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Pashenabheda

Scientific Name: Bergenia ciliata
Local Name/s: Silpara

One of Ayurveda’s first-reach herbs for the entire urinary system, especially for creating a basic terrain unsuitable to kidney stones, PashenaBheda is also a strong systemic tonic that is considered a Rhodiola-like adpatogen by modern researchers.  Literally meaning ‘Stonebreaker,’ it expresses the ‘Doctrine of Signatures’ by growing amongst rocks and breaking them apart, as it does to oxalate stones in our Kidneys. Tibetan Amchis, Siberian Shamans, and Indian Vaidyas all hold this herb as essential.

Plantain

Scientific Name: PLantago lanceolata
Local Name/s: Jungly Isabgol

As a wound-healing blood-stopping first-reach poultice herb I am sure we used plantain 50,000 years ago with 10,000 year-old evidence of this in Norway. Not to be confused with Plantain the banana, this is a little herb species you see around the world, famous for its ability to suppress coughs as well as to heal wounds. It is also a great herb to alleviate poisoning and munching its roots will mitigate tooth pain like clove does, but watch out as chewing it may also give you an aversion to Tobacco.

Pushkarmool

Scientific Name: Inula racemosa
Local Name/s: Pushkarmool

Pushkarmool, Himalayan Elecampane, is one of the world’s most successful herbs for increasing lung function and capacity.  It improves cardio-pulmonary function via many mechanisms including offering antioxidants, expectorants, antispasmodics, anti-allergens, anti-histaminics, and anti-inflammatories all with special affinities toward lung and heart tissue. These factors help us to breathe freely and increase the systemic flow of Prana, an action amplified with this high-altitude plant ally.