In Ayurveda, herbal medicines are prescribed to be taken with various mediums of intake, such as ghee or honey, to enhance and increase the efficacy and therapeutic effects of the herbs. These vehicles are called anupanas.
There are actually four anupanas in HANAH ONE—honey, ghee, sesame oil and raw sugar cane. Anupanas act as catalytic agents to carry and activate herbs, directing them to the deeper and subtler tissues of the body and targeting different organs. These transport devices help to improve digestion and absorption as well as enhance the qualities and the bioavailability of the nutrients in the herbs.
In addition to their turbo transport properties, each anupana in HANAH ONE offers health benefits of there own right.
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A tridoshic blend
One reason HANAH ONE contains multiple anupanas is to deliver the product’s 30 herbs in a tridoshic fashion. The three doshas of Ayurveda are the three mind/body types—vata, pitta and kapha—and each dosha is served better with certain anupanas. HANAH ONE covers all three doshas, and is considered tridoshic, meaning it is soothing to all types.
Let’s dive into each anupana
Ghee, one of the most beneficial catalysts, is known to have supreme penetrating qualities. It has lubricating, protective and therapy-enhancing effects. It’s easy to digest and especially protective for the stomach and intestines against any spicy effect of herbs that are frequently used to strengthen digestive fire. Ghee also has the ability to nourish and transport to all seven layers of human tissues, including the nervous system, translating into calm energy.
In India, the prosperity of a household is measured in liters of ghee. In the Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita, it says that ghee benefits "those desirous of good eyesight, the old, children, the weak, those desirous of longevity, those desirous of strength, good complexion, voice, nourishment, progeny, tenderness of the body, luster, ojas [life-sustaining vitality], memory, intelligence, power of digestion, wisdom, proper functioning of sense organs, and those afflicted with injuries due to burns."
Sesame oil another popular anupana, is derived from the sesame seed,a tiny gem that packs a mighty punch. "Oil of sesame possesses properties like penetrating deep into the tissues and spreading throughout the body quickly," according to the Ashtanga Hrdayam Sutrasthana.
Sesame oil has been used to support numerous health systems in the body, including the nervous system, bones and muscles, skin and hair, the digestive tract (including the colon), and the male and female reproductive systems. Rich in vitamin E, it acts as a natural antioxidant. It also contains vitamin K, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.
Raw sugar cane is the third Ayurvedic anupana. While there are rarely positive research conclusions about sugar, in this instance, it is absolutely of benefit. We all remember when Mary Poppins sang, "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." It’s true!
Raw sugar “increases the tonic effect of herbs,” according to The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine. "It tonifies plasma and blood, relieves heat and protects the tissues, aiding in metabolism."
Raw sugar and honey, our fourth anupana, also act as preservative substances, which help safeguard the clinical efficacy of HANAH ONE’s ingredients.
Honey has been used as medicine in Ayurveda for centuries and is another effective catalyst to help herbs penetrate the deeper tissues of the body. It also honey has a multitude of research-backed benefits of its own. A natural immune booster, honey is packed with vitamins, essential minerals, iron and amino acids. It also contains antibiotic and antiseptic properties and serves as a natural and effective cough suppressant and throat soother.
A magical combo
Each of these Ayurvedic anupanas have an effect on the way that HANAH ONE is delivered into your system, helping your body absorb and utilize the 30 important herbs for maximum benefit.
Next time you enjoy HANAH ONE, try mixing it with warm (not hot) water to make a delicious herbal superfood elixir, or stir it into your morning cup of coffee or tea. We also suggest taking your other daily vitamins and supplements with your HANAH ONE to increase their absorption and efficacy on your body.
By Megan Henderson
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- Ayurveda & Wellness: How Eastern Traditions Enhance Western Medicine
- Four Leading Yogis on How HANAH ONE Enhances Health
- The Fire in Your Belly: Herbs, Digestion & Agni
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