Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ayurveda Explains Why Parsley & Thyme Help Fight Tumors & Regenerate the Brain

Herbs and foods are classified for their therapeutic effects according to their energetics in Ayurveda.  It is the taste and its effect on a person's body or illness type that determine whether a food or herb is healthy or helpful.

A recent study had found that parsley and thyme are apigenins, which are natural phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that are thought to reduce or kill tumors.  New research has found the herbal apigens of parlsey and thyme to help the formation of brain cells and strengthen connections between them. The researchers felt these apigenins show promise as a treatment for numerous neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

The taste of both parsley and thyme are pungent and heating.  The pungent taste is used to stimulate and improve digestion.  It is also used to purify and cleanse the body (can be a germicidal and vermicidal) .  Additionally, it is thought to improve mental clarity.  In excess, pungent can cause excessive sweating, weakness and burning sensations in the body (like an ulcer).

The pungent taste reduces or kills tumors because of the heating quality which breaks down toxins and purifies the body.  The pungent taste also has the ability to give clarity as it clears away the impurities. This is why it is helpful in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers' disease that is found to be associated with some life style factors like dietary habits, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Parkinson's disease is also thought to be associated with an environmental factor of toxic build up.

While the use of herbs and foods like apigenins is promising and a positive direction in the medical field, it is also a very accessible tool in our lives.  We don't have to wait for illness or disease to eat according to a food's taste.  Using food and herbs therapeutically and tailored to one's body type promotes health and well being in a natural, low cost way.

Stay healthy & well,
Lisa

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