Daruharidra – Learn About the Immune Enhancing Properties of Tree Turmeric


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Daruharidra is very powerful herb. It is not well known in the world today, but it has been used for ages in Ayurveda. Charak Samhita, the oldest Ayurvedic text, describes its use in many formulations, and Vaidya Mishra’s family has been using this plant for thousands of years.

The Latin name is berberis aristata, and the English names are tree turmeric and Indian berberry.

According Charak Samhita, daruharidra is the best herb for supporting the immune system, and is particularly good at reducing acquired intolerances, or allergies. Acquired intolerances are allergic reactions to foods such as wheat or dairy that are acquired over time. These kind of intolerances stem from an overactive immune system, with a root cause of too many toxins in the body.

In modern life, it is easy to acquire lots of toxins. Garavisha (pesticides and xenobiotics) in the food we eat, in the water we drink and in the air we breathe build up in the liver and tissues of the body.

Weak digestion, due to lack of exercise and bad food also makes toxins build-up in the system.  Regular consumption of processed foods, leftovers and heavy foods cooked without spices causes semi-digested material (ama) to accumulate in the body and to slowly become chemically a charged toxin (amavisha).

Toxic emotions, skipping or delaying meals and type-A behavior all create reactive toxins (amavisha) immediately in the system. Electromagnetic radiation (indravajravijanyavisha), disturbs the subtle vibrational intelligence of the body, weakening digestion and metabolism, constricting the channels of elimination and creating a cascade of chemical toxicity in the body.

All of these toxins place a heavy load on the liver and kidneys. If the liver gets backed up with toxins, and toxins spill over into the blood and tissues of the body, the immune system can easily become overtaxed and confused.

The highly reactive nature of amavisha (free-radicals and strongly acidic toxins) easily damages or kills normal cells in the body, which the immune system then has to clean up. If there is a great abundance of toxins floating in the blood, the effects of these reactive toxins on the tissues will be widespread, and the immune system will become overactive in its attempt to maintain order.

This is a fertile ground for acquired intolerances. When you combine an overactive immune system with poor digestion and metabolism, acquired food intolerances are a natural result.

When a person with an overactive immune system eats certain foods that he or she has trouble digesting, such as wheat or milk, the body produces ama (semi-digested material). All of us produce this kind of ama when we cannot digest something well. But for a person with an overactive immune system, the particles of ama (thick, heavy, sticky material) are immediately attacked by the immune system, which gives an allergic reaction.

Daruharidra, when used in proper combination with other herbs, is able to support the immune system to regain balance. If, at the same time, you slowly improve digestion and gradually detoxify the blood and liver, the immune system will eventually return to a normal, relaxed state and the acquired intolerances will disappear.

In addition to this ability to support the immune system, the verse described in this audio file says that daruharidra is especially helpful for problems with the eyes and ears (netrakarnasyaroganut).

As the name suggests, tree turmeric, has all of the same qualities of regular turmeric, whose description you will find listed on this site very soon.

What You Will Learn in This Section of the Course

In this 10 minute audio lecture, you will learn from Vaidya Mishra all about daruharidra (tree turmeric) direct from the Sanskrit verses of Bhava Prakash Nighantu, an ancient text of Ayurvedic herbology

You will learn the physical properties of daruharidra and many revealing Sanskrit names for this important herb.

Daruharidra In Our Herbal Products

Daruharidra Herbal Memory Nectar

  • Contains only the essence of daruharidra, so that it does not overwhelm the system.
  • Bypasses the digestive system and liver, which may be weak, to deliver the vibration of these divya aushadhi (divine herbs) directly to the tissues that need it.
  • Should be added to 1 to 2 liters of cool water and sipped throughout the day.

How to Use the Course Materials

When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find a PDF file (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and an MP3 file (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes).  You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF document to make sure that all of the concepts are clear.  The PDF’s sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanskrit verses.  If you learn visually, reading along with the PDF will be helpful.

We also recommend reviewing the PDF, and re-listening to the MP3 file many times, so that you begin to recognize the knowledge and own it.  These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player so you can listen in the car.  Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over.  You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.


This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.


The sole purpose of this blog is to provide information about the alternative healing modalities of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) as practiced in Vaidya Mishra's ancestral family tradition. The information contained herein is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a licensed health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Otherwise, for more information, you may call Vaidya Mishra's Prana Center toll free in the USA at 1.888.3CHANDI (888.324.2634). or 1.818.709.1005 globally, or email us at: info@prana-center.com. You may also visit: www.vaidyamishra.com, or www.chandika.com

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