The practice of ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest healing methods. In the current day, with the rise of CBD products, people have started looking into the potential benefits of CBD as related to Ayurveda. Discover how the holistic approach is now incorporating CBD for potential benefits too.
What is Ayurveda?
In Sanskrit, Ayurveda translates to “the science of life.” Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India over 5,000 years ago, is known as one of the world’s oldest healing methods. Many modern-day natural healing systems, such as homeopathy, are rooted in basic ayurvedic principles.
Ayurveda places great importance on striking a balance in all aspects of physical and emotional being, with the goal of preventing symptoms and maintaining good health. While Ayurveda includes practices that pertain to the physical body, it also focuses on mental health, a balanced lifestyle, and the use of herbs.
Just as no two humans are exactly alike physically, everyone also has their own particular pattern of energy. To practice Ayurveda is to understand your own constitution, or the unique combination of your physical, mental, and emotional characteristics, and make conscious lifestyle choices that promote balance and harmony in your constitution.
When a system in your body falls out of balance, your Ayurveda practice would signal that lifestyle or diet changes and the use of herbs may be needed.
Ayurveda believes that there are three different types of energies or functional properties that are present in all living things. These are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. All people contain each type of energy, but typically one is more dominant in nature than the others from person to person. This is your dosha energy.
Vata – Associated with movement, Vata governs muscle movement, the beating of the heart, and movements between cells in the body. When in balance, Vata energy promotes effortless motion and feelings of creativity and flexibility. If Vata is your primary energy and it becomes out of balance, you may feel fearful or anxious.
Pitta – Closely linked to the body’s metabolic systems, Pitta energy governs digestion, temperature, and nutrient assimilation. When in balance, Pitta promotes wisdom and understanding. Out of balance, Pitta can conjure feelings of anger, jealousy, and hatred.
Kapha – Providing the body with structure, Kapha controls the muscles, bones, and connective tissues within the body. Kapha energy is believed to control the water supply in the body, ensuring joints are lubricated and the skin is hydrated. When balanced, Kapha promotes loving and calmness. Out of balance, Kapha can lead to unhealthy attachment and feelings of greed and envy.
Depending on how each of the energy types, or doshas, is represented in your body, ayurvedic remedies will call for the use of different herbs and diets to ensure the body remains balanced.
Hemp-Derived CBD & The Endocannabinoid System
The rise of CBD products in the market has also led to the examination of the effects of CBD and how it can be incorporated into ayurvedic healing. CBD, formally known as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 different chemical compounds of the cannabis plant. It is derived from the hemp plant, due to hemp’s high concentrations of CBD, and does not have the same psychoactive properties as the other commonly-known cannabinoid THC.
CBD functions by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system was only discovered relatively recently, but plays a critical role in bodily functions and well being. The ECS is a neurotransmission system composed of lipids, enzymes and cannabinoid receptors that exist through the body. There is still a lot being uncovered about the ECS, but studies have already begun to show the many ways this system regulates a large number of processes in the body including pain management, metabolism, stress response, energy balance and more.
Since the ECS plays a role in other major systems within the body, it’s important to ensure that it’s functioning properly. The system is currently being studied for links to metabolic disorders such as anorexia, and neurologic diseases including Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. There are a number of common conditions and symptoms that have also been linked to a damaged or dysfunctional ECS, including irritable bowel syndrome and migraines.
The proper functioning of the ECS relies on the presence of endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids produced by our body that interact with receptors throughout the system to move the body toward homeostasis. Due to its naturally-occurring presence, the ECS is also primed to interact with another cannabinoid – CBD. CBD interacts with the receptors throughout the ECS both indirectly and directly, which leads to the positive effects the system has on the body as well.
The ECS, CBD, and Ayurveda
The functioning and benefits of the ECS and ayurvedic healing have a major similarity – they are both strongly related to balance – the balance of your body, mind, and spirit. When you’re experiencing stagnant or overactive energies in different bodily systems or uncomfortable symptoms, ayurvedic products may help promote balance. BioCBD+ draws upon the benefits of Ayurveda in the development of our unique CBD formulas. Our all-natural hemp CBD contains a full spectrum of organic cannabinoids and CBD terpenes plus Ayurvedic herbs. These special ingredients may help you to realign your body, mind, and spirit into holistic balance.
