Plant Properties (Part 3 of 4 )
Ayurveda / / August 12, 2017
Isabgol . This Indian form of psyllium (flea plantain).Used only seed husks - soak it in water, whey or non-fat curdled 15-20 minutes and then is taken orally as a remedy for diarrhea and dysentery.For the treatment of constipation soaked in milk.Psyllium inhibits proliferation of pathogens in the gut, and its mucosal adhesive material absorbs bacteria and toxins.With soothing effect, it strengthens and soothes the mucous membranes and thus helps in colitis.However, due to the severity of psyllium overdose leads to a weakening of the digestive fire, which may increase kapha and ama.To prevent such consequences psyllium should be taken with medicinal wine.
Karpura (camphor, Cinnamonnum camphora). Camphor can also be obtained from certain types of basil (eg basil) and sage, but it remains the traditional source is large, slender evergreen tree.Camphor - an important element of the ritual of worship: the gods like her smoke and fire, and evil spirits - not.It is added to the grinding, medicinal oils a
Katphala (Myrick, Myrica nagi). bark of this plant reduces vata and kapha and pitta may increase, even though the strong astringent action.Myrick clears the respiratory and digestive tract, and the nervous system.Usually it is used as a nasal cleaner for fainting, head colds and headaches, for which the powder is drawn in through the nose.The bark can be smoked or to rinse her mouth with dental pain and ulcers in the mouth.Poultices of katphaly disinfect and heal wounds, especially in the mucous membranes;imposed on the pubis relieve pain during menstruation.Ingestion of honey and fresh ginger juice tones the vocal cords, and in broth with ginger and cinnamon helps with asthma, cough, chronic bronchitis, diarrhea and dysentery.
Kirata-tikta, bhunimba (Swertia chirata). Kirata-tikta - a bitter substance that stimulates bile for - once applied to India by European doctors as a substitute for gentian.In Ayurveda it is used mainly to control Pitta, especially in the "Mahasudarshana Churna" - bitter powder appointed during prolonged fever, such as malaria, as well as allergies.
Kutadzh (Holarrhena antidysenterica). The seeds of this plant, called indrayava are sharp and bitter taste, hot, light and have a tonic effect.They soothe all three doshas, clean biliary and urinary tract, strengthen the lungs, help with diarrhea, dysentery (especially children), fever, bleeding hemorrhoids, with gas and colic, as well as increase libido.The bark of the plant has a pungent and astringent taste, it is dry and cool, helps with diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, bleeding and skin diseases.Kutadzh destroys Entamoeba histolytica - amoeba, which is to blame in most cases of amoebic dysentery.According to some reports, kutadzh also effective against other parasites intracolonic.
Khadira (Acacia catechu). This is another kind of a dozen species of acacia growing in India.Bark extract is added to paan - digestive stimulant (see Nagavalli.), Received this afternoon.Main areas of application: skin diseases and as a major ingredient "Khadiradi Vati" - tablets from hoarseness and other throat disorders.Shows some contraceptive properties.
Madhuvinashini ( «killer sweets») (Gymnema sylvestre). Sushruta calls the plant "killer diabetes" for its ability to help in this disease.After this chewing "killer" language ceases to feel and sweet taste less bitter, about a half hour or more.Because the language does not feel the sweetness of food ingested, the body's reaction to it becomes moderate.Some people with diabetes using this plant allow themselves fearlessly eat sweets, even though it does not bring them satisfaction as feel the sweet taste of food, they still can not.
Mandukaparni (Vasora monnieri, or Herpestis monnieri) (in northern and western India, and in Kerala, this plant is called bra-E). bitter, harsh and hot, this herb soothes Pitta and Kapha, stimulates the heart and tones the nerves.It is used in the madness, epilepsy and mental weakness, because it contains the alkaloid strychnine related but less toxic, which can be used for a long time to stimulate the intellect and normalization of speech.
Musta (Cyperus rotundus, sometimes With . Scariosus). This plant reduces Pitta and Kapha, normalizes monthly.As mesyachnogonnoe it was used in ancient Rome.Musta helps to digest ama without excitement of pitta, especially in the form of a weak aqueous decoction, which give in the heat.It is also used as a medicinal wine for diarrhea, dysentery, indigestion, and hemorrhoids.In -molotom form shown some ability to reduce body fat levels.
Nagavalli (Piper betle). Betelevy sheet mentioned in «Mahavamsa» (Sri Lanka, 504 BC. E.) It is sharp and hot medium that makes freer flow bodily juices.Accordingly, the juice is indicated for coughs and other respiratory ailments.Chewing leaves betelevyh improves salivation, and pounded into a paste of the leaves made a poultice from cough, asthma, headaches, orchitis, mastitis and arthritis.Pasta also smeared chest for better separation of milk.
However, the main use of its betelevye leaves are in preparation paan - snacks from betelevyh leaves and areca palm nuts betelevyh (Areca catechu), slaked lime, khadiry (Acacia catechu) and other spices and herbs.Paan is prescribed in Ayurveda as a means of improving digestion and breathing oh brightening.To do this, he slowly chewed after meals.Because it promotes the flow of juice, it increases libido when taken with these exciting substances such as nutmeg, saffron and musk.Refreshments paan - an integral part of the tradition of hospitality, which demands to dispense with the guest like a god.Betelevye nuts and leaves - an important part of the ritual of sacrifice.
