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Looking for inspiration in your never-ending pursuit to find mental and physical balance? Why not take a look at how our early ancestors approached such a daunting task? Unani is an ancient Greco-Arabic system of medicine based on concepts taught by Hippocrates and Galen. According to Hippocrates, the human body has four humors: blood, bile, black bile, and phlegm. Balance between these humors is essential for health, while an imbalance in their quality and quantity will lead to disease. With that central idea in mind, Unani treats diseases through pharmacotherapy, regimental therapy, dietotherapy, and surgery, and is still widely practiced in South Asia.
Spikenard is a very good remedy for problems caused by Vata like the deterioration of tissue, depleted energy, dryness, fatigue and persistent dissatisfaction. By balancing ‘vata’, it assists in calming the overly active mind. Jatamansi oil also works well to alleviate some Pitta (fire) related problems, especially those of the mind (such as anger and rage).