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Thursday, 14 July 2011


The third part of this illuminating article by K. K. Bhaumik, concludes the discussion on Ayurveda, the science of life, by examining the technical effects of herbs, roots, extracts and metals as prescribed through a full astrological understanding of the underlying principles. 

Ayurveda prescribes the use of multi-faceted herbs and roots to counter negative planetary influences. These roots and herbs are tied to the upper arm (right arm for men and left arm for women) for a specified period of time. This mode of treatment is called healing with herbs. The following herbs and roots are used to neutralise the harmful effects of the planets:
PlanetsHerbs and Roots
(Indian names -
Sun Bilwa mul [Aegle marmelos]
Moon Khirika [Mimusops kauki]
Mars Ananta mul [Hemidesmus indicus]
Mercury Bridhadwarak mul [Argyreia speciosa]
Jupiter Brahmajati mul [Clerodendrum indicum]
Venus Rambasak mul [Adhatoda vasica]
Saturn Swetberela mul [Sida cordifolia]
Rahu Swet Chandan mul [Santalum album]
Ketu Aswagandha [Withania somnifera]

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