Our hemp CBD formulas contain various Ayurvedic ingredients, all of which have different benefits and healing properties:
Curcumin is a substance found in turmeric, a bright yellow and orange-ish spice that comes from the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric is commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine and revered for its healing properties. Studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce inflammation and even shrink tumors. Other studies conducted in labs link curcumin and turmeric to protecting against certain types of inflammation in the digestive tract, such as colitis, and other diseases like diabetes or depression.
In Ayurveda, turmeric and curcumin are believed to have strong links to our blood circulation, and therefore impact multiple important systems and processes throughout our bodies. Curcumin is believed to:
- Promote digestion
- Stabilize blood sugar levels
- Support the nervous system
- Lubricate the joints
- Strengthen detoxification processes in the liver
- Bolster the immune system
Curcumin may balance all energy types, but in excess, could aggravate Pitta and Kapha imbalances.
Magnesium is a mineral that is critical to many important bodily functions. While we get magnesium through our diet, when dietary levels of magnesium are too low, the body can quickly become out of balance. Magnesium is required to maintain bone and heart health, and balance our electrolytes. Magnesium deficiency can lead to a whole host of issues:
- Chest pain
- Calcium and potassium deficiencies
- Increased intensity of PMS symptoms
BioCBD+ is proud to offer 100% All-Natural Water-Soluble CBD Capsules with Curcumin (from Turmeric) and Magnesium.
Another herb known for both its culinary and medicinal purposes, lemongrass is a white and green grass with sharp, razor-like leaves that grows in Southeast Asia. In Ayurveda, lemongrass is known as the “superglue” of the body, as it may help repair inflamed tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues within the body. Like curcumin, lemongrass may alleviate inflammation in the digestive tract, but it also may help with more topical ailments, like skin infections and varicose veins.
Lemongrass is helpful in balancing Pitta energy.
Many of us are familiar with lavender’s reputation for promoting relaxation and sleep, but this little flower may help balance the body and alleviate other systems as well. In addition to cleansing the mind, it’s believed that lavender can soothe boils and burns, reduce headache symptoms, and even lower high blood pressure. The word lavender is derived from the Latin word Lavare, or “to wash.” It is surprising then that lavender is linked to providing cleansing properties for mind, body, and spirit.
Lavender is balancing for all dosha types, but can be particularly helpful for cooling Pitta energy.
Bergamot is a thick-skinned inedible citrus fruit about the size of an orange with coloring that resembles a lime or lemon depending on ripeness. While the fruit itself is extremely bitter, the oils expressed from the rind carry many benefits in Ayurveda. Those practicing Ayurveda may find great benefits for their digestion as well as alleviating congestion in many places in the body. Bergamot oil is said to be helpful in treating congestion in the liver and gallbladder. It may also aid healing for skin conditions such as rashes, acne, eczema, and other sores.
Because it is a heavy, dense oil, bergamot can help promote balance in Vata energies.
Like lavender, clary sage is another herb that grows small purple flowers. Also known as “clear eye,” clary sage is said to cleanse the eye and brighten your vision. For centuries, clary sage has been used to alleviate issues with the female reproductive system, like dysmenorrhea or symptoms present during menopause. Sage helps to heat up the body and promotes perspiration so that it can detoxify, especially during hot flashes. There are many connections to clary sage and regulating female hormonal imbalance.
Similar to lavender, sage is a neutral oil, which can be balancing for all dosha types.
BioCBD+ produces a proprietary vaporizer blend that includes CBD, Lavender, Lemongrass, Clary Sage and Bergamot.
White Willow Bark
Willow bark comes from a family of trees containing salicin, which has a chemical structure similar to aspirin. For hundreds of years, willow bark has been used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. In the 1800s, scientists discovered a way to replicate salicin in laboratories, creating acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin.
Since the 4th century, willow bark has been used for both its pain-relieving and fever-reducing effects. In Ayurveda, willow bark is believed to treat headaches, back pain, and both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Willow bark can have cooling effects in the body and can help curb overactive Pitta energy.
Try BioCBD+’s Topical Oil for Muscle & Joint Relief that is infused with White Willow Bark and other Ayurvedic Herbs.
BioCBD+’s proprietary CBD formulas are some of the only products in the world that incorporate Ayurvedic herbs and CBD. Our website features a Certificate of Analysis for every product so you can review the CBD lab results and confirm the composition and safety. Harnessing the combined power of CBD and Ayurvedic herbs may promote even faster healing and better, overall wellness for your mind, body, and spirit. If you are interested in the practice of ayurvedic healing and how CBD can be used, we invite you to try one of the BioCBD+ products, including our Water-Soluble CBD oil, capsules or vape.
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