Chewing paan gives a feeling of well-being and light stimulation, mainly due to the presence of arecoline - an alkaloid, which is the main operating agent betelevyh nuts.Unleash alkaloids nuts helps lime (it also releases and other alkaloids, such as in tobacco, which is a common additive) and betelevye leaves due to the synergistic effect of increase tonic effect.Infrequent use of paan improves physical and mental performance, but it destroys the habit of teeth and gums, causing indigestion and neuroses, hinders the process of thinking and threatens to oral cancer.Although intoxication caused by paan, much weaker alcoholic, addicted to it, like an addiction to tobacco, as it is difficult to be cured.Some Indians, mostly residents of the poor neighborhoods of workers chew paan almost continuously until awake and rich man, addicted to paan can chew per day about 200 pieces, which is approximately equal to twenty or more nuts.
Nimba (Azadirachta indica, or Melia azadirachta). All parts of the tree in English called him or neem, have a bitter taste and find application in medicine.Most often used the bark, leaves and pressed seed oil.Nimba reduces Pitta and Kapha and strengthens the immune system, but in excessive quantities can initiate VT.Nimba purifies the blood, and therefore it can be used for any disorder Pitta.It is very "cold" - so much so, that overdose can cause a real cold.This cold, coupled with a bitter taste strongly inhibits the sex drive.In medicine it is mainly used against fever, in violation of the liver (eg, hepatitis), ulcers (even gangrenous) and all kinds of skin diseases.Nimba is especially good for removing various types of pruritus.There is some evidence that it helps even in syphilis.Neem extract is an insecticide, which is able to penetrate into the plant tissue to which it is applied, and make the plants toxic to insects.Animals that eat it, too, seems to have become "toxic" for parasites such as worms, segmented worms and lice.
When the tree reaches a hundred years old, at a certain day, which can not be predicted, it starts to produce a special juice.This is his essence.It is able to treat many diseases.
pippali (long pepper, Piper longum). long dried hot pepper and hot to the taste, but its effect after digestion is sweet, it reduces vata and kapha.Green fruits increase Kapha.As oily, it does not dries up, as it does black pepper (P. Nigrum), and rejuvenates and gives strength.It is used mainly by coughing and asthma, low sex drive, as well as in combination with other agents, for the weight gain.Typically used with milk, melted butter, sugar or honey to improve the nutrition of the body, and to inflame the digestive fire macerated in salt water.Charaka calls pippali best root stimulator of digestion, which also helps with flatulence.
Fruits pippali often take in gradually increasing doses, to accustom them to the body.For example, the first day is taken from three pippali paste on the second day - of six and every following day the number is increased by three digits until it reaches 30. Thereafter, for the next ten days is a reduction in the number of fruit per day in three.Thus, the total amount received for the entire course fruit is equal to 300. This reception method is used in the treatment of anemia, rheumatic disorders, cough, asthma, anorexia, ascites, hemorrhoids, tuberculosis, certain types of fever and other diseases of cotton and kapha.Pasta with fresh fruit infused pippali eight days in their own juice, then dried and taken during indigestion, respiratory disorders, diarrhea, enlargement of the liver and spleen.
Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa, or B. Repens). In English, this plant is sometimes called a "pig weed."It thrives during the rainy season, especially in pea fields.Punarnava has astringent, bitter, sweet and hot flavors balances Pitta and Kapha, without arousing with cotton, if taken in moderation.It is cooling, diuretic (perhaps because it contains abundant potassium nitrate), laxative, improves digestion and appetite.Well known for its ability to help with the swelling and edema.It is effective in many heart diseases, cough, asthma, intestinal colic, hemorrhoids, anemia, certain neurological disorders, urinary stones, alcoholism, rheumatism, tuberculosis, hepatitis, irritability, heat and poisoning.Ointment of punarnavy treat skin disorders and swelling.In Rajasthan treat jaundice healers as follows: connect the pieces punarnavy root garland and fumigate spices.Then garland ritual is brought coconut, and the healer makes seven marks on his hand, and then hang a garland on the patient, who then had to recover for seven days.
Pushkaramula (nard, Inula racemosa). Elecampane is well known and the Indian, and European herbalists.It reduces kapha and vata, pitta increases, and most importantly their action has on the chest klegku.It removes kapha from the lungs and rejuvenates them, being the preferred remedy for exudative pleurisy.Also it tones the female organs and inhibits diabetes.Elecampane ointment applied topically to relieve muscle pain.
Raktachandana (Pterocarpus santalinus). called the "red sandalwood," because it has many of the qualities of the tree Santalum album (although it belongs to a completely different family).Raktachandana reduces Pitta and Kapha.Ointment soaked wood is applied to abscesses in the skin.
Rasaganda (myrrh, myrrh, Commiphora myrrah). myrrh - a relative of guggul, and like him he balances all three doshas, but taken in excess - ons pitta.As guggul, it can be used in the treatment of obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions associated accumulation ama in joints and muscles.However, its main feature is the rejuvenation of the female genital tract.Myrrh - good astringent mouthwash, dentifrice and to improve sputum.