Rakt Pradooshana. Vitiation of blood means its affliction with imbalanced Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas especially Pitta dosha. Pitta dosha, especially Ranjak Pitta and blood are directly connected. According to Ayurvedic principles, the blood is vitiated due to the following factors:
- Intake of hot and spicy food
- Intake of strong alcoholic beverages
- Consumption of salty, alkaline, acidic and pungent foods
- Sleeping during the day time
- Suppression of vomiting
- Excessive anger and jealousy
- Exertion, excessive exposure to sun and fire
5 effective herbs in Ayurveda for blood purification are:
- Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia): Manjistha has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a bitter-sweet and astringent tasting herb. It mitigates Pitta dosha therefore it is useful in the diseases of tissues where Pitta is involved such as blood, skin, wounds etc.
- The stem and roots of this plant are used for its blood purifying nature, stimulating liver and spleen, healing property and complexion enhancing effect.
- An imbalance in Pitta dosha vitiates blood and impairs its normal functioning. Manjistha helps in purifying blood due to its Pitta balancing and Raktshodhak (blood purifier) properties.
- Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem is considered as an excellent blood cleanser and commonly used in Ayurveda in treating ailments that require detoxification of blood stream.
- Due to its bitter taste, it has a cooling effect on the body and balances Pitta dosha.
- The cold potency of neem supports healthy blood particularly when there is heat in rakta dhatu (blood tissue). Hence, it acts as a natural blood detoxifier.
- Being a powerful anti-oxidant, it eliminates free radicals from the body thereby useful in blood purification, liver problems etc.
- Amla (Emblica officinalis): Amla is a natural blood purifier. Amla is such a wonderful fruit that it can balance all the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is the richest source of Vitamin C. Amla fruit improves the quality of blood and promotes blood circulation as well.
- It is rich in anti-oxidants and protects the liver from damage.
- Owing to its cold potency and sweet taste, it combats vitiated Pitta dosha and useful in blood purification.
- It strengthens the digestive system and scavenges toxins and free radicals from the blood and liver, thereby strengthening the immune system and also improves the quality of skin.
- Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Giloy is also known as Amrita or Divine Nectar in Ayurveda.
- This herb has the ability to maintain a balance between Vata and Pitta doshas.
- Giloy is considered as a natural anti-septic and blood purifier herb that helps in eliminating ama (harmful toxins) from the blood.
- The immuno-modulatory properties of giloy helps in fighting infections. It combats liver disorders as well by detoxifying liver and blood and strengthens the immune system.
- The anti-microbial property of giloy is useful in preventing chronic and viral infections.
- Haridra (Curcuma longa): Turmeric is known as excellent blood purifier. It is rich in anti-oxidants.
- Though haridra has hot potency but it releases excess Pitta from the liver which makes it a suitable blood purifier.
- The antipruritic, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine actions of curcumin make it an effective blood purifier.
- It accelerates the healing process and also helps in generating red blood cells.
Thus, these common herbs are quite useful in eliminating toxins materials from the body and purify blood by giving a significant boost to the functioning of gastrointestinal tract, liver and kidneys.
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