Aug 25, 2015

Kumari - Katrazhai

Botanical Name: Aloe Vera Barbadensis, Aloe Vera Chinensis,
Family Name: Liliaceae
Sanskrit: Kumari
Hindi: Gheekuwar
English: Indian Aloe
Telugu: Kalabanda
Kannada: Lolisara, Lolesara
Malayalam: Kumari, Kattar Vazha
Tamil: Kathaazhai, Katrazhai
Bengali: Ghrita Kumari

Description: Mature plant, they are succulent plants with perennial, strong and fibrous roots and numerous, persistent, fleshy leaves, proceeding from the upper part of the root, narrow, tapering, thick and fleshy, usually edges are serrated with spiny teeth

Seeds: Angular

Flowers: The flowers are produced in erect, terminal spikes. There is no calyx, the corolla is tubular, divided into six narrow segments at the mouth and of a red, yellow or purplish colour. The capsules contain numerous angular seeds.

Habitat: Grows mainly in the dry regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and America.
Distribution- cultivated throughout India.
Effect on Tridosha – Balances all the three Doshas.
Part Used- Leaves
Dosage- Fresh juice 10-20 ml, Leaf pulp – 1 – 3 grams

Aloe vera is called as Kumari in Sanskrit. Kumari refers to a young girl. This name has two derivations.

1) It is used in diseases of young girls, like pimples in teenage and menstrual problems.
2) The plant is beautiful and looks young even after it grows old

Aloevera Actions: 

Normalizes Kapha & Pitta, a very good aphrodisiac, diuretic, sooths skin, and anti inflammatory widely used in conditions of sun burn, dry skin conditions, burns, scars

Aloevera Home remedies:

The leaf pulp 2-4gms is effective remedy in Dysmenorrhea.This Should be administered with sugar on empty stomach once a day, for three days prior to the expected date of menstruation.

Kamala (infective hepatitis) the mucilage with curd is a very effective medicine. This can be given single dose 3-5 days. If the patient develops loose motions can with drawn for a day or two and if needed can be continued for another course of 3-5days.

Medicinal Benefits of the Herb:
So as to enhance digestion, the pulp extracted from the leaves of the herb may be taken orally preferably with some Saindhav salt added to it on an empty stomach first time in the morning.

The fresh juice extracted from Aloe vera when taken in a dose of ten to twenty ml two or three times in a day is a good cure for relieving acidity.

After keeping the pulp of Aloe vera in a container for some time, the juice would separate from the same. This may be taken three or four times in a day as an effective home remedy for urine infection.

Aloe vera aids in regulating the menstrual flow in females. Therefore a number of medicines are prepared with Aloe vera as the main ingredient.

Having the property of blood purification, the herb of Aloe vera is also beneficial in healing wounds, oedema, pain, inflammation and other skin diseases. Both external as well as internal use is recommended.

Aloe vera aids as natural supportive therapy for maladies of constipation and haemmorhides. Regular use of Aloe vera proves beneficial in both ailments. Kumariasav is generally prescribed by Ayurveda physicians and makes effective natural cure.

The juice extracted from the pulp of the herb can be applied on the skin in case of burns and it provides both soothing as well as healing benefits.

Nowadays a number of cosmetics contain Aloe vera as the primary constituent. In Ayurvedic texts it has been said that the fresh juice applied on the face can result into fairness and loss of blemishes.

Aloe vera is also regarded as a Rasayana i.e. that which strengthens the immune system of the body and keeps the disease away

Its mild laxative action and wound healing properties, regular intake of mild doses of aloe vera in the form of aloe powder or juice, is very beneficial in haemorrhoids treatment.

Aloe has blood thinning action. It is very useful against cholesterol. So, it is very useful in treating atherosclerosis (blood vessels clogged with clot and fat deposition).

Aloe vera improves ovulation chances, it induces menstruation, hence used in treating amenorrhea – absence of periods or decreased bleeding.

It improves hair quality, prevents hair fall, cures dandruff, also useful in acne and blemishes.

To relieve constipation, its 10 grams of pulp made into paste, added with 2 grams of rock salt, mixed well, and boiled to evaporate water content. It is administered in a dose of 3 – 6 grams, once a day.

Aloe vera side effects:
Aloe vera induces purgation and hence it is not ideal to take it during diarrhea. Care should be exercised while using aloe in children and during lactation. It is best to avoid it during pregnancy.

Aloe vera leaf is heated on burning charcoal, cuticle is removed and pulp is scraped and squeezed in cloth to get the juice. One teaspoon of this juice is added with two drops of ghee and 4 drops of honey and licked hourly to relieve the attack of breathlessness and wheezing

Aloe vera for diabetes:Five phytosterols of aloe vera have been identified with anti-diabetic activity (research). Aloe vera has been clinically proven for anti diabetic property. It is a good anti oxidant and it maintains healthy structure of the blood vessels. – Both these are very vital in diabetic care.

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.

Aug 1, 2015

Triphala - Thribala


Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed: Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki.

1) Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)

2) Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)

3) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

• Constipation
Triphala is considered one of the best colon cleansers and is highly recommended for constipation. It also detoxifies the body and has gained popularity as a mild laxative. It keeps the digestive system healthy and clean.

• Improves Liver function
Triphala has various liver and blood nutritional properties. It improves the functioning of the liver and keeps it healthy.

• Anti-oxidant
Triphala is enriched with vitamin C. It contains powerful anti-oxidant agents that help in improving and easing the functioning of cells. It reduces the production of free radicals responsible for aging.

• Worms & Infections
Triphala works well in suppressing infections and worm infestation. It also helps to maintain the proper conditions in our bodies that is highly toxic for growth of worms.

• Skin problems
Intake of triphala powder on a regular basis helps to keep your skin clean and healthy. It is quite effective in avoiding acne and wrinkles because of it’s blood purifying properties. It helps to remove all the toxins from the body.

• Cancer
As per a study conducted in JNU, India, it is revealed that triphala has anti-cancerous activities. It is helpful in reducing the spindle formations at the mitotic phase thereby reducing the risk of metastasis of cancer cells.

• Diabetes
Triphala powder is useful in treating diabetes mellitus. It also helps in stimulating the pancreas. The pancreas secretes insulin which is responsible for maintaining proper glucose levels in the body.

• Obesity
Triphala powder is highly recommended for people suffering from obesity. It helps to cut extra fat in your body and also targets the adipose cells which are responsible for fat in your body.

• Improves Digestion
Taking triphala every night improves the digestive system. It helps to digest the food without any stress and also keeps our system fit. It is considered good for your overall well being.

• Anemia
Triphala helps increase red blood cells which helps treat anemia.

How to use it for constipation? 

Tip #1: If you are constipated take two teaspoons of triphala churna, add it to one glass (200 ml) of warm water, mix it well and drink this solution every night, just before bed. Do not eat anything after having this solution. You may drink water 30 minutes after having it.

Triphala when had in this form is a good laxative and will provide relief the next morning. The best part about using triphala as a laxative is that it does not make you dependant on it, unlike other laxatives.

How to use it for detoxification?

Tip #2: If you are simply feeling very bloated and are not able to clear your bowels regualry, triphala churna is great for detoxifying the body, especially the stomach.

Take two teaspoons of triphala and add 200 ml of warm water to it. Now crush a small piece of ginger and add it to the solution. Let this soak over night or atleast for eight hours. After that boil this solution till it reduces to half its original quantity. Strain the liquid. Add the juice of half a lemon to it and drink it when it is warm.

Have this solution every morning on an empty stomach, for one week. This mixture will help clean out your colon and detoxify the body.