Growing up, it was often said by people wiser than me, that the best solutions were always the simplest ones. When something simple simply works, we are often captivated by the lack of complexity associated with achieving a positive result.
We then try to see what else this new solution can positively impact. As old or recurring issues are remedied, our new solution becomes a habit. It becomes the tool of choice for many different people for many different things. Some can grow to mythical status, and when they do, we often start resisting their use because it almost sounds too good to be true.
Such is the case with many of the herbs and ingredients used in alternative medicines. Through the ages they have been used to address a wide variety of ailments and generations upon generations have come to trust and reach for them as often as many of us would reach for a bottle of aspirin.
By the time some of us will learn about them, these ingredients seem mythical.
One such herb is called Guduchi. And it is one of the most valued herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been traditionally used for :
• Preventing colds and flu
• Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy drugs
• Immune system enhancement
• Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
• Hepatitis & jaundice (helps protect the liver from exposure to toxins)
• Gout and rheumatic disorders
Impressive are the amount of studies and reports that support these uses and several more. Potential medicinal properties reported by scientific research include anti-diabetic, antipyretic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-leprotic, antimalarial, hepato-protective, immuno-modulatory and anti-neoplastic activities.
As an adaptogen, guduchi may offer numerous ways that increase the bodies ability to tolerate and adapt to many kinds of stress. It just helps your body cope better.
Guduchi is a woody deciduous climbing shrub, native to India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. This herbaceous vine grows on hedges and trees. It is often seen growing up mango trees.
Cherry Berry Smoothie
4-6 ice cubes
6 oz cup plain coconut milk yogurt (or plain Greek yogurt)
½ cup almond-coconut milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup Quaker oats, plain
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop Dynamic Greens (strawberry-kiwi flavor) (*this provides a delcious flavor to the drink)
¼ cup blueberries and raspberries (or your favorite berries)
4-6 dried cherries