Practitioners of Ayurveda medicine prescribe remedies on the basis of their attributes/quality. They are twenty in number, such as slow/sharp, oily/dry, cold/hot, slimy/rough, dense/liquid, soft/hard, static/mobile, subtle/gross, thick/clear, and heavy/light. The other aspects of classification of herbs are according to six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Taste is a therapeutic agent in Ayurveda. The diseases can be addressed through Ayurveda based on healthy lifestyle practices and regular consumption of adapt generic herbs.
Plants and herbs re-establish our connection with the natural world. As we become competent in our understanding of Ayurveda Herbalism we deepen our relationship with ourselves, as well as with the natural world outside. Our relationship with the Earth, through the healing herbs itself is a remarkable healing experience. The significance of Ayurveda tradition is proven by its timelessness itself, where it presents practical guidelines for healthy living and illuminates the simple path to walk through life in accordance with the cycle of nature, and hence enhances the well-being and harmony of all human being who brings these practices in their life. Many simple herbs make positive difference in this aspect which is easily available around us. Among these herbs, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn) is a leading herb and scientific research is now confirming its beneficial effects.