Lehya or Avalehya are jam-like preparations known as “lickables” as they are best consumed lick by lick. This tasty medicine is produced by concentrating liquids such as kashayam or swarasam (herbal juice) with sugar or jaggery and honey. Lehya have anti-aging, antioxidant, and rasayana (rejuvenating) properties.
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Choorna is an herbal powder made from cleaned and dried herbs that are powdered separately and then made into a fine powder and mixed together. Choornas are easy to digest and dry in nature.
5 – 10 grams 1-2 times daily. Can be given internally and externally.
Triphala Choorna: Asafoetida, [...]
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To prepare Phanta, add 60 grams of powdered raw drug to 300 ml of boiled water. After 10 minutes, filter and administer the hot tea infusion or Phanta.
Drink 60 – 120 ml of Phanta 2-3 times daily. This is the lightest preparation making it is especially useful for conditions in which someone has [...]
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Hima is a cold infusion prepared by adding 60 grams of herbal powder to 300 ml of cold water. In a cool environment, keep the preparation at room temperature. Otherwise, store it in the refrigerator. This preparation is particularly useful in pitta conditions requiring cooling applications. Note: Hima is less potent than Kashaya.
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Kashaya is a common Ayurvedic preparation known for its ease of absorption into the tissues of the body. It acts on the body to purify it and increase the consciousness of the cells. It is lighter than Kalka and more potent than Hima. Many Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe Kashaya to remove ama, cleanse the channels of [...]
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This is the most potent preparation and, as such, it is only prescribed for conditions in which the patient already has a very good agni and less ama.
• Example – Basil Swarasa – For the common cold. Potent and need strong agni to digest. (otherwise, kalka preferred). Take basil kalka and place in the middle of [...]
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The herbs are cleaned, crushed, and ground with water or any prescribed liquids and made into a fine paste called Kalka. This is heavy and potent compared to Kashaya. The dosage is five to ten grams twice daily.
* Example: Basil Kalka used for malarial fever, common cold, and for someone [...]
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Preparations of Ayurvedic Medicine – Bhaisha
Ayurveda mainly uses substances from the natural resources – plant parts, minerals, and animal products. Bhaishajya deals with preparations of medicines form these natural products, which involves various processes that include grinding, boiling, and powdering.
The five primary preparations of Ayurvedic Medicine include:
1. Swarasa (herbal juice) – Heavy (more [...]
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