Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Tamarind, Tamarindus indica

INTRODUCTION

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) trees are quite tall and are quite popular. These are dense and proving shade, that’s why these are grown along the roadsides. Tamarind is quite a common tree.

PROPERTIES

Unripe tamarind it is bitter and heavy and cures gas formation it cures pitta cough and blood disorders.

RIPE TAMARIND

Promotes digestive functions it is dry and purgative it is hot and cures kapha and vata.

SEEDS

Cure urinary disorders have binding properties enhance and maintain potency.

MEDICINAL USAGE AND BENEFITS

STOMATITIS:-

Gargle with tamarind water, cures mouth problems due to pita.

HEADACHE:-

Soak 5gm tamarind in a glass of water. Crush it and stain the solution. Mix sugar in it and give this to the patient. It cures headache due to pitta.

STYE:-

In case of boil or acne on eye lips, rub the tamarind seed with water and apply the paste on the boil.

EYE SWELLING:-

Tie the poultice of tamarind flowers on eye. It cures the swelling.

THROAT INFLAMMATION:-

Boil 8 gm. tamarind in 4 liter water till water is reduced to half. Mix 13 ml rose water in the remaining solution. Strain the solution and use this to gargle. It cures swelling in the throat.

DIARRHEA:-

  1. Boil 12-15 gm. tamarind leaves in 500 ml water till water is reduced to ¼. Give this decoction to the patient. It cures diarrhea.
  2. Give 5-8 ml slightly warm juice of tamarind leaves to the patient.
  3. Grind 17 gm. peel of tamarind seeds, 7 gm. cumin seeds and palm jiggery. Give small amount of this powder to the patient to de taken orally. Give it 4- 6 times at an interval of 4-6 hours. It cures old diarrhea due to indigestion also.
  4. Give 4-6 gm. powder of tamarind seeds kernel, with water every morning and evening. It cures diarrhea and also diarrhea caused by indigestion.
  5. Take the bark of root of old tamarind tree and half the amount of black pepper. Mix the two in butter milk and prepare small tablets like the size of pea. Give 3-5 tablets thrice a day. It also cures diarrhea due to indigestion.

BLEEDING PILES: –

Give 11-20 gm. juice of its flowers thrice a day.

DYSENTERY:-

Give 10-20 gm. of its leaf juice after dipping a red hot iron rod 4-6 times a day. Continue this treatment for a few days.

STOMACH PAIN:-

Take its bark and rock salt in an earthen pot and burn them. Give 120mg of the white ash to the patient. It is very beneficial in curing stomach pain and indigestion.

DISINTEREST IN FOOD:-

Give water of ripe tamarind. It strengthens stomach, enhances appetite and cures all the wounds in intestines.

APPETIZER:-

Crush 20gm tamarind in 400ml water and then strain the solution. Add 40gm sugar candy, 30gm cinnamon, 3gm cloves, 3gm cardamom in the solution. Give less than 3ml of this solution to the patient. This is beneficial in curing weakness.

URINARY DISORDERS:-

Soak 120gm tamarind seeds in 200ml milk. After 2days, remove the peel and grind the solution. Give 5gm of this mixture every morning and evening with water or cow’s milk. It cures urinary disorders.

ECZEMA:-

Mix tamarind seeds in lemon juice and apply on the affected area.

BURN:-

Mix 1-2gm powder of its bark with sweet oil and apply it on burnt area.

HIGH GRADE FEVER:-

Soak 20gm tamarind in glass of water overnight. Next day, strain the solution and mix Isabgol powder in it. Give this to the patient. It controls pitta fever.

SUN STROKE:-

Grind the pulp of fruit in cold water and apply on the bald head. It cures the impact of heat stroke and faintness.

BOILS:-

Rinse the boils and wounds with decoction of its leaves.

SMALL POX:-

Prepare cold infusion with tamarind leaves and turmeric. It cures small pox.

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

INTRODUCTION

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) is grown all over India in beautiful gardens and its self grown trees are found in forests, in the Himalayan valleys and in lower hilly region. Based on the flower types its three main varieties are identified as purple rose: Bauhinia purpurea, white to purplish: bauhinia variegata and yellow flowered: Bauhinia tomentosa. Yellow flowered trees are large in size and grow in hilly areas and its flowers and leaves are larger than the other two varieties. For medicinal purposes generally the white to purplish: bauhinia variegata is used which is described here but in properties all three are the same. This is why if one variety is not available the other variety can be used. Bauhinia acuminata white flower is also used as an ornamental garden plant.

