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.

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