Sunday, August 17, 2008

Abroma Augusta, Ajwain, Almond, Ashoka, Arjuna, Aloes, Atees

ABROMA AUGUSTA

(Eng. Devil’s Cotton, Hin. Ulatkambal)

Abroma Augusta, Medicinally the bark and the root are used. It is an uterine stimulant, produces an even menstrual flow and decreases pain in menstruation, the condition known as dysmenorrheal.

The decoction, powdered root or distilled water of the same is effective in diseases women suffer from, especially in cases where women have pain before or during the menstrual period. A decoction of Abroma Augusta will bring about clear menses without any pain; not only that, the menstrual period will also be regulated.

Irregular Menstruation Treatment

Another way of taking Abroma Augusta is as follows: Take the fresh root, extract its juice or decoction of the dried bark, about ½ tola with the powder of five black pepper corns. This taken on empty stomach early in the morning during the period relieves menstrual troubles.

The dose of fresh root and bark is 30 to 40 rattis; 20-30 grains of dried root will be sufficient. The dosage of the juice of the root is 30-60 drops.

The Kavirajas of Bengal have been using this remedy with success in the disorders of genital organs, dysmenorrhoea, sterility, in fertility and other cases where menstrual irregularities are predominant.

The infusion of fresh leaves and stems in cold water is effective in cases of gonorrhoea. It has been found that its roots and bark can also be used for congestive and nervous dysmenorrhoea and other menstrual disorders. The liquid extract of abroma Agusta 1 to 2 drams on empty stomach 4 to 8 days prior to onset of menstrual period will bring on that painless menstrual flow.


Bishop's Weed, Ajwain Benefits

Ajawayan is a well – known home remedy and used in medicine with great faith by even learned physicians due to its valuable properties and the success it has achieved.

It is cultivated throughout world. It has aromatic oil. The seeds are a stimulant, useful in stomach disorders. Ajwain relieves gas and spasms and has an antiseptic effect in the intestinal canal.

The use of its seeds has been found effective in the treatment of gas, indigestion, colic and hysteria. The powder of the seeds is given with lukewarm water to relieve colic.A well-known formula in ayurveda contains Ajwain, rock salt, sanchal salt asafetida, harad and yavakshara. All these are taken together in equal quantities and the powder is given in doses of 12-24 grains with lukewarm water. It is the best carminative.

The distilled water prepared from the seeds is known as Ajwayana-ka-arka and given in dose of 1 oz. it is very effective in the preliminary stages of cholera when there is vomiting, and servesas a stimulant to the system of the patient, if needed.

Housewives use Ajawayan as a spice in cooking due to its specific property of relieving gas and improving3digestion. Seeds of Ajwain, black pepper and ginger, each ½ part and 1 part of cardamom should be well powdered andgiven in dose of 10-12 grains with water for relieving gas and colic.

The chief importance of Ajwain seed is for production of thymol which is an anthelmintic.

The ancient physicians used to give the leaves of the tender plant as a vermicide; The juice extracted from them may be given for the same purpose.

Omam seeds are used in poultices to relieve pain in the joints. There are several ayurvedic classical preparations which contain Ajwain. They increase appetite, improve digestion and tone up the muscles of the digestive tract.

For th nervous type of woman having occasional attacks of hysteria due to gas and improper digestion, the use of Ajwain seeds has been found highly effective.

According to one great authority, Ajwain seeds possess the stimulating capacity of mustard, the bitter property of chirayatta and the anti-spasmodic virtue of asafetida. Hence Ajwain should have a place in the kitchen of every home.

Those who complain of flatulence and gas can regularly take Ajwain along witdh their meals. It should not, however, be taken in excess.



Benefits of Almond Oil and Almonds

Almond is imported from Kandahar. There are two varieties, sweet and bitter. Only sweet almonds are to be used. Pure almond is nowadays very costly and adulteration is going on. The best almond is known as Mamara or Badam.

