Top 7 Amazing Health Benefits of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is commonly known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry or winter cherry worldwide. It is one of the very famous herbs commonly used in Ayurvedic medicines. Even though the leaves and fruits bear the medicinal properties, it is the root of Ashwagandha which is the treasure house of the medicinal properties.

For centuries together Ashwagandha is used by the people in day to day problems like anxiety, exhaustion, and stress etc. It is the power bank of rich anti oxidants, iron and amino acids. Ashwagandha contains many useful chemicals including steroidal lactones like Withanolides, alkaloids, choline, fatty acids and amino acids etc. Ashwagandha had been a great interest for researchers since a lot many years. More than 300 studies had been published regarding the health benefits of Ashwagandha. Hence it is considered as the nature’s gift to Mankind.

Ashwagandha in Sanskrit means that which “smells like a horse”. It is known to impart the vitality like that of horse. It is known to have a potent action on the Ojus. In Ayurveda, Ojus refers to end result of a balanced diet which is consumed at a proper time and have undergone proper digestion. Ojus is most refined, subtle output of the “Sapta Dhatus” of the human body.

According to Ayurveda, Ojus is responsible for a potent immune system, lustrous complexion, well built body, well being and clarity of mind. An altered level of Ojus results in diminution of above said qualities. Not only has this, but also decreased level of Ojus made a person more prone for the diseases. Ashwagandha has a property to bring back the altered level of Ojus to normal.

1. ADAPTOGENIC PROPERTY OF ASHWAGANDHA

Adaptogens are those herbs which are a combinations of amino acids, vitamins and minerals which has capability to increase the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors.

These are non-toxic, non-specific and have a normalizing effect on physiology. The Ashwagandha being an ideal adaptogenic herb helps the body to cope with external stresses such as infections from bacteria’s and from internal stresses such as anxiety, depression etc.

2. WOUND HEALING PROPERTIES OF ASHWAGANDHA

In Ayurvedic classics Ashwagandha is mentioned as Shothahara i.e., the herb having capacity to reduce swelling. In folkore medicine, the fresh leaves of Ashwagandha are used topically to heal joint pains, sores and to reduce swelling. This activity of Ashwagandha is also attributed to its Adaptogenic property.

3. ASHWAGANDHA AS ANTI-DEPRESSANT

Ashwagandha is having the Vatahara property according to Ayurveda. The Vata dosha is the main controller of all the body system and even the brain. Hence Ashwagandha being Vatahara has a positive effect on brain.

The Cortisol also known as “the stress harmone” is inhibited by the Ashwagandha. Because of this property Ashwagandha acts as tranquilizer and antidepressants herb and helps in relieving stress both physical and mental and combats depression.

4. STRENGTH PROMOTING PROPERTIES OF ASHWAGANDHA

Ashwagandha is referred to as “Balya” in Ayurvedic classics. Literally speaking the word “Balya” means that which gives strength. This exotic herb is very promising in conditions like general debility as it is known to improve energy, increase endurance and stamina of a person.

5. ASHWAGANDHA IN PREMENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS

Ashwagandha is having effect on the Endocrine system of the human body, thus thereby aids the hormone balance. Studies suggest that this property of Ashwagandha helps in reducing hot flushes and mood swings when administered during Menopause.

6. ASHWAGANDHA AS A REJUVENATOR

It is termed as “Rasayana” in Ayurveda. This rejuvenating property of Ashwagandha is very usefull in treating Insomnia. It calms the nervous system there by eases stress and combats sleeplessness.

7. ASHWAGANDHA AS A “BEAUTY HERB”

Ashwagandha is a potent Antioxidant that helps skin in fighting against the damage caused by free radicals. Thus by this action Ashwagandha slows down the aging process and makes the person youthfull. It promotes the production of vital compounds and proteins for maintaining healthy skin and helps in keeping the skin supple.

Not only it is good for skin but also has a potential effect on hairs. It improves circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth as well as helps in getting rid of Dandruff. It also helps in reversing graying of hair by stimulating production of Melanin.

