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Herbal Definitions


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Definition of Adaptogen An adaptogen is a plant substance that enhances the body in a nonspecific way to resist any form of stress. The term was first coined in 1947 by a Russian scientist by the name of N.V. Lazarev. Furthermore it must not cause harm to the body in any way, but have a balancing effect while not over stimulating. An adaptogen also must have a normalizing effect regardless of the direction of the pathological state. It should be useful as a general tonifer….. Read more

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Ayurvedic Medicine

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Definition of Ayurvedic Medicine Ayurveda (the practice of ayurvedic medicine is a traditional medicine system in India and is considered holistic system and a form of alternative medicine. It is an ancient Indian philosophy of wellbeing and health based on the natural law of balance of the five elements of the body. They are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. When any of these elements get unbalanced due to improper life style or diet, various mental and physical problems….. Read more

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Definition of Traditional Chinese medicine Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been around for over thirty centuries as is still practiced today as much as ever. It’s a ancient and comprehensive system of medicine that is used to treat any and every ailment a person could possibly have. It takes into account not only the symptoms, but the causes. Rather than just put forward a cure, it focuses on preventive measures too. To the practitioners of TCM, the patterns and laws of….. Read more

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