In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing and wellness, ama is toxic by product of improper digestion. It is believed that ama dosha is the root cause of most diseases, including breast cancer. Dr Surya Bhagwati from Dr Vaidya's New Age Ayurveda explains, "The accumulation of ama in the breast tissues is the precursor for breast diseases." To improve breast health and to clear the accumulation of ama, Dr Bhagwati recommends using these seven Ayurvedic herbs.
Shatavari: According to Dr Bhagwati, the shatavari herb helps in strengthening and nourishing the breast. It's a phytoestrogen which is routinely prescribed to women who have trouble lactating.
Aloe vera: Prized for its extensive health benefits, aloe vera has been known to curb the growth of breast and cervical cancer cells. Dr Bhagwati says that regular consumption of aloe vera helps to strengthen the ducts of the breast.
Punarnava: Punarnanva is also known by its scientific name Boerhavia diffusa. The plant and its parts are used in many Ayurvedic preparations, mainly because it helps clear ama from the body.
Fennel: Here's one more reason to end your meals with a mouthful of fennel or saunf. But Dr Bhagwati says the seeds also help in flushing the toxic build up forming in the breast tissues.
Liquorice or yastimadhu: Prized by Ayurveda and other ancient systems of medicine for its powerful anti-cancerous and hormone-balancing properties, liquorice also cleanses the lymphatic fluid, helping the body flush out toxins that are bad for breast health.
Fenugreek: This fragrant, bitter-tasting herb is also as methi and is a common fixture in most Indian kitchens. Dr Bhagwati recommends using the herb frequently in the diet since it prevents the build up of ama around the breast tissue.
Tulsi: The holy basil or tulsi is revered in the Indian culture for its many health benefits and religious significance. The fragrant herb, like liquorice, helps cleanse the lymphatic fluid and rids the body of ama.