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Vijaya: The Conqueror

Sanskrit synonyms for cannabis imply its potency for transformation:

  • Soother of grief

  • The sky flyer

  • The poor man's heaven

  • Vijaya or victory in the conquest

and a dozen other beautiful euphemisms are among the Sanskrit synonyms for cannabis. Cannabis Sativa is native to India, with the first known cultivation dating back to 900 BC.

Marijuana's positive attributes promote dialogue, foster social interactions, promote bodily awareness, emphasize a deep sense of joy in life, and elevate social contact, art, and pleasure above other (possibly less essential) endeavors.

Because of these properties, cannabis can be particularly useful in situations where depression and isolation are major problems. Cannabis provides grace to those living in difficult circumstances, as seen by its widespread use in disadvantaged communities around the world.

In India today, cannabis is used in spiritual practices and rituals, as a sacrament on special occasions, for ascetic purposes, as a training aid for wrestlers, and was widely used medically and recreationally by many levels of society until the last century.

Cannabis is found in over 80 traditional Ayurvedic formulas, several of which are available in pharmacies in India today. It is effective for:

  • Pain

  • Digestive disorders

  • Dysentery

  • Sexual prowess and a dozen other medical uses are known to ancient Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, Bhang possesses these qualities:

  • Kaphahari –it decreases the Kapha Dosha

  • Tiktha –it’s bitter

  • Grahini –it’s absorbent and useful in treating diarrhea and IBS

  • Pachani – it’s a digestive aid and relieves the Ama Dosha

  • Laghu – it’s light to digest

  • Theekshna – it’s strong in potency

  • Ushna – it’s hot in nature and potency

  • Pittala – it increases the Pitta Dosha

  • Moha – it relieves delusions

  • Manda Vak vardini – taken in low doses, it increases the urge to speak

  • Vahni vardini – it improves digestive strength

  • Karshani – it causes weight loss and is useful in treating obesity

  • Deepani – it improves digestive strength

  • Ruchya – it improves taste and is useful in treating anorexia

  • Madakrit – it causes intoxication

  • Kapha vata jit – it decreases both Kapha and Vata Doshas

The Cannabis plant has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years. It has long been a part of Indian rites and customs. For example, during Holi, the festival of colors, a cannabis drink known as Bhang is consumed and distributed to and by the general public. This tradition dates back to 1000 BC. Cannabis has medical relevance in addition to its social value. It is used in Ayurveda to treat sleep difficulties, stress, IBS, anxiety, sexual disorders, and muscle pains, among other things.

Ayurvedic herbs are a key component of Ayurveda, the traditional practice of medicine of India. Practitioners will generally use ayurvedic herbs to "cleanse" the body, boost defense against disease, and keep the mind, body, and spirit in balance.

The underlying premise of Ayurvedic medicine is to maintain a balance between your body, mind, and environment to prevent and treat illness rather than react to it.

Herbs from Ayurveda are rarely used on their own. Instead, they're used as part of a broader wellness strategy that includes things like nutrition, yoga, massage, aromatherapy, and meditation.

Ayurvedic practitioners frequently utilize therapeutic oils and spices in addition to Ayurvedic herbs to heal illness and promote well-being.

What Are Ayurvedic Herbs Used For?

More than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single-plant remedies are included in the pharmacy of Ayurvedic treatments. These remedies are typically grouped into categories according to their health effects, such as pain relief or increased vitality.

A few medicinal herbs recognized in Ayurveda are as follows:-

  • Ajwain

  • Ashwagandha

  • Brahmi

  • Cardamom

  • Cumin

  • Licorice

  • Manjistha

  • Neem

  • Shatavari

  • Turmeric

  • Aloe Vera

  • Triphala

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