Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Bakuchi, Psoralea corylifolia

INTRODUTION

Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) tiny plants grow naturally in the rainy season all over India. In many places they are also cultivated. Typically plants have a life of one year but with due care they can survive for 5-7 years. For medicinal purpose its seeds, and the oils extracted from the seeds are used. Plants bear flowers in winter and the flowers turn into fruits in summer.

APPEARANCE

The plants are 2- 7 ft. tall, straight and soft. The branches are relatively hard and have knots. The leaves are normal with a mid-vein and are 3-5 inch long and round. They are oily and have black spots on the upper and lower surfaces. The flowers are bluish which grow from a light purple joint of the leaf and the main stem.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The seeds have a volatile oil, a resin, a stable oil and two crystalline chemicals known as psoralen. The peel of fruit contains psoralidin chemical. Its anti-dermatoses and anthelmintic properties are due to these two chemicals only.

PROPERTIES

It is sweet, bitter and pungent when cooked. It is a purgative, cool, tasty and dry in nature. It is beneficial for curing heart related problems and cough, bleeding diathesis, bronchial asthma, dermatoses, urinary disorders, fever and is anthelmintic. Fruits enhance pitta and are beneficial for hair and skin.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

TOOTH INFECTION:-

Grind its root to form a paste and add a little amount of roasted alum in it. Use the mixture to brush the teeth every morning and evening. It cures any infection in the teeth.

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA:-

Take ½ gm. seed powder with ginger juice, 4-7 times a day. It gives relief from cough. The phlegm loosens and is easily released.

DIARRHOEA:-

Cook and eat the leaves, every morning and evening regularly for a few weeks.

JAUNDICE:-

Take 20 ml juice of spreading hogweed, ½ gm psoralea seeds powder and mix them well. Give this mixture to the patient every morning and evening.

PILES:-

Take 3 gm harad, 3 gm ginger root and 1 gm psoralea seeds. Grind them all. Give ½ teaspoonful of this mixture with jiggery every morning and evening.

STERILITY, INFERTILITY:-

After the menstrual cycle is complete, grind the seeds in oil and apply in the vagina. It reduces the potential for conceiving.

DERMATOSES:

  1. Take 5 parts of psoralea seeds, 1 part arsenic sulphide. Grind them all in cow urine and apply the paste on the white patches. It cures white patches.
  2. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds and ringworm plant, and grind them in vinegar. Apply this paste on white patches.
  3. Grind equal quantities of psoralea seeds, sulphur, and gudmar. Soak 13 gm of this powder in water overnight . Next day morning, strain the solution and give to the patient. Apply the sediment part on white patches. It cures leucoderma.
  4. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds oil, 2 parts turak oil and 1 part sandalwood mix them and apply. It cures skin problems and leucoderma.
  5. Take 1gm psoralea seeds powder and 100 ml decoction of Indian gooseberry or kbair. Give these together to the patient it cures vitiligo.
  6. Soak psoralea seeds in curd for 3 days and then let it dry. Extract its oil and store in a bottle mix nausadar in it and apply on patches.
  7. Take equal quantities of psoralea of psoralea seeds, kalaunji and poppy seeds and grind them with madar leaf extract apply this paste on white patches
  8. Take equal quantities of amounts of psoralea seeds, tamarind, borax and anjeer roots. Grind them with water and apply the paste on white patehes it cures vitiligo.
  9. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, ringworm plant, and geru. Grind them and kbaral with ginger juice. Apply it on white patches and let dry in the sun it cures leucoderma.
  10. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, geru and gandhak. Grind them and kharal with ginger juice. Prepare tablets of 15 gm each. Soak 2 tablet in 35 ml water at night. Next day, give this solution to the patient, followed by fresh water.
  11. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, celery seeds, ringworm plant seeds, and lotus stem. Grind them and mix with honey. Prepare small tablets. Give 2 tablet in the morning with decoction of anjeer root.
  12. Take 2 gm pure psoralea seeds, 3 gm sesame seeds, and 3 teaspoonful honeys. Give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures vitiligo (white patches).
  13. Take 150 gm psoralea seeds, 30 gm geru and 60 gm ringworm plant seeds. Grind them all and sieve through a soft cloth. Store the powder in a cloth and dry over the fumes of extract of trailing eclipta alba. Store this powder and every morning and evening take little amount with cow urine and apply.
  14. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds, 1 part each of neela thotha and borax. Grind them and sieve through fine cloth. Mix it with trailing eclipta juice and keep it for a week. Mix lemon juice in it and apply. It cures white patches. This treatment is quite bitter for skin. In case of acne or boils, stop this treatment.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) plants are found all over India. It has two varieties shatavari (small flower) asparagus racehorses and mahashatavari asparagus sarmentosus, for is described here as it has more medicinal value.

