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Note: Siddha treatment is based on complete physical examination of the patient, Naadi diagnosis, and other diagnostic criteria of the disease. The content given in this article is purely meant for information and education purpose only. Kindly consult a Siddha physician before any sort of self medication.
Botanical name: Acacia Concinna
Shikakai is a commonly used herb that has many remedial qualities. It is popularly referred as "fruit for the hair" as it has a naturally mild pH, that gently cleans the hair without stripping it of natural oils. Shikakai is used to control dandruff, promoting hair growth and strengthening hair roots. Shikakai naturally removes the dirt and excess oil accumulated on the scalp.
* Shikakai promotes hair in several ways:
* Provides new life to hair strands
* Strengthens hair roots
* Increases bounciness and silkiness of hair
* Promotes hair growth.
* It is also used to combat dandruff and lice.
The powder or the extract from the bark, leaves or pods is used as a hair cleansing agent. It is very effective in removing oil and dirt from hair. The normal practice is to apply oil to hair and scalp and allow it soak for some time. This will keep the body cool, reducing body heat and also prevent the scalp from getting dry. The powdered Shikakai is used as a shampoo to wash off the oil.
Since Shikakai is naturally low in pH, therefore it is extremely mild, and does not strip hair of its natural oils. Usually no rinse or conditioner is used since Shikakai also helps in the disentangling of the hair
Actually the bark of Shikakai is high on saponins - chemical compound; these act as foaming agents. Therefore Shikakai is such a good cleaning agent and hence has been traditionally used as a detergent
Take a small portion of the powder in a bowl and add water. Stir gently until you get a paste. Apply on your hair instead of a shampoo and rinse well using water
Optional ingredients such as rose petal powder and hibiscus flower petal powder can be added for a pleasing fragrance and lustrous shiny hair
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English: Asthma herb, Snake weed, Asthma Weed, Sneeze Weed
Hindi: Dudhi, Duddhi, Lal-dudhi, Bara Dudhi, Mothi Dudhi
Kannada: Kempuneneyakk, Achchedida, Akkigida
Malayalam: Kuzhinagappala,Nilappaala, Nilappala
Manipuri: Pakhamba Maton
Sanskrit: Nagari, Dugdhika, Nagarjun, Ksira
Tamil: Amman Pacharisi
Euphorbia hirta, or asthma weed, has been used medicinally in various cultures for centuries. The entire plant can be used as a natural medicine whether it is collected during its dried, fruiting, or blooming stage. Each part of the plant is effective for treating different ailments.
Siddha Medicinal Uses:
For Leucorrhoea, in woman the paste or powder of the leaves is given along with butter milk. The leaves acts as a Laxative and Coolant. Paste of the leaves or Powder is applied externally to cure swellings and ulcers.
It help the body to expel worms and other parasites. Applying crushed leaves to a wound can stop bleeding, and it contains anti-inflammatory agents that speed the healing of pimples, wounds, and boils.
Ayurvedic medical practitioners in India use euphorbia hirta to treat bronchial conditions. An extract of this medicinal plant can ease the symptoms of colds, asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections and venereal diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea.
This herb is an effective home remedy for male sexual disorders. The plant can also help prevent premature and involuntary ejaculation in males.
Euphorbia hirta promotes the healing of various female disorders. A decoction of the root is given to increase lactation in nursing mothers who aren’t producing enough milk, but it should never be administered to pregnant women. Different parts of the plant can induce miscarriage.
Euphorbia hirta contains antiviral and antibacterial properties which make it effective in treating a wide variety of diseases. It can reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and is commonly used to treat dysentery.
A decoction made from the root can be used as a gargle to treat mouth ulcers and thrush. Ingesting large amounts of this herb can induce vomiting.
The milky extract of the fresh plant is applied externally to cure warts.