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Maror Phali (Indian Screw Tree)

Maror Phali Scientific Name

Helicteres isora

Maror Phali Other Names

English: Indian Screw Tree
Hindi: Marod Phali, Maro Phali
Marathi: Murad Sheng
Sanskrit: Avartani, Avarta Phala, Mrigashringa

What is Maror Phali?

Maror Phali is obtained from the tree called Screw Tree, named as such due to the peculiar twisted shape of the pods (fruits). All the pods are singular fruits with 5 fibers closely twisted together to resemble a screw.

According to a common and famous Ayurvedic belief that if a particular plant resembles a human organ, it is useful in treating the disorders of that part, eg. Walnuts were considered to be good for brain function due to their resemblance to the human brain. Similarly, Maror Phali due to its resemblance to human intestines was tried and found to be effective in treating intestinal disorders. It is found to be potent in killing intestinal parasites, colic pains in babies, and cramping associated with diarrhea. It is found to be effective in curing twisting pain in the abdomen

It is found to have antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties.

Common forms of Maror Phali

Stem Bark, Root Juice, Fruit, Seed

Maror Phali is commonly used for:

  • Treating asthma and cough
  • Treating colic pain in babies
  • Promoting wound healing
  • Treating dysentery and cramping
  • Treating and managing diabetes by counteracting high levels of blood glucose
  • Treating scabies and skin infection
  • Relieve pain

Maror Phali Dosage

Fruit Powder: 3 to 6 gram or as prescribed by the doctor
Decoction: 50 to 100 daily or as prescribed by the doctor

Maror Phali Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not enough data, but avoid use.
Children: Not known

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Saraswatarishta Other Names


What is Saraswatarishta?

Saraswatarishta is the most potent Ayurvedic formulation obtained from the decoction of specific herbs and spices aimed at improving sleep and treating insomnia. This perfectly blended combination, with key ingredients like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Haritaki, Shatavari, Ushira, Ginger, Fennel seeds, Kudzu, Pippali, Cloves, Bibhitaki, Cinnamon, Honey and many more, is focused to treat almost every underlying reasons for insomnia.

In addition, this formulation is a great combo of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting properties. It has found to work wonders in patients suffering from epileptical seizures, neuralgia and other such mental disorders. The tranquilizing effect of Brahmi in the formulation makes this a nerve tonic and helps in managing depression, stress and anxiety and improves awareness, concentration and memory retention. It is also found to be a potent blood purifier.

Common forms of Saraswatarishta


Saraswatarishta is commonly used for:

  • Improving awareness, concentration, and memory retention
  • Reducing mental fatigue, depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Improving digestion
  • Boosting immunity
  • Fainting and dizziness
  • Improving voice quality
  • Treating nervous system disorders
  • Treating speech disorders
  • Curing skin problems
  • Anti-aging property
  • Enhancing fertility in men and women

Saraswatarishta Dosage

Liquid decoction: 12 – 25 ml with warm water once or twice daily for 2 months

Saraswatarishta Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Can induce hiccups in concentrated doses, always dilute with warm water
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known
Children: Smaller and diluted doses recommended. May see an increase in body temperature (not fever) and sweating in initial doses.
Can cause headaches if taken on empty stomach

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Guggulu (Guggul Mukul)

Guggulu Scientific Name

Commiphora wightii

Guggulu Other Names

English: Indian bedellium
Hindi: Guggul
Chinese: Mo yao
Arabic: Mogla
Sanskrit: Guggulu, Guggul

What is Guggulu?

Therapeutic Guggulu is the oily-sap gum-resin obtained from Guggul tree. This tree is native to South Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The gum is collected from the liquid that oozes out of the tree bark. This process takes several months. Holes are made in the bark of the tree in the months of November to January allowing the aromatic sap to ooze out. If treated and processed properly, the therapeutic and healing properties of Guggulu can be retained for over 20 years.

Guggulu is an oily gum that is yellowish to brownish in color. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and is used in Ayurveda to treat arthritis, lower bad cholesterol and reduce risk of resultant atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries caused by cholesterol deposits), treat skin diseases like acne, and blemishes. Guggulu is found to control vata dosha and also aids in weight loss.

Studies have also shown that Guggulu helps in promoting and balancing thyroid function by up-regulating T3 levels

Common forms of Guggulu

Gum, Powder, Tablet, Capsule

Guggulu is commonly used for:

Guggulu Dosage

Powder: 2-4 pinch daily
Tablet: 1-2 tablets daily or as prescribed by the doctor
Capsule: 1-2 Capsules daily

Guggulu Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Certain side effects like stomach upsets, nausea, diarrhoea and hiccups were observed.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: to be taken only after medical consultation
Children: Not known
Can cause itching and skin rash,not related to allergies.

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