Friday, November 2, 2012

ASOFOETIDA/HING

                            ASOFOETID
this is one resinous gum of small tree with carrot like shaped roots its called as ferula northex or hing or  inguva 
it is dirty yellow in color with pungent,not agreeable smell, most of the people don't like its odor but it is used as flavoring and non fermenting food herb which is used in the Indian culinary preparations.

its also grown in Iran and Afghanistan
the other species of northex grows in Kashmir valley

this gum which is extracted from the roots is collected in leather bags and sealed and stored in dark rooms 
there are several varieties which are distributed fro m the Mediterranean region to central Asia.  this gum like root extract constitutes carbohydrates of 65%and,  moisture of 16%, and proteins,  4%fats,  1%, minerals 7%, and fibers of 4%  its minerals contains substantial amount of calcium, phosphorus, iron corotens, riboflavin and niacin the calorific value for every 100 grams values as 297 kcals 
the gum of asfoetida has an extreme odour due to his volatile oils 
this gum is mixed with acacia gum and sold out in the mark and this come  also is added with starch to make into a fine poweder
asafoetida has been indiginous to India for a very long time the ayurvedic scriptures and samhita have hing a good medicinal description for gastro-intestinal problems and female bleeding problems 
  • its also a nervine stimulant and sedative.  
  • in respirattory problems like asthma.bronchitis two to three pinches of this gum powedered is mixed with onion juice one teaspoon and betel leaf juice one teaspoon and taken after food relieves the heavyness and breathlessness.
  • a small amount of this herb is draped in a small cloth and tied to the hands or legs stops the viral attack its called as ill effect remover or bhutagni 
  • this medicine is very effective in dysmenorrhia  painful mestruation
  • also this is effective in scanty periods 
  • it expells worms in the stomach acts as deworniming agent
  • it releives stomach pain and gasiousness in the stomach 
  • during indigestion this herb when taken with saindhava lavanam give great relief
  •  THE OTHER USES OF THIS HERB
    This herb is used as antidote in opium poisoning.
    it is used in curries,pickles and meatdishes and Dal its use in European states as perfume and flovouring agent 
    whole plant is used as fresh vegetable
    SIDE EFFECTS
    If taken by mouth regularly in food care should be taken not in contact with teeth   
                                       BABUL
In india babul is widely grown as as forest tree with big thorns its called as acacia arabica. Its leaves are used as fodder for grazing animals. Its a large tree which grows up to 14 meters long. It has dark grey bark and small green leaves with yellow flowers 'babul is indiginous in sind province and pakistan and south India. the tree yeald an light brown colored gum. the bark of babul contain gallic acid and tannins . the leaves and fruit also contains gallic acid and  tannins 
a few hundred years back poor people were eating this when food was not adequate to stop hunger 
the total plant is of medicinal value as per scriptures it is widely used by the local vaidyas for stopping bleedigng or arrest secretions in the body. the pods remove kapha from the body
      

THE WONDER HERB BABUL/ACACIA TREE

Babul
we all know Babul as tumma chettu and its called as Acacia arabica and all over India its called as Kikar its famous for its gummy extract. In some of the tribal areas of andhra  pradesh people eat it at the time of food scarcity other wise Babul is medicinal plant widely used for stopping internal secretions and bleeding problems 
Babul is indigenous to sindh province and Pakistan. it grows wildly to height of 14 feet or odd with thorns on its branches 

THE HEALING POWER OF BABUL
The leaves the bark and the pods and the gum are the medicinal virtue
the leaves and bark are used to arrest bleeding and secretions .
th gum reduces skin irritations 
the gum if taken one spoon level in one cup of water and boiled as syrup and drank three times releaves diarrhea
chewing the fresh bark early morning acts as mouth and teeth cleanser 
strengthens teeth and gums 
its one the best remidy for bleeding gums and gum related inflammations 
babool wood made into charcol can be used as powder to clean teeth it is called as charcoal for tooth cleaning early morning 
the bark of babul and mango are boiled and the decoction is washed on the affected skin allergy rashes and ghee or coconut oil relieves the itching and irritation in eczema this formula works well
the decoction of babul if taken during tonsillitis with little salt
added relieves inflammation and throat congestion
the decoction of these leaves relieves excess watering or epiphora a condition where the tear glands are blocked or hyper-activation of the glands are there 
Its one the best said medicine for ladies in leucorrhoea where there its non specific in nature the decoction is washed or douched tor treating this discharge 
the fresh pods are good for sperm increase effective in increasing the sperm count the seeds of the babul fruit are dried and made 
into poweder and added in milk and given after dinner increases the sperm count 
the boiled bark decoction is given for heavy bleeding in women 

dr peddi ramadevi                    

Thursday, November 1, 2012

GUGGULU THE HERB THAT JOINS THE BONES

                                   GUGGULU

THE AYURVEDIC SAMHITHA AND GRANDHAS DEFINE GUGGULU IS ONE THE RASAYANA 
THE WORD RASAYANA MEANS THAT WHICH ENHANCES THE IMMUNITY,THAT WHICH REJUVENATES THE BODY.

GUGGULU IS A PLANT PRODUCT IT IS A LATEX OR RESIN OF PLANT CALLED MYRRH TREE ITS BOTANICAL NAME IS COMMIPHERA MUKULOR SUDHA GUGGULU, OR INDIAN BEDELIUM OR DEVADHUPAM its bitter and astringent in taste 

ITS ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS :
It has volatile oils,pinenes,eugenols, terpenes,triterpines, myrrhic acids

Its use in ayurvedic medicines is astonishing as most of the ayurvedic doctors use daily in one of their drugs.
In several traditional treatments guggulu is given as a remedy

In ayurvedic practice sudha guggulu singly and in combinations is given and the medicinal qualities and drug qualities varies with combinations 
Guggulu is purified in thriphala and added with different herbs and given for different diseases 
The by products are : Triyodashanga guggulu, amruthadi guggulu,yogaraja guggulu, mahayogaraja guggulu, sinhanada guggulu and  thriphala guggulu which are mostly given for joints and inflammatory joint diseases 
Guggulu is given for skin disease such as allergies,urticaria, psoriasis, and lupus like problems the combination are like kaishora guggulu, panchatiktka guggulu, guggulu tiktakam etc 
Guggulu is given with several spices like peppers and the medicines are Navaka guggulu,medohara guggulu etc     
  1. Its use is appreciated in obesity 
  2. It is as anti-inflammatory in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  3. It has anti oxidant properties 
  4. It gas got anti tumor activity scavenging free radicals
  5. Its one the drug given for anti-aging 
  6. The resin contains guggulu sterones which acts as tumor or retard the growth of the tumor cell activations 
  7. guggulu sterone inhibits Colo-rectal cancer which has increased apoptosis in HT-29cells 
  8. guggulu sterones reduces the lipid and  adipose tissue it acts as vasculo-cholesterol inhibitor
GUGGULU-SIDE EFFECTS 
being a herb with resins and alkaloids it has to taken under doctors supervision as these medicines in combination do create heat and increase in the metabolic rat
There are cases with side effects of diarrhea / heat/ acidity when taken with pippali etc/ and skin rashes 
although its called as rejuvenatory its use in single or combined form should given under consciousness

dr peddi ramadevi