Vasaka (Malabar Nut, Adhatoda Vasica) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Adhatoda Vasica, Malabar Nut, Vasaka, Vasa

INTRODUCTION

In India, Malabar nut (Adhatoda Vasica, Vasaka) plants are found at heights of 1300 to 4000 ft. They grow wild in stony and rocky soil along with other bushes.

APPEARANCE

Its stem is very small and the plant stares growing and spreading just above the ground. Leaves are 3-9 inch long, hariry with edges curling towards each other, pointed at the ends. Flowers are white in cool and blossom in February- march in 4-6 inch long clusters.

PROPERTIES

Malabar nut creates vata. It is very beneficial for voice and cures heart, palpitations, kapha, pitta, blood disorders, thirst, bronchial asthma, cough, fever, vomiting, urinary diseases, dermatoses and tuberculosis. It is effective on respiratory system. It dilutes the phlegm and helps in its release from the body. It also helps the functioning of respiratory passages. It inflates the air passages which helps the asthmatic patient to breath air easily and relieves gasping. It also controls haemoptysis. It cures bronchitis, is beneficial for throat and cures bronchial asthma.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

HEADACHE:-

Dry flowers of Malabar nut in shade and then grind them into fine powder. Take 5gm of this powder, mix jiggery and prepare 2doses. As soon as the headache begins, give 1 dose to the patient. It gives immediate relief.

HEAD RELATED DISORDERS:-

  1. Grind its 10gm root in 100gm milk and then strain the milk. Add 20gm sugar candy in it along with powder of 1o black peppers. Give this to the patient. It cures eye disorders, pain in eyes, hiccoughs, and cough etc disorders.
  2. Prepare tea of its shade dried leaves and give this to the patient. It cures headache and any other related disorders. For taste, add a little amount of salt in this tea.

EYE DISORDERS:-

Heat 1-3 flowers and then tie them on the eyes. It cures inflammation of the retina of eyes.

COUGH:-

  1. Give 6.5 gm juice of is fresh leaves with honey to the patient. It is beneficial in old cough, bronchial asthma and tuberculosis.
  2. Give 5-10gm decoction of Malabar nut, muunakka and sugar candy, 2-3 times a day. It cures old cough.

SELF-TESTED USE BY OF SWAMI RAMDEV JI:-

Give 1 teaspoonful juice of its leaves with 1 teaspoonful ginger juice and 1 teaspoonful honey. It cures all types of cough.

TUBERCULOSIS: –

Give 30-40 gm decoction of its leaves with 2 gm powder of pippali mixed in it. It cures severe bronchitis, bronchial asthma and tuberculosis.

KIDNEY PAIN: –

Heat its leaves along with leaves of neem and apply them near the belly button area. Also give 6 gm juice of Malabar nut leaves with 6 gm of honey mixed in it. It gives relief from intense pain in kidneys.

DIARRHOEA:-

Give 20-30 gm juice of its leaves, 4-6 times a day. It is beneficial in bleeding diarrhea.

REGULARISATION OF MENSTRUAL CYCLE: –

Its leaves control menstrual cycle. Take 20 gm of its leaves and 7 gm each of seeds of carrot and radish. Cook them all in ½ kg water till water is reduced to ¼. Give this decoction to the patient to drink. Continue this treatment for a few days.

URINARY PROBLEMS:-

Take equal amounts of seeds of melon and leaves of Malabar nut. Grind them well and give this to the patient to drink. It causes effortless urination.

BURNING SENSATION DURING URINATION: –

Flowers of Malabar nut eradicate tuberculosis and burning sensation. It also reduces the heat of blood.Soak 8-11 flowers in a glass of water over night and next day morning crush the flowers, strain the solution and give this to the patient. It cures burning sensation during urination and also cures the redness.

SPERMATORRHOEA:-

Grind its dried flowers and sieve and give this to the patient along with sugar syrup and cucumber. It cures spermatorrhoea.

ASCITES: –

In cases of ascites and when the whole body turns white, give 15-25 gm juice if its leaves, 3-6 times a day. Increases the urination and then cures the disorder.

LEUCORRHOEA:-

Take juice of 15 gm of Malabar nut leaves with 2 teaspoonful honey, every morning and evening. It cures leucorrhoea.

JAUNDICE:-

Give 15 ml juice of its whole plant with equal amounts of honey and sugar candy mixed in it. Give this to the patient, it cures jaundice completely.

PILES:-

Take equal quantities of its leaves and white sandalwood. Grind them together to form, a fine powder. Give 4 gm of this powder to the patient, every morning and evening. It is very beneficial in case of bleeding piles and also controls bleeding from the boils. In case of swelling in piles, take steam of its decoction.

FEVER:-

Take equal quantities of leaves of Malabar nut and Indian gooseberry. Grind them solid and soak them in an earthen vessel in the evening. Next day morning, grind the solution and extract the juice. Mix 15 gm sugar candy in this juice and give this to the patient.