Almond is hot in action and unctuous. It allays Vayu and Pitta but has a tendency to produce Kapha. It increases body nutrient.

The sweet variety is used for medicinal purposes. A few pieces of almond are soaked in hot water overnight and in the morning, after removing the skin, they are to be masticated starting with a small dose of 4 to 6 and increasing to 10-15. It is very nutritious and removes mental debility at the same time increasing shukra (semen).

Soaked almonds given with Ashawgandha, pepper, milk, and sugar in the form of kanji proves beneficial to ladies suffering from backache and leucorrhoea.

10-12 drops of pure almond oil taken with milk is good for the brain. Syrup prepared from pure almond is also a good brain tonic.Pure almond taken with milk removes constipation also.

Pure cow’s ghee 5 parts, dry powdered almond 2.5 parts, sugar 5 parts, cardamom ¼ part and honey 2.5 parts along with kababchini ¼ part – all mixed in the form of leha or jelly and taken 2-4 tolas (1-2 ozs.) thickens the semen, increases the quantity of semen, and is highly beneficial for brain workers.

Almond oil has the same effect as codliver oil and s useful for persons suffering from consumption, phthisis etc.


Ashoka Tree Benefits, Natural Healing Herb

Our ancient poets have all paid glowing tributes to the beautiful flowers, fruits and trees of our country and have particularly sung in praise of the Ashoka Tree.

Even te great poet Kalidas has referred to it many times and we read of Ashoka Vatika in the Ramayana also. The word “Ashoka” itself means “devoid of sorrow”. In the season of Vasanta, the flowers of the tree offer a pleasing sight.

Ayurveda has made good use of the Ashoka tree. The bark of the tree is used for medicinal purposes. It is cooling, soothing, pungent and dry. It improves complexion, allays thirst and burning sensation, expels worms, and removes swelling and blood impurities.

It reduces pain and hence it has got an energizing effect also. It stops bleeding. This herb is chiefly used in the treatment of leucorrhoea, discharge of excessive blood and the diseases of the uterus.

The following are the simple home remedies deseribed in the ancient texts and used even today in the rural areas with great advantage.

Take the bark of Ashoka 2 tolas, milk ½ seers and water ½ seers; boil them together gently and when only milk is left, filter it. Given regularly it decreases leucorrhoea, and menstrual flow is maintained at the normal level.

The powder of the flowers taken with water is highly efficacious in diarrhea with blood discharge.

A famous remedy prepared from Ashoka is Ashokarishta, which is highly efficacious in diseases of women. It is a fine tonic. ½ oz taken with equal quantity of water for a long time after the principal meals will stop excessive bleeding, reduce leucorrhoea and relieve headache. Even a complete cure of leucorrhoea is achieved with the prolonged use of this medicine.

Arjuna - Benefits of Natural Healing Herbs

Found throughout the whole of world, this tree has been well known to our ancient sages who used it liberally for the purpose of medicine and it has been found highly efficacious for toning up the heart. Nowadays when heart troubles are on the increase, a thorough investigation and research work on an extensive scale on this drug may yield wonderful results to the benefit of suffering humanity.

Especially the bark is used in medicine. It is brownish in colour, the internal colour being reddish. It is light in weight.

It is cooling, soothing and a mild cardiac stimulant. It is astringent, removes swelling and heals up wounds.

Take 6-12 grams of the bark or arjuna tree, a cupful of water and a cupful of milk, boil the whole thing and reduce to milk only. Filter, add a little cardamom and sufficient sugar. We then obtain a highly effective medicine for weakness of the heart and palpitation. It regulates the pulse and decreases swelling. It increases blood and improves the blood picture.

According to some authorities, Arjuna is better avoided where there is hypertension but in the author’s humble opinion, it can be given in all conditions.

A most well-known medicine prepared from Arjuna is Arjuna rishta, which is a fine cardiac tonic, the dose being half an ounce with an equal quantity of water after the principal meals.

