The Laboratoire Ethnodyne

Plants and active ingredients

Alpinia Galanga (L.) Willd
  • • Antiallergic effect
  • • Antioxidant power
  • • Antimicrobial effects
  • • Antiviral properties
Used in traditional Asian societies for over 4000 years as both a spice and a herbal medicine, Alpinia Galanga has a number of recognised properties and in particular for its properties to fight against the herpes virus.
It is also known to bear antitumor and anti-inflammatory activity.
Its therapeutic use covers many indications.
In external use, it is recognized for its antiseptic effects on skin irritations
Finally, Galanga has demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting pain through its analgesic effects.
Bacopa Monnieri (L.) Pennel (Brahmi)
  • • Positive effect on the brain system
  • • Improvement of short- and long term memory, concentration and learning ability
  • • Stress tolerance
  • • Antioxidant power
Bacopa monnieri is a renowned Ayurvedic tonic. Known as "Brahmi" after the creator God of the Hindu pantheon (Brahma), this plant, which has been used for more than 3000 years, has a positive effect on the cerebral system.
It particularly helps to improve short- and long-term memory, and improves concentration and learning abilities.
Bacopa monnieri is also a potent natural antioxidant, and protects against free radicals which cause cell damage. It is also used to relieve and prevent stress, another key factor responsible for ageing.
Boswellia serrata
Boswellia serrata is one of the most ancient and most valued herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.
Modern medicine and pharmacology are increasingly using it as an antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory,antihyperlipidemic (controls blood lipids), antiatherosclerotic (anti-coronary plaque), and analgesic (pain-reliever).
Centella asiatica
Also known as Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort, this tropical plant has always been used in Ayurvedic medicine and is now also commonly used by western herbalists.
It is prized for its regenerative virtues and properties that promote memory and concentration.
Curcuma Longa
  • • Antiallergic effect
  • • Antioxidant power
  • • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • • Preservation of the body’s natural defenses
Sometimes known as “Indian saffron”, the name Curcuma is derived from the Sanskrit word kunkuma. It is widely grown in India and throughout South-East Asia. Turmeric has been known in the West since Antiquity and was described by Dioscorides in his Materia Medica.
Turmeric is known for its antioxidant properties in traditional medicine and in the West. It helps the body to combat stress and maintain effective natural defence mechanisms.
Emblica Officinalis Geartn (Amla)
  • • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • • Antimicrobial effects
  • • Antioxidant power
  • • Used traditionally to treat glucose intolerance, cerebral insufficiency, and mental disorders
Emblica officinalis is among the most renowned fruits in Ayurvedic tradition. Used in India for thousands of years, it is known as "Amla", the mother, due to its range of benefits. First and foremost, Emblica officinalis is probably the fruit with the highest existing vitamin C content (720 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of fruit pulp, i.e. approximately 15 times the concentration in an orange) which helps to protect cells against oxidative stress responsible for tissue ageing.
Harpagophytum procumbens
The Khoisan people of the Kalahari Desert have used it for thousands of years to treat pain and complications related to joints, rheumatism and muscle pain.
Piper Longum
The fruit of a vine native to India, which grows wild on the foothills of the Himalayas, le long pepper (Piper longum) belongs to the Piperaceae family which produces pepper Pepper is one of the most ancient and most important spices, and was used by the Greeks 300 years B.C.
It has a hotter, slightly sweet flavour, not quite as strong as black pepper (this pepper has a similar taste to cinnamon). Pepper is now a spice which is used almost everywhere in the world.
Piper longum is a major plant in Ayurvedic medicine, in which it is known as pippali . It helps the body to resist stress and is used in India for the treatment of respiratory disorders, such as bronchitis and asthma, but also for its beneficial effects on the digestive system.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
  • • Impact on neuronal growth and the locomotor function
  • • Sleep-facilitating effect
  • • Stress tolerance
Ashwagandha is a medicinal plant and traditional remedy found in India and Africa, known for its beneficial properties. Belonging to the ginseng family, Ashwagandha has been used for more than 2000 years in Ayurvedic and Hindu medicine.
The leaves and roots are the most widely used parts of the plant.
Ashwagandha is one of most reputable and most widely used adaptogens in Ayurvedic medicine. By increasing its ability to resist stress, it allows the body to store and sustain its vital energy throughout the day, while promoting deep sleep.