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Alsi, Flaxseed (linseed)- Properties & Medicinal Usage

 

All over India, linseed is grown along with rabi crop It is also grown in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 6000ft. The Linseed colour and size very from place to place. White, Yellowish – red and slightly brown are the various colors of linseed. The variety that is grown in warmer areas is said to be of the best quality. Linseed is used for extracting oil from the seeds and fiber from the branches. This annual plant is 2-4 inch tall, straight, and soft. The leaves are striped and spear – like in shape with a pointed tip; the part containing the fruits has three compartments. The flowers are pretty sky blue.

PROPERTIES

The seeds is mildly fragrant, smooth, warm and pungent. It enhances physical strength and potency. Taken in small quantities it increases urine flow and removes sluggishness. Taken in large quantities it is purgative and cures many diseases but affects eyesight.

MEDICINAL USAGE

Headache:

Grind the Linseed seeds in cold water and apply the paste on forehead. It relieves one of oedema related pain, headache and any wounds in the head.

Sleeplessness:

Take fresh linseed oil and in equal quantities. Mix the two oil in a copper vessel using a copper rod apply a mixture in both the eye.

Conjunctivitis:

Put a few drops of mucilage of linseed oil in the eye. It is beneficial in conjunctivitis and redness of eye.

Ear Pain:

Cook linseed with onion juice and put a few drops of it in the ear .it also cures any kind of swelling in the ear.

Breathlessness:

  1. Take 4gm Linseed powder and boil it in water. Mix 15gm sugar candy and give the patient. During winters, instead of sugar mix honey. Give this solution to the patient every morning. It helps cure breathing problems.
  2.  Take 2gm Linseed and grind them coarse. Soak the ground mixture in 200gm boiled water and cover it for an hour, After an hour, strain the solution, add sugar and give it to patient.
  3. Roast the Linseed seeds and give with honey. It helps cure cough.

Urinary Problems:

  1. Take 40gm Linseed and 2gm liquorice. Grind them coarse. Mix the two with 300gm water in an earthen pot and cook it on low heat. When 50gm of water is left, strain the solution and mix 2gm kalami sabora in it.
  2. Drop 4-6 drops of linseed oil in the opining of anus, it is beneficial in curing gonorrhea.
  3. Take 18gm linseed and 6gm liquorice. Crush the two and prepare decoction with 200gm water. Take 20gm of this decoction and mix 5gm sugar candy in it. Give this mixture to the patient at an interval of 2hour, this immediately  cures the burning sensation and purifies urine.

Joints Pain:

Grind linseed with Isabgol and form a paste. Apply this paste. It cures pain in the joints.

Beckache:

Heat Linseed oil and mix with dry ginger powder. Massage with this oil. It brings immediate relief in waist pain.

Arthritis:

Apply Linseed oil poultice on the swollen area to bring relief.

Boil, Pimple, Abscess:

  1. Grind Linseed with water and mix with barley Sattu and sour curd. Apply this paste on the boil.  It quickens the healing process.
  2. In case of boils where the patient complains of burning sensation and pain, take roasted linseed and sesame. Boil them in cow’s milk and let the milk cool. Grind the seeds in the same milk to the same milk to from a paste. Apply this paste on boils. It gives immediate relief.

Burns:

Take equal quantities of pure Linseed oil and water distilled with lime. Mix the two. It changes into white coloured paste. It is commonly known as carron oil. Apply this on the burn area. It immediately relieves the pain. Apply this 1-2 times a day, for a few days to see the results.

Agastya (Sesbania grandiflora) – Ayurvedic Properties & Medicinal Usage

Agastya, Sesbania grandiflora, Ayurvedic-properties, Medicinal usage

INTRODUCTION

Sesbane plants are found almost everywhere. It grows well in areas which are abundant in water and have hot climate. During rainy season, the scattered seeds start germinating. As per Rajnighantu, sesbane has four varieties; white yellow, blue and red flowered. White flowered plants are most common of all the four. Parts of the plant like soft leaves, flowers and fruits are cooked and eaten.