APPEARANCE

It has thorny, bushy and climbing vine. Thorns are1/4 to ½ inch long or slighty curved. The leaves are in groups of 3-7, in the shape of sickle and bent downwards. The flower bunches are 2-3 inch long, single or in bunches with single or branched stem.

PROPERTIES

Regarding its properties, ayurveda practitioners and experts have different opinions, which are listed below:

  1. According to bhaea prakash it is heavy, cool and bitter and nutritive. It enhances intelligence, promotes digestion, pacifies vata and pitta disorders and cures reduced semen production.
  2. According to acharya sushrat asparagus is beneficial in dryness and promotes physical strength. It beneficial in dryness and promotes physical strength. It purifies semen, enhances intelligence, and promotes digestive fire.
  3. According to dhanvantari nighantu, shatavari can cure even a very weak person. It promotes physical strength in the patient and enables the patient to fight the diseases. In enhances the immune system. It suppresses vata pitta, produces semen, is cool, and sweet.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

SLEEPLESSNESS:-

Prepare its kheer and add ghee in it. Give this to the patient.

NIGHT BLINDNESS:-

Cook its leaves in ghee and give this to the patient. It cures night blindness.

HEADACHE:-

Extract juice from its fresh root and mix equal amount of sesame oil in it and boil the solution. Massage the head with this oil. It cures headache and migraine.

HOARSNESS OF VOICE:-

Give asparagus, bala and sugar mixed with honey to the patient it cures hoarseness of voice.

COUGH:-

Mix 1 mix peepal powder in asparagus decoction and give this to the patient thrice a day.

DRY COUGH:-

Boil 10gm asparagus, 10gm leaves of adusa and 10gm sugar in 150ml water give this to the patient thrice a day in cures dry cough.

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA, FAINTNESS:-

Take 1 part of its paste, 1 part gbee, and 4 parts milk.boil them together to form gbee. Give this to the patient as much as required it cures acidity, excessive bleeding vata and pitta disorders, bronchial asthma and unconsciousness.

IMPROVES LACTATION:-

Give its 20 gm powder with milk to the lactating mother. It increases the amount of milk production or grind it with cow milk and give this to the lactating woman. It makes the milk tasty, sweet and nutritive.

DIARRHEA WITH BLEEDING:-

Grind wet asparagus with milk. Strain the milk and give this to the patient 4-6 times a day.

POTENCY:-

Cook it and eat or cook its powder in milk and eat. It enhances the potency.

TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL VIGOUR:-

Split the wet asparagus and take out the straw inside.

URINARY DISORDERS: –

Prepare squash of asparagus and gokhru and give this to the patient. It cures all types of urinary disorders.

WEAKNESS:-

Give asparagus ghee to the patient. It cures the weakness of body.

SEMEN FORMATION: –

Give 6-12 gm asparagus ghee to the patient, regularly. It enhances semen production.

DYSURIA:-

  1. Mix honey and sugar in decoction of its root and give this to the patient. It cures dysuria.
  2. Take 30 gm whole plant of gokhru and equal amount of asparagus and boil them ½ liter water. Strain the solution and add 15 gm sugar candy and 3 teaspoonful honey in it. Give this to the patient in little amounts. It cures the burning sensation during urination and clears obstruction in urination. Or give milk decoction of gokhru and asparagus every morning and evening to the patient. It cures dysuria.

CALCULUS:-

Mix 30 gm of its juice in equivalent amount of cow milk and give this to the patient. It cures even old stones in body.

URINARY DISORDERS:-

Mix 30 gm of its juice in 90 ml milk and give this to the patient. It cures burning sensation completely.