Cinnamon (Dalchini) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Cinnamon, Dalchini

INTRODUCTION

Cinnamon (Dalchini) is found in Himalayan region, Ceylon and Malaya. Based on the countries of origin, it is categorized into three forms:-

  1. Cinnamomum cassia: It comes from China and its bark is thick.
  2. Cinnamomum spp.:- It is imported in India from Sri Lanka. It is thinner than that found in China, sweeter and less bitter. For medicinal purposes, cinnamon from Sinhal Island is the best.
  3. Cinnamomum tamala: – It is thick, less bitter and when grinded with water, it becomes sticky. Its leaves are known as tejpat. This variety found in India and China is called Taj. Taj does not have oil and only the bark is used. Cinnamon is used as a common spice in cooking.

APPEARANCE

Cinnamon (Dalchini) ever green tree is 15-20 ft fall. Its leaves are frontal, leathery, 3-5inch long and upper part is shiny with 2-4 veins. When crushed, leaves release a pungent odour. The taste of leaves is bitter. Flowers are long, and grow in bunches. They also have a pungent smell. The fruits are 1\2 to 1 inch long, oval, dark purple and bell shaped.

PROPERTIES

Cinnamon (Dalchini) promotes digestion, cure gastric problems, and improve liver function. It is pitta shamak, analgesic and purifies mouth. It cures foul smell of the mouth and sore throat. It also strengthens heart.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

TOOTH PAIN:-

  1. Soak a piece of cotton in cinnamon oil and apply on the aching tooth.
  2. Use its 5-6 leaves to brush the teeth. It cleans the teeth and the teeth become shiny, white.

INFLUENZA:-

Take 2 ½ gm. cinnamon, 500mg cloves, and 1gm ginger root. Boil them in 1/2 liter water till water is reduced to 200ml. Strain the solution. Give 40ml of this solution thrice a day. It cures influenza fever.

DEAFNESS: –

Put 2drops of cinnamon oil in ears. It cures the deafness.

EYES: –

Apply the cinnamon oil on eyes. It cures the flickering of eyes and also improves eyesight.

COUGH, CHRONIC RHINITIS:-

Give ¼ teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1 teaspoonful slightly warm honey three times a day. It cures cough.

HEADACHE:-

  1. Apply paste of 7-9 leaves of cinnamon on forehead. It gives relief in headache due to excessive cold or heat. After the patient gets the relief, wash off the paste.
  2. Apply cinnamon oil on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.
  3. Prepare paste of cinnamon and apply on forehead, or take the juice of cinnamon and apply on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.

HICCOUGHS:-

Give 5-15gm decoction with 150gm mastagi. It cures hiccoughs due to cough.

TUBERCULOSIS: –

Give very little quantity of cinnamon oil. It kills the warms.

OSTEOARTHRITIS:-

Take 5-10 gm. cinnamon powder and 10-20gm honey and form a paste. Use this paste to massage. Along with the massage, give 1 cup warm water with tablespoonful honey and 1 gm cinnamon powder mixed in it, thrice a day to the patient.

BLEEDING:-

  1. Decoction of cinnamon stop bleeding. Therefore, in case where there is bleeding in lungs, uterus or any other type of blood loss, give 5-10gm decoction very morning, afternoon, and evening.
  2. In case of blood loss from any part of body, give 1 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1cup water, 2-3 times a day.

CHOLESTEROL:-

Give 1gm teaspoonful honey and 2 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with ½ cup water, thrice a day. It reduces the cholesterol level.

STOMACH DISORDERS:-

  1. Give 4gm cinnamon powder in 1 teaspoonful honey, thrice a day. It cures stomach problems, diarrhea, indigestion, loose motion and swelling of the stomach caused by indigestion or accumulation of wind.
  2. Mix 650mg cinnamon powder and 650 mg catechu powder. Give this to the patient to be taken orally with water. Repeat this 1-2 times a day. It cures diarrhea.
  3. Massage the cinnamon oil on stomach. It cures the intestinal spasm.
  4. Prepare paste of 2gm cinnamon and 8gm catechu. ADD 150gm boiled water in it and keep it covered for at least 1hour. Strain the solution after 1hour and give half portion of it to the patient twice. It cures loose motion.
  5. Give 5-10 gm decoction of cinnamon and clove. It stops vomits.
  6. Give bael fruit juice with 3-6 gm cinnamon powder sprinkled in it, every morning and evening. It cures diarrhea.
  7. In case of vomiting , give 15-20 gm decoction of cinnamon.
  8. Incase of stomach pain and vomiting, give 6-10 ml oil with 16 gm sugar candy to the patient.

FEVER:-

In case of communicable fever, give 2 teaspoonful honey with 6 gm. cinnamon powder, every morning afternoon and evening.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

Excessive intake may cause headache in people with warm nature. Cinnamon should not be given to pregnant ladies as it aborts the foetus. It placed in vagina, it may cause abortion.