Preparations of Arjuna are generally more suitable for persons suffering from low blood pressure. Its decoction is also given.

The Ghee (Ghrita) prepared from Arjuna is also used in cardiac disorders.

Arjuna bark has astringent properties and when blood is passed in dysentery, it is given with goat’s milk.

The powder of Arjuna bark is soaked from seven consecutive days in the juice of Vasaka and it is given in the form of a jelly, mixed with honey and sugar and cow’s ghee to consumptive patients and it produces a fine tonic effect.

Aloes - Benefits of natural Healing Herb

There are different varieties but mainly the sweet and bitter are used. The variety which grows in the forests without the aid of any water is known as bitter, while in fields and gardens with abundant water supply, the sweet variety is cultivated.

It has leaves with thorny projections on both sides and a thick skin which is removed, and the pulp is taken for medicinal purposes.

This is an excellent remedy for children as far as liver complaints are concerned. It is a very fine stomach tonic in small doses, but in large doses it produces a laxative effects and sometimes vomiting also.

The pulp is excellent for application on burns. It has a cooling, soothing and healing effect. There is a rural practice to keep this hanging in the homes with the idea that it decreases the mosquito nuisance and is also easily available in an emergency.

A well – known home remedy is made as follows:

Take Kumari leaf, remove the thorns and cover and extract the pulp. Add a little turmeric powder and a little salt. It has a very good effect when there is any burning or feverish sensation, enlarged spleen, burning sensation in urine or dyspepsia and constipation.

The dose of Kumari is ½ to 1 oz. It increases red blood cells and hemoglobin. To be effective it should be taken on an empty stomach early in the morning and must be continued for many days. The above dose is a general one and it can be reduced or increased according to one’s constitution.

The extract is known as aloes and is used with Abhrak Bhasma and Loha Bhasma in diseases of women. It promotes regularity of menses. There are several preparations in3ayurveda for this purpose and it has been found that it regulates menstruation, bringing it on in sufficient quantity. However, it should be taken with care if conception is suspected.

The most well – known remedy prepared out of this is Kumari Asava. This is a liquid preparation given about ½ oz. in dose with an equal quantity of water after the principal meals. It slowly and gradually increases blood, improves the appetite, removes debility after jaundice, improves the complexion, removes constipation. Dyspepsia and brings a clear motion.

It is highly effective in the enlargement of the spleen and liver. However, this splendid effect is seen only in the preliminary stages, in very chronic cases a similar effect may not be possible.


Atees - Benefits of Natural Healing Herb

Ativisha is cultivated in the Hill region and the dry roots are used in medicine. The roots are bitter, astringent and act as a tonic. Ativisha decreases kapha and pitta, increases appetite, improves digestion and can be given in cases of diarrhea, worms, cough, cold etc.

It is an excellent remedy for children for most disorders like fever, cough, dyspepsia, vomiting, diarrhea and cold.

Take Atees, dried Aegle Marmelos, root of Pavonia odorate and Cyprus rotundus and long pepper. An ayurvedic doctor will guide you about these ingredients. These four combined are known as Balachatur bhadraka. 1-2 rattis (2-4 grains) of this powder mixed with honey is given to children in cough, cold, fever, warms, and vomiting. It is highly efficacious in the disorders of teething.

The good quality of Atees improves when used with Vayavidanga. It is a very good vermicide and used with kadu, it relieves constipation.

For malarial fever, a preparation consisting of Indian Atees, black pepper and the powder of Kankacha mixed together and powdered is given 6-12 rattis (12-24 grains) along with honey in the usual dose for fever. It does not have any bad side – effects.

This herb has been used in ayurvedic medical treatment from very ancient times, since Charaka and Sushruta and it is found very efficacious even today.

1 comment:

Kunal said...

Hi, You have mentioned in your blog saying that Ajwain should not be taken in excess. I want to know what does "excess" here mean? I take Ajwain seeds almost daily after my dinner.

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