APPEARANCE

Sesbane trees grow very fast but have a shorter life. Trees are 15 ft tall. Leaves are in bunches of 20-25 pairs arranged on a long thin spine. Each leaf is 1-1 ½ inch long, oval in shape. Flowers are white in colour and boat shaped. The fruits are 1 ft in length, slightly curved, and flat. Each fruit has 14-19 light colored seeds.

PROPERTIES

Sesbane tree parts are cool and bitter, they are beneficial in curing pitta kapha quartan fever, and dry cough. They also cure gastric disorders and cold. Flowers have a cooling effect, are mildly, and are mildly bitter, astringent, and pungent. They help cure rib disorders, fever, night- blindness, and many other diseases. Leaves are bitter but also mildly sweet, hard to digest, and slightly warm, they are beneficial in curing warm kapha, blood disorders, and cold. Fruits are bitter sweet and laxative. They enhance palate, intelligence, and memory. They cure disorders of the three humours, jaundice, depression, and stomach diseases.

MEDICINAL USAGE

Epilepsy:-

  1. Take equal quantities of sesbane leaf powder and black pepper. Grind them with cow urine. Let the patient inhale this mixture.
  2. In case patient is a child, take extract of 1 sesbane leaves and mix half the quantity of black pepper in it. Dip a cotton flock in this mixture and place near the child nostril. It brings immediate relief.

Migraine:-

Based on the side of the brain which is aching, drops 1-3 drops of sesbane leaf extract or flower extract on the opposite nostril. This brings immediate relief from headache as well as any pain I the nostrils.

Cold:-

In case of heaviness or headache due to cold, drop 1-4 drops of sesbane leaf extract in the nostrils. 10-156 gm of sesbane root extract with honey. 2-4 times a day, may be taken.

Eye problems:-

  1. 1 drops of sesbane flower extract in eyes. It clears the blurred vision.
  2. Cook its flowers as dish in the meals, morning and evening. It cures night blindness.
  3. Take 200 gm of sesbane leaves. Grind them and cook them in 1 kg medicated ghee. Give 4-9 gm of this ghee to the patient every morn-ing and evening. It is extremely beneficial in curing eye problems.
  4. Put a few drops of honey which exude out of the sesbane flowers. It helps cure blurred vision. When the flowers are plucked, 1-3 drops of honey exudes out of it.
  5. Roast the flowers in ghee and take it regularly. It helps cure blurredness of vision and other eye problems.

Delusion:-

Take sesbane leaf extract and mix equal quantities of ginger root, peeper and jiggery. Give 1-2 drops for inhalation.

Dryness and cough related problems:-

Prepare sesbane leaf decoction. Use it for gargles. It cures dry cough, scaling of tongue and helps release of cough. Also beneficial in curing husfy voice.

Abdominal/ Stomach pain:-

In 15 gm decoction of sesbane bark, add a little amount of rock salt and 18 roasted cloves. Give this mixture to the patient every morning and evening. Within 2 days it cures all types of abdominal illness and pain.

White leucorrhea:-

Take fresh bark and grind it to extract its juice. Take a piece of cotton and soak it in the bark juice and then place it in the vaginal area. It gives relief in white leucorrhea and also relieves in itching.

Arthritis:-

Take dhatura root and sesbane root in equal quantities and grind them. Prepare a and tie it on the aching area. It cures the pain and reduces the swelling. In case of lesser pain, apply paste of red sesbane root.

Gout:-

Take dried flowers and grind them to from a fine powder. Mix 99 gm powder in 1 litre of buffalo milk and ferment it to form curd. Next day prepare butter from the curd and use this butter for massage.

Ankol (Alangium Salvifolium) – Medicinal Usage, Properties & Harmful Effects

 

INTRODUCTION

Tiebid Alu retis is found as small as well as tall, big trees which grow typically in forests or dry and high land areas. These are found in Himalayan valley, Utter Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Rajasthan, South Indian and Burma.