APPEARANCE

Trees are 15-20 ft. tall with soft branches which bend downwards bark is one inch thick rough brown and white in color. Leaves are alternate 2-6 inch long 3-7 inch wide bifurcated and rounded. Leaves are heart shaped the curve in front part is so deep that it gives the appearance as if two leaves are joined together. Flowers are big white purple or pink where the inside parts are yellowish in color. Fruits are to 1 inch long flat slippery strong and slightly curved. Leafless plant bears flowers in February – March and fruits in April –May.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

The bark contains tannin sugar and a brown colored sticky gum like liquid.

PROPERTIES

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) purifies and cleanses ulcers and wound it is a healer coagulant can cure sprue and irritable bowel syndrome. It purifies and checks the bleeding cures obesity. It is anti-dermatitis, cures urinary disorders bleeding diathesis gandmala and lymphatic inflammation.

FRUIT

Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) Fruit are light, dry and have binding properties and cure pitta, vaginal discharge, phthisis, tuberculosis, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. It cures disorders of blood.

MEDICINAL USAGE AND BENEFITS

MOUTH DISORDERS:-

Gargle with its bark’s decoction or cold or hot infusion, it cures all types of mouth disorders.

LOOSE MOTION:-

Give 2-5gm powder of its dried fruits with water 3-4 times a day. It controls loose motion.

SWELLING OF LIVER: –

Give 10-20gm decoction of bark of root of yellow bauhinia every morning and evening. It cures swelling of liver.

DYSURIA:-

Give 5-10gm powder of its dried fruits. It cures dysuria.

DIARRHOEA DUE TO INDIGESTION:-

  1. Give 5gm powder of dried leaves of yellow bauhinia followed by 2 teaspoonful of aniseed juice. It cures diarrhea due to indigestion.
  2. Take 10 gm of its flower {still buds} and boil them. Give this water twice a day to the patient.

INTESTINAL WORMS:-

Take 20 gm bark of yellow bauhinia and boil in 400 ml water till water is reduced to 1/4th. Give this decoction to the patient. It kills the worms in the intestines.

WORM INFECTED WOUNDS:-

Grind the seeds of yellow bauhinia in vinegar and apply the paste on the wounds. It kills the germs and worms in the wound and ulcers.

STOMATITIS:-

  1. Prepare decoction of its bark with flowers of pomegranate tree. Use this decoction to gargle. It cures the boils.
  2. Take 50 gm inner bark of the tree and boil in half liter water till water is reduced to half. Use this water to gargle. It helps cure boils, which couldn’t be cured with any other medication. It also cures boils of women suffering from purpureum period.

MULTINODULAR TUBERCULOSIS:-

  1. Take 10-20 gm bark and boil in 400ml water till water is reduced to 1/4th. Give this water to the patient. It cures multinodular tuberculosis.
  2. Add 1 gm dry ginger powder in 20 gm decoction of its bark. Give this water to the patient every morning and evening.
  3. Give 10-20 gm decoction of its bark or flowers with honey twice a day. It cures multinodular tuberculosis and also purifies blood.
  4. Mix 250 gm bark powder with 250 gm sugar. Give 5-10 gm of this mixture every morning and evening with milk or water.

DYSPEPSIA:-

Give decoction of 10-20 gm of its root every morning and evening it cures dyspepsia.

FLATULENCE:-

Give the decoction of its root with 3 gm. Ajwain powder. It cures the swelling of stomach due to indigestion.

CHRONIC CONSTIPATION:-

  1. Give 5-10 gm jam of its buds to the patient.
  2. Give 2-5 gm powder of its dried flowers with sugar. It loosens the motions.

BLEEDING PILES:

  1. Take 2-5 gm powder of its dried buds and mix equal amount of sugar candy in it. Give this to the patient with butter, 2-3 times a day. It cures bleeding piles.
  2. Boil the bark of jambol, soapnut tree and bauhinia and rinse the affected area with this water.
  3. Jam of bauhinia buds is also beneficial in curing bleeding piles.

DIARRHOEA :-

It buds are cool and have binding properties. Cook them and give to the patient. It helps cure diarrhea.