Ayurvedic pharmacy introduces two good friends, “Ashwagandha and Brahmi”, that work together to keep the body calm and support the mind. The Ayurvedic chemistry includes Gunas [Qualities], of the herbs and the Shakti [energy] of a remedy preparation.
Caring for the Nerves—One becomes entangled with unprocessed thoughts, and feelings [what we call Ama, or “Goo” in Ayurveda], which can be from grief, trauma, or just the byproduct of overextended stress. It can produce a general dullness or numbness in mind. Here is where the two Ayurvedic herbs-Ashwagandha and Brahmi come into play!
Our Nervous System impacts every breath, feeling, decision, and experience in our lives. We generally tend to focus our attention on the imbalances of the physical body, but Ayurveda claims the mind to be the root cause of all shortcomings.
Ashwagandha and Brahmi are the two Herbal Warriors that support the nervous system:
- Ashwagandha brings warmth, vitality, and strength. The root is the part that’s most often used in herbal preparations to support the nervous system. It is the combination of the word Ashva, meaning horse, and Gandha, meaning smell, so translated it means “smell of a horse” or the essence of a horse, alluding to the fact that it can give us strength and stamina just like a stallion!
This herb naturally aids the nervous system, helping us maintain the vigour to process stressful experiences, supporting our concentration, and helping to fuel our bodies with the energy needed to run the system. Other uses include rejuvenation of the nervous system and brain cells, memory support, combatting stress and immune support.
- Brahmi is more cooling in nature yet also an excellent tonic for the nervous system. Brahmi, like ashwagandha, also helps our nervous system to withstand emotional stress and improves our capacity to focus. It brings more support to our mind’s ability to learn and remember! Brahmi is bitter, light, and oily. In Ayurveda, this means it has a general “building” or brahmana quality, which makes it an excellent rejuvenator for the nervous system, immune system, and the mind.
These two beautiful herbs will each offer the nervous system the strength to stay focused. The combination of pungent and bitter qualities support concentration and learning.
When dealing with grief, depression, or anxiety, a daily massage with Ashwagandha or Brahmi sesame seed oil helps feel more at ease, supported my nervous system, and provides a sense of deep compassion and nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. Brahmi in the summer and ashwagandha for winter.
For any additional questions about ashwagandha, Brahmi, or abhyanga in general, talk to an Ayurvedic doctor at ‘The Madras Institute of Ayurveda’ [MIA], Chennai. MIA offers a wide range of various ailment treatments.
Log on to www.miayurveda.org for more information.