APPEARANCE

Its tree is 5-15ft tall. Trunk is thick and round, bark is brown in colour. Leaves are 2-3inch long, alternate and are found in different shapes. With onset of summer season, leafless trees start bearing flowers. Flowers are white or yellowish white in color. These are about an inch long and grow single flowers or in bunch. Calyx of the flower is soft, velvety, and porous. Flowers have a nice fragrance. Fruits are round or oval in shape with single compartment. Seeds are large and sticky.

PROPERTIES

It is purgative and anthelmintic in nature. It is beneficial in curing pain and swelling. It has a binding nature and cures erysipelas, cough, pitta, blood disorders. It also helps in curing the effect of snake and mouse bite.

FRUIT:-

Fruit is cool, tasty and heavy. It is purgative, promotes physical strength, and cures vata pitta and burning sensation. It is also beneficial in curing chest problems.

SEEDS:-

Seeds are cool, tasty, heavy, sweet and unctuous. They promote physical strength, and eradicate burning sensation, cold, cough.

MEDICINAL USAGE

ASCITES:-

Give 1 ½ 3 gm of its root powder, morning and evening to the patient. It helps cure liver function and benefits in as cites.

ASTHMA:-

Rub the root in lemon juice to from a thick paste. Give ½ teaspoonful of this paste to the patient 2 hours before meals. It shows magical results.

INCOMPLETE URINATION:-

Prepare decoction of its 3gm root and give to the patient. It causes complete release of urine and relieves the patient.

DIARRHEA:-

Take 7gm of fruit pulp and mix with 1teaspoonful honey. Give this mixture with rice water in morning, afternoon and evening. It helps cure diarrhea.

VOMITING:-

Take 2gm powder of root of white flowered tiebid plant. Give this powder orally to the patient. It helps release of vomit without any difficulty.

CONSTIPATION:-

Give 375 mg powder of its root orally to the patient. It cures constipation.

FEVER:-

Give 1-3gm of the root powder two times a day. It causes sweating which immediately controls the seasonal fever and the body temperature becomes normal.

DENGUE FEVER:-

  1. Take 2gm powder of tie bid root and mix with 1 gm dry ginger powder and cook in rice water. Give this solution to the patient. It is beneficial in curing dengue fever and also in influenza.
  2. During fever, heat its leaves and tie on the painful area.

HIGH FEVER:-

  1. Grind its fruit in water and apply the paste on the body. It cures the pain during fever.
  2. Grind its root and ginger root in water and apply the paste on the body. It cures the pain during fever.

EXCESSIVE PERSPIRATION:-

Take 1-2 gm powder of its fruits. Give this to the patient orally and then give its decoction kept overnight. Give this treatment regularly.

BLEEDING:-

  1. Take 4 gm powder of its fruits and 9 gm sugar candy. Grind then and give to the patient. This helps control the bleeding.
  2. Cook  the bark of its root in oil and medicate it. Apply this oil on the painful area. It cures the severe pain in arthritis.

ULCERS, WOUNDS:-

In case of a cut by a sharp object, soak a piece of cotton in the tie bid seed oil and apply on the cut. It immediately stops bleeding.

SKIN PROBLEM:-

Prepare paste of its roots bark and apply on the skin. It cures all types of skin problems.

TUMOUR:-

In case of blocked knot of nerves, rub its root with water and apply the paste on the blocked knot. It brings immediate relief.

POISON:-

In case of a spider bite, rub its root with water and apply the paste on the bitten area or mix mustard oil in the paste and put a few drops in the ears.

POISON OF MICE BITE:-

Rub its root with water and give this mixture to the patient 1-2 times. It neutralizes the poison.

SNAKE OR POISONOUS INSECT BITE:-

Take 12 gm root and prepare its decoction in 2 liter water. Strain the solution and at an interval of 10 minutes, give 40 gm decoction with 40 gm heated ghee to the patient. It causes vomiting and stools which eliminate the poison from the body. This helps in mellowing down the impact of poison. After this, prepare decoction of neem inner bark and add 1 gm tie bid root powder in it. Give this decoction to the patient.

HARMFUL EFFECT

Its usage in excess quantities is harmful.

