Spring, a time to cleanse and detox
In Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is often described as a time for cleansing and detoxing. As the weather warms and the days get longer, our natural environment shifts towards renewal and rejuvenation. In accordance, it's a great time to align the body and mind towards these goals as well.
In Ayurveda, late winter and early spring are considered to be the Kapha seasons, characterized by heavy, moist, and stagnant qualities. To address these imbalances and the symptoms that often follow, Ayurvedic practitioners have long recommended cleansing and detoxifying practices including dietary changes, therapies like Panchakarma, and of course, botanical and herbal supplements.
Similarly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the Wood element, changing weather characterized by harsh winds, and the shift from Yin to Yang. It is often viewed as a time to address the flow of energy, Qi, throughout the body and to focus on the health of the liver and gallbladder, organs that help to cleanse and detoxify.
Overall, both Ayurvedic and TCM recognize spring as an ideal time to support the body with natural transitions and changes. Here are some of our favorite traditional ingredients that we believe have clinical evidence for their cleansing and detoxing properties.
Liver, Kidney, Gallbladder, and Lymph Support
Uva Ursi is used in Ayurveda. It contains Glycoside, Arbutin, and diuretic compounds which may support healthy urination and urinary tract.
Picrorhiza Kurroa is used in Ayurveda. It contains Picrosides which may support cell regeneration as a powerful and diverse antioxidant.
Yellow Dock is used in Ayurveda. It contains Tannins, anthraquinone glycosides, and antioxidant minerals which may help promote health inflammatory responses and bowel movements.
Chanca Piedra is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It has alkaline properties that may help with the breakdown and elimination of acidic hard build up in the urinary tract.
Dandelion is used in Ayurveda. It contains Polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins, polysaccharides and ascorbic acids which may aid in scavenging liver-harming free radicals. It also has prebiotic fiber and diuretic properties which may support natural waste elimination.
Juniper berry is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains flavonoid antioxidants, fatty acids, and essential oils, all of which may offer defense against harmful free radicals.
Onion Powder is used in Ayurveda. It contains quercetin and many other compounds which may support liver health and function.
Licorice Powder is used in Ayurveda. It contains Glycyrrhizin, Isoliquiritigenin, and other compounds which may work as antioxidants and support health inflammatory responses.
Toxic Organism Support
Cloves is used in Ayurveda. It may have antioxidant and antiseptic properties and an active component eugenol that may dissolve hard casings, making it useful against eggs and exoskeletons.
Black Walnut Hulls is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains tannins and juglone which may help stunt the development of some harmful organisms.
Wormwood is used in TCM. It contains thujone, lactones, and absinthin which may weaken membranes and mildly anesthetize organisms making them easier to remove.
Olive leaf extract is used in Ayurveda. It contains oleuropein and other active components which may inhibit organism growth and development.
Garlic is used in Ayurveda. It contains allicin and ajoene, both of which may be effective against different harmful organisms.
Goldenseal is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It may aid directly against harmful organisms but may also support the liver as it eliminates harmful organism waste from your blood.
Ginger is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains gingerol which may help eliminate toxic organisms while also supporting a healthy inflammatory response to them.
Sleep and Stress Support
Magnolia is used in TCM. It is a GABA booster, anxiolytic, and mild sedative that may promote relaxation, reduce stress, and support healthy sleep patterns.
Chamomile is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains flavonoids, coumarins, sesquiterpenes, essential oils, polysaccharides, and minerals that may help calm and reduce sleep.
Mucuna Pruriens is used in Ayurveda. It contains L-Dopa, which may support healthy mood, promote relaxation, and enhance overall health and vitality.
Rhodiola Rosea is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It is an adaptogenic herb with 30 different compounds that may help support healthy stress response, promote relaxation, and enhance overall health and vitality.
Immune System Support
Maitake Mushroom is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains polysaccharides and glycoproteins which may have antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
Shiitake Mushroom is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains lentinan, eritadenine, and phenolics which may have antiseptic and immunomodulating properties.
Chaga Mushroom is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains flavonoids, sterols, and polysaccharides which may have antioxidant properties and support healthy inflammatory responses.
Reishi Mushroom is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains polysaccharides, triterpenes, and lectins which may have antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
Andrographis is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains diterpenes astringent and antiseptic properties.
Turmeric is used in Ayurveda and TCM. It contains curcumin which may have powerful antioxidant effects and support immunomodulation.
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