• Sangeet Anand

Medicinal uses of Plants in Ancient India

Happy Sunday Everyone! Plant-based culture has been around for a while, as you all know, but what role did plants play in ancient societies? More specifically, what role did plants play in day-to-day uses? In some cultures, plants were spiritual embodiments of ancestors that were worshipped on a daily basis. In other cultures, plants were tools used as a part of daily life, just as we use technology today. But in cultures, such as many of those prevalent in India, plants were not only used for food but for medicinal healing as well. A term, which came to be coined as Ayurveda, encompassed this type of plant-medicine culture.

Ayurveda is a sect of medicine that focuses on deriving cures through natural sources. This type of medicinal healing focuses on the idea of restoring balance in your body. Just as meditation is used to calm the mind, Ayurveda is used to balance the body and mind with regards to the environment. It has been practiced for over 3,000 years and is particularly notable in ancient societies. Plants were used as a means to cure when other forms of medicine were unavailable. These Indian societies used to extract certain juices and chemicals from plants and use it for relief. Many Ayurvedic techniques have been practiced in Western medicine as well as its benefits are unbeatable and, that too, come without side effects, for the most part.

What is an ancient culture that you know that used plants as a tool in daily life? Comment down below!


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