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.

Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Linseed, Alasi, Flex Seed

INTRODUCTION

All over India Linseed (Alasi, Flex Seed) is grown along with Rabi crop. It is also grown in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 6000 ft. The linseed color and size vary from place to place. White, yellowish- red and slightly brown are the various colours 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.

APPEARANCE

This annual plant is 3-5 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. The fruits are nipple shaped with five chambers. Each chamber has two shining flat dark brown seeds.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The seeds contain a stable oil which constitutes mainly glycerides and fatty acids of linolic, and linolenic acids. Seeds also contain a poisonous glucoside, which is why when animals consume linseed, they die. In addition, the seeds also include proteins, mucilages, and wax like chemicals, a sticky substance, phosphates and sugars. Its ash contains sodium, potassium.

PROPERTIES

The seed 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 & BENEFITS

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 castor oil in equal quantities. Mix the two oils in a copper vessel.Using a copper rod apply the mixture in both the eyes.

CONJUNCTIVITIS:-

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

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, ASTHMA:-

  1. Soak 5 gm linseed in 60 gm water for 14 hrs and them give this water to the patient to drink soak the seeds in the morning and drink in the evening. Similarly, soak in the evening to drink in the morning. This treatment enhances physical energy when given to the patient. Be careful about following the recommended diet and anything to be avoided.
  2. Take 5 gm linseed powder and boil it in water. Mix 30 gm sugar candy and give the patient. During winters, instead of sugar mix honey. Give this solution to the patient every morning and evening. It helps cure breathing problem.
  3. Take 4 gm linseed and grind them coarse. Soak the ground mixture in 280 gm boiled water and cover it for an hour. After an hour, strain the solution, add sugar and give it to the patient. It helps in softening dry cough and relies the patient. It also purifies urine.
  4. Grind 28 gm linseed and then soak the powder in cold water overnight. Next day morning, strain the solution, heat it till lukewarm, add lemon juice to it and give to the patient. It is beneficial for patients of tuberculosis.
  5. Clean the linseed seeds and then roast on a hot plate at low heat. When it starts smelling of the roasted linseed, add equal amount of sugar to it. In case of cold, give 7 gm of this mixture with hot water, twice a day. It gives great relief and also eradicates any breathing problems.

VATA-KAPHA DISORDERS:-

Take 60 gm of roasted linseed seed powder, 60 gm sugar and 14 gm chili powder. Mix them with honey and prepare tablets of 5-8 gm each. These tablets must be taken min the morning (4 gm tablet for children and 7gm tablet for adults). It cures all kapha related disorders. Do not drink water till 6 hour after taking the tablets.

URINARY PROBLEM:-

  1. Take 50 gm linseed and 6 gm. liquorice. Grind them coarse. Mix the two with 370 gm water in an earthen pot and cook it on low heat. When 60 gm of water is left, strain the solution and mix 4 gm kalami shored in it. Give 30 gm. of this solution to the patient at an interval of 3 hours. This helps in curing urinary disor- der. This mixture can be prepared in large quantities and can be used for 12- 16 days.
  2. Take equal quantities of linseed and mulethi and grind them. Take 50- 60 gm of grinded powder in an earthen pot and add 2 kg boiled water to it. Cover the pot for an hour and then strain the watern and add 25- 35 gm kalami shora in it. Store the mixture in a bottle. Give 26 -20ml of this mixture to the patient at an interval of 4 hours. Within 24 hours, the treatment brings relief from various urinary disorders like burning sensation, inconsistent urine flow, blood in urine, formation of pus.