Archives for Apr 23, 2021

Arjun Tree (Arjuna)

Arjuna Scientific Name

Terminalia arjuna

Arjuna Other Names

English: Arjun Tree, Arjunolic Myrobalan
Hindi: Arjun
Sanskrit: Dhavla, Nadisarja, Indradru, Viraksha

What is Arjuna?

Arjun Tree or Arjuna has been used in Ayurveda as a wonder medicine to promote cardiac health as it is found to tone and strengthen the cardiac muscles for the proper functioning of the heart. The bark of the tree is the main ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations. It has a strong anti-hypertensive property that helps in reducing blood pressure levels and It is an effective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. It also promotes healthy skin.

For maximum cardiac benefit, it is recommended to have Arjuna tea boiled in milk twice a day.

Common forms of Arjuna

Bark Powder, Capsule, Tablet

Arjuna is commonly used for:

  • Angina (angina pectoris)
  • Treating angina (heart-related chest pain)
  • Curative Cold Sores
  • Treating heart diseases
  • Treating Diarrhea
  • Curing inflammation of the airways caused by bronchitis
  • Treating urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Curing ear pain
  • Lowering Cholesterol
  • Managing hypertension and diabetes
  • Detoxifying blood
  • Supporting uterine health and maintaining healthy menstrual cycles
  • Fluid Retention (Oedema)

Arjuna Dosage

Powder: 2-3 g twice daily or as directed by the Physician
Capsule: 1 capsule twice daily or as directed by the Physician
Tablet: 1 tablet twice daily or as directed by the Physician

Arjuna Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Avoid use
Children: Not known
Arjuna might interfere with blood glucose levels so use cautiously if on anti-diabetic drugs.

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Boswellia Serrata (Shallaki)

Boswellia Serrata Scientific Name

Olibanum Indicum

Boswellia Serrata Other Names

English: Indian Olibanum
Hindi: Salai, Salay
Uriya: Loban
Sanskrit: Shallaki, Suvaha, Vallaki, Sara

What is Boswellia Serrata?

Boswellia serrata or Shallaki is used as an Ayurvedic substitute for pain killer medicine. It is mainly used in the treatment of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis to provide relief from stiffness and swelling. Applying Shallaki oil on joints helps in providing relief due to its analgesic property.

Taking Shallaki juice is found to improve brain function and prevent the cell damage caused by oxidative stress of free radicals, thus acting as a potent antioxidant.

Shallaki plant produces fragrant resin that is used as incense and is used to purify the air during religious proceedings.

Common forms of Boswellia Serrata

Bark, Gum, Juice, Powder, Tablet, Capsule

Boswellia Serrata is commonly used for:

  • Rheumatism
  • Treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treating asthma
  • Treating ulcerative colitis
  • Controlling signs of aging and wrinkles
  • Promoting Female Reproductive Health

Boswellia Serrata Dosage

Juice: 3-5 tsp daily.
Powder: ¼- ½ tsp daily.
Capsule: 1-2 capsules daily.
Tablet: 1-2 once or twice daily

Boswellia Serrata Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Capsules can cause stomach upsets, nausea, and acid reflux in sensitive people.
Not so common side-effects: Improper use can adversely affect menstrual cycle.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Avoid as it can induce miscarriage
Children: Not known.

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Charoli (Cuddapah Almond)

Charoli Scientific Name

Buchanania lanzan

Charoli Other Names

English: Amondette, Cuddapah Almond
Hindi: Chironji, Priyal, Kath bhilawa
Marathi: Charoli
Sanskrit: Dhanuspata

What is Charoli?

Charoli or Chironji is a slightly sweet almond like flavored seed often used in desserts or as an alternative to almonds. Apart from adding texture to desserts it is used in many Ayurvedic medicines for its therapeutic properties.

Charoli has a cooling property and is often used in summers as it helps in reducing body heat. Charoli also promotes healthy skin, prevents acne, adds moisture and lightens the dark spots and blemishes. It is often crushed and used in body scrubs.

Charoli helps in forming stools, aids in healthy bowel movement and cures diarrhoea. It is also found to improve and promote reproductive health.

Common forms of Charoli

Seeds, Oil

Charoli is commonly used for:

  • Treating skin hyperpigmentation
  • Reducing acne and pimples
  • Treating general weakness
  • Treating male sexual dysfunction
  • Aiding digestion
  • Boosting immunity
  • Promoting cardiac health
  • Purifying blood
  • Treating wounds and ulcers

Charoli Dosage

Oil: As per requirement or prescribed by the doctor
Powder: As per requirement or as prescribed by the doctor

Charoli Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not known
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known
Children: Not known
Avoid intake if already suffering from indigestion

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Hadjod (Veldt Grape)

Hadjod Scientific Name

Cissus quadrangularis

Hadjod Other Names

English: Edible stemmed vine, Veldt Grape, Devil’s backbone, Adamant Creeper
Hindi: Hadjod, Hadjora, Hadsarihari, Harsankari, Kandvel
Sanskrit: Vajrangi, Asthi Shrunkala, Asthiyuk, Granthimana, Chaturdhara, Bhutopadrava

What is Hadjod?

This ancient Indian plant is named after its property of promoting healthy bone and joints. “Had” meaning Bones and “Jod” meaning Joints. This Ayurvedic herb is widely used in promoting healthy bones and joints. It has a fracture healing property and promotes healthy equilibrium between bone restoration and bone formation. It increases the bone mineral density and increases the rate of fracture healing. It is rich in antioxidants like phenols, tannins, Vitamin C, carotenoids that contribute to its healing properties.

Apart from bone and joint health it is used to treat loss of appetite, indigestion, hemorrhoids, intestinal bleeding, intestinal worms, gout etc. It is also found to be a potent aphrodisiac and promotes stamina, vigor and strength in men.

Common forms of Hadjod

Juice, Powder

Hadjod is commonly used for:

  • Managing obesity and promoting weight loss
  • Treating piles and hemorrhoids
  • Treating asthma
  • Muscle building
  • Managing diabetes mellitus (Type I and II)
  • Reducing high cholesterol
  • Treating gout
  • Curing malaria
  • Reducing menstrual pain
  • Treating rheumatoid arthritis, reducing swelling and joint pain
  • Treating stomach upset
  • Treating and managing Osteoporosis
  • Strengthening bones

Hadjod Dosage

Juice: 10-20 ml daily or as prescribed by the doctor
Powder: 1 -2.5 g twice daily or as prescribed by the doctor

Hadjod Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Excessive intake is found to cause insomnia, flatulence, headaches and diarrhoea
Not so common side-effects:. Not known
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known
Children: Not known
Hadjod is found to interfere with blood sugar levels and blood pressure, hence avoid use especially around surgery.

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