Ajmod, Celery (Apium Graveolens) – Medicinal Usage & Properties

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Celery is grown all over in India, especially in west Bengal at the onset of winter season. It grows very well in the northern and western areas of Himalayas and Punjab. Plants bear flowers in FEB –mar and fruits in mar –Apr After which the plant dies. Celery is known as Ajmoda in Sanskrit. It is a famous Indian spice, used to improve digestion strength. Its leaves, petiole etc are used as vegetable. Its botanical name is Apium grave lens.

APPEARANCE

Celery plants are small herbs like Ajowan. They are 1-3 ft tall. Leaves are separate with graded margins. Flowers are umbrella like in bunches little white flowers grow and change into seeds. They are commonly known as celery seeds.

MEDICINE USAGE & BENEFITS OF AJMOD

BRAIN:-

Decoction of celery root is useful for brain.

TOOTH ACHE:-

Burn celery and inhale its fumes. It cures toothache.

DRY COUGH:-

Keep celery seeds inside a betel leaf and suck it. It relieves dry cough.

BREATHLESSNESS:-

Celery is energizing and causes anxiety. It is used in curing breathing problems.

HICCOUGHS:-

In case of hiccough after meals, take 5-10 celery seeds and keep it in mouth. It immediately stops hiccoughs.

VOMITING:-

  1. Herbs which have taste, take 1-3 gm celery powder with such herbal medicines. It controls any vomiting sensation.
  2. Take 1-3gm celery with 1-2 clove buds. Grind the two and take the mixture with 1 teaspoonful of honey. Lick the mixture. It controls vomiting.

FLATULENCE:-

Take 2-4 gm celery powder with 5gm jiggery, 2-3times a day. It eradicates all types of gastric problems.

ABDOMINAL / STOMACH PAIN:-

  1. Take 1gm black salt with 2gm celery seeds orally. It relieves stomach pain.
  2. Take 1-2 drops of celery extract with 1gm ½ gm shunti powder. Take this mixture with warm water. It cons. Trolls abdominal Abdominal pain.

DIARRHOEA:-

Take equal quantities of 3-6 gm of celery, ginger root powder with butter milk, 3-4 times a day. It controls loose motions.

URINARY INFEETION:-

Take 1- 3gm celery root powder, every morning and evening it is beneficial in curing urinary infections.

PILES, HEMORRHOIDS:-

Tie Celery seeds in a cloth and apply on the affected area. It controls pile pain.

CALCULUS:-

Take 1-2.5 gm celery powder, 5gm radish leaves juice and 400 mg yavshar. Mix them all and take this mixture every morning and evening for a few days. It helps dissolve the stones which then get easily removed from the body.

GASTRIC PROBLEM:-

In case of gas in urinary bladder, take celery and salt in a cloth and then apply. It reduces the impact of gas.

INTESTINAL WORMS:-

For children who have worms in intestine , put celery seeds on fire and let the child inhale the fumes. It can also be applied as a paste.

OEDEMA:-

In all kinds of gastric problem, take equal quantities of celery, small peepal, guduchi, rasna,ginger root, ashwagandha (winter cherry), and aniseed . Grind them all to form powder. Take 2 gm of this powder with 09 gm of medicated ghee, twice a day.

ARTHRITIS:-

Take celery, vayabidang , devdaru, chitrak, root of pipalla, aniseed, black pepper 8 gm each. Also take harad, vidhara and shunthi, 95 gm each. Grind them all to from fine powder. Mix 5 gm of this powder wioth old jiggery. Give this to the patient three times a day. This helps in curing oedema, rheumatoid arthritis, back and thigh pain and all kinds of gastric disorders.

PAIN:-

Take 5-15 gm decoction of celery roots or 1-3 gm powder, 2-3 times a day. It is beneficial in curing oedema and pain.

DERMATOSE:-

In case of dermatoses , take 1-3 gm celery powder with jiggery, 2-3 times a day for seven days.

FEVER:-

Swallow 2gm celery seeds with cold water every morning. It cures fever and cold.

