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Sage

Part Used: herb

Energetics: pungent, bitter,1stringent/heating (slightly)/pungent KV- P+ (in excess)

Tissues: plasma, blood, nerve

Systems: respiratory, digestive, nervous, circulatory

Actions: diaphoretic, expectorant, nervine, astringent, alterative, diuretic, carminative, antispasmodic

Indications: colds, flus, sore throat, laryngitis, swollen lymph glands, night sweats, spermatorrhea, hair loss, nervous dysfunction

Precautions: high Vata (excessive dryness), nursing mothers

Preparations: infusion (hot or cold), powder (250 to 500 mg)

SAGE has a strong action for reducing excess secretions in the body. It stops sweating, is a specific for night sweats. It dries up excess mucus from the nose and lungs, as well as excessive salivation. It suppresses mammary secretions and withholds seminal discharge. It also dries up sores and ulcers and stops bleeding. As such it is mainly for reducing high Kapha. Taken hot, it is diaphoretic and expectorant and is good for Kapha and Vata. Taken cold, it is astringent and diuretic and is better for Pitta.

For the brain and nervous system and promoting the growth of hair, it combines well with gotu kola or bhringaraj. Sage has a special power to clear emotional obstructions from the mind and promote calmness and clarity. It helps reduce excessive desires and passions. It is specific for calming the heart.

It makes a good gargle for sore throat and a good wash for bleeding sores.

   
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