Monthly Archives: October 2011

Herb of the Week – Kushmanda


Kushmanda is large annual or biennial tendril climber. Its Leaves are simple, alternate, large, with numerous hairs, flowers are yellow large and unisexual, fruits are cylindrical, hairy, and covered with ashy powder throughout.
Fruits contain numerous white colored embedded seeds. It is cultivated in tropical & subtropical parts of India .It is named as Kohala in Marathi,Ash Gourd in English, petha in Hindi.

Kushmanda is useful for medicinal as well as domestic uses. It mainly acts as a body coolant and reduces body heat. Its Fruit helps in cystitis, urinary tract infections, kidney stones and other urinary tract conditions since acts as diuretic
Digestive system gets strengthened by regular consumption of this fruit and reduces acidity. This helps to normalize digestion and prevent indigestion.
Its pulp can be applied on burns & skin rashes, reduces burning sensation and irritation caused by dry skin. The seeds help to reduce internal heat of the body in summer & is found very effective on intestinal parasites.
It normalizes sleeping pattern and is very helpful in patients with insomnia .If taken in morning, increases memory power and acts as a Brain Tonic.
The pulp of the matured fruit helps to increase quality and quantity of semen. Hence it is used in Vajikarana preparations. The herbal preparations of this fruit helps to increase the body energy level and strength.

Acidity in Metros

These days Acidity is aggravating rapidly and penetrating deep into the urban population mainly due the new lifestyle. This life style has also become a major reason for various illnesses, resulting to serious consequences. This life style is forcefully getting into our daily system and includes
· Stress, targeting adults and children alike education, exam tension, office work, finances etc.
· Improper eating habits like eating too late, eating too fast/too slow, skipping lunch/dinner etc.
· Eating non healthy – Junk food, fast food, too spicy, too oily, too pungent ,excess eating of sweet as well as ,excess intake of chocolate, tea, coffee, garlic for long, excess fermented food etc.
All these factors increase the secretion of Hydrochloric acid which is the important component of digestive juices leading to Acidity.

The stomach and some other inner organs which take part in breaking down the food secrete different ferments and hydrochloric acid. Although necessary, the stomach must also be protected from these ferments and acid. If the acid due to the temporary weakness in the normal sphincter mechanism enters the lower part of the Oesophagus it may lead to heartburn. Ulcers can occur if there is an imbalance between the different protecting stomach factors and the stomach juices which help to digest the food. Duodenal ulcers are much more common than gastric, because the first ones arise in the lining of the upper part of the small intestine, and gastric ulcers occur in the stomach.

Jiwadaya Antaj a purely Ayurvedic medicine has proven to be if use in the above conditions as well as for preventing them. It provides good result in immediate relief of symptoms like Heartburn, dyspepsia, abdominal distention, flatulence, headache, stomachache, burning in chest etc.

Jiwadaya Antaj also protects mucosa from ulceration and promotes healing of ulcers so is useful in curing damage done to the various organs of GIT such as duodenum, small & large intestine from ulcers tumours etc.

Jiwadaya Antaj contains all herbal ingredients such as suntha, amala, guduchi, kariyatu, jesthimadh which inhibits and regulates the gastric secretion in pylorus thereby decreasing excess Hydrochloric acid secretion and helping to improve the digestive function. It can be safely taken as one time dose daily to avoid problems in future. Such continuous use will not have any side effects and will keep the GIT well in place.

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Recipe – Appetite Booster

1. Ginger – 8 pieces normal size
2. Lemon – 6 pieces normal size
3. Sugar – 1 kg
4. Water – 250 ml

Method of preparation:
1. Prepare juice of lemon & ginger
2. Take 250 ml of water & add 1kg of sugar mix well. Heat it on low flame till sugar syrup is formed.
3. Allow it to cool.
4. After cooling add juice of ginger & lemon to it & stir well.
5. Fill it in clean glass bottle.
6. Serve daily half an hour before meals approx ½ tsp..

This Recipe of Appetite Booster helps to increase the appetite.
Furthermore, it is tasty hence children will love it as well.

Herb of the week – Amla

Amla (Amalaki) – Botanical Name: Emblica Officinalis

Amalaki is one of the most commonly used and an important herb in Ayurvedic Medicine. Though all sour substances are said to enhance Pitta, Amalaki is an exception being Pitta shamaka.

It is a large deciduous tree with greenish grey or red bar. Fruits are berry, depressed globus, and flowers are densly fasciled along the branchlets .It is cultivated throughout tropical India. Amla is eaten raw or cooked into various dishes e.g. in making sweet dish like Amla Murrabha,to make pickles, chutney etc. Many use Amla powder for washing hairs since it acts as conditioner and keeps hair silky as well as healthy.

Amla also have many medicinal uses:

Dried seed powder 5gm twice daily for 4 weeks reduces the symptoms of Acidity. Dry powdered pulp of the fruit 1.0g/kg reduces the levels of serum cholesterol. Amla juice with turmeric powder is useful in Diabetes. Amla juice along with sugarcane juice helps in urinary problems like difficulty during micturation. In eye disorders the juice is found to be extremely helpful. In Asthma patients Amla juice is given with pippali powder and honey. A mixture of Amla pulp + teel + milk is useful as application for various skin disorders. Amla oil is used in hairfall, as it improves the texture of hairs. Amla powder acts as purgative so given in patients of constipation.

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