BOILS:-

To burst the boils, mix celery seeds with jaggery and cook in mustard oil. Apply this on the boils.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  1. Celery causes burning sensation in the chest. It is also uterine stimulant. Hence pregnant women must consume it.
  2. Patient of hysteria should not consume it.

Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

INTRODUCTION

Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari) is found all over India. Generally, it is grown in pots in houses.

APPEARANCE

The plant does not contain a stem. Thick, muscular leaves grow directly from root from all sides. Leaves are 2-4 ft long and 3 inch wide. The margins have small thorns which gives it a look of a chisel. From the center of the leaves grows a long flower pod in which grow red flowers. Plant bears flowers in winter season.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

Its extract contains glucosides. The main component alone is light yellow coloured glucoside, called barbiloine. In addition, it contains a resin and fragrant oil.

PROPERTIES

It is heavy in digestion, unctuous, sticky, pungent, cooling and bitter. It is dry, sour and warm. It is purgative, and beneficial for eyes, is a rejuvenator, and sweet. Its promotes physical strength, improves potency and cures vata, poisonous flatulence, liver disorders, spleen disorders, semen production, cough, fever and cyst. It is beneficial in curing burns. It cures pitta, blood disorders and skin disorders.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

Headache:-

Take pulp of Indian aloe and add little amount of powder of darubaldi on it. Heat the pulp slightly and apply on the painful area. It cures vata and kapha related headache.

Alopecia

Take the pulp of Red Indian aloe (plant which bears orange or red coloured flowers). Dilute it in spirit and apply the paste on hair. It turns the hair black. When applied on bald head, it promotes hair growth.

Eye Disorders

  1. Apply the pulp of Indian aloe on eyes. It cures the redness of eyes and reduces the heat of eyes. It is also beneficial in viral conjunctivitis.
  2. Take its 2 gm pulp and add 380 mg poppy in it. Tie this mixture in a piece of clout. Dip this cloth in water and apply the cloth on the eyes. Aloe put 2-3 drops of this mixture in the eyes. It cures pain in eyes.
  3. Mix a little amount of turmeric in its pulp and warm it slightly. Tie this mixture on the eyes. It cures pain in eyes.

Otalgia:-

In case of pain in one ear, put 3 drops of warm juice of Indian aloe in the opposite ear. It cures the ear pain.

Ear Worms:-

In case of worms in ears due to excessive heart, grind Indian aloe in water and put 3 drops each in the ears. It kills the worms in ears.

Bronchitis:-

Prepare ash (bhasma) of its pulp and saindhava and evening to the patient. It cures bronchitis and severe bronchitis and also cure bronchitis due to kaphaja.

Flatulence:-

Take 5 gm of its pulp, 7 gm cow ghee, 2 gm Haritaki powder and 2 gm rock salt. Mix them all and give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures flatulence.

Gastric Tumor:-

Tie its pulp on the stomach. It dissolves the stomach tumour. It softens the hard cures

Stomach Pain:-

Grind 15-20 gm of Indian aloe root and then boil it. Strain the solution, sprinkle a little amount of roasted asfoetida on it and give this to the patient. It cures stomach pain.

Bleeding Piles:-

Mix 60 gm pulp of Indian aloe with 3 gm grinded geru. Prepare its cake. Place it on a piece of cotton and them place the cotton on the anus region and then tie it with cloth. It cures the pain and burning sensation in the boils. The boils shrink and get cured. This treatment is useful in bleeding piles also.

Jaundice:-

  1. Give 20-30 ml juice of Indian aloe,3-5 times a day. It cures disorders of pitta. It cures yellowness of eyes and also cures constipation. Its juice can be given to the patient as nasya to inhale through nose and cures nasal disorders.
  2. Give 4-7 gm of its juice with butter milk. It cures spleen and liver enlargement, flatulence pain and also cures any disorders of digestive system. Take off the pulp from its leaves and fill the peel of leaves in an earthen pot and add a little amount of salt in it. Close the mouth of the pot and cook it on fire. When the internal material burns completely and turns black, grind it into a fine powder and store it in a bottle. This powder is used as medicine.